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Paul Mueller Company Announces Its Second Quarter Earnings of 2020

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Paul Mueller Company (OTC:MUEL) today announced earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

PAUL MUELLER COMPANY
SIX-MONTH REPORT
Unaudited
(In thousands)
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                       
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  June 30   June 30   June 30
  2020   2019   2020   2019   2020   2019
                       
Net Sales $ 53,223   $ 54,061   $ 95,383   $ 95,943   $ 196,617   $ 188,370
Cost of Sales 36,602   38,940   66,901   70,766   138,570   138,984
Gross Profit $ 16,621   $ 15,121   $ 28,482   $ 25,177   $ 58,047   $ 49,386
Selling, General and Administrative Expense 11,484   10,997   21,989   22,496   45,165   45,559
Operating Income $ 5,137   $ 4,124   $ 6,493   $ 2,681   $ 12,882   $ 3,827
Interest Expense (94)   (187)   (709)   (595)   (941)   (964)
Other Income 5   8   442   285   508   341
Income before Provision for Income Taxes $ 5,048   $ 3,945   $ 6,226   $ 2,371   $ 12,449   $ 3,204
Provision for Income Taxes 1,200   981   1,503   487   3,021   636
Net Income $ 3,848   $ 2,964   $ 4,723   $ 1,884   $ 9,428   $ 2,568
                       
Earnings per Common Share –– Basic $3.22   $2.48   $3.95   $1.58   $7.88   $2.15
                                               –– Diluted  $3.22   $2.48   $3.95   $1.58   $7.88   $2.15

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
       
  Six Months Ended
  June 30
  2020   2019
       
Net Income $ 4,723   $ 1,884
Other Comprehensive Income, Net of Tax:      
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustment 16   12
Comprehensive Income $ 4,739   $ 1,896


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
  June 30   December 31
  2020   2019
       
Cash and Short-Term Investments $ 18,554   $ 1,072
Accounts Receivable 22,021   28,509
Inventories 21,896   20,552
Current Net Investments in Sales-Type Leases 53   47
Other Current Assets 1,778   3,763
  Current Assets $ 64,302   $ 53,943
       
Net Property, Plant, and Equipment 45,082   47,406
Right of Use Assets 1,396   1,421
Other Assets 22,417   21,355
Long-Term Net Investments in Sales-Type Leases 804   769
  Total Assets $ 134,001   $ 124,894
       
Accounts Payable $ 11,917   $ 10,534
Current Maturities and Short-Term Debt 1,320   6,208
Current Lease Liabilities 446   485
Other Current Liabilities 33,075   27,021
  Current Liabilities $ 46,758   $ 44,248
       
Long-Term Debt 18,289   15,334
Long-Term Pension Liabilities 28,252   30,395
Other Long-Term Liabilities 2,601   1,566
Lease Liabilities 950   936
  Total Liabilities $ 96,850   $ 92,479
Shareholders' Investment 37,151   32,415
  Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Investment $ 134,001   $ 124,894


SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
       
  June 30   December 31
  2020   2019
Book Value per Common Share $ 31.07   $ 27.11
Total Shares Outstanding 1,195,747   1,195,866
Backlog $ 87,547   $ 79,791
       


 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDERS' INVESTMENT
        Common Stock   Paid-in Surplus   Retained Earnings   Treasury Stock   Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)    
                    Total
Balance, December 31, 2019   $ 1,508   $ 9,708   $ 68,484   $ (6,341)   $ (40,944)   $ 32,415
Add (Deduct):                        
  Net Income           4,723           4,723
  Other Comprehensive Income, Net of Tax                   16   16
  Treasury Stock Acquisition               (3)       (3)
Balance, June 30, 2020   $ 1,508   $ 9,708   $ 73,207   $ (6,344)   $ (40,928)   $ 37,151


 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
  Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2020
  Six Months
Ended
June 30,2019
Operating Activities:      
       
  Net Income $ 4,723   $ 1,884
       
Adjustment to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:      
Pension Contributions (Greater) Less than Expense (2,142)   (1,241)
Bad Debt Expense (Recovery) (26)   (242)
Depreciation & Amortization 3,192   3,275
Loss (Gain) on Sales of Equipment 1   (17)
Change in Assets and Liabilities      
Dec (Inc) in Accts and Notes Receivable 6,514   (7,053)
Dec in Cost in Excess of Estimated Earnings and Billings 1,229   251
(Inc) Dec in Inventories (1,345)   1,440
Dec (Inc) in Prepayments 755   (280)
(Inc) in Net Investment in Sales-type leases (41)   -
Dec (Inc) in Other Assets 71   (78)
Inc in Accounts Payable 1,382   2,555
Inc (Dec) in Other Accrued Expenses 5,169   (2,478)
Inc in Advanced Billings 5,366   3,965
(Dec) Inc in Billings in Excess of Costs and Estimated Earnings (4,480)   6,371
Inc (Dec) in Other Long-Term Liabilities 66   (135)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 20,434   $ 8,217
       
Investing Activities      
Proceeds from Sales of Equipment 3   31
Additions to Property and Equipment (824)   (1,768)
Net Cash (Required) for Investing Activities $ (821)   $ (1,737)
       
Financing Activities      
(Repayment) of principal portion of lease liability for operating (25)   -
(Repayment) Proceeds of Short-Term Borrowings, Net (4,875)   (1,055)
Proceeds (Repayment) of Long-Term Debt 2,758   (5,210)
Treasury Stock Acquisitions (3)   -
Net Cash (Required) for Financing Activities $ (2,145)   $ (6,265)
       
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes 14   (33)
       
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 17,482   $ 182
       
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year 1,072   715
       
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Quarter $ 18,554   $ 897

PAUL MUELLER COMPANY
SUMMARIZED NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(1) Results of Operations: (In thousands)
                                                                                              
A. The chart below depicts the net revenue on a consolidating basis for the three months ended June 30.

Three Months Ended June 30
Revenue 2020   2019
Domestic $41,902   $40,110
Mueller BV $11,587   $14,419
Eliminations ($266)   ($468)
Net Revenue $53,223   $54,061

The chart below depicts the net revenue on a consolidating basis for the six months ended June 30.

Six Months Ended June 30
Revenue 2020   2019
Domestic $71,526   $68,022
Mueller BV $24,389   $29,082
Eliminations ($532)   ($1,161)
Net Revenue $95,383   $95,943

The chart below depicts the net revenue on a consolidating basis for the twelve months ended June 30.

Twelve Months Ended June 30
Revenue 2020   2019
Domestic $148,004   $132,407
Mueller BV $49,743   $57,919
Eliminations ($1,130)   ($1,956)
Net Revenue $196,617   $188,370

The chart below depicts the net income on a consolidating basis for the three months ended June 30.

Three Months Ended June 30
Net Income 2020   2019
Domestic $3,526   $2,878
Mueller BV $316   $83
Eliminations $6   $3
Net Income $3,848   $2,964

The chart below depicts the net income on a consolidating basis for the six months ended June 30.

Six Months Ended June 30
Net Income 2020   2019
Domestic $4,452   $1,822
Mueller BV $2,020   $88
Eliminations $9   ($26)
Net Income $6,481   $1,884

The chart below depicts the net income on a consolidating basis for the twelve months ended June 30.

Twelve Months Ended June 30
Net Income 2020   2019
Domestic $10,042   $4,393
Mueller BV ($631)   ($1,804)
Eliminations $17   ($21)
Net Income $9,428   $2,568

B. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a challenge. The strong beginning of the year backlog in the U.S. and reduced spending has partially mitigated the initial financial impact of the pandemic resulting in strong earnings for the first six months.  However, the uncertainty in the economy has slowed order entry creating excess capacity.    

C. June 30, 2020 backlog was $87.5 million which is $7.8 million higher than the $79.8 million at December 31, 2019.  In the U.S., backlog is $77.8 million which is up $8.2 million (12%) from December 31, 2019.  However, 75% of the U.S. backlog is in the Pharmaceutical groups and Mueller Field Operations which received a large order for a juice storage facility.  When you remove the backlog related to the juice facility project, total U.S. June 30th backlog is down 25% from December 31, 2019.  Mueller BV backlog has been relatively flat but still at recent historic lows.

In the U.S., the Company has furloughed some employees and have had the majority of the employees working reduced schedules of 24-32 hours a week since May to keep the employees working while stretching out the workload and maintaining customer delivery dates.  With the lower revenue, Mueller BV head count (FTE's) has been reduced by 49 (18%) since the beginning of the year.  Capital Expenditures, major renovations and maintenance projects have been temporarily put on hold to conserve cash.  On June 19th, the Company received a $1.88 million Payroll Protection Program loan to facilitate keeping its employees employed.  The loan is up to five years at 1% interest.   

D. Revenue for the three months and six months are relatively flat to the previous year with U.S. revenue increases offsetting the decreases in The Netherlands.  The trailing twelve months revenue increase is driven by the large pharmaceutical backlog in the U.S. that went into production in mid-2019.  This backlog in the pharmaceutical segment led to an increase in second quarter revenue over the last year's second quarter by 46%.  Mueller Field Operations showed increased revenue from the previous year's quarter from large projects including a large juice facility project.  These increases offset a 43% decrease in Dairy Farm Equipment revenue quarter over quarter.  In The Netherlands, the business conditions continue to be soft with trailing revenues down compared to last year at three-month, six-month and twelve months.  However, The Netherlands continues to save in expenses.

Net Income was favorable from the prior year at three-month, six-month and twelve-month trailing results. Similar to the revenue variance explanations for the U.S., increased profitable pharmaceutical and field operations work more than offset the weak dairy farm segment.  In the Netherlands, better margins and expense savings are more than offsetting the reduced revenue.

E. As of June 30, 2020, total debt was $19.6 million compared to $21.5 million as of December 31, 2019.  Cash and cash equivalents were $18.6 million at June 30, 2020 compared to $1.1 million at December 31, 2019.  Advanced Billings for the Company which is a liability representing deposits received from customers on large projects was $14.2 million at June 30th compared to $8.9 million at December 31, 2019.

As of June 30th, Mueller BV had its first test of its loan covenants since it violated certain covenants as of December 31, 2018.  On March 4, 2019, the Company loaned Mueller BV funds to pay down the existing loan and in return Mueller BV received adjustments to the covenant requirements and a waiver of all financial covenants until being tested again on June 30, 2020.  As of June 30, both Mueller BV and the Company were in compliance of all financial covenant requirements.

F. The pre-tax results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, were favorably affected by $0.1 million decrease in the LIFO reserve.  The pre-tax results for the twelve months ended June 30, 2020 were favorably affected by $0.5 million decrease in the LIFO reserve.  The pre-tax results for the three months ended June 30, 2019, were favorably affected by a $0.4 million decrease in the LIFO reserve. The pre-tax results for the six months ended June 30, 2019, were unfavorably affected by a $0.4 million increase in the LIFO reserve. The pre-tax results for the twelve months ended June 30, 2019, were unfavorably affected by a $0.5 million increase in the LIFO reserve. 

G. The consolidated financials are affected by the euro to dollar exchange rate when consolidating Mueller B.V., the Dutch subsidiary.  The month end euro to dollar exchange rate was 1.14 for June, 2019; 1.12 for December, 2019; and 1.12 for June, 2020, respectively.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions. All statements regarding future performance growth, conditions, or developments are forward-looking statements.  Actual future results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the factors described in the Company's Annual Report under "Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements", which is available at paulmueller.com.  The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update these forward-looking statements to reflect any future events or circumstances.

The accounting policies related to this report and additional management discussion and analysis are provided in the 2019 annual report, available at
www.paulmueller.com

Press Contact: Ken Jeffries | Paul Mueller Company | Springfield, MO 65802 | (417) 575-9346

kjeffries@paulmueller.com | http://paulmueller.com

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