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    Table of Contents UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549 FORM 10-K Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 For the year ended September 30, 2017 Commission File No. 001-33794 HILLENBRAND, INC. (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) Indiana 26-1342272 (State of incorporation) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.) One Batesville Boulevard Batesville, Indiana 47006 (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code) Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (812) 934-7500 Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: Title of Each Class Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered Common Stock, without par value New York Stock Exchange Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes x No o Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Yes o No x Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. Large accelerated filer ý Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company o Emerging growth company o Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x The aggregate market value of voting stock (consisting solely of shares of common stock) held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of March 31, 2017 was $2,259,976,005. As of November 10, 2017, 63,023,245 shares of common stock were outstanding. Documents Incorporated by Reference Portions of our definitive proxy statement for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report. The proxy statement will be filed no later than January 5, 2018.


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    Table of Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS Page PART I Disclosure Regarding Forward-looking Statements 2 Item 1. Business 2 Item 1A. Risk Factors 11 Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments 17 Item 2. Properties 17 Item 3. Legal Proceedings 17 Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 18 PART II Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 18 Item 6. Selected Financial Data 19 Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 19 Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 35 Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 36 Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 79 Item 9A. Controls and Procedures 79 Item 9B. Other Information 79 PART III Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance 79 Item 11. Executive Compensation 80 Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management, and Related Shareholder Matters 80 Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 80 Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services 80 PART IV Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 80 Signatures 84 1


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    Table of Contents (monetary amounts in millions, except per share data) PART I DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Throughout this Form 10-K, we make a number of “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As the words imply, these are statements about future plans, objectives, beliefs, and expectations that might or might not happen in the future, as contrasted with historical information. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable, but by their very nature are subject to a wide range of risks. Accordingly, in this Form 10-K, we may say something like, “We expect that future revenue associated with the Process Equipment Group will be influenced by order backlog.” That is a forward-looking statement, as indicated by the word “expect” and by the clear meaning of the sentence. Other words that could indicate we are making forward-looking statements include: intend believe plan expect may goal would become pursue estimate will forecast continue could targeted encourage promise improve progress potential should This is not an exhaustive list, but is intended to give you an idea of how we try to identify forward-looking statements. The absence of any of these words, however, does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. Here is the key point: Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results could differ materially from those set forth in any forward- looking statements. Any number of factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause our performance to differ significantly from what is described in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements, see the discussions under the heading “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of this Form 10-K. We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Item 1. BUSINESS In this section of the Form 10-K, we provide you a general overview of the Company, including a high-level review of our reportable segments and how we operate. We then present our reportable segments in greater detail, including the products we manufacture and sell, how those products are distributed and to whom, with whom we compete, the key inputs to production, and an explanation of our business strategies. We also provide you information on any key patents, trademarks, and regulatory matters important to our business. Finally, we provide you a brief background on our executive officers so that you can understand their experience and qualifications. Further quantitative information about the business, by segment and geography, is set forth in Note 14 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. GENERAL Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with multiple market-leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. Hillenbrand’s portfolio is composed of two business segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville®. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture, and service highly engineered industrial equipment around the world. Batesville is a recognized leader in the North American death care industry. Hillenbrand was incorporated on November 1, 2007, in the state of Indiana and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange 2


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    Table of Contents under the symbol “HI” on April 1, 2008. “Hillenbrand,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and similar words refer to Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries unless context otherwise requires. Although Hillenbrand has been a public company for more than nine years, the businesses owned by Hillenbrand have been in operation for decades. Between 2010 and 2014, Hillenbrand completed three major acquisitions of companies that formed the foundation of our Process Equipment Group: K-Tron International, Inc. (“K-Tron”) in April 2010, Rotex Global, LLC (“Rotex”) in August 2011, and Coperion Capital GmbH (“Coperion”) in December 2012. TerraSource Global, also part of our Process Equipment Group, was organized in July 2012 from three brands,Gundlach Equipment Corporation, Jeffrey Rader Corporation, and Pennsylvania Crusher Corporation, each acquired as part of the K-Tron acquisition. The remaining K-Tron brands merged with Coperion during 2013. On October 2, 2015, Hillenbrand acquired Abel Pumps LP, Abel GmbH & Co. KG, and certain of their affiliates (collectively “Abel”). Additionally, on February 1, 2016, Hillenbrand acquired Red Valve Company, Inc. (“Red Valve”). Both Abel and Red Valve are now included in our Process Equipment Group segment. See Note 3 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K for more information on the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions. Business Segments Process Equipment Group The Process Equipment Group is a leading global provider of compounding, extrusion, and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating; and flow control products and services for a wide variety of manufacturing and other industrial processes. We believe the Process Equipment Group has attractive fundamentals including: • Geographic diversification; • A parts and service business with historically stable revenue and attractive margins; • A customer base that is highly diversified and has a strong history of long-term relationships with blue-chip customers; and • Proven products with substantial brand value and recognition, combined with industry-leading applications and engineering expertise. Batesville Batesville is a leader in the North American death care industry through the manufacture and sale of funeral service products, including burial caskets, cremation caskets, containers and urns, selection room display fixtures, other personalization and memorialization products, and web-based technology applications. We believe Batesville has attractive fundamentals including: • Historically predictable strong cash flow and attractive margins; • Historically high return on invested capital; and • Substantial brand value and recognition, combined with quality service, a nationwide distribution network, and a strong customer base. How We Operate We strive to provide superior return for our shareholders, exceptional value for our customers, and great professional opportunities for our employees through deployment of the Hillenbrand Operating Model (HOM). The HOM is a consistent and repeatable framework designed to produce sustainable and predictable results. The HOM describes our mission, vision, values and mindset as leaders; applies our management practices in Strategy Management, Segmentation, Lean, Talent Development, and Acquisitions; and prescribes three steps (Understand, Focus, and Grow) designed to make our businesses both bigger and better. Our goal is to continue developing Hillenbrand as a world-class global diversified industrial company through the deployment of the HOM. 3


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    Table of Contents Our strategy is to leverage our historically strong financial foundation and the implementation of the HOM to deliver sustainable profit growth, revenue expansion and substantial free cash flow and then reinvest available cash in new growth initiatives that are focused on building leadership positions in our core markets and near adjacencies, both organically and inorganically, in order to create shareholder value. REPORTABLE SEGMENTS Process Equipment Group The Process Equipment Group designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and services differentiated process and material handling equipment and systems for a wide variety of industries, including plastics, food and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, minerals and mining, energy, wastewater treatment, and forest products. The Process Equipment Group uses its strong applications and process engineering expertise to solve problems for customers. Its highly engineered capital equipment and systems offerings require after-market service and/or parts replacement, providing an opportunity for ongoing revenue at attractive margins. Process Equipment Group: Products and Services The Process Equipment Group product portfolio has grown through a series of acquisitions over the past seven years and now includes products and services for compounding, extrusion, and material handling; size reduction; screening and separating; and flow control. The Process Equipment Group businesses are supported by replacement parts and services that represent approximately 36% of the group’s total revenue. Products are offered under brand names that are recognized among the leaders in their respective categories. • Compounding, Extrusion, and Material Handling Equipment, and Equipment System Design • Twin screw compounding and extrusion machines range from small laboratory compounding machines to high performance, high throughput extrusion systems. Small and mid-sized compounders are used by customers in engineering plastics, masterbatch, PVC, and other applications for the plastics, chemical, and food and pharmaceutical industries. These products are sold under the Coperion ® brand. Extrusion systems are sold to customers in the polyolefin industry for base resin production. The extrusion products are sold under the Coperion ® brand. • Material handling equipment includes pneumatic and hydraulic conveying equipment for difficult-to-move materials; high-precision feeders that can operate at both very high and very low fill rates; blenders for pellets and powders; and rotary valves, diverter valves, and slide-gate valves used for feeding, dosing, discharge, and distribution during pneumatic conveying. The proprietary equipment is highly engineered and designed to solve the needs of customers for customized solutions. Material handling equipment is sold to a variety of industries, including plastics, food and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and minerals and mining. These products are sold under the Coperion® and Coperion K-Tron® brands. • Compounding, extrusion, and material handling equipment can be sold as a complete system, where strong application and process engineering expertise is used to design and create a broad system solution for customers. Systems can range from a single manufacturing line to large scale manufacturing lines and turnkey systems. Larger system sales are generally fulfilled over 12 to 18 months. A variable amount of revenue for large system sales comes from third- party-sourced products that carry only a small up-charge. As a result, margin percentages tend to be lower on these large system sales when compared to the rest of the business. • Size Reduction Equipment • Size reduction equipment is used to reduce the size of friable materials. Pennsylvania Crusher® and Gundlach® products are used to crush materials in the power generation, mining, quarrying, glass making, salt processing, and fertilizer manufacturing industries. Jeffrey Rader® products are used in industries including forest products, pulp and paper, biomass power and energy generation, and plastics/base resin manufacturing. Jeffrey Rader also designs and provides complete material handling and pneumatic or mechanical conveying systems to meet product specifications, including boiler feed, resource recovery, rail and truck loading/unloading, and recycling systems. 4


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    Table of Contents • Screening and Separating Equipment • Screening and separating equipment sorts dry, granular products based on the size of the particles being processed. This equipment is sold under the Rotex® brand to customers in a variety of industries including proppants, fertilizers, chemicals, agricultural goods, plastics, and food processing. The equipment uses a unique technology based on a specific gyratory-reciprocating motion that provides an optimal material distribution on the screens, gentle handling of particles, and accurate separations. • Flow Control Solutions • Pump solutions mainly consist of piston and piston diaphragm pump technology that transfer abrasive or corrosive fluids and fluids with a high sludge or solids content for mission critical applications. This equipment is sold under the ABEL® Pump Technology brand into the power generation, wastewater treatment, mining, general industry, and marine markets. This equipment lends itself to a superior total cost of ownership over time compared to other pumping technologies. • Valve solutions mainly consist of pinch valves and duckbill check valves that manage fluids for mission-critical, severe service applications. These valves, among others, are sold under Red Valve®, Tideflex Technologies, and RKL Controls brands into the water and wastewater, drainage and storm water, mining, chemicals, and power markets. These engineered valves are designed for long life in the toughest municipal and industrial applications, lending themselves to superior total costs of ownership over time. • Replacement Parts and Service • Replacement parts and service are a major component of most of the Process Equipment Group business lines. Service engineers and technicians are located around the globe to better respond to customers’ machines and systems service needs. The parts and service division offers customers service consulting, training, maintenance and repairs, spare parts, and modernization solutions. These services are a key component of each business within the Process Equipment Group. Process Equipment Group: Sales, Distribution, and Operations The Process Equipment Group sells equipment and systems throughout the world using a combination of direct sales and a global network of independent sales representatives and distributors. A part of the Process Equipment Group’s sales, especially in North America, is made through independent sales representatives who are compensated by commission. In situations where a representative purchases equipment and resells it as a distributor, the product is sold at a price net of commission, depending on the type of product sold. Equipment and systems orders are often for unique, engineered-to-order items. Therefore, the Process Equipment Group does not typically maintain significant amounts of raw material and component stock inventory on hand at any one time, except to cover replacement part orders. Products are either assembled and tested at Process Equipment Group facilities and then shipped to a customer or are assembled at the customer’s desired location. We expect that future revenue associated with the Process Equipment Group will be influenced by order backlog because of the lead time involved in fulfilling engineered-to- order equipment for customers. Though backlog can be an indicator of future revenue, it does not include projects and parts orders that are booked and shipped within the same quarter. The timing of order placement, size of order, extent of customization, and customer delivery dates can create fluctuations in backlog and revenue. Revenue attributable to backlog may also be affected by foreign exchange fluctuations for orders denominated in currencies other than United States (“U.S.”) dollars. Process Equipment Group: Customers The Process Equipment Group has customers in a wide range of industries, including plastics, food and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, minerals and mining, energy, wastewater treatment, and forest products. These customers range from large, Fortune 500 global companies to regional and local businesses. No one customer accounted for more than 10% of Hillenbrand’s consolidated revenue during 2017. For large or customized orders, customers generally pay a deposit and make progress payments in accordance with the project progress. Often, long-term relationships are established with these customers. 5


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    Table of Contents The Process Equipment Group’s sales are diversified by end markets, and further penetration of these end markets is an important element of its strategy. Currently, projects in the plastics industry represent greater than half of the Process Equipment Group’s sales. Geographically, approximately three quarters of the revenue in the Process Equipment Group comes from the Americas and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), with the remaining quarter coming from Asia. We believe that long-term growth for this segment is driven by megatrends such as a rapidly growing middle class in China and India and a growing global population, resulting in rising demand for products sold in many of the end markets the Process Equipment Group serves. While overall demand for these products is expected to increase over the long run, we expect short-term periodic fluctuations in demand from time-to-time. Process Equipment Group: Competition We believe the Process Equipment Group holds leading positions in key industries because of design and quality of products, extensive application and process engineering expertise, product support services, brand name recognition, and commitment to serving the needs of customers. The Process Equipment Group brands face strong competition in the markets where they compete. Competitors range in size from small, privately-held companies serving narrow market segments or geographical areas to larger, well-known global companies serving national and international markets with multiple product lines. We believe the Process Equipment Group’s diversification into multiple industries and markets, its base of replacement parts business, and its strong worldwide network of suppliers and dealers will allow it to maintain leading market positions even during economic downturns. Process Equipment Group: Raw and Component Materials The manufacturing of the Process Equipment Group’s products involves the machining and welding of raw materials (primarily sheet metals and steel) and castings that are assembled with other component parts that generally require particular specifications or qualifications purchased from third-party suppliers. Although most of these raw materials and components are generally available from several sources, some of these items are currently purchased from single sources. Volatility in the prices the Process Equipment Group pays for raw materials used in its products, including sheet metals and steel, has a direct effect on profitability. The Process Equipment Group regularly takes steps designed to mitigate the impact of volatility in raw and component material prices, including executing Lean initiatives and various sourcing actions. In instances where third-party suppliers are depended upon for outsourced products or components, there is risk of customer dissatisfaction with the quality or performance of the products sold due to supplier failure. In addition, difficulties experienced by third-party suppliers can interrupt the ability to obtain the outsourced product and ultimately to supply products to customers. Regardless, we believe the Process Equipment Group will generally be able to continue to obtain adequate supplies of key products or appropriate substitutes at reasonable costs. Process Equipment Group: Strategy The Process Equipment Group seeks profitable growth through the following strategic initiatives: • Build and grow leadership positions • Build leadership positions in core and near adjacent markets through introduction of new products and application of process expertise. • Leverage our geographic presence to improve access to underpenetrated channels and local regions in developed and emerging markets. • Pursue acquisitions that strengthen our relative market leadership position in key markets. • Utilize the Hillenbrand Operating Model principles and tools to strengthen our competitive position and maintain an optimal cost structure to support profitability • Continually improve processes to be more consistent and cost efficient and to yield industry leading quality products and services that our customers value. 6


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    Table of Contents Batesville Batesville® is a recognized leader in the North American death care industry, where it has been designing, manufacturing, distributing, and selling funeral service products and solutions to licensed funeral directors operating licensed funeral homes for more than 100 years. Batesville-branded products include: burial caskets; cremation caskets and urns; selection room display fixturing for funeral homes; personalization and memorialization products and services; and web-based technology applications that include funeral planning, website products, and back office software for licensed funeral homes. Batesville also develops and markets comprehensive operational management software solutions for cemeteries. Batesville: Products and Services As the needs of funeral professionals and consumers have evolved, Batesville has expanded its offerings with new products, value-added services, and leading partnerships. Today, Batesville provides products and services to customers under three primary solutions platforms: (1) Burial Solutions, which accounts for the majority of Batesville’s revenue, (2) Cremation Options®, and (3) Technology Solutions. Each platform is underpinned by expert profitability solutions designed to help funeral professionals optimize their business. • Burial Solutions • As the leading casket manufacturer in North America, Batesville is recognized for innovation in materials, design, and proprietary features that benefit funeral professionals and the families they serve. The company has been on the forefront of casket innovation for more than 60 years - from the first mass-produced gasketed casket to the introduction of Dimensions® oversized caskets, to casket personalization and memorialization elements, such as LifeSymbols® designs, LifeStories® medallions and keepsakes, and LifeView® panels. Batesville produces gasketed caskets from four types of metal: carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, and bronze. Batesville also produces and markets an expanding selection of non-gasketed steel caskets. Additionally, Batesville manufactures solid hardwood and veneer caskets from multiple wood species and uses a variety of finishes to appeal to different consumers. Its wood products cover the spectrum in variety and value - from an exclusive line of Marsellus® premium solid wood caskets, to cloth-covered units and all-wood construction caskets, which are also suitable for green burials. • Cremation Options® • The Cremation Options® platform is focused on helping funeral professionals capitalize on the growing consumer trend to select cremation. In addition to a broad line of cremation caskets, containers, and urns, Batesville offers training, merchandising, packaging support, and a complete line of marketing support materials to educate funeral directors and consumers on product and service options. Cremation caskets and containers are manufactured primarily of hardwoods and fiberboard using processes and material similar to those used to make wood burial caskets. Batesville’s memorial urns are made from a variety of materials including bronze, wood, acrylic, cloisonné, brass, and marble. Batesville also offers a broad selection of biodegradable and scattering urns. • Technology Solutions • Technology solutions are increasingly important in the death care industry. Batesville is the leading partner to approximately 5,700 funeral homes and cemeteries across North America. The company offers a suite of integrated, easy-to-use technology products and services, including funeral home websites, e-commerce solutions, digital selection and arrangement software, and business management systems for funeral homes and cemeteries. All of these solutions are designed to support customers by (1) creating marketing and revenue opportunities; (2) making the funeral planning process easier and more efficient; and (3) creating more positive relationships with the families and communities they serve. Batesville also has exclusive agreements with leading brands such as: Legacy.com®, an on-line obituary network provider; and FTD®, an international provider of sympathy flowers and gifts that can be ordered directly from the funeral home’s website. 7


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    Table of Contents Batesville: Sales, Distribution, and Operations Batesville offers several marketing and merchandising programs to funeral professionals. Batesville-branded caskets are marketed by a direct sales force only to licensed funeral professionals operating licensed funeral establishments throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Batesville also markets its products to select independent distribution facilities as well as full-service funeral establishments offering funeral products in conformance with state law in states that do not have specific licensing requirements. Batesville has sales contracts in place with certain national death care service providers and also serves approximately 12,000 independent, privately owned funeral homes across North America. None of Batesville’s customers accounted for more than 10% of Hillenbrand’s consolidated revenue during 2017. Batesville: Customer Preferences and Demographics The death of a family member causes most people to seek the services of a state-licensed funeral director. Most consumers have limited familiarity with funeral-related products and expect funeral directors to provide information on product and service alternatives. Although caskets and urns can be purchased from a variety of sources, including internet sellers and casket stores, the overwhelming majority of consumers who arrange a funeral purchase these products directly from a funeral home. Demand for Batesville products and services is partially impacted by a few key external factors: U.S. and Canadian population demographics, the number of deaths annually, and the rate at which consumers select cremation. These primary factors have negatively impacted the burial volume trend in recent years, although periodic fluctuations can impact demand and revenue in a given quarter and year. We anticipate this trend in burials and demand will remain relatively consistent, in part because the continued shift toward cremation will be partially offset by the anticipated higher number of deaths among the aging post-World War II baby boomer generation. As a percentage of total deaths, the estimated cremation rate in 2017 was approximately 50% in the U.S. and 70% in Canada (Source: Cremation Association of North America). Another important factor impacting the death care industry is the gradual increase in consumer preferences for lower-price caskets. Batesville: Competition Batesville is a recognized leader in the sale of death care products in North America. We believe competition in this industry is largely based on product quality, service, price, delivery, design features and personalization. Batesville competes with several national and regional casket manufacturers, as well as more than 100 independent casket distributors, most of whom serve fairly narrow geographic segments. Some non-traditional death care providers, such as large discount retail stores, casket stores, and internet casket retailers also sell caskets directly to consumers. The industry has seen a few foreign manufacturers, mostly from China, import caskets into the U.S. and Canada. Sales from these non-traditional and foreign providers collectively currently represent less than 10% of total casket sales in North America. The effect of declining casket demand continues to put added economic pressures on casket manufacturers and distributors as they seek to maintain volume. Existing domestic over-capacity and commodity price increases could further impact these pressures, resulting in higher per unit costs. Batesville: Raw Materials Batesville uses carbon and stainless steel, copper and bronze sheets, wood, fabrics, finishing materials, rubber gaskets, plastic and zinc in the manufacture of its caskets. Although most of these raw materials are generally available from several sources, some are currently procured from a single source. Volatility in the prices Batesville pays for raw materials used in its products, including steel, fuel, petroleum-based products, and fuel-related delivery costs, has a direct effect on profitability. The company generally does not engage in hedging transactions for these purchases but does enter into fixed-price supply contracts at times. Batesville regularly takes steps designed to mitigate the impact of volatility in raw material and fuel prices, including executing Lean initiatives and various sourcing actions. Most of Batesville’s sales are made pursuant to supply agreements with its customers, and historically it has instituted annual price adjustments to help offset some, but not necessarily all, raw material cost increases. 8


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    Table of Contents Batesville: Strategy While we believe there are opportunities to generate additional revenue within a wider range of death care products and services, sustaining volume in the burial casket space continues to be a top priority. Batesville’s leadership team is focused on two strategic initiatives to sustain burial volume: • Grow our leadership position in the death care industry • Focus on building and delivering value propositions that align with the needs of each customer segment to continue Batesville’s mission ofhelping families honor the lives of those they love®. • Utilize the Hillenbrand Operating Model principles and tools to strengthen our leadership position and maintain an optimal cost structure to support profitability • Continually improve processes to be more consistent and efficient and to clearly yield industry leading quality products and services that our customers value. HILLENBRAND PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS We own a number of patents on our products and manufacturing processes and maintain trade secrets related to manufacturing processes. These patents and trade secrets are of importance, but we do not believe any single patent or trade secret or related group of patents or trade secrets is of material significance to our business as a whole. We also own a number of trademarks and service marks relating to products and services which are of importance. We believe the marks Coperion®, Coperion K-Tron®, TerraSource Global®, Pennsylvania Crusher®, Gundlach®, Jeffrey Rader®, K-Tron®, Rotex®, ABEL® Pump Technology, and Red Valve® are of material significance to the Process Equipment Group. We believe the trademark Batesville® is of material significance to our Batesville segment. Our ability to compete effectively depends, to an extent, on our ability to maintain the proprietary nature of our intellectual property. In the past, certain of our products have been copied and sold by others. Hillenbrand vigorously seeks to enforce its intellectual property rights. However, we may not be sufficiently protected by our various patents, trademarks, and service marks, and they may be challenged, invalidated, cancelled, narrowed, or circumvented. Beyond that, we may not receive the pending or contemplated patents, trademarks, or service marks for which we have applied or filed. HILLENBRAND REGULATORY MATTERS Both the Process Equipment Group and Batesville are subject to a variety of federal, state, local, and foreign laws and regulations relating to environmental, health, and safety concerns, including the handling, storage, discharge, and disposal of hazardous materials used in or derived from our manufacturing processes. We are committed to operating all our businesses in a manner that protects the environment and makes us good corporate citizens in the communities in which we operate. While we believe that continued compliance with federal, state, local and foreign laws relating to the protection of the environment will not have a material effect on our capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position, future events or changes in existing laws and regulations or their interpretation may require us to make additional expenditures in the future. The cost or need for any such additional expenditure is not known. HILLENBRAND FOREIGN OPERATIONS AND EXPORT SALES Quantitative information about foreign operations is set forth in tables relating to geographic information in Note 14 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. For a discussion of risks related to our non-U.S. operations and foreign currency exchange, refer to Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors, of this Form 10-K. HILLENBRAND EMPLOYEES At September 30, 2017, we had approximately 6,000 employees worldwide. Approximately 3,000 employees were located within the U.S. and 3,000 employees were located outside of the U.S., primarily throughout Europe and China. Approximately 2,500 employees in North America and Europe work under collective bargaining agreements. Hillenbrand strives to maintain satisfactory relationships with all its employees, including the unions representing those employees. As a result, we have not experienced a significant work stoppage due to labor relations in more than 20 years. 9


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    Table of Contents EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT Our Board of Directors is responsible for electing the Company’s executive officers annually and from time to time as necessary. Executive officers serve in the ensuing year and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. There are no family relationships between any of our executive officers or between any of them and any members of the Board of Directors. The following is a list of our executive officers as of November 15, 2017. Joe A. Raver, 51, has served as a director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since September 2013. He has served as President of the Company’s Process Equipment Group since March 2011. Mr. Raver was elected as a director of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (“AIT,” a leading industrial distributor serving MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry) in August 2017. In October 2017, Mr. Raver was appointed to both the Audit and the Corporate Governance Committees of AIT. He previously served as President of Batesville Casket Company from 2008 to 2011. He also previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the respiratory care division of Hill-Rom Holdings (“Hill-Rom”), a leading global provider of medical equipment and services and the Company’s former parent, as well as Hill-Rom’s Vice President of Strategy and Shared Services. Prior to that, Mr. Raver spent 10 years in a variety of leadership positions at Batesville Casket Company and Hill-Rom. Kristina A. Cerniglia, 51, was elected Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer effective August 2014. Ms. Cerniglia has more than 25 years of industrial experience. Before assuming the role as Hillenbrand’s Chief Financial Officer, she spent 17 years serving in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Vice President and Corporate Controller (2010-2014), at Stanley Black & Decker, a global provider of power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic monitoring systems. Prior to that, she spent nine years of her career at United Technologies Corporation in various financial roles. Diane R. Bohman, 47, was elected Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, effective January 2017. She simultaneously served as the interim Senior Vice President, Human Resources from January 2017 until July 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Bohman held the position of Chief Administrative Officer effective May 2014. Ms. Bohman previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Integration, since December 2012, and prior to that was the Company’s Vice President, Corporate Strategy from June 2011. From November 2013 to May 2014, Ms. Bohman served as the interim Chief Financial Officer for Coperion GmbH. From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Bohman served various roles at Batesville, including Vice President, Logistics; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Vice President, Strategy. Prior to joining Batesville, Ms. Bohman worked for seven years at the Company’s former parent, Hill-Rom Holdings, holding a broad array of positions in the finance organization. She began her career in the business assurance practice of Coopers & Lybrand, LLC. Ms. Bohman is a Certified Public Accountant. Kimberly K. Ryan, 50, was elected President of Coperion GmbH effective September 2015. Ms. Ryan has also been a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand since April 2011. Prior to being appointed President of Coperion, Ms. Ryan served as President of Batesville effective April 2011. Prior to joining Hillenbrand from 2006 until 2011, Ms. Ryan served as Senior Vice President, North America, Post-Acute Care of Hill-Rom Holdings. Prior to that, she held various senior and leadership roles at Hillenbrand Industries, Inc., our former parent, and its subsidiaries, including leading its Turnaround Program, Shared Services, and Information Technology from 2005-2007, and from 2000 to 2005 serving in roles including Vice President, Shared Services; Vice President, Batesville Business Information Systems; and Director, Enterprise Systems. Ms. Ryan began her career with Batesville in 1989, holding positions of increasing responsibility within Batesville and the Company’s former parent in finance, strategy, operations, logistics, and information technology. Christopher H. Trainor, 47, was elected President of Batesville Casket Company effective September 2015, after having served as Senior Vice President, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Trainor has also been a Senior Vice President of Hillenbrand since December 2015. Mr. Trainor joined Batesville in 2010 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was later assigned additional responsibilities for oversight of Human Resources and Information Technology. Prior to joining Batesville, Mr. Trainor spent 17 years with Kraft Foods where he held a variety of finance roles in both the United States and United Kingdom. Glennis A. Williams , 41, was elected Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer effective July 17, 2017. Ms. Williams brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in human resources, serving most recently as Vice President, Global Human Resources for Welbilt Inc. in New Port Richey, Florida. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at Joy Global and as a Human Resources Leader at Westinghouse Electric. Nicholas R. Farrell, 38, was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary effective October 2015, and in December 2016 was also named as the Company's Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Farrell began his career with the Company in 2011 as Corporate and Securities Counsel, and prior to his current role served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant 10


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    Table of Contents Secretary, beginning in 2014. Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Mr. Farrell was in private practice for six years with global law firm Troutman Sanders. James A. Hooven, 46, was elected Vice President, Hillenbrand Operating Model effective June 5, 2017. Mr. Hooven has over 20 years of experience with diversified industrial manufacturing companies. He most recently served as General Manager with SL Industries (purchased by Handy & Harman in 2016). Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Operational Excellence at SL Industries and served in various operational roles at Danaher and Trane. Eric M. Teegarden, 40, was elected Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer effective July 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Teegarden spent nearly eight years in controller roles of increasing responsibility within General Electric Company (GE), serving in a wide range of GE manufacturing businesses, from appliances to lighting to jet engines. Prior to GE, he served in reporting and accounting roles in two smaller, publicly-traded manufacturing companies. Mr. Teegarden spent the first three years of his career, beginning in 2000, in public accounting for both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche where his focus was on energy companies. Mr. Teegarden is a Certified Public Accountant. AVAILABILITY OF REPORTS AND OTHER INFORMATION Our website is www.hillenbrand.com. We make available on this website, free of charge, access to press releases, conference calls, our annual and quarterly reports, and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as soon as these reports are filed or furnished. We also make available through this website position specifications for the Chairperson and each of the members of the Board of Directors, as well as for committee chairpersons; the Corporate Governance Standards of our Board of Directors; the charters of each of the standing committees of the Board of Directors; our Code of Ethical Business Conduct; our Global Anti- Corruption Policy; and our Supply Chain Transparency Policy. All of these documents are also available to shareholders in print upon request. All reports and documents filed with the SEC are also available via the SEC website, www.sec.gov, or may be read and copied at the SEC Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Item 1A. RISK FACTORS In this section of the Form 10-K, we describe the risks we believe are most important for you to think about when you consider investing in, selling, or owning our stock or debt. This information should be assessed along with the other information we provide you in this Form 10-K. Like most companies, our business involves risks. The risks described below are not the only risks we face, but these are the ones we currently think have the potential to significantly affect stakeholders in our Company if they were to develop adversely (due to size, volatility, or both). We exclude risks that we believe are inherent in all businesses broadly as a function of simply being “in business.” Additional risks not currently known or considered immaterial by us at this time and thus not listed below could also result in adverse effects on our business. We have assigned the risks into categories to help you understand from where they emanate (e.g. the overall Company or a specific segment). Risk Related to Hillenbrand 1. A key component of our growth strategy is making significant acquisitions, some of which may be outside the industries in which we currently operate. We may not be able to achieve some or all of the benefits that we expect to achieve from these acquisitions. If an acquisition were to perform unfavorably, it could have an adverse impact on our value. All acquisitions involve inherent uncertainties, which may include, among other things, our ability to: • successfully identify the most suitable targets for acquisition; • negotiate reasonable terms; • properly perform due diligence and determine all the significant risks associated with a particular acquisition; • successfully transition the acquired company into our business and achieve the desired performance; • avoid diversion of Company management’s attention from other important business activities; and • where applicable, implement restructuring activities without an adverse impact to business operations. We may acquire businesses with unknown liabilities, contingent liabilities, internal control deficiencies, or other risks. We have plans and procedures to review potential acquisition candidates for a variety of due diligence matters, including compliance with applicable regulations and laws prior to acquisition. Despite these efforts, realization of any of these liabilities 11


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    Table of Contents or deficiencies may increase our expenses, adversely affect our financial position, or cause us to fail to meet our public financial reporting obligations. We generally seek indemnification from sellers covering these matters; however, the liability of the sellers is often limited, and certain former owners may be unable to meet their indemnification responsibilities. We cannot be assured that these indemnification provisions will fully protect us, and as a result we may face unexpected liabilities that adversely affect our profitability and financial position. We may not achieve the intended benefits of our acquisitions. Under such circumstances, management could be required to spend significant amounts of time and resources in the transition of the acquired business, and we may not fully realize benefits anticipated from application of the HOM. We may also decide to sell previously acquired businesses, or portions thereof, that no longer meet our strategic objectives, potentially resulting in a loss, accounting charge, or other negative impact. As a result of these factors, our business, cash flows, and results of operations could be materially impacted. If we acquire a company that operates in an industry that is different from the ones in which we currently operate, our lack of experience with that company’s industry could have a material adverse impact on our ability to manage that business and realize the benefits of that acquisition. 2. Global market and economic conditions, including those related to the financial markets, could have a material adverse effect on our operating results, financial condition, and liquidity. Our business is sensitive to changes in general economic conditions, both inside and outside the U.S. Continuing uncertainties in the eurozone, including future implications from the voluntary exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) and uncertainties in China may depress demand in these areas and create additional risk to our financial results. Instability in the global economy and financial markets can adversely affect our business in several ways, including limiting our customers’ ability to obtain sufficient credit or pay for our products within the terms of sale. Competition could further intensify among the manufacturers and distributors with whom we compete for volume and market share, resulting in lower net revenue due to steeper discounts and product mix-down. In particular, if certain key or sole suppliers were to become capacity constrained or insolvent, it could result in a reduction or interruption in supplies or a significant increase in the price of supplies. Substantial losses in the equity markets could have an adverse effect on the assets of the Company’s pension plans. Volatility of interest rates and negative equity returns could require greater contributions to the defined benefit plans in the future. 3. International economic, political, legal, and business factors could negatively affect our operating results, cash flows, financial condition, and growth. We derived approximately 44%, 44%, and 43% of our revenue from our operations outside the U.S. for the years endedSeptember 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015. This revenue is primarily generated in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Canada. In addition, we have manufacturing operations, suppliers, and employees located outside the U.S. Since our growth strategy depends in part on our ability to further penetrate markets outside the U.S., we expect to continue to increase our sales and presence outside the U.S., including in emerging markets. Our international business is subject to risks that are often encountered in non-U.S. operations, including: • interruption in the transportation of materials to us and finished goods to our customers, including conditions where recovery from natural disasters may be delayed due to country-specific infrastructure and resources; • differences in terms of sale, including payment terms; • local product preferences and product requirements; • changes in a country’s or region’s political or economic condition, including with respect to safety and health issues; • trade protection measures and import or export licensing requirements; • unexpected changes in laws or regulatory requirements, including negative changes in tax laws; • limitations on ownership and on repatriation of earnings and cash; • difficulty in staffing and managing widespread operations; • differing labor regulations; • difficulties in enforcing contract and property rights under local law; 12


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    Table of Contents • difficulties in implementing restructuring actions on a timely or comprehensive basis; and • differing protection of intellectual property. Such risks may be more likely or pronounced in emerging markets, where our operations may be subject to greater uncertainty due to increased volatility associated with the developing nature of their economic, legal, and governmental systems. If we are unable to successfully manage the risks associated with expanding our global business or to adequately manage operational fluctuations, it could adversely affect our business, financial condition, or results of operations. 4. Changes in the United States political environment could negatively impact our business. The 2016 presidential and congressional elections in the United States have resulted in significant uncertainty with respect to, and could result in changes in, legislation, regulation and government policy. While it is not possible to predict whether and when any such changes will occur, changes at the local, state or federal level could significantly impact our business and the industries in which we compete. Specific legislative and regulatory proposals discussed during and after the election that could have a material impact on us include, but are not limited to, changes to existing trade agreements, import and export regulations, tariffs and customs duties, income tax regulations and the federal tax code, public company reporting requirements, environmental regulation and antitrust enforcement. To the extent changes in the political environment have a negative impact on the Company or our markets, it may materially and adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition in the periods to come. 5. We rely upon our employees, agents, and business partners to comply with laws in many different countries and jurisdictions. We establish policies and provide training to assist them in understanding our policies and the regulations most applicable to our business; however, our reputation, ability to do business, and financial results may be impaired by improper conduct by these individuals. We cannot provide assurance that our internal controls and compliance systems will always protect us from acts committed by our employees, agents, or business partners that would violate U.S. and/or non-U.S. laws, including the laws governing payments to government officials, bribery, fraud, anti-kickback and false claims, competition, export and import compliance, money laundering, and data privacy. In particular, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, and similar anti-bribery laws in other jurisdictions generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments to government officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business, and we operate in many parts of the world that have experienced governmental corruption to some degree. Any such improper actions could subject us to civil or criminal investigations in the U.S. and in other jurisdictions; could lead to substantial civil and criminal, monetary and non-monetary penalties, and related shareholder lawsuits; could cause us to incur significant legal fees; and could damage our reputation. 6. We are subject to risks arising from currency exchange rate fluctuations, which may adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. We are subject to currency exchange rate risk to the extent that our costs are denominated in currencies other than those in which we earn revenues. In addition, since our financial statements are denominated in U.S. dollars, changes in currency exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and other currencies have had, and will continue to have, an impact on our results of operations. The Company’s predominant exposures are in European, Canadian, Swiss, Mexican, and Asian currencies, including the Chinese Renminbi. In preparing financial statements for foreign operations with functional currencies other than the U.S. dollar, asset and liability accounts are translated at current exchange rates, and income and expenses are translated using weighted-average exchange rates. With respect to the effects on translated earnings, if the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to local currencies, the Company’s earnings could be negatively impacted. Although we address currency risk management through regular operating and financing activities and through the use of derivative financial instruments, those actions may not prove to be fully effective. 7. Increased prices for, or unavailability of, raw materials used in our products could adversely affect profitability. Our profitability is affected by the prices of the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products. These prices fluctuate based on a number of factors beyond our control, including changes in supply and demand, general economic conditions, labor costs, fuel-related delivery costs, competition, import duties, tariffs, currency exchange rates, and, in some cases, government regulation. Significant increases in the prices of raw materials that cannot be recovered through increases in the price of our products could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows. 13


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    Table of Contents We cannot guarantee that the prices we are paying for raw materials today will continue in the future or that the marketplace will continue to support current prices for our products or that such prices can be adjusted to fully or partially offset raw material price increases in the future. Any increases in prices resulting from a tightening supply of these or other commodities could adversely affect our profitability. We do not engage in hedging transactions for raw material purchases, but we do enter into some fixed-price supply contracts. Our dependency upon regular deliveries of supplies from particular suppliers means that interruptions or stoppages in such deliveries could adversely affect our operations until arrangements with alternate suppliers could be made. Several of the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products currently are procured from a single source. If any of these sole-source suppliers were unable to deliver these materials for an extended period of time as a result of financial difficulties, catastrophic events affecting their facilities, or other factors, or if we were unable to negotiate acceptable terms for the supply of materials with these sole-source suppliers, our business could be adversely affected. We may not be able to find acceptable alternatives, and any such alternatives could result in increased costs. Extended unavailability of a necessary raw material could cause us to cease manufacturing one or more products for a period of time. 8. The Company could face labor disruptions that would interfere with operations. As of September 30, 2017, approximately 42% of Hillenbrand’s employees work under collective bargaining agreements. Although we have not experienced any significant work stoppages in the past 20 years as a result of labor disagreements, we cannot ensure that such a stoppage will not occur in the future. Inability to negotiate satisfactory new agreements or a labor disturbance at one or more of our facilities could have a material adverse effect on our operations. 9. We are involved from time to time in claims, lawsuits, and governmental proceedings relating to our operations, including environmental, antitrust, patent infringement, business practices, commercial transactions, and other matters. The ultimate outcome of these claims, lawsuits, and governmental proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty but could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. We are also subject to other potential claims, including product and general liability, workers compensation, auto liability, and employment-related matters. While we maintain insurance for certain of these exposures, the policies in place are high-deductible policies. For a more detailed discussion of claims, see Note 11 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. 10. We have a significant amount of debt, which could adversely affect the Company and limit our ability to respond to changes in our business or make future desirable acquisitions. As of September 30, 2017, our outstanding debt was $465.7. This level of debt and additional debt we may incur in the future could have important consequences to our businesses. For example: • We may be more vulnerable to general adverse economic and industry conditions, because we have lower borrowing capacity. • We will be required to dedicate a larger portion of our cash flow from operations to payments on our indebtedness, thereby reducing the availability of our cash flow for other purposes, including business development efforts and acquisitions. • We will continue to be exposed to the risk of increased interest rates, because a portion of our borrowings is at variable rates of interest. • We may be more limited in our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our businesses and the industries in which they operate, thereby placing us at a competitive disadvantage compared to competitors that have less indebtedness. • We may be more vulnerable to credit rating downgrades which could have an impact on our ability to secure future financing at attractive interest rates. 11. The performance of the Company may suffer from business disruptions associated with information technology, cyber-attacks, or catastrophic losses affecting infrastructure. The Company relies heavily on computer systems to manage and operate its businesses and record and process transactions. Computer systems are important to production planning, customer service, and order management, as well as other critical processes. 14


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    Table of Contents Despite efforts to prevent such situations and the existence of established risk management practices that partially mitigate these risks, the Company’s systems may be affected by damage or interruption from, among other causes, power outages, system failures, or computer viruses. Computer hardware and storage equipment that is integral to efficient operations, such as email, telephone and other functionality, is concentrated in certain physical locations in the various geographies in which the Company operates. In addition, security threats and sophisticated computer crime pose a potential risk to the security of the Company’s information technology systems, networks, and services, as well as the confidentiality and integrity of the Company’s data. If the Company suffers a loss or disclosure of business or stakeholder information due to security breaches, and if business continuity plans do not effectively address these issues on a timely basis, the Company may suffer interruption in its ability to manage operations, as well as reputational, competitive, or business harm, which may adversely impact the Company’s business, financial condition, and results of operations. 12. The effective tax rate of the Company may be negatively impacted by economic downturns as well as future changes to tax laws in global jurisdictions in which we operate. We are subject to income taxes in the United States and various other global jurisdictions. Our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by changes in the mix of earnings by jurisdiction and the valuation of deferred tax assets and liabilities. We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities based on the differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and the tax basis of assets and liabilities. Our deferred tax assets, net of valuation allowances, totaled approximately $112.7 and $153.3 at September 30, 2017 and 2016. Significant judgment is required in determining our provision for income taxes. We regularly review our deferred tax assets for recoverability and establish a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of a deferred tax asset will not be realized. If we are unable to generate sufficient future taxable income, if there is a material change in the actual effective tax rates, or if there is a change to the time period within which the underlying temporary differences become taxable or deductible, we could be required to increase our valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets, which could result in a material increase in our effective tax rate. In addition, changes in tax laws or tax rulings could have a material impact on our effective tax rate. Certain changes to U.S. tax laws, including limitations on the ability to defer U.S. taxation on earnings outside of the United States until those earnings are repatriated to the United States, could affect the tax treatment of our foreign earnings. Additionally, many countries in the European Union, as well as a number of other countries and organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, are actively considering changes to existing tax laws. Certain proposals could include recommendations that could increase our tax obligations in many countries where we do business. Any changes in the taxation of our activities in such jurisdictions may result in a material increase in our effective tax rate. 13. Provisions in our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws and facets of Indiana law may prevent or delay an acquisition of the Company, which could decrease the trading price of our common stock. Our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws, as well as Indiana law, contain provisions that could delay or prevent changes in control if our Board of Directors determines that such changes in control are not in the best interests of our shareholders. While these provisions have the effect of encouraging persons seeking to acquire control of our Company to negotiate with our Board of Directors, they could enable our Board of Directors to hinder or frustrate a transaction that the Board of Directors believes is not in the best interests of shareholders, but which some, or a majority, of our shareholders might believe to be in their best interests. These provisions include, among others: • the division of our Board of Directors into three classes with staggered terms; • the inability of our shareholders to act by less than unanimous written consent; • rules regarding how shareholders may present proposals or nominate directors for election at shareholder meetings; • the right of our Board of Directors to issue preferred stock without shareholder approval; and • limitations on the right of shareholders to remove directors. Indiana law also imposes some restrictions on mergers and other business combinations between the Company and any holder of 10% or more of our outstanding common stock. We believe these provisions are important for a public company and protect our shareholders from coercive or otherwise potentially unfair takeover tactics by encouraging potential acquirers to negotiate with our Board of Directors and by providing 15


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    Table of Contents our Board of Directors with appropriate time to assess any acquisition proposal. These provisions are not intended to make our Company immune from takeovers; however, they may apply if the Board of Directors determines that a takeover offer is not in the best interests of our shareholders, even if some shareholders believe the offer to be beneficial. Risk Related to the Process Equipment Group 1. A significant portion of our investments in the Process Equipment Group includes goodwill and intangible assets that are subject to periodic impairment evaluations. An impairment loss on these assets could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations. We acquired intangible assets with the acquisitions of Coperion, K-Tron (including TerraSource Global), Rotex, Abel, and Red Valve, portions of which were identified as either goodwill or indefinite-lived assets. We periodically assess these assets to determine if they are impaired. Significant negative industry or economic trends, disruptions to our business, inability to effectively integrate acquired businesses, unexpected significant changes, or planned changes in use of the assets, divestitures, and market capitalization declines may impair these assets. Any charges relating to such impairments could adversely affect our results of operations in the periods recognized. 2. The Process Equipment Group operates in cyclical industries. As an industrial capital goods supplier, the Process Equipment Group serves industries that are cyclical. During periods of economic expansion, when capital spending normally increases, the Process Equipment Group generally benefits from greater demand for its products. During periods of economic contraction, when capital spending normally decreases, the Process Equipment Group generally is adversely affected by declining demand for new equipment orders, and it may be subject to increases in uncollectible receivables from customers who become insolvent. There can be no assurance that economic expansion or increased demand will be sustainable, and our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be materially adversely affected. 3. The Process Equipment Group derives significant revenues from the plastics industry. Any decrease in demand for plastics or equipment used in the plastics industry could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. The Process Equipment Group sells extruders and compounding systems to the plastics industry. Sales volume is tied to the need for equipment used to produce plastics products, which may be significantly influenced by the demand for plastics, the capital investment needs of companies in the plastics industry, and changes in technological advances. As a result, any downturn in or disruption to the plastics industry or decrease in the demand for plastics could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. 4. The Process Equipment Group derives revenues from the energy industry. Any decrease in demand for electricity, oil, natural gas, coal, and mining equipment or an increase in regulation of the energy industry could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. A portion of the Process Equipment Group’s sales are affected by the consumption of oil, natural gas, and coal. The demand for oil, natural gas, coal, and mining equipment is dependent upon, among other things, the availability and cost of alternative sources of energy, such as solar, wind, or nuclear power. Additionally, the cost of compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations on the energy industry may impact the demand for our products. As a result, any downturn in or disruption to the oil, natural gas, or coal and mining industries or decrease in the demand for electricity could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations. Risk Related to Batesville 1. Continued fluctuations in mortality rates and increased cremations may adversely affect the sales volume of our burial caskets. The life expectancy of U.S. citizens has increased steadily since the 1950s and is expected to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. However, we do anticipate a modest increase in deaths every year driven by the aging U.S. population. Cremations as a percentage of total U.S. deaths have increased steadily since the 1960s and are expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The increase in the number of cremations in the U.S. has resulted in a contraction in the demand for 16


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    Table of Contents burial caskets. This has been a contributing factor to lower burial casket sales volumes for Batesville in recent years. We expect these trends will continue in the foreseeable future and will likely continue to negatively impact burial casket volumes. Finally, the number of deaths can vary over short periods of time and among different geographical areas due to a variety of factors, including the timing and severity of seasonal outbreaks of illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza. Such variations could cause the sale of burial caskets to fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. 2. Batesville’s business is dependent on several major contracts with large national funeral providers. The relationships with these customers pose several risks. Batesville has contracts with a number of national funeral home customers that constitute a sizeable portion of its overall sales volume. Also, while contracts with national funeral service providers give Batesville important access to purchasers of death care products, they may obligate Batesville to sell products at contracted prices for extended periods of time, therefore limiting Batesville’s ability, in the short term, to raise prices in response to significant increases in raw material prices or other factors. Any decision by national funeral home customers to discontinue or limit purchases from Batesville could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. 3. Batesville is facing competition from a number of non-traditional sources and from caskets manufactured abroad and imported into North America. Non-traditional death care product providers, such as large discount retail stores, casket stores, and internet casket retailers could present more of a competitive threat to Batesville and its sales channel than is currently anticipated. In addition, a few foreign manufacturers, mostly from China, import caskets into the U.S. and Canada. Sales from these non-traditional and foreign providers currently represent less than 10% of total casket sales in North America, but this percentage could grow. It is not possible to quantify the financial impact that these competitors will have on Batesville in the future. These competitors and any new entrants into the funeral products business may drive pricing and other competitive actions in an industry that already has domestic production over-capacity. Such competitive developments could have a negative impact on our results of operations and cash flows. Item 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS We have not received any comments from the staff of the SEC regarding our periodic or current reports that remain unresolved. Item 2. PROPERTIES Our corporate headquarters is located in Batesville, Indiana, in a facility that we own. AtSeptember 30, 2017, the Process Equipment Group operated 17 significant manufacturing facilities located in the U.S. (New Jersey, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia), Germany, Switzerland, China, India, and the United Kingdom. Nine of these facilities are owned and eight are leased. The Process Equipment Group also leases or owns a number of sales offices in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. At September 30, 2017, Batesville operated four significant manufacturing facilities located in Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Mexico. Three of these facilities are owned and one is leased. Batesville also leases or owns a number of warehouse distribution centers, service centers, and sales offices in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Australia. Facilities often serve multiple purposes, such as administration, sales, manufacturing, testing, warehousing, and distribution. We believe our current facilities will provide adequate capacity to meet expected demand for the next several years. Item 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS We are involved from time to time in claims, lawsuits, and government proceedings relating to our operations, including environmental, antitrust, patent infringement, business practices, commercial transactions, and other matters. We are also subject to other claims and potential claims, including those relating to product and general liability, workers’ compensation, auto liability, and employment-related matters. The ultimate outcome of claims, lawsuits, and proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. We carry various forms of commercial, property and casualty, product liability, and other forms of insurance; however, such insurance may not be applicable or adequate to cover the costs associated with a judgment against us. It is difficult to measure the actual loss that might be incurred related to litigation, and the ultimate outcome of these claims, lawsuits, and proceedings could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. 17


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    Table of Contents For more information on various legal proceedings, see Note 11 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. That information is incorporated into this Item by reference. Item 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES Not applicable. PART II Item 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS, AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES Hillenbrand common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “HI.” The following table reflects the quarterly range of high and low closing sales prices of our common stock for 2017 and 2016. 2017 2016 High Low High Low First quarter $ 38.35 $ 29.10 $ 31.36 $ 25.82 Second quarter $ 38.65 $ 35.35 $ 29.95 $ 24.65 Third quarter $ 38.40 $ 34.90 $ 31.27 $ 28.51 Fourth quarter $ 39.35 $ 35.10 $ 32.99 $ 29.65 As of November 10, 2017, we had approximately 1,900 shareholders of record. Dividends Although we have paid cash dividends since our inception on April 1, 2008, the declaration and payment of cash dividends is at the sole discretion of our Board of Directors and depends upon many factors, including our financial condition, earnings potential, capital requirements, alternative uses of cash, covenants associated with debt obligations, legal requirements, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board of Directors. We currently expect that comparable quarterly cash dividends will continue to be paid in the future. The following table provides detail on the quarterly dividends paid to shareholders for the past three years. 2017 2016 2015 First quarter $ 0.2050 $ 0.2025 $ 0.2000 Second quarter $ 0.2050 $ 0.2025 $ 0.2000 Third quarter $ 0.2050 $ 0.2025 $ 0.2000 Fourth quarter $ 0.2050 $ 0.2025 $ 0.2000 Share Repurchases On July 24, 2008, our Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program for the repurchase of up to $100.0 of our common stock. On February 23, 2017, our Board of Directors approved an increase of $100.0 to the existing stock repurchase program. The authorization brings the maximum cumulative repurchase authorization up to $200.0. The repurchase program has no expiration date, but may be terminated by the Board of Directors at any time. As of September 30, 2017, we had repurchased approximately 3,600,000 shares for approximately $99.4 in the aggregate. Such shares were classified as treasury stock. We repurchased approximately 778,000 shares of our common stock during 2017, at a total cost of approximately $28.0. No purchases of common stock were made during the quarter ended September 30, 2017. At September 30, 2017, we had approximately $100.6 remaining for share repurchases under the existing Board authorization. 18


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    Table of Contents Item 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA (in millions, except per share data): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013(a) Net revenue $ 1,590.2 $ 1,538.4 $ 1,596.8 $ 1,667.2 $ 1,553.4 Gross profit $ 591.3 $ 570.6 $ 570.4 $ 589.2 $ 518.7 Net income(1) $ 126.2 $ 112.8 $ 111.4 $ 109.7 $ 63.4 Earnings per share - basic $ 1.99 $ 1.78 $ 1.76 $ 1.74 $ 1.01 Earnings per share - diluted $ 1.97 $ 1.77 $ 1.74 $ 1.72 $ 1.01 Cash dividends per share $ 0.82 $ 0.81 $ 0.80 $ 0.79 $ 0.78 Total assets $ 1,956.5 $ 1,959.7 $ 1,808.1 $ 1,918.5 $ 2,003.2 Long-term obligations $ 678.9 $ 879.8 $ 798.1 $ 833.6 $ 961.4 Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 246.2 $ 238.2 $ 105.0 $ 179.6 $ 127.2 Cash flows used in investing activities $ (13.5) $ (253.5 ) $ (29.5) $ (8.3 ) $ (441.0 ) Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities $ (215.1 ) $ 21.6 $ (83.2) $ (155.5 ) $ 336.5 Capital expenditures $ 22.0 $ 21.2 $ 31.0 $ 23.6 $ 29.9 Depreciation and amortization $ 56.6 $ 60.4 $ 54.3 $ 58.4 $ 89.4 (1) Net income attributable to Hillenbrand (a) Included ten months of operations related to Coperion following its acquisition on December 1, 2012. Item 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (dollar amounts in millions throughout Management’s Discussion and Analysis) The following discussion compares our results for the year ended September 30, 2017, to the year ended September 30, 2016, and also compares our results for the year ended September 30, 2016, to the year ended September 30, 2015. Unless otherwise stated, references to years relate to fiscal years. We begin the discussion at a consolidated level and then provide separate detail about the Process Equipment Group, Batesville, and Corporate. These financial results are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”). We also provide certain non-GAAP operating performance measures. These non-GAAP measures are referred to as “adjusted” and exclude expenses associated with backlog intangible amortization, inventory step-up, business acquisition and integration, restructuring and restructuring related charges, a pension settlement charge, trade name impairment, and certain litigation costs. The related income tax for all of these items is also excluded. This non-GAAP information is provided as a supplement, not as a substitute for, or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. We use this non-GAAP information internally to make operating decisions and believe it is helpful to investors because it allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of our ongoing operating results. The information can also be used to perform trend analysis and to better identify operating trends that may otherwise be masked or distorted by these types of items. We believe this information provides a higher degree of transparency. An important non-GAAP measure that we use is adjusted earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”). A part of Hillenbrand’s strategy is to selectively acquire companies that we believe can benefit from the Hillenbrand Operating Model (“HOM”) to spur faster and more profitable growth. Given that strategy, it is a natural consequence to incur related expenses, such as amortization from acquired intangible assets and additional interest expense from debt-funded acquisitions. Accordingly, we use adjusted EBITDA, among other measures, to monitor our business performance. Another important non-GAAP operational measure used is backlog. Backlog is not a term recognized under GAAP; however, it is a common measurement used in industries with extended lead times for order fulfillment (long-term contracts), like those in which our Process Equipment Group competes. Order backlog represents the amount of consolidated revenue that we expect 19


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    Table of Contents to realize on contracts awarded to the Process Equipment Group. For purposes of calculating backlog, 100% of estimated revenue attributable to consolidated subsidiaries is included. Backlog includes expected revenue from large systems and equipment, as well as replacement parts, components, and service. The length of time that projects remain in backlog can span from days for replacement parts or service to approximately 18 months for larger system sales. Backlog includes expected revenue from the remaining portion of firm orders not yet completed, as well as revenue from change orders to the extent that they are reasonably expected to be realized. We include in backlog the full contract award, including awards subject to further customer approvals, which we expect to result in revenue in future periods. In accordance with industry practice, our contracts may include provisions for cancellation, termination or suspension at the discretion of the customer. We expect that future revenue associated with the Process Equipment Group will be influenced by backlog because of the lead time involved in fulfilling engineered-to-order equipment for customers. Although backlog can be an indicator of future revenue, it does not include projects and parts orders that are booked and shipped within the same quarter. The timing of order placement, size, extent of customization, and customer delivery dates can create fluctuations in backlog and revenue. Revenue attributable to backlog may also be affected by foreign exchange fluctuations for orders denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars. We calculate the foreign currency impact on net revenue, gross profit, and operating expenses, in order to better measure the comparability of results between periods. We calculate the foreign currency impact by translating current year results at prior year foreign exchange rates. This information is provided because exchange rates can distort the underlying change in sales, either positively or negatively. The cost structures for Corporate and Batesville are generally not significantly impacted by the fluctuation in foreign exchange rates, and we do not disclose the foreign currency impact in the Operations Review below where the impact is not significant. See page 31 for reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to consolidated net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. We use non-GAAP measures in certain other instances and include information reconciling such non-GAAP measures to the respective most directly comparable GAAP measures. Given that there is no GAAP financial measure comparable to backlog, a quantitative reconciliation is not provided. CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES Our financial results are affected by the selection and application of accounting policies and methods. Significant accounting policies which require management’s judgment are discussed below. A detailed description of our accounting policies is included in the notes to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. Revenue Recognition — Net revenue includes gross revenue less sales discounts, customer rebates, sales incentives, and product returns, all of which require us to make estimates for the portion of these allowances that have yet to be credited or paid to our customers. We estimate these allowances based upon historical rates and projections of customer purchases toward contractual rebate thresholds. A portion of Hillenbrand’s revenue is derived from long-term manufacturing contracts. The majority of this revenue is recognized based on the percentage-of-completion method. Under this method, revenue is recognized based upon the costs incurred to date as compared to the total estimated project costs. Approximately 25%, 24%, and 25% of Hillenbrand’s revenue was attributable to these long-term manufacturing contracts for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Accounting for these contracts involves management judgment in estimating total contract revenue and cost. Contract revenues are largely determined by negotiated contract prices and quantities, modified by our assumptions regarding contract options, change orders, and incentive and award provisions associated with technical performance clauses. Contract costs are incurred over longer periods of time and, accordingly, the estimation of these costs requires management judgment. Cost estimates are largely based on negotiated or estimated purchase contract terms, historical performance trends, and other economic projections. Significant factors that influence these estimates include inflationary trends, technical and schedule risk, internal and subcontractor performance trends, business volume assumptions, asset utilization, and anticipated labor agreements. Revenue and cost estimates are regularly monitored and revised based on changes in circumstances. Anticipated losses on long-term contracts are recognized immediately when such losses become evident. We maintain financial controls over the customer qualification, contract pricing, and estimation processes to reduce the risk of contract losses. Revenue for components, most replacement parts, and service is recognized when title and risk of loss passes to the customer. Performance-Based Stock Compensation — The vesting of a portion of our performance-based stock awards is contingent upon the creation of shareholder value as measured by the cumulative cash returns and final period net operating profit after tax 20


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    Table of Contents compared to the established hurdle rate over a three-year period. The hurdle rate is a reflection of the weighted-average cost of capital and targeted capital structure. Based on the extent to which the performance criteria are achieved, it is possible for none of the awards to vest or for a range up to the maximum to vest, which is reflected in the performance-based stock award table in Note 9 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. We record expense associated with the awards on a straight-line basis over the vesting period based upon an estimate of projected performance. The actual performance of the Company and its business units is evaluated quarterly, and the expense is adjusted according to the new projection if it has changed significantly. As a result, depending on the degree to which performance criteria are achieved or our projections change, our expenses related to the performance-based stock awards may become more volatile as we approach the final performance measurement date at the end of the three years. This increase in volatility stems from the requirement to increase or reduce compensation expense as the projection of performance changes. Thus, any one period’s financial results could be significantly affected by the cumulative effect of the adjustment. Preparing the projection of performance requires us to exercise significant judgment as to the expected outcome of final performance up to three years in the future. In making the projection, we consider both actual results and probable business plans for the future. At September 30, 2017, we have recorded cumulative compensation expense associated with unvested shareholder value performance- based stock awards of approximately $2.4, which continues to be subject to periodic adjustments as the related awards approach their final performance measurement dates. Retirement and Postretirement Plans — We sponsor retirement and postretirement benefit plans covering some of our employees. Expense recognized for the plans is based upon actuarial valuations. Inherent in those valuations are key assumptions including discount rates, expected returns on assets, and projected future salary rates. The actuarial assumptions we use may differ significantly from actual results due to changing economic conditions, participant life span, and withdrawal rates. These differences may result in a material impact to the amount of net periodic pension expense to be recorded in our financial statements in the future. The discount rates used in the valuation of our defined benefit pension and postretirement benefit plans are evaluated annually based on current market conditions. Prior to 2016, we estimated the service and interest cost components using a single weighted-average discount rate derived from the yield curve used to measure the benefit obligation at the beginning of the period. Beginning in fiscal 2016, we elected to use a full yield curve approach in the estimation of these components of benefit cost. Under this approach, we applied discounting using individual spot rates from a yield curve composed of the rates of return on several hundred high-quality, fixed income corporate bonds available at the measurement date. These spot rates align to each of the projected benefit obligations and service cost cash flows. The service cost component relates to the active participants in the plan, so the relevant cash flows on which to apply the yield curve are considerably longer in duration on average than the total projected benefit obligation cash flows, which also include benefit payments to retirees. Interest cost is computed by multiplying each spot rate by the corresponding discounted projected benefit obligation cash flows. The full yield curve approach reduces any actuarial gains and losses based upon interest rate expectations (e.g., built-in gains in interest cost in an upward sloping yield curve scenario), or gains and losses merely resulting from the timing and magnitude of cash outflows associated with our benefit obligations. We elected to use the full yield curve approach since 2016 to improve the correlation between projected benefit cash flows and the corresponding yield curve spot rates and to provide a more precise measurement of service and interest costs. This change did not affect the measurement of our total benefit obligations as the change in the service cost and interest cost was completely offset in the actuarial (gain) loss reported. We accounted for this change as a change in estimate and have accounted for it prospectively starting in fiscal 2016. Our overall expected long-term rate of return on pension assets 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. Our rate of assumed compensation increase for pension benefits is also based on our specific historical trends of past wage adjustments in recent years and expectations for the future. Changes in retirement and postretirement benefit expense and the recognized obligations may occur in the future as a result of a number of factors, including changes to key assumptions such as the weighted-average expected rate of return on pension assets and the weighted-average discount rate. Our weighted-average expected rate of return on domestic and international pension plan assets was 5.2%, 4.9%, and 5.9% at the end of 2017, 2016, and 2015. The weighted-average discount rate at the end of 2017 was 2.9% for the domestic and international pension plans and 3.3% for the postretirement healthcare plan. A 50 basis-point change in the expected rate of return on domestic and international pension plan assets would change annual pension expense by $1.4. A 50 basis-point change in the discount rate would change the annual domestic and international pension expense by $2.1 and the annual postretirement healthcare plan expense by less than $0.1. Impacts from assumption changes could be positive or negative depending on the direction of the change in rates. Based upon rates and assumptions at September 30, 2017, we expect the aggregate expense associated with our defined benefit and postretirement plans to decrease from $6.4 in 2017 to $3.6 in 2018. The expected decrease in expense is primarily due to transitioning certain employees covered by our defined benefit pension plans to a defined contribution structure as discussed below. 21


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    Table of Contents During 2017, we began implementing a plan to transition our U.S. employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement and our employees covered by collective bargaining agreements at two of our U.S. facilities from a defined benefit-based model to a defined contribution structure over a three-year sunset period. This change caused remeasurement events for the U.S. defined benefit pension plan for the affected populations. The remeasurements did not cause a material change as the assumptions did not materially differ from the assumptions at September, 30, 2016. See Note 5 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K, for key assumptions and other information regarding our retirement and postretirement benefit plans. Uncertain Income Tax Positions — In assessing the need for reserves for uncertain tax positions, we make judgments regarding the technical merit of a tax position and, when necessary, an estimate of the settlement amount based upon the probability of the outcome. At September 30, 2017, we had reserves of $9.9 established for uncertain tax positions based upon our estimates. Our ability to make and update these estimates is limited to the information we have at any given point in time. This information can include how taxing authorities have treated the position in the past, how similar cases have settled, or where we are in discussions or negotiations with taxing authorities on a particular issue, among others. As information available to us evolves, we update our reserves quarterly. These updates can result in volatility to our income tax rate (particularly in a given quarter) if new information or developments result in a significant change in our estimate. Business Combinations — Estimating fair value for acquired assets and liabilities as part of a business combination typically requires us to exercise judgment, particularly for those assets and liabilities that may be unique or not easily determined by reference to market data. Often estimates for these types of acquired assets and liabilities will be developed using valuation models that require both historical and forecasted inputs, as well as market participant expectations. Thus, the valuation is directly affected by the inputs we judge as best under the given circumstances. When material, we expect to seek assistance of competent valuation professionals when the underlying valuation is more complex or unique. We anticipate that in most cases, we will exercise significant judgment in estimating the fair value of intangible assets, contingent liabilities, and contingent consideration. This list is not exhaustive, but is designed to give you a better understanding of where we think a larger degree of judgment will be required due to the nature of the item and the way it is typically valued. Asset Impairment Determinations — Goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite lives, primarily trade names, are not amortized; rather, they are tested for impairment at least annually and upon the occurrence of certain triggering events or substantive changes in circumstances that indicate that the fair value may be impaired. Impairment of goodwill is tested at the reporting unit level. A reporting unit is an operating segment or one level below an operating segment. For the purpose of the goodwill impairment test, the Company can elect to perform a qualitative analysis to determine if it is more likely than not that the fair values of its reporting units are less than the respective carrying values of those reporting units. Such factors we consider in a qualitative analysis include, but are not limited to, macroeconomic conditions, industry and market considerations, cost factors, entity-specific events, events affecting the reporting unit, and the overall financial performance of the reporting unit. If we elect to perform or are required to perform a quantitative analysis, the first step is to compare the carrying amount of the reporting unit’s net assets, including goodwill, to the fair value of the reporting unit. If the fair value exceeds the carrying value, no further evaluation is required and no impairment loss is recognized. If the carrying amount exceeds the fair value, then a second step must be completed, which involves allocating the fair value of the reporting unit to each asset and liability, with the excess being implied goodwill. An impairment loss occurs if the amount of the recorded goodwill exceeds the implied goodwill. In determining the estimated fair value of the reporting units when performing a quantitative analysis, we consider both the market approach and the income approach. Weighting is equally attributed to both the market and income approaches in arriving at the fair value of the reporting units. Under the market approach, we utilize the guideline company method, which involves calculating valuation multiples based on operating data from comparable publicly traded companies. Multiples derived from these companies provide an indication of how much a knowledgeable investor in the marketplace would be willing to pay for a company. These multiples are then applied to the operating data for our reporting units to arrive at an indication of value. 22


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    Table of Contents Under the income approach, the fair value of the reporting unit is based on the present value of estimated future cash flows utilizing a market-based weighted-average cost of capital determined separately for each reporting unit. To determine the reasonableness of the calculated fair values of our reporting units, the Company reviews the assumptions described below to ensure that neither the market approach nor the income approach yields significantly different valuations. We selected these valuation approaches because we believe the combination of these approaches, along with our best judgment regarding underlying assumptions and estimates, provides us with the best estimate of fair value of our reporting units. We believe these valuation approaches are appropriate for the industry and widely accepted by investors. Determining the fair value of a reporting unit requires us to make significant judgments, estimates, and assumptions. While we believe that the estimates and assumptions underlying our valuation methodology are reasonable, these estimates and assumptions could have a significant impact on whether an impairment charge is recognized and also on the magnitude of any such charge. The results of an impairment analysis are as of a point in time. There is no assurance that actual future earnings or cash flows of our reporting units will not decline significantly from our projections. We will monitor any changes to our assumptions and will evaluate goodwill as deemed warranted during future periods. The key assumptions for the market and income approaches we use to determine fair value of our reporting units are updated at least annually. Those assumptions and estimates include market data and market multiples (7.5-14.5 times adjusted EBITDA), discount rates (10.1-12.5%), and terminal growth rates (2.5-3.0%) as well as future levels of revenue growth, operating margins, depreciation, amortization, and working capital requirements, which are based upon the Company’s strategic plan. Hillenbrand’s strategic plan is updated as part of its annual planning process and is reviewed and approved by management and the Board of Directors. The discount rate assumption is based on the overall after-tax rate of return required by a market participant whose weighted-average cost of capital includes both equity and debt, including a risk premium. Although there are always changes in assumptions to reflect changing business and market conditions, our overall valuation methodology and the types of assumptions we used have remained consistent. While we use the best available information to prepare the cash flow and discount rate assumptions, actual future cash flows or market conditions could differ significantly resulting in future impairment charges related to recorded goodwill balances. We performed our required impairment tests in 2017 and determined that the goodwill allocated to our reporting units was not impaired. The fair value of the reporting unit in the Process Equipment Group segment that is most directly impacted by demand in domestic coal mining and coal power exceeded its carrying value by less than 10%. The carrying value of goodwill at September 30, 2017 for this reporting unit was $71.3. The Company performed a sensitivity analysis on this reporting unit relative to the discount rate and long-term growth rate selected and determined a one percentage point decrease in the terminal growth rate or a one percentage point increase in the discount rate would not result in a fair value calculation less than the carrying value. In the event that the assumptions used (e.g., order backlog, revenue and profit growth rates, discount rate, industry valuation multiples) for this reporting unit are not consistent with actual performance in 2018, we may be required to perform an interim impairment analysis with respect to the carrying value of goodwill for this reporting unit prior to our annual test, and based on the outcome of that analysis, could be required to take a non-cash impairment charge as a result of any such test. Similar to goodwill, the Company can elect to perform the impairment test for indefinite-lived intangibles other than goodwill (primarily trade names) using a qualitative analysis, considering similar factors as outlined in the goodwill discussion, to determine if it is more likely than not that the fair values of the trade names are less than the respective carrying values. If we elect to perform or are required to perform a quantitative analysis, the test consists of a comparison of the fair value of the indefinite-lived intangible asset to the carrying value of the asset as of the impairment testing date. We estimate the fair value of indefinite-lived intangibles using the relief-from-royalty method, which we believe is a widely used valuation technique for such assets. The fair value derived from the relief-from-royalty method is measured as the discounted cash flow savings realized from owning such trade names and not being required to pay a royalty for their use. In 2016, the Company recorded a trade name impairment charge of $2.2 on two trade names related to the Process Equipment Group segment. The decline in the estimated fair value of these trade names was largely driven by the decreased demand for equipment and parts used in coal mining and coal power. As of September 30, 2017, we had approximately $13 of trade name book value in the Process Equipment Group segment’s reporting units most significantly impacted by demand for coal mining and coal power. See Note 2 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K for more information on our trade names. There can be no assurance that goodwill or indefinite-lived intangibles impairment will not occur in the future. 23


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    Table of Contents EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW Hillenbrand is a global diversified industrial company with multiple market-leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. Hillenbrand’s portfolio is composed of two business segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville®. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture, and service highly engineered industrial equipment around the world. Batesville is a recognized leader in the North American death care industry. We strive to provide superior return for our shareholders, exceptional value for our customers, and great professional opportunities for our employees through deployment of the HOM. The HOM is a consistent and repeatable framework designed to produce sustainable and predictable results. The HOM describes our mission, vision, values and mindset as leaders; applies our management practices in Strategy Management, Segmentation, Lean, Talent Development, and Acquisitions; and prescribes three steps (Understand, Focus, and Grow) designed to make our businesses both bigger and better. Our goal is to continue developing Hillenbrand as a world-class global diversified industrial company through the deployment of the HOM. Our strategy is to leverage our historically strong financial foundation and the HOM to deliver sustainable profit growth, revenue expansion and substantial free cash flow and then reinvest available cash in new growth initiatives that are focused on building leadership positions in our core markets and near adjacencies, both organically and inorganically, in order to create shareholder value. OPERATIONS REVIEW — CONSOLIDATED Year Ended September 30, Hillenbrand 2017 2016 2015 Net revenue $ 1,590.2 $ 1,538.4 $ 1,596.8 Gross profit 591.3 570.6 570.4 Operating expenses 344.4 346.5 330.6 Amortization expense 29.2 33.0 28.1 Pension settlement charge — — 17.7 Interest expense 25.2 25.3 23.8 Other (expense) income, net (4.2 ) (1.7 ) (7.9 ) Income tax expense 59.9 47.3 49.1 Net income(1) 126.2 112.8 111.4 (1) Net income attributable to Hillenbrand Year Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2016 Net revenue increased $51.8 (3%), which included an unfavorable foreign currency impact of $3.5. • The Process Equipment Group’s revenue increased $63.5 (7%) primarily due to the increased demand for plastics projects and screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), four additional months of Red Valve revenue ($14.1) in the current year, and increased demand for equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($3.8) and lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal). • Batesville’s revenue decreased $11.7 (2%) primarily due to a decrease in volume ($18.3), partially offset by an increase in average selling price ($6.3). Lower volume was driven by a decrease in burial sales resulting from what we estimate to be a decrease in North American burials driven by the increased rate at which families opted for cremation, as well as product line simplification initiatives. Gross profit increased $20.7 (4%), which included an unfavorable foreign currency impact of $1.4. Gross profit margin improved 10 basis points to 37.2%. On an adjusted basis, which excluded restructuring and restructuring related charges and inventory step-up charges, gross profit increased $22.0 (4%), and adjusted gross profit margin improved 10 basis points to 37.6%. 24


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    Table of Contents • The Process Equipment Group’s gross profit increased $33.5 (10%) primarily driven by increased demand for plastics projects and screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), increased profits from four additional months of Red Valve results in the current year, increased demand for equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016, restructuring and restructuring related charges in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($1.4), and lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal). Gross profit margin improved 110 basis points to 37.1%, primarily driven by pricing and productivity improvements, the higher margin associated with Red Valve, a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges, inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, and savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016, partially offset by unfavorable product mix. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($0.6 in 2017 and $3.2 in 2016) and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions ($2.4 in 2016). Excluding these items, adjusted gross profit increased $28.5 (8%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 50 basis points to 37.1% in 2017. • Batesville’s gross profit decreased $12.8 (6%) and gross profit margin decreased 150 basis points to 37.4%. The decrease in gross profit and gross profit margin was primarily due to an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges, higher commodity and fuel costs, and the decline in volume, partially offset by productivity improvements across the supply chain including the impact of one-time projects, along with an increase in average selling price. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($6.8 in 2017 and $0.5 in 2016).Excluding these charges, adjusted gross profit decreased $6.5 (3%) and adjusted gross profit margin decreased 40 basis points to 38.6%, primarily driven by higher commodity and fuel costs and the decline in volume, partially offset by the increase in average selling price. Operating expenses decreased $2.1 (1%) primarily due to favorable foreign currency impact of $1.0, lower compensation and benefits resulting from fiscal 2016 restructuring actions, current year productivity initiatives, a decrease in acquisition and integration costs, a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges, and a trade name impairment in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, partially offset by four additional months of Red Valve operating expenses in the current year, an increase in variable compensation, and an increase in sales and marketing investments. Our operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved by 80 basis points to 21.7% in 2017. Operating expenses included the following items: Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 Business acquisition and integration costs $ 1.1 $ 3.7 Restructuring and restructuring related charges 4.9 6.4 Trade name impairment — 2.2 On an adjusted basis, which excluded business acquisition and integration costs, restructuring and restructuring related charges, and a trade name impairment, operating expenses increased $4.2 (1%) primarily driven by four additional months of Red Valve operating expenses in the current year, an increase in variable compensation, and an increase in sales and marketing investments, partially offset by favorable foreign currency impact of $0.5, lower compensation and benefits resulting from fiscal 2016 restructuring actions and current year productivity initiatives. Our adjusted operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved by 40 basis points to 21.3% in 2017. Amortization expense decreased $3.8 (12%) primarily due to backlog amortization related to Abel and Red Valve in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, partially offset by amortization on the acquired intangibles of Red Valve. Interest expense was flat compared to the prior year, primarily due to slightly higher interest rates on lower debt balances. Other (expense) income, net increased $2.5 from $1.7 of expense in 2016 to $4.2 of expense in 2017, primarily driven by an increase in foreign exchange loss. 25


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    Table of Contents The effective tax rate was 31.8% in 2017 compared to 28.8% in 2016. The increase was primarily a result of the recognition of a deferred tax liability for unremitted earnings, a one-time reduction in the domestic manufacturer’s deduction, and a change in the geographic mix of income. These unfavorable items were partially offset by a decrease in the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets in 2017. For more information, see Note 7 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. Excluding the tax effect of the adjustments discussed above, our adjusted effective income tax rate was 32.1% in 2017 compared to 29.5% in 2016. Year Ended September 30, 2016 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2015 Net revenue decreased $58.4 (4%), which included an unfavorable foreign currency impact of $23.4. • The Process Equipment Group’s revenue decreased $28.1 (3%) primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency impact ($20.4), as well as decreased volume in equipment that processes proppants (used in hydraulic fracturing) and parts and equipment used in power and mining (including coal). These decreases were partially offset by the increased revenue associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve. • Batesville’s revenue decreased $30.3 (5%) primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency impact ($3.0) and a decrease in volume ($26.8). Lower volume was driven by what we estimate to be a decrease in North American burials primarily due to an increase in the rate at which families opted for cremation. Gross profit increased $0.2 (less than 1%), which included an unfavorable foreign currency impact of $7.1. Gross profit margin improved 140 basis points to 37.1%. On an adjusted basis, which excluded restructuring and inventory step-up charges, gross profit increased $3.1 (1%), and adjusted gross profit margin improved 160 basis points to 37.5%. • The Process Equipment Group’s gross profit increased $9.7 (3%), primarily driven by the increased profits associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, as well as productivity and pricing improvements. The gross profit increase was partially offset by an unfavorable foreign currency impact ($6.7), decreased demand for equipment that processes proppants (used in hydraulic fracturing) and parts and equipment used in power and mining (including coal), a decline in product and business mix, the inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit margin improved 200 basis points to 36.0%, primarily driven by productivity and pricing improvements and the higher margins associated with Abel and Red Valve, partially offset by under-absorption of fixed overhead costs, a decline in product and business mix, inventory step-up charges, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($3.2 in 2016 and $1.5 in 2015) and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions ($2.4 in 2016). Excluding these items, adjusted gross profit increased $13.8 (4%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 240 basis points to 36.6% in 2016. • Batesville’s gross profit decreased $9.5 (4%), and gross profit margin improved 40 basis points to 38.9%. The decline in gross profit was primarily due to the decrease in volume, partially offset by productivity improvements across the supply chain, lower commodity and fuel costs, and a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges. The improved gross profit margin was primarily driven by productivity improvements across the supply chain, lower commodity costs, and a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($0.5 in 2016 and $1.7 in 2015).Excluding these charges, adjusted gross profit decreased $10.7 (5%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 20 basis points to 39.0% in 2016. Operating expenses increased $15.9 (5%) primarily driven by the addition of operating expenses from Abel and Red Valve, higher corporate project costs, a trade name impairment recorded in 2016, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges. These increases were partially offset by favorable foreign currency impact ($4.7), lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions, and certain litigation costs in fiscal 2015 that did not repeat in 2016. Our operating expense-to-revenue ratio increased by 180 basis points to 22.5% in 2016. The increased ratio was primarily due to the net revenue decline, higher corporate project costs, a trade name impairment in 2016, and increased restructuring and restructuring related charges, and was partially offset by lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions. Operating expenses included the following items: 26


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    Table of Contents Year Ended September 30, 2016 2015 Business acquisition and integration costs $ 3.7 $ 3.6 Restructuring and restructuring related charges 6.4 5.6 Litigation expenses — 0.5 Trade name impairment 2.2 — On an adjusted basis, which excluded business acquisition and integration costs, restructuring and restructuring related charges, a trade name impairment, and certain litigation expenses, operating expenses increased $13.3 (4%), primarily driven by the addition of operating expenses from Abel and Red Valve and higher corporate project costs, partially offset by favorable foreign currency impact ($4.7) and lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions. Our adjusted operating expense-to- revenue ratio increased by 160 basis points to 21.7% in 2016. The increased ratio was primarily due to the net revenue decline and higher corporate project costs, partially offset by lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions. Amortization expense increased $4.9 (17%) primarily due to the acquired intangibles of Abel and Red Valve. Pension settlement charge decreased $17.7 due to one-time lump-sum payments made in 2015 from the Company’s U.S. pension plan to former employees who elected to receive such payments. These payments settled the Company’s pension obligations to those who made the election to participate. See Note 5 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K for further information on this settlement. Interest expense increased $1.5 primarily due to an increase in our weighted-average outstanding borrowings and higher variable interest rates. Other (expense) income, net decreased $6.2 from $7.9 of expense in 2015 to $1.7 of expense in 2016, primarily driven by positive change in foreign exchange gain (loss) of $4.7 in 2016. The foreign exchange loss of $4.4 in 2015 was largely driven by the rapid appreciation of the Swiss Franc against other currencies after the Swiss National Bank removed currency support tied to the Euro in January 2015. The income tax rate was 28.8% in 2016 compared to 30.2% in 2015. The year-over-year decrease in the effective tax rate was largely due to the excess tax benefits on share- based compensation and the shifting of income to lower tax rate jurisdictions, partially offset by the net increase in the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets. For more information, see Note 7 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. Excluding the tax effect of all adjustments discussed above, our adjusted effective income tax rate was 29.5% in 2016 compared to 31.2% in 2015. OPERATIONS REVIEW — PROCESS EQUIPMENT GROUP Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 % of % of % of Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Net revenue $ 1,028.2 100.0 $ 964.7 100.0 $ 992.8 100.0 Gross profit 381.0 37.1 347.5 36.0 337.8 34.0 Operating expenses 218.1 21.2 212.5 22.0 193.5 19.5 Amortization expense 29.0 2.8 32.7 3.4 25.7 2.6 Year Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2016 Net revenue increased $63.5 (7%) primarily due to the increased demand for plastics projects and screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), four additional months of Red Valve revenue ($14.1) in the current year, and increased demand for equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($3.8) and lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal). 27


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    Table of Contents We expect future revenue for the Process Equipment Group to continue to be influenced by order backlog because of the lead time involved in fulfilling engineered-to-order equipment for customers. Though backlog can be an indicator of future revenue, it does not include projects and parts orders that are booked and shipped within the same quarter. The timing of order placement, size of orders, extent of order customization, and customer delivery dates can create fluctuations in backlog and revenue. Revenue attributable to backlog is also affected by foreign exchange rate fluctuations for orders denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars. Backlog increased $132.0 (26%) from $500.2 on September 30, 2016, to $632.2 on September 30, 2017, which included a favorable foreign currency impact of $20.8. The increase in backlog is primarily driven by an increase in orders for projects in the plastics industry, as well as screening and separating equipment that processes proppants (used in hydraulic fracturing). Gross profit increased $33.5 (10%) primarily driven by increased demand for plastics projects and screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), increased profits from four additional months of Red Valve results in the current year, increased demand for equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016, restructuring and restructuring related charges in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($1.4), and lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal). Gross profit margin improved 110 basis points to 37.1%, primarily driven by pricing and productivity improvements, the higher margin associated with Red Valve, a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges, inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, and savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016, partially offset by unfavorable product mix. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($0.6 in 2017 and $3.2 in 2016) and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions ($2.4 in 2016). Excluding these items, adjusted gross profit increased $28.5 (8%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 50 basis points to 37.1% in 2017. Operating expenses increased $5.6 (3%), primarily driven by four additional months of Red Valve operating expenses in the current year, an increase in variable compensation, and an increase in sales and marketing investments, partially offset by favorable currency impact ($0.9), a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges, and a trade name impairment recorded in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017. Our operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved by 80 basis points to 21.2%, Operating expenses included business acquisition and integration costs ($0.6 in 2017 and $0.3 in 2016), restructuring and restructuring related costs ($2.2 in 2017 and $4.8 in 2016), and a trade name impairment in 2016 of $2.2. Excluding these items, adjusted operating expenses increased $10.1 (5%), primarily driven by four additional months of Red Valve operating expenses in the current year, an increase in variable compensation, and an increase in sales and marketing investments, partially offset by favorable foreign currency impact of $1.0. Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of net revenue improved 40 basis points to 20.9% in 2017. Amortization expense decreased $3.7 (11%) primarily due to backlog amortization related to Abel and Red Valve in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, partially offset by amortization on the acquired intangibles of Red Valve. Year Ended September 30, 2016 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2015 Net revenue decreased $28.1 (3%), primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency impact ($20.4), as well as decreased volume in equipment that processes proppants (used in hydraulic fracturing) and parts and equipment used in power and mining (including coal). These decreases were partially offset by the increased revenue associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve. Gross profit increased $9.7 (3%), primarily driven by the increased profits associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, as well as productivity and pricing improvements. The gross profit increase was partially offset by an unfavorable foreign currency impact ($6.7), decreased demand for equipment that processes proppants (used in hydraulic fracturing) and parts and equipment used in power and mining (including coal), a decline in product and business mix, the inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit margin improved 200 basis points to 36.0%, primarily driven by productivity and pricing improvements and the higher margins associated with Abel and Red Valve, partially offset by under-absorption of fixed overhead costs, a decline in product and business mix, inventory step-up charges, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($3.2 in 2016 and $1.5 in 2015) and inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions ($2.4 in 2016). Excluding these items, adjusted gross profit increased $13.8 (4%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 240 basis points to 36.6% in 2016, primarily driven by productivity and 28


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    Table of Contents pricing improvements and the higher margins associated with Abel and Red Valve, partially offset by under-absorption of fixed overhead costs and a decline in product and business mix. Operating expenses increased $19.0 (10%) primarily driven by the addition of operating expenses from Abel and Red Valve, a trade name impairment charge, and an increase in restructuring and restructuring related costs, partially offset by favorable foreign currency impact ($4.4) and a decrease in business acquisition and integration costs. Our operating expense-to-revenue ratio increased by 250 basis points to 22.0%, primarily due to the net revenue decline, a trade name impairment recorded in 2016, and the increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges, partially offset by a decrease in business acquisition and integration costs. Operating expenses included business acquisition and integration costs ($0.3 in 2016 and $1.1 in 2015), restructuring and restructuring related costs ($4.8 in 2016 and $3.9 in 2015), and a trade name impairment in 2016 of $2.2. Excluding these items, adjusted operating expenses increased $16.7 (9%), which included favorable foreign currency impact of $4.4. The increase in adjusted operating expenses was primarily driven by the addition of operating expenses from Abel and Red Valve. Our adjusted operating expense-to-revenue ratio increased 230 basis points to 21.3%. The increased ratio was primarily due to the net revenue decline. Amortization expense increased $7.0 (27%) primarily due to the acquired intangibles of Abel and Red Valve. OPERATIONS REVIEW — BATESVILLE Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 % of % of % of Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Net revenue $ 562.0 100.0 $ 573.7 100.0 $ 604.0 100.0 Gross profit 210.3 37.4 223.1 38.9 232.6 38.5 Operating expenses 83.9 14.9 91.4 15.9 97.8 16.2 Amortization expense 0.2 — 0.3 0.1 2.0 0.3 Year Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2016 Net revenue decreased $11.7 (2%), primarily due to a decrease in volume ($18.3), partially offset by an increase in average selling price ($6.3). Lower volume was driven by a decrease in burial sales resulting from what we estimate to be a decrease in North American burials driven by the increased rate at which families opted for cremation, as well as product line simplification initiatives. Gross profit decreased $12.8 (6%), and gross profit margin decreased 150 basis points to 37.4%. The decrease in gross profit and gross profit margin was primarily due to an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges, higher commodity and fuel costs, and the decline in volume, partially offset by productivity improvements across the supply chain including the impact of one-time projects, along with an increase in average selling price. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($6.8 in 2017 and $0.5 in 2016).Excluding restructuring and restructuring related charges, adjusted gross profit decreased $6.5 (3%) and adjusted gross profit margin decreased 40 basis points to 38.6% in 2017. Operating expenses decreased $7.5 (8%) to $83.9 in 2017, and our operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved 100 basis points to 14.9%, primarily due to lower compensation and benefits resulting from fiscal year 2016 restructuring actions, current year productivity initiatives, and a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Operating expenses included restructuring and restructuring related charges of $1.1 in 2016. Excluding these charges, adjusted operating expenses decreased $6.4 (7%) and our adjusted operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved 80 basis points to 14.9%, primarily due to lower compensation and benefits resulting from fiscal 2016 restructuring actions and current year productivity initiatives. 29


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    Table of Contents Year Ended September 30, 2016 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2015 Net revenue decreased $30.3 (5%), primarily due to unfavorable foreign currency impact ($3.0) and a decrease in volume ($26.8). Lower volume was driven by what we estimate to be a decrease in North American burials primarily due to an increase in the rate at which families opted for cremation. Gross profit decreased $9.5 (4%), and gross profit margin improved 40 basis points to 38.9%. The decline in gross profit was primarily due to the decrease in volume, partially offset by productivity improvements across the supply chain, lower commodity and fuel costs, and a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges. The improved gross profit margin was primarily driven by productivity improvements across the supply chain, lower commodity costs, and a decrease in restructuring and restructuring related charges. Gross profit included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($0.5 in 2016 and $1.7 in 2015).Excluding restructuring and restructuring related charges, adjusted gross profit decreased $10.7 (5%) and adjusted gross profit margin improved 20 basis points to 39.0% in 2016. Operating expenses decreased $6.4 (7%) to $91.4 in 2016 primarily due to lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions, lower variable compensation expense, and certain litigation costs in fiscal 2015 that did not repeat in 2016. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges in 2016. Our operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved 30 basis points to 15.9%. Operating expenses included restructuring and restructuring related charges ($1.1 in 2016 and $0.2 in 2015) and $0.5 of certain litigation costs in 2015. Excluding these costs, adjusted operating expenses decreased 7% to $90.3 in 2016, which was primarily due to lower compensation and benefits resulting from current year restructuring actions and lower variable compensation expense. Our adjusted operating expense-to-revenue ratio improved 40 basis points to 15.7%. REVIEW OF CORPORATE EXPENSES Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 % of % of % of Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Amount Revenue Core operating expenses $ 39.2 2.5 $ 38.7 2.5 $ 35.3 2.2 Business acquisition and integration costs 0.5 — 3.4 0.2 2.5 0.2 Restructuring and restructuring related charges 2.7 0.2 0.5 0.1 1.5 0.1 Operating expenses $ 42.4 2.7 $ 42.6 2.8 $ 39.3 2.5 Core operating expenses represent operating expenses excluding restructuring and restructuring related charges and costs related to business acquisition and integration, which we incur as a result of our strategy to grow through selective acquisitions. Year Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2016 Core operating expenses increased $0.5 (1%) in 2017 primarily due to an increase in variable compensation. These expenses as a percentage of net revenue were flat compared to 2016. Business acquisition and integration costs include legal, tax, accounting, and other advisory fees and due diligence costs associated with investigating opportunities and integrating completed acquisitions. As a natural consequence of our acquisition strategy, we incur costs to investigate opportunities that ultimately do not always result in a consummated transaction. The depth of these efforts and the significance of the associated costs will fluctuate from time-to-time. Year Ended September 30, 2016 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2015 Core operating expenses increased $3.4 (10%) in 2016 primarily due to higher corporate project costs and variable compensation. These expenses as a percentage of net revenue increased 30 basis points to 2.5%. 30


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    Table of Contents NON-GAAP OPERATING PERFORMANCE MEASURES The following is a reconciliation from consolidated net income, the most directly comparable GAAP operating performance measure, to our non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA. Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 Consolidated Net Income $ 128.4 $ 116.8 $ 113.2 Interest income (0.9 ) (1.2 ) (1.0 ) Interest expense 25.2 25.3 23.8 Income tax expense 59.9 47.3 49.1 Depreciation and amortization 56.6 60.4 54.3 EBITDA $ 269.2 $ 248.6 $ 239.4 Business acquisition and integration 1.1 3.7 3.6 Inventory step-up — 2.4 — Restructuring and restructuring related 10.7 10.2 7.5 Trade name impairment — 2.2 — Pension settlement charge — — 17.7 Litigation costs — — 0.5 Adjusted EBITDA $ 281.0 $ 267.1 $ 268.7 Consolidated net income for 2017 compared to 2016 increased $11.6 (10%), primarily driven by the increased demand for plastics projects, screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), and equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, as well as increased earnings associated with the acquisition of Red Valve, pricing and productivity improvements, backlog amortization related to Abel and Red Valve in fiscal 2016 that did not repeat in fiscal 2017, savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016, a reduction in business acquisition and integration costs, inventory step-up charges related to Abel and Red Valve in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, a trade name impairment in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017, and a favorable foreign currency impact ($0.6). This increase in consolidated net income was partially offset by unfavorable product mix, lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal), a decrease in volume at Batesville, an increase in the effective tax rate, increased commodity and fuel costs at Batesville, and an increase in variable compensation. Adjusted EBITDA for 2017 compared to 2016 increased $13.9 (5%), primarily driven by the increased demand for plastics projects, screening and separating equipment (including equipment that processes proppants for hydraulic fracturing), and equipment and systems used in food and pharmaceutical applications, as well as increased earnings associated with the acquisition of Red Valve, pricing and productivity improvements, and savings related to restructuring actions taken in 2016. This increase in consolidated adjusted EBITDA was partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($0.9), unfavorable product mix, lower demand for industrial equipment and parts used in power and mining (including coal), a decrease in volume at Batesville, increased commodity and fuel costs at Batesville, and an increase in variable compensation. Consolidated net income for 2016 compared to 2015 increased $3.6 (3%), primarily driven by a pension settlement charge in 2015 that did not recur in 2016, the increased earnings associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, productivity and pricing improvements, improvement in the effective tax rate, and a decrease in foreign currency exchange loss, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($1.3), a decrease in the volume of equipment sales at the Process Equipment Group, an increase in restructuring and restructuring related charges, inventory step-up charges related to the Abel and Red Valve acquisitions, and a trade name impairment in 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for 2016 compared to 2015 decreased $1.6 (1%), driven by unfavorable foreign currency impact ($2.7) and a decrease in the volume of equipment sales at the Process Equipment Group, partially offset by the increased earnings associated with the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, productivity and pricing improvements, and a decrease in foreign currency exchange loss. LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES In this section, we discuss our ability to access cash to meet business needs. We discuss how we see cash flow being affected for the next twelve months and how we intend to use it. We describe actual results in generating and utilizing cash by 31


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    Table of Contents comparing 2017 to 2016. Finally, we identify other significant matters, such as contractual obligations and contingent liabilities and commitments that could affect liquidity on an ongoing basis. Ability to Access Cash Our debt financing includes long term notes, including the 5.5% senior unsecured notes and the 4.60% Series A unsecured notes (“Series A Notes”), and our revolving credit facility and term loan (collectively, the “Facility”) as part of our overall financing strategy. We believe we continue to have ready access to capital markets and regularly review the optimal mix of fixed-rate and variable-rate debt. In addition to cash balances and our ability to access long-term financing, we had $621.2 of maximum borrowing capacity available under the Facility as of September 30, 2017, of which $554.4 of borrowing capacity is immediately available based on our leverage covenant atSeptember 30, 2017, with additional amounts available in the event of a qualifying acquisition. The available borrowing capacity reflects a reduction of $10.8 for outstanding letters of credit issued under the Facility. The Company may request an increase of up to $300.0 in the total borrowing capacity under the Facility, subject to approval of the lenders. In the normal course of business, the Process Equipment Group provides to certain customers bank guarantees and other credit arrangements in support of performance, warranty, advance payment, and other contractual obligations. This form of trade finance is customary in the industry and, as a result, we are required to maintain adequate capacity to provide the guarantees. As of September 30, 2017, we had guarantee arrangements totaling $227.9, under which $174.6 was utilized for this purpose. These arrangements include a €150.0 Syndicated Letter of Guarantee Facility (as amended, the “LG Facility”) under which unsecured letters of credit, bank guarantees, or other surety bonds may be issued. The Company may request an increase to the total capacity under the LG facility by an additional €70.0, subject to approval of the lenders. We have significant operations outside the U.S. The majority of foreign earnings are considered to be indefinitely reinvested in foreign jurisdictions where the Company has made, and intends to continue to make, substantial investments to support the ongoing development and growth of our international operations. Accordingly, no significant U.S. federal and state income taxes have been accrued on the portion of our foreign earnings that is considered to be indefinitely reinvested in foreign jurisdictions. During fiscal 2017, the Company recognized a deferred tax liability of $4.0 representing the assumed foreign taxes on the distribution of funds among certain of our foreign subsidiaries. However, we expect these funds will remain indefinitely reinvested outside of the U.S. The cash at our international subsidiaries totaled $60.4 at September 30, 2017. We do not intend, nor do we foresee a need, to repatriate these funds to the U.S. Such repatriation for use in domestic operations would expose us to additional taxes pursuant to current regulatory and tax laws. 12-month Outlook We believe the 12-month outlook for our business remains positive. Although cash flow from operations in the Process Equipment Group naturally experiences substantial fluctuations driven by changes in working capital requirements (due to the type of product and geography of customer projects in process at any point in time), we believe we have significant flexibility to meet our financial commitments including working capital needs, capital expenditures, and financing obligations. We expect to continue to grow at least partially through acquisitions and to continue to focus on building platforms based on highly engineered equipment and systems for diverse niche markets. Therefore, we expect to continue to use a combination of some of our cash flows from operations and our Facility to fund these acquisitions. When we consider attractive targets, we often look for companies with a relatively low physical asset base, in order to limit the need to invest significant additional cash into targets post- acquisition. Our anticipated contribution to our U.S. and non-U.S. pension plans in2018 is $9.9. This amount is lower than 2017, as we do not anticipate contributing to our U.S. defined benefit pension plan in 2018. In 2017, we contributed $80.0 to our U.S. defined benefit pension plan, which was funded with cash on hand and funds borrowed from the Facility. As a result, the U.S. defined benefit pension plan assets are now greater than the benefit obligations at September 30, 2017. See Note 5 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K for more detail. We will continue to monitor plan funding levels, performance of the assets within the plans, and overall economic activity, and we may make additional discretionary funding decisions based on the net impact of the above factors. We currently expect to pay quarterly cash dividends in the future comparable to those we paid in2017, which will require approximately $13 each quarter based on our outstanding common stock at September 30, 2017. We are authorized by our Board of Directors to purchase up to$200.0 of our common stock in total under our existing share repurchase program, and may make such purchases, depending on market conditions and other needs for cash consistent with our growth strategy. We repurchased approximately 778,000 shares of our common stock in2017, for a total cost of approximately $28.0. At 32


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    Table of Contents September 30, 2017, we had approximately $100.6 remaining for share repurchases under the existing Board authorization. See Part I, Item 5 within this Form 10-K for more information on share repurchases. We believe existing cash, cash flows from operations, and the issuance of debt will continue to be sufficient to fund our operating activities and cash commitments for investing and financing activities. Based on these factors, we believe our current liquidity position is strong and will continue to meet all of our financial commitments for the foreseeable future. Cash Flows Year Ended September 30, (in millions) 2017 2016 2015 Cash flows provided by (used in) Operating activities $ 246.2 $ 238.2 $ 105.0 Investing activities (13.5) (253.5 ) (29.5) Financing activities (215.1 ) 21.6 (83.2) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (3.6 ) (2.6 ) (2.0 ) Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ 14.0 $ 3.7 $ (9.7 ) Operating Activities Operating activities provided $246.2 of cash during 2017, in contrast to providing $238.2 of cash during 2016, an $8.0 increase. This increase was primarily due to the timing of working capital requirements within the Process Equipment Group, which was partially offset by the $80 contribution to our U.S. defined benefit pension plan in 2017. In addition, as a result of the pension contribution, tax payments were lower in 2017 by approximately $30. The decrease in working capital requirements was primarily driven by the timing of project orders, the associated advanced payments, and decreased payables to suppliers that were outstanding at the end of 2017. Operating activities provided $238.2 of cash during 2016, in contrast to providing $105.0 of cash during 2015, a $133.2 increase. This increase was primarily driven by the timing of working capital requirements within the Process Equipment Group and the payment of a litigation settlement at Batesville in fiscal 2015 that did not repeat in 2016. These increases in operating cash flow were partially offset by an increase in cash paid for taxes. The decrease in working capital requirements within the Process Equipment Group was primarily driven by the timing of project orders and the associated payables to suppliers that were outstanding at the end of 2016. The working capital balance at September 30, 2015 was higher due to an increased outflow of supplier payments in 2015 driven by several significant project orders that were received in the final quarter of 2014. In addition, payments on certain customer contracts were delayed due to the movement of delivery dates, causing our net working capital investment in those contracts to increase during 2015. Working capital requirements for the Process Equipment Group may continue to fluctuate in this manner due primarily to the type of product and geography of customer projects in process at any point in time. Working capital needs are lower when advance payments from customers are more heavily weighted toward the beginning of the project. Conversely, working capital needs are higher when a larger portion of the cash is to be received in later stages of manufacturing. Investing Activities Cash used in investing activities in 2017 compared to 2016 decreased $240 primarily due to the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve in 2016, compared to no acquisitions in 2017. Cash used in investing activities in 2016 compared to 2015 increased $224.0 primarily due to the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, partially offset by lower capital expenditures. Financing Activities Cash provided by (used in) financing activities was largely impacted by our net borrowing activities. Our general practice is to utilize our cash to pay down debt unless it is needed for an acquisition. Daily borrowing and repayment activity under the Facility may fluctuate significantly between periods as we fulfill the capital needs of our business units. Cash used in financing activities in 2017 was $215.1 compared to cash provided by financing activities in 2016 of $21.6. We had net repayments of $147.2 in 2017 compared to net borrowings of $83.6 in 2016. The decrease in cash provided by financing activities was due primarily to borrowings used to fund the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve in 2016 that did not repeat in 2017 and an increase 33


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    Table of Contents in repurchases of common stock, partially offset by the borrowings used to fund the$80.0 contribution to the Company’s U.S. defined benefit pension plan in 2017 and an increase in proceeds from stock plans. Cash provided by financing activities in 2016 was $21.6 compared to cash used in financing activities in 2015 of $83.2. We had net borrowings of $83.6 in 2016 compared to net repayments of $26.2 in 2015, due primarily to the acquisitions of Abel and Red Valve, partially offset by the improvement in working capital needs within the Process Equipment Group. We returned $51.9 to shareholders in 2017 in the form of quarterly dividends. We increased our quarterly dividend in2017 to $0.2050 per common share from $0.2025 paid during 2016 and $0.2000 paid in 2015. We repurchased approximately 778,000 shares of our common stock during2017, for a total cost of approximately $28.0. Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements We have no significant off-balance sheet arrangements outside of those disclosed previously in the Ability to Access Cash section or the Contractual Obligations and Contingent Liabilities and Commitments section below. Inflation The effect of broad-based inflation on the Company’s revenues and net earnings was not significant in 2017, 2016, or 2015. Contractual Obligations and Contingent Liabilities and Commitments The following table summarizes our future obligations as of September 30, 2017. This will help give you an understanding of the significance of cash outlays that are fixed beyond the normal accounts payable we have already incurred and have recorded in the financial statements. Payment Due by Period Less Than 1 1-3 4-5 After 5 (in millions) Total Year Years Years Years 10 year, 5.5% fixed rate senior unsecured notes $ 150.0 $ — $ 150.0 $ — $ — Revolving credit facility (1) 68.0 — 68.0 — — Term loan 148.5 18.0 130.5 — — Series A Notes 100.0 — — — 100.0 Interest on financing agreements (2) 69.0 17.9 31.0 9.8 10.3 Operating lease obligations (noncancellable) 100.4 18.5 27.9 18.7 35.3 Purchase obligations (3) 198.1 190.0 7.3 0.8 — Defined benefit plan funding (4) 138.6 10.7 21.2 20.0 86.7 Other long-term liabilities (5) 19.1 5.6 4.7 2.4 6.4 Total contractual obligations (6) $ 991.7 $ 260.7 $ 440.6 $ 51.7 $ 238.7 (1) Our revolving credit facility expires in December 2019. Although we may make earlier principal payments, we have reflected the principal balance due at expiration. (2) Cash obligations for interest requirements relate to our fixed-rate debt obligation at its contractual rate and borrowings under the variable-rate revolving credit facility and term loan at their current rate at September 30, 2017. (3) Agreements to purchase goods or services that are enforceable and legally binding and that specify all significant terms, including fixed or minimum quantities to be purchased; fixed, minimum or variable price provisions; and the approximate timing of the transaction. (4) Includes both projected contributions to achieve minimum funding objectives and additional discretionary contributions, where currently planned. (5) Includes the estimated liquidation of liabilities related to both our short-term and long-term casket pricing obligation, self-insurance reserves, and severance payments. (6) We have excluded from the table our $9.9 liability related to uncertain tax positions as the current portion is not significant and we are not able to reasonably estimate the timing of the long-term portion. 34


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    Table of Contents Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Standards For a summary of recently issued and adopted accounting standards applicable to us, see Note 2 to our financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, of this Form 10-K. Item 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK In this section, we tell you about market risks we think could have a significant impact on our bottom line or the financial strength of our Company. The term “market risk” generally means how results of operations and the value of assets and liabilities could be affected by market factors such as interest rates, currency exchange rates, the value of commodities, and debt and equity price risks. If those factors change significantly, it could help or hurt our bottom line, depending on how we react to them. We are exposed to various market risks. We have established policies, procedures, and internal processes governing our management of market risks and the use of financial instruments to manage our exposure to such risks. Our primary exposures are to: fluctuations in market prices for purchases of certain commodities; volatility in interest rates associated with our revolving credit facility and term loan; volatility in the fair value of the assets held by our pension plans; and variability in exchange rates in foreign locations. We are subject to market risk from fluctuating market prices of certain purchased commodity raw materials including steel, wood, red metals, and fuel. While these materials are typically available from multiple suppliers, commodity raw materials are subject to market price fluctuations. We generally buy these commodities based upon market prices that are established with the supplier as part of the purchasing process. We generally attempt to obtain firm pricing from our larger suppliers for volumes consistent with planned production. To the extent that commodity prices increase and we do not have firm pricing from our suppliers, or if our suppliers are not able to honor such prices, we may experience a decline in our gross margins to the extent we are not able to increase selling prices of our products or obtain supply chain efficiencies to offset increases in commodity costs. At September 30, 2017, we had $68.0 outstanding under our $700.0 revolving credit facility and $148.5 outstanding under a related term loan. We are subject to interest rate risk associated with our revolving credit facility and related term loan, which bear a variable rate of interest that is based upon the lender’s base rate or the LIBOR rate. The interest we pay on our borrowings is dependent on interest rate conditions and the timing of our financing needs. Part of the exposure to this variability is managed through the use of interest rate swaps. Assuming these borrowings remain at $216.5 for 12 months, a one percentage point change in the related interest rates would increase or decrease our annual interest expense by approximately $1.7 (net of related interest rate swap impact). Based upon debt balances as of September 30, 2016, a one percentage point change in the related interest rates would have increased or decreased our annual interest expense by approximately $3.6. Our pension plans’ assets are also subject to volatility that can be caused by fluctuations in general economic conditions. 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. Favorable or unfavorable investment performance over the long term will impact our pension expense if it deviates from our assumption related to future rate of return. We are subject to variability in foreign currency exchange rates in our international operations. Exposure to this variability is periodically managed through the use of natural hedges and also by entering into currency exchange agreements. As of September 30, 2017 and 2016, a 10% change in the foreign exchange rates affecting unhedged balance sheet exposures would have impacted pre-tax earnings by less than 1%. The translation of the financial statements of our non-U.S. operations from local currencies into U.S. dollars is also sensitive to changes in foreign exchange rates. These translation gains or losses are recorded as cumulative translation adjustments (“CTA”) within accumulated other comprehensive loss on our balance sheet. The hypothetical change in CTA is calculated by multiplying the net assets of our non-U.S. operations by a 10% change in the applicable foreign exchange rates. The result of the appreciation or depreciation of all applicable currencies against the U.S. dollar would be a change in shareholders’ equity of approximately $55 and $63 as of September 30, 2017 and 2016. 35


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    Table of Contents Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Page Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting 37 Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 38 Financial Statements: Consolidated Statements of Income for years ended September 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015 39 Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for years ended September 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015 40 Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2017 and 2016 41 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for years ended September 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015 42 Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for years ended September 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015 43 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 44-77 Financial Statement Schedule for years ended September 30, 2017, 2016, and 2015: Schedule II — Valuation and Qualifying Accounts 78 36


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    Table of Contents MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, management has conducted an assessment, including testing, using the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013 Framework). The Company’s internal control over financial reporting, as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended, Exchange Act), is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of our financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. Based on our assessment under the criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013 Framework), issued by the COSO, management has concluded that the Company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2017. The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2017, has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report included herein. By: /s/ Eric M. Teegarden Eric M. Teegarden Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer By: /s/ Kristina A. Cerniglia Kristina A. Cerniglia Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer By: /s/ Joe A. Raver Joe A. Raver President and Chief Executive Officer 37


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    Table of Contents Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Hillenbrand, Inc.: In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Hillenbrand, Inc. and its subsidiaries as of September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended September 30, 2017 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions. As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the manner in which it accounts for deferred tax assets and liabilities in 2017. A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. /s/PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Indianapolis, Indiana November 15, 2017 38


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (in millions, except per share amounts) Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 Net revenue $ 1,590.2 $ 1,538.4 $ 1,596.8 Cost of goods sold 998.9 967.8 1,026.4 Gross profit 591.3 570.6 570.4 Operating expenses 344.4 346.5 330.6 Amortization expense 29.2 33.0 28.1 Pension settlement charge — — 17.7 Interest expense 25.2 25.3 23.8 Other (expense) income, net (4.2 ) (1.7 ) (7.9 ) Income before income taxes 188.3 164.1 162.3 Income tax expense 59.9 47.3 49.1 Consolidated net income 128.4 116.8 113.2 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 2.2 4.0 1.8 Net income(1) $ 126.2 $ 112.8 $ 111.4 Net income(1) — per share of common stock Basic earnings per share $ 1.99 $ 1.78 $ 1.76 Diluted earnings per share $ 1.97 $ 1.77 $ 1.74 Weighted-average shares outstanding — basic 63.6 63.3 63.2 Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted 64.0 63.8 63.9 Cash dividends per share $ 0.8200 $ 0.8100 $ 0.8000 (1) Net income attributable to Hillenbrand See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 39


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (in millions) Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 Consolidated net income $ 128.4 $ 116.8 $ 113.2 Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax Currency translation 24.9 (9.8 ) (47.6 ) Pension and postretirement (net of tax of $10.9, $4.8, and $2.1) 22.2 (13.1 ) (8.4 ) Net unrealized (loss) gain on derivative instruments (net of tax of $1.0, $0.2, and $0.4) 1.7 0.7 (0.1 ) Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 48.8 (22.2 ) (56.1 ) Consolidated comprehensive income 177.2 94.6 57.1 Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests 2.4 3.7 1.4 Comprehensive income(2) $ 174.8 $ 90.9 $ 55.7 (2) Comprehensive income attributable to Hillenbrand See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 40


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in millions) September 30, 2017 2016 ASSETS Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 66.0 $ 52.0 Trade receivables, net 206.1 205.0 Receivables from long-term manufacturing contracts 125.2 125.8 Inventories 151.6 153.1 Deferred income taxes — 23.9 Prepaid expenses 28.2 18.2 Other current assets 16.5 22.3 Total current assets 593.6 600.3 Property, plant, and equipment, net 150.4 152.5 Intangible assets, net 523.9 541.5 Goodwill 647.5 634.3 Other assets 41.1 31.1 Total Assets $ 1,956.5 $ 1,959.7 LIABILITIES Current Liabilities Trade accounts payable $ 158.0 $ 135.7 Liabilities from long-term manufacturing contracts and advances 132.3 78.6 Current portion of long-term debt 18.8 13.8 Accrued compensation 66.9 57.3 Deferred income taxes — 22.8 Other current liabilities 135.7 125.5 Total current liabilities 511.7 433.7 Long-term debt 446.9 595.1 Accrued pension and postretirement healthcare 129.6 232.7 Deferred income taxes 75.7 22.6 Other long-term liabilities 26.7 29.4 Total Liabilities 1,190.6 1,313.5 Commitments and contingencies (Note 11) SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY Common stock, no par value (63.8 and 63.7 shares issued, 63.1 and 63.0 shares outstanding) — — Additional paid-in capital 349.9 348.7 Retained earnings 507.1 433.3 Treasury stock (0.7 and 0.7 shares) (24.4 ) (19.9 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (81.2 ) (129.8 ) Hillenbrand Shareholders’ Equity 751.4 632.3 Noncontrolling interests 14.5 13.9 Total Shareholders’ Equity 765.9 646.2 Total Liabilities and Equity $ 1,956.5 $ 1,959.7 See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 41


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in millions) Year Ended September 30, 2017 2016 2015 Operating Activities Consolidated net income $ 128.4 $ 116.8 $ 113.2 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 56.6 60.4 54.3 Trade name impairment — 2.2 — Pension settlement charge — — 17.7 Deferred income taxes 37.1 (4.7 ) (0.5 ) Net loss (gain) on disposal or impairment of property (4.6 ) 0.3 (2.1 ) Equity in net (income) loss from affiliates 0.4 (0.3 ) 2.1 Share-based compensation 10.5 8.5 12.0 Trade accounts receivable and receivables on long-term manufacturing contracts 10.7 9.7 (15.4) Inventories 5.4 11.3 5.2 Prepaid expenses and other current assets (6.2 ) 5.5 (8.5 ) Trade accounts payable 17.2 30.2 (76.6) Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 64.6 (10.7) 1.0 Income taxes payable 4.8 3.8 13.5 Defined benefit plan funding (90.6) (15.5) (15.4) Defined benefit plan expense 6.4 11.9 14.5 Other, net 5.5 8.8 (10.0) Net cash provided by operating activities 246.2 238.2 105.0 Investing Activities Capital expenditures (22.0) (21.2) (31.0) Proceeds from sales of property, plant, and equipment 5.7 2.0 2.8 Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired — (235.4 ) — Return of investment capital from affiliates 3.2 1.1 1.5 Other, net (0.4 ) — (2.8 ) Net cash used in investing activities (13.5) (253.5 ) (29.5) Financing Activities Repayments on term loan (13.5) (9.0 ) (9.0 ) Proceeds from revolving credit facility 819.3 719.8 430.2 Repayments on revolving credit facility (953.0 ) (627.2 ) (547.0 ) Proceeds from unsecured Series A Notes, net of financing costs — — 99.6 Payment of dividends on common stock (51.9) (51.1) (50.4) Repurchases of common stock (28.0) (21.2) (11.2) Net proceeds on stock plans 13.7 11.1 3.4 Other, net (1.7 ) (0.8 ) 1.2 Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (215.1 ) 21.6 (83.2) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (3.6 ) (2.6 ) (2.0 ) Net cash flows 14.0 3.7 (9.7 ) Cash and cash equivalents: At beginning of period 52.0 48.3 58.0 At end of period $ 66.0 $ 52.0 $ 48.3 Cash paid for interest $ 20.3 $ 22.7 $ 20.0 Cash paid for income taxes $ 18.2 $ 48.0 $ 36.4 See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 42


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (in millions) Shareholders of Hillenbrand, Inc. Common Stock Treasury Stock Accumulated Additional Other Paid-in Retained Comprehensive Noncontrolling Shares Capital Earnings Shares Amount Loss Interests Total Balance at September 30, 2014 63.5 $ 342.1 $ 311.7 0.6 $ (18.3) $ (52.2) $ 10.5 $ 593.8 Total other comprehensive loss, net of tax — — — — — (55.7) (0.4 ) (56.1) Net income — — 111.4 — — — 1.8 113.2 Issuance/retirement of stock for stock awards/options 0.1 (5.1 ) — (0.3 ) 8.5 — — 3.4 Share-based compensation — 12.0 — — — — — 12.0 Purchases of common stock — — — 0.4 (11.2) — — (11.2) Dividends — 0.6 (51.0) — — — — (50.4) Other — 1.3 — — — — (0.2 ) 1.1 Balance at September 30, 2015 63.6 350.9 372.1 0.7 (21.0) (107.9 ) 11.7 605.8 Total other comprehensive loss, net of tax — — — — — (21.9) (0.3 ) (22.2) Net income — — 112.8 — — — 4.0 116.8 Issuance/retirement of stock for stock awards/options 0.1 (11.2) — (0.7 ) 22.3 — — 11.1 Share-based compensation — 8.5 — — — — — 8.5 Purchases of common stock — — — 0.7 (21.2) — — (21.2) Dividends — 0.5 (51.6) — — — (1.5 ) (52.6) Balance at September 30, 2016 63.7 348.7 433.3 0.7 (19.9) (129.8 ) 13.9 646.2 Total other comprehensive income, net of tax — — — — — 48.6 0.2 48.8 Net income — — 126.2 — — — 2.2 128.4 Issuance/retirement of stock for stock awards/options 0.1 (9.8 ) — (0.7 ) 23.5 — — 13.7 Share-based compensation — 10.5 — — — — — 10.5 Purchases of common stock — — — 0.7 (28.0) — — (28.0) Dividends — 0.5 (52.4) — — — (1.8 ) (53.7) Balance at September 30, 2017 63.8 $ 349.9 $ 507.1 0.7 $ (24.4) $ (81.2) $ 14.5 $ 765.9 See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 43


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    Table of Contents HILLENBRAND, INC. NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (in millions, except share and per share data) 1. Background Hillenbrand, Inc. (“Hillenbrand”) is a global diversified industrial company with multiple market-leading brands that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We strive to provide superior return for our shareholders, exceptional value for our customers, and great professional opportunities for our employees through deployment of the Hillenbrand Operating Model (“HOM”). The HOM is a consistent and repeatable framework designed to produce sustainable and predictable results. The HOM describes our mission, vision, values and mindset as leaders; applies our management practices in Strategy Management, Segmentation, Lean, Talent Development, and Acquisitions; and prescribes three steps (Understand, Focus, and Grow) designed to make our businesses both bigger and better. Our goal is to continue developing Hillenbrand as a world-class global diversified industrial company through the deployment of the HOM. Our strategy is to leverage our historically strong financial foundation and the implementation of the HOM to deliver sustainable profit growth, revenue expansion and substantial free cash flow and then reinvest available cash in new growth initiatives that are focused on building leadership positions in our core markets and near adjacencies, both organically and inorganically, in order to create shareholder value. Hillenbrand is composed of two business segments: the Process Equipment Group and Batesville®. The Process Equipment Group businesses design, develop, manufacture, and service highly engineered industrial equipment around the world. Batesville is a recognized leader in the North American death care industry. Hillenbrand was incorporated on November 1, 2007, in the state of Indiana and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HI” on April 1, 2008. “Hillenbrand,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” and similar words refer to Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries. 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies Basis of presentation — The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Hillenbrand and its subsidiaries. They also include two subsidiaries where the Company’s ownership percentage is less than 100%. The portion of the business that is not owned by the Company is presented as noncontrolling interests within equity in the balance sheets. Income attributable to the noncontrolling interests is separately reported within the statements of income. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. Use of estimates — We prepared the consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”). GAAP 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 and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Foreign currency translation — The financial statements of our foreign subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars using period-end exchange rates for assets and liabilities and average exchange rates for operating results. Unrealized translation gains and losses are included in accumulated other comprehensive loss in shareholders’ equity. When a transaction is denominated in a currency other than the subsidiary’s functional currency, we recognize a transaction gain or loss in “other (expense) income, net” when the transaction is settled. Cash and cash equivalents include short-term investments with original maturities of three months or less. The carrying amounts reported in the balance sheet for cash and cash equivalents are valued at cost, which approximates their fair value. Trade receivables are recorded at the invoiced amount and generally do not bear interest, unless they become past due. The allowance for doubtful accounts is a best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses and collection risk in the existing accounts receivable portfolio. The allowance for cash discounts and sales returns reserve are based upon historical experience and trends. Account balances are charged against the allowance when we believe it is probable the receivable will not be recovered. We generally hold trade accounts receivable until they are collected. At September 30, 2017 and 2016, we had reserves against trade receivables of $21.6 and $21.0. Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. Inventory costs are determined by the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method for approximately32% of inventories at September 30, 2017 and 2016. Costs of remaining inventories have been determined principally by the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) and average cost methods. If the FIFO method of inventory accounting, which 44


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    Table of Contents approximates current cost, had been used for inventory accounted for using the LIFO method, that inventory would have been approximately$15.0 and $15.2 higher than reported at September 30, 2017 and 2016. September 30, 2017 2016 Raw materials and components $ 52.6 $ 51.4 Work in process 55.4 54.0 Finished goods 43.6 47.7 Total inventories $ 151.6 $ 153.1 Property, plant, and equipment are carried at cost less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is computed using principally the straight-line method based on estimated useful lives of three to 50 years for buildings and improvements and three to 25 years for machinery and equipment. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred. Upon disposal or retirement, the cost and accumulated depreciation of assets are eliminated. Any gain or loss is reflected in the Company’s income from operations. We review these assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. An impairment loss would be recognized when estimated future undiscounted cash flows relating to the asset are less than its carrying amount. The impairment loss is measured as the amount by which the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its fair value. Total depreciation expense for 2017, 2016, and 2015 was $25.4, $25.6, and $26.2. September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016 Accumulated Accumulated Cost Depreciation Cost Depreciation Land and land improvements $ 15.9 $ (3.5 ) $ 17.3 $ (3.6 ) Buildings and building equipment 110.5 (68.0 ) 105.6 (64.3 ) Machinery and equipment 335.8 (240.3 ) 329.0 (231.5 ) Total $ 462.2 $ (311.8 ) $ 451.9 $ (299.4 ) Intangible assets are stated at the lower of cost or fair value. With the exception of certain trade names, intangible assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over periods ranging from three to 21 years, representing the period over which we expect to receive future economic benefits from these assets. We assess the carrying value of trade names annually, or more often if events or changes in circumstances indicate there may be impairment. Estimated amortization expense related to intangible assets for the next five years is: $32.2 in 2018, $32.0 in 2019, $31.4 in 2020, $30.4 in 2021, and $29.3 in 2022. September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016 Accumulated Accumulated Cost Amortization Cost Amortization Finite-lived assets: Trade names $ 0.2 $ (0.1 ) $ 0.2 $ (0.1 ) Customer relationships 468.7 (125.9 ) 459.5 (100.7 ) Technology, including patents 80.7 (39.9 ) 77.9 (33.3 ) Software 48.3 (41.5 ) 47.4 (39.8 ) Other 0.2 (0.2 ) 0.4 (0.3 ) 598.1 (207.6 ) 585.4 (174.2 ) Indefinite-lived assets: Trade names 133.4 — 130.3 — Total $ 731.5 $ (207.6 ) $ 715.7 $ (174.2 ) In the third quarter of 2016, the Company recorded a trade name impairment charge of $2.2, included in operating expenses, on two trade names related to the Process Equipment Group segment. The decline in the estimated fair value of these trade names was largely driven by the decreased demand for equipment and parts used in coal mining and coal power. As of September 30, 2017, we had approximately $13 of trade name book value in the Process Equipment Group segment’s reporting units most significantly impacted by demand for coal mining and coal power. 45


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    Table of Contents As a result of the required annual impairment assessment performed in the third quarter of 2017, the fair value of trade names was determined to meet or exceed the carrying value for all trade names, resulting in no impairment to trade names. Goodwill is not amortized, but is subject to annual impairment tests. Goodwill has been assigned to reporting units. We assess the carrying value of goodwill annually, or more often if events or changes in circumstances indicate there may be impairment. Impairment testing is performed at a reporting unit level. Process Equipment Group Batesville Total Balance September 30, 2015 $ 535.7 $ 8.3 $ 544.0 Acquisitions 96.4 — 96.4 Adjustments (0.3 ) — (0.3 ) Foreign currency adjustments (5.8 ) — (5.8 ) Balance September 30, 2016 626.0 8.3 634.3 Acquisitions, including purchase price adjustments (0.9 ) — (0.9 ) Foreign currency adjustments 14.1 — 14.1 Balance September 30, 2017 $ 639.2 $ 8.3 $ 647.5 As a result of the required annual impairment assessment performed in the third quarter of 2017, the Company tested the recoverability of its goodwill, and in all reporting units, the fair value of goodwill was determined to exceed the carrying value, resulting in no impairment of goodwill. Since the fair value of each reporting unit exceeded its carrying value, the second step of the goodwill impairment test was not necessary. The fair value of the reporting unit in the Process Equipment Group segment that is most directly impacted by demand in domestic coal mining and coal power exceeded its carrying value by less than 10%. The carrying value of goodwill at September 30, 2017 for this reporting unit was $71.3. In the event that the assumptions used (e.g., order backlog, revenue and profit growth rates, discount rate, industry valuation multiples) for this reporting unit are not consistent with actual performance in 2018, we may be required to perform an interim impairment analysis with respect to the carrying value of goodwill for this reporting unit prior to our annual test, and based on the outcome of that analysis, could be required to take a non-cash impairment charge as a result of any such test. Investments — Our investment portfolio consists of investments in private equity limited partnerships. The carrying value of the portfolio was$1.4 and $7.6 at September 30, 2017 and 2016 and is included in other assets on the balance sheets. The fair value of these investments is not readily available. We use the equity method of accounting for substantially all private equity limited partnerships, with earnings or losses reported in “other (expense) income, net” in the income statements. We regularly evaluate all investments for possible impairment. Environmental liabilities — Expenditures that relate to an existing condition caused by past operations which do not contribute to current or future revenue generation are expensed. A reserve is established when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. These reserves are determined without consideration of possible loss recoveries. Based on consultations with an environmental engineer, the range of liability is estimated based on current interpretations of environmental laws and regulations. A determination is made of the specific measures that are believed to be required to remediate the site, the estimated total cost to carry out the remediation plan, and the periods in which we will make payments toward the remediation plan. We do not make an estimate of inflation for environmental matters because the number of sites is small, the magnitude of costs to execute remediation plans is not significant, and the estimated time frames to remediate sites are not believed to be lengthy. Specific costs included in environmental expense and reserves include site assessment, remediation plan development, clean-up costs, post-remediation expenditures, monitoring, fines, penalties, and legal fees. The amount reserved represents the expected undiscounted future cash outflows associated with such plans and actions and is not significant to Hillenbrand. Self-insurance — We are self-funded up to certain limits for product and general liability, workers compensation, and auto liability insurance programs, as well as certain employee health benefits including medical, drug, and dental. These policies have deductibles and self-funded retentions up to $0.5 per occurrence, depending upon the type of coverage and policy period. Our policy is to estimate reserves based upon a number of factors, including known claims, estimated incurred but not reported claims, and outside actuarial analysis. The outside actuarial analysis is based on historical information along with certain assumptions about future events. These reserves are classified as other current and other long-term liabilities within the balance sheets. 46


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    Table of Contents Treasury stock consists of our common shares that have been issued but subsequently reacquired. We account for treasury stock purchases under the cost method. When these shares are reissued, we use an average-cost method to determine cost. Proceeds in excess of cost are credited to additional paid-in capital. On July 24, 2008, our Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program for the repurchase of up to$100.0 of our common stock. On February 23, 2017, our Board of Directors approved an increase of $100.0 to the existing stock repurchase program. The authorization brings the maximum cumulative repurchase authorization up to$200.0. The repurchase program has no expiration date, but may be terminated by the Board of Directors at any time. As of September 30, 2017, we had repurchased approximately 3,600,000 shares for approximately $99.4 in the aggregate. Such shares were classified as treasury stock. We repurchased approximately 778,000 shares of our common stock during 2017, at a total cost of approximately $28.0. In 2017 and 2016, approximately 700,000 shares and 800,000 shares were issued from treasury stock under our stock compensation programs. At September 30, 2017, we had approximately $100.6 remaining for share repurchases under the existing Board authorization. Preferred stock — The Company has authorized 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock (no par value), of which no shares were issued at September 30, 2017 and 2016. Accumulated other comprehensive loss included all changes in Hillenbrand shareholders’ equity during a period except those that resulted from investments by or distributions to our shareholders. September 30, 2017 2016 Currency translation $ (36.9) $ (61.6) Pension and postretirement (net of taxes of $23.4 and $34.1) (45.3 ) (67.5 ) Unrealized gain (loss) on derivative instruments (net of taxes of $0.8 and $0.5) 1.0 (0.7 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss $ (81.2) $ (129.8 ) Revenue recognition — Net revenue includes gross revenue less sales discounts, customer rebates, sales incentives, and product returns, all of which require us to make estimates for the portion of these allowances that have yet to be credited or paid to our customers. We estimate these allowances based upon historical rates and projections of customer purchases toward contractual rebate thresholds. A portion of Hillenbrand’s revenue is derived from long-term manufacturing contracts. The majority of this revenue is recognized based on the percentage-of-completion method. Under this method, revenue is recognized based upon the costs incurred to date as compared to the total estimated project costs. Approximately 25%, 24%, and 25% of Hillenbrand’s revenue was attributable to these long-term manufacturing contracts for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Accounting for these contracts involves management judgment in estimating total contract revenue and cost. Contract revenues are largely determined by negotiated contract prices and quantities, modified by our assumptions regarding contract options, change orders, and incentive and award provisions associated with technical performance clauses. Contract costs are incurred over longer periods of time and, accordingly, the estimation of these costs requires management judgment. Cost estimates are largely based on negotiated or estimated purchase contract terms, historical performance trends, and other economic projections. Significant factors that influence these estimates include inflationary trends, technical and schedule risk, internal and subcontractor performance trends, business volume assumptions, asset utilization, and anticipated labor agreements. Revenue and cost estimates are regularly monitored and revised based on changes in circumstances. Anticipated losses on long-term contracts are recognized immediately when such losses become evident. We maintain financial controls over the customer qualification, contract pricing, and estimation processes to reduce the risk of contract losses. Revenue for components, most replacement parts, and service is recognized when title and risk of loss passes to the customer. Cost of goods sold consists primarily of purchased material costs, fixed manufacturing expense, variable direct labor, and overhead costs. It also includes costs associated with the distribution and delivery of products. Research and development costs are expensed as incurred as a component of operating expenses and were $11.9, $12.6, and $12.7 for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Warranty costs — We provide for the estimated warranty cost of a product at the time revenue is recognized. Warranty expense is accrued based upon historical information and may also include specific provisions for known conditions. Warranty 47


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    Table of Contents obligations are affected by actual product performance and by material usage and service costs incurred in making product corrections. Our warranty provision takes into account the best estimate of amounts necessary to settle future and existing claims on products sold. The Process Equipment Group generally offers a one to two-year warranty on a majority of its products. It engages in extensive product quality programs and processes in an effort to minimize warranty obligations, including active monitoring and evaluation of the quality of component suppliers. Warranty reserves were $15.8 and $16.6 for 2017 and 2016. Warranty costs were $4.1, $4.3, and $4.0 for 2017, 2016, and 2015. Income taxes — We establish deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the differences between the financial statements and the tax basis of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. The effect of a change in tax rates on deferred tax assets and liabilities is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. The majority of the cash at our foreign subsidiaries represents earnings considered to be permanently reinvested for which deferred taxes have not been provided, as we do not intend, nor do we foresee a need, to repatriate these funds. We have a variety of deferred income tax assets in numerous tax jurisdictions. The recoverability of these deferred income tax assets is assessed periodically and valuation allowances are recognized if it is determined that it is more likely than not that the benefits will not be realized. When performing this assessment, we consider future taxable income, the reversal of existing temporary differences, and tax planning strategies. We account for accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense. Derivative financial instruments — The Company has hedging programs in place to manage its currency exposures. The objectives of our hedging programs are to mitigate exposures in gross margin and non-functional-currency-denominated assets and liabilities. Under these programs, we use derivative financial instruments to manage the economic impact of fluctuations in currency exchange rates. These include foreign currency exchange forward contracts, which generally have terms up to 24 months. The Company has interest rate and cross currency swaps in place to manage or hedge the risks associated with our indebtedness and interest payments. Our objectives in using these swaps are to add stability to interest expense and to manage our exposure to interest rate movements. We require that hedging derivative instruments be highly effective in reducing the risk exposure that they are designated to hedge. As a result, there was no significant ineffectiveness from any of our derivative activities during the period. We formally designate any instrument that meets these hedging criteria as a hedge. The aggregate notional amount of all derivative instruments was $262.4 and $208.3 at September 30, 2017 and 2016. We measure all derivative instruments at fair value and report them on our balance sheets as assets or liabilities. Contracts designated as hedges for customer orders or intercompany purchases have an offsetting tax-adjusted amount in accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss). Foreign exchange contracts designated to hedge foreign currency exposures within our balance sheet have an offsetting amount recorded in “Other (expense) income, net”. The carrying value of all of derivative instruments at fair value resulted in assets of$3.8 and $1.4 (included in other current assets and other assets) and liabilities of $2.3 and $3.3 (included in other current liabilities) at September 30, 2017 and 2016. See Note 13 for additional information on the fair value of our derivative instruments. Changes in the fair value of derivatives are accounted for depending on the intended use of the derivative, designation of the hedging relationship, and whether or not the criteria to apply hedge accounting has been satisfied. Gains and losses on derivative instruments reported in accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss) are subsequently included in earnings in the periods in which earnings are affected by the hedged item. The amounts recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and subsequently through earnings were not significant from 2015 through 2017. Net gains and losses on foreign exchange contracts offset foreign exchange effects on the hedged items. The Company does not enter into derivative contracts for purposes of speculation. Business acquisitions and related business acquisition and integration costs — Assets and liabilities associated with business acquisitions are recorded at fair value, using the acquisition method of accounting. We allocate the purchase price of acquisitions based upon the fair value of each component, which may be derived from observable or unobservable inputs and assumptions. We may utilize third-party valuation specialists to assist us in this allocation. Initial purchase price allocations 48


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    Table of Contents are preliminary and subject to revision within the measurement period, generally not to exceedone year from the date of acquisition. Business acquisition and integration costs are expensed as incurred and are reported as a component of cost of goods sold, operating expenses, interest expense, and “other (expense) income, net,” depending on the nature of the cost. We define these costs to include finder’s fees, advisory, legal, accounting, valuation, and other professional or consulting fees, as well as travel associated with the evaluation and effort to acquire specific businesses. Business acquisition and integration costs also include costs associated with acquisition tax planning, retention bonuses, and related integration costs. These costs exclude the ongoing expenses of our business development department. Restructuring costs may occur when we take action to exit or significantly curtail a part of our operations or change the deployment of assets or personnel. A restructuring charge can consist of an impairment or accelerated depreciation of effected assets, severance costs associated with reductions to the workforce, costs to terminate an operating lease or contract, and charges for legal obligations for which no future benefit will be derived. Recently adopted accounting standards — In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-12,Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period. ASU 2014-12 states that a performance target in a share-based payment that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period should be accounted for as a performance condition. ASU 2014-12 became effective and was adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements. In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-15,Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern. ASU 2014-15 provides guidance about management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern or to provide related footnote disclosures. ASU 2014-15 became effective and was adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The adoption of this standard did not have an impact on our consolidated financial statements. In January 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-01,Income Statement—Extraordinary and Unusual Items. ASU 2015-01 eliminates from GAAP the concept of extraordinary items. ASU 2015-01 became effective and was adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements. In February 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-02,Consolidation: Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis. The new standard amends the consolidation guidance in ASC 810 and significantly changes the consolidation analysis required under current generally accepted accounting principles. ASU 2015-02 became effective and was adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements. In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-03,Interest - Imputation of Interest. ASU 2015-03 simplifies the presentation of debt issuance costs. The amendments in this ASU require that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability, consistent with debt discounts. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-15, Interest - Imputation of Interest: Presentation and Subsequent Measurement of Debt Issuance Costs Associated with Line-of-Credit Arrangements. This standard permits an entity to defer and present debt issuance costs related to line-of-credit arrangements as an asset and to subsequently amortize the deferred debt issuance costs ratably over the term of the line-of-credit arrangement. These new standards do not affect the recognition and measurement of debt issuance costs. ASU 2015-03 and ASU 2015-15 became effective and were retrospectively adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The retrospective adoption resulted in $1.2 of debt issuance costs being reclassified from other assets to a reduction of the carrying value of long-term debt as of September 30, 2016. Debt issuance costs related to line-of-credit arrangements were not reclassified. In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-05,Intangibles - Goodwill and Other - Internal-Use Software.ASU 2015-05 helps entities evaluate the accounting for fees paid by a customer in a cloud computing arrangement by providing guidance as to whether an arrangement includes the sale or license of software. ASU 2015-05 became effective and was adopted for our fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016. The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements. In September 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-16,Business Combinations. ASU 2015-16 simplifies the accounting for adjustments made to provisional amounts. The amendments in ASU 2015-16 require that the acquirer recognize adjustments to 49

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