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Timken 4Q Loss Narrows Amid Cost Cuts, Higher Prices

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Timken Co.'s (TKR) fourth-quarter loss narrowed as the company benefited from better pricing, cost cutting and lower material expenses. The maker of bearings and specialty steel products also projected 2010 earnings of 85 cents to $1.15 a share and sees sales rising 5% to 10%, driven by stronger steel shipments as customers are expected to rebuild inventory levels. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of $1.07 per share on sales of $3.37 billion, or up 9%. Timken has been cutting costs amid an industrywide slump in steel demand among its key buyers, including the automotive, construction and industrial-equipment sectors. Late last year, the company completed the sale of its needle roller bearings business to Japan's JTEKT Corp. (6473.TO), receiving $330 million from the transaction. On Tuesday, Timken reported a loss of $20.2 million, or 21 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $36.2 million, or 37 cents a share. Excluding write-downs in the latest quarter and other impacts, earnings surged to 40 cents from 7 cents. Revenue tumbled 29% to $774.6 million. Wall Street expected earnings of 8 cents on revenue of $727 million. Gross margin grew to 22.4% from 16.2%. Sales in the bearings and transmission group, its largest business, were down 18% although profit jumped 50%. Sales also fell in all of its other units. Shares closed Monday at $24.10 and were inactive in premarket trading. -By John Kell, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2480; john.kell@dowjones.com

Stock News for Timken (TKR)
DateTimeHeadline
02/12/201614:31:50Statement of Ownership (sc 13g)
02/12/201613:37:00Timken Declares Quarterly Dividend of 26 Cents Per Share
02/10/201616:08:28Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/10/201610:31:05Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/09/201614:10:23Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/05/201616:32:31Statement of Ownership (sc 13g)
02/03/201607:47:44Current Report Filing (8-k)
02/03/201606:51:00Timken Reports Fourth-Quarter Results, Provides 2016 Outlook
02/02/201617:18:04Current Report Filing (8-k)
01/13/201616:35:00Timken to Announce 2015 Financial Results on Feb. 3
01/11/201616:46:50Annual Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (5)
12/02/201516:42:43Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
11/20/201507:02:02Current Report Filing (8-k)
11/19/201507:33:00Timken To Build New Bearing Plant in Eastern Europe
11/13/201511:23:00Timken Declares Quarterly Dividend of 26 Cents Per Share
10/28/201517:16:09Quarterly Report (10-q)
10/28/201507:56:37Current Report Filing (8-k)
10/28/201506:10:00Timken Reports Third-Quarter Results
10/26/201516:45:00Timken to Present at the Baird 2015 Industrial Conference
10/22/201508:45:00Timken to Present at Goldman Sachs Industrials Investor Conference

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