AKRON, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MYE) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.
- Income per diluted share from continuing operations was a loss of $0.04, compared to $0.00 for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $0.05, compared to $0.45 for the full year of 2015; adjusted income per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.00, compared to $0.06 for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $0.44, compared to $0.57 for the full year of 2015
- Fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 net sales declined 6.6% and 7.2%, respectively; primarily the result of a reduced capital spending environment in several key customer end markets
- Selling, general and administrative expenses declined by $8.8 million in 2016 to $138.6 million, representing 24.8% of net sales, compared to 24.5% of net sales in the prior year
- Working capital improvements and disciplined capital spending resulted in $21 million in free cash flow (cash flow from continuing operations less capital expenditures) for 2016; $16 million returned to shareholders as dividends during 2016
- Amended and extended loan agreement announced on March 9, 2017 enables greater financial flexibility
- Announcing enterprise strategy focused on growth opportunities in key niche markets and improving operational efficiency to drive strong cash flow growth; established long-term financial targets
President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Banyard commented, “Fourth-quarter results were in line with our expectations as we faced the continued impact of a reduced capital spending environment that persisted across many industrial markets for most of 2016. Demand in agriculture markets has been notably weak with record sales declines in some channels over the previous two years. Some of our most strategic products sell into these customers. While we are disappointed with our sales performance during the year, we managed costs well and made tangible improvements in the management of working capital and capital spending, both of which will continue to be part of our strengths moving forward.”
“This past year was a transition period for Myers Industries. We enter 2017 with a strong enterprise strategy focused on delivering safety and efficiency solutions to our customers. We have established a solid foundation of operating principles within our strategy that focus on niche markets, flexible operations and strong cash flow. Instilling a culture of ownership within our team will drive execution of the strategy and help deliver strong results in the future.”
|Quarter Ended December 31,||Year Ended December 31,|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|Gross profit margin||27.7||%||28.9||%||29.5||%||29.6||%|
|Income from continuing operations:|
|Income (loss) per diluted share||$||(0.04||)||$||—||(100.0||)%||$||0.05||$||0.45||(88.9||)%|
|Operating income as adjusted(1)||$||1,883||$||4,730||(60.2||)%||$||29,161||$||36,473||(20.0||)%|
|Income from continuing operations as adjusted(1):|
|Income (loss) per diluted share||$||—||$||0.06||(100.0||)%||$||0.44||$||0.57||(22.8||)%|
Details regarding the adjusted charges are provided on the Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures included in this release.
Fourth-Quarter 2016 Financial Summary
Fourth-quarter net sales decreased 6.6% (or 7.3% excluding currency fluctuation) to $130.1 million, compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The reduction in sales was primarily the result of decreased capital spending in several of the Company’s key end markets. Gross profit margin decreased 120 basis points to 27.7%, due to lower sales volumes and resulting operational inefficiencies. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 8.6% to $35.1 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 as a result of cost reductions at both the corporate and segment level. Fourth-quarter GAAP loss per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.04, compared to income per diluted share of $0.00 for the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted income per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.00, compared to income per diluted share of $0.06 for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decline in income per diluted share was due to the lower gross profit, which was partially offset by the decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses.
Net sales in the Material Handling Segment for the fourth quarter of 2016 were down 6.2% (or 7.2% excluding currency fluctuation) vs. the fourth quarter of 2015. The reduction in net sales was due to a decrease in volume in the agriculture end market, partially offset by sales increases in the segment’s recreational vehicle and Brazil beverage markets. The segment’s GAAP operating income was $3.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $8.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The segment’s adjusted operating income was $4.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $9.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decline in operating income was due to the lower sales volumes, an unfavorable product mix and operational inefficiencies, partially offset by cost reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses.
Net sales in the Distribution Segment for the fourth quarter of 2016 were down 7.3% vs. the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in net sales was due to lower sales of equipment and retread products. The segment’s GAAP operating income was $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $2.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The segment’s adjusted operating income was $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in operating income was primarily the result of a favorable product mix which offset the lower sales volume during the quarter.
Full-Year 2016 Financial Summary
Full-year net sales decreased 7.2% (or 6.7% excluding currency fluctuation) to $558.1 million, compared to the full year of 2015. The reduction in sales was primarily the result of decreased capital spending in several of the Company’s key end markets. Gross profit margin of 29.5% was flat year-over-year. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 6.0% to $138.6 million primarily as a result of cost reductions. GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.05, compared to $0.45 for the full year of 2015. Adjusted income per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.44, compared to $0.57 for the full year of 2015.
The Material Handling Segment’s net sales for the full year of 2016 were down 6.4% (or 5.6% excluding currency fluctuation) vs. the full year of 2015 due primarily to declines in the agricultural and beverage markets. The segment’s GAAP operating income was $29.6 million for the full year of 2016 compared to $49.8 million for the full year of 2015. The segment’s adjusted operating income was $38.2 million for the full year of 2016 compared to $50.0 million for the full year of 2015.
The Distribution Segment’s net sales for the full year of 2016 were down 9.0% vs. the full year of 2015. The decrease in net sales was primarily due to lower equipment sales and lower sales volume in the retread market segment, partially offset by higher pricing. Additionally, the Company implemented a sales force improvement initiative in 2016 that resulted in lower sales in some territories. The initiative is designed to broaden market coverage, upgrade the talent of the sales team and improve the overall sales process. Sales force turnover and territory gaps during the year resulted in reductions in sales from those territories. The segment’s GAAP operating income was $12.8 million for the full year of 2016 compared to $16.1 million for the full year of 2015. The segment’s adjusted operating income was $12.8 million for the full year of 2016 compared to $16.6 million for the full year of 2015.
Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook
For fiscal year 2017, the Company anticipates that total revenue will be flat on a constant currency basis. It also expects capital expenditures to be in the range of $10 to $12 million, net interest expense to be between $8 and $9 million, depreciation and amortization of $32 to $34 million, and an effective tax rate of approximately 36%.
Today the Company also disclosed details regarding its enterprise strategy and long-term financial performance targets. Myers Industries’ enterprise strategy is centered on three key elements:
- Niche market focus
- Flexible operations
- Strong cash flow growth
Management believes that using this business model and building a culture focused on safety and efficiency wherein employees think and act like owners will drive above average shareholder returns over the long term. As part of this strategy, the following long-term targets have been established:
|Adjusted Operating Income Margin||5%||>8%||>10%|
|Free Cash Flow/Sales||4%||>7%||>9%|
President and CEO Dave Banyard commented, “We believe we have an excellent platform to build upon our expertise providing solutions in safety and efficiency for a variety of niche applications in industrial end-markets. During the past year, our management team completed market research analyses on each of our key end-markets. Once that initial step was complete, we began implementing lean initiatives to immediately improve operational performance while simultaneously enhancing talent and resources around important functions that will help us unlock the long-term potential we’ve identified. We now have market leaders and cross functional teams dedicated to niche opportunities across our two operating segments, and we are investing in systems and pricing tools that will help our teams utilize data more effectively to drive results.”
“We’ve already made several important structural changes to the business, including solid working capital improvements in each business and a 15 percent reduction in corporate headcount during the fourth-quarter of 2016. In 2017, we’ll continue to identify opportunities to improve our organizational structure and operational efficiency. Specifically, we will begin a consolidation of our manufacturing footprint in Material Handling that we expect to complete by year-end, and we will also be evaluating potential new sourcing partnerships as we seek a more flexible operating model. This strategic initiative will cost approximately $10 million in 2017 and we expect to save approximately the same amount on an annualized basis once the project is completed. We believe these efforts, combined with our focus on driving sales in niche markets, as well as our commitment to disciplined cash return metrics will help us deliver compelling long-term value to shareholders.”
Conference Call Details
The Company will host an earnings conference call and webcast for investors and analysts on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The call is anticipated to last approximately one hour and may be accessed at: (US) 866-393-4306 or (Int’l) 734-385-2616. Callers are asked to sign on at least five minutes in advance. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.myersindustries.com. Click on the Investor Relations tab to access the webcast. Webcast attendees will be in a listen-only mode. An archived replay of the call will also be available on the site shortly after the event. To listen to the telephone replay, callers should dial: (US) 855-859-2056 or (Int’l) 404-537-3406. The replay passcode is Conference ID: 64317849.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses certain non-GAAP measures in this release. Adjusted EPS, adjusted income per diluted share from continuing operations, adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and are intended to serve as a supplement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Myers Industries believes that such information provides an additional measurement and consistent historical comparison of the Company’s performance. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is available in this news release.
About Myers Industries
Myers Industries, Inc. is an international manufacturer of polymer products for industrial, agricultural, automotive, commercial and consumer markets. The Company is also the largest distributor of tools, equipment and supplies for the tire, wheel and undervehicle service industry in the U.S. Visit www.myersindustries.com to learn more.
Caution on Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release may include “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statement that is not of historical fact may be deemed “forward-looking”. Words such as “expect”, “believe”, “project”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “objective”, “goal”, “view” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current views and assumptions of future events and financial performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many outside of the Company's control that could cause actual results to materially differ from those expressed or implied. Risks and uncertainties include: raw material availability, increases in raw material costs, or other production costs; risks associated with our strategic growth initiatives or the failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of such initiatives; unanticipated downturn in business relationships with customers or their purchases; competitive pressures on sales and pricing; changes in the markets for the Company's business segments; changes in trends and demands in the markets in which the Company competes; unexpected failures at our manufacturing facilities; future economic and financial conditions in the United States and around the world; inability of the Company to meet future capital requirements; claims, litigation and regulatory actions against the Company; changes in laws and regulations affecting the Company; and other risks as detailed in the Company's 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such reports are available on the Securities and Exchange Commission's public reference facilities and its website at www.sec.gov, and on the Company's Investor Relations section of its website at www.myersindustries.com. Myers Industries undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein. These statements speak only as of the date made.
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|For the Quarter Ended||For the Year Ended|
|Cost of sales||94,049||98,940||393,422||423,260|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||35,128||38,430||138,598||147,417|
|Interest expense, net||2,086||2,100||8,173||8,999|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes||(1,199||)||(276||)||7,995||21,862|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||48||(151||)||6,470||7,809|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||(1,247||)||(125||)||1,525||14,053|
|Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes||(211||)||896||(468||)||3,709|
|Net income (loss)||$||(1,458||)||$||771||$||1,057||$||17,762|
|Income (loss) per common share from continuing operations:|
|Income (loss) per common share from discontinued operations:|
|Net income (loss) per common share:|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|Quarter Ended December 31,||Year Ended December 31,|
|2016||2015||% Change||2016||2015||% Change|
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|Quarter Ended December 31,||Year Ended December 31,|
|Operating income as reported||$||3,431||$||8,140||$||29,583||$||49,762|
|Litigation reserve reversal||-||-||-||(3,010||)|
|Reduction to contingent liability||-||(2,335||)|
|Restructuring expenses and other adjustments||810||1,535||1,102||3,285|
|Operating income as adjusted||4,241||9,675||38,224||50,037|
|Operating income as reported||3,031||2,557||12,834||16,114|
|Restructuring expenses and other adjustments||-||312||-||507|
|Operating income as adjusted||3,031||2,869||12,834||16,621|
|Corporate expense as reported||(5,575||)||(8,873||)||(26,249||)||(35,015||)|
|CFO severance related costs||-||-||2,011||-|
|Professional, legal fees and other adjustments||186||859||186||3,364|
|Corporate expense as adjusted||(5,389||)||(7,814||)||(21,897||)||(30,185||)|
|Operating income as reported||887||1,824||16,168||30,861|
|Total of all adjustments above||996||2,906||12,993||5,612|
|Operating income as adjusted||1,883||4,730||29,161||36,473|
|Interest expense, net||(2,086||)||(2,100||)||(8,173||)||(8,999||)|
|Income (loss) before taxes as adjusted||(203||)||2,630||20,988||27,474|
|Income tax expense*||76||(939||)||(7,871||)||(9,808||)|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations as adjusted||$||(127||)||$||1,691||$||13,117||$||17,666|
|Adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share from continuing operations||$||(0.00||)||$||0.06||$||0.44||$||0.57|
*Income taxes are calculated using the normalized effective tax rate for each year. The normalized rate used in 2016 is 37.5% and in 2015 was 36%.
Note on Reconciliation of Income and Earnings Data: Income from continuing operations as adjusted and adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations are non-GAAP financial measures that Myers Industries, Inc. calculates according to the schedule above, using GAAP amounts from the unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company believes that the excluded items are not primarily related to core operational activities. The Company believes that income (loss) excluding items that are not primarily related to core operating activities is generally viewed as providing useful information regarding a company's operating profitability. Management uses income (loss) excluding these items as well as other financial measures in connection with its decision-making activities. Income (loss) excluding these items should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), income (loss) before taxes or other consolidated income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company's method for calculating income (loss) excluding these items may not be comparable to methods used by other companies.
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|Quarter Ended||Year Ended|
|Net Income as Reported Continuing Operations||$||(3,336||)||$||5,684||$||424||$||(1,247||)||$||1,525|
|Add: tax expense||2,446||3,429||547||48||6,470|
|Add: net interest expense||2,019||2,053||2,015||2,086||8,173|
|Add: one-time unusual charges||10,556||544||897||996||12,993|
|EBITDA as Adjusted||20,184||20,475||12,512||10,455||63,626|
Note on Reconciliation of Income and Earnings Data: EBITDA as adjusted is a financial measure that Myers Industries, Inc. calculates according to the schedule above using amounts from the unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Income (Loss) Before Taxes By Segment and GAAP amounts from the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations. The Company believes that EBITDA as adjusted provides useful information regarding a company's operating profitability. Management uses EBITDA as adjusted as well as other financial measures in connection with its decision-making activities. EBITDA as adjusted should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), income (loss) before taxes or other consolidated income data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company's method for calculating EBITDA as adjusted may not be comparable to methods used by other companies.
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|December 31, 2016||December 31, 2015|
|Accounts receivable, net||73,818||77,633|
|Total Current Assets||141,151||154,308|
|Property, Plant, & Equipment, Net||111,482||130,773|
|Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity|
|Total Current Liabilities||79,312||116,812|
|Long-term debt, net||189,522||191,881|
|Deferred income taxes||10,582||10,041|
|Total Shareholders' Equity||93,033||97,703|
|Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity||$||381,684||$||428,791|
MYERS INDUSTRIES, INC.
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Cash Flows From Operating Activities|
|Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes||(468||)||3,709|
|Income from continuing operations||1,525||14,053|
Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities
|Non-cash stock-based compensation expense||3,357||4,934|
|Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation||(64||)||(38||)|
|Payments on performance based compensation||(1,794||)||(1,303||)|
|Accrued interest income on note receivable||(1,268||)||(1,060||)|
|Other long-term liabilities||(579||)||1,106|
|Cash flows provided by (used for) working capital|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||1,083||573|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||(27,319||)||(13,107||)|
|Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities - continuing operations||33,721||49,354|
|Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities - discontinued operations||—||(11,622||)|
|Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities||33,721||37,732|
|Cash Flows From Investing Activities|
|Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment||468||1,261|
|Proceeds (payments) related to sale of business||(4,034||)||70,762|
|Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities - continuing operations||(16,089||)||48,296|
|Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities - discontinued operations||—||(581||)|
|Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities||(16,089||)||47,715|
|Cash Flows From Financing Activities|
|Net borrowing (repayments) on credit facility||(3,804||)||(37,110||)|
|Cash dividends paid||(16,221||)||(16,675||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock||3,374||2,924|
|Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation||64||38|
|Repurchase of common stock||—||(30,023||)|
|Shares withheld for employee taxes on equity awards||(1,166||)||(975||)|
|Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities - continuing operations||(17,753||)||(81,821||)|
|Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities - discontinued operations||—||—|
|Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities||(17,753||)||(81,821||)|
|Foreign exchange rate effect on cash||665||(958||)|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash||544||2,668|
|Cash at January 1||7,344||4,676|
|Cash at December 31||$||7,888||$||7,344|