Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, today announced results for its first quarter of fiscal 2021, which ended on November 30, 2020.

First Quarter Summary

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were $108.5 million, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 1 percent, compared to revenues of $109.4 million in the prior year first quarter. Net earnings for the quarter were $7.1 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $8.3 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the prior year first quarter. Net earnings for the quarter include an income tax benefit of approximately $1.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, related to the release of a valuation allowance in a foreign jurisdiction.

“Irrigation market conditions improved during the quarter with rising agricultural commodity prices and higher projected net farm income. This resulted in stronger than expected order flow for irrigation equipment, particularly in the latter part of the quarter.” said Randy Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our infrastructure business performed well, although results were lower than a very strong first quarter in the prior year.”

First Quarter Segment Results

Irrigation segment revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 increased $4.1 million, or 5 percent to $87.4 million, compared to $83.3 million in the prior year first quarter. North America irrigation revenues of $52.8 million decreased $0.8 million, or 2 percent, compared to the prior year first quarter. The decrease resulted primarily from lower engineering services revenue related to a project in the prior year that did not repeat that was partially offset by higher irrigation equipment unit volume. International irrigation revenues of $34.6 million increased $4.8 million, or 16 percent, compared to the prior year first quarter. The increase resulted from higher unit sales volumes in several regions which were partially offset by the unfavorable effects of foreign currency translation of approximately $2.4 million compared to the prior year first quarter.

Irrigation segment operating margin was 12.2 percent of sales, compared to 11.7 percent of sales in the prior year first quarter. The increase resulted primarily from the impact of higher irrigation system unit volume and was partially offset by the impact of higher raw material and freight costs.

Infrastructure segment revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 were $21.1 million, a decrease of $5.0 million, or 19 percent, compared to $26.1 million in the prior year first quarter. The decrease resulted primarily from a large order delivered in the prior year that did not repeat and from lower road construction activity in the current year.

Infrastructure segment operating margin was 20.1 percent of sales, compared to 33.5 percent of sales in the prior year first quarter. The decrease resulted primarily from lower revenue in higher margin product lines and an increase in raw material and other costs compared to the prior year.

The backlog of unfilled orders at November 30, 2020 was $89.2 million compared with $69.2 million at November 30, 2019. Included in these backlogs are amounts of $5.4 million and $5.2 million, respectively, that are not expected to be fulfilled within the subsequent twelve months. The increase in backlog is primarily attributable to higher order activity in North America irrigation.

Outlook

“Our backlog of irrigation equipment orders in North America supports solid revenue growth for our second quarter. We also expect improved activity levels to continue in international irrigation markets. At the same time, we are seeing rapid and significant increases in steel and freight costs that will pressure margins in the short term until pricing actions are fully implemented.” said Mr. Wood. “In our infrastructure business, we continue to be encouraged by the quality of our Road Zipper® sales funnel. However, the timing of those projects can be difficult to predict, particularly in the current environment with coronavirus-related effects on road construction activity.

“Our financial position remains strong, providing support for our innovation growth strategy across our businesses that address global megatrends and provide solutions that conserve natural resources.”

First Quarter Conference Call

Lindsay’s fiscal 2021 first quarter investor conference call is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. Interested investors may participate in the call by dialing (833) 535-2202 in the U.S., or (412) 902-6745 internationally, and requesting the Lindsay Corporation call. Additionally, the conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet and can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's Web site, www.lindsay.com. Replays of the conference call will remain on our Web site through the next quarterly earnings release. The Company will have a slide presentation available to augment management's formal presentation, which will also be accessible via the Company's Web site.

About the Company

Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN) is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world’s rapidly growing population. The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic® center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems and FieldNET® remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, as well as irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions. Also a global leader in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world’s roads, bridges and tunnels, through the Barrier Systems®, Road Zipper® and Snoline™ brands. For more information about Lindsay Corporation, visit www.lindsay.com.

Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and which reflect management’s current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance and financial results. You can find a discussion of many of these risks and uncertainties in the annual, quarterly and current reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations and planned financing of the Company and those statements preceded by, followed by or including the words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” "expect," "outlook," "could," "may," "should," “will,” or similar expressions. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.

LINDSAY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

November 30,

2020

November 30,

2019

Operating revenues

$

108,485

$

109,393

Cost of operating revenues

77,077

75,319

Gross profit

31,408

34,074

Operating expenses:

Selling expense

7,331

6,492

General and administrative expense

13,452

11,804

Engineering and research expense

3,090

3,502

Total operating expenses

23,873

21,798

Operating income

7,535

12,276

Other (expense) income:

Interest expense

(1,201

)

(1,186

)

Interest income

303

615

Other income (expense), net

246

(450

)

Total other (expense) income

(652

)

(1,021

)

Earnings before income taxes

6,883

11,255

Income tax (benefit) expense

(212

)

2,910

Net earnings

$

7,095

$

8,345

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.65

$

0.77

Diluted

$

0.65

$

0.77

Shares used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

10,845

10,795

Diluted

10,888

10,828

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.32

$

0.31

 

LINDSAY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

(in thousands)

November 30,

2020

November 30,

2019

Operating revenues:

Irrigation:

North America

$

52,790

$

53,588

International

34,566

29,739

Irrigation segment

87,356

83,327

Infrastructure segment

21,129

26,066

Total operating revenues

$

108,485

$

109,393

Operating income (loss):

Irrigation segment

$

10,633

$

9,784

Infrastructure segment

4,256

8,741

Corporate

(7,354

)

(6,249

)

Total operating income

$

7,535

$

12,276

The Company manages its business activities in two reportable segments as follows:

Irrigation - This reporting segment includes the manufacture and marketing of center pivot, lateral move and hose reel irrigation systems and large diameter steel tubing as well as various innovative technology solutions such as GPS positioning and guidance, variable rate irrigation, remote irrigation management and scheduling technology, irrigation consulting and design and industrial IoT solutions.

Infrastructure – This reporting segment includes the manufacture and marketing of moveable barriers, specialty barriers, crash cushions and end terminals, and road marking and road safety equipment.

Certain immaterial reclassifications have been made to the prior year operating results to conform with current year presentation, as revenues and operating income from certain product lines previously included within the Infrastructure reporting segment are now included within the Irrigation reporting segment.

 

LINDSAY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

November 30,

2020

November 30,

2019

August 31,

2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

126,802

$

120,910

$

121,403

Marketable securities

19,624

19,511

Receivables, net

74,909

79,317

84,604

Inventories, net

114,278

97,284

104,792

Assets held-for-sale

2,744

Other current assets, net

20,837

16,376

17,625

Total current assets

356,450

316,631

347,935

Property, plant, and equipment, net

81,295

70,305

79,581

Intangibles, net

22,817

23,739

23,477

Goodwill

68,027

64,358

68,004

Operating lease right-of-use assets

26,008

25,764

27,457

Deferred income tax assets

9,924

9,902

9,935

Other noncurrent assets, net

10,681

16,112

14,137

Total assets

$

575,202

$

526,811

$

570,526

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

36,263

$

30,097

$

29,554

Current portion of long-term debt

214

210

195

Other current liabilities

65,910

54,494

72,646

Total current liabilities

102,387

84,801

102,395

Pension benefits liabilities

6,293

5,948

6,374

Long-term debt

115,641

115,805

115,682

Operating lease liabilities

24,863

25,323

25,862

Deferred income tax liabilities

902

845

889

Other noncurrent liabilities

21,215

21,089

20,806

Total liabilities

271,301

253,811

272,008

Shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock

Common stock

18,948

18,897

18,918

Capital in excess of stated value

78,026

71,706

77,686

Retained earnings

503,342

479,732

499,724

Less treasury stock - at cost

(277,238

)

(277,238

)

(277,238

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net

(19,177

)

(20,097

)

(20,572

)

Total shareholders' equity

303,901

273,000

298,518

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

575,202

$

526,811

$

570,526

 

LINDSAY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

(in thousands)

November 30,
2020

November 30,
2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net earnings

$

7,095

$

8,345

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

Depreciation and amortization

5,140

4,748

Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable

158

248

Deferred income taxes

140

1,987

Share-based compensation expense

1,583

1,160

Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss

(203

)

668

Other, net

36

(294

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Receivables

8,896

(4,122

)

Inventories

(8,294

)

(4,931

)

Other current assets

(3,068

)

(2,466

)

Accounts payable

7,286

725

Other current liabilities

(7,146

)

(1,901

)

Other noncurrent assets and liabilities

3,750

(2,626

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

15,373

1,541

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

(5,614

)

(4,322

)

Purchases of marketable securities available-for-sale

(3,844

)

Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities available-for-sale

3,616

Proceeds from settlement of net investment hedges

1,092

Other investing activities, net

24

Net cash used in investing activities

(5,842

)

(3,206

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

56

Common stock withheld for payroll tax obligations

(1,269

)

(1,111

)

Principal payments on long-term debt

(35

)

(52

)

Dividends paid

(3,477

)

(3,353

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(4,725

)

(4,516

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

593

(113

)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

5,399

(6,294

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

121,403

127,204

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

126,802

$

120,910

Contacts:

LINDSAY CORPORATION:
Brian Ketcham
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
402-827-6579

THREE PART ADVISORS:
Hala Elsherbini
972-458-8000

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