This excerpt taken from the TEX 10-Q filed May 4, 2007.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Our main sources of funding are cash generated from operations, loans from our bank credit facilities and funds raised in capital markets. We believe that cash generated from operations, together with access to our bank credit facilities and cash on hand, provide adequate liquidity to meet our operating and debt service requirements. We had cash and cash equivalents of $405.2 million at March 31, 2007. In addition, we had $434.0 million available for borrowing under our revolving credit facilities at March 31, 2007.
Generating cash from operations depends primarily on our ability to earn net income through the sales of our products and to manage our investment in working capital. We continue to focus on collecting receivables in a timely manner. Consistent with past practice, each quarter we sell receivables to various third party financial institutions through several pre-arranged facilities. During the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, we sold, without recourse, accounts receivable approximating 12% of our first quarter revenue, to provide additional liquidity. The discontinuance of these facilities could negatively affect our liquidity.
We are focused on increasing inventory turns by sharing, throughout our Company, many of the best practices and lean manufacturing processes that several of our business units have implemented successfully. We expect these initiatives to reduce the levels of raw materials and work in process needed to support the business and allow us to reduce our manufacturing lead times, thereby reducing our working capital requirements.
Our ability to generate cash from operations is subject to numerous factors, including the following:
purchases from us at any time. Changes in customers credit worthiness, in the market for credit insurance or in the willingness of third party finance companies to purchase accounts receivable from us can impact our cash flow from operations.
We negotiate, when possible, advance payments from our customers for products with long lead times to help fund the substantial working capital investment in these projects.
Traditionally, in many of our businesses, our customers peak buying periods, and as a result our sales in these periods, are in the first half of a calendar year because of their need to have new equipment available for the spring, summer and fall construction seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. However, in 2005 and 2006, we saw a changing trend in seasonality, which we expect to continue in 2007, as we have diversified our product offerings and expanded the geographic reach of our products, making our sales less dependent on construction products and sales in the United States and Europe. In addition, high levels of backlog in a number of our segments led to longer wait times and deliveries being accepted later in the year than typical. As a result, in 2005 and 2006, first and second half sales were relatively equal, and we expect similar results in 2007.
Because of our traditional seasonality, we have tended historically to use cash to fund our operations during the first half of a calendar year and generate cash from operations during the second half of the year. As a result of the changing trend in sales in recent years, there has been an accompanying change in cash patterns as well. In both 2005 and 2006, we used cash to fund our operations in the first quarter of the year and generated cash in the remaining three quarters of the year. We expect cash from operations in 2007 to be similar to the 2005 and 2006 pattern.
In 2007, we expect our income tax payments will increase. In 2005 and 2006, we used net operating losses to reduce our cash income tax payments, most notably in the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom. The U.S. net operating loss was substantially consumed in 2006. In addition, while net operating losses remain in Germany and the United Kingdom, the cash impact of such losses is estimated to be less significant in 2007 when compared to 2006.
To help fund our traditional seasonal cash pattern, which required significant cash expenditures during the first half of the year, we have historically maintained significant cash balances and a revolving line of credit in addition to term borrowings from our bank group. Our bank credit facilities provide us with a revolving line of credit of up to $700 million that is available through July 14, 2012 and term debt of $200 million that will mature on July 14, 2013. The revolving line of credit consists of $500 million of available domestic revolving loans and $200 million of available multicurrency revolving loans. The credit facilities also provide for incremental loan commitments of up to $300 million, which may be extended at the option of the lenders, in the form of revolving credit loans, term loans or a combination of both. We believe this revolving line of credit should allow us to use a significant amount of our existing cash balance to reduce debt.
Our bank credit facilities require compliance with a number of covenants. These covenants require us to meet certain financial tests, namely (a) to maintain a consolidated leverage ratio not in excess of 3.75 to 1.00 on the last day of any fiscal quarter, and (b) to maintain a consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio of not less than 1.25 to 1.00 for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters. The covenants also limit, in certain circumstances, our ability to take a variety of actions, including: incur indebtedness; create or maintain liens on our property or assets; make investments, loans and advances; engage in acquisitions, mergers, consolidations and asset sales; and pay dividends and distributions, including share repurchases. Our bank credit facilities also contain customary events of default.
We are currently in compliance with all of our financial covenants under the bank credit facilities. Our future compliance with our financial covenants under the bank credit facilities will depend on our ability to generate earnings and manage our assets effectively. Our bank credit facilities also have various non-financial covenants, requiring us to refrain from taking certain actions (as described above) and requiring us to take certain actions, such as keeping in good standing our corporate existence, maintaining insurance, and providing our bank lending group with financial information on a timely basis. Our future ability to provide our bank lending group with financial information on a timely basis will depend on our ability to file our periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a timely manner.
On January 15, 2007, we redeemed the outstanding $200 million principal amount of our 9-1/4% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2011 (the 9-1/4% Notes). The total cash paid was $218.5 million, and included a call premium of 4.625% as set forth in the indenture for the 9-1/4% Notes plus accrued interest of $46.25 per $1,000 principal amount at the redemption date. We
recorded pre-tax charges of $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2007 for the call premium and accelerated amortization of debt acquisition costs as a loss on early extinguishment of debt.
The interest rates charged under our bank credit facilities are subject to adjustment based on our consolidated leverage ratio. The weighted average interest rate on the outstanding portion of the revolving credit component under our bank credit facilities was 7.99% at March 31, 2007. The weighted average interest rate on the term loans under the bank credit facilities was 7.10% at March 31, 2007.
We have also positioned ourselves to be able to repurchase some of our outstanding common stock as conditions warrant. In December 2006, our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $200 million of our outstanding common shares through June 30, 2008. During the quarter ended March 31, 2007, we repurchased 79,200 shares for $5.4 million under this program.
We manage our interest rate risk by maintaining a balance between fixed and floating rate debt, including the use of interest rate derivatives when appropriate. Over the long term, we believe this mix will produce lower interest cost than a purely fixed rate mix without substantially increasing risk.
We continue to review our alternatives to improve capital structure and to reduce debt service costs through a combination of debt refinancing, asset sales and the sale of non-strategic businesses. Our ability to access the capital markets to raise funds, through the sale of equity or debt securities, is subject to various factors, some specific to us and others related to general economic and/or financial market conditions. These include results of operations, projected operating results for future periods and debt to equity leverage. Our ability to access the capital markets is also subject to our timely filing of periodic reports with the SEC, and our failure to file certain periodic reports on a timely basis limits our ability to access capital markets using short-form registration through May 31, 2007. In addition, the terms of our bank credit facility and senior subordinated notes restrict our ability to make further borrowings and to sell substantial portions of our assets.
Cash used in operations for the three months ended March 31, 2007 totaled $190.8 million, compared to cash used in operations of $21.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006. This increase resulted from higher working capital in preparation for seasonally strong second quarter sales and certain supplier constraints limiting production throughput, as well as payment of certain longer-term incentive compensation and taxes in the first quarter of 2007. Cash usage in the first quarter is consistent with that of prior years, and we expect cash flow will continue to closely reflect the seasonal trends of our business.
Cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2007 was $13.3 million, or $19.4 million less than cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2006, primarily due to a cash payment for an acquisition in the prior year period as compared to receipt of proceeds from the sale of assets in the current year period, offset in part by higher capital expenditures in the current year.
We used cash for financing activities of $73.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2007, compared to cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2006 of $2.5 million. The change in financing cash flows was primarily due to the repayment of $200 million principal amount of the 9-1/4% Notes in the three months ended March 31, 2007, offset by net borrowings under our credit facilities that were invested in working capital in advance of anticipated strong delivery periods. Additionally, we used $5.4 million to purchase shares of our common stock pursuant to our $200 million share repurchase program during the first quarter of 2007.