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Spartan Motors Reports Third Quarter Net Income of $2.7 Million, Rises 147%, on 9% sales Growth

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Third-Quarter EPS of $0.08; 2016 EPS Guidance Unchanged

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) ("Spartan" or the "Company") today reported operating results for the third quarter of 2016.  The Company reported net income of $2.7 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $5.8 million, or $0.17 per share, in the third quarter of 2015.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

For the third quarter of 2016 compared to the third quarter of 2015:

  • Sales increased 8.9% to $148.7 million from $136.6 million
  • Gross margin improved 270 basis points to 12.1% of sales compared to 9.4% of sales
  • Operating margin increased 200 basis points to 1.7% of sales from (0.3%) of sales
  • Operating income improved $3.1 million to $2.6 million from an operating loss of $0.5 million
  • Adjusted operating income rose 35.1% to $5.0 million from $3.7 million
  • Net income rose 147% to $2.7 million, or $0.08 per share, versus a net loss of $5.8 million, or $0.17 per share
  • Adjusted net income rose 161.5% to $3.4 million, or $0.10 per share, versus $1.3 million, or $0.04 per share
  • Cash balance increased 91% to $40.0 million at September 30, 2016, from $20.9 million at September 30, 2015
  • Order backlog was $272.1 million at September 30, 2016, compared to $275.3 million at September 30, 2015

"Our solid third-quarter 2016 financial performance was primarily led by another strong contribution from our Fleet Vehicles and Services segment that continued to help drive both revenue and profit growth," said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors.  "Our other businesses performed as anticipated during the quarter, and we are very pleased to see our improvement efforts continuing to gain momentum across all three of our business segments, as we achieved our most profitable year-to-date results since 2009.  Our talented and dedicated team remained focused on delivering the operational efficiencies and improved processes that are part of our ongoing, multi-year turnaround plan for the Company."

Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS) Third Quarter Results

FVS segment revenue grew to $78.0 million from $54.2 million, an increase of 43.9%.  Revenue growth was primarily due to favorable revenue mix and higher volume at vehicle up-fit centers.

Operating income for the segment increased $5.5 million to $9.6 million, or 12.3% of sales, from $4.1 million, or 7.5% of sales, a year ago.  Growth in operating income was primarily due to favorable revenue mix and the continued positive impact of process improvement and lean initiatives introduced earlier this year.  

Segment backlog at September 30, 2016, totaled $102.2 million compared to $107.7 million at September 30, 2015.

Specialty Chassis & Vehicles (SCV) Third Quarter Results

SCV segment revenue decreased $10.1 million, or 26.1%, to $28.6 million from $38.7 million.  Sales of motorhome chassis declined 31.1% to $22.3 million from $32.4 million, due primarily to lower unit shipments year-over-year, resulting from a customer implemented, one-time inventory adjustment related to its dealer and on-hand inventory.  Shipments to this customer are expected to return to pre-adjustment levels during the current fourth quarter.   

Operating income decreased to $0.9 million from $2.4 million last year, a 63% decrease, reflecting the lower sales volume.  

Segment backlog at September 30, 2016, totaled $20.1 million compared to $22.6 million at September 30, 2015.

Emergency Response (ER) Third Quarter Results

ER segment revenue decreased $1.6 million, or 3.7%, to $42.1 million from $43.7 million.  Lower revenue resulted from fewer shipments of complete fire apparatus and custom cab and chassis compared to a year ago.

The ER segment reported an operating loss of $3.8 million, an improvement of $1.8 million, or 31.8%, from $5.6 million last year.  

ER adjusted operating loss for the quarter was $1.4 million, improving $0.9 million, or 40.3%, from $2.3 million last year. 

Segment backlog at September, 2016 totaled $149.8 million compared to $145.1 million at September 30, 2015.

Fourth Quarter and 2016 Outlook

"Our balance sheet remains strong, with cash on hand improving by $19.1 million year-over-year to $40.0 million," said Rick Sohm, Chief Financial Officer of Spartan Motors.  "Our performance to date has enabled us to further improve our liquidity and strengthen our balance sheet.  On October 31, 2016, we repaid our $5 million senior note due December 1, 2016 with cash on hand and we entered into a new, three-year, $100 million revolving credit facility with essentially the same terms as our previous $70 million facility.   

"Looking ahead to the fourth quarter of 2016, which is typically our lowest sales volume quarter, we expect to see continued year-over-year operational improvements resulting in a profitable quarter.  This will represent our fourth quarter in a row, an achievement not accomplished since 2009.  The above factors will allow us to maintain our previously stated 2016 mid-point EPS guidance of $0.225."  

The company expects 2016 results as follows:

  • Revenue in the range of $570 - $590 million, unchanged from previous guidance
  • Operating  income of $8.0 - $10.0 million, including restructuring expenses of $0.5 - $1.0 million, unchanged from previous guidance
  • Income tax expense of essentially zero, a decrease from previous guidance of $1.0 - $1.2 million
  • Earnings per share of $0.20 to $0.25 (midpoint $0.225), assuming approximately 34.5 million shares outstanding, unchanged from previous guidance

Adams added, "While we are about one-third of the way into our multi-year turnaround plan, our results through the nine months ended September 30, 2016, indicate that we continue to make great strides in our transformation.  We intend to continue implementing and executing our multi-year turnaround plan as one Spartan team.  Our focus remains on improving our processes while maintaining financial discipline, in order to drive growth, profitability and increase shareholder value." 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share, which are Non-GAAP financial measures.  These measures are calculated by excluding items that we believe to be infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance.  For the periods covered by this release such items consist of expenses associated with restructuring actions taken to improve the efficiency and profitability of certain of our manufacturing operations, along with non-recurring charges related to a regulatory settlement, asset impairments and product repair campaigns.  We present these adjusted Non-GAAP measures because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our performance and believe them to be useful to show ongoing results from operations distinct from items that are infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance. 

The adjusted Non-GAAP measures are not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income, net income and earnings per share under GAAP.  These adjusted Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.  In addition, in evaluating the adjusted Non-GAAP measures, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation, despite our assessment that such expenses are infrequent or not indicative of our operating performance.  Our presentation of the adjusted Non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or infrequent items.  We compensate for these limitations by providing equal prominence of our GAAP results and using adjusted Non-GAAP measures only as a supplement.

The following tables reconcile operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss), net income to adjusted net income and earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share for the periods indicated.  Amounts may not sum due to rounding.

 

Financial Summary (Non-GAAP)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,

Spartan Motors, Inc

2016

% of sales


2015

% of sales


2016

% of sales


2015

% of sales

Operating income (loss)

$     2,592

1.7%


$    (458)

-0.3%


$    7,660

1.7%


$  (2,471)

-0.6%

Add (subtract): 












Restructuring charges

304



462



871



2,429


Asset impairment

406



2,234



406



2,234


Product repair campaign

1,742



1,421



3,457



1,421


NHTSA settlement

-



-



-



2,269


Adjusted operating income (loss)

$     5,044

3.4%


$    3,659

2.7%


$  12,394

2.8%


$    5,882

1.4%













Net income (loss)

$     2,744

1.8%


$  (5,819)

-4.3%


$    7,662

1.7%


$  (7,539)

-1.8%

Add (subtract): 












Restructuring charges, net of tax

193



306



553



1,610


Asset impairment, net of tax

406



2,216



406



2,216


Product repair campaign, net of tax

1,742



1,421



3,457



1,421


NHTSA settlement, net of tax

-






-



1,841


Deferred tax asset valuation allowance

(1,716)



3,151



(2,650)



3,151


Adjusted net income (loss)

$     3,369

2.3%


$    1,275

0.9%


$  9,428

2.1%


$    2,700

0.7%













Diluted net earnings (loss) per share

$       0.08



$    (0.17)



$      0.22



$    (0.22)


Add (subtract): 












Restructuring charges, net of tax

0.01



0.01



0.02



0.05


Asset impairment, net of tax

0.01



0.07



0.01



0.07


Product repair campaign, net of tax

0.05



0.04



0.10



0.04


NHTSA settlement, net of tax

-



-



-



0.05


Deferred tax asset valuation allowance

(0.05)



0.09



(0.08)



0.09


Adjusted Diluted net earnings (loss) per share

$       0.10



$      0.04



$      0.27



$      0.08















Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,

Emergency Response Segment

2016

% of sales


2015

% of sales


2016

% of sales


2015

% of sales

ER segment operating (loss)

$    (3,837)

-9.1%


$  (5,627)

-12.9%


$  (9,911)

-7.3%


$(11,671)

-7.7%

Add (subtract): 












Restructuring charges

304



462



871



2,429


Asset impairment

406



2,234



406



2,234


Product recall campaign

1,742



613



3,457



613


NHTSA settlement

-



-



-



684


Adjusted ER segment operating (loss)

$     (1,385)

-3.3%


$  (2,318)

-5.3%


$  (5,177)

-3.8%


$  (5,711)

-3.8%

 

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Investor Information

Spartan Motors will host a conference call for analysts and portfolio managers at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss these results and current business trends.  The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast: www.spartanmotors.com (Click on "Investor Relations" then "Webcasts")

Conference Call: 1-844-868-8845 (domestic) or 412-317-6591 (international); passcode: 10094564

For more information about Spartan, please visit www.spartanmotors.com

About Spartan Motors                                                    

Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck: Class 3, 4 and 5) markets.  The Company's brand names - Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company - are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service and first-to-market innovation.  The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Indiana. Spartan reported sales of $550 million in 2015. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.

This release contains several forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our business, strategic position, financial projections, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of our products and operations.  These statements can be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "potential," "future," "may," "will," "should," and similar expressions regarding future expectations.  These forward-looking statements involve various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, and likelihood.  Therefore, actual performance and results may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include operational and other complications that may arise affecting the implementation of our plans and business objectives; continued pressures caused by economic conditions and the pace and extent of the economic recovery; challenges that may arise in connection with the integration of new businesses or assets we acquire or the disposition of assets; restructuring of our operations, and/or our expansion into new geographic markets; issues unique to government contracting, such as competitive bidding processes, qualification requirements, and delays or changes in funding; disruptions within our dealer network; changes in our relationships with major customers, suppliers, or other business partners, including Isuzu; changes in the demand or supply of products within our markets or raw materials needed to manufacture those products; and changes in laws and regulations affecting our business.  Other factors that could affect outcomes are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at www.sec.gov or our website.  All forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by this paragraph.  Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

 


Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except par value)



September 30,




2016


December 31,


(Unaudited)


2015

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$         39,986


$         32,701

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $412 and $130

70,482


56,617

Inventories

67,960


60,558

Income taxes receivable

696


1,755

Other current assets

3,044


3,506

Total current assets

182,168


155,137





Property, plant and equipment, net

50,998


47,320

Goodwill

15,961


15,961

Intangible assets, net

6,562


7,093

Deferred income taxes, net

3,313


644

Other assets

2,246


1,996

TOTAL ASSETS

$       261,248


$       228,151





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$        44,140


$         27,318

Accrued warranty

18,673


16,610

Accrued customer rebates

1,760


2,681

Accrued compensation and related taxes

12,217


8,684

Deposits from customers

17,546


13,095

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses

5,719


3,922

Current portion of long-term debt

5,065


63

Total current liabilities

105,120


72,373





Long-term debt, less current portion

90


5,124

Other non-current liabilities

2,467


2,163

            Total liabilities

107,677


79,660

Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity:




Preferred stock, no par value: 2,000 shares authorized (none issued)

-


-

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 40,000 shares authorized; 34,419 and 34,271 outstanding

344


343

Additional paid in capital

76,678


76,472

Retained earnings

77,205


72,326

Total Spartan Motors, Inc. shareholders' equity

154,227


149,141

Non-controlling interest

(656)


(650)

Total shareholders' equity

153,571


148,491

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$       261,248


$       228,151

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended  
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015









Sales

$ 148,664


$ 136,572


$   444,927


$   409,767

Cost of products sold

130,571


123,755


390,206


367,520

Restructuring charge

83


9


83


464

Gross profit

18,010


12,808


54,638


41,783









Operating expenses:








Research and development

1,377


454


4,408


3,087

Selling, general and administrative

13,820


12,359


41,782


39,202

Restructuring charge

221


453


788


1,965

Total operating expenses

15,418


13,266


46,978


44,254









Operating income (loss)

2,592


(458)


7,660


(2,471)









Other income (expense):








Interest expense

(112)


(91)


(314)


(293)

Interest and other income

151


(36)


305


121

Total other income (expense)

39


(127)


(9)


(172)

Income (loss) before taxes

2,631


(585)


7,651


(2,643)









Taxes

(113)


5,234


(11)


4,896









Net Income (loss)

2,744


(5,819)


7,662


(7,539)









Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(1)


(1)


(6)


(17)









Net income (loss) attributable to Spartan Motors Inc.

$         2,745


$        (5,818)


$      7,668


$    (7,522)









Basic net earnings (loss) per share

$           0.08


$          (0.17)


$        0.22


$      (0.22)









Diluted net earnings (loss) per share

$           0.08


$          (0.17)


$        0.22


$      (0.22)









Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

34,439


33,885


34,406


33,806









Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

34,439


33,885


34,406


33,806

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

Unaudited


Three Months Ended September 30,  2016 (in thousands of dollars)














Business Segments







Emergency
Response


Fleet
Vehicles
& Services


Specialty
Chassis
& Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Emergency response vehicle sales

$     40,185


$               -


$              -


$          -


$        40,185

Fleet vehicle sales

-


57,422


-


-


57,422

Motorhome chassis sales

-


-


22,344


-


22,344

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


-


4,091


-


4,091

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

1,934


20,537


2,151


-


24,622

       Total Sales

$     42,119


$    77,959


$   28,586


$         -


$      148,664











Operating Income (Loss)

(3,837)


9,598


852


(4,021)


2,592



Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

Unaudited












Three Months Ended September 30,  2015 (in thousands of dollars)


















Business Segments






Emergency
Response


Fleet
Vehicles
& Services


Specialty
Chassis

& Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Emergency response vehicle sales

$       42,030


$              -


$             -


$          -


$        42,030

Fleet vehicle sales

-


45,526






45,526

Motorhome chassis sales

-


-


32,367




32,367

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


-


2,388




2,388

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

1,637


8,711


3,913




14,261

       Total Sales

$      43,667


$   54,237


$     38,668


$         -


$     136,572





















Operating Income (Loss)

(5,627)


4,064


2,412


(1,307)


(458)

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

Unaudited


Period End Backlog (amounts in thousands of dollars) 


Sept. 30,
2016


June 30,
2016


Mar. 31,
2016


Dec. 31,
2015


Sept. 30,
2015

Emergency Response Vehicles*

$  149,752


$  152,177


$  160,392


$  156,270


$  145,104











Fleet Vehicles and Services*

102,218


139,655


137,717


96,120


107,671











    Motorhome Chassis *

19,114


11,197


16,235


12,401


21,776

    Other Vehicles

-


-


3,737


4,949


-

    Aftermarket Parts and Assemblies

1,012


1,005


815


1,019


783

Total Specialty Chassis & Vehicles

20,126


12,202


20,787


18,369


22,559











Total Backlog

$  272,096


$  304,034


$  318,896


$  270,759


$  275,334












* Anticipated time to fill backlog orders at September 30, 2016; 12 months or less for emergency response vehicles; 3 months or less for motorhome chassis; 5 months or less for fleet vehicles and services; and 1 month or less for other products.

 

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SOURCE Spartan Motors, Inc.

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