4Q Results Driven by Strength in both Henderson and the Core Business;
Performance Reflects Ongoing Impact of Douglas Dynamics Management System (“DDMS”)
- The Company produced fourth quarter 2015 net sales of $118.8 million, a 19% increase compared to 4Q14
- Generated fourth quarter earnings per diluted share of $0.66, compared to $0.58 for the comparable quarter in the prior year
- Reported record full year 2015 net sales of $400.4 million, an increase of 32% compared to 2014
- Record full year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $96.5 million, compared to $87.9 million in 2014
- Separately, both the core business and Henderson produced record results in 2015
- Q1 2016 quarterly dividend increased 5.6% to $0.235 per share
MILWAUKEE, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (NYSE:PLOW), North America’s premier manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.
Fourth Quarter Results
For the fourth quarter of 2015, net sales were $118.8 million, representing an 18.7% increase over the fourth quarter of 2014 net sales of $100.1 million. The increase reflects the addition of Henderson Products and strong in-season shipments of equipment and service parts in the core business.
James L. Janik, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented, “We are very pleased with our results for the fourth quarter, especially as winter got off to a very slow start in our core markets. The fact we were still able to produce a very strong fourth quarter indicates that near-term pent up demand continued to unwind. While winter storm Jonas was a significant weather event, snowfall is still substantially below average across North America this winter.”
Janik added, “At the start of 2015, we did not expect to produce another record year following a fantastic performance in 2014. However, we were able to do just that because of the relentless determination of our team, the ongoing execution of DDMS, the acceptance of new products introduced in 2015, and the continued release of pent up demand in the market. Incredibly, both our core business and Henderson built upon their record 2014 performance and separately produced record results again in 2015.”
“Since acquiring Henderson at the end of 2014, we have been very impressed with the financial performance of the business, the entire team at Henderson. More importantly, the level of collaboration between teams and acceptance of DDMS has exceeded our expectations. With the initial integration complete, we look forward to building upon our success and meeting the considerable demand for Henderson’s market leading products and services in the years to come,” Janik concluded.
Net income was $15.1 million, or $0.66 per diluted share based on weighted average shares of 22.4 million, in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to net income of $13.0 million, or $0.58 per diluted share based on weighted average shares of 22.2 million, in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Full Year Results
For the full year 2015, net sales were a record $400.4 million, compared to $303.5 million in 2014. This increase was primarily driven by the addition of Henderson Products plus increased sales of both equipment units and parts and accessories in the core business. Sales of parts and accessories increased to $51.0 million for the full year 2015 compared to $49.3 million in 2014.
For the full year, gross profit increased from $116.3 million in 2014 to $132.9 million in 2015. This increase was driven primarily by the addition of Henderson Products and slightly higher unit volume in the core business.
Net income was $44.2 million, or $1.94 per diluted share based on weighted average shares of 22.3 million shares, for the full year 2015. This compares to net income of $40.0 million, or $1.77 per diluted share based on weighted average shares of 22.2 million shares, for the full year 2014. Again, the increase was driven primarily by the addition of Henderson Products and slightly higher unit volume in the core business. The full-year 2015 and 2014 results included certain non-cash purchase accounting adjustments attributable to the acquisition of Henderson Products in December 2014 and TrynEx International in May 2013.
The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $96.5 million for the full year 2015, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $87.9 million for the full year 2014.
The effective tax rate for the full year 2015 was 33.3%, which is lower than previously expected due to the release of valuation allowances in several states.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
For the full year 2015, the Company reported net cash provided by operating activities of $56.5 million compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $53.7 million in 2014. As Henderson Products was acquired on December 31, 2014, Douglas Dynamics assumed all of its assets and liabilities on that date, which is reflected in the attached Consolidated Balance Sheet.
Inventory was $51.6 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $48.2 million at the end of 2014. The increase partially relates to the opening of a new Henderson upfit facility in Missouri in July 2015.
Accounts receivable at the end of 2015 were $67.7 million. This compares to $60.9 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. The change was primarily driven by higher sales volume compared to the previous year.
The Company maintained cash on hand at December 31, 2015 of $36.8 million, compared to $24.2 million at the end of 2014. The increase in cash on hand returns the Company towards its more historical cash balance following the acquisition of Henderson Products at the end of 2014 and provides increased liquidity for funding the quarterly dividend and potential acquisitions.
As previously reported, on December 10, 2015 the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.2225 per share on its common stock. The dividend was paid on December 31, 2015, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 21, 2015.
The Company also has announced that its board of directors approved and declared a quarterly cash dividend increase of 5.6%, to $0.235 per share of the Company’s common stock. The declared dividend will be paid on March 31, 2016 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 21, 2016.
Mr. Janik noted, “Based on our tremendous results in 2015, the general outlook for the industry, plus our continued financial strength, the Board and management agreed it is appropriate to increase the dividend in 2016 by a larger amount than in previous years. We are proud that our performance and financial management has allowed us to increase the dividend eight times in less than six years as a public company. The increase was decided upon by analyzing our ability to fund the dividend for the foreseeable future, which the Board then weighed against other redistribution options and future potential investment opportunities. Our primary capital allocation goal remains the same; to return excess capital to shareholders via a robust dividend which can be sustained in all market environments.”
Based on 2015 results, the overall economic climate, dealer sentiment, current snowfall and industry trends, the Company is providing the following financial outlook:
- Net sales for the full year 2016 are expected to range between $310 million and $370 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA is predicted to range from $55 million to $85 million.
- Earnings per share are expected to range from $1.05 per share to $1.65 per share.
- Included in the 2016 outlook is a benefit of approximately $10 million, which equates to approximately $0.27 per share, resulting from the recent favorable settlement of a lawsuit. The payment, which was received during the first quarter 2016, will be disclosed as a subsequent event in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2015.
It is important to note that the Company’s outlook assumes that the economy will remain stable and that the Company’s core markets will experience snowfall levels within average historical ranges.
Mr. Janik stated, “As we look to the future, we continue to see positive non-snowfall indicators in the market. Strong sales of light trucks, low gas prices and positive dealer sentiment all bode well for our business. While winter isn’t over yet, so far we have seen substantially below average snowfall across North America. Following two consecutive years of record performance and extraordinary growth, the nature of our business and historical patterns indicate it is unlikely we will produce a third record year in 2016. As always, we will focus on the factors within our control and believe we are very well positioned for future success. We believe that DDMS is a major differentiating factor for our company and we will expand its implementation to continually improve service levels and profitability.”
The Company will host an investor conference call on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call will be available via the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.douglasdynamics.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an Internet replay will be available shortly after the call.
About Douglas Dynamics
Home to the most trusted brands in the industry, Douglas Dynamics is North America’s premier manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment. For more than 65 years, the Company has been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability. Our commitment to continuous improvement enables us to consistently produce the highest quality products and drive shareholder value. The Douglas Dynamics portfolio includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the FISHER®, WESTERN®, HENDERSON® and SNOWEX® brands. Additional information is available at www.douglasdynamics.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). The non-GAAP measure used in this press release is Adjusted EBITDA.
These non-GAAP disclosures should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with GAAP.
Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, as further adjusted for stock based compensation, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-cash purchase accounting adjustments and certain charges related to certain unrelated legal fees and consulting fees. The Company uses, and believes its investors benefit from the presentation of, Adjusted EBITDA in evaluating the Company’s operating performance because Adjusted EBITDA provides the Company and its investors with additional tools to compare its operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect the Company’s core operations. In addition, the Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors and other external users of its consolidated financial statements in evaluating the Company’s operating performance as compared to that of other companies, because it allows them to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets and liabilities, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired. The Company’s management also uses Adjusted EBITDA for planning purposes, including the preparation of its annual operating budget and financial projections, and to evaluate the Company’s ability to make certain payments, including dividends, in compliance with its senior credit facilities, which is determined based on a calculation of “Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA” that is substantially similar to adjusted EBITDA.
Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measure in this press release has been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure, and this reconciliation is located under the heading "Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation" following the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows included in this press release.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment, regulation, product demand, the payment of dividends, and availability of financial resources. These statements are often identified by use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "continue," "should," "could," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "will" and similar expressions and include references to assumptions and relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, weather conditions, particularly lack of or reduced levels of snowfall and the timing of such snowfall, a significant decline in economic conditions, our inability to maintain good relationships with our distributors, lack of available or favorable financing options for our end-users or distributors, increases in the price of steel or other materials necessary for the production of our products that cannot be passed on to our distributors, increases in the price of fuel, the inability of our suppliers to meet our volume or quality requirements, inaccuracies in our estimates of future demand for our products, our inability to protect or continue to build our intellectual property portfolio, the effects of laws and regulations and their interpretations on our business and financial condition, our inability to develop new products or improve upon existing products in response to end-user needs, losses due to lawsuits arising out of personal injuries associated with our products, factors that could impact the future declaration and payment of dividends, our inability to compete effectively against competition, our inability to achieve the projected financial performance with the assets of TrynEx Inc., which we acquired in 2013, or the business of Henderson Enterprises Group, Inc., which we acquired in 2014, and unexpected costs or liabilities related to such acquisitions, as well as those discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation, except as required by law, to update or release any revisions to any forward-looking statement, even if new information becomes available in the future.
|Douglas Dynamics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||36,844||$||24,195|
|Accounts receivable, net||67,707||60,918|
|Refundable income taxes paid||4,850||-|
|Deferred income taxes||6,154||7,004|
|Prepaid and other current assets||2,104||2,156|
|Total current assets||169,243||142,521|
|Property, plant, and equipment, net||42,636||37,546|
|Other intangible assets, net||127,647||135,009|
|Deferred financing costs, net||2,337||2,485|
|Other long-term assets||2,708||1,920|
|Liabilities and shareholders' equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||25,549||33,670|
|Income taxes payable||-||642|
|Current portion of long-term debt||1,629||1,629|
|Total current liabilities||41,733||45,694|
|Retiree health benefit obligation||6,656||6,774|
|Deferred income taxes||54,932||49,853|
|Long-term debt, less current portion||184,843||186,471|
|Other long-term liabilities||6,004||6,046|
|Total shareholders' equity||200,496||173,289|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||505,503||$||480,443|
|Douglas Dynamics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|(In thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Month Period Ended||Twelve Month Period Ended|
|December 31, |
|December 31, |
|December 31, |
|December 31, |
|Cost of sales||80,259||61,358||267,545||187,185|
|Selling, general, and administrative expense||12,923||12,482||48,150||38,306|
|Income from operations||23,876||24,759||77,351||72,217|
|Interest expense, net||(2,838||)||(2,122||)||(10,895||)||(8,129||)|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||(1,870||)||-||(1,870||)|
|Other expense, net||(4||)||(85||)||(193||)||(221||)|
|Income before taxes||21,034||20,682||66,263||61,997|
|Income tax expense||5,893||7,651||22,087||22,036|
|Less: Net income attributable to participating securities||201||212||604||609|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders||$||14,940||$||12,819||$||43,572||$||39,352|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Earnings per share:|
|Basic earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders||$||0.67||$||0.58||$||1.95||$||1.78|
|Earnings per common share assuming dilution attributable to common shareholders||$||0.66||$||0.58||$||1.94||$||1.77|
|Cash dividends declared and paid per share||$||0.22||$||0.22||$||0.89||$||0.87|
|Douglas Dynamics, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|Twelve Month Period Ended|
|December 31, |
|December 31, |
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||12,281||9,225|
|Inventory step up of acquired business included in cost of sales||1,956||--|
|Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount||720||759|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||1,870|
|Loss recognized on assets held for sale||-||67|
|Provision for losses on accounts receivable||305||577|
|Deferred income taxes||5,807||(326||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:|
|Prepaid and other assets and refundable income taxes paid||(5,886||)||2,085|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||3,138||6,595|
|Benefit obligations and other long-term liabilities||(2,346||)||482|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||56,465||53,747|
|Proceeds from sale of equipment and assets held for sale||--||1,018|
|Acquisition of businesses||(11,818||)||(86,693||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(21,827||)||(90,929||)|
|Shares withheld on restricted stock vesting paid for employees’ taxes||(27||)||(97||)|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options||111||--|
|Payments of financing costs||--||(2,132||)|
|Short term borrowings, net||--||(13,000||)|
|Borrowings long-term debt||--||188,100|
|Repayment of long-term debt||(1,900||)||(111,760||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||(21,989||)||41,513|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents||12,649||4,331|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||24,195||19,864|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of year||$||36,844||$||24,195|
|Douglas Dynamics, Inc.|
|Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation (unaudited)|
|Three month period ended |
|Twelve month period ended |
|Interest expense - net||2,838||2,122||10,895||8,129|
|Income tax expense||5,893||7,651||22,087||22,036|
|Stock based compensation||535||725||3,275||2,868|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||1,870||-||1,870|
|Purchase accounting (1)||101||135||2,613||945|
|Other charges (2)||211||1,767||1,212||2,898|
|(1) - Reflects $34 and $67 in earnout compensation expense related to Henderson and TrynEx, respectively, in the three months ended December 31, 2015. Reflects $322 and $1,956 in earn out compensation expense related to Henderson and inventory step up related to Henderson included in cost of sales in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, respectively. Reflects $335 in earnout compensation expense related to TrynEx in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015. Reflects $135 and $945 in earnout compensation expense in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, respectively.|
|(2) - Reflects $211 and $1,767 of unrelated legal and consulting fees for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $1,212 and $2,898 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.|
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