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Why did the Company’s North America business change its accounting methodology from LIFO to FIFO?

Effective January 1, 2021, the Company changed its accounting principle for inventory valuation for inventories located in the U.S. from a last-in, first-out ("LIFO") basis to a first-in, first-out ("FIFO") basis.

We believe this change in accounting principle is preferable as it:

  1. is consistent with how we internally manage our business
  2. results in a more consistent method to value our inventory across regions
  3. provides better comparability with our peers
  4. the FIFO method better reflects our current cost of inventory.
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What is the expected impact of the LIFO to FIFO change on 2021 results?

In Q1 2021, the change from LIFO to FIFO increased EBIT by $3M and earnings per diluted share by 0.03.

Consistent with Q1 2021 results, we expect the impact on our full-year 2021 results to be immaterial.

For additional information on the impact of the LIFO to FIFO change on past periods (2018 - 2020), please refer to our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for quarter ended March 31, 2021, our Form 8-K filed on April 22, 2021, and the ‘Recast Historical Financial Data’ page in the ‘Financial Information’ section of the IR website.

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