Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Results and Declares Dividend

  • New Share Repurchase Plan Authorized

CLEVELAND, April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) today reported third quarter fiscal 2015 sales and earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

Net sales for the quarter were $680.0 million, an increase of 10.0% compared with $618.0 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net income for the quarter was $28.6 million, or $0.70 per share, compared with $30.4 million, or $0.72 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Prior year earnings reflect a $0.07 per share benefit from one-time tax benefits and a $0.02 per share benefit from other tax accrual reversals.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2015, sales increased 14.9% to $2.07 billion from $1.81 billion in the same period last year. Net income increased to $87.4 million from $83.1 million, and earnings per share increased 7.7% to $2.11 per share from $1.96 per share last year.

Commenting on the results, Applied's President & Chief Executive Officer Neil A. Schrimsher said, "The third quarter presented some challenges, including a deceleration of industrial market demand and foreign exchange headwinds. Our overall sales increase for the quarter reflects a 10.6% increase from acquisition related volume coupled with a 1.3% rise in our core underlying operations, offset by a negative 1.9% foreign currency translation impact. We dealt with these challenges and headwinds in our top line growth through effective cost controls within the quarter, and we will take additional actions as we move towards completing our fiscal year.

"We are revising our full-year guidance range for earnings per share to between $2.80 and $2.95 per share, on a sales increase of 11.5% to 13%. Overall, Applied is well-positioned – with a strong foundation, expanding capabilities and a straightforward strategic plan. We are focused on meeting the product, service and solution needs of current and new industrial customers."

In addition, Mr. Schrimsher announced that the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per common share. The dividend is payable on May 29, 2015, to shareholders of record on May 15, 2015.

During the quarter, the Company purchased 870,200 shares of its common stock in open market transactions for $37.3 million. Fiscal year to date, the Company has purchased 1.3 million shares for a total of $59.2 million. On April 28, the Board of Directors approved a new authorization to repurchase up to 1.5 million shares, in open market and negotiated transactions, replacing the existing authorization.

"We are pleased with the Board's authorization of a new stock repurchase plan. This action reflects our continued confidence in the Company's growth opportunities and our ongoing commitment to enhance shareholder value," added Mr. Schrimsher.

Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 30. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and Mark O. Eisele – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. To join the call, dial 1-800-755-1805 or 1-212-231-2910 (for International callers). A live audio webcast can be accessed online through the investor relations portion of the Company's website at A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 1-800-633-8284 or 1-402-977-9140 (International) using passcode 21766597.

With more than 570 facilities and 5,900 employee associates, Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than five million parts to serve the needs of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions that provide added value to its customers. Applied can be visited on the Internet at

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. Applied intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are often identified by qualifiers such as "guidance" and derivative or similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including trends in the industrial sector of the economy, and other risk factors identified in Applied's most recent periodic report and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by Applied or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Applied assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, or events, or otherwise.

(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Nine Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net Sales $ 679,994 $ 618,006 $ 2,074,021 $ 1,805,260
Cost of sales 492,631 446,786 1,496,013 1,300,862
Gross Profit 187,363 171,220 578,008 504,398
Selling, distribution and administrative, including depreciation 143,591 131,047 441,264 384,849
Operating Income 43,772 40,173 136,744 119,549
Interest (income) expense, net 2,121 (11) 5,738 (102)
Other (income) expense, net (887) (388) (263) (1,749)
Income Before Income Taxes 42,538 40,572 131,269 121,400
Income Tax Expense 13,928 10,178 43,830 38,253
Net Income $ 28,610 $ 30,394 $ 87,439 $ 83,147
Net Income Per Share - Basic $ 0.70 $ 0.73 $ 2.12 $ 1.98
Net Income Per Share - Diluted $ 0.70 $ 0.72 $ 2.11 $ 1.96
Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 40,800 41,880 41,168 42,039
Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted 41,067 42,242 41,477 42,438


(1) Applied uses the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of valuing U.S. inventory. An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method can only be made at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management's estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs and are subject to the final year-end LIFO inventory determination.

(2) On July 1, 2014, the Company acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of Knox Oil Field Supply Inc. ("Knox"), headquartered in San Angelo, Texas, for a purchase price of $132.5 million.

On July 1, 2014, the Company acquired substantially all of the net assets of Rodamientos y Derivados del Norte S.A de C.V., a Mexican distributor of bearings and power transmission products and related products, and Great Southern Bearings / Northam Bearings, a Western Australia distributor of bearings and power transmission products. On November 3, 2014, the Company acquired Ira Pump and Supply Inc., a Texas distributor of oilfield pumps and supplies. The combined total purchase price of these acquisitions was $54.9 million.

The financial results of the operations acquired have been included in the Service Center Based Distribution Segment as of the acquisition date.

(3) Effective July 1, 2013, the Company aligned the consolidation of the Company's Canadian subsidiaries in the consolidated financial statements which previously included results on a one month reporting lag. The Company has determined that the effect of this change is not material to the financial statements for all periods presented and therefore has not presented retrospective application of this change. The net impact of the lag elimination was $1.2 million of additional income and has been included within "Other (income) expense, net" on the Condensed Statements of Consolidated Income for the nine months ended March 31, 2014.

(4) During the quarter ended March 31, 2014, $2.8 million of tax reserves were reversed which reduced income tax expense by the same amount and resulted in an increase to earnings per share in the quarter of $0.07.

(Amounts in thousands)
March 31,
June 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 55,165 $ 71,189
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $10,448 and $10,385 394,408 375,732
Inventories 381,085 335,747
Other current assets 55,359 53,480
Total current assets 886,017 836,148
Property, net 104,680 103,596
Goodwill 252,717 193,494
Intangibles, net 203,978 159,508
Other assets 18,761 41,423
Total Assets $ 1,466,153 $ 1,334,169
Accounts payable $ 143,881 $ 172,401
Current portion of long-term debt 2,720 2,720
Other accrued liabilities 122,466 115,834
Total current liabilities 269,067 290,955
Long-term debt 386,956 167,992
Other liabilities 73,819 74,914
Total Liabilities 729,842 533,861
Shareholders' Equity 736,311 800,308
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 1,466,153 $ 1,334,169
(In thousands)
Nine Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income $ 87,439 $ 83,147
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property 12,792 10,119
Amortization of intangibles 19,412 9,518
Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options 1,381 1,703
Loss on sale of property 45 37
Other share-based compensation expense 1,123 2,946
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions (83,601) (60,451)
Other, net 721 (2,693)
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 39,312 44,326
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Property purchases (11,009) (6,492)
Proceeds from property sales 451 348
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (166,479) (17,000)
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (177,037) (23,144)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility 51,000 30,000
Long-term debt borrowings 170,238 --
Long-term debt repayments (2,274) --
Purchases of treasury shares (59,235) (23,992)
Dividends paid (31,807) (29,961)
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 538 2,525
Acquisition holdback payments (995) (1,824)
Exercise of stock appreciation rights and options 232 95
Net Cash provided by (used in) Financing Activities 127,697 (23,157)
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash (5,996) (2,103)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (16,024) (4,078)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 71,189 73,164
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 55,165 $ 69,086

CONTACT: For investor relations information, contact Mark O. Eisele, Vice President - Chief Financial Officer 216-426-4417 For corporate information, contact Julie A. Kho, Manager - Public Relations 216-426-4483

Source:Applied Industrial Technologies