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BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION ANNOUNCES 3Q RESULTS
Source: Briggs & Stratton Corporation press release

Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) has announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter and first nine months ended March 31, 2013.

Highlights:
•Third quarter fiscal 2013 consolidated net sales were $637.3 million, or 11.5% lower than the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
•Fiscal 2013 third quarter consolidated net income excluding restructuring charges was $43.9 million, or $5.6 million lower than the adjusted net income of $49.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
•The Company's restructuring program started in fiscal 2012 achieved pre-tax savings of $28.8 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2013.
•The Company recorded pre-tax restructuring charges of $6.6 million ($5.4 million after tax or $0.11 per diluted share) during the third quarter of fiscal 2013.

"We continue to see soft demand across international markets for engines and products due to macroeconomic concerns weighing on the minds of consumers and unfavorable weather conditions particularly in Australasia. Brazil continues to be a bright spot for growing our international products business as our Branco acquisition is performing as anticipated," commented Todd Teske, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. "Here in the U.S., the spring lawn and garden season has been delayed by at least a few weeks due to a prolonged cold and wet spring in many parts of the country. This is significantly different from last year when we had an unusually early start to spring with very warm weather across the country. The drought that impacted our industry so significantly last season appears to be improving east of the Mississippi River which is encouraging for the upcoming season. Despite a later start to spring compared to last year, we are optimistic that the U.S. market will be in line with our anticipated growth projections of 4 to 6%."

Consolidated Results:

Consolidated net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $637.3 million, a decrease of $82.8 million or 11.5% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2013 third quarter consolidated net income including restructuring charges was $38.5 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. The third quarter of fiscal 2012 consolidated net income including restructuring charges was $39.9 million, or $0.80 per diluted share. Sales of engines and products to international regions decreased by approximately $37 million compared to last years' third quarter. The majority of the remaining decrease in sales in the quarter was due to our decision to no longer sell lawn and garden products to large mass retailers in the U.S.

Included in consolidated net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were pre-tax charges of $6.6 million ($5.4 million after tax or $0.11 per diluted share) related to previously announced restructuring actions. Included in consolidated net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were pre-tax charges of $19.8 million ($9.6 million after tax or $0.19 per diluted share) also related to the restructuring actions. After considering the impact of the restructuring charges, the adjusted consolidated net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $43.9 million or $0.89 per diluted share, which was $5.6 million or $0.10 per diluted share lower compared to the third quarter fiscal 2012 adjusted consolidated net income of $49.5 million or $0.99 per diluted share.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2013, consolidated net sales were $1.385 billion, a decrease of $180.0 million or 11.5% when compared to the same period a year ago. Consolidated net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 was $21.4 million or $0.44 per diluted share. Consolidated net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $37.4 million or $0.74 per diluted share.

Included in consolidated net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 were pre-tax charges of $18.4 million ($13.0 million after tax or $0.27 per diluted share) related to the aforementioned restructuring actions. Included in consolidated net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 were pre-tax charges of $19.8 million ($9.6 million after tax or $0.19 per diluted share) also related to the restructuring actions. After considering the impact of the restructuring charges, adjusted consolidated net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 was $34.4 million or $0.71 per diluted share, which was a decrease of $12.6 million or $0.22 per diluted share compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2012 adjusted consolidated net income of $47.0 million or $0.93 per diluted share.