COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 28, 2017
– Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $845.3 million and net earnings of $56.5 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended May 31, 2017. In the fourth quarter of the prior year, the Company reported net sales of $714.7 million and net earnings of $58.5 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. Net earnings in the prior year quarter included a $6.9 million pre-tax gain related to the consolidation of the Worthington Specialty Processing (WSP) joint venture and $1.9 million of pre-tax restructuring charges. The net after-tax impact of these items increased earnings per diluted share by $0.05.
For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2017, the Company reported net sales of $3.0 billion and net earnings of $204.5 million, or $3.15 per diluted share, up from net earnings of $143.7, or $2.22 per diluted share, in the prior year. Net sales were up 7%, or $194.4 million year over year, driven primarily by higher average selling prices in Steel Processing. Net earnings in the current fiscal year were adversely affected by pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $6.4 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.07. Impairment and restructuring charges in the prior fiscal year resulted in a net pre-tax charge of $33.1 million, which when combined with the $6.9 million pre-tax gain related to the consolidation of WSP reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.26.
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Consolidated Quarterly Results
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“We finished our fiscal year with strong results, leading to record annual earnings per share for the Company,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “While we benefited from rising steel prices, we also saw increases in volume for Steel Processing with improvements in markets such as agriculture. Pressure Cylinders performance was steady for the year despite headwinds caused by softness in the oil & gas equipment market, which showed signs of improving in the fourth quarter. Engineered Cabs also benefited from better agriculture and construction markets. Our joint venture results were down from a year ago as higher steel prices weighed on WAVE’s results.” McConnell added, “I want to congratulate all of our employees for an excellent 2017.”
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $845.3 million, up 18% over the prior year quarter, when net sales were $714.7 million. Steel Processing accounted for the majority of the increase, as average selling prices and overall volume were both up over the prior year quarter.
Gross margin increased $20.4 million over the prior year quarter to $154.8 million, driven by higher shipments and favorable spreads in Steel Processing and improvements in certain Pressure Cylinders businesses. Pricing spreads in Steel Processing benefited from significantly higher inventory holding gains than in the prior year quarter.
Operating income for the current quarter was $70.9 million, an increase of $16.8 million over the prior year quarter. The improvement in gross margin was partially offset by higher SG&A expense, up $5.0 million on higher profit sharing and bonus expense and transaction costs incurred in connection with the June 2, 2017 acquisition of Amtrol, as discussed below under Recent Business Developments
Interest expense was $6.6 million for the current quarter, compared to $8.1 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was due primarily to lower short-term borrowings.
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $8.4 million from the prior year quarter to $25.7 million on lower contributions from ClarkDietrich, WAVE and ArtiFlex. The Company received cash distributions of $17.8 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter for a total of $102.0 million for fiscal 2017, a cash conversion rate of 93% on equity income.
Income tax expense was $30.6 million in the current quarter compared to $24.8 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to favorable discrete items recorded in the prior year quarter. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an annual effective rate of 35.2% compared to 29.8% for the prior year quarter.
At quarter-end, total debt was $578.6 million compared to $577.0 million at February 28, 2017. The Company had $278.1 million of cash at quarter-end, the majority of which was used in funding the Amtrol acquisition, which closed on June 2, 2017.
Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $582.2 million, up 25%, or $116.2 million, over the comparable prior year quarter driven primarily by higher average selling prices. Operating income of $54.2 million was $13.8 million higher than the prior year quarter on higher direct volume and a favorable pricing spread, which benefited from significantly higher inventory holding gains than the prior year quarter. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 54% to 46% in the current quarter, compared to 52% to 48% in the prior year quarter.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $231.5 million, up 6%, or $12.9 million, over the comparable prior year quarter on higher contributions from the oil & gas equipment and industrial products businesses. Operating income of $18.6 million was $5.7 million higher than the prior year quarter driven primarily by market improvements in the oil & gas equipment business, partially offset by a decline in the alternative fuels business.
Engineered Cabs’ net sales of $29.8 million were up $0.7 million, or 2%, over the prior year quarter on higher volume. The operating loss of $0.5 million was $1.2 million less than the prior year quarter on lower restructuring charges and the favorable impact of higher volume.
The “Other” category includes the energy innovations business, as well as non-allocated corporate expenses. Net sales in the “Other” category were $1.8 million, an increase of $0.8 million over the prior year quarter on higher volume in the energy innovations business. Operating income declined $3.9 million due to increases in accrued legal expense and other non-allocated corporate expenses.
Recent Business Developments
- 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 purchase price was approximately $283 million.
- On June 28, 2017, Worthington’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.21 per share payable on September 29, 2017 to shareholders of record on September 15, 2017.
“As we begin our new fiscal year, we are optimistic that we will continue to see improvements in some of our key markets, and we are very pleased to have closed on our largest acquisition to date with the purchase of Amtrol,” McConnell said. “We think the addition of Amtrol, along with the successful traction of Transformation in Pressure Cylinders, provide good momentum and have us well-positioned for growth. All of our businesses are focused on continuing to improve through our Transformation in driving lean practices, with innovation and by strengthening our competitive position in the markets we serve.”
Worthington will review fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and fiscal year end and full-year results during its quarterly conference call on June 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company web site 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 for 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 84 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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Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the effect of national, regional and global economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including a recurrent slowing economy; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; lower oil prices as a factor in demand for products; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of our 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, oil and gas, and other industries in which we participate; 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 we do 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 industries 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, civil unrest, international conflicts, 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 exchange rate exposure and the acceptance of our products in 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 us in the application of our significant accounting policies; level of imports and import prices in our 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 healthcare laws in the United States and potential changes for such laws which may increase our healthcare and other costs and negatively impact our operations and financial results; cyber security risks; 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, 2016.