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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q 
x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2014
or
¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from _____________ to _____________
Commission File Number:  0-1402
 
LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio
 
34-1860551
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
22801 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio
 
44117
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(216) 481-8100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Not applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.                                                            Yes x  No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes x  No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “small reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer x
 
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer   o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes o  No x
 
The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s common shares as of September 30, 2014 was 77,680,043.

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Net sales
$
715,777

 
$
691,875

 
$
2,129,370

 
$
2,137,880

Cost of goods sold
474,168

 
459,178

 
1,411,158

 
1,438,273

Gross profit
241,609

 
232,697

 
718,212

 
699,607

Selling, general & administrative expenses
136,424

 
131,217

 
419,495

 
403,323

Rationalization and asset impairment charges
29,068

 
6,302

 
29,887

 
8,204

Operating income
76,117

 
95,178

 
268,830

 
288,080

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense):
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interest income
627

 
536

 
2,465

 
2,452

Equity earnings in affiliates
1,172

 
1,170

 
4,308

 
3,687

Other income
1,043

 
1,514

 
3,204

 
3,141

Interest expense
(1,174
)
 
(558
)
 
(3,730
)
 
(2,307
)
Total other income
1,668

 
2,662

 
6,247

 
6,973

Income before income taxes
77,785

 
97,840

 
275,077

 
295,053

Income taxes
32,953

 
33,588

 
96,532

 
91,431

Net income including non-controlling interests
44,832

 
64,252

 
178,545

 
203,622

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries’ loss
(857
)
 
(1,792
)
 
(929
)
 
(1,834
)
Net income
$
45,689

 
$
66,044

 
$
179,474

 
$
205,456

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share
$
0.58

 
$
0.81

 
$
2.25

 
$
2.50

Diluted earnings per share
$
0.57

 
$
0.80

 
$
2.22

 
$
2.47

Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.23

 
$
0.20

 
$
0.69

 
$
0.60

 
See notes to these consolidated financial statements.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Net income including non-controlling interests
$
44,832

 
$
64,252

 
$
178,545

 
$
203,622

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives designated and qualifying as cash flow hedges, net of tax of $(159) and $25 in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014; $276 and $(55) in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013
313

 
(734
)
 
(284
)
 
(147
)
Defined benefit pension plan activity, net of tax of $1,974 and $5,235 in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014; $2,050 and $8,232 in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013
2,909

 
4,314

 
7,989

 
14,391

Currency translation adjustment
(49,550
)
 
19,891

 
(49,778
)
 
(15,209
)
Other comprehensive (loss) income:
(46,328
)
 
23,471

 
(42,073
)
 
(965
)
Comprehensive (loss) income
(1,496
)
 
87,723

 
136,472

 
202,657

Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests
(797
)
 
(1,678
)
 
(164
)
 
(1,769
)
Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to shareholders
$
(699
)
 
$
89,401

 
$
136,636

 
$
204,426

 
See notes to these consolidated financial statements.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
 
September 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
 
(UNAUDITED)
 
(NOTE 1)
ASSETS
 

 
 

Current Assets
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
$
279,523

 
$
299,825

Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $7,703 in 2014; $8,398 in 2013)
354,376

 
367,134

Inventories:
 

 
 

Raw materials
96,857

 
112,478

Work-in-process
37,779

 
38,963

Finished goods
202,561

 
198,522

Total inventory
337,197

 
349,963

Other current assets
238,740

 
113,853

Total Current Assets
1,209,836

 
1,130,775

 
 
 
 
Property, Plant and Equipment
 

 
 

Land
47,286

 
48,369

Buildings
361,489

 
373,373

Machinery and equipment
703,082

 
723,715

 
1,111,857

 
1,145,457

Less accumulated depreciation
661,841

 
661,452

Property, Plant and Equipment, Net
450,016

 
484,005

Non-current assets
452,667

 
537,087

TOTAL ASSETS
$
2,112,519

 
$
2,151,867

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 

 
 

Current Liabilities
 

 
 

Amounts due banks
$
85,642

 
$
14,581

Trade accounts payable
186,751

 
212,799

Other current liabilities
297,449

 
228,822

Current portion of long-term debt
1,859

 
715

Total Current Liabilities
571,701

 
456,917

 
 
 
 
Long-Term Liabilities
 

 
 

Long-term debt, less current portion
1,041

 
3,791

Accrued pensions
23,166

 
26,999

Other long-term liabilities
140,132

 
133,472

Total Long-Term Liabilities
164,339

 
164,262

 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ Equity
 

 
 

Common shares
9,858

 
9,858

Additional paid-in capital
252,138

 
240,519

Retained earnings
2,033,290

 
1,908,462

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(194,779
)
 
(151,941
)
Treasury shares
(727,168
)
 
(480,296
)
Total Shareholders’ Equity
1,373,339

 
1,526,602

Non-controlling interests
3,140

 
4,086

Total Equity
1,376,479

 
1,530,688

 
 
 
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
$
2,112,519

 
$
2,151,867


See notes to these consolidated financial statements.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 

 
 

Net income
$
179,474

 
$
205,456

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries’ loss
(929
)
 
(1,834
)
Net income including non-controlling interests
178,545

 
203,622

Adjustments to reconcile Net income including non-controlling interests to Net cash
   provided by operating activities:
 

 
 

Rationalization and asset impairment charges
29,447

 
5,049

Depreciation and amortization
53,017

 
51,881

Equity earnings in affiliates, net
(1,901
)
 
(1,313
)
Deferred income taxes
6,155

 
21,023

Stock-based compensation
6,268

 
7,511

Pension expense
9,634

 
22,261

Pension contributions and payments
(34,643
)
 
(84,417
)
Foreign exchange loss (gain)
19,968

 
(3,852
)
Other, net
(2,350
)
 
5,075

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:
 

 
 

Increase in accounts receivable
(22,388
)
 
(17,982
)
Increase in inventories
(11,153
)
 
(9,889
)
(Increase) decrease in other current assets
(27,963
)
 
10,860

Decrease in trade accounts payable
(11,534
)
 
(32,703
)
Increase in other current liabilities
81,262

 
64,767

Net change in other long-term assets and liabilities
(4,311
)
 
198

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
268,053

 
242,091

 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
(55,430
)
 
(59,691
)
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
(892
)
 
(4,936
)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
17,046

 
796

Other investing activities
778

 
(4,217
)
NET CASH USED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES
(38,498
)
 
(68,048
)
 
 
 
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 

 
 

Proceeds from short-term borrowings
8,135

 
788

Payments on short-term borrowings
(11,463
)
 
(1,732
)
Amounts due banks, net
75,958

 
(1,110
)
Proceeds from long-term borrowings
57

 

Payments on long-term borrowings
(1,573
)
 
(297
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
5,945

 
16,077

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
3,361

 
6,973

Purchase of shares for treasury
(249,403
)
 
(113,641
)
Cash dividends paid to shareholders
(55,395
)
 
(32,987
)
Transactions with non-controlling interests
(2,330
)
 
(2,809
)
NET CASH USED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES
(226,708
)
 
(128,738
)
 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on Cash and cash equivalents
(23,149
)
 
(1,460
)
(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
(20,302
)
 
43,845

 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
299,825

 
286,464

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD
$
279,523

 
$
330,309


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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts


NOTE 1 — BASIS OF PRESENTATION
As used in this report, the term “Company,” except as otherwise indicated by the context, means Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries for which it has a controlling interest.  The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, these unaudited consolidated financial statements do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  However, in the opinion of management, these unaudited consolidated financial statements contain all the adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods.  Operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2014.
The accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2013 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.  For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.
Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior year financial statements to conform to current year classifications.
Venezuela — Highly Inflationary Economy
Venezuela is a highly inflationary economy under GAAP.  As a result, the financial statements of the Company’s Venezuelan operation are reported under highly inflationary accounting rules as of January 1, 2010.  Under highly inflationary accounting, the financial statements of the Company’s Venezuelan operation have been remeasured into the Company’s reporting currency and exchange gains and losses from the remeasurement of monetary assets and liabilities are reflected in current earnings.  On February 8, 2013, the Venezuelan government announced the devaluation of its currency relative to the U.S. dollar. Effective February 13, 2013, the official rate moved from 4.3 to 6.3 bolivars to the U.S. dollar. The devaluation of the bolivar resulted in a foreign currency transaction loss of $8,081 in Selling, general & administrative expenses and higher Cost of goods sold of $4,117 due to the liquidation of inventory valued at the historical exchange rate.
In January 2014, the Venezuela government announced the formation of the National Center of Foreign Trade (“CENCOEX”) to replace the Commission for the Administration of Currency Exchange (“CADIVI”). Effective January 24, 2014, the exchange rate applicable to the settlement of certain transactions through CENCOEX, including payments of dividends and royalties, changed to utilize the Complementary System of Foreign Currency Administration ("SICAD") auction-based exchange rate (the "SICAD I rate") as opposed to the official rate. In February 2014, the government announced a new market based foreign exchange system, the SICAD II. The exchange rate established through SICAD II fluctuates daily and is significantly higher than both the official rate and the SICAD I rate.
As of March 31, 2014, the Company determined that the rate used in remeasuring the Venezuelan operation's financial statements into U.S. dollars would change to the SICAD I rate as future remittances for dividend payments could be transacted at the SICAD I rate. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD I rate was 10.7 bolivars to the U.S. dollar, which resulted in a remeasurement loss on the bolivar-denominated monetary net asset position of $17,665 which was recorded in Selling, general & administrative expenses in the three months ended March 31, 2014. Additionally, the Company incurred higher Cost of goods sold of $3,468 during the second quarter of 2014 related to the adoption of the SICAD I rate. The SICAD I rate is determined by periodic auctions which may result in additional losses or gains on a remeasurement of the bolivar-denominated monetary net asset position. While there remains considerable uncertainty as to the nature and volume of transactions that will flow through the various currency exchange mechanisms, the Company has determined that the SICAD I rate remains the most appropriate exchange rate for the Company to utilize in remeasuring the Venezuelan operation's financial statements into U.S. dollars. As of September 30, 2014, the SICAD I rate was 12.0 bolivars to the U.S dollar.
Future impacts to earnings of applying highly inflationary accounting for Venezuela on the Company’s consolidated financial statements will be dependent upon the applied currency exchange mechanisms, the movements in the applicable exchange rates between the bolivar and the U.S. dollar and the amount of monetary assets and liabilities included in the Company’s Venezuelan operation’s balance sheet.  The bolivar-denominated monetary net asset position was $8,438 at September 30, 2014, including $1,847 of cash and cash equivalents and $38,633 at December 31, 2013, including $50,642 of cash and cash equivalents.  

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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:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Numerator:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net income
$
45,689

 
$
66,044

 
$
179,474

 
$
205,456

Denominator:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding
78,817

 
81,644

 
79,779

 
82,260

Effect of dilutive securities - Stock options and awards
908

 
1,063

 
923

 
1,054

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding
79,725

 
82,707

 
80,702

 
83,314

Basic earnings per share
$
0.58

 
$
0.81

 
$
2.25

 
$
2.50

Diluted earnings per share
$
0.57

 
$
0.80

 
$
2.22

 
$
2.47

For the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, common shares subject to equity-based awards of 259,336 and 44,026, 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, 2014 and 2013, common shares subject to equity-based awards of 260,964 and 420,584, respectively, were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect of their exercise would be anti-dilutive.

NOTE 3 — NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
New Accounting Standards Yet to Be Adopted:
In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-12, "Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718)." ASU 2014-12 requires a performance target which affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition by applying existing guidance in Topic 718 as it relates to awards with performance conditions. The amendment also specifies the period over which compensation costs should be recognized. The amendment is effective for annual reporting periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of ASU 2014-12 on the Company's financial statements.
In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, "Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)." ASU 2014-09 requires an entity to recognize revenue in a manner that depicts the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. To achieve that core principle, the amendment provides five steps that an entity should apply when recognizing revenue. The amendment also specifies the accounting of some costs to obtain or fulfill a contract with a customer and expands the disclosure requirements around contracts with customers. An entity can either adopt this amendment retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented or retrospectively with the cumulative effect of initially applying the update recognized at the date of initial application. The amendment is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the adoption of ASU 2014-09 on the Company's financial statements.

NOTE 4 — ACQUISITIONS
During October 2014, the Company acquired substantially all of the assets of Easom Automation Systems, Inc. ("Easom"). Easom, based in Detroit, Michigan, is an integrator and manufacturer of automation and positioning solutions, serving heavy fabrication, aerospace and automotive OEMs and suppliers. The acquisition advances the Company's leadership position in automated welding and cutting solutions. Easom has annual sales of approximately $30,000. In addition, during 2014, the Company acquired the remaining interest in its majority-owned joint venture, Harris Soldas Especiais S.A.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

During November 2013, the Company completed the acquisition of Robolution GmbH ("Robolution").  Robolution, based outside of Frankfurt, Germany, is a leading European provider of robotic arc welding systems. The acquisition added to the Company's growing automation business and will enable the Company to support automation customers across three continents.
During November 2013, the Company acquired an ownership interest in Burlington Automation Corporation ("Burlington"). Burlington, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in the design and manufacture of 3D robotic plasma cutting systems whose products are sold under the brand name Python X®. The acquisition broadens the Company's portfolio of automated cutting and welding process solutions.
Combined revenues for Robolution and Burlington in 2013 were approximately $35,000. In addition, during 2013 the Company acquired a greater interest in its majority-owned joint venture, Lincoln Electric Heli (Zhengzhou) Welding Materials Company Ltd.
Pro forma information related to these acquisitions has not been presented because the impact on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income is not material.  Acquired companies are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of the date of acquisition.

NOTE 5 — SEGMENT INFORMATION
The Company’s primary business is the design and manufacture of arc welding and cutting products, manufacturing a broad line of arc welding equipment, consumable welding products and other welding and cutting products.  The Company also has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.  The Company has aligned its business units into five operating segments to enhance the utilization of the Company’s worldwide resources and global end user and sourcing initiatives.  The operating segments consist of North America Welding, Europe Welding, Asia Pacific Welding, South America Welding and The Harris Products Group.  The North America Welding segment includes welding operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The Europe Welding segment includes welding operations in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.  The other two welding segments include welding operations in Asia Pacific and South America, respectively.  The fifth segment, The Harris Products Group, includes the Company’s global cutting, soldering and brazing businesses as well as the retail business in the United States.
Segment performance is measured and resources are allocated based on a number of factors, the primary profit measure being earnings before interest and income taxes (“EBIT”), as adjusted.  Segment EBIT is adjusted for special items as determined by management such as the impact of rationalization activities, certain asset impairment charges and gains or losses on disposals of assets.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

Financial information for the reportable segments follows:
 
North
America
Welding
 
Europe
Welding
 
Asia
Pacific
Welding
 
South
America
Welding
 
The Harris
Products
Group
 
Corporate /
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net sales
$
439,621

 
$
107,507

 
$
57,404

 
$
32,862

 
$
78,383

 
$

 
$
715,777

Inter-segment sales
30,365

 
4,533

 
3,595

 
9

 
2,009

 
(40,511
)
 

Total
$
469,986

 
$
112,040

 
$
60,999

 
$
32,871

 
$
80,392

 
$
(40,511
)
 
$
715,777

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EBIT, as adjusted
$
84,450

 
$
15,221

 
$
(304
)
 
$
(590
)
 
$
8,947

 
$
(324
)
 
$
107,400

Special items (gain) charge

 
(81
)
 
28,567

 
582

 

 

 
29,068

EBIT
$
84,450

 
$
15,302

 
$
(28,871
)
 
$
(1,172
)
 
$
8,947

 
$
(324
)
 
$
78,332

Interest income
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
627

Interest expense
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
(1,174
)
Income before income taxes
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
$
77,785

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net sales
$
404,113

 
$
98,522

 
$
63,834

 
$
51,715

 
$
73,691

 
$

 
$
691,875

Inter-segment sales
35,355

 
5,256

 
3,821

 
151

 
2,311

 
(46,894
)
 

Total
$
439,468

 
$
103,778

 
$
67,655

 
$
51,866

 
$
76,002

 
$
(46,894
)
 
$
691,875

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EBIT, as adjusted
$
75,225

 
$
7,881

 
$
(979
)
 
$
15,942

 
$
6,917

 
$
(822
)
 
$
104,164

Special items (gain) charge
(17
)
 
1,595

 
4,724

 

 

 

 
6,302

EBIT
$
75,242

 
$
6,286

 
$
(5,703
)
 
$
15,942

 
$
6,917

 
$
(822
)
 
$
97,862

Interest income
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
536

Interest expense
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
(558
)
Income before income taxes
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
$
97,840

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net sales
$
1,271,017

 
$
328,487

 
$
185,687

 
$
115,906

 
$
228,273

 
$

 
$
2,129,370

Inter-segment sales
96,668

 
15,887

 
11,644

 
73

 
6,389

 
(130,661
)
 

Total
$
1,367,685

 
$
344,374

 
$
197,331

 
$
115,979

 
$
234,662

 
$
(130,661
)
 
$
2,129,370

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EBIT, as adjusted
$
247,009

 
$
39,412

 
$
(579
)
 
$
16,170

 
$
22,183

 
$
3,167

 
$
327,362

Special items (gain) charge
(68
)
 
923

 
28,450

 
21,715

 

 

 
51,020

EBIT
$
247,077

 
$
38,489

 
$
(29,029
)
 
$
(5,545
)
 
$
22,183

 
$
3,167

 
$
276,342

Interest income
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
2,465

Interest expense
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
(3,730
)
Income before income taxes
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
$
275,077

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
$
1,205,179

 
$
389,122

 
$
285,626

 
$
139,908

 
$
161,069

 
$
(68,385
)
 
$
2,112,519

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine months ended September 30, 2013
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net sales
$
1,242,736

 
$
317,674

 
$
203,112

 
$
132,592

 
$
241,766

 
$

 
$
2,137,880

Inter-segment sales
99,869

 
13,865

 
12,579

 
222

 
7,209

 
(133,744
)
 

Total
$
1,342,605

 
$
331,539

 
$
215,691

 
$
132,814

 
$
248,975

 
$
(133,744
)
 
$
2,137,880

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EBIT, as adjusted
$
234,662

 
$
28,114

 
$
1,967

 
$
32,119

 
$
21,411

 
$
(2,963
)
 
$
315,310

Special items (gain) charge
1,109

 
1,664

 
5,431

 
12,198

 

 

 
20,402

EBIT
$
233,553

 
$
26,450

 
$
(3,464
)
 
$
19,921

 
$
21,411

 
$
(2,963
)
 
$
294,908

Interest income
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
2,452

Interest expense
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
(2,307
)
Income before income taxes
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
$
295,053

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
$
979,043

 
$
415,387

 
$
329,117

 
$
145,672

 
$
186,474

 
$
63,948

 
$
2,119,641


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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

In the third quarter 2014, special items include net credits of $81 in the Europe Welding segment and charges of $582 in the South America Welding segment primarily related to employee severance and other costs associated with the consolidation of manufacturing operations. The Asia Pacific Welding segment special items include net charges of $28,567, which represents charges of $32,448 related to impairment of long-lived assets partially offset by net gains of $3,881 primarily related to a gain on the sale of real estate.
In the third quarter 2013, special items include net charges of $1,595 and $49 for rationalization actions in the Europe Welding and Asia Pacific Welding segments, respectively, and a net credit of $17 in the North America Welding segment primarily related to employee severance and other costs associated with the consolidation of manufacturing operations. The Asia Pacific Welding segment special items also include charges of $4,675 related to impairment of long-lived assets.
In the nine months ended September 30, 2014, special items include net credits of $68 in the North America Welding segment and net charges of $923 and $582 in the Europe Welding and South America Welding segments, respectively, primarily related to employee severance. The South America Welding segment special items also include Venezuelan foreign exchange remeasurement losses of $21,133, related to the adoption of a new foreign exchange mechanism in the first quarter. The Asia Pacific Welding segment special items include net charges of $28,450, which represents charges of $32,557 related to impairment of long-lived assets partially offset by net gains of $4,107 primarily related to a gain on the sale of real estate.
In the nine months ended September 30, 2013, special items include net charges of $1,109, $1,664 and $756 in the North America Welding, Europe Welding and Asia Pacific Welding segments, respectively, primarily related to employee severance and other costs associated with the consolidation of manufacturing operations. The Asia Pacific Welding segment special items also include charges of $4,675 related to impairment of long-lived assets. The South America Welding segment special items represent charges of $12,198 relating to the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency.

NOTE 6 — RATIONALIZATION AND ASSET IMPAIRMENTS
The Company recorded net rationalization charges of $29,887 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The net charges include $1,260 primarily related to employee severance and $32,557 in asset impairments, offset by gains of $3,930 related to the sale and disposal of assets.  A description of each restructuring plan and the related costs follows:
North America Welding Plans:
During 2012, the Company initiated various rationalization plans within the North America Welding segment. Plans for the segment include consolidating its Oceanside, California operations and its Reno, Nevada operations to another facility in Reno, Nevada and consolidating its Baltimore, Maryland manufacturing operations into its current manufacturing operations in Cleveland, Ohio.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded credits of $68 related to these actions. The Company does not expect further costs associated with these actions as they were substantially completed and paid at September 30, 2014.
Europe Welding Plans:
During 2014, the Company initiated a rationalization plan within the Europe Welding segment. The plan includes headcount restructuring to better align the cost structure with current economic conditions and operating needs. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded charges of $686, which represent employee severance costs. At September 30, 2014, a liability relating to these actions of $356 was recognized in Other current liabilities. Additional charges related to the completion of this plan are expected to be immaterial.
During 2013, the Company initiated a rationalization plan within the Europe Welding segment to consolidate certain consumable manufacturing operations. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded net charges of $335, which primarily represents employee severance and other related costs. At September 30, 2014, a liability relating to these actions of $44 was recognized in Other current liabilities. Additional charges related to the completion of this plan are expected to be immaterial.

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During 2012, the Company initiated various rationalization plans within the Europe Welding segment. Plans for the segment include the consolidation of manufacturing facilities in Russia, relocation of its Italian machine manufacturing operations to current facilities in Poland and headcount restructuring at various other manufacturing operations within the segment to better align the cost structure and capacity requirements with current economic needs and conditions. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded net credits of $98 related to these activities.  At September 30, 2014, a liability relating to these actions of $111 was recognized in Other current liabilities, which will be substantially paid in 2014.  Additional charges related to the completion of this plan are expected to be immaterial.
Asia Pacific Welding Plans:
During the third quarter of 2014, the Company identified assets within the segment for planned divestiture. In anticipation of the divestiture, the Company reviewed the carrying values and future cash flows of certain long-lived assets and indefinite-lived intangible assets for potential impairment. The Company determined that for certain assets, including the planned divestiture, the carrying values of the assets exceeded the fair values resulting in non-cash impairment charges of $32,448 recorded in Rationalization and asset impairment charges. This result was considered a possible indication of goodwill impairment. As such, the Company performed a goodwill impairment test for the Asia Pacific reporting unit ahead of the annual impairment tests, which resulted in no impairment to the carrying value of goodwill. As of September 30, 2014, the assets identified for divestiture were classified as held for sale. As of September 30, 2014, $36,331 and $13,236 of assets and liabilities held for sale were recorded in Other current assets and Other current liabilities, respectively.
During 2012, the Company initiated various rationalization plans within the Asia Pacific Welding segment. Plans for the segment include the rationalization of its Australian manufacturing operations and headcount restructuring at various other manufacturing operations within the segment to better align the cost structure and capacity requirements with current economic needs and conditions. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded net gains of $3,982, which primarily represent a gain of $3,911 on the sale of real estate, a net reversal of $184 of previously accrued costs and $125 in asset impairment charges. The Company does not expect further costs associated with these actions as they were substantially completed and paid at September 30, 2014.
South America Welding Plans:
During 2014, the Company initiated a rationalization plan within the South America Welding segment to restructure headcount to better align the cost structure with current economic conditions and operating needs. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company recorded net charges of $582, which primarily represents employee severance and other related costs. The Company does not expect further costs associated with these actions as they were substantially completed and paid at September 30, 2014.
The Company continues evaluating its cost structure and additional rationalization actions may result in charges in future periods.
The following tables summarize the activity related to the rationalization liabilities by segment for the nine months ended September 30, 2014:
 
North
America
Welding
 
Europe
Welding
 
Asia Pacific
Welding
 
South America Welding
Consolidated
Balance, December 31, 2013
$
466

 
$
2,435

 
$
375

 
$

$
3,276

Payments and other adjustments
(398
)
 
(2,854
)
 
(191
)
 
(582
)
(4,025
)
Charged (credited) to expense
(68
)
 
930

 
(184
)
 
582

1,260

Balance, September 30, 2014
$

 
$
511

 
$

 
$

$
511

 

NOTE 7 — COMMON SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM
As of September 30, 2014, the Company had a share repurchase program for up to 45 million of the Company’s common shares.  At management’s discretion, the Company repurchases its common shares from time to time in the open market, depending on market conditions, stock price and other factors.  During the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014, the Company purchased an aggregate of 1,859,670 and 3,555,415 common shares, respectively, in the open market under this program.  As of September 30, 2014, there remained 12,115,344 common shares available for repurchase under this program.  The repurchased common shares remain in treasury and have not been retired.

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

NOTE 8 — ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME ("AOCI")
The following tables set forth the total changes in AOCI by component, net of taxes for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
 
 
Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives designated and qualifying as cash flow hedges
 
Defined benefit pension plan activity
 
Currency translation adjustment
 
Total
Balance at June 30, 2014
 
$
(228
)

$
(155,613
)

$
7,450

 
$
(148,391
)
Other comprehensive (loss) income
   before reclassification
 
397




(49,610
)
3 

(49,213
)
Amounts reclassified from AOCI
 
(84
)
1 

2,909

2 


 
2,825

Net current-period other
   comprehensive (loss) income
 
313

 
2,909

 
(49,610
)
 
(46,388
)
Balance at September 30, 2014
 
$
85

 
$
(152,704
)
 
$
(42,160
)
 
$
(194,779
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
 
 
Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives designated and qualifying as cash flow hedges
 
Defined benefit pension plan activity
 
Currency translation adjustment
 
Total
Balance at June 30, 2013
 
$
667


$
(251,767
)

$
(8,687
)
 
$
(259,787
)
Other comprehensive (loss) income
   before reclassification
 
(1,203
)



19,777

3 

18,574

Amounts reclassified from AOCI
 
469

1 

4,314

2 


 
4,783

Net current-period other
   comprehensive (loss) income
 
(734
)
 
4,314

 
19,777

 
23,357

Balance at September 30, 2013
 
$
(67
)
 
$
(247,453
)
 
$
11,090

 
$
(236,430
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1
During the 2014 period, this AOCI reclassification is a component of Net sales of $(23) (net of tax of $(20)) and Cost of goods sold of $(61) (net of tax of $(42)); during the 2013 period, the reclassification is a component of Net sales of $165 (net of tax of $29) and Cost of goods sold of $304 (net of tax of $145). (See Note 17 - Derivatives for additional details.)
2
This AOCI component is included in the computation of net periodic pension costs (net of tax of $1,974 and $2,050 during the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively). (See Note 15 - Retirement and Postretirement Benefit Plans for additional details.)
3
The Other comprehensive income before reclassifications excludes $60 and $114 attributable to Non-controlling interests in the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. (See Note 9 - Equity for additional details.)



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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

The following tables set forth the total changes in AOCI by component, net of taxes for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013:
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
 
 
Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives designated and qualifying as cash flow hedges
 
Defined benefit pension plan activity
 
Currency translation adjustment
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2013
 
$
369

 
$
(160,693
)
 
$
8,383

 
$
(151,941
)
Other comprehensive (loss) income
before reclassification
 
(486
)
 

 
(50,543
)
3 

(51,029
)
Amounts reclassified from AOCI
 
202

1 

7,989

2 



8,191

Net current-period other
comprehensive (loss) income
 
(284
)
 
7,989

 
(50,543
)
 
(42,838
)
Balance at September 30, 2014
 
$
85

 
$
(152,704
)
 
$
(42,160
)
 
$
(194,779
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine months ended September 30, 2013
 
 
Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives designated and qualifying as cash flow hedges
 
Defined benefit pension plan activity
 
Currency translation adjustment
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2012
 
$
80

 
$
(261,844
)
 
$
26,364

 
$
(235,400
)
Other comprehensive (loss) income
before reclassification
 
(1,067
)
 

 
(15,274
)
3 

(16,341
)
Amounts reclassified from AOCI
 
920

1 

14,391

2 


 
15,311

Net current-period other
comprehensive (loss) income
 
(147
)
 
14,391

 
(15,274
)
 
(1,030
)
Balance at September 30, 2013
 
$
(67
)
 
$
(247,453
)
 
$
11,090

 
$
(236,430
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
During the 2014 period, this AOCI reclassification is a component of Net sales of $27 (net of tax of $(10)) and Cost of goods sold of $175 (net of tax of $63); during the 2013 period, the reclassification is a component of Net sales of $467 (net of tax of $78) and Cost of goods sold of $453 (net of tax of $136). (See Note 17 - Derivatives for additional details.)
2
This AOCI component is included in the computation of net periodic pension costs (net of tax of $5,235 and $8,232 during the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively). (See Note 15 - Retirement and Postretirement Benefit Plans for additional details.)
3
The Other comprehensive income before reclassifications excludes $765 and $65 attributable to Non-controlling interests in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. (See Note 9 - Equity for additional details.)



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Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

NOTE 9 — EQUITY
Changes in equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 are as follows:
 
Shareholders’
Equity
 
Non-controlling
Interests
 
Total Equity
Balance, December 31, 2013
$
1,526,602

 
$
4,086

 
$
1,530,688

Comprehensive income (loss):
 

 
 

 
 

Net income (loss)
179,474

 
(929
)
 
178,545

Other comprehensive (loss) income
(42,838
)
 
765

 
(42,073
)
Total comprehensive income (loss)
136,636

 
(164
)
 
136,472

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared - $0.69 per share
(54,646
)
 

 
(54,646
)
Issuance of shares under benefit plans
15,634

 

 
15,634

Purchase of shares for treasury
(249,403
)
 

 
(249,403
)
Transactions with non-controlling interests
(1,484
)
 
(782
)
 
(2,266
)
Balance, September 30, 2014
$
1,373,339

 
$
3,140

 
$
1,376,479

Changes in equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 are as follows:
 
Shareholders’
Equity
 
Non-controlling
Interests
 
Total Equity
Balance, December 31, 2012
$
1,342,373

 
$
15,948

 
$
1,358,321

Comprehensive income (loss):
 

 
 

 
 

Net income (loss)
205,456

 
(1,834
)
 
203,622

Other comprehensive (loss) income
(1,030
)
 
65

 
(965
)
Total comprehensive income (loss)
204,426

 
(1,769
)
 
202,657

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared - $0.60 per share
(49,353
)
 

 
(49,353
)
Issuance of shares under benefit plans
30,835

 

 
30,835

Purchase of shares for treasury
(113,641
)
 

 
(113,641
)
Balance, September 30, 2013
$
1,414,640

 
$
14,179

 
$
1,428,819

 
NOTE 10 — INVENTORY VALUATION
Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market.  Fixed manufacturing overhead costs are allocated to inventory based on normal production capacity and abnormal manufacturing costs are recognized as period costs.  For most domestic inventories, cost is determined principally by the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method, and for non-U.S. inventories, cost is determined by the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method.  The valuation of LIFO inventories is made at the end of each year based on inventory levels and costs at that time.  Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management’s estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs.  Actual year-end costs and inventory levels may differ from interim LIFO inventory valuations.  The excess of current cost over LIFO cost was $74,602 and $70,882 at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.
 

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Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

NOTE 11 — ACCRUED EMPLOYEE BONUS
Other current liabilities at September 30, 2014 and 2013 include accruals for year-end bonuses and related payroll taxes of $107,021 and $107,049, respectively, related to the Company’s employees worldwide.  The payment of bonuses is discretionary and subject to approval by the Board of Directors.  A majority of annual bonuses are paid in December, resulting in an increasing bonus accrual during the Company’s fiscal year. 
 
NOTE 12 — CONTINGENCIES
The Company, like other manufacturers, is subject from time to time to a variety of civil and administrative proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business.  Such claims and litigation include, without limitation, product liability claims and health, safety and environmental claims, some of which relate to cases alleging asbestos induced illnesses.  The claimants in the asbestos cases seek compensatory and punitive damages, in most cases for unspecified amounts.  The Company believes it has meritorious defenses to these claims and intends to contest such suits vigorously.
The Company accrues its best estimate of the probable costs, after a review of the facts with management and counsel and taking into account past experience. If an unfavorable outcome is determined to be reasonably possible but not probable, or if the amount of loss cannot be reasonably estimated, disclosure is provided for material claims or litigation. Many of the current cases are in differing procedural stages and information on the circumstances of each claimant, which forms the basis for judgments as to the validity or ultimate disposition of such actions, varies greatly. Therefore, in many situations a range of possible losses cannot be made. Reserves are adjusted as facts and circumstances change and related management assessments of the underlying merits and the likelihood of outcomes change. Moreover, reserves only cover identified and/or asserted claims. Future claims could, therefore, give rise to increases to such reserves.
Based on the Company's historical experience in litigating product liability claims, including a significant number of dismissals, summary judgments and defense verdicts in many cases and immaterial settlement amounts, as well as the Company's current assessment of the underlying merits of the claims and applicable insurance, the Company believes resolution of these claims and proceedings, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material effect on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

NOTE 13 — PRODUCT WARRANTY COSTS
The Company accrues for product warranty claims based on historical experience and the expected material and labor costs to provide warranty service.  Warranty services are generally provided for periods up to three years from the date of sale.  The accrual for product warranty claims is included in Other current liabilities.
The changes in the carrying amount of product warranty accruals for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 are as follows:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
Balance at beginning of period
$
15,180

 
$
15,304

Accruals for warranties
9,063

 
8,430

Settlements
(9,212
)
 
(9,193
)
Foreign currency translation
(275
)
 
(88
)
Balance at end of period
$
14,756

 
$
14,453

 

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Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

NOTE 14 DEBT
The Company has a line of credit totaling $400,000 through the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”), which was amended on September 12, 2014.  The Credit Agreement contains customary affirmative, negative and financial covenants for credit facilities of this type, including limitations on the Company and its subsidiaries with respect to liens, investments, distributions, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions of assets, transactions with affiliates and a fixed charges coverage ratio and total leverage ratio.  As of September 30, 2014, the Company was in compliance with all of its covenants and had $75,000 in outstanding borrowings under the Credit Agreement which was recorded in Amounts due banks.  The Credit Agreement has a five-year term and may be increased, subject to certain conditions, by an additional amount up to $100,000.  The interest rate on borrowings is based on either LIBOR or the prime rate, plus a spread based on the Company’s leverage ratio, at the Company’s election.
 
NOTE 15 RETIREMENT AND POSTRETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS
The components of total pension cost were as follows:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Service cost
$
4,228

 
$
6,144

 
$
14,372

 
$
17,563

Interest cost
10,647

 
8,954

 
31,924

 
27,852

Expected return on plan assets
(16,940
)
 
(14,667
)
 
(51,009
)
 
(45,931
)
Amortization of prior service cost
(154
)
 
(153
)
 
(461
)
 
(459
)
Amortization of net loss
4,815

 
7,045

 
13,246

 
23,262

Settlement/curtailment loss
1,562

 

 
1,562

 

Defined benefit plans
4,158

 
7,323

 
9,634

 
22,287

Multi-employer plans
250

 
237

 
781

 
702

Defined contribution plans
2,898

 
2,599

 
8,551

 
7,791

Total pension cost
$
7,306

 
$
10,159

 
$
18,966

 
$
30,780

The Company voluntarily contributed $21,175 to its defined benefit plans in the United States during the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The amortization of net loss decreased due to greater actuarial gains during 2013, attributable to a higher discount rate and higher actual return on plan assets compared with the expected return on assets.

NOTE 16 — INCOME TAXES
The Company recognized $96,532 of tax expense on pre-tax income of $275,077, resulting in an effective income tax rate of 35.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.  The effective income tax rate approximates the Company’s statutory rate due to the effects of income earned in lower tax rate jurisdictions and U.S. tax credits and deductions being offset by impairment charges recorded in the Asia Pacific Welding segment for which no tax benefit was recorded.
The effective income tax rate of 31.0% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was lower than the Company’s statutory rate primarily due to income earned in lower tax rate jurisdictions, reversal of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets more-likely-than-not to be realized, U.S. tax credits and deductions and the utilization of foreign tax loss carry-forwards for which valuation allowances had been previously provided.
As of September 30, 2014, the Company had $20,823 of unrecognized tax benefits.  If recognized, approximately $11,481 would be reflected as a component of income tax expense.
The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. and various state, local and foreign jurisdictions.  With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2011.  The Company is currently subject to various U.S. state audits and non-U.S. income tax audits. 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

Unrecognized tax benefits are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are adjusted for changing facts and circumstances, including progress of tax audits and closing of statutes of limitations.  Based on information currently available, management believes that additional audit activity could be completed and/or statutes of limitations may close relating to existing unrecognized tax benefits.  It is reasonably possible there could be a reduction of $3,436 in previously unrecognized tax benefits by the end of the third quarter 2015.
In July 2012, the Company received a Notice of Reassessment (the "Reassessments") from the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) in respect to its 2004 to 2010 taxation years to disallow the deductibility of inter-company dividends. The Company appealed the Reassessments to the Tax Court of Canada. As part of the appeals process to the Tax Court of Canada, the Company made a cash deposit with a value of $79,967 as of September 30, 2014.
In September 2014, the Department of Justice Canada consented to a judgment, wholly in the Company's favor. In vacating the reassessment, this tax litigation is concluded. Refund of the cash deposit is currently being processed by the CRA. The Company expects the cash deposit, recorded in Other current assets as of September 30, 2014, plus 1% annual interest to be received in the first quarter of 2015.

NOTE 17 — DERIVATIVES
The Company uses derivatives to manage exposures to currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices arising in the normal course of business.  Derivative contracts to hedge currency and commodity exposures are generally written on a short-term basis but may cover exposures for up to two years while interest rate contracts may cover longer periods consistent with the terms of the underlying debt.  The Company does not enter into derivatives for trading or speculative purposes.
All derivatives are recognized at fair value on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets.  The accounting for gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value depends on the use of the derivative and whether it is designated and qualifies for hedge accounting.  The Company formally documents the relationship of the hedge with the hedged item as well as the risk-management strategy for all designated hedges.  Both at inception and on an ongoing basis, the hedging instrument is assessed as to its effectiveness, when applicable.  If and when a derivative is determined not to be highly effective as a hedge, the underlying hedged transaction is no longer likely to occur, or the derivative is terminated, hedge accounting is discontinued.  The cash flows from settled derivative contracts are recognized in operating activities in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.  Hedge ineffectiveness was immaterial in the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013.
The Company is subject to the credit risk of the counterparties to derivative instruments.  Counterparties include a number of major banks and financial institutions.  The Company manages individual counterparty exposure by monitoring the credit rating of the counterparty and the size of financial commitments and exposures between the Company and the counterparty.  None of the concentrations of risk with any individual counterparty was considered significant at September 30, 2014.  The Company does not expect any counterparties to fail to meet their obligations.
Cash Flow Hedges
Certain foreign currency forward contracts were qualified and designated as cash flow hedges.  The dollar equivalent gross notional amount of these short-term contracts was $31,022 and $36,880 at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. The effective portions of the fair value gains or losses on these cash flow hedges are recognized in AOCI and subsequently reclassified to Cost of goods sold or Sales for hedges of purchases and sales, respectively, as the underlying hedged transactions affect earnings.
Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments
The Company has certain foreign exchange forward contracts that are not designated as hedges.  These derivatives are held as economic hedges of certain balance sheet exposures.  The dollar equivalent gross notional amount of these contracts was $246,555 and $186,158 at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.  The fair value gains or losses from these contracts are recognized in Selling, general and administrative expenses, offsetting the losses or gains on the exposures being hedged.
The Company had short-term silver and copper forward contracts with notional amounts of 250,000 troy ounces and 375,000 pounds, respectively, at September 30, 2014.  The notional amount of short-term silver and copper forward contracts was 290,000 troy ounces and 375,000 pounds, respectively, at December 31, 2013.  Realized and unrealized gains and losses on these contracts are recognized in Costs of goods sold.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

Fair values of derivative instruments in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets follow:
 
 
September 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
Derivatives by hedge designation 
 
Other Current Assets
 
Other Current Liabilities
 
Other Current Assets
 
Other Current Liabilities
Designated as hedging instruments:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
480

 
$
355

 
$
706

 
$
219

Not designated as hedging instruments:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
1,157

 
3,531

 
766

 
228

Commodity contracts
 
480

 

 
262

 
47

Total derivatives
 
$
2,117

 
$
3,886

 
$
1,734

 
$
494

The effects of undesignated derivative instruments on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 consisted of the following:
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Derivatives by hedge designation
 
Classification of gain (loss)
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Not designated as hedges:
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
 
Selling, general & administrative expenses
 
$
(4,746
)
 
$
3,186

 
$
(3,448
)
 
$
194

Commodity contracts
 
Cost of goods sold
 
1,024

 
(916
)
 
523

 
2,340

The effects of designated hedges on AOCI and the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income consisted of the following:
Total gain (loss) recognized in AOCI, net of tax
 
September 30, 2014
 
December 31, 2013
Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
85

 
$
369

 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Derivative type
 
Gain (loss) reclassified from AOCI to:
 
2014
 
2013
 
2014
 
2013
Foreign exchange contracts
 
Sales
 
$
(23
)
 
$
165

 
$
27

 
$
467

 
 
Cost of goods sold
 
(61
)
 
304

 
175

 
453

The Company expects a gain of $85 related to existing contracts to be reclassified from AOCI, net of tax, to earnings over the next 12 months as the hedged transactions are realized. 


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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

NOTE 18 - FAIR VALUE
Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (exit price).  The following hierarchy is used to classify the inputs used to measure fair value:
 
Level 1                   Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
 
Level 2                   Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for similar assets or liabilities, or unadjusted quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability.
 
Level 3                   Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability.

The following table provides a summary of assets and liabilities as of September 30, 2014, measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
Description
 
Balance as of September 30, 2014
 
Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical Assets
or Liabilities
(Level 1)
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
Assets:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
1,637

 
$

 
$
1,637

 
$

Commodity contracts
 
480

 

 
480

 

Total assets
 
$
2,117

 
$

 
$
2,117

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
3,886

 
$

 
$
3,886

 
$

Contingent consideration
 
5,766

 

 

 
5,766

Forward contract
 
19,961

 

 

 
19,961

Deferred compensation
 
21,601

 

 
21,601

 

Total liabilities
 
$
51,214

 
$

 
$
25,487

 
$
25,727


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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

The following table provides a summary of assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2013, measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
Description
 
Balance as of December 31, 2013
 
Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical Assets
or Liabilities
(Level 1)
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
Assets:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
1,472

 
$

 
$
1,472

 
$

Commodity contracts
 
262

 

 
262

 

Total assets
 
$
1,734

 
$

 
$
1,734

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
447

 
$

 
$
447

 
$

Commodity contracts
 
47

 

 
47

 

Contingent consideration
 
5,375

 

 

 
5,375

Forward contract
 
16,974

 

 

 
16,974

Deferred compensation
 
20,132

 

 
20,132

 

Total liabilities
 
$
42,975

 
$

 
$
20,626

 
$
22,349

The Company’s derivative contracts are valued at fair value using the market approach.  The Company measures the fair value of foreign exchange contracts and net investment contracts using Level 2 inputs based on observable spot and forward rates in active markets.  The Company measures the fair value of commodity contracts using Level 2 inputs through observable market transactions in active markets provided by financial institutions.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, there were no transfers between Levels 1, 2 or 3.
In connection with an acquisition, the Company recorded a contingent consideration fair valued at $5,766 as of September 30, 2014, which reflects a $391 increase in the liability from December 31, 2013.  The contingent consideration is based upon estimated sales for the five-year period ending December 31, 2015 and will be paid in 2016 based on actual sales during the five-year period.  The fair value of the contingent consideration is a Level 3 valuation and fair valued using a probability weighted discounted cash flow analysis. 
In connection with an acquisition, the Company obtained a controlling financial interest in the acquired entity and at the same time entered into a contract to obtain the remaining financial interest in the entity over a three-year period. The amount to be paid to obtain the remaining financial interest will be based upon actual financial results of the entity. A liability was recorded for the Canadian dollar denominated forward contract at a fair value of $19,961 as of September 30, 2014. The change in liability resulted in $2,275 being recognized in interest expense in the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The fair value of the contract is a Level 3 valuation and is based on the present value of the expected future payments. The expected future payments are based on a multiple of forecast earnings and cash flows over the three-year period ending December 31, 2016, present valued utilizing a risk based discount rate. The present value calculations utilized discount rates of 3.5% reflective of the Company's cost of debt and 15.9% as a risk adjusted cost of capital and annual earnings before interest and taxes with growth rates ranging from 7.4% to 20.3%.
The deferred compensation liability is the Company’s obligation under its executive deferred compensation plan.  The Company measures the fair value of the liability using the market values of the participants’ underlying investment fund elections.
During the third quarter of 2014, the Company identified assets within the segment for planned divestiture. As of September 30, 2014, the assets identified for divestiture were classified as held for sale and recorded at their fair value as determined using a Level 3 discounted cash flow valuation model. As of September 30, 2014, $36,331 and $13,236 of assets and liabilities held for sale were recorded in Other current assets and Other current liabilities, respectively.

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LINCOLN ELECTRIC HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts

The fair value of “Cash and cash equivalents,” “Accounts receivable,” “Amounts due banks” and “Trade accounts payable” approximated book value due to the short-term nature of these instruments at both September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013.  The fair value of long-term debt at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, including the current portion, was approximately $2,700 and $4,212, respectively, which was determined using available market information and methodologies requiring judgment.  The carrying value of this debt at such dates was $2,900 and $4,506, respectively.  Since considerable judgment is required in interpreting market information, the fair value of the debt is not necessarily the amount that could be realized in a current market exchange.

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ITEM 2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read together with the Company’s unaudited consolidated financial statements and other financial information included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
General
The Company is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of arc welding and cutting products, manufacturing a broad line of arc welding equipment, consumable welding products and other welding and cutting products.  Welding products include arc welding power sources, wire feeding systems, robotic welding packages, fume extraction equipment, consumable electrodes and fluxes.  The Company’s product offering also includes computer numeric controlled plasma and oxy-fuel cutting systems and regulators and torches used in oxy-fuel welding, cutting and brazing.  In addition, the Company has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.
The Company’s products are sold in both domestic and international markets.  In North America, products are sold principally through industrial distributors, retailers and also directly to users of welding products.  Outside of North America, the Company has an international sales organization comprised of Company employees and agents who sell products from the Company’s various manufacturing sites to distributors and product users. 
Results of Operations
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014 Compared with Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
2014
 
2013
 
Change
 
Amount
 
% of Sales
 
Amount
 
% of Sales
 
Amount
 
%
Net sales
$
715,777

 
100.0
%
 
$
691,875

 
100.0
%
 
$
23,902

 
3.5
%
Cost of goods sold
474,168

 
66.2
%
 
459,178

 
66.4