Twin Disc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWIN)
, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended September 28, 2012.
Sales for the first three months of fiscal 2013, seasonally the weakest quarter of the fiscal year, declined to $68,793,000, from a first quarter record of $81,330,000 for the same period last year. The decrease in sales was primarily the result of lower demand from customers in the pressure pumping sector of the North American oil and gas market. Offsetting weakness in this market was higher demand from customers in the North American and Asian commercial marine markets. Sales to customers serving the global mega yacht market remained at historical lows in the quarter, while demand remained steady for equipment used in the industrial, airport rescue and fire fighting (ARFF), and military markets.
Gross margin for the fiscal 2013 first quarter was 28.2 percent, compared to a record 37.8 percent in the fiscal 2012 first quarter. The anticipated decline in fiscal 2013 first quarter gross margin was the result of lower sales volumes and a less profitable mix of business.
For the fiscal 2013 first quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 24.2 percent, compared to 19.6 percent for the fiscal 2012 first quarter. ME&A expenses increased $711,000 versus the same period last fiscal year. The net increase in ME&A expenses for the quarter primarily relates to increased research and development activities, wage inflation and additional headcount.
The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 is 45.6 percent, which is significantly higher than the prior year rate of 35.3 percent. The current year rate was unfavorably impacted by an existing valuation allowance in certain foreign jurisdictions during the current first quarter. The remaining increase relates to the expiration of the credit for research and development, a reduced domestic production activities credit, and a change in the mixture of domestic and foreign earnings.