Gibraltar Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results

Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCK), a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products for the residential, industrial, infrastructure, and renewable energy and conservation markets, today reported its financial results for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2018. All financial metrics in this release reflect only the Company’s continuing operations unless otherwise noted.

Fourth-quarter Consolidated Results

Gibraltar reported the following consolidated results:

    Three Months Ended December 31,
Dollars in millions, except EPS     GAAP     Adjusted

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

Net Sales $240.9 $258.1 (6.7)% $240.9 $258.1 (6.7)%
Net Income $13.1 $25.2 (48.0)% $15.2 $13.2 15.2%
Diluted EPS $0.40 $0.78 (48.7)% $0.47 $0.41 14.6%
 

The Company reported fourth-quarter 2018 net sales of $240.9 million, in line with its guidance as noted in its third-quarter 2018 earnings release. The 6.7 percent decrease was mainly due to unfavorable year-over-year comparisons in the Residential Products and Renewable Energy & Conservation segments as favorable weather last year extended construction seasons into the fourth quarter of 2017.

GAAP and adjusted earnings exceeded guidance provided in the Company’s third-quarter 2018 earnings release, reflecting growth in the Industrial and Infrastructure segment, effective price-material cost management and ongoing benefits from 80/20 simplification initiatives. The adjusted amounts for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 remove special items from both periods, as described in the appended reconciliation of adjusted financial measures.

As previously announced, as part of the Company’s planned succession strategy, effective January 2, 2019, William T. Bosway was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director. Frank Heard remains with the Company in the newly created role of Vice Chairman of the Board through March 3, 2020, with the principal responsibility of ensuring a smooth leadership transition.

During the fourth quarter, the Company announced the repayment of its Senior Subordinated 6.25% Notes, which were due February 1, 2021. Gibraltar anticipates annualized savings of $13 million in interest payments from the repayment of the Notes, which occurred on February 1, 2019. For 2019, the reduced interest expense will result in a $0.22 increase to diluted earnings per share.

In January, the Company announced that it had closed on a new $400 million five-year revolving credit facility, which replaces a $300 million secured revolving credit agreement due to mature in December 2020. The Company has the option to increase the size of the facility by up to an additional $300 million, subject to certain conditions. The new agreement reduces costs and relaxes certain restrictions related to acquisitions and capital distributions, providing enhanced flexibility for capital allocation.

Management Comments

“We closed the fourth year of our transformation of Gibraltar delivering fourth-quarter revenues in line with our expectations and GAAP and adjusted earnings that exceeded our guidance,” said Vice Chairman Frank Heard. “By executing on our four-pillar strategy, we recovered increased material costs, benefitted from higher-margin innovative products and drove profitable growth in the Industrial & Infrastructure segment.

“For the fourth year in a row we delivered on our promise of making more money at a higher rate of return with a more efficient use of capital. For the full year, revenues of $1 billion were in line with our guidance, while GAAP earnings of $1.96 and adjusted earnings of $2.14 exceeded our expectations. Furthermore, we managed price cost relationships well during a period of significant material cost volatility, continued to benefit from 80/20 simplification initiatives, increased the percentage of higher-margin patented products, and positioned the Company for the next step in its transformation by repaying our outstanding notes and bringing on a new CEO with proven expertise in achieving organic and M&A growth.

“Bill comes to Gibraltar with significant experience leading complex businesses at Fortune 500 global industrial companies, and valuable expertise in driving organic growth accelerated by strategic acquisitions as well as proficiency in manufacturing operations. He is uniquely qualified to lead Gibraltar in its next phase of growth,” concluded Heard.

“My focus will be on accelerating organic growth through innovative products and strategic acquisitions, while enhancing our 80/20 simplification strategy,” said President and Chief Executive Officer William Bosway. “The Company has achieved tremendous progress in the past four years of transformation, and those successes have created even greater opportunities ahead. Through executing our four-pillar strategy, our businesses have more upside potential and little downside risk. Now, with the recent repayment of our notes, we enter year five of Gibraltar’s transformation with a strong platform to accelerate growth through innovation and acquisitions and create long-term value for our shareholders.”

Fourth-quarter Segment Results

Residential Products

For the fourth quarter, the Residential Products segment reported:

    Three Months Ended December 31,
Dollars in millions     GAAP     Adjusted

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

Net Sales $102.2 $105.3 (2.9)% $102.2 $105.3 (2.9)%
Operating Margin 12.0% 14.2% (220) bps 13.4% 14.3% (90) bps
 

Fourth-quarter 2018 revenues in Gibraltar’s Residential Products segment were down 3 percent versus prior year, primarily due to an unfavorable year-over-year comparison as a higher level of storm-related activity and subsequent milder weather last year extended the roofing activity season into the fourth quarter of 2017.

The lower fourth-quarter operating margin resulted from unfavorable product mix, and to a lesser extent, volume leverage, partially offset by benefits from 80/20 simplification initiatives. The adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 removes the special charges for restructuring initiatives under the 80/20 program from both periods.

Industrial & Infrastructure Products

For the fourth quarter, the Industrial & Infrastructure Products segment reported:

    Three Months Ended December 31,
Dollars in millions     GAAP     Adjusted

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

Net Sales $50.5 $49.1 2.9% $50.5 $49.1 2.9%
Operating Margin 6.4% 4.6% 180 bps 6.7% 4.3% 240 bps
 

Fourth-quarter 2018 revenues in Gibraltar’s Industrial & Infrastructure Products segment were up 3 percent year over year, driven by increased activity in the Infrastructure business.

GAAP and adjusted operating margin improvement for the segment resulted from more favorable product mix, effective management of material costs to customer selling prices, and the continued benefit from 80/20 simplification initiatives. This segment’s adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 removes the special charges for restructuring initiatives under the 80/20 program and portfolio management activities.

Renewable Energy & Conservation

For the fourth quarter, the Renewable Energy & Conservation segment reported:

    Three Months Ended December 31,
Dollars in millions     GAAP     Adjusted

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

2018

 

2017

 

% Change

Net Sales $88.1 $103.7 (15.0)% $88.1 $103.7 (15.0)%
Operating Margin 9.9% 11.4% (150) bps 11.6% 12.0% (40) bps
 

Renewable Energy & Conservation segment revenues were down 15 percent year over year as continued demand for its innovative tracker solution was more than offset by a difficult comparison resulting from an extended construction season last year due to favorable weather in the fourth quarter of 2017.

On the bottom line, volume and product mix, partially offset by ongoing benefits from 80/20 simplification initiatives and effective material cost to customer price management, contributed to the decrease in fourth-quarter 2018 GAAP and adjusted operating margins. This segment’s adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 removes the special charges for restructuring initiatives and portfolio management activities.

Business Outlook

“We enter 2019 with confidence in the end markets we target across our businesses but are cautious about the general economy and continued volatility in material costs,” said Bosway. “Our plan is to accelerate innovative product development, continue to drive 80/20, and seek acquisitions in attractive end markets. At the end of the year, we expect to deliver increased profits and make excellent progress in establishing a robust platform for sustainable organic growth.”

Gibraltar is providing its guidance for revenues and earnings for the full year 2019. Gibraltar expects 2019 consolidated revenues to be in excess of $1 billion. GAAP EPS for full year 2019 are expected to be between $1.95 and $2.10, or $2.40 to $2.55 on an adjusted basis, compared with $1.96 and $2.14, respectively, in 2018.

For the first quarter of 2019, the Company is expecting revenue in the range of $218 million to $224 million. GAAP EPS for the first quarter 2019 are expected to be between $0.14 and $0.19, or $0.27 to $0.32 on an adjusted basis.

       

FY 2019 Guidance Reconciliation

Gibraltar Industries
Dollars in millions, except EPS Operating Income   Net

Diluted
Earnings

Income   Margin Taxes Income   Per Share
GAAP Measures $ 93-100     9.0-9.5%   $ 26-28   $ 64-69   $ 1.95-2.10
Restructuring Costs 17 1.6% 3 15 $0.45
               
Adjusted Measures $ 110-117     10.6-11.1% $ 29-31 $ 79-84   $ 2.40-2.55
 

Fourth-quarter Conference Call Details

Gibraltar has scheduled a conference call today starting at 9:00 a.m. ET to review its results for the fourth quarter of 2018. Interested parties may access the call by dialing (877) 407-5790 or (201) 689-8328. The presentation slides that will be discussed in the conference call are expected to be available this morning, prior to the start of the call. The slides may be downloaded from the Gibraltar website: www.gibraltar1.com. A webcast replay of the conference call and a copy of the transcript will be available on the website following the call.

About Gibraltar

Gibraltar Industries is a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products for the residential, industrial, infrastructure, and renewable energy and conservation markets. With a four-pillar strategy focused on operational improvement, product innovation, portfolio management and acquisitions, Gibraltar’s mission is to drive best-in-class performance. Gibraltar serves customers primarily throughout North America and to a lesser extent Asia. Comprehensive information about Gibraltar can be found on its website at www.gibraltar1.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Information contained in this news release, other than historical information, contains forward-looking statements and is subject to a number of risk factors, uncertainties, and assumptions. Risk factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the availability of raw materials and the effects of changing raw material prices on the Company’s results of operations; energy prices and usage; changing demand for the Company’s products and services; changes in the liquidity of the capital and credit markets; risks associated with the integration and performance of acquisitions; and changes in interest and tax rates. In addition, such forward-looking statements could also be affected by general industry and market conditions, as well as macroeconomic factors including government monetary and trade policies, such as tariffs and expiration of tax credits along with currency fluctuations and general political conditions. Other risks and uncertainties that arise from time to time are described in Item 1A “Risk Factors” of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.

Adjusted Financial Measures

To supplement Gibraltar’s consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, Gibraltar also presented certain adjusted financial measures in this news release. Adjusted financial measures exclude special charges consisting of restructuring costs primarily associated with the 80/20 simplification initiative and portfolio management actions, acquisition-related items, and other reclassifications. These adjustments are shown in the reconciliation of adjusted financial measures excluding special charges provided in the supplemental financial schedules that accompany this news release. The Company believes that the presentation of results excluding special charges provides meaningful supplemental data to investors, as well as management, that are indicative of the Company’s core operating results and facilitates comparison of operating results across reporting periods as well as comparison with other companies. Special charges are excluded since they may not be considered directly related to the Company’s ongoing business operations. These adjusted measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company’s GAAP results, and may be different than adjusted measures used by other companies.

Next Earnings Announcement

Gibraltar expects to release its financial results for the three-month period ending March 31, 2019, on Friday, May 3, 2019, and hold its earnings conference call later that morning, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET.

     

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Net Sales $ 240,913 $ 258,112 $ 1,002,372 $ 986,918
Cost of sales 187,653   201,383   760,012   750,374  
Gross profit 53,260 56,729 242,360 236,544
Selling, general, and administrative expense 33,261 34,135 146,840 143,448
Intangible asset impairment 1,552   47   1,552   247  
Income from operations 18,447 22,547 93,968 92,849
Interest expense 2,759 3,420 12,064 14,032
Other expense 2,009   98   1,959   909  
Income before taxes 13,679 19,029 79,945 77,908
Provision for (benefit of) income taxes 562   (6,147 ) 16,136   14,943  
Income from continuing operations 13,117 25,176 63,809 62,965
Discontinued operations:
Loss before taxes (644 )
Benefit of income taxes       (239 )
Loss from discontinued operations       (405 )
Net income $ 13,117   $ 25,176   $ 63,809   $ 62,560  
Net earnings per share – Basic:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.41 $ 0.79 $ 2.00 $ 1.98
Loss from discontinued operations       (0.01 )
Net income $ 0.41   $ 0.79   $ 2.00   $ 1.97  

Weighted average shares outstanding – Basic

32,148   31,771   31,979   31,701  

Net earnings per share – Diluted:

Income from continuing operations $ 0.40 $ 0.78 $ 1.96 $ 1.95
Loss from discontinued operations       (0.01 )
Net income $ 0.40   $ 0.78   $ 1.96   $ 1.94  

Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted

32,562   32,420   32,534   32,250  
 
     

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)

 

December 31,
2018

December 31,
2017

(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 297,006 $ 222,280
Accounts receivable, net 140,283 145,385
Inventories 98,913 86,372
Other current assets 8,351   8,727  
Total current assets 544,553 462,764
Property, plant, and equipment, net 95,830 97,098
Goodwill 323,671 321,074
Acquired intangibles 96,375 105,768
Other assets 1,216   4,681  
$ 1,061,645   $ 991,385  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 79,136 $ 82,387
Accrued expenses 87,074 75,467
Billings in excess of cost 17,857 12,779
Current maturities of long-term debt 208,805   400  
Total current liabilities 392,872 171,033
Long-term debt 1,600 209,621
Deferred income taxes 36,530 31,237
Other non-current liabilities 33,950 47,775
Shareholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000 shares; none outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 50,000 shares; 32,887 and 32,332 shares issued in 2018 and 2017 329 323
Additional paid-in capital 282,525 271,957
Retained earnings 338,995 274,562
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,234 ) (4,366 )
Cost of 796 and 615 common shares held in treasury in 2018 and 2017 (17,922 ) (10,757 )
Total shareholders’ equity 596,693   531,719  
$ 1,061,645   $ 991,385  
 
   

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2018   2017
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income $ 63,809 $ 62,560
Loss from discontinued operations   (405 )
Income from continuing operations 63,809 62,965
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 20,374 21,690
Intangible asset impairment 1,552 247
Stock compensation expense 9,189 7,122
Net gain on sale of assets (143 ) (123 )
Exit activity costs (recoveries), non-cash 1,344 (1,877 )
Provision for (benefit of) deferred income taxes 4,781 (7,105 )
Other, net 1,386 2,118
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of acquisitions):
Accounts receivable 9,737 (21,806 )
Inventories (16,951 ) 870
Other current assets and other assets (22 ) (2,629 )
Accounts payable (4,828 ) 11,332
Accrued expenses and other non-current liabilities 7,317   (2,734 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 97,545   70,070  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant, and equipment (12,457 ) (11,399 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (5,241 ) (18,494 )
Net proceeds from sale of property and equipment 3,149   13,096  
Net cash used in investing activities (14,549 ) (16,797 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Long-term debt payments (400 ) (400 )
Purchase of treasury stock at market prices (7,165 ) (2,872 )
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 1,385   674  
Net cash used in financing activities (6,180 ) (2,598 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (2,090 ) 1,428  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 74,726 52,103
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 222,280   170,177  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 297,006   $ 222,280  
 
   

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
December 31, 2018

As
Reported
In GAAP
Statements

 

Restructuring
&
Acquisition
Related Items

 

Senior
Leadership
Transition
Costs

 

Tax
Reform

 

Adjusted
Financial
Measures

Net Sales
Residential Products $ 102,301 $ $ $ $ 102,301
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 50,788 50,788
Less Inter-Segment Sales (242 )       (242 )
50,546 50,546
Renewable Energy & Conservation 88,066         88,066  
Consolidated sales 240,913 240,913
 
Income from operations
Residential Products 12,266 1,425 13,691
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 3,238 140 3,378
Renewable Energy & Conservation 8,733   1,447       10,180  
Segment Income 24,237 3,012 27,249
Unallocated corporate expense (5,790 ) 33   (430 )   (6,187 )
Consolidated income from operations 18,447 3,045 (430 ) 21,062
 
Interest expense 2,759 2,759
Other expense (income) 2,009   (3,060 )     (1,051 )
Income before income taxes 13,679 6,105 (430 ) 19,354
Provision for income taxes 562   3,978   (370 ) (48 ) 4,122  
Income from continuing operations $ 13,117   $ 2,127   $ (60 ) $ 48   $ 15,232  
Income from continuing operations per share – diluted $ 0.40   $ 0.07   $   $   $ 0.47  
 
Operating margin
Residential Products 12.0 % 1.4 % % % 13.4 %
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 6.4 % 0.3 % % % 6.7 %
Renewable Energy & Conservation 9.9 % 1.6 % % % 11.6 %
Segments Margin 10.1 % 1.2 % % % 11.3 %
Consolidated 7.7 % 1.2 % (0.2 )% % 8.7 %
 
   

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
December 31, 2017

As
Reported
In GAAP
Statements

 

Restructuring
&
Acquisition
Related
Items

 

Senior
Leadership
Transition
Costs

 

Portfolio
Management

 

Tax
Reform

 

Adjusted
Financial
Measures

Net Sales
Residential Products $ 105,299 $ $ $ $ $ 105,299
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 49,405 49,405
Less Inter-Segment Sales (253 )         (253 )
49,152 49,152
Renewable Energy & Conservation 103,661           103,661  
Consolidated sales 258,112 258,112
 
Income from operations
Residential Products 14,909 150 15,059
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 2,245 64 (195 ) 2,114
Renewable Energy & Conservation 11,837   621     (2 )   12,456  
Segment Income 28,991 835 (197 ) 29,629
Unallocated corporate expense (6,444 ) 82   535       (5,827 )
Consolidated income from operations 22,547 917 535 (197 ) 23,802
 
Interest expense 3,420 3,420
Other expense 98           98  
Income before income taxes 19,029 917 535 (197 ) 20,284
(Benefit of) provision for income taxes (6,147 ) 305   203   150   12,535   7,046  
Income from continuing operations $ 25,176   $ 612   $ 332   $ (347 ) $ (12,535 ) $ 13,238  
Income from continuing operations per share – diluted $ 0.78   $ 0.02   $ 0.01   $ (0.01 ) $ (0.39 ) $ 0.41  
 
Operating margin
Residential Products 14.2 % 0.1 % % % % 14.3 %
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 4.6 % 0.1 % % (0.4 )% % 4.3 %
Renewable Energy & Conservation 11.4 % 0.6 % % % % 12.0 %
Segments Margin 11.2 % 0.3 % % (0.1 )% % 11.5 %
Consolidated 8.7 % 0.3 % 0.2 % (0.1 )% % 9.2 %
 
   

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2018

As
Reported
In GAAP
Statements

 

Restructuring
&
Acquisition
Related
Items

 

Senior
Leadership
Transition
Costs

 

Tax
Reform

 

Adjusted
Financial
Measures

Net Sales
Residential Products $ 463,216 $ $ $ $ 463,216
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 223,006 223,006
Less Inter-Segment Sales (1,103 )       (1,103 )
221,903 221,903
Renewable Energy & Conservation 317,253         317,253  
Consolidated sales 1,002,372 1,002,372
 
Income from operations
Residential Products 69,838 3,107 72,945
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 15,336 1,402 16,738
Renewable Energy & Conservation 37,423   1,424   178     39,025  
Segment Income 122,597 5,933 178 128,708
Unallocated corporate expense (28,629 ) 935   414     (27,280 )
Consolidated income from operations 93,968 6,868 592 101,428
 
Interest expense 12,064 12,064
Other expense (income) 1,959   (3,060 )     (1,101 )
Income before income taxes 79,945 9,928 592 90,465
Provision for income taxes 16,136   4,889   (106 ) (225 ) 20,694  
Income from continuing operations $ 63,809   $ 5,039   $ 698   $ 225   $ 69,771  
Income from continuing operations per share – diluted $ 1.96   $ 0.15   $ 0.02   $ 0.01   $ 2.14  
 
Operating margin
Residential Products 15.1 % 0.6 % % % 15.7 %
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 6.9 % 0.6 % % % 7.5 %
Renewable Energy & Conservation 11.8 % 0.4 % 0.1 % % 12.3 %
Segments Margin 12.2 % 0.6 % % % 12.8 %
Consolidated 9.4 % 0.7 % 0.1 % % 10.1 %
 
   

GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2017

As
Reported
In GAAP
Statements

 

Restructuring
&
Acquisition
Related
Items

 

Senior
Leadership
Transition
Costs

 

Portfolio
Management

 

Tax
Reform

 

Adjusted
Financial
Measures

Net Sales
Residential Products $ 466,603 $ $ $ $ $ 466,603
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 215,211 215,211
Less Inter-Segment Sales (1,247 )         (1,247 )
213,964 213,964
Renewable Energy & Conservation 306,351           306,351  
Consolidated sales 986,918 986,918
 
Income from operations
Residential Products 76,893 1,403 78,296
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 8,159 49 260 287 8,755
Renewable Energy & Conservation 30,218   1,155   252   2,340     33,965  
Segment Income 115,270 2,607 512 2,627 121,016
Unallocated corporate expense (22,421 ) 407   193       (21,821 )
Consolidated income from operations 92,849 3,014 705 2,627 99,195
 
Interest expense 14,032 14,032
Other expense 909           909  
Income before income taxes 77,908 3,014 705 2,627 84,254
Provision for income taxes 14,943   1,118   272   80   12,535   28,948  
Income from continuing operations $ 62,965   $ 1,896   $ 433   $ 2,547   $ (12,535 ) $ 55,306  
Income from continuing operations per share – diluted $ 1.95   $ 0.06   $ 0.01   $ 0.08   $ (0.39 ) $ 1.71  
 
Operating margin
Residential Products 16.5 % 0.3 % % % % 16.8 %
Industrial & Infrastructure Products 3.8 % % 0.1 % 0.1 % % 4.1 %
Renewable Energy & Conservation 9.9 % 0.4 % 0.1 % 0.8 % % 11.1 %
Segments Margin 11.7 % 0.2 % 0.1 % 0.3 % % 12.3 %
Consolidated 9.4 % 0.3 % 0.1 % 0.3 % % 10.1 %