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Superior Group of Companies, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2018

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  • Annual Net Sales increased 30 percent

  • Annual Net Income increased 13 percent

  • 25th Consecutive Quarter with Sales Increase

SEMINOLE, Fla., Feb. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superior Group of Companies, Inc. (SGC), today announced its fourth quarter and year-end operating results for 2018.

The Company announced that for the year ended December 31, 2018, net sales increased 29.8 percent to $346.4 million, compared to 2017 net sales of $266.8 million. Income before taxes on income was $21.4 million compared to $24.8 million in 2017. Net income for the fiscal year 2018 increased 13.0% to $17.0 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, compared to $15.0 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, reported in 2017. Net income for 2018 was reduced by approximately $2.0 million ($0.13 per diluted share) of direct expenses associated with the May 2nd acquisition of CID Resources.

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 increased 31.1 percent to $95.0 million, compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales of $72.4 million. Income before taxes on income was $5.7 million compared to $6.8 million in the 2017 fourth quarter. Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 was $4.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, reported for the fourth quarter 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was reduced by approximately $4.0 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, associated with the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Michael Benstock, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While the fourth quarter performance of our uniform segment was below our expectations, we’ve made tremendous progress on the integration of our uniform businesses within our Superior Group of Companies. We are aggressively developing avenues to leverage our expanded product assortment and service lines within the segment to meet and exceed our existing customers’ expectations and to gain market share. We are also on schedule with the integration of our ERP systems that, once completed, will allow us to maximize cost efficiencies throughout our operations. I’m quite satisfied with our progress in these areas and am confident in the overall trajectory of our uniform business as we enter 2019.

I’m particularly pleased with the performance of BAMKO and The Office Gurus. During the fourth quarter, BAMKO, our Promotional Products segment, posted strong organic net sales growth of 32 percent, and total net sales within the segment grew 68 percent to $24 million. The Office Gurus, our Remote Staffing segment, continues to outperform our expectations with quarterly net sales growth to outside customers of 22 percent.”

On January 22, 2019, the Company restructured its Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (Term Loan) entered into on May 2, 2018 with our incumbent lender. The restructuring reduced the principal amount of the Term Loan to $65 million, by using $20 million of proceeds under our revolving credit facility; extended the maturity from May 2020 to January 2026; and lowered the variable interest rate to LIBOR plus 85 basis points. Principal and interest payments are due monthly through its maturity.

Michael Attinella, Chief Financial Officer of Superior Group of Companies, commented, “We are quite pleased with the restructuring of the Term Loan. We were able to lower our interest rate and other costs of debt while maintaining repayment flexibility and extending its term. We are confident that the combined cash flow from operations and liquidity provided from the revolving credit facility is more than ample to fund our strategic plan as we move into 2019 and beyond.”

CONFERENCE CALL
Superior Group of Companies will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s results. Interested individuals may join the teleconference by dialing (844) 861-5505 for U.S. dialers and (412) 317-6586 for International dialers. The Canadian Toll Free number is (866) 605-3852. Please ask to be joined into the Superior Group of Companies call. The live webcast and archived replay can also be accessed in the investor information section of the Company’s website at www.superiorgroupofcompanies.com.

A telephone replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call through 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 28, 2019. To access the replay, dial (877) 344-7529 in the United States or (412) 317-0088 from international locations. Canadian dialers can access the replay at (855) 669-9658. Please reference conference number 10128748 for all replay access.

About Superior Group of Companies, Inc. (SGC):

Superior Group of Companies, formerly Superior Group of Companies, established in 1920, is a combination of companies that help customers unlock the power of their brands by creating extraordinary brand experiences for employees and customers. It provides customized support for each of its divisions through its shared services model.

Fashion Seal Healthcare®, HPI and CID Resources are signature uniform brands of Superior Group of Companies. Each is one of America’s leading providers of uniforms and image apparel in the markets it serves. They specialize in innovative uniform program design, global manufacturing, and state-of-the-art distribution. Every day, more than 6 million Americans go to work wearing a uniform from Superior Group of Companies.

BAMKO®, Tangerine Promotions® and Public Identity® are signature promotional products and branded merchandise brands of Superior Group of Companies. They provide unique custom branding, design, sourcing, and marketing solutions to some of the world’s most successful brands.

The Office Gurus® is a global provider of custom call and contact center support. As a true strategic partner, The Office Gurus implements customized solutions for its customers in order to accelerate their growth and improve their customers’ service experiences.

SGC’s commitment to service, technology, quality and value-added benefits, as well as its financial strength and resources, provides unparalleled support for its customers’ diverse needs while embracing a “Customer 1st, Every Time!” philosophy and culture in all of its business segments.

Visit www.superiorgroupofcompanies.com for more information.

Contact:
Michael Attinella
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
(727) 803-7170

-OR-

Hala Elsherbini
Halliburton Investor Relations
(972) 458-8000


Comparative figures are as follows:

SUPERIOR GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31,

(In thousands, except shares and per share data)

2018

2017

2016

Net sales

$

346,350

$

266,814

$

252,596

Costs and expenses:

Cost of goods sold

224,653

170,462

165,614

Selling and administrative expenses

96,710

70,592

65,124

Other periodic pension costs

385

1,224

1,272

Interest expense

3,207

802

688

324,955

243,080

232,698

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

-

1,048

-

Income before taxes on income

21,395

24,782

19,898

Income tax expense

4,420

9,760

5,260

Net income

$

16,975

$

15,022

$

14,638

Weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period

(Basic)

14,937,786

14,510,156

14,082,243

(Diluted)

15,472,133

15,118,768

14,897,489

Per Share Data:

Basic

Net earnings

$

1.14

$

1.04

$

1.04

Diluted

Net earnings

$

1.10

$

0.99

$

0.98

Cash dividends per common share

$

0.390

$

0.365

$

0.340

SUPERIOR GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31,

(In thousands, except share and par value data)

ASSETS

2018

2017

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,362

$

8,130

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts

of $2,042 and $1,382, respectively

64,017

50,569

Accounts receivable - other

1,744

1,848

Inventories

67,301

64,979

Contract asset

49,236

-

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,552

11,011

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

197,212

136,537

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

28,769

26,844

OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

66,312

29,061

GOODWILL

33,961

16,032

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

-

2,900

OTHER ASSETS

8,832

7,564

$

335,086

$

218,938

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable

$

24,685

$

19,752

Other current liabilities

14,767

12,409

Current portion of long-term debt

6,000

6,000

Current portion of acquisition-related contingent liabilities

941

3,061

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

46,393

41,222

LONG-TERM DEBT

111,522

32,933

LONG-TERM PENSION LIABILITY

8,705

8,319

LONG-TERM ACQUISITION-RELATED CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

5,422

7,283

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

8,475

-

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

3,648

4,213

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (NOTE 11)

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Preferred stock, $.001 par value - authorized 300,000 shares (none issued)

-

-

Common stock, $.001 par value - authorized 50,000,000 shares, issued and

outstanding - 15,202,387 and 15,081,947, respectively.

15

15

Additional paid-in capital

55,859

49,103

Retained earnings

103,032

83,129

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

Pensions

(7,673)

(7,282)

Cash flow hedges

113

(90)

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(425)

93

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

150,921

124,968

$

335,086

$

218,938

SUPERIOR GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31,

(In thousands)

2018

2017

2016

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income

$

16,975

$

15,022

$

14,638

Adjustments to reconcile net income

to net cash provided from operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

7,906

5,653

4,935

Provision for bad debts - accounts receivable

867

1,002

512

Share-based compensation expense

2,264

1,664

1,638

Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

(665)

5,114

(1,940)

Gain on foreign currency transactions

-

-

(264)

Gain on disposals of property, plant and equipment

-

(1,048)

-

Change in fair value of acquisition-related contingent liabilities

(1,116)

(89)

(31)

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition of businesses:

Accounts receivable - trade

(4,886)

(4,731)

(7,244)

Accounts receivable - other

105

1,237

177

Contract asset

(3,382)

-

-

Inventories

3,501

4,250

(5,427)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,550

(4,151)

2,203

Other assets

(1,257)

(4,504)

(1,029)

Accounts payable and other current liabilties

(1,344)

3,362

2,030

Long-term pension liability

(128)

(2,577)

829

Other long-term liabilities

(526)

2,523

962

Net cash provided from operating activities

19,864

22,727

11,989

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Additions to property, plant and equipment

(4,869)

(4,248)

(7,385)

Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment

-

2,858

-

Acquisition of businesses, net of acquired cash

(85,597)

(7,988)

(15,161)

Net cash used in investing activities

(90,466)

(9,378)

(22,546)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from long-term debt

206,025

74,387

125,067

Repayment of long-term debt

(127,439)

(77,573)

(106,827)

Payment of cash dividends

(5,836)

(5,269)

(4,707)

Payment of acquisition-related contingent liabilities

(2,861)

(1,800)

(1,800)

Proceeds received on exercise of stock options

727

1,872

1,504

Tax benefit from vesting of acquisition

related restricted stock

445

650

990

Tax withholdings on exercise of stock rights

(17)

(1,186)

(405)

Common stock reacquired and retired

(2,906)

-

(714)

Net cash provided from (used in) financing activities

68,138

(8,919)

13,108

Effect of exchange rates on cash

(304)

51

62

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(2,768)

4,481

2,613

Cash and cash equivalents balance, beginning of year

8,130

3,649

1,036

Cash and cash equivalents balance, end of year

$

5,362

$

8,130

$

3,649