Titan Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

Titan International announces its second quarter 2011 results, which shows an increase in revenue and earnings.

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Second quarter summary:

  • Sales for second quarter 2011 set an all-time record at $404.4 million up 76%, compared to $229.7 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Gross profit for second quarter 2011 was record-setting at $63.9 million up 88%, compared to $33.9 million in 2010.
  • Second quarter income from operations was a record $44.0 million up 152%, compared to $17.4 million last year.
  • Net income for the second quarter set a record at $25.3 million, compared to $4.6 million in the second quarter of last year.
  • Earnings per common basic share for the second quarter were $0.60 per share up 362%, compared to $0.13 in the second quarter of last year.

Statement of Chief Executive Officer:

“I told everyone last quarter that everything was going well, but I didn’t think the Titan team would be moving this quickly,” states Maurice M. Taylor Jr., Chairman and CEO. “The forecast I made in May is too low for sales and EBITDA.

I was sent a copy of a report that talked about advance shipments before the quarter ended. Titan is building all of its wheels and tires to order and the order deck has never been this large. If anyone would like a tour, I would be happy to show them around our factories to see how we operate.

“Farm, earthmover and construction are all going up. Natural rubber and synthetic rubber are still rising in cost. Our announced price increase will bring our margins back to first quarter for North America. Our Goodyear South American purchase is doing better than we thought it would. When you look at their numbers, remember two thirds of the revenue is at cost. The equipment we will be shipping to them will increase their sales and profit. Titan expects real growth and profit from South America in 2012.”

Taylor announces, “The Goodyear Europe acquisition has a drop dead timeline of November 3, 2011. If Goodyear and the trade unions agree, then I believe Titan has the opportunity to add approximately $400 million in revenue in 2012 out of this facility.

“Titan’s testing and improvements of our new generation III and IV tires in the super giant class continue to enhance our product performance. We expect shipment of tires in this class to increase during the second half of 2011. We have added new employees to all five of Titan’s North American factories and we expect to have a strong second half. The hard work for the last few years is paying off and I’m happy for our shareholders and all the Titan employees who are very proud of what they have accomplished.

“The numbers for the last two quarters have proven if there is strong demand, we will grow and perform. I know we surprised a few people but we have a lot going now and we have proven without a doubt that we are moving like a rocket. The goal is to stay in orbit and not come back down.”

Year-to-date summary:

  • June 2011 year-to-date sales were $685.3 million, compared to $426.1 million in 2010.
  • June 2011 year-to-date gross profit was $120.2 million, compared to $60.0 million in 2010.
  • Income from operations for the first six months of 2011 was $70.8 million, compared to $27.6 million year-to-date 2010.
  • A noncash convertible debt charge of $16.1 million was recognized in conjunction with the first quarter exchange of $59.6 million in convertible notes for 6.6 million shares of Company stock.
  • Year-to-date net income was $22.2 million, compared to $6.6 million in 2010.

Financial overview:

Sales: Titan recorded sales of $404.4 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to second quarter 2010 sales of $229.7 million. The increase of 76% in revenue was the result of continual strong demand in each of our market segments as well as the April acquisition of the Goodyear Latin American farm tire business including the Sao Paulo, Brazil manufacturing facility. Net sales for the first half of 2011 were $685.3 million, compared to $426.1 million in the first half of 2010.

Gross profit: For the second quarter of 2011, gross profit was 15.8% of net sales, compared to 14.8% of net sales for the second quarter of 2010. Year-to-date gross profit was $120.2 million, or 17.5% of sales for 2011, as compared to $60.0 million or 14.1% of sales for 2010. Gross profit margin benefitted from improved plant utilization resulting from the higher sales levels.

Selling, general and administrative expenses: SG&A expenses for the second quarter of 2011 were $16.6 million or 4.1% of net sales, compared to $ 12.2 million or 5.3% in 2010. The lower SG&A expenses as a percent of sales for the quarter were primarily the result of the decrease in the accrual for the CEO special performance award due to the drop in the Company’s stock price for the quarter and the absence of selling and marketing expenses related to the supply agreement sales. Expenses for SG&A for the six months ended June 30, 2011, were $41.9 million or 6.1% of net sales, compared to $24.0 million or 5.6% in 2010.

Income from operations: For the second quarter of 2011, income from operations was $44.0 million, or 10.9% of net sales, compared to $17.4 million, or 7.6% of net sales, in 2010. Year-to-date income from operations was $70.8 million, or 10.3% of net sales in 2011, compared to $27.6 million, or 6.5% of net sales in 2010.

Interest expense: Interest expense was $6.1 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $6.8 million in 2010. Year-to-date interest expense was $12.4 million and $13.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The company’s interest expense year-to-date 2011 decreased from the previous year primarily as a result of the exchange agreement for $59.6 million of 5.625% convertible senior subordinated notes completed in the first quarter of 2011.

Noncash convertible debt conversion charge: The Company closed an exchange agreement converting approximately $59.6 million of the 5.625% convertible notes into approximately 6.6 million shares of the Company’s common stock. In connection with the exchanges, the company recognized a noncash charge of $16.1 million.

Earnings per share: For the second quarter of 2011, basic earnings per share were $.60 and diluted earnings per share were $.49, as compared to basic and fully diluted earnings per share of $.13 and $.12 in 2010 respectively. Year-to-date earnings per share for 2011, on an adjusted basis, was $1.02 and $.83 basic and fully diluted, respectively. Earnings per share for 2010 were $.19 for both basic and fully diluted earnings per share.

Capital expenditures: Titan’s capital expenditures were $6.7 million for the second quarter of 2011 and $8.2 million for 2010. Year-to-date expenditures were $10.2 million for 2011 and $11.7 million for 2010.

Debt balance: Total debt was $317.9 million at June 30, 2011, compared to the balance at December 31, 2010 of $373.6 million. The reduction in debt is related to the exchange agreement in the first quarter 2011 to convert approximately $59.6 million of 5.625% convertible notes into approximately 6.6 million shares of the Company’s common stock.  

Equity balance: The Company’s stockholders’ equity increased $120.4 million to $398.7 million at June 30, 2011 from $278.3 million at December 31, 2010.

Form 10-Q: For additional information and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, see the company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 2011.

Acquisition of Goodyear’s Latin America Farm Tire Business:

On April 1, 2011, Titan closed on the acquisition of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Latin American farm tire business for approximately $98.6 million U.S. dollars, subject to post-closing conditions and adjustments. The transaction includes Goodyear’s Sao Paulo, Brazil manufacturing plant, property, equipment; inventories; a licensing agreement that allows Titan to sell Goodyear-brand farm tires in Latin America for seven years; and extends the North American licensing agreement for seven years.

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