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Background and Basis of Presentation

Background and Basis of Presentation
3 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
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Hillenbrand, Inc. (the “Company” or “Hillenbrand”) is a global industrial company with multiple leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. The Company strives to provide superior return for our shareholders, exceptional value for our customers, great professional opportunities for our employees, and to be responsible to our communities through deployment of the Hillenbrand Operating Model (“HOM”). The HOM is a consistent and repeatable framework designed to produce sustainable and predictable results.  The Company recently enhanced the HOM to support our transformation to a pure-play industrial company. The HOM describes the Company’s purpose, mission, vision, values, and mindset as leaders; applies our management practices in Strategy, People, Operational Excellence, and Innovation & Technology; and prescribes four steps (Understand, Focus, Execute, and Grow) designed to make the Company’s businesses both bigger and better.  The Company’s goal is to continue developing Hillenbrand as a world-class global industrial company through the deployment of the HOM. “Hillenbrand,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and similar words refer to Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries unless context otherwise requires.

On December 15, 2022, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Batesville reportable operating segment to BL Memorial Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company owned by funds affiliated with LongRange Capital, L.P., for $761.5, which includes an $11.5 subordinated note, subject to closing adjustments. Batesville is a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. On February 1, 2023, the Company completed the divestiture. At closing, after applicable adjustments, the Company received $698.0 in pre-tax cash proceeds, including an adjustment for cash on hand acquired from the Company. The Company also received the previously mentioned $11.5 subordinated note. The Company expects to recognize a gain within the Consolidated Statement of Operations during the quarter ended March 31, 2023. Accordingly, the Batesville reportable operating segment assets and liabilities were classified as held for sale in the Consolidated Balance Sheets for all periods presented. Subsequent to the completion of the sale, the Company expects to provide certain transition services to Batesville for applicable fees. The transition services are expected to vary in duration depending upon the type of service provided.

This divestiture represents a strategic shift in Hillenbrand’s business and qualified as a discontinued operation as of December 31, 2022. As a result, the Company classified the results of Batesville in discontinued operations in its Consolidated Statements of Operations for all periods presented. The cash flows related to discontinued operations have been segregated and are included in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for all periods presented. Unless otherwise noted, discussion within the notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements relates to continuing operations only and excludes the historical Batesville reportable operating segment. See Note 4 for additional information.

As a result of classifying the Batesville reportable operating segment as a discontinued operation, Hillenbrand is now composed of two reportable operating segments: Advanced Process Solutions and Molding Technology Solutions. Advanced Process Solutions is a global leader in highly-engineered process and material handling equipment and systems for a wide variety of industries, including durable plastics, food, and recycling industries. Molding Technology Solutions is a global leader in highly-engineered processing equipment, systems, and aftermarket parts and service for the plastic technology processing industry.
The unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries.  They also include three subsidiaries where the Company’s ownership percentage is less than 100%.  The Company’s fiscal year ends on September 30.  Unless otherwise stated, references to years relate to fiscal years.
These unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim financial statements and therefore do not include all information required in accordance with United States (“U.S.”) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).  The unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on the same basis as, and should be read in conjunction with, the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2022, as filed with the SEC on November 16, 2022. In the opinion of management, these unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements reflect all adjustments necessary to present a fair statement of the Company’s consolidated financial position and the consolidated results of operations and cash flows as of the dates and for the periods presented and are normal and recurring in nature. The interim period results are subject to variation and are not necessarily indicative of the consolidated results of operations to be expected for the full fiscal year.
The preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the
date of the Consolidated Financial Statements and the reported amounts of net revenue and expenses during the period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.  Examples of such estimates include, but are not limited to, revenue recognition under the over time method, establishment of reserves related to customer rebates, doubtful accounts, warranties, early-pay discounts, inventories, income taxes, litigation, self-insurance, and progress toward achievement of performance criteria under incentive compensation programs.

As a result of the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 (the “Ukraine War”), various nations, including the U.S., have instituted economic sanctions and other responsive measures, which have resulted in an increased level of global economic and political uncertainty. Any such geopolitical instability and uncertainty could have a negative impact on our ability to sell to, ship products to, collect payments from, and support customers in certain regions. The effects of the Ukraine War and such associated measures on management’s estimates and consolidated results of operations through December 31, 2022 are reflected in the Consolidated Financial Statements. As of and for the three months ended December 31, 2022, the effects of the Ukraine War have not had a material impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Events and changes in circumstances arising after December 31, 2022, including those resulting from Ukraine War, will be reflected in management’s estimates for future periods in subsequent periodic filings.