2014

Lincoln Electric Reports First Quarter 2014 Results Q1 EPS $0.69, Adjusted EPS $0.91

CLEVELAND, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

First Quarter 2014 Highlights

 

  • Operating income decreased 9% to $80 million, or 11.7% of sales, on lower sales and Venezuelan remeasurement loss
  • Adjusted operating income steady at $98 million and up 50 bps to 14.3% of sales
  • Net income decreased 16% to $56 million; Adjusted net income $74 million, including $11 million from Venezuela
  • Returned $70 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: LECO) today reported first quarter 2014 net income of $56.5 million, or $0.69 per diluted share.  Net income was $66.8 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in the comparable 2013 period.  Adjusted net income was $74.1 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $77.1 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the comparable 2013 period.

Sales decreased 4.7% to $685.1 million in the first quarter 2014 versus $718.6 million in the comparable 2013 period.  This decrease reflects the benefit from acquisitions, which was offset by lower volumes and unfavorable foreign exchange translation.  Operating income for the first quarter decreased 9.2% to $80.4 million, or 11.7% of sales, from $88.6 million, or 12.3% of sales, in the comparable 2013 period.  The decrease in operating income primarily reflects a $17.7 million charge from a Venezuelan remeasurement loss applied on March 31, 2014.  On an adjusted basis, operating income decreased 1.3% to $98.1 million or 14.3% of sales, compared with $99.3 million, or 13.8% of sales in 2013.

Christopher L. Mapes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "We held profitability margins steady in the quarter, benefiting from mix, solid operating performance and steady management of expenses, which helped offset lower volumes.  Additionally, we generated improved cash flow from operations and continued to accelerate returns to shareholders."

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share, which was paid on April 15, 2014 to holders of record on March 31, 2014.  During the quarter, the Company returned $51.0 million to shareholders through the repurchase of 709,838 of the Company's common shares. 

Venezuela Update

Based on recent changes to Venezuelan currency exchange mechanisms, the Company is now utilizing the SICAD I rate as of March 31, 2014 for remeasurement purposes, as it believes that future dividend remittances will be transacted using this rate as compared with the previously used official rate.  The SICAD I rate is an auction-based exchange rate, which was 10.7 bolivars to the U.S. dollar as of March 31, 2014, compared to the official rate of 6.3 bolivars to the U.S. dollar.

As a result of this change, the Company incurred an after-tax charge of $17.7 million to Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2014.  The first quarter of 2013 included after-tax charges of $1.6 million and $8.1 million to Costs of goods sold and Selling, general and administrative expenses, respectively, due to the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency in February 2013.  First quarter 2014 Venezuela financial performance included Sales of $24.2 million and Adjusted net income of $11.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

The results of our Venezuelan operations could be negatively impacted by additional currency remeasurements or devaluations, increased costs due to changes in raw material sourcing and the potential inability to obtain required production materials resulting in interruptions in operations.

Webcast Information

A conference call to discuss first quarter 2014 financial results will be webcast live today, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time.  This webcast is accessible at http://ir.lincolnelectric.com.  Listeners should go to the web site prior to the call to register and download and install any necessary audio software.  A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's web site.

Investors who are unable to access the webcast may listen to the conference call live by telephone by dialing (877) 344-3899 (domestic) or (315) 625-3087 (international) and use confirmation code 26110188.  A telephonic replay will be available starting at approximately 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time today and will end on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and use confirmation code 26110188.

Financial results for the first quarter 2014 can also be obtained at http://ir.lincolnelectric.com.

About Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.  For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

Non-GAAP Information

Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures that management believes are important to investors to evaluate and compare the Company's financial performance from period to period.  Management uses this information in assessing and evaluating the Company's underlying operating performance.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures, as non-GAAP measures are a supplement to, and not a replacement for, GAAP financial measures.  Please refer to the attached schedule for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the related GAAP financial measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company's expectations and beliefs concerning the future contained in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements reflect management's current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "guidance" or words of similar meaning.  Actual results may differ materially from such statements due to a variety of factors that could adversely affect the Company's operating results.  The factors include, but are not limited to: general economic and market conditions; the effectiveness of operating initiatives; interest rates; currency exchange rates and devaluations, including in highly inflationary countries such as Venezuela; adverse outcome of pending or potential litigation; actual costs of the Company's rationalization plans; possible acquisitions; market risks and price fluctuations related to the purchase of commodities and energy; global regulatory complexity; and the possible effects of events beyond our control, such as political unrest, acts of terror and natural disasters, on the Company or its customers, suppliers and the economy in general.  For additional discussion, see "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)


Consolidated Statements of Income

















Three months ended March 31,


Fav (Unfav) to Prior Year



2014


% of Sales


2013


% of Sales


$


%

Net sales


$

685,062



100.0

%


$

718,573



100.0

%


$

(33,511)



(4.7%)


Cost of goods sold


458,726



67.0

%


492,001



68.5

%


33,275



6.8

%

Gross profit


226,336



33.0

%


226,572



31.5

%


(236)



(0.1%)


Selling, general & administrative expenses


145,915



21.3

%


136,891



19.1

%


(9,024)



(6.6%)


Rationalization and asset impairment (gains) charges


(17)





1,051



0.1

%


1,068



101.6

%

Operating income


80,438



11.7

%


88,630



12.3

%


(8,192)



(9.2%)


Interest income


914



0.1

%


1,026



0.1

%


(112)



(10.9%)


Equity earnings in affiliates


1,561



0.2

%


1,259



0.2

%


302



24.0

%

Other income


1,083



0.2

%


714



0.1

%


369



51.7

%

Interest expense


(1,570)



(0.2%)



(950)



(0.1%)



(620)



(65.3%)


Income before income taxes


82,426



12.0

%


90,679



12.6

%


(8,253)



(9.1%)


Income taxes


26,002



3.8

%


23,836



3.3

%


(2,166)



(9.1%)


Effective tax rate


31.5

%




26.3

%




(5.2%)




Net income including non-controlling interests


56,424



8.2

%


66,843



9.3

%


(10,419)



(15.6%)


Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries' (loss) earnings


(29)





37





(66)



(178.4%)


Net income


$

56,453



8.2

%


$

66,806



9.3

%


$

(10,353)



(15.5%)















Basic earnings per share


$

0.70





$

0.81





$

(0.11)



(13.6%)


Diluted earnings per share


$

0.69





$

0.80





$

(0.11)



(13.8%)


Weighted average shares (basic)


80,648





82,719








Weighted average shares (diluted)


81,616





83,786





















 

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)


Non-GAAP Financial Measures




Three months ended March 31,



2014


2013

Operating income as reported


$

80,438



$

88,630


Special items (pre-tax):





Rationalization and asset impairment (gains) charges (1)


(17)



1,051


Venezuela foreign exchange losses (2)


17,665



9,660


Adjusted operating income (3)


$

98,086



$

99,341







Net income as reported


$

56,453



$

66,806


Special items (after-tax):





Rationalization and asset impairment (gains) charges (1)


(7)



673


Venezuela foreign exchange losses (2)


17,665



9,660


Adjusted net income (3)


$

74,111



$

77,139







Diluted earnings per share as reported


$

0.69



$

0.80


Special items


0.22



0.12


Adjusted diluted earnings per share (3)


$

0.91



$

0.92







Weighted average shares (diluted)


81,616



83,786




(1) The three months ended March 31, 2014 include net gains primarily related to the sale of assets at rationalized

     operations. The three months ended March 31, 2013 include net charges associated with severance and other related

     costs from the consolidation of manufacturing operations partially offset by gains related to the sale of assets at

     rationalized operations.


(2) The three months ended March 31, 2014 represents the impact of the Venezuelan remeasurement loss. The three months

     ended March 31, 2013 represents the impact of the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency.


(3) Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP financial

     measures that management believes are important to investors to evaluate and compare the Company's financial

     performance from period to period. Management uses this information in assessing and evaluating the Company's

     underlying operating performance. Non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with the GAAP

     financial measures, as non-GAAP measures are a supplement to, and not a replacement for, GAAP financial measures.


 

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Financial Highlights

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Balance Sheet Highlights


Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Cash and cash equivalents


$

205,387



$

299,825


Total current assets


1,084,945



1,130,775


Property, plant and equipment, net


479,287



484,005


Total assets


2,113,976



2,151,867


Total current liabilities


431,912



456,917


Short-term debt (1)


7,303



15,296


Long-term debt


2,678



3,791


Total equity


1,512,113



1,530,688







Net Operating Working Capital


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Accounts receivable


$

405,675



$

367,134


Inventory


363,554



349,963


Trade accounts payable


199,739



212,799


Net operating working capital


$

569,490



$

504,298







Net operating working capital to net sales (2)


20.8

%


17.6

%






Invested Capital


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Short-term debt (1)


$

7,303



$

15,296


Long-term debt


2,678



3,791


Total debt


9,981



19,087


Total equity


1,512,113



1,530,688


Invested capital


$

1,522,094



$

1,549,775







Total debt / invested capital


0.7

%


1.2

%

Return on invested capital (3)


18.6

%


18.9

%



(1) Includes current portion of long-term debt.


(2) Net operating working capital to net sales is defined as net operating working capital divided by annualized rolling three

     months of sales.


(3) Return on invested capital is defined as rolling 12 months of earnings excluding tax-effected interest divided by invested

     capital.


 

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 


Three months ended March 31,



2014


2013

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net income


$

56,453



$

66,806


Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries' (loss) earnings


(29)



37


Net income including non-controlling interests


56,424



66,843


Adjustments to reconcile Net income including non-controlling interests to Net cash provided (used) by operating activities:





Rationalization and asset impairment (gains) charges


(35)



114


Depreciation and amortization


17,931



17,397


Equity earnings in affiliates, net


(796)



(436)


Pension expense


2,800



7,615


Pension contributions and payments


(22,081)



(55,321)


Other non-cash items, net


23,984



14,345


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:





Increase in accounts receivable


(43,885)



(66,585)


Increase in inventories


(15,157)



(16,334)


(Decrease) increase in trade accounts payable


(12,108)



8,268


Net change in other current assets and liabilities


5,547



4,182


Net change in other long-term assets and liabilities


1,007



(236)


NET CASH PROVIDED (USED) BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES


13,631



(20,148)







INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Capital expenditures


(14,506)



(15,138)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired


(892)



(549)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


1,066



105


Other investing activities


573




NET CASH USED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES


(13,759)



(15,582)







FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Net change in borrowings


(8,056)



(1,492)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options


2,956



9,658


Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


1,652



3,989


Purchase of shares for treasury


(51,021)



(12,780)


Cash dividends paid to shareholders


(18,623)




Transactions with non-controlling interests


(2,330)




NET CASH USED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES


(75,422)



(625)







Effect of exchange rate changes on Cash and cash equivalents


(18,888)



(1,654)


DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(94,438)



(38,009)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


299,825



286,464


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

205,387



$

248,455







Cash dividends paid per share


$

0.23



$


 

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Segment Highlights

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




North

America

Welding


Europe

Welding


Asia Pacific

Welding


South

America

Welding


The Harris

Products

Group


Corporate /

Eliminations


Consolidated

Three months ended

   March 31, 2014















Net sales


$

401,906



$

105,406



$

61,286



$

43,993



$

72,471



$



$

685,062


Inter-segment sales


32,943



5,860



4,449



29



2,118



(45,399)




Total


$

434,849



$

111,266



$

65,735



$

44,022



$

74,589



$

(45,399)



$

685,062

















EBIT (1)


$

71,411



$

9,253



$

(631)



$

(5,900)



$

6,058



$

2,891



$

83,082


As a percent of total sales


16.4

%


8.3

%


(1.0%)



(13.4%)



8.1

%




12.1

%

Special items (gain) charge (2)


$

(47)



$

39



$

(9)



$

17,665



$



$



$

17,648


EBIT, as adjusted (4)


$

71,364



$

9,292



$

(640)



$

11,765



$

6,058



$

2,891



$

100,730


As a percent of total sales


16.4

%


8.4

%


(1.0%)



26.7

%


8.1

%




14.7

%

Three months ended

   March 31, 2013















Net sales


$

419,554



$

110,491



$

70,039



$

36,374



$

82,115



$



$

718,573


Inter-segment sales


28,985



4,279



4,384



20



2,224



(39,892)




Total


$

448,539



$

114,770



$

74,423



$

36,394



$

84,339



$

(39,892)



$

718,573

















EBIT (1)


$

75,800



$

10,707



$

2,096



$

(4,548)



$

7,151



$

(603)



$

90,603


As a percent of total sales


16.9

%


9.3

%


2.8

%


(12.5%)



8.5

%




12.6

%

Special items (gain) charge (3)


$

860



$

(6)



$

197



$

9,660



$



$



$

10,711


EBIT, as adjusted (4)


$

76,660



$

10,701



$

2,293



$

5,112



$

7,151



$

(603)



$

101,314


As a percent of total sales


17.1

%


9.3

%


3.1

%


14.0

%


8.5

%




14.1

%



(1) EBIT is defined as Operating income plus Equity earnings in affiliates and Other income.


(2) Special items in the three months ended March 31, 2014 include net gains primarily related to the sale of assets at rationalized operations and the

     impact of the Venezuelan remeasurement loss.


(3) Special items in the three months ended March 31, 2013 include net rationalization and asset impairment charges (gains) and the impact of the

     devaluation of the Venezuelan currency.


(4) The primary profit measure used by management to assess segment performance is EBIT, as adjusted. EBIT for each operating segment is adjusted

     for special items to derive EBIT, as adjusted.


 

 

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.

Change in Net Sales by Segment

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended March 31st Change in Net Sales by Segment






Change in Net Sales due to:





Net Sales

2013


Volume


Acquisitions


Price


Foreign

Exchange


Net Sales

2014

Operating Segments













North America Welding


$

419,554



$

(23,410)



$

7,869



$

1,240



$

(3,347)



$

401,906


Europe Welding


110,491



(5,487)





(1,550)



1,952



105,406


Asia Pacific Welding


70,039



(5,386)





(325)



(3,042)



61,286


South America Welding


36,374



(2,026)





12,807



(3,162)



43,993


The Harris Products Group


82,115



400





(9,204)



(840)



72,471


Consolidated


$

718,573



$

(35,909)



$

7,869



$

2,968



$

(8,439)



$

685,062


% Change













North America Welding




(5.6%)



1.9

%


0.3

%


(0.8%)



(4.2%)


Europe Welding




(5.0%)





(1.4%)



1.8

%


(4.6%)


Asia Pacific Welding




(7.7%)





(0.5%)



(4.3%)



(12.5%)


South America Welding




(5.6%)





35.2

%


(8.7%)



20.9

%

The Harris Products Group




0.5

%




(11.2%)



(1.0%)



(11.7%)


Consolidated




(5.0%)



1.1

%


0.4

%


(1.2%)



(4.7%)


 

SOURCE Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.



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