NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Graco Inc. and Subsidiaries
Years Ended December 25, 2015, December 26, 2014 and December 27, 2013
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 25, 2015, December 26, 2014 and December 27, 2013, 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 25, 2015, all subsidiaries are 100 percent owned. Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform with 2015 presentation, but had no effect on previously reported net earnings or shareholders’ equity.
As more fully described in Note M (Divestiture), in 2015, the Company sold the Liquid Finishing business assets acquired in 2012 that were held as a cost-method investment. Investment income in the Company’s consolidated statements of earnings includes the pre-tax gain on the sale, net of transaction and other related expenses, along with dividend income received prior to the sale from after-tax earnings of Liquid Finishing.
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):
Cash surrender value of life insurance
Forward exchange contracts
Total assets at fair value
Total liabilities at fair value
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.
Contingent consideration liability represents the estimated value (using a probability-weighted expected return approach) of future payments to be made to previous owners of an acquired business based on its future revenues (see Note L, Acquisitions).