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Actuant Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2012 Results

Fourth quarter fiscal 2012 Engineered Solutions segment sales decreased 10% from the prior year to $118 million. Excluding the 5% impact from acquisitions and negative 5% impact from foreign currency rate changes, core sales declined 14%. Fourth quarter sales reflected lower OEM production levels for heavy-duty trucks in China and Europe as well as a significant decline in automotive sales. Demand in the global agriculture and other off-highway equipment markets, as well as the North American heavy-duty truck market, moderated from recent quarters. Fourth quarter operating profit margin declined 400 basis points from the prior year due to the lower volumes.

Corporate

Corporate expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $8.7 million, $3.0 million below the comparable prior year period as lower incentive compensation, idle facility and acquisition related costs was partially offset by increased G+I spending at the corporate level.

Financial Position

Net debt at August 31, 2012 was $329 million (total debt of $397 million less $68 million of cash), an increase of approximately $10 million during the quarter. During the fourth quarter the Company deployed approximately $40 million of cash for the CrossControl acquisition and $24 million in stock repurchases (buy-back of approximately 0.9 million shares of common stock) which more than offset the strong fourth quarter operating cash flow. At August 31, 2012, the Company had a net debt to EBITDA leverage ratio of 1.1 times, and its entire $600 million revolver available.

Outlook

Arzbaecher continued, “Our outlook for fiscal 2013 assumes that the global economy and worldwide industrial activity continue to reflect uncertainty, with moderating growth in the US and weakness in Europe and emerging markets. We anticipate fiscal 2013 core sales growth of 3-5%, outpacing underlying GDP in the economies we serve due to our diverse portfolio and company-specific growth initiatives. We expect total sales of $1.68-1.72 billion, taking into account an average US dollar to Euro exchange rate of 1.25 and carryover acquisition revenue of approximately $50 million. On a year-over-year basis, the higher volumes coupled with operational excellence initiatives, lower interest costs and completed share repurchases should result in fiscal 2013 EPS of $2.20-2.30, compared to our previous guidance of $2.15-2.30. We expect full year free cash flow of approximately $200 million.

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