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 30

April 30

2013

2012

Change

2013

2012

Change

Net sales

$619

$647

(4)%

$1,804

$1,836

(2)%

Operating income

99

98

0%

243

264

(8)%

Net earnings

70

71

(2)%

175

193

(10)%

Diluted EPS

$0.46

$0.46

0%

$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 www.donaldson.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES REFORM ACT OF 1995

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.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

April 30

April 30

2013

2012

2013

2012

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 margin

221,501

228,229

618,771

643,980

Operating expenses

122,914

129,792

375,455

380,448

Operating income

98,587

98,437

243,316

263,532

Other income, net

(3,608

)

(4,340

)

(11,962

)

(13,750

)

Interest expense

2,719

2,787

8,275

8,856

Earnings before income taxes

99,476

99,990

247,003

268,426

Income taxes

29,634

29,044

72,235

75,106

Net earnings

$

69,842

$

70,946

$

174,768

$

193,320

Weighted average shares outstanding

148,136,620

150,536,631

148,404,503

150,385,389

Diluted shares outstanding

150,234,445

153,207,471

150,591,003

153,067,148

Net earnings per share

$

0.47

$

0.47

$

1.18

$

1.29

Net earnings per share assuming dilution

$

0.46

$

0.46

$

1.16

$

1.26

Dividends paid per share

$

0.100

$

0.080

$

0.280

$

0.230

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)

April 30

July 31

2013

2012

ASSETS

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

$

329,688

$

318,151

Accounts receivable, net

437,414

438,796

Inventories, net

240,476

256,116

Prepaids and other current assets

65,752

72,599

Total current assets

1,073,330

1,085,662

Other assets and deferred taxes

271,456

259,511

Property, plant, and equipment, net

412,822

384,909

Total assets

$

1,757,608

$

1,730,082

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Trade accounts payable

$

178,028

$

199,182

Employee compensation and other liabilities

167,802

201,848

Short-term borrowings

30,000

95,147

Current maturity long-term debt

82,002

2,346

Total current liabilities

457,832

498,523

Long-term debt

119,079

203,483

Other long-term liabilities

99,164

118,062

Total liabilities

676,075

820,068

Equity

1,081,533

910,014

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,757,608

$

1,730,082

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

April 30

2013

2012

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net earnings

$

174,768

$

193,320

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

Depreciation and amortization

48,527

46,214

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(8,346

)

(43,836

)

Tax benefit of equity plans

(9,483

)

(9,698

)

Stock compensation plan expense

7,363

8,624

Other, net

4,560

(12,223

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

217,389

182,401

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

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

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

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 plans

9,483

9,698

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

7,622

(18,586

)

Increase (Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

38,199