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Ecolab Reports First Quarter Diluted EPS $0.77; Adjusted EPS +8% to $0.80
2015 full-year adjusted EPS forecast revised to $4.45 to $4.60, +6% to +10% from $4.50 to $4.70

April 28, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL):

2015 FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Reported sales -1%; fixed currency and acquisition adjusted fixed currency sales +4% led by the Institutional, Industrial and Other segments, with strong gains in the Latin America and Middle East & Africa regions as well as good growth in Europe
  • Reported diluted EPS $0.77, +24%
  • Record adjusted EPS $0.80, +8%, excluding special gains and charges and discrete tax items, as raw material cost savings, cost efficiency programs, synergies and lower tax rate and shares more than offset strong currency and pension headwinds
       

First Quarter Ended March 31

 

(unaudited)
Reported   Adjusted*
First Quarter % First Quarter %
(Millions, except per share)

2015

 

 

2014

 

change

 

2015

 

2014

 

change

 

 
Net Sales $ 3,297.6 $ 3,336.6 -1 % $ 3,297.6 $ 3,336.6 -1 %
Operating Income 387.7 350.9 10 % 396.1 386.5 2 %
Net Income Attributable to Ecolab   233.4   191.0 22 %   241.3   228.2 6 %
 
Diluted Net Income Per Share $ 0.77 $ 0.62 24 % $ 0.80 $ 0.74 8 %
 
* Operating income is adjusted for special gains and charges. Net income and diluted net income per share are adjusted for special gains and charges and discrete tax items.
 

Ecolab Inc. delivered record first quarter earnings as solid fixed currency sales growth and operating margin gains more than offset substantial currency and pension headwinds to yield an 8% adjusted earnings per share increase over last year.

CEO comment

Commenting on the quarter, Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We had excellent execution in the quarter and our business performed largely as expected. Our Institutional and Other segments improved over their respective fourth quarter and 2014 growth rates, benefiting from great execution, improved markets and lower raw material costs. Our Industrial segment also improved its growth in spite of soft trends among our heavy industrial customers. These strong performances more than offset challenges in our Energy segment. The energy market headwinds led to a faster than anticipated slowdown and price pressure in our Energy segment. Energy delivered sales and income in line with last year, as Champion synergies and share gains offset these market challenges. Net, our good business performance, plus moderate share buy backs, enabled us to offset a combined 8% currency and pension headwind in the quarter and still deliver 8% adjusted EPS growth.

"Looking forward, we expect to once again show the strength of our balanced business portfolio as we leverage our recurring business model and competitive advantages, as well as sharpen our cost efficiencies. While food service and light industrial markets continue to show improving trends, energy markets contracted faster than expected and currency headwinds have increased. We have adjusted our earnings outlook for the year and continue to look for strong earnings growth in 2015. We remain focused on driving sales gains and product innovation in all our businesses, capturing cost savings and synergies, and managing effectively through the crosswinds of lower oil prices and unfavorable currency impacts. With substantial growth opportunities throughout our businesses, our compelling value proposition to customers and our strong execution discipline, we are committed to delivering superior results for our customers and shareholders in 2015, and will continue to invest in the right opportunities to drive future growth and returns."

     

Quarter overview

 

First Quarter Ended March 31

 

(unaudited)
     
Reported % Adjusted Fixed Currency* %
(Millions)

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

Change

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

Change

 

Net Sales $3,297.6 $3,336.3 -1% $3,307.7 $3,176.1 4%
Operating Income 387.7 350.9 10% 397.0 370.5 7%
 
* Operating income is adjusted for special gains and charges.
 

Ecolab's reported sales declined 1% to $3.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015. Fixed currency sales rose 4%.

First quarter 2015 reported operating income increased 10% to $388 million. Both reported first quarter 2015 and 2014 results include special gains and charges. Excluding special gains and charges, first quarter 2015 adjusted operating income of $396 million increased 2% compared with first quarter 2014 adjusted operating income. Excluding special gains and charges and at fixed currency rates, first quarter 2015 adjusted fixed currency operating income of $397 million increased 7% when compared with first quarter 2014 adjusted fixed currency operating income.

First quarter 2015 reported net income attributable to Ecolab increased 22% to $233 million and reported diluted earnings per share increased 24% to $0.77. Excluding special gains and charges and discrete tax items, first quarter 2015 adjusted net income rose 6% to $241 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 8% to $0.80, when compared with first quarter 2014 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.74. Currency translation and pension had a combined negative impact of $0.06 per share on reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2015.

Segment review

First quarter 2015 sales grew in all operating units for the Global Industrial segment. When measured at fixed currency rates, segment sales rose 5% to $1,130 million, and were led by Food & Beverage and Water; fixed currency operating income increased 5% to $119 million. Acquisition adjusted fixed currency sales rose 3%, led by Food & Beverage; acquisition adjusted fixed currency operating income increased 4%. Regionally, Latin America and Middle East & Africa (MEA) enjoyed strong sales growth, with modest gains in North America and Europe and flattish sales in Asia Pacific. When measured at public currency rates, Global Industrial segment sales were $1,125 million and operating income was $119 million.

First quarter 2015 sales for the Global Institutional segment, when measured at fixed currency rates, rose 6% to $1,018 million, led by strong Specialty and Institutional sales growth. Fixed currency operating income increased 12% to $170 million. Sales for the segment showed strong growth in Latin America and MEA, with good gains in Asia Pacific and North America, and a moderate increase in Europe. When measured at public currency rates, Global Institutional segment sales were $1,015 million and operating income was $169 million.

First quarter 2015 sales for the Global Energy segment, when measured at fixed currency rates, grew 1% to $982 million, led by our production and downstream businesses. Fixed currency operating income increased 1% to $129 million. When measured at public currency rates, Global Energy segment sales were $980 million and operating income was $129 million.

Other segment sales, when measured at fixed currency rates, increased 6% to $178 million in the first quarter. Fixed currency operating income increased 9% to $23 million. When measured at public currency rates, Other segment reported sales were $178 million and reported operating income was $23 million.

The Corporate segment includes $44 million in both the first quarter of 2015 and 2014 related to amortization from the Nalco merger intangible assets. The Corporate segment also includes special gains and charges. Special gains and charges for the first quarter 2015 were a net charge of $8 million ($5 million after-tax) and primarily consisted of Champion integration costs. Special gains and charges for the first quarter 2014 were $36 million ($27 million after-tax).

The reported tax rate for the first quarter 2015 was 27.6% and compared with 31.9% in the first quarter 2014. Excluding the tax rate impact of special gains and charges and discrete tax items, the adjusted tax rate was 27.1% in the first quarter 2015 and compared with 27.9% in the same period last year. The improved adjusted tax rate was the result of favorable geographic income mix and global tax planning strategies.

Ecolab reacquired 2.9 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter. The reacquired shares included 2.1 million shares acquired as part of an accelerated share repurchase undertaken during the quarter.

Business Outlook

2015

Ecolab revised its forecast and now expects 2015 full-year adjusted earnings per share in the $4.45 to $4.60 range, representing a 6% to 10% increase over the prior year. Ecolab's previous earnings forecast was $4.50 to $4.70. When compared with the 2014 performance, we expect further solid fixed currency sales growth with improved growth in our Institutional, Industrial and Other segments and lower fixed currency sales in our Energy segment. We look for improved adjusted gross margin, with a comparable selling, general and administrative (SG&A) ratios to sales, slightly lower interest expense and a similar adjusted tax rate versus 2014. Pension expense is expected to be an unfavorable $0.09 per share in 2015. We expect a lower number of shares outstanding for the full year. Reflecting the dollar's further strengthening, we now expect foreign currency to have an unfavorable impact on sales of approximately six percentage points and be unfavorable to earnings per share by approximately $0.30. Net, we expect solid fixed currency sales growth, improved efficiency, cost savings, merger synergies and share repurchase to yield strong growth, more than offsetting impacts from substantially unfavorable currency exchange and pension expense, and produce another superior full-year adjusted earnings per share increase in 2015. Please note our tax rate forecast for the full year assumes passage of the R&D tax credit before year end.

 
Our detailed outlook for the full year 2015 is as follows:
Adjusted Gross Margin, excluding special gains and charges     47% - 48%
SG&A % of Sales approx. 32%
Interest expense, net $240 million to $250 million
Adjusted tax rate approx. 27%
Adjusted EPS, excluding special gains and charges $4.45 - $4.60
Diluted shares approx. 302 million
 

We expect special gains and charges and quantifiable discrete tax items for the full-year 2015 to be a net charge of approximately $0.20 per share, primarily driven by restructuring charges, integration costs and expected discrete tax items. Amounts do not reflect the impact of future discrete tax items that are not currently quantifiable, or the impact of a potential Venezuela devaluation charge. During the first quarter of 2015, we continued to transact business in Venezuela at the official exchange rate of 6.30 Bolivars to 1 U.S. dollar. We will evaluate the remeasurement of a portion or all of our monetary assets during the remainder of 2015 depending on the rate at which we transact business in Venezuela.

2015 - Second Quarter

Ecolab expects second quarter adjusted earnings per share in the $1.05 to $1.11 range, representing a 2% to 8% increase versus a very strong year-ago period, when adjusted earnings per share rose 20% to $1.03. Currency translation and pension are expected to have a combined negative impact of $0.10 per share, or approximately 10% of earnings growth.

 
Our detailed outlook for the second quarter 2015 is as follows:
Adjusted Gross Margin, excluding special gains and charges     approx. 47%
SG&A % of Sales approx. 33%
Interest expense, net approx. $60 million
Adjusted tax rate 27% - 28%
Adjusted EPS, excluding special gains and charges $1.05 - $1.11
Diluted shares approx. 302 million
 

We expect special gains and charges for the second quarter of 2015 to be a net charge of approximately $0.15 per share, including restructuring charges and integration costs. Amounts do not reflect the impact of future discrete tax items that are not currently quantifiable, or the impact of a potential Venezuela devaluation charge. As noted in the full year guidance above, we continue to closely monitor the exchange rates at which we transact business in Venezuela.

Reported second quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share of $1.02 included special gains and charges and discrete tax items. Excluding these items, second quarter 2014 adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.03.

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2014 sales of $14 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.

Ecolab will host a live webcast to review the first quarter earnings announcement and earnings guidance today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webcast, along with related presentation slides, will be available to the public on Ecolab's website at www.ecolab.com/investor. A replay of the webcast and related materials will be available at that site. Listening to the webcast requires Internet access, the Windows Media Player or other compatible streaming media player.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

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Additional risks and uncertainties that may affect operating results and business performance are set forth under Item 1A of our most recent Form 10-K, and our other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and include the vitality of the markets we serve, including the impact of oil price fluctuations on the markets served by our Global Energy segment; the impact of economic factors such as the worldwide economy, capital flows, interest rates and foreign currency risk, including a potential currency devaluation in Venezuela and reduced sales and earnings in other countries resulting from the weakening of local currencies versus the U.S. dollar; our ability to attract and retain high caliber management talent to lead our business; our ability to execute key business initiatives; potential information technology infrastructure failures; exposure to global economic, political and legal risks related to our international operations including with respect to our operations in Russia; the costs and effects of complying with laws and regulations, including those relating to the environment and to the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and use of our products; the occurrence of litigation or claims, including related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; our ability to develop competitive advantages through innovation; difficulty in procuring raw materials or fluctuations in raw material costs; our substantial indebtedness; our ability to acquire complementary businesses and to effectively integrate such businesses; restraints on pricing flexibility due to contractual obligations; pressure on operations from consolidation of customers, vendors or competitors; public health epidemics; potential losses arising from the impairment of goodwill or other assets; potential loss of deferred tax assets; potential chemical spill or release; potential class action lawsuits; the loss or insolvency of a major customer or distributor; acts of war or terrorism; natural or man-made disasters; water shortages; severe weather conditions; and other uncertainties or risks reported from time to time in our reports to the SEC. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. We caution that undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Ecolab does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in expectations, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This news release and certain of the accompanying tables include financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures include fixed currency sales, acquisition adjusted fixed currency sales, adjusted gross margins, fixed currency operating income, adjusted operating income, adjusted fixed currency operating income, adjusted tax rate, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share.

We provide these measures as additional information regarding our operating results. We use these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate our performance and in making financial and operational decisions, including with respect to incentive compensation. We believe that our presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency with respect to our results of operations and that these measures are useful for period-to-period comparison of results.

We include in special gains and charges items that are unusual in nature, and significant in amount. In order to better allow investors to compare underlying business performance period-to-period, we provide adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income, adjusted fixed currency operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes special gains and charges and discrete tax items.

The adjusted effective tax rate measure promotes period-to-period comparability of the underlying effective tax rate because it excludes the tax rate impact of special gains and charges and discrete tax items which do not necessarily reflect costs associated with historical trends or expected future results.

We evaluate the performance of our international operations based on fixed currency rates of foreign exchange. Fixed currency sales, acquisition adjusted fixed currency sales, fixed currency operating income and adjusted fixed currency operating income measures eliminate the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on our international sales, acquisition adjusted sales, operating income and adjusted operating income, respectively, and promote a better understanding of our sales and operating income trends from underlying business performance. Fixed currency amounts included in this release are based on translation into U.S. dollars at the fixed foreign currency exchange rates established by management at the beginning of 2015.

Acquisition adjusted growth rates generally exclude the results of any acquired business from the first twelve months post acquisition and exclude the results of divested businesses from the previous twelve months prior to divestiture.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors should not rely on any single financial measure when evaluating our business. We recommend that investors view these measures in conjunction with the GAAP measures included in this news release. A reconciliation of reported diluted earnings per share to adjusted diluted earnings per share is provided in the table "Supplemental Diluted Earnings per Share Information" included in this news release.

(ECL-E)

     
ECOLAB INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
FIRST QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31
(unaudited)
 
First Quarter Ended
March 31 %
(millions, except per share)

2015

 

  2014   Change
 
Net sales $ 3,297.6 $ 3,336.6 -1 %
 
Cost of sales (1) 1,765.3 1,819.2 -3 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,136.8 1,136.9 0 %
Special (gains) and charges (1)   7.8   29.6  
Operating income 387.7 350.9 10 %
Interest expense, net   62.5   65.1   -4 %
Income before income taxes 325.2 285.8 14 %
Provision for income taxes   89.8   91.3   -2 %
Net income including noncontrolling interest 235.4 194.5 21 %
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   2.0   3.5  
Net income attributable to Ecolab $ 233.4 $ 191.0   22 %
 
Earnings attributable to Ecolab per common share
Basic $ 0.78 $ 0.64 22 %
Diluted $ 0.77 $ 0.62 24 %
 
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
Basic 298.2 300.6 -1 %
Diluted 303.2 306.5 -1 %
 
(1) Special (gains) and charges in the Consolidated Statement of Income above include the following:
 
     
(millions) 2015   2014  
 
Cost of sales
Restructuring charges $ 0.6 $ 6.0
 
Special (gains) and charges
Restructuring charges 2.1 22.6
Champion acquisition and integration costs 5.2 6.5
Nalco merger and integration costs 0.5 1.3
Other gains   -   (0.8 )
Subtotal 7.8 29.6
   
Total special (gains) and charges $ 8.4 $ 35.6  
 
     
ECOLAB INC.
REPORTABLE SEGMENT INFORMATION
FIRST QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31
(unaudited)
 
First Quarter Ended
March 31
(millions)   2015     2014   % Change  
 
Net Sales
Global Industrial $ 1,129.7 $ 1,077.2 5 %
Global Institutional 1,018.0 956.7 6 %
Global Energy 981.9 973.7 1 %
Other   178.1     168.5   6 %
Subtotal at fixed currency rates 3,307.7 3,176.1 4 %
Currency impact   (10.1 )   160.5  
Consolidated $ 3,297.6   $ 3,336.6   -1 %
 
Operating Income
Global Industrial $ 119.2 $ 113.6 5 %
Global Institutional 169.5 152.0 12 %
Global Energy 128.7 127.6 1 %
Other 23.4 21.4 9 %
Corporate   (52.2 )   (79.7 )
Subtotal at fixed currency rates 388.6 334.9 16 %
Currency impact   (0.9 )   16.0  
Consolidated $ 387.7   $ 350.9   10 %
 

 

 

Note:
The Corporate segment includes amortization from the Nalco merger intangible assets.
The Corporate segment also includes special (gains) and charges reported on the Consolidated Statement of Income.
   
We evaluate the performance of our international operations based on fixed currency exchange rates, which eliminate the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on our international operations. The difference between the fixed currency exchange rates and the actual currency exchange rates is reported as "currency impact" in the above tables.
 
     
ECOLAB INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(unaudited)
 
March 31 December 31 March 31
(millions)   2015     2014     2014  
 
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 237.9 $ 209.6 $ 300.3
Accounts receivable, net 2,546.9 2,626.7 2,519.6
Inventories 1,503.0 1,466.9 1,367.1
Deferred income taxes 172.8 183.2 170.8
Other current assets   461.2     366.6     345.2  
Total current assets 4,921.8 4,853.0 4,703.0
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,115.1 3,050.6 2,889.0
Goodwill 6,529.0 6,717.0 6,856.6
Other intangible assets, net 4,326.7 4,456.8 4,701.3
Other assets   359.4     371.2     413.5  
 
Total assets $ 19,252.0   $ 19,448.6   $ 19,563.4  
 
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities
Short-term debt $ 1,797.5 $ 1,705.4 $ 1,507.4
Accounts payable 950.6 1,162.4 951.2
Compensation and benefits 435.7 560.4 474.7
Income taxes 70.5 88.6 89.3
Other current liabilities   866.7     851.7     881.8  
Total current liabilities 4,121.0 4,368.5 3,904.4
 
Long-term debt 5,408.7 4,864.0 5,696.6
Postretirement health care and pension benefits 1,140.8 1,188.5 795.9
Other liabilities   1,645.5     1,645.5     1,893.4  
Total liabilities 12,316.0 12,066.5 12,290.3
 
Equity
Common stock 348.7 347.7 346.4
Additional paid-in capital 4,881.3 4,874.5 4,757.0
Retained earnings 5,690.4 5,555.1 4,807.2
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,187.4 ) (951.9 ) (373.3 )
Treasury stock   (2,862.0 )   (2,509.5 )   (2,326.8 )
Total Ecolab shareholders' equity 6,871.0 7,315.9 7,210.5
Noncontrolling interest   65.0     66.2     62.6  
Total equity 6,936.0 7,382.1 7,273.1
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 19,252.0   $ 19,448.6   $ 19,563.4  
 
 
Note:
During the first quarter of 2015, we changed our accounting policy for presenting derivatives subject to master netting arrangements with the same counterparties within our Consolidated Balance Sheet. We previously presented all derivative positions on a gross basis and began presenting derivatives subject to master netting arrangements with the same counterparties on a net basis during the first quarter of 2015. We reclassified the presentation of derivatives subject to master netting arrangements with the same counterparty as of December 31, 2014 to conform to the new accounting policy which resulted in a reduction in other current assets and other current liabilities of $18.1 million. The immaterial reclassification had no impact on previously reported earnings or cash flows.
 
             
ECOLAB INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE INFORMATION
(unaudited)

 

 

 

The table below provides a reconciliation of diluted earnings per share, as reported, to the non-GAAP measure of adjusted diluted earnings per share.

 

 
First Second Six Third Nine Fourth
Quarter Quarter Months Quarter Months Quarter Year
Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended
Mar. 31 June 30 June 30 Sept. 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31 Dec. 31
2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   2014
Diluted earnings per share, as reported (U.S. GAAP)
$ 0.62 $ 1.02 $ 1.64 $ 1.19 $ 2.83 $ 1.10 $ 3.93
 
Adjustments:
Special (gains) and charges (1) 0.09 (0.02 ) 0.07 0.02 0.09 0.11 0.20
Tax expense (benefits) (2) 0.03 0.03 0.06 (0.01 ) 0.05 (0.01 ) 0.04
 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)

 

             
$ 0.74 $ 1.03   $ 1.77 $ 1.21   $ 2.98 $ 1.20   $ 4.18
 
 
First Second Six Third Nine Fourth
Quarter Quarter Months Quarter Months Quarter Year
Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended Ended
Mar. 31 June 30 June 30 Sept. 30 Sept. 30 Dec. 31 Dec. 31
2015   2015   2015   2015   2015   2015   2015
Diluted earnings per share, as reported (U.S. GAAP)
$ 0.77
 
Adjustments:
Special (gains) and charges (3) 0.02
Tax expense (benefits) (4) 0.01
 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)

 

             
$ 0.80            
 
Per share amounts do not necessarily sum due to changes in shares outstanding and rounding.
 
(1) Special (gains) and charges for 2014 include restructuring charges of $22.8 million, $6.1 million, $4.1 million and $32.0, net of tax, in the first, second, third and fourth quarters, respectively. Special (gains) and charges for 2014 also include $4.1 million, $3.4 million, $2.7 million and $2.6 of costs, net of tax, in the first, second, third and fourth quarters, respectively, related to Champion integration costs. Special (gains) and charges for 2014 also include $0.9 million, $1.1 million, $2.0 million and $3.0 million of costs, net of tax, in the first, second, third and fourth quarters, respectively, related to Nalco integration costs. Special (gains) and charges for 2014 also include a gain of $0.5 million, net of tax, in the first quarter related to other items, a gain of $15.9 million, net of tax, in the second quarter related to a favorable licensing settlement and other settlement gains, a gain of $3.1 million, net of tax, in the third quarter related to the consolidation of a subsidiary and removal of the corresponding equity method investment and a gain of $3.8 million, net of tax, in the fourth quarter related to the sale of a business.
 
(2) The first quarter 2014 discrete tax net expense of $9.9 million is driven primarily by the rate differential on certain prior year shared costs, the remeasurement of certain deferred tax assets and liabilities resulting from a change in the state tax rate for certain entities following the merger of Champion operations and the change of a valuation allowance related to the realizability of foreign deferred tax assets, which collectively more than offset benefits from a foreign country audit settlement. The second quarter 2014 discrete tax net expense of $8.3 million is driven primarily by an update to non-current tax liabilities for global tax audits and an adjustment related to the re-characterization of intercompany payments between our U.S. and foreign affiliates which more than offset the change of valuation allowances based on the realizability of foreign deferred tax assets. The third quarter 2014 discrete tax net benefit of $1.9 million is driven primarily by recognizing adjustments from filing our 2013 federal tax return, offset partially by the net impact of foreign audits settlements and adjustments. The fourth quarter discrete tax net benefit of $3.1 million is driven primarily by the remeasurement of certain deferred tax assets and liabilities, resulting from changes in our deferred state tax rate and local country tax rates.
 
(3) Special (gains) and charges for the first quarter of 2015 include restructuring charges of $1.6 million, net of tax. Special (gains) and charges for the first quarter of 2015 also include $3.2 million related to Champion integration costs and $0.5 million, net of tax, related to Nalco integration costs.
 
(4) The first quarter 2015 discrete tax net expense of $2.6 million is driven primarily by a change to a deferred tax liability resulting from the Naperville facility transaction.

 

Ecolab Inc.
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or
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