Standex Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Financial Results
Achieves 12% Sales Increase and 4.4% Organic Growth for Q4
Q4 GAAP Operating Income Increases 46.9% and Non-GAAP Operating Income Grows 16.5%
Q4 GAAP EPS Up 18.1% while Non-GAAP EPS Increases 6.9%
Engraving, Engineering Technologies and Electronics Report Organic Sales Growth

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

Fourth-Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

  • Net sales increased 12.0% year over year to $217.1 million with organic sales up 4.4%. Foreign exchange had a negative effect of 0.9%, acquisitions contributed positive 10.7%, and the U.S. Roll, Plate and Machinery (“RPM”) divestiture had a negative effect of 2.2%.
  • Income from operations was $20.6 million, compared with $14.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Net income from continuing operations was $14.1 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, including tax-effected $0.7 million of acquisition-related costs, $2.0 million of restructuring charges, and $1.5 million of purchase accounting expenses offset by a $0.5 million gain from the sale of real estate. This compares with fourth-quarter fiscal 2016 net income from continuing operations of $12.1 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, including tax-effected $4.5 million of charges related to the sale of the RPM business, a $0.1 million loss on the sale of real estate, and $0.6 million of restructuring charges, all offset by $0.3 million of discrete tax benefits and $0.2 million of income related to RPM activity. Excluding the aforementioned items from both periods, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $17.9 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, compared with $16.8 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.
  • Net working capital (defined as accounts receivable plus inventories less accounts payable) was $150.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $132.3 million a year earlier. Working capital turns were 5.8 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 and 5.9 in the year-earlier quarter.
  • The Company closed the quarter with net debt (defined as debt less cash) of $103.4 million, compared with a net cash position of $29.9 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

“We ended fiscal 2017 with a strong fourth quarter in which we reported organic growth from the Electronics, Engraving and Engineering Technologies segments,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David Dunbar. “Food Service Growth was driven by the acquisition of Horizon Scientific, which continues to perform very well. The integration and performance of our Japanese electronics business is also progressing well and we continue to be enthusiastic about the opportunities for this business and our Electronics segment overall. Our bottom-line results outpaced top-line growth in the quarter as a result of volume leverage and our operational excellence and Standex Value Creation System initiatives.”

Segment Review

Food Service Equipment sales increased 7.9% year over year. Organic growth declined 0.7%, while the Horizon Scientific acquisition contributed 8.7%. Operating income declined by 14.9%.

“In Refrigeration, revenue increased 5.3% due to sales to the drug retail and dollar store segments, and backlog is at an all-time high as spending from national accounts continues to ramp up,” said Dunbar. “However, the margins on the sales of the standard products in our backlog are lower than they have historically been. We are seeing increased pricing pressure on standard products, driven by a higher portion of sales through lower margin channels.

“In Cooking Solutions, sales were down 10.3%, primarily due to the proactive rationalization of low margin products, which were about $1.2 million in the quarter. In addition, we had softer sales to select major dealers, and a difficult comparison versus prior year as a result of roll out timing.

“Our Horizon Scientific acquisition had another strong quarter with Standex, and it continues to perform above our expectations. Specialty Solutions also is performing well with our beverage pump business growing year over year for the sixth consecutive quarter.

Engraving sales decreased 7.5% year over year, with a 9.1% organic sales increase, offset by a 14.1% negative effect from the RPM divestiture, and a negative foreign exchange impact of 2.5%. Operating income was down 18.1% compared with last year and down 13.8% adjusted without RPM.

“Mold texturizing sales were up more than 20% in the Asia Pacific region as OEMs ramped up new model introductions, and North America and Europe increased over 10% with new program launches fueling growth,” said Dunbar. “Margins were down year over year due to growth laneway investments in laser, nickel shell and tool finishing, which were not fully utilized in the quarter.

“After the close of the quarter we announced the acquisition of Italy-based Piazza Rosa Group, a leading provider of mold and tool treatment and finishing services for the automotive and consumer products markets. Piazza Rosa’s services are highly complementary to our capabilities and provide us with an opportunity to drive sales and profitability by offering additional value to our customers around the globe. Looking forward to fiscal 2018, we plan to capitalize on what is expected to be a record year for new automotive model introductions. In addition, we are working to increase growth laneway sales in all regions.”

Engineering Technologies sales increased 26.0% year over year, and operating income increased 2.7%.

“We saw good growth across most Engineering Technologies end markets in the fourth quarter, including the continued ramp up of long-term aviation deliveries in our new state-of-the-art facility,” said Dunbar. “Sales in the Space market increased by $3.3 million from the prior-year quarter and Defense grew $1.7 million on higher Navy sales. In addition, we obtained approval from a key customer to begin shipping aviation components in the U.K. Going forward, we are focused on completing key space development programs and ramping up to deliver on long-term aviation programs for next-generation aircraft.”

Electronics sales were up 40.1% year over year. Organic growth contributed 4.1% and the effect of the Japanese acquisition added 38.5%. Operating income was up 49.1%.

“The year-over-year sales increase was driven by the Standex Electronics Japan acquisition, which is performing very well,” said Dunbar. “European sales increased by double digits, as a result of demand from the Military/Aerospace, Appliance, Industrial and Auto markets. Sensor and reed relay sales both grew high single digits in the quarter. Looking forward, we are focused on capitalizing on new magnetic business opportunities, where activity has been robust. We also are implementing a sales structure to secure Asia Pacific sensor opportunities and leverage the success of our growth laneways and strong momentum in the base business.”

Hydraulics reported a 10.7% year-over-year sales decline, and operating income decreased 21%.

“The 10.7% sales decrease in Hydraulics is primarily the result of softness in the North American dump truck and dump trailer markets,” said Dunbar. “While lower revenue had a deleveraging effect on operating income, we maintained a strong EBIT margin of 17.5% as a result of our operational excellence initiatives. We are optimistic for a positive fiscal 2018 in Hydraulics as a result of our strong project pipeline.”

Business Outlook

“As we enter fiscal 2018, we expect strong momentum to continue in Engraving, Engineering Technologies and Electronics. In Hydraulics, our markets are fundamentally sound and we plan to capitalize on our healthy pipeline of growth opportunities. In Food Service, we are taking organizational structure and plant optimization actions in those businesses that sell standard products to enable them to grow margins and better compete on cost, delivery and quality. In the new fiscal year, we will continue to deploy the Standex Value Creation System to drive shareholder value as we achieve our vision of become an operating company with higher value businesses serving attractive markets that are differentiated and have good growth prospects.”

Conference Call Details

Standex will host a conference call for investors today, August 28, 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 69782247. 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, Japan, 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
                         
      Three Months Ended     Year Ended
      June 30, (unaudited)     June 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)     2017     2016     2017     2016
                         
Net sales   $ 217,089   $ 193,775   $ 755,258   $ 751,586
Cost of sales     144,352     126,947     502,504     499,333
Gross profit     72,737     66,828     252,754     252,253
                         
Selling, general and administrative expenses     48,482     44,506     174,060     170,219
Restructuring costs     2,748     845     5,825     4,232
Acquisition related costs     918     -     7,843     -
Other operating (income) expense, net     -     7,458     -     7,458
                         
Income from operations     20,589     14,019     65,026     70,344
                         
Interest expense     1,544     689     4,043     2,871
Other non-operating (income) expense, net     (130)     (683)     (949)     (1,052)
Total     1,414     6     3,094     1,819
                         
Income from continuing operations before income taxes     19,175     14,013     61,932     68,525
Provision for income taxes     5,044     1,941     15,355     16,295
Net income from continuing operations     14,131     12,072     46,577     52,230
                         
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax     11     116     (32)     (174)
                         
Net income   $ 14,142   $ 12,188   $ 46,545   $ 52,056
                         
Basic earnings per share:                        
Income from continuing operations   $ 1.12   $ 0.95   $ 3.68   $ 4.12
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     -     0.01     -     (0.01)
Total   $ 1.12   $ 0.96   $ 3.68   $ 4.11
                         
Diluted earnings per share:                        
Income from continuing operations   $ 1.11   $ 0.94   $ 3.65   $ 4.09
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     -     0.01     -     (0.01)
Total   $ 1.11   $ 0.95  

$

3.65  

$

4.08
                         
Average Shares Outstanding                        
Basic     12,663     12,688     12,666     12,682
Diluted     12,757     12,793     12,768     12,784

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09 requiring the recognition of excess tax benefits as a component of income tax expense which were historically recognized in equity. As the ASU requires a prospective adoption, our Q1-Q3 2017 results have been recast to allocate $0.6M of the overall benefit to the applicable periods. The Q4 2017 impact was immaterial to that quarter's results

 
Standex International Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
             
      June 30,     June 30,
(In thousands)     2017     2016
             
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 88,566   $ 121,988
Accounts receivable, net     127,060     103,974
Inventories     119,401     105,402
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     8,397     4,784
Income taxes receivable     2,469     1,325
Deferred tax asset     14,991     16,013
Assets held for sale     -     2,363
Total current assets     360,884     355,849
             
Property, plant, equipment, net     133,160     106,686
Intangible assets, net     102,503     40,412
Goodwill     242,690     157,354
Deferred tax asset     1,135     11,361
Other non-current assets     27,304     18,795
Total non-current assets     506,792     334,608
             
Total assets   $ 867,676   $ 690,457
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
             
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 96,487   $ 77,099
Accrued liabilities     58,694     50,785
Income taxes payable     4,783     4,695
Liabilities held for sale     -     1,528
Total current liabilities     159,964     134,107
             
Long-term debt     191,976     92,114
Accrued pension and other non-current liabilities     107,072     94,277
Total non-current liabilities     299,048     186,391
             
Stockholders' equity:            
Common stock     41,976     41,976
Additional paid-in capital     56,783     52,374
Retained earnings     716,605     678,002
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (115,938)     (117,975)
Treasury shares     (290,762)     (284,418)
Total stockholders' equity     408,664     369,959
             
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 867,676   $ 690,457
             
 
Standex International Corporation and Subsidiaries
Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows
      Year Ended
      June 30,
(In thousands)     2017     2016
             
Cash Flows from Operating Activities            
Net income   $ 46,545   $ 52,056
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     (32)     (174)
Income from continuing operations     46,577     52,230
             
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization     20,315     17,953
Stock-based compensation     5,023     5,089
Non-cash portion of restructuring charge     1,414     2,323
Loss on assets held for sale     -     7,267
Disposal of real estate and equipment     (652)     191
Excess tax benefit from share-based payment activity     -     (795)
Contributions to defined benefit plans     (1,443)     (1,320)
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities     (7,201)     (1,717)
Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations     64,033     81,221
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities - discontinued operations     (594)     (897)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     63,439     80,324
Cash Flows from Investing Activities            
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment     (26,448)     (17,851)
Expenditures for acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (153,815)     (13,700)
Proceeds from sale of real estate and equipment     1,106     383
Other investing activities     106     (417)
Net cash (used in) investing activities from continuing operations     (179,051)     (31,585)
Net cash (used in) investing activities from discontinued operations     -     2,803
Net cash (used in) investing activities     (179,051)     (28,782)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities            
Proceeds from borrowings     263,700     65,000
Payments of debt     (164,200)     (75,000)
Stock issued under employee stock option and purchase plans     848     942
Excess tax benefit from share-based payment activity     -     795
Purchase of treasury stock     (7,806)     (5,636)
Cash dividends paid     (7,852)     (6,846)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     84,690     (20,745)
             
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash     (2,500)     (4,937)
Net changes in cash and cash equivalents     (33,422)     25,860
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     121,988     96,128
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 88,566   $ 121,988
             
 
Standex International Corporation
Selected Segment Data (unaudited)
                         
      Three Months Ended     Year Ended
      June 30,     June 30,
(In thousands)     2017     2016     2017     2016

Net Sales

                       
Food Service Equipment   $ 103,388   $ 95,774   $ 380,970   $ 381,867
Engraving     27,859     30,104     105,943     124,120
Engineering Technologies     29,558     23,455     90,506     82,235
Electronics Products     45,234     32,074     136,689     118,319
Hydraulics Products     11,050     12,368     41,150     45,045
Total   $ 217,089   $ 193,775   $ 755,258   $ 751,586
                         

Income from operations

                       
Food Service Equipment   $ 9,324   $ 10,959   $ 33,436   $ 40,142
Engraving     5,674     6,924     25,584     29,579
Engineering Technologies     3,847     3,746     9,662     8,258
Electronics Products     8,599     5,766     27,663     21,104
Hydraulics Products     1,930     2,445     6,712     7,947
Restructuring     (2,747)     (845)     (5,825)     (4,232)
Acquisition related costs     (918)     -     (7,843)     -
Gain / (Loss) on sale of real estate     652     (191)     652     (191)
Other operating income (expense), net     -     (7,458)     -     (7,458)
Corporate     (5,772)     (7,327)     (25,015)     (24,805)
Total   $ 20,589   $ 14,019   $ 65,026   $ 70,344
                         
 
Standex International Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
                                   
        Three Months Ended         Year Ended    
        June 30,         June 30,    

(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   $ 20,589   $ 14,019   46.9%   $ 65,026   $ 70,344   -7.6%
Adjustments:                                
  Restructuring charges     2,748     845         5,825     4,232    
  (Gain) / Loss on Sale of Real Estate     (652)     191         (652)     191    
  Sale of RPM     -     7,267         -     7,267    
  RPM EBIT     -     (339)         -     (860)    
  Acquisition-related costs     918     -         7,843     -    
  Purchase accounting expenses     1,998     -         3,084     423    
Adjusted income from operations   $ 25,601   $ 21,983   16.5%   $ 81,126   $ 81,597   -0.6%
Interest and other income (expense), net     (1,414)     (6)         (3,094)     (1,819)    
Provision for income taxes     (5,044)     (1,941)         (15,355)     (16,295)    
  Discrete tax items     -     (317)         (475)     (1,038)    
  Tax impact of above adjustments     (1,283)     (2,909)         (4,122)     (3,729)    
Net income from continuing operations, as adjusted  

$

17,860

 

$

16,810

 

6.2%

 

$

58,080

 

$

58,716

 

-1.1%

                                   
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:                                
Net income from continuing operations, as reported   $

14,131

  $

12,072

      $

46,577

  $

52,230

   
Add back:                                
  Provision for income taxes     5,044     1,941         15,355     16,295    
  Interest expense     1,544     689         4,043     2,871    
  Depreciation and amortization     6,492     4,636         20,315     17,953    
EBITDA   $ 27,211   $ 19,338   40.7%   $ 86,290   $ 89,349   -3.4%
Adjustments:                                
  Restructuring charges     2,748     845         5,825     4,232    
  (Gain) / Loss on Sale of Real Estate     (652)     191         (652)     191    
  Sale of RPM     -     7,267         -     7,267    
  RPM EBIT     -     (339)         -     (860)    
  RPM depreciation     -     (124)         -     (508)    
  Acquisition-related costs     918     -         7,843     -    
  Purchase accounting expenses     1,998     -         3,084     423    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 32,223   $ 27,178   18.6%   $ 102,390   $ 100,094   2.3%
                                   
Free operating cash flow:                                
Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations, as reported  

$

33,150  

$

33,925

      $

64,033

  $

81,221

   
Less: Capital expenditures     (8,624)     (4,587)         (26,448)     (17,851)    
Free operating cash flow   $ 24,526   $ 29,338       $ 37,585   $ 63,370    
Net income from continuing operations     14,131     12,072         46,577     52,230    
Conversion of free operating cash flow     173.6%     243.0%        

80.7%

   

121.3%

   

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09 requiring the recognition of excess tax benefits as a component of income tax expense which were historically recognized in equity. As the ASU requires a prospective adoption, our Q1-Q3 2017 results have been recast to allocate $0.6M of the overall benefit to the applicable periods. The Q4 2017 impact was immaterial to that quarter's results

 
Standex International Corporation
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
                                   
        Three Months Ended         Year Ended    
      June 30,         June 30,    
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations     2017     2016  

% 
Change

 

 

2017

    2016  

% 
Change

                                   
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as reported   $

1.11

  $ 0.94  

18.1%

  $

3.65

  $

4.09

 

-10.8%

                                   
Adjustments:                                
  Restructuring charges     0.16     0.05         0.34     0.24    
  (Gain) / Loss on Sale of Real Estate     (0.04)     0.01         (0.04)     0.01    
  Sale of RPM     -     0.35         -     0.35    
  RPM activity     -     (0.02)         -     (0.04)    
  Acquisition-related costs     0.05     -         0.46     -    
  Purchase accounting     0.12     -         0.18     0.02    
  Discrete tax items     -     (0.02)         (0.04)     (0.08)    
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, as adjusted   $

1.40

  $

1.31

  6.9%   $

4.55

  $

4.59

 

-0.9%

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09 requiring the recognition of excess tax benefits as a component of income tax expense which were historically recognized in equity. As the ASU requires a prospective adoption, our Q1-Q3 2017 results have been recast to allocate $0.6M of the overall benefit to the applicable periods. The Q4 2017 impact was immaterial to that quarter's results

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