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Company Description


The Company is a leading manufacturer of flexible metal hose, which is used in a variety of applications to carry gases and liquids within their particular applications, including carrying liquefied gases in certain processing applications, fuel gases within residential and commercial buildings, vibration absorbers in high vibration applications, and other types of gases and fluids in a number of industrial applications where the customer requires the piping to have both a degree of flexibility and/or an ability to carry corrosive compounds or mixtures, or to carry at both very high and very low (cryogenic) temperatures.

The Company manufactures flexible metal hose at its facility in Exton, Pennsylvania, and sells its product through distributors, wholesalers and to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) throughout North America, and in certain European markets.



On January 19, 2005, Mestek, Inc. (Mestek) and the Company announced that Mestek intended to distribute it’s 86% equity interest in the Company in a Spin-Off, pro rata , to all of Mestek’s public shareholders as of a record date, which was subsequently established at June 23, 2005, (the “Spin-Off”). The Spin-Off was preceded by an amendment on April 19, 2005 to the Company’s articles of incorporation to authorize a maximum of 20 million shares of common stock. The board of directors declared a share split on the Company’s common stock on June 23, 2005 that resulted in a share split of 1 to 10,153.633 in order to effect a 1 for 1 share distribution under the Spin-Off. All references to shares and per share amounts in these Financial Statements have been retroactively restated to give effect to the stock split at the 1 to 10,153.633 ratio. In conjunction with the Spin-Off, the Company filed several preliminary registration statements on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. On July 22, 2005, the Company filed its definitive registration statement on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission and completed the Spin-Off on July 29, 2005. The Company’s common shares began trading on the NASDAQ National Market under the trading symbol “OFLX” on August 1, 2005.

In connection with the “Spin-Off” the Company executed certain agreements governing its relationship with Mestek subsequent to the date of the Spin-Off. These include:


A Separation and Distribution Agreement which relates to the events surrounding the distribution of Omega common shares to Mestek shareholders and certain aspects of the relationship between the companies thereafter.


A Tax Responsibility Allocation Agreement which relates to the allocation of tax liabilities between Mestek and the Company subsequent to the Spin-Off.


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An Indemnification and Insurance Matters Agreement which provides for mutual indemnification relating to the respective company’s liabilities and definitions relating to insurance rights and obligations.


A Transitional Services Agreement by which Mestek will continue to provide to the Company certain corporate services, including legal, financial and tax services, in exchange for a fixed annual fee of approximately $70,000.


A Confidential Nondisclosure Agreement which imposes certain duties of confidentiality on the Company and Mestek.

All of the above agreements are described in greater detail in the Form 10 filing which has been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Company in                 connection with the Spin-Off.

On January 12, 2005, the Company paid a dividend of $9,350,000 to its shareholders of record as of January 1, 2005. Consistent with their shareholdings, 10% of the dividend was received by Kevin Hoben, President and 4% by Mark Albino, Executive Vice President (both treated as a reduction of the accrued put obligation), and 86% was received by Mestek. In anticipation of the Spin-Off, the Company stopped lending its daily cash receipts to Mestek, Inc., its 86% shareholder, on July 1, 2005 in order to accumulate cash reserves necessary for working capital purposes prior to the effective date of the Spin-Off. At the effective date of the Spin-Off, Mestek remained indebted to the Company in the amount of $3,249,615.63 which was converted on the effective date of the Spin-Off to a 3-year note receivable from Mestek bearing interest at 100 basis points above the then prevailing 3 year US Treasury note yield.

The Company, Mestek, Inc., and the above officers entered into a shareholder agreement in 1996 that imposed certain restrictions on the transfer of any shares acquired by such officer in connection with the Omega Flex 1996 Stock Option Plan, and that also provided for rights by the Company to “call,” or the officers to “put,” such shares to or from the other party at a per share price based upon the Company book value. The shareholder agreement was terminated immediately preceding the effective date of the distribution as explained in Note 12.


Basis of Presentation

The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Omega Flex, Inc. (Omega) and its subsidiaries (collectively the “Company”). All material inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. In the opinion of management, the financial statements include all material adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Other than its subsidiaries, Exton Ranch, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Omega Flex, Limited, an English corporation, the Company has no equity or debt investments in any other entities.


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 reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the dates of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the


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reporting periods. The most significant estimates and assumptions related to revenue recognition, accounts receivable valuations, inventory valuations, goodwill valuation, intangible asset valuations, warranty costs, investments, accounting for income taxes and the realization of deferred tax assets. Actual amounts could differ significantly from these estimates.


Revenue Recognition

The Company’s revenue recognition activities relate almost entirely to the manufacture and sale of flexible metal hose and pipe. Under generally accepted accounting principles, revenues are considered to have been earned when the Company has substantially accomplished what it must do to be entitled to the benefits represented by the revenues. The following criteria represent preconditions to the recognition of revenue:


Persuasive evidence of an arrangement for the sale of product or services must exist.


Delivery has occurred or services rendered.


The sales price to the customer is fixed or determinable.


Collection is reasonably assured.

The Company generally recognizes revenue upon shipment in accordance with the above principles.


Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of 90 days or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents. Cash equivalents include investments in an institutional money market fund, which invests in U.S. Treasury bills, notes and bonds, and/or repurchase agreements, backed by such obligations.



Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. Cost of inventories are determined by the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method. The Company considers inventory quantities in beyond two-years’ usage, measured on a historical usage basis, to be excess inventory and reduces the gross carrying value of inventory accordingly.


Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are carried at cost. Depreciation and amortization are computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets or, for leasehold improvements, the life of the lease, if shorter. When assets are retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and any resulting gain or loss is reflected in income for the period. The cost of maintenance and repairs is charged to income as incurred; significant improvements are capitalized.


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         Excess of Cost Over Net Assets of Acquired Companies (Goodwill)

In accordance with FAS 142, the Company ceased recording amortization of goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives effective January 1, 2002. The Company determined that no goodwill impairment existed as of January 1, 2002, under FAS 142. The Company performed annual valuation exercises in accordance with FAS 142 as of December 31, 2003, December 31, 2004 and December 31, 2005 which analyses indicated in all cases no impairment of goodwill.


Advertising Expense

Advertising costs are charged to operations as incurred. Such charges aggregated $403,000, $493,000, and $323,000, for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004, and 2003, respectively.


Research and Development Expense

Research and development expenses are charged to operations as incurred. Such charges aggregated $554,000, $505,000, and $720,000, for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004, and 2003, respectively and are included in Engineering expense in the accompanying financial statements.


Shipping Costs

Shipping costs are included in selling expense on the Statement of Operations. The expense relating to shipping was $1,832,000 in 2005, $1,368,000 in 2004 and $1,107,000 in 2003.


Provision for Doubtful Account

The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects our best estimate of probable losses inherent in the accounts receivable balance. The Company determines the allowance based on any known collection issues, historical experience, and other currently available evidence. Due to a viable customer base and strong credit policies the Company had recognized only nominal expenses with regard to uncollectible accounts for the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003. In regards to identifying uncollectible accounts, the Company reviews an Aging report on a consistent basis to determine past due accounts and charges off those accounts that are deemed uncollectible once all collection efforts have been exhausted.


Earnings per Common Share

Basic earnings per share have been computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Common stock options of the Company, as more fully described in Note 1, were considered in the computation of diluted earnings per share, except when such effect would be antidilutive. Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding have been adjusted for all periods to give retroactive effect to the stock split which was completed on June 23, 2005, as more fully described in the Spin-Off disclosure in Note 1.


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        Stock Based Compensation

The Company has adopted the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation, (“FAS No. 123”). As permitted by the accounting standard, the Company has chosen to continue to account for stock-based compensations using the intrinsic value method as prescribed by Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25. Accordingly, no compensation expense has been recognized for its stock-based compensation plan, except as explained in Note 12.

The Company made no option grants, modifications of option grants, or settlement of option grants in the three year period ended December 31, 2005 and accordingly, there was no compensation expense impact or pro forma adjustments to Net Income, Basic earnings per share or Diluted earnings per share.


Currency Translation

Assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at exchange rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. The Statement of Operations is translated at average exchange rates. Net foreign currency transactions are reported in the results of operations in U.S. dollars at average exchange rates. Adjustments resulting from the translation of financial statements are excluded from the determination of income and are accumulated in a separate component of shareholders’ equity.


Income Taxes

The Company has elected in prior years and up to the date of the Spin-Off in 2005 to file its federal income tax return as part of the Mestek, Inc., consolidated return. Mestek and the Company account for the Company’s federal tax liabilities on the “separate company basis” method in accordance with SFAS No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes”. Under this method the Company records tax expense and related deferred taxes and tax benefits in a manner comparable to that which it would record if it were not affiliated with Mestek.

The Company will file a separate Federal income tax return for the five months of 2005 in which it was a separate company.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities from a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. A valuation allowance is provided for deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that these items will either expire before the Company is able to realize the benefit, or that future deductibility is uncertain.


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Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income

For the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004, and 2003, respectively, the components of Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income consisted solely of foreign currency translation adjustments.


Significant Customer

One Customer accounted for approximately 16% of Sales in 2005 and 16% of Accounts Receivable at December 31, 2005. One customer represented 14% and 13% of Sales in 2004 and 2003, respectively, and 10% of Accounts Receivable at December 31, 2004.



Reclassifications are made periodically to previously issued financial statements to conform to the current year presentation.


New Accounting Pronouncements

In January 2003, FASB issued FASB Interpretation No. 46, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities (“FIN 46”). FIN 46 requires a variable interest entity to be consolidated by a company if that company is subject to a majority of the risk of loss from the variable interest entity’s activities or entitled to receive a majority of the entity’s residual returns, or both. FIN 46 also requires disclosures about variable interest entities that a company is not required to consolidate, but in which it has a significant variable interest. In December of 2003 FASB issued FIN 46 (R) which, among other things, deferred the consolidation requirements for existing entities until the first reporting period ending after March 15, 2004. Certain of the disclosure requirements apply in all financial statements issued after January 31, 2003, regardless of when the variable interest entity was established. The application of FIN 46 did not have any material effect on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

In May 2003 FASB issued SFAS No. 150: Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Characteristics of both liabilities and Equity. SFAS No. 150 established standards for how an issuer classifies and measures in its statement of financial position certain financial instruments with characteristics of both liabilities and equity. It requires that an issuer classify a financial instrument that is within its scope as a liability (or an asset in some circumstances) because that financial instrument embodies an obligation of the issuer. SFAS 150 was effective for financial instruments entered into or modified after May 31, 2003 and was otherwise effective at the beginning of the first interim period beginning after June 30, 2003, except for mandatorily redeemable financial instruments of non-public entities, which were subject to the provisions of SFAS 150 for the first fiscal period beginning after December 15, 2003. The Company does not believe that it has issued any financial instruments subject to the requirements of SFAS 150 and accordingly the adoption of SFAS 150 by the Company in 2003 did not have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements.

In December 2003, the SEC issued Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) No. 104, “Revenue Recognition”, which codifies, revises and rescinds certain sections of SAB No. 101, “Revenue Recognition”, in order to make this interpretive guidance consistent with current authoritative


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accounting and auditing guidance and SEC rules and regulations. The changes noted in SAB 104 did not have a material effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

FASB Statement No. 123 (Revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123R)” was issued in December, 2004. SFAS 123R replaces SFAS No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation (SFAS 123), and supersedes APB Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees”. SFAS 123R requires companies to recognize the compensation cost related to share-based payment transactions with employees in the financial statements. The compensation cost is measured based upon the fair value of the instrument issued. Share-based compensation transactions with employees covered within SFAS 123R include share options, restricted share plans, performance-based awards, share appreciation rights, and employee share purchase plans.

SFAS 123 included a fair-value-based method of accounting for share-based payment transactions with employees, but allowed companies to continue to apply the guidance in APB 25 provided that they disclose in the footnotes to the financial statements the pro forma net income if the fair-value-based method been applied. As explained above, the Company is currently reporting share-based payment transactions with employees in accordance with APB 25 and provides the required disclosures.

SFAS 123R will be effective for the Company for the first interim or annual reporting period that begins after December 15, 2005.

As there are no unvested awards outstanding as of the date of this report, the Company does not presently expect to recognize any compensation cost in the year of adoption of FAS 123R.

In May 2005, the FASB issued FASB Statement No. 154, “Accounting Changes and Error Corrections, a replacement of APB Opinion No. 20, Accounting Changes and FASB Statement No. 3, Reporting Accounting Changes in Interim Financial Statements” (“FAS 154”). FAS 154 provides guidance on the accounting for and reporting of accounting changes and error corrections. It establishes, unless impracticable, retrospective application as the required method for reporting a change in accounting principle in the absence of explicit transition requirements specific to the newly adopted accounting principle. FAS 154 also provides guidance for determining whether retrospective application of a change in accounting principle is impracticable and for reporting a change when retrospective application is impracticable. The provisions of this Statement are effective for accounting changes and corrections of errors made in fiscal periods beginning after December 15, 2005. The adoption of the provisions of FAS 154 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial position or results of operations.



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Property and equipment consisted of the following at December 31:





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