AZZ Inc. Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022; Generates EPS of $0.85
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ), a global provider of metal coating solutions, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, ended November 30, 2021.
Third Quarter Overview:
Tom Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AZZ, commented, "We continue to deliver solid results in fiscal 2022 with strong operating performance in the third quarter, driven by sales increasing 2.3%, operating income up 8.0% and net income up 7.0%, compared to the same quarter last year. The continued success of our businesses is due to our teams executing at a high level to drive growth and profitability across all business segments."
"Our Metal Coatings segment delivered great operating results generating sales of $133.4 million, up 15.4%, and operating margin of 24.5%, down slightly versus prior year due to increasing labor and material costs. Improved sales were driven by strong demand for hot-dip galvanizing within the renewables, utility, OEM, and construction end markets. I am pleased with the team's ability to continue to manage the increasing costs of materials and labor, through value pricing and operational improvement initiatives, while focusing on providing outstanding customer service. Additionally, and subsequent to our quarter-end, the team acquired Steel Creek Galvanizing in South Carolina."
Mr. Ferguson continued, "During the third quarter, our Infrastructure Solutions segment generated sales of $98.4 million, up $11.5 million sequentially but down $12.6 million or 11.4% compared to the same period last year. Several business units were affected by material delivery delays, including customer supplied components, and labor shortages. Operating margin of 9.3%, improved 140 basis points compared to operating margin of 7.9% for the same period last year. I would like to thank our employees for their hard work in delivering these third quarter results and continuing to provide exceptional service to our customers."
Third Quarter Results
For the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, the Company reported sales of $231.7 million compared to $226.6 million for the comparable period last year, an increase of 2.3%. Operating income increased to $30.1 million, or by $2.2 million, compared to net income of $27.9 million during last year's comparable third quarter period. Net income for the third quarter increased $1.4 million to $21.1 million, or $0.85 per diluted share compared to net income of $19.7 million, or $0.76 per diluted share for the third quarter in the prior fiscal year. The provision for income taxes of $6.0 million reflects an effective tax rate of 22.0% for the three months ended November 30, 2021, as compared to $6.6 million, or 25.1%, for the prior year comparable period. Bookings for the three-month period increased to $248.0 million, compared to $194.4 million for the third quarter last year. The book-to-sales ratio improved to 1.07, compared to 0.86 in last year's comparable period. Backlog at the end of the third quarter was $217.7 million, an increase of 24.9% as compared to backlog at the end of the third quarter in the prior year. The increase in backlog versus prior year is largely attributable to growing demand for our electrical products. Sequentially, backlog was up $16.2 million, or 8.1% from the prior year third quarter ended August 31, 2021.
Metal Coatings Segment – Year to date Summary (1)
For the nine months ended November 30, 2021, Metal Coatings segment sales increased 11.1% to $390.7 million and operating income increased 38.3% to $95.9 million compared to $351.6 million and $69.4 million, respectively, for the third period in the prior fiscal year. On an adjusted basis, operating income increased 19.3% to $80.4 million compared to the prior year-to-date period.
Year-to-date operating margins through the third quarter were 24.5%, a 480 basis points improvement compared to operating margins of 19.7% generated for the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. On an adjusted basis, current year operating margins improved 160 basis points from the adjusted prior year operating margin of 22.9%.
Infrastructure Solutions Segment – Year to date Summary (1)
For the nine months ended November 30, 2021, Infrastructure Solutions segment sales decreased 1.5% to $287.3 million as compared to $291.6 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year. The decrease in net sales for the Infrastructure segment was primarily attributable to supply chain disruptions within our electrical platform and COVID-related disruptions on customer locations within our welding solutions platform. Year-to-date operating income totaled $25.8 million, an increase of $22.5 million, or 668.1% compared to operating income of $3.4 million in the prior year. On an adjusted basis, operating income for the segment increased 105.2% to $12.6 million compared to the prior year-to-date period.
Year-to-date operating margins were 9.0%, an increase of 780 basis points over the prior year. On an adjusted basis, current year operating margins improved 470 basis points from the adjusted prior year operating margin of 4.3%.
On January 3, 2022, AZZ announced it acquired all the assets of Steel Creek Galvanizing Company, LLC ("Steel Creek") on December 31, 2021. Steel Creek is a privately held hot-dip galvanizing company based in South Carolina and will be reported within the Metal Coatings segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. AZZ expects the acquisition will be accretive to earnings within the first year of operation.
Fiscal Year 2022 Guidance
Mr. Ferguson added, "Due to the consistent operating performance in our business segments, we are reaffirming our sales guidance and anticipate annual sales to be in the range of $865 million to $925 million and are narrowing earnings per share to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.20 per diluted share for fiscal year 2022, which excludes the impact of any future divestitures or acquisitions".
"As we have previously stated, for the balance of fiscal 2022, we remain highly focused on growing our Metal Coatings segment, completing and integrating the recently announced hot-dip galvanizing acquisitions, and will continue to focus our Infrastructure Solutions team on supply chain improvements and increasing its craft pool. The underlining fundamentals of our business remain strong and provides us a good foundation to aggressively pursue growth opportunities that fit our strategic plan. As part of our corporate commitment to Trust, Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork and Sustainability ("TRAITS"), we continue to carefully manage our workforce to ensure a safe and healthy operating environment, while leveraging our operational capacity to match our customers' solid demand for our products and services."
"We continue to actively pursue initiatives to drive growth and enhance shareholder value. Previously, we have disclosed a desire for AZZ to become a predominately metal coatings company and over the past two quarters have meaningfully advanced our work on specific strategic options designed to achieve this commitment," concluded Mr. Ferguson.
Conference Call Details
AZZ Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2022 today, Monday, January 10, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. ET. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (844) 855-9499 or (412) 317-5497 (international). A webcast of the call will be available on the Company's Investor Relations page at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.
A replay of the call will be available at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 (international), replay access code: 2330111, through January 17, 2022, or by visiting http://www.azz.com/investor-relations for the next 90 days.
There will be a slide presentation accompanying today's event. The Company's slide presentation for the call will be available on the Investor Relations page at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.
About AZZ Inc.
AZZ Inc. is a global provider of galvanizing and a variety of metal coating solutions, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to a broad range of markets, including but not limited to the power generation, transmission, distribution, refining and industrial markets. The Company's Metal Coatings segment is a leading provider of metal finishing solutions for corrosion protection, including hot dip galvanizing, spin galvanizing, powder coating, anodizing and plating, to the North American steel fabrication industry. The Company's Infrastructure Solutions segment is dedicated to delivering safe and reliable transmission of power from generation sources to end customers, and automated weld overlay solutions for corrosion and erosion mitigation to critical infrastructure in the energy and waste management markets worldwide.
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In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company has provided adjusted operating income, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share (collectively, the "Adjusted Earnings Measures"), which are non-GAAP measures. Management believes that the presentation of these measures provides investors with a greater transparency comparison of operating results across a broad spectrum of companies, which provides a more complete understanding of the Company's financial performance, competitive position, and prospects for the future. Management also believes that investors regularly rely on non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjusted operating income, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share, to assess operating performance and that such measures may highlight trends in the Company's business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying on financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company developed and began the implementation of a plan to divest certain non-core businesses and later, divested several non-core businesses. During the six months ended August 31, 2021, the Company did not recognize any restructuring and impairment charges. The following tables provides a reconciliation for the three and nine months ended November 30, 2021 and 2020 between the various measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to the Adjusted Earnings Measures (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
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