L.B. Foster Reports Second Quarter Operating Results

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 4, 2014 /CNW/ -- L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ: FSTR), a leading manufacturer, fabricator, and distributor of products and services for rail, construction, energy and utility markets, today reported its second quarter 2014 operating results, which included income from continuing operations of $0.66 per diluted share, a 7.0% decrease from the second quarter of 2013.  Included in these results is a $4.6 million pretax warranty charge ($0.27 per diluted share) related to concrete railroad ties.  Sales were $166.8 million, 11.3% higher than the second quarter of 2013.

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Second Quarter Results

  • Second quarter net sales of $166.8 million increased by $16.9 million, or 11.3%, compared to the prior year quarter due to an 18.3% increase in Rail segment sales and a 14.3% increase in Tubular segment sales.
  • Gross profit margin was 18.4%, 110 basis points lower than the prior year quarter.  The decline was due to reduced Tubular and Rail segment margins, partially offset by improved Construction segment margins.  Included in the second quarter results is a $4.6 million warranty charge related to concrete railroad ties manufactured in our Grand Island, NE facility which was shut down in February 2011.  This charge was a result of the Company's continuous review of its warranty obligations. 1Excluding this charge, gross profit would have been a robust 21.2% for the second quarter.
  • Second quarter income from continuing operations was $6.8 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $7.3 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, last year.  Excluding the previously mentioned $4.6 million warranty charge, income from continuing operations would have increased 32.8% over prior year to $9.6 million, or $0.93 per diluted share.  This adjusted increase over the prior year second quarter is due to improved profitability in our Rail and Construction segments.
  • Second quarter bookings were $161.6 million, a 34.9% increase over the prior year second quarter, due to 64.0% and 56.1% improvements in Rail and Tubular segment orders, respectively, driven by strong activity in the Rail Distribution and Coated Products divisions.  June 2014 backlog was $247.8 million, 12.5% higher than June 2013.
  • Selling and administrative expense increased by $1.6 million, or 9.2%, due principally to personnel related costs as well as consulting fees related to the preparation for, and identification of a new enterprise resource planning system.
  • The Company's income tax rate from continuing operations was 32.9% compared to 34.6% in the prior year quarter.  The income tax rate from continuing operations compares favorably to the prior year quarter as the current year quarter was positively impacted by certain state income tax matters.
  • Cash flow from continuing operating activities for the second quarter of 2014 used $0.5 million compared to $16.7 million of cash provided in the second quarter of 2013.  The current year quarter was unfavorably impacted by a significant increase in accounts receivable, due to significantly stronger sales in May and June 2014 as compared to 2013. DSO improved in the second quarter to 45 days from 55 days at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

 

1 Reconciliations of non-GAAP amounts are set forth on the attached financial tables.

CEO Comments

Robert P. Bauer, L.B. Foster Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I was very pleased with the underlying performance of our business in the second quarter.  Bookings in the quarter were very strong at $161.6 million, up 34.9% over prior year, and our backlog stands at $247.8 million going into the second half of the year.  This was the rebound we were looking for following the slow start in the first quarter.   Our operating performance was equally encouraging with gross margins excluding the warranty charge of 21.2% on sales that were up 11.3% over the prior year quarter driving a 31.0% increase in EPS.  As previously forecasted, we are seeing continued spending in the rail industry driven by strong end user demand, our Tubular Products business is maintaining a solid backlog, and the Construction business is clearly seeing better market activity than at this time last year.  The positive economic climate is allowing us to continue executing on the growth initiatives and I expect acquisition activity to increase in the near term."  Mr. Bauer concluded by saying, "In July, we completed the acquisition of a diversified concrete products company that will expand our served market and particularly improve our competitive position in the northeastern United States."

Q2 Business Segment Highlights
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Rail Segment

Rail sales increased 18.3% due to stronger performances in our Allegheny Rail Products, CXT Concrete ties and Rail Technologies businesses.  The 2014 gross profit margin is unfavorably impacted by a $4.6 million warranty charge.  Excluding the warranty charge, second quarter gross profit margins improved due to volume related leverage and improved execution in several of our Rail businesses.

 


2014

2013

  Variance

Sales

$107,484

$90,892

18.3%

Gross Profit

$18,527

$17,466


 Excluding charge

$23,135

$17,466


Gross Profit  %

17.2%

19.2%


 Excluding charge

21.5%

19.2%


 

Construction Segment

Construction sales declined by 4.3% in the quarter due principally to a reduction in Piling Products sales, partially offset by increased sales in Fabricated Bridge Products.  Gross profit margins improved due to margin improvement in all businesses in this segment as well as a favorable product mix.

 


2014

2013

  Variance

Sales

$41,810

$43,697

(4.3%)

Gross Profit

$7,693

$6,665


Gross Profit  %

18.4%

15.3%


 

Tubular Segment

Tubular sales improved by 14.3% in the quarter due to sales of our fourth quarter 2013 acquisition within the Coated Products division, partially offset by softer Coated Products sales excluding the acquisition.  Tubular gross profit margins declined due principally to lower Coated Products margins, which is reflective of cost overruns incurred during a complex project in the current quarter.

 


2014

2013

  Variance

Sales

$17,538

$15,347

14.3%

Gross Profit

$4,391

$5,237


Gross Profit  %

25.0%

34.1%


 

First Half 2014 Results

  • Net sales for the first six months of 2014 decreased by $1.0 million, or 0.4%, due to a 14.1% decline in Construction segment sales, partially offset by a 5.0% increase in Rail segment sales and a 6.1% improvement in Tubular segment sales.
  • Gross profit margin was 19.7%, 40 basis points higher than the prior year period.  Excluding the previously mentioned warranty charge, gross profit would have been 21.4% for the first six months of 2014, or 200 basis points higher than 2013.  This improvement was driven by profitability improvements in the Rail and Construction segments, partially offset by lower Tubular segment profitability. 
  • Selling and administrative expense increased by $2.5 million, or 7.2%, due principally to personnel related costs as well as consulting fees related to the preparation for, and the identification of a new enterprise resource planning system.  Incentive compensation expense was approximately $0.3 million ($0.02 per diluted share) lower for the first half 2014 as a result of the warranty adjustment.
  • Income from continuing operations was $10.5 million, or $1.02 per diluted share,
    compared to $12.2 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, last year.  The decline was due to the $4.6 million warranty charge taken in the second quarter.  Excluding the charge, income from continuing operations would have been $13.3 million, or $1.29 per diluted share.
  • The Company's income tax rate from continuing operations was 32.4%, compared to 34.1% in the prior year six month period.  The income tax rate from continuing operations compares favorably to the prior year period as the current year was positively impacted by certain state income tax matters.
  • Cash flow provided from continuing operating activities was $31.6 million for the first half of 2014, compared to a use of cash of $0.5 million in the prior year period.  The current year period was favorably impacted by an improvement in working capital.  Capital expenditures were $7.7 million compared to $3.1 million in the comparable 2013 period.

Concrete Tie Warranty Update

The Company recorded a $4.6 million pre-tax warranty charge in the quarter related to concrete railroad ties manufactured at the Company's Grand Island, NE facility which was closed in February 2011.  This charge was necessary as the company periodically reviews the status of the field replacements and the model being used to anticipate future replacements.  The majority of the charge will support the warranty exposure for ties that were sold to the Union Pacific Railroad. 

Through the first half of the year the Company has been working with UPRR on sections of track where replacements are taking place.  A dedicated team of knowledgeable and experienced L.B. Foster associates are in the field participating in the evaluation of ties that require replacement.  As we continue to make progress on addressing the defective ties in track, we are continually evaluating the status of the warranty reserve that will support the anticipated cost of replacements for the entire warranty period.

L.B. Foster Company will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its second quarter 2014 operating results on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:00 am ET.  The call will be hosted by Mr. Robert Bauer, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Listen via audio on the L.B. Foster web site: www.lbfoster.com, by accessing the Investor Relations page.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing 866-713-8563 and providing access code 78267559.

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts are forward-looking. When we use the words "believe," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "estimate," "plan," "predict," "project," or their negatives, or other similar expressions, the statements which include those words are usually forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from the results anticipated in any forward-looking statement.  Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on current expectations and assumptions about future events. While the Company considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. The risks and uncertainties that may affect the operations, performance and results of the Company's business and forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, an economic slowdown in the markets we serve; the risk of doing business in international markets; our ability to effectuate our strategy including evaluating of potential opportunities such as strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and other initiatives, and our ability to effectively integrate new businesses and realize anticipated benefits; a decrease in freight or passenger rail traffic; a lack of state or federal funding for new infrastructure projects; increased regulation including conflict minerals; an increase in manufacturing or material costs; the ultimate number of concrete ties that will have to be replaced pursuant to the previously disclosed product warranty claim of the Union Pacific Railroad and an overall resolution of the related contract claims; risks inherent in litigation and those matters set forth in Item 8, Footnote 20, "Commitments and Contingent Liabilities" and in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and reports on Form 10-Q thereafter.  The Company urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the many business and other risks that the Company faces.  The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by securities laws.


Contact:                    



David Russo 

Phone:     412.928.3417 

L.B. Foster Company


Email:       Investors@Lbfoster.com  

415 Holiday Drive


Website:  www.lbfoster.com

Pittsburgh, PA 15220

 

 

L.B. FOSTER COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

(In thousands, except per share data)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30,


June 30,



2014


2013


2014


2013



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)










Net sales

$

166,832

$

149,936

$

278,246

$

279,257

Cost of goods sold


136,132


120,761


223,419


225,234

Gross profit


30,700


29,175


54,827


54,023










Selling and administrative expenses


19,599


17,951


37,624


35,081

Amortization expense


1,172


700


2,313


1,401

Interest expense


126


125


249


258

Interest income


(147)


(139)


(291)


(345)

Equity in income of nonconsolidated investment


(142)


(420)


(346)


(596)

Other income


(115)


(137)


(250)


(315)



20,493


18,080


39,299


35,484










Income from continuing operations before income taxes


10,207


11,095


15,528


18,539










Income tax expense


3,359


3,838


5,031


6,331










Income from continuing operations


6,848


7,257


10,497


12,208










Discontinued operations:









Income from discontinued operations before income taxes


23


62


23


23

Income tax expense


9


24


9


9

Income from discontinued operations


14


38


14


14










Net income

$

6,862

$

7,295

$

10,511

$

12,222










Basic earnings per common share:









From continuing operations

$

0.67

$

0.71

$

1.03

$

1.20

From discontinued operations


0.00


0.00


0.00


0.00

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.67

$

0.72

$

1.03

$

1.20










Diluted earnings per common share:









From continuing operations

$

0.66

$

0.71

$

1.02

$

1.19

From discontinued operations


0.00


0.00


0.00


0.00

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.67

$

0.71

$

1.02

$

1.19










Dividends paid per common share

$

0.03

$

0.03

$

0.06

$

0.06










Average number of common shares outstanding - Basic


10,223


10,173


10,210


10,165










Average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted


10,309


10,253


10,309


10,238

 

L.B. FOSTER COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)








June 30,


December 31,



2014


2013



(Unaudited)



ASSETS










Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

87,555

$

64,623

Accounts receivable - net


94,496


98,437

Inventories - net


84,617


76,956

Current deferred tax assets


461


461

Prepaid income tax


674


4,741

Other current assets


4,486


2,000

Current assets of discontinued operations


19


149

Total current assets


272,308


247,367






Property, plant and equipment - net


53,979


50,109






Other assets:





Goodwill


57,781


57,781

Other intangibles - net


49,556


51,846

Investments


4,896


5,090

Other assets


1,432


1,461

Total Assets

$

439,952

$

413,654






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





Accounts payable

$

59,413

$

46,620

Deferred revenue


8,345


5,715

Accrued payroll and employee benefits


7,081


8,927

Accrued warranty


9,594


7,483

Current maturities of long-term debt


109


31

Current deferred tax liabilities


179


179

Other accrued liabilities


6,005


6,501

Liabilities of discontinued operations


-


26

Total current liabilities


90,726


75,482






Long-term debt


289


25

Deferred tax liabilities


11,404


11,798

Other long-term liabilities


9,815


9,952






Stockholders' equity:





Class A Common Stock


111


111

Paid-in capital


47,045


47,239

Retained earnings


308,252


298,361

Treasury stock


(23,242)


(24,731)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(4,448)


(4,583)

Total stockholders' equity


327,718


316,397

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

439,952

$

413,654

 

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures.  These financial measures include gross profit margins excluding concrete tie costs and earnings per share from continuing operations excluding concrete tie costs.  The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in order to provide a better understanding of these measures excluding certain costs incurred in 2014. The costs incurred were associated to concrete ties manufactured at its Grand Island facility which was closed in 2011.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for GAAP financial results and should only be considered in conjunction with the Company's financial information that is presented in accordance with GAAP.  Quantitative reconciliations of the GAAP measures are presented below:

 

L.B. FOSTER COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In Thousands, except per share data)














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,

Gross profit margins excluding concrete tie charges

2014

2013


2014

2013


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)







Net sales, as reported

$      166,832

$      149,936


$     278,246

$     279,257

Cost of goods sold, as reported

136,132

120,761


223,419

225,234

Gross profit

30,700

29,175


54,827

54,023







Product warranty charges, before income tax

4,608

-


4,608

-







Gross profit, excluding certain charges

$       35,308

$       29,175


$       59,435

$       54,023













Gross profit percentage, as reported

18.40%

19.46%


19.70%

19.35%

Gross profit percentage, excluding certain charges

21.16%

19.46%


21.36%

19.35%














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

June 30,


June 30,

excluding concrete tie charges

2014

2013


2014

2013


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)







Income from continuing operations, as reported

$       10,207

$       11,095


$       15,528

$       18,539







Product warranty charges, before income tax

4,608

-


4,608

-







Incentive compensation, before income tax

(344)

-


(344)

-







Income from continuing operations, before income taxes, 






excluding certain charges

$       14,471

$       11,095


$       19,792

$       18,539














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

Income from continuing operations (including diluted earnings

June 30,


June 30,

per share) excluding concrete tie charges

2014

2013


2014

2013


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)







Income from continuing operations, as reported

$         6,848

$         7,257


$       10,497

$       12,208







Product warranty charges, net of income tax

3,015

-


3,015

-







Incentive compensation, net of income tax

(225)

-


(225)

-







Income from continuing operations, excluding certain charges

$         9,638

$         7,257


$       13,287

$       12,208













DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:






FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, as reported

$0.66

$0.71


$1.02

$1.19

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:






FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, excluding certain charges

$0.93

$0.71


$1.29

$1.19







AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES






OUTSTANDING - DILUTED, as reported

10,309

10,253


10,309

10,238







AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES






OUTSTANDING - DILUTED, excluding certain charges

10,310

10,253


10,310

10,238

 

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SOURCE L.B. Foster Company