Donaldson Reports Record Second Quarter Results

MINNEAPOLIS--()--Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2012 second quarter. Summarized financial results are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share data):

       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
January 31 January 31
2012     2011     Change 2012     2011     Change
Net sales $ 581 $ 537 8 % $ 1,189 $ 1,074 11 %
Operating income 75 67 11 % 165 142 16 %
Net earnings 54 45 21 % 122 98 25 %
 
Diluted EPS $ 0.70 $ 0.56 25 % $ 1.60 $ 1.24 29 %
 

“We are very pleased to reach the midpoint of our year with another strong performance as we established second quarter records in sales, operating margin, and EPS,” said Bill Cook, Chairman, President and CEO. “Sales in our Engine Products segment increased 12 percent as new equipment build rates at our global Off-Road and On-Road OEM Customers remained healthy. Within our Industrial Products segment, sales of our Torit® dust collectors were strong this quarter.”

“Our operating margin performance was very good at 12.9 percent. Our ongoing Continuous Improvement initiatives helped us again. We also continue to leverage our fixed cost base as our sales grow. The combination of our solid revenue growth, our strong margin performance, and a lower tax rate drove second quarter net income and EPS up 21 percent and 25 percent, respectively.”

“We now forecast our full year sales to grow between 7 and 12 percent over last year. Forecasted business conditions in our end markets vary: strong in the Americas, stable in Europe, and improving in China. Currency translation is now projected to be unfavorable during the second half of our year due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, with an estimated reduction of our full year EPS estimate of $0.05 from our previous forecast. As a result, we now forecast our FY12 EPS to be between $3.25 and $3.45, which would be another new record, and would be up 13 percent to 20 percent over last year.”

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $4.2 million, or 0.8 percent, during the second quarter and increased sales by $9.2 million, or 0.9 percent, year-to-date, compared to the same periods last year. The impact of foreign currency translation decreased reported net earnings by $0.6 million, or 1.3 percent, during the second quarter and increased reported net earnings by $0.7 million, or 0.8 percent, for the year.

Gross margin was 34.6 percent for the quarter and 35.0 percent year-to-date, compared to prior year margins of 35.3 percent and 35.2 percent, respectively. The decrease in the quarter was due to lower absorption of fixed costs resulting from the Thai floods and from fewer shipping days compared to last year’s second quarter. These were partially offset by cost reductions from our ongoing Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $126.0 million, up 3.2 percent from $122.1 million last year primarily due to the increased sales volume. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 21.7 percent compared to last year’s 22.7 percent for the second quarter. Operating expenses year-to-date were $250.7 million, or 21.1 percent of sales, compared to $235.7 million, or 21.9 percent of sales, last year.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 29.6 percent, compared to a prior year rate of 34.4 percent. The prior year’s quarter included a $4.0 million tax charge related to the reorganization of our subsidiary holdings to improve our global business and legal entity structure, partially offset by $0.9 million in tax benefits primarily from the retroactive reinstatement of the Research and Experimentation Credit in the U.S. The year-to-date effective tax rate was 27.3 percent compared to a prior year rate of 30.2 percent.

We did not repurchase any shares during the second quarter, and year-to-date we have repurchased 1,376,000 shares, or 1.8 percent of our diluted outstanding shares, for $73.6 million.

FY12 Outlook

We forecast our FY12 sales to be between $2.45 and $2.55 billion, or up about 7 to 12 percent from the prior year. Our current forecast is based on the Euro at US$1.32 and 76 Yen to the US$, which, in aggregate, is less favorable than our previous currency guidance issued in November.

  • Our full year operating margin is forecast to be 13.7 to 14.5 percent.
  • Our full year FY12 tax rate is anticipated to be between 27 and 30 percent.
  • Cash generated by operating activities is projected to be between $250 and $280 million. Capital spending is now estimated to be approximately $85 million.

Engine Products: We expect full year sales to increase 8 to 12 percent, including the impact of foreign currency translation.

  • We anticipate sales to both our Off-Road and On-Road OEM Customers will remain strong in the second half of FY12. We will continue to benefit from increased market share 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 and from the increasing number of systems installed in the field with our proprietary filtration systems, such as our PowerCore® products.
  • We forecast 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 full year sales to increase 7 to 11 percent, including the impact of foreign currency translation.

  • Our Industrial Filtration Solutions’ sales are projected to increase 7 to 11 percent and assume a continuing improvement in general manufacturing activity in the U.S., stable conditions in Europe, and improving conditions in Asia.
  • We anticipate our Gas Turbine Products’ sales to be up 18 to 22 percent due to the recent strengthening in the large turbine power generation market and ongoing strength in the oil and gas market segment.
  • Special Applications Products’ sales are forecast to be level with the prior year as growth in our membrane and venting product sales should offset the reduction in our disk drive filter sales related to the Thai floods last fall.

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 nearly 13,000 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

   

Six Months Ended

  January 31 January 31
2012     2011 2012     2011
Net sales $ 580,883 $ 537,105 $ 1,189,178 $ 1,074,014
 
Cost of sales   380,066     347,562     773,427     696,381  
 
Gross margin 200,817 189,543 415,751 377,633
 
Operating expenses   126,049     122,102     250,656     235,689  
 
Operating income 74,768 67,441 165,095 141,944
 
Other income, net (4,550 ) (3,502 ) (9,410 ) (4,609 )
 
Interest expense   2,899     2,936     6,069     6,589  
 
Earnings before income taxes 76,419 68,007 168,436 139,964
 
Income taxes   22,598     23,428     46,062     42,251  
 
Net earnings $ 53,821   $ 44,579   $ 122,374   $ 97,713  
 
Weighted average shares
outstanding* 75,052,805 77,580,064 75,154,873 77,375,086
 
Diluted shares outstanding* 76,412,785 78,977,509 76,480,673 78,766,895
 
Net earnings per share* $ 0.72 $ 0.57 $ 1.63 $ 1.26
 
Net earnings per share
assuming dilution* $ 0.70 $ 0.56 $ 1.60 $ 1.24
 
Dividends paid per share*     $ 0.150       $ 0.130       $ 0.300       $ 0.255  
 

* Earnings and dividends declared per share and weighted average shares outstanding are presented before the effect of a 100 percent stock dividend declared on January 27, 2012, to be distributed on March 23, 2012 to shareholders of record on March 2, 2012.

 
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
    January 31     July 31
2012 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $ 272,315 $ 273,494
Accounts receivable – net 408,462 445,700
Inventories – net 270,212 271,476
Prepaids and other current assets   78,697   75,912
 
Total current assets 1,029,686 1,066,582
 
Other assets and deferred taxes 268,746 268,009
Property, plant and equipment – net   382,957   391,502
 
Total assets $ 1,681,389 $ 1,726,093
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Trade accounts payable $ 190,076 $ 215,918
Employee compensation and other liabilities 176,030 219,326
Short-term borrowings 92,728 13,129
Current maturity long-term debt   2,356   47,871
 
Total current liabilities 461,190 496,244
 
Long-term debt 205,217 205,748
Other long-term liabilities   99,569   89,390
 
Total liabilities 765,976 791,382
 
Equity   915,413   934,711
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 1,681,389 $ 1,726,093
 
 
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
    Six Months Ended
January 31
2012     2011
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
Net earnings $ 122,374 $ 97,713

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

Depreciation and amortization 30,896 30,478
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (43,485 ) (19,947 )
Tax benefit of equity plans (7,576 ) (7,445 )
Stock compensation plan expense 6,440 6,089

Other, net

  (6,451 )   (13,828 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 102,198 93,060
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
Net expenditures on property and equipment (36,349 ) (24,051 )
Purchases of short-term investments (93,455 ) (66,494 )
Acquisitions and divestitures, net   -     3,613  
Net cash used in investing activities (129,804 ) (86,932 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
Purchase of treasury stock (73,558 ) (6,491 )
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings 33,452 (21,254 )
Dividends paid (22,342 ) (19,542 )
Tax benefit of equity plans 7,576 7,445
Exercise of stock options   9,791     12,113  
Net cash used in financing activities (45,081 ) (27,729 )
 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

(19,877

)

 

9,236

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(92,564

)

(12,365

)

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year

 

273,494

   

232,000

 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$

180,930

 

$

219,635

 
 
 
SEGMENT DETAIL
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
    Engine     Industrial     Corporate &    

Total

Products Products Unallocated

Company

3 Months Ended January 31, 2012:
Net sales $ 370,834 $ 210,049 --- $ 580,883
Earnings before income taxes 48,418 30,597 (2,596 ) 76,419
 
3 Months Ended January 31, 2011:
Net sales $ 331,122 $ 205,983 --- $ 537,105
Earnings before income taxes 44,203 29,127 (5,323 ) 68,007
 
 
6 Months Ended January 31, 2012:
Net sales $ 764,559 $ 424,619 --- $ 1,189,178
Earnings before income taxes 108,296 64,896 (4,756 ) 168,436
 
6 Months Ended January 31, 2011:
Net sales $ 664,891 $ 409,123 --- $ 1,074,014
Earnings before income taxes 92,654 59,162 (11,852 ) 139,964
 
 
NET SALES BY PRODUCT
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
January 31 January 31
2012     2011 2012     2011
Engine Products segment:
Off-Road Products $ 87,035 $ 73,852 $ 181,143 $ 146,498
On-Road Products 39,376 28,747 82,001 57,802
Aftermarket Products 214,070 199,891 440,967 401,758
Retrofit Emissions Products 4,651 4,908 9,288 8,255
Aerospace and Defense Products   25,702   23,724   51,160   50,578
Total Engine Products segment $ 370,834 $ 331,122 $ 764,559 $ 664,891
 
Industrial Products segment:
Industrial Filtration Solutions Products $ 132,041 $ 123,430 $ 265,440 $ 242,783
Gas Turbine Products 37,011 34,871 72,592 70,376
Special Applications Products   40,997   47,682   86,587   95,964
Total Industrial Products segment $ 210,049 $ 205,983 $ 424,619 $ 409,123
 
Total Company $ 580,883 $ 537,105 $ 1,189,178 $ 1,074,014
 
 

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
January 31 January 31
2012     2011 2012     2011
 
Free cash flow $ 26,654 $ 16,294 $ 65,849 $ 69,009
Net capital expenditures   17,858     14,003     36,349     24,051  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 44,512   $ 30,297   $ 102,198   $ 93,060  
 
EBITDA $ 93,530 $ 85,911 $ 203,492 $ 175,919
Income taxes (22,598 ) (23,428 ) (46,062 ) (42,251 )
Interest expense (net) (1,789 ) (2,344 ) (4,160 ) (5,477 )
Depreciation and amortization   (15,322 )   (15,560 )   (30,896 )   (30,478 )
 
Net earnings $ 53,821   $ 44,579   $ 122,374   $ 97,713  
 
Net sales, excluding foreign currency translation $ 585,085 $ 540,594 $ 1,179,960 $ 1,081,230
Foreign currency translation   (4,202 )   (3,489 )   9,218     (7,216 )
 
Net sales $ 580,883   $ 537,105   $ 1,189,178   $ 1,074,014  
 
Net earnings, excluding foreign currency translation $ 54,408 $ 44,417 $ 121,630 $ 97,432
Foreign currency translation   (587 )   162     744     281  
 
Net earnings $ 53,821   $ 44,579   $ 122,374   $ 97,713  
 
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (CONTINUED)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
January 31 January 31
2012     2011 2012     2011

Net earnings, excluding special items

$ 53,821 $ 44,579 $ 122,374 $ 98,279

Restructuring charges, net of tax

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

  (566 )
 
Net earnings $ 53,821 $ 44,579 $ 122,374 $ 97,713  
 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution, excluding special items

 

$ 0.70 $ 0.56 $ 1.60 $ 1.25

Restructuring charges per share, net of tax

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

  (0.01 )
 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution

 

$ 0.70 $ 0.56 $ 1.60 $ 1.24  
 

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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Rich Sheffer, 952-887-3753

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Rich Sheffer, 952-887-3753