Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

  • Fourth Quarter Sales Increase of 7.5%
  • Fourth Quarter EPS of $1.34,
    Includes One-time Tax Benefit of $0.56 Per Share
  • Provides Fiscal Year 2018 Outlook

CLEVELAND, Aug. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 year ended June 30, 2017.

Net sales for the quarter were $681.5 million, an increase of 7.5% compared with $634.0 million in the same quarter a year ago. The sales increase for the quarter reflects a 0.8% increase from acquisition-related volume and an unfavorable foreign currency translation of 0.4%. Excluding these factors, organic growth was 7.9% in the quarter, modestly offset by 0.8% due to one-half less selling days in the quarter. Net income for the quarter was $53.0 million, or $1.34 per share, compared with $26.1 million, or $0.66 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Results for the current period include a favorable one-time tax benefit of $22.2 million, or $0.56 per share, related to the write-off of the Company’s investment in one of its Canadian subsidiaries.

For the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, net sales were $2.59 billion, an increase of 2.9% compared with $2.52 billion last year. Net income was $133.9 million, or $3.40 per share, compared with $29.6 million, or $0.75 per share, in the prior year. The current year results include the one-time tax benefit in the fourth quarter mentioned previously, while the prior year results included a third quarter non-cash charge of $1.62 per share for goodwill impairment.

Commenting on the Company’s performance, Applied’s President & Chief Executive Officer Neil A. Schrimsher said, “We are pleased with the positive strides we made throughout fiscal 2017, including continued sequential progress in the fourth quarter. Our results for the year reflect the benefits from serving our customers’ operating needs, driving continuous improvements and enhancing our technical value-added capabilities. We look forward to building on our business momentum for continued growth in fiscal 2018.”


Today the Company also provided its initial outlook for fiscal year 2018. For the full year, the Company is forecasting a sales increase in the range of 3.0% to 5.0% and expects earnings per share in the range of $3.00 to $3.20 per share.

Mr. Schrimsher concluded, “Across our organization, we remain focused on executing our strategy and serving new and existing customers who want to buy from fewer, more capable suppliers. We are well-positioned to serve these industrial needs through our multiple channels to market, including: 430+ local Service Centers; 70+ Fluid Power sales and service facilities; digital and printed catalog; Maintenance Supplies & Solutions® vendor managed inventory specialists; and our e-commerce site. Providing choice, convenience and expertise generates success for our customers and value for all of our stakeholders.”

Share Repurchases

During fiscal 2017, the Company returned more than $50 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 the full fiscal year, the Company purchased 162,500 shares for $8.2 million. At June 30, 2017, the Company had remaining authorization to purchase 1,450,000 additional shares.

Conference Call Information

Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on August 11, 2017. President & CEO Neil A. Schrimsher, CFO Mark O. Eisele, and Vice President – Finance David K. Wells will discuss the Company's performance. To join the call, dial 877-311-4351 (toll free) or 614-999-9139 (for International callers) using conference ID 56397200. 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 855-859-2056 or 800-585-8367 (both toll free), or 404-537-3406 (International) using conference ID 56397200.

About Applied

Founded in 1923, Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading distributor of bearings, power transmission products, fluid power components, and other industrial supplies, 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 storeroom services 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 “forecast,” “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, 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,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net Sales$ 681,471 $ 634,006 $ 2,593,746 $ 2,519,428
Cost of sales 485,364 455,556 1,856,051 1,812,006
Gross Profit 196,107 178,450 737,695 707,422
Selling, distribution and administrative,
including depreciation 147,858 136,005 563,105 553,827
Goodwill impairment - - - 64,794
Operating Income 48,249 42,445 174,590 88,801
Interest expense, net 2,130 2,059 8,541 8,763
Other (income) expense, net (261) (64) (917) 1,060
Income Before Income Taxes 46,380 40,450 166,966 78,978
Income Tax (Benefit) Expense (6,580) 14,383 33,056 49,401
Net Income $ 52,960 $ 26,067 $ 133,910 $ 29,577
Net Income Per Share - Basic$ 1.36 $ 0.67 $ 3.43 $ 0.75
Net Income Per Share - Diluted$ 1.34 $ 0.66 $ 3.40 $ 0.75
Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 39,024 39,030 39,013 39,254
Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted 39,474 39,286 39,404 39,466

(1) During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company recorded a non-routine tax benefit pertaining to a worthless stock tax deduction of $22.2 million, or $0.56 per share. This deduction is based on the write-off of its investment in one of its Canadian subsidiaries for U.S. tax purposes.

(2) 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 2017 reductions in U.S. inventories in the bearings pool resulted in liquidation of LIFO inventory quantities carried at lower costs prevailing in prior years. A portion of these reductions resulted from scrapping $6.0 million of bearings inventory which resulted in a similar amount of scrap expense being recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The overall impact of the fiscal 2017 LIFO layer liquidations increased gross profit by $9.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The net benefit of the bearings products LIFO layer liquidation benefit, less the bearing product scrap expense was $3.4 million. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 LIFO layer liquidation benefits of $2.1 million were recognized.

(3) During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we early adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. As part of this adoption, the condensed statement of consolidated cash flows for the year ended June, 2016 has been restated resulting in an increase in net cash provided by operating activities and net cash used in financing activities of $1.0 million.

(4) During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-03, simplifying the presentation of debt issue costs. The retrospective adoption of this standard resulted in the reclassification as of June 30, 2016 of unamortized debt issue costs of $0.1 million from other current assets to a reduction of current portion of long-term debt and $0.4 million from other assets to a reduction of long-term debt on the Company's condensed consolidated balance sheets.

(Amounts in thousands)
June 30,
June 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 105,057 $ 59,861
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $9,628 and $11,034 390,931 347,857
Inventories 345,145 338,221
Other current assets 41,409 35,582
Total current assets 882,542 781,521
Property, net 108,068 107,765
Goodwill 206,135 202,700
Intangibles, net 163,562 191,240
Deferred tax assets 8,985 12,277
Other assets 18,303 16,522
Total Assets $ 1,387,595 $ 1,312,025
Accounts payable $ 180,614 $ 148,543
Current portion of long-term debt 4,814 3,247
Other accrued liabilities 124,325 122,493
Total current liabilities 309,753 274,283
Long-term debt 286,769 324,583
Other liabilities 45,817 55,243
Total Liabilities 642,339 654,109
Shareholders' Equity 745,256 657,916
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$ 1,387,595 $ 1,312,025

(In thousands)
Year Ended
June 30,
2017 2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income $ 133,910 $ 29,577
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
Goodwill impairment - 64,794
Depreciation and amortization of property 15,306 15,966
Amortization of intangibles 24,371 25,580
Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options 1,891 1,543
(Gain) loss on sale of property (1,541) 337
Other share-based compensation expense 3,629 2,524
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions (11,936) 23,910
Other, net (1,011) (2,217)
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities 164,619 162,014
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Property purchases (17,045) (13,130)
Proceeds from property sales 2,924 603
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (2,773) (62,504)
Net Cash used in Investing Activities (16,894) (75,031)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Net (repayments) borrowings under revolving credit facility (33,000) (19,000)
Long-term debt borrowings - 125,000
Long-term debt repayments (3,353) (98,662)
Deferred financing costs - (719)
Purchases of treasury shares (8,242) (37,465)
Dividends paid (44,619) (43,330)
Acquisition holdback payments (11,307) (18,913)
Taxes paid for shares withheld for equity awards (3,484) (1,022)
Exercise of stock appreciation rights and options 656 896
Other, net - 208
Net Cash used in Financing Activities (103,349) (93,007)
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash 820 (3,585)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 45,196 (9,609)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 59,861 69,470
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year $ 105,057 $ 59,861

CONTACT INFORMATION INVESTOR RELATIONS David K. Wells Vice President – Finance 216-426-4755 or Mark O. Eisele Vice President – Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer 216-426-4417 CORPORATE & MEDIA RELATIONS Julie A. Kho Manager, Public Relations 216-426-4483

Source:Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc