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Donaldson Reports Third Quarter Earnings

20 May, 2014

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter. Summarized financial results are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share data):


   
   



Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended



April 30

April 30



2014

   

2013

   

Change



2014

   

2013

   

Change

Net sales

$624

$619

1 %

$1,805

$1,804

--- %
Operating income

93

99

(6 )%

257

243

5 %
Net earnings

67

70

(4 )%

187

175

7 %


















 
Diluted EPS

$0.46

$0.46

--- %

$1.26

$1.16

9 %


















 

"We are proud of our execution during the quarter while we remain aggressively focused on additional growth opportunities," said Bill Cook, Donaldson's CEO. "Our end market conditions remain mixed as demand for our replacement filters continues to improve in both our Engine and Industrial segments, while conditions for new first-fit systems in our OEM markets are recovering slower than we had anticipated. Our Engine Products' sales increased 5 percent in local currency from last year, driven by increases in Engine Aftermarket and On-Road sales of 11 percent and 13 percent, respectively. However, our Industrial Products' sales decreased 7 percent in local currency as a result of a 40 percent decline in our Gas Turbine shipments from last year's record third quarter. As previously discussed, we had a surge in our gas turbine shipments last year, and the overall industry is now installing that new electrical generation capacity. Partially offsetting our Gas Turbine sales decrease were our Industrial Filtration Solutions and Special Applications businesses, which grew 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Internationally, excluding our Gas Turbine sales, our local currency sales were strong with Europe up 7 percent, Asia Pacific up 10 percent, and Latin America up 23 percent."

"As we begin our fourth quarter, we have narrowed our guidance ranges. We reduced our Industrial Products' sales outlook due to a couple of factors. First, the continued geopolitical uncertainty continues to negatively impact the recovery for general industrial capital investment and, as a result, the demand for our new Industrial Filtration Solutions systems. Second, several of our large gas turbine projects that were scheduled for shipment in our fourth quarter have been rescheduled by our Customers to be delivered in our FY15. As a result, we are now forecasting our full-year Company sales to be a slight increase over last year. The midpoint of our operating margin forecast is 14.3 percent, a 20 basis point improvement over the prior year. The combination of our updated outlook for sales and operational performance results in our FY14 EPS forecast of between $1.69 and $1.77 per share."

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $0.6 million, or 0.1 percent, during the quarter and decreased sales by $16.2 million, or 0.9 percent, year-to-date. The foreign currency translation impact decreased net earnings by $0.2 million, or 0.3 percent, during the quarter and decreased net earnings by $1.4 million, or 0.8 percent, for the year.

Gross margin was 35.8 percent for the quarter, consistent with last year. During the quarter, we realized positive mix impact from a higher percentage of replacement filter sales. We also benefitted from our Continuous Improvement initiatives. These offset higher compensation expenses. Year-to-date, our gross margin is 35.4 percent versus 34.3 percent last year.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $130.7 million, up 6.4 percent from last year. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 20.9 percent compared to last year's 19.8 percent. Higher expenses from our Global ERP project and incentive compensation were partially offset by lower pension, insurance, and warranty expenses. Operating expenses year-to-date were $382.9 million, or 21.2 percent of sales, compared to $375.5 million, or 20.8 percent of sales, last year.

Our operating margin for the quarter was 14.9 percent, down 100 basis points from the prior year. Year-to-date operating margin was 14.2 percent, up 70 basis points from last year.

Our effective tax rate for the quarter was 28.5 percent, compared to the prior year rate of 29.8 percent. This decrease compared to the prior year was primarily due to changes in the mix of earnings between tax jurisdictions. The year-to-date effective tax rate was 27.9 percent, compared to the prior year rate of 29.2 percent.

As part of our ongoing share repurchase program we repurchased 2,400,000 shares for $99.5 million during the quarter. Year-to-date we have repurchased 4,039,000 shares, or 2.7 percent of our diluted outstanding shares, for $165.9 million.

FY14 Outlook

  • We project our Company's sales to be between $2.44 and $2.48 billion, or a slight increase over the prior year including the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates. Our forecast is based on the Euro at US$1.35 and 102 Yen to the US$.
  • Our full-year operating margin forecast is 14.1 to 14.5 percent. Included in this forecast is approximately $22 million in operating expense increases for our Global ERP project and incentive compensation.
  • Our FY14 tax rate is anticipated to be between 28 and 29 percent.
  • We forecast our full-year FY14 EPS to be between $1.69 and $1.77.
  • Cash generated by operating activities is projected to be between $310 and $330 million. Our capital spending is estimated to be approximately $90 million. Our share repurchase target remains at 4 percent of our diluted outstanding shares in FY14.

Engine Products: We now forecast our FY14 sales to increase 3 to 7 percent, including the negative impact of foreign currency.

  • Our On-Road OEM Customers are planning to build more heavy- and medium-duty trucks in 2014.
  • Demand from our Off-Road OEM Customers is anticipated to continue to be mixed: build rates of construction equipment are expected to improve in North America and Europe but remain soft in Asia, build rates of agriculture equipment are forecasted to decrease, and the build rates of mining equipment are expected to remain weak.
  • We are anticipating continued growth for our Engine Aftermarket business. Utilization rates for off-road equipment and on-road heavy truck fleets are expected to continue improving. We should also benefit from our continued expansion into emerging economies, the increasing number of first-fit systems installed in the field with our proprietary filters, and through continued expansion of our product portfolio.
  • We forecast sales to decline slightly for our Aerospace and Defense business compared to last year as the continued slowdown in U.S. military activity should be mostly offset by growth from our commercial aerospace sales.

Industrial Products: We now forecast sales to decrease 4 to 7 percent, including the negative impact of foreign currency.

  • Our Industrial Filtration Solutions' sales are projected to increase 2 to 5 percent. We assume our replacement filter sales will remain at record levels due to improving general manufacturing conditions, while our new filtration system sales will remain flat in the near-term due to continuing low levels of new equipment investment by manufacturers.
  • We anticipate our Gas Turbine sales will decrease 29 to 32 percent from our record sales last year due to the current slowdown in large turbine power generation projects by our Customers.
  • We now forecast our Special Applications' sales to increase 2 to 5 percent due to improved market demand for our semiconductor and venting products.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people's lives, enhance our Customers' equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers' needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our approximately 12,300 employees contribute to the Company's success by supporting our Customers at our more than 140 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES REFORM ACT OF 1995

The Company desires to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") and is making this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation. This announcement contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, forecasts, plans, trends, and projections relating to our business and financial performance and global economic conditions, which involve uncertainties that could materially impact results. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. These statements do not guarantee future performance.

The Company wishes to caution investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including but not limited to risks associated with: world economic factors and the ongoing global economic uncertainty, the reduced demand for hard disk drive products with the increased use of flash memory, the potential for some Customers to increase their reliance on their own filtration capabilities, currency fluctuations, commodity prices, political factors, the Company's international operations, highly competitive markets, governmental laws and regulations, including the impact of the various economic stimulus and financial reform measures, the implementation of our new information technology systems, potential global events resulting in market instability including financial bailouts and defaults of sovereign nations, military and terrorist activities, health outbreaks, natural disasters, and all of the other risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

 
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Thousands of dollars, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

   
   
   
   

 



Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




April 30



April 30




2014

2013

2014

2013
Net sales

$624,234


$619,371


$1,805,240


$1,804,354












 
Cost of sales

400,773  

397,870  

1,165,737  

1,185,583  












 
Gross profit

223,461


221,501


639,503


618,771












 
Operating expenses

130,727  

122,914  

382,914  

375,455  












 
Operating income

92,734


98,587


256,589


243,316












 
Other income, net

(3,822 )

(3,608 )

(10,249 )

(11,962 )












 
Interest expense

2,374  

2,719  

6,987  

8,275  












 
Earnings before income taxes

94,182


99,476


259,851


247,003












 
Income taxes

26,846  

29,634  

72,583  

72,235  












 
Net earnings

$67,336  

$69,842  

$187,268  

$174,768  












 

Weighted average shares outstanding



145,310,710


148,136,620


146,543,727


148,404,503












 
Diluted shares outstanding

147,339,425


150,234,445


148,608,748


150,591,003












 
Net earnings per share

$0.46


$0.47


$1.28


$1.18












 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution



$0.46


$0.46


$1.26


$1.16












 
Dividends paid per share

$0.14


$0.10


$0.41


$0.28
















 
 
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)

   
   



April 30

July 31



2014

2013
ASSETS










 
Cash and cash equivalents

$238,222
$224,138
Short-term investments

152,544
99,750
Accounts receivable, net

453,151
430,766
Inventories, net

254,213
234,820
Prepaids and other current assets

69,465
66,188





 
Total current assets

1,167,595
1,055,662





 
Other assets and deferred taxes

289,409
268,614
Property, plant, and equipment, net

440,997
419,280





 
Total assets

$1,898,001

$1,743,556






 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY











 
Trade accounts payable

$192,631

$186,460
Employee compensation and other liabilities

183,155
182,121
Short-term borrowings

65,557
9,190
Current maturity long-term debt

17,729
98,664





 
Total current liabilities

459,072
476,435





 
Long-term debt

227,751
102,774
Other long-term liabilities

85,015
79,160





 
Total liabilities

771,838
658,369






 
Equity

1,126,163

1,085,187






 
Total liabilities and equity

$1,898,001

$1,743,556






 
 
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)

   



Nine Months Ended



April 30



2014     2013
OPERATING ACTIVITIES









 
Net earnings

$187,268

$174,768

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization

50,245

48,527
Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(5,764 )
(8,346 )
Tax benefit of equity plans

(8,119 )
(9,483 )
Stock compensation plan expense

9,474

7,363
Loss on sale of business

905

-
Other, net

(3,903 )
4,560  
Net cash provided by operating activities

230,106

217,389






 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES










 
Net expenditures on property and equipment

(66,046 )
(69,425 )
Net change in short-term investments

(47,685 )
30,781  
Net cash used in investing activities

(113,731 )
(38,644 )






 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES










 
Purchase of treasury stock

(165,871 )
(60,975 )
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings

98,107

(67,623 )
Dividends paid

(59,675 )
(41,184 )
Tax benefit of equity plans

8,119

9,483
Exercise of stock options

13,035  

12,131  
Net cash used in financing activities

(106,285 )

(148,168 )








 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



3,994

 

7,622

 








 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents



14,084




38,199










 

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year



224,138

 

225,789

 








 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period



$238,222

 

$263,988

 








 
 
SEGMENT DETAIL
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)

   
   
   
   



Engine

Industrial

Corporate &

Total




Products

Products

Unallocated

Company

3 Months Ended April 30, 2014:











Net sales

$402,157

$222,077

---


$624,234
Earnings before income taxes

61,432

32,507

243


94,182












 
3 Months Ended April 30, 2013:











Net sales

$383,314

$236,057

---


$619,371
Earnings before income taxes

65,680

37,555

(3,759 )

99,476












 












 
9 Months Ended April 30, 2014:











Net sales

$1,160,948

$644,292

---


$1,805,240
Earnings before income taxes

170,799

91,682

(2,630 )

259,851












 
9 Months Ended April 30, 2013:











Net sales

$1,107,814

$696,540

---


$1,804,354
Earnings before income taxes

152,129

102,709

(7,835 )

247,003












 
 
NET SALES BY PRODUCT
(Thousands of dollars)
(Unaudited)

       
   
   



Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended



April 30

April 30



2014     2013

2014

2013
Engine Products segment:











Off-Road Products

$88,791

$93,797

$260,302

$268,056
On-Road Products

33,081

30,288

95,398

96,207
Aftermarket Products

255,818

231,747

729,052

668,264
Aerospace and Defense Products

24,467

27,482

76,196

75,287
Total Engine Products segment

$402,157

$383,314

$1,160,948

$1,107,814












 
Industrial Products segment:











Industrial Filtration Solutions Products

$137,364

$125,447

$401,642

$386,475
Gas Turbine Products

42,005

68,733

110,106

182,295
Special Applications Products

42,708

41,877

132,544

127,770
Total Industrial Products segment

$222,077

$236,057

$644,292

$696,540












 
Total Company

$624,234

$619,371

$1,805,240

$1,804,354












 
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

   
   



Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended



April 30

April 30



2014     2013

2014     2013

Net cash provided by operating activities



$78,501


$108,209


$230,106


$217,389
Net capital expenditures

(23,198 )

(17,672 )

(66,046 )

(69,425 )
Free cash flow

$55,303  

$90,537  

$164,060  

$147,964  












 
Net earnings

$67,336


$69,842


$187,268


$174,768
Income taxes

26,846


29,634


72,583


72,235
Interest expense, net

1,824


2,269


5,337


6,110
Depreciation and amortization

17,078  

15,631  

50,245  

48,527  
EBITDA

$113,084  

$117,376  

$315,433  

$301,640  












 
Prior year net sales

$619,371


$647,237


$1,804,354


$1,836,415

Change in net sales, excluding foreign currency translation



5,497


(17,843 )

17,094


(3,434 )
Foreign currency translation

(634 )

(10,023 )

(16,208 )

(28,627 )
Current year net sales

$624,234  

$619,371  

$1,805,240  

$1,804,354  












 
Prior year net earnings

$69,842


$70,946


$174,768


$193,320

Change in net earnings, excluding foreign currency translation



(2,303 )

(413 )

13,886


(16,698 )
Foreign currency translation

(203 )

(691 )

(1,386 )

(1,854 )
Current year net earnings

$67,336  

$69,842  

$187,268  

$174,768  












 
 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (CONTINUED)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

   
   



Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended



April 30

April 30



2014     2013

2014     2013
Net earnings

$67,336

$69,842

$187,268

$174,768

Restructuring charges, net of tax



160



911

2,021



2,098

Net earnings, excluding special items



$67,496

$70,753

$189,289

$176,866












 

Net earnings per share assuming dilution



$0.46

$0.46

$1.26

$1.16

Restructuring charges per share, net of tax



---



0.01



0.01



0.01

Net earnings per share assuming dilution, excluding special items



$0.46

$0.47

$1.27

$1.17












 

Although free cash flow, EBITDA, net sales excluding foreign currency translation, and net earnings excluding foreign currency translation are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, the Company believes they are useful in understanding its financial results. Free cash flow is a commonly used measure of a company's ability to generate cash in excess of its operating needs. EBITDA is a commonly used measure of operating earnings less non-cash expenses. Both net sales and net earnings excluding foreign currency translation provide a comparable measure for understanding the operating results of the company's foreign entities excluding the impact of foreign exchange. A shortcoming of these financial measures is that they do not reflect the company's actual results under GAAP. Management does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

Donaldson Company, Inc.
Rich Sheffer, 952-887-3753

May 20, 2014
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