Insteel Industries Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today reported net earnings of $0.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with $1.0 million in the same period a year ago. Earnings per diluted share were unchanged from the prior year period at $0.05. The fourth quarter results for the prior year include $0.3 million of net restructuring recoveries related to the November 2010 acquisition of certain of the assets of Ivy Steel & Wire, Inc. ("Ivy"), which increased net earnings by $0.01 per share.

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Insteel's financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were unfavorably impacted by narrower spreads between selling prices and raw material costs relative to the prior year period. Demand for Insteel's products remained at depressed levels due to continued weakness in its construction end markets. Insteel's capacity utilization for the quarter was 48% compared with 44% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012 and 49% in the prior year quarter.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased 1.2% to $97.9 million from $99.1 million in the same period a year ago. Shipments increased 4.1% from the prior year quarter while average selling prices decreased 5.1%. On a sequential basis, shipments increased 6.8% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012 while average selling prices decreased 2.1%.

For fiscal 2012, net earnings were $1.8 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share, in fiscal 2011. The current year results include restructuring charges related to the Ivy acquisition and a gain on the early extinguishment of debt, which, in the aggregate, reduced pre-tax earnings by $0.4 million and net earnings by $0.01 per diluted share. The prior year results include restructuring charges, acquisition-related costs and a bargain purchase gain related to the Ivy acquisition, which, in the aggregate, reduced pre-tax earnings by $11.3 million and net earnings by $0.40 per share.

Net sales for fiscal 2012 increased 7.8% to $363.3 million from $336.9 million in fiscal 2011. Shipments increased 5.1% from the prior year primarily due to the contribution of the Ivy facilities for the entire period in fiscal 2012 and average selling prices increased 2.6%.

Operating activities provided $11.4 million of cash for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 while using $3.2 million in the same period a year ago primarily due to the year-over-year changes in net working capital, which provided $8.5 million of cash in the current year quarter and used $7.3 million in the prior year quarter. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2012 totaled $8.1 million compared with $7.9 million in the prior year, and are not expected to exceed $12.0 million in fiscal 2013. Insteel ended the year with $11.5 million of borrowings outstanding on its $100.0 million revolving credit facility.

Outlook

Commenting on the outlook for fiscal 2013, Insteel's president and CEO, H.O. Woltz III said, "After showing signs of improvement earlier in the year, nonresidential construction, our primary demand driver, appears to have moderated in recent months. The heightened level of political and economic uncertainty has fostered a greater degree of conservatism throughout our supply chain, which is likely to persist through the first fiscal quarter. We also expect continued volatility in our raw material costs. In response to these challenges, we have intensified our pursuit of further cost reduction and performance improvement opportunities.

"The expansion plans for our engineered structural mesh ("ESM") business are proceeding on schedule with the two new production lines expected to be commissioned during the second quarter of fiscal 2013. We believe that these investments will better position us to capitalize on the continued growth of the ESM market as well as broaden our product offering. The state-of-the-art technology that we are employing should also enable us to achieve significant improvements in our manufacturing costs and customer service capabilities, further solidifying our market leadership position."

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 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 PC strand and welded wire reinforcement, including engineered structural mesh, 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 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 1, 2011. 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 construction and the impact on demand for Insteel's products; the impact of the new federal transportation funding authorization on spending for infrastructure construction and demand for Insteel's products; the severity and duration of the downturn in residential construction and the impact on those portions of Insteel's business that are correlated with the housing sector; 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 ("U.S.") 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 engineered structural mesh and expand its shipments of engineered structural mesh; 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 October 1, 2011 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)






























Three Months Ended


Year Ended



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)





September 29,


October 1,


September 29,


October 1,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Net sales


$       97,865


$       99,091


$     363,303


$     336,909

Cost of sales


91,964


91,345


340,845


305,166

    Gross profit


5,901


7,746


22,458


31,743

Selling, general and administrative expense


4,578


5,970


18,911


19,608

Gain on early extinguishment of debt


-


-


(425)


-

Restructuring charges (recoveries), net


-


(255)


832


8,318

Acquisition costs


-


-


-


3,518

Bargain purchase gain


-


-


-


(500)

Other income, net


26


(126)


(188)


(222)

Interest expense


149


294


623


958

Interest income


(1)


(1)


(21)


(38)

    Earnings before income taxes


1,149


1,864


2,726


101

Income taxes


316


892


917


488

    Net earnings (loss)


$            833


$            972


$         1,809


$          (387)



















Net earnings (loss) per share:









    Basic


$           0.05


$           0.06


$           0.10


$         (0.02)

    Diluted


0.05


0.05


0.10


(0.02)










Weighted average shares outstanding









    Basic


17,705


17,598


17,664


17,562

    Diluted


17,995


17,781


17,990


17,562










Cash dividends declared per share


$           0.03


$           0.03


$           0.12


$           0.12

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)


















(Unaudited)





September 29,


June 30,


October 1,



2012


2012


2011

Assets







Current assets:







    Cash and cash equivalents


$                 10


$                 10


$                 10

    Accounts receivable, net


42,138


40,714


41,971

    Inventories, net


65,774


77,388


76,374

    Other current assets


7,146


5,326


4,093

        Total current assets


115,068


123,438


122,448

Property, plant and equipment, net


87,716


86,937


89,484

Other assets


5,768


5,646


4,598

        Total assets


$        208,552


$        216,021


$        216,530








Liabilities and shareholders' equity







Current liabilities:







    Accounts payable


$          30,126


$          32,226


$          38,607

    Accrued expenses


5,877


5,867


7,377

    Current portion of long-term debt


-


-


675

        Total current liabilities


36,003


38,093


46,659

Long-term debt


11,475


18,615


13,481

Other liabilities


11,574


10,191


7,916

Commitments and contingencies







Shareholders' equity:







    Common stock


17,717


17,691


17,609

    Additional paid-in capital


50,379


49,903


48,723

    Retained earnings


83,845


83,543


84,157

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,441)


(2,015)


(2,015)

        Total shareholders' equity


149,500


149,122


148,474

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        208,552


$        216,021


$        216,530

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)












Three Months Ended


Year Ended



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)





September 29,


October 1,


September 29,


October 1,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:









  Net earnings (loss)


$           833


$           972


$        1,809


$         (387)

  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by (used for)









    operating activities:









      Depreciation and amortization


2,467


2,511


9,762


9,573

      Amortization of capitalized financing costs


27


20


97


81

      Stock-based compensation expense


744


1,019


2,208


2,917

      Gain on early extinguishment of debt


-


-


(425)


-

      Asset impairment charges (recoveries)


-


(310)


(11)


3,825

      Deferred income taxes


270


683


835


209

      Excess tax deficiencies (benefits) from stock-based compensation


120


73


-


(8)

      Loss (gain) on sale of property, plant and equipment


28


(1,608)


(46)


(1,618)

      Gain from life insurance proceeds


(505)


-


(505)


(357)

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


(180)


-


(750)


-

      Net changes in assets and liabilities (net of assets and liabilities acquired):









        Accounts receivable, net


(1,424)


1,720


(167)


(17,001)

        Inventories


11,614


(5,920)


10,600


(11,870)

        Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(1,655)


(3,148)


(9,562)


12,439

        Other changes


(929)


819


(701)


(710)

          Total adjustments


10,577


(4,141)


11,335


(2,520)

            Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


11,410


(3,169)


13,144


(2,907)










Cash Flows From Investing Activities:









  Capital expenditures


(3,705)


(1,645)


(8,066)


(7,937)

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


(11)


670


(467)


(147)

  Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


21


-


37


19

  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


209


354


305


518

  Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale


-


2,403


-


2,403

  Proceeds from life insurance claims


-


-


-


1,063

  Acquisition of business


-


-


-


(37,308)

            Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


(3,486)


1,782


(8,191)


(41,389)










Cash Flows From Financing Activities:









  Proceeds from long-term debt


11,471


40,199


91,150


52,806

  Principal payments on long-term debt


(18,611)


(39,543)


(93,406)


(52,150)

  Financing costs


(11)


-


(172)


-

  Excess tax benefits (deficiencies) from stock-based compensation


(120)


(73)


-


8

  Cash received from exercise of stock options


-


-


2


21

  Cash dividends paid


(531)


(1,057)


(2,121)


(2,112)

  Other


(122)


(138)


(406)


(202)

            Net cash used for financing activities


(7,924)


(612)


(4,953)


(1,629)










Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


-


(1,999)


-


(45,925)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


10


2,009


10


45,935

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$             10


$             10


$             10


$             10










Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:









  Cash paid during the period for:









    Interest


$             66


$           (83)


$           753


$           356

    Income taxes, net


5


(1,057)


176


(489)

  Non-cash investing and financing activities:









    Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable


176


384


176


384

    Restricted stock surrendered for withholding taxes payable


122


57


446


143

    Note payable issued as consideration for business acquired


-


-


-


13,500

    Post-closing purchase price adjustment for business acquired


-


-


-


500

 

SOURCE Insteel Industries, Inc.



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