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Donaldson Reports Record Third Quarter Results

“The continued strength in many of our mid-cycle businesses and the beginning of the recovery of our late-cycle Gas Turbine Systems products, combined with ongoing solid execution across our Company, helped us set new quarterly records in sales, operating margin, and EPS,” said Bill Cook, Chairman, President and CEO. “Led by a 15 percent increase in Gas Turbine Products, sales growth was strong across all three of the product groups within our Industrial Products segment, with overall sales up 11 percent. Sales in our Engine Products segment grew 8 percent as new equipment build rates at our Off-Road and On-Road OEM Customers remained healthy.”

“We achieved a record operating margin of 15.2 percent due to the combination of operating leverage in our plants and distribution centers, our focus on effective execution in support of our Customers and the benefits of the many Continuous Improvement initiatives across our Company.”

“We are forecasting continued growth through our fourth quarter with full year sales expected to be up approximately 9 percent over last year. Forecasted business conditions in our end markets remain consistent with last quarter’s outlook through the end of our fiscal year: strong in the Americas, stable in Europe, and slowly improving in China. As a result of our continued strong operating performance, we have increased our FY12 EPS forecast to be between $1.66 and $1.76, which has been adjusted up from our previous guidance of $1.63 to $1.73. All of these EPS numbers have been adjusted for the two-for-one stock split we executed in March. Our new EPS guidance represents a new record and is up 16 percent to 23 percent over last year.”

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $11.6 million, or 2.0 percent, during the third quarter and decreased sales by $2.4 million, or 0.1 percent, year-to-date, compared to the same periods last year. The impact of foreign currency translation decreased reported net earnings by $0.9 million, or 1.5 percent, during the third quarter and decreased reported net earnings by $0.2 million, or 0.1 percent, for the year.

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