Q2 2015 Worthington Industries Earnings Conference Call
COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 18, 2014
– Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $871.0 million and net earnings of $29.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended November 30, 2014. In last year’s second quarter, the Company reported net sales of $769.9 million and net earnings of $23.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, net earnings were $37.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the current quarter compared to $40.4 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the comparable prior year quarter. A reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the supplemental financial data.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:
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Steel Processing had a great quarter with increased volume as they continued to perform well,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “However, while we had strong revenue growth across the Company, we were disappointed we did not meet our own Company-wide expectations for results this quarter. We have a couple areas needing attention, particularly one operation in our oil and gas equipment business and one in Engineered Cabs. Both had elevated manufacturing costs and the oil and gas equipment business facility had a product miss on the commercial side. These are isolated issues and we are taking corrective steps so that we continue our Company’s forward momentum.”
Consolidated Quarterly Results
Net sales for the second quarter ended November 30, 2014, were $871.0 million, up 13% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $769.9 million. The increase was driven largely by higher volume in Steel Processing and the impact of recent acquisitions in Pressure Cylinders.
Gross margin declined $3.0 million from the prior year quarter to $125.2 million. Higher manufacturing expenses in all three business units combined with the unfavorable impact of inventory holding losses in Steel Processing in the current quarter, compared to inventory holding gains in the prior year quarter, more than offset the impact of higher volume.
Operating income increased $13.7 million in the current quarter to $33.2 million as impairment charges in the current quarter were down $16.5 million from the prior year. Impairment charges in the current quarter include $6.3 million related to the Company’s 60%-owned consolidated joint venture in India, $3.2 million related to the Company’s aluminum high-pressure cylinder business in New Albany, Miss., $2.4 million related to the Advanced Component Technologies business in Engineered Cabs, $1.2 million related to the military construction business and $1.1 million related to certain non-core Steel Processing assets. The prior year included a $30.7 million impairment charge related to the write-off of certain trade name assets.
Interest expense was $9.7 million for the current quarter, compared to $6.3 million in the comparable period in the prior year. The increase was due to the impact of higher average debt levels resulting from the issuance of $250.0 million of notes in April 2014.
Equity in net income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $1.2 million over the prior year quarter to $22.3 million on net sales of $388.7 million. The overall increase was driven by WAVE and ArtiFlex, where Worthington’s portion of equity income increased by $2.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively. However, income from ClarkDietrich decreased $1.9 million on lower volumes.
Income tax expense was $15.6 million in the current quarter compared to $8.5 million in the comparable quarter in the prior year. The increase was due to higher earnings and a higher effective tax rate. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 33.5% compared to 27.8% for the prior year quarter.
At quarter end, total debt was $685.6 million, up $19.0 million from August 31, 2014, as a result of borrowings against a long-term credit facility entered into by the consolidated joint venture in Turkey in September 2014. The Company had $96.5 million of cash at quarter end, which will be used to repay $100.0 million of current notes due in December 2014.
Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales of $552.8 million were up 12%, or $60.6 million, due to the combined impact of higher volume and higher average selling prices. Operating income decreased slightly from the prior year quarter to $33.9 million due to higher manufacturing expenses and the unfavorable impact of inventory holding losses in the current quarter compared to inventory holding gains in the prior year quarter. The change between the inventory holding gains and losses more than offset the impact of higher volume.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales of $252.7 million were up 18%, or $38.7 million, from the comparable prior year quarter driven by recent acquisitions. Operating income increased $1.3 million over the prior year quarter to $9.6 million as contributions from recent acquisitions were largely offset by higher manufacturing and SG&A expense.
Engineered Cabs’ net sales increased $3.7 million in the current quarter to $51.5 million on higher volume. Operating loss in the current quarter decreased $15.3 million to $5.6 million due to the favorable impact of lower impairment charges, which were down $16.7 million from the prior year quarter. Excluding the impact of the impairment charges, operating income was down $1.4 million largely due to several start-up programs driving an increase in manufacturing expenses.
The “Other” category includes the Construction Services and Energy Innovations operating segments, as well as non-allocated corporate expenses. Operations in the “Other” category reported net sales of $14.0 million, a decrease of $1.9 million from the prior year quarter, mostly due to reductions in the Energy Innovations business. The “Other” category reported an operating loss of $4.7 million driven by losses within Construction Services, which included a $1.2 million impairment charge related to the military construction business.
Recent Business Developments
- On October 20, 2014, the Company acquired an 80% interest in dHybrid Systems, LLC, a leader in compressed natural gas fuel systems for large trucks. The remaining 20% was retained by the founding member.
- On November 13, 2014, the Company’s consolidated tailor welded blanking joint venture, TWB, opened a new facility in Cambridge, Ontario. The facility will initially operate one laser welding line with the capacity to produce 2 million tailor welded blanks per year.
- During the quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 600,000 common shares for $21.5 million at an average price of $35.91.
- On December 17, 2014, Worthington Industries board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share payable on March 27, 2015 to shareholders of record on March 13, 2015.
“There are solid areas of growth, particularly in automotive, where we are working with our customers on a number of initiatives including light weighting solutions,” McConnell said. “We expect Steel Processing to continue to perform well. There are some markets, like agriculture, where we are seeing slower demand. However, the Company is on track to continue to reach our primary goal of year-over-year earnings growth and positive cash flow.”
Worthington will review second quarter results during its quarterly conference call on December 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at www.WorthingtonIndustries.com.
About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2014 fiscal year sales of $3.1 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for industrial gas and cryogenic applications, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil and gas equipment, and brand consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions, scuba diving and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 82 facilities in 10 countries.
Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.
Safe Harbor Statement
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Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the effect of national, regional and worldwide economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including a recurrent slowing economy; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of the Company’s products; fluctuations in the pricing, quality or availability of raw materials (particularly steel), supplies, transportation, utilities and other items required by operations; effects of facility closures and the consolidation of operations; the effect of financial difficulties, consolidation and other changes within the steel, automotive, construction and other industries in which the Company participates; failure to maintain appropriate levels of inventories; financial difficulties (including bankruptcy filings) of original equipment manufacturers, end-users and customers, suppliers, joint venture partners and others with whom the Company does business; the ability to realize targeted expense reductions from headcount reductions, facility closures and other cost reduction efforts; the ability to realize other cost savings and operational, sales and sourcing improvements and efficiencies, and other expected benefits from transformation initiatives, on a timely basis; the overall success of, and the ability to integrate newly-acquired businesses and joint ventures, maintain and develop their customers, and achieve synergies and other expected benefits and cost savings therefrom; capacity levels and efficiencies, within facilities, within major product markets and within the industry as a whole; the effect of disruption in the business of suppliers, customers, facilities and shipping operations due to adverse weather, casualty events, equipment breakdowns, acts of war or terrorist activities or other causes; changes in customer demand, inventories, spending patterns, product choices, and supplier choices; risks associated with doing business internationally, including economic, political and social instability, foreign currency exposure and the acceptance of our products in these markets; the ability to improve and maintain processes and business practices to keep pace with the economic, competitive and technological environment; the outcome of adverse claims experience with respect to workers’ compensation, product recalls or product liability, casualty events or other matters; deviation of actual results from estimates and/or assumptions used by the Company in the application of its significant accounting policies; level of imports and import prices in the Company’s markets; the impact of judicial rulings and governmental regulations, both in the United States and abroad, including those adopted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental agencies as contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the effect of changes to healthcare laws in the United States which may increase our healthcare and other costs and negatively impact our operations and financial results; and other risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in “Part I – Item 1A. – Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2014.