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GRACO INC filed this Form 10-K on 02/17/2015
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Graco Inc. and Subsidiaries

Years Ended December 26, 2014, December 27, 2013 and December 28, 2012

A. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of Graco Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) is 52 or 53 weeks, ending on the last Friday in December. The years ended December 26, 2014, December 27, 2013 and December 28, 2012, were 52-week years.

Basis of Statement Presentation. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the parent company and its subsidiaries after elimination of intercompany balances and transactions. As of December 26, 2014, all subsidiaries are 100 percent owned.

As more fully described in Note L, the Company purchased the Powder Finishing and Liquid Finishing businesses in April 2012. The FTC issued an order requiring the Company to hold the Liquid Finishing businesses separate from the rest of the Company’s businesses. Under terms of the hold separate order, the Company does not have the power to direct the activities of the Liquid Finishing businesses that most significantly impact the economic performance of those businesses. Therefore, the Company has determined that the Liquid Finishing businesses are variable interest entities for which the Company is not the primary beneficiary, and that they should not be consolidated. Furthermore, the Company does not have a controlling interest in the Liquid Finishing businesses, nor is it able to exert significant influence over the Liquid Finishing businesses. Consequently, the Company’s investment in the shares of the Liquid Finishing businesses, totaling $422 million, has been reflected as a cost-method investment on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 26, 2014, and their results of operations have not been consolidated with those of the Company.

Foreign Currency Translation. The functional currency of certain subsidiaries is the local currency. Accordingly, adjustments resulting from the translation of those subsidiaries’ financial statements into U.S. dollars are charged or credited to accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). The U.S. dollar is the functional currency for all other foreign subsidiaries. Accordingly, gains and losses from the translation of foreign currency balances and transactions of those subsidiaries are included in other expense (income), net.

Accounting Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. Such estimates and assumptions also affect the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Fair Value Measurements. The three levels of inputs in the fair value measurement hierarchy are as follows:

Level 1 – based on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets

Level 2 – based on significant observable inputs

Level 3 – based on significant unobservable inputs

Assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis and fair value measurement level were as follows (in thousands):


    Level   2014   2013  


Cash surrender value of life insurance

2 $ 13,187   $ 12,611  

Forward exchange contracts

2   280     291  







Total assets at fair value

$   13,467   $   12,902  








Deferred compensation

2 $ 2,676   $ 2,296  







Contracts insuring the lives of certain employees who are eligible to participate in certain non-qualified pension and deferred compensation plans are held in trust. Cash surrender value of the contracts is based on performance measurement funds that shadow the deferral investment allocations made by participants in certain deferred compensation plans. The deferred compensation liability balances are valued based on amounts allocated by participants to the underlying performance measurement funds.

The Company’s policy and accounting for forward exchange contracts are described below, in Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.



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