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Annual Report


The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. This discussion contains forward-looking statements, the accuracy of which involves risks and uncertainties, see "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements." Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements for many reasons, as a result of many important factors, including those set forth in Part I - Item 1A "Risk Factors".

All percentage amounts and ratios in this Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations were calculated using the underlying data in thousands.


We are a technology-focused, leading global manufacturer and distributor of heavy duty diesel and light duty vehicle emissions control systems and products to major automakers, integrators and retrofitters. We have over 30 years of experience in the heavy duty diesel systems market and proven technical and manufacturing competence in the light duty vehicle catalyst market meeting auto makers' stringent requirements. Our business is driven by increasingly stringent global emission standards for internal combustion engines, which are major sources of a variety of harmful pollutants.

We organize our operations in two primary divisions: our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division and our Catalyst division.

Heavy Duty Diesel Systems: Our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division specializes in the design and manufacture of verified exhaust emissions control solutions. This division offers a full range of products for the verified retrofit and non-retrofit original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, and aftermarket markets through its distribution/dealer network and direct sales. Our Purifilter®, Purifier™, Combifilter®, Cattrap® and Actifilter™ products, along with our catalyst technologies, are used to reduce exhaust emissions created by on-road, off-road and stationary diesel and alternative fuel engines including propane and natural gas. Revenues from our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division accounted for approximately 67% and 77% of the total consolidated revenues for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Catalyst: Our Catalyst division produces catalyst formulations to reduce emissions from gasoline, diesel and natural gas combustion engines. Using our proprietary MPC® technology, we have developed a family of unique high-performance catalysts - with base-metals or low-platinum group metal and zero-platinum group metal content - to provide increased catalytic function and value for technology-driven automotive industry customers. Our technical and manufacturing competence in the light duty vehicle market is aimed at meeting auto makers' most stringent requirements, and we have supplied over ten million parts to light duty vehicle customers since 1996. Our Catalyst division also provides catalyst formulations for our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division. Revenues from our Catalyst division accounted for approximately 33% and 23% of the total consolidated revenues for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Sources of Revenues and Expenses


We generate revenues primarily from the sale of our emission control systems and products. We generally recognize revenues from the sale of our emission control systems and products upon shipment of these products to our customers. However, for certain customers, where risk of loss transfers at the destination (typically the customer's warehouse), revenue is recognized when the products are delivered to the destination.

Cost of revenues

Cost of revenues consists primarily of direct costs for the manufacture of emission control systems and products, including cost of raw materials, costs of leasing and operating manufacturing facilities and wages and benefits paid to personnel involved in production, manufacturing quality control, testing and supply chain management. In addition, cost of revenues include normal scrap and shrinkage associated with the manufacturing process and a expense from write down of obsolete and slow moving inventory. We include the direct material costs and factory labor as well as factory overhead expense in the cost of revenue. Indirect factory expense includes the costs of freight (inbound and outbound for direct material and finished goods), purchasing and receiving, inspection, testing, warehousing, utilities and deprecation of facilities and equipment utilized in the production and distribution of products.

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Selling, general and administrative expenses

Selling, general and administrative expense includes the salary and benefits for sales, marketing and administrative staff as well as samples provided at no-cost to customers, marketing materials, travel, legal, accounting and other professional fees, corporate expenses, regulatory fees and bad debt. Also included is any depreciation related to assets utilized in the selling, marketing and general and administrative functions as well as amortization of acquired intangible assets.

Research and development expenses

Research and development expenses consist of costs associated with research related to new product development and product enhancement expenditures. Research and development costs also include costs associated with getting our heavy duty diesel systems verified and approved for sale by the EPA, the CARB and other regulatory authorities. These expenses include the salary and benefits for the research and development staff as well as travel, research materials, testing and legal expense related to patenting intellectual property. Also included is any depreciation related to assets utilized in the development of new products.

Other income (expense)

Total other income (expense) primarily reflects interest expense, including amortization of debt discounts and premiums and amortization of debt issuance costs, as well as changes in the fair value of our liability classified warrants. It also includes loss on foreign exchange and interest income.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosures in the financial statements. Critical accounting policies are those accounting policies that may be material due to the levels of subjectivity and judgment necessary to account for highly uncertain matters or the susceptibility of such matters to change, and that have a material impact on financial condition or operating performance. While we base our estimates and judgments on our experience and on various other factors that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe the following critical accounting policies used in the preparation of our financial statements require significant judgments and estimates. For additional information relating to these and other accounting policies, see Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Revenue Recognition

We generally recognize revenue when products are shipped and the customer takes ownership and assumes risk of loss, collection of the related receivable is reasonably assured, persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, and the sales price is fixed or determinable. When terms of sale include subjective customer acceptance criteria, we defer revenue until the acceptance criteria are met. Concurrent with the shipment of the product, we accrue estimated product return reserves. Critical judgments include the determination of whether or not customer acceptance criteria are perfunctory or inconsequential. The determination of whether or not the customer acceptance terms are perfunctory or inconsequential impacts the amount and timing of the revenue that we recognize.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

The allowance for doubtful accounts involves estimates based on management's judgment, review of individual receivables and analysis of historical bad debts. We monitor collections and payments from our customers and maintain allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. We also assess current economic trends that might impact the level of credit losses in the future. If the financial condition of our customers were to deteriorate, resulting in difficulties in their ability to make payments as they become due, additional allowances could be required, which would have a negative effect on our earnings and working capital.

Inventory Valuation

Inventory is stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined on the first-in, first-out method. We write down inventory for slow-moving and obsolete inventory based on assessments of future demands, market conditions and customers who are expected to reduce purchasing requirements as a result of experiencing financial difficulties.

Such assessments require the exercise of significant judgment by management. If these factors were to become less favorable than those projected, additional inventory write-downs could be required, which would have a negative effect on our earnings and working capital.

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Product Warranty Reserves

We provide warranties on certain of our Heavy Diesel Division products for varying periods. Generally, the warranty periods range from one to five years and may also contain mileage limitations. We provide for the estimated cost of product warranties in cost of sales, at the time product revenue is recognized. Warranty costs are estimated primarily using historical warranty information in conjunction with current engineering assessments applied to our expected repair or replacement costs. The adequacy of the provision is assessed at each quarter end. Should actual performance rates or repair costs differ from estimates, revision to the estimated warranty liability would be required, which would have a negative effect on our earnings and working capital.

Accounting for Income Taxes

Our income tax expense is dependent on the profitability of our various international subsidiaries including Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom. These subsidiaries are subject to income taxation based on local tax laws in these countries. Our U.S. operations have continually incurred losses since inception.

Our annual tax expense is based on our income, statutory tax rates and tax planning opportunities available to us in the various jurisdictions in which we operate. Tax laws are complex and subject to different interpretations by the taxpayer and respective governmental taxing authorities. Significant judgment is required in determining our tax expense and in evaluating our tax positions including evaluating uncertainties. We recognize the effect of income tax positions only if those positions are more likely than not of being sustained. Changes in recognition or measurement are reflected in the period in which the change in judgment occurs. We record interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefit in income tax expense. We review our tax positions quarterly and adjust the balances as new information becomes available. If these factors were to become less favorable than those projected, or if there are changes in the tax laws in the jurisdictions in which we operate, there could be an increase in tax expense and a resulting decrease in our earnings and working capital.

Deferred income tax assets represent amounts available to reduce income taxes payable on taxable income in future years. Such assets arise because of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, as well as from net operating loss and tax credit carry-forwards. We evaluate the recoverability of these future tax deductions by assessing the adequacy of future expected taxable income from all sources, including reversal of taxable temporary differences, forecasted operating earnings and available tax planning strategies. These sources of income inherently rely on estimates. To provide insight, we use our historical experience and our short and long-range business forecasts. We believe it is more likely than not that a portion of the deferred income tax assets may expire unused and have established a valuation allowance against them. Although realization is not assured for the remaining deferred income tax assets, primarily related to foreign tax jurisdictions, we believe it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will be fully recoverable within the applicable statutory expiration periods. However, deferred tax assets could be reduced in the near term if our estimates of taxable income in certain jurisdictions are significantly reduced or available tax planning strategies are no longer viable.


We test goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level at least annually, as of October 31, using a two-step process, and more frequently upon the occurrence of certain triggering events. Our Engine Control Systems reporting unit, which is within our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems reporting segment, has goodwill subject to impairment testing, which totalled $6.1 million and $6.0 million at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Goodwill impairment testing requires us to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit. The estimate of fair value is based on internally developed assumptions approximating those that a market participant would use in valuing the reporting unit. We derived the estimated fair value of the Engine Control Systems reporting unit at October 31, 2012 from a blending of market and income approach models. We utilized a weighting of 50% and 50% between the market and income approaches, respectively. Significant assumptions used in deriving the fair value of the reporting unit under the income approach included: annual revenue growth over the next five years ranging from 3.0% to 40.0%, long-term revenue growth of 3% and a discount rate of 26.0%. Significant assumptions used in deriving the fair value of the reporting unit under the market approach included: average multiples of 0.74 times on revenue and 4.5 times on EBITDA. The discount rate of 26.0% was developed based on a weighted cost of capital (WACC) analysis. Within the WACC analysis, the cost of equity assumption was developed using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). The inputs in both the CAPM and the cost of debt assumption utilized in the WACC were developed for our Engine Control Systems business reporting unit using data from comparable companies. The revenue growth rates used are higher than our historical growth patterns and consider future growth potential identified by management, however, there is no assurance such growth will be achieved. In addition, we considered the overall fair value of our reporting units as compared to our market capitalization. Because the estimated fair value of the reporting unit substantially exceeded its carrying value, we determined that no goodwill impairment existed as of December 31, 2012. However, it is reasonably possible that future results may differ from the estimates made during 2012 and future impairment tests may result in a different conclusion for the goodwill of our Engine Controls Systems reporting unit. In addition, the use of different estimates or assumptions by management could lead to different results. Our estimate of fair value of the reporting unit is sensitive to certain factors, including but not limited to the following:
movements in our share price, changes in discount rates and our cost of capital, growth of the reporting unit's revenue, cost structure of the reporting unit, successful completion of research and development, capital expenditures, customer acceptance of new products, competition, general economic conditions and approval of the reporting unit's product by regulatory agencies.

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Impairment of Long-Lived Assets Other Than Goodwill

We evaluate long-lived assets, including intangible assets other than goodwill, for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of an asset may not be recoverable. An impairment is considered to exist if the total estimated future cash flows on an undiscounted basis are less than the carrying amount of the assets. If an impairment does exist, we measure the impairment loss and record it based on discounted estimated future cash flows. In estimating future cash flows, we group assets at the lowest level for which there are identifiable cash flows that are largely independent of cash flows from other asset groups. Considerable judgment is necessary to estimate the fair value of the assets and, accordingly, actual results could vary significantly from such estimates. Our most significant estimates and judgments relating to the long-lived asset impairments include the timing and amount of projected future cash flows. These estimates and judgments are based upon, among other things, certain assumptions about expected future operating performance and growth rates and other factors, actual results of which may vary significantly.

In 2012, we considered whether any events or changes in circumstance indicated that the carrying amount of our long-lived assets may not be recoverable and concluded that no such triggering event had occurred during 2012 that would lead us to believe that the assets were impaired. Therefore, no further testing was performed. To the extent additional events or changes in circumstances occur, we may conclude that a non-cash impairment charge against earnings is required, which could have an adverse effect on its financial condition and results of operations.

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

We account for stock-based compensation using fair value recognition and record stock-based compensation as a charge to earnings net of the estimated impact of forfeited awards. As such, we recognize stock-based compensation cost only for those stock-based awards that are estimated to ultimately vest over their requisite service period, based on the vesting provisions of the individual grants.

The process of estimating the fair value of stock-based compensation awards and recognizing stock-based compensation cost over their requisite service period involves significant assumptions and judgments. We estimate the fair value of stock option awards on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, which requires that we make certain assumptions regarding: (i) the expected volatility in the market price of our common stock; (ii) dividend yield; (iii) risk-free interest rates; and (iv) the period of time employees are expected to hold the award prior to exercise (referred to as the expected holding period). As a result, if we revise our assumptions and estimates, our stock-based compensation expense could change materially for future grants.

Recently Issued Accounting Guidance

In December 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2011-11, "Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities," which requires an entity to disclose information about offsetting and related arrangements to enable users of its financial statements to understand the effect of those arrangements on its financial position. ASU No. 2011-11is effective for annual and interim periods beginning on are after January 1, 2013. Retrospective application is required. The guidance concerns disclosure only and will not have an impact on our financial position or results of operations.

In February 2013, the FASB issued ASU 2013-02, "Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income," which requires disclosure of significant amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income by component and their corresponding effect on the respective line items of net income. This guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2012 and is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements or financial statement disclosures.

For additional discussion regarding these, and other recent accounting pronouncements, see Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Recent Developments

Joint Venture Agreement with Pirelli & C. Ambiente SpA

On February 19, 2013,we entered into the Joint Venture Agreement with Pirelli to form the Joint Venture to jointly sell our emission control products in Europe and the CIS countries. The Joint Venture Agreement provides that we and Pirelli will each hold 50% of the total issued share capital of the Joint Venture. In conjunction with the formation and operation of the Joint Venture, we and Pirelli have each agreed to an initial contribution of €50,000 (approximately $67,000) to the Joint Venture. Future contributions from us and Pirelli will be provided to the Joint Venture in the form of cash or shareholders loans, from time to time as necessary.

Amendment to 6% Shareholder Note Due 2013

On January 30, 2013, we and Kanis S.A. entered into an amendment to amend certain terms of our outstanding 6% note due 2013. As amended, the maturity date was changed from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2015. In addition, the payment premium due under this note was changed from a range of $100,000 to $200,000, based proportionally on the number of days that the loan remains outstanding, to a fixed amount of $250,000, with $100,000 payable on June 30, 2013 and the remaining $150,000 payable at maturity on June 30, 2015. Finally, the interest rate was changed from 6% to 8% as of June 30, 2013. For more information relating to the terms of this note see "- Description of Indebtedness" below and Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Letter Agreement related to 8% subordinated convertible note due 2016

On January 30, 2013, we and Kanis S.A. entered into a letter agreement regarding our outstanding 8% subordinated convertible note due 2016 whereby Kanis S.A. has agreed not to accelerate the maturity of these notes during the 2013 calendar year. For more information relating to the terms of our 8% subordinated convertible note due 2016, see "- Description of Indebtedness" below and Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Amendment to FGI Credit Facility

On August 15, 2012, we and FGI agreed to amend our FGI Facility. As amended, the initial term was extended from February 14, 2013 to August 15, 2015 and may be extended at our option for additional one-year terms. Pursuant to the amendment, the inventory sublimit amount was increased from $1.0 million to the lesser of $2.0 million or 50% of the aggregate purchase price paid for accounts receivable purchased under the FGI facility. Also pursuant to the amendment, the interest rate on advances or borrowings under the FGI Facility was reduced from the greater of (i) 7.50% per annum and (ii) 2.50% per annum above the Wall Street Journal "prime rate" to the greater of (i) 6.50% per annum and (ii) 2.50% per annum above the prime rate, as defined. In addition, the monthly collateral fees were reduced from 0.44% to 0.30% per month on the face amount of eligible receivables as to which advances have been made and from 0.55% to 0.38% per month on borrowings against inventory, if any. For more information relating to the terms of the FGI Facility, see "- Description of Indebtedness" below and Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Issuance of $3.0 Million 8% Shareholder Note Due 2015

On July 27, 2012, we executed a Loan Commitment Letter with Kanis S.A., pursuant to which we issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $3.0 million. The unsecured promissory note bears interest at 8% per annum, payable quarterly in arrears. The promissory note has a stated maturity of three years from the date of issuance. There is no prepayment penalty or premium. For more information relating to the terms of this promissory note, see "- Description of Indebtedness" below and Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Shelf Registration

On May 15, 2012, we filed a Shelf Registration which was declared effective by the SEC on May 21, 2012. The Shelf Registration permits us to sell, from time to time, up to an aggregate of $50.0 million of various securities, including common stock, preferred stock, warrants to purchase common stock or preferred stock and units consisting of one or more shares of common stock, shares of preferred stock, warrants, or any combination of such securities. The Shelf Registration is intended to provide us with additional flexibility to access capital markets for general corporate purposes, subject to market conditions and our capital needs.

Factors Affecting Future Results

Factors Affecting our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems Division

The nature of our business and, in particular, our Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division, is heavily influenced by government funding of emissions control projects and increased diesel emission control regulations and mandates. Compliance with these regulatory initiatives drives demand for our products and the timing of implementation of emission reduction projects.

Emission reduction programs are often one-off, or have staggered compliance dates, which mean they do not generally result in a regular source of recurring revenues for our company. For example, London, U.K. had mandated that certain heavy duty diesel vehicles entering the London Low Emissions Zone (or LEZ) were required to meet certain emission standards by January 2012. We believe that approximately 20,000 such vehicles were required to have a retrofit emission control device installed on the vehicle by year-end 2011. In December 2011, the regulator extended the deadline for compliance into the first quarter of 2012. We believe that the bulk of the vehicles were retrofitted in the fourth quarter of 2011, with sales of our products of approximately $6 million in the fourth quarter and $8 million in the full year 2011. However, due to the extension, we recorded additional sales of $4.3 million and $1.0 million in the first and second quarters of 2012, respectively. This program is now virtually complete and as such, we do not expect sales in London in 2013. In addition, CARB has mandated that all Class 7 and Class 8 heavy diesel trucks meet certain emission targets by 2016, with interim targets established for 2011, 2012 and 2013, such that 90% of current operating diesel trucks will be required to meet these targets by 2014. We estimate that this rule will require well over 100,000 heavy duty diesel trucks to be replaced or retrofitted. According to industry estimates, approximately 66,000 vehicles have elected or will elect to retrofit between 2011 and 2015. We believe that the rate of adoption of electing to retrofit by truck owners as well as the overall level of retrofit activity and our ability to gain sales are dependent upon several factors, including the level of enforcement of the mandate by CARB, the level of new truck acquisitions by truck owners and also our success in attaining the required verifications and . . .

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