December 17, 2019

Worthington Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 17, 2019 – Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) today reported net sales of $827.6 million and net earnings of $52.1 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, for its fiscal 2020 second quarter ended November 30, 2019.  Net earnings for the current quarter benefited from a pre-tax gain of $23.1 million, or $0.33 per share, recorded in equity income related to the sale of the international operations of the WAVE joint venture.  Estimated current quarter inventory holding losses in Steel Processing were $6.5 million, or $0.09 per share.  In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company reported net sales of $958.2 million and net earnings of $34.0 million, or $0.57 per diluted share.  Estimated inventory holding gains of $0.8 million in the prior year quarter were largely offset by pre-tax restructuring charges of $0.4 million.
Financial highlights for the current and comparative periods are as follows:
(U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
  2Q 2020 1Q 2020 2Q 2019 6M 2020 6M 2019  
Net sales   $827.6   $855.9   $958.2   $1,683.5   $1,946.3  
Operating income (loss)   32.1   (14.6)   35.9   17.5   86.8  
Equity income   47.3   24.8   21.1   72.1   51.1  
Net earnings (loss)   52.1   (4.8)   34.0   47.3   88.9  
Earnings (loss) per diluted share   $0.93   ($0.09)   $0.57   $0.84   $1.48  

“We delivered solid results for the quarter despite some market softness and challenging conditions in steel pricing,” said John McConnell, Chairman and CEO.  “Pressure Cylinders volumes were up, led by strong demand in the consumer products and oil and gas businesses.  Overall, we returned to year-over-year earnings growth for the quarter and I’m pleased with the way our teams continue to perform in markets that are being impacted by trade wars and economic uncertainty.”   

Consolidated Quarterly Results
Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $827.6 million, down 14% from the comparable quarter in the prior year, when net sales were $958.2 million. The decrease was primarily driven by lower average direct selling prices due to a decline in the market price of steel and lower direct volume in Steel Processing.
Gross margin decreased $0.3 million from the prior year quarter to $120.6 million as higher contributions from Pressure Cylinders were largely offset by declines at Steel Processing.
Operating income for the current quarter was down $3.7 million from the prior year quarter to $32.1 million.  The combined impact of lower gross margin and higher SG&A expense drove the decline. 
Interest expense was $7.3 million for the current quarter, compared to $9.5 million in the prior year quarter.  The decrease was due primarily to lower average debt levels and lower average interest rates resulting from the debt refinancing transactions completed earlier in the year.
Equity income from unconsolidated joint ventures increased $26.3 million over the prior year quarter to $47.3 million.  The current quarter included a pre-tax gain of $23.1 million at WAVE related to the sale of the international operations.  The remaining increase was primarily due to a $5.4 million increase in equity income from ClarkDietrich, driven by improved margins and increased volumes, but was partially offset by lower results at Serviacero.  The current quarter was also negatively impacted by $1.5 million of losses related to our retained interest in the newly-formed Cabs company, which consisted primarily of transaction-related expenses incurred at the new company.  The Company received cash distributions of $27.5 million from unconsolidated joint ventures during the quarter.
Income tax expense was $15.9 million in the current quarter compared to $11.1 million in the prior year quarter.  The increase was due primarily to higher earnings associated with the $23.1 million gain recognized at WAVE.  Tax expense in the current quarter reflects an estimated annual effective income tax rate of 24.8% versus 23.4% in the prior year quarter.
Balance Sheet
Total debt was down slightly from August 31, 2019 to $698.8 million and the Company had $72.3 million of cash on hand at quarter-end. 
Quarterly Segment Results
Steel Processing’s net sales totaled $516.9 million, down 19%, or $118.1 million, from the comparable prior year quarter driven by lower average selling prices and lower direct volume, partially offset by higher toll volume.  Operating income of $17.2 million was $7.8 million less than the prior year quarter due to the unfavorable impact of inventory holding losses and lower direct volume, partially offset by improved direct spreads and higher toll volume.  The mix of direct versus toll tons processed was 49% to 51% in the current quarter, compared to 56% to 44% in the prior year quarter.
Pressure Cylinders’ net sales totaled $290.1 million, down 1%, or $4.3 million, from the comparable prior year quarter due to the impact of divestitures and lower volumes in the industrial products business, partially offset by higher volumes in both the consumer products and oil and gas equipment businesses.  Operating income of $15.6 million was $0.9 million higher than the prior year quarter as the impact of higher volumes in consumer products and overall improvements in oil and gas equipment more than offset the unfavorable impact of lower volumes in the industrial products business.
Recent Developments
  • On Sept. 30, 2019, WAVE completed the sale of its international operations to Knauf International GmbH resulting in a pre-tax gain of $23.1 million in equity income.
  • On Oct. 7, 2019, the Company purchased the operating assets of Heidtman’s pickling and slitting facility in Cleveland, Ohio for $29.6 million. 
  • On Nov. 1, 2019, the Company contributed substantially all of the net assets of the former Engineered Cabs segment to a newly-formed company that simultaneously acquired another cabs manufacturer.  In exchange for the contributed net assets, the Company received a 20% minority ownership interest in the new company. 
“The Company is operating well, and we are optimistic about our momentum going forward,” McConnell said.  “We believe most of our markets should remain steady but do anticipate continued weakness in Europe and will remain focused on driving future improvement through solid execution of our strategies.”
Conference Call
Worthington will review fiscal 2020 second quarter results during its quarterly conference call on December 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.  Details regarding the conference call can be found on the Company website at
About Worthington Industries 
Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch® and Well-X-Trol®. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 54 facilities in 15 states and six countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 9,000 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities. 

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