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Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter And Full-Year Financial Results

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PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Fourth quarter net sales of $262.5 million increased 8.5% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter net income per diluted common share of $0.63 increased 125.0% year-over-year
  • Declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share
  • 2019 net sales of $1.14 billion increased 5.4% year–over–year
  • 2019 net income per diluted common share of $2.98 increased 9.6% year-over-year
  • 2019 total operating expenses as a percentage of net sales of 27.9% improved 100 basis points year-over-year
  • Returned $101.1 million to the Company's stockholders in 2019 through repurchased common stock and dividends

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE:SSD), an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2019 and full-year of 2019. Refer to the "Segment and Product Group Information" table below for additional segment information (including information about the Company's Asia/Pacific segment and Administrative and All Other segment).

All comparisons below (which are generally indicated by words such as "increased," "decreased," "remained," or "compared to"), unless otherwise noted, are comparing the quarter ended December 31, 2019 with the quarter ended December 31, 2018 or the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 with the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

2019 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales of $262.5 million increased 8.5% compared to $241.8 million.
    • North America net sales of $226.8 million increased 10.8% compared to $204.7 million, primarily due to both increased sales volume and higher average unit prices. Canada's net sales were not significantly affected by foreign currency translation.
    • Europe net sales of $33.5 million decreased 4.1% compared to $34.9 million. Europe net sales were negatively affected by approximately $1.2 million in foreign currency translations primarily related to the weakening of local currencies against the United States dollar. In local currency, Europe net sales were only slightly down for the quarter.
  • Gross profit of $110.1 million increased 12.1% compared to $98.2 million. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 41.9% from 40.6%.
    • North America gross profit margin increased to 43.9% from 42.2%, primarily due to decreased factory and overhead costs on increased production as well as decreased material costs, each as a percentage of North America net sales.
    • Europe gross profit margin decreased to 29.9% from 31.7%, primarily due to increased factory and overhead costs on lower production and higher material costs, each as a percentage of Europe net sales.
  • Income from operations of $36.6 million increased 94.4% compared to $18.8 million, primarily due to higher net sales as well as a $2.3 million decrease in total operating expenses. Income from operations for the 2019 fourth quarter included a $5.6 million gain on the sale of a selling and distribution facility within the North America segment and increased SAP-related expenses of $1.7 million year-over-year. Income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2018 included an $8.8 million gain on the sale of a facility within the Administrative & all other segment, as well as a $6.7 million goodwill impairment charge related to the Europe segment. As a percentage of net sales, income from operations increased to 13.9% from 7.8%.
    • North America income from operations of $36.8 million increased 137.8% compared to $15.5 million primarily due to the gain on the sale of a selling and distribution facility as well as higher net sales and decreased operating expenses. SAP-related expenses increased $1.4 million year-over-year.
    • Europe loss from operations of $2.8 million decreased 68% compared to a loss of $8.7 million, primarily due to the goodwill impairment charge reported in 2018.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate decreased to 22.3% from 29.3%, primarily due to a 2018 nonrecurring impairment of goodwill related to the Europe segment, which was not deductible for income tax and also due to a release of valuation allowances in the Europe segment.
  • Net income was $28.1 million, or $0.63 per diluted share of the Company's common stock, compared to net income of $12.8 million, or $0.28 per diluted share of the Company's common stock.

2019 Full-Year Financial Highlights

  • Net sales of $1.14 billion increased 5.4% compared to $1.08 billion.
    • North America net sales of $972.8 million increased 6.8% compared to $910.6 million, primarily due to increases in both sales volumes and average unit prices. Canada's net sales were negatively affected by approximately $1.2 million due to foreign currency translation. In local currency, Canada net sales increased primarily due to increases in sales volume.
    • Europe net sales of $155.1 million decreased 2.4% compared to $159.0 million, primarily due to approximately $9.2 million of negative foreign currency translations resulting from some Europe currencies weakening against the United States dollar. In local currency, Europe net sales increased primarily due to increases in both sales volume and average unit prices.
  • Gross profit of $492.1 million increased 2.5% compared to $480.3 million. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales decreased to 43.3% from 44.5%.
    • North America gross profit margin decreased to 44.8% from 46.3%, primarily due to increased material and labor costs.
    • Europe gross profit margin decreased to 34.7% from 35.3%, primarily due to increased factory and overhead, labor and warehouse costs.
  • Income from operations of $181.3 million increased 5.0% from $172.6 million, primarily due to higher sales, which was partly offset by higher operating expenses, including $10.7 million of higher personnel expense. Income from operations included SAP-related costs of $13.2 million and a gain of $5.6 million on the sale of a selling and distribution facility. Income from operations for 2018 included $9.4 million of SAP-related costs and an $8.8 million gain on the sale of a facility, as well as a $6.7 million goodwill impairment charge related to the Europe segment. As a percentage of net sales, consolidated income from operations decreased slightly to 15.9% from 16.0%.
    • North America income from operations of $176.3 million increased 4.9% compared to $168.1 million, primarily due to higher net sales, which was partly offset by increased operating expenses, including $12.3 million in higher personnel expense. SAP-related expenses increased $2.9 million from 2018.
    • Europe income from operations of $6.8 million increased from a loss from operations of $2.7 million, primarily due to the goodwill impairment charge reported in 2018 as well as $2.0 million in reduction in severance expense. SAP-related expenses increased $0.5 million from 2018.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate decreased to 24.9% from 26.4%, primarily due to a 2018 nonrecurring impairment of goodwill related to the Europe segment, which was not deductible for income tax and also due to a release of valuation allowances in the Europe segment.
  • Net income was $134.0 million, or $2.98 per diluted share of the Company's common stock, compared to net income of $126.6 million, or $2.72 per diluted share of the Company's common stock.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities increased approximately $45.6 million to $205.6 million from $160.1 million.
  • Cash flow used in investing activities increased approximately $17.8 million to $28.0 million from $10.2 million. Capital expenditures were $32.7 million compared to $29.3 million.

Management Commentary

"We made significant operational and financial progress in 2019 resulting in solid organic growth, enhanced operating efficiencies and improved profitability," commented Karen Colonias, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. "Our 2019 net sales improved 5.4% over 2018 to $1.14 billion, driven by higher sales volume, despite the adverse weather conditions experienced in the first half of the year and lapping the benefit of higher sales prices following the price increases we implemented in mid–2018. However, our fourth quarter gross margin of 41.9% remained under pressure. As such, our 2019 full–year gross margin of 43.3% was slightly lower than anticipated. Aside from the factors impacting gross margin in 2019 including increased material, labor, factory and overhead costs, and to a lesser extent, sales mix, we continue to hold one of the highest margin profiles in the industry by continuing to effectively manage elements within our control including: maintaining a best–in–class customer experience, high–quality trusted products, and deep industry relationships."

Ms. Colonias continued, "We successfully maintained our focus on rationalizing our cost structure in 2019, resulting in a 100 basis point year–over–year improvement in our total operating expenses as a percentage of net sales to 27.9%. As a result, we generated strong earnings of $2.98 per diluted share, up 9.6% over 2018. As a testament to our ongoing confidence in our business, we were pleased to have returned $101.1 million to our stockholders through share repurchases and dividends. Looking ahead to fiscal 2020, we remain focused on progressing towards our financial targets to position Simpson for long-term sustainable and profitable growth."

Corporate Developments

  • On January 21, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share. The dividend will be payable on April 23, 2020 to stockholders of record as of April 2, 2020.
  • On December 9, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase up to $100.0 million of the Company's common stock. The authorization is in effect from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 117,988 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average price of $79.49 per share, for a total of $9.4 million. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 972,337 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average price of $62.55 per share, for a total of $60.8 million of the 2019 share repurchase authorization of $100 million.

Business Outlook

Based on current business trends and conditions, the Company's outlook for the full fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 is as follows:

  • Gross margin is estimated to be in the range of approximately 43.5% to 44.5%.
  • The effective tax rate is estimated to be in the range of approximately 25.0% to 26.0%, including both federal and state income tax rates.

Conference Call Details

Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join the Company's 2019 fourth quarter and full-year financial results conference call on Monday, February 3, 2020, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time (2:00 pm Pacific Time). To participate, callers may dial (877) 407-0792 (U.S. and Canada) or (201) 689-8263 (International) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time. The call will be webcast simultaneously and can be accessed through http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=137611 or a link on the Company's website at www.simpsonmfg.com/financials/events.html. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay of the call will also be available beginning that same day at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 17, 2020, by dialing (844) 512–2921 (U.S. and Canada) or (412) 317–6671 (International) and entering the conference ID: 13698008. The webcast will remain posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website for 90 days.

A copy of this earnings release will be available prior to the call, accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.simpsonmfg.com.

About Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, California, through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., designs, engineers and is a leading manufacturer of wood construction products, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and shearwalls, and concrete construction products, including adhesives, specialty chemicals, mechanical anchors, powder actuated tools and reinforcing fiber materials. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSD."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 2IE of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "target," "continue," "predict," "project," "change," "result," "future," "will," "could," "can," "may," "likely," "potentially," or similar expressions that concern our strategy, plans, expectations or intentions. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, our plans, objectives, business outlook, priorities, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, stockholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, our strategic initiatives, including the impact of these initiatives on our strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts. Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent uncertainties, risk and other factors that are difficult to predict and could cause our actual results to vary in material respects from what we have expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements include, among others, those discussed under Item 1A. Risk Factors and Item 7 Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the SEC.

We caution that you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made in our reports filed with the SEC that advise of the risks and factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries
UNAUDITED Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net sales

$

262,510



$

241,845



$

1,136,539



$

1,078,809


Cost of sales

152,457



143,641



644,409



598,522


Gross profit

110,053



98,204



492,130



480,287


Operating expenses:








Research and development and engineering expense

11,771



10,216



47,058



43,056


Selling expense

28,097



26,278



112,568



109,931


General and administrative expense

39,333



45,004



157,274



158,568


    Total operating expenses

79,201



81,498



316,900



311,555


Net gain on disposal of assets

(5,759)



(8,810)



(6,024)



(10,579)


Impairment of goodwill



6,686





6,686


Income from operations

36,611



18,830



181,254



172,625


Interest income (expense), net and other

(594)



(250)



(1,737)



(634)


Foreign exchange gain (loss), net

91



(530)



(1,161)



137


Income before taxes

36,108



18,050



178,357



172,128


Provision for income taxes

8,051



5,293



44,375



45,495


Net income

$

28,057



$

12,757



$

133,982



$

126,633


Earnings per common share:








Basic

$

0.63



$

0.28



$

3.00



$

2.74


Diluted

$

0.63



$

0.28



$

2.98



$

2.72


Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

44,466



45,435



44,735



46,213


Diluted

44,684



45,776



44,921



46,540


Other data:








Depreciation and amortization

$

9,358



$

10,345



$

38,402



$

39,393


Pre-tax equity-based compensation expense

1,735



2,402



10,434



11,176


 

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries
UNAUDITED Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)




December 31,




2019


2018


Cash and short-term investments


$

230,210



$

160,180



Trade accounts receivable, net


139,364



146,052



Inventories


251,907



276,088



Other current assets


19,426



17,209



Total current assets


640,907



599,529



Property, plant and equipment, net


249,012



254,597



Goodwill


131,879



130,250



Other noncurrent assets


73,568



37,287



Total assets


$

1,095,366



$

1,021,663



Trade accounts payable


$

33,351



$

34,361



Other current liabilities


125,556



117,219



Total current liabilities


158,907



151,580



Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion


27,930





Other long-term liabilities - net of current portion


16,572



14,569



Stockholders' equity


891,957



855,514



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

1,095,366



$

1,021,663



 

 

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

UNAUDITED Segment and Product Group Information

(In thousands)

 




Three Months Ended




Twelve Months Ended






December 31,


%


December 31,


%


2019


2018


change *


2019


2018


change *

Net Sales by Reporting Segment













North America

$

226,840



$

204,656



11%


$

972,849



$

910,587



7%


Percentage of total net sales

86

%


85

%




86

%


84

%




Europe

33,497



34,931



(4)%


155,144



159,027



(2)%


Percentage of total net sales

13

%


14

%




14

%


15

%




Asia/Pacific

2,173



2,258



(4)%


8,546



9,195



(7)%


Percentage of total net sales

1

%


1

%




1

%


1

%





Total

$

262,510



$

241,845



9%


$

1,136,539



$

1,078,809



5%

Net Sales by Product Group**













Wood Construction

$

216,870



$

202,323



7%


$

948,768



$

913,202



4%


Percentage of total net sales

83

%


84

%




84

%


85

%




Concrete Construction

45,578



39,470



15%


187,462



165,317



13%


Percentage of total net sales

17

%


16

%




16

%


15

%




Other

62



52



N/M


309



290



N/M



Total

$

262,510



$

241,845



9%


$

1,136,539



$

1,078,809



5%

Gross Profit by Reporting Segment













North America

$

99,487



$

86,323



15%


$

435,738



$

421,820



3%


North America gross profit margin

44

%


42

%




45

%


46

%




Europe

10,006



11,070



(10)%


53,906



56,151



(4)%


Europe gross profit margin

30

%


32

%




35

%


35

%




Asia/Pacific

768



661



N/M


2,692



2,085



N/M


Administrative and all other

(208)



150



N/M


(206)



231



N/M



Total

$

110,053



$

98,204



12%


$

492,130



$

480,287



2%

Income (Loss) from Operations













North America

$

36,783



$

15,467



138%


$

176,329



$

168,139



5%


North America operating profit margin

16

%


8

%




18

%


18

%




Europe

(2,827)



(8,707)



68%


6,817



(2,656)



N/M


Europe operating profit margin

(8)

%


(25)

%




4

%


(2)

%




Asia/Pacific

105



(280)



N/M


(731)



(2,029)



N/M


Administrative and all other

2,550



12,350



N/M


(1,161)



9,171



N/M



Total

$

36,611



$

18,830



94%


$

181,254



$

172,625



5%





*

Unfavorable percentage changes are presented in parentheses.


**

The Company manages its business by geographic segment but is presenting sales by product group as additional information.


N/M

Statistic is not material or not meaningful.

CONTACT:
Addo Investor Relations
investor.relations@strongtie.com
(310) 829-5400

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