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For Immediate Release
The Toro Company Reports Record Results for Fiscal 2013
· Fiscal 2013 sales increase to a record $2 billion
· Operating earnings expand to 11.3 percent and a record $230.7 million
· Net earnings per share for the year up 22 percent to a record $2.62
· Quarterly cash dividend increased 43 percent to $0.20 per share
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (December 5, 2013) The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today reported net earnings of $154.8 million, or $2.62 per share, on a net sales increase of 4.2 percent to $2,041.4 million for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2013. In fiscal 2012, the company delivered net earnings of $129.5 million, or $2.14 per share, on net sales of $1,958.7 million.
For the fourth quarter, Toro reported net earnings of $5 million, or $0.08 per share, on a net sales increase of 12.7 percent to $382.4 million. In the comparable fiscal 2012 period, the company posted net earnings of $0.3 million on net sales of $339.3 million.
The company also announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share, an increase from its previous quarterly dividend rate of $0.14 per share. This dividend is payable on January 15, 2014, to shareholders of record on December 30, 2013. In addition, the company increased its annual dividend guideline to 30 to 40 percent of its three-year average net earnings per share, up from the previous guideline of 20 to 30 percent. In fiscal 2013, the company paid $32.5 million in dividends and repurchased over 2 million shares of its common stock, returning more than $130 million in total cash to its shareholders.
The Toro Company completed a record year with new highs for revenues, operating earnings and earnings per share, said Michael J. Hoffman, Toros chairman and chief executive officer. We are particularly excited to have crossed over the $2 billion revenue milestone for the first time in the companys history, a timely accomplishment as we head down the home stretch to our Centennial in July 2014. In addition, we remain focused on returning value to our shareholders, as demonstrated by the increase in both our annual dividend guideline and quarterly cash dividend.
Looking across our businesses, Fiscal 2013 was a good year. I am extremely proud of our team and their passion for innovation and serving our customers. Of course we had our share of challenges, but we were able to successfully manage through less than ideal weather conditions in the first half of the year, as well as the phase-in of the Tier 4 diesel engine transition. Our innovative new product offerings helped us to defend and grow our positions in golf equipment and irrigation, landscape maintenance products, residential ZTR mowers and handheld blowers and trimmers. Our recent acquisitions in the rental and construction space are integrated and contributing. Demand for our precision agriculture irrigation products continued to grow and we further expanded our global presence with the closing of our China acquisition in the fourth
The following information was filed by Toro Co (TTC) on Thursday, December 5, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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