SOURCE: Northwest Pipe Company

Northwest Pipe Company

May 10, 2011 17:34 ET

Northwest Pipe Reports Q1 2011 Results and Announces Conference Call

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) today announced that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. The Company has also announced that it will broadcast its first quarter 2011 earnings conference call on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 9:00 am PDT via live internet webcast.

First Quarter 2011 Results

Sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 increased 38.7% to $111.5 million compared to $80.4 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2010. Gross profit was $15.6 million (14.0% of sales) in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of $6.5 million from $9.1 million (11.3% of net sales) in the same quarter of 2010. Net income for the first quarter of 2011 was $3.6 million or $0.38 per diluted share compared to $1.1 million or $0.11 per diluted share for the same period in 2010.

Water Transmission sales increased by 11.3% to $58.6 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $52.7 million in 2010. The increase in sales was due to a 23% increase in selling prices, partially offset by a 10% decrease in volume. Water Transmission gross profit increased to $10.2 million (17.4% of segment net sales) in the first quarter of 2011 from $6.7 million (12.7% of segment net sales) in the same quarter of the prior year. Water Transmission sales and gross profit were favorably impacted by the mix of contracts produced during the quarter.

Tubular Products sales increased 90.7% to $52.8 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $27.7 million in the first quarter of 2010, driven by increases in tons sold and selling prices per ton. The most significant increase in demand was for energy pipe resulting from increases in natural gas and oil drilling operations. This enabled us to utilize the additional capacity brought into production in Bossier City, Louisiana over the course of 2010. Tubular Products gross profit increased to $5.4 million (10.2% of segment net sales) in the first quarter of 2011 from $2.4 million (8.8% of segment net sales) in the same quarter of 2010. While gross profit increased with the increase in sales, it was tempered by higher steel costs as selling prices did not increase as rapidly as steel costs in the first quarter of 2011.

As of March 31, 2011, the backlog of orders was approximately $258 million, with the Water Transmission segment representing approximately $194 million and the Tubular Products segment representing approximately $64 million. The backlog includes confirmed orders, including the balance of projects in process, and projects for which the Company has been notified that they have been the successful bidder even though a binding agreement has not been executed.


"We expect Water Transmission sales to grow in 2011 compared to 2010," said Richard Roman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "We expect Tubular Product sales will also grow through 2011 as compared to 2010, primarily due to the additional production in Bossier City."

Conference Call

The Company will broadcast its first quarter 2011 earnings conference call on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9 am PDT via live internet webcast. The conference broadcast can be accessed at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website located at For those unable to attend the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Investor Relations section of the website or by dialing 800-509-8621 passcode 6301 approximately one hour after the event and will remain available for 30 days.

About Northwest Pipe Company

Northwest Pipe Company manufactures welded steel pipe and other products in two business groups. Its Water Transmission Group is the leading supplier of large diameter, high-pressure steel pipe products that are used primarily for water infrastructure in North America. Its Tubular Products Group manufactures smaller diameter steel pipe for a wide range of products including energy, construction, agriculture, industrial and traffic signpost systems. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has ten manufacturing facilities across the United States and Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release by Richard A. Roman are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business, management's beliefs, and assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of important factors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, those that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include changes in demand and market prices for our products, product mix, bidding activity, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, production schedules, the price and availability of raw materials, excess or shortage of production capacity, international trade policy and regulations and other risks discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and from time to time in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. If we do update or correct one or more forward-looking statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements.

                          NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY
    (Dollar and share amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net sales:
   Water Transmission                             $    58,645  $    52,685
   Tubular Products                                    52,813       27,697
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total net sales                                 111,458       80,382

Cost of sales:
   Water Transmission                                  48,454       46,012
   Tubular Products                                    47,420       25,273
                                                  -----------  -----------
      Total cost of sales                              95,874       71,285

Gross profit                                           15,584        9,097

Selling, general, and administrative expense            7,315        6,645
                                                  -----------  -----------

Operating income                                        8,269        2,452

Other expense (income)                                    113         (655)
Interest income                                           (33)        (231)
Interest expense                                        2,374        1,342
                                                  -----------  -----------
Income before income taxes                              5,815        1,996
Provision for income taxes                              2,249          940
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net income                                        $     3,566  $     1,056
                                                  ===========  ===========
Basic earnings per share                          $      0.38  $      0.11
                                                  ===========  ===========
Diluted earnings per share                        $      0.38  $      0.11
                                                  ===========  ===========
Shares used in per share calculation:
   Basic                                                9,304        9,249
                                                  ===========  ===========
   Diluted                                              9,344        9,342
                                                  ===========  ===========

                          NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY
                      (Dollar amounts in thousands)

                                                   March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  ------------ ------------
   Cash and cash equivalents                      $         77 $         51
   Trade and other receivables, net                     71,438       66,474
   Costs and estimated earnings in excess                                 -
    of billings on uncompleted contracts                54,439       45,533
   Inventories                                          93,601       80,887
   Other current assets                                 18,778       23,755
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total current assets                             238,333      216,700
   Property and equipment, net                         174,895      171,766
   Other assets                                         46,561       46,739
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total Assets                                $    459,789 $    435,205
                                                  ============ ============

   Current portion of long-term debt              $      6,816 $      6,801
   Accounts payable                                     40,332       28,463
   Accrued liabilities                                  12,553       11,448
   Billings in excess of cost and estimated
    earnings on uncompleted contracts                   15,303       14,808
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total current liabilities                         75,004       61,520
   Note payable to financial institution                77,454       68,000
   Other long-term debt, less current portion           22,450       25,517
   Other liabilities                                    35,402       34,522
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total liabilities                                210,310      189,559

Stockholders' equity                                   249,479      245,646
                                                  ------------ ------------
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $    459,789 $    435,205
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Contact Information

    Robin Gantt
    Chief Financial Officer