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|Graco Reports Second Quarter Sales and Earnings Revenue Growth Drives Improved Results|
MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 21, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Graco Inc. (NYSE: GGG) today announced results for the quarter and six months ended June 25, 2010.
"Revenue growth continued to drive improved earnings in the second quarter," said Patrick J. McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Sales gains were strong worldwide, with Asia Pacific leading the way with a 53 percent increase over last year. New product introductions led to improved results for the Contractor segment and solid sales growth continued in the Industrial and Lubrication segments."
Sales for the quarter increased 25 percent in the Americas, 27 percent in Europe (33 percent at consistent translation rates) and 53 percent in Asia Pacific (47 percent at consistent translation rates). Translation rates did not have a significant impact on the overall sales increase of 30 percent. Year-to-date sales increased 17 percent in the Americas, 22 percent in Europe and 59 percent in Asia Pacific (51 percent at consistent translation rates). The overall year-to-date growth rate of 25 percent included 2 percentage points from translation.
Gross profit margin, expressed as a percentage of sales, was 53 percent for the quarter and 53½ year-to-date, up from 49½ percent and 48 percent, for the comparable periods last year, respectively. Higher production volume in 2010 was the major factor in the improvement in both the quarter and year-to-date rates. Costs related to workforce reductions lowered the 2009 first-half gross margin rate and the favorable effects of currency translation contributed to the increase in the 2010 year-to-date rate. Selling price increases, lower material and pension costs, and divisional mix also contributed to the increase in margin rates.
Total operating expenses were up $7 million year-to-date. Improved results drove the increase, mainly from higher incentives expense, partially offset by lower pension expense.
The year-to-date effective income tax rate of 35 percent for 2010 was higher than the 32 percent rate for the comparable period of 2009. The federal R&D credit has not been renewed for 2010, so no credit is included in the 2010 rate.
Certain measurements of segment operations are summarized below:
All segments had double-digit percentage sales growth for the quarter and year-to-date. The Industrial segment had strong increases in all regions, including a 54 percent increase for the quarter in Asia Pacific (63 percent year-to-date). Stocking shipments of new products contributed to strong second quarter sales in Contractor (up 22 percent for the quarter and 16 percent year-to-date). Costs and expenses related to the new product introduction contributed to a small decrease in Contractor's operating earnings as a percentage of sales. Lubrication sales increased 28 percent for the quarter and 20 percent year-to-date, with large increases on small bases in Europe and Asia Pacific. Improved year-to-date operating earnings of all segments reflect the effects of higher sales and the lower cost structure resulting from workforce and other spending reduction actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.
"Investments in new product development, international sales people and our global distribution channel are paying dividends in the form of improved results," said Patrick J. McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We saw strong growth in Asia Pacific and Europe in the second quarter, and Industrial segment sales increased by 37 percent. We expect that activity in Asia will remain strong. While second quarter is generally the strongest quarter for our Contractor business, we look for modest improvement in end markets in the Americas and Europe over the last half of 2010."
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
A forward-looking statement is any statement made in this earnings release and other reports that the Company files periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as in press releases, analyst briefings, conference calls and the Company's Annual Report to shareholders, which reflects the Company's current thinking on market trends and the Company's future financial performance at the time it is made. All forecasts and projections are forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements in light of new information or future events.
The Company desires to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 by making cautionary statements concerning any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. The Company cannot give any assurance that the results forecasted in any forward-looking statement will actually be achieved. Future results could differ materially from those expressed, due to the impact of changes in various factors. These risk factors include, but are not limited to: economic conditions in the United States and other major world economies, currency fluctuations, political instability, changes in laws and regulations, and changes in product demand. Please refer to Item 1A of, and Exhibit 99 to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2009 (and most recent Form 10-Q, if applicable) for a more comprehensive discussion of these and other risk factors. These reports are available on the Company's website at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.graco.com&esheet=6367841&lan=en-US&anchor=www.graco.com&index=1&md5=3296ff247c2f000d74d81f413dd4c169 and the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sec.gov&esheet=6367841&lan=en-US&anchor=www.sec.gov&index=2&md5=bfeb10be0f8cd7bab3190311f44e4d4a.
Graco management will hold a conference call, including slides via webcast, with analysts and institutional investors on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. ET, to discuss Graco's second quarter results.
A real-time Webcast of the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Individuals wanting to listen and view slides can access the call at the Company's website at www.graco.com. Listeners should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the live conference call to install any necessary audio software.
For those unable to listen to the live event, a replay will be available soon after the conference call at Graco's website, or by telephone beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET on July 22, 2010, by dialing 800.406.7325, Conference ID #4323043, if calling within the U.S. or Canada. The dial-in number for international participants is 303.590.3030, with the same Conference ID #. The replay by telephone will be available through July 25, 2010.
Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries. For additional information about Graco Inc., please visit us at www.graco.com.
The consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and Management's Discussion and Analysis are available in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on our website at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.graco.com&esheet=6367841&lan=en-US&anchor=www.graco.com&index=5&md5=c8c7726051d5dd7813abd6dd4794028d
SOURCE: Graco Inc.