Worthington Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - Worthington Industries, Inc. ( NYSE : WOR ) today reported net sales of $619.5 million and net earnings of $37.1 million, or $0.52 per share, for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended February 28, 2013. In the third quarter of the prior year, the Company reported net sales of $611.3 million and net earnings of $25.9 million, or $0.37 per share.

Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:

 (U.S. dollars in millions, except per share data)

                             
     3Q 2013      2Q 2013       3Q 2012       9M2013      9M2012
Net sales $ 619.5   $ 622.6   $ 611.3   $ 1,908.2   $ 1,779.3
Operating income   33.4     28.8     18.1     95.6     42.1
Equity income   25.7     25.2     24.0     73.6     70.6
Net earnings   37.1     31.8     25.9     102.9     63.5
Earnings per share $ 0.52   $ 0.45   $ 0.37   $ 1.46   $ 0.90
                             

"We had a record third quarter with nearly all of our businesses performing at or above our expectations," said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. "There was strength in some areas of the economy, with good automotive demand and the return of some agriculture business for Steel Processing, along with solid volumes in Cylinders' new oil and gas business. Engineered Cabs, while still experiencing lower volumes in the short term, is aggressively reducing costs and matching up their operations with demand. WAVE had excellent results along with good contributions from joint ventures ClarkDietrich, TWB and Serviacero."

Consolidated Quarterly Results

Net sales for the third quarter were $619.5 million, up 1% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $611.3 million. An increase in volume was partially offset by lower average selling prices, primarily in Steel Processing, which were affected by the declining market price of steel. Most of the volume increase resulted from the September 17, 2012, acquisition of Westerman, Inc. in Pressure Cylinders and the December 29, 2011, acquisition of Angus Industries, reported under the Engineered Cabs segment.

Gross margin for the current quarter was $97.0 million, compared to $83.3 million in the prior year quarter. The $13.7 million increase was primarily the result of a more favorable product mix in Pressure Cylinders and the impact of acquisitions.

SG&A expense increased slightly over the prior year quarter, as the impact of acquisitions was partially offset by a decrease in legal expenses due to a one-time accrual recorded in the prior year.

Operating income for the current quarter was $33.4 million, compared to $18.1 million in the prior year quarter. In addition to the increase in gross margin mentioned above, operating income for the current quarter was favorably impacted by a decrease in restructuring charges and joint venture transactions, which were $2.4 million lower than the prior year quarter.

Interest expense was $6.2 million for the current quarter, compared to $5.1 million in the comparable period in the prior year, as the impact of higher average interest rates from an increase in the percentage of debt that is long-term, was partially offset by the impact of lower average debt levels.

With unconsolidated sales of $421.6 million, joint ventures contributed $25.7 million in equity income in the current quarter, a $1.7 million increase from the comparable quarter in the prior year. With the exception of the China joint venture, all joint ventures posted positive results, led by WAVE, ClarkDietrich, and TWB, who contributed $17.1 million, $3.1 million, and $2.6 million of equity income, respectively. The equity portion of income from WAVE and Serviacero exceeded the prior year quarter by $1.0 million and $1.1 million, respectively. 

Income tax expense of $16.2 million in the current quarter increased from $9.3 million in the prior year quarter due almost entirely to higher earnings as the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective tax rate of 31.8% compared to 31.9% for the prior year quarter.

Balance Sheet

At quarter end, total debt was $438.2 million, down $13.8 million from November 30, 2012, as operating cash flow reduced short-term debt requirements. During the current quarter, the Company renewed for a two-year term and decreased the borrowing capacity under its trade accounts receivable securitization facility by $50.0 million to $100.0 million, none of which was utilized as of February 28, 2013. At quarter's end, $24.3 million was drawn on the Company's $425.0 million revolving credit facility. 

Quarterly Segment Results

Steel Processing's net sales of $349.6 million were down 5%, or $17.7 million, from the prior year quarter, as lower average selling prices negatively impacted net sales by $21.4 million. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 58% to 42% this quarter, compared with an even split in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Operating income increased by $2.1 million due primarily to lower SG&A expense in the current quarter as a result of lower corporate allocated expenses and lower profit sharing and bonus expenses. 

Pressure Cylinders' net sales of $205.2 million were up 9%, or $17.5 million, from the comparable prior year quarter driven almost entirely by the acquisition of Westerman in the prior quarter. Pressure Cylinders' operating income was $17.9 million, up $7.0 million from the prior year quarter. The increase was driven by an improvement in existing operations, retail and industrial gas, and the impact of the Westerman acquisition. 

Engineered Cabs, consisting of the operations of Angus Industries Inc. acquired on December 29, 2011, generated net sales of $48.6 million in the current quarter and reported operating income of $0.1 million. These results were impacted by lower volumes from its top customer, which experienced slower growth and production delays. 

The entities included in "Other" are the Construction, Energy Innovations and Steel Packaging operating segments, as well as other non-allocated expenses. Operations in "Other" reported net sales of $16.1 million, which was flat compared to the prior year quarter. These operations reported a combined loss of $2.1 million for the quarter, down $4.7 million from the loss reported in the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included a legal accrual of $2.4 million and restructuring charges of $1.8 million related to the wind down of the Metal Framing operations.

Outlook

"The economy continues to show signs of non-linear improvement in many of the markets we serve," McConnell said. "We are very focused on the energy space which includes our oil and gas product lines, alternative fuels, and other opportunities we are pursuing that would deepen our capabilities in that market. The acquisition of Westerman has proven to be a very good one, opening us up to further growth possibilities. We anticipate a good quarter for our fiscal year-end and we see a favorable environment to continue our growth path on several fronts."

Conference Call

Worthington will review third quarter results during its quarterly conference call on March 21, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company web site at www.WorthingtonIndustries.com.

Dividend

The Company announced in December an accelerated third and fourth quarter cash dividend totaling $0.26 per share of outstanding common stock that was payable on December 28. The next opportunity for the board to consider and approve a dividend will be at the June board meeting.

Corporate Profile

Worthington Industries is a leading diversified metals manufacturing company with 2012 fiscal year sales of $2.5 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America's premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured pressure cylinders, such as propane, oxygen and helium tanks, hand torches, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, camping cylinders, exploration, recovery and production products for global energy markets; scuba tanks, and compressed natural gas storage cylinders; custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for heavy mobile equipment; framing systems for mid-rise buildings; steel pallets and racks; and through joint ventures, suspension grid systems for concealed and lay-in panel ceilings, current and past model automotive service stampings, laser welded blanks, and light gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction. Worthington employs more than 10,000 people and operates 82 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 an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and it serves as the Company's foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

Safe Harbor Statement
The Company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). Statements by the Company relating to business plans or future or expected growth, performance, sales, volumes, cash flows, earnings, balance sheet strengths, debt, financial condition or other financial measures; projected profitability potential, capacity, and working capital needs; demand trends for the Company or its markets; additions to product lines and opportunities to participate in new markets; pricing trends for raw materials and finished goods and the impact of pricing changes; anticipated capital expenditures and asset sales; anticipated improvements and efficiencies in costs, operations, sales, inventory management, sourcing and the supply chain and the results thereof; the ability to make acquisitions and the projected timing, results, benefits, costs, charges and expenditures related to acquisitions, newly-created joint ventures, headcount reductions and facility dispositions, shutdowns and consolidations; the alignment of operations with demand; the ability to operate profitably and generate cash in down markets; the ability to maintain margins and capture and maintain market share and to develop or take advantage of future opportunities, new products and new markets; expectations for Company and customer inventories, jobs and orders; expectations for the economy and markets or improvements therein; expected benefits from transformation plans, cost reduction efforts and other new initiatives; expectations for increasing volatility or improving and sustaining earnings, earnings potential, margins or shareholder value; effects of judicial rulings and other non-historical matters constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Act. Because they are based on beliefs, estimates and assumptions, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the effect of national, regional and worldwide economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including a prolonged or substantial economic downturn; the outcome of negotiations surrounding the United States debt and budget, which may be adverse due to its impact on tax increases, governmental spending, and customer confidence and spending; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of the Company's 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 and other industries in which the Company participates; 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 the Company does 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 industry 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, acts of war 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 exposure and the acceptance of our products in new 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 the Company in the application of its significant accounting policies; level of imports and import prices in the Company's 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 changes to healthcare laws in the United States which may increase our healthcare and other costs and negatively impact our operations and financial results; 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, 2012 and in "Part II-Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Quarterly Report on form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended November 30, 2013.

   
WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS  
(In thousands, except per share amounts)  
                         
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 29,     February 28,     February 29,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Net sales   $ 619,527     $ 611,255     $ 1,908,184     $ 1,779,294  
Cost of goods sold     522,501       527,923       1,622,651       1,567,894  
  Gross margin     97,026       83,332       285,533       211,400  
Selling, general and administrative expense     63,221       62,489       187,744       160,751  
Impairment of long-lived assets     -       -       1,520       -  
Restructuring and other expense     146       956       1,811       4,707  
Joint venture transactions     253       1,812       (1,188 )     3,835  
  Operating income     33,406       18,075       95,646       42,107  
Other income (expense):                                
  Miscellaneous income     596       728       1,064       1,408  
  Interest expense     (6,158 )     (5,073 )     (17,751 )     (14,517 )
  Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates     25,716       24,005       73,580       70,614  
  Earnings before income taxes     53,560       37,735       152,539       99,612  
Income tax expense     16,229       9,337       47,721       28,673  
Net earnings     37,331       28,398       104,818       70,939  
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest     200       2,518       1,899       7,422  
Net earnings attributable to controlling interest   $ 37,131     $ 25,880     $ 102,919     $ 63,517  
                                 
Basic                                
Average common shares outstanding     69,791       68,972       68,998       69,952  
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest   $ 0.53     $ 0.38     $ 1.49     $ 0.91  
                                 
Diluted                                
Average common shares outstanding     71,914       69,509       70,501       70,481  
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest   $ 0.52     $ 0.37     $ 1.46     $ 0.90  
                                 
                                 
Common shares outstanding at end of period     70,168       69,014       70,168       69,014  
                                 
Cash dividends declared per share   $ 0.26     $ 0.12     $ 0.52     $ 0.36  
                                 
 
 
WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
    February 28,   May 31,
    2013   2012
Assets            
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 37,359   $ 41,028
  Receivables, less allowances of $3,978 and $3,329 at February 28, 2013 and May 31, 2012, respectively     376,534     400,869
  Inventories:            
    Raw materials     184,033     211,543
    Work in process     102,782     115,510
    Finished products     86,567     74,887
      Total inventories     373,382     401,940
  Income taxes receivable     15,127     892
  Assets held for sale     3,040     7,202
  Deferred income taxes     20,176     20,906
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     37,962     41,402
    Total current assets     863,580     914,239
             
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates     256,262     240,882
Goodwill     179,662     156,681
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $23,141 and $16,103 at February 28, 2013 and May 31, 2012, respectively     112,183     100,333
Other assets     18,855     22,585
Property, plant and equipment, net     454,640     443,077
Total assets   $ 1,885,182   $ 1,877,797
             
Liabilities and equity            
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 245,862   $ 252,334
  Short-term borrowings     30,588     274,923
  Accrued compensation, contributions to employee benefit plans and related taxes     62,986     71,271
  Dividends payable     674     8,478
  Other accrued items     36,763     38,231
  Income taxes payable     2,725     11,697
  Current maturities of long-term debt     1,111     1,329
    Total current liabilities     380,709     658,263
             
Other liabilities     72,562     72,371
Distributions in excess of investment in unconsolidated affiliate     64,128     69,165
Long-term debt     406,523     257,462
Deferred income taxes     100,465     73,099
    Total liabilities     1,024,387     1,130,360
             
Shareholders' equity - controlling interest     816,875     697,174
Noncontrolling interest     43,920     50,263
    Total equity     860,795     747,437
Total liabilities and equity   $ 1,885,182   $ 1,877,797
             
   
   
WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(In thousands)  
               
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 29,     February 28,     February 29,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Operating activities                                
Net earnings   $ 37,331     $ 28,398     $ 104,818     $ 70,939  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:                                
  Depreciation and amortization     17,048       14,653       48,136       40,626  
  Impairment of long-lived assets     -       -       1,520       -  
  Provision for deferred income taxes     6,491       (667 )     9,850       7,511  
  Bad debt expense     76       316       575       205  
  Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of distributions     (4,841 )     3,998       (19,256 )     1,711  
  Net loss (gain) on sale of assets     (153 )     143       (222 )     (1,925 )
  Stock-based compensation     3,653       2,797       10,586       8,576  
  Excess tax benefits - stock-based compensation     (3,455 )     -       (3,455 )     -  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:                                
  Receivables     (41,672 )     (28,643 )     27,078       27,449  
  Inventories     (15,158 )     (31,049 )     42,743       23,726  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     32       9,576       1,634       13,126  
  Other assets     198       (1,046 )     3,135       1,794  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     35,320       90,258       (34,871 )     (56,871 )
  Other liabilities     1,434       (1,296 )     3,412       86  
Net cash provided by operating activities     36,304       87,438       195,683       136,953  
                                 
Investing activities                                
  Investment in property, plant and equipment, net     (9,786 )     (5,769 )     (34,402 )     (15,800 )
  Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     -       (152,389 )     (62,110 )     (232,171 )
  Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates     -       44,023       -       43,238  
  Proceeds from sale of assets     552       3,178       16,227       14,525  
Net cash used by investing activities     (9,234 )     (110,957 )     (80,285 )     (190,208 )
                                 
Financing activities                                
  Net proceeds from (repayments of) short-term borrowings     (13,390 )     15,329       (251,586 )     108,460  
  Proceeds from long-term debt     -       -       150,000       -  
  Principal payments on long-term debt     (365 )     (95 )     (1,170 )     (95 )
  Proceeds from issuance of common shares     17,332       1,186       32,960       9,709  
  Excess tax benefits - stock-based compensation     3,455       -       3,455       -  
  Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest, net of contributions     (2,592 )     (3,168 )     (8,582 )     (9,744 )
  Repurchase of common shares     -       -       -       (52,120 )
  Dividends paid     (27,040 )     (8,273 )     (44,144 )     (23,856 )
Net cash provided (used) in financing activities     (22,600 )     4,979       (119,067 )     32,354  
                                 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     4,470       (18,540 )     (3,669 )     (20,901 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     32,889       53,806       41,028       56,167  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 37,359     $ 35,266     $ 37,359     $ 35,266  
                                 
   
   
WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.  
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA  
(In thousands)  
                         
This supplemental information is provided to assist in the analysis of the results of operations.  
   
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 29,     February 28,     February 29,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Volume:                                
  Steel Processing (tons)     636       716       1,956       2,101  
  Pressure Cylinders (units)     17,861       17,927       58,826       47,767  
                                 
Net sales:                                
  Steel Processing   $ 349,569     $ 367,259     $ 1,068,854     $ 1,148,894  
  Pressure Cylinders     205,206       187,737       606,936       533,283  
  Engineered Cabs     48,628       40,173       170,927       40,173  
  Other     16,124       16,086       61,467       56,944  
    Total net sales   $ 619,527     $ 611,255     $ 1,908,184     $ 1,779,294  
                                 
Material cost:                                
  Steel Processing   $ 249,689       265,185     $ 770,584     $ 853,619  
  Pressure Cylinders     95,604       92,553       285,247       269,567  
  Engineered Cabs     23,806       22,116       85,857       22,116  
                                 
Selling, general and administrative expense:                                
  Steel Processing   $ 26,045     $ 28,423     $ 78,918     $ 79,791  
  Pressure Cylinders     27,383       23,622       75,581       59,358  
  Engineered Cabs     6,036       4,303       20,570       4,303  
  Other     3,757       6,141       12,675       17,299  
    Total selling, general and administrative expense   $ 63,221     $ 62,489     $ 187,744     $ 160,751  
                                 
Operating income (loss):                                
  Steel Processing   $ 17,504     $ 15,405     $ 46,837     $ 39,069  
  Pressure Cylinders     17,860       10,887       49,965       23,333  
  Engineered Cabs     108       (1,447 )     5,367       (1,447 )
  Other     (2,066 )     (6,770 )     (6,523 )     (18,848 )
    Total operating income   $ 33,406     $ 18,075     $ 95,646     $ 42,107  
                                 
The following provides detail of impairment of long-lived assets, restructuring and other expense, and joint venture transactions included in operating income by segment presented above.  
                                 
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 29,     February 28,     February 29,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Impairment of long-lived assets and restructuring and other expense:                                
                             
  Steel Processing   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
  Pressure Cylinders     177       -       1,703       -  
  Engineered Cabs     -       -       -       -  
  Other     (31 )     956       1,628       4,707  
    Total impairment of long-lived assets and restructuring and other expense   $ 146     $ 956     $ 3,331     $ 4,707  
                                 
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 29,     February 28,     February 29,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Joint venture transactions:                                
  Steel Processing   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
  Pressure Cylinders     -       -       -       -  
  Engineered Cabs     -       -       -       -  
  Other     253       1,812       (1,188 )     3,835  
    Total joint venture transactions   $ 253     $ 1,812     $ (1,188 )   $ 3,835