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Acuity Brands Reports Record Second Quarter Results

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ATLANTA, April 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) ("Company") today announced record second quarter results for net sales, net income, and diluted earnings per share ("EPS"). Fiscal 2016 second quarter net sales of $777.8 million increased $161.7 million, or 26 percent, compared with the year-ago period. Operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $106.7 million, an increase of $28.1 million, or 36 percent, over the year-ago period. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was $65.5 million, an increase of 41 percent compared with the prior-year period. Fiscal 2016 second quarter diluted EPS of $1.49 increased 39 percent compared with $1.07 for the year-ago period.

Adjusted diluted EPS for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 increased 53 percent to $1.80 compared with adjusted diluted EPS of $1.18 for the year-ago period. Adjusted operating profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 increased $41.6 million, or 49 percent, to $127.4 million, or 16.4 percent of net sales, compared with the year-ago period adjusted operating profit of $85.8 million, or 13.9 percent of net sales. Adjusted results for both periods exclude the impact of amortization expense for acquired intangible assets, share-based compensation expense, acquisition-related items (including profit in inventory, professional fees, and certain contract termination costs), and special charges for streamlining activities. Management believes these items impacted the comparability of the Company's results and that adjusted financial measures enhance the reader's overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance by making results comparable between periods. A reconciliation of adjusted financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure is provided in the tables at the end of this release.

Vernon J. Nagel, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands, commented, "We were extremely pleased with our achievement of record second quarter results. These results are even more impressive when one considers that we continued to invest in our strong sales growth and areas with significant future growth potential, including the expansion of our solid state luminaire and controls portfolio as well as our building management, software, and Internet of Things solutions. Adjusted gross profit margin was 43.5 percent, a quarterly record, and represented an increase of 200 basis points over prior year's second quarter, while adjusted operating profit margin of 16.4 percent increased 250 basis points over last year's second quarter. The integration of recent acquisitions, which include Distech Controls, Juno Lighting and Geometri, continues to go well. We believe our record second quarter results reflect our ability to provide customers with truly differentiated value from our industry-leading portfolio of innovative lighting and building automation solutions along with superior service."

Second Quarter Results

The year-over-year growth in fiscal 2016 second quarter net sales was primarily due to a 17 percent increase in volume as well as an 11 percent increase from acquisitions, partially offset by 1 percent net unfavorable change in product prices and mix of products sold ("price/mix") and 1 percent unfavorable impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The increase in volume was broad-based across most product categories and key sales channels. Sales of LED-based products increased over 40 percent from the year-ago period and represented approximately 55 percent of fiscal 2016 second quarter total net sales.

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $119.5 million for the first six months of fiscal 2016 compared with $75.5 million for the year-ago period. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016 totaled $224.3 million, a decrease of $532.5 million since the beginning of the fiscal year. The Company used cash of $613.7 million for acquisitions.

Year-to-Date Results

Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2016 increased 20 percent to $1,514.4 million compared with $1,263.5 million for the prior-year period. Fiscal 2016 first-half reported results include operating profit of $219.1 million, net income of $133.9 million, and diluted EPS of $3.06. 

Adjusted operating profit for the first half of fiscal 2016 increased $63.8 million, or 34 percent, to $253.3 million, or 16.7 percent of net sales, compared with prior year's adjusted operating profit of $189.5 million, or 15.0 percent of net sales. Adjusted net income for the first half of fiscal 2016 was $156.6 million compared with $113.2 million for the prior-year period, an increase of 38 percent. Adjusted diluted EPS for the first half of fiscal 2016 increased $0.98, or 38 percent, to $3.58 compared with adjusted diluted EPS of $2.60 for the year-ago period. Adjusted results for the first six months of fiscal 2016 and 2015 exclude amortization expense for acquired intangible assets, share-based compensation expense, acquisition-related items (including profit in inventory, professional fees, and certain contract termination costs), and special charges for streamlining activities. The total impact of these items on diluted EPS for the first six months of fiscal 2016 and 2015 was $0.52 and $0.36 respectively. A reconciliation of adjusted financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure is provided in the tables at the end of this release.

Outlook

Mr. Nagel commented, "We remain bullish about our prospects for continued future profitable growth. Third-party forecasts as well as key leading indicators suggest that the growth rate for the North American lighting market, which includes renovation and retrofit activity, will be in the mid-to-upper single digit range for fiscal 2016 with expectations that overall demand in our end markets will continue to experience solid growth over the next several years. Our order rates through the month of March reflect this favorable trend. We expect to continue to outperform the growth rates of the markets we serve by executing our strategies focused on growth opportunities for new construction and renovation projects, expansion into underpenetrated geographies and channels, and growth from the continued introduction of new products and lighting solutions as part of our integrated, tiered solutions strategy."

Mr. Nagel concluded, "We believe the lighting and lighting-related industry as well as building automation systems will experience solid growth over the next decade, particularly as energy and environmental concerns come to the forefront along with emerging opportunities for digital lighting to play a key role in the Internet of Things. We believe we are uniquely positioned to fully participate in this exciting industry."   

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release contains non-GAAP financial measures such as "adjusted gross profit", "adjusted selling, distribution, and administrative expenses" ("adjusted SD&A expenses"), "adjusted operating profit", "adjusted operating profit margin", "adjusted net income", and "adjusted diluted EPS". These measures are provided to enhance the reader's overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and prospects for the future. However, the Company's non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures.

A reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is available in this news release. In addition, the Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrent with the issuance of this press release includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter results today, April 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET.  Interested parties may listen to this call live today or hear a replay at the Company's Web site: www.acuitybrands.com.  

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc., with fiscal year 2015 net sales of $2.7 billion, is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of indoor and outdoor lighting and energy management solutions. Acuity Brands, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia has operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia, and employs approximately 9,000 associates. The Company's products and solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting™, Winona® Lighting, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps™, Juno®, Indy™, AccuLite®, Aculux™, DanaLite, NaviLite®, Sunoptics®, RELOC® Wiring Solutions, eldoLED®, Distech Controls®, and Acuity Controls™.

Forward Looking Information

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that may be considered forward-looking include statements incorporating terms such as "expects," "believes," "intends," "estimates", "forecasts," "anticipates," "may," "should", "suggests", "remain", and similar terms that relate to future events, performance, or results of the Company and specifically include statements made in this press release regarding: prospects for future profitable growth; third-party forecasts of a mid-to-upper single digit growth rate for the North American lighting market for fiscal 2016 and expectations that demand in the Company's end markets will continue to experience solid growth over the next several years; expectation that the Company will outperform the growth rates of the markets it serves and that the Company will execute strategies related to such growth opportunities; and expectation of solid growth over the next decade for the lighting and lighting-related industry as well as building automation systems and the Company's position to fully participate. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the historical experience of Acuity Brands and management's present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, customer and supplier relationships and prices; competition; ability to realize anticipated benefits from initiatives taken and timing of benefits; market demand; litigation and other contingent liabilities; and economic, political, governmental, and technological factors affecting the Company. Please see the other risk factors more fully described in the Company's SEC filings including risks discussed in Part I, "Item 1a. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2015. The discussion of those risks is specifically incorporated herein by reference. Management believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and management undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events.

ACUITY BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions, except share and per-share data)
 February 29, 2016 August 31, 2015
(Unaudited)  
ASSETS   
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents $  224.3  $  756.8 
Accounts receivable, less reserve for doubtful accounts of $1.9 and $1.3 as of February 29, 2016 and August 31, 2015, respectively   458.8     411.7 
Inventories    277.5     224.8 
Prepayments and other current assets   37.1     20.1 
Total Current Assets    997.7     1,413.4 
Property, Plant, and Equipment, at cost:   
Land    23.7     6.7 
Buildings and leasehold improvements    178.5     128.4 
Machinery and equipment    419.1     391.9 
Total Property, Plant, and Equipment    621.3     527.0 
Less - Accumulated depreciation and amortization    364.7     352.4 
Property, Plant, and Equipment, net    256.6     174.6 
Other Assets:   
Goodwill    883.7     565.0 
Intangible assets, net    452.8     223.4 
Deferred income taxes    3.4     3.5 
Other long-term assets    25.6     27.1 
Total Other Assets    1,365.5     819.0 
Total Assets $  2,619.8  $  2,407.0 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   
Current Liabilities:   
Accounts payable $  317.8  $  311.1 
Current maturities of long-term debt   0.2     -  
Accrued compensation    50.4     78.2 
Other accrued liabilities    145.0     131.6 
Total Current Liabilities    513.4     520.9 
Long-Term Debt    353.5     352.4 
Accrued Pension Liabilities, less current portion    79.9     83.9 
Deferred Income Taxes    114.2     31.7 
Self-Insurance Reserves, less current portion    8.2     6.9 
Other Long-Term Liabilities    57.2     51.2 
Total Liabilities    1,126.4     1,047.0 
Stockholders' Equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued    -      -  
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 53,236,095 issued and 43,516,840 outstanding at February 29, 2016; and 53,024,284 issued and 43,305,029 outstanding at August 31, 2015   0.5     0.5 
Paid-in capital    818.7     797.1 
Retained earnings    1,215.5     1,093.0 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (121.1)    (110.4)
Treasury stock, at cost, 9,719,255 shares at February 29, 2016 and August 31, 2015   (420.2)    (420.2)
Total Stockholders' Equity    1,493.4     1,360.0 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $  2,619.8  $  2,407.0 
 

 

ACUITY BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited)
(In millions, except per-share data)
        
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 February 29, 2016 February 28, 2015 February 29, 2016 February 28, 2015
Net Sales $  777.8  $  616.1  $  1,514.4  $  1,263.5 
Cost of Products Sold    440.9     360.4     858.1     734.8 
Gross Profit    336.9     255.7     656.3     528.7 
Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expenses    230.1     177.7     436.7     354.0 
Special Charge    0.1     (0.6)    0.5     9.4 
Operating Profit    106.7     78.6     219.1     165.3 
Other Expense (Income):       
Interest Expense, net    8.2     8.0     16.1     15.9 
Miscellaneous Income, net    (1.1)    (0.1)    (1.8)    (1.0)
Total Other Expense    7.1     7.9     14.3     14.9 
Income before Provision for Income Taxes    99.6     70.7     204.8     150.4 
Provision for Income Taxes    34.1     24.3     70.9     52.9 
Net Income $  65.5  $  46.4  $  133.9  $  97.5 
        
Earnings Per Share:       
Basic Earnings per Share $  1.50  $  1.07  $  3.08  $  2.25 
Basic Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding    43.5     43.1     43.4     43.1 
Diluted Earnings per Share $  1.49  $  1.07  $  3.06  $  2.24 
Diluted Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding    43.8     43.4     43.7     43.3 
Dividends Declared per Share $  0.13  $  0.13  $  0.26  $  0.26 
 
Comprehensive Income:       
Net Income$  65.5  $  46.4  $  133.9  $  97.5 
Other Comprehensive Income (Expense) Items:       
Foreign currency translation adjustments (9.2)  (9.8)  (13.4)  (16.9)
Defined benefit pension plans, net of tax 1.3   0.9   2.7   0.7 
Other Comprehensive Expense, net of tax (7.9)  (8.9)  (10.7)  (16.2)
Comprehensive Income$  57.6  $  37.5  $  123.2  $  81.3 
        

 

ACUITY BRANDS, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) 
(In millions) 
 Six Months Ended 
  
 February 29, 2016 February 28, 2015 
Cash Provided by/(Used for) Operating Activities:    
Net income $  133.9  $  97.5  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization    30.7     22.5  
Stock-based compensation expense   13.0     8.4  
Excess tax benefits from stock-based payments    (14.3)    (12.2) 
Gain on sale or disposal of property, plant, and equipment   (1.1)    -   
Deferred income taxes    (0.3)    0.2  
Change in assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions, divestitures and effect of exchange rate changes:    
Accounts receivable    18.3     11.9  
Inventories    (3.5)    (27.4) 
Prepayments and other current assets    (11.4)    (8.9) 
Accounts payable    (16.2)    (4.3) 
Other current liabilities    (29.2)    (11.1) 
Other    (0.4)    (1.1) 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities    119.5     75.5  
Cash Provided by/(Used for) Investing Activities:    
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment    (43.8)    (27.0) 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment   2.2     -   
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired   (613.7)    -   
Net Cash Used for Investing Activities    (655.3)    (27.0) 
Cash Provided by/(Used for) Financing Activities:    
Issuance of long-term debt   1.1     -   
Proceeds from stock option exercises and other   6.2     7.4  
Excess tax benefits from stock-based payments    14.3     12.2  
Dividends paid    (11.4)    (11.3) 
Other financing activities   -      (3.2) 
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities    10.2     5.1  
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash    (6.9)    (5.0) 
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents    (532.5)    48.6  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period    756.8     552.5  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $  224.3  $  601.1  
 

 

ACUITY BRANDS, INC.
Reconciliation of Non-U.S. GAAP Measures
The tables below reconcile certain GAAP financial measures to the corresponding non-GAAP measures:
 
(In millions, except Diluted Earnings per Share)     
 Three Months Ended Increase (Decrease) Percent Change
 Febuary 29, 2016 Febuary 28, 2015  
Net Sales$  777.8  $  616.1  $  161.7   26.2%
        
Gross Profit$  336.9  $  255.7     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   1.4     -      
Adjusted Gross Profit (Non-GAAP)$  338.3  $  255.7  $  82.6   32.3%
Percent of Sales 43.5%  41.5%    200 bps    
        
Selling, Distribution, and Administrative (SD&A) Expenses$  230.1  $  177.7     
Less: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   (6.0)    (2.8)    
Less: Share-based compensation expense   (6.6)    (4.3)    
Less: Acquisition-related items(1)   (6.6)    (0.7)    
Adjusted SD&A Expenses (Non-GAAP)$  210.9  $  169.9  $  41.0   24.1%
Percent of Sales 27.1%  27.6%    (50) bps    
        
Operating Profit$  106.7  $  78.6     
Add-back: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   6.0     2.8     
Add-back:Share-based compensation expense   6.6     4.3     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   8.0     0.7     
Add-back: Special charge   0.1     (0.6)    
Adjusted Operating Profit (Non-GAAP)$  127.4  $  85.8  $  41.6   48.5%
Percent of Sales 16.4%  13.9%    250  bps    
        
Net Income$  65.5  $  46.4     
Add-back: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   6.0     2.8     
Add-back:Share-based compensation expense   6.6     4.3     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   8.0     0.7     
Add-back: Special charge   0.1     (0.6)    
Total pre-tax adjustments to Net Income$  20.7  $  7.2     
Income tax effect   (7.1)    (2.3)    
Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP)$  79.1  $  51.3  $  27.8   54.2%
        
Diluted Earnings per Share$  1.49  $  1.07     
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share (Non-GAAP)$  1.80  $  1.18  $  0.62   52.5%
 
(1) Acquisiton-related items include acquired profit in inventory, professional fees, and certain contract termination costs.
 
(In millions, except Diluted Earnings per Share)     
 Six Months Ended Increase (Decrease) Percent Change
 Febuary 29, 2016 Febuary 28, 2015  
Net Sales$  1,514.4  $  1,263.5  $  250.9   19.9%
        
Gross Profit$  656.3  $  528.7     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   2.0     -      
Adjusted Gross Profit (Non-GAAP)$  658.3  $  528.7  $  129.6   24.5%
Percent of Sales 43.5%  41.8%    170  bps    
        
Selling, Distribution, and Administrative (SD&A) Expenses$  436.7  $  354.0     
Less: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   (11.0)    (5.7)    
Less: Share-based compensation expense   (13.0)    (8.4)    
Less: Acquisition-related items(1)   (7.7)    (0.7)    
Adjusted SD&A Expenses (Non-GAAP)$  405.0  $  339.2  $  65.8   19.4%
Percent of Sales 26.7%  26.8%    (10) bps    
        
Operating Profit$  219.1  $  165.3     
Add-back: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   11.0     5.7     
Add-back:Share-based compensation expense   13.0     8.4     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   9.7     0.7     
Add-back: Special charge   0.5     9.4     
Adjusted Operating Profit (Non-GAAP)$  253.3  $  189.5  $  63.8   33.7%
Percent of Sales 16.7%  15.0%    170  bps    
        
Net Income$  133.9  $  97.5     
Add-back: Amortization of acquired intangible assets   11.0     5.7     
Add-back:Share-based compensation expense   13.0     8.4     
Add-back: Acquisition-related items(1)   9.7     0.7     
Add-back: Special charge   0.5     9.4     
Total pre-tax adjustments to Net Income$  34.2  $  24.2     
Income tax effect   (11.5)    (8.5)    
Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP)$  156.6  $  113.2  $  43.4   38.3%
        
Diluted Earnings per Share$  3.06  $  2.24     
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share (Non-GAAP)$  3.58  $  2.60  $  0.98   37.7%
 
(1) Acquisiton-related items include acquired profit in inventory, professional fees, and certain contract termination costs.
 

 

 

Contact: Dan Smith, 404-853-1423 dan.smith@acuitybrands.com

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