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Griffon Corporation Announces First Quarter Results

Stocks in this article: GFF

Ames True Temper Plant Consolidation Initiative

ATT will close certain of its manufacturing facilities, and consolidate affected operations primarily into its Camp Hill and Carlisle, PA locations. The actions, to be completed by the end of fiscal 2014, will improve manufacturing and distribution efficiencies, allow for in-sourcing of certain production currently performed by third party suppliers, and improve material flow and absorption of fixed costs. Management estimates that, upon completion, these actions will result in annual cash savings exceeding $10 million, based on current operating levels.

ATT anticipates it will incur pre-tax restructuring and related exit costs of $8.0 million, comprised of cash charges of $4.0 million and asset-related charges of $4.0 million; the cash charges will include $3.0 million for personnel-related costs and $1.0 million for facility exit costs. The Company expects $20.0 million in capital expenditures in connection with this initiative.

HBP recognized $1.1 million and $0.3 million in restructuring and other related charges in the current and prior year quarters, respectively, related primarily to one-time termination benefits and other personnel costs; current year charges relate primarily to ATT’s plant consolidation initiative.

Mr. Kramer continued, “The strategic initiative at ATT builds upon the core strength of its brands. We expect to achieve higher long-term profitability through our plant consolidation. The focus in our businesses is upon operational execution. Each of our businesses is poised for growth and improved profitability as the economic recovery accelerates. We remain committed to increasing shareholder value through organic growth, a disciplined approach to capital investment, and our ongoing evaluation of strategic acquisitions.”

Segment Operating Results

Telephonics

First quarter revenue totaled $96.0 million, decreasing 8% compared to the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included $5.9 million of revenue related to the Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare 3.1 (“CREW 3.1”) program where Telephonics serves as a contract manufacturer; there was no CREW 3.1 revenue in the current quarter. Excluding CREW 3.1, current quarter revenue decreased 3% from the prior year quarter primarily due to lower shipments of Advanced Radar Surveillance Systems (“ARSS”), partially offset by increases in Romeo Radar and Secure Digital Intercommunications (“SDI”) revenue.

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