COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 27, 2017 – Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $848.2 million and net earnings of $45.5 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended August 31, 2017. Net earnings in the quarter included pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $2.3 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.03. In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company reported net sales of $737.5 million and net earnings of $65.6 million, or $1.02 per diluted share. Net earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were aided by significant inventory holding gains and included pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $1.3 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.01.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:
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“We started off our new fiscal year with good results, though not as strong as last year’s record quarter,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “We saw increases in our heavy truck and agriculture volumes, while there was some softening in automotive.” McConnell added, “In the Cylinders business, we saw increasing demand for our oil and gas equipment and integration of our newest acquisition, Amtrol, is going well. While our joint venture ClarkDietrich was negatively impacted by higher steel costs, WAVE and Serviacero both had improved results.”
Consolidated Quarterly Results
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $848.2 million, up 15% over the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $737.5 million. The increase was driven by higher average selling prices in Steel Processing and contributions from the June 2, 2017 acquisition of Amtrol.
Gross margin decreased $14.5 million from the prior year quarter to $132.8 million as contributions from Amtrol were more than offset by lower spreads at Steel Processing, down approximately $23.4 million from the prior year quarter, when rising steel prices led to significant inventory holding gains.
Operating income for the current quarter was $42.2 million, a decrease of $22.7 million from the prior year quarter. In addition to lower gross margin, operating income was negatively impacted by higher SG&A expense, up $7.2 million, due primarily to the Amtrol acquisition.
Interest expense was $8.8 million for the current quarter, compared to $7.9 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to the issuance of $200.0 million of senior unsecured notes due August 1, 2032.
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $7.2 million from the prior year quarter to $27.3 million. ClarkDietrich’s contribution to equity income was $7.9 million lower than the prior year quarter as higher steel prices compressed margins. The Company received cash distributions of $19.6 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter for a total of $102.0 million for fiscal 2017, a cash conversion rate of 72% on equity income.
Income tax expense was $13.0 million in the current quarter compared to $23.9 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was due primarily to lower earnings in the current quarter. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 30.5% compared to 31.2% for the prior year quarter.
At quarter-end, total debt was $780.6 million, up $202.0 million from May 31, 2017, due to the issuance of the 2032 Notes and the acquisition of Amtrol. The Company had $195.9 million of cash at quarter-end. The net assets of Amtrol have been reflected in the Company’s balance sheet since being acquired on June 2, 2017, for approximately $291.9 million.
Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $543.5 million, up 7%, or $37.8 million, over the comparable prior year quarter driven by higher average selling prices. Operating income of $32.9 million was $21.9 million less than the prior year quarter on lower spreads, down approximately $23.4 million from the prior year quarter, when rising steel prices led to significant inventory holding gains. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 56% to 44% in the current quarter, compared to 52% to 48% in the prior year quarter.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $269.8 million, up 31%, or $64.6 million, over the comparable prior year quarter due to contributions from the Amtrol acquisition and higher volumes in the oil & gas equipment business. Operating income of $10.5 million was $3.6 million less than the prior year quarter driven primarily by the non-recurring costs related to the Amtrol acquisition. These costs included purchase accounting adjustments related to inventory, acquisition-related costs and accrued severance. Excluding those non-recurring costs, Amtrol would have reported operating income of $3.4 million. Declines in the alternative fuels business offset improvements in the oil & gas equipment business and lower legacy SG&A spend.
Engineered Cabs’ net sales totaled $31.9 million, up $6.3 million, or 25%, over the prior year quarter on higher volume. The operating loss of $0.4 million was $1.4 million less than the prior year quarter due to the favorable impact of higher volume.
Recent Business Developments
- During the quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 875,000 common shares for $45.1 million at an average price of $51.52.
- On June 2, 2017, the Company acquired Amtrol, a leading manufacturer of pressure cylinders and water system tanks with operations in the U.S. and Europe. The total purchase price was $291.9 million after adjusting for final working capital. The acquisition was funded primarily with cash on hand. The net assets became part of the Company’s Pressure Cylinders operating segment at closing, with the well water and expansion tank operations aligning under the consumer products business and the refrigerant, liquid propane and industrial and specialty gas operations aligning under the industrial products business.
- On July 28, 2017, the Company completed a public offering of $200.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes. The notes bear interest at a rate of 4.3% and mature on August 1, 2032.
“The Company is operating well as we continue to institute lean practices within our businesses, improving operations at all levels,” McConnell said. “We believe that most of the markets we serve are healthy with some showing more strength than others. We are off to a good start in fiscal 2018.”
Worthington will review fiscal 2018 first quarter and fiscal year results during its quarterly conference call on September 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.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 2017 fiscal year sales of $3.0 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 propane, refrigerant and industrial gases and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions 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 85 facilities in 11 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.
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