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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 fiscal year ended December 30, 2017
Commission File number 1-7283
Regal Beloit Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Wisconsin
39-0875718
(State of Incorporation)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
200 State Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
(Address of principal executive offices)
(608) 364-8800
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
 
Name of Each Exchange on
Title of Each Class
 
Which Registered
Common Stock ($.01 Par Value)
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to
Section 12 (g) of the Act
 
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes ý No
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. ¨
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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
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The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of July 1, 2017 was approximately $3.6 billion.
On February 23, 2018, the registrant had outstanding 44,318,825 shares of common stock, $.01 par value, which is registrant's only class of common stock.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Certain information contained in the Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on April 30, 2018 is incorporated by reference into Part III hereof.

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REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
FOR YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 30, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
PART I
 
Item 1
Item 1A
Item 1B
Item 2
Item 3
Item 4
 
 
 
PART II
 
Item 5
Item 6
Item 7
Item 7A
Item 8
Item 9
Item 9A
Item 9B
 
 
 
PART III
 
Item 10
Item 11
Item 12
Item 13
Item 14
 
 
 
PART IV
 
Item 15
Item 16
 
 
 



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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Certain statements made in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations, beliefs, current assumptions, and projections. When used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to:

uncertainties regarding our ability to execute our restructuring plans within expected costs and timing;
increases in our overall debt levels as a result of the acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions business of Emerson Electric Co. ("PTS"), or otherwise and our ability to repay principal and interest on our outstanding debt;
actions taken by our competitors and our ability to effectively compete in the increasingly competitive global electric motor, drives and controls, power generation and mechanical motion control industries;
our ability to develop new products based on technological innovation and marketplace acceptance of new and existing products;
fluctuations in commodity prices and raw material costs;
our dependence on significant customers;
risks associated with foreign manufacturing;
issues and costs arising from the integration of acquired companies and businesses and the timing and impact of purchase accounting adjustments;
prolonged declines in oil and gas up stream capital spending;
economic changes in global markets where we do business, such as reduced demand for the products we sell, currency exchange rates, inflation rates, interest rates, recession, government policies, including policy changes affecting taxation, trade, immigration and the like, and other external factors that we cannot control;
product liability and other litigation, or claims by end users, government agencies or others that our products or our customers’ applications failed to perform as anticipated, particularly in high volume applications or where such failures are alleged to be the cause of property or casualty claims;
unanticipated liabilities of acquired businesses;
unanticipated costs or expenses we may incur related to product warranty issues;
our dependence on key suppliers and the potential effects of supply disruptions;
infringement of our intellectual property by third parties, challenges to our intellectual property and claims of infringement by us of third party technologies;
effects on earnings of any significant impairment of goodwill or intangible assets;
losses from failures, breaches, attacks or disclosures involving our information technology infrastructure and data;
cyclical downturns affecting the global market for capital goods; and
other risks and uncertainties including but not limited to those described in “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and from time to time in our reports filed with US Securities and Exchange Commission.

All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the applicable cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are made only as of their respective dates, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. See also “Risk Factors.”




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PART I
Unless the context requires otherwise, references in this Annual Report on Form 10-K to “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company” refer collectively to Regal Beloit Corporation and its subsidiaries.
References in an Item of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to information contained in our Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on April 30, 2018 (the "2018 Proxy Statement”), or to information contained in specific sections of the 2018 Proxy Statement, incorporate the information into that Item by reference.
We operate on a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31. We refer to the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017 as “fiscal 2017", December 31, 2016 as “fiscal 2016", and the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 as “fiscal 2015".
ITEM 1 - BUSINESS
Our Company
Regal Beloit Corporation is a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products serving markets throughout the world. Our company is comprised of three operating segments: Commercial and Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solutions. Financial information on our operating segments for fiscal 2017, fiscal 2016, and fiscal 2015 is contained in Note 6 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements. 
General
Commercial and Industrial Systems Segment

Our Commercial and Industrial Systems segment designs, manufactures and sells primarily:

Fractional, integral and large horsepower AC and DC motors and controls for commercial and industrial ("C&I") applications. These motors are sold directly to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and end-user customers and through our network of direct and independent sales representatives as well as through regional and national distributors. Typical applications include pumps, fans, compressors, conveyors, augers, blowers, and irrigation equipment. Our customers tend to be the leaders in their industries, and their desire for more efficient motor based solutions is providing an increasing opportunity to add more value to their applications with energy efficient motor and integrated electronic control solutions.

Fractional and integral horsepower motors, electronic variable speed controls and blowers used in commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) products. Our primary customers for these products are manufacturers of commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems as well as national and regional distributors of aftermarket products for the repair of these systems.

Solid state and electro-mechanical starters, contactors, relays, variable frequency drives, and total integrated solutions of these components. The market for these control solutions is driven primarily by applications requiring effective compression, pumping, air moving and conveying systems. Our products are sold primarily to OEM customers and systems integrators, and used in C&I markets such as oil and gas, mining, metals, chemical, water waste, machinery, marine, buildings, cement and glass, and pulp and paper.

Precision stator and rotor kits from 5 to 2,900 horsepower for air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration compressor applications, which are sold primarily directly to OEM customers.

Hazardous duty motors, including low and medium voltage explosion proof motors as well as ATEX and IEC-Ex certified explosion proof motors. These motors are sold primarily into general industrial applications in potentially hazardous conditions such as oil and gas, paint booths, tunnels, and mining.

Electric generators from 5 kilowatts through 4 megawatts, automatic transfer switches, power generation and distribution switch gear, components and system controls. These products and systems are used in applications including health care, cloud and enterprise data centers, oil and gas, marine, agriculture, transportation, government, construction and other applications. The demand for electric power generation systems is driven by the need for electrical power on demand in cases where utility/grid power is lost or stressed or in prime power applications where utility power is unavailable.

Climate Solutions Segment
Our Climate Solutions segment designs, manufactures and sells primarily:

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Fractional motors, electronic variable speed controls and blowers used in a variety of residential and light commercial air moving applications including HVAC systems and commercial refrigeration. These motors and blowers are vital components of an HVAC system and are used to move air into and away from furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners, ventilators, fan filter boxes, water heaters and humidifiers. A majority of our HVAC motors replace existing motors, are installed as part of a new HVAC system that replaces an existing HVAC system, or are used in an HVAC system for new home construction. The business enjoys a large installed base of equipment and long-term relationships with its major customers.

Fractional motors and blowers used across a wide range of other applications including white goods, water heating equipment, and small pumps and compressors and other small appliances. Demand for these products is driven primarily by consumer and light commercial market segments.

Precision stator and rotor sets from 1.5 to 5 horsepower that are assembled into compressors for air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications.

Capacitors for use in HVAC systems, high intensity lighting and other applications.

Power Transmission Solutions Segment
Our Power Transmission Solutions segment designs, manufactures and sells primarily:
 
Mounted and unmounted bearings. Unmounted bearings are offered in a variety of types and styles. These include cam followers, radial bearings, and thrust bearings. Mounted bearings include industry specific designs that aim to solve customer problems. They are all available with a variety of options and sizes and include aerospace and specialty bearings, mounted bearings, unmounted bearings, and corrosion resistant bearings.

High quality conveyor products including chains, belts, sprockets, components and guide rails and wear strips. Conveying components assist in these areas: efficiency, noise reduction, wash-down maintenance, lubrication reduction and energy conservation. Our products are highly engineered from industry expert input.

High performance disc, patented diaphragm and gear couplings for applications including turbines, compressors, generators and pumps in many industries including petrochemical, refinery, power generation, gas pipeline and Liquid Natural Gas ("LNG"). We also produce flexible couplings and transmission elements. Products include gear, grid, jaw, elastomer, disc, and universal joints.
 
Mechanical power transmission drives, components and bearings including: belt drives, bushings, chain and sprockets, drive tighteners and idlers, mechanical CAM clutches, and torque overload devices. Our products serve a wide range of industries and applications, such as the following: aggregate, forestry and wood products, grain and biofuels, power generation, food and beverage, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration ("HVACR").

Gearboxes for motion control within complex equipment and systems used for a variety of applications. We provide a wide array of gear types, shaft configurations, ratios, housing materials and mounting methods. Right angle worm gear and bevel units can be specified for less than 100 inch lbs. of torque to over 132,000 inch lbs. of torque. Helical gear units are offered from 100 inch lbs. to over 500,000 inch lbs. of torque. Our products include worm gearing, shaft mount reducers, helical concentric and right angle, bevel and miter gearing, center pivot gearing, and open gearing. This gearing reduces the speed and increases the torque from an electric motor or other prime mover to meet the requirements of equipment.

Many of our products are originally sold and installed into OEM equipment within these industries. Our reputation and long history of providing highly reliable products creates an end user specification for replacement through the distribution channel. We also provide application and design assistance based on our deep knowledge of our products and their applications.
 
OEMs and end users of a variety of motion control and other industrial applications typically combine the types of motors, controls and power transmission products we offer. We seek to take advantage of this practice and to enhance our product penetration by leveraging cross-marketing and product line combination opportunities between our Commercial and Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solution products. Our growth strategy also includes (i) driving organic sales growth through the introduction of innovative new products, (ii) establishing and maintaining new customers, as well as developing new

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opportunities with existing customers, (iii) participating in higher growth geographic markets, and (iv) identifying and consummating strategic, value creating acquisitions.
Acquisitions
In 2016, we completed one acquisition in the Climate Solutions segment.
On January 18, 2016, the Company purchased the remaining shares owned by the joint venture partner in its Elco Group B.V. (“Elco”) joint venture increasing the Company’s ownership from 55.0% to 100.0% for $19.6 million. The purchase price of Elco is reflected as a component of equity.
In 2015, we completed one acquisition in the Power Transmissions Solutions segment.

On January 30, 2015, we acquired the Power Transmissions Solutions ("PTS") business from Emerson Electric Co. ("The PTS Acquisition") for $1,408.9 million. PTS designs, manufactures, and sells and services belt and chain drives, helical and worm gearing, mounted and unmounted bearings, standard and highly engineered, high performance couplings, modular plastic belts and conveying chains and components.

Divestitures
In 2016, we completed two divestitures.
On June 1, 2016, the Company sold its Mastergear Worldwide ("Mastergear") business to Rotork PLC for a purchase price of $25.7 million. Mastergear was included in the Company's Power Transmission Solutions segment. Gains related to the sale of $0.1 million and $11.6 million were recorded as a reduction to Operating Expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Income during fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively.

On July 7, 2016, the Company sold the assets of its Venezuelan subsidiary, which had been included in the Company's Commercial and Industrial Systems segment, to a private company for $3.0 million. Of this amount, $1.0 million was received on the transaction closing date and $2.0 million will be paid in 24 monthly installments. The Company may receive additional amounts in the future related to certain accounts receivable of this business. The gains will be recognized as the cash is received. The Company wrote down its investment and ceased operations of this subsidiary in 2015.


Sales, Marketing and Distribution
We sell our products directly to OEMs, distributors and end-users. We have multiple business units and each unit typically has its own branded product offering and sales organization. These sales organizations consist of varying combinations of our own internal direct sales people as well as exclusive and non-exclusive manufacturers' representative organizations.
We operate large distribution facilities in Plainfield, Indiana; McAllen, Texas; LaVergne, Tennessee; Florence, Kentucky; and Monterrey, Mexico which serve as hubs for our North American distribution and logistics operations. Products are shipped from these facilities to our customers utilizing common carriers and our limited fleet of trucks and trailers. We also operate numerous warehouse and distribution facilities in our global markets to service the needs of our customers. In addition, we have many manufacturer representatives' warehouses located in specific geographic areas to serve local customers.
We derive a significant portion of revenue from our OEM customers. In our HVAC business, our reliance on sales to key OEM customers makes our relationship with each of these customers important to our business, and we expect this customer concentration will continue for the foreseeable future in this portion of our business. Despite this relative concentration, we had no customer that accounted for more than 10% of our consolidated net sales in fiscal 2017, fiscal 2016 or fiscal 2015.
Many of our motors are incorporated into residential applications that OEMs sell to end users. The number of installations of new and replacement HVAC systems, pool pumps and related components is higher during the spring and summer seasons due to the increased use of air conditioning and swimming pools during warmer months. As a result, our revenues tend to be higher in the second and third quarters.
Competition
Commercial and Industrial Systems Segment
Electric motor manufacturing is a highly competitive global industry in which there is emphasis on quality, reliability, and technological capabilities such as energy efficiency, delivery performance, price and service. We compete with a growing number

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of domestic and international competitors due in part to the nature of the products we manufacture and the wide variety of applications and customers we serve. Many manufacturers of electric motors operate production facilities in many different countries, producing products for both the domestic and export markets. On balance, the demarcation between domestic US and foreign manufacturers is blurring as competition becomes increasingly global. Electric motor manufacturers from abroad, particularly those located in Europe, Brazil, China, India and elsewhere in Asia, provide increased competition as they expand their market penetration around the world, especially in North America.

Our major competitors in the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment include Wolong Electric Group Ltd., Kirloskar Brothers Limited, Crompton Greaves Limited, Lafert, ABB Ltd., Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, Siemens AG, Toshiba Corporation, Cummins, Inc., Leroy-Somer (a division of Nidec Corporation), TECHTOP Electric Motors, Weg S.A., Hyundai, Ziehl-Abegg, and Teco-Westinghouse Motor Company.

Climate Solutions Segment

Our major competitors in the Climate Solutions segment include US Motors (a division of Nidec Corporation), Broad-Ocean Motor Co., ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co.KG, Welling Holding Ltd., McMillan Motors, Panasonic Corporation, and Bluffton Motor Works.

Power Transmission Solutions Segment

The power transmission products market is fragmented. Many competitors in the market offer limited product lines or serve specific applications, industries or geographic markets. Other larger competitors offer broader product lines that serve multiple end uses in multiple geographies. Competition in the Power Transmission Solutions segment is based on several factors including quality, lead times, custom engineering capability, pricing, reliability, and customer and engineering support. Our major competitors in the Power Transmission Solutions segment include Altra Industrial Motion, Inc., Dodge (a subsidiary of ABB Ltd.), Rexnord Corporation, and Timken Company.

Engineering, Research and Development
We believe that innovation is critical to our future growth and success and are committed to investing in new products, technologies and processes that deliver real value to our customers. Our research and development expenses consist primarily of costs for (i) salaries and related personnel expenses; (ii) the design and development of new energy efficiency products and enhancements; (iii) quality assurance and testing; and (iv) other related overhead. Our research and development efforts tend to be targeted toward developing new products that would allow us to gain additional market share, whether in new or existing segments.
We believe the key driver of our innovation strategy is the development of products that include energy efficiency, embedded intelligence and variable speed technology solutions. With our emphasis on product development and innovation, our businesses filed 46 Non-Provisional United States patents, 14 Provisional United States patents and an additional 77 Non-Provisional foreign patents in fiscal 2017.
Each of our business units has its own, as well as shared, product development and design teams that continuously work to enhance our existing products and develop new products for our growing base of customers that require custom and standard solutions. We believe we have state of the art product development and testing laboratories. We believe these capabilities provide a significant competitive advantage in the development of high quality motors, electric generators, controls and mechanical products incorporating leading design characteristics such as low vibration, low noise, improved safety, reliability, sustainability and enhanced energy efficiency.

For fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, research and development expenses, which are solely focused on products or processes that are entirely innovative to our Company or to our industry, were $29.9 million, $29.5 million and $30.1 million, respectively. For the same periods, total research and development and other engineering expenses, which include product and process improvements, were $80.2 million, $77.3 million and $78.7 million, respectively.

Manufacturing and Operations
We have developed and acquired global operations in locations such as China, Mexico, Europe, India and Thailand so that we can sell our products in these faster growing markets, follow our multinational customers, take advantage of global talent and complement our flexible, rapid response operations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Our vertically integrated manufacturing operations, including our own aluminum die casting and steel stamping operations, are an important element of our rapid response capabilities. In addition, we have an extensive internal logistics operation and a network of distribution facilities with the capability to modify stock products to quickly meet specific customer requirements in many instances. This gives us the

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ability to efficiently and promptly deliver a customer's unique product to the desired location.
We manufacture a majority of the products that we sell, but also strategically outsource components and finished goods from an established global network of suppliers. We aggressively pursue global sourcing to reduce our overall costs. We generally maintain a dual sourcing capability in our existing domestic facilities to ensure a reliable supply source for our customers, although we do depend on a limited number of key suppliers for certain materials and components. We regularly invest in machinery and equipment to improve and maintain our facilities. Additionally, we have typically obtained significant amounts of quality capital equipment as part of our acquisitions, often increasing overall capacity and capability. Base materials for our products consist primarily of steel, copper and aluminum. Additionally, significant components of our product costs consist of bearings, electronics, permanent magnets and ferrous and non-ferrous castings.
We use our Regal Business System to drive Performance Excellence. Our Regal Business System provides us with a common language and a common set of business processes, disciplines and Lean Six Sigma tools. It consists of a set of standard reviews throughout the year to assess team progress in serving our customers, shareholders and employees. It is a significant part of our culture and fuels our continuous performance improvements. We believe our people are at the core of everything we do, and their deployment of these tools lead to operational excellence. We have invested in training hundreds of high energy teams, which have generated significant benefits and driven improvements in safety, speed, quality and cost.

Facilities
We have manufacturing, sales and service facilities in the United States, Mexico, China, Europe, India, Thailand, and Australia, as well as a number of other locations throughout the world. Our Commercial and Industrial Systems segment currently includes 99 manufacturing, service, office and distribution facilities of which 39 are principal manufacturing facilities and 15 are principal warehouse facilities. The Commercial and Industrial Systems segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 7.9 million square feet of space, of which approximately 33% are leased. Our Climate Solutions segment includes 37 manufacturing, service, office and distribution facilities, of which 17 are principal manufacturing facilities and 5 are principal warehouse facilities. The Climate Solutions segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 3.0 million square feet of space, of which approximately 51% are leased. Our Power Transmission Solutions segment currently includes 30 manufacturing, service, office and distribution facilities of which 17 are principal manufacturing facilities and 3 are principal warehouse facilities. The Power Transmission Solutions segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 3.2 million square feet of space, of which approximately 13% are leased. Our principal executive offices are located in Beloit, Wisconsin in an approximately 50,000 square foot owned office building. We believe our equipment and facilities are well maintained and adequate for our present needs.

Backlog
Our business units have historically shipped the majority of their products in the month the order is received. As of December 30, 2017, our backlog was $447.2 million, as compared to $355.8 million on December 31, 2016. We believe that virtually all of our backlog will be shipped in 2018.

Patents, Trademarks and Licenses
We own a number of United States patents and foreign patents relating to our businesses. While we believe that our patents provide certain competitive advantages, we do not consider any one patent or group of patents essential to our business as a whole. We also use various registered and unregistered trademarks, and we believe these trademarks are significant in the marketing of most of our products. However, we believe the successful manufacture and sale of our products generally depends more upon our technological, manufacturing and marketing skills.

Employees
At the end of fiscal 2017, we employed approximately 23,600 employees worldwide. Of those employees, approximately 10,500 were located in Mexico; approximately 5,400 in the United States; approximately 3,800 in China; approximately 1,300 in India; and approximately 2,600 in the rest of the world. We consider our employee relations to be very good.

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Executive Officers
The names, ages, and positions of our executive officers as of February 27, 2018 are listed below along with their business experience during the past five years. Officers are elected annually by the Board of Directors. There are no family relationships among these officers, nor any arrangements of understanding between any officer and any other persons pursuant to which the officer was elected.

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Executive Officer
 
Age
 
Position
 
 Business Experience and Principal Occupation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark J. Gliebe
 
57
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
 
Elected Chairman of the Board on December 31, 2011. Elected President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2011. Previously elected President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2005. Joined the Company in January 2005 as Vice President and President - Electric Motors Group, following the acquisition of the HVAC motors and capacitors businesses from General Electric. Previously employed by GE as the General Manager of GE Motors & Controls in the GE Consumer & Industrial business unit from June 2000 to December 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jonathan J. Schlemmer
 
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Chief Operating Officer
 
Elected Chief Operating Officer in May 2011. Prior thereto served as the Company's Senior Vice President - Asia Pacific from January 2010 to May 2011. Prior thereto, served as the Company's Vice President - Technology from 2005 to January 2010. Before joining the Company, Mr. Schlemmer worked for General Electric in its electric motors business in a variety of roles including quality, Six Sigma and engineering.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles A. Hinrichs
 
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Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
Joined the Company and was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hinrichs was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, where he worked from 1995 to 2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas E. Valentyn
 
58
 
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
 
Joined the Company in December 2013 as Associate General Counsel and was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in May 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Valentyn was General Counsel with Twin Disc, Inc. from 2007 to 2013. From 2000 to 2007 he served as Vice President and General Counsel with Norlight Telecommunications; prior thereto he served as in-house counsel with Johnson Controls, Inc. from 1991-2000.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Terry R. Colvin
 
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Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
 
Joined the Company in September 2006 and was elected Vice President, Corporate Human Resources in January 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Colvin was an employee of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation for over seventeen years. He served in several human resources positions for Sigma-Aldrich, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources from 1995 to 2003.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John M. Avampato
 
57
 
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
 
Joined the Company in 2006 as Vice President Information Technology. Appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer in January 2008. In April 2010, Mr. Avampato was elected as an officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Avampato was employed with Newell Rubbermaid from 1984 to 2006 where he was Vice President, Chief Information Officer from 1999 to 2006.
As previously reported, Mr. Hinrichs will retire as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on March 31, 2018, and Mr. Robert J. Rehard, currently Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis, will be promoted to the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective April 1, 2018.


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Website Disclosure
Our Internet address is www.regalbeloit.com. We make available free of charge (other than an investor's own Internet access charges) through our Internet website our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish such material to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, we have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to our officers, directors and employees which satisfies the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange regarding a “code of business conduct.” We have also adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines addressing the subjects required by the New York Stock Exchange. We make copies of the foregoing, as well as the charters of our Board committees, available free of charge on our website. We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirements under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K regarding amendments to, or waivers from, our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics by posting such information on our web site at the address stated above. We are not including the information contained on or available through our website as a part of, or incorporating such information by reference into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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ITEM 1A - RISK FACTORS
You should carefully consider each of the risks described below, together with all of the other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, before making an investment decision with respect to our securities. If any of the following risks develop into actual events, our business, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flow could be materially and adversely affected and you may lose all or part of your investment.
We expect to incur costs and charges as a result of restructuring activities such as facilities and operations consolidations and workforce reductions that we expect will reduce on-going costs, and those restructuring activities also may be disruptive to our business and may not result in anticipated cost savings.

We have been consolidating facilities and operations in an effort to make our business more efficient and expect to continue to review our overall manufacturing footprint. We have incurred, and expect in the future to incur, additional costs and restructuring charges in connection with such consolidations, workforce reductions and other cost reduction measures that have adversely affected and, to the extent incurred in the future would adversely affect, our future earnings and cash flows. Furthermore, such actions may be disruptive to our business. This may result in production inefficiencies, product quality issues, late product deliveries or lost orders as we begin production at consolidated facilities, which would adversely impact our sales levels, operating results and operating margins. In addition, we may not realize the cost savings that we expect to realize as a result of such actions.

As a result of the increase in our debt levels and debt service obligations in connection with our acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions business, we may have less cash flow available for our business operations, we could become increasingly vulnerable to general adverse economic and industry conditions and interest rate trends, and our ability to obtain future financing may be limited.

At the beginning of fiscal 2015, we significantly increased our overall debt levels in connection with financing the acquisition of PTS. As of December 30, 2017, we had $1.1 billion in aggregate debt outstanding under our various financing arrangements, $139.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $475.0 million in available borrowings under our current revolving credit facility. Our ability to make required payments of principal and interest on our increased debt levels will depend on our future performance, which, to a certain extent, is subject to general economic, financial, competitive and other factors that are beyond our control. We cannot assure you that our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations or that future borrowings will be available under our current credit facilities in an amount sufficient to enable us to service our indebtedness or to fund our other liquidity needs. In addition, our credit facilities contain financial and restrictive covenants that could limit our ability to, among other things, borrow additional funds or take advantage of business opportunities. Our failure to comply with such covenants could result in an event of default that, if not cured or waived, could result in the acceleration of all our indebtedness or otherwise have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and debt service capability. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations-Liquidity and Capital Resources.” Our increased indebtedness may have important consequences. For example, it could:

make it more challenging for us to obtain additional financing to fund our business strategy and acquisitions, debt service requirements, capital expenditures and working capital;
increase our vulnerability to interest rate changes and general adverse economic and industry conditions;
require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to service our indebtedness, thereby reducing the availability of our cash flow to finance acquisitions and to fund working capital, capital expenditures, manufacturing capacity expansion, business integration, research and development efforts and other general corporate activities;
limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and our markets; and
place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to our competitors that have less debt.
 
In addition, our credit facilities require us to maintain specified financial ratios and satisfy certain financial condition tests, which may require that we take action to reduce our debt or to act in a manner contrary to our business strategies. If an event of default under our credit facility or senior notes were to occur then, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding under the applicable agreement, together with accrued interest, to be immediately due and payable.

We operate in the highly competitive global electric motor, drives and controls, power generation and power transmission industries.

The global electric motors, drives and controls, power generation and power transmission industries are highly competitive. We encounter a wide variety of domestic and international competitors due in part to the nature of the products we manufacture and the wide variety of applications and customers we serve. In order to compete effectively, we must retain relationships with major customers and establish relationships with new customers, including those in developing countries. Moreover, in certain

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applications, customers exercise significant power over business terms. It may be difficult in the short-term for us to obtain new sales to replace any decline in the sale of existing products that may be lost to competitors. Our failure to compete effectively may reduce our revenues, profitability and cash flow, and pricing pressures resulting from competition may adversely impact our profitability.

We have continued to see a trend with certain customers who are attempting to reduce the number of vendors from which they purchase product in order to reduce their costs and diversify their risk. As a result, we may lose market share to our competitors in some of the markets in which we compete.

In addition, some of our competitors are larger and have greater financial and other resources than we do. There can be no assurance that our products will be able to compete successfully with the products of these other companies.

Our ability to establish, grow and maintain customer relationships depends in part on our ability to develop new products and product enhancements based on technological innovation.

The electric motor and power transmission industries in recent years have seen significant evolution and innovation, particularly with respect to increasing energy efficiency and control enhancements. Our ability to effectively compete in these industries depends in part on our ability to continue to develop new technologies and innovative products and product enhancements. Further, many large customers in these industries generally desire to purchase from companies that can offer a broad product range, which means we must continue to develop our expertise in order to design, manufacture and sell these products successfully. This requires that we make significant investments in engineering, manufacturing, customer service, and support, research and development and intellectual property protection, and there can be no assurance that in the future we will have sufficient resources to continue to make such investments. If we are unable to meet the needs of our customers for innovative products or product variety, or if our products become technologically obsolete over time due to the development by our competitors of technological breakthroughs or otherwise, our revenues and results of operations may be adversely affected. In addition, we may incur significant costs and devote significant resources to the development of products that ultimately are not accepted in the marketplace, do not provide anticipated enhancements, or do not lead to significant revenue, which may adversely impact our results of operations.

Our dependence on, and the price of, raw materials may adversely affect our gross margins.

Many of the products we produce contain key materials such as steel, copper, aluminum and rare earth metals. Market prices for those materials can be volatile due to changes in supply and demand, manufacturing and other costs, regulations and tariffs, economic conditions and other circumstances. We may not be able to offset any increase in commodity costs through pricing actions, productivity enhancements or other means, and increasing commodity costs may have an adverse impact on our gross margins, which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

In each of our Climate Solutions and Commercial and Industrial Systems segments, we depend on revenues from several significant customers, and any loss, cancellation or reduction of, or delay in, purchases by these customers may have a material adverse effect on our business.

We derive a significant portion of the revenues of our motor businesses from several key OEM customers. Our success will depend on our continued ability to develop and manage relationships with these customers. We expect this customer concentration will continue for the foreseeable future. Our reliance on sales from customers makes our relationship with each of these customers important to our business. We cannot assure you that we will be able to retain these key customers. Some of our customers may in the future shift some or all of their purchases of products from us to our competitors or to other sources. The loss of one or more of our large customers, any reduction or delay in sales to these customers, our inability to develop relationships successfully with additional customers, or future price concessions that we may make could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

We manufacture a significant portion of our products outside the United States, and political, societal or economic instability may present additional risks to our business.
Approximately 18,200 of our approximate 23,600 total employees and 63 of our principal manufacturing and warehouse facilities are located outside the United States. International operations generally are subject to various risks, including political, societal and economic instability, local labor market conditions, breakdowns in trade relations, the imposition of tariffs and other trade restrictions, lack of reliable legal systems, ownership restrictions, the impact of government regulations, the effects of income and withholding taxes, governmental expropriation or nationalization, and differences in business practices. We may incur increased costs and experience delays or disruptions in product deliveries and payments in connection with international manufacturing and sales that could cause loss of revenue. Unfavorable changes in the political, regulatory and business climates in countries where

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we have operations could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

We may encounter difficulties in integrating the operations of acquired businesses which may have a material adverse impact on our future growth and operating performance.

Over the past several years, as part of our strategic growth plans, we have acquired multiple businesses. Some of those acquisitions have been significant to our overall growth, such as the acquisition of PTS in fiscal 2015. The full realization of the expected benefits and synergies of PTS and other acquisitions requires integration over time of certain aspects of the manufacturing, engineering, administrative, sales and marketing and distribution functions of the acquired businesses, as well as some integration of information systems platforms and processes. Complete and successful integration of acquired businesses, and realization of expected synergies, can be a long and difficult process and may require substantial attention from our management team and involve substantial expenditures and include additional operational expenses. Even if we are able to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses, we may not be able to realize the expected benefits and synergies of the acquisition, either in the amount of time or within the expected time frame, or at all, and the costs of achieving these benefits may be higher than, and the timing may differ from, what we initially expect. Our ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies from the acquisitions may be affected by a number of factors, including:

the use of more cash or other financial resources, and additional management time, attention and distraction, on integration and implementation activities than we expect, including restructuring and other exit costs;
increases in other expenses related to an acquisition, which may offset any potential cost savings and other synergies from the acquisition;
our ability to realize anticipated levels of sales in emerging markets like China and India;
our ability to avoid labor disruptions or disputes in connection with any integration;
the timing and impact of purchase accounting adjustments;
difficulties in employee or management integration; and
unanticipated liabilities associated with acquired businesses.

Any potential cost-saving opportunities may take at least several quarters following an acquisition to implement, and any results of these actions may not be realized for at least several quarters following implementation. We cannot assure you that we will be able to successfully integrate the operations of our acquired businesses, that we will be able to realize any anticipated benefits and synergies from acquisitions or that we will be able to operate acquired businesses as profitably as anticipated.

A small portion of our total sales comes directly from customers in the oil and gas industry. A significant or prolonged decline in oil and gas prices could result in lower capital expenditures by those customers, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

A small portion of our total sales is dependent directly upon the level of capital expenditures by customers in the oil and gas industry. A significant or prolonged drop in the prevailing market price of oil or gas, such as the drop in oil prices experienced in 2015-2016, may result in some of those customers delaying, canceling or modifying projects, or may result in nonpayment of, amounts that are owed to us. These effects could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

We sell certain products for high volume applications, and any failure of those products to perform as anticipated could result in significant liability and expenses that may adversely affect our business and results of operations.

We manufacture and sell a number of products for high volume applications, including electric motors used in pools and spas, residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Any failure of those products to perform as anticipated could result in significant product liability, product recall or rework, or other costs. The costs of product recalls and reworks are not generally covered by insurance. If we were to experience a product recall or rework in connection with products of high volume applications, our financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
 
One of our subsidiaries that we acquired in 2007 is subject to numerous claims filed in various jurisdictions relating to certain sub-fractional motors that were primarily manufactured through 2004 and that were included as components of residential and commercial ventilation units manufactured and sold in high volumes by a third party. These ventilation units are subject to regulation by government agencies such as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”). The claims generally allege that the ventilation units were the cause of fires. Based on the current facts, we cannot assure you that these claims, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on our subsidiary's results of operations, financial condition or cash flows. We cannot reasonably predict the outcome of these claims, the nature or extent of any CPSC or other remedial actions, if any, that our

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subsidiary or we on their behalf may need to undertake with respect to motors that remain in the field, or the costs that may be incurred, some of which could be significant.

We are subject to litigation, including product liability and warranty claims that may adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
We are, from time to time, a party to litigation that arises in the normal course of our business operations, including product warranty and liability claims, contract disputes and environmental, asbestos, employment and other litigation matters. We face an inherent business risk of exposure to product liability and warranty claims in the event that the use of our products is alleged to have resulted in injury or other damage. While we currently maintain general liability and product liability insurance coverage in amounts that we believe are adequate, we cannot assure you that we will be able to maintain this insurance on acceptable terms or that this insurance will provide sufficient coverage against potential liabilities that may arise. Any product liability claim may also include the imposition of punitive damages, the award of which, pursuant to certain state laws, may not be covered by insurance. Any claims brought against us, with or without merit, may have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations as a result of potential adverse outcomes, the expenses associated with defending such claims, the diversion of our management's resources and time and the potential adverse effect to our business reputation.
 
We depend on certain key suppliers, and any loss of those suppliers or their failure to meet commitments may adversely affect our business and results of operations.

We are dependent on a single or limited number of suppliers for some materials or components required in the manufacture of our products. If any of those suppliers fail to meet their commitments to us in terms of delivery or quality, we may experience supply shortages that could result in our inability to meet our customers' requirements, or could otherwise experience an interruption in our operations that could negatively impact our business and results of operations.

Infringement of our intellectual property by third parties may harm our competitive position, and we may incur significant costs associated with the protection and preservation of our intellectual property.

We own or otherwise have rights in a number of patents and trademarks relating to the products we manufacture, which have been obtained over a period of years, and we continue to actively pursue patents in connection with new product development and to acquire additional patents and trademarks through the acquisitions of other businesses. These patents and trademarks have been of value in the growth of our business and may continue to be of value in the future. Our inability to protect this intellectual property generally, or the illegal breach of some or a large group of our intellectual property rights, would have an adverse effect on our business. In addition, there can be no assurance that our intellectual property will not be challenged, invalidated, circumvented or designed-around, particularly in countries where intellectual property rights are not highly developed or protected. We have incurred in the past and may incur in the future significant costs associated with defending challenges to our intellectual property or enforcing our intellectual property rights, which could adversely impact our cash flow and results of operations.

Third parties may claim that we are infringing their intellectual property rights and we could incur significant costs and expenses or be prevented from selling certain products.
We may be subject to claims from third parties that our products or technologies infringe on their intellectual property rights or that we have misappropriated intellectual property rights. If we are involved in a dispute or litigation relating to infringement of third party intellectual property rights, we could incur significant costs in defending against those claims. Our intellectual property portfolio may not be useful in asserting a counterclaim, or negotiating a license, in response to a claim of infringement or misappropriation. In addition, as a result of such claims of infringement or misappropriation, we could lose our rights to technology that are important to our business, or be required to pay damages or license fees with respect to the infringed rights or be required to redesign our products at substantial cost, any of which could adversely impact our cash flows and results of operations.

We may suffer losses as a result of foreign currency fluctuations.
The net assets, net earnings and cash flows from our foreign subsidiaries are based on the US dollar equivalent of such amounts measured in the applicable functional currency. These foreign operations have the potential to impact our financial position due to fluctuations in the local currency arising from the process of re-measuring the local functional currency in the US dollar. Any increase in the value of the US dollar in relation to the value of the local currency, whether by means of market conditions or governmental actions such as currency devaluations, will adversely affect our revenues from our foreign operations when translated into US dollars. Similarly, any decrease in the value of the US dollar in relation to the value of the local currency will increase our operating costs in foreign operations, to the extent such costs are payable in foreign currency, when translated into US dollars.

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Businesses that we have acquired or that we may acquire in the future may have liabilities which are not known to us.
We have assumed liabilities of acquired businesses and may assume liabilities of businesses that we acquire in the future. There may be liabilities or risks that we fail, or are unable, to discover, or that we underestimate, in the course of performing our due diligence investigations of acquired businesses. Additionally, businesses that we have acquired or may acquire in the future may have made previous acquisitions, and we will be subject to certain liabilities and risks relating to these prior acquisitions as well. We cannot assure you that our rights to indemnification contained in definitive acquisition agreements that we have entered or may enter into will be sufficient in amount, scope or duration to fully offset the possible liabilities associated with the business or property acquired. Any such liabilities, individually or in the aggregate, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. As we begin to operate acquired businesses, we may learn additional information about them that adversely affects us, such as unknown or contingent liabilities, issues relating to compliance with applicable laws or issues related to ongoing customer relationships or order demand.

Goodwill and indefinite-lived trade name intangibles comprise a significant portion of our total assets, and if we determine that goodwill and indefinite-lived trade name intangibles have become impaired in the future, our results of operations and financial condition in such years may be materially and adversely affected.
Goodwill represents the excess of cost over the fair market value of net assets acquired in business combinations. Indefinite-lived trade name intangibles represent long-standing brands acquired in business combinations and assumed to have indefinite lives. We review goodwill and indefinite-lived trade name intangibles at least annually for impairment and any excess in carrying value over the estimated fair value is charged to the results of operations. Our estimates of fair value are based on assumptions about the future operating cash flows, growth rates, discount rates applied to these cash flows and current market estimates of value. A reduction in net income resulting from the write down or impairment of goodwill or indefinite-lived trade name intangibles would affect financial results and could have a material and adverse impact upon the market price of our common stock. If we are required to record a significant charge to earnings in our consolidated financial statements because an impairment of goodwill or indefinite-lived trade name intangibles is determined, our results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

Commodity, currency and interest rate hedging activities may adversely impact our financial performance as a result of changes in global commodity prices, interest rates and currency rates.
We use derivative financial instruments in order to reduce the substantial effects of currency and commodity fluctuations and interest rate exposure on our cash flow and financial condition. These instruments may include foreign currency and commodity forward contracts, currency swap agreements and currency option contracts, as well as interest rate swap agreements. We have entered into, and expect to continue to enter into, such hedging arrangements. While limiting to some degree our risk fluctuations in currency exchange, commodity price and interest rates by utilizing such hedging instruments, we potentially forgo benefits that might result from other fluctuations in currency exchange, commodity and interest rates. We also are exposed to the risk that counterparties to hedging contracts will default on their obligations. We manage exposure to counterparty credit risk by limiting our counterparties to major international banks and financial institutions meeting established credit guidelines. However, any default by such counterparties might have an adverse effect on us.

We may incur costs or suffer reputational damage due to improper conduct of our employees, agents or business partners.
We are subject to a variety of domestic and foreign laws, rules and regulations relating to improper payments to government officials, bribery, anti-kickback and false claims rules, competition, export and import compliance, money laundering and data privacy. If our employees, agents or business partners engage in activities in violation of these laws, rules or regulations, we may be subject to civil or criminal fines or penalties or other sanctions, may incur costs associated with government investigations, or may suffer damage to our reputation.

Sales of products incorporated into HVAC systems and other residential applications are seasonal and affected by the weather; mild or cooler weather could have an adverse effect on our operating performance.
Many of our motors are incorporated into HVAC systems and other residential applications that OEMs sell to end users. The number of installations of new and replacement HVAC systems or components and other residential applications is higher during the spring and summer seasons due to the increased use of air conditioning during warmer months. Mild or cooler weather conditions during the spring and summer season often result in end users deferring the purchase of new or replacement HVAC systems or

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components. As a result, prolonged periods of mild or cooler weather conditions in the spring or summer season in broad geographical areas could have a negative impact on the demand for our HVAC motors and, therefore, could have an adverse effect on our operating performance. In addition, due to variations in weather conditions from year to year, our operating performance in any single year may not be indicative of our performance in any future year.

We may be adversely impacted by an inability to identify and complete acquisitions.

A substantial portion of our growth has come through acquisitions, and an important part of our growth strategy is based upon our ability to execute future acquisitions. We may not be able to identify and successfully negotiate suitable acquisitions, obtain financing for future acquisitions on satisfactory terms or otherwise complete acquisitions in the future. If we are unable to successfully complete acquisitions, our ability to grow our company may be limited.


Our success is highly dependent on qualified and sufficient staffing. Our failure to attract or retain qualified personnel could lead to a loss of revenue or profitability.

Our success depends, in part, on the efforts and abilities of our senior management team and key employees. Their skills, experience and industry contacts significantly benefit our operations and administration. The failure to attract or retain members of our senior management team and key employees could have a negative effect on our operating results.


Our operations are highly dependent on information technology infrastructure, and failures, attacks or breaches could significantly affect our business.

We depend heavily on our information technology infrastructure in order to achieve our business objectives. If we experience a problem that impairs this infrastructure, such as a computer virus, a problem with the functioning of an important IT application, or an intentional disruption of our IT systems by a third party, the resulting disruptions could impede our ability to record or process orders, manufacture and ship in a timely manner, or otherwise carry on our business in the ordinary course. Any such events could cause us to lose customers or revenue and could require us to incur significant expense to eliminate these problems and address related security concerns.

IT security threats via computer malware and other “cyber attacks,” which are increasing in both frequency and sophistication, could also result in unauthorized disclosures of information and create financial liability, subject us to legal or regulatory sanctions, or damage our reputation. While we continuously seek to maintain robust information security mechanisms and controls, the impact of a material IT event could have a material adverse effect on our competitive position, results of operations, financial condition and cash flow.

We are in the process of implementing a global Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) system that will redesign and deploy a common information system over a period of several years. The process of implementation can be costly and can divert the attention of management from the day-to-day operations of the business. As we implement the ERP system, some elements may not perform as expected. This could have an adverse effect on our business.


Worldwide economic conditions may adversely affect our industry, business and results of operations.

General economic conditions and conditions in the global financial markets can affect our results of operations. Deterioration in the global economy could lead to higher unemployment, lower consumer spending and reduced investment by businesses, and could lead our customers to slow spending on our products or make it difficult for our customers, our vendors and us to accurately forecast and plan future business activities. Worsening economic conditions could also affect the financial viability of our suppliers, some of which we may consider key suppliers. If the commercial and industrial, residential HVAC, power generation and power transmission markets significantly deteriorate, our business, financial condition and results of operations will likely be materially and adversely affected. Additionally, our stock price could decrease if investors have concerns that our business, financial condition and results of operations will be negatively impacted by a worldwide economic downturn.


We may be adversely affected by environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.


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We are subject to various laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and human health and safety and have incurred and will continue to incur capital and other expenditures to comply with these regulations. Failure to comply with any environmental regulations, including more stringent environmental laws that may be imposed in the future, could subject us to future liabilities, fines or penalties or the suspension of production. In addition, if environmental and human health and safety laws and regulations are repealed, made less burdensome or implemented at a later date, demand for our products designed to comply with such regulations may be unfavorably impacted.


Our operations can be negatively impacted by natural disasters, terrorism, acts of war, international conflict, political and governmental actions which could harm our business.

Natural disasters, acts or threats of war or terrorism, international conflicts, and the actions taken by the United States and other governments in response to such events could cause damage or disrupt our business operations, our suppliers, or our customers, and could create political or economic instability, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business. Although it is not possible to predict such events or their consequences, these events could decrease demand for our products, could make it difficult or impossible for us to deliver products, or could disrupt our supply chain. We may also be negatively impacted by actions by the United States or foreign governments which could disrupt manufacturing and commercial operations, including policy changes affecting taxation, trade, immigration, currency devaluation, tariffs and the like.

We are subject to changes in legislative, regulatory and legal developments involving income and other taxes.
We are subject to US federal, state, and international income, payroll, property, sales and use, fuel, and other types of taxes. Changes in tax rates, enactment of new tax laws, revisions of tax regulations, and claims or litigation with taxing authorities could result in substantially higher taxes, could have a negative impact on our ability to compete in the global marketplace, and could have a significant adverse effect on our results or operations, financial conditions and liquidity.

We are subject to tax laws and regulations in many jurisdictions and the inability to successfully defend claims from taxing authorities related to our current and/or acquired businesses could adversely affect our operating results and financial position.
A significant amount of our revenue is generated from customers located outside of the United States, and an increasingly greater portion of our assets and employees are located outside of the United States which requires us to interpret the income tax laws and rulings in each of those taxing jurisdictions. Due to the subjectivity of tax laws between those jurisdictions as well as the subjectivity of factual interpretations, our estimates of income tax liabilities may differ from actual payments or assessments. Claims from taxing authorities related to these differences could have an adverse impact on our operating results and financial position.

The effect of recent US Tax Reform legislation is subject to continued regulatory and interpretive guidance, which could impact our financial results.
On December 22, 2017, the US government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act contains significant changes to corporate taxation including, among other things, reduction of the US corporate tax rate from a top marginal rate of 35% to a flat rate of 21%, limitation of the tax deduction for interest expense (except for certain small businesses), limitation of the deduction for future net operating losses to 80% of current year taxable income and elimination of net operating loss carrybacks, one time taxation of foreign earnings at reduced rates regardless of whether they are repatriated, elimination of US tax on foreign earnings (subject to certain exceptions), immediate deductions for certain new investments instead of deductions over time, and modifying or repealing many business deductions and credits. Notwithstanding the reduction in the corporate income tax rate, the overall impact of the new federal tax law is uncertain and our business and financial condition could be adversely affected. In addition, it is uncertain if and to what extent various states will conform to the newly enacted federal tax law. Financial results for fiscal 2017 reflect provisional estimates based on our initial analysis and current interpretation of the legislation. Given the complexity of the legislation, anticipated guidance from the US Treasury, and the potential for additional guidance from the SEC or the Financial Accounting Standards Board, these provisional estimates may be adjusted during fiscal 2018.

Our stock may be subject to significant fluctuations and volatility.

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The market price of shares of our common stock may be volatile. Among the factors that could affect our common stock price are those discussed above under “Risk Factors” as well as:
domestic and international economic and political factors unrelated to our performance;
quarterly fluctuation in our operating income and earnings per share results;
decline in demand for our products;
significant strategic actions by our competitors, including new product introductions or technological advances;
fluctuations in interest rates;
cost increases in energy, raw materials, intermediate components or materials, or labor; and
changes in revenue or earnings estimates or publication of research reports by analysts.

In addition, stock markets may experience extreme volatility that may be unrelated to the operating performance of particular companies. These broad market fluctuations may adversely affect the trading price of our common stock.

ITEM 1B - UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
None.



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ITEM 2 - PROPERTIES
Our principal executive offices are located in Beloit, Wisconsin in an owned office building with approximately 50,000 square feet. We have manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout the United States and in Mexico, China, Europe, India, Thailand, and Australia.
Our Commercial and Industrial Systems segment currently includes 99 facilities, of which 39 are principal manufacturing facilities and 15 are principal warehouse facilities. The Commercial and Industrial Systems segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 7.9 million square feet of space, of which approximately 33% are leased.
The following represents our principal manufacturing and warehouse facilities in the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment (square footage in millions):
 
 
 
 
Square Footage
Location
 
Facilities
 
Total
 
Owned
 
Leased
US
 
12
 
2.3
 
1.4
 
0.9
Mexico
 
11
 
1.3
 
0.7
 
0.6
China
 
8
 
1.8
 
1.7
 
0.1
India
 
3
 
0.6
 
0.5
 
0.1
Europe
 
2
 
0.2
 
0.2
 
Other
 
18
 
0.8
 
0.3
 
0.5
Total
 
54
 
7.0
 
4.8
 
2.2

Our Climate Solutions segment currently includes 37 facilities, of which 17 are principal manufacturing facilities and 5 are principal warehouse facilities. The Climate Solutions segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 3.0 million square feet of space, of which approximately 51% are leased.
The following represents our principal manufacturing and warehouse facilities in the Climate Solutions segment (square footage in millions):
 
 
 
 
Square Footage
Location
 
Facilities
 
Total
 
Owned
 
Leased
US
 
10
 
1.1
 
0.7
 
0.4
Mexico
 
8
 
1.0
 
0.5
 
0.5
China
 
1
 
0.2
 
 
0.2
India
 
1
 
0.2
 
0.2
 
Europe
 
1
 
0.2
 
 
0.2
Other
 
1
 
0.1
 
 
0.1
Total
 
22
 
2.8
 
1.4
 
1.4

Our Power Transmission Solutions segment currently includes 30 facilities, of which 17 are principal manufacturing facilities and 3 are principal warehouse facilities. The Power Transmission Solutions segment's present operating facilities contain a total of approximately 3.2 million square feet of space, of which approximately 13% are leased.
The following represents our principal manufacturing and warehouse facilities in the Power Transmission Solutions segment (square footage in millions):

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Square Footage
Location
 
Facilities
 
Total
 
Owned
 
Leased
US
 
11
 
1.7
 
1.5
 
0.2
Mexico
 
2
 
0.3
 
0.3
 
China
 
1
 
0.1
 
 
0.1
Europe
 
6
 
0.4
 
0.4
 
Total
 
20
 
2.5
 
2.2
 
0.3

ITEM 3 - LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
One of our subsidiaries that we acquired in 2007 is subject to numerous claims filed in various jurisdictions relating to certain sub-fractional motors that were primarily manufactured through 2004 and that were included as components of residential and commercial ventilation units manufactured and sold in high volumes by a third party. These ventilation units are subject to product safety requirements and other potential regulation of their performance by government agencies such as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”). The claims generally allege that the ventilation units were the cause of fires. We have recorded an estimated liability for incurred claims. Based on the current facts, we cannot assure that these claims, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on its subsidiary's financial condition. Our subsidiary cannot reasonably predict the outcome of these claims, the nature or extent of any CPSC or other remedial actions, if any, that our subsidiary may need to undertake with respect to motors that remain in the field, or the costs that may be incurred, some of which could be significant.
We are from time to time, party to litigation and other legal or regulatory proceedings that arise in the normal course of our business operations and the outcomes of which are subject to significant uncertainty, including product warranty and liability claims, contract disputes and environmental, asbestos, intellectual property, employment and other litigation matters. Our products are used in a variety of industrial, commercial and residential applications that subject us to claims that the use of our products is alleged to have resulted in injury or other damage. Many of these matters will only be resolved when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. Our management conducts regular reviews, including updates from legal counsel, to assess the need for accounting recognition or disclosure of these contingencies, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise in judgment. We accrue for exposures in amounts that we believe are adequate, and we do not believe that the outcome of any such lawsuit individually or collectively will have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

ITEM 4 - MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.


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PART II
ITEM 5 - MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
General
Our common stock, $.01 par value per share, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RBC.” The following table sets forth the range of high and low closing sales prices for our common stock for the period from January 4, 2016 through December 29, 2017.
 
 
2017 Price Range
 
2016 Price Range
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends
Quarter
 
High
 
Low
 
Declared
 
High
 
Low
 
Declared
1st
 
$
75.51

 
$
68.77

 
$
0.24

 
$
63.39

 
$
49.38

 
$
0.23

2nd
 
82.56

 
73.57

 
0.26

 
67.91

 
51.81

 
0.24

3rd
 
86.47

 
72.56

 
0.26

 
64.18

 
54.51

 
0.24

4th
 
81.40

 
73.80

 
0.26

 
75.10

 
56.90

 
0.24

We have paid 230 consecutive quarterly dividends through January 2018. The number of registered holders of common stock as of January 26, 2018 was 375.
The following table contains detail related to the repurchase of our common stock based on the date of trade during the quarter ended December 30, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maximum
 
 
Total
 
 
 
Number of
 
 
Number of
 
Average
 
Shares that May be
 
 
Shares
 
Price Paid
 
Purchased Under the
2017 Fiscal Month
 
Purchased
 
per Share
 
Plans or Programs
October 1 to November 4
 

 
$

 
1,743,196

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 5 to December 2
 

 

 
1,743,196

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 3 to December 30
 

 

 
1,743,196

Total
 

 
 
 
 
There were no shares purchased as a part of a publicly announced plan or program during the quarter.
Under our equity incentive plans, participants may pay the exercise price or satisfy all or a portion of the federal, state and local withholding tax obligations arising in connection with plan awards by electing to (a) have the Company withhold shares of common stock otherwise issuable under the award, (b) tender back shares received in connection with such award or (c) deliver other previously owned shares of common stock, in each case having a value equal to the exercise price or the amount to be withheld. During the quarter ended December 30, 2017, we did not acquire any shares in connection with transactions pursuant to equity incentive plans.
In November 2013, the Board of Directors approved the repurchase of up to 3.0 million shares of our common stock, which repurchase authority has no expiration date. Management is authorized to effect purchases from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions. We have entered into a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan for the purpose of repurchasing shares under this authorization. During the quarter ended December 30, 2017, we did not acquire any shares pursuant to this authorization. Pursuant to this authorization, there were 576,804 shares acquired in fiscal 2017 and no shares acquired in fiscal 2016. There are approximately 1.7 million shares of our common stock available for repurchase under this authorization.
Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K contains certain information relating to our equity compensation plans.
Stock Performance
The following information in this Item 5 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K is not deemed to be “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC or subject to Regulation 14A or 14C under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, and will not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.

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The following graph compares the hypothetical total shareholder return (including reinvestment of dividends) on an investment in (1) our common stock, (2) the Standard & Poor's Mid Cap 400 Index, and (3) the Standard & Poor's 400 Electrical Components and Equipment Index, for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017. In each case, the graph assumes the investment of $100.00 on January 1, 2013.
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INDEXED RETURNS
 
 
Years Ended
Company / Index
 
2013
 
2014
 
2015
 
2016
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regal Beloit Corporation
 
$
108.33

 
$
112.22

 
$
88.35

 
$
106.21

 
$
119.02

S&P MidCap 400 Index
 
135.01

 
148.81

 
145.68

 
175.89

 
204.47

S&P 400 Electrical Components & Equipment
 
133.06

 
143.95

 
174.10

 
203.59

 
223.06


ITEM 6 - SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The selected statements of income data for fiscal 2017, 2016 and 2015, and the selected balance sheet data at December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 are derived from, and are qualified by reference to, the audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The selected statement of income data for fiscal 2014 and 2013 are derived from audited consolidated financial statements not included herein. The selected balance sheet data at January 2, 2016, January 3, 2015, and December 28, 2013 are derived from audited consolidated financial statements not included herein.

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Fiscal
 
Fiscal
 
Fiscal
 
Fiscal
 
Fiscal
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
 
 
 
     (In Millions, Except per Share Data)
Net Sales
 
$
3,360.3

 
$
3,224.5

 
$
3,509.7

 
$
3,257.1

 
$
3,095.7

Cost of Sales
 
2,476.2

 
2,359.3

 
2,576.5

 
2,459.8

 
2,312.5

Gross Profit
 
884.1

 
865.2

 
933.2

 
797.3

 
783.2

Operating Expenses
 
554.0

 
544.6

 
600.5

 
516.3

 
494.2

Goodwill Impairment
 

 

 
79.9

 
119.5

 
76.3

Asset Impairments and Other, Net
 

 

 

 
40.0

 
4.7

Total Operating Expenses
 
554.0

 
544.6

 
680.4

 
675.8

 
575.2

Income from Operations
 
330.1

 
320.6

 
252.8

 
121.5

 
208.0

Net Income
 
218.1

 
209.3

 
148.5

 
36.1

 
126.0

Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation
 
213.0

 
203.4

 
143.3

 
31.0

 
120.0

Total Assets
 
4,388.2

 
4,358.5

 
4,591.7

 
3,357.2

 
3,611.3

Total Debt
 
1,141.1

 
1,411.5

 
1,721.9

 
632.5

 
765.5

Long-Term Debt
 
1,039.9

 
1,310.9

 
1,715.6

 
624.7

 
607.7

Regal Beloit Shareholders' Equity
 
2,325.5

 
2,038.8

 
1,937.3

 
1,934.4

 
2,056.2

Per Share Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Earnings - Basic
 
$
4.78

 
$
4.55

 
$
3.21

 
$
0.69

 
$
2.66

    Earnings - Assuming Dilution
 
4.74

 
4.52

 
3.18

 
0.69

 
2.64

    Cash Dividends Declared
 
1.02

 
0.95

 
0.91

 
0.86

 
0.79

    Shareholders' Equity
 
52.83

 
46.46

 
44.32

 
44.02

 
46.72

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Basic
 
44.6

 
44.7

 
44.7

 
45.0

 
45.0

    Assuming Dilution
 
44.9

 
45.0

 
45.1

 
45.3

 
45.4


We have completed various acquisitions that affect the comparability of the selected financial data shown above. The results of operations for acquisitions are included in our consolidated financial results for the period subsequent to their acquisition date. Significant acquisitions include the acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions business from Emerson Electric Co. (January 2015).
For fiscal 2017 and 2016, there were no impairment charges or significant acquisitions.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, non-cash impairment charges of $79.9 million for goodwill were recorded in the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment, reducing Income from Operations by $79.9 million and Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation by $58.1 million.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, non-cash impairment charges of $118.5 million for goodwill and $40.0 million of asset impairment and other, net, and in the second quarter of 2014 non-cash impairment charges of $1.0 million of goodwill, reduced Income from Operations by $159.5 million and Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation by $147.3 million. The impairment charges were recorded in certain reporting units in all three of our reportable segments.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, non-cash impairment charges of $76.3 million of goodwill and $4.7 million of asset impairment and other, net, related to certain reporting units in our Commercial and Industrial Systems and Power Transmission Solutions segments, reduced Income from Operations by $81.0 million and Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation by $74.7 million.


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ITEM 7 - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
We operate on a 52/53 week fiscal year ending on the Saturday closest to December 31. We refer to the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017 as "fiscal 2017", December 31, 2016 as “fiscal 2016", and the fiscal year ended January 2, 2016 as “fiscal 2015". Fiscal 2017, fiscal 2016, and fiscal 2015 all had 52 weeks.
Overview
General
Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) (“we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”), based in Beloit, Wisconsin (USA), is a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products serving markets throughout the world. As of the end of fiscal 2017, the Company, including its subsidiaries, employs approximately 23,600 people in its manufacturing, sales, and service facilities and corporate offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In 2017, we reported annual net sales of $3.4 billion compared to $3.2 billion in 2016.

Our company is comprised of three operating segments: Commercial and Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solutions.

A description of the three operating segments is as follows:

Commercial and Industrial Systems produces medium and large motors, commercial and industrial equipment, generator and custom drives and systems. These products serve markets including commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning ("HVAC"), pool and spa, standby and critical power and oil and gas systems.
Climate Solutions produces small motors, controls and air moving solutions serving markets including residential and light commercial HVAC, water heaters and commercial refrigeration.
Power Transmission Solutions manufactures, sells and services belt and chain drives, helical and worm gearing, mounted and unmounted bearings, couplings, modular plastic belts, conveying chains and components, hydraulic pump drives, large open gearing and specialty mechanical products serving markets including beverage, bulk handling, metals, special machinery, energy, aerospace and general industrial.

On January 30, 2015, we closed the acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions (“PTS”) business from Emerson Electric Co. The purchase price for PTS was $1.4 billion in cash and the assumption of $43.0 million of liabilities. PTS had over 3,200 employees around the world, and effective on the closing date became part of the Power Transmission Solutions segment.

Components of Profit and Loss
Net Sales. We sell our products to a variety of manufacturers, distributors and end users. Our customers consist of a large cross-section of businesses, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. A number of our products are sold to original equipment manufacturers, who incorporate our products, such as electric motors, into products they manufacture, and many of our products are built to the requirements of our customers. The majority of our sales derive from direct sales, but a significant portion derives from sales made by manufacturer’s representatives, who are paid exclusively on commission. Our product sales are made via purchase order, long-term contract, and, in some instances, one-time purchases. Many of our products have broad customer bases, with the levels of concentration of revenues varying from division to division.

Our level of net sales for any given period is dependent upon a number of factors, including (i) the demand for our products; (ii) the strength of the economy generally and the end markets in which we compete; (iii) our customers’ perceptions of our product quality at any given time; (iv) our ability to timely meet customer demands; (v) the selling price of our products; and (vi) the weather. As a result, our total revenue has tended to experience quarterly variations and our total revenue for any particular quarter may not be indicative of future results.

We use the term “organic sales" to refer to sales from existing operations excluding (i) sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition less the amount of sales attributable to any divested businesses (“acquisition sales”), and (ii) the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is determined by translating the respective period’s sales (excluding acquisition sales) using the same currency exchange rates that were in effect during the prior year periods. We use the term “organic sales growth” to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to organic sales. We use the term “acquisition growth” to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to acquisition sales.
 

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Gross Profit. Our gross profit is impacted by our levels of net sales and cost of sales. Our cost of sales consists of costs for, among other things (i) raw materials, including copper, steel and aluminum; (ii) components such as castings, bars, tools, bearings and electronics; (iii) wages and related personnel expenses for fabrication, assembly and logistics personnel; (iv) manufacturing facilities, including depreciation on our manufacturing facilities and equipment, taxes, insurance and utilities; and (v) shipping. The majority of our cost of sales consists of raw materials and components. The price we pay for commodities and components can be subject to commodity price fluctuations. We attempt to mitigate this through fixed-price agreements with suppliers and our hedging strategies. We are currently reducing the number of our suppliers we use in order to leverage the better prices and terms that can be obtained with higher volume orders. A large amount of our suppliers are in North America. As we expand production and our geographic footprint, we expect it may be advantageous to increase our use of foreign suppliers. When we experience commodity price increases, we have tended to announce price increases to our customers who purchase via purchase order, with such increases generally taking effect a period of time after the public announcements. For those sales we make under long-term arrangements, we tend to include material price formulas that specify quarterly or semi-annual price adjustments based on a variety of factors, including commodity prices.

Outside of general economic cyclicality, our different business units experience different levels of variation in gross profit from quarter to quarter based on factors specific to each division. For example, a portion of our Climate Solutions segment manufactures products that are used in air conditioning applications. As a result, our sales for that business tend to be lower in the first and fourth quarters and higher in the second and third quarters. In contrast, our Commercial and Industrial Systems segment and our Power Transmission Solutions segment have a broad customer base and a variety of applications, thereby helping to mitigate large quarter-to-quarter fluctuations outside of general economic conditions.
 
Operating Expenses. Our operating expenses consist primarily of (i) general and administrative expenses; (ii) sales and marketing expenses; (iii) general engineering and research and development expenses; and (iv) handling costs incurred in conjunction with distribution activities. Personnel related costs are our largest operating expense.

Our general and administrative expenses consist primarily of costs for (i) salaries, benefits and other personnel expenses related to our executive, finance, human resource, information technology, legal and operations functions; (ii) occupancy expenses; (iii) technology related costs; (iv) depreciation and amortization; and (v) corporate-related travel. The majority of our general and administrative costs are for salaries and related personnel expenses. These costs can vary by division given the location of our different manufacturing operations.

Our sales and marketing expenses consist primarily of costs for (i) salaries, benefits and other personnel expenses related to our sales and marketing function; (ii) internal and external sales commissions and bonuses; (iii) travel, lodging and other out-of-pocket expenses associated with our selling efforts; and (iv) other related overhead.

Our general engineering and research and development expenses consist primarily of costs for (i) salaries, benefits and other personnel expenses; (ii) the design and development of new energy efficiency products and enhancements; (iii) quality assurance and testing; and (iv) other related overhead. Our research and development efforts tend to be targeted toward developing new products that would allow us to maintain or gain additional market share, whether in new or existing applications. While these costs make up an insignificant portion of our operating expenses in the Power Transmission Solutions segment, they are more substantial in our Commercial and Industrial Systems and Climate Solutions segments. In particular, a large driver of our research and development efforts in these two segments is energy efficiency, which generally means using less electrical power to produce more mechanical power.

Goodwill & Other Asset Impairments. We did not record any goodwill or other asset impairments in fiscal 2017 or fiscal 2016; however, we recorded non-cash charges in Operating Expenses related to goodwill impairments in fiscal 2015 (“2015 Impairment”) as detailed below (in millions). See also Note 3 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 
Commercial and Industrial Systems
 
Climate Solutions
 
Power Transmission Solutions
 
Total
Impairments during 2015:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodwill and Asset Impairments
$
79.9

 
$

 
$

 
$
79.9


Operating Profit. Our operating profit consists of the segment gross profit less the segment operating expenses. In addition, there are shared operating costs that cover corporate, engineering and IT expenses that are consistently allocated to the operating segments

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and are included in the segment operating expenses. Operating profit is a key metric used to measure year over year improvement of the segments.

Outlook
In 2018, we are forecasting another year of low to mid-single digit organic sales growth, and we expect to improve our operating margin. We expect the benefits from our price actions and simplification projects will more than offset the commodity inflation headwind. In 2018, we expect diluted earnings per share to be $5.19 to $5.59. Our 2018 diluted earnings per share guidance is based on an effective tax rate of 21%, which includes the impact of the Act.

 
Results of Operations

The following table sets forth selected information for the years indicated:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
(Dollars in Millions)
 
 
 
 
 
Net Sales:
 
 
 
 
 
  Commercial and Industrial Systems
$
1,604.3

 
$
1,530.9

 
$
1,694.9

  Climate Solutions
990.6

 
960.0

 
1,041.2

  Power Transmission Solutions
765.4

 
733.6

 
773.6

Consolidated
$
3,360.3

 
$
3,224.5

 
$
3,509.7

 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross Profit as a Percent of Net Sales:
 
 
 
 
 
  Commercial and Industrial Systems
23.5
%
 
24.8
%
 
26.0
%
  Climate Solutions
25.8
%
 
25.5
%
 
25.2
%
  Power Transmission Solutions
32.9
%
 
32.8
%
 
29.7
%
Consolidated
26.3
%
 
26.8
%
 
26.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses as a Percent of Net Sales:
 
 
 
 
 
  Commercial and Industrial Systems
17.3
%
 
18.0
%
 
22.8
%
  Climate Solutions
11.6
%
 
12.0
%
 
11.1
%
  Power Transmission Solutions
21.2
%
 
21.0
%
 
23.0
%
Consolidated
16.5
%
 
16.9
%
 
19.4
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from Operations as a Percent of Net Sales:
 
 
 
 
 
  Commercial and Industrial Systems
6.2
%
 
6.8
%
 
3.2
%
  Climate Solutions
14.2
%
 
13.5
%
 
14.1
%
  Power Transmission Solutions
11.7
%
 
11.9
%
 
6.8
%
Consolidated
9.8
%
 
9.9
%
 
7.2
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from Operations
$
330.1

 
$
320.6

 
$
252.8

Interest Expense
56.1

 
58.7

 
60.2

Interest Income
3.2

 
4.5

 
4.3

  Income before Taxes
277.2

 
266.4

 
196.9

Provision for Income Taxes
59.1

 
57.1

 
48.4

  Net Income
218.1

 
209.3

 
148.5

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests
5.1

 
5.9

 
5.2

  Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation
$
213.0

 
$
203.4

 
$
143.3



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Fiscal Year Ended 2017 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended 2016
Net sales for fiscal 2017 were $3.4 billion, a 4.2% increase as compared to fiscal 2016 net sales of $3.2 billion. The increase consisted of an organic sales increase of 4.3% and a positive foreign currency translation impact of 0.1% that was offset by a negative 0.3% impact from sales of the divested Mastergear Worldwide (“Mastergear”) business in fiscal 2016. Gross profit increased $18.9 million or 2.2% as compared to the prior year. The increase was largely driven by the increased sales volume that was partially offset by a $5.4 million charge from an increase in the last-in, first-out ("LIFO") reserve and an increase in restructuring and related charges. The prior year included a $14.5 million charge from an increase in the LIFO reserve. Total operating expenses were $554.0 million which was a $9.4 million increase from 2016 due primarily to increased compensation and benefits expenses resulting from both wage inflation and investments in the Company’s commercial sales teams as well as increased variable expenses, such as commissions, on higher sales volume. These increases were partially offset with reductions in amortization expense as well as other discretionary spending. Operating expenses for 2017 as a percent of sales was 16.5% as compared to 16.9% for the same period in the prior year. The prior year operating expenses contained a $11.6 million gain on the sale of the Mastergear business.
 
Net sales for the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment for fiscal 2017 were $1.6 billion, a 4.8% increase compared to fiscal 2016 net sales of $1.5 billion. The increase consisted of 4.6% positive organic growth and 0.2% favorable foreign currency translation. The organic sales increase was primarily driven by broad based global strength in industrial demand for electric motors and higher sales through our distribution channels. Gross profit decreased $1.9 million or 0.5% primarily due to the impact of increased restructuring charges resulting from the exit of a non-core business and an increase in the LIFO reserve which resulted in a charge of $12.7 million that was offset by the increased sales volume. The prior year included a charge of $8.4 million due to an increase in the LIFO reserve. Operating expenses for fiscal 2017 increased $1.6 million as compared to fiscal 2016. Operating expenses as a percentage of sales decreased 70 basis points as compared to fiscal 2016 with increased expenses to support the higher sales volume for commissions and compensation and benefits that were partially offset by a $1.1 million gain on the sale of assets and lower amortization expenses.

Net sales for the Climate Solutions segment for fiscal 2017 were $990.6 million, a 3.2% increase compared to fiscal 2016 net sales of $960.0 million. The increase consisted of an organic sales increase of 3.1% and a positive foreign currency translation impact of 0.1%. The organic sales increase was primarily driven by growth in North American residential HVAC, Europe and Asia. Gross profit increased $10.1 million or 4.1% primarily due to higher volumes and a $4.9 million benefit due to a reduction in the LIFO reserve. The prior year included a benefit of $6.3 million due to an increase in the LIFO reserve. Operating expenses for 2017 decreased $0.6 million as compared to the prior year due to leveraging of costs on the higher sales volume and lower discretionary spending.

Net sales for the Power Transmission Solutions segment for fiscal 2017 were $765.4 million, a 4.3% increase compared to fiscal 2016 net sales of $733.6 million. The increase consisted of an organic sales increase of 5.3% and a positive foreign currency translation impact of 0.2% that was offset by a negative impact from sales of the divested Mastergear business of 1.2%. The organic sales increase was primarily driven by increased North American industrial demand for power transmission products including improved oil and gas and renewable energy end market demand. Gross profit for 2017 increased $10.7 million or 4.4% primarily due to higher volumes and a benefit of $2.4 million due to a reduction in the LIFO reserve. The prior year included a benefit of $0.2 million due to a decrease in the LIFO reserve. Operating expenses for 2017 increased $8.4 million due to increased variable expenses to support the higher sales volume and increased compensation and benefits expenses resulting from both wage inflation and investments in the Company’s commercial sales teams that was partially offset by a $2.8 million gain on the sale of assets. The prior year operating expenses included a $11.6 million gain on the sale of the Mastergear business.

The effective tax rate for fiscal 2017 was 21.3% compared to 21.4% for fiscal 2016. The decrease in the effective rate was due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) that was offset by other discrete items. The lower effective tax rate in fiscal 2017 as compared to the 35% statutory US federal income tax rate is driven by a mix of earnings and lower foreign tax rates.

The Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Changes include, but are not limited to, a corporate tax rate decrease from 35% to 21% effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and dividends to the US no longer incur tax, however, a one-time tax on the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign earnings payable over eight years was included. The Company has calculated its best estimate of the impact of the Act in its year end income tax provision based on the Company's understanding of the Act and guidance available at the date of this filing. The Company recorded a $1.0 million reduction in tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2017, the period in which the legislation was enacted. The provisional benefit related to the remeasurement of certain deferred tax assets and liabilities was $51.0 million. The provisional expense related to the one-time tax on the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign earnings was $40.0 million. The Company also recorded a provisional expense of $10.0 million for local withholding taxes on foreign earnings not deemed permanently reinvested.
   

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Fiscal Year Ended 2016 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended 2015
Net sales for fiscal 2016 were $3.2 billion, an 8.1% decrease compared to fiscal 2015 net sales of $3.5 billion. The decrease consisted of an organic sales decline of 7.9%, and a negative foreign currency translation impact of 0.9% that was partially offset with acquisition growth, net of dispositions of 0.7%. Gross profit decreased $68.0 million or 7.3% as compared to the prior year. The decrease was largely driven by lower sales volume, and a $14.5 million LIFO expense which was partially offset by the benefits of the Simplification and cost control initiatives which helped to improve gross profit as a percentage of sales by 20 basis points in 2016 as compared to 2015. The prior year included non-recurring expenses related to the recognition of the inventory step up in cost of goods sold of $20.7 million due to purchase accounting adjustments associated with the acquired PTS business, $4.9 million in duty refunds related to the Generalized System of Preferences ("GSP"), a tariff system, which expired in July 2013 and was retroactively renewed in July 2015, and a LIFO benefit of $18.8 million. Total operating expenses were $544.6 million which was a $135.8 million decrease from 2015 due primarily to the $11.6 million gain on the sale of the Mastergear business in 2016. In addition, 2015 included goodwill impairments of $79.9 million, $9.1 million of acquisition related transaction costs, $12.8 million impact of the Venezuelan asset write down, and a $3.4 million benefit from the sale of real estate. Additional decreases were due to reduced salaries, commissions, and travel expenses associated with lower sales volume, along with cost controls.
 
Net sales for the Commercial and Industrial Systems segment for fiscal 2016 were $1.5 billion, a 9.6% decrease compared to fiscal 2015 net sales of $1.7 billion. The decrease consisted of 8.3% negative organic growth and 1.3% unfavorable foreign currency translation. Organic sales declines were primarily driven by decreased volume in the oil and gas end markets and weaker demand in the North American and Asian industrial markets. Gross profit decreased $61.9 million or 14.0% primarily due to the impact of weaker demand in the industrial markets, and $8.4 million of LIFO expense, that was partially offset by benefits from the Simplification and cost control initiatives. Gross profit in 2015 was impacted by an $8.0 million LIFO benefit and a $0.9 million duty refund associated with the GSP tariff rebate noted above. Gross profit as a percentage of sales in 2016 decreased 120 basis points from the prior year primarily due to the favorable non-recurring items that impacted 2015. Operating expenses for 2016 decreased $111.4 million or 28.8% from 2015 primarily due to reduced salaries, commissions, and travel expenses associated with lower sales volumes, along with cost controls. Operating expenses in 2015 included a $79.9 million goodwill impairment and the $12.8 million impact of the Venezuelan asset write down, both of which did not reoccur in 2016.

Net sales for the Climate Solutions segment for fiscal 2016 were $960.0 million, a 7.8% decrease compared to fiscal 2015 net sales of $1.0 billion. The decrease consisted of an organic sales decline of 7.1%, and a negative foreign currency translation impact of 0.7%. Organic sales declines were primarily driven by a downturn in the Middle East HVAC market and the effect of contractual two-way material price formulas that was partially offset by stronger demand in the last half of the year for North American residential HVAC products. Gross profit decreased $17.1 million primarily due to lower volume and a $6.3 million LIFO expense, partially offset by benefits from the Simplification and cost control initiatives and stronger North American residential HVAC demand in the last six months of 2016. Gross profit in 2015 benefited from a $9.8 million LIFO benefit and a $3.8 million duty refund associated with the GSP tariff rebate noted above. Gross profit as a percentage of sales in 2016 increased 30 basis points as compared to 2015. Operating expenses for 2016 decreased $0.4 million as compared to the prior year with 2015 including a $3.4 million benefit from the sale of real estate.

Net sales for the Power Transmission Solutions segment for fiscal 2016 were $733.6 million, a 5.1% decrease compared to fiscal 2015 net sales of $773.6 million. The decrease consisted of an organic sales decline of 8.1% and a negative foreign currency translation impact of 0.2%. Acquisitions net of divestitures benefited 2016 sales by 3.2% as compared to 2015. Organic sales declines were primarily driven by lower demand from the industrial distribution channel, and weak oil and gas, metals and agricultural end markets. Gross profit for 2016 increased $11.0 million primarily due to the inventory step up in cost of goods sold of $20.7 million related to the acquired PTS business included in the prior year, and $1.0 million of LIFO benefit in 2015. LIFO for 2016 was a slight benefit of $0.2 million. Gross profit as a percent of sales increased 310 basis points as compared to the prior year. Operating expenses for 2016 decreased $24.0 million due primarily to the $9.1 million of acquisition fees incurred in 2015 and the $11.6 million gain on the sale of the Mastergear business in 2016 as compared to 2015. In addition, current year operating expenses included one month of incremental operating expenses associated with the acquired PTS business.

The effective tax rate for fiscal 2016 was 21.4% compared to 24.6% for fiscal 2015. The decrease in the effective tax rate was due primarily to the fiscal 2015 non-deductible goodwill impairment. The lower effective tax rate in fiscal 2016 as compared to the 35% statutory US federal income tax rate is driven by the mix of earnings and lower foreign tax rates.


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Liquidity and Capital Resources
General
Our principal source of liquidity is cash flow provided by operating activities. In addition to operating income, other significant factors affecting our cash flows include working capital levels, capital expenditures, dividends, share repurchases, acquisitions, and divestitures, availability of debt financing, and the ability to attract long-term capital at acceptable terms.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $291.9 million for fiscal 2017, a $150.4 million decrease from fiscal 2016. The decrease was primarily the result of the higher investment in inventory in fiscal 2017.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $442.3 million for fiscal 2016, a $58.0 million increase from fiscal 2015. The increase was primarily the result of the lower investment in net working capital driven by the planned reduction in inventory during fiscal 2016.

Cash flow used in investing activities was $57.8 million for fiscal 2017, compared to $19.6 million used in fiscal 2016. The change was driven primarily by the $24.6 million received for the sale of our Mastergear business in 2016. The proceeds from the sale of Mastergear were used to reduce debt obligations. Capital expenditures were $65.2 million both in fiscal 2017 and in fiscal 2016.

Cash flow used in investing activities was $19.6 million for fiscal 2016, compared to $1.5 billion used in fiscal 2015. The change was driven by the purchase of PTS for $1.4 billion, net of cash acquired, in fiscal 2015 versus the $24.6 million received for the sale of our Mastergear business in 2016. The proceeds from the sale of Mastergear were used to reduce debt obligations. Capital expenditures were $65.2 million in fiscal 2016 compared to $92.2 million in fiscal 2015.

Our commitments for property, plant and equipment as of December 30, 2017 were approximately $4.6 million. In fiscal 2018, we anticipate capital spending to be approximately $75.0 million. We believe that our present manufacturing facilities will be sufficient to provide adequate capacity for our operations in fiscal 2018. We anticipate funding fiscal 2018 capital spending with operating cash flows.
Cash flow used in financing activities was $390.6 million for fiscal 2017, compared to $379.5 million in fiscal 2016. Net debt repayments totaled $274.7 million in fiscal 2017, compared to net debt repayments of $315.3 million in fiscal 2016. We paid $44.5 million in dividends to shareholders in fiscal 2017 compared to $42.1 million in fiscal 2016. In fiscal 2017 we paid distributions of $17.4 million to noncontrolling interests compared to $0.3 million in fiscal 2016. We also repurchased $45.1 million of our common stock during fiscal 2017. Cash used to purchase additional interest in a joint venture was $19.6 in fiscal 2016.
Cash flow used in financing activities was $379.5 million for fiscal 2016, compared to cash flow provided by financing activities of $1.0 billion for fiscal 2015. A $1,250.0 million term loan was taken out to finance the acquisition of PTS in fiscal 2015 versus net repayments of $315.3 million in fiscal 2016. We paid $42.1 million in dividends to shareholders in fiscal 2016 compared to $40.2 million in fiscal 2015.
Our working capital was $862.4 million and $830.4 million at December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. At December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, our current ratio (which is the ratio of our current assets to current liabilities) was 2.2:1. The Company intends to use operating cash flow to meet its current debt repayment obligations.
The following table presents selected financial information and statistics as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 (in millions):
 
 
 
December 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
 
$
139.6

 
$
284.5

Trade Receivables, Net
 
 
506.3

 
462.2

Inventories
 
 
757.1

 
660.8

Working Capital
 
 
862.4

 
830.4

Current Ratio
 
 
2.2:1

 
2.2:1


At December 30, 2017, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $139.6 million. At December 30, 2017, $135.9 million of our cash was held by foreign subsidiaries and could be used in our domestic operations if necessary. We periodically evaluate our cash held outside the US and may pursue opportunities to repatriate certain foreign cash amounts. We repatriated $244.3 million of foreign cash in fiscal 2017. As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”), dividends to the US no longer incur US tax

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however a one-time tax on the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign earnings payable over eight years was included in the Act. We recognized a provisional charge of $40.0 million related to the historical unremitted earnings as a result of the Act payable over eight years.

We will, from time to time, maintain excess cash balances which may be used to (i) fund operations, (ii) repay outstanding debt, (iii) fund acquisitions, (iv) pay dividends, (v) make investments in new product development programs, (vi) repurchase our common stock, or (vii) fund other corporate objectives.

Pension Liabilities and Other Post Retirement Benefits

Accrued Pension and other post retirement benefits of $104.8 million at December 30, 2017 was consistent with the prior year amount of $110.4 million at December 31, 2016.

Credit Agreement
In connection with the PTS Acquisition, on January 30, 2015, we entered into a new Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent and the lenders named therein, providing for a (i) 5-year unsecured term loan facility in the principal amount of $1.25 billion (the “Term Facility”) and (ii) a 5-year unsecured multicurrency revolving facility in the principal amount of $500.0 million (the “Multicurrency Revolving Facility”), including a $100 million letter of credit sub facility available for general corporate purposes. Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest at floating rates based upon indices determined by the currency of the borrowing, plus an applicable margin determined by reference to our consolidated funded debt to consolidated EBITDA ratio, or at an alternative base rate.
The Term Facility was drawn in full on January 30, 2015 in connection with the closing of the PTS Acquisition. The loan under the Term Facility requires quarterly amortization at a rate starting at 5.0% per annum, increasing to 7.5% per annum after two years and further increasing to 10.0% per annum for the last two years of the Term Facility, unless previously prepaid. The weighted average interest rate on the Term Facility was 2.6% and 2.3% for the years ended December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. The Credit Agreement requires we prepay the loans under the Term Facility with 100% of the net cash proceeds received from specified asset sales and borrowed money indebtedness, subject to certain exceptions.
At December 30, 2017, we had borrowings under the Multicurrency Revolving Facility in the amount of $19.7 million, $5.3 million of standby letters of credit issued under the facility, and $475.0 million of available borrowing capacity. The average daily balance in borrowings under the Multicurrency Revolving Facility was $111.2 and $21.0 million, and the weighted average interest rate on the Multicurrency Revolving Facility was 2.6% and 2.2% for the years ended December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. We pay a non-use fee on the aggregate unused amount of the Multicurrency Revolving Facility at a rate determined by reference to its consolidated funded debt to consolidated EBITDA ratio.
Senior Notes
At December 30, 2017, we had $500.0 million of unsecured senior notes (the “Notes”) outstanding. The Notes consist of $500.0 million in senior notes (the “2011 Notes”) in a private placement which were issued in seven tranches with maturities from seven to twelve years and carry fixed interest rates. As of December 30, 2017, $400.0 million of the 2011 Notes are included in Long-Term Debt and $100.0 million of the 2011 Notes are included in Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. We repaid the remaining $100.0 million of the 2007 Notes in August 2017.
Details on the Notes at December 30, 2017 were (in millions):
 
 
Principal
 
Interest Rate
 
Maturity
Fixed Rate Series 2011A
 
$
100.0

 
4.1%
 
July 14, 2018
Fixed Rate Series 2011A
 
230.0

 
4.8 to 5.0%
 
July 14, 2021
Fixed Rate Series 2011A
 
170.0

 
4.9 to 5.1%
 
July 14, 2023
Total
 
$
500.0

 
 
 
 

Compliance with Financial Covenants

The Credit Agreement and the Notes require us to meet specified financial ratios and to satisfy certain financial condition tests. We were in compliance with all financial covenants contained in the Notes and the Credit Agreement as of December 30, 2017.

Other Notes Payable


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At December 30, 2017, other notes payable of $5.7 million were outstanding with a weighted average interest rate of 5.7%. At December 31, 2016, other notes payable of $5.1 million were outstanding with a weighted average rate of 5.6%.

Based on rates for instruments with comparable maturities and credit quality. The approximate fair value of our total debt was $1,165.4 million and $1,433.4 million as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

Litigation

One of our subsidiaries that we acquired in 2007 is subject to numerous claims filed in various jurisdictions relating to certain sub-fractional motors that were primarily manufactured through 2004 and that were included as components of residential and commercial ventilation units manufactured and sold in high volumes by a third party. These ventilation units are subject to product safety requirements and other potential regulation of their performance by government agencies such as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”). The claims generally allege that the ventilation units were the cause of fires. We have recorded an estimated liability for incurred claims. Based on the current facts, we cannot assure that these claims, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on its subsidiary's financial condition. Our subsidiary cannot reasonably predict the outcome of these claims, the nature or extent of any CPSC or other remedial actions, if any, that our subsidiary may need to undertake with respect to motors that remain in the field, or the costs that may be incurred, some of which could be significant.

We are from time to time, party to litigation and other legal or regulatory proceedings that arise in the normal course of our business operations and the outcomes of which are subject to significant uncertainty, including product warranty and liability claims, contract disputes and environmental, asbestos, intellectual property, employment and other litigation matters. Our products are used in a variety of industrial, commercial and residential applications that subject us to claims that the use of our products is alleged to have resulted in injury or other damage. Many of these matters will only be resolved when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. Our management conducts regular reviews, including updates from legal counsel, to assess the need for accounting recognition or disclosure of these contingencies, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise in judgment. We accrue for exposures in amounts that we believe are adequate, and we do not believe that the outcome of any such lawsuit individually or collectively will have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements, Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments
The following is a summary of our contractual obligations and payments due by period as of December 30, 2017 (in millions):
 
Payments Due by Period (1)
 
Debt Including Estimated Interest Payments (2)
 
Operating Leases
 
Pension Obligations
 
Purchase and Other Obligations
 
Total Contractual Obligations
 
 
 
 
Less than one year
 
$
142.7

 
$
23.6

 
$
9.3

 
$
282.0

 
$
457.6

 
1 - 3 years
 
701.7

 
22.6

 
7.2

 

 
731.5

 
3 - 5 years
 
253.7

 
11.7

 
6.9

 

 
272.3

 
More than 5 years
 
177.6

 
12.9

 
16.7

 

 
207.2

 
Total
 
$
1,275.7

 
$
70.8

 
$
40.1

 
$
282.0

 
$
1,668.6

(1) The timing and future spot prices affect the settlement values of our hedge obligations related to commodities and currency exchange rates. Accordingly, these obligations are not included above in the table of contractual obligations (See also Item 7A and Note 13 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements). The timing of settlement of our tax contingent liabilities cannot be reasonably determined and they are not included above in the table of contractual obligations. The one-time mandatory transition tax on undistributed earnings of foreign affiliates, which is payable over eight years pursuant to the timeline outlined in the Act, is a provisional estimate and therefore the related payments are not included in the above table of contractual obligations. Future pension obligation payments after fiscal 2017 are subject to revaluation based on changes in the benefit population and/or changes in the value of pension assets based on market conditions that are not determinable as of December 30, 2017.
(2) Variable rate debt based on December 30, 2017 rates. See also Note 7 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
We utilize blanket purchase orders (“blankets”) to communicate expected annual requirements to many of our suppliers. Requirements under blankets generally do not become “firm” until a varying number of weeks before our scheduled production. The purchase obligations shown in the above table represent the value we consider “firm.”

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At December 30, 2017, we had outstanding standby letters of credit totaling approximately $29.8 million. We had no other material commercial commitments.
We did not have any material variable interest entities as of December 30, 2017 or December 31, 2016. Other than disclosed in the table above and the previous paragraph, we had no other material off-balance sheet arrangements.
Critical Accounting Policies
The preparation of our consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires us to make estimates and assumptions affecting the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and revenues and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could differ from those estimates. We believe the following critical accounting policies could have the most significant effect on our reported results.
Purchase Accounting and Business Combinations
Assets acquired and the liabilities assumed as part of a business combination are recognized separately from goodwill at their acquisition date fair values. Goodwill as of the acquisition date is measured as the excess of consideration transferred over the net of the acquisition date fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. We, with the assistance of outside specialists as necessary, use estimates and assumptions to accurately value assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date as well as contingent consideration, where applicable. We may refine these estimates during the measurement period which may be up to one year from the acquisition date. As a result, during the measurement period, we record adjustments to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed with the corresponding offset to goodwill. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period or final determination of the values of assets acquired or liabilities assumed, whichever comes first, any subsequent adjustments are recorded to our Consolidated Statements of Income.
Goodwill
We evaluate the carrying amount of goodwill annually, or more frequently if events or circumstances indicate that an asset might be impaired. When applying the accounting guidance, we use estimates to determine when it might be necessary to take an impairment charge. Factors that could trigger an impairment review include significant underperformance relative to historical or forecasted operating results, a significant decrease in the market value of an asset or significant negative industry or economic trends. For goodwill, we may perform a qualitative test to determine whether it is more-likely-than-not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the quantitative goodwill impairment test. We perform our required annual goodwill impairment test as of the end of the October fiscal month.
We use a weighting of the market approach and the income approach (discounted cash flow method) in testing goodwill for impairment. In the market approach, we apply performance multiples from comparable public companies, adjusted for relative risk, profitability, and growth considerations, to the reporting units to estimate fair value. The key assumptions used in the discounted cash flow method used to estimate fair value include discount rates, revenue and operating income projections and terminal value rates because such assumptions are the most sensitive and susceptible to change as they require significant management judgment. Discount rates are determined by using market and industry data as well as Company-specific risk factors for each reporting unit. The discount rate utilized for each reporting unit is indicative of the return an investor would expect to receive for investing in such a business. Terminal value rate determination follows common methodology of capturing the present value of perpetual cash flow estimates beyond the last projected period assuming a constant discount rate and long-term growth rates.
The calculated fair values for our 2017 impairment testing exceeded the carrying values by at least 10% for all of our reporting units. Some of the key considerations used in our impairment testing included (i) market pricing of guideline publicly traded companies (ii) cost of capital, including the risk-free interest rate, and (iii) recent historical and projected performance of the subject reporting unit. There is inherent uncertainty included in the assumptions used in goodwill impairment testing. A change to any of the assumptions could lead to a future impairment.
The calculated fair values for our 2016 impairment testing exceeded the carrying values of the reporting units for all of our reporting units. The excess exceeded 10% of the carrying value for all reporting units except for the PTS reporting unit, which is a combination of the acquired PTS business from Emerson Electric and the Company's legacy PTS business. Throughout 2016, the PTS reporting unit was impacted by declines in the oil and gas, distribution, and agricultural end-markets. The PTS reporting unit had goodwill of $570.8 million as of December 31, 2016. Our impairment test indicated the reporting unit’s implied fair value exceeded its book value by approximately 2%. Some of the key considerations used in our impairment testing included (i) market pricing of guideline publicly traded companies (ii) cost of capital, including the risk-free interest rate, and (iii) recent historical and projected performance of the subject reporting unit. There is inherent uncertainty included in the assumptions used in goodwill impairment testing. A change to any of the assumptions could lead to a future impairment.
We aggregate our business units by segment for reporting purposes and the majority of our goodwill is within our Power Transmissions Solutions segment (see also Note 5 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements).
Long-Lived Assets

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We evaluate the recoverability of the carrying amount of long-lived assets whenever events or changes in circumstance indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be fully recoverable through future cash flows. When applying the accounting guidance, we use estimates to determine when an impairment is necessary. Factors that could trigger an impairment review include a significant decrease in the market value of an asset or significant negative or economic trends (see also Note 5 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements). For long-lived assets, the Company uses an estimate of the related undiscounted cash flows over the remaining life of the primary asset to estimate recoverability.
 
Indefinite-Lived Assets
Indefinite-lived intangible assets consist of the trade names associated with the acquired PTS business. They were evaluated for impairment using fiscal October 2017 information using a relief from royalty method to determine whether their fair values exceed their respective carrying amounts. The Company determined the fair value of these assets using a royalty relief methodology similar to that employed when the associated assets were acquired, but using updated estimates of future sales, cash flows and profitability. For 2016 and 2017, the fair value of indefinite lived intangible assets exceeded their respective carrying value. Some of the key considerations used in our impairment testing included (i) cost of capital, including the risk-free interest rate, (ii) royalty rate, and (iii) recent historical and projected performance of the subject reporting unit. There is inherent uncertainty included in the assumptions used in indefinite-lived intangible asset testing. A change to any of the assumptions could lead to a future impairment.

Retirement and Post Retirement Plans

Most of our domestic employees are participants in defined contribution plans and/or defined benefit pension plans. The defined benefit pension plans covering a majority of our domestic employees have been closed to new employees and frozen for existing employees. Certain employees are covered by a post retirement health care plan. Most of our foreign employees are covered by government sponsored plans in the countries in which they are employed. Our obligations under our defined benefit pension plans are determined with the assistance of actuarial firms. The actuaries make certain assumptions regarding such factors as withdrawal rates and mortality rates. The actuaries also provide information and recommendations from which management makes further assumptions on such factors as the long-term expected rate of return on plan assets, the discount rate on benefit obligations and where applicable, the rate of annual compensation increases.

Based upon the assumptions made, the investments made by the plans, overall conditions and movement in financial markets, particularly the stock market and how actual withdrawal rates, life-spans of benefit recipients and other factors differ from assumptions, annual expenses and recorded assets or liabilities of these defined benefit pension plans may change significantly from year to year.

We changed the method used to estimate the service and interest cost components of the net periodic pension and other post retirement benefit costs beginning in 2016. The new method uses the spot yield curve approach to estimate the service and interest costs by applying the specific spot rates along the yield curve used to determine the benefit obligations to relevant projected cash outflows. The current methodology for selecting the discount rate was to match the plan's cash flows to that of a theoretical bond portfolio yield curve used to measure the benefit obligation at the beginning of the period. The change will not affect the measurement of the total benefit obligations as the change in service and interest costs is offset in the actuarial gains and losses recorded in other comprehensive income. We changed the method to provide a more precise measure of interest and service costs by improving the correlation between the projected benefit cash flows and the discrete spot yield curve rates. The Company has accounted for this change as a change in estimate prospectively and resulted in a $2.9 million reduction in expense for fiscal 2016 as compared to the previous method.

Further discussion of our accounting policies is contained in Note 3 of Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

ITEM 7A - QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURE ABOUT MARKET RISK
We are exposed to market risk relating to our operations due to changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices of purchased raw materials. We manage the exposure to these risks through a combination of normal operating and financing activities and derivative financial instruments such as interest rate swaps, commodity cash flow hedges and foreign currency forward exchange contracts. All hedging transactions are authorized and executed pursuant to clearly defined policies and procedures, which prohibit the use of financial instruments for speculative purposes.
All qualified hedges are recorded on the balance sheet at fair value and are accounted for as cash flow hedges, with changes in fair value recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (“AOCI”) in each accounting period. An ineffective portion of the hedges' change in fair value, if any, is recorded in earnings in the period of change.

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Interest Rate Risk
We are exposed to interest rate risk on certain of our short-term and long-term debt obligations used to finance our operations and acquisitions. At December 30, 2017, we had $504.7 million of fixed rate debt and $641.8 million of variable rate debt. At December 31, 2016, excluding the impact of interest rate swaps, we had $504.7 million of fixed rate debt and $916.5 million of variable rate debt. We have previously utilized interest rate swaps to manage fluctuations in cash flows resulting from exposure to interest rate risk on forecasted variable rate interest payments. The remaining interest rate swap agreement terminated in August 2017.
We have floating rate borrowings, which expose us to variability in interest payments due to changes in interest rates. A hypothetical 10% change in our weighted average borrowing rate on outstanding variable rate debt at December 30, 2017 would result in a $1.7 million change in after-tax annualized earnings. We had entered into a pay fixed/receive floating interest rate swap to manage fluctuations in cash flows resulting from interest rate risk related to the floating rate interest on our 2007 Notes which were paid in August 2017. This interest rate swap had been designated as a cash flow hedge against forecasted interest payments.
As of December 31, 2016, an interest rate swap liability of $(3.3) million was included in Current Hedging Obligations. The unrealized loss on the effective portion of the contract, net of tax, of $(2.1) million as of December 31, 2016, was recorded in AOCI. The interest rate swap matured in August 2017.
Foreign Currency Risk
We are exposed to foreign currency risks that arise from normal business operations. These risks include the translation of local currency balances of foreign subsidiaries, intercompany loans with foreign subsidiaries and transactions denominated in foreign currencies. Our objective is to minimize our exposure to these risks through a combination of normal operating activities and the utilization of foreign currency exchange contracts to manage our exposure on the forecasted transactions denominated in currencies other than the applicable functional currency. Contracts are executed with credit worthy banks and are denominated in currencies of major industrial countries. We do not hedge our exposure to the translation of reported results of foreign subsidiaries from local currency to United States dollars.
As of December 30, 2017, derivative currency assets (liabilities) of $15.6 million, $2.5 million, $(8.1) million and $(0.9) million, are recorded in Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets, Other Noncurrent Assets, Current Hedging Obligations, and Noncurrent Hedging Obligations, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, derivative currency assets (liabilities) of $2.8 million, $0.4 million, $(45.7) million and $(17.6) million, are recorded in Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets, Other Noncurrent Assets, Current Hedging Obligations, and Noncurrent Hedging Obligations, respectively. The unrealized gains (losses) on the effective portion of the contracts of $3.3 million net of tax, and $(34.4) million net of tax, as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, was recorded in AOCI. At December 30, 2017, we had $(4.7) million, net of tax, of currency losses on closed hedge instruments in AOCI that will be realized in earnings when the hedged items impact earnings. At December 31, 2016, we had $(8.0) million, net of tax, of currency losses on closed hedge instruments in AOCI that will be realized in earnings when the hedged items impact earnings.
The following table quantifies the outstanding foreign exchange contracts intended to hedge non-US dollar denominated receivables and payables and the corresponding impact on the value of these instruments assuming a hypothetical 10% appreciation/depreciation of their counter currency on December 30, 2017 (dollars in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gain (Loss) From:
 
 
Notional
 
Fair
 
10% Appreciation of
 
10% Depreciation of
Currency
 
Amount
 
Value
 
Counter Currency
 
Counter Currency
Mexican Peso
 
$
137.1

 
$
(6.3
)
 
$
13.7

 
$
(13.7
)
Chinese Renminbi
 
214.9

 
12.6

 
21.5

 
(21.5
)
Indian Rupee
 
35.8

 
2.5

 
3.6

 
(3.6
)
Euro
 
26.4

 
0.3

 
2.6

 
(2.6
)
Canadian Dollar
 
47.7

 
0.3

 
4.8

 
(4.8
)
Australian Dollar
 
14.9

 
(0.4
)
 
1.5

 
(1.5
)
Thai Baht
 
7.5

 
0.1

 
0.8

 
(0.8
)
British Pound
 
2.7

 

 
0.3

 
(0.3
)
Gains and losses indicated in the sensitivity analysis would be offset by gains and losses on the underlying forecasted non-US dollar denominated cash flows.

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Commodity Price Risk
We periodically enter into commodity hedging transactions to reduce the impact of changing prices for certain commodities such as copper and aluminum based upon forecasted purchases of such commodities. Qualified hedge transactions are designated as cash flow hedges and the contract terms of commodity hedge instruments generally mirror those of the hedged item, providing a high degree of risk reduction and correlation.
Derivative commodity assets of $11.0 million are recorded in Prepaid Expenses at December 30, 2017. Derivative commodity assets of $0.7 million are recorded in Other Noncurrent Assets at December 30, 2017. Derivative commodity assets of $7.3 million are recorded in Prepaid Expenses at December 31, 2016. The unrealized gain (loss) on the effective portion of the contracts of $7.3 million net of tax and $2.9 million net of tax, as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, was recorded in AOCI. At December 30, 2017, we had an additional $2.7 million, net of tax, of derivative commodity gains on closed hedge instruments in AOCI that will be realized in earnings when the hedged items impact earnings. At December 31, 2016, we had an additional $0.5 million, net of tax, of derivative commodity gains on closed hedge instruments in AOCI that will be realized in earnings when the hedged items impact earnings.
 
The following table quantifies the outstanding commodity contracts intended to hedge raw material commodity prices and the corresponding impact on the value of these instruments assuming a hypothetical 10% appreciation/depreciation of their prices on December 30, 2017 (dollars in millions):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gain (Loss) From:
 
 
Notional
 
Fair
 
10% Appreciation of
 
10% Depreciation of
Commodity
 
Amount
 
Value
 
Commodity Prices
 
Commodity Prices
Copper
 
$
80.8

 
$
10.9

 
$
8.1

 
$
(8.1
)
Aluminum
 
7.7

 
0.8

 
0.8

 
(0.8
)

Gains and losses indicated in the sensitivity analysis would be offset by the actual prices of the commodities.
The net AOCI balance related to hedging activities of $8.6 million gain at December 30, 2017 includes $11.0 million of net current deferred gains expected to be realized in the next twelve months.
Counterparty Risk
We are exposed to credit losses in the event of non-performance by the counterparties to various financial agreements, including our interest rate swap agreements, foreign currency exchange contracts and commodity hedging transactions. We manage exposure to counterparty credit risk by limiting our counterparties to major international banks and financial institutions meeting established credit guidelines and continually monitoring their compliance with the credit guidelines. We do not obtain collateral or other security to support financial instruments subject to credit risk. We do not anticipate non-performance by our counterparties, but cannot provide assurances.

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ITEM 8 - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

Quarterly Financial Information
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in Millions, Except per Share Data)
 
1st Quarter
 
2nd Quarter
 
3rd Quarter
 
4th Quarter
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Net Sales
$
813.5

 
$
818.2

 
$
869.2

 
$
838.6

 
$
856.9

 
$
809.6

 
$
820.7

 
$
758.1

Gross Profit
215.6

 
217.4

 
223.0

 
222.9

 
227.0

 
231.7

 
218.5

 
193.2

Income from Operations
74.8

 
69.3

 
83.0

 
91.4

 
94.0

 
89.8

 
78.3

 
70.1

Net Income
47.6

 
42.7

 
54.3

 
58.4

 
63.6

 
61.1

 
52.6

 
47.1

Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation
46.3

 
41.6

 
53.0

 
56.6

 
62.2

 
59.6

 
51.5

 
45.6

Earnings Per Share Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Basic
1.03

 
0.93

 
1.19

 
1.27

 
1.40

 
1.33

 
1.16

 
1.02

  Assuming Dilution
1.02

 
0.93

 
1.18

 
1.26

 
1.39

 
1.32

 
1.15

 
1.01

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
44.8

 
44.7

 
44.7

 
44.7

 
44.4

 
44.8

 
44.3

 
44.8

Assuming Dilution
45.1

 
45.0

 
45.1

 
45.0

 
44.8

 
45.0

 
44.7

 
45.1

Net Sales
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial and Industrial Systems
$
381.2

 
$
377.6

 
$
407.4

 
$
394.7

 
$
408.0

 
$
389.4

 
$
407.7

 
$
369.2

  Climate Solutions
247.7

 
239.8

 
270.5

 
254.5

 
256.0

 
250.5

 
216.4

 
215.2

Power Transmission Solutions
184.6

 
200.8

 
191.3

 
189.4

 
192.9

 
169.7

 
196.6

 
173.7

Income from Operations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial and Industrial Systems
25.8

 
21.7

 
20.6

 
25.1

 
29.6

 
36.2

 
24.0

 
20.5

  Climate Solutions
31.2

 
24.6

 
40.2

 
36.1

 
38.8

 
42.2

 
30.4

 
27.0

Power Transmission Solutions
17.8

 
23.0

 
22.2

 
30.2

 
25.6

 
11.4

 
23.9

 
22.6

(1) Due to the weighting of both earnings and the weighted average number of shares outstanding, the sum of the quarterly earnings per share may not equal the annual earnings per share.

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Management's Annual Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
The management of Regal Beloit Corporation (the “Company”) is responsible for the accuracy and internal consistency of the preparation of the consolidated financial statements and footnotes contained in this annual report.
The Company's management is also responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. The Company operates under a system of internal accounting controls designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of published financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The internal accounting control system is evaluated for effectiveness by management and is tested, monitored and revised as necessary. All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation.
The Company's management assessed the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 30, 2017. In making its assessment, the Company's management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013). Based on the results of its evaluation, the Company's management concluded that, as of December 30, 2017, the Company's internal control over financial reporting is effective at the reasonable assurance level based on those criteria.
Our internal control over financial reporting as of December 30, 2017 has been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included herein.
February 27, 2018


























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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the shareholders and the Board of Directors of Regal Beloit Corporation

Opinions on the Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Regal Beloit Corporation and subsidiaries (the "Company") as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, equity, and cash flows, for each of the three years in the period ended December 30, 2017, and the related notes and the schedule listed in the Index at Item 15 (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). We also have audited the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 30, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 30, 2017, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 30, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by COSO.

Basis for Opinions

The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements, 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 Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements and an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures to respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. 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.

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting

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 (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) 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 (3) 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.


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/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 27, 2018
We have served as the Company's auditor since 2002.



 

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REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in Millions, Except Per Share Data)

 
 
For the Year Ended
 
 
 
December 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
 
January 2, 2016
 
Net Sales
 
$
3,360.3

 
$
3,224.5

 
$
3,509.7

 
Cost of Sales
 
2,476.2

 
2,359.3

 
2,576.5

 
  Gross Profit
 
884.1

 
865.2

 
933.2

 
Operating Expenses
 
554.0

 
544.6

 
600.5

 
Goodwill Impairment
 

 

 
79.9

 
Total Operating Expenses
 
554.0

 
544.6

 
680.4

 
  Income from Operations
 
330.1

 
320.6

 
252.8

 
Interest Expense
 
56.1

 
58.7

 
60.2

 
Interest Income
 
3.2

 
4.5

 
4.3

 
  Income before Taxes
 
277.2

 
266.4

 
196.9

 
Provision for Income Taxes
 
59.1

 
57.1

 
48.4

 
  Net Income
 
218.1

 
209.3

 
148.5

 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests
 
5.1

 
5.9

 
5.2

 
  Net Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation
 
$
213.0

 
$
203.4

 
$
143.3

 
Earnings Per Share Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Basic
 
$
4.78

 
$
4.55

 
$
3.21

 
  Assuming Dilution
 
$
4.74

 
$
4.52

 
$
3.18

 
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Basic
 
44.6

 
44.7

 
44.7

 
  Assuming Dilution
 
44.9

 
45.0

 
45.1

 
See accompanying Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

























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REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Dollars in Millions)
 
For the Year Ended
 
December 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
 
January 2, 2016
Net Income
 
 
$
218.1

 
 
 
$
209.3

 
 
 
$
148.5

Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) Net of Tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Translation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments
 
 
103.1

 
 
 
(68.2
)
 
 
 
(94.5
)
Hedging Activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Increase (Decrease) in Fair Value of Hedging Activities, Net of Tax Effects of $26.1 Million in 2017, $(15.2) Million in 2016 and $(26.6) Million in 2015
$
42.4

 
 
 
$
(24.8
)
 
 
 
$
(43.3
)
 
 
Reclassification of Gains (Losses) Included in Net Income, Net of Tax Effects of $4.5 Million in 2017, $19.1 Million in 2016, and $16.5 Million in 2015
7.3

 
49.7

 
31.2

 
6.4

 
26.8

 
(16.5
)
Pension and Post Retirement Plans:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Decrease (Increase) in Prior Service Cost and Unrecognized Gain (Loss), Net of Tax Effects of $0.4 Million in 2017, $(1.5) Million in 2016 and $1.8 Million in 2015
1.8

 
 
 
(2.8
)
 
 
 
1.2

 
 
Amortization of Prior Service Cost and Unrecognized Loss Included in Net Periodic Pension Cost, Net of Tax Effects of $0.9 Million in 2017, $1.2 Million in 2016 and $1.6 Million in 2015
1.6

 
3.4

 
2.2

 
(0.6
)
 
2.9

 
4.1

Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
 
 
156.2

 
 
 
(62.4
)
 
 
 
(106.9
)
Comprehensive Income
 
 
374.3

 
 
 
146.9

 
 
 
41.6

Less: Comprehensive Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest
 
 
7.2

 
 
 
3.9

 
 
 
2.3

Comprehensive Income Attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation
 
 
$
367.1

 
 
 
$
143.0

 
 
 
$
39.3

See accompanying Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

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REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Data)
 
 
December 30, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
$
139.6

 
$
284.5

Trade Receivables, Less Allowances of $11.3 Million in 2017 and $11.5 Million in 2016
 
506.3

 
462.2

Inventories
 
757.1

 
660.8

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets
 
171.4

 
124.5

Total Current Assets
 
1,574.4

 
1,532.0

Net Property, Plant and Equipment
 
623.0

 
627.5

Goodwill
 
1,477.1

 
1,453.2

Intangible Assets, Net of Amortization
 
670.5

 
711.7

Deferred Income Tax Benefits
 
28.5

 
22.4

Other Noncurrent Assets
 
14.7

 
11.7

Total Assets
 
$
4,388.2

 
$
4,358.5

 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts Payable
 
$
384.3

 
$
334.2

Dividends Payable
 
11.5

 
10.7

Current Hedging Obligations
 
8.1

 
49.0

Accrued Compensation and Employee Benefits
 
74.2

 
70.1

Other Accrued Expenses
 
132.7

 
137.0

Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt
 
101.2

 
100.6

Total Current Liabilities
 
712.0

 
701.6

Long-Term Debt
 
1,039.9

 
1,310.9

Deferred Income Taxes
 
135.3

 
97.7

Noncurrent Hedging Obligations
 
0.9

 
17.6

Pension and Other Post Retirement Benefits
 
101.0

 
106.5

Other Noncurrent Liabilities
 
44.4

 
46.0

Contingencies (see Note 11)
 


 

Equity:
 
 
 
 
Regal Beloit Corporation Shareholders' Equity:
 
 
 
 
Common Stock, $.01 Par Value, 100.0 Million Shares Authorized, 44.3 Million and 44.8 Million Shares Issued and Outstanding at 2017 and 2016, Respectively
 
0.4

 
0.4

Additional Paid-In Capital
 
877.5

 
904.5

Retained Earnings
 
1,611.6

 
1,452.0

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
 
(164.0
)
 
(318.1
)
Total Regal Beloit Corporation Shareholders' Equity
 
2,325.5

 
2,038.8

Noncontrolling Interests
 
29.2

 
39.4

Total Equity
 
2,354.7

 
2,078.2

Total Liabilities and Equity
 
$
4,388.2

 
$
4,358.5

See accompanying Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.






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REGAL BELOIT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Data)
 
 Common Stock $.01 Par Value
 
 Additional Paid-In Capital
 
 Retained Earnings
 
 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
 
 Noncontrolling
Interests
 
 Total
Equity
Balance as of January 3, 2015
$
0.4

 
$
896.1

 
$
1,188.9

 
$
(151.0
)
 
$
44.9

 
$
1,979.3

Net Income

 

 
143.3

 

 
5.2

 
148.5

Other C