Alamo Group Inc. recently reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.
Highlights• Fourth quarter net sales of $386.6 million, up 15%• Fourth quarter operating income of $42.7 million, up 53%
• Fourth quarter net income of $29.2 million, or $2.44 per diluted share, up 52%• Full year net sales of $1.5 billion, up 13% year over year• Full year operating income of $148.6 million, up 27%• Full year net income of $101.9 million, up 27%• Full year diluted EPS was $8.54, up 27%• Record EBITDA of $195.9 million, up 21% year over year(1)• Backlog of $1.0 billion, up 26% compared to year-end 2021
Fourth Quarter Results
Fourth quarter 2022 net sales were $386.6 million compared to $337.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of 15%. Gross margin improved in the quarter versus the fourth quarter of 2021 by $14.1 million or 17%. Fourth quarter net income improved 52% to $29.2 million, or $2.44 per diluted share, compared to net income of $19.2 million, or $1.62 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Company’s backlog at the end of 2022 was in excess of $1.0 billion, an increase of $205.7 million, or 26%, from the backlog at the end of 2021.The positive results reported for the quarter were achieved as a result of improved product deliveries, as well as a combination of effective price management, an improvement in manufacturing efficiencies, and disciplined control of operating expenses. These results were achieved despite continued headwinds directly related to supply chain disruptions and skilled labor shortages, as well as the negative impact of currency exchange rates on our consolidated financial results.
Full Year Results
Full year 2022 net sales increased to $1.5 billion, up 13% compared to $1.3 billion for the full year 2021. Net income for the year was $101.9 million, or $8.54 per diluted share, compared to net income of $80.2 million, or $6.75 per diluted share in 2021, a year-over-year improvement of 27%.Throughout 2022, the Company experienced strong demand for its products with the Company setting records for net sales and earnings in each quarter of the year. The Company's record performance was achieved despite the significant material cost increases, supply chain disruptions and skilled labor shortages that the Company experienced during the year. Our results were also negatively impacted by currency translation as the U.S. dollar strengthened against the currencies of international countries where we operate.
The Vegetation Management Division’s fourth quarter 2022 net sales were $232.5 million, up 14% compared to $204.3 million for the same period in 2021. Full year 2022 net sales in this Division were $937.1 million, compared to $812.7 million for the full year 2021, up 15%. The increase in net sales for both the fourth quarter and the full year was driven by strong customer demand for forestry, tree care, agricultural, and governmental mowing products in both North America and Europe.The Division's fourth quarter operating income for 2022 was $30.2 million, up 67% compared to $18.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. Full year 2022 operating income was $108.5 million ALAMO GROUP ANNOUNCES 2022 FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS PAGE 2 versus $78.9 million for the full year 2021, an increase of 37%. The Division benefited from strong sales, improved pricing, and effective control of costs and expenses despite ongoing supply chain disruptions, higher material and inbound freight costs, and labor shortages. Outstanding performance in the Division's North American operations was complemented by strong results during the year in the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, and Australia.
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