AZZ incorporated Acquires G3 Galvanizing

 AZZ incorporated (NYSE:AZZ), a manufacturer of electrical products and a provider of galvanizing services, today announced unaudited financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended November 30, 2012. Revenues for the third quarter were $149.7 million compared to $116.5 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 29 percent. Net income for the third quarter was $15.4 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to net income of $10.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in last year's third fiscal quarter.

For the nine-month period, the Company reported revenues of $430.2 million compared to $345.5 millionfor the comparable period last year, an increase of 25 percent.  Net income for the nine months was $47.2 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, compared to $29.1 million, or $1.15 per diluted share in the comparable period of last year.  The net income and earnings per diluted share for the first nine months reflect a pre-tax gain of approximately $6 million related to a partial insurance settlement for assets destroyed in a fire at one of the Company's galvanizing facilities.  While we expect to receive substantial additional insurance proceeds under the policy in the future, the ultimate amount that we collect has not yet been determined.  Any future recoveries under this policy will be recognized in the period in which proceeds are approved by our insurance carrier.  Pro forma earnings per diluted share exclusive of this non operational income item for the first nine months were $1.73, a 50 percent gain over the same period last year.

Backlog at the end of our third quarter was $215.8 million, which includes the favorable impact of Nuclear Logistics Incorporated's acquired backlog. Backlog at the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 was$132.1 million and $138.6 million at February 29, 2012. Incoming orders for the third quarter were $152.4 million while shipments for the quarter totaled $149.7 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 102 percent. Of the backlog of $215.8 million, 29 percent is to be delivered outside of the U.S.

Revenues for the Electrical and Industrial Products Segment for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $60.4 million as compared to $43.9 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 38 percent.  NLI, acquired June 1, 2012, contributed $16.4 million of this increase.  Operating income for the segment increased 57 percent to $9 million compared to $5.7 million in the same period last year.  Operating margins for the third quarter were 15 percent for the quarter as compared to 13 percent in the prior year period. For the first nine months of fiscal 2013, revenues increased 26 percent to $171.6 million and operating income increased 38 percent to $25.1 million compared to $136.5 million and $18.2 millionrespectively, in the prior year period.  Operating margin for the first nine months was 15 percent as compared to 13 percent in the prior year period.

Revenues for the Company's Galvanizing Service Segment for the third quarter were $89.3 million, compared to the $72.6 million in the same period last year, an increase of 23 percent.  Operating income was $24.4 million as compared to $18.6 million in the prior period, an increase of 32 percent. Operating margins for the third quarter were 27 percent, compared to 26 percent in the same period last year. For the nine months of fiscal 2013, revenues increased 24 percent to $258.6 million and operating income increased 30 percent to $70.6 million compared to $209 million and $54.4 million respectively, for the first nine months of the prior year.  Year to date operating margins were 27 percent compared to 26 percent in the prior year period.

David H. Dingus, president and chief executive officer of AZZ incorporated, commented, "The third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2013 reflects favorable year over year growth in both segments and effective identification and execution of our opportunities in a market environment of continued economic and regulatory uncertainty.  We are extremely pleased with the reported results.  We continue our effort to identify product and market expansion opportunities to further enhance our strategic position."

The company today announced that it has acquired G3 Galvanizing, a galvanizing operation in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 2, 2013.  This acquisition is part of the stated AZZ strategy to continue the geographic expansion of its served markets that should provide a basis for continued growth of the Galvanizing Services Segment of AZZ.  G3, while relatively small in terms of production and revenue, has a rich heritage of providing superior level of service and support to the customers in Canadian Maritimes.  Operated with pride and integrity since its founding, this very successful operation will complement our existing network of North American plants.  Existing operating management has agreed to remain with the company and the acquisition is anticipated to be accretive in the first year of operation.

Based upon the evaluation of information currently available to management, we are revising our fiscal year 2013 guidance for revenues to be in the range of $575 to $585 million.  Our earnings are anticipated to be in the range of $2.35 and $2.45 per diluted share.  This guidance reflects the two-for-one-stock split effective July 30, 2012.  The previously issued guidance was for revenues to be in the range of $575 to $600 million and that fully diluted earnings per share to be in the rage of $2.25 to $2.40 after the effect of the two-for-one stock split.  Our guidance does reflect the acquisition of NLI during the last nine months of fiscal 2013 and the acquisition of Galvcast for the last five months of fiscal 2013, and G3 Galvanizing for the last two months of the fiscal 2013.

AZZ incorporated is a specialty electrical equipment manufacturer serving the global markets of power generation, transmission and distribution and industrial, as well as a leading provider of hot dip galvanizing services to the North American steel fabrication market.

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