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Badger Meter Reports Second Quarter Results


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Badger Meter Reports Second Quarter Results

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Badger Meter, Inc. (NYS: BMI) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Net sales were a record $88,341,000 for the second quarter of 2013, a 7.8% increase from sales of $81,974,000 for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Net earnings were $6,281,000 for the second quarter of 2013, a 15.6% decrease from net earnings of $7,442,000 for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.44 for the second quarter of 2013, a 15.4% decrease from diluted earnings per share of $0.52 for the second quarter of 2012.

First Half 2013 Highlights

  • Net sales were $160,149,000 for the first half of 2013, a 1.2% increase from sales of $158,207,000 for the first half of 2012.
  • Net earnings were $9,188,000 for the first half of 2013, a 32.9% decrease from net earnings of $13,691,000 for the first half of 2012.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.64 for the first half of 2013, a 31.9% decrease from diluted earnings per share of $0.94 for the first half of 2012.

Operations Review

"The record sales in the second quarter reflected higher volumes in both our municipal water and industrial product lines. However, this increase did not translate into higher margins due to product mix," said Richard A. Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter. The gross profit margin was 33.8% for the second quarter of 2013, compared to 36.8% for the same period in the prior year.

In addition to the lower margin, Meeusen said several other factors contributed to the decrease in net earnings for the quarter. These include a $750,000 non-cash pension charge and a $350,000 legal settlement charge related to a product the company no longer sells. Together, these charges totaled approximately $0.05 per diluted share. He noted that the tax rate for the second quarter of 2013 was 36.1%, compared to 33.1% for the same period last year. The second quarter 2012 tax rate benefited from a favorable audit of prior returns, which had a positive impact of $0.03 per diluted share.

Meeusen said the company introduced two new products during the second quarter. "We expanded our E-Series® ultrasonic meter line with a polymer version that is a lower-cost alternative to our already successful stainless steel E-Series meters for residential and commercial water metering applications. Our solid-state E-Series technology continues to gain traction with customers because of its added features and smaller size," said Meeusen.

The company also launched the latest enhancements of its ReadCenter® software, a key component of the Badger Meter Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) system. The new software, ReadCenter AnalyticsPro and ReadCenter Analytics+, provides water and gas utilities with easy access to timely metrics and information to help them more efficiently monitor and manage their operations.

"We are continuing to pursue opportunities with customers of Elster AMCO Water, LLC, which exited the mechanical water meter business in North America as of June 30. Elster selected Badger Meter as the recommended supplier for these customers going forward. While this program is still in the early stages, we believe it provides excellent opportunities to increase our market share," said Meeusen.

He also noted that the integration of Aquacue, Inc., a small software technology company acquired on April 1, has been completed. "We expect to introduce new products incorporating Aquacue's water management data software beginning in early 2014," said Meeusen.


"In recent quarters we've benefited, and expect to continue to benefit, from lower copper costs. And after a weak first quarter, we are seeing strong order entries and a solid backlog at the end of the second quarter. We believe our customers have begun to return to normal buying patterns, contributing to our optimism for the remainder of the year," added Meeusen.

Conference Call and Webcast

Badger Meter management will hold a conference call to discuss the company's 2013 second quarter results on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:00 AM Central/11:00 AM Eastern time. Interested parties can listen to the call live on the Internet through the company's Web site: www.badgermeter.com or by dialing 1-888-680-0869 and entering the passcode 76859488. Listeners should dial in to the call at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call or should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. Participants may pre-register for the call at https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PV9DVT8EN. Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection. In addition, the Webcast is also available through Thomson's investor portals. Individual investors can listen to the call at www.earnings.com, Thomson/CCBN's individual investor portal, powered by StreetEvents. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson's password-protected event management site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com).

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, July 26, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and entering the passcode 97775920. The Webcast will be archived on the company's Web site until its next earnings release.

About Badger Meter

The core competency of Badger Meter is flow measurement solutions. The company is a leading innovator, manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement and control products, serving water and gas utilities, municipalities and industrial customers worldwide. Measuring a variety of liquids from water to oil and lubricants in industrial processes, the company's products are known for their high degree of accuracy, long-lasting durability and their ability to provide valuable and timely measurement information to customers.

Certain statements contained in this news release, as well as other information provided from time to time by Badger Meter, Inc. (the "Company") or its employees, may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "think," "should," "could" and "objective" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. All such forward looking statements are based on the Company's then current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. Some risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward looking statements include those described in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 that include, among other things:

  • the continued shift in the Company's business from lower cost, manually read meters toward more expensive, value-added automatic meter reading (AMR) systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems and advanced metering analytics (AMA) systems that offer more comprehensive solutions to customers' metering needs;
  • the success or failure of newer Company products;
  • changes in competitive pricing and bids in both the domestic and foreign marketplaces, and particularly in continued intense price competition on government bid contracts for lower cost, manually read meters;
  • the actions (or lack thereof) of the Company's competitors;
  • changes in the Company's relationships with its alliance partners, primarily its alliance partners that provide radio solutions, and particularly those that sell products that do or may compete with the Company's products;
  • changes in the general health of the United States and foreign economies, including to some extent such things as the length and severity of global economic downturns, the ability of municipal water utility customers to authorize and finance purchases of the Company's products, the Company's ability to obtain financing, housing starts in the United States, and overall industrial activity;
  • unusual weather and other natural phenomena, including related economic and other ancillary effects of any such events;
  • the timing and impact of government programs to stimulate national and global economies;
  • changes in the cost and/or availability of needed raw materials and parts, such as volatility in the cost of brass castings as a result of fluctuations in commodity prices, particularly for copper and scrap metal at the supplier level, foreign-sourced electronic components as a result of currency exchange fluctuations and/or lead times, and plastic resin as a result of changes in petroleum and natural gas prices;
  • the Company's expanded role as a prime contractor for providing complete connectivity systems to governmental entities, which brings with it added risks, including but not limited to, the Company's responsibility for subcontractor performance, additional costs and expenses if the Company and its subcontractors fail to meet the timetable agreed to with the governmental entity, and the Company's expanded warranty and performance obligations;
  • the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses or products;
  • changes in foreign economic conditions, particularly currency fluctuations in the United States dollar, the Euro and the Mexican peso;
  • the loss of certain single-source suppliers; and
  • changes in laws and regulations, particularly laws dealing with the use of lead (which can be used in the manufacture of certain meters incorporating brass housings) and the United States Federal Communications Commission rules affecting the use and/or licensing of radio frequencies necessary for radio products.

All of these factors are beyond the Company's control to varying degrees. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward looking statements contained in this news release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward looking statements. The forward looking statements made in this document are made only as of the date of this document and the Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update any such forward looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Badger Meter company news is available 24 hours a day, on-line at: http://www.badgermeter.com.

(in thousands, except earnings per share data)

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

June 30,   June 30, June 30,   June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales $ 88,341 $ 81,974 $ 160,149 $ 158,207
Cost of sales 58,495 51,773 105,266 99,142
Gross margin 29,846 30,201 54,883 59,065
Sales, engineering and administration 19,686 18,846 39,998 37,522
Operating earnings 10,160 11,355 14,885 21,543
Interest expense


238 580 443
Earnings before income taxes 9,828 11,117 14,305 21,100
Provision for income taxes 3,547 3,675 5,117 7,409
Net earnings $ 6,281 $ 7,442 $ 9,188 $ 13,691
Earnings per share amounts:
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.52 $ 0.64 $ 0.94
Diluted $ 0.44 $ 0.52 $ 0.64 $ 0.94
Shares used in computation of earnings per share:
Basic 14,365,536 14,234,900 14,345,143 14,527,328
Diluted 14,430,999 14,307,232 14,426,949 14,596,113

(in thousands)


  June 30,   December 31,



Cash $ 2,714 $ 6,554
Receivables 52,702 45,584
Inventories 53,614 60,997
Other current assets 7,415 8,239
Total current assets 116,445 121,374
Net property, plant and equipment 71,549 70,484
Intangible assets, at cost less accumulated amortization 61,416 58,351
Other long-term assets 5,712 4,314
Goodwill 46,641 35,930
Total assets $ 301,763 $ 290,453


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Short-term debt $ 66,230 $ 66,730
Payables 20,308 15,551
Accrued compensation and employee benefits 6,525 9,821
Other liabilities 2,972 1,978
Total current liabilities 96,035 94,080
Deferred income taxes 10,787 8,692
Long-term employee benefits and other 17,081 16,434
Shareholders' equity 177,860 171,247
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 301,763 $ 290,453

Badger Meter, Inc.
Joan C. Zimmer, (414) 371-5702

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