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 31, 2018



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)












(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)


File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)





1 Ecolab Place, Saint Paul, Minnesota



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)





Registrant’s telephone number, including area code 1-800-232-6522


(Not applicable) 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On July 31, 2018, Ecolab Inc. (“Ecolab”) announced earnings for the second quarter ended June 30,  2018.  A copy of the (i) News Release issued by Ecolab in connection with this report under Item 2.02 is furnished and attached as Exhibit (99.1), (ii) Supplemental Data to be used in connection with the conference call to be held discussing the second quarter results is furnished and attached as Exhibit (99.2), and (iii) Supplemental Discussion and related materials to be used in such conference call is furnished and attached as Exhibit (99.3), each of which is incorporated by reference herein. Ecolab also will publish the attached exhibits on its website located at


Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.


On July 31, 2018, Ecolab announced that it has formally commenced a restructuring plan to simplify and automate processes and tasks, reduce complexity and management layers, consolidate facilities and focus on key long-term growth areas by leveraging recent technology and systems investments and organizational changes. The company expects that the restructuring activities will be completed by the end of 2020, with anticipated costs of $170 million ($130 million after tax) over the next three years. The company anticipates that the costs will primarily be cash expenditures for severance costs and some facility closure costs relating to team reorganizations. 


Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Information


Statements contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including statements concerning Ecolab’s restructuring plan, may constitute “forward¬looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the current expectations of management of the company. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this report. In particular, the ultimate results of any restructuring and business improvement actions depend on a number of factors, including the development of final plans, the impact of local regulatory requirements regarding employee terminations, the time necessary to develop and implement the restructuring and other business improvement initiatives and the level of success achieved through such actions in improving competitiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. Additional risks and uncertainties that may affect operating results and business performance are set forth under Item 1A of our most recent Form 10-K, and the company’s other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ecolab does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in expectations, except as required by law.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.




The following exhibits are furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and should not be deemed to be “filed” under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.









Exhibit No.




Method Of Filing










Ecolab Inc. News Release dated July 31, 2018.


Filed herewith electronically.










Supplemental Data for Second Quarter dated July 31, 2018.


Filed herewith electronically.










Supplemental Discussion for Second Quarter dated July 31, 2018.


Filed herewith electronically.








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.











Date: July 31, 2018


/s/ David F. Duvick



David F. Duvick



Assistant Secretary