Insteel Industries Reports First Quarter Financial Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended December 28, 2013.

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First Quarter 2014 Results

Net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $2.7 million, or $0.15 per share compared with $2.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in the same period a year ago. Net sales increased 1.5% to $87.2 million from $85.9 million in the prior year period. Shipments increased 6.4% year-over-year while average selling prices decreased 4.6%. On a sequential basis, shipments decreased 11.3% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 reflecting the usual seasonal slowdown in construction activity while average selling prices increased 0.1%.

Insteel's first-quarter results were favorably impacted by widening spreads between selling prices and raw material costs and higher shipments relative to the same period a year ago. Capacity utilization for the quarter was 47% compared with 46% in the prior year quarter and 50% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. 

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Operating activities provided $6.3 million of cash compared with $23.5 million in the prior year period primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital. Net working capital provided $0.5 million of cash compared with $17.0 million in the same period a year ago largely due to the increase in inventories in the current year. Capital expenditures were $2.0 million and are not expected to exceed $12.0 million for fiscal 2014. Insteel ended the quarter debt-free with $19.0 million of cash and cash equivalents, and no borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

"We are encouraged by the continued improvement reflected in the most recent macro indicators for our construction end-markets," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "Customer sentiment appears to be on the rise and there are growing signs of a broader based recovery developing for nonresidential construction which should favorably impact our financial results over the remainder of the year. We also expect to benefit from the ongoing initiatives that are underway to achieve further improvements in our costs, productivity levels and customer service capabilities."

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its first quarter financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at http://investor.insteel.com/events.cfm and will be archived for replay until the next quarterly conference call. 

About Insteel

Insteel is the nation's largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets prestressed concrete strand and welded wire reinforcement, including engineered structural mesh ("ESM"), concrete pipe reinforcement and standard welded wire reinforcement. Insteel's products are sold primarily to manufacturers of concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction. Headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Insteel operates nine manufacturing facilities located in the United States.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words  "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "plans," "intends," "may," "should" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Although Insteel believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and Insteel can provide no assurances that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail in Insteel's periodic and other reports and statements that it files with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2013. You should carefully review these risks and uncertainties.

All forward-looking statements attributable to Insteel or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only to the respective dates on which such statements are made and Insteel does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

It is not possible to anticipate and list all risks and uncertainties that may affect Insteel's future operations or financial performance; however, they include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic and competitive conditions in the markets in which Insteel operates; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing for Insteel, its customers and the construction industry as a whole; the continuation of reduced spending for nonresidential and residential construction and the impact on demand for Insteel's products; changes in the amount and duration of transportation funding provided by federal, state and local governments and the impact on spending for infrastructure construction and demand for Insteel's products; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; fluctuations in the cost and availability of Insteel's primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and Insteel's ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in wire rod costs; changes in United States or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or Insteel's products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of weak demand and reduced capacity utilization levels on Insteel's unit manufacturing costs; Insteel's ability to further develop the market for ESM and expand its shipments of ESM; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact Insteel's operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; continued escalation in certain of Insteel's operating costs; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in Insteel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2013 and in other filings made by Insteel with the SEC.

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands except for per share data)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



December 28,


December 29,



2013


2012

Net sales


$          87,218


$          85,887

Cost of sales


78,163


77,294

    Gross profit


9,055


8,593

Selling, general and administrative expense


4,705


4,842

Other income, net


(32)


-

Interest expense


56


72

Interest income


(5)


-

    Earnings before income taxes


4,331


3,679

Income taxes


1,584


1,277

    Net earnings


$            2,747


$            2,402











Net earnings per share:





    Basic


$              0.15


$              0.14

    Diluted


0.15


0.13






Weighted average shares outstanding:





    Basic


18,189


17,724

    Diluted


18,587


18,088






Cash dividends declared per share


$              0.03


$              0.28

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)














(Unaudited)


(Audited)



December 28,


September 28,



2013


2013

Assets





Current assets:





    Cash and cash equivalents


$          18,985


$          15,440

    Accounts receivable, net


33,754


41,110

    Inventories, net


70,026


58,793

    Other current assets


4,804


5,863

        Total current assets


127,569


121,206

Property, plant and equipment, net


83,447


83,053

Other assets


8,379


8,390

        Total assets


$        219,395


$        212,649






Liabilities and shareholders' equity





Current liabilities:





    Accounts payable


$          34,861


$          30,561

    Accrued expenses


6,696


6,854

        Total current liabilities


41,557


37,415

Other liabilities


14,349


14,178

Shareholders' equity:





    Common stock


18,202


18,185

    Additional paid-in capital


55,667


55,452

    Retained earnings


91,182


88,981

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,562)


(1,562)

        Total shareholders' equity


163,489


161,056

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        219,395


$        212,649






 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



December 28,


December 29,



2013


2012

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:





    Net earnings


$            2,747


$            2,402

    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:





            Depreciation and amortization


2,424


2,332

            Amortization of capitalized financing costs


26


26

            Stock-based compensation expense


408


313

            Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


(86)


(36)

            Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment


-


12

            Deferred income taxes


319


1,237

            Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies over premiums paid


(289)


-

            Net changes in assets and liabilities:





                Accounts receivable, net


7,356


6,891

                Inventories


(11,233)


9,535

                Accounts payable and accrued expenses


4,387


556

                Other changes


263


205

                    Total adjustments


3,575


21,071

                        Net cash provided by operating activities


6,322


23,473






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





    Capital expenditures


(1,984)


(2,561)

    Proceeds from life insurance claims


-


505

    Decrease (increase) in cash surrender value of life insurance policies 


(99)


32

    Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


28


-

                        Net cash used for investing activities


(2,055)


(2,024)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





    Proceeds from long-term debt


118


3,494

    Principal payments on long-term debt


(118)


(14,969)

    Cash dividends paid


(546)


(4,969)

    Cash received from exercise of stock options


12


63

    Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


86


36

    Payment of employee tax withholdings related to net share transactions


(274)


-

    Other


-


(299)

                        Net cash used for financing activities


(722)


(16,644)






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


3,545


4,805

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


15,440


10

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$          18,985


$            4,815






Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:





    Cash paid during the period for:





        Interest


$                   2


$                 18

        Income taxes, net


33


13

    Non-cash investing and financing activities:





        Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable


740


135

        Restricted stock units and stock options surrendered for withholding taxes payable

274


-






 

SOURCE Insteel Industries, Inc.



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