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                                   Subject Company: The Stanley Works
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                 NEWSMAKER Q&A

                 Stanley's CEO: We're Being Hammered

                 JUNE 10, 2002

                 John Trani insists the toolmaker's controversial plan to
                 reincorporate in Bermuda for tax reasons is "patriotic"
                 if it saves U.S. jobs

                 Stanley Works, the venerable New Britain (Conn.) maker of
                 yellow-handled hammers and other tool and hardware products,
                 has put itself in the eye of a political storm. It wants to
                 save $30 million a year in federal taxes by reincorporating
                 in Bermuda.

                 The move, which would follow similar actions in recent years
                 by other U.S.-based multinationals, has generated a firestorm
                 of criticism. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers have blasted
                 Stanley's plan to cut its U.S. tax bill as immoral and
                 unpatriotic, especially in the wake of the terrorist attacks
                 of September 11.

                 Stanley shareholders voted to approve the move last month.
                 But following complaints by some investors that they had been
                 misled prior to the vote, the company has agreed to a revote
                 later this summer. One key controversy: Although the move
                 would allow Stanley to pay substantially less in corporate
                 tax, it would also shift to its shareholders an estimated
                 $150 million in capital-gains taxes.

                 On June 5, Stanley's plainspoken CEO, John M.
                 Trani, told his side of the story to BusinessWeek
                 editors and correspondents in Washington. His view:
                 U.S. companies must be able to compete with
                 foreign competitors on taxes, just as they do on all other
                 costs. If they can't, he says, they will be "extinguished."
                 Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

                 Q: Why are you making this move?
                 A: Tax rates in other countries are much lower. Our foreign
                 competitors have had a significant advantage, and now some
                 U.S. companies have [moved offshore]. So we have a double
                 whammy: We're sitting here in a strategically vulnerable
                 place, and we have to be the poster boy for this issue right
                 now. That comes with the territory of having a great brand.

                 Q: Why has it become such a politically controversial issue?
                 A: Somebody looked at this, and decided [what Stanley is
                 doing] was wrong, so they decided to take up a variety of
                 [issues], all piecemeal.... The more thoughtful view is that
                 we need to look at this comprehensively. Eighty percent of
                 the major acquisitions in the last four years have been
                 foreign companies buying U.S. companies. We don't think
                 that's happenstance.

                 We recently bid on a European company and got outbid by
                 another company with a lower tax rate, which subsequently
                 said to us, "Now that we bought them, why don't we buy you,
                 too." If that happened, obviously the U.S. jobs would move

                 The facts of the matter are, this company has to remain
                 competitive. We have a fundamental issue to deal with that
                 can [become demagoguery] very easily.

                 Q: You're telling us you're taxed more heavily than a
                 European toolmaker?
                 A: Yes, in the U.S., and outside the U.S. in certain cases.

                 Q: You say you can save $30 million a year in corporate
                 taxes. Are you talking about U.S. earnings, foreign earnings,
                 or both?
                 A: Both. It's about managing the overall tax burden of the
                 company. My view is that a company, for tax purposes, is
                 really a bunch of shareowners who pay taxes either through
                 the corporate entity [via the corporate tax], or

                 If the company decides to give out dividends, then the
                 individual pays. If the company grows, then the shareowners
                 pay through capital-gains taxes. So, [under the Stanley
                 proposal], the shareowners will pay to the U.S. government
                 capital-gains taxes, [but] get a reduction in the [corporate]
                 tax rate.

                 We wouldn't ask them to do this if we didn't think it would
                 generate earnings through reinvestment in the company, which
                 would increase the stock price, which would generate more tax
                 revenue with a lower tax rate than would otherwise be the
                 case. The shareholders are paying it either way.

                 Q: I'm looking at your annual report. About 90% of your
                 revenues are from the U.S.
                 A: No, about 70%.... I'm talking about sales.

                 Q: I'm talking earnings. So, the bulk of the tax savings is
                 in U.S. taxes?
                 A: I don't know that. I don't know the answer to that

                 Q: And if the numbers are correct, shareholders will pay
                 taxes of about $150 million on [the reincorporation]?
                 A: We're not going near a number right now, because, frankly,
                 we've been advised by the lawyers not to discuss what might
                 be assumptions.

                 Q: Would you disagree with that number?
                 A: I can't. We made a bunch of assumptions at the time of the
                 last vote, based on what we believe is the tax basis of our
                 shareowner base. [We said]: "Here is our estimate of what the
                 capital gains would be."

                 Q: But using that number, that means shareholders will get a
                 return on this in five years?
                 A: Payback is five years, [but] our belief is that five years
                 is way too long to get a return.... So we'll reinvest the
                 tax-rate difference inside the company, grow it, and
                 therefore generate more earnings, which will generate a
                 higher share price, and higher taxes for everybody.

                 Q: Do you want to see an international, territorial tax
                 A: We think a territorial tax system would be a big, big
                 positive step.

                 Q: Give us an example of a competitor benefiting from a lower
                 tax rate.
                 A: Allied Trade, a trading company out of Asia. They have
                 facilities in China and Taiwan, in particular. Their tax rate
                 is much lower. It's the case with all the Asian guys.

                 The guys in Europe have a different way to get a lower
                 effective tax rate. If you're interested, you're out of my
                 league. But we'll get you somebody to tell you how.

                 Q: What does it say about this system that you're a CEO of a
                 multinational corporation and even you can't understand how
                 it works?
                 A: I don't understand how all the IT stuff works, either. Or
                 the ERISA laws. It's a technical area.

                 The only area we know, as CEOs, is that this group has a
                 significant advantage according to where they're located.
                 This didn't exist in the '60s. In the last 10 to 15 years,
                 the world has gotten a lot more global.

                 Q: How are you going to equalize tax rates around the world?
                 If you cut them [in the U.S.], they'll cut them elsewhere....
                 You're setting up one of these race-to-the-bottom situations
                 on taxes, aren't you?
                 A: We view it that we have a competitive disadvantage that
                 the tax code allows you to remedy. If we locate offshore, we
                 have leveled the playing field. And if [the other country]
                 lowers tax rates, we're as advantaged or disadvantaged as the
                 other companies.

                 Q: The best way to sell tools in America is to be a foreign
                 A: No, we're a U.S.-headquartered company. The best way to
                 sell tools in the U.S. is to incorporate outside the U.S.

                 Q: Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has said the sensible
                 thing to do is to get rid of the corporate income tax and let
                 shareholders pay the tax. Does that make sense to you?
                 A: The simpler it gets, the better it is. Then everybody can
                 follow the same rules.

                 Q: Do you market your products based on nationality, that
                 this is an American product, made in America?
                 A: There is no nationalistic marketing view. We got Home
                 Depot and Lowe's and Wal-Mart, and they started buying this
                 [foreign-made] stuff and [overseas competitors] got better at
                 what they did. At one time, the Japanese stuff didn't work.
                 Now it all works. So, everybody moves up the food chain in
                 terms of quality. Otherwise, you don't stay around.

                 Q: Are you taking a public relations hit?
                 A: More a stock-price hit than a public relations hit.

                 Q: People are saying some pretty rough things about you --
                 that you're immoral, that you're unpatriotic. What's your
                 A: I totally disagree. First of all, [under our plan] people
                 are going to pay more taxes to the government. Secondly,
                 we're going to preserve more jobs here...and that seems to be
                 the patriotic thing to do. If we're uncompetitive, we have to
                 strip pieces of the company out. So this is all about being

                 Q: How much tax are you going to pay on the transaction?
                 A: I don't know. But I just gave 12,000 shares to a
                 charitable trust, just so it's all on the record.

                 Q: It's hard to make this argument after Tyco, isn't it?
                 [Tyco is a Bermuda-based corporation, and its CEO was just
                 indicted on charges of trying to evade sales taxes on
                 purchases of artwork.]
                 A: Yeah. We started making this argument last April. The
                 easiest thing would be to fold your tent and go home. I don't
                 think it's the right thing to do. So, we're going to
                 persevere here. If the shareholders say "No," they say "No."
                 But most are saying, "Go get 'em. Do what you have to do."

                 Q: Why not pull back on globalization?
                 A: Globalization, lowering tariffs, and eliminating
                 protectionism has resulted in more wealth creation than ever
                 before, more people working, more people with housing. One
                 could argue that part of that framework was increasing the
                 competitiveness of U.S. companies in the global marketplace.
                 As a country, we did all those things we had to do...and
                 we're better off for them.

                 In our view, if we generate more revenue, we're a healthier
                 company. We'll be able to employ more people, and so on.

                 Q: If you can't do this, what's going to happen?
                 A: We're going to be way or the other.
                 We'll do the same things we're doing now. The lowest-cost,
                 highest-quality operation wins the game. And where that makes
                 sense to do in a locality, a country, vis-a-vis its local
                 market, we'll do that. Where it doesn't make sense, we won't.

                 We're the last surviving company to manufacture hardware in
                 New Britain, Conn. Every other company has left. We couldn't
                 compete manufacturing hardware in New Britain, so we moved
                 [some manufacturing] to China. You have to operate in the
                 market you're in, and act accordingly.

                 Q: You're not making a jobs argument, you're making an
                 argument for comparative advantage?
                 A: Yeah, you could look at it that way -- a comparative
                 leveling argument. You have several factors to operate under.
                 One of the factors is taxes. And if this thing is a big
                 disadvantage where you are, you have to work like hell to
                 offset the disadvantage...or your business is going away.

                 Q: One of the criticisms of multinational corporations is
                 that they're less American...that they're somehow less
                 A: That is a fundamental issue. The reality is, we [all] have
                 a desire for the way it used to be -- not for the way it is.
                 And business leaders need to deal with the way it is and the
                 way it will be, not the way it was.

                 Respect the way it was, yes, but deal with the way it is. To
                 not do this is to destroy companies. It's not a choice. If
                 you don't deal with the present, you get extinguished.

The foregoing does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale, or an
offer or invitation to purchase any securities. A registration statement on
Form S-4 was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and
will contain a form of proxy statement / prospectus with respect to the
reincorporation, providing details of the transaction. This registration
statement is available at the SEC's web site, When
finalized, these documents will be available without charge at the SEC's web
site and Stanley's web site, Investors should
read these documents before making a decision concerning the transaction.

The Stanley Works, its officers and directors may be deemed to be participants
in the solicitation of proxies from shareowners in favor of the
reincorporation. Information about the directors and executive officers and
ownership of stock is set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus relating to
the annual meeting of The Stanley Works contained in the Form S-4 of The
Stanley Works, Ltd. filed with the SEC on April 2, 2002.