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Actuant Reports Third Quarter Results

June 18, 2014

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) today announced results for its third quarter ended May 31, 2014.

Highlights

  • Total sales increased 10% compared to the prior year with core sales growth of 3%, (total sales growth excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign exchange rates) with foreign currency translation and acquisitions contributing 2% and 5%, respectively.
  • Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (“EPS”) were $0.70, including a $0.07 tax planning benefit not included in guidance, 13% above the prior year’s $0.62.
  • Repurchased 2.2 million shares of common stock for $74 million in the quarter.
  • Acquired Hayes Industries, a $25 million tuck-in addition to our Industrial segment, focused on infrastructure concrete tensioning.
  • Completed the sale and leaseback of $41 million of Viking SeaTech (“Viking”) mooring assets, improving the ROIC on this recent business acquisition.
  • Introduced fourth quarter sales and EPS guidance of $350-360 million and $0.48-0.53, respectively.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, completed the sale of the recreational vehicle (RV) business for $35 million, part of ongoing portfolio management.

    Mark E. Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer of Actuant commented, “I am pleased with the results for the third quarter which were in line with our guidance, including 3% core growth and EPS at the mid-point of our range, excluding the income tax planning benefit. Energy and Engineered Solutions both delivered a solid 5% increase in core sales, while Industrial’s core sales growth rate improved sequentially. Our targeted margin improvement activities are progressing, but third quarter results included unfavorable segment mix, choppy demand, and costs and inefficiencies related to the facility closures, consolidations and relocations that we are completing to simplify our business. EPS increased year-over-year reflecting higher sales and operating earnings, as well as fewer shares outstanding.”

    Consolidated Results

    Continuing Operations

    Consolidated sales for the third quarter were $378 million, 10% higher than the $344 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Core sales increased 3% while acquisitions and foreign currency translation contributed 5% and 2%, respectively, to total sales. Fiscal 2014 third quarter net earnings and EPS from continuing operations were $50.6 million, or $0.70 per share, compared to $46.1 million and $0.62, respectively, in the comparable prior year quarter.

    Sales for the nine months ended May 31, 2014 were $1,046 million, 10% higher than the $952 million in the comparable prior year period. Excluding the 5% acquisition and 1% foreign currency translation benefits, year-to-date core sales increased 4%. Earnings and EPS for the nine months ended May 31, 2014 were $105.9 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, compared to $102.5 million, or $1.38 per diluted share for the comparable prior year period.

    Discontinued Operations

    Results from discontinued operations represent the financial results of the Electrical business for all periods presented. The Company completed the sale of the segment on December 13, 2013. The fiscal 2014 year-to-date earnings include the net gain on the divestiture, and cash flow includes the net cash proceeds for the transaction, including approximately $22 million of income taxes on the gain paid in the third quarter.

    Business Divestitures

    On June 16, 2014, the Company announced that it sold its RV business to Drew Industries for approximately $35 million. The business, included within the Engineered Solutions segment, had annual revenues of approximately $30 million. The Company expects to record a net gain of less than $5 million on the divestiture in its fourth quarter financial results. The Company also divested a small Viking manpower consulting product line in the third quarter for net proceeds of less than $1 million.

    Segment Results

    Industrial Segment

         

    (US $ in millions)

           
    Three Months Ended May 31, Nine Months Ended May 31,
    2014     2013 2014     2013
    Sales $109.8$111.3$302.0$311.4
    Operating Profit $34.1$32.4$87.5$85.8
    Operating Profit % 31.1% 29.1% 29.0% 27.5%
     


    Third quarter fiscal 2014 Industrial segment sales were $110 million, 1% lower than the prior year. Excluding a 1% increase from foreign currency translation, core sales declined 2% due to lower global Integrated Solutions activity compared to the prior year’s robust levels. Quarterly demand for Enerpac’s industrial tool product line increased on a year-over-year basis across all geographic regions for the first time this fiscal year, with the biggest sequential improvement in North America. Third quarter operating profit margin of 31.1% increased 200 basis points year-over-year due to continued favorable sales mix and effective cost management.

    Energy Segment

    (US $ in millions)

                 
    Three Months Ended May 31, Nine Months Ended May 31,
    2014     2013 2014     2013
    Sales $125.2$99.2$339.2$270.7
    Operating Profit $19.9$19.7$38.4$44.8
    Operating Profit % 15.9% 19.9% 11.3% 16.5%
     


    Fiscal 2014 third quarter Energy segment sales increased 26% year-over-year to $125 million. Excluding the 19% benefit from the Viking acquisition and the favorable 2% foreign currency translation, core sales increased 5% on a year-over-year basis. Hydratight experienced solid growth in maintenance activity across its geographic regions, while Cortland continued to see higher demand, notably in its oil & gas umbilical and synthetic rope product lines. While mobilization of several of the previously delayed Viking contracts started in the quarter and new contract wins in Asia Pacific have been secured, activity in the North Sea has softened. Energy segment operating profit margins declined year-over-year due primarily to acquisition and sales mix, but improved nearly 700 basis points sequentially from the second quarter due to higher volumes.

    Engineered Solutions Segment

    (US $ in millions)

                 
    Three Months Ended May 31, Nine Months Ended May 31,
    2014     2013 2014     2013
    Sales $143.1$133.7$404.3$370.3
    Operating Profit $13.6$12.8$36.3$28.7
    Operating Profit % 9.5% 9.5% 9.0% 7.7%
     


    Third quarter fiscal 2014 Engineered Solutions segment sales increased 7% from the prior year to $143 million. Excluding the 2% favorable impact of foreign currency translation, third quarter core sales increased 5%. Sales benefited from both higher heavy-duty truck demand, notably in Europe and China, as well as increased agriculture sales which included new product volume. Off-highway market demand remains subdued, especially in mining and defense, but appears to have stabilized. Third quarter operating profit margins were level with the prior year as the benefit of higher volumes was offset by certain restructuring costs and related inefficiencies. However, they improved 210 basis points sequentially.

    Corporate and Income Taxes

    Corporate expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $8.8 million, $1.0 million above the comparable prior year period due primarily to higher employee benefit costs. The Company’s effective income tax rate for the quarter, excluding the aforementioned $5.2 million tax planning benefit, was in line with expectations at 13.2%. This rate was almost double the prior year’s 7.7% due to prior year tax reserve adjustments.

    Financial Position

    Net debt increased approximately $25 million in the quarter to $260 million (total debt of $390 million less $130 million of cash). The Company deployed $74 million during the quarter to repurchase approximately 2.2 million shares of common stock, and $30 million to acquire Hayes Industries. Actuant received proceeds of approximately $41 million from the sale and leaseback of certain Viking rental fleet assets which was used to reduce debt. At May 31, 2014, the Company had a net debt to EBITDA leverage ratio of 1.0X, and $600 million in revolver availability.

    Outlook

    Goldstein continued, “Despite experiencing modestly improving order activity across parts of our business, we have been disappointed by the tepid end market demand that has persisted in others. Although we have generated growth on a year-over-year basis, we do not see enough growth and momentum in markets such as mining, offshore mooring, and off-highway equipment, among others, to enable us to meet our original forecast for the fourth quarter. The recent divestiture of the RV business and Viking product line, and the acquisition of Hayes, also resulted in a net reduction to our fourth quarter forecast. We now expect to deliver fiscal 2014 sales and EPS of approximately $1.4 billion and $1.92-1.97, respectively. This revised guidance also takes into account continued unfavorable segment sales mix, accelerated cost reduction and restructuring activities, and a $0.07 per share benefit from the third quarter tax planning. We now anticipate full year free cash flow of approximately $175-185 million, which should again exceed our full year earnings.

    This guidance contemplates fourth quarter sales in the $350-360 million range with EPS of $0.48-0.53, compared to $0.46 in the comparable prior year quarter.

    Actuant continues to focus on our core strategies of operational excellence, high growth market expansion, Growth + Innovation, and strategic acquisitions. The portfolio management actions this year, as well as multiple facility moves, are focused on simplifying our business. We believe this focus, along with our emphasis on the four macro growth themes of energy, infrastructure, food/farm productivity and natural resources/sustainability, will position us to continue to generate sustainable future growth in sales and earnings."

    Conference Call Information

    An investor conference call is scheduled for 10am CT today, June 18, 2014. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available on the Actuant company website (www.actuant.com) prior to the start of the call.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Certain of the above comments represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Management cautions that these statements are based on current estimates of future performance and are highly dependent upon a variety of factors, which could cause actual results to differ from these estimates. Actuant’s results are also subject to general economic conditions, variation in demand from customers, the impact of geopolitical activity on the economy, continued market acceptance of the Company’s new product introductions, the successful integration of acquisitions, restructuring, operating margin risk due to competitive pricing and operating efficiencies, supply chain risk, material and labor cost increases, foreign currency fluctuations and interest rate risk. See the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further information regarding risk factors. Actuant disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or any other reason.

    About Actuant Corporation

    Actuant Corporation is a diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries. The Actuant businesses are leaders in a broad array of niche markets including branded hydraulic tools and solutions; specialized products and services for energy markets and highly engineered position and motion control systems. The Company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU. For further information on Actuant and its businesses, visit the Company's website at www.actuant.com.

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    Actuant Corporation
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (Dollars in thousands)
    (Unaudited)
                       
    May 31,August 31,
    20142013
     
    ASSETS
    Current assets
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 129,625 $ 103,986
    Accounts receivable, net 259,289 219,075
    Inventories, net 171,558 142,549
    Deferred income taxes 14,855 18,796
    Other current assets 30,003 28,228
    Assets of discontinued operations   -     272,606  
    Total current assets 605,330 785,240
     
    Property, plant and equipment, net 170,453 201,496
    Goodwill 765,988 734,952
    Other intangible assets, net 376,249 376,692
    Other long-term assets   29,685     20,952  
     
    Total assets $ 1,947,705   $ 2,119,332  
     
     
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities
    Trade accounts payable $ 168,997 $ 154,049
    Accrued compensation and benefits 50,589 43,800
    Current maturities of debt 3,375 -
    Income taxes payable 9,403 14,014
    Other current liabilities 62,187 56,899
    Liabilities of discontinued operations   -     53,080  
    Total current liabilities 294,551 321,842
     
    Long-term debt 386,625 515,000
    Deferred income taxes 94,860 115,865
    Pension and postretirement benefit accruals 11,285 20,698
    Other long-term liabilities 75,231 65,660
     
    Shareholders' equity
    Capital stock 15,671 15,399
    Additional paid-in capital 87,964 49,758
    Treasury stock (288,067 ) (104,915 )
    Retained earnings 1,316,673 1,188,685
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss (47,088 ) (68,660 )
    Stock held in trust (4,111 ) (3,124 )
    Deferred compensation liability   4,111     3,124  
    Total shareholders' equity   1,085,153     1,080,267  
     
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,947,705   $ 2,119,332  


                   
     
    Actuant Corporation
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    (Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)
    (Unaudited)
       
     
    Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
    May 31,May 31,May 31,May 31,
    2014   20132014   2013
     
    Net sales $ 378,187 $ 344,205 $ 1,045,513 $ 952,482
    Cost of products sold   229,637     207,301     640,737     575,032  
    Gross profit 148,550 136,904 404,776 377,450
     
    Selling, administrative and engineering expenses 83,498 74,323 244,655 222,521
    Amortization of intangible assets   6,272     5,539     18,713     17,542  
    Operating profit 58,780 57,042 141,408 137,387
     
    Financing costs, net 5,932 6,229 18,944 18,811
    Other expense, net   620     911     3,087     1,518  
    Earnings from continuing operations before income tax expense 52,228 49,902 119,377 117,058
     
    Income tax expense   1,671     3,825     13,511     14,596  
    Earnings from continuing operations 50,557 46,077 105,866 102,462
    Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   -     (139,060 )   22,120     (130,667 )
    Net earnings (loss) $ 50,557   $ (92,983 ) $ 127,986   $ (28,205 )
     
    Earnings from continuing operations per share
    Basic $ 0.72 $ 0.63 $ 1.47 $ 1.40
    Diluted 0.70 0.62 1.44 1.38
     
    Earnings (loss) per share
    Basic $ 0.72 $ (1.27 ) $ 1.78 $ (0.39 )
    Diluted 0.70 (1.24 ) 1.74 (0.38 )
     
    Weighted average common shares outstanding
    Basic 70,432 73,133 71,915 72,957
    Diluted 71,770 74,787 73,518 74,491


     
     
    Actuant Corporation
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    (In thousands)
    (Unaudited)
                     
     
    Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
    May 31,May 31,May 31,May 31,
    2014201320142013
     
    Operating Activities
    Net earnings (loss) $ 50,557 $ (92,983 ) $ 127,986 $ (28,205 )
    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by
    operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization 14,969 13,892 46,934 42,790
    Net loss (gain) on disposal of businesses - - (26,339 ) -
    Stock-based compensation expense 3,394 3,379 14,006 10,507
    Benefit for deferred income taxes (481 ) (24,531 ) (11,545 ) (30,549 )
    Impairment charge - 170,052 - 170,052
    Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs 423 496 1,406 1,488
    Other non-cash adjustments 397 343 (346 ) 171
    Changes in components of working capital and other:
    Accounts receivable (31,040 ) (21,312 ) (26,271 ) (25,033 )
    Inventories (3,893 ) 11,478 (25,676 ) 7,326
    Prepaid expenses and other assets (271 ) (3,409 ) (1,342 ) (4,613 )
    Trade accounts payable 14,299 14,752 1,464 (7,529 )
    Income taxes payable (12,540 ) (2,816 ) (25,939 ) (5,538 )
    Accrued compensation and benefits 4,880 (402 ) 8,553 (12,829 )
    Other accrued liabilities   (4,391 )   7,008     (9,705 )   (1,768 )
    Net cash provided by operating activities 36,303 75,947 73,186 116,270
     
    Investing Activities
    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 42,028 140 44,036 1,317
    Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs 9,387 4,854 252,773 4,854
    Capital expenditures (11,613 ) (7,169 ) (33,839 ) (18,895 )
    Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (30,500 )   -     (30,500 )   (83 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 9,302 (2,175 ) 232,470 (12,807 )
     
    Financing Activities
    Net repayments on revolving credit facilities and other debt - - (125,000 ) -
    Principal repayments on term loan - (2,500 ) - (5,000 )
    Purchase of treasury shares (74,057 ) (4,849 ) (183,152 ) (13,670 )
    Payment of contingent acquisition consideration (832 ) (2,202 ) (1,585 ) (3,552 )
    Stock option exercises and related tax benefits 4,046 7,933 29,849 18,705
    Cash dividend   -     -     (2,919 )   (2,911 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (70,843 ) (1,618 ) (282,807 ) (6,428 )
     
    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (154 )   (1,559 )   2,790     (3,801 )
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (25,392 ) 70,595 25,639 93,234
    Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   155,017     90,823     103,986     68,184  
    Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 129,625   $ 161,418   $ 129,625   $ 161,418  


     
     
    ACTUANT CORPORATION
    SUPPLEMENTAL UNAUDITED DATA FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
    (Dollars in thousands)
                               
    FISCAL 2013FISCAL 2014
    Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4   TOTALQ1   Q2   Q3   Q4   TOTAL
    SALES
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT $ 101,122 $ 98,999 $ 111,308 $ 111,191 $ 422,620 $ 98,641 $ 93,571 $ 109,809 $ 302,021
    ENERGY SEGMENT 90,769 80,794 99,158 92,651 363,372 107,925 106,031 125,231 339,187
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT   115,918       120,675       133,739       123,418       493,750     132,990       128,168       143,147           404,305  
    TOTAL $ 307,809     $ 300,468     $ 344,205     $ 327,260     $ 1,279,742   $ 339,556     $ 327,770     $ 378,187         $ 1,045,513  
     
    % SALES GROWTH
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 % -2 % -5 % -1 % -3 %
    ENERGY SEGMENT 13 % 2 % 3 % -1 % 4 % 19 % 31 % 26 % 25 %
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT -10 % -2 % -2 % 4 % -3 % 15 % 6 % 7 % 9 %
    TOTAL -1 % 0 % 0 % 2 % 0 % 10 % 9 % 10 % 10 %
     
    OPERATING PROFIT (LOSS)
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT $ 27,006 $ 26,350 $ 32,426 $ 31,862 $ 117,644 $ 26,897 $ 26,477 $ 34,123 $ 87,497
    ENERGY SEGMENT 15,387 9,677 19,736 18,480 63,280 8,923 9,504 19,936 38,363
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT 7,625 8,275 12,754 11,674 40,328 13,190 9,548 13,560 36,298
    CORPORATE / GENERAL   (6,544 )     (7,431 )     (7,874 )     (9,258 )     (31,107 )   (5,363 )     (6,548 )     (8,839 )         (20,750 )
    TOTAL $ 43,474     $ 36,871     $ 57,042     $ 52,758     $ 190,145   $ 43,647     $ 38,981     $ 58,780         $ 141,408  
     
    OPERATING PROFIT %
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT 26.7 % 26.6 % 29.1 % 28.7 % 27.8 % 27.3 % 28.3 % 31.1 % 29.0 %
    ENERGY SEGMENT 17.0 % 12.0 % 19.9 % 19.9 % 17.4 % 8.3 % 9.0 % 15.9 % 11.3 %
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT 6.6 % 6.9 % 9.5 % 9.5 % 8.2 % 9.9 % 7.4 % 9.5 % 9.0 %
    TOTAL (INCLUDING CORPORATE) 14.1 % 12.3 % 16.6 % 16.1 % 14.9 % 12.9 % 11.9 % 15.5 % 13.5 %
     
    EBITDA
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT $ 29,033 $ 28,471 $ 34,374 $ 33,742 $ 125,620 $ 28,657 $ 27,907 $ 35,426 $ 91,990
    ENERGY SEGMENT 19,694 14,278 23,977 22,185 80,134 17,923 18,130 27,898 63,951
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT 12,047 12,611 16,700 15,659 57,017 17,365 13,581 18,464 49,410
    CORPORATE / GENERAL   (6,195 )     (6,582 )     (7,556 )     (8,556 )     (28,889 )   (5,235 )     (6,202 )     (8,659 )         (20,096 )
    TOTAL $ 54,579     $ 48,778     $ 67,495     $ 63,030     $ 233,882   $ 58,710     $ 53,416     $ 73,129         $ 185,255  
     
    EBITDA %
    INDUSTRIAL SEGMENT 28.7 % 28.8 % 30.9 % 30.3 % 29.7 % 29.1 % 29.8 % 32.3 % 30.5 %
    ENERGY SEGMENT 21.7 % 17.7 % 24.2 % 23.9 % 22.1 % 16.6 % 17.1 % 22.3 % 18.9 %
    ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS SEGMENT 10.4 % 10.5 % 12.5 % 12.7 % 11.5 % 13.1 % 10.6 % 12.9 % 12.2 %
    TOTAL (INCLUDING CORPORATE) 17.7 % 16.2 % 19.6 % 19.3 % 18.3 % 17.3 % 16.3 % 19.3 % 17.7 %


                           
     
    ACTUANT CORPORATION
    SUPPLEMENTAL UNAUDITED DATA
    RECONCILIATION OF GAAP MEASURE TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
    (Dollars in thousands, except for per share amounts)
     
     
    FISCAL 2013FISCAL 2014
    Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4   TOTALQ1   Q2   Q3   Q4   TOTAL
    EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE SPECIAL ITEMS (1)
    NET EARNINGS (LOSS) $ 36,343 $ 28,435 $ (92,983 ) $ 58,253 $ 30,048 $ 36,037 $ 41,392 $ 50,557 $ 127,986
    LOSS (EARNINGS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAX   (5,792 )     (2,601 )     139,060       (13,138 )     117,529     (3,032 )     (19,088 )     -         (22,120 )
    EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 30,551 25,834 46,077 45,115 147,577 33,005 22,304 50,557 105,866
    INCOME TAX ADJUSTMENTS   -       -       -       (10,596 )     (10,596 )   -       -       -         -  
    TOTAL $ 30,551     $ 25,834     $ 46,077     $ 34,519     $ 136,981   $ 33,005     $ 22,304     $ 50,557       $ 105,866  
     

    DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE, BEFORE SPECIAL ITEMS (1)

    NET EARNINGS (LOSS) $ 0.49 $ 0.38 $ (1.24 ) $ 0.78 $ 0.40 $ 0.48 $ 0.56 0.70 $ 1.74
    LOSS (EARNINGS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAX   (0.08 )     (0.03 )     1.86       (0.18 )     1.58     (0.04 )     (0.26 )     -         (0.30 )
    EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 0.41 0.35 0.62 0.60 1.98 0.44 0.30 0.70 1.44
    INCOME TAX ADJUSTMENT   -       -       -       (0.14 )     (0.14 )   -       -       -         -  
    TOTAL $ 0.41     $ 0.35     $ 0.62     $ 0.46     $ 1.84   $ 0.44     $ 0.30     $ 0.70       $ 1.44  
     
     
    EBITDA (2)
    NET EARNINGS (LOSS) (GAAP MEASURE) $ 36,343 $ 28,435 $ (92,983 ) $ 58,253 $ 30,048 $ 36,037 $ 41,392 $ 50,557 $ 127,986
    LOSS (EARNINGS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF INCOME TAX   (5,792 )     (2,601 )     139,060       (13,138 )     117,529     (3,032 )     (19,088 )     -         (22,120 )
    EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 30,551 25,834 46,077 45,115 147,577 33,005 22,304 50,557 105,866
    FINANCING COSTS, NET 6,322 6,260 6,229 6,026 24,837 6,750 6,262 5,932 18,944
    INCOME TAX EXPENSE 5,957 4,814 3,825 776 15,372 2,751 9,089 1,671 13,511
    DEPRECIATION & AMORTIZATION   11,749       11,870       11,364       11,113       46,096     16,204       15,761       14,969         46,934  
    EBITDA - EXCLUDING DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (NON-GAAP MEASURE) $ 54,579     $ 48,778     $ 67,495     $ 63,030     $ 233,882   $ 58,710     $ 53,416     $ 73,129       $ 185,255  
     
    FOOTNOTES
     
    NOTE: The total of the individual quarters may not equal the annual total due to rounding.
     
    (1) Earnings (loss) and diluted earnings (loss) per share, excluding special items (income tax adjustments and discontinued operations), represent net earnings (loss) and diluted earnings (loss) per share per the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations net of charges or credits for items to be highlighted for comparability purposes. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings (loss) or diluted earnings (loss) per share as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. However, this presentation is important to investors for understanding the operating results of the current portfolio of Actuant companies. The total of the individual components may not equal due to rounding.
     
    (2) EBITDA represents net earnings (loss) before financing costs, net, income tax expense, discontinued operations and depreciation & amortization. EBITDA is not a calculation based upon generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The amounts included in the EBITDA calculation, however, are derived from amounts included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings data. EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings or operating profit as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or as an alternative to operating cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Actuant has presented EBITDA because it regularly reviews this as a measure of the Company's ability to incur and service debt. In addition, EBITDA is used by many of our investors and lenders, and is presented as a convenience to them. However, the EBITDA measure presented may not always be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the components of the calculation.





    Actuant Corporation

    Karen Bauer

    Communications & Investor Relations Leader

    262-293-1562

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