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Insteel Industries Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (IIIN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended March 30, 2019.

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Second Quarter 2019 Results

Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased to $1.0 million, or $0.05 per share, from $5.9 million, or $0.31 per share, in the same period a year ago. Insteel's second-quarter results for fiscal 2019 were unfavorably impacted by narrower spreads between selling prices and raw material costs, higher manufacturing costs and lower shipments relative to the prior year quarter.

Net sales increased 4.2% to $111.9 million from $107.4 million in the prior year quarter driven by a 21.0% increase in average selling prices that offset a 13.9% decrease in shipments. Shipments for the current year quarter were unfavorably impacted by the adverse weather conditions in many of Insteel's markets, which reduced construction activity, together with increasing low-priced import competition. On a sequential basis, shipments increased 11.2% from the first quarter of fiscal 2019 while average selling prices decreased 3.3%. Gross margin narrowed 810 basis points to 6.3% from 14.4% in the prior year quarter due to the lower spreads, higher manufacturing costs and reduction in shipments.

Other income for the current year quarter benefited from a $1.0 million gain from insurance proceeds, which increased net earnings per share by $0.04.

Operating activities used $18.0 million of cash while providing $9.7 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the decrease in earnings. Net working capital used $21.2 million of cash in the current year quarter largely to fund an increase in accounts receivable compared to $0.3 million in the prior year quarter.

Six Month 2019 Results

Net earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2019 decreased to $5.2 million, or $0.27 per share, from $14.0 million, or $0.73 per share, in the same period a year ago. Net sales increased 5.3% to $216.1 million from $205.2 million in the prior year period driven by a 24.6% increase in average selling prices that offset a 15.5% decrease in shipments. Gross margin narrowed 490 basis points to 8.3% from 13.2% due to the higher manufacturing costs and reduction in shipments.

Other income for the current year period benefited from a $1.0 million gain from insurance proceeds and a $0.7 million gain on the disposition of property, plant and equipment, which, in the aggregate, increased net earnings per share by $0.07. The income tax provision for the prior year period benefited from a $3.7 million, or $0.19 per share, gain on the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities related to the lower corporate tax rate enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Excluding the deferred tax gain in the prior year period, Insteel's effective tax rate decreased to 23.9% from 24.4% a year ago.  

Operating activities used $40.2 million of cash while providing $24.5 million in the prior year period primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the decrease in earnings. Net working capital used $52.5 million of cash in the current year period to fund an increase in inventories and reduction in accounts payable and accrued expenses while providing $4.3 million in the prior year period.

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

Capital expenditures for the first six months of fiscal 2019 decreased to $8.1 million from $9.3 million in the prior year period. Capital outlays for fiscal 2019 are expected to total up to $22.0 million primarily related to cost and productivity improvement initiatives in addition to recurring maintenance.

Insteel ended the quarter with $0.5 million of cash and $5.4 million of borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

"As we move into the second half of fiscal 2019, we expect increasing shipments driven by continued growth in our construction end-markets and the usual seasonal improvement in demand together with the weather-related deferral of business from earlier in the year," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "PC strand import competition has continued to intensify, however, in the wake of the Section 232 tariff program, which has provided offshore producers with a substantial raw material cost advantage relative to U.S. producers. We are continuing to pursue alternative solutions with the Administration that would eliminate the penalty the tariffs constitute for downstream consumers of steel and level the playing field with foreign competitors.    

"We've made considerable progress with the execution of our ambitious capital investment plan, which is focused on broadening our product offering, reducing our operating costs, updating our production and information systems technology, and strengthening our market leadership positions. We expect increasing contributions from these investments as well as from our ongoing process improvement initiatives over the remainder of the year."

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its second quarter financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at https://insteelgcs.gcs-web.com/ and will be archived for replay until the next quarterly conference call.

About Insteel

Insteel is the nation's largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets PC strand and welded wire reinforcement, including engineered structural mesh ("ESM"), concrete pipe reinforcement and standard welded wire reinforcement. Insteel's products are sold primarily to manufacturers of concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction. Headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Insteel operates ten manufacturing facilities located in the United States.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "appears," "plans," "intends," "may," "should," "could" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and we can provide no assurances that such plans, intentions or expectations will be implemented or achieved. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail and are updated from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2018.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only to the respective dates on which such statements are made and we do not undertake any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

It is not possible to anticipate and list all risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations or financial performance; however, they include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic and competitive conditions in the markets in which we operate; changes in the spending levels for nonresidential and residential construction and the impact on demand for our products; changes in the amount and duration of transportation funding provided by federal, state and local governments and the impact on spending for infrastructure construction and demand for our products; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing for us, our customers and the construction industry as a whole; fluctuations in the cost and availability of our primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and our ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in raw material or operating costs; changes in United States or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or our products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of fluctuations in demand and capacity utilization levels on our unit manufacturing costs; our ability to further develop the market for ESM and expand our shipments of ESM; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact our operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; and the "Risk Factors" discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2018 and in other filings made by us with the SEC.

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for per share amounts)

(Unaudited)






























Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



March 30,


March 31,


March 30,


March 31,



2019


2018


2019


2018










Net sales


$     111,948


$     107,417


$     216,058


$     205,158

Cost of sales


104,927


92,001


198,061


178,081

    Gross profit


7,021


15,416


17,997


27,077

Selling, general and administrative expense


6,556


7,475


13,090


13,238

Other expense (income), net


(971)


166


(1,800)


185

Interest expense


45


23


75


51

Interest income


(12)


(53)


(167)


(129)

    Earnings before income taxes


1,403


7,805


6,799


13,732

Income taxes


354


1,926


1,624


(258)

    Net earnings


$         1,049


$         5,879


$         5,175


$       13,990



















Net earnings per share:









    Basic


$           0.05


$           0.31


$           0.27


$           0.73

    Diluted


0.05


0.31


0.27


0.73










Weighted average shares outstanding:









    Basic


19,242


19,052


19,233


19,047

    Diluted


19,340


19,258


19,338


19,241










Cash dividends declared per share


$           0.03


$           0.03


$           0.06


$           1.06


 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)






















(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



March 30,


December 29,


September 29,


March 31,



2019


2018


2018


2018

Assets









Current assets:









    Cash and cash equivalents


$               490


$          15,503


$          43,941


$          23,464

    Accounts receivable, net


50,574


36,524


51,484


50,455

    Inventories


117,227


115,306


94,157


63,156

    Other current assets


6,265


5,841


5,895


4,071

        Total current assets


174,556


173,174


195,477


141,146

Property, plant and equipment, net


109,377


111,171


106,148


103,277

Intangibles, net


9,157


9,429


9,703


10,275

Goodwill


8,293


8,293


8,293


8,293

Other assets


10,188


9,367


9,913


9,649

        Total assets


$        311,571


$        311,434


$        329,534


$        272,640










Liabilities and shareholders' equity









Current liabilities:









    Accounts payable


$          35,124


$          40,456


$          60,059


$          32,561

    Accrued expenses


5,991


7,453


11,929


5,497

        Total current liabilities


41,115


47,909


71,988


38,058

Long-term debt


5,365


-


-


-

Other liabilities


18,561


18,143


15,881


16,537

Shareholders' equity:









    Common stock


19,252


19,223


19,223


19,063

    Additional paid-in capital


73,667


73,019


72,852


70,658

    Retained earnings


155,105


154,634


151,084


129,657

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,494)


(1,494)


(1,494)


(1,333)

        Total shareholders' equity


246,530


245,382


241,665


218,045

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        311,571


$        311,434


$        329,534


$        272,640


 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



March 30,


March 31,


March 30,


March 31,



2019


2018


2019


2018

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:









  Net earnings


$        1,049


$        5,879


$        5,175


$      13,990

  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used for)









    operating activities:









      Depreciation and amortization


3,380


3,233


6,622


6,409

      Amortization of capitalized financing costs


16


16


32


32

      Stock-based compensation expense


845


838


1,019


1,073

      Deferred income taxes


5


(201)


2,136


(2,270)

      Loss (gain) on sale and disposition of property, plant and equipment


(1,049)


204


(1,758)


221

      Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies over premiums paid


(594)


(19)


(62)


(275)

      Net changes in assets and liabilities (net of assets and liabilities acquired):









        Accounts receivable, net


(14,050)


(10,686)


910


(10,171)

        Inventories


(1,921)


7,762


(23,070)


18,697

        Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(5,212)


2,575


(30,357)


(4,218)

        Other changes


(424)


128


(838)


1,005

          Total adjustments


(19,004)


3,850


(45,366)


10,503

            Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


(17,955)


9,729


(40,191)


24,493










Cash Flows From Investing Activities:









  Capital expenditures


(1,913)


(3,236)


(8,107)


(9,316)

  Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies


(249)


(51)


(263)


(245)

  Proceeds from property insurance


1,048


-


1,048


-

  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


8


-


8


-

  Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


5


80


18


121

  Acquisition of business


-


-


-


(3,300)

            Net cash used for investing activities


(1,101)


(3,207)


(7,296)


(12,740)










Cash Flows From Financing Activities:









  Proceeds from long-term debt


17,536


79


17,626


169

  Principal payments on long-term debt


(12,171)


(79)


(12,261)


(169)

  Cash dividends paid


(1,154)


(20,184)


(1,154)


(20,184)

  Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions


(168)


(210)


(175)


(210)

            Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities


4,043


(20,394)


4,036


(20,394)










Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(15,013)


(13,872)


(43,451)


(8,641)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


15,503


37,336


43,941


32,105

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$           490


$      23,464


$           490


$      23,464










Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:









  Cash paid during the period for:









    Income taxes, net


$        1,351


$        1,067


$        1,387


$        1,060

  Non-cash investing and financing activities:









    Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable


497


1,233


497


1,233

    Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

168


210


175


210

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