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Franklin Electric Reports Record Third Quarter 2021 Results

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Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Record sales of $459.0 million, compared to third quarter 2020 sales of $351.2 million, an increase of 31%

  • Strong organic sales growth in all three Segments; Distribution 30%, Fueling Systems 18%, and Water Systems 11%

  • Operating income was $56.6 million, compared to third quarter operating income in 2020 of $48.4 million, an increase of 17%

  • GAAP fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.98, a record for any quarter

  • Working capital as a percent of trailing twelve months sales improved 150 basis points to 27.6%

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Franklin Electric Co. Inc. today announced third quarter 2021 financial results.

Third quarter 2021 sales were $459.0 million, compared to third quarter 2020 sales of $351.2 million. Third quarter 2021 operating income was $56.6 million, compared to third quarter operating income in 2020 of $48.4 million, an increase of 17 percent.

Third quarter 2021 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.98, versus GAAP fully diluted EPS in the third quarter 2020 of $0.82.

“We continued to break records in the third quarter of 2021, as we once again delivered the highest consolidated net sales, operating income, and EPS for any quarter in Franklin’s history. Demand remains strong across the business, with notably strong performance in our Distribution business, which posted impressive year-over-year sales growth of 43 percent. At the same time, our Water Systems and Fueling Systems segments maintained a remarkable pace with sales growing 28 and 18 percent, respectively,” commented Gregg Sengstack, Franklin Electric’s Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer.

“While supply chain challenges continue throughout the global economy, our team remains focused on managing these on-going challenges to meet our customers’ needs. The integration of recent acquisitions within Water Treatment continues to progress and offers a promising foundation to drive growth in our Global Water business. We look forward to capitalizing on sustained momentum in all of our business segments across the globe and drive value for our shareholders as we execute our strategic plan,” Mr. Sengstack concluded.

Segment Summaries

Water Systems sales, a new record for any quarter, were $260.7 million in the third quarter 2021, an increase of $57.8 million or 28 percent versus the third quarter 2020. Water Systems sales, excluding acquisitions and the impact of foreign currency translation, were up about 11 percent compared to the third quarter 2020. Sales of groundwater pumping equipment and sales of both surface pumping and dewatering equipment increased due to strong end market demand. Water Systems operating income in the third quarter was $36.8 million driven by higher sales. Third quarter 2020 Water Systems operating income was $36.6 million.

Distribution sales, a new third quarter record, were $140.2 million in the third quarter 2021. The Distribution segment organic sales increased 30 percent compared to the third quarter of 2020. Revenue growth was driven by broad-based demand in all regions and product categories. The Distribution segment operating income was $12.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared to third quarter 2020 operating income of $6.4 million.

Fueling Systems sales, a new record for any quarter, were $81.0 million in the third quarter 2021, an increase of $12.6 million versus the third quarter 2020. Fueling Systems sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by about 27 percent compared to the third quarter 2020. The increase was due to higher demand for Fuel Management and Pumping Systems and Piping. Outside the U.S. and Canada, Fueling Systems revenues decreased by about 1 percent, as sales increases of 11 percent in the rest of the world outside of China were offset by lower sales in China. Fueling Systems operating income in the third quarter was $23.9 million, compared to $18.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, driven by higher sales, as well as favorable geographic and product mix.

Cash Flow

Net cash flows from operating activities for the first nine months of 2021 were $93.9 million versus $133.7 million in the same period in 2020. The decrease was primarily due to higher working capital requirements in support of higher revenues.

2021 Guidance

The Company is raising our most recent full year 2021 earnings per share before restructuring expenses to be in the range from $2.99 to $3.07.

Earnings Conference Call

A conference call to review earnings and other developments in the business will commence at 9:00 am ET. The third quarter 2021 earnings call will be available via a live webcast. The webcast will be available in a listen only mode by going to:

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/g2j853js

If you intend to ask questions during the call, please dial in using 877.643.7158 for domestic calls and 914.495.8565 for international calls. The conference ID is 6199466.

A replay of the conference call will be available Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 12:00 noon ET through noon ET on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, by dialing 855.859.2056 for domestic calls and 404.537.3406 for international calls. The replay passcode is 6199466.

Forward Looking Statements

"Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein, including those relating to market conditions or the Company’s financial results, costs, expenses or expense reductions, profit margins, inventory levels, foreign currency translation rates, liquidity expectations, business goals and sales growth, involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to general economic and currency conditions, various conditions specific to the Company’s business and industry, weather conditions, new housing starts, market demand, competitive factors, changes in distribution channels, supply constraints, effect of price increases, raw material costs, technology factors, integration of acquisitions, litigation, government and regulatory actions, the Company’s accounting policies, future trends, epidemics and pandemics, and other risks which are detailed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, included in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020, Exhibit 99.1 attached thereto and in Item 1A of Part II of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information currently available, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

About Franklin Electric

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications.

Franklin Electric Contact:

Jeffery L. Taylor
Franklin Electric Co., Inc.
260-824-2900
Email: jeffery.taylor@fele.com


FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Third Quarter Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net sales

$

459,019

$

351,190

$

1,229,345

$

926,225

Cost of sales

295,903

226,893

798,444

604,489

Gross profit

163,116

124,297

430,901

321,736

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

106,446

75,472

288,534

223,409

Restructuring expense

76

441

381

2,189

Operating income

56,594

48,384

141,986

96,138

Interest expense

(1,384

)

(1,130

)

(3,840

)

(3,496

)

Other income/(expense), net

2,061

(463

)

1,531

(1,062

)

Foreign exchange income/(expense)

(408

)

(140

)

(1,654

)

(84

)

Income before income taxes

56,863

46,651

138,023

91,496

Income tax (benefit)/expense

10,409

8,076

24,043

17,327

Net income

$

46,454

$

38,575

$

113,980

$

74,169

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(282

)

(203

)

(787

)

(503

)

Net income attributable to Franklin Electric Co., Inc.

$

46,172

$

38,372

$

113,193

$

73,666

Income per share:

Basic

$

0.99

$

0.82

$

2.43

$

1.58

Diluted

$

0.98

$

0.82

$

2.40

$

1.57


FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

September 30

December 31,

2021

2020

ASSETS

Cash and equivalents

$

75,952

$

130,787

Receivables (net)

218,175

159,827

Inventories

395,531

300,932

Other current assets

38,472

27,708

Total current assets

728,130

619,254

Property, plant, and equipment, net

205,970

209,021

Right-of-use asset, net

36,181

31,954

Goodwill and other assets

575,700

412,078

Total assets

$

1,545,981

$

1,272,307

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Accounts payable

$

163,941

$

95,903

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

118,999

94,160

Current lease liability

12,240

11,090

Current maturities of long-term debt and

short-term borrowings

106,293

2,551

Total current liabilities

401,473

203,704

Long-term debt

90,527

91,966

Long-term lease liability

24,087

20,866

Income taxes payable non-current

11,610

11,965

Deferred income taxes

27,540

25,671

Employee benefit plans

39,899

44,443

Other long-term liabilities

25,267

23,988

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

(146

)

(245

)

Total equity

925,724

849,949

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,545,981

$

1,272,307


FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

(In thousands)

September 30,

September 30,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

113,980

$

74,169

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

cash flows from operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

32,767

26,917

Non-cash lease expense

9,394

8,478

Share-based compensation

8,921

8,312

Other

1,978

(622

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Receivables

(57,434

)

(5,147

)

Inventory

(85,873

)

4,322

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

92,214

26,069

Operating leases

(9,394

)

(8,478

)

Income taxes-U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

(355

)

-

Other

(12,296

)

(312

)

Net cash flows from operating activities

93,902

133,708

Cash flows from investing activities:

Additions to property, plant, and equipment

(20,274

)

(15,239

)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment

839

28

Acquisitions and investments

(193,987

)

(6,089

)

Other investing activities

38

(74

)

Net cash flows from investing activities

(213,384

)

(21,374

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Change in debt

102,395

(20,748

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

11,390

3,014

Purchases of common stock

(21,138

)

(19,091

)

Dividends paid

(24,499

)

(21,641

)

Net cash flows from financing activities

68,148

(58,466

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(3,501

)

(3,793

)

Net change in cash and equivalents

(54,835

)

50,075

Cash and equivalents at beginning of period

130,787

64,405

Cash and equivalents at end of period

$

75,952

$

114,480

Key Performance Indicators: Earnings Per Share Calculations

For the Third Quarter

Earnings Before and After Restructuring

2021

2020

Change

(in millions)

Net Income attributable to FE Co., Inc. Reported

$

46.2

$

38.4

20

%

Allocated Earnings

$

(0.3

)

$

(0.3

)

Earnings for EPS Calculations

$

45.9

$

38.1

20

%

Restructuring (before tax):

$

0.1

$

0.4

Restructuring, net of tax:

$

0.1

$

0.3

Earnings before Restructuring

$

46.0

$

38.4

20

%

For the Third Quarter

Earnings Per Share

2021

2020

Change

Before and After Restructuring

(in millions except Earnings Per Share)

Average Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding

47.0

46.6

1

%

Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share ("EPS") Reported

$

0.98

$

0.82

20

%

Restructuring Per Share, net of tax

$

-

$

0.01

Fully Diluted EPS before Restructuring

$

0.98

$

0.83

18

%

Key Performance Indicators: Net Sales Summary

Net Sales

United States

Latin

Europe, Middle

Asia

Total

(in millions)

& Canada

America

East & Africa

Pacific

Water

Fueling

Distribution

Other/Elims

Consolidated

Q3 2020

$111.5

$30.1

$41.8

$19.5

$202.9

$68.4

$98.0

($18.1

)

$351.2

Q3 2021

$157.7

$36.5

$46.9

$19.6

$260.7

$81.0

$140.2

($22.9

)

$459.0

Change

$46.2

$6.4

$5.1

$0.1

$57.8

$12.6

$42.2

($4.8

)

$107.8

% Change

41%

21%

12%

1%

28%

18%

43%

31%

Foreign currency translation

$0.9

($0.3

)

($0.1

)

$0.2

$0.7

$0.4

$0.0

% Change

1%

-1

%

0%

1%

0%

1%

0%

Acquisitions

$33.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.5

$34.2

$0.0

$13.2

Volume/Price

$11.6

$6.7

$5.2

($0.6

)

$22.9

$12.2

$29.0

% Change

10%

22%

12%

-3

%

11%

18%

30%


Key Performance Indicators: Operating Income and Margin Summary

Operating Income and Margins

(in millions)

For the Third Quarter 2021

Water

Fueling

Distribution

Other/Elims

Consolidated

Operating Income / (Loss)

$

36.8

$

23.9

$

12.3

$

(16.4

)

$

56.6

% Operating Income To Net Sales

14.1

%

29.5

%

8.8

%

12.3

%

Restructuring

$

0.1

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

0.1

Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring

$

36.9

$

23.9

$

12.3

$

(16.4

)

$

56.7

% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring

14.2

%

29.5

%

8.8

%

12.4

%

Operating Income and Margins

(in millions)

For the Third Quarter 2020

Water

Fueling

Distribution

Other/Elims

Consolidated

Operating Income / (Loss)

$

36.6

$

18.9

$

6.4

$

(13.5

)

$

48.4

% Operating Income To Net Sales

18.0

%

27.6

%

6.5

%

13.8

%

Restructuring

$

0.4

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

0.4

Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring

$

37.0

$

18.9

$

6.4

$

(13.5

)

$

48.8

% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring

18.2

%

27.6

%

6.5

%

13.9

%