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Background and Basis of Presentation

Background and Basis of Presentation
9 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2013
Background and Basis of Presentation  
Background and Basis of Presentation

1.              Background and Basis of Presentation


Hillenbrand, Inc. (“Hillenbrand”) is a global diversified industrial company that makes and sells premium business-to-business products and services for a wide variety of industries.  We pursue profitable growth and meaningful dividends for our shareholders by leveraging our leading brands, robust cash generation capabilities and strong core competencies.  Hillenbrand has two business platforms:  the Process Equipment Group and Batesville.  The Process Equipment Group is a recognized leader in the design and production of equipment and systems used in processing applications, and Batesville® is a recognized leader in the North American funeral products industry.  “Hillenbrand,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and similar words refer to Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries.


The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries, including Coperion Capital GmbH (“Coperion”), which was acquired on December 1, 2012.  The acquisition of Coperion included a few small subsidiaries where the ownership percentage is less than 100% These unaudited 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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“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 our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, as filed with the SEC.  Certain prior period balances have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.  In the opinion of management, these financial statements reflect all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments except as discussed below, necessary to present a fair statement of the Company’s consolidated financial position and the consolidated results of operations and cash flow as of the dates and for the periods presented.


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of certain assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expense during the period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.  Examples of such estimates include, but are not limited to, revenue recognition under the percentage-of-completion method, the 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 the incentive compensation programs.


Correction of Errors


During the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, we recorded an adjustment to cost of goods sold and operating expenses to correct errors related to certain accrued liabilities at Coperion.  The impact of the adjustment increased cost of goods sold in the third quarter by $1.3, which should have been recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.  In addition, the adjustment decreased operating expenses in the third quarter by $0.3, which should have been recorded as an increase in the second quarter ($1.0) and a decrease in the first quarter ($1.3).  There is no impact on any prior annual periods.  We believe the impact of these errors and the cumulative net adjustment to correct the errors was immaterial to our interim consolidated financial statements for the current and prior periods.