LUFKIN, Texas, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lufkin Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: LUFK) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2012.
Net earnings from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2012 decreased to $10.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, from $12.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the $0.22 per diluted share impact of expenses related to recent acquisitions, adjusted earnings from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2011 increased 32% to $17.9 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. First quarter 2011 adjusted net earnings from continuing operations totaled $13.6 million, or $0.44 per share.
Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 increased 44% to $279.5 million compared to $194.4 million for the first quarter of 2011, and were flat versus the fourth quarter of 2011.
"Robust market conditions, supply chain improvements and increased efficiencies at our U.S. manufacturing facilities, combined with contributions from our recently acquired businesses all added to a strong start to 2012," said John F. "Jay" Glick, president and chief executive officer of Lufkin.
"We are clearly benefitting from the U.S. shift toward oil exploration and production. We also continue to benefit from strong demand for our artificial lift products, particularly in North America. As a result, the Company was able to deliver first quarter results that were above the mid-point of our February 2012 earnings per share guidance of $0.50 to $0.60.
"Total Oilfield Division bookings increased 39% versus the first quarter of last year and 28% sequentially, driven by strong orders for new pumping units and automation products in North America as well as a full quarter's contribution from our acquisition of Quinn's. North American unconventional oil plays continue to drive the growth. International markets are showing signs of strength in North Africa, the Arab Gulf, and in Latin America.
"First quarter bookings in the Power Transmission Division decreased 6% from a year ago but increased 32% sequentially. France had a particularly strong quarter for new bookings. The bulk of our new orders were driven by demand for high-speed gear drives for the oil and gas, power generation, petrochemical and refining industries.
"Our combined order backlog increased 9% from a year ago and increased 21% sequentially to $327.6 million. The backlog in Oilfield increased 16% from last year's first quarter and 26% sequentially. Power Transmission's backlog decreased 2% from a year ago and increased 12% sequentially.
"We began to more fully see the impact of our 2011 acquisitions during the first quarter. We had a full-quarter benefit from Quinn's, which has exceeded our expectations due to strong demand for downhole rod pumps in North America. We also closed three additional acquisitions during the quarter --Datac, RealFlex and Zenith -- and all three of those businesses are performing well out of the gate. While the weak natural gas environment has negatively impacted the plunger lift market, the well optimization business at Pentagon remains busy."
FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Oilfield Division - Oilfield sales for the first quarter of 2012 increased 54% to $236.0 million from $153.7million in the first quarter of 2011 and grew 7% from the fourth quarter of 2011. The sequential increase was driven by Quinn's, which contributed $43.3 million in revenue. Oilfield revenue remains strong, especially in the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford plays in North America. Automation revenues were up 13% over the prior year period, but down 4% sequentially from a very strong fourth quarter.
Oilfield's new order bookings increased 39% to $278.9 million from a year ago and were up 28% from $217.9 million in the prior quarter. Oilfield's backlog increased 16% to $207.1 million at the end of the first quarter from $178.9 million a year earlier, and was up 26% sequentially. The increase was mainly due to increased orders for new pumping units in North America, particularly in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales, the Permian basin and California. Momentum is also picking up in most of our international markets with the exception of Argentina, which we are monitoring closely, but, at this time, believe will continue to grow at the pace we had projected for 2012. Gross margin for the Oilfield Division was about flat at 23.8% compared to 24.0% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The slight decline was primarily from product mix changes and higher non-cash intangible amortization associated with the recent acquisitions.
Power Transmission Division - Revenues from Power Transmission Division products and services increased 7% to $43.5 million from $40.7 million in the first quarter of 2011 and were down 26% versus the fourth quarter of 2011 as clients delayed delivery into the second quarter of several high margin orders totaling approximately $4 million. Activity in this division was driven by both upstream and downstream oil and gas projects. Our manufacturing performance also continued to improve during the quarter.
New order bookings of $56.7 million in Power Transmission decreased 6% from $60.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 and increased 32% sequentially. The Power Transmission backlog declined 2% to $120.5 million at the end of the first quarter, from $122.8 million a year earlier, but it was up 12% sequentially as our customers reload for 2012 projects. Gross margin for the Power Transmission Division was 26.0%, compared to 28.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gross margins were lower than forecast primarily due to the delayed shipments mentioned above.
Consolidated - Gross profit margin for the first quarter was 24.2% of revenues, compared to 24.3% a year ago and 24.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sequentially, the slight margin decline was the result of the delayed delivery of several high-speed projects in Power Transmission and the mix impact of increased Oilfield revenues.
Before special items, operating income increased almost 47% to $31.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $21.3 million in the prior year's first quarter. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased to $36.2 million in the first quarter compared to $25.9 million in last year's first quarter. As a percentage of revenues, however, SG&A expenses declined to 13.0% in the latest quarter compared to 13.3% a year ago.
"The current oil price environment and oil rig count continue to support strong levels of drilling activity, both domestically in the shale plays, as well as in virtually every international oil province around the globe," Glick said.
"The shift in drilling activity towards oil and away from natural gas is a trend that benefits Lufkin Industries and will continue to drive demand for our oilfield products. In addition, the shortage of hydraulic fracturing capacity that limited the pace of well completions has been all but eliminated as a constraint on oilfield services growth. We are starting to see a return to a stronger correlation between rig count and the volume of new orders for artificial lift equipment. Low gas prices are also helping the refining and petrochemical industries with lower feedstock and fuel costs, which in turn, is driving investment in new capacity and debottlenecking operations downstream and generating demand for gears and bearings made by the Power Transmission Division.
"While most of our markets remain competitive, pricing pressure is abating, somewhat. Current levels of demand have absorbed capacity for artificial lift products and prices are responding. Our clients are increasingly placing greater emphasis on equipment quality, reliability and availability, which is typically a positive development for our products and services.
"Internally, the improvements in our supply chain, together with reductions in rework and scrap, have resulted in improved manufacturing performance. While we still have work to do, these improvements have demonstrated our ability to increase output to meet ever higher levels of demand. Our two business units are laser-focused on design and productivity improvements, and as a result of these efforts and of the impact of the recent price increases, we expect to see an improvement in operating margins as 2012 unfolds. We believe our productive capacity is adequate to meet current market demand and we expect that our Romanian facility will be up and running in the fourth quarter of 2012.
"Our first quarter results were very much in line with our expectations. Based on the outlook for the industry and our current pipeline of business, we are modifying the guidance for 2012 that we provided in our fourth quarter conference call to capture the impact of the previously announced higher revenue and net earnings dilution impact of the Zenith acquisition and equity offering of approximately 3%.
"We currently estimate second quarter revenues to be in the range of $300 to $310 million and net earnings in the range $0.80 to $0.90 per diluted share. For the full year, we expect consolidated revenues to range between $1.25 billion and $1.30 billion and earnings to be between $3.75 and $4.05 per diluted share, before adjusting for acquisition-related expenses.
"We expect 2012 earnings to be impacted by the accounting treatment of future non-cash pension liabilities of $0.16 per diluted share, resulting from the combination of unprecedented low interest rates and the current conditions in investment markets. In addition, our guidance continues to assume limited pricing leverage and only modest manufacturing performance improvements," Glick concluded.
Lufkin will discuss its first quarter financial results in a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time). To listen to the call, dial 480-629-9835 and ask for the Lufkin Industries call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Internet and can be accessed at www.lufkin.com in the Events and Presentations section of Lufkin's Investor Relations page. A telephonic replay will be available through May 21, 2012, by dialing 303-590-3030 and entering reservation number 4532384#.
Lufkin Industries, Inc. sells and services oilfield pumping units, well automation systems, gas lift and plunger lift systems, progressing cavity pumps, well completion products, foundry castings and power transmission products throughout the world. Lufkin has vertically integrated all vital technologies required to design, manufacture and market its products.
This release contains forward-looking statements and information that are based on management's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. When used in this release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain events and are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the control of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (i) oil prices, (ii) capital spending levels of oil producers, (iii) availability and prices for raw materials and (iv) general industry and economic conditions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements and information.
Contact: Christopher L. Boone Chief Financial Officer 936-631-2749 DRG&L Jack Lascar / 713-529-6600 Anne Pearson / 210-408-6321
(Tables to follow) LUFKIN INDUSTRIES, INC. Financial Highlights (In thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, --------- 2012 2011 ---- ---- Sales $279,536 $194,397 Cost of sales 211,997 148,204 ------- ------- Gross profit 67,539 46,193 Selling, general and administrative Expenses 36,227 26,740 Acquisition expenses 7,318 - ----- --- Operating income 23,994 19,453 Other income (expense), net (3,768) (76) ------ --- Earnings before income tax provision 20,226 19,377 Income tax provision 9,332 6,976 Net earnings 10,894 12,401 ========= Net earnings per share: Basic $0.35 $0.41 ===== Diluted $0.34 $0.40 ======= Dividends per share $0.125 $0.125 ====== ======
LUFKIN INDUSTRIES, INC. Balance Sheet Highlights (In thousands) Mar. 31, Dec. 31, 2012 2011 ---- ---- Current assets 509,809 435,482 Total assets 1,341,508 1,096,705 Current liabilities 172,183 141,752 Long-term debt 295,156 332,500 Shareholders' equity 756,630 507,533 Working capital 337,626 293,730
LUFKIN INDUSTRIES, INC. Division Performance (In thousands) Three Months Ended Mar. 31, -------- 2012 2011 ---- ---- Sales: Oilfield $236,007 $153,722 Power Transmission 43,529 40,675 Total $279,536 $194,397 ======== ======== Mar. 31, Dec. 31, March. 31, 2012 2011 2011 ---- ---- ---- Backlog: Oilfield $207,125 $164,220 $178,869 Power Transmission 120,493 107,352 122,751 Total $327,618 $271,572 $301,620 ======== ======== ========
LUFKIN INDUSTRIES, INC. Reconciliation of Net Income under U.S. GAAP to Adjusted Net Earnings (In thousands, except per share data) (unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, --------- 2012 2011 ---- ---- Net earnings $10,894 $12,401 Plus: General Liability Accrual - 640 IP Legal Expense - 544 Acquisition Expenses 7,010 - Adjusted net earnings 17,904 13,585 ====== ====== Diluted earnings per share: $0.34 $0.40 Plus: General Liability Accural $ - $0.02 IP Legal Expense $ - $0.02 Acquisition Expenses $0.22 $ - Adjusted net earnings $0.56 $0.44 =============
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