The Toro Company Reports Record Second Quarter Results *Company achieves record second quarter sales of $745 million, a 6 percent increase, driven by strong demand for professional segment products *Quarterly net earnings increase 14 percent to a record $1.51 per share *The Toro Company to celebrate the significant milestone of 100 years in business on July 10, 2014 Business Wire BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- May 22, 2014 The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today reported net earnings of $87.1 million, or $1.51 per share, on a net sales increase of 5.8 percent to $745 million for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended May 2, 2014. In the comparable fiscal 2013 period, the company delivered net earnings of $78.4 million, or $1.32 per share, on net sales of $704.5 million. “I’m proud of our team’s execution that delivered record sales and earnings for the quarter despite challenging spring weather conditions for the second straight year,” said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Although retail sales of some residential products were hampered by the late spring, we experienced strong growth in our landscape maintenance business. Contractors who benefited from the robust snow season last winter invested in more new turf equipment during the quarter, favoring our productivity-enhancing mowers. In addition, shipments of golf equipment and irrigation products increased due to channel demand for our innovative new product offerings, including the recently introduced INFINITY™ sprinklers.” For the first six months, Toro reported net earnings of $113 million, or $1.95 per share, on a net sales increase of 3.6 percent to $1.191 billion. In the comparable fiscal 2013 period, the company posted net earnings of $109.8 million, or $1.85 per share, on net sales of $1.149 billion. Strong retail demand for snow products and landscape maintenance equipment, as well as contributions from its micro irrigation, construction and rental businesses, helped the company to surpass sales and earnings earned in the comparable fiscal 2013 period, which benefited from the Tier 4 diesel engine transition. “As we approach our Centennial and look ahead to the end of our Destination 2014 journey, we remain encouraged about both our business and prospects for achieving our goals,” said Hoffman. “Our portfolio of innovative products has us well-positioned to drive retail sales and strengthen our market share. We will keep a watchful eye on retail demand and field inventories across our businesses and make any necessary adjustments. In addition, we will benefit from increased pre-season snowthrower shipments, primarily in the fourth quarter, that are needed to replenish inventories diminished by strong customer demand last winter. As we strive to achieve our operating earnings goal, we will continue to pursue productivity improvements to leverage expenses and expand margins. While focused on things within our control, we remain mindful that Mother Nature may not deliver favorable summer growing conditions again this year or economic conditions may change, either of which could create potential challenges for our businesses and customers.” The company continues to expect revenue growth for fiscal 2014 to be about 5 to 6 percent, and net earnings per share to be about $2.90 to $2.95. For the third quarter, the company expects net earnings per share to be about $0.82. SEGMENT RESULTS Professional *Professional segment net sales for the second quarter totaled $528.6 million, up 6.5 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. Sales of landscape maintenance equipment increased on strong retail demand, including for our zero turn radius mowers. Golf equipment and irrigation product sales were up due to channel optimism and demand for new product offerings, including the INFINITY™ sprinklers and Multi Pro® advanced spraying system. Global micro irrigation sales increased with continued demand for more efficient solutions for agriculture and construction and rental equipment sales grew on channel demand for Toro® branded products. Slightly offsetting these increases were lower sales of professional products in international markets. For the first six months, professional segment net sales were $824 million, essentially flat with the comparable fiscal 2013 period. Sales benefited from strong retail demand for landscape maintenance equipment and increased demand for micro irrigation, construction and rental products, but were offset by sales in the first quarter of last fiscal year that benefited from the Tier 4 diesel engine transition and were not repeated this year. *Professional segment earnings for the second quarter totaled $122.4 million, up 9 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. For the first six months, professional segment earnings were $169.8 million, down 1.8 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. Residential *Residential segment net sales for the second quarter totaled $210.4 million, up 4.5 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. Sales increased due to stronger domestic retail demand for our residential zero turn mowing products, as customers continued to transition to this mowing platform. International demand for walk power mowers, as well as domestic demand for electric blowers and trimmers, also benefited sales for the quarter. Offsetting these increases were lower shipments of domestic walk power mowers and decreased sales in Australia due to unfavorable currency exchange and weather conditions. For the first six months, residential segment net sales were $357.9 million, up 11 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. Sales for the period increased on strong retail demand for our snow products, primarily in the first quarter, due to significant snowfall across key North American markets, as well as increased channel and retail demand for residential zero turn mowing products and international demand for walk power mowers. *Residential segment earnings for the second quarter totaled $23.8 million, down 3.5 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. For the first six months, residential segment earnings were $42 million, up 13.9 percent from the comparable fiscal 2013 period. OPERATING RESULTS Gross margin for the second quarter was 35.5 percent, a decrease of 30 basis points compared to the same fiscal 2013 period, primarily due to higher commodity costs and unfavorable currency exchange rates, somewhat offset by realized pricing. For the first six months, gross margin was 35.9 percent, a decrease of 50 basis points, primarily due to higher commodity costs, segment mix and unfavorable currency exchange rates, somewhat offset by realized pricing. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percent of sales for the second quarter was 17.9 percent, a decrease of 120 basis points compared to the same fiscal 2013 period. For the first six months, SG&A expense as a percent of sales was 21.5 percent, a decrease of 60 basis points. For both periods, the decrease primarily was due to lower administrative expense, including health care costs, somewhat offset by higher incentive expense. Second quarter operating earnings as a percent of sales improved 90 basis points to 17.6 percent compared to the same fiscal 2013 period. For the first six months, operating earnings as a percentage of sales improved 10 basis points to 14.4 percent. The effective tax rate for the second quarter was 32.6 percent, which is the same as the effective tax rate for the comparable fiscal 2013 period. For the first six months, the effective tax rate increased to 32.7 percent from 31.3 percent in the comparable fiscal 2013 period when the company benefited from the retroactive reinstatement of the Federal Research and Engineering Tax Credit in the first quarter. Accounts receivable at the end of the second quarter totaled $313.5 million, up 1.9 percent from the same fiscal 2013 period. Net inventories were $302.5 million, down 2.4 percent from the same period last year. Trade payables were $236 million, up 15.8 percent compared to the same fiscal 2013 period, primarily due to recent component and commodity purchases in anticipation of product demand in the second half of our fiscal year. About The Toro Company The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions.With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land.Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields.More information is available at www.thetorocompany.com. LIVE CONFERENCE CALL May 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CDT www.thetorocompany.com/invest The Toro Company will conduct its earnings call and webcast for investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT on May 22, 2014. The webcast will be available at www.streetevents.com or at www.thetorocompany.com/invest. Webcast participants will need to complete a brief registration form and should allocate extra time before the webcast begins to register and, if necessary, download and install audio software. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements, which are being made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations of future events, and often can be identified by words such as “expect,” “strive,” “looking ahead,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “forecast,” “goal,” “optimistic,” “anticipate,” “continue,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “should,” “could,” “will,” “would,” “possible,” “may,” “likely,” “intend,” and similar expressions or future dates.Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied. Particular risks and uncertainties that may affect our operating results or financial position include: worldwide economic conditions, including slow or negative growth rates in global and domestic economies and weakened consumer confidence; disruption at our manufacturing or distribution facilities, including drug cartel-related violence affecting our maquiladora operations in Juarez, Mexico; fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials and components, including steel, engines, hydraulics and resins; the impact of abnormal weather patterns, including unfavorable weather conditions exacerbated by global climate change or otherwise; the impact of natural disasters and global pandemics; the level of growth or contraction in our key markets; government and municipal revenue, budget and spending levels; dependence on The Home Depot as a customer for our residential business; elimination of shelf space for our products at dealers or retailers; inventory adjustments or changes in purchasing patterns by our customers; our ability to develop and achieve market acceptance for new products; increased competition; the risks attendant to international operations and markets, including political, economic and/or social instability and tax policies in the countries in which we manufacture or sell our products; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; our relationships with our distribution channel partners, including the financial viability of our distributors and dealers; risks associated with acquisitions; management of our alliances or joint ventures, including Red Iron Acceptance, LLC; the costs and effects of enactment of, changes in and compliance with laws, regulations and standards, including those relating to consumer product safety, Tier 4 emissions requirements, conflict mineral disclosure, taxation, healthcare, and environmental, health and safety matters; unforeseen product quality problems; loss of or changes in executive management or key employees; interruption of our management information systems, including by unauthorized access, security breaches, cyber attacks or other disruptive events; the occurrence of litigation or claims, including those involving intellectual property or product liability matters; and other risks and uncertainties described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements made herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. (Financial tables follow) THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited) (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per-share data) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended May 2, May 3, May 2, May 3, 2014 2013 2014 2013 Net sales $ 745,030 $ 704,486 $ 1,191,011 $ 1,149,147 Gross profit 264,540 252,301 428,054 418,118 Gross profit 35.5 % 35.8 % 35.9 % 36.4 % percent Selling, general, and administrative 133,661 134,830 256,577 254,443 expense Operating earnings 130,879 117,471 171,477 163,675 Interest expense (3,683 ) (4,149 ) (7,436 ) (8,398 ) Other income, net 1,920 2,995 3,830 4,438 Earnings before 129,116 116,317 167,871 159,715 income taxes Provision for 42,030 37,915 54,916 49,917 income taxes Net earnings $ 87,086 $ 78,402 $ 112,955 $ 109,798 Basic net earnings $ 1.54 $ 1.35 $ 1.99 $ 1.88 per share Diluted net $ 1.51 $ 1.32 $ 1.95 $ 1.85 earnings per share Weighted average number of shares of common stock 56,493 58,132 56,758 58,308 outstanding – Basic Weighted average number of shares of common stock 57,773 59,257 58,040 59,444 outstanding – Diluted Segment Data (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended May 2, May 3, May 2, May 3, Segment Net Sales 2014 2013 2014 2013 Professional $ 528,561 $ 496,436 $ 824,029 $ 825,580 Residential 210,377 201,390 357,947 322,337 Other 6,092 6,660 9,035 1,230 Total * $ 745,030 $ 704,486 $ 1,191,011 $ 1,149,147 * Includes international $ 205,117 $ 212,005 $ 356,380 $ 353,596 sales of Three Months Ended Six Months Ended May 2, May 3, May 2, May 3, Segment Earnings (Loss) Before 2014 2013 2014 2013 Income Taxes Professional $ 122,367 $ 112,275 $ 169,830 $ 173,013 Residential 23,822 24,679 41,956 36,833 Other (17,073 ) (20,637 ) (43,915 ) (50,131 ) Total $ 129,116 $ 116,317 $ 167,871 $ 159,715 THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands) May 2, May 3, 2014 2013 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 129,909 $ 80,341 Receivables, net 313,489 307,770 Inventories, net 302,477 309,998 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 29,218 30,434 Deferred income taxes 39,261 62,768 Total current assets 814,354 791,311 Property, plant, and equipment, net 192,751 177,060 Deferred income taxes 25,942 — Goodwill and other assets, net 146,199 146,583 Total assets $ 1,179,246 $ 1,114,954 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Current portion of long-term debt $ 140 $ 250 Accounts payable 235,971 203,710 Accrued liabilities 302,515 294,648 Total current liabilities 538,626 498,608 Long-term debt, less current portion 223,855 223,513 Deferred revenue 10,891 10,605 Deferred income taxes 5,969 2,898 Other long-term liabilities 14,355 6,287 Stockholders’ equity 385,550 373,043 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,179,246 $ 1,114,954 THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands) Six Months Ended May 2, May 3, 2014 2013 Cash flows from operating activities: Net earnings $ 112,955 $ 109,798 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Noncash income from finance affiliate (3,377 ) (3,532 ) Provision for depreciation and amortization 26,589 26,890 Stock-based compensation expense 5,051 5,336 Decrease in deferred income taxes 136 281 Other (31 ) 81 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Receivables, net (156,423 ) (160,534 ) Inventories, net (62,072 ) (59,082 ) Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,285 (3,486 ) Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, deferred 150,836 120,896 revenue, and other long-term liabilities Net cash provided by operating activities 77,949 36,648 Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property, plant, and equipment (32,682 ) (19,508 ) Proceeds from asset disposals 115 73 Contributions to finance affiliate, net (4,868 ) (4,669 ) Acquisition, net of cash acquired (715 ) — Net cash used in investing activities (38,150 ) (24,104 ) Cash flows from financing activities: Repayments of short-term debt (849 ) (415 ) Increase in (repayments of) long-term debt 59 (1,548 ) Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards 6,657 4,577 Proceeds from exercise of stock options 4,761 6,573 Purchases of Toro common stock (81,694 ) (50,499 ) Dividends paid on Toro common stock (22,670 ) (16,364 ) Net cash used in financing activities (93,736 ) (57,676 ) Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash 853 (383 ) equivalents Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (53,084 ) (45,515 ) Cash and cash equivalents as of the beginning of 182,993 125,856 the period Cash and cash equivalents as of the end of the $ 129,909 $ 80,341 period Contact: The Toro Company Investor Relations Amy Dahl, 952-887-8917 Managing Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations firstname.lastname@example.org or Media Relations Branden Happel, 952-887-8930 Senior Manager, Public Relations email@example.com
The Toro Company Reports Record Second Quarter Results
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