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This excerpt taken from the ATU 8-K filed Jun 22, 2009.

Background

As discussed in Item 1, “Business”, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems organized under four operating segments.

The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure, and production automation markets. The Energy segment provides joint integrity products and services to the global oil and gas, power generation and energy markets. The Electrical segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of a broad range of electrical products to the retail DIY, wholesale, OEM, utility and marine markets. The Engineered Solutions segment provides highly engineered position and motion control systems to OEMs in various vehicle markets, as well as, a variety of other industrial products. The Company has not aggregated individual operating segments within these reportable segments. The Company evaluates segment performance based primarily on net sales and operating profit.

Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), excluding unusual or non-recurring items, faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past eight years.


These excerpts taken from the ATU 10-K filed Oct 29, 2008.

Background

As discussed in Item 1, “Business”, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems organized under four operating segments.

The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance, industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power generation and production automation markets. In addition, this segment provides manpower services and product rental to the global joint integrity market. The Electrical segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of electrical tools and supplies to the retail home center, hardware cooperative, electrical wholesale and marine markets. The Actuation Systems segment focuses on developing and marketing value-added, customized motion control systems and equipment for OEM’s in the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck and other industrial markets. The Engineered Products segment designs and manufactures a variety of products for industrial markets. The Company has not aggregated individual operating segments within these reportable segments. The Company evaluates segment performance based primarily on net sales and operating profit.

Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), excluding unusual or non-recurring items, faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past eight years.

 

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FACE="Times New Roman" SIZE="2">As discussed in Item 1, “Business”, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems organized under four operating segments.

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px; text-indent:4%">The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the maintenance,
industrial, infrastructure, oil and gas, power generation and production automation markets. In addition, this segment provides manpower services and product rental to the global joint integrity market. The Electrical segment is primarily
involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of electrical tools and supplies to the retail home center, hardware cooperative, electrical wholesale and marine markets. The Actuation Systems segment focuses on developing and marketing
value-added, customized motion control systems and equipment for OEM’s in the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck and other industrial markets. The Engineered Products segment designs and manufactures a variety of products for industrial
markets. The Company has not aggregated individual operating segments within these reportable segments. The Company evaluates segment performance based primarily on net sales and operating profit.

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px; text-indent:4%">Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), excluding unusual or non-recurring items, faster than most
multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to
internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin
expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations
and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved
profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past eight years.

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This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-K filed Oct 30, 2007.

Background

 

As discussed in Item 1, “Business”, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems organized under four operating segments.

 

The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the construction, industrial, oil & gas, and production automation markets. In addition, this segment provides manpower services and product rental to the global joint integrity market. The Electrical segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electrical tools and supplies to the retail home center, hardware cooperative, electrical wholesale and marine markets. The Actuation Systems segment focuses on developing and marketing value-added, customized motion control systems and equipment for original equipment manufacturers in the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck, and other industrial markets. The Engineered Products segment designs and manufactures a variety of products for industrial markets. The Company has not aggregated individual operating segments within these reportable segments. The Company evaluates segment performance based primarily on net sales and operating profit.

 

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Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share excluding unusual or non-recurring items (“EPS”) faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past seven years.

 

This excerpt taken from the ATU 8-K filed May 30, 2007.

Background

As discussed in Item 1, “Business”, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems, organized under the Tools & Supplies and Engineered Solutions groups. During the first quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company changed certain management rep

orting and the way management views the business. The Company considered these changes as part of its ongoing assessment of segment reporting, and changed its operating and reportable segments to the following: Industrial, Electrical, Actuation Systems and Engineered Products. As a result, the financial information presented in Notes 5, 14 and 16 to the Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis have been revised to reflect this change in segment reporting.

The Industrial segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and mechanical tools to the construction, industrial, oil & gas, and production automation markets. In addition, this segment provides manpower services and product rental to the global joint integrity market. The Electrical segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electrical tools and supplies to the retail home center, hardware cooperative, electrical wholesale and marine markets. The Actuation Systems segment focuses on developing and marketing value-added, customized motion control systems and equipment for original equipment manufacturers in the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck, and other industrial markets. The Engineered Products segment designs and manufactures a variety of products for industrial markets. Segment reporting for all previous periods has been revised to reflect this change. The Company has not aggregated individual operating segments within these reportable segments. The Company evaluates segment performance based primarily on net sales and operating profit.

 

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Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share excluding unusual or non-recurring items (“EPS”) faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past five years.

This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-K filed Nov 29, 2006.

Background

 

As discussed in Item 1, Business, we are a diversified global provider of a broad range of industrial products and systems, organized, under the Tools & Supplies and Engineered Solutions groups. In previous filings, the Company reported its financial results in two reportable segments, in line with these two groups of businesses. Prior to filing this annual report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2006, management determined that its accounting for segments did not comply with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 131, “Disclosures about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information” (“SFAS 131”). As a result, the financial information presented for fiscal 2005 and 2004 in Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements has been restated and Management’s Discussion and Analysis has been revised to reflect this restatement in segment reporting.

 

Prior to filing this annual report on Form 10-K, management concluded that there are ten reportable segments within its two groups of like businesses. The Industrial Tools and Joint Integrity segments within the Tools & Supplies group are primarily involved in the design, manufacture, and distribution of hydraulic tools and supplies, and also provide manpower services and equipment rental to the construction, industrial, oil & gas, power generation, and production automation markets. The North American Electrical, European Electrical, Specialty Electrical, and Professional Electrical segments within the Tools & Supplies group are primarily involved in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electrical tools and supplies to the retail home center, hardware cooperative, automotive aftermarket, construction, electrical wholesale, and OEM markets. The Truck Actuation Systems, Recreational Vehicle Actuation Systems, Automotive Actuation Systems and Other

 

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Engineered Solutions businesses primary expertise is in developing and marketing value-added, customized motion control systems primarily for original equipment manufacturers in diversified niche markets. We believe that our strength in these product categories is the result of a combination of our brand recognition, proprietary engineering and design competencies, dedicated service philosophy, and global manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

 

Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share excluding unusual or non-recurring items (“EPS”) faster than most multi-industry peers. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth over the past five years.

 

This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-K filed Nov 10, 2005.

Background

 

We are a diversified global services provider and manufacturer of a broad range of industrial products and systems, organized into two business segments, Tools & Supplies and Engineered Solutions. Our Tools & Supplies segment is primarily involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded hydraulic and electrical tools and supplies to the retail, construction, electrical wholesale, industrial, oil & gas, production automation and marine markets. Our Engineered Solutions segment primarily focuses on developing and marketing highly engineered position and motion control systems for original equipment manufacturers in the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck and other industrial markets. We believe that our strength in these product categories is the result of a combination of our brand recognition, proprietary engineering and design competencies, dedicated service philosophy, and global manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

 

Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share excluding unusual or non-recurring items (“EPS”) by 15% to 20% per year. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rates of the gross domestic product in the geographic regions in which we operate. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on acquiring complementary businesses. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund additional acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated profitable growth and reduced debt leverage over the past five years.

 

This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-Q filed Jan 7, 2005.

Background

 

We are a diversified global manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of industrial products and systems, organized into two reportable segments, Tools & Supplies and Engineered Solutions. Our Tools & Supplies segment provides branded specialized electrical and industrial tools and supplies to hydraulic and electrical wholesale distributors, to catalog houses and through various retail distribution channels. Our Engineered Solutions segment’s primary expertise is in designing, manufacturing and marketing customized motion control systems primarily for automotive, recreational vehicle and truck original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in diversified niche markets. We believe that our strength in these product categories is the result of a combination of our brand recognition, proprietary engineering and design competencies, dedicated service philosophy, and global manufacturing and distribution capabilities.

 

Our long-term goal is to grow annual diluted earnings per share excluding unusual or non-recurring items (“EPS”) by 15% to 20%. We intend to leverage our leading market positions to generate annual internal sales growth that exceeds the annual growth rate of the gross domestic product. In addition to internal sales growth, we are focused on an acquisition strategy that identifies complementary businesses that can be acquired. Following an acquisition, we seek to drive cost reductions, develop additional cross-selling opportunities and deepen customer relationships. We also focus on profit margin expansion and cash flow generation to achieve our EPS growth goal. Our LEAD (“Lean Enterprise Across Disciplines”) process utilizes various continuous improvement techniques to drive out costs and improve efficiencies across all locations and functions worldwide, thereby expanding profit margins. Strong cash flow generation is achieved by maximizing returns on assets and minimizing primary working capital needs. The cash flow that results from efficient asset management and improved profitability is used to reduce debt and fund both acquisitions and internal growth opportunities. Our application of this strategy has generated favorable results, including significant debt reduction and profitability growth over the past five years.

 

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