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Franklin Electric Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Sales and Earnings

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FORT WAYNE, Ind., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: FELE) reported fourth quarter 2018 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.51, versus a GAAP fully diluted EPS in the fourth quarter 2017 of $0.17.  Fourth quarter 2018 sales were $316.7 million, compared to 2017 fourth quarter sales of $288.2 million.  Fourth quarter 2018 organic sales increased about 9 percent when excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. Fourth quarter EPS before the impact of restructuring expenses was $0.52 compared to 2017 fourth quarter EPS before restructuring of $0.21 (see table below for a reconciliation of GAAP EPS to EPS before restructuring). The Company incurred a tax expense of $0.21 per share in the fourth quarter of 2017 related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Before restructuring and the tax expense, the Company’s fourth quarter 2017 EPS was $0.42.

Gregg Sengstack, Franklin Electric’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Our record fourth quarter results were driven by continued strong performance in the U.S. Water Systems and our global Fueling Systems businesses. Before restructuring charges, our operating income and earnings per share grew by 17 and 24 percent, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Water margin improved; but Fueling margin declined from last year’s record margin, due to mix and cost pressures. Cash generation in the quarter was strong and reductions in working capital drove 2018 free cash flow to equal net income for the year.

For the full year 2018, we set new records in all our key financial metrics with all-time highs in net sales, gross profit, operating income, earnings per share and cash flow from operations.  Despite continued headwinds from global economic and political uncertainties, we remain confident we can sustain this momentum into 2019.”

Key Performance Indicators:

    For the Fourth Quarter   For the Full Year
Earnings Before a nd After Restructuring   2018
  2017
  Change   2018
  2017
  Change
(in millions)                                
Net Income attributable to FE Co., Inc. Reported   $     24.2   $     8.1   199%   $   105.9   $     78.2   35%
Allocated Earnings   $ (0.2)   $ (0.1)       $ (0.8)   $ (0.6)    
Earnings for EPS Calculations   $     24.0   $     8.0   200%   $   105.1   $     77.6   35%
                                 
Restructuring (before tax):   $ 0.7   $ 2.7       $ 1.7   $ 4.3    
                                 
Restructuring, net of tax:   $ 0.6   $ 1.6       $ 1.4   $ 2.6    
2017 Impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act         $ 10.2             $ 10.2    
                                 
Earnings before Restructuring   $     24.6   $     19.8   24%   $   106.5   $     90.4   18%
                 
    For the Fourth Quarter   For the Full Year
Earnings Per Shar e   2018
  2017
  Change   2018
  2017
  Change
Before and After Restructuring                                  
(in millions except Earnings Per Share)                                
                                 
Average Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding     46.8     47.1   -1%     47.0     47.0   0%
                                 
Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share ("EPS") Reported   $     0.51   $     0.17   200%   $     2.23   $     1.65   35%
                                 
Restructuring Per Share, net of tax   $ 0.01   $ 0.04       $ 0.03   $ 0.06    
2017 Impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act         $ 0.21       $ -   $ 0.21    
                                 
Fully Diluted EPS before Restructuring   $     0.52   $     0.42   24%   $     2.26   $     1.92   18%
                                 

  

  Net Sales For the Fourth Quarter
  United
States
Latin Europe,
Middle
Asia Total        
(in millions) & Canada America East & Africa Pacific Water Fueling Distribution Other/Elims Consolidated
                   
Q4 2017 $80.1 $33.4 $44.3 $23.7 $181.5 $67.9 $49.5 ($10.7) $288.2
Q4 2018 $98.1 $31.6 $42.5 $23.8 $196.0 $75.9 $56.0 ($11.2) $316.7
Change $18.0 ($1.8) ($1.8) $0.1 $14.5 $8.0 $6.5 ($0.5) $28.5
% Change 22% -5% -4% 0% 8% 12% 13%   10%
                   
Foreign currency translation ($0.6) ($2.9) ($5.0) ($1.0) ($9.5) ($1.3) $0.0    
% Change -1% -8% -11% -5% -5% -1% 0%    
                   
Acquisitions   $4.4     $4.4 $2.2 $6.4    
                   
Volume/Price $18.6 ($3.3) $3.2 $1.1 $19.6 $7.1 $0.1    
% Change 23% -10% 7% 5% 11% 10% 0%    
                   
                   

 

  Net Sales For the Full Year
  United
States
Latin Europe,
Middle
Asia Total        
(in millions) & Canada America East & Africa Pacific Water Fueling Distribution Other/Elims Consolidated
                   
FY 2017 $349.3 $130.0 $177.7 $86.3 $743.3 $245.7 $176.7 ($40.8) $1,124.9
FY 2018 $410.3 $120.9 $184.3 $81.0 $796.5 $288.2 $269.6 ($56.2) $1,298.1
Change $61.0 ($9.1) $6.6 ($5.3) $53.2 $42.5 $92.9 ($15.4) $173.2
% Change 17% -7% 4% -6% 7% 17% 53%   15%
                   
Foreign currency translation $0.5 ($9.3) ($5.2) ($1.4) ($15.4) $2.3 $0.0    
% Change 0% -7% -3% -1% -2% 1% 0%    
                   
Acquisitions $0.0 $8.3 $0.0 $0.0 $8.3 $3.5 $87.4    
                   
Volume/Price $60.5 ($8.1) $11.8 ($3.9) $60.3 $36.7 $5.6    
% Change 17% -6% 7% -5% 8% 15% 3%    
                   


Operating Income and Margins      
(in millions)   For the Fourth Quarter 2018
    Water
  Fueling
  Distribution
  Other/Elims
  Consolidated
Operating Income / (Loss)   $ 27.0   $ 17.0   $ (2.9)   $ (12.4)   $ 28.7
% Operating Income To Net Sales     13.8%     22.4%     -5.2%           9.1%
                               
Restructuring   $ 0.1   $ 0.1   $ 0.5   $ -   $ 0.7
                               
Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring   $ 27.1   $ 17.1   $ (2.4)   $ (12.4)   $ 29.4
% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring     13.8%     22.5%     -4.3%           9.3%
                               
                               
Operating Income and Margins                                
(in millions)   For the Fourth Quarter 2017
    Water
  Fueling
  Distribution
  Other/Elims
  Consolidated
Operating Income / (Loss)   $ 19.5   $ 17.0   $ (2.0)   $ (12.1)   $ 22.4
% Operating Income To Net Sales     10.7%     25.0%     -4.0%           7.8%
                               
Restructuring   $ 1.1   $ 1.6   $ -   $ -   $ 2.7
                               
Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring   $ 20.6   $ 18.6   $ (2.0)   $ (12.1)   $ 25.1
% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring     11.3%     27.4%     -4.0%           8.7%

 

Operating Income and Margins      
(in millions)   For the Full Year of 2018
    Water
  Fueling
  Distribution
  Other/Elims
  Consolidated
Operating Income / (Loss)   $ 112.9   $ 70.4   $ 3.4   $ (54.7)   $ 132.0
% Operating Income To Net Sales     14.2%     24.4%     1.3%           10.2%
                               
Restructuring   $ 0.6   $ 0.3   $ 0.8   $ -   $ 1.7
                               
Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring   $ 113.5   $ 70.7   $ 4.2   $ (54.7)   $ 133.7
% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring     14.2%     24.5%     1.6%           10.3%
                               
                               
Operating Income and Margins                                
(in millions)   For the Full year of 2017
    Water
  Fueling
  Distribution
  Other/Elims
  Consolidated
Operating Income / (Loss)   $ 102.0   $ 60.0   $ 3.7   $ (58.5)   $ 107.2
% Operating Income To Net Sales     13.7%     24.4%     2.1%           9.5%
                               
Restructuring   $ 2.7   $ 1.6   $ -   $ -   $ 4.3
                               
Operating Income/(Loss) before Restructuring   $ 104.7   $ 61.6   $ 3.7   $ (58.5)   $ 111.5
% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring     14.1%     25.1%     2.1%           9.9%
                               

Water Systems

Water Systems sales were $196.0 million in the fourth quarter 2018, versus the fourth quarter 2017 sales of $181.5 million.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the fourth quarter of 2017 were $4.4 million.  Water Systems sales decreased about 5 percent in the quarter due to foreign currency translation. Water Systems organic sales increased about 11 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Water Systems sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by about 22 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2017. Foreign currency translation decreased sales by about 1 percent.  Sales of Pioneer branded dewatering equipment doubled in the fourth quarter when compared to the prior year due to continued strength in North American oil and gas markets and diversification of product sales channels and geographies. Sales of other surface pumping equipment increased by about 9 percent on stronger HVAC and wastewater products, versus the fourth quarter 2017. Sales of groundwater pumping equipment were flat, versus the fourth quarter 2017.

Outside the U.S. and Canada, Water Systems realized mid to upper single digit organic growth in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  This increase was mostly offset by a 10 percent organic sales decline in Latin America, primarily Brazil.  Due to the strengthening U.S. dollar, foreign exchange translation lowered sales outside the U.S. and Canada by about 9 percent in the fourth quarter.

Water Systems operating income was $27.0 million in the fourth quarter 2018, compared to $19.5 million in the fourth quarter 2017.  Strong operating income growth in the U.S. and Canada was partially offset by declines in international regions, in part due to weakening foreign currencies versus the U.S. dollar.

Fueling Systems

Fueling Systems sales were a record $75.9 million in the fourth quarter 2018 compared to fourth quarter 2017 sales of $67.9 million.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the fourth quarter of 2017 were $2.2 million.  Fueling Systems organic sales were up about 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fueling Systems sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by about 13 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2017.  The increase was principally in the fuel management and service station hardware product lines.  Outside the U.S. and Canada, Fueling Systems revenues grew by about 8 percent, led by stronger sales of pipe and containment systems in China.

Fueling Systems operating income was $17.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.  Fueling Systems operating income was flat in the fourth quarter as growth from higher sales was offset primarily by negative geographic and product sales mix and higher fixed costs.

Distribution

Distribution sales were $56.0 million in the fourth quarter 2018, versus fourth quarter 2017 sales of $49.5 million.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the fourth quarter of 2017 were $6.4 million.  The Distribution segment organic sales were flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. 

The Distribution segment recorded an operating loss of $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $2.0 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Higher product costs not completely offset by price and higher employee benefit costs contributed to the Distribution segment earnings decline.  

Overall

The Company’s consolidated gross profit was $104.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase from the fourth quarter of 2017 gross profit of $94.6 million.  The gross profit increase was primarily due to higher sales.  The gross profit as a percent of net sales was 33.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared 32.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017. 

Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $75.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $69.4 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.  The increase in SG&A expenses from acquired businesses was $3.3 million.  Excluding the acquired entities, the Company’s SG&A expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $71.7 million, an increase of about 3 percent from the fourth quarter 2017, due primarily to higher variable compensation expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018 versus the prior year.

The Company ended 2018 with a cash balance of $59.2 million, which was $8.0 million lower than at the end of 2017.  Significantly higher net cash flows from operating activities were offset by higher repayments of debt and repurchases of the Company’s common stock in 2018.

Commenting on the outlook for 2019, Mr. Sengstack said:

“As we look towards 2019, our U.S. Water and global Fueling Systems businesses have great potential for continued growth and have good momentum coming out of 2018, however, many of the headwinds that have challenged our International Water businesses remain, most notably in Brazil and Asia Pacific.  Our distribution business is positioned for better growth and profitability in 2019.

We are currently thinking that our organic growth will slow from the 9 percent we experienced in 2018 to around 4 to 6 percent in 2019.  Further, we calculate that there is about $27 million or 2 percent of foreign exchange headwind in our revenue in 2019 due to a strengthened U.S. dollar.  We also note that because of discrete tax benefits realized in 2018 that will not repeat in 2019, we expect our overall effective tax rate to increase to between 18 and 20 percent in 2019, or about 20 cents of headwind to earnings per share.

As a result of this growth, offset by the impact of the strong dollar and a higher tax rate, we currently estimate our 2019 earnings per share before restructuring charges to be between $2.37 and $2.47.”
             
A conference call to review earnings and other developments in the business will commence at 9:00 am EST.  The fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 earnings call will be available via a live webcast.  The webcast will be available in a listen only mode by going to:

https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/2ufggzr4

If you intend to ask questions during the call, please dial in using 877.643.7158 for domestic calls and 914.495.8565 for international calls.  The conference ID is: 3798049.

A replay of the conference call will be available Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 12:00 noon EST through noon EST on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, by dialing 855.859.2056 for domestic calls and 404.537.3406 for international calls.  The replay passcode is: 3798049.

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications.

 
 
FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
               
(In thousands, except per share amounts)              
               
  Fourth Quarter Ended   Fiscal Year End
  December 31,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Net sales $   316,663   $   288,195   $   1,298,129   $   1,124,909
               
Cost of sales 212,321   193,624   865,763   747,927
               
Gross profit 104,342   94,571   432,366   376,982
               
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 74,983   69,370   298,706   265,447
               
Restructuring (income)/expense 676   2,732   1,666   4,307
               
Operating income 28,683   22,469   131,994   107,228
               
Interest expense (2,362)   (2,267)   (9,839)   (10,322)
Other income/(expense), net (461)   40   (1,042)   6,656
Foreign exchange income 2,445   729   (706)   1,025
               
Income before income taxes 28,305   20,971   120,407   104,587
               
Income tax expense 3,974   13,104   14,890   25,994
               
Net income $   24,331   $   7,867   $   105,517   $   78,593
               
Less:  Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (131)   204   360   (413)
               
Net income attributable to Franklin Electric Co., Inc. $   24,200   $   8,071   $   105,877   $   78,180
               
Income per share:              
Basic $   0.52   $   0.17   $   2.25   $   1.67
Diluted $   0.51   $   0.17   $   2.23   $   1.65
               
               


FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
       
(In thousands)      
       
  December 31,   December 31,
  2018   2017
ASSETS      
       
Cash and equivalents $   59,173   $   67,233
Receivables 172,899   171,007
Inventories 314,049   312,325
Other current assets 33,758   38,566
Total current assets 579,879   589,131
       
Property, plant, and equipment, net 207,064   215,694
Goodwill and other assets 395,422   380,528
Total assets $   1,182,365   $   1,185,353
       
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
       
Accounts payable $   76,652   $   79,348
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 67,230   66,100
Current maturities of long-term debt and      
short-term borrowings 111,975   100,453
Total current liabilities 255,857   245,901
       
Long-term debt 94,379   125,596
Income taxes payable non-current 10,881   17,391
Deferred income taxes 28,949   30,913
Employee benefit plans 38,020   42,178
Other long-term liabilities 17,934   19,251
       
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 518   1,502
       
Total equity 735,827   702,621
Total liabilities and equity $   1,182,365   $   1,185,353
       

 

 

FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)      
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $   105,517   $   78,593
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net      
cash flows from operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 38,604   38,506
Share-based compensation 8,450   7,109
Income taxes-U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -   10,198
Gain on equity investment -   (5,165)
Other (4,147)   (5,764)
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Receivables (8,194)   9,948
Inventory (4,775)   (46,372)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,677   (11,071)
Income taxes-U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (6,510)   -
Other (2,187)   (9,228)
       
Net cash flows from operating activities 128,435   66,754
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Additions to property, plant, and equipment (22,432)   (33,484)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment 724   211
Acquisitions and investments (44,971)   (51,783)
Other investing activities 387   355
       
Net cash flows from investing activities (66,292)   (84,701)
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Change in debt (18,985)   1,882
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 8,999   4,497
Purchases of common stock (34,188)   (3,621)
Dividends paid (22,612)   (20,289)
Purchase of redeemable non-controlling shares -   (5,047)
Net cash flows from financing activities (66,786)   (22,578)
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (3,417)   3,427
Net change in cash and equivalents (8,060)   (37,098)
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period 67,233   104,331
Cash and equivalents at end of period $   59,173   $   67,233
       

"Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein, including those relating to market conditions or the Company’s financial results, costs, expenses or expense reductions, profit margins, inventory levels, foreign currency translation rates, liquidity expectations, business goals and sales growth, involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to general economic and currency conditions, various conditions specific to the Company’s business and industry, weather conditions, new housing starts, market demand, competitive factors, changes in distribution channels, supply constraints, effect of price increases,  raw material costs, technology factors, integration of acquisitions, litigation, government and regulatory actions, the Company’s accounting policies, future trends, and other risks which are detailed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, included in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, Exhibit 99.1 attached thereto and in Item 1A of Part II of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information currently available, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact:         
John J. Haines
Franklin Electric Co., Inc.
260-824-2900

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