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The Middleby Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Middleby Corporation Reports First Quarter Results16:37 EDT Thursday, May 10, 2012 ELGIN, Ill. (Business Wire) -- The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD), a leading worldwide manufacturer of equipment for the commercial foodservice and food processing industries, today reported net sales and earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Net earnings for the first quarter were $22,095,000 or $1.20 per share on net sales of $228,823,000 as compared to the prior year first quarter net earnings of $17,825,000 or $0.97 per share on net sales of $182,572,000. 2012 First Quarter Financial Highlights Net sales increased 25.3% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. Sales from acquisitions amounted to $36.5 million or 20.0% during the quarter. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, sales increased 5.4% during the first quarter. Net sales at the company's Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased 16.0% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. During fiscal 2011, the company completed the acquisitions of Beech and Lincat. Excluding the impact of these acquisitions, sales increased 6.2% in the first quarter. Net sales at the company's Food Processing Equipment Group increased 75.3% in the first quarter as compared to the prior year first quarter. During fiscal 2011, the company completed the acquisitions of Auto-Bake, Maurer-Atmos, Danfotech, Drake and Armor Inox. During fiscal 2012, the company completed the acquisition of Turkington. Excluding the impact of the acquisitions, sales increased by 1.3% in the first quarter. Gross profit in the first quarter increased to $87.5 million from $71.8 million and the gross margin rate decreased from 39.3% from 38.2%. The decline in the gross margin rate reflects a higher mix of sales at the Food Processing Equipment Group, which have comparatively lower margin due in part to the recent acquisitions. Operating income increased 16.9% in the first quarter to $36.7 million from $31.4 million in the prior year quarter. Non-cash expenses during the first quarter of 2012 amounted to $9.8 million, including $2.1 million of depreciation, $5.0 million of intangible amortization and $2.7 million of non-cash share based compensation. Provisions for income taxes amounted to $11.2 million at a 33.7% effective rate in comparison to $11.6 million at a 39.5% effective rate in the prior year quarter. The first quarter tax provision reflects favorable reserve adjustments related to the reduction of state tax exposures and increased deductions for U.S. manufacturing activities. Total debt at the end of the 2012 first quarter amounted to $316.6 million as compared to $317.3 million at the end of 2011. The company's debt is financed primarily under its $600.0 million senior revolving credit facility, which matures in December 2012. The company is currently in discussion with its banking partners and expects to enter into a similarly structured facility. Selim A. Bassoul Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the first quarter, at our Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group, we realized continued growth in our commercial foodservice business reflecting increased sales with chain restaurant customers as they upgrade equipment and adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of store operations.” Mr. Bassoul continued, “Sales at our Food Processing Equipment Group increased slightly as increased incoming orders in the second half of last year began to translate into revenue growth. We continued to realize a strong incoming order rate in the first quarter reflecting growing demand from food processors looking to expand and modernize existing plant operations and new customers developing processing operations overseas due to increasing demand for pre-cooked and pre-processed foods in developing markets.” Mr. Bassoul continued, “In the first quarter, we continued to execute on our acquisition strategy, adding the products of Turkington USA to our portfolio of leading technologies at the Food Processing Equipment Group. Turkington USA, is a leading manufacturer of automated baking equipment for the food processing industry located in North Carolina. This acquisition further extends Middleby's food processing platform adding a comprehensive line of proofing ovens, baking ovens and chilling systems for baked goods and a variety of applications. The Turkington equipment provides for a superior bake at industry leading speeds. This acquisition complements our Auto-Bake business and further enhances Middleby's overall food processing business.” Conference Call A conference call will be held at 9:30 a.m. Central time on May 11, 2012 and can be accessed by dialing (866) 200-6965 and providing conference code 73379731# or through the investor relations section of The Middleby Corporation website at www.middleby.com. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately one half hour after its completion and can be accessed by calling (866) 206-0173 and providing code 272546#. Statements in this press release or otherwise attributable to the Company regarding the Company's business which are not historical fact are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company cautions investors that such statements are estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Such factors include variability in financing costs; quarterly variations in operating results; dependence on key customers; international exposure; foreign exchange and political risks affecting international sales; changing market conditions; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the timely development and market acceptance of the Company's products; the availability and cost of raw materials; and other risks detailed herein and from time-to-time in the Company's SEC filings. The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used for commercial food cooking, preparation and processing. The company's leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter-Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, FriFri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch'n®, Middleby Marshall®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, Turbochef® and Wells®. The company's leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, RapidPak® and Turkington®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Small Companies every year since 2005, most recently in October 2011. For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit www.middleby.com.       THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Amounts in 000's, Except Per Share Information) (Unaudited)   Three Months Ended   1st Qtr, 20121st Qtr, 2011 Net sales $ 228,823 $ 182,572 Cost of sales   141,340   110,742     Gross profit 87,483 71,830   Selling & distribution expenses 25,175 20,568 General & administrative expenses   25,648   19,898     Income from operations 36,660 31,364   Interest expense and deferred financing amortization, net 2,091 2,060 Other expense (income), net   1,267   (162 )   Earnings before income taxes 33,302 29,466   Provision for income taxes   11,207   11,641     Net earnings $22,095$17,825       Net earnings per share:   Basic $1.22$1.00     Diluted $1.20$0.97     Weighted average number shares:   Basic   18,148   17,901     Diluted   18,465   18,445     Comprehensive income $28,094$18,458       THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Amounts in 000's) (Unaudited)   Mar 31, 2012Dec 31, 2011 ASSETS   Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,713 $ 40,216 Accounts receivable, net 138,903 151,441 Inventories, net 138,069 124,300 Prepaid expenses and other 20,588 12,336 Current deferred tax assets   39,453   39,090 Total current assets 365,726 367,383   Property, plant and equipment, net 62,907 62,507   Goodwill 487,290 477,812 Other intangibles 231,798 234,726 Other assets   3,912   4,084   Total assets $1,151,633$1,146,512     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   Current maturities of long-term debt $ 315,104 $ 315,831 Accounts payable 60,830 63,394 Accrued expenses   146,640   170,392 Total current liabilities 522,574 549,617   Long-term debt 1,519 1,504 Long-term deferred tax liability 42,199 37,845 Other non-current liabilities 45,598 46,577   Stockholders' equity   539,743   510,969   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,151,633$1,146,512 The Middleby CorporationDarcy Bretz, Investor and Public Relations, (847) 429-7756Tim FitzGerald, Chief Financial Officer, (847) 429-7744