October 22, 2015

Insteel Industries Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 3, 2015.

 

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 increased to $9.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share from $4.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Insteel's earnings for the current year quarter include $0.3 million of net restructuring recoveries, which increased net earnings per share by $0.01. Insteel's earnings for the prior year quarter include net restructuring charges, acquisition costs and a net gain from insurance proceeds, which, in the aggregate, reduced pre-tax earnings by $0.5 million and net earnings per share by $0.02.   

Net sales increased 0.9% to $118.1 million from $117.1 million in the prior year quarter due to the additional revenue provided by the August 2014 acquisition of the prestressed concrete strand ("PC strand") business of American Spring Wire Corporation (the "ASW Acquisition") and the extra week in the current year quarter based on Insteel's fiscal calendar. Shipments increased 6.0% from the prior year quarter while average selling prices decreased 4.9%. On a sequential basis, shipments increased 2.3% from the third quarter of fiscal 2015 while average selling prices decreased 1.4%.

Insteel's fourth-quarter results were favorably impacted by higher spreads between selling prices and raw material costs and the increase in shipments relative to the prior year quarter. Capacity utilization for the quarter was 51% compared with 54% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and 57% in the prior year quarter. 

Operating activities provided $19.3 million of cash compared with $7.1 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the increase in earnings. Net working capital provided $7.8 million of cash compared with $0.2 million in the prior year quarter. Investing activities for the current year quarter include $3.5 million of net proceeds from the sale of the real estate and certain of the equipment associated with the Newnan facility, which was closed in March 2015. Capital expenditures were $0.4 million compared with $3.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Fiscal 2015 Results

Net earnings for fiscal 2015 increased to $21.7 million, or $1.15 per diluted share from $16.6 million, or $0.89 per diluted share in the prior year. Insteel's earnings for the current year include net restructuring charges, a charge for the settlement of a customer dispute and a net gain from insurance proceeds, which in the aggregate, increased pre-tax earnings by $0.7 million and net earnings per share by $0.02. Insteel's earnings for the prior year include net restructuring charges, acquisition costs and a net gain from insurance proceeds, which, in the aggregate, did not materially impact pre-tax earnings or net earnings per share.

Net sales increased 9.4% to $447.5 million from $409.0 million in the prior year due to the additional revenue provided by the ASW Acquisition and the extra week in the current year based on Insteel's fiscal calendar. Shipments increased 10.0% from the prior year while average selling prices decreased 0.5%.

Operating activities provided $35.8 million of cash compared with $29.2 million in the prior year primarily due to the increase in earnings. Net working capital provided $2.3 million of cash compared with $2.4 million in the prior year. Investing activities for the current year include $3.5 million of net proceeds from the sale of the real estate and certain of the equipment associated with the Newnan facility. Capital expenditures were $7.2 million compared with $9.0 million in the prior year. Capital expenditures are expected to increase to approximately $20.0 million in fiscal 2016 largely due to outlays related to the expansion of the Houston PC strand facility.

Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents increased $21.8 million during the fourth quarter to $33.3 million. Insteel ended the year debt-free with no borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

"Looking ahead to fiscal 2016, we expect that our financial results will be favorably impacted by improved market conditions driven by the continued recovery in nonresidential construction together with lower unit conversion costs," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "We should also benefit from the anticipated resolution of the technical issues that have hampered the performance of the new standard welded wire reinforcement production line at our Hazleton facility and curtailed shipments during the second half of the year.

"We are proceeding with the first phase of a significant expansion of our Houston PC strand facility that entails the installation of equipment previously located at the Newnan facility and the addition of a new state-of-the-art raw material cleaning process. This project, which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of fiscal 2017, should dramatically lower the plant's conversion costs and further strengthen our market leadership position. Following the successful completion of the first phase of the expansion, we expect to add a third production line to the facility to realign its capacity with the requirements of its markets."        

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its fourth quarter financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at http://investor.insteel.com/events.cfm 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 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 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 Insteel believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and Insteel can provide no assurances that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail in Insteel's periodic and other reports and statements that it files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2014. You should carefully review these risks and uncertainties.

All forward-looking statements attributable to Insteel or persons acting on its 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 Insteel does not undertake and specifically declines 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 Insteel'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 Insteel operates; reduced spending for nonresidential and residential construction and the impact on demand for Insteel's 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 Insteel's products; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing for Insteel, its customers and the construction industry as a whole; fluctuations in the cost and availability of Insteel's primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and Insteel's ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in wire rod costs; changes in United States or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or Insteel's products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of weak demand and reduced capacity utilization levels on Insteel's unit manufacturing costs; Insteel's ability to further develop the market for ESM and expand its shipments of ESM; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact Insteel's operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; continued escalation in certain of Insteel's operating costs; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in Insteel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2014 and in other filings made by Insteel with the SEC.

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

(In thousands except for per share data)

 
                   
                   
                   
   

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 
   

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

     
   

October 3,

 

September 27,

 

October 3,

 

September 27,

 
   

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 
                   

Net sales

 

$     118,093

 

$     117,097

 

$     447,504

 

$     408,978

 

Cost of sales

 

96,199

 

103,248

 

389,171

 

360,205

 

    Gross profit

 

21,894

 

13,849

 

58,333

 

48,773

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 

7,770

 

6,463

 

25,824

 

23,371

 

Restructuring charges (recoveries), net

 

(329)

 

1,247

 

349

 

1,247

 

Acquisition costs

 

-

 

612

 

-

 

612

 

Other income, net

 

(75)

 

(1,254)

 

(1,113)

 

(1,907)

 

Interest expense

 

47

 

83

 

320

 

252

 

Interest income

 

(6)

 

-

 

(11)

 

(10)

 

    Earnings before income taxes

 

14,487

 

6,698

 

32,964

 

25,208

 

Income taxes

 

4,863

 

2,123

 

11,254

 

8,567

 

    Net earnings

 

$         9,624

 

$         4,575

 

$       21,710

 

$       16,641

 
                   
                   

Net earnings per share:

                 

    Basic

 

$           0.52

 

$           0.25

 

$           1.18

 

$           0.91

 

    Diluted

 

0.51

 

0.24

 

1.15

 

0.89

 
                   

Weighted average shares outstanding

                 

    Basic

 

18,451

 

18,337

 

18,418

 

18,257

 

    Diluted

 

18,740

 

18,755

 

18,803

 

18,665

 
                   

Cash dividends declared per share

 

$           0.03

 

$           0.03

 

$           0.12

 

$           0.12

 

 

 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

 
             
             
   

(Unaudited)

   
   

October 3,

 

June 27,

 

September 27,

   

2015

 

2015

 

2014

Assets

           

Current assets:

           

    Cash and cash equivalents

 

$          33,258

 

$          11,433

 

$            3,050

    Accounts receivable, net

 

46,782

 

48,215

 

51,211

    Inventories

 

66,009

 

70,793

 

81,899

    Other current assets

 

5,309

 

3,923

 

6,433

        Total current assets

 

151,358

 

134,364

 

142,593

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

84,178

 

86,642

 

90,386

Intangibles, net

 

10,220

 

10,532

 

9,816

Goodwill

 

6,965

 

6,965

 

6,965

Other assets

 

7,518

 

10,338

 

7,035

        Total assets

 

$        260,239

 

$        248,841

 

$        256,795

             

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

           

Current liabilities:

           

    Accounts payable

 

$          32,182

 

$          33,312

 

$          52,811

    Accrued expenses

 

13,644

 

9,775

 

10,375

        Total current liabilities

 

45,826

 

43,087

 

63,186

Other liabilities

 

14,198

 

14,844

 

14,726

Commitments and contingencies

           

Shareholders' equity:

           

    Common stock

 

18,466

 

18,439

 

18,377

    Additional paid-in capital

 

60,967

 

60,403

 

58,867

    Retained earnings

 

122,928

 

113,858

 

103,429

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(2,146)

 

(1,790)

 

(1,790)

        Total shareholders' equity

 

200,215

 

190,910

 

178,883

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$        260,239

 

$        248,841

 

$        256,795

             

 

 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

(In thousands)

 
                   
   

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 
   

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

     
   

October 3,

 

September 27,

 

October 3,

 

September 27,

 
   

2015

 

2014

 

2015

 

2014

 

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

                 

  Net earnings

 

$        9,624

 

$        4,575

 

$      21,710

 

$      16,641

 

  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by

                 

    operating activities:

                 

      Depreciation and amortization

 

3,230

 

2,793

 

11,934

 

10,274

 

      Amortization of capitalized financing costs

 

17

 

25

 

89

 

102

 

      Stock-based compensation expense

 

796

 

884

 

2,298

 

2,661

 

      Deferred income taxes

 

(213)

 

154

 

333

 

41

 

      Asset impairment charges

 

306

 

-

 

543

 

-

 

      Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 

(19)

 

(353)

 

(169)

 

(575)

 

      Gain on sale and disposition of property, plant and equipment

 

(897)

 

(1,204)

 

(2,652)

 

(1,629)

 

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

 

-

 

(44)

 

(39)

 

(512)

 

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

                 

        Accounts receivable, net

 

1,433

 

3,451

 

4,266

 

(2,084)

 

        Inventories

 

4,784

 

3,560

 

15,890

 

(16,814)

 

        Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

1,548

 

(6,789)

 

(17,861)

 

21,333

 

        Other changes

 

(1,354)

 

47

 

(568)

 

(206)

 

          Total adjustments

 

9,631

 

2,524

 

14,064

 

12,591

 

            Net cash provided by operating activities

 

19,255

 

7,099

 

35,774

 

29,232

 
                   

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

                 

  Capital expenditures

 

(386)

 

(3,154)

 

(7,153)

 

(8,955)

 

  Acquisition of intangible asset

 

-

 

-

 

(1,460)

 

-

 

  Acquisition of business

 

-

 

(33,943)

 

480

 

(33,943)

 

  Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale

 

3,537

 

-

 

3,537

 

-

 

  Proceeds from fire loss insurance

 

-

 

1,352

 

1,713

 

2,732

 

  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

28

 

-

 

132

 

1

 

  Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies

 

-

 

45

 

40

 

205

 

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

 

150

 

(111)

 

(328)

 

(415)

 

            Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

 

3,329

 

(35,811)

 

(3,039)

 

(40,375)

 
                   

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

                 

  Proceeds from long-term debt

 

106

 

18,884

 

60,978

 

19,215

 

  Principal payments on long-term debt

 

(106)

 

(18,884)

 

(60,978)

 

(19,215)

 

  Cash dividends paid

 

(554)

 

(551)

 

(2,211)

 

(2,193)

 

  Cash received from exercise of stock options

 

-

 

764

 

200

 

1,129

 

  Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 

19

 

353

 

169

 

575

 

  Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions

 

(224)

 

(253)

 

(478)

 

(758)

 

  Financing costs

 

-

 

-

 

(207)

 

-

 

            Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

 

(759)

 

313

 

(2,527)

 

(1,247)

 
                   

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

21,825

 

(28,399)

 

30,208

 

(12,390)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

11,433

 

31,449

 

3,050

 

15,440

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$      33,258

 

$        3,050

 

$      33,258

 

$        3,050

 
                   

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

                 

  Cash paid during the period for:

                 

    Interest

 

$             24

 

$             28

 

$           143

 

$             30

 

    Income taxes, net

 

3,607

 

3,425

 

7,805

 

7,889

 

  Non-cash investing and financing activities:

                 

    Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable

 

570

 

680

 

570

 

680

 

    Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

224

 

253

 

478

 

758

 

    Post-closing purchase price adjustment for business acquired

 

-

 

45

 

-

 

45

 

 

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