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Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

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  • Fourth Quarter Net Sales of $895.9 Million Up 23.6% YoY; Up 19.8% on an Organic Basis

  • Fourth Quarter Net Income of $59.2 Million, or $1.51 Per Share; EBITDA of $94.8 Million

  • Full-Year Net Sales of $3.2 Billion Down 0.3% YoY; Down 1.8% on an Organic Daily Basis

  • Full-Year Net Income of $144.8 Million, or $3.68 Per Share

  • Full-Year Adjusted Net Income of $186.4 Million, or $4.74 Per Share

  • Full-Year Operating Cash Flow of $241.7 Million; Free Cash Flow of $225.8 Million

CLEVELAND, August 17, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT), a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies, today reported results for its fiscal 2021 fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2021.

Net sales for the quarter increased 23.6% to $895.9 million from $725.1 million in the prior year. The change includes a 2.1% increase from acquisitions and a 1.7% increase from foreign currency translation. Excluding these factors, sales increased 19.8% on an organic basis with similar increases reported across both the Service Center segment and Fluid Power & Flow Control segment. The Company reported net income of $59.2 million, or $1.51 per share, and EBITDA of $94.8 million. Results include a LIFO layer liquidation benefit, which favorably impacted EPS by $0.07 and gross profit by $3.7 million on a net basis during the quarter.

For the twelve months ended June 30, 2021, sales were $3.2 billion, a decrease of 0.3% compared with the prior year, or down 1.8% on an organic daily basis. Net income was $144.8 million or $3.68 per share on a reported basis. Non-GAAP adjusted net income was $186.4 million, or $4.74 per share. Full-year operating cash flow was $241.7 million, while free cash flow was $225.8 million or 121.1% of adjusted net income.

Neil A. Schrimsher, Applied’s President & Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We ended fiscal 2021 on a strong note with fourth quarter performance exceeding our expectations and achieving record quarterly earnings. Underlying demand continued to strengthen across both segments during the quarter reflecting sustained recovery in our core end markets and momentum generated from our internal growth initiatives. We are managing inflation well and controlling costs, while benefiting from productivity enhancements. Overall, I am extremely proud of what we accomplished during a challenging year. Our ability to deliver strong operational and financial performance while remaining fully invested in our long-term strategy during an unprecedented period is a testament to the strength of our Applied team, business model, and industry position."

Mr. Schrimsher added, "Entering early fiscal 2022, we are off to a positive start with organic sales through mid-August up by a high-teens percent over the prior year, and customer indications signaling sustained demand momentum. Our balance sheet is in a solid position, and we see favorable earnings potential beyond cycle fundamentals as we leverage our technical industry position and expanding addressable market. This includes supporting more of our customers’ industrial technology and operational requirements through our cross-selling efforts, as well as the expansion of faster growing and higher margin industrial solutions. While industry-wide supply chain constraints and macro uncertainty remain, we have multiple internal opportunities to drive solid earnings growth and stronger returns on capital in fiscal 2022 and beyond."

Fiscal 2022 Guidance
The Company is reinstating its practice of providing formal full-year guidance. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, the Company is introducing EPS guidance in the range of $5.00 to $5.40 based on sales growth of 8% to 10% including 7% to 9% on an organic basis, as well as EBITDA margins of 9.7% to 9.9%. Guidance assumptions include a steady industrial demand environment relative to current trends, ongoing inflationary headwinds including greater LIFO expense, and lingering uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance does not assume contribution from potential future acquisitions.

Share Repurchases
During the quarter, the Company purchased 400,000 shares of its common stock in open market transactions for $40.1 million. At June 30, 2021, the Company had remaining authorization to purchase approximately 465,000 additional shares.

Conference Call Information
Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on August 17, 2021. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and David K. Wells – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. A supplemental investor presentation detailing latest quarter results and the Company’s outlook is available for reference on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at www.applied.com. To join the call, dial 877-311-4351 (toll free) or 614-999-9139 (for International callers) using conference ID 8056208. A live audio webcast can be accessed online through the investor relations portion of the Company's website at www.applied.com. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 855-859-2056 or 800-585-8367 (both toll free), or 404-537-3406 (International) using conference ID 8056208.

About Applied®
Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies. Our leading brands, specialized services, and comprehensive knowledge serve MRO and OEM end users in virtually all industrial markets through our multi-channel capabilities that provide choice, convenience, and expertise. For more information, visit www.applied.com.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. Applied intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are often identified by qualifiers such as "see," "expect," "will," "guidance," "assume", and derivative or similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including trends in the industrial sector of the economy, the effects of the health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations, results of operations, and financial condition, and other risk factors identified in Applied's most recent periodic report and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, many of which risks are amplified by circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by Applied or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Applied assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, or events, or otherwise.

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Year Ended
June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net Sales

$

895,888

$

725,076

$

3,235,919

$

3,245,652

Cost of sales

632,904

516,786

2,300,395

2,307,916

Gross Profit

262,984

208,290

935,524

937,736

Selling, distribution and administrative expense, including depreciation

181,883

161,262

680,542

717,747

Impairment expense

-

-

49,528

131,000

Operating Income

81,101

47,028

205,454

88,989

Interest expense, net

7,673

8,088

30,592

36,535

Other income, net

(454

)

(1,139

)

(2,200

)

(2,782

)

Income Before Income Taxes

73,882

40,079

177,062

55,236

Income Tax Expense

14,638

10,090

32,305

31,194

Net Income

$

59,244

$

29,989

$

144,757

$

24,042

Net Income Per Share - Basic

$

1.53

$

0.78

$

3.73

$

0.62

Net Income Per Share - Diluted

$

1.51

$

0.77

$

3.68

$

0.62

Average Shares Outstanding - Basic

38,692

38,691

38,758

38,658

Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted

39,347

38,988

39,296

38,999

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1) Applied uses the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of valuing U.S. inventory. An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method can only be made at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management's estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs and are subject to the final year-end LIFO inventory determination.

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2020

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

257,745

$

268,551

Accounts receivable, net

516,322

449,998

Inventories

362,547

389,150

Other current assets

59,961

52,070

Total current assets

1,196,575

1,159,769

Property, net

115,589

121,901

Operating lease assets, net

87,111

90,636

Intangibles, net

279,628

343,215

Goodwill

560,077

540,594

Other assets

32,827

27,436

Total Assets

$

2,271,807

$

2,283,551

Liabilities

Accounts payable

$

208,162

$

186,270

Current portion of long-term debt

43,525

78,646

Other accrued liabilities

176,013

161,167

Total current liabilities

427,700

426,083

Long-term debt

784,855

855,143

Other liabilities

126,706

158,783

Total Liabilities

1,339,261

1,440,009

Shareholders' Equity

932,546

843,542

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

2,271,807

$

2,283,551

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Year Ended June 30,

2021

2020

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Net income

$

144,757

$

24,042

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided

by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization of property

20,780

21,196

Amortization of intangibles

34,365

41,553

Impairment expense

49,528

131,000

Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options

2,526

2,954

Other share-based compensation expense

6,454

4,000

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions

6,381

73,720

Other, net

(23,094

)

(1,751

)

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

241,697

296,714

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(30,230

)

(37,237

)

Capital expenditures

(15,852

)

(20,115

)

Proceeds from property sales

1,152

1,948

Net Cash used in Investing Activities

(44,930

)

(55,404

)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Long-term debt borrowings

26,000

25,000

Long-term debt repayments

(131,883

)

(49,553

)

Interest rate swap settlement payments

(3,737

)

-

Payment of debt issuance costs

(399

)

(95

)

Purchases of treasury shares

(40,089

)

-

Dividends paid

(50,664

)

(48,873

)

Acquisition holdback payments

(2,345

)

(2,440

)

Taxes paid for shares withheld for equity awards

(10,083

)

(2,607

)

Exercise of stock appreciation rights and options

163

330

Net Cash used in Financing Activities

(213,037

)

(78,238

)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

5,464

(2,740

)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

(10,806

)

160,332

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

268,551

108,219

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

257,745

$

268,551

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

The Company supplemented the reporting of financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with reporting of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist shareholders in understanding financial results, assessing prospects for future performance, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The Company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review company financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

Reconciliation of Net income and Net income per share, GAAP financial measures, with Adjusted Net income and
Adjusted Net income per share, non-GAAP financial measures:

Three Months Ended June 30, 2020

Pre-tax

Tax Effect

Net of Tax

Per Share
Diluted Impact

Tax Rate

Net income and net income per share

$

40,079

$

10,090

$

29,989

$

0.77

25.2

%

Non-routine costs

1,540

388

1,152

0.03

25.2

%

Adjusted net income and net income per share

$

41,619

$

10,478

$

31,141

$

0.80

25.2

%

Year Ended June 30, 2021

Pre-tax

Tax Effect

Net of Tax

Per Share
Diluted Impact

Tax Rate

Net income and net income per share

$

177,062

$

32,305

$

144,757

$

3.68

18.2

%

Impairment expense

49,528

11,769

37,759

0.96

23.8

%

Non-routine costs

7,772

1,847

5,925

0.15

23.8

%

Non-routine income

(2,609

)

(613

)

(1,996

)

(0.05

)

23.5

%

Adjusted net income and net income per share

$

231,753

$

45,308

$

186,445

$

4.74

19.6

%

Year Ended June 30, 2020

Pre-tax

Tax Effect

Net of Tax

Per Share
Diluted Impact

Tax Rate

Net income and net income per share

$

55,236

$

31,194

$

24,042

$

0.62

56.5

%

Impairment expense

131,000

12,200

118,800

3.04

9.3

%

Non-routine costs

8,992

2,135

6,857

0.18

23.7

%

Non-routine tax benefit

-

1,010

(1,010

)

(0.03

)

N/M

Adjusted net income and net income per share

$

195,228

$

46,539

$

148,689

$

3.81

23.8

%

Reconciliation of Net Income, a GAAP financial measure, to EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure:

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Year Ended
June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net Income

$

59,244

$

29,989

$

144,757

$

24,042

Interest expense, net

7,673

8,088

30,592

36,535

Income tax expense

14,638

10,090

32,305

31,194

Depreciation and amortization of property

5,139

5,199

20,780

21,196

Amortization of intangibles

8,127

9,882

34,365

40,499

EBITDA

$

94,821

$

63,248

$

262,799

$

153,466

Impairment expense

-

-

49,528

131,000

Non-routine costs

-

1,540

7,772

8,992

Non-routine income

-

-

(2,609

)

-

Adjusted EBITDA

$

94,821

$

64,788

$

317,490

$

293,458

The Company defines EBITDA as Earnings from operations before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization, a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA excludes items that may not be indicative of core operating results, a non-GAAP financial measure.

Reconciliation of Cash provided by Operating activities, a GAAP financial measure, to Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure:

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Year Ended
June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash provided by Operating Activities

$

38,288

$

127,090

$

241,697

$

296,714

Capital expenditures

(3,675

)

(3,892

)

(15,852

)

(20,115

)

Free Cash Flow

$

34,613

$

123,198

$

225,845

$

276,599

Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less property purchases, a non-GAAP financial measure.

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Contacts

Ryan D. Cieslak
Director – Investor Relations & Treasury
216-426-4887 / rcieslak@applied.com