Hammond Power Solutions Inc.
TSX : HPS.A

Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

April 27, 2012 13:47 ET

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. Announces 1st Quarter 2012 Financial Results

"Revenues and Earnings Surge"

(Dollar amounts are in thousands unless otherwise specified)

NOTE: ALL NUMBERS HAVE BEEN STATED UNDER IFRS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER

- Record sales of $66,000

- Sales growth of $13,000 or 24%

- Net Earnings increase of $950 or 60%

- Basic earnings per share increase of .08 cents or 57%

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) - Hammond Power Solutions Inc. ("HPS") (TSX:HPS.A) a leading manufacturer of dry type, cast coil and oil filled transformers and related magnetics, today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2012.

"I am pleased with our results for the first quarter of 2012. The strong momentum of growth that has been building over the last eight months has generated much improved financial results compared to the same quarter in 2011" commented Bill Hammond, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Sales for the quarter-ended March 31, 2012, were $65,654 up $12,877 or 24.4% from the comparative quarter last year, and were $4,927 higher or 8.1% from Quarter 4, 2011. The sales increase can be attributed to higher shipments in both the American and Canadian markets and additional European and Indian market sales attributed to the Company's acquisitions. Due to increased order booking activity, sales in the United States in U.S. dollars were $36,571 Quarter 1, 2012, an increase of $6,055 or 19.8% from Quarter 1, 2011, and increased by $1,175 or 3.3% from Quarter 4, 2011. Canadian sales were $24,970 for the quarter, an increase over Quarter 1, 2011, of $4,487 or 21.9% and were up by $2,819 or 12.7% from Quarter 4, 2011. International sales including acquisition derived sales in Quarter 1 2012, were $4,182 versus Quarter 1, 2011 sales of $ 1,344, an increase of $2,838 or 211%.

Bill Hammond stated, "Our North American OEM markets, along with our distributor channel, continue to drive solid organic growth. During the quarter, we have also taken some important strides in transforming HPS into a global company with the purchase of Pan-Electro Technic Enterprise ("PETE") located in Hyderabad India and this acquisition along with the purchase of the Italian transformer company Euroelettro one year ago, now gives HPS manufacturing facilities to serve the markets of Europe, India, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. These companies will not only open the door to many new growth opportunities for HPS, they will also enable us to better serve the expanding global needs of our major North American OEM customers."

Domestic and foreign sales growth strategies along with moderately improved market conditions were key in delivering an 11.1% increase in bookings as compared to Quarter 1, 2011. By channel, booking levels were 14.6% higher on a direct basis and grew 7.3% through the distributor channel, as compared to Quarter 1, 2011. In Quarter 1, 2012, the Company saw a 37.1% increase of order backlog over Quarter 1, 2010.

Due to increased sales, gross margin dollar contribution increased $2,593 or 20.0% finishing Quarter 1, 2012 at $15,554 versus $12,961 in Quarter 1, 2011. Gross margin rates were unfavorably impacted that a stronger Canadian dollar has on U.S. margins, the depressed margin rates in the electrical market and product mix. This resulted in Quarter 1, 2012 gross margin rates finishing at 23.7% versus 24.6% in Quarter 1, 2011, a decrease of 0.9% of sales.

"Sales growth will increase our capacity utilization which will positively affect gross margin rates and gross margin contribution dollars." Bill Hammond commented.

Total selling and distribution expenses were $6,259 in Quarter 1, 2012 versus $5,387 in Quarter 1, 2011, an increase of $872 or 16.2%. The Quarter 1, 2012 selling and distribution expenses include international operations expenses of $258 versus $91 in Quarter 1, 2011. Due to increased sales in Quarter 1, 2012, there were higher variable costs relating to freight and commission expenses in the quarter.

The general and administrative expenses for Quarter 1, 2012 totaled $5,538, an increase of $791 or 16.7% when compared to Quarter 1, 2011 costs of $4,747. The Quarter 1, 2012 general and administrative expenses include expenses relating to international operations of $538 versus $277 in Quarter 1, 2011, an increase of $261. There were also Quarter 1, 2012 increases in general and administrative expenses relating to ongoing acquisition activities, engineering, and international business development expenses.

Earnings from operations increased $930 or 32.9% from the same quarter last year, finishing at $3,757 in the quarter, as compared to $2,827 in Quarter 1, 2011 as a result of the strong Quarter 1, 2012 sales and gross margin contribution.

Interest expense for Quarter 1, 2012, finished at $124 compared to $30 in Quarter 1, 2011, an increase of $94. The increase of interest expense for the Quarter was as a result of higher net debt levels relating to the purchase of "PETE" and capital expenditures.

The foreign exchange gain in Quarter 1, 2012 was $22, relating primarily to the transactional exchange loss pertaining to the Company's U.S. dollar trade accounts payable in Canada, compared to a foreign exchange loss of $302 in Quarter 1, 2011.

In Quarter 1, 2012 the company realized a net gain on copper forward contracts of $376, compared to a loss of $158 in Quarter 1, 2011, a net gain of $534.

Net earnings for Quarter 1, 2012, increased by $947 or 60.3%, finishing at $2,518 compared to $1,571 in Quarter 1, 2011. Net earnings were positively impacted by the 24% growth in sales and resultant 20% increase in gross margin dollars as compared to Quarter 1, 2011.

Net cash used in operating activities for Quarter 1, 2012 was $3,330 versus cash used of $2,317 in Quarter 1, 2011, an increase of $1,013. Non-cash operating working capital usage was $7,339 compared to a $5,794 for the same quarter last year, an increase of $1,545. The Quarter 1, 2012 usage was primarily as a net result of an increase in accounts receivable of attributed to higher sales in the quarter.

Total cash provided by financing activities for Quarter 1, 2012 was $14,330 as compared to $915 used in Quarter 1, 2011. The major cause of this change was advances from bank operating lines of $14,706, primarily as a result of the purchase of PETE.

Bank operating lines of credit finished Quarter 1, 2012 at $16,778 compared to $2,952 at the end of Quarter 1, 2011, an increase of $13,826. This increase was caused by the purchase of the Indian company, PETE, for $15,410.

The Company's overall debt, net of cash was $19,338 in Quarter 1, 2012 compared to a net cash position of $320 in Quarter 1, 2011, a reduction in cash position of $19,658. This debt position change was a result of assumed debt relating to the purchase of PETE and the change in non-cash working capital.

Mr. Hammond concluded, "2012 has started out with a decidedly positive momentum for both sales and profits. We are indeed mindful of the lingering risks and uncertainties hanging over the global economy and guardedly we believe that the worst is behind us and the dawn of more prosperous times for HPS in a global marketplace is emerging".

THREE MONTHS ENDED:
March 31, 2012 April 2, 2011 Change
Sales $ 65,654 $ 52,777 $ 12,877
Earnings from Operations $ 3,757 $ 2,827 $ 930
Exchange Loss /(gain) $ (22 ) $ 302 $ (324 )
Copper forward unrealized/realized loss/(gain) $ (376 ) $ 158 $ (534 )
Net Earnings $ 2,518 $ 1,571 947
Earnings/(Loss) per share
Basic $ 0.22 $ 0.14 $ 0.08
Diluted $ 0.22 $ 0.14 $ 0.08
Cash Used by Operations $ (3,330 ) $ (2,317 ) $ (1,013 )

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. will hold a conference call today April 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. EST, to discuss the Company's financial results for the First Quarter, 2012.

Listeners may attend the conference by dialing:

1-416-340-2218 or 1-866-226-1793

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Local access: 905-694-9451
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Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are not within the control of HPS. Generally, this forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "outlook", "anticipate", "project", "target", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "should", "scheduled", "will", "plan" and similar expressions. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause HPS's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information and developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein.

A discussion of factors that may affect HPS' actual results, performance, achievements or financial position is contained in the filings by HPS with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities, including HPS' Annual Information Form. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect our forward-looking information. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking information. HPS disclaims any intent or obligations to update or revise publicly any forward- looking statements whether as a result of new information, estimates or options, future events or results or otherwise, unless required to do so by law.

About Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

Hammond Power Solutions Inc., is a leading manufacturer of dry type, cast coil and oil filled transformers and related magnetic. Advanced engineering capabilities, high quality products and fast responsive service to customers' needs have established the Company, as a technical and innovative leader in the electrical and electronic industries. The Company has manufacturing plants in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Italy and India.

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