Further growth and expansion for Richelieu in the second quarter of 2017

11.9% increase in sales,
15.4% increase in net earnings per share and
an acquisition in Ontario

  • Sales rose by 11.9% to $243.3 million in the second quarter and were up 8.1% in the first half, for a total of $439.2 million.
  • Net earnings increased 14.1% to $17.6 million in the second quarter, or $0.30 diluted per share, up 15.4%. In the first half, they rose 12.6% to $29.6 million, or $0.50 diluted per share, up 13.6%.
  • Strong financial position, with $9.3 million in net cash, $280.7 million in working capital (ratio of 4.3:1), and a return on average equity of 17.0%.

MONTREAL, July 6, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - "Richelieu (TSX: RCH) posted a good second quarter in 2017, reflected by our strong financial performance, impeccable balance sheet, and a new acquisition in Ontario. Our innovation, market development, and acquisition strategies have continued to generate excellent results. All our markets contributed to the 11.9% increase in sales in the second quarter. Sales in Canada went up 10.6%, with an almost equivalent split between internal growth and acquisitions. In the United States, sales grew by 10.6% in $US, with 6.1% due to internal growth and 4.5% to acquisitions. We are proud to have acquired Weston Premium Woods in Brampton, on the outskirts of Toronto, thus benefiting from its expert team, diverse range of materials, decorative products, and high-end lumber targeting a customer base covering the same markets as ours. This gives us an additional $60 million in annual sales, and we plan to develop sales synergies while enhancing our presence in the Ontario market, where we now have eight distribution centres," said Richard Lord, President and CEO of Richelieu.

NEXT DIVIDEND PAYMENT

On July 6, 2017, the board of directors approved payment of a quarterly dividend of 5.67¢ per share.  This dividend is payable on August 3, 2017, to shareholders of record as at July 20, 2017.

ANALYSIS OF OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND FIRST SIX MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2017 COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER AND FIRST SIX MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2016

Second-quarter consolidated sales amounted to $243.3 million, compared with $217.4 million for the corresponding quarter of 2016, an increase of $25.9 million or 11.9%, of which 6.7% from internal growth and 5.2% from acquisitions. At comparable exchange rates to the second quarter of 2016, the consolidated sales growth would have been 10.6% for the quarter ended May 31, 2017.

Richelieu achieved sales of $207.7 million in the manufacturers market, compared with $186.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of $21.2 million. All market segments contributed to this 11.4% increase, of which 5.3% resulted from internal growth and 6.1% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores stood at $35.6 million, up by $4.7 million or 15.2% over the second quarter of 2016.

In Canada, Richelieu recorded sales of $163.7 million, an increase of $15.7 million or 10.6% over the second quarter of 2016, of which 5.1% from internal growth and 5.5% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers amounted to $131.7 million compared with $120.4 million an increase of 9.4% of which 2.7% from internal growth and 6.7% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores grew to $32.0 million, up by $4.4 million or 15.9% over the corresponding quarter of 2016. This growth results primarily from market share gain, seasonal sales and, to a lesser extent, from the increase in some selling prices.

In the United States, sales totalled US$59.1 million, compared with US$53.4 million for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of US$5.7 million or 10.6%, of which 6.1% from internal growth and 4.5% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers amounted to US$56.4 million, compared to $50.8 million, an increase of 11.0% over the second quarter of 2016, of which 6.3% from internal growth and 4.7% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores were up by 3.1% from the corresponding quarter of 2016. Considering exchange rates, total U.S. sales expressed in Canadian dollars stood at $79.6 million, compared with $69.4 million, an increase of 14.7%. They accounted for 32.7% of consolidated sales for the second quarter of 2017, whereas they had represented 31.9% of the period's consolidated sales for the second quarter of 2016.

First-half, consolidated sales reached $439.2 million, an increase of $32.9 million or 8.1% over the first six months of 2016, of which 4.7% from internal growth and 3.4% from acquisitions.

Sales to manufacturers grew to $372.7 million, compared with $347.0 million for the first six months of 2016, an increase of $25.7 million or 7.4%, of which 3.4% from internal growth and 4.0% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores grew by 12.1% or $7.2 million to total $66.5 million.

In Canada, Richelieu achieved sales of $289.3 million, compared with $268.3 million for the first six months of 2016, up by $21.0 million or 7.8%, of which 4.8% from internal growth and 3.0% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers rose to $230.1 million, up by $13.9 million or 6.4% of which 2.7% from internal growth and 3.7% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores reached $59.2 million, compared with $52.1 million, up by $7.1 million or 13.6% over the first half of 2016.   This growth results primarily from market share gain, the addition of new customers and, to a lesser extent, from the increase in some selling prices.

In the United States, the Corporation recorded sales of US$112.3 million, compared with US $102.7 million for the first six months of 2016, an increase of US$9.6 million or 9.3%, of which 5.0% from internal growth and 4.3% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers totalled US$106.8 million, compared with US$97.4 million, an increase of US$9.4 million or 9.7% over the first half of 2016, of which 5.2% from internal growth and 4.5% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores were up by 3.8% from the corresponding period of 2016. Considering exchange rates, U.S. sales expressed in Canadian dollars amounted to $149.9 million, compared with $138.0 million for the corresponding six months of 2016, an increase of 8.6%. They accounted for 34.1% of consolidated sales for the first half of 2017, whereas they had represented 34.0% of the period's consolidated sales for the first six months of 2016.

Second-quarter earnings before income taxes, interest and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to $26.6 million, up by $3.6 million or 15.5% over the second quarter of 2016. The gross margin and the EBITDA margin improved during the second quarter of 2017.  They had declined in the first-half of 2016 because of the spike in the US and euro currencies which had an upward effect on the supply costs of some products, consequently EBITDA margin stood at 11.0%, compared with 10.6% for the second quarter of 2016.

First-half, earnings before income taxes, interest and amortization (EBITDA) totalled $45.0 million, up by $5.2 million or 13.1% over the first six months of 2016. The gross margin and the EBITDA margin improved during the first half of 2017 and stood at 10.2%, compared with 9.8% for the first six months of 2016.

Second-quarter net earnings grew by 14.0%. Considering non-controlling interests, net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation amounted to $17.6 million, up by 14.1% over the second quarter of 2016. Net earnings per share rose to $0.30 basic and diluted, compared with $0.27 basic and $0.26 diluted for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 11.1% and 15.4%.

Comprehensive income amounted to $19.3 million, considering a positive adjustment of $1.7 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States, compared with $12.6 million for the second quarter of 2016, considering a negative adjustment of $2.9 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States.

First-half, net earnings grew by 12.5%. Considering non-controlling interests, net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation totalled $29.6 million, up by 12.6% over the corresponding six months of 2016.  Net earnings per share amounted to $0.51 basic and $0.50 diluted, compared with $0.45 basic and 0.44 $ diluted for the first half of 2016, an increase of 13.3% and 13.6% respectively.

Comprehensive income totalled $30.1 million, considering a positive adjustment of $0.5 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States, compared with $24.5 million for the first half of 2016, considering a negative adjustment of $1.8 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States.

FINANCIAL POSITION

Second-quarter cash flows from operating activities (before net change in working capital balances) amounted to $20.9 million or $0.36 per share, compared with $18.1 million or $0.31 per share for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 15.7% stemming primarily from the net earnings growth. Net change in non-cash working capital balances used cash flows of $3.7 million, reflecting the change in inventories and accounts payable ($4.4 million), whereas the change in accounts receivable and other items used cash flows of $8.1 million. Consequently, operating activities provided cash flows of $17.2 million, compared with $15.8 million for the second quarter of 2016.

First-half, cash flows from operating activities (before net change in working capital balances) reached $35.8 million or $0.61 per share, compared with $31.4 million or $0.53 per share for the first six months of 2016, an increase of 15.1% stemming primarily from the net earnings growth. Net change in non-cash working capital balances used cash flows of $16.1 million, primarily representing changes in accounts receivable. Consequently, operating activities provided cash flows of $19.7 million compared with $9.4 million for the first six months of 2016.

Second-quarter financing activities used cash flows of $6.0 million, compared with $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2016. This change mainly reflects the Corporation's repurchase of common shares for cancellation for $2.9 million during the second quarter of 2017 compared with $3.7 million for the corresponding quarter of 2016.

First-half, financing activities used cash flows of $10.9 million, compared with $23.8 million for the first half of 2016. During the first half of the year, Richelieu repurchased common shares for cancellation for $4.1 million, compared with $17.7 million in the first half of 2016. The Corporation paid dividends to shareholders of $6.6 million, up by 5.4% over the first six months of 2016.

Second-quarter investing activities represented a cash outflow of $31.1 million, of which $29.0 million for a business acquisition and $2.1 million, primarily for equipment to improve operational efficiency.

First-half, investing activities represented a total cash outflow of $35.3 million, of which $29.0 million for a business acquisition and $6.3 million, primarily for equipment to improve operational efficiency.

As at May 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $16.4 million, compared with $43.0 million as at November 30, 2016. This change primarily reflects the investing activities made over the period. The Corporation posted a working capital of $280.7 million for a current ratio of 4.3:1, compared with $280.7 million (4.4:1 ratio) as at November 30, 2016.

Richelieu believes it has the capital resources to fulfill its ongoing commitments and obligations and to assume the funding requirements needed for its growth and the financing and investing activities between now and the end of 2017. The Corporation benefits from an authorized line of credit of $50 million as well as a line of credit of US$6 million renewable annually and bearing interest respectively at prime and base rates. In addition, Richelieu considers it could obtain access to other outside financing if necessary.

 

Summary financial position

(in thousands of $, except exchange rate)

As at

May 31


November 30


2017


2016

Current assets

366,463


362,803

Non-current assets

143,928


123,243

Total

510,391


486,046

Current liabilities

85,722


82,056

Non-current liabilities

5,350


5,679

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Corporation

415,427


394,268

Non-controlling interests

3,892


4,043

Total

510,391


486,046

Exchange rate on translation of a subsidiary in the United States

1.350


1.343

 

Assets

Total assets amounted to $510.4 million as at May 31, 2017, compared with $486.0 million as at November 30, 2016. Current assets increased by 1.0% or $3.7 million from November 30, 2016.  Non-current assets increased by 16.8%. This change is mainly due to the increase in intangible assets resulting from the business acquisition carried out during the second quarter of 2017.

 

Cash position



(in thousands of $)



As at

May 31


November 30


2017


2016

Current portion of long-term debt

6,844


4,336

Long term-debt

220


528

Total debt

7,064


4,864

Cash and cash equivalents

16,391


42,969

 

The Corporation continues to benefit from a healthy and solid financial position. As at May 31, 2017, total debt was $7.1 million, of which $0.2 million in long-term debt and $6.8 million in short-term debt representing balances payable on acquisitions.

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Corporation totalled $415.4 million as at May 31, 2017, compared with $394.3 million as at November 30, 2016, an increase of $21.2 million stemming primarily from a growth of $19.0 million in retained earnings which amounted to $355.8 million, and of $1.7 million in share capital and contributed surplus, whereas accumulated other comprehensive income increased by $0.5 million.  As at May 31, 2017, the book value per share was $7.18, up by 5.4% over November 30, 2016. 

Dividends

On July 6, 2017, the Board of Directors approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of 5.67¢ per share to shareholders of record as at July 20, 2017 payable on August 3, 2017. The declared dividend is designated as an eligible dividend within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

PROFILE AS AT MAY 31, 2017
Richelieu is a leading North American distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products. Its products are targeted to an extensive customer base of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, storage and closet, home furnishing and office furniture manufacturers, residential and commercial woodworkers, and hardware retailers including renovation superstores. Richelieu offers customers a broad mix of high-end products sourced from manufacturers worldwide. Its product selection consists of over 110,000 different items targeted to a base of more than 80,000 customers who are served by 70 centres in North America – 37 distribution centres in Canada, 31 in the United States and two manufacturing plants in Canada, specifically Cedan Industries Inc. which specializes in the manufacturing of a wide variety of veneer sheets and edgebanding products and Menuiserie des Pins Ltée which manufactures components for the window and door industry and a broad selection of decorative mouldings.

Notes to readers — Richelieu uses earnings before interest, income taxes and amortization ("EBITDA") because this measure enables management to assess the Corporation's operational performance. This measure is a financial indicator of a corporation's ability to service its debt. However, EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to operating income, net earnings, cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Because EBITDA is not a standardized measurement as prescribed by IFRS, it may not be comparable to the EBITDA of other companies. Richelieu also uses cash flows from operating activities, which are based on net earnings plus amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets, deferred tax expense (or recovery) and share-based compensation expense. These additional measures do not account for net change in non-cash working capital items to exclude seasonality effects and are used by management in its assessments of cash flows from long-term operations. Therefore, cash flows from operating activities may not be comparable to those of other companies. Certain statements set forth in this report (generally identified by terms such as "may", "could", "might", "intend", "expect", "believe", "estimate" or comparable variants) constitute forward-looking statements which, by their very nature, remain subject to other risks and uncertainties as set forth in the Corporation's annual and quarterly reports. Although management considers these assumptions and expectations reasonable based on the information available at the time they are provided, such assumptions and expectations could prove inaccurate and actual results could differ materially. Richelieu is under no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein to account for future events or circumstances, except as required by applicable legislation.

 

July 6, 2017 CONFERENCE CALL AT 2:30 P.M. (EASTERN TIME)

 

Financial analysts and investors interested in participating in the conference call on Richelieu's results to be held at 2:30 p.m. on July 6, 2017, may dial 1-866-865-3087 a few minutes before the start of the call. For those unable to participate, a taped rebroadcast will be available as of 5:15 p.m. on July 6, 2017 until midnight on July 13, 2017, by dialing 1-855-859-2056, access code: 39353558. Members of the media are invited to listen in.

 

Photos are available under "About Richelieu" – "Media" section at www.richelieu.com

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION





[In thousands of dollars]
[Unaudited]






As at
May 31,
2017


As at
November 30,
2016


$


$

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

16,391


42,969

Accounts receivable

132,408


109,867

Inventories

214,238


207,803

Prepaid expenses

3,426


2,164


366,463


362,803

Non-current assets



Property, plant and equipment

35,937


33,258

Intangible assets

33,001


22,881

Goodwill

69,721


62,256

Deferred taxes

5,269


4,848


510,391


486,046

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

78,127


75,764

Income taxes payable

751


1,956

Current portion of long-term debt

6,844


4,336


85,722


82,056

Non-current liabilities




Long-term debt

220


528

Deferred taxes

3,239


3,239

Other liabilities

1,891


1,912


91,072


87,735

Equity




Share capital

37,122


36,050

Contributed surplus

2,074


1,417

Retained earnings

355,813


336,835

Accumulated other comprehensive income

20,418


19,966

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Corporation

415,427


394,268

Non-controlling interests

3,892


4,043


419,319


398,311


510,391


486,046

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS





[In thousands of dollars, except earnings per share]
[Unaudited]






For the three months
ended May 31,


For the six months
ended May 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016


$


$


$


$

Sales

243,269


217,413


439,178


406,322









Operating expenses excluding amortization

216,621


194,339


394,189


366,538

Earnings before amortization, financial costs and income taxes

26,648


23,074


44,989


39,784

Amortization of property, plant and equipment

1,869


1,573


3,685


3,153

Amortization of intangible assets

922


744


1,743


1,471

Financial costs, net

(57)


112


(141)


88


2,734


2,429


5,287


4,712

Earnings before income taxes

23,914


20,645


39,702


35,072

Income taxes

6,268


5,167


10,099


8,751

Net earnings

17,646


15,478


29,603


26,321

Net earnings attributable to:





Shareholders of the Corporation

17,587


15,408


29,585


26,269

Non-controlling interests

59


70


18


52


17,646


15,478


29,603


26,321

Net earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the Corporation





Basic

0.30


0.27


0.51


0.45

Diluted

0.30


0.26


0.50


0.44

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME





[In thousands of dollars]
[Unaudited]






For the three months
ended May 31,


For the six months
ended May 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016


$


$


$


$

Net earnings

17,646


15,478


29,603


26,321






Other comprehensive income that will be reclassified to net earnings





Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

1,674


(2,902)


452


(1,809)

Comprehensive income

19,320


12,576


30,055


24,512

Comprehensive income attributable to:





Shareholders of the Corporation

19,261


12,506


30,037


24,460

Non-controlling interests

59


70


18


52


19,320


12,576


30,055


24,512

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS





[In thousands of dollars]
[Unaudited]






For the three months
ended May 31,


For the six months
ended May 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016


$


$


$


$

OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Net earnings

17,646


15,478


29,603


26,321

Items not affecting cash






Amortization of property, plant and equipment

1,869


1,573


3,685


3,153


Amortization of intangible assets

922


744


1,743


1,471


Deferred taxes

(204)



(401)


(69)


Share-based compensation expense

660


264


1,193


555


20,893


18,059


35,823


31,431

Net change in non-cash working capital balances

(3,712)


(2,308)


(16,105)


(22,021)


17,181


15,751


19,718


9,410

FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Repayment of long-term debt

(267)


0


(952)


(221)

Dividends paid to Shareholders of the Parent Corporation

(3,287)


(3,094)


(6,573)


(6,212)

Other dividends paid



(190)


(67)

Common shares issued

392


341


923


484

Common shares repurchased for cancellation

(2,876)


(3,683)


(4,127)


(17,739)


(6,038)


(6,436)


(10,919)


(23,755)






INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Business acquisitions

(29,000)


(4,597)


(29,000)


(8,859)

Additions to property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

(2,114)


(2,749)


(6,290)


(6,041)


(31,114)


(7,346)


(35,290)


(14,900)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(53)


93


(87)


19






Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(20,024)


2,062


(26,578)


(29,226)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

36,415


(1,834)


42,969


29,454

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

16,391


228


16,391


228

 

SOURCE Richelieu Hardware Ltd.

For further information: Richard Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer; Antoine Auclair, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (514) 336-4144; www.richelieu.com


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