FORT WORTH, Texas, July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ), a global provider of metal coatings services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services, today announced financial results for the three month period ended May 31, 2017.

Management Discussion

Tom Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of AZZ Inc., commented, "First quarter financial performance reflected continued delays and smaller than expected scopes in refinery turnarounds and maintenance projects in our Energy segment. We experienced some margin pressure in our Electrical platform as we continued to feel the effects of soft markets in oil and gas sector and the uncertainty and delays related to the Westinghouse nuclear projects.  We did, however, see improving performance in some of the other markets served by our Energy segment. Overall on a sequential basis, we had improved top and bottom line financial performance with 7.6% and 14.3% growth, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

"Although the Metal Coatings segment revenue was down versus the first quarter of last year, on a sequential basis, it was up 12.8% compared to last quarter of fiscal year 2017 and performed as expected.  There are still headwinds in the galvanizing market, however, I continue to believe that the second half of the fiscal year will strengthen as infrastructure spend improves.  Our Metal Coatings segment is well positioned for new revenue streams with our new powder coating facility in Crowley Texas that is now open and the recent acquisition of Enhanced Powder Coating.  In addition, our new operation for AZZ's GalvaBar™ corrosion resistant galvanized rebar is now open for business. We expect all of these businesses to be important contributors in the coming years, and we have changed the name of the Galvanizing segment to the Metal Coatings segment to reflect the impact and importance of our expanded metal coating product offerings."

Mr. Ferguson concluded, "Despite the current market conditions, we are cautiously optimistic that fiscal year 2018 will benefit from improved infrastructure project spending during the second half of the year. We are committed and focused on delivering organic growth and driving operational efficiencies, by investing in new organic growth initiatives, including additional metal coatings offerings to drive future sales and maintaining an active M&A program to support our strategic growth initiatives.  Looking forward, we are reaffirming our previously issued fiscal 2018 guidance of earnings per share in the range of $2.60 to $3.10 per diluted share and annual sales in the range of $880 million to $950 million. We expect to be even better positioned when overall market conditions improve."

First Quarter Results

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 were $208.6 million compared to $242.7 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 14.1%. Net income for the first quarter decreased 37.1% to $13.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to net income of $21.1 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Gross margins for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 were 23.6% compared to 26.1% in the first quarter of last year.  SG&A costs were down 5.1% versus the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. Additionally, the effective tax rate decreased to 29.3% in the current quarter compared to 31.6% in the first quarter of the prior year.

Incoming orders for the quarter were $193.8 million while shipments for the quarter totaled $208.6 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 0.93.  In the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, incoming orders were $250.5 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 1.03. Our backlog at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 decreased 6.4% to $331.6 million compared to $354.2 million for the first quarter of last year. Approximately 41% of the current backlog is expected to be delivered outside the U.S., compared to 25% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Energy Segment

Revenues for the Energy segment for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 were $116.5 million as compared to $138.1 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 15.7%.  Operating income for the Energy segment decreased 54.2% to $8.6 million compared to $18.8 million for the same period last year. Operating margins for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 fell to 7.4% as compared to 13.6% in the prior year period primarily as a result of lower gross margins from an unfavorable shift in revenue mix from higher margin business to lower margin business during the quarter, partially offset by favorable SG&A expenses.

Metal Coatings Segment

Revenues for the Metal Coatings segment for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 were $92.1 million, compared to the $104.6 million for the same period of last year, a decrease of 11.9%. Operating income was $21.2 million as compared to $24.3 million in the prior period. As a result, operating margins for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 decreased slightly to 23.1%, compared to 23.2% in the same period last year.

Conference Call

AZZ Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 at 11:00 A.M. ET on Thursday, July 6, 2017.  Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (844) 855-9499 or (412) 317-5497 (international). The call will be webcast via the Internet at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.  A replay of the call will be available for three days at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 (international), confirmation # 10109644, or for 30 days at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.

About AZZ Inc.

AZZ Inc. is a global provider of metal coatings services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the markets of power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial in protecting metal and electrical systems used to build and enhance the world's infrastructure. AZZ Metal Coatings is a leading provider of metal finishing solutions for corrosion protection, including hot dip galvanizing to the North American steel fabrication industry. AZZ Energy is dedicated to delivering safe and reliable transmission of power from generation sources to end customers, and automated weld overlay solutions for corrosion and erosion mitigation to critical infrastructure in the energy markets worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements herein about our expectations of future events or results constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as, "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and management's views and assumptions regarding future events. Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and investors must recognize that actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, changes in customer demand and response to products and services offered by AZZ, including demand by the power generation markets, electrical transmission and distribution markets, the industrial markets, and the metal coatings markets; prices and raw material cost, including zinc and natural gas which are used in the hot dip galvanizing process; changes in the political stability and economic conditions of the various markets that AZZ serves, foreign and domestic, customer requested delays of shipments, acquisition opportunities, currency exchange rates, adequacy of financing, and availability of experienced management and employees to implement AZZ's growth strategy. AZZ has provided additional information regarding risks associated with the business in AZZ's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2017 and other filings with the SEC, available for viewing on AZZ's website at www.azz.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. These statements are based on information as of the date hereof and AZZ assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact:

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AZZ Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


May 31, 2017


May 31, 2016


(unaudited)


(unaudited)





Net sales

$

208,551



$

242,667


Costs of sales

159,285



179,340


     Gross margin

49,266



63,327






Selling, general and administrative

27,359



28,819


     Operating income

21,907



34,508






Interest expense

3,360



3,925


Net gain on sale property, plant and equipment and insurance proceeds

(100)



(110)


Other income, net

(85)



(122)


     Income before income taxes

18,732



30,815


Income tax expense

5,492



9,752


Net income

$

13,240



$

21,063


Earnings per common share




      Basic

$

0.51



$

0.81


      Diluted

$

0.51



$

0.81


      Diluted average shares outstanding

26,093



26,043


 

Segment Reporting

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


May 31, 2017


May 31, 2016


(unaudited)


(unaudited)





Net sales:




   Energy

$

116,474



$

138,102


   Metal Coatings

92,077



104,565



$

208,551



$

242,667






Segment operating income :




   Energy

$

8,595



$

18,753


   Metal Coatings

21,242



24,302


   Corporate

(7,930)



(8,547)


   Total segment operating income

$

21,907



$

34,508


 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in thousands)



May 31, 2017


February 28, 2017


(unaudited)







Assets:




      Current assets

$

325,744



$

296,537


      Net property, plant and equipment

230,127



228,610


      Other assets, net

449,127



452,692


      Total assets

$

1,004,998



$

977,839






Liabilities and shareholders' equity:




      Current liabilities

$

130,699



$

141,850


      Long term debt due after one year, net

285,478



254,800


      Other liabilities

52,431



51,550


      Shareholders' equity

536,390



529,639


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,004,998



$

977,839


 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


May 31, 2017


May 31, 2018


(unaudited)


(unaudited)





Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$

(15,804)



$

9,868


Net cash used in investing activities

(9,970)



(33,055)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

20,890



(5,048)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(81)



119


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$

(4,965)



$

(28,116)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

11,302



40,191


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

6,337



$

12,075


 

 

 

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