Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lindsay Corporation (NYS: LNN) , a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its fourth quarter ended August 31, 2012.

Fourth Quarter Results

Fourth quarter fiscal 2012 total revenues of $127.8 million increased 10 percent from $116.1 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $8.8 million or $0.68 per diluted share compared with $5.9 million or $0.46 per diluted share in the prior fiscal year's fourth quarter.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 18 percent to $107.9 million from $91.4 million in the prior fiscal year's fourth quarter. Domestic irrigation revenues of $56.2 million increased 18 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $51.7 million increased 19 percent. Infrastructure revenues decreased 20 percent to $19.9 million primarily due to lower sales and leases of Quick-Change Moveable Barrier (QMB) product.

Gross margin was 25.6 percent compared to 25.9 percent in the prior year's fourth quarter. Irrigation gross margins increased by approximately one percentage point primarily due to fixed cost leverage and efficiency gains over the prior year. Infrastructure margins decreased approximately six percentage points due to lower QMB sales partially offset by improved margins in road safety and diversified products.

Operating expenses were $20.1 million in the quarter compared to $20.3 million in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. Current year expenses included incremental expenses of an acquired company purchased in fiscal 2011 and higher sales and marketing expenses while the prior year period included expenses associated with an ERP implementation and an adverse administrative tax ruling in a foreign business unit. Operating expenses were 15.7 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with 17.5 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 9.9 percent increased from 8.4 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $143.4 million were $35.3 million higher compared to the end of the fourth quarter last year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.

Lindsay's backlog of unshipped orders at August 31, 2012 was $57.1 million compared with $46.0 million at August 31, 2011 and $44.5 million at May 31, 2012.

Twelve Month Results

Total revenues for the year ended August 31, 2012 were $551.3 million, a 15 percent increase from $478.9 million for the prior year period. Total irrigation equipment revenues of $475.3 million increased 28 percent from a year ago, while infrastructure revenues decreased 30 percent to $76.0 million. The Company's operating income for the twelve-month period was $65.5 million compared to $56.6 million during the same prior year period. Net earnings were $43.3 million or $3.38 per diluted share, as compared to $36.8 million, or $2.90 per diluted share for the prior year period.

Fiscal 2012 operating costs included $7.2 million of expenses accrued in the Company's first fiscal quarter, or $0.37 per diluted share on an after tax basis, relating to an estimated increase in the Company's liability for environmental remediation at its Lindsay, Nebraska facility. Comparatively, fiscal 2011 included environmental remediation expense of $1.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share after tax.


Rick Parod, president and chief executive officer, commented, "It has been a record year for Lindsay. Irrigation sales and profits have experienced year over year increases driven by positive farmer sentiment, farm incomes and commodity prices affected by the dry weather. These same positive factors have continued into the early months of fiscal 2013."

Parod added, "Infrastructure performance in 2012 was constrained by global government spending. However, with the recent passage of a U.S. highway bill providing funding through 2014 and the progress we have made in reducing our cost structure, we expect sales growth and profit improvement in the infrastructure business in 2013. Overall the long term fundamentals of the business remain very positive, as growth drivers of population growth, expanded food production and efficient and environmentally friendly water use remain imperative."

Fourth-Quarter Conference Call

Lindsay's fiscal 2012 fourth quarter investor conference call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. Interested investors may participate in the call by dialing (888) 321-8161 domestically, or (706) 758-0065 internationally, and referring to conference ID # 34441230. Additionally, the conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet, and can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's Web site, Replays of the conference call will remain on our Web site through the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company will have a slide presentation available to augment management's formal presentation, which will also be accessible via the Company's Web site.

About the Company

Lindsay manufactures and markets irrigation equipment primarily used in agricultural markets which increase or stabilize crop production while conserving water, energy, and labor. The Company also manufactures and markets infrastructure and road safety products through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Barrier Systems Inc. and Snoline S.P.A. At August 31, 2012, Lindsay had approximately 12.7 million shares outstanding, which are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNN.

For more information regarding Lindsay Corporation, see Lindsay's Web site more information on the Company's infrastructure products,

Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and which reflect management's current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results. You can find a discussion of many of these risks and uncertainties in the annual, quarterly and current reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company and those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "intend," "expect," "outlook," "could," "may," "should," "will," or similar expressions. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries
Three months endedTwelve months ended
August 31,August 31,
($ in thousands, except per share amounts)2012 2011 2012 2011 
Operating revenues$127,817$116,110$551,255$478,890
Cost of operating revenues 95,069  86,056  402,737  349,105 
Gross profit 32,748  30,054  148,518  129,785 
Operating expenses:
Selling expense6,9686,98428,10427,842
General and administrative expense10,43410,89838,19833,659
Engineering and research expense2,6542,2789,48110,403
Environmental remediation expense -  120  7,225  1,295 
Total operating expenses 20,056  20,280  83,008  73,199 
Operating income12,6929,77465,51056,586
Other income (expense):
Interest expense(116)(171)(492)(762)
Interest income177165504315
Other income (expense), net (100) 9  (414) 375 
Earnings before income taxes12,6539,77765,10856,514
Income tax provision 3,894  3,875  21,831  19,712 
Net earnings$8,759 $5,902 $43,277 $36,802 
Basic net earnings per share$0.69 $0.47 $3.41 $2.93 
Diluted net earnings per share$0.68 $0.46 $3.38 $2.90 
Weighted average shares outstanding12,71812,62412,70412,560
Diluted effect of stock equivalents 125  113  106  132 
Weighted average shares outstanding assuming dilution 12,843  12,737  12,810  12,692 
Cash dividends per share$0.115 $0.090 $0.385 $0.345 

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

August 31,August 31,
($ and shares in thousands, except par values)20122011
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$143,444$108,167
Receivables, net82,56579,006
Inventories, net52,87349,524
Deferred income taxes9,5058,598
Other current assets 10,478  12,398 
Total current assets298,865257,693
Property, plant and equipment, net56,18058,465
Other intangible assets, net25,07028,639
Other noncurrent assets 5,455  5,404 
Total assets$415,531 $381,144 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$31,372$32,153
Current portion of long-term debt4,2854,286
Other current liabilities 44,781  42,880 
Total current liabilities80,43879,319
Pension benefits liabilities6,8216,231
Long-term debt-4,285
Deferred income taxes9,98412,550
Other noncurrent liabilities 7,450  3,094 
Total liabilities 104,693  105,479 
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock--
Common stock18,42118,374
Capital in excess of stated value43,14039,058
Retained earnings341,115302,732
Less treasury stock(90,961)(90,961)
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net (877) 6,462 
Total shareholders' equity 310,838  275,665 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$415,531 $381,144 

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

($ in thousands)Years Ended August 31,
2012 2011
Net earnings$43,277$36,802
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization12,46811,734
Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable379388
Deferred income taxes(3,868)(2,828)
Share-based compensation expense3,9393,474
Other, net959208
Changes in assets and liabilities:
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