Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)

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Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)



UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
FORM 11-K
FOR ANNUAL REPORTS OF EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE, SAVINGS AND SIMILAR PLANS
Pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Mark One)
x
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from ____________ to ____________
Commission File Number: 1-06571
Employer Identification Number: 98-0658260
Plan Number: 061
MSD PUERTO RICO SAVINGS & SECURITY PLAN

  (Full title of the plan)
MERCK & CO., INC.

(Name of issuer of the securities held pursuant to the plan)
2000 Galloping Hill Road
Kenilworth, New Jersey 07033

(Address of principal executive office)
 





 

MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Index
 


 
*
Other schedules required by Section 2520.103-10 of the Department of Labor Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 are omitted because they are not applicable.
 




Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


To the Administrator and Plan Participants of MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan (the “Plan”) as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 and the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2018, including the related notes (collectively referred to as 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, 2018 and 2017, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2018 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 of these financial statements 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.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks 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 management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Supplemental Information

The supplemental schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 31, 2018 has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The supplemental schedule is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental schedule 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 schedule. In forming our opinion on the supplemental schedule, we evaluated whether the supplemental schedule, 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 schedule is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

June 20, 2019

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2002.

 



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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits
 
 
 




 
 
December 31,
 
 

 
(in thousands)
2018
  
2017
 
 
Assets


 


 
    Investments, at fair value


 


 
        Investment in Master Trust
$
146,931

 
$
146,581
 
        Interest-bearing cash

71

 

13
 
 
 
 
 
 




 


 
            Total investments

147,002

 

146,594
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Receivables


 


 
        Employer contributions

62

 

52
 
        Participant contributions

140

 

112
 
        Notes receivable from participants

2,440
 

2,755
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
            Total receivables

2,642

 

2,919
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net assets available for benefits
$
149,644

 
$
149,513
 
 

 






The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
 


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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits
 

 
Year Ended
December 31,
(in thousands)
2018
 
 
 
Additions to net assets attributed to
 
 
    Investment income
 
 
        Plan interest in Master Trust investment income
$
1,622

 
 
    Interest income on notes receivable from participants
 
131

 
 
 
    Contributions to the Plan
 
 
        By participants
 
4,645

        By employer
 
2,003

 
 
 
 
 
            Total contributions
 
6,648

 
 
 
 
            Total additions
 
8,401

 
 
Deductions from net assets attributed to
 
 
    Benefits paid to participants
 
(8,270
)
 
 
 
 
 
            Total deductions
 
(8,270
)
 
 
 
 
 
            Net increase
 
131

 
 
 
 
 
Net assets available for benefits
 
 
    Beginning of year
 
149,513

 
 
 
 
 
    End of year
$
149,644

 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

1.
Description of Plan
The following description of the MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan (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 is a defined contribution plan established effective July 1, 1997. The Plan is a profit sharing plan designed to provide a systematic means of saving and investing for the future and an opportunity for employees of MSD International GmbH (Puerto Rico Branch) LLC, Merck Sharp & Dohme de Puerto Rico, Inc., MSD Supply Services Inc., and the Puerto Rico branch of Merck Sharp & Dohme (I.A.) LLC (the “Companies”) to become shareholders of Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck” or the “Company”). Regular full-time employees of the Companies, as defined in the Plan document, who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement are eligible to enroll in the Plan as soon as administratively feasible after such employee begins service with one of the Companies. MSD International GmbH (Puerto Rico Branch) LLC, a branch of MSD International GmbH, a Swiss limited liability company, is the Plan sponsor (the “Sponsor”). The Plan’s recordkeeper is Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company (“Fidelity” or the “Recordkeeper”). Banco Popular de Puerto Rico serves as the Plan’s trustee (the “Trustee”).
Participants direct the investment of their contributions into any fund investment option available under the Plan, including Merck common stock. At December 31, 2018 , the Plan offered a three-tiered approach to investing:
*    Retirement Portfolios - a custom set of target date retirement funds;
*    Core Funds - a selection of investment options (active and passive) that span a range of asset classes;
*
Fidelity Brokerage Link® - a self-directed brokerage account that provides access to more than 12,000 mutual funds.
The Plan is administered by management committees appointed by the Sponsor’s Assistant Vice President - Plant Management, the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board of Directors of Merck or their delegates.
The Plan is subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).
Master Trust
A portion of the assets of the Plan are maintained, for investment purposes only, with all the assets of the MSD Employee Stock Purchase and Savings Plan, the Merck US Savings Plan, and until its termination and distribution of assets in April 2018 the C3i Solutions 401(k) Plan (formerly the Telerx Marketing, Inc. 401(k) Plan) in a single master trust (the “Master Trust”). The plans do not own specific Master Trust assets but rather maintain individual beneficial interests in such assets.
The portion of Master Trust assets allocable to each plan is based upon the participants’ account balances within each plan. Investment income for the Master Trust is allocated to each plan based on the relationship of each plan’s beneficial interest in the Master Trust to the total beneficial interest of all plans in the Master Trust.
Contributions
Participants may contribute up to 25% of their annual eligible compensation on a before-tax basis. However, before-tax contributions cannot exceed the lesser of: (i) the amount as in effect under Section 402(g) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “U.S. Code”) or Section 1081.01(d)(7)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code for a New Puerto Rico of 2011, as amended (the “2011 PR Code"); or (ii) in the case of highly compensated employees, the average actual deferral percentage limit. Also, total annual additions to a participant's accounts during a plan year are limited to the lesser of: (i) the applicable limit for a particular tax year under Section 415(c) of the U.S. Code as adjusted by the Secretary of the Treasury; or (ii) one hundred percent (100%) of the participant's compensation paid by the employer during the calendar year. Participants may also contribute up to 25% of their annual eligible compensation on an after-tax basis subject to the limit provided under Section 1081.01(a)(15). Upon reaching the statutory elective deferral limit, or upon reasonable expectations that any of the aforementioned limits will be exceeded, the participant may elect to suspend contributions for the remainder of the plan year or elect to continue on an after-tax basis.
In addition, the Company makes matching contributions of $0.75 for every $1.00 of an employee's contributions, up to 6% of such employee's eligible compensation (maximum match is 4.5% of eligible compensation) per pay period (to the statutory

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

limit). The combination of before-tax contributions, after-tax contributions and Company matching contributions may not exceed the statutory limit ($55,000 in 2018 ). Participant and Company matching contributions are invested according to a participant’s elections.
Participants are automatically enrolled in the Plan 60 days after first becoming eligible with a before-tax base pay contribution rate of 6%. In addition, each participant with a before-tax base pay contribution rate of at least 1% may elect to participate in an annual automatic increase program, in whole percentages of at least 1% and not more than 3% per year. The automatic percentage increase may not cause a participant’s before-tax base pay contribution rate to exceed 25%.
In addition, the Plan permits unmatched before-tax “catch-up contributions” of up to $1,500 by participants who are at least age 50 by year-end.
Legacy Schering-Plough Transitional Contributions – The Company makes additional contributions of 0.5% of annual eligible compensation for participants who were eligible to participate in the Schering-Plough Puerto Rico Employees' Retirement Savings Plan as of December 31, 2012, and who have maintained continuous employment with the Company thereafter. These transitional contributions will end December 31, 2019.
Participant Accounts
Each participant’s account is credited with the participant’s contributions, the Companies’ contributions, and an allocation of Plan earnings. The allocation is based on participants’ account balances, as defined in the Plan document.
Vesting
Participants are immediately vested in their contributions, all Companies’ matching contributions, plus actual earnings thereon.
Notes Receivable from Participants
Participants may borrow from their account balances with interest charged at the prime rate plus 1%. Loan terms range from one to five years for a short-term loan or up to fifteen years for the purchase of a primary residence and bear interest at rates that range from 4.25% to 10.00%. The minimum loan is $500 and the maximum loan is the lesser of (i) $50,000 less the highest outstanding loan balance(s) during the one year period prior to the new loan application date, or (ii) 50% of the participant’s account balance less any current outstanding loan balance(s) and defaulted loan amounts. Principal and interest is paid ratably through payroll deductions. Loan terms are grandfathered into the Plan in accordance with the legacy plan guidelines, including loan terms for participants that transferred into the Plan from a legacy plan.
Payment of Benefits
Participants are entitled to receive automatic, voluntary, in-service (which include hardship withdrawals), or mandatory distributions as provided in the applicable Plan provisions.
2.
Summary of Accounting Policies
Basis of Accounting
The accompanying financial statements are prepared on the accrual basis of accounting.
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 and liabilities and changes therein, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. Management believes that these estimates are adequate. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

Investment Valuation and Income Recognition
All investments are recorded at fair value in the accompanying financial statements. Valuation of investments of the Plan that are in the Master Trust represents the Plan’s allocable portion of the Master Trust. The Plan’s investment in the Master Trust is stated at fair value and is based on the beginning of year value of the Plan’s interest in the Master Trust plus actual Plan contributions and allocated investment income less Plan distributions, allocated investment losses and allocated expenses.
Purchases and sales of securities are recorded on a trade-date basis. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Interest income is recorded as earned. Realized gains and losses from security transactions are reported on the average cost method.
Notes Receivable from Participants
Notes receivable from participants are measured at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Delinquent participant loans are reclassified as benefit payments based upon the terms of the Plan document. No allowance for credit losses has been recorded as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 .
Contributions
Employee and matching contributions by the Companies are recorded in the period in which the Companies make the payroll deductions from the participants’ earnings.
Payment of Benefits
Benefits are recorded when paid.
Expenses
The Plan’s administrative expenses are generally paid by the Companies.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards
In February 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2017-06, Plan Accounting: Defined Benefit Pension Plans (Topic 960), Defined Contribution Pension Plans (Topic 962), Health and Welfare Benefit Plans (Topic 965): Employee Benefit Plan Master Trust Reporting. ASU No. 2017-06 requires the plan’s interest in the master trust and the change in that interest to be presented in separate line items in the statement of net assets available for benefits and the statement of changes in net assets available for benefits, respectively; it also requires disclosure of: the total master trust investment amounts by general type and the dollar amount of the plan’s interest in each general type of investment, the master trust’s other assets and liabilities and the dollar amount of the plan’s interest in each balance, and the net appreciation/(depreciation) in the fair value of the investments of the master trust and investment income exclusive of such net appreciation/(depreciation); additionally, it requires a description of the basis used to allocate net assets and total investment income to the plan, including the plan's percentage interest in the master trust as of the date of each statement of net assets available for benefits presented; lastly, it removes investment disclosures about 401(h) account assets to be provided in health and welfare benefit plan financial statements. ASU No. 2017-06 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, with early application permitted. The Plan Sponsor is currently evaluating the impact on the Plan of adopting ASU No. 2017-06.
Risks and Uncertainties
The Plan provides for various investment options in investment securities. Investment securities, in general, are exposed to various risks and may decline in value for a number of reasons, including changes in prevailing interest rates and credit availability, increases in defaults, increases in voluntary prepayments for investments that are subject to prepayment risk under normal market conditions, widening of credit spreads and overall market volatility. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is 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.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

3.
Related-Party Transactions
Contributions are transmitted from the Trustee to the Recordkeeper, which invests cash received, interest and dividend income and makes distributions to the participants. The Recordkeeper also administers the collection of interest and principal on the notes receivable from participants. These transactions qualify as permitted party-in-interest transactions.
Certain Plan investments are shares of registered investment companies (mutual funds) and common/collective trusts managed by the Recordkeeper. Fidelity is the Recordkeeper as defined by the Plan and, therefore, these transactions qualify as party-in-interest transactions. The total market value of the Plan’s allocated portion of the investments managed by the Recordkeeper was $9.9 million and $9.5 million at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 , respectively. During 2018 , the Plan’s allocated portion of interest and dividends, realized losses and unrealized losses from investments managed by the Recordkeeper was $0, $(2,118) and $(224,527), respectively.
Merck also is a party-in-interest to the Plan under the definition provided in Section 3(14) of ERISA. Therefore, Plan transactions of Merck common stock qualify as party-in-interest transactions. The market value of the Plan’s allocated portion of the investments in Merck common stock was $32.9 million and $25.3 million at December 31, 2018 , and December 31, 2017 , respectively. During 2018 , the Plan’s allocated portion of dividends, realized gains and unrealized gains from Merck common stock was $865,801, $194,694 and $8,576,320, respectively. The Plan’s allocated portion of purchases and sales of Merck common stock during 2018 was $.5 million and $1.6 million, respectively.
4.
Plan Termination
Although they have not expressed any intent to do so, the Companies have the right under the Plan to discontinue their contributions at any time and to terminate the Plan subject to the provisions of ERISA. Upon termination of the Plan, each participant thereby affected would receive the entire value of his or her account as though he or she had retired as of the date of such termination.
5.
Tax Status
The Plan is qualified under Section 1081.01 of the 2011 PR Code and with Section 401(a) of the U.S. Code, and has received a favorable determination letter from the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury (the "PR Treasury") and from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as to its qualified status under the 2011 PR Code and the U.S. Code, respectively. The Trust associated with the Plan is intended to be exempt from Puerto Rico income taxation pursuant to the provisions of Section 1081.01(a) of the 2011 PR Code. The Plan's Master Trust is to be considered as an organization as described in Section 401(a) and exempt under Section 501(a) of the U.S. Code. Accordingly, no provision for income taxes has been made. Finally, the Trust has complied with the requirements established by Section 1022(i)(1) of ERISA.

Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America 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 PR Treasury pursuant to the provisions of the 2011 PR Code. The Companies have analyzed the tax positions taken by the Plan and have concluded that, as of
December 31, 2018 and 2017 , there are no uncertain tax 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. The Plan administrator believes it is no longer subject to income tax examinations for years prior to 2014.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

6.
Master Trust
The Plan had a 1.6% and 1.5% interest in the Master Trust at December 31, 2018 and 2017 , respectively. The net assets of the Master Trust are as follows:

 
 
December 31,
 
(in thousands)
2018
  
2017
 
 
Registered investment companies (mutual funds)
$
742,436

 
$
1,366,269

 
Common/collective trusts
 
5,615,100

 
 
5,602,714

 
Fixed income securities
 
266,899

 
 
253,182

 
Self-directed brokerage accounts
 
91,527

 
 
81,245

 
Merck common stock
 
1,077,455

 
 
843,697

 
Other common stocks
 
1,657,656

 
 
1,870,944

 
Accrued interest and dividends
 
13,010

 
 
10,195

 
Other net assets/(liabilities)
 
(23,506
)
 
 
(23,549
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
9,440,577

 
$
10,004,697



Total investment loss of the Master Trust for the year ended December 31, 2018 , is as follows:

 
 

Year-Ended December 31, 2018
 
(in thousands)


 
 
Investment income, net



 
   Interest and dividends
$
79,701

 
   Net depreciation

(333,815
)
 




 
     Total investment loss
$
(254,114
)
7.
Fair Value Measurements
Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. Entities are required to use a fair value hierarchy that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. There are three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value:
Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. The Master Trust's Level 1 investments primarily include registered investment companies (mutual funds), self-directed brokerage accounts and common stocks.
Level 2 – Observable inputs other than Level 1 prices, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities. The Master Trust's Level 2 investments primarily include investments in certain fixed income investments such as government and agency obligations, corporate obligations and mortgage and asset-backed securities.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

Level 3 – Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are financial instruments whose values are determined using pricing models, discounted cash flow methodologies, or similar techniques, as well as instruments for which the determination of fair value requires significant judgment or estimation. The Master Trust did not hold any Level 3 investments at December 31, 2018 and 2017 .
If the inputs used to measure the financial assets and liabilities fall within more than one level described above, the categorization is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement of the instrument. There have been no changes in the valuation methodology used at December 31, 2018 and 2017 .
Within the Plan and Master Trust, investments are recorded at fair value as follows:
Registered Investment Companies (Mutual Funds)
Registered investment companies (mutual funds) are valued at their respective net asset values. The net asset values are typically determined by the fund at the close of regular trading. Investments in registered investment companies (mutual funds) generally may be redeemed daily.
Common/Collective Trusts
The common/collective trusts are valued at their respective net asset values, as practical expedient. The fair value of investments in the common/collective trusts are determined by their trustee. The Master Trust's investments in common/collective trusts generally may be redeemed daily.
Fixed Income Securities
Fixed income securities, including U.S. government and agency obligations, corporate obligations and mortgage and asset-backed securities, are generally valued on the basis of valuations furnished by a pricing service approved by the Recordkeeper or at fair value as determined in good faith by the Recordkeeper and the Companies. The Recordkeeper has the discretionary authority to hire a pricing service to determine valuations using methods based on current market transactions, prices for comparable securities and various relationships between securities which are generally recognized by institutional traders.
Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts
Self-directed brokerage accounts are comprised of mutual funds which are valued at the closing price reported in the active market in which the securities are traded.
Common Stocks
Common stocks, for which market quotations are readily available, are generally valued at the last reported sales price on their principal exchange on the valuation date, or official close price for certain markets. If no sales are reported for that day, investments are valued at the more recent of (i) the last published sale price or (ii) the mean between the last reported bid and asked prices for long positions, or at fair value as determined in good faith by the Recordkeeper and the Companies.




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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

Investments Measured at Fair Value

Investments at fair value as of December 31, 2018 is comprised of $71,490 of cash equivalents and a $146.9 million interest in the Master Trust. Investments measured at fair value are summarized below:

 


December 31, 2018
 
 


Fair Value Measurements Using
 
 
(in thousands)
Quoted Prices





Total
 
In Active
Significant

 
Markets for
Other
Significant
 
Identical
Observable
Unobservable
 
Assets
Inputs
Inputs
 
(Level 1)
(Level 2)
(Level 3)
 

 
Assets















 
Cash Equivalents
$
71


$


$


$
71

 
Total Assets
$
71


$


$


$
71

 












 
Investments in the Master Trust
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registered Investment Companies
$
742,436

$
 

$
 

  
$
742,436

 
Fixed Income Securities
 

 
 
266,899

 
 

 
 
266,899

 
Self-directed Brokerage Accounts
 
91,527

 
 

 
 

 
 
91,527

 
Merck Common Stock
 
1,077,455

 
 

 
 

 
 
1,077,455

 
Other Common Stocks
 
1,657,656

 
 

 
 

 
 
1,657,656

 
 
 
Investments measured within the fair value hierarchy
$
3,569,074

 
$
266,899

$
 

 
$
3,835,973

 
 
 
Common/Collective Trusts measured at NAV practical expedient (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
5,615,100

 
 
 
Investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
9,451,073


(1) Certain investments that were measured at net asset value (NAV) per share or its equivalent have not been classified in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value amounts presented in this table also do not include the Master Trust's accrued interest and dividends or other net liabilities.



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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
Notes to Financial Statements
 

Investments Measured at Fair Value

Investments at fair value as of December 31, 2017 is comprised of $13,247 of cash equivalents and a $146.6 million interest in the Master Trust. Investments measured at fair value are summarized below:

 
 
 
December 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements Using
 
 
(in thousands)
Quoted Prices
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
In Active
Significant
 
 
Markets for
Other
Significant
 
Identical
Observable
Unobservable
 
Assets
Inputs
Inputs
 
(Level 1)
(Level 2)
(Level 3)
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Equivalents
$
13

 
$

 
$

 
$
13

 
Total Assets
$
13

 
$

 
$

 
$
13

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investments in the Master Trust
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registered Investment Companies
$
1,366,269

$
 

$
 

  
$
1,366,269

 
Fixed Income Securities
 

 
 
253,182

 
 

 
 
253,182

 
Self-directed Brokerage Accounts
 
81,245

 
 

 
 

 
 
81,245

 
Merck Common Stock
 
843,697

 
 

 
 

 
 
843,697

 
Other Common Stocks
 
1,870,944

 
 

 
 

 
 
1,870,944

 
 
 
Investments measured within the fair value hierarchy
$
4,162,155

 
$
253,182

$
 

 
$
4,415,337

 
 
 
Common/Collective Trusts measured at NAV practical expedient (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
5,602,714

 
 
 
Investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$
10,018,051



(1) Certain investments that were measured at net asset value (NAV) per share or its equivalent have not been classified in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value amounts presented in this table also do not include the Master Trust's accrued interest and dividends or other net liabilities.

8.
Subsequent Events

The Plan has evaluated subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued and no events were noted which warrant adjustments to, or disclosure in, the financial statements.

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MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
 
 
Schedule H

Schedule H, Line 4i - Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year)
 
 
 
December 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)
 
(b)
(c)
(d)
   
(e)
 
Identity of Issuer, Borrower, Lessor or Similar Party
Description of Investment Including Maturity Date, Rate of Interest, Collateral, Par or Maturity Value
 
Cost
Current Value
 
 **
  
Master Trust
  
Investment in Master Trust
 
***
 
$
146,930,891

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  *
  
Banco Popular
  
Interest bearing cash account
 
***
 
$
71,490

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  *
  
Notes receivable from participants
 
Interest rates ranging from 4.25% to 10.00% and with maturities through 2033
 
 
 
$
2,440,256

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
 
 
$
149,442,637

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*
Denotes a party-in-interest to the Plan.
**
There are certain investments within the Master Trust that are party-in-interest.
***
Cost information not required to be presented for participant directed investments.


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SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the Plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
MSD Puerto Rico Savings & Security Plan
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Caroline Litchfield
 
Caroline Litchfield
 
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
June 20, 2019
 


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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit
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