COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 24, 2021
– Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $759.1 million and net earnings of $67.6 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2021 third quarter ended February 28, 2021. In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company reported net sales of $764.0 million and net earnings of $15.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share. Results in both the current and prior year quarter were impacted by several unique items, as summarized in the table below. (U.S. dollars in million, except per share amounts)
| || ||3Q 2021|| || ||3Q 2020|| |
| || ||After-Tax|| || ||Per Share|| || ||After-Tax|| || ||Per Share|| |
|Net earnings|| ||$|| 67.6|| || ||$|| 1.27|| || ||$|| 15.3|| || ||$|| 0.27|| |
|Impairment and restructuring charges|| || || 8.4|| || || || 0.16|| || || || 27.0|| || || || 0.48|| |
|Gain on investment in Nikola, net of incremental expenses|| || || (3.7)|| || || || (0.07)|| || || || -|| || || || -|| |
|Tank replacement program|| || || -|| || || || -|| || || || (1.7)|| || || || (0.03)|| |
|Gain on consolidation of Samuel Steel Pickling|| || || -|| || || || -|| || || || (4.6)|| || || || (0.08)|| |
|Adjusted net earnings|| ||$|| 72.3|| || ||$|| 1.36|| || ||$|| 36.0|| || ||$|| 0.64|| |
Impairment and restructuring charges in both periods mostly related to the Company’s oil and gas equipment business, which was divested on January 29, 2021. See Recent Developments below for further information related to the divestiture.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows: (U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
| ||3Q 2021|| || || ||3Q 2020|| || ||9M 2021|| || ||9M 2020|| |
|Net sales||$|| 759.1|| || || ||$|| 764.0|| || ||$|| 2,193.1|| || ||$|| 2,447.5|| |
|Operating income (loss)|| || 49.8|| || || || || (1.4)|| || || || 57.0|| || || || 16.1|| |
|Equity income|| || 31.7|| || || || || 25.5|| || || || 80.9|| || || || 97.6|| |
|Net earnings|| || 67.6|| || || || || 15.3|| || || || 610.2|| || || || 62.6|| |
|Earnings per diluted share||$|| 1.27|| || || ||$|| 0.27|| || ||$|| 11.28|| || ||$|| 1.11|| |
"We delivered record earnings per share in our third quarter thanks to outstanding results in Steel Processing and solid performances from Pressure Cylinders and our joint ventures," said President & CEO Andy Rose. "Healthy demand across nearly all of our major end markets, combined with inventory holding gains and lower manufacturing costs drove the record performance.”
Consolidated Quarterly Results
Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 were $759.1 million, down 1% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $764.0 million. The decrease was driven by lower sales in the oil and gas equipment business within Pressure Cylinders, which was divested in the current quarter, partially offset by higher average selling prices in Steel Processing and higher volume in the consumer products business within Pressure Cylinders.
Gross margin increased $48.6 million over the prior year quarter to $164.1 million primarily due to improved direct spreads in Steel Processing which benefitted from significant inventory holding gains, which were estimated to be $31.1 million in the current quarter compared to an inventory holding loss of $6.0 million in the prior year quarter.
Operating income for the current quarter was $49.8 million, an increase of $51.2 million over the operating loss in the prior year quarter. Excluding impairment and restructuring charges, and the impact of the reserve decrease for the tank replacement program in the prior year quarter, adjusted operating income for the current quarter was $77.2 million, an improvement of $44.9 million over the prior year quarter, as the impact of higher gross margin was partially offset by higher SG&A expense, which was up $6.0 million on increased profit sharing and bonus expense.
Interest expense was $7.6 million for the current quarter, compared to $7.4 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was due primarily to higher average debt levels.
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $6.2 million over the prior year quarter to $31.7 million due to higher contributions from all joint ventures except for WAVE which was down slightly. The Company received cash distributions of $18.4 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the current quarter.
Income tax expense was $4.5 million in the current quarter compared to $4.8 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by a $19.7 million discrete tax benefit realized in connection with the sale of the oil and gas equipment business in the current quarter, partially offset by the impact of higher pre-tax earnings. Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 20.1% compared to 24.6% for the prior year quarter. Balance Sheet
At quarter-end, total debt of $708.9 million was relatively consistent with debt at November 30, 2020, and the Company had $649.5 million of cash. Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $504.5 million, up 3%, or $13.3 million, over the comparable prior year quarter driven by higher average selling prices, which were partially offset by lower toll volume. Operating income of $62.9 million was $43.9 million higher than the prior year quarter on improved direct spreads primarily driven by estimated inventory holding gains of $31.1 million in the current quarter compared to an inventory holding loss of $6.0 million in the prior year quarter. The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 48% to 52% in the current quarter, compared to 44% to 56% in the prior year quarter.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $254.6 million, down 6%, or $16.4 million, from the comparable prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by a $24.3 million decline in the recently divested oil and gas equipment business, partially offset by higher volume in the consumer products business. Operating loss of $15.6 million was an improvement of $4.2 million over the prior year quarter. Excluding impairment and restructuring charges, and the impact of the reserve decrease for the tank replacement program in the prior year quarter, adjusted operating income was up slightly to $12.8 million, as declines in the oil and gas equipment business were more than offset by improvements in the consumer and industrial products businesses. Recent Developments
- On Jan. 4, 2021, the Company acquired PTEC Pressure Technology GmbH, a leading independent designer and manufacturer of valves and components for high-pressure hydrogen and compressed natural gas storage, transport and onboard fueling systems. The total purchase price was approximately $10.8 million.
- On Jan. 13, 2021, the Company sold its remaining 7,048,020 shares of Nikola common stock for net proceeds of $146.6 million, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $2.7 million.
- On Jan. 29, 2021, the Company sold its oil and gas equipment business to an affiliate of Ten Oaks Group. The Company retained the real estate associated with the business and received nominal consideration at closing, resulting in a pre-tax loss of $27.7 million within restructuring and other expense.
- On Jan. 29, 2021, the Company acquired General Tools & Instruments Company LLC, a provider of feature-rich, specialized tools in various categories including environmental health & safety, precision measurement & layout, home repair & remodel, lawn & garden and specific purpose tools. The total purchase price was approximately $120.6 million, subject to closing adjustments.
- On Mar. 12, 2021, the Company sold its Structural Composites Industries facility located in Pomona, CA, to Luxfer Holdings PLC for approximately $20.0 million, subject to closing adjustments. The Company expects to record a loss of approximately $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 related primarily to the allocation of goodwill associated with the divestiture.
- During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company repurchased a total of 1,000,000 of its common shares for $52.4 million, at an average purchase price of $52.37.
“Our businesses are performing well and with the strategic acquisitions and divestitures we completed recently we are well positioned moving forward,” Rose said. “As strong as our record Q3 was, it could have been better. We faced challenges, some of which will persist, including a tight steel market, semi-conductor shortages that impacted our automotive customers, extreme weather, and continuing COVID related production issues. Our teams are exceptional, and they will continue to navigate these challenges, working safely to drive our business to new heights.” Conference Call
Worthington will review fiscal 2021 third quarter results during its quarterly conference call on March 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at www.WorthingtonIndustries.com. About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch®, Well-X-Trol®, General®, Garden-Weasel®, Pactool International® and Hawkeye™. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 50 facilities in 15 states and seven countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 8,000 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
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