- Net sales increased 25.3% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. Sales from acquisitions amounted to $36.5 million or 20.0% during the quarter. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, sales increased 5.4% during the first quarter.
- Net sales at the company’s Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased 16.0% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. During fiscal 2011, the company completed the acquisitions of Beech and Lincat. Excluding the impact of these acquisitions, sales increased 6.2% in the first quarter.
- Net sales at the company’s Food Processing Equipment Group increased 75.3% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. During fiscal 2011, the company completed the acquisitions of Auto-Bake, Maurer-Atmos, Danfotech, Drake and Armor Inox. During fiscal 2012, the company completed the acquisition of Turkington. Excluding the impact of the acquisitions, sales increased by 1.3% in the first quarter.
- Gross profit in the first quarter increased to $87.5 million from $71.8 million and the gross margin rate decreased from 39.3% from 38.2%. The decline in the gross margin rate reflects a higher mix of sales at the Food Processing Equipment Group, which have comparatively lower margin due in part to the recent acquisitions.
- Operating income increased 16.9% in the first quarter to $36.7 million from $31.4 million in the prior year quarter.
- Non-cash expenses during the first quarter of 2012 amounted to $9.8 million, including $2.1 million of depreciation, $5.0 million of intangible amortization and $2.7 million of non-cash share based compensation.
- Provisions for income taxes amounted to $11.2 million at a 33.7% effective rate in comparison to $11.6 million at a 39.5% effective rate in the prior year quarter. The first quarter tax provision reflects favorable reserve adjustments related to the reduction of state tax exposures and increased deductions for U.S. manufacturing activities.
- Total debt at the end of the 2012 first quarter amounted to $316.6 million as compared to $317.3 million at the end of 2011. The company’s debt is financed primarily under its $600.0 million senior revolving credit facility, which matures in December 2012. The company is currently in discussion with its banking partners and expects to enter into a similarly structured facility.
Selim A. Bassoul Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the first quarter, at our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, we realized continued growth in our commercial foodservice business reflecting increased sales with chain restaurant customers as they upgrade equipment and adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of store operations.”Mr. Bassoul continued, “Sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group increased slightly as increased incoming orders in the second half of last year began to translate into revenue growth. We continued to realize a strong incoming order rate in the first quarter reflecting growing demand from food processors looking to expand and modernize existing plant operations and new customers developing processing operations overseas due to increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods in developing markets.” Mr. Bassoul continued, “In the first quarter, we continued to execute on our acquisition strategy, adding the products of Turkington USA to our portfolio of leading technologies at the Food Processing Equipment Group. Turkington USA, is a leading manufacturer of automated baking equipment for the food processing industry located in North Carolina. This acquisition further extends Middleby’s food processing platform adding a comprehensive line of proofing ovens, baking ovens and chilling systems for baked goods and a variety of applications. The Turkington equipment provides for a superior bake at industry leading speeds. This acquisition complements our Auto-Bake business and further enhances Middleby’s overall food processing business.” Conference Call A conference call will be held at 9:30 a.m. Central time on May 11, 2012 and can be accessed by dialing (866) 200-6965 and providing conference code 73379731# 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) 206-0173 and providing code 272546#. 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®, Britannia®, Carter-Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, FriFri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, 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®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, RapidPak® and Turkington®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Small Companies every year since 2005, most recently in October 2011.For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit www.middleby.com.
|THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME|
|(Amounts in 000’s, Except Per Share Information)|
|Three Months Ended|
|1st Qtr, 2012||1 st Qtr, 2011|
|Cost of sales||141,340||110,742|
|Selling & distribution expenses||25,175||20,568|
|General & administrative expenses||25,648||19,898|
|Income from operations||36,660||31,364|
|Interest expense and deferred|
|financing amortization, net||2,091||2,060|
|Other expense (income), net||1,267||(162||)|
|Earnings before income taxes||33,302||29,466|
|Provision for income taxes||11,207||11,641|
|Net earnings per share:|
|Weighted average number shares:|
|THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Amounts in 000’s)|
|Mar 31, 2012||Dec 31, 2011|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||28,713||$||40,216|
|Accounts receivable, net||138,903||151,441|
|Prepaid expenses and other||20,588||12,336|
|Current deferred tax assets||39,453||39,090|
|Total current assets||365,726||367,383|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||62,907||62,507|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||$||315,104||$||315,831|
|Total current liabilities||522,574||549,617|
|Long-term deferred tax liability||42,199||37,845|
|Other non-current liabilities||45,598||46,577|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||1,151,633||$||1,146,512|