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ESCO Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

ST. LOUIS, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE) today reported its operating results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Entered orders were $185 million, resulting in a book-to-bill of 1.07x, and a firm order backlog of $405 million at March 31, 2012. Backlog increased $11 million in the second quarter ($62 million year-to-date);
  • Segment book-to-bill ratios were: Utility Solutions Group (USG) 1.31x, Filtration 1.08x, and Test 0.69x (timing of large chamber orders throughout the year);
  • USG orders were $98 million, comprised of: $46 million of additional COOPs, $11 million of PLS IOUs, $6 million of PLS International, $6 million of RF Water, $6 million of Software, and $24 million at Doble;
  • Filtration net sales were $49 million, an increase of $9 million, or 23 percent over Q2 2011 net sales of $40 million;
  • Test net sales were $50 million, an increase of $8 million, or 20 percent over Q2 2011 net sales of $42 million;
  • USG net sales were $74 million, a decrease of $11 million, or 12 percent, compared to Q2 2011 net sales of $85 million;
  • Within USG, Aclara's net sales decreased $10 million compared to Q2 2011 due to lower volumes at PG&E gas, New York City water, and CFE in Mexico, partially offset by an increase of $8 million, or 35 percent, in COOP sales;
  • Also within USG, Doble Q2 sales were relatively consistent at $25 million in both years;
  • Consolidated net sales were $174 million, an increase of $7 million, or 4 percent, compared to $167 million in Q2 2011 (segment specifics detailed above);
  • SG&A increased $4 million in Q2 2012 compared to Q2 2011 due to the Test business acquisition (EMV-Germany) included in Q2 2012; increased new product development (NPD) costs in Filtration for additional Space product applications and additional content on Airbus platforms; start-up costs incurred for the SoCalGas AMI project, additional NPD costs related to new Smart Grid applications and advanced networking capabilities at Aclara; and additional sales, marketing and engineering costs related to new products and new global market expansion initiatives at Doble;
  • The Q2 2012 effective tax rate was higher than previously expected due to a non-recurring, non-cash charge resulting from the write-down of a purchase accounting deferred tax asset.  This charge increased the effective tax rate, which impacted EPS negatively by $0.03 per share; and
  • Q2 2012 EPS was $0.38 per share ($0.41 per share when adjusted for the non-recurring tax charge), compared to $0.49 in Q2 2011.

Chairman's Commentary
Vic Richey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Second quarter sales and EBIT were generally consistent with our previous expectations.  EPS was three cents lower than our earlier internal expectations due to the unexpected non-cash tax charge recorded in the quarter.

"The most satisfying aspect at the mid-point of the year continues to be the significant volume of entered orders and the resulting $62 million increase in backlog since the start of the year.  The strength of the COOP business as part of our core AMI product offering continues to exceed expectations.  We've increased our COOP bookings 35 percent to over $77 million so far this year, compared to $57 million for the same period last year.  And I'll remind you that we still have over $50 million in bookings to date related to the SoCalGas project.

"With the PG&E gas, New York City water, and CFE (Mexico) projects winding down throughout 2011, coupled with the incremental SG&A investments we are making to grow the business longer term, we fully expected second quarter EPS to be lower than the prior year.

"Recently, we completed our Doble and Aclara Annual Client Conferences, and from these meetings, I'll share some insight into our USG business and how our customers view us as highly regarded solution partners.  At the Doble Conference in Boston, over 1,200 customers attended the week-long meetings and were able to see, touch and fully understand the capabilities of what we have developed in the way of new products, services and solutions.  At the Aclara Conference in Nashville, over 700 customers attended the sessions and came away very excited about where we are today, and where we are heading with our proven AMI technology and software offerings.

"Our USG customer interest is exceptionally high and the strength and visibility of our order pipeline are the best they have been in many years.  Our international business prospects remain solid, and our water and gas AMI businesses continue to see increased activity, which bodes well for future growth in these areas.

"Regarding the SoCalGas project, we are on track with all project deliverables.  We were very pleased to see SoCal's recent announcement indicating it had received the "green light" by the California Public Utility Commission (PUC) to go ahead with the AMI project.  The PUC affirmed its earlier approval of the project following a request for review from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates and The Utility Reform Network.  The PUC's follow-up endorsement is another positive step in the AMI deployment process.

"In April, we completed our Strategic Planning Conferences across all three business segments, and after reviewing our short-term and longer-term outlook in Filtration, Test and USG, I came away excited about our prospects, and therefore, I'm confident in reaffirming our growth expectations across the Company."

Business Outlook
Statements contained in the preceding and following paragraphs are based on current expectations.  Statements that are not strictly historical are considered forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.

Dividend Payment
The next quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid on July 20 to stockholders of record on July 6.

Fiscal Years 2012 / 2013
Consistent with the Outlook communicated in the November 8, 2011 and reaffirmed in the February 7, 2012 earnings release, Management's expectations for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 remain unchanged.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today, May 9, at 4 p.m. Central Time, to discuss the Company's second quarter and year-to-date fiscal 2012 operating results.  A live audio webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.escotechnologies.com.  Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days on the Company's website noted above or by phone (dial 1-888-203-1112 and enter the pass code 4630208).

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release and in the outlook provided in specific earlier releases and reaffirmed herein regarding the amount and timing of the Company's expected 2012 and beyond revenues, EPS, sales, orders, cash flow, investments, the size and success of the SoCalGas AMI project, the size, number and timing of growth opportunities in the future, success in capturing international and domestic opportunities, development and success of new products and technologies, the long-term success of the Company, and any other statements which are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws.  Investors are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update.  The Company's actual results in the future may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company's operations and business environment including, but not limited to: the risk factors described in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011; changes in requirements of SoCalGas; SoCalGas' ability to successfully negotiate appropriate terms and conditions with other subcontractors and project participants; the performance of SoCalGas employees, vendors and other participants in connection with project responsibilities; the Company's successful performance of the SoCalGas agreement; financial constraints impacting SoCalGas; the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals pertaining to the SoCalGas project; the impact that recent flooding in Thailand may have on the availability of components utilized by Aclara; the success of the Company's competitors; changes in federal or state energy laws; the Company's successful performance of its AMI contracts; site readiness issues with Test segment customers; weakening of economic conditions in served markets; changes in customer demands or customer insolvencies; competition; intellectual property rights; technical difficulties; unforeseen charges impacting corporate operating expenses; the performance of the Company's international operations; material changes in the costs and availability of certain raw materials including steel and copper; worldwide availability of electronic components; termination for convenience of customer contracts; timing and magnitude of future contract awards; containment of engineering and development costs; performance issues with key customers, suppliers and subcontractors; labor disputes; changes in laws and regulations, including but not limited to changes in accounting standards and taxation requirements; costs relating to environmental matters; uncertainty of disputes in litigation or arbitration; and the Company's successful execution of internal operating plans.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The financial measures EBIT and EBIT margin are presented in this press release.  The Company defines EBIT as earnings before interest and taxes from continuing operations, and EBIT margin as a percent of net sales.  EBIT and EBIT margin are not recognized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  However, management believes that EBIT and EBIT margin are useful in assessing the operational profitability of the Company's business segments because they exclude interest and taxes, which are generally accounted for across the entire Company on a consolidated basis.  EBIT is also one of the measures used by management in determining resource allocations within the Company as well as incentive compensation.  The Company believes that the presentation of EBIT and EBIT margin provides important supplemental information to investors by facilitating comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results.  The use of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to replace any measures of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

ESCO, headquartered in St. Louis, is a proven supplier of special purpose utility solutions for electric, gas, and water utilities, including hardware and software to support advanced metering applications and fully automated intelligent instrumentation.  In addition, the Company provides engineered filtration products to the aviation, space, and process markets worldwide and is the industry leader in RF shielding and EMC test products.  Further information regarding ESCO and its subsidiaries is available on the Company's website at www.escotechnologies.com.

 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 



(Unaudited)



 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
















Three Months

Ended March 31,

2012


Three Months

Ended March 31,

2011

























Net  Sales


$

173,863


166,748

Cost  and  Expenses:






Cost  of  sales


105,967


98,594


Selling, general and administrative expenses


47,944


43,409


Amortization of intangible assets


3,254


3,035


Interest expense 


470


538


Other (income) expenses,  net


(376)


125



Total  costs  and  expenses


157,259


145,701









Earnings before  income  taxes


16,604


21,047

Income  taxes


6,402


7,820











Net earnings 

$

10,202


13,227

















Earnings per  share:







Basic








Net earnings 

$

0.38


0.50











Diluted








Net earnings

$

0.38


0.49









Average  common  shares  O/S:







Basic


26,706


26,583



Diluted


26,985


26,883











 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 



(Unaudited)



 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
















Six Months Ended

March 31, 2012


Six Months Ended

March 31, 2011

























Net  Sales


$

326,788


326,684

Cost  and  Expenses:






Cost  of  sales


198,688


196,077


Selling, general and administrative expenses


96,634


87,054


Amortization of intangible assets


6,407


5,888


Interest expense 


961


1,312


Other (income) expenses,  net


(848)


(493)



Total  costs  and  expenses


301,842


289,838






Earnings before  income  taxes


24,946


36,846

Income  taxes



9,537


12,806











Net earnings 

$

15,409


24,040














Earnings per  share:







Basic








Net earnings 

$

0.58


0.91








Diluted








Net earnings

$

0.57


0.90






Average  common  shares  O/S:







Basic


26,689


26,562



Diluted


26,940


26,847






 

 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES






Condensed Business Segment Information






(Unaudited)






(Dollars in thousands)
























 Three Months Ended

March 31,


 Six Months Ended

March 31,






2012



2011


2012



2011


Net  Sales 













Utility Solutions Group

$

74,475



84,992


144,824



177,182

















Test


50,483



42,103


89,837



74,106

















Filtration


48,905



39,653


92,127



75,396




Totals

$

173,863



166,748


326,788



326,684






























EBIT 













Utility Solutions Group

$

9,101



15,814


14,067



31,169

















Test


4,775



5,214


6,722



7,123

















Filtration


9,468



6,534


17,704



12,009

















Corporate


(6,270)

(1)


(5,977)

(2)

(12,586)

(3)


(12,143)

(3)



Consolidated EBIT


17,074



21,585


25,907



38,158




Less: Interest expense


(470)



(538)


(961)



(1,312)




Earnings before income taxes

$

16,604



21,047


24,946



36,846
































Note: Depreciation and amortization expense was $6.3 million and $5.8 million for the quarters



ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $12.3 million and $11.3 million for the



six-month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
















(1)

Includes $1.1 million of amortization of acquired intangible assets.
















(2)

Includes $1.2 million of amortization of acquired intangible assets.
















(3)

Includes $2.3 million of amortization of acquired intangible assets.

 

 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)













March 31,
2012



September 30,
2011









Assets







Cash and cash equivalents

$

27,071



34,158


Accounts receivable, net


136,425



144,083


Costs and estimated earnings on








long-term contracts


9,636



12,974


Inventories


111,532



96,986


Current portion of deferred tax assets


20,562



20,630


Other current assets


22,463



19,523



Total current assets


327,689



328,354










Property, plant and equipment, net


73,269



73,067


Intangible assets, net


231,872



231,848


Goodwill


361,786



361,864


Other assets


17,746



16,704




$

1,012,362



1,011,837









Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity















Short-term borrowings and current maturities 








of long-term debt

$

126,365



50,000


Accounts payable


51,662



54,037


Current portion of deferred revenue


23,211



24,499


Other current liabilities


69,096



77,301



Total current liabilities


270,334



205,837


Deferred tax liabilities


85,385



85,313


Other liabilities


44,152



44,977


Long-term debt


-



75,000


Shareholders' equity


612,491



600,710




$

1,012,362



1,011,837









 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)






 Six Months Ended

March 31, 2012

Cash flows from operating activities:



   Net earnings

$

15,409

   Adjustments to reconcile net earnings



     to net cash provided by operating activities:



         Depreciation and amortization


12,327

         Stock compensation expense


2,261

         Changes in current assets and liabilities


(16,343)

         Effect of deferred taxes 


140

         Change in deferred revenue and costs, net


(1,580)

         Pension contributions


(1,340)

         Other


(9)

           Net cash provided by operating activities 


10,865




Cash flows from investing activities:



   Acquisition of business / minority interest


(1,345)

   Capital expenditures 


(6,152)

   Additions to capitalized software


(6,751)

       Net cash used by investing activities 


(14,248)




Cash flows from financing activities:



   Proceeds from long-term debt


39,365

   Principal payments on long-term debt


(38,000)

   Dividends paid


(4,268)

   Other


(258)

     Net cash used by financing activities


(3,161)




Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(543)




Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(7,087)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


34,158

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

27,071




 

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Other Selected Financial Data

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)










Backlog And Entered Orders - Q2 FY 2012


Utility Solutions


Test


Filtration


Total


Beginning Backlog - 1/1/12

$

164,700


93,117


136,075


393,892


Entered Orders


97,722


34,794


52,752


185,268


Sales


(74,475)


(50,483)


(48,905)


(173,863)


Ending Backlog - 3/31/12

$

187,947


77,428


139,922


405,297



















Backlog And Entered Orders - YTD Q2 FY 2012


Utility Solutions


Test


Filtration


Total


Beginning Backlog - 10/1/11

$

125,352


86,856


130,865


343,073


Entered Orders


207,419


80,409


101,184


389,012


Sales


(144,824)


(89,837)


(92,127)


(326,788)


Ending Backlog - 3/31/12

$

187,947


77,428


139,922


405,297














SOURCE ESCO Technologies Inc.



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