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This excerpt taken from the SNA 10-Q filed Apr 24, 2007.

Item 3: Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Market, Credit and Economic Risks

Market risk is the potential economic loss that may result from adverse changes in the fair value of financial instruments.  Snap-on is exposed to market risk from changes in both foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates.  Snap-on monitors its exposure to these risks and attempts to manage the underlying economic exposures through the use of financial instruments such as forward exchange contracts and interest rate swap agreements.  Snap-on does not use derivative instruments for speculative or trading purposes.  Snap-on’s broad-based business activities help to reduce the impact that volatility in any particular area or related areas may have on its operating earnings as a whole.  Snap-on’s management takes an active role in the risk management process and has developed policies and procedures that require specific administrative and business functions to assist in the identification, assessment and control of various risks.

Foreign Currency Risk Management:  Snap-on has significant international operations and is subject to certain risks inherent with foreign operations that include currency fluctuations and restrictions on movement of funds. Foreign exchange risk exists to the extent that Snap-on has payment obligations or receipts denominated in currencies other than the functional currency.  To manage these exposures, Snap-on identifies naturally offsetting positions and then purchases hedging instruments in an attempt to protect the residual net exposures.  Snap-on’s financial position and results of operations have not been materially affected by such events to date.  See Note 10 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for information on foreign currency risk management.

Interest Rate Risk Management: Snap-on’s interest rate risk management policies are designed to reduce the potential volatility of earnings that could arise from changes in interest rates. Through the use of interest rate swaps, Snap-on aims to stabilize funding costs by managing the exposure created by the differing maturities and interest rate structures of Snap-on’s assets and liabilities. See Note 10 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for information on interest rate risk management.

Snap-on utilizes a Value-at-Risk (“VAR”) model to determine the potential one-day loss in the fair value of its interest rate and foreign exchange-sensitive financial instruments from adverse changes in market factors.  The VAR model estimates were made assuming normal market conditions and a 95% confidence level.  Snap-on’s computations are based on the inter-relationships among movements in various currencies and interest rates (variance/co-variance technique).  These inter-relationships were determined by observing interest rate and foreign currency market changes over the preceding quarter.

The estimated maximum potential one-day loss in fair value, calculated using the VAR model, at March 31, 2007, was $0.6 million on interest rate-sensitive financial instruments and $0.2 million on foreign currency-sensitive financial instruments.  The VAR model is a risk management tool and does not purport to represent actual losses in fair value that will be incurred by Snap-on, nor does it consider the potential effect of favorable changes in market factors.

Credit Risk: Credit risk is the possibility of loss from a customer’s failure to make payments according to contract terms.  Prior to granting credit, each customer is evaluated, taking into consideration the borrower’s financial condition, collateral, debt-servicing capacity, past payment experience, credit bureau information, and other financial and qualitative factors that may affect the borrower’s ability to repay.  Specific credit reviews and standard industry credit scoring models are used in performing this evaluation.  Loans that have been granted are typically monitored through an asset-quality-review process that closely monitors past due accounts and initiates collection


actions when appropriate.  In addition to its direct credit risk exposure, Snap-on also has credit risk exposure for certain SOC-originated contracts for franchisee van loans with recourse provisions against Snap-on.  At March 31, 2007, $15.4 million of loans originated by SOC have a recourse provision to Snap-on if the loans become more than 90 days past due.

Economic Risk: Economic risk is the possibility of loss resulting from economic instability in certain areas of the world.  Snap-on continually monitors its exposure in these markets.

As a result of the above market, credit and economic risks, net income and revenues in any particular period may not be representative of full-year results and may vary significantly from year to year and from quarter to quarter.  Inflation has not had a significant impact on the company.

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