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NN INC filed this Form 10-Q on 11/09/2017
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Note 10. Income Taxes

Our effective tax rate from continuing operations was 26% and 31% for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2017, respectively, and 93% and 51% for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016, respectively. The loss on extinguishment of Senior Notes impacted the 2017 tax rate and was treated as a discrete item during the second quarter of 2017. The 2016 effective rate was impacted by changes in forecasted income and loss and driven by the application of the three- and nine-month results against the permanent book to tax differences. The effective tax rates for 2017 and 2016 differ from the U.S. federal statutory tax rate of 35% due primarily to earnings outside the United States that are indefinitely reinvested and taxed at rates lower than the U.S. federal statutory rate.

Management believes that it is reasonably possible that the amount of unrecognized income tax benefits and interest may decrease during the next 12 months by approximately $0.6 million related to the expiration of the statutes of limitations, of which $0.5 million would reduce income tax expense.

During the third quarter of 2017, the Internal Revenue Service commenced an examination of the federal tax return for the pre-acquisition period of January 1, 2015 through October 19, 2015 for Precision Engineered Products.

Note 11. Commitments and Contingencies

Brazil ICMS Tax Matter

Prior to the Autocam acquisition, Autocam’s Brazilian subsidiary received notification from the Brazilian tax authorities regarding ICMS (state value added tax or VAT) tax credits claimed on intermediary materials (tooling and perishable items) used in the manufacturing process. The Brazilian tax authority notification disallowed state ICMS credits claimed on intermediary materials based on the argument that these items are not intrinsically related to the manufacturing processes. Autocam Brazil filed an administrative defense with the Brazilian tax authority arguing, among other matters, that it should qualify for an ICMS tax credit, contending that the intermediary materials are directly related to the manufacturing process.

We believe that we have substantial legal and factual defenses, and we plan to defend our interests in this matter vigorously. While we believe a loss is not probable, we estimate the range of possible losses related to this assessment is from $0 to $6.0 million. No amount was accrued at September 30, 2017, for this matter. There was no material change in the status of this matter from December 31, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

We are entitled to indemnification from the former shareholders of Autocam, subject to the limitations and procedures set forth in the agreement and plan of merger relating to the Autocam acquisition. Management believes the indemnification would include amounts owed for the tax, interest and penalties related to this matter.

All Other Legal Matters

All other legal proceedings are of an ordinary and routine nature and are incidental to our operations. Management believes that such proceedings should not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. In making that determination, we analyze the facts and circumstances of each case at least quarterly in consultation with our attorneys and determine a range of reasonably possible outcomes.

Note 12. Investment in Joint Venture

We own a 49% investment in a joint venture located in Wuxi, China, with an unrelated entity called Wuxi Weifu Autocam Precision Machinery Company, Ltd. (the “JV”). The JV is jointly controlled and managed, and we account for it under the equity method.

The following table summarizes activity related to our investment in the JV for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.


Balance as of December 31, 2016

   $ 36,008  

Our share of cumulative earnings


Dividends declared and paid by joint venture


Accretion of basis difference from purchase accounting


Foreign currency translation gain





Balance as of September 30, 2017

   $ 37,739