Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Accounting Policies, by Policy (Policies)

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Accounting Policies, by Policy (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Use of Estimates, Policy [Policy Text Block]
a.              Use of estimates:

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Foreign Currency Transactions and Translations Policy [Policy Text Block]
b.              Financial statements in U.S. dollars:

A majority of the revenues of the Company are generated in U.S. dollars (“dollars”). In addition, a substantial portion of the Company’s costs are incurred in dollars. Management believes that the dollar is the primary currency of the economic environment in which the Company operates. Thus, the functional and reporting currency of the Company including most of its subsidiaries is the dollar. Accordingly, monetary accounts maintained in currencies other than dollars are remeasured into dollars, with resulting gains and losses reflected in the consolidated statements of operations as financial income or expenses, as appropriate.

The majority of transactions of MDT (discontinued) and Epsilor-EFL are in New Israel Shekels (“NIS”) and a substantial portion of MDT’s and Epsilor-EFL’s costs is incurred in NIS. Management believes that the NIS is the functional currency of MDT and Epsilor-EFL. Accordingly, the financial statements of MDT and Epsilor-EFL have been translated into dollars. All balance sheet accounts have been translated using the exchange rates in effect at the balance sheet date. Statement of operations amounts have been translated using the weighted average exchange rate for the period. The resulting translation adjustments are reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders’ equity. All accumulated other comprehensive income related to the Armor Division, in the amount of $189,969, was recorded as an adjustment to the loss on sale in discontinued operations. As of December 31, 2012, all accumulated other comprehensive income represents foreign currency translation adjustments.
Consolidation, Policy [Policy Text Block]
c.              Principles of consolidation:

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Arotech and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation.
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Policy [Policy Text Block]
d.              Cash equivalents:

Cash equivalents are short-term highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to cash with maturities of three months or less when acquired.
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents, Policy [Policy Text Block]
e.              Restricted collateral deposits:

Restricted collateral deposits are primarily invested in highly liquid deposits which are used as a security for the Company’s performance guarantees at FAAC and Epsilor-EFL.
Marketable Securities, Policy [Policy Text Block]
f.               Marketable securities:

The Company determines the appropriate classification of its investments in debt and equity securities at the time of purchase and reevaluates such determinations at each balance sheet date. Investment in securities are classified as available-for-sale and stated at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), a separate component of stockholders’ equity. Realized gains and losses on sales of investments, as determined on a specific identification basis, are included in the consolidated statements of operations. The Company did not hold any marketable securities at either December 21, 2012 or 2011.
Inventory, Policy [Policy Text Block]
g.              Inventories:

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market value. Inventory write-offs and write-down provisions are provided to cover risks arising from slow-moving items or technological obsolescence and for market prices lower than cost. The Company periodically evaluates the quantities on hand relative to current and historical selling prices and historical and projected sales volume. Based on this evaluation, provisions are made to write inventory down to its market value. In 2012 and 2011, the Company wrote off $57,000 and $145,000, respectively, of obsolete inventory, which has been included in the cost of revenues.

Cost is determined as follows:

Raw and packaging materials – by the average cost method or FIFO.

Work in progress – represents the cost of manufacturing with additions of allocable indirect and direct manufacturing costs.

Finished products – on the basis of direct manufacturing costs with additions of allocable indirect manufacturing costs.
Property, Plant and Equipment, Policy [Policy Text Block]
h.              Property and equipment:

Property and equipment are stated at cost net of accumulated depreciation and investment grants received from the State of Israel for investments in fixed assets under the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 5719-1959 (the “Investments Law”). The Company did not receive any investment grants in 2012 and 2011.

Depreciation is calculated by the straight-line method over the following estimated useful lives of the assets:

 
Depreciable life (in years)
   
Computers and related equipment
3 to 5
Motor vehicles
5 to 7
Office furniture and equipment
10
Machinery, equipment and installations
10
Buildings
30
Land
Not depreciated
Leasehold improvements
Shorter of the term of the lease or the life of the asset
Demo inventory
5
Revenue Recognition, Policy [Policy Text Block]
i.               Revenue recognition:

The Company is a defense and security products and services company, engaged in two business areas: interactive simulation for military, law enforcement and commercial markets; and batteries and charging systems for the military. During 2012 and 2011, the Company recognized revenues (i) from the sale and customization of interactive training systems and from the maintenance services in connection with such systems (Training and Simulation Division); (ii) from the sale of batteries, chargers and adapters to the military, and under certain development contracts with the U.S. Army (Battery and Power Systems Division); and (iii) from the sale of lifejacket lights (Battery and Power Systems Division).

Revenues from products sold by the Battery and Power Systems Division are recognized when persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable, collectability is probable, and no further obligation remains. Typically revenue is recognized, per the contract, when the transaction is entered into the U.S. Government’s Wide Area Workflow system, which occurs after the products have been accepted at the plant or when shipped. Sales to other entities are recorded in accordance with the contract, either when shipped or delivered. Normally, in this division, there are no further obligations that would preclude the recognition of revenue.

Revenues from contracts in the Training and Simulation Division that involve customization of the system to customer specifications are recognized using contract accounting on a percentage of completion method, in accordance with the “Input Method.” The amount of revenue recognized is based on the percentage to completion achieved. The percentage to completion is measured by monitoring progress using records of actual time, materials and other costs incurred to date in the project compared to the total estimated project requirement. Estimates of total project requirements are based on prior experience of customization, delivery and acceptance of the same or similar technology and are reviewed and updated regularly by management. Provisions for estimated losses on uncompleted contracts are made in the period in which such losses are first determined, in the amount of the estimated loss on the entire contract. Normally there are no further obligations that would preclude the recognition of revenue.

The Company believes that the use of the percentage of completion method is appropriate as the Company has the ability to make reasonably dependable estimates of the extent of progress towards completion, contract revenues and contract costs. In addition, contracts executed include provisions that clearly specify the enforceable rights regarding services to be provided and received by the parties to the contracts, the consideration to be exchanged and the manner and the terms of settlement, including in cases of terminations for convenience. In all cases, the Company expects to perform its contractual obligations and its customers are expected to satisfy their obligations under the contract.

Revenues from simulators that do not require significant customization are recognized when persuasive evidence of an agreement exists, delivery has occurred, no significant obligations with regard to implementation remain, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is probable.

Maintenance and support revenue included in multiple element arrangements is deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the maintenance and support services. Revenues from training are recognized when it is performed. The Vendor Specific Objective Evidence (“VSOE”) of fair value of the maintenance, training and support services is determined based on the price charged when sold separately or when renewed.

Unbilled receivables include cost and gross profit earned in excess of billing.

Deferred revenues include unearned amounts received under maintenance and support services, customer prepayments and billing in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts.
Standard Product Warranty, Policy [Policy Text Block]
j.               Warranty:

The Company typically offers a one to two year warranty for most of its products. The specific terms and conditions of those warranties vary depending upon the product sold and country in which the Company does business. The Company estimates the costs that may be incurred under its basic limited warranty, including parts and labor, and records deferred revenue in the amount of such costs at the time product revenue is recognized. Factors that affect the Company’s warranty costs include the number of installed units, historical and anticipated rates of warranty claims, and cost per claim. The Company periodically assesses the adequacy of its reserves and adjusts the amounts as necessary. (See Note 17.)
Research, Development, and Computer Software, Policy [Policy Text Block]
k.              Research and development cost:

The Company capitalizes certain software development costs, subsequent to the establishment of technological feasibility. Based on the Company’s product development process, technological feasibility is established upon the completion of a working model or a detailed program design. Research and development costs incurred in the process of developing product improvements or new products are generally charged to expenses as incurred. Significant costs incurred by the Company between completion of the working model or a detailed program design and the point at which the product is ready for general release have been capitalized. Capitalized software costs will be amortized by the greater of the amount computed using: (i) the ratio that current gross revenues from sales of the software bears to the total of current and anticipated future gross revenues from sales of that software, or (ii) the straight-line method over the estimated useful life of the product (one to three years). The Company assesses the net realizable value of this intangible asset on a regular basis by determining whether the amortization of the asset over its remaining life can be recovered through undiscounted future operating cash flows from the specific software product sold. Based on its most recent analyses, management believes that no impairment of capitalized software development costs exists as of December 31, 2012.

In 2012 and 2011, the Training and Simulation Division capitalized approximately $335,000 and $406,000, respectively, in software development costs that will be amortized on a straight-line method over 2 years, the useful life of the software.
Income Tax, Policy [Policy Text Block]
l.               Income taxes:

The Company accounts for income taxes under the asset and liability method, whereby deferred tax assets and liability account balances are determined based on tax credit carryforwards and differences between the financial reporting and the tax basis of assets and liabilities and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. The Company provides a valuation allowance, if necessary, to reduce deferred tax assets to their estimated realizable value.

The Company has adopted the provisions of the FASB ASC 740-10. FASB ASC 740-10 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken in a tax return. The Company must determine whether it is “more-likely-than-not” that a tax position will be sustained upon examination, including resolution of any related appeals or litigation processes, based on the technical merits of the position. Once it is determined that a position meets the more-likely-than-not recognition threshold, the position is measured to determine the amount of benefit to recognize in the financial statements. Uncertain tax positions require determinations and estimated liabilities to be made based on provisions of the tax law which may be subject to change or varying interpretation. If the Company’s determinations and estimates prove to be inaccurate, the resulting adjustments could be material to the Company’s future financial statements.
Concentration Risk, Credit Risk, Policy [Policy Text Block]
m.             Concentrations of credit risk:

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash and cash equivalents, restricted collateral deposits and trade receivables. Cash and cash equivalents are invested mainly in U.S. dollar deposits with major Israeli and U.S. banks. Such deposits in the U.S. may be in excess of insured limits and are not insured in other jurisdictions. Management believes that the financial institutions that hold the Company’s investments are financially sound and, accordingly, minimal credit risk exists with respect to these investments.

The trade receivables of the Company are mainly derived from sales to customers located primarily in the United States and Israel along with the countries listed in footnote 16.c. Management believes that credit risks are moderated by the diversity of its end customers and geographical sales areas. The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition. An allowance for doubtful accounts is determined with respect to those accounts that the Company has determined to be doubtful of collection.

The Company had no off-balance-sheet concentration of credit risk such as foreign exchange contracts, option contracts or other foreign hedging arrangements.
Earnings Per Share, Policy [Policy Text Block]
n.              Basic and diluted net loss per share:

Basic net loss per share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during each year. Diluted net loss per share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during each year, plus dilutive common stock equivalents related to outstanding stock options, non-vested restricted stock, warrants and convertible debt. All common stock equivalents have been excluded from the calculation of the diluted net loss per common share because all such securities are anti-dilutive for all periods presented. The total weighted average number of shares related to the outstanding common stock equivalents excluded from the calculations of diluted net loss per share was 614,968 and 701,411 for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Share-based Compensation, Option and Incentive Plans Policy [Policy Text Block]
o.              Accounting for stock-based compensation:

Stock-based awards to employees are recognized as compensation expense based on the calculated fair value on the date of grant. The Company determines the fair value of options using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. This model requires subjective assumptions, including future stock price volatility and expected term.

The Company did not grant any options in 2012 or 2011. The Company assumed a 20% forfeiture rate on existing options for both years. The Company typically uses a 5-10% forfeiture rate for restricted stock and restricted stock units and adjusts both forfeiture rates based on historical forfeitures. Each restricted stock unit is equal to one share of Company stock and is redeemable only for stock.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy [Policy Text Block]
p.              Fair value of financial instruments:

The following methods and assumptions were used by the Company in estimating their fair value disclosures for financial instruments using the required three-tier value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows: (Level 1) observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets; (Level 2) inputs other than the quoted prices in active markets that are observable either directly or indirectly; and (Level 3) unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data, which may require the Company to develop its own assumptions.

The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, restricted collateral deposits, trade and other receivables, short-term bank credit, and trade payables approximate their fair value due to the short-term maturity of such instruments.

The fair value of available for sale securities was based on the quoted market price.

The fair values of long-term promissory notes are estimated by discounting the future cash flows using current interest rates for loans of similar terms and maturities. The carrying amount of the long-term liabilities approximates their fair value (Level 3).
Severance Pay Policy [Text Block]
q.              Severance pay:

The Company’s liability for severance pay for its Israeli employees is calculated pursuant to Israeli severance pay law based on the most recent salary of the employees multiplied by the number of years of employment as of the balance sheet date. Israeli employees are entitled to one month’s salary for each year of employment, or a portion thereof. The Company’s liability for all of its Israeli employees is fully provided by monthly deposits with severance pay funds held by insurance companies on behalf of the employees, insurance policies and by accrual. The fair value of these funds, which are considered Level 2 fair value measurements, is recorded as an asset in the Company’s balance sheet.

In addition, according to certain employment agreements, the Company is obligated to provide for a special severance pay in addition to amounts due to certain employees pursuant to Israeli severance pay law. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had made a provision of $217,733 for this special severance pay. As of December 31, 2012 and 2011, the unfunded severance pay in that regard amounted to $1,267,844 and $1,050,111, respectively.

Pursuant to the terms of the respective employment agreements between the Company and its Chief Executive Officer and its President, funds to secure payment of their respective contractual severance amounts are to be deposited for their benefit, with payments to be made pursuant to an agreed-upon schedule. These funds continue to be owned by the Company, which benefits from all gains and bears the risk of all losses resulting from investments of these funds.

The deposited funds include profits and losses accumulated up to the balance sheet date. The deposited funds may be withdrawn only upon the fulfillment of the obligation pursuant to Israeli severance pay law or labor agreements. The fair value of the deposited funds is based on the cash surrender value of these policies and includes immaterial profits.

In April 2009, the Company, with the agreement of its Chief Executive Officer and its President, funded an additional portion of their severance security by means of issuing to them, in trust, restricted stock having a value (based on the closing price of the Company’s stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market on the date on which the executives and the Company’s board of directors agreed to this arrangement) of $440,000, a total of 602,740 shares. The Company agreed with the executives that the economic risk of gain or loss on these shares is to be borne by them. Should they leave the Company’s employ under circumstances in which they are not entitled to their severance package (primarily, termination for Cause as defined in their employment agreement), these shares would be returned to the Company for cancellation and because of this, these shares are not included in the basic EPS calculation.

Severance expenses for continuing operations for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 amounted to $19,216 and $249,010, respectively.
Advertising Costs, Policy [Policy Text Block]
r.               Advertising costs:

The Company records advertising costs as incurred. Advertising expense for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 was approximately $155,887 and $166,701, respectively.
New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block]
s.              New accounting pronouncements:

Effective January 1, 2011, the Company adopted ASU 2009-13, “Revenue Recognition (Accounting Standards Codification ASC 605 – Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements”) and ASU 2009-14, “Software ASC 985 – Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include Software Elements.” ASU 2009-13 modifies the requirements that must be met for an entity to recognize revenue from the sale of a delivered item that is part of a multiple-element arrangement when other items have not yet been delivered. ASU 2009-13 eliminates the requirement that all undelivered elements must have either: i) VSOE or ii) third-party evidence (“TPE”), before an entity can recognize the portion of an overall arrangement consideration that is attributable to items that already have been delivered. In the absence of VSOE or TPE of the standalone selling price for one or more delivered or undelivered elements in a multiple-element arrangement, entities are required to estimate the selling prices of those elements. Overall arrangement consideration is allocated to each element (both delivered and undelivered items) based on their relative selling prices, regardless of whether those selling prices are evidenced by VSOE or TPE or are based on the entity’s estimated selling price. The residual method of allocating arrangement consideration has been eliminated. ASU 2009-14 modifies the software revenue recognition guidance to exclude from its scope tangible products that contain both software and non-software components that function together to deliver a product’s essential functionality. Additionally, ASU 2009-14 provides guidance on how a vendor should allocate arrangement consideration to deliverables in an arrangement that includes both tangible products and software that is not essential to the product’s functionality. ASU 2009-14 requires the same expanded disclosures that are included within ASU 2009-13. The impact of adoption did not have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, “Comprehensive Income (Topic 220) — Presentation of Comprehensive Income.” ASU 2011-05 eliminates the current option to report other comprehensive income and its components in the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity and requires that all non-owner changes in stockholders’ equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. The Company adopted the disclosure standard in January 2012.

In July 2012, the FASB issued ASU 2012-02 Intangibles - Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment (“ASU 2012-02”). ASU 2012-02 permits entities to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of an indefinite-lived intangible asset is impaired as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the quantitative impairment test. Under the amendments in ASU 2012-02, an entity is not required to calculate the fair value of an indefinite-lived intangible asset unless it determines that it is more likely than not that the fair value of the asset is less than its carrying amount. An entity also will have the option to bypass the qualitative assessment for any indefinite-lived intangible asset in any period and proceed directly to performing the quantitative impairment test. ASU 2012-02 is effective for interim and annual indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning on or after September 15, 2012, with early adoption permitted. The Companys adoption of ASU 2012-02 is not expected to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2013, the FASB issued ASU 2013-02, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income. This ASU is intended to improve the reporting of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income. The ASU requires an entity to report, either on the face of the statement where net income is presented or in the notes to the financial statements, the effect of significant reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income on the respective line items in net income if the amount being reclassified is required under U.S. GAAP to be reclassified in their entirety to net income. For other amounts that are not required under U.S. GAAP to be reclassified in their entirety to net income in the same reporting period, an entity is required to cross-reference other disclosures required under U.S. GAAP that provide additional detail about those amounts. The amendments in this ASU apply to all entities that issue financial statements that are presented in conformity with U.S. GAAP and that report items of other comprehensive income. For public entities, the amendments in this ASU are effective prospectively for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2012. The impact of adoption of this ASU by the Company is not expected to be material.

No other new accounting  pronouncements issued or effective during 2012 have had or are expected to have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
Repurchase Agreements, Valuation, Policy [Policy Text Block]
t.               Share repurchase:

In February 2009, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions of up to $1,000,000 of the Company’s common stock. Through December 31, 2012, the Company repurchased 638,611 shares for a total of $869,931. The repurchase program, which expires on August 13, 2013, is subject to management’s discretion.
Reclassification, Policy [Policy Text Block]
u.              Reclassification:

Prior period amounts are reclassified, when necessary, to conform to the current period presentation.