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Valmont Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

OMAHA, Neb., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, reported second quarter sales of $878.7 million compared with $767.3 million for the same period of 2012. Second quarter 2013 operating income was $144.3 million versus $97.4 million in 2012. During the quarter, the Company divested a galvanizing operation in Perth, Australia, which resulted in a $4.6 million pre-tax gain, ($0.16 earnings per share). Second quarter net income including the gain, was $89.6 million versus $60.0 million in 2012, which resulted in an increase in quarterly diluted earnings per share from $2.24 in 2012 to $3.33 in 2013.

Second Quarter Review:

Led by Irrigation, each reportable segment posted sales increases, which drove record second quarter total sales. Recent acquisitions contributed the majority of the sales increases in the Engineered Infrastructure Products and Coatings Segments, while demand growth drove the majority of the sales increases in the Irrigation and Utility Support Structures Segments. Irrigation and Utility Support Structures also achieved their highest ever second quarter results.

Revenue growth, improved gross profit margins and operating leverage combined to increase corporate quarterly operating income by 48%. Operating margin increased to a Company quarterly record 16.4% up from last year's 12.7%.

Utility Support Structures Segment (26% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry.

Sales of $228.2 million were 8% higher than 2012, reflecting increased North American transmission structure demand. Sales declined in international markets due to the timing of large projects.

Driving North American demand is utility investment in the electric transmission grid. A primary goal of the 2005 U.S. energy bill was to upgrade and expand the transmission grid to improve flexibility and reliability. This effort is expected to take many years. Discussions with Valmont's customer base support our outlook for high levels of continued utility investment in the grid. Recent capacity investments in our plant network have enabled the Company to meet this growing demand for transmission support structures. The Company is continuing to add capacity anticipating further demand growth.

Utility operating income rose 58% to $42.1 million, which represents 18.5% of segment sales. The increase in operating income was due to additional volume, improved project mix and operational improvements.

Irrigation Segment (31% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Center pivot and linear move mechanized irrigation equipment and parts for agriculture in global markets.

The Irrigation Segment had exceptional results with sales improving 39% to $270.2 million, reflecting significant increases in both North American and international markets. Recent demand remained strong due to historically high farm incomes and was further supported by last year's drought in North America.

In international markets, sales increases reflect further market penetration. Increasingly, many governments in international markets recognize the importance of mechanized irrigation to their economies. Government policies are therefore being enacted to encourage farmers to purchase more efficient irrigation equipment, which support international growth.

World population growth and dietary improvement creates a pressing need for farmers to increase crop production. Competing demands on water use creates further pressure on agriculture to become more efficient in conserving water. Valmont believes these are outstanding long-term drivers for enduring growth. Short-term demand however, may be influenced by the fluctuations in farm income from year to year.

Operating income growth of 71% to $64.2 million was exceptional as was operating margin at a record 23.8% of segment sales. The improvement in operating income was due to combined sales and manufacturing growth and leverage of both fixed costs and SG&A.

Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment (29% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Lighting, traffic and highway safety products, wireless communication structures and components, and industrial gratings and access systems worldwide.

Second quarter sales were $250.6 million, a 6% increase over 2012. Sales gains primarily reflect the addition of $18 million in revenue from the February 2013 acquisition of Locker Group.

In North America, lighting and traffic products sales rose modestly led by commercial lighting products. Wireless communication product sales rose due to wireless carriers expanding 4G networks.

In Europe, lighting and traffic product sales were slightly below last year's levels, as fiscal austerity continued to dominate infrastructure investment.

In the Asia-Pacific region, engineered access system sales rose mostly due to the addition of Locker. Lighting and traffic product sales increased, while wireless communication product sales declined.

Operating income increased 60% to $22.6 million, or 9.0% of segment sales compared with last year's 6.0%. This increase was driven by an improved overall operating productivity and better demand for wireless communication products in North America, an improved cost structure in Europe, and the contribution of Locker.

Coatings Segment (11% of 2nd Quarter Sales)
Hot-dip galvanizing, and other coatings to protect against corrosion of steel and aluminum in global markets.

Sales of $93.8 million were 11% higher than last year. North American sales increased due to a $9 million contribution from the acquisition of Pure Metal in late 2012. Economic recovery along with intercompany demand supported North American volumes.

In the Asia-Pacific region, sales were comparable to last year. To focus on its regional strength in Eastern Australia, the Company divested its one site in Western Australia.

Operating income increased 21% to $23.6 million, or 25.1% of segment sales due to the disposition gain of the Australia facility and the contribution of Pure Metal. Without the $4.6 million pre-tax gain from the sale, operating income would have been $18.9 million (20.1% of sales).

Outlook:

"We expect the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment to sustain positive comparisons in the second half of the year," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"The Utility Support Structures segment should continue to benefit from market growth further supported by additional Valmont manufacturing capacity coming on stream in the fourth quarter.

"In the Irrigation Segment, while the long-term drivers remain strong, as is always the case, second-half demand will depend on many factors related to crop production and agricultural markets that are difficult to predict.

"Coatings Segment performance will benefit from the acquisition of Pure Metal and continued solid demand in North America.

"Our current second half outlook is for positive consolidated sales and earnings comparisons, although at less favorable comparisons than experienced in the first half. At this time we believe our full-year fully diluted earnings per share will exceed $11.00 per share," concluded Mr. Bay.

An audio discussion of Valmont's second quarter results by Mogens C. Bay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Richard P. Heyse, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be available live by telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#: 98696045 or via the Internet at 8:00 a.m. CDT July 18, 2013, 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#: 98696045 beginning July 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CDT through 12:00 p.m. CDT on July 25, 2013.

Valmont is 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)










Second Quarter


Year-to-Date


13 Weeks Ended


26 Weeks Ended


29-Jun-13


30-Jun-12


29-Jun-13


30-Jun-12

Net sales

$ 878,659


$ 767,315


$ 1,698,289


$ 1,484,665

Cost of sales

617,188


567,920


1,201,449


1,098,956

Gross profit

261,471


199,395


496,840


385,709

Selling, general and administrative expenses

117,206


102,043


234,385


205,539

Operating income

144,265


97,352


262,455


180,170

Other income (expense)








Interest expense

(8,025)


(7,421)


(16,215)


(15,228)

Interest income

1,852


1,910


3,205


3,988

Other

123


(1,977)


1,679


(400)


(6,050)


(7,488)


(11,331)


(11,640)

Earnings before income taxes and equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries

138,215


89,864


251,124


168,530

Income tax expense

47,168


30,792


82,141


58,558

Earnings before equity in earnings ofnonconsolidated subsidiaries

91,047


59,072


168,983


109,972

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries

269


2,087


473


3,775

Net earnings

91,316


61,159


169,456


113,747

Less: Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

(1,753)


(1,179)


(2,324)


(1,442)

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.

$ 89,563


$ 59,980


$ 167,132


$ 112,305

















Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic

26,648


26,467


26,615


26,432

Earnings per share - Basic

$ 3.36


$ 2.27


$ 6.28


$ 4.25









Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted

26,910


26,758


26,884


26,718

Earnings per share - Diluted

$ 3.33


$ 2.24


$ 6.22


$ 4.20









Cash dividends per share

$ 0.250


$ 0.225


$ 0.475


$ 0.405

















VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)










Second Quarter


Year-to-Date


13 Weeks Ended


26 Weeks Ended


29-Jun-13


30-Jun-12


29-Jun-13


30-Jun-12









Net sales








Engineered Infrastructure Products

$ 250,636


$ 235,816


$ 474,306


$ 439,743

Utility Support Structures

228,243


212,237


467,881


403,469

Coatings

93,798


84,837


183,043


167,684

Infrastructure products

572,677


532,890


1,125,230


1,010,896









Irrigation

270,175


194,496


514,882


390,762

Other

83,679


87,194


161,548


173,257

Less: Intersegment sales

(47,872)


(47,265)


(103,371)


(90,250)

Total

$ 878,659


$ 767,315


$ 1,698,289


$ 1,484,665









Operating Income








Engineered Infrastructure Products

$ 22,603


$ 14,168


$ 35,337


$ 22,192

Utility Support Structures

42,121


26,574


88,276


51,678

Coatings

23,552


19,517


36,972


36,029

Infrastructure products

88,276


60,259


160,585


109,899









Irrigation

64,174


37,607


118,733


76,015

Other

13,025


12,259


23,812


23,670

Corporate

(21,210)


(12,773)


(40,675)


(29,414)

Total

$ 144,265


$ 97,352


$ 262,455


$ 180,170

















Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four reportable segments as follows.











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)







29-Jun-13



30-Jun-12

ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$ 490,477



$ 328,381

Accounts receivable, net

513,766



489,371

Inventories

413,408



441,296

Prepaid expenses

33,587



29,772

Refundable and deferred income taxes

68,168



43,999

Total current assets

1,519,406



1,332,819

Property, plant and equipment, net

530,482



465,692

Goodwill and other assets

601,735



598,238


$ 2,651,623



$ 2,396,749






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Current installments of long-term debt

$ 457



$ 248

Notes payable to banks

16,004



17,374

Accounts payable

212,097



222,216

Accrued expenses

181,524



155,951

Dividend payable

6,693



5,985

Total current liabilities

416,775



401,774

Long-term debt, excluding current installments

471,662



473,592

Other long-term liabilities

264,829



213,544

Shareholders' equity

1,498,357



1,307,839


$ 2,651,623



$ 2,396,749

SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.

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