Graco Inc.

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GRACO INC filed this Form 10-K on 02/17/2015
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investment advisors, its long-term historical returns, the allocation of plan assets and projected returns on plan assets. The Company changed its investment return assumption for its U.S. plan to 7.8 percent for 2015. Mortality rates are based on current common group mortality tables for males and females.

Net pension cost in 2014 was $7 million and was allocated to cost of products sold and operating expenses based on salaries and wages. At December 26, 2014, a one-half percentage point decrease in the indicated assumptions would have the following effects (in millions):



Funded Status   Expense  

Discount rate

$ (29 $ 2  

Expected return on assets

  -       1  

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a final standard on revenue from contracts with customers. The new standard sets forth a single comprehensive model for recognizing and reporting revenue. The new standard is effective for the Company in its fiscal year 2017, and permits the use of either a retrospective or cumulative effect transition method. The Company is evaluating the effect of the new standard on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures, and has not yet selected a transition method.

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The Company sells and purchases products and services in currencies other than the U.S. dollar and pays variable interest rates on borrowings under certain credit facilities. Consequently, the Company is subject to profitability risk arising from exchange and interest rate movements. The Company may use a variety of financial and derivative instruments to manage foreign currency and interest rate risks. The Company does not enter into any of these instruments for trading purposes to generate revenue. Rather, the Company’s objective in managing these risks is to reduce fluctuations in earnings and cash flows associated with changes in foreign currency exchange and interest rates.

The Company may use forward exchange contracts, options and other hedging activities to hedge the U.S. dollar value resulting from anticipated currency transactions and net monetary asset and liability positions. At December 26, 2014, the currencies to which the Company had the most significant balance sheet exchange rate exposure were the euro, Swiss franc, Canadian dollar, British pound, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Chinese yuan renminbi and South Korean won. It is not possible to determine the true impact of currency rate changes; however, the direct translation effect on net sales and net earnings can be estimated. In 2014, changes in currency translation rates reduced sales and earnings by approximately $3 million and $2 million, respectively. Changes in translation rates had no significant effect on 2013 net sales or earnings. In 2012, the effect of the stronger U.S. dollar compared to other currencies (primarily the euro) resulted in a decrease in sales and net earnings of approximately $15 million and $5 million, respectively.



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