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(HUBBELL LOGO)
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Form 10-K
     
þ
  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2006.
o
  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.
 
Commission file no. 1-2958
Hubbell Incorporated
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
 
     
Connecticut   06-0397030
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
584 Derby Milford Road
Orange, Connecticut
(Address of principal executive offices)
  06477-4024
(Zip Code)
 
(203) 799-4100
(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
 
Class A Common — $.01 par value (20 votes per share)   New York Stock Exchange
Class B Common — $.01 par value (1 vote per share)   New York Stock Exchange
Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock Purchase Rights   New York Stock Exchange
Series B Junior Participating Preferred Stock Purchase Rights   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 þ     No o
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Yes o     No þ
 
Indicate by check mark if 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 report), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes þ     No o
 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  þ
 
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  þ     Accelerated Filer  o     Non-Accelerated Filer  o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes o     No þ
 
The approximate aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2006 was $2,644,628,636*. The number of shares outstanding of the Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock as of February 20, 2007 was 8,098,932 and 51,866,583, respectively.
 
Documents Incorporated by Reference
 
Portions of the definitive proxy statement for the annual meeting of shareholders scheduled to be held on May 7, 2007, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), are incorporated by reference in answer to Part III of this Form 10-K.
 
* Calculated by excluding all shares held by Executive Officers and Directors of registrant and the Louie E. Roche Trust, the Harvey Hubbell Trust, the Harvey Hubbell Foundation and the registrant’s pension plans, without conceding that all such persons or entities are “affiliates” of registrant for purpose of the Federal Securities Laws.
 


 

 
HUBBELL INCORPORATED
 
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
For the Year Ended December 31, 2006

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
                 
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  Business   2
  Risk Factors   9
  Unresolved Staff Comments   10
  Properties   11
  Legal Proceedings   12
  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders   12
    Executive Officers of the Registrant   12
 
  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities   14
  Selected Financial Data   17
  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   18
  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk   39
  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data   41
  Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure   81
  Controls and Procedures   81
  Other Information   81
 
  Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant   81
  Executive Compensation   82
  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters   82
  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions   82
  Principal Accountant Fees and Services   82
 
  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedule   83
 EX-21: LISTING OF SIGNIFICANT SUBSIDIARIES
 EX-23: CONSENT OF PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
 EX-31.1: CERTIFICATION
 EX-31.2: CERTIFICATION
 EX-32.1: CERTIFICATION
 EX-32.2: CERTIFICATION


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PART I
 
Item 1.   Business
 
Hubbell Incorporated (herein referred to as “Hubbell”, the “Company”, the “registrant”, “we”, “our” or “us”, which references shall include its divisions and subsidiaries as the context may require) was founded as a proprietorship in 1888, and was incorporated in Connecticut in 1905. Hubbell is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of high quality electrical and electronic products for a broad range of commercial, industrial, telecommunications, utility, and residential applications. Products are either sourced complete or manufactured or assembled by subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. Hubbell also participates in joint ventures in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and maintains sales offices in Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the Middle East.
 
For management reporting and control, the businesses are divided into three segments: Electrical, Power and Industrial Technology, as described below. Reference is made to Note 20 — Industry Segments and Geographic Area Information under Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
The Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports are made available free of charge through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.hubbell.com as soon as practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC.
 
In June 2006, the Company acquired Strongwell Lenoir City, Inc. for $117.4 million in cash. Strongwell Lenoir City, Inc., renamed Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc., manufactures precast polymer concrete products to house underground equipment and also has a line of surface drain products. These products are sold to the electrical utility and telecommunications industries. Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc. has been included in the Power segment.
 
In November 2006, the Company purchased all of the outstanding common stock of Austdac Pty Limited (“Austdac”) for $28.1 million, net of $2.3 million of cash acquired. Austdac is based in New South Wales, Australia and manufactures a wide range of products used in harsh and hazardous applications in a variety of industries. Austdac has been added to the Industrial Technology segment.
 
ELECTRICAL SEGMENT
 
The Electrical segment is comprised of businesses that primarily sell through distributors, lighting showrooms, home centers and telephone and telecommunications companies, and represents stock and custom products including standard and special application wiring device products, lighting fixtures and controls, fittings, switches and outlet boxes, enclosures, wire management products and voice and data signal processing components. The products are typically used in and around industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities by electrical contractors, maintenance personnel, electricians, and telecommunications companies. Certain lighting fixtures, wiring devices and electrical products also have residential application.
 
Electrical Wiring Devices
 
Hubbell designs, manufactures and sells highly durable and reliable wiring devices which are supplied principally to industrial, commercial, institutional and residential customers. These products, comprising several thousand catalog items, include plugs, dimmers, receptacles (including surge suppressor units), wall outlets, connectors, adapters, floor boxes, switches, occupancy sensors (including passive infrared and ultrasonic motion sensing devices), lampholders, control switches, outlet strips, pendants, weatherproof enclosures, and wallplates. Pin-and-sleeve devices built to International Electrotechnical Commission (“IEC”) standards have incorporated improved water and dust-tight construction and impact resistance. Switch and receptacle wall plates feature proprietary thermoplastic materials offering high impact resistance and durability, and are available in a variety of colors and styles. Delivery systems, including metallic and nonmetallic surface raceway systems for power, data and communications distribution, provide efficiency and flexibility in both initial installations and remodeling applications. Hubbell also sells wiring devices for use in certain environments requiring specialized products, such as signal and control connectors and cable assemblies for the connection of sensors in materials processing, modular


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cable protection systems, cable and devices for marine applications and portable power distribution units with ground fault protection for commercial and industrial applications. Circuit Guard® ground fault units protect the user from electrical shock by interrupting the circuit to which they are connected when a fault to ground is detected. Hubbell manufactures TVSS (transient voltage surge suppression) devices, under the Spikeshield® trademark, which are used to protect electronic equipment such as personal computers and other supersensitive electronic equipment. Hubbell also manufactures and/or sells components designed for use in local area networks (“LANs”) and other telecommunications applications supporting high-speed data and voice signals. Primary products include work station modular jacks, faceplates, surface housings, modular furniture plates, cross connect patch panels, connectorized cable assemblies, punch down blocks, free standing racks, enclosures and other products used for installation, testing and distribution of LANs. These products support unshielded, shielded and fiber optic media types and typically service commercial, institutional and industrial applications.
 
Lighting Fixtures and Controls
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells lighting fixtures for indoor and outdoor applications with four classifications of products: Outdoor, Industrial, Commercial/Institutional, and Residential. Outdoor products include Hubbell outdoor lighting and Sterner® floodlights and poles, Devine® series fixtures, Kim Lighting® architectural fixtures which feature pedestrian zone, path, landscape, building and area lighting products and poles, Securitytm outdoor and signage fixtures, Spauldingtm area lighting fixtures and poles, Architectural Area Lighting flood and step and wall mounted lighting fixtures, sconces, bollards in period and contemporary designs, area lighting fixtures and poles and Whitewaytm canopy light fixtures, which are used to illuminate service stations, truck stops, outdoor display signs, parking lots, roadways, pedestrian areas, security areas, automobile dealerships, shopping centers, convenience stores, quick service restaurants, and similar areas, and Sportsliter® fixtures which are used to illuminate athletic and recreational fields. In addition, a line of Lightscaper® decorative outdoor fixtures is sold for use in landscaping applications such as pools, gardens and walkways. Industrial products include high and low bay fixtures used to illuminate factories, work spaces, and areas with specialty requirements such as paint rooms, clean rooms and warehouses. Commercial/Institutional products include high intensity discharge (“HID”) fixtures, Aleratm architectural and Columbia Lighting® specification grade fluorescent fixtures, Dual-Lite® emergency and exit fixtures, and Prescolite® recessed, surface mounted and track fixtures which are used for offices, schools, hospitals, airports, retail stores, and similar applications. The fixtures use high pressure sodium and metal-halide HID lamps, as well as quartz, fluorescent and incandescent lamps, all of which are purchased from other sources. Hubbell also manufactures a broad range of life safety products, emergency lighting, exit signs and inverter power systems which are used in specialized safety applications under the Dual-Lite® and Corner Stone® life safety trademarks, and a line of IEC lighting fixtures designed for hazardous, hostile and corrosive applications sold under the Chalmittm, Victortm and Killark® trademarks. The residential products, which are sold under the Progress Lighting® and Thomasville Lighting® trademarks, include chandeliers, hall and foyer sconces, track, recessed, bath and vanity, pendants, close to ceiling, under-cabinet, portable lights, fans, door chimes, dimmers, and outdoor and landscape lighting fixtures.
 
Outlet Boxes, Enclosures and Fittings
 
Hubbell manufactures and/or sells: (a) under the Raco® trademark, steel and plastic boxes used at outlets, switch locations and junction points; (b) a broad line of metallic fittings, rigid plastic conduit fittings, EMT (thinwall) fittings and liquid tight conduit fittings; (c) Bell Outdoor® outlet boxes; (d) a variety of electrical boxes, covers, combination devices, lampholders and lever switches manufactured under the Bell® trademark, with an emphasis on weather-resistant products suitable for outdoor applications; and (e) under the Wiegmann® trademark, a full-line of fabricated steel electrical equipment enclosures such as rainproof and dust-tight panels, consoles and cabinets, wireway and electronic enclosures and a line of non-metallic electrical equipment enclosures. Wiegmann® products are designed to enclose and protect electrical conductors, terminations, instruments, power distribution and control equipment.


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Holding Devices
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells a line of Kellems® and Bryant® mesh grips used to pull, support and create strain relief in elongated items such as cables, electrical cords, hoses and conduits, a line of Gotcha® cord connectors designed to prevent electrical conductors from pulling away from electrical terminals to which the conductors are attached, and wire management products including a non-metallic liquid-tight flexible conduit for OEM applications. The grips are sold under the Kellems® and Dua-Pull® trademarks and range in size and strength to accommodate differing application needs. These products, which are designed to tighten around the gripped items, are sold to industrial, commercial, utility and microwave and cell phone tower markets.
 
Hazardous and Hostile Location Application Products
 
Hubbell’s special application products, which are sold under the Killark® trademark, include weatherproof and hazardous location products suitable for standard, explosion-proof and other hostile area applications, conduit raceway fittings, Disconex® switches, enclosures, HostileLite®lighting fixtures, electrical distribution equipment, standard and custom electrical motor controls, junction boxes, plugs and receptacles. Hubbell also manufactures and sells, under the Hawketm trademark, a line of cable glands and cable connectors, enclosures and breathers for the hazardous area and industrial markets. Hazardous locations are those areas where a potential for explosion and fire exists due to the presence of flammable gasses, fibers, vapors, dust or other easily ignitable materials and include such applications as refineries, petro-chemical plants, grain elevators and material processing areas.
 
Telecommunications Products
 
Hubbell designs, manufactures and sells, under the Pulsecom® trademark, voice and data signal processing components primarily used by telephone and telecommunications companies, consisting of channel cards and banks for loop and trunk carriers, racks and cabinets. These products provide a broad range of communications access solutions for use by the telephone and telecommunications industry including: (a) digital loop carrier solutions to multiplex traffic from many users over a single link using existing copper or fiber facilities and providing easier and more cost-effective service to new users, since fewer and smaller cables are required for providing expanded service; and (b) D4 solutions to provide delivery of integrated voice and data services. Customers of these product lines include various telecommunications companies, the Regional Bell Operating Companies (“RBOCs”), independent telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, companies with private networks, and internet service providers.
 
Sales and Distribution of Electrical Segment Products
 
A majority of Hubbell’s Electrical segment products are stock items and are sold through electrical and industrial distributors, home centers, some retail and hardware outlets, and lighting showrooms. Special application products are sold primarily through wholesale distributors to contractors, industrial customers and original equipment manufacturers. Voice and data signal processing equipment products are represented worldwide through a direct sales organization and by selected independent telecommunications representatives, primarily sold through datacom, electrical and catalogue distribution channels. Telecommunications products are sold primarily by direct sales to customers in the United States and internationally through sales personnel and sales representatives. Hubbell maintains a sales and marketing organization to assist potential users with the application of certain products to their specific requirements, and with architects, engineers, industrial designers, original equipment manufacturers and electrical contractors for the design of electrical systems to meet the specific requirements of industrial, institutional, commercial and residential users. Hubbell is also represented by sales agents for its lighting fixtures, electrical wiring devices, boxes, enclosures, and fittings product lines. The sales of Electrical Segment products accounted for approximately 67% of Hubbell’s revenue in 2006 and 71% in 2005 and 74% in 2004.
 
POWER SEGMENT
 
Power segment operations design and manufacture a wide variety of construction, switching and protection products, hot line tools, grounding equipment, cover ups, fittings and fasteners, cable accessories, insulators, arresters, cutouts, sectionalizers, connectors and compression tools for the building and maintenance of overhead


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and underground power and telephone lines, as well as applications in the industrial, construction and pipeline industries.
 
Electrical Transmission and Distribution Products
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Ohio Brass® registered trademark, a complete line of polymer insulators and high-voltage surge arresters used in the construction of electrical transmission and distribution lines and substations. The primary focus in this product area are the Hi*Lite®, Hi*Lite®XL and Veri*Litetm polymer insulator lines and the polymer housed metal-oxide varistor surge arrester lines. Electrical transmission products and post insulators are used in the expansion and upgrading of electrical transmission capability.
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Chance® trademark, products used in the electrical transmission and distribution and telecommunications industries, including overhead and underground electrical apparatus such as (a) distribution switches (to control and route the flow of power through electrical lines); (b) cutouts, sectionalizers, and fuses (to protect against faults and over-current conditions on power distribution systems); and (c) fiberglass insulation systems (pole framing and conductor insulation).
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Anderson® trademark, electrical connectors and associated hardware including pole line, line and tower hardware, compression crimping tools and accessories, mechanical and compression connectors, suspension clamps, terminals, supports, couplers, and tees for utility distribution and transmission systems, substations, and utility industry.
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Fargo® trademark, electrical power distribution and transmission products, principally for the utility industry. Distribution products include electrical connectors, automatic line splices, dead ends, hot line taps, wildlife protectors, and various associated products. Transmission products include splices, sleeves, connectors, dead ends, spacers and dampers. Products also consist of original equipment and resale products including substation fittings for cable, tube and bus as well as underground enclosures, wrenches, hydraulic pumps and presses, and coatings.
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Hubbell® trademark, cable accessories including loadbreak switching technology, deadbreak products, surge protection, cable splicing and cable termination products, as well as automation-ready overhead switches and aluminum transformer equipment mounts for transformers and equipment.
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells under the Quazite® brand name a complete line of polymer concrete in-ground enclosures, equipment pads, and special drain products that are sold to the electric utility, telecommunications industry, and a variety of other industries.
 
Construction Materials/Tools
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Chance® trademark, (a) line construction materials including power-installed foundation systems and earth anchors to secure overhead power and communications line poles, guyed and self-supporting towers, streetlight poles and pipelines (helical pier foundation systems are used to support homes and buildings, and earth anchors are used in a variety of farm, home and construction projects including tie-back applications) (b) pole line hardware, including galvanized steel fixtures and extruded plastic materials used in overhead and underground line construction, connectors, fasteners, pole and crossarm accessories, insulator pins, mounting brackets and related components, and other accessories for making high voltage connections and linkages; (c) construction tools and accessories for building overhead and underground power and telephone lines; and (d) hot-line tools (all types of tools mounted on insulated poles used to construct and maintain energized high voltage lines) and other safety equipment. Hubbell also manufactures and sells, under the Atlas Systems, Inc.® trademark, helical and resistance piering products used in a variety of civil engineering applications.
 
Sales and Distribution of Power Segment Products
 
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firms. While Hubbell believes its sales in this area are not materially dependent upon any customer or group of customers, a decrease in purchases by public utilities does affect this category. The sale of Power Segment products accounted for approximately 24% of Hubbell’s total revenue in 2006 and 22% in 2005 and 19% in 2004.
 
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY SEGMENT
 
The Industrial Technology segment consists of operations that design and manufacture test and measurement equipment, high voltage power supplies and variable transformers, industrial controls including motor speed controls, pendant-type push-button stations, overhead crane controls, control and pressure switches, DC devices, Gleason Reel® electric cable and hose reels, and specialized communications systems such as intra-facility communications systems, telephone systems, and land mobile radio peripherals. Products are sold primarily to steel mills, industrial complexes, oil, gas and petrochemical industries, seaports, transportation authorities, the security industry (malls and colleges), cable and electronic equipment manufacturers, and mining industry.
 
High Voltage Test and Measurement Equipment
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells, under the Hipotronics®, Haefely Testtm and Tettex® trademarks, a broad line of high voltage test and measurement systems to test materials and equipment used in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, and high voltage power supplies and electromagnetic compliance equipment for use in the electrical and electronic industries. Principal products include AC/DC hipot testers and megohmmeters, cable fault location systems, oil testers and DC hipots, impulse generators, digital measurement systems and tan-delta bridges, AC series resonant and corona detection systems, DC test sets and power supplies, variable transformers, voltage regulators, and motor and transformer test sets.
 
Industrial Controls and Communication Systems
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells a variety of heavy-duty electrical and radio control products which have broad application in the control of industrial equipment and processes. These products range from standard and specialized industrial control components to combinations of components that control industrial manufacturing processes. Standard products include motor speed controls, pendant-type push-button stations, pressure switches (used in air compressor and water pump systems), DC devices (used in locomotive and heavy industrial control systems), power and grounding resistors and overhead crane controls. Also manufactured and sold are a line of transfer switches used to direct electrical supply from alternate sources, and a line of fire pump control products used in fire control systems.
 
Hubbell manufactures, under the Gleason Reel® trademark, industrial-quality cable management products including electric cable and hose reels, protective steel and nylon cable tracks (cable and hose carriers), cable festooning hardware, highly engineered container crane reels and festoons for the international market, slip rings, and a line of ergonomic tool support systems (workstation accessories and components such as balancers, retractors, torque reels, tool supports, boom and jib kits).
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells under the GAI-Tronics® trademark, specialized communications systems designed to withstand indoor and outdoor hazardous environments. Products include intra-facility communication systems, telephone systems, and land mobile radio peripherals. These products are sold to oil, gas and petrochemical industries, transportation authorities (for use on public highways and in trains and on train platforms), and the security industry (for use in malls and on college campuses).
 
Hubbell manufactures and sells under the Austdac name a line of harsh and hazardous application products including communication systems, gas monitoring equipment, intrinsically safe lighting and conveyer control equipment. Austdac distributes to various industries, but primarily to the coal mining industries.
 
Sales and Distribution of Industrial Technology Segment Products
 
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voltage test and measurement equipment which is sold primarily by direct sales to customers in the United States and in foreign countries through its sales engineers and independent sales representatives.
 
The sale of products in the Industrial Technology Segment accounted for approximately 9% of Hubbell’s total revenue in 2006, and 7% in 2005 and 2004.
 
INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO ALL GENERAL CATEGORIES
 
International Operations
 
The Company has several operations located in the United Kingdom. Hubbell Limited manufactures and/or markets fuse switches, contactors, selected wiring device products and premise wiring products, industrial control products used in motor control applications such as fuse switches and contactors. Chalmit Lighting manufactures and/or markets lighting fixtures designed for hazardous, hostile and corrosive applications. Hawke Cable Glands (“Hawke”) manufactures and/or markets a range of products used in hazardous locations including brass cable glands and cable connectors used in watertight terminations, cable transition devices, utility transformer breathers and enclosures. GAI-Tronics manufactures and/or markets specialized communication systems designed to withstand indoor and outdoor hazardous environments.
 
Hubbell Canada LP and Hubbell de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. market and sell wiring devices, premise wiring products, lighting fixtures and controls, grips, fittings, switches and outlet boxes, hazardous location products, electrical transmission and distribution products and earth anchoring systems. Industrial control products are sold in Canada through an independent sales agent. Hubbell Canada LP also designs and manufactures electrical outlet boxes, metallic wall plates, and related accessories.
 
Hawke Asia Pacific Ltd. in Singapore markets wiring devices, lighting fixtures, hazardous location products and electrical transmission and distribution products.
 
Haefely Test, AG in Switzerland designs and manufactures high voltage test and instrumentation systems, and GAI-Tronics S.r.l. in Italy designs and manufactures specialized communications systems.
 
Hubbell manufactures, markets and sells, under the Delmar® trademark, products used in the electric utility transmission and distribution industries, including cutouts, fuselinks, arresters and overhead and substation switches. These products are manufactured at the Company’s facility in Tatui, Brazil, for sale primarily in Latin America.
 
Austdac manufactures a variety of products used in harsh and hazardous applications including material handling, conveyer control and monitoring equipment, gas detection equipment, voice communications systems and emergency warning lights and sounders. Austdac Pty Limited is based in New South Wales, Australia.
 
Hubbell also manufactures lighting products, weatherproof outlet boxes, fittings, and power products in Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico.
 
As a percentage of total sales, international shipments from foreign subsidiaries directly to third parties were 13% in 2006, 11% in 2005 and 10% in 2004 with the Canadian and United Kingdom markets representing approximately 38% and 32%, respectively, of the 2006 total.
 
Raw Materials
 
Raw materials used in the manufacture of Hubbell products primarily include steel, brass, copper, aluminum, bronze, plastics, phenolics, zinc, nickel, elastomers and petrochemicals. Hubbell also purchases certain electrical and electronic components, including solenoids, lighting ballasts, printed circuit boards, integrated circuit chips and cord sets, from a number of suppliers. Hubbell is not materially dependent upon any one supplier for raw materials used in the manufacture of its products and equipment, and at the present time, raw materials and components essential to its operation are in adequate supply. However, certain of these principal raw materials are sourced from a limited number of suppliers. Also see Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.


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Patents
 
Hubbell has approximately 1,200 active United States and foreign patents covering many of its products, which expire at various times. While Hubbell deems these patents to be of value, it does not consider its business to be dependent upon patent protection. Hubbell licenses under patents owned by others, as may be needed, and grants licenses under certain of its patents.
 
Working Capital
 
Inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable levels, payment terms and, where applicable, return policies are in accordance with the general practices of the electrical products industry and standard business procedures. See also Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
 
Backlog
 
Backlog of orders believed to be firm at December 31, 2006 were approximately $211.3 million compared to $174.0 million at December 31, 2005. The increase in the backlog in 2006 is attributable to increased order levels in the Power and Industrial Technology segments. A majority of the backlog is expected to be shipped in the current year. Although this backlog is important, the majority of Hubbell’s revenues result from sales of inventoried products or products that have short periods of manufacture.
 
Competition
 
Hubbell experiences substantial competition in all categories of its business, but does not compete with the same companies in all of its product categories. The number and size of competitors vary considerably depending on the product line. Hubbell cannot specify with precision the number of competitors in each product category or their relative market position. However, some of its competitors are larger companies with substantial financial and other resources. Hubbell considers product performance, reliability, quality and technological innovation as important factors relevant to all areas of its business, and considers its reputation as a manufacturer of quality products to be an important factor in its business. In addition, product price, service levels and other factors can affect Hubbell’s ability to compete.
 
Research, Development & Engineering
 
Research, development and engineering expenditures represent costs incurred in the experimental or laboratory sense aimed at discovery and/or application of new knowledge in developing a new product, process, or in bringing about a significant improvement in an existing product or process. Research, development and engineering expenses are recorded as a component of Cost of goods sold. Expenses for research, development and engineering were less than 1% of Cost of goods sold for each of the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.
 
Environment
 
The Company is subject to various federal, state and local government requirements relating to the protection of employee health and safety and the environment. The Company believes that, as a general matter, its policies, practices and procedures are properly designed to prevent unreasonable risk of environmental damage and personal injury to employees and employees of our customers and that the handling, manufacture, use and disposal of hazardous or toxic substances are in accord with environmental laws and regulations.
 
Like other companies engaged in similar businesses, the Company has incurred remedial response and voluntary cleanup costs for site contamination and is a party to product liability and other lawsuits and claims associated with environmental matters, including past production of product containing toxic substances. Additional lawsuits, claims and costs involving environmental matters are likely to continue to arise in the future. However, considering past experience, insurance coverage and reserves, the Company does not anticipate that these matters will have a material impact on earnings, capital expenditures, or competitive position. See also Note 15 — Commitments and Contingencies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


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Employees
 
As of December 31, 2006, Hubbell had approximately 12,000 salaried and hourly employees of which approximately 8,000 of these employees or 67% are located in the United States. Approximately 3,500 of these U.S. employees are represented by nineteen labor unions. Hubbell considers its labor relations to be satisfactory.
 
Item 1A.   Risk Factors
 
Our business, operating results, financial condition, and cash flows may be impacted by a number of factors including, but not limited to those set forth below. Any one of these factors could cause our actual results to vary materially from recent results or future anticipated results.
 
We operate in markets that are subject to competitive pressures that could affect selling prices or demand for our products.
 
We compete on the basis of product performance, quality, service and/or price. Our competitive strategy is to design and manufacture high quality products at the lowest possible cost. Our competitors include companies that have greater sales and financial resources than our Company. Competition could affect future selling prices or demand for our products.
 
Lower levels of economic activity in our end markets could adversely affect our operating results.
 
Our businesses operate in several market segments including commercial, industrial, residential, utility and telecommunications. Operating results can be negatively impacted by volatility in these markets. Future downturns in any of the markets we serve could adversely affect our overall sales and profitability.
 
We source products and product materials from various suppliers located in countries throughout the world. A disruption in the availability or price of these products could impact our operating results.
 
We use a variety of raw materials in the production of our products including steel, brass, copper, aluminum, bronze, zinc, nickel and plastics. We have multiple sources of supply for these products and are not dependent on any single supplier. However, significant shortages of these materials or price increases could increase our operating costs and adversely impact the competitive positions of our products which would directly impact our results of operations.
 
We continue to increase the amount of product materials, components and finished goods which are sourced from low cost countries including Mexico, China, and other countries in Asia. A political disruption or significant changes related to transportation from one of these countries could affect the availability of these materials and components which would directly impact our results of operations.
 
We engage in acquisitions and strategic investments and may encounter difficulty in integrating these businesses.
 
We have pursued and will continue to seek potential acquisitions and other strategic investments to complement and expand our existing businesses within our core markets. In 2006 we completed two acquisitions. The success of these transactions will depend on our ability to integrate these businesses into our operations. We may encounter difficulties in integrating acquisitions into our operations and in managing strategic investments. Therefore, we may not realize the degree or timing of the benefits anticipated when we first enter into a transaction.
 
Our operating results may be impacted by actions related to our lighting integration and rationalization program.
 
We continue to execute a multi-year program to integrate and rationalize our lighting businesses through facility consolidations, workforce reductions and product rationalizations. These activities consist of complex relocations of critical personnel and machinery and equipment, as well as hiring and training of new personnel and, in some cases, expansion or other modification to facilities. All of these activities are thoroughly planned and under the direction of experienced management personnel. However, the actions are occurring simultaneous with normal


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business operations and other initiatives. Therefore, there is a risk that (1) we may not complete the activities on a timely basis and incur duplicate or higher costs, (2) we may lose essential personnel and knowledge in transition and have to reestablish processes and procedures, and (3) our normal operations could be disrupted and interfere with our ability to manufacture and ship our products to satisfy the demands of our customers.
 
Our operating results may be impacted by actions related to our enterprise-wide business system initiative.
 
We have substantially completed the implementation of SAP software throughout most of our domestic businesses. This activity involved the migration of multiple legacy systems and users to a common SAP information platform. Throughout this process, we changed the way we conduct business and employees’ roles in processing and utilizing information. In addition, certain interfaces with our customers and suppliers have been impacted which resulted in changes to the tools we use to take orders, procure material, schedule production, remit billings, make payments and perform other business functions. Based upon the complexity of this initiative, there is risk that (1) we will incur additional costs to continue to enhance the system and perform process reengineering, and (2) the use of the new system or future implementations could result in operating inefficiencies which could impact operating results or our ability to perform necessary business transactions. All of these risks could adversely impact our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.
 
We are subject to litigation and environmental regulations that may adversely impact our operating results.
 
We are, and may in the future be, a party to a number of legal proceedings and claims, including those involving product liability and environmental matters, which could be significant. Given the inherent uncertainty of litigation, we can offer no assurance that a future adverse development related to existing litigation or any future litigation will not have a material adverse impact. We are also subject to various laws and regulations relating to environmental protection and the discharge of materials into the environment, and we could incur substantial costs as a result of the noncompliance with or liability for clean up or other costs or damages under environmental laws.
 
Item 1B.   Unresolved Staff Comments
 
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Item 2.   Properties
 
Hubbell’s manufacturing and warehousing facilities, classified by segment are located in the following areas. The Company believes its manufacturing and warehousing facilities are adequate to carry on its business activities.
 
                                     
              Total Approximate Floor
 
        Number of Facilities     Area in Square Feet  
Segment
  Location   Warehouses     Manufacturing     Owned     Leased  
 
Electrical segment
  Arkansas     1       1       80,500        
    California     2       4       96,000       570,000  
    Canada     1       1       178,700        
    Connecticut             1       144,500        
    Georgia             1       57,100        
    Illinois     3       2       255,000       366,600  
    Indiana             1       314,800        
    Mexico     1       2       547,300 (1)     35,000  
    Missouri     1       1       154,500       44,000  
    North Carolina     1               424,800        
    Ohio             1       278,200        
    Pennsylvania     1       1       410,000       135,000  
    Puerto Rico             2       162,400       34,400  
    South Carolina     3               327,200       314,500  
    Singapore     1                     6,700  
    Texas     2       1       81,200       26,000  
    United Kingdom             2       133,600        
    Virginia             2       328,000       78,200  
    Washington             1             284,100  
Power segment
  Alabama             2       288,000        
    Brazil             1       110,000        
    California             1       75,000        
    Mexico             1       170,700 (1)      
    Missouri     1       2       1,071,600       46,400  
    Ohio             1       89,000        
    South Carolina             1       360,000        
    Tennessee             2       152,100        
Industrial Technology segment
  Australia             3             35,100  
    Italy             1             8,100  
    New York             1       92,200        
    North Carolina             1             80,800  
    Pennsylvania             1             105,000  
    Switzerland             1             73,800  
    United Kingdom             1             40,000  
    Wisconsin             2       74,200       22,500  
 
 
 
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Item 3.   Legal Proceedings
 
As described in Note 15 — Commitments and Contingencies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company is involved in various legal proceedings, including workers’ compensation, product liability and environmental matters, including, for each, past production of product containing toxic substances, which have arisen in the normal course of its operations and with respect to which the Company is self-insured for certain incidents at various amounts. Management believes, considering its past experience, insurance coverage and reserves, that the final outcome of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
 
Item 4.   Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
 
No matters were submitted to a vote of security holders during the fourth quarter of 2006.
 
Executive Officers of the Registrant
 
                 
Name.
 
Age(1)
 
Present Position
 
Business Experience
 
Timothy H. Powers
  58   Chairman of the
Board, President
and Chief
Executive Officer
  Chairman of the Board since September 15, 2004; President and Chief Executive Officer since July 1, 2001; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer September 21, 1998 to June 30, 2001; previously Executive Vice President, Finance & Business Development, Americas Region, Asea Brown Boveri.
             
             
               
David G. Nord
  49   Senior Vice
President and
Chief Financial
Officer
  Present position since September 19, 2005; previously Chief Financial Officer of Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, a United Technologies company, from April 2003 to September 2005, and Vice President, Controller of United Technologies Corporation from October 2000 to March 2003.
             
             
               
Richard W. Davies
  60   Vice President,
General Counsel
and Secretary
  Present position since January 1, 1996; General Counsel since 1987; Secretary since 1982; Assistant Secretary 1980-1982; Assistant General Counsel 1974-1987.
             
             
               
James H. Biggart, Jr
  54   Vice President and
Treasurer
  Present position since January 1, 1996; Treasurer since 1987; Assistant Treasurer 1986-1987; Director of Taxes 1984-1986.
             
             
               
Gregory F. Covino
  41   Vice President,
Controller
  Vice President since December 6, 2005; Interim Chief Financial Officer from November 5, 2004 to September 19, 2005; Corporate Controller since June 6, 2002; Director, Corporate Accounting 1999-2002; previously Assistant Controller, Otis Elevator Company, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.


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Name.
 
Age(1)
 
Present Position
 
Business Experience
 
             
             
               
Scott H. Muse
  49   Group Vice
President
  Present position since April 27, 2002 (elected as an officer of the Company on December 3, 2002); previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Corporation of America, Inc. (‘LCA”) 1998-2002, and President of Progress Lighting, Inc. 1993-1998.
             
             
               
W. Robert Murphy
  57   Senior Group Vice
President
  Present position since May 7, 2001; Group Vice President 2000-2001; Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales (Wiring Systems) 1985-1999; and various sales positions (Wiring Systems) 1975-1985.
             
             
               
Thomas P. Smith
  47   Group Vice
President
  Present position since May 7, 2001; Vice President, Marketing and Sales (Power Systems) 1998-2001; Vice President Sales, 1991-1998 of various Company operations.
             
             
               
Gary N. Amato
  55   Group Vice
President
  Present position since October 2006; Vice President October 1997-September 2006; Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Industrial Controls Divisions (ICD) 1989-1997; Marketing Manager, ICD, April 1988-March 1989.
 
There are no family relationships between any of the above-named executive officers.
 
 
(1) As of February 20, 2007.

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PART II
 
Item 5.   Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
The Company’s Class A and Class B common stocks are principally traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols “HUBA” and “HUBB”. The following tables provide information on market prices, dividends declared, number of common shareholders, and repurchases by the Company of shares of its Class A and Class B common stock.
 
                                 
Market Prices (Dollars Per Share)
  Common A     Common B  
Years Ended December 31,
  High     Low     High     Low  
 
2006 — First quarter
    47.30       40.10       51.52       43.78  
2006 — Second quarter
    49.08       41.80       53.24       45.50  
2006 — Third quarter
    45.68       42.17       49.50       45.62  
2006 — Fourth quarter
    50.82       43.24       53.28       43.88  
                                 
2005 — First quarter
    49.65       45.15       54.00       47.89  
2005 — Second quarter
    46.54       39.25       50.79       42.67  
2005 — Third quarter
    44.06       40.45       47.90       43.59  
2005 — Fourth quarter
    45.95       41.32       50.00       45.12  
 
                                 
Dividends Declared (Cents Per Share)
  Common A     Common B  
Years Ended December 31,
  2006     2005     2006     2005  
 
First quarter
    33       33       33       33  
Second quarter
    33       33       33       33  
Third quarter
    33       33       33       33  
Fourth quarter
    33       33       33       33  
 
                                         
Number of Common Shareholders of Record
                             
At December 31,
  2006     2005     2004     2003     2002  
 
Class A
    617       665       717       771       843  
Class B
    3,243       3,319       3,515       3,687       3,950  


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Purchases of Equity Securities
 
In February 2006, the Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program and authorized the repurchase of up to $100 million of the Company’s Class A and Class B Common Stock to be completed over a three year period. The repurchase program commenced in August 2006 upon completion of the previous 2005 program. Stock repurchases are being implemented through open market and privately negotiated transactions.
 
On August 3, 2006, in connection with the previously announced stock repurchase program, the Company established a prearranged repurchase plan (“the 10b5-1 Plan”) intended to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 and Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“the Act”).
 
The 10b5-1 Plan facilitates the ongoing repurchase of the Company’s Class A and Class B Common Stock under its repurchase program during times when it otherwise might be prevented from doing so under insider trading laws or because of self-imposed trading blackout periods. Pursuant to the 10b5-1 Plan, a broker appointed by the Company has the authority to repurchase, without further direction from the Company, up to 750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and up to 750,000 shares of Class B Common Stock during the period commencing on August 4, 2006 and expiring on August 3, 2007, subject to conditions specified in the 10b5-1 Plan and unless earlier terminated. All the 750,000 shares of the Class B Common Stock have been repurchased under the 10b5-1 Plan. There is no guarantee as to the number of Class A Common Stock that will be repurchased under this plan, and the Company may terminate this plan at any time. Depending upon market conditions, the Company also expects to continue to conduct discretionary repurchases in privately negotiated transactions during its normal trading windows.
 
The following table summarizes the Company’s repurchase activity during the quarter ended December 31, 2006:
 
                                                 
                            Total
       
                            Number of
    Approximate
 
                            Shares
    Dollar Value of
 
                Total
          Purchased as
    Shares That
 
          Average
    Number of
    Average
    Part of
    May Yet Be
 
    Total Number of
    Price Paid
    Class B
    Price Paid
    Publicly
    Purchased
 
    Class A Shares
    per
    Shares
    per
    Announced
    Under the 2006
 
    Purchased
    Class A
    Purchased
    Class B
    Program
    Program
 
Period
  (000’s)     Share     (000’s)     Share     (000’s)     (000’s)  
 
Balance as of September 30, 2006
                                          $ 71,400  
October 2006
    37     $ 46.82       107     $ 49.12       144       64,400  
November 2006
    42       47.31       78       49.91       120       58,500  
December 2006
    36       45.16       133       46.14       169       50,700  
                                                 
Total for the quarter ended December 31, 2006
    115     $ 46.48       318     $ 48.07       433     $ 50,700  
                                                 


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Corporate Performance Graph
 
The following graph compares the total return to shareholders on the Company’s Class B Common Stock during the five years ended December 31, 2006, with a cumulative total return on the (i) Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 (“S&P MidCap 400”), (ii) Hubbell Self-Constructed Peer Group Index (“Peer Group”), and (iii) Standard & Poor’s Super Composite 1500. The comparison assumes $100 was invested on December 31, 2001 in the Company’s Class B Common Stock and in each of the foregoing indices and assumes reinvestment of dividends.
 
In prior years, the Company’s Corporate Performance graph compared the Company’s Class B Common Stock performance with the performance of (i) the S&P MidCap 400 and (ii) the Peer Group. Beginning next year, the Company will substitute the S&P Super Composite 1500 for the Peer Group. The S&P MidCap 400 has and will continue to be used because the Company is a member of this group. The S&P Super Composite 1500 has been chosen to replace the Peer Group as the MidCap 400 forms a part of the Super Composite 1500 and the Company is also in this group. We believe the S&P Super Composite 1500 is a more representative comparison than the Peer Group, which has become relatively narrow in recent years.
 
The Peer Group consists of corporations whose businesses are representative of the Company’s business segments and, therefore, served as a base for comparing total return to shareholders. The corporations that comprise the original Peer Group are (a) Cooper Industries, Inc. (b) Emerson Electric Co., (c) Thomas & Betts Corporation, (d) Acuity Brands, Inc. and (e) Woodhead Industries, Inc. (“Woodhead”). The Peer Group has been weighted in accordance with each corporation’s market capitalization (closing stock price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding) as of the beginning of each of the years covered by the performance graph. As a result of Woodhead being acquired during 2006, Woodhead has been dropped from the 2006 period. For the December 2006 data points, the Woodhead portion has been distributed among the remaining four members of the Peer Group, weighted according to their market capitalization. The weighted return for each year was calculated by assuming the products obtained by multiplying (a) the percentage that each corporation’s market capitalization represents of the total market capitalization of all corporations in the index for each such year by (b) the total shareholder return for that corporation for such year.
 
COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among Hubbell Incorporated, The S&P Midcap 400 Index,
The S&P 1500 Super Composite Index And A Peer Group
 
(PERFORMANCE GRAPH)
 
$100 invested on 12/31/01 in stock or index-including reinvestment of dividends. Year ending December 31.
 
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Item 6.   Selected Financial Data
 
The following summary should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes contained herein (dollars and shares in millions, except per share amounts).
 
                                         
    2006     2005     2004     2003     2002  
 
OPERATIONS, years ended December 31,
                                       
Net sales
  $ 2,414.3     $ 2,104.9     $ 1,993.0     $ 1,770.7     $ 1,587.8  
Gross profit(1)
  $ 656.8     $ 595.0     $ 561.9     $ 481.5     $ 409.1  
Special charges, net(1)
  $ 7.3     $ 10.3     $ 15.4     $ 5.7     $ 8.3  
Gain on sale of business
  $     $     $     $     $ 3.0  
Operating income
  $ 233.9 (3)   $ 226.8 (3)   $ 212.6     $ 171.9     $ 138.5  
Operating income as % of sales
    9.7 %     10.8 %     10.7 %     9.7 %     8.7 %
Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of tax
  $     $     $     $     $ 25.4 (6)
Net income
  $ 158.1     $ 165.1 (4)   $ 154.7 (4)   $ 115.1     $ 83.2 (5)(6)
Net income as a % of sales
    6.5 %     7.8 %     7.8 %     6.5 %     5.2 %
Net income to common shareholders’ average equity
    15.7 %     17.0 %     17.4 %     14.6 %     11.2 %
Earnings per share — Diluted:
                                       
Before cumulative effect of accounting change
  $ 2.59     $ 2.67     $ 2.51     $ 1.91     $ 1.81  
After cumulative effect of accounting change
  $ 2.59     $ 2.67     $ 2.51     $ 1.91     $ 1.38 (6)
Cash dividends declared per common share
  $ 1.32     $ 1.32     $ 1.32     $ 1.32     $ 1.32  
Average number of common shares outstanding — diluted
    61.1       61.8       61.6       60.1       59.7  
Cost of acquisitions, net of cash acquired
  $ 145.7     $ 54.3     $     $     $ 270.2  
FINANCIAL POSITION, at year-end
                                       
Working capital
  $ 432.1     $ 459.6     $ 483.1     $ 420.9     $ 341.6  
Total assets
  $ 1,751.5     $ 1,667.0     $ 1,656.4     $ 1,514.3     $ 1,418.6  
Total debt
  $ 220.2     $ 228.8     $ 299.0     $ 298.8     $ 298.7  
Debt to total capitalization(7)
    18 %     19 %     24 %     26 %     29 %
Common shareholders’ equity:
                                       
Total
  $ 1,015.5 (2)   $ 998.1     $ 944.3     $ 829.7     $ 744.2  
Per share
  $ 16.62     $ 16.15     $ 15.33     $ 13.80     $ 12.47  
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, at year-end
    12,000       11,300       11,400       10,862       11,476  
 
 
(1) The Company recorded pretax special charges in each of the years presented. Below is a breakdown of special charges representing the total of amounts recorded in Special charges, net, and Cost of goods sold, the latter of which impacts Gross profit.
 
                                         
    Special Charges by Program  
    2006     2005     2004     2003     2002  
 
Lighting business integration and rationalization program
  $ 7.5     $ 10.0     $ 9.5     $ 8.1     $ 10.3  
Wiring Device factory closure
          0.9       7.2              
1997 streamlining program
                            3.4  
                                         
    $ 7.5     $ 10.9     $ 16.7     $ 8.1     $ 13.7  
                                         


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Further details with respect to special charges are included within Management’s Discussion and Analysis and Note 2 — Special Charges of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
(2) Effective December 31, 2006, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“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)”. The adoption of this standard resulted in a charge to equity of $36.8 million, net of tax.
 
(3) In 2006 and 2005, operating income includes stock-based compensation expense of $11.8 million and $0.7 million, respectively.
 
(4) In 2005 and 2004, the Company recorded tax benefits of $10.8 million and $10.2 million, respectively, in Provision for income taxes related to the completion of U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) examinations for years through 2003.
 
(5) In 2002, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $10.8 million in connection with the settlement of a fully reserved tax issue with the IRS and a reduction of tax expense as a result of filing amended Federal income tax returns for years 1995-2000 related to increased credits for research and development activities.
 
(6) On January 1, 2002, the Company adopted SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. As a result of adopting SFAS No. 142, the Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $25.4 million, net of tax, to write-off goodwill associated with one of the reporting units in the Industrial Technology segment. The impairment charge was reported as the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle in 2002.
 
(7) Debt to total capitalization is defined as total debt as a percentage of the sum of total debt and shareholders’ equity.
 
Item 7.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW OF THE BUSINESS
 
2006 was a particularly challenging year for our Company. Coming into the year, we had identified and communicated that we expected 2006 to be a peak year of key initiatives and change as we focused on multiple projects, all of which required significant investments of resources and the time and attention of our management team. The combination of working towards completion of our initiatives and adjusting to higher levels of orders and sales year-over-year resulted in operational inefficiencies and higher costs. As a result, our operating performance was not to our level of satisfaction as operating margins and cash flow declined year-over-year.
 
An update of key initiatives is as follows:
 
Common, enterprise-wide information system.  We have substantially completed a multi-year program to implement SAP software across all domestic businesses in a series of staged implementations. The implementations began in the fourth quarter of 2004 and continued through the fourth quarter of 2006. As of December 31, 2006, SAP has been installed at almost all of the Company’s domestic businesses. Total program spending on this business initiative approximated $75 million, pretax, from inception in late 2003 through the end of 2006 — of which approximately 61% was capitalized, and is being amortized over 5 years, and 39% was expensed as incurred. In connection with the implementation of this program, we expensed approximately $6.7 million in 2006, $8.3 million in 2005 and $10.1 million in 2004, primarily related to external consulting costs. In 2006, we capitalized approximately $10.9 million of costs (primarily recorded in “Intangible assets and other” in the Consolidated Balance Sheets) associated with the program compared with $18.6 million and $12.8 million, capitalized in 2005 and 2004, respectively. Amortization expense on the amounts capitalized totaled $8.1 million in 2006, $4.1 million in 2005 and $0.6 million in 2004. Program expenses are allocated to our three segments on the basis of each segment’s actual net sales as a percentage of consolidated net sales.
 
Lighting Business Integration and Rationalization Program.  We have substantially completed a multi-year program to integrate and rationalize our lighting businesses following the acquisition of Lighting Corporation of America, (“LCA”) in 2002. Actions include facility consolidations, workforce reductions and product rationalizations. Integral to this initiative is increased product and component sourcing from low cost countries. Annualized savings from these actions are estimated to range from $20-$25 million, pretax, a majority of which has been


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realized through December 31, 2006. Savings have been realized primarily in the form of increased manufacturing productivity and lower administrative costs in the affected lighting businesses. To date, these savings have been used to offset cost increases and other competitive pressures as opposed to adding directly to the profitability of the Electrical segment.
 
As an integral part of the program, we are nearing completion of a new lighting headquarters building located in Greenville, South Carolina. Construction of the building began in early 2005 and will be completed in the first quarter of 2007. The project is expected to cost approximately $41 million of which approximately $32 million has been capitalized through December 31, 2006.
 
Acquisitions.  The Company spent a total of $145.5 million, net of cash acquired, on two acquisitions this year, one of which was added to the Power segment and one to the Industrial Technology segment. Both acquisitions were immediately accretive to net income of the Company. These businesses are expected to add approximately $81 million in annual sales to the Power segment and approximately $25 million to the Industrial Technology segment with operating margin in line with their respective segments. We expect to continue to pursue potential acquisitions that would enhance our core electrical component businesses. Our ability to finance substantial growth continues to be strong.
 
We are currently focused on three key objectives in order to improve the operational and financial performance of our Company. We expect to make substantial progress on these objectives over the next year. We believe the action items described below will provide the means for our Company to grow and deliver strong returns to our shareholders.
 
•  Price Realization
 
During the latter part of 2005 and into 2006, we experienced significant increases in the cost of commodity raw materials used in the production of our products including steel, copper, aluminum and zinc, as well as in certain purchased electronic components such as ballasts. As a result, multiple increases in the selling price of our products were announced and implemented during this time period. While a significant portion of the cost increases were recovered during 2006, further pricing actions have been taken or are expected to be completed in 2007 primarily in the Electrical and Power segments.
 
•  Cost Containment
 
Global sourcing.  We remain focused on expanding our global product and component sourcing and supplier cost reduction program. We continue to consolidate suppliers, utilize reverse auctions, and partner with vendors to shorten lead times, improve quality and delivery and reduce costs. Product and component purchases representing approximately 26% of total purchases are currently sourced from low cost countries and we expect to continue to increase this amount toward a 40% goal over the next several years.
 
Freight and Logistics.  Transporting our products from suppliers, to warehouses, and ultimately to our customers, is a major cost to our Company. While such costs are not unique to our Company, we have identified areas of improvement to increase the effectiveness of our freight and logistics processes to both lower costs and improve our service to customers.
 
•  Productivity
 
During 2006, initiatives including the system implementation, restructuring and new product launches limited our ability to achieve productivity improvements. Normally, strong increases in underlying economic demand would have provided us with an opportunity to leverage additional sales volume to increase our operating margins. However, the significant incremental volume put pressure on the organization. As a result, we experienced negative productivity related to manufacturing, logistics, and to a lesser extent, Selling & administrative expenses (“S&A”). In addition, cash flow from operations was lower than 2005 primarily resulting from an increase in working capital.
 
In 2007, we expect to focus our productivity improvement in the following areas:
 
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planning and scheduling to improve manufacturing throughput and reduce costs. Lead times have been reduced to historic averages following disruption caused by higher volumes and our initiatives in 2006. We are focused on systemic improvements in methods to further reduce lead times and improve service levels to our customers.
 
Working Capital Efficiency.  Working capital efficiency is principally measured as the percentage of trade working capital (inventory plus accounts receivable, less accounts payable) divided by annual net sales. In 2006, working capital as a percentage of sales was 21.9% compared to 17.7% in 2005. We will continue to focus on improving our working capital efficiency with a particular emphasis on improved inventory management.
 
Transformation of business processes.  We will continue our long-term initiative of applying lean process improvement techniques throughout the enterprise to eliminate waste and improve efficiency and reliability.
 
OUTLOOK
 
Our outlook for 2007 in key areas is as follows:
 
Markets and Sales
 
We anticipate overall economic conditions to remain positive throughout 2007 in most of our major end use markets, with the notable exception of the residential market. Industrial and commercial construction markets are expected to remain favorable as evidenced by higher levels of architecture billings, a leading indicator of future construction spending. Domestic utility markets are expected to grow in line with the overall economy. We do not anticipate any significant increase in demand for our power products in 2007 resulting from infrastructure changes in the utility industry. Residential markets are expected to decline significantly in 2007 due to rising interest rates and an oversupply of inventory. This outlook for our markets assumes no shocks to the economy, in particular higher energy prices, which could dampen consumer spending and business investments. In addition, global demand for commodities will continue to drive volatility and upward pricing pressure on these costs. We expect to recover higher commodity and energy costs with increases in selling prices enacted in 2006 and those planned for 2007. We expect overall growth in 2007 net sales versus 2006 to be in a range of 6%-8%, excluding effects of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. Sales increases compared to 2006 are expected to be led by our Power and Industrial Technology segments while the Electrical segment should experience more modest growth due to lower residential product sales. The full year impact of our 2006 acquisitions is expected to contribute two percentage points of these amounts. The carryover impact of previously implemented price increases should comprise approximately one to two percentage points of the year-over-year sales growth.
 
Operating Results
 
Full year 2007 operating profit margin is expected to increase approximately one percentage point compared to 2006. Several key initiatives are expected to benefit operating margins including expansion of global product sourcing initiatives, improved factory productivity, and the substantial completion of key initiatives and reduction of associated costs including the SAP implementation at our domestic businesses and the Lighting Business Integration and Rationalization Program. In addition, we expect selling price increases in 2006 as well as additional planned increases in 2007 will offset higher levels of raw material commodity costs and higher energy related costs. However, commodity and energy costs are expected to remain volatile and further increases in these costs in 2007 may not be fully offset with price increases.
 
Taxation
 
We estimate the effective tax rate in 2007 will be approximately 29.5% compared with 28.6% reported in 2006. The increase is primarily due to an anticipated higher level of U.S. taxable income.
 
Earnings Per Share
 
Overall, earnings per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $2.90-$3.15.

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Cash Flow
 
We expect to increase working capital efficiency in 2007 primarily as a result of improvements in the procurement and management of inventory levels. Capital spending in 2007 is expected to be approximately $10-$20 million lower than in 2006 primarily as a result of the completion of our new lighting headquarters facility and the completion of the SAP implementation at our domestic businesses. We expect spending from a combination of share repurchases and/or acquisitions in 2007 to approximate $150-$200 million. In February 2007, the Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program and authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of Class A and Class B Common Stock to be completed within the next two years. This program will be implemented upon completion of the February 2006 program. Total repurchases may vary depending upon the level of other investing activities. Free cash flow (defined as cash flow from operations less capital spending) in 2007 is expected to be in the range of $175—$190 million.
 
Growth
 
Our growth strategy contemplates acquisitions in our core businesses. The rate and extent to which appropriate acquisition opportunities become available, acquired companies are integrated and anticipated cost savings are achieved can affect our future results. During 2007, we anticipate investing in acquisitions below the level in 2006; however, actual spending may vary depending upon the timing and availability of appropriate acquisition opportunities.
 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
Our operations are classified into three segments: Electrical, Power, and Industrial Technology. For a complete description of the Company’s segments, see Part I, Item 1. of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Within these segments, Hubbell primarily serves customers in the commercial and residential construction, industrial, utility, and telecommunications industries.
 
The table below approximates percentages of our total 2006 net sales generated by the market segments indicated.
 
Served Market Segments
 
                                                 
                            Telecommunication/
       
Segment
  Commercial     Residential     Industrial     Utility     Other     Total  
 
Electrical
    52 %     23 %     19 %     1 %     5 %     100 %
Power
    6 %     3 %     8 %     77 %     6 %     100 %
Industrial Technology
    43 %           38 %     17 %     2 %     100 %
Hubbell Consolidated
    39 %     16 %     18 %     22 %     5 %     100 %
 
Our served market segments have remained relatively consistent with 2005. Market conditions in the Power and Industrial Technology segments were generally favorable in 2006 due to the higher levels of utility demand and a strong worldwide oil and gas market. Principal markets affecting the Electrical segment were mixed as improvements in commercial construction and industrial markets were offset by lower levels of activity in the residential / do-it-yourself markets.


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Summary of Consolidated Results (in millions, except per share data)
 
                                                 
    For the Year Ending December 31,  
          % of Net
          % of Net
          % of Net
 
    2006     Sales     2005     Sales     2004     Sales  
 
Net sales
  $ 2,414.3             $ 2,104.9             $ 1,993.0          
Cost of goods sold
    1,757.5               1,509.9               1,431.1          
                                                 
Gross profit
    656.8       27.2 %     595.0       28.3 %     561.9       28.2 %
Selling & administrative expenses
    415.6       17.2 %     357.9       17.0 %     333.9       16.8 %
Special charges, net
    7.3       0.3 %     10.3       0.5 %     15.4       0.8 %
                                                 
Operating income
    233.9       9.7 %     226.8       10.8 %     212.6       10.7 %
                                                 
Earnings per share — diluted
  $ 2.59             $ 2.67             $ 2.51          
                                                 
 
2006 Compared to 2005
 
Net Sales
 
Consolidated net sales for the year ended December 31, 2006 were $2.4 billion, an increase of 15% over the year ended December 31, 2005 with all segments contributing to the increase.
 
The majority of the year-over-year increase is due to strong end user demand as a result of improved economic conditions in most of our served markets, contributions from current and prior year acquisitions and higher selling prices. The impact of acquisitions accounted for approximately four percentage points of the sales increase in 2006 compared to 2005. We estimate that selling price increases accounted for approximately two percentage points of the year-over-year increase in sales. Refer to the table above under “Served Market Segments” for further details on how underlying market demand impacts each segment’s revenues. Also refer to “Segment Results” within this Management’s Discussion and Analysis for more detailed information on performance by segment.
 
Gross Profit
 
The consolidated gross profit margin for 2006 decreased to 27.2% compared to 28.3% in 2005. Production and delivery inefficiencies were experienced in certain of our Electrical and Power segment businesses compared to the prior year. Further, higher year-over-year costs throughout each segment in the areas of commodity raw materials negatively impacted gross profit margins by approximately two and one half percentage points. These items were partially offset by increased sales volume in 2006 compared to 2005, selling price increases, lower product costs from strategic sourcing initiatives and completed actions within our lighting Program.
 
In total, we estimate that price increases of approximately 2% of net sales were realized to offset higher raw material and transportation cost increases of approximately 2.5% of sales, resulting in net unrecovered cost increases of approximately $15 million. By segment, net benefits were realized in the Industrial Technology segment, while the Electrical and Power segments experienced cost increases in excess of selling price increases. Higher costs of certain raw materials, primarily copper, aluminum, zinc and nickel, were major challenges in 2006 as they occurred across each of our businesses. These increases required us to increase selling prices which, particularly in our Electrical and Power segments, were often not fully realized or required up to 90-120 days to become effective and begin to offset the higher costs, which in many cases were immediate.
 
Selling & Administrative Expenses
 
S&A expenses increased 16% compared to 2005 primarily due to higher selling and commission expenses associated with increased sales, stock-based compensation and expenses associated with new product launches. As a percentage of sales, S&A expenses increased to 17.2% in 2006 compared to 17.0% in 2005. The increase was primarily due to higher expenses associated with stock-based compensation which increased S&A as a percentage of sales by approximately one-half of one percentage point.


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Special Charges
 
Full year operating results in 2006, 2005 and 2004 include pretax special charges related to (1) programs approved following our acquisition of LCA in April 2002, which were undertaken to integrate and rationalize the combined lighting operations, and (2) other capacity reduction actions, all within the Electrical segment.
 
The following table summarizes activity by year with respect to special charges for the three years ending December 31, 2006 (in millions):
 
                                         
    CATEGORY OF COSTS  
          Facility Exit
                   
    Severance and
    and
    Asset
    Inventory
       
Year/Program
  Other Benefit Costs     Integration     Impairments     Write-Downs*     Total  
 
2004
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 3.3     $ 2.8     $ 2.1     $ 1.3     $ 9.5  
Other capacity reduction
    2.0       0.3       4.9             7.2  
                                         
    $ 5.3     $ 3.1     $ 7.0     $ 1.3     $ 16.7  
                                         
2005
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 5.7     $ 2.7     $ 1.2     $ 0.4     $ 10.0  
Other capacity reduction
          0.6             0.3       0.9  
                                         
    $ 5.7     $ 3.3     $ 1.2     $ 0.7     $ 10.9  
                                         
2006
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 2.8     $ 1.6     $ 2.9     $ 0.2     $ 7.5  
                                         
 
 
Included in Cost of goods sold
 
Lighting Business Integration and Rationalization Program (the “Program” or “Lighting Program”)
 
The integration and rationalization of our lighting operations is a multi-year initiative that began in 2002 and was substantially completed in 2006. Individual projects within the Program consisted of factory, office and warehouse closures, personnel realignments, and costs to streamline and combine product offerings. From the start of the Program in 2002, amounts expensed totaled approximately $54 million and amounts capitalized have been approximately $44 million. Capital expenditures are primarily related to the construction of a new lighting headquarters expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2007. In addition to the amounts incurred through December 31, 2006, we anticipate an additional $10-$13 million will be incurred in 2007 for the completion of projects, including approximately $3-$5 million of expense and approximately $7-$8 million in capital. Program costs related to severance, asset impairments, and facility closures in conjunction with exit activities are generally reflected as Special charges, net within the Consolidated Statement of Income. Inventory write-downs related to exit activities are recorded as a component of Cost of goods sold. Other costs associated with the Program are recorded as Cost of goods sold or S&A expenses depending on the nature of the cost. State and local incentives consisting primarily of property tax credits, job credits and site development funds are available in various forms, and are expected to offset portions of both the cost of construction and future operating costs of the lighting headquarters facility.
 
The Program is comprised of three phases. Program expenses by phase, including special charges and other expense costs, are as follows:
 
                                 
    Phase I     Phase II     Phase III     Total  
 
2002
  $ 10.3     $     $     $ 10.3  
2003
    8.1                   8.1  
2004
    5.5       6.2             11.7  
2005
    2.2       11.3       1.3       14.8  
2006
    0.2       4.0       5.0       9.2  
                                 
    $ 26.3     $ 21.5     $ 6.3     $ 54.1  


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Phase I of the Program began in 2002 soon after the LCA acquisition was completed and consisted of many individually identified actions. Phase I activities were focused on integrating the acquired operations with Hubbell’s legacy lighting operations. In accordance with applicable accounting rules, amounts were expensed either as actions were approved and announced or as costs were incurred. Reorganization actions primarily consisted of factory closures, warehouse consolidations and workforce realignment. These actions were completed as of December 31, 2006.
 
Phase II of the Program began in 2004. Many of the actions contemplated were similar to actions completed or underway from Phase I. However, these actions were increasingly focused on rationalizing the combined businesses. In the second quarter of 2004, a commercial products plant closure was announced and charges were recorded, primarily for asset impairments. In the third quarter of 2004, we announced two actions: (1) consolidation of selling, administrative and engineering support functions within the commercial lighting businesses, and (2) the selection of Greenville, South Carolina as the site for a new lighting headquarters facility to be constructed. In addition, in the 2004 fourth quarter, a further move of commercial lighting manufacturing to Mexico was approved.
 
In 2005, we announced the final Phase II action consisting of the consolidation and closure of a commercial lighting leased office complex. No new Phase II actions were taken in 2006. In total, Phase II costs expensed in 2006 totaled $4.0 million consisting primarily of severance and facility integration in connection with the commercial products move to Mexico. Through December 31, 2006, $21.5 million of total expenses have been recorded for plant consolidations and the consolidation of support functions related to Phase II actions. Approximately 80% of the total amount expensed has been associated with cash outlays. The new headquarters facility represents the largest remaining capital cost forecast. Cash outlays in 2007 are expected to range from $2-$3 million, excluding capital costs of approximately $13 million, which includes $5.6 million of costs accrued and capitalized in 2006.
 
In the fourth quarter of 2005, the first Phase III action was approved related to the consolidation and relocation of administrative and engineering functions of a commercial lighting facility to South Carolina. In connection with this approval, we recorded a non-cash pension curtailment charge of approximately $1.3 million. Approximately 85 employees were affected by this action. In 2006, $5.0 million of Phase III costs were expensed. During the fourth quarter, the closure of a commercial products factory in Cincinnati, Ohio was announced and charges of $3.0 million were recorded related to asset impairments and a portion of the severance and benefits costs expected to be incurred. In addition, $2.0 million was recorded primarily related to severance costs associated with the office closure. All but $2.4 million of asset impairments are expected to result in cash outlays. In 2007, an additional $1-$2 million of Phase III program costs are expected to be expensed to complete Phase III programs. Cash expenditures should comprise a majority of this amount.
 
Other Capacity Reduction Actions
 
In addition to the Program within the lighting business, in 2004, we announced the closure of a 92,000 square foot wiring device factory in Puerto Rico. Increased productivity facilitated by lean initiatives and cost savings opportunities resulting from low cost country sourcing contributed to the decision to close this leased facility. As a result, $7.2 million in special charges were recorded in 2004 in the Electrical segment of which $4.9 million related to impairments of fixed assets, $2.0 million provided for severance costs and $0.3 million related to facility exit costs. During 2005, the factory closed and substantially all employees left the Company. In the second quarter of 2005, we recorded an additional $0.9 million of special charges associated with this closure, of which $0.3 million related to inventory write-downs and $0.6 million related to additional facility exit costs. Annual pretax savings from these actions were approximately $4 million in 2006, with the entire amount benefiting Cost of goods sold in the Electrical segment. Net benefits actually realized in the segment have been minimized as a result of cost increases and other competitive pressures.
 
Additional information with respect to special charges is included in Note 2 — Special Charges included in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Operating Income
 
Operating income increased $7.1 million, or 3% in 2006 compared to 2005 as a result of higher sales levels and $3.4 million of lower pretax special charges (including amounts charged to Cost of goods sold). Operating margins


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of 9.7% in 2006 declined compared to 10.8% in 2005 as a result of lower gross profit margins and higher S&A expenses as a percentage of sales.
 
Other Income/Expense
 
In 2006, investment income decreased $4.4 million versus 2005 due to lower average investment balances as a result of funding acquisitions in 2005 and 2006, as well as funding higher working capital. Interest expense decreased $3.9 million in 2006 compared to 2005 due to a lower level of fixed rate indebtedness in 2006 compared to 2005. In October 2005, we repaid $100 million of senior notes upon maturity. Other expense, net in 2006 was $2.1 million of expense compared to $1.3 million of expense in 2005 primarily due to higher net foreign currency transaction losses.
 
Income Taxes
 
Our effective tax rate was 28.6% in 2006 compared to 23.5% in 2005. The 2005 consolidated effective tax rate reflected the impact of tax benefits of $10.8 million recorded in connection with the closing of an IRS examination of the Company’s 2002 and 2003 tax returns. This benefit reduced the statutory tax rate by 5.1 percentage points in 2005. Adjusting for the IRS audit settlement in 2005, the effective tax rate in 2006 is consistent with the prior year.
 
Net Income and Earnings Per Share
 
Net income and earnings per diluted share in 2006 declined versus 2005 as a result of lower operating profit, higher income taxes and unfavorable other income/expense, partially offset by lower special charges.
 
Segment Results
 
Electrical Segment
 
                 
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 1,631.2     $ 1,496.8  
Operating Income
  $ 132.7     $ 142.7  
Operating Margin
    8.1 %     9.5 %
 
Electrical segment net sales increased 9% in 2006 versus 2005 primarily as a result of improved underlying demand in the commercial and industrial construction markets and higher selling prices. Each of the businesses within the segment — wiring systems, electrical products and lighting fixtures experienced year-over-year increases. Higher selling prices were implemented and have been realized in most of the businesses within the segment in an effort to recover cost increases, primarily related to higher commodity raw material and freight costs.
 
Sales of lighting fixtures increased in line with the overall segment percentage with the majority of the growth from our commercial and industrial (“C&I”) application products and more modest growth in residential products. The C&I lighting businesses increased due to higher levels of commercial construction throughout the U.S. generating increases in lighting fixture project sales. An industry-wide price increase within C&I lighting in June 2006 resulted in a spike in order input in the second quarter of the year and, consequently, strong year-over-year shipments in the second and third quarters. Sales of residential lighting fixture products were up modestly in 2006 versus 2005, consistent with underlying residential markets, as a majority of first half sales increases year-over-year were offset by second half declines.
 
Wiring system sales increased year-over-year by more than 10% due to higher demand in both industrial and commercial markets. Rough-in electrical sales increased slightly as a result of higher selling prices, partially offset by lower retail volume. Sales of harsh and hazardous products increased year-over-year by more than 20% primarily due to higher oil and gas project shipments related to strong market conditions worldwide and the favorable impact of an acquisition completed in the third quarter of 2005.


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Operating margin in the segment was lower in 2006 versus 2005, despite a better than one percentage point improvement from higher sales, due to production and delivery inefficiencies in certain lighting facilities affected by restructuring actions and the SAP system implementation, which almost entirely offset the margin improvement from higher sales. In addition, higher commodity raw material and freight costs in excess of selling price increases negatively affected the segment’s operating margin by approximately 1.5 percentage points. Savings from completed actions associated with the lighting Program together with lower special charges in 2006 compared with 2005 were also more than offset by higher S&A costs, including SAP related costs, and a non-recurring $4.9 million prior year gain on sale of a building.
 
Power Segment
 
                 
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 573.7     $ 455.6  
Operating Income
  $ 78.6     $ 69.0  
Operating Margin
    13.7 %     15.1 %
 
Power segment net sales increased 26% in 2006 versus the prior year due to the impact of acquisitions and higher levels of utility spending facilitated by higher levels of economic activity in the U.S. and selling price increases. The acquisition of Delmar in the third quarter of last year as well as the Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc. acquisition completed in the second quarter of 2006 accounted for approximately one half of the sales increase in 2006 compared to 2005. Price increases were implemented across most product lines throughout 2005 and into 2006 where costs have risen due to increased metal and energy costs. We estimate that price increases accounted for approximately 4 percentage points of the year-over-year sales increase. Operating margins decreased in 2006 versus 2005, despite an approximate two percentage point improvement from higher sales, as a result of commodity cost increases in excess of selling price increases, factory inefficiencies, higher SAP related costs and increased transportation costs. The commodity cost increases, primarily steel, aluminum, copper and zinc, outpaced our actions to increase selling prices. We estimate that the negative impact in 2006 of cost increases in excess of pricing actions resulted in a reduction of operating margin of approximately two percentage points for this segment. In addition, the segment experienced factory inefficiencies due in part to the disruption caused by the system implementation.
 
Industrial Technology Segment
 
                 
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 209.4     $ 152.5  
Operating Income
  $ 34.4     $ 20.4  
Operating Margin
    16.4 %     13.4 %
 
Industrial Technology segment net sales increased 37% in 2006 versus 2005 primarily due to the improvement in industrial market activity as evidenced by higher manufacturing output and rising capacity utilization rates. All businesses within the segment reported year-over-year sales increases. In addition, we acquired two businesses in 2005 and one in October 2006 which accounted for approximately one third of the segment sales increase. We estimate that price increases accounted for approximately three percentage points of the year-over-year sales increase. Operating income and margins for the full year 2006 improved significantly versus 2005 primarily as a result of increased volume, selling price increases in excess of commodity cost increases and cost savings associated with outsourcing and other productivity improvements.


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2005 Compared to 2004
 
Net Sales
 
Consolidated net sales for the year ended December 31, 2005 were $2.1 billion, an increase of 5.6% over the year ended December 31, 2004. The increase was led by our Power and Industrial Technology segments where sales increased by 18% and 17%, respectively, over amounts reported in 2004.
 
The majority of the increase in net sales in 2005 versus 2004 resulted from the carryover effect of price increases implemented throughout 2004 and 2005, higher storm related shipments in the Power segment and several small acquisitions. Although underlying demand in many of our core markets improved year-over-year, softness in commercial construction markets, which represented our largest served market, negatively affected orders and sales particularly in the Electrical segment. We estimate that selling price increases accounted for approximately 2-3 percentage points of the year-over-year increase in sales. Refer to the table above under “Served Market Segments” for further details on how the underlying market demand can impact each segment’s revenues. Also refer to “Segment Results” within this Management’s Discussion and Analysis for more detailed information on performance by segment.
 
Gross Profit
 
The consolidated gross profit margin for 2005 improved slightly to 28.3% compared to 28.2% in 2004. The improvement in gross profit margin was attributable to the favorable effects of higher selling prices in excess of commodity cost increases, lower product costs from strategic sourcing initiatives, productivity gains, and cost savings from our lighting integration and rationalization program. Substantially offsetting these increases versus 2004 were the negative impact of unabsorbed factory costs in certain of our manufacturing plants as a result of lower unit volumes and higher year-over-year energy prices, which negatively impacted costs including transportation and utilities.
 
In total, we estimate that price increases of approximately 2%-3% of net sales were realized to offset raw material, energy and transportation cost increases of approximately 2.5%-3.5% of sales, resulting in net unrecovered cost increases of approximately $10-$15 million. By segment, net benefits were realized in the Power and Industrial Technology segments, while the Electrical segment experienced cost increases in excess of price increases. Higher costs of certain raw materials along with higher energy and transportation costs were a major challenge in 2005 as they occurred across each of our businesses. These increases required us to increase selling prices which, particularly in our Electrical segment, were often not fully realized or required up to 90-120 days to become effective and begin to offset the higher costs, which in many cases were immediate.
 
In our lighting business, gross profit margins declined as a result of lower volume, unabsorbed factory costs and higher transportation costs partially offset by cost savings associated with our lighting integration and rationalization program. Our wiring systems business reported lower gross profit percentages in 2005 versus the prior year due to factory inefficiencies, due in part to the implementation of SAP, higher transportation and utility costs and increased costs associated with the launch of new products. Power segment gross margin improved for the year primarily due to higher volume, increased selling prices and improved factory performance. Gross profit margins in our Industrial Technology segment improved as a result of higher volume and price increases in excess of commodity cost increases.
 
Selling & Administrative Expenses
 
S&A expenses increased 7.2% compared to 2004. The increase is due to higher expenses associated with the SAP enterprise-wide information system, new product launches and an unusual item recorded in the first quarter of 2005. These increases were partially offset by a $4.9 million gain on sale of a building that was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005. The SAP information systems initiative generated higher year-over-year costs primarily due to higher resource needs in support of both legacy and SAP information platforms and amortization of capitalized implementation costs. The unusual item consisted of $4.6 million, pretax, of transactional expenses in support of our strategic growth initiatives.


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Special Charges
 
See separate discussion under “2006 Compared to 2005” within this Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
 
Operating Income
 
Operating income increased 7% primarily due to higher sales levels and $5.8 million of lower pretax special charges (including amounts charged to Cost of goods sold). Operating margins of 10.8% in 2005 were relatively flat compared to 10.7% in 2004 as a result of higher sales, improved gross profit margins and lower special charges, partially offset by higher S&A expenses.
 
Other Income/Expense
 
In 2005, investment income increased $3.0 million versus 2004 due to higher average cash and investment balances and higher average interest rates earned on cash and investments. Interest income in 2004 also included $1.0 million related to a tax settlement in the prior year. Interest expense was $19.3 million in 2005 compared to $20.6 million in 2004. The decrease was due to a lower level of fixed rate indebtedness in 2005 compared to 2004. In October 2005, we repaid $100 million of senior notes upon maturity. Other income (expense), net, in 2005 was $1.3 million of expense compared to $1.2 million of expense in 2004.
 
Income Taxes
 
Our effective tax rate was 23.5% in 2005 compared to 21.6% in 2004. The 2005 consolidated effective tax rate reflected the impact of tax benefits of $10.8 million recorded in connection with the closing of an IRS examination of the Company’s 2002 and 2003 tax returns. The 2004 rate reflected the impact of tax benefits of $10.2 million recorded in connection with the closing of an IRS examination of our tax returns through 2001, which included refund claims for the years 1995 through 2000 related to research and development activities during these years. These benefits reduced the statutory tax rate by 5.1 percentage points and 5.3 percentage points in 2005 and 2004, respectively.
 
We have certain operations in Puerto Rico that were eligible for U.S. tax benefits under Section 936/30A of the Internal Revenue Code. The U.S. federal tax benefits derived from our Puerto Rico operations expired on December 31, 2005. We converted our Puerto Rico operations to two wholly-owned, controlled foreign corporations and shifted more production to low cost sources. We intend to permanently reinvest the earnings from these operations outside the U.S. As permitted in APB Opinion No. 23, “Accounting for Income Taxes,” we do not provide U.S. income taxes on a controlled foreign corporation’s undistributed earnings that are intended to be permanently reinvested outside the U.S. Therefore, our effective tax rate following expiration of these tax benefits should reflect the permanent reinvestment of these foreign earnings outside the U.S. See further information in Note 13 — Income Taxes in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Net Income and Earnings Per Share
 
Net income and diluted earnings per share in 2005 improved versus 2004 as a result of higher net sales, lower special charges and favorable other income/expense, partially offset by higher S&A expenses and an increase in the effective tax rate.
 
Segment Results
 
Electrical Segment
 
                 
    2005     2004  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 1,496.8     $ 1,476.8  
Operating Income
  $ 142.7     $ 156.7  
Operating Margin
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Electrical segment net sales increased 1% in 2005 versus 2004 primarily as a result of higher selling prices which were partially offset by lower unit volumes. Higher selling prices were implemented and had been realized in most of the businesses within the segment in an effort to recover cost increases, primarily related to higher raw material, energy and freight costs.
 
Lighting fixture sales represented in excess of 50% of total net sales reported in the Electrical segment in both 2005 and 2004. Sales of lighting fixtures declined modestly as lower shipments of commercial and industrial lighting fixtures were substantially offset by higher residential fixture sales. Residential products benefited from the continued favorable market conditions due in part to historically low mortgage interest rates and market share gains. The C&I lighting businesses were negatively impacted by lower levels of construction projects in the U.S. which had intensified competitiveness and made price realization difficult.
 
Wiring system sales were level with sales reported in the comparable prior year period as stronger industrial market demand was offset by weak commercial markets. Wiring systems sales are believed to be below the levels of improvement in the underlying markets served by this business due in part to lower order input levels and inefficiencies associated with the closure of a factory, outsourcing and the SAP business system implementation.
 
Rough-in electrical sales increased mainly as a result of higher selling prices, partially offset by lower volume due to weak commercial markets. Sales of harsh and hazardous products increased year-over-year by double digits primarily due to higher oil and gas project shipments related to strong market conditions worldwide.
 
Operating margin in the segment was lower in 2005 versus 2004 primarily due to unabsorbed costs in our manufacturing facilities resulting from lower unit volumes, as well as higher commodity raw material, freight and utility costs which were not fully offset by selling price increases. As part of our lighting integration and rationalization program, we were engaged in plant relocations that had temporarily added costs and lowered factory efficiencies. In addition, operating margins in our wiring systems business were negatively affected year-over-year versus 2004 by higher costs and training and processing inefficiencies associated with the implementation of the SAP business system as well as a factory closure. Wiring systems also incurred higher than normal costs associated with new product programs. Harsh and hazardous margins were higher year-over-year, consistent with increases in sales, due to higher order input levels and a better mix of sales. Overall, the segment incurred higher S&A expenses year-over-year due to new product initiatives, office consolidations and higher SAP amortization charges, partially offset by a $4.9 million pretax gain on sale of a building. Special charges in 2005 were lower by $5.8 million compared with 2004. See discussions above under “Special Charges”.
 
Power Segment
 
                 
    2005     2004  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 455.6     $ 386.2  
Operating Income
  $ 69.0     $ 41.2  
Operating Margin
    15.1 %     10.7 %
 
Power segment net sales increased 18% in 2005 versus the prior year due to the carryover effect of price increases, the addition of two acquisitions and higher storm-related shipments. Price increases were implemented across most product lines throughout 2004 and into 2005 where costs had risen due to increased metal and energy costs. We estimate that price increases accounted for approximately one-third of the year-over-year sales increase. Two acquisitions accounted for approximately 5 percentage points of the year-over-year increase and incremental storm-related shipments comprised another 3 percentage points of the improvement.
 
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Industrial Technology Segment
 
                 
    2005     2004  
    (In millions)  
 
Net Sales
  $ 152.5     $ 130.0  
Operating Income
  $ 20.4     $ 14.7  
Operating Margin
    13.4 %     11.3 %
 
Industrial Technology segment net sales increased 17% in 2005 versus 2004 as many of the businesses within this segment benefited from strong oil and gas markets and improvement in industrial market activity as evidenced by rising capacity utilization rates. This segment’s technology-oriented high voltage test equipment increased year-over-year sales by double-digits. In addition, we acquired two businesses which accounted for approximately 5 percentage points of the segment sales increase. Operating income and margins for the full year 2005 improved versus 2004 primarily as a result of increased volume, productivity improvements and a more favorable product mix. Acquisitions had only a modest impact on the year-over-year profitability improvement in the segment as a result of costs incurred to integrate the acquired operations into existing segment facilities.
 
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
 
Cash Flow
 
                 
    December 31,  
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Net cash provided by (used in):
               
Operating activities
  $ 139.9     $ 184.1  
Investing activities
    (66.7 )     (30.4 )
Financing activities
    (139.6 )     (182.1 )
Foreign exchange effect on cash
    1.1       (0.9 )
                 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents
  $ (65.3 )   $ (29.3 )
                 
 
Cash provided by operating activities in 2006 of $139.9 million was $44.2 million or 24% lower than cash provided by operating activities in 2005 primarily as a result of higher levels of inventory and accounts receivable. Cash used to fund an increase in inventory was $86.3 million in 2006 compared with $13.2 million in 2005. Accounts receivable balances increased by $30.7 million in 2006 compared to an increase of $16.9 million in 2005. Partially offsetting these increases were the lack of a contribution to our domestic, qualified, defined benefit pension plans in 2006 compared to a $28 million payment in 2005, and higher current liability balances resulting in a source of cash of approximately $13.3 million in 2006 compared to $2 million in 2005. Inventory balances increased in 2006 primarily due to a combination of business inefficiencies associated with the system implementation and new product launches. Higher accounts receivable are due to a higher level of sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared with the same period of 2005. Current liability balances in 2006 were higher than in 2005 primarily as a result of higher customer incentives and employee related compensation. Included within cash provided by operating activities are income tax benefits from employee exercises of stock options of $7.8 million in 2005.
 
Cash flows from investing activities include capital expenditures of $86.8 million in 2006 compared to $73.4 million in 2005. The $13.4 million increase is attributed to higher expenditures primarily in connection with construction of the new lighting headquarters for which expenditures increased $14.2 million year-over-year. In addition, incremental investments in equipment were partially offset by $7.6 million of lower capital expenditures for software, principally related to the system implementation. Cash outlays to acquire new businesses totaled $145.7 million in 2006 compared to $54.3 million in 2005. Purchases and maturities/sales of investments provided net cash proceeds of $163.8 million in 2006 compared to net cash proceeds of $81.1 million in 2005. Proceeds from disposition of assets decreased to $0.6 million in 2006 compared to $14.6 million in 2005 with the prior year amount reflecting proceeds from a building sale in the Electrical segment.


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Financing cash flows used $139.6 million of cash in 2006 compared to $182.1 million in 2005. Cash used in 2005 reflects the repayment of $100.0 million of senior notes at maturity. Net repayments of short-term debt were $8.9 million in 2006 compared to net borrowings of $28.4 million in 2005. The prior year included borrowing related to international acquisitions and dividend repatriations. Purchases of common shares increased in 2006 to $95.1 million compared to $62.7 million in 2005. Proceeds from stock options were $38.5 million in 2006 compared to $32.8 million in 2005.
 
Investments in the Business
 
We define investments in our business to include both normal expenditures required to maintain the operations of our equipment and facilities as well as expenditures in support of our strategic initiatives.
 
Capital expenditures were $93.7 million, including non-expended cash of $6.9 million at December 31, 2006. Additions to property, plant, and equipment were $79.6 million in 2006 compared to $51.7 million in 2005 as a result of increased investments made in buildings and equipment. We capitalized $26 million and $6 million in 2006 and 2005, respectively, in connection with the new lighting headquarters. In 2006 and 2005, we capitalized $14.1 and $20.5 million of software, respectively, primarily in connection with our business information system initiative (recorded in Intangible assets and other in the Consolidated Balance Sheet).
 
In 2006, we spent a total of $145.7 million on new acquisitions, net of cash acquired, including $0.2 million from a prior year acquisition. These 2006 acquisitions are expected to provide approximately $106 million of annual net sales of which approximately 24% will be added to our Industrial Technology and 76% will be added to our Power segment. These acquisitions are part of our core markets growth strategy. In 2005, we completed five small but strategic business acquisitions, two in our Power segment, two in our Industrial Technology segment and one in our Electrical segment.
 
In 2006, we spent a total of $95.1 million on the repurchase of common shares compared to $62.7 million spent in 2005. These repurchases were executed under Board of Director approved stock repurchase programs which authorized the repurchase of our Class A and Class B Common Stock up to certain dollar amounts. In February 2006, the Board of Directors approved stock repurchase program and authorized the repurchase of up to $100 million of the Company’s Class A and Class B Common Stock which expires after three years. As of December 31, 2006, this program had approximately $50.7 million remaining to be purchased. In February 2007, the Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program and authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of Class A and Class B Common Stock to be completed over the next two years. This program will be implemented upon completion of the February 2006 program. Stock repurchases are being implemented through open market and privately negotiated transactions. The timing of such transactions depends on a variety of factors, including market conditions. Additional information with respect to share repurchases is included in Part II, Item 5 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
Additional information with respect to future investments in the business can be found under “Outlook” within Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
 
Capital Structure
 
Debt to Capital
 
Net debt as disclosed below is a non-GAAP measure that may not be comparable to definitions used by other companies. We consider Net debt to be more appropriate than Total Debt for measuring our financial leverage as it better measures our ability to meet our funding needs.
 


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    December 31,  
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Total Debt
  $ 220.2     $ 228.8  
Total Shareholders’ Equity
    1,015.5       998.1  
                 
Total Capitalization
  $ 1,235.7     $ 1,226.9  
                 
Debt to Total Capital
    18 %     19 %
                 
Cash and Investments
  $ 81.5     $ 310.7  
                 
Net Debt (Total debt less cash and investments)
  $ 138.7     $ (81.9 )
                 
 
Net debt defined as total debt less cash and investments increased as a result of lower cash and investments in 2006 compared to 2005 due principally to financing required for acquisitions and share repurchases.
 
Debt Structure
 
                 
    December 31,  
    2006     2005  
    (In millions)  
 
Short-term debt
  $ 20.9     $ 29.6  
Long-term debt
    199.3       199.2  
                 
Total Debt
  $ 220.2     $ 228.8  
                 
 
At December 31, 2006, Short-term debt in our Consolidated Balance Sheet consisted of $15.8 million of commercial paper and $5.1 million of a money market loan. Commercial paper is used to help fund working capital needs, in particular inventory purchases. The money market loan represents a line of credit to borrow up to 5.0 million pounds sterling (U.S. $ equivalent of $9.8 million at December 31, 2006). This loan which expires on July 8, 2007 provides for an interest rate of one-half of one percentage point above the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”). At December 31, 2005, Short-term debt consisted of a $7.5 million money market loan, $22.0 million of borrowings against our credit facility and $0.1 million of other borrowings. The money market loan represented a line of credit to borrow up to 5.0 million pounds sterling (U.S. $ equivalent at December 31, 2005 was $8.8 million). Borrowings of $22.0 million were drawn against our $200 million credit facility and used along with available cash to repatriate foreign earnings from one of our foreign subsidiaries under the provisions of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.
 
At December 31, 2006 and 2005, Long-term debt in our Consolidated Balance Sheet consisted of $200 million, excluding unamortized discount, of senior notes with a maturity date of 2012. These notes are fixed rate indebtedness, are not callable and are only subject to accelerated payment prior to maturity if we fail to meet certain non-financial covenants, all of which were met at December 31, 2006 and 2005. The most restrictive of these covenants limits our ability to enter into mortgages and sale-leasebacks of property having a net book value in excess of $5 million without the approval of the Note holders. In 2002, prior to the issuance of the $200 million notes, we entered into a forward interest rate lock to hedge our exposure to fluctuations in treasury interest rates, which resulted in a loss of $1.3 million in 2002. This amount was recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and is being amortized over the life of the notes.
 
At December 31, 2006, we had $200 million of available borrowings under our $200 million committed bank credit facility. This credit facility serves as a back up to our commercial paper program and will expire in October 2009. Borrowings under this credit agreement generally are available with an interest rate equal to the prime rate or at a spread over LIBOR. Annual commitment fee requirements to support availability of the credit facility total approximately $0.2 million.
 
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leading to deterioration in financial condition, could either increase our future borrowing costs or restrict our ability to sell commercial paper in the open market. We have not entered into any other guarantees, commitments or obligations that could give rise to unexpected cash requirements.
 
Liquidity
 
We measure our liquidity on the basis of our ability to meet short-term and long-term operational funding needs, fund additional investments, including acquisitions, and make dividend payments to shareholders. Significant factors affecting the management of liquidity are the level of cash flows from operating activities, capital expenditures, access to bank lines of credit and our ability to attract long-term capital with satisfactory terms.
 
Normal internal cash generation from operations together with currently available cash and investments, available borrowing facilities, and an ability to access credit lines, if needed, are expected to be more than sufficient to fund operations, the current rate of dividends, capital expenditures, stock repurchases and any increase in working capital that would be required to accommodate a higher level of business activity. We actively seek to expand by acquisition as well as through the growth of our present businesses. While a significant acquisition may require additional borrowings, we believe we would be able to obtain financing based on our favorable historical earnings performance and strong financial position.
 
Pension Funding Status
 
We have a number of funded and unfunded non-contributory U.S. and foreign defined benefit pension plans. Benefits under these plans are generally provided based on either years of service and final average pay or a specified dollar amount per year of service. The funded status of our qualified, defined benefit pension plans is dependant upon many factors including future returns on invested pension assets, the level of market interest rates, employee earnings and employee demographics.
 
Effective December 31, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 158 which required the Company to recognize the funded status of its defined benefit pension and postretirement plans as an asset or liability in its Consolidated Balance Sheet. Gains or losses, prior service costs or credits, and transition assets or obligations that have not yet been included in net periodic benefit cost as of the end of the year of adoption are recognized as components of the ending balance of Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax, within Shareholders’ equity. As a result of the adoption of SFAS 158, the Company recorded a charge to equity through Accumulated other comprehensive income related to pensions of $36.1 million of a total charge to equity of $36.8 million including amounts for other postretirement benefits. Further details on the pretax impact of this charge can be found in Note 11 — Retirement Benefits.
 
Changes in the value of the defined benefit plan assets and liabilities will affect the amount of pension expense ultimately recognized. Although differences between actuarial assumptions and actual results are no longer deferred for balance sheet purposes, deferral is still required for pension expense purposes. Unrecognized gains and losses in excess of an annual calculated minimum amount (the greater of 10% of the projected benefit obligation or 10% of the market value of assets) are amortized and recognized in net periodic pension cost over our average remaining service period of active employees, which approximates 13-15 years. During 2006, we recorded $3.8 million of pension expense related to the amortization of these unrecognized losses. We expect to record $2.1 million of expense related to unrecognized losses in 2007.
 
The actual return on our pension assets in the current year as well as the cumulative return over the past five and ten year periods has exceeded our expected return for the same periods. Offsetting these favorable returns has been a decline in long-term interest rates and a resulting increase in our pension liabilities. These declines in long-term interest rates have had a negative impact on the funded status of the plans. Consequently, we contributed $25 million in 2004 and $28 million in 2005 to our domestic, defined benefit pension plans. No contribution was made to our domestic, defined benefit pension plans during 2006. In addition to these contributions to our U.S. plans, additional contributions have also been made to our foreign defined benefit plans of approximately $6.0 million, $3.5 million and $7.7 million for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006, respectively. These contributions along with favorable investment performance of the plan assets have improved the funded status of all of our plans. In the first quarter of 2007, we made a $15 million contribution to our domestic, qualified, defined benefit plans and we do not expect to


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contribute any additional amounts to our domestic qualified plans for the balance of 2007. We expect to make additional contributions of between $5-$7 million to our foreign plans later this year. This level of funding is not expected to have any significant impact on our overall liquidity.
 
Assumptions
 
The following assumptions were used to determine projected pension and other benefit obligations at the measurement date and the net periodic benefit costs for the year:
 
                                 
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2006     2005     2006     2005  
 
Weighted-average assumptions used to determine benefit obligations at December 31
                               
Discount rate
    5.66 %     5.45 %     5.75 %     5.50 %
Rate of compensation increase
    4.33 %     4.25 %     N/A       N/A  
Weighted-average assumptions used to determine net periodic benefit cost for years ended December 31
                               
Discount rate
    5.45 %     5.75 %     5.50 %     5.75 %
Expected return on plan assets
    8.00 %     8.00 %     N/A       N/A  
Rate of compensation increase
    4.33 %     4.25 %     N/A       N/A  
 
At the end of each year, we estimate the expected long-term rate of return on pension plan assets based on the strategic asset allocation for our plans. In making this determination, we utilize expected rates of return for each asset class based upon current market conditions and expected risk premiums for each asset class. A one percentage point change in the expected long-term rate of return on pension fund assets would have an impact of approximately $5.3 million on 2007 pretax pension expense. The expected long-term rate of return is applied to the fair market value of pension fund assets to produce the expected return on fund assets that is included in pension expense. The difference between this expected return and the actual return on plan assets was recognized at December 31, 2006 for balance sheet purposes, but continues to be deferred for expense purposes. The net deferral of past asset gains (losses) ultimately affects future pension expense through the amortization of gains (losses) with an offsetting adjustment to Shareholders’ equity through Accumulated other comprehensive income.
 
At the end of each year, we determine the discount rate to be used to calculate the present value of pension plan liabilities. The discount rate is an estimate of the current interest rate at which the pension plans’ liabilities could effectively be settled. In estimating this rate, we look to rates of return on high-quality, fixed-income investments with maturities that closely match the expected funding period of our pension liability. The discount rate of 5.75% which we used to determine the projected benefit obligation for our U.S. pension plans at December 31, 2006 was determined using the Citigroup Pension Discount Curve applied to our expected annual future pension benefit payments. An increase of one percentage point in the discount rate would lower 2007 pretax pension expense by approximately $2.0 million. A discount rate decline of one percentage point would increase pretax pension expense by approximately $5.8 million.
 
Our Shareholders’ equity is impacted by a variety of factors, including those items that are not reported in earnings but are reported directly in equity. In 2003 and 2004, we recorded increases to Shareholders’ equity of $8.3 million and $2.2 million, respectively, reflecting a reduction of the pension plan additional minimum liability. In 2005, we increased the additional minimum liability by $2.2 million. In 2006, prior to the adoption of SFAS No. 158, we recorded a reduction of $2.1 million, net of tax, of the additional minimum liability. Effective with the adoption of SFAS No. 158 at December 31, 2006, the balance in the additional minimum liability account was reversed and an incremental charge related to pensions of $36.1 million, net of tax, was recorded.
 
Other Post Employment Benefits (“OPEB”)
 
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union employees. These plans are not funded and, therefore, no assumed rate of return on assets is required. The discount rate of 5.75% used to determine the projected benefit obligation at December 31, 2006 was based upon the Citigroup Pension Discount Curve as applied to our projected annual benefit payments for these plans. The impact of adoption of SFAS No. 158 on OPEB was a net charge to Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax, of $0.7 million.
 
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
Off-balance sheet arrangements are defined as any transaction, agreement or other contractual arrangement to which an entity that is not included in our consolidated results is a party, under which we, whether or not a party to the arrangement, have, or in the future may have: (1) an obligation under a direct or indirect guarantee or similar arrangement, (2) a retained or contingent interest in assets or (3) an obligation or liability, including a contingent obligation or liability, to the extent that it is not fully reflected in the financial statements.
 
We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as defined above which have or are likely to have a material effect on financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
 
Contractual Obligations
 
A summary of our contractual obligations and commitments at December 31, 2006 is as follows (in millions):
 
                                                 
          Payments due by period        
          Less than
                More than
       
Contractual Obligations
  Total     1 Year     1-3 Years     4-5 Years     5 Years        
 
Debt obligations
  $ 220.9     $ 20.9     $     $     $ 200.0          
Expected interest payments
    68.8       12.8       25.6       25.6       4.8          
Operating lease obligations
    43.0       8.6       11.9       6.7       15.8          
Purchase obligations
    208.7       197.2       8.3       3.2                
Income tax payments
    2.3       2.3                            
Obligations under customer incentive programs
    28.1       28.1                            
                                                 
Total
  $ 571.8     $ 269.9     $ 45.8     $ 35.5     $ 220.6          
                                                 
 
Our purchase obligations include amounts committed under legally enforceable contracts or purchase orders for goods and services with defined terms as to price, quantity, delivery and termination liability. These obligations primarily consist of inventory purchases made in the normal course of business to meet operational requirements, contracts for the construction of the lighting headquarters, consulting arrangements and commitments for equipment purchases. Other long-term liabilities reflected in our Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2006 have been excluded from the table above and primarily consist of costs associated with retirement benefits. See Note 11 — Retirement Benefits in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for estimates of future benefit payments under our benefit plans.
 
Critical Accounting Estimates
 
Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements describes the significant accounting policies used in the preparation of our financial statements.
 
Use of Estimates
 
We are required to make assumptions and estimates and apply judgments in the preparation of our financial statements that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosures. We base our assumptions, estimates and judgments on historical experience, current trends and other factors deemed relevant by management. We continually review these estimates and their underlying assumptions to ensure they are appropriate for the circumstances. Changes in estimates and assumptions used by us could have a


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significant impact on our financial results. We believe that the following estimates are among our most critical in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results. These items utilize assumptions and estimates about the effect of future events that are inherently uncertain and are therefore based on our judgment.
 
Revenue Recognition
 
We recognize revenue in accordance with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 101, “Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements” and the SEC revisions in SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 104. Revenue is recognized when title to goods and risk of loss have passed to the customer, there is persuasive evidence of a purchase arrangement, delivery has occurred or services are rendered, the price is determinable and collectibility reasonably assured. Revenue is typically recognized at the time of shipment. Further, certain of our businesses account for sales discounts and allowances based on sales volumes, specific programs and customer deductions, as is customary in electrical products markets. These items primarily relate to sales volume incentives, special pricing allowances, and returned goods. This requires us to estimate at the time of sale the amounts that should not be recorded as revenue as these amounts are not expected to be collected in cash from customers. We principally rely on historical experience, specific customer agreements, and anticipated future trends to estimate these amounts at the time of shipment. Also see Note 1 — Significant Accounting Policies of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Inventory Valuation
 
We routinely evaluate the carrying value of our inventories to ensure they are carried at the lower of cost or market value. Such evaluation is based on our judgment and use of estimates, including sales forecasts, gross margins for particular product groupings, planned dispositions of product lines, technological events and trends and overall industry trends. In addition, the evaluation is based on changes in inventory management practices which may influence the timing of exiting products and method of disposing of excess inventory.
 
Excess inventory is generally identified by comparing future expected inventory usage to actual on-hand quantities. Reserves are provided for on-hand inventory in excess of pre-defined usage forecasts. Forecast usage is primarily determined by projecting historical (actual) sales and inventory usage levels forward to future periods. Application of this reserve methodology can have the effect of increasing reserves during periods of declining demand and, conversely, reducing reserve requirements during periods of accelerating demand. This reserve methodology is applied based upon a current stratification of inventory, whether by commodity type, product family, part number, stock keeping unit, etc. As a result of our lean process improvement initiatives, we continue to develop improved information concerning demand patterns for inventory consumption. This improved information is introduced into the excess inventory reserve calculation as it becomes available and may impact required levels of reserves.
 
Customer Credit and Collections
 
We maintain allowances for doubtful accounts receivable in order to reflect the potential uncollectibility of receivables related to purchases of products on open credit. If the financial condition of our customers were to deteriorate, resulting in their inability to make required payments, we may be required to record additional allowances for doubtful accounts.
 
Capitalized Computer Software Costs
 
We capitalize certain costs of internally developed software in accordance with Statement of Position 98-1, “Accounting for the Costs of Computer Software Developed or Obtained for Internal Use”. Capitalized costs include purchased materials and services and payroll and payroll related costs. General and administrative, overhead, maintenance and training costs, as well as the cost of software that does not add functionality to the existing system, are expensed as incurred. The cost of internally developed software is amortized on a straight-line basis over appropriate periods, generally five years. The unamortized balance of internally developed software is included in Intangible assets and other in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.


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Employee Benefits Costs and Funding
 
We sponsor domestic and foreign defined benefit pension, defined contribution and other postretirement plans. Major assumptions used in the accounting for these employee benefit plans include the discount rate, expected return on the pension fund assets, rate of increase in employee compensation levels and health care cost increase projections. These assumptions are determined based on Company data and appropriate market indicators, and are evaluated each year as of the plans’ measurement date. Further discussion on the assumptions used in 2005 and 2006 are included above under “Pension Funding Status” and in Note 11 — Retirement Benefits in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Taxes
 
We account for income taxes in accordance with SFAS No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes” which requires that deferred tax assets and liabilities be recognized using enacted tax rates for the effect of temporary differences between the book and tax basis of recorded assets and liabilities. SFAS No. 109 also requires that deferred tax assets be reduced by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. The factors used to assess the likelihood of realization of deferred tax assets are the forecast of future taxable income and available tax planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the net deferred tax assets. Failure to achieve forecasted taxable income can affect the ultimate realization of net deferred tax assets.
 
In addition, we operate within multiple taxing jurisdictions and are subject to audit in these jurisdictions. The IRS and other tax authorities routinely review our tax returns. These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time to resolve. The impact of these examinations on our liability for income taxes cannot be presently determined. In management’s opinion, adequate provision has been made for potential adjustments arising from these examinations.
 
Contingent Liabilities
 
We are subject to proceedings, lawsuits, and other claims or uncertainties related to environmental, legal, product and other matters. We routinely assess the likelihood of an adverse judgment or outcome to these matters, as well as the range of potential losses. A determination of the reserves required, if any, is made after careful analysis, including consultations with outside advisors, where applicable. The required reserves may change in the future due to new developments.
 
Valuation of Long-Lived Assets
 
Our long-lived assets include land, buildings, equipment, molds and dies, software, goodwill and other intangible assets. Long-lived assets, other than goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles, are depreciated over their estimated useful lives. We review depreciable long-lived assets for impairment to assess recoverability from future operations using undiscounted cash flows. For these assets, no impairment charges were recorded in 2006 or 2005, except for certain assets affected by the lighting integration program as discussed under “Special Charges” within this Management’s Discussion and Analysis and in Note 2 — Special Charges of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are reviewed annually for impairment unless circumstances dictate the need for more frequent assessment under the provisions of SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. The identification and measurement of impairment of goodwill involves the estimation of the fair value of reporting units. The estimates of fair value of reporting units are based on the best information available as of the date of the assessment, which primarily incorporate our assumptions about discounted expected future cash flows. Future cash flows can be affected by changes in industry or market conditions or the rate and extent to which anticipated synergies or cost savings are realized from newly acquired entities. The identification and measurement of impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets involves testing which compares carrying values of assets to the estimated fair values of assets. When appropriate, the carrying value of assets will be reduced to estimated fair values.


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Forward-Looking Statements
 
Some of the information included in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and elsewhere in this Form 10-K and in the Annual Report attached hereto, which does not constitute part of this Form 10-K, contain “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements about capital resources, performance and results of operations and are based on our reasonable current expectations. In addition, all statements regarding anticipated growth or improvement in operating results, anticipated market conditions, and economic recovery are forward looking. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words, such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “depend”, “should”, “plan”, “estimated”, “could”, “may”, “subject to”, “continues”, “growing”, “prospective”, “forecast”, “projected”, “purport”, “might”, “if”, “contemplate”, “potential”, “pending,” “target”, “goals”, “scheduled”, “will likely be”, and similar words and phrases. Discussions of strategies, plans or intentions often contain forward-looking statements. Factors, among others, that could cause our actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
 
  •  Changes in demand for our products, market conditions, or product availability adversely affecting sales levels.
 
  •  Changes in markets or competition adversely affecting realization of price increases.
 
  •  The amounts of net cash expenditures, benefits, including available state and local tax incentives, the timing of actions and impact of personnel reductions in connection with the ongoing lighting business integration and rationalization program and other special charges.
 
  •  Failure to achieve projected levels of efficiencies, cost savings and cost reduction measures, including those expected as a result of our lean initiative and strategic sourcing plans.
 
  •  The amounts of cash expenditures, benefits and the timing of actions in connection with our enterprise-wide business system implementation.
 
 
  •  Availability and costs of raw materials, purchased components, energy and freight.
 
  •  Changes in expected levels of operating cash flow and uses of cash.
 
  •  General economic and business conditions in particular industries or markets.
 
  •  Regulatory issues, changes in tax laws or changes in geographic profit mix affecting tax rates and availability of tax incentives.
 
  •  Failure to achieve expected benefits of process improvements and other lean initiatives as a result of changes in strategy or level of investments made.
 
  •  A major disruption in one of our manufacturing or distribution facilities or headquarters, including the impact of plant consolidations, relocations and the construction of a new lighting headquarters.
 
  •  Impact of productivity improvements on lead times, quality and delivery of product.
 
  •  Future levels of indebtedness and capital spending.
 
  •  Anticipated future contributions and assumptions including changes in interest rates and plan assets with respect to pensions.
 
  •  Adjustments to product warranty accruals in response to claims incurred, historical experiences and known costs.
 
  •  Unexpected costs or charges, certain of which might be outside of our control.
 
  •  Changes in strategy, economic conditions or other conditions outside of our control affecting anticipated future global product sourcing levels.
 
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  •  Ability to carry out future acquisitions and strategic investments in our core businesses and costs relating to acquisitions and acquisition integration costs.
 
  •  Future repurchases of common stock under our common stock repurchase programs.
 
  •  Changes in customers’ credit worthiness adversely affecting the ability to continue business relationships with major customers.
 
  •  The outcome of environmental, legal and tax contingencies or costs compared to amounts provided for such contingencies.
 
  •  Changes in accounting principles, interpretations, or estimates, including the impact of adopting FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes — an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109”.
 
  •  Adverse changes in foreign currency exchange rates and the potential use of hedging instruments to hedge the exposure to fluctuating rates of foreign currency exchange on inventory purchases.
 
  •  Other factors described in our SEC filings, including the “Business” and “Risk Factors” Section in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.
 
Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statement, all of which are expressly qualified by the foregoing, other than as required by law.
 
Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
 
In the operation of our business, we have various exposures to areas of risk related to factors within and outside the control of management. Significant areas of risk and our strategies to manage the exposure are discussed below.
 
We manufacture our products in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia and sell products in those markets as well as through sales offices in Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Korea and the Middle East. International shipments from non-U.S. subsidiaries as a percentage of the Company’s total net sales were 13% in 2006, 11% in 2005 and 10% in 2004. The Canadian market represents 38%, United Kingdom 32%, Switzerland 11%, Mexico 8%, and all other areas 11% of total 2006 international sales. As such, our operating results could be affected by changes in foreign currency exchange rates or weak economic conditions in the foreign markets in which we sell our products. To manage this exposure, we closely monitor the working capital requirements of our international units. In 2006, we entered into a series of forward exchange contracts on behalf of our Canadian operation to purchase U.S. dollars in order to hedge part of their exposure to fluctuating rates of exchange on anticipated inventory purchases. As of December 31, 2006 we had three outstanding contracts for $1.0 million each, which expire ratably through March 2007.
 
Product purchases representing approximately 14% of our net sales are sourced from unaffiliated suppliers located outside the United States, primarily in China and other Asian countries, Europe and Mexico. We are actively seeking to expand this activity, particularly related to purchases from low cost areas of the world. Foreign sourcing of products may result in unexpected fluctuations in product cost or increased risk of business interruption due to lack of product or component availability due to any one of the following:
 
  •  Political or economic uncertainty in the source country.
 
  •  Fluctuations in the rate of exchange between the U.S. dollar and the currencies of the source countries.
 
  •  Increased logistical complexity including supply chain interruption or delay, port of departure or entry disruption and overall time to market.
 
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We have developed plans that address many of these risks. Such actions include careful selection of products to be outsourced and the suppliers selected; ensuring multiple sources of supply; limiting concentrations of activity by port, broker, freight forwarder, etc, and; maintaining control over operations, technologies and manufacturing deemed to provide competitive advantage.
 
Many of our businesses have a dependency on certain basic raw materials needed to produce their products including steel, brass, copper, aluminum, bronze, plastics, phenols, zinc, nickel, elastomers and petrochemicals as well as purchased electrical and electronic components. Our financial results could be affected by the availability and changes in prices of these materials and components. Certain of these materials are sourced from a limited number of suppliers. These materials are also key source materials for many other companies in our industry and within the universe of industrial manufacturers in general. As such, in periods of rising demand for these materials, we may experience both (1) increased costs and (2) limited supply. These conditions can potentially result in our inability to acquire these key materials on a timely basis to produce our products and satisfy our incoming sales orders. Similarly, the cost of these materials can rise suddenly and result in materially higher costs of producing our products. We believe we have adequate primary and secondary sources of supply for each of our key materials and that, in periods of rising prices, we expect to recover a majority of the increased cost in the form of higher selling prices. However, recoveries typically lag the effect of cost increases due to the nature of our markets.
 
Our financial results are subject to interest rate fluctuations to the extent there is a difference between the amount of our interest-earning assets and the amount of interest-bearing liabilities. The principal objective of our investment management activities is to maximize net investment income while maintaining acceptable levels of interest rate and liquidity risk and facilitating our funding needs. As part of our investment management strategy, we may use derivative financial products such as interest rate hedges and interest rate swaps. Refer to further discussion under “Capital Structure” within this Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
 
From time to time or when required, we issue commercial paper, which exposes us to changes in interest rates. Our cash position includes amounts denominated in foreign currencies. We manage our worldwide cash requirements by considering available funds held by our subsidiaries and the cost effectiveness with which these funds can be accessed.
 
We continually evaluate risk retention and insurance levels for product liability, property damage and other potential exposures to risk. We devote significant effort to maintaining and improving safety and internal control programs, which are intended to reduce our exposure to certain risks. We determine the level of insurance coverage and the likelihood of a loss and believe that the current levels of risk retention are consistent with those of comparable companies in the industries in which we operate. There can be no assurance that we will not incur losses beyond the limits of our insurance. However, our liquidity, financial position and profitability are not expected to be materially affected by the levels of risk retention that we accept.
 
The following table presents cost information related to interest risk sensitive instruments by maturity at December 31, 2006 (dollars in millions):
 
                                                                 
                                              Fair Value
 
    2007     2008     2009     2010     2011     Thereafter     Total     12/31/06  
 
Assets
                                                               
Held-to-maturity investments
  $ 0.1     $ 0.1     $ 0.1     $     $     $     $ 0.3     $ 0.3  
Avg. interest rate
    5.00 %     5.00 %     5.00 %                              
                                                                 
Liabilities
                                                               
Long-term debt
  $     $     $     $     $     $ 199.3     $ 199.3     $ 209.7  
Avg. interest rate
                                  6.38 %            
 
All of the assets and liabilities above are fixed rate instruments. Other available-for-sale securities with a carrying value of $35.9 million are adjustable rate instruments which are not interest risk sensitive and are not included in the table above. All short-term debt is considered variable rate debt and therefore is not interest risk sensitive. We use derivative financial instruments only if they are matched with a specific asset, liability, or proposed future transaction. We do not speculate or use leverage when trading a financial derivative product.


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Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
 
INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SCHEDULE
 
         
    Form 10-K for
    2006, Page:
 
  42
Consolidated Financial Statements
   
  43
  45
  46
  47
  48
  49
Financial Statement Schedule
   
  88
 
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REPORT OF MANAGEMENT
HUBBELL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Report on Management’s Responsibility for Financial Statements
 
Our management is responsible for the preparation, integrity and fair presentation of its published financial statements. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and include amounts based on informed judgments made by management.
 
We believe it is critical to provide investors and other users of our financial statements with information that is relevant, objective, understandable and timely, so that they can make informed decisions. As a result, we have established and we maintain systems and practices and internal control processes designed to provide reasonable, but not absolute assurance that transactions are properly executed and recorded and that our policies and procedures are carried out appropriately. Management strives to recruit, train and retain high quality people to ensure that controls are designed, implemented and maintained in a high-quality, reliable manner.
 
Our independent registered public accounting firm audited our financial statements and management’s assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, in accordance with Standards established by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Their report appears on the next two pages within this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
Our Board of Directors normally meets five times per year to provide oversight, to review corporate strategies and operations, and to assess management’s conduct of the business. The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors (which meets approximately eleven times per year) is comprised of at least three individuals all of whom must be “independent” under current New York Stock Exchange listing standards and regulations adopted by the SEC under the federal securities laws. The Audit Committee meets regularly with our internal auditors and independent registered public accounting firm, as well as management to review, among other matters, accounting, auditing, internal controls and financial reporting issues and practices. Both the internal auditors and independent registered public accounting firm have full, unlimited access to the Audit Committee.
 
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
 
Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate systems of internal control over financial reporting as defined by Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Management has assessed the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006. In making this assessment, management used the criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this assessment, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2006.
 
Management’s assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm as stated in their report which is included on the next two pages within this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
     
     
 
-s- Timothy H. Powers
  -s- David G. Nord
     
Timothy H. Powers   David G. Nord
Chairman of the Board,
  Senior Vice President and
President & Chief Executive Officer
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Hubbell Incorporated:
 
We have completed integrated audits of Hubbell Incorporated’s consolidated financial statements and of its internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Our opinions, based on our audits, are presented below.
 
Consolidated financial statements and financial statement schedule
 
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Hubbell Incorporated and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) at December 31, 2006 and 2005, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2006 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audits. We conducted our audits of these statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit of financial statements includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the manner in which it accounts for share-based compensation in 2006, and the manner in which it accounts for defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans effective December 31, 2006.
 
Internal control over financial reporting
 
Also, in our opinion, management’s assessment, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 8, that the Company maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006 based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), is fairly stated, in all material respects, based on those criteria. Furthermore, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2006, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the COSO. The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on management’s assessment and on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We conducted our audit of internal control over financial reporting in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. An audit of internal control over financial reporting includes obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, evaluating management’s assessment, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control, and performing such other procedures as we consider necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinions.
 
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assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
 
-s- PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
 
Stamford, Connecticut
February 23, 2007


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HUBBELL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
 
                         
    Year Ended December 31  
    2006     2005     2004  
    (In millions except
 
    per share amounts)  
 
Net sales
  $ 2,414.3     $ 2,104.9     $ 1,993.0  
Cost of goods sold
    1,757.5       1,509.9       1,431.1  
                         
Gross profit
    656.8       595.0       561.9  
Selling & administrative expenses
    415.6       357.9       333.9  
Special charges, net
    7.3       10.3       15.4  
                         
Operating income
    233.9       226.8       212.6  
                         
Investment income
    5.1       9.5       6.5  
Interest expense
    (15.4 )     (19.3 )     (20.6 )
Other expense, net
    (2.1 )     (1.3 )     (1.2 )
                         
Total other expense
    (12.4 )     (11.1 )     (15.3 )
                         
Income before income taxes
    221.5       215.7       197.3  
Provision for income taxes
    63.4       50.6       42.6  
                         
Net income
  $ 158.1     $ 165.1     $ 154.7  
                         
Earnings per share
                       
Basic
  $ 2.62     $ 2.71     $ 2.55  
                         
Diluted
  $ 2.59     $ 2.67     $ 2.51  
                         
Average number of common shares outstanding
                       
Basic
    60.4       61.0       60.7  
                         
Diluted
    61.1       61.8       61.6  
                         
Cash dividends per common share
  $ 1.32     $ 1.32     $ 1.32  
                         
 
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HUBBELL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
 
                 
    At December 31,  
    2006     2005  
    (Dollars in millions)  
 
ASSETS
Current Assets
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 45.3     $ 110.6  
Short-term investments
    35.9       121.3  
Accounts receivable, net
    354.3       310.4  
Inventories, net
    338.2       237.1  
Deferred taxes and other
    40.7       40.7  
                 
Total current assets
    814.4       820.1  
Property, Plant, and Equipment, net
    318.5       267.8  
Other Assets
               
Investments
    0.3       78.8  
Goodwill
    436.7       351.5  
Intangible assets and other
    181.6       148.8  
                 
Total Assets
  $ 1,751.5     $ 1,667.0  
                 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current Liabilities
               
Short-term debt
  $ 20.9     $ 29.6  
Accounts payable
    163.9       159.5  
Accrued salaries, wages and employee benefits
    49.2       41.4  
Accrued income taxes
    18.5       20.0  
Dividends payable
    19.9       20.2  
Other accrued liabilities
    109.9       89.8  
                 
Total current liabilities
    382.3       360.5  
Long-Term Debt
    199.3       199.2  
Other Non-Current Liabilities
    154.4       109.2  
                 
Total Liabilities
    736.0       668.9  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
               
Common Shareholders’ Equity
               
Common Stock, par value $.01
               
Class A — authorized 50,000,000 shares, outstanding 8,177,234 and 9,127,960 shares
    0.1       0.1  
Class B — authorized 150,000,000 shares, outstanding 52,001,000 and 51,962,990 shares
    0.5       0.5  
Additional paid-in capital
    219.9       267.2  
Retained earnings
    827.4       749.1  
Unearned compensation
          (8.0 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (32.4 )     (10.8 )
                 
Total Common Shareholders’ Equity
    1,015.5       998.1  
                 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
  $ 1,751.5     $ 1,667.0  
                 
 
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HUBBELL INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
 
                         
    Years Ended December 31,  
    2006     2005     2004  
    (Dollars in millions)  
 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
                       
Net income
  $ 158.1     $ 165.1     $ 154.7  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
                       
Loss (Gain) on sale of assets
    0.9       (5.4 )     (1.5 )
Depreciation and amortization
    55.4       50.4       48.9  
Deferred income taxes
    11.4       6.4       17.1  
Non-cash special charges
    3.1       1.9       8.3  
Stock-based compensation
    11.8       0.7        
Changes in assets and liabilities:
                       
Increase in accounts receivable
    (30.7 )     (16.9 )     (61.5 )
Increase in inventories
    (86.3 )     (13.2 )     (9.1 )
Increase in current liabilities
    13.3       2.0       28.8  
Changes in other assets and liabilities, net
    6.3       14.1       14.8  
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options
    (6.0 )            
Contribution to domestic, qualified, defined benefit pension plans
          (28.0 )     (25.0 )
Other, net
    2.6       7.0       8.6  
                         
Net cash provided by operating activities
    139.9       184.1       184.1  
                         
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
                       
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
    (145.7 )     (54.3 )      
Proceeds from disposition of assets
    0.6       14.6       10.7  
Capital expenditures
    (86.8 )     (73.4 )     (39.1 )
Purchases of available-for-sale investments
    (153.2 )     (293.0 )     (415.0 )
Proceeds from sale of available-for-sale investments
    296.0       356.9       329.0  
Purchases of held-to-maturity investments
    (0.4 )            
Proceeds from maturities/sales of held-to-maturity investments
    21.4       17.2        
Other, net
    1.4       1.6       5.7  
                         
Net cash used in investing activities
    (66.7 )     (30.4 )     (108.7 )
                         
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
                       
Commercial paper borrowings, net
    15.8              
Borrowings of other debt
    5.1       29.6        
Payment of other debt
    (29.8 )     (1.2 )      
Payment of senior notes
          (100.0 )      
Payment of dividends
    (80.1 )     (80.6 )     (79.9 )
Acquisition of common shares
    (95.1 )     (62.7 )     (6.2 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
    38.5       32.8       30.5  
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options
    6.0              
                         
Net cash used in financing activities
    (139.6 )     (182.1 )     (55.6 )
                         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
    1.1       (0.9 )     1.0  
                         
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
    (65.3 )     (29.3 )     20.8  
Cash and cash equivalents
                       
Beginning of year
    110.6       139.9       119.1  
                         
End of year
  $ 45.3     $ 110.6     $ 139.9  
                         
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
                                                         
    For the Three Years Ended December 31, 2006, 2005 and 2004 (in millions, except per share amounts)  
                                  Accumulated
       
                                  Other
       
    Class A
    Class B
    Additional
                Comprehensive
    Total
 
    Common
    Common
    Paid-In
    Retained
    Unearned
    Income
    Shareholders’
 
    Stock     Stock     Capital     Earnings     Compensation     (Loss)     Equity  
 
Balance at December 31, 2003
  $ 0.1     $ 0.5     $ 249.7     $ 590.1     $     $ (10.7 )   $ 829.7  
                                                         
Net income
                            154.7                       154.7  
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of related tax effect of $1.4
                                            2.2       2.2  
Translation adjustments
                                            7.9       7.9  
Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
                                            (0.3 )     (0.3 )
Unrealized loss on cash flow hedge, net of $0.1 of amortization, net of tax
                                            (0.6 )     (0.6 )
                                                         
Total comprehensive income
                                                    163.9  
Exercise of stock options, including tax benefit of $6.7
                    37.2                               37.2  
Acquisition of common shares
                    (6.2 )                             (6.2 )
Cash dividends declared ($1.32 per share)
                            (80.3 )                     (80.3 )
                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2004
  $ 0.1     $ 0.5     $ 280.7     $ 664.5     $     $ (1.5 )   $ 944.3  
                                                         
Net income
                            165.1                       165.1  
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of related tax effect of $1.4
                                            (2.2 )     (2.2 )
Translation adjustments
                                            (7.5 )     (7.5 )
Unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
                                            (0.3 )     (0.3 )
Unrealized gain on cash flow hedge including $0.1 of amortization, net of tax
                                            0.7       0.7  
                                                         
Total comprehensive income
                                                    155.8  
Issuance of restricted stock
                    8.3               (8.3 )              
Amortization of restricted stock
                                    0.3               0.3  
Issuance of common shares under compensation arrangements
                    0.3                               0.3  
Exercise of stock options, including tax benefit of $7.8
                    40.6                               40.6  
Acquisition of common shares
                    (62.7 )                             (62.7 )
Cash dividends declared ($1.32 per share)
                            (80.5 )                     (80.5 )
                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2005
  $ 0.1     $ 0.5     $ 267.2     $ 749.1     $ (8.0 )   $ (10.8 )   $ 998.1  
                                                         
Net income
                            158.1                       158.1  
Minimum pension liability adjustment, net of related tax effect of $1.3
                                            2.1       2.1  
Translation adjustments
                                            12.4       12.4  
Change in unrealized loss on investments, net of tax
                                            0.3       0.3  
Unrealized gain on cash flow hedge including $0.1 of amortization, net of tax
                                            0.4       0.4  
                                                         
Total comprehensive income
                                                    173.3  
Benefit plan adjustment to initially apply SFAS No. 158, net of tax of $19.7
                                            (36.8 )     (36.8 )
Reversal of unearned compensation upon adoption of SFAS No. 123(R)
                    (8.0 )             8.0                
Stock-based compensation
                    11.9                               11.9  
Exercise of stock options
                    38.5                               38.5  
Tax benefits from stock plans
                    6.0                               6.0  
Acquisition/surrender of common shares
                    (95.7 )                             (95.7 )
Cash dividends declared ($1.32 per share)
                            (79.8 )                     (79.8 )
                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2006
  $ 0.1     $ 0.5     $ 219.9     $ 827.4     $     $ (32.4 )   $ 1,015.5  
                                                         
 
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
Note 1 — Significant Accounting Policies
 
Principles of Consolidation
 
The Consolidated Financial Statements include all subsidiaries; all significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated. The Company has one active joint venture which is accounted for using the equity method. Certain reclassifications have been made in prior year financial statements and notes to conform to the current year presentation.
 
Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts in the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. Actual results could differ from the estimates that are used.
 
Revenue Recognition
 
Revenue is recognized when title to the goods sold and the risk of loss have passed to the customer, there is persuasive evidence of a purchase arrangement, delivery has occurred or services are rendered, the price is determinable and collectibility is reasonably assured. Revenue is typically recognized at the time of shipment as the Company’s shipping terms are generally FOB shipping point. The Company recognizes less than one-percent of total annual consolidated net revenue from post shipment obligations and service contracts, primarily within the Industrial Technology segment. Revenue is recognized under these contracts when the service is completed and all conditions of sale have been met.
 
Further, certain of our businesses account for sales discounts and allowances based on sales volumes, specific programs and customer deductions, as is customary in electrical products markets. These items primarily relate to sales volume incentives, special pricing allowances, and returned goods. Quantity rebates consist of volume incentive discount plans which include specific sales volume targets for specific customers. Certain distributors qualify for price rebates by subsequently reselling the Company’s products into select channels of end users. Following a distributor’s sale of an eligible product, the distributor submits a claim for a price rebate. A number of distributors, primarily in the Electrical segment, have a right to return goods under certain circumstances which are reasonably estimable by affected businesses and have historically ranged from 1%-3% of gross sales. This requires us to estimate at the time of sale the amounts that should not be recorded as revenue as these amounts are not expected to be collected in cash from customers. The Company principally relies on historical experience, specific customer agreements and anticipated future trends to estimate these amounts at the time of shipment.
 
Shipping and Handling Fees and Costs
 
The Company records shipping and handling costs as part of Cost of goods sold in the Consolidated Statement of Income. Any amounts billed to customers for reimbursement of shipping and handling are included in Net sales in the Consolidated Statement of Income.
 
Foreign Currency Translation
 
The assets and liabilities of international subsidiaries are translated to U.S. dollars at exchange rates in effect at the end of the year, and income and expense items are translated at average exchange rates in effect during the year. The effects of exchange rate fluctuations on the translated amounts of foreign currency assets and liabilities are included as translation adjustments in Accumulated other comprehensive income within Shareholders’ equity. Gains and losses from foreign currency transactions are included in income of the period.


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Cash and Cash Equivalents
 
Cash equivalents consist of investments with original maturities of three months or less. The carrying value of cash equivalents approximates fair value because of their short maturities. Book overdraft cash balances have been reflected in Accounts payable beginning in 2005 and prior periods presented have been reclassified to conform to this presentation.
 
Investments
 
At December 31, 2006 and 2005, short-term investments consist of variable rate demand notes and auction rate securities. The Company defines short-term investments as securities with original maturities of greater than three months but less than one year. Investments in debt and equity securities are classified by individual security as either available-for-sale or held-to-maturity. Variable rate demand notes and auction rate securities are classified as available-for-sale investments and are classified as short-term. Available-for-sale investments are carried on the balance sheet at fair value with current period adjustments to carrying value recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive income within Shareholders’ equity, net of tax. Debt securities which the Company has the positive intent and ability to hold to maturity, are classified as held-to-maturity and are carried on the balance sheet at amortized cost. The effects of amortizing these securities are recorded in current earnings. Realized gains and losses are recorded in income in the period of sale.
 
Accounts Receivable and Allowances
 
Trade accounts receivable are recorded at the invoiced amount and generally do not bear interest. The allowance for doubtful accounts is based on an estimated amount of probable credit losses in existing accounts receivable. The allowance is calculated based upon a combination of historical write-off experience, fixed percentages applied to aging categories and specific identification based upon a review of past due balances and problem accounts. The allowance is reviewed on at least a quarterly basis. Account balances are charged off against the allowance when it is determined that internal collection efforts should no longer be pursued. The Company also maintains a reserve for credit memos, cash discounts and product returns which are principally calculated based upon historical experience, specific customer agreements, as well as anticipated future trends.
 
Inventories
 
Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market value. The cost of substantially all domestic inventories (approximately 85% of total net inventory value) is determined utilizing the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of inventory accounting. The cost of foreign inventories and certain domestic inventories is determined utilizing average cost or first-in, first-out (FIFO) methods of inventory accounting.
 
Property, Plant, and Equipment
 
Property, plant, and equipment values are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. Maintenance and repair expenditures are charged to expense when incurred. Property, plant and equipment placed in service prior to January 1, 1999 are depreciated over their estimated useful lives, principally using accelerated methods. Assets placed in service subsequent to January 1, 1999 are depreciated over their estimated useful lives, using straight-line methods. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their economic lives or the lease term. Gains and losses arising on the disposal of property, plant and equipment are included in Operating Income in the Consolidated Statement of Income.
 
Capitalized Computer Software Costs
 
Qualifying costs of internal use software are capitalized in accordance with Statement of Position 98-1, “Accounting for the Costs of Computer Software Developed or Obtained for Internal Use”. Capitalized costs include purchased materials and services and payroll and payroll related costs. General and administrative, overhead, maintenance and training costs, as well as the cost of software that does not add functionality to existing


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systems, are expensed as incurred. The cost of internal use software is amortized on a straight-line basis over appropriate periods, generally five years. The unamortized balance of internal use software is included in Intangible assets and other in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.
 
Capitalized computer software costs, net of amortization, were $38.2 million and $33.3 million at December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. The Company recorded amortization expense of $9.1 million, $5.6 million and $1.2 million in 2006, 2005, and 2004, respectively, relating to capitalized computer software.
 
Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
 
Goodwill represents costs in excess of fair values assigned to the underlying net assets of acquired companies. Indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill are subject to annual impairment testing using the specific guidance and criteria described in SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. This testing compares carrying values to estimated fair values and when appropriate, the carrying value of these assets will be reduced to estimated fair value. Fair values were calculated using a range of estimated future operating results and primarily utilized a discounted cash flow model. In the second quarter of 2006, the Company performed its annual impairment testing of goodwill. This testing resulted in fair values for each reporting unit exceeding the reporting unit’s carrying value, including goodwill. The Company performed its annual impairment testing of indefinite-lived intangible assets which resulted in no impairment. The Company’s policy is to perform its annual goodwill impairment assessment in the second quarter of each year unless circumstances dictate the need for more frequent assessments. Intangible assets with definite lives are being amortized over periods ranging from 7-30 years.
 
Other Long-Lived Assets
 
The Company evaluates the potential impairment of other long-lived assets when appropriate in accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets”. If the carrying value of assets exceeds the sum of the estimated future undiscounted cash flows, the carrying value of the asset is written down to estimated fair value. The Company continually evaluates events and circumstances to determine if revisions to values or estimates of useful lives are warranted.
 
Income Taxes
 
The Company operates within multiple taxing jurisdictions and is subject to audit in these jurisdictions. The IRS and other tax authorities routinely review the Company’s tax returns. These audits can involve complex issues which may require an extended period of time to resolve. The Company makes adequate provisions for best estimates of exposures on previously filed tax returns. Deferred income taxes are recognized for the tax consequence of differences between financial statement carrying amounts and the tax basis of assets and liabilities by applying the currently enacted statutory tax rates in accordance with SFAS No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes”. The effect of a change in statutory tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. SFAS No. 109 also requires that deferred tax assets be reduced by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. The Company uses factors to assess the likelihood of realization of deferred tax assets such as the forecast of future taxable income and available tax planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the deferred tax assets.
 
Research, Development & Engineering
 
Research, development and engineering expenditures represent costs to discover and/or apply new knowledge in developing a new product, process, or in bringing about a significant improvement to an existing product or process. Research, development and engineering expenses are recorded as a component of Cost of goods sold. Expenses for research, development and engineering were less than 1% of Cost of goods sold for each of the years 2004, 2005, and 2006.


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Retirement Benefits
 
The Company maintains various defined benefit pension plans for its U.S. and foreign employees. 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 No. 158 required the Company to recognize the funded status of its defined benefit pension and postretirement plans as an asset or liability in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Gains or losses, prior service costs or credits, and transition assets or obligations that have not yet been included in net periodic benefit cost as of the end of the year of adoption are recognized as components of Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax, within Shareholders’ equity. The Company’s policy is to fund pension costs within the ranges prescribed by applicable regulations. In addition to providing defined benefit pension benefits, the Company provides health care and life insurance benefits for some of its active and retired employees. The Company’s policy is to fund these benefits through insurance premiums or as actual expenditures are made. The Company accounts for these benefits in accordance with SFAS No. 106 “Employers’ Accounting for Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions”. See also Note 11 — Retirement Benefits.
 
Earnings Per Share
 
Basic earnings per share is calculated as net income divided by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding and earnings per diluted share is calculated as net income divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding of common stock and common stock equivalents.
 
Stock-Based Employee Compensation
 
On January 1, 2006, the Company adopted SFAS No. 123(R), “Share-Based Payment”. The standard requires expensing the value of all share-based payments, including stock options and similar awards, based upon the award’s fair value measurement on the grant date. SFAS No. 123(R) revises SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation”, and supersedes APB Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees” (“APB 25”). SFAS No. 123(R) is supplemented by SEC SAB No. 107, “Share-Based Payment”. SAB No. 107 expresses the SEC staff’s views regarding the interaction between SFAS No. 123(R) and certain rules and regulations including the valuation of share-based payment arrangements. The Company adopted the modified prospective transition method as outlined in SFAS No. 123(R) and, therefore, prior year amounts have not been restated. See also Note 17 — Stock-Based Compensation.
 
Comprehensive Income
 
Comprehensive income is a measure of net income and all other changes in Shareholders’ equity of the Company that result from recognized transactions and other events of the period other than transactions with shareholders. See also Note 19 — Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss).
 
Derivatives
 
To limit financial risk in the management of its assets, liabilities and debt, the Company may use derivative financial instruments such as: foreign currency hedges, commodity hedges, interest rate hedges and interest rate swaps. All derivative financial instruments are matched with an existing Company asset, liability or proposed transaction. Market value gains or losses on the derivative financial instrument are recognized in income when the effects of the related price changes of the underlying asset or liability are recognized in income. Prior to the issuance in 2002 of $200 million, ten year non-callable notes, the Company entered into a forward interest rate lock to hedge its exposure to fluctuations in treasury rates, which resulted in a loss of approximately $1.3 million. This amount was recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive income within Shareholders’ equity and is being amortized over the life of the notes.
 
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$1 million expire ratably over the three months through March 2007 and have been designated as cash flow hedges in accordance with SFAS No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities”, as amended.
 
As of December 31, 2006 and 2005, the Company had $0.2 million of unrealized cash flow hedge gains and $0.1 million of unrealized cash flow hedge losses, respectively, on foreign currency hedges and $0.7 million and $0.9 million, respectively, of unamortized losses on a forward interest rate lock arrangement recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive income. Amounts charged to income in 2006 and 2005 were immaterial.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In July 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes — an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109” (“FIN 48”). FIN 48 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of the tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return and provides guidance related to classification and disclosure matters. FIN 48 is effective for the Company beginning on January 1, 2007. Based upon a preliminary evaluation as of December 31, 2006, the Company does not expect the interpretation to have a material impact on results of operations or financial position.
 
In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued SFAS No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements”. SFAS No. 157 provides enhanced guidance for using fair value to measure assets and liabilities and expands disclosure with respect to fair value measurements. This statement is applicable to the Company on January 1, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating the impact that this standard may have on its financial statements.
 
Note 2 — Special Charges
 
Full year operating results in 2006, 2005 and 2004 include pretax special charges related to (1) actions approved following the acquisition of LCA in April 2002, which were undertaken to integrate and rationalize the combined lighting operations, and (2) other capacity reduction actions which relate to a factory closure. Both programs and all special charges for the three years ended December 31, 2006 occurred within the Electrical segment.
 
The following table summarizes activity by year with respect to special charges for the three years ending December 31, 2006 (in millions):
 
                                         
    CATEGORY OF COSTS  
          Facility Exit
                   
    Severance and
    and
    Asset
    Inventory
       
Year/Program
  Other Benefit Costs     Integration     Impairments     Write-Downs*     Total  
 
2004
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 3.3     $ 2.8     $ 2.1     $ 1.3     $ 9.5  
Other capacity reduction
    2.0       0.3       4.9             7.2  
                                         
    $ 5.3     $ 3.1     $ 7.0     $ 1.3     $ 16.7  
                                         
2005
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 5.7     $ 2.7     $ 1.2     $ 0.4     $ 10.0  
Other capacity reduction
          0.6             0.3       0.9  
                                         
    $ 5.7     $ 3.3     $ 1.2     $ 0.7     $ 10.9  
                                         
2006
                                       
Lighting integration
  $ 2.8     $ 1.6     $ 2.9     $ 0.2     $ 7.5  
                                         
 
 
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Lighting Business Integration and Rationalization Program
 
All charges over the past three years in connection with the Program are the result of a series of actions related to the consolidation of manufacturing, sales, and administrative functions occurring throughout the commercial and industrial lighting businesses and the relocation of the manufacturing and assembly of commercial lighting fixture products to low cost countries.
 
Charges associated with the ongoing Program primarily resulted from the following actions:
 
  •  Consolidation of four indoor, commercial products facilities within the U.S. to one facility.
 
  •  Transition of manufacturing of two indoor, commercial product lines to a low cost country.
 
  •  Outsourcing of commercial product lines to low cost countries.
 
  •  Consolidation of four separate locations of administrative functions into a centralized administrative center in South Carolina.
 
In 2006, Special charges totaled $7.5 million including $0.2 million of inventory write-downs reflected in Cost of goods sold. In total, $2.9 million of costs were expensed in connection with actions initiated during the year and $4.6 million incurred in 2006 related to actions initiated and announced in prior years. In the fourth quarter of 2006, an outdoor, commercial products plant closure was announced and charges were recorded related to asset impairments of $2.4 million and severance and benefits of $0.5 million, including a pension curtailment charge. In total, approximately 100 people were affected by this announcement of which 10 have left the Company as of December 31, 2006, with the remainder scheduled to exit in the first quarter of 2007. The severance costs are being recorded over the remaining service period of the affected employees. The fixed asset write-downs represent (1) a reduction in the carrying value of a building to fair market value and (2), machinery and equipment write-downs to salvage value based upon the age and location of the equipment.
 
Costs related to actions carried over from prior years primarily included severance costs of $2.3 million and facility exit and integration costs of $1.6 million related to production and administrative transfers of commercial products businesses.
 
Charges of $10 million recorded in 2005 related to the Program consisted of $5.7 million of severance and other employee benefit costs including a pension curtailment, $1.6 million for the write-down of equipment to fair market value, the write-off of leasehold improvements and inventory write-downs, and $2.7 million of other facility exit costs. A reduction of approximately 490 employees is expected as a result of projects initiated in 2005, of which approximately 250 employees have left the Company as of December 31, 2006 with the remainder expected in 2007. A portion of the severance costs were recorded based upon the affected employees’ remaining service period following announcement of the programs. Asset write-downs primarily consisted of the write-down of the assets of the outdoor, commercial facility to fair market value and other equipment write-downs to record the equipment at estimated salvage value. In addition to the above, the Company recorded expenses related to facility exit costs including plant shutdown and facility remediation.
 
In 2004, a $9.5 million pretax charge was recorded in connection with the Program. Of this amount, $1.3 million was recorded in Cost of goods sold as it related to product line inventory write-downs. The remaining $8.2 million of special charges related to severance ($3.3 million), asset write-downs ($2.1 million) and facility exit costs ($2.8 million). Severance costs were a direct result of the relocation of two manufacturing facilities, outsourcing of a manufacturing facility to a low cost country, as well as the relocation of one office providing administrative functions to South Carolina. Approximately 500 employees were affected by the actions approved


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between 2002 and 2004, of which approximately 360 had left the Company as of December 31, 2004, with the remainder separating in 2005.
 
Closure of a Wiring Device Factory
 
Also in 2004, the Company recorded pretax charges in connection with the closure of a wiring device factory in Puerto Rico. The $7.2 million special charge included $4.9 million of asset impairments including write-offs of leasehold improvements, and write-downs of equipment to fair market value, which approximated salvage value due to the overall age and location of the equipment. Severance costs of $2.0 million were recorded. In addition, $0.3 million was recorded related to facility exit costs.
 
The factory closed in the second quarter of 2005. Production activities were either outsourced or transferred to other existing facilities. In June 2005, the Company recorded an additional $0.9 million of pretax special charges consisting of $0.3 million of inventory write-downs and $0.6 million of facility related exit costs. Approximately 200 employees were impacted by this action, all of whom have left the Company as of December 31, 2006.
 
The following table sets forth the components of special charges recorded and accrued in 2004 — 2006 (in millions):
 
                                         
    Accrued
                         
    Beginning
          Cash
    Non-cash
    Accrued End
 
    of Year Balance     Provision     Expenditures     Write-downs     of Year Balance  
 
Lighting Business Integration Program:
                                       
2004
  $     $ 9.5     $ (4.8 )   $ (3.4 )   $ 1.3  
2005
    1.3       10.0       (5.9 )     (1.6 )     3.8 *
2006
    3.8       7.5       (2.2 )     (3.1 )     6.0 *
Wiring Device Factory Closure:
                                       
2004
  $     $ 7.2     $ (0.3 )   $ (4.9 )   $ 2.0  
2005
    2.0       0.9       (2.3 )     (0.3 )     0.3  
2006
    0.3             (0.3 )            
 
 
* Included in the accrued balance at December 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005 is $3.2 million and $3.0 million, respectively, of accrued pension curtailment costs classified in Other Non-Current Liabilities within the Consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2006 and 2005.
 
Note 3 — Business Acquisitions
 
On June 1, 2006, the Company purchased all of the outstanding common stock of Strongwell Lenoir City, Inc. for $117.4 million in cash. Strongwell Lenoir City, Inc. (renamed Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc.) has been added to the Power segment and the results of operations after June 1, 2006 are included in the Consolidated Financial Statements. The acquired business has manufacturing facilities in Lenoir City, TN and San Jose, CA. Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc. designs and manufactures precast polymer concrete products used to house underground equipment and also has a line of surface drain products. These products are sold to the electrical utility and telecommunications industries. Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc. complements the existing product lines and shares a similar customer base to the existing businesses within the Power segment.
 
On November 1, 2006, the Company purchased all of the outstanding common stock of Austdac for $28.1 million, net of $2.3 million of cash acquired. Austdac is based in New South Wales, Australia and manufactures a wide range of products used in harsh and hazardous applications in a variety of industries. Austdac has been added to the Industrial Technology segment.


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The Company is in the process of finalizing the determination of fair values of the underlying assets and liabilities and, as a result, the allocations of purchase price related to the acquisitions discussed above could change. The following table summarizes the preliminary allocations of the purchase price to estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of the purchase dates for the above noted acquired companies, in millions.
 
                 
    Lenoir City     Austdac  
 
Total purchase price including transaction expenses, net of cash acquired
  $ 117.4     $ 28.1  
                 
Fair value assigned to assets acquired
  $ 35.4     $ 9.5  
Fair value of liabilities assumed
    (8.3 )     (3.3 )
Amounts assigned to intangible assets
    28.7       7.6  
Amount allocated to goodwill
    61.6       14.3  
                 
Total allocation
  $ 117.4     $ 28.1  
                 
 
The fair value assigned to net assets acquired primarily relates to inventory and fixed assets. Intangible assets identified primarily consist of tradenames and customer lists. The tradenames are being amortized over a period of 30 years and customer lists are being amortized over a period of 7-10 years. The excess of purchase price over the fair values of assets acquired, liabilities assumed and identifiable intangible assets has been allocated to goodwill. All of the goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
 
In 2005, the Company acquired five businesses through separate transactions. Total cash expended in 2005 on these acquisitions, including fees and expenses and net of cash acquired, was $54.3 million. In 2006 the Company paid out an additional $0.2 million related to an acquisition in the Power segment.
 
A total of $23.9 million of purchase price including fees and expenses was attributable to the purchase of two businesses in the third quarter of 2005 in the Industrial Technology segment; one which manufactures pressure switches for industrial markets and the other which manufactures contactors and switches used in the locomotive and industrial markets.
 
A total of $11.8 million of purchase price including fees and expenses was attributable to the purchase in the third quarter of 2005 of a harsh and hazardous lighting company located in the United Kingdom, which was added to the Electrical segment.
 
A total of $18.6 million of purchase price including fees and expenses and net of cash acquired and debt assumed in 2005 and an additional $0.2 million in 2006 was attributable to the purchase of two businesses in the Power segment; a civil anchor business and a Brazilian manufacturer of surge arresters, cutouts and other products serving the utility industry.
 
The accounting for the purchase of these businesses acquired in 2005, including adjustments made in 2006, is complete as of December 31, 2006. The following table summarizes the final fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of December 31, 2006, in millions.
 
         
Total purchase price including transaction expenses, net of cash acquired
  $ 54.5  
         
Fair value assigned to net assets acquired
  $ 10.3  
Amounts assigned to intangible assets
    13.2  
Amount allocated to goodwill
    31.0  
         
Total allocation
  $ 54.5  
         
 
Intangible assets identified consist primarily of tradenames and customer lists. The tradenames are being amortized over a period of 30 years. The customer lists and other intangibles are generally amortized over periods ranging from 7-15 years. The excess of purchase price over the fair values of assets acquired, liabilities assumed and


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identifiable intangible assets has been allocated to goodwill. A majority of the goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
 
Note 4 — Receivables and Allowances
 
Receivables consist of the following components at December 31, (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Trade accounts receivable
  $ 368.2     $ 322.6  
Non-trade receivables
    10.1       9.3  
                 
Accounts receivable, gross
    378.3       331.9  
Allowance for credit memos, returns, and cash discounts
    (20.8 )     (17.3 )
Allowance for doubtful accounts
    (3.2 )     (4.2 )
                 
Total allowances
    (24.0 )     (21.5 )
                 
Accounts receivable, net
  $ 354.3     $ 310.4  
                 
 
Note 5 — Inventories
 
Inventories are classified as follows at December 31, (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Raw Material
  $ 106.6     $ 83.0  
Work-in-Process
    63.5       53.6  
Finished Goods
    239.6       151.6  
                 
      409.7       288.2  
Excess of FIFO over LIFO cost basis
    (71.5 )     (51.1 )
                 
Total
  $ 338.2     $ 237.1  
                 
 
Note 6 — Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
 
Changes in the carrying amounts of goodwill for the years ended December 31, 2006 and 2005, by segment, were as follows (in millions):
 
                                 
                Industrial
       
    Electrical     Power     Technology     Total  
 
Balance December 31, 2004
  $ 172.3     $ 112.7     $ 41.6     $ 326.6  
Acquisitions
    7.6       9.2       11.9       28.7  
Translation adjustments
    (4.0 )     0.2             (3.8 )
                                 
Balance December 31, 2005
    175.9       122.1       53.5       351.5  
                                 
Acquisitions
          61.8       16.4       78.2  
Translation adjustments
    5.5       1.0       0.5       7.0  
                                 
Balance December 31, 2006
  $ 181.4     $ 184.9     $ 70.4     $ 436.7  
                                 
 
In 2006 and 2005 the Company recorded additions to goodwill in connection with the purchase accounting for acquisitions. See also Note 3 — Business Acquisitions. Included in 2006 acquisitions in the Power segment is $61.6 million of goodwill from the acquisition of Hubbell Lenoir City, Inc. and $0.2 million related to a final adjustment of acquisition costs related to the 2005 acquisition of a Brazilian manufacturer serving the utility


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industry. Included in 2006 acquisitions in the Industrial Technology segment is $14.3 million of goodwill from the acquisition of Austdac and a $2.1 million adjustment to goodwill for the 2005 acquisition of a pressure switch business. In 2005, acquisitions consisted of the purchase of five separate businesses of which one is in the Electrical segment and two are in each of the Power and Industrial Technology segments.
 
Identifiable intangible assets are recorded in Intangible assets and other in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Identifiable intangible assets are comprised of the following (in millions):
 
                                 
    December 31,
    December 31,
 
    2006     2005  
          Accumulated
          Accumulated
 
    Gross Amount     Amortization     Gross Amount     Amortization  
 
Definite-lived:
                               
Patents and trademarks
  $ 36.8     $ (1.7 )   $ 6.7     $ (0.9 )
Other
    23.9       (6.1 )     16.8       (3.2 )
                                 
Total
    60.7       (7.8 )     23.5       (4.1 )
                                 
Indefinite-lived:
                               
Trademarks and other
    21.4             21.5        
                                 
Totals
  $ 82.1     $ (7.8 )   $ 45.0     $ (4.1 )
                                 
 
Other definite-lived intangibles consist primarily of customer relationships and technology.
 
Amortization expense in 2006 and 2005 was $3.5 million and $1.7 million, respectively. Amortization expense is expected to be $4.5 million in 2007, $4.3 million in 2008 and 2009, and $4.1 million in 2010 and 2011.
 
Note 7 — Investments
 
At December 31, 2006, available-for-sale investments consisted of variable rate demand notes. At December 31, 2005, available-for-sale investments consisted of auction rate securities, U.S. Treasury Notes, and municipal, corporate, and asset-backed bonds. These investments are stated at fair market value based on current quotes. At December 31, 2006, held-to-maturity investments consisted of Missouri state bonds. At December 31, 2005, held-to-maturity investments consisted of a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bond. These held-to-maturity investments have been stated at amortized cost. There were no securities during 2006 and 2005 that were classified as trading investments.
 
The following table sets forth selected data with respect to the Company’s investments at December 31, (in millions):
 
                                                                                 
    2006     2005  
          Gross
    Gross
                      Gross
    Gross
             
    Amortized
    Unrealized
    Unrealized
    Fair
    Carrying
    Amortized
    Unrealized
    Unrealized
    Fair
    Carrying
 
    Cost     Gains     Losses     Value     Value     Cost     Gains     Losses     Value     Value  
 
Available-For-Sale Investments
  $ 35.9     $     $     $ 35.9     $ 35.9     $ 179.4     $     $ (0.6 )   $ 178.8     $ 178.8  
                                                                                 
Held-To-Maturity Investments
  $ 0.3     $     $     $ 0.3     $ 0.3     $ 21.3     $ 0.1     $     $ 21.4     $ 21.3  
                                                                                 
Total Investments
  $ 36.2     $     $     $ 36.2     $ 36.2     $ 200.7     $ 0.1     $ (0.6 )   $ 200.2     $ 200.1  
                                                                                 


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Contractual maturities of available-for-sale and held-to-maturity investments at December 31, 2006 were as follows (in millions):
 
                 
    Amortized
    Fair
 
    Cost     Value  
 
Available-For-Sale Investments
               
Due after 10 years
  $ 35.9     $ 35.9  
                 
Total
  $ 35.9     $ 35.9  
                 
Held-To-Maturity Investments
               
Due within 1 year
  $ 0.1     $ 0.1  
After 1 year but within 5 years
    0.2       0.2  
                 
Total
  $ 0.3     $ 0.3  
                 
 
Included in the available-for-sale amounts above are variable rate demand notes of $35.9 million and auction rate securities of $100 million as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. These securities are reset to current interest rates periodically, typically every 28, 35 or 49 days. The 2006 amounts have been classified as having maturities beyond ten years in the table above.
 
In 2006, the Company recorded a $0.3 million credit to net unrealized gain/(loss) on available-for-sale securities that has been included in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax. In both 2005 and 2004, the Company recorded $0.3 million of charges to net unrealized gains/(loss). The cost basis used in computing the gain or loss on these securities was through specific identification. Realized gains and losses were immaterial in 2006, 2005 and 2004.
 
Note 8 — Property, Plant, and Equipment
 
Property, plant, and equipment, carried at cost, is summarized as follows at December 31, (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Land
  $ 30.9     $ 23.5  
Buildings and improvements
    166.9       159.5  
Machinery, tools and equipment
    526.2       514.0  
Construction-in-progress
    65.7       24.0  
                 
Gross property, plant, and equipment
    789.7       721.0  
Less accumulated depreciation
    (471.2 )     (453.2 )
                 
Net property, plant, and equipment
  $ 318.5     $ 267.8  
                 
 
Depreciable lives on buildings range between 20-40 years. Depreciable lives on machinery, tools, and equipment range between 3-20 years. The Company recorded depreciation expense of $42.3 million, $42.7 million and $45.1 million for 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively.
 
In the fourth quarter of 2005, the Company sold a factory/office building within the Electrical segment and entered into a sale-leaseback transaction for a term of five years for a portion of the facility. In connection with the sale of the building in 2005, the Company recorded cash proceeds of $11.6 million and recorded a $1.3 million receivable for additional cash proceeds which were received in 2006. The sales transaction resulted in a prior year gain of $7.9 million of which $4.9 million was recognized as a reduction of S&A expenses in 2005 and $3.0 million was deferred and is being recognized as a reduction of rent expense over the five year lease term.


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Note 9 — Other Accrued Liabilities
 
Other Accrued Liabilities consists of the following at December 31, (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Insurance accruals
  $ 42.8     $ 38.2  
Customer program incentives
    28.1       21.2  
Other
    39.0       30.4  
                 
Total
  $ 109.9     $ 89.8  
                 
 
Note 10 — Other Non-Current Liabilities
 
Other Non-Current Liabilities consists of the following at December 31, (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Pensions
  $ 79.2     $ 38.6  
Other postretirement benefits
    33.6       32.0  
Deferred tax liabilities
    22.0       19.6  
Other
    19.6       19.0  
                 
Total
  $ 154.4     $ 109.2  
                 
 
Note 11 — Retirement Benefits
 
The Company has funded and unfunded non-contributory U.S. and foreign defined benefit pension plans. Benefits under these plans are generally provided based on either years of service and final average pay or a specified dollar amount per year of service. The Company also maintains four defined contribution plans.
 
Effective January 1, 2004, the defined benefit pension plan for U.S. salaried and non-collectively bargained hourly employees was closed to employees hired on or after January 1, 2004. Effective January 1, 2006, the defined benefit pension plan for the Hubbell Canada salaried employees was closed to existing employees who did not meet certain age and service requirements as well as all new employees hired on or after January 1, 2006. Effective January 1, 2007 the defined benefit plan for Hubbell’s U.K. operations was closed to all new employees hired on or after January 1, 2007. These U.S., Canadian and U.K. employees are eligible instead for defined contribution plans.
 
The Company also has health care and life insurance benefit plans covering eligible employees who reached retirement age while working for the Company. These benefits were discontinued in 1991 for substantially all future retirees, with the exception of Anderson Electrical Products which discontinued its plan for future retirees in 2004 and A.B. Chance Company which still maintains a limited retiree medical plan for its union employees. The plans anticipate future cost-sharing changes that are consistent with the Company’s past practices.
 
None of the acquisitions in 2006 or 2005 impacted defined benefit pension or other benefit assets or liabilities.
 
The Company uses a December 31 measurement date for all of its plans. No amendments made in 2006 to the defined benefit pension plans had a significant impact on the total pension benefit obligation. Amendments made during 2005 to the Company’s defined benefit plans decreased the total pension benefit obligation by $1.4 million.


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The following table sets forth the reconciliation of beginning and ending balances of the benefit obligations and the plan assets for the Company’s defined benefit pension and other benefit plans at December 31, (in millions):
 
                                 
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2006     2005     2006     2005  
 
Change in benefit obligation
                               
Benefit obligation at beginning of year
  $ 580.4     $ 512.4     $ 41.3     $ 40.3  
Service cost
    17.9       16.1       0.3       0.8  
Interest cost
    30.9       29.1       2.1       2.1  
Plan participants’ contributions
    0.6       0.6              
Amendments
          (1.4 )     (0.2 )      
Curtailment and settlement loss
    0.7       3.1              
Special termination benefits
                0.4        
Actuarial loss (gain)
    (11.2 )     44.8       (7.5 )     1.0  
Benefits paid
    (27.9 )     (24.3 )     (2.8 )     (2.9 )
                                 
Benefit obligation at end of year
  $ 591.4     $ 580.4     $ 33.6     $ 41.3  
                                 
Change in plan assets
                               
Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year
  $ 481.9     $ 426.6     $     $  
Actual return on plan assets
    66.2       44.4              
Employer contributions
    10.8       34.6              
Plan participants’ contributions
    0.6       0.6              
Benefits paid
    (27.9 )     (24.3 )            
                                 
Fair value of plan assets at end of year
  $ 531.6     $ 481.9     $     $  
                                 
Funded status
  $ (59.8 )   $ (98.5 )   $ (33.6 )   $ (41.3 )
Unrecognized net actuarial loss
          99.7             11.6  
Unrecognized prior service cost
          1.7             (2.3 )
                                 
Prepaid (accrued) benefit cost
  $ (59.8 )   $ 2.9     $ (33.6 )   $ (32.0 )
                                 
Amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheet consist of:
                               
Prepaid pensions
  $ 22.5     $ 34.8     $     $  
Accrued benefit liability (short-term and long-term)
    (82.3 )     (39.0 )     (33.6 )     (32.0 )
Intangible asset
          0.6              
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), pretax
          6.5              
                                 
Net amount recognized
  $ (59.8 )   $ 2.9     $ (33.6 )   $ (32.0 )
                                 
Pretax amounts recognized in Accumulated other comprehensive income consist of:
                               
Net actuarial loss
  $ 57.0     $     $ 3.6     $  
Prior service cost (credit)
    1.5             (2.4 )      
Transition obligation
                       
                                 
Net amount recognized
  $ 58.5     $     $ 1.2     $  
                                 


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The accumulated benefit obligation for all defined benefit pension plans was $523.3 million and $515.4 million at December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Information with respect to plans with accumulated benefit obligations in excess of plan assets is as follows (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Projected benefit obligation
  $ 64.4     $ 65.0  
Accumulated benefit obligation
  $ 54.2     $ 56.1  
Fair value of plan assets
  $ 8.0     $ 8.7  
 
In accordance with SFAS No. 87, “Employers’ Accounting for Pensions”, additional liabilities to recognize the required minimum liability were as follows (in millions):
 
                 
    2006     2005  
 
Minimum liability included in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss):
               
Increase (decrease) in minimum liability included in other comprehensive income
  $ (3.4 )   $ 3.6  
 
No amortization of unrecognized loss (gain) or prior service cost (credit) was recognized in Accumulated other comprehensive income during either 2005 or 2006. The estimated unrecognized net loss and prior service (credit) for the defined benefit pension plans that will amortize from Accumulated other comprehensive income into net periodic benefit cost in 2007 are $2.1 million and ($0.3) million, respectively. The estimated prior service (credit) for other postretirement benefit plans that will amortize from Accumulated other comprehensive income into net periodic benefit cost in 2007 is ($0.2) million.
 
The following table summarizes the effect of the additional minimum liability (“AML”) and the initial adoption of SFAS No. 158 (in millions):
 
                                 
    December 31, 2006
                December 31, 2006
 
    Before Application
                After Application
 
    of AML and
    AML
    SFAS No. 158
    of AML and
 
    SFAS No. 158     Adjustment     Adjustment     SFAS No. 158  
 
Pension and OPEB deferred taxes, net
  $ 9.4     $ (1.3 )   $ 19.7     $ 27.8  
Pension intangible
    0.6       0.4       (1.0 )      
Prepaid pension
    40.5             (18.0 )     22.5  
Pension liabilities
    (48.9 )     2.9       (36.3 )     (82.3 )
Postretirement liabilities
    (32.4 )           (1.2 )     (33.6 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income-pension
    4.1       (2.1 )     36.8       38.8  


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The following table sets forth the components of pension and other benefits cost for the years ended December 31, (in millions):
 
                                                         
    Pension Benefits     Other Benefits  
    2006     2005     2004     2006     2005     2004  
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost
                                                       
Service cost
  $ 17.9     $ 16.1     $ 13.9             $ 0.3     $ 0.8     $ 0.4  
Interest cost
    30.9       29.1       27.9               2.1       2.1       2.6  
Expected return on plan assets
    (37.5 )     (33.9 )     (28.7 )                          
Amortization of prior service cost
    (0.4 )