Burnham Holdings, Inc. Announces First Half Results And Declares Dividend

LANCASTER, Pa., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Burnham Holdings, Inc., (Pink Sheets: BURCA), the parent company of fourteen subsidiaries that are leading domestic manufacturers of boilers, and related HVAC products and accessories (including furnaces, radiators, and air conditioning systems), for residential, commercial and industrial applications, today reported its financial results for the period ended June 30, 2013, and announced a common stock dividend.

As announced in our June 19, 2013 press release, second quarter and year-to-date ("YTD") results include a non-recurring charge of $5.0 million ($0.71 per share) relating to a new union agreement at the Bryan Steam, LLC subsidiary ("Pension Charge").  The Pension Charge is included in the "Other income (expense)" section of the Statement of Operations, and is explained further in the Notes to the Financial Statements (Note 3 and Note 7).  This one-time, non-operational charge, while material to the current year results, is not material to the balance sheet.  The Pension Charge will eliminate all future contributions to the underfunded, multi-employer Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust and should position Bryan Steam, LLC to be more cost competitive in the aggressive commercial market, while also lowering future risk to the Burnham Holdings shareholders through the elimination of this unknown, uncontrollable liability.

Second quarter and YTD sales were $36.1 million and $77.2 million, respectively; as compared to 2012 second quarter and YTD sales of $41.4 million and $78.0 million, respectively.  We are reporting a second quarter loss of $(3.8) million or $(0.84) per share, and a YTD loss of $(3.1) million or $(0.70) per share.  This is compared to the 2012 second quarter gain of $181 thousand or $0.04 per share and a YTD loss of $(766) thousand or $(0.17) per share.  The 2013 reported results include the $5 million adverse impact of the Pension Charge discussed above.  Excluding the impacts of the Pension Charge, YTD results would be a gain of $71 thousand or $0.01 per share despite lower YTD sales versus a loss for the same period in 2012.  YTD cost of goods sold ("COGS") as a percentage of sales for 2013 was 78.7%, better than last year's first half of 79.7%.  This COGS percentage decline reflects our efforts to continually and systematically match our product pricing and our cost structure to remain competitive in the market, while maintaining our gross profit margins, as well as a favorable product mix.  Selling, administrative, and general expenses were favorably lower in both dollars and as a percentage of sales from the prior year, 20.6% versus the prior year's 21.0%.  Our interest expense for the quarter and YTD was lower because of the lower borrowing levels.

Our residential businesses performed well during the first-half as compared to 2012.  As discussed in our 2012 Annual Report and the first quarter release, first-half sales of residential boilers were favorably influenced by carry-over demand resulting from the October, 2012 Super Storm Sandy. While we believe this recovery effort will continue throughout 2013, the level of demand in the second quarter was lower than that experienced in late 2012 and early 2013.  The commercial portion of our business has been challenged in 2013 as certain sectors of this market have yet to show signs of rebounding from their prior lows. With a firm foundation based on our core principles and philosophy, Burnham Holdings is financially and operationally strong.  Existing boilers will continue to be replaced over time due to age or operating costs, and our powerful lineup of high-efficiency residential and commercial products positions us well in the market.  We produce top-quality, high-value equipment for virtually any application.  As we approach the upcoming heating season, we are scheduling our manufacturing facilities for the normal pattern of higher demand in the second half. 

The Company's balance sheet has appropriate levels of working capital consistent with current business activity.  Our long-term debt of $27.5 million was $4.2 million lower than last year.  The Statement of Cash Flows presents net cash used in operations of $17.3 million compared to prior year's cash use of $12.7 million. This increase in the use of funds for the half results from the payment of higher income taxes (from the strong 2012 results) and other normal changes in working capital levels. Inventory levels have increased from the prior year as we optimize manufacturing schedules in light of the current market estimates, which are regularly evaluated and adjusted as needed.

At its meeting on July 18, 2013, Burnham Holdings, Inc.'s Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.20 per share payable August 27, 2013, with a record date of August 20, 2013.   

Consolidated Statements of Operations







(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(Data is unaudited (see Notes))

June 30,


July 1,


June 30,


July 1,




2013


2012


2013


2012

Net sales 

$ 36,087


$ 41,386


$ 77,220


$ 77,983

Cost of goods sold

29,306


32,608


60,749


62,139



Gross profit

6,781


8,778


16,471


15,844











Selling, administrative and general expenses

7,350


8,149


15,881


16,392



Operating income (loss)

(569)


629


590


(548)











Other income (expense):









Non-recurring expense (3)

(5,000)


-


(5,000)


-


Mark-to-market (4)

17


35


38


63


Interest income

12


7


62


22


Interest expense

(322)


(388)


(579)


(733)



Other income (expense)

(5,293)


(346)


(5,479)


(648)











(Loss) income before income taxes

(5,862)


283


(4,889)


(1,196)

Income tax (benefit) expense

(2,110)


102


(1,760)


(430)


NET (LOSS) INCOME

$  (3,752)


$      181


$  (3,129)


$     (766)


BASIC & DILUTED (LOSS) INCOME PER SHARE

$    (0.84)


$     0.04


$   (0.70)


$    (0.17)


DIVIDENDS PAID

$     0.20


$     0.18


$     0.40


$     0.36











Consolidated Balance Sheets








(in thousands and data is unaudited (see Notes))





June 30,


July 1,



ASSETS





2013


2012

CURRENT ASSETS









Cash and cash equivalents





$   4,799


$   5,084


Trade accounts receivable, less allowances





20,008


20,600


Inventories





54,370


52,266


Prepaid expenses and other current assets





4,225


3,416



TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS





83,402


81,366

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net





47,028


48,541

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES (5)





3,497


3,300

OTHER ASSETS, net





21,688


22,353



TOTAL ASSETS





$155,615


$155,560



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




2013


2012

CURRENT LIABILITIES









Accounts and taxes payable & accrued expenses




$ 27,679


$  24,521


Current portion of long-term liabilities





287


357



TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES





27,966


24,878

LONG-TERM DEBT





27,547


31,681

OTHER POSTRETIREMENT LIABILITIES (5)(6)





35,631


36,826

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Preferred Stock





530


530


Class A Common Stock 





3,451


3,418


Class B Convertible Common Stock





1,493


1,523


Additional paid-in capital





14,941


14,722


Retained earnings





96,350


93,917


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (5)




(34,345)


(33,977)


Treasury stock, at cost 





(17,949)


(17,958)



TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





64,471


62,175



TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




$155,615


$155,560











Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Six months ended

(in thousands and data is unaudited (see Notes))

2013


2012

        Net loss

$    (3,129)


$       (766)

        Non-recurring expense (3)

5,000


-

        Depreciation and amortization

2,343


2,338

        Pension and postretirement liabilities expense

828


611

        Contributions to pension trust (6)

(2,513)


(2,513)

        Other net adjustments

(61)


(784)

        Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(19,743)


(11,609)

NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(17,275)


(12,723)

        Net cash used in the purchase of assets

(1,574)


(734)

        Proceeds from borrowings

20,500


15,500

        Proceeds from stock option exercise and (purchase) of Treasury stock

227


229

        Principal payments on debt and lease obligations

(12)


(57)

        Dividends paid

(1,807)


(1,620)

INCREASE IN CASH  AND  CASH  EQUIVALENTS

59


595

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF YEAR

4,740


4,489

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF YEAR 

$      4,799


$      5,084





Notes To Financial Statements:

(1) Basic earnings per share are based upon weighted average shares outstanding for the period.  Diluted earnings per share assume the conversion of outstanding rights into common stock.

(2) Common stock outstanding at June 30, 2013 includes 3,005,895 of Class A shares and 1,493,415 of Class B shares.

(3) On June 18, 2013 the Company incurred a non-recurring expense of $5 million as a result of a new union agreement at its subsidiary, Bryan Steam LLC in Peru, Indiana (previously announced on June 19th).  This one-time, non-operational charge is a result of an agreement to withdraw from a multi-employer pension plan which had provided a defined benefit for these union employees.  This decision results in what's called a "withdrawal liability expense" that accounting rules require to be expensed immediately regardless of benefit period covered or period over which the liability is actually paid.

(4) Mark-to-Market adjustments are a result of changes (non-cash) in the fair value of interest rate agreements. These agreements are used to exchange the interest rate stream on variable rate debt for payments indexed to a fixed interest rate.  These non-operational, non-cash charges reverse themselves over the term of the agreements.

(5) Accounting rules require that the funded status of pension and other postretirement benefits be recognized as a non-cash asset or liability, as the case may be, on the balance sheet.  For December 31, 2012 and 2011, projected benefit obligations exceeded plan assets.  The resulting non-cash presentation on the balance sheet is reflected in "Deferred income taxes, "Other postretirement liabilities", and "Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)", a non-cash sub-section of "Stockholders' Equity" (See Note 10 of the 2012 Annual Report for more details).

(6) In both 2013 and 2012, the Company made voluntary pre-tax contributions of $2.5 million to its defined benefit pension plan.  These payments increased the trust assets available for benefit payments (reducing "Other postretirement liabilities") and did not impact the Statement of Operations.

(7) Interim periods, forward looking statements, and certain significant estimates and risks.  This note has been expanded to include items discussed in detail within the Annual Report.

Interim Periods and Forward Looking Statements. The accompanying unaudited financial statements contain all adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of the interim results, and these adjustments are applied consistently for the periods covered.  The results for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year.  These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report for the period ended December 31, 2012.  Statements other than historical facts included or referenced in this Report are forward-looking statements subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  We undertake no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Certain Significant Estimates and Risks.  Certain estimates are determined using historical information along with assumptions about future events.  Changes in assumptions for such items as warranties, pension assumptions, medical cost trends, employment demographics and legal actions, as well as changes in actual experience, could cause these estimates to change.  Specific risks, such as those included below, are discussed in the Company's Quarterly and Annual Reports to provide regular knowledge of relevant matters.  Estimates and related reserves are more fully explained in the 2012 Annual Report.

Retirement Plans:  The Company maintains a non-contributory defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all employees.  Steps have been taken over the past years to protect benefits for retirees and eligible employees.  Lancaster Metal Manufacturing, a Company subsidiary, also contributes to a separate union-sponsored multiemployer-defined benefit pension plan that covers its collective bargaining employees (Bryan Steam, LLC had a similar plan but has withdrawn from the plan as noted in Note 3).  Variables such as future market conditions, investment returns, and employee experience could affect results.

Medical Health Coverage:  The Company and its subsidiaries are self-insured for most of the medical health insurance provided for its employees, limiting maximum exposure per occurrence by purchasing third-party stop-loss coverage. 

Retiree Health Benefits:  The Company pays a fixed annual amount that assists a specific group of retirees in purchasing medical and/or prescription drug coverage from providers. Additionally, certain employees electing early retirement have the option of receiving access to an insured defined benefit plan at a yearly stipulated cost or receiving a fixed dollar amount to assist them in covering medical costs.

Insurance:  The Company and its subsidiaries maintain insurance to cover product liability, general liability, workers' compensation, and property damage. Well-known and reputable insurance carriers provide current coverage. All policies and corresponding deductible levels are reviewed on an annual basis. Third-party administrators, approved by the Company and the insurance carriers, handle claims and attempt to resolve them to the benefit of both the Company and its insurance carriers. The Company reviews claims periodically in conjunction with administrators and adjusts recorded reserves as required.

Warranty Litigation, Class Action:  In 2010, two of the Company's subsidiaries were served with a class action lawsuit related generally to boiler products manufactured and sold by a predecessor to one of the Company's subsidiaries more than 10 years ago. This matter has now been discontinued as a class action and the litigation has been resolved.

General Litigation, including Asbestos:  In the normal course of business, certain subsidiaries of the Company have been named, and may in the future be named, as defendants in various legal actions including claims related to property damage and/or personal injury allegedly arising from products of the Company's subsidiaries or their predecessors. A number of these claims allege personal injury arising from exposure to asbestos-containing material allegedly contained in certain boilers manufactured many years ago, or through the installation of heating systems. The Company's subsidiaries, directly or through insurance providers, are vigorously defending all open asbestos cases, many of which involve multiple claimants and many defendants, which may not be resolved for several years. Asbestos litigation is a national issue with thousands of companies defending claims. While the large majority of claims have historically been resolved prior to the completion of trial, from time to time some claims may be expected to proceed to a potentially substantial verdict against subsidiaries of the Company.  Any such verdict would be subject to appeal, any set-off rights and/or issues involving allocation of liability among various defendants.  The Company believes, based upon its understanding of the insurance policies available and discussions with legal counsel, that all pending legal actions and claims, including asbestos, should ultimately be resolved (whether through settlements or verdicts) within existing insurance limits and reserves, or for amounts not material to the Company's financial position or results of operations. However, the resolution of litigation generally entails significant uncertainties, and no assurance can be given as to the ultimate outcome of litigation or its impact on the Company and its subsidiaries. Furthermore, the Company cannot predict the extent to which new claims will be filed in the future, although the Company currently believes that the great preponderance of future asbestos claims will be covered by existing insurance. There can be no assurance that insurers will be financially able to satisfy all pending and future claims in accordance with the applicable insurance policies, or that any disputes regarding policy provisions will be resolved in favor of the Company.

Litigation Expense, Settlements, and Defense:  The 2013 six-month charges for all uninsured litigation of every kind, was $103 thousand.  That amount included  two asbestos claims, while it is rare for an asbestos suit not to be covered by insurance, a few such claims exist, depending on the alleged time period of asbestos exposure.  Expenses for legal counsel, consultants, etc., in defending these various actions and claims for the current six months were $117 thousand.  Prior year's settlements and expenses are disclosed in the 2012 Annual Report.

Permitting Activities (excluding environmental):  The Company's subsidiaries are engaged in various matters with respect to obtaining, amending or renewing permits required under various laws and associated regulations in order to operate each of its manufacturing facilities. Based on the information presently available, management believes it has all necessary permits and expects that all permit applications currently pending will be routinely handled and approved.

Environmental Matters:  The operations of the Company's subsidiaries are subject to a variety of Federal, State, and local environmental laws. Among other things, these laws require the Company's subsidiaries to obtain and comply with the terms of a number of Federal, State and local environmental regulations and permits, including permits governing air emissions, wastewater discharges, and waste disposal. The Company's subsidiaries periodically need to apply for new permits or to renew or amend existing permits in connection with ongoing or modified operations. In addition, the Company generally tracks and tries to anticipate any changes in environmental laws that might relate to its ongoing operations. The Company believes its subsidiaries are in material compliance with all environmental laws and permits.

As with all manufacturing operations in the United States, the Company's subsidiaries can potentially be responsible for response actions at disposal areas containing waste materials from their operations. In the past five years, the Company has not received any notice that it or its subsidiaries might be responsible for remedial clean-up actions under government supervision. However, two pre-2008 issues covered by insurance policies remain open as of this date and are fully disclosed in the year-end 2012 Annual Report. While it is not possible to be certain whether or how any new or old matters will proceed, the Company does not presently have reason to anticipate incurring material costs in connection with any matters.

SOURCE Burnham Holdings, Inc.



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