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Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter ended July 31, 2013.
Effective May 1, 2013, the Company changed its reporting structure from geographically-based to an organization structured around three global business platforms: Identification Solutions, Workplace Safety and Die-Cut. The Identification Solutions business focuses on identification solutions for a broad range of applications including wire identification, product identification, safety and facility identification, people identification and healthcare identification. The Workplace Safety business focuses on workplace safety and compliance products, and is expanding its multi-channel direct-marketing model with an increased focus on e-business. The Die-Cut business continues to provide precision solutions primarily to the global electronics industry. In May 2013, the Company announced plans to sell its Die-Cut business. Accordingly, the Company has recast its prior-period financial statements to report the financial results of the Die-Cut business on a line item as discontinued operations in the accompanying consolidated statements of income.
Quarter Ended July 31, 2013 Financial Results:
Sales from continuing operations for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter ended July 31, 2013 were up 14.9 percent to $309.1 million compared to $269.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Organic sales were down 2.3 percent, the acquisition of Precision Dynamics Corporation (“PDC”) added 16.9 percent to sales, and the impact of foreign currency translation increased sales by 0.3 percent. By segment, organic sales were up 2.1 percent in Identification Solutions and down 8.6 percent in Workplace Safety.
During the quarter ended July 31, 2013, the Company recorded non-cash impairment charges of $204.4 million related to the write-down of certain long-lived assets in Asia, the write-down of goodwill of the Company’s North American Workplace Safety business, and the write down of certain other intangible assets. During the quarter, the Company also recorded restructuring charges of $15.6 million and non-cash tax charges of $4.0 million related to the funding of the PDC acquisition and the recording of certain tax valuation allowances.