Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

October 10, 2013

Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

OMAHA, Neb., October 10, 2013—Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation systems and infrastructure products, today announced results for its fourth quarter ended August 31, 2013.

Fourth Quarter Results

Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a record $148.4 million, increasing 16 percent from $127.8 million in the same prior year period.  Net earnings were $10.4 million or $0.81 per diluted share compared with $8.8 million or $0.68 per diluted share in the prior year.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 19 percent to $128.2 million from $107.9 million in the prior fiscal year’s fourth quarter due to strong demand in international markets.  U.S. irrigation revenues of $53.9 million decreased 4 percent off of drought driven sales increases in the corn belt last year, while international irrigation revenues of $74.3 million increased 44 percent including $17.4 million sales from a contract to provide irrigation equipment in Iraq.  Infrastructure revenues increased 2 percent to $20.2 million.

Gross margin was 26.0 percent of sales compared to 25.6 percent of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter.  Gross margins in irrigation declined by approximately 1 percentage point as U.S. margins improved but were offset by a higher mix of international sales. Infrastructure gross margins improved by approximately 8 percentage points primarily due to a larger mix of Road Zipper sales.

Operating expenses were $22.8 million compared to $20.1 million in the same prior year period.  Current year expenses included higher personnel and incentive compensation, acquisition expenses and selling expenses associated with higher revenues.  Operating expenses were 15.3 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 15.7 percent of sales in the prior year period.  Operating margins of 10.6 percent increased from 9.9 percent in the prior year period.

Cash and cash equivalents of $151.9 million were $8.5 million higher compared to the end of the fourth quarter in the prior fiscal year, while debt decreased $4.3 million.

Backlog of unshipped orders at August 31, 2013 was $66.5 million compared with $57.1 million at August 31, 2012 and $80.0 million at May 31, 2013.  Current backlog includes $4.7 million remaining from the Iraq order announced in the second quarter.  Backlog increased year over year in other international irrigation markets and infrastructure, while backlog in U.S. irrigation markets declined.

 Twelve Month Results

 Total revenues for the year ended August 31, 2013 were $690.8 million, a 25 percent increase from $551.3 million in the same prior year period.  Net earnings were $70.6 million or $5.47 per diluted share compared with $43.3 million or $3.38 per diluted share in the prior year.  Fiscal 2012 operating costs included $7.2 million of expenses, or $0.37 per diluted share on an after tax basis, relating to an increase in the Company’s estimated liability for environmental remediation at its Lindsay, Nebraska facility.

Total irrigation equipment revenues increased 32 percent to $626.0 million from $475.3 million during the prior fiscal year.  U.S. irrigation revenues of $385.7 million increased 26 percent, while international irrigation revenues of $240.3 million increased 41 percent due to sales growth in most markets, and most significantly in the Middle East and South America.  Infrastructure revenues decreased 15 percent to $64.8 million.

Outlook

Rick Parod, president and chief executive officer, commented, “Record sales in our U.S. and international irrigation markets have led to an outstanding year in 2013.  The fourth quarter results also reflected strong growth in sales and profit, although we experienced a slowing of orders in the U.S. irrigation markets in our traditionally slower fourth quarter, as compared to the drought effect on demand at the same time last year.” 

Parod added, “Drivers for the Company’s markets of population growth, expanded food production and efficient water use provide a solid backdrop for long term growth.  We anticipate lower U.S. irrigation sales in 2014 due to lower commodity prices and challenging comparisons to the prior year.  Demand in international markets appears more stable due to lower mechanized irrigation penetration, and the acquisition of the Lakos brand of filtration products reinforces our positioning and provides additional growth opportunities.  Regarding the infrastructure business, with the recent restructuring implemented we are positioned for profitable growth as those markets improve.”

Fourth-Quarter Conference Call

Lindsay’s fiscal 2013 fourth quarter investor conference call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today.  Interested investors may participate in the call by dialing (888) 321-8161 in the U.S., or (706) 758-0065 internationally, and referring to conference ID # 69955879.  Additionally, the conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet, and can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's Web site, www.lindsay.com.  Replays of the conference call will remain on our Web site through the next quarterly earnings release.  The Company will have a slide presentation available to augment management's formal presentation, which will also be accessible via the Company's Web site.

 About the Company

 Lindsay manufactures and markets irrigation equipment primarily used in agricultural markets which increase or stabilize crop production while conserving water, energy, and labor.  The Company also manufactures and markets infrastructure and road safety products under the Lindsay Transportation Solutions trade name.  At August 31, 2013 Lindsay had approximately 12.9 million shares outstanding, which are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNN.

For more information regarding Lindsay Corporation, see the Company’s Web site at www.lindsay.com. 

Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and which reflect management’s current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results. You can find a discussion of many of these risks and uncertainties in the annual, quarterly and current reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of the Company and those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” "expect," "outlook," "could," "may," "should," “will,” or similar expressions. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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