Actuant profit beats expectations on robust energy segment sales

Sept 27 Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:31am EDT

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Diversified manufacturer Actuant Corp posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong sales in its energy segment, and the company raised its full-year outlook.

The company, which makes hydraulic and electrical tools, raised its full-year sales forecast to between $1.68 billion and $1.72 billion from $1.67 billion to $1.70 billion earlier.

Actuant also raised the lower end of its earnings range to $2.20 per share from $2.15 per share.

The company reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $16.5 million, or 23 cents per share, compared with a profit of $37.3 million, or 50 cents per share, a year earlier.

Actuant had this month said fourth-quarter results would include an impairment charge of $60 million related to its acquisition of Dutch solar company Mastervolt.

Excluding items, it earned 55 cents per share.

Revenue was flat at $405 million.

Sales in the energy segment rose 13 percent on higher maintenance spending by its power generation and oil & gas customers, the company said.

Analysts on average expected earnings of 54 cents per share on revenue of $410 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Actuant shares, which touched a two-year high last week, closed at $29.85 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.