Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

CLEVELAND, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 year ended June 30, 2016.

Net sales for the quarter were $634.0 million, a decrease of 6.4% compared with $677.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. The overall sales decrease for the quarter reflects a 2.4% increase from acquisition-related volume, offset by a 7.6% decrease in our underlying operations and a negative 1.2% foreign currency translation impact. Of the 7.6% decrease in underlying operations, 3.9% is attributable to sales in traditional core operations with the remainder associated with sales in our operations serving the upstream oil and gas markets. Net income for the quarter was $26.1 million, or $0.66 per share, compared with $28.0 million, or $0.70 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

For the 12 months ended June 30, 2016, net sales were $2.52 billion, a decrease of 8.4% compared with $2.75 billion last year. Net income was $29.6 million, or $0.75 per share, compared with $115.5 million, or $2.80 per share, in the prior year. The current year results include a third quarter non-cash charge of $1.62 per share for goodwill impairment and a third quarter charge of $0.13 per share for restructuring activities.

Commenting on the results, Applied's President & Chief Executive Officer Neil A. Schrimsher said, “Our fourth quarter and full-year results reflect an economic environment that continues to be challenging. Sequentially, fourth quarter demand was generally flat compared to the third quarter, including reduced demand in oil and gas, mining and other industrial end markets.”

“Throughout fiscal 2016, we were disciplined in our operations, implementing appropriate cost controls and restructuring measures that lower our cost base and strengthen our competitive position. We remain on track to realize the targeted $7.8 million in SD&A savings that we introduced in April with our third quarter results.”

“Across Applied, we have opportunities to advance our business in the current industrial economy and position ourselves for improvement in long-term performance. We are continuing to build on our strengths via investments in technology, talent initiatives and strategic acquisitions, as evidenced by our recent acquisition of Seals Unlimited. This is an excellent addition that enhances our bearings and power transmission platform in Eastern Canada. We are also excited about the new e-commerce site that will launch later this month, and we look forward to providing our stakeholders with updates on these and other initiatives as the new year progresses.”

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

During fiscal 2016, the Company returned more than $80 million to shareholders via dividends and share repurchases. The Company did not purchase any shares of its common stock in open market transactions during the fourth quarter. For full fiscal year, the Company purchased 951,100 shares for $37.5 million. At June 30, 2016, the Company had remaining authorization to purchase 296,200 additional shares.


Today the Company also provided its initial outlook for fiscal year 2017. For the full year, the Company is forecasting a sales change in the range of negative 3.0% to up 1.0%, and expects earnings per share in the range of $2.40 to $2.60 per share.

Mr. Schrimsher concluded, “In this current industrial economic environment, we remain focused on serving our customers, enhancing our value-add capabilities and delivering benefits for all Applied stakeholders. With our solid foundation, strong balance sheet and significant position as a well-diversified industrial distributor, we have much to offer and even greater potential, and we are committed to performing in any environment.”

Conference Call Information

Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on August 12, 2016. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and Mark O. Eisele – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. To join the call, 1-888-343-1302 or 1-303-223-4368 (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 21814774.

About Applied Industrial Technologies

Founded in 1923, Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading industrial distributor serving 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 “will,” “expect,” “forecast” 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, the performance of acquired businesses, currency exchange movements, 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
June 30,
Year Ended
June 30,
Net Sales$634,006 $677,540 $2,519,428 $2,751,561
Cost of sales 455,556 485,734 1,812,006 1,981,747
Gross Profit 178,450 191,806 707,422 769,814
Selling, distribution and administrative,
including depreciation 136,005 143,931 553,827 585,195
Goodwill impairment - - 64,794 -
Operating Income 42,445 47,875 88,801 184,619
Interest expense, net 2,059 2,131 8,763 7,869
Other expense (income), net (64) 1,142 1,060 879
Income Before Income Taxes 40,450 44,602 78,978 175,871
Income Tax Expense 14,383 16,557 49,401 60,387
Net Income $26,067 $28,045 $29,577 $115,484
Net Income Per Share - Basic$0.67 $0.70 $0.75 $2.82
Net Income Per Share - Diluted$0.66 $0.70 $0.75 $2.80
Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 39,030 40,062 39,254 40,892
Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted 39,286 40,335 39,466 41,187
(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.
In fiscal 2016, reductions in U.S. inventories, primarily in the bearings pool, resulted in liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities carried at lower costs prevailing in prior years. The overall impact of these LIFO layer liquidations occurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and increased gross profit by $2.1 million in the fourth quarter and for the year ended June 30, 2016. There were no LIFO layer liquidation benefits recognized for the period ended June 30, 2015.
(2) During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company performed its annual goodwill impairment test. As a result of the test, the Company determined that all of the goodwill associated with the Australia/New Zealand Service Center Based Distribution reporting unit was impaired as of January 1, 2016. This impairment is the result of the decline in the mining and extraction industries in Asia and the resulting reduced customer spending due to a decline in demand throughout Asia. Further, due to sustained declines in oil prices and reduced customer spending in Canada, the Company determined that the goodwill associated with the Canada Service Center Based Distribution reporting unit was also impaired as of January 1, 2016. Accordingly, the Company recognized a gross combined impairment charge of $64.8 million for goodwill in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which after taxes had a negative impact on earnings of $63.8 million and reduced earnings per share by $1.62 per share.
(3) On June 14, 2016, the Company acquired the stock of Seals Unlimited, a distributor of sealing, fastener and hose products for a purchase price of $6.4 million. The financial results of the operations acquired have been included in the Service Center Based Distribution Segment as of the acquisition date.
(4) In November 2015, the FASB issued its final standard for the balance sheet classification of deferred taxes. The amendments in this standard require that deferred tax assets and liabilities be classified as noncurrent in the balance sheet. This update is effective for financial statements issued for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, with early adoption permitted. The Company has early adopted this standard in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and has applied the new standard retrospectively to the prior period presented in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The impact of this change in accounting principle on balances previously reported as of June 30, 2015 was to decrease other current assets $13.3 million, increase other assets $10.9 million and decrease other liabilities $2.4 million.

(Amounts in thousands)
June 30,
June 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $59,861 $69,470
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $11,034 and $10,621 347,857 376,305
Inventories 338,221 362,419
Other current assets 35,687 37,816
Total current assets 781,626 846,010
Property, net 107,765 104,447
Goodwill 202,700 254,406
Intangibles, net 191,240 198,828
Other assets 29,198 28,865
Total Assets $1,312,529 $1,432,556
Accounts payable $148,543 $179,825
Current portion of long-term debt 3,352 3,349
Other accrued liabilities 122,493 126,898
Total current liabilities 274,388 310,072
Long-term debt 324,982 317,646
Other liabilities 55,243 63,510
Total Liabilities 654,613 691,228
Shareholders' Equity 657,916 741,328
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $1,312,529 $1,432,556

(In thousands)
Year Ended
June 30,
2016 2015
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income$29,577 $115,484
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
Goodwill impairment 64,794 -
Depreciation and amortization of property 15,966 16,578
Amortization of intangibles 25,580 25,797
Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options 1,543 1,610
Loss (gain) on sale of property 337 (1,291)
Other share-based compensation expense 2,524 2,896
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions 22,888 (3,445)
Other, net (2,217) (3,091)
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 160,992 154,538
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Property purchases (13,130) (14,933)
Proceeds from property sales 603 1,932
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (62,504) (160,620)
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (75,031) (173,621)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net repayments under revolving credit facility (19,000) (17,000)
Long-term debt borrowings 125,000 170,000
Long-term debt repayments (98,662) (2,717)
Deferred financing costs (719) -
Purchases of treasury shares (37,465) (76,515)
Dividends paid (43,330) (42,663)
Acquisition holdback payments (18,913) (7,693)
Other, net 1,104 1,277
Net Cash (used in) provided by Financing Activities (91,985) 24,689
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash (3,585) (7,325)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,609) (1,719)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 69,470 71,189
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period$59,861 $69,470

CONTACT INFORMATION INVESTOR RELATIONS Mark O. Eisele Vice President – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer 216-426-4417 CORPORATE & MEDIA RELATIONS Julie A. Kho Manager, Public Relations 216-426-4483

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