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Annual Report


The following Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements as a result of certain factors, including those set forth above in Item 1A, Risk Factors, and below in Item 7A, Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

Overview of Our Company

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, we develop and market innovative hardware and software products that enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, and audio and video communication over the Internet. We have two operating segments: peripherals and video conferencing.

Our peripherals segment encompasses the design, manufacturing and marketing of peripherals for PCs (personal computers), tablets and other digital platforms. Our products for home and business PCs include mice, trackballs, keyboards, interactive gaming controllers, multimedia speakers, headsets and webcams. Our tablet accessory products include keyboards, keyboard cases and covers, headsets, wireless speakers, earphones and stands. Our Internet communications products include webcams, headsets, video communications services, and digital video security systems. Our digital music products include speakers, earphones and custom in-ear monitors. For home entertainment systems, we offer the Harmony line of advanced remote controls. Our gaming products include a range of gaming controllers and microphones, as well as other accessories. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, we identified a number of product categories that no longer fit with our current strategic direction. As a result, we made a strategic decision to divest our Retail-Remote product category and our digital video security product line, included within our Retail-Video product category, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and most console gaming peripherals, by the end of fiscal year 2014. This decision primarily resulted from our belief that these categories of products would not make a meaningful contribution to improve our growth or profitability.

Our brand, portfolio management, product definition and engineering teams in our peripherals segment are responsible for product strategy, technological innovation, product design and development, and bringing our products to market. Our business groups are organized by the following product categories: Pointing Devices, PC Keyboards & Desktops, Tablet Accessories, Audio PC, Audio-Wearables & Wireless, Video, PC Gaming, and Remotes. Our global marketing organization is responsible for developing and building the Logitech brand, consumer insight, public relations and social media, customer care and digital marketing. Our regional retail sales and marketing activities are organized into three geographic areas: Americas (including North and South America), EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Asia Pacific (including, among other countries, China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia).

We sell our peripheral products to a network of distributors, retailers and OEMs. Our worldwide retail network includes wholesale distributors, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchandisers, specialty electronics stores, computer and telecommunications stores, value-added resellers and online merchants. Sales of peripherals to our retail channels were 87% and 86% of our net sales for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. The large majority of our revenues have historically been derived from sales of our peripheral products for use by consumers. Our OEM customers include the majority of the world's largest PC manufacturers. Sales to OEM customers were 7% and 8% of our net sales for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

Our video conferencing segment encompasses the design, manufacturing and marketing of video conferencing products, infrastructure and services for the enterprise, public sector, and other business

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markets. Video conferencing products include scalable HD (high-definition) video communication endpoints, HD video conferencing systems with integrated monitors, video bridges and other infrastructure software and hardware to support large-scale video deployments, and services to support these products. The video conferencing segment maintains a separate marketing and sales organization which sells LifeSize products and services worldwide. Video conferencing product development and product management organizations are separate, but coordinated with our peripherals business, particularly our Consumer Computing Platform group. We sell our LifeSize products and services to distributors, value-added resellers, OEMs, and occasionally, direct enterprise customers. Sales of LifeSize products were 6% of our net sales in the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. During fiscal year 2013, we recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $214.5 million related to our video conferencing segment.

We seek to fulfill the increasing demand for interfaces between people and the expanding digital world across multiple platforms and user environments. The interface evolves as platforms, user models and our target markets evolve. As access to digital information has expanded, we have extended our focus to mobile devices, the digital home, and the enterprise as access points to the Internet and the digital world. All of these platforms require interfaces that are customized according to how the devices are used. We believe that continued investment in product research and development is critical to creating the innovation required to strengthen our competitive advantage and to drive future sales growth. We are committed to identifying and meeting current and future consumer trends with new and improved product technologies, partnering with others where our strengths are complementary, as well as leveraging the value of the Logitech and LifeSize brands from a competitive, channel partner and consumer experience perspective. We believe innovation and product quality are important to gaining market acceptance and maintaining market leadership.

We have been expanding the categories of products we sell and entering new markets, such as the markets for tablet accessories. As we do so, we are confronting new competitors, many of which have more experience in the categories or markets and have greater marketing resources and brand name recognition than we have. In addition, because of the continuing convergence of the markets for computing devices and consumer electronics, we expect greater competition in the future from well-established consumer electronics companies in our new categories as well as future ones we might enter. Many of these companies have greater financial, technical, sales, marketing and other resources than we have.

Our peripherals and video conferencing industries are intensely competitive. The peripherals industry is characterized by platform evolution, short product life cycles, continual performance enhancements, and rapid adoption of technological and product advancements by competitors in our retail markets, and price sensitivity in the OEM market. We experience aggressive price competition and other promotional activities from our primary competitors and from less established brands, including brands owned by some retail customers known as house brands, in response to declining consumer demand in both mature retail and OEM markets. We may also encounter more competition if any of our competitors in one or more categories decide to enter other categories in which we currently operate.

From time-to-time, we may seek to partner with or acquire, when appropriate, companies that have products, personnel, and technologies that complement our strategic direction. We continually review our product offerings and our strategic direction in light of our profitability targets, competitive conditions, changing consumer trends, and the evolving nature of the interface between the consumer and the digital world.

Summary of Financial Results

Our total net sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 decreased 9%, compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, due to the continued decline in retail, as well as OEM and video conferencing sales.

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Retail sales during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 decreased 8% and retail units sold decreased 7%, compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. We experienced declines in all retail regions, 7% decline in the Americas region, 11% decline in the EMEA region, and 4% decline in the Asia Pacific region. If foreign currency exchange rates had been the same in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, the percentage changes in our constant dollar retail sales would have been a decrease of 7% in the Americas regions, 7% in the EMEA region, and 4% in the Asia Pacific region. Sales incentive spending (including pricing discounts) during fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, compared with fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, decreased by 12% due to lower sell-through during this period. Sales returns expense during fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, compared with fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, decreased by 15% due to lower channel inventory aging during this period.

Sales of video conferencing products, which were 6% of total net sales in each of the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, decreased by 7% in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, compared with the prior fiscal year, due to sales declines in all geographic regions.

Our gross margin for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 remained relatively constant at 33.7%, compared with 33.5% for the prior fiscal year. During fiscal year 2013, we benefitted from gross margin improvement primarily due to the absence of an inventory valuation adjustment related to Logitech Revue and related peripherals which occurred during fiscal year 2012, and from improvements to our channel pricing program and global supply chain process. These improvements were almost entirely offset by an unfavorable change in retail product mix, the negative impact of a weaker euro, a charge to revalue our inventory of several headphones and a large form-factor wireless speaker included in our Audio-Wearables & Wireless retail product category, actions related to the simplification of our product portfolio and restructuring-related costs.

Operating expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 were 46% of net sales, compared with 30% in the prior fiscal year. This increase was primarily attributable to a $214.5 million goodwill impairment charge related to our video conferencing reporting unit and from $43.7 million in costs related to restructuring plans we implemented in fiscal year 2013.

Net loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 was $228.1 million, compared with net income of $71.5 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. This decline primarily resulted from the $214.5 million goodwill impairment charge and the $43.7 million in restructuring charges, offset in part by a discrete tax benefit of $32.1 million from the closure of federal income tax examinations in the United States.

Trends in Our Business

Our sales of PC peripherals for use by consumers in the Americas and Europe have historically made up the large majority of our revenues. In the last two years, the PC market has changed dramatically and there continues to be significant weakness in the global market for new PCs. This weakness has had a negative impact on our net sales in all of our PC-related categories. We believe that this weakness reflects the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones as mobile computing devices.

We believe Logitech's future growth will be determined by our ability to rapidly create innovative products across multiple digital platforms, especially accessories for mobility-related products, including tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices, and for digital music, including wireless speakers and wearables such as earphones, to limit and offset the decline in our PC peripherals and to pursue growth opportunities in emerging markets, mobility-related products, products for digital music and sales to enterprise markets. The following discussion represents key trends specific to each of our two operating segments, peripherals and video conferencing.

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Trends Specific to our Peripherals Segment

Mature and Emerging Markets. In our traditional, mature markets, such as North America, Western and Northern Europe, Japan, and Australia, although the installed base of PC users is large, consumer demand for PCs has declined in recent years, and we believe it will continue to decline in future years. As a consequence, consumer demand for PC peripherals is slowing, or in some case declining. While we continue to pursue growth opportunities in select PC peripheral product lines in mature markets, we believe there are growth opportunities for our PC peripherals outside the mature markets. We have invested significantly in growing the number of our sales, marketing and administrative personnel in China, our largest target emerging market, with the result that China was our third-largest country in retail sales for fiscal ended March 31, 2013. We are also expanding our presence in other emerging markets.

Enterprise Market. We are continuing our efforts on creating and selling products and services to enterprises. We believe the preferences of employees increasingly drive companies' choices in the information technologies they deploy to their employee base. Growing our enterprise peripherals business will continue to require investment in selected business-specific products, targeted product marketing, and sales channel development.

Tablets, Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices. The increasing popularity of smaller, mobile computing devices, such as tablets and smartphones with touch interfaces, have created new markets and usage models for peripherals and accessories. Logitech has begun to offer products to enhance the use of mobile devices. For example, we are experiencing strong demand for our tablet keyboards, led by our Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, which currently represents our best selling product across all of our product categories. During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, we also introduced the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini, a slim protective keyboard cover designed to enhance the iPad mini experience. Initial demand for the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini has been very positive. The tablets and accessories category is one of the primary strategic categories of our business. We continue to expand and leverage on our success in this category through the introduction of innovative products such as the Logitech Keyboard Folio and Folio mini, and the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad and iPad, announced in late March 2013 and April 2013.

Digital Music. We believe that digital music, the seamless consumption of audio content on home and mobile devices, presents a growth opportunity for Logitech, based on our history of successful earphone, headset and speaker products. Many consumers listen to music as a pervasive entertainment activity, fueled by the growth in smartphones, tablets, music services and Internet radio. Logitech has a solid foundation of audio solutions to satisfy consumers' needs for music consumption, including Logitech UE earphones and digital music speakers.

OEM business. Sales of our OEM mice and keyboards have historically made up the bulk of our OEM sales. In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift away from desktop PCs and there continues to be significant weakness in the global market for PCs which has adversely affected our sales of OEM mice and keyboards, all of which are sold with name-brand desktop PCs. We expect this trend to continue and for OEM sales to comprise a smaller percentage of our total revenues in the future.

Trends in Other Peripheral Product Categories. Some of our other peripherals product categories are experiencing significant market challenges. As the quality of PC-embedded webcams improves, we expect future sales of our PC-connected webcams in mature consumer markets to continue declining. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, we identified a number of product categories that no longer fit with our current strategic direction. As a result, we made a strategic decision to divest our entire Retail-Remotes product category and our digital video security product line included in our Retail-Video product category, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and most console gaming peripherals, by the end of fiscal year 2014.

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Trends Specific to our Video Conferencing Segment

The trend among businesses and institutions to use video conferencing offers a long-term growth opportunity for Logitech. However, the overall video conferencing industry has experienced a slowdown in recent quarters. In addition, there has been an increase in the competitive environment in fiscal year 2013. This resulted in a $214.5 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. We believe the growth in our video conferencing segment depends in part on our ability to increase sales to enterprises with existing installed bases of equipment supplied by our competitors, and to enterprises that may purchase such competitor equipment in the future. We believe the ability of our LifeSize products to interoperate with the equipment of other telecommunications, video conferencing or telepresence equipment suppliers to be a key factor in purchasing decisions by current or prospective LifeSize customers. In addition, LifeSize has broadened its product portfolio to include infrastructure, cloud services and other offerings which require different approaches to developing customer solutions. We also are seeking to offer LifeSize products designed to enhance the use of mobile devices in video conferencing applications.

Emerging Market. China also represents a significant targeted emerging market for our video conferencing segment. We have invested significantly in growing the number of our video conferencing sales, marketing and administrative personnel in China.

Critical Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with U.S. GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America) requires us to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets, liabilities, net sales and expenses, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.

We consider an accounting estimate critical if it: (i) requires management to make judgments and estimates about matters that are inherently uncertain; and
(ii) is important to an understanding of our financial condition and operating results.

We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of current events and actions that may impact us in the future, actual results could differ from those estimates. Management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of these critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

We believe the following accounting estimates are most critical to our business operations and to an understanding of our financial condition and results of operations, and reflect the more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.

Accruals for Customer Programs

We record accruals for product returns, cooperative marketing arrangements, customer incentive programs and pricing programs. An allowance against accounts receivable is recorded for accruals and program activity related to our direct customers and those indirect customers who receive payments for program activity through our direct customers. An accrued liability is recorded for accruals and program activity related to our indirect customers who receive payments directly and do not have a right of offset against a receivable balance. The estimated cost of these programs is recorded as a reduction of revenue or as an operating expense, if we receive a separately identifiable benefit from the customer and can reasonably estimate the fair value of that benefit. Significant management judgment and estimates must be used to determine the cost of these programs in any accounting period.

Returns. We grant limited rights to return products. Return rights vary by customer, and range from just the right to return defective product to stock rotation rights limited to a percentage approved by

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management. Estimates of expected future product returns are recognized at the time of sale based on analyses of historical return trends by customer and by product, inventories owned by and located at distributors and retailers, current customer demand, current operating conditions, and other relevant customer and product information. Return trends are influenced by product life cycle status, new product introductions, market acceptance of products, sales levels, product sell-through, the type of customer, seasonality, product quality issues, competitive pressures, operational policies and procedures and other factors. Return rates can fluctuate over time, but are sufficiently predictable to allow us to estimate expected future product returns.

Cooperative Marketing Arrangements. We enter into customer marketing programs with many of our distribution and retail customers, and with certain indirect partners, allowing customers to receive a credit equal to a set percentage of their purchases of our products, or a fixed dollar credit for various marketing arrangements. The objective of these arrangements is to encourage advertising and promotional events to increase sales of our products. Accruals for these marketing arrangements are recorded at the time of sale, or time of commitment, based on negotiated terms, historical experience and inventory levels in the channel.

Customer Incentive Programs. Customer incentive programs include performance-based incentives and consumer rebates. We offer performance-based incentives to our distribution customers, retail customers and indirect partners based on pre-determined performance criteria. Accruals for performance-based incentives are recognized as a reduction of the sale price at the time of sale. Estimates of required accruals are determined based on negotiated terms, consideration of historical experience, anticipated volume of future purchases, and inventory levels in the channel. Consumer rebates are offered from time to time at the Company's discretion for the primary benefit of end-users. Estimated costs of consumer rebates and similar incentives are recorded at the time the incentive is offered, based on the specific terms and conditions. Certain incentive programs, including consumer rebates, require management to estimate the number of customers who will actually redeem the incentive based on historical experience and the specific terms and conditions of particular programs.

Pricing Programs. We have agreements with certain of our customers that contain terms allowing price protection credits to be issued in the event of a subsequent price reduction. At management's discretion, we also offer special pricing discounts to certain customers. Special pricing discounts are usually offered only for limited time periods or for sales of selected products to specific indirect partners. Our decision to make price reductions is influenced by product life cycle stage, market acceptance of products, the competitive environment, new product introductions and other factors. Estimates of expected future pricing actions are recognized at the time of sale based on analyses of historical pricing actions by customer and by product, inventories owned by and located at distributors and retailers, current customer demand, current operating conditions, and other relevant customer and product information, such as stage of product life-cycle.

We regularly evaluate the adequacy of our accruals for product returns, cooperative marketing arrangements, customer incentive programs and pricing programs. Future market conditions and product transitions may require us to take action to increase such programs. In addition, when the variables used to estimate these costs change, or if actual costs differ significantly from the estimates, we would be required to record incremental increases or reductions to revenue or increase operating expenses. If, at any future time, we become unable to reasonably estimate these costs, recognition of revenue might be deferred until products are sold to end-users, which would adversely impact revenue in the period of transition.

Inventory Valuation

We must order components for our products and build inventory in advance of customer orders. Further, our industry is characterized by rapid technological change, short-term customer commitments and rapid changes in demand.

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We record inventories at the lower of cost or market value and record write-downs of inventories which are obsolete or in excess of anticipated demand or market value. A review of inventory is performed each fiscal quarter that considers factors including the marketability and product life cycle stage, product development plans, component cost trends, demand forecasts and current sales levels. We identify inventory exposures by comparing inventory on hand, in the channel and on order to historical and forecasted sales over forecasted sales periods. Inventory on hand which is not expected to be sold or utilized based on review of forecasted sales and utilization is considered excess, and we recognize the write-off in cost of sales at the time of such determination. The write-off is determined by comparison of the current replacement cost with the estimated selling price less any costs of completion and disposal (net realizable value) and the net realizable value less an allowance for normal profit. At the time of loss recognition, a new, lower-cost basis for that inventory is established and subsequent changes in facts and circumstances would not result in an increase in the cost basis. If there were an abrupt and substantial decline in demand for Logitech's products or an unanticipated change in technological or customer requirements, we may be required to record additional write-downs which could adversely affect gross margins in the period when the write-downs are recorded.

Share-Based Compensation Expense

Share-based compensation expense includes compensation expense, reduced for estimated forfeitures. The grant date fair value for stock options and stock purchase rights is estimated using the Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing valuation model. The grant date fair value of RSUs (restricted stock units) which vest upon meeting certain market conditions is estimated using the Monte-Carlo simulation method. The grant date fair value of time-based RSUs is calculated based on the share market price on the date of grant. For stock options and restricted stock assumed by Logitech when LifeSize was acquired, the grant date used to estimate fair value was deemed to be December 11, 2009, the . . .

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