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Advanced Drainage Systems Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS) ("ADS" or the "Company"), is a leading provider of innovative water management solutions in the stormwater and on-site septic waste water industries today announced financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Net sales increased 22.0% to $495.9 million
  • Net income of $8.5 million as compared to $29.4 million in the prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased 65.2% to $118.2 million

Fiscal 2020 Year-to-Date Results

  • Net sales increased 14.5% to $909.6 million
  • Net loss of $219.0 million as compared to net income of $63.0 million in the prior year
    • Includes $246.8 million of additional one-time ESOP stock-based compensation expense
  • Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased 35.3% to $198.5 million
  • Cash provided by operating activities increased $113.6 million to $171.7 million
  • Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) increased $107.2 million to $146.1 million

Scott Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADS commented, "We achieved very strong results in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Our top line increased 22%, driven by 9% organic growth and two months of contribution from Infiltrator Water Technologies. Strong organic sales growth across the United States was driven by both the construction and agriculture end markets. Construction market sales growth of 10% is outperforming the low-single digit growth we see in the market, driven by our material conversion strategies, best-in-class solutions strategies and focus on key growth regions of the United States. In addition, agriculture sales increased 38% as our organizational changes, new products and focused execution allowed us to capitalize on prevented plant acres and pent-up demand. Overall, our strong performance during the first half of the year gives us confidence we will continue delivering above market growth in fiscal 2020 and beyond."

Barbour continued, "We also generated very good profitability and free cash flow in the second quarter of fiscal 2020, driven by the traditional legacy ADS levers of strong growth in both pipe and Allied products, favorable pricing and material cost and disciplined execution, including our working capital initiatives, as well as our acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies. We are working new levers for profitability improvement as we gain traction on our logistics and transportation initiatives and remain laser focused on operational initiatives."

Barbour continued, "Additionally, today we raised our fiscal 2020 guidance due to the strong sales growth and profitability improvement through the first half of fiscal 2020. We will continue to focus on maintaining favorable pricing, mitigating inflationary pressures and delivering continuous improvement in manufacturing and logistics activities."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Net sales increased $89.4 million or 22.0% to $495.9 million, as compared to $406.6 million in the prior year. Domestic pipe sales increased $32.0 million or 12.8% to $281.4 million. Allied & Other sales increased $12.5 million or 12.2% to $114.4 million. These increases were driven by strong performance in both the U.S. construction and agriculture end markets. International net sales decreased $7.5 million or 13.6% to $47.8 million, driven primarily by decreases in Canada and Mexico sales. Infiltrator Water Technologies contributed an additional $64.9 million to net sales in the quarter.

Gross profit increased $51.2 million or 53.6% to $146.5 million as compared to $95.4 million in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to an increase in both pipe and allied product sales as well as favorable material cost. Infiltrator Water Technologies contributed an additional $22.5 million to gross profit in the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased $46.6 million or 65.2% to $118.2 million, as compared to $71.5 million in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to the factors mentioned above. As a percentage of net sales, Adjusted EBITDA was 23.8% as compared to 17.6% in the prior year.

Year-to-Date Fiscal 2020 Results

Net sales increased $115.2 million or 14.5% to $909.6 million, as compared to $794.4 million in the prior year. Domestic pipe sales increased $52.1 million or 10.6% to $543.6 million. Allied & Other sales increased $24.2 million or 12.0% to $226.6 million. These increases were driven by strong performance in both the U.S. construction and agriculture end markets. International net sales decreased $13.5 million or 13.4% to $87.1 million as compared to $100.6 million in the prior year, driven primarily by a decrease in Mexico sales. Infiltrator Water Technologies contributed an additional $64.9 million to net sales.

As part of the Company's capital allocation strategy, the Company paid a dividend of $1.09 per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, including a $1.00 special dividend to all shareholders of record. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") used a portion of its proceeds to payback a portion of its loan from the Company, resulting in an allocation of approximately 11.6 million shares to participants and $246.8 million of non-cash, stock-based compensation expense. The Company recorded $168.6 million of this expense in Cost of goods sold – ESOP special dividend compensation and $78.1 million of this expense in Selling, general and administrative – ESOP special dividend compensation.

Gross profit decreased $110.7 million to $84.4 million due to the $168.6 million ESOP compensation expense described above. Excluding the one-time ESOP compensation, gross profit increased $57.9 million or 29.7%, primarily due to an increase in both pipe and allied product sales as well as favorable pricing and material cost. This was partially offset by unfavorable inventory absorption cost due to retention of key manufacturing employees during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 despite lower production volume. Infiltrator Water Technologies contributed an additional $22.5 million to gross profit.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased $51.8 million or 35.3% to $198.5 million, as compared to $146.7 million in the prior year, primarily as a result of the factors mentioned above. As a percentage of net sales, Adjusted EBITDA was 21.8% as compared to 18.5% in the prior year.

Net cash provided by operating activities increased $113.6 million to $171.7 million, as compared to $58.2 million in the prior year, primarily due to improvements in profitability and working capital. Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) increased $107.2 million to $146.1 million, as compared to $38.9 million in the prior year. Net debt (total debt and finance lease obligations net of cash) was $1,070.4 million as of September 30, 2019, an increase of $760.1 million from March 31, 2019. Additional information regarding the Company's debt is included below under the header "Infiltrator Water Technologies Acquisition."

Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures for Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Infiltrator Water Technologies Acquisition

On July 31, 2019, ADS acquired Infiltrator Water Technologies, a leader in on-site septic wastewater treatment for a purchase price of $1.08 billion. Infiltrator Water Technologies is a leading national provider of plastic leach field chambers and systems, septic tanks and accessories, primarily for use in residential applications. The results of operations of Infiltrator Water Technologies are included in the consolidated results after July 31, 2019. For the three- and six-months ended September 30, 2019, the Company incurred $16.6 million and $20.8 million, respectively, of transaction costs associated with the acquisition.

In conjunction with the acquisition, the Company issued and sold 10,350,000 shares of common stock at $29.75 per share for proceeds of $294 million, net of offering costs, completed a $350 million senior notes offering and entered into a new senior secured credit facility. The new senior secured credit facility includes a $700 million term loan and $350 million of availability under a revolving credit facility. As a result of these transactions, the Company recorded $37.3 million of nonrecurring interest expense associated with the extinguishment of debt in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.

Fiscal 2020 Outlook

Based on year-to-date performance, current visibility, backlog of existing orders and business trends, the Company raised its net sales and Adjusted EBITDA targets for fiscal 2020. The guidance below includes the legacy ADS business and eight months of Infiltrator Water Technologies included in fiscal 2020.

  • Net sales are expected to be in the range of $1.600 billion to $1.650 billion (previously $1.575 billion to $1.625 billion)
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $325 million to $345 million (previously $310 million to $330 million)
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $85 million to $100 million.

Webcast Information

The Company will host an investor conference call and webcast on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-844-484-0244 (US toll-free) or 1-647-689-5142 (international) and asking to be connected to the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. call. The live webcast will also be accessible via the "Events Calendar" section of the Company's Investor Relations website, www.investors.ads-pipe.com. An archived version of the webcast will be available for one year following the call.

About the Company

Advanced Drainage Systems is a leading provider of innovative water management solutions in the stormwater and on-site septic waste water industries, providing superior drainage solutions for use in the construction and agriculture marketplace. For over 50 years, the Company has been manufacturing a variety of innovative and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional materials. Its innovative products are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, infrastructure and agriculture applications. The Company has established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging its national sales and distribution platform, overall product breadth and scale and manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, the Company operates a global network of 63 manufacturing plants and 32 distribution centers. To learn more about ADS, please visit the Company's website at www.ads-pipe.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates and projections regarding the Company's business, operations and other factors relating thereto. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "anticipate," "predict," "potential," "continue," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those reflected in forward-looking statements relating to our operations and business include: fluctuations in the price and availability of resins and other raw materials and our ability to pass any increased costs of raw materials on to our customers in a timely manner; volatility in general business and economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, including, without limitation, factors relating to availability of credit, interest rates, fluctuations in capital and business and consumer confidence; cyclicality and seasonality of the non-residential and residential construction markets and infrastructure spending; the risks of increasing competition in our existing and future markets, including competition from both manufacturers of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe and manufacturers of products using alternative materials; uncertainties surrounding the integration of acquisitions and similar transactions, including the recently completed acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies and the integration of Infiltrator Water Technologies; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies; risks that the acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies and related transactions may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; our ability to continue to convert current demand for concrete, steel and PVC pipe products into demand for our high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe and Allied Products; the effect of weather or seasonality; the loss of any of our significant customers; the risks of doing business internationally; our ability to remediate the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting, including remediation of the control environment for our joint venture affiliate ADS Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. as described in "Item 9A. Controls and Procedures" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2019; the risks of conducting a portion of our operations through joint ventures; our ability to expand into new geographic or product markets, including risks associated with new markets and products associated with our recent acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies; our ability to achieve the acquisition component of our growth strategy; the risk associated with manufacturing processes; our ability to manage our assets; the risks associated with our product warranties; our ability to manage our supply purchasing and customer credit policies; the risks associated with our self-insured programs; our ability to control labor costs and to attract, train and retain highly-qualified employees and key personnel; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; changes in laws and regulations, including environmental laws and regulations; our ability to project product mix; the risks associated with our current levels of indebtedness, including borrowings under our new Credit Agreement; the nature, cost and outcome of any future litigation and other legal proceedings, including any such proceedings related to our acquisition of Infiltrator Water Technologies, as may be instituted against the Company and others; fluctuations in our effective tax rate, including from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; changes to our operating results, cash flows and financial condition attributable to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; our ability to meet future capital requirements and fund our liquidity needs; the risk that additional information may arise that would require the Company to make additional adjustments or revisions or to restate the financial statements and other financial data for certain prior periods and any future periods; any delay in the filing of any filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"); the review of potential weaknesses or deficiencies in the Company's disclosure controls and procedures, and discovering weaknesses of which we are not currently aware or which have not been detected; additional uncertainties related to accounting issues generally and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the SEC. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the Company's expectations, objectives or plans will be achieved in the timeframe anticipated or at all. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Financial Statements

ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

 

September 30,

 

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Net sales

$

 

495,905

 

 

$

 

406,555

 

 

$

 

909,613

 

 

$

 

794,402

 

Cost of goods sold

 

349,381

 

 

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