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Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2010 Year-end and Fourth Quarter Results

CLEVELAND, Aug 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 year ended June 30, 2010.

Fiscal 2010 full-year sales were $1,893,208,000, down 1.6% from fiscal 2009 sales of $1,923,148,000. Net income for the year was $65,903,000 or $1.54 per share, compared to $42,260,000 or $0.99 per share in fiscal 2009, an increase in net income of 55.9%. Fiscal 2009 results included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge that reduced earnings by $0.54 per share. The charge was primarily associated with the August 2008 acquisition of Fluid Power Resource.

Net sales for the fourth quarter were $523,071,000, up 23.0% from prior year sales of $425,183,000 for the comparable period. Net income for the quarter was $27,704,000 or $0.64 per share, an improvement of 85% compared to last year's fourth quarter adjusted to remove the impairment charge.

Commenting on results, Applied Chairman & Chief Executive Officer David L. Pugh said, "We began fiscal 2010 prepared for a tough industrial market. Our sales growth initiatives and operating disciplines helped us perform well during the first six months of the fiscal year despite ongoing weaknesses in the overall economy. We tightly managed expenses and assets which helped us take advantage of the significant sales increase we experienced in the second half as the economy improved. During the second half, and especially in the fourth quarter, our asset management efforts generated LIFO layer liquidation benefits that positively impacted our income statement.

"We are very pleased with our operating performance in fiscal 2010 and are looking forward to more improvement in fiscal 2011. Some industries such as housing are struggling. Manufacturing, which led the recovery, is relatively strong. While there is unusual uncertainty about where the industrial economy is headed over the next 12 months, we are still expecting growth in fiscal 2011. We expect earnings per share for fiscal 2011 to be in the range of $1.70 to $1.95, on expected sales of $2.05 billion to $2.25 billion."

Applied will host its conference call for investors and analysts at 11 a.m. ET, today. The call will be conducted by Chairman & CEO David L. Pugh, President & COO Benjamin J. Mondics, and Vice President & CFO Mark O. Eisele. To join the call, dial 1-800-774-6070 (for US/Canada callers) or 1-630-691-2753 (for International callers) prior to the scheduled start using passcode 8221480. A live audio webcast can be accessed online at www.Applied.com. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 1-888-843-8996 (for US/Canada callers) or 1-630-652-3044 (International) using passcode 8221480.

With approximately 460 facilities and 4,500 employee associates across North America, Applied Industrial Technologies is an industrial distributor that offers more than 4 million parts critical to the operations of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training, plus solutions to meet inventory and storeroom management needs that help provide enhanced value to its customers. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Applied posted sales of $1.89 billion. Applied can be visited on the Internet at http://www.applied.com.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. Applied intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are often identified by qualifiers such as "expect" and similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including trends in the industrial sector of the economy, and other risk factors identified in Applied's most recent periodic report and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by Applied or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Applied assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, or events, or otherwise.

         APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME
              -------------------------------------------
             (Amounts in thousands, except per share data)


                                     Three Months
                                        Ended               Year Ended
                                      June 30,               June 30,
                                    2010      2009        2010        2009
                                    ----      ----        ----        ----
    Net Sales                   $523,071  $425,183  $1,893,208  $1,923,148
    Cost of sales                370,054   308,946   1,377,486   1,403,138
    -------------                -------   -------   ---------   ---------
                                 153,017   116,237     515,722     520,010
    Selling, distribution and
     administrative,
       including depreciation    106,548    94,340     405,672     410,912
    Goodwill impairment                     36,605                  36,605
    -------------------                     ------                  ------
    Operating Income (Loss)       46,469  (14,708)     110,050      72,493
    Interest expense, net          1,537     1,254       5,458       4,424
    Other expense (income),
     net                             217      (868)       (425)      2,255
    -----------------------          ---      ----        ----       -----
    Income (Loss) Before
     Income Taxes                 44,715  (15,094)     105,017      65,814
    Income Tax Expense
     (Benefit)                    17,011    (7,064)     39,114      23,554
    Net Income (Loss)            $27,704   $(8,030)    $65,903     $42,260
    -----------------            -------   -------     -------     -------
    Net Income (Loss) Per
     Share -Basic                  $0.65    $(0.19)      $1.56       $1.00
    =====================          =====    ======       =====       =====
    Net Income (Loss) Per
     Share -Diluted                $0.64    $(0.19)      $1.54       $0.99
    =====================          =====    ======       =====       =====
    Average Shares Outstanding
     -Basic                       42,352    42,272      42,312      42,287
    ==========================    ======    ======      ======      ======
    Average Shares Outstanding
     -Diluted                     43,124    42,768      42,917      42,794
    ==========================    ======    ======      ======      ======


NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(1) Applied uses the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of valuing U.S. inventory. An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method can only be made at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management's estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs and are subject to the final year-end LIFO inventory determination.

Applied began a planned effort to reduce certain excess U.S. inventories in July of 2009 and continued the effort throughout fiscal 2010. These reductions resulted in the liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities carried at lower costs prevailing in prior years. As a result, a LIFO benefit reduced our cost of goods sold by $16.2 million in the fourth quarter and by $23.5 million for the year ended June 30, 2010, equating to a $0.23 and a $0.33 earnings per share benefit, respectively. The overall LIFO reserves were reduced by the same amounts.

If inventory levels had remained constant with the June 30, 2009 levels, instead of recording the benefit as described in the above paragraph, the Company would have recorded LIFO expense of $6.9 million in the three months and $19.2 million for the year ended June 30, 2010.

The overall impact of LIFO layer liquidations during the three months and year ended June 30, 2010, increased gross profit by $23.1 million and $42.7 million, respectively. LIFO layer liquidations recorded in fiscal 2009 increased gross profit by $4.4 million.

(2) In the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge that decreased operating income by $36,605, net income by $23,000 and net income per share by $0.54.

         APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 -------------------------------------
                         (Amounts in thousands)


                                                  June 30,      June 30,
                                                      2010          2009
                                                      ----          ----

    Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                   $175,777       $27,642
      Accounts receivable, net of allowances of
       $6,379 and $6,464                           246,402       198,792
      Inventories                                  173,253       254,690
      Other current assets                          23,428        44,470
      --------------------                          ------        ------
           Total current assets                    618,860       525,594
      Property, net                                 58,471        62,735
      Intangibles, net                              85,916        95,832
      Goodwill                                      63,405        63,108
      Other assets                                  64,868        62,059
      ------------                                  ------        ------
    Total Assets                                  $891,520      $809,328
    ============                                  ========      ========

    Liabilities
      Accounts payable                             $94,529       $80,655
      Short-term debt                               75,000         5,000
      Other accrued liabilities                    101,803        70,901
      -------------------------                    -------        ------
           Total current liabilities               271,332       156,556
      Long-term debt                                              75,000
      Other liabilities                             65,149        69,670
      -----------------                             ------        ------
    Total Liabilities                              336,481       301,226
    -----------------                              -------       -------
    Shareholders' Equity                           555,039       508,102
    --------------------                           -------       -------
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity    $891,520      $809,328
    ==========================================    ========      ========


         APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
            CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
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                         (Amounts in thousands)


                                                          Year Ended June
                                                                 30,
                                                          ----------------
                                                         2010            2009
                                                         ----            ----

    Cash Flows from Operating Activities
      Net income                                      $65,903         $42,260
      Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
       cash provided
        by operating activities:
        Goodwill impairment                                            36,605
        Depreciation                                   11,465          12,736
        Amortization of intangibles                    10,151           9,655
        Amortization of stock options and
         appreciation rights                            3,020           3,702
        Gain on sale of property                         (198)           (320)
        Treasury shares contributed to employee
         benefit and deferred
            compensation plans and other share-based
             compensation                               2,361             800
        Changes in operating assets and liabilities,
         net of acquisitions                           86,710         (12,836)
        Other, net                                      4,912         (11,302)
        ----------                                      -----         -------
    Net Cash provided by Operating Activities         184,324          81,300
    -----------------------------------------         -------          ------
    Cash Flows from Investing Activities
      Property purchases                               (7,216)         (6,988)
      Proceeds from property sales                        532             757
      Net cash paid for acquisition of businesses,
       net of cash acquired                              (100)       (172,199)
    Net Cash used in Investing Activities              (6,784)       (178,430)
    ----------------------------------------------     ------        --------
    Cash Flows from Financing Activities
      Net short-term (repayments) borrowings
       under revolving credit facility                 (5,000)          5,000
      Borrowings under revolving credit facility
       classified as long-term                                         50,000
      Purchases of treasury shares                     (3,929)         (1,210)
      Dividends paid                                 (25,416)         (25,378)
      Excess tax benefits from share-based
       compensation                                     2,492             802
      Exercise of stock options and appreciation
       rights                                           1,339             408
      Other                                                            (1,120)
      -----                                                            ------
    Net Cash provided by (used in) Financing
     Activities                                      (30,514)          28,502
    ----------------------------------------          -------          ------
    Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash             1,109          (5,560)
    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash
     equivalents                                      148,135         (74,188)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
     period                                            27,642         101,830
    -----------------------------------------          ------         -------
    Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period       $175,777         $27,642
    ==========================================       ========         =======


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