Currently, all Transitions Optical sales are consolidated in PPG’s financial statements. Essilor’s minority share of the joint venture’s net earnings is reflected as a reduction to PPG’s net income and presented in the financial statements as “income attributable to non-controlling interests”. Upon receipt of regulatory approvals, PPG expects to account for Transitions Optical as discontinued operations.PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.(TM) PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com. About Essilor: The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company. Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique vision requirements. For more information, visit www.essilor.com. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains certain statements about PPG Industries, Inc., that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These matters involve risks and uncertainties as discussed in PPG’s periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and its current reports on Form 8-K filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release include statements about the expected effects on PPG and Transitions Optical of the agreement by PPG to sell its 51 percent interest in Transitions Optical and its sunlens business to Essilor (the “Transaction”), the anticipated timing and benefits of the Transaction, the anticipated deployment by PPG of the proceeds of the Transaction and the timing of such deployment, PPG’s anticipated financial results, and all other statements in this news release that are not historical facts. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words “targets,” “plans,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “likely,” “may,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “positioned,” “strategy,” “future,” or words, phrases or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements.
These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of PPG and are subject to uncertainty and to changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties include: the satisfaction of the conditions to the Transaction and other risks related to the completion of the Transaction and actions related thereto; PPG’s and Essilor’s ability to complete the Transaction on the anticipated terms and schedule, including the ability to obtain regulatory approvals; risks relating to any unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses and future prospects; business and management; and the risk that disruptions from the Transaction will harm PPG’s businesses or the Transitions business. However, it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, while the list of factors presented here is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements.Forward-looking statements included herein are made as of the date hereof, and PPG undertakes no obligation to update publicly such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.