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|Basic earnings per share ("EPS")||$||1.10||$||1.04||6%||$||3.52||$||3.10||14%|
“Toromont delivered solid results in the fourth quarter and full year of 2019,” said
Considering the Company’s solid financial position and positive long-term outlook, the Board of Directors today increased the quarterly dividend by 14.8% to
- Net earnings in 2019 were
$286.8 million, up 14% from 2018, with basic EPS (earnings per share) also 14% higher to $3.52. Revenue growth and mix, expense control and lower interest costs on reduced debt levels contributed to the improved results.
- Net earnings for the fourth quarter were
$90.5 million, up 7% from 2018; basic EPS up 6% to $1.10.
- Revenues were up
$182.9 millionto $3.3 billionfor the year on growth in product support, rentals and used equipment sales. New equipment sales were unchanged from 2018, which included large mining deliveries.
- Operating income(1) increased
$35.2 million(10%) for the year, and was up 50 basis points (“bps”) as a percentage of revenues (11.5% versus 11.0%).
- For the fourth quarter, revenues were up
$59.3 million(7%) to $933.1 million, with increases across all revenue streams except used equipment sales which were relatively unchanged.
- Operating income was up
$2.0 million(2%) in the quarter but was 60 bps lower as a percentage of revenues at 12.6%.
- Bookings(1) in 2019 decreased
$68.5 million(4%) to $1.5 billion, with increases in construction orders more than offset by declines in mining and power. Fourth quarter bookings were down 2% ( $7.9 million) to $415.1 million, on increases in power systems and material handling lift truck orders. Backlogs(1) decreased $69.5 million(20%) to $272.3 million, most of which is expected to be delivered in 2020.
- Revenues for the year decreased
$8.4 million(2%) to $334.8 million. Recreational markets were strong in Canadaand the US and served to partially offset weaker industrial markets. Product support revenues increased in Canadaand the US.
- Operating income was up by
$7.7 million(37%) in 2019, reflecting a one-time charge last year, which did not repeat, and improved project gross margins on better execution in 2019. Operating income margin(1) was 8.5% versus 6.0% last year.
- For the fourth quarter, revenues of
$92.1 millionwere largely unchanged from the record last year.
- Operating income increased
$4.6 million(78%) in the quarter versus last year as the one-time item noted above and improved gross margins were partially offset by higher expense levels.
- Bookings of
$193.6 millionfor the year were up $8.9 million(5%) with higher recreational orders offsetting lower industrial orders. Fourth quarter bookings were also up ( $7.5 millionor 20%) but with higher industrial orders and lower recreational orders. Backlogs of $122.5 millionat December 31, 2019were up $9.8 million(9%), substantially all of which is expected to be realized as revenue in 2020.
- Toromont continued to produce strong shareholder returns, delivering increased dividends, a 21.4% return on opening shareholders’ equity(1) and a 22.9% pre-tax return on capital employed(1).
- Toromont’s share price of
$70.59at the end of 2019, translates to a market capitalization(1) of $5.8 billionand a total enterprise value(1) of $6.1 billion.
- The Company maintained a very strong financial position. Leverage, as represented by the net debt to total capitalization(1) ratio decreased to 15% at the end of
December 31, 2019from 18% at the end of December 31, 2018.
“Infrastructure projects and broader construction activity offer growth in equipment sales, product support and rentals for our
Financial and Operating Results
All comparative figures in this press release are for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended
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Information in this press release that is not a historical fact is "forward-looking information". Words such as "plans", "intends", "outlook", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "believes", "likely", "should", "could", "will", "may" and similar expressions are intended to identify statements containing forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this press release reflects current estimates, beliefs, and assumptions, which are based on Toromont’s perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors management believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Toromont’s estimates, beliefs and assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and other uncertainties and contingencies regarding future events and as such, are subject to change. Toromont can give no assurance that such estimates, beliefs and assumptions will prove to be correct. This press release also contains forward-looking statements about the recently acquired businesses.
Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause the actual results to differ materially from the estimates, beliefs and assumptions expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: business cycles, including general economic conditions in the countries in which Toromont operates; commodity price changes, including changes in the price of precious and base metals; changes in foreign exchange rates, including the Cdn$/US$ exchange rate; the termination of distribution or original equipment manufacturer agreements; equipment product acceptance and availability of supply; increased competition; credit of third parties; additional costs associated with warranties and maintenance contracts; changes in interest rates; the availability of financing; potential environmental liabilities of the acquired businesses and changes to environmental regulation; failure to attract and retain key employees; damage to the reputation of Caterpillar, product quality and product safety risks which could expose Toromont to product liability claims and negative publicity; new, or changes to current, federal and provincial laws, rules and regulations including changes in infrastructure spending; and any requirement of Toromont to make contributions to its registered funded defined benefit pension plans, post-employment benefits plan or the multi-employer pension plan obligations in excess of those currently contemplated. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.
Any of the above mentioned risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to actual results that are materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information and statements included in this press release. For a further description of certain risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results that are materially different, see the risks and uncertainties set out in the "Risks and Risk Management" and "Outlook" sections of Toromont’s most recent annual MD&A, as filed with Canadian securities regulators at www.sedar.com or at our website www.toromont.com. Other factors, risks and uncertainties not presently known to Toromont or that Toromont currently believes are not material could also cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by statements containing forward-looking information.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on statements containing forward-looking information, which reflect Toromont’s expectations only as of the date of this press release, and not to use such information for anything other than their intended purpose. Toromont disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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Executive Vice President and
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Tel: (416) 514-4790
- These financial metrics do not have a standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which are also referred to herein as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. These measurements are presented for information purposes only. The Company’s MD&A includes additional information regarding these financial metrics, including definitions and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, under the headings “Additional GAAP Measures”, “Non-GAAP Measures” and “Key Performance Indicators.”
Source: Toromont Industries Ltd.