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Raises 2017 Guidance On The Anticipated Strength of Higher 2nd Half Revenues And Operational Improvements

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) ("Spartan" or the "Company"), a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today reported operating results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2017.   

Second Quarter 2017 Results

For the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016:

  • Sales of $169.7 million compared to $162.5 million
  • Net income of $1.1 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $4.4 million, or $0.13 per share, reflecting $1.2 million of acquisition and restructuring related expenses compared to $0.2 million a year ago
  • Adjusted net income of $2.4 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to $6.3 million, or $0.19 per share  
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $4.9 million, or 2.9% of sales, compared to $8.2 million, or 5.0% of sales
  • Backlog of $372.8 million at June 30, 2017 compared to $351.3 million at March 31, 2017
  • Paid down $10 million of acquisition debt to $22.8 million from $32.8 million  

"We are pleased with the operating results achieved for the quarter, which on an adjusted basis, marks our sixth profitable quarter in a row, despite being up against difficult comparisons from the prior-year period," said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan Motors.  "As expected, our results for the quarter were impacted by volume and mix, a defense order that did not reoccur in 2017 and the timing of the previously announced Reach vehicle order.  We anticipate revenues in the second half of 2017 to increase significantly and as a result of continued operational improvements in labor, manufacturing productivity and synergies from the Smeal acquisition, expect strong growth in profitability for the full year, allowing us to increase our 2017 midpoint adjusted EPS guidance by 28%."   

Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS)
FVS segment sales decreased 27.5% to $53.5 million from $73.8 million. The revenue decline was primarily due to volume and mix during the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.9 million to $6.2 million, or 11.5% of sales, from $7.1 million, or 9.6% of sales, a year ago.  Despite this decrease, adjusted EBITDA margin increased 190 basis points reflecting improved labor and manufacturing productivity, which more than offset the decrease in adjusted EBITDA resulting from volume and mix.

The Segment backlog at June 30, 2017 totaled $131.3 million, up 15.2%, compared to $114.0 million at March 31, 2017. 

Specialty Chassis & Vehicles (SCV)
SCV segment sales decreased 5.3% to $35.8 million from $37.8 million.  Revenues in the second quarter of 2016 included a $4.4 million defense order that did not reoccur in 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.6 million to $2.8 million, or 7.7% of sales, from $3.4 million, or 9.0% of sales, a year ago, primarily due to the defense order that did not reoccur in 2017.

The Segment backlog at June 30, 2017 totaled $26.7 million, up 17.1%, compared to $22.8 million at March 31, 2017 and up 118.9% year-over-year.

Emergency Response (ER)
ER segment sales increased $28.4 million to $80.8 million, or 54.2%, from $52.4 million.  Revenues from the Smeal acquisition contributed to the increase, which were offset by fewer shipments of complete fire apparatus and custom cab and chassis compared to a year ago, as the Company continues to focus on profitable sales. 

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $0.7 million compared to a loss of $0.3 million a year ago.  The decline was primarily the result of increased health care costs of approximately $1.0 million, or $0.03 per share, offset by improvements in quality, increased labor efficiencies and manufacturing productivity.  Adjusted EBITDA loss in the 2016 second quarter included an adjustment of $1.7 million relating to a legacy product recall. 

The Segment backlog at June 30, 2017 totaled $214.8 million, up 0.1%, compared to $214.5 million at March 31, 2017. 

Acquisition Update
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. ("Smeal"), which was acquired effective January 1, 2017, is expected to generate approximately $105 million in sales during 2017.  The consolidated Company results for the 2017 second quarter include approximately $0.9 million, or $0.03 per share, of acquisition and restructuring related adjustments and expenses. 

"We are pleased with the progress we have made to date with our integration efforts, which continue to run ahead of schedule," said Adams.  "The first half of 2017 was focused on integrating and identifying synergistic opportunities.  Because of these efforts, the entire Emergency Response business unit will deliver strong year-over-year growth in profitability in the second half of 2017 and it remains on track to return to profitability on an adjusted basis for full year 2017."  

Raising 2017 Guidance
"Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, we expect to see stronger year-over-year revenue growth, primarily driven by last-mile delivery vehicle orders, including Reach and walk-in vans, motorhomes and production ramp-up from the new Isuzu F-Series," said Rick Sohm, Chief Financial Officer of Spartan Motors.  "This revenue growth, together with strong first-half and year-over-year operational improvements, as well as continued synergies from the Smeal acquisition, give us comfort in significantly raising our 2017 financial guidance."   

Outlook for the full year 2017 is now expected to be as follows: 

  • Revenue of $680.0 - $720.0 million, up from previous guidance of $650.0 - $700.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $28.3 - $31.3 million, up from previous guidance of $26.5 - $29.0 million
  • Restructuring, acquisition costs and inter-company chassis impact of approximately $3.7 million, up from previous guidance of $3.2 million
  • Income tax expense of $0.7 - $2.2 million, down from previous guidance of $1.5 - $2.3 million
  • Interest expense of $0.6 million, down from previous guidance of $0.8 million
  • Adjusted earnings per share of $0.48 - $0.52, up 28% from previous guidance of $0.36 - $0.41, based on 35.0 million shares outstanding, unchanged from previous guidance

"With our continued market share gains and growing backlog, together with our earnings momentum evidenced by the increased guidance, we are confident about our projected 2017 second half performance," concluded Adams. 

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Investor Information
Spartan Motors will host a conference call for analysts and portfolio managers at 10 a.m. EDT 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: 10110533

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) markets. The Company's brand names — Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, Smeal and its family of brands, including Ladder Tower™ and UST®; and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company — are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 2,200 associates, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota; Saltillo, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. Spartan reported sales of $591 million in 2016. 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 per share data)



June 30, 2017


December 31,


(Unaudited)


2016

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$           21,240


$         32,041

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $176 and $487

81,951


65,441

Inventories

88,444


58,896

Income taxes receivable

669


1,287

Other current assets

5,283


4,526

Total current assets

197,587


162,191





Property, plant and equipment, net

57,078


53,116

Goodwill

25,823


15,961

Intangible assets, net

9,856


6,385

Other assets

2,788


2,331

Net deferred tax assets

3,212


3,310

TOTAL ASSETS

$         296,344


$       243,294





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$           41,991


$         31,336

Accrued warranty

19,084


19,334

Accrued compensation and related taxes

9,862


13,188

Deposits from customers

33,661


16,142

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses

11,654


7,659

Current portion of long-term debt

58


65

Total current liabilities

116,310


87,724





Other non-current liabilities

4,877


2,544

Long-term debt, less current portion

22,849


74

Total liabilities

144,036


90,342

Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity:




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

-


-

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 80,000 shares authorized; 35,097 and 34,383 outstanding

351


344

Additional paid in capital

77,916


76,837

Retained earnings

74,699


76,428

Total Spartan Motors, Inc. shareholders' equity

152,966


153,609

    Non-controlling interest

(658)


(657)

Total shareholders' equity

152,308


152,952

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$         296,344


$       243,294

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2017


2016


2017


2016









Sales

$ 169,739


$ 162,537


$   336,814


$   296,263

Cost of products sold

150,232


141,730


300,763


259,635

Restructuring charges

6


-


156


-

Gross profit

19,501


20,807


35,895


36,628









Operating expenses:








Research and development

1,524


1,807


3,666


3,031

Selling, general and administrative

16,503


14,397


31,104


27,962

Restructuring charges

319


227


812


567

Total operating expenses

18,346


16,431


35,582


31,560









Operating income

1,155


4,376


313


5,068









Other income (expense):








Interest expense

(129)


(88)


(393)


(202)

Interest and other income

190


95


280


154

Total other income (expense)

61


7


(113)


(48)

Income before taxes

1,216


4,383


200


5,020









Taxes

92


9


175


102









Net Income

1,124


4,374


25


4,918









Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

-


(5)


(1)


(5)









Net income attributable to Spartan Motors Inc.

$         1,124


$         4,379


$            26


$      4,923









Basic net earnings per share

$           0.03


$           0.13


$        0.00


$        0.14









Diluted net earnings per share

$           0.03


$           0.13


$        0.00


$        0.14









Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

35,127


34,512


34,768


34,396









Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

35,127


34,512


34,768


34,396

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended June 30, 2017 (in thousands of dollars)




















Business Segments







Emergency
Response


Fleet
Vehicles
and
Services


Specialty
Chassis and
Vehicles


Eliminations
and Other


Consolidated

Emergency response vehicle sales

$     78,757


$              -


$              -


$               -


$        78,757

Fleet vehicle sales

-


44,186


427


(427)


44,186

Motorhome chassis sales

-


-


28,162


-


28,162

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


-


4,193


-


4,193

Aftermarket parts and accessories

2,091


9,344


3,006


-


14,441

       Total Sales


$     80,848


$   53,530


$   35,788


$      (427)


$     169,739












Adjusted EBITDA

$    (652)


$     6,174


$     2,765


$ (3,339)


$       4,948

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)












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




















Business Segments







Emergency
Response


Fleet
Vehicles
and
Services


Specialty
Chassis and
Vehicles


Eliminations
and Other


Consolidated

Emergency response vehicle sales

$     50,511


$              -


$              -


$             -


$      50,511

Fleet vehicle sales

-


57,048


1,436


(1,436)


57,048

Motorhome chassis sales

-


-


24,479


-


24,479

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


-


8,226


-


8,226

Aftermarket parts and accessories

1,867


16,768


3,638


-


22,273

       Total Sales


$     52,378


$   73,816


$   37,779


$   (1,436)


$     162,537












Adjusted EBITDA

$    (253)


$     7,122


$     3,383


$ (2,061)


$       8,191

 

 

Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Period End Backlog (amounts in thousands of dollars) 


June 30,
2017


Mar. 31,
2017


Dec. 31,
2016


Sept. 30,
2016


June 30,
2016

Emergency Response Vehicles*

$  214,794


$  214,463


$  139,870


$  149,752


$  152,177











Fleet Vehicles and Services*

131,280


113,960


89,549


102,218


139,655











    Motorhome Chassis *

25,823


21,772


18,749


19,114


11,197

    Aftermarket Parts and Accessories

892


1,075


1,288


1,012


1,005

Total Specialty Chassis & Vehicles

26,715


22,847


20,037


20,126


12,202











Total Backlog

$  372,789


$  351,270


$  249,546


$  272,096


$  304,034











* Anticipated time to fill backlog orders at June 30, 2017; 13 months or less for emergency response vehicles; 3
months or less for motorhome chassis; 9 months or less for fleet vehicles and services; and 1 month or less for
other products.

 

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release contains Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, forecasted Adjusted EBITDA, and forecasted adjusted earnings per share, which are all Non-GAAP financial measures.  Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to our segments. These non-GAAP 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, expenses related to a recent business acquisition, the impact of the step-up in inventory value associated with the recent business acquisition, and the impact of the business acquisition on the timing of chassis revenue recognition. 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 improve the comparability of our results from period to period and with our competitors, as well as 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 measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or 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 net income to Adjusted EBITDA, net income to adjusted net income, earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share, forecasted net income to Adjusted EBITDA and forecasted earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share for the periods indicated.

 

 

Financial Summary (Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)











Three Months Ended June 30,


Spartan Motors, Inc.


2017

% of
sales


2016

% of
sales


Net income


$        1,124

0.7%


$      4,374

2.7%


Add (subtract): 








Restructuring charges


325



227



Impact of acquisition on timing of chassis revenue recognition


853



-



Recall expense


-



1,715



Acquisition related expenses


60



-



Adjusted net income


$        2,362

1.4%


$      6,316

3.9%


















Net income


$        1,124

0.7%


$      4,374

2.7%


Add (subtract): 








Depreciation and amortization


2,365



1,778



Taxes on income


92



9



Interest expense


129



88



EBITDA


$        3,710

2.2%


$      6,249

3.8%










Add (subtract): 








Restructuring charges


325



227



Impact of acquisition on timing of chassis revenue recognition


853



-



Recall expense


-



1,715



Acquisition related expenses


60



-



Adjusted EBITDA


$        4,948

2.9%


$      8,191

5.0%


















Diluted net earnings (loss) per share


$       0.03



$        0.13



Add (subtract): 








Restructuring charges


0.01



0.01



Impact of acquisition on timing of chassis revenue recognition


0.03



-



Recall expense


-



0.05



Acquisition related expenses


-



-



Deferred tax asset valuation allowance


-



-



Tax effect of adjustments


-



-



Adjusted Diluted net earnings per share


$          0.07



$        0.19



 

 

Emergency Response Vehicles Segment (Non-GAAP)

(In thousands, unaudited)











Three Months Ended June 30,




2017

% of
sales


2016

% of
sales


Net income (loss) attributable to Emergency Response


$     (2,100)

-2.6%


$     (2,475)

-4.7%


Add (subtract): 








Depreciation and amortization


584



210



Taxes on income


-



70



Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$     (1,516)

-1.9%


$     (2,195)

-4.2%










Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$     (1,516)

-1.9%


$      (2,195)

-4.2%


Restructuring charges


10



227



Impact of acquisition on timing of chassis revenue recognition


854



-



Recall expense


-



1,715



Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$        (652)

-0.8%


$       (253)

-0.5%


















Fleet Vehicles and Services Segment (Non-GAAP)

(In thousands, unaudited)











Three Months Ended June 30,




2017

% of
sales


2016

% of
sales


Net income (loss) attributable to Fleet Vehicles and Services


$      4,968

9.3%


$      6,260

8.5%


Add (subtract): 








Depreciation and amortization


887



842



Taxes on income


-



-



Interest expense


12



21



Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      5,867

11.0%


$      7,122

9.6%










Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      5,867

11.0%


$      7,122

9.6%


Restructuring charges


307



-



Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      6,174

11.5%


$      7,122

9.6%


















Specialty Chassis and Vehicles Segment (Non-GAAP)

(In thousands, unaudited)











Three Months Ended June 30,




2017

% of
sales


2016

% of
sales


Net income (loss) attributable to Specialty Chassis and Vehicles


$      2,502

7.0%


$      3,260

8.6%


Add (subtract): 








Depreciation and amortization


263



123



Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      2,765

7.7%


$      3,383

9.0%










Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      2,765

7.7%


$      3,383

9.0%


Restructuring charges


-



-



Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization


$      2,765

7.7%


$      3,383

9.0%



 

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY (Non-GAAP)

CONSOLIDATED

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)










Forecast
Year Ending December 31, 2017



Low


Mid


High

Net income


$      13,000


$      13,750


$      14,500

Add: 







Depreciation and amortization


10,278


10,278


10,278

Interest expense


600


600


600

Taxes


700


1,450


2,200

EBITDA


$      24,578


$      26,078


$      27,578

Add (subtract): 







Restructuring charges


965


965


965

Chassis shipment delay (plus acquisition related)


2,725


2,725


2,725

Adjusted EBITDA


$      28,268


$      29,768


$      31,268








Earnings per share


$          0.37


$          0.39


$          0.41

Add: 







Acquisition related expenses


0.03


0.03


0.03

Chassis shipment delay


0.08


0.08


0.08

Adjusted earnings per share


$          0.48


$          0.50


$          0.52

 

 

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