Linamar Industrial Segment Sales Down 45 Percent

Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar Corporation, Skyjack’s parent company, announced its fourth quarter results. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $476.7 million, down $51.4 million from $528.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. Industrial segment sales decreased 45.5 percent or $45.5 million for the quarter from $100.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 to $54.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. The sales for the fourth quarter of 2008 differed from the corresponding period in 2007 due to significant volume reductions as a result of uncertainty in the market and restricted credit availability.

The company’s operating earnings decreased to a loss of $5.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to a profit of $25 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of $30.9 million. Fourth quarter operating earnings for the Powertrain/Driveline segment were lower by $23.8 million or 140.8 percent to a loss $6.9 million over the same quarter of 2007 where operating earnings were $16.9 million. The operating earnings for the industrial segment were $1 million in fourth quarter 2008, a decrease of $7.1 million or 87.7 percent over the fourth quarter of 2007. The decrease in both segments was driven by under absorption of fixed costs due to the significant volume reductions.

Earnings from continuing operations for the quarter were a loss of $8.8 million versus a profit of $25.1 million in 2007.

The board of directors declared an eligible dividend in respect of the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, of CDN$0.03 per share on the common shares of the company, payable on or after April 15, 2009, to shareholders of record on April 1, 2009. In light of current conditions affecting the company and its businesses, the board of directors determined that this reduction in the company’s quarterly dividend for the fourth quarter of 2008 is a prudent step and is in the best interests of the company. In considering future dividends, the board will consider prevailing financial, economic, operating and other relevant circumstances, including the company’s working capital requirements and overall financial position.