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NOVI, Mich., March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR) (the "Company"), the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and fleet vehicle industries (including last mile delivery, specialty service and vocation-specific upfit markets), as well as for the recreational vehicle markets, today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full-year periods ending December 31, 2019.

As previously announced, the Company divested its Emergency Response (ER) business effective February 1, 2020.  Accordingly, the financial results of ER have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented. Unless otherwise noted, financial results presented are based on continuing operations.

Full-Year 2019 Highlights from Continuing Operations

For the full-year 2019 compared to the full-year 2018:

  • Sales increased $186.0 million, or 32.6%, to $756.5 million from $570.5 million.  Including the discontinued operations, sales were $1.0 billion compared to $816.2 million.
  • Income from continuing operations increased $18.7 million, or 103.3%, to $36.8 million, or $1.03 per share, from $18.1 million, or $0.52 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 80.8% to $64.0 million, or 8.5% of sales, from $35.4 million, or 6.2% of sales.  Including the discontinued operations, adjusted EBITDA was $57.7 million compared to $34.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales would have been approximately 110 basis points higher, or 9.6%, excluding the pass-through impact on sales from the one-time multi-year USPS truck body order.
  • Adjusted net income improved 90.9% to $43.9 million, or $1.24 per share, from $23.0 million, or $0.66 per share.  Including the discontinued operations, adjusted net income per share was $1.03 compared to $0.55.
  • Consolidated backlog at December 31, 2019, totaled $336.6 million, up $194.0 million, or 136%, compared to $142.6 million at December 31, 2018, excluding the one-time, multi-year USPS truck body order.  The increase was primarily driven by strong demand for vehicles across the entire product portfolio and the acquisitions made throughout the year.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights from Continuing Operations

For the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the fourth quarter of 2018:

  • Sales increased $6.1 million, or 3.5%, to $180.0 million from $173.9 million. Including the discontinued operations, sales were $247.6 million compared to $233.0 million
  • Income from continuing operations increased $9.9 million, or 225.0%, to $14.3 million, or $0.40 per share, from $4.4 million, or $0.12 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 151.1%, to $23.6 million, or 13.1% of sales, compared to $9.4 million, or 5.4% of sales.  Including the discontinued operations, adjusted EBITDA was $23.0 million compared to $7.2 million.

"I'm incredibly pleased with our strong finish to the year, and I want to thank the entire team for their contributions.  Our results speak to the full organization's focus on long-term profitable growth, by way of geographic expansion, sustainable operational improvements, and customer-centric sales and service, and have well positioned the company for years to come," said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Today Spartan is more agile and is better positioned to continue to respond to the macro and micro trends that have accelerated changes in our markets. In addition to improving the Company's liquidity, this transformation will increase profitability, as well as provide us with the speed and flexibility to accelerate growth in our core markets."

Full-Year 2019 Segment Results from Continuing Operations

For the full-year 2019 compared to the full-year 2018:

Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS)

FVS segment sales increased $188.3 million, or 48.6%, to $575.9 million from $387.5 million.  This increase was driven by higher unit volumes and mix.  The sales volume increase in 2019 includes $91.4 million of chassis pass-thru revenues compared to $65.4 million in 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $34.0 million to $60.7 million, or 10.5% of sales, from $26.7 million, or 6.9% of sales, a year ago.  The improvement was driven by higher volume, mix and productivity improvements. Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales would have been approximately 200 basis points higher, or 12.5%, without the pass-through impact on sales from the USPS order.

The segment backlog at December 31, 2019, totaled $305.9 million, up 191%, compared to $105.0 million at December 31, 2018, which reflects strong demand for vehicles across the Company's entire product portfolio and excludes the one-time multi-year USPS truck body order.

Specialty Chassis and Vehicles (SCV)

SCV segment sales decreased $7.3 million to $185.9 million, or 3.8%, from $193.2 million a year ago.  This was primarily due to a decrease in luxury motor coach chassis sales, partially offset by sales from the Royal Truck Body (Royal) acquisition.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.1 million to $20.7 million, or 11.1% of sales, from $18.6 million, or 9.6% of sales, a year ago.  The improvement was primarily due to luxury motor coach chassis pricing and the Royal acquisition, partially offset by lower luxury motor coach chassis sales and mix.

The segment backlog at December 31, 2019, totaled $30.7 million, a 19% decrease, compared to $37.7 million at December 31, 2018.

Discontinued Operations

On February 1, 2020, the Company completed the sale of the ER business for $55 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.  The ER assets and liabilities have been reclassified as held-for-sale in the accompanying balance sheet and ER operating results have been reclassified as discontinued operations for all periods presented in the accompanying financial statements.

2020 Outlook

"Our 2019 financial performance reflects the successful integration of several key acquisitions and the continued momentum in our core markets.  As we look to 2020, we are confident that the strategic business transformation will bear positive results and position the Company to provide the industry leading innovative solutions our customers demand.  With the proceeds from the recent sale of our ER business, we are well positioned to deploy capital at higher returns that will drive our performance," continued Adams.

Company outlook for full-year 2020 from continuing operations is expected to be as follows:

  • Revenue to be in the range of $730.0 to $780.0 million, midpoint $755.0 million
  • Net income of $37.0 to $43.0 million, midpoint $40.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $66.0 - $74.0 million, midpoint $70.0 million
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 22%
  • Earnings per share of $1.04 - $1.20, midpoint $1.12; assuming 35.4 million shares outstanding
  • Adjusted earnings per share of $1.20 - $1.36, midpoint $1.28

"In 2019, we transformed the company and greatly improved our focus within our core markets.  We have expanded our U.S. manufacturing presence and have enhanced our product portfolio across all vehicle classes to meet customer demand.  With increased resources available to capitalize on emerging opportunities and a strategic eye toward both organic and acquisitive growth, we are optimistic about this year and the foreseeable future," 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. ET today to discuss these results and current business trends.  The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast: www.spartanmotors.com/webcasts or click on "Investor Relations" then "Webcasts"
Conference Call: 1-866-652-5200 (domestic) or 412-317-6060 (international); passcode: 10139520

For more information about Spartan, please visit www.spartanmotors.com

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. is the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries (including last-mile delivery, specialty service and vocation-specific upfit markets), as well as for recreational vehicle markets. The Company is organized into two core business segments: Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services and Spartan Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. Today, its family of brands also include Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan Chassis, Spartan Authorized Parts, Spartan Authorized Service Centers, and Spartan Factory Service Centers. Spartan Motors and its go-to-market brands are well known in their respective industries for quality, durability, aftermarket product support and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 2,900 associates, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. Spartan reported sales from continuing operations of $757 million in 2019. Learn more about 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 par value)

(Unaudited)






December 31,


December 31,


2019


2018

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$          19,349


$          27,439

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $228 and $99

58,874


68,009

Contract assets

10,898


9,229

Inventories

59,456


39,213

Other receivables - chassis pool agreements

8,162


-

Other current assets

5,344


3,952

Current assets held for sale

90,725


97,487

Total current assets

252,808


245,329





Property, plant and equipment, net

40,074


32,485

Right of use assets – operating leases

32,147


-

Goodwill

43,632


22,367

Intangible assets, net

54,061


5,011

Other assets

2,295


2,261

Net deferred tax asset

25,520


7,141

Noncurrent assets held for sale

-


39,190

TOTAL ASSETS

$        450,537


$       353,784

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$          54,713


$          73,384

Accrued warranty

5,694


4,407

Accrued compensation and related taxes

15,841


7,678

Deposits from customers

2,640


871

Operating lease liability

5,162


-

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses

15,967


8,620

Short-term debt - chassis pool agreements

8,162


-

Current portion of long-term debt

177


60

Current liabilities held for sale

49,601


43,077

Total current liabilities

157,957


138,097





Other non-current liabilities

4,922


4,058

Long-term operating lease liability

27,241


-

Long-term debt, less current portion

88,670


25,547

Total liabilities

278,790


167,702

Shareholders' equity:




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

-


-

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 80,000 shares authorized; 35,343 and 35,321 outstanding

353


353

Additional paid in capital

85,148


82,816

Retained earnings

86,764


103,571

Total Spartan Motors, Inc. shareholders' equity

172,265


186,740

Non-controlling interest

(518)


(658)

Total shareholders' equity

171,747


186,082

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$        450,537


$       353,784










Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


2019


2018

Sales

$       179,960


$       173,916


$       756,542


$       570,527

Cost of products sold

142,541


154,780


639,509


497,370

Restructuring charges

-


2


6


13

Gross profit

37,419


19,134


117,027


73,144










Operating expenses:









Research and development

1,389


919


4,864


3,771


Selling, general and administrative

17,688


12,333


64,473


46,206


Restructuring charges

46


-


76


649

Total operating expenses

19,123


13,252


69,413


50,626










Operating income

18,296


5,882


47,614


22,518










Other income (expense):









Interest expense

(1,008)


(262)


(1,839)


(1,080)


Interest and other income (expense)

423


(344)


1,370


12

  Total other expense

(585)


(606)


(469)


(1,068)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

17,711


5,276


47,145


21,450










Income tax expenses

3,426


860


10,355


3,334










Income from continuing operations

14,285


4,416


36,790


18,116









Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(41,952)


(2,581)


(49,216)


(3,104)

Net (loss) income 

(27,667)


1,835


(12,426)


15,012

Less:  Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

154


-


140


-










Net (loss) income attributable to Spartan Motors, Inc.

$        (27,821)


$            1,835


$       (12,566)


$         15,012










Basic earnings (loss) per share









Continuing operations

$             0.40


$              0.12


$              1.03


$             0.52


Discontinued operations

$            (1.19)


$            (0.07)


$            (1.39)


$           (0.09)


Basic (loss) earnings per share

$            (0.79)


$              0.05


$            (0.36)


$             0.43

Diluted earnings (loss) per share









Continuing operations

$             0.40


$              0.12


$              1.03


$             0.52


Discontinued operations

$            (1.18)


$            (0.07)


$            (1.39)


$           (0.09)


 Diluted (loss) earnings per share

$            (0.78)


$              0.05


$            (0.36)


$             0.43









Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

35,339


35,210


35,318


35,187










Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

35,582


35,210


35,416


35,187




Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Year Ended December 31, 2019 (in thousands of dollars)



Business Segments




Fleet Vehicles &
Services


Specialty
Chassis &
Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Fleet vehicle sales

$     504,023


$      5,278


$    (5,278)


$      504,023

Motorhome chassis sales

-


127,130


-


127,130

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


43,067


-


43,067

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

71,871


10,451


-


82,322

       Total Sales

$     575,894


$   185,926


$    (5,278)


$      756,542









Adjusted EBITDA

$       60,663


$     20,716


$  (17,334)


$        64,045




Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Year Ended December 31, 2018 (in thousands of dollars)



Business Segments




Fleet Vehicles &
Services


Specialty
Chassis &
Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Fleet vehicle sales

$       297,627


$        10,221


$   (10,221)


$        297,627

Motorhome chassis sales

-


149,533


-


149,533

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


22,570


-


22,570

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

89,922


10,875


-


100,797

       Total Sales

$       387,549


$     193,199


$   (10,221)


$        570,527









Adjusted EBITDA

$         26,680


$       18,620


$     (9,915)


$          35,385



Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 (in thousands of dollars)



Business Segments



Fleet Vehicles &
Services


Specialty
Chassis &
Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Fleet vehicle sales

$     122,593


$               -


$                  -


$      122,593

Motorhome chassis sales

-


25,306


-


25,306

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


19,371


-


19,371

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

9,955


2,735


-


12,690

       Total Sales

$    132,548


$   47,412


$                  -


$      179,960









Adjusted EBITDA

$      21,076


$     6,608


$      (4,098)


$        23,586



Spartan Motors, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended December 31, 2018 (in thousands of dollars)



Business Segments


Fleet Vehicles &
Services


Specialty
Chassis &
Vehicles


Other


Consolidated

Fleet vehicle sales

$     102,710


$        2,904


$     (2,904)


$      102,710

Motorhome chassis sales

-


33,890


-


33,890

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

-


6,002


-


6,002

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

28,299


3,015


-


31,314

       Total Sales

$     131,009


$     45,811


$      (2,904)


$      173,916









Adjusted EBITDA

$         6,476


$      5,301


$     (2,425)


$          9,352





Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)


Period End Backlog (amounts in thousands of dollars) 












Dec. 31, 2019


Sept. 30, 2019


Jun. 30, 2019


Mar. 31, 2019


Dec. 31, 2018











Fleet Vehicles and Services*

$  305,876


$  223,753


$  272,399


$  188,528


$  218,775

Motorhome Chassis *

20,097


26,719


31,852


28,470


36,584

      Other Vehicles

10,062


11,769


-


-


-

 Aftermarket Parts and Accessories

575


1,459


565


667


1,072

Total Specialty Chassis & Vehicles

30,734


39,947


32,417


29,137


37,656











Total Backlog

$  336,610


$  263,700


$  304,816


$  217,665


$  256,431











* Anticipated time to fill backlog orders at December 31, 2019; two-12 months for Fleet Vehicles and Services; less than one month to 12 months for Specialty Chassis and Vehicles.


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), which is a non-GAAP financial measure. This non-GAAP measure is calculated by excluding items that we believe to be infrequent or not indicative of our continuing operating performance. In the fourth quarter of 2019, in connection with the divestiture of our ER business, we refined the definition of adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted to eliminate the impact of restructuring charges, acquisition related expenses and adjustments, non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, and other gains and losses not reflective of our ongoing operations.  Adjusted EBITDA for all prior periods presented have been recast to conform to the current presentation.

We present the non-GAAP measure adjusted EBITDA because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance. The presentation of adjusted EBITDA enables investors to better understand our operations by removing items that we believe are not representative of our continuing operations and may distort our longer-term operating trends. We believe this measure 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 continuing operating performance. We believe that presenting this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors because it permits investors to view performance using the same tools that management uses to budget, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate our historical performance. We believe that the presentation of this non-GAAP measure, when considered together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to that measure, provides investors with additional understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained in the absence of this disclosure.

Our management uses adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to our segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also used, along with other financial and non-financial measures, for purposes of determining annual and long-term incentive compensation for our management team.


Financial Summary (Non-GAAP)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

Spartan Motors, Inc.

2019

% of
sales


2018

% of
sales


2019

% of
sales


2018

% of
sales

Income from continuing operations

$    14,285

7.9%


$      4,416

2.5%


$    36,790

4.9%


$   18,116

3.2%

Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(154)



-



(140)



-


Add (subtract): 












Restructuring and other related charges

46



152



316



662


Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

1,544



1,150



3,531



1,952


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

1,403



949



5,281



4,027


Deferred tax asset adjustment

-



(14)



135



(313)


Tax effect of adjustments

(619)



(440)



(2,056)



(1,433)


Adjusted net income

$     16,505

9.2%


$      6,213

3.6%


$   43,857

5.8%


$   23,011

4.0%













Income from continuing operations

$      14,285

7.9%


$      4,416

2.5%


$   36,790

4.9%


$   18,116

3.2%

Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(154)



-



(140)



-


Add (subtract): 












Depreciation and amortization

2,028



1,562



6,073



6,214


Taxes on income

3,426



860



10,355



3,334


Interest expense

1,008



263



1,839



1,080


EBITDA

$     20,593

11.4%


$      7,101

4.1%


$   54,917

7.3%


$   28,744

5.0%













Add (subtract): 












Restructuring and other related charges

46



152



316



$        662


Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

1,544



1,150



3,531



1,952


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

1,403



949



5,281



4,027


Adjusted EBITDA

$   23,586

13.1%


$     9,352

5.4%


$   64,045

8.5%


$   35,385

6.2%













Diluted net earnings per share

$        0.40



$       0.12



$       1.03



$        0.52


Add (subtract): 












Restructuring and other related charges

-



-



-



0.02


Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

0.04



0.03



0.11



0.06


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

0.05



0.03



0.15



0.11


Deferred tax asset adjustment

-



-



-



(0.01)


Tax effect of adjustments

(0.02)



(0.01)



(0.05)



(0.04)


Adjusted diluted net earnings per share

$       0.47



$       0.17



$       1.24



$       0.66





Financial Summary (Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


 Forecast


Year Ending December 31, 2020


Low


Mid


High

Income from continuing operations

$       36,978


$       39,786


$       42,594

Add: 






Depreciation and amortization

11,098


11,098


11,098

Interest expense

1,048


1,048


1,048

Taxes

10,428


11,220


12,012







Add (subtract): 






Non-cash stock-based compensation and other charges

6,800


6,800


6,800

Adjusted EBITDA

$       66,352


$       69,952


$       73,552







Earnings per share

$           1.04


$           1.12


$           1.20

Add: 






Non-cash stock-based compensation and other charges

0.19


0.19


0.19

Less tax effect of adjustments

(0.03)


(0.03)


(0.03)

Adjusted earnings per share

$           1.20


$           1.28


$           1.36

 

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