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Blount Announces First Quarter 2013 Results - First quarter 2013 sales were up three percent from 2012

- Operating income increased four percent from 2012, excluding prior year restructuring

- 2013 full-year sales and profit guidance maintained

PORTLAND, Ore., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blount International, Inc. (NYSE: BLT) ("Blount" or "Company") today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. 

Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2013
Sales in the first quarter were $232.6 million, a three percent increase from the first quarter of 2012. Operating income for the first quarter of 2013 was $19.1 million compared to $13.6 million in the prior year, which included $4.9 million of facility closure and restructuring charges. First quarter net income was $9.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $5.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012.

"With the first quarter behind us, we have a clearer view of 2013," stated Josh Collins, Blount's Chairman and CEO. "At this point, business conditions remain very similar to 2012, and the challenges of current global economic conditions continue to weigh on our results, particularly in Europe."

Mr. Collins continued, "Our focus will continue to be on execution, enhancing our operations through our Continuous Improvement program and other initiatives, and managing for the long-term while balancing our business and investments with the current market conditions." 

Segment Results
Blount operates primarily 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 2013 sales of $165.1 million, a two percent increase from the first quarter of 2012. When excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate changes, sales increased approximately three percent. Sales volume increases more than offset the impact of currency and a reduction in average prices tied to unfavorable product and channel mix. Sales volumes increased in North America and Asia, but were partially offset by sales volume declines in Europe, Russia, and South America. The change in segment sales for the comparable first quarter periods is illustrated below.

Change in FLAG Segment Sales

(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)

Sales

Change


First quarter 2012

$161.6



   Increase / (Decrease)




   Foreign Exchange

(1.2)

(0.7)%



160.4

(0.7)%


   Unit Volume

5.8

3.6%


   Selling Price / Mix

(1.1)

(0.7)%


First quarter 2013

$165.1

2.2%





Segment backlog was $162.8 million at March 31, 2013, a decrease of 21 percent from $206.3 million on March 31, 2012. The reduction in backlog relates primarily to lower order intake attributed to the uncertain economic climate in Europe and reduced demand in South America.

Segment contribution to operating income and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and certain charges ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $24.6 million and $31.6 million (after $6.5 million of allocated shared services expenses), respectively, for the first quarter of 2013. Segment contribution to operating income and Adjusted EBITDA declined by $3.2 million and $2.8 million, respectively, for the first quarter of 2013 versus 2012. The change in FLAG contribution to operating income for the comparable first quarter periods is presented below.

Change in FLAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

 (In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)



Contribution

to

Operating Income

Percent of Segment Sales

Depreciation,

Amortization,

and

Other

Adjusted EBITDA

Percent of Segment Sales

First quarter 2012

$27.8

17.2%

$6.6

$34.4

21.3%


Increase / (Decrease)







Steel Costs

1.3






Foreign Exchange

(0.9)







28.1

17.5%





Unit Volume

2.2






Selling Price / Mix

(1.1)






Costs / Mix

(5.2)







24.1

14.6%





Acquisition accounting(1) 

0.5





First quarter 2013

$24.6

14.9%

$7.0

$31.6

19.1%









(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FLAG business units

The positive effects of higher sales volume and lower steel costs were more than offset by the effects of unfavorable product and channel mix, lower production levels, higher logistics costs, and year-over-year changes in foreign currencies. Proportionally higher lawn and garden product sales as well as higher sales to original equipment manufacturers yielded lower operating margins for the segment. A reduction in segment production levels to 85 percent of capacity in this year's first quarter compared to 88 percent last year was made to reduce Company inventory levels in response to softer market conditions. Partially offsetting the margin decline from mix and efficiency was a reduction in SG&A expense, mainly in the areas of professional fees and advertising.

Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture
The FRAG segment reported first quarter 2013 sales of $60.2 million, an increase of $2.6 million from the first quarter of 2012 mainly due to improved sales of SpeeCo and agriculture cutting blade products, and stronger average pricing. The change in segment sales for the comparable first quarter periods is illustrated below.

Change in FRAG Segment Sales

(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)

Sales

Change

   First quarter 2012

$57.6


      Increase / (Decrease)



      Foreign Exchange

(0.0)

(0.0)%


57.6

(0.0)%

      Unit Volume

1.7

3.0%

      Selling Price / Mix

0.9

1.6 %

   First quarter 2013

$60.2

4.6%







Segment backlog was $16.6 million at March 31, 2013, compared to the $25.9 million at March 31, 2012. Backlog has decreased primarily due to improved throughput of SpeeCo products in the Company's distribution and assembly center in Kansas City, Missouri.

The FRAG segment had $3.3 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2013. FRAG segment contribution to operating income was negative $1.1 million after $1.2 million of depreciation expense, $3.2 million of non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets from purchase accounting, and $2.1 million of allocated shared services expenses. The change in the first quarter 2013 contribution to operating income compared to the first quarter of 2012 is presented below.

Change in FRAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)


Contribution

to

Operating Income

Percent of Segment Sales

Depreciation,

Amortization,

and

Other

Adjusted EBITDA

Percent of Segment Sales

First quarter 2012

$(3.8)

(6.5)%

$4.5

$0.8

1.3%


Increase / (Decrease)







Steel Costs

0.3






Foreign Exchange

0.0







(3.4)

(6.0)%





Unit Volume

0.4






Selling Price / Mix

0.9






Costs / Mix

0.8







(1.3)

(2.2)%





Acquisition accounting(1) 

0.2





First quarter 2013

$(1.1)

(1.8)%

$4.4

$3.3

5.5%









(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FRAG business units

 

The improved sales volumes, higher average selling price, and lower costs all contributed to an increase in operating income contribution compared to the first quarter of 2012. Average prices improved as a result of the mix of products sold. The improved cost/mix was driven primarily by a reduction in logistics costs compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other generated net expense of $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to net expense of $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. First quarter 2012 Corporate and Other net expense was elevated by $4.9 million of facility closure and restructuring costs. Additionally, SG&A spending declined approximately $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 as a result of reduced spending in the areas of professional fees and employee benefits compared to the prior year.

Net Income
First quarter 2013 net income increased due to higher overall operating income in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 2012. The impact of higher operating income and lower interest expense was partially offset by higher income taxes in the first quarter of 2013 versus the first quarter of 2012. Net interest expense was $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 versus $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. The change in net income for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012 is summarized in the table below.

Change in Consolidated Net Income





(In millions, except per share data;

    amounts may not sum due to rounding)

Pre-tax Income

Income Tax Effect

Net

Income

Diluted Earnings per Share


First quarter 2012 Results

$9.2

$3.3

$5.9

$0.12



Change due to:







Increased operating income excluding

     acquisition accounting

4.9

1.8

3.1

0.06



Acquisition accounting

0.7

0.2

0.4

0.01



Decreased net interest expense

0.1

0.0

0.1



Change in other expense

0.8

0.3

0.5

0.01



Change in income tax rate

n/a

0.7

(0.7)

(0.01)


First quarter 2013 Results

$15.7

$6.3

$9.3

$0.19

Cash Flow and Debt
As of March 31, 2013, the Company had net debt of $480.0 million, an increase of $13.5 million from December 31, 2012 and an increase of $1.2 million compared to March 31, 2012. The increase in net debt since the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 was primarily the result of free cash use of $12.2 million combined with the impact of exchange rate changes on cash balances of $1.0 million. Free cash use in the first quarter of 2013 resulted mostly from an increase in working capital partially offset by reduced capital spending compared to the first quarter of 2012. Working capital increased due to an increase in accounts receivable driven by the timing of sales within the first quarter of 2013. Capital spending in the first quarter of 2013 was smaller than the first quarter of 2012 by $3.4 million as capacity spending slowed.

The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less net capital spending. The ratio of net debt to last-twelve-months ("LTM") Adjusted EBITDA was 3.5x as of March 31, 2013, which increased from 3.4x at December 31, 2012. The increase in leverage from the end of 2012 is primarily the result of increased working capital investment, which is a result of the later timing of sales in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

2013 Financial Outlook
The Company's fiscal year 2013 outlook remains unchanged. Sales are expected to range between $930 million and $980 million, and operating income to range between $88 million and $98 million. Our expectation for sales continues to assume FLAG segment sales growth of zero to four percent, and FRAG segment sales growth of one to six percent – both compared to 2012 levels. In 2013, operating income is expected to experience headwind from foreign currency exchange rates of between $2 million and $3 million, and steel costs are expected to have up to an overall $1 million favorable impact for the year compared to 2012. The 2013 operating income outlook includes non-cash charges of approximately $15 million related to acquisition accounting. Free cash flow in 2013 is expected to range between $40 million and $50 million, after approximately $40 million to $50 million of capital expenditures. Net interest expense is expected to be between $18 million and $19 million in 2013, and the effective income tax rate for continuing operations is expected to be between 35 percent and 38 percent in 2013.

A comparison of key operating indicators for 2011 pro forma results, 2012 actual results, and the 2013 outlook mid-point is provided in the table below.    

(In millions)

2011

Pro-Forma

2012

Actual

2013 Outlook Mid-Point


Sales

$975.5

$927.7

$955.0


Operating Income

110.0

79.3

93.0


Adjusted EBITDA

168.7

136.4

145.0


Free Cash Flow

47.9

(0.5)

45.0


Net Capital Expenditures

41.6

51.7

45.0


Net Debt at Period End

468.2

466.5

421.5


Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA

2.8x

3.4x

2.9x

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®, 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,

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

2012

2013

Sales

$  226,309

$  232,615

Cost of sales

163,644

169,510

Gross profit

62,665

63,105

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

45,161

43,962

Facility closure & restructuring charges

3,931

-

Operating income

13,573

19,143

Interest expense, net of interest income

(4,401)

(4,317)

Other income (expense), net 

(6)

826

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

9,166

15,652

Provision for income taxes

3,285

6,312

Net income

$      5,881

$      9,340




Basic income per share:

$        0.12

$        0.19

Diluted income per share:

$        0.12

$        0.19

Shares used for per share computations:



Basic

49,032

49,374

Diluted

49,842

50,189







Free Cash Flow

Three Months Ended March 31,

(Amounts in thousands)

2012

2013

Net cash provided by operating activities

$     (1,432)

$     (5,481)

Net purchases of property, plant, and equipment

(10,118)

(6,732)

Free cash flow

$   (11,550)

$   (12,213)




Segment Information

Three Months Ended March 31,

(Amounts in thousands)

2012

2013

Sales:



FLAG

$  161,619

$  165,143

FRAG

57,604

60,249

Other

7,086

7,223

Total sales

$  226,309

$  232,615

Operating income:



FLAG

$    27,755

$    24,568

FRAG

(3,738)

(1,086)

Other

(10,444)

(4,339)

Operating income

$    13,573

$    19,143

 





Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31,


March 31,

(Amounts in thousands)

2012


2013

Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$           50,267


$      13,955

Accounts receivable

128,444


155,352

Inventories

174,816


174,065

Other current assets

39,795


39,095

Property, plant, and equipment, net

177,702


176,027

Other non-current assets

334,267


329,449

Total Assets

$         905,291


$    887,943

Liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$           15,072


$      15,070

Other current liabilities

126,060


124,724

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

501,685


478,903

Other long-term liabilities

150,992


149,983

Total liabilities

793,809


768,680

Stockholders' equity

111,482


119,263

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$         905,291


$    887,943





Net debt (Current maturities plus Long-term debt 




less Cash and cash equivalents)

$         466,490


$    480,018

 

 











Sales and Adjusted EBITDA










(Amounts may not sum due to rounding)


 Forestry, Lawn and Garden 

 Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture 

 Corporate and Other 

 Total Company 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(Amounts in thousands)


2012
Actual

2013
Actual

2012
Actual

2013
Actual

2012
Actual

2013
Actual

2012
Actual

2013
Actual

Total sales


$ 161,619

$ 165,143

$  57,604

$  60,249

$   7,086

$   7,223

$ 226,309

$ 232,615











Operating income


27,755

24,568

(3,738)

(1,086)

(10,444)

(4,339)

$  13,573

$  19,143

Depreciation


5,653

6,487

1,137

1,238

494

168

7,284

7,894

Non-cash acquisition charges


987

512

3,374

3,162

-

-

4,361

3,674

Stock compensation


-

-

-

-

1,184

1,362

1,184

1,362

Facility closure and restructuring charges


-

-

-

-

4,541

-

4,541

-

Adjusted EBITDA


$  34,395

$  31,567

$     773

$   3,314

$  (4,225)

$  (2,808)

$  30,943

$  32,073













 Total Company 







Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2012
Actual

2013
Outlook







Total sales


$ 927,666

$ 955,000

















Operating income


$  79,280

$  93,000







Depreciation


28,586

31,400







Non-cash acquisition charges


15,997

14,900







Stock compensation


5,592

5,700







Facility closure and restructuring charges


6,989

-







Adjusted EBITDA


$ 136,444

$ 145,000







 

 

 

SOURCE Blount International, Inc.



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