Quarter overview In order to provide a meaningful comparison of the results of operations, where applicable, results for the fourth quarter of 2012 are compared against pro forma results for the fourth quarter of 2011. The pro forma 2011 results are based on the historical consolidated financial statements of Ecolab and Nalco and were prepared to illustrate the effects of the merger with Nalco. In addition, beginning in first quarter 2012, adjustments were made to move certain water treatment-related business from the U.S. Cleaning and Sanitizing and International Cleaning, Sanitizing and Other Services segments to the Global Water segment, consistent with how these businesses are now managed. This supplemental pro forma financial information is located on our website at www.ecolab.com/investor and in Ecolab’s report on Form 8-K filed April 27, 2012.

   

Fourth Quarter Ended December 31
(unaudited)
                   
Reported % Adjusted Fixed Currency %
(Millions, except per share) 2012     2011     Change 2012     2011*     Change
Net Sales $ 3,045.8 $ 1,845.3 65 % $ 3,035.2 $ 2,847.4 7 %
Operating Income 395.8 164.2 141 % 439.7 331.6 33 %
 

*Amounts represent the pro forma equivalent to the 2012 amounts presented.

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