Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces First Quarter Results

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PLEASANTON, Calif., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (the "Company") (SSD) today announced its first quarter 2013 results.

Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013, Compared with the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

Overview

For the first quarter of 2013, net sales decreased 2.6% from $158.7 million for the first quarter of 2012 to $154.5 million for the first quarter of 2013. The Company had net income of $4.8 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $7.2 million for the first quarter of 2012. Diluted net income per common share was $0.10 for the first quarter of 2013 compared to diluted net income of $0.15 per common share for the first quarter of 2012. The Company continues to invest in its strategic initiatives, such as an expanded offering of concrete and reinforcing products and systems, particularly specialty chemicals, and in its truss plate and software offerings.

Net sales

The decrease in the Company's first quarter 2013 net sales was primarily due to lower sales in Europe, which were affected by difficult economic conditions in Europe. In addition, net sales were also affected negatively by reduced home center sales, lower selling prices and inclement weather in some regions of the United States, Canada and Europe, which possibly delayed construction projects during the quarter.

  • Regional net sales:
    • North America net sales were flat in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, with inclement weather delaying construction projects in regions of the United States and Canada. The United States had a slight increase in sales over the same period in 2012, despite the loss of some home center business and price reductions. Canadian net sales decreased slightly over the same period in 2012 due to lower sales volumes and selling prices.
    • Europe net sales decreased in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, primarily due to the region's economic conditions, inclement weather delaying construction projects and price decreases. Effects due to foreign currency translation were not significant.
  • Consolidated net sales channels and product groups:
    • Sales to contractor distributors increased in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, while sales to lumber dealers were flat and sales to home centers decreased partly as a result of the loss of a significant customer in the second quarter of 2012.
    • Wood construction product sales, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and shearwalls, represented 86% of total Company sales in the first quarter of 2013, down from 87% in the first quarter of 2012.
    • Concrete construction product sales, including adhesives, chemicals, mechanical anchors, powder actuated tools and reinforcing fiber materials, increased as a percentage of total sales to 14% in the first quarter of 2013, from 13% in the first quarter of 2012.

Gross profit

Gross profit decreased from $69.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $65.0 million in the first quarter of 2013. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased from 43.7% in the first quarter of 2012 to 42.0% in the first quarter of 2013.

  • North America – Gross profit margin decreased from 46.8% in the first quarter of 2012 to 44.7% in the first quarter of 2013, as a result of competitive price pressure, higher material costs, higher factory overhead due to lower sales volumes, and higher distribution costs as a percentage of sales. Concrete construction product sales, which have a lower gross margin than wood construction product sales, increased to 13% of North America sales in the first quarter of 2013 from 12% over the same period in 2012, also negatively affected the gross profit margin.
  • Europe – Gross profit margin decreased from 32.3% in the first quarter of 2012 to 30.5% in the first quarter of 2013, as a result of competitive price pressure and higher material, distribution and factory overhead costs, due to lower sales volumes, as a percentage of sales, partly offset by decreased labor costs.
  • Product mix - The gross profit margin differential between wood construction products and concrete construction products decreased from 18% in the first quarter of 2012 to 15% in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Steel prices - While steel prices decreased slightly in the United States market in the first quarter, the Company expects an increase in steel prices during the second and third quarters of 2013 due to an expected increase in demand.

Research and development and engineering expenses

Research and development and engineering expenses decreased 9.7% from $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to a $2.8 million decrease in professional fees, partly offset by increased personnel costs of $1.9 million.

  • North America – Research and development and engineering expenses decreased $0.5 million, primarily due to decreased professional fees of $2.4 million, including $1.5 million in direct truss software development costs charged in 2012 by Keymark, partly offset by $1.7 million in 2013 truss software development costs comprising mostly personnel costs from the acquisition of Keymark's truss software development team.
  • Europe – Research and development and engineering expenses decreased $0.4 million due to decreased professional fees.

Selling expenses

Selling expenses increased 4.6% to $21.4 million in the first quarter of 2013 from $20.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, primarily due to a $0.5 million increase in personnel costs and a $0.4 million increase in professional and promotional costs, partly offset by a $0.2 million decrease in cash profit sharing.

  • North America – Selling expenses increased $1.2 million primarily due to increased personnel costs of $0.7 million, mostly from additional sales representatives in support of new business acquired in 2011 and 2012, and increased pay rates, and promotional costs of $0.5 million, partly offset by decreased cash profit sharing of $0.2 million.
  • Europe – Selling expenses decreased $0.4 million primarily due to decreases in personnel costs of $0.3 million and cash profit sharing of $0.1 million.

General and administrative expenses

General and administrative expenses increased slightly to $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 from $26.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting reduced gains from foreign currency transactions of $0.8 million and increased impairment expenses of $0.6 million, maintenance expense of $0.4 million and intangible amortization expense of $0.2 million. These increases were mostly offset by decreases in cash profit sharing of $1.1 million and legal and professional fees of $0.7 million.

  • North America – General and administrative expenses decreased $0.8 million primarily due to reductions in cash profit sharing of $0.5 million, impairment of $0.5 million and legal and professional fees of $0.5 million, partly offset by increased personnel costs of $0.3 million due to pay rate increases instituted in January 2013, intangible amortization expense of $0.3 million due to recent acquisitions, facility maintenance expense of $0.2 million and communication and computer expense of $0.2 million.
  • Europe – General and administrative expenses increased $0.8 million primarily due to an impairment of $1.0 million associated with the Company's real estate in Ireland and reduced gains from foreign currency translations of $0.7 million, partly offset by decreases in personnel costs of $0.4 million, intangible amortization expense of $0.1 million and cash profit sharing of $0.1 million.
  • Admin & All Other – General and administrative expenses decreased $0.3 million primarily due to a reduction in cash profit sharing of $0.5 million, partly offset by various other increases.

Income taxes

The effective income tax rate increased slightly to 47.0% in the first quarter of 2013 from 46.9% in the first quarter of 2012 primarily due to 2013 valuation allowances taken on foreign losses, primarily in the Europe segment.

Additional information

In February 2013, the Company acquired certain assets relating to the TJ® ShearBrace ("ShearBrace") product line of Weyerhaeuser NR Company for $5.3 million. The ShearBrace is a line of pre-fabricated shearwalls that will complement the Company's Strong-Wall shearwall product line, and is sold throughout North America.

At its meeting on April 23, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.125 per share. The record date for the dividend will be July 3, 2013, and it will be paid on July 25, 2013.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join the Company's conference call on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 6:00 am Pacific Time. To participate, callers may dial 866-952-1906. The call will be webcast simultaneously as well as being available for one month through a link on the Company's website at www.simpsonmfg.com.

This document contains forward-looking statements, based on numerous assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it does not and cannot give any assurance that its beliefs and expectations will prove to be correct. Many factors could significantly affect the Company's operations and cause the Company's actual results to differ substantially from the Company's expectations. Those factors include, but are not limited to: (i) general economic and construction business conditions; (ii) customer acceptance of the Company's products; (iii) relationships with key customers; (iv) materials and manufacturing costs; (v) the financial condition of customers, competitors and suppliers; (vi) technological developments; (vii) increased competition; (viii) changes in capital and credit market conditions; (ix) governmental and business conditions in countries where the Company's products are manufactured and sold; (x) changes in trade regulations; (xi) the effect of acquisition activity; (xii) changes in the Company's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations or intentions; and (xiii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested by any forward-looking statements in this document. The Company does not have an obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, the occurrence of future events or otherwise.

The Company's results of operations (unaudited) for the three ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, were as follows:


Three Months



 Ended March 31,


(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

2013

2012

     Net sales

$      154,535

$      158,734

     Cost of sales

89,561

89,329

          Gross profit

64,974

69,405




     Research and development and engineering expenses

8,308

9,198

     Selling expenses

21,371

20,432

     General and administrative expenses

26,290

26,244

     Loss (gain) on sale of assets

(8)

23




          Income from operations

9,013

13,508




     Interest income, net

38

65

          Income before taxes

9,051

13,573




     Provision for income taxes

4,256

6,372




Net income

$        4,795

$        7,201




     Earnings per common share:



          Basic

$0.10

$0.15

          Diluted

0.10

0.15




     Weighted average shares outstanding:



          Basic

48,536

48,273

          Diluted

48,626

48,337




     Other data:



          Depreciation and amortization

$        7,487

$         6,721

          Pre-tax impairment of assets

1,025

461

          Pre-tax equity-based compensation expense

2,977

3,184




Cash dividend declared per common share

$              –

$         0.125

 

The Company's financial position (unaudited) as of March 31, 2013 and 2012 and December 31, 2012, was as follows:


March 31,

December 31,

(Amounts in thousands)

2013

2012

2012

     Cash and short-term investments

$         141,965

$         160,092

$         175,553

     Trade accounts receivable, net

102,813

107,257

82,812

     Inventories

202,341

184,068

204,124

     Assets held for sale

577

593

     Other current assets

32,796

26,234

34,972

          Total current assets

480,492

477,651

498,054





     Property, plant and equipment, net

211,010

209,460

213,452

     Goodwill

122,582

130,556

121,981

     Other noncurrent assets

57,463

49,344

56,835

          Total assets

$         871,547

$         867,011

$         890,322





     Trade accounts payable

$           30,958

$           35,109

$           37,117

     Notes payable and lines of credit

1,214

3,556

178

     Other current liabilities

42,519

50,705

58,220

          Total current liabilities 

74,691

89,370

95,515





     Long-term debt

240

     Other long-term liabilities

8,435

6,300

5,239

     Stockholders' equity

788,421

771,101

789,568

          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$         871,547

$         867,011

$         890,322

 

Additional financial data of the Company (unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, were as follows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Three Months Ended



March 31,

%

(Amounts in thousands)

2013

2012

change

Net Sales by Reporting Segment




     North America

$     127,737

$     127,967

0%

     Europe

23,917

28,237

(15%)

     Asia/Pacific

2,644

2,372

11%

     Administrative and all other

237

158

N/M

          Total

$     154,535

$     158,734

(3%)





Gross Profit by Reporting Segment




     North America

$       57,091

$       59,826

(5%)

     Europe

7,300

9,124

(20%)

     Asia/Pacific

446

410

9%

     Administrative and all other

137

45

N/M

          Total

$       64,974

$       69,405

(6%)


Net Sales by Product Group* 




     Wood Construction

$     132,798

$     137,779

(4%)

     Concrete Construction

21,434

20,742

3%

     Other

303

213

N/M

          Total

$     154,535

$     158,734

(3%)


Income (Loss) from Operations




     North America

$       15,260

$       17,873

(15%)

     Europe

(4,180)

(2,372)

N/M

     Asia/Pacific

(1,184)

(654)

N/M

     Administrative and all other

(883)

(1,339)

N/M

          Total

$         9,013

$       13,508

(33%)





*

The Company manages its business by geographic segment but is presenting sales by product group as additional information.

N/M

Statistic is not meaningful.

 

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, California, through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., designs, engineers and is a leading manufacturer of wood construction products, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and shearwalls, and concrete construction products, including adhesives, specialty chemicals, mechanical anchors, powder actuated tools and reinforcing fiber materials. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSD."

For further information, contact Tom Fitzmyers at (925) 560-9030.

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