- Net sales of $23.5 million for the quarter
- Loss from continuing operations of $3.5 million for the quarter
- Backlog increases by 25% to $55.9 million as of May 31, 2017
NILES, Ill., June 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPIH) announced today financial results for the first quarter ended April 30, 2017.
CEO David Mansfield commented, “The earnings from continuing operations in the quarter reflect an improvement versus the prior-year period, but production volumes have continued to reflect the depressed state of the markets that we have been experiencing since last year. However, aside from the regular seasonal downturn in Canada from April through July, during each month of this year we have seen a steady recovery in the levels of bid activity. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, our backlog has increased by 25% to $55.9 million, with the largest percentage increase from the U.S. market. We are hopeful that this is indicative of some strengthening of the market conditions that we had previously anticipated, and our current expectation is that this market trend will continue during the coming months.
“Our efforts to reduce costs to better manage these lower levels of activity are now showing notable impact, with a 19% reduction in our SG&A costs in the quarter versus the prior-year period when excluding the impact from foreign currency losses. In addition, we reduced our plant fixed costs, which has lessened the adverse impact to gross margins resulting from the reduced volumes and pricing pressures.”
Mr. Mansfield concluded, “If our expectations of improving market conditions and anticipated project bookings are realized in the coming months, we believe we are in a good position to respond to the upturn. In the meantime, we will continue to maintain tight control over our infrastructure costs while seeking to ensure that these prospects are secured into our backlog.”
|($ in thousands)||May 31, 2017||April 30, 2017||January 31, 2017|
FIRST FISCAL QUARTER ENDED APRIL 30, 2017
SALES - Net sales increased 2% to $23.5 million in the current quarter from $23.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Weak demand for insulated pipe used in infrastructure projects in the Middle East negatively impacted the year-over year revenue comparison. This was more than offset by higher volumes, most prominently in our Canadian operations, where we acquired full equity ownership a year ago.
GROSS PROFIT - Gross margin decreased to 8% of net sales in the current quarter from 9% of net sales in the prior-year quarter. Project bids in markets with weak demand are increasingly competitive with corresponding pressure on intake margins. Further reductions in plant expenses helped to mitigate some of the impact.
EXPENSES - Operating expenses decreased to $5.6 million from $6.5 million, as the results of management changes and retirements took effect. Savings from management changes and retirements were partly offset by $0.4 million in exchange rate losses realized in Q1 2017 on the payback of intercompany loans extended to a foreign subsidiary.
TAXES - The Company's worldwide effective income tax rates (“ETR”) on continuing operations for 2017 and 2016 were 12.2% and 4.0%, respectively. The change in the ETR from the prior year to the current year was mainly due to the foreign income activity.
NET LOSS - Net loss was $3.5 million in fiscal 2017 compared to a loss of $6.1 million in the prior-year-quarter.
Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.
Perma-Pipe International Holdings is a global leader in pre-insulated piping and leak detection systems for oil and gas gathering, district heating and cooling, and other applications. It uses its extensive engineering and fabrication expertise to develop piping solutions that solve complex challenges regarding the safe and efficient transportation of many types of liquids. In total, Perma-Pipe has operations at seven locations in five countries.
Statements and other information contained in this announcement that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbors created thereby, including, without limitation, statements regarding the expected future performance and operations of the Company. These statements should be considered as subject to the many risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company's operations and business environment. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the project nature of the business, the increasing international nature of the business, economic conditions, market demand and pricing, competitive and cost factors, raw material availability and prices, global interest rates, currency exchange rates, labor relations and other risk factors.
Perma-Pipe’s Form 10-Q for the period ended April 30, 2017 will be accessible at www.sec.gov and www.permapipe.com. For more information, visit the Company's website or contact its investor relations representative, LHA.
|Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months |
Ended April 30
|Cost of sales||21,716||21,077|
|General and administrative expenses||4,286||5,093|
|Total operating expenses||5,602||6,497|
|Loss from operations||(3,817||)||(4,505||)|
|Loss on consolidation of joint venture||—||(1,620||)|
|Interest expense, net||157||226|
|Loss from continuing operations before income taxes||(3,974||)||(6,351||)|
|Income tax benefit||(485||)||(257||)|
|Loss from continuing operations||(3,489||)||(6,094||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax||—||(200||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
|Basic and diluted||7,610||7,351|
|Loss per share from continuing operations|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.46||)||$||(0.83||)|
|Loss per share from discontinued operations|
|Basic and diluted||$||—||$||(0.03||)|
|Loss per share|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.46||)||$||(0.86||)|
|Note: Earnings per share calculations could be impacted by rounding.|
|Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands)||April 30, 2017||January 31, 2017|
|Cash, cash equivalents||$||9,059||$||7,603|
|Trade accounts receivable, net||23,817||31,271|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||7,284||4,287|
|Total current assets||56,555||57,824|
|Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation||34,800||36,275|
|Total long-term assets||7,730||7,512|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Trade accounts payable||$||9,977||$||10,901|
|Accrued liabilities, compensation, incentives, and payroll taxes||5,526||6,081|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||6,249||4,471|
|Other current liabilities, including customer deposits||9,408||8,595|
|Total current liabilities||31,160||30,048|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||6,828||7,258|
|Other long-term liabilities||4,716||4,892|
|Total long-term liabilities||11,544||12,150|
|Total stockholders' equity||56,381||59,413|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||99,085||$||101,611|
|Perma-Pipe International Holdings, Inc.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)|
|(In thousands)||Three months ended |
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows (used in) provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,215||1,448|
|Loss on consolidation of joint venture||—||1,620|
|Gain on disposal of discontinued operations||—||(867||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities|
|Accrued compensation and payroll taxes||(584||)||(2,536||)|
|Other assets and liabilities||(5,285||)||(3,474||)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities||(1,012||)||3,778|
|Acquisition of interest in subsidiary, net of cash acquired||—||(4,672||)|
|Proceeds from surrender of corporate-owned life insurance policies||—||1,894|
|Proceeds from sales of property and equipment||1||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(266||)||(3,574||)|
|Proceeds from debt||8,612||14,786|
|Payments of debt on revolving lines of credit, other||(6,905||)||(20,417||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||1,884||(5,792||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||892||435|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||1,498||(5,153||)|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash - beginning of period||8,701||18,955|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash - end of period||$||10,199||$||13,802|
CONTACTS: David Mansfield, President & CEO (847) 966-1000 Harriet Fried / Jody Burfening LHA (212) 838-3777 firstname.lastname@example.org
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