Brady Corporation Reports Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results

  • Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share increased 11.4 percent to $0.49 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $0.44 in the same quarter of the prior year.
  • Total revenues increased 3.6 percent, which consisted of organic revenue growth of 1.7 percent and an increase of 1.9 percent due to foreign currency translation.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $34.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and the Company was in a net cash position of $47.7 million at October 31, 2017 providing flexibility for future investments.

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended October 31, 2017.

Quarter Ended October 31, 2017 Financial Results:
Net earnings for the quarter ended October 31, 2017, increased 14.6 percent to $25.8 million compared to $22.6 million in the same quarter last year.

Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share increased 11.4 percent to $0.49 for the quarter ended October 31, 2017, compared to $0.44 in the same quarter last year.

Sales for the quarter ended October 31, 2017, increased 3.6 percent to $290.2 million compared to $280.2 million in the same quarter last year. Total organic sales increased 1.7 percent while foreign currency translation increased sales by 1.9 percent. By segment, organic sales increased 2.9 percent in Identification Solutions and decreased 1.4 percent in Workplace Safety.

“Our focus on serving our customers extremely well, developing high-quality innovative products, driving efficiencies throughout our global operations, and strengthening our culture of innovation is working. This marks our ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year profit improvement,” said Brady’s President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Michael Nauman. “Organic sales growth was 1.7 percent this quarter, and we expect to continue this positive trend as our increased investment in research and development strengthens our new product pipeline. Brady is a company that was built on innovative products and solutions that our customers value to solve their unique safety and identification challenges. We are rekindling this culture of innovation and are focused on providing solutions and great customer service to our target markets. It’s exciting to see the impact as our culture of local ownership and accountability is allowing for increased innovative thought and actions throughout the Company, which is essential to execute our long-term strategy and to continue to deliver improved financial results for our shareholders.”

“Profitability improved compared to last year as a direct result of our focus on organic sales growth and on driving efficiencies throughout our operations and across our selling, general and administrative expense structure. We remain focused on the business fundamentals that will deliver consistent long-term cash generation. Cash provided by operating activities was $34.7 million in the first quarter, and we finished in a net cash position of $47.7 million compared to net cash of $26.2 million at the beginning of the quarter,” said Brady’s Chief Financial Officer, Aaron Pearce. “Our balance sheet is solid and continues to provide significant flexibility for future investment and returning funds to our shareholders.”

Fiscal 2018 Guidance:
The Company’s earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share guidance for the year ending July 31, 2018 remains unchanged at $1.85 to $1.95. Included in this guidance is low-single digit organic sales growth, a full-year income tax rate of 27 percent to 29 percent, and depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $26 million. The Company expects to achieve efficiency gains in its manufacturing facilities and in selling, general and administrative expenses while increasing investments in research and development by approximately 10 percent when compared to fiscal 2017. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $30 million during the year ending July 31, 2018. This guidance is based upon foreign currency exchange rates as of October 31, 2017.

A webcast regarding Brady’s fiscal 2018 first quarter financial results will be available at beginning at 9:30 a.m. Central Time today.

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the Company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31, 2017, employed approximately 6,300 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2017 sales were approximately $1.11 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at

In this news release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historic information are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations.

The use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain and are subject to risks, assumptions, and other factors, some of which are beyond Brady’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For Brady, uncertainties arise from: our ability to compete effectively or to successfully execute our strategy; Brady’s ability to develop technologically advanced products that meet customer demands; difficulties in protecting our websites, networks, and systems against security breaches; decreased demand for our products; Brady’s ability to retain large customers; extensive regulations by U.S. and non-U.S. governmental and self-regulatory entities; Brady’s ability to execute facility consolidations and maintain acceptable operational service metrics; litigation, including product liability claims; risks associated with the loss of key employees; divestitures and contingent liabilities from divestitures; Brady’s ability to properly identify, integrate, and grow acquired companies; foreign currency fluctuations; changes in tax legislation and tax rates; potential write-offs of Brady’s substantial intangible assets; differing interests of voting and non-voting shareholders; Brady’s ability to meet certain financial covenants required by our debt agreements; numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive, and regulatory nature contained from time to time in Brady’s U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, those factors listed in the “Risk Factors” section within Item 1A of Part I of Brady’s Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2017.

These uncertainties may cause Brady's actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Brady does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law.

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three months ended October 31,
2017 2016
Net sales$ 290,151 $ 280,176
Cost of products sold 144,086 139,818
Gross margin 146,065 140,358
Operating expenses:
Research and development 10,520 9,146
Selling, general and administrative 100,134 98,004
Total operating expenses 110,654 107,150
Operating income 35,411 33,208
Other income (expense):
Investment and other income (expense) 216 (489)
Interest expense (863) (1,732)
Earnings before income taxes 34,764 30,987
Income tax expense 8,928 8,434
Net earnings$ 25,836 $ 22,553
Net Earnings per Class A Nonvoting Common Share:
Basic $ 0.50 $ 0.45
Diluted $ 0.49 $ 0.44
Dividends$ 0.21 $ 0.21
Net Earnings per Class B Voting Common Share:
Basic $ 0.49 $ 0.43
Diluted $ 0.48 $ 0.42
Dividends$ 0.19 $ 0.19
Weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic 51,440 50,634
Diluted 52,383 51,455

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)
October 31, 2017 July 31, 2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 142,237 $ 133,944
Accounts receivable—net 152,698 149,638
Finished products 69,458 69,760
Work-in-process 19,052 18,117
Raw materials and supplies 21,152 19,147
Total inventories 109,662 107,024
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 19,045 17,208
Total current assets 423,642 407,814
Other assets:
Goodwill 433,704 437,697
Other intangible assets 51,200 53,076
Deferred income taxes 36,281 35,456
Other 17,072 18,077
Property, plant and equipment:
Land 7,344 7,470
Buildings and improvements 97,457 98,228
Machinery and equipment 262,820 261,192
Construction in progress 4,123 4,109
371,744 370,999
Less accumulated depreciation 276,030 272,896
Property, plant and equipment—net 95,714 98,103
Total$ 1,057,613 $ 1,050,223
Current liabilities:
Notes payable$ 749 $ 3,228
Accounts payable 64,902 66,817
Wages and amounts withheld from employees 64,863 58,192
Taxes, other than income taxes 8,242 7,970
Accrued income taxes 9,574 7,373
Other current liabilities 45,455 43,618
Total current liabilities 193,785 187,198
Long-term obligations 93,810 104,536
Other liabilities 57,347 58,349
Total liabilities 344,942 350,083
Stockholders’ investment:
Common stock:
Class A nonvoting common stock—Issued 51,261,487 shares and
outstanding 48,020,711 and 47,814,818 shares, respectively
513 513
Class B voting common stock—Issued and outstanding, 3,538,628
35 35
Additional paid-in capital 322,657 322,608
Earnings retained in the business 522,334 507,136
Treasury stock—3,240,776 and 3,446,669 shares, respectively of Class A
nonvoting common stock, at cost
(80,806) (85,470)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (52,062) (44,682)
Total stockholders’ investment 712,671 700,140
Total$ 1,057,613 $ 1,050,223

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)
Three months ended October 31,
2017 2016
Operating activities:
Net earnings$ 25,836 $ 22,553
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 6,564 7,234
Non-cash portion of stock-based compensation expense 3,744 3,155
Deferred income taxes (1,168) 2,027
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (4,807) (680)
Inventories (3,571) 1,197
Prepaid expenses and other assets (2,005) (1,170)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 7,799 2,546
Income taxes 2,327 (2,869)
Net cash provided by operating activities 34,719 33,993
Investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (3,802) (3,959)
Other 974 1,511
Net cash used in investing activities (2,828) (2,448)
Financing activities:
Payment of dividends (10,639) (10,370)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 3,249 8,813
Proceeds from borrowing on credit facilities 10,901 27,565
Repayments of borrowing on credit facilities (22,894) (27,139)
Income tax on equity-based compensation, and other (2,280) (1,232)
Net cash used in financing activities (21,663) (2,363)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,935) (4,109)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 8,293 25,073
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 133,944 141,228
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$ 142,237 $ 166,301

(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)
Three months ended October 31,
2017 2016
ID Solutions$ 209,705 $ 201,264
Workplace Safety 80,446 78,912
Total$ 290,151 $ 280,176
ID Solutions
Organic 2.9% 0.7%
Currency 1.3% (0.6)%
Total 4.2% 0.1%
Workplace Safety
Organic (1.4)% (2.5)%
Currency 3.3% (1.3)%
Total 1.9% (3.8)%
Total Company
Organic 1.7% (0.2)%
Currency 1.9% (0.8)%
Total 3.6% (1.0)%
ID Solutions$ 35,837 $ 33,068
Workplace Safety 6,445 6,450
Total$ 42,282 $ 39,518
ID Solutions 17.1% 16.4%
Workplace Safety 8.0% 8.2%
Total 14.6% 14.1%
Three months ended October 31,
2017 2016
Total segment profit$ 42,282 $ 39,518
Unallocated amounts:
Administrative costs (6,871) (6,310)
Investment and other income (expense) 216 (489)
Interest expense (863) (1,732)
Earnings before income taxes$ 34,764 $ 30,987

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Media contact: Kate Venne 414-358-5176

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