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Standex Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Achieves 4.1% Sales Increase YOY; GAAP EPS Down 34.1% while Non-GAAP EPS increases 6.5%

Posts Strong Organic Growth in Engraving, Engineering Technologies and Electronics

Closes on the Strategic Acquisition of OKI Sensor Device Corporation, and Integration Proceeding to Plan

Category:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 8:25 am EDT

Dateline:

SALEM, N.H.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
SXI
"Even with the top-line softness, gross margin was flat versus the prior year due to our continued focus on operational improvements. Specialty Solutions Group sales increased by 4.9%, with strong volume in the beverage and merchandising segments, partly driven by new products."

SALEM, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Third-Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

  • Net sales increased 4.1% to $184.7 million from $177.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Organic sales increased 2.9%, foreign exchange had a negative effect of 0.9%, acquisitions contributed positive 4.3%, and the U.S. Roll, Plate and Machinery (RPM) divestiture had a negative effect of 2.3%, year over year.
  • Income from operations was $11.4 million, compared with $17.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Net income from continuing operations was $7.6 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, including tax-effected costs of $4.1 million of acquisition-related costs and $0.7 million of restructuring charges. This compares with third-quarter fiscal 2016 net income from continuing operations of $11.6 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, including tax-effected $0.3 million of restructuring charges and a $0.2 million benefit from the sales of the RPM business. Excluding the aforementioned items from both periods, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $12.4 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, compared with $11.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.
  • Net working capital (defined as accounts receivable plus inventories less accounts payable) was $159.2 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $144.6 million a year earlier. Working capital at the end of the quarter was impacted by $10.1 millon of working capital acquired in connection with the acquisition of the OKI Sensor Device business. Working capital turns were 5.0 in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, excluding the March 31st impact of the OKI acquisition, and 4.9 in the year-earlier quarter.
  • The Company closed the quarter with net debt (defined as debt less cash) of $127.4 million, compared with a net cash position of $7.4 million a year ago.

A reconciliation of net income, earnings per share and net income from continuing operations from reported GAAP amounts to non-GAAP amounts is included later in this release.

Management Comments

“Increased demand and growth laneway sales drove the top line in Electronics, Engraving and Engineering Technologies,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David Dunbar. “Momentum is building in these businesses as the Standex Value Creation System takes hold. Increased sales in Food Service were driven by the recent acquisition of Horizon Scientific. Demand for Refrigeration was strong during the quarter, however we were not able to capitalize on the increased orders and backlog due to operational difficulties tied to the introduction of new foam for our walk-in freezer panels in one of our facilities. During the quarter we completed the acquisition of the OKI Sensor Device Corporation and the integration is going well. This is a very well run operation, it accelerates our strategy to grow the Electronics group in Asia, and we are excited by opportunities from this business.”

Segment Review

Food Service Equipment sales increased 5.4% year over year. Organic growth declined 3.2%, while the Horizon Scientific acquisition contributed 8.8%. Operating income declined by 12.3%.

“In Refrigeration, we are seeing a strong increase in demand for cabinets and walk-ins as large chains and national accounts begin to ramp up spending as expected” said Dunbar. “In early April, we resolved production issues and began shipping the new freezer panels. At the same time, with a double-digit increase in backlog during the quarter, we expect good sales growth in Refrigeration during the fourth quarter.”

“Sales were down approximately 8.5% in Cooking Solutions as a result of non-recurring prior-year roll-outs, proactive rationalization of low margin products, and slower sales to select major dealers,” said Dunbar. “Even with the top-line softness, gross margin was flat versus the prior year due to our continued focus on operational improvements. Specialty Solutions Group sales increased by 4.9%, with strong volume in the beverage and merchandising segments, partly driven by new products.”

Engraving sales decreased 10.7% year over year, with a 5.5% organic sales increase, a 14.2% negative effect from the RPM divestiture, and a negative foreign exchange impact of 2.1%. Operating income was up 13.2% compared with last year and up 18.7% adjusted without RPM.

“Mold texturizing sales increased 9.9% in North America as new auto platform launches accelerated as we had anticipated,” said Dunbar. “Sales in Asia grew 24.9% due to increased automotive launches and strong demand for non-automotive services in Korea and China. European sales increased modestly compared with the prior year. Growth laneways including our Architexture design centers, and nickel shell and laser technologies, continue to be well received and we expect them to have an increasing contribution to revenues. We anticipate continued momentum into the fourth quarter with growth in all regions.”

Engineering Technologies sales increased 22.3% year-over-year, and operating income increased 40.0%.

“We saw good growth across most Engineering Technologies end markets in the third quarter, including the continued ramp up of long-term aviation deliveries,” said Dunbar. “Sales in the Space market increased by $2.2 million from the prior-year quarter due to demand in the unmanned segment of the market. Energy market sales increased by $2.8 million compared with the prior-year quarter due to improved market conditions in both Power Generation and Oil and Gas. Aviation sales increased by $0.8 million from the prior year due to increased sales for engine components and structural hardware (lipskins). Sales in the Defense market were down $1.2 million due to project timing for deliverables in the Nuclear market. Going forward, we are focused on ramping up the aviation programs for next-generation aircraft and completing our previously announced facility consolidation and manufacturing layout redesign to improve efficiences. We anticipate continued strong growth in the fourth quarter in both the Space and Aviation markets.”

Electronics sales were up 8% year-over-year. Organic growth contributed 10%, partially offset by a negative currency effect of 2.0%. Operating income was up 23.5%.

“We are driving excellent operating leverage from good organic sales growth in the Electronics segment,” said Dunbar. “Sales in North America increased 6.6% driven by sensors and transformers,” said Dunbar. “In Europe, sales were up 10.7% due to automotive and electric utility applications. Sales in Asia increased 21.1% as a result of strong demand for home appliance sensors. We completed a key strategic acquisition for Standex with the OKI Sensor Device acquisition (now named Standex Electronics Japan) at the end of March. The acquisition opens up key Asian markets for Standex Electronics. The integration is on track, and the teams are motivated and coming together well. Looking forward, we anticipate growth in the fourth quarter due to strong momentum in all geographic regions and the continued success of our growth laneways.”

Hydraulics reported a 10.2% year-over-year sales decline, and operating income declined 16.6%.

“The sales decrease in Hydraulics is primarily the result of softness in the North American dump truck, dump trailer and refuse markets,” said Dunbar. “While the lower revenue had a deleveraging effect on operating income, we maintained a strong EBIT margin of 15.9% as a result of our operational excellence initiatives. Looking ahead, we anticipate a pickup in the dump truck and dump trailer markets as we enter the spring construction season and plans for infrastructure investments become clear. In addition, our new pack eject cylinder product has been gaining traction with our customers and we expect this to contribute to sales growth in the refuse market.”

Business Outlook

“We expect higher year-over-year Refrigeration sales in the fourth quarter as we are seeing increasing orders and higher backlog in that business,” said Dunbar. “We also anticipate the strong momentum to continue in Engraving, Engineering Technologies and Electronics. In Hydraulics, the end market conditions are fundamentally solid and we anticipate a near-term pick up. As we look to the future, our balance sheet is well positioned to fund CAPEX, organic growth and acquisitions as we continue to deploy the Standex Value Creation System.”

Conference Call Details

Standex will host a conference call for investors today, May 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET. On the call, David Dunbar, President and CEO, and Thomas DeByle, CFO, will review the Company’s financial results and business and operating highlights. Investors interested in listening to the webcast and viewing the slide presentation should log on to the “Investors” section of Standex’s website under the subheading, “Webcasts and Presentations”, located at www.standex.com . A replay of the webcast will also be available on the Company’s web site shortly after the conclusion of the presentation. To listen to the playback, please dial (800) 585-8367 in the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 internationally; the passcode is 11269187. The webcast replay also can be accessed in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website, located at www.standex.com .

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations, free operating cash flow, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and adjusted earnings per share. The attached financial tables reconcile non-GAAP measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP measures including the impact of restructuring charges, results of assets held for sale, and acquisition costs help investors to obtain a better understanding of our operating results and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts the Company's performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods. An understanding of the impact in a particular quarter of specific restructuring costs, acquisition expenses, or other gains and losses, on net income (absolute as well as on a per-share basis), operating income or EBITDA can give management and investors additional insight into core financial performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had a greater or lesser effect, or no effect. Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for, the corresponding GAAP measures, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

About Standex

Standex International Corporation is a multi-industry manufacturer in five broad business segments: Food Service Equipment, Engineering Technologies, Engraving, Electronics, and Hydraulics with operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, India and China. For additional information, visit the Company's website at http://standex.com/ .

Safe Harbor Language

Statements in this news release include, or may be based upon, management's current expectations, estimates and/or projections about Standex's markets and industries. These statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may materially differ from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ are the impact of implementation of government regulations and programs affecting our businesses, unanticipated legal judgments, fines or settlements, uncertainty in conditions in the financial and banking markets, general domestic and international economy including more specifically economic conditions in the oil and gas market, the impact of foreign exchange, increases in raw material costs, the ability to substitute less expensive alternative raw materials, changes in the heavy construction vehicle market, the ability to continue to successfully implement productivity improvements, market acceptance of our products, our ability to design, introduce and sell new products and related product components, the ability to redesign certain of our products to continue meeting evolving regulatory requirements, the impact of delays initiated by our customers, our ability to increase manufacturing production to meet demand, increase market share, access new markets, introduce new products, enhance our presence in strategic channels, the successful expansion and automation of manufacturing capabilities and diversification efforts in emerging markets, the ability to continue to achieve cost savings through lean manufacturing, cost reduction activities, and low cost sourcing, effective completion of plant consolidations, successful completion and integration of acquisitions and the other factors discussed in the Annual Report of Standex on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any subsequent periodic reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent management's estimates only as of the day made and should not be relied upon as representing management's estimates as of any subsequent date. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company and management specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if management's estimates change.

 
Standex International Corporation
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31,     March 31,
(In thousands, except per share data)     2017     2016     2017     2016
 
Net sales $ 184,715 $ 177,465 $ 538,169 $ 557,811
Cost of sales 123,367   118,827   358,152   372,386  
Gross profit 61,348 58,638 180,017 185,425
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 43,472 41,087 125,578 125,713
Acquisition relate costs 5,422 - 6,925 -
Restructuring costs 1,019   391   3,077   3,387  
 
Income from operations 11,435   17,160   44,437   56,325  
 
Interest expense 953 807 2,499 2,182
Other (income) expense, net (52 ) 115   (819 ) (369 )
Total 901   922   1,680   1,813  
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 10,534 16,238 42,757 54,512
Provision for income taxes 2,890   4,667   10,904   14,354  
Net income from continuing operations 7,644 11,571 31,853 40,158
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax 1   (55 ) (43 ) (290 )
 
Net income $ 7,645   $ 11,516   $ 31,810   $ 39,868  
 
Basic earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.60 $ 0.91 $ 2.51 $ 3.17
Income (loss) from discontinued operations -   -   -   (0.02 )
Total $ 0.60   $ 0.91   $ 2.51   $ 3.15  
 
Diluted earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.60 $ 0.91 $ 2.50 $ 3.14
Income (loss) from discontinued operations -   -   -   (0.02 )
Total $ 0.60   $ 0.91   $ 2.50   $ 3.12  
 
Average Shares Outstanding
Basic 12,664 12,697 12,667 12,681
Diluted 12,751 12,768 12,765 12,776
 
Standex International Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
   
March 31, June 30,
(In thousands)     2017     2016
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 87,953 $ 121,988
Accounts receivable, net 113,894 103,974
Inventories 119,384 105,402
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 8,284 4,784
Income taxes receivable 4,027 1,325
Deferred tax asset 15,136 16,013

Current assets - Available for sale

-   2,363  
Total current assets 348,678   355,849  
 
Property, plant, equipment, net 125,670 106,686
Intangible assets, net 108,373 40,412
Goodwill 237,751 157,354
Deferred tax asset 2,089 11,361
Other non-current assets 25,415   18,795  
Total non-current assets 499,298   334,608  
 
Total assets $ 847,976   $ 690,457  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 74,077 $ 77,099
Accrued liabilities 53,125 50,785
Income taxes payable 6,256 4,695
Current liabilities -Avalable for sale -   1,528  
Total current liabilities 133,458   134,107  
 
Long-term debt 215,388 92,114
Accrued pension and other non-current liabilities 110,918   94,277  
Total non-current liabilities 326,306   186,391  
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 41,976 41,976
Additional paid-in capital 56,178 52,374
Retained earnings 703,918 678,002
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (123,455 ) (117,975 )
Treasury shares (290,405 ) (284,418 )
Total stockholders' equity 388,212   369,959  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 847,976   $ 690,457  
 
Standex International Corporation and Subsidiaries
Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
March 31,
(In thousands)     2017     2016
 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income $ 31,810 $ 39,868
Loss from discontinued operations (43 ) (290 )
Income from continuing operations 31,853 40,158
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 13,824 13,317
Stock-based compensation 3,915 3,777
Non-cash portion of restructuring charge 227 1,512
Excess tax benefit from share-based payment activity (593 ) (795 )
Contributions to defined benefit plans (962 ) (963 )
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities (17,381 ) (9,710 )
Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations 30,883 47,296
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities - discontinued operations (458 ) (748 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 30,425   46,548  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (17,824 ) (13,264 )
Expenditures for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (153,814 ) (13,700 )
Proceeds from sale of real estate and equipment 129 259
Proceeds from disposal of a business 534 -
Other investing activities (377 ) (417 )
Net cash (used in) investing activities from continuing operations (171,352 ) (27,122 )
Net cash (used in )investing activities from discontinued operations -   2,803  
Net cash (used in) investing activities (171,352 ) (24,319 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Proceeds from borrowings 250,000 58,000
Payments of debt (127,000 ) (54,000 )
Activity under share-based payment plans 715 816
Excess tax benefit from share-based payment activity 593 795
Purchase of treasury stock (7,406 ) (3,167 )
Cash dividends paid (5,826 ) (5,071 )

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities from continuing operations

111,076 (2,627 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (4,184 ) (2,329 )
 
Net changes in cash and cash equivalents (34,035 ) 17,273
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 121,988   96,128  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 87,953   $ 113,401  
 
Standex International Corporation
Selected Segment Data
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31,     March 31,
(In thousands)     2017     2016     2017     2016

Net Sales

Food Service Equipment $ 92,730 $ 87,944 $ 277,582 $ 286,093
Engraving 25,492 28,560 78,084 94,016
Engineering Technologies 23,678 19,358 60,948 58,780
Electronics 32,308 29,909 91,455 86,245
Hydraulics 10,507 11,694 30,100 32,677
Total $ 184,715 $ 177,465 $ 538,169 $ 557,811

 

Income from operations

Food Service Equipment $ 7,418 $ 8,455 $ 24,112 $ 29,183
Engraving 6,003 5,305 19,910 22,655
Engineering Technologies 2,442 1,744 5,815 4,512
Electronics 6,499 5,263 19,064 15,338
Hydraulics 1,674 2,007 4,782 5,502
Restructuring (1,019) (391) (3,077) (3,387)
Acquisition-related costs (5,422) - (6,925) -
Corporate (6,160) (5,223) (19,244) (17,478)
Total $ 11,435 $ 17,160 $ 44,437 $ 56,325
 
Standex International Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
             
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
(In thousands, except percentages)    

2017

   

2016

  % Change

 

2017

   

2016

  % Change
Adjusted income from operations and adjusted

net income from continuing operations:

Income from operations, as reported $ 11,435 $ 17,160 -33.4% $ 44,437 $ 56,325 -21.1%
Adjustments:
Restructuring charges 1,019 391 3,077 3,387
RPM activity - (248) - (520)
Purchase Accounting - - 1,086 423
Acquisition-related costs 5,422 -   6,925 -  
Adjusted income from operations $ 17,876 $ 17,303 3.3% $ 55,525 $ 59,615 -6.9%
Interest and other income (expense), net (901) (922) (1,680) (1,813)
Provision for income taxes (2,890) (4,667) (10,904) (14,354)
Discrete and other tax items - - (467) (721)
Tax impact of above adjustments (1,700) (38)   (2,927) (878)  
Net income from continuing operations, as adjusted

$

12,385 $ 11,676 6.1% $ 39,547 $ 41,849 -5.5%
 
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income from continuing operations, as reported $ 7,644 $ 11,571 $ 31,853 $ 40,158
Add back:
Provision for income taxes 2,890 4,667 10,904 14,354
Interest expense 953 807 2,499 2,182
Depreciation and amortization 4,781 4,513   13,824 13,317  
EBITDA $ 16,268 $ 21,558 -24.5% $ 59,080 $ 70,011 -15.6%
Adjustments:
Restructuring charges 1,019 391 3,077 3,387
RPM EBIT - (248) - (520)
RPB DA - (130) - (385)
Purchase accounting - - 1,086 423
Acquisition-related costs 5,422 -   6,925 -  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 22,709 $ 21,571 5.3% $ 70,168 $ 72,916 -3.8%
 
Free operating cash flow:
Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations, as reported $ 10,617 $ 16,429 $ 30,883 $ 47,296
Less: Capital expenditures (5,483) (4,540) (17,824) (13,264)
Free operating cash flow $ 5,134 $ 11,889 $ 13,059 $ 34,032
Net income from continuing operations 7,644 11,571 31,853 40,158
Conversion of free operating cash flow 67.2% 102.7% 41.0% 84.7%
 
Standex International Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
             
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations     2017     2016  

% Change

2017     2016  

% Change

 
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as reported $ 0.60 $ 0.91 -34.1% $ 2.50 $ 3.14 -20.4%
 
Adjustments:
Restructuring charges 0.06 0.02 0.18 0.19
RPM Activity - (0.01) - (0.03)
Purchase accounting - - 0.06 0.02
Acquisition-related costs 0.32 - 0.41 -
Discrete and other tax items - -   (0.04) (0.06)  
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as adjusted $ 0.98 $ 0.92 6.5% $ 3.11 $ 3.26 -4.6%

Contact:

Standex International Corporation
Thomas DeByle, 603-893-9701
CFO
InvestorRelations@Standex.com