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The Stanley Works Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 18, 2011 | About:

The Stanley Works (NYSE:SWK) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-01-01.

Stanley Works has a market cap of $12.44 billion; its shares were traded at around $74.95 with a P/E ratio of 19 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of Stanley Works stocks is 1.9%. Stanley Works had an annual average earning growth of 1.9% over the past 10 years.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns SWK: Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Louis Moore Bacon of Moore Capital Management, LP, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Paul Tudor Jones of The Tudor Group. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns SWK: John Rogers of ARIEL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, James Barrow of Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, Jean-Marie Eveillard of First Eagle Investment Management, LLC, Richard Aster Jr of Meridian Fund, John Buckingham of Al Frank Asset Management, Inc., Charles Brandes of Brandes Investment, Ron Baron of Baron Funds, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

As detailed in Note E, Merger and Acquisitions, of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8, Black & Decker stockholders received 1.275 shares of Stanley common stock for each share of Black & Decker common stock outstanding as of the merger date. Outstanding Black & Decker equity awards (primarily stock options) were similarly exchanged for Stanley equity awards. After the exchange was completed, pre-merger Stanley shareowners retained ownership of 50.5% of the newly combined company. Based on the $57.86 closing price of Stanley common stock on March 12, 2010, the aggregate fair value of the consideration transferred to consummate the Merger was $4.657 billion.

Management believes the Merger is a transformative event bringing together two highly complementary companies, with iconic brands, rich histories and common distribution channels, yet with minimal product overlap. The Merger also enables a global offering in hand and power tools, as well as hardware, thus enhancing the Companys value proposition to customers. Management believes the value unlocked by the anticipated $425 million in cost synergies, expected to be achieved by the end of 2012, will help fuel future growth and facilitate global cost leadership. This updated cost synergy estimate represents a $75 million increase from the original $350 million by March, 2013 at the time of the Merger. The cost synergy drivers are: business unit and regional consolidation (management, sales force and shared services integration), $145 million; purchasing (materials, freight etc.) $100 million; corporate overhead $95 million; and manufacturing and distribution facility consolidation, $85 million. The Company is ahead of plan on the integration of the two companies and realized $135 million of the cost synergies in 2010, which is $45 million more than originally forecasted for the nine month period that followed the merger. An additional $165 million of cost synergies are anticipated in 2011, and an incremental $125 million in 2012 to achieve the total cumulative $425 million in cost synergies in 2012. Of the $330 million in cost synergies pertaining to operations (all but the $95 million of corporate overhead), the benefit by segment is estimated to be 70% in CDIY, 20% in Security (mechanical access solutions), and 10% in Industrial. Management estimates there will be an additional $200 million in total costs, incurred over the next two years, to achieve these synergies from the Merger.

Additionally, it is projected that revenue synergies from the Merger will be in the range of $300 million to $400 million by 2013, which implies a benefit of $0.35 $0.50 of earnings per diluted share. Revenue synergies are expected to add an incremental 50 basis points (approximately $50 million) to 2011 revenue growth and have a modest earnings impact, with remaining revenue synergies to be achieved in 2012 and 2013. The anticipated revenue synergies will come from: geographic expansion into Latin America and other emerging markets, leveraging pre-existing infrastructure (30%); channel and cross-selling of existing products, such as the sale of power tools through the Companys industrial and automotive repair distributors (30%); brand expansion, i.e. utilizing the array of powerful brands in different product categories and channels and

Due to short order cycles and rapid inventory turnover in most of the Companys CDIY and Industrial segment businesses, backlog is generally not considered a significant indicator of future performance. At February 5, 2011, the Company had approximately $705 million in unfilled orders. Substantially all of these orders are reasonably expected to be filled within the current fiscal year. As of February 6, 2010 and February 2, 2009, unfilled orders amounted to $320 million and $348 million, respectively.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided an affiliate of Black & Decker a Notice of Potential Liability related to environmental contamination found at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund site, located in North Providence, Rhode Island. The EPA has discovered a variety of contaminants at the site, including but not limited to, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and pesticides. The EPA alleged that an affiliate of Black & Decker is liable for site clean-up costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) as a successor to the liability of Metro-Atlantic, Inc., a former operator at the site, and demanded reimbursement of the EPAs costs related to this site. The EPA released a draft Feasibility Study Report in May 2010, which identified and evaluated possible remedial alternatives for the site. The estimated remediation costs related to this Centredale site (including the EPAs past costs as well as costs of additional investigation, remediation, and related costs such as the EPAs oversight costs, less escrowed funds contributed by primary potentially responsible parties (PRPs) who have reached settlement agreements with the EPA), which the Company considers to be probable and reasonably estimable, range from approximately $68.3 million to $212.8 million, with no amount within that range representing a more likely outcome until such time as the EPA completes its remedy selection process for the site. The Companys reserve for this environmental remediation matter of $68.3 million reflects the fact that the EPA considers Metro-Atlantic, Inc. to be a primary source of contamination at the site. The Company has determined that it is likely to contest the EPAs claims with respect to this site. Further, to the extent that the Company agrees to perform or finance additional remedial activities at this site, it intends to seek participation or contribution from additional PRPs and insurance carriers. As the specific nature of the environmental remediation activities that may be mandated by the EPA at this site have not yet been determined, the ultimate remedial costs associated with the site may vary from the amount accrued by the Company at January 1, 2011.

The Companys policy is to accrue environmental investigatory and remediation costs for identified sites when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. The amount of liability recorded is based on an evaluation of currently available facts with respect to each individual site and includes such factors as existing technology, presently enacted laws and regulations, and prior experience in remediation of contaminated sites. The liabilities recorded do not take into account any claims for recoveries from insurance or third parties. As assessments and remediation progress at individual sites, the amounts recorded are reviewed periodically and adjusted to reflect additional technical and legal information that becomes available. As of January 1, 2011 and January 2, 2010, the Company had reserves of $173.0 million and $29.7 million, respectively, for remediation activities associated with Company-owned properties, as well as for Superfund sites, for losses that are probable and estimable. Of the 2010 amount, $25.9 million is classified as current and $147.1 million as long-term which is expected to be paid over the estimated remediation period. The range of environmental remediation costs that is reasonably possible is $157 million to $349 million which is subject to change in the near term. The Company may be liable for environmental remediation of sites it no longer owns. Liabilities have been recorded on those sites in accordance with policy.

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