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Federal Signal Reports 10% Increase in Net Sales and $0.07 Earnings per Share for Third Quarter

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

  • Q3 earnings from continuing operations of $0.07 per share versus $0.05 last year;
  • Q3 2012 results include ($0.03) per share impact of non-cash debt settlement charges;
  • Year-to-date earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.28 compared to $0.11 for the same period in 2011;
  • Q3 operating income from continuing operations increased to $12.4 million, a 46% increase over the prior year;
  • Q3 net sales of $185 million, up 10% from the prior year;
  • Backlog increased to $326 million, a 28% increase over the same prior year period, and orders declined 4% versus the same prior year period;
  • Sale proceeds from the FSTech divestiture used to pay down debt by $75 million, creating the opportunity to substantially reduce interest expense through refinancing in 2013.

Dennis J. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are beginning to reap the rewards of our 80/20 initiatives.  Our commitment to profitable growth is evidenced by our 6.7% operating margin in the quarter, up from 5.1% during the same prior year period."  Mr. Martin continued, "The third quarter marked both continued improvement in our income statement and fundamental restructuring of our balance sheet, the combined effect of which will build our shareholders' value over the long term."

Orders increased $26.3 million or 4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and were $187.7 million and $194.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. In the three months ended September 30, 2012, U.S. orders increased $3.4 million or 3%, and non-U.S. orders decreased $10.6 million or 13% compared to the prior-year periods. In the nine months ended September 30, 2012, U.S. orders increased $30.3 million or 9%, and non-U.S. orders decreased $4.0 million or 2%, compared to the prior-year periods.

Net sales increased $17.2 million or 10% and $91.8 million or 19% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, compared to the respective prior-year periods, primarily as a result of increased shipments across most segments, favorable product mix and minor price increases, partially offset by lower export sales to certain Asian customers and unfavorable currency impacts.

Operating income increased $3.9 million or 46% and $16.8 million or 77% in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, compared to the respective prior-year periods. The increase in operating income was primarily a result of higher sales volume and an overall favorable change in product mix.

Interest expense increased $0.7 million and $3.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, compared to the respective prior year periods, primarily due to an increase in interest rates on the Company's debt financing agreements entered into in February 2012, partially offset by interest expense allocated to discontinued operations of $1.7 million and $4.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Loss from discontinued operations and disposal, net of tax was $19.1 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $49.4 million and $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Mr. Martin concluded, "We are committed to long-term margin expansion and continued gains in shareholder value in 2013, but we are aware of the impact global economic challenges can have on demand and are prepared to act as conditions warrant."

GROUP RESULTS

Safety and Security Systems

The following table summarizes the Safety and Security Systems Group's operating results as of and for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively:









Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

($ in millions)

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Orders 

$ 57.1

$ 57.4

$ (0.3 )

$ 182.1

$ 170.9

$ 11.2

Backlog

38.7

27.8

10.9

38.7

27.8

10.9

Net sales         

57.8

52.0

5.8

173.2

161.0

12.2

Operating income

7.8

4.4

3.4

18.7

15.9

2.8

Operating margin          

13.5%

8.5 %

5.0%

10.8%

9.9 %

0.9%

Depreciation and amortization

$   1.0

$   1.1

$ (0.1)

$    3.2

$    3.3

$ (0.1)

Orders of $57.1 million in the third quarter decreased $0.3 million compared to the same quarter in 2011. U.S. orders increased $2.8 million due to improved municipal spending in the police, fire and outdoor warning markets and improvement in the industrial market. Non-U.S. orders declined $3.1 million primarily due to a $2.1 million order cancellation and weak demand in the European and export markets. Orders increased $11.2 million or 7% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period. U.S. orders increased $16.7 million, primarily as a result of increased municipal and governmental spending and strong industrial demand. Non-U.S. orders decreased $5.5 million, driven primarily by weak demand in European and Asian markets.

Net sales increased $5.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period. Higher industrial sales of $4.0 million, improved domestic municipal shipments of $2.3 million, market share gains in the police market of $1.9 million and higher mining product sales of $1.1 million were partially offset by lower exports of $2.0 million and exchange rate impacts of 2.5% of sales. Net sales increased $12.2 million or 8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period. U.S. sales grew by $4.0 million due to market share gains in police and fire markets, $2.6 million due to increased warning system shipments, $1.4 million due to strong industrial sales, and minor price increases. International sales were lower by $4.2 million due to lower export sales to certain Asian customers and unfavorable currency impacts of approximately 2.0% of sales.

Operating income increased $3.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period, primarily due to higher sales volumes as well as higher gross profit, which more than offset higher operating expenses to support the higher sales levels. Operating income increased $2.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period due to higher sales of $12.2 million, slight price increases in several divisions, and lower warranty expense of $0.4 million and the other reductions in cost of sales noted above, which were partially offset by higher charges for inventory reserves of $2.0 million. Improvements in gross margin were partially offset by higher operating expenses to support higher sales levels. In addition, the Safety and Security Systems Group recorded $0.9 million of restructuring charges in the nine months ended September 30 2012, while no restructuring charges were recorded during the respective prior year period.

Fire Rescue

The following table summarizes the Fire Rescue Group's operating results as of and for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively:









Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

($ in millions)

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Orders 

$34.7

$ 42.0

$ (7.3)

$ 112.3

$ 108.8

$  3.5

Backlog

101.3

95.7

5.6

101.3

95.7

5.6

Net sales         

25.6

22.2

3.4

90.7

68.1

22.6

Operating income          

1.9

0.2

1.7

4.4

1.7

2.7

Operating margin          

7.4 %

0.9 %

6.5%

4.9%

2.5 %

2.4%

Depreciation and amortization

$  0.6

$  0.7

$ (0.1)

$   1.9

$  1.9

$ —

Orders of $34.7 million in the third quarter decreased $7.3 million compared to the same quarter in 2011. The decrease is due to a decline in the average order size for fire-lift products from customers in Asia compared to the prior year, when chassis orders were steadily on the rise. Orders increased $3.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period, primarily as result of strong demand for fire-lift products in Asia and strong demand for industrial and rental products in Australia.

Net sales increased $3.4 million and $22.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year periods. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, net sales increased $4.8 million as a result of increased Asian and Australian business together with some increased shipments to European markets, and $1.6 million of higher pricing attributable to sales commissions, partially offset by unfavorable currency impacts of $3.2 million. The strong backlog and improvements in manufacturing processes also contributed to the growth in sales. Year-to-date, net sales increased $22.6 million, primarily due to sales volumes of $24.5 million, higher pricing attributable to sales commissions of $3.3 million, and a favorable product mix of $4.3 million, partially offset by unfavorable currency impacts of $9.4 million.

Operating income increased $1.7 million and $2.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the respective prior-year periods. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, operating income increased due to higher sales volumes of $1.0 million, and improved product mix into higher margin products of $1.4 million, partially offset by higher Selling, General, and Administrative ("SG&A") expenses of $0.5 million and unfavorable currency impacts of $0.2 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the respective prior-year period, operating income increased primarily due to higher sales volumes of $5.3 million, partially offset by higher SG&A expenses of $1.5 million, unfavorable product mix of $0.7 million, and unfavorable currency impacts of $0.5 million.

Environmental Solutions

The following table summarizes the Environmental Solutions Group's operating results as of and for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively:









Three months ended September 30, 

Nine months ended September 30, 

($ in millions)

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Orders 

$95.9

$  95.5

$    0.4

$ 323.9

$ 312.3

$ 11.6

Backlog

185.9

130.3

55.6

185.9

130.3

55.6

Net sales         

101.6

93.6

8.0

321.6

264.6

57.0

Operating income          

9.3

7.7

1.6

33.8

17.8

16.0

Operating margin          

9.2 %

8.2 %

1.0%

10.5 %

6.7 %

3.8%

Depreciation and amortization

$  1.3

$     1.3

$ —

$   3.9

$    3.8

$   0.1

Orders increased $0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year period. U.S. orders increased $0.1 million from the prior-year period primarily due to increases in sewer cleaners of $6.1 million, sweepers of $6.0 million, and waterblasters of $0.8 million, partially offset by declines in vacuum trucks of $12.5 million. Non-U.S. orders increased $0.3 million from the prior-year period due to market increases in Canada and Asia, partially offset by declines in Mexico and Europe. Year-to-date orders of $323.9 million were up from the previous year by $11.6 million, or 4%. U.S. orders were up 4%, or $11.6 million, primarily as a result of increases in orders for municipal sewer cleaners of $13.8 million, waterblasters of $5.8 million, and sweepers of $2.0 million, partially offset by declines in industrial orders of $11.2 million. Non-U.S. orders remained flat at $63.9 million compared to the prior year.

Net sales increased $8.0 million and $57.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the respective prior-year periods. U.S. sales increased $3.0 million for the three months primarily resulting from municipal sewer cleaner shipments, which is consistent with the increased order volume. Non-U.S. sales for the three months were up $5.0 million due to strength in Canada, partially offset by declines in Europe and Mexico. U.S. sales for the nine months were up $44.7 million due to increases across all product lines. Non-U.S. sales for the nine months were up $12.3 million resulting from large backlogs, despite flat non-U.S. orders.

Operating income increased $1.6 million and $16.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the respective prior-year periods. Operating income increases are a result of higher gross margins of $2.0 million and $17.5 million, respectively, partially offset by increased SG&A expenses of $0.4 million and $1.5 million, respectively. The increase in SG&A expenses relates to additional commission expenses associated with increased orders.

Corporate Expenses

Corporate expenses were $6.6 million and $3.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase primarily was due to higher incentive compensation expense of $1.1 million in 2012 and a $1.3 million reduction in an insurance reserve associated with carrier paid claims in 2011.

Corporate expenses were $18.4 million and $13.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The increase primarily was due to higher incentive compensation expense of $2.8 million and a $1.3 million reduction in an insurance reserve associated with carrier-paid claims in 2011.

Corporate expenses included depreciation and amortization expense of $0.1 million and $0.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, and $0.0 million and $0.6 million for the comparable periods in 2011, respectively.

CONFERENCE CALL

Federal Signal will host its third quarter conference call on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will last approximately one hour. The call may be accessed over the internet through Federal Signal's website at http://www.federalsignal.com. A replay will be available on Federal Signal's website shortly after the call.

About Federal Signal

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Fire Rescue, and Environmental Solutions. For more information on Federal Signal, visit: http://www.federalsignal.com.

This release contains unaudited financial information and various forward-looking statements as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements regardless of new developments or otherwise. Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from those stated. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: economic conditions in various regions, product and price competition, supplier and raw material prices, foreign currency exchange rate changes, interest rate changes, increased legal expenses and litigation results, legal and regulatory developments and other risks and uncertainties described in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)







Three months ended

September 30,

Nine months ended

September 30,

(in millions, except per share data)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net sales               

$  185.0

$  167.8

$ 585.5

$ 493.7

Cost of sales        

139.4

131.3

445.4

384.0






Gross profit

45.6

36.5

140.1

109.7

Selling, engineering, general and administrative           

33.2

28.0

100.8

88.0

Restructuring charge          

0.8






Operating income

12.4

8.5

38.5

21.7

Interest expense  

5.2

4.5

15.7

11.9

Debt settlement charges

1.9

3.5

Other (income) expense, net              

(0.1)

0.5

0.2

0.4






Income before income taxes              

5.4

3.5

19.1

9.4

Income tax expense             

(1.0)

(0.2)

(1.9)

(2.8)






Income from continuing operations 

4.4

3.3

17.2

6.6

Loss from discontinued operations and disposal, net of income tax benefit of $2.9, $0.3, $3.5 and $0.3, respectively  

(19.1)

(0.9)

(49.4)

(5.6)






Net (loss) income

$ (14.7)

$      2.4

$ (32.2)

$     1.0






Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:





Income from continuing operations    

$    0.07

$    0.05

$   0.28

$   0.11

Loss from discontinued operations and disposal,

net of tax

(0.31)

(0.01)

(0.79)

(0.09)






(Loss) earnings per share     

$ (0.24)

$    0.04

$ (0.51)

$   0.02






Weighted average common shares outstanding:





Basic         

62.4

62.2

62.3

62.2

Diluted     

63.0

62.2

62.6

62.2

Cash dividends declared per share of common stock   

$     —

$     —

$    —

$    —

 

FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




(in millions, except per share data)

September 30,

2012

December 31,

2011

(unaudited)


ASSETS



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents          

$             9.1

$            9.5

Restricted cash

1.5

Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful

accounts of $2.4 and $2.4, respectively               

99.4

105.0

Inventories     

129.5

104.3

Other current assets      

20.7

18.7

Current assets of discontinued operations                               

1.3

131.9




Total current assets 

261.5

369.4

Properties and equipment, net               

58.8

60.0

Other assets              



Goodwill          

271.0

270.6

Intangible assets, net    

1.0

1.8

Deferred charges and other assets             

13.3

2.0

Long-term assets of discontinued operations     

1.6

2.9




Total assets         

$         607.2

$        706.7




LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Current liabilities      



Short-term borrowings  

$             2.0

$            9.0

Current portion of long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations

6.1

0.1

Accounts payable         

50.9

49.5

Customer deposits        

15.6

14.4

Deferred revenue           

3.0

2.9

Accrued liabilities          



Compensation and withholding taxes             

21.1

18.7

Other     

36.6

34.0

Current liabilities of discontinued operations           

15.8

35.7




Total current liabilities             

151.1

164.3

Long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations, less current portion     

151.8

213.1

Long-term pension and other postretirement liabilities     

63.3

74.1

Deferred gain            

19.9

21.4

Deferred tax liabilities              

42.0

36.0

Other long-term liabilities        

13.9

14.5

Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations

6.7

8.6




Total liabilities     

448.7

532.0

Shareholders' equity



Common stock, $1 par value per share, 90.0 million shares authorized,

63.4 million and 63.1 million shares issued, respectively          

63.4

63.1

Capital in excess of par value 

170.0

167.7

Retained earnings    

4.2

36.4

Treasury stock, 0.9 million and 0.9 million shares, respectively,

at cost         

(16.4)

(16.1)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss              

(62.7)

(76.4 )




Total shareholders' equity

158.5

174.7




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity        

$         607.2

$        706.7




 

FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)





Nine months ended

September 30,

($ in millions)

2012

2011

Operating activities



Net (loss) income

$ (32.2)

$     1.0

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used for) provided by operating activities



Loss on discontinued operations and disposal  

49.4

5.6

Depreciation and amortization               

9.6

9.6

Debt settlement charges

3.5

Stock-based compensation expense     

2.1

1.6

Pension expense, net of funding

(6.2)

1.5

Restructuring charge

0.8

Deferred income taxes

2.6

2.1

Changes in other operating assets and liabilities

(10.8)

(9.0)




Net cash provided by continuing operating activities 

18.8

12.4

Net cash used for discontinued operating activities    

(21.1)

(11.6)




Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities   

(2.3)

0.8

Investing activities



Purchases of properties and equipment               

(9.2)

(10.6)

Proceeds from sales of properties, plant and equipment   

1.3

1.2

Proceeds from sale of FSTech Group

82.1

Increase in restricted cash      

(1.5)




Net cash provided by (used for) continuing investing activities               

72.7

(9.4)

Net cash provided by discontinued investing activities              




Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities    

72.7

(9.4)

Financing activities



Reduction in debt outstanding under revolving credit facilities      

(173.1)

(28.6)

Proceeds on short-term borrowings      

50.9

48.5

Payments on short-term borrowings     

(58.5)

(42.4 )

Proceeds from issuance of long-term borrowings              

215.0

Payments on long-term borrowings      

(99.4)

(12.3)

Payments of debt financing fees           

(6.9)

(2.3)

Cash dividends paid to shareholders   

(3.7)

Other, net   

2.3

0.7




Net cash used for continuing financing activities         

(69.7)

(40.1)

Net cash used for  discontinued financing activities    

(0.9)

(0.3)




Net cash used for financing activities             

(70.6)

(40.4)




Effects of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 

(0.2)

0.1




Decrease in cash and cash equivalents          

(0.4)

(48.9)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period       

9.5

62.1




Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  

$     9.1

$   13.2




 

SOURCE Federal Signal Corporation

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Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...