Hammond Power Solutions Inc.
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Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

March 12, 2012 17:59 ET

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. Quarter 4, 2011, Financial Results Gaining Momentum

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2012) - Hammond Power Solutions Inc. ("HPS") (TSX:HPS.A) -

(Dollar amounts are in thousands unless otherwise specified)

NOTE: ALL NUMBERS HAVE BEEN STATED UNDER IFRS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER

  • Revenue growth of $13,000 or 28%
  • Earnings from operations increase of $1,400 or 33%
  • Order bookings increase of 28%
  • Order backlog increase of 46%

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. ("HPS"), a leading manufacturer of dry type transformers and magnetics, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011.

"We ended the year with strong momentum of sales and margins, as well as the biggest backlog we have ever had going into a new year," commented Bill Hammond, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, were $60,727 up $13,119 or 27.6% from the comparative quarter last year, and were higher by $30,719 or 16.1% year-to-date, finishing at $221,323 compared to $190,604 last year. Due to a solid quarter of order booking activity, sales in the United States were $36,210 in Quarter 4, 2011, an increase of $5,804 or 19.1% from Quarter 4, 2010. Year-to-date sales in the U.S. were $131,025, an increase of $12,099 or 10.2%, when compared to $118,926 last year-to-date. The sales increase can be attributed to higher shipments in both the American and Canadian markets and additional European market sales attributed to the Company's recent acquisition.

Canadian sales for Quarter 4, 2011 totaled $22,151 compared to $17,203 in Quarter 4, 2010 an increase of $4,948 and on a year-to-date basis were $81,238, an increase of $9,560 or 13.3% as compared to sales of $71,678 in 2010. The Canadian electrical industry market recovered slightly in 2011 after a soft 2010.

The Company derived $ 2,366 of sales in Quarter 4, 2011 and $9,060 year-to-date from the Company's acquisition of Euroelettro Hammond S.p.A, in Vicenza, Italy ("EH").

Bill Hammond stated, "Our sales growth continues to be fuelled by our OEM markets and our industrial distributor network. Bookings and backlog continue to be strong which bodes positively as we enter into 2012."

Sales growth strategies combined with better market conditions produced a 17.8% increase in Quarter 4, 2011 bookings as compared to Quarter 4, 2010 and year to date were 27.7% higher. Due to the increased level of bookings our order backlog increased 45.5% from Quarter 4, 2010.

The Company's gross margin dollar contribution in Quarter 4, 2011 was positively impacted by market specific selling price increases, higher manufacturing throughput and internal cost reductions. Quarter ending December 31, 2011 margin dollars increased by $3,460 or 28.3% compared to the same period as last year. On a year-to-date basis, margin dollars increased by $5,814 or 12.1%. In Quarter 4, 2011 gross margin rates finished at 25.8% versus 25.7% in Quarter 4, 2010 an increase of 0.1%. These factors offset some of the eroding impact that a 4% year-over-year stronger Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar and of a 1% stronger Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar over the same quarter last year, had on U.S. resale margins.

Total selling and distribution expenses amounted to $6,049 in Quarter 4, 2011 versus $4,925 in Quarter 4, 2010, an increase of $1,124 or 22.8%. The increased expense in the quarter resulted from higher freight and commission expenses as a result of the increase in sales and selling expenses attributable to our Italian acquisition.

Total selling and distribution expenses were $22,609 for 2011 versus $19,319 in 2010, an increase of $3,290 or 17.0%. When compared on a percentage of sales, total selling and distribution costs remained virtually unchanged coming in at 10.2% for 2011 versus 10.1% for 2010. The selling and distribution expenses for 2011 include expenses pertaining to our Italian acquisition.

The general and administrative expenses for Quarter 4, 2011 totaled $3,908, an increase of $922 or 30.9% when compared to Quarter 4, 2010 costs of $2,986. The increase in Quarter 4, 2011 compared to Quarter 4, 2010 is attributed to additional general and administrative costs related to our Italian acquisition and increased costs relating to acquisition activities.

General and administrative expenses in 2011 were higher by $3,127 or 20.6%, totaling $18,343 when compared to $15,216 for 2010. On a percentage of sales this cost held relatively flat at 8.3 % in 2011 compared to 8.0% in 2010.The increase is a result of the additional costs related to the Italian acquisition, stock option expense and costs related to the company's ongoing acquisition activities.

The interest expense for Quarter 4, 2011 finished at $121 compared to $23 in Quarter 4, 2010 an increase of $98. Year-to-date interest cost was $305, an increase of $103 when compared to year-to-date 2010 expense of $202.

The foreign exchange gain in Quarter 4, 2011 was $327 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 gain of $464 in Quarter 4, 2010. The exchange loss was $382 year-to-date 2011 compared to a foreign exchange gain of $1,122 for the same period of 2010.

An area that has significant negative impact on the Company's net earnings was caused by the cyclical effects and unprecedented market cost fluctuations of copper commodity pricing in the global market. Due to this unpredictability, HPS utilizes a hedging strategy. The Company entered copper forwards for approximately 40% of its normal annual requirements in order to reduce the Company's exposure to changes in the price of copper. In Quarter 4, 2011 the company experienced a gain on copper forward contracts as the commodity future valuations rebounded from previous lower market valuations of Quarter 3, 2011. The gains on future copper contracts for Quarter 4, 2011 was $365, which was significantly lower than the $1,225 gain posted in Quarter 4, 2010. Year-to-date 2011, the hedging loss was $1,943 which was caused by a significant decrease in market copper future valuations.

The net earnings for Quarter 4, 2011, finished at $3,569 compared to net earnings of $4,256 in Quarter 4, 2010, a decrease of $687 or 16.1%. On a year-to-date basis net earnings finished at $5,993 a decrease of $4,659 when compared to year-to-date 2010 net earnings of $10,652.

Net cash provided by operating activities for Quarter 4, 2011 was $10,741 versus cash provided of $3,389 in Quarter 4, 2010 an increase of $7,352 as a result of a decrease in usage of working capital. Year-to-date cash provided by operations during 2011 was $6,592 versus $14,109 in 2010, a decrease in cash generated from operations of $7,517. This decrease is mostly due to lower net earnings and higher working capital usage as a result of the increase in business.

The Company's overall cash balances net of bank operating lines of credit resulted in a net cash position of $6,218 as at December 31, 2011 versus a net cash position of $18,089 as at December 31, 2010. This change is primarily as a result of the purchase of Euroelettro S.p.A. for $7,784 plus the related assumed debt of $5,476 and increased investment working capital.

Mr. Hammond concluded, "We are very optimistic about our potential for further growth in sales and profits going forward, however we believe it's wise to remain cautious and conservative given the uncertainty that seems to be so pervasive around the globe at the current time."

THREE MONTHS ENDED:

(dollars in thousands)
December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 Change
Sales $ 60,727 $ 47,608 $ 13,119
Earnings from Operations $ 5,729 $ 4,315 $ 1,414
Exchange Loss/(Gain) $ (327 ) $ (464 ) $ 137
Copper forward unrealized/realized loss/(gain) $ (365 ) $ (1,225 ) $ (860 )
Net Earnings $ 3,569 $ 4,256 $ (687 )
Earnings/(Loss) per share
Basic .31 .37 (0.06 )
Diluted .31 .37 (0.06 )
Cash (Used) Provided by Operations $ 10,741 $ 3,389 $ (7,352 )

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:

(dollars in thousands)
December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 Change
Sales $ 221,323 $ 190,604 $ 30,719
Earnings from Operations $ 13,039 $ 13,642 $ (603 )
Exchange Loss/(Gain) $ 382 $ (1,122 ) $ (1,504 )
Copper forward unrealized/realized loss/(Gain) $ 1,943 $ (1,141 ) $ (3,084 )
Net Earnings $ 5,993 $ 10,652 $ (4,659 )
Earnings per share
Basic 0.52 0.92 (0.40 )
Diluted 0.51 0.91 (0.40 )
Cash Provided by Operations $ 6,592 $ 14,109 $ (7.517 )

TELECONFERENCE

Hammond Power Solutions Inc. will hold a conference call on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. EST, to discuss the Company's financial results for the fourth quarter 2011.

Listeners may attend the conference by dialing:

1-416-340-2216 or 1-866-226-1792

About Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

Hammond Power Solutions Inc., ("HPS" or the "Company") is the North American leader for the design of custom electrical engineered magnetic as well as the leading manufacturer of standard electrical dry type transformers. Advanced engineering capabilities, high quality products and fast responsive service to customers' needs has established the Company as a technical and innovative leader in the electrical and electronic industries. The Company has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Italy.

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