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Valmont Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results

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OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2017 results.


Fourth Quarter


Year-to-date

Summarized Financial Information

13/14 Weeks Ended


52/53 Weeks Ended


30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16


30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16

Net sales

$ 714,978


$ 674,575


$ 2,745,967


$ 2,521,676

Operating income 

63,717


56,093


266,432


243,504

  Operating income as a % of net sales GAAP

8.9%


8.3%


9.7%


9.7%

Operating income-Adjusted1

63,717


63,434


266,432


255,929

  Operating income as a % of net sales Adjusted1

8.9%


9.4%


9.7%


10.1%

Net earnings (loss) - GAAP

(3,611)


70,064


116,240


173,232

Net earnings - Adjusted1

38,166


36,343


158,412


145,767









Diluted EPS - GAAP net earnings

$      (0.16)


$       3.10


$          5.11


$          7.63

Average shares outstanding - Diluted

22,565


22,611


22,738


22,709









Diluted EPS - Adjusted net earnings1

$       1.67


$       1.61


$          6.97


$          6.42









Average shares outstanding - Diluted

22,801


22,611


22,738


22,709

 Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenues increased 6.0% to $715.0 million with sales increases in all reportable segments
  • Volumes were higher in the Irrigation and Utility Support Structures segments, partially offset by volume declines in Engineered Support Structures and the grinding media business
  • GAAP operating income increased 13.6% to $63.7 million. On an adjusted basis, operating income was comparable to 2016
  • Inflationary cost pressures resulted in a $3 million incremental impact from LIFO inventory valuation expense compared to 2016
  • GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.16 compared to earnings per share (EPS) of $3.10 in 2016 ($1.67 and $1.61 adjusted).1
  • GAAP results for 2017 include a $42 million tax expense resulting from the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJA")1

Full Year Highlights:

  • Full year revenues increased 9.0%, reflecting higher sales in all reportable segments, the first full year of sales growth since 2013
  • Higher volumes in the Utility and Irrigation segments, partial price recovery of raw material costs across all reportable segments, and favorable foreign currency translation, led to the revenue increase
  • GAAP operating income increased $22.9 million to $266.4 million, (increased $10.5 million from $255.9 million adjusted in 2016)1
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $5.11, down 33% compared to $7.63 last year ($6.97, up 8.6% compared to $6.42 adjusted in 2016)1
  • Productivity improvements and cost reductions were not enough to fully offset lagging recoveries of zinc and steel costs throughout the year
  • Total year operating cash flows were $145.7 million and capital expenditures were $55.3 million, resulting in free cash flow of $90.4 million

Resegmentation

In the fourth quarter, the Company modified its management and reporting structure to four segments, eliminating the former Energy and Mining as a reporting segment. This reflects a reduced dependency on the energy and mining end-markets, and the pending divestiture of the grinding media business, subject to regulatory approval. The following changes were made:

  • Access Systems is now reported in the Engineered Support Structures Segment
  • The offshore structures business is included in the Utility Support Structures Segment, and
  • Grinding media is reported in "Other," pending its divestiture.

Impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Fourth quarter earnings include a $42 million, or $1.841 per diluted share, expense for the estimated impact of the recently enacted TCJA. This is comprised of:

  • $20.4 million of expense related to the remeasurement of U.S. deferred tax assets at a lower rate
  • $21.6 million of expense related to the taxation of unremitted foreign earnings, including anticipated withholding taxes on foreign dividends

Fourth Quarter Summary

"We achieved solid results for the quarter despite some headwinds," said Stephen G. Kaniewski, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Strong underlying demand in North America utility and international irrigation drove higher sales. The Coatings Segment successfully recovered higher zinc costs, but the Engineered Support Structures Segment was challenged to fully recover inflationary costs. As expected, the grinding media business was faced with lower volumes, and difficulties fully recovering steel costs, similar to prior quarters."

"One particular challenge we faced was rapid inflation of raw material costs. On balance, sales price increases and productivity improvements mitigated the impact of inflation on earnings. We believe we managed well through these challenges."

Fourth Quarter Segment Review

Infrastructure-related

Engineered Support Structures (35.0% of Sales)
Poles, towers and components for the global lighting, traffic and wireless communication markets, engineered access systems, and highway safety products.

Sales of $250.1 million were 2.4% higher than last year. Higher highway safety product sales in Australia, were partly offset by lower sales of lighting, traffic and wireless communication structures globally. Access Systems revenues were similar to last year.

In North America, sales of lighting and traffic structures were lower, due to a decline in non-residential construction. An initiative by the Australian government to improve roadway safety resulted in increased sales of our highway safety products in that region. In Europe, lighting sales were up slightly.

Global wireless communication structures revenues were lower. Increases in North America were more than offset by significantly lower sales in China. One particular challenge we faced in China, were government mandates to reduce pollution, leading to cuts in steel production and telecom demand.

Operating income was $16.3 million or 6.5% of sales, compared to $16.5 million, or 6.8% of sales in 2016, ($22.7 million and 9.3% adjusted).1 Despite the modest increase in sales, operating income as a percentage of sales was lower. Unfavorable sales mix was only partially offset by productivity improvements.

Utility Support Structures (34.0% of Sales)
Steel and concrete structures for the global electric utility industry, wind and offshore structures.

Sales of $243.4 million increased 14.0%, driven by continued strong demand in North America and price recovery of increased steel costs. International sales were lower than last year due to a large project in the fourth quarter of 2016 that did not repeat.

Operating income increased to $28.4 million or 11.7% of sales, compared to $22.6 million or 10.6% of sales in 2016. Increased volume, factory productivity, and SG&A leverage were the major contributors to improved profitability.

Coatings Segment (11.6% of Sales)
Global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.

Sales of $83.0 million were up 10.1% compared to last year. Increased sales to other Valmont segments, improving market conditions in Australia, and pricing to recover zinc cost increases led to the sales gain.

Operating income was $14.1 million, or 17.0% of sales compared to $9.5 million, or 12.5% of sales in 2016, ($9.8 million and 13.0% adjusted).1 Pricing actions to recover inflation, and favorable SG&A comparisons drove profitability gains. In the Asia Pacific region, productivity improvements, and volume recoveries, further contributed to profitability improvement.

Agriculture-related

Irrigation Segment (20.9% of Sales)
Agricultural irrigation equipment, parts, services and tubular products.

Global irrigation sales of $149.5 million were 9.4% higher than last year, mainly driven by project activity and elevated demand in our core international markets. Sales in North America were comparable to 2016.

Operating income was $18.3 million or 12.2% of sales, compared to $15.7 million or 11.5% last year, ($16.2 million and 11.9% adjusted).1 The increase in operating income was the result of improved volume leverage in our factories and pricing actions amid increased inflation.

Other (2.2% of sales)
Manufacture of forged steel grinding media for the mining industry

Sales in grinding media were $15.8 million compared to $21.9 million in 2016, a decline of 28%. Fourth-quarter operating loss was $1.6 million compared to operating income of $2.1 million in 2016. As announced last August, the divestiture of the grinding media business is pending and subject to regulatory approval.

2018 Restructuring Plan

The Company is planning to restructure certain operations in 2018, primarily in the Engineered Support Structures segment, through consolidation and other cost-reduction activities. A pre-tax charge of $10 million is expected, of which $8.5 million is cash expenses. We anticipate these expenses to be recovered through lower operating costs within 12-18 months of their occurrence. We will continue our ongoing efforts to reduce costs as appropriate and further improve productivity.

2018 Outlook

The Company is issuing 2018 annual guidance of GAAP diluted EPS to be approximately $7.70, and adjusted diluted EPS to be approximately $8.00. Adjusted EPS does not include the impacts of the 2018 Restructuring Plan. Any effects from the divestiture of the grinding media business or potential acquisitions have not been included in the earnings guidance

Assumptions:

  • Revenue growth of 7%, excluding the impact from the divestiture of the grinding media business and any potential acquisitions
  • Inflationary environment in raw material costs will continue through the year, which are expected to be mostly offset by pricing actions, cost reductions, and productivity improvements. Inflation assumptions do not include potential tariffs and quotas enacted by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Modest positive impact from foreign exchange translation
  • Tax rate of 25%

"We expect sales and earnings growth in 2018," said Mr. Kaniewski. "We also anticipate continued challenges from an inflationary environment, particularly in steel and freight. We will strive to recover these increases through strategic pricing actions and ongoing efforts to improve productivity."

"The current global economic recovery should produce modest growth for the Engineered Support Structures and Coatings segments. Continued good market conditions in Utility support a positive outlook. Expected growth in our Irrigation business will be driven by international markets, with modest growth in North America."

An audio discussion of Valmont's fourth quarter results will be available live by Telephone by dialing 1-877-493-2981 and entering Conference ID#:2874769 or via Webcast at 8:00 a.m. CST February 22, 2018 at https://engage.vevent.com/rt/valmontindustries_ao~2874769

A replay is available through the above link or by telephone (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Conference ID#: 2874769 beginning February 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CST through 12:00 p.m. CST on March 1, 2018. The Company's slide presentation for the call will be simultaneously available on the Investors page at www.valmont.com.

Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing highly engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its irrigation equipment for large-scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont's control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont's actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

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Please see Reg G reconciliation of GAAP operating income, net earnings and EPS to adjusted figures at end of document. 

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS


(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)


(unaudited)
















Fourth Quarter


Year-to-Date





13/14 Weeks Ended


52/53 Weeks Ended





30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16


30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16


Net sales



$       714,978


$    674,575


$    2,745,967


$      2,521,676


Cost of sales



544,689


509,441


2,064,199


1,865,433


      Gross profit



170,289


165,134


681,768


656,243


Selling, general and administrative expenses



106,572


109,041


415,336


412,739


      Operating income (loss)



63,717


56,093


266,432


243,504


Other income (expense)











     Interest expense



(11,333)


(11,133)


(44,645)


(44,409)


     Interest income



1,532


816


4,737


3,105


     Reversal of contingent liability



-


16,591


-


16,591


     Other



256


1,211


1,940


1,663





(9,545)


7,485


(37,968)


(23,050)


   Earnings (loss) before income taxes and equity in earnings of nonconsolidated subsidiaries 


54,172


63,578


228,464


220,454


Income tax expense



55,802


(7,679)


106,145


42,063













      Net earnings (loss)



(1,630)


71,257


122,319


178,391


Less:  Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests


(1,981)


(1,193)


(6,079)


(5,159)


      Net earnings (loss) attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.

$       (3,611)


$    70,064


$     116,240


$      173,232
























Average shares outstanding (000's) - Basic



22,565


22,439


22,520


22,562


Earnings (loss) per share - Basic



$         (0.16)


$        3.12


$           5.16


$            7.68













Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted


22,565


22,611


22,738


22,709


Earnings (loss) per share - Diluted



$         (0.16)


$        3.10


$           5.11


$            7.63













Cash dividends per share



$          0.375


$       0.375


$          1.500


$            1.500
























 



VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS


(Dollars in thousands)


(unaudited)
















Fourth Quarter


Year-to-Date





13/14 Weeks Ended


52/53 Weeks Ended





30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16


30-Dec-17


31-Dec-16













Net sales











     Engineered Support Structures



$     250,087


$  244,311


$     938,102


$      906,719


     Utility Support Structures



243,437


213,628


859,115


736,365


     Coatings



83,049


75,519


318,891


289,481


        Infrastructure products



576,573


533,458


2,116,108


1,932,565













     Irrigation



149,490


136,628


652,430


575,204


     Other



15,834


21,921


76,300


83,110


     Less: Intersegment sales



(26,919)


(17,432)


(98,871)


(69,203)


          Total



$     714,978


$  674,575


$  2,745,967


$   2,521,676













Operating Income (loss)











     Engineered Support Structures



$       16,258


$    16,544


$       62,960


$        72,273


     Utility Support Structures



28,400


22,595


97,853


71,171


     Coatings



14,088


9,464


50,179


46,596


        Infrastructure products



58,746


48,603


210,992


190,040













     Irrigation



18,302


15,729


101,498


90,945


     Other 



(1,594)


2,138


2,134


8,730


    Adjustment to LIFO method of inventory valuation


(2,841)


220


(5,680)


(2,972)


     Corporate



(8,896)


(10,597)


(42,512)


(43,239)


          Total



$       63,717


$    56,093


$     266,432


$      243,504













In the fourth quarter of 2017, our management and reporting structure changed to reflect management's expectations of future growth of certain product lines and to take into consideration the expected divestiture of the grinding media business, subject to regulatory approval, which historically was reported in the Energy and Mining segment. The access systems applications product line is now part of the Engineered Support Structures ("ESS") segment and the offshore and other complex structures product line is now part of the Utility Support Structures segment. Grinding media will be reported in "Other" pending the completion of its divestiture.













 The backlog of orders for the principal products manufactured and marketed was $670 million at the end of fiscal 2017 and $603 million at the end of the 2016 fiscal year. We anticipate that most of the backlog of orders will be filled filled during fiscal year 2018. At year-end, the segments with backlog were as follows (dollar amounts in millions): 







30-Dec-17




31-Dec-16




 Engineered Support Structures 



$204




$190




 Utility Support Structures 



359




336




 Irrigation 



100




64




 Coatings 



-




-




 Other 



7




13







$             670




$             603
















 


Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four reportable segments as follows.















Engineered Support Structures: This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered metal and composite structures and components for global lighting and traffic, wireless communication, access systems and roadway safety.  












Utility Support Structures: This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered steel and concrete structures for the global utility industry and offshore and other complex steel structures used in energy generation and distribution outside the United States.












Coatings: This segment consists of global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services.












Irrigation: This segment consists of the manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment and related parts and services worldwide and tubular products for industrial customers.












In addition to these four reportable segments, the Company had other businesses and activities that individually are not more than 10% of consolidated sales, operating income or assets. This includes the manufacture of forged steel grinding media for the mining industry and is reported in the "Other" category.

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)












30-Dec-17




31-Dec-16

ASSETS








Current assets:








     Cash and cash equivalents



$       492,805




$       399,948

     Accounts receivable, net



503,677




439,342

     Inventories



420,948




350,028

     Prepaid expenses



43,643




57,297

     Refundable and deferred income taxes



11,492




6,601

          Total current assets



1,472,565




1,253,216

Property, plant and equipment, net



518,928




518,335

Goodwill and other assets



610,757




620,180




$  2,602,250




$  2,391,731









LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:








     Current installments of long-term debt



$             966




$             851

     Notes payable to banks



161




746

     Accounts payable



227,906




177,488

     Accrued expenses



165,455




162,318

     Dividend payable



8,510




8,445

          Total current liabilities



402,998




349,848

Long-term debt, excluding current installments


753,888




754,795

Defined benefit pension liability



189,552




209,470

Other long-term liabilities



104,017




95,032

Shareholders' equity



1,151,795




982,586




$  2,602,250




$  2,391,731

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)




Year to Date




Year to Date




30-Dec-17




31-Dec-16

Cash flows from operating activities








   Net Earnings



$       122,319




$       178,391

   Depreciation and amortization



84,957




82,417

   Impairment of assets - restructuring activities


-




1,099

   Change in working capital 



(74,077)




10,190

   Contributions to defined benefit pension plan


(27,677)




(15,140)

   Deferred income tax (benefit) expense



39,755




(23,685)

   Other



439




(14,104)

        Net cash flows from operating activities


145,716




219,168









Cash flows from investing activities








   Purchase of property, plant, and equipment


(55,266)




(57,920)

   Acquisitions, net of cash acquired 



(5,362)




-

   Other



11,013




4,871

        Net cash flows from investing activities


(49,615)




(53,049)









Cash flows from financing activities








   Principal payments on borrowings



(1,472)




(2,206)

   Purchase of treasury shares



-




(53,800)

   Dividends paid



(33,862)




(34,053)

   Other



3,324




(5,099)

        Net cash flows from financing activities


(32,010)




(95,158)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 


28,766




(20,087)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents 



92,857




50,874

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year 


399,948




349,074

Cash and cash equivalents - end of period 



492,805




399,948

 

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES



SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED RESULTS



REGULATION G RECONCILIATION



(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



(unaudited)



The non-GAAP tables below disclose the impact on (a) diluted earnings per share of (1) tax expense attributed to the Tax Cuts and Job Act ("2017 Tax Act"), (2) restructuring costs, (3) deferred income tax (benefit) expense arising from changes in foreign tax rates and an international legal reorganization and (4) other non-recurring expenses (including the reversal of a contingent liability), and (b) segment operating income of restructuring costs, impairments, and non-recurring expenses. Amounts may be impacted by rounding. We believe it is useful when considering company performance for the non-GAAP adjusted net earnings and operating income to be taken into consideration by management and investors with the related reported GAAP measures as a number of non-recurring transactions were recognized in 2017 and 2016, some of which are non-cash. 

























Fourth Quarter
Ended Dec. 30,
2017


Diluted
earnings per
share


Year-to-Date
Dec. 30, 2017


Diluted earnings
per share

Net (loss)/earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - as reported



$        (3,611)


$       (0.16)


$       116,240


$             5.11











Remeasurement of deferred tax assets attributed to 2017 Tax Act



20,372


0.89


20,372


0.90











Non-recurring tax expense attributed to 2017 Tax Act 



21,564


0.95


21,564


0.95




















Fair market value adjustment, Delta EMD 



(159)


(0.01)


236


0.01











Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted

$        38,166


$         1.67


$       158,412


$             6.97











Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted





22,801




22,738














Fourth Quarter
Ended Dec. 31,
2016


Diluted
earnings per
share


Year-to-Date
Dec. 31, 2016


Diluted earnings
per share

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - as reported



$        70,064


$         3.10


$       173,232


$             7.63











Restructuring expenses



7,341


0.32


12,425


0.55











Reversal of contingent liability



(16,591)


(0.73)


(16,591)


(0.73)











Fair market value adjustment, Delta EMD 



(332)


(0.01)


586


0.03











Total pre-tax adjustments



(9,582)


(0.42)


(3,580)


(0.16)











Tax effect of adjustments *



(1,574)


(0.07)


(3,180)


(0.14)











Deferred income tax benefit - non-recurring



(22,565)


(1.00)


(20,705)


(0.91)











Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. - Adjusted

$        36,343


$         1.61


$       145,767


$             6.42

Average shares outstanding (000's) - Diluted





22,611




22,709












* The tax effect of adjustments is calculated based on the income tax rate in each applicable jurisdiction, except the reversal of the contingent liability in 2016,

which is not taxable. 

 











VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED OPERATING INCOME

REGULATION G RECONCILIATION (Continued)











Operating Income Reconciliation



Year-Ended
Dec. 31, 2016

















Operating income (loss) - as reported



$      243,504

















Restructuring expenses 



12,425

















Adjusted Operating Income 



$      255,929

















Net Sales



$    2,521,676

















Operating Income as a % of Sales



9.7%

















Adjusted Operating Income as a % of Sales



10.1%


















For the Fourth Quarter Ended Dec. 31, 2016

Segment Operating Income Reconciliation

Operating
Income- As
Reported


Restructuring
expenses 


Adjusted
Operating
Income 


Net Sales













Engineered Support Structures

$      16,544


6,132


22,676


244,311



  Op Inc. & Adjusted Op Inc. as a % of Sales

6.8%




9.3%





Utility Support Structures

22,595


-


22,595


213,628



  Op Inc. & Adjusted Op Inc. as a % of Sales

10.6%




10.6%





Coatings 

9,464


361


9,825


75,519



  Op Inc. & Adjusted Op Inc. as a % of Sales

12.5%




13.0%





Irrigation

15,729


468


16,197


136,628



  Op Inc. & Adjusted Op Inc. as a % of Sales

11.5%




11.9%





Corporate/Other

(8,239)


380


(7,859)















Consolidated Results

$      56,093


7,341


$     63,434


$       674,575













  Op Inc. & Adjusted Op Inc. as a % of Sales

8.3%




9.4%





 

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