MOUNT AIRY, N.C., October 21, 2010 - Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today reported a loss from continuing operations of $1.7 million ($0.09 per share) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared with earnings from continuing operations of $2.8 million ($0.16 per share) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. The loss from continuing operations for the current year quarter includes pre-tax charges of $0.4 million ($0.01 per share after-tax) for inventory write-downs to reduce the carrying value of inventory to the lower of cost or market and $1.5 million ($0.05 per share after-tax) for the settlement of litigation. Including the results of discontinued operations, the net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was $1.6 million ($0.09 per share) compared with net earnings of $1.7 million ($0.10 per share) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased 8.0% to $56.2 million from $61.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Shipments for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased 13.8% from the prior year quarter while average selling prices increased 6.7%. On a sequential basis, shipments decreased 7.5% from the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and average selling prices decreased 2.0%. Based on the Company's fiscal calendar, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 benefited from having one additional week than the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2010.
For fiscal 2010, earnings from continuing operations were $0.5 million ($0.03 per share) compared with a loss from continuing operations of $20.9 million ($1.20 per share) in fiscal 2009. The fiscal 2010 results include pre-tax charges of $2.3 million ($0.08 per share after-tax) for inventory write-downs and $1.5 million ($0.05 per share after-tax) for the settlement of litigation. The fiscal 2009 results include pre-tax charges of $25.9 million ($0.96 per share after-tax) for inventory write-downs. Including the results of discontinued operations, net earnings for fiscal 2010 were $0.5 million ($0.03 per share) compared with a net loss of $22.1 million ($1.27 per share) in fiscal 2009. Net sales for fiscal 2010 decreased 8.1% to $211.6 million from $230.2 million in fiscal 2009. Shipments for fiscal 2010 increased 5.6% from the prior year while average selling prices decreased 12.9%. Based on the Company's fiscal calendar, fiscal 2009 benefited from having one additional week than fiscal 2010.
Insteel's financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were unfavorably impacted by the reduction in shipments together with compressed spreads between selling prices and raw material costs due to competitive pricing pressures. Demand for the Company's products continued to trend at depressed levels during the quarter due to the ongoing weakness in the construction sector. Insteel's overall capacity utilization decreased to 49% from 52% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and 56% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.
Continuing operating activities used $1.6 million of cash for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 while providing $15.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 primarily due to the year-over-year changes in net working capital and the loss incurred during the current year quarter. Net working capital used $1.6 million of cash during the current year quarter while providing $8.3 million in the prior year quarter. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2010 were $1.5 million compared with $2.4 million for fiscal 2009 and are expected to total less than $5.0 million for fiscal 2011. Insteel ended the year debt-free with $45.9 million of cash and cash equivalents.
Commenting on the outlook for fiscal 2011, H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO said, "As we move into our first fiscal quarter, we have yet to see signs of a recovery in end use demand for our products. The construction sector continues to be mired in a recession that is unlikely to subside until the economy rebounds and there is a pronounced recovery in the U.S. job market. We are also heading into what has historically been our weakest period of the year when the level of construction activity and resulting demand for our products are adversely impacted by seasonal trends. Pricing pressures have intensified in our markets and are likely to persist until shipping volumes improve. Recently certain of our competitors have elected to pursue plant closures and liquidations rather than suffer continuing losses thereby beginning the process of restoring the balance of supply and demand in this more competitive market environment."
Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at http://investor.insteel.com/ and will be archived for replay until the next quarterly conference call.
Insteel is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets PC strand and welded wire reinforcement, including concrete pipe reinforcement, engineered structural mesh ("ESM") 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 six manufacturing facilities located in the United States.
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It is not possible to anticipate and list all risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company's 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 the Company operates; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing to the Company, its customers and the construction industry as a whole; the continuation of reduced spending for nonresidential construction, particularly commercial construction, and the impact on demand for the Company's products; the timing of the resolution of a new multi-year federal transportation funding authorization and the magnitude of the infrastructure-related funding provided for that requires the use of the Company's products; the severity and duration of the downturn in residential construction and the impact on those portions of the Company's business that are correlated with the housing sector; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; fluctuations in the cost and availability of the Company's primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and the Company's ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in wire rod costs; changes in U.S. or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or the Company's products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of weak demand and reduced capacity utilization levels on the Company's unit manufacturing costs; the Company's ability to further develop the market for ESM and expand its shipments of ESM; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact the Company's operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; continued escalation in certain of the Company's operating costs; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 3, 2009 and in other filings made by the Company with the SEC.
Michael C. Gazmarian
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Insteel Industries, Inc.
336-786-2141, Ext. 3020