January 21, 2016

Insteel Industries Reports First Quarter Financial Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended January 2, 2016.

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First Quarter 2016 Results

Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 increased to $6.7 million, or $0.36 per share from $4.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Net sales decreased 16.5% to $92.4 million from $110.6 million in the prior year period on a 9.0% decrease in shipments and an 8.3% decrease in average selling prices. On a sequential basis, shipments decreased 19.9% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 due to the usual seasonal slowdown in construction activity and the extra week in the fourth quarter while average selling prices decreased 2.3%.

Insteel's first-quarter results were favorably impacted by higher spreads between selling prices and raw material costs relative to the prior year quarter, which were partially offset by the decrease in shipments.

Operating activities provided $12.4 million of cash while using $9.5 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 $0.7 million of cash while using $17.9 million in the prior year quarter. Capital expenditures were $0.9 million compared with $3.5 million in the prior year quarter and are expected to increase to approximately $20.0 million in fiscal 2016 largely due to outlays related to the expansion of the Houston prestressed concrete strand ("PC strand") facility. Following the end of the quarter, on January 8, 2016 Insteel paid a special cash dividend totaling $18.6 million, or $1.00 per share, to shareholders of record as of December 11, 2015.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Cash and cash equivalents increased $12.4 million during the first quarter to $45.6 million. Insteel ended the quarter debt-free with no borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

"As we move into the second fiscal quarter, we expect that our results will be affected by the usual seasonal slowdown in construction activity in most of our markets related to winter weather conditions," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "Looking ahead to the remainder of fiscal 2016, we anticipate improved demand for our concrete reinforcing products driven by the gradual recovery in nonresidential construction. We also expect to benefit from the recent passage of a five-year federal highway spending bill, which provides a higher degree of funding certainty for states and municipalities that should translate into increased infrastructure construction in the coming years."   

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its first 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 October 3, 2015. 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 October 3, 2015 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)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



January 2,


December 27,



2016


2014

Net sales


$          92,391


$        110,628

Cost of sales


75,968


98,585

    Gross profit


16,423


12,043

Selling, general and administrative expense


6,335


5,652

Restructuring recoveries, net


(75)


-

Other income, net


(114)


(40)

Interest expense


41


94

Interest income


(18)


-

    Earnings before income taxes


10,254


6,337

Income taxes


3,546


2,187

    Net earnings


$            6,708


$            4,150











Net earnings per share:





    Basic


$              0.36


$              0.23

    Diluted


0.36


0.22






Weighted average shares outstanding:





    Basic


18,525


18,377

    Diluted


18,883


18,820






Cash dividends declared per share


$              1.03


$              0.03

 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)


















(Unaudited)




(Unaudited)



January 2,


October 3,


December 27,



2016


2015


2014

Assets







Current assets:







    Cash and cash equivalents


$          45,619


$          33,258


$                 11

    Accounts receivable, net


40,368


46,782


40,688

    Inventories


69,065


66,009


87,464

    Other current assets


2,547


5,309


4,784

        Total current assets


157,599


151,358


132,947

Property, plant and equipment, net


83,144


84,178


91,443

Intangibles, net


9,931


10,220


9,600

Goodwill


6,965


6,965


6,965

Other assets


7,681


7,518


7,102

        Total assets


$        265,320


$        260,239


$        248,057








Liabilities and shareholders' equity






Current liabilities:







    Accounts payable


$          31,467


$          32,182


$          30,874

    Accrued expenses


12,033


13,644


9,096

    Dividends payable


18,600


-


-

        Total current liabilities


62,100


45,826


39,970

Long-term debt


-


-


10,000

Other liabilities


13,814


14,198


15,163

Shareholders' equity:







    Common stock


18,600


18,466


18,377

    Additional paid-in capital


62,475


60,967


59,309

    Retained earnings


110,477


122,928


107,028

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,146)


(2,146)


(1,790)

        Total shareholders' equity


189,406


200,215


182,924

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$        265,320


$        260,239


$        248,057








 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



January 2,


December 27,



2016


2014

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:





    Net earnings


$     6,708


$      4,150

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




        operating activities:





            Depreciation and amortization


2,742


2,869

            Amortization of capitalized financing costs


16


26

            Stock-based compensation expense


229


442

            Deferred income taxes


1,215


935

            Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

(253)


-

            Gain on sale and disposition of property, plant and equipment

(239)


(77)

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

-


(136)

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




                Accounts receivable, net


6,414


10,360

                Inventories


(3,056)


(5,565)

                Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(2,659)


(22,716)

                Other changes


1,274


199

                    Total adjustments


5,683


(13,663)

                        Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities

12,391


(9,513)






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





    Capital expenditures


(941)


(3,515)

    Acquisition of business


-


411

    Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale


180


-

    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


60


89

    Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


40


40

    Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies


(212)


-

                        Net cash used for investing activities


(873)


(2,975)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





    Proceeds from long-term debt


65


47,757

    Principal payments on long-term debt


(65)


(37,757)

    Cash dividends paid


(559)


(551)

    Cash received from exercise of stock options


1,492


-

    Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

253


-

    Financing costs


(11)


-

    Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions

(332)


-

                        Net cash provided by financing activities


843


9,449






Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


12,361


(3,039)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


33,258


3,050

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$   45,619


$           11






Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:





    Cash paid during the period for:





        Interest


$             -


$           16

        Income taxes, net


2,194


45

    Non-cash investing and financing activities:





        Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable

479


206

        Declaration of cash dividends to be paid


18,600


-

        Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

332


-

        Post-closing purchase price adjustment for business acquired

-


65






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