Griffon Company Pronounces First Quarter Outcomes

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Griffon Corporation (“Griffon” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GFF) today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 ended December 31, 2020.

Consolidated revenue for the first quarter totaled $609.3 million, an 11% increase compared to the prior year quarter revenue of $548.4 million.

Net income totaled $29.5 million, or $0.55 per share, compared to $10.6 million, or $0.24 per share, in the prior year quarter. Current year adjusted net income was $29.8 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $15.6 million, or $0.36 per share, in the prior year quarter, a 56% increase (see the reconciliation of Net income to Adjusted net income for details).

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $74.6 million, increasing 35% from the prior year quarter of $55.2 million. Unallocated amounts (primarily corporate overhead) in the first quarter of 2021 and 2020, were $12.0 million and $11.9 million, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA excluding unallocated amounts totaled $86.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, increasing 29% from the prior year of $67.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, loss from debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable (“Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure).

Ronald J. Kramer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with our strong performance in the first quarter of our fiscal year with revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS growth of 11%, 35% and 56%, respectively. Notably, all three operating segments grew revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin over the prior year first quarter. Our earnings growth and positive free cash flow underscores the significance of our business initiatives and strategic investments over the last several years.”

Mr. Kramer added, “We have the ability to continue to accelerate growth initiatives across each of our segments while pursuing opportunistic acquisitions. Griffon remains well positioned to deliver long-term shareholder value.”

Segment Operating Results

Consumer and Professional Products (“CPP”)

CPP revenue in the current quarter totaling $291.0 million increased 21% compared to the prior year period, primarily due to increased volume of 18%, driven by continued consumer demand for home improvement initiatives across all geographies, early U.S. spring orders and expansion of the home organization product line. Improved revenue also reflected incremental revenue from the Apta acquisition of 1% and favorable foreign exchange of 2%. Organic growth was 20% (revenue growth adjusted to exclude acquisitions).

CPP Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter was $32.7 million, increasing 49% from the prior year quarter primarily due to the increased revenue noted above, partially offset by increased COVID-19 related inefficiencies.

Strategic Initiative

In November 2019, Griffon announced the development of a next-generation business platform for CPP to enhance the growth, efficiency, and competitiveness of its U.S. operations, and on November 12, 2020, Griffon announced the broadening of this strategic initiative to include additional North American facilities, the AMES UK and Australia businesses, and a manufacturing facility in China.

The expanded focus of this initiative leverages the same three key development areas being executed within our U.S. operations. First, certain AMES global operations will be consolidated to optimize facilities footprint and talent. Second, strategic investments in automation and facilities expansion will be made to increase the efficiency of our manufacturing and fulfillment operations, and support e-commerce growth. Third, multiple independent information systems will be unified into a single data and analytics platform, which will serve the whole AMES global enterprise.

Expanding the roll-out of the new business platform from our AMES U.S. operations to include AMES’ global operations will extend the duration of the project by one year, with completion now expected by the end of calendar year 2023. When fully implemented, these actions will result in annual cash savings of $30 million to $35 million and a reduction in inventory of $30 million to $35 million, both based on fiscal 2020 operating levels.

The cost to implement this new business platform, over the duration of the project, will include one-time charges of approximately $65 million and capital investments of approximately $65 million. The one-time charges are comprised of $46 million of cash charges, which includes $26 million of personnel-related costs such as training, severance, and duplicate personnel costs as well as $20 million of facility and lease exit costs. The remaining $19 million of charges are non-cash and are primarily related to asset write-downs.

During the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, CPP incurred pre-tax restructuring and related exit costs approximating $3.1 million and $6.4 million, respectively. During the quarter ended December 31, 2020, cash charges totaled $2.9 million and non-cash, asset-related charges totaled $0.2 million; the cash charges included $0.4 million for one-time termination benefits and other personnel-related costs and $2.5 million for facility exit costs. During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, CPP incurred pre-tax restructuring and other related exit costs approximating $6.4 million, comprised of cash charges of $2.2 million and non-cash, asset-related charges of $4.2 million; the cash charges included $2.1 million for one-time termination benefits and other personnel-related costs and $0.1 million for facility exit costs.

Home and Building Products (“HBP”)

HBP revenue in the current quarter totaling $250.5 million increased 4% from the prior year quarter, driven by increased volume of 5%, partially offset by unfavorable mix of 1%.

HBP Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter was $48.4 million, increasing 19% compared to the prior year quarter. The favorable variance resulted primarily from the increased revenue noted above including volume related benefits on absorption and operational efficiency improvements, partially offset by COVID-19 related inefficiencies.

Defense Electronics (“DE”)

DE revenue in the current quarter totaled $67.8 million, increasing 3% from the prior year quarter. The increase was due to increased volume for Naval and Cyber systems driven by multi-mode airborne maritime surveillance systems, partially offset by timing of work performed on communication systems and commercial custom integrated circuits.

DE Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter was $5.6 million, increasing 25% from the prior year quarter, driven by the increase in revenue and reduced headcount related to the reduction in force during the current quarter, partially offset by the timing of research and development expenses.

Contract backlog was $388.7 million at December 31, 2020 with 66% expected to be fulfilled in the next 12 months. During the quarter, DE was awarded several new contracts and received incremental funding on existing contracts approximating $85 million, which translates into a book to bill ratio of 1.3; the trailing twelve month book-to-bill ratio was 1.1.

Restructuring and Divestiture

In September 2020, a Voluntary Employee Retirement Plan was initiated, which was subsequently followed by a reduction in force in November 2020, to improve efficiencies by combining functions and responsibilities. The reduction in force initiative resulted in severance charges of $2.1 million during the current quarter. These actions reduced headcount by approximately 90 people.

In addition, charges of $5.6 million were recorded during the quarter ended December 31, 2020, primarily related to exiting our older weather radar product lines.

On December 18, 2020, DE completed the sale of its System Engineering Group business and recorded a pre-tax gain of $6.2 million.

Taxes

The Company reported pretax income for the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and recognized tax provisions of 24.7% and 37.4%, respectively. Excluding all items that affect comparability, the effective tax rates for the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 were 32.0% and 33.3%, respectively.

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures

At December 31, 2020, the Company had cash and equivalents of $233.8 million and total debt outstanding of $1.05 billion, resulting in a net debt position of $0.8 billion. Borrowing availability under the revolving credit facility was $369.8 million subject to certain loan covenants. Capital expenditures were $11.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Share Repurchases

As of December 31, 2020, Griffon had $58 million remaining under its Board of Directors authorized repurchase program. There were no purchases under these authorizations during the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call today, January 28, 2021, at 8:30 AM ET.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-0792 (U.S. participants) or 1-201-689-8263 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference or provide conference ID number 13715112. Participants are encouraged to dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

A replay of the call will be available starting on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (International), and entering the conference ID number: 13715112. The replay will be available through Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

Forward-looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements related to, among other things, income (loss), earnings, cash flows, revenue, changes in operations, operating improvements, industries in which Griffon operates and the United States and global economies that are not historical are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements” and may be indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “supports,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “hope,” “forecast,” “management is of the opinion,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “intends,” “explores,” “opportunities,” the negative of these expressions, use of the future tense and similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: current economic conditions and uncertainties in the housing, credit and capital markets; Griffon’s ability to achieve expected savings from cost control, restructuring, integration and disposal initiatives; the ability to identify and successfully consummate, and integrate, value-adding acquisition opportunities; increasing competition and pricing pressures in the markets served by Griffon’s operating companies; the ability of Griffon’s operating companies to expand into new geographic and product markets, and to anticipate and meet customer demands for new products and product enhancements and innovations; reduced military spending by the government on projects for which Griffon’s Telephonics Corporation supplies products, including as a result of defense budget cuts or other government actions; the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations; increases in the cost or lack of availability of raw materials such as resin, wood and steel, components or purchased finished goods, including the impact from tariffs; changes in customer demand or loss of a material customer at one of Griffon’s operating companies; the potential impact of seasonal variations and uncertain weather patterns on certain of Griffon’s businesses; political events that could impact the worldwide economy; a downgrade in Griffon’s credit ratings; changes in international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; the reliance by certain of Griffon’s businesses on particular third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer demands; the relative mix of products and services offered by Griffon’s businesses, which impacts margins and operating efficiencies; short-term capacity constraints or prolonged excess capacity; unforeseen developments in contingencies, such as litigation, regulatory and environmental matters; unfavorable results of government agency contract audits of Telephonics Corporation; Griffon’s ability to adequately protect and maintain the validity of patent and other intellectual property rights; the cyclical nature of the businesses of certain of Griffon’s operating companies; and possible terrorist threats and actions and their impact on the global economy; the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and the global economy, including business disruptions, reductions in employment and an increase in business and operating facility failures, specifically among our customers; Griffon’s ability to service and refinance its debt; and the impact of recent and future legislative and regulatory changes, including, without limitation, tax law changes Such statements reflect the views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Griffon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Griffon Corporation

Griffon Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.

Griffon currently conducts its operations through three reportable segments:

  • CPP conducts its operations through AMES. Founded in 1774, AMES is the leading North American manufacturer and a global provider of branded consumer and professional tools and products for home storage and organization, landscaping, and enhancing outdoor lifestyles. CPP sells products globally through a portfolio of leading brands including True Temper, AMES, and ClosetMaid.
  • HBP conducts its operations through Clopay. Founded in 1964, Clopay is the largest manufacturer and marketer of garage doors and rolling steel doors in North America. Residential and commercial sectional garage doors are sold through professional dealers and leading home center retail chains throughout North America under the brands Clopay, Ideal, and Holmes. Rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional, and retail use are sold under the CornellCookson brand.
  • Defense Electronics conducts its operations through Telephonics Corporation, founded in 1933, a globally recognized leading provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and communications solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers.

For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffon.com.

Griffon evaluates performance and allocates resources based on operating results from continuing operations before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, loss from debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable (“Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure). Griffon believes this information is useful to investors.

The following table provides operating highlights and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Income before taxes from operations:

(in thousands) For the Three Months Ended December 31,
REVENUE

2020

2019

Consumer and Professional Products $

291,042

$

241,076

Home and Building Products

250,481

241,381

Defense Electronics

67,768

65,981

Total consolidated net sales $

609,291

$

548,438

 
ADJUSTED EBITDA
Consumer and Professional Products $

32,713

$

21,926

Home and Building Products

48,369

40,701

Defense Electronics

5,585

4,475

Total

86,667

67,102

Unallocated amounts, excluding depreciation*

(12,027)

(11,942)

Adjusted EBITDA

74,640

55,160

Net interest expense

(15,645)

(15,950)

Depreciation and amortization

(15,266)

(15,825)

Restructuring charges

(10,800)

(6,434)

Gain on sale of SEG business

6,240

Income before taxes from operations $

39,169

$

16,951

 
 
DEPRECIATION and AMORTIZATION
Segment:
Consumer and Professional Products $

8,199

$

8,231

Home and Building Products

4,341

4,800

Defense Electronics

2,676

2,644

Total segment depreciation and amortization

15,216

15,675

Corporate

50

150

Total consolidated depreciation and amortization $

15,266

$

15,825

* Primarily Corporate Overhead

Griffon believes Free Cash Flow (“FCF”, a non-GAAP measure) is a useful measure for investors because it portrays the Company’s ability to generate cash from operations for purposes such as repaying debt, funding acquisitions and paying dividends.

The following table below provides a reconciliation of Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities to FCF:

 

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

20,829

 

 

$

(18,169)

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(11,926)

 

 

(13,172)

 

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment

53

 

 

184

 

FCF

$

8,956

 

 

$

(31,157)

 

 

 

 

 

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Revenue

 

$

609,291

 

 

$

548,438

 

Cost of goods and services

 

439,119

 

 

398,517

 

Gross profit

 

170,172

 

 

149,921

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

121,557

 

 

117,798

 

Income from operations

 

48,615

 

 

32,123

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(15,690)

 

 

(16,211)

 

Interest income

 

45

 

 

261

 

Gain on sale of business

 

6,240

 

 

 

Other, net

 

(41)

 

 

778

 

Total other expense, net

 

(9,446)

 

 

(15,172)

 

Income before taxes

 

39,169

 

 

16,951

 

Provision for income taxes

 

9,669

 

 

6,339

 

Net income

 

$

29,500

 

 

$

10,612

 

Basic earnings per common share

 

$

0.58

 

 

$

0.26

 

Basic weighted-average shares outstanding

 

50,596

 

 

41,173

 

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.55

 

 

$

0.24

 

Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding

 

53,192

 

 

43,895

 

Dividends paid per common share

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.075

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

29,500

 

 

$

10,612

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes:

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

12,123

 

 

6,470

 

Pension and other post retirement plans

 

1,706

 

 

672

 

Change in cash flow hedges

 

(688)

 

 

(301)

 

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes

 

13,141

 

 

6,841

 

Comprehensive income, net

 

$

42,641

 

 

$

17,453

 

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

December 31,

2020

 

September 30,

2020

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and equivalents

$

233,807

 

 

$

218,089

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $9,022 and $8,505

318,535

 

 

340,546

 

Contract assets, net of progress payments of $21,472 and $24,175

86,260

 

 

84,426

 

Inventories

445,022

 

 

413,825

 

Prepaid and other current assets

59,116

 

 

46,897

 

Assets of discontinued operations

1,591

 

 

2,091

 

Total Current Assets

1,144,331

 

 

1,105,874

 

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net

342,706

 

 

343,964

 

OPERATING LEASE RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

157,860

 

 

161,627

 

GOODWILL

446,456

 

 

442,643

 

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net

357,832

 

 

355,028

 

OTHER ASSETS

29,861

 

 

32,897

 

ASSETS OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

5,397

 

 

6,406

 

Total Assets

$

2,484,443

 

 

$

2,448,439

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt

$

11,158

 

 

$

9,922

 

Accounts payable

237,900

 

 

232,107

 

Accrued liabilities

161,594

 

 

163,994

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

31,304

 

 

31,848

 

Liabilities of discontinued operations

4,842

 

 

3,797

 

Total Current Liabilities

446,798

 

 

441,668

 

LONG-TERM DEBT, net

1,037,413

 

 

1,037,042

 

LONG-TERM OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES

132,634

 

 

136,054

 

OTHER LIABILITIES

122,047

 

 

126,510

 

LIABILITIES OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

5,504

 

 

7,014

 

Total Liabilities

1,744,396

 

 

1,748,288

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Total Shareholders’ Equity

740,047

 

 

700,151

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$

2,484,443

 

 

$

2,448,439

 

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS – continued

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Net income

$

29,500

 

 

$

10,612

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

15,266

 

 

15,825

 

Stock-based compensation

4,208

 

 

3,982

 

Asset impairment charges – restructuring

5,794

 

 

4,160

 

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

93

 

 

35

 

Amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs

680

 

 

1,273

 

Deferred income taxes

442

 

 

198

 

Gain (loss) on sale of assets and investments

174

 

 

(186)

 

Gain on sale of business

(6,240)

 

 

 

Change in assets and liabilities, net of assets and liabilities acquired:

 

 

 

Decrease in accounts receivable and contract assets, net

10,494

 

 

2,942

 

Increase in inventories

(31,924)

 

 

(19,480)

 

Increase in prepaid and other assets

(3,517)

 

 

(2,269)

 

Decrease in accounts payable, accrued liabilities, income taxes payable and operating lease liabilities

(5,425)

 

 

(36,445)

 

Other changes, net

1,284

 

 

1,184

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

20,829

 

 

(18,169)

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(11,926)

 

 

(13,172)

 

Acquired businesses, net of cash acquired

(2,242)

 

 

(10,531)

 

Proceeds from sale of business, net

15,580

 

 

 

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment

53

 

 

184

 

Other, net

26

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

1,491

 

 

(23,519)

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Dividends paid

(4,422)

 

 

(3,392)

 

Purchase of shares for treasury

(2,909)

 

 

(1,758)

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

40,791

 

 

71,957

 

Payments of long-term debt

(42,120)

 

 

(32,045)

 

Financing costs

(569)

 

 

(21)

 

Other, net

(68)

 

 

(40)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(9,297)

 

 

34,701

 

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS – continued

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(752)

 

 

(606)

 

Net cash provided by investing activities

2,224

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations

1,472

 

 

(606)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents

1,223

 

 

8

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND EQUIVALENTS

15,718

 

 

(7,585)

 

CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

218,089

 

 

72,377

 

CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

233,807

 

 

$

64,792

 

 

Griffon evaluates performance based on Earnings per share and Net income excluding restructuring charges, loss from debt extinguishment, acquisition related expenses, discrete and certain other tax items, as well other items that may affect comparability, as applicable. Griffon believes this information is useful to investors. The following tables provides a reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted net income and Earnings per common share from operations to Adjusted earnings per common share from operations:

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

For the Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Net income

 

$

29,500

 

 

$

10,612

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusting items:

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charges

 

10,800

 

 

6,434

 

Gain on sale of SEG business

 

(6,240)

 

 

 

Tax impact of above items

 

(2,277)

 

 

(2,286)

 

Discrete and certain other tax provisions (benefits), net

 

(2,028)

 

 

833

 

Adjusted net income

 

$

29,755

 

 

$

15,593

 

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.55

 

 

$

0.24

 

Adjusting items, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charges

 

0.16

 

 

0.09

 

Gain on sale of SEG business

 

(0.11)

 

 

 

Discrete and certain other tax provisions (benefits), net

 

(0.04)

 

 

0.02

 

Adjusted earnings per common share

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.36

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands)

 

53,192

 

 

43,895

 

Note: Due to rounding, the sum of earnings per common share and adjusting items, net of tax, may not equal adjusted earnings per common share.