Donaldson’s Earnings

The press release makes it sound great, but this was a disappointing quarter for Donaldson (DCI). The company missed the Street’s estimate by a penny a share.

Donaldson Company, Inc. today announced record second quarter diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $.32, up from $.31 last year. Net income was a record $26.9 million, versus $26.7 million last year. Sales were a record $392.9 million, up from $388.4 million in fiscal 2005.
For the six-month period, EPS was another record at $.69, up from $.62 last year. Net income increased 9 percent to $59.1 million compared to $54.1 million last year. Sales were a record $796.3 million, up 5 percent from $761.3 million in fiscal 2005.
“Our operating margin improved to 10.2 percent year-to-date from 9.6 percent last year, despite absorbing $2.2 million, or $.02 per share, of stock option expenses into operating profits this year,” said Bill Cook, Chairman, President and CEO. “Donaldson is running very well, with our continued focus on cost reduction efforts offsetting higher commodity prices and driving the improvement in our profit margins. We reduced our full year sales outlook mainly due to currency translation since the dollar is currently weaker against the Euro and Yen than it was in the second half of last year. However, we expect continued positive year-over-year sales growth and for operating margins to continue at these improved levels, giving us confidence in delivering our 17th consecutive year of record earnings.”

Posted by on February 28th, 2006 at 4:36 pm

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