Note 13. Concentrations of Risks
Sales and Credit Risks
The Company sells to customers globally. Credit evaluations of the Company’s customers’ financial condition are performed periodically, and the Company generally does not require collateral from its customers. One customer, TTI, Inc., accounted for over 10% of the Company’s net sales in the quarters and nine month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010. There were no customers’ accounts receivable balances exceeding 10% of gross accounts receivable at December 31, 2011 or March 31, 2011.
Electronics distributors are an important distribution channel in the electronics industry and accounted for 43% and 51% of the Company’s net sales in the nine month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. As a result of the Company’s concentration of sales to electronics distributors, the Company may experience fluctuations in the Company’s operating results as electronics distributors experience fluctuations in end-market demand or adjust their inventory stocking levels.
As of December 31, 2011, KEMET had approximately 10,000 employees, of which 600 are located in the United States, 5,000 in Mexico, 2,500 in Asia and 1,900 in Europe. The number of employees represented by labor organizations at KEMET locations in each of the following countries is: 3,300 hourly employees in Mexico (as required by Mexican law), 700 employees in Italy, 600 employees in Indonesia, 100 employees in Portugal, 200 employees in China, 250 employees in Bulgaria, 200 employees in Finland and 100 employees in Sweden. For fiscal year 2011 and the current fiscal year to date, the Company has not experienced any major work stoppages. The Company’s labor costs in Mexico, Asia and various locations in Europe are denominated in local currencies, and a significant depreciation or appreciation of the United States dollar against the local currencies would increase or decrease labor costs.