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The Toro Company Reports Record Results for Fiscal 2012

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Full-year sales increase to record $1.96 billion in fiscal 2012 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Professional businesses grow over 7 percent on strength of golf, landscape and micro-irrigation </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating earnings expand to 10.5 percent towards Destination 2014 target </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Net earnings per share for the year up 16 percent to record $2.14 </li> </ul>

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Toro Company Reports Record Results for Fiscal 201208:30 EST Wednesday, December 05, 2012 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Business Wire) -- The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today reported net earnings of $129.5 million, or $2.14 per share, on a net sales increase of 4 percent to $1,958.7 million for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2012. In fiscal 2011, the company delivered net earnings of $117.7 million, or $1.85 per share, on net sales of $1,884 million. For the fourth quarter, Toro reported net earnings of $0.3 million, on a net sales decrease of 7.8 percent to $339.3 million. In the comparable fiscal 2011 period, the company posted net earnings of $5 million, or $0.08 per share, on net sales of $368.1 million. Earnings per share figures for all periods reported have been adjusted to reflect the company's 2-for-1 stock split effective June 29, 2012. “The Toro Company completed another record year with new highs for revenues and earnings per share,” said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro's chairman and chief executive officer. “While pleased with our performance, it could have been even better if not for limited snowfall around the world that reduced snowthrower sales by almost 50 percent. Despite the weather challenge and a continued sluggish worldwide economy, Toro made tremendous progress in 2012. New products and good execution helped grow our positions in golf equipment, landscape contractor and grounds, micro irrigation and residential mowing. Our investments in acquisitions to enter new markets and expand capacity for micro irrigation, are contributing and will fuel growth into the future. And our efforts on productivity are starting to gain traction, as we delivered another significant step towards our Destination 2014 operating earnings goal of 12 percent by the end of fiscal 2014.” “For the quarter, retail sales activity for many of our products were strong this fall, which helped get field inventories in good shape heading into the upcoming season. The majority of the decline in sales for the quarter resulted from the lack of snowthrower shipments due to soft preseason demand. Other major product categories showed sales growth in the quarter, with positive momentum heading into the new fiscal year.” “We are early in our fiscal 2013, and mindful of the challenging world-wide economic environment and, as always, acutely aware of the volatility of Mother Nature. Nonetheless, the outlook for our end markets appears promising. Golf rounds and revenues were up last year, housing and construction are showing signs of improvement, and the agriculture market continues to adopt more efficient methods of irrigation. While we hope for better weather for our business, that is out of our control. We will concentrate on those actions that have made us successful: developing innovative products, serving our customers, executing in the marketplace, and engaging our employees to improve profitability as we pursue our Destination 2014 goals of additional revenue growth and further operating earnings expansion.” The company expects revenue growth for fiscal 2013 to be about 4 to 5 percent, and net earnings to be about $2.35 to $2.40 per share. For the first quarter, the company expects net earnings to be about $0.40 to $0.45 per share, positively impacted by anticipated accelerated purchases of diesel products in advance of the Tier 4 price change. SEGMENT RESULTSProfessional Professional segment net sales for fiscal 2012 totaled $1,329.5 million, up 7.3 percent over last year. Sales of golf equipment and irrigation were up domestically on continued demand as golf courses replaced equipment and renovated aging irrigation systems. Landscape maintenance equipment increased on the success of new products and retail demand in markets not impacted by the drought. Micro irrigation sales in the Americas increased significantly on improved capacity and dealer expansion that enabled Toro to better meet growing demand for agricultural irrigation. Recent acquisitions also contributed incremental sales for the year. International economic issues, particularly Europe, negatively impacted the sales of most professional businesses for the year. For the fourth quarter, professional segment net sales were $228.6 million, up 5.6 percent from the comparable fiscal 2011 period. Professional segment earnings for fiscal 2012 totaled $232.1 million, up 13.2 percent from the prior year. For the fourth quarter, professional segment earnings were $20.8 million, up 21.2 percent from the comparable fiscal 2011 period. Residential Residential segment net sales for fiscal 2012 were $607.4 million, down from $623.9 million in fiscal 2011. Snow thrower sales were down about 50 percent for the year due to the lack of snowfall last winter and the resulting soft preseason demand in the fourth quarter. Shipments of walk power mowers and riding products were up for the year due in part to the successful launch of the TimeMaster™ 30 inch walk power mower. For the fourth quarter, residential segment net sales were $102 million, down 28.9 percent from the comparable fiscal 2011 period due to reduced demand for snowthrowers. Residential segment earnings for fiscal 2012 totaled $57.9 million, up $3.5 million or 6.4 percent from fiscal 2011, when a pre-tax charge of $4.7 million to account for one-time costs associated with a rework issue affecting walk power mowers resulted in a decline in earnings. For the fourth quarter, residential segment earnings were $6.7 million, down from $11.9 million in the comparable fiscal 2011 period. OPERATING RESULTS Gross margin for fiscal 2012 improved 60 basis points from last year to 34.4 percent. The majority of the margin expansion was due to realized price, coupled with productivity improvement, somewhat offset by higher materials costs. For the fourth quarter, gross margin was up 100 basis points to 33.3 percent. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percent of sales decreased 10 basis points to 23.9 percent for fiscal 2012. For the fourth quarter, SG&A expenses were down $0.8 million, but increased 230 basis points compared to last year's fourth quarter to 32.1 percent, on lower sales volumes. Operating earnings as a percent of sales improved 70 basis points to 10.5 percent for fiscal 2012. For the fourth quarter, operating earnings were 1.2 percent of sales compared to 2.5 percent last year. Interest expense for fiscal 2012 was $16.9 million, down 0.4 percent compared to the fiscal 2011. For the fourth quarter, interest expense totaled $4.1 million, down 5.9 percent from the same period last year. The effective tax rate for the fiscal year was 34 percent compared with 32.7 percent last year, primarily due to the expiration of the Federal Research and Engineering Tax Credit. Accounts receivable at the end of the fiscal year totaled $147.4 million, down 0.5 percent from the prior year period. Net inventories were $251.1 million, up 12.6 percent from the end of fiscal 2011 due to planned inventory build of diesel products to meet anticipated customer demand as part of the Tier 4 transition. Trade payables were $124.8 million, up 5.7 percent compared with last year. About The Toro CompanyThe Toro Company is a leading worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, irrigation technologies and outdoor lighting solutions to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. LIVE CONFERENCE CALLDecember 5, 10:00 a.m. The Toro Company will conduct its earnings call and webcast for investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST on December 5, 2012.The webcast will be available at or at participants will need to complete a brief registration form and should allocate extra time before the webcast begins to register and, if necessary, download and install audio software.Safe HarborStatements made in this news release, which are forward-looking, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied. These uncertainties include factors that affect all businesses operating in a global market as well as matters specific to Toro. Particular risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operating results or overall financial position at the present include: slow or negative growth rates in global and domestic economies, resulting in rising or persistent unemployment and weakened consumer confidence; the threat of terrorist acts and war, which may result in contraction of the U.S. and worldwide economies; drug cartel-related violence, which may disrupt our production activities and maquiladora operations based in Juarez, Mexico; fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials and components, including steel, engines, hydraulics, resins and other commodities and components; fluctuating fuel and other costs of transportation; the impact of abnormal weather patterns, natural disasters and global pandemics; the level of growth or contraction in our key markets; government and municipal revenue, budget and spending levels, which may negatively impact our grounds maintenance equipment business in the event of reduced tax revenues and tighter government budgets; dependence on The Home Depot as a customer for the residential segment; elimination of shelf space for our products at retailers; inventory adjustments or changes in purchasing patterns by our customers; market acceptance of existing and new products; increased competition; our ability to achieve the revenue growth, operating earnings and employee engagement goals of our multi-year employee initiative called “Destination 2014”; our increased dependence on international sales and the risks attendant to international operations and markets, including political, economic and/or social instability in the countries in which we manufacture or sell our products resulting in contraction or disruption of such markets; credit availability and terms, interest rates and currency movements including, in particular, our exposure to foreign currency risk; our relationships with our distribution channel partners, including the financial viability of distributors and dealers; our ability to successfully achieve our plans for and integrate acquisitions and manage alliances or joint ventures, including Red Iron Acceptance, LLC; the costs and effects of changes in tax, fiscal, government and other regulatory policies, including rules relating to environmental, health and safety matters, and Tier 4 emissions requirements; unforeseen product quality or other problems in the development, production and usage of new and existing products; loss of or changes in executive management or key employees; ability of management to manage around unplanned events; our reliance on our intellectual property rights and the absence of infringement of the intellectual property rights of others; and the occurrence of litigation or claims. In addition to the factors set forth in this paragraph, market, economic, financial, competitive, legislative, governmental, weather, production and other factors identified in Toro's quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could affect the forward-looking statements in this press release. Toro undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements made in this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.     THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per-share data)       Three Months Ended     Fiscal Years Ended October 31,     October 31,October 31,     October 31,2012201120122011 Net sales $ 339,294 $ 368,094 $ 1,958,690 $ 1,883,953 Gross profit 112,899 118,787 673,094 636,647 Gross profit percent 33.3 % 32.3 % 34.4 % 33.8 % Selling, general, and administrative expense   108,792     109,580     467,481     452,160   Operating earnings 4,107 9,207 205,613 184,487 Interest expense (4,115 ) (4,374 ) (16,906 ) (16,970 ) Other income, net   2,324     2,749     7,555     7,309   Earnings before income taxes 2,316 7,582 196,262 174,826 Provision for income taxes   2,065     2,547     66,721     57,168   Net earnings $ 251   $ 5,035   $ 129,541   $ 117,658     Basic net earnings per share $ 0.00   $ 0.08   $ 2.18   $ 1.88     Diluted net earnings per share $ 0.00   $ 0.08   $ 2.14   $ 1.85     Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding – Basic 58,836 61,242 59,446 62,534   Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding – Diluted 60,162 62,074 60,618 63,594   Shares and per share data have been adjusted for all periods presented to reflect a two-for-one stock split effective June 29, 2012.     Segment Data (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands)       Three Months Ended     Fiscal Years Ended October 31,     October 31,October 31,     October 31,Segment Net Sales2012201120122011 Professional $ 228,605 $ 216,532 $ 1,329,504 $ 1,239,068 Residential 102,036 143,485 607,435 623,889 Other   8,653     8,077     21,751     20,996   Total * $ 339,294   $ 368,094   $ 1,958,690   $ 1,883,953     * Includes international sales of $ 113,842 $ 120,651 $ 594,313 $ 607,915   Three Months Ended Fiscal Years Ended October 31,October 31,October 31,October 31,Segment Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes2012201120122011 Professional $ 20,775 $ 17,140 $ 232,104 $ 205,009 Residential 6,715 11,865 57,889 54,410 Other   (25,174 )   (21,423 )   (93,731 )   (84,593 ) Total $ 2,316   $ 7,582   $ 196,262   $ 174,826       THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands)       October 31,     October 31,20122011ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 125,856 $ 80,886 Receivables, net 147,410 148,140 Inventories, net 251,117 223,030 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 24,437 18,303 Deferred income taxes   63,314   62,523 Total current assets   612,134   532,882   Property, plant, and equipment, net 180,523 191,140 Goodwill and other assets, net   142,542   146,641 Total assets $ 935,199 $ 870,663   LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current portion of long-term debt $ 1,858 $ 1,978 Short-term debt — 41 Accounts payable 124,806 118,036 Accrued liabilities   251,458   239,025 Total current liabilities   378,122   359,080   Deferred income taxes 2,280 1,368 Long-term debt, less current portion 223,482 225,178 Deferred revenue 11,143 10,619 Other long-term liabilities 7,770 7,651 Stockholders' equity   312,402   266,767 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 935,199 $ 870,663     THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)(Dollars in thousands)       Fiscal Years Ended October 31,     October 31,20122011 Cash flows from operating activities: Net earnings $ 129,541 $ 117,658 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Noncash income from affiliates (5,996 ) (5,682 ) Provision for depreciation, amortization, and impairment losses 53,634 48,506 Stock-based compensation expense 9,503 8,533 Increase in deferred income taxes (206 ) (2,006 ) Other (132 ) (118 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions: Receivables, net (495 ) (2,908 ) Inventories, net (21,973 ) (25,667 ) Prepaid expenses and other assets (6,741 ) (7,144 ) Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, deferred revenue, and other long-term liabilities   28,663     (17,295 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   185,798     113,877     Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property, plant, and equipment, net (43,242 ) (57,447 ) Proceeds from asset disposals 491 653 Distributions from finance affiliate, net 5,091 3,034 Other — (360 ) Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (9,663 )   (15,155 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (47,323 )   (69,275 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Decrease in short-term debt (922 ) (776 ) Repayments of long-term debt (1,858 ) (1,857 ) Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards 9,017 2,988 Proceeds from exercise of stock options 20,347 14,467 Purchases of Toro common stock (93,395 ) (129,955 ) Dividends paid on Toro common stock   (26,230 )   (24,970 ) Net cash used in financing activities   (93,041 )   (140,103 )   Effect of exchange rates on cash   (464 )   (979 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 44,970 (96,480 ) Cash and cash equivalents as of the beginning of the fiscal year   80,886     177,366     Cash and cash equivalents as of the end of the fiscal year $ 125,856   $ 80,886   The Toro CompanyInvestor Relations:Kurt Svendsen, 952-887-8630Managing Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relationskurt.svendsen@toro.comorMedia Relations:Branden Happel, 952-887-8930Senior Manager, Public