Actuant Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2012 Results

Actuant Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2012 Results

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Actuant Corporation (NYS: ATU) today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2012.


  • Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share ("EPS") of $0.55, an increase of 10% year-over-year. For the full year, EPS increased 24% to $2.08 from $1.68 in the prior year (all periods represent results from continuing operations, excluding special items - see attached reconciliation of earnings.)
  • Core sales growth of 3% and 5% for the fourth quarter and full year, respectively (total sales less the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign currency rate changes) with solid growth in three of the four segments.
  • Year-over-year operating profit margin expansion (excluding the previously announced impairment charge) of 20 basis points for the fourth quarter and 110 basis points for the full year.
  • Cash flow from operations of $53 million for the fourth quarter and a record $182 million for fiscal 2012.
  • Completed the acquisition of CrossControl in the fourth quarter, improving the technology positioning of Maxima. Deployed a total of $70 million on three tuck-in acquisitions during fiscal 2012.
  • Repurchased 2.7 million common shares in fiscal 2012 for $63 million including 0.9 million shares for $24 million in the fourth quarter.
  • Updated full year fiscal 2013 guidance with revised sales and EPS ranges of $1.68-1.72 billion and $2.20-2.30, respectively, excluding the impact of future acquisitions and potential share repurchases.

Robert C. Arzbaecher, Chairman and CEO of Actuant commented, "We closed out fiscal 2012 with fourth quarter results at the high end of our expectations, excluding the impairment charge. As anticipated, core sales growth moderated but was positive in the majority of the portfolio. We successfully converted on this sales growth and achieved a 10% increase in EPS despite the toughest comparables of the year from a foreign currency perspective. Our cash flow was outstanding and helped drive free cash flow to net income conversion in excess of 100% for the 12th consecutive year."

Consolidated Results

Consolidated sales for the fourth quarter were $405 million compared to $403 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Core sales increased 3% with acquisitions contributing 2%, offset by the negative 5% impact of the weaker Euro. The fiscal 2012 fourth quarter net loss from continuing operations was $16.5 million, or $0.23 per share compared to net earnings and EPS from continuing operations of $37.3 million and $0.50, respectively, in the comparable prior year quarter. The current year quarter included the previously announced $62.5 million pre-tax ($0.77 per diluted share after tax) non-cash asset impairment charge related to the Mastervolt business. Excluding this charge, fiscal 2012 fourth quarter EPS from continuing operations of $0.55 was 10% higher than the $0.50 in the prior year quarter. (See attached reconciliation of earnings.)

Sales for the year ended August 31, 2012 were $1.61 billion, 11% higher than the $1.45 billion in the prior year. Excluding the 8% impact from acquisitions and negative 2% impact of the weaker Euro, full year core sales increased 5%. Earnings and EPS from continuing operations for the year ended August 31, 2012 were $87.3 million and $1.17, respectively, compared to $124.5 million and $1.68 in the prior year. Fiscal 2012 results include pre-tax debt refinancing costs of $16.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share after tax and a non-cash asset impairment charge of $62.5 million pre-tax, or $0.76 per diluted share after tax. Excluding these costs, fiscal 2012 EPS from continuing operations of $2.08 was 24% higher than the $1.68 in the prior year. (See attached reconciliation of earnings.)

Commenting on the full year results, Arzbaecher stated, "Fiscal 2012 results illustrate the benefit of Actuant's diversity and growth oriented business model. We delivered core sales growth for the year of 5% and deployed $70 million in tuck-in acquisitions with a focus on higher growth markets. Adjusted operating profit improved 110 basis points, despite incremental investment in our Growth + Innovation ("G+I") initiatives. We generated 24% EPS growth, excluding special items, well above our initial 2012 guidance. This was accomplished through a combination of improved sales and operating performance, a stronger capital structure with lower interest expense and outstanding shares, and the benefit of tuck-in acquisitions. This in turn drove record free cash flow and reduced Actuant's debt to EBITDA leverage to the lowest level in our history. These record results are a testament to the consistent execution of our proven business model and I want to thank Actuant employees across the organization for their efforts in achieving this strong performance."


Segment Results


Industrial Segment

(US $ in millions)

 Three Months Ended August 31, Year Ended August 31,
2012 20112012 2011
Operating Profit$29.5$28.6$114.8$98.4
Operating Profit %26.6%26.2%27.4%25.0%

Fourth quarter fiscal 2012 Industrial segment sales were $111 million, 2% higher than the prior year. Excluding the 5% negative impact of foreign currency rate changes, core sales increased 7% over the prior year. The improvement was driven by generally strong industrial tool demand in North America. Continued execution on G+I initiatives and vertical market strategies, along with solid Integrated Solutions demand, also contributed to the growth. Year-over-year operating profit margins in the fourth quarter improved 40 basis points due primarily to the higher volumes, partially offset by incremental G+I investments and unfavorable mix.


Energy Segment

(US $ in millions)

 Three Months Ended August 31, Year Ended August 31,
2012 20112012 2011
Operating Profit$18.8$17.2$62.2$49.3
Operating Profit %20.2%20.7%17.8%16.8%

Fiscal 2012 fourth quarter year-over-year Energy segment sales increased 13% to $93 million. Excluding the 4% impact from acquisitions and negative 5% impact from foreign currency rate changes, core sales increased 14% from the prior year's robust levels. Maintenance spending in oil & gas, power generation, refinery and petrochemical markets, along with higher industry-wide capital expenditures on offshore energy development, were the primary growth drivers. Quoting activity and current oil prices continue to support strong demand across the Energy segment's served markets. Fourth quarter operating profit margin was the highest of the year, but declined 50 basis points from the prior year due to unfavorable mix and increased G+I spending.


Electrical Segment

(US $ in millions)

 Three Months Ended August 31, Year Ended August 31,
2012 20112012 2011
Operating (Loss) Profit($54.2)$6.5($34.6)$20.7

Adj. Operating Profit (1)


Adj. Operating Profit % (1)


(1) Excludes fourth quarter fiscal 2012 non-cash asset impairment charge of $62.5 million.


Electrical segment fiscal 2012 fourth quarter sales were $83 million, 4% higher than the comparable prior year quarter. Core sales increased 7%, while the impact of the weaker Euro was a 3% headwind. The core sales growth was broad based and reflected higher volumes in the solar, industrial, retail and marine aftermarket channels. The marine OEM market, most notably in Europe, was weaker than the prior year. Fourth quarter adjusted operating profit margin increased 190 basis points from the prior year due to the higher volumes and improved Mastervolt profitability, which more than offset restructuring costs in the quarter.


Engineered Solutions Segment

(US $ in millions)

 Three Months Ended August 31, Year Ended August 31,
2012 20112012 2011
Operating Profit$10.1$16.4$60.9$63.6
Operating Profit %8.5%12.5%12.0%13.4%

Fourth quarter fiscal 2012 Engineered Solutions segment sales decreased 10% from the prior year to $118 million. Excluding the 5% impact from acquisitions and negative 5% impact from foreign currency rate changes, core sales declined 14%. Fourth quarter sales reflected lower OEM production levels for heavy-duty trucks in China and Europe as well as a significant decline in automotive sales. Demand in the global agriculture and other off-highway equipment markets, as well as the North American heavy-duty truck market, moderated from recent quarters. Fourth quarter operating profit margin declined 400 basis points from the prior year due to the lower volumes.


Corporate expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $8.7 million, $3.0 million below the comparable prior year period as lower incentive compensation, idle facility and acquisition related costs was partially offset by increased G+I spending at the corporate level.

Financial Position

Net debt at August 31, 2012 was $329 million (total debt of $397 million less $68 million of cash), an increase of approximately $10 million during the quarter. During the fourth quarter the Company deployed approximately $40 million of cash for the CrossControl acquisition and $24 million in stock repurchases (buy-back of approximately 0.9 million shares of common stock) which more than offset the strong fourth quarter operating cash flow. At August 31, 2012, the Company had a net debt to EBITDA leverage ratio of 1.1 times, and its entire $600 million revolver available.


Arzbaecher continued, "Our outlook for fiscal 2013 assumes that the global economy and worldwide industrial activity continue to reflect uncertainty, with moderating growth in the US and weakness in Europe and emerging markets. We anticipate fiscal 2013 core sales growth of 3-5%, outpacing underlying GDP in the economies we serve due to our diverse portfolio and company-specific growth initiatives. We expect total sales of $1.68-1.72 billion, taking into account an average US dollar to Euro exchange rate of 1.25 and carryover acquisition revenue of approximately $50 million. On a year-over-year basis, the higher volumes coupled with operational excellence initiatives, lower interest costs and completed share repurchases should result in fiscal 2013 EPS of $2.20-2.30, compared to our previous guidance of $2.15-2.30. We expect full year free cash flow of approximately $200 million.

We expect first quarter fiscal 2013 sales in the $390-395 million range and EPS of $0.48-0.52. Results in the first fiscal quarter reflect the toughest comparables of the fiscal year for both foreign currency and core growth, and include the impact of lower anticipated production schedules at certain customers served by the Engineered Solutions segment.

Our guidance excludes the impact of any future acquisitions and share repurchases, as the timing and investment levels are unknown. However, the acquisition pipeline is robust and, with our strong cash flow and capital structure, we are well positioned financially to fund both growth investments and opportunistic share buy-backs.

In summary, we are targeting record sales, earnings and cash flow in fiscal 2013, reflecting the benefit of our diverse business portfolio, demonstrated operational capabilities and a focus on our G+I initiatives. We believe ongoing execution of our proven business model will enable Actuant to continue to create shareholder value."

Conference Call Information

An investor conference call is scheduled for 10am CDT today, September 27, 2012. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available on the Actuant company website ( prior to the start of the call.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain of the above comments represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management cautions that these statements are based on current estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of factors, which could cause actual results to differ from these estimates. Actuant's results are also subject to general economic conditions, variation in demand from customers, the impact of geopolitical activity on the economy, continued market acceptance of the Company's new product introductions, the successful integration of acquisitions, restructuring, operating margin risk due to competitive pricing and operating efficiencies, supply chain risk, material and labor cost increases, foreign currency fluctuations and interest rate risk. See the Company's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding risk factors. Actuant disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

About Actuant Corporation

Actuant Corporation is a diversified industrial company with operations in more than 30 countries. The Actuant businesses are leaders in a broad array of niche markets including branded hydraulic and electrical tools and supplies; specialized products and services for energy markets and highly engineered position and motion control systems. The Company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU. For further information on Actuant and its businesses, visit the Company's website at

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Actuant Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)
August 31,August 31,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$68,184$44,221
Accounts receivable, net234,756223,760
Inventories, net211,690223,235
Deferred income taxes22,58334,830
Other current assets 24,068  22,807 
Total current assets561,281548,853
Property, plant and equipment, net115,884128,649
Other intangible assets, net445,884479,406
Other long-term assets 17,658  17,843 
Total assets$2,007,119 $2,063,217 
Current liabilities
Trade accounts payable$174,746$170,084
Accrued compensation and benefits58,81771,639
Short term borrowings and current maturities of debt7,5002,690
Income taxes payable5,77819,342
Other current liabilities 72,165  66,770 
Total current liabilities319,006330,525
Long-term debt390,000522,727
Deferred income taxes132,653172,259
Pension and postretirement benefit accruals26,44218,864
Other long-term liabilities87,18299,829
Shareholders' equity
Capital stock15,10213,731
Additional paid-in capital7,725(154,231)
Treasury stock(63,083)-
Retained earnings1,161,5641,077,192
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(69,472)(17,679)
Stock held in trust(2,689)(2,137)
Deferred compensation liability 2,689  2,137 
Total shareholders' equity 1,051,836  919,013 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$2,007,119 $2,063,217 

Actuant Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
August 31,August 31,August 31,August 31,
2012 20112012 2011
Net sales$405,304$403,436$1,605,342$1,445,323
Cost of products sold 247,953   248,455 987,971  889,424 
Gross profit157,351154,981617,371555,899
Selling, administrative and engineering expenses91,75690,409355,691334,862
Impairment charge62,464-62,464-
Amortization of intangible assets 7,590   7,621 


Operating profit (loss)(4,459)56,951


Financing costs, net6,2818,47929,56032,119
Debt refinancing charges--16,830-
Other expense, net 148   968 3,238  2,244 

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income tax expense



Income tax expense 5,572   10,171 


Earnings (loss) from continuing operations(16,460)37,333


Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes -   4,049 -  (12,937)
Net earnings (loss)$(16,460) $41,382$


Earnings (loss) from continuing operations per share
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