Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lindsay Corporation (NYS: LNN) , a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its second quarter ended February 28, 2013.

Second Quarter Results


Second quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a record $175.5 million, increasing 33 percent from $132.1 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $19.4 million or $1.50 per diluted share compared with $12.8 million or $1.00 per diluted share in the prior year.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 39 percent to $162.6 million from $117.0 million in the prior fiscal year's second quarter. Domestic irrigation revenues of $117.1 million increased 41 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $45.5 million increased 34 percent due to increased demand resulting from higher commodity prices and farm incomes along with drought conditions in the United States. Infrastructure revenues decreased 15 percent to $12.9 million.

Gross margin was 28.7 percent compared to 27.6 percent in the prior year's second quarter. The increase is primarily due to an increase in irrigation gross margins of approximately 1 percentage point due to a strong pricing environment combined with increased productivity and cost leverage.

Operating expenses were $20.9 million compared to $17.5 million in the prior fiscal year. Current year expenses included higher personnel related expenses and increases in advertising and research and development expenses. Operating expenses were 11.9 percent of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 13.3 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 16.8 percent increased from 14.3 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $159.6 million were $54.6 million higher compared to the end of the second quarter last year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.

Backlog of unshipped orders at February 28, 2013 was $159.3 million compared with $87.3 million at February 29, 2012 and $85.1 million at November 30, 2012. Current year backlog includes strong domestic irrigation volume along with a $39.1 million contract in the Middle East consisting of irrigation machines and ancillary equipment that will be shipped and delivered primarily over the balance of fiscal 2013.

Six Month Results

Total revenues for the six months ended February 28, 2013 were $322.9 million, a 28 percent increase from $251.3 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $34.1 million or $2.65 per diluted share compared with $15.7 million or $1.23 per diluted share in the prior year. Fiscal 2012 operating costs included $7.2 million of accrued expenses, 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.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 36 percent to $296.9 million from $217.7 million during the first six months of the prior fiscal year. Domestic irrigation revenues of $213.6 million increased 49 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $83.3 million increased 12 percent due to sales increases in South America and Russia. Infrastructure revenues decreased 23 percent to $26.0 million.

Outlook

Rick Parod, president and chief executive officer, commented, "Record backlog at the end of the quarter resulted from continued robust irrigation order volumes in the second quarter along with the award of a large irrigation project in the Middle East. While contracts of this type generally generate below average gross margins, the award demonstrates the success that we are having in developing Lindsay Corporation's position around the world."

Parod added, "Positive farmer sentiment along with historically high farm incomes and commodity prices provide a solid backdrop for strong irrigation sales. However, expectations of record crop planting and improved yields are leading to projections of lower commodity prices, which could lead to reduced demand over the balance of 2013 and into 2014. The environment for infrastructure sales remains difficult, so we are focused on operating efficiencies and expense controls to position the segment for improved profitability as the market strengthens."

Parod continued, "Overall the long-term drivers for the company of population growth, expanded food production, efficient water use, and improved transportation infrastructure remain positive."

Second-Quarter Conference Call

Lindsay's fiscal 2013 second 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 # 21726133. 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, www.lindsay.com. Replays of the conference call will remain on our Web site through the end of the third 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, Lindsay Transportation Solutions and Snoline S.P.A. At February 28, 2013 Lindsay had approximately 12.9 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 atwww.lindsay.com.

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

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Six months ended

February 28,

February 29,

February 28,

February 29,

($ and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)

2013

2012

2013

2012

Operating revenues

$

175,539

$

132,134

$

322,909

$

251,339

Cost of operating revenues

125,175

95,640

229,688

184,597

Gross profit

50,364

36,494

93,221

66,742

Operating expenses:

Selling expense

8,000

6,868

15,321

13,812

General and administrative expense

10,155

8,434

20,273

17,374

Engineering and research expense

2,763

2,244

5,917

4,300

Environmental remediation expense

-

-

-

7,225

Total operating expenses

20,918

17,546

41,511

42,711

Operating income

29,446

18,948

51,710

24,031

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(83

)

(130

)

(226

)

(273

)

Interest income

129

94

267

190

Other income (expense), net

(4

)

515

120

(80

)

Earnings before income taxes

29,488

19,427

51,871

23,868

Income tax expense

10,137

6,653

17,792

8,173

Net earnings

$

19,351

$

12,774

$

34,079

$

15,695

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

1.51

$

1.01

$

2.66

$

1.24

Diluted

$

1.50

$

1.00

$

2.65

$

1.23

Shares used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

12,842

12,703

12,799

12,692

Diluted

12,882

12,821

12,867

12,792

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.115

$

0.090

$

0.230

$

0.180

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Six months ended

February 28,

February 29,

February 28,

February 29,

($ in thousands)

2013

2012

2013

2012

Net earnings

$19,351

$12,774

$34,079

$15,695

Other comprehensive income (loss):

Defined benefit pension plan adjustment, net of tax

33

25

66

51

Unrealized (loss) gain on cash flow hedges, net of tax

(35

)

48

(9

)

120

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of

hedging activities and tax

1,148

1,344

1,107

(2,787

)

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

expense (benefit) of $275, $216, ($118) and $355

1,146

1,417

1,164

(2,616

)

Total comprehensive income

$20,497

$14,191

$35,243

$13,079

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

February 28,

February 29,

August 31,

($ and shares in thousands, except par values)

2013

2012

2012

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

159,583

$

104,953

$

143,444

Receivables, net of allowance of $1,915, $2,002 and $1,717

105,399

77,536

82,565

Inventories, net

78,071

68,578

52,873

Deferred income taxes

9,110

8,336

9,505

Other current assets

15,020

14,193

10,478

Total current assets

367,183

273,596

298,865

Property, Plant and Equipment:

Cost

141,973

134,413

136,695

Less accumulated depreciation

(85,104

)

(77,177

)

(80,515

)

Property, plant and equipment, net

56,869

57,236

56,180

Intangibles, net

23,729

26,839

25,070

Goodwill

30,211

30,443

29,961

Other noncurrent assets

4,490

5,486

5,455

Total assets

$

482,482

$

393,600

$

415,531

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

63,651

$

39,417

$

31,372

Current portion of long-term debt

2,143

4,286

4,285

Other current liabilities

45,724

33,428

44,781

Total current liabilities

111,518

77,131

80,438

Pension benefits liabilities

6,676

6,115

6,821

Long-term debt

-

2,143

-

Deferred income taxes

9,716

11,678

9,984

Other noncurrent liabilities

7,415

8,362

7,450

Total liabilities

135,325

105,429

104,693

Shareholders' Equity:

Preferred stock of $1 par value-

Authorized 2,000 shares; none issued

-

-

-

Common stock of $1 par value-

Authorized 25,000 shares; 18,553 issued

18,553

18,409

18,421

Capital in excess of stated value

47,036

40,736

43,140

Retained earnings

372,242

316,141

341,115

Less treasury stock (at cost, 5,698 shares)

(90,961

)

(90,961

)

(90,961

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net

287