Sales for the quarter increased 7 percent, including increases of 14 percent in the Americas and 2 percent in EMEA. Sales decreased 6 percent in Asia Pacific. Year-to-date sales increased 11 percent, including increases of 12 percent in the Americas, 13 percent in EMEA and 4 percent in Asia Pacific. The first quarter impact of the Powder Finishing operations acquired in April 2012 contributed approximately 6 percentage points of the total year-to-date growth and accounted for all of the growth in EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Gross profit margin, expressed as a percentage of sales, was 55½ percent for both the quarter and year-to date, up from 52 percent and 54 percent for the quarter and year-to-date last year, respectively. Non-recurring purchase accounting effects totaling $7 million related to inventory reduced last year’s gross margin rate by approximately 3 percentage points for the quarter and 1½ points year-to-date.
Total operating expenses for the quarter decreased by $4 million, including a $7 million drop in acquisition and divestiture costs. Year-to-date operating expenses were $1 million higher than last year, with higher expenses from acquired operations and other volume-related increases mostly offset by a $10 million decrease in acquisition and divestiture costs.Other expense (income) included dividends of $11 million for the quarter and $15 million year-to-date received from the Liquid Finishing businesses that are held separate from the Company’s other businesses. The Company received the first of such dividends in the second quarter of 2012, in the amount of $4 million. The effective income tax rate of 29 percent for the quarter and the year-to-date rate of 28 percent were lower than the comparable periods last year. This year’s rate includes the impact of the federal R&D credit that was renewed in the first quarter, effective retroactive to the beginning of 2012. There was no R&D credit recognized in 2012. The effective rate in 2013 also reflects the effect of higher after-tax dividend income received from the Liquid Finishing businesses held separate.
Certain measurements of segment operations are summarized below:
|Thirteen Weeks||Twenty-six Weeks|
|Net sales (in millions)||$||159.7||$||98.5||$||27.9||$||323.8||$||176.1||$||55.1|
Percentage change from last year
Operating earnings as a percentage of net sales
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