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Met-Pro Corporation Announces First Quarter Financial Results


HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Met-Pro Corporation (NYSE: MPR) today announced the Company's financial results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2013.

First quarter net sales were $22.0 million, compared with $25.2 million for the same quarter last year. First quarter net income totaled $0.2 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.02 compared with net income of $1.3 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.09 for the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income for the current quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.10 per share, and excludes $1.4 million (on a pre-tax basis) of legal, investment banking, accounting and other transaction related expenses associated with the Company's previously announced acquisition by CECO Environmental Corp. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are defined later in this press release in the section "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures".

Gross profit margin was 36.5% for the current quarter as compared with 35.5% and 35.1% for the first and fourth quarters of last year, respectively.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $5.7 million for the current quarter as compared with $7.2 million and $6.0 million in the first and fourth quarters of last year, respectively. The previous year's first quarter selling, general and administrative expenses of $7.2 million included one-time costs of approximately $0.7 million incurred in connection with the transition to a new Chief Financial Officer.

Bookings for the first quarter were $24.1 million compared with $27.0 million for the first quarter last year. The Company's backlog of orders as of April 30, 2013 was $27.0 million compared with $30.5 million last year. A majority of the Company's April 30, 2013 backlog is expected to be shipped during the current fiscal year.

"Our results for the first quarter reflect the effect of the delayed timing of orders and shipment of projects for certain customers, with revenues and bookings both down from year ago levels," stated Raymond J. De Hont, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Behind those results, however, our pipeline remains robust, as the Met-Pro brands continue to create new business opportunities across our various businesses, both domestically and internationally. On a positive note, our efficiency initiatives and disciplined cost control enabled us to expand gross margins, while reducing selling, general and administrative expenses compared with the first quarter a year ago. In addition, our balance sheet has never been stronger. Based on the overall tenor of business, the significant improvements being achieved operationally, and our growing pipeline of potential opportunities, we continue to remain optimistic regarding our forward prospects."

On April 22, 2013, Met-Pro Corporation announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by CECO Environmental Corp. (NasdaqGM: CECE). Pursuant to the terms of the definitive agreement, CECO will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Met-Pro common stock in a cash and stock transaction valued at a total of approximately $210 million. The completion of the acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions including the approval of the stockholders of both Met-Pro and CECO. Please refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 22, 2013, the Form S-4 filed by CECO on May 23, 2013, and our other SEC filings for more information.

Mr. De Hont commented, "We are very excited about the recent announced transaction between Met-Pro Corporation and CECO Environmental Corp. This is truly a combination in which the whole will be much greater than the sum of the parts.  We are confident that this combination will lead to increased growth and profitability well beyond what would have been achieved by either company on a standalone basis. The market synergies, the expanded global footprint, the diversification of product platform, and the cost efficiencies associated with combining two smaller public companies are just a few of the compelling drivers behind this combination. Further, the strong financial position of the combined company will enable continued expansion and market leadership in our chosen markets. The benefits from this merger will generate significant value for all of our shareholders."

On March 15, 2013, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.0725 per share to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2013. In addition, the Board of Directors, at their meeting on April 1, 2013, declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0725 per share payable June 14, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 31, 2013. This is the twenty-second consecutive year that Met-Pro Corporation has paid a cash dividend.

Mr. De Hont and Neal E. Murphy, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will hold a conference call for investors today, June 6, 2013, at 11:00 AM (Eastern). Met-Pro's earnings release and the accompanying financial supplement, which includes significant financial information to be discussed during the conference call, will be available on Met-Pro's Investor Relations website at prior to the beginning of the conference call.

Interested persons who wish to hear the live webcast should go to the Met-Pro Corporation website prior to the starting time to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

You may also participate by calling the US/Canada Dial-In # 877-818-7738 or the International Dial-In # 706-643-9333 (conference ID 71310163) at 10:55 AM (Eastern) today. A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and until June 20, 2013. To access the taped replay, call the US/Canada Dial-In # 855-859-2056 or the International Dial-In # 404-537-3406 and enter conference ID 71310163.

Proxy Solicitation

Met-Pro and CECO, and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees are participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transactions. Information about the directors and executive officers of Met-Pro is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2013 annual meeting of shareholders and Met-Pro's Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2013. Information about the directors and executive officers of CECO is set forth in the proxy statement for its 2013 annual meeting of shareholders and CECO's 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of such participants in the proposed transactions by reading the prospectus/proxy statement for such proposed transactions filed by CECO in the Form S-4 filed on May 23, 2013.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication is not a substitute for the prospectus/proxy statement Met-Pro and CECO will file with the SEC. Investors in Met-Pro or CECO are urged to read the prospectus/proxy statement, which will contain important information, including detailed risk factors, when it becomes available. The prospectus/proxy statement and other documents that will be filed by Met-Pro and CECO with the SEC will be available free of charge at the SEC's website,, or by directing a request when such a filing is made to Met-Pro Corporation, P.O. Box 144, Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438, Attention: Investor Relations; or to CECO Environmental Corp., 4625 Red Bank Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227, Attention: Investor Relations. A final prospectus/proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of Met-Pro and CECO's stockholders.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

About Met-Pro

Met-Pro Corporation, with headquarters at 160 Cassell Road, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, is a leading niche-oriented global provider of product recovery, pollution control, fluid handling and filtration solutions. The Company's diverse and synergistic solutions and products address the world's growing need for clean air and water, reduced energy consumption and improved operating efficiencies. Through its global sales organization, internationally recognized brands, and operations in North America, South America, Europe and The People's Republic of China, Met-Pro's solutions, products and systems are sold to a well-diversified cross-section of customers and markets around the world. For more information, please visit

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. Certain information included in this news release, and other materials filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (as well as information included in oral or other written statements made or to be made by the Company), contain statements that are forward-looking. Such statements may relate to plans for future expansion, business development activities, capital spending, financing, the effects of regulation and competition, or anticipated sales or earnings results. Such information involves risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those relating to, the cancellation or delay of purchase orders and shipments, product development activities, goodwill impairment, computer systems implementation, dependence on existing management, the continuation of effective cost and quality control measures, retention of customers, global economic and market conditions, and changes in federal or state laws. You should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, "Item 1A Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2013 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Met-Pro common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, symbol MPR.

To obtain an Annual Report or additional information on the Company, please call 215-723-6751 and ask for the Investor Relations Department, or visit the Company's website at


Met-Pro Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income

Three Months Ended
April 30,



Net sales



Cost of goods sold



    Gross profit






General and administrative



    Total selling, general and administrative



Acquisition expenses


    Income from operations



Interest expense



Other (expense) income



    Income before taxes



Provision for taxes



    Net income



Earnings per share, basic



Earnings per share, diluted



Average common shares outstanding:

    Basic shares



    Diluted shares




Met-Pro Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets

April 30,

January 31,



Current assets

    Cash and cash equivalents



    Short-term investments



    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful

      accounts of $287,351 and $288,102, respectively






    Prepaid expenses, deposits and other current assets



    Deferred income taxes



        Total current assets



Property, plant and equipment, net






Other assets



        Total assets  



Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Current liabilities

    Current portion of debt



    Accounts payable



    Accrued salaries, wages and benefits



    Other accrued expenses



    Dividend payable



    Customers' advances



        Total current liabilities



Long-term debt



Accrued pension retirement benefits



Other non-current liabilities



Deferred income taxes



        Total liabilities



Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' equity

    Common shares, $.10 par value; 36,000,000 shares

      authorized, 15,928,679 shares issued, of which

      1,230,581 and 1,231,824 shares were reacquired

      and held in treasury at the respective dates



    Additional paid-in capital



    Retained earnings



    Accumulated other comprehensive loss



    Treasury shares, at cost


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