Ecolab 8-K 2015
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 24, 2015
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On February 24, 2015, Ecolab Inc. (Ecolab) announced earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. A copy of the News Release issued by Ecolab in connection with this report under Item 2.02 is attached as Exhibit (99) and incorporated by reference herein. Ecolab also will publish the News Release on its website located at www.ecolab.com.
Item 8.01. Other Events .
On February 24, 2015, the Ecolab Board of Directors authorized the repurchase by the Corporation of up to 20,000,000 additional shares of its common stock. Ecolab expects to conduct its purchases in the open market; in privately negotiated transactions from time-to-time, depending on market conditions; through purchases made in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and pursuant to accelerated share repurchase programs. Ecolab last increased its share repurchase authorization in August 2011. Including the new authorization, Ecolab has 28,286,298 shares remaining for repurchase.
Also, on February 24, 2015, Ecolab announced it plans to undertake a $1,000,000,000 share repurchase program. The share repurchase program will be made under Ecolabs existing share repurchase authorization and the additional authorization described above. Ecolab expects to conduct its purchases under the program in the manner set forth above.
The text appearing under the heading Share Repurchase of the News Release attached as Exhibit (99) hereto is incorporated by reference into this Item 8.01.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information
Statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including statements concerning Ecolabs share repurchase program, may constitute forward¬looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Ecolabs actual results may differ materially from those set forth in any forward¬looking statements due to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, as described in Ecolabs filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ecolab does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibit is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and should not be deemed to be filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
(99) Ecolab Inc. News Release dated February 24, 2015.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.