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Timken Reports 2006 Results, Strong Outlook for 2007
Strong industrial markets lead to record sales in Steel, Industrial Groups
Weak automotive demand, investments in industrial growth constrain results
Momentum from growth initiatives, Automotive restructuring expected to boost 2007 earnings

CANTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2007--The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR) today announced sales of $5.0 billion for 2006, up 3 percent from a year ago. Sales exclude Latrobe Steel, which the company sold in December and has accounted for as discontinued operations. Timken benefited from strength in global industrial markets, partially offset by declines in demand from the company's North American automotive customers during the second half of 2006.


Net income per diluted share was $2.36, including earnings of $0.49 per diluted share from discontinued operations, which reflects the operations of Latrobe Steel and the gain on its sale. Income from continuing operations was $176.4 million, or $1.87 per diluted share, down from $233.7 million or $2.52 per diluted share in 2005.


Excluding the impact of special items, Timken generated 2006 adjusted net income of $2.48 per diluted share, which included earnings of $0.35 per diluted share from discontinued operations. On a continuing operations basis, the company earned income of $200.8 million or $2.13 per diluted share, excluding special items, compared to $206.9 million or $2.24 per diluted share in 2005. These special items included disbursements received under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA), which were more than offset by losses on divestitures and charges related to restructuring, rationalization and goodwill impairment.


Table 1: 2006 Diluted Earnings Per Share (a)
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                                               As Reported    Adjusted
                                              ------------  ----------
 Income from Continuing Operations                  $1.87       $2.13
 Income from Discontinued Operations                 0.49        0.35
                                              ------------  ----------
 Net Income                                          2.36        2.48


"Timken benefited from strong industrial markets in 2006, although lower automotive demand constrained our overall performance," said James W. Griffith, Timken's president and chief executive officer. "More importantly, we advanced sweeping changes across the company, including initiatives to grow in Asia and key industrial markets, investments to differentiate our alloy steel products, restructuring of our Automotive business and divestment of underperforming assets and Latrobe Steel. These actions are positioning the company to create even greater value for customers and shareholders in 2007 and beyond."


    During 2006, the company:

    --  Grew in global industrial markets with the addition of
        capacity and capabilities in aerospace and large industrial
        bearing products, including the acquisition of Turbo Engines
        in the fourth quarter;

    --  Continued to build the infrastructure to support its Asian
        growth initiative by investing in three new plants, raising
        total employment in the region to approximately 4,400
        associates and achieving sales growth in Asia of 16 percent;

    --  Improved its portfolio by divesting Timken's automotive
        steering business, its European precision steel components
        business and Latrobe Steel;

    --  Successfully completed a pilot program in Canada of Project
        O.N.E. ("Our New Enterprise"), a program designed to improve
        business processes and systems, with the first major U.S.
        implementation to come in 2007; and

    --  Strengthened the balance sheet, reducing debt while
        contributing $243 million to the company's U.S. pension plans
        to end the year with total debt of $597.8 million, compared to
        $721.0 million in 2005.

 

Fourth-Quarter Results


For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2006, sales were $1.2 billion, an increase of 3 percent from a year ago. Strong sales in industrial markets were partially offset by weaker demand from North American automotive customers.


Net income per diluted share was $0.37 in the fourth quarter, which included net income of $0.20 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Excluding special items, the company's adjusted fourth-quarter earnings per diluted share were $0.30, which included earnings of $0.07 per diluted share from discontinued operations. Special items in the fourth quarter included income from CDSOA disbursements, losses on divestitures and charges related to restructuring, rationalization and goodwill impairment. Excluding special items, fourth-quarter 2006 results were affected negatively by lower automotive demand, an increase in the company's warranty reserves, higher Industrial manufacturing costs and the sale of Latrobe Steel.


Table 2: Fourth-Quarter 2006
Diluted Earnings Per Share (a)
--------------------------------------------
                                              As Reported     Adjusted
                                            -------------  -----------
 Income from Continuing Operations                 $0.17        $0.23
 Income from Discontinued Operations                0.20         0.07
                                            -------------  -----------
 Net Income                                         0.37         0.30


The Group results that follow are from continuing operations and exclude special items.


Industrial Group Results


Industrial Group 2006 sales increased by 8 percent from the prior year to a record $2.1 billion. The increase was driven by higher volume and pricing. The Industrial sales strength came from multiple market sectors, including aerospace, oil and gas, mining, metals and rail, which also drove strong distribution sales. The Industrial Group also benefited from its Asian growth initiative, particularly in China where sales rose 20 percent over 2005.


Industrial Group 2006 earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were $201.3 million compared to $199.9 million in 2005. The favorable impact of price, volume and mix was offset by manufacturing costs associated with capacity additions and rationalization of facilities, as well as investments in Asian growth initiatives.


Sales in the fourth quarter of 2006 were $539.7 million, up 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2005, with continued strength across most Industrial markets, as well as particularly strong distribution sales. EBIT was $43.8 million, up from $41.9 million in the prior-year period. The same factors impacting full-year Industrial results also affected fourth-quarter performance.


Timken expects to see continued top-line growth in the Industrial Group in 2007 as capacity additions come online, as well as higher margins through operating improvements.


Automotive Group Results


Automotive Group sales decreased by 5 percent in 2006 to $1.6 billion due to lower North American automotive demand. The Automotive Group had a loss in 2006 of $73.7 million, compared to a loss of $19.9 million in 2005. Underutilization of manufacturing capacity due to lower demand and an increase of $19 million in warranty reserves were only partly mitigated by the favorable impact of increased pricing, new business contracts and the initial benefits of restructuring initiatives.


Timken previously announced a restructuring initiative in 2005 and a workforce reduction in 2006 to improve the performance of its Automotive business. These programs are on track to deliver expected savings of approximately $40 million and $35 million, respectively, by 2008. During 2006, the company reduced Automotive employment by more than 2,000 positions, including those associated with the divestment of its global steering business.


In the fourth quarter, Automotive Group sales were $361.8 million, a decrease of 11 percent from a year ago. The Automotive Group had a loss of $42.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to a loss of $7.5 million for the prior-year period. Fourth-quarter 2006 results were negatively impacted by underutilization of manufacturing capacity due to lower demand, partially offset by the positive effects of restructuring efforts and reductions in employment. The fourth quarter was also adversely impacted by an increase of $12 million in warranty reserves.


Timken expects to see better Automotive results during 2007 as the company realizes the benefits of its previously announced initiatives to improve Automotive performance.


Steel Group Results


Sales for the Steel Group, including inter-segment sales, reached a record $1.5 billion in 2006, up 4 percent from 2005. The sales growth reflected strong industrial, energy and service center market segments, while sales to automotive customers were lower. For 2006, EBIT increased to a record $206.7 million from $175.8 million in 2005, driven by strong volumes in key market segments and price increases. Surcharges offset continued high raw material and energy costs. In 2006, the Steel Group also set records in output, productivity, quality and energy-efficiency.


Steel Group sales in the fourth quarter, including inter-segment sales, were $357.9 million, an increase of 9 percent from the prior-year period. Fourth-quarter EBIT was $39.5 million, compared to $35.1 million a year ago. The Steel Group benefited from the same positive factors during the fourth quarter that impacted the full year, which were partially offset by raw material costs not fully recovered by surcharges during the quarter.


Performance in the Steel Group is anticipated to continue at historically high levels in 2007, as markets are expected to remain strong.


Outlook


The company expects earnings per diluted share for 2007 from continuing operations, excluding special items, to be $2.50 to $2.70 for the year and $0.50 to $0.60 for the first quarter, compared to $2.13 and $0.62, respectively, for the same periods in 2006. Timken anticipates global industrial markets will remain strong, and targeted investments in Industrial bearing capacity are expected to become operational throughout the year. The company expects improved Automotive performance compared to the second half of 2006 as it benefits from its operating improvement initiatives. In addition, the Steel Group is anticipated to continue performing at a high level of profitability.


Conference Call Information


The company will host a conference call for investors and analysts today to discuss financial results.

Conference Call:     Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007  11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

    All Callers:     Live Dial-In:  800-344-0593 or 706-634-0975
                     (Call in 10 minutes prior to be included)
                     Conference ID:  #6026832

                     Replay Dial-In through Feb. 14, 2007:
                     800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291

   Live Webcast:     www.timken.com/investors


(a): "Adjusted" earnings per share exclude the impact of impairment and restructuring, manufacturing rationalization/reorganization and special charges and credits.

 

About The Timken Company

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR, www.timken.com) keeps the world turning, with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services, enabling our customers to perform faster and more efficiently. With sales of $5.0 billion in 2006, operations in 26 countries and approximately 25,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn™ for better performance.

 

Certain statements in this news release (including statements regarding the company's forecasts, estimates and expectations) that are not historical in nature are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the statements related to expected savings and costs of the company's programs and initiatives and expectations regarding the company's financial performance, including the information under the heading "Outlook," are forward-looking. The company cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in forward-looking statements due to a variety of important factors, including: the company's ability to respond to the changes in its end markets, especially the North American automotive industry; fluctuations in raw material and energy costs and the operation of the company's surcharge mechanisms; the company's ability to respond to the changes in its end markets; changes in the financial health of the company's customers; changes in the expected costs associated with product warranty claims; and the impact on operations of general economic conditions, higher raw material and energy costs, fluctuations in customer demand and the company's ability to achieve the benefits of its future and ongoing programs and initiatives, including, without limitation, the implementation of its Automotive Group restructuring program and initiatives and the rationalization of the company's Canton bearing operations. These and additional factors are described in greater detail in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005, page 65 and in the company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2006. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

 

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