The Toro Co. last week reported net earnings of $68.8 million, or $2.26 per share, on net sales of $691.5 million for its fiscal second quarter ended May 4. In the comparable fiscal 2011 period, the company delivered net earnings of $60.3 million, or $1.88 per share, on net sales of $631.6 million.
For the first six months, Toro reported net earnings of $88.7 million, or $2.91 per share, on net sales of $1,115.3 million. In the comparable fiscal 2011 period, the company posted net earnings of $77.5 million, or $2.41 per share, on net sales of $1,014.8 million.
“We delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, accelerated by our new product portfolio and the early start to spring and favorable weather conditions across much of the U.S. Turf is growing — driving sales of residential mowing products, and golfers are playing more golf — contributing to revenue for golf courses and improving their ability to invest in new products,” said Michael Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and CEO.
“Our product line-up is strong, our core businesses are well positioned, and our investments in light construction, hardscapes and rental products will contribute to future growth,” Hoffman added. “We are raising our outlook for the year, even against a backdrop of a challenging sales environment in Europe, and an anticipated soft snowthrower pre-season ahead of us.”
The company now expects revenue growth for fiscal 2012 to be about 7 to 8 percent and net earnings to be about $4.30 per share, which includes the $0.15 to $0.20 negative earnings per share impact for investments related to the Astec and Stone product line acquisitions.
In addition, Toro’s board of directors declared a two-for-one split of the company’s common stock, which will be effected in the form of a 100-percent stock dividend. The stock dividend will be distributed June 29 to shareholders of record June 15.
Headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., Toro is a worldwide provider of turf and landscape maintenance equipment, and precision irrigation systems.