CANTON, Ohio – Oct. 24, 2008 – The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) today reported record third-quarter sales of $1.48 billion, an increase of 18 percent over the same period a year ago. During the quarter, the company benefited from the favorable impact of surcharges, pricing and currency, as well as acquisitions that serve the aerospace and energy market sectors. Strong sales in global industrial markets largely offset the impact of weaker automotive demand.
Third-quarter income from continuing operations was $130.4 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, compared to $41.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the third quarter a year ago. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations increased 179 percent to $135.8 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008, compared to $48.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2007. Third-quarter earnings exceeded the company’s prior estimate of $1.00 to $1.10, principally due to the impact of last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting, resulting from projected lower raw-material costs, and the timing of raw-material cost recovery.
The record quarterly earnings benefited from raw-material surcharges, pricing and mix, as well as income from LIFO. These benefits were partially offset by higher manufacturing, logistics and material costs in the quarter compared to a year ago. Third-quarter special items, net of tax, included manufacturing rationalization, impairment and restructuring charges totaling $5.4 million, compared to $7.4 million of similar charges in the third quarter of 2007.
“Our strategy of shifting our portfolio toward more attractive global industrial markets is clearly delivering results,” said James W. Griffith, Timken’s president and chief executive officer. “While the economy today is unsettled, we still see strong demand for our products from aerospace, energy and heavy industry market sectors, as well as growth in Asia. We continue to take actions to deal with declining automotive demand. Our company is well-positioned to navigate the uncertain markets we face.”
During the quarter, the company:
- Invested $14 million in a new thermal treatment facility at its steel plant in Canton, Ohio, that will increase capacity primarily suited for use in the energy and industrial market sectors;
- Began production of large-bore bearings at its plant in Wuxi, China, to serve customers in key market sectors including cement, mining, wind energy and rail; and
- Received an improved corporate debt rating from Moody’s Investors Service of “Baa3” (investment grade), reflecting the company’s strong financial performance and balance sheet.
Total debt at Sept. 30, 2008, was $739.2 million, or 25.1 percent of capital. Net debt at Sept. 30, 2008, was $644.5 million, or 22.6 percent of capital, compared to $693.0 million, or 26.1 percent of capital, at Dec. 31, 2007. The decrease in net debt reflects strong operating cash flow.
In addition to cash and cash equivalents of $94.7 million at Sept. 30, 2008, the company has liquidity available under a $500 million senior credit facility and a $200 million accounts-receivable securitization program. Availability under these committed facilities totaled $563.5 million at Sept. 30, 2008. The company expects to generate positive free cash flow for the remainder of the year and to end 2008 with lower net debt and leverage than last year, providing additional financial capacity to pursue strategic investments.
For the first nine months of 2008, sales were $4.45 billion, an increase of 14 percent from the same period in 2007. Income from continuing operations per diluted share for the first nine months of 2008 was $3.15, compared to $1.79 last year. Special items, net of tax, in the first nine months of 2008 totaled $3.3 million of expense compared to $9.7 million of expense in the prior-year period. These special items included charges related to restructuring, rationalization and impairment, partially offset by a gain on a real-estate divestment associated with a prior plant closure. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations per diluted share in the first nine months of 2008 increased 69 percent to $3.19, versus $1.89 in the same period a year ago.
During the first nine months of 2008, the company benefited from strong industrial market demand, pricing, surcharges, mix and currency, which were partially offset by higher raw-material costs and related LIFO charges, and the impact of lower automotive demand.
Bearings and Power Transmission Group Results
The Bearings and Power Transmission Group had third-quarter sales of $1.00 billion, up 8 percent from $918 million for the same period last year. The group benefited from strong markets within its Process Industries and Aerospace and Defense segments, while Mobile Industries markets were weaker. The group benefited from the favorable impact of the Purdy acquisition, pricing and currency, which were partially offset by weaker demand in the Mobile Industries segment.
Bearings and Power Transmission Group earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the third quarter were $98.8 million, up 123 percent from $44.2 million in the third quarter of 2007, benefiting from strong global industrial demand, pricing, shifting capacity to more profitable segments and currency, which were partially offset by high material costs and weakness in automotive markets. The group also experienced higher manufacturing costs associated with serving strong industrial demand, compared to the year-ago period.
For the first nine months of 2008, Bearings and Power Transmission Group sales were $3.11 billion, up 10 percent from the same period a year ago. EBIT for the first nine months of 2008 was $282.4 million, or 9.1 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $165.9 million, or 5.9 percent of sales, in the first nine months of 2007.
Mobile Industries Segment Results
In the third quarter, Mobile Industries sales were $539.0 million, a decrease of 8 percent from $586.7 million for the same period a year ago. Sales declined as a result of lower demand from the North American and European light-vehicle market sectors. Stronger demand in the heavy-truck and off-highway market sectors and pricing partially offset the drop in light-vehicle demand.
Third-quarter 2008 EBIT was $4.7 million, down 55 percent from $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2007. Results benefited from pricing and mix, which were more than offset by higher material and logistics costs, and the underutilization of manufacturing capacity due to lower demand. In addition, the company continued to increase its accounts-receivable reserves for automotive customers. During the quarter, the company further reduced total employment levels and temporarily idled factories beyond normal seasonal shutdowns in response to weakness in demand.
For the first nine months of 2008, Mobile Industries sales of $1.80 billion were down 1 percent from the same period a year ago. EBIT for the first nine months of 2008 was $45.6 million, or 2.5 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $55.9 million, or 3.1 percent of sales, in the first nine months of 2007.
The company expects fourth-quarter 2008 Mobile Industries performance to be below the prior-year period, as lower demand in the light-vehicle and rail market sectors and higher raw-material costs are anticipated to more than offset strong pricing compared to 2007. The company expects full-year results to be below 2007 levels for the Mobile Industries segment.
Process Industries Segment Results
Process Industries had third-quarter sales of $346.3 million, up 33 percent from $260.7 million for the same period a year ago. The increase was driven by strong demand across broad industrial market sectors, which was supplied through new capacity coming online and shifting capacity from other market sectors. In addition, the company benefited from strong pricing and currency.
Third-quarter EBIT was $81.7 million, up 144 percent from $33.4 million in the prior-year period. EBIT benefited from strong volume, increased capacity for large-bore products and pricing, partially offset by higher raw-material and manufacturing costs.
For the first nine months of 2008, Process Industries sales were $987.3 million, up 27 percent from the same period a year ago. EBIT for the first nine months of 2008 was $205.1 million, or 20.8 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $98.8 million, or 12.7 percent of sales, in the first nine months of 2007.
Timken expects to see increased sales and earnings in the Process Industries segment during the fourth-quarter of 2008 compared to 2007, driven by end-market demand, increased capacity and improved pricing.
Aerospace and Defense Segment Results
Aerospace and Defense had third-quarter sales of $110.0 million, up 56 percent from $70.4 million for the same period last year. Approximately half of the increase in sales was driven by the Purdy acquisition, completed in the fourth quarter of last year, with the remainder due to strong demand and favorable pricing.
Third-quarter EBIT was $12.5 million, up significantly from $0.4 million in the prior-year period. Performance benefited from the Purdy acquisition, pricing, volume and improved manufacturing productivity, partially offset by investments in capacity expansions, including the aerospace and precision products plant in Chengdu, China.
For the first nine months of 2008, Aerospace and Defense sales were $317.8 million, up 45 percent from the same period a year ago. The Purdy acquisition accounted for approximately 60 percent of the sales increase. EBIT for the first nine months of 2008 was $31.8 million, or 10.0 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $11.1 million, or 5.1 percent of sales, in the first nine months of 2007.
Timken expects aerospace demand to remain strong during the fourth quarter and earnings to be comparable with the same period last year.
Steel Group Results
In the third quarter, sales for the Steel Group, including inter-group sales, were $536.5 million, an increase of 41 percent from $381.1 million for the same period last year. The increase was driven by raw-material surcharges, the impact of the Boring Specialties acquisition completed in the first quarter of 2008, and favorable mix as a result of higher demand across all market sectors, except automotive.
Third-quarter EBIT was $133.8 million, up 156 percent from $52.3 million in the prior-year period. Compared to the same period a year ago, results benefited from the timing of surcharges in excess of raw-material costs, and better mix. The rapid decline in material costs at the end of the third quarter resulted in LIFO income, compared to LIFO expense in the third quarter of 2007. These factors more than offset weaker automotive demand and the impact of inflation.
For the first nine months of 2008, Steel Group sales were $1.48 billion, up 25 percent over the first nine months of last year. EBIT for the first nine months of 2008 was $267.5 million, or 18.1 percent of sales, compared to EBIT of $183.7 million, or 15.5 percent of sales in the same period last year.
The company anticipates fourth-quarter Steel Group performance to be below the prior-year period due primarily to raw-material costs not fully offset by surcharges during the quarter and the impact of lower automotive production volumes. The negative impact from material cost recovery is due to timing, as the company benefited from surcharges in excess of its material costs in the third quarter of 2008.
The global economic outlook continues to soften, while credit markets are expected to remain constrained. The company is seeing weakness in its North American and Western European markets, while demand in Asia continues to grow at a slower pace. Demand for the company’s products in aerospace, energy and heavy industry markets remains relatively strong on a global basis.
The company expects earnings per diluted share for 2008, excluding special items, to be $3.35 to $3.45 for the year and $0.16 to $0.26 for the fourth quarter, compared to $2.40 and $0.51, respectively, for the same periods in 2007. Fourth-quarter expectations are below the company’s previous estimate due primarily to the timing of raw-material cost recovery in the Steel Group, which benefited the third quarter, and weaker automotive demand for both Steel and Mobile Industries. The company has reaffirmed its expectation for record full-year earnings.
Conference Call Information
The company will host a conference call for investors and analysts today to discuss financial results.
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008
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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 $5.2 billion in 2007, operations in 27 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 expectations regarding the future performance of the specific reporting segments and 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 finalization of the company’s financial statements for the third quarter of 2008; fluctuations in raw-material and energy costs and their impact on the operation of the company’s surcharge mechanisms; the impact of the company’s LIFO accounting; the company’s ability to respond to the changes in its end markets that could affect demand for the company’s products, especially in the automotive industry; changes in the global economic and financial markets; changes in the financial health of the company’s customers; changes in the expected costs associated with product warranty claims; 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 Mobile Industries Segment 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, 2007, page 40 and in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.