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Actuant Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: October 26, 2012 04:34PM
Actuant Corp. (ATU) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-08-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:Consolidated net sales increased by approximately $160 million (11%) from $1,445 million in fiscal 2011 to $1,605 million in fiscal 2012. Excluding the $118 million of sales from acquired businesses and the $24 million unfavorable impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, fiscal 2012 consolidated core sales increased 5%. Consolidated net sales increased by approximately $284 million (25%) from $1,161 million in fiscal 2010 to $1,445 million in fiscal 2011. Excluding the $119 million of sales from acquired businesses and the $23 million favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, fiscal 2011 consolidated core sales increased 13% compared to the prior year. Changes in net sales at the segment level are discussed in further detail below.
Fiscal 2012 Industrial segment net sales increased by $26 million (7%) to $419 million, the result of strong industrial tool demand across most geographies. Excluding the unfavorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates ($7 million), core sales growth for fiscal 2012 was 9%. Growth + Innovation initiatives, including targeted vertical market strategies (mining, industrial, infrastructure) and increased global demand for heavy lift and hydraulic systems (Integrated Solutions), also contributed to sales growth. These higher sales volumes, operational efficiencies, favorable product mix and lower incentive compensation costs resulted in operating profit margin expansion during fiscal 2012. Operating profit was $115 million in fiscal 2012, compared to $98 million in fiscal 2011, a $17 million (17%) increase.
Fiscal 2011 Industrial segment net sales increased by $93 million (31%) to $393 million. The acquisition of two Integrated Solutions businesses (Hydrospex and Team Hydrotec) contributed $36 million of sales for the twelve months ended August 31, 2011. Excluding sales from these acquisitions and the favorable impact of the weaker U.S. dollar ($8 million), core sales grew 19% in fiscal 2011. In addition to generally improved macroeconomic conditions, the increased sales were the result of new product introductions and increased demand from end users in the mining, oil & gas and general maintenance industries. Industrial segment operating profit increased to $98 million for the year ended August 31, 2011 compared to $66 million in fiscal 2010. Fiscal 2011 operating profit comparisons were favorably impacted by increased sales volumes and a $6 million reduction in restructuring costs. The expansion of the Industrial segment operating profit margin, despite unfavorable acquisition mix and additional costs associated with growth initiatives, was the result of a lower cost structure from past restructuring actions and increased production levels (higher absorption of fixed manufacturing costs).
Energy segment net sales in fiscal 2011 were $293 million, a $57 million (24%) increase over the prior year. Excluding sales from acquired businesses and foreign currency changes (which favorably impacted fiscal 2011 sales by $23 million), core sales increased 15% during fiscal 2011. This increase was the result of higher activity levels across nearly all of the segments primary markets including capital project activity in the oil & gas market, maintenance related spending in North America and emerging markets and strong sales to the power generation market. Energy segment operating profit increased $18 million (58%) to $49 million in fiscal 2011 compared to $31 million in fiscal 2010. The year-over-year increase in operating profit margins is primarily the result of continued productivity improvements and significantly increased operating leverage, a $2 million reduction in restructuring charges and favorable acquisition mix, partially offset by higher incentive compensation costs.
Electrical segment net sales increased $43 million (15%) in fiscal 2012 to $329 million. Excluding increased sales from the Mastervolt acquisition ($28 million) and changes in foreign currency exchange rates, core sales grew 7% in fiscal 2012. This was the result of price increases and modestly higher volumes in most sales channels. The Electrical segment generated a $35 million operating loss in fiscal 2012, compared to an operating profit of $21 million in fiscal 2011. Fiscal 2012 operating results were adversely impacted by a $62 million non-cash asset impairment charge related to the Mastervolt business. Despite unfavorable acquisition mix, higher incentive compensation costs and $4 million of restructuring costs incurred to consolidate transformer manufacturing facilities, adjusted operating profit margins expanded as a result of pricing actions, cost saving initiatives and favorable product mix.
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