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Powell Industries Announces Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results

HOUSTON, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Powell Industries, Inc. (POWL), a leading supplier of custom engineered solutions for the management, control and distribution of electrical energy, today announced results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter ended March 31, 2018. 

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were $101.5 million, compared to revenues of $90.2 million for the first quarter of 2018 and revenues of $104.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  The Company reported a net loss for the second quarter of $3.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.7 million, or $0.49 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

Brett A. Cope, Powell's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our second quarter 2018 results reflect improvements in operations and a strengthening backlog, both in terms of volumes and improved price levels, over fiscal 2017.  Customer sentiment in some of our end markets continues to improve, commercial and municipal projects in particular, as the outlook for U.S. infrastructure strengthens.  We are now beginning to see customer activity around several larger projects which appear to be moving toward funding decisions between now and into fiscal 2019.  After-market, brownfield opportunities remain steady as the need for smaller, short-cycle service work continues."

New orders placed during the second quarter of fiscal 2018 totaled $142 million compared to $100 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and compared to $62 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  The Company's backlog as of March 31, 2018 was $300 million compared to $260 million as of December 31, 2017 and compared to $228 million at the end of last year's second quarter.

OUTLOOK

Powell continues to expect a net loss in fiscal 2018.  However, the Company estimates its second half fiscal 2018 performance to show an improvement over the first half as new customer orders have improved as anticipated.

CONFERENCE CALL

Powell Industries has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.  To participate in the conference call, dial 412-902-0030 at least 10 minutes before the call begins and ask for the Powell Industries conference call.  A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends and will be accessible until May 16, 2018.  To access the replay, dial 201-612-7415 using a passcode of 13678469#.

Investors, analysts and the general public will also have the opportunity to listen to the conference call over the Internet by visiting powellind.com. To listen to the live call on the web, please visit the website at least fifteen minutes before the call begins to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  For those who cannot listen to the live webcast, an archive will be available shortly after the call and will remain available for approximately 90 days at powellind.com.

Powell Industries, Inc., headquartered in Houston, designs, manufactures and services custom-engineered equipment and systems for the distribution, control and monitoring of electrical energy.  Powell markets include large industrial customers such as utilities, oil and gas producers, refineries, petrochemical plants, pulp and paper producers, mining operations and commuter railways.   For more information, please visit powellind.com.

Any forward-looking statements in the preceding paragraphs of this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.  In the course of operations, we are subject to certain risk factors, competition and competitive pressures, sensitivity to general economic and industrial conditions, international political and economic risks, availability and price of raw materials and execution of business strategy.  For further information, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available from the Company without charge.

 

POWELL INDUSTRIES, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS



Three Months Ended March 31,


Six months ended March 31,


2018


2017


2018


2017

(In thousands, except per share data)









(Unaudited)











Revenues

$

101,505



$

104,680



$

191,689



$

215,021


Cost of goods sold

89,084



88,858



168,713



184,200


Gross profit

12,421



15,822



22,976



30,821










Selling, general and administrative expenses

16,073



15,994



32,288



31,692


Research and development expenses

1,636



1,623



3,294



3,092


Amortization of intangible assets

44



88



117



176


Restructuring and separation expenses



840





840


Operating loss

(5,332)



(2,723)



(12,723)



(4,979)










Other income



(507)



(507)



(1,015)


Interest expense

51



47



102



81


Interest income

(293)



(89)



(495)



(131)


Loss before income taxes

(5,090)



(2,174)



(11,823)



(3,914)










Income tax benefit

(1,760)



(1,345)



(2,831)



(2,786)










Net loss

$

(3,330)



$

(829)



$

(8,992)



$

(1,128)










Loss per share:








   Basic

$

(0.29)



$

(0.07)



$

(0.78)



$

(0.10)


   Diluted

$

(0.29)



$

(0.07)



$

(0.78)



$

(0.10)










Weighted average shares:








   Basic

11,509



11,445



11,503



11,441


   Diluted

11,509



11,445



11,503



11,441


















SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:
















Depreciation and Amortization

$

3,189



$

3,163



$

6,424



$

6,314


Capital Expenditures

$

1,114



$

774



$

2,815



$

1,702


Dividends Paid

$

2,977



$

2,968



$

5,954



$

5,934


 

POWELL INDUSTRIES, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



March 31, 2018


September 30, 2017

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)





Assets:








   Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments

$

69,162



$

95,188






 Restricted cash

22,943



15,104






   Other current assets

143,806



139,779






   Property, plant and equipment (net)

134,675



139,420






 Restricted cash (non-current)

7,535



9,747






   Long-term assets

22,016



15,748






      Total assets

$

400,137



$

414,986










Liabilities and equity:








   Current liabilities

$

85,707



$

85,579






   Long-term debt, net of current maturities

1,200



1,600






   Deferred and other long-term liabilities

6,838



6,511






   Stockholders' equity

306,392



321,296






      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

400,137



$

414,986










SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:








   Working capital

$

150,204



$

164,492






 

Contacts:

Don R. Madison, CFO


Powell Industries, Inc.


713-947-4422

 

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