AZZ incorporated Board Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend and Issues Revenue and Earnings Guidance for Fiscal Year 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ incorporated (NYSE: AZZ), a global provider of electrical products and services and a provider of galvanizing services, today announced the Board of Directors, at its regularly scheduled meeting, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 14 cents per share payable on February 14, 2014 to shareholders of record on January 31, 2014.
The Company is issuing revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal year 2015. Fiscal Year 2015 refers to the 12 month period beginning March 1, 2014 and ending on February 28, 2015.
Tom E. Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of AZZ incorporated, stated, "Based upon the evaluation of information currently available to management, we are projecting our fiscal 2015 earnings to be within the range of $2.40 and $2.80 per diluted share, and revenues are estimated to be within the range of $850 to $900 million. We continue to build upon the success we have been able to achieve over the past decade, and continually strive to further enhance the performance of the Company. Revenues for the Electrical and Industrial Products and Services Segment are projected to increase as a result of organic growth and the full year impact of WSI operating results. Margins in the Electrical and Industrial Products and Services Segment should be in the range of 11 to 13 percent. The Galvanizing Services Segment revenues are projected to be up due primarily to market share improvement. Margins for the Galvanizing Services Segment should remain strong, and should be in the range of 26 to 28 percent. It is anticipated that 41 percent of our revenues will be derived from the Galvanizing Services Segment and 59 percent from the Electrical and Industrial Products and Services Segment. Further information is provided in our Form 8-K to be filed on January 17, 2014."
Mr. Ferguson continued, "Our next, regularly scheduled quarterly conference call will be April 2014, where we will be reporting the operating results for our fourth quarter and 2014 fiscal year and a discussion of our fiscal year 2015 guidance. We are continuing our efforts to seek out growth and expansion opportunities for both electrical and galvanizing segments. The strength of our balance sheet and cash position fully supports this strategy. The Company is well positioned to capitalize on improving market conditions, in both segments."
AZZ incorporated is a global provider of specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distributions, and industrial markets as well as a leading provider of hot dip galvanizing services to the North American steel fabrication market.
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