Valmont Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results


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OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure and mechanized irrigation equipment for agriculture, today reported third quarter results.

Highlights:

  • GAAP diluted EPS were $0.52 compared with $0.92 in 2014. Adjusted diluted EPS, before restructuring and impairment charges, were $1.39, as compared with $1.92 in 2014 before refinancing charges.
  • Revenues of $633 million were down 17% from 2014 with foreign exchange representing about half of the decline.
  • Operating income was $37 million ($61.0 million before charges); foreign exchange impact was $(6.0) million year-over-year. Operating income was 5.9% of net sales. Excluding restructuring and impairment charges, operating income was 9.6% of net sales, compared with 11.5% in 2014.
  • The previously announced restructuring initiative is proceeding as planned with overhead reductions, plant consolidations and other cost actions on track. Completion of most activities is expected by year-end; estimated annualized benefit has increased to $30 million from $19 million.
  • $8.8 million of pre-tax restructuring expense was recognized during the quarter. In addition, the annual impairment testing of trade names and goodwill resulted in pre-tax impairment charges of $15.2 million.
  • Repurchased 247,000 of Company shares during quarter for $27.2 million.
  • Completed acquisition of American Galvanizing on September 30.

 

Summarized Financial Info. 

Third Quarter


Year-to-Date


13 Weeks Ended


39 Weeks Ended

($ in thousands, except per share data)

26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14


26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14

Net Sales

$ 632,575


$ 765,668


$1,985,096


$2,360,007

Operating Income - GAAP

37,012


87,803


148,695


291,427

Operating Income - Adjusted *

61,012


87,803


187,738


291,427

Net Earnings - GAAP

12,066


23,559


70,678


143,515

Net Earnings - Adjusted *

32,176


49,088


100,678


172,545









Diluted EPS - GAAP Earnings

$       0.52


$       0.92


$         3.00


$         5.43

Diluted EPS - Adjusted Earnings *

$       1.39


$       1.92


$         4.28


$         6.53









Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted

23,170


25,513


23,534


26,439









* Please see Reg. G reconciliation table on last page.  






"The end-market challenges of weak agricultural commodity prices and reduced mining and energy driven demand, along with unfavorable currency translation, persisted during the quarter," said Mogens C. Bay, Valmont's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our goal in this environment remains to drive earnings improvement next year despite continued difficult market conditions. During the quarter, we continued our restructuring efforts and are on track to complete most initiatives by year-end. We now expect annualized cost savings from restructuring and cost reduction actions to approximate $30 million per year, compared to our prior expectations of $19 million in annualized savings."

Restructuring Plan Update

Third quarter progress on the Company's 2015 restructuring efforts entailed numerous actions to streamline management structure, consolidate production to lower cost facilities and reduce overhead. The major actions that took place during the quarter were as follows: In the Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment, overhead reductions occurred in all geographic regions, plant consolidations took place in access systems in Australia and a small facility in China was closed. In the Coatings segment, the idling of one Australian facility was completed.

The total restructuring costs incurred during the third quarter for the above actions, plus other restructuring activities, were $8.8 million pre-tax. The restructuring charges comprised of $5.5 million of cash expenses and $3.3 million of non-cash asset impairments. As part of the Company's annual impairment testing of intangible assets, during the third quarter, a pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge of $15.2 million was recorded on certain intangible assets, including a $10.2 million impairment of certain intangible assets in the Coatings Segment.

Third Quarter Segment Review

Engineered Infrastructure Products Segment (41% of 3rd Quarter Sales)

Engineered structures and components for global lighting and traffic, wireless communication, roadway safety, offshore structures and access systems applications.

Third quarter sales were $259.9 million, compared to $294.9 million in 2014, of which currency translation represented $30.0 million of the decline.

In North America, sales of lighting and traffic products increased due to the acquisition of Shakespeare, a composite structures manufacturer, in October, 2014. Wireless communication structure sales were lower due a major carrier's absence from the market.

In Europe, lighting and traffic structure sales declined slightly in local currency reflecting continued restraint in government investment in infrastructure due to general economic conditions in the region. Offshore structure sales were lower as investments in the energy sector were curtailed. A customer's delayed introduction of larger next-generation wind turbines also pushed out offshore structure deliveries into next year.

In the Asia-Pacific region, an increase in wireless communication structure sales benefitting from China's investment in its 4G wireless technology rollout was more than offset by engineered access system sales declines due to lower oil and gas investment in the region and a reduction of new investment in the Australian mining sector.

Operating income was $14.2 million, or 5.4% of segment sales, (9.1% before charges) compared with $33.2 million or 11.3% of segment sales in 2014, (included approximately $4.0 million reversal of a contingent purchase price provision related to the 2013 acquisition of Locker). Volume deleverage, impairment and restructuring charges and currency translation effects accounted for most the decline.

Utility Support Structures Segment (26% of 3rd Quarter Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry.

Sales of $164.7 million were 9% lower than 2014, due to the revenue impact of lower steel costs, modest volume declines and continued competitive pricing. International sales were comparable with last year.

In North America, utility investment in transmission this year, in some cases favored capital deployment to coal plant retirements required by the EPA.

Segment operating income declined to $14.5 million or 8.8% of segment sales, (9.5% excluding charges). Operating income as a percent of sales was 9.4% in 2014.

Coatings Segment (12% of 3rd Quarter Sales)
Global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.

Global Coatings Segment sales of $76.2 million were 12% lower than last year. Sales declined in Australia due to reduced volumes related to mining and energy development projects. In North America, both custom and internal irrigation volumes declined. Custom volumes were slightly lower mostly due to weaker demand from agricultural customers.

Operating income was $3.1 million, ($14.2 million, or 18.6% of net sales excluding restructuring and impairment costs of $11.0 million), operating income was 20.2% of net sales last year.

During the quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of American Galvanizing, located in Folsom, New Jersey. This operation provides an important galvanizing presence for Valmont in the Northeast U.S. for both custom and internal volumes.

Irrigation Segment (18% of 3rd Quarter Sales)
Agricultural irrigation equipment and related parts and services worldwide.

Irrigation Segment sales fell 36% to $112.2 million due to the absence this year of approximately $25 million in sales to replace and repair storm damaged machines that were included in last year's sales of $174.3 million, and the impact on demand of lower global farm income. In North America, favorable growing conditions lowered operating run-times on irrigation equipment, also reducing demand for aftermarket parts. Sales declined in international markets, due to currency translation effects and reduced volumes, particularly in South America.

Operating income was $10.5 million or 9.4% of segment sales, primarily reflecting lower sales volume and related manufacturing and SG&A deleverage.

Outlook:

"At this time, we are not expecting the current market environment to improve and our immediate focus remains on aligning our cost structure through the planned restructuring activities, but still investing in product line development to strengthen our leading market positions. We expect a meaningful improvement in 2016 earnings," said Mr. Bay.

An audio discussion of Valmont's third quarter results will be available live by telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#: 66187261 or via Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CDT October 22, 2015 at https://engage.vevent.com/rt/valmontindustries_ao~102215.  A replay is available through the above link or by telephone (855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, Conference ID#: 66187261) beginning October 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CDT through 12:00 p.m. CDT on October 29, 2015.

Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont's control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont's actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)












Third Quarter


Year-to-Date



13 Weeks Ended


39 Weeks Ended



26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14


26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14

Net sales


$       632,575


$  765,668


$  1,985,096


$ 2,360,007

Cost of sales


475,824


566,168


1,493,343


1,733,048

          Gross profit


156,751


199,500


491,753


626,959

Selling, general and administrative expenses


104,539


111,697


327,858


335,532

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets


15,200


-


15,200


-

          Operating income 


37,012


87,803


148,695


291,427

Other income (expense)









     Interest expense


(11,120)


(8,716)


(33,480)


(25,217)

     Interest income


905


1,477


2,395


4,793

     Costs related to refinancing of debt


-


(38,705)


-


(38,705)

     Other


(1,230)


(2,344)


(242)


(6,253)



(11,445)


(48,288)


(31,327)


(65,382)

          Earnings before income taxes and equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries 


25,567


39,515


117,368


226,045

Income tax expense


12,018


14,226


42,873


78,311

         Earnings before equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries 


13,549


25,289


74,495


147,734

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries


-


(4)


-


(34)

          Net earnings


13,549


25,285


74,495


147,700

Less:  Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests


(1,483)


(1,726)


(3,817)


(4,185)

          Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.


$         12,066


$    23,559


$       70,678


$    143,515



















Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic


23,057


25,287


23,420


26,208

Earnings per share - Basic


$             0.52


$        0.93


$           3.02


$          5.48










Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted


23,170


25,513


23,534


26,439

Earnings per share - Diluted


$             0.52


$        0.92


$           3.00


$          5.43










Cash dividends per share


$           0.375


$      0.375


$         1.125


$        1.000










 











VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)












Third Quarter


Year-to-Date



13 Weeks Ended


39 Weeks Ended



26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14


26-Sep-15


27-Sep-14










Net sales









     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$       259,869


$  294,899


$     759,331


$    827,713

     Utility Support Structures


164,684


181,185


503,954


608,942

     Coatings


76,200


86,735


226,654


254,063

        Infrastructure products


500,753


562,819


1,489,939


1,690,718










     Irrigation


112,205


174,288


420,502


606,938

     Other


42,285


60,838


146,547


181,226

     Less: Intersegment sales


(22,668)


(32,277)


(71,892)


(118,875)

          Total


$       632,575


$  765,668


$  1,985,096


$ 2,360,007










Operating Income









     Engineered Infrastructure Products


$         14,154


$    33,200


$       43,560


$      75,534

     Utility Support Structures


14,505


16,975


40,261


76,107

     Coatings


3,145


17,554


22,006


47,260

        Infrastructure products


31,804


67,729


105,827


198,901










     Irrigation


10,539


26,888


60,655


111,507

     Other 


3,886


6,211


16,757


23,104

     Corporate


(9,217)


(13,025)


(34,544)


(42,085)

          Total


$         37,012


$    87,803


$     148,695


$    291,427



















Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four reportable segments as follows.










Engineered Infrastructure Products:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered metal structures and components for global lighting and traffic, wireless communication, roadway safety and access systems applications.










Utility Support Structures:This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered steel and concrete structures for the global utility industry.










Coatings:This segment consists of global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.










Irrigation:This segment consists of the manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment and related parts and services worldwide.










In addition to these four reportable segments, Valmont also has other businesses that individually are not more than 10% of consolidated net sales. These businesses, which include the manufacture of forged steel grinding media, tubular products, and industrial fasteners are reported in the "Other" category.


 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)










26-Sep-15




27-Sep-14

ASSETS







Current assets:







     Cash and cash equivalents


$         312,851




$       452,218

     Accounts receivable, net


501,403




570,810

     Inventories


368,290




384,645

     Prepaid expenses


52,208




64,673

     Refundable and deferred income taxes


44,736




64,438

          Total current assets


1,279,488




1,536,784

Property, plant and equipment, net


543,235




616,552

Goodwill and other assets


666,978




709,385



$    2,489,701




$  2,862,721








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







     Current installments of long-term debt


$            1,099




$             188

     Notes payable to banks


1,496




17,863

     Accounts payable


186,581




209,996

     Accrued expenses


175,028




187,942

     Dividend payable


8,649




9,299

          Total current liabilities


372,853




425,288

Long-term debt, excluding current installments


764,823




768,611

Other long-term liabilities


286,248




310,136

Shareholders' equity


1,065,777




1,358,686



$    2,489,701




$  2,862,721








CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited) and dollars in thousands










Year to Date




Year to Date



26-Sep-15




27-Sep-14

Cash flows from operating activities







   Net Earnings


$           74,495




$       147,700

   Depreciation and amortization


70,859




64,460

   Impairment of assets - restructuring activities


12,659




-

   Impairment of goodwill and trade names


15,200




-

   Change in working capital 


8,637




(121,404)

   Other


972




(8,059)

        Net cash flows from operating activities


182,822




82,697








Cash flows from investing activities







   Purchase of property, plant, and equipment


(34,447)




(63,412)

   Acquisitions, net of cash acquired 


-




(137,438)

   Other


9,236




5,099

        Net cash flows from investing activities


(25,211)




(195,751)








Cash flows from financing activities







   Proceeds from long-term borrowings


37,000




652,540

   Principal payments on long-term borrowings


(37,878)




(357,059)

   Purchase of treasury shares


(148,220)




(316,296)

   Dividends paid


(26,708)




(23,357)

   Other


(14,420)




969

        Net cash flows from financing activities


(190,226)




(43,203)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 


(26,113)




(5,231)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents 


(58,728)




(161,488)

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year 


371,579




613,706

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period 


$         312,851




$       452,218















 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED RESULTS

REGULATION G RECONCILIATION

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

The non-GAAP tables below disclose the impact on (a) diluted earnings per share of (1) restructuring costs, (2) goodwill and trade name impairment charges, and (3) the non-cash after-tax loss or gain associated with adjusting the fair value of Delta EMD Pty. Ltd (Delta EMD) shares owned to its quoted market price at September 26, 2015, and September 27, 2014, (b) operating income of restructuring costs, and (c) segment operating income of restructuring costs. Amounts may be impacted by rounding. We believe it is useful when considering company performance for the non-GAAP adjusted net earnings and operating income to be taken into consideration by management and investors with the related reported GAAP measures. 




Third Quarter

Ended Sept. 26,

2015


Diluted earnings

per share


Year-to-Date

Sept. 26, 2015


Diluted

earnings per

share

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - as reported



$          12,066


$         0.52


$        70,678


$           3.00











Restructuring expenses - after tax



6,310


0.27


16,634


0.71











Impairment of goodwill and trade names - after tax



13,370


0.58


13,370


0.57











Fair market value adjustment, Delta EMD - after-tax



430


0.02


(4)


NM











Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted



$          32,176


$         1.39


$      100,678


$           4.28

Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted





23,170




23,534














Third Quarter

Ended Sept. 27,

2014


Diluted earnings

per share


Year-to-Date

Sept. 27, 2014


Diluted

earnings per

share

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - as reported



$          23,559


$         0.92


$      143,515


$           5.43











Costs related to refinancing of debt - after tax



24,171


0.95


24,171


0.91











Fair market value adjustment, Delta EMD - after-tax



1,358


0.05


4,859


0.18











Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted



$          49,088


$         1.92


$      172,545


$           6.53

Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted





25,513




26,439











Operating Income Reconciliation



Third Quarter

Ended Sept. 26,

2015




Year-to-Date

Sept. 26, 2015



Operating income - as reported



$          37,012




$      148,695













Restructuring expenses - before tax



8,800




23,843













Impairment of goodwill and trade names - before tax



15,200




15,200













Adjusted Operating Income 



$          61,012




$      187,738













Net Sales



632,575




1,985,096













Operating Income as a % of Sales



5.9%




7.5%













Adjusted Operating Income as a % of Sales



9.6%




9.5%














For the Third Quarter Ended Sept. 26, 2015

Segment Operating Income Reconciliation

Engineered

Infrastructure

Products


Utility Support

Structures


Coatings


Irrigation


Other/

Corporate











Operating income - as reported

$       14,154


$          14,505


$        3,145


$        10,539


$       (5,331)











Restructuring expenses - before tax

4,568


1,159


806


52


2,215











Impairment of goodwill and trade names - before tax

5,000


-


10,200


-


-











Adjusted Operating Income 

$       23,722


$          15,664


$      14,151


$        10,591


$       (3,116)











Net sales 

259,869


164,684


76,200


112,205













Operating Income as a % of Sales

5.4%


8.8%


4.1%


9.4%


NM











Adjusted Operating Income as a % of Sales

9.1%


9.5%


18.6%


9.4%


NM


  NM - Not Meaningful 

 

SOURCE Valmont Industries, Inc.

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