As part of the Company’s repositioning actions, management plans to consolidate the manufacturing of certain products and optimize engineering resources in the Payment Solutions portion of the segment. In addition, a charge was recorded in connection with the anticipated sale of a property in St. Louis, Missouri related to the previous plant consolidation in South Carolina. Repositioning charges of $2.3 million on a pre-tax basis were recorded in the second quarter of 2012. 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*||$38.2||$36.9||$1.3||4%|
|Profit Margin, before Special Items*||12.6%||12.9%|
|* Repositioning charges primarily associated with transferring production to lower cost Company facilities.|
Second quarter 2012 sales increased $16 million, or 6%, including a core sales increase of $23 million (8%), $7 million from the acquisition of WTA (3%), and unfavorable foreign currency translation of $14 million (-5%). Before Special Items, operating profit increased to $38.2 million while operating margin declined slightly to 12.6%.