Badger Meter Reports Third Quarter Results

MILWAUKEE--()--Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE: BMI) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Net sales were $96,273,000 for the third quarter of 2016, a 3.1% decrease from sales of $99,388,000 for the third quarter of 2015.
  • Net earnings were $8,792,000 for the third quarter of 2016, a 5.6% increase from net earnings of $8,327,000 for the third quarter of 2015.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.30 for the third quarter of 2016, a 3.4% increase from diluted earnings per share of $0.29 for the third quarter of 2015. Earnings per share for both years have been adjusted for a 2-for-1 stock split effective September 15, 2016.

First Nine Months of 2016 Highlights

  • Net sales were $300,663,000 for the first nine months of 2016, a 6.6% increase from sales of $281,928,000 for the first nine months of 2015.
  • Net earnings were $26,182,000 for the first nine months of 2016, a 28.0% increase from net earnings of $20,455,000 for the first nine months of 2015.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.90 for the first nine months of 2016, a 26.8% increase from diluted earnings per share of $0.71 for the first nine months of 2015. Earnings per share for both years have been adjusted for a 2-for-1 stock split effective September 15, 2016.

Operations Review

“Our third quarter performance was in line with our expectations. The gross margin increased more than 7% and net earnings were up nearly 6% compared to the prior year quarter. The decrease in third quarter sales reflected a softening of order input early in the third quarter, however sales in the remainder of the quarter came in as anticipated,” said Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter. He noted that third quarter net earnings and earnings per share were reduced by a non-cash pension settlement charge of $740,000 or nearly $0.02 per diluted share.

“Our sales of residential and commercial municipal water products into the Middle East were lower than in the third quarter of last year. Also, a backlog in integrating our BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) solution with customer billing systems, as discussed in last quarter’s conference call, delayed some shipments. We have allocated additional resources to address this issue and are making good progress in working through the backlog,” said Meeusen.

“The gross profit margin improved from 36.3% in the third quarter of 2015 to 40.1% in the third quarter of 2016. This was due in part to lower costs and margin contributions from Badger Meter’s company-owned distribution network. We are pleased with the growth of our distribution network and recently opened a new warehouse in Texas to support the continued expansion of this business,” he said.

“Customer response to our flagship municipal water products, including our E-Series® Ultrasonic meters and our BEACON AMA solution with ORION® cellular technology, continues to be very positive. This helped offset decreased sales of flow instrumentation products due to the continued weakness in the industrial markets we serve,” said Meeusen.

“Our year-to-date sales, earnings and earnings per share have increased substantially, driven primarily by our record first and second quarter performance. We anticipate a fourth quarter that is consistent with prior years, which would result in a strong 2016 for Badger Meter,” added Meeusen.

Conference Call

Badger Meter management will host a conference call to discuss the company’s 2016 third quarter results on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM Central/11:00 AM Eastern time.

Interested parties can listen to the call live on the Internet through the company’s website: or by dialing 1-844-281-9843 and entering the passcode 80598215. Listeners should dial in to the call at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call or should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, October 25, 2016, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering the passcode 80598215. The webcast will be archived on the company’s website until its next earnings release.

About Badger Meter

Badger Meter is an innovator in flow measurement, control and communications solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers worldwide. The Company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals, and other fluids, and are known for accuracy, long-lasting durability and for providing valuable and timely measurement data. For more information, visit

Certain statements contained in this news release, as well as other information provided from time to time by Badger Meter, Inc. (the “Company”) or its employees, may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “think,” “should,” “could” and “objective” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. All such forward looking statements are based on the Company’s then current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. Some risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward looking statements include those described in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 that include, among other things:

  • the continued shift in the Company’s business from lower cost, manually read meters toward more expensive, value-added automatic meter reading (AMR) systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems and advanced metering analytics (AMA) systems that offer more comprehensive solutions to customers’ metering needs;
  • the success or failure of newer Company products;
  • changes in competitive pricing and bids in both the domestic and foreign marketplaces, and particularly in continued intense price competition on government bid contracts for lower cost, manually read meters;
  • the actions (or lack thereof) of the Company’s competitors;
  • changes in the Company’s relationships with its alliance partners, primarily its alliance partners that provide radio solutions, and particularly those that sell products that do or may compete with the Company’s products;
  • changes in the general health of the United States and foreign economies, including to some extent such things as the length and severity of global economic downturns, international or civil conflicts that affect international trade, the ability of municipal water utility customers to authorize and finance purchases of the Company’s products, the Company’s ability to obtain financing, housing starts in the United States, and overall industrial activity;
  • unusual weather, weather patterns or other natural phenomena, including related economic and other ancillary effects of any such events;
  • the timing and impact of government funding programs that stimulate national and global economies, as well as the impact of government budget cuts or partial shutdowns of governmental operations;
  • changes in the cost and/or availability of needed raw materials and parts, such as volatility in the cost of brass castings as a result of fluctuations in commodity prices, particularly for copper and scrap metal at the supplier level, foreign-sourced electronic components as a result of currency exchange fluctuations and/or lead times, and plastic resin as a result of changes in petroleum and natural gas prices;
  • the Company’s expanded role as a prime contractor for providing complete technology systems to governmental entities, which brings with it added risks, including but not limited to, the Company’s responsibility for subcontractor performance, additional costs and expenses if the Company and its subcontractors fail to meet the timetable agreed to with the governmental entity, and the Company’s expanded warranty and performance obligations;
  • the Company’s ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses or products;
  • changes in foreign economic conditions, particularly currency fluctuations in the United States dollar, the Euro and the Mexican peso;
  • the inability to develop technologically advanced products;
  • the failure of the Company’s products to operate as intended;
  • the inability to protect the Company’s proprietary rights to its products;
  • disruptions and other damages to information technology and other networks and operations due to breaches in data security;
  • transportation delays or interruptions;
  • the loss of certain single-source suppliers; and
  • changes in laws and regulations, particularly laws dealing with the content or handling of materials used in the Company’s products.

All of these factors are beyond the Company's control to varying degrees. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward looking statements contained in this news release are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements. The forward looking statements made in this document are made only as of the date of this document and the Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update any such forward looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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(in thousands, except share and earnings per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net sales $96,273 $99,388 $300,663 $281,928
Cost of sales 57,626 63,287 183,609 180,609
Gross margin 38,647 36,101 117,054 101,319
Selling, engineering and administration 24,705 22,477 75,384 68,460
Operating earnings 13,942 13,624 41,670 32,859
Interest expense, net 213 305 711 941
Earnings before income taxes 13,729 13,319 40,959 31,918
Provision for income taxes 4,937 4,992 14,777 11,463
Net earnings $8,792 $8,327 $26,182 $20,455
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.30 $0.29 $0.91 $0.71
Diluted $0.30 $0.29 $0.90 $0.71
Shares used in computation of earnings per share:
Basic 28,898,526 28,785,034 28,879,307 28,746,940
Diluted 29,060,832 28,913,242 29,039,807 28,882,331


(in thousands)


September 30, December 31,
2016 2015
Cash $ 10,669 $ 8,163
Receivables 57,969 56,643
Inventories 82,437 78,596
Other current assets 5,672 5,926
Total current assets 156,747 149,328
Net property, plant and equipment 90,159 90,920
Intangible assets, at cost less accumulated amortization 52,810 57,348
Other long-term assets 9,433 9,906
Goodwill 47,978 47,978
Total assets $ 357,127 $ 355,480

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Short-term debt $ 49,730 $ 71,360
Payables 19,296 19,155
Accrued compensation and employee benefits 12,802 9,663
Other liabilities 5,827 4,366
Total current liabilities 87,655 104,544
Long-term employee benefits and other 16,963 18,661
Shareholders' equity 252,509 232,275
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 357,127 $ 355,480



Badger Meter, Inc.
Dawn O’Neill (414) 371-7276

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Badger Meter, Inc.
Dawn O’Neill (414) 371-7276