We expect third quarter sales to be in the $410-420 million range. EPS is expected to be in the $0.63-0.68 range compared to $0.60 in the prior year, with continued cost reduction actions and a lower than full year average income tax rate incorporated into the guidance.
Consistent with past practice, all guidance excludes the impact of potential future acquisitions and share repurchases.”
Arzbaecher concluded, “We remain focused on investing for long-term growth through Growth + Innovation and acquisitions, while managing costs to drive full year earnings improvement. Actuant is committed to maximizing results and maintaining a strong balance sheet to deliver increased shareholder value.”
Conference Call InformationAn investor conference call is scheduled for 10am CDT today, March 20, 2013. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available on the Actuant company website ( www.actuant.com ) prior to the start of the call. Safe Harbor Statement Certain of the above comments represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management cautions that these statements are based on current estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of factors, which could cause actual results to differ from these estimates. Actuant’s results are also subject to general economic conditions, variation in demand from customers, the impact of geopolitical activity on the economy, continued market acceptance of the Company’s new product introductions, the successful integration of acquisitions, restructuring, operating margin risk due to competitive pricing and operating efficiencies, supply chain risk, material and labor cost increases, foreign currency fluctuations and interest rate risk. See the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding risk factors. Actuant disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.