Uneasy quarter for Bronto group

By Euan Youdale30 July 2015

The Bronto Skylift S 56 XR truck mount

The Bronto Skylift S 56 XR truck mount

The Fire and Rescue division of Federal Signal, which includes Bronto Skylift, experienced a difficult second quarter, while overall group results were mixed.

Net sales for the Federal Signal Group were $230.8 million for the second quarter of 2015, 2% lower than the second quarter of 2014. Excluding unfavourable foreign currency translation effects, net sales were $4 million, or 2%, higher than the second quarter of 2014.

Consolidated second quarter operating income was $29.2 million, up 22% compared to the second quarter of 2014. Consolidated second quarter operating margin improved to 12.7%, compared to 10.2% last year.

Net sales in the Fire and Rescue division were $25.4 million, compared to 34.1 million in the same period last year, representing an $8.7 million decline, or 26%. The fall included $5.3 million due to unfavourable currency conversation. For the six months period net sales were down by 8.1 million from $58.6 million to $50.5 million. Operating margin sat at zero for the first quarter, representing a 0.9% rise. In the half year operating margin up 2.5% to 0.6%.

Total orders for the quarter were down $1.5 million on the same period last year at $38.9 million, while for the half year they dropped by $31 million to $60.9 million compared to the first half of 2014.

Backlog at the end of the quarter was down $33.8 million from $112 million to $78.2 million for the half year, compared to the first half of 2015.

For the other two divisions in the group, Environmental Solutions Group sales were up $7.4 million, or 5%, on improved shipments of street sweepers, offset by reduced sales of sewer cleanersand vacuum trucks.

The Safety and Security Systems Group sales decreased by $2.5 million, or 4%, largely due to unfavourable foreign currency effects, offset by improved sales into European public safety markets.

Concerning the outlook for 2015, Jennifer Sherman, chief operating officer, said, “Our second quarter operating results were strong. Orders for our municipal products were up 37% over the first quarter, and we expect these markets to remain robust during the second half of 2015. Despite the recent softness in orders for US exports and for products relating to upstream oil and gas markets, we are affirming our expectation that full-year adjusted earnings per share will be in the range from $0.95 to $1.02.”

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