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Brady Corporation Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Results and Withdraws Fiscal 2020 Financial Guidance

  • Income before income taxes was $22.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $41.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Income before income taxes includes non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Diluted EPS was $0.26 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $0.65 in the same quarter of the prior year. Non-cash impairment charges reduced diluted EPS by approximately $0.21 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Diluted EPS in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was also negatively impacted by an income tax rate of 38.5 percent.
  • Sales for the quarter declined 8.2 percent. Organic sales declined 6.0 percent and the impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by 2.2 percent.
  • During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, we returned $64.1 million to shareholders through share repurchases and $11.3 million in the form of dividends.
  • Due to the evolving and uncertain impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is withdrawing its previously communicated fiscal 2020 financial guidance.

MILWAUKEE, May 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended April 30, 2020

Quarter Ended April 30, 2020 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes declined 45.9 percent to $22.2 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2020, compared to $41.0 million in the same quarter last year. Income before income taxes for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million primarily related to the write down of certain of the tangible and intangible assets in the Company’s Workplace Safety segment. These non-cash impairment charges were primarily driven by sales and profitability reductions and reduced forecasts for future sales and profitability growth in the WPS North American business.

Net income for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 declined 60.8 percent to $13.6 million compared to $34.8 million in the same quarter last year. Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $0.26 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $0.65 in the same quarter last year. Diluted EPS for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of approximately $0.21 per share.

Sales for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 declined 8.2 percent, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 6.0 percent and a decline of 2.2 percent from foreign currency translation. Sales for the quarter ended April 30, 2020 were $265.9 million compared to $289.7 million in the same quarter last year. By segment, sales declined 9.7 percent in Identification Solutions and declined 3.9 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 8.2 percent in Identification Solutions and organic sales growth of 0.2 percent in Workplace Safety.

Nine-Month Period Ended April 30, 2020 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes declined 9.8 percent to $106.1 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020, compared to $117.6 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2019. Income before income taxes was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of $13.8 million for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020.

Net income for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 declined 10.5 percent to $84.7 million compared to $94.6 million in the same period last year. Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $1.58 for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020, compared to $1.78 in the same period last year. Diluted EPS was reduced by non-cash impairment charges of approximately $0.21 per share for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020.

Sales for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 declined 4.1 percent, which consisted of an organic sales decline of 2.5 percent and a decline of 1.6 percent from foreign currency translation. Sales for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2020 were $829.6 million compared to $865.4 million in the same period last year. By segment, sales declined 4.3 percent in Identification Solutions and declined 3.6 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of organic sales declines of 3.2 percent in Identification Solutions and 0.5 percent in Workplace Safety.

Commentary:
“During these challenging times, as a highly-innovative essential business, Brady is more focused than ever on doing our part to serve the front-line workers and other essential companies with the products and services they need to help fight this global pandemic,” said Brady’s President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Michael Nauman. “Brady’s operations are up and running all around the globe producing products that are going to first responders, healthcare providers, food processing, transportation and many other critical industries. Our foremost focus has been on the safety of our employees as well as supporting our customers with the highest level of service that they have come to expect from Brady. This quarter, we saw strong demand for our products through the first half of March and then demand declined in late March and April as a result of the challenging macro environment. Demonstrating the strength of Brady, even in this tough environment, we posted cash flow from operating activities well in excess of net income.”

“Brady is financially strong. As of April 30, 2020, we had $238.9 million of cash and less than $50 million of debt, putting Brady in an enviable net cash position of $190 million. This quarter, we generated $42.8 million of cash flow from operating activities. Our strong cash generation and our strong balance sheet allows us to continue to execute our capital allocation strategy which involves continuing to invest in ROI-positive capital expenditures; to pay a strong dividend; to buyback our shares in an opportunistic manner; and to, of course, continue to invest in innovation, in sales-generating resources, in efficiency actions, and in actions that improve customer service,” said Brady’s Chief Financial Officer, Aaron Pearce.

Fiscal 2020 Financial Guidance Withdrawn:
Due to the uncertainty around the duration and depth of the economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is withdrawing its previously communicated full-year fiscal 2020 financial guidance, which was provided on February 20, 2020.

A webcast regarding Brady’s fiscal 2020 third quarter financial results will be available at www.bradycorp.com/investors 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, 2019, employed approximately 6,100 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2019 sales were approximately $1.16 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.

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: adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic or other pandemics; 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; raw material and other cost increases; extensive regulations by U.S. and non-U.S. governmental and self-regulatory entities; 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; litigation, including product liability claims; foreign currency fluctuations; the impact of the Tax Reform Act and any other changes in tax legislation and tax rates; potential write-offs of Brady’s substantial intangible assets; differing interests of voting and non-voting shareholders; numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including major public health issues and 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, 2019.

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.

 



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES                
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS                
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands, except per share data)                
                 
  Three months ended April 30,   Nine months ended April 30,  
    2020       2019       2020       2019    
Net sales $ 265,943     $ 289,745     $ 829,555     $ 865,367    
Cost of goods sold   136,416       143,996       419,496       433,269    
Gross margin   129,527       145,749       410,059       432,098    
Operating expenses:                
Research and development   9,814       11,437       31,298       33,837    
Selling, general and administrative   83,223       94,691       260,136       281,988    
Impairment charges   13,821             13,821          
Total operating expenses   106,858       106,128       305,255       315,825    
                 
Operating income   22,669       39,621       104,804       116,273    
                 
Other income (expense):                
Investment and other income   112       2,065       3,252       3,425    
Interest expense   (628 )     (708 )     (1,976 )     (2,137 )  
                 
Income before income taxes   22,153       40,978       106,080       117,561    
                 
Income tax expense   8,520       6,197       21,396       22,916    
                 
Net income $ 13,633     $ 34,781     $ 84,684     $ 94,645    
                 
Net income per Class A Nonvoting Common Share:                
Basic $ 0.26     $ 0.66     $ 1.60     $ 1.80    
Diluted $ 0.26     $ 0.65     $ 1.58     $ 1.78    
Dividends $ 0.22     $ 0.21       0.65     $ 0.64    
                 
Net income per Class B Voting Common Share:                
Basic $ 0.26     $ 0.66     $ 1.58     $ 1.79    
Diluted $ 0.26     $ 0.65     $ 1.57     $ 1.76    
Dividends $ 0.22     $ 0.21     $ 0.64     $ 0.62    
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic   52,607       52,766       53,023       52,499    
Diluted   52,972       53,480       53,512       53,215    
                 



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES      
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS      
(Dollars in thousands)      
       
  April 30, 2020   July 31, 2019
  (Unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 238,880     $ 279,072  
Accounts receivable—net   145,133       158,114  
Inventories   124,575       120,037  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   22,502       16,056  
Total current assets   531,090       573,279  
Property, plant and equipment—net   111,383       110,048  
Goodwill   404,039       410,987  
Other intangible assets   23,444       36,123  
Deferred income taxes   7,006       7,298  
Operating lease assets   41,553        
Other assets   21,827       19,573  
Total $ 1,140,342     $ 1,157,308  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 58,819     $ 64,810  
Accrued compensation and benefits   41,591       62,509  
Taxes, other than income taxes   7,667       8,107  
Accrued income taxes   8,101       6,557  
Current operating lease liabilities   14,381        
Other current liabilities   48,473       49,796  
Current maturities on long-term debt   48,927       50,166  
Total current liabilities   227,959       241,945  
Long-term operating lease liabilities   32,348        
Other liabilities   59,433       64,589  
Total liabilities   319,740       306,534  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock:      
Class A nonvoting common stock—Issued 51,261,487 shares, and outstanding 48,431,617 and 49,458,841 shares, respectively   513       513  
Class B voting common stock—Issued and outstanding, 3,538,628 shares   35       35  
Additional paid-in capital   330,968       329,969  
Retained earnings   688,079       637,843  
Treasury stock—2,829,870 and 1,802,646 shares, respectively, of Class A nonvoting common stock, at cost   (106,751 )     (46,332 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (92,242 )     (71,254 )
Total stockholders’ equity   820,602       850,774  
Total $ 1,140,342     $ 1,157,308  
       



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES        
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS        
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)        
  Nine months ended April 30,  
    2020       2019    
Operating activities:        
Net income $ 84,684     $ 94,645    
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization   17,731       17,836    
Stock-based compensation expense   7,180       10,311    
Deferred income taxes   (309 )     3,796    
Impairment charges   13,821          
Other   1,698       1,372    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable   9,019       332    
Inventories   (7,439 )     (9,254 )  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (5,653 )     (2,204 )  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (26,609 )     (20,548 )  
Income taxes   1,790       616    
  Net cash provided by operating activities   95,913       96,902    
         
Investing activities:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (21,616 )     (17,528 )  
Other   (4,419 )     (1,810 )  
  Net cash used in investing activities   (26,035 )     (19,338 )  
         
Financing activities:        
Payment of dividends   (34,447 )     (33,488 )  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   5,212       22,468    
Payments for employee taxes withheld from stock-based awards   (7,832 )     (4,348 )  
Purchase of treasury stock   (64,113 )     (3,182 )  
Proceeds from borrowing on credit facilities         13,637    
Repayment of borrowing on credit facilities         (13,568 )  
Other   133       210    
  Net cash used in financing activities   (101,047 )     (18,271 )  
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (9,023 )     (2,288 )  
         
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (40,192 )     57,005    
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   279,072       181,427    
         
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 238,880     $ 238,432    
         



BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES                
SEGMENT INFORMATION                
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands)                
                 
  Three months ended April 30,   Nine months ended April 30,  
    2020       2019       2020       2019    
NET SALES                
ID Solutions $ 193,169     $ 213,979     $ 613,518     $ 641,283    
Workplace Safety   72,774       75,766       216,037       224,084    
Total $ 265,943     $ 289,745     $ 829,555     $ 865,367    
                 
SALES INFORMATION                
ID Solutions                
Organic   (8.2 )%     4.0 %     (3.2 )%     4.4 %  
Currency   (1.5 )%     (3.1 )%     (1.1 )%     (2.3 )%  
Total   (9.7 )%     0.9 %     (4.3 )%     2.1 %  
Workplace Safety                
Organic   0.2 %     (1.6 )%     (0.5 )%     (0.2 )%  
Currency   (4.1 )%     (5.3 )%     (3.1 )%     (3.7 )%  
Divestiture   %     (5.3 )%     %     (5.8 )%  
Total   (3.9 )%     (12.2 )%     (3.6 )%     (9.7 )%  
Total Company                
Organic   (6.0 )%     2.4 %     (2.5 )%     3.1 %  
Currency   (2.2 )%     (3.8 )%     (1.6 )%     (2.8 )%  
Divestiture   %     (1.5 )%     %     (1.6 )%  
Total   (8.2 )%     (2.9 )%     (4.1 )%     (1.3 )%  
                 
SEGMENT PROFIT                
ID Solutions $ 36,401     $ 39,892     $ 119,499     $ 119,311    
Workplace Safety   4,379       6,099       14,991       16,301    
Total $ 40,780     $ 45,991     $ 134,490     $ 135,612    
SEGMENT PROFIT AS A PERCENT OF NET SALES                
ID Solutions   18.8 %     18.6 %     19.5 %     18.6 %  
Workplace Safety   6.0 %     8.0 %     6.9 %     7.3 %  
Total   15.3 %     15.9 %     16.2 %     15.7 %  
                 
                 
  Three months ended April 30,   Nine months ended April 30,  
    2020       2019       2020       2019    
Total segment profit $ 40,780     $ 45,991     $ 134,490     $ 135,612    
Unallocated amounts:                
Administrative costs   (4,290 )     (6,370 )     (15,865 )     (19,339 )  
Impairment charges   (13,821 )     -       (13,821 )     -    
Investment and other income   112       2,065       3,252       3,425    
Interest expense   (628 )     (708 )     (1,976 )     (2,137 )  
Income before income taxes $ 22,153     $ 40,978     $ 106,080     $ 117,561    
                 


For More Information:
Investor contact:  Ann Thornton 414-438-6887
Media contact:  Kate Venne 414-358-5176

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Source: Brady Corporation