The Toro Company recently reported net earnings of $87.1 million, or $1.51 per share, on a net sales increase of 5.8 percent to $745 million for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended May 2, 2014. In the comparable fiscal 2013 period, the company delivered net earnings of $78.4 million, or $1.32 per share, on net sales of $704.5 million.
“I’m proud of our team’s execution that delivered record sales and earnings for the quarter despite challenging spring weather conditions for the second straight year,” said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Although retail sales of some residential products were hampered by the late spring, we experienced strong growth in our landscape maintenance business. Contractors who benefited from the robust snow season last winter invested in more new turf equipment during the quarter, favoring our productivity-enhancing mowers. In addition, shipments of golf equipment and irrigation products increased due to channel demand for our innovative new product offerings, including the recently introduced INFINITY sprinklers.”
For the first six months, Toro reported net earnings of $113 million, or $1.95 per share, on a net sales increase of 3.6 percent to $1.191 billion. In the comparable fiscal 2013 period, the company posted net earnings of $109.8 million, or $1.85 per share, on net sales of $1.149 billion. Strong retail demand for snow products and landscape maintenance equipment, as well as contributions from its micro irrigation, construction and rental businesses, helped the company to surpass sales and earnings earned in the comparable fiscal 2013 period, which benefited from the Tier 4 diesel engine transition.
“As we approach our Centennial and look ahead to the end of our Destination 2014 journey, we remain encouraged about both our business and prospects for achieving our goals,” said Hoffman. “Our portfolio of innovative products has us well positioned to drive retail sales and strengthen our market share. We will keep a watchful eye on retail demand and field inventories across our businesses and make any necessary adjustments. In addition, we will benefit from increased pre-season snowthrower shipments, primarily in the fourth quarter, that are needed to replenish inventories diminished by strong customer demand last winter. As we strive to achieve our operating earnings goal, we will continue to pursue productivity improvements to leverage expenses and expand margins. While focused on things within our control, we remain mindful that Mother Nature may not deliver favorable summer growing conditions again this year or economic conditions may change, either of which could create potential challenges for our businesses and customers.”
The company continues to expect revenue growth for fiscal 2014 to be about 5 to 6 percent, and net earnings per share to be about $2.90 to $2.95. For the third quarter, the company expects net earnings per share to be about $0.82.
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