Sauer-Danfoss Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

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AMES, Iowa, July 29 /-/ -- Sauer-Danfoss Inc. (NYSE: SHS) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Second Quarter Review

Net sales for the quarter declined 55 percent to $277.4 million, compared to net sales of $611.5 million for the second quarter of 2008. Excluding the impact of changes in currency translation rates, sales in the second quarter declined 51 percent over the same quarter last year. Sales for the second quarter dropped 56 percent in Europe, 48 percent in the Americas, and 39 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding the impact of currency. Sales decreased 57 percent in both the Work Function and Controls segments, and 45 percent in the Propel segment, excluding currency.

The Company reported a net loss of $121.8 million, or $2.52 per share, for the second quarter of 2009, compared to net income of $22.7 million, or $0.47 per share, for the second quarter of 2008. Second quarter 2009 results include restructuring and severance costs of $13.2 million, or $0.26 per share. In addition, second quarter 2009 results were negatively impacted by a charge of $78.5 million, or $1.62 per share, to establish non-cash deferred tax asset valuation allowances relating to operating losses which cannot be tax benefited.

Sven Ruder, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The second quarter results show a further drop in sales compared to what we reported for the first quarter of 2009. This drop in sales was more pronounced than what we anticipated. Every market and region we serve was impacted by the full force of the global recession. Our sales were also affected negatively by our customers reducing their inventories. The further drop in sales, the tax asset valuation allowances, and the one-off costs associated with our aggressive cost reduction actions all had a negative influence on the Company's earnings. The cost reduction actions have enabled the Company to lower its operating expenses by approximately $25.0 million, or 27 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The significantly lower run rate of expenses we expect to hit by the end of the year will put us in a good position as we go into 2010 and the global economy stabilizes and recovers."

New Orders and Backlog Decline

The Company received new orders of $173.4 million for the second quarter of 2009, a decrease of 73 percent from the second quarter of 2008. Excluding currency translation rate changes, orders were down 70 percent.

Total backlog at June 30, 2009, was $407.8 million, a 61 percent decline from the same period last year. Excluding currency translation rate changes, backlog decreased 59 percent.

Ruder added, "The dramatic decrease in new orders and backlog reflect the significant declines our customers are reporting in virtually every market and region we serve."

Six Month Review

The Company reported net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2009, of $627.1 million, compared to net sales of $1,228.9 million for the first six months of 2008. Net sales for the first six months of 2009 decreased 45 percent over the prior year period, excluding the impact of currency translation rate changes.

Net loss for the first six months of 2009 was $200.2 million, or $4.14 per share, compared to net income of $50.6 million, or $1.04 per share, for the same period last year. Results for the first six months of 2009 include restructuring costs of $28.0 million, or $0.55 per share, valuation allowances on deferred tax assets of $78.5 million, or $1.62 per share, and a non-cash charge related to goodwill impairment of $50.8 million, or $1.05 per share.

Cash Flow

Cash flow from operations for the first six months of 2009 was $52.5 million, compared to $114.5 million for 2008. Capital expenditures for the first six months of 2009 were $29.8 million compared to $84.0 million for the same period last year. The Company's debt to total capital ratio, or leverage ratio, was 64 percent at June 30, 2009, compared to 51 percent at year-end.

"I am pleased with the results of our focus on cash by reducing capital expenditures and net working capital which has allowed us to generate $34.0 million of free cash flow in the second quarter," stated Ruder.

2009 Outlook

Ruder concluded, "The severity of the global recession reflected in the 55 percent drop in second quarter sales means we are beyond what we believed was a realistic outlook just three months ago. As a result, we are taking further actions to reduce costs in response to the declining sales, resulting in increased workforce reduction and restructuring costs. We still cannot predict whether we are at the bottom of the downturn with any certainty. Both the severity of the downturn and future uncertainty require us to revise our outlook. Therefore, we are revising our outlook accordingly."

Revised 2009 Outlook

Webcast Information

Members of Sauer-Danfoss' management team will host a webcast on July 30 at 10 AM Eastern Time to discuss 2009 second quarter results. The call is open to all interested parties on listen-only mode via an audio webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at http://ir.sauer-danfoss.com. A replay of the call will be available at that site through August 13, 2009.

About Sauer-Danfoss

Sauer-Danfoss Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of engineered hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components for use primarily in applications of mobile equipment. Sauer-Danfoss had revenues of $2.1 billion in 2008 and has sales, manufacturing, and engineering capabilities in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region.

More details online at www.sauer-danfoss.com.

This press release contains certain statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. All statements regarding future performance, growth, sales and earnings projections, conditions or developments are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipates," "in the opinion," "believes," "intends," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "could," "plans," "forecasts," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions may be intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Actual future results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. Readers should bear in mind that past experience may not be a good guide to anticipating actual future results. The economies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific are suffering from the global recession and credit crisis, continued weakness in the housing and residential construction markets, weakness in the commercial and public-sector construction markets, mounting job losses, and uncertainty surrounding the effects of government fiscal stimulus plans, interest rates, and crude oil prices. At this point, it appears that the worldwide economic recession will continue throughout 2009. A prolonged downturn in the Company's business segments could adversely affect the Company's revenues and results of operations. Other factors affecting forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: specific economic conditions in the agriculture, construction, road building, turf care, material handling and specialty vehicle markets and the impact of such conditions on the Company's customers in such markets; the cyclical nature of some of the Company's businesses; the ability of the Company to win new programs and maintain existing programs with its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers; the highly competitive nature of the markets for the Company's products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the continued operation and viability of the Company's significant customers; the Company's execution of internal performance plans; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the effectiveness of the Company's cost-reduction and productivity improvement efforts; competing technologies and difficulties entering new markets, both domestic and foreign; changes in the Company's product mix; future levels of indebtedness and capital spending; the ability and willingness of Danfoss A/S, the Company's majority stockholder, to lend money to the Company at sufficient levels and on terms favorable enough to enable the Company to meet its capital needs; the Company's ability to access the capital markets or traditional credit sources to supplement or replace the Company's borrowings from Danfoss A/S if the need should arise; claims, including, without limitation, warranty claims, field recall claims, product liability claims, charges or dispute resolutions; ability of suppliers to provide materials as needed and the Company's ability to recover any price increases for materials in product pricing; the Company's ability to attract and retain key technical and other personnel; labor relations; the failure of customers to make timely payment, especially in light of the current credit crisis; any inadequacy of the Company's intellectual property protection or the potential for third-party claims of infringement; global economic factors, including currency exchange rates; credit market disruptions and significant changes in capital market liquidity and funding costs affecting the Company and its customers; general economic conditions, including interest rates, the rate of inflation, and commercial and consumer confidence; energy prices; the impact of new or changed tax and other legislation and regulations in jurisdictions in which the Company and its affiliates operate; actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the central banks of other nations; actions by other regulatory agencies, including those taken in response to the global credit crisis; actions by rating agencies; changes in accounting standards; worldwide political stability; the effects of terrorist activities and resulting political or economic instability; natural catastrophes; U.S. military action overseas; and the effect of acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals, and other unusual events.

The Company cautions the reader that this list of cautionary statements and risk factors is not exhaustive. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or changes to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. The foregoing risks and uncertainties are further described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) in the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC, which should be reviewed in considering the forward-looking statements contained in this press release

Internet: http://www.sauer-danfoss.com




    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

    (Dollars in thousands Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

     except share and per June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,

     share data) 2009 2008 2009 2008

    -------------------- ------- ------- ------- -------

    Net sales 277,411 611,538 627,106 1,228,937

    Cost of sales 246,608 473,532 538,285 943,206

    ------------- ------- ------- ------- -------

    Gross profit 30,803 138,006 88,821 285,731

    Research and development 15,074 21,056 31,770 40,342

    Selling, general and

     administrative 51,288 70,273 107,730 138,255

    Loss (gain) on sale of business

     and asset disposals 4,956 404 8,585 (808)

    Impairment charges -- -- 50,841 --

    ------------------ ------ ------ ------ -------

    Total operating expenses 71,318 91,733 198,926 177,789

    ------------------------ ------ ------ ------- -------

    Income (loss) from operations (40,515) 46,273 (110,105) 107,942

    Nonoperating income (expenses):

     Interest expense, net (13,406) (6,522) (19,123) (13,009)

     Loss on early retirement of

     debt (3,348) -- (10,705) --

     Other, net 430 (32) 2,109 (3,868)

     ---------- --- --- ----- ------

    Income (loss) before income

     taxes (56,839) 39,719 (137,824) 91,065

    Income tax expense (61,558) (11,545) (53,145) (26,089)

    ------------------ -------- ------- -------- --------

    Net income (loss) (118,397) 28,174 (190,969) 64,976

    Net income attributable to

     noncontrolling interest,

     net of tax (3,429) (5,468) (9,263) (14,407)

     ---------- ------ ------- ------ --------

    Net income (loss) attributable

     to Sauer-Danfoss Inc. (121,826) 22,706 (200,232) 50,569

    ------------------------------ -------- ------ -------- ------

    Net income (loss) per share:

     Basic net income (loss) per

     common share (2.52) 0.47 (4.14) 1.05

     Diluted net income (loss) per

     common share (2.52) 0.47 (4.14) 1.04

     ----------------------------- ----- ---- ----- ----

    Weighted average shares

     outstanding

     Basic 48,338 48,222 48,325 48,216

     Diluted 48,338 48,555 48,325 48,535

    Cash dividends per common share 0.00 0.18 0.00 0.36

    ------------------------------- ---- ---- ---- ----

    BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

     Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

     June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30,

    (Dollars in thousands) 2009 2008 2009 2008

    --------------------- ------- ------- ------- -------

    Net sales

     Propel 154,995 293,179 342,782 604,836

     Work Function 63,154 162,882 145,839 323,368

     Controls 59,262 155,477 138,485 300,733

     -------- ------- ------- ------- -------

    Total 277,411 611,538 627,106 1,228,937

    ----- ------- ------- ------- ---------

    Segment Income (Loss)

     Propel 1,617 51,416 19,068 116,833

     Work Function (20,856) 344 (35,811) 4,720

     Controls (15,233) 6,451 (79,644) 11,518

     Global Services and Other

     Expenses, net (5,613) (11,970) (11,609) (28,997)

     ------------------------- ------ -------- -------- --------

    Total (40,085) 46,241 (107,996) 104,074

    ----- ------- ------ -------- -------

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

     Six Months Ended

     June 30, June 30,

     2009 2008

    (Dollars in thousands) ------- -------

    ---------------------

    Cash flows from operating activities:

    Net income (loss) (200,232) 50,569

    Depreciation and amortization 53,815 56,894

    Impairment charges 50,841 --

    Noncontrolling interest 9,263 14,407

    Net change in receivables,

     inventories, and payables 90,944 (20,540)

    Other, net 47,901 13,180

    ---------- ------ ------

    Net cash provided by operating

     activities 52,532 114,510

    ------------------------------ ------ -------

    Cash flows from investing activities:

    Purchases of property, plant and

     equipment (29,789) (83,965)

    Proceeds from sale of property, plant

     and equipment 6,194 3,660

    ------------------------------------- ----- -----

    Net cash used in investing activities (23,595) (80,305)

    ------------------------------------- ------- -------

    Cash flows from financing activities:

    Net borrowings (repayments) on notes

     payable and debt instruments 26,545 (90)

    Payments for debt financing costs (8,575) --

    Payment of prepayment penalty (8,064) --

    Settlement of interest rate swaps (2,000) --

    Cash dividends (8,689) (17,352)

    Distribution to minority interest

     partners (1,795) (5,957)

    --------------------------------- ------ ------

    Net cash used in financing activities (2,578) (23,399)

    ------------------------------------- ------ -------

    Effect of exchange rate changes (2,595) 408

    ------------------------------- ------ ---

    Net increase in cash and cash

     equivalents 23,764 11,214

    Cash and cash equivalents at

     beginning of year 23,145 26,789

    ---------------------------- ------ ------

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of

     period 46,909 38,003

    ----------------------------------- ------ ------

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

     June 30, Dec. 31,

    (Dollars in thousands) 2009 2008

    ---------------------- -------- --------

    ASSETS

    Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents 46,909 23,145

    Accounts receivable, net 171,767 239,881

    Inventories 237,522 325,496

    Other current assets 46,054 51,946

    -------------------- ------ ------

    Total current assets 502,252 640,468

    Property, plant and equipment, net 567,087 598,435

    Other assets 145,539 228,773

    ------------ ------- -------

    Total assets 1,214,878 1,467,676

    ------------ --------- ---------

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:

    Notes payable and bank overdrafts 52,205 65,512

    Long-term debt due within one year 100,214 58,005

    Accounts payable 84,519 149,512

    Other accrued liabilities 126,223 146,888

    ------------------------- ------- -------

    Total current liabilities 363,161 419,917

    ------------------------- ------- -------

    Long-term debt 364,610 367,922

    Long-term pension liability 90,039 90,966

    Deferred income taxes 43,705 44,243

    Other liabilities 63,709 66,727

    Noncontrolling interest 74,891 67,655

    Stockholders' equity of Sauer-Danfoss Inc. 214,763 410,246

    ------------------------------------- ------- -------

    Total liabilities and stockholders'

     equity 1,214,878 1,467,676

    ----------------------------------- --------- ---------

    Debt to total capital ratio (1) 64% 51%

    ------------------------------ ------ ------

    (1) The debt to total capital ratio is calculated by dividing total

     interest bearing debt by total capital. Total interest bearing

     debt is the sum of notes payable and bank overdrafts, long-term

     debt due within one year, and long-term debt. Total capital is

     the sum of total interest bearing debt, noncontrolling interest

     in net assets of consolidated companies, and stockholders' equity

     of Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

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