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MIDD Middleby

Filed: 10 Nov 21, 4:01pm

UNITED STATES
 
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
 
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-Q 
 
(Mark One)
Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the quarterly period ended October 2, 2021
or
Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Commission File No. 1-9973
 
THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)  
Delaware36-3352497
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)(IRS Employer Identification Number)
 
 
1400 Toastmaster Drive,Elgin,Illinois60120
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:(847)741-3300
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes x No o   
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes x   No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “accelerated filer," "large accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filerNon-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting companyEmerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading Symbol(s)Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common StockMIDDNasdaq Global Select Market
As of November 5, 2021, there were 55,626,327 shares of the registrant's common stock outstanding.



THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
 
QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 2, 2021
  
INDEX
DESCRIPTIONPAGE
PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
  
Item 1. 
   
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS as of OCTOBER 2, 2021 and JANUARY 2, 2021
  
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME for the three and nine months ended OCTOBER 2, 2021 and SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY for the three and nine months ended OCTOBER 2, 2021 and SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS for the nine months ended OCTOBER 2, 2021 and SEPTEMBER 26, 2020
 
  
Item 2.
  
Item 3.
  
Item 4.
  
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
  
Item 2.
  
Item 6.



PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
(Unaudited)
 
ASSETSOct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents$251,476 $268,103 
Accounts receivable, net of reserve for doubtful accounts of $19,440 and $19,225466,487 363,361 
Inventories, net686,043 540,198 
Prepaid expenses and other82,582 81,049 
Prepaid taxes21,149 17,782 
Total current assets1,507,737 1,270,493 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $256,701 and $229,871370,266 344,482 
Goodwill2,106,182 1,934,261 
Other intangibles, net of amortization of $458,451 and $403,3471,574,601 1,450,381 
Long-term deferred tax assets83,589 76,052 
Other assets130,476 126,805 
Total assets$5,772,851 $5,202,474 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Current liabilities:  
Current maturities of long-term debt$21,553 $22,944 
Accounts payable254,287 182,773 
Accrued expenses546,996 494,541 
Total current liabilities822,836 700,258 
Long-term debt1,866,022 1,706,652 
Long-term deferred tax liability165,100 147,224 
Accrued pension benefits432,909 469,500 
Other non-current liabilities187,014 202,191 
Stockholders' equity:  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; nonvoting; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued— — 
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 63,654,275 and 63,651,773 shares issued in 2021 and 2020, respectively147 147 
Paid-in capital381,014 433,308 
Treasury stock, at cost; 8,027,948 and 8,013,296 shares in 2021 and 2020(539,611)(537,134)
Retained earnings2,959,625 2,568,756 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(502,205)(488,428)
Total stockholders' equity2,298,970 1,976,649 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$5,772,851 $5,202,474 
 


See accompanying notes
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THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Net sales$817,545 $634,525 $2,384,376 $1,783,961 
Cost of sales517,918 411,776 1,505,149 1,157,896 
Gross profit299,627 222,749 879,227 626,065 
Selling, general and administrative expenses175,354 128,814 496,022 384,580 
Restructuring expenses791 7,263 2,596 10,281 
Merger termination fee(110,000)— (110,000)— 
Loss (gain) on sale of plant— — (763)— 
Income from operations233,482 86,672 491,372 231,204 
Interest expense and deferred financing amortization, net13,192 18,418 43,481 55,881 
Net periodic pension benefit (other than service costs)(11,363)(10,149)(34,268)(30,004)
Other expense (income), net794 (294)(1,366)3,414 
Earnings before income taxes230,859 78,697 483,525 201,913 
Provision for income taxes54,893 18,181 97,711 46,456 
Net earnings$175,966 $60,516 $385,814 $155,457 
Net earnings per share:  
Basic$3.19 $1.10 $6.99 $2.82 
Diluted$3.09 $1.10 $6.83 $2.82 
Weighted average number of shares  
Basic55,232 54,982 55,225 55,104 
Dilutive common stock equivalents1,707 118 1,301 48 
Diluted56,939 55,100 56,526 55,152 
Comprehensive income$163,011 $82,887 $372,037 $133,201 
 



















See accompanying notes
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THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Common
Stock
Paid-in
Capital
Treasury
Stock
Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income/(loss)
Total
Stockholders'
Equity
Balance, July 3, 2021$147 $370,816 $(539,496)$2,783,659 $(489,250)$2,125,876 
Net earnings— — — 175,966 — 175,966 
Currency translation adjustments— — — — (21,881)(21,881)
Change in unrecognized pension benefit costs, net of tax of $1,296— — — — 5,870 5,870 
Unrealized gain on interest rate swap, net of tax of $1,065— — — — 3,056 3,056 
Stock compensation— 10,198 — — — 10,198 
Purchase of treasury stock— — (115)— — (115)
Balance, October 2, 2021$147 $381,014 $(539,611)$2,959,625 $(502,205)$2,298,970 
Balance, January 2, 2021$147 $433,308 $(537,134)$2,568,756 $(488,428)$1,976,649 
Net earnings— — — 385,814 — 385,814 
Adoption of ASU 2020-06 (1)
— (79,430)— 5,055 — (74,375)
Currency translation adjustments— — — — (33,000)(33,000)
Change in unrecognized pension benefit costs, net of tax of $673— — — — 3,052 3,052 
Unrealized gain on interest rate swap, net of tax of $5,637— — — — 16,171 16,171 
Stock compensation— 27,136 — — — 27,136 
Purchase of treasury stock— — (2,477)— — (2,477)
Balance, October 2, 2021$147 $381,014 $(539,611)$2,959,625 $(502,205)$2,298,970 

(1) As of January 3, 2021 the company adopted ASU No. 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity using the modified retrospective method. The adoption of this guidance resulted in a $79.4 million reduction to paid-in capital, net of tax of $25.5 million, and the recognition of $5.1 million as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings, net of tax of $1.6 million.


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THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Common
Stock
Paid-in
Capital
Treasury
Stock
Retained
Earnings
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income/(loss)
Total
Stockholders'
Equity
Balance, June 27, 2020$145 $406,640 $(528,111)$2,456,403 $(395,560)$1,939,517 
Net earnings— — — 60,516 — 60,516 
Currency translation adjustments— — — — 25,851 25,851 
Change in unrecognized pension benefit costs, net of tax of $(1,283)— — — — (6,133)(6,133)
Unrealized gain on interest rate swap, net of tax of $960— — — — 2,653 2,653 
Stock compensation— 5,300 — — — 5,300 
Stock issuance3,705 — — — 3,706 
Purchase of treasury stock— — (395)— — (395)
Equity component of issuance of convertible notes— 307 — — — 307 
Balance, September 26, 2020$146 $415,952 $(528,506)$2,516,919 $(373,189)$2,031,322 
Balance, December 28, 2019$145 $387,402 $(451,262)$2,361,462 $(350,933)$1,946,814 
Net earnings— — — 155,457 — 155,457 
Currency translation adjustments— — — — (3,213)(3,213)
Change in unrecognized pension benefit costs, net of tax of $1,308— — — — 6,184 6,184 
Unrealized (loss) on interest rate swap, net of tax of $(9,303)— — — — (25,227)(25,227)
Stock compensation— 14,422 — — — 14,422 
Stock issuance13,821 — — — 13,822 
Purchase of treasury stock— — (77,244)— — (77,244)
Equity component of issuance of convertible notes— 307 — — — 307 
Balance, September 26, 2020$146 $415,952 $(528,506)$2,516,919 $(373,189)$2,031,322 

    



















See accompanying notes
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THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)
 Nine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Cash flows from operating activities--  
Net earnings$385,814 $155,457 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities--  
Depreciation and amortization90,672 81,594 
Amortization of discount and issuance costs on convertible notes— 2,130 
Non-cash share-based compensation27,136 14,422 
Deferred income taxes(5,704)11,696 
Net periodic pension benefit (other than service costs)(34,268)(30,004)
Gain on sale of plant(763)— 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions  
Accounts receivable, net(97,355)69,176 
Inventories, net(134,523)43,188 
Prepaid expenses and other assets11,132 16,576 
Accounts payable61,286 (28,171)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities42,613 (19,882)
Net cash provided by operating activities346,040 316,182 
Cash flows from investing activities--  
Net additions to property, plant and equipment(29,732)(29,776)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment6,062 9,381 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired(389,009)(33,144)
Net cash used in investing activities(412,679)(53,539)
Cash flows from financing activities--  
Proceeds under Credit Facility485,976 2,547,305 
Repayments under Credit Facility(421,550)(3,217,507)
Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes, net of issuance costs— 729,933 
Premiums paid for capped call— (104,650)
Net (repayments) proceeds under international credit facilities(1,473)2,033 
Net repayments under other debt arrangement(254)(34)
Payments of deferred purchase price(5,861)(3,700)
Repurchase of treasury stock(2,477)(77,244)
Debt issuance costs on Credit Facility— (10,974)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities54,361 (134,838)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(4,349)(1,995)
Changes in cash and cash equivalents--  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(16,627)125,810 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year268,103 94,500 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$251,476 $220,310 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Stock issuance related to acquisition$— $3,706 
 

See accompanying notes
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THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
OCTOBER 2, 2021
(Unaudited)
1)Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
a)Basis of Presentation
The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by The Middleby Corporation (the "company" or “Middleby”), pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The financial statements are unaudited and certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations, although the company believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information not misleading. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes contained in the company's 2020 Form 10-K. The company’s interim results are not necessarily indicative of future full year results for the fiscal year 2021. 
In the opinion of management, the financial statements contain all adjustments, which are normal and recurring in nature, necessary to present fairly the financial position of the company as of October 2, 2021 and January 2, 2021, the results of operations for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, cash flows for the nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020 and statement of stockholders' equity for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020.
Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires the company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses. Significant estimates and assumptions are used for, but are not limited to, allowances for doubtful accounts, reserves for excess and obsolete inventories, long-lived and intangible assets, warranty reserves, insurance reserves, income tax reserves, non-cash share-based compensation and post-retirement obligations. Actual results could differ from the company's estimates.
b)Non-Cash Share-Based Compensation
The company estimates the fair value of market-based stock awards and stock options at the time of grant and recognizes compensation cost over the vesting period of the awards and options. Non-cash share-based compensation expense was $10.2 million and $5.3 million for the three months period ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively. Non-cash share-based compensation expense was $27.1 million and $14.4 million for the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively.
c)Income Taxes
A tax provision of $54.9 million, at an effective rate of 23.8% was recorded during the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to a $18.2 million tax provision at an effective rate of 23.1% in the prior year period. A tax provision of $97.7 million, at an effective rate of 20.2%, was recorded during the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to a $46.5 million tax provision at a 23.0% effective rate in the prior year period.

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d)Fair Value Measures 
Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 820 "Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures" defines fair value as the price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. ASC 820 establishes a fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value into the following levels:
Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
Level 2 – Inputs, other than quoted prices in active markets, that are observable either directly or indirectly.
Level 3 – Unobservable inputs based the company's own assumptions.
The company’s financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value and are categorized using the fair value hierarchy are as follows (in thousands):
Fair Value
Level 1
Fair Value
Level 2
Fair Value
Level 3
Total
As of October 2, 2021
Financial Assets:
    Interest rate swaps$— $1,465 $— $1,465 
Financial Liabilities:
    Interest rate swaps$— $30,750 $— $30,750 
    Contingent consideration$— $— $25,251 $25,251 
    Foreign exchange derivative contracts$— $3,400 $— $3,400 
As of January 2, 2021
Financial Liabilities:
    Interest rate swaps$— $51,093 $— $51,093 
    Contingent consideration$— $— $25,558 $25,558 
    Foreign exchange derivative contracts$— $2,191 $— $2,191 
The contingent consideration as of October 2, 2021 and January 2, 2021, relates to the earnout provisions recorded in conjunction with various purchase agreements. The earnout provisions associated with these acquisitions are based upon performance measurements related to sales and earnings, as defined in the respective purchase agreement. On a quarterly basis, the company assesses the projected results for each acquired business in comparison to the earnout targets and adjusts the liability accordingly.
e)    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Cash paid for interest was $38.5 million and $51.1 million for the nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively. Cash payments totaling $98.9 million and $28.0 million were made for income taxes for the nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively.
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f)    Earnings Per Share
“Basic earnings per share” is calculated based upon the weighted average number of common shares actually outstanding, and “diluted earnings per share” is calculated based upon the weighted average number of common shares outstanding and other dilutive securities.
The company’s potentially dilutive securities consist of shares issuable on vesting of restricted stock grants computed using the treasury method and amounted to 28,102 and 118,143 for the three months ended October 2, 2021, and September 26, 2020, respectively. The company’s potentially dilutive securities consist of shares issuable on vesting of restricted stock grants computed using the treasury method and amounted to 16,342 and 47,555 for the nine months ended October 2, 2021, and September 26, 2020, respectively. For the nine months ended October 2, 2021, the average market price of the company's common stock exceeded the exercise price of the Convertible Notes (as defined below) resulting in 1,678,501 and 1,284,381 diluted common stock equivalents to be included in the diluted net earnings per share for the three and nine months ended October 2, 2021, respectively. There have been no conversions to date. See Note 12, Financing Arrangements for further details on the Convertible Notes. There were no anti-dilutive restricted stock grants excluded from common stock equivalents in any period presented.
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2)    Acquisitions and Purchase Accounting

The company accounts for all business combinations using the acquisition method to record a new cost basis for the assets acquired and liabilities assumed. The difference between the purchase price and the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed has been recorded as goodwill in the financial statements. The company recognizes identifiable intangible assets, primarily trade names and customer relationships, at their fair value using a discounted cash flow model. The significant assumptions used to estimate the value of the intangible assets include revenue growth rates, projected profit margins, discount rates, royalty rates, and customer attrition rates. These significant assumptions are forward-looking and could be affected by future economic and market conditions. The results of operations are reflected in the consolidated financial statements of the company from the dates of acquisition.

Termination of Welbilt Merger

As previously disclosed, on April 20, 2021, Middleby, entered into a Merger Agreement with Welbilt, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Welbilt"), Middleby Marshall Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Middleby ("Acquiror") and Mosaic Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and direct wholly owned subsidiary of Acquiror ("Merger Sub"), which provided that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Merger Sub would merge with and into Welbilt, with Welbilt surviving as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Middleby.

As previously disclosed, on July 13, 2021, Middleby announced that, under the terms of the Merger Agreement, it would not exercise its right to propose any modifications to the terms of the Merger Agreement and would allow the five-day match period to expire. Accordingly, on July 14, 2021, Welbilt delivered to Middleby a written notice terminating the Merger Agreement in accordance with Section 7.1(c)(iii) of the Merger Agreement and, concurrently with Middleby’s receipt of the termination fee of $110.0 million in cash from Welbilt, the Merger Agreement was terminated on July 14, 2021.

The termination fee received is reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income as the "merger termination fee" and $19.7 million of deal costs associated with the transaction are reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

The following represents the company's significant acquisitions in 2021 and 2020 as well as summarized information on various acquisitions that were not individually material.















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2020 Acquisitions
During 2020, the company completed various acquisitions that were not individually material. The estimated fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed are based on the information that was available as of the acquisition dates for the 2020 acquisitions and are summarized as follows (in thousands):
Preliminary Opening Balance SheetPreliminary Measurement
Period
Adjustments
Adjusted Opening Balance Sheet
Cash$14,647 $— $14,647 
Current assets43,670 (13,391)30,279 
Property, plant and equipment3,014 (241)2,773 
Goodwill55,335 3,740 59,075 
Other intangibles63,201 (4,375)58,826 
Other assets6,121 52 6,173 
Current liabilities(54,478)13,037 (41,441)
Long-term deferred tax liability(123)387 264 
Other non-current liabilities(21,902)791 (21,111)
Consideration paid at closing$109,485 $— $109,485 
Deferred payments8,666 (468)8,198 
Contingent consideration16,144 (836)15,308 
Net assets acquired and liabilities assumed$134,295 $(1,304)$132,991 
The long-term deferred tax asset amounted to $0.3 million and is related to the difference between the book and tax basis on other assets and liability accounts.
The goodwill and $15.7 million of other intangibles associated with the trade names are subject to the non-amortization provisions of ASC 350. Other intangibles also include $10.6 million allocated to customer relationships, $26.2 million allocated to developed technology and $6.3 million allocated to backlog, which are being amortized over periods of 6 to 9 years, 6 to 12 years, and 3 to 9 months, respectively. Goodwill of $59.1 million and other intangibles of $58.8 million of the companies are allocated to the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group for segment reporting purposes. Of these assets, goodwill of $24.4 million and intangibles of $58.5 million are expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
Several purchase agreements include deferred payment and earnout provisions providing for contingent payments due to the sellers to the extent certain financial targets are exceeded. The deferred payments are payable between 2021 and 2022. The contractual obligations associated with the deferred payments on the acquisition date amount to $8.2 million. The earnouts are payable between 2021 and 2023, if the company exceeds certain sales and earnings targets. The contractual obligations associated with the contingent earnout provisions recognized on the acquisition date amount to $15.3 million.
The company believes that information gathered to date provides a reasonable basis for estimating the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed, but the company is waiting for additional information necessary to finalize those fair values for various 2020 acquisitions. Thus, the provisional measurements of fair values set forth above are subject to change. The company expects to complete the purchase price allocation as soon as practicable but no later than one year from the acquisition date.
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Novy Invest NV
On July 12, 2021, the company completed its acquisition of all of the capital stock of Novy Invest NV ("Novy"), a leading manufacturer of premium residential ventilation hoods and cook tops located in Belgium, for a purchase price of approximately $250.9 million, net of cash acquired.
The following estimated fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed are provisional and are based on the information that was available as of the acquisition date to estimate the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed (in thousands):
Preliminary Opening Balance Sheet
Cash$16,152 
Current assets23,762 
Property, plant and equipment17,058 
Goodwill142,741 
Other intangibles126,557 
Other assets26 
Current liabilities(23,440)
Long-term deferred tax liability(33,918)
Other non-current liabilities(1,930)
Net assets acquired and liabilities assumed$267,008 
The long-term deferred tax liability amounted to $33.9 million. The deferred tax liability is comprised of $31.6 million related to the difference between the book and tax basis of identifiable intangible assets and $2.3 million related to the difference between the book and tax basis on identifiable tangible asset and liability accounts.

The goodwill and $89.5 million of other intangibles associated with the trade names are subject to the non-amortization provisions of ASC 350. Other intangibles also include $33.9 million allocated to customer relationships, $2.3 million allocated to developed technology and $0.9 million allocated to backlog, which are being amortized over periods of 7 years, 7 years, and 3 months, respectively. Goodwill of $142.7 million and other intangibles of $126.6 million of the company are allocated to the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group for segment reporting purposes. Goodwill and other intangibles are not expected to be deductible for tax purposes.




















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Imperial Manufacturing Company
On September 24, 2021, the company completed its acquisition of all of the capital stock of Spenuzza, Inc. (dba Imperial Manufacturing Company) ("Imperial") located in Corona, CA, a manufacturer of ranges, fryers, ovens, countertop equipment and other specialty cooking products for commercial kitchens, for a purchase price of approximately $127.3 million, net of cash acquired.
The following estimated fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed are provisional and are based on the information that was available as of the acquisition date to estimate the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed (in thousands):
Preliminary Opening Balance Sheet
Cash$347 
Current assets8,070 
Property, plant and equipment19,120 
Goodwill42,570 
Other intangibles65,230 
Other assets
Current liabilities(7,701)
Net assets acquired and liabilities assumed$127,642 
The goodwill and $35.5 million of other intangibles associated with the trade names are subject to the non-amortization provisions of ASC 350. Other intangibles also include $28.3 million allocated to customer relationships, $0.9 million allocated to developed technology and $0.6 million allocated to backlog, which are being amortized over periods of 7 years, 7 years, and 3 months, respectively. Goodwill of $42.6 million and other intangibles of $65.2 million of the company are allocated to the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group for segment reporting purposes and are expected to be deductible for tax purposes.
The company believes that information gathered to date provides a reasonable basis for estimating the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed, but the company is waiting for additional information necessary to finalize those fair values for all 2021 acquisitions to date. Thus, the provisional measurements of fair values set forth above are subject to change. The company expects to complete the purchase price allocation as soon as practicable but no later than one year from the acquisition date.
Pro Forma Financial Information
 
In accordance with ASC 805 Business Combinations, the following unaudited pro forma results of operations for the nine months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, assumes the 2020 and 2021 acquisitions described above were completed on December 29, 2019 (first day of fiscal year 2020). The following pro forma results include adjustments to reflect amortization of intangibles associated with the acquisition and the effects of adjustments made to the carrying value of certain assets (in thousands, except per share data): 
Nine Months Ended
 October 2, 2021September 26, 2020
Net sales$2,472,306 $1,899,883 
Net earnings407,715 155,067 
Net earnings per share:  
Basic$7.38 $2.81 
Diluted$7.21 $2.81 
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The historical consolidated financial information of the company and the acquisitions have been adjusted in the pro forma information to give effect to pro forma events that are (1) directly attributable to the transactions, (2) factually supportable and (3) expected to have a continuing impact on the combined results. Pro forma data may not be indicative of the results that would have been obtained had these acquisitions occurred at the beginning of the periods presented, nor is it intended to be a projection of future results. Additionally, the pro forma financial information does not reflect the costs which the company has incurred or may incur to integrate the acquired businesses.
3)    Litigation Matters
From time to time, the company is subject to proceedings, lawsuits and other claims related to products, suppliers, employees, customers and competitors. The company maintains insurance to partially cover product liability, workers compensation, property and casualty, and general liability matters. The company is required to assess the likelihood of any adverse judgments or outcomes to these matters as well as potential ranges of probable losses. A determination of the amount of accrual required, if any, for these contingencies is made after assessment of each matter and the related insurance coverage. The required accrual may change in the future due to new developments or changes in approach such as a change in settlement strategy in dealing with these matters. The company does not believe that any pending litigation will have a material effect on its financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
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4)    Recently Issued Accounting Standards
Accounting Pronouncements - Recently Adopted
In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, “Debt-Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging- Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity”, which simplifies the accounting for convertible instruments by eliminating the requirement to separate embedded conversion features from the host contract when the conversion features are not required to be accounted for as derivatives under Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or that do not result in substantial premiums accounted for as paid-in capital. By removing the separation model, a convertible debt instrument is reported as a single liability instrument with no separate accounting for embedded conversion features. This new standard also removes certain settlement conditions that are required for contracts to qualify for equity classification and simplifies the diluted earnings per share calculations by requiring that an entity use the if-converted method and that the effect of potential share settlement be included in diluted earnings per share calculations. Effective January 3, 2021, the company early adopted ASU 2020-06 using the modified retrospective approach. Adoption of the new standard resulted in an increase to the opening balance of retained earnings of $5.1 million, a decrease to additional paid-in capital of $79.4 million, and an increase to convertible senior notes of $98.4 million. In addition, the company ceased recording non-cash interest expense associated with amortization of the debt discount and calculates earnings per share using the if-converted method to the extent those shares are not anti-dilutive.
In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, "Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (Topic 740)", which removes certain exceptions related to the approach for intra-period tax allocation, the methodology for calculating income taxes in an interim period and the recognition of deferred tax liabilities for outside basis differences. This guidance also clarifies and simplifies other areas of ASC 740. This guidance is effective for annual reporting periods, and interim periods within those reporting periods, beginning after December 15, 2020 with early adoption permitted. The company adopted this guidance on January 3, 2021, and it did not have a material impact on the company's Consolidated Financial Statements upon adoption.
In January 2021, the FASB issued ASU 2021-01, "Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848)," which clarified that certain optional expedients and exceptions in Topic 848 for contract modifications and hedge accounting apply to derivatives that are affected by the discounting transition related to reference rate reform. The amendments in this update were effective immediately for all entities. The adoption of this guidance did not materially impact the company's Consolidated Financial Statements.

Accounting Pronouncements - To be adopted
On May 3, 2021, the FASB issued ASU 2021-04, Earnings Per Share (Topic 260), Debt—Modifications and Extinguishments (Subtopic 470-50), Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718), and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Issuer’s Accounting for Certain Modifications or Exchanges of Freestanding Equity-Classified Written Call Options. This new standard provides clarification and reduces diversity in an issuer’s accounting for modifications or exchanges of freestanding equity-classified written call options (such as warrants) that remain equity classified after modification or exchange. This guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. The company is currently evaluating the impacts the adoption of this guidance will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements and disclosures.

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5)    Revenue Recognition

Disaggregation of Revenue

The company disaggregates its net sales by reportable operating segment and geographical location as the company believes it best depicts how the nature, timing and uncertainty of its net sales and cash flows are affected by economic factors. In general, the Commercial Foodservice Equipment and Residential Foodservice Equipment Groups recognize revenue at the point in time control transfers to their customers based on contractual shipping terms. Revenue from equipment sold under the company's long-term contracts within the Food Processing Equipment group is recognized over time as the equipment is manufactured and assembled. The following table summarizes the company's net sales by reportable operating segment and geographical location (in thousands):
 Commercial
 Foodservice
Food ProcessingResidential KitchenTotal
Three Months Ended October 2, 2021   
United States and Canada$366,619 $84,443 $113,230 $564,292 
Asia49,489 4,257 2,741 56,487 
Europe and Middle East82,881 14,332 76,310 173,523 
Latin America12,491 9,638 1,114 23,243 
Total$511,480 $112,670 $193,395 $817,545 
Nine Months Ended October 2, 2021   
United States and Canada$1,064,482 $259,577 $335,138 $1,659,197 
Asia146,849 10,713 7,631 165,193 
Europe and Middle East255,649 56,507 181,359 493,515 
Latin America34,433 28,375 3,663 66,471 
Total$1,501,413 $355,172 $527,791 $2,384,376 
Three Months Ended September 26, 2020
United States and Canada$265,793 $82,126 $97,318 $445,237 
Asia39,864 4,711 1,875 46,450 
Europe and Middle East60,603 18,600 52,216 131,419 
Latin America4,963 5,211 1,245 11,419 
Total$371,223 $110,648 $152,654 $634,525 
Nine Months Ended September 26, 2020
United States and Canada$768,202 $227,770 $264,116 $1,260,088 
Asia104,936 18,460 3,753 127,149 
Europe and Middle East180,187 57,051 117,187 354,425 
Latin America28,522 13,196 581 42,299 
Total$1,081,847 $316,477 $385,637 $1,783,961 


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Contract Balances

Contract assets primarily relate to the company's right to consideration for work completed but not billed at the reporting date and are recorded in prepaid expenses and other in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. Contract assets are transferred to receivables when the right to consideration becomes unconditional. Accounts receivable are not considered contract assets under the revenue standard as contract assets are conditioned upon the company's future satisfaction of a performance obligation. Accounts receivable, in contracts, are unconditional rights to consideration.

Contract liabilities relate to advance consideration received from customers for which revenue has not been recognized. Current contract liabilities are recorded in accrued expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. Non-current contract liabilities are recorded in other non-current liabilities in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. Contract liabilities are reduced when the associated revenue from the contract is recognized.

The following table provides information about contract assets and contract liabilities from contracts with customers (in thousands):
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
Contract assets$20,955 $20,328 
Contract liabilities$132,984 $93,871 
Non-current contract liabilities$12,187 $13,523 

During the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, the company reclassified $14.0 million to receivables, which was included in the contract asset balance at the beginning of the period. During the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, the company recognized revenue of $72.6 million which was included in the contract liability balance at the beginning of the period. Additions to contract liabilities representing amounts billed to clients in excess of revenue recognized to date were $122.7 million during the nine months period ended October 2, 2021. Substantially, all of the company's outstanding performance obligations will be satisfied within 12 to 36 months. There were no contract asset impairments during the nine months period ended October 2, 2021.
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6)    Other Comprehensive Income
The company reports changes in equity during a period, except those resulting from investments by owners and distributions to owners, in accordance with ASC 220, "Comprehensive Income".
Changes in accumulated other comprehensive income(1) were as follows (in thousands):
 Currency Translation AdjustmentPension Benefit CostsUnrealized Gain/(Loss) Interest Rate SwapTotal
Balance as of January 2, 2021$(49,961)$(400,919)$(37,548)$(488,428)
Other comprehensive income before reclassification(33,000)3,052 1,480 (28,468)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income— — 14,691 14,691 
Net current-period other comprehensive income$(33,000)$3,052 $16,171 $(13,777)
Balance as of October 2, 2021$(82,961)$(397,867)$(21,377)$(502,205)
Balance as of December 28, 2019$(105,705)$(228,336)$(16,892)$(350,933)
Other comprehensive income before reclassification(3,213)6,184 (35,646)(32,675)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income— — 10,419 10,419 
Net current-period other comprehensive income$(3,213)$6,184 $(25,227)$(22,256)
Balance as of September 26, 2020$(108,918)$(222,152)$(42,119)$(373,189)
(1) As of October 2, 2021, pension and interest rate swap amounts are net of tax of $(88.4) million and $(7.5) million, respectively. During the nine months ended October 2, 2021, the adjustments to pension benefit costs and unrealized gain/(loss) interest rate swap were net of tax of $0.7 million and $5.6 million, respectively. As of September 26, 2020 pension and interest rate swap amounts are net of tax of $(47.3) million and $(15.3) million, respectively. During the nine months ended September 26, 2020, the adjustments to pension benefit costs and unrealized gain/(loss) interest rate swap were net of tax of $1.3 million and $(9.3) million, respectively.
Components of other comprehensive income were as follows (in thousands):
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Net earnings$175,966 $60,516 $385,814 $155,457 
Currency translation adjustment(21,881)25,851 (33,000)(3,213)
Pension liability adjustment, net of tax5,870 (6,133)3,052 6,184 
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate swaps, net of tax3,056 2,653 16,171 (25,227)
Comprehensive income$163,011 $82,887 $372,037 $133,201 
7)    Inventories
Inventories are composed of material, labor and overhead and are stated at the lower of cost or market. Costs for inventory have been determined using the first-in, first-out ("FIFO") method. The company estimates reserves for inventory obsolescence and shrinkage based on its judgment of future realization. Inventories at October 2, 2021 and January 2, 2021 are as follows (in thousands): 
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
Raw materials and parts$369,221 $263,200 
Work-in-process68,360 55,104 
Finished goods248,462 221,894 
 $686,043 $540,198 
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8)    Goodwill
Changes in the carrying amount of goodwill for the nine months ended October 2, 2021 are as follows (in thousands):
Commercial
Foodservice
Food
Processing
Residential KitchenTotal
Balance as of January 2, 2021$1,228,436 $255,798 $450,027 $1,934,261 
Goodwill acquired during the year42,570 — 142,741 185,311 
Measurement period adjustments to
goodwill acquired in prior year
2,302 — — 2,302 
Exchange effect(7,012)(3,814)(4,866)(15,692)
Balance as of October 2, 2021$1,266,296 $251,984 $587,902 $2,106,182 

The annual impairment assessment for goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets is performed as of the first day of the fourth quarter and since that assessment the company does not believe there are any indicators of impairment requiring subsequent analysis. This is supported by the review of order rates, backlog levels and financial performance across business segments.

9)    Intangibles

Intangible assets consist of the following (in thousands):
 
 October 2, 2021January 2, 2021
Estimated
Weighted Avg
Remaining
Life
Gross
Carrying
Amount
Accumulated
Amortization
Estimated
Weighted Avg
Remaining
Life
Gross
Carrying
Amount
Accumulated
Amortization
Amortized intangible assets:      
Customer lists7.9$794,079 $(393,686)8.5$735,264 $(347,029)
Backlog0.237,039 (36,331)0.334,729 (31,924)
Developed technology8.965,534 (28,434)10.056,931 (24,394)
  $896,652 $(458,451) $826,924 $(403,347)
Indefinite-lived assets:      
Trademarks and tradenames $1,136,400   $1,026,804  

The aggregate intangible amortization expense was $18.2 million and $16.9 million for the three months period ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively. The aggregate intangible amortization expense was $54.9 million and $51.4 million for the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively. The estimated future amortization expense of intangible assets is as follows (in thousands):
 
Twelve Month Period coinciding with the end of the company's Fiscal Third QuarterAmortization Expense
 
2022$73,869 
202366,711 
202457,656 
202548,507 
202646,054 
Thereafter145,404 
$438,201 

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10)    Accrued Expenses
Accrued expenses consist of the following (in thousands):
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
Contract liabilities$132,984 $93,871 
Accrued payroll and related expenses105,498 93,926 
Accrued warranty81,708 69,667 
Accrued customer rebates61,160 43,703 
Accrued short-term leases21,987 22,493 
Accrued professional fees20,743 12,133 
Accrued sales and other tax17,380 22,030 
Accrued agent commission14,265 11,105 
Accrued product liability and workers compensation11,244 12,909 
Accrued interest rate swaps768 14,075 
Accrued liabilities held for sale— 22,313 
Other accrued expenses79,259 76,316 
 $546,996 $494,541 

11)    Warranty Costs
In the normal course of business, the company issues product warranties for specific product lines and provides for the estimated future warranty cost in the period in which the sale is recorded. The estimate of warranty cost is based on contract terms and historical warranty loss experience that is periodically adjusted for recent actual experience. Because warranty estimates are forecasts that are based on the best available information, actual claims costs may differ from amounts provided. Adjustments to initial obligations for warranties are made as changes in the obligations become reasonably estimable.
A rollforward of the warranty reserve is as follows (in thousands):
 Nine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021
Balance as of January 2, 2021$69,667 
Warranty reserve related to acquisitions1,836 
Warranty expense54,164 
Warranty claims(43,959)
Balance as of October 2, 2021$81,708 

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12)    Financing Arrangements
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
 (in thousands)
Senior secured revolving credit line$827,856 $755,000 
Term loan facility321,875 335,938 
Convertible senior notes733,825 632,847 
Foreign loans2,833 4,421 
Other debt arrangement1,186 1,390 
Total debt1,887,575 1,729,596 
Less:  Current maturities of long-term debt21,553 22,944 
Long-term debt$1,866,022 $1,706,652 

Credit Facility
On January 31, 2020, the company entered into an amended and restated five-year, $3.5 billion multi-currency senior secured credit agreement (as amended as described below, the "Credit Facility"). On August 21, 2020, the company entered into an amendment to the Credit Facility, prepaying $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of its term loan obligations owed. The Credit Facility, as amended, is in an aggregate principal amount of $3.1 billion, consisting of (i) a $350 million term loan facility and (ii) a $2.75 billion multi-currency revolving credit facility. The Credit Facility matures on January 31, 2025. The term loan facility amortizes in equal quarterly installments due on the last day of each fiscal quarter in an aggregate annual amount equal to 2.50% of the original aggregate principal amount of the term loan facility, with the balance, plus any accrued interest, due and payable on January 31, 2025. As of October 2, 2021, the company had $1.1 billion of borrowings outstanding under the Credit Facility, including $566.5 million of borrowings in U.S. Dollars, $261.3 million of borrowings denominated in Euro, and $321.9 million outstanding under the term loan. The company also had $2.7 million in outstanding letters of credit as of October 2, 2021, which reduces the borrowing availability under the Credit Facility.
At October 2, 2021, borrowings under the Credit Facility accrued interest at a rate of 1.375% above LIBOR per annum or 1.00% above the highest of the prime rate, the federal funds rate plus 0.50% and one month LIBOR plus 1.00%. The average interest rate per annum, inclusive of hedging instruments, on the debt under the Credit Facility was equal to 2.78% at the end of the period. The interest rates on borrowings under the Credit Facility may be adjusted quarterly based on the company’s Funded Debt less Unrestricted Cash to Pro Forma EBITDA (the “Leverage Ratio”) on a rolling four-quarter basis. Additionally, a commitment fee based upon the Leverage Ratio is charged on the unused portion of the commitments under the Credit Facility. This variable commitment fee was equal to 0.20% per annum as of October 2, 2021. The term loan facility had an average interest rate per annum, inclusive of hedging instruments, of 2.60% as of October 2, 2021.
In addition, the company has other international credit facilities to fund working capital needs outside the United States. At October 2, 2021, these foreign credit facilities amounted to $2.8 million in U.S. Dollars with a weighted average per annum interest rate of approximately 7.80%.
The company’s debt is reflected on the balance sheet at cost. The fair values of the Credit Facility, term debt and foreign and other debt is based on the amount of future cash flows associated with each instrument discounted using the company's incremental borrowing rate. The company believes its interest rate margins on its existing debt are consistent with current market conditions and therefore the carrying value of debt reflects the fair value. The interest rate margin is based on the company's Leverage Ratio. The carrying value and estimated aggregate fair value, a level 2 measurement, based primarily on market prices, of debt excluding the Convertible Notes is as follows (in thousands):
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
 Carrying ValueFair ValueCarrying ValueFair Value
Total debt excluding convertible senior notes$1,153,750 $1,153,750 $1,096,749 $1,096,749 
The company uses floating-to-fixed interest rate swap agreements to hedge variable interest rate risk associated with the Credit Facility. At October 2, 2021, the company had outstanding floating-to-fixed interest rate swaps totaling $60.0
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million notional amount carrying an average interest rate of 1.31% maturing in less than 12 months and $802.0 million notional amount carrying an average interest rate of 1.91% that mature in more than 12 months but less than 66 months.
The company believes that its current capital resources, including cash and cash equivalents, cash expected to be generated from operation, funds available from its current lenders and access to the credit and capital markets will be sufficient to finance its operations, debt service obligations, capital expenditures, product development and expenditures for the foreseeable future.

The terms of the Credit Facility, as amended, limit the ability of the company and its subsidiaries to, with certain exceptions: incur indebtedness; grant liens; engage in certain mergers, consolidations, acquisitions and dispositions; make restricted payments; enter into certain transactions with affiliates; and requires, among other things, the company to satisfy certain financial covenants: (i) a minimum Interest Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Facility) of 3.00 to 1.00, (ii) a maximum Total Leverage Ratio of Funded Debt less Unrestricted Cash to Pro Forma EBITDA (each as defined in the Credit Facility) of 5.50 to 1.00, and (iii) a maximum Secured Leverage Ratio of Funded Debt less Unrestricted Cash to Pro Forma EBITDA (each as defined in the Credit Facility) of 3.50 to 1.00; which may be adjusted to 4.25 to 1.00 for a four consecutive fiscal quarter period in connection with certain qualified acquisitions, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Credit Facility. The Credit Facility is secured by substantially all of the assets of Middleby Marshall, the company and the company's domestic subsidiaries and is unconditionally guaranteed by, subject to certain exceptions, the company and certain of the company's direct and indirect material foreign and domestic subsidiaries. The Credit Facility contains certain customary events of default, including, but not limited to, the failure to make required payments; bankruptcy and other insolvency events; the failure to perform certain covenants; the material breach of a representation or warranty; non-payment of certain other indebtedness; the entry of undischarged judgments against the company or any subsidiary for the payment of material uninsured amounts; the invalidity of the company guarantee or any subsidiary guaranty; and a change of control of the company. At October 2, 2021, the company was in compliance with all covenants pursuant to its borrowing agreements.

Convertible Notes
The following table summarizes the outstanding principal amount and carrying value of the Convertible Notes:
 Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
 (in thousands)
Principal amounts:
Principal$747,500 $747,500 
Unamortized debt discounts— (98,358)
Unamortized issuance costs(13,675)(16,295)
Net carrying amount$733,825 $632,847 
The following table summarizes total interest expense recognized related to the Convertible Notes:
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Contractual interest expense$1,848 $726 $5,607 $726 
Interest cost related to amortization of issuance costs864 2,130 2,620 2,130 
Total interest expense$2,712 $2,856 $8,227 $2,856 
On August 21, 2020, the company issued $747.5 million aggregate principal amount of 1.00% Convertible Senior Notes maturing on September 1, 2025 (the "Convertible Notes") in a private offering pursuant to an indenture, dated August 21, 2020 (the "Indenture"), between the company and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee. The Convertible Notes are general unsecured obligations of the company and bear interest semi-annually in arrears. The estimated fair value of the Convertible Notes was $1.1 billion as of October 2, 2021 and was determined through consideration of quoted market prices. The fair value is classified as Level 2, as defined in Note 1 (d), Fair Value Measurements of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The if-converted value of the Convertible Notes exceeded their respective principal value by $262.8 million as of October 2, 2021. The annual effective interest rate of the Convertible Notes following adoption of ASU 2020-06 is 1.5%.
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The Convertible Notes were issued pursuant to the Indenture and bear interest semi-annually in arrears at a rate of 1.00% per annum on March 1 and September 1 of each year. The Convertible Notes are convertible based upon an initial conversion rate of 7.7746 shares of the company's common stock per $1,000 principal amount of the Convertible Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $128.62 per share of the company's common stock. The conversion rate will be subject to adjustment upon occurrence of certain specified events in accordance with the Indenture but will not be adjusted for accrued and unpaid interest. Additionally, in the event of a Fundamental Change (as defined in the Indenture), holders of the Convertible Notes may require the company to repurchase all or a portion of their Convertible Notes at a price equal to 100.0% of the principal amount of Convertible Notes, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the repurchase date. Upon conversion, the company will pay cash up to the aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Notes to be converted and pay or deliver, as the case may be, cash, shares of common stock or a combination of cash and shares of common stock, at the company's election, in respect of the remainder, if any, of the company's conversion obligation in excess of the aggregate principal amount of the notes being converted.
The Convertible Notes will mature on September 1, 2025 unless they are redeemed, repurchased or converted prior to such date in accordance with their terms. The company may settle the conversions of the Convertible Notes in cash, shares of the company's common stock or any combination thereof at its election. The number of shares of the company's common stock issuable at the conversion price of $128.62 per share is expected to be 5.8 million shares. As of October 2, 2021, there have been no conversions to date. For the nine months ended October 2, 2021, the average market price of the company's common stock exceeded the exercise price of the Convertible Notes resulting in 1,284,381 diluted common stock equivalents to be included in the diluted net earnings per share for the period.
The Indenture includes customary terms and covenants, including certain events of default after which the Convertible Notes may become due and payable immediately.

Capped Call Transactions
In conjunction with the pricing of the Convertible Notes, the company entered into privately negotiated capped call transactions in the aggregate amount of $104.7 million ("Capped Call Transactions"). The Capped Call Transactions are expected generally to reduce the potential dilution and/or offset the cash payments the company is required to make in excess of the principal amount of the Convertible Notes upon conversion of the Convertible Notes in the event that the market price per share of the company's common stock is greater than the strike price of the Capped Call Transactions (which initially corresponds to the initial conversion price of the Convertible Notes and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the Capped Call Transactions), with such reduction and/or offset subject to a cap based on the cap price of the Capped Call Transactions. Under the Capped Call Transactions, the number of shares of common stock issuable at the conversion price of $207.93 is expected to be 3.6 million shares. As of October 2, 2021, there have been no conversions to date. The Capped Call Transactions cover the number of shares of the company's common stock underlying the Convertible Notes, subject to anti-dilution adjustments substantially similar to those applicable to the Convertible Notes.

The Capped Call Transactions are separate transactions entered into by the company with the capped call counterparties, and are not part of the terms of the Convertible Notes and will not affect any holder's right under the Convertible Notes. Holders of the Convertible Notes will not have any rights with respect to the Capped Call Transactions. The Capped Call Transactions do not meet the criteria for separate accounting as a derivative as they are indexed to the company's stock. The premiums paid of the Capped Call Transactions have been included as a net reduction to additional paid-in capital with stockholders' equity.

13)    Financial Instruments
ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging” requires an entity to recognize all derivatives as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value. Derivatives that do not qualify as a hedge must be adjusted to fair value in earnings. If a derivative does qualify as a hedge under ASC 815, changes in the fair value will either be offset against the change in the fair value of the hedged assets, liabilities or firm commitments or recognized in other accumulated comprehensive income until the hedged item is recognized in earnings.
Foreign Exchange: The company uses foreign currency forward, foreign exchange swaps and option purchase and sales contracts to hedge its exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The company’s primary hedging activities are to mitigate its exposure to changes in exchange rates on intercompany and third party trade receivables and payables. The company does not currently enter into derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes. In managing its foreign currency exposures, the company identifies and aggregates naturally occurring offsetting positions and then hedges residual balance sheet exposures. The fair value of the forward and option contracts was a loss of $3.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021.
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Interest Rate: The company has entered into interest rate swaps to fix the interest rate applicable to certain of its variable-rate debt. The agreements swap one-month LIBOR for fixed rates. The company has designated these swaps as cash flow hedges and all changes in fair value of the swaps are recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income. As of October 2, 2021, the fair value of these instruments was a liability of $29.3 million. The change in fair value of these swap agreements in the first nine months of 2021 was a gain of $16.2 million, net of taxes.
The following table summarizes the company’s fair value of interest rate swaps (in thousands):
Condensed Consolidated
Balance Sheet Presentation
Oct 2, 2021Jan 2, 2021
Fair valueOther assets$1,465 $— 
Fair valueAccrued expenses$768 $14,075 
Fair valueOther non-current liabilities$29,982 $37,018 
The impact on earnings from interest rate swaps was as follows (in thousands):
  Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Presentation of Gain/(loss)Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Gain/(loss) recognized in accumulated other comprehensive incomeOther comprehensive income$(340)$(1,545)$7,117 $(44,949)
Gain/(loss) reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (effective portion)Interest expense$(4,461)$(5,158)$(14,691)$(10,419)
Interest rate swaps are subject to default risk to the extent the counterparties are unable to satisfy their settlement obligations under the interest rate swap agreements. The company reviews the credit profile of the financial institutions that are counterparties to such swap agreements and assesses their creditworthiness prior to entering into the interest rate swap agreements and throughout the term. The interest rate swap agreements typically contain provisions that allow the counterparty to require early settlement in the event that the company becomes insolvent or is unable to maintain compliance with its covenants under its existing debt agreements.
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14)    Segment Information
The company operates in three reportable operating segments defined by management reporting structure and operating activities.
 
The Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group manufactures, sells, and distributes foodservice equipment for the restaurant and institutional kitchen industry. This business segment has manufacturing facilities in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Principal product lines of this group include conveyor ovens, combi-ovens, convection ovens, baking ovens, proofing ovens, deck ovens, speed cooking ovens, hydrovection ovens, ranges, fryers, rethermalizers, steam cooking equipment, food warming equipment, catering equipment, heated cabinets, charbroilers, ventless cooking systems, kitchen ventilation, induction cooking equipment, countertop cooking equipment, toasters, griddles, charcoal grills, professional mixers, stainless steel fabrication, custom millwork, professional refrigerators, blast chillers, coldrooms, ice machines, freezers, soft serve ice cream equipment, coffee and beverage dispensing equipment, home and professional craft brewing equipment, fry dispensers, bottle filling and canning equipment, and IoT solutions. These products are sold and marketed under the brand names: Anets, APW Wyott, Bakers Pride, Beech, BKI, Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Bloomfield, Britannia, Carter-Hoffmann, Celfrost, Concordia, CookTek, Crown, CTX, Desmon, Deutsche Beverage, Doyon, Eswood, EVO, Firex, Follett, Frifri, Giga, Globe, Goldstein, Holman, Houno, IMC, Imperial, Induc, Ink Kegs, Inline Filling Systems, Jade, JoeTap, Josper, L2F, Lang, Lincat, MagiKitch’n, Market Forge, Marsal, Meheen, Middleby Marshall, MPC, Nieco, Nu-Vu, PerfectFry, Pitco, QualServ, RAM, Southbend, Ss Brewtech, Star, Starline, Sveba Dahlen, Synesso, Tank, Taylor, Thor, Toastmaster, TurboChef, Ultrafryer, Varimixer, Wells, Wild Goose and Wunder-Bar.
 
The Food Processing Equipment Group manufactures preparation, cooking, packaging food handling and food safety equipment for the food processing industry. This business segment has manufacturing operations in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Principal product lines of this group include batch ovens, baking ovens, proofing ovens, conveyor belt ovens, continuous processing ovens, frying systems and automated thermal processing systems, grinders, slicers, reduction and emulsion systems, mixers, blenders, formers, battering equipment, breading equipment, seeding equipment, water cutting systems, food presses, food suspension equipment, filling and depositing solutions, forming equipment, automated loading and unloading systems, food safety, food handling, freezing, defrosting and packaging equipment. These products are sold and marketed under the brand names: Alkar, Armor Inox, Auto-Bake, Baker Thermal Solutions, Burford, Cozzini, CV-Tek, Danfotech, Deutsche Process, Drake, Glimek, Hinds-Bock, Maurer-Atmos, MP Equipment, Pacproinc, RapidPak, Scanico, Spooner Vicars, Stewart Systems, Thurne and Ve.Ma.C.
 
The Residential Kitchen Equipment Group manufactures, sells and distributes kitchen equipment for the residential market. This business segment has manufacturing facilities in California, Michigan, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom. Principal product lines of this group are ranges, cookers, stoves, cooktops, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, undercounter refrigeration, wine cellars, ice machines, ventilation equipment and outdoor equipment. These products are sold and marketed under the brand names: AGA, AGA Cookshop, Brava, EVO, La Cornue, Leisure Sinks, Lynx, Marvel, Mercury, Novy, Rangemaster, Rayburn, Redfyre, Sedona, Stanley, TurboChef, U-Line and Viking.
The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. The chief operating decision maker evaluates individual segment performance based on operating income.
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Net Sales Summary
(dollars in thousands)
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
 SalesPercentSalesPercentSalesPercentSalesPercent
Business Segments:    
Commercial Foodservice$511,480 62.6 %$371,223 58.5 %$1,501,413 63.0 %$1,081,847 60.6 %
Food Processing112,670 13.8 110,648 17.4 355,172 14.9 316,477 17.7 
Residential Kitchen193,395 23.6 152,654 24.1 527,791 22.1 385,637 21.7 
    Total$817,545 100.0 %$634,525 100.0 %$2,384,376 100.0 %$1,783,961 100.0 %
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The following table summarizes the results of operations for the company's business segments (in thousands):
 Commercial
 Foodservice
Food ProcessingResidential Kitchen
Corporate
and Other (1)
Total
Three Months Ended October 2, 2021    
Net sales$511,480 $112,670 $193,395 $— $817,545 
Income (loss) from operations (2, 3, 6)
105,529 21,425 31,322 75,206 233,482 
Depreciation expense5,793 1,353 3,608 122 10,876 
Amortization expense (5)
12,822 1,773 3,589 1,570 19,754 
Net capital expenditures6,391 1,106 2,127 797 10,421 
Nine Months Ended October 2, 2021
Net sales$1,501,413 $355,172 $527,791 $— $2,384,376 
Income (loss) from operations (2, 3, 4, 6)
311,789 68,048 95,088 16,447 491,372 
Depreciation expense17,579 4,005 9,120 476 31,180 
Amortization expense (5)
42,272 5,450 7,145 4,625 59,492 
Net capital expenditures17,599 3,539 7,256 1,338 29,732 
Total assets$3,498,696 $640,229 $1,578,857 $55,069 $5,772,851 
Three Months Ended September 26, 2020    
Net sales$371,223 $110,648 $152,654 $— $634,525 
Income (loss) from operations (2, 3)
57,483 22,860 22,626 (16,297)86,672 
Depreciation expense5,360 1,480 2,965 — 9,805 
Amortization expense (5)
12,923 1,794 2,170 692 17,579 
Net capital expenditures5,279 692 794 299 7,064 
Nine Months Ended September 26, 2020
Net sales$1,081,847 $316,477 $385,637 $— $1,783,961 
Income (loss) from operations (2, 3)
173,064 57,801 41,860 (41,521)231,204 
Depreciation expense15,567 4,179 8,742 15 28,503 
Amortization expense (5)
38,257 5,494 7,627 1,713 53,091 
Net capital expenditures22,152 3,115 4,089 420 29,776 
Total assets$3,155,360 $628,156 $1,149,550 $87,118 $5,020,184 

(1)Includes corporate and other general company assets and operations.
(2)Non-operating expenses are not allocated to the operating segments. Non-operating expenses consist of interest expense and deferred financing amortization, foreign exchange gains and losses and other income and expense items outside of income from operations.
(3)Restructuring expenses are allocated in operating income by segment. See note 16 for further details.
(4)Gain (loss) on sale of plants are included in Commercial Foodservice and Residential Kitchen.
(5)Includes amortization of deferred financing costs and Convertible Notes issuance costs.
(6)Termination fee from Welbilt merger is included in Corporate and Other.
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Geographic Information
Long-lived assets, not including goodwill and other intangibles (in thousands):
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
United States and Canada$337,790 $321,159 
Asia33,783 22,857 
Europe and Middle East204,696 152,914 
Latin America8,062 6,111 
Total international$246,541 $181,882 
 $584,331 $503,041 
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15)    Employee Retirement Plans
(a)Pension Plans

U.S. Plans:

The company maintains a non-contributory defined benefit plan for its union employees at the Elgin, Illinois facility. Benefits are determined based upon retirement age and years of service with the company. This defined benefit plan was frozen on April 30, 2002, and no further benefits accrue to the participants beyond this date. Plan participants will receive or continue to receive payments for benefits earned on or prior to April 30, 2002 upon reaching retirement age.
 
The company maintains a non-contributory defined benefit plan for its employees at the Smithville, Tennessee facility. Benefits are determined based upon retirement age and years of service with the company. This defined benefit plan was frozen on April 1, 2008, and no further benefits accrue to the participants beyond this date. Plan participants will receive or continue to receive payments for benefits earned on or prior to April 1, 2008 upon reaching retirement age.
 
The company also maintains a retirement benefit agreement with its former Chairman ("Chairman Plan"). The retirement benefits are based upon a percentage of the former Chairman’s final base salary.

Non-U.S. Plans:

The company maintains a defined benefit plan for its employees at the Wrexham, the United Kingdom facility. Benefits are determined based upon retirement age and years of service with the company. This defined benefit plan was frozen on April 30, 2010 and no further benefits accrue to the participants beyond this date. Plan participants will receive or continue to receive payments for benefits earned on or prior to April 30, 2010 upon reaching retirement age.

The company maintains several pension plans related to AGA and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "AGA Group"), the most significant being the Aga Rangemaster Group Pension Scheme in the United Kingdom.  Membership in the plan on a defined benefit basis of pension provision was closed to new entrants in 2001.  The plan became open to new entrants on a defined contribution basis of pension provision in 2002, but was generally closed to new entrants on this basis during 2014. In December 2020, it was agreed that the Group Pension Scheme would be closed to future pension accruals effective April 5, 2021. 

The other, much smaller, defined benefit pension plans operating within the AGA Group cover employees in France and the United Kingdom. All pension plan assets are held in separate trust funds although the net defined benefit pension obligations are included in the company's consolidated balance sheet.

The following table summarizes the company's net periodic pension benefit related to the AGA Group pension plans (in thousands):
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Net Periodic Pension Benefit:  
Service cost$194 $649 $584 $1,918 
Interest cost4,287 6,456 12,927 19,086 
Expected return on assets(19,516)(18,089)(58,851)(53,476)
Amortization of net loss (gain)3,150 842 9,498 2,489 
Amortization of prior service cost (credit)716 642 2,158 1,897 
 $(11,169)$(9,500)$(33,684)$(28,086)

The pension costs for all other plans of the company were not material during the period. The service cost component is recognized within Selling, general and administrative expenses and the non-operating components of pension benefit are included within Net periodic pension benefit (other than service cost) in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

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(b)Defined Contribution Plans

The company maintains 2 separate defined contribution savings plans covering all employees in the United States. These two plans separately cover the union employees at the Elgin, Illinois facility and all other remaining union and non-union employees in the United States. The company also maintains defined contribution plans for its United Kingdom based employees.

16)    Restructuring
Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group

During the fiscal years 2020 and 2019, the company undertook cost reduction initiatives related to the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group including headcount reductions and facility consolidations. These actions resulted in expenses of $0.5 million and $7.0 million in the three months ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020, respectively, primarily for severance related to headcount reductions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and facility consolidations. For the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 and September 26, 2020 the expenses for these actions amounted to $1.4 million and $8.6 million, respectively. These expenses are reflected in restructuring expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income. The realization of cost savings from the restructuring initiatives began in 2020 with an expected annual savings of approximately $20.0 million. At October 2, 2021, the restructuring obligations accrued for these initiatives are immaterial and will substantially be complete by the end of fiscal 2021.

The restructuring expenses for the other segments of the company were not material during the period.

17)    Share Repurchases
The company treats shares withheld for tax purposes on behalf of employees in connection with the vesting of restricted share grants as common stock repurchases because they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. For the three and nine months ended October 2, 2021, the company repurchased 621 and 14,652 shares of its common stock, respectively, that were surrendered to the company for withholding taxes related to restricted stock vestings for $0.1 million and $2.5 million, respectively. These withheld shares are not considered common stock repurchases under the authorized common stock repurchase plan and accordingly are not included in the common stock repurchase totals disclosed below.  

In November 2017, the company's Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the company to repurchase in the aggregate up to 2,500,000 shares of its outstanding common stock. During 2020, the company repurchased 896,965 shares of its common stock under the program for $69.7 million, including applicable commissions, which represented an average price of $77.70. As of October 2, 2021, 1,023,165 shares had been purchased under the 2017 stock repurchase program and 1,476,835 remain authorized for repurchase.

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18)    Subsequent Events
On October 21, 2021, the company entered into a five-year, $4.5 billion amended and restated credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement amends and restates the company’s prior $3.1 billion credit facility. The Credit Agreement provides for a new senior secured credit facility in an aggregate principal amount of $4.5 billion, consisting of (i) a $1 billion term loan facility, (ii) a $750 million delayed draw term loan facility and (iii) a $2.75 billion multi-currency revolving credit facility, with the potential, under certain circumstances, to increase the amount of the credit facility by the greater of $625 million and 100% of consolidated EBITDA for the most recently ended period of consecutive fiscal quarters (plus additional amounts, subject to compliance with a senior secured net leverage ratio), either by increasing the revolving commitment or by adding one or more revolver or term loan tranches.The credit facility matures on October 21, 2026, with the potential to extend the maturity date in one year increments with the consent of the extending lenders. All obligations under the Credit Agreement are secured by substantially all the assets of the company and certain of the company’s material domestic subsidiaries, and unconditionally guaranteed by, subject to certain exceptions, the company and certain of the company’s direct and indirect material foreign and domestic subsidiaries.

The term loan facility will amortize in equal quarterly installments due on the last day of each fiscal quarter, commencing with the first full fiscal quarter after October 21, 2021, in an aggregate annual amount equal to 2.50% of the original aggregate principal amount of the term loan facility, with the balance, plus any accrued interest, due and payable on October 21, 2026. The delayed draw term loan facility is available for borrowing within one year. The delayed draw term loan facility will amortize in quarterly installments due on the last day of each fiscal quarter, commencing with the first full fiscal quarter after each delayed draw term loan borrowing in an amount equal to 0.625% of the original aggregate principal amount of such borrowing, with the balance, plus any accrued interest, due and payable on October 21, 2026. The Credit Agreement requires the company to satisfy the following financial covenants: (i) a minimum Interest Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of 3.00 to 1.00; and (ii) a maximum Secured Leverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of Funded Secured Debt less Unrestricted Cash to Pro Forma EBITDA (each as defined in the Credit Agreement) of 3.75 to 1.00, which may be adjusted to 4.25 to 1.00 for a four consecutive fiscal quarter period in connection with certain qualified acquisitions, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement provides availability to provide working capital, capital expenditures, to support the issuance of letters of credit and other general corporate purposes, as well as for financing permitted acquisitions. The foregoing description of the Credit Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Credit Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 hereto.

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

Special Notes Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
 
This report contains forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The company cautions readers that these projections are based upon future results or events and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors which could cause such results or events to differ materially from any forward-looking statements which may be deemed to have been made in this report, or which are otherwise made by or on behalf of the company. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the response of governments, businesses and other third parties; volatility in earnings resulting from goodwill impairment losses which may occur irregularly and in varying amounts; variability in financing costs; quarterly variations in operating results; dependence on key customers; international exposure; foreign exchange and political risks affecting international sales; ability to protect trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property; changing market conditions; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timely development and market acceptance of the company’s products; the availability and cost of raw materials; and other risks detailed herein and from time-to-time in the company’s SEC filings, including the company’s 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements included in this report are made only as of the date hereof and, except as required by federal securities laws and rules and regulations of the SEC, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Termination of Welbilt Merger

As previously disclosed, on April 20, 2021, Middleby, entered into a Merger Agreement with Welbilt, Acquiror and Merger Sub, which provided that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Merger Sub would merge with and into Welbilt, with Welbilt surviving as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Middleby.

As previously disclosed, on July 13, 2021, Middleby announced that, under the terms of the Merger Agreement, it would not exercise its right to propose any modifications to the terms of the Merger Agreement and would allow the five-day match period to expire. Accordingly, on July 14, 2021, Welbilt delivered to Middleby a written notice terminating the Merger Agreement in accordance with Section 7.1(c)(iii) of the Merger Agreement and, concurrently with Middleby’s receipt of the termination fee of $110 million in cash from Welbilt, the Merger Agreement was terminated on July 14, 2021.

The termination fee received is reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income as the "merger termination fee" and $19.7 million of deal costs associated with the transaction are reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.


Net Sales Summary
(dollars in thousands)
 
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
 SalesPercentSalesPercentSalesPercentSalesPercent
Business Segments:    
Commercial Foodservice$511,480 62.6 %$371,223 58.5 %$1,501,413 63.0 %$1,081,847 60.6 %
Food Processing112,670 13.8 110,648 17.4 355,172 14.9 316,477 17.7 
Residential Kitchen193,395 23.6 152,654 24.1 527,791 22.1 385,637 21.7 
    Total$817,545 100.0 %$634,525 100.0 %$2,384,376 100.0 %$1,783,961 100.0 %

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Results of Operations
 The following table sets forth certain consolidated statements of earnings items as a percentage of net sales for the periods:
 
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020Oct 2, 2021Sep 26, 2020
Net sales100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %
Cost of sales63.4 64.9 63.1 64.9 
Gross profit36.6 35.1 36.9 35.1 
Selling, general and administrative expenses21.4 20.3 20.8 21.6 
Restructuring0.1 1.1 0.1 0.6 
Merger termination fee(13.5)— (4.6)— 
Income from operations28.6 13.7 20.6 12.9 
Interest expense and deferred financing amortization, net1.6 2.9 1.8 3.1 
Net periodic pension benefit (other than service costs)(1.4)(1.6)(1.4)(1.7)
Other expense (income), net0.1 — (0.1)0.2 
Earnings before income taxes28.3 12.4 20.3 11.3 
Provision for income taxes6.7 2.9 4.1 2.6 
Net earnings21.6 %9.5 %16.2 %8.7 %

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Three Months Ended October 2, 2021 as compared to Three Months Ended September 26, 2020
 
NET SALES. Net sales for the three months period ended October 2, 2021 increased by $183.0 million or 28.8% to $817.5 million as compared to $634.5 million in the three months period ended September 26, 2020. Net sales increased by $39.4 million, or 6.2%, from the fiscal 2020 acquisitions of Wild Goose and United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai and the fiscal 2021 acquisitions of Novy and Imperial. Excluding acquisitions and a disposition, net sales increased $148.9 million, or 23.7%, from the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates on foreign sales translated into U.S. Dollars for the three months period ended October 2, 2021 increased net sales by approximately $7.9 million or 1.3%. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and a disposition, sales increased 22.4% for the three months period ended October 2, 2021 as compared to the prior year period, including a net sales increase of 31.9% at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, a net sales increase of 1.4% at the Food Processing Equipment Group and a net sales increase of 14.2% at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group.
 
Net sales of the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased by $140.3 million, or 37.8%, to $511.5 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $371.2 million in the prior year period. Net sales from the acquisitions of Wild Goose, United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai, and Imperial, which were acquired on December 7, 2020, and December 18, 2020, and September 24, 2021, respectively, accounted for an increase of $18.2 million during the three months period ended October 2, 2021. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, net sales of the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased $122.1 million, or 32.9%, as compared to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and acquisitions, net sales increased $118.5 million or 31.9% at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $100.8 million, or 37.9%, to $366.6 million, as compared to $265.8 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $14.8 million from recent acquisitions. Excluding the acquisitions, the net increase in domestic sales was $86.0 million, or 32.4%. International sales increased $39.5 million, or 37.5%, to $144.9 million, as compared to $105.4 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $3.4 million from the recent acquisitions and an increase of $3.6 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, the net sales increase in international sales was $32.5 million, or 30.8%. The increase in domestic and international sales is related to improvements in market conditions and consumer demand, as the prior year period was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Net sales of the Food Processing Equipment Group increased by $2.0 million, or 1.8%, to $112.6 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $110.6 million in the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, net sales increased $1.5 million, or 1.4% at the Food Processing Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $2.3 million, or 2.8%, to $84.4 million, as compared to $82.1 million in the prior year period. The increase in domestic sales reflects growth primarily driven by protein products. International sales decreased $0.3 million, or 1.1%, to $28.2 million, as compared to $28.5 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $0.5 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding foreign exchange, the net sales decrease in international sales was $0.8 million, or 2.8%.

Net sales of the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group increased by $40.7 million, or 26.7%, to $193.4 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $152.7 million in the prior year period. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of Novy, acquired on July 12, 2021, and the disposition, net sales increased $24.8 million, or 16.8%, as compared to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, the acquisition, and the disposition, net sales increased $21.0 million, or 14.2% at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $15.9 million, or 16.3%, to $113.2 million, as compared to $97.3 million in the prior year period. International sales increased $24.8 million, or 44.8%, to $80.2 million, as compared to $55.4 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $3.8 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding foreign exchange, the acquisition, and the disposition, the net sales increase in international sales was $5.1 million, or 10.2%. The increase in domestic and international sales reflects the strong demand for our premium appliance brands and strength in the European market.

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GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit increased to $299.6 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021 from $222.7 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting higher sales volumes related to improvements in market conditions and consumer demand and favorable impact of foreign exchanges rates of $2.7 million. The gross margin rate was 35.1% in the three months period ended September 26, 2020 as compared to 36.6% in the current year period. Gross profit margins have been negatively impacted by rising costs of many raw materials and inputs, as well as higher labor rates and logistics costs.
 
Gross profit at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased by $59.8 million, or 46.9%, to $187.3 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $127.5 million in the prior year period. Gross profit from the acquisitions of Wild Goose, United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai, and Imperial increased gross profit by $7.1 million. Excluding acquisitions, gross profit increased by $52.7 million related to higher sales volumes. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $1.2 million. The gross margin rate increased to 36.6%, as compared to 34.3% in the prior year period. The gross margin rate, excluding acquisitions and the impact of foreign exchange, was 36.6%.

Gross profit at the Food Processing Equipment Group increased by $1.5 million, or 3.7%, to $41.9 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $40.4 million in the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $0.3 million. The gross profit margin rate increased to 37.2%, as compared to 36.5% in the prior year period primarily related to higher sales volumes and product mix. The gross margin rate, excluding the impact of foreign exchange, was 37.1%.

Gross profit at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group increased by $15.2 million, or 27.4%, to $70.7 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $55.5 million in the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $1.2 million. The gross margin rate increased to 36.6%, as compared to 36.3% in the prior year period related to higher sales volumes. The gross margin rate, excluding the acquisition and the impact of foreign exchange, was 37.5%.

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES. Combined selling, general and administrative expenses increased from $128.8 million in the three months period ended September 26, 2020 to $175.4 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021.  As a percentage of net sales, selling, general, and administrative expenses were 20.3% in the three months period ended September 26, 2020, as compared to 21.4% in the three months period ended October 2, 2021.

Selling, general and administrative expenses reflect increased costs of $9.4 million associated with acquisitions, including $2.2 million of intangible amortization expense. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $16.9 million related to compensation costs and $11.9 million related to professional fees, including deal expenses. Higher sales volumes also resulted in increased commission expense. Foreign exchange rates had an unfavorable impact of $1.3 million.

RESTRUCTURING EXPENSES. Restructuring expenses were $7.3 million for the three months period ended September 26, 2020 and $0.8 million for the three months period ended October 2, 2021. Restructuring expenses in both periods related primarily to headcount reductions and facility consolidations within the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group.

NON-OPERATING EXPENSES. Interest and deferred financing amortization costs were $13.2 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $18.4 million in the prior year period, reflecting the reduction in borrowing levels, the reduction in average interest rates under the Credit Facility and the benefit from the Convertible Notes. Net periodic pension benefit (other than service costs) increased $1.3 million to $11.4 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021 from $10.1 million in the prior year period, related to the decrease in discount rate used to calculate the interest cost. Other expense was $0.8 million in the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to other income of $0.3 million in the prior year period and consists mainly of foreign exchange gains and losses.

INCOME TAXES. A tax provision of $54.9 million, at an effective rate of 23.8%, was recorded during the three months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $18.2 million at an effective rate of 23.1%, in the prior year period.
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Nine Months Ended October 2, 2021 as compared to Nine Months Ended September 26, 2020
 
NET SALES. Net sales for the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 increased by $600.4 million or 33.7% to $2,384.4 million as compared to $1,784.0 million in the nine months period ended September 26, 2020. Net sales increased by $73.5 million, or 4.1%, from the fiscal 2020 acquisitions of Deutsche, Wild Goose and United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai, and fiscal 2021 acquisitions of Novy and Imperial. Excluding acquisitions and a disposition, net sales increased $540.9 million, or 30.6%, from the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates on foreign sales translated into U.S. Dollars for the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 increased net sales by approximately $39.2 million or 2.2%. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, acquisitions and a disposition, sales increased 28.3% for nine months period ended October 2, 2021 as compared to the prior year period, including a net sales increase of 32.2% at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, a net sales increase of 10.7% at the Food Processing Equipment Group and a net sales increase of 32.2% at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group.
 
Net sales of the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased by $419.5 million, or 38.8%, to $1,501.4 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $1,081.9 million in the prior year period. Net sales from the acquisitions of Deutsche, Wild Goose, United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai, and Imperial, which were acquired on March 2, 2020, December 7, 2020, December 18, 2020, and September 24, 2021, respectively, accounted for an increase of $52.3 million during the nine months period ended October 2, 2021. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, net sales of the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased $367.2 million, or 33.9%, as compared to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and acquisitions, net sales increased $348.0 million or 32.2% at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $296.3 million, or 38.6%, to $1,064.5 million, as compared to $768.2 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $40.3 million from recent acquisitions. Excluding acquisitions, the net increase in domestic sales was $256.0 million, or 33.3%. The increase in domestic sales is related to improvements in market conditions and consumer demand. International sales increased $123.2 million, or 39.3%, to $436.9 million, as compared to $313.7 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $12.0 million from the recent acquisitions and an increase of $19.2 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange, the net sales increase in international sales was $92.0 million, or 29.3%. The increase in international revenues is related to improvements in market conditions, primarily in the European and Asian markets.

Net sales of the Food Processing Equipment Group increased by $38.7 million, or 12.2%, to $355.2 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $316.5 million in the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, net sales increased $34.0 million or 10.7% at the Food Processing Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $31.8 million, or 14.0%, to $259.6 million, as compared to $227.8 million in the prior year period. The increase in domestic sales reflects growth primarily driven by both protein and bakery products. International sales increased $6.9 million, or 7.8%, to $95.6 million, as compared to $88.7 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $4.7 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding the foreign exchange, the net sales increase in international sales was $2.2 million, or 2.5%. The increase in international revenues is primarily driven by protein projects.

Net sales of the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group increased by $142.2 million or 36.9%, to $527.8 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $385.6 million in the prior year period. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of Novy, acquired on July 12, 2021, and the disposition, net sales increased $135.0 million, or 36.3%, as compared to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, the acquisition, and the disposition, net sales increased $119.7 million, or 32.2%, at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group. Domestically, the company realized a sales increase of $71.0 million, or 26.9%, to $335.1 million, as compared to $264.1 million in the prior year period. International sales increased $71.2 million, or 58.6%, to $192.7 million, as compared to $121.5 million in the prior year period. This includes an increase of $15.3 million related to the favorable impact of exchange rates. Excluding foreign exchange, an acquisition, and a disposition, the net sales increase in international sales was $48.7 million, or 45.3%. The increase in domestic and international sales reflects the strong demand for our premium appliance brands and strength in the European market.

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GROSS PROFIT. Gross profit increased to $879.2 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 from $626.1 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting higher sales volumes related to improvements in market conditions and consumer demand and the favorable impact of foreign exchanges rates of $14.2 million. The gross margin rate was 35.1% in the nine months period ended September 26, 2020 as compared to 36.9% in the current year period. Gross profit margins have been negatively impacted by rising costs of many raw materials and inputs, as well as higher labor rates and logistics costs.
 
Gross profit at the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased by $176.9 million, or 46.8%, to $554.5 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $377.6 million in the prior year period. Gross profit from the acquisitions of Deutsche, Wild Goose, United Foodservice Equipment Zhuhai, and Imperial increased gross profit by $18.8 million. Excluding acquisitions, gross profit increased by $158.1 million related to higher sales volumes. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $6.9 million. The gross margin rate increased to 36.9%, as compared to 34.9% in the prior year period. The gross margin rate, excluding acquisitions and the impact of foreign exchange, was 37.0%.

Gross profit at the Food Processing Equipment Group increased by $15.7 million, or 13.9%, to $128.3 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $112.6 million in the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $2.3 million. The gross profit margin rate increased to 36.1%, as compared to 35.6% in the prior year period primarily related to higher sales volumes and product mix. The gross margin rate, excluding the impact of foreign exchange, was 35.9%.

Gross profit at the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group increased by $58.8 million, or 42.8%, to $196.3 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $137.5 million in the prior year period. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased gross profit by approximately $5.0 million. The gross margin rate increased to 37.2%, as compared to 35.7% in the prior year period, related to higher sales volumes. The gross margin rate, excluding the acquisition and the impact of foreign exchange, was 37.6%.

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES. Combined selling, general and administrative expenses increased from $384.6 million in the nine months period ended September 26, 2020 to $496.0 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general, and administrative expenses were 21.6% in the nine months period ended September 26, 2020, as compared to 20.8% in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021.

Selling, general and administrative expenses reflect increased costs of $19.2 million associated with acquisitions, including $6.5 million of intangible amortization expense. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $56.0 million related to compensation costs and $28.0 million related to professional fees, including deal expenses. Higher sales volumes also resulted in increased commission expense, which was offset by decreases in bad debt provisions. Foreign exchange rates had an unfavorable impact of $6.9 million.

RESTRUCTURING EXPENSES. Restructuring expenses decreased $7.7 million from $10.3 million in the nine months period ended September 26, 2020 to $2.6 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021. Restructuring expenses in both periods related primarily to headcount reductions and facility consolidations within the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group.

NON-OPERATING EXPENSES. Interest and deferred financing amortization costs were $43.5 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $55.9 million in the prior year period, reflecting the reduction in borrowing levels, the reduction in the average interest rates under the Credit Facility and the benefit from the Convertible Notes. Net periodic pension benefit (other than service costs) increased $4.3 million to $34.3 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021 from $30.0 million in the prior year period, related to the decrease in discount rate used to calculate the interest cost. Other income was $1.4 million in the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to other expense of $3.4 million in the prior year period and consists mainly of foreign exchange gains and losses.

INCOME TAXES. A tax provision of $97.7 million, at an effective rate of 20.2%, was recorded during the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, as compared to $46.5 million at an effective rate of 23.0%, in the prior year period. The lower rate in the current year is primarily due to several discrete tax benefits, including a deferred tax benefit for the enacted UK tax rate change from 19% to 25% and tax benefits from amended U.S. tax returns, partially offset by a tax charge for state deferred tax rate changes. When excluding the discrete tax adjustments, the 2021 rate was approximately 24.0%.

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Financial Condition and Liquidity
During the nine months ended October 2, 2021, cash and cash equivalents decreased by $16.6 million to $251.5 million from $268.1 million at January 2, 2021. Total debt increased to $1.9 billion at October 2, 2021 from $1.7 billion at January 2, 2021 primarily due to the adoption of ASU 2020-06 as discussed in Note 4, Recently Issued Accounting Standards, in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
OPERATING ACTIVITIES. Net cash provided by operating activities was $346.0 million for the nine months ended October 2, 2021, compared to $316.2 million for the nine months ended September 26, 2020. During the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, the company received approximately $67.7 million in a termination fee, net of deal costs and taxes, approximately.

During the nine months period ended October 2, 2021, working capital changes meaningfully impacted operating cash flows. These included an increase in accounts receivable of $97.4 million due to improved market conditions and increased sales volumes. Also, inventory increased $134.5 million and accounts payable increased $61.3 million to support increased demand and to manage supply chain risks.
INVESTING ACTIVITIES. During the nine months ended October 2, 2021, net cash used for investing activities amounted to $412.7 million. Cash used to fund acquisitions and investments amounted to $389.0 million primarily for the 2021 acquisitions of Novy and Imperial during the nine months ended October 2, 2021. Additionally, $29.7 million was expended, primarily for additions and upgrades of production equipment, manufacturing facilities and residential and commercial showrooms. Proceeds on the sale of property following facility consolidation actions generated $6.1 million
FINANCING ACTIVITIES. Net cash flows provided by financing activities were $54.4 million during the nine months ended October 2, 2021. The company’s borrowing activities during the nine months ended October 2, 2021 included $64.4 million of net proceeds under its Credit Facility. The company used $2.5 million to repurchase 14,652 shares of Middleby common stock that were surrendered to the company by employees in lieu of cash payment for withholding taxes related to restricted stock vesting during the quarter. Additionally, the company settled deferred purchase price obligations of $5.9 million during the nine months ended October 2, 2021.
At October 2, 2021, the company believes that its current capital resources, including cash and cash equivalents, cash expected to be generated from operations, funds available from its current lenders and access to the credit and capital markets will be sufficient to finance its operations, debt service obligations, capital expenditures, product development and expenditures for the foreseeable future.

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Recently Issued Accounting Standards

See Part I, Item 1, Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 4 - Recent Issued Accounting Standards, of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are based upon the company's consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires the company to make significant estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses as well as related disclosures. On an ongoing basis, the company evaluates its estimates and judgments based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions and any such differences could be material to the company's consolidated financial statements. There have been no changes in the company's critical accounting policies, which include revenue recognition, inventories, goodwill and other intangibles, pensions benefits, and income taxes, as discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 2, 2021 (the “2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K”) other than those described below.

Effective January 3, 2021, the company adopted ASU 2020-06, "Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity."
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Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 
Interest Rate Risk 
The company is exposed to market risk related to changes in interest rates. The following table summarizes the maturity of the company’s debt obligations:
Twelve Month Period coinciding with the end of the company's Fiscal Third Quarter

Variable Rate
Debt
 
2022$21,553 
202319,051 
202419,056 
20251,827,627 
2026 and thereafter288 
 $1,887,575 
The company is exposed to interest rate risk on its floating-rate debt. The company has entered into interest rate swaps to fix the interest rate applicable to certain of its variable-rate debt. The agreements swap one-month LIBOR for fixed rates. The company has designated these swaps as cash flow hedges and all changes in fair value of the swaps are recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income. As of October 2, 2021, the fair value of these instruments was a liability of $29.3 million. The change in fair value of these swap agreements in the first nine months of 2021 was a gain of $16.2 million, net of taxes. The potential net loss on fair value for such instruments from a hypothetical 10% adverse change in quoted interest rates would not have a material impact on the company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
In August 2020, the company issued $747.5 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Notes in a private offering pursuant to the Indenture. The company does not have economic interest rate exposure as the Convertible Notes have a fixed annual rate of 1.00%. The fair value of the Convertible Notes is subject to interest rate risk, market risk and other factors due to its conversion feature. The fair value of the Convertible Notes is also affected by the price and volatility of the company’s common stock and will generally increase or decrease as the market price of our common stock changes. The interest and market value changes affect the fair value of the Convertible Notes but do not impact the company’s financial position, cash flows or results of operations due to the fixed nature of the debt obligation. Additionally, the company carries the Convertible Notes at face value, less any unamortized discount on the balance sheet and presents the fair value for disclosure purposes only.
Foreign Exchange Derivative Financial Instruments
The company uses foreign currency forward, foreign exchange swaps and option purchase and sales contracts to hedge its exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The company’s primary hedging activities are to mitigate its exposure to changes in exchange rates on intercompany and third party trade receivables and payables. The company does not currently enter into derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes. In managing its foreign currency exposures, the company identifies and aggregates naturally occurring offsetting positions and then hedges residual balance sheet exposures. The potential net loss on fair value for such instruments from a hypothetical 10% adverse change in quoted foreign exchange rates would not have a material impact on the company's financial position, results of operations and cash flows. The fair value of the forward and option contracts was a loss of $3.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021.

The company accounts for its derivative financial instruments in accordance with ASC 815, "Derivatives and Hedging". In accordance with ASC 815, these instruments are recognized on the balance sheet as either an asset or a liability measured at fair value. Changes in the market value and the related foreign exchange gains and losses are recorded in the statement of earnings.

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures
The company maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the company's Exchange Act reports is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the company's management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
As of October 2, 2021, the company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the company's management, including the company's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the company's disclosure controls and procedures. Based on the foregoing, the company's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the company's disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of this period. 
During the quarter ended October 2, 2021, there has been no change in the company's internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the company's internal control over financial reporting.
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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
The company was not required to report the information pursuant to Items 1 through 6 of Part II of Form 10-Q for the nine months ended October 2, 2021, except as follows:
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

c) Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 
 Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
Average
Price Paid
per Share
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced
Plan or
Program
Maximum
Number of
Shares that May
Yet be
Purchased
Under the Plan
or Program (1)
July 4, 2021 to July 31, 2021— $— — 1,476,835 
August 1, 2021 to August 28, 2021— — — 1,476,835 
August 29, 2021 to October 2, 2021— — — 1,476,835 
Quarter ended October 2, 2021— $— — 1,476,835 
(1) On November 7, 2017, the company's Board of Directors resolved to terminate the company's existing share repurchase program, effective as of such date, which was originally adopted in 1998, and approved a new stock repurchase program. This program authorizes the company to repurchase in the aggregate up to 2,500,000 shares of its outstanding common stock. As of October 2, 2021, the total number of shares authorized for repurchase under the program is 2,500,000. As of October 2, 2021, 1,023,165 shares had been purchased under the 2017 stock repurchase program.  
    In the consolidated financial statements, the company also treats shares withheld for tax purposes on behalf of employees in connection with the vesting of restricted share grants as common stock repurchases because they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. These withheld shares are not considered common stock repurchases under the authorized common stock repurchase plan and accordingly are not included in the common stock repurchase totals in the preceding table.

  
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Item 6. Exhibits
Exhibits:
Exhibit 10.1 –
Exhibit 31.1 –  
Exhibit 31.2 –
 
Exhibit 32.1 –
Exhibit 32.2 –
Exhibit 101 –Financial statements on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 2, 2021, filed on November 10, 2021, formatted in Inline Extensive Business Reporting Language (iXBRL); (i) condensed consolidated balance sheets, (ii) condensed consolidated statements of earnings, (iii) condensed statements of cash flows, (iv) notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
Exhibit 104 –Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline Extensive Business Reporting Language (iXBRL) and contained in Exhibit 101).

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SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
 THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
 (Registrant)
Date:November 10, 2021By:/s/  Bryan E. Mittelman
  Bryan E. Mittelman
  Chief Financial Officer
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