RSS was part of Kodak's Commercial & Government Systems' operation within the Commercial Imaging Group and its customers include NASA, other U.S. government agencies, and aerospace and defense companies. Kodak's RSS operation, including Research Systems, Inc. (RSI), had sales last year of approximately $425 million.
All 2,000 RSS and RSI employees will transfer to ITT Industries, with Rochester as the headquarters for ITT's new Space Systems Division. James Manchisi, president of RSS, will join ITT Industries Space Systems Division as President, reporting to Henry J. Driesse, President, ITT Industries, Defense.
"The sale of RSS is consistent with Kodak's digitally oriented strategy to focus on the consumer, commercial and health imaging markets," said Daniel A. Carp, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. "By selling RSS, we have sharpened our focus on our key growth markets, and have provided RSS employees with the opportunity to work for a company that serves the aerospace and defense markets."
This action by Kodak further aligns its product portfolio with its business strategy. The proceeds of the sale will further strengthen the company's financial position and flexibility during its business model transition.
Net of tax and transaction costs, but subject to post-closing adjustments, Kodak expects to realize approximately $475 million in cash. The sale of RSS will result in an after-tax gain of approximately $390 million, excluding the potential impact of any settlement or curtailment gains or losses that may be incurred in connection with pension and postretirement benefit plans.
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, ITT Industries supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; fluid and water management including water treatment; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products. The company generated $5.63 billion in 2003 sales and employs approximately 36,000 people around the world.
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-- The successful implementation of our digitally-oriented growth strategy;
-- Implementation of product strategies (including category expansion, digitization, organic light emitting diode (OLED), and digital products);
-- Implementation of intellectual property licensing strategies;
-- Development and implementation of e-commerce strategies;
-- Completion of information systems upgrades, including SAP, our enterprise system software;
-- Completion of various portfolio actions;
-- Reduction of inventories;
-- Integration of newly acquired businesses;
-- Improvement in manufacturing productivity and techniques;
-- Improvement in receivables performance;
-- Reduction in capital expenditures;
-- Improvement in supply chain efficiency;
-- Implementation of future focused cost reductions, including personnel reductions
-- Development of our business in emerging markets like China, India, Brazil, Mexico and Russia;
-- Inherent unpredictability of currency fluctuations and raw material costs;
-- Competitive actions, including pricing;
-- The nature and pace of technology evolution, including the analog-to-digital transition;
-- Continuing customer consolidation and buying power;
-- General economic, business, geopolitical and public health conditions; and other factors and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images - for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of $13.3 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications Group, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems consisting of three wholly owned subsidiaries: Encad, Inc., NexPress Solutions, and Kodak Versamark; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers optics and imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.
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