Magnetek: Q4 and Fiscal Year 2012 Results
Q4 net sales of $29.7 million increased slightly over the prior year quarter, but were higher 11% sequentially over Q3 fiscal 2012 sales, due to higher sales of material handling solutions.
Q4 adjusted EBITDA (see attached reconciliation) increased to $4.7 million, or 15.8% of sales, from $4.4 million, or 14.9% of sales, for the same period last year.
Cash balances increased by $1.6 million during the fourth quarter to nearly $29 million as of December 30, 2012.
Fiscal Year 2012 Highlights
FY 2012 sales totaled $114.3 million, a decrease of 3% from the same period last year, as sales declines in renewable energy markets were largely offset by increased sales in material handling markets.
Adjusted EBITDA (see attached reconciliation) increased to $17.9 million, or 15.7% of sales, from $15.5 million, or 13.2% of sales, for the same period last year.
Full year cash flow prior to pension contributions was $19.7 million in fiscal 2012.
Magnetek, Inc. reported the results of its fourth quarter and 2012 fiscal year, ended December 30, 2012.
Fourth Quarter Results
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, Magnetek recorded revenue of $29.7 million, a nominal increase from the same period last year, but a sequential increase of 11% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase in sales from the prior year quarter reflects sales growth of products for material handling applications, largely offset by lower sales of products with mining and renewable energy applications.
Current year fourth quarter operating income was impacted by non-cash impairment charges of $1.2 million related to the Company’s renewable energy fixed assets, as well as higher pension expense. However, the Company’s continuing operations remained firmly profitable, with after-tax income of $0.8 million, or $.25 on a per share basis.
“We’re pleased with the performance of our business during the fourth quarter, as our sales approached $30 million without any contribution from renewable energy. Our largest served market, material handling, showed signs of continuing modest expansion during the fourth quarter, and our sales in that area outpaced overall market growth, as our material handling sales increased 15% year-over-year to nearly $23 million. In addition, sales into elevator markets increased 6% over last year’s fourth quarter to nearly $6 million,” said Peter McCormick, Magnetek’s president and chief executive officer. “While the outlook heading into 2013 is somewhat mixed, we believe we are well positioned to outpace overall economic growth rates with our continuing focus on innovation, market share gains, and new market penetration,” said Mr. McCormick.
Gross profit amounted to $9.4 million (31.6% of sales) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 versus $10.5 million (35.7% of sales) in the same period a year ago. However, excluding the impact of the asset impairment charges, fourth quarter gross profit would have been $10.6 million, or 35.7% of sales, comparable to the prior year period. The favorable impact on fourth quarter gross profit from higher sales volume of products with material handling and elevator applications was offset by lower sales of mining and renewable energy products during the quarter.
Total operating expenses, consisting of research and development (“R&D”), pension expense and selling, general and administrative costs, were $8.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $7.9 million in the prior year period. Compared to the prior year period, current year operating expenses include higher sales and marketing expenses, from both the shift in sales mix and increased payroll-related costs, and increased pension expense, partially offset by lower R&D expenses and reduced incentive compensation provisions.
Operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 decreased to $1.1 million from operating income of $2.6 million for the same period last year, due mainly to the asset impairment charges and higher pension expense in the current year quarter. Income from continuing operations after provision for income taxes in the fourth quarter was $0.8 million, or $.25 per share, compared to after-tax income from continuing operations of $2.4 million, or $.74 per share, in the same period last year. Including the results of discontinued operations, the Company recorded net income of $.31 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 versus net income of $.80 per share in the same period last year.
Unrestricted cash balances increased by $1.6 million during the fourth quarter to $28.7 million at December 30, 2012, after contributing $3.9 million during the quarter to the Company’s defined benefit pension plan. The increase in cash reflects continued strong operating results and improved working capital velocity.
Fiscal Year 2012 Results
For fiscal year 2012, the Company recorded revenue of $114.3 million, down 3% from $117.6 million in the prior year period. The sales decrease was mainly due to lower sales of inverters for renewable energy applications, which declined to less than $4 million in fiscal 2012 from more than $14 million in the same period last year. In addition, sales of mining products also declined nearly $2 million year-over-year. Higher sales of material handling products, which increased more than $10 million in fiscal 2012 to $81 million, partially offset the renewable energy and mining sales decreases. Fiscal 2012 gross profit amounted to $39.8 million (34.9% of sales) versus $39.5 million (33.6% of sales) in the prior year. The year-over-year increase in gross profit and gross margin as a percentage of sales was due to higher sales of material handling products, partially offset by lower sales volumes in renewable energy and mining, as well as the renewable energy asset impairment charges.
Operating expenses totaled $31.8 million in fiscal 2012, an increase of $0.3 million from $31.5 million for the same period last year, due mainly to higher pension expense and higher selling expenses, partially offset by lower R&D expenses and incentive compensation provisions. Pension expense, which increased by $1.0 million in fiscal 2012 as compared to last year, was $6.9 million, representing more than $2.00 on a per share, after-tax basis. The Company recorded income from continuing operations of $6.9 million, or $2.14 per share, versus prior year income from continuing operations of $7.1 million, or a $2.22 per share. Income from discontinued operations was $5.7 million, or $1.76 per share in fiscal 2012, compared to a loss from discontinued operations of $0.7 million, or a $.21 loss per share, in the prior year period. Fiscal 2012 income from discontinued operations includes a gain of $5.0 million from a settlement agreement entered into by the Company to resolve a legal matter.
Including results of discontinued operations, the Company’s net income improved by more than $6 million to $12.6 million, or $3.90 per share, in fiscal 2012 compared to prior year income of $6.4 million, or $2.01 per share.
Cash balances increased during fiscal 2012 by $8.1 million, after cash contributions of $11.6 million to the Company’s pension plan.
“We maintained our focus and executed well with our Company-specific initiatives during fiscal 2012 to better position us for the future,” said Mr. McCormick. “We had an outstanding year in terms of cash flow generation, and we deployed that cash in several different ways. First, we reinvested in our business in an effort to drive future sales growth and profitability, spending nearly $4 million on R&D, adding valuable selling resources, and investing in our operations to improve plant efficiencies. Secondly, we increased the cash position on our balance sheet, improving our liquidity and providing us with greater flexibility. Finally, we contributed nearly $12 million to our pension plan in an effort to improve the funded status of the plan. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make meaningful progress in that direction during fiscal 2012, as interest rates continued to drop throughout the year. However, mid- to longer-term, we continue to believe that we have tremendous opportunity to enhance shareholder value by growing our business, controlling our costs, and ultimately benefiting from a reduction in our pension obligation,” concluded Mr. McCormick.
Operations and Outlook
Total bookings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $24.8 million, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio for the quarter of 83%. Total Company order backlog was $13.1 million at December 30, 2012.
“Demand levels remain stable in most of our served industrial markets, although order rates softened late in the fourth quarter due in part to ongoing economic uncertainties and the resulting impact on business investment,” said Mr. McCormick. “In addition, our fourth quarter order rates are historically seasonally slower, due to holidays as well as the spending patterns of our customers. Early in 2013, our quotation levels remain high, but the mix of our orders to date doesn’t reflect as many large scale projects, which we expect will improve going forward. As a result, we believe the softness in our incoming order rate is temporary, and that we can continue to grow our business in 2013 through a combination of innovative product offerings, market share gains, and entry into new markets,” continued Mr. McCormick. “Our sales growth rate in material handling in 2012 exceeded our stated 10% objective, and we introduced new products, entered new markets, and expanded strategic partnerships in that part of our business that should help us continue to grow in 2013 and beyond. We’re also targeting expansion of our share of AC controls for the elevator market, and in the mining area, we’re making investments to reduce our dependence on the coal industry. Renewable energy market conditions were difficult throughout 2012, and we responded by reducing our cost structure and recording an asset impairment charge in that part of our business. Going forward, we plan to continue to support our existing installed base of wind inverters, but we don't intend to pursue new business opportunities in the renewable energy space. We firmly believe we have sustainable competitive advantages and better growth opportunities in our traditional served markets, and as a result, we intend to focus our future investments in those areas,” concluded Mr. McCormick.
Historically the Company’s March quarter has been seasonally weaker from a sales standpoint, particularly in material handling markets. While the Company’s expectations are for acceptable levels of sales and profit performance for the full 2013 fiscal year, the Company currently expects a decline in sales and profitability in the first quarter of 2013, on both a sequential and a year-over-year basis.
As previously disclosed, Magnetek has an underfunded defined benefit pension plan that was frozen in 2003. Based mainly on the number of participants in the plan and decreasing interest rates over the past several years, the Company’s annual pension expense and cash contributions to the pension plan have been significant for the past several years.
As of the end of fiscal 2012, the Company measured its pension plan for accounting purposes (GAAP), reducing its discount rate assumption to 3.5% from 4.05%. As a result, the Company increased the pension liability on its balance sheet as of December 30, 2012, to $102 million. Non-cash GAAP pension expense for fiscal 2013 is expected to total $6.2 million, an annual decrease of approximately $0.7 million over fiscal 2012 pension expense levels. Fiscal 2013 pension contributions are expected to total approximately $20 million.
“Our pension situation has been challenging, mainly due to historically low interest rates over the past several years, and our estimated pension contributions over the next three years total approximately $54 million,” said Marty Schwenner, Magnetek’s chief financial officer. “Importantly for us, we added $8 million of cash in fiscal 2012, after contributing nearly $12 million to our pension and funding our growth initiatives. In addition, our adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2012 totaled nearly $18 million. Accordingly, if economic conditions over the next three years remain similar to what they were in fiscal 2012, we believe we can fund most, if not all, of the required pension contributions through fiscal 2015 with cash generated by our operations. Under that scenario, we would expect to finish fiscal 2015 with roughly the same cash balance that we have today, and we would likely also have made meaningful progress in reducing our pension obligation, even without any increase in interest rates,” continued Mr. Schwenner. “As a result, we intend to remain sharply focused on those things within our control, such as product innovation, sales growth, cost control, and asset management. In summary, we firmly believe we can continue to grow our business while paying down our pension debt over the next several years, ultimately enhancing the value of the Company for our shareholders,” concluded Mr. Schwenner.
Marty Schwenner, 262-703-4282