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Worthington Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (WOR) today reported net sales of $874.4 million and net earnings of $26.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2019 third quarter ended February 28, 2019. The current quarter was negatively impacted due to a replacement program related to certain composite hydrogen fuel tanks, resulting in a pre-tax charge of $13.0 million, or $0.17 per share. In addition, the current quarter included estimated inventory holding losses of $10.8 million in Steel Processing and a pre-tax net restructuring gain of $11.2 million related to the sale of certain assets in the Pressure Cylinders business. In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company reported net sales of $841.7 million and net earnings of $79.1 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, and included a significant one-time benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which increased earnings per diluted share by $0.62.

Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:

(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

  3Q 2019   2Q 2019   3Q 2018   9M 2019   9M 2018
Net sales $   874.4   $   958.2   $   841.7   $   2,820.7   $   2,561.2
Operating income     26.0       35.9       42.8       112.8       137.0
Equity income     20.8       21.1       19.8       71.9       63.5
Net earnings     26.8       34.0       79.1       115.7       164.0
Earnings per diluted share $   0.46   $   0.57   $   1.27   $   1.95   $   2.58

“We continued to feel the impact of higher input costs and volatility in steel prices, but we also made good progress toward recovering margin as the quarter progressed,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO. “We believe that we are through the worst of the recent cost pressures and I’m proud of the way our teams have executed.” 

Consolidated Quarterly Results

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 were $874.4 million, up 4% over the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $841.7 million. The increase was primarily driven by higher average direct selling prices in Steel Processing, partially offset by lower direct volume in Steel Processing and the impact of current year divestitures in Pressure Cylinders.
                                                                         
Gross margin decreased $37.0 million from the prior year quarter to $90.0 million. The decrease was driven primarily by lower direct spreads in Steel Processing, which were negatively impacted by significant inventory holding losses in the quarter, and a $13.0 million charge in Pressure Cylinders associated with a tank replacement program for certain composite hydrogen fuel tanks produced primarily between 2012 and 2015.

Operating income for the current quarter was $26.0 million, a decrease of $16.8 million from the prior year quarter. The impact of lower gross margin was partially offset by lower SG&A expense which was down $9.1 million, due primarily to lower profit sharing and bonus accruals.

Interest expense was $9.3 million for the current quarter, compared to $9.8 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was due primarily to lower average debt levels.

Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $1.0 million over the prior year quarter to $20.8 million primarily due to a higher contribution from WAVE, which was partially offset by declines at Serviacero and ArtiFlex. The Company received cash distributions of $21.4 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter.

Income tax expense was $8.4 million in the current quarter compared to a benefit of $24.0 million in the prior year quarter. The change was due primarily to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which resulted in a one-time tax benefit of $38.8 million in the prior year quarter. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 23.3% compared to 10.3% for the prior year quarter.

Balance Sheet

At quarter-end, total debt was $749.5 million, down $0.3 million from November 30, 2018. The Company had $113.1 million of cash at quarter-end. 

Quarterly Segment Results

Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $555.9 million, up 7%, or $37.8 million, over the comparable prior year quarter driven by higher average direct selling prices, partially offset by lower direct volume. Operating income of $10.2 million was $20.9 million less than the prior year quarter on lower direct spreads, which were impacted by significant inventory holding losses in the quarter and continue to be negatively impacted by an expanding gap between the cost of steel and scrap prices, combined with lower direct volume. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 57% to 43% in both the current and prior year quarters.

Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $290.7 million, down 2%, or $4.8 million, from the comparable prior year quarter due to the impact of divestitures and lower volumes in the industrial products business, partially offset by higher volumes in the consumer products business. Operating income of $19.0 million increased $1.5 million over the prior year quarter. The improvement was the result of an $11.2 million net restructuring gain, primarily related to the sale of the Company’s solder business and certain brazing assets, combined with improvements in the oil and gas business, which were almost offset by the $13.0 million charge for the tank replacement program and the impact of lower volumes in the industrial products business and increased input costs in the consumer products business.

Engineered Cabs’ net sales totaled $27.8 million, up $0.7 million, or 3%, over the prior year quarter on higher average selling prices partially offset by lower volume.  The operating loss of $3.8 million was $0.3 million less than the prior year quarter primarily due to lower profit sharing and bonus accruals.

Recent Business Developments

  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 800,000 common shares for $28.6 million at an average price of $35.72.

  • On December 31, 2018, the Company sold the operating assets and real property related to its solder business to an affiliate of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (“Lincoln”) for $26.5 million, and subsequently sold certain brazing assets to Lincoln for an additional $1.1 million, resulting in a pre-tax net restructuring gain of $11.3 million. 

Outlook

“Despite recent headwinds, the Company is performing well, and we remain focused on driving improvements throughout our businesses,” McConnell said. “Overall, our markets remain steady. We expect to see continued margin expansion in Pressure Cylinders, but also anticipate continued inventory holding losses in Steel Processing in the upcoming quarter.” 

Conference Call

Worthington will review fiscal 2019 third quarter results during its quarterly conference call on March 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at www.WorthingtonIndustries.com.

About Worthington Industries 

Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2018 fiscal year sales of $3.6 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant and industrial gasses and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 12,000 people and operates 81 facilities in 11 countries. 

Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

Safe Harbor Statement

The Company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Statements by the Company relating to outlook, strategy or business plans; future or expected growth, growth potential, forward momentum, performance, competitive position, sales, volumes, cash flows, earnings, margins, balance sheet strengths, debt, financial condition or other financial measures; pricing trends for raw materials and finished goods and the impact of pricing changes; the ability to improve or maintain margins; expected demand or demand trends for the Company or its markets; additions to product lines and opportunities to participate in new markets; expected benefits from Transformation and innovation efforts; the ability to improve performance and competitive position at the Company’s operations; anticipated working capital needs, capital expenditures and asset sales; anticipated improvements and efficiencies in costs, operations, sales, inventory management, sourcing and the supply chain and the results thereof; projected profitability potential; the ability to make acquisitions and the projected timing, results, benefits, costs, charges and expenditures related to acquisitions, newly-created joint ventures, headcount reductions and facility dispositions, shutdowns and consolidations; the successful sale of the WAVE international business; projected capacity and the alignment of operations with demand; the ability to operate profitably and generate cash in down markets; the ability to capture and maintain market share and to develop or take advantage of future opportunities, customer initiatives, new businesses, new products and new markets; expectations for Company and customer inventories, jobs and orders; expectations for the economy and markets or improvements therein; expectations for generating improving and sustainable earnings, earnings potential, margins or shareholder value; the expected impact of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”) on the Company; effects of judicial rulings; and other non-historical matters constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Act. Because they are based on beliefs, estimates and assumptions, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the effect of national, regional and global economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including a recurrent slowing economy; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; the impact of tariffs, the adoption of trade restrictions affecting the Company’s products or suppliers, a United States withdrawal from or significant renegotiation of trade agreements, the occurrence of trade wars, and other changes in trade regulations; lower oil prices as a factor in demand for products; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of the Company’s products; fluctuations in the pricing, quality or availability of raw materials (particularly steel), supplies, transportation, utilities and other items required by operations; the outcome of adverse claims experience with respect to workers’ compensation, product recalls or product liability, casualty events or other matters; effects of facility closures and the consolidation of operations; the effect of financial difficulties, consolidation and other changes within the steel, automotive, construction, oil and gas, and other industries in which the Company participates; failure to maintain appropriate levels of inventories; financial difficulties (including bankruptcy filings) of original equipment manufacturers, end-users and customers, suppliers, joint venture partners and others with whom the Company does business; the ability to realize targeted expense reductions from headcount reductions, facility closures and other cost reduction efforts; the ability to realize cost savings and operational, sales and sourcing improvements and efficiencies, and other expected benefits from Transformation initiatives, on a timely basis; the overall success of, and the ability to integrate, newly-acquired businesses and joint ventures, maintain and develop their customers, and achieve synergies and other expected benefits and cost savings therefrom; capacity levels and efficiencies, within facilities, within major product markets and within the industries as a whole; the effect of disruption in the business of suppliers, customers, facilities and shipping operations due to adverse weather, casualty events, equipment breakdowns, civil unrest, international conflicts, terrorist activities or other causes; changes in customer demand, inventories, spending patterns, product choices, and supplier choices; risks associated with doing business internationally, including economic, political and social instability, foreign currency exchange rate exposure and the acceptance of the Company’s products in global markets; the ability to improve and maintain processes and business practices to keep pace with the economic, competitive and technological environment; deviation of actual results from estimates and/or assumptions used by the Company in the application of its significant accounting policies; level of imports and import prices in the Company’s markets; the impact of judicial rulings and governmental regulations, both in the United States and abroad, including those adopted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental agencies as contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the effect of healthcare laws in the United States and potential changes for such laws which may increase the Company’s healthcare and other costs and negatively impact the Company’s operations and financial results; the actual impact on the Company’s business of the TCJA differing materially from the Company’s estimates; cyber security risks; the effects of privacy and information security laws and standards; and other risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in “Part I – Item 1A. – Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018.

 



WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended February 28,   Nine Months Ended February 28,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Net sales $ 874,381     $ 841,657     $ 2,820,714     $ 2,561,160  
Cost of goods sold   784,360       714,603       2,466,762       2,161,249  
Gross margin   90,021       127,054       353,952       399,911  
Selling, general and administrative expense   75,220       84,294       250,529       261,968  
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets   -       -       2,381       8,289  
Restructuring and other income, net   (11,176 )     (3 )     (11,710 )     (7,393 )
Operating income   25,977       42,763       112,752       137,047  
Other income (expense):                              
Miscellaneous income, net   525       1,500       2,222       3,169  
Interest expense   (9,341 )     (9,775 )     (28,541 )     (28,620 )
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates   20,802       19,770       71,897       63,521  
Earnings before income taxes   37,963       54,258       158,330       175,117  
Income tax expense (benefit)   8,415       (24,039 )     34,032       7,124  
Net earnings   29,548       78,297       124,298       167,993  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   2,775       (791 )     8,581       3,968  
Net earnings attributable to controlling interest $ 26,773     $ 79,088     $ 115,717     $ 164,025  
                               
Basic                              
Average common shares outstanding   56,478       60,383       57,650       61,451  
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest $ 0.47     $ 1.31     $ 2.01     $ 2.67  
                               
Diluted                              
Average common shares outstanding   57,974       62,345       59,389       63,507  
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest $ 0.46     $ 1.27     $ 1.95     $ 2.58  
                               
                               
Common shares outstanding at end of period   56,181       59,802       56,181       59,802  
                               
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.23     $ 0.21     $ 0.69     $ 0.63  
                               
                               

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)

  February 28,   May 31,
  2019     2018
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113,116   $ 121,967
Receivables, less allowances of $859 and $632 at February 28, 2019          
and May 31, 2018, respectively   512,739     572,689
Inventories:          
Raw materials   269,733     237,471
Work in process   110,326     122,977
Finished products   106,015     93,579
Total inventories   486,074     454,027
Income taxes receivable   17,534     1,650
Assets held for sale   7,568     30,655
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   68,082     60,134
Total current assets   1,205,113     1,241,122
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates   222,865     216,010
Goodwill   335,311     345,183
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $86,370 and          
$74,922 at February 28, 2019 and May 31, 2018, respectively   201,588     214,026
Other assets   21,475     20,476
Property, plant and equipment:          
Land   24,018     24,229
Buildings and improvements   309,141     300,542
Machinery and equipment   1,050,372     1,030,720
Construction in progress   49,314     32,282
Total property, plant and equipment   1,432,845     1,387,773
Less: accumulated depreciation   851,904     802,803
Total property, plant and equipment, net   580,941     584,970
Total assets $ 2,567,293   $ 2,621,787
           
Liabilities and equity          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable $ 424,480   $ 473,485
Accrued compensation, contributions to employee benefit plans and          
related taxes   58,160     96,487
Dividends payable   14,380     13,731
Other accrued items   67,045     57,125
Income taxes payable   106     4,593
Current maturities of long-term debt   1,167     1,474
Total current liabilities   565,338     646,895
Other liabilities   72,396     74,237
Distributions in excess of investment in unconsolidated affiliate   124,198     55,198
Long-term debt   748,319     748,894
Deferred income taxes, net   80,034     60,188
Total liabilities   1,590,285     1,585,412
Shareholders' equity - controlling interest   856,622     918,769
Noncontrolling interests   120,386     117,606
Total equity   977,008     1,036,375
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,567,293   $ 2,621,787
           
           

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended
February 28,
  Nine Months Ended
February 28,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Operating activities:                              
Net earnings $ 29,548     $ 78,297     $ 124,298     $ 167,993  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:                              
Depreciation and amortization   23,625       25,338       71,643       76,986  
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets   -       -       2,381       8,289  
Provision for (benefit from) deferred income taxes   (730 )     (27,373 )     21,493       (20,022 )
Bad debt (income) expense   201       17       454       (4 )
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of distributions   (865 )     2,835       3,298       (1,968 )
Net gain on assets   (12,606 )     (1,437 )     (10,203 )     (10,692 )
Stock-based compensation   1,143       2,882       7,755       10,076  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:                              
Receivables   1,546       4,071       55,793       20,652  
Inventories   (1,054 )     (15,398 )     (38,525 )     (40,223 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (4,276 )     (4,914 )     (25,944 )     (149 )
Other assets   79       (2,069 )     (1,181 )     (3,045 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   14,963       35,564       (85,533 )     (12,804 )
Other liabilities   464       2,107       1,458       7,568  
Net cash provided by operating activities   52,038       99,920       127,187       202,657  
                               
Investing activities:                              
Investment in property, plant and equipment   (19,379 )     (13,628 )     (60,554 )     (55,319 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   -       -       -       (285,028 )
Distributions from unconsolidated affiliate   1,492       -       56,693       -  
Proceeds from sale of assets   27,843       3       48,290       16,742  
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities   9,956       (13,625 )     44,429       (323,605 )
                               
Financing activities:                              
Net repayments of short-term borrowings, net of issuance costs   -       (1,108 )     -       (508 )
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of issuance costs   -       -       -       197,685  
Principal payments on long-term debt   (303 )     (374 )     (1,104 )     (813 )
Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of tax withholdings   104       581       (4,645 )     (3,415 )
Payments to noncontrolling interests   -       -       (6,327 )     (3,916 )
Repurchase of common shares   (28,587 )     (47,418 )     (129,020 )     (159,942 )
Dividends paid   (13,119 )     (12,766 )     (39,371 )     (38,800 )
Net cash used by financing activities   (41,905 )     (61,085 )     (180,467 )     (9,709 )
                               
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   20,089       25,210       (8,851 )     (130,657 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   93,027       122,214       121,967       278,081  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 113,116     $ 147,424     $ 113,116     $ 147,424  
                               
                               


WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(In thousands, except volume)

This supplemental information is provided to assist in the analysis of the results of operations.
 
 
  Three Months Ended
February 28,
  Nine Months Ended
February 28,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Volume:                              
Steel Processing (tons)   839,939       890,206       2,774,006       2,780,497  
Pressure Cylinders (units)   21,295,052       21,939,979       63,237,461       65,703,078  
                               
Net sales:                              
Steel Processing $ 555,871     $ 518,113     $ 1,851,401     $ 1,599,994  
Pressure Cylinders   290,690       295,506       885,490       866,179  
Engineered Cabs   27,817       27,055       83,798       89,405  
Other   3       983       25       5,582  
Total net sales $ 874,381     $ 841,657     $ 2,820,714     $ 2,561,160  
                               
Material cost:                              
Steel Processing $ 430,807     $ 365,349     $ 1,391,809     $ 1,124,897  
Pressure Cylinders   135,186       132,840       407,372       383,452  
Engineered Cabs   12,285       12,979       37,228       42,130  
                               
Selling, general and administrative expense:                              
Steel Processing $ 29,651     $ 30,933     $ 103,647     $ 101,004  
Pressure Cylinders   42,503       46,531       134,081       138,311  
Engineered Cabs   4,230       4,453       13,155       12,955  
Other   (1,164 )     2,377       (354 )     9,698  
Total selling, general and administrative expense $ 75,220     $ 84,294     $ 250,529     $ 261,968  
                               
Operating income (loss):                              
Steel Processing $ 10,166     $ 31,125     $ 74,842     $ 105,127  
Pressure Cylinders   18,953       17,530       48,444       52,663  
Engineered Cabs   (3,787 )     (4,083 )     (11,469 )     (6,031 )
Other   645       (1,809 )     935       (14,712 )
Total operating income $ 25,977     $ 42,763     $ 112,752     $ 137,047  
                               
Equity income (loss) by unconsolidated affiliate:                              
WAVE $ 18,768     $ 16,501     $ 59,195     $ 52,458  
ClarkDietrich   1,742       1,495       4,756       2,576  
Serviacero Worthington   527       1,279       6,783       5,767  
ArtiFlex   (41 )     617       1,122       2,965  
Other   (194 )     (122 )     41       (245 )
Total equity income $ 20,802     $ 19,770     $ 71,897     $ 63,521  
                               
                               

WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
(In thousands, except volume)

The following provides detail of Pressure Cylinders volume and net sales by principal class of products.
 
  Three Months Ended
February 28,
  Nine Months Ended
February 28,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Volume (units):                              
Consumer products   17,718,604       17,684,889       52,428,516       53,537,812  
Industrial products   3,576,129       4,254,510       10,807,688       12,163,264  
Oil & gas equipment   319       580       1,257       2,002  
Total Pressure Cylinders   21,295,052       21,939,979       63,237,461       65,703,078  
                               
Net sales:                              
Consumer products $ 118,006     $ 114,170     $ 352,023     $ 346,088  
Industrial products   148,018       158,334       452,883       447,434  
Oil & gas equipment   24,666       23,002       80,584       72,657  
Total Pressure Cylinders $ 290,690     $ 295,506     $ 885,490     $ 866,179  
 
 
The following provides detail of impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets and restructuring and other income, net included in operating income by segment.
 
  Three Months Ended
February 28,
  Nine Months Ended
February 28,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets:                              
Steel Processing $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
Pressure Cylinders   -       -       2,381       964  
Engineered Cabs   -       -       -       -  
Other   -       -       -       7,325  
Total impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets $ -     $ -     $ 2,381     $ 8,289  
                               
Restructuring and other expense (income), net:                              
Steel Processing $ -     $ (3 )   $ (9 )   $ (10,059 )
Pressure Cylinders   (11,176 )     -       (11,701 )     2,365  
Engineered Cabs   -       -       -       (78 )
Other   -       -       -       379  
Total restructuring and other income, net $ (11,176 )   $ (3 )   $ (11,710 )   $ (7,393 )


Contacts:
SONYA L. HIGGINBOTHAM
VP, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND BRAND MANAGEMENT
614.438.7391 | sonya.higginbotham@worthingtonindustries.com

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