SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 18, 2007
AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANIES INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
|(Commission File No.)|| |
|One Centennial Avenue, P.O. Box 6820, Piscataway, NJ||08855-6820|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (732) 980-6000
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|Item 2.02||Results of Operations and Financial Condition.|
On July 18, 2007, the Company issued a press release reporting its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 and provided forward-looking performance estimates for the Companys fiscal year ending December 31, 2007. The press release also contains forward-looking performance estimates for WABCO Holdings Inc. for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007. As previously reported, the Company intends to complete the tax-free spinoff of its Vehicle Control Systems business into a separately traded public company, WABCO Holdings Inc., at the close of business on July 31, 2007. The press release, which is attached as Exhibit 99.1, and the information included in Item 7.01 of this Form 8-K are incorporated herein by reference. The projections constituting the performance estimates included in the release involve risks and uncertainties, the outcome of which cannot be foreseen at this time and, therefore, actual results may vary materially from these forecasts. In this regard, see the information included below under the caption Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.
The information in the earnings release and in this Item 2.02 is furnished and not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references such information.
The earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures. For purposes of Regulation G, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a registrants historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows (or equivalent statements) of the issuer; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. In this regard, GAAP refers to generally acceptable accounting principles in the United States. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the Company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures set forth in the earnings release on the Consolidated Statements of Operations, Reconciliations of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Common Share, Reconciliation of Statement of Operations, the Data Supplement Sheets, the Earnings Per Share Reconciliation Tables and the Reconciliations of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow attached to the earnings release.
|Item 2.05||Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities|
As part of an effort to remain cost competitive, optimize its manufacturing capabilities and continue to rebuild the profitability of the Bath and Kitchen business, American Standard Companies Inc. (the Company) announced on July 18, 2007, a consolidation plan for its ceramics manufacturing operations in Europe. The Company intends to discontinue the production of ceramics at its Excelsior, United Kingdom manufacturing facility and relocate the manufacturing of the remaining products to more cost-effective locations. This plan will result in charges amounting to approximately $17 million ($12 million after tax) of which $12 million is expected in the third quarter of 2007 and $5 million is expected in the fourth quarter. The total charge includes approximately $6 million for job-elimination expenses related to about 140 employees, and approximately $11 million of other exit related costs, including approximately $9 million in facility and equipment write-offs. The Company estimates that the foregoing charges will result in approximately $7 million of cash expenditures, which are expected to be paid in 2007. The Company expects the closure of the facility, relocation of production and related job eliminations to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2007. Once completed, the Company expects to realize cost savings starting in the first quarter of 2008 and expects annualized cost savings of approximately $10 million starting in 2008. The estimated amounts concerning the anticipated costs, accounting charges and annualized savings constitute forward-looking statements and are based upon managements expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting the company. The actual costs, accounting charges and savings resulting from these events may differ from what has been estimated. In this regard, see the information included below under the caption Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure|
On July 18, 2007, the Company issued a press release announcing its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 and provided forward-looking performance estimates for the Companys fiscal year ending December 31, 2007. The press release also contains forward-looking performance estimates for WABCO Holdings Inc. for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007. As previously reported, the Company intends to complete the tax-free spinoff of its Vehicle Control Systems business into a separately traded public company, WABCO Holdings Inc., after the close of business on July 31, 2007. The press release, which is attached as Exhibit 99.1, and the information included in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K are incorporated herein by reference.
The information in the press release and this Item 7.01 is furnished and not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. Such information may be incorporated by reference in another filing under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or the Securities Act of 1933 only if and to the extent such subsequent filing specifically references the information incorporated by reference herein.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
The following exhibits are filed or furnished as part of this Report to the extent described in Item 2.02 and Item 7.01.
|99.1||Press Release, dated as of July 18, 2007.|
INFORMATION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain of the statements contained in this report, and the exhibit attached hereto, including, without limitation statements as to managements good faith expectations and belief are forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as believe, expect, plans, strategy, prospects, estimate, project, anticipate, intends and other words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are made based upon managements expectations and belief concerning future developments and their potential effect upon the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with managements expectations or that the effect of future developments on the Company will be those anticipated by management. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations as a result of many factors including (i) pricing changes to materials used to produce its products and the ability to offset those changes through price increases, (ii) changes in U.S. or international economic conditions, such as inflation and interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations, (iii) the actual level of construction activity and commercial vehicle production in the Companys end-markets, (iv) periodic adjustments to reserves for contingent liabilities, including reserves associated with litigation matters, government investigations, asbestos liabilities and asbestos insurance recoveries, and (v) the amount and timing of operational consolidation expenses and gains or losses on asset sales and tax items. In addition, there are risks and uncertainties relating to the planned tax-free-spin-off of our Vehicle Controls System business and the sale of our Bath and Kitchen business, including the timing and certainty of the completion of those transactions and the ability of each business to operate as an independent entity. The performance estimates for the Companys fiscal year ending December 31, 2007 is based on the Companys current structure and does not give effect to the separation of Vehicle Control Systems into a newly independent public company and the sale of Bath and Kitchen. For information about additional factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations and other risks and uncertainties that could adversely affect the Companys forward-looking statements, please refer to the Companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, in the Managements Discussion and Analysis section of the Companys Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in WABCO Holdings Inc.s Registration Statement on Form 10. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANIES INC.|
/s/ Brad M. Cerepak
|Name:||Brad M. Cerepak|
|Title:||Vice President and Controller|
DATE: July 18, 2007