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    • 19 9 8 Strategy Global Coverage Since 1923, Ecolab has followed a strategy to Circle the Customer in institutional and industrial markets with an ever-widening array of value-added, premium products, systems and services. Today, Ecolab continues to grow by meeting the increasing breadth and depth of cleaning and sanitation requirements for these critcal markets. Equally important, has been EcolabÕs mission to Circle the Globe. We are dedicated to serving our customers whenever, wherever, they need us. We ensure they achieve the highest level of cleaning and sanitation, around the clock, around the world. Countries Served by Ecolab Countries Served by Henkel-Ecolab Business Overview Business Mix Customers/Markets Ecolab Customers: Reaching customers in more than 150 countries ¥ around the world to provide products, systems and services to meet Restaurants ¥ all of their cleaning and sanitation needs is the premise behind EcolabÕs Hotels ¥ Circle the Customer Ð Circle the Globe strategy. To this end, Ecolab Quickservice operations ¥ develops and markets complementary offerings through seven Food retail (grocery) ¥ business units in the United States: Institutional, Pest Elimination, Schools ¥ Kay, Textile Care, Professional Products, Food & Beverage, and Laundries ¥ Water Care Services. In addition, as a global supplier, Ecolab Healthcare facilities 1998 ¥ reaches customers in Canada, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Dairy farms and plants Institutional 41% ¥ Africa through direct subsidiaries, joint ventures, export operations, Food, beverage and brewery International 23% licensees and distributors. processing plants ¥ Office buildings Food & Beverage 13% ¥ Shopping malls Pest Elimination 6% ¥ Light industry Professional Products 6% ¥ Fleet and vehicle wash Kay 5% Markets: ¥ United States Textile Care 3% ¥ Canada Other Services 2% ¥ Asia Pacific Water Care Services 1% ¥ Latin America ¥ Africa Henkel-Ecolab Customers: In Europe, Ecolab completes ¥ its Circle the Customer Ð Circle the Globe strategy through Henkel- Restaurants ¥ Ecolab, a joint venture headquartered in DŸsseldorf, Germany. Hotels ¥ Henkel-EcolabÕs business mirrors that of EcolabÕs elsewhere, offer- Laundries ¥ ing the same premium products and services to global chains that Healthcare facilities ¥ require worldwide consistency, as well as serving individual Dairy farms and plants ¥ customers. Food, beverage and brewery 36 26 25 13 1998 processing plants ¥ Schools Institutional 36% ¥ Office buildings Professional Hygiene 26% ¥ Light industry Food & Beverage P3 25% Market: Textile Hygiene ¥ Europe (Textile Care) 13%
    • Ecolab Stock Performance 1998 1997 2.50 $40 2.30 Ecolab, S & P 500 Indices Quarter High Low High Low $35 Ecolab Stock Price 2.10 First $29.63 $26.63 $19.56 $18.13 $30 1.90 Second $33.00 $28.19 $24.03 $19.06 $25 1.70 1.50 Third $33.11 $27.13 $24.94 $21.28 $20 1.30 Fourth $38.00 $26.13 $28.00 $23.06 $15 1.10 $10 0.90 Ecolab Stock Price 1/96 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Ecolab Stock Price Index. Jan. 1, 1996 = 100 1996 1997 1998 S&P 500 Index. Jan 1, 1996 = 100 Services/Products Sales Sales-and-Service Associates Institutional: Innovative warewashing, on-premise laundry, December 31 1996 1997 1998 Sales (Dollars in Millions) housekeeping, warehandling, water filtration and conditioning, kitchen equipment repair, vehicle wash, and pool and spa man- Institutional 2,125 2,260 2,405 $1,490 $1,640 $1,888 agement products, programs and services for the foodservice Kay 95 100 120 and hospitality industries. Textile Care 135 130 125 Pest Elimination: Commercial pest elimination and prevention services. Professional Products 200 200 190 Kay: Cleaning and sanitation products and training programs Water Care 80 95 95 for the quickservice restaurant, convenience store and food retail Food & Beverage 365 375 420 markets. 1996 1997 1998 Pest Elimination 1,035 1,115 1,260 Textile Care: Cleaning and sanitizing products and services Other – U.S. – 5 285 for large on-premise and commercial laundries. Canada 240 265 300 Professional Products: Floor-care, carpet-care, odor-con- trol, personal hand soap, surgical scrub, disinfecting and general Asia Pacific* 455 505 750 sanitizing products, programs and systems for the commercial, Latin America 335 310 330 industrial and healthcare markets. Africa 75 85 85 Water Care Services: Water treatment programs for boilers, cooling water and waste treatment systems. Total 5,140 5,445 6,365 Food & Beverage: Cleaning and sanitizing products, *excludes Gibson in 1996 and 1997 equipment, systems and services for the agribusiness, Prior years have been restated to conform to the beverage, brewery, dairy and food processing industries. 1998 presentation. Institutional: Warewashing, housekeeping and related 1996 1997 1998 Sales December 31 (Millions) products and services for the hospitality and foodservice markets. $905 $845 $904 Joint Venture 2,010 2,225 2,365 Professional Hygiene: Detergents, sanitizers, machines, Prior years have been restated to conform to the 1998 presentation. equipment, floor-care and odor-control products for contract DM 1,355 DM 1,447 DM 1,597 or in-house cleaning, and highly specialized disinfectants and other cleaning and sanitizing products for the health- care industry. Food & Beverage P3: Cleaning and sanitizing products for the agribusiness, beverage, brewery, dairy, food process- 1996 1997 1998 ing, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Deutsche Marks Textile Hygiene: Cleaning and sanitizing products and services for large commercial, on-premise and small independent laundries.
    • As Ecolab continues to become a more powerful and diverse global player, one thing remains unchanged Ð our ability to meet customersÕ needs. Wherever the customer is located; whatever hours it keeps. In fact, weÕve built our reputation by supplying products, systems and services as varied and far-reaching as those who use them. Around the clock, around the world, we help businesses run more successful operations, as well as keep them clean. It has earned us the trust of more than 350,000 customers worldwide. And it has earned us our reputation as industry leader. Description of Business Founded in 1923, Ecolab is the leading global developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance products and services for the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets. Customers include hotels and restaurants; foodservice, healthcare and educational facilities; quickservice (fast-food) units; groceries; commercial laundries; light industry; dairy plants and farms; and food and beverage processors. Ecolab provides customized products, equipment and programs, backed by the industryÕs largest and best-trained sales-and-service force, which is more than 6,300 members strong. Ecolab operates directly in 37 countries in North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, employing more than 12,000 associates. In Europe, it reaches customers through a joint venture, Henkel-Ecolab, headquartered in DŸsseldorf, Germany. Henkel-Ecolab does business in 26 countries, including Eastern European markets, and employs nearly 4,600 associates, including a direct sales-and-service force of nearly 2,400. Ecolab serves customers in more than 100 other countries through distributors, licensees and export operations. Through the implementation of its Circle the Customer Ð Circle the Globe strategy, Ecolab continues to offer an increasing array of value-added, superior products, systems and services that complement each other and keep its customersÕ facilities cleaner, healthier and safer Ð everywhere in the world. Ecolab common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Exchange under the symbol ECL. Ecolab news releases and other selected investor information are available by calling 1-800-FACT-ECL (1-800-322-8325) or on the Internet at www.ecolab.com. Contents Business Overview, Foldout Operations Review, 18 Financial Highlights, 1 Financial Report, 24 Shareholders Letter, 2 Board of Directors and Officers, 52 Around the Clock, Around the World, 6 Shareholder Information, 53 All product names and certain information appearing in italic type in the text of this annual report are trademarks, brand names, service marks or copyright material of Ecolab Inc., Kay Chemical Company or Henkel-Ecolab.
    • Financial Highlights Percent Change December 31 (thousands, except per share) 1998 1997 1996 1998 1997 Net Sales $1,888,226 $1,640,352 $1,490,009 15% 10% Income from Continuing Operations 154,506 133,955 113,185 15 18 Percent of Sales 8.2% 8.2% 7.6% Diluted Income from Continuing Operations per Common Share 1.15 1.00 0.85 15 18 Diluted Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding 134,047 133,822 132,817 – 1 Cash Dividends Declared per Common Share 0.390 0.335 0.290 16 16 Cash Provided by Continuing Operating Activities 274,529 235,098 254,269 17 (8) Capital Expenditures 147,631 121,667 111,518 21 9 Shareholders’ Equity 690,541 551,701 519,963 25 6 Return on Beginning Equity 28.0% 25.8% 24.8% Total Debt 295,032 308,268 176,292 (4) 75 Total Debt to Capitalization 29.9% 35.8% 25.3% Total Assets $1,470,995 $1,416,299 $1,208,409 4% 17% Net Sales Income (Dollars in Millions) (Dollars in Millions) $1,208 $1,341 $1,490 $1,640 $1,888 $90 $99 $113 $134 $155 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Diluted Income per Share Dividends Declared per Share (Dollars) (Dollars) $0.66 $0.73 $0.85 $1.00 $1.15 $0.228 $0.258 $0.290 $0.335 $0.390 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Income and diluted income per share are continuing operations. 1994 reflects pro forma adjustments to eliminate unusual items associated with the companyÕs December 1994 merger with Kay Chemical Company. This Annual Report to Stockholders contains various ÒForward-Looking StatementsÓ within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which represent EcolabÕs expectations or beliefs concerning various future events, are based on current expectations. Therefore, they involve a number of risks and uncertain- ties that could cause actual results to differ from those of such Forward-Looking Statements. We refer readers to the CompanyÕs statement entitled ÒForward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors, which is contained under Part I of the CompanyÕs Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998, for further discussion of these matters. Ó Additional risk factors may be described from time to time in EcolabÕs filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ecolab 1998 Annual Report 1