Insteel Industries Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

|Apr 16|magazine32 min read

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., April 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended March 28, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Results

Insteel's results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were favorably impacted by robust demand for the Company's concrete reinforcement products partially offset by the ongoing margin pressure from low-priced import competition. Net earnings increased to $4.4 million, or $0.23 per share, from $1.0 million, or $0.05 per share, in the same period a year ago.

Net sales increased 2.6% to $114.9 million from $111.9 million in the prior year quarter driven by a 19.7% increase in shipments that offset a 14.3% decrease in average selling prices. On a sequential basis, shipments increased 19.2% from the first quarter of fiscal 2020 while average selling prices decreased 1.2%. The strong shipping performance for the quarter was driven by increased construction activity in most markets supported by more favorable weather conditions relative to the prior year quarter.

Gross margin widened 700 basis points to 13.3% from 6.3% in the prior year quarter primarily due to higher spreads between selling prices and raw material costs and the increase in shipments. Despite the overall margin improvement, Insteel's markets that are susceptible to import competition continued to significantly underperform the remainder of the business. Insteel's earnings for the current year quarter reflect a $1.2 million charge to  selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A expense") associated with the reduction in the cash surrender value of life insurance policies and $0.3 million of restructuring charges and acquisition costs related to the Company's March 16, 2020 acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Strand-Tech Manufacturing, Inc. ("STM"), which, in the aggregate, reduced net earnings per share by $0.06. Insteel's earnings for the prior year quarter reflect a $1.0 million gain from insurance proceeds in other income, which increased net earnings per share by $0.04.

Operating activities used $3.0 million of cash compared with $18.0 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to the relative changes in working capital and increase in earnings. Working capital used $13.8 million of cash in the current year quarter largely to fund the increase in sales compared to $21.2 million in the prior year quarter.   

Six Month 2020 Results

Net earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2020 decreased to $4.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, from $5.2 million, or $0.27 per share, in the same period a year ago. Net sales decreased 1.7% to $212.4 million from $216.1 million in the prior year period driven by a 15.2% decrease in average selling prices that offset a 15.9% increase in shipments. Gross margin widened 180 basis points to 10.1% from 8.3% due to the increase in shipments and higher spreads. Insteel's earnings for the current year period reflect a $0.9 million reduction in the cash surrender value of life insurance policies in SG&A expense and $0.3 million of restructuring charges and acquisition costs related to the STM acquisition, which, in the aggregate, reduced net earnings per share by $0.05. Insteel's earnings for the prior year period reflects a $1.0 million gain from insurance proceeds and a $0.7 million gain on the disposition of property, plant and equipment in other income, which, in the aggregate, increased net earnings per share by $0.07.

Operating activities provided $26.6 million of cash while using $40.2 million in the prior year period primarily due to the relative changes in working capital. Working capital provided $10.8 million of cash in the current year period largely from an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses while using $52.5 million in the prior year period.

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

Capital expenditures for the first six months of fiscal 2020 decreased to $2.4 million from $8.1 million in the prior year period and are expected to total up to $17.0 million in 2020 primarily focused on cost and productivity improvement initiatives in addition to recurring maintenance requirements.

Insteel ended the quarter debt-free with $40.4 million of cash and no borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility, providing the Company with substantial liquidity and financial flexibility.

Outlook

"As we move into the third quarter, our visibility is limited due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19 and the additional mitigation measures that may be pursued by governmental authorities to combat the pandemic," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "Considering our debt-free balance sheet, significant cash on hand and highly variable cost structure, we believe that Insteel is well-positioned to successfully navigate through this challenging environment.

Our integration of the STM acquisition and closure plans for the Summerville facility are proceeding as planned. The consolidation of facilities should strengthen our competitive position as we contend with the surge in low-priced imports of PC strand resulting from the increased production of downstream products by foreign producers to circumvent the Section 232 tariffs and expand their market share in the U.S."

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its second quarter financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at https://insteelgcs.gcs-web.com/ and will be archived for replay until the next quarterly conference call.

About Insteel

Insteel is the nation's largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets PC strand and welded wire reinforcement, including engineered structural mesh ("ESM"), concrete pipe reinforcement and standard welded wire reinforcement. Insteel's products are sold primarily to manufacturers of concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction. Headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Insteel operates eleven manufacturing facilities located in the United States.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "appears," "plans," "intends," "may," "should," "could" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and we can provide no assurances that such plans, intentions or expectations will be implemented or achieved. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail and are updated from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2019.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only to the respective dates on which such statements are made and we do not undertake any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

It is not possible to anticipate and list all risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations or financial performance; however, they include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, demand for our products and our operations, including the measures taken by governmental authorities to address it, which may precipitate or exacerbate other risks and/or uncertainties; general economic and competitive conditions in the markets in which we operate; changes in the spending levels for nonresidential and residential construction and the impact on demand for our products; changes in the amount and duration of transportation funding provided by federal, state and local governments and the impact on spending for infrastructure construction and demand for our products; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing for us, our customers and the construction industry as a whole; fluctuations in the cost and availability of our primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and our ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in raw material or operating costs; changes in United States or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or our products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of fluctuations in demand and capacity utilization levels on our unit manufacturing costs; our ability to further develop the market for ESM and expand our shipments of ESM; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact our operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; and the "Risk Factors" discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2019 and in other filings made by us with the SEC.

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for per share amounts)

(Unaudited)






























Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



March 28,


March 30,


March 28,


March 30,



2020


2019


2020


2019










Net sales


$     114,859


$     111,948


$     212,428


$     216,058

Cost of sales


99,576


104,927


190,908


198,061

    Gross profit


15,283


7,021


21,520


17,997

Selling, general and administrative expense


9,602


6,556


15,346


13,090

Acquisition costs


187


-


187


-

Restructuring charges


149


-


149


-

Other income, net


(18)


(971)


(43)


(1,800)

Interest expense


26


45


52


75

Interest income


(204)


(12)


(430)


(167)

    Earnings before income taxes


5,541


1,403


6,259


6,799

Income taxes


1,177


354


1,340


1,624

    Net earnings


$         4,364


$         1,049


$         4,919


$         5,175



















Net earnings per share:









    Basic


$           0.23


$           0.05


$           0.26


$           0.27

    Diluted


0.23


0.05


0.25


0.27










Weighted average shares outstanding:









    Basic


19,272


19,242


19,266


19,233

    Diluted


19,386


19,340


19,378


19,338










Cash dividends declared per share


$           0.03


$           0.03


$           0.06


$           0.06

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)






















(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



March 28,


December 28,


September 28,


March 30,



2020


2019


2019


2019

Assets









Current assets:









    Cash and cash equivalents


$          40,363


$          67,114


$          38,181


$               490

    Accounts receivable, net


54,912


35,405


44,182


50,574

    Inventories


71,685


65,252


70,851


117,227

    Other current assets


9,312


6,470


7,370


6,265

        Total current assets


176,272


174,241


160,584


174,556

Property, plant and equipment, net


111,674


102,665


104,960


109,377

Intangibles, net


8,951


8,337


8,610


9,157

Goodwill


9,624


8,293


8,293


8,293

Other assets


12,514


12,915


10,562


10,188

        Total assets


$        319,035


$        306,451


$        293,009


$        311,571










Liabilities and shareholders' equity









Current liabilities:









    Accounts payable


$          38,438


$          31,919


$          21,595


$          35,124

    Accrued expenses


9,687


8,363


6,818


5,991

        Total current liabilities


48,125


40,282


28,413


41,115

Long-term debt


-


-


-


5,365

Other liabilities


20,079


19,989


18,579


18,561

Shareholders' equity:









    Common stock


19,283


19,261


19,261


19,252

    Additional paid-in capital


75,661


74,818


74,632


73,667

    Retained earnings


158,135


154,349


154,372


155,105

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,248)


(2,248)


(2,248)


(1,494)

        Total shareholders' equity


250,831


246,180


246,017


246,530

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        319,035


$        306,451


$        293,009


$        311,571










  

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



March 28,


March 30,


March 28,


March 30,



2020


2019


2020


2019

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:









  Net earnings


$        4,364


$        1,049


$        4,919


$        5,175

  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used for)









    operating activities:









      Depreciation and amortization


3,513


3,380


6,991


6,622

      Amortization of capitalized financing costs


16


16


32


32

      Stock-based compensation expense


941


845


1,127


1,019

      Deferred income taxes


419


5


605


2,136

      Loss (gain) on sale and disposition of property, plant and equipment


2


(1,049)


2


(1,758)

      Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies over premiums paid


-


(594)


-


(62)

      Net changes in assets and liabilities (net of assets and liabilities acquired):









        Accounts receivable, net


(15,647)


(14,050)


(6,870)


910

        Inventories


(3,261)


(1,921)


2,338


(23,070)

        Accounts payable and accrued expenses


5,072


(5,212)


15,297


(30,357)

        Other changes


1,614


(424)


2,167


(838)

          Total adjustments


(7,331)


(19,004)


21,689


(45,366)

            Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


(2,967)


(17,955)


26,608


(40,191)










Cash Flows From Investing Activities:









  Acquisition of business


(21,500)


-


(21,500)


-

  Capital expenditures


(1,768)


(1,913)


(2,368)


(8,107)

  Decrease (increase) in cash surrender value of life insurance policies


710


(249)


668


(263)

  Proceeds from property insurance


-


1,048


-


1,048

  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


-


8


-


8

  Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


6


5


6


18

            Net cash used for investing activities


(22,552)


(1,101)


(23,194)


(7,296)










Cash Flows From Financing Activities:









  Proceeds from long-term debt


68


17,536


135


17,626

  Principal payments on long-term debt


(68)


(12,171)


(135)


(12,261)

  Cash dividends paid


(1,156)


(1,154)


(1,156)


(1,154)

  Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions


(76)


(168)


(76)


(175)

            Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities


(1,232)


4,043


(1,232)


4,036










Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(26,751)


(15,013)


2,182


(43,451)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


67,114


15,503


38,181


43,941

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$      40,363


$           490


$      40,363


$           490










Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:









  Cash paid during the period for:









    Income taxes, net


$           261


$        1,351


$           275


$        1,387

  Non-cash investing and financing activities:









    Receivable related to post-closing purchase price adjustment for business acquired

3,113


-


3,113


-

    Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable


274


497


274


497

    Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

76


168


76


175

    Accrued liability related to holdback for business acquired


1,000


-


1,000


-

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