SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): July 9, 2018
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
1000 Stanley Drive, New Britain, Connecticut
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (860) 225-5111
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Item 8.01 Other Events.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. ("the Company") has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) for reimbursement of EPA’s past costs and remediation of environmental contamination found at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund (“Centredale”) site located in North Providence, Rhode Island. The EPA had alleged that Black & Decker and certain of its current and former affiliates are liable for site clean-up costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act as successors to the liability of Metro-Atlantic, Inc., a former operator at the site, and demanded reimbursement of the EPA’s costs related to this site. Black & Decker and certain of its current and former affiliates contested the EPA’s allegation that they are responsible for the contamination, and have asserted contribution claims, counterclaims and cross-claims against a number of other potentially responsible parties ("PRPs"), including the federal government as well as insurance carriers. Although the settlement with the EPA resolves EPA's claims against the Company, the litigation against other PRPs to recover costs associated with this clean-up continues. The Company has increased its reserve for this site by $78 million to approximately $146 million, reflective of the settlement reached. The $78 million increase will be reflected in the Company’s second quarter 2018 GAAP financial results.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
July 9, 2018
/s/ Janet M. Link
Janet M. Link
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary