Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results and Declares Dividend

CLEVELAND, Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) today reported first quarter fiscal 2016 sales and earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Net sales for the quarter were $641.9 million, a decrease of 8.6% compared with $702.3 million in the same quarter a year ago. The overall sales decrease for the quarter reflects a 1.8% increase from acquisition-related volume offset by a negative 3.2% foreign currency translation impact and a 7.2% decrease in core underlying operations. This 7.2% decrease consists of a 2.3% decline in traditional core operations along with a 4.9% decrease attributable to sales from the upstream oil and gas subsidiaries. Net income for the quarter was $24.3 million, or $0.61 per share, compared with $29.1 million, or $0.70 per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Commenting on the results, Applied’s President & Chief Executive Officer Neil A. Schrimsher said, “Our first quarter results reflect the continued impact of reduced demand in many industrial end markets, most notably oil and gas, as well as headwinds from foreign currency translation. We continue to take a disciplined approach to controlling costs and driving improved efficiencies across our business.

“As a result of the continued weakness in some of our served markets, we are revising our full-year guidance and now expect earnings per share between $2.65 and $2.85 per share on a sales decrease of 5% to 7%.

“We are fully committed to generating shareholder value in any economic cycle through our business performance; expanding our product, service and solution offering; and creating opportunities with current and new customers. In addition, we will continue to optimize our capital allocation through dividends, share repurchases and acquisitions. We are pleased with the recent acquisition of S. G. Morris Co., a strong strategic fit that further enhances our fluid power market leadership and provides additional growth opportunities.”

During the quarter, the Company purchased 451,100 shares of its common stock in open market transactions for $18.0 million. At September 30, 2015, the Company had remaining authorization to purchase 796,200 additional shares.

In addition, Mr. Schrimsher announced that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per common share, payable on November 30, 2015, to shareholders of record on November 16, 2015.

Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on October 28. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and Mark O. Eisele – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. To join the call, dial 1-800-939-4079 or 1-212-231-2919 (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 1-800-633-8625 or 1-402-977-9141 (International) using passcode 21777795.

Founded in 1923, 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. For more information, visit

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,” “expect,” “will,” 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
September 30,
2015 2014
Net Sales$641,904 $702,325
Cost of sales 460,892 507,393
Gross Profit 181,012 194,932
Selling, distribution and administrative,
including depreciation 139,986 148,767
Operating Income 41,026 46,165
Interest expense, net 2,187 1,662
Other expense, net 1,004 244
Income Before Income Taxes 37,835 44,259
Income Tax Expense 13,544 15,137
Net Income$24,291 $29,122
Net Income Per Share - Basic$0.61 $0.70
Net Income Per Share - Diluted$0.61 $0.70
Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 39,613 41,467
Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted 39,842 41,829
(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 August 3, 2015, the Company acquired substantially all of the net assets of Atlantic Fasteners, a distributor of C-Class consumables including industrial fasteners and related industrial supplies in Agawam, MA for a purchase price of $12,500. The financial results of the operations acquired have been included in the Service Center Based Distribution Segment as of the acquisition date.

(Amounts in thousands)
September 30,
June 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $63,966 $69,470
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $11,753 and $10,621 356,606 376,305
Inventories 350,807 362,419
Other current assets 42,527 51,111
Total current assets 813,906 859,305
Property, net 104,760 104,447
Goodwill 248,580 254,406
Intangibles, net 191,708 198,828
Other assets 17,306 17,982
Total Assets $1,376,260 $1,434,968
Accounts payable $142,636 $179,825
Current portion of long-term debt 3,975 3,349
Other accrued liabilities 111,686 126,898
Total current liabilities 258,297 310,072
Long-term debt 351,340 317,646
Other liabilities 56,500 65,922
Total Liabilities 666,137 693,640
Shareholders' Equity 710,123 741,328
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$1,376,260 $1,434,968

(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2015 2014
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income $24,291 $29,122
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property 3,930 4,211
Amortization of intangibles 6,083 6,491
Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options 630 577
Loss (Gain) on sale of property 90 (5)
Other share-based compensation expense 628 592
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions (23,514) (58,891)
Other, net 2,450 (198)
Net Cash provided by (used in) Operating Activities 14,588 (18,101)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Property purchases (3,112) (3,100)
Proceeds from property sales 113 3
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (11,250) (129,810)
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (14,249) (132,907)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility 35,000 34,000
Long-term debt borrowings - 120,238
Long-term debt repayments (681) (690)
Purchases of treasury shares (17,956) (10,400)
Dividends paid (10,745) (10,402)
Excess tax (shortfall) benefits from share-based compensation (59) 556
Acquisition holdback payments (7,857) -
Net Cash (used in) provided by Financing Activities (2,298) 133,302
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash (3,545) (1,450)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (5,504) (19,156)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 69,470 71,189
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $63,966 $52,033

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

Source:Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc