Briggs & Stratton Corporation reports financial results

On Jan. 23, Briggs & Stratton Corporation announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended Dec. 29, 2013. Highlights included:

Second quarter fiscal 2014 consolidated net sales were $416.6 million, a decrease of $22.5 million or 5.1 percent from the prior year.
Increased sales of lawn and garden equipment were offset by lower sales of standby and portable generators compared to last year when Hurricane Sandy occurred.
The reduced storm activity reduced net sales and diluted earnings per share by an estimated $55 million and $0.12 in the fiscal quarter compared with last year.
Second quarter 2014 consolidated net income, excluding restructuring charges, was $2.3 million, or $1.4-million lower than the adjusted net income of $3.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
The company recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $2.3 million ($1.6 million after tax or $0.04 per diluted share) during the three months ended Dec. 29, 2013.

“During the quarter we continued to see year-over-year sales of lawn and garden equipment and related parts sales improving both in North America and in Australia,” said Todd J. Teske, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. “While these positive trends were not enough to offset the sales we saw last year related to storms Isaac and Sandy, we remain optimistic for an improved lawn and garden market this spring. Adjusted margins expanded in the quarter in both the engines and products businesses as we continue to focus on reducing costs, streamlining our operations, and delivering margin-expanding innovations to consumers. This spring, we are excited to launch several new engine and product solutions, including Quiet Power Technology that reduces the sound of a walk mower as much as 80 percent, Ready Start push-button starting for riding mowers, and the new Powerflow + Technology pressure washer that has both variable flow and pressure capabilities, to name just a few.”

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