FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  AZZ Inc. (NYSE:AZZ), a global provider of galvanizing services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services, today announced financial results for the three month period ended November 30, 2016.

Management Discussion

Tom Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of AZZ Inc., commented, "Our overall third quarter financial performance was disappointing as we continued to feel the effects of depressed markets in oil and gas, petrochemical, and solar for our Galvanizing segment, and experienced lower than expected refinery turnarounds and maintenance in our Energy segment during the quarter. Sales in both business segments were lower during the third quarter versus last year's comparable quarter due to greater market headwinds than we anticipated as we entered the quarter."

"Based on our observation of industrial market activity levels, we believe that the North American galvanizing market will continue to be challenging for the near term. However, our expectation is that market conditions for the galvanizing business will begin to improve in the second half of fiscal 2018 as infrastructure spend improves. We will continue to closely monitor the market conditions but are committed to funding our critical organic growth initiatives to drive sustainable growth."

"In our Energy segment," Mr. Ferguson continued, "we experienced lower refinery turnarounds and nuclear outages during the quarter, as projects were deferred to the spring season. Those deferred maintenance projects will have to be done some time in the near future. During the quarter, we did experience strength in our other markets, as incoming orders strengthened. Third quarter Energy sales were slightly down compared to the third quarter last year, but on a sequential basis sales improved significantly by 38.9% versus the second quarter, which favorably compares to a sequential increase of 22.8% over the same period in the last fiscal year.  Combined with strong bookings in the segment and a favorable backlog compared to the third quarter last year, we continue to see favorable opportunities for the Energy segment."

"Despite the market headwinds, we continue to spend on research and development and are in the process of introducing a new product which will be manufactured in a repurposed galvanizing plant. AZZ's new GalvaBar™ is corrosion resistant galvanized rebar treated with a specialized zinc alloy that provides corrosion protection to prevent concrete failure, with the added benefit of exceptional formability. GalvaBar can be bent or stretched after the galvanizing process is complete without cracking, peeling or flaking. We expect GalvaBar to provide significantly greater value for customers compared to the current competing products that lack many of GalvaBar's attributes. We have also formed a working partnership with Natina Products to produce Natina Steel ideally suited for our galvanized products. Natina Steel is a surface treatment that chemically reacts with galvanizing to create a rustic brown finish that naturally blends into the surroundings."

"Looking ahead, we think that both our energy and galvanizing businesses can be positively impacted if new infrastructure initiatives are undertaken by the incoming presidential administration and Congress. Both of our segments are important components in the development and upgrading of new infrastructure projects. We know that these projects, should they be green-lighted, will take some time to commence, but when they do we will be ready to play an important role to move these projects forward."

"I would also like to add that we are continuing to negotiate with Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC regarding the previously announced sale of our Nuclear Logistics LLC business, and a close date has not yet been determined.  We will update the market regarding the status of the transaction as appropriate."

Mr. Ferguson concluded, "AZZ is well positioned for the future. We remain committed to continue investing in our new organic growth initiatives to drive future sales.  We are focused on keeping an active M&A program, growing our businesses to capture organic growth and continuing to drive operational excellence."

Third Quarter Results

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $227.5 million compared to $242.4 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 6.2%. Net income for the third quarter decreased 22.5% to $18.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to net income of $23.5 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Gross margins for the quarter were 23.7% compared to 25.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.  SG&A costs were down 3.7% versus the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Additionally, the effective tax rate increased to 29.7% in the current quarter compared to 28.0% in the third quarter of the prior year.

Incoming orders for the quarter were $221.9 million while shipments for the quarter totaled $227.5 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 0.98.  In the third quarter a year earlier, incoming orders were $228.7 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 0.94. Our backlog at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2017 increased 7.1% to $347.3 million compared to backlog at the end of the prior year third quarter of $324.4 million. Approximately 19% of the backlog is expected to be delivered outside the U.S.

Energy Segment

Revenues for the Energy Segment for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $135.6 million as compared to $136.0 million for the same quarter last year, a modest decrease of 0.3%.  Operating income for the segment fell 18.1% to $15.4 million compared to $18.8 million in the same period last year. Operating margins for the third quarter fell to 11.4% as compared to 13.9% in the prior year period as a result of lower gross margins from an unfavorable mix shift from higher margin to lower margin business during the quarter, partially offset by favorable SG&A expenses.

Galvanizing Segment

Revenues for the Galvanizing Segment for the third quarter were $91.9 million, compared to the $106.4 million in the same period last year, a decrease of 13.7%. Operating income was $21.3 million as compared to $24.3 million in the prior period. As a result, operating margins for the third quarter improved to 23.2%, compared to 22.8% in the same period last year.

Conference Call

AZZ Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 at 11:00 A.M. ET on Friday, January 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 #10098476, or for 30 days at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.

About AZZ Inc.

AZZ Inc. is a global provider of galvanizing 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 Galvanizing 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 hot dip galvanizing 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 29, 2016 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:

Paul Fehlman, Senior Vice President - Finance and CFO


AZZ Inc. 817-810-0095


Internet:  www.azz.com




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AZZ Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

(in thousands, except per share data)






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


November 30,
2016


November 30,
2015


November 30,
2016


November 30,
2015


(unaudited)









Net sales

$

227,459



$

242,447



$

665,171



$

685,581


Costs of sales

173,593



179,999



506,091



510,324


     Gross margin

53,866



62,448



159,080



175,257










Selling, general and administrative

25,082



26,040



80,898



79,545


     Operating income

28,784



36,408



78,182



95,712










Interest expense

3,654



3,743



11,159



11,612


Net (gain) loss on sale property,

plant and equipment and insurance proceeds

(57)



(16)



26



(465)


Other (income) expense, net

(759)



(27)



(949)



828


     Income before income taxes

25,946



32,708



67,946



83,737


Income tax expense

7,695



9,161



18,609



23,023


Net income

$

18,251



$

23,547



$

49,337



$

60,714


Earnings per common share








      Basic

$

0.70



$

0.91



$

1.90



$

2.35


      Diluted

$

0.70



$

0.91



$

1.89



$

2.34


      Diluted average shares outstanding

26,133



25,977



26,104



25,920


 

Segment Reporting

(in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


November 30,
2016


November 30,
2015


November 30,
2016


November 30,
2015


(unaudited)









Net sales:








   Energy

$

135,553



$

136,007



$

371,256



$

383,787


   Galvanizing

91,906



106,440



293,915



301,794



$

227,459



$

242,447



$

665,171



$

685,581










Segment operating income :








   Energy

$

15,434



$

18,846



$

42,383



$

45,807


   Galvanizing

21,345



24,264



60,679



71,689


   Corporate

(7,995)



(6,702)



(24,880)



(21,784)


   Total segment operating income

$

28,784



$

36,408



$

78,182



$

95,712


 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in thousands)






November 30, 2016


February 29, 2016


(unaudited)







Assets:




      Current assets

$

337,284



$

309,334


      Net property, plant and equipment

224,092



226,333


      Other assets, net

456,299



446,343


      Total assets

$

1,017,675



$

982,010






Liabilities and shareholders' equity:




      Current liabilities

$

156,540



$

148,405


      Long term debt due after one year, net

292,181



302,429


      Other liabilities

49,650



49,960


      Shareholders' equity

519,304



481,216


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,017,675



$

982,010


 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)




Nine Months Ended


November 30, 2016


November 30, 2015


(unaudited)





Net cash provided by operating activities

$

57,275



$

104,158


Net cash used in investing activities

(51,271)



(80,868)


Net cash used in financing activities

(32,346)



(27,101)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(370)



(1,118)


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$

(26,712)



$

(4,929)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

40,191



22,527


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

13,479



$

17,598


 

SOURCE AZZ Inc.


Source: AZZ Inc.