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Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its second quarter ended February 28, 2013.

Second Quarter Results

Second quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a record $175.5 million, increasing 33 percent from $132.1 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $19.4 million or $1.50 per diluted share compared with $12.8 million or $1.00 per diluted share in the prior year.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 39 percent to $162.6 million from $117.0 million in the prior fiscal year’s second quarter. Domestic irrigation revenues of $117.1 million increased 41 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $45.5 million increased 34 percent due to increased demand resulting from higher commodity prices and farm incomes along with drought conditions in the United States. Infrastructure revenues decreased 15 percent to $12.9 million.

Gross margin was 28.7 percent compared to 27.6 percent in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase is primarily due to an increase in irrigation gross margins of approximately 1 percentage point due to a strong pricing environment combined with increased productivity and cost leverage.

Operating expenses were $20.9 million compared to $17.5 million in the prior fiscal year. Current year expenses included higher personnel related expenses and increases in advertising and research and development expenses. Operating expenses were 11.9 percent of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 13.3 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 16.8 percent increased from 14.3 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $159.6 million were $54.6 million higher compared to the end of the second quarter last year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.

Backlog of unshipped orders at February 28, 2013 was $159.3 million compared with $87.3 million at February 29, 2012 and $85.1 million at November 30, 2012. Current year backlog includes strong domestic irrigation volume along with a $39.1 million contract in the Middle East consisting of irrigation machines and ancillary equipment that will be shipped and delivered primarily over the balance of fiscal 2013.

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