ST. PAUL, MN -- H.B. Fuller Co., St. Paul, MN, has reported its financial results for the first quarter that ended March 2, 2013.
Net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 was $20.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, versus net income from continuing operations of $13.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in last year's first quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2013 was $0.491, up 20 percent from the prior year's adjusted result of $0.411.
Net revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $479.8 million, up 38.9 percent versus the first quarter of 2012. When excluding the incremental revenue from the acquired Forbo business, net revenue growth was 3.6 percent, representing 3.2 percent organic growth and 0.4 percentage points of favorable foreign currency translation. The organic growth was comprised of a 1.1 percent increase in price and 2.1 percent growth in volume.
"We are off to a solid start to a very important year for H.B. Fuller," said Jim Owens, H.B. Fuller President and Chief Executive Officer. "We grew our business in the quarter and achieved our plans for operating profit despite a lackluster economic environment in most parts of the world. Our business integration project remains on track to deliver the committed benefits on time and on budget. Our guidance remains unchanged for the fiscal year, and we are on target to deliver another successful year in 2013."
Gross profit margin from continuing operations was down approximately 190 basis points compared to the prior year primarily due to the inclusion of the lower-margin Forbo business. Relative to the prior year, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expense from continuing operations increased by 30 percent, but was down 140 basis points as a percentage of net revenue to 20.3 percent.
The company's earnings guidance for the 2013 fiscal year remains a range of $2.55 to $2.65 per diluted share. Guidance is based on adjusted earnings per share, which exclude all special charges related to the business integration project, which is ongoing.