Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lindsay Corporation (NYS: LNN) , a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its third quarter ended May 31, 2013.

Third Quarter Results


Third quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a record $219.5 million, increasing 28 percent from $172.1 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $26.1 million or $2.01 per diluted share compared with $18.8 million or $1.47 per diluted share in the prior year.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 34 percent to $200.9 million from $149.6 million in the prior fiscal year's third quarter due to increased demand resulting from higher commodity prices and farm incomes along with robust demand in international markets. U.S. irrigation revenues of $118.3 million increased 12 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $82.6 million increased 88 percent. Infrastructure revenues decreased 17 percent to $18.6 million.

Gross margin was 28.7 percent compared to 28.5 percent in the prior year's third quarter. Gross margins in irrigation improved modestly while infrastructure gross margins declined by approximately 3 percentage points on lower mix of Road Zipper sales. U.S. irrigation gross margins increased due to strong pricing and manufacturing productivity and leverage, offset by the increased mix of lower margin international irrigation sales.

Operating expenses were $23.5 million compared to $20.2 million in the same prior year period. Current year expenses included higher personnel related expenses, accounts receivable reserves and research and development expenses. Operating expenses were 10.7 percent of sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 11.8 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 18.0 percent increased from 16.7 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $170.2 million were $50.4 million higher compared to the end of the third quarter in the prior fiscal year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.

Backlog of unshipped orders at May 31, 2013 was $80.0 million compared with $44.5 million at May 31, 2012 and $159.3 million at February 28, 2013. Current backlog includes $23 million remaining from the $39 million order in the Middle East (Iraq) announced in the second quarter, as well as modest year over year increases in U.S. irrigation and infrastructure.

Nine Month Results

Total revenues for the nine months ended May 31, 2013 were $542.5 million, a 28 percent increase from $423.4 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $60.1 million or $4.66 per diluted share compared with $34.5 million or $2.70 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 increase in the Company's estimated liability for environmental remediation at its Lindsay, Nebraska facility.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 36 percent to $497.9 million from $367.4 million during the first nine months of the prior fiscal year. U.S. irrigation revenues of $331.9 million increased 33 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $166.0 million increased 40 percent due to sales increases in most all markets, and most significantly in South America and the Middle East. Infrastructure revenues decreased 20 percent to $44.6 million.

Outlook

Rick Parod, president and chief executive officer, commented, "Record sales in our U.S. and international irrigation markets have led to record results through the first nine months of fiscal 2013. We expect a heavier mix of lower margin international sales in the fourth quarter as we continue to recognize revenue on the $39 million order in Iraq, which entered backlog in the second quarter."

Parod added, "Drivers for the Company's markets of population growth, expanded food production and efficient water use provide a solid backdrop for long-term growth. In the near term, we have seen downward pressure on key agricultural commodity prices in anticipation of an improved harvest over last year's drought conditions. However, recent reports cast doubt on the quality of the crop, raising concern over forecasted ending-stocks, particularly for corn. In addition, the environment for infrastructure sales remains difficult, although we are seeing indications for modest improvement from recent sales trends."

Third-Quarter Conference Call

Lindsay's fiscal 2013 third 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 in the U.S., or (706) 758-0065 internationally, and referring to conference ID # 91367297. 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 next quarterly earnings release. 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 under the Lindsay Transportation Solutions trade name. At May 31, 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 the Company'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

Nine months ended

May 31,

May 31,

May 31,

May 31,

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

2013

2012

2013

2012

Operating revenues

$

219,542

$172,099

$

542,451

$

423,438

Cost of operating revenues

156,506

123,071

386,194

307,668

Gross profit

63,036

49,028

156,257

115,770

Operating expenses:

Selling expense

8,674

7,324

23,995

21,136

General and administrative expense

11,783

10,390

32,056

27,764

Engineering and research expense

3,029

2,527

8,946

6,827

Environmental remediation expense

-

-

-

7,225

Total operating expenses

23,486

20,241

64,997

62,952

Operating income

39,550

28,787

91,260

52,818

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(32

)

(103

)

(258

)

(376

)

Interest income

100

137

367

327

Other income (expense), net

132

(234

)

252

(314

)

Earnings before income taxes

39,750

28,587

91,621

52,455

Income tax expense

13,687

9,764

31,479

17,937

Net earnings

$

26,063

$18,823

$

60,142

$

34,518

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

2.03

$1.48

$

4.69

$

2.72

Diluted

$

2.01

$1.47

$

4.66

$

2.70

Shares used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

12,858

12,714

12,819

12,700

Diluted

12,947

12,814

12,894

12,799

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.115

$0.090

$

0.345

$

0.270

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

May 31,

May 31,

May 31,

May 31,

($ in thousands)

2013

2012

2013

2012

Net earnings

$

26,063

$

18,823

$

60,142

$

34,518

Other comprehensive income (loss):

Defined benefit pension plan adjustment, net of tax

33

26

99

77

Unrealized gain on cash flow hedges, net of tax

15

57

6

177

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of

hedging activities and tax

(1,389

)

(4,599

)

(282

)

(7,386

)

Total other comprehensive loss, net of tax (benefit)

expense of ($10), $530, ($128) and $885

(1,341

)

(4,516

)

(177

)

(7,132

)

Total comprehensive income

$

24,722

$

14,307

$

59,965

$

27,386

Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

May 31,

May 31,

August 31,

($ and shares in thousands, except par values)

2013

2012

2012

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

170,215

$

119,785

$

143,444

Receivables, net of allowance of $2,847, $1,786 and $1,717

130,924

95,693

82,565

Inventories, net

72,458

62,119

52,873

Deferred income taxes

11,810

9,399

9,505

Other current assets

18,307

13,177

10,478

Total current assets

403,714

300,173

298,865

Property, Plant and Equipment:

Cost

144,199

134,508

136,695

Less accumulated depreciation

(87,293

)

(78,365

)

(80,515

)

Property, plant and equipment, net

56,906

56,143

56,180

Intangibles, net

22,974

25,709

25,070

Goodwill

30,111

29,866

29,961

Other noncurrent assets

4,416

5,057

5,455

Total assets

$

518,121

$

416,948

$

415,531

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

56,902

$

38,820

$

31,372

Current portion of long-term debt

1,071

4,286

4,285

Other current liabilities

65,259

45,502

44,781

Total current liabilities

123,232

88,608

80,438

Pension benefits liabilities

6,603

6,057

6,821

Long-term debt

-

1,071

-

Deferred income taxes

8,809

10,458

9,984

Other noncurrent liabilities

7,715

8,573

7,450

Total liabilities

146,359

114,767

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; 18,560 issued

18,560

18,413

18,421

Capital in excess of stated value