Mettler-toledo International, Inc. has a market cap of $6.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $221.32 with a P/E ratio of 25.3165 and P/S ratio of 3.0432. Mettler-toledo International, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 13.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Mettler-toledo International, Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.
Highlight of Business Operations:Net sales were $2,341.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $2,309.3 million in 2011 and $1,968.2 million in 2010. This represents increases in 2012 and 2011 of 1% and 17% in U.S. dollars and 4% and 13% in local currencies, respectively.
Net sales of products increased by 1% and 20% in 2012 and 2011, respectively in U.S. dollars and by 4% and 15%, respectively in local currencies. Service revenue (including spare parts) increased in 2012 and 2011 by 1% and 9%, respectively in U. S. dollars, respectively, and 5% in both periods in local currencies.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for products was 56.2% for 2012, compared to 56.3% for 2011 and 56.5% for 2010. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for services (including spare parts) was 40.9% for 2012, compared to 39.4% for 2011 and 39.5% for 2010.
Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased to 29.2% for 2012, compared to 30.5% for 2011 and 29.9% for 2010. Selling, general and administrative expenses in U.S. dollars decreased by 3% in 2012 and increased 20% in 2011, and in local currencies were flat in 2012 and increased by 13% in 2011. The amount in 2012 reflects increased sales and marketing investments (especially in emerging markets), offset by lower cash incentives and savings from our cost reduction programs.
Total net sales in U.S. dollars increased by 8% in 2012 and 27% in 2011, and in local currencies increased by 6% in 2012 and 22% in 2011. Net sales to external customers in U.S. dollars increased by 11% and 30% in 2012 and 2011, respectively and in local currencies increased by 9% in 2012 and 25% in 2011. The local currency increase in total net sales and net sales to external customers in 2012 includes particularly strong growth in laboratory-related products, modest growth in industrial-related products and a decline in food retailing. We expect local currency sales growth to external customers in 2013 will continue to be less than growth rates experienced in 2011.
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