Ampco-Pittsburgh 10-Q 2012
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number 1-898
600 Grant Street, Suite 4600
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number)
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On May 4, 2012, 10,342,756 common shares were outstanding.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2012 and the condensed consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 have been prepared by Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation (the Corporation) without audit. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of only normal and recurring adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented, have been made. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results expected for the full year.
Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted.
Recently Implemented Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement: Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs. ASU 2011-04 is to be applied prospectively and is effective for the Corporation for interim and annual periods beginning in 2012. The guidance primarily changes the wording used to describe many of the requirements in U.S. GAAP for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements and did not impact operating results, financial position or liquidity of the Corporation.
In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-05, Comprehensive Income, which eliminates the option to present other comprehensive income and its components as part of the statement of shareholders equity. All non-owner changes in shareholders equity will be presented either in a single continuous statement along with net income or in a separate statement immediately following the statement of income. ASU 2011-05 is to be applied retrospectively and is effective for the Corporation for interim and annual periods beginning in 2012. The guidance does not change whether items are reported in net income or other comprehensive income or when items in other comprehensive income are reclassified to net income; accordingly, adoption of ASU 2011-05 did not impact operating results, financial position or liquidity of the Corporation. The Corporation elected to present other comprehensive income and its components as a separate statement immediately following its condensed consolidated statements of operations.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-11, Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities, which requires expanded disclosures, including gross and net information, about financial and derivative instruments that are either offset in the balance sheet or are subject to an enforceable master netting arrangement or similar agreement. The guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013 and is to be applied retrospectively. The new guidance affects disclosures only and will not impact operating results, financial position or liquidity of the Corporation.
At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, approximately 62% of the inventories were valued on the LIFO method with the remaining inventories valued on the FIFO method. Inventories were comprised of the following:
Property, plant and equipment were comprised of the following:
Land and buildings of Union Electric Steel UK Limited (UES-UK) equal to approximately $1,300,000 (£836,000) at March 31, 2012 are held as collateral by the trustees of the UES-UK contributory defined benefit pension plan (see Note 5).
Other current liabilities were comprised of the following:
Included in customer-related liabilities are costs expected to be incurred with respect to product warranties. Changes in the liability for product warranty claims consisted of the following:
Contributions for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 were as follows:
Net periodic pension and other postretirement costs include the following components:
Outstanding standby and commercial letters of credit as of March 31, 2012 approximated $21,204,000, the majority of which serve as collateral for the Industrial Revenue Bond debt.
In 2010, UES-UK was awarded a government grant of up to $1,325,000 (£850,000) toward the purchase and installation of certain machinery and equipment of which $710,000 (£445,000) has been received to date. Under the agreement, the grant is repayable if certain conditions are not met including achieving and maintaining a targeted level of employment through 2017. UES-UKs level of employment currently exceeds and is expected to continue to exceed the targeted level of employment; accordingly, no liability has been recorded.
See Note 11 regarding litigation and Note 12 for environmental matters.
Certain of the Corporations operations are subject to risk from exchange rate fluctuations in connection with sales in foreign currencies. To minimize this risk, foreign currency sales contracts are entered into which are designated as cash flow or fair value hedges and are recorded in the condensed consolidated balance sheet as either an asset or a liability measured at their fair value. The accounting for changes in the fair value of a derivative depends on the use of the derivative. To the extent that a derivative is designated and effective as a cash flow hedge of an exposure to future changes in value, the change in fair value of the derivative is deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Any portion considered to be ineffective, including that arising from the unlikelihood of an anticipated transaction to occur, is reported as a component of earnings (other income/expense) immediately. Upon occurrence of the anticipated transaction, the derivative designated and effective as a cash flow hedge is de-designated as a fair value hedge and the change in fair value previously deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) is reclassified to earnings (net sales) with subsequent changes in fair value recorded as a component of earnings (other income/expense). To the extent that a derivative is designated and effective as a hedge of an exposure to changes in fair value, the change in the derivatives fair value will be offset in the condensed consolidated statement of operations by the change in the fair value of the item being hedged and is recorded as a component of earnings (other income/expense).
No portion of the existing cash flow or fair value hedges is considered to be ineffective, including any ineffectiveness arising from the unlikelihood of an anticipated transaction to occur. Additionally, no amounts have been excluded from assessing the effectiveness of the hedge.
As of March 31, 2012, approximately $17,909,000 of anticipated foreign-denominated sales has been hedged of which $1,438,000 is covered by cash flow contracts settling at various dates through March 2013 and the remaining $16,471,000 is covered by fair value contracts settling at various dates through September 2013. As of March 31, 2012, the fair value of foreign currency sales contracts designated as cash flow hedges expecting to settle within the next 12 months approximated $132,000 and is recorded as other current assets. The change in the fair value of the contracts is recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and approximated $38,000 and $114,000, net of income taxes, as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, approximately $(26,000), net of income taxes, was recognized as comprehensive income (loss) and $50,000, net of income taxes, was released from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). The change in the fair value will be reclassified to earnings when the projected sale occurs with approximately $60,000 expected to be released to pretax earnings in the next 12 months. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, approximately $79,000 and $183,000, respectively, was released to pre-tax earnings.
As of March 31, 2012, the fair value of foreign currency sales contracts designated as fair value hedges expecting to settle within the next 12 months approximated $521,000 and is recorded as other current assets. (The fair value of the related hedged items, recorded as other current liabilities or a reduction to accounts receivable, approximated $537,000.) The fair value of the remaining fair value hedges equaled $165,000 and is recorded as other noncurrent assets. (The fair value of the related hedged items, recorded as other noncurrent liabilities, approximated $166,000.) The fair value of assets held as collateral as of March 31, 2012 approximated $801,000.
Gains (losses) on foreign exchange transactions included in other income (expense) approximated $27,000 and $(191,000) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.
In May 2009, the Corporation entered into foreign currency purchase contracts to manage the volatility associated with Euro-denominated progress payments to be made for certain machinery and equipment. All contracts were settled as of December 31, 2010; accordingly, no amounts were recognized as comprehensive income (loss) in 2011 or 2012. Approximately $4,000, net of income taxes, was released from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The change in the fair value of the contracts is recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and approximated $305,000 and $309,000, net of income taxes, as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The change in the fair value is being amortized to pre-tax earnings (as an offset to depreciation expense) over the life of the underlying assets. For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, approximately $7,000 and $8,000, respectively, was released to pre-tax earnings. Approximately $28,000 is expected to be released to pre-tax earnings within the next 12 months.
At March 31, 2012, the Corporation has purchase commitments covering 60% or $10,048,000 of anticipated natural gas usage over approximately the next four years at one of its subsidiaries. The commitments qualify as normal purchases and, accordingly, are not reflected on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
One of the Corporations subsidiaries is subject to risk from increases in the price of commodities (copper and aluminum) used in the production of inventory. To minimize this risk, futures contracts are entered into which are designated as cash flow hedges. The change in fair value of the derivative is deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Any portion considered to be ineffective, including that arising from the unlikelihood of an anticipated transaction to occur, is reported as a component of earnings (other income/expense) immediately. Upon occurrence of the anticipated transaction, the futures contract is settled and the change in fair value previously deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) is reclassified to earnings (costs of products sold) when the projected sales occur. At March 31, 2012, approximately 57% or $3,294,000 of anticipated copper purchases over the next nine months and 63% or $819,000 of anticipated aluminum purchases over the next six months are hedged. The fair value of these contracts (both outstanding and settled) approximated $184,000 as of March 31, 2012. The change in the fair value of the contracts designated as cash flow hedges is recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and approximated $115,000 and $(314,000), net of income taxes, as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, approximately $252,000, net of income taxes, was recognized as comprehensive income (loss) and $(177,000), net of income taxes, was released from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). The change in the fair value will be reclassified to earnings when the projected sale occurs with approximately $184,000 expected to be released to pretax earnings in the next 12 months. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, approximately $(284,000) and $504,000, respectively, was released to pre-tax earnings. The fair value of assets held as collateral as of March 31, 2012 equaled $500,000.
The Corporation does not enter into derivative transactions for speculative purposes and, therefore, holds no derivative instruments for trading purposes.
In May 2011, the shareholders of the Corporation approved the adoption of the 2011 Omnibus Incentive Plan (Incentive Plan) which authorizes the issuance of up to 1,000,000 shares of the Corporations common stock for grants of equity-based compensation. Awards under the Incentive Plan may include incentive non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted shares and restricted stock units, performance awards, other stock-based awards or short-term cash incentive awards. The Incentive Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors who has the authority to determine, within the limits of the express provisions of the Incentive Plan, the individuals to whom the awards will be granted; the nature, amount and terms of such awards; and the objectives and conditions for earning such awards. In May 2012, the Compensation Committee granted 164,500 non-qualified stock options to select employees. The options have a ten-year life and vest over a three year period.
Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 equaled $349,000 and $348,000, respectively. The related income tax benefit recognized in the condensed consolidated statement of operations for each of the periods was approximately $122,000.
The Incentive Plan also provides for annual grants of shares of the Corporations common stock to non-employee directors following the Corporations annual shareholder meeting. Each annual director award will be for a number of shares having a fair market value equal to $25,000 and will be fully vested as of the grant date. In May 2012, 11,320 shares of the Corporations common stock were issued to the non-employee directors.
The Corporations financial assets and liabilities that are reported at fair value in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were as follows:
Presented below are the net sales and income before income taxes for the Corporations two business segments.
The Corporation and its subsidiaries are involved in various claims and lawsuits incidental to their businesses. In addition, it is also subject to asbestos litigation as described below.
Claims have been asserted alleging personal injury from exposure to asbestos-containing components historically used in some products of predecessors of the Corporations Air & Liquid Systems Corporation subsidiary (Asbestos Liability) and of an inactive subsidiary in dissolution. Those subsidiaries, and in some cases the Corporation, are defendants (among a number of defendants, often in excess of 50) in cases filed in various state and federal courts.
The following table reflects approximate information about the claims for Asbestos Liability against the subsidiaries and the Corporation, along with certain asbestos claims asserted against the inactive subsidiary in dissolution, for the three months ended March 31, 2012:
A substantial majority of the settlement and defense costs reflected in the above table were paid by insurers. Because claims are often filed and can be settled or dismissed in large groups, the amount and timing of settlements, as well as the number of open claims, can fluctuate significantly from period to period. In 2006, for the first time, a claim for Asbestos Liability against one of the Corporations subsidiaries was tried to a jury. The trial resulted in a defense verdict. Plaintiffs appealed that verdict and in 2008 the California Court of Appeals reversed the jury verdict and remanded the case back to the trial court.
Certain of the Corporations subsidiaries and the Corporation have an arrangement (the Coverage Arrangement) with insurers responsible for historical primary and some first-layer excess insurance coverage for Asbestos Liability (the Paying Insurers). Under the Coverage Arrangement, the Paying Insurers accept financial responsibility, subject to the limits of the policies and based on fixed defense percentages and specified indemnity allocation formulas, for pending and future claims for Asbestos Liability. The claims against the Corporations inactive subsidiary that is in dissolution proceedings, numbering approximately 300 as of March 31, 2012, are not included within the Coverage Arrangement. The Corporation believes that the claims against the inactive subsidiary in dissolution are immaterial.
The Coverage Arrangement includes an acknowledgement that Howden North America, Inc. (Howden) is entitled to coverage under policies covering Asbestos Liability for claims arising out of the historical products manufactured or distributed by Buffalo Forge, a former subsidiary of the Corporation (the Products). The Coverage Arrangement does not provide for any prioritization on access to the applicable policies or monetary cap other than the limits of the policies, and, accordingly, Howden may access the policies at any time for any covered claim arising out of a Product. In general, access by Howden to the policies covering the Products will erode the coverage under the policies available to the Corporation and the relevant subsidiaries for Asbestos Liability alleged to arise out of not only the Products but also other historical products of the Corporation and its subsidiaries covered by the applicable policies.
On February 24, 2011, the Corporation and its Air & Liquid Systems Corporation subsidiary filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against thirteen domestic insurance companies, certain underwriters at Lloyds, London and certain London market insurance companies, and Howden. The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment regarding the respective rights and obligations of the parties under excess insurance policies not included within the Coverage Arrangement that were issued to the Corporation from 1981 through 1984 as respects claims against the Corporation and its subsidiary for Asbestos Liability and as respects asbestos bodily-injury claims against Howden arising from the Products. Various counterclaims, cross claims and third party claims have been filed in the litigation.
In 2006, the Corporation retained Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Associates, Inc. (HR&A), a nationally recognized expert in the valuation of asbestos liabilities, to assist the Corporation in estimating the potential liability for pending and unasserted future claims for Asbestos Liability. HR&A was not requested to estimate asbestos claims against the inactive subsidiary in dissolution or the former division, which the Corporation believes are immaterial. Based on this analysis, the Corporation recorded a reserve for Asbestos Liability claims pending or projected to be asserted through 2013 as at December 31, 2006. HR&As analysis was updated in 2008, and additional reserves were established by the Corporation as at December 31, 2008 for Asbestos Liability claims pending or projected to be asserted through 2018. HR&As analysis was most recently updated in 2010, and additional reserves were established by the Corporation as at December 31, 2010 for Asbestos Liability claims pending or projected to be asserted through 2020. The methodology used by HR&A in its projection in 2010 of the operating subsidiaries liability for pending and unasserted potential future claims for Asbestos Liability, which is substantially the same as the methodology employed by HR&A in the 2006 and 2008 estimates, relied upon and included the following factors:
Using this information, HR&A estimated in 2010 the number of future claims for Asbestos Liability that would be filed through the year 2020, as well as the settlement or indemnity costs that would be incurred to resolve both pending and future unasserted claims through 2020. This methodology has been accepted by numerous courts. For purposes of its consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Corporation reviewed its current Asbestos Liability and ultimately utilized the estimate by HR&A completed in 2010, as updated by the Corporation to reflect its Asbestos Liability expenditures through March 31, 2012.
In conjunction with developing the aggregate liability estimate referenced above, the Corporation also developed an estimate of probable insurance recoveries for its Asbestos Liabilities. In developing the estimate, the Corporation considered HR&As projection for settlement or indemnity costs for Asbestos Liability and managements projection of associated defense costs (based on the current defense to indemnity cost ratio), as well as a number of additional factors. These additional factors included the Coverage Arrangement, self-insured retentions, policy exclusions, policy limits, policy provisions regarding coverage for defense costs, attachment points, prior impairment of policies and gaps in the coverage, policy exhaustions, insolvencies among certain of the insurance carriers, the nature of the underlying claims for Asbestos Liability asserted against the subsidiaries and the Corporation as reflected in the Corporations asbestos claims database, as well as estimated erosion of insurance limits on account of claims against Howden arising out of the Products. In addition to consulting with the Corporations outside legal counsel on these insurance matters, the Corporation retained in 2010 a nationally-recognized insurance consulting firm to assist the Corporation with certain policy allocation matters that also are among the several factors considered by the Corporation when analyzing potential recoveries from relevant historical insurance for Asbestos Liabilities. Based upon all of the factors considered by the Corporation, and taking into account the Corporations analysis of publicly available information regarding the credit-worthiness of various insurers, the Corporation estimated the probable insurance recoveries for Asbestos Liability and defense costs through 2020. Although the Corporation believes that the assumptions employed in the insurance valuation were reasonable and previously consulted with its outside legal counsel and insurance consultant regarding those assumptions, there are other assumptions that could have been employed that would have resulted in materially lower insurance recovery projections.
Based on the analyses described above, the Corporations reserve at December 31, 2010 for the total costs, including defense costs, for Asbestos Liability claims pending or projected to be asserted through 2020 was $218,303,000,of which approximately 85% was attributable to settlement costs for unasserted claims projected to be filed through 2020 and future defense costs. The reserve at March 31, 2012 was $192,799,000. While it is reasonably possible that the Corporation will incur additional charges for Asbestos Liability and defense costs in excess of the amounts currently reserved, the Corporation believes that there is too much uncertainty to provide for reasonable estimation of the number of future claims, the nature of such claims and the cost to resolve them beyond 2020. Accordingly, no reserve has been recorded for any costs that may be incurred after 2020.
The Corporations receivable at December 31, 2010 for insurance recoveries attributable to the claims for which the Corporations Asbestos Liability reserve has been established, including the portion of incurred defense costs covered by the Coverage Arrangement, and the probable payments and reimbursements relating to the estimated indemnity and defense costs for pending and unasserted future Asbestos Liability claims, was $141,839,000 ($122,843,000 as of March 31, 2012). The insurance receivable recorded by the Corporation does not assume any recovery from insolvent carriers, and substantially all of the insurance recoveries deemed probable were from insurance companies rated A (excellent) or better by A.M. Best Corporation. There can be no assurance, however, that there will not be further insolvencies among the relevant insurance carriers, or that the assumed percentage recoveries for certain carriers will prove correct. The difference between insurance recoveries and projected costs is not due to exhaustion of all insurance coverage for Asbestos Liability. The Corporation and the subsidiaries have substantial additional insurance coverage which the Corporation expects to be available for Asbestos Liability claims and defense costs the subsidiaries and it may incur after 2020. However, this insurance coverage also can be expected to have gaps creating significant shortfalls of insurance recoveries as against claims expense, which could be material in future years.
The amounts recorded by the Corporation for Asbestos Liabilities and insurance receivables rely on assumptions that are based on currently known facts and strategy. The Corporations actual expenses or insurance recoveries could be significantly higher or lower than those recorded if assumptions used in the Corporations or HR&As calculations vary significantly from actual results. Key variables in these assumptions are identified above and include the number and type of new claims to be filed each year, the average cost of disposing of each such new claim, average annual defense costs, the resolution of coverage issues with insurance carriers, and the solvency risk with respect to the relevant insurance carriers. Other factors that may affect the Corporations Asbestos Liability and ability to recover under its insurance policies include uncertainties surrounding the litigation process from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and from case to case, reforms that may be made by state and federal courts, and the passage of state or federal tort reform legislation.
The Corporation intends to evaluate its estimated Asbestos Liability and related insurance receivables as well as the underlying assumptions on a regular basis to determine whether any adjustments to the estimates are required. Due to the uncertainties surrounding asbestos litigation and insurance, these regular reviews may result in the Corporation incurring future charges; however, the Corporation is currently unable to estimate such future charges. Adjustments, if any, to the Corporations estimate of its recorded Asbestos Liability and/or insurance receivables could be material to operating results for the periods in which the adjustments to the liability or receivable are recorded, and to the Corporations liquidity and consolidated financial position.
The Corporation is currently performing certain remedial actions in connection with the sale of real estate previously owned. Settlements were paid by the Corporations insurance carriers at two third-party landfill sites where it was named a Potentially Responsible Party. In addition, as a result of a sale of a segment in 2003, the Corporation retained the liability to remediate certain environmental contamination and has agreed to indemnify the buyer against third-party claims arising from the discharge of certain contamination, the costs for which were accrued at the time of sale.
Environmental exposures are difficult to assess and estimate for numerous reasons including lack of reliable data, the multiplicity of possible solutions, the years of remedial and monitoring activity required, and identification of new sites. In the opinion of management and in consideration of advice from the Corporations consultants, the potential liability for all environmental proceedings of approximately $1,278,000 at March 31, 2012 is considered adequate based on information known to date.
ITEM 2 MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The Corporation operates in two business segments Forged and Cast Rolls and Air and Liquid Processing. The Forged and Cast Rolls segment produces and sells forged-hardened steel rolls and cast iron and steel rolls to manufacturers of steel and aluminum throughout the world. For the Forged and Cast Rolls segment, business activity in North America has improved slightly from the end of 2011; however, demand remains weak in Europe and throughout the Pacific Rim, particularly in China where roll inventories are at high levels and several new mill projects have been deferred. Pricing continues to be competitive. For the Air and Liquid Processing segment, increased activity in the fossil-fueled utility market has been encouraging while new construction spending by the institutional markets has yet to exhibit any significant signs of improvement.
Consolidated Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
Net Sales. Net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 were $73,605,000 and $89,068,000, respectively. Backlog approximated $261,043,000 at March 31, 2012 versus $260,001,000 as of December 31, 2011 and $357,283,000 as of March 31, 2011. A discussion of sales and backlog for the Corporations two segments is included below.
Costs of Products Sold. Costs of products sold, excluding depreciation, as a percentage of net sales approximated 76.4% and 71.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase is primarily attributable to the lower volume of shipments, changes in product mix and reduced margins for the Forged and Cast Rolls segment.
Income from Operations. Income from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 approximated $4,117,000 and $12,129,000, respectively. A discussion of operating results for the Corporations two segments is included below.
Forged and Cast Rolls. Sales and operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased from the comparable prior year period due to a lower volume of shipments and changes in product mix. Additionally, lack of demand continued to put pressure on pricing and erode margins. Backlog approximated $215,608,000 at March 31, 2012 against $214,449,000 as of December 31, 2011 and $308,210,000 as of March 31, 2011. The decline from a year ago is due to shipments outpacing new orders and declining profitability in backlog. Approximately $79,948,000 of the current backlog is expected to ship after 2012.
Air and Liquid Processing. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, sales for the segment improved when compared to the same period of the prior year. While a higher volume of shipments to the fossil-fueled utility market benefited Aerofin and Buffalo Pumps, results for Buffalo Air Handling improved due to shipment of the balance of the large order for a customer in medical research. Operating income improved from a year ago for each of the divisions except Buffalo Pumps which was adversely impacted by product mix. Backlog at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were comparable at approximately $45,500,000 but below March 31, 2011 of $49,073,000 which included the large order for the customer in medical research mentioned above. The majority of the backlog will ship in 2012.
Other Income (Expense). The fluctuation is primarily attributable to fluctuations in foreign exchange gains and losses.
Income Taxes. The increase in the effective income tax rate is attributable to a higher proportion of income before income taxes expected to be generated by the U.S. operations which are taxed at a statutory rate of 35% versus approximately 25% in the U.K.
Net Income and Earnings per Common Share. As a result of the above, the Corporations net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 equaled $2,000,000 or $0.19 per common share and $7,677,000 or $0.74 per common share, respectively.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Net cash flows provided by operating activities improved for the three months ended March 31, 2012 when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase is primarily due to the reduction in accounts receivable resulting from lower sales in the first quarter of 2012 versus 2011.
Net cash flows used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were higher than March 31, 2011 due to a slightly increased level of capital expenditures. Additionally, proceeds were received from a government grant in the prior year by the U.K. operations. As of quarter end, the balance of grant proceeds expected to be received equaled $615,000 (£405,000). As of March 31, 2012, future capital expenditures approximating $7,489,000, to be spent over the next 12-18 months, have been approved.
Net cash flows used in financing activities were comparable for each of the quarters and represented primarily payment of dividends.
As a result of the above, cash and cash equivalents increased $7,834,897 in 2012 and ended the period at $77,722,736 (of which approximately $10,096,000 is held by foreign operations) in comparison to $69,887,839 at December 31, 2011. Repatriation of foreign funds may result in the Corporation accruing and paying additional income tax; however, the majority of such amounts are currently deemed to be permanently reinvested and no additional provision for income tax has been made.
Funds on hand and funds generated from future operations are expected to be sufficient to finance the operational and capital expenditure requirements of the Corporation. The Corporation also maintains short-term lines of credit and an overdraft facility in excess of the cash needs of its businesses. The total available at March 31, 2012 was approximately $9,300,000 (including £3,000,000 in the U.K. and 400,000 in Belgium).
Litigation and Environmental Matters
See Notes 11 and 12 to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
Critical Accounting Pronouncements
The Corporations critical accounting policies, as summarized in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, remain unchanged.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 1 to the condensed consolidated financial statements.
Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and other sections of the Form 10-Q contain forward-looking statements that reflect the Corporations current views with respect to future events and financial performance.
Forward-looking statements are identified by the use of the words believes, expects, anticipates, estimates, projects, forecasts and other expressions that indicate future events and trends. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made, are not guarantees of future performance or expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. For the Corporation, these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described under Item 1A, Risk Factors, of Part II of this Form 10-Q. In addition, there may be events in the future that the Corporation is not able to predict accurately or control which may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise.
ITEM 3 QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
There were no material changes in the Corporations exposure to market risk from December 31, 2011.
ITEM 4 CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
(a) Disclosure controls and procedures. An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Corporations disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report was carried out under the supervision, and with the participation, of management, including the principal executive officer and principal financial officer. Disclosure controls and procedures are defined under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules as controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the required time periods. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuers management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based on that evaluation, the Corporations management, including the principal executive officer and principal financial officer, has concluded that the Corporations disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 31, 2012.
(c) Changes in internal control over financial reporting. There were no changes in the Corporations internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2012, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, its internal control over financial reporting.
PART II OTHER INFORMATION
The information contained in Note 11 to the condensed consolidated financial statements (Litigation) is incorporated herein by reference.
There are no material changes to the Risk Factors contained in Item 1A to Part I of the Corporations Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
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.