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Worthington Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $988.1 million and net earnings of $54.9 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended August 31, 2018.  Net earnings in the quarter included net pre-tax impairment and restructuring charges totaling $1.4 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.01.  That compares to a year ago first quarter with net sales of $848.2 million and net earnings of $45.5 million, or $0.70 per diluted share.  Net earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 included pre-tax restructuring charges totaling $2.3 million, which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.03.

Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:

(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

 1Q 2019 4Q 2018 1Q 2018
Net sales$  988.1 $  1,020.5 $  848.2
Operating income   50.9    4.6    42.2
Equity income   30.0    39.6    27.3
Net earnings   54.9    30.8    45.5
Earnings per diluted share$  0.91 $  0.50 $  0.70

“I am pleased we continued to produce year-over-year improvement,” said John McConnell.  “While our Steel Processing business benefited from higher steel prices, we also saw stronger volumes in Steel and in our Pressure Cylinders business.” 

Consolidated Quarterly Results

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $988.1 million, up 16% over the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $848.2 million. The increase was driven by higher average selling prices and higher direct volume in Steel Processing and the combination of higher volume and an improved product mix in Pressure Cylinders.

Gross margin increased $10.2 million over the prior year quarter to $143.0 million as a favorable pricing spread in Steel Processing and overall improvements in Pressure Cylinders were partially  offset by declines at Engineered Cabs.  Pricing spreads in Steel Processing benefited from significant inventory holding gains in the current quarter compared to nominal losses in the prior year quarter. 

Operating income for the current quarter was $50.9 million, an increase of $8.7 million over the prior year quarter.  The impact of higher gross margin was partially offset by higher SG&A expense, which was up $2.4 million, due primarily to higher wages, profit sharing and bonus expenses.

Interest expense was $9.7 million for the current quarter, compared to $8.8 million in the prior year quarter.  The increase was due primarily to the July 28, 2017 issuance of $200.0 million of senior unsecured notes due August 1, 2032.

Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $2.7 million over the prior year quarter to $30.0 million on higher contributions from ClarkDietrich.  The Company received cash distributions of $20.0 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter, a cash conversion rate of 67% on equity income.

Income tax expense was $14.5 million in the current quarter compared to $13.0 million in the prior year quarter.  The increase was due primarily to the impact of favorable discrete items in the prior year quarter and higher earnings in the current quarter, partially offset by a lower statutory federal corporate income tax rate as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 23.2% compared to 30.5% for the prior year quarter.

Balance Sheet

At quarter-end, total debt was $750.1 million, down $0.3 million from May 31, 2018.  The Company had $96.8 million of cash at quarter-end. 

Quarterly Segment Results

Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $660.5 million, up 22%, or $117.0 million, over the comparable prior year quarter, driven by higher average selling prices and higher direct volume.  Operating income of $39.7 million was $6.8 million higher than the prior year quarter.  The increase was driven by an improved pricing spread and higher direct volume, partially offset by higher freight expense.  Spreads in the current quarter benefited from significant inventory holding gains due to rising steel prices, but were partially offset by softer scrap prices and unfavorable mark-to-market price adjustments on certain raw materials.  The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 58% to 42% in the current quarter, compared to 56% to 44% in the prior year quarter.

Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $300.4 million, up 11%, or $30.5 million, over the comparable prior year quarter, driven by higher average selling prices and a favorable product mix in the industrial products business and higher volumes in consumer products.  Operating income of $14.7 million was $4.3 million higher than the prior year quarter as improvements in the industrial and consumer products businesses were partially offset by declines in the oil & gas equipment business.  Operating income in the prior year quarter was negatively impacted by $4.2 million of incremental costs directly associated with the June 2, 2017 acquisition of Amtrol.       

Engineered Cabs’ net sales totaled $27.3 million, down $4.6 million, or 14%, from the prior year quarter on lower volume.  The operating loss of $4.3 million was $3.9 million higher than the prior year quarter on lower volume and start-up costs associated with a new fabricated products operation.

Recent Business Developments

  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 800,000 common shares for $36.9 million at an average price of $46.07.
  • On June 1, 2018, the Company announced certain organizational changes within Pressure Cylinders resulting in the consolidation of the alternative fuels business into the industrial products unit.
  • On July 31, 2018, the Company sold the Garden City, Kan. and Dickinson, N.D. oil & gas manufacturing facilities to Palmer Manufacturing and Tank Inc.
  • On August 22, 2018, the Company announced the retirement of Mark Russell, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Andy Rose was named President and Chief Financial Officer.  Geoff Gilmore was named Executive Vice President and COO and will also continue to lead the Pressure Cylinders business.  
  • On September 10, 2018, the Company announced the retirement of John Lamprinakos, President of Steel Processing.  Geoff Gilmore will oversee the business.


“We announced several leadership changes recently,” McConnell said.  “I am confident and excited that we have an excellent team to lead the Company to new heights.   We have a solid leadership group in place across our businesses and I look forward to continuing our momentum.”

Conference Call

Worthington will review fiscal 2019 first quarter results during its quarterly conference call on September 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.  Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at

About Worthington Industries 

Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2018 fiscal year sales of $3.6 billion.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant and industrial gasses and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction.  Worthington employs approximately 12,000 people and operates 84 facilities in 11 countries. 

Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

Safe Harbor Statement

The Company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Statements by the Company relating to outlook, strategy or business plans; future or expected growth, growth potential, forward momentum, performance, competitive position, sales, volumes, cash flows, earnings, balance sheet strengths, debt, financial condition or other financial measures; pricing trends for raw materials and finished goods and the impact of pricing changes; demand trends for the Company or its markets; additions to product lines and opportunities to participate in new markets; expected benefits from Transformation and innovation efforts and the ability to improve performance and competitive position at our operations; anticipated working capital needs, capital expenditures and asset sales; anticipated improvements and efficiencies in costs, operations, sales, inventory management, sourcing and the supply chain and the results thereof; projected profitability potential; the ability to make acquisitions and the projected timing, results, benefits, costs, charges and expenditures related to acquisitions, newly-created joint ventures, headcount reductions and facility dispositions, shutdowns and consolidations; the successful sale of the WAVE international business; projected capacity and the alignment of operations with demand; the ability to operate profitably and generate cash in down markets; the ability to maintain margins and capture and maintain market share and to develop or take advantage of future opportunities, customer initiatives, new businesses, new products and new markets; expectations for Company and customer inventories, jobs and orders; expectations for the economy and markets or improvements therein; expectations for generating improving and sustainable earnings, earnings potential, margins or shareholder value; the expected impact of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”) on the Company; effects of judicial rulings; and other non-historical matters constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Act. Because they are based on beliefs, estimates and assumptions, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the effect of national, regional and global economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including a recurrent slowing economy; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; the impact of tariffs, the adoption of trade restrictions affecting the Company’s products or suppliers, a United States withdrawal from or significant renegotiation of trade agreements, the occurrence of trade wars or other changes in trade regulations; lower oil prices as a factor in demand for products; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of our products; fluctuations in the pricing, quality or availability of raw materials (particularly steel), supplies, transportation, utilities and other items required by operations; effects of facility closures and the consolidation of operations; the effect of financial difficulties, consolidation and other changes within the steel, automotive, construction, oil and gas, and other industries in which we participate; failure to maintain appropriate levels of inventories; financial difficulties (including bankruptcy filings) of original equipment manufacturers, end-users and customers, suppliers, joint venture partners and others with whom we do business; the ability to realize targeted expense reductions from headcount reductions, facility closures and other cost reduction efforts; the ability to realize cost savings and operational, sales and sourcing improvements and efficiencies, and other expected benefits from Transformation initiatives, on a timely basis; the overall success of, and the ability to integrate, newly-acquired businesses and joint ventures, maintain and develop their customers, and achieve synergies and other expected benefits and cost savings therefrom; capacity levels and efficiencies, within facilities, within major product markets and within the industries as a whole; the effect of disruption in the business of suppliers, customers, facilities and shipping operations due to adverse weather, casualty events, equipment breakdowns, civil unrest, international conflicts, terrorist activities or other causes; changes in customer demand, inventories, spending patterns, product choices, and supplier choices; risks associated with doing business internationally, including economic, political and social instability, foreign currency exchange rate exposure and the acceptance of our products in global markets; the ability to improve and maintain processes and business practices to keep pace with the economic, competitive and technological environment; the outcome of adverse claims experience with respect to workers’ compensation, product recalls or product liability, casualty events or other matters; deviation of actual results from estimates and/or assumptions used by us in the application of our significant accounting policies; level of imports and import prices in our markets; the impact of judicial rulings and governmental regulations, both in the United States and abroad, including those adopted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental agencies as contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the effect of healthcare laws in the United States and potential changes for such laws which may increase our healthcare and other costs and negatively impact our operations and financial results; the actual impact of the Company’s business of the TCJA differing materially from the Company’s estimates; cyber security risks; the effects of changing privacy and information security laws and standards; and other risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in “Part I – Item 1A. – Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018.


(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended
August 31,
  2018   2017 
Net sales$988,107  $848,237 
Cost of goods sold 845,110   715,459 
Gross margin 142,997   132,778 
Selling, general and administrative expense 90,641   88,249 
Impairment of long-lived assets 2,381   - 
Restructuring and other expense (income), net (936)  2,304 
Operating income 50,911   42,225 
Other income (expense):       
Miscellaneous income, net 265   348 
Interest expense (9,728)  (8,807)
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates 30,008   27,306 
Earnings before income taxes 71,456   61,072 
Income tax expense 14,498   12,998 
Net earnings 56,958   48,074 
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 2,016   2,540 
Net earnings attributable to controlling interest$54,942  $45,534 
Average common shares outstanding 58,731   62,444 
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest$0.94  $0.73 
Average common shares outstanding 60,621   64,590 
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest$0.91  $0.70 
Common shares outstanding at end of period 58,389   62,144 
Cash dividends declared per share$0.23  $0.21 

(In thousands)
 August 31, May 31,
 2018 2018
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$96,843 $121,967
Receivables, less allowances of $622 and $632 at August 31, 2018   
and May 31, 2018, respectively 564,612  572,689
Raw materials 270,126  237,471
Work in process 120,722  122,977
Finished products 103,268  93,579
Total inventories 494,116  454,027
Income taxes receivable 6,349  1,650
Assets held for sale 7,655  30,655
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 60,846  60,134
Total current assets 1,230,421  1,241,122
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates 221,144  216,010
Goodwill 344,467  345,183
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $79,077 and   
$74,922 at August 31, 2018 and May 31, 2018, respectively 209,602  214,026
Other assets 20,478  20,476
Property, plant and equipment:   
Land 24,193  24,229
Buildings and improvements 302,153  300,542
Machinery and equipment 1,040,410  1,030,720
Construction in progress 39,463  32,282
Total property, plant and equipment 1,406,219  1,387,773
Less: accumulated depreciation 822,156  802,803
Total property, plant and equipment, net 584,063  584,970
Total assets$2,610,175 $2,621,787
Liabilities and equity     
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable$478,205 $473,485
Accrued compensation, contributions to employee benefit plans and     
related taxes 66,055  96,487
Dividends payable 14,584  13,731
Other accrued items 59,383  57,125
Income taxes payable 2,042  4,593
Current maturities of long-term debt 1,327  1,474
Total current liabilities 621,596  646,895
Other liabilities 71,225  74,237
Distributions in excess of investment in unconsolidated affiliate 52,133  55,198
Long-term debt 748,731  748,894
Deferred income taxes, net 79,116  60,188
Total liabilities 1,572,801  1,585,412
Shareholders' equity - controlling interest 919,519  918,769
Noncontrolling interests 117,855  117,606
Total equity 1,037,374  1,036,375
Total liabilities and equity$2,610,175 $2,621,787

(In thousands)
 Three Months Ended
August 31,
  2018   2017 
Operating activities:   
Net earnings$56,958  $48,074 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 24,493   25,365 
Impairment of long-lived assets 2,381   - 
Provision for deferred income taxes 18,934   7,934 
Bad debt (income) expense 221   (62)
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of distributions (10,019)  (7,755)
Net loss on assets 2,715   1,425 
Stock-based compensation 3,156   3,407 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:   
Receivables 13,409   62,678 
Inventories (43,337)  (34,696)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (8,419)  1,143 
Other assets (66)  (350)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (28,785)  (26,791)
Other liabilities (1,196)  2,983 
Net cash provided by operating activities 30,445   83,355 
Investing activities:   
Investment in property, plant and equipment (19,434)  (18,013)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired -   (284,505)
Proceeds from sale of assets 20,277   427 
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities 843   (302,091)
Financing activities:   
Net proceeds from short-term borrowings, net of issuance costs -   298 
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of issuance costs -   198,279 
Principal payments on long-term debt (430)  (219)
Payments for issuance of common shares, net of tax withholdings (4,091)  (3,274)
Payments to noncontrolling interests (2,320)  (720)
Repurchase of common shares (36,852)  (45,076)
Dividends paid (12,719)  (12,778)
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities (56,412)  136,510 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (25,124)  (82,226)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 121,967   278,081 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$96,843  $195,855 

(In thousands, except volume)
This supplemental information is provided to assist in the analysis of the results of operations.
 Three Months Ended
August 31,
  2018   2017 
Steel Processing (tons) 983,090   968,330 
Pressure Cylinders (units) 21,799,098   20,441,276 
Net sales:   
Steel Processing$660,487  $543,491 
Pressure Cylinders 300,353   269,811 
Engineered Cabs 27,252   31,946 
Other 15   2,989 
Total net sales$988,107  $848,237 
Material cost:       
Steel Processing$478,087  $379,220 
Pressure Cylinders 138,744   120,631 
Engineered Cabs 12,311   14,217 
Selling, general and administrative expense:       
Steel Processing$40,037  $36,528 
Pressure Cylinders 46,773   45,468 
Engineered Cabs 4,462   4,269 
Other (631)  1,984 
Total selling, general and administrative expense$90,641  $88,249 
Operating income (loss):       
Steel Processing$39,660  $32,872 
Pressure Cylinders 14,733   10,458 
Engineered Cabs (4,311)  (361)
Other 829   (744)
Total operating income$50,911  $42,225 
Equity income (loss) by unconsolidated affiliate:   
WAVE$22,008  $22,228 
ClarkDietrich 3,474   707 
Serviacero Worthington 3,617   2,974 
ArtiFlex 751   1,483 
Other 158   (86)
Total equity income$30,008  $27,306 

(In thousands, except volume)
The following provides detail of Pressure Cylinders volume and net sales by principal class of products.
 Three Months Ended
August 31,
  2018   2017
Volume (units):   
Consumer products 17,728,978   16,354,427
Industrial products 4,069,496   4,086,146
Oil & gas equipment 624   703
Total Pressure Cylinders 21,799,098   20,441,276
Net sales:   
Consumer products$116,823  $108,681
Industrial products 152,847   136,693
Oil & gas equipment 30,683   24,437
Total Pressure Cylinders$300,353  $269,811
The following provides detail of impairment of long-lived assets and restructuring and other expense (income), net included in operating income by segment.
 Three Months Ended
August 31,
  2018   2017
Impairment of long-lived assets:   
Steel Processing$-  $-
Pressure Cylinders 2,381   -
Engineered Cabs -   -
Other -   -
Total impairment of long-lived assets$2,381  $-
Restructuring and other expense (income), net:      
Steel Processing$(9) $279
Pressure Cylinders (927)  1,877
Engineered Cabs -   4
Other -   144
Total restructuring and other expense (income), net$(936) $2,304

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Source: GlobeNewswire (September 26, 2018 - 8:00 AM EDT)

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