|12 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2014
Defined Benefit Retirement Plans — Approximately 42% of our employees participate in one of four defined benefit retirement programs, including the master defined benefit retirement plan, the defined benefit plans of our German and Swiss subsidiaries, 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 obligations 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:
Obligations and Funded Status — The change in benefit obligation and funded status of the Company’s defined benefit retirement plans were:
Net actuarial losses ($75.8) and prior service costs ($2.4), less an aggregate tax effect ($28.0), are included as components of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2014. Net actuarial losses ($54.2) and prior service costs ($3.4), less an aggregate tax effect ($21.5), are included as components of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2013. The amount that will be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive loss into net pension costs in 2015 is expected to be $6.3.
Accumulated Benefit Obligation — The accumulated benefit obligation for all defined benefit retirement plans was $463.8 and $430.8 at September 30, 2014 and 2013. Selected information for plans with accumulated benefit obligations in excess of plan assets was:
The weighted-average assumptions used in accounting for defined benefit retirement plans were:
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 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.
U.S. Pension Plan Assets — 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 primary investment strategy 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. Plan assets are invested by the plans’ fiduciaries, which direct investments according to specific policies. Those policies subject investments to the following restrictions in our domestic plan: short-term securities must be rated A2/P2 or higher, liability-hedging fixed income securities must have an average quality credit rating of investment grade and investments in equities in any one company may not exceed 10% of the equity portfolio.
Non-U.S. Pension Plan Assets — Long-term strategic investment objectives utilize a diversified mix of suitable assets of appropriate liquidity to generate income and capital growth that, together with contributions from participants and Hillenbrand, will meet the cost of the current and future benefits that the plan provides. Long-term strategic investment objectives also seek to limit the risk of the assets failing to meet the liabilities over the long term.
None of Hillenbrand’s common stock was directly owned by the pension plan trusts at September 30, 2014.
The tables below provide the fair value of our pension plan assets by asset category at September 30, 2014 and 2013. The accounting guidance on fair value measurements specifies a fair value hierarchy based upon the observability of inputs used in valuation techniques (Level 1, 2, and 3). See Note 13 for definitions.
Fair values are determined as follows:
Cash Flows — During 2014, 2013, and 2012 we contributed cash of $19.9, $20.1, and $3.1, to our defined benefit retirement plans. The increase in contributions in 2013 was a result of the Coperion acquisition. We expect to make estimated contributions of $16.0 in 2015, although we may make additional discretionary contributions. We will evaluate business conditions and capital and equity market volatility to determine whether we will make discretionary contributions.
Estimated Future Benefit Payments — The following represents estimated future benefit payments, including expected future service, which are expected to be paid from plan assets or Company contributions as necessary:
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. Company contributions generally vest over a period of zero to five years. Expenses related to our defined contribution plans were $8.7, $8.2, and $8.0 for 2014, 2013, and 2012.
Postretirement Healthcare Plan — The Company offers a domestic postretirement healthcare plan that provides healthcare benefits to eligible qualified retirees and their spouses. 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. The net postretirement healthcare benefit cost for 2014, 2013, and 2012 was $0.5, $0.6, and $1.0.
The weighted-average assumptions used in revaluing our obligation under the postretirement healthcare plan were:
Net actuarial gains of $5.8 and $4.9, less tax of $1.6 and $1.8, were included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss at September 30, 2014 and 2013. The estimated amount that will be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive loss as a reduction to postretirement healthcare costs in 2015 is $0.6. A one percentage-point increase/decrease in the assumed healthcare cost trend rates as of September 30, 2014, would cause an increase/decrease in service and interest costs of $0.1, along with an increase/decrease in the benefit obligation of $0.7.
We fund the postretirement healthcare plan as benefits are paid. Current plan benefits are expected to require net Company contributions for retirees of $0.8 per year for the foreseeable future.
The entire disclosure for postemployment benefits, which may include supplemental unemployment benefits, obligations recognized for all types of benefits provided to former or inactive employees, their beneficiaries, and covered dependents after employment but before retirement. Disclosure may also include discussion that an obligation for postemployment benefits is not accrued in accordance with regulation only because the amount cannot be reasonably estimated.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef