“At our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, we realized continued growth with chain restaurant customers adopting our new innovative technologies as they seek to improve the efficiency of their restaurant operations. We continued to make investments in sales and service capabilities in international markets such as Brazil, India, and the Mid-East and realized the benefits of these continuing investments, with strong revenue growth in overseas markets. Our broad portfolio of innovative products combined with our strong global sales and service infrastructure, positions us extremely well as our customers look for partners to provide equipment solutions to support their restaurant operations around the world.”

Mr. Bassoul continued, “As expected, we saw a fourth quarter decline in sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group in comparison to a very strong 2012 fourth quarter, which included several large orders. However, revenue growth for the entire year was strong, and reflected our customers continued initiatives to expand and modernize existing plant operations with the adoption of our equipment innovations. During the year we also saw increasing activities with customers developing processing operations in emerging markets. We continue to believe increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods in the emerging markets will be a significant driver of future growth.”

Mr. Bassoul further commented, “At Viking, we made significant progress during the year on many fronts. We have made progress towards our profitability goals by refocusing the business and driving cost efficiencies. We realized continuing improvements in EBITDA margins throughout the year, which trended positively in the second half of 2013 and exceeded 15% for the full year,” said Mr. Bassoul. “We also completed initiatives to establish our company owned sales and distribution organization through the acquisition and transition of over ten independent Viking distributors covering the U.S. and Canada. We are in process of integrating these operations and are positioned to control and enhance critical aspects of the sales, marketing and customer support processes as we move forward into 2014.” continued Mr. Bassoul. “We are also very excited about the significant pipeline of new Viking products. This includes a complete new lineup of ranges, ovens, cooktops, built-in refrigeration and ventilation. Earlier this month we displayed many of these new products at the Kitchen Bath Industry Show (“KBIS”). We were very pleased to receive the top three “People’s Choice Awards” which were voted on by attendees over the three days at the show. The top awards recognized Viking’s new French door wall oven, our new lineup of cooktops, and our new 7-series range.”

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