Alamo Group Inc. (NYSE: ALG) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Net sales for the third quarter were $155.1 million compared to net sales of $136.7 million for the same quarter of 2010, an increase of 13%. Net income for the quarter was $10.1 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, versus $8.2 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 23%. The net sales and net income results represent record levels for Alamo Group as the Company experienced growth in all three segments of its business.

Net sales for the first nine months of 2011 were $456.6 million versus $405.9 million for the comparable period of 2010, an increase of 12%. Net income in the nine month period was $24.6 million, or $2.06 per diluted share, compared to $17.0 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010, an increase of 45%. The 2011 nine month results were also a record for Alamo Group.

Included in the results is the effect of reclassification of freight revenue. Freight billed to customers had previously been recorded as a reduction in cost of sales and has since been reclassified to sales. This change resulted in an increase in third quarter net sales of $4.5 million in 2011 and $4.4 million in 2010. For the nine month period this change resulted in an increase in net sales of $12.3 million in 2011 and $10.9 million in 2010. There was no impact on reported earnings in any period.

Alamo Group’s North American Industrial Division net sales for the third quarter of 2011 were $57.0 million, an increase of 19% compared to net sales of $48.0 million in the prior year’s third quarter. For the nine month period, net sales in the Division were $165.3 million versus $144.7 million in 2010, an increase of 14%. These increases were the result of stronger demand from governmental entities for the replacement of right of way maintenance equipment despite ongoing budget constraints.

The Company’s North American Agricultural Division net sales were $55.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 7% compared to net sales of $51.6 million in the previous year. For the nine month period, net sales were $160.5 million versus $140.3 million in the same period of 2010, an increase of 14%. These results reflect continued strength in the global agricultural sector.

Third quarter net sales in Alamo Group’s European Division were $42.8 million, an increase of 15% compared to the net sales of $37.1 million for the same period in 2010. For the first three quarters for 2011, net sales were $130.8 million versus $120.9 million in the prior year period, an increase of 8%. These results, while improving, remain below levels achieved in previous years as the Company continues to cope with general economic weakness throughout Europe.

Ron Robinson, Alamo Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Alamo continues to perform well in 2011 despite ongoing economic difficulties affecting many of the markets we serve. The increase in sales performance across each of our divisions reflects the determined efforts of our dedicated people. As has been the case for the past several quarters, we were able to leverage our sales growth into ever greater growth in earnings due to a persistent focus on cost control.”

“Our agricultural equipment continues to benefit from the overall strength in the global farming sector and we believe these conditions are likely to continue for the next several years as demand for food products seems to be outpacing supply. This demand has helped Alamo’s agricultural business in both North America and Europe.”

“The Company’s governmental business has also shown considerable strength despite continued pressure on spending at all levels across most of the major markets Alamo serves. In the U.S., results were particularly strong as we believe reduced levels of purchases in the last few years has resulted in increased demand for spare parts and a growing need to replace aging equipment. This has been particularly true for our Alamo Industrial, Tiger, Schulte and Gradall products. The same holds true for many of our European markets, though they have continued to lag our U.S. markets both going into this downturn and coming out as well. In Europe, Alamo’s bright spot has been our U.K. operations, which have continued to outperform our other European markets, more so due to our internal efforts than market conditions.”

“While we are pleased with our performance in 2011, we remain cautious regarding the weak overall economic conditions and the continued lack of forward visibility in most of our markets. That said, we believe we are well structured to prosper in this environment and will continue to execute on our strategy of further developing our product lines while at the same time continuing to drive operational improvement within the business. We have seen the benefits of this strategy in recent years and, as a result, continue to be optimistic about the outlook for our Company.”

Alamo Group is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of high quality equipment for right-of-way maintenance and agriculture. Our products include truck and tractor mounted mowing and other vegetation maintenance equipment, street sweepers, snow removal equipment, pothole patchers, excavators, vacuum trucks, agricultural implements and related after market parts and services. The Company, founded in 1969, had approximately 2,400 employees and operates eighteen plants in North America and Europe as of September 30, 2011. The corporate offices of Alamo Group Inc. are located in Seguin, Texas and the headquarters for the Company’s European operations are located in Salford Priors, England.

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Among those factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: market demand, competition, weather, seasonality, currency-related issues, and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date. This release may contain non-GAAP financial measures. These measures, if included, are to help facilitate meaningful comparisons of our results to those in prior periods and future periods and to allow a better evaluation of our operating performance, in management’s opinion. Our reference to any non-GAAP measures should not be considered as a substitute for results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP.
Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries (NYSE:ALG)
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
09/30/11 09/30/10 09/30/11 09/30/10
North American
Industrial $ 56,965 $ 48,033 $ 165,319 $ 144,702
Agricultural 55,301 51,571 160,510 140,295
European   42,791     37,069     130,767     120,898  
Total Sales 155,057 136,673 456,596 405,895
Cost of sales   117,834     104,283     350,081     316,689  
Gross margin 37,223 32,390 106,515 89,206
24.0 % 23.7 % 23.3 % 22.0 %
Operating Expenses   22,762     21,273     69,007     64,296  
Income from Operations 14,461 11,117 37,508 24,910
9.3 % 8.1 % 8.2 % 6.1 %
Interest Expense (506 ) (888 ) (1,715 ) (3,162 )
Interest Income 32 418 156 1,535
Other Income (Expense)   817     112     595     77  
Income before income taxes 14,804 10,759 36,544 23,360
Provision for income taxes   4,748     2,609     11,907     6,347  
Net Income $ 10,056   $ 8,150   $ 24,637   $ 17,013  
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.85   $ 0.69   $ 2.08   $ 1.45  
Diluted $ 0.84   $ 0.68   $ 2.06   $ 1.43  
Average common shares:
Basic   11,857     11,803     11,845     11,769  
Diluted   11,947     11,906     11,964     11,874  
Summary Balance Sheet Data
09/30/11 12/31/10 09/30/10
Receivables 148,285 127,388 129,019
Inventories 116,137 99,304 104,586
Current Liabilities 80,798 79,189 83,216
Long Term Debt 30,777 23,106 23,122
Equity 274,534 253,260 250,311

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