Sherwin-Williams pays $80 mln to settle U.S. labor department probe

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:02pm EST

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Sherwin-Williams Co said it reached a settlement deal with the U.S. Department of Labor related to the U.S. paint maker's employee stock ownership plan by making a one-time payment of $80 million to the plan.

The company - which markets paints like Dutch Boy, Krylon, Minwax and Water Seal apart from its namesake brand - said the payment will result in an after-tax charge to earnings of $49.2 million, or 47 cents per share, in its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2012.

In January, the company - which caters to do-it-yourself customers, contractors and multinational industrial manufacturers - posted a fourth-quarter profit of $1.12 per share on revenue of $2.22 billion.

Sherwin-Williams said the agreement will not have an effect on its full-year 2013 earnings forecast issued on Jan. 31, 2013.

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