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Oshkosh Truck Reports Record Fiscal Year 2006 EPS Up 26.6 Percent to $2.76 and Fourth Quarter EPS Up 13.8 Percent to $0.66


OSHKOSH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2006--Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and bodies, today reported that, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, earnings per share ("EPS") increased 26.6 percent to $2.76 on sales of $3.43 billion and net income of $205.5 million. This compares with EPS of $2.18 on sales of $2.96 billion and net income of $160.2 million in fiscal 2005. These results exceeded Oshkosh's most recent EPS estimate range for fiscal 2006 of $2.70 - $2.75 per share. Oshkosh also reaffirmed its estimated range for fiscal 2007 EPS of $3.05 to $3.15 on a stand-alone basis, excluding the effects of Oshkosh's pending acquisition of JLG Industries, Inc. ("JLG"). Oshkosh expects the acquisition of JLG to be modestly accretive to its fiscal 2007 estimated EPS after giving effect to estimated non-cash charges relating to amortization of acquired intangibles and other transaction-related costs.

Sales increased 9.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 to $904.4 million. Operating income increased 3.5 percent to $76.6 million, or 8.5 percent of sales. Net income was up 15.1 percent to $49.2 million, or $0.66 per share, in the fourth quarter. The increase in earnings compared to the prior year quarter was primarily driven by an increase in commercial segment operating income of over 275 percent. These earnings for the commercial segment combined with strong earnings from the fire and emergency segment more than offset a decline in defense segment earnings compared to the prior year quarter due to a slow-down in sales of parts and services for the U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD").

Commenting on the results, Robert G. Bohn, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "Oshkosh delivered its most successful financial performance ever in fiscal 2006 and capped a decade-long record of significant shareholder value creation. I believe this continuous improvement of financial results reflects well on our business and on our consistent execution of our core growth strategies. We anticipate that the pending JLG Industries acquisition will help us build on this record."

Bohn continued, "I'm particularly pleased with the improved performance in our commercial segment throughout fiscal 2006 and with their strong finish in the second half of the year. Our recent acquisition of Iowa Mold Tooling provided higher than anticipated contribution in the quarter.

"Our fire and emergency segment closed the year with a strong performance in the quarter although an inventory write-off and other charges at our ambulance facility held back overall segment earnings. Our airport and towing products sales were especially solid during the quarter," added Bohn.

"While our defense parts and service sales softened during the fourth quarter, we see the recently passed federal budget bill as favorable to Oshkosh's defense business for fiscal 2007 and fiscal 2008. We expect that our defense business will gain momentum in our second quarter of fiscal 2007 and finish strong in the second half of the fiscal year," continued Bohn.

Bohn concluded, "Based on progress to date, we anticipate closing the JLG acquisition in December or January, following attainment of necessary JLG shareholder and regulatory approvals. I'm extremely pleased that JLG and their employees will be joining our corporation. JLG is an exceptional capital goods company that provides scale, solid market and synergy opportunities, and balance to Oshkosh's business portfolio."

Factors affecting fourth quarter results for the Company's business segments included:

Fire and emergency--Fire and emergency segment sales increased 27.0 percent to $268.4 million for the quarter compared to the prior year quarter. Operating income was up 12.6 percent to $21.4 million, or 8.0 percent of sales, compared to 9.0 percent of sales in the prior year quarter. Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 included pre-tax charges totaling $4.0 million, or 1.5 percent of segment sales for the quarter, related to the write-off of inventory and other charges at Oshkosh's ambulance facility. The acquisition of AK Specialty Vehicles ("AK") contributed sales of $16.5 million in the fourth quarter and flat operating income due to the impact of purchase accounting adjustments. The higher sales level also reflected strong order flows for airport products, towing equipment and fire apparatus. The increase in operating income was primarily driven by the increase in airport product and towing equipment sales as well as an improved product mix.

Defense--Defense segment sales decreased 7.4 percent to $328.6 million for the quarter compared to the prior year's fourth quarter. The decrease in sales resulted from lower parts and service sales due to a slow-down in DoD spending prior to the end of its fiscal year, offset in part by higher sales of new trucks for international customers.

Operating income in the fourth quarter was down 13.2 percent to $54.8 million, or 16.7 percent of sales, compared to operating income in the prior year quarter of $63.2 million, or 17.8 percent of sales. The decrease in operating income for the fourth quarter was due to the decrease in parts and service sales.

Commercial--Commercial segment sales increased 19.7 percent to $319.1 million for the quarter. Operating income increased 278.4 percent to $17.2 million, or 5.4 percent of sales, compared to $4.5 million, or 1.7 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in sales for the segment was largely due to strong demand at the Company's North American businesses in advance of diesel engine emissions standards changes effective January 1, 2007 and the inclusion of $15.9 million of sales from Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. ("IMT") since the date of acquisition, offset in part by lower unit sales at the Company's European refuse business.

The significant increase in the operating income margin in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 resulted from both higher price realization and cost reduction in North America, and the inclusion of $1.7 million of operating income from IMT, offset in part by a $0.9 million operating loss at the Company's European refuse business. The loss at the Company's European refuse business resulted from lower production volumes due to the consolidation of certain large customers in the United Kingdom and chassis supply issues in France.

Corporate and other--Operating expenses and inter-segment profit elimination increased $4.1 million to $16.8 million. The increase in the fourth quarter was largely due to an additional $2.5 million of stock option expense due to the adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123(R), "Share Based Payments," and $0.8 million of expenses related to the Company's new office in China. Interest expense net of interest income in the fourth quarter was $1.0 million, compared to $0.3 million in the prior year quarter. Higher interest costs were largely due to increased borrowings to fund the acquisitions of AK and IMT.

The provision for income taxes in the fourth quarter decreased to 35.7 percent of pre-tax income, compared to 41.4 percent of pre-tax income in the prior year quarter. The lower rate reflected the favorable settlement of a state income tax audit and lower unbenefitted foreign losses than anticipated.

The Company's cash balances declined $199.7 million during the fourth quarter to $22.0 million at September 30, 2006, and its total debt rose $61.1 million during the quarter to $89.7 million at September 30, 2006 due primarily to cash payments to fund the acquisitions of AK and IMT.

Full-Year Results

The Company reported that EPS increased 26.6 percent to $2.76 per share for fiscal 2006 on sales of $3.43 billion and net income of $205.5 million compared to $2.18 per share for fiscal 2005 on sales of $2.96 billion and net income of $160.2 million. Results for fiscal 2005 included Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement ("MTVR") base contract life-to-date margin adjustments totaling $24.7 million. This contract was accounted for under the percentage of completion method. The MTVR base contract was completed in June 2005.

Operating income increased 22.0 percent to $325.9 million, or 9.5 percent of sales, in fiscal 2006 compared to $267.2 million, or 9.0 percent of sales, in fiscal 2005.

Dividend Announcement

Oshkosh Truck Corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share of Common Stock. The dividend, unchanged from the immediately preceding quarter, will be payable November 22, 2006 to shareholders of record as of November 14, 2006.

The Company will comment on fourth quarter and fiscal year 2006 earnings and expectations for fiscal 2007 during a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time this morning. Viewer-controlled slides for the call will be available on the Company's website beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time this morning. The call will be webcast simultaneously over the Internet as a service to investors. To access the webcast, investors should go to at least 15 minutes prior to the event and follow instructions for listening to the broadcast. An audio replay of the call and related question and answer session will be available for twelve months at this website.

Oshkosh Truck Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty commercial, fire and emergency and military vehicles and bodies. Oshkosh's products are valued worldwide by fire and emergency units, defense forces, municipal and airport support services, and concrete placement and refuse businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "project" or "plan" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the Company's ability to complete the JLG acquisition and the consequences of financial leverage associated therewith; the challenges of integrating acquired businesses including JLG, AK and IMT; the Company's ability to turnaround its Geesink Norba Group business; the cyclical nature of the Company's commercial and fire and emergency markets; risks related to reductions in government expenditures and the uncertainty of government contracts; the availability of defense truck carcasses for remanufacturing; risks associated with the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system at McNeilus(R); the success of the Revolution(R) composite concrete mixer drum; the availability of commercial chassis and certain chassis components including engines; and risks associated with international operations and sales, including foreign currency fluctuations. In addition, the Company's expectations for fiscal 2007 are based in part on certain assumptions made by the Company, including without limitation those relating to the Company's ability to close and integrate JLG as well as integrate AK and IMT and achieve targeted synergies for each acquisition; the Company's ability to turnaround the Geesink Norba Group business sufficiently to support its current valuation resulting in no non-cash impairment charge for Geesink Norba Group goodwill; the Company's ability to grow its operating income despite anticipated lower industry demand resulting from changes to diesel engine emissions standards effective January 1, 2007; the Company's estimates for the level of concrete placement activity, housing starts, non-residential construction spending and mortgage rates; the performance of the U.S. and European economies generally; the Company's expectations as to timing of receipt of sales orders and payments and execution and funding of defense contracts; the Company's ability to achieve cost reductions and operating efficiencies, in particular at JLG, McNeilus and the Geesink Norba Group; the anticipated level of production and margins associated with the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles contract, the Indefinite Demand/Indefinite Quantity truck remanufacturing contract, the MTVR follow-on contract, the LVSR contract and international defense truck contracts; the expected level and timing of U.S. Department of Defense procurement of replacement parts and services and funding thereof; the Company's estimates for capital expenditures of rental companies for JLG's products, of municipalities for fire and emergency and refuse products, of airports for aircraft rescue and snow removal products and of large commercial waste haulers generally and with the Company; federal funding levels for U.S. Department of Homeland Security and spending by governmental entities on homeland security apparatus; the availability of chassis components including engines and commercial chassis generally; the Company's planned spending on product development and bid and proposal activities with respect to defense truck procurement competitions and the outcome of such competitions; the expected level of commercial "package" body and purchased chassis sales compared to "body only" sales; the Company's estimates of the impact of changing fuel prices and credit availability on capital spending of towing operators; anticipated levels of capital expenditures; the Company's estimates for costs relating to litigation, product warranty, product liability, insurance, stock options and restricted stock awards, personnel and raw materials; the Company's estimates for debt levels, interest rates, working capital needs and effective tax rates; and that the Company does not complete any further acquisitions other than JLG. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 8-K filed today.

This press release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of JLG Industries by Oshkosh Truck. In connection with the proposed acquisition, JLG Industries plans to file a proxy statement with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF JLG INDUSTRIES ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION. The final proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of JLG Industries. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement when it becomes available, and other documents filed by JLG Industries with the SEC, at the SEC's web site at Free copies of the proxy statement, when it becomes available, and JLG Industries' other filings with the SEC may also be obtained from JLG Industries. Free copies of JLG Industries' filings may be obtained by directing a request to JLG Industries, Inc., 13224 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-2678, Attention: Investor Relations.

Oshkosh Truck, JLG Industries and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of their management and employees may be deemed to be soliciting proxies from JLG Industries' shareholders in favor of the proposed acquisition. Information regarding Oshkosh Truck's directors and executive officers is available in Oshkosh Truck's proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on December 20, 2005. Information regarding JLG Industries' directors and executive officers is available in JLG Industries' proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on October 2, 2006. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.

                      OSHKOSH TRUCK CORPORATION

                           Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                              September 30,         September 30,
                           ------------------- -----------------------
                             2006      2005       2006        2005
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
                            (In thousands, except per share amounts)

Net sales                  $904,353  $823,716  $3,427,388  $2,959,900
Cost of sales               749,650   688,274   2,819,107   2,465,130
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
Gross income                154,703   135,442     608,281     494,770

Operating expenses:
   Selling, general and
    administrative           75,371    59,543     273,988     219,875
   Amortization of
    purchased intangibles     2,748     1,925       8,365       7,693
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
Total operating expenses     78,119    61,468     282,353     227,568
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Operating income             76,584    73,974     325,928     267,202

Other income (expense):
   Interest expense          (3,142)   (1,865)     (7,354)     (8,235)
   Interest income            2,150     1,553       6,607       3,052
   Miscellaneous, net           466    (1,061)       (243)     (1,898)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
                               (526)   (1,373)       (990)     (7,081)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Income before provision for
 income taxes,
   equity in earnings of
   affiliates and minority
    interest                 76,058    72,601     324,938     260,121

Provision for income taxes   27,133    30,072     121,194     102,267
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Income before equity in
 earnings of
    affiliates and
   minority interest         48,925    42,529     203,744     157,854

Equity in earnings of
   affiliates, net of
    income taxes                406       603       2,284       2,920

Minority interest, net of
 income taxes                  (121)     (380)       (499)       (569)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------

Net income                 $ 49,210  $ 42,752  $  205,529  $  160,205
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Earnings per share:
   Basic                   $   0.67  $   0.59  $     2.81  $     2.22
   Diluted                     0.66      0.58        2.76        2.18

Basic weighted average
 shares outstanding          73,236    72,915      73,160      71,294
Effect of dilutive
  Class A Common Stock            -         -           -         944
  Stock options and
    compensation awards       1,235     1,195       1,240       1,384
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
Diluted weighted average
 shares outstanding          74,471    74,110      74,400      73,622
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========
                      OSHKOSH TRUCK CORPORATION

                                              September 30,
                                         2006              2005
                                    ---------------- -----------------
                                              (In thousands)
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents        $        22,012  $        127,507
   Receivables, net                         317,920           280,247
   Inventories, net                         589,770           489,997
   Deferred income taxes                     53,183            36,618
   Other current assets                      20,509            20,015
                                    ---------------- -----------------
         Total current assets             1,003,394           954,384
Investment in unconsolidated
 affiliates                                  19,273            20,280
Property, plant and equipment               416,803           355,341
Less accumulated depreciation              (184,908)         (162,315)
                                    ---------------- -----------------
   Property, plant and equipment,
    net                                     231,895           193,026
Goodwill, net                               558,724           399,875
Purchased intangible assets, net            219,239           128,525
Other long-term assets                       78,383            22,213
                                    ---------------- -----------------
Total assets                        $     2,110,908  $      1,718,303
                                    ================ =================

Current liabilities:
   Accounts payable                 $       236,455  $        226,768
   Revolving credit facility and
    current maturities
      of long-term debt                      87,516            21,521
   Customer advances                        266,705           303,090
   Floor plan notes payable                  48,441            21,332
   Payroll-related obligations               59,386            47,460
   Income taxes payable                      12,849            11,571
   Accrued warranty                          56,929            39,546
   Deferred revenue                          35,355            25,457
   Other current liabilities                 78,438            78,794
                                    ---------------- -----------------
         Total current liabilities          882,074           775,539
Long-term debt                                2,176             2,589
Deferred income taxes                       100,032            55,443
Other long-term liabilities                  60,963            62,917
Commitments and contingencies
Minority interest                             3,758             3,145
Shareholders' equity                      1,061,905           818,670
                                    ---------------- -----------------
Total liabilities and shareholders'
 equity                             $     2,110,908  $      1,718,303
                                    ================ =================
                      OSHKOSH TRUCK CORPORATION

                                                      Year Ended
                                                    September 30,
                                                   2006        2005
                                                ----------- ----------
                                                    (In thousands)
Operating activities:
   Net income                                   $  205,529  $ 160,205
   Non-cash and other adjustments                   28,449     36,564
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities     (56,571)    15,542
                                                ----------- ----------
      Net cash provided by operating activities    177,407    212,311

Investing activities:
   Acquisition of businesses, net of cash
    acquired                                      (272,842)   (31,286)
   Additions to property, plant and equipment      (56,020)   (43,174)
   Proceeds from sales of assets                       798        204
   Distribution of capital from unconsolidated
    affiliates                                       1,601          -
   (Increase) decrease in other long-term assets      (867)     5,747
                                                ----------- ----------
      Net cash used by investing activities       (327,330)   (68,509)

Financing activities:
   Net borrowings (repayments) under revolving
    credit facility                                 64,434    (51,613)
   Proceeds from exercise of stock options           3,462     24,257
   Purchase of Common Stock                         (1,030)      (612)
   Repayment of long-term debt                        (586)      (656)
   Excess tax benefits from stock-based
    compensation                                     4,096          -
   Dividends paid                                  (27,122)   (16,022)
                                                ----------- ----------
      Net cash provided (used) by financing
       activities                                   43,254    (44,646)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash              1,174     (1,730)
                                                ----------- ----------

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (105,495)    97,426

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   127,507     30,081
                                                ----------- ----------

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period      $   22,012  $ 127,507
                                                =========== ==========

Supplementary disclosure:
   Depreciation and amortization                $   37,467  $  31,712
                      OSHKOSH TRUCK CORPORATION
                         SEGMENT INFORMATION

                           Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                              September 30,         September 30,
                           ------------------- -----------------------
                             2006      2005       2006        2005
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
                                         (In thousands)
Net sales to unaffiliated
   Fire and emergency      $268,417  $211,414  $  961,467  $  841,465
   Defense                  328,573   354,969   1,317,237   1,061,064
   Commercial               319,092   266,514   1,190,323   1,085,700
    eliminations            (11,729)   (9,181)    (41,639)    (28,329)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
      Consolidated         $904,353  $823,716  $3,427,388  $2,959,900
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Operating income (expense):
   Fire and emergency      $ 21,437  $ 19,039  $   89,999  $   79,619
   Defense(1)                54,841    63,195     242,271     210,232
   Commercial                17,155     4,534      66,179      23,829
   Corporate and other      (16,849)  (12,794)    (72,521)    (46,478)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
      Consolidated         $ 76,584  $ 73,974  $  325,928  $  267,202
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Period-end backlog:
   Fire and emergency                          $  643,026  $  526,200
   Defense                                        852,369   1,199,924
   Commercial                                     418,898     217,935
                                               ----------- -----------
      Consolidated                             $1,914,293  $1,944,059
                                               =========== ===========
(1) Includes the following cumulative life-to-date adjustments to
income due to an increase in margins on the Company's MTVR base

                                  Three Months Ended    Year Ended
                                    September 30,      September 30,
                                  ------------------ -----------------
                                    2006     2005     2006     2005
                                  --------- -------- ------- ---------
                                   (In thousands, except percentages)
Increase in operating income      $      -  $     -   $   -  $ 24,700
Increase in margin percentage            -        -       -       2.5%
Margin percentage at period-end                           -      10.1%

CONTACT: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Patrick N. Davidson (Financial), 920-966-5939
Vice President, Investor Relations
Kirsten A. Skyba (Media), 920-233-9621
Vice President, Communications

SOURCE: Oshkosh Truck Corporation