Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Retirement Benefits

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7.              Retirement Benefits

 

The following information relates to Hillenbrand excluding the Rotex acquisition.  Later in the footnote we describe the Rotex benefit plans.

 

Defined Benefit Retirement Plans — Approximately 55% of our employees participate in one of three retirement programs, including the master defined benefit retirement plan, the defined benefit plan of our Swiss subsidiary, and the supplemental executive defined benefit retirement plan.  We fund the pension trusts in compliance with ERISA or local funding requirements and as necessary to provide for current service and for any unfunded projected future benefit obligation over a reasonable period.  The benefits for these plans are based primarily on years of service and the employee’s level of compensation during specific periods of employment.  All pension plans have a September 30 measurement date.

 

Effect on Operations - The components of net pension costs under defined benefit retirement plans were:

 

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

Service cost

 

$

6.3

 

$

5.6

 

$

3.3

 

Interest cost

 

12.8

 

12.7

 

12.6

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

(15.4

)

(13.9

)

(13.1

)

Amortization of unrecognized prior service cost, net

 

0.9

 

0.9

 

0.8

 

Amortization of actuarial loss

 

4.0

 

3.0

 

—

 

Net pension costs

 

$

8.6

 

$

8.3

 

$

3.6

 

 

Obligations and Funded Status — The change in benefit obligation and funded status of the Company’s defined benefit retirement plans were:

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

Change in benefit obligation:

 

 

 

 

 

Projected benefit obligation at beginning of year

 

$

269.3

 

$

230.2

 

Projected benefit obligation attributable to acquisitions

 

—

 

21.4

 

Service cost

 

6.3

 

5.6

 

Interest cost

 

12.8

 

12.7

 

Actuarial loss

 

17.9

 

7.3

 

Benefits paid

 

(9.5

)

(9.4

)

Effect of exchange rates on projected benefit obligation

 

1.9

 

1.5

 

Projected benefit obligation at end of year

 

298.7

 

269.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in plan assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year

 

195.7

 

155.5

 

Fair value of pension assets attributable to acquisitions

 

—

 

24.7

 

Actual return on plan assets

 

8.8

 

17.3

 

Employee and employer contributions

 

3.3

 

6.1

 

Benefits paid

 

(9.5

)

(9.4

)

Administrative expenses paid

 

(0.2

)

(0.3

)

Effect of exchange rates on plan assets

 

2.2

 

1.8

 

Fair value of plan assets at end of year

 

200.3

 

195.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funded status:

 

 

 

 

 

Plan assets less than benefit obligations

 

$

(98.4

)

$

(73.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts recorded in the consolidated balance sheets:

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets

 

$

0.4

 

$

3.3

 

Accrued pension costs, current portion

 

(1.6

)

(1.6

)

Accrued pension costs, long-term portion

 

(97.2

)

(75.3

)

Plan assets less than benefit obligations

 

$

(98.4

)

$

(73.6

)

 

Net actuarial losses of $97.1 and prior service costs of $4.4, less an applicable aggregate tax effect of $37.3, are included as components of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2011.  Net actuarial losses of $76.7 and prior service costs of $5.3, less an applicable aggregate tax effect of $30.6, are included as components of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2010.  The estimated amount that will be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net pension costs in fiscal 2012 for the net actuarial losses and prior service costs is expected to be $6.5.

 

Accumulated Benefit Obligation — The accumulated benefit obligation for all defined benefit retirement plans was $288.1 and $259.4 at September 30, 2011 and 2010.  Selected information for plans with accumulated benefit obligations in excess of plan assets was:

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

Projected benefit obligation

 

$

269.1

 

$

246.2

 

Accumulated benefit obligation

 

260.2

 

237.4

 

Fair value of plan assets

 

170.2

 

169.2

 

 

The weighted-average assumptions used in accounting for defined benefit retirement plans were:

 

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

Discount rate for obligation, end of year

 

4.3

%

4.8

%

5.5

%

Discount rate for expense, during the year

 

4.5

%

5.3

%

7.5

%

Expected rate of return on plan assets

 

6.9

%

7.6

%

7.75

%

Rate of compensation increase

 

2.4

%

2.4

%

4.0

%

 

The discount rates are evaluated annually based on current market conditions.  In setting these rates we utilize long-term bond indices and yield curves as a preliminary indication of interest rate movements, then make adjustments to the respective indices to reflect differences in the terms of the bonds covered under the indices in comparison to the projected outflow of pension obligations.  The overall expected long-term rate of return is based on historical and expected future returns, which are inflation-adjusted and weighted for the expected return for each component of the investment portfolio.  The rate of assumed compensation increase is also based on our specific historical trends of past wage adjustments in recent years.

 

Plan Assets — The investment strategies and policies are set by the plans’ fiduciaries.  Long-term strategic investment objectives utilize a diversified mix of equity and fixed income securities to preserve the funded status of the trusts, and balance risk and return.  The plan fiduciaries oversee the investment allocation process, which includes selecting investment managers, setting long-term strategic targets, and monitoring asset allocations.  Target allocation ranges are guidelines, not limitations, and plan fiduciaries may occasionally approve allocations above or below a target range or elect to rebalance the portfolio within the targeted range.  The primary investment strategy currently employed is a dynamic target allocation method that periodically rebalances among various investment categories depending on the current funded position.  This program is designed to actively move from return-seeking investments (such as equities) toward liability-hedging investments (such as long duration fixed income) as funding levels improve.  The investment in return-seeking assets is not to exceed 60% of total domestic plan assets.

 

Trust assets in the domestic plan are invested subject to the following policy restrictions:  short-term securities must be rated A2/P2 or higher; all fixed-income securities must have a credit quality rating “BBB” or higher; investments in equities in any one company may not exceed 10% of the equity portfolio.  None of our common stock is owned by the trust at September 30, 2011.  Holdings in our common stock are subject to a statutory maximum limit of 10% of total trust assets.

 

The tables below provide the fair value of our pension plan assets by asset category at September 30, 2011 and 2010.

 

 

 

Fair Value at September 30, 2011 Using Input Considered as:

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Cash equivalents

 

$

7.2

 

$

4.9

 

$

2.3

 

$

—

 

Equity securities

 

20.1

 

20.1

 

—

 

—

 

Fixed maturity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

71.5

 

10.5

 

61.0

 

—

 

Municipal bonds

 

8.6

 

—

 

8.6

 

—

 

Asset-backed debt securities in trust

 

0.1

 

—

 

0.1

 

—

 

U.S. Government securities

 

2.1

 

—

 

2.1

 

—

 

Other types of investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government index funds

 

7.5

 

7.5

 

—

 

—

 

Equity mutual funds

 

81.1

 

81.1

 

—

 

—

 

Real estate

 

2.1

 

—

 

—

 

2.1

 

Total

 

$

200.3

 

$

124.1

 

$

74.1

 

$

2.1

 

 

 

 

Fair Value at September 30, 2010 Using Input Considered as:

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Cash equivalents

 

$

8.0

 

$

5.1

 

$

2.9

 

$

—

 

Equity securities

 

22.5

 

22.5

 

—

 

—

 

Fixed maturity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

67.6

 

11.7

 

55.9

 

—

 

Municipal bonds

 

2.4

 

—

 

2.4

 

—

 

Asset-backed debt securities in trust

 

1.6

 

—

 

1.6

 

—

 

U.S. Government securities

 

1.9

 

—

 

1.9

 

—

 

Other types of investment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government index funds

 

3.3

 

3.3

 

—

 

—

 

Equity mutual funds

 

86.0

 

86.0

 

—

 

—

 

Real estate

 

2.4

 

—

 

—

 

2.4

 

Total

 

$

195.7

 

$

128.6

 

$

64.7

 

$

2.4

 

 

See Note 14 for a definition of level 1, 2, and 3 categories.

 

Cash Flows — During fiscal 2011, 2010, and 2009 we contributed cash of $2.5, $6.1, and $9.2, to our defined benefit retirement plans.  We estimate minimum contributions to be $3.3 in fiscal 2012, although we may make discretionary contributions. We are not required to make a discretionary contribution in 2012, but will evaluate business conditions and capital and equity market volatility to determine if we wish to make a contribution, and if so, in what amount.

 

Estimated Future Benefit Payments - Following are the benefit payments, which reflect expected future service and are expected to be paid from plan assets or Company contributions as necessary:

 

 

 

Projected Pension
Benefits Payout

 

2012

 

$

11.7

 

2013

 

12.6

 

2014

 

13.4

 

2015

 

14.3

 

2016

 

15.1

 

2017 - 2021

 

86.3

 

 

Defined Contribution Plans — We sponsor a number of defined contribution plans.  Depending on the plan, we may make contributions up to 4% of an employee’s compensation and matching contributions up to 6% of compensation.  Under the various plans, Company contributions generally vest over a period of zero to five years.  Expenses related to our various defined contribution programs were $6.7, $5.8, and $5.1 for fiscal years 2011, 2010, and 2009.

 

Postretirement Healthcare Plan — The Company offers a domestic postretirement healthcare plan that provides healthcare benefits to eligible qualified retirees and their spouses and in which employees are eligible to participate.  The plan includes retiree cost-sharing provisions and generally extends retiree coverage for medical, prescription, and dental benefits beyond the COBRA continuation period to the date of Medicare eligibility.  We use a measurement date of September 30 for this plan.

 

The net postretirement benefit cost recorded during fiscal years 2011, 2010, and 2009 was $1.3, $1.2, and $1.1.

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

Benefit obligation at beginning of year

 

$

14.2

 

$

12.1

 

Interest cost

 

0.6

 

0.6

 

Service cost

 

0.7

 

0.6

 

Actuarial loss

 

(5.2

)

1.3

 

Net benefits paid

 

(0.2

)

(0.4

)

Benefit obligation at end of year

 

$

10.1

 

$

14.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts recorded in the consolidated balance sheets:

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued postretirement benefits, current portion

 

$

0.4

 

$

0.8

 

Accrued postretirement benefits, long-term portion

 

9.7

 

13.4

 

Net amount recognized

 

$

10.1

 

$

14.2

 

 

The weighted-average assumptions used in revaluing our obligation under the postretirement healthcare plan were:

 

 

 

Fiscal Year Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

Discount rate for obligation

 

4.10

%

4.50

%

5.25

%

Healthcare cost rate assumed for next year

 

7.75

%

7.75

%

8.50

%

Ultimate trend rate

 

5.00

%

5.00

%

5.00

%

 

Net actuarial gains (losses) of $4.2 and ($1.0), less applicable tax effects of $1.5 and ($0.4), are included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2011 and 2010.  The estimated amount that will be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive loss as a reduction to postretirement healthcare costs in 2012 is less than $0.3.  A one percentage-point increase/decrease in the assumed healthcare cost trend rates as of September 30, 2011, would cause an increase/decrease in service and interest costs of $0.1, along with an increase/decrease in the benefit obligation of $1.0.

 

We fund the postretirement healthcare plan as benefits are paid.  Current plan benefits are expected to require net Company contributions for retirees of $0.4 per year for the foreseeable future.

 

The preceding information in this footnote relates to Hillenbrand excluding the Rotex acquisition.  The remainder of this footnote relates only to Rotex.

 

Rotex Benefit Plans

 

Rotex sponsors various defined contribution retirement plans covering substantially all employees.  Depending upon the plan, contributions up to 3% of an employee’s compensation and matching contributions from 2 to 8% of compensation may be made.  Under the various plans, Company contributions generally vest over a period of zero to six years.

 

Rotex has a noncontributory defined benefit pension plan covering union employees in the U.S. who meet eligibility requirements.  This plan was amended to freeze benefit accruals in 2004.  As of September 30, 2011, the projected benefit obligation was $3.6 and the market value of plan assets (all classified within level 1 of the valuation hierarchy), represented 86% of the obligation.

 

Rotex also has a noncontributory defined benefit postretirement healthcare plan covering all employees in the U.S. who meet eligibility requirements.  The benefit obligation under this plan is not funded and was $0.9 at September 30, 2011.  In March 2007, the plan was frozen to new salaried entrants and to new union entrants in September 2008.  Expenses for all of the Rotex plans were immaterial for the one month of operations included in the 2011 consolidated financial statements of Hillenbrand.