Pall Corporation Second Quarter Sales Increase 8%

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Pall Corporation Second Quarter Sales Increase 8%

Pall Corporation Second Quarter Sales Increase 8%

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 which ended on January 31, 2012.

“With assumptions of the macro market, particularly the European economy and currency impact, we believe that the bottom end of our guided range is achievable and that our task is to deliver the previously stated midpoint of $3.20 or better.”

Second Quarter and Six Months Sales and Earnings Overview

Second quarter sales were $698 million, an increase of 8.2% over last year. Sales in local currency ("LC") increased 8.0%. Orders in LC increased 3.4%.

Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) were $0.72 in the quarter, compared to $0.64 last year. Pro forma EPS were $0.76 (excluding restructuring and other charges defined as “Discrete Items”). This compares to $0.68 last year, for an increase of 12%.

For the six months, sales increased 12.2% over last year. Sales in LC increased 9.9%. Orders in LC increased 6.9%. Foreign currency translation increased reported sales and orders in the six months by 2.3% and 2.6%, respectively.

Diluted EPS were $1.31 in the six months, compared to $1.25 for the same period last year. Pro forma EPS, excluding Discrete Items, were $1.50, a 16% increase compared to $1.29 a year earlier.

Larry Kingsley, president and CEO, said, “The sales increase in the quarter reflects good growth in both the Life Sciences and Industrial segments. On a global basis, emerging market sales grew over 20% in local currency driven by the Energy markets in MENA and Latin America. We continue to invest to grow in the emerging markets which represented about 20% of second quarter sales compared to about 17% a year ago.

“Organic orders growth for the quarter was mixed against a tough comparison for the same quarter in 2011. Consumables orders were up 5%, while systems orders decreased 6% driven by Food & Beverage, which experienced unusually high order volume in the second quarter of last year. Our current outlook supports our previously stated sales assumptions for the full year which is mid-single digit organic sales growth.

“Operating profit is up about 8%. This reflects continued unfavorable mix in the Industrial segment and planned spending associated with our enterprise system implementation. Restructuring activities underway will improve margin in the second half.

“Operating cash flow for the first half of the year improved to $204 million from $156 million in the prior year. Working capital improvement drove most of the year-over-year gain.

“Results for the first half are reasonable given the continued choppy environment. While we expect some EPS headwind in the second half as sales growth moderates and foreign exchange impacts our consolidated results, we should be able to offset most of the impact with cost and productivity actions underway. The previously announced ForteBio acquisition closed last week. That will be slightly dilutive to our 2012 results.

“With assumptions of the macro market, particularly the European economy and currency impact, we believe that the bottom end of our guided range is achievable and that our task is to deliver the previously stated midpoint of $3.20 or better.”


Life Sciences – Second Quarter Highlights

(Dollar Amounts in Thousands and Discussion of Sales and Orders Changes are in Local Currency)


JAN. 31, 2012 JAN. 31, 2011



BioPharmaceuticals $ 201,647 $ 179,550 12.3 12.3
Medical 102,152 102,305 (0.1 ) (0.2 )
Food & Beverage   53,366   52,359 1.9 2.4
Total Life Sciences segment $ 357,165 $ 334,214 6.9 7.0
Gross profit $ 199,606 $ 184,726
% of sales 55.9 55.3
Segment profit $ 88,706 $ 83,650
% of sales 24.8 25.0

Biopharmaceuticals: Pharmaceuticals sales increased 13% and reflect continued strength in the biotech industry in all regions. Consumables sales increased 10%, while systems sales grew 47%. Sales in Europe, the largest part of the market for Pall, increased 18%. Laboratory sales increased over 7% with all regions growing.

Medical: Blood Filtration sales increased 6%. New product sales in the Americas were a key growth driver. Medical OEM sales were down 7% reflecting timing of customer orders and the impact of the Thailand floods. Hospital sales were also down 7%, primarily a result of economic conditions in Europe.

Food and Beverage: Sales growth reflects strength in the Americas from new customer accounts and new products in North America and Latin America. Growth in Europe was offset by the divestiture of a non-strategic asset in Italy.


Industrial – Second Quarter Highlights

(Dollar Amounts in Thousands and Discussion of Sales and Orders Changes are in Local Currency)


JAN. 31, 2012 JAN. 31, 2011



Process Technologies $ 211,654 $ 186,822 13.3 13.4
Aerospace 54,959 47,403 15.9 16.2
Microelectronics   74,203   76,793 (3.4 )


Total Industrial segment $ 340,816 $ 311,018 9.6 9.2
Gross profit $ 160,679 $ 147,759
% of sales 47.1 47.5
Segment profit $ 52,480 $ 47,942
% of sales 15.4 15.4

Effective in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company reorganized its Industrial markets as follows:

Energy & Water and the Machinery & Equipment submarket (previously reported as part of the Aeropower market) are now being combined and reported as the Process Technologies market.

With the exclusion of Machinery & Equipment from Aeropower, Aerospace is now the stand-alone descriptor for that part of the business.

Sales information by market for prior periods has been restated to reflect these changes. All discussions and amounts reported in this release are based on the reorganized structure. A table outlining the restated sales by market for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 and all of fiscal year 2011 is appended to this earnings release.

Process Technologies: Sales in Fuels & Chemicals increased approximately 39%. Growth in all regions was strong driven by robust growth in the oil & gas, refining and alternative energy sectors.

Power Generation sales decreased about 17%. This reflects timing of systems projects and decreased demand from wind turbine OEMs in Asia.

Municipal Water sales decreased about 19% largely driven by sales in the Americas, which were down 37%.This was related to the timing of shipments.

Machinery & Equipment sales were up 18%, with all regions strong. The mining and mobile OEM sectors were key growth drivers.

Aerospace: Military Aerospace grew over 31% in the quarter, with all regions contributing. CH-47 helicopter program sales in the Americas were particularly strong. Commercial Aerospace sales were flat.

Microelectronics: Sales reflect continued weakness in the marketplace, particularly in the display, data storage and ink jet sectors. Sales to the semiconductor sector were flat.

Other Matters

The Company reached an agreement related to the securities class-action lawsuit filed in August 2007. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the lawsuit will be dismissed and the Company and all individual defendants will be relieved of any liability. The settlement cost will be $22.5 million, substantially all of which is covered by insurance.

Conference Call

On Thursday March 8, 2012, at 8:30 am ET, Pall Corporation will host a conference call to review these results. The call can be accessed at www.pall.com/investor. The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

About Pall Corporation

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing solutions to meet the critical fluid management needs of customers across the broad spectrum of life sciences and industry. Pall works with customers to advance health, safety and environmentally responsible technologies. The Company’s engineered products enable process and product innovation and minimize emissions and waste. Pall Corporation, with total revenues of $2.7 billion for fiscal year 2011, is an S&P 500 company with almost 11,000 employees serving customers worldwide. Pall has been named a “top green company” by Newsweek magazine. To see how Pall is helping enable a greener, safer, more sustainable future, follow us on Twitter @PallCorporation or visit www.pall.com/green.

Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this report contain “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Results for the second quarter are preliminary until the Company's Form 10-Q is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before March 12, 2012.

Forward-looking statements are those that address activities, events or developments that the Company or management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. All statements regarding future performance, earnings projections, earnings guidance, management’s expectations about its future cash needs and effective tax rate, and other future events or developments are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are those that use terms such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements contained in this and other written and oral reports are based on management’s assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors.

The Company’s forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ materially from those envisaged by the Company’s forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Part I—Item 1A.—Risk Factors in the 2011 Form 10-K, and other reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including: the impact of legislative, regulatory and political developments globally; the impact of the uncertain global economic environment; the extent to which adverse economic conditions may affect our sales volume and results; changes in product mix, market mix and product pricing, particularly relating to the expansion of the systems business; demand for our products and business relationships with key customers and suppliers, which may be impacted by their cash flow and payment practices; delays or cancellations in shipments; our ability to develop and commercialize new technologies; our ability to obtain regulatory approval or market acceptance of new technologies; our ability to successfully complete our business improvement initiatives, which include supply chain enhancements and integrating and upgrading our information systems; the effect of a serious disruption in our information systems; fluctuations in our effective tax rate; volatility in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and energy costs and other macroeconomic challenges currently affecting us; increase in costs of manufacturing and operating costs; our ability to achieve and sustain the savings anticipated from cost reduction and gross margin improvement initiatives; our ability to attract and retain management talent; the impact of pricing and other actions by competitors; the effect of litigation and regulatory inquiries associated with the restatement of our prior period financial statements; the effect of the restrictive covenants in our debt facilities; our ability to enforce patents and protect proprietary products and manufacturing techniques; and our ability to successfully complete or integrate any acquisitions. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. The Company makes these statements as of the date of this disclosure and undertakes no obligation to update them, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Management uses certain non-GAAP measurements to assess the Company’s current and future financial performance. The non-GAAP measurements do not replace the presentation of the Company’s GAAP financial results. These measurements provide supplemental information to assist management in analyzing the Company’s financial position and results of operations. The Company has chosen to provide this information to facilitate meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means to emphasize the results of ongoing operations.

(Amounts in Thousands)
JAN. 31, 2012 JUL. 31, 2011
Cash and cash equivalents $ 527,904 $ 557,766
Accounts receivable 594,910 646,769
Inventories 445,631 444,842
Other current assets   191,855   159,831
Total current assets   1,760,300   1,809,208
Property, plant and equipment 824,550 794,599
Other assets   621,336   628,609
Total assets $ 3,206,186 $ 3,232,416
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Short-term debt $ 140,457 $ 215,468
Accounts payable, income taxes and other current liabilities   598,049   574,539
Total current liabilities   738,506   790,007
Long-term debt, net of current portion 493,737 491,954
Deferred taxes and other non-current liabilities   400,109   460,634
Total liabilities 1,632,352 1,742,595
Stockholders' equity   1,573,834   1,489,821
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,206,186 $ 3,232,416
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
JAN. 31, 2012 JAN. 31, 2011 JAN. 31, 2012 JAN. 31, 2011
Net sales $ 697,981 $ 645,232 $ 1,403,622 $ 1,250,709
Cost of sales   337,696     312,747     687,081     609,551  
Gross profit   360,285     332,485     716,541     641,158  
% of sales 51.6 % 51.5 % 51.0 % 51.3 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 215,194 197,100 429,090 379,398
% of sales 30.8 % 30.5 % 30.6 % 30.3 %
Research and development   21,583     20,773     42,521     40,942  
Operating profit 123,508 114,612 244,930 220,818
% of sales 17.7 % 17.8 % 17.4 % 17.7 %
ROTC (a) 5,813 4,789 28,797 6,198
Interest expense, net   5,386     5,814     11,331     13,108  
Earnings before income taxes 112,309 104,009 204,802 201,512
Provision for income taxes   27,580     28,345     50,618     54,439  
Net earnings $ 84,729   $ 75,664   $ 154,184   $ 147,073  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.73 $ 0.65 $ 1.33 $ 1.26
Diluted $ 0.72 $ 0.64 $ 1.31 $ 1.25
Average shares outstanding:
Basic 116,196 116,476 115,997 116,405
Diluted 117,914 118,266 117,555 118,102
Net earnings as reported $ 84,729 $ 75,664 $ 154,184 $ 147,073
Discrete items:
ROTC, after pro forma tax effect (a)   4,386     4,738     22,142     5,792  
Pro forma earnings $ 89,115   $ 80,402   $ 176,326

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