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Mueller Water Products Reports 2017 First Quarter Results

Increased Income from Continuing Operations 35 Percent to $5.4 Million
Completed Sale of Anvil Business
Authorized up to $250 Million Share Repurchase
Appointed J. Scott Hall President and CEO

ATLANTA, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) announced today that for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2016, net sales were $167.2 million and net income was $6.7 million. On January 6, 2017, the Company sold its Anvil International business for $315 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments. Anvil’s operating results have been reclassified as discontinued operations, and its assets and liabilities have been reclassified as items held for sale, for all periods presented. In the 2017 first quarter, the Company:

  • Increased net sales $4.1 million to $167.2 million, as compared with $163.1 million in the prior year quarter,
  • Improved operating income from continuing operations 21.9 percent to $13.9 million, as compared with $11.4 million, and improved adjusted operating income from continuing operations 24.6 percent to $15.2 million, as compared with $12.2 million, both compared to the prior year, and,
  • Increased income from continuing operations 35.0 percent to $5.4 million, as compared with $4.0 million in the prior year, and
  • Earned net income per diluted share of $0.04.

Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company's Board of Directors increased the quarterly dividend by 33 percent to $0.04 per share and authorized total share repurchases of up to $250 million, which includes a prior authorization.

The Board also appointed J. Scott Hall as president and chief executive officer, effective January 23, 2017, succeeding Gregory E. Hyland, who has transitioned to the role of executive chairman.

“We saw sales growth and continued margin expansion at Mueller Co. and Mueller Technologies in the first quarter, with our strongest growth being in our technology business where net sales grew almost 14 percent year-over-year and adjusted operating income also continued to improve,” said Hyland.

"Operationally, this quarter was Mueller Co.'s 18th consecutive quarter of year-over-year margin expansion. Compared with the prior year, Mueller Co.'s adjusted operating income increased 9.2 percent, its adjusted operating margin increased 130 basis points, and its adjusted EBITDA margin improved 170 basis points to 24.1 percent.

"Mueller Technologies' focus is on accelerating sales growth of its AMI and leak detection technologies and improving operating performance over the course of the year. Backlog at Mueller Systems and orders at Echologics are both up substantially on a year-over-year basis.

"In January, we announced a number of strategic decisions, including the divestiture of Anvil. We determined that, as a pure-play water infrastructure company, Mueller Water Products would be better positioned from a financial and operating perspective to deliver long-term value to our stockholders.

"Finally, I welcome Scott Hall, who has joined the Company from Textron, where he was president of its Industrial segment."

“This is an exciting time for Mueller Water Products, and I’m delighted to join the Company and help lead it into its next stage of growth," said Hall. “I have long admired its brand leadership and reputation for quality and customer service, and I believe that Mueller Water Products is well-positioned to improve value for its stockholders and capitalize on the need to rebuild our nation’s water infrastructure.

"Our team continues to expect year-over-year growth in demand for our products in our addressed water markets in 2017 driven by improvement in both the municipal and residential construction markets. As capacity utilization increases, we believe operating leverage will continue to be strong in each of our businesses."

Consolidated Results

Net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased $4.1 million, or 2.5 percent, to $167.2 million, as compared with $163.1 million for the 2016 first quarter, due primarily to increased shipment volumes at both Mueller Co. and Mueller Technologies.

Adjusted operating income from continuing operations for the 2017 first quarter increased $3.0 million to $15.2 million as compared with $12.2 million for the 2016 first quarter. Both Mueller Co. and Mueller Technologies contributed to the improvement.

Segment Results

Mueller Co.

Net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased $1.6 million to $146.3 million, as compared with $144.7 million for the 2016 first quarter, primarily due to higher shipment volumes.

Adjusted operating income for the 2017 first quarter increased 9.2 percent to $26.2 million, as compared with $24.0 million for the 2016 first quarter. Adjusted operating margin for the 2017 first quarter increased 130 basis points to 17.9 percent, as compared with 16.6 percent for the 2016 first quarter. Most of the increase in adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin was due to operational efficiencies.

Mueller Technologies

Net sales for the 2017 first quarter increased 13.6 percent to $20.9 million, as compared with $18.4 million for the 2016 first quarter. Increased net sales resulted primarily from higher AMI shipments, which grew 40 percent year-over-year.

Adjusted operating loss for the 2017 first quarter was $2.2 million, as compared with $3.3 million for the 2016 first quarter. This improvement in operating results was due to higher AMI shipments and decreased selling, general and administrative expenses.

Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net for the 2017 first quarter increased to $6.4 million, as compared with $6.1 million for the 2016 first quarter.

Income Taxes

For the 2017 first quarter, income tax expense of $2.1 million was 28.0 percent of income before income taxes.

Discontinued Operations

The Company sold its Anvil business for an initial purchase price of $315 million subject to working capital and other adjustments. Anvil's operating results for all periods presented have been reclassified as discontinued operations.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company's results as determined by GAAP, the Company also provides non-GAAP information that management believes is useful to investors. These non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and securities analysts, investors and other interested parties should not consider any of these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The Company presents adjusted income from continuing operations, adjusted income from continuing operations per share, adjusted operating income from continuing operations, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin as performance measures because management uses these measures in evaluating the Company's underlying performance on a consistent basis across periods and in making decisions about operational strategies. Management also believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of the Company's recurring performance.

The Company presents net debt and net debt leverage as performance measures because management uses them in evaluating its capital management and the investment community commonly uses them as measures of indebtedness. The Company presents free cash flow because management believes it is commonly used by the investment community to measure the Company's ability to create liquidity.

The calculations of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to GAAP results are included as an attachment to this press release and have been posted online at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.

Conference Call Webcast

Mueller Water Products’ quarterly earnings conference call will take place Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Members of Mueller Water Products’ leadership team will discuss the Company’s recent financial performance and respond to questions from financial analysts. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. Please go to the website (www.muellerwaterproducts.com) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary software. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days and can be accessed by dialing 1-888-566-0639. An archive of the webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, plan, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make regarding our expectations for growth in our key end markets, anticipated stronger operating leverage and financial results. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions and the other factors that are described in the section entitled “RISK FACTORS” in Item 1A of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. We do not have any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

About Mueller Water Products, Inc.

Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, metering products and systems, leak detection and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure®. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
December 31, September 30,
2016 2016
(in millions, except share amounts)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$172.3 $195.0
Receivables, net104.2 131.8
Inventories142.7 130.7
Other current assets13.6 12.7
Current assets held for sale233.9 142.1
Total current assets666.7 612.3
Property, plant and equipment, net106.8 108.4
Intangible assets429.8 434.6
Other noncurrent assets25.1 25.4
Noncurrent assets held for sale 99.9
Total assets$1,228.4 $1,280.6
Liabilities and equity:
Current portion of long-term debt$5.6 $5.6
Accounts payable45.4 73.7
Other current liabilities40.2 61.7
Current liabilities held for sale44.5 44.8
Total current liabilities135.7 185.8
Long-term debt478.0 478.8
Deferred income taxes111.4 109.9
Other noncurrent liabilities80.0 85.8
Noncurrent liabilities held for sale 0.8
Total liabilities805.1 861.1
Commitments and contingencies
Common stock: 600,000,000 shares authorized; 162,065,657 and 161,693,051 shares outstanding at December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016, respectively1.6 1.6
Additional paid-in capital1,559.0 1,563.9
Accumulated deficit(1,072.2) (1,078.9)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(66.3) (68.3)
Total Company stockholders’ equity422.1 418.3
Noncontrolling interest1.2 1.2
Total equity423.3 419.5
Total liabilities and equity$1,228.4 $1,280.6


MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
Three months ended
December 31,
2016 2015
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Net sales$167.2 $163.1
Cost of sales115.5 115.5
Gross profit51.7 47.6
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative36.5 35.4
Other charges1.3 0.8
Total operating expenses37.8 36.2
Operating income13.9 11.4
Interest expense, net6.4 6.1
Income before income taxes7.5 5.3
Income tax expense2.1 1.3
Income from continuing operations5.4 4.0
Income from discontinued operations1.3 2.2
Net income$6.7 $6.2
Net income per basic share:
Continuing operations$0.03 $0.02
Discontinued operations0.01 0.02
Net income$0.04 $0.04
Net income per diluted share:
Continuing operations$0.03 $0.02
Discontinued operations0.01 0.02
Net income$0.04 $0.04
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic161.8 160.8
Diluted164.6 163.2
Dividends declared per share$0.03 $0.02


MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
Three months ended
December 31,
2016 2015
(in millions)
Operating activities:
Net income$6.7 $6.2
Less income from discontinued operations1.3 2.2
Income from continuing operations5.4 4.0
Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations:
Depreciation4.9 4.4
Amortization5.4 5.2
Stock-based compensation1.8 1.1
Retirement plans0.8 1.2
Deferred income taxes(2.1) (0.2)
Other, net0.3 0.6
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Receivables27.4 21.9
Inventories(12.2) (8.1)
Other assets(0.8) (2.1)
Liabilities(50.8) (36.3)
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations(19.9) (8.3)
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures(4.2) (4.7)
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations(4.2) (4.7)
Financing activities:
Dividends(4.8) (3.2)
Employee taxes related to stock-based compensation(2.5) (2.9)
Repayments of debt(1.3) (1.3)
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation exercises 0.7
Issuance of common stock0.4 0.4
Other0.1 2.1
Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations(8.1) (4.2)
Net cash flows from discontinued operations:
Operating activities12.4 10.8
Investing activities(2.1) (1.6)
Financing activities(0.1) 0.1
Net cash provided by discontinued operations10.2 9.3
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash(0.7) (0.7)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents(22.7) (8.6)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period195.0 113.1
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$172.3 $104.5


MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT RESULTS AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)
Quarter ended December 31, 2016
Mueller Co. Mueller
Technologies
Corporate Consolidated
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Net sales$146.3 $20.9 $ $167.2
Gross profit$47.5 $4.2 $ $51.7
Selling, general and administrative expenses21.3 6.4 8.8 36.5
Other charges0.1 1.2 1.3
Operating income (loss) from continuing operations$26.1 $(2.2) $(10.0) 13.9
Interest expense, net 6.4
Income tax expense 2.1
Income from continuing operations $5.4
Income from continuing operations per diluted share $0.03
Capital expenditures$3.0 $1.1 $0.1 $4.2
Operating margin17.8% (10.5)% 8.3%
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP performance measures to GAAP performance measures:
Income from continuing operations $5.4
Other charges 1.3
Income tax benefit of adjusting items (0.4)
Adjusted income from continuing operations $6.3
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 164.6
Adjusted income from continuing operations per share $0.04
Net income $6.7
Less income from discontinued operations (1.3)
Interest expense, net (1) 6.4
Income tax expense (1) 2.1
Operating income (loss) from continuing operations$26.1 $(2.2) $(10.0) 13.9
Other charges0.1 1.2 1.3
Adjusted operating income (loss) from continuing operations26.2 (2.2) (8.8) 15.2
Depreciation and amortization9.0 1.2 0.1 10.3
Adjusted EBITDA$35.2 $(1.0) $(8.7) $25.5
Adjusted operating margin17.9% (10.5)% 9.1%
Adjusted EBITDA margin24.1% (4.8)% 15.3%
(1) We do not allocate interest or income taxes to our segments.
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT RESULTS AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)
Quarter ended December 31, 2016
Mueller Co. Mueller
Technologies
Corporate Consolidated
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Adjusted EBITDA$35.2 $(1.0) $(8.7) $25.5
Three prior quarters' adjusted EBITDA164.1 (3.2) (26.5) 134.4
Trailing twelve months' adjusted EBITDA$199.3 $(4.2) $(35.2) $159.9
Reconciliation of net debt to total debt (end of period):
Current portion of long-term debt $5.6
Long-term debt 478.0
Total debt 483.6
Less cash and cash equivalents 172.3
Net debt $311.3
Net debt leverage (net debt divided by trailing twelve months' adjusted EBITDA) 1.9x
Reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations:
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations $(19.9)
Less capital expenditures (4.2)
Free cash flow $(24.1)


MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT RESULTS AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)
Quarter ended December 31, 2015
Mueller Co. Mueller
Technologies
Corporate Consolidated
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Net sales$144.7 $18.4 $ $163.1
Gross profit$44.0 $3.6 $ $47.6
Selling, general and administrative expenses20.0 6.9 8.5 35.4
Other charges0.2 0.5 0.1 0.8
Operating income (loss)$23.8 $(3.8) $(8.6) 11.4
Interest expense, net 6.1
Income tax expense 1.3
Income from continuing operations $4.0
Income from continuing operations per diluted share $0.02
Capital expenditures$3.6 $1.0 $0.1 $4.7
Operating margin16.4% (20.7)% 7.0%
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP performance measures to GAAP performance measures:
Income from continuing operations $4.0
Other charges 0.8
Income tax benefit of adjusting items (0.2)
Adjusted income from continuing operations $4.6
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 163.2
Adjusted income from continuing operations per share $0.03
Net income $6.2
Less income from discontinued operations (2.2)
Interest expense, net (1) 6.1
Income tax expense (1) 1.3
Operating income (loss) from continuing operations$23.8 $(3.8) $(8.6) 11.4
Other charges0.2 0.5 0.1 0.8
Adjusted operating income (loss) from continuing operations24.0 (3.3) (8.5) 12.2
Depreciation and amortization8.4 1.1 0.1 9.6
Adjusted EBITDA$32.4 $(2.2) $(8.4) $21.8
Adjusted operating margin16.6% (17.9)% 7.5%
Adjusted EBITDA margin22.4% (12.0)% 13.4%
(1) We do not allocate interest or income taxes to our segments.
MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT RESULTS AND RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)
Quarter ended December 31, 2015
Mueller Co. Mueller
Technologies
Corporate Consolidated
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
Adjusted EBITDA$32.4 $(2.2) $(8.4) $21.8
Three prior quarters' adjusted EBITDA153.9 (6.6) (23.0) 124.3
Trailing twelve months' adjusted EBITDA$186.3 $(8.8) $(31.4) $146.1
Reconciliation of net debt to total debt (end of period):
Current portion of long-term debt $5.7
Long-term debt 481.5
Total debt 487.2
Less cash and cash equivalents 104.5
Net debt $382.7
Net debt leverage (net debt divided by trailing twelve months' adjusted EBITDA) 2.6x
Reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations:
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations $(8.3)
Less capital expenditures (4.7)
Free cash flow $(13.0)


Investor Contact: Martie Edmunds Zakas Sr. Vice President - Strategy, Corporate Development & Communications 770-206-4237 mzakas@muellerwp.com Media Contact: John Pensec Sr. Director - Corporate Communications & Public Affairs 770-206-4240 jpensec@muellerwp.com

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