Valmont Announces First Quarter 2013 Results Highlights:

- First quarter sales increased 14%, operating income rose 43%.

- First quarter net earnings increased 48%, fully diluted earnings per share climbed 47%.

- First quarter Utility Support Structures Segment sales rose 25%, operating income increased 84%.

- First quarter Irrigation Segment sales improved 25%, operating income increased 42%.

OMAHA, Neb., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, reported first quarter sales of $819.6 million compared with $717.4 million for the same period of 2012. First quarter 2013 operating income was $118.2 million versus $82.8 million in 2012. First quarter net income was $77.6 million versus $52.3 million in 2012, which resulted in an increase in quarterly diluted earnings per share from $1.96 in 2012 to $2.89 in 2013.

During the quarter, the Company divested a non-consolidated South African subsidiary. As a consequence, a $3.2 million benefit, ($0.12 earnings per share), was realized due to the release of certain deferred tax liabilities and corresponding reduction in tax expense. This reduced the first quarter corporate tax rate to 31.0%. On February 4, 2013, the Company acquired Australian based Locker Group, a manufacturer of perforated and expanded metal and access systems. In addition, the first full quarter of results from the December 2012 acquisition of Pure Metal, a Canadian galvanizing operation, were realized during the quarter. Management estimates the positive collective impact of the above items on first quarter revenue and diluted earnings per share were approximately $19.8 million and $0.07 per-share respectively.

First Quarter Review: 

Two of Valmont's segments, Utility Support Structures and Irrigation, each had 25% year-over-year sales increases. Sales growth was also realized in our Engineered Infrastructure Products and Coatings segments, in part due to acquisitions.

Quarterly operating income rose primarily due to increased volumes combined with favorable mix in the Utility Support Structures and Irrigation Segments, where strong demand allowed efficient use of our manufacturing facilities.

Quarterly operating income as a percent of net sales increased to 14.4% from last year's 11.5%, driven by higher gross profit margins and volume leverage.

First Quarter Segment Review:

Utility Support Structures Segment(27% of 1st Quarter Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry.

Sales of $239.6 million were 25% higher than 2012, driven by increased demand for transmission structures in North America, combined with higher international utility sales, which were largely driven by projects shipped during the quarter.

The greatest driver of North American demand is the ongoing expansion of the nation's transmission grid. To increase the capacity of the grid while also improving its interconnectivity and reliability, electric utilities are making substantial investments in transmission infrastructure. Utility customers are drawing upon Valmont's engineering capability and manufacturing capacity to support this substantial long-term undertaking. With 14 utility manufacturing facilities in North America, and a global network of large-pole plants, we believe Valmont is well positioned to maintain a leadership role as the utility industry continues to expand the grid.

The main drivers of international sales growth were utility structures demand in Australia, and project sales to developing markets.

Operating income rose 84% to $46.2 million, which represents 19.3% of sales. The increase in operating income was due to a favorable mix of sales and the positive impact of volume and SG&A leverage.

Irrigation Segment (28% of 1st Quarter Sales)
Center pivot and linear move mechanized irrigation equipment and parts for agriculture in global markets.

Sales rose 25% to $244.7 million, primarily led by increased North American demand. Historically high crop commodity prices and farm income helped drive record first quarter sales. Following last summer's severe drought in North America, heightened appreciation of the benefits of mechanized irrigation lent additional support to demand.

In international markets, sales increased, although at a lower rate than in North America. Strong global crop demand and historically high farm income levels contributed to the sales increase.

The long-term drivers for the irrigation market remain compelling. World population growth and dietary improvement create a need for increased food supplies. Limits to water availability create pressures on agriculture to reduce its share of water use. Valmont's mechanized irrigation equipment helps address these global dilemmas by improving farm production and using water more efficiently.

Operating income grew 42% to $54.6 million and was 22.3% of segment sales. The improvement in operating income was due to strong volumes and favorable margins.

Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment(26% of 1st Quarter Sales)
Lighting, traffic and highway safety products, wireless communication structures and components, and industrial gratings and access systems worldwide.

First quarter sales were $223.7 million, a 10% increase over 2012. While total segment sales rose, the increase essentially reflects the addition of Locker Group and higher intercompany sales.

In North America, lighting and traffic products sales were similar to last year. Lighting and traffic product sales in Europe were below last year's levels mostly due to continued economic weakness in the region.

Webforge engineered access systems, and highway products sales were comparable to last year in the Asia-Pacific region.

Wireless communication structures and components sales rose in North America and declined in China.

The current global lighting and traffic market environment remains under pressure as government spending is constrained by austerity measures. This leads to a highly competitive market and a weak pricing environment. Wireless communication product sales are currently benefitting from increased deployment of 4G technologies. Other businesses within Engineered Infrastructure Products participate in diverse markets and are supported at historic demand levels.

Valmont believes that investments in infrastructure are necessary to drive economic growth. With its diverse mix of Engineered Infrastructure Products, Valmont is well positioned to participate in economic development around the globe.

Despite mostly weak markets, the quality of earnings in this segment improved. Operating income was $12.7 million, or 5.7% of segment sales compared with last year's 4.0%. This increase was primarily driven by improvements in North American wireless communication products, intercompany sales and a lower cost structure than last year.

Coatings Segment (10% of 1st Quarter Sales)
Hot-dip galvanizing, and other coatings to protect against corrosion of steel and aluminum in global markets.

Sales of $89.2 million were 8% higher than last year driven by the acquisition of Pure Metal. In the Asia-Pacific region, sales declined due to reduced volumes and a more competitive market environment in Australia.

Operating income declined 19% to $13.4 million, or 15.0% of segment sales due to the reduction in Australian volumes, integration costs tied to the Pure Metal acquisition and unfavorable factory productivity in certain galvanizing plants.

2013 Outlook:

"Our outlook for the Utility Support Structures Segment is improving for the year," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As is always the case, Utility Support Structures operating margins may vary from quarter to quarter, depending on sales mix and the timing of shipments.

"In the Irrigation Segment, given the current backlog, we are expecting a strong second quarter. Second-half demand will largely be based on growing conditions, commodity prices and the expectations for farm income later in the year.

"In the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment, we are moving into the seasonally stronger time of year. When combined with actions taken over the past few years to streamline costs, we expect improved sales and operating comparisons in the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment for the rest of year.

"We expect Coatings Segment performance to improve over the balance of the year as we move to fully integrate the Pure Metal acquisition and expect improved demand in Australia.

"In summary, with the strong first quarter results, the continued strength in the utility markets and the anticipated improvement in Engineered Infrastructure Products, it should be possible for us to exceed our February guidance even if Irrigation results in the second half were below 2012's record second half levels," said Mr. Bay.

An audio discussion of Valmont's first quarter results by Mogens C. Bay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Richard P. Heyse, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be available live by telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#: 98701424 or via the Internet at 8:00 a.m. CDT April 19, 2013, by pointing browsers to: http://www.valmont.com/page.aspx?id=445&pid=21. After the event you may listen by accessing the above link or by telephone. Dial 1-855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, and enter the Conference ID#: 98701424 beginning April 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CDT through 12:00 p.m. CDT on April 26, 2013.

Valmont is a global leader in designing and manufacturing poles, towers and structures for lighting and traffic, wireless communication and utility markets, industrial access systems, highway safety barriers and a provider of protective coating services. Valmont also leads the world in mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, enhancing food production while conserving and protecting natural water resources. In addition, Valmont produces a wide variety of tubing for commercial and industrial applications.

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont's control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont's actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)








First Quarter



13 Weeks Ended



30-Mar-13


31-Mar-12

Net sales


$ 819,630


$ 717,350

Cost of sales


584,261


531,036

          Gross profit


235,369


186,314

Selling, general and administrative expenses


117,179


103,496

          Operating income 


118,190


82,818

Other income (expense):





     Interest expense


(8,190)


(7,807)

     Interest income


1,353


2,078

     Other


1,556


1,577



(5,281)


(4,152)

          Earnings before income taxes and equity in





          earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries 


112,909


78,666

Income tax expense


34,973


27,766

          Earnings before equity in earnings of 





          nonconsolidated subsidiaries 


77,936


50,900

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries


204


1,688

          Net earnings


78,140


52,588

Less:  Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests


(571)


(263)

          Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.


$   77,569


$   52,325











Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic


26,583


26,396

Earnings per share - Basic


$       2.92


$       1.98






Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted


26,859


26,678

Earnings per share - Diluted


$       2.89


$       1.96






Cash dividends per share


$     0.225


$     0.180

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)








First Quarter



13 Weeks Ended



30-Mar-13


31-Mar-12

Sales





     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$ 223,670


$ 203,927

     Utility Support Structures


239,638


191,232

     Coatings


89,245


82,847

     Irrigation


244,707


196,266

     Other


77,869


86,063

          Total


875,129


760,335






Intersegment sales





     Engineered Infrastructure Products


(29,452)


(18,420)

     Utility Support Structures


(411)


(1,980)

     Coatings


(14,330)


(12,697)

     Irrigation


-


(425)

     Other


(11,306)


(9,463)

          Total


(55,499)


(42,985)






Net sales





     Engineered Infrastructure Products


194,218


185,507

     Utility Support Structures


239,227


189,252

     Coatings


74,915


70,150

     Irrigation


244,707


195,841

     Other


66,563


76,600

          Total


$ 819,630


$ 717,350






Operating Income





     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$   12,734


$     8,024

     Utility Support Structures


46,155


25,104

     Coatings


13,420


16,512

     Irrigation


54,559


38,408

     Other 


10,787


11,411

     Corporate


(19,465)


(16,641)

          Total


$ 118,190


$   82,818

Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four reportable segments as follows:


Engineered Infrastructure Products:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered metal structures and components for global lighting and traffic, wireless communication, roadway safety and access systems applications.


Utility Support Structures:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered steel and concrete structures for the global utility industry.


Coatings:This segment consists of global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.


Irrigation:This segment consists of the manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment and related parts and services worldwide.


In addition to these four reportable segments, Valmont also has other businesses that individually are not more than 10% of consolidated net sales. These businesses, which include the manufacture of forged steel grinding media, tubular products, electrolytic manganese dioxide and industrial fasteners, are reported in the "Other" category.

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)






30-Mar-13


31-Mar-12

ASSETS




Current assets:




     Cash and cash equivalents

$    419,996


$    339,568

     Accounts receivable, net

503,933


450,280

     Inventories

451,257


440,600

     Prepaid expenses

33,555


27,881

     Refundable and deferred income taxes

61,745


42,263

          Total current assets

1,470,486


1,300,592

Property, plant and equipment, net

534,350


469,332

Goodwill and other assets

612,408


613,045


$ 2,617,244


$ 2,382,969





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




     Current installments of long-term debt

$           189


$           264

     Notes payable to banks

13,324


12,293

     Accounts payable

211,572


214,474

     Accrued expenses

163,616


151,386

     Income taxes payable

16,061


21,269

     Dividend payable

6,020


4,778

          Total current liabilities

410,782


404,464

Long-term debt, excluding current installments

472,249


474,015

Other long-term liabilities

270,288


223,487

Shareholders' equity

1,463,925


1,281,003


$ 2,617,244


$ 2,382,969

SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.



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