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January 09, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AZZ

AZZ incorporated Reports Year-To-Date and Third Quarter Results of Fiscal - Year 2009 Friday January 9, 2009, 5:00 am EST http://finance.yahoo.com/news/AZZ-incorporated-Reports-prnews-14012315.html

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For the nine months when compared to the prior year - Revenues Increase 28%, Net Income up 58%, Earnings per share Increase 57% and Backlog is up 33%

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Fiscal 2009 EPS Guidance is increased

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AZZ incorporated (NYSE: AZZ - News), a manufacturer of electrical products and a provider of galvanizing services today announced unaudited financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended November 30, 2008. Revenues for the third quarter increased 26 percent to $108.9 million, compared to $86.6 million for the same period last year. Net income for the third quarter increased 34 percent to $10.8 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.1 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in last year's fiscal third quarter.

For the nine-month period, the Company reported revenues of $312.1 million, an increase of 28 percent compared to $243.6 million for the comparable period last year. Net income for the nine months rose 58 percent to $32.2 million, or $2.62 per diluted share, compared to $20.4 million, or $1.67 per diluted share for the comparable nine-month period last year.

The unaudited financial results for the three and nine month periods ended November 30, 2008, were favorably impacted by the acquisition of AAA Galvanizing, Inc. acquired on March 31, 2008 and the acquisition of Blenkhorn & Sawle Ltd. on June 30, 2008.

Backlog at the end of the third quarter was a record setting $195.3 million versus $147.1 million at November 30, 2007, an increase of 33 percent. Backlog at the end of the second quarter was $190.8 million. Incoming orders for the third quarter totaled $113.3 million while shipments totaled $108.9 million resulting in a book to ship ratio of 104 percent. For the first nine months, orders totaled $359.2 million while shipments totaled $312.1 million, resulting in a year-to-date book to ship ratio of 115 percent. Incoming orders for the first nine months increased 33 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. Based upon current customer requested delivery dates and our planned production schedule, 34 percent of our backlog is expected to ship in the current fiscal year. Of our $195.3 million backlog, 35 percent is to be delivered outside of the U.S.

Revenues for the Electrical and Industrial Products Segment increased 20 percent to $62 million for the third quarter, compared to $51.5 million in the previous year's third quarter. Operating income for this segment was $10.4 million, compared to $8.0 million in the third quarter of last year, an increase of 30 percent. For the first nine months, revenues increased 21 percent to $165.9 million and operating income increased 26 percent to $28.1 million compared to $137.5 and $22.3 million, respectively, for the first nine months of the prior year.

David H. Dingus, president and chief executive officer, commented, "The results of the third quarter for this segment closely mirror those of the excellent results of the first and second quarters of FY 2009. Strong order levels for our Electrical and Industrial Products Segment continued in the third quarter. New orders were balanced across our power generation, transmission and distribution, and industrial products. While there is future potential for some order delays due to the economic and credit conditions, to date we have seen only isolated cases domestically where delays have been implemented. The leverage gained from improved volumes and improved operating efficiency and pricing is reflected in our operating margins. Operating margins for the first nine months are 17 percent versus 16 percent for the same period last year. Our challenge remains to continue to achieve growth by expanding our served markets and increasing our product offerings while maintaining our targeted margin levels."

Revenues for the Company's Galvanizing Services Segment increased 34 percent to $46.9 million for the third quarter, compared to $35.1 million in the previous year's comparable quarter. Operating income for this segment was $13.1 million, an increase of 58 percent, compared to $8.3 million in the same quarter last year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2009, revenues increased 38 percent to $146.2 million, and operating income increased 60 percent to $42 million, compared to $106.1 and $26.2 million, respectively, for the first nine months of the prior year. AAA Galvanizing acquired on March 31, 2008, contributed $33.7 million to our total nine months revenue. Our revenues generated from our historical operations prior to the acquisition of AAA for the first nine month period increased 6 percent. While our volume of steel processed increased, our average selling price decreased 2 percent as compared to the same nine month period in the prior year.

Mr. Dingus continued, "Strong market demand throughout most of our markets, combined with superior levels of quality and service, positively impact our ability in the third quarter to maintain strong pricing and margins despite changes in the cost of zinc. We achieved excellent operating margins for the quarter of 28 percent. We are most pleased that our tonnage processed for the first nine months of the current fiscal year reflected double digit growth due primarily to acquisitions. Margins remained solidly ahead of prior years. We will continue to closely monitor U.S. industrial market indicators to determine the potential impact upon our markets. During the third quarter decreased demand was limited to markets in our upper Midwest U.S. operations. We are extremely pleased with the assimilation of AAA galvanizing into our operations and their year to date results show improvement over historical levels."

Mr. Dingus concluded, "Based upon the evaluation of information currently available to management, we are increasing our previously issued earnings guidance for fiscal year 2009. Our earnings are estimated to be within the range of $3.35 and $3.45 per diluted share. Revenues are estimated to be within the range of $420 and $430 million, which is unchanged from the previously issued guidance. Our estimates assume that we will not have any significant delays in the delivery of our electrical and industrial products, and that the demand for galvanizing services and pricing will not significantly change from current levels during the balance of the fiscal year."

AZZ incorporated will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 at 11:00 a.m. ET on January 9, 2009. Interested parties can access the call by dialing (877) 356-5706 or (706) 643-0580 (international). The call will be web cast via the Internet at www.azz.com/AZZinvest.htm. A replay of the call will be available for three days at (800) 642-1687, or (706) 645-9291 (international) confirmation #79050390, or for 30 days at www.azz.com/AZZinvest.htm.

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