24.06.03

24.6.2003: Meldung: Steelcase Results for First Quarter 2004

Steelcase Reports Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2004
Monday June 23, 5:44 pm ET

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2003--Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS - News) today reported that revenue for its first quarter totaled $571.9 million, compared with $643.1 million in the same quarter last year. These results were in line with company estimates and reflect substantially lower sales in North America primarily due to weak backlog at the beginning of the quarter. International sales were higher, with most of the increase due to favorable currency translation.

Steelcase reported a loss of $(13.4) million, or $(0.09) per share for the first quarter. These results were consistent with the company"s previous estimate of a first quarter loss in the range of $(0.05) to $(0.12) per share and compares with a loss of $(15.4) million, or $(0.10) per share, before the cumulative effect of adopting SFAS No. 142 in the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Net loss for first quarter fiscal 2003 was $(245.3) million, or $(1.66) per share including the cumulative effect of adopting SFAS No. 142.

Reported results included pre-tax charges of $(7.5) million for restructuring and severance in the International segment, $(5.3) million for severance in the North America segment and $(2.0) million for severance in the Other category. Results also included a $5.8 million non-operating pre-tax gain on the sale of real estate and leased assets. The total of these items is a net pre-tax charge of $(9.0) million or $(5.6) million after-tax.

"Our first quarter results reflect the difficult economic environment we anticipated, particularly in North America," said James P. Keane, chief financial officer. "We responded to these challenges with actions that reduced our costs in the short and long-term."

"Despite the challenging economic conditions, we"ve continued making investments in initiatives key to our growth, such as new product development and lean manufacturing and they are paying off," said James P. Hackett, president and chief executive officer. "I"m pleased with the excellent progress we made on our strategic objectives in the quarter. We are winning new customers and were recently recognized with nine awards for the new architecture, furniture and technology products we introduced at NeoCon, our industry"s largest North American trade show."

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Business Segment Results
(in millions)

First Quarter Sequential Quarters
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
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(13 weeks) (14 weeks)
May 30, May 24, % Inc May 30, Feb. 28, % Inc
2003 2002 (Dec) 2003 2003(6) (Dec)
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Revenue
North
America(1) $296.2 $391.0 (24.2)% $296.2 $356.6 (16.9)%
Steelcase Design
Partnership(2) 67.0 68.7 (2.5)% 67.0 68.1 (1.6)%
International(3) 129.8 107.6 20.6% 129.8 137.1 (5.3)%
Other(4) 78.9 75.8 4.1% 78.9 76.0 3.8%
------- ------- ------- -------
Consolidated
Revenue $571.9 $643.1 (11.1)% $571.9 $637.8 (10.3)%
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Operating
Income(5)
North
America $(19.3) $(7.0) $(19.3) $17.7
Steelcase Design
Partnership 2.9 3.6 2.9 (1.4)
International (5.2) (9.8) (5.2) (5.7)
Other (1.3) (1.4) (1.3) (3.4)
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Consolidated
Operating
Income $(22.9) $(14.6) $(22.9) $7.2
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Operating Margin
Percent (4.0)% (2.3)% (4.0)% 1.1%


Outlook

Steelcase expects revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2004 to increase about 10 percent compared to the first quarter, driven by the North America segment. North America has experienced higher order levels since early in the first quarter and entered the second quarter with a stronger backlog. International order rates are showing signs of softening in certain markets.

"We are seeing a sustained higher order rate, and a growing backlog in North America, which is consistent with recent increases in broader economic metrics," said Mr. Keane. "It appears a gradual industry recovery may now be underway in the North America segment of our business."

The company expects breakeven results in the second quarter. This estimate includes approximately $(5.0) million in pre-tax charges for International restructuring activity. The company also anticipates increased expenses for North America plant consolidation activity already announced, higher workers compensation costs, and employee wage increases. The company expects to be profitable on a reported basis for fiscal year 2004.

"We are preparing for recovery and growth," said Mr. Hackett. "Recent project wins reinforce we have the right portfolio of products and services that are valued in the marketplace and the global presence required to meet our customers" needs. By delivering innovative solutions that help people in offices work more effectively together with achieving the right level of cost, quality and speed throughout our enterprise, we are poised for profitable growth."

Webcast

Steelcase will webcast its conference call reviewing first quarter fiscal 2004 financial results on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Details and links to the webcast are available at www.steelcase.com. A replay of the webcast can be accessed on the site after the call.

Other Events

The Steelcase annual meeting of shareholders will be held on June 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. EDT in the company"s Town Hall located across from company headquarters at 901 44th Street S.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company will host a live webcast of the meeting. Details and links to the webcast are accessible at www.steelcase.com.

Business Segment Footnotes

(1) North America business segment includes the company"s
Steelcase and Turnstone brands and consolidated dealers in the
U.S. and Canada.
(2) The Steelcase Design Partnership (SDP) business segment
includes Brayton, Designtex Group, Details, Metro and Vecta.
(3) International business segment includes all manufacturing and
sales operations outside the U.S. and Canada.
(4) Other includes Steelcase Financial Services, PolyVision, IDEO
and Attwood subsidiaries, other ventures and unallocated corporate
expenses. Steelcase Financial Services was a reporting segment in
fiscal 2003 and is now included in Other because revenue and
assets fall below the threshold required for segment reporting.
(5) Operating income percent comparisons are not provided because
they are not meaningful.
(6) Q4 FY03 included an extra shipping week.

About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase Inc., a Fortune 500 company, helps individuals and organizations around the world to work more effectively by providing knowledge, products and services that enable customers and their consultants to create work environments that integrate architecture, furniture and technology. Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the company has led the global office furniture industry in sales every year since 1974. Its product portfolio includes interior architectural products, furniture systems, technology products, seating, lighting, storage and related products and services. Fiscal 2003 revenue was approximately $2.6 billion. Steelcase Inc. and its subsidiaries have dealers in more than 900 locations, manufacturing facilities in over 50 locations and approximately 16,000 employees around the world. The company"s Class A Common Stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol SCS.

Forward-looking Statements

From time to time, in written reports and oral statements, the company discusses its expectations regarding future performance. For example, certain portions of this release contains various "forward-looking statements", including those relating to anticipated revenue, industry recovery, earning/losses, profitability, restructuring activity and costs. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary. The company"s performance may differ materially from that contemplated by forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: competitive and general economic conditions/uncertainty domestically and internationally; delayed or lost sales and other impacts related to acts of terrorism, acts of war or governmental action; changes in domestic or international laws, rules and regulations, including the impact of changed environmental laws, rules or regulations; major disruptions at our key facilities or in the supply of any key raw materials; competitive pricing pressure; pricing changes by the company or its competitors; currency fluctuations; changes in customer demand and order patterns; changes in the financial stability of customers or dealers (including changes in their ability to pay amounts owed to the company); changes in relationships with customers, suppliers, employees and dealers; product (sales) mix; the success (including product performance and customer acceptance) of new products, current product innovations and platform simplification, and their impact on the company"s manufacturing processes; the ability of the company to effectively cull older products; the ability of the company to successfully negotiate new credit facilities; possible acquisitions or divestitures by the company; the company"s ability to reduce costs, including ramp-up costs associated with new products and to improve margins on new products; the impact of workforce reductions (including elimination of temporary workers, hourly layoffs, early retirement programs and salaried workforce reductions); the company"s success in integrating acquired businesses, initiating and managing alliances and increased global sourcing, transitioning production of products or product components to other manufacturing facilities or to third parties as a result of production rationalization, implementation of technology initiatives or migration to a less vertically integrated manufacturing model; changes in business strategies and decisions; and other risks detailed in the company"s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Steelcase undertakes no obligation to update, amend, or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source:
Steelcase Inc.
P.O. Box 1967
CH-3W-12
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616-246-4700
Fax: 616-246-4040
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