Astec Industries Reports Fourth Quarter And 2013 Results

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASTE) today reported results for their fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $223.9 million compared to $227.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 2% decrease. Earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $8.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share compared to $5.5 million or $0.24 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 51%.

Domestic sales increased 10% to $142.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 from $129.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. International sales decreased 17% to $81.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 from $98.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net sales for 2013 were $933.0 million compared to $936.3million for 2012, a decrease of $3.3 million. Earnings from continuing operations for 2013 were $39.0 million or $1.69 per diluted share compared to $34.0 million or $1.48 per diluted share of 2012, a 15% increase.

Domestic sales increased 5% to $599.1 million for 2013 from $572.5 million for 2012. International sales were $333.9 million for 2013 compared to $363.8 million for 2012, an 8% decrease.

The Company's domestic backlog increased 28%, from $156.6 million at December 31, 2012 to $200.5 million at December 31, 2013. The international backlog at December 31, 2013 was $89.7 million compared to $107.2 million at December 31, 2012 for a decrease of 16%. Total backlog increased 10% to $290.2 million at December 31, 2013 from $263.8 million at December 31, 2012.

Consolidated financial information for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 and additional information related to segment revenues and profits are attached as addenda to this press release.

Commenting on the announcement of quarterly and annual results, Benjamin G. Brock, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We were pleased with our bottom line results during the 4th Quarter of 2013, especially given the continued instability in the federal highway funding. On a positive note, the new turn-key wood pellet plant in Georgia is operating to our customer's satisfaction. As a result of its performance, the customer ordered an additional two lines for $40 million during the fourth quarter. In addition, our aggregate processing equipment businesses performed well. On the downside, our Underground Group, which is now focused on supplying equipment to the oil and gas drilling industry, continued to struggle in the quarter, and for the year. We believe this group has developed and is producing superior products, but is battling a soft market with low demand. We are focused on this group and working to reverse the unfavorable trends."

Mr. Brock continued, "Orders so far in 2014 have been steady. At the same time, we have continued to develop new products for the energy, mining and infrastructure industries. We will display 41 new products at the ConExpo show in Las Vegas during the first week of March. This will be the largest display in our history of exhibiting at this event. Our balance sheet remains strong with no debt and a strong cash position. We are continuing our acquisition efforts and will work to add companies that represent strategic fits for our business during 2014."

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast

Astec will conduct a conference call on February 25, 2014, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time to review its December 31, 2013 results as well as current business conditions. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 407-9210. International callers should dial (201) 689-8049. Please reference Astec Industries.

The company will also provide an online Web simulcast and rebroadcast of the conference call. The live broadcast of Astec's conference call will be available online at the Company's website: www.astecindustries.com/conferencecalls . An archived webcast will be available for 90 days at www.astecindustries.com .

A replay of the conference call will be available through midnight on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by dialing (877) 660-6853, or (201) 612-7415 for international callers, Conference ID# 13575987. A transcription of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within 5 business days after the call.

Astec Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for building and restoring the world's infrastructure. Astec's manufacturing operations are divided into four primary business segments: aggregate processing and mining equipment; asphalt production equipment; mobile asphalt paving equipment; and oil, gas and water drilling equipment (Underground Group). Additionally, the Other Group contains one subsidiary that manufactures equipment used for wood processing and recycling and one that is a company-owned dealership located in Australia.

The information contained in this press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding the future performance of the Company, including statements about the effects on the Company from its backlog, the lack of highway funding, and the opening of wood pellet plants in Georgia, efforts to improve the operations of the Underground Group and the success of new products. These forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations and are based upon currently available information, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise such statements. These statements are not guarantees of performance and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted or anticipated. Future events and actual results, financial or otherwise, could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause future events or actual results to differ materially include: general uncertainty in the economy, rising oil and liquid asphalt prices, rising steel prices, decreased funding for highway projects, the relative strength/weakness of the dollar to foreign currencies, production capacity, general business conditions in the industry, demand for the Company's products, seasonality and cyclicality in operating results, seasonality of sales volumes or lower than expected sales volumes, lower than expected margins on custom equipment orders, competitive activity, tax rates and the impact of future legislation thereon, and those other factors listed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

The Company plans to file its form 10-K timely by March 3, 2014.
 
 
Astec Industries, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  Dec 31 Dec 31
  2013 2012
Assets    
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 35,564  $ 80,929
Investments  17,176  1,334
Receivables, net  94,789  89,048
Inventories  342,313  312,683
Prepaid expenses and other  32,569  20,090
Total current assets  522,411  504,084
Property and equipment, net  184,520  182,839
Other assets  42,360  41,860
Total assets  $ 749,291  $ 728,783
Liabilities and equity    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable - trade  $ 45,845  $ 46,210
Other current liabilities  87,686  99,338
Total current liabilities  133,531  145,548
Non-current liabilities  35,249  32,501
Total equity  580,511  550,734
Total liabilities and equity  $ 749,291  $ 728,783
     
     
Astec Industries, Inc.    
Consolidated Statements of Income    
(in thousands, except per share data)    
(unaudited)    
     
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  Dec 31 Dec 31
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales  $ 223,861  $ 227,640  $ 932,998  $ 936,273
Cost of sales  176,538  179,329  725,879  728,322
Gross profit  47,323  48,311  207,119  207,951
Selling, general, administrative & engineering expenses  36,641  39,833  151,438  156,843
Income from operations  10,682  8,478  55,681  51,108
Interest expense  7  97  423  339
Other  1,082  584  2,812  2,767
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  11,757  8,965  58,070  53,536
Income taxes on continuing operations  3,492  3,459  19,028  19,487
Net income from continuing operations  8,265  5,506  39,042  34,049
Income from discontinued operations, (net of tax of $1,000 for the quarter and $1,817 for the year)  --   2,001  --   3,401
Gain on disposal of discontinued operations (net of tax of $1,979)  --   3,378  --   3,378
Net income attributable to controlling interest  $ 8,265  $ 10,885  $ 39,042  $ 40,828
         
         
Earnings per Common Share        
Net income from continuing operations        
Basic  $ 0.36  $ 0.24  $ 1.72  $ 1.50
Diluted  $ 0.36  $ 0.24  $ 1.69  $ 1.48
         
         
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax        
Basic  $ --   $ 0.24  $ --   $ 0.30
Diluted  $ --   $ 0.23  $ --   $ 0.29
         
         
Net income attributable to controlling interest        
Basic  $ 0.36  $ 0.48  $ 1.72  $ 1.80
Diluted  $ 0.36  $ 0.47  $ 1.69  $ 1.77
         
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic  22,765  22,693  22,749  22,680
Diluted  23,092  23,057  23,081  23,051
 
 
Astec Industries, Inc.
Segment Revenues and Profits
For the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  Asphalt Group Aggregate and Mining Group Mobile Asphalt Paving Group Underground Group All Others Total
2013 Revenues  56,198  80,076  39,985  14,039  33,563  223,861
2012 Revenues  59,663  77,404  34,344  20,985  35,244  227,640
Change $  (3,465)  2,672  5,641  (6,946)  (1,681)  (3,779)
Change % (5.8%) 3.5% 16.4% (33.1%) (4.8%) (1.7%)
             
2013 Gross Profit  15,152  19,610  7,167  1,063  4,331  47,323
2013 Gross Profit % 27.0% 24.5% 17.9% 7.6% 12.9% 21.1%
2012 Gross Profit  15,978  18,041  6,396  2,026  5,870  48,311
2012 Gross Profit % 26.8% 23.3% 18.6% 9.7% 16.7% 21.2%
Change  (826)  1,569  771  (963)  (1,539)  (988)
             
2013 Profit (Loss)  6,914  6,068  879  (939)  (5,797)  7,125
2012 Profit (Loss)  7,704  4,852  1,086  (1,065)  (7,524)  5,053
Change $  (790)  1,216  (207)  126  1,727  2,072
Change % (10.3%) 25.1% (19.1%) 11.8% 23.0% 41.0%

Segment revenues are reported net of intersegment revenues. Segment gross profit is net of profit on intersegment revenues. A reconciliation of total segment profits to the Company's net income attributable to controlling interest is as follows (in thousands):
  Three months ended December 31
  2013 2012 Change $
Total profit for all segments  $ 7,125  $ 5,053  $ 2,072
Recapture of intersegment profit  1,159  490  669
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest  (19)  (37)  18
Net income from continuing operations 8,265 5,506 2,759
Income from discontinued operations, (net of tax of $1,000)  --   2,001  (2,001)
Gain on disposal of discontinued operations (net of tax of $1,979)  --   3,378  (3,378)
Net income attributable to controlling interest  $ 8,265  $ 10,885  $ (2,620)
 
 
Astec Industries, Inc.
Segment Revenues and Profits
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  Asphalt Group Aggregate and Mining Group Mobile Asphalt Paving Group Underground Group All Others Total
2013 Revenues  237,959  350,514  168,444  73,104  102,977  932,998
2012 Revenues  234,562  355,428  158,115  82,802  105,366  936,273
Change $  3,397  (4,914)  10,329  (9,698)  (2,389)  (3,275)
Change % 1.4% (1.4%) 6.5% (11.7%) (2.3%) (0.3%)
             
2013 Gross Profit  59,442  87,849  36,819  5,550  17,459  207,119
2013 Gross Profit % 25.0% 25.1% 21.9% 7.6% 17.0% 22.2%
2012 Gross Profit  54,480  90,554  34,727  9,864  18,326  207,951
2012 Gross Profit % 23.2% 25.5% 22.0% 11.9% 17.4% 22.2%
Change  4,962  (2,705)  2,092  (4,314)  (867)  (832)
             
2013 Profit (Loss)  26,962  33,031  11,767  (4,902)  (27,375)  39,483
2012 Profit (Loss)  22,012  34,687  10,721  (2,238)  (30,453)  34,729
Change $  4,950  (1,656)  1,046  (2,664)  3,078  4,754
Change % 22.5% (4.8%) 9.8% (119.0%) 10.1% 13.7%

Segment revenues are reported net of intersegment revenues. Segment gross profit is net of profit on intersegment revenues.  A reconciliation of total segment profits to the Company's net income attributable to controlling interest is as follows (in thousands):
  Twelve months ended December 31
  2013 2012 Change $
Total profit for all segments  $ 39,483  $ 34,729  $ 4,754
Elimination of intersegment profit  (269)  (519)  250
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest  (172)  (161)  (11)
Net income from continuing operations 39,042 34,049 4,993
Income from discontinued operations, (net of tax of $1,817)  --   3,401  (3,401)
Gain on disposal of discontinued operations (net of tax of $1,979)  --   3,378  (3,378)
Net income attributable to controlling interest  $ 39,042  $ 40,828  $ (1,786)
 
 
Astec Industries, Inc.
Backlog by Segment
December 31, 2013 and 2012
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Asphalt Group Aggregate and Mining Group Mobile Asphalt Paving Group Underground Group All Others Total
2013 Backlog  153,719  105,022  6,090  14,573  10,838  290,242
2012 Backlog  139,828  88,123  4,265  13,904  17,671  263,791
Change $  13,891  16,899  1,825  669  (6,833)  26,451
Change % 9.9% 19.2% 42.8% 4.8% (38.7%) 10.0%
CONTACT: Benjamin G. Brock         President and C.E.O.         Phone: (423) 867-4210         Fax: (423) 867-4127         E-mail: bbrock@astecindustries.com         or         David C. Silvious         Vice President and Chief Financial Officer         Phone: (423) 899-5898         Fax: (423) 899-4456         E-mail: dsilvious@astecindustries.com         or         Stephen C. Anderson         Vice President, Director of Investor Relations         & Corporate Secretary         Phone: (423) 899-5898         Fax: (423) 899-4456         E-mail: sanderson@astecindustries.com

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