Worldwide demand levels were resilient throughout 2014. We expect demand levels in 2015 will continue to be supportive of growth in every reportable segment
and geography, although currency fluctuations and ongoing geopolitical instability remain a concern. Our long-term growth initiatives continue to be our priority, providing a cornerstone for our mid-single digit organic growth expectations for the
first quarter and full year 2015. Acquisitions completed in recent months are expected to add approximately 5 percentage points to the Companys sales growth in 2015 and provide earnings accretion of 13 to 15 cents per share for the full year
before purchase accounting and transaction costs. At current exchange rates, unfavorable movement in foreign currencies would be a headwind of approximately 4 percent on sales and 10 percent on earnings in 2015.
The Companys backlog is typically small compared to annual sales and is not a good indicator of future business levels. In addition to economic growth,
the successful launch of new products and expanded distribution coverage, the sales outlook is dependent on many factors, including realization of price increases and stable foreign currency exchange rates.
The Company desires to take
advantage of the safe harbor provisions regarding forward-looking statements of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is filing this Cautionary Statement in order to do so. From time to time various forms filed by our
Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including this Form 10-K and our Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks, and other disclosures, including our 2014 Overview report, press releases, earnings releases, analyst briefings, conference calls and
other written documents or oral statements released by our Company, may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally use words such as expect, foresee, anticipate, believe,
project, should, estimate, will, and similar expressions, and reflect our Companys expectations concerning the future. All forecasts and projections are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are based upon currently available information, but various risks and uncertainties may cause our Companys actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. The Company undertakes no
obligation to update these statements in light of new information or future events.
Future results could differ materially from those expressed, due to
the impact of changes in various factors. These risk factors include, but are not limited to: our Companys growth strategies, which include making acquisitions, investing in new products, expanding geographically and targeting new industries;
whether we are able to effectively complete a divestiture of the acquired Liquid Finishing businesses, which has not been completed and remains subject to FTC approval; economic conditions in the United States and other major world economies;
changes in currency translation rates; changes in laws and regulations; compliance with anti-corruption laws; new entrants who copy our products or infringe on our intellectual property; risks incident to conducting business internationally; the
ability to meet our customers needs and changes in product demand; supply interruptions or delays; security breaches; political instability; results of and costs associated with, litigation, administrative proceedings and regulatory reviews
incident to our business; the possibility of decline in purchases from few large customers of the Contractor segment; variations in activity in the construction and automotive industries; and natural disasters. Please refer to Item 1A of this
Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2014 for a more comprehensive discussion of these and other risk factors. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors in evaluating forward-looking
statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
Investors should realize that factors other than those
identified above and in Item 1A might prove important to the Companys future results. It is not possible for management to identify each and every factor that may have an impact on the Companys operations in the future as new
factors can develop from time to time.