Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased $3.9 million to $29.3 million, or 18% of sales compared with the same period in 2009. This was primarily due to acquisition and employee-related costs, as we continue to grow the business and target additional LNG growth opportunities.Income tax expense was $4.3 million for the fourth quarter and represented an effective tax rate of 30% compared with $2.1 million for the prior year's fourth quarter, or an effective tax rate of 12%. The full year effective tax rate for 2010 was 28%, the same as for 2009. The fourth quarter 2009 effective tax rate was lower primarily due to a permanent tax difference on the bargain purchase gain associated with the November 2009 Covidien acquisition. The 2009 effective tax rate, excluding the bargain purchase gain, would have been approximately 31% for the full year.
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