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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C.  20549
 

FORM 10-K

[X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010
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 number 1-10245

 
RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
 

Nevada
 
95-­1480559
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer  Identification No.)
 
     
2500 McClellan Avenue, Suite 350,
Pennsauken, New Jersey
 
 
08109-4613
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
     
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
 
(856) 356-4500
     
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
   
     
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
     
Common Stock, par value $0.05 per share
 
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
     
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
 
None
     

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  YES [   ]  NO [X]

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.  YES [   ]   NO [X]

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 (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  YES [   ]   NO [   ]

 
 

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. [X]

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company.  (See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  (Check one):
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(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  YES [   ]   NO [X]
 
The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $23.0 million based upon the closing price of $2.19 per share of the registrant’s common stock on June 26, 2009 on The NASDAQ Global Market.  The information provided shall in no way be construed as an admission that any person whose holdings are excluded from the figure is an affiliate or that any person whose holdings are included is not an affiliate and any such admission is hereby disclaimed.  The information provided is included solely for record keeping purposes of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The number of shares of registrant's common stock (par value $0.05 per share) outstanding as of March 11, 2010: 12,999,178.

Documents Incorporated by Reference
Portions of the definitive proxy statement for the registrant's 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2010 Proxy Statement") are incorporated by reference into Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  If the 2010 Proxy Statement is not filed by May 3, 2010, an amendment to this annual report on Form 10-K setting forth this information will be duly filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

 
 

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
 
FORM 10-K
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 


 
PART I
1
       
 
Item 1.
Business
2
 
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
14
 
Item 1B.
Unresolved Staff Comments
17
 
Item 2.
Properties
17
 
Item 3.
Legal Proceedings
17
 
Item 4.
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
17
       
PART II
18
       
 
Item 5.
Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
18
 
Item 6.
Selected Financial Data
19
 
Item 7.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
19
 
Item 7A.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
33
 
Item 8.
Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
33
 
Item 9.
Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
33
 
Item 9A(T).
Controls and Procedures
34
 
Item 9B.
Other Information
34
       
PART III
35
       
 
Item 10.
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
35
 
Item 11.
Executive Compensation
35
 
Item 12.
Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
35
 
Item 13.
Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
35
 
Item 14.
Principal Accountant Fees and Services
35
       
PART IV
36
   
 
Item 15.
Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
36
 
Signatures
39

 
 

 

PART I

Private Securities Litigation Reform Act Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements included herein and in other reports and public filings made by RCM Technologies, Inc. (“RCM” or the “Company”) are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the adoption by businesses of new technology solutions; the use by businesses of outsourced solutions, such as those offered by the Company in connection with such adoption; and the outcome of litigation (at both the trial and appellate levels) involving the Company.  Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements, as well as others made by the Company, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “continue,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” and similar expressions, are only predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from such statements.  Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation:  (i) unemployment and general economic conditions affecting the provision of information technology and engineering services and solutions and the placement of temporary staffing personnel; (ii) the Company's ability to continue to attract, train and retain personnel qualified to meet the requirements of its clients; (iii) the Company's ability to identify appropriate acquisition candidates, complete such acquisitions and successfully integrate acquired businesses; (iv) uncertainties regarding pro forma financial information and the underlying assumptions relating to acquisitions and acquired businesses; (v) uncertainties regarding amounts of deferred consideration and earnout payments to become payable to former shareholders of acquired businesses; (vi) adverse effects on the market price of the Company's common stock due to the potential resale into the market of significant amounts of common stock; (vii) the adverse effect a potential decrease in the trading price of the Company's common stock would have upon the Company's ability to acquire businesses through the issuance of its securities; (viii) the Company's ability to obtain financing on satisfactory terms; (ix) the reliance of the Company upon the continued service of its executive officers; (x) the Company's ability to remain competitive in the markets that it serves; (xi) the Company's ability to maintain its unemployment insurance premiums and workers compensation premiums; (xii) the risk of claims being made against the Company associated with providing temporary staffing services; (xiii) the Company's ability to manage significant amounts of information and periodically expand and upgrade its information processing capabilities; (xiv) the Company's ability to remain in compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws and regulations; (xv) uncertainties in predictions as to the future need for the Company’s services; (xvi) uncertainties relating to the allocation of costs and expenses to each of the Company’s operating segments; (xvii) the costs of conducting and the outcome of litigation involving the Company, and the applicability of insurance coverage with respect to any such litigation; (xviii) obligations relating to indemnities and similar agreements entered into in connection with the Company’s business activities; and (xix) other economic, competitive and governmental factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, products and services.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revision of these forward-looking statements to reflect these trends or circumstances after the date they are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS
 
General

RCM Technologies is a premier provider of business and technology solutions designed to enhance and maximize the operational performance of its customers through the adaptation and deployment of advanced information technology and engineering services.  RCM has been an innovative leader in the design, development, and delivery of these services to commercial and government sectors for more than 35 years.  Over the years, the Company has developed and assembled an attractive, diverse and extensive portfolio of capabilities, service offerings and delivery options, established a proven record of performance and credibility, and built an efficient pricing structure.  This combination offers clients a compelling value proposition with the potential to substantially accelerate the successful attainment of their business objectives.  

RCM consists of three operating segments: Information Technology, Engineering and Commercial Services.  The Company’s Information Technology, or IT, segment provides enterprise business solutions, application services, infrastructure solutions, competitive advantage & productivity solutions, life sciences solutions and other selected vertical market specific offerings.  RCM’s Engineering segment provides engineering and design, engineering analysis, technical writing and technical support services.  The Company’s Commercial Services segment provides health care professionals as well as clerical and light industrial temporary personnel.

The Company services some of the largest national and international companies in North America as well as a lengthy roster of Fortune 1000 and mid-sized businesses in such industries as Aerospace/Defense, Energy, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Distribution, the Public Sector and Technology.  RCM believes it offers a range of solutions that fosters long-term client relationships, affords cross-selling opportunities, and minimizes the Company’s dependence on any single technology or industry sector.  RCM sells and delivers its services through a network of 37 offices in selected regions throughout North America.

The Company is a Nevada corporation organized in 1971.  The address of its principal executive office is 2500 McClellan Avenue, Suite 350, Pennsauken, NJ  08109-4613.

During the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010, approximately 46.4% of RCM’s total revenues were derived from IT services, 32.9% from Engineering services, and the remaining 20.7% from Commercial services.

Demand for the Company’s services can be significantly impacted by changes in the general level of economic activity and particularly technology spending.  During periods of reduced economic activity, such as the environment in the United States and the world in general since approximately mid-2007 and continuing into 2010, the Company may also be subject to increased pricing pressure in its markets due to reduced spending by clients of the Company and its competitors.  Extended periods of weakness in the economy can have a material adverse impact on the Company’s business and results of operations.  Accordingly, the Company's operations have been adversely impacted by the continuing economic downturn that began in the middle of 2007.

Industry Overview

Businesses today face intense competition, the challenge of constant technological change and the ongoing need for business process optimization.  To address these issues and to compete more effectively, companies are continually evaluating the need for implementing innovative solutions to upgrade their systems, applications, and processes.  As a result, the ability of an organization to integrate and align advanced technologies with new business objectives is critical.

Although most companies recognize the importance of optimizing their systems, applications and processes to compete in today’s challenging environment, the process of designing, developing and implementing business and technology solutions is becoming increasingly complex.  The Company believes that many businesses are focused on return on investment analysis in prioritizing their initiatives.  The Company believes that as a consequence, over the past few years, companies have elected to defer, redefine or cancel investments in new systems, software, and solutions and have focused on making more effective use of previous technological investments.  

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Industry Overview (Continued)

The current economic environment challenges many companies to integrate and manage computing environments consisting of multiple computing platforms, operating systems, databases and networking protocols and off-the-shelf software applications to support business objectives.  Companies also need to keep pace with new technology developments, which often rapidly render existing equipment and internal skills obsolete.  At the same time, external economic factors have caused many organizations to focus on core competencies and trim workforces in the IT management area.  Accordingly, these organizations often lack the quantity, quality and variety of IT skills necessary to design and support IT solutions.  IT managers are charged with supporting increasingly complex systems and applications of significant strategic value, while working under budgetary, personnel and expertise constraints within their own organizations.

The Company believes its target market for IT services is among middle-market companies, which typically lack the time and technical resources to satisfy all of their IT needs internally.  These companies commonly require sophisticated, experienced IT assistance to achieve their business objectives and often rely on IT service providers to help implement and manage their systems.  However, many middle-market companies rely on multiple providers for their IT needs.  Generally, the Company believes that this reliance on multiple providers results from the fact that larger IT service providers do not target these companies, while smaller IT service providers, which do target these companies, lack sufficient breadth of services or industry knowledge to satisfy all of these companies' needs.  The Company believes this reliance on multiple service providers creates multiple relationships that are more difficult and less cost-effective to manage than a single relationship and can adversely influence the quality and compatibility of IT solutions.  RCM is structured to provide middle-market companies a single source for their IT needs.

The Company’s Engineering group continues to focus on areas of growth within the energy and aerospace industries.
In recent years, many businesses have been adversely impacted by higher oil prices, and for that and various other reasons, there has been growing sentiment around the world for the development of alternative sources of energy, including a renewed interest in nuclear power.  Over the same period, there has been a significant increase in spending in the United States in the aerospace and defense industries due largely to a strengthening of the military and homeland security in response to geo-political unrest and the threat of terrorism.  The combination of higher energy prices and increased military spending has created numerous business opportunities for service providers, especially those engaged in engineering operations in North America and abroad.  

In the healthcare services industry, a shortage of nurses and other medical personnel in the United States has led to increases in business activity for health care service companies, including the Company’s Specialty Healthcare Group.  Due in part to an aging population and improved medical technology, the demand for selected health care professionals is expected to continue over the next several years.

Meanwhile, the general economy of the United States over the past several years has negatively affected temporary staffing businesses which are providers of light industrial and clerical help.  Generally, demand for lower-skilled workers is weakened in a general economy that is in a downward cycle.  

Business Strategy

RCM is dedicated to providing solutions to meet its clients’ business needs by delivering information technology and engineering services.  The Company’s objective is to be a recognized leader of specialized professional consulting services and solutions in major markets throughout North America.  The Company is adapting operating strategies to achieve this objective.  Key elements of its growth and operating strategies are as follows:
 
 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Growth Strategy

Promote Full Life Cycle Solution Capability  

The Company promotes a full life cycle solution capability to its customers.  The goal of the full life cycle solution strategy is to fully address a client’s project implementation cycle at each stage of its development and deployment.  This entails the Company working with its clients from the initial conceptualization of a project through its design and project execution, and extending into ongoing management and support of the delivered product.  RCM’s strategy is to build projects and solutions offerings selectively, utilizing its extensive resource base.

The Company believes that the effective execution of this strategy will generate improved margins on the existing resources.  The completion of this service-offering continuum is intended to afford the Company the opportunity to strengthen long-term client relationships that will further contribute to a more predictable revenue stream.

In addition to a full life cycle solution offering, the Company continues to focus on transitioning into higher value oriented services in an effort to increase its margins on its various service lines (relative to lower value services) and generate revenue that is more sustainable.  The Company believes this transition is accomplished by pursuing additional vertical market specific solutions in conjunction or combination with longer-term based solutions, through expansion of its client relationships and by pursuing strategic alliances and partnerships.

Achieve Internal Growth

The Company continues to promote its internal growth strategies.  Its growth strategy is designed to better serve the Company’s customers, generate higher revenues, and achieve greater operating efficiencies.  National and regional sales management programs were designed and implemented to segregate clients by vertical market and national accounts to advance a value added services focus.  This process is improving account coordination so clients can benefit from deeper industry knowledge and the Company can maximize major account opportunities.

RCM provides a company orientation program in which sales managers and professionals receive relevant information about company operations.

RCM has adopted an industry-centric approach to sales and marketing.  This initiative contemplates that clients within the same industry sectors tend to have common business challenges.  It therefore allows the Company to present and deliver enhanced value to those clients in the vertical markets in which RCM has assembled the greatest work experience. RCM’s consultants continue to acquire project experience that offers differentiated awareness of the business challenges that clients in that industry are facing.  This alignment also facilitates and creates additional cross-selling opportunities.  The Company believes this strategy will lead to greater account penetration and enhanced client relationships.

Operational strategies contributing to RCM’s internal productivity include the delineation of certain new solutions practice areas in markets where its clients had historically known the Company as a contract service provider.  The formation of these practice areas will facilitate the flow of project opportunities and the delivery of project-based solutions.  

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Growth Strategy (Continued)

Pursue Selective Strategic Acquisitions

The industry in which the Company operates continues to be highly fragmented, and the Company plans to continue to selectively assess opportunities to make strategic acquisitions as such opportunities are presented to the Company. The Company's past acquisition strategy was designed to broaden the scope of services and technical competencies and grow its full life cycle solution capabilities, and the Company would continue to consider such goals in any future acquisitions. In considering acquisitions, the Company focuses principally on companies with (i) technologies or market segments RCM has targeted for strategic value enhancement, (ii) margins that will not dilute the margins now being delivered, (iii) experienced management personnel, (iv) substantial growth prospects and (v) sellers who desire to join the Company's management team.  To retain and provide incentives for management of its acquired companies, the Company has generally structured a significant portion of the acquisition price in the form of multi-tiered consideration based on growth of operating profitability of the acquired company over a two to three-year period.

Operating Strategy

Develop and Maintain Strong Customer Relationships

The Company seeks to develop and maintain strong interactive customer relationships by anticipating and focusing on its customers' needs.  The Company emphasizes a relationship-oriented approach to business, rather than the transaction or assignment-oriented approach that the Company believes is used by many of its competitors.  This industry-centric strategy is designed to allow RCM to expand further its relationships with clients in RCM’s targeted sectors.  

To develop close customer relationships, the Company's practice managers regularly meet with both existing and prospective clients to help design solutions and identify the resources needed to execute their strategies.  The Company's managers also maintain close communications with their customers during each project and on an ongoing basis after its completion.  The Company believes that this relationship-oriented approach can result in greater customer satisfaction.  Additionally, the Company believes that by collaborating with its customers in designing business solutions, it can generate new opportunities to cross-sell additional services that the Company has to offer.  The Company focuses on providing customers with qualified individuals or teams of experts compatible with the business needs of its customers and makes a concerted effort to follow the progress of such relationships to ensure their continued success.

Attract and Retain Highly Qualified Consultants and Technical Resources

The Company believes it has been successful in attracting and retaining qualified consultants and contractors by (i) providing stimulating and challenging work assignments, (ii) offering competitive wages, (iii) effectively communicating with its candidates, (iv) providing selective training to maintain and upgrade skills and (v) aligning the needs of its customers with appropriately skilled personnel.  The Company believes it has been successful in retaining these personnel due in part to its use of practice managers who are dedicated to maintaining contact with, and monitoring the satisfaction levels of, the Company's consultants while they are on assignment.

Centralize Administrative Functions

The Company continues to improve its operational efficiencies by integrating general and administrative functions at the corporate or regional level, and reducing or eliminating redundant functions formerly performed at smaller branch offices.  This enables the Company to realize savings and synergies and to control and monitor its operations efficiently, as well as to quickly integrate new acquisitions.  It also allows local branches to focus more on growing their local operations.  

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Operating Strategy (Continued)

Centralize Administrative Functions (Continued)

To accomplish this, the Company’s financial reporting and accounting systems are centralized in the Company’s operational headquarters in Parsippany, NJ.  The systems have been configured to allow the performance of all back office functions, including payroll, project management, project cost accounting, billing, human resource administration and financial reporting and consolidation.  The Company anticipates upgrading its financial reporting and accounting system platform beginning in 2010.  

Information Technology

The Company’s IT segment is comprised of two business groups – the IT Consulting Business Group and the IT Solutions Business Group.  The IT Consulting Business Group consists of three business units in North America – the Eastern Region, the Central Region and the Western Region.  The Solutions Business Group consists of three business units – IT Enterprise Management, Enterprise Business Solutions and Life Sciences.

The RCM Enterprise Business Solutions Group’s core business mission is to continue its strategic transformation designed to focus the Company on developing proprietary customized solutions and intellectual property by bundling software, systems, tools and services into integrated business and technology solutions.  

RCM’s sector knowledge coupled with technical and business process experience enable the Company to provide strategic planning and direction, rigorous project execution, and management and support services for an entire project life cycle.  RCM has successfully completed multimillion-dollar projects in a variety of industry verticals using time-tested methodologies that manage strict budgets, timelines and quality metrics.

Among those IT services provided by RCM to its clients are:

·  
Enterprise Business Solutions
·  
Application Services
·  
Infrastructure Solutions
·  
Competitive Advantage & Productivity Solutions
·  
Life Sciences Solutions

The Company believes that its ability to deliver information technology solutions across a wide range of technical platforms provides an important competitive advantage.  RCM ensures that its consultants have the expertise and skills needed to keep pace with rapidly evolving information technologies.  The Company’s strategy is to maintain expertise and acquire knowledge in multiple technologies so it can offer its clients non-biased technology solutions best suited to their business needs.    

The Company provides its IT services through a number of flexible delivery methods.  These include management consulting engagements, project management of client efforts, project implementation of client initiatives, outsourcing, both on and off site, and a full complement of resourcing alternatives.

As of January 2, 2010, the Company had assigned approximately 650 information technology employees and consultants to its customers.

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Engineering

The Company’s Engineering segment consists of three business units – Engineering Services and Projects, Power Systems Services USA and Power Systems Services Canada.  The Engineering Services and Projects unit includes Aerospace, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering divisions.  The Power Systems units focus primarily on the nuclear power, fossil fuel and electric utility industries.  

RCM provides a full range of Engineering services including Engineering & Design, Engineering Analysis, Engineer-Procure-Construct, Configuration Management, Hardware/Software Validation & Verification, Quality Assurance, Technical Writing & Publications, Manufacturing Process Planning & Improvement, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Component & Equipment Testing and Risk Management Engineering.  Engineering services are provided at the site of the client or, less frequently, at the Company’s own facilities.

The Company believes that the deregulation of the utilities industry and the aging of nuclear power plants offer the Company an opportunity to capture a greater share of professional services and project management requirements of the utilities industry both in engineering services and through cross-selling of its information technology services.  Heightened competition, deregulation, and rapid technological advances are forcing the utilities industry to make fundamental changes in its business process.  These pressures have compelled the utilities industry to focus on internal operations and maintenance activities and to increasingly outsource their personnel requirements.  Additionally, the Company believes that competitive performance demands from deregulation should increase the importance of information technology to this industry.  The Company believes that its expertise and strong relationships with certain customers within the utilities industry position the Company to be a leading provider of professional services to the utilities industry.

The Company provides its engineering services through a number of delivery methods.  These include managed tasks and resources, complete project services, outsourcing, both on and off-site, and a full complement of resourcing alternatives.

As of January 2, 2010, the Company had assigned approximately 450 engineering and technical employees and consultants to its customers.

Commercial

The Company’s Commercial Services segment consists of the Specialty Health Care and General Support Services groups.

The Company’s Specialty Health Care Group specializes in long-term and short-term staffing as well as executive search and placement for the following fields: rehabilitation (physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists), nursing, managed care, allied health care, health care management and medical office support.  The specialty health care group provides services to hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, sports medicine facilities and private practices.  Services include in-patient, outpatient, sub-acute and acute care, multilingual speech pathology, rehabilitation, and geriatric, pediatric, and adult day care.  Typical engagements either range from three to six months or are on a day-to-day shift basis.

The Company’s General Support Services Group provides contract and temporary services, as well as permanent placement services, for full-time and part-time personnel in a variety of functional areas, including office, clerical, data entry, secretarial, light industrial, shipping, receiving, and general warehouse.  Contract and temporary assignments range in length from less than one day to several weeks or months.

As of January 2, 2010, the Company had assigned approximately 370 specialty health care and 600 general support services personnel to its customers.  
 
 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Branch Offices

The Company's organization consists of 37 branch offices located in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.  The Company's Information Technology Group anticipates opening a branch office in Ireland during 2010.  The locations and services of each of the branch offices are set forth in the table below.

LOCATION
NUMBER OF
OFFICES
SERVICES
PROVIDED(1)
USA
   
 
California
10
IT, C
 
Connecticut
2
E
 
Florida
1
C
 
Georgia
1
IT
 
Illinois
1
IT
 
Maryland
1
IT
 
Massachusetts
1
IT
 
Michigan
3
IT, E
 
Minnesota
1
IT
 
Missouri
1
IT
 
New Jersey
3
IT, E
 
New York
2
IT, E, C
 
Ohio
1
IT
 
Pennsylvania
1
C
 
Rhode Island
1
E
 
Texas
1
IT
 
Wisconsin
2
IT, E
   
33
 
       
PUERTO RICO
1
IT
       
CANADA
3
IT, E

(1) Services provided are abbreviated as follows:
IT- Information Technology
E- Engineering
C- Commercial

Branch offices are primarily located in markets that the Company believes have strong growth prospects for IT and Engineering services.  The Company's branches are operated in a decentralized, entrepreneurial manner with most branch offices operating as independent profit centers.  The Company's branch managers are given significant autonomy in the daily operations of their respective offices and, with respect to such offices, are responsible for overall guidance and supervision, budgeting and forecasting, sales and marketing strategies, pricing, hiring and training.  Branch managers are paid on a performance-based compensation system designed to motivate the managers to maximize growth and profitability.

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Branch Offices (Continued)

The Company is domiciled in the United States and its segments operate in the United States and Canada.  Revenues for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 and Total Assets by geographic area as of January 2, 2010 are as follows (in thousands):

 
 
Revenues
 
Total
Assets
United States
$163,573
 
$67,357
Canada
22,539
 
9,515
Puerto Rico
3,281
 
1,337
 
$189,393
 
$78,209

The Company believes that substantial portions of the buying decisions made by users of the Company’s services are made on a local or regional basis and that the Company's branch offices most often compete with local and regional providers.  Since the Company's branch managers are in the best position to understand their local markets and customers often prefer local providers, the Company believes that a decentralized operating environment enhances operating performance and contributes to employee and customer satisfaction.

From its headquarters locations in New Jersey, the Company provides its branch offices with centralized administrative, marketing, finance, MIS, human resources and legal support.  Centralized administrative functions minimize the administrative burdens on branch office managers and allow them to spend more time focusing on sales and marketing and practice development activities.

The Company's principal sales offices typically have one general manager, one sales manager, three to six sales people, several technical delivery or practice managers and several recruiters.  The general managers report to regional vice presidents who are responsible for ensuring that performance goals are achieved.  The Company's regional vice presidents meet frequently to discuss "best practices" and ways to increase the Company's cross selling of its professional services.  The Company’s practice managers meet periodically to strategize, maintain continuity, and identify developmental needs and cross-selling opportunities.

Sales and Marketing

Sales and marketing efforts are conducted at the local and or regional level through the Company's network of branch offices.  The Company emphasizes long-term personal relationships with customers that are developed through regular assessment of customer requirements and proactive monitoring of personnel performance.  The Company's sales personnel make regular visits to existing and prospective customers.  New customers are obtained through active sales programs and referrals.  The Company encourages its employees to participate in national and regional trade associations, local chambers of commerce and other civic associations.  The Company seeks to develop strategic partnering relationships with its customers by providing comprehensive solutions for all aspects of a customer's information technology, engineering and other professional services needs.  The Company concentrates on providing carefully screened professionals with the appropriate skills in a timely manner and at competitive prices.  The Company regularly monitors the quality of the services provided by its personnel and obtains feedback from its customers as to their satisfaction with the services provided.

The Company has elevated the importance of working with and developing its partner alliances with technology firms.  Partner programs are in place with firms RCM has identified as strategically important to the completeness of the service offering of the Company.  Relations have been established with firms such as ADP, Harland Financial, IBM, Mercury, Microsoft, Oracle and QAD, among others.  The partner programs may be managed either at a national level from RCM’s corporate offices or at a regional level from its branch offices.
 
 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Sales and Marketing (Continued)

The Company’s larger representative customers include 3M, ADP, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bruce Power, Celgene, Dow Chemical USA, Entergy, FlightSafety International, Lilly del Caribe, Microsoft, New York City Department of Education, New York Power Authority, Ontario Power Generation, Pocino, PSE&G, QualxServ, Schering Plough, United Technologies Corporation, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power, Wyeth and Wells Fargo.  The Company serves Fortune 1000 companies and many middle market clients.  The Company's relationships with these customers are typically formed at the customers’ local or regional level and from time to time, when appropriate, at the corporate level for national accounts.

During the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010, United Technologies Corporation accounted for 12.7% of the Company’s revenues. No other customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s revenues in that period.  The Company's five, ten and twenty largest customers accounted for approximately 30.0%, 36.7% and 47.3%, respectively, of the Company's revenues for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010.

Recruiting and Training

The Company devotes a significant amount of time and resources, primarily at the branch level, to locating, training and retaining its professional personnel.  Full-time recruiters utilize the Company's proprietary databases of available personnel, which are cross-indexed by competency and skill to match potential candidates with the specific project requirements of the customer.  The qualified personnel in the databases are identified through numerous activities, including networking, referrals, trade shows, job fairs, schools, newspaper and trade journal advertising, Internet recruiting services and the Company’s website.

The Company believes that a significant element of the Company's success in retaining qualified consultants and contract personnel is the Company's use of consultant relationship managers and technical practice managers.  Consultant relationship managers are qualified Company personnel dedicated to maintaining on-site contact with, and monitoring the satisfaction levels of, the Company's consultants and contract personnel while they are on assignment.  Practice managers are consulting managers responsible for the technical development and career development of the Company’s technical personnel within the defined practice areas.  The Company provides technical training and skills development through vendor-sponsored courses, computer-based training tools and on the job mentoring programs.

Information Systems

The Company is continuing to invest in its current ERP hardware, application and operating system.  The ERP system is hosted on multi redundant Dell PowerEdge servers with a Windows 2003 enterprise server operating system. The branch offices of the Company are networked to the corporate offices via private circuits, which enable the ERP application to be accessed securely at all operational locations.  The ERP system supports Company-wide operations such as payroll, billing, human resources, project systems, accounts receivable, accounts payable, all general ledger accounting and consolidation reporting functionality. 

The Company also has Autotime and TES, automated time and attendance systems, which augment the ERP application by catering to the needs of its diverse business offerings and distributed workforce.  The applications are housed on a three-tiered Dell server architecture and are currently servicing offices in the United States and Canada.
 
 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Information Systems (Continued)

The Company has migrated its recruiting (e.g. candidate) and sales (e.g. requirement) tracking to JobDiva, an application service provider (ASP) solution. The integrated solution allows RCM to track all client requirements on an enterprise level.  The solution further permits RCM to search multiple sources (e.g. job boards) to identify and match suitable candidates for an opportunity or need. This solution allows RCM to build and maintain a proprietary database of prequalified candidates, thereby enhancing the Company’s ability to respond quickly to client demands.  Furthermore, the solution increases visibility internally to sales personnel and the management team to manage client priorities no longer on a localized but a national basis.  Customized reporting and query capabilities allow RCM management to monitor personnel performance and client responsiveness. All data and information is accessible via a web portal.

RCM has engaged in three major strategic initiatives to improve upon its ability to secure data, deliver services and improve on its communication infrastructure.   They are as follows:

1)  
Deployed a new mail architecture based on the Microsoft Exchange 2007 platform. The system is comprised of redundant mail routing servers and clustered mailbox servers attached to a Storage Area Network (SAN).  This new messaging platform has the current capacity of six Terabytes (TB), with the capability of scaling to 18 Terabytes (TB). In addition to mail storage being sized for VOIP integration, web access to the mail server is only allowed via secure HTTPs protocol.

2)  
Upgraded its perimeter network and WAN architecture to a secure centralized model on Private Network Transport (PNT) AT&T circuits, utilizing Multiple Packet Label Switching (MPLS) transport protocol. The hub datacenter at its operational headquarters has been outfitted with redundant fiber circuits from AT&T and Optimum Lightpath utilizing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for automatic failover. In addition, redundant firewalls, routers and switching architecture should protect against hardware failure.
 
3)  
Moved to service-oriented architecture facilitating the implementation of the Cisco Voice over IP (VOIP) solution which is currently deployed throughout RCM’s offices. This enterprise solution, based on Cisco CallManager, Unity Voicemail, Mobility Manager, Meeting Place, Fax Server and Video Presence will, when completed, unify all RCM offices in the US and Canada.  The summary of benefits include four digit extension calls between RCM offices, email and voicemail unification, soft and mobile phone integration, video and web conferencing, and central and email enabled faxing.

The above initiatives have contributed to improved communication within RCM and also to its clients.

Other Information

Safeguards - Business, Disaster and Contingency Planning

RCM has implemented a number of safeguards to protect the Company from various system-related risks including a warm data center disaster recovery site, redundant telecommunications and server systems architecture, multi-tiered server and desktop backup infrastructure, and data center physical and environmental controls.  In addition, RCM has developed disaster recovery / business continuity procedures for all offices.

Given the significant amount of data generated in the Company’s key processes including recruiting, sales, payroll and customer invoicing, RCM has established redundant procedures, functioning on a daily basis, within the Company’s primary data center.  This redundancy should mitigate the risks related to hardware, application and data loss by utilizing the concept of live differential backups of servers and desktops to Storage Area Network (SAN) devices on its backup LAN, culminating in offsite tape storage at an independent facility.  Besides the local tape backup rotation of branch office systems, data is also replicated to SAN devices in Parsippany, NJ to achieve business continuity. Controls within the data center environment ensure that all systems are proactively monitored and data is properly archived.

 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Other Information (Continued)

Safeguards - Business, Disaster and Contingency Planning (Continued)

Additionally, RCM has contracted and brokered strategic relationships with third-party vendors to meet its recovery objectives in the event of a system disruption.  For example, comprehensive service level agreements provided by AT&T and Cisco for RCM’s data circuits and network devices guarantee minimal outages as well as network redundancy and scalability.  The Disaster Recovery site, located at the corporate office in Pennsauken, NJ, provides WAN, ERP, VOIP, file, application and messaging services should the primary data center facility at Parsippany, NJ, become inoperable.

The Company’s ability to protect its data assets against damage from fire, power loss, telecommunications failures, and facility violations is critical.  The Company uses Websense mail management service to filter all emails destined for the RCMT domain before being delivered to the corporate mail servers.  Websense’s web filtering application has also been deployed to safeguard the enterprise from malicious internet content. The deployment of virus, spam, and patch management controls extends from the perimeter network to all desktops and is centrally monitored and managed.  In addition to the virus and malware controls, an Intrusion Protection System (IPS) provides monitoring and alerts to changes in network traffic patterns as well as known hostile signatures.

The Company maintains a disaster recovery plan that outlines the recovery organization structure, roles and procedures, including site addendum disaster plans for all of its key operating offices.  Corporate IT personnel regulate the maintenance and integrity of backed-up data throughout the Company.

Competition

The market for IT and engineering services is highly competitive and is subject to rapid change.  As the market demand has shifted, many software companies have adopted tactics to pursue services and consulting offerings making them direct competitors when in the past they may have been alliance partners.  Primary competitors include participants from a variety of market segments, including publicly and privately held firms, systems consulting and implementation firms, application software firms, service groups of computer equipment companies, facilities management companies, general management consulting firms and staffing companies.  In addition, the Company competes with its clients' internal resources, particularly where these resources represent a fixed cost to the client.  Such competition may impose additional pricing pressures on the Company.

The Company believes its principal competitive advantages in the IT and engineering services market include: strong relationships with existing clients, a long-term track record with over 1,000 clients, a broad range of services, technical expertise, knowledge and experience in multiple industry sectors, quality and flexibility of service, responsiveness to client needs and speed in delivering IT solutions.

Additionally, the Company competes for suitable acquisition candidates based on its differentiated acquisition model, its entrepreneurial and decentralized operating philosophy, and its strong corporate-level support and resources.
 
 
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ITEM 1.  BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

Seasonality

The Company’s operating results can be affected by the seasonal fluctuations in corporate IT and engineering expenditures.  Generally, expenditures are lowest during the first quarter of the year when clients are finalizing their IT and engineering budgets.  In addition, quarterly results may fluctuate depending on, among other things, the number of billing days in a quarter and the seasonality of clients’ businesses. The business is also affected by the timing of holidays and seasonal vacation patterns, generally resulting in lower revenues and gross profit in the fourth quarter of each year. Extreme weather conditions may also affect demand in the first and fourth quarters of the year as certain clients’ facilities are located in geographic areas subject to closure or reduced hours due to inclement weather. In addition, the Company generally experiences an increase in its cost of sales and a corresponding decrease in gross profit and gross margin percentage in the first and second fiscal quarters of each year as a result of resetting certain state and federal employment tax rates and related salary limitations.

Employees

As of January 2, 2010, the Company employed an administrative, sales, recruiting and management staff of approximately 250 people, including certified IT specialists and licensed engineers who, from time to time, participate in IT and engineering design projects undertaken by the Company.  As of January 2, 2010, there were approximately 650 information technology and 450 engineering and technical employees and consultants assigned by the Company to work on client projects for various periods.  As of January 2, 2010, there were approximately 370 specialty health care and 600 general support services employees and consultants.  None of the Company's employees is represented by a collective bargaining agreement.  The Company considers its relationship with its employees to be good.

Access to Company Information

RCM electronically files its annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  The public may read and copy any of the reports that are filed with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549.  The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.  The SEC maintains an Internet site (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxies, information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically.

RCM makes available on its website or by responding free of charge to requests addressed to the Company’s Corporate Secretary, its annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports filed by the Company with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These reports are available as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company’s website is http://www.rcmt.com.  The information contained on the Company’s website, or on other websites linked to the Company’s website, is not part of this document.  Reference herein to the Company’s website is an inactive text reference only.

RCM has adopted a Code of Conduct applicable to all of its directors, officers and employees. In addition, the Company has adopted a Code of Ethics, within the meaning of applicable SEC rules, applicable to its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller. Both the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics are available, free of charge, by sending a written request to the Company’s Corporate Secretary. If the Company makes any amendments to either of these Codes (other than technical, administrative, or other non-substantive amendments), or waive (explicitly or implicitly) any provision of the Code of Ethics to the benefit of its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Controller, it intends to disclose the nature of the amendment or waiver, its effective date and to whom it applies in the investor relations portion of the website, or in a report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC.

 
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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS

The Company’s business involves a number of risks, some of which are beyond its control.  The risk and uncertainties described below are not the only ones the Company faces.  Management believes that the most significant of these risks and uncertainties are as follows:

Economic Trends

The global economic crisis has caused, among other things, a general tightening in the credit markets, lower levels of liquidity, increases in the rates of default and bankruptcy, and extreme volatility in credit, equity and fixed income markets.  Any or all of these developments could negatively affect the Company's business, operating results or financial condition in a number of ways.  For example, current or potential customers may be unable to fund capital spending programs, new product launches of other similar endeavors whereby they might procure services from the Company, and therefore delay, decrease or cancel purchases of services or not pay or delay paying for previously purchased services.  In addition, financial institution failures may cause the Company to incur increased expenses or make it more difficult either to utilize existing debt capacity or otherwise obtain financing for operations, investing activities (including the financing of any future acquisitions), or financing activities.

Government Regulations

Staffing firms and employment service providers are generally subject to one or more of the following types of government regulation: (1) regulation of the employer/employee relationship between a firm and its employees, including tax withholding or reporting, social security or retirement, benefits, workplace compliance, wage and hour, anti-discrimination, immigration and workers’ compensation; (2) registration, licensing, record keeping and reporting requirements; and (3) federal contractor compliance.  Failure to comply with these regulations could result in the Company incurring penalties and other liabilities, monetary and otherwise.

Highly Competitive Business

The staffing services and outsourcing markets are highly competitive and have limited barriers to entry.  RCM competes in global, national, regional, and local markets with numerous temporary staffing and permanent placement companies.  Price competition in the staffing industry is significant and pricing pressures from competitors and customers are increasing.  In addition, there is increasing pressure on companies to outsource certain areas of their business to low cost offshore outsourcing firms.  RCM expects that the level of competition will remain high in the future, which could limit RCM’s ability to maintain or increase its market share or profitability.

Events Affecting Significant Customers

As disclosed in Item 1, “Business,” the five, ten and twenty largest customers accounted for approximately 30.0%, 36.7% and 47.3%, respectively, of revenues for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010.  Some of these customers may be affected by the current state of the economy or developments in the credit markets.  The Company's customers may engage in mergers or similar transactions.  Should any significant customers experience a downturn in their business that weakens their financial condition or merge with another company or otherwise cease independent operation, it is possible that the business that the customer does with the Company would be reduced or eliminated, which could adversely affect financial results.
 
 
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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS (CONTINUED)

Dependence Upon Personnel

The Company’s operations depend on the continued efforts of its officers and other executive management.  The loss of key officers and members of executive management may cause a significant disruption to the Company’s business. RCM also depends on the performance and productivity of its local managers and field personnel.  The Company’s ability to attract and retain new business is significantly affected by local relationships and the quality of service rendered.  The loss of key managers and field personnel may also jeopardize existing client relationships with businesses that continue to use the Company's services based upon past relationships with local managers and field personnel.

Revolving Credit Facility and Liquidity

If the Company was unable to borrow under its Revolving Credit Facility, it may adversely affect liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.  The Company's liquidity depends on its ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operations and, from time to time, borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility with the Company's agent lender Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. The Company believes that Citizens Bank is liquid and is not aware of any current risk that they will become illiquid.  At January 2, 2010, the Company had outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility of $0.0 million, and letters of credit outstanding for $1.6 million. 

The Revolving Credit Facility contains various financial and non-financial covenants.  At January 2, 2010, the Company was in compliance with the covenants and other provisions of the Credit Facility. Any failure to be in compliance could have a material adverse effect on liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.

Goodwill and Intangible Impairments May Have an Adverse Effect on Financial Statements

As of January 2, 2010, the Company had $8.3 million of goodwill and $0.5 million intangible assets on its balance sheet, which represents 11.2% of total assets.  Goodwill represents the premium paid over the fair value of the net tangible and intangible assets acquired in business combinations.  The Company is required to perform a goodwill and intangible asset impairment test on at least an annual basis. Application of the goodwill and intangible asset impairment test requires significant judgments including estimation of future cash flows, which is dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for the businesses, the useful life over which cash flows will occur and determination of weighted average cost of capital.  Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and/or conclusions on goodwill and intangible asset impairment for each reporting unit.  The Company conducts its annual goodwill and intangible asset impairment test as of the last day of the Company’s fiscal November each year, or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist.  We periodically analyze whether any such indicators of impairment exist.  A significant amount of judgment is involved in determining if an indicator of impairment has occurred. Such indicators may include a sustained, significant decline in share price and market capitalization, a decline in expected future cash flows, a significant adverse change in legal factors or in the business climate, unanticipated competition and/or slower expected growth rates, among others.  The Company compares the fair value of each of its reporting units to their respective carrying values, including related goodwill and intangible assets.  There were no triggering events during the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 that indicated a need to perform the impairment test prior to the Company's annual test date.  There can be no assurance that future tests of goodwill and intangible asset impairment will not result in impairment charges.  If the Company is required to write down goodwill or intangible assets, the related charge could materially reduce reported net income or result in a net loss for the period in which the write down occurs.

Workers’ Compensation and Employee Medical Insurance

The Company self-insures a portion of the exposure for losses related to workers’ compensation and employees’ medical insurance.  The Company has established reserves for workers’ compensation and employee medical insurance claims based on historical loss statistics and periodic independent actuarial valuations.  Significant differences in actual experience or significant changes in assumptions may materially affect the Company’s future financial results.

 
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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS (CONTINUED)

Improper Activities of Temporary Professionals Could Result in Damage to Business Reputation, Discontinuation of Client Relationships and Exposure to Liability

The Company may be subject to claims by clients related to errors and omissions, misuse of proprietary information, discrimination and harassment, theft and other criminal activity, malpractice, and other claims stemming from the improper activities or alleged activities of temporary professionals.  There can be no assurance that current liability insurance coverage will be adequate or will continue to be available in sufficient amounts to cover damages or other costs associated with such claims.

Claims raised by clients stemming from the improper actions of temporary professionals, even if without merit, could cause the Company to incur significant expense associated with rework costs or other damages related to such claims.  Furthermore, such claims by clients could damage the Company's business reputation and result in the discontinuation of client relationships.

Acquisitions May Not Succeed

The Company reviews prospective acquisitions as an element of its growth strategy.  The failure of any acquisition to meet the Company’s expectations, whether due to a failure to successfully integrate any future acquisition or otherwise, may result in damage to the Company’s financial performance and/or divert management’s attention from its core operations or could negatively affect the Company’s ability to meet the needs of its customers promptly.

Foreign Currency Fluctuations and Changes in Exchange Rates

The Company is exposed to risks associated with foreign currency fluctuations and changes in exchange rates.  RCM’s exposure to foreign currency fluctuations relates to operations in Canada, principally conducted through its Canadian subsidiary.  Exchange rate fluctuations affect the U.S. dollar value of reported earnings derived from the Canadian operations as well as the carrying value of the Company's investment in the net assets related to these operations.  The Company does not engage in hedging activities with respect to foreign operations.  

Trademarks

Management believes the RCM Technologies, Inc. name is extremely valuable and important to its business. The Company endeavors to protect its intellectual property rights and maintain certain trademarks, trade names, service marks and other intellectual property rights, including The Source of Smart Solutions®.  The Company is not currently aware of any infringing uses or other conditions that would be reasonably likely to materially and adversely affect the Company's use of its proprietary rights.

Data Center Capacity and Telecommunication Links

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), card key access, fire suppression, and environmental control systems protect RCM’s datacenter.  All systems are monitored on a 24/7 basis with alerting capabilities via voice or email.  The telecommunications architecture at RCM utilizes managed private circuits from AT&T, which encompasses provisioning redundancy and diversity.

RCM’s ability to protect its data center against damage from fire, power loss, telecommunications failure and other disasters is critical to business operations.  In order to provide many of its services, RCM must be able to store, retrieve, process and manage large databases and periodically expand and upgrade its capabilities.  Any damage to the Company’s data centers or any failure of the Company’s telecommunication links that interrupts its operations or results in an inadvertent loss of data could adversely affect RCM’s ability to meet its customers’ needs and their confidence in utilizing RCM for future services.

RCM’s ability to protect its data, provide services and safeguard its installations, as it relates to the IT infrastructure, is in part dependent on several outside vendors with whom the Company maintains service level agreements.
 
 
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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS (CONTINUED)

Litigation

The Company is currently, and may in the future become, involved in legal proceedings and claims arising from time to time in the course of its business, including the litigation described in Note 16 (Contingencies) to the consolidated financial statements. An adverse outcome to the referenced litigation or other cases arising in the future could have an adverse impact on the consolidated financial position and consolidated results of operations of the Company.

ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

Not applicable.

ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES

The Company provides specialty professional consulting services, principally performed at various client locations, through 37 administrative and sales offices located in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  The majority of the Company’s offices typically consist of 1,000 to 6,000 square feet and are leased by the Company for terms of one to three years.  Offices in larger or smaller markets may vary in size from the typical office.  The Company does not expect that it will be difficult to maintain or find suitable lease space at reasonable rates in its markets or in areas where the Company contemplates expansion.

The Company's executive office is located at 2500 McClellan Avenue, Suite 350, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109-4613. These premises consist of approximately 10,200 square feet and are leased at a rate of $14.33 per square foot per annum for a term ending on January 31, 2011.  

The Company's operational office is located at 20 Waterview Boulevard, 4th Floor, Parsippany, NJ 07054-1271.  These premises consist of approximately 28,000 square feet and are leased at a rate of $29.00 per square foot per annum for a term ending on June 30, 2012.

ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

See discussion of Legal Proceedings in Note 16 (Contingencies) to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of this Report.

ITEM 4.  SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

There were no matters submitted to a vote of security holders during the quarter ended January 2, 2010.


 
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PART II


ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER
 
MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Shares of the Company's common stock are traded on The NASDAQ Global Market under the Symbol "RCMT."  The following table sets forth approximate high and low sales prices for the two years in the period ended January 2, 2010 as reported by The NASDAQ Global Market:

   
Common Stock
Fiscal 2008
High
 
Low
 
First Quarter
$6.51
 
$3.82
 
Second Quarter
$4.81
 
$3.75
 
Third Quarter
$4.57
 
$2.00
 
Fourth Quarter
$2.24
 
$0.77
         
Fiscal 2009
     
 
First Quarter
$1.88
 
$0.90
 
Second Quarter
$2.49
 
$1.02
 
Third Quarter
$2.44
 
$1.47
 
Fourth Quarter
$3.10
 
$2.10

Holders

As of February 4, 2010, the approximate number of holders of record of the Company's Common Stock was 502. Based upon the requests for proxy information in connection with the Company's 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Company believes the number of beneficial owners of its Common Stock is approximately 2,403.

Dividends

The Company has never declared or paid a cash dividend on the Common Stock and does not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.  It is the current policy of the Company's Board of Directors to retain all earnings to finance the development and expansion of the Company's business.  Any future payment of dividends will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend upon, among other things, the Company's earnings, financial condition, capital requirements, level of indebtedness, contractual restrictions, and other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant.  The Revolving Credit Facility (as defined in Item 7 hereof) prohibits the payment of dividends or distributions on account of the Company’s capital stock without the prior consent of the majority of the Company’s lenders.

Comparison of Five-Year Cumulative Total Returns

Not required.

 
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ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
 
Not required.
 
ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Overview

RCM participates in a market that is cyclical in nature and extremely sensitive to economic changes.  As a result, the impact of economic changes on revenues and operations can be substantial, resulting in significant volatility in the Company’s financial performance.

After pro forma adjustments to remove the impact of three acquisitions in its Information Technology segment completed in 2008 and 2009, RCM experienced a significant decline in its 2009 revenues and gross profit as compared to 2008, particularly in its Information Technology and Commercial segments.  RCM believes the decline in its Information Technology and Commercial pro forma revenues was principally due to a deterioration of overall economic conditions in its geographic markets and industry verticals served in 2009. 

Over the years, RCM has developed and assembled an attractive portfolio of capabilities, established a proven record of performance and credibility and built an efficient pricing structure.  The Company is committed to optimizing its business model as a single-source premier provider of business and technology solutions with a strong vertical focus offering an integrated suite of services through a global delivery platform.
 
The Company believes that most companies recognize the importance of advanced technologies and business processes to compete in today’s business climate.  However, the process of designing, developing and implementing business and technology solutions is becoming increasingly complex.  The Company believes that many businesses today are focused on return on investment analysis in prioritizing their initiatives.  This has an impact on spending by current and prospective clients for many emerging new solutions.

Nonetheless, the Company continues to believe that businesses must implement more advanced IT and engineering solutions to upgrade their systems, applications and processes so that they can maximize their productivity and optimize their performance in order to maintain a competitive advantage.  Although working under budgetary, personnel and expertise constraints, companies are driven to support increasingly complex systems, applications, and processes of significant strategic value.  This has given rise to a demand for outsourcing.  The Company believes that its current and prospective clients are continuing to evaluate the potential for outsourcing business critical systems, applications, and processes.  

The Company provides project management and consulting services, which are billed based on either agreed-upon fixed fees or hourly rates, or a combination of both.  The billing rates and profit margins for project management and solutions services are higher than those for professional consulting services.  The Company generally endeavors to expand its sales of higher margin solutions and project management services.  The Company also realizes revenues from client engagements that range from the placement of contract and temporary technical consultants to project assignments that entail the delivery of end-to-end solutions.  These services are primarily provided to the client at hourly rates that are established for each of the Company's consultants based upon their skill level, experience and the type of work performed.  

The majority of the Company's services are provided under purchase orders.  Contracts are utilized on certain of the more complex assignments where the engagements are for longer terms or where precise documentation on the nature and scope of the assignment is necessary.  Although contracts normally relate to longer-term and more complex engagements, they generally do not obligate the customer to purchase a minimum level of services and are usually terminable by the customer on 60 to 90 days’ notice.  The Company, from time to time, enters into contracts requiring the completion of specific deliverables.  Typically these contracts are for less than one year. 

 
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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Overview (Continued)

Costs of services consist primarily of salaries and compensation-related expenses for billable consultants, including payroll taxes, employee benefits, and insurance.  Selling, general and administrative expenses consist primarily of salaries and benefits of personnel responsible for business development, recruiting, operating activities, and training, and include corporate overhead expenses.  Corporate overhead expenses relate to salaries and benefits of personnel responsible for corporate activities, including the Company's corporate marketing, administrative and reporting responsibilities and acquisition program.  The Company records these expenses when incurred.  Depreciation relates primarily to the fixed assets of the Company.  Amortization relates to the allocation of the purchase price of an acquisition, which has been assigned to covenants not to compete, and customer lists.  Acquisitions have been accounted for under “Business Combinations,” and have created goodwill and intangible assets.

Critical Accounting Policies

The Company’s consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, which require management to make subjective decisions, assessments and estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. As the number of variables and assumptions affecting the judgment increases, such judgments become even more subjective. While management believes its assumptions are reasonable and appropriate, actual results may be materially different from estimated. Management has identified certain critical accounting policies, described below, that require significant judgment to be exercised by management.

Revenue Recognition

The Company derives its revenues from several sources.  The Company’s Engineering Services and Information Technology Services segments perform consulting and project solutions services.  All of the Company’s segments perform staff augmentation services and derive revenue from permanent placement fees.  The majority of the Company's revenues are invoiced on a time and materials basis.

Project Services - The Company recognizes revenues in accordance with “Revenue Recognition” which clarifies application of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles to revenue transactions.  Project services are generally provided on a cost-plus, fixed-fee or time-and-material basis.  Typically, a customer will outsource a discrete project or activity and the Company assumes responsibility for the performance of such project or activity.  The Company recognizes revenues and associated costs on a gross basis as services are provided to the customer and costs are incurred using its employees.  The Company, from time to time, enters into contracts requiring the completion of specific deliverables.  The Company may recognize revenues on these deliverables at the time the client accepts and approves the deliverables.  In instances where project services are provided on a fixed-price basis and the contract will extend beyond a 12-month period, revenue is recorded in accordance with the terms of each contract.  In some instances, revenue is billed and recorded at the time certain milestones are reached, as defined in the contract.  In other instances, revenue is billed and recorded based upon contractual rates per hour (i.e., percentage of completion).  In addition, some contracts contain “Performance Fees” (bonuses) for completing a contract under budget.  Performance Fees, if any, are recorded when the Company is reasonably certain of collection.  Some contracts also limit revenues and billings to maximum amounts.  Provision for contract losses, if any, are made in the period such losses are determined.  For contracts where there is a deliverable, if the work is not complete on a specific deliverable and the revenue is not recognized, the costs are deferred.  The associated costs are expensed when the related revenue is recognized.

 
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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Revenue Recognition (Continued)

Consulting and Staffing Services - Revenues derived from consulting and staffing services are recorded on a gross basis as services are performed and associated costs have been incurred using employees of the Company.  In these circumstances, the Company assumes the risk of acceptability of its employees to its customers.  In certain cases, the Company may utilize other companies and their employees to fulfill customer requirements.  In these cases, the Company receives an administrative fee for arranging for, billing for, and collecting the billings related to these companies.  The customer is typically responsible for assessing the work of these companies who have responsibility for acceptability of their personnel to the customer.  Under these circumstances, the Company’s reported revenues are net of associated costs (effectively recognizing the net administrative fee only).

Permanent Placement Services - The Company earns permanent placement fees from providing permanent placement services.  Fees for placements are recognized at the time the candidate commences employment.  The Company guarantees its permanent placements on a prorated basis for 90 days.  In the event a candidate is not retained for the 90-day period, the Company will provide a suitable replacement candidate.  In the event a replacement candidate cannot be located, the Company will provide a prorated refund to the client.  An allowance for refunds, based upon the Company’s historical experience, is recorded in the financial statements.  Revenues are recorded on a gross basis.

Accounts Receivable

The Company’s accounts receivable are primarily due from trade customers.  Credit is extended based on evaluation of customers’ financial condition and, generally, collateral is not required.  Accounts receivable payment terms vary and are stated in the financial statements at amounts due from customers net of an allowance for doubtful accounts.  Accounts outstanding longer than the payment terms are considered past due.  The Company determines its allowance by considering a number of factors, including the length of time trade accounts receivable are past due, the Company’s previous loss history, the customer’s current ability to pay its obligation to the Company, and the condition of the general economy and the industry as a whole.  The Company writes off accounts receivable when they become uncollectible.

The Company’s allowance for doubtful accounts increased by approximately $0.1 million to $1.2 million as of January 2, 2010 from $1.1 million as of December 27, 2008.  The primary reason for this increase is that the Company has reserved for $0.1 million of older invoices with its largest customer that may be in dispute due to potential billing discrepancies.

On February 26, 2008, the Company accepted a promissory note from a customer for $7.4 million in payment of a like amount of accounts receivable from that customer.  The customer paid $1.3 million through April 30, 2008 at which point management of the Company concluded that the customer was going to default on its May 1, 2008 installment payment.  During 2008 the Company wrote off the note receivable.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the premium paid over the fair value of the net tangible and intangible assets acquired in business combinations.  The Company is required to perform a goodwill and intangible asset impairment test on at least an annual basis. Application of the goodwill and intangible asset impairment test requires significant judgments including estimation of future cash flows, which is dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for the businesses, the useful life over which cash flows will occur and determination of weighted average cost of capital.  Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and/or conclusions on goodwill and intangible asset impairment for each reporting unit.  The Company conducts its annual goodwill and intangible asset impairment test as of the last day of the Company’s fiscal November each year, or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist.  We periodically analyze whether any such indicators of impairment exist.  A significant amount of judgment is involved in determining if an indicator of impairment has occurred. Such indicators may include a sustained, significant decline in share price and market capitalization, a decline in expected future cash flows, a significant adverse change in legal factors or in the business climate, unanticipated competition and/or slower expected growth rates, among others.  Due to the thin trading of the Company stock in the public marketplace and the impact of the control premium held by a relatively few shareholders, the Company does not consider the market capitalization of the Company the most appropriate measure of fair value of goodwill for our reporting units.  We look to earnings/revenue multiples of similar companies recently completing acquisitions and the ability of our reporting units to generate cash flows as better measures of the fair value of our reporting units, and under such calculations the fair value exceeded the recorded goodwill by at least 25% for each of the reporting units.  The Company compares the fair value of each of its reporting units to their respective carrying values, including related goodwill and intangible assets.  There can be no assurance that future tests of goodwill and intangible asset impairment will not result in impairment charges.
 
Long-Lived and Intangible Assets
 
The Company evaluates long-lived assets and intangible assets with definite lives for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable.  When it is probable that undiscounted future cash flows will not be sufficient to recover an asset’s carrying amount, the asset is written down to its fair value.  Assets to be disposed of by sale, if any, are reported at the lower of the carrying amount or fair value less cost to sell.

Accounting for Stock Options

The Company uses stock options to attract, retain and reward employees for long-term service.  The Company follows “Share Based Payment,” which requires that the compensation cost relating to stock-based payment transactions be recognized in financial statements.  This compensation cost is measured based on the fair value of the equity or liability instruments issued.  The Company measures stock-based compensation cost using the Black-Scholes option pricing model.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Accounting for Income Taxes

In establishing the provision for income taxes and deferred income tax assets and liabilities, and valuation allowances against deferred tax assets, the Company makes judgments and interpretations based on enacted tax laws, published tax guidance and estimates of future earnings.  As of January 2, 2010, the Company had short term deferred tax assets of $0.7 million and total long term net deferred income tax assets of $3.8 million.  The short term deferred tax assets primarily represent timing differences for GAAP expense accruals not deductible for tax purposes.  The long term deferred tax assets represent the tax effect of temporary differences for the GAAP versus tax amortization of acquisitions made in the current and prior periods.   Realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the likelihood that future taxable income will be sufficient to realize these benefits over time, and the effectiveness of tax planning strategies in the relevant tax jurisdictions.  In the event that actual results differ from these estimates and assessments, valuation allowances may be required.

The Company adopted the provisions of “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes,” on January 1, 2007.  The Company recognized no material adjustments in the liability for unrecognized income tax benefits.  The Company conducts its operations in multiple tax jurisdictions in the United States and Canada.  With limited exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to audits by state and local tax authorities for tax years prior to 2006.  The Company’s federal income tax returns have been examined through 2007.  As of January 2, 2010, the Company did not have any material uncertain tax positions.

The Company’s future effective tax rates could be adversely affected by changes in the valuation of its deferred tax assets or liabilities or changes in tax laws or interpretations thereof. In addition, the Company is subject to the examination of its income tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities. The Company regularly assesses the likelihood of adverse outcomes resulting from these examinations to determine the adequacy of its provision for income taxes.

Accrued Bonuses

The Company pays bonuses to certain executive management, field management and corporate employees based on, or after giving consideration to, a variety of financial performance measures. Executive management, field management and certain corporate employees’ bonuses are accrued throughout the year for payment during the first quarter of the following year, based in part upon anticipated annual results compared to annual budgets.  In addition, the Company pays discretionary bonuses to certain employees, which are not related to budget performance. Variances in actual results versus budgeted amounts can have a significant impact on the calculations and therefore on the estimates of the required accruals.  Accordingly, the actual earned bonuses may be materially different from the estimates used to determine the quarterly accruals.

Forward-looking Information

The Company’s growth prospects are influenced by broad economic trends.  The pace of customer capital spending programs, new product launches and similar activities have a direct impact on the need for information technology and engineering services.  When the U.S. and Canadian economies decline, the Company’s operating performance could be adversely impacted.  The Company believes that its fiscal discipline, strategic focus on targeted vertical markets and diversification of service offerings provides some insulation from adverse trends.  However, declines in the economy could result in the need for future cost reductions or changes in strategy.  

 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Forward-looking Information (Continued)

Additionally, changes in government regulations could result in prohibition or restriction of certain types of employment services or the imposition of new or additional employee benefits, licensing or tax requirements with respect to the provision of employment services that may reduce RCM’s future earnings.  There can be no assurance that RCM will be able to increase the fees charged to its clients in a timely manner and in a sufficient amount to cover increased costs as a result of any of the foregoing.

The consulting and employment services market is highly competitive with limited barriers to entry.  RCM competes in global, national, regional and local markets with numerous competitors in all of the Company's service lines.  Price competition in the industries the Company serves is significant, and pricing pressures from competitors and customers are increasing.  RCM expects that the level of competition will remain high in the future, which could limit RCM’s ability to maintain or increase its market share or profitability.

Results of Operations (In thousands, except for earnings per share data)

 
Fiscal Years Ended
 
 
January 2, 2010
 
December 27, 2008
 
 
 
Amount
 
% of Revenue
 
 
Amount
 
% of Revenue
 
Revenues
$189,393
 
100.0
 
$209,277
 
100.0
 
Cost of services
142,558
 
75.3
 
155,302
 
74.2
 
Gross profit
46,835
 
24.7
 
53,975
 
25.8
 
                 
Selling, general and administrative
43,885
 
23.1
 
46,568
 
22.3
 
Depreciation and amortization
1,621
 
0.9
 
2,067
 
1.0
 
Bad debt - note receivable
-
 
-
 
6,090
 
2.9
 
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
-
 
-
 
43,315
 
20.7
 
Total operating expense
45,506
 
24.0
 
98,040
 
46.8
 
                 
Operating income (loss)
1,329
 
0.7
 
(44,065
)
(21.1
)
Other income (expense), net
9,780
 
5.2
 
(298
)
(0.1
)
                 
Income (loss) before income taxes
11,109
 
5.9
 
(44,363
)
(21.2
)
Income tax expense (benefit)
4,187
 
2.2
 
(4,558
)
2.2
 
Net income (loss)
$6,922
 
3.7
 
($39,805
)
(19.0
)

The above summary is not a presentation of results of operations under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to results of operations as an indication of the Company’s performance.

The Company follows a 52/53 week fiscal reporting calendar ending on the Saturday closest to December 31.  The fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 had fifty-three weeks and the fiscal year ended December 27, 2008 had fifty-two weeks.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Fiscal Year Ended January 2, 2010 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended December 27, 2008

Revenues.  Revenues decreased 9.5%, or $19.9 million, for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to the same period in the prior year (the “comparable prior year period”).  Revenues decreased $15.6 million in the Information Technology segment, increased $3.0 million in the Engineering segment, and decreased $7.3 million in the Commercial segment.  Management attributes the overall decrease to a weakening of the general economy offset by revenues from acquisitions made in 2008 and 2009 (see Footnote 4 in the financial statements).  The Company believes that its revenue decline correlates to other similar business services companies, particularly in its Information Technology and Commercial segments.  Revenues that were attributable to acquisitions which occurred in the Information Technology segment in 2008 and 2009 contributed $22.7 million in the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to $21.1 million in the comparable prior year period.  

Cost of Services.  Cost of services decreased 8.2%, or $12.7 million, for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in cost of services was primarily due to the overall decrease in revenues.  Cost of services as a percentage of revenues increased to 75.3% for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 from 74.2% for the comparable prior year period.  This increase was primarily due to increased unbilled labor costs for consultants (i.e., a decrease in utilization of billable resources) and softness in pricing in the Company’s Information Technology segment.  

Selling, General and Administrative.  Selling, general and administrative (“SGA”) expenses decreased 5.8%, or $2.7 million, for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in SGA expenses was primarily due to a reduction in selling (primarily commissions and salaries paid to salespersons) and other costs associated with an overall decrease in revenues offset by additional SGA expenses incurred in connection with three acquisitions subsequent to February 28, 2008.  SGA expenses that were attributable to acquisitions which occurred in the Information Technology segment in 2008 and 2009 contributed $5.9 million in the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to $4.3 million in the comparable prior year period.  As a percentage of revenues, SGA expenses were 23.1% for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to 22.3% for the comparable prior year period.  The increase as a percentage of revenues is primarily due to the overall decrease in revenues.  

Depreciation and Amortization.  Depreciation and amortization decreased 21.6%, or $0.4 million, for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to the comparable prior year period.   

Bad Debt - Note Receivable. On February 26, 2008, the Company accepted a promissory note from a customer for $7.4 million in payment of a like amount of accounts receivable from that customer.  The customer paid $1.3 million through April 30, 2008 at which point management of the Company concluded that the customer was going to default on its May 1, 2008 installment payment.  During 2008 the Company wrote off the note receivable.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Fiscal Year Ended January 2, 2010 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended December 27, 2008 (Continued)

Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Expense.  During 2008, the Company recorded goodwill and intangible asset impairment expense of $43.3 million.  The Company is required to perform goodwill and intangible asset impairment tests on at least an annual basis.  Application of the goodwill and intangible asset impairment tests requires significant judgments, including estimation of future cash flows, which are dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for the businesses, the useful life over which cash flows will occur and determination of the Company’s weighted average cost of capital.  Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and/or conclusions on goodwill or intangible asset impairment for each reporting unit.  Goodwill at January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008 was $8.3 million and $6.5 million, respectively.  Intangible assets at January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008 were $0.5 million and $0.3 million, respectively.  The Company determined there was no further impairment in 2009.  Therefore no impairment charges were recognized.

Other Income (Expense).  Other income (expense) consists of interest expense, net of interest income and gains and losses on foreign currency transactions and, in 2009, the proceeds from a legal settlement.  The change in other income (expense) was primarily due to a $9.8 million legal settlement in 2009 (see footnote 17 to the financial statements).

Income Tax.  Income tax expense was $4.2 million for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to an income tax benefit of $4.6 million in the comparable prior year period.  The change was principally attributable to an increase in income before taxes, which included a $9.8 million legal settlement in the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010.  The comparable prior year period included an expense for a write-off of a $6.1 million note receivable and a loss on impairment of goodwill and intangible assets of $43.3 million.  The effective tax rate was 37.7% for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to a benefit of 10.3% in the comparable prior year period.  The comparable prior year period effective tax rate was lower due to permanent GAAP to tax differences associated with the $43.3 million goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge in the comparable prior year period.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Fiscal Year Ended January 2, 2010 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended December 27, 2008 (Continued)

Segment Discussion (See Footnote 14)

Information Technology

Information Technology revenues of $87.9 million in 2009 decreased $15.6 million, or 15.0%, as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in revenue was primarily attributable to a weakening of the general economy offset by acquisitions in 2008 and 2009.  The Company believes that reductions in capital spending in the Company's geographic markets have significantly reduced the demand for the Company's Information Technology services.  Revenues that were attributable to acquisitions which occurred in the Information Technology segment in 2008 and 2009 contributed $22.7 million in the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to $21.1 million in the comparable prior year period.  The Information Technology segment operating loss was $2.5 million as compared to an operating loss of $35.6 million for the comparable prior year period.  The prior year comparable period had an impairment of goodwill and intangible assets of $35.1 million.

Engineering

Engineering revenues of $62.2 million in 2009 increased $3.0 million, or 5.0%, as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to increases in revenues from several major customers as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The Engineering segment operating income was $2.7 million as compared to an operating loss of $11.0 million for the comparable prior year period.  The comparable prior year period operating income was $3.3 million before bad debt-note receivable and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets.  The decrease in operating income before bad debt-note receivable and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets was primarily due to a higher allocation of corporate selling, general and administrative costs as compared to the comparable prior year period.

Commercial

Commercial revenues of $39.3 million in 2009 decreased $7.3 million, or 15.7%, as compared to the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in revenue was principally attributable to a weakening of the general economy and reduced demand for the Company's Commercial services, in particular, services provided by the Company's light industrial staffing unit.  The Company's light industrial staffing unit primarily operates in Southern California and services mostly manufacturing and retail clients.  The Company believes that the southern California region and its manufacturing and retail industries have been significantly impacted by negative economic trends.  The Commercial segment operating income was $1.2 million as compared to $2.5 million for the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in operating income was primarily due to the decrease in revenues.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The following table summarizes the major captions from the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands):

 
Fiscal Years Ended
 
 
January 2,
2010
 
December 27,
2008
 
Cash provided by (used in):
       
 
Operating Activities
$16,391
 
($4,807
)
 
Investing Activities
($1,650
)
($10,364
)
 
Financing Activities
($4,817
)
$4,955
 

Operating Activities

Operating activities provided $16.4 million of cash for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to using $4.8 million in the comparable prior year period.  The change in cash provided by (used in) operating activities in 2009 was primarily attributable to net income of $6.9 million, decreases in accounts receivable and deferred income tax assets, offset by decreases in accounts payable and accrued expenses and accrued payroll and related costs.  Net income increased primarily due to a legal settlement of $9.8 million in the thirteen week period ended March 28, 2009.  Accounts receivable decreased primarily due to decreases in revenues and additionally from an increased focus by the Company to collect outstanding accounts receivable at a faster rate.

Investing Activities

Investing activities used $1.7 million for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 as compared to $10.4 million for the comparable prior year period.  The decrease in the use of cash for investing activities for 2009 as compared to the comparable 2008 period was primarily attributable to decreased expenditures for acquisitions and property and equipment.  The Company made one acquisition in fiscal 2009 and two acquisitions in 2008 (See footnote 4 to the financial statements).

Financing Activities

In 2009, financing activities principally consisted of reducing debt by $4.9 million.   The Company was able to reduce debt due to the generation of $16.3 million in cash from operating activities.  In 2008, financing activities principally consisted of borrowing $9.1 million from the line of credit to finance acquisitions (See footnote 4 to the financial statements) and the balance was used to fund working capital requirements.

The Company and its subsidiaries are party to a loan agreement with Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, amended and restated effective February 20, 2009, which provides for a $15 million revolving credit facility and includes a sub-limit of $5.0 million for letters of credit (the “Revolving Credit Facility”).  Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility bear interest at one of two alternative rates, as selected by the Company at each incremental borrowing.  These alternatives are: (i) LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), plus applicable margin, or (ii) the agent bank's prime rate.  The Company also pays unused line fees based on the amount of the Revolving Credit Facility that is not drawn.

All borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility are collateralized by all of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries and a pledge of the stock of its subsidiaries.  The Revolving Credit Facility also contains various financial and non-financial covenants, such as restrictions on the Company’s ability to pay dividends.  The Revolving Credit Facility expires in August 2011.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Liquidity and Capital Resources (Continued)

Financing Activities (Continued)

The weighted average interest rates under the Revolving Credit Facility for the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008 were 2.2% and 3.8%, respectively.  The majority of borrowings in 2009 and 2008 were subject to alternative (i) LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), plus applicable margin on contracts of 30 days or more.  During the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008, the Company’s outstanding borrowings ranged from $-0- to $4.9 million and $-0- million to $10.5 million, respectively.  At January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008, there were $0.0 million and $4.9 outstanding borrowings under this facility, respectively.  At January 2, 2010, there were letters of credit outstanding for $1.6 million. At January 2, 2010, the Company had availability for additional borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility of $13.4 million.  

The Company anticipates that its primary uses of capital in future periods will be for working capital purposes.  Funding for any long-term and short-term capital requirements as well as future acquisitions will be derived from one or more of the Revolving Credit Facility, funds generated through operations or future financing transactions.  The Company is subject to legal proceedings and claims that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of its business, which may or may not be covered by insurance.  Were an unfavorable final outcome to occur, there exists the possibility of a material adverse impact to the Company's financial position, liquidity, and the results of operations for the period in which the effect becomes reasonably estimable.

The Company's business strategy is to achieve growth both internally through operations and externally through strategic acquisitions.  The Company from time to time engages in discussions with potential acquisition candidates. As the size of the Company and its financial resources increase however, acquisition opportunities requiring significant commitments of capital may arise.  In order to pursue such opportunities, the Company may be required to incur debt or issue potentially dilutive securities in the future.  No assurance can be given as to the Company’s future acquisition and expansion opportunities or how such opportunities will be financed.

The Company has three active acquisition agreements whereby future contingent consideration may be earned and paid (NuSoft, MBH and PSG as described in Footnote 4 in the financial statements).  In connection with these acquisitions, the Company may be obligated to pay contingent consideration to the sellers provided that the acquired businesses achieve certain earnings targets over periods ranging from two to four years following the acquisition.  In general, the contingent consideration amounts fall into two categories: (a) Deferred Consideration - fixed amounts due if the acquisition achieves a base level of earnings which has been determined at the time of acquisition and (b) Earnouts – amounts payable that are not fixed and are based on the growth in excess of the base level earnings.  

The Company’s outstanding Deferred Consideration obligations potentially due after January 2, 2010, which relate to the NuSoft, MBH and PSG acquisitions, could result in the following maximum Deferred Consideration payments (in thousands):

Year Ending
 
    Amount
January 1, 2011
 
$2,800
December 31, 2011
 
1,650
Thereafter
 
850
Maximum deferred consideration
 
$5,300

The Company cannot estimate the Deferred Consideration payments for the years after January 2, 2010 with any certainty.  However, the Company believes that any payments that may be made for the fiscal year ending January 1, 2011 will not exceed $0.5 million.  Earnouts, if any, cannot be estimated with any certainty and as such are not included above.  
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Liquidity and Capital Resources (Continued)

Financing Activities (Continued)

The Company does not currently have material commitments for capital expenditures and does not currently anticipate entering into any such commitments during the next 12 months.  The Company's current commitments consist primarily of lease obligations for office space.  The Company believes that its capital resources are sufficient to meet its present obligations and those to be incurred in the normal course of business for the next 12 months.

The Company announced on February 3, 2010 that its Board of Directors had approved a program to repurchase up to $7.5 million of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock from time to time over the subsequent 12 months, depending on market conditions, share price and other factors. The repurchases may be made on the open market, in block trades or otherwise.  The program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.  

As of January 2, 2010, the Company had short term deferred tax assets of $0.7 million and total long term net deferred income tax assets of $3.8 million.  The short term deferred tax assets primarily represent timing differences for GAAP expense accruals not deductible for tax purposes.  The long term deferred tax assets represent the tax effect of temporary differences for the GAAP versus tax amortization of acquisitions made in prior periods.   Realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the likelihood that future taxable income will be sufficient to realize these benefits over time, and the effectiveness of tax planning strategies in the relevant tax jurisdictions.  In the event that actual results differ from these estimates and assessments, valuation allowances may be required.

The Company leases office facilities and various equipment under non-cancelable leases expiring at various dates through September 2015.  Certain leases are subject to escalation clauses based upon changes in various factors.  The minimum future annual operating lease commitments for leases with non-cancelable terms in excess of one year, exclusive of operating escalation charges, are as follows (in thousands):

Fiscal Years
 
Amount
2010
 
$3,842
2011
 
3,176
2012
 
2,017
2013
 
791
2014
 
147
Thereafter
 
96
Total
 
$10,069
 
Significant employment agreements are as follows:

Employment Agreement

The Company has an employment agreement with its Chief Executive Officer and President, Leon Kopyt (“Mr. Kopyt”), which currently provides for an annual base salary of $625,000 and other customary benefits.  In addition, the agreement provides that Mr. Kopyt’s annual bonus be based on EBITDA, defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  The agreement is for a rolling term of three years, which automatically extends each year for an additional one-year period on February 28 of each year.  The agreement expires on February 28, 2013.  The employment agreement is terminable by the Company upon Mr. Kopyt’s death or disability, or for “good and sufficient cause,” as defined in the agreement.
 
 
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MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

Liquidity and Capital Resources (Continued)

Financing Activities (Continued)

Termination Benefits Agreement

The Company is party to a Termination Benefits Agreement with Mr. Kopyt, amended on December 12, 2007 to comply with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Benefits Agreement").  Pursuant to the Benefits Agreement, following a Change in Control (as defined therein), the remaining term of Mr. Kopyt's employment is extended for five years (the "Extended Term").  If Mr. Kopyt's employment is terminated thereafter by the Company other than for cause, or by Mr. Kopyt for good reason (including, among other things, a material change in Mr. Kopyt's salary, title, reporting responsibilities or a change in office location which requires Mr. Kopyt to relocate), then the following provisions take effect: the Company is obligated to pay Mr. Kopyt a lump sum equal to his salary and bonus for the remainder of the Extended Term; and the Company shall be obligated to pay to Mr. Kopyt the amount of any excise tax associated with the benefits provided to Mr. Kopyt under the Benefits Agreement. If such a termination had taken place as of January 2, 2010, Mr. Kopyt would have been entitled to cash payments of approximately $5.7 million (representing salary and excise tax payments).

Severance Agreement

The Company is party to a Severance Agreement with Mr. Kopyt,  amended on December 12, 2007 to comply with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Severance Agreement”).  The agreement provides for certain payments to be made to Mr. Kopyt and for the continuation of Mr. Kopyt’s employee benefits for a specified time after his service with the Company is terminated other than “for cause,” as defined in the Severance Agreement.  Amounts payable to Mr. Kopyt under the Severance Agreement would be offset and reduced by any amounts received by Mr. Kopyt after his termination of employment under his employment agreement and the Benefits Agreement, which are supplemented and not superseded by the Severance Agreement.  If Mr. Kopyt had been terminated as of January 2, 2010, then under the terms of the Severance Agreement, and after offsetting any amounts that would have been received under his current employment and termination benefits agreements, he would have been entitled to cash payments of approximately $3.9 million, inclusive of employee benefits.

Impact of Inflation

Consulting, staffing, and project services are generally priced based on mark-ups on prevailing rates of pay, and as a result are able to generally maintain their relationship to direct labor costs.  Permanent placement services are priced as a function of salary levels of the job candidates.  

The Company’s business is labor intensive; therefore, the Company has a high exposure to increasing healthcare benefit costs.  The Company attempts to compensate for these escalating costs in its business cost models and customer pricing by passing along some of these increased healthcare benefit costs to its customers and employees, however, the Company has not been able to pass on all increases.  The Company is continuing to review its options to further control these costs, which the Company does not believe are representative of general inflationary trends.  Otherwise, inflation has not been a meaningful factor in the Company’s operations.
 
 
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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

New Accounting Standards

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued its final Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 168, “The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles a replacement of FASB Statement No. 162.” SFAS No. 168 made the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (the Codification) the single source of U.S. GAAP used by nongovernmental entities in the preparation of financial statements, except for rules and interpretive releases of the SEC under authority of federal securities laws, which are sources of authoritative accounting guidance for SEC registrants. The Codification is meant to simplify user access to all authoritative accounting guidance by reorganizing U.S. GAAP pronouncements into roughly 90 accounting topics within a consistent structure; its purpose is not to create new accounting and reporting guidance. The Codification supersedes all existing non-SEC accounting and reporting standards and was effective for the Company beginning September 26, 2009.  Following SFAS No. 168, the Board will not issue new standards in the form of Statements, FASB Staff Positions, or Emerging Issues Task Force Abstracts; instead, it will issue Accounting Standards Updates. The FASB will not consider Accounting Standards Updates as authoritative in their own right; these updates will serve only to update the Codification, provide background information about the guidance, and provide the bases for conclusions on the change(s) in the Codification.

In December 2007, the FASB updated “Business Combinations.”  Among other requirements, the update requires an acquirer to recognize the assets acquired, the liabilities assumed and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree at the acquisition date, measured at their fair values as of that date, with limited exceptions. The update also requires a.) costs incurred to effect the acquisition to be recognized separately from the acquisition as period costs; b.) the acquirer to recognize restructuring costs that the acquirer expects to incur, but is not obligated to incur, separately from the business combination; and c.) an acquirer to recognize assets and liabilities assumed arising from contractual contingencies as of the acquisition date, measured at their acquisition-date fair values.  Other key provisions of this update include the requirement to recognize the acquisition-date fair values of research and development assets separately from goodwill and the requirement to recognize changes in the amount of deferred tax benefits that are recognizable due to the business combination in either income from continuing operations in the period of the combination or directly in contributed capital, depending on the circumstances. The Company adopted this update as of December 28, 2008 and has applied its provisions prospectively to business combinations that have occurred after adoption.

In April 2009, the FASB issued “Accounting for Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in a Business Combination That Arise from Contingencies.”  This update requires that assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination that arise from contingencies be recognized at fair value if fair value can be reasonably estimated. If fair value cannot be reasonably estimated, the asset or liability would generally be recognized in accordance with “Accounting for Contingencies,” and “Reasonable Estimation of the Amount of a Loss.”  Further, the FASB decided to remove the subsequent accounting guidance for assets and liabilities arising from contingencies, and carry forward without significant revision the guidance in “Business Combinations.”  This update is effective for assets or liabilities arising from contingencies in business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008.  The Company adopted this update effective December 28, 2008.

In April 2009, the FASB issued “Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments.” This update amends “Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments,” to require disclosures about fair value of financial instruments for interim reporting periods of publicly traded companies as well as in annual financial statements. This update also amends Interim Financial Reporting, to require those disclosures in summarized financial information at interim reporting periods. This update became effective for the interim period ending June 27, 2009 and did not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)

New Accounting Standards (Continued)

In October 2009, the FASB issued “Revenue Arrangements with Multiple Deliverables.” This statement provides principles for allocating sales consideration among multiple-element revenue arrangements with an entity’s customers, allowing more flexibility in identifying and accounting for separate deliverables under an arrangement. This update introduces an estimated selling price method for valuing the elements of a bundled arrangement if vendor-specific objective evidence or third-party evidence of selling price is not available, and significantly expands related disclosure requirements. This standard is effective on a prospective basis for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. Alternatively, adoption may be on a retrospective basis, and early application is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting this pronouncement.

ITEM 7A.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

The Company’s exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to the Company’s investment portfolio and debt instruments, which primarily consist of its Revolving Credit Facility.  The Company does not have any derivative financial instruments in its portfolio.  The Company places its investments in instruments that meet high credit quality standards.  The Company is adverse to principal loss and ensures the safety and preservation of its invested funds by limiting default risk, market risk and reinvestment risk.  As of January 2, 2010, the Company’s investments consisted of cash and money market funds.  The Company does not use interest rate derivative instruments to manage its exposure to interest rate changes.  Presently the impact of a 10% (approximately 90 basis points) increase in interest rates on its variable debt (using an incremental borrowing rate) would have a relatively nominal impact on the Company’s results of operations.  The Company does not expect any material loss with respect to its investment portfolio.

ITEM 8.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

The financial statements, together with the report of the Company’s Registered Public Accounting Firm, begins on page F-1.

ITEM 9.
CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND
 
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

None.

 
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ITEM 9A(T).
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

The Company’s management, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report.  Based upon that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that those disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report were functioning effectively to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

A controls system, no matter how well designed and operated, cannot provide absolute assurance that the objectives of the controls system are met, and no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within a company have been detected.

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the company. Internal control over financial reporting is a process designed 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. Our system of internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Management performed an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of January 2, 2010 based upon criteria in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission ("COSO"). Based on this assessment, management determined that the company's internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 2, 2010, based on the criteria in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Company’s most recent fiscal quarter and that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

ITEM 9B.
OTHER INFORMATION

None.

 
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PART III

ITEM 10.
DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The information required by Item 10 shall be included in the 2010 Proxy Statement.

ITEM 11.
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The information required by Item 11 shall be included in the 2010 Proxy Statement.

ITEM 12.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
 
AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

Except as set forth below, the information required by Item 12 shall be included in the 2010 Proxy Statement.

The table below presents certain information concerning securities issuable in connection with equity compensation plans that have been approved by the Company's shareholders and that have not been approved by the Company's shareholders.

 
 
 
 
 
Plan category
 
 
Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights
 
 
Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights
Number of securities remaining available for issuance under equity compensation plans, excluding securities reflected in column (a)
 
(a)
(b)
(c)
Equity compensation plans
   approved by
   security holders
1,564,594
$3.87
426,100
Equity compensation plans
   not approved by
   security holders
 
____________________
 
____________________
____________________
 
Total
1,564,594
$3.87
426,100

ITEM 13.
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR
 
INDEPENDENCE

The information required by Item 13 shall be included in the 2010 Proxy Statement.

ITEM 14.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

The information required by Item 14 shall be included in the 2010 Proxy Statement.


 
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PART IV

ITEM 15.
EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

(a)
1. and 2. Financial Statement Schedules -- See "Index to Financial Statements and Schedules" on F-1.
   
 
3. See Item (b) below.
   
(b)
Exhibits
   
   
(3)(a)
Articles of Incorporation, as amended; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3(a) to the Registrant's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 1994.
       
   
(3)(b)
Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation; incorporated by reference to Exhibit A to the Registrant's Proxy Statement, dated February 6, 1996, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 29, 1996.
       
   
(3)(c)
Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation; incorporated by reference to Exhibit B to the Registrant's Proxy Statement, dated February 6, 1996, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 29, 1996.
       
   
(3)(d)
Amended and Restated Bylaws; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3(d) to the Registrant's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2008.
       
   
(4)(a)
Registration Rights Agreement, dated March 11, 1996, by and between RCM Technologies, Inc. and the former shareholders of The Consortium; incorporated by reference to Exhibit (c)(2) to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K dated March 19, 1996, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 20, 1996.
       
 
*
(10)(a)
RCM Technologies, Inc. 1992 Incentive Stock Option Plan; incorporated by reference to Exhibit A to the Registrant's Proxy Statement, dated March 9, 1992, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 1992.
       
   
(10)(b)
RCM Technologies, Inc. 1994 Non-employee Director Stock Option Plan; incorporated by reference to the appendix to the Registrant's Proxy Statement, dated March 31, 1994, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 1994.
       
 
*
(10)(c)
RCM Technologies, Inc. 1996 Executive Stock Option Plan, dated August 15, 1996; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(l) to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 1996, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 21, 1997 (the “1996 10-K”).
       
 
*
(10)(d)
RCM Technologies, Inc. 2000 Employee Stock Incentive Plan, dated January 6, 2000; incorporated by reference to Exhibit A to the Registrant’s Proxy Statement, dated March 3, 2000, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2000.
       
 
*
(10)(e)
Second Amended and Restated Termination Benefits Agreement, dated March 18, 1997, between the Registrant and Leon Kopyt; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(g) to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (SEC File No. 333-23753), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 21, 1997.
       
 
*
(10)(f)
Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated November 30, 1996, between the Registrant, Intertec Design, Inc. and Leon Kopyt; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(g) to the 1996 10-K.
 
 
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ITEM 15.
EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES (CONTINUED)

(b)
Exhibits (Continued)
   
   
(10)(g)
Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, dated May 31, 2002, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries with Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10 to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2002, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2002 (the “Second Quarter 2002 10-Q”).
       
 
*
(10)(h)
Severance Agreement, dated June 10, 2002, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and Leon Kopyt; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10a to the Second Quarter 2002 10-Q.
       
 
*
(10)(i)
Exhibit A to Severance Agreement General Release; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10b to the Second Quarter 2002 10-Q.
       
   
(10)(j)
Amendment and Modification to Amended and Restated  Loan and Security Agreement, dated December 30, 2002, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania  as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(k) to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2003, as amended on March 3, 2003 (the “2002 10-K”).
       
   
(10)(k)
Second Amendment and Modification to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, dated February 26, 2003, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(l) to 2002  10-K).
       
   
(10)(l)
Third Amendment and Modification to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, dated October 1, 2003, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.H to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2003, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 6, 2003.
       
   
(10)(m)
Fourth Amendment and Modification to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, dated July 23, 2004, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(a) to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 3, 2004, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2004.
       
   
(10)(n)
Fifth Amendment and Modification to Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement dated August 7, 2006, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Administrative Agent and Arranger; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10(a) to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 10, 2006.
       
 
*
(10)(o)
Amendment No. 1, dated December 12, 2007, to the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, entered into on November 30, 1996, between Leon Kopyt and RCM Technologies, Inc.; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated December 12, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 12, 2007 (the “December 2007 8-K”).
       
 
*
(10)(p)
Amendment No. 1, dated December 12, 2007, to the Second Amended and Restated Termination Benefits Agreement, made March 18, 1997, between Leon Kopyt and RCM Technologies, Inc.; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the December 2007 8-K.
 
 
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ITEM 15.
EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES (CONTINUED)

(b)
Exhibits (Continued)
   
 
*
(10)(q)
Amendment No. 1, dated December 12, 2007, to the Severance Agreement, entered into on June 12, 2002, between Leon Kopyt and RCM Technologies, Inc.; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the December 2007 8-K.
       
 
*
(10)(t)
The RCM Technologies, Inc. 2007 Omnibus Equity Compensation Plan; incorporated by reference to Annex A to the Registrant’s Proxy Statement, dated April 20, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 19, 2007.
       
 
*
(10)(u)
Separation and Release Agreement, dated August 27, 2008; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K dated August 21, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 27, 2008.
       
   
(10)(v)
Second Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement dated as of February 19, 2009, between RCM Technologies, Inc. and all of its Subsidiaries, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania as Administrative Agent and Arranger and the Financial Institutions Named therein as Lenders; incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the Registrant's Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 19, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2009.
       
   
(21)
Subsidiaries of the Registrant.  (Filed herewith)
       
   
23.1
Consent of Amper, Politziner & Mattia, LLP.  (Filed herewith)
       
   
23.2
Consent of Grant Thornton LLP. (Filed herewith)
       
   
31.1
Certifications of Chief Executive Officer Required by Rule 13a-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  (Filed herewith)
       
   
31.2
Certifications of Chief Financial Officer Required by Rule 13a-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  (Filed herewith)
       
   
32.1
Certifications of Chief Executive Officer Required by Rule 13a-14(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  (This exhibit shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section.  Further, this exhibit shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.)  (Filed herewith)
       
   
32.2
Certifications of Chief Financial Officer Required by Rule 13a-14(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  (This exhibit shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section.  Further, this exhibit shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.)  (Filed herewith)
       
 
*
Constitutes a management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
 
 

 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

   
RCM Technologies, Inc.
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Leon Kopyt
     
Leon Kopyt
     
Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Kevin D. Miller
     
Kevin D. Miller
     
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.  


Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Leon Kopyt
     
Leon Kopyt
     
Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Kevin D. Miller
     
Kevin D. Miller
     
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Norman S. Berson
     
Norman S. Berson
     
Director
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Robert B. Kerr
     
Robert B. Kerr
     
Director
       
       
Date:  March 8, 2010
 
By:
/s/ Lawrence Needleman
     
Lawrence Needleman
     
Director


 
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RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
 
FORM 10-K
 
INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SCHEDULES
 



 
Page
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets, January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
F-2
   
Consolidated Statements of Income, Years Ended January 2, 2010 and
     December 27, 2008
 
F-3
   
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity and Consolidated
     Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss), Years Ended January 2, 2010
     and December 27, 2008
 
 
F-4
   
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Years Ended January 2, 2010 and
     December 27, 2008
 
F-5
   
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
F-6
   
Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms
F-32
   
Schedule II
F-34



 
F-1

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)


 
January 2,
 
December 27,
 
 
2010
 
2008
 
         
Current assets:
       
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$10,942
 
$815
 
 
Accounts receivable, net
46,353
 
55,770
 
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
2,677
 
3,012
 
 
Deferred income tax assets
705
 
2,204
 
   
Total current assets
60,677
 
61,801
 
             
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
       
 
and amortization of $6,460 (January 2, 2010) and
$5,692 (December 27, 2008)
4,768
 
5,586
 
         
Other assets:
       
 
Deposits
212
 
264
 
 
Goodwill
8,260
 
6,538
 
 
Intangible assets, net
464
 
276
 
 
Deferred income tax assets
3,828
 
4,376
 
   
Total other assets
12,764
 
11,454
 
             
   
Total assets
$78,209
 
$78,841
 

 
Current liabilities:
       
 
Borrowings under line of credit
$          -
 
$4,900
 
 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
7,501
 
8,375
 
 
Accrued payroll and related costs
6,512
 
9,677
 
 
Income taxes payable
-
 
538
 
     Total current liabilities
14,013
 
23,490
 
         
Contingent consideration
893
 
-
 
         
Stockholders' equity:
       
 
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized;
       
   
no shares issued or outstanding
-
 
-
 
 
Common stock, $0.05 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized;
       
   
12,960,778 and 12,774,026 shares issued and outstanding
at January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008, respectively
648
 
639
 
 
Additional paid-in capital
107,262
 
106,788
 
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income
1,267
 
720
 
 
Accumulated deficit
(45,874
)
(52,796
)
   
Total stockholders' equity
63,303
 
55,351
 
             
   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$78,209
 
$78,841
 
             
    The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
F-2

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)



   
January 2,
 
December 27,
   
   
2010
 
2008
   
             
Revenues
$189,393
 
$209,277
   
Cost of services
142,558
 
155,302
   
Gross profit
46,835
 
53,975
   
             
Operating costs and expenses
         
 
Selling, general and administrative
43,885
 
46,568
   
 
Depreciation and amortization
1,621
 
2,067
   
 
Bad debt - note receivable
-
 
6,090
   
 
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
-
 
43,315
   
   
45,506
 
98,040
   
             
Operating income (loss)
1,329
 
(44,065
)
 
             
Other income (expense)
         
 
Interest (expense) income, net
(55
)
(230
)
 
 
Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions
85
 
(75
)
 
 
Legal settlement
9,750
 
-
   
 
Other
-
 
7
   
   
9,780
 
(298
)
 
             
Income (loss) before income taxes
11,109
 
(44,363
)
 
             
Income tax expense (benefit)
4,187
 
(4,558
)
 
             
Net income (loss)
$6,922
 
($39,805
)
 
 
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per common share
       
 
Net income (loss)
$0.54
 
($3.15
)
           
Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding
12,888,539
 
12,647,127
 
           
Weighted average number of common and common
equivalent shares outstanding
12,892,530
 
12,647,127
 

  The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
F-3

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)



 
 
 
Common Stock
 
 
Additional
Paid-in
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
 
 
 
Accumulated
     
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Capital
 
Income
 
Deficit
 
Total
 
                         
Balance, December 29, 2007
12,058,689
 
$603
 
$102,951
 
$1,484
 
($12,990
)
$92,048
 
                         
Issuance of stock under employee
  stock purchase plan
15,337
 
1
 
55
 
-
 
-
 
56
 
Translation adjustment
-
 
-
 
-
 
(764
)
-
 
(764
)
Stock based compensation expense
-
 
-
 
100
 
-
 
-
 
100
 
Shares issued for acquired
  companies
700,000
 
35
 
3,682
 
-
 
-
 
3,717
 
Net loss
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
(39,805
)
(39,805
)
                         
Balance, December 27, 2008
12,774,026
 
639
 
106,788
 
720
 
(52,796
)
55,351
 
                         
Issuance of stock under employee
  stock purchase plan
86,752
 
4
 
79
 
-
 
-
 
83
 
Translation adjustment
-
 
-
 
-
 
547
 
-
 
547
 
Stock based compensation expense
-
 
-
 
181
 
-
 
-
 
181
 
Shares issued for acquired
  company
100,000
 
5
 
214
 
-
 
-
 
219
 
Net income
-
 
-
 
-
 
-
 
6,922
 
6,922
 
                         
Balance, January 2, 2010
12,960,778
 
$648
 
$107,262
 
$1,267
 
($45,874
)
$63,303
 


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008


 
January 2,
 
December 27,
 
 
2010
 
2008
 
         
Net income (loss)
$6,922
 
($39,805)
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
547
 
(764)
 
Comprehensive income (loss)
$7,469
 
($40,569)
 
 
    The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
F-4

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

   
January 2,
 
December 27,
 
   
2010
 
2008
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
       
 
Net income (loss)
$6,922
 
($39,805
)
           
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
       
   
Depreciation and amortization
1,625
 
2,056
 
   
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
-
 
43,315
 
   
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets
88
 
(7
)
   
Stock based compensation expense
181
 
100
 
   
Provision for losses on (recovery from) accounts receivable
115
 
(641
)
   
Provision for losses on note receivable
-
 
6,090
 
   
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)
2,047
 
(5,869
)
   
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
       
     
Accounts and note receivable
10,173
 
(10,275
)
     
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
643
 
(1,582
)
     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
(1,142
)
906
 
     
Accrued payroll and related costs
(3,386
)
1,368
 
     
Income taxes payable
(875
)
(463
)
 
Total adjustments
9,469
 
34,998
 
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
16,391
 
(4,807
)

Cash flows from investing activities:
       
 
Property and equipment acquired
(802
)
(2,667
)
 
Proceeds from equipment disposal
-
 
25
 
 
Decrease (increase) in deposits
52
 
(138
)
 
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of working capital
(900
)
(7,584
)
 
Net cash used in investing activities
(1,650
)
(10,364
)
             
Cash flows from financing activities:
       
 
Sale of stock for employee stock purchase plan
83
 
55
 
 
Net (repayments) borrowings of line of credit
(4,900
)
4,900
 
 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
(4,817
)
4,955
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
203
 
(611
)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
10,127
 
(10,827
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
815
 
11,642
 
             
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
$10,942
 
$815
 
             
Supplemental cash flow information:
       
 
Cash paid for:
       
   
Interest
$67
 
$192
 
   
Income taxes
$2,510
 
$2,483
 
           
 
Non-cash investing activities:
       
   
Issuance of common stock for acquired business
$219
 
$3,717
 
   
Contingent consideration recorded, not paid
$893
 
$        -
 
 
  The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
F-5

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Description of Business and Basis of Presentation

RCM Technologies, Inc. (the "Company" or "RCM") is a premier provider of business and technology solutions designed to enhance and maximize the operational performance of its customers through the adaptation and deployment of advanced information technology and engineering services.  Additionally, the Company provides specialty staffing services through its Commercial Services group.  RCM’s offices are located in major metropolitan centers throughout North America.  

The consolidated financial statements are comprised of the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries.  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.  

Reclassifications
Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.

Use of Estimates and Uncertainties

The preparation of the consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes.  Actual results could differ from these estimates.

Fiscal Periods

The reporting period for the Company is the Saturday closest to the last day in December.  Fiscal year 2009 represents the 53 weeks ended January 2, 2010 and fiscal year 2008 represents the 52 weeks ended December 27, 2008.  

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers its holdings of highly liquid money-market instruments to be cash equivalents if the securities mature within 90 days from the date of acquisition.  These investments are carried at cost, which approximates fair value.  The Company’s cash balances are maintained in accounts held by major banks and financial institutions.  At times, these balances may exceed federally insured amounts.  At January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008, $0.1 million and $0.7 million, respectively, of cash and cash equivalents were held in Canadian banks.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The Company’s carrying value of financial instruments, consisting primarily of accounts receivable, approximates fair value.  The Company does not have any off-balance sheet financial instruments.  The Company does not have derivative products in place to manage risks related to foreign currency fluctuations for its foreign operations or for interest rate changes.
 
 
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RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

Accounts Receivable and Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

The Company’s accounts receivable are primarily due from trade customers.  Credit is extended based on evaluation of customers’ financial condition and, generally, collateral is not required.  Accounts receivable payment terms vary and are stated in the financial statements at amounts due from customers net of an allowance for doubtful accounts.  Accounts outstanding longer than the payment terms are considered past due.  The Company determines its allowance by considering a number of factors, including the length of time trade accounts receivable are past due, the Company’s previous loss history, the customer’s current ability to pay its obligation to the Company, and the condition of the general economy and the industry as a whole.  The Company writes off accounts receivable when they become uncollectible, and payments subsequently received on such receivables previously written off are credited to bad debt expense.
 
Unbilled Accounts Receivable and Work-in-Process

Unbilled receivables primarily represent revenues earned whereby those services are ready to be billed as of the balance sheet ending date.  Work-in-process primarily represents revenues earned under contracts which the Company is contractually precluded from invoicing until future dates as project milestones are realized.  See Footnote 2 for further details.

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are stated at cost net of accumulated depreciation and amortization and are depreciated on the straight-line method at rates calculated to provide for retirement of assets at the end of their estimated useful lives.  The Company's ERP software system, installed in 1999 and upgraded in 2004, is being depreciated over fifteen years.  The Company's VOIP telephone system, the installation of which was substantially complete at the end of 2008, is being depreciated over seven years.  All other hardware and software as well as furniture and office equipment is depreciated over five years.  Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the shorter of the estimated life of the asset or the lease term.

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the premium paid over the fair value of the net tangible and intangible assets acquired in business combinations.  The Company is required to perform a goodwill impairment test on at least an annual basis. Application of the goodwill impairment test requires significant judgments including estimation of future cash flows, which is dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for the businesses, the useful life over which cash flows will occur and determination of weighted average cost of capital.  Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and/or conclusions on goodwill impairment for each reporting unit.  The Company conducts its annual goodwill impairment test as of the last day of the Company’s fiscal November each year, or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist.  The Company periodically analyzes whether any such indicators of impairment exist.  A significant amount of judgment is involved in determining if an indicator of impairment has occurred. Such indicators may include a sustained, significant decline in share price and market capitalization, a decline in expected future cash flows, a significant adverse change in legal factors or in the business climate, unanticipated competition and/or slower expected growth rates, among others.  The Company compares the fair value of each of its reporting units to their respective carrying values and if the carrying amount of the goodwill exceeds fair value, an impairment loss is recognized.  The Company determined there was no impairment in 2009.
 
 
F-7

 
 
RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

Long-Lived Assets

The Company accounts for long-lived assets in accordance with “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets.”   Management periodically reviews the carrying amounts of long-lived assets to determine whether current events or circumstances warrant adjustment to such carrying amounts.  Any impairment is measured by the amount that the carrying value of such assets exceeds their fair value, primarily based on estimated discounted cash flows.  Considerable management judgment is necessary to estimate the fair value of assets.  Assets to be disposed of are carried at the lower of their financial statement carrying amount or fair value, less cost to sell.

Software

In accordance with “Accounting for Costs of Computer Software Developed or Obtained for Internal Use,” certain costs related to the development or purchase of internal-use software are capitalized and amortized over the estimated useful life of the software.  During the years ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008, the Company capitalized approximately $244 and $219, respectively, for software costs.  At January 2, 2010 the net balance after depreciation for all software costs capitalized was $556.

Income Taxes

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with “Accounting for Income Taxes” which requires an asset and liability approach of accounting for income taxes.  “Accounting for Income Taxes” requires assessment of the likelihood of realizing benefits associated with deferred tax assets for purposes of determining whether a valuation allowance is needed for such deferred tax assets.  The Company and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries file a consolidated federal income tax return.

The Company also follows the provisions of “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes” which prescribes a model for the recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return, and provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, disclosure and transition.  At January 2, 2010 the Company did not have any significant unrecognized tax benefits.

Revenue Recognition

The Company derives its revenues from several sources.  The Company’s Engineering Services and Information Technology Services segments perform consulting and project solutions services.  All of the Company’s segments perform staff augmentation services and derive revenue from permanent placement fees.  The majority of the Company's revenues are invoiced on a time and materials basis.
 
 
F-8

 
 
RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

Revenue Recognition (Continued)

Project Services - The Company recognizes revenues in accordance with “Revenue Recognition” which clarifies application of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles to revenue transactions.  Project services are generally provided on a cost-plus, fixed-fee or time-and-material basis.  Typically, a customer will outsource a discrete project or activity and the Company assumes responsibility for the performance of such project or activity.  The Company recognizes revenues and associated costs on a gross basis as services are provided to the customer and costs are incurred using its employees.  The Company, from time to time, enters into contracts requiring the completion of specific deliverables.  The Company may recognize revenues on these deliverables at the time the client accepts and approves the deliverables.  In instances where project services are provided on a fixed-price basis and the contract will extend beyond a 12-month period, revenue is recorded in accordance with the terms of each contract.  In some instances, revenue is billed and recorded at the time certain milestones are reached, as defined in the contract.  In other instances, revenue is billed and recorded based upon contractual rates per hour (i.e., percentage of completion).  In addition, some contracts contain “Performance Fees” (bonuses) for completing a contract under budget.  Performance Fees, if any, are recorded when the Company is reasonably certain of collection.  Some contracts also limit revenues and billings to maximum amounts.  Provision for contract losses, if any, are made in the period such losses are determined.  For contracts where there is a deliverable, the work is not complete on a specific deliverable and the revenue is not recognized, the costs are deferred.  The associated costs are expensed when the related revenue is recognized.

Consulting and Staffing Services - Revenues derived from consulting and staffing services are recorded on a gross basis as services are performed and associated costs have been incurred using employees of the Company.  In these circumstances, the Company assumes the risk of acceptability of its employees to its customers.  In certain cases, the Company may utilize other companies and their employees to fulfill customer requirements.  In these cases, the Company receives an administrative fee for arranging for, billing for, and collecting the billings related to these companies.  The customer is typically responsible for assessing the work of these companies who have responsibility for acceptability of their personnel to the customer.  Under these circumstances, the Company’s reported revenues are net of associated costs (effectively recognizing the net administrative fee only).

Permanent Placement Services - The Company earns permanent placement fees from providing permanent placement services.  Fees for placements are recognized at the time the candidate commences employment.  The Company guarantees its permanent placements on a prorated basis for 90 days.  In the event a candidate is not retained for the 90-day period, the Company will provide a suitable replacement candidate.  In the event a replacement candidate cannot be located, the Company will provide a prorated refund to the client.  An allowance for refunds, based upon the Company’s historical experience, is recorded in the financial statements.  Revenues are recorded on a gross basis.
 
 
F-9

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

Concentration

During 2009, United Technologies Corporation accounted for 12.7% of the Company’s revenues and 22.2% of the Company’s accounts receivable.  No other customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s revenues. The Company's five, ten and twenty largest customers accounted for approximately 30.0%, 36.7% and 47.3%, respectively, of the Company's revenues for 2009.

During 2008, United Technologies Corporation accounted for 11.1% of the Company’s revenues and 17.5% of the Company’s accounts receivable.  No other customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s revenues. The Company's five, ten and twenty largest customers accounted for approximately 27.1%, 33.5% and 44.0%, respectively, of the Company's revenues for 2008.

Foreign Currency Translation

The functional currency of the Company’s Canadian subsidiary is the subsidiary’s local currency.  Assets and liabilities are translated at period-end exchange rates.  Income and expense items are translated at weighted average rates of exchange prevailing during the year.  Any translation adjustments are included in the accumulated other comprehensive income account in stockholders’ equity.  Transactions executed in different currencies resulting in exchange adjustments are translated at spot rates and resulting foreign exchange transaction gains and losses are included in the results of operations.

Comprehensive Income

Comprehensive income consists of net income and foreign currency translation adjustments.

Per Share Data

Basic net income per share is calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted net income per share is calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares plus dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period.  Potential dilutive common shares consist of stock options and other stock-based awards under the Company's stock compensation plans, when their impact is dilutive.  Because of the Company’s capital structure, all reported earnings pertain to common shareholders and no other adjustments are necessary.  

The number of common shares used to calculate basic and diluted earnings per share for 2009 and 2008 was determined as follows:

 
Fiscal Years Ended
 
 
January 2,
2010
 
December 27,
2008
 
Basic shares outstanding
12,888,539
 
12,647,127
 
Dilutive effect of stock options
3,991
 
-
 
         
Dilutive shares
12,892,530
 
12,647,127
 


 
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RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

Per Share Data (Continued)

For the fiscal year ended January 2, 2010, there were 1,534,594 options not included in the calculation of common stock equivalents because the exercise price of the options exceeded the average market price during the year.  

For the fiscal year ended December 27, 2008, there were 1,069,900 options not included in the calculation of common stock equivalents because the exercise price of the options exceeded the average market price during the year.  Additionally, 224,000 options that were at less than the average market price were not included in the calculation of common stock equivalents because the options were anti-dilutive as the Company is in a net loss position.
 
Share - Based Compensation

The Company accounts for stock based payment awards in accordance with "Compensation - Stock Compensation."  The Company recognizes share-based compensation based on certain assumption inputs within the Black-Scholes Model.  These assumption inputs are used to determine an estimated fair value of stock based payment awards on the date of grant and require subjective judgment.  Because employee stock options have characteristics significantly different from those of traded options, and because changes in the input assumptions can materially affect the fair value estimate, the existing models may not provide a reliable single measure of the fair value of the employee stock options.  Management assesses the assumptions and methodologies used to calculate estimated fair value of stock-based compensation on a regular basis.  Circumstances may change and additional data may become available over time, which could result in changes to these assumptions and methodologies and thereby materially impact our fair value determination.  See Note 9 for additional stock-based compensation information.
 
Common Stock Reserved

Unissued shares of common stock were reserved for the following purposes:

 
January 2,
 
December 27,
 
 
2010
 
2008
 
Exercise of options outstanding
1,564,594
 
1,293,900
 
Future grants of options
426,100
 
699,294
 
         
Total
1,990,694
 
1,993,194
 

Advertising Costs

Advertising costs are expensed as incurred.  Total advertising expense was $864 and $1,110 for the fiscal years 2009 and 2008, respectively.

 
F-11

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

New Accounting Standards 

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued its final Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 168, “The FASB Accounting Standards Codification and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles a replacement of FASB Statement No. 162.” SFAS No. 168 made the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (the Codification) the single source of U.S. GAAP used by nongovernmental entities in the preparation of financial statements, except for rules and interpretive releases of the SEC under authority of federal securities laws, which are sources of authoritative accounting guidance for SEC registrants. The Codification is meant to simplify user access to all authoritative accounting guidance by reorganizing U.S. GAAP pronouncements into roughly 90 accounting topics within a consistent structure; its purpose is not to create new accounting and reporting guidance. The Codification supersedes all existing non-SEC accounting and reporting standards and was effective for the Company beginning September 26, 2009.  Following SFAS No. 168, the Board will not issue new standards in the form of Statements, FASB Staff Positions, or Emerging Issues Task Force Abstracts; instead, it will issue Accounting Standards Updates. The FASB will not consider Accounting Standards Updates as authoritative in their own right; these updates will serve only to update the Codification, provide background information about the guidance, and provide the bases for conclusions on the change(s) in the Codification.

In December 2007, the FASB updated “Business Combinations.”  Among other requirements, the update requires an acquirer to recognize the assets acquired, the liabilities assumed and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree at the acquisition date, measured at their fair values as of that date, with limited exceptions. The update also requires a.) costs incurred to effect the acquisition to be recognized separately from the acquisition as period costs; b.) the acquirer to recognize restructuring costs that the acquirer expects to incur, but is not obligated to incur, separately from the business combination; and c.) an acquirer to recognize assets and liabilities assumed arising from contractual contingencies as of the acquisition date, measured at their acquisition-date fair values.  Other key provisions of this update include the requirement to recognize the acquisition-date fair values of research and development assets separately from goodwill and the requirement to recognize changes in the amount of deferred tax benefits that are recognizable due to the business combination in either income from continuing operations in the period of the combination or directly in contributed capital, depending on the circumstances. The Company adopted this update as of December 28, 2008 and has applied its provisions prospectively to business combinations that have occurred after adoption.

In April 2009, the FASB issued “Accounting for Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in a Business Combination That Arise from Contingencies.”  This update requires that assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination that arise from contingencies be recognized at fair value if fair value can be reasonably estimated. If fair value cannot be reasonably estimated, the asset or liability would generally be recognized in accordance with “Accounting for Contingencies,” and “Reasonable Estimation of the Amount of a Loss.”  Further, the FASB decided to remove the subsequent accounting guidance for assets and liabilities arising from contingencies, and carry forward without significant revision the guidance in “Business Combinations.”  This update is effective for assets or liabilities arising from contingencies in business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 28, 2008.  The Company adopted this update effective December 16, 2008.
 
 
F-12

 
 
RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

1.SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (CONTINUED)

New Accounting Standards (Continued)

In April 2009, the FASB issued “Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments.” This update amends “Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments,” to require disclosures about fair value of financial instruments for interim reporting periods of publicly traded companies as well as in annual financial statements. This update also amends Interim Financial Reporting, to require those disclosures in summarized financial information at interim reporting periods. This update became effective for the interim period ending June 27, 2009 and did not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

In October 2009, the FASB issued “Revenue Arrangements with Multiple Deliverables.” This statement provides principles for allocating sales consideration among multiple-element revenue arrangements with an entity’s customers, allowing more flexibility in identifying and accounting for separate deliverables under an arrangement. This update introduces an estimated selling price method for valuing the elements of a bundled arrangement if vendor-specific objective evidence or third-party evidence of selling price is not available, and significantly expands related disclosure requirements. This standard is effective on a prospective basis for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. Alternatively, adoption may be on a retrospective basis, and early application is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of adopting this pronouncement.

2.     ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

The Company’s accounts receivable are comprised as follows:

 
Fiscal Years Ended
 
 
January 2,
2010
 
December 27,
2008
 
Billed
$37,504
 
$45,855
 
Accrued and unbilled
2,160
 
7,044
 
Work-in-progress
7,887
 
3,953
 
Allowance for doubtful accounts
   and sales discounts
(1,198
)
(1,082
)
         
Accounts receivable, net
$46,353
 
$55,770
 

3.     NOTE RECEIVABLE

On February 26, 2008, the Company accepted a promissory note from a customer for $7.4 million in payment of a like amount of accounts receivable from that customer.  The customer paid $1.3 million through April 30, 2008 at which point management of the Company concluded that the customer was going to default on its May 1, 2008 installment payment.  During 2008 the Company wrote off the note receivable.
 
 
F-13

 
 
RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

4.     ACQUISITIONS

General

In connection with certain acquisitions, the Company is obligated to pay contingent consideration to the sellers upon the acquired business achieving certain earnings targets over periods ranging from two to four years following the acquisition.  In general, the contingent consideration amounts fall into two categories: (a) Deferred Consideration - fixed amounts due if the acquisition achieves a base level of earnings which has been determined at the time of acquisition and (b) Earnouts – amounts payable that are not fixed and are based on the growth in excess of the base level earnings.  

Future Contingent Payments

The Company has three active acquisition agreements whereby future contingent consideration may be earned and paid (NuSoft, MBH and PSG as described herein).  The NuSoft and MBH acquisitions were accounted for under “Business Combinations” which did not require that the estimated fair value of contingent consideration be recorded as a liability.  The Company has not recorded any liability associated with the contingent consideration that may be paid for the NuSoft and MBH acquisitions.  The PSG acquisition was accounted for under “Accounting for Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in Business Combinations That Arise from Contingencies” which requires that the fair value of any future contingent consideration be recorded as a liability.  The Company has determined that the estimated fair value of the total future contingent consideration (Deferred Consideration and Earnouts) associated with the PSG acquisition is $0.9 million.  The amount actually paid, if any, may substantially exceed the estimated fair value.  Changes in the fair value, if any, will be recognized in earnings.  The Company has recorded this liability and increased its goodwill by a like amount.


The Company’s outstanding Deferred Consideration obligations potentially due after January 2, 2010, which relate to the three acquisitions, could result in the following maximum Deferred Consideration payments:

Fiscal Years
Amount
2010
$2,800
2011
1,650
Thereafter
850
Maximum Deferred Consideration
$5,300

The Company cannot estimate the Deferred Consideration payments with any certainty.  However, the Company believes that any payments that may be made for fiscal year 2010 will not exceed $0.5 million.  Earnouts, if any, cannot be estimated with any certainty and as such are not included above.  

NuSoft Solutions, Inc.

On March 19, 2008, the Company purchased the operating assets of NuSoft Solutions, Inc. (“NuSoft”).  NuSoft is a specialty provider of information technology services.  The acquisition was effective as of March 1, 2008.  The acquisition has been accounted for in accordance with “Business Combinations.”  Accordingly, the results of operations of the acquired company have been included in the consolidated results of operations of the Company from the effective date and are included in the Information Technology segment.  
 
 
F-14

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

4.     ACQUISITIONS (CONTINUED)

The purchase consideration at closing consisted of $4.5 million in cash and 700,000 shares of RCM’s common stock (the “Common Stock”), valued at $3.7 million.  Post closing consideration consisted of potential Deferred Consideration payments up to $4.4 million and additional Earnout payments, both amounts contingent upon NuSoft achieving certain base levels of operating income for certain post closing periods following the purchase.  The acquisition has been accounted for under the purchase method of accounting.  The source of cash utilized in the NuSoft acquisition was from the Company's revolving credit facility.  The purchase price paid at closing of approximately $8.2 million has been allocated as follows:

Customer relationships
$2,260
Covenants-not-to-compete
424
Goodwill
5,125
Equipment
446
 
$8,255

The Deferred Consideration and Earnouts, to the extent paid, will be recorded as additional purchase consideration and added to goodwill on the consolidated balance sheet.

MBH Solutions, Inc.

On April 28, 2008, the Company purchased the operating assets of MBH Solutions, Inc. (“MBH”).  MBH is a specialty provider of information technology services.  The acquisition was effective as of April 1, 2008 and has been accounted for in accordance with “Business Combinations.”  Accordingly, the results of operations of the acquired company have been included in the consolidated results of operations of the Company from the effective date and are included in the Information Technology segment.  


The MBH purchase consideration at closing consisted of $1.8 million in cash and the assumption of $1.3 million in certain liabilities.  Post closing consideration consisted of potential Deferred Consideration payments up to $1.5 million and additional Earnout payments, both amounts contingent upon MBH achieving certain base levels of operating income for certain post closing periods following the purchase.  The acquisition has been accounted for under the purchase method of accounting. The source of cash utilized in the MBH acquisition was from the Company’s revolving credit facility. The purchase price paid at closing of approximately $3.1 million has been allocated as follows:

Customer relationships
$835
Covenants-not-to-compete
41
Goodwill
2,175
Equipment
36
 
$3,087

The Deferred Consideration and Earnouts, to the extent paid, will be recorded as additional purchase consideration and added to goodwill on the consolidated balance sheet.  
 
 
F-15

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

4.     ACQUISITIONS (CONTINUED)

Project Solutions Group, Inc.

On July 6, 2009, the Company purchased the operating assets of Project Solutions Group, Inc. (“PSG”).  PSG is a specialty provider of information technology services.  PSG provides expert project management and training services to a diverse client base.  PSG helps clients deploy Microsoft's project management tools to streamline and coordinate project-based initiatives across their organizations.  

The acquisition was effective as of June 28, 2009 and has been accounted for in accordance with “Business Combinations” and “Accounting for Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed in Business Combinations that Arise from Contingencies.”  Accordingly, the results of operations of the acquired company have been included in the consolidated results of operations of the Company from the effective date and are included in the Information Technology segment.  

The PSG purchase consideration at closing consisted of $0.8 million in cash and 100,000 shares of RCM's Common Stock, valued at $0.2 million.  The fair value of the common shares issued was determined based on the closing market price of the Company's common stock on the last trading day prior to the effective date of the acquisition.  Post closing consideration consisted of potential Deferred Consideration payments up to $1.5 million and additional Earnout payments, both amounts contingent upon PSG achieving certain base levels of operating income for certain post closing periods following the purchase.  Additionally, the Company recorded a liability of $0.9 million for the estimated fair value of future contingent consideration ("Contingent Consideration") potentially due in connection with the PSG acquisition.  The effect of this transaction on the Company's consolidated financial statements was not material.

The acquisition has been accounted for under the purchase method of accounting. The purchase price paid at closing of approximately $1.0 million has been allocated as follows:

Customer relationships
$253
Covenants-not-to-compete
38
Goodwill
728
 
$1,019

Proforma Results of Operations

The following (unaudited) results of operations have been prepared assuming the three previously described acquisitions had occurred as of the beginning of the periods presented.  Those results are not necessarily indicative of results of future operations or of results that would have occurred had the acquisitions occurred as of the beginning of the periods presented.  

 
Fiscal Years Ended
 
 
January 2,
2010
 
December 27,
2008
 
Revenues
$191,981
 
$221,963
 
Operating income (loss)
$1,429
 
($43,113
)
Net income (loss)
$6,993
 
($39,265
)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share
$0.54
 
($3.05
)
 
 
F-16

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

5.    PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

Property and equipment are comprised of the following:

 
January 2,
 
December 27,
 
 
2010
 
2008
 
Equipment and furniture
$3,000
 
$2,893
 
Computers and systems
7,046
 
7,232
 
Leasehold improvements
1,182
 
1,153
 
 
11,228
 
11,278
 
         
Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization
6,460
 
5,692
 
         
 
$4,768
 
$5,586
 

The Company writes off fully depreciated assets each year.  In fiscal 2009 and 2008, the write-offs were $837 and $1,205, respectively.
 
 
F-17

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

6.    GOODWILL

As of November 28, 2009, the Company conducted its annual assessment of goodwill for impairment.  To assess goodwill for impairment, the Company first compares the fair value of its reporting units with their net book value.  The fair value of the reporting units is estimated using discounted expected future cash flows. If the fair value of the reporting units exceeds their net book value, goodwill is not impaired, and no further testing is necessary. If the net book value of the reporting units exceeds their fair value, a second test is performed to measure the amount of impairment loss, if any. To measure the amount of any impairment loss, the Company determines the implied fair value of goodwill in the same manner as if the reporting units were being acquired in a business combination. Specifically, the fair value of the reporting units is allocated to all of the assets and liabilities of that unit, including any unrecognized intangible assets, in a hypothetical calculation that would yield the implied fair value of goodwill. If the implied fair value of goodwill is less than the goodwill recorded on the balance sheet, an impairment charge for the difference is recorded.

Based on the results of the annual assessment of goodwill for impairment, the fair value of all reporting units exceeded net book value as of November 28, 2009 and, therefore, there was no impairment of goodwill. Due to the thin trading of the Company stock in the public marketplace and the impact of the control premium held by a relatively few shareholders, the Company does not consider the market capitalization of the Company the most appropriate measure of fair value of goodwill for our reporting units.  We look to earnings/revenue multiples of similar companies recently completing acquisitions and the ability of our reporting units to generate cash flows as better measures of the fair value of our reporting units, and under such calculations the fair value exceeded the recorded goodwill by at least 25% for each of the reporting units.  Accordingly, the Company has determined it is not necessary to disclose detailed assumptions or estimates used in its impairment test.
 
The determination of the fair value of the reporting units requires the Company to make significant estimates and assumptions that affect the reporting unit’s expected future cash flows. These estimates and assumptions primarily include, but are not limited to, the discount rate, terminal growth rates, operating income before depreciation and amortization and capital expenditures forecasts. Due to the inherent uncertainty involved in making these estimates, actual results could differ from those estimates. In addition, changes in underlying assumptions would have a significant impact on either the fair value of the reporting units or the goodwill impairment charge, if any.

The allocation of the fair value of the reporting units to individual assets and liabilities within reporting units also requires the Company to make significant estimates and assumptions. The allocation requires several analyses to determine fair value of assets and liabilities including, among others, customer relationships, non-competition agreements and current replacement costs for certain property, plant and equipment.
 
 
F-18

 

RCM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Years Ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated)

6.    GOODWILL (CONTINUED)

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill for the years ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008 are as follows:

   
Information
Technology
 
 
Engineering
 
 
Commercial
 
 
Total
 
Balance as of December 29, 2007
 
$29,643
 
$8,141
 
$1,804
 
$39,588
 
                   
   Goodwill acquired during 2008
 
7,300
 
100
 
-
 
7,400
 
                   
   Goodwill impairment during 2008
 
(32,209
)
(8,241
)
-
 
(40,450
)
                   
Balance as of December 27, 2008
 
$4,734
 
$     -
 
$1,804
 
$6,538
 
                   
   Goodwill acquired during 2009
 
729
 
100
 
-
 
829
 
                   
   Contingent consideration recorded
 
893
 
-
 
-
 
893
 
                   
Balance as of January 2, 2010
 
$6,356
 
$100
 
$1,804
 
$8,260
 

7.     INTANGIBLE ASSETS

The changes in the carrying amount of intangible assets for the years ended January 2, 2010 and December 27, 2008 are as follows:

 
Information
Technology
 
 
Engineering
 
 
Commercial
 
 
Total
 
Balance as of December 29, 2007
$236
 
$113
 
$     -
 
$349
 
                 
   Intangibles acquired during 2008
3,560
 
-
 
-
 
3,560
 
                 
   Amortization of intangibles during 2008
(733
)
(34
)
-
 
(767
)
                 
   Intangibles impairment during 2008
(2,866
)
-