Drew Industries Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full-year Results

2015 Sales Grow $212 Million to Record Year of $1.4 Billion

11 Feb, 2016, 07:30 ET from Drew Industries Incorporated

ELKHART, Ind., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Drew Industries Incorporated (NYSE: DW), a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles (RVs) and manufactured homes, today reported net income of $16.1 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to net income of $12.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014. In connection with previously announced severance and other charges incurred during the 2015 fourth quarter, the Company recorded after-tax charges of $3.4 million. Excluding these charges, net income in the fourth quarter would have been $19.5 million, or $0.79 per diluted share.

Consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased to a fourth quarter record of $334 million, 16 percent higher than the 2014 fourth quarter. Acquisitions completed by the Company in 2015, as well as the July 2015 distribution and supply agreement for premium electronics with Furrion, added $20 million in net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015. Increased content per unit through market share gains positively impacted net sales growth in the 2015 fourth quarter. Further, the Company organically increased sales to adjacent industries and the aftermarket.

The Company's content per travel trailer and fifth-wheel RV for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, increased $171 to $2,987, compared to content per travel trailer and fifth-wheel RV for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 of $2,816. The Company's content per motorhome RV for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, increased by $208, to $1,810, compared to content per motorhome RV for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, of $1,602.

"The popularity of the RV lifestyle, supported by new OEM models and bolstered by strong economic fundamentals, continues to provide the platform for our Company to successfully provide innovative products, services and features highly sought after by RV consumers," said Jason Lippert, Drew's Chief Executive Officer. "You can see our sales and content growth stats being driven by new products, including Furrion electronics and products with increased functionality, including our Solera® Awnings and RV leveling systems. Growth in 2015 was also fueled by strong aftermarket sales, which topped $100 million for the year, and our continued investment in adjacent industries which took us into marine furniture and further into school bus windows."

In January 2016, Drew's consolidated net sales reached approximately $127 million, 10 percent higher than January 2015. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, the Company's consolidated net sales for January 2016 were up 5 percent. "As the industry prepares to meet the anticipated demand of the 2016 spring and summer selling seasons, I am encouraged by the robust January sales following up on a strong fourth quarter," said Jason Lippert.

"Our operating profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2015 improved to 7.1 percent, compared to 6.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014," said Scott Mereness, Drew's President. "Our strong results underscore the successful launch of several new products, the reconfiguration of several manufacturing sites and acquisitions. The 2015 fourth quarter results, in comparison to the 2014 fourth quarter, were strengthened by favorable commodity prices for both aluminum and steel, whereas the prior year fourth quarter experienced higher aluminum prices and health insurance costs. The current year fourth quarter results were, however, affected by certain charges which reduced the operating profit margin by 1.4 percent, including the severance cost which was previously discussed in our third quarter results. Also in the fourth quarter of 2015, pre-tax charges of $2.3 million were recorded related to environmental costs and legal settlements."

2015 Full-Year Results

Consolidated net sales for the year ended December 31, 2015, increased to a record $1.4 billion, 18 percent higher than the year ended December 31, 2014. Acquisitions completed by the Company in 2015, as well as the Furrion distribution and supply agreement, added $52 million in net sales in 2015. A five percent increase in industry-wide wholesale shipments of travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs, Drew's primary RV market, as well as increased content per unit through market share gains, positively impacted net sales growth in 2015. Further, the Company organically increased sales to adjacent industries and the aftermarket.

In 2015, Drew continued to grow sales to both adjacent industries and the aftermarket for the RV and manufactured housing segments.   Aggregate net sales to adjacent industries increased 40 percent to $193 million and aftermarket net sales increased 62 percent to $103 million. Together, these markets account for 21 percent of consolidated net sales, double the percentage from 2010.

"In 2013, we surpassed annual net sales of $1.0 billion and only two years later we have crossed the $1.4 billion mark," reflected Jason Lippert. "Modest, but still solid industry growth at both the wholesale and retail levels for both RV and manufactured housing units combined with our increased content, growth in aftermarket channels, completed acquisitions and growth in adjacent industries provided a basis for another year of double digit revenue growth for the Company."

For the full-year 2015, Drew's net income increased to $74.3 million, or $3.02 per diluted share, up from net income of $62.3 million, or $2.56 per diluted share, in 2014. Excluding certain charges for severance, environmental and legal costs in 2015 and the loss on the sale of the Company's aluminum extrusion-related assets in 2014, net income would have been $79.0 million in 2015, or $3.20 per diluted share, up from net income of $63.5 million, or $2.61 per diluted share, in 2014.

"During the last thirteen months we completed four acquisitions and signed the Furrion distribution and supply agreement, adding approximately $113 million of additional annual sales, and representing significant adjacent market sales growth and profit potential," said David Smith, Drew's Chief Financial Officer. The four operations acquired by Drew during 2015 and in January 2016 were:

  • Highwater Marine Furniture -- An Elkhart, Indiana-based marine furniture operation providing furniture solutions for Highwater Marine, LLC, a manufacturer of pontoon boats. Estimated annual sales for the marine furniture operation were $20 million;
  • Signature Seating -- A Ft. Wayne, Indiana-based manufacturer of furniture solutions for fresh water boat manufacturers, primarily pontoon boats, with annual sales of $16 million;
  • Spectal Industries -- A Canada-based manufacturer of windows and doors primarily for school buses, as well as commercial buses, emergency vehicles, trucks, agricultural equipment and RVs, with annual sales of $25 million.
  • EA Technologies -- An Elkhart, Indiana-based manufacturer of custom steel and aluminum parts and provider of electro-deposition ('e-coat') and powder coating services for RV, bus, medium-duty truck, automotive, recreational marine, specialty and utility trailer, and military applications, with annual sales of $17 million.

"These acquisitions fit into our strategy to leverage core competencies in product innovation, manufacturing and distribution, along with our commitment to superior customer service, to expand into adjacent markets while continuing to grow our RV products business," said Jason Lippert. "Rapid integration and the realization of identified synergies are the objectives for all acquired companies and we have made significant progress in the businesses acquired in 2015. Furthermore, growth through acquisitions, in addition to organic growth, will continue to be part of our strategy in 2016."

Balance Sheet and Other Items

At December 31, 2015, the Company had net borrowings of $38 million, compared with net borrowings of $16 million at December 31, 2014. "During 2015, we invested $41 million in acquisitions and $29 million in capital expenditures, and returned $48 million to stockholders through a special dividend of $2.00 per share," said David Smith. "These investments were primarily funded by our operating cash flow of $95 million in 2015."

During 2015, inventories increased $38 million, or 29 percent, including $7 million related to the 2015 acquisitions, primarily due to increases in sourced products, including inventory to support the Furrion business and the strategic onboarding of a new supplier.

The effective tax rate for fiscal 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2015 were slightly higher than in the comparable prior year periods, primarily as a result of lower tax credits.

Return on equity for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 improved to 18.4 percent, from 17.5 percent in the year-earlier period.

Jason Lippert concluded, "I am pleased with the strength, resiliency and spirit of the RV industry that resulted in double digit retail growth in 2015 and the opportunities I see for continued growth for RV and related adjacent industries. Our 2015 performance reflects sales and earnings growth, continued investment in acquisitions, our people, production capacity, customer service, the RV aftermarket and adjacent industries, research and development, as well as a host of other initiatives designed to make our business better for our customers, suppliers, employees, and shareholders. I am honored to lead this team of smart, talented and passionate people, and I am confident in our ability to execute our strategy successfully for the long-term growth and profitability of this Company."

Conference Call & Webcast

Drew will provide an online, real-time webcast of its fourth quarter 2015 earnings conference call on the Company's website, www.drewindustries.com, on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

Institutional investors can access the call via the password-protected site, StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com). A replay of the call will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 and referencing access code 38332923. A replay of the webcast will also be available on Drew's website.

About Drew Industries

From 42 manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and Canada, Drew Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components®, supplies a broad array of components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, and to a lesser extent supplies components for adjacent industries including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; pontoon boats; modular housing; and factory-built mobile office units. Drew's products include steel chassis; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen and other products; windows; manual, electric and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; chassis components; furniture and mattresses; entry, luggage, patio and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and slide toppers; LED televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; wireless backup cameras; other accessories; and electronic components. Additional information about Drew and its products can be found at www.drewindustries.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" with respect to our financial condition, results of operations, business strategies, operating efficiencies or synergies, competitive position, growth opportunities, acquisitions, plans and objectives of management and other matters. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" for the purpose of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

Forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those relating to our future business prospects, net sales, expenses and income (loss), cash flow, and financial condition, whenever they occur in this press release are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of the Company's senior management at the time such statements were made. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, in addition to other matters described in this press release, pricing pressures due to domestic and foreign competition, costs and availability of raw materials (particularly steel, steel based components and aluminum) and other components, seasonality and cyclicality in the industries to which we sell our products, availability of credit for financing the retail and wholesale purchase of products for which we sell our components, inventory levels of retail dealers and manufacturers, availability of transportation for products for which we sell our components, the financial condition of our customers, the financial condition of retail dealers of products for which we sell our components, retention and concentration of significant customers, the costs, pace of and successful integration of acquisitions and other growth initiatives, availability and costs of labor, employee benefits, employee retention, realization and impact of efficiency improvements and cost reductions, the successful entry into new markets, the costs of compliance with environmental laws and increased governmental regulation and oversight, information technology performance and security, the ability to protect intellectual property, interest rates, oil and gasoline prices, the impact of international, national and regional economic conditions and consumer confidence on the retail sale of products for which we sell our components, and other risks and uncertainties discussed more fully under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and in the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made, except as required by law.

 

 

DREW INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED

OPERATING RESULTS

(unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended

Three Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net sales

$   1,403,066

$   1,190,782

$     334,228

$     289,351

Cost of sales

1,097,064

935,859

260,814

232,123

Gross profit

306,002

254,923

73,414

57,228

Selling, general and administrative expenses

186,032

157,482

47,306

40,007

Severance

3,716

-

2,497

-

Sale of extrusion assets

-

1,954

-

-

Operating profit

116,254

95,487

23,611

17,221

Interest expense, net

1,885

430

486

106

Income before income taxes

114,369

95,057

23,125

17,115

Provision for income taxes

40,024

32,791

6,985

5,119

Net income

$       74,345

$       62,266

$       16,140

$       11,996

Net income per common share:

Basic

$          3.06

$          2.60

$          0.66

$          0.50

Diluted

$          3.02

$          2.56

$          0.65

$          0.49

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

24,295

23,911

24,396

24,020

Diluted

24,650

24,334

24,757

24,484

Depreciation and amortization

$       41,624

$       32,596

$       10,961

$         9,121

Capital expenditures

$       28,989

$       42,458

$         7,181

$       12,426

 

 

DREW INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED

SEGMENT RESULTS

(unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended

Three Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

(In thousands)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net sales: (1)

RV Segment:

RV OEMs:

Travel trailers and fifth-wheels

$     938,787

$     841,497

$     216,630

$     197,868

Motorhomes

86,513

70,332

22,428

18,668

RV aftermarket

87,447

49,570

22,551

16,793

Adjacent industries

172,181

113,049

44,012

28,653

Total RV Segment net sales

1,284,928

1,074,448

305,621

261,982

MH Segment:

Manufactured housing OEMs

82,032

77,421

20,888

18,871

Manufactured housing aftermarket

15,559

14,186

3,549

3,337

Adjacent industries

20,547

24,727

4,170

5,161

Total MH Segment net sales

118,138

116,334

28,607

27,369

Total net sales

$   1,403,066

$   1,190,782

$     334,228

$     289,351

Operating Profit:

RV Segment

$     107,485

$       86,571

$       23,305

$       14,523

MH Segment

12,485

10,870

2,803

2,698

Total segment operating profit

119,970

97,441

26,108

17,221

Severance

(3,716)

-

(2,497)

-

Sale of extrusion assets

-

(1,954)

-

-

Total operating profit

$     116,254

$       95,487

$       23,611

$       17,221

(1) In the third quarter of 2015, the Company refined the various sales categories within the RV Segment.  This refinement had no impact on total RV Segment net sales or trends.  Prior periods have been reclassified to conform to this presentation. 

 

 

DREW INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED

BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION

(unaudited)

December 31,

(In thousands)

2015

2014

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$       12,305

$               4

Accounts receivable, net

41,509

37,987

Inventories, net

170,834

132,492

Deferred taxes

22,616

18,709

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

21,178

18,444

Total current assets

268,442

207,636

Fixed assets, net

150,600

146,788

Goodwill

83,619

66,521

Other intangible assets, net

100,935

96,959

Deferred taxes

6,775

11,744

Other assets

12,575

14,193

Total assets

$     622,946

$     543,841

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable, trade

$       29,700

$       49,534

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

69,162

57,651

Total current liabilities

98,862

107,185

Long-term indebtedness

50,000

15,650

Other long-term liabilities

35,509

26,108

Total liabilities

184,371

148,943

Total stockholders' equity

438,575

394,898

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$     622,946

$     543,841

 

 

DREW INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED

SUMMARY OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

(In thousands)

2015

2014

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$       74,345

$       62,266

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

41,624

32,596

Stock-based compensation expense

14,043

10,817

Deferred taxes

1,062

(5,493)

Other non-cash items

1,335

2,796

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions of businesses:

Accounts receivable, net

2,082

(606)

Inventories, net

(31,276)

(21,940)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(2,249)

(4,610)

Accounts payable, trade

(21,783)

21,269

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

15,835

9,925

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

95,018

107,020

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(28,989)

(42,458)

Acquisitions of businesses

(41,058)

(106,782)

Proceeds from note receivable

2,000

1,750

Proceeds from sales of fixed assets

2,337

3,587

Other investing activities

(406)

(171)

Net cash flows used for investing activities

(66,116)

(144,074)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Exercise of stock-based awards, net of shares tendered for payment of taxes

1,470

5,769

Proceeds from line of credit borrowings

614,629

425,330

Repayments under line of credit borrowings

(630,279)

(409,680)

Proceeds from shelf-loan borrowing

50,000

-

Payment of special dividend

(48,227)

(46,706)

Payment of contingent consideration related to acquisitions

(3,974)

(3,739)

Other financing activities

(220)

(196)

Net cash flows used for financing activities

(16,601)

(29,222)

Net increase (decrease) in cash

12,301

(66,276)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

4

66,280

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$       12,305

$               4

 

 

DREW INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

(unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended

Three Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Industry Data(1)(in thousands of units):

Industry Wholesale Production:

Travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs

314.4

298.9

75.0

72.3

Motorhome RVs

47.3

43.9

11.4

9.9

Manufactured homes

70.5

64.3

18.5

16.2

Industry Retail Sales:

Travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs

311.6

(2)

277.3

49.0

(2)

42.9

Impact on dealer inventories

2.8

(2)

21.6

26.0

(2)

29.4

Motorhome RVs

40.4

(2)

36.5

7.6

(2)

7.1

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

2015

2014

Drew Content Per Industry Unit Produced:

Travel trailer and fifth-wheel RV

$         2,987

(3)

$         2,816

(3)

Motorhome RV

$         1,810

(3)

$         1,602

(3)

Manufactured home

$         1,163

$         1,203

December 31,

2015

2014

Balance Sheet Data:

Current ratio

2.7

1.9

Total indebtedness to stockholders' equity

0.1

0.0

Days sales in accounts receivable

14.2

14.6

Inventory turns, based on last twelve months

6.9

8.2

2016

Estimated Full Year Data:

Capital expenditures

$ 20 - $ 26 million

Depreciation and amortization

$ 42 - $ 47 million

Stock-based compensation expense

$ 16 - $ 18 million

Annual tax rate

35% - 36%

(1) Industry wholesale production data for travel trailer and fifth-wheel RVs and motorhome RVs provided by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.  Industry wholesale production data for manufactured homes provided by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety.  Industry retail sales data provided by Statistical Surveys, Inc.   

(2) December 2015 retail sales data for RVs has not been published yet, therefore 2015 retail data for RVs includes an estimate for December 2015 retail units.       

(3) In the third quarter of 2015, the Company refined the calculation of RV content per unit. This refinement had no impact on total RV Segment net sales or trends of content per unit. Prior periods have been reclassified to conform to this presentation. 

      

SOURCE Drew Industries Incorporated



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