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Valmont Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results

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OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, reported fourth quarter sales of $827.9 million compared with $815.0 million for the same period of 2012. Fourth quarter 2013 operating income was $100.7 million versus $111.7 million in 2012 and included $12.2 million of a non-cash fixed asset impairment charge at Delta EMD. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share were $2.04 compared with $2.43 in 2012. Included in fourth quarter earnings per share is an additional non-cash after-tax loss in the amount of $12.0 million or $0.45 cents per share resulting from the deconsolidation of Delta EMD and Valmont's proportionate share of the after-tax Delta EMD fixed asset impairment in the amount of $4.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.

For fiscal 2013, sales were $3.3 billion versus $3.0 billion in 2012. Operating income for fiscal 2013 was $473.1 million versus $382.3 million in 2012. Valmont's fiscal year net earnings were $278.5 million, or $10.35 per diluted share ($10.97 before consideration of the Delta EMD impairment and deconsolidation), compared with 2012 fiscal year earnings of $234.1 million, or $8.75 per diluted share.

Fourth Quarter Review:
"Led by an 8% revenue increase in the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment, sales set another fourth quarter record. Fourth quarter revenue records were also achieved in the Utility Support Structures and Coatings Segments," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As expected, Irrigation Segment sales were lower.

"Operating income as a percent of sales was similar to last year's levels before the fixed asset impairment at Delta EMD."

Fourth Quarter Segment Review:
Utility Support Structures Segment (32% of 4th Quarter Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry.

Sales of $264.7 million were 5% higher than 2012. North American sales increased and international sales declined.

The need to improve reliability by adding physical capacity and increase the interconnectivity of regional transmission grids in North America continues to drive significant utility investments in transmission infrastructure. Further demand comes from renewable energy sources requiring connectivity to the grid. During 2013, the Company added manufacturing capacity to support market growth and satisfy customer requirements for shorter lead times. These newly commissioned facilities can make traditional monopole utility structures and a new Valmont designed 'jumbo' sized pole to address the market's growing demand for even higher voltage transmission lines up to 745 kilovolts.

Operating income declined 5% to $45 million, which represents 17.0% of segment sales. Operating income improved in North America on improved sales pricing, mix and leverage of fixed costs, but this was more than offset by volume deleverage in international markets and an inventory write-down associated with the loss of a project in North Africa. Customers are placing orders with shorter lead-times as additional industry capacity brought supply and demand more into balance. This has resulted in a decline of approximately $100 million in our year-end backlog.

Irrigation Segment (23% of 4th Quarter Sales)
Center pivot and linear move mechanized irrigation equipment and parts for agriculture in global markets.

Sales of $192.2 million declined 6% from last year's drought-driven record fourth quarter. In North America, the fourth quarter selling season reflected a more typical harvest season than last year. Last year's harvest was early, on account of dry conditions, which resulted in a more prolonged than usual fall selling season. The shorter selling season plus lower crop commodity prices contributed to the lower orders and sales, as evidenced by a decline in year-end backlogs. Growth continued in international markets.

While short-term swings in the farm economy can influence annual demand, long-term demand will be driven by the growing food needs of a rising global population and improving diets. To meet these needs, agriculture must increase its productivity. Competing demands on limited fresh water resources will drive agriculture to conserve water. Valmont's efficient irrigation products provide a lasting solution to these pressing problems, which we believe supports a favorable long-term outlook for this business.

Operating income was 22% lower than last year at $31.6 million or 16.5% of segment sales. The decline in operating income was a consequence of deleverage on lower volumes and planned business development efforts that increased SG&A expenses.

Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment (32% of 4th Quarter Sales)
Lighting, traffic and highway safety products, wireless communication structures and components, and industrial gratings and access systems worldwide.

Fourth quarter sales were $267.2 million, an 8% increase over 2012. The increase was due to the contribution of Locker, an Australian engineered access systems company acquired in February of 2013, and higher sales of lighting and traffic products in North America.

Sales of lighting and traffic structures in Europe were slightly lower reflecting continued economic weakness and fiscal austerity measures throughout the region.

The additional sales from Locker more than offset the impact of a weaker Australian currency and economy on engineered access system sales.

Sales of wireless communication products were flat in North American markets and slightly lower in China.

Operating income doubled to $26.6 million, or 10.0% of segment sales. The improvement was the result of increased volumes in North America, the contribution of Locker, the benefit of cost reductions implemented in Europe and improved productivity in North America, Asia and Europe.

Coatings Segment (10% of 4th Quarter Sales)
Hot-dip galvanizing, and other coatings to protect against corrosion of steel and aluminum in global markets.

Sales of $85.6 million were 3% higher than last year. The revenue contribution of Pure Metal, a Canadian galvanizing acquisition completed in late 2012, more than offset the impact of Australia's weaker currency and economy on sales.

The performance of the Pure Metal acquisition has met our expectations. We have benefited from the increased geographic diversification and exposure to the strong Canadian economy.

Operating income rose 6% to $18.1 million or 21.2% of segment sales primarily due to the contribution from the Pure Metal acquisition.

2013 Fiscal Year Review:
"Record sales in all reportable segments drove significantly improved financial performance in 2013," said Mr. Bay. "Looking at results by segment, the Utility Support Structures Segment benefited from significant utility investments in the North American transmission grid. In the Irrigation Segment, historically high farm incomes drove annual sales gains in 2013. In the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment, the first quarter acquisition of Locker in Australia plus improved sales in North America drove segment sales above $1 billion for the first time. Coatings Segment sales increased primarily due to a Canadian acquisition in late 2012.

"For the year, operating income as a percent of sales improved from 12.6% to 14.3%. The positive impact of acquisitions combined with operational leverage in all segments led to the increased operating income."

2014 Outlook:
"We are facing a challenging first quarter comparison in light of last year's 47% first quarter earnings improvement," Mr. Bay said. "Last year we had exceptional irrigation results mainly driven by drought. This year's first quarter irrigation results will decline in comparison. In the utility business, we anticipate flat first quarter revenue due to less project activity in international markets. Operationally, severe weather has disrupted production and shipping in some of our facilities. This, plus some pricing pressure, will likely result in reduced first quarter utility profitability.

"Our present outlook is that first quarter 2014 earnings for the Company could be down around 25%. At this early stage in the year, we expect full year earnings to be slightly below 2013's $10.97 adjusted diluted earnings per share."

An audio discussion of Valmont's fourth quarter results by Mogens C. Bay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Terry J. McClain, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be available live by telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#: 50490339 or via the Internet at 8:00 a.m. CST February 21, 2014, 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#: 50490339 beginning February 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. CST through 12:00 p.m. CST on February 28, 2014.

Valmont 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)












Fourth Quarter


Year-to-Date



13 Weeks Ended


52 Weeks Ended



28-Dec-13


29-Dec-12


28-Dec-13


29-Dec-12

Net sales


$    827,890


$     815,037


$  3,304,211


$  3,029,541

Cost of sales


605,066


590,692


2,358,983


2,227,085

          Gross profit


222,824


224,345


945,228


802,456

Selling, general and administrative expenses


122,111


112,601


472,159


420,160

          Operating income 


100,713


111,744


473,069


382,296

Other income (expense)









     Interest expense


(8,138)


(7,968)


(32,502)


(31,625)

     Interest income


1,712


2,191


6,477


8,272

     Other


1,278


(560)


2,373


347



(5,148)


(6,337)


(23,652)


(23,006)

          Earnings before income taxes and equity in

          earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries 










95,565


105,407


449,417


359,290

Income tax expense


31,728


39,497


157,781


126,502

          Earnings before equity in earnings of 

          nonconsolidated subsidiaries 










63,837


65,910


291,636


232,788

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries


287


817


835


6,128

Loss from deconsolidation of subsidiary


(12,011)


-


(12,011)


-

          Net earnings


52,113


66,727


280,460


238,916

Less:  Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests


2,755


(1,691)


(1,971)


(4,844)

          Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.


$      54,868


$       65,036


$     278,489


$     234,072



















Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic


26,667


26,502


26,641


26,471

Earnings per share - Basic


$          2.06


$           2.45


$         10.45


$           8.84










Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted


26,909


26,806


26,899


26,764

Earnings per share - Diluted


$          2.04


$           2.43


$         10.35


$           8.75










Cash dividends per share


$        0.250


$         0.225


$         0.975


$         0.855










 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)












Fourth Quarter


Year-to-Date



13 Weeks Ended


52 Weeks Ended



28-Dec-13


29-Dec-12


28-Dec-13


29-Dec-12










Net sales









     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$    267,220


$     247,106


$  1,001,809


$     931,533

     Utility Support Structures


264,737


252,556


962,038


873,520

     Coatings


85,583


83,155


357,635


334,552

        Infrastructure products


617,540


582,817


2,321,482


2,139,605










     Irrigation


192,177


203,427


882,179


750,641

     Other


70,211


82,980


303,595


328,737

     Less: Intersegment sales


(52,038)


(54,187)


(203,045)


(189,442)

          Total


$    827,890


$     815,037


$  3,304,211


$  3,029,541










Operating Income









     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$      26,621


$       13,106


$       87,647


$       54,013

     Utility Support Structures


44,973


47,124


174,740


129,025

     Coatings


18,112


17,070


74,917


71,641

        Infrastructure products


89,706


77,300


337,304


254,679










     Irrigation


31,620


40,450


181,498


143,605

     Other 


(2,806)


13,162


30,984


46,575

     Corporate


(17,807)


(19,168)


(76,717)


(62,563)

          Total


$    100,713


$     111,744


$     473,069


$     382,296










 

The backlog of orders for the principal products manufactured and marketed was $666.6 million at the end of the 2013 fiscal year and $902.5 million at the end of the 2012 fiscal year. We anticipate that most of the backlog of orders will be filled during fiscal year 2014. At year-end, the segments with backlog were as follows (dollar amounts in millions):


28-Dec-13



29-Dec-12

 Engineered Infrastructure Products 

$            201



$            212

 Utility Support Structures 

334



434

 Irrigation 

104



231

 Coatings 

1



1

 Other 

26



25


$            666



$            903

     

Valmont has four reportable segments based on its reporting structure.







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)







28-Dec-13



29-Dec-12

ASSETS





Current assets:





     Cash and cash equivalents

$     613,706



$     414,129

     Accounts receivable, net

515,440



515,902

     Inventories

380,000



412,384

     Prepaid expenses

22,997



25,144

     Refundable and deferred income taxes

65,697



58,381

          Total current assets

1,597,840



1,425,940

Property, plant and equipment, net

534,210



512,612

Goodwill and other assets

644,444



629,999


$  2,776,494



$  2,568,551






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





     Current installments of long-term debt

$            202



$            224

     Notes payable to banks

19,024



13,375

     Accounts payable

216,121



212,424

     Accrued expenses

194,527



180,408

     Dividend payable

6,706



6,002

          Total current liabilities

436,580



412,433

Long-term debt, excluding current installments

470,907



472,593

Other long-term liabilities

324,161



276,515

Shareholders' equity

1,544,846



1,407,010


$  2,776,494



$  2,568,551






 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED RESULTS

REGULATION G RECONCILIATION

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

Non-recurring items listed below relate to: a non-cash after-tax loss associated with the deconsolidation of Delta EMD Pty. Ltd (EMD) and Valmont's proportionate share of an after-tax loss related to a fixed asset impairment recorded by EMD in the fourth quarter of 2013.


Quarter ended December 28, 2013

Diluted earnings per share


Year ended December 28, 2013


Diluted earnings per share

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. -         as reported

$       54,868

$          2.04


$     278,489


$         10.35








Fixed asset impairment charge - after tax

4,569

0.17


4,569


0.17








Deconsolidation of Delta EMD - after tax

12,011

0.45


12,011


0.45








Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted

$       71,448

$          2.66


$     295,069


$         10.97

SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.

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