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  • yo_roe yo_roe Feb 26, 2013 7:12 AM Flag

    Customs Fines, US and Mexico $30M+

    Not sure how the company could screw this up. Also wonder if this could be an issue in EMEA and APAC?

    We are currently subject to an audit by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (“CBP”) in respect of the period from 2006 to 2010. CBP issued a draft audit report to which Crocs filed comments and objections. The Company believes that a final report (and notice of a formal claim) will not be issued until sometime in mid-2013. CBP has provided the Company with preliminary projections and a draft audit report that reflect unpaid duties totaling approximately $14.3 million during the period under review. The Company has responded that these projections are erroneous and provided arguments that demonstrate the amount due in connection with this matter is considerably less than the preliminary projection. CBP is currently reviewing this response. It is not possible at

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    this time to predict whether the Company’s arguments will be successful in eliminating or reducing the amount in dispute. Likewise, it is not possible to predict whether CBP may seek to assert a claim for penalties in addition to any loss of revenue claim.
    We are currently subject to an audit by Mexico’s Federal Tax Authority (“SAT”) for the period from January 2006 to July 2011. There are two phases to the audit, the first for capital equipment and finished goods and the second for raw materials. The first phase is complete and no major discrepancies were noted by the SAT. On January 9, 2013, Crocs received a notice for the second phase in which the SAT proposed a tax assessment (taxes and penalties) of roughly 280 million pesos (approximately $22.0 million) based on the value of all of Crocs’ imported raw materials during the audit period. We believe that the proposed penalty amount is unfounded and without merit. We have retained local counsel to handle the matter and who will argue that the amount due in connection with the matter, if any, is substantially less than that proposed by the SAT. We expect it to take between two and three years for resolution of this matter in the Mexican courts. It is not possible at this time to predict the outcome of this matter or reasonably estimate any potential loss.

 
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