According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC for fiscal year 2012: "Prior to the enactment of ITRSHRA, we had a longstanding policy of reviewing and determining that any matter relating to possible transactions involving Iran did not violate applicable U.S. export controls and sanctions laws, and we do not believe that we have conducted any transactions that violated applicable laws. During 2012, certain of our non-U.S. affiliates engaged in transactions involving Iran in accordance with applicable law. Our non-U.S. affiliates have ceased transactions involving Iran as of October 9, 2012, as required by ITRSHRA.
Prior to October 9, 2012, some of our non-U.S. affiliates sold items out of general inventory to non-U.S. distributors outside of Iran, who sold those items to retail or automotive assembly, service, or repair establishments in Iran. The sales made to these non-U.S. distributors of items that were subsequently resold into Iran totaled approximately $3.7 million and generated operating income of approximately $0.7 million. In 2012, our non-U.S. affiliates received payments of approximately $2.7 million related to these sales. The items were all non-U.S. origin automotive components which, if exported from the United States, would not have required a U.S. export license (except for direct export to Iran and certain other very limited destinations or entities).
Our non-U.S. affiliates received payments from the distributors through banks outside of Iran. However, some of those transactions may have involved transfers of funds to the distributors through Iranian Government-owned banks, and we are not certain of the exact path of such transfers, and whether those transactions are therefore required to be disclosed under Section 13(r)(1)(D)(iii) or otherwise of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The transactions disclosed herein were not prohibited under any U.S. export controls and sanctions laws at the time the transactions were undertaken because they were not conducted by U.S. persons or entities, did not involve ten percent (10%) or more U.S.-origin content, and were not otherwise prohibited."