Donaldson Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Full-Year Results

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter. Summarized financial results are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share data):
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31

2012
 

2011
 

Change

2012
 

2011
 

Change
Net sales $ 657 $ 625 5 % $ 2,493 $ 2,294 9 %
Operating income 99 90 11 % 363 315 15 %
Net earnings 71 66 8 % 264 225 17 %
 
Diluted EPS (*) $ 0.47 $ 0.42 12 % $ 1.73 $ 1.43 21 %

(*) The prior year EPS amounts reflect the impact of the two-for-one stock split that occurred in Fiscal 2012.

“We are very pleased to report record fourth quarter and full-year sales, operating margins, net earnings, and EPS,” said Bill Cook, Chairman, President and CEO. “In the quarter, our sales in local currencies increased 11 percent over the prior year; the change in exchange rates due to the stronger U.S. dollar reduced this to the 5 percent increase we reported above. Industrial Products segment sales increased 20 percent in local currency, led by a 51 percent increase in Gas Turbine Products. Sales in our Engine Products segment increased 6 percent in local currency with growth in both Off-Road and On-Road Products. Our Aftermarket Products local currency sales were up 6 percent globally, with 10 percent growth in the Americas offsetting weaker market conditions in Europe and Asia.”

“Our operating margin was 15.1 percent, which was a new fourth quarter record. We continued to enjoy the benefits of great operating leverage and from our many Continuous Improvement initiatives. We have also remained diligent in managing our operating expenses.”

“We are beginning our new fiscal year with forecasted global GDP growth rates lower than they were a year ago. While we are not immune to the economic conditions in any of our end markets, we expect to deliver a sales increase of 5 to 9 percent in FY13 by executing our detailed Strategic Plans. By focusing on our global growth opportunities and operational excellence, we forecast delivering another EPS record of between $1.82 and $1.96 per share in FY13.”

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $36.3 million, or 5.8 percent, during the fourth quarter and decreased sales by $38.7 million, or 1.7 percent, for the year. The impact of foreign currency translation decreased reported net earnings by $3.9 million, or 5.9 percent, during the fourth quarter and decreased reported net earnings by $4.0 million, or 1.8 percent, for the year.

Gross margin was 35.0 percent for both the quarter and the year, compared to prior year margins of 36.3 percent for the quarter and 35.5 percent for the year. The year-over-year decrease is primarily attributable to the combination of the planned ramp-up of our newest plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, lower fixed cost absorption in Asia, and increased purchased commodity costs internationally due to the stronger U.S. dollar. These were partially offset by the benefits from our ongoing Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $130.3 million, down 4.9 percent from $137.0 million last year, but equal with last year in local currency. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 19.8 percent in the quarter compared to last year’s 21.9 percent. Reduced distribution and warranty costs and our ongoing cost controls provided improved operating leverage. Operating expenses for the year were $510.7 million, or 20.5 percent of sales, compared to $498.5 million, or 21.7 percent of sales, last year.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 30.7 percent, compared to a prior year rate of 27.3 percent. Last year’s fourth quarter included $2.6 million of tax benefits primarily from the expiration of some statutes of limitations and the favorable impact of foreign subsidiary dividends. For the year, the effective tax rate was 28.7 percent compared to the prior year’s rate of 27.9 percent.

As part of our ongoing share repurchase program we repurchased 1,491,000 shares, or 1.0 percent of our diluted outstanding shares, for $47.7 million during the quarter. For the year, we repurchased 4,504,000 shares, or 2.9 percent of our diluted outstanding shares, for $130.2 million.

Our global headcount is now approximately 13,600 and is up 500 from this time a year ago.

FY13 Outlook

We forecast delivering record sales and earnings in FY13 as we manage through uncertain economic conditions while continuing to invest in our business for growth.
  • We project our sales to be between $2.62 and $2.72 billion, or up 5 to 9 percent. Our current forecast is based on the Euro at US$1.24 and 78 Yen to the US$. We expect foreign currency translation to have a negative impact on sales for most of our fiscal year.
  • Our full year operating margin is forecast to be 14.6 to 15.4 percent. Included in this forecast is $6 million for an increase in pension expense and $6 million for our Global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project that is beginning this year.
  • Our full year FY13 tax rate is anticipated to be between 28 and 31 percent.
  • We forecast our full year FY13 EPS to be between $1.82 and $1.96.
  • Cash generated by operating activities is projected to be between $280 and $310 million. Capital spending is estimated to be approximately $125 million.

Engine Products : We forecast sales to increase 3 to 10 percent, including the impact of foreign currency.
  • Our OEM Customers’ build rates of new on-road and off-road equipment have moderated in most developed economies so we anticipate sales growth will slow from FY12’s double-digit increases. We will continue to benefit from new program wins and increased filter content on our Customers’ new Tier IV equipment platforms.
  • Sales of our Aftermarket Products are expected to increase moderately based on current utilization rates for both off-road equipment and on-road heavy trucks. We should also benefit from our continued expansion into the emerging economies, from the increasing number of systems installed in the field with our proprietary filtration systems, and from our increasing sales of liquid filtration products.
  • We forecast our Aerospace and Defense Products’ sales to be level with the prior year as the continued slowdown in military spending is anticipated to be offset by increased commercial aerospace sales.

Industrial Products : We forecast sales to increase 5 to 12 percent, including the impact of foreign currency.
  • Our Industrial Filtration Solutions Products’ sales are projected to increase 1 to 7 percent and assume U.S. manufacturing activity remaining strong, gradually improving conditions in Asia, and moderating activity levels in Europe.
  • We anticipate our Gas Turbine Products’ sales to be up 17 to 23 percent due to the continuing strength in the large turbine power generation and in the oil and gas markets.
  • Special Applications Products’ sales are forecast to increase 8 to 14 percent with solid growth expected in all product groups – disk drive filtration, membranes, and venting products.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our Customers’ equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our approximately 13,600 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES REFORM ACT OF 1995

The Company desires to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) and is making this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation. This announcement contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts, plans, and projections relating to our business and financial performance and global economic conditions, which involve uncertainties that could materially impact results.

The Company wishes to caution investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including but not limited to risks associated with: world economic factors and the ongoing economic uncertainty, reduced demand for hard disk drive products with the increased use of flash memory, the potential for some Customers to increase their reliance on their own filtration capabilities, currency fluctuations, commodity prices, political factors, the Company’s international operations, highly competitive markets, governmental laws and regulations, including the impact of various economic stimulus and financial reform measures, the implementation of our new information technology systems, potential global events resulting in market instability including financial bailouts and defaults of sovereign nations, military and terrorist activities, health outbreaks, natural disasters, and other factors included in our Annual and Quarterly Reports. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Thousands of dollars, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
       

 

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
  2012    

2011
    2012     2011  
Net sales $ 656,833 $ 625,450 $ 2,493,248 $ 2,294,029
 
Cost of sales   427,050     398,445     1,619,485     1,480,233  
 
Gross margin 229,783 227,005 873,763 813,796
 
Operating expenses   130,299     136,998     510,747     498,513  
 
Operating income 99,484 90,007 363,016 315,283
 
Other income, net (5,503 ) (3,515 ) (19,253 ) (9,505 )
 
Interest expense   2,633     3,039     11,489     12,525  
 
Earnings before income taxes 102,354 90,483 370,780 312,263
 
Income taxes   31,373     24,716     106,479     86,972  
 
Net earnings $ 70,981   $ 65,767   $ 264,301   $ 225,291  
 

Weighted average shares Outstanding (*)
149,989,485 153,548,598 150,286,403 154,392,740
 
Diluted shares outstanding (*) 152,506,028 156,252,334 152,940,605 157,196,918
 
Net earnings per share (*) $ 0.47 $ 0.43 $ 1.76 $ 1.46
 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution (*)
$ 0.47 $ 0.42 $ 1.73 $ 1.43
 
Dividends paid per share (*)   $ 0.090     $ 0.075     $ 0.320     $ 0.268  
 

(*) Prior year shares and per share amounts reflect the impact of the Company’s two-for-one stock split that occurred during the third quarter of Fiscal 2012.

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)
   
July 31 July 31
2012 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 318,151 $ 273,494
Accounts receivable – net 438,796 445,700
Inventories – net 256,116 271,476
Prepaids and other current assets   72,599   75,912
 
Total current assets 1,085,662 1,066,582
 
Other assets and deferred taxes 259,511 268,009
Property, plant and equipment – net   384,909   391,502
 
Total assets $ 1,730,082 $ 1,726,093
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Trade accounts payable $ 199,182 $ 215,918
Employee compensation and other liabilities 201,848 219,326
Short-term borrowings 95,147 13,129
Current maturity long-term debt   2,346   47,871
 
Total current liabilities 498,523 496,244
 
Long-term debt 203,483 205,748
Other long-term liabilities   118,062   89,390
 
Total liabilities 820,068 791,382
 
Equity   910,014   934,711
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,730,082 $ 1,726,093
 

DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Thousands of dollars)

(Unaudited)
 
Twelve Months Ended
July 31
2012

 
2011
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
Net earnings $ 264,301 $ 225,291

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 61,165 60,491
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (45,609 ) (26,469 )
Tax benefit of equity plans (10,316 ) (9,873 )
Stock compensation plan expense 10,553 9,234
Other, net   (20,382 )   (12,619 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 259,712 246,055
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
Net expenditures on property and equipment (77,170 ) (59,851 )
Purchases of short-term investments (99,298 ) -
Acquisitions and divestitures, net   -     3,493  
Net cash used in investing activities (176,468 ) (56,358 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
Purchase of treasury stock (130,233 ) (108,929 )
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings 50,510 (43,182 )
Dividends paid (47,684 ) (41,013 )
Tax benefit of equity plans 10,316 9,873
Exercise of stock options   13,691     15,899  
Net cash used in financing activities (103,400 ) (167,352 )
 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 

(27,549

)
 

19,149
 
 

Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(47,705

)

41,494
 

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year
 

273,494
   

232,000
 
 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$

225,789
 

$

273,494
 
 
SEGMENT DETAIL
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
       

EngineProducts

IndustrialProducts

Corporate &Unallocated

TotalCompany
3 Months Ended July 31, 2012:
Net sales $ 398,540 $ 258,293 --- $ 656,833
Earnings before income taxes 57,509 45,561 (716 ) 102,354
 
3 Months Ended July 31, 2011:
Net sales $ 397,995 $ 227,455 --- $ 625,450
Earnings before income taxes 62,132 31,635 (3,284 ) 90,483
 
 
12 Months Ended July 31, 2012:
Net sales $ 1,570,140 $ 923,108 --- $ 2,493,248
Earnings before income taxes 227,941 149,249 (6,410 ) 370,780
 
12 Months Ended July 31, 2011:
Net sales $ 1,440,495 $ 853,534 --- $ 2,294,029
Earnings before income taxes 211,255 123,871 (22,863 ) 312,263
 
 
NET SALES BY PRODUCT
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2012 2011 2012 2011
Engine Products segment:
Off-Road Products $ 95,420 $ 90,885 $ 376,870 $ 327,557
On-Road Products 39,800 38,381 163,934 127,107
Aftermarket Products 235,041 236,351 907,306 861,393
Retrofit Emissions Products 2,028 5,267 15,354 19,555
Aerospace and Defense Products   26,251   27,111   106,676     104,883
Total Engine Products segment $ 398,540 $ 397,995 $ 1,570,140   $ 1,440,495
 
Industrial Products segment:
Industrial Filtration Solutions Products $ 151,931 $ 138,637 $ 553,453 $ 507,646
Gas Turbine Products 57,041 40,119 180,669 154,726
Special Applications Products   49,321   48,699   188,986     191,162
Total Industrial Products segment $ 258,293 $ 227,455 $ 923,108   $ 853,534
 
Total Company $ 656,833 $ 625,450 $ 2,493,248   $ 2,294,029
 

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2012   2011 2012   2011
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 77,311 $ 77,512 $ 259,712 $ 246,055
Net capital expenditures   (19,183 )   (17,451 )   (77,170 )   (59,851 )
Free cash flow $ 58,128   $ 60,061   $ 182,542   $ 186,204  
 
Net earnings $ 70,981 $ 65,767 $ 264,301 $ 225,291
Income taxes 31,373 24,716 106,479 86,972
Interest expense (net) 1,312 1,711 7,025 9,241
Depreciation and amortization   14,951     15,215     61,165     60,491  
EBITDA $ 118,617   $ 107,409   $ 438,970   $ 381,995  
 
Net sales $ 656,833 $ 625,450 $ 2,493,248 $ 2,294,029
Foreign currency translation   36,281     (40,340 )   38,712     (49,831 )

Net sales, excluding foreign currency translation
$ 693,114   $ 585,110   $ 2,531,960   $ 2,244,198  
 
Net earnings $ 70,981 $ 65,767 $ 264,301 $ 225,291
Foreign currency translation   3,852     (3,954 )   4,006     (6,055 )

Net earnings, excluding foreign currency translation
$ 74,833   $ 61,813   $ 268,307   $ 219,236  
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (CONTINUED)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2012   2011 2012   2011
Net earnings $ 70,981 $ 65,767 $ 264,301 $ 225,291

Restructuring charges, net of tax

-

-

-
  566
 

Net earnings, excluding special items
$ 70,981 $ 65,767 $ 264,301 $ 225,857
 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution (*)
$ 0.47 $ 0.42 $ 1.73 $ 1.43

Restructuring charges per share, net of tax (*)

-

-

-

-
 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution, excluding special items (*)
$ 0.47 $ 0.42 $ 1.73 $ 1.43

(*) Prior year per share amounts reflect the impact of the Company’s two-for-one stock split that occurred during the third quarter of Fiscal 2012.

Although free cash flow, EBITDA, net sales excluding foreign currency translation, net earnings excluding foreign currency translation, net earnings excluding restructuring charges and net earnings per share assuming dilution excluding restructuring charges are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, the Company believes they are useful in understanding its financial results. Free cash flow is a commonly used measure of a company’s ability to generate cash in excess of its operating needs. EBITDA is a commonly used measure of operating earnings less non-cash expenses. Both net sales and net earnings excluding foreign currency translation provide a comparable measure for understanding the operating results of the company’s foreign entities excluding the impact of foreign exchange. Both net earnings excluding restructuring charges and earnings per share excluding restructuring charges provide a comparable measure for understanding the results of the Company as compared to prior periods. A shortcoming of these financial measures is that they do not reflect the company’s actual results under GAAP. Management does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

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