RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synalloy Corporation is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ASTI Acquisition, LLC (to be re-named American Stainless Tubing, LLC), completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of American Stainless Tubing Inc. (ASTI) on January 2, 2019, with an effective date of January 1, 2019. “We are very excited to add ASTI’s operations and its employees to the Synalloy family and look forward to a solid contribution from this unit in 2019 and beyond,” said Craig C. Bram, Synalloy’s President and CEO.
The Company is also pleased to announce that its sale lease-back partner, Store Capital, closed on the purchase of ASTI’s real estate in North Carolina, which facilities have been incorporated into Synalloy’s master lease agreement with Store Capital and subleased to American Stainless Tubing, LLC.
With the fourth quarter now behind us, the Company is projecting 2018 revenue of approximately $280 million and Adjusted EBITDA totaling $34 million. Both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA results represent record performances for the Company. Adjusted EBITDA for the year will include about $6.5 million of inventory profits and positive manufacturing variances. “Shipments in the fourth quarter were below plan due to tighter inventory management at distribution customers in our pipe and tube businesses, as well as several lost operating days due to weather and physical inventory counts,” said Bram. “However, order activity remained at a high level and we ended the year with strong backlogs across the Metals unit. Product mix and overall pricing in the order book are favorable as well,” continued Bram.
Synalloy’s annual forecast for 2019, including the addition of ASTI’s operations, calls for revenue of $340 million. Adjusted EBITDA is projected to total $34 million. The Adjusted EBITDA forecast assumes no inventory profits in 2019 and represents a 24% increase over 2018’s Adjusted EBITDA on a comparable basis. Looking at the balance sheet, immediately following the acquisition of ASTI’s operations, net debt will total approximately $92 million, or roughly 2.7 times trailing and NTM Adjusted EBITDA. Note that $32 million of the net debt is directly the result of increased working capital associated with the growth in revenue in 2018. We expect to reduce net debt by a minimum of $25 million during the course of 2019, excluding the impact of any additional acquisitions. This would take the Company’s leverage below 2.0 times Adjusted EBITDA.
Synalloy Corporation (SYNL) is a growth oriented company that engages in a number of diverse business activities including the production of stainless steel pipe and tube, galvanized pipe and tube, fiberglass and steel storage tanks, specialty chemicals and the master distribution of seamless carbon pipe and tubing. For more information about Synalloy Corporation, please visit our website at www.synalloy.com.
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