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Eaton Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $0.46 Per Share

<p> <b>Earnings Reflect Anticipated Adjustments from Closing Cooper Acquisition in Fourth Quarter</b><br/><b>Bridge Financing for Cooper Acquisition Has Been Repaid</b><br/><b>Cooper Integration on Track</b> </p>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Eaton Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $0.46 Per Share06:28 EST Tuesday, February 05, 2013 DUBLIN (Business Wire) -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN) today announced net income per share of $0.46 for the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting the impact of closing the acquisition of Cooper Industries plc on November 30, 2012. Net income included charges related to integrating recent acquisitions and transaction costs related to acquisitions. Excluding these charges, operating earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.82 compared to $1.08 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating earnings per share in 2012 included restructuring actions of $(0.14) per share taken in the fourth quarter related to weaker than originally anticipated end market demand in the fourth quarter of 2012, weakness which is expected to continue into early 2013. Sales in the quarter were $4.3 billion, 7 percent higher than the same period in 2011. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $179 million compared to $362 million in 2011, a decrease of 51 percent. Operating earnings, which exclude acquisition integration charges and acquisition transaction costs, were $316 million compared to $366 million in 2011, a decrease of 14 percent. Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We closed the acquisition of Cooper at the end of November and are off to a great start on the integration of Cooper into Eaton. As we had previously communicated, the closing of the Cooper transaction resulted in several unusual financial impacts to our fourth quarter results. Among these were $152 million of transaction costs reflected in our fourth quarter results. We also incurred $24 million of acquisition integration charges in the quarter. “Sales growth in the fourth quarter of 7 percent consisted of a decline of 6 percent in core sales and a reduction of 1 percent from foreign exchange, offset by an increase of 14 percent from acquisitions. Of the 14 percent sales growth from acquisitions, Cooper represented 12 percent. End markets in the fourth quarter declined by 5 percent,” said Cutler. For the full year 2012, sales were $16.3 billion, 2 percent higher than 2011. Net income was $1.22 billion, and net income per share was $3.46. Operating earnings in 2012 totaled $1.38 billion, an increase of 2 percent compared to 2011. Operating earnings per share for 2012 were $3.94 versus $3.96 in 2011. “Our full year 2012 sales increase of just 2 percent reflects the impact of continued uncertainty about economic growth in all major regions of the world,” said Cutler. “Looking back at 2012, while weak economic conditions impacted our sales growth, with the acquisition of Cooper, 2012 will go down in Eaton's history as a year of immense transformation. “We were able to obtain very attractive financing on the debt we issued in connection with the Cooper acquisition,” said Cutler. “We issued $4.9 billion of term debt, with maturities from 3 to 30 years, at an average rate of 2.74 percent. We also used $1.67 billion of our bridge facility to close the transaction. As of last Friday, we have repaid the bridge financing. “Our board will address the first quarter dividend at its meeting later this month,” said Cutler. “In 2013, we anticipate our revenues will grow approximately 42 percent,” said Cutler. “Acquisitions completed in 2012 are expected to add $6 billion of revenues. “We expect that 2013 operating earnings per share will set a record,” said Cutler. “We estimate that first quarter operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $33 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $0.70 and $0.80 per share. Note that this guidance includes a charge of $0.06 to complete the Cooper inventory purchase price adjustment. “For the full year 2013, we estimate that operating earnings per share, which exclude an estimated $145 million of charges to integrate our recent acquisitions, will be between $4.05 and $4.45 per share,” said Cutler. “Based on the midpoint of this guidance, our operating earnings per share in 2013 will grow 8 percent.” Business Segment Results Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Americas segment were $1.2 billion, up 3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $190 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $3 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $193 million, up 11 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. “End markets for our Electrical Americas segment grew 1 percent during the fourth quarter, and our orders grew 11 percent,” said Cutler. “Our operating margin was 16.7 percent. “Our U.S. nonresidential electrical and residential electrical markets showed good growth during the quarter, while the power quality market remained soft,” said Cutler. Fourth quarter sales for the Electrical Rest of World segment were $711 million, up 2 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011. This is the first quarter of revenue growth in over a year. Operating profits were $68 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $3 million during the quarter, operating profits totaled $71 million, up 1 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011. “During the fourth quarter, our Rest of World electrical markets declined 5 percent, as both Europe and APAC remained soft,” said Cutler. “Despite the market decline, we were able to grow our revenues and post an operating margin of 10.0 percent in the quarter. The restructuring actions we took in the quarter reduced the margin by 0.4 percent. Orders in the fourth quarter increased 2 percent.” Fourth quarter sales for the Cooper segment were $470 million, reflecting Eaton's ownership of Cooper for the month of December. Operating profits were $66 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $2 million during the quarter, operating profits were $68 million. “In 2013, we are going to be resegmenting our electrical business,” said Cutler. “We will be reporting two segments, the first named Electrical Products and the second named Electrical Systems and Services. For 2013, we expect our overall electrical markets to grow 3 to 4 percent.” In the Hydraulics segment, fourth quarter sales were $693 million, 2 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2 percent sales decline was made up of 10 percent growth from acquisitions offset by an 11 percent decline in core growth and a 1 percent decline from foreign exchange. Hydraulics markets in the fourth quarter declined 11 percent compared to the same period in 2011, with U.S. markets down 9 percent and non-U.S. markets down 12 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $44 million. Excluding acquisition integration charges of $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, operating profits were $51 million, down 52 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. “The global hydraulics market had another weak quarter, as mobile OEMs in particular maintained a cautious stance regarding future volumes. Our bookings in the quarter declined 24 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011,” said Cutler. “To address continued weakness in our Hydraulics markets, particularly in Europe, we took restructuring actions in the fourth quarter that reduced our Hydraulics margins by 2.5 percent. For 2013, we anticipate global hydraulics markets will decline by 4 percent, with U.S. markets down a bit more than non-U.S. markets.” The Aerospace segment posted fourth quarter sales of $434 million, an increase of 1 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011. Aerospace markets in the fourth quarter grew by 1 percent. Aerospace orders declined by 4 percent during the quarter. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $45 million, down 42 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. “Aerospace markets in the fourth quarter posted just 1 percent growth, as good growth in commercial deliveries and modest growth in the commercial aftermarket was largely offset by a decline in the defense aerospace markets,” said Cutler. “The mix shift we have experienced has been the primary driver of our lower margins in 2012. We also took restructuring actions in the quarter to improve the efficiency of the business, reducing our operating margin by 0.9 percent. For 2013, we anticipate our aerospace markets will grow 2 percent.” The Truck segment posted sales of $504 million in the fourth quarter, down 26 percent compared to 2011. Truck markets in the fourth quarter declined 13 percent, with U.S. markets down 14 percent and non-U.S. markets down 12 percent. Operating profits were $81 million, down 41 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, partly impacted by restructuring actions taken to reflect weaker markets. The restructuring actions reduced the operating margin by 1.6 percent. The Automotive segment posted fourth quarter sales of $367 million, down 8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Automotive unit production in the fourth quarter declined by 7 percent, with U.S. markets up 5 percent and non-U.S. markets down 11 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $17 million, down 60 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 largely due to restructuring actions taken during the quarter to deal with continued soft conditions in Europe. The restructuring actions reduced the operating margin by 2.7 percent. “Starting in 2013, our truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems businesses will be reported as the Vehicle segment,” said Cutler. “We expect our Vehicle markets to grow 2 percent during 2013.” Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2012 sales of $16.3 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical products, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control, power transmission, lighting and wiring products; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in 2012. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com. Notice of conference call: Eaton's conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2012 results is available to all interested parties as a live audio webcast today at 10 a.m. United States Eastern time via a link on the center of Eaton's home page. This news release can be accessed under its headline on the home page. Also available on the website prior to the call will be a presentation on fourth quarter results, which will be covered during the call. This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the first quarter 2013 and full year 2013 operating earnings per share, the growth in full year 2013 revenues, the performance of our worldwide markets, and our growth in relation to end markets. These statements should be used with caution and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the company's control. The following factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: unanticipated changes in the markets for the company's business segments; unanticipated downturns in business relationships with customers or their purchases from us; competitive pressures on sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the introduction of competing technologies; unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation or dispute resolutions; the impact of acquisitions and divestitures; unanticipated difficulties integrating acquisitions or realizing expected synergies from the Cooper acquisition; new laws and governmental regulations; interest rate changes; changes in currency exchange rates; stock market fluctuations; and unanticipated deterioration of economic and financial conditions in the United States and around the world. We do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Financial Results The company's comparative financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 are available on the company's website, www.eaton.com.                       EATON CORPORATION plcCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME   Three months ended December 31 Year endedDecember 31 (In millions except for per share data) 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net sales $ 4,333 $ 4,033 $ 16,311 $ 16,049   Cost of products sold 3,132 2,817   11,448 11,261 Selling and administrative expense 815 707 2,894 2,738 Research and development expense 126 101 439 417 Interest expense-net 108 26 208 118 Other expense (income)-net 64 (8) 71 (38) Income before income taxes 88 390 1,251 1,553 Income tax (benefit) expense (92) 29 31 201 Net income 180 361 1,220 1,352 Adjustment for net (income) loss for noncontrolling interests (1) 1 (3) (2) Net income attributable to Eaton common shareholders $ 179 $ 362 $ 1,217 $ 1,350   Net income per common share Diluted $ 0.46 $ 1.07 $ 3.46 $ 3.93 Basic 0.47 1.08 3.54 3.98   Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding Diluted 384.4 338.1 350.9 342.8 Basic 381.3 334.2 347.8 338.3   Reconciliation of net income attributable to Eaton common shareholders to operating earnings Net income attributable to Eaton common shareholders $ 179 $ 362 $ 1,217 $ 1,350 Excluding acquisition integration charges and transaction costs (after-tax) 137 4   167 10 Operating earnings $ 316 $ 366 $ 1,384 $ 1,360   Net income per common share - diluted $ 0.46 $ 1.07 $ 3.46 $ 3.93 Excluding per share impact of acquisition integration charges and transaction costs (after-tax) 0.36 0.01 0.48   0.03 Operating earnings per common share $ 0.82 $ 1.08 $ 3.94 $ 3.96   See accompanying notes.                     EATON CORPORATION plc     BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION   Three months endedDecember 31 Year endedDecember 31 (In millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net sales Electrical Americas $ 1,154 $ 1,121 $ 4,517 $ 4,192 Electrical Rest of World 711 699 2,731 2,984 Cooper 470 — 470 — Hydraulics 693 705 2,960 2,835 Aerospace 434 430 1,719 1,648 Truck 504 680 2,309 2,644 Automotive 367 398 1,605 1,746 Total net sales $ 4,333 $ 4,033 $ 16,311 $ 16,049   Segment operating profit Electrical Americas $ 190 $ 173 $ 749 $ 605 Electrical Rest of World 68 69 249 278 Cooper 66 — 66 — Hydraulics 44 103 369 438 Aerospace 45 78 213 244 Truck 81 137 420 486 Automotive 17 42 150 209 Total segment operating profit 511 602 2,216 2,260   Corporate Amortization of intangible assets (66) (47) (195) (190) Interest expense-net (108) (26) (208) (118) Pension and other postretirement benefits expense (41) (37) (162) (142) Inventory step-up adjustment (38) — (42) (5) Other corporate expense-net (170) (102) (358) (252) Income before income taxes 88 390 1,251 1,553 Income tax (benefit) expense (92) 29 31 201 Net income 180 361 1,220 1,352 Adjustment for net (income) loss for noncontrolling interests (1) 1 (3) (2) Net income attributable to Eaton common shareholders $ 179 $ 362 $ 1,217 $ 1,350   See accompanying notes.                 EATON CORPORATION plcCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS   December 31,2012 December 31,2011 (In millions) Assets Current assets Cash $ 577 $ 385 Short-term investments 527 699 Accounts receivable-net 3,510 2,444 Inventory 2,349 1,701 Other current assets 945 597 Total current assets 7,908 5,826   Property, plant and equipment-net 3,877 2,602   Other noncurrent assets Goodwill 14,396 5,537 Other intangible assets 6,779 2,192 Deferred income taxes 1,261 1,134 Other assets 1,615 582 Total assets $ 35,836 $ 17,873   Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities Short-term debt $ 757 $ 86 Current portion of long-term debt 314 321 Accounts payable 1,879 1,491 Accrued compensation 463 420 Other current liabilities 2,006 1,319 Total current liabilities 5,419 3,637   Noncurrent liabilities Long-term debt 9,762 3,366 Pension liabilities 1,997 1,793 Other postretirement benefits liabilities 732 642 Deferred income taxes 2,024 442 Other noncurrent liabilities 774 501 Total noncurrent liabilities 15,289 6,744   Shareholders' equity Eaton shareholders' equity 15,086 7,469 Noncontrolling interests 42 23 Total equity 15,128 7,492 Total liabilities and equity $ 35,836 $ 17,873   See accompanying notes.   EATON CORPORATION plcNOTES TO THE FOURTH QUARTER 2012 EARNINGS RELEASE Amounts are in millions of dollars unless indicated otherwise (per share data assume dilution). Eaton Corporation plc (Eaton or Company), formerly known as Eaton Corporation Limited, was incorporated under the laws of Ireland on May 10, 2012, and became the successor registrant to Eaton Corporation on November 30, 2012, in connection with the consummation of Eaton's acquisition of Cooper Industries plc (Cooper). Eaton Corporation shares were cancelled and exchanged for Eaton Corporation plc shares on a one-for-one basis. On December 3, 2012, Eaton Corporation plc began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the same symbol used by Eaton Corporation (“ETN”) prior to November 30, 2012. See Note 1 for additional information about the acquisition of Cooper. This earnings release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. These financial measures include operating earnings, operating earnings per common share, and operating profit before acquisition integration charges and transaction costs, each of which excludes amounts that differ from the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). A reconciliation of each of these financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in this earnings release. Management believes that these financial measures are useful to investors because they exclude transactions of an unusual nature, allowing investors to more easily compare Eaton's financial performance period to period. Management uses this information in monitoring and evaluating the on-going performance of Eaton and each business segment. Note 1. ACQUISITIONS AND SALE OF BUSINESSES On November 30, 2012, Eaton Corporation acquired Cooper for a purchase price of $13,192. The total purchase price is comprised of cash totaling $6,543 and Eaton share consideration valued at $6,649. Cooper is a diversified global manufacturer of electrical products and systems, with brands including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. Cooper had annual sales of $5,409 million for 2011. Eaton's Consolidated Financial Statements include Cooper's results of operations from November 30, 2012 through December 31, 2012. For segment reporting purposes, Cooper has been identified as a segment at December 31, 2012. In 2012 and 2011, Eaton acquired other businesses and entered into a joint venture in separate transactions. The Consolidated Statements of Income include the results of these businesses from the dates of the transactions or formation. These transactions and the related annual sales prior to acquisition are summarized below: Acquired businesses and joint venture         Date oftransaction     Businesssegment     Annual sales Rolec Comercial e Industrial S.A. September 28, Electrical $85 for the A Chilean manufacturer of integrated power assemblies and low- and medium-voltage switchgear, and a provider of engineering services serving mining and other heavy industrial applications in Chile and Peru. 2012 Americas 12 monthsendedSeptember 30,2012   Jeil Hydraulics Co., Ltd. July 6, Hydraulics $189 for 2011 A Korean manufacturer of track drive motors, swing drive motors, main control valves and remote control valves for the construction equipment market. 2012   Polimer Kaucuk Sanayi ve Pazarlama A.S. June 1, Hydraulics $335 for 2011 A Turkish manufacturer of hydraulic and industrial hose for construction, mining, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, food and beverage, and chemicals markets. This business sells its products under the SEL brand name. 2012   Gycom Electrical Low-Voltage Power Distribution, Control and Automation June 1, Electrical $24 for 2011 A Swedish electrical low-voltage power distribution, control and automation components business. 2012 Rest ofWorld   E.A. Pedersen Company December 29, Electrical $37 for 2011 A United States manufacturer of medium voltage switchgear, metal-clad switchgear, power control buildings and relay control panels primarily for the electrical utilities industry. 2011 Americas   IE Power, Inc. August 31, Electrical $5 for 2010 A Canadian provider of high power inverters for a variety of mission-critical applications including solar, wind and battery energy storage. 2011 Americas   E. Begerow GmbH & Co. KG August 15, Hydraulics $84 for 2010 A German system provider of advanced liquid filtration solutions. This business develops and produces technologically innovative filter media and filtration systems for food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical and industrial applications. 2011   ACTOM Low Voltage June 30, Electrical $65 for the A South African manufacturer and supplier of motor control components, engineered electrical distribution systems and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. 2011 Rest ofWorld year endedMay 31,2011   C.I. ESI de Colombia S.A. June 2, Electrical $8 for 2010 A Colombian distributor of industrial electrical equipment and engineering services in the Colombian market, focused on oil and gas, mining, and industrial and commercial construction. 2011 Americas   Internormen Technology Group May 12, Hydraulics $55 for 2010 A Germany-based manufacturer of hydraulic filtration and instrumentation with sales and distribution subsidiaries in China, the United States, India and Brazil. 2011   Eaton-SAMC (Shanghai) Aircraft Conveyance System Manufacturing Co., Ltd. March 8, Aerospace Joint venture A 49%-owned joint venture in China focusing on the design, development, manufacturing and support of fuel and hydraulic conveyance systems for the global civil aviation market. 2011   Tuthill Coupling Group January 1, Hydraulics $35 for the A United States based manufacturer of pneumatic and hydraulic quick coupling solutions and leak-free connectors used in industrial, construction, mining, defense, energy and power applications. 2011 year endedNovember 30,2010   Sale of Apex Tool Group, LLC In July 2010, Cooper formed a joint venture, named Apex Tool Group, LLC (Apex), with Danaher Corporation (Danaher). Apex was formed by combining Cooper's Tools business with certain Tools businesses from Danaher's Tools and Components segment. Cooper and Danaher each owned a 50% interest in the joint venture, had equal representation on its Board of Directors and had a 50% voting interest in the joint venture. On October 10, 2012, Cooper and Danaher announced they had entered into a definitive agreement to sell Apex to Bain Capital for approximately $1.6 billion subject to post-closing adjustments. On February 1, 2013, the sale of Apex was completed. Note 2. ACQUISITION INTEGRATION CHARGES AND TRANSACTION COSTS Eaton incurs integration charges and transaction costs related to acquired businesses. A summary of these charges follows:         Acquisitionintegration charges andtransaction costs     Operating profitas reported     Operating profitexcluding acquisitionintegration charges Three months ended December 31 2012   2011     2012   2011     2012   2011 Acquisition integration charges Electrical Americas $ 3 $ 1 $ 190 $ 173 $ 193 $ 174 Electrical Rest of World 3 1 68 69 71 70 Cooper 2 — 66 — 68 — Hydraulics 7 3 44 103 51 106 Aerospace — — 45 78 45 78 Truck — — 81 137 81 137 Automotive — — 17 42 17 42 Total business segments 15 5 $ 511 $ 602 $ 526 $ 607 Corporate integration charges 9 — Total acquisition integration charges $ 24 $ 5   Transaction costs Corporate transaction costs $ 90 $ — Financing fees 62 — Total transaction costs $ 152 $ —   Total acquisition integration charges and transaction costs before income taxes $ 176 $ 5 Total after income taxes $ 137 $ 4 Per common share - diluted $ 0.36 $ 0.01   Year ended December 31 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 Acquisition integration charges Electrical Americas $ 7 $ 8 $ 749 $ 605 $ 756 $ 613 Electrical Rest of World 8 2 249 278 257 280 Cooper 2 — 66 — 68 — Hydraulics 16 4 369 438 385 442 Aerospace — — 213 244 213 244 Truck — — 420 486 420 486 Automotive — — 150 209 150 209 Total business segments 33 14 $ 2,216 $ 2,260 $ 2,249 $ 2,274 Corporate integration charges 11 — Total acquisition integration charges $ 44 $ 14   Transaction costs Corporate transaction costs $ 106 $ — Financing fees 72 — Total transaction costs $ 178 $ —   Total acquisition integration charges andtransaction costs before income taxes $ 222 $ 14 Total after income taxes $ 167 $ 10 Per common share - diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.03   Integration charges for the fourth quarter of 2012 were related primarily to Polimer Kaucuk Sanayi ve Pazarlama (SEL), Cooper and Jeil Hydraulics. Integration charges for the full year of 2012 were related primarily to SEL, Jeil Hydraulics, The Moeller Group, Cooper and Internormen Technology Group. Integration charges in 2011 were related primarily to CopperLogic, Tuthill Coupling Group, Wright Line Holding, EMC Engineers and Internormen Technology Group. These charges were included in Cost of products sold or Selling and administrative expense, as appropriate. Corporate integration charges in 2012 were related primarily to the acquisition of Cooper. These charges were included in Selling and administrative expense. In Business Segment Information the charges were included in Other corporate expense-net. Acquisition-related transaction costs, such as investment banking, legal, and other professional fees are not included as a component of consideration transferred in an acquisition, but are expensed as incurred. Acquisition-related transaction costs in 2012 were related primarily to the acquisition of Cooper. These charges were included in Selling and administrative expense, Interest expense-net, and Other expense (income)-net. In Business Segment Information the charges were included in Interest expense-net and Other corporate expense-net. See Note 1 for additional information about Cooper and other business acquisitions. Note 3. DEBT On November 14, 2012, Eaton received proceeds totaling $4,853, net of financing costs and nominal discounts, from the issuance of senior notes (the Senior Notes) totaling $4,900 related to financing the cash portion of the acquisition of Cooper. The Senior Notes are comprised of five tranches which mature in 2015, 2017, 2022, 2032 and 2042, with interest payable semi-annually at a respective rate of 0.95%, 1.50%, 2.75%, 4.00% and 4.15%. The Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on an unsubordinated, unsecured basis by Eaton and certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, including Cooper, and are subject to customary covenants. This debt obligation is classified as long-term based on its terms. On November 30, 2012, the closing date of the acquisition of Cooper, Eaton borrowed $1,669 on a $6,750 364-day bridge facility (the Facility) which was obtained on May 21, 2012. The Facility was obtained to finance a portion of the cash paid to acquire Cooper. At December 31, 2012, $669 remained outstanding on the Facility and was classified as current based on its terms. On February 1, 2013, Eaton repaid the outstanding balance on the Facility. Note 4. RETIREMENT BENEFITS PLANS The components of retirement benefits expense follow:         Three months ended December 31 Pensionbenefit expense     Other postretirementbenefits expense 2012   2011 2012   2011 Service cost $ 42 $ 35 $ 4 $ 3 Interest cost 55 52 9 11 Expected return on plan assets (68) (58) (1) — Amortization 34 22 3 3 63 51 15 17 Curtailment loss 1 — — — Settlement loss 4 6 — — Total expense $ 68 $ 57 $ 15 $ 17   Year ended December 31 Pensionbenefit expense Other postretirementbenefits expense 2012 2011 2012 2011 Service cost $ 165 $ 141 $ 17 $ 15 Interest cost 211 210 38 41 Expected return on plan assets (260) (234) (6) — Amortization 133 88 13 12 249 205 62 68 Curtailment loss 1 1 — — Settlement loss 23 21 — — Total expense $ 273 $ 227 $ 62 $ 68   Note 5. INCOME TAXES The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was a benefit of 102.8% compared to expense of 7.2% for the fourth quarter 2011. The effective tax rate for full year 2012 was expense of 2.5% compared to expense of 12.9% for full year 2011. The lower effective tax rates in both the fourth quarter and full year 2012, compared to 2011, were primarily attributable to realization of a significant international tax benefit from actions taken after the acquisition of Cooper, enhanced foreign tax credit utilization, lower tax provisions in several international locations associated with restructuring actions, and greater levels of income in lower tax jurisdictions. Eaton CorporationMedia RelationsScott R. Schroeder, +1 440-523-5150scottrschroeder@eaton.comorInvestor RelationsDonald Bullock, +1 440-523-5127