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Valmont Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

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SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.

Highlights:

- Sales mix and some pricing pressure resulted in lower margins in the Utility Support Structures Segment.

- Market driven volume reductions in North America led to fixed cost deleverage and lower operating income in the Irrigation Segment compared with last year's record second quarter.

- Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment operating income increased 27% as a result of acquisitions.

- Consolidated second quarter net earnings and diluted earnings per share decreased 29%.

OMAHA, Neb., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, reported second quarter sales of $842.6 million compared with $878.7 million for the same period of 2013. Second quarter 2014 operating income was $104.8 million versus $144.3 million in 2013. Second quarter net income was $64.0 million versus $89.6 million in 2013, or $2.38 in diluted earnings per share compared to $3.33 in 2013. Last year's second quarter included a $4.6 million, (or 16 cents per diluted share) pre-tax gain from the disposal of a galvanizing facility in Perth, Australia.

For the first six months of 2014, sales were $1,594.3 million versus $1,698.3 million in 2013. Valmont's first half net earnings were $120.0 million, or $4.46 per diluted share, compared with 2013 first half net earnings of $167.1 million, or $6.22 per diluted share.

Second Quarter Review:

"Positive sales comparisons in the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment driven by acquisition growth were more than offset by lower sales in the remaining segments," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In the Irrigation Segment, sales declined in North America due to lower crop commodity prices, partly offset by increased international sales. The Coatings and Utility Support Structures Segments each posted modest sales declines. In "Other," the deconsolidation of Delta EMD late in 2013 and lower sales at our grinding media and tubing businesses led to unfavorable sales comparisons.

"Operating income declined and was 12.4% of total sales, compared with 16.4% in 2013."

Second Quarter Segment Review:

Utility Support Structures Segment (25% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry.

Sales of $213.0 million were 7% lower than 2013, due to a decline in North America. International sales rose modestly. Total volumes were comparable to last year.

The second quarter comparison between this and last year reflects a notable decline in the percentage of sales from large transmission projects. This change in mix combined with additional industry capacity has led to more competitive bidding for smaller sized orders.

The major drivers of North American utility demand lead us to remain positive on the outlook for this business. The 2005 U.S. energy bill mandates improved transmission grid reliability. Increases in alternative energy sources also require new transmission capacity. To achieve these goals further investment in transmission infrastructure will be needed. We believe these investments will also drive an increase in large project activity going forward.

Utility operating income declined 37% to $26.4 million, which represents 12.4% of segment sales. The decrease in operating income was due to an unfavorable sales mix, pricing pressure and lower manufacturing fixed cost absorption.

Irrigation Segment (26% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Center pivot and linear move mechanized irrigation equipment and parts for agriculture in global markets.

Irrigation Segment sales fell 19% to $219.9 million, reflecting a substantial sales decline in North American markets. While last year's market remained influenced by the 2012 drought and high commodity prices, this year's outlook for a decline in North American net farm income weighed on irrigation equipment demand.

Sales increased in most international regions. Despite generally lower global crop prices, a number of international markets remain strong. On a regional basis, sales improved in Brazil, the Pacific region and the Middle East.

Operating income declined 35% to $41.4 million, but remained strong at 18.9% of segment sales. The decline was due to the lower sales levels and deleverage of both fixed factory costs and SG&A.

Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment (36% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Lighting, traffic and highway safety products, wireless communication structures and components, industrial gratings, access systems and wind energy and oil and gas exploration applications in global markets.

Second quarter sales were $304.4 million, a 21% increase over 2013. Sales gains primarily reflect the addition of $47 million in revenue from the March 2014 acquisition of DS-SM.

In North America, sales of lighting and traffic structures increased modestly, but were more than offset by a reduction in intercompany volumes to the Utility Support Structures Segment. Wireless communication product sales rose, driven by increased demand for structures to support carrier upgrades to 4G technology.

In Europe, lighting and traffic structure sales were comparable with last year's levels. Sales increases in the U.K. were offset elsewhere.

In the Asia-Pacific region, engineered access system sales declined due to weakness in the Australian economy and currency translation impacts. Lighting and traffic, and wireless communication structure sales increased particularly in China.

Operating income increased 27% to $28.6 million, or 9.4% of segment sales. The increase was mainly the result of the operating income contribution from the Valmont-SM acquisition. The operating income in the remaining operations was similar to last year's levels.

Coatings Segment (10% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Hot-dip galvanizing, and other coatings to protect against corrosion of steel and aluminum in global markets.

Global Coatings Segment sales of $85.2 million were 9% lower than last year. Most of the decrease was in Australia, where a large portion of the volume is tied to the currently weak mining industry. North American sales were modestly lower due to a slow start to the quarter and reduced intercompany irrigation and utility volumes.

Operating income was 33% below last year's levels at $15.8 million or 18.6% of segment sales. Included in second quarter 2013 operating income was a pre-tax gain of $4.6 million from the sale of a facility in Western Australia. The reduction in operating income was also due to volume declines and the associated fixed cost deleverage.

Outlook:

"In the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment, acquisition and organic growth will drive sales gains in the second half of the year," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"In the Utility Support Structures Segment, we expect challenging market conditions to continue and result in unfavorable profit comparisons for the rest of the year. To improve productivity and reduce costs, we will consolidate the operations of one small facility into a larger one in the third quarter. We currently estimate the impact of this closure to result in one-time third quarter pre-tax charge of $2.1 million, or approximately $0.05 per diluted share.

"In the Irrigation Segment, second-half demand will reflect current crop yields and how the eventual supply and demand balance impacts farm income in North America.

"In the Coatings Segment we expect results comparable with last year.

"As indicated in our June 24 announcement, we currently believe our earnings per diluted share for the year will be in the range of $9.35 to $9.65 per share, which is predicated on second- half Irrigation profitability at approximately the same level of last year and also excludes the impact of any share repurchases," concluded Mr. Bay.

An audio discussion of Valmont's second quarter results by Mogens C. Bay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Mark C. Jaksich, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be available live by telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#: 50553922 or via the Internet at 8:00 a.m. CDT July 18, 2014, by pointing browsers to: http://www.valmont.com/page.aspx?id=445&pid=21. After the event you may listen by accessing the above link or by telephone. Dial 1-855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, and enter the Conference ID#: 50553922 beginning July 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CDT through 12:00 p.m. CDT on July 25, 2014.

Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont's control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont's actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

 

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)










Second Quarter


Year-to-Date


13 Weeks Ended


26 Weeks Ended


28-Jun-14


29-Jun-13


28-Jun-14


29-Jun-13

Net sales

$ 842,599


$ 878,659


$ 1,594,339


$ 1,698,289

Cost of sales

622,122


617,188


1,166,880


1,201,449

   Gross profit

220,477


261,471


427,459


496,840

Selling, general and administrative expenses

115,701


117,206


223,835


234,385

   Operating income

104,776


144,265


203,624


262,455

Other income (expense)








   Interest expense

(8,304)


(8,025)


(16,501)


(16,215)

   Interest income

1,577


1,852


3,316


3,205

   Other

1,903


123


(3,909)


1,679


(4,824)


(6,050)


(17,094)


(11,331)

      Earnings before income taxes and equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries








99,952


138,215


186,530


251,124

Income tax expense

34,070


47,168


64,085


82,141

      Earnings before equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries








65,882


91,047


122,445


168,983

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries

(30)


269


(30)


473

      Net earnings

65,852


91,316


122,415


169,456

Less: Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

(1,876)


(1,753)


(2,459)


(2,324)

      Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.

$ 63,976


$ 89,563


$ 119,956


$ 167,132

















Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic

26,623


26,648


26,669


26,615

Earnings per share - Basic

$ 2.40


$ 3.36


$ 4.50


$ 6.28









Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted

26,856


26,910


26,903


26,884

Earnings per share - Diluted

$ 2.38


$ 3.33


$ 4.46


$ 6.22









Cash dividends per share

$ 0.375


$ 0.250


$ 0.625


$ 0.475

 

 

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)










Second Quarter


Year-to-Date


13 Weeks Ended


26 Weeks Ended


28-Jun-14


29-Jun-13


28-Jun-14


29-Jun-13









Net sales








   Engineered Infrastructure Products

$ 304,352


$ 250,636


$ 532,814


$ 474,306

   Utility Support Structures

213,030


228,243


427,757


467,881

   Coatings

85,157


93,798


167,328


183,043

      Infrastructure products

602,539


572,677


1,127,899


1,125,230









   Irrigation

219,917


270,175


432,650


514,882

   Other

61,786


83,679


120,388


161,548

   Less: Intersegment sales

(41,643)


(47,872)


(86,598)


(103,371)

      Total

$ 842,599


$ 878,659


$ 1,594,339


$ 1,698,289









Operating Income








   Engineered Infrastructure Products

$ 28,625


$ 22,603


$ 42,334


$ 35,337

   Utility Support Structures

26,375


42,121


59,132


88,276

   Coatings

15,820


23,552


29,706


36,972

      Infrastructure products

70,820


88,276


131,172


160,585









   Irrigation

41,473


64,174


84,619


118,733

   Other

8,343


13,025


16,893


23,812

   Corporate

(15,860)


(21,210)


(29,060)


(40,675)

      Total

$ 104,776


$ 144,265


$ 203,624


$ 262,455


Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four reportable segments as follows.




Engineered Infrastructure Products:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered metal structures and components for global lighting and traffic, wireless communication, roadway safety and access systems applications.



Utility Support Structures:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered steel and concrete structures for the global utility industry.



Coatings:This segment consists of global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.






Irrigation:This segment consists of the manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment and related parts and services worldwide.



In addition to these four reportable segments, Valmont also has other businesses that individually are not more than 10% of consolidated net sales. These businesses, which include the manufacture of forged steel grinding media, tubular products, electrolytic manganese dioxide and industrial fasteners, are reported in the "Other" category.



 

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)










28-Jun-14



29-Jun-13


ASSETS







Current assets:







   Cash and cash equivalents


$ 455,927



$ 490,477


   Accounts receivable, net


543,608



513,766


   Inventories


381,943



413,408


   Prepaid expenses


66,916



33,587


   Refundable and deferred income taxes


71,334



68,168


      Total current assets


1,519,728



1,519,406


Property, plant and equipment, net


638,854



530,482


Goodwill and other assets


700,022



601,735




$ 2,858,604



$ 2,651,623









LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







   Current installments of long-term debt


$ 188



$ 457


   Notes payable to banks


17,485



16,004


   Accounts payable


208,834



212,097


   Accrued expenses


186,996



181,524


   Dividend payable


9,930



6,693


      Total current liabilities


423,433



416,775


Long-term debt, excluding current installments


478,498



471,662


Other long-term liabilities


341,583



264,829


Shareholders' equity


1,615,090



1,498,357




$ 2,858,604



$ 2,651,623


 

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED RESULTS

REGULATION G RECONCILIATION

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

The schedule below discloses both the non-cash after-tax loss associated with adjusting the fair value of Delta EMD Pty. Ltd (Delta EMD) shares owned to its quoted market price at June 28, 2014 and the 2013 gain from the disposal of a galvanizing facility. Earnings per share for each item are calculated separately. Therefore, due to rounding, the sum of earnings per share amounts for each item below may not agree with the total.



Year-to-Date June 28, 2014

Diluted earnings

per share


Year-to-Date June 29, 2013


Diluted earnings

per share

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. -       as reported

$     119,956

$              4.46


$     167,132


$               6.22








Fair market value adjustment, Delta EMD - after-tax

3,501

0.13












Gain on sale of galvanizing facility - after-tax




(4,375)


(0.16)








Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted

$     123,457

$              4.59


$     162,757


6.05

  

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