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EX-99.1 - STONERIDGE INCv224258_ex99-1.htm
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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 27, 2011
Stoneridge, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 Ohio  001-13337  34-1598949
(State of other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
9400 East Market Street  
Warren, Ohio 44484 
(Address of principal executive offices)  (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (330) 856-2443

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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ITEM 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

Effective January 1, 2011, Stoneridge, Inc. (the “Company”) elected to change the method of valuing inventories for certain U.S. businesses to the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) method, while in prior years, these inventories were valued using the last-in, first-out method.  As a result of this change in accounting principle, all inventories are valued using the FIFO method.  The Company believes the change is preferable as it conforms the Company’s inventory costing methods for all inventories to a single method and improves comparability with industry peers.  The FIFO method also better reflects current acquisition cost of those inventories on the consolidated balance sheets.  The Company has applied this change in method of inventory costing retrospectively to prior periods in accordance with accounting principles relating to accounting changes. 

For informational purposes, included in Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K are historical unaudited consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2010 and 2009, and the related unaudited consolidated statements of operations and cash flows for the three years ended December 31, 2010 that apply the new accounting method retrospectively.

ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(c)           Exhibits

Exhibit No. 

Consolidated Financial Statements, as adjusted (Unaudited).


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.

Stoneridge, Inc.
Date:  May 27, 2011
/s/ George E. Strickler 
George E. Strickler, Executive Vice President, Chief
Financial Officer and Treasurer
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)