Astec Inc. - Astec Industries

Astec Sales Increase 3% to $936 Million in 2012

  • Fourth-quarter 2012 net income attributable to controlling interest rose 34 percent to $10.7 million
  • Net income attributable to controlling interest for 2012 increased 0.7 percent to $40.2 million
  • Net sales for 2012 increased 3 percent to $936.3 million

Astec Industries' (Nasdaq: ASTE) fourth-quarter 2012 net income attributable to controlling interest rose 34 percent to $10.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share. Net income attributable to controlling interest for 2012 increased 0.7 percent to $40.2 million or $1.74 per diluted share.

As previously announced, Astec sold its American Augers subsidiary during the fourth quarter of 2012. The company recognized an after tax gain of $3.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, on the sale. All amounts presented in this release and the attached financial information have been restated to reflect discontinued operations related to the sale of American Augers on November 30, 2012.

Earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $5.4 million or $0.23 per diluted share compared to $8.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of 36 percent or $0.13 per diluted share.

Net sales for the fourth quarter decreased 10 percent to $227.6 million. Domestic sales decreased 10 percent to $129.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $142.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. International sales were $98.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $110.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, a decrease of 11 percent.

Earnings from continuing operations for 2012 were $33.4 million or $1.45 per diluted share compared to earnings from continuing operations for 2011 of $39.7 million or $1.73 per diluted share, a decrease of 16 percent or $0.28 per diluted share.

Net sales for 2012 increased 3 percent to $936.3 million. Domestic sales increased 5 percent to $572.5 million for 2012 compared to $543.5 million for 2011. International sales were $363.8 million for 2012, only slightly changed from $365.1 million for 2011.

The company’s domestic backlog increased 8 percent, from $145.0 million at December 31, 2011 to $156.6 million at December 31, 2012. The international backlog at December 31, 2012 was $107.2 million, a 13 percent decrease compared to the December 31, 2011 international backlog of $123.6 million. Total backlog decreased 2 percent to $263.8 million at December 31, 2012 from $268.6 million at December 31, 2011. 2011 backlog amounts have been restated to reflect the sale of American Augers in 2012.

See consolidated financial information for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. J. Don Brock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "2012 has been a year of uncertainty for the U.S. economy. Although Congress finally passed a new 27-month Federal highway funding bill in July, it was too late in the 2012 construction season to have an impact. Without the certainty of Federal infrastructure spending, many of our customers were reluctant to make capital expenditures. With the Federal highway funding bill in place we hope to see the release of some of the pent up demand in preparation for the 2013 construction season. In spite of the uncertainty in the general economy, we continued to develop new and innovative products, expand our markets and develop more efficient ways to build our products."

Dr. Brock continued, "Although we were pleased to declare and pay a special dividend of $1.00 per share during the fourth quarter of 2012, we continue to focus on finding the right acquisitions and expansion opportunities. We have put our capital to work with new manufacturing tools at many of our companies. We look forward to completing our factory in Brazil and shipping our first wood pelletizer order in 2013. As the economy begins to recover we will be poised to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves."

Astec Industries Reports Fourth Quarter And 2012 Results

A replay of the company's investor conference call will be available through midnight on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by dialing (877) 660-6853, or (201) 612-7415 for international callers, Account #286, Conference ID# 409143. A transcription of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within 5 business days after the call.

Astec Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for building and restoring the world's infrastructure. Astec's manufacturing operations are divided into four primary business segments: aggregate processing and mining equipment; asphalt production equipment; mobile asphalt paving equipment; and oil, gas and water drilling equipment. Additionally, the Other Group contains one subsidiary that manufactures equipment used for wood processing and recycling and one that is a company-owned dealership located in Australia.

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