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Astec Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Astec Industries, Inc.
·18 min read

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights (all comparisons are made to the prior year third quarter):

  • Net Sales decreased 9.5% to $231.4M

  • Gross Profit Margin of 21.8% increased 150 bps; adjusted Gross Profit Margin increased 260 bps

  • Net Income decreased 45.2% to $1.6M; adjusted Net Income of $4.6M increased 21.7% from $3.8M

  • EPS of $0.07 compared to $0.13; adjusted EPS of $0.20 increased from $0.17

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTE) announced today its financial results for third quarter 2020 ending September 30, 2020.

Third quarter of 2020 net sales of $231.4 million decreased 9.5% compared to $255.8 million for the third quarter of 2019. Domestic sales decreased $8.5 million or 4.5% and international sales decreased $15.9 million or 24.1% due mainly to COVID-19 related business disruptions in the third quarter versus last year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, net sales decreased 8.5%.

Backlog as of September 30, 2020 of $218.5 million decreased $25.4 million, or 10.4% compared to the backlog of $243.9 million a year ago driven by lower Materials and Infrastructure Solutions orders, which were down 8.5% and 11.3%, respectively. Domestic backlog decreased by 4.3% to $151.3 million while international backlog decreased by 21.8% to $67.2 million. Lower orders were driven by COVID-19 uncertainties.

Operating loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 decreased 124.2% compared to operating income of $3.3 million in the third quarter 2019. In relation to the company’s efforts to simplify the organization, the company incurred a $3.9 million pre-tax restructuring and other or $0.13 per share net of taxes related to asset impairment, inventory write-down, reduction in labor force and the closing of our Mequon, Wisconsin and Enid, Oklahoma facilities. Third quarter of 2020 adjusted operating income of $4.1 million, decreased 2.3% compared to $4.2 million a year ago. Adjusted operating margin of 1.8% increased 20 basis points from 1.6% in third quarter 2019 as operational efficiencies outpaced a decline in sales. SG&A expenses increased $1.2 million or 2.5% primarily due to the acquisitions of BMH Systems ("St. Bruno") and CON-E-CO ("Blair").

Net income of $1.6 million decreased 45.2% compared to $3.0 million a year ago, while EPS of $0.07 decreased 46.2% compared to $0.13 for third quarter 2019. Excluding restructuring charges mentioned above, adjusted net income of $4.6 million increased 21.7% compared to the prior year period, while adjusted EPS of $0.20 increased 17.6% compared to $0.17 for third quarter 2019. Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 million increased 2.4% compared to $10.7 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 4.8% increased 60 basis points from 4.2% in third quarter 2019.

“I am pleased with our continued ability to execute against our strategic initiatives of Simplify, Focus and Grow. Furthermore, as a direct result of the initiatives taken since 2019 related to our strategic transformation and our continued focus on operational excellence, while net sales decreased, we achieved further adjusted gross and adjusted EBITDA margin expansion during the quarter. During the third quarter, we continued to drive operational excellence across the organization resulting in solid third quarter performance,” said Barry Ruffalo, CEO of Astec. “As previously communicated, we closed on the acquisitions of two premier full-line concrete batch plant manufacturers, Blair and St. Bruno, which strengthened our Infrastructure Solutions segment. The integration is going well and we are already beginning to benefit from purchasing synergies. We continue to focus on our Rock to Road strategy to build on our strong foundational product lines.”

COVID-19 Business Continuity and Operations Update
We continue to execute on COVID-19 measures in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families and communities in which we operate, while continuing to serve our customers’ critical needs. Below is a COVID-related update by category:

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company remains focused on liquidity and cash generation. We ended the quarter with a net cash position of $108.5 million with total debt of $0.9 million. The Company has available liquidity in excess of $260.0 million as of September 30, 2020.

Operations

All of our facilities are operational and able to meet current demand levels. We continue to manufacture our products for building and maintaining the infrastructure used to move goods to market, facilitate the transportation needs of communities and for public health and safety.

Supply Chain

We have not experienced any interruption to our supply chain and are able to source the necessary materials needed to meet our customers’ needs. We are closely monitoring our supply chain and are ready to take proactive actions as needed to mitigate any potential disruptions. We are in frequent communication with our suppliers and customers to ensure business continuity.

Cost Management

We have implemented additional actions to help mitigate the financial and operations impacts of COVID-19, including reducing expenses and conserving cash. These actions include:

  • Overall headcount reduction of approximately 12% since third quarter of 2019

  • Discretionary spending reductions

  • Working capital management to ensure efficient accounts receivable processing with our customers

Mr. Ruffalo continued, “We remain cautiously optimistic given we are well positioned to navigate the economic challenges related to the global pandemic with a streamlined organizational structure, a strong balance sheet and ample liquidity. I want to thank all our team members for their hard work and dedication and continued focus on our core values to serve our customers as OneAstec. I am confident that we are becoming a stronger and more resilient organization as we continue to focus on operational excellence and enhancing long-term stakeholder value.”

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast
Astec will conduct a conference call and live webcast today, November 4, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, to review its third quarter 2020 results as well as current business conditions. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 407-9210 (at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the call). International callers should dial (201) 689-8049. You may also access a live webcast of the call by visiting www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2146/36087. You will need to give your name and company affiliation and reference Astec Industries. An archived webcast will be available for ninety days at www.astecindustries.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available through November 18, 2020 by dialing (877) 481-4010 or (919) 882-2331 for international callers, Conference ID # 36087. A transcript of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within five business days after the call.

About Astec
Astec, (www.astecindustries.com), is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production. Astec’s manufacturing operations are divided into two primary business segments: Infrastructure Solutions that includes road building, asphalt and concrete plant, thermal and storage solutions; and Materials Solutions that include our aggregate processing and mining equipment.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release relate to future events and expectations and are “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding the future performance of the Company. Words such as "believe," "estimate," "will be," "will," "would," “may,” "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "project," "intend," "could," "should" or other similar words or expressions often identify forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our outlook, projections, forecasts or trend descriptions. These statements do not guarantee future performance and speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results could differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, include among others: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global demand for the Company’s products; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s financial condition and business operations; general uncertainty in the economy; pricing, demand and availability of steel, oil and liquid asphalt; decreased funding for highway projects; the relative strength/weakness of the dollar to foreign currencies; production capacity; general business conditions in the industry; demand for the Company’s products; seasonality and cyclicality in operating results; seasonality of sales volumes or lower than expected sales volumes; lower than expected margins on custom equipment orders; competitive activity; tax rates and the impact of future legislation thereon; and those other factors, risks and uncertainties that are more specifically set forth from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company’s results, the Company refers to various GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures which management believes provides useful information to investors. These non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures for other companies. Management of the Company does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. Nonetheless, this non-GAAP information can be useful in understanding the Company's operating results and the performance of its core business. Management of the Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to establish internal budgets and targets and to evaluate the Company’s financial performance against such budgets and targets.

For Additional Information Contact:
Steve Anderson
Senior Vice President of Administration and Investor Relations, Secretary
Phone: (423) 899-5898
Fax: (423) 899-4456
E-mail: sanderson@astecindustries.com


Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except shares in thousands and per share amounts; unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

231.4

$

255.8

$

785.6

$

886.4

Cost of sales

181.0

203.9

601.5

674.4

Gross profit

50.4

51.9

184.1

212.0

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

48.8

47.6

147.8

158.6

Restructuring and asset impairment charges

2.4

0.9

11.1

1.4

Total operating expenses

51.2

48.5

158.9

160.0

Operating income (loss)

(0.8

)

3.4

25.2

52.0

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(0.1

)

(0.2

)

(0.3

)

(1.3

)

Other income, net of expenses

1.3

0.4

2.1

1.3

Income before income taxes

0.4

3.6

27.0

52.0

Provision (benefit) from income taxes

(1.2

)

0.6

(4.5

)

11.4

Net income

1.6

3.0

31.5

40.6

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

0.1

0.1

Net income attributable to controlling interest

$

1.6

$

3.0

$

31.6

$

40.7

Earnings per common share

Basic

$

0.07

$

0.13

$

1.40

$

1.81

Diluted

0.07

0.13

1.38

1.79

Weighted-average shares outstanding

Basic

22,615

22,523

22,593

22,510

Diluted

22,946

22,684

22,838

22,666

EPS *

$

0.07

$

0.13

$

1.38

$

1.79

Restructuring and unusual

0.17

0.04

0.56

(0.81

)

Goodwill impairment

0.07

Benefit (provision) from income taxes

(0.04

)

(0.15

)

0.20

Adjusted EPS *

$

0.20

$

0.17

$

1.86

$

1.18

* Diluted EPS



Astec Industries Inc.
Segment Net Sales and Profits
(In thousands; unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30

Nine Months Ended September 30

Infrastructure
Solutions

Material
Solutions

Corporate

Total

Infrastructure
Solutions

Material
Solutions

Corporate

Total

2020 Net sales

$

151,096

$

80,308

$

$

231,404

$

535,565

$

249,986

$

$

785,551

2019 Net sales

156,190

99,617

255,807

573,404

312,985

886,389

Change $

(5,094

)

(19,309

)

(24,403

)

(37,839

)

(62,999

)

(100,838

)

Change %

(3.3

)%

(19.4

)%

%

(9.5

)%

(6.6

)%

(20.1

)%

%

(11.4

)%

2020 Gross profit

29,645

20,692

100

50,437

120,857

62,911

305

184,073

2020 Gross profit %

19.6

%

25.8

%

%

21.8

%

22.6

%

25.2

%

%

23.4

%

2019 Gross profit

30,952

20,837

71

51,860

140,004

71,876

147

212,027

2019 Gross profit %

19.8

%

20.9

%

%

20.3

%

24.4

%

23.0

%

%

23.9

%

Change $

(1,307

)

(145

)

29

(1,423

)

(19,147

)

(8,965

)

158

(27,954

)

2020 Profit / (loss)

6,266

7,205

(11,712

)

1,759

37,701

21,709

(28,240

)

31,170

2019 Profit / (loss)

3,889

5,803

(6,947

)

2,745

48,885

22,969

(32,418

)

39,436

Change $

2,377

1,402

(4,765

)

(986

)

(11,184

)

(1,260

)

4,178

(8,266

)

Change %

61.1

%

24.2

%

(68.6

)%

(35.9

)%

(22.9

)%

(5.5

)%

12.9

%

(21.0

)%

Segment net sales are reported net of intersegment sales. Segment gross profit is net of profit on intersegment sales. A reconciliation of total segment profits to the Company's net income attributable to controlling interest is as follows (in thousands; unaudited):

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

Change $

2020

2019

Change $

Total profit for all segments

$

1,759

$

2,745

$

(986

)

$

31,170

$

39,436

$

(8,266

)

Recapture (elimination) of intersegment profit

(72

)

210

(282

)

305

1,099

(794

)

Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(39

)

55

(94

)

75

127

(52

)

Net income attributable to controlling interest

$

1,648

$

3,010

$

(1,362

)

$

31,550

$

40,662

$

(9,112

)



Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions; unaudited)

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

108.5

$

48.9

Investments

3.8

1.5

Receivables, net

132.8

124.9

Inventories, net

261.5

294.5

Other current assets

26.6

36.5

Total current assets

533.2

506.3

Property, plant and equipment, net

182.8

190.4

Other long-term assets

103.7

103.8

Total assets

$

819.7

$

800.5

Liabilities

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

53.1

$

57.2

Other current liabilities

108.1

115.6

Total current liabilities

161.2

172.8

Long-term debt

0.4

0.7

Other long-term liabilities

34.8

24.5

Total equity

623.3

602.5

Total liabilities and equity

$

819.7

$

800.5



Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands; unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

31,475

$

40,535

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

19,370

19,698

Provision for doubtful accounts

559

1,086

Provision for warranties

7,094

7,020

Deferred compensation expense

503

74

Stock-based compensation

4,814

2,118

Deferred income tax provision

14,012

9,193

(Gain) loss on disposition of fixed assets

(826

)

309

Asset impairment charge

4,146

Distributions to SERP participants

(1,234

)

(2,067

)

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

(Purchase) sale of trading securities, net

(534

)

883

Trade and other receivables

(1,964

)

18,150

Inventories

43,170

(1,261

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

5,805

849

Accounts payable

(7,952

)

(8,899

)

Accrued payroll and related expenses

1,009

Accrued product warranty

(7,328

)

(8,004

)

Customer deposits

(17,966

)

(4,247

)

Prepaid and income taxes payable, net

8,604

8,964

Other

553

(226

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

103,310

84,175

Cash flows from investing activities:

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(28,252

)

Expenditures for property and equipment

(10,934

)

(17,924

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

2,881

268

Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale

3,084

Other

285

1,407

Net cash used by investing activities

(32,936

)

(16,249

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payment of dividends

(7,457

)

(7,436

)

Borrowings under bank loans

175

164,850

Repayments of bank loans

(518

)

(223,984

)

Sale of Company shares held by SERP

214

176

Withholding tax paid upon vesting of restricted stock units

(739

)

(312

)

Net cash used by financing activities

(8,325

)

(66,706

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash

(2,377

)

(752

)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

59,672

468

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

48,857

25,821

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

108,529

$

26,289



Appendix

In its earnings release, Astec refers to various GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures being disclosed by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. Nonetheless, this non-GAAP information can be useful in understanding the Company's operating results and the performance of its core businesses. Management of the Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to establish internal budgets and targets and to evaluate the Company's financial performance against such budgets and targets.

The amounts described below are unaudited, reported in thousands of U.S. Dollars (Except per share data), and as of or for the periods indicated.

3Q 2020 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table

As Reported
(GAAP)

Restructuring
Charges and
Other

As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

Net sales

$

231,404

$

$

231,404

GP

50,437

2,507

52,944

GP%

21.8

%

22.9

%

Operating income (loss)

(808

)

4,924

4,116

Benefit from income taxes

(1,242

)

953

(289

)

Net income attributable to controlling interest

1,648

2,921

4,569

EPS

0.07

0.13

0.20

Infrastructure Solutions

Net sales

151,096

151,096

GP

29,645

2,507

32,152

GP%

19.6

%

21.3

%

Materials Solutions

Net sales

80,308

80,308

GP

20,692

20,692

GP%

25.8

%

25.8

%

3Q YTD 2020 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table

As Reported
(GAAP)

Restructuring
Charges and
Other

As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

Net sales

$

785,551

$

$

785,551

GP

184,073

4,416

188,489

GP%

23.4

%

24.0

%

Operating income

25,194

15,538

40,732

Benefit from income taxes

(4,517

)

3,498

(1,019

)

Net income attributable to controlling interest

31,550

10,990

42,540

EPS

1.38

0.48

1.86

Infrastructure Solutions

Net sales

535,565

535,565

GP

120,857

4,416

125,273

GP%

22.6

%

23.4

%

Materials Solutions

Net sales

249,986

249,986

GP

62,911

62,911

GP%

25.2

%

25.2

%


3Q 2019 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table

As Reported
(GAAP)

Restructuring
Charges and
Other

As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

Net sales

$

255,807

$

$

255,807

GP

51,860

51,860

GP%

20.3

%

20.3

%

Operating income

3,342

875

4,217

Provision from income taxes

632

132

764

Net income attributable to controlling interest

3,010

743

3,753

EPS

0.13

0.04

0.17

Infrastructure Solutions

Net sales

156,190

156,190

GP

30,952

30,952

GP%

19.8

%

19.8

%

Materials Solutions

Net sales

99,617

99,617

GP

20,837

20,837

GP%

20.9

%

20.9

%

3Q YTD 2019 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table

As Reported
(GAAP)

Restructuring Charges
and Other

As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

Net sales

$

886,389

$

(20,000

)

$

866,389

GP

212,027

(20,000

)

192,027

GP%

23.9

%

22.2

%

Operating income

52,002

(18,569

)

33,433

Provision from income taxes

11,420

(4,598

)

6,822

Net income attributable to controlling interest

40,662

(13,971

)

26,691

EPS

1.79

(0.61

)

1.18

Infrastructure Solutions

Net sales

573,404

(20,000

)

553,404

GP

140,004

(20,000

)

120,004

GP%

24.4

%

21.7

%

Materials Solutions

Net sales

312,985

312,985

GP

71,876

71,876

GP%

23.0

%

23.0

%



Astec Industries Inc.
GAAP vs Non-GAAP Adj. EPS Reconciliations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts; unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income attributable to controlling interest

$

1,648

$

3,010

$

31,550

$

40,662

Plus: Restructuring and other

3,874

875

12,842

(18,569

)

Plus: Goodwill impairment

1,646

Less: Benefit (provision) from income taxes

(953

)

(132

)

(3,498

)

4,598

Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest

$

4,569

$

3,753

$

42,540

$

26,691

Diluted EPS

$

0.07

$

0.13

$

1.38

$

1.79

Plus: Restructuring and other

0.17

0.04

0.56

(0.81

)

Plus: Goodwill impairment

0.07

Less: Benefit (provision) from income taxes

(0.04

)

(0.15

)

0.20

Adjusted EPS

$

0.20

$

0.17

$

1.86

$

1.18


Astec Industries Inc.
GAAP vs Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adj. EBITDA Reconciliations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts; unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income attributable to controlling interest

$

1,648

$

3,010

$

31,550

$

40,662

Interest income (expense) and other

(99

)

(202

)

(360

)

155

Depreciation and amortization

6,823

6,429

19,370

19,698

Provision from income taxes

(1,242

)

632

(4,517

)

11,420

EBITDA

7,130

9,869

46,043

71,935

Restructuring and other

3,874

875

14,488

(18,569

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

11,004

$

10,744

$

60,531

$

53,366