Generac Reports Strong Third Quarter 2012 Results
Accelerated penetration of home standby generators and Magnum products drive continued revenue and EBITDA growth in the third quarter 2012 - Outlook raised significantly for remainder of 2012
WAUKESHA, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Generac Holdings Inc. (NYS: GNRC) , a leading designer and manufacturer of generators and other engine powered products, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2012.
Net sales increased year-over-year by 25.6% to $300.6 million as compared to $239.3 million in the third quarter of 2011. Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were in line with the high end of the Company's previously announced expected range of $295.0 to $300.0 million as pre-released on October 1st.
Residential product sales increased 17.8% compared to the strong third quarter of 2011, in which year-over-year sales growth was 60.5%.
Commercial & Industrial (C&I) product sales increased 48.3% compared to the prior year third quarter.
Strong operating earnings during the quarter were more than offset by higher interest expense from the recent refinancing of the Company's senior secured credit facilities that closed on May 30, 2012, as well as a normalized effective income tax rate. As a result, net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $25.5 million or $0.37 per share as compared to $37.4 million or $0.55 per share for the same period of 2011.
Adjusted net income, as defined in the accompanying reconciliation schedules, increased to $54.1 million from $50.6 million in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusted diluted net income per common share was $0.78 as compared to $0.75 per share in the third quarter of 2011.
Adjusted EBITDA increased to $76.3 million as compared to $61.6 million in the third quarter last year.
Cash flow from operations in the third quarter of 2012 was $69.5 million as compared to $61.0 million in the prior year quarter. Unlevered free cash flow was $67.7 million as compared to $65.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.
For the trailing four quarters, net sales were $1.102 billion; net income was $332.1 million, which includes a net $238.0 million income tax benefit in the fourth quarter of 2011; adjusted EBITDA was $268.5 million; cash flow from operations was $209.9 million; and unlevered free cash flow was $214.0 million.
As a result of the current major power outage activity, the Company is raising its sales growth guidance for full-year 2012 to the low-40% range over the prior year, which represents an increase from the low-30% growth rate previously expected in the October 1st business update. As a result, Adjusted EBITDA for the full-year 2012 is now expected to increase in the mid-40% range over the prior year, which is an increase from the mid-30% growth rate previously expected. Diluted net income per common share for 2012 is now expected to be in the range of $1.21 to $1.27, with adjusted diluted net income per common share of $2.95 to $3.00, compared to the $2.65 to $2.70 per share range previously expected.
"The events of the last few days continue to demonstrate for home owners and business owners the importance of having a backup plan for their power needs. Automatic standby generators have emerged as a cost effective and increasingly important part of those backup plans. As a result of the increased awareness these outage events provide, adoption rates for home standby and light commercial generators have accelerated over the last several years." said Aaron Jagdfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Shipments of home standby generators were again strong during the third quarter and have continued to build towards a new and higher baseline level of demand over the longer-term. In our commercial and industrial markets, we continue to capitalize on our leadership position in natural gas backup generators as demand for these products continues to gain traction. In addition, our Magnum branded light towers and mobile generators continue to perform well and we remain excited about the strategic fit of these products as they provide additional diversification and cross-selling opportunities to our business."
Third Quarter 2012 Details
Residential product sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 17.8% to $191.0 million from $162.1 million for the comparable period in 2011. The growth was primarily driven by a strong double-digit increase in shipments for home standby generators as a result of significant awareness and demand created by major power outages over the last year, expanded distribution, and increased sales and marketing efforts to create and close leads more effectively. Although the third quarter presented a difficult comparison versus the prior year, expanded placement for portable generator products continues to lead to year-over-year market share gains. Additionally, increased revenue from power washer products, which began shipping in the second quarter of 2011, also contributed modestly to the year-over-year sales growth in residential products.
Commercial & Industrial product sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased 48.3% to $93.6 million from $63.1 million for the comparable period in 2011. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by the Magnum Products acquisition.
Gross profit margin for the third quarter of 2012 was 38.5% compared to 37.0% in the third quarter of 2011. Gross margin improved over the prior year due to improved residential product mix, as well as the positive impact from moderation in commodity costs, improved pricing and improved overhead absorption relative to the prior year. These margin improvements were partially offset from the mix impact from the addition of Magnum Products sales.
Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2012 increased by $12.2 million or 27.4% as compared to the third quarter of 2011. These additional expenses were driven primarily by operating expenses associated with Magnum, and increased sales, engineering and administrative infrastructure to support the strategic growth initiatives and higher baseline sales levels of the Company. Operating expenses during the current-year quarter were also impacted by higher incentive compensation expenses and increased variable operating expenses resulting from the increase in organic sales.
Interest expense in the third quarter of 2012 increased to $16.9 million compared to $5.9 million in the same period last year. The increase was a result of the higher debt levels from the recently completed refinancing of the Company's senior secured credit facilities.
Net income in the current year quarter includes the impact of a normalized effective income tax rate of 39.0% as compared to a tax rate of 0.3% in the prior-year third quarter. Until the fourth quarter of 2011, a full valuation allowance was recorded on the Company's net deferred tax assets, resulting in substantially no tax provision. A full valuation allowance is no longer required on the Company's net deferred tax assets, and therefore, a normalized income tax provision was recorded in the third quarter of 2012. However, the Company's cash tax obligations are expected to remain nominal given its current tax attributes.
The Company is significantly revising upward its guidance for the remainder of 2012 due to increased demand for home standby and portable generators in the fourth quarter as a result of major power outage activity that is currently taking place. Full-year 2012 total net sales are now expected to increase in the low-40% range over the prior year, which represents an increase from the low-30% range previously provided in the October 1st business update. As a result of the higher sales outlook, adjusted EBITDA for the full-year 2012 is now expected to increase in the mid-40% range over the prior year, which is an increase from the mid-30% growth rate previously expected.
Diluted net income per common share for 2012 is now expected to be in the range of $1.21 to $1.27 as compared to the $1.02 to $1.08 range previously expected. Adjusted diluted net income per common share is now expected to be $2.95 to $3.00 relative to the previous expectation of $2.65 to $2.70.
As mentioned in the business update earlier this month, the Company has consistently exceeded its performance goals associated with its Powering Ahead strategic plan initiated in 2010, reaching many of those targets a year earlier than originally planned. At its upcoming Investor Day on November 8, 2012, the Company will provide further insights with regards to its future growth strategy.
Mr. Jagdfeld continued, "The powerful macro drivers for our business combined with executing on our Powering Ahead strategic plan has lead to another strong quarter for Generac. The U.S. electrical grid continues to age and has suffered from a lack of investment. This coupled with a shift in demographics to an aging population dependant on a constant source of power are leading to the ongoing emergence of standby generators in the residential and commercial markets. Additionally, we have a number of exciting strategic initiatives underway that we expect will continue to diversify and grow Generac. With these initiatives and macro growth drivers, along with our competitive advantages and intense operating focus, we believe Generac is well positioned to capitalize on the expected increase in demand for backup power."
Conference Call and Webcast
Generac management will hold a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to discuss highlights of this earnings release. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (866) 578-5801 (domestic) or +1 (617) 213-8058 (international) and entering passcode 86565531.
The conference call will also be webcast simultaneously on Generac's website (http://www.generac.com), under the Investor Relations link. The webcast link and supporting materials, if any, will be made available on the Company's website prior to the start of the call.
Following the live webcast, a replay will be available on the Company's web site. A telephonic replay will also be available approximately one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 (domestic) or +1 (617) 801-6888 (international) and entering passcode 19150949. The telephonic replay will be available for 30 days.
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Since 1959, Generac has been a leading designer and manufacturer of a wide range of generators and other engine powered products. As a leader in power equipment serving residential, light commercial, industrial and construction markets, Generac's power products are available through a broad network of independent dealers, retailers, wholesalers and equipment rental companies. The Company markets and distributes its products primarily under its Generac and Magnum brand names.
Certain statements contained in this news release, as well as other information provided from time to time by Generac Holdings Inc. or its employees, may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements give Generac's current expectations and projections relating to the Company's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend," "believe," "confident," "may," "should," "can have," "likely," "future" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events.
Any such forward looking statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Company's control) and assumptions. Although Generac believes any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Generac's actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements, including:
demand for Generac products;
frequency and duration of major power outages;
availability, cost and quality of raw materials and key components used in producing Generac products;
the impact on our results of the substantial increases in our outstanding indebtedness and related interest expense due to the dividend recapitalization completed in May 2012;
the possibility that the expected synergies, efficiencies and cost savings of the acquisition of the Magnum Products business will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period;
the risk that the Magnum Products business will not be integrated successfully;
competitive factors in the industry in which Generac operates;
Generac's dependence on its distribution network;
Generac's ability to invest in, develop or adapt to changing technologies and manufacturing techniques;
loss of key management and employees;
increase in product and other liability claims; and
changes in environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, Generac's actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in any forward-looking statements. A detailed discussion of these and other factors that may affect future results is contained in Generac's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").
Any forward-looking statement made by Generac in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Generac undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
Reconciliations to GAAP Financial Metrics
The computation of adjusted EBITDA is based on the definition of EBITDA contained in Generac's credit agreement, dated as of May 30, 2012, which is substantially the same definition that was contained in the Company's previous credit agreements. To supplement the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP, Generac provides a summary to show the computation of adjusted EBITDA, taking into account certain charges and gains that were taken during the periods presented.
Adjusted Net Income
To further supplement Generac's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP, the Company provides a summary to show the computation of adjusted net income. Adjusted net income is defined as net income before provision (benefit) for income taxes adjusted for the following items: cash income tax (expense) benefit, amortization of intangible assets, amortization of deferred financing costs and original issue discount related to the Company's debt, intangible impairment charges, certain transaction costs and other purchase accounting adjustments, and certain non-cash gains and losses.
Unlevered Free Cash Flow
In addition, we reference unlevered free cash flow to further supplement Generac's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with US GAAP. Unlevered free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less expenditures for property and equipment plus cash interest expense. This additional financial metric is intended to be a measure of operational cash flow excluding the impact of the Company's cash debt service costs and taking into account additional capital expenditure investment into the business.
The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, results prepared in accordance with US GAAP. Please see our SEC filings for additional discussion of the basis for Generac's reporting of Non-GAAP financial measures.
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