The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), a leading worldwide manufacturer of restaurant and foodservice cooking equipment, today reported net sales and earnings for the first quarter ended April 2, 2011. Net earnings for the first quarter were $17,825,000 or $0.97 per share on net sales of $182,572,000 as compared to the prior year first quarter net earnings of $13,762,000 or $0.74 per share on net sales of $160,683,000.

2011 First Quarter Financial Highlights
  • Net sales increased 13.6 % in the first quarter. Sales from acquisitions amounted to $10.2 million or 6.3% during the quarter, and largely related to the Cozzini acquisition which occurred late in the third quarter of 2010. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, net sales increased 7.3% during the first quarter, including an increase of 8.8% in sales from the Commercial Foodservice Group offset by a decrease of 2.9% in sales from the Food Processing Group. Sales growth of the Commercial Foodservice Group continues to grow reflecting growth in the international markets and increasing business with major restaurant chain customers. The Food Processing Group, which grew 56.6% in the first quarter of last year, declined slightly, reflecting the quarterly volatility associated with this business due to the timing of large orders.
  • Gross profit increased to $71.8 million from $63.5 million. The gross margin rate of 39.3% compared to 39.5% in the prior year quarter. The gross margin rate reflects the impact of increasing material costs and lower margins at newly acquired companies offset in part by the benefit of increased sales volumes and operational improvements.
  • Operating income increased to $31.4 million from $26.4 million.
  • Non-cash expenses recorded during the first quarter included $3.9 million of depreciation and amortization in the current quarter as compared to $3.7 million in the prior year first quarter. Non-cash share based compensation expenses decreased to $2.0 million in the 2011 first quarter as compared to $3.2 million in the 2010 first quarter.
  • Net interest expense and deferred financing costs amounted to $2.1 million in the first quarter as compared to $2.5 million in the prior year first quarter. Reduced interest expense reflects the benefit of lower interest rates and lower debt levels.
  • Provisions for income taxes increased to $11.6 million at a 40% effective rate in comparison to $9.9 million at a 42% effective rate in the prior year quarter.
  • Total debt at the end of the 2011 first quarter amounted to $239.6 million as compared to $271.0 million at the end of the first quarter 2010. The company’s debt is financed under a $497.8 million senior revolving credit facility that matures in December 2012.
  • Net earnings per share in the 2011 first quarter increased 31% to $0.97 per share as compared to $0.74 per share in the 2010 first quarter.

Mr. Bassoul commented, “In the first quarter, at our Commercial Foodservice Group, industry conditions remained positive and we realized revenue gains resulting from growth in international business and with our chain customers. We plan to continue investing in our selling organization to support sales of our expanded line of new and acquired products globally. This includes the recent establishment of our sales and service office in Brazil to support the anticipated growth in this market over the next several years.”

Mr. Bassoul continued, “Sales and orders at our Food Processing Group slowed in the first quarter as growth rates have moderated from a stronger 2010 which included a rebound of capital spending as a number of projects had been deferred in 2008 and 2009. While orders have slowed in the first half, customer inquiries and quoting activity remains strong and we see increasing demand for new equipment in emerging markets. We also continue to remain excited about sales opportunities for the new products developed and introduced over the past eighteen months.”

Mr. Bassoul concluded, “We continue to execute on our acquisition strategy of acquiring leading brands and technologies. We were pleased to recently announce acquisitions of the Lincat Group PLC and Beech Ovens. Lincat Group PLC is a leading manufacturer in the UK of ranges, ovens and counterline cooking equipment under the Lincat brand name and kitchen processing equipment under the IMC brand name. This acquisition is anticipated to be completed later in the second quarter. Beech, which was acquired in April, is a leading manufacturer of hearth stone ovens with a strong presence in the emerging markets. With these acquisitions, Middleby adds three very strong leading brands to its portfolio of brands and further extends Middleby’s global presence.”

Conference Call

A conference call will be held at 10:00 a.m. Central time on Thursday, May 12 and can be accessed by dialing (866) 551-3680 and providing conference code 9229689# or through the investor relations section of The Middleby Corporation website at www.middleby.com. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately one half hour after its completion and can be accessed by calling (866) 551-4520 and providing code 272695#.

Statements in this press release or otherwise attributable to the Company regarding the Company's business which are not historical fact are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company cautions investors that such statements are estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Such factors include variability in financing costs; quarterly variations in operating results; dependence on key customers; international exposure; foreign exchange and political risks affecting international sales; changing market conditions; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timely development and market acceptance of the Company's products; the availability and cost of raw materials; and other risks detailed herein and from time-to-time in the Company's SEC filings.

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used for commercial food cooking, preparation and processing. The company's leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Carter Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, frifri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, Jade®, Lang®, MagiKitch'n®, Middleby Marshall®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef® and Wells®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Cozzini®, MP Equipment®, and RapidPak®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Small Companies in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit www.middleby.com.
   
THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Amounts in 000’s, Except Per Share Information)
(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 
1 st Qtr, 2011 1 st Qtr, 2010
Net sales $ 182,572 $ 160,683
Cost of sales   110,742     97,210
 
Gross profit 71,830 63,473
 
Selling & distribution expenses 20,568 17,625
General & administrative expenses   19,898     19,413
 
Income from operations 31,364 26,435
 
Interest expense and deferred
financing amortization, net 2,060 2,475
Other income (expense), net   (162 )   344
 
Earnings before income taxes 29,466 23,616
 
Provision for income taxes   11,641     9,854
 
Net earnings $ 17,825   $ 13,762
 
 
Net earnings per share:
 
Basic $ 1.00   $ 0.78
 
Diluted $ 0.97   $ 0.74

Weighted average number shares:
 
Basic   17,901     17,754
 
Diluted   18,445     18,716

 
THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in 000’s)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Apr 2, 2011 Jan 1, 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,258 $ 7,656
Accounts receivable, net 111,774 112,049
Inventories, net 116,225 106,463
Prepaid expenses and other 10,308 11,971
Current deferred tax assets 25,667   25,520
Total current assets 273,232 263,659
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 44,268 43,656
 
Goodwill 370,752 369,989
Other intangibles 187,085 189,254
Other assets 6,427   6,614
 
Total assets $ 881,764 $ 873,172
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 6,141 $ 5,097
Accounts payable 46,780 52,945
Accrued expenses 102,517   125,810
Total current liabilities 155,438 183,852
 
Long-term debt 233,455 208,920
Long-term deferred tax liability 12,672 11,858
Other non-current liabilities 44,245 43,629
 
Stockholders’ equity 435,954   424,913
 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 881,764 $ 873,172

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