General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported today results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2012. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share of $0.60 were within management’s range of expectations. Included in this result is $0.12 per share of additional tax expense recorded in the third quarter reflecting an increase in the Company’s estimated full year effective tax rate with the cumulative adjustment of the first half of the year being reported in the third quarter as well as other incremental discrete tax items. Operating income of $75.4 million exceeded management’s range of expectations for the third quarter as operating results in the Company’s Rest of World (ROW) segment and increased submarine and land based turnkey project activity more than offset seasonal declines in many of the businesses in the Company’s North American and Europe and Mediterranean segments. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 were $0.62. A reconciliation of Non-GAAP earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share and adjusted operating income to reported operating income is included on page 5 of this press release.
The Company’s reported results for the third quarter of 2012 include less than one fiscal month of incremental net sales and unit volume from the Alcan Cable North America acquisition completed on September 4, 2012. The business contributed approximately $48 million of net sales on 21 million aluminum pounds sold during this period. As expected, Alcan Cable North America earnings for this period were de minimis as purchase accounting adjustments offset the base earnings in the business. All unit volume comparisons on the Company’s base business discussed throughout this press release exclude the 21 million incremental contribution of metal pounds sold attributable to this acquisition unless otherwise noted.
- Adjusted EPS of $0.60 within management’s guidance and operating income of $75.4 million exceeded management’s guidance of $65 to $75 million
- Completed the acquisition of the North American portion of Alcan Cable which further enhances the Company’s electric utility and construction product offering in North America
- Completed the acquisition of a majority interest in Procables, S.A. of Colombia on October 1, 2012; expanding the Company’s market position in the Andean region and its geographic coverage throughout the Americas, which is one of the most extensive in the wire and cable industry
- Signed definitive agreement to acquire Prestolite Wire, LLC which offers a broad range of wire and cable products serving predominately transportation original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and distributors
- Amended and enlarged the Company’s U.S. and Canadian asset-based revolving credit facility by increasing the size to $700 million and extending its maturity date to 2017; enhancement principally supports the acquisition of Alcan Cable while maintaining financial flexibility and liquidity
- Solidified the capital structure while tranching out the debt maturity profile with the issuance of $600 million of 5.75% senior notes due in 2022; completed the call of $200 million of 7.125% senior fixed rate notes due in 2017 on October 12th; retired $11 million of 1.0% senior convertible notes due in 2012 on October 15th
- Board of Directors authorized another $125 million share repurchase program; under the existing share repurchase authorization, which expired on October 28 th , the Company repurchased $63.7 million or about 5% of its common shares over the past 12 months
RestatementThe Company has identified certain inventory related accounting errors in two facilities located in Brazil and a third facility located in South Africa within the Company’s ROW segment that were erroneously computing cost of sales over the course of several years, resulting in an understatement of cost of goods sold and an overstatement of ending inventory. All three locations were utilizing the same system and related process, which, with respect to work-in-process and finished goods, incorrectly computed cost of sales. In addition, because the erroneous process was in place at one of the Brazilian facilities prior to the Company’s acquisition of Phelps Dodge International Corporation (“PDIC”) in 2007, the Company overstated inventory in its allocation of the purchase price among assets acquired, resulting in an understatement of goodwill.