Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its third quarter ended May 31, 2013.
Third Quarter Results
Third quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a record $219.5 million, increasing 28 percent from $172.1 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $26.1 million or $2.01 per diluted share compared with $18.8 million or $1.47 per diluted share in the prior year.
Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 34 percent to $200.9 million from $149.6 million in the prior fiscal year’s third quarter due to increased demand resulting from higher commodity prices and farm incomes along with robust demand in international markets. U.S. irrigation revenues of $118.3 million increased 12 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $82.6 million increased 88 percent. Infrastructure revenues decreased 17 percent to $18.6 million.
Gross margin was 28.7 percent compared to 28.5 percent in the prior year’s third quarter. Gross margins in irrigation improved modestly while infrastructure gross margins declined by approximately 3 percentage points on lower mix of Road Zipper sales. U.S. irrigation gross margins increased due to strong pricing and manufacturing productivity and leverage, offset by the increased mix of lower margin international irrigation sales.
Operating expenses were $23.5 million compared to $20.2 million in the same prior year period. Current year expenses included higher personnel related expenses, accounts receivable reserves and research and development expenses. Operating expenses were 10.7 percent of sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 11.8 percent of sales in the prior year period. Operating margins of 18.0 percent increased from 16.7 percent in the prior year period.
Cash and cash equivalents of $170.2 million were $50.4 million higher compared to the end of the third quarter in the prior fiscal year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.