Toro Co. (TTC) Tops Q3 EPS by 11c

August 22, 2013 8:33 AM
Toro Co. (NYSE: TTC) reported Q3 EPS of $0.68, $0.11 better than the analyst estimate of $0.57. Revenue for the quarter came in at $510 million versus the consensus estimate of $505 million.

The company now expects revenue growth for fiscal 2013 to be about 4 percent and net earnings to be about 2.55 per share, or an increase of about 19 percent over fiscal 2012

"For the quarter, our results were strengthened by a summer growing season with favorable temperatures and precipitation levels as compared to last year’s severe drought conditions," said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. "The more desirable weather helped us drive retail sales across most of our businesses and, in particular, our residential business. In addition to realizing sales delayed in the prior quarter by adverse spring weather conditions, our residential business benefited from increased demand for our new and innovative products, including our Timecutter® zero turn radius riding products and our recently introduced line of lithium-ion battery-powered string and hedge trimmers."

"As anticipated, the Tier 4 diesel engine transition—which caused a significant portion of our professional sales to be accelerated into our first quarter from later quarters as we’ve historically seen—continued to impact the quarterly results for our professional business. Year-to-date our results are solid and our business fundamentals remain sound. Our golf and landscape contractor businesses are benefitting from innovative and high performing equipment offerings valued by our end-user customers, we continue to grow our micro irrigation business around the world, and we realized additional sales from increased customer demand for our rental products and newly introduced Toro-branded underground and construction products.”

“Looking ahead, although we are always mindful of the challenges that Mother Nature can create for us, as well as continuing expectations for slow worldwide economic growth, we remain cautiously optimistic about the remainder of our year. We expect favorable sales comparisons to last year’s fourth quarter when limited prior season snowfall in North America and Europe significantly affected demand for our snowthrower products. Turning to field inventory, despite elevated positions held through the second quarter due to the planned execution of the Tier 4 transition and the resulting impact of the poor spring weather conditions, we believe that recent retail efforts have reduced field inventories across our product lines and at these improved levels we are well positioned for the future. Lastly, we expect that momentum from our productivity efforts and favorable commodity trends, somewhat offset by product mix, should drive additional earnings gains. As a result, today we are refining our full-year revenue outlook and increasing our earnings expectations."

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