Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Apr. 30, 2013
Commitments and Contingencies
14. Commitments and Contingencies

Lease Commitments

The Company leases office premises and certain office equipment under leases expiring at various dates through 2026. Total rental expense during fiscal 2013, 2012 and 2011 amounted to $38.4 million, $35.5 million and $32.4 million, respectively.


Future minimum commitments under non-cancelable operating leases with lease terms in excess of one year excluding commitments accrued in the restructuring liability are as follows:


Year Ending April 30,

   Lease Commitments  
     (in thousands)  


   $ 44,096   













   $ 213,328   




Employment Agreements

As of April 30, 2013, the Company has employment agreements with certain of its executive officers that provide benefits if these executives are terminated or resign under certain limited circumstances. Though the Company could, on a case by case basis, agree to make termination payments to other employees and executive officers, the maximum aggregate amount payable under the agreements referenced above, is $8.2 million in the absence of a change of control and $10.8 million for terminations or resignations that occur within 12 months from the change of control. In certain cases, executives’ outstanding options will immediately vest and remain exercisable for periods ranging from three months to their original expiration date following termination of employment.

The Company has a policy of entering into offer letters of employment or letters of promotion with vice presidents which provide for an annual base salary and discretionary and incentive bonus payments. Certain key vice presidents who typically have been employed by the Company for several years may also have a standard form employment agreement. In addition, the Company has a severance policy for all of its vice presidents that provides for minimum payments based on length of service. Upon termination without cause, the Company is required to pay the greater of the amount due under the employment agreement, if any, or the severance policy. The Company also requires its vice presidents to agree in their employment letters and their employment agreement, if applicable, not to compete with the Company both during the term of their employment, and for a period of up to two years after their employment ends. For a period of two years after their employment with the Company, former vice presidents are prohibited from soliciting employees of the Company for employment outside of the Company.


From time to time, the Company has been and is involved in litigation incidental to its business. The Company is currently not a party to any litigation which, if resolved adversely against the Company, would, in the opinion of management, after consultation with legal counsel, have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial position or results of operations.