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 The Toro Company Reports Record Fiscal 2017 Results
   Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:30:01 AM ET

--Growth across several professional categories drove solid performance for the year

--Company completes Destination PRIME and launches Vision 2020

--Quarterly cash dividend increased 14.3 percent to $0.20 per share

The Toro Company (TTC ) today reported net earnings of $267.7 million, or $2.41 per share, on a net sales increase of 4.7 percent to $2.505 billion for its fiscal year ended October 31, 2017. In fiscal 2016, the company delivered net earnings of $231.0 million, or $2.06 per share for the year, on net sales of $2.392 billion.

For the fourth quarter, Toro reported net earnings of $33.8 million or $0.31 per share, on a net sales increase of 4.3 percent to $488.6 million. In the comparable 2016 period, the company posted net earnings of $30.2 million on net sales of $468.4 million.

The company also announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share, a 14.3 percent increase from its previous quarterly dividend rate of $0.175 per share. This dividend is payable on January 10, 2018, to shareholders of record on December 22, 2017. For the fiscal year, the company returned nearly $236.0 million to shareholders through the payment of approximately $75.8 million in dividends and the repurchase of approximately 2.7 million shares of common stock.

"Fiscal 2017 was another record year for The Toro Company. We experienced solid sales growth fueled by new and innovative product offerings across our businesses," said Richard M. Olson, Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer. "Strong performance in our golf, landscape contractor and rental businesses continued with the success of new products such as the Exmark(R) Radius(R) zero-turn riding mowers, the Greensmaster(R) series of greens mowers and the Dingo(R) TX 1000 compact utility loader. We continue to gain momentum in those markets and we are encouraged by retail trends. Our BOSS(R) snow and ice management business also had a strong year driven by the continued success of the EXT extendable plows and the V-Box spreaders, which elevate performance and enhance productivity."

"Sales in our international business were up 5.6 percent for the year driven by our Australia-based Pope(R) residential product offerings and by the newly acquired Perrot line of professional irrigation products. We are pleased with the integration of Perrot and we are optimistic about the growth opportunity for that business as we expand distribution more broadly. Balanced performance across our professional turf product categories also bolstered international sales."

"For the fourth quarter, our residential business generated solid growth with sales up 3.2 percent driven in part by the success of our Pope line and increased shipments of zero-turn riding mowers. Turning to our snow business, field inventory levels are in good shape and we are well prepared to address customers’ needs in the winter months ahead."

"Fiscal 2017 marks the end of our three-year Destination PRIME initiative. I am proud of our team’s accomplishments. We achieved record revenue, exceeded profitability goals and made significant progress on improving working capital. With the launch of our new initiative, Vision 2020, we will once again focus on driving profitable growth with an emphasis on innovation and serving our customers, which will generate further momentum for the organization. It is the collective efforts of our employees that make these initiatives a success. I look forward to working together as we kickoff the next chapter."

For fiscal 2018, the company expects revenue growth to exceed 4 percent, and net earnings to be about $2.57 to $2.63 per share. For the first quarter, the company expects net earnings to be about $0.42 to $0.44 per share.

SEGMENT RESULTS

Professional

-- Professional segment net sales for fiscal 2017 totaled $1.812 billion, up 6.2 percent from $1.705 billion last year. Strong performance across our professional businesses drove the positive results for the year. Solid demand for our Toro and Exmark branded landscape contractor equipment, golf, rental and specialty construction and our BOSS product line-ups were all contributing factors. For the fourth quarter, professional segment net sales were $360.4 million, up 4.9 percent from the comparable fiscal 2016 period. The growth was driven largely by the success of newly introduced products in our landscape contractor businesses and higher sales in our golf and specialty construction markets.

-- Professional segment earnings for fiscal 2017 totaled $379.5 million, up 7.8 percent from $352.1 million from the prior year. For the fourth quarter, professional segment earnings were $65.0 million, up from $59.7 million in the comparable fiscal 2016 period.

Residential

-- Residential segment net sales for fiscal 2017 were $673.2 million, up 0.6 percent from $669.1 million last year. Despite mild in-season winter conditions and an inconsistent start to the spring months, increased sales of our Pope products and higher shipments of snow products, contributed to the favorable full year results. For the fourth quarter, residential segment net sales were $122.6 million, up 3.2 percent from the comparable fiscal 2016 period. Momentum in our international business drove the performance for the quarter with increased sales of our Pope product line in Australia.

-- Residential segment earnings for fiscal 2017 totaled $74.7 million, up 1.4 percent from fiscal 2016. For the fourth quarter, residential segment earnings were $11.7 million, up from $9.2 million in the comparable fiscal 2016 period.

OPERATING RESULTS

Gross margin as a percent of sales for fiscal 2017 was up 20 basis points from last year to 36.8 percent. Margin improvement for the year was driven by favorable operational productivity and segment mix, partially offset by commodity headwinds and increased freight costs. For the fourth quarter, gross margin as a percent of sales increased 90 basis points to 37.7 percent. Margin improvement for the quarter was driven by favorable operational productivity and foreign currency exchange rates, partially offset by higher commodity costs.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percent of sales for fiscal 2017 was 22.6 percent, consistent with last year. For the fourth quarter, SG&A expense as a percent of sales increased 50 basis points to 28.0 percent. The quarterly increase was mainly driven by higher incentive program expenses.

Operating earnings as a percent of sales for fiscal 2017 improved 20 basis points from last year to 14.2 percent. For the fourth quarter, operating earnings improved 40 basis points to 9.7 percent of sales.

The effective tax rate for fiscal 2017 was 24.2 percent, compared to 30.1 percent last year. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 27.9 percent compared to 27.6 percent in the prior year. The change in the tax rate for the full year was mainly driven by adoption of the new share based accounting standard this fiscal year.

Accounts receivable at the end of fiscal 2017 totaled $183.1 million, up 12.1 percent from last year. Net inventories were $329.0 million, up 7.2 percent compared to the prior year. Trade payables were $211.8 million, up 21.2 percent from the prior year.

About The Toro Company The Toro Company (TTC ) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, including turf, snow and ground-engaging equipment and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.5 billion in fiscal 2017, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 125 countries. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit www.thetorocompany.com.

LIVE CONFERENCE CALL December 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CST www.thetorocompany.com/invest

The Toro Company will conduct its earnings call and webcast for investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST on December 7, 2017. The webcast will be available at www.streetevents.com or at www.thetorocompany.com/invest. Webcast participants will need to complete a brief registration form and should allocate extra time before the webcast begins to register and, if necessary, download and install audio software.

Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements, which are being made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations of future events, and often can be identified by words such as "expect," "strive," "looking ahead," "outlook," "guidance," "forecast," "goal," "optimistic," "anticipate," "continue," "plan," "estimate," "project," "believe," "should," "could," "will," "would," "possible," "may," "likely," "intend," "can," "seek," "potential," "pro forma," or the negative thereof or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those projected or implied. Particular risks and uncertainties that may affect our operating results or financial position include: worldwide economic conditions, including slow or negative growth rates in global and domestic economies and weakened consumer confidence; disruption at our manufacturing or distribution facilities, including drug cartel-related violence affecting our maquiladora operations in Juarez, Mexico; fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials and components, including steel, engines, hydraulics and resins; the impact of abnormal weather patterns, including unfavorable weather conditions exacerbated by global climate change or otherwise; the impact of natural disasters and global pandemics; the level of growth or contraction in our key markets; government and municipal revenue, budget and spending levels; dependence on The Home Depot as a customer for our residential business; elimination of shelf space for our products at dealers or retailers; inventory adjustments or changes in purchasing patterns by our customers; our ability to develop and achieve market acceptance for new products; increased competition; the risks attendant to international relations, operations and markets, including political, economic and/or social instability and conflict, tax and trade policies in the U.S. and other countries in which we manufacture or sell our products, and implications of the United Kingdom’s process for exiting the European Union; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; our relationships with our distribution channel partners, including the financial viability of our distributors and dealers; risks associated with acquisitions; management of our alliances or joint ventures, including Red Iron Acceptance, LLC; the costs and effects of enactment of, changes in and compliance with laws, regulations and standards, including those relating to consumer product safety, accounting, taxation, trade and tariffs, healthcare, and environmental, health and safety matters; unforeseen product quality problems; loss of or changes in executive management or key employees; the occurrence of litigation or claims, including those involving intellectual property or product liability matters; and other risks and uncertainties described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We make no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances occurring or existing after the date any forward-looking statement is made.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                       (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per-share data)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                  Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                  Fiscal Years Ended
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                                                                                                                                                 October 31,                                           October 31,                                                                                  October 31,                                             October 31,
                                                                                           2017                                                  2016                                                   2017                                                    2016
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Net sales                                                                                                                    $                    488,627                                                                $                    468,356                                                                $                    2,505,176                                                                $                    2,392,175
Gross profit                                                                                                                                      184,258                                                                                     172,137                                                                                       920,837                                                                                       874,595
Gross profit percent                                                                                                                                 37.7 %                                                                                      36.8 %                                                                                        36.8 %                                                                                        36.6 %
Selling, general and administrative expense                                              136,798         128,623           565,727           540,199  
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   Operating earnings                                                                                                                              47,460                                                                                      43,514                                                                                       355,110                                                                                       334,396
Interest expense                                                                                                                                   (4,804 )                                                                                    (5,315 )                                                                                     (19,113 )                                                                                     (19,336 )
Other income, net                                                                          4,271           3,535            17,187            15,400  
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   Earnings before income taxes                                                                                                                    46,927                                                                                      41,734                                                                                       353,184                                                                                       330,460
Provision for income taxes                                                                13,079          11,504            85,467            99,466  
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
   Net earnings                                                                        $                     33,848       $                     30,230       $                      267,717       $                      230,994  
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Basic net earnings per share of common stock                                           $                       0.31       $                       0.28       $                         2.47       $                         2.10  
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Diluted net earnings per share of common stock                                         $                       0.31       $                       0.27       $                         2.41       $                         2.06  
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Weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding -- Basic                                                                107,929                                                                                     109,546                                                                                       108,312                                                                                       109,834
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding --             110,731         111,667           111,252           111,987  
Diluted
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Segment Data (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Dollars in thousands)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                           Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                  Fiscal Years Ended
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                                                                                                          October 31,                                           October 31,                                                                                  October 31,                                             October 31,
Segment Net Sales                                                      2017                                                  2016                                                   2017                                                    2016
------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------- ----------------------------------------------------
Professional                                                                          $                    360,436                                                                $                    343,483                                                                $                    1,811,705                                                                $                    1,705,312
Residential                                                                                                122,596                                                                                     118,801                                                                                       673,247                                                                                       669,131
Other                                               5,595           6,072            20,224            17,732  
------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- --------- --------------------
   Total*                                       $                    488,627       $                    468,356       $                    2,505,176       $                    2,392,175  
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*Includes International Sales of:               $                    139,610       $                    129,011       $                      611,927       $                      579,588  
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                                                                                           Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                  Fiscal Years Ended
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                                                                                                          October 31,                                                                                 October 31,                                                                                  October 31,                                                                                   October 31,
Segment Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes                            2017                                                  2016                                                   2017                                                    2016
------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------- ----------------------------------------------------
Professional                                                                          $                     64,951                                                                $                     59,749                                                                $                      379,496                                                                $                      352,060
Residential                                                                                                 11,739                                                                                       9,197                                                                                        74,704                                                                                        73,691
Other                                             (29,763 )                          (27,212 )                           (101,016 )                            (95,291 )
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   Total                                        $                     46,927       $                     41,734       $                      353,184       $                      330,460  
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                                                                                                THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                                        Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
                                                                                                     (Dollars in thousands)
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                             October 31,                                                                 October 31,
                                                                       2017                                  2016
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ASSETS
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Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                          $                      310,256                                           $                           273,555
Receivables, net                                                                                                                          183,073                                                                       163,265
Inventories, net                                                                                                                          328,992                                                                       307,034
Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                         37,565               35,155
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   Total current assets                                                          859,886              779,009
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Property, plant, and equipment, net                                                                                                       235,230                                                                       222,038
Long-term deferred income taxes                                                                                                            64,083                                                                        57,228
Goodwill and other assets, net                                                   334,588              326,297
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   Total assets                                                              $                    1,493,787     $                         1,384,572
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LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
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Current portion of long-term debt                                                                                  $                       26,258                                           $                            22,484
Accounts payable                                                                                                                          211,752                                                                       174,668
Accrued liabilities                                                              283,786              266,687
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   Total current liabilities                                                     521,796              463,839
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Long-term debt, less current portion                                                                                                      305,629                                                                       328,477
Deferred revenue                                                                                                                           24,761                                                                        11,830
Long-term deferred income taxes                                                                                                             1,726                                                                --
Other long-term liabilities                                                       22,783               30,391
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Total stockholders’ equity                            617,092              550,035
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   Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $                    1,493,787     $                         1,384,572
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                                                                                                                     THE TORO COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                                                        Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                          (Dollars in thousands)
                                                                        
                                                                                                                           Fiscal Years Ended
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                                                                                                                                      October 31,                                                  October 31,
                                                                                2017                                                         2016
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Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings                                                                                                   $                           267,717                                                                $                           230,994
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by
operating activities:
   Non-cash income from finance affiliate                                                                                                   (9,960 )                                                                                           (9,588 )
   Distributions from finance affiliate, net                                                                                                 8,050                                                                                              9,848
   Provision for depreciation and amortization                                                                                              64,986                                                                                             64,097
   Stock-based compensation expense                                                                                                         13,517                                                                                             10,637
   Provision for deferred income taxes                                                                                                      (6,887 )                                                                                           10,075
   Other                                                                                                                                       202                                                                                               (464 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of
acquisitions:
   Receivables, net                                                                                                                        (17,701 )                                                                                           15,785
   Inventories, net                                                                                                                        (15,611 )                                                                                           23,192
   Prepaid expenses and other assets                                                                                                        (3,424 )                                                                                             (905 )
   Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, deferred revenue and other               59,859                 30,614  
   long-term liabilities
-------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------- --------------------
      Net cash provided by operating activities                                   360,748                384,285  
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Cash flows from investing activities:
   Purchases of property, plant and equipment                                                                                              (58,276 )                                                                                          (50,723 )
   Proceeds from asset disposals                                                                                                               199                                                                                                310
   Proceeds from sale of a business                                                                                                 --                                                                                              1,500
   Purchase of noncontrolling interest                                                                                                      (1,500 )                                                                                   --
   Acquisition, net of cash acquired                                              (24,181 )                          --  
-------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -------------- --------------------
      Net cash used in investing activities                                       (83,758 )                                 (48,913 )
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Cash flows from financing activities:
   Short-term debt repayments, net                                                                                                  --                                                                                             (1,161 )
   Payments on long-term debt                                                                                                              (19,136 )                                                                                          (24,107 )
   Proceeds from exercise of stock options                                                                                                  10,274                                                                                             20,226
   Payments of withholding taxes for stock awards                                                                                           (1,294 )                                                                                           (2,013 )
   Purchases of Toro common stock                                                                                                         (159,354 )                                                                                         (109,986 )
   Dividends paid on Toro common stock                                            (75,758 )                                 (65,890 )
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      Net cash used in financing activities                                      (245,268 )                                (182,931 )
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Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents                               4,979                 (5,161 )
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Net increase in cash and cash equivalents                                          36,701                147,280  
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Cash and cash equivalents as of the beginning of the fiscal period                273,555                126,275  
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Cash and cash equivalents as of the end of the fiscal period             $                           310,256       $                           273,555  
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The company early adopted ASU No. 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, retrospectively effective November 1, 2016. The adoption of this guidance changed the classification for "Distributions from finance affiliate, net" from an investing activity to an operating activity on the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. The adoption of this guidance resulted in a $8,050 and $9,848 increase in cash flows from operating activities for the twelve months ended October 31, 2017 and October 31, 2016, respectively.

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