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Graco Reports Record Third Quarter Sales And Earnings

The Company does not control the Liquid Finishing businesses, nor is it able to exert influence over those businesses. Consequently, the Company’s investment in the shares of the Liquid Finishing businesses has been reflected as a cost-method investment, and its financial results have not been consolidated with those of the Company. Income is recognized based on dividends received from current earnings and is included in other income.

The Liquid Finishing businesses generated sales of $76 million and EBITDA of $16 million in the third quarter.

Outlook

"We expect to achieve growth in every region in the fourth quarter of 2013," said McHale. "The housing recovery and a marginally favorable economic environment in the U.S. should continue to provide a tailwind for growth in our Contractor and Industrial segments in the Americas. We don't see a catalyst to advance the weak macroeconomic environments in Asia Pacific or EMEA in the near term, but we expect modest growth in the fourth quarter. As we finish out 2013 and look toward 2014, Graco's global team remains focused on our strategic growth initiatives of expanding our distribution channels, developing innovative new products, conversion of end users from manual painting techniques to using spray equipment, and continuing our efforts to expand into adjacent new markets."

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Company desires to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provisions regarding forward-looking statements of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is filing this Cautionary Statement in order to do so. From time to time various forms filed by our Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K, our Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks, and other disclosures, including our 2012 Overview report, press releases, earnings releases, analyst briefings, conference calls and other written documents or oral statements released by our Company, may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally use words such as “expect,” “foresee,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project,” “should,” “estimate,” “will,” and similar expressions, and reflect our Company’s expectations concerning the future. All forecasts and projections are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon currently available information, but various risks and uncertainties may cause our Company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements in light of new information or future events.

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