Mr. Bassoul continued, “We also continued to realize revenue growth at our Food Processing Equipment Group as food processors continue to expand and modernize existing plant operations through investments in new equipment innovations. We also continue to develop new business opportunities with customers developing processing operations in emerging markets due to increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods. In the fourth quarter of 2012 we realized sales growth of 30% due to certain large orders, and as a result will have a challenging 2013 fourth quarter comparison. However, we remain positive on the overall trends and prospects of this segment of our business.”

Mr. Bassoul further commented, “At Viking, we continued to make progress on our integration initiatives. This is reflected in our continued improvement in EBITDA margins, which increased to over 18% in the third quarter and remain on track with our established profitability targets.”

“At Viking, we made significant progress with initiatives related to changes in distribution and new product development. In conjunction with these efforts, we continued to integrate several former U.S. distributors into the Viking organization. Now over 50% of the domestic revenues are managed through Viking owned distribution. These distribution changes will allow us to control and enhance critical aspects of the sales, marketing and customer support processes. We expect to complete our reorganization of the domestic distribution channels in the upcoming quarters,” said Mr. Bassoul. “We are also very excited about the significant pipeline of new Viking products and product enhancements scheduled for introduction in the fourth quarter. This includes a complete new lineup of ranges, cooktops, built-in refrigeration and ventilation.”

Mr. Bassoul concluded, “We were also very pleased to recently announce the acquisition of Celfrost to add to our portfolio of Commercial Foodservice Equipment brands. With this acquisition, Middleby further strengthens its presence in the fast growing market of India and expands product offerings in India to include complementary cold side products alongside our cooking and warming brands. Celfrost has an extensive marketing and service network in India, including 15 brand centers that we will strategically leverage to support Middleby’s entire portfolio of commercial foodservice equipment brands in the market.”

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