Donaldson Reports Third Quarter Results

Donaldson Reports Third Quarter Results

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYS: DCI) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter. Summarized financial results are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share data):

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
April 30April 30











Net sales$619$647(4)%$1,804$1,836(2)%
Operating income99980%243264(8)%
Net earnings7071(2)%175193(10)%
Diluted EPS$0.46$0.460%$1.16$1.26(8)%

"Our overall sales growth during the quarter continued to be challenged by the global economic environment," said Bill Cook, Donaldson's CEO. "On the positive side, our Gas Turbine Products' sales increased 35 percent as we delivered a number of large projects to our Customers. We also achieved solid sales growth in several regions including Latin America, South Africa, and India. But these strong performances were offset by significant declines in our Engine Products' OEM businesses in the U.S. and Japan. During the quarter, we continued to see many of our major OEM On-Road and Off-Road Customers reduce their equipment production schedules in response to their weaker end-market demand."

"Despite our lower sales, we delivered a record operating margin of 15.9 percent. We continued to proactively take actions to align our manufacturing and operating expenses with our anticipated Customer demand. During the quarter, we incurred $1.1 million as part of these restructuring activities. In addition, we continued to generate significant savings from our ongoing Continuous Improvement initiatives. Due to our strong operating margin performance, our EPS of $0.46 was equal to last year's record third quarter."

"We believe that the weak end-market conditions we have experienced this year may have now stabilized. Unfortunately, we have not yet seen any strong signs of a material recovery for our Customers in any of our capital equipment-related end markets and, therefore, we are not anticipating sales growth in these markets for at least the next quarter. As a result, we are forecasting our Company's full-year sales to be between $2.40 and $2.45 billion and our FY13 EPS forecast to be between $1.57 and $1.65 per share."

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $10.0 million, or 1.6 percent, during the quarter and decreased sales by $28.6 million, or 1.6 percent, year-to-date. The impact of foreign currency translation decreased reported net earnings by $0.7 million, or 1.0 percent, during the quarter and decreased reported net earnings by $1.9 million, or 1.0 percent, year-to-date.

Gross margin was 35.8 percent for the quarter and 34.3 percent year-to-date, compared to prior year margins of 35.3 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively. The improvement in the quarter is primarily attributable to a higher percentage of our sales coming from replacement filters and the benefits from our Continuous Improvement initiatives, offset by a mix impact due to large Gas Turbine project shipments and some impact from lower fixed cost absorption. Restructuring expenses included in gross margin were $0.6 million in the quarter and $1.3 million year-to-date.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $122.9 million, down 5.3 percent from last year's $129.8 million. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 19.8 percent compared to last year's 20.1 percent. Operating expenses year-to-date were $375.5 million, or 20.8 percent of sales, compared to $380.4 million, or 20.7 percent of sales, last year. Restructuring expenses included in operating expenses were $0.5 million in the quarter and $1.5 million year-to-date. Our ongoing cost containment actions helped to offset the restructuring expenses, higher pension expenses, and the incremental expenses related to our Strategic Business Systems project.

Our effective tax rate for the quarter was 29.8 percent, compared to a prior year rate of 29.0 percent. The prior year's quarter included $1.8 million of tax benefits primarily from a statute of limitation expiration. The year-to-date effective tax rate was 29.2 percent compared to a prior year rate of 28.0 percent.

We did not repurchase any shares during the third quarter, and year-to-date we have repurchased 1,820,000 shares, or 1.2 percent of our diluted outstanding shares, for $61.0 million.

FY13 Outlook

  • We are projecting our full-year sales to decrease 2 to 4 percent from last year's record $2.5 billion. Our forecast is based on the Euro at US$1.31 and 98 Yen to the US$.
  • Our full-year operating margin forecast is 13.6 to 14.2 percent.
  • Our FY13 tax rate is anticipated to be between 29 and 30 percent.
  • We forecast our FY13 EPS to be between $1.57 and $1.65.
  • Cash generated by operating activities is projected to be between $260 and $280 million. Our capital spending is estimated to be approximately $85 million.

Engine Products: We forecast FY13 sales to decrease 4 to 6 percent compared to FY12, including the impact of foreign currency.

  • Our On-Road OEM Customers are planning to build fewer heavy- and medium-duty trucks, although the rate of decline is expected to begin moderating in our fourth quarter. Demand from our Off-Road OEM Customers is anticipated to be mixed: build rates of agriculture equipment are forecasted to remain good, build rates of construction equipment are expected to slowly improve in North America, but remain weak in Europe and China, and the build rates of mining equipment are expected to decrease globally.
  • We are anticipating slowly improving growth for our Aftermarket Products. Current utilization rates for off-road equipment and on-road heavy truck fleets in the field have begun stabilizing and inventory levels at dealers and distributors are now consistent with current end-market utilization. We should also benefit from our continued expansion into emerging economies, from the increasing number of systems installed in the field with our proprietary filters, and from our increasing sales of liquid filtration products.
  • We forecast a mid-single digit percent decrease in our Aerospace and Defense Products' sales compared to last year as the continued slowdown in U.S. military activity is expected to be partially offset by growth from our commercial aerospace sales.

Industrial Products: We forecast sales to be consistent with FY12, including the impact of foreign currency.

  • We forecast a mid-single digit percent decrease in our Industrial Filtration Solutions Products' sales as compared to last year. We assume general manufacturing activity will continue to increase moderately in the U.S., slowly improve in Asia, and continue to be weak in Europe.
  • We anticipate our Gas Turbine Products' sales to be up 27 to 30 percent due to continued strength in both the large turbine power generation and the oil and gas markets.
  • Special Applications Products' sales are now forecast to be down 8 to 11 percent due to weaker market demand for our disk drive filters and membranes products.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people's lives, enhance our Customers' equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers' needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our approximately 12,500 employees contribute to the Company's success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at


The Company desires to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") and is making this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation. This announcement contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts, plans, and projections relating to our business and financial performance and global economic conditions, which involve uncertainties that could materially impact results.

The Company wishes to caution investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including but not limited to risks associated with: world economic factors and the ongoing global economic uncertainty, the reduced demand for hard disk drive products with the increased use of flash memory, the potential for some Customers to increase their reliance on their own filtration capabilities, currency fluctuations, commodity prices, political factors, the Company's international operations, highly competitive markets, governmental laws and regulations, including the impact of the various economic stimulus and financial reform measures, the implementation of our new information technology systems, potential global events resulting in market instability including financial bailouts and defaults of sovereign nations, military and terrorist activities, health outbreaks, natural disasters, and all of the other risk factors included in our Annual and Quarterly Reports. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

(Thousands of dollars, except share and per share amounts)


Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

April 30April 30
Net sales$619,371$647,237$1,804,354$1,836,415
Cost of sales 397,870  419,008  1,185,583  1,192,435 
Gross margin221,501228,229618,771643,980
Operating expenses 122,914  129,792  375,455  380,448 
Operating income98,58798,437243,316263,532
Other income, net(3,608)(4,340)(11,962)(13,750)
Interest expense 2,719  2,787  8,275  8,856 
Earnings before income taxes99,47699,990247,003268,426
Income taxes 29,634  29,044  72,235  75,106 
Net earnings$69,842 $70,946 $174,768 $193,320 

Weighted average shares outstanding

Diluted shares outstanding150,234,445153,207,471150,591,003153,067,148
Net earnings per share$0.47$0.47$1.18$1.29

Net earnings per share assuming dilution

Dividends paid per share$0.100$0.080$0.280$0.230
(Thousands of dollars)
April 30July 31
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments$329,688$318,151
Accounts receivable, net437,414438,796
Inventories, net240,476256,116
Prepaids and other current assets 65,752 72,599
Total current assets1,073,3301,085,662
Other assets and deferred taxes271,456259,511
Property, plant, and equipment, net 412,822 384,909
Total assets$1,757,608$1,730,082
Trade accounts payable$178,028$199,182
Employee compensation and other liabilities167,802201,848
Short-term borrowings30,00095,147
Current maturity long-term debt 82,002 2,346
Total current liabilities457,832498,523
Long-term debt119,079203,483
Other long-term liabilities 99,164 118,062
Total liabilities676,075820,068
Equity 1,081,533 910,014
Total liabilities and equity$1,757,608$1,730,082
(Thousands of dollars)
Nine Months Ended
April 30
2013  2012
Net earnings$174,768$193,320

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization48,52746,214
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(8,346)(43,836)
Tax benefit of equity plans(9,483)(9,698)
Stock compensation plan expense7,3638,624
Other, net 4,560  (12,223)
Net cash provided by operating activities217,389182,401
Net expenditures on property and equipment(69,425)(57,987)
Net change in short-term investments 30,781  (119,930)
Net cash used in investing activities(38,644)(177,917)
Purchase of treasury stock(60,975)(82,573)
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings(67,623)24,435
Dividends paid(41,184)(34,277)
Tax benefit of equity plans9,4839,698
Exercise of stock options 12,131  12,345 
Net cash used in financing activities(148,168)(70,372)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash







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