Record Sales Offset by Difficult Fourth Quarter
MISCOR reported a net loss of
"Though we are pleased with our record-setting sales for the year and with our acquisitions and expanded service offerings, we faced significant challenges in the fourth quarter," said
"As a response to these unprecedented conditions, we initiated a number of actions beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008 to control costs, maintain working capital and mitigate the impact of a deepening recession on the Company. We eliminated approximately 200 positions, or approximately 25 percent of our workforce. We consolidated operations in certain groups and centralized human resources and certain other administrative functions."
MISCOR also reported it has received a waiver of the previously announced default from its bank, Wells Fargo, and amended its credit terms to achieve compliance.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, MISCOR realigned its financial reporting into three segments to bring additional clarity to its results:
- Industrial services - consisting of the Company's maintenance and repair services to several industries including electric motor and wind power and repairing, manufacturing, and remanufacturing industrial lifting magnets for the steel and scrap industries
- Construction and engineering services - consisting of MISCOR's electrical and mechanical contracting services, mainly to industrial, commercial and institutional customers
- Rail services - consisting of the Company's manufacturing and rebuilding of power assemblies, engine parts and other components related to large diesel engines, and its locomotive maintenance, remanufacturing and repair services for the rail industry.
Driving the net sales increase for the year ended 2008 were higher revenues in all three segments, with industrial services growing 47 percent year-over-year, construction and engineering services increasing 87 percent year-over-year, and rail services increasing 108 percent year-over-year.
The increase in the industrial services segment was due primarily to the acquisition in
"While our top line growth is impressive, we are disappointed in our performance in some areas, particularly the rail services segment. Though we are pleased with the opportunity that AMP brings to our family of companies, we are not satisfied with the speed in revitalizing this business and getting the unit profitable," said Martell. "In the past, we have had success in purchasing complementary, but distressed, businesses and turning them around in 18 to 24 months. Our progress with AMP has been slower than expected, but we still see a bright future for it, especially with our new Canadian operations and recent international contracts."
Martell concluded: "Looking ahead to 2009, our strategy is based on better aligning our core assets with the growth opportunities in wind power, transformer, traffic and telecommunications expected to result from governmental stimulus and energy independence initiatives. We also plan to complete the turnaround of AMP and bring this unit into profitability. We see 2009 as a year of intense focus and execution, and will operate the business accordingly."
In 2007, MISCOR entered the wind power industry through its acquisition of 3-D Service, Ltd., providing both onsite and in-shop maintenance and repair services for wind farms. MISCOR was ranked on the Inc. 500 in 2004 and 2005 and operates in 15 locations in the U.S. and
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