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Generac Reports Strong Second Quarter 2012 Results

Second Quarter 2012 Details

Residential product sales for the second quarter of 2012 increased 33.8% to $123.4 million from $92.2 million for the comparable period in 2011. The growth was primarily driven by strong double-digit increases in shipments for both home standby and portable generators. The Company’s efforts to increase awareness and availability of home standby generators together with execution in meeting the increased demand for these products have helped to drive baseline growth. In addition, expanded placement for portable generator products continues to lead to year-over-year market share gains. Increased revenue from the power washer product line, which began shipping in the second quarter of 2011, also contributed modestly to the year-over-year sales growth in residential products.

C&I product sales for the second quarter of 2012 increased 76.4% to $101.1 million from $57.3 million for the comparable period in 2011. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by the Magnum Products acquisition, and to a lesser extent, increased shipments of natural gas backup generators, partially offset by a decline in shipments to national account customers.

Gross profit margin for the second quarter of 2012 was 36.6% compared to 37.4% in the second quarter of 2011. Gross margin declined over the prior year due to the mix impact from the addition of Magnum Products sales, which was partially offset by a higher mix of home standby generators and the positive impact from price increases, improved overhead absorption and moderation in commodity costs relative to the prior year.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2012 increased by $11.7 million or 30.4% as compared to the second quarter of 2011. These additional expenses were driven primarily by operating expenses associated with Magnum, increased sales, engineering and administrative infrastructure to support the strategic growth initiatives and higher baseline sales levels of the Company, increased incentive compensation expenses as a result of the Company’s financial performance during the quarter, and increased variable operating expenses resulting from the double-digit increase in organic sales.

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