OMAHA, Neb.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its second quarter ended February 28, 2017.
Second Quarter Results
Second quarter fiscal 2017 revenues were $124.1 million compared to revenues of $120.6 million in the prior year’s second quarter. Net earnings for the quarter were $5.0 million or $0.47 per diluted share compared with a net loss of $4.1 million or $0.37 per diluted share in the second quarter of the prior year. The prior year period included $13.0 million of environmental remediation expenses which, on an after-tax basis, reduced net earnings by $8.5 million, or $0.78 per diluted share.
Irrigation segment revenues for the second quarter increased three percent to $106.2 million from $103.1 million in the prior year’s second quarter. U.S. irrigation revenues of $61.5 million declined 15 percent, as harsh winter weather conditions in the Northwest resulted in lower irrigation equipment unit volume and lower revenue from other irrigation businesses. International irrigation revenues were $44.7 million, an increase of 46 percent compared to the second quarter of the prior year, driven primarily by improved demand and project activity in South America, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States region. Infrastructure segment revenues for the second quarter increased two percent to $17.9 million, as increased demand for road safety products and higher Road Zipper® system sales and lease revenue was offset in part by a decline in sales volume for rail products.
Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was 26.5 percent of sales compared to 26.9 percent of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. Improved margin in the infrastructure segment was more than offset by lower margin in the irrigation segment, as improved U.S. irrigation margin was offset by a higher mix of international revenue at comparatively lower margins. Improved infrastructure margin resulted from increased cost absorption in Road Zipper® system production and volume leverage from road safety product sales.
Operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $24.4 million, a decrease of $12.7 million compared to the second quarter in the prior year. Excluding the impact of the environmental remediation expenses in the prior year’s second quarter, operating expenses were slightly higher in the current year primarily due to increased new product development and testing costs. Operating expenses were 19.7 percent of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared with 30.8 percent of sales in the second quarter of the prior year. Operating margins were 6.9 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, unchanged compared to the second quarter of the prior year after excluding the environmental expenses.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter were $102.8 million compared to $101.2 million at the end of the prior fiscal year and $89.5 million at the end of the prior year’s second quarter. There were no share repurchases made during the second quarter of fiscal 2017. A total of $63.7 million remains available under the Company’s share repurchase program as of February 28, 2017.
The backlog of unshipped orders at February 28, 2017 was $62.3 million compared with $52.6 million at February 29, 2016. Order backlogs were improved in both the irrigation and infrastructure in comparison to the prior year.
Six Month Results
Total revenues for the six months ended February 28, 2017 were $234.5 million, a decrease of three percent compared to $242.2 million in the same prior year period. Net earnings were $5.9 million or $0.55 per diluted share compared with $2.8 million or $0.25 per diluted share in the prior year.
Irrigation segment revenues decreased four percent to $196.1 million for the six months ended February 28, 2017 from $204.4 million in the same prior year period, as U.S. irrigation revenues of $111.8 million decreased 15 percent and international irrigation revenues of $84.3 million increased 16 percent. Infrastructure segment revenues increased two percent to $38.4 million for the six months ended February 28, 2017, as increased demand for road safety products was offset in part by a decline in sales volume for rail products.
Rick Parod, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the irrigation segment, orders and project levels improved in the second quarter after experiencing a slow start to the year in the first quarter. Strong sales growth in international irrigation reflects improving demand and increased project activity. I am pleased with the U.S. irrigation gross margin improvement achieved, especially in view of raw material inflation experienced in the quarter. In the infrastructure segment, second quarter revenues were modestly improved over the prior year in a seasonally lower period, and we continue to see improved operating performance in the segment.”
Parod continued, “We are currently in the midst of the primary selling season for irrigation equipment in North America where overall market conditions, affected by lower commodity prices and reduced farm incomes, are resulting in seasonal demand similar to the prior year. I am encouraged by the improving activity levels we are seeing in the international irrigation and infrastructure markets. The longer-term drivers for our markets of population growth, expanded food production and efficient water use, and infrastructure upgrades and expansion support our expectations for growth.”
Second-Quarter Conference Call
Lindsay’s fiscal 2017 second quarter investor conference call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. Interested investors may participate in the call by dialing (888) 321-8161 in the U.S., or (706) 758-0065 internationally, and referring to conference ID # 90564253. Additionally, the conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet, and can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's Web site, www.lindsay.com. Replays of the conference call will remain on our Web site through the next quarterly earnings release. The Company will have a slide presentation available to augment management's formal presentation, which will also be accessible via the Company's Web site.
About the Company
Lindsay manufactures and markets irrigation equipment primarily used in agricultural markets which increase or stabilize crop production while conserving water, energy, and labor. The Company also manufactures and markets infrastructure and road safety products under the Lindsay Transportation Solutions trade name. At February 28, 2017, Lindsay had approximately 10.7 million shares outstanding, which are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNN.
For more information regarding Lindsay Corporation, see the Company’s Web site at www.lindsay.com.
Concerning Forward-looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and which reflect management’s current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results. You can find a discussion of many of these risks and uncertainties in the annual, quarterly and current reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations and planned financing of the Company and those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” "expect," "outlook," "could," "may," "should," “will,” or similar expressions. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.
|Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three months ended||Six months ended|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)||
|Cost of operating revenues||91,184||88,128||173,200||175,336|
|General and administrative expense||10,230||23,028||21,585||32,043|
|Engineering and research expense||4,057||3,748||8,359||7,407|
|Total operating expenses||24,419||37,139||50,058||59,805|
|Operating income (loss)||8,522||(4,694||)||11,257||7,054|
Other income (expense), net
|Earnings (loss) before income taxes||7,636||(6,193||)||8,971||4,203|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||2,624||(2,064||)||3,086||1,388|
|Net earnings (loss)||$||5,012||$||(4,129||)||$||5,885||$||2,815|
|Earnings (loss) per share:|
|Shares used in computing earnings (loss) per share:|
|Cash dividends declared per share||$||
|Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|February 28,||February 29,||August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||102,825||$||89,522||$||101,246|
|Other current assets||15,968||12,802||14,468|
|Total current assets||285,676||270,073||276,775|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||75,632||78,916||77,627|
|Deferred income tax assets||3,094||3,108||4,225|
|Other noncurrent assets, net||4,747||5,070||4,885|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||199||195||197|
|Other current liabilities||46,350||47,971||55,395|
|Total current liabilities||90,803||84,537||87,860|
|Pension benefits liabilities||6,708||6,431||6,869|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||1,678||1,020||1,223|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||20,995||22,588||23,020|
|Capital in excess of stated value||59,002||55,908||57,338|
|Less treasury stock - at cost||(277,238||)||(261,118||)||(277,238||)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net||(13,584||)||(17,419||)||(14,172||)|
|Total shareholders' equity||253,556||251,619||251,567|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||490,616||$||483,270||$||487,515|
|Lindsay Corporation and Subsidiaries|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|(in thousands)||Six months ended|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
|Depreciation and amortization||8,120||8,536|
|Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable||(609||)||(1,103||)|
|Deferred income taxes||1,707||(4,163||)|
|Share-based compensation expense||1,815||1,534|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||3,375||(1,779||)|
|Other current liabilities||(8,135||)||(5,273||)|
|Current taxes payable||(5,987||)||(3,641||)|
|Other noncurrent assets and liabilities||(2,123||)||11,833|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||10,722||(4,974||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchases of property, plant and equipment||(4,194||)||(7,392||)|
|Proceeds from settlement of net investment hedges||2,054||2,317|
|Payments for settlement of net investment hedges||(482||)||(512||)|
|Other investing activities, net||136||1,073|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(2,486||)||(4,514||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options||647||113|
|Common stock withheld for payroll tax withholdings||(635||)||(712||)|
|Principal payments on long-term debt||(98||)||(96||)|
|Repurchase of common shares||-||(32,215||)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(6,267||)||(39,093||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||(390||)||(990||)|
|Net change in cash and cash equivalents||1,579||(49,571||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period||101,246||139,093|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of period||$||102,825||$||89,522|