L.B. Foster Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 5, 2013 /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 third quarter 2013 operating results, which included income from continuing operations of $0.95 per diluted share.

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Third Quarter Results

  • Third quarter net sales of $162.2 million decreased by $8.1 million or 4.8% compared to the prior year quarter due to a 4.9% decline in Rail segment sales and a 45.0% reduction in Tubular segment sales, partially offset by a 7.3% increase in Construction segment sales.
  • Gross profit margin was 19.3% compared to 18.0% in the prior year quarter. The increase was due to a $3.0 million warranty charge recorded in the prior year quarter. The warranty provision was required due to the previously reported product claim related to concrete railroad ties manufactured in our Grand Island, NE facility that was shut down in February 2011. Excluding the warranty charge, prior year third quarter gross margin would have been 19.8%.
  • Third quarter income from continuing operations was $9.8 million or $0.95 per diluted share
    compared to $8.5 million or $0.83 per diluted share last year. Excluding concrete tie charges from the prior year period, third quarter income from continuing operations would have been $10.2 million or $1.00 per diluted share. Third quarter 2013 income from continuing operations was adversely affected by the lower volume of Tubular segment sales as compared to the prior year period.
  • Third quarter bookings were $133.1 million, a 5.5% decline from the prior year third quarter, due principally to reductions in Tubular and Rail segment orders, partially offset by an increase in Construction segment orders. September 2013 backlog was $197.5 million, 12.5% lower than September 2012.
  • Selling and administrative expense increased by $1.0 million or 5.8%, due principally to increases related to salaried headcount, partially offset by a reduction in concrete tie testing costs.
  • The Company's income tax rate from continuing operations was 30.2% compared to 35.4% in the prior year. The income tax rate from continuing operations in the current year quarter was favorably impacted by discrete tax items related to certain state income tax matters.
  • Cash provided from continuing operating activities for the third quarter of 2013 was $3.0 million compared to $21.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. Working capital fluctuations represent a large portion of the quarter over quarter change.

CEO Comments
Robert P. Bauer, L.B. Foster Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "This quarter unfolded much like we projected in our last update when we discussed changing order patterns as Construction turned positive after a prolonged market weakness and Tubular segment orders declined after several strong quarters. These changing order patterns had an unfavorable impact on profit margins which we discussed in our outlook last quarter. Year-to-date earnings per share were $2.15 and while this is flat with the prior year adjusted results, it's a pretty good story given the lower Tubular segment volume." Mr. Bauer concluded by saying, "News from the marketplace remains positive long term. Indicators for the construction market have all improved, and the oil and gas industries remain healthy."

Q3 Business Segment Highlights
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Rail Segment
Rail sales decreased 4.9% due to sales reductions in our concrete tie and rail distribution businesses, partially offset by stronger sales in our transit products and Allegheny Rail Products divisions. The third quarter 2012 $3.0 million warranty charge related to concrete ties negatively impacted prior period gross profit margins, however, third quarter 2013 Rail segment margins were 60 basis points better than the prior period on an adjusted basis.


2013

2012

Variance

Sales

$105,552

$110,993

(4.9%)

Gross Profit

$21,647

$19,111


Gross Profit %

20.5%

17.2%


Construction Segment
Construction sales increased by 7.3% in the quarter due to stronger piling products sales and, to a lesser extent, improved sales in concrete buildings. Gross profit margins held relatively flat despite the negative change to product mix.


2013

2012

Variance

Sales

$49,320

$45,948

7.3%

Gross Profit

$7,614

$7,183


Gross Profit %

15.4%

15.6%


Tubular Segment
Tubular sales declined by 45.0% in the quarter due to softer coated products sales. We believe that reduced order entry and backlog in the oil and gas markets were impacted by project delays as end users reacted to changing market conditions. Gross profit margins declined due principally to volume related de-leveraging, and our decision to work on plant improvements during lower volume production periods.


2013

2012

Variance

Sales

$7,376

$13,405

(45.0%)

Gross Profit

$1,608

$4,401


Gross Profit %

21.8%

32.8%


Nine Month Results

  • Net sales for the first nine months of 2013 decreased by $6.3 million or 1.4%, due to a 7.7% decline in Tubular segment sales, a 1.8% decrease in Construction segment sales and a 0.4% reduction in Rail segment sales.
  • Gross profit margin was 19.3%, 490 basis points higher than the prior year period due to the aforementioned $3.0 million third quarter concrete tie warranty charge as well as a $19.0 million second quarter 2012 warranty charge. Excluding these charges, the 2012 gross profit margin would have been 19.4%.
  • Selling and administrative expenses increased $2.5 million, or 5.0% from the prior year due primarily to personnel related costs associated with higher salaried headcount, partially offset by a reduction in concrete tie testing costs.
  • Income from continuing operations was $22.0 million or $2.15 per diluted share compared to $8.1 million or $0.80 per diluted share in 2012. Excluding the 2012 warranty related adjustments, income from continuing operations would have been $21.9 million or $2.14 per diluted share.
  • The Company's income tax rate from continuing operations in the current nine month period was 32.4% compared to 37.6% in the prior year. The 2013 income tax rate from continuing operations was favorably impacted by certain state income tax matters and the 2012 rate was negatively impacted by discrete tax items as a result of the impact of the $22.0 million warranty charge on pre-tax income.
  • Cash provided by continuing operating activities was $2.5 million for the nine month period of 2013 compared to $25.3 million in 2012. The reduction in cash flows relates primarily to changes in working capital, including increased cash payments for taxes, as well as a reduction in depreciation and amortization expense.

L.B. Foster Company will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter 2013 operating results on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:00am 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 replay can also be heard via telephone at (888) 286-8010 by entering pass code 58963254.

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; a decrease in freight or passenger rail traffic; a lack of state or federal funding for new infrastructure projects; an increase in manufacturing or material costs; the ultimate number of concrete ties that will have to be replaced pursuant to the product claim; the outcome of the Inspector General subpoena; and those matters set forth in Item 8, Footnote 21, "Commitments and Contingent Liabilities" in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in Part II, Item1A of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2013. 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.

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


Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2013


2012


2013


2012



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)










Net sales

$

162,248

$

170,346

$

441,505

$

447,817

Cost of goods sold


130,943


139,634


356,177


383,117

Gross profit


31,305


30,712


85,328


64,700










Selling and administrative expenses


17,547


16,581


52,628


50,142

Amortization expense


701


703


2,102


2,097

Interest expense


118


141


376


405

Interest income


(149)


(126)


(494)


(319)

Equity in income of nonconsolidated investment


(296)


(310)


(892)


(643)

Other (income) expense


(638)


612


(953)


4



17,283


17,601


52,767


51,686










Income from continuing operations before income taxes


14,022


13,111


32,561


13,014










Income tax expense


4,229


4,647


10,560


4,892










Income from continuing operations


9,793


8,464


22,001


8,122










Discontinued operations:









Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes


-


(343)


23


3,805

Income tax expense (benefit)


-


(104)


9


2,403

Income (loss) from discontinued operations


-


(239)


14


1,402










Net income

$

9,793

$

8,225

$

22,015

$

9,524










Basic earnings (loss) per common share:









From continuing operations

$

0.96

$

0.83

$

2.16

$

0.80

From discontinued operations


-


(0.02)


0.00


0.14

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.96

$

0.81

$

2.16

$

0.94










Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:









From continuing operations

$

0.95

$

0.83

$

2.15

$

0.80

From discontinued operations


-


(0.02)


0.00


0.14

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.95

$

0.81

$

2.15

$

0.93










Dividends paid per common share

$

0.030

$

0.025

$

0.090

$

0.075










Average number of common shares outstanding - Basic


10,182


10,141


10,171


10,117










Average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted


10,281


10,206


10,255


10,211










L. B. FOSTER COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)








September 30,


December 31,



2013


2012



(Unaudited)



ASSETS










Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

95,997

$

101,464

Accounts receivable - net


88,430


59,673

Inventories - net


93,497


107,108

Current deferred tax assets


4,585


4,585

Prepaid income tax


5,547


1,195

Other current assets


3,439


1,903

Current assets of discontinued operations


167


464

Total current assets


291,662


276,392






Property, plant and equipment - net


42,672


42,333






Other assets:





Goodwill


41,237


41,237

Other intangibles - net


38,145


40,165

Investments


4,666


4,332

Other assets


1,536


1,663

Total Assets

$

419,918

$

406,122






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





Accounts payable - trade

$

56,874

$

50,454

Deferred revenue


3,981


7,447

Accrued payroll and employee benefits


7,014


9,604

Accrued warranty


7,761


15,727

Current maturities of long-term debt


29


35

Other accrued liabilities


10,642


8,596

Liabilities of discontinued operations


26


106

Total current liabilities


86,327


91,969






Long-term debt


19


27

Deferred tax liabilities


11,584


12,140

Other long-term liabilities


13,448


14,411






Stockholders' equity:





Class A Common Stock


111


111

Paid-in capital


47,107


46,290

Retained earnings


291,395


270,311

Treasury Stock


(24,825)


(25,468)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(5,248)


(3,669)

Total stockholders' equity


308,540


287,575

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

419,918

$

406,122


L.B. Foster Company

Non-GAAP Financial Measures


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 2012. 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


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,

Gross profit margins excluding concrete tie charges

2013

2012


2013

2012


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)







Net sales, as reported

$ 162,248

$ 170,346


$ 441,505

$ 447,817

Cost of goods sold, as reported

130,943

139,634


356,177

383,117

Gross profit

31,305

30,712


85,328

64,700







Product warranty charges, before income tax

-

3,000


-

22,000







Gross profit, excluding certain charges

$ 31,305

$ 33,712


$ 85,328

$ 86,700













Gross profit percentage, as reported

19.29%

18.03%


19.33%

14.45%

Gross profit percentage, excluding certain charges

19.29%

19.79%


19.33%

19.36%














Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

Income from continuing operations (including diluted earnings

September 30,


September 30,

per share) excluding concrete tie charges

2013

2012


2013

2012


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)







Income from continuing operations, as reported

$ 9,793

$ 8,464


$ 22,001

$ 8,122







Product warranty charges, net of income tax

-

1,780


-

14,607







Incentive compensation, net of income tax

-

-


-

(781)







Income from continuing operations, excluding certain charges

$ 9,793

$ 10,244


$ 22,001

$ 21,948







DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:






FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, as reported

$0.95

$0.83


$2.15

$0.80

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:






FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS, excluding certain charges

$0.95

$1.00


$2.15

$2.14







AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES






OUTSTANDING - DILUTED, as reported

10,281

10,206


10,255

10,211







AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES






OUTSTANDING - DILUTED, excluding certain charges

10,281

10,230


10,255

10,233

SOURCE: L.B. Foster Company

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