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Oshkosh Corporation Reports Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results

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Raises Fiscal 2019 Estimated EPS Range

Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.27 Per Share

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading innovator of mission-critical vehicles and equipment, today reported fiscal 2019 third quarter net income of $191.9 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, compared to $153.4 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 included $5.2 million of after-tax charges and inefficiencies associated with restructuring actions in the access equipment segment, $7.7 million of after-tax debt extinguishment costs incurred in connection with the refinancing of the Company's senior notes and credit agreement as well as a $2.2 million tax benefit related to adjustments to provisional amounts recorded for tax reform in the United States. Excluding these items, fiscal 2018 third quarter adjusted1 net income was $164.1 million, or $2.20 per diluted share. Comparisons in this news release are to the corresponding period of the prior year, unless otherwise noted.

Consolidated net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 10.0 percent to $2.39 billion due to higher sales in all segments. Consolidated sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $2.37 billion, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Consolidated operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 15.5 percent to $257.8 million, or 10.8 percent of sales, compared to $223.2 million, or 10.3 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily a result of improved access equipment and fire & emergency segment results, offset in part by lower defense segment results. Consolidated operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $270.0 million, or 11.4 percent of sales. Excluding $6.9 million of pre-tax charges and inefficiencies related to restructuring actions in the access equipment segment, adjusted1 operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $230.1 million, or 10.6 percent of sales.

"Our strong fiscal third quarter performance resulted from increased sales in each of our business segments as well as double-digit growth in operating income in our access equipment and fire & emergency segments," said Wilson R. Jones, president and chief executive officer of Oshkosh Corporation. "I'm proud of the hard work and efforts of our team members as they continue to drive higher performance by executing our business strategy and initiatives.

"We were pleased that the U.S. Army moved our revolutionary Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to Full-Rate Production phase during the quarter. This is an important milestone as the program matures and we continue to ramp up production and delivery of these vehicles over the next several years.

"As a result of our strong execution and improved margin expectations, we are raising our earnings per share expectations for fiscal 2019 to a range of $7.80 to $8.00 or $7.90 to $8.10 on an adjusted1 earnings per share basis," said Jones.

Factors affecting third quarter results for the Company's business segments included:

Access Equipment - Access equipment segment net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 7.7 percent to $1.25 billion. The increase in sales was due to increased sales volume and higher pricing in response to increased material costs. Sales grew in all regions, except EAME, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Access equipment segment operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 27.2 percent to $189.9 million, or 15.2 percent of sales, compared to $149.3 million, or 12.9 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in operating income was primarily due to the impact of higher sales volume, favorable manufacturing efficiencies, improved price/cost dynamics and the absence of restructuring-related expenses.

Access equipment segment results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 included pre-tax charges and inefficiencies associated with restructuring actions of $6.9 million. Excluding these charges and inefficiencies, adjusted1 operating income was $156.2 million, or 13.5 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Defense - Defense segment net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 15.5 percent to $511.1 million. The increase in sales was due to the continued ramp up of sales to the U.S. government under the JLTV program offset in part by changes associated with the application of the new revenue recognition standard. Defense segment sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $521.5 million, an increase of 17.8 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Defense segment operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 38.8 percent to $29.5 million, or 5.8 percent of sales, compared to $48.2 million, or 10.9 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease in operating income was due to changes associated with the application of the new revenue recognition standard, an adverse product mix and costs to start up a manufacturing facility in Tennessee, offset in part by the impact of higher sales volume. Defense segment operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $47.3 million, or 9.1 percent of sales.

Fire & Emergency - Fire & emergency segment net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 20.2 percent to $341.0 million as a result of changes associated with the application of the new revenue recognition standard, higher fire apparatus sales volume and improved pricing. Fire & emergency segment sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $312.9 million, an increase of 10.3 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Fire & emergency segment operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 38.9 percent to $50.7 million, or 14.9 percent of sales, compared to $36.5 million, or 12.9 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in operating income was due to the impact of higher sales volume and improved price/cost dynamics. Fire & emergency segment operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $46.4 million, or 14.8 percent of sales.

Commercial - Commercial segment net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 0.3 percent to $296.1 million due to the application of the new revenue recognition standard. Commercial segment sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $286.4 million, a decrease of 3.0 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The impact of lower refuse collection vehicle and concrete placement sales volumes partially as a result of production disruptions associated with a partial roof collapse in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, was offset in part by higher package sales and improved pricing.

Commercial segment operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased 14.3 percent to $21.5 million, or 7.3 percent of sales, compared to $25.1 million, or 8.5 percent of sales, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease in operating income was largely due to inefficiencies as a result of a weather-related partial roof collapse at a production facility in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, warranty campaign costs and higher R&D spending. Commercial segment operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 without the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard would have been $19.2 million, or 6.7 percent of sales.

Corporate - Corporate operating costs in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $2.1 million to $33.8 million.

Interest Expense Net of Interest Income - Interest expense net of interest income in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased $11.3 million to $12.2 million. The third quarter of fiscal 2018 included $9.9 million of debt extinguishment costs incurred in connection with the refinancing of the Company's senior notes and credit agreement.

Provision for Income Taxes - The Company recorded income tax expense in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 of $53.7 million, or 21.8 percent of pre-tax income, compared to $44.6 million, or 22.6 percent of pre-tax income, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Excluding the tax impact of restructuring-related charges and debt extinguishment costs of $3.9 million as well as tax benefits of $2.2 million related to implementation of tax reform, adjusted1 income tax expense in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $50.7 million, or 23.7 percent of adjusted pre-tax income. The Company recorded $1.2 million and $0.7 million of discrete tax benefits in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Share Repurchases – On May 7, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors increased the Company's remaining Common Stock repurchase authorization to 10 million shares.

The Company repurchased 1,166,914 shares of Common Stock for $88.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. Share repurchases completed during the previous twelve months benefited earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 by $0.18 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Nine-month Results

The Company reported net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 of $6.19 billion and net income of $429.4 million, or $6.05 per diluted share. This compares with net sales of $5.65 billion and net income of $320.6 million, or $4.25 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2018. Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 included a $7.0 million tax charge related to an adjustment of the repatriation tax required under tax legislation passed in the United States in December 2017. Excluding this item, adjusted1 net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 was $436.4 million, or $6.15 per diluted share. Results for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 included $25.1 million of after-tax charges and inefficiencies associated with restructuring actions in the access equipment and commercial segments, $7.7 million of debt extinguishment costs incurred in connection with the refinancing of the Company's senior notes and credit agreement as well as $8.7 million of tax benefits related to the implementation of tax reform in the United States. Excluding these items, adjusted1 net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 was $344.7 million, or $4.57 per diluted share. The impact of higher consolidated sales, the absence of restructuring-related charges and the application of the new revenue recognition standard contributed to the improvement in net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2018. Share repurchases completed during the previous twelve months benefited earnings per share in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 by $0.33 compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2018. The adoption of the new revenue recognition standard benefited consolidated sales and operating income for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 by $79.8 million and $19.8 million, respectively.

Fiscal 2019 Expectations

The Company is raising its fiscal 2019 full year outlook. The Company now expects its fiscal 2019 consolidated operating income to be in the range of $760 million to $775 million, an increase from the Company's most recent estimate range of $725 million to $755 million. The expected improvement in consolidated operating income reflects expected improved performance in the access equipment and fire & emergency segments and a slightly lower average diluted share count, offset in part by a slightly higher tax rate.

The Company now expects its fiscal 2019 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $7.80 to $8.00. Excluding the impact of discrete items associated with tax legislation in the U.S., the Company expects its fiscal 2019 adjusted1 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $7.90 to $8.10 compared to its most recent adjusted1 diluted earnings per share estimated range of $7.50 to $7.80.

Dividend Announcement

The Company's Board of Directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per share of Common Stock. The dividend will be payable on September 3, 2019, to shareholders of record as of August 19, 2019.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EDT this morning to discuss its fiscal 2019 third quarter results and its full-year fiscal 2019 outlook. Slides for the call will be available on the Company's website beginning at 7:00 a.m. EDT this morning. The call will be simultaneously webcast. To access the webcast, go to oshkoshcorp.com at least 15 minutes prior to the event and follow instructions for listening to the webcast. An audio replay of the call and related question and answer session will be available for 12 months at this website.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains statements that the Company believes to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "project" or "plan" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the cyclical nature of the Company's access equipment, commercial and fire & emergency markets, which are particularly impacted by the strength of U.S. and European economies and construction seasons; the Company's ability to increase prices or impose surcharges to raise margins or to offset higher input costs, including increased commodity, raw material, labor and freight costs; the Company's estimates of access equipment demand which, among other factors, is influenced by customer historical buying patterns and rental company fleet replacement strategies; the strength of the U.S. dollar and its impact on Company exports, translation of foreign sales and the cost of purchased materials; the expected level and timing of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and international defense customer procurement of products and services and acceptance of and funding or payments for such products and services; the Company's ability to predict the level and timing of orders for indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts with the U.S. federal government; risks related to reductions in government expenditures in light of U.S. defense budget pressures, sequestration and an uncertain DoD tactical wheeled vehicle strategy; the impact of any DoD solicitation for competition for future contracts to produce military vehicles; risks related to facilities expansion, consolidation and alignment, including the amounts of related costs and charges and that anticipated cost savings may not be achieved; projected adoption rates of work at height machinery in emerging markets; the impact of severe weather or natural disasters that may affect the Company, its suppliers or its customers; performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; risks related to the collectability of receivables, particularly for those businesses with exposure to construction markets; the cost of any warranty campaigns related to the Company's products; risks associated with international operations and sales, including compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; risks that an escalating trade war and related tariffs could reduce the competitiveness of the Company's products; the Company's ability to comply with complex laws and regulations applicable to U.S. government contractors; cybersecurity risks and costs of defending against, mitigating and responding to data security threats and breaches; the Company's ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; and risks related to the Company's ability to successfully execute on its strategic road map and meet its long-term financial goals. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 8-K filed today. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update information contained in this news release. Investors should be aware that the Company may not update such information until the Company's next quarterly earnings conference call, if at all.

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs more than 15,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common cause: to make a difference in people's lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Pierce®, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, Oshkosh® Airport Products, CON-E-CO® and London™. For more information, visit oshkoshcorp.com.

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®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

OSHKOSH CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions, except share and per share amounts; unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

June 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net sales

 

$

2,392.7

 

 

$

2,175.8

 

 

$

6,186.3

 

 

$

5,648.5

 

Cost of sales

 

 

1,958.8

 

 

 

1,772.1

 

 

 

5,066.2

 

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