Donaldson Reports Record Fourth Quarter Earnings

Donaldson Reports Record Fourth Quarter Earnings

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI  ) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. Summarized financial results are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share data):

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31











Net sales $633 $657 (4)% $2,437 $2,493 (2)%
Operating income 100 99 1% 343 363 (5)%
Net earnings 73 71 2% 247 264 (6)%
Diluted EPS $0.48 $0.47 2% $1.64 $1.73 (5)%

“While global economic conditions in many of our end markets remained challenging, we delivered record fourth quarter net income and earnings per share,” said Bill Cook, Donaldson’s CEO. “Our overall sales were down from the fourth quarter of last year primarily due to our Engine Products OEM businesses in the U.S. and Asia and our Industrial Products businesses. However, we also had a number of businesses and regions that saw year-over-year increases. Our Engine Aftermarket sales increased 3 percent from last year and have now grown sequentially for the second straight quarter. Regionally, we achieved strong local currency sales growth in Latin America, India, and our European Engine business in the quarter.”

“Despite our lower overall sales, we delivered higher operating income with a record operating margin of 15.8 percent. Over the last year, we have worked to align our manufacturing and operating expenses with current Customer demand while generating significant savings from our ongoing Continuous Improvement initiatives. During the quarter, we also incurred restructuring charges of $1.2 million as part of these alignment efforts. Due to our strong operating margin performance, we delivered record net income and EPS in the fourth quarter.”

“Looking forward, we believe that many of our end markets have now stabilized and will begin to grow moderately during the second half of our FY14. Overall, we are expecting our full year sales to increase percentage-wise in the low- to mid-single digits in FY14. We plan to maintain our operating focus on our Continuous Improvement initiatives. We will continue to invest in our Strategic Business Systems project during FY14. Our overall growth outlook and operational performance is anticipated to deliver FY14 EPS of between $1.65 and $1.85 per share.”

Financial Statement Discussion

The impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by $3.5 million, or 0.5 percent, during the quarter and decreased sales by $32.2 million, or 1.3 percent, for the year. The impact of foreign currency translation decreased reported net earnings by $0.3 million, or 0.4 percent, during the quarter and decreased reported net earnings by $2.1 million, or 0.8 percent, for the year.

Gross margin was 36.1 percent for the quarter and 34.8 percent for the year, compared to prior year margins of 35.0 percent for both the quarter and the year. The improvement in the quarter is primarily attributable to a higher percentage of our sales coming from replacement filters and the benefits from our Continuous Improvement initiatives. Restructuring expenses included in gross margin were $0.3 million in the quarter and $1.6 million for the year.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $128.3 million, down 1.5 percent from last year. As a percent of sales, operating expenses were 20.3 percent compared to last year’s 19.8 percent. For the year, operating expenses were $503.8 million, or 20.7 percent of sales, compared to $510.7 million, or 20.5 percent of sales, last year. Restructuring expenses included in operating expenses were $0.9 million and $2.4 million for the quarter and the year, respectively. Our ongoing cost containment actions and lower incentive compensation have helped to offset the restructuring expenses, higher pension expenses, and the incremental expenses related to our Strategic Business Systems project.

Our effective tax rate for the quarter was 28.2 percent, compared to a prior year rate of 30.7 percent. The decrease in the quarter was due to a change in the geographic mix of earnings compared to last year. For the year, the effective tax rate was 29.0 percent compared to a prior year rate of 28.7 percent.

As part of our ongoing share repurchase program we repurchased 1,166,000 shares, or 0.8 percent of our diluted shares outstanding, for $41.6 million during the quarter. For the year, we repurchased 2,987,000 shares, or 2.0 percent of our diluted shares outstanding, for $102.6 million.

FY14 Outlook

  • We project our Company’s sales to be between $2.45 and $2.55 billion, or an increase of 1 to 5 percent. Our forecast is based on the Euro at US$1.32 and 97 Yen to the US$.
  • Our full-year operating margin forecast is 14.1 to 14.9 percent. Included in this forecast is approximately $30 million in expense increases for our Strategic Business Systems project and incentive compensation.
  • Our FY14 tax rate is anticipated to be between 28 and 31 percent.
  • We forecast our full year FY14 EPS to be between $1.65 and $1.85.
  • Cash generated by operating activities is projected to be between $275 and $305 million. Our capital spending is estimated to be approximately $90 million. We anticipate repurchasing between 2 and 4 percent of our diluted outstanding shares in FY14.

Engine Products : We forecast FY14 sales to increase 1 to 7 percent, including the impact of foreign currency.

  • Our On-Road OEM Customers are planning to increase their builds of heavy- and medium-duty trucks in FY14, with build rates turning positive in our first fiscal quarter. Demand from our Off-Road OEM Customers is anticipated to be mixed: build rates of agriculture equipment are forecasted to remain steady but the outlook is cautious, build rates of construction equipment are expected to slowly improve in North America but remain weak in Europe and China, and the build rates of mining equipment are expected to continue to remain at current low levels.
  • We are anticipating improving growth for our Aftermarket Products. Current utilization rates for off-road equipment and on-road heavy truck fleets in the field have stabilized and inventory levels at dealers and distributors are now consistent with current end user utilization rates in most markets. We should also benefit from our continued expansion into emerging economies, the increasing number of systems installed in the field with our innovative proprietary filters, and our increasing sales of liquid filtration products.
  • We forecast steady sales for our Aerospace and Defense Products compared to last year as the continued slowdown in U.S. military activity is expected to be offset by growth from our commercial aerospace sales.

Industrial Products : We forecast sales to be consistent with FY13, including the impact of foreign currency.

  • Our Industrial Filtration Solutions Products’ sales are projected to increase 5 to 11 percent. We assume general manufacturing activity will continue to increase moderately in the Americas and has now stabilized in Europe and Asia with gradual improvement expected in both regions.
  • We anticipate our Gas Turbine Products’ sales will decrease 18 to 24 percent from our record sales in FY13 due to the forecasted slowdown in large turbine power generation projects by our Customers in FY14.
  • Special Applications Products’ sales are forecasted to increase 5 to 11 percent due to improved market demand for our membranes and venting products, partially offset by continued weakness in the disk drive filter market.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our Customers’ equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our approximately 12,600 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 140 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at


The Company desires to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) and is making this cautionary statement in connection with such safe harbor legislation. This announcement contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, forecasts, plans, trends, and projections relating to our business and financial performance and global economic conditions, which involve uncertainties that could materially impact results. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. These statements do not guarantee future performance.

The Company wishes to caution investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including but not limited to risks associated with: world economic factors and the ongoing global economic uncertainty, the reduced demand for hard disk drive products with the increased use of flash memory, the potential for some Customers to increase their reliance on their own filtration capabilities, currency fluctuations, commodity prices, political factors, the Company’s international operations, highly competitive markets, governmental laws and regulations, including the impact of the various economic stimulus and financial reform measures, the implementation of our new information technology systems, failure or breach of information technology and trade secret security, potential global events resulting in market instability including financial bailouts and defaults of sovereign nations, military and terrorist activities, health outbreaks, natural disasters, and all of the other risk factors included in our Annual and Quarterly Reports. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

(Thousands of dollars, except share and per share amounts)


Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

July 31 July 31
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales $632,594 $656,833 $2,436,948 $2,493,248
Cost of sales 404,238   427,050   1,589,821   1,619,485  
Gross profit 228,356 229,783 847,127 873,763
Operating expenses 128,343   130,299   503,798   510,747  
Operating income 100,013 99,484 343,329 363,016
Other income, net (3,800 ) (5,503 ) (15,762 ) (19,253 )
Interest expense 2,635   2,633   10,910   11,489  
Earnings before income taxes 101,178 102,354 348,181 370,780
Income taxes 28,569   31,373   100,804   106,479  
Net earnings $72,609   $70,981   $247,377   $264,301  
Weighted average shares
outstanding 147,880,382 149,989,485 148,273,904 150,286,403
Diluted shares outstanding 149,940,905 152,506,028 150,455,193 152,940,605
Net earnings per share $0.49 $0.47 $1.67 $1.76
Net earnings per share
assuming dilution $0.48 $0.47 $1.64 $1.73
Dividends paid per share $0.130 $0.090 $0.410 $0.320



(Thousands of dollars)


July 31 July 31
2013 2012
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments $323,888 $318,151
Accounts receivable, net 430,766 438,796
Inventories, net 234,820 256,116
Prepaids and other current assets 66,188 72,599
Total current assets 1,055,662 1,085,662
Other assets and deferred taxes 268,614 259,511
Property, plant, and equipment, net 419,280 384,909
Total assets $1,743,556 $1,730,082
Trade accounts payable $186,460 $199,182
Employee compensation and other liabilities 182,121 201,848
Short-term borrowings 9,190 95,147
Current maturity long-term debt 98,664 2,346
Total current liabilities 476,435 498,523
Long-term debt 102,774 203,483
Other long-term liabilities 79,160 118,062
Total liabilities 658,369 820,068
Equity 1,085,187 910,014
Total liabilities and equity $1,743,556 $1,730,082



(Thousands of dollars)


Twelve Months Ended
July 31
2013   2012
Net earnings $247,377 $264,301

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 64,290 61,165
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 2,490 (45,609 )
Tax benefit of equity plans (11,191 ) (10,316 )
Stock compensation plan expense 9,148 10,553
Other, net 3,809   (20,382 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 315,923 259,712
Net expenditures on property and equipment (94,337 ) (77,170 )
Net change in short-term investments (1,974 ) (99,298 )
Net cash used in investing activities (96,311 ) (176,468 )
Purchase of treasury stock (102,572 ) (130,233 )
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings (88,310 ) 50,510
Dividends paid (60,320 ) (47,684 )
Tax benefit of equity plans 11,191 10,316
Exercise of stock options 16,043   13,691  
Net cash used in financing activities (223,968 ) (103,400 )

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash






Decrease in cash and cash equivalents






Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year





Cash and cash equivalents – end of period




(Thousands of dollars)
Engine Industrial Corporate & Total
Products Products Unallocated Company
3 Months Ended July 31, 2013:
Net sales $396,374 $236,220 --- $632,594
Earnings before income taxes 68,763 36,399 (3,984 ) 101,178
3 Months Ended July 31, 2012:
Net sales $398,540 $258,293 --- $656,833
Earnings before income taxes 57,509 45,561 (716 ) 102,354
12 Months Ended July 31, 2013:
Net sales $1,504,188 $932,760 --- $2,436,948
Earnings before income taxes 220,892 139,108 (11,819 ) 348,181
12 Months Ended July 31, 2012:
Net sales $1,570,140 $923,108 --- $2,493,248
Earnings before income taxes 227,941 149,249 (6,410 ) 370,780
(Thousands of dollars)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2013 2012 2013 2012
Engine Products segment:
Off-Road Products $90,778 $95,420 $358,834 $376,870
On-Road Products 32,239 39,800 128,446 163,934
Aftermarket Products 241,709 235,041 900,419 907,306
Retrofit Emissions Products 2,744 2,028 12,298 15,354
Aerospace and Defense Products 28,904 26,251 104,191   106,676
Total Engine Products segment $396,374 $398,540 $1,504,188   $1,570,140
Industrial Products segment:
Industrial Filtration Solutions Products $143,276 $151,931 $529,751 $553,453
Gas Turbine Products 50,627 57,041 232,922 180,669
Special Applications Products 42,317 49,321 170,087   188,986
Total Industrial Products segment $236,220 $258,293 $932,760   $923,108
Total Company $632,594 $656,833 $2,436,948   $2,493,248
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2013   2012 2013   2012

Net cash provided by operating activities

$98,534 $77,311 $315,923 $259,712
Net capital expenditures (24,912 ) (19,183 ) (94,337 ) (77,170 )
Free cash flow $73,622   $58,128   $221,586   $182,542  
Net earnings $72,609 $70,981 $247,377 $264,301
Income taxes 28,569 31,373 100,804 106,479
Interest expense, net 1,987 1,312 8,097 7,025
Depreciation and amortization 15,763   14,951   64,290   61,165  
EBITDA $118,928   $118,617   $420,568   $438,970  
Prior year net sales $656,833 $625,450 $2,493,248 $2,294,029

Change in net sales, excluding foreign currency translation

(20,710 ) 67,664 (24,144 ) 237,931
Foreign currency translation (3,529 ) (36,281 ) (32,156 ) (38,712 )
Current year net sales $632,594   $656,833   $2,436,948   $2,493,248  
Prior year net earnings $70,981 $65,767 $264,301 $225,291

Change in net earnings, excluding foreign currency translation

1,883 9,066 (14,815 ) 43,016
Foreign currency translation (255 ) (3,852 ) (2,109 ) (4,006 )
Current year net earnings $72,609   $70,981   $247,377   $264,301  
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
July 31 July 31
2013   2012 2013   2012
Net earnings $72,609 $70,981 $247,377 $264,301

Restructuring charges, net of tax





Net earnings, excluding special items

$73,465 $70,981 $250,331 $264,301

Net earnings per share assuming dilution

$0.48 $0.47 $1.64 $1.73

Restructuring charges per share, net of tax





Net earnings per share assuming dilution, excluding special items

$0.49 $0.47 $1.66 $1.73

Although free cash flow, EBITDA, net sales excluding foreign currency translation, and net earnings excluding foreign currency translation are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, the Company believes they are useful in understanding its financial results. Free cash flow is a commonly used measure of a company’s ability to generate cash in excess of its operating needs. EBITDA is a commonly used measure of operating earnings less non-cash expenses. Both net sales and net earnings excluding foreign currency translation provide a comparable measure for understanding the operating results of the company’s foreign entities excluding the impact of foreign exchange. A shortcoming of these financial measures is that they do not reflect the company’s actual results under GAAP. Management does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

Donaldson Company, Inc.
Rich Sheffer, 952-887-3753

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Minnesota


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