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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
_____________________

FORM 10-Q
(MARK ONE)

[X]
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the Quarterly Period Ended June 30, 2011
or
[    ]
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from ___________ to ____________

Commission File No. 0-11676
_____________________

BEL FUSE INC.
206 Van Vorst Street
Jersey City, NJ  07302
(201) 432-0463

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

NEW JERSEY
 
22-1463699
(State of  incorporation)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)


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 [X]
No [   ]
     
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 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes [X]
No [   ]
     
Indicate by checkmark 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.

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Accelerated filer [X]
Non-accelerated filer [    ]
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company [    ]
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
Yes [   ]
No [X]


 
Title of Each Class
 
Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding
 as of August 1, 2011
 
Class A Common Stock ($0.10 par value)
    2,174,912  
Class B Common Stock ($0.10 par value)
    9,645,643  

 
 

 



BEL FUSE INC.
       
INDEX
       
     
Page
Part I
 
Financial Information
 
       
 
Item 1.
Financial Statements
1
       
   
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2011
 
   
and December 31, 2010 (unaudited)
2
       
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three and Six
 
   
Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 (unaudited)
3
       
   
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Stockholders' Equity for
 
   
the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 (unaudited)
4
       
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Six
 
   
Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 (unaudited)
5
       
   
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)
7 - 15
       
 
Item 2.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of
 
   
Financial Condition and Results of Operations
16 - 22
       
 
Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About
 
   
Market Risk
22
       
 
Item 4.
Controls and Procedures
23
       
Part II
 
Other Information
 
       
 
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
23
       
 
Item 6.
Exhibits
24
       
 
Signatures
 
25
       

 
 

 

PART I.                      Financial Information

Item 1.                      Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Certain information and footnote disclosures required under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted from the following condensed consolidated financial statements pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The following condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the year-end consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 are not necessarily indicative of the results for the entire fiscal year or for any other period.




 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
(Unaudited)
 
             
   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
ASSETS
           
Current Assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 93,513     $ 83,829  
Marketable securities
    6,152       1,706  
Accounts receivable - less allowance for doubtful accounts of $784
               
  and $653 at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively
    49,441       53,312  
Inventories
    56,269       56,970  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    4,886       2,354  
Refundable income taxes
    1,598       4,370  
Deferred income taxes
    1,351       1,023  
    Total Current Assets
    213,210       203,564  
                 
Property, plant and equipment - net
    42,365       44,793  
Restricted cash
    -       155  
Deferred income taxes
    3,410       3,201  
Intangible assets - net
    11,158       11,291  
Goodwill
    4,427       4,264  
Other assets
    9,853       9,904  
    TOTAL ASSETS
  $ 284,423     $ 277,172  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
Current Liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  $ 22,036     $ 21,180  
Accrued expenses
    25,484       22,545  
Accrued restructuring costs
    160       160  
Income taxes payable
    1,680       1,584  
Dividends payable
    836       799  
    Total Current Liabilities
    50,196       46,268  
                 
Long-term Liabilities:
               
Accrued restructuring costs
    265       347  
Liability for uncertain tax positions
    3,179       2,874  
Minimum pension obligation and unfunded pension liability
    7,812       7,350  
    Total Long-term Liabilities
    11,256       10,571  
    Total Liabilities
    61,452       56,839  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
               
                 
Stockholders' Equity:
               
Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued
    -       -  
Class A common stock, par value $.10 per share, 10,000,000 shares
               
    authorized; 2,174,912 shares outstanding at each date (net of
               
    1,072,769 treasury shares)
    217       217  
Class B common stock, par value $.10 per share, 30,000,000 shares
               
     authorized; 9,645,643 and 9,527,343 shares outstanding, respectively
               
     (net of 3,218,307 treasury shares)
    965       953  
Additional paid-in capital
    24,530       23,725  
Retained earnings
    196,553       195,477  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    706       (39 )
    Total Stockholders' Equity
    222,971       220,333  
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
  $ 284,423     $ 277,172  
                 
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 

 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
(Unaudited)
 
                         
   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
                         
Net Sales
  $ 79,173     $ 77,732     $ 150,576     $ 133,801  
                                 
Costs and expenses:
                               
Cost of sales
    65,368       61,570       122,500       108,727  
Selling, general and administrative
    10,421       10,291       20,478       19,480  
Litigation charges
    3,224       -       3,224       -  
      79,013       71,861       146,202       128,207  
                                 
Income from operations
    160       5,871       4,374       5,594  
                                 
Gain on sale of investment
    119       -       119       -  
Interest income and other, net
    93       116       161       238  
                                 
Earnings before provision for income taxes
    372       5,987       4,654       5,832  
Provision for income taxes
    946       1,197       1,984       1,162  
                                 
Net (loss) earnings
  $ (574 )   $ 4,790     $ 2,670     $ 4,670  
                                 
                                 
(Loss) earnings per share:
                               
Class A common share - basic and diluted
  $ (0.05 )   $ 0.39     $ 0.21     $ 0.37  
Class B common share - basic and diluted
  $ (0.05 )   $ 0.42     $ 0.23     $ 0.41  
                                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
                               
Class A common share - basic and diluted
    2,174,912       2,174,912       2,174,912       2,174,912  
Class B common share - basic and diluted
    9,582,610       9,495,824       9,554,354       9,480,134  
                                 
Dividends paid per share:
                               
Class A common share
  $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.12     $ 0.12  
Class B common share
  $ 0.07     $ 0.07     $ 0.14     $ 0.14  
                                 
                                 
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 

 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
(Unaudited)
 
         
 
         
Accumulated
               
Additional
 
                     
Other
   
Class A
   
Class B
   
Paid-In
 
         
Comprehensive
   
Retained
   
Comprehensive
   
Common
   
Common
   
Capital
 
   
Total
   
Income
   
Earnings
   
Income (Loss)
   
Stock
   
Stock
   
(APIC)
 
 
                                         
Balance, January 1, 2011
  $ 220,333           $ 195,477     $ (39 )   $ 217     $ 953     $ 23,725  
                                                       
Cash dividends declared on Class A common stock
    (261 )           (261 )                                
Cash dividends declared on Class B common stock
    (1,333 )           (1,333 )                                
Issuance of restricted common stock
    -                                     13       (13 )
Termination of restricted common stock
    -                                     (1 )     1  
Currency translation adjustment
    938     $ 938               938                          
Unrealized holding losses on marketable securities
                                                       
   arising during the year, net of taxes of ($71)
    (119 )     (119 )             (119 )                        
Reclassification adjustment for gains included
                                                       
   in net earnings, net of taxes of ($45)
    (74 )     (74 )             (74 )                        
Stock-based compensation expense
    817                                               817  
Net earnings
    2,670       2,670       2,670                                  
      Comprehensive income
          $ 3,415                                          
                                                         
Balance, June 30, 2011
  $ 222,971             $ 196,553     $ 706     $ 217     $ 965     $ 24,530  
                                                         
                                                         
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 

 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
(Unaudited)
 
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
Net earnings
  $ 2,670     $ 4,670  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net
               
 cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
    4,277       4,195  
Stock-based compensation
    817       1,154  
Realized gain on sale of investment
    (119 )     -  
Other, net
    291       560  
Deferred income taxes
    (509 )     268  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (see below)
    9,447       (14,585 )
      Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities
    16,874       (3,738 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
    (1,383 )     (1,092 )
Purchase of marketable securities
    (5,111 )     -  
Cash transferred from restricted cash
    162       -  
Purchase of company-owned life insurance
    -       (1,571 )
Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired
    -       (40,424 )
Proceeds from sale of marketable securities
    433       -  
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
    18       6  
       Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (5,881 )     (43,081 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Dividends paid to common shareholders
    (1,556 )     (1,548 )
       Net Cash Used In Financing Activities
    (1,556 )     (1,548 )
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
    247       (209 )
                 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents
    9,684       (48,576 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents - beginning of period
    83,829       124,231  
Cash and Cash Equivalents - end of period
  $ 93,513     $ 75,655  
                 
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 
 

 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Continued)
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
(Unaudited)
 
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
             
Changes in operating assets and liabilities consist of:
           
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable
  $ 4,292     $ (9,107 )
Decrease (increase) in inventories
    980       (11,138 )
Increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets
    (2,474 )     (814 )
(Increase) decrease in other assets
    (4 )     36  
Increase in accounts payable
    762       3,403  
Increase in accrued expenses
    2,805       2,469  
Cash payments of accrued restructuring costs
    (81 )     (78 )
Increase in income taxes payable
    3,167       644  
    $ 9,447     $ (14,585 )
                 
Supplementary information:
               
Cash (received) paid during the period for:
               
    Income taxes, net of refunds received
  $ (745 )   $ 346  
    Interest
    -       14  
                 
Details of acquisition:
               
   Fair value of identifiable net assets acquired
  $ -     $ 38,132  
   Goodwill
    -       2,349  
       Fair value of net assets acquired
  $ -     $ 40,481  
                 
   Fair value of consideration transferred
  $ -     $ 40,481  
   Less: Cash acquired in acquisition
    -       (57 )
      Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired
  $ -     $ 40,424  
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
 

 
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BEL FUSE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
1.  
BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 

The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2011, and the condensed consolidated statements of operations, stockholders' equity and cash flows for the periods presented herein have been prepared by Bel Fuse Inc. (the "Company" or "Bel") and are unaudited. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting solely of normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations, changes in stockholders' equity and cash flows for all periods presented have been made.  The results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 should not be viewed as indicative of the Company’s annual results or the Company’s results for any other period.  The information for the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2010 was derived from audited financial statements.  These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Bel Fuse Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

On January 29, 2010, the Company completed its acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Cinch Connectors, Inc. (“Cinch U.S.”), Cinch Connectors de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (“Cinch Mexico”) and Cinch Connectors Ltd. (“Cinch Europe”) (collectively “Cinch”) from Safran S.A.  Accordingly, as of January 29, 2010, all of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed were recorded at their fair values and the Company’s condensed consolidated results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2010 include Cinch’s operating results from January 29, 2010 through June 30, 2010.  In accordance with the accounting guidance for business combinations, the results of operations and cash flows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 have been adjusted retrospectively to reflect measurement period adjustments as if they had been recorded on the date of acquisition.  The measurement period adjustments did not have a significant impact on our condensed consolidated statement of operations or cash flows for the three or six months ended June 30, 2010.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

The Company’s significant accounting policies are summarized in Note 1 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.  There were no significant changes to these accounting policies during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  A recent accounting pronouncement that will impact future periods is as follows:

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05 – Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income (“ASU No. 2011-05”)
 
ASU No. 2011-05 amends existing guidance by allowing only two options for presenting the components of net income and other comprehensive income: (1) in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or (2) in two separate but consecutive financial statements, consisting of an income statement followed by a separate statement of other comprehensive income. Also, items that are reclassified from other comprehensive income to net income must be presented on the face of the financial statements. This ASU eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity.  The amendments in this ASU do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income.  This ASU requires retrospective application, and it is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted.  The Company will implement the provisions of ASU 2011-05 by presenting the components of net income and other comprehensive income in two separate but consecutive statements beginning in the first quarter of 2012.



2.  
(LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE

The Company utilizes the two-class method to report its (loss) earnings per share.  The two-class method is a (loss) earnings allocation formula that determines (loss) earnings per share for each class of common stock according to dividends declared and participation rights in undistributed (loss) earnings.  The Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, states that Class B common shares are entitled to dividends at least 5% greater than dividends paid on Class A common shares, resulting in the two-class method of computing (loss) earnings per share.  In computing (loss) earnings per share, the Company has allocated dividends declared to Class A and Class B based on amounts actually declared for each class of stock and 5% more of the undistributed (loss) earnings has been allocated to Class B shares than to the Class A shares on a per share basis.  Basic (loss) earnings per common share are computed by dividing net (loss) earnings by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per common share, for each class of common stock, are computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted-average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding during the period.  There were no potential common shares outstanding during the three or six months ended June 30, 2011 or 2010 which would have had a dilutive effect on (loss) earnings per share.
 
 
 
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The (loss) earnings and weighted-average shares outstanding used in the computation of basic and diluted (loss) earnings per share are as follows (dollars in thousands, except share and per share data):

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
                         
Numerator:
                       
Net (loss) earnings
  $ (574 )   $ 4,790     $ 2,670     $ 4,670  
Less Dividends:
                               
     Class A
    131       131       261       261  
     Class B
    666       667       1,333       1,331  
Undistributed (loss) earnings
  $ (1,371 )   $ 3,992     $ 1,076     $ 3,078  
                                 
Undistributed (loss) earnings allocation - basic and diluted:
                               
     Class A undistributed (loss) earnings
    (244 )     715       192       552  
     Class B undistributed (loss) earnings
    (1,127 )     3,277       884       2,526  
     Total undistributed (loss) earnings
  $ (1,371 )   $ 3,992     $ 1,076     $ 3,078  
                                 
Net (loss) earnings allocation - basic and diluted:
                               
     Class A allocated (loss) earnings
    (113 )     846       453       813  
     Class B allocated (loss) earnings
    (461 )     3,944       2,217       3,857  
     Net (loss) earnings
  $ (574 )   $ 4,790     $ 2,670     $ 4,670  
                                 
Denominator:
                               
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
                               
     Class A common share - basic and diluted
    2,174,912       2,174,912       2,174,912       2,174,912  
     Class B common share - basic and diluted
    9,582,610       9,495,824       9,554,354       9,480,134  
                                 
(Loss) earnings per share:
                               
     Class A common share - basic and diluted
  $ (0.05 )   $ 0.39     $ 0.21     $ 0.37  
     Class B common share - basic and diluted
  $ (0.05 )   $ 0.42     $ 0.23     $ 0.41  



3.           ACQUISITION

On January 29, 2010 (the “Acquisition Date”), the Company completed its acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Cinch from Safran S.A.  Bel paid $39.7 million in cash and assumed an additional $0.8 million of expenses in exchange for the net assets acquired.  The transaction was funded with cash on hand.  Cinch is headquartered in Lombard, Illinois and has manufacturing facilities in Vinita, Oklahoma; Reynosa, Mexico; and Worksop, England.  The Company has made an election under IRC Section 338(h)10 to step-up the tax basis of the Cinch assets (held by the Cinch U.S., Cinch Mexico and Cinch U.K. entities) acquired to fair value.  The elections made under Section 338(h)10 only affect U.S. income taxes (not those of the foreign countries where non-U.S. Cinch entities are incorporated).

Cinch manufactures a broad range of interconnect products for customers in the military and aerospace, high-performance computing, telecom/datacom, and transportation markets.  The addition of Cinch’s well-established lines of connector and cable products and extensive clientele has enabled Bel to broaden its customer base to include aerospace and military markets.  The acquisition of Cinch has also created the opportunity for expense reduction and the elimination of redundancies.  The combination of these factors has given rise to $2.3 million of goodwill ($1.2 million allocated to the Company’s North America operating segment and $1.1 million allocated to the Company’s Europe operating segment).

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company expensed $0 and $0.2 million, respectively, of acquisition-related costs.  These costs are included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations.

 
 
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Cinch’s results of operations have been included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements for the period subsequent to the Acquisition Date.  Cinch contributed revenues of $24.7 million and estimated net earnings of $0.1 million to the Company for the period from the Acquisition Date through June 30, 2010.  The unaudited pro forma information presents the combined operating results of the Company and Cinch.  The following unaudited pro forma consolidated results of operations assume that the acquisition of Cinch was completed as of January 1, 2010 (in thousands):


   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30, 2010
 
       
Revenue
  $ 137,470  
Net earnings
    4,549  
Earnings per Class A common share - basic and diluted
    0.36  
Earnings per Class B common share - basic and diluted
    0.40  


  
4.   FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Company utilizes the accounting guidance for fair value measurements and disclosures for all financial assets and liabilities and nonfinancial assets and liabilities that are recognized or disclosed at fair value in the condensed consolidated financial statements on a recurring basis or on a nonrecurring basis during the reporting period.  The fair value is an exit price, representing the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants based upon the best use of the asset or liability at the measurement date.  The Company utilizes market data or assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.  The accounting guidance establishes a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value.  These tiers are defined as follows:

Level 1 – Observable inputs such as quoted market prices in active markets

Level 2 – Inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable
 
Level 3 – Unobservable inputs about which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions
 
As of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, the Company held certain financial assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis.  These consisted of the Company’s investments in a Rabbi Trust which are intended to fund the Company’s Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (“SERP”) obligations and other marketable securities described below.  These are categorized as available-for-sale securities and are included as other assets in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010.

During 2010, the Company purchased equity securities at a purchase price of $1.2 million.  During the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company purchased additional marketable equity securities at a purchase price of $0.1 million and invested $5.0 million in a mutual fund categorized as a fixed income available-for-sale marketable security.  As of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, these marketable securities had a fair value of $6.2 million and $1.7 million, respectively, and gross unrealized gains of $0.1 million and $0.5 million, respectively.  Such unrealized gains are included, net of tax, in accumulated other comprehensive income.  The fair value of the equity securities is determined based on quoted market prices in public markets and is categorized as Level 1.  The fair value of the fixed income securities is determined based on other observable inputs, and are therefore categorized as Level 2 in the table below.  The Company does not have any financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis categorized as Level 3, and there were no transfers in or out of Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 during the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010.  There were no changes to the Company’s valuation techniques used to measure asset fair values on a recurring or nonrecurring basis during the six months ended June 30, 2011.

 
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The following table sets forth by level, within the fair value hierarchy, the Company’s financial assets accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010 (dollars in thousands).

         
Assets at Fair Value Using
 
   
Total
   
Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets (Level 1)
   
Significant Other Observable Inputs (Level 2)
   
Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)
 
As of June 30, 2011
                       
Available-for-sale securities:
                       
   Investments held in Rabbi Trust
  $ 5,973     $ 5,973     $ -     $ -  
   Marketable securities:
                               
        Publicly-traded equity securities
    1,148       1,148       -       -  
        Fixed income securities
    5,004       -       5,004       -  
                                 
   Total
  $ 12,125     $ 7,121     $ 5,004     $ -  
                                 
As of December 31, 2010
                               
Available-for-sale securities:
                               
   Investments held in Rabbi Trust
  $ 5,924     $ 5,924     $ -     $ -  
   Marketable securities:
                               
        Publicly-traded equity securities
    1,706       1,706       -       -  
                                 
   Total
  $ 7,630     $ 7,630     $ -     $ -  


The Level 2 fixed income securities noted in the table above represent the Company’s investment in a fund that consists of debt securities (bonds), primarily U.S. government securities, corporate bonds, asset-backed securities and mortgage-backed securities.  The value of the fund is determined based on quoted market prices for similar instruments or nonbinding market prices that are corroborated by observable market data.

The Company has other financial instruments, such as cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses, which are not measured at fair value on a recurring basis but are recorded at amounts that approximate fair value due to their liquid or short-term nature.  The Company did not have any other financial liabilities within the scope of the fair value disclosure requirements as of June 30, 2011 or December 31, 2010.

Nonfinancial assets and liabilities, such as goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets, are accounted for at fair value on a nonrecurring basis.   These items are tested for impairment on the occurrence of a triggering event or, in the case of goodwill, on at least an annual basis.  There were no triggering events that occurred during the six months ended June 30, 2011 or 2010 that would warrant interim impairment testing.

5.           INVENTORIES

The components of inventories are as follows (dollars in thousands):

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
Raw materials
  $ 35,060     $ 35,157  
Work in progress
    7,082       5,930  
Finished goods
    14,127       15,883  
    $ 56,269     $ 56,970  
                 



 
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6.            BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

The Company operates in one industry with three reportable operating segments, which are geographic in nature.  The segments consist of North America, Asia and Europe.  The primary criteria by which financial performance is evaluated and resources are allocated are revenues and operating income.  The following is a summary of key financial data (dollars in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
Total segment revenues:
                       
     North America
  $ 39,088     $ 31,531     $ 75,353     $ 55,777  
     Asia
    48,100       49,950       90,137       84,721  
     Europe
    9,061       10,273       18,165       16,969  
Total segment revenues
    96,249       91,754       183,655       157,467  
Reconciling item:
                               
     Intersegment revenues
    (17,076 )     (14,022 )     (33,079 )     (23,666 )
Net sales
  $ 79,173     $ 77,732     $ 150,576     $ 133,801  
                                 
Income (loss) from operations:
                               
     North America
  $ 2,584     $ 1,342     $ 4,276     $ 1,098  
     Asia
    (3,017 )     4,110       (1,129 )     4,243  
     Europe
    593       419       1,227       253  
    $ 160     $ 5,871     $ 4,374     $ 5,594  
                                 


The following items are included in the income (loss) from operations presented above:

Litigation Charges – During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded $3.2 million of litigation charges related to ongoing lawsuits, as further described in Note 11.  These charges primarily impacted the Company’s Asia operating segment.

Segment Revenues – Segment revenues are attributed to individual segments based on the geographic source of the billing for such customer sales.  Transfers between geographic areas include finished products manufactured in foreign countries which are then transferred to the United States and Europe for sale; finished goods manufactured in the United States which are transferred to Europe and Asia for sale; and semi-finished components manufactured in the United States which are sold to Asia for further processing. Income (loss) from operations represents net sales less operating costs and expenses.

7.            INCOME TAXES

As of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, the Company has approximately $4.2 million and $3.8 million, respectively, of liabilities for uncertain tax positions ($1.0 million and $0.9 million, respectively, included in income taxes payable and $3.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively, included in liability for uncertain tax positions) all of which, if reversed, would reduce the Company’s effective tax rate.

The Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various states and foreign jurisdictions.  The Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal examinations by tax authorities for years before 2007 and for state examinations before 2005.   Regarding foreign subsidiaries, the Company is no longer subject to examination by tax authorities for years before 2003 in Asia and generally 2005 in Europe.  During September 2010 and April 2011, the Company was notified of an Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) tax audit for the years ended December 31, 2004 through 2009.  The Company believes the audit is a result of various carryback claims to the years ended December 31, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  As the statute of limitations for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 has expired, any tax adjustment proposed by the IRS for these years would be limited to the amount of the carryback claims of approximately $2.5 million.

As a result of the expiration of the statute of limitations for specific jurisdictions, it is reasonably possible that the related unrecognized benefits for tax positions taken regarding previously filed tax returns may change materially from those recorded as liabilities for uncertain tax positions in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements at June 30, 2011.   A total of $1.0 million of previously recorded liabilities for uncertain tax positions relates to the 2007 tax year.  The statute of limitations related to this liability is scheduled to expire on September 15, 2011.

 
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The Company’s policy is to recognize interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions as a component of the current provision for income taxes.  During the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, the Company recognized $0.1 million and $0.2 million, respectively, in interest and penalties in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.  The Company has approximately $0.6 million and $0.4 million accrued for the payment of interest and penalties at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively, which is included in both income taxes payable and liability for uncertain tax positions in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

In connection with the Cinch acquisition, the Company acquired certain tax assets and liabilities.  Cinch Europe had net operating loss and capital loss carryforwards in the amounts of $0.6 million and $0.2 million, respectively, as of the acquisition date.  The related tax benefits were $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively.  The capital loss carryforward was acquired with a valuation allowance, which the Company maintained at June 30, 2011.  During the year ended December 31, 2010, the entire $0.6 million net operating loss was utilized.  Additionally, Cinch Europe had a deferred tax liability in the amount of $0.1 million for various timing differences and $0.1 million in refundable income taxes.  Cinch U.S. had a deferred tax asset in the amount of $0.1 million relating to vacation accruals, $0.1 million of net refundable income tax and a deferred tax asset related to inventory capitalization in the amount of $0.2 million at the time of the acquisition.  Of these amounts, $0.1 million of net refundable income tax remains on the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2011.  Cinch Mexico was acquired with a refundable income tax in the amount of $0.1 million, which was applied to current year income tax for 2010.  The Company has received a fair market value report of property, plant and equipment, and intangibles related to Cinch Europe and Cinch Mexico which resulted in the establishment of deferred tax liabilities at the date of acquisition in the amounts of $0.4 million and an immaterial amount, respectively. At June 30, 2011, a deferred tax liability of $0.3 million remains on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.  None of the reversals of the deferred tax asset or deferred tax liabilities or use of NOL carryforwards acquired from the Cinch acquisition will impact the condensed consolidated statement of operations.

The Company has made an election under IRC Section 338(h)10 to step-up the tax basis of the Cinch assets (held by the Cinch U.S., Cinch Mexico and Cinch U.K. entities) acquired to fair value.  The elections made under Section 338(h)10 only affect U.S. income taxes (not those of the foreign countries where non-U.S. Cinch entities are incorporated).

On August 10, 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Education Jobs & Medicaid Assistance Act” (H.R. 1586) (the “Act”).  The Act’s international tax provisions place certain restrictions on the use of foreign tax credits.  The Company has evaluated the newly-enacted international tax provisions and determined that they do not materially affect the Company’s operating results or financial condition.
 
 
The Company continues to monitor proposed legislation affecting the taxation of transfers of U.S. intangible property and other potential tax law changes.

8.           ACCRUED EXPENSES

Accrued expenses consist of the following (dollars in thousands):

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
Sales commissions
  $ 1,470     $ 1,740  
Subcontracting labor
    2,178       2,467  
Salaries, bonuses and related benefits
    5,742       7,405  
Litigation reserve
    13,246       8,103  
Other
    2,848       2,830  
    $ 25,484     $ 22,545  
                 

Accrued Restructuring Costs

Activity and liability balances related to restructuring charges for the six months ended June 30, 2011 are as follows (these charges are associated with the 2008 closure of the Company’s facility in Westborough, Massachusetts):

   
Liability at
   
New
   
Cash Payments &
   
Liability at
 
   
December 31, 2010
   
Charges
   
Other Settlements
   
June 30, 2011
 
Facility lease obligation
  $ 507     $ -     $ (82 )   $ 425  


The Company has included the current portion of $0.2 million in accrued restructuring costs in the condensed consolidated balance sheet at June 30, 2011, and has classified the remaining $0.2 million of the liability related to the facility lease obligation as noncurrent.

 
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9.           RETIREMENT FUND AND PROFIT SHARING PLAN

The Company maintains a domestic 401(k) plan, which consists of profit sharing, contributory stock ownership and individual voluntary savings to provide non-defined retirement benefits for plan participants.  The expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 amounted to approximately $0.1 million in each period.  The expense for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 amounted to approximately $0.3 million in each period.  As of June 30, 2011, the plans owned 15,926 and 227,760 shares of Bel Fuse Inc. Class A and Class B common stock, respectively.

The Company’s subsidiaries in Asia have a non-defined retirement fund covering substantially all of their Hong Kong-based full-time employees.  The expense for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 amounted to approximately $0.1 million in each period and the expense for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 amounted to approximately $0.1 million in each period. As of June 30, 2011, the plan owned 3,323 and 17,342 shares of Bel Fuse Inc. Class A and Class B common stock, respectively.

The SERP is designed to provide a limited group of key management and highly compensated employees of the Company with supplemental retirement and death benefits.

The components of SERP expense are as follows (dollars in thousands):

 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
Service cost
  $ 93     $ 85     $ 186     $ 170  
Interest cost
    101       84       202       168  
Amortization of adjustments
    37       33       74       66  
Total SERP expense
  $ 231     $ 202     $ 462     $ 404  
                                 

 
   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
Balance sheet amounts:
           
   Minimum pension obligation
           
      and unfunded pension liability
  $ 7,812     $ 7,350  
                 
   Amounts recognized in accumulated
               
      other comprehensive income, pretax:
               
         Prior service cost
  $ 1,143     $ 1,143  
         Net gains
    932       932  
    $ 2,075     $ 2,075  
                 

 
 
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10.           COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
 
Comprehensive (loss) income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 consists of the following (dollars in thousands):
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
Net (loss) earnings
  $ (574 )   $ 4,790     $ 2,670     $ 4,670  
Currency translation adjustment
    340       (790 )     938       (1,455 )
Reclassification adjustment for gains
                               
   included in net (loss) earnings, net of taxes
    (74 )             (74 )        
(Decrease) increase in unrealized gain on
                               
   marketable securities, net of taxes
    (345 )     (46 )     (119 )     40  
                                 
Comprehensive (loss) income
  $ (653 )   $ 3,954     $ 3,415     $ 3,255  
                                 

 

The components of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) as of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010 are summarized below (dollars in thousands):

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2011
   
2010
 
             
Foreign currency translation adjustment
  $ 1,820     $ 882  
Unrealized holding gains on available-for-sale
               
  securities, net of taxes of $205 and $322 as of
               
  June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010
    326       519  
Unfunded SERP liability, net of taxes of ($635) as
               
  of both June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010
    (1,440 )     (1,440 )
                 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
  $ 706     $ (39 )
                 


11.           LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The Company is, from time to time, a party to litigation arising in the normal course of its business, including various claims of patent infringement.  See the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 for the details of Bel’s material pending lawsuits.  Updates to pending litigation since the Company’s Form 10-K filing are described below.

The Company is a defendant in a lawsuit captioned SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc., et al. brought in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas in November 2007.  The plaintiff alleged that eleven defendants, including Bel, infringed its patents covering certain power products. With respect to the Company, the plaintiff claimed that the Company infringed its patents related to unregulated bus converters and/or point-of-load (POL) converters used in intermediate bus architecture power supply systems. The case went to trial in December 2010 and a judgment was entered on December 29, 2010.  The jury found that certain products of the defendants directly and/or indirectly infringe the SynQor patents.  The jury awarded damages of $8.1 million against the Company, which was recorded by the Company as a litigation charge in the statement of operations in the fourth quarter of 2010.  On July 11, 2011, the Court awarded supplemental damages of $2.5 million against the Company.  Of this amount, $1.9 million is covered through an indemnification agreement with one of Bel’s customers.  The additional expense to Bel of $0.6 million was recorded as a litigation charge in the statements of operations during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  The Company is in the process of appealing the verdict and judgment.  The Company has been advised that the full amount of the damage awards will need to be placed in escrow upon filing of the notice of appeal.  The form of escrow is not yet determined.

The Company was a defendant in a lawsuit captioned Halo Electronics, Inc. (“Halo”) v. Bel Fuse Inc., Pulse Engineering, Inc. and Technitrol, Inc. brought in Nevada Federal District Court.  The plaintiff claimed that the Company had infringed its patents covering certain surface mount discrete magnetic products made by the Company.  Halo sought unspecified damages, which it claimed should be trebled.  In December 2007, this case was dismissed by the Nevada Federal District Court for lack of personal jurisdiction. Halo then re-filed this suit, with similar claims against the Company, in the Northern California Federal District Court, captioned Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Bel Fuse Inc., Elec & Eltek (USA) Corporation, Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc., and Xfmrs, Inc.  In June 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Company and Halo with regard to this lawsuit, whereby the Company has agreed to pay Halo a royalty on past sales.  The Company recorded a $2.6 million liability related to past sales during the second quarter of 2011.  This is included as a litigation charge in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  Bel has also agreed to take a license with respect to the Halo patents at issue in the lawsuit and pay an 8% royalty on all net worldwide sales of the above-mentioned products from June 7, 2011 through August 10, 2015.

 
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The Company is a plaintiff in a lawsuit captioned Bel Fuse Inc. v. Halo Electronics, Inc. brought in the United States District Court of New Jersey during June 2007.  The Company claims that Halo has infringed a patent covering certain integrated connector modules made by Halo.  The Company is seeking an unspecified amount of damages plus interest, costs and attorney fees.  In June 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Company and Halo with regard to this lawsuit, whereby Halo has agreed to pay the Company a 10% royalty related to its net worldwide sales of its integrated connector modules in exchange for a fully paid-up license of the Bel patent.  This royalty income has been included in net sales in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

12.           RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

As of June 30, 2011, the Company has $2.0 million invested in a money market fund with GAMCO Investors, Inc., a current stockholder of the Company, with holdings of its Class A stock of approximately 30.5%.

 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 
The Company’s quarterly and annual operating results are impacted by a wide variety of factors that could materially and adversely affect revenues and profitability, including the risk factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. As a result of these and other factors, the Company may experience material fluctuations in future operating results on a quarterly or annual basis, which could materially and adversely affect its business, financial condition, operating results, and stock prices.  Furthermore, this document and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) contain certain forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“Forward-Looking Statements”) with respect to the business of the Company.  These Forward-Looking Statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which could cause actual results to differ materially from these Forward-Looking Statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these Forward-Looking Statements which may be necessary to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.  An investment in the Company involves various risks, including those which are detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings.
 

 
Overview

Our Company

Bel is a leading producer of electronic products that help make global connectivity a reality. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a broad array of magnetics, modules, circuit protection devices and interconnect products.  These products are designed to protect, regulate, connect, isolate or manage a variety of electronic circuits.  Bel’s products are primarily used in the networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace and transportation industries.  Bel’s portfolio of products also finds application in the automotive, medical and consumer electronics markets.

Bel’s business is operated through three geographic segments:  North America, Asia and Europe.  During the six months ended June 30, 2011, 43% of the Company’s revenues were derived from Asia, 45% from North America and 12% from its Europe operating segment.  The Company’s revenues are primarily driven by working closely with customers’ engineering staffs and aligning new and existing product offerings with industry standards committees and various integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers.  Sales of the Company’s interconnect products represented approximately 37% of our total net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The remaining revenues related to sales of the Company’s modules products (31%), magnetic products (28%) and circuit protection products (4%).

The Company’s expenses are driven principally by the cost of labor where Bel’s factories are located, the cost of the materials that it uses and its ability to efficiently manage overhead costs.  As labor and material costs vary by product line, any significant shift in product mix has an associated impact on the Company’s costs of sales.  Bel generally enters into processing arrangements with several independent suppliers of wire-wound components in Asia.  Costs are recorded as incurred for all products manufactured.  Such amounts are determined based upon the estimated stage of production and include labor cost and fringes and related allocations of factory overhead. The Company’s products are manufactured at various facilities in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”); Glen Rock, Pennsylvania; Inwood, New York; Haina, Dominican Republic; Reynosa and Cananea, Mexico; Louny, Czech Republic; Vinita, Oklahoma; and Worksop, England.

In the PRC, where the Company generally enters into processing arrangements with several independent third-party contractors and also has its own manufacturing facilities, the availability of labor is cyclical and is significantly affected by the migration of workers in relation to the annual Lunar New Year holiday as well as economic conditions in the PRC.  In addition, the Company has little visibility into the ordering habits of its customers and can be subjected to large and unpredictable variations in demand for its products.  Accordingly, the Company must continually recruit and train new workers to replace those lost to attrition each year and to address peaks in demand that may occur from time to time.  These recruiting and training efforts and related inefficiencies, and overtime required in order to meet demand, can add volatility to the costs incurred by the Company for labor in the PRC.

Trends Affecting our Business

The Company believes the key factors affecting Bel’s six months ended June 30, 2011 and/or future results include the following:

·  
Cinch Acquisition – The acquisition of Cinch Connectors, Inc., Cinch Connectors de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Cinch Connectors Ltd. (collectively, “Cinch”) in January 2010 has allowed the Company to broaden its customer base into the military, aerospace and transportation industries.  The Cinch products are included in the Company’s interconnect product group, which generally uses lower-cost materials and generates higher profit margins than Bel’s other product groups.  On a comparable basis to 2010, Cinch sales for January through June of 2011 have increased by 9.5% and the Company is anticipating steady sales growth related to Cinch products.  The Company believes the integration of the Cinch products has had, and will continue to have, a favorable impact on Bel’s sales and overall profit margin.

 
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Revenues – With the rebound of market conditions in 2010, the Company experienced record sales during the third and fourth quarters of 2010, as Bel worked to bring its backlog of orders down to a more typical level.  As the backlog has stabilized, the peak in sales volume that occurred during the latter part of 2010 is not expected to recur during the comparable periods of 2011.

·  
Product Mix – Overall sales growth from the second quarter of 2010 to 2011 was not significant ($1.4 million). The Company’s sales within its modules product line increased by $11.9 million and interconnect sales increased by $1.9 million, offsetting a decrease in sales of magnetic products of $12.0 million during the second quarter of 2011 as compared to 2010.  Modules products have a higher material and lower added-value content than the Company’s other product lines, which results in lower profit margins on this product line.  The shift in product mix has been and is expected to continue to be the primary contributing factor in a lower overall profit margin percentage in 2011.

·  
Pricing and Availability of Materials – While the Company has seen component pricing and availability stabilize for most of Bel’s product lines, the Company continues to experience some component shortages in its modules product line which limits Bel’s ability to deliver its DC-DC products.  In addition, the costs of certain commodities associated with our raw materials, such as gold and copper, have increased.  The Company continues to monitor the supply chain flow for all products potentially affected by the tsunami in Japan and, thus far, Bel has been able to locate alternative sources for any potentially impacted components.  Fluctuations in component prices and other commodity prices associated with Bel’s raw materials will have a corresponding impact on Bel’s profit margins.

·  
Labor Costs – The costs of labor, particularly in the PRC where a significant percentage of Bel’s products are manufactured, have been higher in recent years as a result of government mandates for new higher minimum wage and overtime requirements.  The PRC government increased minimum wage levels by 21% in the areas where Bel’s products are manufactured effective May 1, 2010.  While Bel has implemented price increases to its customers during 2010 to partially offset the existing increases in labor and material costs, there was an additional government mandate effective March 2011 which increased the minimum wage level by 18% at certain of Bel’s facilities in the PRC. The Company believes that this increase and any additional increases to the minimum wage levels will have a negative impact on Bel’s profit margins in future quarters.

·  
Impact of Lunar New Year – Bel has been able to continue with steady production in the PRC coming out of the 2011 Lunar New Year holiday, without the hiring of a significant number of new workers, in contrast to our experience in 2010.  Recruiting and training expenses, and production inefficiencies resulting from the hiring of new workers, were maintained at reasonable levels during the six months ended June 30, 2011.

·  
Management of Overhead Costs – The Company will continue to monitor its overall profit margin percentage over the upcoming quarters and will work to manage overhead costs. Our future profit margins will be dependent in part upon our ability to effectively control overhead costs without adversely impacting productivity.

·  
Impact of Pending Lawsuits – As further described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and as updated in Item 1. Legal Proceedings of Part II of this quarterly report, the Company is involved in several ongoing lawsuits related to patent infringement claims.  During the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $2.6 million litigation charge related to the Halo lawsuit and a $0.6 million litigation charge related to the SynQor lawsuit (an $8.1 million charge was previously recorded in the fourth quarter of 2010 related to the SynQor lawsuit).  The Company is currently appealing the verdict in the SynQor case; however, if the Company is unsuccessful in its appeal, sales of certain of the Company’s existing products may be adversely affected.  This would result in decreased sales volume and would have a corresponding impact on the Company’s gross profit.

·  
Acquisition-Related Costs – Bel’s continuing strategy to actively consider potential acquisitions could give rise to significant legal and professional costs in future periods.

Bel is expecting a competitive atmosphere for the remainder of 2011.  As lead times have stabilized, we believe that customers will again be focused on pricing rather than delivery.  Bel continues to address pricing issues from customers, while managing the rising costs of raw materials and assembly labor.  In addition, the Company is working to manage its fixed and indirect costs in light of the recent shift in product mix.

 
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Summary by Reportable Operating Segment

Net sales to external customers by reportable operating segment for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
    North America
  $ 35,422       45 %   $ 27,393       35 %   $ 67,931       45 %   $ 48,491       36 %
    Asia
    35,070       44 %     40,348       52 %     65,176       43 %     68,861       52 %
    Europe
    8,681       11 %     9,991       13 %     17,469       12 %     16,449       12 %
    $ 79,173       100 %   $ 77,732       100 %   $ 150,576       100 %   $ 133,801       100 %
                                                                 



Income (loss) from operations by reportable operating segment for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
Income (Loss) from Operations:
                       
    North America
  $ 2,584     $ 1,342     $ 4,276     $ 1,098  
    Asia
    (3,017 )     4,110       (1,129 )     4,243  
    Europe
    593       419       1,227       253  
    $ 160     $ 5,871     $ 4,374     $ 5,594  



The shift in net sales among the Company’s reportable operating segments during the first half of 2011 was primarily due an $11.7 million increase in sales of a product line within the modules product group which is manufactured in China but sold to third parties in North America.  In addition, the Cinch acquisition brought in an additional $8.8 million in sales during Bel’s first half of 2011 as compared to the first half of 2010, primarily in the North America operating segment and to a lesser extent in the Europe operating segment.  The Company recorded $3.2 million in litigation charges during the second quarter of 2011, which primarily impacted the Company’s Asia operating segment.  See Note 6 to the notes to condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for additional segment discussion.

Overview of Financial Results

Strong shipments of modules and interconnect products drove record revenue for the second quarter and first half of 2011.  Bel’s growing modules product business, which typically has higher material content thus resulting in lower average profit margins, reduced the second quarter gross margin percentage.  In addition, there has been ongoing cost pressure due to mandated wage increases in China, as well as price increases on certain components.  There were also developments in two of the Company’s lawsuits during the second quarter of 2011, resulting in litigation charges of $3.2 million during the quarter.

Bel’s sales increased by 1.9% during the second quarter of 2011 as compared to the second quarter of 2010, while cost of sales increased 6.2% compared to last year’s second quarter.  This is primarily due and a shift in product mix, as the Company manufactured a higher volume of product with higher material content.  As an offsetting factor, labor costs were lower in 2011 associated with the smoother transition out of the Lunar New Year holiday than what was experienced in 2010. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $0.1 million during the second quarter 2011 as compared to the second quarter of 2010.  Additional details related to these factors affecting the second quarter results are described in the Results of Operations section below.

During the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company experienced a 12.5% increase in sales as compared to the first half of 2010.  Of this increase, 6.6% relates to the inclusion of a full six months of Cinch’s sales volume in 2011, as compared to five months of Cinch’s sales volume in the first half of 2010, combined with an increase in Cinch’s sales volume versus the prior year.  The remaining 5.9% increase related to Bel sales growth due to a rebound in demand for legacy Bel products, primarily in modules products.  Cost of sales increased by 12.7% during the first half of 2011 compared to 2010 due to the same factors described above.  Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $1.0 million during the first half of 2011 as compared to the first half of 2010, primarily due to the inclusion of a full six months of Cinch’s expenses in 2011, as compared to five months of Cinch’s expenses in the first half of 2010, as well as increased legal costs associated with the Halo and SynQor lawsuits.  Additional details related to these factors affecting the six-month results are described in the Results of Operations section below.

 
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Critical Accounting Policies

The Company’s discussion and analysis of its financial condition and results of operations are based upon the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements requires the Company to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. On an on-going basis, the Company evaluates its estimates, including those related to product returns, bad debts, inventories, goodwill, intangible assets, investments, SERP expense, income taxes and contingencies and litigation. The Company bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

The Company’s significant accounting policies are summarized in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.  There were no significant changes to these accounting policies during the six months ended June 30, 2011. A recent accounting pronouncement that will impact future periods is as follows:

Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05 – Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income (“ASU No. 2011-05”)
 
ASU No. 2011-05 amends existing guidance by allowing only two options for presenting the components of net income and other comprehensive income: (1) in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or (2) in two separate but consecutive financial statements, consisting of an income statement followed by a separate statement of other comprehensive income. Also, items that are reclassified from other comprehensive income to net income must be presented on the face of the financial statements. This ASU eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity.  The amendments in this ASU do not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income.  This ASU requires retrospective application, and it is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011, with early adoption permitted.  The Company will implement the provisions of ASU 2011-05 in the first quarter of 2012.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth, for the periods presented, the percentage relationship to net sales of certain items included in the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations.

     
Percentage of Net Sales
 
Percentage of Net Sales
     
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
     
June 30,
 
June 30,
     
2011
 
2010
   
2011
 
2010
 
                       
Net sales
 
         100.0
 %
         100.0
 %
 
         100.0
 %
         100.0
 %
Cost of sales
 
           82.6
 
           79.2
   
           81.4
 
           81.3
 
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses
 
           13.2
 
           13.2
   
           13.6
 
           14.6
 
Litigation charges
 
             4.1
 
               -
   
             2.1
 
               -
 
Gain on sale of investment
 
             0.2
 
               -
   
             0.1
 
               -
 
Interest income and other, net
 
             0.1
 
             0.1
   
             0.1
 
             0.2
 
Earnings before provision for income taxes
 
             0.5
 
             7.7
   
             3.1
 
             4.4
 
Provision for income taxes
 
             1.2
 
             1.5
   
             1.3
 
             0.9
 
Net (loss) earnings
 
           (0.7)
 
             6.2
   
             1.8
 
             3.5
 
                       


 
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The following table sets forth the year over year percentage increase (decrease) of certain items included in the Company's condensed consolidated statements of operations.

   
Increase (Decrease) from
 
Increase (Decrease) from
   
Prior Period
 
Prior Period
   
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
   
June 30, 2011
 
June 30, 2011
   
Compared with
 
Compared with
   
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
   
June 30, 2010
 
June 30, 2010
                 
Net sales
 
   1.9
 %
   
12.5
 %
Cost of sales
 
6.2
     
12.7
 
SG&A expenses
 
   1.3
     
5.1
 
Net (loss) earnings
 
 (112.0)
     
(42.8)
 
                 


Sales

Net sales increased 1.9% from $77.7 million during the three months ended June 30, 2010 to $79.2 million during the three months ended June 30, 2011.  Net sales increased 12.5% from $133.8 million during the six months ended June 30, 2010 to $150.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The Company’s net sales by major product line for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2011
   
2010
   
2011
   
2010
 
Interconnect products
  $ 28,830       36 %   $ 26,963       35 %   $ 55,800       37 %   $ 46,789       35 %
Module products
    26,475       34 %     14,616       19 %     46,406       31 %     26,465       20 %
Magnetic products
    20,691       26 %     32,697       42 %     42,674       28 %     54,354       41 %
Circuit protection products
    3,177       4 %     3,456       4 %     5,696       4 %     6,193       4 %
    $ 79,173       100 %   $ 77,732       100 %   $ 150,576       100 %   $ 133,801       100 %


The Company has seen a significant shift in product mix during the first half of 2011, primarily due to growth in Bel’s modules product line in the first half of 2011, specifically in its smart grid and DC-DC converter modules.  The acquisition of Cinch in early 2010 has also contributed to the shift in product mix, as shipments of Cinch’s interconnect products continued to be strong in the first six months of 2011.   The Company has experienced a significant decrease in sales of its magnetic products due to a reduction in customer demand for these products in 2011.

Cost of Sales

The Company’s cost of sales as a percentage of consolidated net sales for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 were comprised of the following:

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
2011
 
2010
 
2011
 
2010
Material costs
51.4%
 
43.7%
 
50.2%
 
45.1%
Labor costs
10.5%
 
14.5%
 
9.9%
 
14.0%
Research and development expenses
3.7%
 
3.4%
 
3.9%
 
3.9%
Other expenses
17.0%
 
17.6%
 
17.4%
 
18.3%
   Total cost of sales
82.6%
 
79.32%
 
81.4%
 
81.3%


The most significant factor contributing to the increase in cost of sales as a percentage of sales relates to an increase in material costs.  There was a significant increase in module sales in 2011 as noted in the table above.  This product line has a greater percentage of material content and lower gross margins than Bel’s other product lines.  In addition, there were some increases in material costs due to higher prices for commodities such as gold and copper that are included in many of the components and materials that Bel purchases. The increase in material costs was partially offset by a reduction in labor costs in 2011.  During the first half of 2010, Bel was faced with meeting the demand of an extremely high backlog of orders coming out of the Lunar New Year holiday, which resulted in excessive recruiting and training expenses, and the related production inefficiencies and overtime incurred to meet this demand.  This pattern did not recur in 2011.  Thus, increases in mandated minimum wage and overtime rates were more than offset by the efficiency improvements described above. The decrease in other expenses as a percentage of sales is a function of the increase in sales versus the prior year.

 
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Included in cost of sales are research and development (“R&D”) expenses of $2.9 million and $2.7 million for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and $5.9 million and $5.3 million for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively.   Approximately half of the increase for the six-month period was due to the inclusion of a full six months of Cinch research and development expenses in 2011 versus only five months in 2010, while the development of the aforementioned new product line within the modules group and investment in other new product development contributed to the remainder of the increase.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (“SG&A”)

While the percentage relationship of SG&A expenses to net sales was flat during the second quarter of 2011, the dollar amount of SG&A expenses was $0.1 million higher during the three months ended June 30, 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010.  Notable variances in the overall expense include an increase in legal fees of $0.4 million related to the Halo and SynQor lawsuits, $0.2 million of costs associated with the Pulse proxy initiative, and a small increase in salaries and fringes partially due to salary increases that went into effect on January 1, 2011.  These increased costs were offset in part by a $0.6 million reduction in incentive compensation expense and a $0.1 million reduction in sales commissions. Sales commission did not increase in line with the increase in sales revenue because certain products with lower commission rates accounted for the increase in revenue.

With regard to the first half of 2011, the dollar amount of SG&A expenses was $1.0 million higher during the six months ended June 30, 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. Approximately 60% of the increase for the six-month period was due to the inclusion of a full six months of Cinch expenses in 2011 versus only five months in 2010.   Notable variances in the remainder of the overall expense include an increase in legal fees of $0.6 million related to the Halo and SynQor lawsuits and a small increase in salaries and fringes partially due to salary increases that went into effect on January 1, 2011, offset in part by a $0.3 million reduction in incentive compensation expense.

Litigation Charges

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company recorded a $2.6 million litigation charge related to its lawsuit with Halo and an additional litigation charge of $0.6 million related to the SynQor lawsuit, as further described below in Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

Provision for Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes for the three months ended June 30, 2011 was $0.9 million compared to $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010.  The Company’s earnings before income taxes for the three months ended June 30, 2011 are approximately $5.6 million lower than the same period in 2010.  The Company’s effective tax rate, the income tax provision as a percentage of earnings before provision for income taxes, was 254.3% and 20.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2010, respectively.  The Company’s effective tax rate will fluctuate based on the geographic segment in which the pretax profits are earned.  Of the geographic segments in which the Company operates, the U.S. has the highest tax rates; Europe’s tax rates are generally lower than U.S. tax rates; and Asia has the lowest tax rates of the Company’s three geographical segments. The increase in the effective tax rate during the three months ended June 30, 2011 is primarily due to a substantial increase compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2010 in the proportion of global pretax earnings attributable to the North America segment, which has the highest tax rates, and the litigation losses in the second quarter of 2011, described above, which principally impacted the Asia segment and resulted in minimal  tax benefit.

The provision for income taxes for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010 was $2.0 million and $1.2 million, respectively.  The Company's earnings before income taxes for the six months ended June 30, 2011 are approximately $1.2 million lower than the same period in 2010.  The Company’s effective tax rate was 42.6% and 19.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2010, respectively.   The increase in the effective tax rate during the six months ended June 30, 2011 is primarily attributable to the same factors as described above in the three-month analysis.

 
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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Historically, the Company has financed its capital expenditures primarily through cash flows from operating activities and has financed acquisitions both through cash flows from operating activities and borrowings.  Management believes that the cash flow from operations after payments of dividends combined with its existing capital base and the Company’s available line of credit will be sufficient to fund its operations for at least the next twelve months.  Such statement constitutes a Forward Looking Statement.  Factors which could cause the Company to require additional capital include, among other things, a softening in the demand for the Company’s existing products, an inability to respond to customer demand for new products, potential acquisitions requiring substantial capital, future expansion of the Company’s operations and net losses that would result in net cash being used in operating, investing and/or financing activities which result in net decreases in cash and cash equivalents.  Net losses may impact availability under our credit facility and preclude the Company from raising debt or equity financing in the capital markets on affordable terms or otherwise.

The Company has an unsecured credit agreement in the amount of $30 million, which expires on June 30, 2014.  During early 2011, an amendment to the existing credit agreement was finalized whereby the amount available to borrow was increased from $20 million to $30 million.  This amendment was effective retroactively to December 2010.  There have not been any borrowings under the credit agreement during 2011 or 2010 and, as such, there was no balance outstanding as of June 30, 2011 or December 31, 2010.  At those dates, the entire $30 million line of credit was available to the Company to borrow.  The credit agreement bears interest at LIBOR plus 0.75% to 1.25% based on certain financial statement ratios maintained by the Company.  The Company is in compliance with its debt covenants as of June 30, 2011.

As further described below in Item 1. Legal Proceedings, the Company has been advised that the full accrual related to the SynQor case (approximately $11.0 million) will need to be placed in escrow upon filing of the notice of appeal.  The form of escrow is not yet determined.

On January 29, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Cinch from Safran S.A. for approximately $39.7 million in cash plus approximately $0.8 million for the assumption of certain expenses.  The transaction was funded with cash on hand.  Cinch is headquartered in Lombard, Illinois and has manufacturing facilities in Vinita, Oklahoma; Reynosa, Mexico; and Worksop, England.

On February 28, 2011, the Company announced that it had delivered a letter to Pulse Electronics Corporation (“Pulse Electronics”) proposing to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pulse Electronics common stock for per share consideration of $6.00, or approximately $249 million in the aggregate.  The Company recorded $0.2 million and $0.3 million, respectively, of expense related to the offer during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  Bel began divesting its ownership of Pulse shares during the second quarter of 2011 and has recorded a related gain of $0.1 million related to the sale of Pulse shares.  As of June 30, 2011, the Company still owns 258,928 shares of Pulse common stock.


Cash Flows

During the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents increased by $9.7 million. This resulted primarily from $16.9 million provided by operating activities, $0.4 million of proceeds from the sale of marketable securities and $0.2 million transferred from restricted cash, offset by $5.1 million used to purchase marketable securities, $1.4 million paid for the purchase of property, plant and equipment and $1.6 million for payments of dividends.  During the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company had cash provided by operating activities of $16.9 million as compared to cash used in operating activities of $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010.  During the six months ended June 30, 2011, accounts receivable decreased by $4.3 million due to a $4.5 million reduction in sales during the second quarter of 2011 as compared to fourth quarter 2010 sales.  In addition, the Company experienced an $11.1 million increase in inventory levels during the first half of 2010 related to heightened demand for products, which did not recur in 2011.

Cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and accounts receivable comprised approximately 52.4% and 50.1% of the Company’s total assets at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively. The Company’s current ratio (i.e., the ratio of current assets to current liabilities) was 4.2 to 1 and 4.4 to 1 at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.


Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The Company is exposed to market risk primarily from changes in foreign currency exchange rates and there have not been any material changes with regard to market risk during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  Refer to Item 7A, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 for further discussion of market risks.
 

 
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Item 4.   Controls and Procedures

Disclosure controls and procedures.  As of the end of the Company’s most recently completed fiscal quarter covered by this report, the Company carried out an evaluation, with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Finance, of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rule 13a-15.  Based on that evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Finance concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report.

Changes in internal controls over financial reporting:  There were no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the Company’s last fiscal quarter to which this report relates that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.


PART II.     Other Information

Item 1.                   Legal Proceedings

The Company is, from time to time, a party to litigation arising in the normal course of its business, including various claims of patent infringement.  See the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 for the details of Bel’s material pending lawsuits.  Updates to pending litigation since the Company’s Form 10-K filing are described below.

The Company is a defendant in a lawsuit captioned SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc., et al. brought in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas in November 2007.  The plaintiff alleged that eleven defendants, including Bel, infringed its patents covering certain power products. With respect to the Company, the plaintiff claimed that the Company infringed its patents related to unregulated bus converters and/or point-of-load (POL) converters used in intermediate bus architecture power supply systems. The case went to trial in December 2010 and a judgment was entered on December 29, 2010.  The jury found that certain products of the defendants directly and/or indirectly infringe the SynQor patents.  The jury awarded damages of $8.1 million against the Company, which was recorded by the Company as a litigation charge in the statement of operations in the fourth quarter of 2010.  On July 11, 2011, the Court awarded supplemental damages of $2.5 million against the Company.  Of this amount, $1.9 million is covered through an indemnification agreement with one of Bel’s customers.  The additional expense to Bel of $0.6 million was recorded as a litigation charge in the statements of operations during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  The Company is in the process of appealing the verdict and judgment.  The Company has been advised that the full amount of the damage awards will need to be placed in escrow upon filing of the notice of appeal.  The form of escrow is not yet determined.

The Company was a defendant in a lawsuit captioned Halo Electronics, Inc. (“Halo”) v. Bel Fuse Inc., Pulse Engineering, Inc. and Technitrol, Inc. brought in Nevada Federal District Court.  The plaintiff claimed that the Company had infringed its patents covering certain surface mount discrete magnetic products made by the Company.  Halo sought unspecified damages, which it claimed should be trebled.  In December 2007, this case was dismissed by the Nevada Federal District Court for lack of personal jurisdiction. Halo then re-filed this suit, with similar claims against the Company, in the Northern California Federal District Court, captioned Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Bel Fuse Inc., Elec & Eltek (USA) Corporation, Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc., and Xfmrs, Inc.  In June 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Company and Halo with regard to this lawsuit, whereby the Company has agreed to pay Halo a royalty on past sales.  The Company recorded a $2.6 million liability related to past sales during the second quarter of 2011.  This is included as a litigation charge in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  Bel has also agreed to take a license with respect to the Halo patents at issue in the lawsuit and pay an 8% royalty on all net worldwide sales of the above-mentioned products from June 7, 2011 through August 10, 2015.

The Company is a plaintiff in a lawsuit captioned Bel Fuse Inc. v. Halo Electronics, Inc. brought in the United States District Court of New Jersey during June 2007.  The Company claims that Halo has infringed a patent covering certain integrated connector modules made by Halo.  The Company is seeking an unspecified amount of damages plus interest, costs and attorney fees.  In June 2011, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the Company and Halo with regard to this lawsuit, whereby Halo has agreed to pay the Company a 10% royalty related to its net worldwide sales of its integrated connector modules in exchange for a fully paid-up license of the Bel patent.  This royalty income has been included in net sales in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

 
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Item 6.  Exhibits
 
   
(a) Exhibits:
 
   
31.1*
Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
   
31.2*
Certification of the Vice President of Finance pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
 32.1**
Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002.
   
 32.2**
Certification of the Vice President of Finance pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
101.INS***
XBRL Instance Document
   
101.SCH***
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
   
101.CAL***
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
   
101.DEF***
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
   
101.LAB***
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
   
101.DEF***
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
   

     
*   Filed herewith
** Submitted herewith.
*** XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed herewith, is not a part of a registration statement or Prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 
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SIGNATURES


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



 
BEL FUSE INC.
August 8, 2011
 
By:
/s/ Daniel Bernstein
 
Daniel Bernstein
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
   
By:
/s/ Colin Dunn
 
Colin Dunn
 
Vice President of Finance and Secretary



 
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EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit 31.1 - Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 31.2 - Certification of the Vice President of Finance pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 32.1 - Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 32.2 - Certification of the Vice President of Finance pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 101.INS – XBRL Instance Document

Exhibit 101.SCH – XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

Exhibit 101.CAL – XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

Exhibit 101.DEF – XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

Exhibit 101.LAB – XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

Exhibit 101.PRE – XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

ex31-1.htm
Exhibit 31.1

 
CERTIFICATION
 

I, Daniel Bernstein, certify that:

1.  
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Bel Fuse 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 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.


Date:  August 8, 2011
/s/ Daniel Bernstein
 
Daniel Bernstein
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 

ex31-2.htm
Exhibit 31.2

 
CERTIFICATION
 

I, Colin Dunn, certify that:

1.  
I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Bel Fuse 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 inter