This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

Ecolab Delivers Strong Fourth Quarter

Global Energy sales, when measured at fixed currency rates, grew 18% to $596 million in the fourth quarter when compared with fourth quarter 2011 pro forma fixed currency sales, with strong growth in all business segments. Fixed currency operating income increased 49% to $103 million in the fourth quarter when compared with fourth quarter 2011 pro forma fixed currency operating income. Comparisons also benefited from a sharp run-up in raw material costs last year. When measured at public currency rates, Global Energy sales were $596 million and operating income was $103 million.

The Corporate segment includes amortization from the Nalco merger intangible assets, merger integration costs, investments in the development of business systems and other corporate investments made as part of Ecolab’s ongoing efforts to improve our efficiency and returns. The Corporate segment also includes special gains and charges. Special gains and charges for the fourth quarter 2012 were a net charge of $47 million ($42 million after-tax). Special gains and charges for the fourth quarter 2011 were a net charge of $98 million ($64 million after-tax).

The reported income tax rate for the fourth quarter 2012 was 29.6% and compared with the reported rate of 31.6% in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the tax rate impact of special gains and charges and discrete tax items, the adjusted effective income tax rate was 29.3% in the fourth quarter for both 2012 and 2011.

Business Outlook With the exception of certain Champion acquisition costs included in special gains and charges, the following forecasts exclude the impact of the pending Champion acquisition.

2013Ecolab continues to expect 2013 full-year adjusted earnings per share – excluding expected accretion from the Champion acquisition – in a $3.38 to $3.48 range, representing a 13% to 17% increase over the prior year. When compared with the 2012 performance, we look for further solid fixed currency sales growth, improved adjusted gross margin and SG&A ratios to sales, and a lower adjusted effective tax rate to drive a double-digit adjusted earnings per share performance.

Special gains and charges for the full year 2013 are expected to be approximately a $0.35 per share net charge, primarily driven by restructuring charges, Nalco integration costs and Champion acquisition related costs. Future amounts related to discrete tax items for 2013, if any, are not currently quantifiable. This forecast does not include Champion acquisition-related costs that are contingent on the transaction closing.

6 of 12

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 18,132.70 -81.72 -0.45%
S&P 500 2,104.50 -6.24 -0.30%
NASDAQ 4,963.5270 -24.3630 -0.49%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs