Kennametal Inc. today announced that, due to continuing strong performance across global markets, sales growth for the third quarter of 2005 is now expected to be 14%. Excluding currency translation and acquisitions, sales growth is expected to be 12%.
As a result of the sales growth and strong operating leverage, third- quarter diluted earnings per share (EPS) are now expected to be approximately $0.92, excluding the negative impact of the previously announced charges associated with the sale of Full Service Supply (FSS). This represents an increase from previous guidance of $0.80-to-$0.85 and a 39 percent increase versus $0.66 in the third fiscal quarter of 2004. Including the FSS charges of $0.12, third quarter EPS is expected to be $0.80.
Based on an expectation of continued robust growth, EPS for the seasonally weaker fourth quarter is expected to be a strong $0.90 to $0.95.
The Company will discuss the outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2005 in further detail during a conference call on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, following the release of its third-quarter 2005 results. The Company will announce results before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, and the call is scheduled for a live Internet broadcast at 10:00 a.m. on that date, and the live or archived conference will be accessible on the Investor Relations section of Kennametal's corporate web site at www.kennametal.com .
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Kennametal Inc. is a premier consumable materials company in tooling solutions, engineered components and advanced materials. By deploying operational excellence throughout the value chain and best-in-class manufacturing and technology, the company provides customers a broad range of technologically advanced solutions and services aimed at improving customers' competitiveness. Kennametal strives to deliver superior shareowner value through top-tier financial performance. With some 14,000 employees worldwide, the company's annual sales exceed $2 billion, with nearly half coming from outside the United States. Kennametal is a five-time winner of the GM "Supplier of the Year" award and is represented in more than 60 countries. Kennametal operations in Europe are headquartered in Furth, Germany. Kennametal Asia Pacific operations are headquartered in Singapore. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.kennametal.com .
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