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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
     
þ   QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED OCTOBER 2, 2010
OR
     
o   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM                      TO                     
Commission file number 0-20388
LITTELFUSE, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Delaware   36-3795742
     
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
8755 W. Higgins Road, Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois
  60631
     
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)
(773) 628-1000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes o No o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
             
Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer þ   Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company o
     Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No þ
As of October 22, 2010, 22,224,692 shares of common stock, $.01 par value, of the registrant were outstanding.
 
 

 


 

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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.   Financial Statements
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of USD, except share amounts)
                 
    October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
    (unaudited)          
ASSETS
               
Current assets:
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 118,927     $ 70,354  
Accounts receivable, less allowances
    107,906       79,521  
Inventories
    66,030       52,567  
Deferred income taxes
    13,115       13,804  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    11,981       18,196  
Assets held for sale
    6,535       9,573  
 
           
Total current assets
    324,494       244,015  
Property, plant and equipment:
               
Land
    5,170       7,028  
Buildings
    51,160       55,466  
Equipment
    260,667       280,928  
 
           
 
    316,997       343,422  
Accumulated depreciation
    (192,983 )     (207,500 )
 
           
Net property, plant and equipment
    124,014       135,922  
Intangible assets, net of amortization:
               
Patents, licenses and software
    11,384       12,451  
Distribution network
    9,123       10,837  
Customer lists, trademarks and tradenames
    12,820       13,363  
Goodwill
    94,707       94,986  
 
           
 
    128,034       131,637  
Investments
    12,038       11,742  
Deferred income taxes
    9,066       8,460  
Other assets
    1,452       1,351  
 
           
 
               
Total assets
  $ 599,098     $ 533,127  
 
           
 
               
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  $ 27,140     $ 23,646  
Accrued payroll
    21,248       13,291  
Accrued expenses
    9,999       8,561  
Accrued severance
    3,553       11,418  
Accrued income taxes
    22,351       4,525  
Current portion of long-term debt
    14,500       14,183  
 
           
Total current liabilities
    98,791       75,624  
Long-term debt, less current portion
    43,000       49,000  
Accrued severance
    466       421  
Accrued post-retirement benefits
    11,823       18,271  
Other long-term liabilities
    10,960       11,212  
Total equity
    434,058       378,599  
 
           
 
               
Total liabilities and equity
  $ 599,098     $ 533,127  
 
           
 
               
Common shares issued and outstanding of 21,633,026 and 21,792,241, at October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010, respectively.
               
 
               
See accompanying notes.

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LITTELFUSE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
(In thousands of USD, except per share data, unaudited)
                                 
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    October 2,     September 26,     October 2,     September 26,  
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
Net sales
  $ 163,465     $ 116,420     $ 465,375     $ 302,219  
 
                               
Cost of sales
    96,212       79,804       285,459       221,915  
 
                       
 
                               
Gross profit
    67,253       36,616       179,916       80,304  
 
                               
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    27,553       21,174       80,208       66,462  
Research and development expenses
    4,345       4,222       12,698       13,755  
Amortization of intangibles
    1,247       1,209       3,752       3,632  
 
                       
 
    33,145       26,605       96,658       83,849  
 
                               
Operating income (loss)
    34,108       10,011       83,258       (3,545 )
 
                               
Interest expense
    313       537       1,096       1,844  
Other (income) expense, net
    (29 )     648       (1,328 )     (468 )
 
                       
 
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes
    33,824       8,826       83,490       (4,921 )
 
                               
Income taxes
    10,486       768       24,405       (2,611 )
 
                       
 
                               
Net income (loss)
  $ 23,338     $ 8,058     $ 59,085     $ (2,310 )
 
                       
 
                               
Net income (loss) per share (see note 7):
                               
Basic
  $ 1.06     $ 0.37     $ 2.68     $ (0.11 )
 
                       
Diluted
  $ 1.04     $ 0.37     $ 2.64     $ (0.11 )
 
                       
 
                               
Weighted average shares and equivalent shares outstanding:
                               
Basic
    21,968       21,750       21,945       21,733  
 
                       
Diluted
    22,344       21,882       22,316       21,733  
 
                       
See accompanying notes.

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LITTELFUSE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of USD, unaudited)
                 
    For the Nine Months Ended  
    October 2,     September 26,  
    2010     2009  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
               
Net income (loss)
  $ 59,085     $ (2,310 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation
    20,706       23,618  
Amortization of intangibles
    3,752       3,632  
Impairment of assets
    2,988       829  
Stock-based compensation
    4,043       4,297  
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation
    (947 )      
(Gain) loss on sale of property, plant and equipment
    (334 )     494  
Loss on sale of investment
          68  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
Accounts receivable
    (28,603 )     (15,984 )
Inventories
    (12,859 )     13,826  
Accounts payable
    3,015       86  
Accrued expenses (including post-retirement)
    (4,866 )     (12,799 )
Accrued payroll and severance
    300       (4,456 )
Accrued taxes
    19,919       (9,582 )
Prepaid expenses and other
    8,732       (975 )
 
           
Net cash provided by operating activities
    74,931       744  
 
               
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
               
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment
    (15,740 )     (13,362 )
Purchase of business, net of cash acquired
          (920 )
Proceeds from sale of investment
          133  
Proceeds from sale of assets
    4,748       72  
 
           
Net cash used in investing activities
    (10,992 )     (14,077 )
 
               
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
               
Proceeds from debt
    13,345       20,488  
Payments of debt
    (19,124 )     (23,000 )
Purchases of common stock
    (22,287 )      
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
    11,734       773  
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation
    947        
 
           
Net cash used in financing activities
    (15,385 )     (1,739 )
 
               
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
    19       1,524  
 
           
 
               
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    48,573       (13,548 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    70,354       70,937  
 
           
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 118,927     $ 57,389  
 
           
See accompanying notes.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
1. Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of Littelfuse, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “company”) have been prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, and accrued employee-related costs pursuant to contractual obligations, considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the period ended October 2, 2010 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending January 1, 2011. For further information, refer to the company’s consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto incorporated by reference in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended January 2, 2010. The company evaluated subsequent events through the date its financial statements were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).
In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued authoritative guidance that eliminates the qualifying special purpose entity concept, changes the requirements for derecognizing financial assets and requires enhanced disclosures about transfers of financial assets. The guidance also revises earlier guidance for determining whether an entity is a variable interest entity, requires a new approach for determining who should consolidate a variable interest entity, changes when it is necessary to reassess who should consolidate a variable interest entity, and requires enhanced disclosures related to an enterprise’s involvement in variable interest entities. The guidance is effective for the first annual reporting period that begins after November 15, 2009. The company adopted the new accounting guidance on January 3, 2010, which did not have a material impact on its Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
2. Reclassification
Certain items in the 2009 financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the 2010 presentation.
3. Inventories
The components of inventories at October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010 are as follows (in thousands):
                 
    October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
Raw material
  $ 21,700     $ 20,065  
Work in process
    10,218       9,111  
Finished goods
    34,112       23,391  
 
           
Total inventories
  $ 66,030     $ 52,567  
 
           
4. Investments
Included in the company’s investments are shares of Polytronics Technology Corporation Ltd. (“Polytronics”), a Taiwanese company whose shares are traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The Polytronics investment was acquired as part of the Littelfuse GmbH acquisition. The fair value of the Polytronics investment was €8.8 million (approximately $12.0 million) at October 2, 2010 and €8.2 million (approximately $11.7 million) at January 2, 2010, based on the quoted market price at the close of business corresponding to each date. Included in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) was an unrealized gain of $0.7 million, due to the increase in fair market value for the nine months ended October 2, 2010.
The remaining difference in fair value of this investment was due to the impact of changes in exchange rates, which is included as a component of the currency translation adjustments of “Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)”.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
5. Debt
The carrying amounts of long-term debt at October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010 are as follows (in thousands):
                 
    October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
Term loan
  $ 51,000     $ 57,000  
Revolving credit facility
    6,500       6,183  
Other obligations
           
 
           
 
    57,500       63,183  
Less: Current portion of long-term debt
    14,500       14,183  
 
           
Total long-term debt
  $ 43,000     $ 49,000  
 
           
6. Financial Instruments and Risk Management
Occasionally, the company uses financial instruments to manage its exposures to movements in commodity prices, foreign exchange and interest rates. The use of these financial instruments modifies the company’s exposure to these risks with the goal of reducing the risk or cost to the company. The company does not use derivatives for trading purposes and is not a party to leveraged derivative contracts.
The company recognizes all derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities at fair value in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The fair value is based upon either market quotes for actively traded instruments or independent bids for non-exchange traded instruments. The company formally documents its hedge relationships, including identifying the hedging instruments and the hedged items, as well as its risk management objectives and strategies for undertaking the hedge transaction. This process includes linking derivatives that are designated as hedges of specific assets, liabilities, firm commitments or forecasted transactions to the hedged risk. On the date the derivative is entered into, the company designates the derivative as a fair value hedge, cash flow hedge or a net investment hedge, and accounts for the derivative in accordance with its designation. The company also formally assesses, both at inception and at least quarterly thereafter, whether the derivatives are highly effective in offsetting changes in either the fair value or cash flows of the hedged item. If it is determined that a derivative ceases to be a highly effective hedge, or if the anticipated transaction is no longer likely to occur, the company discontinues hedge accounting, and any deferred gains or losses are recorded in the respective measurement period. At October 2, 2010, the company does not have any outstanding derivative instruments.
Cash Flow Hedges
A hedge of a forecasted transaction or of the variability of cash flows to be received or paid related to a recognized asset or liability is designated as a cash flow hedge. The effective portion of the change in the fair value of a derivative that is designated as a cash flow hedge is recorded in “Other Comprehensive Income (Loss).” When the impact of the hedged item is recognized in the income statement, the gain or loss included in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) is reported on the same line in the Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss) as the hedged item. The company’s cash flow hedges expired during the second quarter ended July 3, 2010.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
6. Financial Instruments and Risk Management, continued
Cash Flow Hedge — Currency Risk Management
In January 2009, the company entered into a series of weekly forward contracts to buy Mexican pesos to manage its exposure to fluctuations in the cost of this currency through December 28, 2009. The company uses Mexican pesos to fund payroll and operating expenses at one of the company’s Mexico manufacturing facilities. The operations of the Mexico facility are accounted for within an entity where the U.S. dollar is the functional currency. In September 2009, the company extended the arrangement through June 28, 2010. Amounts included in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) are reclassified into Cost of Sales in the period in which the hedged transaction is recognized in earnings. As of July 3, 2010, the company’s peso forward contracts expired.
Fair Value of Derivative Instruments
The fair values of derivative financial instruments recognized in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets of the company are as follows (in thousands):
                     
        Fair Value  
Description   Balance Sheet Item   October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
Derivative Assets — Hedges
                   
Cash Flow Hedges
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   $     $ 179  
 
               
Total Derivative Assets
      $     $ 179  
 
               
Net Derivative Gain or Loss
The effect of cash flow hedge derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss) and Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) is as follows (in thousands):
                                         
                    Location of Gain        
                    (Loss) Reclassified        
    Amount of Gain (Loss) Recognized in     from Other     Amount of Gain (Loss) Reclassified  
    Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)     Comprehensive     from Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)  
    (Effective Portion)     Income (Loss)     into Income (Loss) (Effective Portion)  
    Nine Months Ended     into Income (Loss)     Nine Months Ended  
    October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     (Effective Portion)     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009  
Commodity contracts
  $     $ (57 )   Cost of Sales   $     $ (593 )
Foreign exchange contracts
    92       (199 )   Cost of Sales     (191 )     138  
 
                               
Total
  $ 92     $ (256 )           $ (191 )   $ (455 )
 
                               
Derivative Transactions
At October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010, Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) included $0.0 million and $0.1 million in unrealized losses, respectively, for derivatives, net of income taxes.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
7. Fair Value of Financial Assets and Liabilities
In determining fair value, the company uses various valuation approaches within the fair value measurement framework. Fair value measurements are determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability.
Applicable accounting literature establishes a hierarchy for inputs used in measuring fair value that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs by requiring that the most observable inputs be used when available. Applicable accounting literature defines levels within the hierarchy based on the reliability of inputs as follows:
Level 1—Valuations based on unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets;
Level 2—Valuations based on quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities or identical assets or liabilities in less active markets, such as dealer or broker markets; and
Level 3—Valuations derived from valuation techniques in which one or more significant inputs or significant value drivers are unobservable, such as pricing models, discounted cash flow models and similar techniques not based on market, exchange, dealer or broker-traded transactions.
Following is a description of the valuation methodologies used for instruments measured at fair value and their classification in the valuation hierarchy.
Available-for-sale securities
Equity securities listed on a national market or exchange are valued at the last sales price. Such securities are classified within Level 1 of the valuation hierarchy.
Derivative instruments
The fair value of commodity derivatives are valued based on quoted futures prices for the underlying commodity and are categorized as Level 2. The fair values of foreign exchange rate derivatives are determined based on inputs that are readily available in public markets or can be derived from information available in publicly quoted markets and are categorized as Level 2.
The company does not have any financial assets or liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis categorized as Level 3, and there were no transfers in or out of Level 2 or Level 3 during the nine months ended October 2, 2010. There were no changes during the nine months ended October 2, 2010, to the company’s valuation techniques used to measure asset and liability fair values on a recurring basis. As of October 2, 2010, the company held no non-financial assets or liabilities that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis.
The following table presents assets measured at fair value by classification within the fair value hierarchy as of October 2, 2010 (in thousands):
                                 
    Fair Value Measurements Using        
            Significant              
    Quoted Prices in     Other     Significant        
    Active Markets for     Observable     Unobservable        
    Identical Assets     Inputs     Inputs        
    (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)     Total  
Available-for-sale securities
  $ 12,038     $     $     $ 12,038  
 
                       
Total
  $ 12,038     $     $     $ 12,038  
 
                       

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
7. Fair Value of Financial Assets and Liabilities, continued
The following table presents assets measured at fair value by classification within the fair value hierarchy as of January 2, 2010 (in thousands):
                                 
    Fair Value Measurements Using        
            Significant              
    Quoted Prices in     Other     Significant        
    Active Markets for     Observable     Unobservable        
    Identical Assets     Inputs     Inputs        
    (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)     Total  
Available-for-sale securities
  $ 11,742     $     $     $ 11,742  
Currency derivative contracts
          179             179  
 
                       
Total
  $ 11,742     $ 179     $     $ 11,921  
 
                       
The company’s other financial instruments include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, current portion of long-term debt, and long-term debt. Due to their short-term maturity, the carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and current portion of long-term debt approximate their fair values. The company’s long-term debt fair value approximates book value at October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010, respectively, as the long-term debt variable interest rates fluctuate along with market interest rates.
8. Per Share Data
In June 2008, the FASB issued authoritative guidance titled “Determining Whether Instruments Granted in Share-Based Payment Transactions Are Participating Securities.” The guidance states that unvested share-based payment awards that contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends or dividend equivalents (whether paid or unpaid) are participating securities and shall be included in the computation of earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method. Upon adoption, a company is required to retrospectively adjust its earnings per share data presentation to conform with the guidance provisions. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008. The company adopted the new guidance on December 28, 2008.
The company’s unvested share-based payment awards, such as certain performance shares, restricted shares and restricted share units that contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends, meet the criteria of a participating security as defined by the guidance. The adoption has changed the methodology of computing the company’s earnings per share to the two-class method from the treasury stock method. This change has not affected previously reported earnings per share, consolidated net earnings or net cash flows from operations. Under the two-class method, earnings are allocated between common stock and participating securities. The guidance provides that the presentation of basic and diluted earnings per share is required only for each class of common stock and not for participating securities. As such, the company will present basic and diluted earnings per share for its one class of common stock.
The two-class method includes an earnings allocation formula that determines earnings per share for each class of common stock according to dividends declared and undistributed earnings for the period. The company’s reported net earnings is reduced by the amount allocated to participating securities to arrive at the earnings allocated to common stock shareholders for purposes of calculating earnings per share.
The dilutive effect of participating securities is calculated using the more dilutive of the treasury stock or the two-class method. The company has determined the two-class method to be the more dilutive. As such, the earnings allocated to common stock shareholders in the basic earnings per share calculation is adjusted for the reallocation of undistributed earnings to participating securities as prescribed by the guidance to arrive at the earnings allocated to common stock shareholders for calculating the diluted earnings per share.

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
8. Per Share Data, continued
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share under the two-class method:
                                 
    For the three months ended     For the nine months ended  
(in thousands except per share amounts)   October 2,
2010
    September 26,
2009
    October 2,
2010
    September 26,
2009
 
Net income (loss) as reported
  $ 23,338     $ 8,058     $ 59,085     $ (2,310 )
Less: Distributed earnings available to participating securities
                       
Less: Undistributed earnings available to participating securities
    129       67       319       (12 )
         
Numerator for basic earnings (loss) per share —
                               
Undistributed and distributed earnings available to common shareholders
  $ 23,209     $ 7,991     $ 58,766     $ (2,298 )
Add: Undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities
    129       67       319       (12 )
Less: Undistributed earnings reallocated to participating securities
    (127 )     (67 )     (315 )     12  
         
Numerator for diluted earnings (loss) per share —
                               
Undistributed and distributed earnings (loss) available to common shareholders
  $ 23,211     $ 7,991     $ 58,770     $ (2,298 )
         
Denominator for basic earnings (loss) per share —
                               
Weighted-average shares
    21,968       21,750       21,945       21,733  
Effect of dilutive securities:
                               
Common stock equivalents
    303       13       289        
Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share —
                               
Adjusted for weighted-average shares & assumed conversions
    22,271       21,763       22,234       21,733  
         
Basic earnings (loss) per share
  $ 1.06     $ 0.37     $ 2.68     $ (0.11 )
         
Diluted earnings (loss) per share
  $ 1.04     $ 0.37     $ 2.64     $ (0.11 )
         
9. Restructuring
During 2006, the company announced the closing of its Ireland facility, resulting in restructuring charges of $17.1 million consisting of $20.0 million of accrued severance less a statutory rebate of $2.9 million recorded as a current asset, which were recorded as part of cost of sales. This restructuring, which impacted approximately 131 associates, is part of the company’s strategy to expand operations in Asia-Pacific region in order to be closer to current and potential customers and take advantage of lower manufacturing costs. The restructuring charges were based upon each associate’s salary and length of service with the company. The additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period. These costs will be paid through 2011. All charges related to the closure of the Ireland facility were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The total cost expected to be incurred is $26.1 million. The company has incurred $26.1 million through October 2, 2010. A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:

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Ireland restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $ 1,651  
Additions
    11  
Payments
    (1,454 )
Exchange rate impact
    (25 )
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    183  
Additions
    7  
Payments
     
Exchange rate impact
    (10 )
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    180  
Additions
     
Payments
     
Exchange rate impact
    (14 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    166  
Additions
    50  
Payments
     
Exchange rate impact
    18  
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 234  
 
     
During December 2006, the company announced the closure of its Irving, Texas, facility and the transfer of its semiconductor wafer manufacturing from Irving, Texas, to Wuxi, China, in a phased transition from 2007 to 2010. A liability of $1.9 million was recorded related to redundancy costs for the manufacturing operation associated with this downsizing. This charge was recorded as part of cost of sales and included in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period. This restructuring impacted approximately 180 associates in various production and support related roles and will be paid over the period 2007 to 2010. The total cost expected to be incurred is $8.7 million. The company has incurred $8.7 million through October 2, 2010. A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:
Irving, Texas restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $ 4,550  
Additions
    2,363  
Payments
    (3,146 )
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    3,767  
Additions
    451  
Payments
    (399 )
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    3,819  
Additions
    208  
Payments
    (2,077 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    1,950  
Additions
    149  
Payments
    (1,049 )
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 1,050  
 
     
During March 2007, the company announced the closure of its Des Plaines and Elk Grove, Illinois, facilities and the transfer of its manufacturing from Des Plaines, Illinois to the Philippines and Mexico in a phased transition from 2007 to 2009. A liability of $3.5 million was recorded related to redundancy costs for the manufacturing and distribution operations associated with this restructuring. Manufacturing related charges of $3.0 million were recorded as part of cost of sales and non-manufacturing related charges of $0.5 million were recorded as part of selling, general and administrative expenses. All charges related to this downsizing were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period. This restructuring impacted approximately

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307 associates in various production and support related roles, and the costs relating to the restructuring were paid over the period 2007 to 2010.
During December 2008, the company announced a reduction in workforce at its Des Plaines, Illinois, corporate headquarters in a phased transition from 2008 to 2010. A liability of $0.9 million was recorded associated with this downsizing. Manufacturing related charges of $0.3 million were recorded as part of cost of sales and non- manufacturing related charges of $0.6 million were recorded as part of selling, general and administrative expenses. All charges related to this downsizing were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. During 2009, an additional $1.1 million liability was recorded related to severance and retention costs at the Des Plaines facility. The remaining additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that will be incurred over the remaining closure period. This restructuring impacted 39 associates in various production and support related roles, and the costs relating to the restructuring were paid in 2009 and 2010.
The total cost expected to be incurred for both the Des Plaines and Elk Grove, Illinois, related restructuring programs is $10.3 million. The company has incurred $10.3 million through October 2, 2010. A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:
Des Plaines and Elk Grove, Illinois restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $ 5,058  
Additions
    1,614  
Payments
    (5,847 )
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    825  
Additions
    96  
Payments
    (149 )
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    772  
Additions
     
Payments
    (36 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    736  
Additions
    83  
Payments
    (446 )
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 373  
 
     
During March 2008, the company announced the closure of its Matamoros, Mexico, facility and the transfer of its semiconductor assembly and test operation from Matamoros, Mexico, to its Wuxi, China, facility and various subcontractors in the Asia-Pacific region in a phased transition over two years. A total liability of $4.4 million was recorded related to redundancy costs for the manufacturing operations associated with this downsizing. This charge was recorded as part of cost of sales and included in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The total cost expected to be incurred is $5.1 million. The total cost incurred through 2010 was $5.1 million with no further costs expected. The additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period. This restructuring impacted approximately 950 associates in various production and support related roles and has been fully paid as of July 3, 2010.

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A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:
Matamoros restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $ 3,111  
Additions
    404  
Payments
    (1,749 )
Exchange rate impact
    (25 )
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    1,741  
Additions
    70  
Payments
    (237 )
Exchange rate impact
    104  
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    1,678  
Additions
    66  
Payments
    (1,656 )
Exchange rate impact
    (88 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
     
Additions
     
Payments
     
Exchange rate impact
     
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $  
 
     
During September 2008, the company announced the closure of its Swindon, U.K., facility, resulting in restructuring charges of $0.8 million, consisting of $0.3 million that was recorded as part of cost of sales and $0.5 million that was recorded as part of research and development expenses. These charges were primarily for redundancy costs and will be paid through 2010. This restructuring impacted 10 associates. Restructuring charges are based upon each associate’s current salary and length of service with the company. All charges related to the closure of the Swindon facility were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The total cost expected to be incurred through 2010 is $1.3 million. The company has incurred $1.3 million through October 2, 2010.
A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:
Swindon, U.K. restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $ 834  
Additions
    299  
Payments
    (1,048 )
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    85  
Additions
     
Payments
    (5 )
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    80  
Additions
     
Payments
    (49 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    31  
Additions
    17  
Payments
     
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 48  
 
     
During May 2009, the company announced the restructuring of its European organization. The restructuring included the transfer of its manufacturing operations from Dünsen, Germany, to Piedras, Mexico, and the closure of its distribution facility in Utrecht, Netherlands. The Dünsen closure will impact approximately 58 production

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employees. The Utrecht closure impacted approximately 37 employees primarily in customer service and administrative roles. The restructuring for Utrecht was completed in the first quarter of 2010. The Dünsen closure is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2011. In 2009 the charges recorded for severance and retention and asset impairments were approximately $2.3 million in Utrecht, Netherlands (reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses) and approximately $3.2 million in Dünsen, Germany (reflected within cost of sales). All charges related to the closure of the Dünsen and Utrecht facilities were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The remaining additions in 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period.
The total cost related to the European restructuring program expected to be incurred through fiscal year 2010 is $5.6 million. The company has incurred $5.5 million in costs, including asset impairment charges, through October 2, 2010. A summary of the activity of this liability is as follows:
European restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $  
Additions
    5,453  
Payments
    (686 )
Exchange rate impact
    87  
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    4,854  
Additions
    60  
Payments
    (2,150 )
Exchange rate impact
    (56 )
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    2,708  
Additions
    33  
Payments
    (817 )
Exchange rate impact
    (212 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    1,712  
Additions
     
Payments
    (582 )
Exchange rate impact
    152  
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 1,282  
 
     
During May 2009, the company also announced a restructuring of its Asian operations. The restructuring includes closure of a manufacturing facility in Taiwan and a consolidation of its Asian sales offices. The closure of the Taiwan facility and Asian sales offices will impact approximately 184 employees. The announced restructuring for all of the locations is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011. The charge recorded for this restructuring totaled $0.9 million and was related to severance and retention costs with $0.4 million and $0.5 million included within cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively. All charges related to the closure and the consolidation of the Asian facilities were recorded in “Other Operating Income (Loss)” for business unit segment reporting purposes. The remaining additions in 2009 and 2010 primarily relate to retention costs that were incurred during the transition period. The total cost expected to be incurred through 2011 is $1.6 million. The company has incurred $1.6 million through October 2, 2010 related to the Asian restructuring program.

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A summary of activity of this liability is as follows:
Asian restructuring (in thousands)
         
Balance at December 27, 2008
  $  
Additions
    1,456  
Payments
    (291 )
Exchange rate impact
    38  
 
     
Balance at January 2, 2010
    1,203  
Additions
    18  
Payments
    (59 )
Exchange rate impact
    15  
 
     
Balance at April 3, 2010
    1,177  
Additions
    18  
Payments
    (115 )
Exchange rate impact
    (32 )
 
     
Balance at July 3, 2010
    1,048  
Additions
    99  
Payments
    (171 )
Exchange rate impact
    56  
 
     
Balance at October 2, 2010
  $ 1,032  
 
     
During the third quarter of 2010, the company incurred an additional $3.0 million in impairment charges related to its discontinued U.S. and Ireland manufacturing locations. The impairment charges resulted from determining that the carrying value of these asset groups are not recoverable due to a significant decrease in current market value resulting from a weak real estate environment. The resulting impairment charges were approximately $1.3 million for the company’s Des Plaines, Illinois location and $1.7 million for the Dundalk, Ireland location. These charges were recorded in the selling, general and administrative expense line of operating expenses.
10. Income Taxes
The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2010 was 31.0% compared to an effective tax rate of 8.7% in the third quarter of 2009. The current quarter effective tax rate was negatively impacted by the mix of income earned in higher tax jurisdictions. The 2009 third quarter effective tax rate was lower than the current year due to an approximately $2.0 million decrease in income tax reserves due to lapsing of statutes of limitations on uncertain tax positions.

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11. Pensions
The components of net periodic benefit cost for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2010, compared with the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009, were (in thousands):
                                                                 
    U.S. Pension Benefits     Foreign Plans  
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009  
Service cost
  $ 125     $ (16 )   $ 375     $ 741     $ 108     $ 133     $ 326     $ 399  
Interest cost
    982       1,003       2,945       3,068       195       230       587       690  
Expected return on plan assets
    (1,255 )     (1,084 )     (3,764 )     (3,265 )     (3 )     (17 )     (11 )     (51 )
Amortization of prior service cost
                      2             (3 )     (1 )     (9 )
Amortization of net (gain) loss
          (30 )                 (1 )     2       (3 )     6  
 
                                               
 
                                                               
Total cost of the plan
    (148 )     127       (444 )     546       299       345       898       1,035  
ASC 715 event(s)
                      73                          
 
                                               
 
                                                               
Net periodic (benefit) cost
  $ (148 )   $ (127 )   $ (444 )   $ 619     $ 299     $ 345     $ 898     $ 1,035  
 
                                               
The expected rate of return assumption on domestic pension assets is 8.5% in 2010 and 2009.
12. Business Unit Segment Information
An operating segment is defined as a component of an enterprise that engages in business activities from which it may earn revenues and incur expenses, and about which separate financial information is regularly evaluated by the Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) in deciding how to allocate resources. The CODM is the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).
The company and its subsidiaries design, manufacture and sell circuit protection devices throughout the world. The company reports its operations by the following business unit segments: Electronics, Automotive, and Electrical. Each operating segment is directly responsible for sales, marketing and research and development. Manufacturing, purchasing, logistics, customer service, finance, information technology and human resources are shared functions that are allocated back to the three operating segments. The CEO allocates resources to and assesses the performance of each operating segment using information about its revenue and operating income (loss) before interest and taxes, but does not evaluate the operating segments using discrete asset information.
Sales, marketing and research and development expenses are charged directly into each operating segment. All other functions are shared by the operating segments and expenses for these shared functions are allocated to the operating segments and included in the operating results reported below. The company does not report inter-segment revenue because the operating segments do not record it. The company does not allocate interest and other income, interest expense, or taxes to operating segments. Although the CEO uses operating income (loss) to evaluate the segments, operating costs included in one segment may benefit other segments. Except as discussed above, the accounting policies for segment reporting are the same as for the company as a whole.

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12. Business Unit Segment Information, continued
Business unit segment information for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2010 and September 26, 2009 are summarized as follows (in thousands):
                                 
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009  
Net sales
                               
Electronics
  $ 108,198     $ 71,070     $ 300,503     $ 183,814  
Automotive
    31,663       26,928       98,474       68,569  
Electrical
    23,604       18,422       66,398       49,836  
 
                       
 
Total net sales
  $ 163,465     $ 116,420     $ 465,375     $ 302,219  
 
                       
 
                               
Operating income (loss)
                               
Electronics
  $ 23,753     $ 3,339     $ 55,091     $ (6,038 )
Automotive
    5,575       2,788       11,472       (792 )
Electrical
    7,768       5,180       19,683       11,625  
Other*
    (2,988 )     (1,296 )     (2,988 )     (8,340 )
 
                       
 
                               
Total operating income (loss)
    34,108       10,011       83,258       (3,545 )
Interest expense
    313       537       1,096       1,844  
Other (income) expense, net
    (29 )     648       (1,328 )     (468 )
 
                       
 
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 33,824     $ 8,826     $ 83,490     $ (4,921 )
 
                       
 
*   Included in “Other” operating income (loss) for 2010 are impairment charges related to property, plant and equipment in the U.S. and Ireland. Included in “Other” operating income (loss) for 2009 are severance and asset impairment charges related to restructuring activities in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific locations.
The company’s net sales by geographical area for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2010 and September 26, 2009 are summarized as follows (in thousands):
                                 
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2009     September 26, 2009  
Net sales
                               
Americas
  $ 61,734     $ 43,267     $ 172,989     $ 116,948  
Europe
    29,192       21,833       88,203       59,180  
Asia-Pacific
    72,539       51,320       204,183       126,091  
 
                       
 
                               
Total net sales
  $ 163,465     $ 116,420     $ 465,375     $ 302,219  
 
                       
The company’s long-lived assets (net property, plant and equipment) by geographical area as of October 2, 2010 and January 2, 2010 are summarized as follows (in thousands):
                 
    October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
Long-lived assets
               
Americas
  $ 52,492     $ 56,603  
Europe
    3,535       11,101  
Asia-Pacific
    67,987       68,218  
 
           
 
               
Consolidated total
  $ 124,014     $ 135,922  
 
           

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13. Comprehensive Income (Loss)
The following table sets forth the computation of comprehensive income (loss) for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2010 and September 26, 2009, respectively (in thousands):
                                 
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009     October 2, 2010     September 26, 2009  
Net income (loss)
  $ 23,338     $ 8,058     $ 59,085     $ (2,310 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):
                               
Currency translation adjustments
    15,281       7,933       4,061       8,849  
Adjustment to pension liability, net of income taxes of $0 in 2010 and ($3,975) in 2009
          (104 )           6,381  
Unrealized (loss) gain on available-for-sale securities, net of $0 income taxes for all periods
    (1,387 )     (267 )     709       365  
Gain on derivatives, net of income taxes of $0 and ($67) and $163 and ($224) for the three and nine month periods ended 2010 and 2009 respectively
          3,038       92       5,044  
 
                       
Comprehensive income (loss)
  $ 37,232     $ 18,658     $ 63,947     $ 18,329  
 
                       
14. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
The components of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) were as follows (in thousands):
                 
    October 2, 2010     January 2, 2010  
Minimum pension liability adjustment*
  $ (3,831 )   $ (3.831 )
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale securities**
    9,357       8,648  
Loss on derivative instruments***
          (92 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment
    18,063       14,002  
 
           
Total
  $ 23,589     $ 18,727  
 
           
 
*   net of tax of $1,768 for 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
**   net of tax of $0 and $0 for 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
***   net of tax of $0 and $191 for 2010 and 2009, respectively.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Littelfuse, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “company”) design, manufacture, and sell circuit protection devices for use in the electronics, automotive and electrical markets throughout the world. The following table is a summary of the company’s operating segments’ net sales by business unit and geography:
Net Sales by Business Unit and Geography (in millions, unaudited)
                                                 
    Third Quarter     Year-to-Date  
    2010     2009     % Change     2010     2009     % Change  
Business Unit
                                               
Electronics
  $ 108.2     $ 71.1       52 %   $ 300.5     $ 183.8       63 %
Automotive
    31.7       26.9       18 %     98.5       68.6       44 %
Electrical
    23.6       18.4       28 %     66.4       49.8       33 %
 
                                       
 
                                               
Total
  $ 163.5     $ 116.4       40 %   $ 465.4     $ 302.2       54 %
 
                                       
                                                 
    Third Quarter     Year-to-Date  
    2010     2009     % Change     2010     2009     % Change  
Geography*
                                               
Americas
  $ 61.7     $ 43.3       42 %   $ 173.0     $ 116.9       48 %
Europe
    29.2       21.8       34 %     88.2       59.2       49 %
Asia-Pacific
    72.6       51.3       42 %     204.2       126.1       62 %
 
                                       
 
                                               
Total
  $ 163.5     $ 116.4       40 %   $ 465.4     $ 302.2       54 %
 
                                       
 
*   Sales by geography represent sales to customer or distributor locations.
Results of Operations — Third Quarter, 2010 compared to 2009
Net sales increased $47.1 million or 40% to $163.5 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $116.4 million in the third quarter of 2009 reflecting significantly higher demand across all business units and geographies. Sales levels were negatively impacted in the third quarter of 2009 due to the sharp downturn in the global economy and credit crisis. The company experienced $1.5 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This unfavorable impact primarily resulted from sales denominated in euros which were partially offset by favorable impacts from sales denominated in Canadian dollars, Japanese yen and Korean won.
Electronics sales increased $37.1 million or 52% to $108.2 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $71.1 million in the third quarter of 2009 reflecting continued strong demand and distributor inventory replenishment in all three geographic regions. The electronics segment experienced $0.8 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This decrease resulted primarily from sales denominated in euros.
Automotive sales increased $4.8 million or 18% to $31.7 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $26.9 million in the third quarter of 2009 primarily due to improved demand in the passenger car markets in all geographic regions. The automotive segment experienced $1.3 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This decrease resulted primarily from sales denominated in euros.
Electrical sales increased $5.2 million or 28% to $23.6 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $18.4 million in the third quarter of 2009 primarily due to continued strong growth for protection relays and steady improvement in power fuse demand. The electrical segment experienced $0.6 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This increase resulted primarily from sales denominated in Canadian dollars. Revenues are also slightly impacted due to seasonal factors related to end user demand.

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On a geographic basis, sales in the Americas increased $18.4 million or 42% to $61.7 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $43.3 million in the third quarter of 2009, due to increased sales in all three of the company’s business segments. The Americas region also experienced $0.6 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This increase resulted primarily from sales denominated in Canadian dollars.
Europe sales increased $7.4 million or 34% to $29.2 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $21.8 million in the third quarter of 2009 mainly due to increased automotive and electronics sales. The Europe region experienced $2.8 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009.
Asia-Pacific sales increased $21.3 million or 42% to $72.6 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $51.3 million in the third quarter of 2009 primarily due to continued strong demand for consumer electronic products and restocking by distributors and growth in the automotive markets. The Asia-Pacific region experienced $0.7 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009. This increase primarily resulted from sales denominated in Korean won and Japanese yen.
Gross profit was $67.3 million or 41% of net sales for the third quarter of 2010 compared to $36.6 million or 31% of net sales in the same quarter last year. The improvement in gross margin was attributable to improved operating leverage resulting from higher production volumes in the third quarter of 2010 as well as cost reductions related to manufacturing transfers.
Total operating expense was $33.1 million or 20% of net sales for the third quarter of 2010 compared to $26.6 million or 23% of net sales for the same quarter in 2009. The increase in operating expense reflects the increased cost of company incentive programs driven by significantly improved financial performance in the first three quarters of 2010 and higher transportation costs driven by increased sales volumes. Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 were also negatively impacted by $3.0 million in asset impairment charges related to real estate in the U.S. and Ireland. Operating expenses for 2009 were impacted by $1.3 million in severance and asset impairment charges. The impact of cost reduction plans initiated in 2009 continued to reflect in improved operating efficiencies across the company.
Operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was approximately $34.1 million compared to operating income of $10.0 million for the same quarter in 2009 due to the increase in sales and reduction in costs discussed above.
Interest expense was $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $0.5 million for the third quarter of 2009. Interest expense decreased in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter last year due to lower amounts of outstanding debt (primarily the Term Loan) in the third quarter of 2010. Other (income) expense, net, consisting of interest income, royalties, non-operating income and foreign currency items was $0.0 million for the third quarter of 2010 compared to $0.6 million of expense in the third quarter of 2009. The results for 2010 and 2009 were primarily due to the impact from foreign exchange revaluation.
Income before income taxes was $33.8 million for the third quarter of 2010 compared to income before income taxes of $8.8 million for the third quarter of 2009. Income tax expense was $10.5 million with an effective tax rate of 31.0% for the third quarter of 2010 compared to income tax expense of $0.8 million with an effective tax rate of 8.7% in the third quarter of 2009. The 2009 effective tax rate was lower primarily due to an approximately $2.0 million decrease in income tax reserves due to lapsing of statutes of limitations on uncertain tax positions. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2010 increased to 31.0% from 29.0% in the second quarter of 2010 due to increased profitability in higher-tax-rate jurisdictions, particularly in the U.S. Improved U.S. profitability was primarily due to cost savings from closure of two semiconductor manufacturing sites in prior years.
Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $23.3 million or $1.04 per diluted share compared to net income of $8.1 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the same quarter of 2009.

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Results of Operations — Nine Months, 2010 compared to 2009
Net sales increased $163.2 million or 54% to $465.4 million for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $302.2 million in the prior year reflecting significantly higher demand across all business units and geographies. Sales levels were negatively impacted in the first nine months of 2009 due to the sharp downturn in the global economy and the lingering effects of the ongoing credit crisis. The company also experienced $2.5 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the prior year. This favorable impact primarily resulted from sales denominated in Canadian dollars and Korean won offset by a decline in the euro.
Electronics sales increased $117.2 million or 64% to $300.5 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $183.8 million in the first nine months of 2009 reflecting stronger demand and inventory replenishment in all three geographic regions. During the first nine months of 2009, many customers in Asia, particularly contract manufacturers and original design manufacturers, had extended plant shutdowns while electronics distributors tightly managed inventories in response to weak demand and the uncertain outlook. The electronics segment also experienced $0.1 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This increase primarily resulted from sales denominated in Korean won and Japanese yen offset by a decline in the euro.
Automotive sales increased $29.9 million or 44% to $98.5 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $68.6 million in the first nine months of 2009 primarily due to improved demand in the passenger car markets in all geographic regions. In 2009, weakness in the Europe and Americas passenger car markets resulted in sharp declines in global car production. Many automotive original equipment manufacturers took extended plant shutdowns in response to weak demand and the uncertain economic outlook. The automotive segment also experienced $0.8 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This decrease primarily resulted from sales denominated in the euro offset by favorable impacts from sales denominated in Korean won.
Electrical sales increased $16.6 million or 33% to $66.4 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $49.8 million in the first nine months of 2009 primarily due to continued strong growth for protection relays and steady improvement in power fuse demand. The electrical segment also experienced $3.2 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This increase primarily resulted from sales in Canadian dollars.
On a geographic basis, sales in the Americas increased $56.1 million or 48% to $173.0 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $116.9 million in the first nine months of 2009, due to increased sales in all three of the company’s business units. The Americas region also experienced $3.3 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This increase resulted primarily from sales denominated in Canadian dollars.
Europe sales increased $29.0 million or 49% to $88.2 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $59.2 million in the first nine months of 2009 mainly due to increased automotive and electronics sales. The Europe region also experienced $3.5 million in unfavorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This decrease primarily resulted from sales denominated in euros.
Asia-Pacific sales increased $78.1 million or 62% to $204.2 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $126.1 million in the first nine months of 2009 primarily due to continued strong demand for consumer electronic products and restocking by distributors. The first nine months of 2009 reflected weak demand for consumer electronics and inventory reductions by distributors. The Asia-Pacific region also experienced $2.6 million in favorable foreign currency effects in the first nine months of 2010 as compared to the first nine months of 2009. This increase primarily resulted from sales denominated in Korean won and Japanese yen.
Gross profit was $179.9 million or 39% of net sales for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $80.3 million or 27% of net sales in the first nine months of last year. Additionally, for the first nine months of 2009, gross profit was negatively impacted by severance and asset impairment charges for the U.S., Germany and Asia-Pacific locations. The improvement in gross profit was attributable to improved operating leverage resulting from higher production volumes in the first nine months of 2010 as well as cost reductions related to manufacturing transfers.

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Total operating expense was $96.7 million or 21% of net sales for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $83.8 million or 28% of net sales for the first nine months in 2009. The increase in operating expense primarily reflects the increased cost of company incentive programs driven by significantly improved financial performance in 2010 and higher transportation costs driven by increased sales volumes. The impact of cost reduction plans initiated in 2009 continue to reflect in improved operating efficiencies across the company.
Operating income for the first nine months of 2010 was approximately $83.3 million compared to an operating loss of $3.5 million for the first nine months in 2009. Operating income for the first nine months of 2010 was also negatively impacted by $3.0 million in asset impairment charges for the U.S. and Ireland. Operating income for the first nine months of 2009 was negatively impacted by $8.3 million in severance and asset impairment charges for the U.S., Germany and Asia-Pacific locations.
Interest expense was $1.1 million in the first nine months of 2010 compared to $1.8 million for the first nine months of 2009. Interest expense decreased in the first nine months of 2010 compared to the same period last year due to lower amounts of outstanding debt (primarily the Term Loan) in the first nine months of 2010. Other (income), net, consisting of interest income, royalties, non-operating income and foreign currency items was $1.3 million of income for the first nine months of 2010 compared to $0.5 million of income in the first nine months of 2009. The results for 2010 and 2009 were primarily due to the impact from foreign exchange revaluation.
Income before income taxes was $83.5 million for the nine months of 2010 compared to a loss before income taxes of $4.9 million for the first nine months of 2009. Income tax expense was $24.4 million with an effective tax rate of 29.2% for the first nine months of 2010 compared to income tax benefit of $2.6 million with an effective tax rate of 53.0% in the first nine months of 2009. The tax benefit recorded in 2009 relates to the mix of income or loss earned in various tax jurisdictions and approximately a $2.0 million decrease in income tax reserves due to lapsing of statutes of limitations due to uncertain tax positions. The change in effective tax rate is due to the mix of income or loss by jurisdiction.
Net income for the first nine months of 2010 was $59.1 million or $2.65 per diluted share compared to net loss of $2.3 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2009.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
The company historically has financed capital expenditures through cash flows from operations. Management expects that cash flows from operations and available lines of credit will be sufficient to support both the company’s operations and its debt obligations for the foreseeable future.
Term Loan
On September 29, 2008, the company entered into a Loan Agreement with various lenders that provided the company with a five-year term loan facility of $80.0 million for the purposes of (i) refinancing certain existing indebtedness; (ii) funding working capital needs; and (iii) funding capital expenditures and other lawful corporate purposes, including permitted acquisitions. Amortization on the term loan is $2.0 million per quarter for the first four years and $12.0 million per quarter in the fifth year. The Loan Agreement also contains an expansion feature, pursuant to which the company may from time to time request incremental loans in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $40.0 million. The company had $51.0 million outstanding under the Loan Agreement at October 2, 2010.
The Loan Agreement requires the company to meet certain financial tests, including a consolidated leverage ratio and a consolidated interest coverage ratio. The Loan Agreement also contains additional affirmative and negative covenants which, among other things, impose certain limitations on the company’s ability to merge with other companies, create liens on its property, incur additional indebtedness, enter into transactions with affiliates except on an arm’s length basis, dispose of property, or issue dividends or make distributions. At October 2, 2010, the company was in compliance with all covenants under the Loan Agreement.
Revolving Credit Facilities
On January 28, 2009, the company entered into an unsecured financing arrangement with a foreign bank that provided a CAD 10.0 million (equivalent to approximately $9.7 million at October 2, 2010) revolving credit facility, for capital expenditures and general working capital, which expires on July 21, 2011. This facility consists of prime-based loans and overdrafts, banker’s acceptances and U.S. base rate loans and overdrafts. At October 2, 2010, the

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company had CAD 10.0 million (equivalent to approximately $9.7 million at October 2, 2010) available under the revolving credit facility.
This arrangement contains covenants that, among other matters, impose limitations on future mergers, sales of assets, and changes in control, as defined in the agreement. In addition, the company is required to satisfy certain financial covenants and tests relating to, among other matters, interest coverage, working capital, leverage and net worth. At October 2, 2010, the company was in compliance with all covenants under the revolving credit facility.
The company also has an unsecured domestic financing arrangement, which expires on July 21, 2011, consisting of a credit agreement with banks that provides a $75.0 million revolving credit facility, with a potential to increase up to $125.0 million upon request of the company and agreement with the lenders. At October 2, 2010, the company had available $68.5 million of borrowing capacity under the revolving credit facility at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 0.500% (0.76% as of October 2, 2010).
The domestic bank financing arrangement contains covenants that, among other matters, impose limitations on the incurrence of additional indebtedness, future mergers, sales of assets, payment of dividends, and changes in control, as defined in the agreement. In addition, the company is required to satisfy certain financial covenants and tests relating to, among other matters, interest coverage, working capital, leverage and net worth. At October 2, 2010, the company was in compliance with all covenants under the bank financing arrangement.
The company also had $2.3 million outstanding in letters of credit at October 2, 2010. No amounts were drawn under these letters of credit at October 2, 2010.
Other Obligations
The company started 2010 with $70.4 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash provided by operating activities was $74.9 million for the first nine months of 2010 reflecting $59.1 million in net income and $30.2 million in non-cash adjustments (primarily $24.5 million in depreciation and amortization and $4.0 million in stock-based compensation) offset by $14.4 million in net changes to various operating assets and liabilities. Changes in various operating assets and liabilities (including short-term and long-term items) that impacted cash flows negatively for the first nine months of 2010 consisted of net increases in accounts receivables ($28.6 million) and inventory ($12.9 million) and decreases in accrued expenses (including post-retirement) ($4.9 million). Changes that had a positive impact on cash flows were increases in accrued payroll and severance ($0.3 million) accounts payable ($3.0 million), accrued income taxes ($19.9 million) and prepaid expenses and other ($8.7 million). The company also made a $6.0 million contribution to its domestic pension plan during the first nine months of 2010.
Net cash used in investing activities was approximately $11.0 million and included $4.7 million in proceeds from the sale of assets offset by $15.7 million in capital spending. The majority of the assets sales in the first nine months of 2010 resulted from the sale of the company’s land and building at its Utrecht, Netherlands location.
Net cash used in financing activities was approximately $15.4 million and included net payments of debt of $5.8 million and purchases of common stock of $22.3 million offset by proceeds from the exercise of stock options including tax benefits of $12.7 million. The effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents was insignificant. The net cash provided by operating activities less net cash used in investing and financing activities resulted in a $48.6 million increase in cash, which left the company with a cash and cash equivalents balance of approximately $118.9 million at October 2, 2010.
The ratio of current assets to current liabilities was 3.3 to 1 at the end of the third quarter of 2010 compared to 3.2 to 1 at year-end 2009 and 2.8 to 1 at the end of the third quarter of 2009. Day’s sales outstanding in accounts receivable was approximately 60 days at the end of the third quarter of 2010 compared to 63 days at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and compared to 61 days at year-end 2009. Day’s inventory outstanding was approximately 62 days at the end of the third quarter of 2010 compared to 62 days at the year-end 2009 and at the end of the third quarter of 2009.

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Outlook
The company’s markets showed significant improvement in the first nine months of 2010 over the first nine months of 2009. Sequential improvement also continued over the first nine months of 2010. The electronic segment continues to improve reflecting continued growth of the company’s Asian market as well as economic recovery in North America and Europe. Automotive revenue has recovered substantially, and while the company expects further growth in Asia, the North American and European markets are much less robust. In the electrical segment, the protection relay business, which was acquired in 2008, continues to grow driven primarily by strength in the mining sector. The electrical fuse business is showing some improvement due to recovery in the industrial markets, however, the portion of this business that supplies commercial construction remains depressed.
Over the past three years the company has implemented a phased transition to consolidate its manufacturing into fewer and lower-cost facilities. Most of these transitions have been completed. All are expected to be complete by the first half of 2011. The transitions have resulted in both a significantly improved cost structure and more efficient operations. The company believes these changes are beginning to reflect in both operating margin and expense improvements as a percent of revenue.
The overall improvement in the global economy also has caused increases to our commodity and transportation costs. The company anticipates these costs will have some effect on the manufacturing and operating results, but should be more than offset by the aforementioned efficiency improvements.
The company continues to invest in plant and infrastructure to further improve operating efficiency and increase capacity. Capital spending for 2010 is expected to be approximately $20 million.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”).
The statements in this section and the other sections of this report that are not historical facts are intended to constitute “forward-looking statements” entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks relating to product demand and market acceptance, economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product quality problems or product recalls, capacity and supply difficulties or constraints, coal mining exposures reserves, failure of an indemnification for environmental liability, exchange rate fluctuations, commodity price fluctuations, the effect of the company’s accounting policies, labor disputes, restructuring costs in excess of expectations, pension plan asset returns less than assumed, integration of acquisitions and other risks which may be detailed in the company’s other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This report should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended January 2, 2010. For a further discussion of the risk factors of the company, please see Item 1A. “Risk Factors” to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended January 2, 2010.

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.
The company is exposed to market risk from changes in interest rates, foreign exchange rates and commodities.
Interest Rates
The company had $6.5 million in debt outstanding under revolving credit facilities at October 2, 2010, at variable rates. While 100% of this debt has variable interest rates, the company’s interest expense is not materially sensitive to changes in interest rate levels since debt levels and potential interest expense increases are small relative to earnings.
Foreign Exchange Rates
The majority of the company’s operations consist of manufacturing and sales activities in foreign countries. The company has manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Canada, Germany, China, Taiwan and the Philippines. During the first nine months of 2010, sales to customers outside the U.S. were 69.1% of total net sales. Substantially all sales in Europe are denominated in euros and substantially all sales in the Asia-Pacific region are denominated in U.S. dollars, Japanese yen, Korean won, Chinese yuan or Taiwanese dollars.
The company’s foreign exchange exposures result primarily from sale of products in foreign currencies, foreign currency denominated purchases, employee-related and other costs of running operations in foreign countries and translation of balance sheet accounts denominated in foreign currencies. The company’s most significant long exposure is to the euro, with lesser long exposures to the Canadian dollar, Japanese yen and Korean won. The company’s most significant short exposures are to the Mexican peso, Philippine peso and Chinese yuan. Changes in foreign exchange rates could affect the company’s sales, costs, balance sheet values and earnings. The company uses netting and offsetting intercompany account management techniques to reduce known foreign currency exposures where possible and also, from time to time, utilizes derivative instruments to hedge certain foreign currency exposures deemed to be material.
Commodities
The company uses various metals in the manufacturing of its products, including copper, zinc, tin, gold and silver. Prices of these commodities can and do fluctuate significantly, which can impact the company’s earnings. The most significant of these exposures is to copper and zinc, where at current prices and volumes, a 10% price change would affect pre-tax profit by approximately $2.7 million for copper and $0.8 million for zinc.
The cost of oil has increased during the first nine months of 2010. There is a risk that a return to high prices for oil and electricity during the remainder of 2010 could have an impact on the company’s transportation and utility expenses.
The cost of raw silicon has increased during the first nine months of 2010, and further increases are expected for the remainder of 2010. This is expected to add to the cost of the company’s semiconductor products for the remainder of 2010. However, the company believes these cost increases should be more than offset by savings from the consolidation of the company’s semiconductor manufacturing facilities.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
As of October 2, 2010, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the company evaluated the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures of the company and concluded that these disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that material information relating to the company and its consolidated subsidiaries has been made known to them by the employees of the company and its consolidated subsidiaries during the period preceding the filing of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. There were no significant changes in the company’s internal controls during the period covered by this Report that could materially affect these controls or could reasonably be expected to materially affect the company’s internal control reporting, disclosures and procedures subsequent to the last day they were evaluated by the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

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PART II — OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
A detailed description of risks that could have a negative impact on our business, revenues and performance results can be found under the caption “Risk Factors” in our most recent Form 10-K/A, filed on July 23, 2010.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
  (c)   The table below provides information with respect to purchases by the Company of shares of its common stock during each fiscal month of the third quarter of fiscal 2010:
ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
                                 
                    Total Number of     Maximum Number of  
                    Shares Purchased     Shares that May Yet  
    Total Number     Average Price     as Part of Publicly     Be Purchased Under  
    of Shares     Paid per     Announced Plans     the Plans or  
Period   Purchased     Share     or Programs     Programs  
July 3, 2010 to July 31, 2010
                      1,000,000  
July 31, 2010 to Aug. 28, 2010
    65,564     $ 36.25       65,564       934,436  
Aug. 28, 2010 to Oct. 2, 2010
    504,576       39.46       504,576       429,860  
 
                       
Total
    570,140     $ 39.09       570,140       429,860  
 
                       
The company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 1,000,000 shares of the company’s common stock under a program for the period May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011, of which 570,140 shares have been purchased through October 2, 2010, and 429,860 shares may yet be purchased under the program as of October 2, 2010. The company withheld 11,207 shares of stock in lieu of withholding taxes on behalf of employees who became vested in restricted stock option grants during the first nine months of 2010. Shares withheld were 7,251 during the period May 1, 2010 to May 29, 2010 and 3,956 during the period July 3, 2010 to July 31, 2010.
Item 6. Exhibits.
     
Exhibit   Description
31.1
  Certification of Gordon Hunter, Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 dated November 4, 2010.
 
   
31.2
  Certification of Philip G. Franklin, Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 dated November 4, 2010.
 
   
32.1
  Certification Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 dated November 4, 2010.

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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 2, 2010, to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
         
  Littelfuse, Inc.
 
 
Date: November 4, 2010  By   /s/ Philip G. Franklin    
    Philip G. Franklin   
    Vice President, Operations Support,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
(As duly authorized officer and as
the principal financial and accounting
officer) 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 31.1
SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION
I, Gordon Hunter, certify that:
  1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Littelfuse Inc.;
 
  2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
 
  3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
 
  4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
(a) designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
(b) designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
(c) evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
(d) disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
  5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
(a) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
(b) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Dated: November 4, 2010
         
     
  /s/ GORDON HUNTER    
  Gordon Hunter   
  Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer 
 
 

 

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EXHIBIT 31.2
SECTION 302 CERTIFICATION
I, Philip G. Franklin, certify that:
  1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Littelfuse Inc.;
 
  2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
 
  3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
 
  4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f))for the registrant and have:
(a) designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
(b) designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
(c) evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
(d) disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
  5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
(a) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
(b) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Dated: November 4, 2010
         
     
  /s/ PHILIP G. FRANKLIN    
  Philip G. Franklin   
  Vice President, Operations Support,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer 
 
 

 

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EXHIBIT 32.1
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Certification Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (subsections (a) and (b) of Section 1350, Chapter 63 of title 18, United States Code), each of the undersigned officers of Littelfuse, Inc. (“the Company”) does hereby certify that to his knowledge:
The Quarterly Report of the Company on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 2, 2010 (“the Report”) fully complies with the requirements of section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.
         
/s/ GORDON HUNTER
 
Gordon Hunter
  /s/ PHILIP G. FRANKLIN
 
Philip G. Franklin
   
Chairman, President and
  Vice President, Operations Support,    
Chief Executive Officer
  Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer    
 
Dated: November 4, 2010
  Dated: November 4, 2010