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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Commission File Number: 0599
THE EASTERN COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
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Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
PART 1 – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1 – FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
THE EASTERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
See accompanying notes.
THE EASTERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
See accompanying notes.
THE EASTERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
See accompanying notes.
THE EASTERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
See accompanying notes.
THE EASTERN COMPANY
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
June 30, 2012
Note A – Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States for complete financial statements. Refer to the Company’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 for additional information.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited. However, in the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring accruals) necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations for interim periods have been reflected therein. All intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated. Operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.
The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 has been derived from the audited consolidated balance sheet at that date.
Note B – Earnings Per Share
The denominators used in the earnings per share computations follow:
Note C – Inventories
The components of inventories follow:
Note D – Segment Information
Segment financial information follows:
Note E – Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance which clarifies the concepts related to highest and best use and valuation premise, blockage factors and other premiums and discounts, the fair value measurement of financial instruments held in a portfolio and of those instruments classified as a component of shareowners’ equity. The guidance includes enhanced disclosure requirements about recurring Level 3 fair value measurements, the use of nonfinancial assets, and the level in the fair value hierarchy of assets and liabilities not recorded at fair value. This guidance became effective for the Company on January 1, 2012. This guidance did not have an impact on our consolidated financial statements or disclosures, as there are presently no recurring Level 3 fair value measurements.
In June 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance aimed at increasing the prominence of items reported in other comprehensive income in the financial statements. In December 2011, the FASB also issued an accounting standards update that indefinitely deferred certain financial statement presentation provisions contained in its original June 2011 guidance. The guidance requires companies to present comprehensive income in a single statement below net income or in a separate statement of comprehensive income immediately following the income statement. Companies will no longer be allowed to present comprehensive income on the statement of changes in shareholders' equity. In both options, companies must present the components of net income, total net income, the components of other comprehensive income, total other comprehensive income and total comprehensive income. This update does not change which items are reported in other comprehensive income or the requirement to report reclassifications of items from other comprehensive income to net income. This guidance became effective for the Company on January 1, 2012 and required retrospective application for all periods presented. The adoption of this guidance did not impact the presentation of the consolidated financial statements of the Company.
In September 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance on testing goodwill for impairment. This guidance provides an entity the option to first perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If an entity determines that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, it is required to perform the currently prescribed two-step goodwill impairment test to identify potential goodwill impairment and measure the amount of goodwill impairment loss to be recognized for that reporting unit, if any. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2012 and it had no impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Company.
The Company has implemented all new accounting pronouncements that are in effect and that could impact its consolidated financial statements and does not believe that there are any other new accounting pronouncements that have been issued, but are not yet effective, that might have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Company.
Note F – Debt
On January 25, 2012, the Company signed an amendment to its secured Loan Agreement with People’s United Bank (“People’s”) which included an additional $5,000,000 term portion (the “2012 Term Loan”). The 2012 Term Loan requires quarterly payments of $178,571 for a period of seven (7) years, maturing on January 31, 2019.
Interest on the original term portion of the Loan Agreement is fixed at 4.98%. Interest on the 2012 Term Loan is fixed at 3.90% Prior to the amendment, the interest rate on the revolving credit portion of the Loan Agreement varied based on the LIBOR rate or People’s Prime rate plus a margin spread of 2.25%, with a floor rate of 4.0%. As part of the amendment signed on January 25, 2012, this was changed to the LIBOR rate or People’s Prime rate plus 2.25%, with a floor of 3.25%; additionally the maturity date was extended to January 31, 2014. During December 2011, the Company used $3,000,000 of the revolving credit, the proceeds of which, along with existing cash, were used to fund a discretionary pension payment made in December, 2011. This amount was repaid in January 2012. The Company did not utilize the revolving credit during the quarter ended June 30, 2012.
Note G – Goodwill
The following is a roll-forward of goodwill from year-end 2011 to the end of the second quarter 2012:
Note H – Intangibles
Patents are recorded at cost and are amortized using the straight-line method over the lives of the patents. Technology and licenses are recorded at cost and are generally amortized on a straight-line basis over periods ranging from 5 to 17 years. Non-compete agreements and customer relationships are being amortized using the straight-line method over a period of 5 years. Trademarks are not amortized as their lives are deemed to be indefinite.
The gross carrying amount and accumulated amortization of amortizable intangible assets:
Note I – Retirement Benefit Plans
The Company has non-contributory defined benefit pension plans covering certain U.S. employees. Plan benefits are generally based upon age at retirement, years of service and, for its salaried plan, the level of compensation. The Company also sponsors unfunded nonqualified supplemental retirement plans that provide certain current and former officers with benefits in excess of limits imposed by federal tax law.
The Company also provides health care and life insurance for retired salaried employees in the United States who meet specific eligibility requirements.
Significant disclosures relating to these benefit plans for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2012 and 2011 follow:
The Company’s funding policy with respect to its qualified plans is to contribute at least the minimum amount required by applicable laws and regulations. In 2012, the Company is required to contribute $3,472,000 into its pension plans and $155,000 into its postretirement plan. As of June 30, 2012, the Company has made contributions totaling $1,881,000 into its pension plans and $62,000 to its postretirement plan and will make the remaining contributions as required during the remainder of the year.
The Company has a contributory savings plan under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code covering substantially all U.S. non-union employees. The plan allows participants to make voluntary contributions of up to 100% of their annual compensation on a pretax basis, subject to IRS limitations. The plan provides for contributions by the Company at its discretion. The Company made contributions of $47,272 and $96,729 in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, respectively and $45,026 and $93,157 in the second quarter and first six months of 2011, respectively.
Note J – Stock Based Compensation and Stock Options
The Company has stock option plans for officers, other key employees, and non-employee directors. As of June 30, 2012 two plans have shares reserved for future issuance, the 1995 and 2010 plans. Incentive stock options granted under the 1995 and 2010 plans must have exercise prices that are not less than 100% of the fair market value of the stock on the dates the options are granted. Restricted stock awards may also be granted to participants under the 2010 plan with restrictions determined by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under the 1995 and 2010 plans, nonqualified stock options granted to participants will have exercise prices determined by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. No options or restricted stock were granted in the first six months of 2012 or 2011.
As of June 30, 2012, there were 500,000 shares available for future grant under the above noted 2010 plan and there were no shares available for grant under the 1995 plan. As of June 30, 2012, there were 521,000 shares of common stock reserved under all option plans for future issuance.
At June 30, 2012, outstanding and exercisable options had an intrinsic value of $53,970. The total intrinsic value of stock options exercised in the first six months of 2012 was $14,535. For the six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and July 2, 2011, the Company recognized tax benefits of $0 and $16,453, respectively, resulting from the disqualification of incentive stock options that were exercised and sold prior to the required holding period.
Note K – Income Taxes
The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, and various states and foreign jurisdictions. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local income tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2008 and non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities prior to 2005.
The total amount of unrecognized tax benefits could increase or decrease within the next twelve months for a number of reasons, including the closure of federal, state and foreign tax years by expiration of the statute of limitations and the recognition and measurement considerations under FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 740. There have been no significant changes to the amount of unrecognized tax benefits during the three or six months ended June 30, 2012. The Company believes that it is reasonably possible that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits will not increase or decrease significantly over the next twelve months.
Note L - Financial Instruments and Fair Value Measurements
Financial Risk Management Objectives and Policies
The Company is exposed primarily to credit, interest rate and currency exchange rate risks which arise in the normal course of business.
Credit risk is the potential financial loss resulting from the failure of a customer or counterparty to settle its financial and contractual obligations to the Company, as and when they become due. The primary credit risk for the Company is its receivable accounts with customers. The Company has established credit limits for customers and monitors their balances to mitigate the risk of loss. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, there were no significant concentrations of credit risk. No one customer represented more than 10% of the Company’s net trade receivables at June 30, 2012. At year end 2011 only one customer exceeded 10% of total receivables. The maximum exposure to credit risk is primarily represented by the carrying amount of the Company’s accounts receivable.
Interest Rate Risk
On June 30, 2012, the Company has no exposure to the risk of changes in market interest rates as the interest rates on the outstanding debt are fixed at 4.98% and 3.90%.
Fair Value Measurements
Assets and liabilities that require fair value measurement are recorded at fair value using market and income valuation approaches and considering the Company’s and counterparty’s credit risk. The Company uses the market approach and the income approach to value assets and liabilities as appropriate. There are no assets or liabilities requiring fair value measurements on June 30, 2012 or December 31, 2011.
ITEM 2 – MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following discussion is intended to highlight significant changes in the Company’s financial position and results of operations for the twenty-six weeks ended June 30, 2012. The interim financial statements and this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and the related Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, both of which are contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.
Certain statements set forth in this discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. They use such words as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “plan” and other similar terminology. These statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual future results and trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including changing customer preferences, lack of success of new products, loss of customers, competition, increased raw material prices, problems associated with foreign sourcing of parts and products, changes within our industry segments and in the overall economy, litigation and legislation. In addition, terrorist threats and the possible responses by the U.S. government, the effects on consumer demand, the financial markets, the travel industry, the trucking industry and other conditions increase the uncertainty inherent in forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the expectations of the Company at the time they are made, and investors should rely on them only as expressions of opinion about what may happen in the future and only at the time they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. Although the Company believes it has an appropriate business strategy and the resources necessary for its operations, future revenue and margin trends cannot be reliably predicted and the Company may alter its business strategies to address changing conditions.
In addition, the Company makes estimates and assumptions that may materially affect reported amounts and disclosures. These relate to valuation allowances for accounts receivable and for excess and obsolete inventories, accruals for pensions and other postretirement benefits (including forecasted future cost increases and returns on plan assets), provisions for depreciation (estimating useful lives), uncertain tax positions, and, on occasion, accruals for contingent losses.
Sales in the second quarter of 2012 increased 17% compared to the second quarter of 2011, as a result of an increase in sales of existing products in many of the markets we serve, selective price increases to customers and the introduction of new products. In the second quarter of 2012 Industrial Hardware sales increased 19%, Security Products sales increased 8% and Metal Products sales increased 28% compared to the prior year period.
Gross margin as a percentage of sales for the three months ended June 30, 2012 increased slightly to 22% compared to 20% in the comparable period a year ago. This increase was the result of higher sales volume, selective price increases to customers, the mix of products produced and the introduction of new products.
Sales in the first six months of 2012 increased 19% compared to the prior year period as a result of an increase in sales of existing products in many of the markets we serve, selective price increases to customers and the introduction of new products. Sales increased in the first six months of 2012 by 25% in the Industrial Hardware segment, by 6% in the Security Products segment, and by 30% in the Metal Products segment compared to the prior year period.
Gross margin as a percentage of sales for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 21% compared to 19% in the comparable period a year ago. This increase was the result of higher sales volume, selective price increases to customers, the mix of products produced and the introduction of new products.
Raw material prices have increased compared to the prior year periods. The Company, through price increases, is recovering these additional costs from our customers, wherever possible. The Company expects that raw material prices will continue to increase as worldwide economic conditions improve, which may have a negative impact on future operating margins if not recovered by price increases. Currently, there is no indication that the Company will be unable to obtain supplies of all the raw materials that it requires.
Cash flow from operations in the first six months of 2012 increased compared to the same period in 2011. This increase is primarily due to the higher level of earnings in the 2012 period and the associated timing differences in the collections of accounts receivable, payments of liabilities, and changes in inventories. Cash on hand, cash flow from operations, along with the result of controlling discretionary expenditures, should enable the Company to meet all its existing obligations and continue its quarterly dividend payments.
A more detailed analysis of the Company’s results of operations and financial condition follows:
Results of Operations
The following table shows, for the periods indicated, selected line items from the condensed consolidated statements of operations as a percentage of net sales, by segment:
The following table shows the amount of change for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011 in sales, cost of products sold, gross margin, selling and administrative expenses and operating profit, by segment (dollars in thousands):
The following table shows, for the periods indicated, selected line items from the condensed consolidated statements of income as a percentage of net sales, by segment:
The following table shows the amount of change for the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011 in sales, cost of products sold, gross margin, selling and administrative expenses and operating profit, by segment (dollars in thousands):
Industrial Hardware Segment
Net sales in the Industrial Hardware segment were up 19% in the second quarter of 2012 and up 25% in the first six months compared to the prior year periods. The higher sales in both the second quarter and six month period of 2012 reflected an increase in sales of existing products to the distribution, truck accessory, military and Class 8 truck markets in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, selective price increases to customers and the introduction of new products. All of the new products were developed internally and included a rotary latch and a venting line of products for the Class 8 truck market; an escape hatch for the military market; a door latch for the recreational vehicle market; as well as a variety of locking and latching products for the many markets we serve.
Cost of products sold for the Industrial Hardware segment increased 12% in the second quarter and 20% in the first half of 2012 compared to the prior year periods. The increases are due to increased costs for payroll and payroll related charges, supplies and tools, equipment maintenance, utilities, shipping, raw materials and purchased parts.
Gross margin as a percent of net sales increased to 26% in the second quarter of 2012 from 21% in the 2011 quarter. Gross margin in the first half of 2012 increased to 25% from 21% in the prior year period. The increase in gross margin for the 2012 periods reflects the higher volume of sales in 2012 and the mix of products produced.
Selling and administrative expenses increased 19% for both the second quarter and first half of 2012 compared to the prior year periods, primarily due to increased payroll and payroll related charges, advertising, commission payments resulting from the higher sales volume in 2012, bad debt expense and an increase in the allocation of corporate expenses based on the sales volume in 2012.
Security Products Segment
Net sales in the Security Products segment increased 8% in the second quarter and 6% in the first half of 2012 compared to the 2011 periods. The increase in sales in both the second quarter and six months of 2012 in the Security Products segment is a combination of increased sales of existing products, selective price increases to customers and sales of new products. The increase in sales of existing products in 2012 in the Security Products segment resulted from sales to the many markets served by this segment, including: computer, storage, cash management and commercial laundry. Sales of new products included new lock products for the storage and cash management markets.
Cost of products sold for the Security Products segment increased 6% in the second quarter and 5% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The increases in the second quarter and first half of 2012 were primarily the result of increased costs for raw materials.
Gross margin as a percentage of sales in the second quarter increased to 26% in 2012 from 24% in the prior year period and also increased slightly in the first half to 24% from 23% in the prior year period. The increases in both the second quarter and first half of 2012 were primarily the result of the mix of products produced and the increased sales volume.
Selling and administrative expenses decreased 1% in the second quarter and 2% in the first half of 2012 as compared to the 2011 periods. The decreases in the 2012 periods were primarily due to travel expenses and a reduction in amortization expense in 2012 resulting from acquisition costs related to Royal Lock which were fully amortized in 2011. These decreases were reduced by increased costs for payroll and payroll related charges.
Metal Products Segment
Net sales in the Metal Products segment were up 28% in the second quarter and up 30% in the first half of 2012 as compared to the prior year periods. Sales of mining products were up 13% in the second quarter and up 20% in the first half of 2012 compared to the prior year periods. The increase in sales of mining products was driven by continued strong demand in 2012 in both the U.S. and Canadian mining markets compared to the prior year periods and the introduction of new mining products. New mining products included hexnuts, square cableheads, truss shoes, splice tubes, bearing blocks and steel mine anchor shells. While the Company experienced a strong first half in sales of products for the coal mining industry, the coal mining industry is forecasting a softening in coal usage beginning during the second half of 2012 resulting from new clean air rules enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), which may negatively impact the Company. Sales of contract castings increased 183% in the second quarter and 123% in the first half of 2012 from the prior year levels. The increase in sales of contract casting was primarily the result of new products: a tie plate for the railroad industry and kicker clips and rail clamps for a solar panel application. The Company is actively trying to develop additional new products to replace any softening in sales volume of mining products that may result from the new EPA clean air regulations.
Cost of products sold increased 25% in the second quarter and 28% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The increases in both 2012 periods resulted from the mix of products produced and manufacturing costs associated with the higher volume of sales in 2012.
Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased from 9% to 11% in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to the 2011 period and increased from 10% to 11% for the first half of 2012 compared to the 2011 period. The increases in both the second quarter and first half of 2012 as compared to the prior year periods are due to the mix of products produced, elimination of products with unacceptable profit margins, price increases to customers, and cost reductions related to improved production efficiency.
Selling and administrative expenses were up 13% in the second quarter and 16% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same periods in 2011. The increases were primarily related to an increase in payroll and payroll related charges and an increase in the allocation of corporate expenses based on the sales volume in 2012.
Interest expense increased 86% in the second quarter and 57% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the prior year period due to the increased level of debt in 2012.
Other income was not material to the financial statements.
Income taxes reflected the change in the operating results. The effective tax rates in the second quarter and first six months of 2012 were 35% and 34%, respectively, compared to 34% in both periods of 2011.
Liquidity and Sources of Capital
The Company provided $5.4 million from its operations during the first six months of 2012 compared to having used $400,000 during the same period in 2011. The increase in cash flows in the quarter was primarily the result of the increased earnings in the current year over the same period last year and the associated timing differences in the collections of accounts receivable, payments of liabilities, and changes in inventories. Cash flow from operations coupled with cash on hand at the beginning of the year was sufficient to fund capital expenditures, debt service, and dividend payments. The Company did not utilize its revolving line of credit during the second quarter.
Additions to property, plant and equipment were $2.4 million for the first six months of 2012 compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2011. Total capital expenditures for 2012 are expected to be approximately $4 - $5 million. As of June 30, 2012, there is approximately $350,000 of outstanding commitments for these capital expenditures.
The following table shows key financial ratios at the end of each period:
The following table shows important liquidity measures as of the balance sheet date for each period below (in millions):
Total inventories as of June 30, 2012 were $29.6 million, compared to $29.8 million at year end 2011 and $28.7 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011. Accounts receivable increased to $20.4 million from $18.6 million at year end 2011 and $19.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The increases are related to higher revenues in the first six months of the current year.
Cash on hand, cash flow from operating activities and funds available under the revolving credit portion of the Company’s Loan Agreement are expected to be sufficient to cover future foreseeable working capital requirements.
ITEM 3 – QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
There have been no material changes in market risk from what was reported in the 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
ITEM 4 – CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures:
As of the end of the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer (the “CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (the “CFO”), of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 240.13a-15. As defined in Exchange Act Rules 240.13a-15(e) and 240.15d-15(e), “the term disclosure controls and procedures means controls and other procedures of an issuer that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission's rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer's management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.” Based upon that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that the Company’s current disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the June 30, 2012 evaluation date.
The Company believes that a controls system, no matter how well designed and operated, cannot provide absolute assurance that the objectives of the controls system are met, and no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within a company have been detected. The Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives, and the CEO and CFO have concluded that these controls and procedures are effective at the “reasonable assurance” level.
Changes in Internal Controls:
During the period covered by this report, there have been no significant changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting or in other factors that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls.
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1 – LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
During the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company was contacted by the State of Illinois regarding potential ground contamination at our plant in Wheeling, Illinois. The Company enlisted into a voluntary remediation program in Illinois and has engaged an environmental clean-up company to perform testing and develop a remediation plan, if needed. No estimate for the cost of remediation was available when this Form 10-Q was filed with the SEC.
During 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified the Company as a potentially responsible party in connection with a site in Cleveland, Ohio based on the ownership of the site by a division of the Company in the 1960’s. According to the Agency, the current occupant of the site filed bankruptcy, leaving behind plating operations which required remedial action. The Company declined to participate in the remedial action, and intends to defend against any efforts of the Agency to impose any liability against the Company for environmental conditions on this site which may have occurred in the years since its ownership.
There are no other legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the Company’s business, to which either the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or to which any of their property is the subject.
ITEM 1A – RISK FACTORS
There have been no material changes in risk factors from what was reported in the 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
ITEM 2 – UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS
There have been no sales of unregistered securities by the Company or purchases of registered equity securities by the Company during the period covered by this report.
ITEM 3 – DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES
ITEM 4 – MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
ITEM 5 – OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 6 – EXHIBITS
31) Certifications required by Rule 13a-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32) Certifications pursuant to Rule 13a-14(b) and 18 USC 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
99(1)) The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 is incorporated herein by reference.
99(2)) Form 8-K filed on April 25, 2012 setting forth the press release reporting the Company’s earnings for the quarter ended April 25, 2012 is incorporated herein by reference.
99(3)) Form 8-K filed on April 26, 2012 setting forth the results of the vote at the annual meeting of shareholders of the Company which was held on April 25, 2012 is incorporated herein by reference.
99(4)) Form 8-K filed on June 15, 2012 setting forth the press release that the Company is set to join the Russell Global Index when Russell Investments reconstitutes its comprehensive set of global equity indexes on June 25, 2012 is incorporated herein by reference.
99(5)) Form 8-K filed on July 25, 2012 setting forth the press release reporting the Company’s earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 is incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.