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Regal Beloit Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

August 1, 2014



ENP Newswire - 01 August 2014

Release date- 30072014 - BELOIT, WI - Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) today reported financial results for the second quarter 2014.

Net sales for the second quarter 2014 were $850.4 million compared to $822.0 million for the second quarter 2013.

Net income for the second quarter 2014 was $56.2 million compared to $51.1 million for the second quarter 2013. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter 2014 were $1.24 compared to $1.13 for the second quarter 2013. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.27 for the second quarter 2014 compared to $1.13 for the second quarter 2013.

'Regal had solid results in the second quarter driven by growth in our residential HVAC, European, global power generation and mechanical businesses as well as overall operational improvements in key businesses,' said Regal Chairman and CEO Mark Gliebe. 'During the quarter, we announced further plans to simplify our manufacturing footprint and we announced the acquisition of Benshaw, a manufacturer of motor starters and custom drives. Benshaw is a good fit with our C&I and Unico businesses and represents our continuing efforts to be a consistent and successful acquirer.'

NET SALES

Electrical segment net sales in the second quarter 2014 included $31.8 million from businesses acquired within the last year. North American residential HVAC net sales increased 3.3% for the second quarter 2014 compared to the second quarter 2013. North American commercial and industrial motor net sales decreased 2.7% for the second quarter 2014 compared to the second quarter 2013. The decrease was primarily driven by weaker demand from both commercial and industrial refrigeration as well as irrigation.

Mechanical segment net sales in North America increased 2.6% for the second quarter 2014 compared to the second quarter 2013, with growth in a number of businesses including Milwaukee Gear. Foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted total net sales by 0.4% for the second quarter 2014 compared to the second quarter 2013, excluding the businesses acquired within the last year. In the second quarter 2014, sales of high efficiency products increased 4.4% and represented 20.0% of total net sales.

Excluding the impact of the businesses acquired in the last twelve months, net sales to regions outside the United States decreased 0.8% compared to second quarter 2013, and represented 33.6% of net sales. Foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted international sales by 1.2% for the second quarter 2014 compared to the second quarter 2013.

GROSS PROFIT

Electrical segment gross profit for the second quarter 2014 included $3.3 million of restructuring expenses and $0.3 million of purchase accounting adjustments from the acquired businesses. Second quarter 2013 Electrical segment gross profit included $1.0 million of restructuring expenses as well as $3.6 million higher inventory costs due to the Venezuelan currency devaluation, partially offset by a LIFO benefit of $2.1 million resulting from lower commodity costs.

OPERATING EXPENSES

For the second quarter 2014, Electrical segment operating expenses included (i) an incremental $5.0 million from the businesses acquired within the last year, (ii) $0.6 million of acquisition related costs, and (iii) $0.3 million of restructuring expenses, partially offset by a $2.0 million gain on the disposal of real estate. Second quarter 2013 included $2.9 million of acquisition related costs, bad debt expense of $1.4 million and $0.4 million of restructuring expenses, recorded primarily in the Electrical segment.

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

The effective tax rate for the second quarter 2014 was 26.5% compared to 25.0% for the second quarter 2013. The change from the prior year was primarily driven by an increase in the Mexican statutory tax rate in 2014 and a 2013 retroactive benefit of $0.9 million from the qualification for a China high technology incentive.

For the second quarter 2014, net cash provided by operating activities was $99.5 million. For the second quarter 2014, free cash flow represented 140.4% of net income attributable to Regal Beloit. Gliebe continued, 'In the third quarter, we expect modest growth in our HVAC businesses, strength in our mechanical business and relatively flat performance in our commercial and industrial businesses.

Overall, we anticipate modest organic revenue growth in the third quarter but we expect operating margin headwinds from lower sales and profits in our Venezuelan operations and a delay in the benefits from one of our manufacturing plant transitions. In the third quarter, we expect diluted earnings per share to be $1.05 to $1.13. Adding back $0.05 of estimated restructuring expenses and $0.02 of purchase accounting adjustments, adjusted diluted earnings per share is expected to be $1.12 to $1.20.'

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

The following is a cautionary statement made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

With the exception of historical facts, the statements contained in this press release may be forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent our management's judgment regarding future events. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as 'may,' 'will,' 'plan,' 'expect,' 'anticipate,' 'estimate,' 'believe,' or 'continue' or the negative of these terms or other similar words.

Actual results and events could differ materially and adversely from those contained in the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including: uncertainties regarding our ability to execute our restructuring plans within expected costs and timing; actions taken by our competitors and our ability to effectively compete in the increasingly competitive global electric motor, power generation and mechanical motion control industries; our ability to develop new products based on technological innovation and the marketplace acceptance of new and existing products; fluctuations in commodity prices and raw material costs; our dependence on significant customers; issues and costs arising from the integration of acquired companies and businesses, including the timing and impact of purchase accounting adjustments; unanticipated costs or expenses we may incur related to product warranty issues; our dependence on key suppliers and the potential effects of supply disruptions; infringement of our intellectual property by third parties, challenges to our intellectual property, and claims of infringement by us of third party technologies; increases in our overall debt levels as a result of acquisitions or otherwise and our ability to repay principal and interest on our outstanding debt; product liability and other litigation, or the failure of our products to perform as anticipated, particularly in high volume applications; economic changes in global markets where we do business, such as reduced demand for the products we sell, currency exchange rates, inflation rates, interest rates, recession, foreign government policies and other external factors that we cannot control; unanticipated liabilities of acquired businesses; cyclical downturns affecting the global market for capital goods; difficulties associated with managing foreign operations and other risks and uncertainties including but not limited to those described in Item 1A-Risk Factors of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2014 and from time to time in our reports filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the applicable cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements included in this presentation are made only as of their respective dates, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

CONTACT:

John Perino

Investor Relations

Tel: 608-361-7501

Email: john.perino@regalbeloit.com


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