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Annual Report


Restatement of Previously Issued Consolidated Financial Statements

As discussed further in Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies - Restatement of Previously Issued Consolidated Financial Statements, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report, we have restated our consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 30, 2012 and December 25, 2011 and our unaudited interim financial information for each of the quarters in the year ended December 30, 2012 and for the first three quarters in the fiscal year ended December 29, 2013. Refer to the Explanatory Note preceding Part 1, Item 1, Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data - Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data - Note 20 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details regarding the aforementioned restatement adjustments.
For information regarding our controls and procedures, see Part II, Item 9A - Controls and Procedures, of this Annual Report.

The following section highlights significant factors impacting the Consolidated Operations and Financial Condition of the Company and its subsidiaries. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with Item 6 "Selected Financial Data" and Item 8 "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data."


We are a leading global manufacturer and provider of technology-driven, loss prevention, inventory management and labeling solutions to the retail and apparel industry. We provide integrated inventory management solutions to brand, track, and secure goods for retailers and consumer product manufacturers worldwide. We are a leading provider of, and earn revenues primarily from the sale of Merchandise Availability Solutions, Apparel Labeling Solutions, and Retail Merchandising Solutions. Merchandise Availability Solutions consists of electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems, EAS consumables, Alpha® solutions, and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, software and services. Apparel Labeling Solutions includes our web-based data management service and network of service bureaus to manage the printing of variable information on price and promotional tickets, graphic tags and labels, adhesive labels, fabric and woven tags and labels, apparel branding tags, fully integrated tags and labels and RFID tags and labels. Retail Merchandising Solutions consists of hand-held labeling systems (HLS) and retail display systems (RDS). Applications of these products include primarily retail security, asset and merchandise visibility, automatic identification, and pricing and promotional labels and signage. Operating directly in 28 countries, we have a global network of subsidiaries and distributors, and provide customer service and technical support around the world.

Our results are heavily dependent upon sales to the retail market. Our customers are dependent upon retail sales, which are susceptible to economic cycles and seasonal fluctuations. Furthermore, as approximately two-thirds of our revenues and operations are located outside the U.S., fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates have a significant impact on reported results.

Historically, we have reported our results of operations in three segments:
Shrink Management Solutions (SMS), Apparel Labeling Solutions (ALS), and Retail Merchandising Solutions (RMS). During the third quarter of 2013, we adjusted the

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product allocation between our SMS and ALS segments, renamed the SMS segment Merchandise Availability Solutions (MAS) and began reporting our segments as:
Merchandise Availability Solutions, Apparel Labeling Solutions, and Retail Merchandising Solutions. Prior periods have been conformed to reflect the segment change.

ALS now includes the results of our radio frequency identification (RFID) labels business (previously reported in SMS), coupled with our data management platform and network of service bureaus that manage the printing of variable information on apparel labels and tags. This change aligns us with our refined ALS strategy to be a leading supplier of apparel labeling solutions, with expertise in intelligent apparel labels for item-level tracking and loss prevention. Our MAS segment, which is focused on loss prevention and Merchandise Visibility™ (RFID), includes EAS systems, EAS consumables, Alpha® high-theft solutions, RFID systems and software and non-U.S. and Canada-based CheckView®. There were no changes to the RMS Segment. The revenues and gross profit for each of the segments are included in Note 18 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

In 2012, we refined our business strategy to transition from a product protection business to a provider of inventory management solutions that give retailers ready insight into the on-shelf availability of merchandise in their stores. In support of this strategy, we continue to provide to retailers, manufacturers and distributors our EAS systems and consumables, Alpha® high-theft solutions, Merchandise Visibility™ (RFID) products and services, and METO® hand-held labeling products. In apparel labeling, we are focusing on those products that support our refined strategy and leveraging our competitive advantage in the transfer and printing of variable data onto apparel labels. We will consider divesting certain businesses and product lines not advantageous to our refined strategy.

Our solutions help customers identify, track, and protect their assets. We believe that innovative new products and expanded product offerings will provide opportunities to enhance the value of legacy products while expanding the product base in existing customer accounts. We intend to maintain our leadership position in key hard goods markets (supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers, and music and electronics retailers); to expand our market share in soft goods markets (specifically apparel), and to maximize our position in under-penetrated markets. We also intend to continue to capitalize on our installed base with large global retailers to promote source tagging. Furthermore, we plan to leverage our knowledge of RF and identification technologies to assist retailers and manufacturers in realizing the benefits of RFID.

Our Apparel Labeling business was assembled over the past few years through numerous acquisitions to support our penetration into the apparel industry and to support the growth of our RFID strategy. We have made changes to right-size the Apparel Labeling footprint in order to profitably provide on-time, high quality products to our apparel customers so that retailers can effectively merchandise their products. Simultaneously, we reduced our Apparel Labeling product offerings to only those that are also necessary to support our RFID strategy.

Our operations and results depend significantly on global market worldwide economic conditions, which have experienced deterioration in recent years. In response to these market conditions, we continue to focus on providing customers with innovative products that will be valuable in addressing shrink, which is particularly important during a difficult economic environment. We have also implemented initiatives to reduce costs and improve working capital to mitigate the effects of the economy on our business. We believe that these restructuring initiatives coupled with the strength of our core business and our ability to generate positive cash flow will continue to sustain us through this challenging period.

During 2009, we initiated the SG&A Restructuring Plan focused on reducing our overall operating expenses by consolidating certain administrative functions to improve efficiencies. The first phase of this plan was implemented in the fourth quarter of 2009 with the remaining phases of the plan substantially completed by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

During September 2011, we initiated the Global Restructuring Plan focused on further reducing our overall operating expenses by including manufacturing and other cost reduction initiatives, such as consolidating certain manufacturing facilities and administrative functions to improve efficiencies. This plan was further expanded in the first quarter of 2012 and again during the second quarter of 2012 to include Project LEAN. The first phase of this plan was implemented in the third quarter of 2011 with the remaining phases of the plan, including final headcount terminations, expected to be substantially complete by the third quarter of 2014.

The expanded Global Restructuring Plan including Project LEAN and the SG&A Restructuring Plan will impact over 2,600 existing employees. Total costs of the Global Restructuring Plan including Project LEAN and the SG&A Restructuring Plan are expected to approximate $78 million to $81 million by the end of the first quarter of 2014, with $60 million to $63 million in total anticipated costs for the Global Restructuring Plan and $18 million of costs incurred for the SG&A Restructuring Plan, which is substantially complete. Total annual savings of the two plans are expected to approximate $106 million to $108 million by the end of the third quarter of 2015, with $87 million to $88 million in total anticipated savings for the Global

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Restructuring Plan including Project LEAN and $19 million to $20 million in total anticipated savings for the SG&A Restructuring Plan. During the fourth quarter of 2013, after additional cost savings reviews, we expanded some of the existing initiatives of Project LEAN, and therefore our total expected costs and savings as well as the completion date for the plan were adjusted. Through our Global Restructuring Plan including Project LEAN, we plan to stabilize sales, actively manage margins, dramatically reduce operating expenses, more effectively manage working capital and improve global cash management control.

In the third quarter of 2012, following an extensive strategic review, we developed a comprehensive plan to address operational performance in ALS. The business was fundamentally restructured, including the consolidation of certain manufacturing operations in order to provide quality merchandising products profitably and on time. We also rationalized our customer base and reviewed our product capabilities to be aligned with our on-shelf availability strategy.

In the third quarter of 2013, we announced that we will continue to develop additional cost savings and margin enhancement initiatives over and above those in the current global restructuring initiatives. The value of these opportunities is expected to approximate between $10 million and $15 million by the end of 2014, with an annualized benefit of $15 million to $20 million.

On December 11, 2013, we entered into a new $200.0 million five-year senior secured multi-currency revolving credit facility("2013 Senior Secured Credit Facility") agreement ("2013 Credit Agreement") with a syndicate of lenders. The 2013 Senior Secured Credit Facility was used to repay $32.0 million outstanding under the 2010 Senior Secured Credit Facility as well as the $55.6 million outstanding under the Senior Secured Notes. We may borrow, prepay and re-borrow under the 2013 Senior Secured Credit Facility as long as the sum of the outstanding principal amounts is less than the aggregate facility availability. The 2013 Senior Secured Credit Facility also includes an expansion option that will allow us to request an increase in the 2013 Senior Secured Credit Facility of up to an aggregate of $100.0 million, for a potential total commitment of $300.0 million.
In October 2012, we completed the sale of the Banking Security Systems Integration business unit, which was focused on the financial services sector and previously was part of our CheckView® business. In April 2013, we completed the sale of our U.S. and Canada based CheckView® business so that we can focus on the growth of our core business.
Future financial results will be dependent upon our ability to successfully implement our redefined strategic focus, expand the functionality of our existing product lines, develop or acquire new products for sale through our global distribution channels, convert new large chain retailers to our solutions for shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling, and reduce the cost of our products and infrastructure to respond to competitive pricing pressures.
We believe that our base of recurring revenue (revenues from the sale of consumables into the installed base of security systems, apparel tags and labels, hand-held labeling tools and services from maintenance), repeat customer business, the anticipated effect of our restructuring activities and our borrowing capacity should provide us with adequate cash flow and liquidity to execute our strategic plan.
Other Income

In December of 2011, we identified errors in our financial statements resulting from improper and fraudulent activities of a certain former employee of our Canada sales subsidiary as part of the transition of our Canadian operations into our shared service environment in North America. In the period from 2005 through the fourth quarter of 2011, the then Controller of our Canadian operations was able to misappropriate cash through various schemes. The defalcation of cash was concealed by overriding internal controls at the subsidiary which had the effect of misstating certain accounts including cash, accounts receivable, and inventories as well as income taxes and non-income taxes payable and operating expenses.

The total cumulative gross financial statement impact of the improper and fraudulent activities was approximately $5.2 million and impacted fiscal years 2005 through 2011 of which $1.1 million was recovered by us from the perpetrator during the fourth quarter of 2011, resulting in a net cumulative financial statement impact of $4.1 million. The fiscal year 2011 financial statement impact was $0.2 million income due to the recovery of $1.1 million offset by expense of $0.9 million. We incurred additional expenses related to the improper and fraudulent activities of $0.7 million during 2012. The financial statement impacts of the improper and fraudulent Canadian activities have been included in other expense in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. We filed a claim during the second quarter of 2012 with our insurance provider for the unrecovered amount of the loss. On October 10, 2012, we received compensation of $4.7 million for the financial impact of the fraudulent Canadian activities from our insurance provider.

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon our Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and the related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities.

Note 1 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements describes the
significant accounting policies used in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. Certain of these significant accounting policies are considered to be critical accounting policies. A critical accounting policy is defined as one that is both material to the presentation of our Consolidated Financial Statements and requires management to make difficult, subjective or complex judgments that could have a material effect on our financial condition or results of operations.

Specifically, these policies have the following attributes: (1) we are required to make assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time of the estimate; and (2) different estimates we could reasonably have used, or changes in the estimate that are reasonably likely to occur, would have a material effect on our financial condition or results of operations. Estimates and assumptions about future events and their effects cannot be determined with certainty. On an on-going basis, we evaluate our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions believed to be applicable and reasonable under the circumstances. These estimates may change as new events occur, as additional information is obtained and as our operating environment changes. These changes have historically been minor and have been included in the Consolidated Financial Statements as soon as they became known. Senior management reviews the development and selection of our accounting policies and estimates with the Audit Committee. The critical accounting policies have been consistently applied throughout the accompanying financial statements.

We believe the following accounting policies are critical to the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements:

Revenue Recognition. We recognize revenue when revenue is realized or realizable and earned. Revenue is realized or realizable and earned when all of the following criteria are met: persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists; delivery has occurred or services have been rendered; the price to the buyer is fixed or determinable; and collectability is reasonably assured.

We enter into contracts to sell our products and services, and, while the majority of our sales agreements contain standard terms and conditions, there are agreements that contain multiple elements or non-standard terms and conditions. As a result, significant contract interpretation is sometimes required to determine the appropriate accounting, including whether the deliverables specified in a multiple element arrangement should be treated as separate units of accounting for revenue recognition purposes, and, if so, how the selling price should be allocated among the elements and when to recognize revenue for each element.

For arrangements with multiple elements, we allocate total arrangement consideration to all deliverables based on their relative selling price using a specific hierarchy and recognize revenue when each element's revenue recognition criteria is met. The hierarchy is as follows: vendor-specific objective evidence ("VSOE"), third-party evidence of selling price ("TPE") or best estimate of selling price ("BESP"). VSOE of fair value for each element is established based on the price charged when the same element is sold separately. We recognize revenue when installation is complete or other post-shipment obligations have been satisfied. Unearned revenue is recorded when payments are received in advance of performing our service obligations and is recognized over the service period.

Products leased to customers under sales-type leases are accounted for as the equivalent of a sale. The present value of such lease revenues is recorded as net revenues, and the related cost of the products is charged to cost of revenues. The deferred finance charges applicable to these leases are recognized over the terms of the leases, or when sold. Rental revenue from products under operating leases is recognized over the term of the lease. Installation revenue from SMS EAS products is recognized when the systems are installed. Service revenue is recognized, for service contracts, on a straight-line basis over the contractual period, and, for non-contract work, as services are performed.

Revenues from software license agreements are recognized when persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, delivery of the product has occurred, no significant vendor obligations are remaining to be fulfilled, the fee is fixed or determinable, and collection is probable. Revenue from software contracts for both licenses and professional services that require significant production, modification, customization, or implementation are recognized together using the percentage of completion method based upon the ratio of labor incurred to total estimated labor to complete each contract. In instances where there is a term license combined with services, revenue is recognized ratably over the term.

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We record estimated reductions to revenue for customer incentive offerings, including volume-based incentives and rebates. We record revenues net of an allowance for estimated return activities. Return activity was immaterial to revenue and results of operations for all periods presented.

We believe the following judgments and estimates have a significant effect on our Consolidated Financial Statements:

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts. We maintain allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. These allowances are based on specific facts and circumstances surrounding individual customers as well as our historical experience. The adequacy of the reserves for doubtful accounts is continually assessed by periodically evaluating each customer's receivable balance, considering our customers' financial condition and credit history, and considering current economic conditions. Historically, our reserves have been adequate to cover all losses associated with doubtful accounts. If the financial condition of our customers were to deteriorate, impairing their ability to make payments, additional allowances may be required. If economic or political conditions were to change in the countries where we do business, it could have a significant impact on the results of operations, and our ability to realize the full value of our accounts receivable. Furthermore, we are dependent on customers in the retail markets. Economic difficulties experienced in those markets could have a significant impact on our results of operations and our ability to realize the full value of our accounts receivables. If our historical experiences changed by 10%, it would require an increase or decrease of $0.2 million to our reserve.

Inventory Valuation. We write down our inventory for estimated obsolescence or unmarketable items equal to the difference between the cost of the inventory and the estimated net realizable value based upon assumptions of future demand and market conditions. If actual market conditions are less favorable than those projected by management, additional inventory write-downs may be required. If our estimates were to change by 10%, it would cause a change in inventory value of $0.5 million.

Valuation of Long-lived Assets. Our long-lived assets include property, plant, and equipment, goodwill, and identified intangible assets. With the exception of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets, long-lived assets are depreciated or amortized over their estimated useful lives, and are reviewed for impairment whenever changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. Recoverability is determined based upon our estimates of future undiscounted cash flows. If the carrying value is determined to be not recoverable, an impairment charge would be necessary to reduce the recorded value of the assets to their fair value. The fair value of the long-lived assets other than goodwill is based upon appraisals, quoted market prices of similar assets, or discounted cash flows.

Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are subject to tests for impairment at least annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be recoverable. We test for impairment on an annual basis as of fiscal month end October of each fiscal year, relying on a number of factors including operating results, business plans, and anticipated future cash flows. Our management uses its judgment in assessing whether goodwill has become impaired between annual impairment tests. Reporting units are primarily determined as the geographic areas comprising our business segments, except in situations when aggregation of the reporting units is appropriate. Recoverability of goodwill is evaluated using a two-step process. The first step involves a comparison of the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying value. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value, then the second step of the process involves a comparison of the implied fair value and carrying value of the goodwill of that reporting unit. If the carrying value of the goodwill of a reporting unit exceeds the fair value of that goodwill, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount equal to the excess. The nonrecurring fair value measurement of goodwill is developed using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3).

The implied fair value of our reporting units is dependent upon our estimate of future discounted cash flows and other factors. Our estimates of future cash flows include assumptions concerning future operating performance and economic conditions and may differ from actual future cash flows. Estimated future cash flows are adjusted by an appropriate discount rate derived from our market capitalization plus a suitable control premium at the date of evaluation. The financial and credit market volatility directly impacts our fair value measurement through our weighted average cost of capital that we use to determine our discount rate, and through our stock price that we use to determine our market capitalization. Therefore, changes in the stock price may also affect the result of the impairment test. Market capitalization is determined by multiplying the number of shares outstanding on the assessment date by the average market price of our common stock over a 30-day period before each assessment date. We use this 30-day duration to consider inherent market fluctuations that may affect any individual closing price. We believe that our market capitalization alone does not fully capture the fair value of our business as a whole, or the substantial value that an acquirer would obtain from its ability to obtain control of our business. The difference between the sum total of the fair value of our reporting units and our market capitalization represents the control premium. As of the date of our goodwill impairment test, management has assessed our control premium to be within a reasonable range.

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We have not made any changes to our methodology used in our annual impairment test since the adoption of ASC 350. Determination of the fair value of a reporting unit is a matter of judgment and involves the use of estimates and assumptions, which are based on management's best estimates at the time.

We use an income approach (discounted cash flow approach) for the determination of fair value of our reporting units. Our projected cash flows incorporate many assumptions, the most significant of which include variables such as future sales, growth rates, operating margin, and the discount rates applied.

Assumptions related to revenue, growth rates and operating margin are based on management's annual and ongoing forecasting, budgeting and planning processes and represent our best estimate of the future results of operations across the company. These estimates are subject to many assumptions, such as the economic environment across the segments in which we operate, end demand for our products, and competitor actions. The use of different assumptions would increase or decrease estimated discounted future cash flows and could increase or decrease an impairment charge. If the use of these assets or the projections of future cash flows change in the future, we may be required to record impairment charges. An erosion of future business results in any of the business units or significant declines in our stock price could result in an impairment to goodwill or other long-lived assets. These risks are discussed in Item 1A. Risk Factors.

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