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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
FORM 10-K
 
(Mark One)
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017

OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number: 1-34036
John Bean Technologies Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
91-1650317
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
70 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(Address of principal executive offices)
(312) 861-5900
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
 
 
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
Preferred Share Purchase Rights
 
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes ☒    No ☐
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes ☐    No ☒
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒     No  ☐
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 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes   ☒   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 the 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.  ☒
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
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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. ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes ☐    No  ☒
The aggregate market value of common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant on the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter was: $3,034,429,468.
At February 26, 2018, there were 31,577,182 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding.



DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated herein by reference in Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to the extent stated herein.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 9B. Other Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary
 
 

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SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K and other materials filed or to be filed by John Bean Technologies Corporation, as well as information in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by us, contain statements that are, or may be considered to be, forward-looking statements. All statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs or expectations regarding future performance, strategic plans, income, earnings, cash flows, restructuring and optimization plans and related cost savings, operating improvements, and covenant compliance are forward-looking statements. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “foresees” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words and phrases. Any forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are based upon our historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. There are factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the factors we describe herein, including under “Risk Factors,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and the following factors:

Fluctuations in our financial results;
Unanticipated delays or acceleration in our sales cycles;
Deterioration of economic conditions;
Sensitivity of segments to variable or volatile factors;
Changes in demand for our products and services;
Changes in commodity prices, including those impacting materials used in our business;
Disruptions in the political, regulatory, economic and social conditions of the foreign countries in which we conduct business;
Increases in energy prices;
Changes in food consumption patterns;
Impacts of pandemic illnesses, food borne illnesses and diseases to various agricultural products;
Weather conditions and natural disasters;
Acts of terrorism or war;
Termination or loss of major customer contracts;
Customer sourcing initiatives;
Competition and innovation in our industries;
Our ability to develop and introduce new or enhanced products and services;
Difficulty in developing, preserving and protecting our intellectual property;
Our ability to protect our information systems;
Adequacy of our internal controls;
Our ability to successfully integrate, operate and manage acquired businesses and assets;
Loss of key management and other personnel;
Potential liability arising out of the installation or use of our systems;
Our ability to comply with the laws and regulations governing our U.S. government contracts;
Our ability to comply with U.S. and international laws governing our operations and industries;
The outcome of pending or future litigation;
Increases in tax liabilities;
Difficulty in implementing our business strategies; and
Availability and access to financial and other resources.

If one or more of those or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from what we projected. Consequently, actual events and results may vary significantly from those included in or contemplated or implied by our forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf, whether as a result of new information, future developments, subsequent events or circumstances or otherwise.

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PART I

Unless otherwise specified or indicated by the context, JBT Corporation, JBT, we, us, our and the Company refer to John Bean Technologies Corporation and its subsidiaries.
ITEM 1.    BUSINESS

We are a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multi-national and regional customers through its FoodTech segment. JBT also sells critical equipment and services to domestic and international air transportation customers through its AeroTech segment.

The product offerings of our FoodTech businesses include:

Protein. Providing comprehensive solutions to our customers, our Protein technology offerings include chilling, mixing/grinding, injecting, marinating, tumbling, portioning, packaging, coating, frying, freezing, weighing, X-ray food inspection, and packaging systems for poultry, beef, pork and seafood, as well as ready-to-eat meals, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and bakery products.

Liquid Foods. Our Liquid Foods portfolio includes fruit and juice solutions that extract, concentrate and aseptically process citrus, tomato and other fruits, vegetables, and juices. It also includes in-container solutions for the filling, closing and preservation of fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, dairy, and pet food products as well as ready-to-eat meals in a wide variety of modern packages. Strategic acquisitions completed in 2017 added significant capabilities in the powder filling and high pressure processing segments to our product portfolio.

Automated Systems. We also provide stand-alone, fully-integrated, and dual-mode robotic automated guided vehicle systems for material movement requirements with a wide variety of applications including manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

JBT AeroTech markets its solutions and services to domestic and international airport authorities, passenger airlines, airfreight and ground handling companies, military forces and defense contractors. The product offerings of our AeroTech businesses include:

Mobile Equipment. JBT AeroTech’s portfolio of mobile air transportation equipment includes commercial and military cargo loading, aircraft deicing, aircraft towing, and aircraft ground power and cooling systems.

Fixed Equipment. JBT AeroTech provides gate equipment for passenger boarding.

Airport Services. JBT AeroTech also maintains the maintenance of airport equipment, systems, and facilities.

For financial information about our business segments see Note 16. Business Segments of our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We were originally incorporated as Frigoscandia, Inc. in Delaware in May 1994. Our principal executive offices are located at 70 West Madison, Suite 4400, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

BUSINESS SEGMENTS

JBT FoodTech

JBT FoodTech supplies both customized industrial and turnkey solutions and services used in the food and beverage industry. We design, manufacture and service technologically sophisticated food processing systems for the preparation of meat, seafood and poultry products, ready-to-eat meals, shelf stable packaged foods, bakery products, juice and dairy products, and fruit and vegetable products.

We believe our success is derived from our continued innovation, applying our differentiated and proprietary technologies to meet our customers’ food processing needs. We continually strive to improve our existing solutions and develop new solutions by working closely with our customers to meet their evolving needs.

Our historically strong position in the markets we serve has provided us with a large installed base of systems and equipment. We deliver industrial capacity equipment which includes freezers, citrus juice extractors, preservation systems, coating systems and

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packaging systems. The installed base of our equipment provides a stream of recurring revenue from aftermarket products, parts, services, and lease arrangements. Recurring revenue accounted for 41.5% of our FoodTech total revenue in 2017. Our installed base also provides us with strong, long-term customer relationships from which we derive information for new product development to meet the evolving needs of our food processing customers. We also provide stand-alone and fully integrated automated guided vehicle systems for repetitive material handling requirements, for example in manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

We have operations strategically positioned around the world to serve our existing JBT FoodTech equipment base located in more than 100 countries. Our principal production facilities are located in the United States (Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin), Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Africa and China. In addition to sales and services offices based in more than 25 countries, we also support our customers in their development of new food products and processes as well as the refinement and testing of their current applications through eleven technical centers located in the United States (California, Florida, and Ohio), Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and China. Our global presence allows us to provide direct customized support to customers virtually anywhere they process foods.

Solutions, Products and Services

We offer a broad portfolio of systems, equipment and services to our customers which are often sold as part of a fully integrated processing line solution. Our systems are typically customized to meet the specific customer application needs. Thus, actual production capacity ranges vary and are dependent on the food and product packaging type being processed.

Protein. Our fully integrated processing lines often span from the initial point of entry of raw products through further processing. Our Protein systems include Wolf-Tec Polar Dissolver brine preparation, IMAX injection, Polar Massager marination, Polar Flex Carve maceration, TMAX tenderization, TVI portion cutting systems, the DSI™ waterjet portioners, slicers and attribute scanner/sorters; the Stein™ coating and seasoning applicators, teflon coated Formcook Contact and Combi Cookers, THERMoFIN® fryers, GYRoCOMPACT® spiral ovens, JSO Jet Stream® ovens; Double D™ Revoband™ linear ovens and cooking systems; Novus X-ray systems; C.A.T. FATCAT chillers, ULTRACAT injectors, scales and weighing systems, GLACIERCAT freezers and Tipper Tie Clip packaging systems. Although our solutions are primarily used in the processing of meat and poultry (including nuggets, strips, and wings), we also provide systems that portion, coat or cook other food products ranging from breads and pizzas, seafood, and ready-to-eat meals to pet food. Through our acquisition of Tipper Tie, Inc. we also serve industrial, non-food customers, primarily in the adhesives, glues, silicone and industrial explosives industries.

With our first commercial food processing developed in the 1960s, we remain a leading supplier of freezing and chilling solutions to the food processing industry. We design, assemble, test, and install industry-leading technologies under the Frigoscandia® brand, which include the GYRoCOMPACT® self-stacking spiral, the FLoFREEZE® individual quick freezing (IQF) system, and the ADVANTEC™ linear/impingement freezing system, as well as flat product and contact freezers, chillers and proofers. We also offer a structure-supported Northfield SuperTRAK® spiral freezer for high volume, large packaged products. Our freezers are designed to meet the most stringent demands for quality, economy, food safety and user-friendliness. Our industrial freezers can be found in plants processing food products ranging from meat, seafood, and poultry to bakery products and ready-to-eat meals, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.

Protein technology offerings accounted for 34% of our total revenue in 2017.

Liquid Foods. We offer comprehensive processing lines from primary juice extraction through end of line packaging. In the primary space, we supply industrial citrus, tropical and temperate fruit processing equipment. Our citrus processing solutions include citrus extractors, finishers, pulp systems, evaporators, and citrus ingredient recovery systems as well as aseptic systems (including sterilizers, fillers, and controls) integrated with bulk aseptic storage systems for not-from-concentrate orange juice. Our READYGo™ family of skid-mounted products includes solutions for aseptic sterilization and bulk filling, as well as ingredients and by-products recovery and clean-up systems. In addition to our high capacity industrial extractors, we also offer point of use Fresh’n Squeeze® produce juicers. These juicers are used around the world in hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, quick service restaurants, and juice bars.

We are among the leading worldwide suppliers of fruit, vegetable, and juice processing equipment and aseptic sterilization and bulk filling systems. Our fruit, vegetable, and juice processing lines are comprised of extraction, finishing, heating and mixing equipment, enzyme inactivators, evaporators, flash coolers, sterilizers, and aseptic fillers. Our equipment is primarily sold as an integrated processing line, but can also satisfy a specific need within a line. Our tomato processing lines are installed with processors throughout the world’s key tomato growing regions and produce a range of finished tomato products including tomato paste, concentrates, peeled tomato products, diced tomatoes, salsa, pizza sauce, ketchup, and pureed and crushed tomatoes. Our

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aseptic processing lines are used in the bulk processing of a wide range of temperate and tropical fruits into juices, particulates, purees, and concentrates. These fruit products are used as ingredients for dairy products (yogurts, smoothies, flavored milk, and ice cream), bakery products, and fruit-based beverages.
We provide technology solutions and products to extend the life, improve the appearance and preserve the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables. Once protected, fresh fruits and vegetables can be individually labeled by our fast and efficient produce labeling systems. We also provide an integrated equipment and aftermarket service program, including the patented Bin Scrubber System, the Single Pass Dryer and Smart Dryer System, and additional ancillary produce processing technologies.

We are a global supplier of fully integrated industrial preservation systems that enable production of shelf stable foods in a wide variety of flexible, rigid, and semi-rigid packages. These integrated solutions for the processing of shelf-stable food and liquid products include a line of continuous hydrostatic sterilizers, our continuous rotary sterilizers, Steam Water Spray static and SuperAgi™ batch retorts, XL-series fillers, SeamTec™ and X-series closers, material handling systems and LOG-TEC® thermal process controls. We are a recognized U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Process Authority and offer the largest selection of preservation products in the industry. We offer consulting services to help design food production processes in accordance with USDA and FDA's stringent requirements. Our automated batch retorts can handle an array of flexible and rigid packages such as plastic pouches, cartons, glass and cans. Our solutions also include specialized material handling systems to automate the handling and tracking of processed and unprocessed containers. Additionally, we offer modeling software as well as thermal processing controls that help our customers optimize and track their cooking processes to allow real time modifications in the case of process deviations.

In 2017, we acquired the Avure Technologies and PLF International businesses, adding capabilities in the high pressure processing space for a broad array of market segments, and powdered product filling and handling systems, respectively.

Liquid Foods solution offerings accounted for 34% of our total revenue in 2017.

Automated Systems.   We are a leading global supplier of robotic automated guided vehicle systems for material movement in manufacturing and warehouse facilities. We provide engineering services and simulations to evaluate the material handling requirements, standard and custom automated guided vehicle hardware and software, and stand-alone (JayBoT®) and fully-integrated system hardware and software for a scalable solution that can be applied individually or across the entire customer enterprise.

Aftermarket Products, Consumables, Parts, and Services. We provide aftermarket products, parts, and services for all of our integrated food processing systems and equipment. We provide retrofits and refurbishments to accommodate changing operational requirements, and we supply our own brand of food grade lubricants and cleaners designed specifically for our equipment. We supply packaging material components for our clip packaging customers in the form of metal clips and hanging loops. We also provide continuous, proactive service to our customers including the fulfillment of preventative maintenance agreements, consulting services such as water treatment, corrosion monitoring control, food safety and process auditing, and the expertise of on-site technical personnel. In addition to helping our customers reduce their operating costs and improve efficiencies, our customer service focus also helps us maintain strong commercial relationships and provides us with ongoing access to information about our customers’ requirements and strategies to foster continuing product development. Our aftermarket products, parts, and services coupled with our large installed base of food processing systems and equipment, provide us with a strong base for growing recurring revenue. Sales of aftermarket products, parts and services are consolidated within the total revenue of their related JBT FoodTech businesses. As part of our aftermarket program we also offer technology for enterprise asset management and real-time operations monitoring with our patented iOPS™ suite.

JBT AeroTech

JBT AeroTech supplies customized solutions and services used for applications in the air transportation industry, including airport authorities, airlines, airfreight, ground handling companies, the military and defense contractors. We believe our strong market positions result from our ability to customize our equipment and services utilizing differentiated technology to meet the specific needs of our customers. We continually strive to improve our existing technologies and develop new technologies by working closely with our well established customer base.
 
There is a significant installed base of our airport and airline equipment around the world. We are a leading supplier of cargo loaders, passenger boarding bridges, and aircraft deicers. We have also sold a significant number of mobile passenger steps, cargo transporters, and tow tractors that are operating at airports around the world. This installed base provides a stream of recurring revenue from aftermarket parts, products, and services. Recurring revenue accounted for 36% of AeroTech total revenue in 2017. Our installed base also offers continuous access to customer feedback for improvements and new product development.

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JBT AeroTech products have been delivered to more than 100 countries. To support this equipment, we have operations located throughout the world. Our principal production facilities are located in the United States (Florida and Utah), China, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Spain. We also have sales and service offices located in nine countries and collaborative relationships with independent sales representatives, distributors, and service providers in over thirty additional countries.

Solutions, Products, and Services

We offer a broad portfolio of systems, equipment, and services to airport authorities, airlines, air cargo handlers, ground handling companies, military customers and defense contractors.
 
Mobile Equipment. We supply air cargo loaders, aircraft deicers, mobile power and environmental air conditioning systems, and other mobile ground support equipment to commercial air passenger and freight carriers, ground handlers, military customers and defense contractors.

Our Commander™ and Ranger™ loaders service containerized narrow-body and wide-body jet aircraft and are available in a wide range of configurations. Our Tempest™ aircraft deicers offer a broad range of options that can be configured to meet customers’ specific and regional need to provide efficient aircraft deicing while on the tarmac. We manufacture and supply a full array of B-series conventional aircraft tow tractors for moving aircraft without consumption of jet fuel, mobile passenger steps for tarmac boarding and deplaning, belt loaders, and self-propelled transporters for pallet and container handling.
 
Airlines and ground handling companies face increased pressure to reduce emissions and minimize fuel usage. We have a long history of delivering alternative fuel ground support equipment that provides a solution to these environmental and operational challenges. Our alternative fuel design approach is to provide modular ground support equipment, capable of being powered by a variety of power sources. Our electric powered product offering includes Commander cargo loaders, cargo transporters, conventional aircraft pushback tractors, belt loaders, and passenger boarding steps. We also offer electric retrofit kits for our existing delivered base of diesel powered Commander cargo loaders.

We manufacture a variety of sizes and configurations of auxiliary equipment including 400 Hertz ground power and preconditioned air units that supply aircraft requirements for electrical power and cooled air circulation for the environmental control system (air-conditioning) and main engine starting during ground operations.

Within mobile equipment, we also have a portfolio of military equipment, including a wide range of cargo loaders, ground power air conditioning, aircraft air compressors, air start, and bleed air units for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, international military forces, airframe manufacturers and defense contractors. Mobile equipment technology offerings accounted for 12% of our total revenue in 2017

In 2017, we acquired Aircraft Maintenance Support Services, Ltd. (AMSS), a manufacturer of military and commercial aviation equipment that enhances our offerings and expands our access to foreign customers with our existing products.

Fixed Equipment. We supply airport gate equipment. Our Jetway® passenger boarding bridges have set the standard for airlines and airport authorities to move passengers between the terminal building and the aircraft since 1959. Our passenger boarding bridges support a range of aircraft types, from regional aircraft up to the Airbus A380. Within fixed equipment, we also supply point-of-use and mobile 400 Hertz and pre-conditioned air units that enable our customers to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by minimizing requirements to use auxiliary power units or aircraft engines while parked at the gate, as well as remote gate monitoring equipment to improve equipment availability and reduce turn times. We also offer aircraft in-ground service pits to provide utility access on airport ramps, hangars and remote parking areas. Fixed equipment accounted for 10% of our total revenue in 2017

Airport Services. We are an industry provider for the design and management of technical support programs supplied to airlines and airports at over 20 major locations most of which are in the continental United States. Our specialty services extend to expertise in the development of sustainable and value orientated operation, maintenance, and repair of sophisticated in-line baggage handling systems, gate equipment, facilities, and ground support equipment.

Aftermarket Products, Parts, and Services. We provide aftermarket products, parts, and services for our installed base of JBT AeroTech equipment. We also provide retrofits to accommodate changing operational requirements and continuous, proactive service, including, in some cases, on-site technical personnel. These systems and other services represent an integrated approach to addressing critical problems faced by our customers and ensure that we remain well positioned to respond to their new

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requirements and strategic initiatives through our strong customer relations. Sales of aftermarket products, parts and services are consolidated within the total revenue of their associated JBT AeroTech businesses.

In support of our focus and strategy of meeting our customers’ needs, we have developed a global parts service network to enable us to market with confidence our ability to “provide the right part in the right place.” Our highly experienced global parts representatives help reduce equipment downtime by providing fast, accurate responses to technical questions. We also provide worldwide operations and maintenance training programs to provide maintenance technicians with the tools necessary to deliver the highest possible level of systems reliability.

OTHER BUSINESS INFORMATION RELEVANT TO ALL OF OUR BUSINESS SEGMENTS

Order Backlog
For information regarding order backlog, refer to the section entitled “Inbound Orders and Order Backlog” in Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Sources and Availability of Raw Materials
All of our business segments purchase carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and/or steel castings and forgings both domestically and internationally. We do not use single source suppliers for the majority of our raw material purchases and believe the available supplies of raw materials are adequate to meet our needs.

Research and Development
The objectives of our research and development programs are to create new products and business opportunities in relevant fields, and to improve existing products.

For additional financial information about our research and development activities, refer to Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Note 16. Business Segments to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Sales and Marketing
We sell and market our products and services predominantly through a direct sales force, supplemented with independent distributors and sales representatives. Our experienced international sales force is comprised of individuals with strong technical expertise in our products and services and the industries in which they are sold.

We support our sales force with marketing and training programs that are designed to increase awareness of our product offerings and highlight our differentiation while providing a set of sales tools to aid in the sales of our technology solutions. We actively employ a broad range of marketing programs to inform and educate customers, the media, industry analysts, and academia through targeted newsletters, our web site, seminars, trade shows, user groups, and conferences.

Patents, Trademarks and Other Intellectual Property
We own a number of United States and foreign patents, trademarks, and licenses that are cumulatively important to our business. We own approximately 725 United States and foreign issued patents and have approximately 240 patent applications pending in the United States and abroad. Further, we license certain intellectual property rights to or from third parties. We also own numerous United States and foreign trademarks and trade names and have approximately 820 registrations and pending applications in the United States and abroad. Developing and maintaining a strong intellectual property portfolio is an important component of our strategy to extend our technology leadership. However, we do not believe that the loss of any one or group of related patents, trademarks, or licenses would have a material adverse effect on our overall business.

Competition
We conduct business worldwide and compete with large multinational companies as well as a variety of local and regional companies, which typically are focused on a specific application, technology or geographical area.

We compete by leveraging our industry expertise to provide differentiated and proprietary technology, integrated systems, high product quality and reliability, and comprehensive aftermarket service. We strive to provide our customers with equipment that delivers a lower total cost of ownership, distinguishing ourselves by providing excellent equipment uptime and increased yields with improved final product quality.

JBT FoodTech’s major competitors include Advanced Equipment Inc.; Alit SRL; Allpax Products, Inc.; Atlas Pacific Engineering Company, Inc.; Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.; Brown International Corp.; CFT S.p.A.; Egemin Automation Inc.; Elettric 80 S.p.a. Italia; Ferrum; Food Processing Equipment Company; FPS Process Foods Solutions; GEA Group AG; Marel hf.;

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METALQUIMIA, S.A.; Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.; Morris & Associates, Inc.; MYCOM; Middleby Corporation; Nantong Freezing Equipment Company, Ltd.; Poly-clip system GmbH & Co. KG; Provisur Technologies, Inc.; Scanico A/S; Shibuya Corporation; Starfrost; Statco Engineering; Steriflow SAS.; Tetra Laval; and Tecnopool S.p.A.

JBT AeroTech’s major competitors include Cavotec SA; Elite Line Services Inc.; ERMC; Global Ground Support LLC; Goldhofer AG; Illinois Tool Works Inc.; Mallaghan Engineering Ltd; Shenzhen CIMC - Tianda Airport Support CO. LTD.; ThyssenKrupp AG; TLD Group SAS; Trepel Airport Equipment GmbH; Textron Inc.; TwistAero; Vanderlande Industries B.V.; Vestergaard Company A/S; and Weihai Guangtai Airport Equipment Co., LTD.

Employees
We have approximately 5,800 employees with approximately 3,600 located in the United States. Approximately 7% of our employees in the United States are represented by two collective bargaining agreements.

Outside the United States, we enter into employment contracts and agreements in those countries in which such relationships are mandatory or customary. The provisions of these agreements correspond in each case with the required or customary terms in the subject jurisdiction. Approximately 62% of our international employees are covered under national employee unions.

We maintain good employee relations and have successfully concluded all of our recent negotiations without a work stoppage. However, we cannot predict the outcome of future contract negotiations.

Customers
No single customer accounted for more than 10% of our total revenue in any of the last three fiscal years.

Government Contracts
We supply equipment and logistics support to the U.S. Department of Defense and international forces. The amount of equipment and parts supplied to these programs is dependent upon annual government appropriations and levels of military spending. In addition, United States defense contracts are unilaterally terminable at the option of the United States government with compensation for work completed and costs incurred. Contracts with the United States government and defense contractors are subject to special laws and regulations, the noncompliance with which may result in various sanctions that could materially affect our ongoing government business.

Governmental Regulation and Environmental Matters
Our operations are subject to various federal, state, local, and foreign laws and regulations governing the prevention of pollution and the protection of environmental quality. If we fail to comply with these environmental laws and regulations, administrative, civil, and criminal penalties may be imposed, and we may become subject to regulatory enforcement actions in the form of injunctions and cease and desist orders. We may also be subject to civil claims arising out of an accident or other event causing environmental pollution. These laws and regulations may expose us to liability for the conduct of or conditions caused by others or for our own acts even though these actions were in compliance with all applicable laws at the time they were performed.

Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, referred to as CERCLA, and related state laws and regulations, joint and several liability can be imposed without regard to fault or the legality of the original conduct on certain classes of persons that contributed to the release of a hazardous substance into the environment. These persons include the owner and operator of a contaminated site where a hazardous substance release occurred and any company that transported, disposed of, or arranged for the transport or disposal of hazardous substances that have been released into the environment, including hazardous substances generated by any closed operations or facilities. In addition, neighboring landowners or other third parties may file claims for personal injury, property damage, and recovery of response cost. We may also be subject to the corrective action provisions of the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, and analogous state laws that require owners and operators of facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste to clean up releases of hazardous waste constituents into the environment associated with their operations.

Many of our facilities and operations are also governed by laws and regulations relating to worker health and workplace safety, including the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSHA. We believe that appropriate precautions are taken to protect our employees and others from harmful exposure to potentially hazardous materials handled and managed at our facilities, and that we operate in substantial compliance with all OSHA or similar regulations.

We are also subject to laws and regulations related to conflict minerals, export compliance, local hiring and anti-corruption, and we have adopted policies, procedures and employee training programs that are designed to facilitate compliance with those laws and regulations.


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Financial Information about Geographic Areas
A significant portion of our consolidated revenue is generated in markets outside of the United States. For financial information about geographic areas see Note 16. Business Segments of our Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Available Information
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The information contained on or connected to our website, www.jbtc.com, is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K or any other report we file with the SEC.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT

The executive officers of JBT Corporation, together with the offices currently held by them, their business experience and their ages as of February 19, 2018, are as follows:

Name
 
Age
 
Office
Thomas W. Giacomini
 
52
 
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian A. Deck
 
49
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Sternlieb
 
45
 
Executive Vice President and President, Protein
Carlos Fernandez
 
48
 
Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods
David C. Burdakin
 
62
 
Executive Vice President and President, JBT AeroTech
Steven R. Smith
 
57
 
Executive Vice President
James L. Marvin
 
57
 
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Jason T. Clayton
 
41
 
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Debarshi Sengupta
 
41
 
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Megan J. Rattigan
 
49
 
Vice President and Controller

THOMAS W. GIACOMINI became the President and Chief Executive Officer of JBT Corporation as well as a member of the JBT Board of Directors in September 2013. In May 2014, Mr. Giacomini was elected Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining JBT, he served as Vice President (since February 2008) of Dover Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer, and President and Chief Executive Officer (since November 2011) of Dover Engineered Systems. Prior to serving in these roles, Mr. Giacomini served as President (from April 2009 to November 2011) and Chief Executive Officer (from July 2009 to November 2011) of Dover Industrial Products and President (from October 2007 to July 2009) of Dover's Material Handling Platform. Mr. Giacomini joined Dover in 2003 following its acquisition of Warn Industries, an industrial manufacturer specializing in vehicle performance enhancing equipment. During his 12 year tenure at Warn Industries he held a variety of leadership roles including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Warn Industries, Mr. Giacomini held various positions at TRW, Inc. Since June 2017, Mr. Giacomini has served as a director of MSA Safety Incorporated, a global safety equipment manufacturer.

BRIAN A. DECK became the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of JBT Corporation in February 2014. In May 2014, Mr. Deck’s title changed to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and he was appointed Treasurer. In December 2014, Mr. Deck appointed a Treasurer and resigned from that position. Prior to joining JBT, he served as Chief Financial Officer (since May 2011) of National Material L.P., a private diversified industrial holding company. Mr. Deck served as Vice President of Finance and Treasury (from November 2007 to May 2011) and as Director, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis (from August 2005 to November 2007) of Ryerson Inc., a metals distributor and processor. Prior to his service with Ryerson, Mr. Deck had increasing responsibilities with General Electric Capital, Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.), and Cole Taylor Bank.

PAUL STERNLIEB became the Executive Vice President and President, Protein in October 2017. Prior to joining JBT, he was Group President, Global Cooking (since 2014) of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). Prior to ITW, he served as a Vice President and

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General Manager (2011 to 2014) for Danaher. Prior to that, he held management roles with H.J. Heinz Company and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company leading consulting engagements for global food and beverage clients.

CARLOS FERNANDEZ became the Executive Vice President and President, Liquid Foods in August 2017. Previously, Mr. Fernandez served as a Vice President of JBT (since 2014) and President, Liquid Foods (since 2016). He joined FMC Corporation in 1996 as a Financial Analyst in Madrid, Spain. Since then Mr. Fernandez served in a variety of finance and general manager roles with FMC Corporation and FMC Technologies, Inc., JBT’s previous parent company, as well as with JBT FoodTech, including serving as the General Manager of Fruit and Juice Solutions from 2012 to 2014.

DAVID C. BURDAKIN became the Executive Vice President and President, JBT AeroTech in May 2014. Previously, Mr. Burdakin was Vice President and Division Manager-JBT AeroTech beginning in January 2014. Prior to joining JBT, he worked as an independent consultant and as Non-Executive Chairman of Mayline Corporation, a private equity owned industrial company (2012 to 2013). Prior to Mayline, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer (2007 to 2012) of Paladin Brands, a leading independent manufacturer of attachment tools for construction equipment including mobile aviation support equipment. Prior to that, Mr. Burdakin progressed through various leadership roles at HNI Corporation (1993 to 2007), including seven years as President of The HON Company, HNI's largest operating company. Prior to joining HNI, he held various positions at Illinois Tool Works Inc. and Bendix Industrial Group.

STEVEN R. SMITH became the Vice President and Division Manager-JBT FoodTech in December 2013. In May 2014, Mr. Smith’s title changed to Executive Vice President and Division President- JBT FoodTech. It was announced in August 2017 that Mr. Smith's title would change to Executive Vice President, and would plan to retire in the 2nd quarter of 2018. Previously Mr. Smith served as our Vice President and Division Manager-Food Processing Systems (since October 2011). Mr. Smith joined FMC Corporation in 1989 as a Business Planner with FMC's Petroleum Equipment Group in Houston, Texas. Since then, he has served in a variety of sales, marketing, and line management roles within FMC Corporation and FMC Technologies, Inc., JBT's previous parent companies, as well as with JBT FoodTech, including most recently serving as the General Manager for the America's Operations of FoodTech's Food Solutions and Services Division from 2003 to 2011.

JAMES L. MARVIN became our Executive Vice President and General Counsel in May 2014, and has served as Secretary since July 2008. From July 2008 until May 2014, Mr. Marvin served as Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, acting as Division Counsel for JBT AeroTech and managing corporate legal matters. Mr. Marvin joined FMC Technologies, Inc. in April 2003, serving as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, acting as Division Counsel for FMC Technologies’ Airport Systems Division and managing corporate legal matters. Before joining FMC Technologies in 2003, Mr. Marvin served in the roles of Chief Corporate Counsel and Division Counsel for Corporate Finance at Heller Financial, Inc., a publicly-traded middle-market financial services business. Mr. Marvin was previously a partner with the Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Zavis, with a practice focused in commercial financial transactions. Mr. Marvin was a corporate securities attorney with O’Connor Cavanagh Anderson Westover Killingsworth & Beshears in Phoenix, Arizona.

JASON T. CLAYTON became our Executive Vice President, Human Resources in September 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Clayton served as the Vice President, Human Resources for Signode Industrial Group LLC., From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Clayton worked in various Human Resources roles with IDEX Corporation, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources. Mr. Clayton worked for Pepsi Beverages Company/Pepsico from 2004 to 2010 in various positions, most recently as Director, Human Resources, Chicagoland/Wisconsin Market Unit. Mr. Clayton worked for Newell Rubbermaid from 2001 to 2004, where he served in various positions, most recently as Human Resources Manager, Sanford North America Division. Mr. Clayton worked for Burlington Industries, Inc. from 2000 to 2001.

DEBARSHI SENGUPTA was named our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development in March 2016. Mr. Sengupta assumed our Corporate Development portfolio in 2014 as Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Sengupta led Investor Relations and Financial Planning and Analysis. Mr. Sengupta joined us in 2009 as a Business Planner. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Sengupta worked as a consumer & retail investment banker at Banc of America Securities.

MEGAN J. RATTIGAN became a Vice President in August 2014 and has served as our Controller since December 2013. Previously, Ms. Rattigan served as our Chief Accounting Officer (since November 2008) and Director of Financial Control (since July 2008). Ms. Rattigan was FMC Technologies’ Manager of Financial Reporting and Accounting Research from April 2005 until July 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Rattigan served as a consultant to FMC Technologies from January 2002 until April 2005. From July 1998 until December 2001, Ms. Rattigan was Director of Finance for Chart House Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Rattigan is a certified public accountant and began her professional career in the Assurance practice of Ernst & Young LLP in 1992.

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ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS

You should carefully consider the risks described below, together with all of the other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, in evaluating our company and our common stock. If any of the risks described below actually occurs, our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and stock price could be materially adversely affected.

Our financial results are subject to fluctuations caused by many factors that could result in our failing to achieve anticipated financial results and cause a drop in our stock price.

Our quarterly and annual financial results have varied in the past and are likely to continue to vary in the future due to a number of factors, many of which are beyond our control. In particular, the contractual terms and the number and size of orders in the capital goods industries in which we compete vary significantly over time. The timing of our sales cycle from receipt of orders to shipment of the products or provision of services can significantly impact our sales and income in any given fiscal period. These and any one or more of the factors listed below, among other things, could cause us not to achieve our revenue or profitability expectations in any given period and the resulting failure to meet such expectations could cause a drop in our stock price:

volatility in demand for our products and services, including volatility in growth rates in the food processing and air transportation industries;

downturns in our customers’ businesses resulting from deteriorating domestic and international economies where our customers conduct substantial business;

increases in commodity prices resulting in increased manufacturing costs, such as petroleum-based products, metals or other raw materials we use in significant quantities;

supply chain interruptions;

changes in pricing policies resulting from competitive pressures, including aggressive price discounting by our competitors and other market factors;

our ability to develop and introduce on a timely basis new or enhanced versions of our products and services;

unexpected needs for capital expenditures or other unanticipated expenses;

changes in the mix of revenue attributable to domestic and international sales;

changes in the mix of products and services that we sell;

changes in foreign currency rates;

seasonal fluctuations in buying patterns; and

future acquisitions and divestitures of technologies, products, and businesses.

Variability in the length of our sales cycles makes accurate estimation of our revenue in any single period difficult and can result in significant fluctuation in quarterly operating results.

The length of our sales cycle varies depending on a number of factors over which we may have little or no control, including the size and complexity of a potential transaction, the level of competition that we encounter during our selling process, and our current and potential customers’ internal budgeting and approval process. Many of our sales are subject to an extended sales cycle. As a result, we may expend significant effort and resources over a significant period of time in an attempt to obtain an order, but ultimately not obtain the order, or obtain an order that is smaller than we anticipated. Revenue generated by any one of our customers may vary from quarter to quarter, and a customer who places a large order in one quarter may generate significantly lower revenue in subsequent quarters. Due to the length and uncertainty of our sales cycle, and the variability of orders from period to period, we believe that quarter-to-quarter comparisons of our revenue and operating results may not be an accurate indicator of our short term or future performance.

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We face risks associated with current and future acquisitions.

To achieve our strategic objectives, we have pursued and expect to continue to pursue expansion opportunities such as acquiring other businesses or assets. Expanding through acquisitions involves risks such as:
the incurrence of additional debt to finance the acquisition or expansion;

additional liabilities (whether known or unknown), including environmental or pension liabilities of the acquired business or assets;

risks and costs associated with integrating the acquired business or new facility into our operations;

the need to retain and assimilate key employees of the acquired business or assets;

unanticipated demands on our management, operational resources and financial and internal control systems;

unanticipated regulatory risks;

the risk of being denied the necessary licenses, permits and approvals from state, local and foreign governments, and the costs and time associated with obtaining such licenses, permits and approvals;

risks that we do not achieve anticipated operating efficiencies, synergies and economies of scale; and

risks in retaining the existing customers and contracts of the acquired business or assets.

If we are unable to effectively integrate acquired businesses or newly formed operations, or if such acquired businesses underperform relative to our expectations, such an expansion may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position, and results of operations.

Deterioration of economic conditions could adversely impact our business.

Our business may be adversely affected by changes in current or future national or global economic conditions, including lower growth rates or recession, high unemployment, rising interest rates, limited availability of capital, decreases in consumer spending rates, the availability and cost of energy, and the effect of government deficit reduction, sequestration, and other austerity measures impacting the markets we serve. Any such changes could adversely affect the demand for our products or the cost and availability of our required raw materials, which can have a material adverse effect on our financial results. Adverse national and global economic conditions could, among other things:

make it more difficult or costly for us to obtain necessary financing for our operations, our investments and our acquisitions, or to refinance our debt;

cause our lenders or other financial instrument counterparties to be unable to honor their commitments or otherwise default under our financing arrangements;

impair the financial condition of some of our customers, thereby hindering our customers’ ability to obtain financing to purchase our products and/or increasing customer bad debts;

cause customers to forgo or postpone new purchases in favor of repairing existing equipment and machinery, and delay or reduce preventative maintenance, thereby reducing our revenue and/or profits;

negatively impact our customers’ ability to raise pricing to counteract increased fuel, labor, and other costs, making it less likely that they will expend the same capital and other resources on our equipment as they have in the past;

impair the financial condition of some of our suppliers thereby potentially increasing both the likelihood of our having to renegotiate supply terms on terms that may not be as favorable to us and the risk of non-performance by suppliers;

negatively impact global demand for air transportation services as well as the food preparation industry, which could result in a reduction of sales, operating income, and cash flows in our JBT AeroTech and JBT FoodTech segments;


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negatively affect the rates of expansion, consolidation, renovation, and equipment replacement within the air transportation industry and within the food processing industry, which may adversely affect the results of operations of our JBT AeroTech and JBT FoodTech segments; and

impair the financial viability of our insurers.

Disruptions in the political, regulatory, economic and social conditions of the foreign countries in which we conduct business could negatively affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

We operate manufacturing facilities in eleven countries other than the United States, the largest of which are located in Belgium, China, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. Our international sales accounted for 40% of our 2017 revenue. Multiple factors relating to our international operations and to those particular countries in which we operate or seek to expand our operations could have an adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations. These factors include, among others:

economic downturns, inflationary and recessionary markets, including in capital and equity markets;

civil unrest, political instability, terrorist attacks, and wars;

nationalization, expropriation, or seizure of assets;

potentially burdensome taxation in other jurisdictions;

changes in the mix of our international business operations and revenue relative to our domestic operations, resulting in increasing tax liabilities resulting from repatriation of income generated outside of the United States;

inability to repatriate income or capital;

foreign ownership restrictions;

export regulations that could erode profit margins or restrict exports, including import or export licensing regulations;

trade restrictions, trade protection measures, or price controls;

restrictions on operations, trade practices, trade partners, and investment decisions resulting from domestic and foreign laws and regulations;

compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other similar laws;

burden and cost of complying with foreign laws, treaties, and technical standards and changes in those regulations;

transportation delays and interruptions; and

reductions in the availability of qualified personnel.


Changes to trade regulation, quotas, duties or tariffs, caused by the changing U.S. and geopolitical environments or otherwise, may increase our costs or limit the amount of raw materials and products that we can import.
 
The current U.S. administration has voiced strong concerns about imports from countries that it perceives as engaging in unfair trade practices, and may decide to impose import duties or other restrictions on products or raw materials sourced from those countries, which may include China and other countries from which we import raw materials or in which we manufacture our products. Any such duties or restrictions could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition. 

The result of the Referendum of the United Kingdom’s Membership in the European Union have created uncertainties that could have negative effects on us.

The announcement of the Referendum of the United Kingdom’s (or the U.K.) Membership in the European Union (E.U.) (referred to as Brexit), advising for the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, has resulted in significant volatility in global stock markets and currency exchange rate fluctuations that resulted in the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against certain foreign currencies

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in which we conduct business. As described in Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk - Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk, we translate revenue denominated in foreign currency into U.S. dollars for our financial statements. During periods of a strengthening dollar, our reported international revenue is reduced because foreign currencies translate into fewer U.S. dollars.

The effects of Brexit will depend on any agreements the U.K. makes to retain access to E.U. markets either during a transitional period or more permanently. The measures could potentially disrupt the markets we serve and may cause us to lose customers and employees. In addition, Brexit could lead to legal uncertainty and potentially divergent national laws and regulations as the U.K. determines which E.U. laws to replace or replicate. These uncertainties may cause our customers to closely monitor their costs and reduce their spending budget on our products and services.

Any of these effects of Brexit, among others, could materially adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Fluctuations in currency exchange rates could negatively affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

A significant portion of our revenue and expenses are realized in foreign currencies. As a result, changes in exchange rates will result in increases or decreases in our costs and earnings and may adversely affect our Consolidated Financial Statements, which are stated in U.S. dollars. Although we may seek to minimize currency exchange risk by engaging in hedging transactions where we deem appropriate, we cannot be assured that our efforts will be successful. Currency fluctuations may also result in our systems and services becoming more expensive and less competitive than those of other suppliers in the foreign countries in which we sell our systems and services.

We have invested substantial resources in certain markets where we expect growth, and our business may suffer if we are unable to achieve the growth we expect.
As part of our strategy to grow, we are expanding our operations in certain emerging or developing markets, and accordingly have made and expect to continue to make substantial investments to support anticipated growth in those regions. We may fail to realize expected rates of return on our existing investments or incur losses on such investments, and we may be unable to redeploy capital to take advantage of other markets. Our results will also suffer if these regions do not grow as quickly as we anticipate.

Our restructuring initiatives may not achieve the expected cost reductions or other anticipated benefits.

We regularly evaluate our existing operations, service capacity, and business efficiencies to determine if a realignment or restructuring could improve our results of operations or achieve some other business goal. Our realignment and restructuring initiatives are designed to result in more efficient and increasingly profitable operations. Our ability to achieve the anticipated cost savings and other benefits from these initiatives within the expected time frame is subject to many estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions are subject to significant economic, competitive, and other uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control. In 2016, we implemented an optimization program to realign FoodTech’s Protein business in North America and Liquid Foods business in Europe, accelerate our strategic sourcing initiatives, and consolidate smaller facilities, and have incurred restructuring charges of $12.0 million related to this plan to date. We may incur similar charges in the future. Failure to achieve the expected cost reductions related to these restructuring initiatives could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

Our inability to obtain raw materials, component parts, and/or finished goods in a timely and cost-effective manner from suppliers would adversely affect our ability to manufacture and market our products.

We purchase raw materials and component parts from suppliers for use in manufacturing our products. We also purchase certain finished goods from suppliers. Changes in our relationships with suppliers or increases in our costs for raw materials, component parts, or finished goods we purchase could result in manufacturing interruptions, delays, inefficiencies, or our inability to market products if we cannot timely and efficiently manufacture them. In addition, our gross margins could decrease if prices of purchased raw materials, component parts, or finished goods increase and we are unable to pass on such price increases to customers.

Regulations related to conflict minerals could adversely impact our business.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains provisions to improve transparency and accountability concerning the supply of certain minerals, known as “conflict minerals”, originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. To implement this legislation, the SEC adopted annual disclosure and reporting requirements for those companies that use conflict minerals mined from the DRC and adjoining countries in their products. We will continue to incur costs associated with complying with these annual disclosure requirements, including those incurred to conduct diligence to determine the sources of conflict minerals used in our products and other potential changes to products, processes, or sources of supply as a

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consequence of such verification activities. These rules could adversely affect the sourcing, supply and pricing of materials used in our products. As there may be only a limited number of suppliers offering “conflict free” conflict minerals of certain types, we cannot be certain that we will continue to be able to obtain necessary conflict minerals from such suppliers in sufficient quantities or at competitive prices. Also, we may face reputational challenges if we determine that certain of our products contain minerals not determined to be conflict free or if we are unable to sufficiently verify the origins for all conflict minerals used in our products.

An increase in energy or raw material prices may reduce the profitability of our customers, which ultimately could negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Energy prices are volatile and have been historically high. High energy prices have a negative trickledown effect on our customers’ business operations by reducing their profitability because of increased operating costs. Our customers require large amounts of energy to run their businesses, particularly in the air transportation industry. Higher energy prices can reduce passenger and cargo air carrier profitability as a result of increased jet and ground support equipment fuel prices. Higher energy prices also increase food processors’ operating costs through increased energy and utility costs to run their plants, higher priced chemical and petroleum based raw materials used in food processing, and higher fuel costs to run their logistics and service fleet vehicles.

Food processors are also affected by the cost and availability of raw materials such as feed grains, livestock, produce, and dairy products. Increases in the cost of and limitations in the availability of such raw materials can negatively affect the profitability of food processors’ operations.

Any reduction in our customers’ profitability due to higher energy or raw material costs or otherwise may reduce their future expenditures in the food processing equipment or airport equipment that we provide. This reduction may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Changes in food consumption patterns due to dietary trends or economic conditions may adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Dietary trends can create demand for protein food products but negatively impact demand for high-carbohydrate foods, or create demand for easy to prepare, transportable meals but negatively impact traditional canned food products. Because different food types and food packaging can quickly go in and out of style as a function of dietary, health, or convenience trends, food processors can be challenged in accurately forecasting their needed manufacturing capacity and the related investment in equipment and services. During periods of economic uncertainty, consumer demand for protein products or processed food products may be negatively impacted by increases in food prices. A demand shift away from protein products or processed foods could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

An outbreak of animal borne diseases (H5N1, BSE, or other virus strains affecting poultry or livestock), citrus tree diseases, or food borne illnesses or other food safety or quality concerns may negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

An outbreak or pandemic stemming from H5N1 (avian flu) or BSE (mad cow disease) or any other animal related disease strains could reduce the availability of poultry or beef that is processed for the restaurant, food service, wholesale or retail consumer. Any limitation on the availability of such raw materials could discourage food producers from making additional capital investments in processing equipment, aftermarket products, parts, and services that our JBT FoodTech business provides. Such a decrease in demand for our products could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

The success of our business that serves the citrus food processing industry is directly related to the viability and health of citrus crops. The citrus industries in Florida, Brazil, and other countries are facing increased pressure on their harvest productivity and citrus bearing acreage due to citrus canker and greening diseases. These citrus tree diseases are often incurable once a tree has been infested and the end result can be the destruction of the tree. Reduced amounts of available fruit for the processed or fresh food markets could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

In the event an E. coli or other food borne illness causes a recall of meat or produce, the companies supplying those fresh, further processed or packaged forms of those products could be severely adversely affected. Any negative impact on the financial viability of our fresh or processed food provider customers could adversely affect our immediate and recurring revenue base.


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Freezes, hurricanes, droughts, or other natural disasters may negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

In the event a natural disaster negatively affects growers or farm production, the food processing industry may not have the fresh food raw materials necessary to meet consumer demand. Crops of entire groves or fields can be severely damaged by a drought, freeze, or hurricane. An extended drought or freeze or a high category hurricane could permanently damage or destroy a tree crop area. If orchards have to be replanted, trees may not produce viable product for several years. Since our recurring revenue is dependent on growers’ and farmers’ ability to provide high quality crops to certain of our customers, our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be materially adversely impacted in the event of a freeze, hurricane, drought, or other natural disaster.

Our failure to comply with the laws and regulations governing our U.S. government contracts or the loss of production funding of any of our U.S. government contracts could harm our business.

The U.S. government represented approximately 2% of our 2017 revenue, directly or through subcontracts. Our JBT AeroTech business contracts with the U.S. government and subcontracts with defense contractors conducting business with U.S. government. As a result, we are subject to various laws and regulations that apply to companies doing business with the U.S. government.

The laws governing U.S. government contracts differ in several respects from the laws governing private company contracts. Government contracts are highly regulated to curb misappropriation of funds and to ensure uniform policies and practices across various governmental agencies. Funding for such contracts is tied to National Defense Budgets and Procurement Programs that are annually negotiated and approved or disapproved by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Executive Branch, and the Congress. For example, if there were any shifts in spending priorities or if funding for the military aircraft programs were reduced or canceled as a result of the sequestration, policy changes, or for other reasons, the resulting loss of revenue could have a material adverse impact on our JBT AeroTech business. Many U.S. government contracts contain pricing terms and conditions that are not applicable to private contracts. In particular, U.S. defense contracts are unilaterally terminable at the option of the U.S. government with compensation only for work completed and costs incurred to date. In addition, any deliverable delays under such contracts as a result of our non-performance could also have a negative impact on these contracts.

Non-compliance with the laws and regulations governing U.S. government contracts or subcontracts may result in significant sanctions such as debarment (restrictions from future business with the government). If we were found not to be in compliance now or in the future with any such laws or regulations, our results of operations could be adversely impacted.

Terrorist attacks and threats, escalation of military activity in response to such attacks, or acts of war may negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Any future terrorist attacks against U.S. targets, rumors or threats of war, actual conflicts involving the United States or its allies, or military or trade disruptions affecting our customers or the economy as a whole may materially adversely affect our operations or those of our customers. As a result, there could be delays or losses in transportation and deliveries to our customers, decreased sales of our products, and delays in payments by our customers. Strategic targets such as those relating to transportation and food processing may be at greater risk of future terrorist attacks than other targets in the United States. Our airport authority, airline, air cargo and ground handling customers are particularly sensitive to safety concerns, and their businesses may decline after terrorist attacks or threats or during periods of political instability when travelers are concerned about safety issues. A decline in these customers’ businesses could have a negative impact on their demand for our products. It is possible that any of these occurrences, or a combination of them, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

The cumulative loss of several significant contracts may negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

We often enter into large, project-oriented contracts, or long-term equipment leases and service agreements. These agreements may be terminated or breached, or our customers may fail to renew these agreements. If we were to lose several significant agreements and if we were to fail to develop alternative business opportunities, we could experience a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.


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We may lose money or not achieve our expected profitability on fixed-price contracts.

As is customary for several of the business areas in which we operate, we may provide products and services under fixed-price contracts. Under such contracts, we are typically responsible for cost overruns. Our actual costs and any gross profit realized on these fixed-price contracts may vary from our estimates on which the pricing for such contracts was based. There are inherent risks and uncertainties in the estimation process, including those arising from unforeseen technical and logistical challenges or longer than expected lead times for sourcing raw materials and assemblies. A fixed-price contract may significantly limit or prohibit our ability to mitigate the impact of unanticipated increases in raw material prices (including the price of steel and other significant raw materials) by passing on such price increases. Depending on the volume of our work performed under fixed-price contracts at any one time, differences in actual versus estimated performance could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Customer sourcing initiatives may adversely affect our new equipment and aftermarket businesses.

Many multi-national companies, including our customers and prospective customers, have undertaken supply chain integration to provide a sustainable competitive advantage against their competitors. Under continued price pressure from consumers, wholesalers and retailers, our manufacturer customers are focused on controlling and reducing cost, enhancing their sourcing processes, and improving their profitability.

A key value proposition of our equipment and services is low total cost of ownership. If our customers implement sourcing initiatives that focus solely on immediate cost savings and not on total cost of ownership, our new equipment and aftermarket sales could be adversely affected.

To remain competitive, we need to rapidly and successfully develop and introduce complex new solutions in a global, competitive, demanding, and changing environment.

If we lose our significant technology advantage in our products and services, our market share and growth could be materially adversely affected. In addition, if we are unable to deliver products, features, and functionality as projected, we may be unable to meet our commitments to customers, which could have a material adverse effect on our reputation and business. Significant investments in research and development efforts that do not lead to successful products, features, and functionality, could also materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be materially adversely affected by competing technology. Some of our competitors are large multinational companies that may have greater financial resources than us, and they may be able to devote greater resources to research and development of new systems, services, and technologies than we are able to do. Moreover, some of our competitors operate in narrow business areas, allowing them to concentrate their research and development efforts more directly on products and services for those areas than we may be able to.

High capacity products or products with new technology may be more likely to experience reliability, quality, or operability problems.

Even with rigorous testing prior to release and investment on product quality processes, problems may be found in newly developed or enhanced products after such products are launched and shipped to customers. Resolution of such issues may cause project delays, additional development costs, and deferred or lost revenue.

New products and enhancements of our existing products may also reduce demand for our existing products or could delay purchases by customers who instead decide to wait for our new or enhanced products. Difficulties that arise in our managing the transition from our older products to our new or enhanced products could result in additional costs and deferred or lost revenue.

We may need to make significant capital and operating expenditures to keep pace with technological developments in our industry.

The industries in which we participate are constantly undergoing development and change, and it is likely that new products, equipment, and service methods will be introduced in the future. We may need to make significant expenditures to purchase new equipment and to train our employees to keep pace with any new technological developments. These expenditures could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.


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If we are unable to develop, preserve, and protect our intellectual property assets, our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows may be negatively affected.

We strive to protect and enhance our proprietary intellectual property rights through patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret laws, as well as through technological safeguards and operating policies and procedures. To the extent we are not successful, our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be materially adversely impacted. We may be unable to prevent third parties from using our technology without our authorization, or from independently developing technology that is similar to ours, particularly in those countries where the laws do not protect our proprietary rights as fully as in others. With respect to our pending patent applications, we may not be successful in securing patents for these claims, and our competitors may already have applied for patents that, once issued, will prevail over our patent rights or otherwise limit our ability to sell our products.

Claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property rights could harm our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

We have seen a trend towards aggressive enforcement of intellectual property rights as product functionality in our industry increasingly overlaps and the number of issued patents continues to grow. As a result, there is a risk that we could be subject to infringement claims which, regardless of their validity, could:

be expensive, time consuming, and divert management attention away from normal business operations;

require us to pay monetary damages or enter into non-standard royalty and licensing agreements;

require us to modify our product sales and development plans; or

require us to satisfy indemnification obligations to our customers.

Regardless of whether these claims have any merit, they can be burdensome and costly to defend or settle and can harm our business and reputation.

Infrastructure failures or catastrophic loss at any of our facilities could lead to production or service curtailments or shutdowns.     

We manufacture our products at facilities in the United States, Belgium, China, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. An interruption in production or service capabilities at any of our facilities as a result of equipment failure or other reasons could result in our inability to manufacture our products. In the event of a stoppage in production at any of our facilities, even if only temporary, or if we experience delays as a result of events that are beyond our control, delivery times to our customers could be severely affected. Any significant delay in deliveries to our customers could lead to cancellations. Our facilities are also subject to the risk of catastrophic loss due to unanticipated events such as earthquake, fire, natural disaster, explosions, power loss, unauthorized intrusions, and other catastrophic events. We may also experience plant shutdowns or periods of reduced production as a result of equipment failure, delays in deliveries or catastrophic loss, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

The business continuity of our information systems, computer equipment, and information databases are critical to our business operations, and any damage or disruptions could negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Our operations are dependent on our ability to protect our computer equipment and the information stored in our databases from damage by, among other things, earthquake, fire, natural disaster, power loss, telecommunications failures, unauthorized intrusions, and other catastrophic events. A part of our operations is based in an area of California that has experienced earthquakes and other natural disasters, while another part of our operations is based in an area of Florida that has experienced hurricanes and other natural disasters. Despite our best efforts at planning for such contingencies, catastrophic events of this nature may still result in system failures and other interruptions in our operations, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

In addition, it is periodically necessary to replace, upgrade, or modify our internal information systems. For example we are currently in the process of implementing common Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems across the majority of our businesses. If we are unable to do this in a timely and cost-effective manner, especially in light of demands on our information technology resources, our ability to capture and process financial transactions and therefore our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows may be materially adversely impacted.


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We are subject to cyber-security risks arising out of breaches of security relating to sensitive company, client, and employee information and to the technology that manages our operations and other business processes.

Our business operations rely upon secure information technology systems for data capture, processing, storage, and reporting. Notwithstanding careful security and controls design, our information technology systems, and those of our third-party providers could become subject to cyber-attacks. Network, system, application, and data breaches could result in operational disruptions or information misappropriation, including, but not limited to, interruptions to systems availability and denial of access to and misuse of applications required by our clients to conduct business with us. Phishing and other forms of electronic fraud may also subject us to risks associated with improper access to financial assets and customer information. Theft of intellectual property or trade secrets and inappropriate disclosure of confidential information could stem from such incidents. Any such operational disruption and/or misappropriation of information could result in lost sales, negative publicity or business delays and could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our business success depends on retaining our senior management and other key personnel and attracting and retaining other qualified employees.

We depend on our senior executive officers and other key personnel. The loss of any of these officers or key personnel could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. In addition, competition for skilled and non-skilled employees among companies that rely heavily on engineering, technology, and manufacturing is intense, and the loss of skilled or non-skilled employees or an inability to attract, retain, and motivate additional skilled and non-skilled employees required for the operation and expansion of our business could hinder our ability to conduct research activities successfully, develop new products and services and meet our customers’ requirements.

The industries in which we operate expose us to potential liabilities arising out of the installation or use of our systems that could negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

Our equipment, systems and services create potential exposure for us for personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, commercial claims, product recalls, production loss, property damage, pollution, and other environmental damages. In the event that a customer who purchases our equipment becomes subject to claims relating to food borne illnesses or other food safety or quality issues relating to food processed through the use of our equipment, we could be exposed to significant claims from our customers. Although we have obtained business and related risk insurance, we cannot assure you that our insurance will be adequate to cover all potential liabilities. Further, we cannot assure you that insurance will generally be available in the future or, if available, that premiums to obtain such insurance will be commercially reasonable. If we incur substantial liability and damages arising from such liability are not covered by insurance or are in excess of policy limits, or if we were to incur liability at a time when we are not able to obtain liability insurance, our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows could be materially adversely affected.

Environmental protection initiatives may negatively impact the profitability of our business.

Future environmental regulatory developments in the United States and abroad concerning environmental issues, such as climate change, could adversely affect our operations and increase operating costs and, through their impact on our customers, reduce demand for our products and services. Actions may be taken in the future by the U.S. government, state governments within the United States, foreign governments, or by signatory countries through a new global climate change treaty to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases. Pressures to reduce the footprint of carbon emissions impact the air transportation and manufacturing sectors. Airports, airlines, and air cargo providers are continually looking for new ways to become more energy efficient and reduce pollutants. Manufacturing plants are seeking means to reduce their heat-trapping emissions and minimize their energy and water usage. The precise nature of any such future environmental regulatory requirements and their applicability to us and our customers are difficult to predict, but the impact to us and the industries that we serve would likely be adverse and could be significant, including the potential for increased fuel costs, carbon taxes or fees, or a requirement to purchase carbon credits.

Our operations and industries are subject to a variety of U.S. and international laws, which can change. We therefore face uncertainties with regard to lawsuits, regulations, and other related matters.

In the normal course of business, we are subject to proceedings, lawsuits, claims, and other matters, including those that relate to the environment, health and safety, employee benefits, import and export compliance, intellectual property, product liability, tax matters, securities regulation, and regulatory compliance. For example, we are subject to changes in foreign laws and regulations that may encourage or require us to hire local contractors or require foreign contractors to employ citizens of, or purchase supplies from, a particular non-U.S. jurisdiction. In addition, environmental laws and regulations affect the systems and services we design, market and sell, as well as the facilities where we manufacture our systems. We are required to invest financial and managerial resources to comply with environmental laws and regulations and anticipate that we will continue to be required to do so in the future.


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We could be adversely affected by violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar worldwide anti-bribery laws.

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 (the U.K. Bribery Act), and similar anti-bribery laws in other jurisdictions generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Our policies mandate compliance with these anti-bribery laws. We operate in many parts of the world that have experienced governmental corruption to some degree and, in certain circumstances, strict compliance with anti-bribery laws may conflict with local customs and practices. Despite our training and compliance programs, there is no assurance that our internal control policies and procedures will protect us from acts committed by our employees or agents. If we are found to be liable for FCPA, the U.K. Bribery Act or other similar violations (either due to our own acts or our inadvertence, or due to the acts or inadvertence of others), we could suffer from civil and criminal penalties or other sanctions, which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

We are subject to governmental export controls and economic sanctions laws that could impair our ability to compete in international markets and subject us to liability if we are not in full compliance with applicable laws.

Our business activities are subject to various restrictions under U.S. export controls and trade and economic sanctions laws, including the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and economic and trade sanctions regulations maintained by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). We are subject to similar laws and regulations in other countries in which we operate or make sales. If we fail to comply with these laws and regulations, we and certain of our employees could be subject to civil or criminal penalties and reputational harm. Obtaining the necessary authorizations, including any required license, for a particular transaction may be time-consuming, is not guaranteed, and may result in the delay or loss of sales opportunities. Furthermore, U.S. export control laws and economic sanctions laws in the U.S. and other countries prohibit certain transactions with U.S. embargoed or sanctioned countries, governments, persons and entities. Although we take precautions to prevent transactions with sanction targets, the possibility exists that we could inadvertently provide our products or services to persons prohibited by sanctions. This could result in negative consequences to us, including government investigations, penalties, and reputational harm.

Unfavorable tax law changes and tax authority rulings may adversely affect results.

We are subject to income taxes in the United States and in various foreign jurisdictions. Domestic and international tax liabilities are subject to the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions. Our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by changes in the mix of earnings among countries with differing statutory tax rates, changes in the valuation allowance of deferred tax assets, or tax laws. The amount of income taxes and other taxes are subject to ongoing audits by U.S. federal, state, and local tax authorities and by non-U.S. authorities. If these audits result in assessments different from amounts we record, future financial results may include unfavorable tax adjustments.

If we repatriate any cash and cash equivalents from our foreign subsidiaries back to the U.S., we could be subject to significant tax liabilities.

As of December 31, 2017, our foreign subsidiaries held $29.8 million, or 88%, of our cash and cash equivalents. While we currently intend that cash and cash equivalents held by these foreign subsidiaries will be indefinitely reinvested in foreign jurisdictions in order to fund working capital requirements, make investments, and repay debt (primarily inter-company), if, in the future, cash and cash equivalents held by foreign subsidiaries are needed to fund our operations in the United States or for the purpose of making certain strategic investments in the United States or otherwise, the repatriation of such amounts to the United States could result in a significant incremental tax liability in the period in which the decision to repatriate occurs. Payment of any incremental tax liability would reduce the cash available to us to fund our operations or to make such strategic investment in the United States or otherwise.

Our business could suffer in the event of a work stoppage by our unionized or non-union labor force.

A portion of our employees in the United States are represented by collective bargaining agreements. Outside the United States, we enter into employment contracts and agreements in those countries in which such relationships are mandatory or customary, such as in Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and China.

Any future strikes, employee slowdowns, or similar actions by one or more unions, in connection with labor contract negotiations or otherwise, could have a material adverse effect on our ability to operate our business.


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Our existing financing agreements include restrictive and financial covenants.

Certain of our loan agreements require us to comply with various restrictive covenants and some contain financial covenants that require us to comply with specified financial ratios and tests. Our failure to meet these covenants could result in default under these loan agreements and would result in a cross-default under other loan agreements. In the event of a default and our inability to obtain a waiver of the default, all amounts outstanding under loan agreements could be declared immediately due and payable. Our failure to comply with these covenants could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

Significant changes in actual investment return on pension assets, discount rates, and other factors could affect our results of operations, equity, and pension contributions in future periods.

Our results of operations may be positively or negatively affected by the amount of income or expense we record for our defined benefit pension plans. U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) require that we calculate income or expense for the plans using actuarial valuations. These valuations reflect assumptions about financial market and other economic conditions, which may change based on changes in key economic indicators. The most significant year-end assumptions we use to estimate pension income or expense are the discount rate and the expected long-term rate of return on plans assets. In addition, we are required to make an annual measurement of plan assets and liabilities, which may result in a significant change to equity through a reduction or increase to accumulated other comprehensive income. For a discussion regarding how our financial statements can be affected by pension plan accounting policies, see Part II, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations -Critical Accounting Estimates – Defined Benefit Pension and Other Post-retirement Plans and Note 8. Pension and Post-Retirement and Other Benefit Plans to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Although GAAP expense and pension funding contributions are not directly related, key economic factors that affect GAAP expense would also likely affect the amount of cash we would contribute to pension plans as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

As a publicly traded company, we incur regulatory costs that reduce profitability.

As a publicly traded corporation, we incur certain costs to comply with regulatory requirements of the NYSE and of the federal securities laws. If regulatory requirements were to become more stringent or if accounting or other controls thought to be effective later fail, we may be forced to make additional expenditures, the amounts of which could be material. Many of our competitors are privately owned, so our accounting and control costs can be a competitive disadvantage.

Our share repurchase program could increase the volatility of the price of our common stock.

On December 2, 2015, the Board authorized a share repurchase program for up to $30 million of our common stock beginning January 1, 2016 and continuing through December 31, 2018. We have funded the repurchases through cash flows generated by our operations. The amount and timing of share repurchases was based on a variety of factors. Important factors that could cause us to limit, suspend or delay the Company’s stock repurchases include unfavorable market conditions, the trading price of the Company’s common stock, the nature of other investment opportunities presented to us from time to time, the ability to obtain financing at attractive rates, and the availability of U.S. cash. Repurchases of our shares will reduce the number of outstanding shares of our common stock and might incrementally increase the potential for volatility in our common stock by reducing the potential volumes at which our common stock may trade in the public market.

Our actual operating results may differ significantly from our guidance.

We regularly release guidance regarding our future performance that represents our management’s estimates as of the date of release. This guidance, which consists of forward-looking statements, is prepared by our management and is qualified by, and subject to, the assumptions and the other information contained or referred to in the release or report in which guidance is given. Our guidance is not prepared with a view toward compliance with published guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and neither our independent registered public accounting firm nor any other independent expert or outside party compiles or examines the guidance and, accordingly, no such person expresses any opinion or any other form of assurance with respect thereto.

Guidance is based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while presented with numerical specificity, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control and are based upon specific assumptions with respect to future business decisions, some of which will change. We generally state possible outcomes as high and low ranges which are intended to provide a sensitivity analysis as variables are changed, but are not intended to represent that actual results could not fall outside of the suggested ranges. The principal reason that we release this data is to provide a basis for our management to discuss our business outlook with analysts and investors. We do not accept any responsibility for any projections or reports published by any such persons.

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Guidance is necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions of the guidance furnished by us will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Accordingly, our guidance is only an estimate of what management believes is realizable as of the date of release. Actual results will vary from the guidance and the variations may be material. Investors should also recognize that the reliability of any forecasted financial data diminishes the farther in the future that the data are forecast. In light of the foregoing, investors are urged to put the guidance in context and not to place undue reliance on it.

Our corporate governance documents, our rights plan, and Delaware law may delay or discourage takeovers and business combinations that our stockholders might consider in their best interests.

Provisions in our certificate of incorporation and by-laws may make it difficult and expensive for a third-party to pursue a tender offer, change-in-control, or takeover attempt that is opposed by our management and Board of Directors. These provisions include, among others:

A Board of Directors that is divided into three classes with staggered terms;

Limitations on the right of stockholders to remove directors;

The right of our Board of Directors to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval;

The inability of our stockholders to act by written consent; and

Rules and procedures regarding how stockholders may present proposals or nominate directors at stockholders meetings.

Public stockholders who might desire to participate in this type of transaction may not have an opportunity to do so. These anti-takeover provisions could substantially impede the ability of public stockholders to benefit from a change-in-control or a change in our management or Board of Directors and, as a result, may adversely affect the marketability and market price of our common stock.

In addition, we have adopted a stockholder rights plan intended to deter hostile or coercive attempts to acquire us. Under the plan, if any person or group acquires, or begins a tender or exchange offer that could result in such person acquiring 15% or more of our common stock, without approval of our Board of Directors under specified circumstances, our other stockholders will have the right to purchase shares of our common stock, or shares of the acquiring company, at a substantial discount to the public market price. Therefore, the rights will cause substantial dilution to a person or group that attempts to acquire us on terms not approved by our Board of Directors, except pursuant to any offer conditioned on a substantial number of rights being acquired. Although we believe these provisions protect our stockholders from coercive or otherwise unfair takeover tactics and thereby provide for an opportunity to receive a higher bid by requiring potential acquirers to negotiate with our Board of Directors, these provisions apply even if the offer may be considered beneficial by some stockholders. The stockholders rights plan will expire in July 2018, and our Board of Directors does not currently intend to replace it.
ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

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ITEM 2.    PROPERTIES

We lease executive offices totaling approximately 24,000 square feet in Chicago, Illinois. We believe that our properties and facilities meet our current operating requirements and are in good operating condition. We believe that each of our significant manufacturing facilities is operating at a level consistent with the industries in which we operate. The following are significant production facilities for our JBT operations:

LOCATION
 
SEGMENT
 
SQUARE FEET
(approximate)
 
LEASED OR OWNED
United States:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madera, California
 
JBT FoodTech
 
271,000
 
Owned
Orlando, Florida
 
JBT AeroTech
 
248,000
 
Owned
Ogden, Utah
 
JBT AeroTech
 
240,000
 
Owned/Leased
Lakeland, Florida
 
JBT FoodTech
 
200,000
 
Owned
Stratford, Wisconsin
 
JBT FoodTech
 
160,000
 
Owned
Sandusky, Ohio
 
JBT FoodTech
 
140,000
 
Owned
Kingston, New York
 
JBT FoodTech
 
133,000
 
Owned
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
 
JBT FoodTech
 
67,000
 
Leased
Apex, North Carolina
 
JBT FoodTech
 
65,000
 
Owned
Middletown, Ohio
 
JBT FoodTech
 
65,000
 
Leased
Russellville, Arkansas
 
JBT FoodTech
 
65,000
 
Owned
Riverside, California
 
JBT FoodTech
 
50,000
 
Leased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
International:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sint Niklaas, Belgium
 
JBT FoodTech
 
289,000
 
Owned
Helsingborg, Sweden
 
JBT FoodTech
 
227,000
 
Owned/Leased
Araraquara, Brazil
 
JBT FoodTech
 
128,000
 
Owned
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 
JBT FoodTech
 
105,000
 
Leased
Madrid, Spain
 
JBT FoodTech, JBT AeroTech
 
88,000
 
Owned
Livingston, Scotland
 
JBT FoodTech
 
87,000
 
Owned
Kunshan, China
 
JBT FoodTech, JBT AeroTech
 
80,000
 
Leased
Parma, Italy
 
JBT FoodTech
 
72,000
 
Owned
Bridgend, Wales
 
JBT AeroTech
 
58,000
 
Owned
Glinde, Germany
 
JBT FoodTech
 
41,000
 
Leased
Harwich, England
 
JBT FoodTech
 
40,000
 
Leased
Cape Town, South Africa
 
JBT FoodTech
 
38,000
 
Leased
Juarez, Mexico
 
JBT AeroTech
 
27,000
 
Leased

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ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are involved in legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. Although the results of litigation cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not believe that the resolution of the proceedings that we are involved in, either individually or taken as a whole, will have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, cash flows or financial condition.

In the normal course of our business, we are at times subject to pending and threatened legal actions, some for which the relief or damages sought may be substantial. Although we are not able to predict the outcome of such actions, after reviewing all pending and threatened actions with counsel and based on information currently available, management believes that the outcome of such actions, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on the results of operations or financial position of our Company. However, it is possible that the ultimate resolution of such matters, if unfavorable, may be material to the results of operations in a particular future period as the time and amount of any resolution of such actions and its relationship to the future results of operations are not currently known.

Liabilities are established for pending legal claims only when losses associated with the claims are judged to be probable, and the loss can be reasonably estimated. In many lawsuits and arbitrations, it is not considered probable that a liability has been incurred or not possible to estimate the ultimate or minimum amount of that liability until the case is close to resolution, in which case no liability would be recognized until that time.

ITEM 4.    MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable.

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PART II
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

Our common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol JBT. As of February 26, 2018, there were 1,543 holders of record of our common stock. Information regarding the market prices of our common stock and dividends declared for the two most recent fiscal years is provided in Note 18. Quarterly Information to our Consolidated Financial Statements.

The following graph shows the cumulative total return of an investment of $100 (and reinvestment of any dividends thereafter) on December 31, 2012 in: (i) our common stock, (ii) the S&P Smallcap 600 Stock Index and (iii) the Russell 2000 Index. These indices are included for comparative purposes only and do not necessarily reflect management’s opinion that such indices are an appropriate measure of the relative performance of the stock involved, and are not intended to forecast or be indicative of possible future performance of the common stock.


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Issuer purchases of Equity Securities
The following table includes information about the Company’s stock repurchases during the three months ended December 31, 2017:

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Period
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average Price Paid per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as part of Publicly Announced Program(1)
 
Approximate Dollar Value of Shares that may yet be Purchased under the Program
 
October 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017
 

 
$

 

 
$
20.7

 
November 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017
 

 

 

 
20.7

 
December 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017
 

 

 

 
20.7

 
 
 

 
$

 

 
$
20.7

 

(1)
On December 2, 2015, the Board authorized a share repurchase program for up to $30 million of our common stock beginning on January 1, 2016 and continuing through December 31, 2018.

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ITEM 6.    SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

The following table presents selected financial and other data about us for the most recent five fiscal years. The data has been derived from our Consolidated Financial Statements. The historical Consolidated Balance Sheet data set forth below reflects the assets and liabilities that existed as of the dates presented.

The selected financial data should be read in conjunction with, and are qualified by reference to, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. The income statement and cash flow data for the three years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015 and the balance sheet data as of December 31, 2017 and 2016 are derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this report, and should be read in conjunction with those financial statements and the accompanying notes. The balance sheet data as of December 31, 2015, 2014, 2013 and the income statement and cash flow data for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were derived from audited financial statements that are not presented in this report.

The following financial information may not reflect what our results of operations, financial position and cash flows will be in the future. In addition, Item 1A. Risk Factors of this report includes a discussion of risk factors that could impact our future results of operations.


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Year Ended December 31,
 
(In millions, except per share data)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Income Statement Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JBT FoodTech
$
1,171.9

 
$
928.0

 
$
725.1

 
$
634.7

 
$
611.1

 
JBT AeroTech
463.0

 
422.5

 
383.1

 
350.2

 
323.6

 
Other revenue and intercompany eliminations
0.2

 

 
(0.9
)
 
(0.7
)
 
(0.5
)
 
Total revenue
$
1,635.1

 
$
1,350.5

 
$
1,107.3

 
$
984.2

 
$
934.2

 
Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
$
1,164.4

 
$
969.8

 
$
790.4

 
$
719.5

 
$
699.0

 
Selling, general and administrative expense
294.4

 
236.7

 
207.0

 
183.3

 
166.6

 
Research and development expense
28.7

 
23.6

 
18.2

 
14.6

 
14.0

 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

 

 
14.5

 
1.6

 
Other (income) expense, net
0.1

 
4.7

 
2.7

 
1.6

 
(0.2
)
 
Operating income
145.8

 
103.4

 
89.0

 
50.7

 
53.2

 
Interest income
0.7

 
1.6

 
1.1

 
1.6

 
2.2

 
Interest expense
14.3

 
11.0

 
7.9

 
7.6

 
7.6

 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
132.2

 
94.0

 
82.2

 
44.7

 
47.8

 
Provision for income taxes
50.1

 
26.0

 
26.2

 
13.9

 
13.8

 
Income from continuing operations
82.1

 
68.0

 
56.0

 
30.8

 
34.0

 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
1.6

 
0.4

 
0.1

 

 
0.9

 
Net income
$
80.5

 
$
67.6

 
$
55.9

 
$
30.8

 
$
33.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
$
2.58

 
$
2.28

 
$
1.88

 
$
1.03

 
$
1.15

 
Net income
$
2.53

 
$
2.27

 
$
1.88

 
$
1.03

 
$
1.11

 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding
31.9

 
29.8

 
29.8

 
29.9

 
29.7

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per common share
$
0.40

 
$
0.40

 
$
0.37

 
$
0.36

 
$
0.34

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock sales price range:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
High
$
120.55

 
$
93.55

 
$
51.34

 
$
33.99

 
$
30.00

 
Low
$
80.70

 
$
41.35

 
$
29.69

 
$
25.52

 
$
17.78

 

 
At December 31,
 
(In millions)
2017

2016

2015

2014

2013
 
Balance Sheet Data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
$
1,391.4

 
$
1,187.4

 
$
876.1

 
$
697.8

 
$
621.2

 
Long-term debt, less current portion
372.7

 
491.6

 
280.6

 
173.8

 
94.1

 

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
(In millions)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
Other Financial Information:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
$
37.9

 
$
37.1

 
$
37.7

 
$
36.7

 
$
29.2

 
Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities
106.3

 
67.9

 
112.2

 
78.0

 
63.1

 
Order backlog (unaudited)
625.2

 
557.0

 
520.7

 
366.7

 
376.5

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Executive Overview

We are a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multi-national and regional customers through its FoodTech segment. JBT also sells critical equipment and services to domestic and international air transportation customers through its AeroTech segment.

In 2017 we began to implement our Elevate plan that was developed in 2016 to capitalize on the leadership position of our businesses and favorable macroecomonic trends. The Elevate plan is based on a four-pronged approach to deliver continued growth and margin expansion.

Accelerate New Product & Service Development. JBT is accelerating the development of innovative products and services to provide customers with solutions that enhance yield and productivity and reduce lifetime cost of ownership.

Grow Recurring Revenue. JBT is capitalizing on its extensive installed base to expand recurring revenue from aftermarket parts and services, equipment leases, consumables and airport services.

Execute Impact Initiatives. JBT is enhancing organic growth through initiatives that enable us to sell the entire FoodTech portfolio globally, including enhancing our international sales and support infrastructure, localizing targeted products for emerging markets, and strategic cross selling of Protein and Liquid Foods products. Additionally, our impact initiatives are designed to support the reduction in operating cost including strategic sourcing, relentless continuous improvement (lean) efforts, and the optimization of organization structure. In AeroTech, we plan to continue to develop advanced military product offering and customer support capability to service global military customers.

Maintain Disciplined Acquisition Program. We are also continuing our strategic acquisition program focused on companies that add complementary products, which enable us to offer more comprehensive solutions to customers, and meet our strict economic criteria for returns and synergies.

As we evaluate our operating results, we consider our key performance indicators of segment revenue, segment operating profit, the level of inbound orders and order backlog.

We continue to enhance our comprehensive approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), building on our culture and long tradition of concern for our employees’ health, safety, and well-being; partnering with our customers to improve their operations; and giving back to the communities where we live and work. Our equipment and technology continue to deliver quality performance while striving to minimize waste and maximize efficiency in order to create shared value for both our food processing and beverage and air transportation customers. A key CSR objective is to further align our business with our customers in order to support their ambitious quality, financial, and CSR goals.


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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The results for the periods ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015 include several items that affect the comparability of our results. These include significant expenses that are not indicative of our ongoing operations as detailed in the table below:

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
(In millions)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
Income from continuing operations as reported
$
82.1

 
$
68.0

 
$
56.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-GAAP adjustments
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

 

 
Impact on tax provision from restructuring expense(1)
(0.5
)
 
(3.9
)
 

 
Impact on tax provision from mandatory repatriation tax
7.7

 

 

 
Impact on tax provision from tax law changes to deferred taxes
7.8

 

 

 
Adjusted income from continuing operations
$
98.8

 
$
76.4

 
$
56.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In millions, except per share data)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations as reported
$
82.1

 
$
68.0

 
$
56.0

 
Total shares and dilutive securities
31.9

 
29.8

 
29.8

 
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$
2.58

 
$
2.28

 
$
1.88

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations
98.8

 
76.4

 
56.0

 
Total shares and dilutive securities
31.9

 
29.8

 
29.8

 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations
$
3.10

 
$
2.56

 
$
1.88

 

(1)    Impact on tax provision was calculated using the actual rate for the relevant jurisdiction for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

The above table contains adjusted income from continuing operations and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, which are non-GAAP financial measures, and are intended to provide an indication of our underlying ongoing operating results and to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance by eliminating the effects of certain items that are not comparable from one period to the next. In addition, this information is used as a basis for evaluating our performance and for the planning and forecasting of future periods.

The table below provides a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA:

 
Year Ended December 31,
(In millions)
2017
 
2016
Net income
$
80.5

 
$
67.6

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
1.6

 
0.4

Income from continuing operations as reported
82.1

 
68.0

Provision for income taxes
50.1

 
26.0

Net interest expense
13.6

 
9.4

Depreciation and amortization
51.7

 
38.5

EBITDA
197.5

 
141.9

 
 
 
 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

Adjusted EBITDA
$
199.2

 
$
154.2


The above table provides net income as adjusted by income taxes, net interest expense and depreciation and amortization expense recorded during the period to arrive at EBITDA. Further, we add back to EBITDA significant expenses that are not indicative of our

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ongoing operations to calculate an Adjusted EBITDA for the periods reported. Given our focus on growth through strategic acquisitions, management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important non-GAAP financial measure. This measure allows us to monitor business performance while excluding the impact of amortization of intangible assets, and the depreciation of fixed assets. We use Adjusted EBITDA internally to make operating decisions and believe this information is helpful to investors because it allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of our ongoing operating results.

We evaluate our results of operations on both an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation is a non-GAAP financial measure, which excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We believe providing constant currency information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our results of operations, consistent with how we evaluate our performance. We calculate constant currency percentages by converting our financial results in local currency for a period using the average exchange rate for the prior period to which we are comparing. This calculation may differ from similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are not intended to nor should they be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.


CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Favorable / (Unfavorable)
 
(in millions)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2017
vs.
2016
 
2016
vs.
2015
 
Revenue
$
1,635.1

 
$
1,350.5

 
$
1,107.3

 
$
284.6

 
$
243.2

 
Cost of sales
1,164.4

 
969.8

 
790.4

 
(194.6
)
 
(179.4
)
 
Gross profit
470.7

 
380.7

 
316.9

 
90.0

 
63.8

 
Gross profit %
28.8
%
 
28.2
%
 
28.6
%
 
60 bps

 
-40 bps

 
Selling, general and administrative expense
294.4

 
236.7

 
207.0

 
(57.7
)
 
(29.7
)
 
Research and development expense
28.7

 
23.6

 
18.2

 
(5.1
)
 
(5.4
)
 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

 

 
10.6

 
(12.3
)
 
Other expense, net
0.1

 
4.7

 
2.7

 
4.6

 
(2.0
)
 
Operating income
145.8

 
103.4

 
89.0

 
42.4

 
14.4

 
Operating income %
8.9
%
 
7.7
%
 
8.0
%
 
120 bps

 
-30 bps

 
Interest expense, net
13.6

 
9.4

 
6.8

 
(4.2
)
 
(2.6
)
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
132.2

 
94.0

 
82.2

 
38.2

 
11.8

 
Provision for income taxes
50.1

 
26.0

 
26.2

 
(24.1
)
 
0.2

 
Income from continuing operations
82.1

 
68.0

 
56.0

 
14.1

 
12.0

 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
1.6

 
0.4

 
0.1

 
(1.2
)
 
(0.3
)
 
Net income
$
80.5

 
$
67.6

 
$
55.9

 
$
12.9

 
$
11.7

 

2017 Compared With 2016

Total revenue increased $284.6 million, or $272.8 million in constant currency, in 2017 compared to 2016. The increase was driven by revenue from acquired companies, which added $175.0 million, organic growth of $97.8 million and $11.7 million due to currency translation.

Operating income margin was 8.9% in 2017 compared to 7.7% in the same period in 2016, an increase of 120 bps, as a result of the following items:

Gross profit margin increased 60 bps to 28.8% compared to 28.2% in the same period last year. This increase was primarily the result of acquisitions.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) increased both in dollars and as a percentage of revenue. These increases are a result of higher relative SG&A expenses from recently acquired companies, including higher amortization costs of acquired

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intangible assets in 2017 compared to 2016. Additionally, FoodTech, which carries a higher SG&A expense rate than AeroTech represented a larger mix of JBT revenue at 72% compared to 69% in 2016.
Research and development expense increased by $5.1 million as we continue to invest in Elevate new product development initiatives. As a percent of revenues, these expenses have increased slightly to 1.8% in 2017 compared to 1.7% in the same period last year as we continue to support Elevate growth initiatives.
Restructuring expense decreased $10.6 million. In the prior year we recorded restructuring expense of $12.3 million in connection with our plan to realign portions of the FoodTech business, accelerate sourcing initiatives and consolidate smaller facilities.
Other expense, net, decreased by $4.6 million, primarily due to foreign currency gains, gains on disposals of assets, and lower acquisition costs in the year.

Net interest expense increased by $4.2 million as a result of higher average debt balances incurred to acquire new businesses and increased interest rates.

Income tax expense for 2017 reflects an effective income tax rate of 37.9% compared to 27.6% in 2016. We recognized $15.5 million, or 11.7%, in income tax provision resulting from the enactment of the Tax Act in December 2017. See Tax Cuts and Jobs Act section below for further detail. The rate in 2017 also includes a $6.4 million favorable impact, or 4.8%, resulting from the adoption of new stock-based compensation guidance in 2017 requiring excess tax benefits to be recorded directly in earnings. The remaining unfavorable impact on our rate in 2017 reflects an increase in the mix of U.S. taxable income to our global earnings.

2016 Compared With 2015

Total revenue increased $243.2 million, or $250.4 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. The increase was largely driven by revenue from acquisitions of $143.3 million. Organic growth of $107.1 million was also substantial with both FoodTech and AeroTech contributing organic growth rates of 10%, a reflection of higher demand for equipment and services across our businesses, success in accessing new sales opportunities with the integration of acquired businesses, and strategic value selling. Operating income increased $14.4 million, or $16.5 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. Factors impacting operating income include:

Gross profit increased $63.8 million, or $67.3 million in constant currency, but declined as a percentage of revenue from 28.6% to 28.2%. The decrease in profit margins reflect lower gross profit margins contributed from businesses acquired in 2015 and 2016 which was somewhat offset by higher margins from strategic value selling.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased by $29.7 million, or $33.0 million in constant currency, but declined as a percentage of revenue from 18.7% to 17.5%. The increase was primarily a result of higher corporate expenses of $8.0 million including costs incurred in preparation for the implementation of a new global ERP system, and investments in Next Level initiatives including global sourcing initiatives and continuous improvement projects. In addition, we incurred $8.6 million in incremental SG&A from businesses acquired during 2015 and 2016.
Research and development expense increased by $5.4 million from new product development primarily in newly acquired businesses, higher spend on new technology and product upgrades.
Restructuring expense increased $12.3 million. We initiated an optimization program in early 2016 designed to realign certain FoodTech businesses.
Other expense, net, increased by $2.0 million, primarily due to higher acquisition costs incurred on acquisitions pursued or completed in 2016.

Net interest expense increased by $2.6 million as a result of higher average debt balances incurred to acquire new businesses.

Income tax expense for 2016 reflects an income tax rate of 27.6% compared to 31.9% in 2015. The decrease was driven by an increase in the R&D tax credit in 2016 compared to 2015. In addition, in 2016 we recorded $1.5 million of favorable discrete adjustments to the income tax provision, primarily reflecting a lower tax liability for fiscal year 2015.

Restructuring

In the first quarter of 2016, we implemented our optimization program to realign FoodTech’s Protein business in North America and Liquid Foods business in Europe, accelerate JBT’s strategic sourcing initiatives, and consolidate smaller facilities. The total estimated cost in connection with this plan is approximately $12.0 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, in connection with our acquisition of Tipper Tie, we implemented a restructuring plan to consolidate certain facilities and optimize our general and administrative infrastructure subsequent to a FoodTech acquisition. The total estimated cost in connection with this plan is approximately $4.0 million.


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The following table shows the cumulative cost savings (annualized) to date from inception of the plans through December 31, 2017, and expected through the duration of the plans:

(In millions)
 
Cumulative to Date
 
2018
Cost of Sales
 
$
1.8

 
$
0.5

Selling, General and Administrative Expense
 
5.3

 
0.6

Total
 
$
7.1

 
$
1.1


The amount and timing of these cost savings were generally consistent with our expectations. A portion of the $7 million in savings was used to fund our JBT Elevate growth initiatives.

Tax Cuts and Job Act

Our effective tax rate was 37.9% compared to 27.6% in 2016. The higher rate in 2017 includes a $15.5 million unfavorable impact, or 11.7%, resulting from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. Various provisions of the Tax Act have an impact on the 2017 results. We recorded a $7.0 million tax provision by remeasuring our U.S. net deferred tax assets to the new lower U.S. corporate tax rate. Additionally, we recorded a provisional $7.7 million one-time tax expense related to the deemed repatriation of foreign unremitted earnings and a provisional $0.8 million one-time tax expense related to executive compensation.

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OPERATING RESULTS OF BUSINESS SEGMENTS

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Favorable / (Unfavorable)
 
(in millions)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2017
vs.
2016
 
2016
vs.
2015
 
Revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JBT FoodTech
$
1,171.9

 
$
928.0

 
$
725.1

 
$
243.9

 
$
202.9

 
JBT AeroTech
463.0

 
422.5

 
383.1

 
40.5

 
39.4

 
Other revenue and intercompany eliminations
0.2

 

 
(0.9
)
 
0.2

 
0.9

 
Total revenue
$
1,635.1

 
$
1,350.5

 
$
1,107.3

 
$
284.6

 
$
243.2

 
Income before income taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment operating profit:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JBT FoodTech
$
139.1

 
$
113.2

 
$
85.4

 
$
25.9

 
$
27.8

 
JBT FoodTech segment operating profit %
11.9
%
 
12.2
%
 
11.8
%
 
-30 bps

 
40 bps

 
JBT AeroTech
50.7

 
45.1

 
38.2

 
5.6

 
6.9

 
JBT AeroTech segment operating profit %
11.0
%
 
10.7
%
 
10.0
%
 
30 bps

 
70 bps

 
Total segment operating profit
189.8

 
158.3

 
123.6

 
31.5

 
34.7

 
Total segment operating profit %
11.6
%
 
11.7
%
 
11.2
%
 
-10 bps

 
60 bps

 
Corporate items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate expense
42.3

 
42.6

 
34.6

 
0.3

 
(8.0
)
 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

 

 
10.6

 
(12.3
)
 
Net interest expense
13.6

 
9.4

 
6.8

 
(4.2
)
 
(2.6
)
 
Total corporate items
57.6

 
64.3

 
41.4

 
6.7

 
(22.9
)
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
132.2

 
94.0

 
82.2

 
38.2

 
11.8

 
Provision for income taxes
50.1

 
26.0

 
26.2

 
(24.1
)
 
0.2

 
Income from continuing operations
82.1

 
68.0

 
56.0

 
14.1

 
12.0

 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
1.6

 
0.4

 
0.1

 
(1.2
)
 
(0.3
)
 
Net income
$
80.5

 
$
67.6

 
$
55.9

 
$
12.9

 
$
11.7

 

Segment operating profit is defined as total segment revenue less segment operating expenses. The following items have been excluded in computing segment operating profit: corporate staff expense, stock-based compensation, LIFO provisions, restructuring costs, certain employee benefit expenses, interest income and expense and income taxes.

JBT FoodTech

2017 Compared With 2016

JBT FoodTech’s revenue increased by $243.9 million, or $232.4 million in constant currency, in 2017 compared to 2016. North American customers drove the majority of this growth, with the remaining growth primarily driven by customers in Europe. Acquisitions contributed $166.6 million in revenue, and the remaining FoodTech business contributed $77.3 million in revenue growth, $11.6 million of which was from foreign currency translation.

JBT FoodTech's operating profit margin for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 11.9% compared to 12.2% in prior year, a decrease of 30 bps. Gross profit margins increased 20 bps year-over-year driven by acquisitions. This was more than offset by higher selling, general and administrative costs primarily attributable to recently acquired businesses and higher amortization costs in 2017 compared to 2016.

Currency translation did not have a significant impact on our operating profit comparative results for FoodTech.


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2016 Compared With 2015

JBT FoodTech’s revenue increased by $202.9 million, or $210.4 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. Acquisitions contributed $143.3 million in revenue, and the remaining FoodTech business contributed $67.1 million in revenue growth, which was partially offset by $7.5 million of foreign currency translation. The key driver of organic revenue performance was higher Protein equipment and aftermarket sales and higher Liquid Foods equipment sales across all regions.

JBT FoodTech's operating profit increased by $27.8 million, or $29.2 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. The increase was driven by higher volume, acquisitions and increased profitability. Strategic value selling, sourcing savings, and other cost reduction initiatives helped drive operating profit improvement, partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative costs of $20.0 million from acquisitions and Next Level initiatives. Operating profit margin increased from 11.8% to 12.2%.

JBT AeroTech

2017 Compared With 2016

JBT AeroTech's revenue increased $40.5 million, or $40.4 million in constant currency, in 2017 compared to 2016. Acquisitions contributed $8.4 million, $32.0 million was from organic growth and $0.1 million in currency translation. Revenues from our fixed equipment business increased $16.5 million mainly due to higher shipments of passenger boarding bridges to domestic airports. Service revenues increased by $17.8 million driven by higher revenues from new maintenance contracts. Our organic mobile equipment revenue declined $2.3 million resulting mainly from decreased sales to military customers.
 
JBT AeroTech's operating profit margin was 11.0% compared to 10.7% in the prior year, reflecting an increase of 30 bps. Gross profit margins increased by 30 bps driven primarily by our value based selling and material sourcing savings Elevate initiatives. In addition, SG&A as a percent of sales decreased due to improved leveraging of fixed costs. These improvements were partially offset by higher operating expenses in 2017 driven by investment in research and development to support Elevate growth initiatives and acquisition related items.

Currency translation did not have a significant impact on our operating profit comparative results for AeroTech.

2016 Compared With 2015

JBT AeroTech's revenue increased $39.4 million, or $41.0 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. Revenues from our fixed equipment business increased $15.3 million mainly due to higher deliveries of passenger boarding bridges and related equipment to domestic airports. Revenues from our mobile equipment business increased $11.6 million primarily due to higher deliveries of ground support equipment to domestic and foreign military customers and domestic ground handlers. Revenues from our airport services business improved by $14.1 million as a result of higher revenues from new and existing maintenance contracts.

JBT AeroTech's operating profit increased $6.9 million, or $7.2 million in constant currency, in 2016 compared to 2015. Higher sales volume accounted for $8.6 million of improved profit. Lower gross profit margins resulted in a decline of $1.2 million driven largely by the absence of higher than average margins on parts and services to military customers in the prior period and a lower mix of higher margin products partly offset by improved value selling. Selling, administrative and research and development costs were flat from the prior period.

Corporate Items

2017 Compared With 2016

Corporate items decreased by $6.7 million compared to 2016, driven primarily by a $10.6 million reduction in restructuring expense year-over-year, offset by $4.2 million higher net interest expense due to increased borrowings to fund acquisitions. Corporate expense as a percent of revenues decreased to 2.6% in 2017 compared to 3.1% in 2016, a decrease of 50 bps driven by increased leveraging of fixed costs.

2016 Compared With 2015

Corporate items increased by $22.9 million compared to 2015 driven by $12.3 million in restructuring expense incurred in 2016, $2.6 million in higher net interest expense resulting from increased borrowings, and $8.0 million in higher corporate expenses. Significant increases in corporate costs include $3.1 million in higher incentive compensation charges and $3.2 million in investments in initiatives including sourcing and continuous improvement initiatives as well as preparation for the implementation of a new global ERP system.

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Inbound Orders and Order Backlog

Inbound orders represent the estimated sales value of confirmed customer orders received during the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016.

(In millions)
2017

2016
 
JBT FoodTech
$
1,184.4

 
$
915.6

 
JBT AeroTech
481.7

 
442.0

 
Total inbound orders
$
1,666.1

 
$
1,357.6

 

Order backlog is calculated as the estimated sales value of unfilled, confirmed customer orders as of December 31, 2017 and 2016.

(In millions)
2017
 
2016
 
JBT FoodTech
$
371.2

 
$
325.5

 
JBT AeroTech
254.0

 
231.5

 
Total order backlog
$
625.2

 
$
557.0

 

Order backlog in our JBT FoodTech segment at December 31, 2017 increased by $17.4 million compared to December 31, 2016. Excluding the effect of foreign exchange, FoodTech backlog increased by $23.1 million due to higher demand across all regions. We expect to convert almost all of JBT FoodTech backlog at December 31, 2017 into revenue during 2018.

Order backlog in our JBT AeroTech segment at December 31, 2017 increased by $18.9 million compared to December 31, 2016. The increase was due to $6.4 million from acquisitions and an increase in both fixed and mobile equipment orders. We expect to convert approximately 70% of the JBT AeroTech backlog at December 31, 2017 into revenue during 2018.

Seasonality

We experience seasonality in our operating results. Historically, our revenues and operating income have been lower in the first quarter and highest in the fourth quarter as a result of our customers' purchasing trends.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash provided by operating activities of our U.S. and foreign operations and borrowings from our credit facility. Our liquidity as of December 31, 2017, or cash plus borrowing capacity under our credit facilities was $367.3 million. The cash flows generated by our operations and the credit facility are expected to be sufficient to satisfy our working capital needs, research and development activities, restructuring costs, capital expenditures, pension contributions, anticipated share repurchases, acquisitions and other financing requirements.

As of December 31, 2017, we had $34.0 million of cash and cash equivalents, $29.8 million of which was held by our foreign subsidiaries. Although these funds are considered permanently invested in our foreign subsidiaries, we are not presently aware of any restriction on the repatriation of these funds. We maintain significant operations outside of the U.S., and many of our uses of cash for working capital, capital expenditures and business acquisitions arise in these foreign jurisdictions. If these funds were needed to fund our operations or satisfy obligations in the U.S., they could be repatriated and their repatriation into the U.S. could cause us to incur additional U.S. income taxes and foreign withholding taxes. Any additional taxes could be offset, in part or in whole, by foreign tax credits. The amount of such taxes and application of tax credits would be dependent on the income tax laws and other circumstances at the time any of these amounts were repatriated.

As noted above, funds held outside of the U.S. are considered permanently invested in our non-U.S. subsidiaries. At times, these foreign subsidiaries have cash balances that exceed their immediate working capital or other cash needs. In these circumstances, the foreign subsidiaries may loan funds to the U.S. parent company on a temporary basis; the U.S. parent company has in the past and may in the future use the proceeds of these temporary intercompany loans to reduce outstanding borrowings under our committed credit facilities. By using available non-U.S. cash to repay our debt on a short-term basis, we can optimize our leverage ratio, which has the effect of lowering our interest costs.


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Under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance, no incremental tax liability is incurred on the proceeds of these loans as long as each individual loan has a term of 30 days or less and all such loans from each subsidiary are outstanding for a total of less than 60 days during the year. As of December 31, 2017 there were no amounts outstanding subject to this IRS guidance. During 2017, each such loan was outstanding for less than 30 days, and all such loans were outstanding for less than 60 days in the aggregate. We used the proceeds of these intercompany loans to reduce outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility. We may choose to access such funds again in the future to the extent they are available and can be transferred without significant cost, and use them on a temporary basis to repay outstanding borrowings or for other corporate purposes, but intend to do so only as allowed under this IRS guidance.

On December 2, 2015, the Board authorized a share repurchase program for up to $30 million of our common stock beginning January 1, 2016 and continuing through December 31, 2018. Shares may be purchased from time to time in open market transactions, subject to market conditions. Repurchased shares become treasury shares, which are accounted for using the cost method and are used for future equity compensation awards. The timing, price and volume of future repurchases will be based on market conditions, relevant securities laws and other factors. As of December 31, 2017, $20.7 million was still available under the program. Refer to Note 11. Stockholders' Equity for further details.


Contractual Obligations and Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The following is a summary of our contractual obligations at December 31, 2017:

 
Payments due by period
 
(In millions)
Total
payments
 
Less than 1
year
 
1 - 3
years
 
3-5
years
 
After 5
years
 
Long-term debt(a)
$
383.5

 
$
10.5

 
$
373.0

 
$

 
$

 
Interest payments on long-term debt(b)
17.5

 
8.1

 
9.4

 

 

 
Operating leases
41.4

 
11.6

 
13.8

 
9.8

 
6.2

 
Amounts due sellers from acquisitions(c)
13.8

 
6.1

 
7.7

 

 

 
Unconditional purchase obligations(d)
74.3

 
74.2

 
0.1

 

 

 
Pension and other post-retirement benefits(e)
15.3

 
15.3

 

 

 

 
Transition tax due under Tax Act(f)
7.7

 
1.0

 
1.2

 
1.2

 
4.3

 
Total contractual obligations
$
553.5

 
$
126.8

 
$
405.2

 
$
11.0

 
$
10.5

 

(a)
Our available long-term debt is dependent upon our compliance with covenants described under the heading “Financing Arrangements” later in Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. Any violations of covenants or other events of default, which are not waived or cured, could have a material impact on our ability to maintain our committed financial arrangements and could accelerate our obligation to repay the amount due. We were in compliance with all debt covenants as of December 31, 2017.

(b)
Interest payments were determined using the weighted average rates for all debt outstanding as of December 31, 2017.

(c)
See Note 2. Acquisitions for further details on our recent acquisitions.

(d)
In the normal course of business, we enter into agreements with our suppliers to purchase raw materials or services. These agreements include a requirement that our supplier provide products or services to our specifications and require us to make a firm purchase commitment to our supplier. As substantially all of these commitments are associated with purchases made to fulfill our customers’ orders, the costs associated with these agreements will ultimately be reflected in cost of sales on our consolidated statements of income.

(e)
This amount reflects planned contributions in 2018 to our pension plans. Required contributions for future years depend on factors that cannot be determined at this time.

(f)
This amount reflects the provisional transition tax on the previously untaxed and unrepatriated current and accumulated post-1986 foreign earnings of certain foreign subsidiaries as required by the Tax Act.


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The following is a summary of other off-balance sheet arrangements at December 31, 2017:

 
Amount of commitment expiration per period
 
(In millions)
Total
amount
 
Less than 1
year
 
1 - 3
years
 
3-5
years
 
After 5
years
 
Letters of credit and bank guarantees
$
43.6

 
$
39.6

 
$
3.6

 
$

 
$
0.4

 
Surety bonds
158.2

 
44.9

 
87.5

 
25.8

 

 
Total other off-balance sheet arrangements
$
201.8

 
$
84.5

 
$
91.1

 
$
25.8

 
$
0.4

 

To provide required security regarding our performance on certain contracts, we provide letters of credit, surety bonds and bank guarantees, for which we are contingently liable. In order to obtain these financial instruments, we pay fees to various financial institutions in amounts competitively determined in the marketplace. Our ability to generate revenue from certain contracts is dependent upon our ability to obtain these off-balance sheet financial instruments.

Our off-balance sheet financial instruments may be renewed, revised or released based on changes in the underlying commitment. Historically, our commercial commitments have not been drawn upon to a material extent; consequently, management believes it is not likely that there will be claims against these commitments that would result in a negative impact on our key financial ratios or our ability to obtain financing.

Cash Flows

Cash flows for each of the three year periods ended on December 31, were as follows:

(In millions)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
Cash provided by continuing operating activities
$
106.3

 
$
67.9

 
$
112.2

 
Cash required by continuing investing activities
(139.9
)
 
(266.8
)
 
(185.1
)
 
Cash provided by financing activities
34.7

 
194.9

 
83.9

 
Cash required by discontinued operations
(1.7
)
 
(0.5
)
 
(0.3
)
 
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
1.4

 
0.5

 
(6.8
)
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
$
0.8

 
$
(4.0
)
 
$
3.9

 

2017 Compared with 2016

Cash provided by continuing operating activities in 2017 were $106.3 million, representing a $38.4 million increase compared to 2016. The increase in the operating cash flows is driven by higher income in 2017 compared to 2016 offset by higher investments in working capital in 2017 compared to 2016.

Cash required by investing activities during 2017 was $139.9 million, representing a $126.9 million decrease compared to 2016. The change was due primarily to a lower level of investments in acquired companies, where we invested $104.2 million on acquisitions completed during 2017 compared to an investment in 2016 of $232.0 million.

Cash provided by financing activities in 2017 were $34.7 million, representing a $160.2 million decrease compared to 2017. On March 6, 2017 we issued 2.3 million shares of common stock which resulted in net proceeds of $184.1 million. We used the net proceeds from this offering to repay a portion of our outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes. Higher operating cash flows and lower investments in acquisitions allowed for significant reduction in borrowings under our revolving credit facility.

2016 Compared with 2015

Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities in 2016 were $67.9 million, representing a $44.3 million decrease compared to 2015. The change in the operating cash flows is driven primarily by a decrease in advance payments and progress billings, an increase in inventory, as well as an increase in trade receivables due to timing of customer payments. These decreases in operating cash flow were partially offset by higher income in 2016 compared to 2015.


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Cash required by investing activities during 2016 was $266.8 million, representing a $81.7 million increase compared to 2015. The change was due primarily to larger investments in acquired companies, where we invested $232.0 million on acquisitions completed during 2016 compared to acquisition costs in 2015 of $150.9 million.

Cash flows provided by financing activities in 2016 were $194.9 million, representing a $111.0 million increase compared to 2015. The change in financing cash flows was primarily driven by borrowings against our revolving credit facility to provide the funding required for the acquisitions completed during 2016.

Financing Arrangements

We have a $600.0 million revolving credit facility, with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as administrative agent, that matures in February 2020. This revolving credit facility permits borrowings in the U.S. and in the Netherlands. Borrowings bear interest, at our option, at U.S. LIBOR subject to a floor rate of zero or an alternative base rate, which is the greater of Wells Fargo’s Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Rate plus 50 basis points, and LIBOR plus 1%, plus, in each case, a margin dependent on our leverage ratio. We must also pay an annual commitment fee of 15.0 to 30.0 basis points dependent on our leverage ratio. The Credit Agreement evidencing the facility contains customary representations, warranties, and covenants, including a maximum interest coverage ratio and maximum leverage ratio, as well as certain events of default.

We have an incremental term loan in the amount of $150.0 million which bears interest on the same fully funded terms as the revolving credit facility and matures in February 2020. We are required to make mandatory prepayments, subject to certain exceptions, of the term loan with the net cash proceeds of (i) any issuance or other incurrence of indebtedness not otherwise permitted under the Credit Agreement and (ii) certain sales or other dispositions of assets subject to certain exceptions and thresholds. We are required to repay the term loan in quarterly principal installments of $1.9 million beginning on March 31, 2018, with a balloon payment at maturity to pay the remaining outstanding balance.

As of December 31, 2017 we had $150.0 million outstanding under the term loan within the credit facility, $230.5 million drawn on and $354.7 million of availability under the revolving credit facility. Our ability to use this availability is limited by the leverage ratio covenant described below.

The Credit Agreement includes covenants that, if not met, could lead to a renegotiation of our credit lines, a requirement to repay our borrowings and/or a significant increase in our cost of financing. As of December 31, 2017, we were in compliance with all covenants in the Credit Agreement. We expect to remain in compliance with all covenants in the foreseeable future. However, there can be no assurance that continued or increased volatility in global economic conditions will not impair our ability to meet our covenants, or that we will continue to be able to access the capital and credit markets on terms acceptable to us or at all. In February 2017, we exercised our option to temporarily increase the maximum allowable leverage ratio under the Credit Agreement from 3.5x to 4.0x, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 and the following three quarters. The leverage ratio increase option is available for the first quarter end after we complete a permitted acquisition with a purchase price in excess of $100 million. Our exercise of the leverage ratio increase option has the effect of temporarily increasing the amount we are able to borrow under the revolving credit facility.

In May 2017, we entered into a fourth amendment to the Credit Agreement. This amendment revoked the leverage ratio increase period and returned us to the original maximum leverage ratio of 3.5x, as well as immediately reset the leverage ratio increase option so it would be available to us without a waiting period that would otherwise apply. The amendment expanded the qualifying event to allow for the option to be exercised if any permitted acquisition, or a series of permitted acquisitions occurring within any consecutive twelve (12) month period following the first such permitted acquisition, had aggregate consideration in excess of $100.0 million. It also provided flexibility to JBT in determining the length of the leverage ratio increase period, but not to exceed four quarters.

We have entered into interest rate swaps to fix the interest rate applicable to certain of our variable-rate debt. The agreements swap one-month LIBOR for fixed rates. We have designated these swaps as cash flow hedges and all changes in fair value of the swaps are recognized in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). As a result, as of December 31, 2017, some of our debt was effectively fixed rate debt while approximately $155.9 million, or 40.7%, was subject to floating, or market, rates. To the extent interest rates increase in future periods, our earnings could be negatively impacted by higher interest expense.

As part of our strategy to grow in Asia, we are expanding our operations in China and India. Due to greater restrictions on foreign currency exchange in these regions, we have established credit facilities to fund some of the local working capital requirements in these markets. Four of our wholly owned subsidiaries have short term credit facilities that allow us to borrow up to $12 million in China, which mature on June 30, 2018. We had $2.7 million in borrowings under the credit facilities in China as of December 31, 2017. Our wholly-owned subsidiary in India has a short term credit facility that allows us to borrow up to $1.4 million. As of December 31, 2017, we had no outstanding amount borrowed under this credit facility.


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Critical Accounting Estimates

We prepare our consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. As such, we are required to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions about matters that are inherently uncertain. On an ongoing basis, our management re-evaluates these estimates, judgments and assumptions for reasonableness because of the critical impact that these factors have on the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the dates of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the periods presented. Management has discussed the development and selection of these critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors and the Audit Committee has reviewed this disclosure. We believe that the following are the critical accounting estimates used in preparing our financial statements.

Inventory Valuation

Inventory is recorded at the lower of cost or net realizable value. In order to determine net realizable value, we evaluate each component of inventory on a regular basis to determine whether it is excess or obsolete. We record the estimated decline in the carrying value of excess or obsolete inventory as a reduction of inventory and as an expense included in cost of sales in the period in which it is identified. Our estimate of excess and obsolete inventory is a critical accounting estimate because it is highly susceptible to change from period to period. In addition, it requires management to make judgments about the future demand for inventory.
In order to quantify excess or obsolete inventory, we begin by preparing a candidate listing of the components of inventory that have not demonstrated usage within the most recent three-year period. This list is then reviewed by management personnel to determine whether this list of potential excess or obsolete inventory items have orders or expected demand in the near term. The remaining items on the candidate listing are written down to their estimated net realizable value. Inherent in the estimates of net realizable value are estimates related to our future manufacturing schedules, customer demand, possible alternative uses, and ultimate realization of potentially excess inventory.
Goodwill

Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of an acquired business over the amounts assigned to the identifiable net assets. Goodwill is not amortized but is tested for impairment at a reporting unit level on an annual basis, or whenever an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. We are required to make certain subjective and complex judgments in assessing whether an event that could indicate an impairment of goodwill has occurred, and must make assumptions and estimates to determine the fair value of our reporting units. We may first assess qualitative factors to make this determination. If we conclude that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount based on our qualitative assessment, then a quantitative test is not necessary.

We may also choose to bypass the qualitative assessment and perform the quantitative test. In performing the quantitative test, we determine the fair value of a reporting unit using the “income approach” valuation method. We use a discounted cash flow model in which cash flows anticipated over several periods, plus a terminal value at the end of that time horizon, are discounted to their present value using an appropriate cost of capital rate. Judgment is required in developing the assumptions for the discounted cash flow model. These assumptions include revenue growth rates, profit margin percentages, discount rates, perpetuity growth rates, future capital expenditures, and working capital requirements, among others. If the estimated fair value of a reporting unit exceeds its carrying value, we consider that goodwill is not impaired. If the carrying value exceeds estimated fair value, there is an indication of potential impairment, and an impairment loss is recorded. We calculate the impairment loss by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit less its carrying amount, including goodwill.

We completed our annual goodwill impairment test as of October 31, 2017 using a quantitative assessment approach. As a result of this assessment we noted that the fair value of each reporting unit substantially exceeds its carrying value and therefore none of our goodwill was impaired.

Income Taxes

In determining our current income tax provision, we assess temporary differences resulting from differing treatments of items for tax and accounting purposes. These differences result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are recorded in our consolidated balance sheets. When we maintain deferred tax assets, we must assess the likelihood that these assets will be recovered through adjustments to future taxable income. To the extent we believe, based on available evidence, it is more likely than not that all or some portion of the asset will not be realized, we establish a valuation allowance. We record an allowance reducing the asset to a value we believe is more likely than not of being realized based on our expectation of future taxable income. We believe the accounting estimate related to the valuation allowance is a critical accounting estimate because it is highly susceptible to change from period to period as it requires management to make assumptions about our future income over the lives of the deferred tax assets, and the impact of increasing or decreasing the valuation allowance is potentially material to our results of operations.

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Forecasting future income requires us to use a significant amount of judgment. In estimating future income, we use our internal operating budgets and long-range planning projections. We develop our budgets and long-range projections based on recent results, trends, economic and industry forecasts influencing our segments’ performance, our backlog, planned timing of new product launches, and customer sales commitments. Significant changes in the expected realization of the net deferred tax assets would require that we adjust the valuation allowance, resulting in a change to net income.

On December 22, 2017, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). The Tax Act makes broad and complex changes to the U.S. tax Code, including, but not limited to, (1) reducing the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35.0 percent to 21.0 percent; (2) requiring companies to pay a one-time transitional tax on certain un-repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries; (3) generally eliminating U.S. federal income tax on dividends from foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations; (4) repealing the domestic production activity deduction; (5) providing for the full expensing of qualified property; (6) adding a new provision designed to tax global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”); (7) revising the limitation imposed on deductions for executive compensation paid by publicly-traded companies; (8) eliminating the corporate alternative minimum tax (“AMT”) and changing how existing AMT credits can be utilized; (9) creating a base erosion-anti-abuse tax (“BEAT”), a new minimum tax on payments made by certain U.S. corporations to related foreign parties; (10) imposing a new limitation on the deductibility of interest expense; (11) allowing for a deduction related to foreign-derived intangible income (“FDII”); and (12) changing the rules related to the uses and limitations of net operating loss carryforwards generated in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. See Note. 7 Income Taxes for further details on the impacts of these changes to the Company.
Defined Benefit Pension and Other Post-retirement Plans

The measurement of pension and other post-retirement plans’ costs requires the use of assumptions for discount rates, investment returns, employee turnover rates, retirement rates, mortality rates and other factors. The actuarial assumptions used in our pension and post-retirement benefit reporting are reviewed annually and compared with external benchmarks to ensure that they appropriately account for our future pension and post-retirement benefit obligations. While we believe that the assumptions used are appropriate, differences between assumed and actual experience may affect our operating results.

Our accrued pension and other post-retirement benefits liability reflects the funded status of our worldwide plans, or the projected benefit obligation net of plan assets. Our discount rate assumption is determined by developing a yield curve based on high quality corporate bonds with maturities matching the plan’s expected benefit payment streams.  The plans’ expected cash flows are then discounted by the resulting year-by-year spot rates. The projected benefit obligation is sensitive to changes in our estimate of the discount rate. The discount rate used in calculating the projected benefit obligation for the U.S. pension plan, which represents 85% of all pension plan obligations, was 3.73% in 2017, 4.30% in 2016 and 4.60% in 2015. A decrease of 50 basis points in the discount rate used in our calculation would increase our projected benefit obligation by $19.8 million.

Our pension expense is sensitive to changes in our estimate of the expected rate of return on plan assets. The expected return on assets used in calculating the pension expense for the U.S. pension plan, which represents 96% of all pension plan assets, was 6.75% for 2017, 7.00% for 2016 and 7.25% for 2015. For 2018, the rate is expected to be 6.50%. A change of 50 basis points in the expected return on assets assumption would impact pension expense by $1.3 million (pre-tax).

See Note 8. Pension and Post-Retirement and Other Benefit Plans of the notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data for additional discussion of our assumptions and the amounts reported in the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Recently Adopted Accounting Standards

In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-11, Inventory (Topic 330) – Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. The core principle of the ASU is that entities that historically used the lower of cost or market in the subsequent measurement of inventory will instead be required to measure inventory at the lower of cost and net realizable value. The guidance will not change U.S. GAAP for inventory measured using LIFO or the retail inventory method. The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2016. This guidance became effective for us as of January 1, 2017 and there was no effect on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, Stock Compensation (Topic 718) - Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The new guidance was developed as part of the FASB’s simplification initiative. The core principle of the ASU requires income tax effects of awards to be recognized in the income statement when the awards vest or are settled, and eliminates the requirement to report excess tax benefits in additional paid-in capital (APIC pool). It also allows an employer to repurchase more of an employee’s shares for tax withholding purposes without triggering liability accounting, and allows an employer to make a policy election to account for forfeitures as they occur. The new standard became effective for us as of January 1, 2017. During 2017,

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296,608 awards vested, and resulted in a $6.4 million tax benefit reported in earnings, and is classified as an operating activity within the condensed consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. The elimination of the APIC pool affects the treasury stock method used to calculate weighted average shares outstanding; however, the impact was not material. We elected to change our policy surrounding forfeitures, and beginning January 2017 we no longer estimate the number of awards expected to be forfeited but rather account for them as they occur. We are required to implement this portion of the guidance using a modified retrospective approach, and as such have recorded a cumulative adjustment of $0.6 million in retained earnings as of January 1, 2017.

We also amended our incentive compensation and stock plan to allow JBT to have the discretion to withhold up to the maximum statutory rates on an individual tax basis. A liability was not established as the withholding limits do not exceed the maximum. Cash paid for tax withholdings are classified as financing activity on the condensed consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, consistent with prior years.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230) Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments and Restricted Cash. The new guidance is intended to reduce the existing diversity in practice in how certain cash receipts and cash payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows. The core principle of the ASU requires the classification of eight specific cash flow issues identified under ASC 230 to be presented as either financing, investing or operating, or some combination thereof, depending upon the nature of the issue. Entities are required to use a retrospective transition approach for all of the issues identified for each period presented. The Company adopted the new ASU as of September 30, 2017. There was no impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures as a result of adopting the ASU.

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805) - Clarifying the Definition of a Business. The core principle of the ASU is to clarify the definition of a business to require certain transactions to be accounted for as business combinations versus an acquisition of assets. The Company adopted the new ASU as of September 30, 2017. There was no impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures as a result of adopting the ASU.
 
In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-04, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other (Topic 350) - Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment. The new guidance will simplify the accounting for goodwill impairment. The core principle of the ASU is to remove the requirement to calculate an implied fair value to determine impairment (Step 2 of the goodwill impairment test) and allow instead for goodwill impairment to equal the amount by which a reporting unit's carrying value exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the carrying amount of goodwill. The Company early adopted the new ASU as of September 30, 2017, prior to our 2017 annual testing of goodwill impairment, performed as of October 31st. There was no impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures as a result of adopting the ASU.

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (ASC 718) - Scope of Modification Accounting. The amendments provide guidance as to how an entity should account for a change in the terms and conditions of its share-based payment awards. The core principle of the ASU is to provide clarity, and reduce the variation in applied practice, as well as, cost and complexity in accounting for a change in the terms and conditions in an entity's share-based payment awards. The Company adopted the new ASU as of September 30, 2017. There was no impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures as a result of adopting the ASU.
  
Recently Issued Accounting Standards Not Yet Adopted

Beginning in 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), plus a number of related ASU’s designed to clarify and interpret Topic 606. The new standard will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. GAAP. The core principle of the ASU requires companies to reevaluate when revenue is recorded based upon newly defined criteria, either at a point in time or over time as goods or services are delivered. The ASU requires additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and estimates, and changes in those estimates. The new standard became effective for us as of January 1, 2018. As previously disclosed, we will adopt Topic 606 on a modified-retrospective basis.

In 2017, we completed our gap assessment and determined that in certain contracts, we will qualify for over time recognition for our manufactured equipment that is highly engineered to unique customer specifications. In addition, we expect that due to the nature of our equipment and installation contracts that we will combine these into one performance obligation. Under Topic 606, revenue recognized for contracts that meet certain criteria will result in revenue being recognized as the equipment is being manufactured which is an acceleration of revenue as compared to our current revenue recognition methodology of recognizing revenue, generally when the equipment is shipped to the customer. This conclusion, specific to equipment contracts for which the equipment is highly engineered to unique customer specifications, is dependent on whether our contract with the customer provides us, upon customer cancellation, with an enforceable right to payment for performance completed to date. Where the contract does not provide explicit language regarding cancellation payments, revenue will be recognized at a point in time, usually upon completion of the installation of the equipment. Therefore, some revenue will be deferred and recognized at a later date. This impacts both equipment contracts with

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installation that qualify as one performance obligation, and that were previously recognized upon shipment, as well as certain equipment contracts for which revenue was recognized under percentage of completion accounting under legacy GAAP.

We continue to execute our implementation plan and have developed new revenue accounting policies and processes; changed our internal controls over revenue recognition; created pro forma disclosures; and continue to implement system changes and enhancements. We are in the process of evaluating all contracts not completed on January 1, 2018 and have preliminarily determined the net impact of adopting this standard will be a reduction to retained earnings within the range of $25 million to $30 million. This differs significantly from the expected impact previously disclosed and is due solely due to interpretations published subsequent to our previous disclosure regarding what constitutes an enforceable right to payment. For full year 2018 results, we expect the financial statement impact of this deferral will be substantially offset by the requirement to defer revenue on contracts that, under legacy GAAP, would have been recognized in 2018, but will be deferred until 2019 under the new standard. Our assessment of the foregoing is ongoing and subject to finalization, such that the actual impact of the adoption may differ materially from the estimated ranges described above.
 
Upon adoption of the new revenue standard in the first quarter of 2018, the timing of revenue recognition for certain projects will vary and may be recorded upon shipment based on contract terms, when previously such projects were recorded over time. The impact to future revenue trends is uncertain as it will depend on future orders and contract terms. However, cash flows and overall profitability of a contract at completion are unchanged by the new standard.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The new standard will replace most existing lease guidance in U.S. GAAP. The core principle of the ASU is the requirement for lessees to report a right to use asset and a lease payment obligation on the balance sheet, but recognize expenses on their income statements in a manner similar to today’s accounting. Accounting for lessors will remains substantially similar to current U.S. GAAP. The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2018. However, early adoption is permitted. Entities are required to use a modified retrospective approach for leases that exist or are entered into after the beginning of the earliest comparative period in the financial statements. We are in the process of evaluating the impact this standard will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, Income Taxes: Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory. The new guidance is intended to simplify the accounting for intercompany asset transfers. The core principle requires an entity to immediately recognize the tax consequences of intercompany asset transfers. The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. However, early adoption is permitted only at the beginning of an annual period for which no financial statements (interim or annual) have already been issued. The Company will adopt this standard in the effective period. The impact to our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures will be immaterial.

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-07, Compensation - Retirement Benefits (ASC 715) - Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Costs and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost. The new guidance will change the presentation of pension cost by providing additional guidance on the presentation of net benefit cost in the income statement and on the components eligible for capitalization in assets. The core principle of the ASU is to provide more transparency in the presentation of these costs by requiring the service cost component to be reported in the same line item as other compensation costs arising from services rendered by the pertinent employees during the period. The other components of net benefit cost are required to be presented separately from the service cost component and outside a subtotal of income from operations. The amendments require that the Statements of Income impacts be applied retrospectively, while Balance Sheet changes should be applied prospectively. As such, upon adoption in 2018, the Company expects to reduce operating income for fiscal year 2017 by $2.0 million, and report this income in non operating income. Operating income for the fiscal year 2016 will be reduced by $2.3 million. There will be no impact to net income or to the Balance Sheet or Statement of Cash Flows.
 
The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. However, early adoption is permitted as of the beginning of an annual period for which financial statements (interim or annual) have not been issued or made available for issuance. The Company will adopt the newly issued ASU as of January 1, 2018.

In August 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (ASC 815) - Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. The core of the principle is to simplify hedge accounting, as well as improve the financial reporting of hedging results, for both financial and commodity risks, in the financial statements and related disclosures. The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2018. Early adoption is permitted in any interim period after the issuance of the amendment, however, any adjustments should be made as of the beginning of the fiscal year in which the interim period occurred. The Company is currently evaluating the effect, if any, that the ASU will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.


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ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We are subject to financial market risks, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates. In order to manage and mitigate our exposure to these risks, we may use derivative financial instruments in accordance with established policies and procedures. We do not use derivative financial instruments where the objective is to generate profits solely from trading activities. At December 31, 2017 and 2016, our derivative holdings consisted of foreign currency forward contracts and foreign currency instruments embedded in purchase and sale contracts and interest rate swap contracts.

These forward-looking disclosures address potential impacts from market risks only as they affect our financial instruments. They do not include other potential effects resulting from changes in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, commodity prices or equity prices that could impact our business..

Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk

During 2017, our foreign subsidiaries generated 31.4% of our revenue, the largest component of which was our operations in Sweden which generated 8.3% of our revenue. Financial statements of our foreign subsidiaries for which the U.S. dollar is not the functional currency are translated into U.S. dollars. As a result, we are exposed to foreign currency translation risk.

When we sell or purchase products or services, transactions are frequently denominated in currencies other than an operation’s functional currency. As a result, we are exposed to foreign currency transaction risk. When foreign currency exposures exist, we may enter into foreign exchange forward instruments with third parties to economically hedge foreign currency exposures. Our hedging policy reduces, but does not entirely eliminate, the impact of foreign currency exchange rate movements. We do not apply hedge accounting for our foreign currency forward instruments.

We economically hedge our recognized foreign currency assets and liabilities to reduce the risk that our earnings and cash flows will be adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We expect any gains or losses in the hedging portfolio to be substantially offset by a corresponding gain or loss in the underlying exposures being hedged. We also economically hedge firmly committed anticipated transactions in the normal course of business. As these are not offset by an underlying balance sheet position being hedged, our earnings can be significantly impacted on a periodic basis by the change in unrealized value of these hedges.

We use a sensitivity analysis to measure the impact of an immediate 10% adverse movement in the foreign currency exchange rates. This calculation assumes that each exchange rate would change in the same direction relative to the U.S. dollar and all other variables are held constant. We expect that changes in the fair value of derivative instruments will offset the changes in fair value of the underlying assets and liabilities on the balance sheet. A 10% adverse movement in the foreign currency exchange rates would have an immaterial impact on the value of our derivative instruments as of December 31, 2017. This amount would be reflected in our net income but would be significantly offset by the changes in the fair value of the underlying hedged assets and liabilities.

Interest Rate Risk

Our debt instruments subject us to market risk associated with movements in interest rates. We had $383.3 million in variable rate debt outstanding at December 31, 2017. A hypothetical 10% adverse movement in the interest rate would not significantly impact the annual interest expense.

We have entered into interest rate swaps to fix the interest rate applicable to certain of our variable-rate debt. The agreements swap one-month LIBOR for fixed rates. We have designated these swaps as cash flow hedges and all changes in fair value of the swaps are recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income. We use a sensitivity analysis to measure the impact on fair value of the interest rate swaps of an immediate adverse movement in the interest rates of 50 basis points. This analysis was based on a modeling technique that measures the hypothetical market value resulting from a 50 basis point change in interest rates. This adverse change in the applicable interest rates would result in an increase of $2.5 million in the net fair value of our interest rate swaps at December 31, 2017.



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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Stockholders and Board of Directors
John Bean Technologies Corporation:

Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of John Bean Technologies Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income (loss), changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three‑year period ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes and financial statement schedule II (collectively, the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the three‑year period ended December 31, 2017, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2017, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, and our report dated February 28, 2018 expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
Basis for Opinion
These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the 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 audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated 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 consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ KPMG LLP

We have served as the Company's auditor since 2007.

Chicago, Illinois
February 28, 2018

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JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
(In millions, except per share data)
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Product revenue
$
1,376.8

 
$
1,133.1

 
$
957.8

 
Service revenue
258.3

 
217.4

 
149.5

 
Total revenue
1,635.1

 
1,350.5

 
1,107.3

 
Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of products
961.1

 
803.8

 
676.2

 
Cost of services
203.3

 
166.0

 
114.2

 
Selling, general and administrative expense
294.4

 
236.7

 
207.0

 
Research and development expense
28.7

 
23.6

 
18.2

 
Restructuring expense
1.7

 
12.3

 

 
Other expense, net
0.1

 
4.7

 
2.7

 
Operating income:
145.8

 
103.4

 
89.0

 
Interest expense, net
13.6

 
9.4

 
6.8

 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
132.2

 
94.0

 
82.2

 
Provision for income taxes
50.1

 
26.0

 
26.2

 
Income from continuing operations
82.1

 
68.0

 
56.0

 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
1.6

 
0.4

 
0.1

 
Net income
$
80.5

 
$
67.6

 
$
55.9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share: