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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 11-K

 

 

(Mark One):

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2019

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number 1-14187

 

 

 

A.

Full title of the plan and the address of the plan, if different from that of the issuer named below: RPM International Inc. 401(k) Trust and Plan, as amended

 

B.

Name of issuer of the securities held pursuant to the plan and the address of its principal executive office: RPM International Inc. 2628 Pearl Road, P.O. Box 777, Medina, Ohio 44258

 

 

 


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RPM INTERNATIONAL INC.

401(k) TRUST

AND PLAN

FINANCIAL

STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31,

2019 AND 2018


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

     1-2  

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

  

Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits

     3  

Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

     4  

Notes to Financial Statements

     5-11  

Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year)

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Audit Committee and Plan Administrator

RPM International Inc. 401(k) Trust and Plan

Medina, Ohio

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of the RPM International Inc. 401(k) Trust and Plan (the “Plan”) as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes (collectively, the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2019, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risk of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Plan’s management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.


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Supplemental Information

The supplemental information in the accompanying schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 31, 2019, has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The supplemental information is presented for the purpose of additional analysis and is not a required part of the financial statements but included supplemental information required by the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The supplemental information is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental information reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental information. In forming our opinion on the supplemental information, we evaluated whether the supplemental information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the supplemental information is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2015.

Cleveland, Ohio

June 29, 2020


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RPM INTERNATIONAL INC. 401(k) TRUST AND PLAN

Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits

 

 

 

     December 31, 2019      December 31, 2018  

ASSETS

     

Investments, at fair value

   $ 955,701,461      $ 786,327,464  

Receivables

     

Notes receivable from participants

     12,503,024        10,791,421  

Employer’s contribution

     315,957        484,187  

Participants’ contributions

     598,930        899,583  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Receivables

     13,417,911        12,175,191  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS

   $ 969,119,372      $ 798,502,655  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits

 

 

For The Year Ended December 31, 2019

Additions To Net Assets Attributed To:

Contributions

     

Participants

   $ 39,584,356     

Employer

     20,287,642     

Rollover

     5,604,868      $ 65,476,866  
  

 

 

    

Investment Income

     

Interest, dividends and other

     25,766,911     

Net appreciation in fair value of investments

     161,172,840        186,939,751  
  

 

 

    

Interest on notes receivable from participants

        672,130  

Assets Transferred from Prior Trustees

        1,051,127  
     

 

 

 
            254,139,874  

Deductions from Net Assets Attributed To:

     

Benefits paid to participants

     83,317,621     

Deemed distributions

     23,237     

Administrative expenses

     182,299        83,523,157  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Increase

        170,616,717  

Net Assets Available for Benefits:

     

Beginning of year

        798,502,655  
     

 

 

 

End of year

      $ 969,119,372  
     

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

 

NOTE A – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying financial statements of the RPM International Inc. 401(k) Trust and Plan (the Plan) have been prepared on the accrual basis in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition

Investments are reported at fair value. Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. See Note C for discussion of fair value measurements.

Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis. Interest income is recorded when received. Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date.

Notes Receivable from Participant Accounts

Notes receivable from participants are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Delinquent participant loans are reclassified as distributions based upon the terms of the Plan document.

Contributions

Contributions are recorded on the accrual basis.

Payment of Benefits

Benefits are recorded when paid.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and changes therein, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

NOTE B - Description of the Plan

The following description of the Plan provides only general information. Participants should refer to the Plan document for a more complete description of the Plan’s provisions.

General

The Plan, adopted on June 1, 1996, is a defined contribution retirement savings plan covering substantially all domestic non-union employees of participating subsidiaries of RPM International Inc. (the Company and Plan Sponsor). The Plan is subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended.

 

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NOTE B - Description of the Plan (continued)

 

Eligibility

Employees, as defined, are eligible to participate in the Plan provided they have worked for the Company for a period of 3 months. Unless elected otherwise, employees are automatically enrolled into the Plan at a pre-tax contribution rate of 3% as of the first payroll beginning after eligibility requirements are met.

Contributions

Participants may contribute up to 50% of their gross annual compensation, as defined. Participants who have attained age 50 before the end of the Plan year are eligible to make catch-up contributions. Participants may also contribute amounts representing distributions from other qualified defined benefit or defined contribution plans. Participants direct the investment of their contributions into various investment options offered by the Plan. The Plan currently offers a variety of investment funds as investment options for participants. The Plan is a Safe Harbor 401(k) plan. The Company matches up to a maximum rate of 100% of the first 3% and 50% of the next 2% of employee deferrals. The matching Company contribution is invested in the same way the participants invest their own contributions. Contributions are subject to certain limitations, as defined.

Participant Accounts

Each participant’s account is credited with the participant’s contribution, the Company’s matching contribution and an allocation of Plan earnings/(losses) and charged with an allocation of administrative expenses. Allocations are based on participant earnings or account balances, as defined. The benefit to which a participant is entitled is the benefit that can be provided from the participant’s vested account.

Vesting

Vesting is immediate for contributions, both for employee and employer, and earnings thereon.

Notes Receivable from Participants

Participants may borrow from their fund accounts a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum equal to the lesser of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance. Participants can only have one loan outstanding under the Plan at any time. Loan terms may not exceed five years. The loans are secured by the balance in the participant’s account and bear interest at a fixed rate between 4.00% and 6.50% as determined by the Plan Sponsor at the date of issuance. Principal and interest are paid ratably through payroll deductions.

Payment of Benefits

Upon termination of a participant’s employment, including termination by reason of death, disability or retirement, a participant may elect to receive either a lump-sum amount equal to the value of the participant’s interest in his or her accounts or regular installments over any period not to exceed ten years.

In-service withdrawals are available in certain limited circumstances, as defined by the Plan. Hardship withdrawals are allowed for participants incurring immediate and heavy financial need, as defined by the Plan. Hardship withdrawals are strictly regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

 

 

NOTE B - Description of the Plan (continued)

 

Plan Expenses

During 2019, certain administrative expenses, and other expenses incurred in connection with the sale, purchase, and management of the assets of the investment funds were paid by the Plan.

Transfer of Assets to the Plan

The Company has completed a number of acquisitions since the inception of the Plan. Typically, the plan of the acquired companies is merged into the Plan. Related assets from these mergers are shown as Transfer of Assets to the Plan. Employees of acquired companies become eligible to participate in the Plan as of the date defined by the applicable amendment and supplemental agreement made to the Plan.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

 

NOTE C - Fair Value Measurements

The Plan follows the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, which defines fair value and provides guidance for measuring fair value and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures does not require any new fair value measurements, but rather applies to all other accounting pronouncements that require or permit fair value measurements.

Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures establishes a framework for measuring fair value. That framework provides a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurement) and the lowest priority to unobserved inputs (Level 3 measurement). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described below:

 

Level 1    Inputs to the valuation methodology are unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets that the Plan can access.
Level 2    Inputs to the valuation methodology include:
  

•  Quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets;

  

•  Quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets;

  

•  Inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability;

  

•  Inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

   If the asset or liability has a specified (contractual) term, the Level 2 inputs must be observable for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.
Level 3    Inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.

The asset’s or liability’s fair value measurement level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Valuation techniques used need to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. Following is a description of the valuation methodologies used for assets measured at fair value. There have been no changes in the methodologies used at December 31, 2019 and 2018.

Mutual Funds: Valued at quoted prices from an active market, which represents the net asset value (NAV) of shares held by the Plan at year-end.

Stable value fund: The Plan provides participants a stable value investment option managed by Fidelity. The Managed Income Portfolio II Fund of the Fidelity Group includes synthetic guaranteed investment contracts and is a portfolio of financial instruments. The fund is valued using NAV as a practical expedient to estimate fair value. The redemption frequency is daily and there are no unfunded commitments, or redemption restrictions. There is no redemption notice period for the individual participant level; however, there is up to a 12-month redemption notice period for the Plan level.

Employer Securities: Valued at the closing price per share each day on the active market.

 

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NOTE C - Fair Value Measurements (continued)

 

Common/Collective Trusts: Valued at NAV based on the fair value of the underlying investments held by the fund less its liabilities. The use of NAV as fair value is deemed appropriate as the collective trust funds do not have finite lives, unfunded commitments relating to these types of investments, or significant restrictions on redemptions.

Insurance Policies: Valued at cash surrender value, which approximates fair value.

The methods described above may produce a fair value calculation that may not be indicative of net realizable value or reflective of future fair values. Furthermore, while the Plan believes its valuation methods are appropriate and consistent with other market participants, the use of different methodologies or assumptions to determine the fair value of certain financial instruments could result in a different fair value measurement at the reporting date.

The following tables sets forth by level, within the fair value hierarchy, the Plan’s investments at fair value:

Investment at Fair Value as of December 31, 2019

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Mutual Funds

   $ 484,264,358      $ —        $ —        $ 484,264,358  

Employer Securities

     57,866,610        —          —          57,866,610  

Insurance Policies

     —          —          18,309        18,309  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets in the fair value

     542,130,968        —          18,309        542,149,277  

Investments measured at NAV (a)

              413,552,184  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Investments at Fair Value

   $ 542,130,968      $ —          18,309      $ 955,701,461  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Investments at Fair Value as of December 31, 2018

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Mutual Funds

   $ 402,657,127      $ —        $ —        $ 402,657,127  

Employer Securities

     46,835,199        —          —          46,835,199  

Insurance Policies

     —          —          17,656        17,656  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets in the fair value

     449,492,326        —          17,656        449,509,982  

Investments measured at NAV (a)

              336,817,482  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Investments at Fair Value

   $ 449,492,326      $ —        $ 17,656      $ 786,327,464  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(a)

In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification Subtopic 820-10, certain investments that were measured at net asset value per share (or its equivalent) have not been classified in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value amounts presented in these tables are intended to permit reconciliation of the fair value hierarchy to the line items presented in the statements of net assets available for benefits.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

 

 

 

NOTE C - Fair Value Measurements (continued)

 

The following table sets forth a summary of changes in the fair value of the Plan’s Level 3 assets for the year ended December 31, 2019:

 

     Insurance
Policies
 

Balance, beginning of year

   $ 17,656  

Unrealized gain

     653  
  

 

 

 

Balance, end of year

   $ 18,309  
  

 

 

 

NOTE D - Plan Termination

Although it has not expressed any intent to do so, the Company has the right under the Plan to discontinue its contributions at any time and to terminate the Plan subject to the provisions of ERISA. Any unallocated assets of the Plan shall be allocated to participant accounts and distributed in such a manner as determined by the Company.

NOTE E - Income Tax Status

The Plan obtained its latest determination letter on December 17, 2014, in which the IRS stated that the Plan, as then designed, was in compliance with the applicable requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Although the Plan document has been amended since receiving the opinion letter, the Plan Administrator believes that the Plan and related trust are designed and are currently being operated in compliance with applicable requirements of the IRC and, therefore, believes that the Plan is qualified, and the related trust is tax exempt.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles require Plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the Plan and recognize a tax liability (or asset) if the Plan has taken an uncertain position that more likely than not would not be sustained upon examination by the tax authorities. The Plan administrator has analyzed the tax positions taken by the Plan, and has concluded that, as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, there are no uncertain positions taken or expected to be taken that would require recognition of a liability (or asset) or disclosure in the financial statements. The Plan is subject to routine audits by taxing jurisdictions; however, there are currently no audits for any tax periods in progress.

 

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NOTE F - Related Party and Parties-in-Interest Transactions

Effective June 1, 2018, Fidelity Management Trust Company became the Plan trustee. The Fidelity Government Income Fund, the Fidelity Government Money Market Fund K6 and the Fidelity Government Cash Reserves Fund are mutual funds managed by Fidelity Management Trust Company. The Fidelity Contrafund Commingled Pool is a Common/Collective Trust managed by Fidelity Management Trust Company. Fidelity Management Trust Company was the trustee of the Plan, as defined by the Plan, beginning June 1, 2018 and, therefore, these transactions qualify as party-in-interest transactions.

Fees paid by the Plan to the trustee amounted to $182,299 for the year ended December 31, 2019.

In addition, at December 31, 2019, the Plan held shares of RPM International Inc. common stock valued at $57,866,610. At December 31, 2018, the Plan held shares of RPM International Inc. common stock valued at $46,835,199.

Transactions involving these investments are allowable party-in-interest transactions under ERISA.

NOTE G - Risks and Uncertainties

The Plan invests in various investment securities. Investment securities are exposed to various risks such as interest rate, market, and credit risks. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is at least reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect participants’ account balances and the amounts reported in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits.

NOTE H - Evaluation of Subsequent Events

The Plan has evaluated the impact of events that have occurred after December 31, 2019, through the date the financial statements were available to be issued, for possible recognition or disclosure in those financial statements.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization categorized Coronavirus Disease 2019 (‘COVID-19’) as a pandemic, and the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. As a result of the outbreak, there has been instability in the capital markets. The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Plan’s investment options is highly uncertain.

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, (the ‘CARES Act’), was passed by Congress. The CARES Act contains several provisions that temporarily impact 401(k) plans. The Company has elected to allow coronavirus-related distributions, the waiver of required minimum distributions and the deferral of repayment on any existing or new plan loan through December 31, 2020. Written amendments to the Plan to reflect these operational changes will be adopted at a later date in accordance with applicable law and IRS guidance. No other subsequent events were identified through the date these financial statements were available to be issued.

 

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EIN #02-0642224

PLAN NUMBER 011

SCHEDULE H, LINE 4i -

SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)

DECEMBER 31, 2019

 

 

(a)    (b)    (c)    (e)  
    

Identity of issue, borrower,

lessor, or similar party

  

Description of investment including

maturity date, rate of interest,

Collateral, par or maturity value

  

Current value at
December 31, 2019

 
   Registered Investment Companies      
   Harbor Capital Appreciation Fund    Registered investment company    $ 103,134,216  
   American Funds Washington Mutual Investors Fund    Registered investment company      62,369,636  
   Janus Henderson Balanced Fund    Registered investment company      59,677,354  
   Vanguard Institutional Index Fund    Registered investment company      57,711,983  
   Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund    Registered investment company      41,539,382  
   VOYA Midcap Opportunities Fund    Registered investment company      39,884,162  
   Dodge & Cox International Stock Fund    Registered investment company      25,058,251  
   PGIM Total Return Bond Fund    Registered investment company      20,819,571  
   Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund    Registered investment company      20,248,342  
*    Fidelity Government Income Fund    Registered investment company      17,633,388  
   American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund    Registered investment company      16,973,825  
   Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund    Registered investment company      9,675,457  
   Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund    Registered investment company      5,615,592  
   Templeton Global Total Return Fund    Registered investment company      3,866,633  
*    Fidelity Government Money Market K6    Registered investment company      56,566  
        

 

 

 
   Total Registered Investment Companies         484,264,358  
   Common / Collective Trusts      
*    Fidelity Contrafund Commingled Pool    Common/collective trusts      100,985,295  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2040 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      55,502,137  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2030 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      43,196,491  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      36,650,076  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2020 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      24,332,882  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      27,680,206  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      19,164,759  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      15,779,703  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      11,829,871  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      5,961,251  
   Vanguard Target Retirement 2060 Trust II    Common/collective trusts      3,515,537  
   Vanguard Target Retirement Trust II    Common/collective trusts      2,472,432  
        

 

 

 
   Total Common/Collective Trusts         347,070,640  
   Stable Value Fund      
*    Managed Income Portfolio II Class 2    Stable Value Fund      66,481,544  
   Employer Securities      
*    RPM International Inc. Stock    Company stock      57,866,610  
   Life Insurance      
   Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance    Life insurance      18,309  
        

 

 

 
   Total Investments       $ 955,701,461  
        

 

 

 
*    Notes receivable from participants    Loans (4.25 to 6.50%)    $ 12,503,024  
        

 

 

 
        
*    Denotes an allowable party in interest      

Note: The “Cost” column is not applicable because all the Plan’s investment options are participant directed.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

23.1    Consent of BDO USA, LLP


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SIGNATURE

The Plan. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the employee benefit plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

RPM INTERNATIONAL INC. 401(k) TRUST AND PLAN

By:   RPM International Inc. (Plan Administrator)

/s/ Janeen Kastner

Janeen Kastner, Vice President - Corporate
Benefits & Risk Management

Date: June 29, 2020

EX-23.1

Exhibit 23.1

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

RPM International Inc. 401 (k) Trust and Plan

Medina, Ohio

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (333-101501) of RPM International Inc. of our report dated June 29, 2020, relating to the financial statements and supplemental schedule of the RPM International Inc. 401(k) Trust and Plan which appear in this Form 11-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

Cleveland, Ohio

June 29, 2020

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms.

BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.