|LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS INC filed this Form 10-Q on 10/30/2017|
LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts
NOTE 2 — EARNINGS PER SHARE
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:
For the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, common shares subject to equity-based awards of 182,615 and 803,741, respectively, were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect of their exercise would be anti-dilutive. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, common shares subject to equity-based awards of 149,888 and 807,763, respectively, were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect of their exercise would be anti-dilutive.
NOTE 3 — ACQUISITIONS
Upon acquisition of a business, the Company uses the income, market, or cost approach (or a combination thereof) for the valuation as appropriate. The valuation inputs in these models and analyses are based on market participant assumptions. Market participants are considered to be buyers and sellers unrelated to the Company in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability.
Fair value estimates are based on a complex series of judgments about future events and uncertainties and rely heavily on estimates and assumptions. Management values properties using the cost approach supported where available by observable market data, which includes consideration of obsolescence. Management values acquired intangible assets using the relief from royalty method, a form of the income approach supported by observable market data for peer companies. Acquired inventories are marked to fair value. For certain items, the carrying value is determined to be a reasonable approximation of fair value based on information available to the Company.
On July 31, 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of Air Liquide Welding, a subsidiary of Air Liquide. The agreed upon purchase price was $135,123, which was adjusted for certain debt like obligations, for a net purchase price of $72,468, net of cash acquired. The primary debt like obligation was a pension liability. The acquisition was accounted for as a business combination. The funding of the cash portion of the purchase price and acquisition costs was provided for with available cash.
The complementary business will enhance the Company’s global specialty consumables portfolio and extend its channel reach for equipment systems and cutting, soldering and brazing solutions in Europe. The acquisition will also offer European customers more comprehensive welding solutions, greater technical application expertise and improved service levels.
The preliminary fair value of the net assets acquired exceeded the purchase consideration by $51,585, resulting in a bargain purchase gain at acquisition, which is included in Bargain purchase gain in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company believes that the bargain purchase gain was primarily the result of the divestiture by Air Liquide of the welding business, which was outside Air Liquide’s core business, as part of an overall repositioning of its core business. The Company anticipates future integration initiatives are necessary in order to achieve commercial and operational synergies. The Company is in the process of reassessing the recognition and measurement of identifiable assets and liabilities acquired, including further redefining the values of certain identifiable assets and liabilities, deferred income taxes and contractual arrangements. As the Company finalizes the fair value of assets acquired, liabilities assumed and purchase price, additional purchase price adjustments may be recorded during the measurement period. This may also result in a corresponding change in the amount of the bargain purchase gain recorded in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations.