UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
_______________

Form 10-Q

[X]    QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 29, 2007
or
[   ]     TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Commission file number 1-1043
_______________

Brunswick Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
 
36-0848180
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
   
 
1 N. Field Court, Lake Forest, Illinois
 
60045-4811
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
(847) 735-4700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes [X]     No [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer.  See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer [X]                                                         Accelerated filer [   ]     Non-accelerated filer [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes [   ]     No [X]

The number of shares of Common Stock ($0.75 par value) of the registrant outstanding as of October 26, 2007, was 87,935,659.
 


 
 

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
INDEX TO QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
September 29, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS



   
Page
PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
     
Item 1.
Consolidated Financial Statements
 
     
 
Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006 (unaudited)
1
     
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of  September 29, 2007 (unaudited), December 31, 2006, and September 30, 2006 (unaudited)
2
     
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006 (unaudited)
4
     
 
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)
5
     
Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
21
     
Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
39
     
Item 4.
Controls and Procedures
39
     
     
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
 
     
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
40
     
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
40
     
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
41
     
Item 6.
Exhibits
41
     
     



PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Consolidated Financial Statements

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
 2007
   
September 30,
 2006
   
September 29,
 2007
   
September 30,
 2006
 
                         
Net sales
  $
1,326.2
    $
1,337.8
    $
4,235.2
    $
4,294.2
 
Cost of sales
   
1,067.8
     
1,048.9
     
3,348.1
     
3,337.1
 
Selling, general and administrative expense
   
207.3
     
182.5
     
627.5
     
549.8
 
Research and development expense
   
31.0
     
32.1
     
100.2
     
96.6
 
Impairment charges
   
66.4
     
     
66.4
     
 
  Operating earnings (loss)
    (46.3 )    
74.3
     
93.0
     
310.7
 
Equity earnings
   
3.0
     
2.9
     
16.4
     
14.7
 
Other income (expense), net
   
7.5
     
0.5
     
7.3
      (2.2 )
  Earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes
    (35.8 )    
77.7
     
116.7
     
323.2
 
Interest expense
    (12.8 )     (15.7 )     (39.7 )     (43.5 )
Interest income
   
1.9
     
5.0
     
5.6
     
10.4
 
  Earnings (loss) before income taxes
    (46.7 )    
67.0
     
82.6
     
290.1
 
Income tax (benefit) provision
    (23.0 )    
16.6
     
15.1
     
71.1
 
  Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations
    (23.7 )    
50.4
     
67.5
     
219.0
 
                                 
Discontinued operations:
                               
  Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
4.6
      (13.9 )    
8.6
      (31.9 )
  Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
21.0
     
     
28.7
     
 
  Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations
   
25.6
      (13.9 )    
37.3
      (31.9 )
                                 
  Net earnings
  $
1.9
    $
36.5
    $
104.8
    $
187.1
 
                                 
Earnings per common share:
                               
  Basic
                               
    Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations
  $ (0.27 )   $
0.54
    $
0.75
    $
2.32
 
    Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.05
      (0.15 )    
0.09
      (0.34 )
    Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.24
     
     
0.32
     
 
                                 
    Net earnings
  $
0.02
    $
0.39
    $
1.16
    $
1.98
 
                                 
  Diluted
                               
    Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations
  $ (0.27 )   $
0.54
    $
0.75
    $
2.30
 
    Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.05
      (0.15 )    
0.09
      (0.34 )
    Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.24
     
     
0.32
     
 
                                 
    Net earnings
  $
0.02
    $
0.39
    $
1.16
    $
1.96
 
                                 
Weighted average shares used for computation of:
                               
  Basic earnings per share
   
89.0
     
93.2
     
90.3
     
94.5
 
  Diluted earnings per share
   
89.0
     
93.7
     
90.7
     
95.3
 
                                 
                                 
The Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 

1


BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions)

   
September 29,
   
December 31,
   
September 30,
 
   
2007
   
2006
   
2006
 
   
(unaudited)
         
(unaudited)
 
Assets
                 
Current assets
                 
   Cash and cash equivalents, at cost, which approximates market
  $
327.8
    $
283.4
    $
559.5
 
   Accounts and notes receivable, less allowances of $36.8, $29.7, and $26.0
   
510.9
     
492.3
     
473.3
 
   Inventories
                       
      Finished goods
   
510.7
     
410.4
     
398.5
 
      Work-in-process
   
348.0
     
308.4
     
330.6
 
      Raw materials
   
148.4
     
143.1
     
152.6
 
         Net inventories
   
1,007.1
     
861.9
     
881.7
 
   Deferred income taxes
   
250.3
     
249.9
     
282.8
 
   Prepaid expenses and other
   
75.6
     
85.4
     
65.0
 
   Current assets held for sale
   
     
105.5
     
111.3
 
         Current assets
   
2,171.7
     
2,078.4
     
2,373.6
 
                         
Property
                       
   Land
   
101.4
     
91.7
     
87.8
 
   Buildings and improvements
   
678.9
     
631.6
     
618.9
 
   Equipment
   
1,212.9
     
1,181.7
     
1,177.9
 
      Total land, buildings and improvements and equipment
   
1,993.2
     
1,905.0
     
1,884.6
 
   Accumulated depreciation
    (1,097.2 )     (1,046.3 )     (1,045.4 )
      Net land, buildings and improvements and equipment
   
896.0
     
858.7
     
839.2
 
   Unamortized product tooling costs
   
153.5
     
156.2
     
154.0
 
         Net property
   
1,049.5
     
1,014.9
     
993.2
 
                         
Other assets
                       
   Goodwill
   
679.2
     
663.6
     
659.4
 
   Other intangibles, net
   
249.7
     
322.6
     
345.8
 
   Investments
   
139.5
     
142.9
     
140.0
 
   Other long-term assets
   
181.9
     
195.1
     
228.5
 
   Long-term assets held for sale
   
     
32.8
     
94.2
 
         Other assets
   
1,250.3
     
1,357.0
     
1,467.9
 
                         
Total assets
  $
4,471.5
    $
4,450.3
    $
4,834.7
 
                         
                         
The Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 


2


BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions, except share data)

   
September 29,
   
December 31,
   
September 30,
 
   
2007
   
2006
   
2006
 
   
(unaudited)
         
(unaudited)
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
                 
Current liabilities
                 
   Short-term debt, including current maturities of long-term debt
  $
0.2
    $
0.7
    $
249.7
 
   Accounts payable
   
461.7
     
448.6
     
403.3
 
   Accrued expenses
   
857.8
     
748.9
     
742.5
 
   Current liabilities held for sale
   
     
95.0
     
69.7
 
      Current liabilities
   
1,319.7
     
1,293.2
     
1,465.2
 
                         
Long-term liabilities
                       
   Debt
   
726.1
     
725.7
     
726.0
 
   Deferred income taxes
   
19.6
     
86.3
     
138.4
 
   Postretirement and postemployment benefits
   
225.6
     
224.2
     
212.4
 
   Other
   
277.1
     
240.4
     
246.0
 
   Long-term liabilities held for sale
   
     
8.7
     
8.1
 
      Long-term liabilities
   
1,248.4
     
1,285.3
     
1,330.9
 
                         
Shareholders’ equity
                       
   Common stock; authorized: 200,000,000 shares, $0.75 par value; issued: 102,538,000 shares
   
76.9
     
76.9
     
76.9
 
   Additional paid-in capital
   
386.2
     
378.7
     
373.0
 
   Retained earnings
   
1,934.2
     
1,820.7
     
1,928.9
 
   Treasury stock, at cost:
                       
      14,605,000; 11,671,000 and 10,746,000 shares
    (418.6 )     (315.5 )     (284.5 )
   Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax
    (75.3 )     (89.0 )     (55.7 )
      Shareholders’ equity
   
1,903.4
     
1,871.8
     
2,038.6
 
                         
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $
4,471.5
    $
4,450.3
    $
4,834.7
 
                         
                         
The Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 
 
3

 
BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in millions)
(unaudited)

   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 30,
2006
 
Cash flows from operating activities
           
   Net earnings from continuing operations
  $
67.5
    $
219.0
 
   Depreciation and amortization
   
130.2
     
123.1
 
   Impairment charges
   
66.4
     
 
   Income taxes
   
9.4
     
3.7
 
   Changes in non-cash current assets and current liabilities
    (50.0 )     (143.7 )
   Other, net
   
16.4
     
13.9
 
      Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations
   
239.9
     
216.0
 
      Net cash used for operating activities of discontinued operations
    (19.3 )     (38.2 )
      Net cash provided by operating activities
   
220.6
     
177.8
 
                 
Cash flows from investing activities
               
   Capital expenditures
    (156.3 )     (139.7 )
   Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired
    (6.2 )     (82.7 )
   Investments
   
9.1
     
14.5
 
   Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment
   
5.3
     
6.8
 
   Other, net
   
12.1
      (0.4 )
      Net cash used for investing activities of continuing operations
    (136.0 )     (201.5 )
      Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities of discontinued operations
   
65.2
      (4.8 )
      Net cash used for investing activities
    (70.8 )     (206.3 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities
               
   Net issuances (repayments) of commercial paper and other short-term debt
   
      (0.2 )
   Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
   
     
250.0
 
   Payments of long-term debt including current maturities
    (0.7 )     (0.8 )
   Stock repurchases
    (115.5 )     (163.1 )
   Stock options exercised
   
10.8
     
14.4
 
  Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities of continuing operations
    (105.4 )    
100.3
 
      Net cash used for financing activities of discontinued operations
   
     
 
      Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities
    (105.4 )    
100.3
 
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
   
44.4
     
71.8
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
   
283.4
     
487.7
 
                 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $
327.8
    $
559.5
 
                 
   
The Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated statements.
 


4
 
BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
Note 1 – Significant Accounting Policies

Interim Financial Statements.  The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of Brunswick Corporation (“Brunswick” or “the Company”) have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Therefore, certain information and disclosures normally included in financial statements and related notes prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted.

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with, and have been prepared in conformity with, the accounting principles reflected in the consolidated financial statements and related notes included in Brunswick’s 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K (the 2006 Form 10-K), except for the accounting for unrecognized tax benefits, as discussed in Note 11 – Income Taxes. As indicated in Note 2 – Discontinued Operations, Brunswick’s results as discussed in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements reflect continuing operations only, unless otherwise noted.  These interim results include, in the opinion of management, all normal and recurring adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position of Brunswick as of September 29, 2007, December 31, 2006, and September 30, 2006, the results of operations for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, and the cash flows for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006.  Due to the seasonality of Brunswick’s businesses, the interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the remainder of the year.

The Company maintains its financial records on the basis of a fiscal year ending on December 31, with the fiscal quarters ending on the Saturday closest to the end of the period (thirteen-week periods).  The first three quarters of fiscal year 2007 ended on March 31, 2007, June 30, 2007, and September 29, 2007, and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 ended on April 1, 2006, July 1, 2006, and September 30, 2006.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements. In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements,” (SFAS 157), which defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles and expands disclosures about fair value measurements.  SFAS 157 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The adoption of SFAS 157 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities – Including an amendment of FASB Statement No. 115” (SFAS 159). SFAS 159 permits entities to choose to measure certain financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value at specified election dates. Unrealized gains and losses on items for which the fair value option has been elected are to be reported in earnings. SFAS 159 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. The Company does not believe that the adoption of SFAS 159 will have a material impact on its financial statements.

Note 2 – Discontinued Operations

On April 27, 2006, Brunswick announced its intention to sell the majority of its Brunswick New Technologies (BNT) business unit, consisting of the Company’s marine electronics, portable navigation device (PND) and wireless fleet tracking businesses.  Therefore, the Company has reported these BNT businesses as discontinued operations in accordance with the criteria of SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets,” related to the classification of assets to be disposed of by sale.

In March 2007, Brunswick completed the sales of BNT’s marine electronics and PND businesses to Navico International Ltd. and MiTAC International Corporation, respectively, for net proceeds of $40.6 million. A $4.0 million after-tax gain was recognized with the divestiture of these businesses in 2007. Post-closing adjustments with respect to these sales were finalized in the third quarter of 2007.

In July 2007, the Company completed the sale of BNT’s wireless fleet tracking business to Navman Wireless Holdings L.P. for net proceeds of $29.0 million, resulting in an after-tax gain of $24.7 million. This transaction completed the sale of the BNT businesses classified as discontinued operations.

5
 
BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
The following table discloses the results of operations for BNT, including the gain on the divestitures, reported as discontinued operations for the three months and nine months ended:

   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Net sales
  $
2.2
    $
75.6
    $
99.7
    $
193.0
 
Pre-tax earnings (loss)
  $
21.9
    $ (13.2 )   $
24.0
    $ (47.7 )

There are no remaining net assets available for sale as of September 29, 2007. The following table reflects the financial position of the net assets of BNT disaggregated and reported as discontinued operations in prior periods, which reflects the pre-tax non-cash asset impairment charge of $73.9 million, $85.6 million after-tax, taken in the fourth quarter of 2006:

   
December 31, 2006
   
September 30,
2006
 
(in millions)
           
Accounts receivable
  $
51.5
    $
51.8
 
Inventory, net
   
52.5
     
57.5
 
Other current assets
   
1.5
     
2.0
 
  Total current assets
   
105.5
     
111.3
 
                 
Goodwill and intangible assets
   
19.8
     
74.3
 
Investments
   
6.1
     
 
Property, plant and equipment
   
6.9
     
19.9
 
  Total long-term assets
   
32.8
     
94.2
 
                 
    Total assets
   
138.3
     
205.5
 
                 
Accounts payable
   
46.4
     
35.7
 
Accrued expenses
   
48.6
     
34.0
 
  Total current liabilities
   
95.0
     
69.7
 
                 
Long-term liabilities
   
8.7
     
8.1
 
                 
    Total liabilities
   
103.7
     
77.8
 
                 
      Net assets
  $
34.6
    $
127.7
 
 


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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
Note 3 – Share-Based Compensation

On January 1, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment,” (SFAS 123R), which is a revision of SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation.” SFAS 123R supersedes Accounting Principles Board (APB) Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees,” and amends SFAS No. 95, “Statement of Cash Flows.” SFAS 123R requires the Company to recognize all share-based payments to employees, including grants of stock options and the compensatory elements of employee stock purchase plans, in its income statement based upon the fair value of such share-based payments. Share-based employee compensation cost (benefit) is recognized as a component of Selling, general and administrative expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income.  Refer to Note 15 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for further details regarding the Company’s adoption of SFAS 123R.

 Under the 2003 Stock Incentive Plan (Plan), the Company may grant stock options, stock appreciation rights (SARs), nonvested stock and other types of share-based awards to executives and other management employees. Under the Plan, the Company may issue up to 8.1 million shares, consisting of treasury shares and authorized, but unissued shares of common stock.  As of September 29, 2007, 4.0 million shares were available for grant.

Stock Options and SARS

Prior to 2005, the Company primarily issued share-based compensation in the form of stock options, and had not issued any SARs. Since the beginning of 2005, the Company has issued stock-settled SARs and has not issued any stock options. Generally, stock options and SARs are exercisable over a period of 10 years, or as otherwise determined by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, and subject to vesting periods of four years. The exercise price of stock options and SARs issued under the Plan cannot be less than the fair market value of the underlying shares at the date of grant.

During the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, there were 0.0 million and 0.9 million SARs granted, respectively. Total expenses for SARs were $1.5 million and $3.9 million for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, respectively.  During the corresponding periods ended September 30, 2006, there were 0.0 million and 0.9 million SARs granted, respectively. Total expenses for SARs were $1.4 million and $4.5 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2006. These expenses resulted in a deferred tax asset for the tax benefit to be realized in future periods.

The weighted average fair values of individual SARs granted were $9.91 and $11.88 during 2007 and 2006, respectively.  The fair value of each grant was estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes-Merton pricing model utilizing the following weighted average assumptions used for 2007 and 2006:

   
2007 
 
2006 
             
Risk-free interest rate
    4.6 %     4.4 %
Dividend yield
    1.8 %     1.5 %
Volatility factor
    29.9 %     31.2 %
Weighted average expected life
 
5.1 - 6.2 years 
 
4.8 - 6.1 years 

Nonvested stock awards

The Company issues nonvested stock awards (stock units) to key employees as determined by the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. In addition, employees entitled to receive cash payments under the Company’s Strategic Incentive Plan (a long-term incentive plan for senior employees), may elect to receive a vested stock award instead, with a 20 percent nonvested stock premium.  Such awards vest at the time of deferral, with the exception of the premium.  Nonvested stock awards (including the premium) have vesting periods of three or four years and are eligible for dividends, which are reinvested and non-voting. All nonvested awards have restrictions on the sale or transfer of such awards during the nonvested period.
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
The cost of nonvested stock awards is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. During the three months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, there were no stock awards granted under these plans and $0.9 million and $1.4 million was charged to compensation expense under these plans, respectively. During the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, there were 0.1 million and 0.3 million stock awards granted under these plans, respectively, and $3.2 million and $4.2 million was charged to compensation expense under the Plan, respectively.

The weighted average price per nonvested stock award at grant date was $33.00 and $39.15 for the nonvested stock awards granted in 2007 and 2006, respectively.  As of September 29, 2007, there was $7.3 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to nonvested share-based compensation arrangements granted under the Plan.  That cost is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.6 years.

Generally, grants of nonvested stock options, SARs and stock units are forfeited if employment is terminated prior to vesting.  However, with respect to stock options and SARs, all grants vest immediately: (i) in the event of a change in control; (ii) upon death or disability of the grantee; and (iii) beginning in 2007, upon the sale or divestiture of the business unit to which the grantee is assigned.  Stock option and SAR grants made prior to 2006 also vest immediately if the sum of (A) the age of the grantee and (B) the grantee’s total number of years of service, equals 65 or more; grants made in 2006 and later vest immediately if (A) the grantee has attained the age of 62 and (B) the grantee’s age plus total years of service equals 70 or more.  Nonvested stock awards granted prior to 2006 vest pro rata if the sum of (A) the age of the grantee and (B) the grantee’s total number of years of service equals 65 or more; grants made in 2006 and later vest pro rata if (A) the grantee has attained the age of 62 and (B) the grantee’s age plus total years of service equals 70 or more.
 
Director Awards

The Company issues stock awards to directors in accordance with the terms and conditions determined by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. One-half of each director’s annual fee is paid in Brunswick common stock, the receipt of which may be deferred until a director retires from the Board of Directors.  Each director may elect to have the remaining one-half paid either in cash, in Brunswick common stock distributed at the time of the award, or in deferred Brunswick common stock units with a 20 percent premium.  Each non-employee director is also entitled to an annual grant of restricted stock units, which is deferred until the director retires from the Board.

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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
Note 4 – Earnings per Common Share

The Company calculates earnings per share in accordance with SFAS No. 128, "Earnings per Share."  Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per share is calculated similarly, except that the calculation includes the dilutive effect of stock options and nonvested stock awards.  Weighted average basic shares decreased by 4.2 million shares during both the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, versus the comparable periods in 2006, primarily due to the Company’s share repurchase program (as discussed in Note 13 – Share Repurchase Program). The decrease was partially offset by shares issued upon the exercise of employee stock options.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, and for the comparable periods ended September 30, 2006, were calculated as follows:

   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 30,
2006
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 30,
2006
 
(in millions, except per share data)
                       
  Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations
  $ (23.7 )   $
50.4
    $
67.5
    $
219.0
 
  Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
4.6
      (13.9 )    
8.6
      (31.9 )
  Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
21.0
     
     
28.7
     
 
                                 
Net earnings
  $
1.9
    $
36.5
    $
104.8
    $
187.1
 
                                 
Weighted average outstanding shares – basic
   
89.0
     
93.2
     
90.3
     
94.5
 
Dilutive effect of common stock equivalents
   
     
0.5
     
0.4
     
0.8
 
                                 
Weighted average outstanding shares – diluted
   
89.0
     
93.7
     
90.7
     
95.3
 
                                 
Basic earnings per share
                               
  Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations
  $ (0.27 )   $
0.54
    $
0.75
    $
2.32
 
  Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.05
      (0.15 )    
0.09
      (0.34 )
  Gain  on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.24
     
     
0.32
     
 
                                 
  Net earnings
  $
0.02
    $
0.39
    $
1.16
    $
1.98
 
                                 
Diluted earnings per share
                               
  Net earnings (loss)  from continuing operations
  $ (0.27 )   $
0.54
    $
0.75
    $
2.30
 
  Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.05
      (0.15 )    
0.09
      (0.34 )
  Gain on disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax
   
0.24
     
     
0.32
     
 
                                 
  Net earnings
  $
0.02
    $
0.39
    $
1.16
    $
1.96
 

As of September 29, 2007, there were 4.3 million options outstanding, of which 2.5 million were exercisable.  There were 2.9 million and 2.8 million shares of common stock outstanding for which the exercise price of the options was higher than the average market price of the Company’s shares for the quarterly and year-to-date periods ended September 29, 2007, respectively. These options were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect would have been anti-dilutive.  This compares to 2.3 million and 2.0 million anti-dilutive options that were excluded from the corresponding periods ended September 30, 2006. During the quarter ended September 29, 2007, the Company incurred a net loss from continuing operations. As common stock equivalents have an anti-dilutive affect on the net loss, the equivalents were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 29, 2007.

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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
Note 5 – Commitments and Contingencies

Financial Commitments

The Company has entered into guarantees of indebtedness of third parties, which are primarily comprised of arrangements with financial institutions in connection with customer financing programs. Under these arrangements, the Company has guaranteed customer obligations to the financial institutions in the event of customer default, generally subject to a maximum amount, which is less than total obligations outstanding.  The Company has also guaranteed payments to third parties that have purchased customer receivables from Brunswick and, in certain instances, has guaranteed secured term financing for its customers.  In most instances, upon repurchase of the debt obligation, the Company receives rights to the collateral securing the financing. The maximum potential liability associated with these customer financing arrangements was $108.1 million as of September 29, 2007.  Any potential payments on these customer financing arrangements would extend over several years.

The Company has also entered into arrangements with third-party lenders where it has agreed, in the event of a default by the customer to repurchase from the third-party lender, Brunswick products repossessed from the customer. These arrangements are typically subject to a maximum repurchase amount. The Company’s risk under these arrangements is mitigated by the value of the products repurchased as part of the transaction. The maximum amount of collateral the Company could be required to purchase was $160.4 million as of September 29, 2007.

Based on historical experience and current facts and circumstances, and in accordance with FASB Interpretation No. 45, “Guarantor’s Accounting and Disclosure Requirements for Guarantees, Including Indirect Guarantees of Indebtedness of Others – An Interpretation of FASB Statements No. 5, 57, and 107 and Rescission of FASB Interpretation No. 34,” the Company has recorded the estimated net liability associated with losses from these guarantee and repurchase obligations on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.  Historical cash requirements and losses associated with these obligations have not been significant.

Financial institutions have issued standby letters of credit and surety bonds conditionally guaranteeing obligations on behalf of the Company totaling $68.4 million as of September 29, 2007.  This amount is primarily comprised of standby letters of credit and surety bonds issued in connection with the Company’s self-insured workers’ compensation program as required by its insurance companies and various state agencies. The Company has recorded reserves to cover liabilities associated with these programs. Under certain circumstances, such as an event of default under the Company’s revolving credit facility, or, in the case of surety bonds, a ratings downgrade below investment grade, the Company could be required to post collateral to support the outstanding letters of credit and surety bonds.  Surety bonds totaled $15.5 million as of September 29, 2007.

Product Warranties

The Company records a liability for product warranties at the time revenue is recognized.  The liability is estimated using historical warranty experience, projected claim rates and expected costs per claim.  The Company adjusts its liability for specific warranty matters when they become known and the exposure can be estimated.  The Company’s warranty reserves are affected by product failure rates as well as material usage and labor costs incurred in correcting a product failure.  If these estimated costs differ from actual costs, a revision to the warranty reserve would be required.

The following activity related to product warranty liabilities from continuing operations was recorded in Accrued expenses and Long-term liabilities – Other during the nine months ended September 29, 2007:

   
2007
 
(in millions)
     
Balance at beginning of period
  $
161.0
 
Payments made
    (90.1 )
Provisions/additions for contracts issued/sold
   
85.5
 
Aggregate changes for preexisting warranties
   
(1.0
         
Balance at end of period
  $
155.4
 

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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
Additionally, marine engine customers may purchase a contract from the Company that extends product protection beyond the standard product warranty period.  For certain extended warranty contracts in which the Company retains the warranty obligation, a deferred liability is recorded based on the aggregate sales price for contracts sold. The deferred liability is reduced and revenue is recognized over the contract period as costs are expected to be incurred.  Deferred revenue associated with contracts sold by the Company that extend product protection beyond the standard product warranty period, not included in the table above, was $19.6 million as of September 29, 2007.

Legal and Environmental

 The Company accrues for litigation exposure based upon its assessment, made in consultation with counsel, of the likely range of exposure stemming from the claim.  In light of existing reserves, the Company’s litigation claims, when finally resolved, will not, in the opinion of management, have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position.  If current estimates for the cost of resolving any claims are later determined to be inadequate, results of operations could be adversely affected in the period in which additional provisions are required.

Tax Case.  In February 2003, the United States Tax Court issued a ruling upholding the disallowance by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of capital losses and other expenses for 1990 and 1991 related to two partnership investments entered into by the Company. In April 2003, the Company elected to pay the IRS $62 million (approximately $50 million after-tax), and in April 2004, the Company elected to pay the IRS an additional $10 million (approximately $8 million after-tax), in connection with this matter pending settlement negotiations. The payments were comprised of $33 million in taxes due and $39 million of pre-tax interest (approximately $25 million after-tax). The Company elected to make these payments to avoid future interest costs.

On March 9, 2005, the Company and the IRS reached a preliminary settlement of the issues involved in and related to this case, in which the Company agreed to withdraw its appeal of the tax ruling. All amounts due as a result of the settlement were covered by the payments previously made to the IRS. In addition, all tax computations related to taxable years 1986 through 2001 were calculated and agreed to with the IRS at the examination level. The statute of limitations related to these taxable years expired on March 9, 2006.  As a result of these issues and other assessments, the Company reversed $19.3 million of tax reserves in the first nine months of 2006, consisting of $12.4 million in the first quarter, $5.8 million in the second quarter and $1.1 million in the third quarter, primarily related to the reassessment of underlying exposures. During the second quarter of 2006, Brunswick received a refund of $12.9 million from the IRS related to the final settlement for these tax years. In the third quarter of 2006, the Company recorded an additional tax receivable of $4.1 million for interest related to these tax years. Additionally, these tax years will be subject to tax audits by various state jurisdictions to determine the state tax effect of the IRS's audit adjustments.

Chinese Supplier Dispute.  Brunswick was involved in an arbitration proceeding in Hong Kong that arose out of a commercial dispute with a former contract manufacturer in China, Shanghai Zhonglu Industrial Company Limited (Zhonglu).  The Company filed the arbitration seeking damages based on Zhonglu's breach of a supply and distribution agreement pursuant to which Zhonglu agreed to manufacture bowling equipment.  Zhonglu asserted counterclaims seeking damages for alleged breach of contract among other claims.  The arbitration tribunal decided in the favor of the Company for a net settlement of $0.1 million in August 2007.

Patent Infringement Dispute.  In October 2006, Brunswick was sued by Electromotive, Inc. (Electromotive) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Virginia.  Electromotive claimed that a number of engines sold by Brunswick’s Mercury Marine business had infringed an expired patent held by Electromotive related to a method for ignition timing.  Trial in the case commenced on July 11, 2007, and, on July 27, 2007, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Electromotive in the amount of approximately $3 million, which was provided for in the second quarter of 2007. In October 2007, the Company and Electromotive subsequently reached agreement to settle the case in lieu of pursuing respective appeals.
 
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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
Brazilian Customs Dispute.  In June 2007, the Brazilian Customs Office issued an assessment against a Company subsidiary in the amount of approximately $14 million related to the importation of Life Fitness products into Brazil.  The assessment was based on a determination by Brazilian customs officials that the proper import value of Life Fitness equipment imported into Brazil should be the manufacturer's suggested retail price of those goods in the United States.  The assessment consists of duties, penalties and interest on the importation of Life Fitness products into Brazil over the past five years.  Brunswick believes that this determination by the Brazilian Customs Office of the value of the imported goods is without merit, and has appealed the assessment.  The Company does not believe that the resolution of this dispute will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition or results of operations.
 
Refer to Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for disclosure of the potential cash requirements of environmental proceedings and a discussion of other legal matters as of December 31, 2006.
 
 Note 6 – Segment Data

Brunswick is a manufacturer and marketer of leading consumer brands, and operates in four reportable segments: Boat, Marine Engine, Fitness and Bowling & Billiards.  The Company’s segments are defined by management reporting structure and operating activities.

The Company evaluates performance based on business segment operating earnings. Operating earnings of segments do not include the expenses of corporate administration, earnings from equity affiliates, other expenses and income of a non-operating nature, interest expense and income or provisions for income taxes.  Marine eliminations are eliminations between the Marine Engine and Boat segments for sales transactions consummated at established arm’s length transfer prices.

The following table sets forth net sales and operating earnings of each of the Company’s reportable segments for the three months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006:

   
Net Sales
   
Operating Earnings
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Three Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Boat
  $
613.9
    $
679.2
    $ (90.3 )   $
24.8
 
Marine Engine
   
566.7
     
536.5
     
47.5
     
50.4
 
Marine eliminations
    (119.1 )     (127.8 )    
     
 
  Total Marine
   
1,061.5
     
1,087.9
      (42.8 )    
75.2
 
                                 
Fitness
   
150.2
     
136.6
     
11.8
     
12.6
 
Bowling & Billiards
   
114.6
     
113.4
      (0.2 )    
3.1
 
Eliminations
    (0.1 )     (0.1 )    
     
 
Corporate/Other
   
     
      (15.1 )     (16.6 )
                                 
  Total
  $
1,326.2
    $
1,337.8
    $ (46.3 )   $
74.3
 
 
 
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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)
 
The following table sets forth net sales and operating earnings of each of the Company’s reportable segments for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006:

   
Net Sales
   
Operating Earnings
 
   
Nine Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Boat
  $
2,045.7
    $
2,199.9
    $ (51.5 )   $
126.3
 
Marine Engine
   
1,808.9
     
1,760.0
     
162.5
     
190.0
 
Marine eliminations
    (382.0 )     (404.0 )    
     
 
  Total Marine
   
3,472.6
     
3,555.9
     
111.0
     
316.3
 
                                 
Fitness
   
439.2
     
400.3
     
27.3
     
28.9
 
Bowling & Billiards
   
323.6
     
338.2
     
5.4
     
16.5
 
Eliminations
    (0.2 )     (0.2 )    
     
 
Corporate/Other
   
     
      (50.7 )     (51.0 )
                                 
  Total
  $
4,235.2
    $
4,294.2
    $
93.0
    $
310.7
 
 
Note 7 – Acquisitions

All acquisitions are accounted for under the purchase method and in accordance with SFAS No. 141, “Business Combinations.”  Brunswick continues to evaluate potential acquisitions in the ordinary course of business.

During the first nine months of 2007, consideration paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired, was as follows:

Date
 
 
Name/Description
 
Net Cash
Consideration(A)
   
Other
Consideration
   
Total
Consideration
 
(in millions)
                     
4/04/07
 
Marine Innovations Warranty Corporation
  $
1.5
    $
    $
1.5
 
8/24/07
 
Rayglass Sales & Marketing Limited
   
4.6
     
     
4.6
 
Various
 
Miscellaneous
   
0.1
     
0.5
     
0.6
 
                             
         $
6.2
     $
0.5
     $
6.7
 

(A)  Net cash consideration is subject to subsequent changes resulting from final purchase agreement adjustments.

The Company made an additional payment of $1.5 million for the April 1, 2004, acquisition of Marine Innovations Warranty Corporation (Marine Innovations), an administrator of extended warranty contracts for the marine industry.  This was the final payment required under the purchase agreement as Marine Innovations fulfilled earnings targets.  The post-acquisition results of Marine Innovations are included in the Boat segment.

Brunswick purchased a 49% equity interest in Rayglass Sales & Marketing Limited (Rayglass), a manufacturer of boats and marine equipment located in New Zealand, on July 15, 2003, for $5.5 million. On August 24, 2007, the Company exercised its option to purchase the remaining 51% interest in the New Zealand company for $4.6 million. The acquisition expands the global manufacturing footprint of the marine operations and develops additional international sales opportunities. The post-acquisition results of Rayglass are included in the Marine Engine segment.

 These acquisitions were not and would not have been material to Brunswick’s net sales, results of operations or total assets during the quarterly and year-to-date periods ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, respectively. Accordingly, Brunswick’s consolidated results from operations do not differ materially from historical performance as a result of these acquisitions, and therefore, pro forma results are not presented.
 
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION    
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
During the first nine months of 2006, consideration paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired, was as follows:

 
Date
 
 
Name/Description
 
Net Cash
Consideration (A)
 
(in millions)
         
2/16/06
 
Cabo Yachts, Inc.
  $
60.6
 
3/24/06
 
Marine Innovations Warranty Corporation
   
2.3
 
4/26/06
 
Diversified Marine Products, L.P.
   
14.2
 
9/20/06
 
Protokon LLC (13.3 percent)
   
5.6
 
             
        $
82.7
 
 
(A)  Net cash consideration is subject to subsequent changes resulting from final purchase agreement adjustments.

The Company acquired certain assets of Cabo Yachts, Inc. (Cabo) for $60.6 million.  Cabo manufactures offshore sportfishing boats ranging from 31 to 52 feet.  The purchase of Cabo complements Brunswick’s previous acquisitions of Hatteras Yachts, Inc. and Albemarle Boats, Inc. and allows the Company to offer a full range of sportfishing convertibles from 24 to 90 feet. The post-acquisition results of Cabo are included in the Boat segment.

The Company made an additional payment of $2.3 million for the April 1, 2004, acquisition of Marine Innovations. This payment was required under the purchase agreement as Marine Innovations fulfilled earnings targets. The post-acquisition results of Marine Innovations are included in the Boat segment.

On April 26, 2006, Brunswick acquired the outstanding stock of Diversified Marine Products, L.P. (Diversified) for $14.2 million. Diversified is a leading wholesale distributor of marine parts and accessories headquartered in Los Angeles, California.  The acquisition of Diversified complements Brunswick’s previous acquisitions of Land ‘N’ Sea Corporation, Kellogg Marine, Inc. and Benrock, Inc., allowing Brunswick to provide same- or next-day delivery of marine parts and accessories nationwide by expanding its parts and accessories business to the West Coast of the United States.  The post-acquisition results of Diversified are included in the Boat Segment.

On September 20, 2006, the Company acquired an additional 13.3 percent of the outstanding stock of Protokon LLC (Protokon), a Hungarian equipment manufacturer, for $5.6 million.  The Company previously purchased 80 percent of the outstanding stock of Protokon in 2003.  The Company has the option to acquire the remaining 6.7 percent interest in Protokon under certain circumstances.   The acquisition of Protokon has allowed the Company to manufacture fitness equipment closer to the European marketplace, thereby reducing freight costs and offering better service to fitness customers in Europe.  The post-acquisition results of Protokon are included in the Fitness Segment.

These acquisitions were not material to Brunswick’s net sales, results of operations or total assets during the quarterly and year-to-date periods ended September 30, 2006. Accordingly, Brunswick’s consolidated results from operations do not differ materially from historical performance as a result of these acquisitions, and therefore, pro forma results are not presented.

Refer to Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for further details relating to Brunswick’s acquisitions.
 
Note 8 – Investments

The Company has certain unconsolidated international and domestic affiliates that are accounted for using the equity method.  See Note 10 – Financial Services for more details on the Company’s joint venture, Brunswick Acceptance Company, LLC (BAC).  Refer to Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for further detail relating to the Company’s investments.
 
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
Note 9 – Comprehensive Income

The Company reports certain changes in equity during a period in accordance with SFAS No. 130, “Reporting Comprehensive Income.”  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) includes prior service costs, net actuarial gains and losses, and minimum pension liability adjustments for defined benefit plans; foreign currency cumulative translation adjustments; and unrealized derivative and investment gains and losses, all net of tax. Effective December 31, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 158, “Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans – an amendment of FASB Statements No. 87, 88, 106 and 132(R),” (SFAS 158), eliminating the minimum pension liability concept under which adjustments were recorded to other comprehensive income.  The Company’s adoption of SFAS 158 also required the inclusion of prior service costs and net actuarial gains and losses in other comprehensive income.  Components of other comprehensive income for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, were as follows:
 
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 30,
2006
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 30,
2006
 
    (in millions)
                       
Net earnings
  $
1.9
    $
36.5
    $
104.8
    $
187.1
 
Other comprehensive income (loss)
                               
Foreign currency cumulative translation adjustment
   
10.6
     
4.7
     
13.2
     
12.6
 
Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on investments
   
0.2
      (0.7 )    
0.3
     
0.5
 
Net change in prior service cost
   
0.5
     
     
1.6
     
 
Net change in actuarial loss
   
1.2
     
     
3.8
     
 
Net change in accumulated unrealized derivative gains (losses)
    (5.1 )     (4.7 )     (5.2 )     (2.7 )
  Total other comprehensive income (loss)
   
7.4
      (0.7 )    
13.7
     
10.4
 
                                 
Comprehensive income
  $
9.3
    $
35.8
    $
118.5
    $
197.5
 

There was no change to other comprehensive income (loss) resulting from the minimum pension liability adjustment in either 2006 period as, prior to the Company’s adoption of SFAS 158, it was adjusted annually in the fourth quarter.

Note 10 – Financial Services

The Company’s subsidiary, Brunswick Financial Services Corporation (BFS), owns 49 percent of a joint venture, Brunswick Acceptance Company, LLC (BAC), and CDF Ventures, LLC (CDFV), a subsidiary of General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC), owns the remaining 51 percent.  Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, BAC provides secured wholesale floor-plan financing to Brunswick’s boat and engine dealers. BAC also purchases and services a portion of Mercury Marine’s domestic accounts receivable relating to its boat builder and dealer customers.

BFS’s contributed equity is adjusted monthly to maintain a 49 percent equity interest in accordance with the capital provisions of the joint venture agreement.  BFS’s investment in BAC is accounted for by the Company under the equity method and is recorded as a component of Investments in its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company’s investment in BAC is funded through cash contributions and reinvested earnings.  The Company records BFS’s share of income or loss in BAC based on its ownership percentage in the joint venture in Equity earnings in its Consolidated Statements of Income.

BAC is funded in part through a loan from GE Commercial Distribution Finance Corporation and a securitization facility arranged by GECC, and in part by a cash equity investment from both partners. BFS’s total investment in BAC at September 29, 2007, and December 31, 2006, was $37.4 million and $50.6 million, respectively.  BFS’s exposure to losses associated with BAC financing arrangements is limited to its funded equity in BAC.
 
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
BFS recorded income related to the operations of BAC of $3.4 million and $10.1 million for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, respectively. These amounts compare to $2.6 million and $10.0 million in the corresponding periods ended September 30, 2006.  These amounts exclude the discount expense paid by the Company on the sale of Mercury Marine’s accounts receivable to the joint venture noted below.

Since 2003, the Company has sold a significant portion of its domestic Mercury Marine accounts receivable to BAC.  Accounts receivable totaling $228.2 million and $688.8 million were sold to BAC during the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, respectively, compared with $197.4 million and $670.4 million during the corresponding periods ended September 30, 2006.  Discounts of $2.2 million and $6.3 million for the first three months and nine months of 2007, respectively, have been recorded as an expense in Other expense, net, in the Consolidated Statements of Income.  These amounts compare with $2.0 million and $6.1 million for the same periods in the prior year.  The outstanding balance of receivables sold to BAC was $118.9 million as of September 29, 2007, up from $80.0 million as of December 31, 2006.  Pursuant to the joint venture agreement, BAC reimbursed Mercury Marine $1.7 million and $1.5 million for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, respectively, for the related credit, collection and administrative costs incurred in connection with the servicing of such receivables. 
 
As of September 29, 2007, and December 31, 2006, the Company had a retained interest in $51.3 million and $31.5 million of the total outstanding accounts receivable sold to BAC, respectively.   The Company’s maximum exposure as of September 29, 2007, and December 31, 2006, related to these amounts was $29.7 million and $16.9 million, respectively.   In accordance with SFAS No. 140, “Accounting for Transfers and Servicing of Financial Assets and Extinguishments of Liabilities,” the Company treats the sale of receivables in which the Company retains an interest as a secured obligation.  Accordingly, the amount of the Company’s retained interest was recorded in Accounts and notes receivable, and Accrued expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.  These balances are included in the amounts in Note 5 – Commitments and Contingencies.

Additionally, Brunswick's marine dealers can offer extended product warranties to their retail customers through Brunswick Product Protection Corporation (previously Marine Innovations Warranty Corporation, which the Company acquired in 2004).  In October 2006, Brunswick acquired Blue Water Dealer Services, Inc. and its affiliates, a provider of retail financial services to the marine industry, to allow Brunswick to offer a more complete line of financial services to its boat and marine engine dealers and their customers.  Refer to Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for further details.

Note 11 – Income Taxes

The Company has historically provided deferred taxes under APB No. 23, “Accounting for Income Taxes – Special Areas,” (APB 23) for the presumed ultimate repatriation to the United States of earnings from all non-U.S. subsidiaries and unconsolidated affiliates. The indefinite reversal criterion of APB 23 allows the Company to overcome that presumption to the extent the earnings are indefinitely reinvested outside the United States.

The Company has continued to provide deferred taxes, as required, on the undistributed net earnings of all non-U.S. subsidiaries and unconsolidated affiliates for which the APB 23 assertion has not been elected, as those earnings may be repatriated in future years.  As of January 1, 2007, the Company determined that approximately $25.8 million of certain additional foreign subsidiaries current undistributed net earnings, as well as the future net earnings, will be permanently reinvested. These earnings will provide Brunswick with the opportunity to continue to expand its global manufacturing footprint, fund future growth in foreign locations and shift Brunswick’s acquisition focus to Europe and Asia.  The Company’s current intentions, with respect to these subsidiaries, meet the indefinite reversal criterion of APB 23.  As a result of the additional APB 23 change in assertion, the Company reduced its deferred tax liabilities related to undistributed foreign earnings by $2.0 million during the first quarter of 2007.

 
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
The Company’s effective tax rate from continuing operations for the three months ended September 29, 2007, was 49.4 percent. The effective tax rate, applied to the Company's reported loss from continuing operations, created a more favorable tax benefit than the application of the statutory rate due to additional tax benefits related to favorable tax reassessments of $8.9 million and research and development tax credits. These benefits were partially offset by expense related to changes in estimates of prior years’ tax return filings of $3.5 million and the impact of a foreign jurisdiction tax rate reduction on the underlying net deferred tax asset of $1.7 million.
 
The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, was 18.3 percent. The effective tax rate was lower than the statutory rate due to tax reassessments of $9.1 million, $2.0 million of benefits recognized in the first quarter related to the Company’s election to apply the indefinite reversal criterion of APB 23 discussed above and research and development tax credits, partially offset by expense related to changes in estimates of prior years’ tax return filings of $4.0 million and the impact of a foreign jurisdiction tax rate reduction on the underlying net deferred tax asset of $1.7 million.

For the quarterly and year-to-date periods ended September 30, 2006, the Company’s effective tax rates from continuing operations were 24.8 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively.  The effective tax rates were lower than the statutory rate primarily as a result of benefits from a $19.3 million tax reserve reassessment of underlying exposures, of which $1.1 million was recognized in the third quarter, as discussed in Note 5 – Commitments and Contingencies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and the recognition of an additional tax receivable of $4.1 million for interest related to prior taxable years.

The Company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes,” (FIN 48) effective on January 1, 2007.  As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, the Company recognized an $8.7 million decrease in the net liability for unrecognized tax benefits, which was accounted for as an increase to the January 1, 2007, balance of retained earnings.

As of January 1, 2007, the Company had $42.4 million of gross unrecognized tax benefits.  Of this amount, $34.3 million represents the portion that, if recognized, would impact the effective tax rate.  The Company recognizes interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.  As of January 1, 2007, the Company had $5.4 million accrued for the payment of interest, and no amounts accrued for penalties.  Due to the various jurisdictions in which the Company files tax returns, it is possible that there will be a significant change in the amount of unrecognized tax benefits within the next twelve months, but the amount cannot be estimated.

The Company is regularly audited by federal, state and foreign tax authorities.  The IRS has completed their audits of the Company’s United States income tax returns through the 2003 taxable year and is currently auditing the Company’s United States income tax returns for taxable years 2004 and 2005.  Primarily as a result of filing amended tax returns, which were generated by the closing of federal income tax audits, the Company is still open to state and local audits dating back to the 1986 taxable year.  With the exception of Germany, where the Company is currently undergoing a tax audit for taxable years 1998 through 2001, the Company is no longer subject to income tax examinations by any other major foreign tax jurisdiction tax authorities for years prior to 2001.
 
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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
Note 12 – Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

The Company has defined contribution plans, qualified and nonqualified pension plans, and other postretirement benefit plans covering substantially all of its employees.  On December 31, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS 158, which requires recognition of the overfunded or underfunded status of pension and other postretirement plans in the statement of financial position, as well as recognition of changes in that funded status through comprehensive income in the year in which they occur.  SFAS 158 was adopted on a prospective basis as required.  Prior years’ amounts have not been restated.   Effective for the year ended December 31, 2007, SFAS 158 also requires measurement of a plan’s assets and benefit obligations as of the date of the employer’s fiscal year end.  As the Company already measured plan assets and benefit obligations as of December 31, 2006, the adoption of this element of SFAS 158 will have no impact on the Company in 2007.  See Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for further details regarding these plans.

Pension and other postretirement benefit costs included the following components for the three months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006:

   
Pension Benefits
   
Other
Postretirement Benefits
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Three Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Service cost
  $
4.3
    $
4.6
    $
0.8
    $
0.8
 
Interest cost
   
15.7
     
14.7
     
1.6
     
1.4
 
Expected return on plan assets
    (20.5 )     (19.5 )    
     
 
Amortization of prior service costs
   
1.7
     
1.7
      (0.4 )     (0.6 )
Amortization of net actuarial loss
   
1.8
     
2.6
     
0.2
     
0.3
 
                                 
  Net pension and other benefit costs
  $
3.0
    $
4.1
    $
2.2
    $
1.9
 

Pension and other postretirement benefit costs included the following components for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006:

   
Pension Benefits
   
Other
Postretirement Benefits
 
   
Nine Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Service cost
  $
13.0
    $
13.9
    $
2.3
    $
2.2
 
Interest cost
   
47.1
     
44.1
     
4.9
     
4.4
 
Expected return on plan assets
    (61.4 )     (58.7 )    
     
 
Amortization of prior service costs
   
4.9
     
5.1
      (1.3 )     (1.6 )
Amortization of net actuarial loss
   
5.4
     
7.8
     
0.7
     
0.9
 
                                 
  Net pension and other benefit costs
  $
9.0
    $
12.2
    $
6.6
    $
5.9
 

Employer Contributions. During the nine months ended September 29, 2007, the Company contributed $1.7 million to fund benefit payments to its nonqualified plan.  The Company’s plans for additional contributions are subject to equity market returns and discount rate movements, among other items.


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 BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statemewnts
 (unaudited)
 
Note 13 – Share Repurchase Program

In the second quarter of 2005, Brunswick’s Board of Directors authorized a $200.0 million share repurchase program, to be funded with available cash.  On April 27, 2006, the Board of Directors increased the Company’s remaining share repurchase authorization of $62.2 million to $500.0 million. The Company expects to repurchase shares on the open market or in private transactions from time to time, depending on market conditions.  During the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, the Company repurchased 1.0 million and 3.6 million shares under this program for $28.3 million and $115.5 million, respectively.  During the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2006, the Company repurchased 1.5 million and 4.6 million shares under this program for $45.8 million and $163.1 million, respectively.  Through the nine months of 2007, the Company had repurchased approximately 11.2 million shares since the program’s inception.  As of September 29, 2007, the Company’s remaining share repurchase authorization under the program was $250.7 million.
 
Note 14 – Restructuring Activities

In November 2006, Brunswick announced initiatives to improve the Company’s cost structure, better utilize overall capacity and improve general operating efficiencies.  These actions reflect the Company’s response to difficult marine market conditions, as the Company continues to reduce production volumes to achieve appropriate dealer pipeline inventories. These restructuring initiatives also include the consolidation of certain boat manufacturing facilities, sales offices and distribution warehouses, the restructuring of marine engine manufacturing operations, as well as further reductions in the Company’s global workforce.  
 
Further initiatives were announced by the Company in 2007 to consolidate certain boat manufacturing facilities in connection with the purchase of a manufacturing facility in North Carolina, close a manufacturing facility in Mississippi and shift boat production to Minnesota, and eliminate assembly operations for certain engines in Europe.

The Company anticipates that it will incur total costs of approximately $50.6 million under these initiatives, which will be completed in 2008. The Company incurred $18.9 million of restructuring charges prior to December 31, 2006, as discussed in Note 3 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K.

Restructuring charges recorded during the three and nine months ended September 29, 2007, were included in the Consolidated Statements of Income as follows:

   
Three
Months Ended
   
Nine
Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 29,
2007
 
(in millions)
           
Cost of sales:
           
  Severance
 
$
0.2
   
$
2.1
 
  Other
   
3.7
     
6.6
 
  Impairments
   
0.4
     
0.4
 
    Total
   
4.3
     
9.1
 
                 
Selling, general and administrative expense:
               
  Severance
   
     
3.0
 
  Other
   
0.4
     
1.3
 
  Impairments
   
     
 
    Total
   
0.4
     
4.3
 
                 
Total restructuring charges
 
$
4.7
   
$
13.4
 
 
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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
 Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
 (unaudited)
 
Restructuring charges recorded by segment during the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, were as follows:
 
   
Three
Months Ended
   
Nine
Months Ended
 
   
September 29,
2007
   
September 29,
2007
 
(in millions)
           
Boat
  $
4.1
    $
9.8
 
Marine Engine
   
0.6
     
3.3
 
Corporate
   
     
0.3
 
                 
    Total
  $
4.7
    $
13.4
 
 
The Company expects to incur approximately $18.3 million of additional restructuring costs under these initiatives; $14.1 million in the Boat segment, $3.8 million in the Marine Engine segment, $0.2 million in the Bowling & Billiards segment and $0.2 million in Corporate. Approximately 60 percent of the $18.3 million incremental restructuring costs are anticipated to be incurred in the fourth quarter of 2007, with the remaining 40 percent in 2008.
 
Note 15 – Impairment Charges

The Company tests indefinite-lived intangible assets (which consist of acquired trade names) and goodwill for impairment in the fourth quarter of each year unless triggering events suggest that the assets may be impaired. During the third quarter of 2007, the Company experienced continued declines in marine industry demand and revised its strategic plan accordingly. This decline has led to reduced revenue forecasts and adverse adjustments to projected royalty rates for certain trade names which, in turn, indicated that certain outboard boat trade names, reported in the Boat segment, were subject to impairment.

During the third quarter, Brunswick estimated the fair value of certain trade names with impairment indicators by performing a discounted cash flow analysis based on a relief-from-royalty approach. This approach treats the trade name as if it were licensed by the Company rather than owned, and calculates its value based on the discounted cash flow of the projected license payments. The analysis resulted in a $41.5 million, after-tax, impairment charge ($66.4 million pre-tax) to the Boat segment for indefinite-lived intangible assets, representing the excess of the carrying cost of the indefinite-lived intangible assets over the calculated fair value.

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 Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Certain statements in Management’s Discussion and Analysis are based on non-GAAP financial measures with respect to the Company’s operating results and cash flows.  GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.  At times, management’s discussion of operating results excludes the effects of acquisitions, impairment charges, non-recurring tax benefits and related effective tax rates, and management’s cash flow discussion includes an analysis of free cash flow.  Refer to the Matters Affecting Comparability and Cash Flow, Liquidity and Capital Resources sections for further details.  Certain other statements in Management’s Discussion and Analysis are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations as of the date of this filing because of factors discussed in Item 1A – Risk Factors of Brunswick’s 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K (the 2006 Form 10-K).

Overview and Outlook

General

Sales from continuing operations during the third quarter of 2007 decreased 0.9 percent to $1,326.2 million from $1,337.8 million in 2006. During the nine months ended September 29, 2007, sales decreased 1.4 percent to $4,235.2 million from $4,294.2 million in 2006. For the three months ended September 29, 2007, higher sales were reported by the Marine Engine, Fitness and Bowling & Billiards segments, which were more than offset by a reduction in the Boat segment’s sales. For the nine months ended September 29, 2007, higher sales were reported by the Marine Engine and Fitness segments, which were more than offset by a reduction in the Boat and Bowling & Billiards segments’ sales.   The overall decrease in sales for both the three and nine months ended September 29, 2007, was primarily due to the continued reduction in United States marine industry demand. The decrease was partially offset by strong performance in boat and engine sales outside the United States, growth in the Fitness segment and higher sales of marine parts and accessories.  Excluding incremental sales from acquisitions, Brunswick’s sales in the quarterly and year-to-date periods ended September 29, 2007, declined 1.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, from the same periods in 2006.

Quarterly operating losses and year-to-date operating earnings from continuing operations were $(46.3) million and $93.0 million, with operating margins of (3.5) percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. Excluding the impairment charge of $66.4 million, 2007 quarterly and year-to-date operating earnings from continuing operations of $20.1 million and $159.4 million, respectively, and operating margins of 1.5 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, decreased from the same periods in the prior year. This decrease was primarily the result of lower sales from marine operations, reduced fixed-cost absorption due to reduced production rates in the Company’s marine businesses in an effort to achieve appropriate levels of dealer pipeline inventories, higher raw material and production costs, increased promotional incentives at the Boat segment, and unfavorable mix factors. These factors were partially offset by successful cost-reduction initiatives, as discussed in Note 14 – Restructuring Activities in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.  In the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2006, the Company reported operating earnings from continuing operations of $74.3 million and $310.7 million with related operating margins of 5.6 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.

As discussed in Note 2 – Discontinued Operations in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, on April 27, 2006, the Company announced its intention to sell the majority of the Brunswick New Technologies (BNT) business unit, consisting of the Company’s marine electronics, portable navigation device (PND) and wireless fleet tracking businesses. These BNT businesses had become increasingly concentrated in markets outside of Brunswick’s core business segments – marine, fitness, bowling and billiards – and continued growth would have required significant investment to ensure successful new product introductions.  The Company believed that BNT’s long-term prospects would be better under different ownership.  During the second quarter of 2006, Brunswick began reporting the results of these BNT businesses, which were previously reported in the Marine Engine segment, as discontinued operations for all periods presented.  The Company’s results, as discussed in Management’s Discussion and Analysis, reflect continuing operations only, unless otherwise noted.

In March 2007, Brunswick completed the sales of BNT’s marine electronics and PND businesses to Navico International Ltd. and MiTAC International Corporation, respectively, for net proceeds of $40.6 million. A $4.0 million after-tax gain was recognized with the divestiture of these businesses in 2007. Post-closing adjustments with respect to these sales were finalized in the third quarter of 2007.
 
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In July 2007, the Company completed the sale of BNT’s wireless fleet tracking business to Navman Wireless Holdings L.P. for net proceeds of $29.0 million, resulting in an after-tax gain of $24.7 million. This transaction completed the sale of the BNT businesses classified as discontinued operations.
 
As previously indicated, the Company completed the divestiture of the discontinued operations. With the net asset impairment taken prior to the disposition of the BNT businesses in the fourth quarter of 2006 of $85.6 million, after-tax, and the subsequent 2007 gains of $28.7 million, after-tax, on the BNT business sales, the net impact to the Company of these dispositions was a net loss of $56.9 million, after-tax.
 
During the third quarter of 2007, the Company experienced a continued decline in profitability of certain Boat segment operations as a result of the reduced United States marine demand. This decline led the Company to lower its estimates of trade name fair values, resulting in a $66.4 million, $41.5 million after-tax, impairment charge to the Boat segment for indefinite-lived intangible assets. See Note 15 – Impairment Charges in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details.

In August, 2007, the Company settled a claim against a third party service provider. The settlement resulted in $7.1 million of income, net of legal fees, and was reflected in Other income (expense), net for the period.
 
The Company intends to continue its efforts to achieve appropriate levels of dealer inventories by reducing production of boats and marine engines in line with reduced retail demand for marine products. The Company anticipates that sales will benefit from increased promotional spending along with continued growth in markets outside the United States and Brunswick’s marine parts and accessories businesses. Considering these factors, 2007 marine sales, which include both the Boat and Marine Engine segments, are expected to be relatively flat compared with 2006.  Sales for 2007 in the Fitness segment are expected to increase in the mid- to high-single digit percentages. Bowling & Billiards segment sales are expected to decrease by low-single digit percentages as compared with 2006.  Overall, reported sales for 2007 are expected to be comparable with 2006 reported sales.

Operating earnings and margins for 2007 will be adversely affected by reduced marine sales, continued production declines and the anticipation of increased promotional incentives, as discussed above.  These actions will have an unfavorable effect on Boat and Marine Engine segment margins due to lower fixed-cost absorption and an unfavorable product mix, as production cutbacks will be greater in certain higher-margin boat and engine categories. These factors, along with continued increases in raw material, production, and freight and distribution costs, are not expected to be offset by growth in operations outside the United States and benefits from restructuring and cost containment efforts underway in 2007. The Company expects to see increases in earnings from the Fitness and Bowling & Billiards segments during the fourth quarter of 2007, as it is a peak selling season for both segments. The Company expects to incur restructuring costs for certain manufacturing realignment and cost improvement initiatives currently being implemented as described in Note 14 – Restructuring Activities in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. Brunswick’s effective tax rate in 2007 is expected to be approximately 30.6 percent, excluding the effect of any non-recurring tax items and the tax benefits realized in conjunction with the impairment charges described in Note 15 – Impairment Charges in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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Matters Affecting Comparability

As described above, certain statements in Management’s Discussion and Analysis are based on non-GAAP financial measures.  A “non-GAAP financial measure” is a numerical measure of a registrant’s historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows of the issuer; or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented.  Operating and statistical measures are not non-GAAP financial measures.

The Company has used the non-GAAP financial measures that are included in Management’s Discussion and Analysis for several years. Brunswick’s management believes that these measures and the information they provide are useful to investors because they permit investors to view Brunswick’s performance using the same metrics that Brunswick uses and to better evaluate its ongoing business performance. Brunswick’s management believes that for the three months and nine months ended September 29, 2007, and September 30, 2006, the presentation of (i) diluted earnings per share, excluding non-recurring tax benefits and impairment charges; (ii) net sales, operating earnings and operating margins, excluding acquisitions not reflected in the prior year’s results; and (iii) the Company’s effective tax rate, excluding the effect of non-recurring tax benefits and trade name impairment charges, provide a more meaningful comparison to prior results.
 
Acquisitions.  Brunswick’s operating results for 2007 include the operating results from acquisitions completed in 2006 and 2007.  Approximately 0.2 percent and 0.4 percent of Brunswick’s sales during the three and nine months ended September 29, 2007, respectively, can be attributed to incremental sales from the following acquisitions:

Date
 
Description
 
Segment
         
2/16/06
 
Cabo Yachts, Inc.
 
Boat
4/26/06
 
Diversified Marine Products, L.P.
 
Boat
10/18/06
 
Blue Water Dealer Services, Inc.
 
Boat
8/24/07
 
Rayglass Sales & Marketing Limited
 
Engine

Refer to Note 7 – Acquisitions in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements in the 2006 Form 10-K for a detailed description of these acquisitions.

Impairment Charges. The Company has experienced a continued decline in marine industry demand. As a result of this decline, Brunswick revised its strategic plans and, in turn, lowered its estimates of the fair value of certain trade names and incurred impairment charges on these indefinite-lived intangible assets. See Note 15 – Impairment Charges in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further details.
 
Tax Items.  The comparison of net earnings per diluted share between 2007 and 2006 is affected by non-recurring tax items.  During the third quarter of 2007, the Company reduced its tax provision by $3.7 million ($0.04 per diluted share), due to favorable tax reassessments of $8.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. This benefit was partially offset by expense related to changes in estimates related to prior years’ tax return filings of $3.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, and the impact of a foreign jurisdiction tax rate reduction on the underlying net deferred tax asset of $1.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.

The Company reduced its tax provision for the nine months ended September 29, 2007, by $5.6 million ($0.06 per diluted share), due to favorable tax reassessments of $9.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share and $2.0 million of benefits recognized in the first quarter related to the Company’s election to apply the indefinite reversal criterion of APB 23, or $0.02 per diluted share. These benefits were partially offset by expense related to changes in estimates of prior years’ tax return filings of $4.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, and the impact of a foreign jurisdiction tax rate reduction on the underlying net deferred tax asset of $1.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. See Note 11 – Income Taxes in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further details.
 
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During the first nine months of 2006, the Company reduced its tax provision primarily due to tax benefits from a $19.3 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, tax reserve reassessment of underlying exposures, of which $1.1 million,  or $0.01 per diluted share, was recognized in the third quarter, and the initial recognition of a $4.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, interest receivable in the third quarter of 2006 related to prior taxable years. Refer to Note 5 – Commitments and Contingencies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further detail.

The effect of these items on diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was as follows:
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
 
(in millions)
                       
Net earnings from continuing operations per diluted share – as reported
  $ (0.27 )   $
0.54
    $
0.75
    $
2.30
 
Impairment charges
   
0.47
     
     
0.46
     
 
Tax items
    (0.04 )     (0.06 )     (0.06 )     (0.25 )
                                 
Net earnings from continuing operations per diluted share – as adjusted
  $
0.16
    $
0.48
    $
1.15
    $
2.05
 
 
Management believes that the presentation of net earnings from continuing operations per diluted share, excluding these items, provides a more meaningful comparison of current-period and prior-period results, as these items are unique to their respective periods.

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Results of Operations
 
Consolidated

The following table sets forth certain amounts, ratios and relationships calculated from the Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended: 

         
2007 vs. 2006
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Increase/(Decrease)
 
   
September 29, 2007
   
September 30, 2006
   
 $
     
%
 
(in millions, except per share data)
                         
Net sales
  $
1,326.2
    $
1,337.8
    $ (11.6 )     (0.9)%  
Gross margin (A)
  $
258.4
    $
288.9
    $ (30.5 )     (10.6)%  
Impairment charges
  $
66.4
    $
    $
66.4
   
NM
 
Operating earnings
  $ (46.3