Johnson Controls, Inc. announced details of its planned fourth quarter restructuring activities and the financial impact associated with adoption of a new pension / post-retirement benefits accounting policy. The company disclosed in July 2012 its intention to take additional restructuring actions in the fourth fiscal quarter and to adopt a new mark-to-market accounting method that recognizes pension / post-retirement actuarial and investment gains or losses in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year.
Restructuring actions To better align its resources with its growth strategies, while reducing the cost structure of its global operations, Johnson Controls, Inc. said it plans to initiate restructuring activities which resulted in an estimated pre-tax charge of $225 to $275 million in its 2012 fourth quarter. The restructuring actions relate to cost reduction initiatives, including workforce reductions and plant consolidations, in the Company's automotive experience,
Pension / post-retirement accounting change In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, Johnson Controls changed its accounting policy for recognizing pension and post-retirement benefit expenses. The new mark-to-market accounting method recognizes pension / post-retirement actuarial and investment gains or losses in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year. The prior method amortized deferred actuarial gains or losses and smoothed asset returns over a number of years. Johnson Controls said this change has no impact on future pension and post-retirement funding or benefits paid to participants. The adoption of this new accounting policy will require retrospective revisions of current and prior year financial statements and the financial implications are currently under review. The fiscal 2012 fourth quarter net pre-tax mark-to-market adjustment is expected to be approximately $425 to $475 million due to the significant decline in year-over-year discount rates.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT Johnson Controls, Inc. has made forward-looking statements in this document pertaining to its financial results for fiscal 2012 and beyond that are based on preliminary data and are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are statements that are, or could be, deemed "forward-looking" statements and include terms such as "outlook," "expectations," "estimates" or "forecasts." For those statements, the Company cautions that numerous important factors, such as automotive vehicle production levels, mix and schedules, energy and commodity prices, the strength of the U.S. or other economies, currency exchange rates, cancellation of or changes to commercial contracts, as well as other factors discussed in Item 1A of Part I of the Company's most recent Form 10-k filing (filed November 22, 2011) could affect the Company's actual results and could cause its actual consolidated results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by the Company.