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Gorman-Rupp Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results and Completes South African Acquisition


The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE MKT: GRC) reports financial results for the third quarter 2012 and announces the completion of the acquisition of Pumptron (Proprietary) Limited of Johannesburg, South Africa (“Pumptron”).

Net sales during the third quarter 2012 were $91.6 million compared to $90.2 million during the same period in 2011. Net income during the quarter was $6.7 million compared to $7.7 million in the third quarter 2011, a 13.0% decrease. Earnings per share were $0.32 and $0.37 for the respective periods.

Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 increased 7.7% to a record $287.0 million compared to $266.4 million during the same period in 2011. Both years benefited from increases in our seasonal agriculture market business contributed by our 2010 acquisition of National Pump Company. Net income increased 3.4% to a record $24.5 million compared to $23.7 million in the first nine months of 2011. Earnings per share were $1.17 and $1.13 for the respective periods.

Sales increased a modest 1.6% during the quarter compared to the same period last year. Sales improved 10.3% in our larger water markets group and declined 12.0% in our non-water markets. Major contributions to water market sales were shipments of pumps for domestic flood control, and shipments of pumps for water supply and sewage systems domestically and internationally. The quarter's non-water market decreases were primarily in the OEM market due to the scale-down of U.S. military operations overseas, and shipments of fabricated products related to power generation declined due to the slow and unsteady economic recovery and related reduced power demands in North America.

The decrease in earnings for the quarter was principally driven by a less favorable product mix among the market groups, combined with selling, general and administrative expense increases due to healthcare costs and the completion of the Pumptron acquisition.

The Company's backlog of orders was $146.7 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $157.9 million a year ago and $155.5 million at December 31, 2011. The planned decrease in backlog from September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2011 was primarily due to record shipments during the twelve months ending September 30, 2012 combined with lower incoming orders for the construction market. The backlog is expected to be boosted in the first quarter of 2013 by approximately $70 million based on a letter of intent to the Company to supply major flood control pumps for a member of the joint venture construction group for a significant New Orleans flood control project as announced by the Company October 1, 2012. The award of this joint venture project has been protested by unsuccessful bidders and is expected to be resolved by the end of January 2013.

Cash and short-term investments totaled $15.0 million, and short-term bank debt was reduced to $8.0 million at September 30, 2012. Working capital increased 8.3% from December 31, 2011 to $113.7 million at September 30, 2012 largely due to increased inventory, including larger engines to reduce future delivery lead-times, and to increased accounts receivable due to larger late third quarter 2012 shipments of flood control systems. Inventory is expected to be reduced over the next three quarters due to shipments of some previously-reported longer-term orders received in 2011.

Also, the Company announces Gorman-Rupp Africa Proprietary Limited (“G-R Africa”) has purchased the business of Pumptron with cash generated from operations. Pumptron has been an international value-added distributor for Gorman-Rupp for over 25 years and will further enhance the Company's continuing international expansion. Founded in 1986, Pumptron is a leading provider of water-related pumping solutions primarily serving the construction, mining, agricultural and municipal markets in South Africa and increasingly throughout other sub-Sahara African countries. Pumptron is headquartered in Johannesburg with operating locations in Cape Town and Durban and had approximately $10 million in revenue during its fiscal year 2012, which includes sales of Gorman-Rupp products.

Jeffrey S. Gorman, President and CEO said, “As we move into the fourth quarter, we remain focused on providing high quality products, executing on profitable growth and acquisition opportunities, and maintaining a very strong balance sheet which provides excellent financial flexibility. Although there are some positive indicators as mentioned above, we expect to continue to be challenged for at least the next several quarters by well-publicized domestic and global economic conditions affecting most of the markets the Company serves. The acquisition of Pumptron will accelerate Gorman-Rupp's presence in South Africa and serve as a platform for future growth in the rapidly-evolving sub-Sahara Africa region where the needs for water, wastewater, agriculture and construction infrastructure present excellent opportunities for growth in key markets we serve.”

Safe Harbor Statement

In connection with the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, The Gorman-Rupp Company provides the following cautionary statement: This news release contains various forward-looking statements based on assumptions concerning The Gorman-Rupp Company's operations, future results and prospects. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about important economic, political, and technological factors, among others, and are subject to risks and uncertainties, the absence of which could cause the actual results or events to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements and related assumptions. Such factors include, but are not limited to: (1) continuation of the current and projected future business environment; (2) changes in government budgets and in laws and regulations, including taxes; (3) the successful integration of acquisitions; and (4) the Company's future cash flow and financial condition. Except to the extent required by law, we do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to review or update any forward-looking statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of such statements to reflect future events or developments or otherwise.

The Gorman-Rupp Company and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars, except per share data)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net sales $91,626 $90,215 $287,034 $266,448
Cost of products sold 69,796 67,748 215,789 198,346
Gross profit 21,830 22,467 71,245 68,102
Selling, general and
administrative expenses 11,727 10,941 34,420 32,436
Operating income 10,103 11,526 36,825 35,666
Other income (expense) - net 38 (324) 285 (421)
Income before income taxes 10,141 11,202 37,110 35,245
Income taxes 3,435 3,547 12,595 11,546
Net income $6,706 $7,655 $24,515 $23,699
Earnings per share $0.32 $0.37 $1.17 $1.13
The Gorman-Rupp Company and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
September 30, December 31,
2012 2011
Cash and short-term investments $15,033 $21,202
Accounts receivable - net 60,298 56,419
Inventories 81,790 73,193
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 5,518 5,058
Total current assets 162,639 155,872
Property, plant and equipment - net 120,659 114,349
Other assets 4,037 2,998
Goodwill and other intangible assets 27,247 25,481
Total assets $314,582 $298,700
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Accounts payable $11,427 $15,679
Short-term debt 8,000 10,000
Accrued liabilities and expenses 29,547 25,194
Total current liabilities 48,974 50,873
Pension benefits 3,421 6,571
Postretirement benefits 23,259 22,705
Deferred and other income taxes 3,719 3,787
Total liabilities 79,373 83,936
Shareholders' equity 235,209 214,764
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $314,582 $298,700
Shares outstanding 20,996,893 20,990,893

The Gorman-Rupp Company
David P. Emmens, Corporate Secretary, 419-755-1477
For additional information:
Wayne L. Knabel, Chief Financial Officer, 419-755-1397

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