Buhler Industries Reports 1st Quarter Earnings

WINNIPEG, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ -

Sales
Revenue for the Company's first quarter was a record $76.5 million, up 41.9% from last year's first quarter of $53.9 million.  The increase in sales can be attributed to a recovery in the overseas market and strong domestic demand for tractors, continued demand for the sprayer line introduced in fiscal 2010 and sales in the seeding and tillage lines introduced in 2011. Sales for the short-line division remain strong.

1st quarter ending December 31, 2011

      Year Ago
Revenue (millions)   $76.5   $53.9
Net profit (millions)       $2.4       $0.5
Net profit/share                       $0.09       $0.02
Shares issued (millions)                        25.0   25.0
         

Net Earnings up for the Quarter
Net earnings for the first quarter was $2.4 million, up from $0.5 million in the previous first quarter. This was primarily due to the increased sales levels as well as decreased spending on research and development. The Company also received a gain of $0.7 on the sale of property in the quarter. Earnings per share were $0.09 compared to $0.02 in the prior year first quarter.

Looking Forward
Sales for the remainder of 2012 are projected to continue to be strong for both the tractor and sprayer lines.  The strategic alliance with Westeel is anticipated to continue to contribute to sales growth, as will the seeding and tillage equipment lines acquired in 2011.  Versatile also expects sales growth in 2012 from the release of a new line of four wheel drive tractors and from the introduction of combines to the Company's product lines.

Complete financial statement: http://www.buhlerindustries.com/investors/reports/buhler-2012-q1.pdf

Trading symbol: BUI

SOURCE Buhler Industries Inc.

For further information:

Contact: Willy Janzen, Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (204) 654-5718
E-mailwjanzen@buhler.com


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