This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Brunswick's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Stocks in this article: BC

In summary, our adjusted EPS increased by $1.63. At year-end, our cash from marketable securities totaled $508 million. Total debt outstanding was $693 million, representing a reduction for the year of $138 million and our lowest debt level since the first quarter of 2004. Peter will comment in his remarks on the key drivers of our strong cash flow as well as provide you with a perspective on our 2012 targets.

Our quarterly results continue to demonstrate solid performances across all of our business segments. Results benefited from higher sales, company-wide cost reductions, and lower warranty cost partially offset by higher variable compensation expense. This was our best fourth quarter operating performance since the fourth quarter of 2007 and our consolidated results continue to demonstrate strong operating leverage.

Turning to our fourth quarter results in more detail, sales increased 8% with growth reflected in all of our segments. Our Boat segment experienced the highest increase at 20% followed by Life Fitness at 11%. Operating losses excluding restructuring charges were $14 million in the quarter, an improvement of $43 million as compared to the prior year.

All of our operating segments experienced year-over-year improvements. Operating margins ex-charges increased by 600 basis points. Our Q4 net loss was $0.33 per share which included $0.05 of restructuring charges, $0.03 of losses on debt retirement and a $0.05 benefit from special tax items. Excluding these three items, our diluted loss per share would have been $0.30. This compares to a net loss of $1.17 per share in the prior year, which included $0.21 of restructuring charges and a $0.02 expense in special tax items. Again, excluding these items, 2010 fourth quarter loss per share would have been $0.94. In summary, our adjusted fourth quarter of 2011 EPS increased by $0.64 from the prior period.

Now, let’s turn to our operating segments starting with the Marine Engine segment. From a geographic perspective, sales to U.S. markets grew by 10% while sales to Mercury’s non-U.S. customers decreased 2% in the quarter. In the aggregate, the segment experienced top line growth of 6% for the quarter. Non-U.S. revenues were affected by varying market conditions around the world. Growth across Asia continued to be strong, especially China.

Read the rest of this transcript for free on

3 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs