Sales for the quarter increased 8 percent, including increases of 15 percent in the Americas and 8 percent in EMEA (4 percent at consistent translation rates). Sales for the quarter decreased 9 percent in Asia Pacific (6 percent at consistent translation rates). Year-to-date sales increased 10 percent, including increases of 13 percent in the Americas and 11 percent in EMEA (9 percent at consistent translation rates). Year-to-date sales were flat in Asia Pacific (up 2 percent at consistent translation rates). The first quarter impact of the Powder Finishing operations acquired in April 2012 contributed approximately 4 percentage points of the total year-to-date growth and accounted for most of the growth in EMEA (at consistent translation rates).
Gross profit margin, expressed as a percentage of sales, was 54½ percent for the quarter, consistent with the comparable period last year. Year-to-date gross profit margin rate was 55 percent, up 1 percentage point from last year. Non-recurring inventory-related purchase accounting effects totaling $7 million reduced last year’s year-to-date gross margin rate by approximately 1 percentage point.
Total operating expenses for the quarter and year-to-date were slightly lower than the comparable periods last year. Volume-related increases in selling, marketing and distribution expenses were more than offset by decreases in general and administrative expenses, including acquisition and divestiture cost decreases of $3 million for the quarter and $14 million year-to-date.Other expense (income) included dividends received from the Liquid Finishing businesses that are held separate from the Company’s other businesses. Such dividends totaled $9 million for the quarter and $24 million year-to-date, up from $4 million for the quarter and $8 million year-to-date received in the comparable periods last year. The effective income tax rates of 24 percent for the quarter and 27 percent year-to-date were lower than the comparable periods last year. This year’s rates included the impact of the federal R&D credit that was renewed in the first quarter, effective retroactive to the beginning of 2012. There was no R&D credit recognized in 2012. The effective rates in 2013 also reflected the effect of higher after-tax dividend income received from the Liquid Finishing businesses held separate, and the effect of more foreign earnings that are taxed at lower rates than in the United States. The effective rate for the quarter also included the impact of additional benefit from U.S. business credits and deductions.
Certain measurements of segment operations are summarized below:
|Thirteen Weeks||Thirty-nine Weeks|
|Net sales (in millions)||$||156.7||$||92.9||$||27.4||$||480.5||$||269.1||$||82.5|
Percentage change from last year
Operating earnings as a percentage of net sales
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