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Barnes Group Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Quarterly Net Sales of $303 million, up 5%</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Quarterly Operating Margins expand to 10.9%, up 30 bps</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Quarterly Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.41, up 14%</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Affirms 2012 EPS from Continuing Operations guidance of $1.78 to $1.93 per diluted share</b> </li> </ul>

Friday, April 27, 2012

Barnes Group Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results06:30 EDT Friday, April 27, 2012 BRISTOL, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), an international aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider, today reported financial results for the first quarter 2012. Net sales grew 5 percent to $303.1 million from $289.6 million in the first quarter of 2011. Income from continuing operations for the first quarter was up 14 percent to $23.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, from $20.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, a year earlier. In the first quarter of 2012, the Company changed its organizational structure to align its strategic business units into three reportable business segments: Aerospace, Industrial and Distribution. All previously reported financial information has been adjusted on a retrospective basis to reflect the segment realignment. “Barnes Group's first quarter results were a solid start to the year and in line with our expectations,” said Gregory F. Milzcik, Barnes Group Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer. “We generated organic sales growth in each of our three operating segments, our backlog is strong and our end markets remain favorable. The overall performance creates an outlook that allows us to affirm our 2012 guidance expectation of record diluted earnings per share before all of our end markets fully recover.”   ($ millions; except per share data)       Three months ended March 31,2012       2011         Change Net Sales $303.1 $289.6 $13.5     4.7 %   Operating Income $33.0 $30.7 $2.3 7.5 % % of Sales 10.9 % 10.6 % 0.3 pts.   Income from Continuing Operations $23.0 $20.2 $2.8 13.7 %   Net Income $22.2 $19.1 $3.1 16.4 %   Income from Continuing Operations Per Diluted Share $0.41 $0.36 $0.05 13.9 %   Loss from Discontinued Operations Per Diluted Share ($0.01 ) ($0.02 ) $0.01   Net Income Per Diluted Share       $0.40       $0.34         $0.06     17.6 %   Aerospace First quarter 2012 net sales were $97.3 million, up 7 percent from $90.6 million in the same period last year with both the aftermarket and original equipment manufacturing businesses experiencing sales growth. In particular, the aerospace aftermarket business continued to see strong volumes of repair and overhaul activity. Operating profit increased 4 percent to $14.2 million, from $13.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily driven by the profit impact of higher sales volumes, mostly offset by increased management fees related to Revenue Sharing Programs (RSPs) and an unfavorable sales mix. Industrial Sales at Industrial were $115.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, up approximately 4 percent from $111.4 million in the same period last year. The sales growth was primarily driven by increases in the industrial manufacturing businesses based in North America which reflected continued improvement in the transportation industry, including automotive. The impact of foreign exchange decreased net sales by approximately $0.8 million. Operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 was $10.1 million, a decrease of 8 percent from $11.0 million in the first quarter last year. The decline was primarily driven by higher costs associated with investments in new product introductions, a shift in sales mix to lower margin products and the outsourcing of certain manufacturing processes. Partially offsetting these declines was the profit impact of higher sales levels in the first quarter of 2012. Distribution First quarter 2012 net sales were $93.4 million, up 4 percent from $89.9 million in the same period last year. Sales growth was driven by the continued strengthening of our North American distribution end-markets. The impact of foreign exchange decreased net sales by approximately $0.2 million. Segment operating profit increased 43 percent to $8.7 million, from $6.1 million in the first quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of the beneficial profit impact of higher sales volumes and lower cost structures. The operating profit increase was partially offset by an unfavorable sales mix of lower margin products. Additional Information Interest expense decreased $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $2.4 million primarily as a result of the redemption of the 3.75% Convertible Notes in 2011 and the maturity of interest rate swaps in place during the first quarter of 2011. The redemption of the 3.75% Convertible Notes, which were funded with the variable rate credit facility, resulted in a higher percentage of the Company's outstanding debt being carried at a lower average interest rate. The Company's effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 22.9 percent, compared to 24.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011 and 21.7 percent for the full year 2011. The increase in the first quarter 2012 effective tax rate from the full year 2011 rate was primarily driven by the projected shift of income to higher-taxing jurisdictions, partially offset by the impact of a decrease in the planned repatriation of a portion of current year foreign earnings to the U.S. 2012 Outlook Barnes Group is affirming its guidance for 2012. The Company expects revenue to grow 6 to 9 percent from 2011, operating margins to be approximately 12 percent, and earnings from continuing operations per diluted share are forecasted to be in the range of $1.78 to $1.93, up 9 to 18 percent from 2011. Conference Call Barnes Group Inc. will conduct a conference call with investors to discuss first quarter 2012 results at 8:30 a.m. EST today, April 27, 2012. A webcast of the live call and an archived replay will be available on the Barnes Group investor relations link at www.BGInc.com. The conference is also available by direct dial at (888) 680-0892 in the U.S. or (617) 213-4858 outside of the U.S. (request the Barnes Group Earnings Call), Participant Code: 85371500. In addition, the call will be recorded and available for playback beginning at 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 27, 2012 by dialing (617) 801-6888, Passcode: 10561780. About Barnes Group Founded in 1857, Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) is an international aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider, serving a wide range of end markets and customers. The products and services provided by Barnes Group are used in far-reaching applications that provide transportation, communication, manufacturing and technology to the world. Barnes Group's approximately 4,400 dedicated employees, at more than 50 locations worldwide, are committed to achieving consistent and sustainable profitable growth. For more information, visit www.BGInc.com. Forward-Looking Statements This release contains certain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based upon management's good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect upon the Company and can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipated," "believe," "expect," "plans," "strategy," "estimate," "project," and other words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties described in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, include, among others, uncertainties arising from the current or worsening conditions in financial markets; future financial performance of the industries or customers that we serve; changes in market demand for our products and services; integration of acquired businesses; restructuring costs or savings; the impact of the divestiture in 2011 of our Barnes Distribution Europe businesses and any other future strategic actions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, restructurings, or strategic business realignments, and our ability to achieve the financial and operational targets set in connection with any such actions; introduction or development of new products or transfer of work; changes in raw material or product prices and availability; foreign currency exposure; our dependence upon revenues and earnings from a small number of significant customers; a major loss of customers; the outcome of pending and future claims or litigation or governmental, regulatory proceedings, investigations, inquiries, and audits; uninsured claims and litigation; outcome of contingencies; future repurchases of common stock; future levels of indebtedness; and numerous other matters of global, regional or national scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive, environmental, regulatory and public health nature. The Company assumes no obligation to update our forward-looking statements.   BARNES GROUP INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)Unaudited       Three months ended March 31,   2012     2011   % Change     Net sales $ 303,096 $ 289,590 4.7   Cost of sales 201,781 190,910 5.7 Selling and administrative expenses   68,302     67,963   0.5     270,083     258,873   4.3   Operating income 33,013 30,717 7.5   Operating margin 10.9 % 10.6 %   Interest expense 2,368 3,655 (35.2 ) Other expense (income), net   853     408   NM   Income from continuing operations before income taxes 29,792 26,654 11.8   Income taxes   6,818     6,457   5.6   Income from continuing operations 22,974 20,197 13.7   Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (767 ) (1,125 ) 31.8     Net income $ 22,207   $ 19,072   16.4   Common dividends $ 5,459   $ 4,351   25.5   Per common share:   Basic: Income from continuing operations $ 0.42 $ 0.37 13.5 Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (0.01 )   (0.02 ) 50.0 Net income $ 0.41   $ 0.35   17.1   Diluted: Income from continuing operations $ 0.41 $ 0.36 13.9 Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   (0.01 )   (0.02 ) 50.0 Net income $ 0.40   $ 0.34   17.6   Dividends 0.10 0.08 25.0   Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 54,805,636 54,715,953 0.2 Diluted 55,455,579 55,603,892 (0.3 )     BARNES GROUP INC.OPERATIONS BY REPORTABLE BUSINESS SEGMENT(Dollars in thousands)Unaudited       Three months ended March 31,   2012     2011   % Change   Net sales   Aerospace $ 97,250 $ 90,560 7.4   Industrial 115,348 111,430 3.5   Distribution 93,425 89,912 3.9   Intersegment sales   (2,927 )   (2,312 ) (26.6 )   Total net sales $ 303,096   $ 289,590   4.7   Operating profit   Aerospace $ 14,218 $ 13,683 3.9   Industrial 10,105 10,958 (7.8 )   Distribution   8,690     6,076   43.0   Total operating profit $ 33,013   $ 30,717   7.5   Operating margin   Aerospace 14.6 % 15.1 %   Industrial 8.8 % 9.8 %   Distribution   9.3 %   6.8 %   Total operating margin 10.9 % 10.6 %     BARNES GROUP INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Dollars in thousands)Unaudited     March 31, 2012December 31, 2011Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 77,489 $ 62,505 Accounts receivable 205,642 200,460 Inventories 216,906 216,520 Deferred income taxes 27,363 28,829 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   24,623   21,680   Total current assets 552,023 529,994     Deferred income taxes 44,452 47,661 Property, plant and equipment, net 213,060 210,784 Goodwill 372,498 366,104 Other intangible assets, net 269,158 272,092 Other assets   14,227   13,730   Total assets $ 1,465,418 $ 1,440,365   Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities Notes and overdrafts payable $ 5,719 $ 12,364 Accounts payable 92,686 92,524 Accrued liabilities 60,734 92,250 Long-term debt - current   540   540   Total current liabilities 159,679 197,678   Long-term debt 369,550 333,148 Accrued retirement benefits 151,095 152,696 Other liabilities 35,666 34,443   Total stockholders' equity   749,428   722,400   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,465,418 $ 1,440,365     BARNES GROUP INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Dollars in thousands)Unaudited     Three months ended March 31,   2012     2011   Operating activities: Net income $ 22,207 $ 19,072 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 13,063 14,034 Amortization of convertible debt discount 537 610 Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment (97 ) (104 ) Stock compensation expense 2,100 2,102 Withholding taxes paid on stock issuances (683 ) (624 ) Loss on the sale of businesses 767 - Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (1,512 ) (25,739 ) Inventories 1,091 1,561 Prepaid expenses and other current assets (2,272 ) (413 ) Accounts payable (672 ) 120 Accrued liabilities (29,379 ) (12,518 ) Deferred income taxes 4,869 5,269 Long-term retirement benefits (3,725 ) (6,636 ) Other   25     (1,385 )   Net cash provided (used) by operating activities 6,319 (4,651 )   Investing activities: Proceeds from disposition of property, plant and equipment 135 114 Payments related to the sale of businesses (363 ) - Capital expenditures (7,281 ) (12,488 ) Other   (1,418 )   (3,211 )   Net cash used by investing activities (8,927 ) (15,585 )   Financing activities: Net change in other borrowings (6,688 ) (526 ) Payments on long-term debt (13,135 ) (60,489 ) Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt 49,000 80,300 Proceeds from the issuance of common stock 3,324 7,759 Common stock repurchases (11,141 ) - Dividends paid (5,459 ) (4,351 ) Excess tax benefit on stock awards 1,227 492 Other   (65 )   (83 )   Net cash provided by financing activities 17,063 23,102   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash flows   529     511     Increase in cash and cash equivalents 14,984 3,377   Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   62,505     13,450     Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 77,489   $ 16,827       BARNES GROUP INC.RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW(Dollars in thousands)Unaudited     Three months ended March 31,   2012     2011   Free cash flow:   Net cash provided (used) by operating activities $ 6,319 $ (4,651 ) Capital expenditures   (7,281 )   (12,488 )   Free cash flow(1) $ (962 ) $ (17,139 )     (1) The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. The Company believes that the free cash flow metric is useful to investors and management as a measure of cash generated by business operations that can be used to invest in future growth, pay dividends, repurchase stock and reduce debt. This metric can also be used to evaluate the Company's ability to generate cash flow from business operations and the impact that this cash flow has on the Company's liquidity. Barnes Group Inc.William Pitts, 860-583-7070Director, Investor Relations