Manitex International, Inc. Reports 3rd Quarter 2014 Results

Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Manitex International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNTX), a leading international provider of cranes and specialized material and container handling equipment, today announced third quarter 2014 results.

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:

  • Third Quarter Net revenues rose 15.1% to $66.2 million, from $57.5 million in the year ago period.
  • Consolidated backlog at September 30, 2014 increased 32.1% to $102.1 million, from $77.3 million at December 31, 2013, and was flat compared to$102.5 million at June 30, 2014.
  • Third Quarter Net income was $1.8 million, a decrease of $0.8 million from the third quarter of 2013 of $2.6 million. Earnings per share of $0.13 compared to$0.21 from the year ago period.
  • Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $4.5 million or 6.8% of sales, compared to $5.5 million and 8.8% of sales in the prior year’s period.
  • Generated $6.4 million of cash from operating activities in the quarter.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter:

  • Announced an agreement to form a Joint Venture with Terex Corporation in A.S.V. Inc. (ASV), with forecasted 2014 sales of approximately $128 million.
  • Announced orders of $17 million received in the fourth quarter for Manitex cranes, concentrated in the larger tonnage capacities (40 tons and above).

“Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David Langevin, commented, “From an operational perspective our third quarter was similar to the second quarter, but, as we expected, with a higher proportion of our production and sales allocated to smaller tonnage cranes and material handling products. Consequently, the product mix negatively impacted our bottom-line for the quarter. As we announced earlier this week, however, we have seen a good rebound in orders for higher tonnage cranes in recent weeks, and we expect that mix and margin improvements in the fourth quarter and beyond to be led by military orders in Liftking and stronger orders for our larger cranes from numerous dealers. Our order book is in good shape at $102 million and in the third quarter had a Book-to-bill of approximately 1.0.”

Mr. Langevin continued, “While worldwide demand for capital equipment could be mostly characterized as sluggish, as a niche provider serving diverse markets, we continue to see certain pockets of strength within our product portfolio. And consistent with our history even in a more challenged economic environment, we have taken advantage of opportunities to grow our business, adding new product lines, geographies, and channels to market to ensure our continued long-term growth, while simultaneously seeking out ways to optimize our production and cost structure. We remain on track to close the acquisition of PM Group, which adds over $100 million of profitable revenue to our base of business, and we believe this will be a substantial growth area for us as we take this product through our distribution into the North American markets. We’ve recently announced the A.S.V., Inc. joint venture with Terex, which also adds profitable revenues of over $100 million that will allow us to participate in a market that is showing signs of early recovery. Upon the closing of these transactions, we expect to enter 2015 as a company with an opportunity to participate in more markets than ever, and achieve revenues in excess of $500 million with significant growth in profits for the benefit of our shareholders.”

Third quarter 2014 revenues increased $8.7 million or 15.1% from the third quarter 2013 to $66.2 million, led by a 46% year-over-year increase in material handling product sales, with contributions across each of those branded product lines, due to improved demand from the general construction market. At the end of the quarter we also completed shipments of military forklifts under the existing contracts at our Manitex Liftking subsidiary. Container handling revenues at our European CVS operation were sharply higher, increasing 50% from the prior year quarter resulting from increased demand from both European and international markets. While growth from lower tonnage crane products resulted in higher overall unit volumes, Manitex cranes sales were flat. Order intake in the quarter was well balanced with current levels of output and resulted in a backlog at September 30, 2014 of $102.1 million. This represents an increase of $24.8 million or 32.1% from December 31, 2013 and flat on a sequential quarterly basis. Order intake in the third quarter reflected an increase in demand for higher tonnage truck mounted cranes as compared to that seen in the previous quarter.

Net income for the quarter of $1.8 million was a decrease of $0.8 million year over year. Gross profit decreased $0.3 million compared to the third quarter of 2013, benefiting from $8.7 million higher revenues, largely driven by increases in material handling equipment and including a higher proportion of lower capacity, lower margin boom truck cranes, was offset by the significant sales mix change on margin, resulting in a 300 basis point decrease in gross profit percent to 16.5%. Operating expenses of $7.5 million compared to $6.5 million in the year ago period with SG&A expenses held steady at 10.4% of sales compared to 10.2% in the third quarter of 2013. Tax expense for the quarter at a rate of 34.7% was an increase of 338 basis points and reflected an increase in the annual effective tax rate, excluding discrete items, to 32% from 30% in 2013. The principal factor accounting for the increase in the effective tax rate was the absence of R&D tax credits as such provision expired as of December 31 2013.

Andrew Rooke, Manitex International President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “While we experienced solid performance from our materials and container handling brands, a flat top-line coupled with a less favorable product mix from our crane portfolio hurt our overall gross margin performance and consequently our bottom line. While the mix moved against us in this last quarter, we do expect improvements to come, and have seen an uptick in our share in a market that is going to be down year over year. Our diversification continues to keep us well positioned to participate in the specific markets that are growing as well as for those where growth is expected to return shortly. At the end of the quarter our balance sheet ratios were improved from December 31, 2013, with our current ratio at 2.7 compared to 2.5, a net debt to capitalization ratio of 35.2% compared to 36.1% and an interest coverage ratio of 7.4 times compared to 7.3 times. With total debt increasing a modest $0.5 million from December 31, 2013, and 12 month trailing adjusted EBITDA of $21.8 million, our debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio remained constant at 2.5 times.”

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income are non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America) financial measures.  These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  We encourage investors to review the section below entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Conference Call:

Management will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the results with the investment community. Anyone interested in participating should call 1-888-539-3612 if calling within the United States or 1-719-325-2432 if calling internationally. A replay will be available until November 13, 2014 which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 if calling within the United States or 1-858-384-5517 if calling internationally. Please use passcode 7672850 to access the replay.

The call will also be accompanied by a webcast over the Internet with slides, which are also accessible at the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at www.manitexinternational.com.

About Manitex International, Inc. 

Manitex International, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of highly engineered and customizable lifting, material and container handling equipment, spanning boom truck, telescopic, rough terrain and industrial cranes, reach stackers and associated container handling equipment, rough terrain forklifts,  mobile liquid and solid containment solutions, and specialized trailers and  mission oriented vehicles, including parts support. We have accumulated nearly a dozen brands since going public in 2006 and operate internationally through eight subsidiaries with design and manufacturing facilities in the USA, Canada and Italy.

Manitex Inc, in Georgetown, TX, manufactures a  comprehensive line of boom truck and telescopic cranes and sign cranes , primarily used in industrial projects, energy exploration and infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, and commercial construction. Badger Equipment Company, in Winona, MN, manufactures specialized rough terrain and industrial cranes and primarily serves the needs of the construction, municipality, and railroad industries. Our Italian subsidiary, CVS Ferrari, srl, designs and manufactures a range of reach stackers and associated lifting equipment for the global container handling market.  Our Manitex Liftking subsidiary is a provider of material handling equipment including the Noble straight-mast rough terrain forklift product line, Lowry high capacity cushion tired forklift as well as specialized carriers, heavy material handling transporters and steel mill equipment. Manitex Liftking’s rough terrain forklifts are used in commercial applications and by the world’s largest military and peace keeping organizations. Our subsidiary, Manitex Load King located in Elk Point, South Dakota is a manufacturer of specialized engineered trailers and hauling systems, typically used for transporting heavy equipment. Manitex Sabre based in Knox, Indiana, builds mobile specialized tanks for liquid storage and containment solutions for a variety of end markets such as petrochemical, waste management and oil and gas drilling. Manitex Valla located in Piacenza, Italy, manufactures a full range of mobile precision pick and carry cranes from 2 to 90 tons, using electric, diesel, and hybrid power options with configurable special applications designed specifically to meet the needs of its customers.

Our Crane and Machinery division is a Chicago based distributor of cranes including Terex truck and rough terrain cranes, PM knuckle boom cranes and our own Manitex International brands. Crane and Machinery provides aftermarket service in its local market as well as being a leading distributor of OEM crane parts, supplying parts to customers throughout the United States and internationally.  The division also provides a wide range of used and refurbished lifting and construction equipment of various ages and conditions as well as operating a rental fleet of equipment to the Tri-state area.