Alamo Group 10-Q 2005
Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
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Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
1. Basis of Financial Statement Presentation
The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements of Alamo Group Inc. and its subsidiaries (the "Company") have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulations S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2005. The balance sheet at December 31, 2004, has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. for complete financial statements. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004.
2. Accounts Receivable
Accounts Receivable is shown net of the allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,837,000 and $1,832,000 at September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2004, respectively.
Inventories valued at LIFO cost represented 51% and 55% of total inventory at September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2004 respectively. The excess of current costs over LIFO valued inventories was $7,650,000 at September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2004. Inventory obsolescence reserves were $5,833,000 at September 30, 2005 and $4,947,000 at December 31, 2004. The increase in obsolescence reserve was primarily due to currency exchange rate fluctuations. Net inventories consist of the following:
An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method can be made only at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO must necessarily be based to some extent on management's estimates.
4. Common Stock and Dividends
Dividends declared and paid on a per share basis were
5. Stock-Based Compensation
Effective January 1, 1996, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 ("SFAS 123"), Accounting for Stock Based Compensation, and elected to continue to use the intrinsic value method in accounting for its stock option plans. Accordingly, no compensation cost has been recognized in the financial statements for these plans. Had compensation costs for the Company's stock based employee compensation plans been determined based upon a fair value method consistent with SFAS 123, the Company's net income and earnings per share would have been decreased to the pro forma amounts indicated below.
The Company calculated the fair value for these options using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted average assumptions for 2005 and 2004:
6. Earnings Per Share
The following table sets forth the reconciliation from basic to diluted average common shares and the calculations of net income per common share. Net income for basic and diluted calculations do not differ.
7. Segment Reporting
At September 30, 2005 the following unaudited financial information is segmented:
8. Accounting Standards and Disclosures
On December 16, 2004, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued FASB Statement No. 123 (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment, which is a revision of FASB Statement No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation. Statement 123(R) supersedes APB Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees, and amends FASB Statement No. 95, Statement of Cash Flows. Generally, the approach in Statement 123(R) is similar to the approach described in Statement 123. However, Statement 123(R) requires all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, to be recognized in the income statement based on their fair values. Pro forma disclosure will no longer be an alternative.
On April 14, 2005, the SEC issued a press release announcing that it would provide for phase-in implementation for Statement 123(R). The SEC would require that registrants that are not small business issuers adopt Statement 123(R)'s fair value method of accounting for share-based payments to employees no later than the beginning of the first fiscal year beginning after June 15, 2005.
Early adoption will be permitted in periods in which financial statements have not yet been issued. We expect to adopt Statement 123(R) effective January 1, 2006.
Statement 123(R) permits public companies to adopt its requirements using one of two methods:
1. A "modified prospective" method in which compensation cost is recognized beginning with the effective date (a) based on the requirements of Statement 123(R) for all share-based payments granted after the effective date and (b) based on the requirements of Statement 123 for all awards granted to employees prior to the effective date of Statement 123(R) that remain unvested on the effective date.
2. A "modified retrospective" method which includes the requirements of the modified prospective method described above, but also permits entities to restate based on the amounts previously recognized under Statement 123 for purposes of pro forma disclosures either (a) all prior periods presented or (b) prior interim periods of the year of adoption.
As permitted by Statement 123, the Company currently accounts for share-based payments to employees using Opinion 25's intrinsic value method and, as such, generally recognizes no compensation cost for employee stock options. Accordingly, the adoption of Statement 123(R)'s fair value method will have an impact on our result of operations, although it will have no impact on our overall financial position. The impact of adoption of Statement 123(R) cannot be predicted at this time because it will depend on levels of share-based payments granted in the future. However, had we adopted Statement 123(R) in prior periods, the impact of that standard would have approximated the impact of Statement 123 as described in the disclosure of pro forma net income and earnings per share in Note 5 to our consolidated financial statements. Statement 123(R) also requires the benefits of tax deductions in excess of recognized compensation cost to be reported as a financing cash flow, rather than as an operating cash flow as required under current literature. This requirement will reduce net operating cash flows and increase net financing cash flows in periods after adoption. While the Company cannot estimate what those amounts will be in the future (because they depend on, among other things, when employees exercise stock options), the amount of operating cash flows recognized in prior periods for such excess tax deductions were $8,000 in 2004, 2003 and 2002.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
The Company does not have any obligation under any transaction, agreement or other contractual arrangement to which an entity unconsolidated with the Company is party, that has or is reasonably likely to have a material effect on the Company's financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to investors.
9. Comprehensive Income
During the third quarter of 2005 and 2004, Comprehensive Income amounted to $4,329,000 and $5,160,000, respectively.
The components of Comprehensive Income, net of related tax are as follows:
The components of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income as shown on the Balance Sheet are solely comprised of foreign currency translation adjustments of $8,226,000 and $13,394,000 at September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2004, respectively:
10. Contingent Matters
The Company is subject to various unresolved legal actions that arise in the ordinary course of its business. The most prevalent of such actions relates to product liability, which is generally covered by insurance. While amounts claimed might be substantial and the ultimate liability with respect to such litigation cannot be determined at this time, the Company believes that the ultimate outcome of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position or results of operations.
The Company is subject to numerous environmental laws and regulations concerning air emissions, discharges into waterways and the generation, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste materials. The Company's policy is to comply with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, and the Company believes it is currently in material compliance with all such applicable laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are constantly changing, and it is impossible to predict with accuracy the effect that changes to such laws and regulations may have on the Company in the future. Like other industrial concerns, the Company's manufacturing operations entail the risk of noncompliance, and there can be no assurance that the Company will not incur material costs or other liabilities as a result thereof. The Company knows that the Indianola, Iowa property is contaminated with chromium which likely resulted from chrome plating operations which were discontinued several years before the Company purchased the property. Chlorinated volatile organic compounds have also been detected in water samples on the property, though the source is unknown at this time. The Company has been voluntarily working with an environmental consultant and the state of Iowa with respect to these issues and will take appropriate measures to remediate the property if necessary. All remediation costs through June of 2002 were paid by the previous owner pursuant to the agreement by which the Company purchased the property. During the second quarter of 2002, the Company settled all outstanding claims including the environmental claim with the prior owner and applied approximately $100,000 of the overall settlement towards the environmental reserve. The balance in the environmental liability reserve at September 30, 2005 was $180,000. The amount of potential liability has been estimated by an independent environmental engineering company to be between $100,000 and $250,000.
The Company is subject to various other federal, state, and local laws affecting its business, as well as a variety of regulations relating to such matters as working conditions, equal employment opportunities and product safety. A variety of state laws regulate the Company's contractual relationships with its dealers, some of which impose restrictive standards on the relationship between the Company and its dealers, including events of default, grounds for termination, non-renewal of dealer contracts and equipment repurchase requirements. The Company believes it is currently in material compliance with all such applicable laws and regulations.
The following tables set forth, for the periods indicated, certain financial percentages:
This report contains forward-looking statements that are based on Alamo Group's current expectations. Actual results in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied because of a number of risks and uncertainties which are discussed below and in the Forward-Looking Information section.
In the first nine months of 2005 the Company experienced moderate growth. We achieved improvements in all segments despite continued softness in our North American Agricultural Division. Agricultural dealer inventory levels dropped during the third quarter which resulted in higher sales levels for the Company, however higher fuel prices became a major factor in reduced levels of new orders which could impact our fourth quarter and 2006 results. We are also concerned about the bird flu outbreak which could potentially have an adverse affect on our agricultural markets.
While our outlook remains positive, we are concerned that our markets could be negatively affected by a variety of factors such as a downturn in the overall economy, inflation, particularly with raw materials such as steel; increased levels of government regulations both in the U.S. and other countries in which we operate; changes in farm incomes due to commodity prices or governmental aid programs; adverse situations that could affect our customers such as epidemics like mad cow disease and bird flu, weather conditions such as droughts and floods and higher fuel costs which affect operating expenses; and, budget constraints or revenue shortfalls in governmental entities to which the Company sells its products.
Results of Operations
Three Months Ended September 30, 2005 vs. Three Months Ended September 30, 2004
Net sales for the third quarter of 2005 were $95,808,000, an increase of $7,818,000 or 8.9% compared to $87,990,000 for the third quarter of 2004. The increase was primarily attributable to the contribution from Spearhead Machinery Limited ("Spearhead") acquired in February 2005 in the amount of $3,158,000, internal growth within the Company's European operation and improvement in new sales orders for our Industrial products from governmental entities.
Net North American Agricultural sales were $33,671,000 in 2005 compared to $32,568,000 for the same period in 2004, an increase of $1,103,000 or 3.4%. The increase was attributable to expected lower dealer inventory levels which resulted in increased new orders beginning late in the second quarter of 2005. The Company's Rhino product line accounted for the majority of the increase.
Net North American Industrial sales increased during the third quarter by $2,770,000 or 9.2% to $32,782,000 for 2005 compared to $30,012,000 during the same period in 2004. Industrial mower sales, particularly our Tiger product line, reflected improvement over 2004 with increased new orders from governmental entities, our main customers in the this market. Sales of Schwarze sweepers also accounted for some of the increase over 2004.
Net European Sales for the third quarter of 2005 were $29,355,000, an increase of $3,945,000 or 15.5% compared to $25,410,000 during the third quarter of 2004. The increase was primarily a result of the contribution from Spearhead, in the amount of $3,158,000 and to a lesser extent, continued improved performance in our markets in England and France.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2005 was $21,586,000 (22.5% of net sales) compared to $20,114,000 (22.9% of net sales) during the same period in 2004, an increase of $1,472,000. The increase was primarily from higher sales levels in all three divisions. This is despite an increase in fuel costs which are running 50% higher than 2004. The increase was also partially offset by approximately a $700,000 adjustment posted in quarter 3 in 2005 related to a control exception noted in one of our North American agricultural facilities. Please see Item 4 (Controls and Procedures) for further details.
Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") was $14,626,000 (15.3% of net sales) during the third quarter of 2005 compared to $13,544,000 (15.4% of net sales) during the same period of 2004, an increase of $1,082,000. SG&A for the third quarter of 2005 increased mainly as a result of the addition of Spearhead in the amount of $306,000 along with higher sales commissions expenses due to increased sales.
Interest expense was $840,000 for the third quarter of 2005 compared to $507,000 during the same period in 2004, an increase of $333,000. This increase was mainly from higher interest rates and increased borrowings in 2005.
Other income (expense) was $38,000 of income during the third quarter of 2005 compared to $41,000 of expense in the third quarter of 2004. Exchange rate gains from foreign currency contracts covering accounts receivable in our European operations were the primary reason for the income in 2005.
The Company's net income after tax was $4,384,000 or $.44 per share on a diluted basis for the third quarter of 2005 compared to $4,198,000 or $.43 per share on a diluted basis for the third quarter of 2004. The increase of $186,000 resulted from the factors described above.
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2005 vs. Nine Months Ended September 30, 2004
Net sales for the first nine months of 2005 were $285,481,000, an increase of $27,959,000 or 10.9% compared to $257,522,000 for the first nine months of 2004. The increase was primarily attributable to improved revenue in all three divisions and the acquisition of Rousseau in March of 2004 and Spearhead in February 2005.
Net North American Agricultural sales were $98,134,000 in 2005 compared to $95,981,000 for the same period in 2004, an increase of $2,153,000 or 2.2%. Higher prices for cattle and other agricultural commodities at the start of the year helped the agricultural market. However, higher fuel costs have negatively affected farmers spending which has caused the market to soften in the agricultural equipment market.
Net North American Industrial sales increased during the first nine months by $8,899,000 or 10.0% to $97,723,000 for 2005 compared to $88,824,000 during the same period in 2004. The increase came from higher sales in mowing equipment along with an unusual increase in tractor sales, specifically during the second quarter of 2005. Industrial markets have seen a significant rise in governmental income but increased Medicaid, fuel cost and disaster recovery in the southeast are absorbing a larger portion of their budgets. Sales of Schwarze sweepers were higher during the first nine months of 2005 compared to the same period in 2004 as dealer sales experienced increased market activity.
Net European Sales for the first nine months of 2005 were $89,624,000, an increase of $16,907,000 or 23.2% compared to $72,717,000 during the same period of 2004. The increase was a result of the acquisitions of Rousseau in March 2004 and Spearhead in February 2005, internal sales growth due to new product introductions, aggressive marketing initiatives and cross selling products through existing distribution networks.
Gross profit for the first nine months of 2005 was $62,357,000 (21.8% of net sales) compared to $58,473,000 (22.7% of net sales) during the same period in 2004, an increase of $3,884,000. The increase was mainly attributable to higher sales levels from all three divisions. The Company was affected by increases in steel and fuel prices which have negatively impacted the nine months ending 2005. Also, margins were negatively affected in the second quarter from unusually higher tractor sales in the Company's industrial sector. The increase was also partially offset by approximately a $700,000 adjustment posted in quarter 3 in 2005 related to a control exception noted in one of our North American agricultural facilities. Please see Item 4 (Controls and Procedures) for further details.
Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") were $44,127,000 (15.4% of net sales) during the first nine months of 2005 compared to $39,170,000 (15.2% of net sales) during the same period of 2004, an increase of $4,957,000. SG&A for the first nine months of 2005 increased mainly as a result of the addition of Rousseau and Spearhead in the amount of $1,279,000 along with increased marketing expenses relating to commissions earned on higher sales levels and trade shows expenses.
Interest expense was $2,332,000 for the first nine months of 2005 compared to $1,549,000 during the same period in 2004, an increase of $783,000. The increase was due to higher interest rates in 2005 along with increased borrowings to support higher levels of working capital.
Other income (expense) was $137,000 of income during the first nine months of 2005 compared to $759,000 of expense in the first nine months of 2004. In 2005, the income came from exchange rate gains. In 2004, losses of $434,000 on the sale of Dabekausen, the Company's distribution operation located in the Netherlands, a write down of $150,000 in Alamo Group's investment in a small business investment company, and exchange rate losses of $356,000 relating to foreign currency contracts on accounts receivable transactions in our European operations. Also, during the second quarter of 2004, the Company recorded a gain of $519,000 from insurance proceeds related to a fire in the paint system at the Company's Seguin, Texas facility. The asset destroyed in the fire was fully depreciated and the amount received was used for a new paint system which was capitalized. The Company also wrote off $600,000 against the machinery and equipment assets in the Company's Guymon, Oklahoma facility which was closed in 2001 and has been held for resale since that time.
The Company's net income after tax was $11,167,000 or $1.13 per share on a diluted basis for the first nine months of 2005 compared to $11,334,000 or $1.15 per share on a diluted basis for the first nine months of 2004. The decrease of $167,000 resulted from the factors described above.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
In addition to normal operating expenses, the Company has ongoing cash requirements which are necessary to expand the Company's business, including inventory purchases and capital expenditures. The Company's inventory and accounts payable levels typically build in the first half of the year and in the fourth quarter in anticipation of the spring and fall selling seasons. Accounts receivable historically build in the first and fourth quarters of each year as a result of fall preseason sales programs and out of season sales. These sales enhance the Company's production flow during the off season.
As of September 30, 2005, the Company had working capital of $135,057,000, which represents an increase of $21,874,000 from working capital of $113,183,000 as of December 31, 2004. The increase in working capital was primarily from higher accounts receivable and inventory levels and the acquisition of Spearhead.
Capital expenditures were $7,080,000 for the first nine months of 2005, compared to $3,591,000 during the first nine months of 2004. During the second quarter of 2005, the Company purchased the Schwarze manufacturing facility and land in Huntsville, Alabama which had been leased on a long-term basis. The purchase price was $3,506,000. Without this purchase, capital expenditures were $3,574,000 for the nine month period. The Company expects to fund capital expenditures from operating cash flows and through its revolving credit facility, described below.
The Company was authorized by its Board of Directors in 1997 to repurchase up to 1,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock to be funded through working capital and credit facility borrowings. There were no shares repurchased during 2004 or in the first nine months of 2005. The authorization to repurchase up to 1,000,000 shares remains available less 42,600 shares, previously purchased.
Net cash provided by financing activities was $18,995,000 during the nine-month period ending September 30, 2005, compared to $7,658,000 net cash used by financing activities for the same period in 2004. The increase was due to extended terms on fall preseason sales programs which were at higher levels in 2005.
On August 25, 2004, the Company entered into a five year $70 million Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Agreement with its lenders, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and Guaranty Bank. This contractually committed, unsecured facility allows the Company to borrow and repay amounts drawn at floating or fixed interest rates based upon Prime or LIBOR rates. Proceeds may be used for general corporate purposes or, subject to certain limitations, acquisitions. The loan agreement contains among other things the following financial covenants: Minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratios, Minimum Consolidated Tangible Net Worth, Consolidated Funded Debt to EBITDA Ratio and Minimum Asset Coverage Ratio, along with limitations on dividends, other indebtedness, liens, investments and capital expenditures. The Agreement in its entirety was filed as an Exhibit on Form 8-K filed on August 27, 2004. As of September 30, 2005, there was $35,000,000 borrowed under the revolving credit facility. At September 30, 2005, $2,357,000 of the revolver capacity was committed to irrevocable standby letters of credit issued in the ordinary course of business as required by vendors' contracts. There are three smaller additional lines of credit, one for the Company's European operation in the amount of 4,000,000 British pounds, one for our Canadian operation in the amount of 3,000,000 Canadian dollars, and one for our Australian operation in the amount of 1,300,000 Australian dollars. As of September 30, 2005 there were no British pounds borrowed against the European line of credit, zero Canadian dollars were outstanding on the Canadian line of credit and 800,000 Australian dollars outstanding under its facility. The Canadian revolving credit facility is guaranteed by the Company. The Australian facility is secured by a letter of credit issued by the Company. The Company's borrowing levels for working capital are seasonal with the greatest utilization generally occurring in the first quarter and early spring. As of September 30, 2005, the Company is in compliance with the terms and conditions of its credit facilities.
Management believes that the bank credit facility and the Company's ability to internally generate funds from operations should be sufficient to meet the Company's cash requirements for the foreseeable future.
Critical Accounting Estimates
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are based upon our Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.
An accounting policy is deemed to be critical if it requires an accounting estimate to be made based on assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time the estimate is made, and if different estimates that reasonably could have been used, or changes in the accounting estimates that are reasonably likely to occur periodically, could materially impact the financial statements. Management believes the following critical accounting policies reflect its more significant estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements. For further information on the critical accounting policies, see Note 1 of our Notes to Consolidate Financial Statements.
Critical Accounting Policies
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
The Company evaluates the collectibility of its accounts receivable based on a combination of factors. In circumstances where it is aware of a specific customer's inability to meet its financial obligations, it records a specific reserve to reduce the amounts recorded to what it believes will be collected. For all other customers, it recognizes reserves for bad debt based on historical experience of bad debts as a percentage of revenues for each business unit, adjusted for relative improvements or deteriorations in agings and changes in current economic conditions.
The Company evaluates all aged receivables that are over 60 days old and will reserve specifically on a 90-day basis. The Company has a secured interest in most of its wholegood sales. This allows the Company, in the event of nonpayment or deteriorating financial condition, to repossess the customer's inventory. This also allows Alamo Group to maintain only a reserve over its cost which usually represents the margin on the original sales price.
The bad debt reserve balance was $1,837,000 at September 30, 2005 and $1,832,000 on December 31, 2004. The Company does not believe that there are any collectibility concerns within these reserves outside the normal course of business.
At September 30, 2005 the Company had $5,710,000 in reserves for sales discounts compared to $6,786,000 at December 31, 2004 on product shipped to our customers under various promotional programs. The decrease was due primarily to additional discounts available on the Company's Rhino and M&W products which are ordered during the pre-season, from July to December of each year and are shipped through the second quarter of 2005. The Company reviews the reserve quarterly based on the analysis made on each program in effect at the time.
The Company bases its reserves on historical data relating to discounts taken by customers under each program. Historically between 85% and 95% of the Company's customers who qualify for each program, actually take the discount that is available.
Inventories - Obsolescence and Slow Moving Inventory
The Company had $5,833,000 at September 30, 2005 and $4,947,000 at December 31, 2004 in reserves to cover obsolescence and slow moving inventory. The increase was due primarily to currency exchange rate fluctuations. The obsolescence and slow moving policy states that the reserve in general is to be calculated on a basis of: 1) no inventory usage over a three year period and inventory with quantity on hand is deemed obsolete and reserved at 100 percent and 2) slow moving inventory with little usage requires a 100 percent reserve on items that have a quantity greater than a three year supply. There may be exceptions to the obsolete and slow moving classifications if approved by an officer of the Company based on specific identification of an item or items that are deemed to be either included or excluded from this classification.
The reserve is reviewed and, if necessary, adjustments are made, on a quarterly basis. The Company relies on historical information to support its reserve. Once the inventory is written down, the Company does not adjust the reserve balance until the inventory is sold.
The Company's warranty policy is generally to provide its customers warranty for up to one year on all wholegood units and 90 days for parts.
Warranty reserve, as a percent of sales, is calculated by looking at the current twelve months expenses and prorating that based on twelve months sales with a six month lag period. The Company's historical experience is that a customer takes approximately six months from the time the unit is received and put it into operation to file any warranty claim. A warranty reserve is established for each marketing group. Reserve balances are evaluated on a quarterly basis and adjustments are made when required.
The warranty reserve balance was $3,081,000 at September 30, 2005 and $3,008,000 at December 31, 2004. The increase was related to higher sales levels.
At September 30, 2005 the Company had accrued $277,000 in reserves for product liability cases compared to $260,000 at December 31, 2004. The Company accrues primarily on a case-by-case basis and adjusts the balance quarterly.
During most of 2004, the self insured retention (S.I.R.) for U.S. product liability coverage was $500,000 per claim. On September 30, 2004, the S.I.R. for rotary mowers remained at $500,000 while the S.I.R. for all other products was reduced to $100,000 per claim. The SIR levels for the current policy period remain the same. The Company also carries product liability coverage in Europe, Canada and Australia which contain substantially lower S.I.R.'s or deductibles.
Part I of this Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q and the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" included in Part II of this Quarterly Report contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In addition, forward-looking statements may be made orally or in press releases, conferences, reports or otherwise, in the future by or on behalf of the Company.
Statements that are not historical are forward-looking. When used by or on behalf of the Company, the words "estimate," "believe," "intend" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. These uncertainties include factors that affect all businesses operating in a global market, as well as matters specific to the Company and the markets it serves. Particular risks and uncertainties facing the Company at the present include changes in market conditions; increased competition; decreases in the prices of agricultural commodities, which could affect our customer's income levels; budget constraints or income shortfalls which could affect the purchases of our type of equipment by governmental customers; adverse weather conditions such as droughts and floods which can affect buying patterns of the Company's customers and related contractors; the price and availability of critical raw materials, particularly steel; fuel prices which affect operating cost for both the Company and its customers; increased cost of new and changing European Union rules and regulations effecting our markets in member countries; regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley which effect public companies; the potential effects on the buying habits of our customers due to diseases such as mad cow and bird flu; the Company's ability to develop and manufacture new and existing products profitably; market acceptance of new and existing products; the Company's ability to maintain good relations with its employees; and the ability to hire and retain quality employees.
In addition, the Company is subject to risks and uncertainties facing the industry in general, including changes in business and political conditions and the economy in general in both domestic and international markets; weather conditions affecting demand; slower growth in the Company's markets; financial market changes including increases in interest rates and fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; actions of competitors; the inability of the Company's suppliers, customers, creditors, public utility providers and financial service organizations to deliver or provide their products or services to the Company; seasonal factors in the Company's industry; unforeseen litigation; government actions including budget levels, regulations and legislation, primarily relating to the environment, commerce, infrastructure spending, health and safety; and availability of materials.
The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and to recognize that the statements are not predictions of actual future results. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and from historical results, due to the risks and uncertainties described above, as well as others not now anticipated. The foregoing statements are not exclusive and further information concerning the Company and its businesses, including factors that could potentially materially affect the Company's financial results, may emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all risk factors or to assess the impact of such risk factors on the Company's businesses.
The Company is exposed to various market risks. Market risk is the potential loss arising from adverse changes in market prices and rates. The Company does not enter into derivative or other financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.
Foreign Currency Risk
A portion of the Company's operations consists of manufacturing and sales activities in international jurisdictions. The Company primarily manufactures its products in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia. The Company sells its products primarily within the markets where the products are produced, but certain of the Company's sales from its international operations are exported and are denominated in other currencies. As a result, the Company's financials, specifically the value of its foreign assets, could be affected by factors such as changes in foreign currency exchange rates or weak economic conditions in the other markets in which the subsidiaries of the Company distribute their products.
To mitigate the short-term effect of changes in currency exchange rates on the Company's functional currency-based sales, the Company's U.K. subsidiaries regularly hedge by entering into foreign exchange forward contracts to hedge approximately 80% of their future net foreign currency sales transactions over a period of nine months. As of September 30, 2005, the Company had £1,660,000 outstanding in forward exchange contracts related to accounts receivable. A 15% fluctuation in exchange rates for these currencies would change the fair value by approximately $290,000. However, since these contracts hedge foreign currency denominated transactions, any change in the fair value of the contracts should be offset by changes in the underlying value of the transaction being hedged.
Exposure to Exchange Rates as a Result of International Sales
The Company's earnings are affected by fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar as compared to foreign currencies, predominately in European countries, as a result of the sales of its products in international markets. Foreign currency options and forward contracts are used to hedge against the earnings effects of such fluctuations. At September 30, 2005, the result of a uniform 10% strengthening in the value of the dollar relative to the currencies in which the Company's sales are denominated would result in a decrease in gross profit of $3,151,000 for the period ending September 30, 2005. Comparatively, the result of a uniform 10% strengthening in the value of the dollar relative to the currencies in which the Company's sales are denominated would have resulted in a decrease in gross profit of approximately $2,703,000 for the period ended September 30, 2004. This calculation assumes that each exchange rate would change in the same direction relative to the U.S. dollar. In addition to the direct effects of changes in exchange rates, which are a changed dollar value of the resulting sales, changes in exchange rates may also affect the volume of sales or the foreign currency sales price as competitors' products become more or less attractive. The Company's sensitivity analysis of the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates does not factor in a potential change in sales levels or local currency prices. The translation adjustment during the third quarter of 2005 was a loss of $55,000. On September 30, 2005, the British pound closed at .5670 relative to 1.00 U.S. dollar, and the Euro closed at .8319 relative to 1.00 US dollar. At December 31, 2004 the British pound closed at .5212 relative to 1.00 U.S. dollar and the Euro closed at .7371 relative to 1.00 U.S. dollar. By comparison, on September 30, 2004, the British pound closed at .5518 relative to 1.00 U.S. dollar, and the Euro closed at .8041 relative to 1.00 U.S. dollar. No assurance can be given as to future valuation of the British pound or Euro or how further movements in those or other currencies could affect future earnings or the financial position of the Company.
Interest Rate Risk
The Company's long-term debt bears interest at variable rates. Accordingly, the Company's net income is affected by changes in interest rates. Assuming the current level of borrowings at variable rates and a two percentage point change in the second quarter 2005 average interest rate under these borrowings, the Company's interest expense would have changed by approximately $330,000 for the first nine months of the year. In the event of an adverse change in interest rates, management could take actions to mitigate its exposure. However, due to the uncertainty of the actions that would be taken and their possible affects this analysis assumes no such actions. Further this analysis does not consider the effects of the change in the level of overall economic activity that could exist in such an environment.
An evaluation was carried out under the supervision and with the participation of Alamo's management, including our President and Chief Executive Officer and Vice-President, Corporate Controller, (Principal Accounting Officer), of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13A-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1933). Based upon the evaluation, the President and Chief Executive Officer and Vice-President, Corporate Controller, (Principal Accounting Officer) concluded that the Company's design and operation of these disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the end of the period covered by this report, however we noted the following:
During the first quarter of 2005 the Company's management identified significant control deficiencies at Rousseau Holdings, S.A. (Rousseau) an operating unit in France that was acquired in 2004. Computer program modification controls as well as certain access controls as implemented at Rousseau were not considered adequate to prevent or detect unauthorized changes or access to computing resources. These control deficiencies pertain to Rousseau only and do not affect other operating units of the Alamo Group. Corrective actions have been completed pertaining to program modification controls. Access controls are under review with a corrective plan to be in place by the end of the year.
During the third quarter of 2005, the Company discovered errors totaling approximately $700,000 in sales and accounts receivable resulting from an issue with the subledger system at a subsidiary in Iowa, where the subledger was not posting information correctly to the general ledger. Although management corrected the general ledger as of September 30, 2005, controls related to reconciliations, review of subledger reports and certain access controls were deemed to be ineffective. Due to quantitative and qualitative factors, these deficiencies are considered significant deficiencies. The Company is in the process of remediating and implementing additional controls to correct the problem, and the corrective action will be completed by the end of the year.
(b) Reports on Form 8-K
November 9, 2005- Press Release announcing third quarter fiscal 2005 earnings.
Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.