Alamo Group Inc. (NYSE: ALG) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.
Highlights for the Quarter
- Record net sales for the quarter of $206.3 million
- Company finishes quarter with record backlog
- Industrial Division continued to benefit from increased core products demand
- Earnings constrained by weakening agricultural market and acquisition-related expenses
- Results include Specialized business units acquired in May 2014
Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 were a record $206.3 million compared with net sales of $178.1 million for the previous year, an increase of 16%. The majority of the sales increase was driven by sales from recent acquisitions, primarily the units of Specialized, which Alamo acquired in May of this year and to a lesser extent from U.K. based Kellands, acquired in April of this year and two additional Australian acquisitions, Superior and Fieldquip, acquired in September 2013 and April 2014, respectively. Excluding these acquisitions net sales for the quarter increased 3% to a record $182.7 million.
Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $9.2 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, compared with net income of $11.8 million, or $0.97 per diluted share for the same period of 2013. Excluding the results of the acquired units and related transaction costs and interest, net income for the second quarter was approximately $9.1 million. Net income for the quarter was negatively impacted by significant acquisition-related expenses, accelerated stock option vesting, as well as weaker performance in the company’s North American Agricultural Division primarily due to overall soft agricultural market conditions.
For the first six months of 2014, net sales were a record $377.6 million compared with $336.5 million in the previous year, an increase of 12%. Excluding recent acquisitions, net sales for the first six months were a record $353.2 million, an increase of 5%. Net income for the first half of 2014 was $16.4 million or $1.34 per diluted share, versus net income of $18.7 million or $1.54 per diluted share in 2013. Excluding the effects of the previously mentioned acquisitions, net income for the first six months of 2014 was approximately $16.8 million.
Sales by Division
Alamo Group’s North American Industrial Division net sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $105.1 million, an increase of 35% compared with net sales of $77.6 million during the same period of 2013. These results include incremental sales from the Specialized units. During the quarter, the division continued to benefit from increased demand for its core products in addition to the acquisition of the complementary brands of Specialized. Excluding the Specialized contribution, net sales in the Industrial Division were $86.1 million, an increase of 11% compared with the previous year. For the first six months of 2014, net sales in the division were $182.4 million versus $147.0 million in 2013, an increase of 24%. Excluding recent acquisitions, net sales were $163.4 million, an increase of 11%.
The company’s North American Agricultural Division reported net sales of $52.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, a decrease of 8% compared with net sales of $57.3 million in the previous year. Excluding the effects of the acquisitions of Superior and Fieldquip, both of which are included in this division’s results, net sales were $51.3 million, a decrease of 10%, reflecting generally weaker conditions in the overall U.S. agricultural market. For the first six months of 2014, net sales in the Agricultural Division were $102.5 million compared with 2013 net sales of $106.9 million, a decrease of 4%. Excluding the acquisitions, net sales for the first six months of 2014 were $100.4 million.
Net sales in Alamo’s European Division for the second quarter of 2014 were $48.6 million, an increase of nearly 13% vs. 2013 net sales of $43.2 million. Excluding the Kellands acquisition, net sales for the second quarter rose 5% to $45.4 million. For the first six months of 2014, net sales were $92.7 million or 12% higher compared with $82.6 million in the previous year. Excluding the acquisition, net sales for the first six months of 2014 were $89.4 million, an increase of 8%. These results reflect gradually improving demand for the Company’s products in the European sector, further aided by changes in exchange rates.
Ron Robinson, Alamo Group’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “This was a busy quarter for our company. It was very gratifying to complete the acquisition of the Specialized business units, though the contributions they made for the partial quarter they were with us were offset by high levels of acquisition-related expenses. Had they been with us for the full quarter all of these costs would have been more than offset. We believe our third quarter results will more fully reflect the benefits this combination will contribute to Alamo going forward as it will include a full quarter’s results with no transaction costs.
“The results for the quarter were also impacted by higher stock option expenses. The company normally makes most of its stock based compensation awards in the second quarter of the year and this time these costs were noticeably above average largely related to the accelerated vesting options to retirement eligible recipients.
“We were also disappointed by our Agricultural Division’s results, which felt the effects of the general slowdown in that sector. These weaker conditions began in mid-2013, and while we managed to still report improved sales into the first quarter of this year, we were unable to sustain that pace in the second quarter. Notwithstanding the market conditions, we did not manage this decline as well as we could have and allowed our margins to slip and inventory to grow. These areas will receive greater focus in the second half of the year.
“Our European Division helped offset some of these declines as their results reflect continued improvement in the demand for our agricultural and industrial products in that region overall. However, these conditions vary widely by country and our units based in the U.K. have experienced stronger growth than our French units, which are still being constrained by weaker local economic conditions.
“Once again, our North American Industrial Division reported our strongest results as we continue to benefit from steadily improving demand for our broad range of infrastructure maintenance products. The second quarter results from the division were particularly welcome given the generally weak start we had for the year as a result of adverse weather conditions in the first quarter. We believe we are well positioned to take advantage of any increase in demand for our types of products to support the underserved needs of an aging infrastructure. Our capabilities in this area have been greatly enhanced with the addition of the Specialized business units that include Super Products, Wausau-Everest, HP Fairfield and related entities which should benefit Alamo nicely in the second half of 2014 and for years to come.
“While acquisition-related expenses and disappointing declines in our Agricultural Division results more than offset the gains we made in Europe and our Industrial Division in the second quarter of 2014, we continue to be optimistic about the prospects for our company. Strong performance from our Industrial group, the improving market in Europe, positive long term fundamentals in the agricultural sector and the benefits that are just starting to become evident from our recent acquisitions bode well for the future of Alamo Group. Supporting our optimism is our backlog which ended the second quarter at over $163 million, up 69% from last year at this time and even up 9% when you exclude acquisitions. And, our backlogs are continuing to increase in July with our Agricultural Division units being further aided by the kickoff of their out of season selling programs. This gives us confidence in our ability to perform for the remainder of 2014.”