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September 25, 2019

Worthington Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, September 25, 2019 – Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $855.9 million and a net loss of $4.8 million, or $(0.09) per share, for its fiscal 2020 first quarter ended August 31, 2019. Results for the current quarter were negatively impacted by pre-tax impairment and restructuring charges of $45.3 million, of which $4.2 million was recorded in equity income. The after-tax impact of these items reduced earnings per share by $0.65.  Results for the current quarter were also negatively impacted by a $4.0 million charge related to the early extinguishment of debt and estimated inventory holding losses in Steel Processing of $8.4 million, which reduced earnings per share by an additional $0.06 and $0.11, respectively.  The impact of these items was partially offset by a pre-tax benefit of $12.8 million, or $0.17 per share, related to the early termination of a customer take-or-pay contract in Pressure Cylinders, which accelerated the recognition of the related future earnings into the current quarter.  In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company reported net sales of $988.1 million and net earnings of $54.9 million, or $0.91 per share. Net earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were negatively impacted by pre-tax impairment and restructuring charges totaling $1.4 million, which reduced earnings per share by $0.01. Inventory holding gains in the prior year quarter were estimated to be $14.0 million, which increased earnings by $0.17 per share.
 
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:
 
(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 
  1Q 2020 4Q 2019 1Q 2019
Net sales $ 855.9 $ 938.8 $ 988.1
Operating income (loss) (14.6) 32.0 50.9
Equity income 24.8 25.1 30.0
Net earnings (loss) (4.8) 37.7 54.9
Earnings (loss) per share $ (0.09) $ 0.66 $ 0.91
 
"Despite softness in several of our end markets and a lot of noise in the numbers, the overall health of the Company is good," said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “We delivered strong results in Pressure Cylinders, led by increasing demand in the oil and gas business and continued solid performance in consumer products.  Steel Processing continues to deal with steel price declines and market softness in automotive and agricultural demand, but our Steel team is managing that business well with a focus on long-term growth.”
 
Consolidated Quarterly Results

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $855.9 million, down 13% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $988.1 million. The decrease was primarily driven by lower direct volume and lower average direct selling prices in Steel Processing due to a decline in the market price of steel.
                                                                         
Gross margin decreased $25.7 million from the prior year quarter to $117.3 million.  The decrease was driven primarily by compressed direct spreads in Steel Processing, which were negatively impacted by inventory holding losses in the current quarter versus prior year holding gains, combined with lower direct volumes.
 
Operating loss for the current quarter was $14.6 million, a decrease of $65.5 million from the prior year quarter.  The lower gross margin combined with pre-tax restructuring and impairment charges of $41.1 million, of which $40.6 million related to Engineered Cabs, drove the loss for the quarter.
 
Interest expense was $9.5 million for the current quarter, compared to $9.7 million in the prior year quarter.  The decrease was due primarily to lower average debt levels.
 
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures decreased $5.2 million from the prior year quarter to $24.8 million.  The decrease was primarily due to a $4.2 million impairment charge to write down the Company’s 10% investment in Zhejiang Nisshin Worthington Precision Specialty Steel to its estimated fair value.  Equity income in the current quarter was also negatively impacted by a lower contribution from Serviacero, which was partially offset by an increase at WAVE.  The Company received cash distributions of $29.8 million from its unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter.
 
An income tax benefit of $0.2 million was recorded in the current quarter, resulting primarily from the impairment charges related to Engineered Cabs.  Excluding the impact of the Engineered Cabs impairment charges, current quarter income tax expense was $7.2 million compared to $14.5 million in the prior year quarter.  The decrease was primarily due to lower earnings.  Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 25.1% compared to 23.2% for the prior year quarter.
 
Balance Sheet
 
At quarter-end, total debt was $699.2 million, down $50.1 million from May 31, 2019 due to the early extinguishment of the Company’s $150.0 million 6.50% 2020 notes, which was partially offset by the issuance of €91.7 million of new long-term euro denominated debt at an average interest rate of 1.76%.  The Company had $45.6 million of cash at quarter-end. 
 
Quarterly Segment Results
 
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $523.4 million, down 21%, or $137.1 million, from the comparable prior year quarter driven by lower direct volume and lower average direct selling prices.  Operating income of $6.2 million was $33.5 million less than the prior year quarter on the combined impact of a compressed pricing spread driven by current quarter inventory holding losses versus prior year holding gains and lower direct volumes. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 54% to 46% in the current quarter, compared to 58% to 42% in the prior year quarter.
 
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $304.4 million, up 1%, or $4.0 million, over the comparable prior year quarter. The current quarter benefited due to the impact of an early termination of a customer take-or-pay contract within the industrial products business, which accelerated future planned sales into the current period, partially offset by the impact of divestitures.  Operating income of $29.6 million was $14.9 million higher than the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily the result of the early contract termination, which added $12.8 million to operating income, combined with improved results in the oil and gas equipment business.
 
Engineered Cabs’ net sales totaled $28.1 million, up $0.8 million, or 3%, over the prior year quarter on higher volume.  The operating loss of $45.1 million was $40.8 million higher than the prior year quarter driven by impairment charges of $40.6 million. The Company has commenced a review of its strategic alternatives related to the Engineered Cabs business.
 
Recent Business Developments
  • On July 26, 2019, the Company completed the sale of Worthington Aritas Basınçlı Kaplar Sanayi A.S., its Turkish manufacturer of cryogenic pressure vessels.  The Company received cash proceeds, net of transaction costs, of $8.3 million.
  • On August 23, 2019, the Company issued €91.7 million of Private Placement notes with an average maturity of 12.4 years and average interest rate of 1.76%.  The company used the proceeds and cash to redeem in full the Company’s $150.0 million 6.50% 2020 notes.
  • During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company repurchased a total of 750,000 common shares for $29.6 million at an average price of $39.45.
Outlook
 
"We made significant progress in the quarter, continuing to address underperforming and non-core businesses, positioning us well for the remainder of the fiscal year," said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO.  “While steel price declines remain a headwind for Steel Processing, overall, our businesses are executing well and taking advantage of market opportunities.”
 
Conference Call
 
Worthington will review fiscal 2020 first quarter results during its quarterly conference call on September 25, 2019, 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 2019 fiscal year sales of $3.8 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 gasses 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 75 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.

 
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