“Operating income declined and was 12.4% of total sales, compared with 16.4% in 2013.”
The second quarter comparison between this and last year reflects a notable decline in the percentage of sales from large transmission projects. This change in mix combined with additional industry capacity has led to more competitive bidding for smaller sized orders.
The major drivers of North American utility demand lead us to remain positive on the outlook for this business. The 2005 U.S. energy bill mandates improved transmission grid reliability. Increases in alternative energy sources also require new transmission capacity. To achieve these goals further investment in transmission infrastructure will be needed. We believe these investments will also drive an increase in large project activity going forward.
“In the Coatings Segment we expect results comparable with last year.
Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.
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SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.