Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results - Strong Earnings Growth -

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD) today announced third quarter results for 2012.  Provided below are the highlights:

  • Sales in local currency increased by 1% in the quarter compared with the prior year.  Reported sales decreased 4%, which included a 5% negative currency impact.
  • Net earnings per diluted share as reported (EPS) were $2.28, compared with $2.09 in the third quarter of 2011.  Adjusted EPS was $2.40, an increase of 19% over the prior-year amount of $2.01.  Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure and excludes purchased intangible amortization, discrete tax items, restructuring charges and other one-time items.  A reconciliation to EPS is provided on the last page of the attached schedules. 

Third Quarter Results

Olivier Filliol, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We experienced slowing growth in customer demand throughout the world, particularly in Europe.  This environment compares to very strong sales growth in the prior-year period.  However, we had strong execution in our various margin improvement and cost control initiatives, resulting in strong EPS growth."

EPS was $2.28, compared with the prior-year amount of $2.09.  Adjusted EPS was $2.40, an increase of 19% over the prior-year amount of $2.01.  

Sales were $578.6 million, a 1% increase in local currency sales, compared with $601.1 million in the prior-year quarter.  Reported sales decreased 4%, which included a 5% negative currency impact.  By region, local currency sales increased 1% in the Americas and 7% in Asia / Rest of World and decreased 5% in Europe.  Adjusted operating income amounted to $109.2 million, an 11% increase from the prior-year amount of $98.5 million.  Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure, and a reconciliation to earnings before taxes is provided in the attached schedules.

Cash flow from operations was $103.9 million, compared with $84.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Nine Month Results

EPS was $5.82, compared with the prior-year amount of $5.31.  Adjusted EPS was $6.19, an increase of 16% over the prior-year amount of $5.35.  

Sales were $1.684 billion, a 4% increase in local currency sales, compared with $1.661 billion in the prior-year period.  Reported sales growth was 1%, which included a 3% negative currency impact.  For the nine month period, local currency sales increased 4% in the Americas and 12% in Asia / Rest of World and decreased 2% in Europe.  Adjusted operating income amounted to $291.1 million, a 9% increase from the prior-year amount of $266.8 million.  Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure, and a reconciliation to earnings before taxes is provided in the attached schedules.

Cash flow from operations was $216.0 million, compared with $177.7 million in the prior-year period.

Cost Control Measures

As part of the cost control measures announced last quarter, the Company recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $3.1 million in the third quarter and $11.3 million year to date. 

Outlook 

The Company stated that there is uncertainty in demand in most of its markets, which makes forecasting difficult.  Based on today's assessment, management anticipates that local currency sales growth in the fourth quarter will be in the range of 0% to 2% and Adjusted EPS in the range of $3.10 to $3.20, an increase of 8% to 11%. 

For the full year 2012, local currency sales growth is expected to be in the range of 3% to 4% and Adjusted EPS in the range of $9.30 to $9.40, an increase of 11% to 12%.  The Company previously provided guidance for Adjusted EPS of $9.00 to $9.40.   

The Company stated that based on its assessment of market conditions today, management anticipates local currency sales growth in 2013 will be in the range of 1% to 4%, with growth stronger in the second half of the year.  This sales growth will result in Adjusted EPS in the range of $10.00 to $10.30.  Using the midpoint of the 2012 Adjusted EPS range, this reflects an increase of 7% to 10%.   

Adjusted EPS excludes purchased intangible amortization, discrete tax items, restructuring charges and other one-time items.  While the Company has provided an outlook for Adjusted EPS, it has not provided an outlook for EPS as it would require an estimate of non-recurring items, which are not yet known.   

Conclusion

Filliol concluded, "Market conditions are challenging with a high degree of uncertainty in the global economy.  We are taking targeted actions to control costs but continue to invest for future growth.  We are further tailoring our Spinnaker sales and marketing programs to ensure we are allocating resources to the highest potential opportunities.  Our sales and marketing approach combined with new product introductions positions us well to outgrow the market and continue to gain share."  

Other Matters

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its quarterly results today (Thursday, November 1) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  To hear a live webcast or replay of the call, visit the investor relations page on the Company's website at www.mt.com/investors.  The presentation referenced in the conference call will be located on the website prior to the call.

METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company has strong leadership positions in all businesses and believes it holds global number-one market positions in a majority of them. Specifically, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company is also a leading provider in analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at www.mt.com/investors.

Statements in this press release which are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our businesses' actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology.  For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see the discussion on forward-looking statements in our current report on Form 8-K to which this release has been furnished as an exhibit.  All of the forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed under the captions "Factors affecting our future operating results" and in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recently completed fiscal year, which describe risks and factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in those forward-looking statements.  

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands except share data)

(unaudited)

























Three months ended








Three months ended










September 30, 2012


% of sales




September 30, 2011


% of sales






































Net sales



$578,553


(a)


100.0





$601,114


(a)


100.0



Cost of sales



270,396




46.7





286,697




47.7



Gross profit



308,157




53.3





314,417




52.3























Research and development



27,896




4.8





30,068




5.0



Selling, general and administrative 



171,021




29.6





185,832




30.9



Amortization



5,215




0.9





4,795




0.8



Interest expense



5,568




1.0





5,893




1.0



Restructuring charges



3,118




0.5





362




0.0



Other charges (income), net



(266)




0.0





409




0.1



Earnings before taxes



95,605




16.5





87,058




14.5























Provision for taxes



23,422




4.0





18,862




3.1



Net earnings



$72,183




12.5





$68,196




11.4























Basic earnings per common share:



















Net earnings 



$2.34









$2.15







Weighted average number of common shares



30,846,062









31,760,270



























Diluted earnings per common share:



















Net earnings 



$2.28









$2.09







Weighted average number of common 



31,599,081









32,664,482







  and common equivalent shares







































Note:



















(a) Local currency sales increased 1% as compared to the same period in 2011.



























RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME

























Three months ended








Three months ended










September 30, 2012


% of sales




September 30, 2011


% of sales






















Earnings before taxes



$95,605









$87,058







Amortization



5,215









4,795







Interest expense



5,568









5,893







Restructuring charges



3,118









362







Other charges (income), net



(266)









409







Adjusted operating income 



$109,240


(b)


18.9





$98,517


(b)


16.4























Note:



















(b) Adjusted operating income increased 11% as compared to the same period in 2011.



  

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands except share data)

(unaudited)

























Nine months ended








Nine months ended










September 30, 2012


% of sales




September 30, 2011


% of sales






































Net sales



$1,684,236


(a)


100.0





$1,660,968


(a)


100.0



Cost of sales



799,969




47.5





788,853




47.5



Gross profit



884,267




52.5





872,115




52.5























Research and development



84,529




5.0





86,024




5.2



Selling, general and administrative 



508,647




30.2





519,264




31.3



Amortization



15,771




1.0





12,742




0.8



Interest expense



17,097




1.0





17,296




1.0



Restructuring charges



11,261




0.7





2,831




0.2



Other charges (income), net



323




0.0





2,285




0.1



Earnings before taxes



246,639




14.6





231,673




13.9























Provision for taxes



60,425




3.5





56,462




3.4



Net earnings



$186,214




11.1





$175,211




10.5























Basic earnings per common share:



















Net earnings 



$5.97









$5.47







Weighted average number of common shares



31,215,212









32,016,238



























Diluted earnings per common share:



















Net earnings 



$5.82









$5.31







Weighted average number of common 



32,008,311









32,990,000







  and common equivalent shares







































Note:



















(a) Local currency sales increased 4% as compared to the same period in 2011.



























RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME

























Nine months ended








Nine months ended










September 30, 2012


% of sales




September 30, 2011


% of sales






















Earnings before taxes



$246,639









$231,673







Amortization



15,771









12,742







Interest expense



17,097









17,296







Restructuring charges



11,261









2,831







Other charges (income), net



323









2,285







Adjusted operating income 



$291,091


(b)


17.3





$266,827


(b)


16.1























Note:



















(b) Adjusted operating income increased 9% as compared to the same period in 2011.







METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(amounts in thousands)

(unaudited)























September 30, 2012



December 31, 2011











Cash and cash equivalents



$105,374





$235,601


Accounts receivable, net



406,570





425,147


Inventories



214,893





241,421


Other current assets and prepaid expenses



111,526





116,694


Total current assets



838,363





1,018,863












Property, plant and equipment, net



445,024





410,007


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net



569,447





569,153


Other non-current assets



208,571





205,451


Total assets



$2,061,405





$2,203,474












Short-term borrowings and maturities of long-term debt



$36,570





$28,300


Trade accounts payable



129,982





168,109


Accrued and other current liabilities



388,686





413,435


Total current liabilities



555,238





609,844












Long-term debt



379,060





476,715


Other non-current liabilities



328,863





335,778


Total liabilities



1,263,161





1,422,337












Shareholders' equity



798,244





781,137


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity



$2,061,405





$2,203,474












 

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (amounts in thousands)

 (unaudited)














Three months ended


Nine months ended




September 30,


September 30,




2012


2011


2012


2011











Cash flow from operating activities:









    Net earnings


$        72,183


$        68,196


$      186,214


$      175,211

    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to









      net cash provided by operating activities:









Depreciation


8,172


8,516


24,278


23,370

Amortization


5,215


4,795


15,771


12,742

Deferred tax benefit


(2,131)


(1,695)


(6,889)


(9,753)

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

(162)


(1,328)


(502)


(6,259)

Other


3,394


3,054


10,606


8,261

Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in









  operating assets and liabilities


17,258


2,573


(13,500)


(25,908)

                Net cash provided by operating activities


103,929


84,111


215,978


177,664











Cash flows from investing activities:









    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


191


100


344


2,402

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(21,059)


(23,989)


(64,292)


(64,506)

    Acquisitions


(557)


(19,199)


(2,098)


(34,662)

    Other investing activities


-


(21)


-


(903)

                Net cash used in investing activities


(21,425)


(43,109)


(66,046)


(97,669)











Cash flows from financing activities:









    Proceeds from borrowings


336,516


19,550


436,329


65,993

    Repayments of borrowings


(380,868)


(66,526)


(526,480)


(170,726)

    Proceeds from exercise of stock options


2,922


4,606


16,186


11,189

    Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements


162


1,328


502


6,259

    Repurchases of common stock 


(72,084)


(57,000)


(207,850)


(171,179)

    Acquisition contingent consideration paid


-


(7,750)


-


(7,750)

    Other financing activities


(241)


(178)


(784)


(111)

                Net cash used in financing activities


(113,593)


(105,970)


(282,097)


(266,325)











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


1,697


(1,322)


1,938


1,226











Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(29,392)


(66,290)


(130,227)


(185,104)











Cash and cash equivalents:









    Beginning of period


134,766


328,763


235,601


447,577

    End of period


$      105,374


$      262,473


$      105,374


$      262,473





















RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW











Net cash provided by operating activities


$      103,929


$        84,111


$      215,978


$      177,664

    Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements


162


1,328


502


6,259

    Payments in respect of restructuring activities


4,064


1,265


8,230


4,103

    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


191


100


344


2,402

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(21,059)


(23,989)


(64,292)


(64,506)

Free cash flow


$        87,287


$        62,815


$      160,762


$      125,922















METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

OTHER OPERATING STATISTICS



























SALES GROWTH BY DESTINATION

(unaudited)


















Europe


Americas


Asia/RoW

Total
















U.S. Dollar Sales Growth












Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

(15%)


0%


5%


(4%)




Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

(9%)


4%


12%


1%
















Local Currency Sales Growth











Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

(5%)


1%


7%


1%




Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

(2%)


4%


12%


4%





























RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EPS AS REPORTED TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS 

(unaudited)
















Three months ended 


Nine months ended



September 30,


September 30,



2012


2011


% Growth


2012


2011


% Growth














EPS as reported, diluted

$2.28


$2.09


9%


$5.82


$5.31


10%














Restructuring charges, net of tax

0.08

(a)

0.01

(a)



0.26

(a)

0.06

(a)


Purchased intangible amortization, net of tax

0.04

(b)

0.03

(b)



0.11

(b)

0.09

(b)


Discrete tax items

-


(0.12)

(c)



-


(0.11)

(c)















Adjusted EPS, diluted

$2.40


$2.01


19%


$6.19


$5.35


16%














Notes:












(a)

Represents the EPS impact of restructuring charges of $3.1 million ($2.4 million after tax) and $0.4 million ($0.3 million after tax) for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively and $11.3 million ($8.5 million after tax) and $2.8 million ($2.1 million after tax) for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

(b)

Represents the EPS impact of purchased intangibles amortization, net of tax, of $1.2 million and $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively and $3.4 million and $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

(c)

Represents the EPS impact of discrete tax items of $3.8 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2011, primarily related to the favorable resolution of certain prior year tax matters.

 

SOURCE Mettler-Toledo International Inc.



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