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Blount Announces First Quarter 2012 Results, Updates Outlook for 2012 - First quarter 2012 sales increased 25% compared to the prior year and declined 4% when excluding sales associated with acquired businesses

- First quarter 2012 operating income and operating margin negatively affected by the Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG") business segment transition and integration costs

- Overall demand for products remains strong; order backlog remains at record levels for continuing operations

PORTLAND, Ore., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blount International, Inc. (NYSE: BLT) ("Blount" or the "Company") today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, and updated its outlook for 2012. 

Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

Sales in the first quarter were $226.3 million, a 25% increase from the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of businesses acquired since January 1, 2011, sales declined 4%. Operating income for the first quarter of 2012 was $13.6 million compared to $27.8 million in the prior year. Businesses acquired since January 1, 2011 increased sales by $52.2 million and increased operating income by $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the prior year. First quarter net income was $5.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011. First quarter 2012 operating income includes non-cash charges of $4.4 million related to accounting for acquisitions, an increase of $2.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, from the first quarter of 2011. Additionally, consolidation of existing operations into Blount's new Kansas City, Missouri ("Kansas City") distribution and assembly facility resulted in charges of $4.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

"While overall demand and backlog remain strong, we experienced a challenging first quarter with reduced profit due to lower than expected sales in certain markets and the ongoing consolidation of our Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG") product distribution center and SpeeCo assembly and distribution operations into our new Kansas City facility. While the time and financial investment to consolidate these operations has been significant, we believe it is warranted given the long-term benefit to our customers and our business," stated Josh Collins, Blount's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we incurred other costs to work through supply issues related to our SpeeCo operations. We expect the impact of those items are largely behind us; however, higher costs to expedite products and complete the Kansas City facility transition will be felt in the second quarter and possibly in the third quarter as we work to meet the forecasted demand through those periods."

Mr. Collins continued, "Integration of the companies we acquired over the last two years is our top priority for 2012. We continue to anticipate significant opportunities for growth, increased scale, and cross-selling in the FLAG and FRAG businesses as we integrate the companies into our global sales, supply chain, and distribution network. The work we are doing to integrate all the FRAG businesses into Blount, including the move into the Kansas City facility, is necessary in order to realize fully the benefits of these acquisitions to the company. The issues we experienced in the first quarter are significant, but they are temporary. The benefits to the company will be lasting."

The consolidation of the SpeeCo distribution and assembly operations and FLAG distribution center into Blount's new Kansas City distribution and assembly facility began in late 2011 and is expected to be completed by mid-way through the third quarter of 2012. The consolidation will provide synergies and scalability in the FLAG and FRAG businesses and result in approximately $1.0 million of run-rate cost savings on an annual basis by the end of 2012. The new, 350,000-square-feet facility will replace Blount's existing distribution center in Kansas City and will provide the capacity to meet Blount's projected needs for the next decade.

Segment Results

Blount operates in two business segments – the Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG") segment and the Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG") segment. The Company reports separate results for the FLAG and FRAG segments. Blount's Concrete Cutting and Finishing ("CCF") business is included in "Corporate and Other."

Forestry, Lawn, and Garden

The FLAG segment reported first quarter 2012 sales of $161.6 million. First quarter 2012 sales increased 4% from the first quarter of 2011, but declined 3% when excluding businesses acquired since January 1, 2011. For comparability, all sales statistics are quoted excluding the impact of acquired businesses for the period during which Blount did not own the acquired business. A decline in first quarter 2012 sales in Asia (16%) and North America (6%) accounted for most of the overall sales decline compared to the prior year, partially offset by increases in the South and Latin American markets (30%). Sales in our Europe region were flat compared to the first quarter of 2011, but improved by 12% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Average pricing improved as price increases in place since mid-2011 improved first quarter 2012 prices on a comparative basis. The change in segment sales for the comparable first quarter period is illustrated below, with sales of $11.5 million from businesses acquired since January 1, 2011, presented entirely as acquired volume increase.

Change in FLAG Segment Sales from First Quarter 2011

(U.S. dollars in millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)




Sales

Change


First Quarter 2011

$155.0



   Increase / (Decrease)





    Foreign Exchange


(0.4)

(0.2)%




154.6

(0.2)%


    Unit Volume


(9.0)

(5.8)%


    Selling Price / Mix


4.5

2.9%




150.1

(3.2) %


        Acquired Volume (1)


11.5

7.4%


First Quarter 2012

$161.6

4.2%


(1) Represents all first quarter 2012 sales from the FLAG portion of PBL and KOX sales for January and February 2012







Segment backlog was $206.3 million at March 31, 2012, an increase of 13% from the $182.4 million on December 31, 2011. A portion of the increase in backlog relates to shipping interruptions due to the distribution center consolidation; the remainder reflects strong demand for our products.

Segment contribution to operating income and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and certain charges ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $27.8 million and $34.4 million, respectively, for the first quarter of 2012. Segment contribution to operating income and Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 12.3% and 7.8%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2012 versus 2011. While increased average selling prices had the largest positive impact on segment operating income, volume decline and additional costs (as outlined below) more than offset the average pricing benefit. A reconciliation of the first quarter 2012 FLAG contribution to operating income compared to the first quarter of 2011 is presented below.

Change in FLAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

 (U.S. dollars in millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)



Contribution

to

Operating

Income

Percent of

Segment

Sales

Depreciation,

Amortization

and

Other

Adjusted

EBITDA


First Quarter 2011

$31.6

20.4%

$5.7

$37.3



Increase / (Decrease)







Steel Costs

(1.8)






Foreign Exchange

(0.1)







29.7

19.2%





Unit Volume

(3.9)






Selling Price / Mix

4.5






Costs / Mix

(3.4)







26.9

17.9%





Acquired businesses excluding acquisition

   accounting

1.1






Acquisition accounting (1) 

(0.3)





First Quarter 2012

$27.8

17.2%

$6.6

$34.4










(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FLAG business units regardless of date acquired

Sales volumes, steel costs, and cost/mix combined to more than offset the improvement in average prices. Cost/mix spending was higher in several areas as the Company integrated the FLAG and FRAG product lines into the new distribution center in Kansas City, continued promotion of the recently introduced OREGON® PowerNow cordless chain saw, and executed strategic programs in the areas of supply chain and marketing. By category, the primary drivers of cost/mix increases were personnel-related costs, mainly in the areas of supply chain, marketing and information systems, which increased $1.6 million (including training and travel), advertising spending that increased $0.7 million, information systems and supply chain infrastructure spending, and logistics costs, including distribution center expenses and costs of freight to customers, that account for the majority of the remaining cost increase.

Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture

The FRAG segment reported first quarter 2012 sales of $57.6 million. First quarter 2012 sales increased $38.4 million from the first quarter of 2011, driven by sales generated by acquired businesses and partially offset by a sales volume decline in the SpeeCo business unit. Excluding the impact of acquired businesses, sales declined 12%. The change in segment sales for the comparable first quarter periods is illustrated below, with sales from businesses acquired since January 1, 2011 of $40.7 million presented entirely as acquired volume increase.

Change in FRAG Segment Sales from First Quarter 2011

(U.S. dollars in millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)


Sales

Change

        First Quarter 2011

$19.2


            Increase / (Decrease)



              Unit Volume

(2.2)

(11.7)%

              Selling Price / Mix

(0.1)

(0.2) %


16.9

(11.9)%

              Acquired Volume (1)

40.7

212.6 %

        First Quarter 2012

$57.6

200.7%



(1) Represents all first quarter 2012 sales from Woods and from the FRAG portion of PBL







Segment backlog was $24.7 million at March 31, 2012, compared to $28.3 million at December 31, 2011. March 31, 2012, backlog includes $13.8 million related to businesses acquired in 2011.

Segment contribution to operating income and Adjusted EBITDA was negative $3.7 million and positive $0.8 million, respectively, for the first quarter of 2012. A reconciliation of the first quarter 2012 contribution to operating income compared to the first quarter of 2011 is presented below.

Change in FRAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

(U.S. dollars in millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)


Contribution

to

Operating

Income

Percent of

Segment

Sales

Depreciation,

Amortization

and

Other

Adjusted

EBITDA


First Quarter 2011

$1.1

5.9%

$1.6

$2.7



Increase / (Decrease)







Unit Volume

(0.6)






Selling Price / Mix

(0.1)






Costs / Mix

(4.6)







(4.1)

(24.1)%





Acquired businesses excluding acquisition

    accounting

2.3






Acquisition accounting(1) 

(2.0)





First Quarter 2012


$(3.7)

(6.5)%

$4.5

$0.8









(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FRAG business units regardless of date acquired

Year-over-year sales volumes were down, mostly driven by shipping constraints during the consolidation of SpeeCo distribution and assembly operations to the new Kansas City distribution center during the quarter.  The largest driver of the $4.6 million in unfavorable cost/mix was increased freight charges of $1.9 million, which were incurred to expedite shipments from vendors as well as finished goods to customers. Additionally, support costs, primarily in the areas of supply chain and information systems, increased $1.5 million with planned investments in the infrastructure necessary to achieve long term strategic targets. Elevated product costs and incremental warranty expense to address an issue identified in the fourth quarter of 2011 represent the majority of the remaining cost/mix increase. Acquired businesses had a net positive impact on segment contribution to operating income, partially offset by changes in acquisition accounting.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and other generated net expense of $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to net expense of $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. The year-over-year increase was almost entirely attributed to the $4.9 million expense associated with consolidation of the SpeeCo distribution and assembly and FLAG distribution operations into the new Kansas City distribution and assembly facility. Of the $4.9 million, approximately $2.4 million relates to plant and equipment, inventory, and other assets that will no longer be utilized by the SpeeCo business; the remainder relates to wind down and startup expenses incurred to move the SpeeCo operation and existing FLAG distribution to the new Kansas City distribution facility.

Net Income

First quarter 2012 net income declined primarily due to lower operating income, discussed above including the impact of non-cash purchase accounting charges and the facility closure and restructuring charges. Partially offsetting the impact of operating income changes and purchase accounting charges were lower interest and other expenses. Net interest expense was $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 versus $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2011. The impact of lower interest rates more than offset the higher average borrowing levels driven by acquisitions in 2011. The change in net income for the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 is illustrated in the table below.

Change in Net Income





(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share data;

    amounts may not sum due to rounding)

Pre-tax

Income

Income

Tax Effect

Income

from

Continuing

Operations

Diluted

Earnings

per Share


First Quarter 2011 Results

$22.8

$7.2

$15.6

$0.31



Change due to:







Decreased operating income excluding

acquisition accounting and facility closure

(7.1)

(2.2)

(4.9)

(0.10)



Facility closure and restructuring(1)

(4.9)

(1.6)

(3.4)

(0.07)



Acquisition accounting impact

(2.2)

(0.7)

(1.5)

(0.03)



Decreased net interest expense

0.4

0.1

0.3

0.01



Change in other expense

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.00



Change in income tax rate

n/a

0.4

(0.4)

(0.01)


First Quarter 2012 Results

$9.2

$3.3

$5.9

$0.12


(1) Includes $1.0 inventory charge classified as cost of goods sold on the Consolidated Statement of Income

Cash Flow and Debt

As of March 31, 2012, the Company had net debt of $478.8 million, an increase of $10.6 million from December 31, 2011. The increase in net debt since the fourth quarter of 2011 resulted primarily from the use of $1.4 million of cash by operations and net capital expenditures of $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. Net capital expenditures were $4.5 million larger in the first quarter of 2012 than the first quarter of 2011 driven primarily by $2.2 million spent on the Company's China manufacturing plant expansion and increased spending of $0.5 million related to recently acquired businesses. Additionally, capital spending rates increased as a result of maintenance capital spending for FLAG manufacturing equipment. The Company used $11.6 million of free cash in the first quarter of 2012. Free cash use increased by $23.0 million from the first quarter of 2011 as a result of lower profit levels, increased capital spending, and an increase in use of cash on inventory of $11.7 million. The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less net capital spending. The ratio of net debt to pro forma last-twelve-months ("LTM") Adjusted EBITDA was 3.1x as of March 31, 2012, which is up from 2.8x at December 31, 2011. The increase in leverage from the end of 2011 is primarily the result of increased inventory and reduced profitability in the first quarter of 2012 and the resulting increase in net debt.

2012 Financial Outlook

The Company expects 2012 sales to be between $1,015 million and $1,045 million. Full year 2012 operating income is expected to be between $112 million and $120 million. The expectation for 2012 assumes that unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates will reduce operating income on a year-over-year basis by between zero and $1.0 million and increased steel prices will further reduce year-over-year operating income between $2.0 million and $3.0 million. The outlook for 2012 operating income also includes estimated non-cash charges as a result of acquisition accounting of approximately $16 million. Free cash flow for 2012 is expected to range between $40 million and $50 million, after approximately $45 million to $50 million of capital expenditures. Net interest expense is expected to be between $17 million and $18 million in 2012, and the effective income tax rate for continuing operations is expected to be between 34% and 37% in 2012.

A comparison of key operating indicators for 2011 actual results, 2011 pro forma results, and the 2012 outlook mid-point, is provided in the table below.    

(U.S. dollars in millions)

2011

Actual

2011

Pro Forma

2012

Outlook

Mid-Point


Sales

$831.6

$975.5

$1,030.0


Operating Income

98.0

110.0

116.0


Adjusted EBITDA

146.9

168.7

172.0


Free Cash Flow

38.3

47.9

45.0


Net Capital Expenditures

39.4

41.6

48.0


Net Debt at Period End

468.2

468.2

423.0


Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA

3.2x

2.8x

2.5x

Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures and are reconciled to Operating Income and Cash Flow from Operations in the attached financial data table.

Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG"); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG"). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws.  Blount has a global manufacturing and distribution footprint and sells its products in more than 115 countries around the world.  Blount markets its products primarily under the OREGON®, OREGON® PowerNow, Carlton®, Woods®, TISCO, SpeeCo®, and ICS® brands. For more information about Blount, please visit our website at http://www.blount.com.

"Forward looking statements" in this release, including without limitation Blount's "outlook," "expectations," "beliefs," "plans," "indications," "estimates," "anticipations," "guidance" and their variants, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,  are based upon available information and upon assumptions that Blount believes are reasonable; however, these forward looking statements involve certain risks and should not be considered indicative of actual results that Blount may achieve in the future.  In particular, among other things, guidance given in this release is expressly based upon certain assumptions concerning market conditions, foreign currency exchange rates, and raw material costs, especially with respect to the price of steel, the presumed relationship between backlog and future sales trends and certain income tax matters, as well as being subject to the uncertainty of the current global economic situation.  To the extent that these assumptions are not realized going forward, or other unforeseen factors arise, actual results for the periods subsequent to the date of this announcement may differ materially.

 

Blount International, Inc. Financial Data (Unaudited)






Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands, except per share data)

2011

2012

Sales

$ 180,874

$ 226,309

Cost of sales

120,826

163,644

Gross profit

60,048

62,665

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

32,205

45,161

Facility closure & restructuring charges

-

3,931

Operating income

27,843

13,573

Interest expense, net of interest income

(4,838)

(4,401)

Other income (expense), net 

(200)

(5)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

22,805

9,167

Provision for income taxes

7,184

3,285

Income from continuing operations

$   15,621

$     5,882

Income from discontinued operations, net

-

-

Net income

$   15,621

$     5,882




Basic income per share:

$       0.32

$       0.12

Diluted income per share:

$       0.31

$       0.12

Shares used for per share computations:



Basic

48,989

49,032

Diluted

49,850

49,842







Free Cash Flow

Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands)

2011

2012

Net cash provided by operating activities

$   17,136

$   (1,432)

Net purchases of property, plant, and equipment

(5,638)

(10,118)

Free cash flow

$   11,498

$ (11,550)




Segment Information

Three Months Ended March 31,

(In thousands)

2011

2012

Sales:



FLAG

$ 155,043

$ 161,619

FRAG

19,159

57,604

Other

6,672

7,086

Total sales

$ 180,874

$ 226,309

Operating income:



FLAG

$   31,637

$   27,755

FRAG

1,138

(3,738)

Other

(4,932)

(10,444)

Operating income

$   27,843

$   13,573









Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31,


March 31,

(In thousands)

2011


2012

Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$       62,118


$    40,860

Accounts receivable

133,965


146,188

Inventories

149,825


157,183

Other current assets

37,467


39,452

Property, plant, and equipment, net

155,872


158,817

Other non-current assets

345,325


342,751

Total assets

$     884,572


$  885,251

Liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$       20,348


$    16,630

Other current liabilities

127,130


127,195

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

510,014


503,076

Other long-term liabilities

157,615


159,326

Total Liabilities

815,107


806,227

Stockholders' equity

69,465


79,024

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$     884,572


$  885,251





Net debt (Current maturities plus Long-term debt 




less Cash and cash equivalents)

$     468,244


$  478,846





















Sales and Adjusted EBITDA












 Forestry, Lawn and Garden 

 Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture 

 Corporate and Other 

 Total Company 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)


2011
Actual

2012
Actual

2011
Actual

2012
Actual

2011
Actual

2012
Actual

2011
Actual

2012
Actual

Total sales


$            155,043

$            161,619

$               19,159

$          57,604

$          6,672

$           7,086

$           180,874

$            226,309











Operating income


$              31,637

$              27,755

$                 1,138

$          (3,738)

$        (4,932)

$       (10,444)

$             27,843

$              13,573

Depreciation


4,934

5,653

157

1,137

89

494

5,180

7,284

Amortization / purchase accounting


724

987

1,389

3,374

-

-

2,113

4,361

Stock compensation


-

-

-

-

883

1,184

883

1,184

Inventory and asset impairment charges


-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Expense associated with business acquisitions


-

-

-

-

562

-

562

-

Other


-

-

-

-

180

4,541

180

4,541

Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation,

Amortization and certain charges ("Adjusted EBITDA")


$              37,295

$              34,395

$                 2,684

$                773

$         (3,218)

$          (4,225)

$             36,761

$              30,943













 Total Company 






Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2011
Actual

2011
Pro Forma(1)

2012
Full Year Estimate






Total sales


$            831,630

$            975,500

$         1,030,000
















Operating income


$              97,953

$            109,964

$            116,000






Depreciation


23,482

26,898

29,659






Amortization / purchase accounting


15,642

22,016

16,000






Stock compensation


4,442

4,442

5,800






Inventory and asset impairment charges related to production efficiency programs


491

491

-






Expense associated with business acquisitions


4,383

4,383

-






Other


535

535

4,541






Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and certain charges ("Adjusted EBITDA")


$            146,928

$            168,729

$            172,000


























1) 2011 Pro Forma information includes KOX, PBL and Woods results as if acquired January 1, 2011. 


 

 

 

SOURCE Blount International, Inc.



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