CECO Environmental: Q4 and Full Year 2012 Financial Results
CINCINNATI - CECO Environmental Corp. (CECE), a leading global provider of air pollution control technology systems, product recovery and filtration technology, announced fourth quarter and full year financial results for the period ended December 31, 2012.
Financial highlights for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 include:
Net sales were $34.3 million compared to $37.8 million in the comparable quarter, a decrease of 9.3%. The decrease in sales was related to timing on projects in process and the schedule for completion converting into revenue;
Gross profit was relatively unchanged at $11.2 million from $11.3 million in 2011;
Gross margin increased to 32.7% from 29.9%;
Operating income increased by 15.8% to $4.4 million from $3.8 million in 2011;
Operating margin increased to 12.8% from 10.1% in 2011;
Net income increased by 14.8% to $3.1 million compared to net income of $2.7 million in 2011;
Net income per diluted share was $0.18 compared to $0.17 in 2011;
Backlog as of December 31, 2012 was $59.5 million compared to $54.9 million as of December 31, 2011;
Bookings in the fourth quarter were $26.3 million compared to $37.4 million in 2011. Year-to-date 2013 bookings are approximately 20% higher than in the same period in 2012;
Cash and cash equivalents were $23.0 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to $12.7 million as of December 31, 2011 with no bank debt; and
On December 31, 2012, CECO completed the acquisition of Adwest Technologies, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) for the global air pollution control market. Adwest generated approximately $12 million in revenues in 2012 and their entire management team, led by Craig Bayer, will continue in their roles.
Financial highlights for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 compared to twelve months ended December 31, 2011 include:
Net sales were $135.1 million compared to $139.2 million in 2011, a decrease of 2.9%;
Gross profit increased by 11% to $42.4 million from $38.2 million in 2011;
Gross margin increased to 31.4% from 27.4%;
Operating income increased by 34.7% to $16.7 million from $12.4 million in 2011;
Operating margin increased to 12.4% from 8.9% in 2011;
Net income increased 31.3% to $10.9 million compared to net income of $8.3 million in 2011;
Net income per diluted share was $0.65 compared to $0.51 in the previous year;
Cash provided by operations increased by 93.1% to $16.8 million compared to $8.7 million in 2011; and
Year-to-date bookings were $139.7 million compared to $139.8 million in 2011.
On March 4, 2013, CECO announced it had acquired Aarding Thermal Acoustics B.V., one of the world leaders in natural gas turbine exhaust systems and silencer applications. Headquartered in the Netherlands with a significant global sales footprint, Aarding generated revenues of approximately $34 million in 2012. Aarding's principals, Martin Pranger and Norbert Pieterse, will continue in their leadership roles and will lead CECO's expanding global natural gas business.
On March 6, 2013, CECO's Board of Directors approved raising its quarterly dividend 11% to $0.05 per share from the previous quarterly dividend of $0.045 per share. The dividend will be paid on March 28, 2013 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 18, 2013. CECO initiated a Dividend Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") in 2012 that provides for the voluntary reinvestment of dividends by its stockholders.
"We are very pleased with CECO's results throughout 2012 as we executed on our core goals including profitable growth, improving margins and significant operating cash flow generation," commented Jeff Lang, CECO's Chief Executive Officer. "During 2012, we continued our focus on profitable revenues as well as selling non-core assets that were not key to our growth strategy. In addition, together with our recent exciting acquisitions of both Aarding and Adwest, CECO is ideally positioned within our industry to become the global leader in the air pollution control sector."
Phillip DeZwirek, CECO's Chairman, said "Our management team, our product breadth and our engineering leadership have provided CECO with the necessary assets to achieve above-average growth in both profitability and shareholder value in 2013 and beyond. We are confident in our long term prospects and have increased our dividend again to provide additional value for our shareholders."
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.
ABOUT CECO ENVIRONMENTAL
CECO Environmental is a leading global provider of air pollution control technology. Through its subsidiaries – Busch International, CECO Filters, CECO Abatement Systems, Kirk & Blum, Effox-Flextor, Fisher-Klosterman/Buell, CECO China, A.V.C. Specialists and the recent acquisitions of Aarding and Adwest, CECO provides a wide spectrum of air quality products and services including engineered equipment, cyclones, scrubbers, dampers, diverters, RTO's, component parts and monitoring and management services. Industries served include refining, petro-chemical, power, aluminum, steel, automotive, chemical and large industrial processes. Revenue is approximately 75% from engineered equipment technology and 25% from parts, services and aftermarket. Global Growth, Operational Excellence, Margin Expansion, Safety, and Employee Development are CECO's core competencies and long term objectives.
For more information on CECO Environmental please visit the company's website at http://www.cecoenviro.com.
Jeff Lang, CECO Environmental Corp.