BLOOMINGTON, Minn.–The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today reported results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2021.
“We delivered record results in the quarter, with continued momentum across our professional and residential segments,” said Richard M. Olson, chairman and chief executive officer. “Sales grew at a robust pace, and earnings grew at nearly twice the sales growth rate. These excellent results point to a strong overall demand environment and continued favorable reception of our innovative products, along with our ability to successfully manage the dynamic supply chain environment and execute well operationally. Our team and channel partners delivered these results while remaining focused on serving our customers and keeping each other safe.
“Sales of professional products connected to golf, landscape contractor, and irrigation markets, as well as residential zero-turn riding mowers and Flex-Force battery-powered product offerings, drove growth in the second quarter,” continued Olson. “Our expanding line of battery-powered products across residential and professional markets continues to underscore our commitment to offering sustainable solutions.
“As we capitalize on robust demand in an increasingly dynamic operating environment, we remain committed to positioning the company for the future,” added Olson. “We are actively prioritizing investments in key technology areas such as alternative power, smart connected and autonomous, and ensuring we have capacity to meet future growth.”
SECOND-QUARTER FISCAL 2021 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
- Net sales of $1.15 billion, up 23.6% from $929.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
- Net earnings of $142.2 million, up 44.4% from $98.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020; *adjusted net earnings of $140.3 million, up 40.1% from $100.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
- Reported EPS of $1.31 per diluted share, up 44.0% from $0.91 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2020; *adjusted EPS of $1.29 per diluted share, up 40.2% from $0.92 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
YEAR-TO-DATE FISCAL 2021 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
- Net sales of $2.02 billion, up 19.2% from $1.70 billion in the same prior-year period.
- Net earnings of $253.5 million, up 50.4% from $168.5 million in the same prior-year period; *adjusted net earnings of $233.5 million, up 37.5% from $169.8 million in the first six months of fiscal 2020.
- Reported EPS of $2.32 per diluted share, up 49.7% from $1.55 per diluted share in the same prior-year period; *adjusted EPS of $2.14 per diluted share, up 37.2% from $1.56 per diluted share in the first six months of fiscal 2020.
- Deployed $100.0 million to pay down debt and returned $163.8 million to shareholders through regular dividends of $56.6 million and share repurchases of $107.2 million. As of April 30, 2021, the company had ample liquidity of $1.1 billion.
“As we look ahead to the second half of the year, we are encouraged by the positive demand trends across our businesses, the enthusiastic customer response to innovative new product offerings, and the benefits from our productivity and synergy initiatives. At the same time, the escalation of supply chain and inflationary pressure is likely to create near-term headwinds. We anticipate the impact of this pressure to be most pronounced in the third quarter, before mitigating actions can be more fully realized. All in, we expect enhanced operating performance for the full fiscal year. Our sharp focus on The Toro Company’s enterprise strategic priorities of accelerating profitable growth, driving productivity and operational excellence, and empowering people positions us well to navigate through these dynamic times and capitalize on our unique position in key growth markets,” concluded Olson.
The company is raising its full-year fiscal 2021 guidance, and now expects total net sales growth in the range of 12.0% to 15.0% and *adjusted EPS in the range of $3.45 to $3.55 per diluted share. The company’s updated guidance is based on management’s current visibility, and reflects expectations of a continuing increased demand environment, as well as escalation of supply chain disruption and inflation. The *adjusted diluted EPS guidance range excludes the benefit of the excess tax deduction for stock-based compensation and the net impact of certain legal settlements.
FISCAL SECOND-QUARTER SEGMENT RESULTS
- Professional segment net sales for the second quarter were $828.4 million, up 25.3% compared with $661.1 million in the same period last year. The increase was largely driven by strong demand for golf, landscape contractor, irrigation, and rental and specialty construction products, slightly offset by decreased sales of underground construction equipment.
- Professional segment earnings for the second quarter were $167.1 million, up 57.3% compared with $106.3 million in the same period last year, and when expressed as a percentage of net sales, up 410 basis points to 20.2% from 16.1%. The increase was primarily driven by productivity improvements, including COVID-related manufacturing inefficiencies in the second quarter of last year that did not repeat, net price realization and volume leverage, partially offset by higher commodity costs.
- Residential segment net sales for the second quarter were $315.0 million, up 20.2% compared with $262.0 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to strong retail demand for zero-turn riding mowers and expanded Flex-Force battery-powered product offerings, as well as snow equipment, due to late season snowstorms and enhanced retail placement.
- Residential segment earnings for the second quarter were $46.0 million, up 23.9% compared with $37.1 million in the same period last year, and when expressed as a percentage of net sales, up 40 basis points to 14.6% from 14.2%. The increase was largely driven by productivity improvements, including COVID-related manufacturing inefficiencies in the second quarter of last year that did not repeat, net price realization and product mix, partially offset by higher commodity costs.
Gross margin for the second quarter was 35.1%, up 210 basis points compared with 33.0% for the same prior-year period. *Adjusted gross margin for the second quarter was 35.1%, up 170 basis points compared with 33.4% for the prior-year period. The increases in gross margin and adjusted gross margin were primarily due to productivity improvements, including COVID-related manufacturing inefficiencies in the second quarter of last year that did not repeat, net price realization and product mix, partially offset by higher commodity costs.
SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales for the second quarter decreased 10 basis points to 19.4% from 19.5% in the prior-year period. The decrease was primarily due to volume leverage and reduced indirect marketing expenses, partially offset by higher incentives due to improved performance and the reinstatement of certain costs that had been part of the company’s fiscal 2020 pandemic-driven expense reductions.
Operating earnings as a percentage of net sales increased 220 basis points to 15.7% for the second quarter. *Adjusted operating earnings as a percentage of net sales increased 170 basis points to 15.7% for the second quarter.
Interest expense was down $1.5 million for the second quarter to $7.1 million, driven by lower debt levels and decreased interest rates.
The effective tax rate for the second quarter was 19.8% compared with 18.9% for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The *adjusted effective tax rate for the second quarter was 20.9% compared with 20.0% for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The increases in the effective tax rate and adjusted effective tax rate were primarily driven by the geographic mix of earnings.
*Non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the tables provided for a reconciliation of historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures.
LIVE CONFERENCE CALL
June 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT
The Toro Company will conduct its earnings call and webcast for investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT on June 3, 2021. The webcast will be available at www.thetorocompany.com/invest. Webcast participants will need to complete a brief registration form and should allocate extra time before the webcast begins to register and, if necessary, install audio software.
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility construction, rental and specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $3.4 billion in fiscal 2020, The Toro Company’s global presence extends to more than 125 countries through a family of brands that includes Toro, Ditch Witch, Exmark, BOSS Snowplow, Ventrac, American Augers, Subsite Electronics, HammerHead, Trencor, Unique Lighting Systems, Irritrol, Hayter, Pope, Perrot, Lawn-Boy and Radius HDD. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, The Toro Company and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers work on golf courses, sports fields, construction sites, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural operations. For more information, visit www.thetorocompany.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release and our related earnings call references certain non-GAAP financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as information supplemental and in addition to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures included within this press release and our related earnings call that are utilized as measures of our operating performance consist of gross profit, gross margin, operating earnings, earnings before income taxes, net earnings, net earnings per diluted share, and the effective tax rate, each as adjusted. The non-GAAP financial measures included within this press release and our related earnings call that are utilized as measures of our liquidity consist of free cash flow, and free cash flow conversion percentage.
The Toro Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making operating decisions and assessing liquidity because it believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding core operational performance and liquidity and provide the company with a better understanding of how to allocate resources to both ongoing and prospective business initiatives. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate its internal comparisons for both historical operating results and competitors’ operating results by factoring out potential differences caused by charges not related to its regular ongoing business, including, without limitation, non-cash charges, certain large and unpredictable charges, acquisitions and dispositions, and tax positions. Further, the company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered in conjunction with the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, provide investors with useful supplemental financial information to better understand its core operational performance and liquidity.
Reconciliations of historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures are included in the financial tables contained in this press release. These non-GAAP financial measures, however, should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the U.S. GAAP financial measures included within this press release and the company’s related earnings call. These non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies.
The Toro Company cannot provide quantitative reconciliations of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided herein or in its related earnings call without unreasonable effort because the combined effect and timing of recognition of potential charges or gains is inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. In addition, since any adjustments could have a substantial effect on U.S. GAAP measures of financial performance, such quantitative reconciliations would imply a degree of precision and certainty that could be confusing to investors. From a qualitative perspective, it is anticipated that the differences between the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure will consist of items similar to those described in the financial tables later in this release, including, for example, acquisition-related costs, management actions and tax impact of stock-based compensation.
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