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Brady Corporation Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Results and Withdraws Fiscal 2020 Financial Guidance

  • Income before income taxes was $22.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $41.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Income before income taxes includes non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

  • Diluted EPS was $0.26 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.65 in the same quarter of the prior year. Non-cash impairment charges reduced diluted EPS by approximately $0.21 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Diluted EPS in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was also negatively impacted by an income tax rate of 38.5 percent.

  • Sales for the quarter declined 8.2 percent. Organic sales declined 6.0 percent and the impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by 2.2 percent.

  • During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, we returned $64.1 million to shareholders through share repurchases and $11.3 million in the form of dividends.

  • Due to the evolving and uncertain impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is withdrawing its previously communicated fiscal 2020 financial guidance.

MILWAUKEE, May 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brady Corporation (BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended April 30, 2020.

Quarter Ended April 30, 2020 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes declined 45.9 percent to $22.2 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2020, compared to $41.0 million in the same quarter last year. Income before income taxes for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million primarily related to the write down of certain of the tangible and intangible assets in the Company’s Workplace Safety segment. These non-cash impairment charges were primarily driven by sales and profitability reductions and reduced forecasts for future sales and profitability growth in the WPS North American business.

Net income for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 declined 60.8 percent to $13.6 million compared to $34.8 million in the same quarter last year. Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $0.26 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $0.65 in the same quarter last year. Diluted EPS for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of approximately $0.21 per share.

Sales for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 declined 8.2 percent, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 6.0 percent and a decline of 2.2 percent from foreign currency translation. Sales for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 were $265.9 million compared to $289.7 million in the same quarter last year. By segment, sales declined 9.7 percent in Identification Solutions and declined 3.9 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 8.2 percent in Identification Solutions and organic sales growth of 0.2 percent in Workplace Safety.

Nine-Month Period Ended April 30, 2020 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes declined 9.8 percent to $106.1 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020, compared to $117.6 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2019. Income before income taxes was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020.

Net income for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 declined 10.5 percent to $84.7 million compared to $94.6 million in the same period last year. Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $1.58 for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020, compared to $1.78 in the same period last year. Diluted EPS was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of approximately $0.21 per share for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020.

Sales for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 declined 4.1 percent, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 2.5 percent and a decline of 1.6 percent from foreign currency translation. Sales for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 were $829.6 million compared to $865.4 million in the same period last year. By segment, sales declined 4.3 percent in Identification Solutions and declined 3.6 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of organic sales declines of 3.2 percent in Identification Solutions and 0.5 percent in Workplace Safety.

Commentary:
“During these challenging times, as a highly-innovative essential business, Brady is more focused than ever on doing our part to serve the front-line workers and other essential companies with the products and services they need to help fight this global pandemic,” said Brady’s President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Michael Nauman. “Brady’s operations are up and running all around the globe producing products that are going to first responders, healthcare providers, food processing, transportation and many other critical industries. Our foremost focus has been on the safety of our employees as well as supporting our customers with the highest level of service that they have come to expect from Brady. This quarter, we saw strong demand for our products through the first half of March and then demand declined in late March and April as a result of the challenging macro environment. Demonstrating the strength of Brady, even in this tough environment, we posted cash flow from operating activities well in excess of net income.”

“Brady is financially strong. As of April 30, 2020, we had $238.9 million of cash and less than $50 million of debt, putting Brady in an enviable net cash position of $190 million. This quarter, we generated $42.8 million of cash flow from operating activities. Our strong cash generation and our strong balance sheet allows us to continue to execute our capital allocation strategy which involves continuing to invest in ROI-positive capital expenditures; to pay a strong dividend; to buyback our shares in an opportunistic manner; and to, of course, continue to invest in innovation, in sales-generating resources, in efficiency actions, and in actions that improve customer service,” said Brady’s Chief Financial Officer, Aaron Pearce.

Fiscal 2020 Financial Guidance Withdrawn:
Due to the uncertainty around the duration and depth of the economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is withdrawing its previously communicated full-year fiscal 2020 financial guidance, which was provided on February 20, 2020.

A webcast regarding Brady’s fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results will be available at www.bradycorp.com/investors beginning at 9:30 a.m. central time today.

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the Company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31, 2019, employed approximately 6,100 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2019 sales were approximately $1.16 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.

In this news release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historic information are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations.

The use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain and are subject to risks, assumptions, and other factors, some of which are beyond Brady’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For Brady, uncertainties arise from: adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic or other pandemics; our ability to compete effectively or to successfully execute our strategy; Brady’s ability to develop technologically advanced products that meet customer demands; difficulties in protecting our websites, networks, and systems against security breaches; decreased demand for our products; raw material and other cost increases; extensive regulations by U.S. and non-U.S. governmental and self-regulatory entities; risks associated with the loss of key employees; divestitures and contingent liabilities from divestitures; Brady’s ability to properly identify, integrate, and grow acquired companies; litigation, including product liability claims; foreign currency fluctuations; the impact of the Tax Reform Act and any other changes in tax legislation and tax rates; potential write-offs of Brady’s substantial intangible assets; differing interests of voting and non-voting shareholders; numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including major public health issues and those of a political, economic, business, competitive, and regulatory nature contained from time to time in Brady’s U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, those factors listed in the “Risk Factors” section within Item 1A of Part I of Brady’s Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2019.

These uncertainties may cause Brady's actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Brady does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law.




BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended April 30,

Nine months ended April 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

265,943

$

289,745

$

829,555

$

865,367

Cost of goods sold

136,416

143,996

419,496

433,269

Gross margin

129,527

145,749

410,059

432,098

Operating expenses:

Research and development

9,814

11,437

31,298

33,837

Selling, general and administrative

83,223

94,691

260,136

281,988

Impairment charges

13,821

13,821

Total operating expenses

106,858

106,128

305,255

315,825

Operating income

22,669

39,621

104,804

116,273

Other income (expense):

Investment and other income

112

2,065

3,252

3,425

Interest expense

(628

)

(708

)

(1,976

)

(2,137

)

Income before income taxes

22,153

40,978

106,080

117,561

Income tax expense

8,520

6,197

21,396

22,916

Net income

$

13,633

$

34,781

$

84,684

$

94,645

Net income per Class A Nonvoting Common Share:

Basic

$

0.26

$

0.66

$

1.60

$

1.80

Diluted

$

0.26

$

0.65

$

1.58

$

1.78

Dividends

$

0.22

$

0.21

0.65

$

0.64

Net income per Class B Voting Common Share:

Basic

$

0.26

$

0.66

$

1.58

$

1.79

Diluted

$

0.26

$

0.65

$

1.57

$

1.76

Dividends

$

0.22

$

0.21

$

0.64

$

0.62

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

52,607

52,766

53,023

52,499

Diluted

52,972

53,480

53,512

53,215



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

April 30, 2020

July 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

238,880

$

279,072

Accounts receivable—net

145,133

158,114

Inventories

124,575

120,037

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

22,502

16,056

Total current assets

531,090

573,279

Property, plant and equipment—net

111,383

110,048

Goodwill

404,039

410,987

Other intangible assets

23,444

36,123

Deferred income taxes

7,006

7,298

Operating lease assets

41,553

Other assets

21,827

19,573

Total

$

1,140,342

$

1,157,308

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

58,819

$

64,810

Accrued compensation and benefits

41,591

62,509

Taxes, other than income taxes

7,667

8,107

Accrued income taxes

8,101

6,557

Current operating lease liabilities

14,381

Other current liabilities

48,473

49,796

Current maturities on long-term debt

48,927

50,166

Total current liabilities

227,959

241,945

Long-term operating lease liabilities

32,348

Other liabilities

59,433

64,589

Total liabilities

319,740

306,534

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock:

Class A nonvoting common stock—Issued 51,261,487 shares, and outstanding 48,431,617 and 49,458,841 shares, respectively

513

513

Class B voting common stock—Issued and outstanding, 3,538,628 shares

35

35

Additional paid-in capital

330,968

329,969

Retained earnings

688,079

637,843

Treasury stock—2,829,870 and 1,802,646 shares, respectively, of Class A nonvoting common stock, at cost

(106,751

)

(46,332

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(92,242

)

(71,254

)

Total stockholders’ equity

820,602

850,774

Total

$

1,140,342

$

1,157,308



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)

Nine months ended April 30,

2020

2019

Operating activities:

Net income

$

84,684

$

94,645

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

Depreciation and amortization

17,731

17,836

Stock-based compensation expense

7,180

10,311

Deferred income taxes

(309

)

3,796

Impairment charges

13,821

Other

1,698

1,372

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

9,019

332

Inventories

(7,439

)

(9,254

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(5,653

)

(2,204

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(26,609

)

(20,548

)

Income taxes

1,790

616

Net cash provided by operating activities

95,913

96,902

Investing activities:

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(21,616

)

(17,528

)

Other

(4,419

)

(1,810

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(26,035

)

(19,338

)

Financing activities:

Payment of dividends

(34,447

)

(33,488

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

5,212

22,468

Payments for employee taxes withheld from stock-based awards

(7,832

)

(4,348

)

Purchase of treasury stock

(64,113

)

(3,182

)

Proceeds from borrowing on credit facilities

13,637

Repayment of borrowing on credit facilities

(13,568

)

Other

133

210

Net cash used in financing activities

(101,047

)

(18,271

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(9,023

)

(2,288

)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(40,192

)

57,005

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

279,072

181,427

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

238,880

$

238,432



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)

Three months ended April 30,

Nine months ended April 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

NET SALES

ID Solutions

$

193,169

$

213,979

$

613,518

$

641,283

Workplace Safety

72,774

75,766

216,037

224,084

Total

$

265,943

$

289,745

$

829,555

$

865,367

SALES INFORMATION

ID Solutions

Organic

(8.2

)%

4.0

%

(3.2

)%

4.4

%

Currency

(1.5

)%

(3.1

)%

(1.1

)%

(2.3

)%

Total

(9.7

)%

0.9

%

(4.3

)%

2.1

%

Workplace Safety

Organic

0.2

%

(1.6

)%

(0.5

)%

(0.2

)%

Currency

(4.1

)%

(5.3

)%

(3.1

)%

(3.7

)%

Divestiture

%

(5.3

)%

%

(5.8

)%

Total

(3.9

)%

(12.2

)%

(3.6

)%

(9.7

)%

Total Company

Organic

(6.0

)%

2.4

%

(2.5

)%

3.1

%

Currency

(2.2

)%

(3.8

)%

(1.6

)%

(2.8

)%

Divestiture

%

(1.5

)%

%

(1.6

)%

Total

(8.2

)%

(2.9

)%

(4.1

)%

(1.3

)%

SEGMENT PROFIT

ID Solutions

$

36,401

$

39,892

$

119,499

$

119,311

Workplace Safety

4,379

6,099

14,991

16,301

Total

$

40,780

$

45,991

$

134,490

$

135,612

SEGMENT PROFIT AS A PERCENT OF NET SALES

ID Solutions

18.8

%

18.6

%

19.5

%

18.6

%

Workplace Safety

6.0

%

8.0

%

6.9

%

7.3

%

Total

15.3

%

15.9

%

16.2

%

15.7

%

Three months ended April 30,

Nine months ended April 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Total segment profit

$

40,780

$

45,991

$

134,490

$

135,612

Unallocated amounts:

Administrative costs

(4,290

)

(6,370

)

(15,865

)

(19,339

)

Impairment charges

(13,821

)

-

(13,821

)

-

Investment and other income

112

2,065

3,252

3,425

Interest expense

(628

)

(708

)

(1,976

)

(2,137

)

Income before income taxes

$

22,153

$

40,978

$

106,080

$

117,561


For More Information:
Investor contact: Ann Thornton 414-438-6887
Media contact: Kate Venne 414-358-5176