Worthington Industries
Earnings Details
3rd Quarter February 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:55:00 AM
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Worthington Industries (WOR) reported 3rd Quarter February 2020 earnings of $0.64 per share on revenue of $764.0 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.68 per share on revenue of $775.6 million. Revenue fell 12.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Worthington Industries Inc is a metal manufacturing company. It is engaged in steel processing including design & manufacturing steel custom platforms, racks & pallets; manufacturing pressure cylinders including CNG & LPG; & manufacturing engineered cabs.

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Worthington Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $764.0 million and net earnings of $15.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended Feb. 29, 2020.  In the third quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company reported net sales of $874.4 million and net earnings of $26.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share.  Results in both the current and prior year quarter include the following impairment, restructuring and other items:

(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

  3Q 2020 3Q 2019 
  Pre-Tax EPS Pre-Tax  EPS
Impairment and restructuring (charges) gains $(36.0) $(0.48) $11.2  $0.14 
Composite tank replacement program  2.3   0.03   (13.0)  (0.17)
Gain on consolidation of Samuel Steel Pickling $6.1  $0.08  $-  $- 

In addition, the current quarter included estimated inventory holding losses in Steel Processing of $6.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to estimated losses in the prior year quarter of $10.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.  Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:

(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

  3Q 2020  3Q 2019 9M 2020 9M 2019
Net sales $764.0  $874.4 $2,447.5 $2,820.7
Operating income (loss)  (1.4)  26.0  16.1  112.8
Equity income  25.5   20.8  97.6  71.9
Net earnings  15.3   26.8  62.6  115.7
Earnings per diluted share $0.27  $0.46 $1.11 $1.95

“While I’m pleased with our results in the third quarter, today, our top priority is keeping our people safe and managing our businesses through this difficult crisis,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO.  “I am extremely proud of how our employees have come together, collectively navigating the unprecedented challenges facing our Company and our country.” 

Consolidated Quarterly Results

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 were $764.0 million, down 13% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $874.4 million. The decrease was driven primarily by lower average selling prices in Steel Processing and lower volume in Pressure Cylinders, partially offset by higher volumes in Steel Processing.
Gross margin increased $25.5 million over the prior year quarter to $115.5 million.  The increase was driven primarily by higher direct spreads and higher toll volume in Steel Processing combined with a higher contribution from Pressure Cylinders in the current quarter, compared to the prior year quarter that included the unfavorable impact of the tank replacement program.

Operating loss for the current quarter was $1.4 million compared to operating income of $26.0 million in the prior year quarter as the improvement in gross margin was more than offset by higher impairment and restructuring charges in Pressure Cylinders and higher SG&A expense. 

Interest expense was $7.4 million for the current quarter, compared to $9.3 million in the prior year quarter.  The decrease was due primarily to lower average debt levels and lower average interest rates resulting from the debt refinancing transactions completed earlier in the year.

Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $4.7 million over the prior year quarter to $25.5 million, primarily due to higher contributions from ClarkDietrich, ArtiFlex and WAVE.  The Company received cash distributions of $21.0 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter.

Income tax expense was $4.8 million in the current quarter compared to $8.4 million in the prior year quarter on lower pre-tax earnings as a result of the significant impairment and restructuring charges recognized in the current quarter.  Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective rate of 24.6%, compared to an estimated rate of 23.3% for the prior year quarter.

Balance Sheet

At quarter-end, total debt was unchanged from Nov. 30, 2019 at $698.8 million and the Company had $103.4 million of cash on hand. 

Quarterly Segment Results

Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $491.1 million, down 12%, or $64.7 million, from the comparable prior year quarter driven primarily by lower average selling prices, partially offset by higher volume.  Operating income was $19.0 million, up $8.9 million from the prior year quarter on higher direct spreads and the impact of higher toll volume.  Direct spreads in the current quarter benefited from lower inventory holding losses.  The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 44% to 56% in the current quarter, compared to 57% to 43% in the prior year quarter.  The change in mix was driven primarily by the consolidation of the toll processing joint venture, Samuel Steel Pickling, during the current quarter.

Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $271.0 million, down 7%, or $19.7 million, from the comparable prior year quarter due to lower volumes in both the industrial products and consumer products businesses.  Operating loss of $19.9 million in the current quarter compared to operating income of $19.0 million in the prior year quarter.  The decline was due primarily to higher impairment and restructuring charges, which were up $45.3 million over the gain recognized in the prior year quarter, partially offset by the favorable impact of the change in reserves for the tank replacement program initiated in the prior year quarter.  Excluding the impact of these items, operating income was down $8.8 million on lower contributions from both the industrial products and consumer products businesses, partially offset by improvements in the oil and gas equipment business. 

Recent Developments

  • On Dec. 31, 2019, the Company contributed the recently acquired assets of Heidtman Steel to the Samuel Steel Pickling joint venture, increasing the Company’s total ownership interest in the joint venture to 63%, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $6.1 million during the quarter.

  • On Feb. 12, 2020, the Company announced a plan to consolidate its oil and gas equipment manufacturing operation in Wooster, Ohio, into its existing facility in Bremen, Ohio, resulting in pre-tax impairment and restructuring charges of $33.9 million during the quarter.  The closure of the Wooster facility is expected to be completed by May 29, 2020.

  • On March 18, 2020, the Company’s Worthington Specialty Processing joint venture announced a plan to consolidate its manufacturing operations in Canton, Mich., into its existing facilities in Jackson and Taylor, Mich., resulting in pre-tax impairment and restructuring charges to the joint venture of $1.6 million during the quarter.  The closure of the Canton facility is expected to be completed by May 29, 2020.

  • On March 25, 2020, the Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share payable on June 29, 2020 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2020.

  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased a total of 550,000 common shares for $21.4 million at an average price of $38.86


“There are still many unknowns regarding the spread of COVID-19 and how the measures to control it will impact the economy and our Company,” McConnell said.  “Many of our facilities are considered ‘essential businesses’ under the various state and federal guidelines and will continue to operate based on customer demand.  I am especially grateful to our production workforce who are leading our effort to serve our customers and our country by continuing to make products.” 

Conference Call

Worthington will review fiscal 2020 third quarter results during its quarterly conference call on March 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time.  Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at www.WorthingtonIndustries.com.

About Worthington Industries 

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch® and Well-X-Trol®. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 57 facilities in 15 states and six countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 9,000 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities. 

Safe Harbor Statement

The Company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Statements by the Company relating to the impacts from COVID-19 and the actions taken by governmental authorities and others related thereto, including the ability of the Company to continue operating facilities in connection therewith; outlook, strategy or business plans; future or expected growth, growth potential, forward momentum, performance, competitive position, sales, volumes, cash flows, earnings, margins, balance sheet strengths, debt, financial condition or other financial measures; pricing trends for raw materials and finished goods and the impact of pricing changes; the ability to improve or maintain margins; expected demand or demand trends for the Company or its markets; additions to product lines and opportunities to participate in new markets; expected benefits from Transformation and innovation efforts; the ability to improve performance and competitive position at the Company’s operations; anticipated working capital needs, capital expenditures and asset sales; anticipated improvements and efficiencies in costs, operations, sales, inventory management, sourcing and the supply chain and the results thereof; projected profitability potential; the ability to make acquisitions and the projected timing, results, benefits, costs, charges and expenditures related to acquisitions, joint ventures, headcount reductions and facility dispositions, shutdowns and consolidations; projected capacity and the alignment of operations with demand; the ability to operate profitably and generate cash in down markets; the ability to capture and maintain market share and to develop or take advantage of future opportunities, customer initiatives, new businesses, new products and new markets; expectations for Company and customer inventories, jobs and orders; expectations for the economy and markets or improvements therein; expectations for generating improving and sustainable earnings, earnings potential, margins or shareholder value; effects of judicial rulings; and other non-historical matters constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Act. Because they are based on beliefs, estimates and assumptions, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Any number of factors could affect actual results, including, without limitation, the risks, uncertainties and impacts related to actual or potential public health emergencies such as COVID-19 and actions taken by governmental authorities or others in connection therewith; the effect of national, regional and global economic conditions generally and within major product markets, including significant economic disruptions from COVID-19 and the actions taken in connection therewith; the effect of conditions in national and worldwide financial markets; the impact of tariffs, the adoption of trade restrictions affecting the Company’s products or suppliers, a United States withdrawal from or significant renegotiation of trade agreements, the occurrence of trade wars, the closing of border crossings, and other changes in trade regulations or relationships; lower oil prices as a factor in demand for products; product demand and pricing; changes in product mix, product substitution and market acceptance of the Company’s products; fluctuations in the pricing, quality or availability of raw materials (particularly steel), supplies, transportation, utilities and other items required by operations; the outcome of adverse claims experience with respect to workers’ compensation, product recalls or product liability, casualty events or other matters; effects of facility closures and the consolidation of operations; the effect of financial difficulties, consolidation and other changes within the steel, automotive, construction, oil and gas, and other industries in which the Company participates; failure to maintain appropriate levels of inventories; financial difficulties (including bankruptcy filings) of original equipment manufacturers, end-users and customers, suppliers, joint venture partners and others with whom the Company does business; the ability to realize targeted expense reductions from headcount reductions, facility closures and other cost reduction efforts; the ability to realize cost savings and operational, sales and sourcing improvements and efficiencies, and other expected benefits from Transformation initiatives, on a timely basis; the overall success of, and the ability to integrate, newly-acquired businesses and joint ventures, maintain and develop their customers, and achieve synergies and other expected benefits and cost savings therefrom; capacity levels and efficiencies, within facilities, within major product markets and within the industries in which the Company participates as a whole; the effect of disruption in the business of suppliers, customers, facilities and shipping operations due to adverse weather, casualty events, equipment breakdowns, interruption in utility services, civil unrest, international conflicts, terrorist activities or other causes; changes in customer demand, inventories, spending patterns, product choices, and supplier choices; risks associated with doing business internationally, including economic, political and social instability, foreign currency exchange rate exposure and the acceptance of the Company’s products in global markets; the ability to improve and maintain processes and business practices to keep pace with the economic, competitive and technological environment; deviation of actual results from estimates and/or assumptions used by the Company in the application of its significant accounting policies; the level of imports and import prices in the Company’s markets; the impact of judicial rulings and governmental regulations, both in the United States and abroad, including those adopted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental agencies as contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the effect of healthcare laws in the United States and potential changes for such laws which may increase the Company’s healthcare and other costs and negatively impact the Company’s operations and financial results; cyber security risks; the effects of privacy and information security laws and standards; and other risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in “Part I – Item 1A. – Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2019.

614.438.7391 | sonya.higginbotham@worthingtonindustries.com

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200 Old Wilson Bridge Rd. | Columbus, Ohio 43085

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
 February 29,
  February 28,
  February 29,
  February 28,
Net sales$763,996  $874,381  $2,447,492  $2,820,714 
Cost of goods sold 648,451   784,360   2,094,045   2,466,762 
Gross margin 115,545   90,021   353,447   353,952 
Selling, general and administrative expense 80,928   75,220   260,294   250,529 
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets 34,627   -   75,228   2,381 
Restructuring and other expense (income), net 1,376   (11,176)  1,781   (11,710)
Operating income (loss) (1,386)  25,977   16,144   112,752 
Other income (expense):               
Miscellaneous income, net 6,985   525   8,316   2,222 
Interest expense (7,362)  (9,341)  (24,157)  (28,541)
Loss on extinguishment of debt -   -   (4,034)  - 
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates 25,479   20,802   97,592   71,897 
Earnings before income taxes 23,716   37,963   93,861   158,330 
Income tax expense 4,828   8,415   20,506   34,032 
Net earnings 18,888   29,548   73,355   124,298 
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 3,577   2,775   10,734   8,581 
Net earnings attributable to controlling interest$15,311  $26,773  $62,621  $115,717 
Average common shares outstanding 54,930   56,478   55,078   57,650 
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest$0.28  $0.47  $1.14  $2.01 
Average common shares outstanding 55,898   57,974   56,164   59,389 
Earnings per share attributable to controlling interest$0.27  $0.46  $1.11  $1.95 
Common shares outstanding at end of period 54,598   56,181   54,598   56,181 
Cash dividends declared per share$0.24  $0.23  $0.72  $0.69 


(In thousands)
 February 29,  May 31, 
 2020  2019 
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$103,430  $92,363 
Receivables, less allowances of $1,678 and $1,150 at February 29, 2020       
and May 31, 2019, respectively 472,741   501,944 
Raw materials 177,400   268,607 
Work in process 91,585   113,848 
Finished products 107,886   101,825 
Total inventories 376,871   484,280 
Income taxes receivable 11,152   10,894 
Assets held for sale 14,032   6,924 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 74,974   69,508 
Total current assets 1,053,200   1,165,913 
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates 222,724   214,930 
Operating lease assets 35,230   - 
Goodwill 321,128   334,607 
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $89,763 and       
$87,759 at February 29, 2020 and May 31, 2019, respectively 191,052   196,059 
Other assets 33,479   20,623 
Property, plant and equipment:       
Land 24,212   23,996 
Buildings and improvements 294,307   310,112 
Machinery and equipment 1,057,947   1,049,068 
Construction in progress 51,223   49,423 
Total property, plant and equipment 1,427,689   1,432,599 
Less: accumulated depreciation 855,419   853,935 
Total property, plant and equipment, net 572,270   578,664 
Total assets$2,429,083  $2,510,796 
Liabilities and equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$361,356  $393,517 
Accrued compensation, contributions to employee benefit plans and       
related taxes 53,787   78,155 
Dividends payable 14,427   14,431 
Other accrued items 48,797   59,810 
Current operating lease liabilities 10,757   - 
Income taxes payable 423   1,164 
Current maturities of long-term debt 296   150,943 
Total current liabilities 489,843   698,020 
Other liabilities 71,815   69,976 
Distributions in excess of investment in unconsolidated affiliate 95,291   121,948 
Long-term debt 698,552   598,356 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities 27,841   - 
Deferred income taxes, net 73,548   74,102 
Total liabilities 1,456,890   1,562,402 
Shareholders' equity - controlling interest 821,495   831,246 
Noncontrolling interests 150,698   117,148 
Total equity 972,193   948,394 
Total liabilities and equity$2,429,083  $2,510,796 

(In thousands)
 Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
 February 29,
  February 28,
  February 29,
  February 28,
Operating activities:               
Net earnings$18,888  $29,548  $73,355  $124,298 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:               
Depreciation and amortization 22,780   23,625   69,553   71,643 
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets 34,627   -   75,228   2,381 
Provision for (benefit from) deferred income taxes (5,006)  (730)  (1,661)  21,493 
Bad debt expense 273   201   584   454 
Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of distributions (4,474)  (865)  (19,271)  3,298 
Net gain on sale of assets (5,838)  (12,606)  (5,237)  (10,203)
Stock-based compensation 2,725   1,143   10,000   7,755 
Loss on extinguishment of debt -   -   4,034   - 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:               
Receivables 5,992   1,546   15,517   55,793 
Inventories 3,024   (1,054)  90,907   (38,525)
Accounts payable 29,630   19,002   (28,347)  (51,158)
Accrued compensation and employee benefits (9,144)  (11,391)  (22,740)  (38,769)
Other operating items, net (6,156)  3,619   (6,072)  (21,273)
Net cash provided by operating activities 87,321   52,038   255,850   127,187 
Investing activities:               
Investment in property, plant and equipment (21,219)  (19,379)  (71,774)  (60,554)
Acquisitions (500)  -   (29,783)  - 
Distributions from unconsolidated affiliate -   1,492   -   56,693 
Proceeds from sale of assets 119   27,843   9,318   48,290 
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities (21,600)  9,956   (92,239)  44,429 
Financing activities:               
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of issuance costs -   -   101,464   - 
Principal payments on long-term obligations and debt redemption costs (344)  (303)  (154,811)  (1,104)
Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of tax withholdings 429   104   (6,595)  (4,645)
Payments to noncontrolling interests -   -   (1,453)  (6,327)
Repurchase of common shares (21,373)  (28,587)  (50,972)  (129,020)
Dividends paid (13,263)  (13,119)  (40,177)  (39,371)
Net cash used by financing activities (34,551)  (41,905)  (152,544)  (180,467)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 31,170   20,089   11,067   (8,851)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 72,260   93,027   92,363   121,967 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$103,430  $113,116  $103,430  $113,116 

(In thousands, except volume)
This supplemental information is provided to assist in the analysis of the results of operations.
 Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
 February 29,
  February 28,
  February 29,
  February 28,
Steel Processing (tons) 1,139,280   839,939   3,035,514   2,774,006 
Pressure Cylinders (units) 17,381,319   21,295,052   59,173,363   63,237,461 
Net sales:               
Steel Processing$491,136  $555,871  $1,531,448  $1,851,401 
Pressure Cylinders 270,995   290,690   865,527   885,490 
Other 1,865   27,820   50,517   83,823 
Total net sales$763,996  $874,381  $2,447,492  $2,820,714 
Material cost:               
Steel Processing$342,620  $430,807  $1,109,822  $1,391,809 
Pressure Cylinders 119,285   135,186   373,267   407,372 
Selling, general and administrative expense:               
Steel Processing$36,001  $29,651  $109,000  $103,647 
Pressure Cylinders 45,417   42,503   140,631   134,081 
Other (490)  3,066   10,663   12,801 
Total selling, general and administrative expense$80,928  $75,220  $260,294  $250,529 
Operating income (loss):               
Steel Processing$19,021  $10,166  $42,361  $74,842 
Pressure Cylinders (19,865)  18,953   25,405   48,444 
Other (542)  (3,142)  (51,622)  (10,534)
Total operating income (loss)$(1,386) $25,977  $16,144  $112,752 
Equity income (loss) by unconsolidated affiliate:               
WAVE$20,074  $18,768  $85,729  $59,195 
ClarkDietrich 4,909   1,742   13,916   4,756 
Serviacero Worthington 797   527   2,354   6,783 
ArtiFlex 1,688   (41)  3,028   1,122 
Other (1,989)  (194)  (7,435)  41 
Total equity income$25,479  $20,802  $97,592  $71,897 

(In thousands, except volume)
The following provides detail of Pressure Cylinders volume and net sales by principal class of products.
 Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
 February 29,
  February 28,
  February 29,
  February 28,
Volume (units):               
Consumer products 14,096,440   17,718,604   49,669,887   52,428,516 
Industrial products 3,284,605   3,576,129   9,501,983   10,807,688 
Oil & gas equipment 274   319   1,493   1,257 
Total Pressure Cylinders 17,381,319   21,295,052   59,173,363   63,237,461 
Net sales:               
Consumer products$113,258  $118,006  $360,803  $352,023 
Industrial products 129,042   148,018   411,994   452,883 
Oil & gas equipment 28,695   24,666   92,730   80,584 
Total Pressure Cylinders$270,995  $290,690  $865,527  $885,490 
The following provides detail of impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets and restructuring and other expense (income), net included in operating income by segment. 
 Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
 February 29,
  February 28,
  February 29,
  February 28,
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets:               
Steel Processing$1,274  $-  $1,274  $- 
Pressure Cylinders 33,353   -   33,353   2,381 
Other -   -   40,601   - 
Total impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets$34,627  $-  $75,228  $2,381 
Restructuring and other expense (income), net:               
Steel Processing$728  $-  $702  $(9)
Pressure Cylinders 747   (11,176)  747   (11,701)
Other (99)  -   332   - 
Total restructuring and other expense (income), net$1,376  $(11,176) $1,781  $(11,710)



Source: Worthington Industries, Inc.