The Company’s repositioning actions include the anticipated closure of a small manufacturing facility in England, which had total sales of $8 million in 2011. The Company expects to supply selected European customers from plants located in the United States. Repositioning charges of $1.1 million on a pre-tax basis were recorded in the second quarter of 2012. In addition to the amounts recorded in the second quarter, the Company expects to incur additional pre-tax charges related to these actions in the second half of 2012 of approximately $2 million. Pre-tax savings associated with these actions are expected to approximate $1 million annually beginning in 2013.
|(dollars in millions)||2012||2011|
|Operating Profit, before Special Items*||$11.4||$7.1||$4.3||60%|
|Profit Margin, before Special Items*||11.7%||7.6%|
|* Repositioning charges associated with optimizing manufacturing operations and an anticipated facility sale.|
Merchandising Systems sales of $97.6 million increased $3.6 million, or 4%, reflecting higher sales in Vending and, to a lesser extent, Payment Solutions. Operating profit before Special Items increased $4.3 million, reflecting strong margin improvement in both Vending and Payment Solutions.