To date, the Company has repurchased 429,812 of its Ordinary Shares, at a total cost of approximately $3.74 million, under the share repurchase program approved and announced in November 2012. Pursuant to approval granted by its Board of Directors, the Company will continue to repurchase shares, up to the originally approved total of $30.0 million. Such purchases will be subject, among other things, to the share price and market conditions and will be made in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Hearings on the Korean Matter remain ongoing, as does the investigation by the prosecutor into the actions of employees of the Company outside of Korea, in connection with which the Company’s Korean subsidiary continues to co-operate with the Korean authorities. The Company recorded $4.0 million in net costs in 2012 in connection with the Korean Matter, and expects to continue to incur fees and expenses associated therewith.
Due to the elimination of the proportionate method of consolidation for joint ventures under applicable Israeli GAAP, which became effective on January 1, 2013, commencing from the first quarter of 2013 the Company will account for its interest in Frontline P.C.B. Solutions Limited Partnership (“ Frontline”) using the equity method and, as a result, will report its investment as a one line item within investments and other non-current assets in the consolidated balance sheets; and its share of earnings on one line in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations. This presentation will be applied in the Company’s financial statements for all prior periods for consistency. Accordingly, the Company’s reported financial statements for prior periods, including the financial statements in this press release, will change in future periods. The Company’s share in the earnings of Frontline will be presented under operating income since Frontline is integrated into the operations of the Company.
The Company expects that revenues for the first quarter of 2013, which it anticipates will be the lowest quarter for the year, will be approximately $93 - $94 million, or about $90 million under the new accounting treatment in connection with Frontline, as discussed above.
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