COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 19, 2017 – Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $871.3 million and net earnings of $39.4 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended November 30, 2017. Net earnings in the quarter included pre-tax impairment charges of $8.3 million and a net pre-tax restructuring gain of $9.7 million, which combined to increase earnings per diluted share by $0.01. Results for the current quarter also included a charge of $3.6 million within equity income to reflect a new cost-sharing agreement at the Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE) joint venture, which required an adjustment for the period covering January 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017. The after-tax impact of this item reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.04 in the quarter. In the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company reported net sales of $727.8 million and net earnings of $46.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share. Net earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 included pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $3.3 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.03.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:
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“We had the second best, second quarter results in our history,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries. “We saw improvement in our Pressure Cylinders segment, with especially strong results in consumer product volumes driven by our 14 and 16 oz. camping cylinders and solid earnings from our Amtrol acquisition. Lower toll volumes in Steel Processing and lower equity income from our joint ventures led to a decline from the year ago quarter. We also had a charge at WAVE for parent company allocations.” McConnell added, “All in all, most of the markets we serve were steady.”
Consolidated Quarterly Results
Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $871.3 million, up 20% over the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $727.8 million. The increase was driven by contributions from the June 2, 2017 acquisition of Amtrol, higher overall volumes in Pressure Cylinders, and higher average direct selling prices in Steel Processing.
Gross margin increased $17.3 million over the prior year quarter to $140.1 million on contributions from the Amtrol acquisition and higher overall volumes in Pressure Cylinders, partially offset by lower direct spreads in Steel Processing.
Operating income for the current quarter was $52.1 million, an increase of $9.0 million over the prior year quarter. The increase was driven by higher gross margin and lower combined impairment and restructuring charges, partially offset by higher SG&A expense, up $12.9 million, due primarily to the Amtrol acquisition.
Interest expense was $10.0 million for the current quarter, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to the July 2017 issuance of $200.0 million of 4.3% senior unsecured notes due August 1, 2032.
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $10.7 million from the prior year quarter to $16.4 million on lower contributions from WAVE, ClarkDietrich and ArtiFlex. WAVE’s contribution to equity income was $5.0 million lower than the prior year quarter due primarily to an increase in allocated costs resulting from a new cost-sharing agreement between the joint venture and its partners, which required an adjustment of $3.6 million to equity income for the period covering January 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017. The Company’s portion of allocated costs for the period covering the current quarter were approximately $1.3 million, but this run rate is expected to decline 40 to 50% once the sale of the international business closes in 2018. The majority of the increase in allocated costs were from the joint venture partner and therefore are not offset elsewhere in the Company’s results. ClarkDietrich’s contribution to equity income was $3.9 million lower than the prior year quarter as higher steel prices compressed margins. ArtiFlex’s equity income was $1.3 million below the prior year quarter, primarily due to a decline in its offload business.The Company received cash distributions of $19.4 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter for a total of $38.9 million year-to-date for fiscal 2018, a cash conversion rate of 89% on equity income.
Income tax expense was $18.2 million in the current quarter compared to $13.5 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to favorable discrete tax adjustments booked in the prior year quarter. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 30.0% compared to 28.5% for the prior year quarter.
At quarter-end, total debt was $780.7 million, up $0.1 million from August 31, 2017. The Company had $122.2 million of cash at quarter-end.
Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $538.4 million, up 6%, or $29.6 million, over the comparable prior year quarter driven by higher average direct selling prices, partially offset by lower tolling volume due primarily to declines at certain consolidated joint ventures. Operating income of $41.1 million was $5.7 million higher than the prior year quarter driven by a net gain of $10.6 million related to the sale of the legacy real estate of the Company’s former stainless steel business, PSM, partially offset by lower direct spreads and lower tolling volume. Inventory holding gains were negligible in both the current and prior year quarters. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 57% to 43% in the current quarter, compared to 49% to 51% in the prior year quarter.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $300.9 million, up 55%, or $106.2 million, over the comparable prior year quarter due to contributions from the Amtrol acquisition and higher volumes across the legacy consumer and industrial products businesses and in the oil & gas equipment business. Operating income of $24.7 million was $13.4 million higher than the prior year quarter driven by improvements in the legacy consumer and industrial products businesses and contributions from the Amtrol acquisition. Improvements in the oil & gas equipment business were largely offset by a decline in the alternative fuels business.
Engineered Cabs’ net sales totaled $30.4 million, up $7.9 million, or 35%, over the prior year quarter on higher volume. The operating loss of $1.6 million was $1.8 million less than the prior year quarter due to 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 $1.6 million, a decrease of $0.2 million from the prior year quarter on lower volume in the energy innovations business. The operating loss of $12.2 million for the quarter was driven by an impairment charge of $7.3 million in the energy innovations business related to its goodwill and intangible assets, and an increase in 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 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 product 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.
- On November 20, 2017, the Company announced that its WAVE joint venture, had agreed to sell its business and operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, to Knauf Group, a family-owned manufacturer of building materials headquartered in Germany. Worthington expects to realize proceeds of approximately $45 million for its 50% share of the WAVE operations being sold. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is anticipated to close in the middle of calendar 2018.
- During the second fiscal quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 1,500,000 common shares for $67.4 million at an average price of $44.97.
“The Company is performing well with strong volumes from the heavy truck and agriculture markets, and improvements in Pressure Cylinders, where we are seeing strong consumer product volumes and increasing demand in the oil and gas business,” McConnell said. “The repositioning of Engineered Cabs to attract new customers is resulting in increasing sales and we anticipate WAVE to continue to deliver excellent results as it focuses on its North America growth strategy with the pending sale of the international business.”
Worthington will review fiscal 2018 second quarter results during its quarterly conference call on December 19, 2017 at 2:30 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 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 unconsolidated 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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