10-K 1 atu10-k08312014.htm 10-K ATU 10-K 08.31.2014
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
 
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014
OR
 
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Transition period from to                             to                             
Commission File No. 1-11288
ACTUANT CORPORATION
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Wisconsin
 
39-0168610
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
N86 W12500 WESTBROOK CROSSING
MENOMONEE FALLS, WISCONSIN 53051
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3241, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
(Address of principal executive offices)
(262) 293-1500
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
(Title of each class)        
  
(Name of each exchange on
which registered)
 
 
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.20 per share
  
New York Stock Exchange
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
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There were 64,969,276 shares of the Registrant’s Class A Common Stock outstanding as of September 30, 2014. The aggregate market value of the shares of Common Stock (based upon the closing price on the New York Stock Exchange on February 28, 2014) held by non-affiliates of the Registrant was approximately $2.47 billion.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on January 21, 2015 are incorporated by reference into Part III hereof.
 




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Actuant Corporation provides free-of-charge access to our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments thereto, through our website, www.actuant.com, as soon as reasonably practical after such reports are electronically filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.



FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AND CAUTIONARY FACTORS
This annual report on Form 10-K contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. The terms “may,” “should,” “could,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “objective,” “plan,” “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. In addition to the assumptions and other factors referred to specifically in connection with such statements, factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, general economic uncertainty, market conditions in the industrial, oil & gas, energy, power generation, infrastructure, commercial construction, truck, automotive, specialty vehicle and agriculture industries, market acceptance of existing and new products, successful integration of acquisitions and related restructuring, operating margin risk due to competitive pricing and operating efficiencies, supply chain risk, material, labor, or overhead cost increases, foreign currency risk, interest rate risk, commodity risk, the impact of geopolitical activity, litigation matters, the Company’s ability to access capital markets and other factors that may be referred to or noted in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.
When used herein, the terms “Actuant,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and the “Company” refer to Actuant Corporation and its subsidiaries.
PART I
Item  1.    Business
General
Actuant Corporation, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is a Wisconsin corporation incorporated in 1910. We are a global diversified company that designs, manufactures and distributes a broad range of industrial products and systems to various end markets. The Company is organized into three operating segments as follows: Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil & gas, power generation and other energy markets. The Engineered Solutions segment provides highly engineered position and motion control systems to original equipment manufacturers (“OEM”) and aftermarkets in various on and off-highway vehicle markets, as well as, a variety of other products to the industrial and agricultural markets. Financial information related to the Company's segments is included in Note 13, "Business Segment, Geographic and Customer Information" in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), excluding unusual or non-recurring items, faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our market positions to generate annual core sales growth (sales growth excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign currency rate changes) that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to core sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive growth opportunities (additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships) and cost reductions. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our financial objectives. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) business processes utilize various continuous improvement techniques to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and drive operational excellence across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. Our LEAD efforts also support our Growth + Innovation (“G + I”) initiative, a process focused on increasing core sales growth. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to fund strategic acquisitions, common stock repurchases and internal growth opportunities.
We believe that our targeted energy, infrastructure, food/farm productivity and natural resources/sustainability strategies provide attractive opportunities for sustainable growth, including acquisitions, geographic expansion, market share gains and new product development. Over the past two years we have taken several portfolio and capital deployment actions to better position the Company for improved future growth, including the following:
acquisition of Viking Seatech ("Viking") in August 2013 for $235 million and subsequent sale leaseback of $41 million of rental assets,
divestiture of the Electrical segment in December 2013, for net cash proceeds of approximately $225 million,

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acquisition of Hayes Industrial Ltd ("Hayes"), an Industrial segment tuck-in acquisition in May 2014, for $31 million, and
divested a manpower consulting product line of Viking and the recreational vehicle (RV) product line of the Engineered Solutions segment during fiscal 2014, for total gross proceeds of $37 million.
Description of Business Segments
Industrial
The Industrial segment is a leading global supplier of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to a broad array of end markets, including general maintenance and repair, industrial, oil & gas, mining, infrastructure and production automation. Its primary products include high-force hydraulic tools, highly engineered heavy lifting solutions, workholding (production automation) solutions and concrete stressing components and systems. Our hydraulic and mechanical tools are marketed primarily through the Enerpac, Simplex, Precision-Hayes and Milwaukee Cylinder brand names.
Our high-force hydraulic and mechanical tools, including cylinders, pumps, valves, specialty tools and presses are designed to allow users to apply controlled force and motion to increase productivity, reduce labor costs and make work safer and easier to perform. These hydraulic tools operate at very high pressures of approximately 5,000 to 12,000 pounds per square inch and are generally sold by a diverse group of industrial and specialty fluid power distributors to customers in the infrastructure, mining, steel mill, cement, rail, oil & gas, power generation and general maintenance industries. Examples of industrial distributors include W.W. Grainger, Applied Industrial Technologies, MSC, Blackwoods and Industrial Air Tool.
In addition to providing a comprehensive line of industrial tools, the segment also provides high-force hydraulic systems (integrated solutions) to meet customer specific requirements for safe and precise control of movement and positioning. These customized solutions, which combine hydraulics, steel fabrication and electronic controls with engineering and application knowledge, are typically utilized in major infrastructure projects (bridges, stadiums, tunnels and offshore platforms) for heavy lifting, launching & skidding or synchronous lifting applications.
The Industrial segment has leveraged production and engineering capabilities to also offer a broad range of workholding products (work supports, swing cylinders and system components) that are marketed through distributors to the automotive, machine tool and fixture design markets. In addition, the segment designs, manufactures and distributes concrete tensioning products (chucks and wedges, stressing jacks and anchors) under the Precision-Hayes brand name which are used by concrete tensioning system designers, fabricators and installers for the residential and commercial construction, bridge, infrastructure and mining markets.
Energy
The Energy segment provides products and services to the global energy markets, where safety, reliability, up-time and productivity are key value drivers. Products include joint integrity tools and connectors for oil & gas and power generation installations and high performance ropes, cables and umbilicals. In addition to these products, the Energy segment also provides mooring systems and joint integrity tools under rental arrangements, as well as technical manpower solutions. The products and services of the Energy segment are distributed and marketed under various brand names (principally Hydratight, Cortland and Viking SeaTech) to OEMs, maintenance and service organizations and energy producers in emerging and developed countries.
Joint integrity products include hydraulic torque wrenches, bolt tensioners, portable machining equipment and subsea connectors, which are either sold or rented to asset owners, service providers and end users. These products are used in the maintenance of bolted joints on oil rigs and platforms, wind turbines, refineries and pipelines, petrochemical installations, as well as fossil fuel and nuclear power plants to reduce customer downtime and provide increased safety and reliability. Hydratight also provides manpower services where our highly trained technicians perform bolting, machining and joint integrity work for customers. Our joint integrity business operates to world class safety standards while delivering products and services through a localized infrastructure of rental and maintenance depots. Service, product sales and rental revenue each generate approximately one-third of our joint integrity sales. This business maintains strong relationships with a variety of customers such as Statoil, Petrobras, BP p.l.c., Bechtel and Tig Tesco Intl.
The Energy segment also develops highly-engineered rope and cable solutions that maximize performance, safety and efficiency for customers in various markets including oil & gas, heavy marine, subsea, ROV and seismic. With its global design and manufacturing capabilities, the Cortland business is able to provide customized synthetic ropes, heavy lift slings, specialized mooring, rigging and towing systems, electro-optical-mechanical cables and umbilicals to customers, including customers such as Sercel, Expro, General Electric and Halliburton. These products are utilized in critical applications, often deployed in harsh operating conditions (sub-sea oil & gas production, maintenance and exploration) and are required to meet

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robust safety standards. Additional custom designed products are also sold into a variety of other niche markets including mining, medical, security, aerospace and defense.
In addition, the Energy segment provides customers with a comprehensive range of marine mooring equipment and associated services (survey, inspection, design and installation) to meet the demands of offshore energy assets.  Our Viking business delivers efficient and safe mooring solutions in the harshest environments to customers involved in offshore oil & gas exploration, drilling and FPSO projects, offshore construction and renewable energy projects.  These marine products (including slings, chain, anchors, fittings and buoys), innovative solutions and services increase customer uptime and ensure safe operations. Viking services customers globally, including Statoil, Chevron and BP p.l.c., with, a major presence in the North Sea (U.K. and Norway) and Australia.
Engineered Solutions
The Engineered Solutions segment is a leading global designer and assembler of customized position and motion control systems and other industrial products to various vehicle and other niche markets. This segment focuses on providing technical and highly engineered products, including actuation systems, mechanical power transmission products, engine air flow management systems, human to machine interface ("HMI") solutions and other rugged electronic instrumentation. Products in the Engineered Solutions segment are primarily marketed directly to OEMs through a technical sales organization. Within this segment, engineering capabilities, technical service, quality and established customer relationships are key competitive advantages.
Approximately one-half of this segment’s revenue comes from the Vehicle Systems product line (Power-Packer and Gits brands), with sales to the truck, automotive, off-highway and specialty vehicle markets. Products include hydraulic cab-tilt and latching systems which are sold to global heavy duty truck OEMs such as Volvo, Iveco, Scania, Paccar-DAF, FAW and CNHTC and automotive electro-hydraulic convertible top latching and actuation systems. The automotive convertible top actuation systems are utilized on both retractable soft and hard top vehicles manufactured by OEMs such as Daimler, Volkswagen, Renault, Peugeot, BMW, Volvo and Nissan. Our diesel engine air flow solutions, such as exhaust gas recirculation (“EGR”) systems and air flow actuators, are used by diesel engine and turbocharger manufacturers to reduce emissions, improve fuel efficiency and increase horsepower. Primary end markets include heavy duty truck and off-highway equipment serving customers such as Caterpillar, Cummins, Honeywell and Borg Warner. We also sell actuation systems to a variety of specialty vehicle customers, principally in the defense and off-highway markets.
The broad range of products, technologies and engineered solutions of Weasler Engineering, maximatecc, Elliott Manufacturing and Sanlo comprise the Other product line within the segment. Products include severe-duty electronic instrumentation (including displays and clusters, machine controls and sensors), HMI solutions and power transmission products (highly engineered power transmission components including drive shafts, torque limiters, gearboxes, torsional dampers and flexible shafts). These products are sold to a variety of niche markets including agricultural implement, lawn & turf, construction, forestry, industrial, aerospace, material handling and security.
International Business
Our products and services are generally available globally, with our principal markets outside the United States being Europe and Asia. In fiscal 2014 we derived 41% of our net sales from the United States, 39% from Europe and the Middle East, 15% from Asia and 5% from other geographic areas. We have operations around the world and this geographic diversity allows us to draw on the skills of a global workforce, provides flexibility to our operations, allows us to drive economies of scale, provides revenue streams that may help offset economic trends that are specific to individual countries and offers us an opportunity to access new markets. In addition, we believe that our future growth depends, in part, on our ability to develop products and sales opportunities that successfully target developing countries. Although international operations are subject to certain risks, we continue to believe that a global presence is key to maintaining strong relationships with many of our global customers. Financial information related to the Company's geographic areas is included in Note 10, "Income Taxes" and Note 13, "Business Segment, Geographic and Customer Information" in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Product Development and Engineering
We conduct research and development activities to develop new products, enhance the functionality, effectiveness, ease of use and reliability of our existing products and expand the applications for our products. We believe that our engineering and research & development efforts have been key drivers of our success in the marketplace. Our advanced design and engineering capabilities contribute to the development of innovative and highly engineered products, maintain our technological leadership in each segment and enhance our ability to provide customers with unique and customized solutions and products. While much research and development activity supports improvements to existing products, our engineering staff engages in research for new products and product enhancements. We anticipate that we will continue to make significant expenditures for research and

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development as we seek to provide innovative products to maintain and improve our competitive position. Research and development costs are expensed as incurred, and were $20 million, $21 million and $17 million in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. We also incur significant costs in connection with fulfilling custom orders and developing unique solutions for unique customer needs, which are not included in these research and development expense totals.
Through our advanced proprietary processes, with approximately 380 patents, we create products that satisfy specific customer needs and make tasks easier and more efficient for customers. No individual patent or trademark is believed to be of such importance that its termination would have a material adverse effect on our business.
Competition
The markets for all of our products are highly competitive. We provide a diverse and broad range of industrial products and systems to numerous global end markets, many of which are highly fragmented. Although we face larger competitors in several served markets, much of our competition is comprised of smaller companies that often lack the global footprint or financial resources to serve global customers. We compete for business principally on the basis of customer service, product quality and availability, engineering, research and development expertise, and price. In addition, we believe that our competitive cost structure, strategic global sourcing capabilities and global distribution support our competitive position.
Manufacturing and Operations
While we do have extensive manufacturing capabilities including machining, stamping, injection molding and fabrication, our manufacturing primarily consists of light assembly of components we source from a network of global suppliers. We have implemented single piece flow methodology in most of our manufacturing plants, which reduces inventory levels, lowers “re-work” costs and shortens lead times to customers. Components are built to our highly engineered specifications by a variety of suppliers, including those in low cost countries such as China, Turkey, India and Mexico. We have built strong relationships with our key suppliers and, while we single source certain of our components, in most cases there are several qualified alternative sources.
Raw Material Costs and Inflation
We source a wide variety of materials and components from a network of global suppliers. These items are typically available from numerous suppliers. Raw materials that go into the components we source, such as steel and plastic resin, are subject to price fluctuations, which could have a negative impact on our results. We strive to offset such cost inflation with price increases to customers and by driving operational cost reductions.
No meaningful measures of inflation are available because we have significant operations in countries with diverse rates of inflation and currency rate movements. However, we believe that the overall rate of inflation in recent years has been relatively low and has not had a significant effect on our results of operations, after factoring in price increases and other manufacturing cost reductions.
Order Backlogs and Seasonality
Our Industrial and Energy segments have relatively short order-to-ship cycles, while our OEM oriented Engineered Solutions segment has a longer cycle, and therefore typically has a larger backlog. We had order backlogs of $246 million and $209 million at August 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Substantially all orders are expected to be filled within twelve months. While we typically enjoy a stronger second half of our fiscal year, our consolidated sales are not subject to significant seasonal fluctuations.

Sales Percentages by Fiscal Quarter
 
 
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
 
Quarter 1 (September-November)
 
24
%
 
24
%
 
 
Quarter 2 (December - February)
 
23
%
 
23
%
 
 
Quarter 3 (March - May)
 
27
%
 
27
%
 
 
Quarter 4 (June- August)
 
26
%
 
26
%
 
 
 
 
100
%
 
100
%
 


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Employees
At August 31, 2014, we employed approximately 5,800 individuals. Our employees are not subject to collective bargaining agreements, with the exception of approximately 400 U.S. production employees, as well as certain international employees covered by government mandated collective labor agreements. We believe we have a good working relationship with our employees.
Environmental Matters
Our operations, like those of most industrial businesses, are subject to federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including those regulating discharges of hazardous materials into the air and water, the storage and disposal of such materials and the clean-up of soil and groundwater contamination. We believe that we are in substantial compliance with applicable environmental regulations. Compliance with these laws has and will require expenditures on an ongoing basis. However, environmental expenditures over the last three years have not been material. Soil and groundwater contamination has been identified at a few facilities that we operate or formerly owned or operated. We are also a party to certain state and local environmental matters, have provided environmental indemnifications for certain divested businesses and retain responsibility for certain potential environmental liabilities. For further information, see Note 14, “Contingencies and Litigation” in the notes to consolidated financial statements.
Executive Officers of the Registrant
The names, ages and positions of all of the executive officers of the Company as of October 15, 2014 are listed below.
 
Name
 
Age
 
Position
Mark E. Goldstein
 
58

 
Chief Executive Officer
Sheri R. Grissom
 
50

 
Executive Vice President—Global Human Resources
Brian K. Kobylinski
 
48

 
Executive Vice President—Energy Segment
Andrew G. Lampereur
 
51

 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Roger A. Roundhouse
 
49

 
Executive Vice President—Engineered Solutions Segment
David (Mark) Sefcik
 
50

 
Executive Vice President—Industrial Segment
Theodore C. Wozniak
 
56

 
Executive Vice President—Business Development
Mark E. Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Goldstein joined Actuant in 2001 as President of the former Gardner Bender business and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Tools & Supplies in January 2003 before being named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He was named President in August 2013 and Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Prior to joining Actuant, Mr. Goldstein held various executive positions (sales, marketing, operations) of increasing responsibility during a 22-year career with The Stanley Works, ending as President, North American Hand Tools and President, Door Systems.  Mr. Goldstein is also a director at Pall Corporation.
Sheri R. Grissom, Executive Vice President—Global Human Resources. Ms. Grissom joined Actuant in 2011, from Johnson Controls, where she was Vice President of Human Resources for the Service, Energy Solution and Global Workplace Solutions business. Prior to that, Ms. Grissom held human resource leadership positions with several leading global organizations including Johns Manville, McKechnie Group and General Electric. Ms. Grissom brings over 20 years of global human resources experience to Actuant.
Brian K. Kobylinski, Executive Vice President—Energy Segment. Mr. Kobylinski joined the Company in 1993 and progressed through a number of management roles within the former Electrical Segment. He became Vice President of Business Development for Actuant in 2002 and was named Global Business Leader, Hydratight in 2005. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Industrial and Energy Segment Leader and currently serves as the Energy Segment Leader. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kobylinski was employed by Fort Howard Corporation and Federated Insurance.
Andrew G. Lampereur, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lampereur joined the Company in 1993 as Corporate Controller, a position he held until 1996 when he was appointed Vice President of Finance for the former Gardner Bender business. In 1998, Mr. Lampereur was appointed Vice President, General Manager for Gardner Bender. He was appointed to his present position in August 2000. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lampereur held a number of financial management positions at Terex Corporation. Mr. Lampereur is currently a director of Generac Holdings Inc and was a director of Robbins & Myers, Inc. from 2005 through 2013.

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Roger A. Roundhouse, Executive Vice President—Engineered Solutions Segment. Mr. Roundhouse joined the Company in 2014, from General Cable, where he most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager Utility Products. Mr. Roundhouse brings extensive automotive, industrial and OEM capabilities, as well as over 20 years of experience with mergers & acquisitions and global operations.
David (Mark) Sefcik, Executive Vice President—Industrial Segment. Mr. Sefcik was promoted to Executive Vice President - Industrial Segment in 2013, after serving as Enerpac business leader since joining Actuant in 2008. Prior to that Mr. Sefcik held various roles of increasing responsibility at Husco International, including most recently Executive Vice President.
Theodore C. Wozniak, Executive Vice President—Business Development. Mr. Wozniak joined Actuant in 2006 in his current position. Prior to joining Actuant, Mr. Wozniak held senior investment banking positions at Wachovia Securities, most recently as Managing Director of the Industrial Growth Corporate Finance Group. Mr. Wozniak was employed by Wachovia Securities for ten years. Prior to that, Mr. Wozniak held various investment banking positions at First Chicago Capital Markets and Riggs National Corporation.
Item  1A.    Risk Factors
The risks and uncertainties described below are those that we have identified as material, but are not the only risks and uncertainties facing us. If any of the events contemplated by the following risks actually occurs, then our business, financial condition, or results of operations could be materially adversely affected. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently believe are immaterial also may adversely impact our business.

General economic uncertainty and overall challenging end market conditions could impact our ability to grow our business and adversely impact our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
Our businesses and operating results have been, and will continue to be, affected by worldwide economic conditions. The level of demand for our products depends, in part, on the general economic conditions that exist in our served end markets. A substantial portion of our revenues are derived from customers in cyclical industries (vehicles, industrial, oil & gas) that typically are adversely affected by downward economic cycles. As global economic uncertainty continues, our customers may experience deterioration of their businesses, which may delay or lengthen sales cycles. Unforeseen events may also require additional restructuring costs. Although we expect that the related cost savings and realization of efficiencies will offset the restructuring related costs over time, we may not achieve the net benefits. Like most industrial companies, our sensitivity to economic cycles may have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and liquidity.
Our growth strategy includes strategic acquisitions. We may not be able to consummate future acquisitions or successfully integrate recent and future acquisitions.
A significant portion of our growth has come from strategic acquisitions of businesses. We plan to continue making acquisitions to enhance our global market position and broaden our product offerings. Our ability to successfully execute acquisitions will be impacted by a number of factors, including the availability of financing on terms acceptable to us, our ability to identify acquisition candidates that meet our valuation parameters and increased competition for acquisitions. The process of integrating acquired businesses into our existing operations may result in unforeseen operating difficulties and may require additional financial resources and attention from management that would otherwise be available for the ongoing development or expansion of our existing operations. Failure to effectively execute our acquisition strategy or successfully integrate the acquired businesses could have an adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and liquidity.
We may not be able to realize the anticipated benefits from acquired companies.
We may not be able to realize the anticipated benefits from acquired companies. Achieving those benefits depends on the timely, efficient and successful execution of a number of post-acquisition events, including integrating the acquired business into the Company. Factors that could affect our ability to achieve these benefits include:
difficulties in integrating and managing personnel, financial reporting and other systems used by the acquired businesses;
the failure of acquired businesses to perform in accordance with our expectations;
failure to achieve anticipated synergies between our business units and the business units of acquired businesses;
the loss of customers of acquired businesses; or
the loss of key managers of acquired businesses.

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If acquired businesses do not operate as we anticipate, it could materially impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, acquired businesses may operate in niche markets in which we have little or no experience. In such instances, we will be highly dependent on existing managers and employees to manage those businesses, and the loss of any key managers or employees of the acquired business could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and liquidity.
The indemnification provisions of acquisition agreements by which we have acquired companies may not fully protect us and may result in unexpected liabilities.
Certain of the acquisition agreements from past acquisitions require the former owners to indemnify us against certain liabilities related to the operation of each of their companies before we acquired it. In most of these agreements, however, the liability of the former owners is limited in amount and duration and certain former owners may not be able to meet their indemnification responsibilities. These indemnification provisions may not fully protect us, and as a result we may face unexpected liabilities that adversely affect our profitability and financial position.
Our goodwill and other intangible assets represent a substantial amount of our total assets.
Our total assets reflect substantial intangible assets, primarily goodwill. At August 31, 2014, goodwill and other intangible assets totaled $1,108 million, or about 60% of our total assets. The goodwill results from our acquisitions, representing the excess of cost over the fair value of the net tangible and other identifiable intangible assets we have acquired. We assess annually whether there has been impairment in the value of our goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets. If future operating performance at one or more of our reporting units were to fall significantly below current levels, we could be required to recognize a non-cash charge to operating earnings for goodwill or other intangible asset impairment. Any significant goodwill or intangible asset impairment could negatively affect our financial condition and results of operations. Refer to "Critical Accounting Policies" for further discussion on goodwill and intangible asset impairments.
Divestitures and discontinued operations could negatively impact our business, and retained liabilities from businesses that we sell could adversely affect our financial results.
As part of our portfolio management process, the Company reviews its operations for businesses which may no longer be aligned with its strategic initiatives and long-term objectives. During fiscal 2014, we divested our Electrical Segment and two product lines. Divestitures pose risks and challenges that could negatively impact our business, including required separation or carve-out activities and costs, disputes with buyers or potential impairment charges. We may also dispose of a business at a price or on terms that are less than we had previously anticipated. After reaching an agreement with a buyer for the disposition of a business, we are also subject to satisfaction of pre-closing conditions, as well as necessary regulatory and governmental approvals on acceptable terms, which may prevent us from completing a transaction. Dispositions may also involve continued financial involvement, as we may be required to retain responsibility for, or agree to indemnify buyers against contingent liabilities related to a businesses sold, such as lawsuits, tax liabilities, product liability claims or environmental matters. Under these types of arrangements, performance by the divested businesses or other conditions outside our control could affect our future financial results.
If we fail to develop new products or our customers do not accept the new products we develop, our business could be adversely affected.
Our ability to develop new products based on innovation can affect our competitive position and often requires the investment of significant resources. Difficulties or delays in research, development, production or commercialization of new products or failure to gain market acceptance of new products and technologies may reduce future sales and adversely affect our competitive position. We continue to invest in the development and marketing of new products through our G + I process. There can be no assurance that we will have sufficient resources to make such investments, that we will be able to make the technological advances necessary to maintain competitive advantages or that we can recover major research and development expenses. If we fail to make innovations, launch products with quality problems or the market does not accept our new products, then our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and liquidity could be adversely affected. A lack of successful new product developments may also cause customers to buy from a competitor or may cause us to have to reduce prices to compete.
Our indebtedness could harm our operating flexibility and competitive position.
We have incurred, and may in the future incur, significant indebtedness in connection with acquisitions. We have, and will continue to have, a substantial amount of debt which requires interest and principal payments. Our level of debt and the

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limitations imposed on us by our debt agreements could adversely affect our operating flexibility and put us at a competitive disadvantage.
Our ability to make scheduled principal and interest payments, refinance our indebtedness and satisfy our other debt and lease obligations will depend upon our future operating performance and credit market conditions, which could be affected by factors beyond our control. In addition, there can be no assurance that future borrowings or equity financings will be available to us on favorable terms, or at all, for the payment or refinancing of our indebtedness. If we are unable to service our indebtedness, our business, financial condition and results of operations will be adversely affected.
Our failure to comply with the financial and other covenants in our debt agreements would adversely affect us.
Our senior credit agreement and our other debt agreement contain financial and other restrictive covenants. These covenants could adversely affect us by limiting our financial and operating flexibility as well as our ability to plan for and react to market conditions and to meet our capital needs. Our failure to comply with these covenants could result in events of default which, if not cured or waived, could result in us being required to repay indebtedness before its due date, and we may not have the financial resources or be able to arrange alternative financing to do so. Borrowings under our senior credit facility are secured by most domestic personal property assets and are guaranteed by most of our domestic subsidiaries and by a pledge of the stock of most of our domestic subsidiaries and certain foreign subsidiaries. If borrowings under our senior credit facility were declared or became due and payable immediately as the result of an event of default and we were unable to repay or refinance those borrowings, the lenders could foreclose on the pledged assets and stock. Any event that requires us to repay any of our debt before it is due could require us to borrow additional amounts at unfavorable borrowing terms, cause a significant reduction in our liquidity and impair our ability to pay amounts due on our indebtedness. Moreover, if we are required to repay any of our debt before it becomes due, we may be unable to borrow additional amounts or otherwise obtain the cash necessary to repay that debt, when due, which could seriously harm our business.
Our ability to execute our share repurchase program depends, in part, on our results of operations, liquidity and changes in the trading price of our Class A Common Stock.
The stock markets in general have experienced substantial price and trading fluctuations, which have resulted in volatility in the market prices of securities that often are unrelated or disproportionate to changes in operating performance. These broad market fluctuations may adversely affect the trading price of our Class A common stock. Price volatility over a given period may also cause the average price at which we repurchase our own common stock to exceed the stock’s price at a given point in time. In addition, significant changes in the trading price of our Class A common stock and our ability to access capital on terms favorable to us could impact our ability to repurchase shares of our common stock. Despite significant share repurchases in fiscal 2014, the timing and amount of future repurchases is dependent on cash flows from operations and available liquidity, the amount of capital deployed for acquisitions and the market price of our common stock.
Our businesses operate in highly competitive markets, so we may be forced to cut prices or incur additional costs.
Our businesses generally face substantial competition in each of their respective markets. We may lose market share in certain businesses or be forced to reduce prices or incur increased costs. We compete on the basis of product design, quality, availability, performance, customer service and price. Present or future competitors may have greater financial, technical or other resources which could put us at a competitive disadvantage.
Our international operations pose currency and other risks.
We continue to focus on penetrating global markets as part of our overall growth strategy and expect sales from and into foreign markets to continue to represent a significant portion of our revenue. In addition, many of our manufacturing operations and suppliers are located outside the United States. Our international operations present special risks, primarily from currency exchange rate fluctuations, exposure to local economic and political conditions, export and import restrictions, controls on repatriation of cash and exposure to local political conditions. In particular, our results of operations have been significantly affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, especially the Euro and British pound. In addition, there have been several proposals to reform international taxation rules in the United States. We earn a substantial portion of our income from international operations and therefore changes to United States international tax rules may have a material adverse effect on future results of operations or liquidity. To the extent that we expand our international presence, these risks may increase.

Geopolitical unrest and terrorist activities may cause the economic conditions in the U.S. or abroad to deteriorate, which could harm our business.
Terrorist attacks against targets in the U.S. or abroad, rumors or threats of war, other geopolitical activity or trade disruptions may impact our operations or cause general economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad to deteriorate. A prolonged

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economic slowdown or recession in the U.S. or in other areas of the world could reduce the demand for our products and, therefore, negatively affect our future sales. Any of these events could have a significant impact on our business, financial condition or results of operations.
Large or rapid increases in the costs of raw materials or substantial decreases in their availability could adversely affect our operations.
The primary raw materials that are used in our products include steel, plastic resin, brass, steel wire and rubber. Most of our suppliers are not currently parties to long-term contracts with us. Consequently, we are vulnerable to fluctuations in prices of such raw materials. If market prices for certain materials such as steel or plastic resin rise, it could have a negative effect on our operating results and ability to manufacture our respective products on a timely basis. Factors such as supply and demand, freight costs and transportation availability, inventory levels, the level of imports and general economic conditions may affect the prices of raw materials that we need. If we experience a significant increase in raw material prices, or if we are unable to pass along increases in raw material prices to our customers, our results of operations could be adversely affected. In addition, an increasing portion of our products are sourced from low cost regions. Changes in export laws, taxes and disruptions in transportation routes could adversely impact our results of operations.
Regulatory and legal developments including changes to United States taxation rules, health care reform, conflict mineral supply chain compliance and governmental climate change initiatives could negatively affect our financial performance.
Our operations and the markets we compete in are subject to numerous federal, state, local and foreign governmental laws and regulations. Existing laws and regulations may be revised or reinterpreted and new laws and regulations, including with respect to taxation, health care reform, conflict minerals compliance and governmental climate change initiatives, may be adopted or become applicable to us or customers. These regulations are complex, change frequently and have tended to become more stringent over time. We cannot predict the form any such new laws or regulations will take or the impact any of these laws and regulations will have on our business or operations. Any significant change in any of these regulations could reduce demand for our products or increase our cost of producing these products.
Due to our global operations, we are subject to many laws governing international relations, including those that prohibit improper payments to government officials and commercial customers, and restrict where we can do business, what information or products we can supply to certain countries and what information we can provide to a non-U.S. government, including but not limited to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.S. Export Administration Act. Violations of these laws, which are complex, may result in criminal penalties or sanctions that could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Environmental laws and regulations may result in additional costs.
We are subject to federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations governing public and worker health and safety. Any violations of these laws by us could cause us to incur unanticipated liabilities that could harm our operating results. Pursuant to such laws, governmental authorities have required us to contribute to the cost of investigating or remediating certain matters at current or previously owned and operated sites. In addition, we provided environmental indemnities in connection with the sale of certain businesses and product lines. Liability as an owner or operator, or as an arranger for the treatment or disposal of hazardous substances, can be joint and several and can be imposed without regard to fault. There is a risk that our costs relating to these matters could be greater than what we currently expect or exceed our insurance coverage, or that additional remediation and compliance obligations could arise which require us to make material expenditures. In particular, more stringent environmental laws, unanticipated remediation requirements or the discovery of previously unknown conditions could materially harm our financial condition and operating results. We are also required to comply with various environmental laws and maintain permits, some of which are subject to discretionary renewal from time to time, for many of our businesses, and our business operations could be restricted if we are unable to renew existing permits or to obtain any additional permits that we may require.
Any loss of key personnel and the inability to attract and retain qualified employees could have a material adverse impact on our operations.
We are dependent on the continued services of key executives such as our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and executives in charge of our segments. We currently do not have employment agreements with most of these or other officers. The departure of key personnel without adequate replacement could severely disrupt our business operations. Additionally, we need qualified managers and skilled employees with technical and manufacturing industry experience to operate our businesses successfully. From time to time there may be shortages of skilled labor which may make it more

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difficult and expensive for us to attract and retain qualified employees. If we are unable to attract and retain qualified individuals or our costs to do so increase significantly, our operations would be materially adversely affected.
Our operations are highly dependent on information technology infrastructure and failures could significantly affect our business.
We depend heavily on our information technology ("IT") systems and infrastructure in order to achieve our business objectives. If we experience a significant problem that impairs this infrastructure, such as a computer virus, cyber attack, a problem with the functioning of an important IT application or an intentional disruption of our IT systems by a third party, the resulting disruptions could impede our ability to record or process orders, manufacture and ship in a timely manner or otherwise carry on our business in the ordinary course. Our information systems could also be penetrated by outside parties intent on extracting information, corrupting information or disrupting business processes. Such unauthorized access could disrupt our business and could result in the loss of assets. Any such events could cause us to lose customers or revenue and could require us to incur significant expense to eliminate these problems and address related security concerns.
We are subject to litigation, including product liability and warranty claims that may adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
We are, from time to time, a party to litigation that arises in the normal course of our business operations, including product warranty and liability claims, contract disputes and environmental, asbestos, employment and other litigation matters. We face an inherent business risk of exposure to product liability and warranty claims in the event that the use of our products is alleged to have resulted in injury or other damage. While we currently maintain general liability and product liability insurance coverage in amounts that we believe are adequate, we may not be able to maintain this insurance on acceptable terms and the insurance may not provide sufficient coverage against potential liabilities that may arise. Any claims brought against us, with or without merit, may have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations as a result of potential adverse outcomes, the expenses associated with defending such claims, the diversion of our management's resources and time and the potential adverse effect to our business reputation.
If our intellectual property protection is inadequate, others may be able to use our technologies and tradenames and thereby reduce our ability to compete, which could have a material adverse effect on us, our financial condition and results of operations.
We regard much of the technology underlying our services and products and the trademarks under which we market our products as proprietary. The steps we take to protect our proprietary technology may be inadequate to prevent misappropriation of our technology, or third parties may independently develop similar technology. We rely on a combination of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws, employee and third-party non-disclosure agreements and other contracts to establish and protect our technology and other intellectual property rights. The agreements may be breached or terminated, and we may not have adequate remedies for any breach, and existing trade secrets, patent and copyright law afford us limited protection. Policing unauthorized use of our intellectual property is difficult. A third party could copy or otherwise obtain and use our products or technology without authorization. Litigation may be necessary for us to defend against claims of infringement or to protect our intellectual property rights and could result in substantial cost to us and diversion of our efforts. Further, we might not prevail in such litigation which could harm our business.
Our products could infringe on the intellectual property of others, which may cause us to engage in costly litigation and, if we are not successful, could cause us to pay substantial damages and prohibit us from selling our products.
Third parties may assert infringement or other intellectual property claims against us based on their patents or other intellectual property claims, and we may have to pay substantial damages, possibly including treble damages, if it is ultimately determined that our products infringe. We may have to obtain a license to sell our products if it is determined that our products infringe upon another party’s intellectual property. We might be prohibited from selling our products before we obtain a license, which, if available at all, may require us to pay substantial royalties. Even if infringement claims against us are without merit, defending these types of lawsuits takes significant time, may be expensive and may divert management attention from other business concerns.
Item  1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments
None.





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Item  2.    Properties
As of August 31, 2014, the Company operated the following facilities (square footage in thousands):
 
 
 
Number of Locations
 
Square Footage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distribution /
Sales /
Admin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manufacturing
 
Total
 
Owned
 
Leased
 
Total
 
 
Industrial
 
9

 
11

 
20

 
667

 
1,015

 
1,682

 
 
Energy
 
12

 
30

 
42

 
40

 
1,107

 
1,147

 
 
Engineered Solutions
 
16

 
5

 
21

 
157

 
636

 
793

 
 
Corporate and other
 
1

 
4

 
5

 
128

 
353

 
481

 
 
 
 
38

 
50

 
88

 
992

 
3,111

 
4,103

 
We consider our facilities suitable and adequate for the purposes for which they are used and do not anticipate difficulty in renewing existing leases as they expire or in finding alternative facilities. Our largest facilities are located in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Turkey and China. We also maintain a presence in Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates. See Note 8 “Leases” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for information with respect to our lease commitments. We also have one idle facility which is available for sale or sublease and remain a guarantor on four facility leases related to businesses that were previously divested or former manufacturing locations.
Item  3.    Legal Proceedings
We are a party to various legal proceedings that have arisen in the normal course of business, including product liability, environmental, labor and patent claims.
We have recorded reserves for estimated losses based on the specific circumstances of each case. Such reserves are recorded when it is probable that a loss has been incurred as of the balance sheet date and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. In our opinion, the resolution of these contingencies is not likely to have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operation or cash flows. For further information refer to Note 14, “Contingencies and Litigation” in the notes to consolidated financial statements.
Item  4.    Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.

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PART II
 
Item 5.
Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
The Company’s Class A common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ATU. At September 30, 2014, there were 1,432 shareholders of record of Actuant Corporation Class A common stock. The high and low sales prices of the common stock were as follows for the previous two fiscal years:
Fiscal Year
 
Period
 
High
 
Low
2014
 
June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014
 
$
36.74

 
$
31.74

 
 
March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
 
35.86

 
32.37

 
 
December 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014
 
39.09

 
32.22

 
 
September 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013
 
39.84

 
35.31

2013
 
June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
 
$
37.22

 
$
31.18

 
 
March 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013
 
34.61

 
29.16

 
 
December 1, 2012 to February 29, 2013
 
31.77

 
26.20

 
 
September 1, 2012 to November 30, 2012
 
31.33

 
25.38

Dividends
In fiscal 2014, the Company declared a dividend of $0.04 per common share payable on October 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014. In fiscal 2013, the Company declared a dividend of $0.04 per common share payable on October 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2013.
Share Repurchases
The Company's Board of Directors authorized two separate authorizations (September 2011 and March 2014) to repurchase up to seven million shares each of the Company’s outstanding common stock. As summarized in the following table, as of October 1, 2014 all fourteen million shares under these two authorizations had been repurchased, with $447 million of total capital deployed, over three fiscal years. The Board of Directors authorized a new (third) stock repurchase program to acquire up to seven million additional shares of the Company’s outstanding Class A common stock on October 1, 2014.
Period

Shares Repurchased

Average Price Paid per Share
Fiscal 2012

2,658,751


$
23.70

Fiscal 2013

1,324,762


31.55

Fiscal 2014

8,211,846


34.52

Fiscal 2015 (September 1 - October 1)

1,804,641


32.58



14,000,000


$
31.93

A summary of fourth quarter fiscal 2014 share repurchases is as follows:
Period
 
Shares Repurchased
 
Average Price Paid per Share
 
Maximum Number of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Program
June 1 to June 30, 2014
 
506,772

 
$
34.78

 
4,313,241

July 1 to July 31, 2014
 
1,167,900

 
33.31

 
3,145,341

August 1 to August 31, 2014
 
1,340,700

 
32.78

 
1,804,641


 
3,015,372

 
$
33.32

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans
The information required by Item 201(d) of Regulation S-K is provided under Item 12, Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters, which is incorporated herein by reference.

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Performance Graph:
The graph below compares the cumulative 5-year total return of Actuant Corporation’s common stock with the cumulative total returns of the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones US Diversified Industrials index. The graph tracks the performance of a $100 investment in our common stock and in each of the indexes (with the reinvestment of all dividends) from August 31, 2009 to August 31, 2014.
Copyright(c) 2013 S&P, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright(c) 2013 Dow Jones & Co. All rights reserved.



 
8/09
 
8/10
 
8/11
 
8/12
 
8/13
 
8/14
Actuant Corporation
 
$
100.00

 
$
140.63

 
$
142.73

 
$
200.28

 
$
254.74

 
$
240.80

S&P 500
 
100.00

 
104.91

 
124.32

 
146.70

 
174.13

 
218.10

Dow Jones US Diversified Industrials
 
100.00

 
108.66

 
125.90

 
159.63

 
193.98

 
231.56

The stock price performance included in this graph is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance.


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Item 6.    Selected Financial Data
The following selected historical financial data have been derived from the consolidated financial statements of the Company. The data should be read in conjunction with these financial statements and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
 
(in millions, except per share data)
Statement of Earnings Data(1)(2):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$
1,400

 
$
1,280

 
$
1,277

 
$
1,159

 
$
927

Gross profit
 
547

 
507

 
512

 
465

 
353

Selling, administrative and engineering expenses
 
332

 
294

 
285

 
270

 
232

Gain on product line divestiture
 
(13
)
 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets
 
25

 
23

 
22

 
22

 
19

Operating profit
 
203

 
190

 
205

 
173

 
102

Earnings from continuing operations
 
141

 
148

 
125

 
110

 
56

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
 
$
1.95

 
$
1.98

 
$
1.68

 
$
1.49

 
$
0.78

Cash dividends per share declared
 
0.04

 
0.04

 
0.04

 
0.04

 
0.04

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted weighted average common shares
 
72,486

 
74,580

 
74,940

 
75,305

 
74,209

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)(2):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash
 
$
109

 
$
104

 
$
68

 
$
44

 
$
40

Assets
 
1,857

 
2,119

 
2,007

 
2,063

 
1,622

Debt
 
390

 
515

 
398

 
525

 
367

Net debt
 
281
 
411
 
330
 
481
 
327
 _______________________
(1)
Operating results are from continuing operations and exclude the financial results of previously divested businesses reported as discontinued operations (Electrical segment).

(2)
We have completed various acquisitions that impact the comparability of the selected financial data. The results of operations for these acquisitions are included in our financial results for the period subsequent to their acquisition date. The following table summarizes the significant acquisitions that were completed during the last five fiscal years (amounts in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Acquisition
 
Segment
 
Date Completed
 
Sales (a)
 
Purchase Price
Hayes Industries, Ltd.
 
Industrial
 
May 2014
 
$
25

 
$
31

Viking SeaTech
 
Energy
 
August 2013
 
90

 
235

CrossControl AB
 
Engineered Solutions
 
July 2012
 
40

 
41

Turotest Medidores Ltda
 
Engineered Solutions
 
March 2012
 
13

 
8

Jeyco Pty Ltd
 
Energy
 
February 2012
 
20

 
21

Weasler Engineering, Inc.
 
Engineered Solutions
 
June 2011
 
85

 
153

Selantic
 
Energy
 
June 2010
 
10

 
17

Biach Industries
 
Energy
 
April 2010
 
5

 
8

Hydrospex
 
Industrial
 
April 2010
 
25

 
15

Team Hydrotec
 
Industrial
 
April 2010
 
5

 
5

 _______________________
(a)Represents approximate annual sales at the time of the completion of the transaction.

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Item 7.     Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Background
As discussed in Item 1, “Business,” we are a global diversified company that manufactures a broad range of industrial products and systems and are organized into three reportable segments, Industrial, Energy and Engineered Solutions. The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure and production automation markets. The Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services, customized offshore vessel mooring solutions, as well as rope and cable solutions to the global oil & gas, power generation and energy markets. The Engineered Solutions segment provides highly engineered position and motion control systems to OEMs in various vehicle markets, as well as a variety of other products to the industrial and agricultural markets.
Our business model, which is intended to create shareholder value, emphasizes cash flow generation.  The model starts with core sales growth - through customer intimacy, new products, emerging market penetration and other aspects of our LEAD Growth + Innovation process. We further increase sales and profits through acquisitions and reinvestment in our businesses, including capital expenditures. The acquisitions add new capabilities, technologies, customers and geographic presence to make our businesses stronger. Finally, LEAD operational excellence processes including effective product sourcing, acquisition integration or leadership development are utilized to improve profitability and drive cash flow. When executed successfully, these steps lead to strong earnings and cash flow generation that we reinvest back into the business.
Our businesses provide a vast array of products and services across multiple customers and geographies which results in significant diversification. The long-term sales growth and profitability of our segments will depend not only on improved demand in end markets and the overall economic environment, but also on our ability to identify, consummate and integrate strategic acquisitions, develop and market innovative new products, expand our business activity geographically and continuously improve operational excellence. We remain focused on maintaining our financial strength by adjusting our cost structure to reflect changes in demand levels and by proactively managing working capital and cash flow generation. Our priorities during fiscal 2015 include a continued focus on operational excellence, cash flow generation and growth initiatives (new product development, market share gains, geographic expansion and strategic acquisitions).

Historical Financial Data (in millions)
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Statements of Earnings Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$
1,400

 
100
 %
 
$
1,280

 
100
 %
 
$
1,277

 
100
 %
Cost of products sold
 
853

 
61
 %
 
773

 
60
 %
 
765

 
60
 %
Gross profit
 
547

 
39
 %
 
507

 
40
 %
 
512

 
40
 %
Selling, administrative and engineering expenses
 
332

 
24
 %
 
294

 
23
 %
 
285

 
22
 %
Gain on product line divestiture
 
(13
)
 
(1
)%
 

 
0
 %
 

 
0
 %
Amortization of intangible assets
 
25

 
2
 %
 
23

 
2
 %
 
22

 
2
 %
Operating profit
 
203

 
15
 %
 
190

 
15
 %
 
205

 
16
 %
Financing costs, net
 
25

 
2
 %
 
25

 
2
 %
 
30

 
2
 %
Debt refinancing costs
 

 
0
 %
 

 
0
 %
 
17

 
1
 %
Other expense, net
 
4

 
0
 %
 
2

 
0
 %
 
3

 
0
 %
Earnings from continuing operations before income tax
 
174

 
12
 %
 
163

 
13
 %
 
155

 
12
 %
Income tax expense
 
33

 
2
 %
 
15

 
1
 %
 
30

 
2
 %
Earnings from continuing operations
 
141

 
10
 %
 
148

 
12
 %
 
125

 
10
 %
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 
22

 
2
 %
 
(118
)
 
(9
)%
 
(38
)
 
(3
)%
Net earnings
 
$
163

 
12
 %
 
$
30

 
2
 %
 
$
87

 
7
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Financial Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation
 
$
35

 
 
 
$
26

 
 
 
$
25

 
 
Capital expenditures
 
42

 
 
 
24

 
 
 
23

 
 

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Consolidated net sales increased by $120 million from $1,280 million in fiscal 2013 to $1,400 million in fiscal 2014. Excluding the incremental $80 million of sales from acquisition and divestiture activity (Viking, Hayes and RV) and the $10 million favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, fiscal 2014 consolidated core sales grew 3%. Consolidated operating profit for fiscal 2014 was $203 million, compared to $190 million and $205 million for fiscal 2013 and 2012, respectively. In addition to the impact of economic conditions, the comparability of results between periods is impacted by acquisitions, divestitures, sales levels (operating leverage), product mix, variable incentive compensation expense and the timing and amount of restructuring costs and related benefits. Refer to Note 13, “Business Segment, Geographic and Customer Information” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further information regarding segment revenues, operating profits and assets.
Segment Results
Industrial Segment

The Industrial segment continues to focus on expanding integrated solutions, penetrating underserved vertical markets, introducing new products and generating sales in fast growing regions. Despite tepid economic conditions globally, we believe the Industrial segment will generate 3-5% core sales growth during the next twelve months, driven by new product introductions, pricing and slightly improved end market conditions. The following table sets forth a summary of Industrial segment results for the three most recent fiscal years (in millions):
 
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net Sales
 
$
414

 
$
423

 
$
419

Operating Profit
 
120

 
118

 
115

Operating Profit %
 
29.1
%
 
27.8
%
 
27.4
%
Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013
Fiscal 2014 Industrial segment net sales decreased by $9 million (2%) to $414 million. Excluding $8 million of sales from the recent Hayes acquisition and the $1 million favorable impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, fiscal 2014 core sales declined 4%. This decline was the result of lower global Integrated Solutions activity (cautious spending by customers in infrastructure and heavy-lift markets), while shipments of industrial tool and other product lines collectively were flat year-over-year.  Despite lower sales, operating profit margins improved in fiscal 2014 due to continued productivity improvements, stringent cost controls and favorable sales mix.
Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012
Fiscal 2013 Industrial segment net sales increased by $4 million (1%) to $423 million. Higher global integrated solutions sales and market share gains contributed to the modest core growth in a time of global economic weakness. Operating profit was $118 million in 2013, compared to $115 million in fiscal 2012, a $3 million (2%) increase. Operating profit and related margins improved in fiscal 2013 due to slightly higher sales and lower incentive compensation expense, which were somewhat offset by unfavorable product mix.
Energy Segment
Each of our three businesses within the Energy Segment generated growth during the second half of fiscal 2014, the result of strong demand for umbilical and synthetic ropes, increased North American maintenance activity by asset owners and favorable market conditions in offshore oil & gas (Asia Pacific region).  The Energy segment continues to focus on expanding its presence in the global energy markets and successfully integrating the Viking acquisition.  Increased worldwide demand for energy and improved demand in non-energy markets (defense, marine and aerospace) are expected to result in 4-6% core sales growth in fiscal 2015. The following table sets forth a summary of Energy segment results for the three most recent fiscal years (in millions):
 
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net Sales
 
$
462

 
$
363

 
$
349

Operating Profit
 
56

 
63

 
62

Operating Profit %
 
12.2
%
 
17.4
%
 
17.8
%


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Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013
Fiscal 2014 Energy segment net sales increased by $99 million (27%) to $462 million, with the majority due to the acquisition of Viking in late fiscal 2013. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates (which favorably impacted sales comparison by $4 million) and the $77 million of sales from Viking, core sales increased 5%. This growth was driven by increased activity in the energy, seismic exploration and defense markets. Despite robust sales activity in the Asia Pacific region, Viking encountered headwinds in the North Sea due to reduced drilling activity and investment levels in the second half of fiscal 2014. Operating profit margin declined in fiscal 2014 primarily due to unfavorable product and acquisition mix.
Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012
Energy segment net sales for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013 increased $14 million (4%) to $363 million from $349 million in the prior year. Excluding a $12 million sales benefit from acquisitions and the $3 million unfavorable impact of foreign currency rate changes, year-over-year core sales grew 2% in fiscal 2013 reflecting modest overall market growth. Energy segment operating profit was $63 million in fiscal 2013 compared to $62 million in fiscal 2012, primarily due to increased sales.
Engineered Solutions Segment
The Engineered Solutions segment generated 6% core sales growth in fiscal 2014, benefiting from increased demand in both agricultural and heavy duty truck end markets globally. Other end markets including construction equipment, mining and defense were headwinds due to weak demand. The segment continues to focus on the commercialization of new products and the completion of restructuring initiatives aimed at simplifying the business and improving future profit margins.  We expect the Engineered Solutions segment to generate 2-4% core sales growth in fiscal 2015. The following table sets forth a summary of Engineered Solutions segment results for the three most recent fiscal years (in millions):
 
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net Sales
 
$
524

 
$
494

 
$
508

Operating Profit
 
55

 
40

 
61

Operating Profit %
 
10.6
%
 
8.2
%
 
12.0
%
Fiscal 2014 compared to Fiscal 2013
Fiscal 2014 Engineered Solutions net sales increased $30 million (6%) to $524 million versus the comparable prior year period. This growth resulted from strong European and China heavy-duty truck sales, along with increased agricultural sales (inclusive of new product introductions), which offset continued weak demand from off highway equipment, defense and construction equipment OEM's. Despite higher sales levels, operating profit margins (excluding the $14 million gain on the RV divestiture) declined slightly, the result of inefficiencies and costs associated with facility consolidations and $2 million of incremental restructuring costs.
Fiscal 2013 compared to Fiscal 2012
Net sales in the Engineered Solutions segment decreased $14 million (3%) from fiscal 2012 to $494 million in fiscal 2013. Excluding the benefit of $36 million of sales from acquired business and the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates (which unfavorably impacted sales by $2 million), core sales declined 10% from the prior year. The core sales decline was broad based across most served end markets and geographies and primarily reflected challenging economic conditions and OEM inventory destocking in the heavy-duty truck and off-highway markets. Engineered Solutions segment operating profit declined to $40 million during fiscal 2013 compared to $61 million in the prior year, primarily due to the impact of lower volumes, unfavorable sales mix and $2 million of restructuring costs.
Financing Costs, Net
Since all debt is considered to be for general corporate purposes, we do not allocate financing costs to our segments. Net financing costs were $25 million for both fiscal 2014 and 2013 and $30 million for fiscal 2012. The reduction in interest expense in fiscal 2013 reflects the conversion of our 2% Convertible Notes into common stock, as well as the benefit of lower interest rates following the refinancing of our Senior Notes in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.



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Income Tax Expense
Our income tax expense is impacted by a number of factors, including the amount of taxable earnings derived in foreign jurisdictions with tax rates that are higher or lower than the U.S. federal statutory rate, state tax rates in the jurisdictions where we do business, tax minimization planning and our ability to utilize various tax credits and net operating loss carryforwards to reduce income tax expense. Income tax expense also includes the impact of provision to tax return adjustments, changes in valuation allowances and reserve requirements for unrecognized tax benefits. The effective income tax rate from continuing operations is as follows:
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Effective income tax rate
 
18.7
%
 
9.4
%
 
19.0
%

The lower effective tax rate (relative to the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate) is the result of the benefits from tax minimization planning, the utilization of tax net operating losses, favorable changes in tax laws, increased foreign tax credit utilization and favorable discrete items.  Fiscal 2014 includes a net $11 million income tax benefit from a change in income tax accounting method and a reduction in the reserve for uncertain tax positions (as a result of the lapsing of non-U.S. income tax statues of limitations) which were somewhat offset by $11 million of incremental income taxes on the RV divestiture.  Fiscal 2013 included a $7 million net reversal of tax reserves established in prior years and an $11 million adjustment to properly state deferred tax balances related to equity compensation programs, while fiscal 2012 income tax expense included a $6 million discrete income tax benefit resulting from debt refinancing.  See Note 10, “Income Taxes” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion.
Discontinued Operations
We divested our former Electrical segment in December 2013 to focus on our businesses that are tied to targeted energy, infrastructure, food/farm productivity and natural resources/sustainability secular demand. The former Electrical segment designed, manufactured and distributed a broad range of electrical products to the retail DIY, wholesale, OEM, solar, utility and marine markets. During fiscal 2012 we recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $62 million related to one of the Electrical segment's reporting units (Mastervolt). We recorded an additional $159 million impairment charge in fiscal 2013, due to our decision to divest the entire Electrical segment. The ultimate divestiture resulted in a pre-tax gain on disposal of $34 million (see Note 3, "Discontinued Operations and Divestitures" in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion). The results of operations for the Electrical segment have been reported as discontinued operations for all periods and are summarized in the following table (in millions):
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net sales
$
72

 
$
286

 
$
329

 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating profit (loss) (1)
(5
)
 
34

 
28

Impairment charge

 
(159
)
 
(62
)
Net gain on disposal
34

 

 

Income tax benefit (expense)
(7
)
 
7

 
(4
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
$
22

 
$
(118
)
 
$
(38
)

(1) The operating loss in fiscal 2014 includes the operating results of the Electrical segment through the divestiture date of December 13, 2013, certain divestiture costs and a $3 million non-cash charge for the accelerated vesting of equity compensation.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
At August 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents is comprised of $78 million of cash held by foreign subsidiaries and $31 million held by U.S. subsidiaries. In order to avoid unfavorable income tax consequences, we periodically utilize safe harbor provisions to make temporary short-term intercompany advances from our foreign subsidiaries to our U.S. parent. We have not, nor do we anticipate the need to, repatriate funds to the U.S. to satisfy domestic liquidity needs arising in the ordinary course of business.
We believe that the successful execution of our business model will result in continued strong cash flow generation, which will allow us to reinvest in the business, fund future growth opportunities and stock repurchases, ultimately increasing long-term shareholder value. The following table summarizes the cash flow attributable to operating, investing and financing activities (in millions):

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Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
125

 
$
194

 
$
182

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
 
262

 
(253
)
 
(83
)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
 
(381
)
 
99

 
(72
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 
(1
)
 
(4
)
 
(3
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
$
5

 
$
36

 
$
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Cash flows from operating activities during fiscal 2014 were lower than the prior year, primarily the result of reduced cash earnings, increased working capital and higher income tax payments. Operating cash flows, $289 million of proceeds from the sale of businesses and a $41 million sale leaseback of Viking rental assets funded the repurchase of approximately 8 million shares ($284 million) of the Company’s common stock, the $30 million purchase price of the Hayes acquisition and the repayment of $125 million of revolver borrowings.
Cash flows from operating activities in fiscal 2013 were robust at $194 million, benefiting from strong earnings and working capital management. Investing activities during fiscal 2013 included $24 million of net capital expenditures and the receipt of $5 million in proceeds related to the divestiture of the Nielsen Sessions business. Existing cash, borrowings under the revolving credit facility and operating cash flows funded the $235 million purchase price of the Viking acquisition, and the repurchase of approximately 1.3 million shares of the Company's common stock ($42 million).
Cash flows from operating activities in fiscal 2012 were $182 million, the result of strong cash earnings and effective working capital management, which were partially offset by the use of $30 million in the debt refinancing. This net operating cash flow and the proceeds from the debt refinancing funded $63 million of share repurchases, $69 million of business acquisitions and the repayment of revolving credit facility borrowings. Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment (which included the sale-leaseback of certain equipment and the sale of a vacant facility) were $9 million, while capital expenditures totaled $23 million.
Primary Working Capital Management
We use primary working capital (“PWC”) as a percentage of sales as a key indicator of working capital management effectiveness. We define this metric as the sum of net accounts receivable and net inventory less accounts payable, divided by the past three month's sales annualized. The following table shows the components of the metric (amounts in millions):
 
 
 
August 31, 2014
 
August 31, 2013
 
 
$
 
PWC %
 
$
 
PWC %
Accounts receivable, net
 
$
227

 
16
 %
 
$
219

 
16
 %
Inventory, net
 
163

 
12
 %
 
143

 
10
 %
Accounts payable
 
(146
)
 
(10
)%
 
(154
)
 
(11
)%
Net primary working capital
 
$
244

 
18
 %
 
$
208

 
15
 %

The increase in primary working capital in fiscal 2014 primarily reflects foreign currency rate changes and increased inventory levels to support long-term customer contracts and higher safety stock levels during plant consolidations and potential supply chain disruptions resulting from a threatened longshoremen strike.

Liquidity
Our Senior Credit Facility, which matures on July 18, 2018, includes a $600 million revolving credit facility, a $90 million term loan and a $350 million expansion option. Quarterly principal payments of $1 million begin on the term loan on September 30, 2014, increasing to $2 million per quarter beginning on September 30, 2015, with the remaining principal due at maturity. At August 31, 2014, we had $109 million of cash and cash equivalents and $593 million of available and unused capacity on the revolver. We believe that the availability under the Senior Credit Facility, combined with our existing cash on hand and anticipated operating cash flows will be adequate to meet operating, debt service, stock buyback, acquisition funding and capital expenditure requirements for the foreseeable future. See Note 5, “Debt” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion.


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Seasonality and Working Capital
We have met our working capital and capital expenditure requirements through a combination of operating cash flow and revolver availability under our Senior Credit Facility. Although there are modest seasonal factors within certain of our businesses, on a consolidated basis, we do not experience material changes in seasonal working capital or capital resource requirements.
Our receivables are derived from a diverse customer base in a number of industries, with our largest single customer generating approximately 2% of fiscal 2014 net sales.
Capital Expenditures
The majority of our manufacturing activities consist of the assembly of components which are sourced from a variety of vendors. As a result, we believe that our capital expenditure requirements are not as extensive as other industrial companies given the assembly nature of our operations. Capital expenditures were $42 million, $24 million and $23 million in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase in capital expenditures in fiscal 2014 relates to the purchase of additional mooring assets in the Energy segment due to robust growth in the Asia Pacific region. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2015 are expected to be $30 to $40 million, but could vary from that depending on business performance, growth opportunities and the amount of assets we lease instead of purchase.
Commitments and Contingencies
Given our desire to allocate cash flow and revolver availability to fund growth initiatives, we typically lease much of our operating equipment and facilities. We lease certain facilities, computers, equipment and vehicles under various operating lease agreements, generally over periods ranging from one to twenty years. Under most arrangements, we pay the property taxes, insurance, maintenance and expenses related to the leased property. Many of the leases include provisions that enable us to renew the lease based upon fair value rental rates on the date of expiration of the initial lease. See Note 8, “Leases” in the notes to consolidated financial statements and the “Contractual Obligations” table for further information.
We are contingently liable for certain lease payments under leases of businesses that we previously divested or spun-off. Some of these businesses were subsequently sold to third parties. If any of these businesses do not fulfill their future lease payment obligations under the leases, we could be liable for such leases. The present value of future minimum lease payments for these leases was $21 million at August 31, 2014 (including $14 million related to the former Electrical segment). As of August 31, 2014, future minimum lease payments on previously divested or spun-off business were as follows: $4 million in fiscal 2015; $3 million in fiscal 2016; $2 million in fiscal 2017; $2 million in fiscal 2018; $2 million in fiscal 2019 and $7 million in aggregate thereafter.
We had outstanding letters of credit totaling $14 million and $11 million at August 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, the majority of which secure self-insured workers compensation liabilities.

Contractual Obligations
The timing of payments due under our contractual commitments is as follows (in millions): 
 
 
Payments Due
 
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
 
2018
 
2019
 
Thereafter
 
Total
Long-term debt (principal)
 
$
5

 
$
9

 
$
9

 
$
67

 
$

 
$
300

 
$
390

Interest on long-term debt
 
18

 
18

 
18

 
18

 
17

 
47

 
136

Operating leases
 
32

 
29

 
26

 
21

 
18

 
45

 
171

Deferred acquisition purchase price
 

 

 
2

 
1

 

 

 
3

 
 
$
55

 
$
56

 
$
55

 
$
107

 
$
35

 
$
392

 
$
700

 
Our contractual obligations generally relate to amounts due under contracts with third party service providers. These contracts are primarily for real estate leases, information technology services (including software and hardware support services and leases) and telecommunications services. Only those obligations that are not cancelable are included in the table.
We routinely issue purchase orders to numerous vendors for inventory and other supplies. These purchase orders are generally cancelable with reasonable notice to the vendor, and are therefore excluded from this table.
We have long-term obligations related to our deferred compensation, pension and postretirement plans that are excluded from this table, summarized in Note 9, “Employee Benefit Plans” in the notes to consolidated financial statements.

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As discussed in Note 10, “Income Taxes” in the notes to consolidated financial statements, we have unrecognized tax benefits of $32 million at August 31, 2014. The liability for unrecognized tax benefits was not included in the table of contractual obligations because the timing of the potential settlements of these uncertain tax positions cannot be reasonably estimated.
Critical Accounting Policies
We prepare our consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). This requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts and related disclosures. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The following policies are considered by management to be the most critical in understanding the judgments that are involved in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements and the uncertainties that could impact our results of operations, financial position and cash flows.
Revenue recognition: We recognize revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collectibility of the sales price is reasonably assured. For product sales, delivery does not occur until the passage of title and risk of loss have transferred to the customer (generally when products are shipped). Revenue from service and rental contracts are recognized when the services are provided or ratably over the contract term. We record allowances for discounts, product returns and customer incentives at the time of sale as a reduction of revenue as such allowances can be reliably estimated based on historical experience and known trends. We also offer warranty on our products and accrue for warranty claims at the time of sale based upon the length of the warranty period, historical warranty cost trends and any other related information.
Inventories:  Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Inventory cost is determined using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method for a portion of U.S. owned inventory (approximately 21% of total inventories at both August 31, 2014 and 2013). The first-in, first-out or average cost method is used for all other inventories. If the LIFO method were not used, the inventory balance would be higher than the amount in the consolidated balance sheet by approximately $6 million at both August 31, 2014 and 2013. We perform an analysis of the historical sales usage of the individual inventory items on hand and a reserve is recorded to adjust inventory cost to market value. The inventory valuation assumptions used are based on historical experience. We believe that such estimates are made based on consistent and appropriate methods; however, actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.
Goodwill and Long-Lived Assets:
Annual Impairment Review, Estimates and Sensitivity: The purchase price allocation for acquired businesses typically results in recording goodwill and other intangible assets, which are a significant portion of our total assets. On an annual basis, or more frequently if triggering events occur, we compare the estimated fair value of our reporting units to the carrying value to determine if a potential goodwill impairment exists. If the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value, an impairment loss, is recorded for the difference between the implied fair value and the carrying value of the reporting unit's goodwill. The estimated fair value represents the amount we believe a reporting unit could be bought or sold for in a current transaction between willing parties on an arms-length basis.
In estimating the fair value, we generally use a discounted cash flow model, which is dependent on a number of assumptions including estimated future revenues and expenses, weighted average cost of capital, capital expenditures and other variables. The expected future revenue growth rates and operating profit margins are determined after taking into consideration our historical revenue growth rates and earnings levels, our assessment of future market potential and our expectations of future business performance. Under the discounted cash flow approach, the fair value is calculated as the sum of the projected discounted cash flows over a discrete seven year period plus an estimated terminal value. In certain circumstances we also review a market approach in which a trading multiple is applied to a forecasted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) of the reporting unit to arrive at the estimated fair value.
Our fourth quarter fiscal 2014 impairment calculations included one reporting unit (Viking) that had an estimated fair value that exceeded its carrying value by 21%. The carrying value of this recently acquired reporting unit was $193 million at August 31, 2014, including $87 million of goodwill. Key financial assumptions utilized to determine the fair value of the reporting unit included modest sales growth (including 3.5% in the terminal year) and an 11.7% discount rate. The estimated future cash flows assumed improved profitability (relative to actual fiscal 2014 results) - driven by savings and efficiencies from completed restructuring actions, increased asset utilization and improved operating leverage on higher sales levels. The assumptions that have the most significant impact on the determination of the fair value of the reporting unit are the discount rate and sales growth rates. A 100 basis point increase in the discount rate results in a decrease to the estimated fair value by approximately 7%, while a reduction in the terminal year sales growth rate assumption by 100 basis points would decrease the estimated fair value by approximately 13%. The August 31, 2014 estimated fair value of each of the remaining six reporting units exceeded the carrying value (expressed as a percentage of the carrying value) in excess of 30%.

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A considerable amount of management judgment and assumptions are required in performing the impairment tests, principally in determining the fair value of each reporting unit and the indefinite lived intangible assets. While we believe our judgments and assumptions are reasonable, different assumptions could change the estimated fair values and, therefore, impairment charges could be required. Negative industry or economic trends, disruptions to the Company's business, loss of significant customers, inability to effectively integrate acquired businesses, unexpected significant changes or planned changes in the use of the assets or in entity structure and divestitures may adversely impact the assumptions used in the valuations and ultimately result in future impairment charges.
Long-Lived Assets: Indefinite lived intangible assets are also subject to annual impairment testing. On an annual basis, the fair value of the indefinite lived assets, based on a relief of royalty income approach, are evaluated to determine if an impairment charge is required.
We also review long-lived assets for impairment when events or changes in business circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the assets may not be fully recoverable. If such indicators are present, we perform undiscounted operating cash flow analyses to determine if an impairment exists. If an impairment is determined to exist, any related impairment loss is calculated based on fair value.
Business Combinations and Purchase Accounting: We account for business combinations using the acquisition method of accounting, and accordingly, the assets and liabilities of the acquired business are recorded at their respective fair values. The excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value is recorded as goodwill. Assigning fair market values to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of an acquisition requires knowledge of current market values, and the values of assets in use, and often requires the application of judgment regarding estimates and assumptions. While the ultimate responsibility resides with management, for material acquisitions we retain the services of certified valuation specialists to assist with assigning estimated values to certain acquired assets and assumed liabilities, including intangible assets and tangible long-lived assets. Acquired intangible assets, excluding goodwill, are valued using a discounted cash flow methodology based on future cash flows specific to the type of intangible asset purchased. This methodology incorporates various estimates and assumptions, the most significant being projected revenue growth rates, earnings margins, and forecasted cash flows based on the discount rate and terminal growth rate.
Employee Benefit Plans: We provide a variety of benefits to employees and former employees, including in some cases, pensions and postretirement health care. Plan assets and obligations are recorded based on a August 31 measurement date utilizing various actuarial assumptions such as discount rates, assumed rates of return on plan assets and health care cost trend rates. We determine the discount rate assumptions by referencing high-quality long-term bond rates that are matched to the duration of our benefit obligations, with appropriate consideration of local market factors, participant demographics and benefit payment forecasts. At August 31, 2014 and 2013, the weighted-average discount rate on domestic benefit plans was 4.15% and 4.90%, respectively. In estimating the expected return on plan assets, we consider historical returns, forward-looking considerations, inflation assumptions and the asset allocation strategy in investing such assets. Domestic benefit plan assets consist primarily of participating units in mutual funds, index funds and bond funds. The expected return on domestic benefit plan assets was 7.50% and 7.65% at August 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. A 25 basis point change in the assumptions for the discount rate or expected return on plan assets would not materially change fiscal 2015 domestic benefit plan expense.
We review actuarial assumptions on an annual basis and make modifications based on current rates and trends when appropriate. As required by U.S. GAAP, the effects of any modifications are recorded currently or amortized over future periods. Based on information provided by independent actuaries and other relevant sources, we believe that the assumptions used are reasonable; however, changes in these assumptions could impact our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. See Note 9, “Employee Benefit Plans” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion.
Income Taxes:   Judgment is required to determine the annual effective income tax rate, deferred tax assets and liabilities, reserves for unrecognized tax benefits and any valuation allowances recorded against net deferred tax assets. Our effective income tax rate is based on annual income, statutory tax rates and tax planning opportunities available in the various jurisdictions in which we operate. Our annual effective income tax rate includes the impact of discrete income tax matters including adjustments to reserves for uncertain tax positions and the benefits of various income tax planning activities.  Tax regulations require items to be included in our tax returns at different times than the items are reflected in our financial statements. As a result, the effective income tax rate in our financial statements differs from that reported in our tax returns. Some of these differences are permanent, such as expenses that are not deductible on our tax return, and some are temporary differences, such as amortization and depreciation expense.
Temporary differences create deferred tax assets and liabilities, which 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.  We establish valuation allowances for our deferred tax assets when the amount of expected future taxable income is not likely to support the utilization of the entire deduction or credit. Relevant factors in determining the realizability of deferred tax assets include future

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taxable income, the expected timing of the reversal of temporary differences, tax planning strategies and the expiration dates of the various tax attributes.
Use of Estimates:   We record reserves, asset write-downs or allowances for customer rebates, returns and discounts, doubtful accounts, inventory, incurred but not reported medical claims, environmental matters, warranty claims, workers compensation claims, product and non-product litigation and incentive compensation. These reserves require the use of estimates and judgment. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. We believe that such estimates are made on a consistent basis and with appropriate assumptions and methods. However, actual results may differ from these estimates.
Item  7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
We are exposed to market risk from changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates and, to a lesser extent, commodities. To reduce such risks, we selectively use financial instruments and other proactive management techniques. All hedging transactions are authorized and executed pursuant to clearly defined policies and procedures, which strictly prohibit the use of financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. A discussion of our accounting policies for derivative financial instruments is included within Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
Foreign Currency Risk—We maintain operations in the U.S. and various foreign countries. Our non-U.S. operations, the largest of which are located in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico and China, have foreign currency risk relating to receipts from customers, payments to suppliers and intercompany transactions denominated in foreign currencies. Under certain conditions, we enter into hedging transactions, primarily forward foreign currency swaps, that enable us to mitigate the potential adverse impact of foreign currency exchange rate risk (see Note 7, “Derivatives” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further information). We do not engage in trading or other speculative activities with these transactions, as established policies require that these hedging transactions relate to specific currency exposures.
The strengthening of the U.S. dollar could also result in unfavorable translation effects on our results of operations and financial position as the results of foreign operations are translated into U.S. dollars. To illustrate the potential impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on the translation of our results of operations, annual sales and operating profit were remeasured assuming a ten percent reduction in foreign exchange rates compared with the U.S. dollar. Under this assumption, annual sales and operating profit would have been $79 million and $11 million lower, respectively, for the twelve months ended August 31, 2014. This sensitivity analysis assumed that each exchange rate would change in the same direction relative to the U.S. dollar and excludes the potential effects that changes in foreign currency exchange rates may have on actual sales or price levels. Similarly, a ten percent decline in foreign currency exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar on our August 31, 2014 financial position would result in a $79 million reduction to equity (accumulated other comprehensive loss), as a result of non U.S. dollar denominated assets and liabilities being translated into U.S. dollars, our reporting currency.
Interest Rate Risk—We have earnings exposure related to interest rate changes on any outstanding floating rate debt that is indexed off of LIBOR interest rates. We periodically utilize interest rate swap agreements to manage overall financing costs and interest rate risk. As discussed in Note 5, “Debt” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements, at August 31, 2011 we were a party to interest rate swap agreements that converted $100 million of floating rate debt to a fixed rate of interest. These swaps were terminated during fiscal 2012 as part of the debt refinancing transaction. A 25 basis point increase or decrease in the applicable interest rates on our variable rate debt as of August 31, 2014 would result in a corresponding change in financing costs of $0.7 million on an annual basis.
Commodity Risk—We source a wide variety of materials and components from a network of global suppliers. While such materials are typically available from numerous suppliers, commodity raw materials, such as steel and plastic resin are subject to price fluctuations, which could have a negative impact on our results. We strive to pass along such commodity price increases to customers to avoid profit margin erosion and utilize LEAD initiatives to further mitigate the impact of commodity raw material price fluctuations as improved efficiencies across all locations are achieved.

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Item 8.        Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 
All other schedules are omitted because they are not applicable, not required or because the required information is included in the consolidated financial statements or notes thereto.

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Actuant Corporation:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Actuant Corporation and its subsidiaries at August 31, 2014 and August 31, 2013, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended August 31, 2014 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of August 31, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

As described in “Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting,” management has excluded Hayes Industries Ltd. ("Hayes") from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of August 31, 2014 because the business was acquired by the Company in a purchase business combination on May 23, 2014. We have also excluded Hayes from our audit of internal control over financial reporting. Hayes is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company whose total assets and revenues represent approximately 2% and less than 1% respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended August 31, 2014.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 27, 2014


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ACTUANT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014

2013

2012
Net sales
 
$
1,399,862

 
$
1,279,742

 
$
1,276,521

Cost of products sold
 
852,990

 
772,792

 
765,061

Gross profit
 
546,872

 
506,950

 
511,460

Selling, administrative and engineering expenses
 
332,093

 
293,866

 
284,920

Gain on product line divestiture
 
(13,495
)
 

 

Amortization of intangible assets
 
25,166

 
22,939

 
22,026

Operating profit
 
203,108

 
190,145

 
204,514

Financing costs, net
 
25,045

 
24,837

 
29,561

Debt refinancing costs
 

 

 
16,830

Other expense, net
 
4,037

 
2,359

 
3,493

Earnings from continuing operations before income tax
 
174,026

 
162,949

 
154,630

Income tax expense
 
32,573

 
15,372

 
29,354

Earnings from continuing operations
 
141,453

 
147,577

 
125,276

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 
22,120

 
(117,529
)
 
(37,986
)
Net earnings
 
$
163,573

 
$
30,048

 
$
87,290

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings from continuing operations per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
1.99

 
$
2.02

 
$
1.79

Diluted
 
$
1.95

 
$
1.98

 
$
1.68

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
2.31

 
$
0.41

 
$
1.25

Diluted
 
$
2.26

 
$
0.40

 
$
1.17

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
70,942

 
72,979

 
70,099

Diluted
 
72,486

 
74,580

 
74,940


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


26


ACTUANT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands)

 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Net earnings
 
$
163,573

 
$
30,048

 
$
87,290

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
3,344

 
(2,918
)
 
(48,571
)
Pension and other postretirement benefit plans
 
(3,159
)
 
3,927

 
(6,175
)
Cash flow hedges
 
67

 
(197
)
 
2,953

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
252

 
812

 
(51,793
)
Comprehensive income
 
$
163,825

 
$
30,860

 
$
35,497


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

27


ACTUANT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
 
August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
A S S E T S
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
109,012

 
$
103,986

Accounts receivable, net
 
227,008

 
219,075

Inventories, net
 
162,620

 
142,549

Deferred income taxes
 
11,050

 
18,796

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
33,300

 
28,228

Assets of discontinued operations
 

 
272,606

Total current assets
 
542,990

 
785,240

Property, plant and equipment
 
 
 
 
Land, buildings, and improvements
 
52,989

 
52,669

Machinery and equipment
 
281,763

 
305,200

Gross property, plant and equipment
 
334,752

 
357,869

Less: Accumulated depreciation
 
(165,651
)
 
(156,373
)
Property, plant and equipment, net
 
169,101

 
201,496

Goodwill
 
742,770

 
734,952

Other intangibles, net
 
365,177

 
376,692

Other long-term assets
 
36,841

 
20,952

Total assets
 
$
1,856,879

 
$
2,119,332

L I A B I L I T I E S  A N D  S H A R E H O L D E R S’  E Q U I T Y
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
 
Trade accounts payable
 
$
145,798

 
$
154,049

Accrued compensation and benefits
 
52,964

 
43,800

Current maturities of debt
 
4,500

 

Income taxes payable
 
38,347

 
14,014

Other current liabilities
 
57,512

 
56,899

Liabilities of discontinued operations
 

 
53,080

Total current liabilities
 
299,121

 
321,842

Long-term debt
 
385,500

 
515,000

Deferred income taxes
 
96,970

 
115,865

Pension and postretirement benefit liabilities
 
15,699

 
20,698

Other long-term liabilities
 
57,878

 
65,660

Total liabilities
 
855,168

 
1,039,065

Shareholders’ equity
 
 
 
 
Class A common stock, $0.20 par value per share, authorized 168,000,000 shares, issued 78,480,780 and 77,001,144 shares, respectively
 
15,695

 
15,399

Additional paid-in capital
 
93,449

 
49,758

Treasury stock, at cost, 12,195,359 shares and 3,983,513 shares, respectively
 
(388,627
)
 
(104,915
)
Retained earnings
 
1,349,602

 
1,188,685

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(68,408
)
 
(68,660
)
Stock held in trust
 
(4,083
)
 
(3,124
)
Deferred compensation liability
 
4,083

 
3,124

Total shareholders’ equity
 
1,001,711

 
1,080,267

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 
$
1,856,879

 
$
2,119,332

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

28


ACTUANT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
 
 
Year Ended August 31,
 
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012
Operating activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings
 
$
163,573

 
$
30,048

 
$
87,290

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-cash items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
60,635

 
53,902

 
54,263

Net gain on disposal of businesses
 
(29,152
)
 

 

Stock-based compensation expense
 
17,115

 
13,440

 
13,346

Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes
 
40

 
(44,265
)
 
(10,524
)
Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs
 
1,829

 
1,940

 
1,990

Impairment charges
 

 
158,817

 
62,464

Non-cash debt refinancing costs
 

 

 
2,254

Other non-cash adjustments
 
(168
)
 
328

 

Changes in components of working capital and other:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
 
1,336

 
(10,925
)
 
(12,310
)
Inventories
 
(21,915
)
 
13,714

 
11,532

Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
4,276

 
(4,603
)
 
(2,164
)
Trade accounts payable
 
(19,832
)
 
(9,279
)
 
5,902

Income taxes payable
 
(46,133
)
 
594

 
(17,903
)
Accrued compensation and benefits
 
11,779

 
(14,256
)
 
(6,292
)
Other accrued liabilities
 
(18,149
)
 
4,334

 
(7,519
)
Cash provided by operating activities
 
125,234

 
193,789

 
182,329

Investing activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
 
44,274

 
1,621

 
8,501

Proceeds from sale of businesses
 
289,590

 
4,854

 

Capital expenditures
 
(41,857
)
 
(23,668
)
 
(22,740
)
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired
 
(30,500
)
 
(235,489
)
 
(69,309
)
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities
 
261,507

 
(252,682
)
 
(83,548
)
Financing activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net borrowings (repayments) on revolver
 
(125,000
)
 
125,000

 
(58,167
)
Principal repayments on term loans
 

 
(7,500
)
 
(2,500
)
Repurchases of 2% Convertible Notes
 

 

 
(102
)
Proceeds from issuance of 5.625% Senior Notes
 

 

 
300,000

Redemption of 6.875% Senior Notes
 

 

 
(250,000
)
Payment of deferred acquisition consideration
 
(1,585
)
 
(5,378
)
 
(958
)
Debt issuance costs
 

 
(2,035
)
 
(5,490
)
Purchase of treasury shares
 
(283,712
)
 
(41,832
)
 
(63,083
)
Stock option exercises, related tax benefits and other
 
32,224

 
33,261

 
10,913

Cash dividend
 
(2,919
)
 
(2,911
)
 
(2,748
)
Cash (used in) provided by financing activities
 
(380,992
)
 
98,605

 
(72,135
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 
(723
)
 
(3,910
)
 
(2,683
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
5,026

 
35,802

 
23,963

Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of year
 
103,986

 
68,184

 
44,221

Cash and cash equivalents—end of year
 
$
109,012

 
$
103,986

 
$
68,184

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

29




ACTUANT CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(in thousands)
 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Stock
Held in
Trust
 
Deferred
Compensation
Liability
 
Total
Shareholders’
Equity
 
 
Issued
Shares
 
Amount
 
Balance at August 31, 2011
 
68,657

 
$
13,731

 
$
(154,231
)
 
$

 
$
1,077,192

 
$
(17,679
)
 
$
(2,137
)
 
$
2,137

 
$
919,013

Net earnings
 

 

 

 

 
87,290

 

 

 

 
87,290

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 

 
(51,793
)
 

 

 
(51,793
)
Company stock contribution to employee benefit plans and other
 
277

 
55

 
5,530

 

 

 

 

 

 
5,585

Conversion of 2% Convertible Notes
 
5,962

 
1,192

 
133,757

 

 

 

 

 

 
134,949

Restricted stock awards
 
17

 
3

 
(3
)
 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividend ($0.04 per share)
 

 

 

 

 
(2,918
)
 

 

 

 
(2,918
)
Treasury stock repurchases
 

 

 

 
(63,083
)
 

 

 

 

 
(63,083
)
Stock based compensation expense
 

 

 
13,346

 

 

 

 

 

 
13,346

Stock option exercises
 
580

 
116

 
6,434

 

 

 

 

 

 
6,550

Excess tax benefit on stock option exercises
 

 

 
2,349

 

 

 

 

 

 
2,349

Stock issued to, acquired for and distributed from rabbi trust
 
26

 
5

 
543

 

 

 

 
(552
)
 
552

 
548

Balance at August 31, 2012
 
75,519

 
15,102

 
7,725

 
(63,083
)
 
1,161,564

 
(69,472
)
 
(2,689
)
 
2,689

 
1,051,836

Net earnings
 

 

 

 

 
30,048

 

 

 

 
30,048

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 

 
812

 

 

 
812

Company stock contribution to employee benefit plans and other
 
21

 
5

 
592

 

 

 

 

 

 
597

Restricted stock awards
 
169

 
34

 
(34
)