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