A. Schulman Reports Solid Fiscal 2013 First Quarter
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For best results when printing this announcement, please click on the link below: http://pdf.reuters.com/pdfnews/pdfnews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130103:nPnCL36337 AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- * Net income for the quarter was $11.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share; excluding certain items, net income was $14.6 million, or $0.50 per diluted share * Volume increased in all three regions during the quarter * Company reaffirms full-year fiscal 2013 net income guidance, excluding certain items, to be in the range of $2.14 to $2.19 per diluted share A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) announced today earnings for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended November 30, 2012. Summary of First-Quarter Results (In Millions, Except EPS) Q1 FY13 Q1 FY12 $ Change % Change Volume (lbs) 481.0 456.3 24.7 5% Net Sales $540.6 $517.3 $23.3 4% Net Income Attributable to $11.8 $13.6 $(1.8) -13% A. Schulman, Inc. Adjusted Net Income $14.6 $15.3 $(0.7) -4% Attributable to A. Schulman, Inc.* EPS as Reported $0.40 $0.46 $(0.06) -13% EPS as Adjusted* $0.50 $0.52 $(0.02) -4% *The Company provides adjusted net income attributable to A. Schulman, Inc. exclusive of certain items such as costs related to acquisitions, restructuring-related expenses and asset write-downs, which are considered relevant to aid analysis and understanding of the Company's results and business trends. Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure, see note later in release about the use of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company reported net income for the first quarter of $11.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, a 13% decline compared with the prior-year period. The translation effect of foreign currencies negatively impacted net income for the quarter by $0.5 million, or approximately $0.02 per diluted share. The Company's net sales improvement was a result of volume increases in all regions. The Americas segment experienced an overall volume increase of 13.8%, related to improvement across all product families. Incremental net sales from the recent acquisition of ECM Plastics, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of niche engineered plastics and masterbatch, were $8.7 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) segment experienced a volume increase of 1.5% related to its custom performance color and masterbatch solutions product families. Incremental net sales from the acquisition of Elian, a leading global producer of highly specialized color masterbatch, were $9.6 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted EMEA's net sales by $16.5 million. The Company's Asia Pacific (APAC) segment reported increased volume of 3.5% primarily in its engineered plastics and specialty powders product families. "We are very encouraged to see modest volume growth in all regions. Excluding acquisitions and foreign currency impact, volume increased 3% and we saw a sales improvement of 4%," said Joseph M. Gingo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our acquisition strategy continues to position us to better serve customers with our broad array of product offerings. I am proud that we continue to perform well despite a difficult global competitive environment. I'm confident that our skilled team can mitigate tough headwinds and continue to advance our strategy over the course of the fiscal year." Summary of First-Quarter Results (In Millions, Except Q1 FY13 Q1 FY12 $ Change % Change Operating Income per lb.) Operating Income $17.6 $18.8 $(1.2) -7% Adjusted Operating Income* $21.1 $22.3 $(1.2) -6% Adjusted Operating Income per lb.* $0.044 $0.049 $(0.005) -10% *The Company provides adjusted operating results exclusive of certain items such as costs related to acquisitions, restructuring-related expenses and asset write-downs, which are considered relevant to aid analysis and understanding of the Company's results and business trends. Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure, see note later in release about the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Fiscal 2013 first-quarter gross profit, excluding certain items, was $71.3 million compared with $69.5 million for the same period last year. Excluding the foreign currency impact, total gross profit increased by $3.9 million. The Company's two acquisitions in fiscal 2012 contributed approximately $3.1 million of incremental gross profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Additionally, the Company continues to benefit from prior restructuring initiatives and ongoing efforts to control costs. The Company's selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses, excluding certain items, increased $3.0 million compared with the same period in the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, SG&A expenses increased by $4.4 million. The Company's two acquisitions in fiscal 2012 added approximately $2.1 million of incremental SG&A expenses during the quarter. The remaining increase of approximately $2.3 million was attributable to the Company's support of various strategic initiatives that collectively added approximately $0.6 million of incremental expenses in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, as well as increases in incentive compensation and bad debt expense of $1.2 million and $0.5 million, respectively. Operating income for the quarter, excluding certain items, was $21.1 million, a decrease of $1.2 million compared with last year. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted operating income by $0.7 million. Working Capital/Cash Flow From Operations Working capital increased to 61 days at the end of the fiscal 2013 first quarter, from 57 days at the end of fiscal 2012, and decreased from 71 days at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase from 2012 fiscal year-end was to support the increased volume during the quarter. For the three months ended November 30, 2012, net cash provided from operations was $10.3 million, and net cash used in operations was $21.3 million for the three months ended November 30, 2011. The $31.6 million improvement in cash provided by operations was primarily due to improved working capital management, mostly in the area of accounts payable, for the three months ended November 30, 2012, compared with the prior year. The Company's cash and cash equivalents decreased $16.9 million from August 31, 2012. This decrease was driven primarily by the acquisition of ECM Plastics, Inc. for $36.4 million in cash consideration, capital expenditures of $4.8 million, and dividend payments of $5.8 million. Combined, these three uses of cash and cash equivalents totaled $47.0 million, and were partially offset by the improved net cash provided from operations, borrowings on the Company's revolving credit facilities of $9.1 million and proceeds of $7.7 million primarily related to the sale of the Company's Bellevue, Ohio facility. Business Outlook "We will continue to support value-added strategic initiatives to bolster long-term earnings growth while aggressively pursuing acquisitions that enhance our core offerings and technical capabilities and contribute to our profitability," Gingo said. "As we have done in the past, we will continue to monitor trends and refine our operations as needed. Because of our proven track record of executing our strategy, we are reiterating our expectations for fiscal 2013 full-year net income guidance to be in the range of $2.14 to $2.19 per diluted share." Conference Call on the Web A live Internet broadcast of A. Schulman's conference call regarding fiscal 2013 first-quarter earnings can be accessed at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 4, 2013, on the Company's website, www.aschulman.com. An archived replay of the call will also be available on the website. Investor Presentation Materials Senior executives of the Company may participate in meetings with analysts and investors throughout the remainder of this fiscal year. The Company has posted presentation materials, portions of which may be used during such meetings, in the Investors section of its website at www.aschulman.com. The presentation will remain on the website as long as it is in use. About A. Schulman, Inc. A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers' demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports & leisure, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 3,300 people and has 34 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of $2.1 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com. Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures This release includes certain financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). These non-GAAP financial measures include: net income excluding certain items and net income per diluted share excluding certain items. However, non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for, GAAP measures, and tables included in this release reconcile each non-GAAP financial measure with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for these purposes are net income and net income per diluted share. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. While the Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors, there are very significant limitations associated with their use. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may not be reported by all of the Company's competitors and may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of the Company's competitors due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation. The Company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by reviewing the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures. Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements A number of the matters discussed in this document that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments and may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and relate to future events and expectations. Forward-looking statements contain such words as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which management is unable to predict or control, that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements, and that could adversely affect the Company's future financial performance, include, but are not limited to, the following: * worldwide and regional economic, business and political conditions, including continuing economic uncertainties in some or all of the Company's major product markets or countries where the Company has operations; * the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques; * competitive factors, including intense price competition; * fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company operates; * volatility of prices and availability of the supply of energy and raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of the Company's products, particularly plastic resins derived from oil and natural gas; * changes in customer demand and requirements; * effectiveness of the Company to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, growth and other benefits anticipated from acquisitions, joint ventures and restructuring initiatives; * escalation in the cost of providing employee health care; * uncertainties regarding the resolution of pending and future litigation and other claims; * the performance of the global automotive market; and * further adverse changes in economic or industry conditions, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for products. The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risk factors that could affect the Company's performance are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012. In addition, risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have material adverse effects on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. SHLM_ALL A. SCHULMAN, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three months ended November 30, 2012 2011 Unaudited (In thousands, except per share data) Net sales $ 540,552 $ 517,289 Cost of sales 469,705 447,793 Selling, general and administrative expenses 50,503 47,415 Restructuring expense 1,937 3,244 Asset impairment 498 - Curtailment (gain) loss 333 - Operating income 17,576 18,837 Interest expense 1,779 2,126 Interest income (208) (232) Foreign currency transaction (gains) losses 558 499 Other (income) expense, net (135) (170) Income before taxes 15,582 16,614 Provision (benefit) for U.S. and foreign income taxes 3,437 2,651 Net income 12,145 13,963 Noncontrolling interests (366) (381) Net income attributable to A. Schulman, Inc. $ 11,779 $ 13,582 Weighted-average number of shares outstanding: Basic 29,217 29,418 Diluted 29,412 29,514 Earnings per share of common stock attributable to A. Schulman, Inc.: Basic $ 0.40 $ 0.46 Diluted $ 0.40 $ 0.46 Cash dividends per common share $ 0.195 $ 0.170 A. SCHULMAN, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS November 30, August 31, 2012 2012 Unaudited (In thousands) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 107,142 $ 124,031 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $9,819 at November 30, 2012 323,401 304,698 and $9,190 at August 31, 2012 Inventories, average cost or market, whichever is lower 276,248 247,222 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 37,302 32,403 Total current assets 744,093 708,354 Property, plant and equipment, at cost: Land and improvements 28,459 28,739 Buildings and leasehold improvements 150,335 156,951 Machinery and equipment 342,296 363,811 Furniture and fixtures 39,477 39,404 Construction in progress 16,247 14,320 Gross property, plant and equipment 576,814 603,225 Accumulated depreciation and investment grants of $554 at November 30, 2012 and $579 at 352,456 377,349 August 31, 2012 Net property, plant and equipment 224,358 225,876 Other assets: Deferred charges and other noncurrent assets 42,278 41,146 Goodwill 138,990 128,353 Intangible assets, net 102,505 90,038 Total other assets 283,773 259,537 Total assets $ 1,252,224 $ 1,193,767 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 268,174 $ 248,069 U.S. and foreign income taxes payable 4,703 4,268 Accrued payroll, taxes and related benefits 38,800 42,275 Other accrued liabilities 46,842 37,282 Short-term debt 37,806 35,411 Total current liabilities 396,325 367,305 Long-term debt 185,376 174,466 Pension plans 95,936 92,581 Other long-term liabilities 28,257 29,324 Deferred income taxes 22,352 22,402 Total liabilities 728,246 686,078 Commitments and contingencies - - Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $1 par value, authorized - 75,000 shares, issued - 47,974 shares at November 30, 2012 and 47,958 shares at August 31, 2012 47,974 47,958 Additional paid-in capital 260,279 259,253 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 3,367 (5,921) Retained earnings 577,203 571,205 Treasury stock, at cost, 18,664 shares at November 30, 2012 and 18,649 shares at August 31, 2012 (371,463) (371,099) Total A. Schulman, Inc.'s stockholders' equity 517,360 501,396 Noncontrolling interests 6,618 6,293 Total equity 523,978 507,689 Total liabilities and equity $ 1,252,224 $ 1,193,767 A. SCHULMAN, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Three months ended November 30, 2012 2011 Unaudited (In thousands) Operating: Net income $ 12,145 $ 13,963 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided from (used in) operating activities: Depreciation 7,485 7,188 Amortization 2,871 1,876 Deferred tax provision (1,502) (2,790) Pension, postretirement benefits and other deferred compensation 2,068 1,547 Net (gains) losses on asset sales - (29) Asset impairment 498 - Curtailment (gain) loss 333 - Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions: Accounts receivable (6,133) 15,731 Inventories (18,803) (24,349) Accounts payable 11,615 (30,888) Income taxes 1,700 (4,240) Accrued payroll and other accrued liabilities 3,515 2,086 Other assets and long-term liabilities (5,449) (1,360) Net cash provided from (used in) operating activities 10,343 (21,265) Investing: Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (4,811) (9,072) Proceeds from the sale of assets 7,689 724 Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (36,360) - Net cash provided from (used in) investing activities (33,482) (8,348) Financing: Cash dividends paid (5,781) (5,061) Increase (decrease) in notes payable 2,397 (1,553) Borrowings on revolving credit facilities 44,900 40,750 Repayments on revolving credit facilities (35,800) (28,000) Borrowings on long-term debt 146 - Repayments on long-term debt (9) (4) Issuances of stock, common and treasury 432 225 Purchases of treasury stock (479) (21,474) Net cash provided from (used in) financing activities 5,806 (15,117) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 444 (5,342) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (16,889) (50,072) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 124,031 155,753 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 107,142 $ 105,681 A. SCHULMAN, INC. Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures Unaudited (In thousands, except per share data) Three months ended November 30, 2012 2011 (In thousands, except per share data) Net income attributable to A. Schulman, Inc.: GAAP, as reported $ 11,779 $ 13,582 Certain items, net of tax: Asset write-downs (1) 626 - Costs related to acquisitions (2) 312 190 Restructuring related (3) 1,762 2,280 Inventory step-up (4) 138 - Tax benefits (charges) (5) - (747) Non-GAAP $ 14,617 $ 15,305 Non-GAAP diluted EPS $ 0.50 $ 0.52 Weighted-average number of shares outstanding -diluted 29,412 29,514 1 - Asset write-downs primarily relate to asset impairments and accelerated depreciation. 2 - Costs related to acquisitions include those costs incurred to pursue intended targets. 3 - Restructuring related costs include items such as employee severance charges, lease termination charges, curtailment gains/losses and other employee termination costs. 4 - Inventory step-up costs include the adjustment for fair value of inventory acquired as a result of acquisition purchase accounting. 5 - Tax benefits (charges) include the effect of the adjustment to the Italian valuation allowance in fiscal 2012 and the realization of certain deferred tax assets in fiscal 2011 as a result of the 2010 ICO, Inc. acquisition. A. SCHULMAN, INC. SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION Three months ended November 30, 2012 2011 Unaudited (In thousands, except for %'s) Pounds sold to unaffiliated customers EMEA 290,607 286,297 Americas 159,836 140,501 APAC 30,520 29,484 Total pounds sold to unaffiliated customers 480,963 456,282 Net sales to unaffiliated customers EMEA $ 351,488 $ 352,891 Americas 149,574 127,980 APAC 39,490 36,418 Total net sales to unaffiliated customers $ 540,552 $ 517,289 Segment gross profit EMEA $ 44,060 $ 44,238 Americas 20,991 19,879 APAC 6,212 5,379 Total segment gross profit 71,263 69,496 Inventory step-up (138) - Accelerated depreciation (278) - Total gross profit $ 70,847 $ 69,496 Segment operating income EMEA $ 16,145 $ 19,235 Americas 7,792 6,111 APAC 3,082 2,533 Total segment operating income 27,019 27,879 Corporate and other (5,947) (5,580) Costs related to acquisitions (312) (218) Restructuring related (1,937) (3,244) Accelerated depreciation (278) - Asset impairment (498) - Curtailment gain (loss) (333) - Inventory step-up (138) - Operating income 17,576 18,837 Interest expense, net (1,571) (1,894) Foreign currency transaction gains (losses) (558) (499) Other income (expense), net 135 170 Income before taxes $ 15,582 $ 16,614 Capacity Utilization EMEA 81 % 83 % Americas 66 % 63 % APAC 78 % 86 % Worldwide 74 % 74 % SOURCE A. Schulman, Inc. Jennifer K. Beeman, Director of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, A. Schulman, Inc., +1-330-668-7346, Jennifer_Beeman@us.aschulman.com
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