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Standex Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

May 01, 2015

SALEM, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results from Continuing Operations

  • Net sales increased 3.9% to $181.0 million from $174.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Organic sales increased 1.5%, acquisition growth accounted for 6.1% of the increase and foreign exchange had a negative effect of 3.7% year over year.
  • Income from operations was $17.8 million, compared with $14.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Net income from continuing operations was $12.8 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, including tax-effected $0.3 million of restructuring charges primarily related to plant consolidations. This compares with third quarter fiscal 2014 net income from continuing operations of $13.3 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, including tax-effected $1.0 million of restructuring charges, $1.0 million in non-recurring management transition expenses, and a gain related to insurance proceeds of $3.4 million. Excluding the aforementioned items from both periods, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $13.1 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with $11.9 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $22.2 million, compared with $21.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Excluding the previously mentioned items from both periods, adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $22.6 million, compared with $20.9 million in the year-earlier quarter.
  • Net working capital (defined as accounts receivable plus inventories less accounts payable) was $149.5 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $128.2 million a year earlier. Working capital turns were 4.8 compared with 5.4 a year earlier.
  • The Company closed the quarter with net debt of $45.8 million compared with net cash of $12.4 million a year ago and net cash of $29.2 million at June 30, 2014. The increase in net debt was primarily due to the acquisition of Enginetics in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.
  • A reconciliation of net income, earnings per share and net income from continuing operations from reported GAAP amounts to non-GAAP amounts is included later in this release.

Management Comments

“We performed well in the third quarter, reporting 3.9% overall growth, 1.5% organic growth and an increase in non-GAAP operating income of 10.0%,” said David Dunbar, President and CEO. “We continued to make good progress on the strategic growth initiatives we are executing in each of our businesses.”

Segment Review

Food Service Equipment Group sales increased 8.1% year-over-year, and operating income was down 13.1%.

“In Refrigeration, the year-over-year growth was driven by small footprint retail, which is providing positive momentum into the fourth quarter,” said Dunbar. “We also saw declines in sales to national chains, which was offset by growth in lower margin sales through our dealer networks. Cooking Solutions was profitable in the quarter and sales increased by approximately 20% year-over-year, including the Ultrafryer acquisition. Excluding the acquisition, sales increased by 4.3%. We saw sequential margin improvement from the second to the third quarter, indicating that the business has begun to turn the corner in terms of profitability improvement. Pricing improved, freight costs are coming down, and plant productivity was solid. We continue to focus on productivity improvement initiatives at Cooking Solutions.”

Engraving Group sales decreased 1.4% year-over-year, including a 9.5% negative effect from foreign exchange, while operating income decreased 3.4%.

“Our Mold-Tech business grew at a mid-double digit rate in China,” said Dunbar. “We believe there is good long-term potential in both automotive and non-automotive markets in the region1. We also grew sales in Europe, despite the negative currency effect. North America was down due to a difficult year-over-year comparison, but backlog was strong. In our roll, plate and machinery business, sales increased year-over-year due to a large project from a major tissue and towel maker.”

Engineering Technologies Group sales grew 10.0% year-over-year, and operating income decreased 14.9%. Acquisitions contributed 30.2% to growth.

“The organic sales decline in the quarter was primarily due to significantly weaker sales to the oil and gas market, which had a 14% impact on sales and a 30% effect on operating income,” said Dunbar. “The launch vehicle market remained steady, and we continue to pursue new opportunities in that part of the business. We continue to ramp up capacity to support growth opportunities in aviation, and we are excited about our prospects in that market1. We will begin production on our Airbus contract by the end of calendar 2015. We are exploring various options to further expand machining capacity in either our existing facilities or at a greenfield site.”

Electronics Products Group sales were down 8.7% year-over-year, while operating income was up 0.3%.

“Sales in the third quarter were negatively affected by foreign exchange and a difficult year-over-year comparison due to the timing of North American project shipments,” said Dunbar. “Our operating margin improved despite the sales shortfall due to successful operational improvements and cost reduction programs. We remain optimistic about sales growth opportunities at Electronics going forward1.”

The Hydraulics Products Group reported an 8.4% year-over-year sales increase, while operating income rose 16.7%.

“We experienced strong demand across our dump truck, dump trailer and refuse markets,” said Dunbar. “Our facility in China is helping to strengthen our global competitive advantage by enabling us to bundle telescopic cylinders from North America with rod cylinders from China. We are shipping and booking orders at record levels at the China plant, leading to continued strength across the business. Looking ahead, we are focused on capitalizing on strong customer demand in our end markets and leveraging operational excellence to increase throughput1.”

Business Outlook

“Our end markets continue to be strong with the primary exception of oil and gas. We are proceeding with our planned investments to support increased demand. Our strong balance sheet allows us to pursue both organic and acquisition growth. We will continue to execute against our strategic plan, control costs and focus on our operational excellence initiatives as we move the business forward,” concluded Dunbar.

Conference Call Details

Standex will host a conference call for investors today, May 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET. On the call, David Dunbar, President and CEO, and Thomas DeByle, CFO, will review the Company’s financial results and business and operating highlights. Investors interested in listening to the webcast should log on to the “Investor Relations” section of Standex’s website, located at www.standex.com. The Company's slide show accompanying the webcast audio also can be accessed via its website. To listen to the playback, please dial (800) 585-8367 in the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 internationally; the passcode is 23424862. The replay also can be accessed in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website, located at www.standex.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, which is "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization," non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and are intended to serve as a complement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Standex believes that such information provides an additional measurement and consistent historical comparison of the Company's performance. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is available in this news release.

About Standex

Standex International Corporation is a multi-industry manufacturer in five broad business segments: Food Service Equipment Group, Engineering Technologies Group, Engraving Group, Electronics Products Group, and Hydraulics Products Group with operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, India and China. For additional information, visit the Company's website at http://standex.com/.

1 Safe Harbor Language

Statements in this news release include, or may be based upon, management's current expectations, estimates and/or projections about Standex's markets and industries. These statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may materially differ from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ are the impact of implementation of government regulations and programs affecting our businesses, unforeseen legal judgments, fines or settlements, uncertainty in conditions in the financial and banking markets, general domestic and international economy including more specifically economic conditions in the oil and gas market, the impact of foreign exchange, increases in raw material costs, the ability to substitute less expensive alternative raw materials, the heavy construction vehicle market, the ability to continue to successfully implement productivity improvements, increase market share, access new markets, introduce new products, enhance our presence in strategic channels, the successful expansion and automation of manufacturing capabilities and diversification efforts in emerging markets, the ability to continue to achieve cost savings through lean manufacturing, cost reduction activities, and low cost sourcing, effective completion of plant consolidations, successful completion and integration of acquisitions and the other factors discussed in the Annual Report of Standex on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any subsequent periodic reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent management's estimates only as of the day made and should not be relied upon as representing management's estimates as of any subsequent date. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company and management specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if management's estimates change.

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