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Alamo Group Announces 2016 Fourth Quarter And Year End Results

SEGUIN, Texas, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Alamo Group Inc. (ALG) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

Highlights

  • Net sales for the fourth quarter of $205.5 million, down 8.4% from previous year's record level
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of $7.6 million, or $0.65 per diluted share
    • Excluding non-cash charge relating to pension plan termination adjusted net income(1) for the fourth quarter was $9.4 million, or $0.81 per diluted share
  • Net sales for full year of $844.7 million, down 4.0% from the previous year's record level
  • Net income for full year of $40.0 million, or $3.46 per diluted share
    • Excluding non-cash charge relating to pension plan termination, adjusted net income(1) for the full year was $41.9 million, or $3.62 per diluted share
  • Gross margins as a percent of sales up 1.6% for the quarter and 1.3% for the full year
  • Backlog at $147 million, up versus previous quarter, down versus last year
  • Total debt, net of cash, down $63.9 million for the year(1)

Results for the Quarter

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $205.5 million compared to net sales of $224.4 million in 2015, a decrease of 8.4%.  The decrease in sales was a result of the ongoing headwinds the Company has experienced including softness in sales of Industrial Division products to non-governmental entities, weak European market conditions, changes in exchange rates which have lowered the value of our non U.S. denominated sales and earnings and the continued weakness in the global agricultural market.  A more complete summary of the currency translation effects on sales and earnings is included as an attachment to this release.(1)  Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $7.6 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, versus net income of $11.4 million, or $0.99 per diluted share in the previous year.  The results for the quarter include a $1.9 million after tax non-cash charge in connection with the termination of a pension plan which essentially reclassified cumulative actuarial losses previously recorded in other comprehensive income.  Excluding this charge, the adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $9.4 million or $0.81 per diluted share.  The results for the fourth quarter of 2015 included two events relating to a gain on the sale of a portion of excess land in the U.K. and a plant consolidation and restructuring charge in France.  Excluding these two events, net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $10.8 million, or $0.95 per diluted share.(1)

Full Year Results

For full year 2016, net sales were $844.7 million versus $879.6 million in 2015, a decrease of 4.0%.  Net income for the year was $40.0 million, or $3.46 per diluted share, compared to $43.2 million, or $3.76 per diluted share, in 2015.  Excluding the items referenced above in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015, adjusted net income for 2016 was $41.9 million, or $3.62 per diluted share versus $45.1 million, or $3.93 per diluted share in 2015.  A summary of the adjustments is included in the attachments.

Sales by Division

Alamo Group's Industrial Division net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $122.5 million compared to $135.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decrease of 9.9%.  For the full year the Division's net sales were $484.1 million compared to $498.8 million in 2015, a decrease of 2.9%.  The decrease was due to weaker sales to non-governmental end users, particularly vacuum trucks and weak fourth quarter shipments of snow removal products.

Alamo's Agricultural Division recorded net sales of $48.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $47.9 million in the prior year, an increase of 2.1%.  This was achieved despite ongoing weakness in the overall agricultural market.  For full year 2016, the Division's net sales were $205.8 million versus $208.3 million in 2015, a decrease of 1.2%.

Alamo Group's European Division net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $34.2 million compared to $40.6 million in the prior year.  For the full year, net sales in the Division were $154.8 million, 10.3% below the $172.6 million achieved in 2015.  Just over half of the decrease in both the fourth quarter and full year related to changes in exchange rates as indicated in the attached schedule.  There was also continued weakness in the Company's U.K. markets primarily as a result of the uncertainty which has persisted since the mid-year Brexit vote.

Comments on Results

Ron Robinson, Alamo Group's President and CEO commented, "Our fourth quarter was somewhat weaker than our expectations as we continue to be impacted by persistent headwinds that have been constraining our sales throughout the year.  However, there were many positive developments during 2016.  Despite lower sales, we were able to grow gross margins as a result of our ongoing cost control initiatives and manufacturing efficiencies.  And, cash flow for both the quarter and full year remained at a strong level allowing us to reduce total debt during the year by $74 million and by over $120 million in the last two years.  This was achieved through both strong earnings from operations as well as better asset management as we reduced inventory and increased inventory turns.

"We were also pleased with the improved sales in our Agricultural Division as they continue to outperform the overall weakness in this sector. This Division was also a major contributor to Alamo's improved gross margins.  And, we feel they are well positioned to continue this trend as we move into 2017.

"Our European Division also had some bright spots as our French operations showed reasonable growth in local currency, although they were down when translated to U.S. dollars.  We believe they are poised to show further growth in 2017.

"Our biggest concern was the weakness in our Industrial Division results.  The majority of the sales in this Division are to governmental end users and related contractors for infrastructure maintenance and these sales have continued at a very stable level with the exception of snow removal products in the fourth quarter.  However, non-governmental sales, particularly of vacuum trucks which had exhibited strong growth for several years, were negatively impacted by weakness in oil field, mining and construction markets which had an adverse effect on our results throughout the year.  And, as previously indicated our snow products were also weak in the fourth quarter, as much due to shipment delays as to softness in the market.  While we are disappointed with the impact these developments had on our results in 2016, we feel more optimistic about the outlook for 2017.  Our core sales to the infrastructure maintenance markets should continue to be steady and we are already seeing some momentum in the non-governmental sectors which should produce better results in 2017 compared to 2016.

"In addition, we feel Alamo operating improvements aimed at further expansion of our margins and continued focus on our asset management will continue to drive our performance.  We are also excited about new product introductions that should further add to our 2017 results.

"Lastly, we are looking forward to the closing of the Old Dominion Brush Company acquisition that we recently announced.  This will be a good synergistic addition to our Company which, while small, will positively impact our results in 2017.  And, we are pleased that acquisition activity in general is showing improvement. Strategic acquisitions are part of our business strategy and we believe they will continue to provide an avenue of growth for Alamo.

"So, while we are concerned about the challenges we face in our markets that resulted in the declines we experienced, particularly in the second half of 2016, we feel good about the many positive achievements we were able to make during this time.  We believe these will allow us to get back on a growth track in 2017."

Earnings Conference Call

Alamo Group will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and year end 2016 financial results on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain and 8:00 a.m. Pacific).  Hosting the call will be members of senior management.

Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call should dial 888-542-1101 (domestic) or 719-457-2552 (internationally). For interested individuals unable to join the call, a replay will be available until Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by dialing 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (internationally), passcode 6077346.

The live broadcast of Alamo Group Inc.'s quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's website, www.alamo-group.com (under "Investor Relations/Events & Presentations") on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The online replay will follow shortly after the call ends and will be archived on the Company's website for 60 days.

About Alamo Group

Alamo Group is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of high quality equipment for infrastructure maintenance, agriculture and other applications. Our products include truck and tractor mounted mowing and other vegetation maintenance equipment, street sweepers, snow removal equipment, excavators, vacuum trucks, other industrial equipment, agricultural implements and related after-market parts and services. The Company, founded in 1969, has approximately 2,900 employees and operates 24 plants in North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil as of December 31, 2016.  The corporate offices of Alamo Group Inc. are located in Seguin, Texas and the headquarters for the Company's European operations are located in Salford Priors, England.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Among those factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: market demand, competition, weather, seasonality, currency-related issues, and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date.

 

(Tables Follow)

 

(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure.  For more information relating to this measure including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the comparable GAAP financial measure refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation" below and the Attachments thereto

 

Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)



December 31,
 2016

December 31,
 2015

ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

16,793




$

26,922



Accounts receivable, net


170,329




178,305



Inventories


135,760




150,758



Other current assets


4,736




6,901



Total current assets


327,618




362,886










Rental equipment, net


30,970




37,564










Property, plant and equipment


66,629




70,950










Goodwill


74,825




75,509



Intangible assets


50,038




52,950



Other non-current assets


2,696




3,644










Total assets


$

552,776




$

603,503










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Trade accounts payable


$

43,136




$

45,486



Income taxes payable


2,333




1,320



Accrued liabilities


33,158




38,141



Current maturities of long-term debt and capital lease obligations


73




77



Total current liabilities


78,700




85,024










Long-term debt, net of current maturities


70,017




144,006



Deferred pension liability


2,929




4,499



Other long-term liabilities


6,969




5,782



Deferred income taxes


6,444




3,723










Total stockholders' equity


387,717




360,469










Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

552,776




$

603,503



 

 

Alamo Group Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Fourth Quarter Ended


Year Ended


12/31/2016


12/31/2015


12/31/2016


12/31/2015









Industrial

$

122,459



$

135,943



$

484,088



$

498,761


Agricultural

48,884



47,900



205,834



208,257


European

34,179



40,588



154,826



172,559


Total Net Sales

205,522



224,431



844,748



879,577










Cost of sales

157,589



175,694



639,649



677,129


Gross margin

47,933



48,737



205,099



202,448



23.3

%


21.7

%


24.3

%


23.0

%









Operating Expenses

35,655



34,342



137,479



135,920


Income from Operations

12,278



14,395



67,620



66,528



6.0

%


6.4

%


8.0

%


7.6

%









Interest Expense

(1,580)



(1,582)



(5,914)



(6,724)


Interest Income

53



69



214



189


Other Income

522



4,631



269



6,874










Income before income taxes

11,273



17,513



62,189



66,867


Provision for income taxes

3,685



6,129



22,144



23,658










Net Income

$

7,588



$

11,384



$

40,045



$

43,209










Net income per common share:
















Basic

$

0.66



$

1.00



$

3.50



$

3.81










Diluted

$

0.65



$

0.99



$

3.46



$

3.76










Average common shares:








Basic

11,467



11,382



11,434



11,349










Diluted

11,608



11,500



11,565



11,482










 

Alamo Group Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation

From time to time, Alamo Group Inc. may disclose certain "non-GAAP financial measures" in the course of its earnings releases, earnings conference calls, financial presentations and otherwise.  For these purposes, "GAAP" refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines a "non-GAAP financial measure" as a numerical measure of historical or future financial performance, financial positions, or cash flows that is subject to adjustments that effectively exclude or include amounts from the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by Alamo Group are provided as additional information to investors in order to provide them with greater transparency about, or an alternative method for assessing, our financial condition and operating results.  These measures are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP and may be different from, or inconsistent with, non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.  Whenever we refer to a non-GAAP financial measure, we will also generally present the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, along with a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP financial measure we reference and such comparable GAAP financial measure.

From time to time, Alamo Group reports each of net sales, operating income and net income excluding the impact of acquisitions, dispositions or restructuring and consolidations and other items which are non-GAAP financial measures.  The Company considers this information useful to investors to allow better comparability of period-to-period operating performance.  Attachment 1 discloses a non-GAAP financial measure for Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS to exclude the impact of a terminated pension plan, inventory step up charge connected to an acquisition, system conversions, cost related to a plant closure and a gain on the sale of a non-operating asset.  Attachment 2 discloses a non-GAAP financial presentation related to the impact of currency translation on net sales by division.  The Company provides this information to investors to allow better comparability of period-to-period operating performance.  In this press release, we disclose a reduction in our total debt, net of cash, which is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Attachment 3 shows a non-GAAP financial presentation that describes the consolidated net change of the total debt, net of cash.  The Company believes this information provides useful information to investors regarding changes to the Company's capital structure.

 

 

Attachment 1


Alamo Group Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation

(in thousands, except per share numbers)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015










Operating Income - GAAP


$

12,278



$

14,395



$

67,620



$

66,528


       (add:expense related to pension termination)


2,889





2,889




       (add:inventory step charge)








2,740


       (add:expenses relating to system conversion)








1,011


       (add:costs related to plant closure)




2,941





2,941


             Adjusted Operating Income - non-GAAP


$

15,167



$

17,336



$

70,509



$

73,220











Net Income - GAAP


$

7,588



$

11,384



$

40,045



$

43,209


       Adjustments (after tax):









       (add:expense related to pension termination)


1,860





1,860




       (add:inventory step charge)








1,771


       (add:expenses relating to system conversion)








653


       (add:costs related to plant closure)




1,900





1,900


       (less:gain on sale of non-operating asset)




(2,453)





(2,453)


             Adjusted Net Income - non-GAAP


$

9,448



$

10,831



$

41,905



$

45,080











Diluted EPS - GAAP


$

0.65



$

0.99



$

3.46



$

3.76


       (add:expense related to pension termination)


0.16





0.16




       (add:inventory step charge)








0.15


       (add:expenses relating to system conversion)








0.06


       (add:costs related to plant closure)




0.17





0.17


       (less:gain on sale of non-operating asset)




(0.21)





(0.21)


Adjusted Diluted EPS - non-GAAP


$

0.81



$

0.95



$

3.62



$

3.93


 

 

Attachment 2


Alamo Group Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
December 31,




Change due to currency
translation


2016


2015


% change
from 2015


$


%











Industrial

$

122,459



$

135,943



(9.9)

%


$

38



%

Agricultural

48,884



47,900



2.1

%


134



0.3

%

European

34,179



40,588



(15.8)

%


(3,336)



(8.2)

%

Total Net Sales

$

205,522



$

224,431



(8.4)

%


$

(3,164)



(1.4)

%
































Twelve Months Ended
December 31,




Change due to currency
translation


2016


2015


% change
from 2015


$


%











Industrial

$

484,088



$

498,761



(2.9)

%


$

(1,517)



(0.3)

%

Agricultural

205,834



208,257



(1.2)

%


(605)



(0.3)

%

European

154,826



172,559



(10.3)

%


(9,113)



(5.3)

%

Total Net Sales

$

844,748



$

879,577



(4.0)

%


$

(11,235)



(1.3)

%

 

 

Attachment 3


Alamo Group Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)




December 31,
2016


December 31,
2015


Net Change








Current maturities


$

73



$

77




Long-term debt, net of current


70,017



144,006




Total Debt


$

70,090



$

144,083











Total Cash


16,793



26,922




Total Debt Net of Cash


$

53,297



$

117,161



$

63,864


 

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