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Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its second quarter ended February 29, 2012.

Second Quarter Results

Second quarter fiscal 2012 total revenues of $132.1 million increased 10 percent from $120.2 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $12.8 million or $1.00 per diluted share compared with $11.3 million or $0.89 per diluted share in the prior fiscal year’s second quarter.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 28 percent to $117.0 million from $91.7 million in the prior fiscal year’s second quarter. Domestic irrigation revenues of $82.9 million increased 25 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $34.1 million increased 36 percent as compared to the same prior year period. Infrastructure revenues decreased 47 percent to $15.1 million due mostly to lower sales and leases of Quick-Change Moveable Barrier (QMB) systems.

Gross margin was 27.6 percent compared to 28.3 percent in the prior year’s second quarter. Total gross margins were lower primarily due to lower revenues of higher-margin QMB product as compared to the same period last year. Irrigation gross margins improved compared to the same quarter last year due to cost leverage and productivity gains on higher sales volumes. Infrastructure gross margins declined compared to the year ago period, but improved excluding QMB.

Operating expenses were $17.5 million in the quarter compared to $16.9 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. The primary elements of the expense increase related to an acquired company purchased in fiscal 2011 and personnel related costs. Operating expenses were 13.3 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2012 compared with 14.1 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 14.3 percent increased slightly from 14.2 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $105.0 million were $26.5 million higher compared with the end of the second quarter last year, while debt decreased $4.3 million over the same period.

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