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Armstrong World Industries Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

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Key Highlights

  • As reported net sales of $248.6 million, up 10% versus the prior year quarter

  • As reported operating income of $66.0 million, down 5% versus the prior year quarter, driven by accelerated depreciation charges associated with closure of the St. Helens facility

  • Architectural Specialties segment sales grew 18% with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 22%

  • Adjusted EBITDA up 12% versus the prior year quarter, with adjusted EBITDA margins expanding 70 basis points

  • Share repurchase program authorization increased by $300 million

LANCASTER, Pa., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI), a leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions, today reported financial results for the second quarter.     

Second Quarter Results from Continuing Operations

(Dollar amounts in millions except per-share data)   For the Three Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Net sales   $ 248.6     $ 225.6       10.2 %
Operating income   $ 66.0     $ 69.2       (4.6 )%
Earnings from continuing operations   $ 47.6     $ 43.7       8.9 %
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.90     $ 0.81       11.1 %

Consolidated net sales increased compared to the prior year quarter, driven by higher volumes in both the Mineral Fiber and Architectural Specialties segments, as well as higher Mineral Fiber average unit values ("AUV"), in which both positive like for like pricing and positive mix contributed.

Operating income decreased over the prior year quarter, driven by $4.3 million of St. Helens accelerated depreciation and higher manufacturing and input costs, partially offset by positive Mineral Fiber AUV and volume growth in both the Mineral Fiber and Architectural Specialties segments. Excluding the St. Helens accelerated depreciation, operating income would have increased over the prior year quarter by $2 million.

Additional (non-GAAP*) Financial Metrics from Continuing Operations

(Dollar amounts in millions except per-share data)   For the Three Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 95     $ 85       12.2 %
Adjusted net income   $ 52     $ 47       11.5 %
Adjusted diluted earnings per share   $ 1.01     $ 0.87       15.8 %
Adjusted free cash flow   $ 67     $ 28       139.3 %


The Company uses the above non-GAAP adjusted measures in managing the business and believes the adjustments provide meaningful comparisons of operating performance between periods. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted EPS exclude the impact of foreign exchange, restructuring and related costs, impairments, U.S. pension plan credit/expense, environmental insurance recoveries and expenses, and certain other gains and losses. The Company excludes U.S. pension plan impact in the non-GAAP results as it represents the actuarial net periodic benefit cost recorded, while for all periods presented, the Company was not required and did not make cash contributions to the U.S. Retirement Income Plan based on guidelines established by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as cash from operations and dividends received from the WAVE joint venture, less expenditures for property and equipment, and is adjusted to remove the impact of cash used or proceeds received for acquisitions and divestitures. Adjusted figures are reported using the budgeted exchange rate for 2018, and are reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measures in tables at the end of this release. 


(Dollar amounts in millions)   For the Three Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Adjusted EBITDA                        
Mineral Fiber   $ 86     $ 76       13.0 %
Architectural Specialties     9       9       5.2 %
Unallocated Corporate     -       -       -  
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA   $ 95     $ 85       12.2 %

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA improved 12% in the second quarter when compared to the prior year quarter, driven by volume growth in both the Mineral Fiber and Architectural Specialties segments, solid AUV fall-through to profit, and higher equity earnings from WAVE, which were partially offset by higher SG&A expenses and higher manufacturing and input costs. Adjusted earnings per share reflects a 25% adjusted tax rate in both 2018 and 2017. Adjusted free cash flow improvement was driven primarily by higher cash earnings and lower capital expenditures.

"We had a solid second quarter with Mineral Fiber volumes bouncing back from weather-related issues in March, and continued strength from Architectural Specialties. In particular I'm pleased with our WAVE business, which achieved price over steel inflation and delivered quarterly equity earnings growth of over 20%." said Vic Grizzle, President and CEO of Armstrong. "We also completed a strategic acquisition in the quarter with the purchase of Plasterform, which will improve our solutions portfolio."

Second Quarter Segment Highlights
In connection with the announced sale of the EMEA and Pacific Rim businesses, the EMEA and Pacific Rim segments have been excluded from results of continuing operations. As a result, the Company's operating segments are as follows: Mineral Fiber, Architectural Specialties and Unallocated Corporate.

Mineral Fiber

(Dollar amounts in millions)   For the Three Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Net sales (as reported)   $ 206.7     $ 190.1       8.7 %
Operating income (as reported)   $ 59.5     $ 64.1       (7.2 )%
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 86     $ 76       13.0 %

Net sales grew primarily by higher volume and AUV expansion versus the prior year quarter.

Operating income decreased $4.6 million, driven mainly by $4.3 million of accelerated depreciation related to the previously announced closure of our St. Helens plant, higher SG&A expenses, and higher manufacturing and input costs, partially offset by the margin impact of higher sales and higher equity earnings from WAVE.

Architectural Specialties

(Dollar amounts in millions)   For the Three Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Net sales (as reported)   $ 41.9     $ 35.5       18.0 %
Operating income (as reported)   $ 8.6     $ 8.1       6.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 9     $ 9       5.2 %

Net sales grew primarily by higher sales volume from increased market penetration and new construction activity.

Operating income increased due to the positive impact of higher sales volume partially offset by slightly higher SG&A expenses.

Unallocated Corporate

Unallocated corporate expense of $2.1 million decreased from $3.0 million of expense in the prior year quarter, primarily due to lower costs associated with the U.S. pension plan.

Year to Date Results from Continuing Operations

(Dollar amounts in millions)   For the Six Months Ended June 30,          
    2018     2017     Change  
Net sales (as reported)   $ 475.9     $ 445.4       6.8 %
Operating income (as reported)   $ 115.6     $ 126.5       (8.6 )%
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 174     $ 160       8.7 %

Net sales increased driven mainly by volume growth in both the Mineral Fiber and Architectural Specialties segments, and higher AUVs in the Mineral Fiber segment, in which both positive mix and positive like for like pricing contributed.

Operating income declined over the prior year period, driven mainly by $12.0 million of accelerated depreciation related to the previously announced closure of our St. Helens plant.

Share Repurchase Program

The AWI Board of Directors authorized an expansion of the Company's existing stock repurchase program under which it may repurchase up to an additional $300.0 million of its outstanding common stock.  This additional repurchase authorization extends through October of 2020.

Repurchases under the program may be made through open market, block and privately-negotiated transactions, including Rule 10b5-1 plans, at times and in such amounts as management deems appropriate, subject to market and business conditions, regulatory requirements and other factors.  The share repurchase program does not obligate the Company to repurchase any particular amount of common stock and may be suspended or discontinued at any time without notice.  The Company had approximately 51.6 million shares of common stock outstanding as of June 30, 2018.  

Market Outlook and 2018 Guidance

"We are reaffirming our full year guidance of 5%-7% revenue growth, greater than 10% adjusted EBITDA growth, and free cash flow growth of 20%-30% versus the prior year," said Brian MacNeal, CFO. "With $105 million of share repurchases in the first half of 2018, we have reduced our outstanding share count for our second quarter EPS calculations to 52 million from 53 million previously. Since inception of our repurchase program in 2016, we have bought back 4.7 million shares at an average share price of $48.34."

Earnings Webcast

Management will host a live Internet broadcast beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time today, to discuss second quarter results. This event will be broadcast live on the Company's website. To access the call and accompanying slide presentation, go to www.armstrongceilings.com and click Investors. The replay of this event will also be available on the Company's website for up to one year after the date of the call.

Uncertainties Affecting Forward-Looking Statements

Disclosures in this release, including without limitation, those relating to future financial results, market conditions and guidance, and in our other public documents and comments, contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements provide our future expectations or forecasts and can be identified by our use of words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "outlook," "target," "predict," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seek," and other words or phrases of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, address matters that are uncertain and involve risks because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. As a result, our actual results may differ materially from our expected results and from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. A more detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied is included in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis" section of our report on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements beyond what is required under applicable securities law.

About Armstrong and Additional Information

More details on the Company's performance can be found in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 that the Company expects to file with the SEC today.

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions. For more information, visit www.armstrongceilings.com.

Additional forward looking non-GAAP metrics are available on the Company's website at www.armstrongceilings.com under the Investors tab. The website is not part of this release and references to our website address in this release are intended to be inactive textual references only.

As Reported Financial Highlights

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries
(Amounts in millions, except for per-share amounts, quarterly data is unaudited)

    For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net sales   $ 248.6     $ 225.6     $ 475.9     $ 445.4  
Cost of goods sold     165.9       140.4       322.4       281.9  
Gross profit     82.7       85.2       153.5       163.5  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     40.9       35.7       78.4       75.0  
Equity earnings from joint venture     (24.2 )     (19.7 )     (40.5 )     (38.0 )
Operating income     66.0       69.2       115.6       126.5  
Interest expense     9.8       8.9       19.0       17.8  
Other non-operating (income), net     (9.1 )     (8.3 )     (18.1 )     (17.2 )
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes     65.3       68.6       114.7       125.9  
Income tax expense     17.7       24.9       25.9       46.7  
Earnings from continuing operations     47.6       43.7       88.8       79.2  
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax expense of $0.2, $3.7, $1.7 and $6.5     5.5       (2.2 )     9.4       (6.9 )
(Loss) from disposal of discontinued business, net of tax expense (benefit) of $0.1, $0.2, ($0.3) and $0.5     (5.8 )     (0.2 )     (23.1 )     (0.6 )
Net (loss) from discontinued operations     (0.3 )     (2.4 )     (13.7 )     (7.5 )
Net earnings   $ 47.3     $ 41.3     $ 75.1     $ 71.7  
Other comprehensive income, net of tax:                                
Foreign currency translation adjustments     (20.8 )     2.8       (14.9 )     13.9  
Derivative gain (loss), net     2.0       (1.8 )     5.8       (1.7 )
Pension and postretirement adjustments     3.1       2.0       4.9       4.5  
Total other comprehensive (loss) income     (15.7 )     3.0       (4.2 )     16.7  
Total comprehensive income   $ 31.6     $ 44.3     $ 70.9     $ 88.4  
Earnings per share of common stock, continuing operations:                                
Basic   $ 0.91     $ 0.82     $ 1.69     $ 1.47  
Diluted   $ 0.90     $ 0.81     $ 1.66     $ 1.46  
(Loss) per share of common stock, discontinued operations:                                
Basic   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.14 )
Diluted   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.14 )
Net earnings per share of common stock:                                
Basic   $ 0.90     $ 0.77     $ 1.43     $ 1.33  
Diluted   $ 0.89     $ 0.77     $ 1.40     $ 1.32  
Average number of common shares outstanding:                                
Basic     51.9       53.3       52.5       53.7  
Diluted     52.6       53.7       53.2       54.1  


SEGMENT RESULTS
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries
(Amounts in millions)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net sales to external customers                                
Mineral Fiber   $ 206.7     $ 190.1     $ 397.4     $ 379.9  
Architectural Specialties     41.9       35.5       78.5       65.5  
Total net sales to external customers   $ 248.6     $ 225.6     $ 475.9     $ 445.4  
                                 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Segment operating income (loss)                                
Mineral Fiber   $ 59.5     $ 64.1     $ 103.2     $ 119.6  
Architectural Specialties     8.6       8.1       16.9       12.9  
Unallocated Corporate     (2.1 )     (3.0 )     (4.5 )     (6.0 )
Total consolidated operating income   $ 66.0     $ 69.2     $ 115.6     $ 126.5  


Selected Balance Sheet Information
(Amounts in millions)

    Unaudited June 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Assets                
Current assets   $ 583.0     $ 648.9  
Property, plant and equipment, net     484.8       499.9  
Other noncurrent assets     756.9       724.7  
Total assets   $ 1,824.7     $ 1,873.5  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity                
Current liabilities   $ 259.9     $ 269.9  
Noncurrent liabilities     1,160.7       1,184.3  
Equity     404.1       419.3  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 1,824.7     $ 1,873.5  


Selected Cash Flow Information
(Amounts in millions)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended June 31,  
    2018     2017  
Net earnings   $ 75.1     $ 71.7  
Other adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities     19.5       29.4  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net     (5.6 )     (58.7 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     89.0       42.4  
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities     (1.3 )     (40.7 )
Net cash (used for) financing activities     (105.8 )     (64.6 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (2.5 )     0.7  
Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (20.6 )     (62.2 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     159.6       141.9  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 139.0     $ 79.7  

Supplemental Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP Results (unaudited)
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

To supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company provides additional measures of performance adjusted to exclude the impact of foreign exchange, restructuring charges and related costs, impairments, U.S. pension plan income/expense, separation costs and certain other gains and losses. The Company excludes U.S. pension income/expense in the non-GAAP results as it represents the actuarial net periodic benefit credit/cost recorded as a component of operating income and for all periods presented, the Company was not required and did not make cash contributions to the U.S. Retirement Income Plan based on guidelines established by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, nor does the Company expect to make cash contributions to the plan in 2018. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as cash from operations and dividends received from the WAVE joint venture, less expenditures for property and equipment, and is adjusted to remove the impact of cash used or proceeds received for acquisitions and divestitures. The Company believes adjusted free cash flow is useful because it provides insight into the amount of cash that the Company has available for discretionary uses, after expenditures for capital commitments and adjustments for acquisitions and divestitures. Adjusted figures are reported in comparable dollars using the budgeted exchange rate for 2018. The Company uses these adjusted performance measures in managing the business, including communications with its Board of Directors and employees, and believes that they provide users of this financial information with meaningful comparisons of operating performance between current results and results in prior periods. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are appropriate to enhance understanding of its past performance, as well as prospects for its future performance. A reconciliation of these adjustments to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is included in this release and on the Company's website. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

In the following charts, numbers may not sum due to rounding.

Consolidated Results From Continuing Operations – Adjusted EBITDA

     For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
 June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Earnings from continuing operations, Reported   $ 48     $ 44     $ 89     $ 79  
(Less) Add: Tax expense     18       25       26       47  
Earnings before tax, Reported   $ 65     $ 69     $ 115     $ 126  
Add: Interest/other income and expense, net     1       1       1       1  
Operating Income, Reported   $ 66     $ 69     $ 116     $ 127  
Add: U.S. Pension Expense(1)     1       2       3       4  
Add: Cost Reduction Initiatives     4       -       5       -  
Add: Net Proforma International Allocations, Other     1       1       4       2  
Add (Less): Net Environmental Expense (Recoveries)     1       (2 )     2       (2 )
Add: Foreign Exchange Movements     -       -       -       1  
Add: D&A     21       14       44       28  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 95     $ 85     $ 174     $ 160  

(1) U.S. pension expense represents the actuarial net periodic benefit cost expected to be recorded as a component of operating income. For all periods presented, we were not required and did not make cash contributions to our U.S. Retirement Income Plan based on guidelines established by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.


Mineral Fiber

    For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
 June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Operating Income, Reported   $ 60     $ 64     $ 103     $ 120  
Add: Cost Reduction Initiatives     4       -       5       -  
Add: Net Proforma International Allocations, Other     1       1       3       1  
Add (Less): Net Environmental Expense (Recoveries)     1       (2 )     2       (2 )
Add: D&A     21       14       43       27  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 86     $ 76     $ 156     $ 146  


Architectural Specialties

     For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Operating Income, Reported   $ 9     $ 8     $ 17     $ 13  
Add: D&A     -       -       1       1  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 9     $ 9     $ 18     $ 14  


Unallocated Corporate

     For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Operating (Loss), Reported   $ (2 )   $ (3 )   $ (5 )   $ (6 )
Add: U.S. Pension Expense(1)     1       2       3       4  
Add: Net Proforma International Allocations, Other     1       1       1       1  
Add: D&A     -       -       -       -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  


Adjustment to 2017 Results

  CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS  
  Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2017
    Three Months
Ended
June 30,
2017
    Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2017
    Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2017
    Year
Ended
December 31,
2017
 
Adjusted EBITDA Previously Reported $ 75     $ 84     $ 93     $ 65     $ 317  
Impact of ASU 2017-07   -       1       1       -       2  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 75     $ 85     $ 94     $ 65     $ 319  

(1) This new accounting standard, which was effective January 1, 2018, requires all components of our supplemental pension and post-retirement benefit plans, excluding service costs, to be recorded below operating income/EBITDA. These changes also apply to the Mineral Fiber segment.


Adjusted Free Cash Flow

     For the Three Months Ended June 30,     For the Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net cash provided by operations   $ 63     $ 32     $ 89     $ 42  
(Less): net cash (used for) investing     (7 )     (3 )     (1 )     (41 )
Add: Acquisitions     12       -       12       31  
Add: Other     -       (1 )     -       1  
Adjusted Free Cash Flow   $ 67     $ 28     $ 99     $ 33  


Consolidated Results From Continuing Operations – Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

     For the Three Months Ended June 30,     For the Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
    Total     Per Diluted
Share(2)
    Total     Per Diluted
Share(2)
    Total     Per Diluted
Share(2)
    Total     Per Diluted
Share(2)
 
Earnings from continuing operations, As Reported   $ 48     $ 0.90     $ 44     $ 0.81     $ 89     $ 1.66     $ 79     $ 1.46  
Add: Income tax expense, as reported     18               25               26               47          
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes, As Reported   $ 65             $ 69             $ 115             $ 126          
(Less): U.S. Pension (Credit)(1)     (7 )             (6 )             (13 )             (12 )        
Add: Cost Reduction Initiatives     9               -               17               -          
Add: Net Proforma International Allocations     1               1               4               2          
Add: Net Environmental Expenses     1               (2 )             2               (2 )        
Add: Foreign Exchange Movements     -               -               -               1          
Adjusted earnings from continuing operations before income  taxes   $ 69             $ 62             $ 125             $ 115          
Add: Adjusted tax (expense)
@ 25% for 2018 and 2017
    (17 )             (15 )             (31 )             (29 )        
Adjusted net income   $ 52     $ 1.01     $ 47     $ 0.87     $ 94     $ 1.81     $ 86     $ 1.60  

(1) U.S. pension (credit) expense represents the actuarial net periodic pension (credit) cost recorded as a component of operating income. For all periods presented, we were not required and did not make cash contributions to our U.S. Retirement Income Plan based on guidelines established by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
(2) Based on ~52 million diluted shares outstanding for the three and six months ended Jun 30, 2018 and ~54 million diluted shares outstanding for the three and six months ended Mar 31, 2017.  

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