Insteel Industries Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

April 23, 2018

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Results

Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 decreased to $5.9 million, or $0.31 per share, from $7.4 million, or $0.39 per share, in the same period a year ago. Insteel’s second-quarter results were unfavorably impacted by narrower spreads between selling prices and raw material costs partially offset by higher shipments and a lower effective tax rate relative to the prior year quarter.

Net sales increased 6.2% to $107.4 million from $101.2 million in the prior year quarter driven by a 2.4% increase in shipments and a 3.7% increase in average selling prices. Shipments increased 6.8% sequentially from the first quarter of fiscal 2018 while average selling prices increased 2.9%. Gross margin narrowed 370 basis points to 14.4% from 18.1% in the prior year quarter due to the reduction in spreads. Insteel’s effective tax rate decreased to 24.7% from 33.9% in the prior year quarter reflecting the reduction in the corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  

Cash flow from operations decreased to $9.7 million from $13.7 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the decrease in earnings. Net working capital used $0.3 million of cash while providing $3.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Six Month 2018 Results

Net earnings for the first six months of fiscal 2018 increased to $14.0 million, or $0.73 per share, from $11.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Insteel’s earnings for the current year period benefited from a $3.7 million, or $0.19 per share gain on the remeasurement of deferred tax liabilities related to the impact of the new tax law. Net sales increased 5.2% to $205.2 million from $195.0 million in the prior year period driven by a 1.8% increase in shipments and a 3.3% increase in average selling prices. Gross margin narrowed 280 basis points to 13.2% from 16.0% due to the reduction in spreads. Excluding the deferred tax gain, Insteel’s effective tax rate decreased to 24.7% from 33.8% in the prior year period.

Cash flow from operations increased to $24.5 million from $17.6 million in the prior year period primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the increase in earnings. Net working capital provided $4.3 million of cash while using $1.4 million in the prior year period.

Capital Allocation and Liquidity

Capital expenditures for the first six months of fiscal 2018 decreased to $9.3 million from $10.7 million in the prior year period. Capital outlays for fiscal 2018 are expected to total up to $21.0 million largely related to additional investments in engineered structural mesh (“ESM”) manufacturing capabilities, the purchase of the leased Houston facility and further upgrades of production technology and information systems.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Insteel returned $20.2 million of capital to shareholders through the payment of a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share and two regular quarterly cash dividends of $0.03 per share, marking the third consecutive year in which a special dividend of at least $1.00 per share has been paid. Insteel ended the quarter debt-free with $23.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, and no borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

“As we move into the second half of fiscal 2018, we expect improved business conditions driven by the usual seasonal pickup in demand together with continued growth in the construction sector,” commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel’s president and CEO. “We believe the infrastructure-related portion of our business will benefit from the funding increases provided for in the recently passed federal omnibus spending bill together with state and local initiatives. The outlook for private nonresidential construction remains positive as well based on most recent leading indicators and industry forecasts, with the potential for additional investment spurred by the new tax law.”  

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 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 ten 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 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 30, 2017.

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: 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 30, 2017 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 31,

April 1,

March 31,

April 1,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Net sales

$     107,417

$     101,159

$     205,158

$     195,047

Cost of sales

92,001

82,865

178,081

163,743

    Gross profit

15,416

18,294

27,077

31,304

Selling, general and administrative expense

7,475

7,055

13,238

13,319

Restructuring charges, net

25

73

Other expense, net

166

10

185

Interest expense

23

35

51

69

Interest income

(53)

(48)

(129)

(100)

    Earnings before income taxes

7,805

11,217

13,732

17,943

Income taxes

1,926

3,797

(258)

6,063

    Net earnings

$         5,879

$         7,420

$       13,990

$       11,880

Net earnings per share:

    Basic

$           0.31

$           0.39

$           0.73

$           0.63

    Diluted

0.31

0.39

0.73

0.62

Weighted average shares outstanding:

    Basic

19,052

19,004

19,047

18,992

    Diluted

19,258

19,224

19,241

19,217

Cash dividends declared per share

$           0.03

$           0.03

$           1.06

$           1.31

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

March 31,

December 30,

September 30,

April 1,

2018

2017

2017

2017

Assets

Current assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents

$          23,464

$          37,336

$          32,105

$          40,185

    Accounts receivable, net

50,455

39,769

40,284

49,577

    Inventories

63,156

70,918

81,853

59,230

    Other current assets

4,071

5,101

5,949

3,264

        Total current assets

141,146

153,124

160,191

152,256

Property, plant and equipment, net

103,277

102,891

98,670

94,805

Intangibles, net

10,275

10,634

7,913

8,484

Goodwill

8,293

8,293

6,965

6,965

Other assets

9,649

9,698

9,334

8,712

        Total assets

$        272,640

$        284,640

$        283,073

$        271,222

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

    Accounts payable

$          32,561

$          30,992

$          33,651

$          35,605

    Accrued expenses

5,497

5,411

8,667

7,222

    Dividends payable

19,612

        Total current liabilities

38,058

56,015

42,318

42,827

Other liabilities

16,537

16,515

17,379

15,736

Shareholders’ equity:

    Common stock

19,063

19,041

19,041

19,025

    Additional paid-in capital

70,658

70,052

69,817

68,850

    Retained earnings

129,657

124,350

135,851

126,325

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,333)

(1,333)

(1,333)

(1,541)

        Total shareholders’ equity

218,045

212,110

223,376

212,659

        Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$        272,640

$        284,640

$        283,073

$        271,222

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

March 31,

April 1,

March 31,

April 1,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

  Net earnings

$        5,879

$        7,420

$      13,990

$      11,880

  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

      Depreciation and amortization

3,233

2,711

6,409

5,729

      Amortization of capitalized financing costs

16

16

32

32

      Stock-based compensation expense

838

876

1,073

1,133

      Deferred income taxes

(201)

(277)

(2,270)

910

      Loss on sale and disposition of property, plant and equipment

204

10

221

46

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

(19)

(287)

(275)

(360)

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

        Accounts receivable, net

(10,686)

(5,422)

(10,171)

(2,188)

        Inventories

7,762

2,360

18,697

11,956

        Accounts payable and accrued expenses

2,575

6,280

(4,218)

(11,132)

        Other changes

128

(5)

1,005

(430)

          Total adjustments

3,850

6,262

10,503

5,696

            Net cash provided by operating activities

9,729

13,682

24,493

17,576

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

  Capital expenditures

(3,236)

(5,239)

(9,316)

(10,656)

  Acquisition of business

(3,300)

  Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies

80

77

121

77

  Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies

(51)

(56)

(245)

(277)

            Net cash used for investing activities

(3,207)

(5,218)

(12,740)

(10,856)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

  Proceeds from long-term debt

79

79

169

176

  Principal payments on long-term debt

(79)

(79)

(169)

(176)

  Cash dividends paid

(20,184)

(24,869)

(20,184)

(24,869)

  Cash received from exercise of stock options

72

107

  Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions

(210)

(502)

(210)

(646)

            Net cash used for financing activities

(20,394)

(25,299)

(20,394)

(25,408)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(13,872)

(16,835)

(8,641)

(18,688)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

37,336

57,020

32,105

58,873

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$      23,464

$      40,185

$      23,464

$      40,185

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

  Cash paid during the period for:

    Income taxes, net

$        1,067

$        4,116

$        1,060

$        4,160

  Non-cash investing and financing activities:

    Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable

1,233

1,152

1,233

1,152

    Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

210

502

210

646

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