Briggs & Stratton Corporation Reports Fiscal 2020 Second Qua
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), a recognized global leader in providing power to get work done, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2020, ended December 29, 2019.
Fiscal Second Quarter 2020 Highlights
-- Net sales of $438 million declined from $505 million for the prior year, predominantly driven by the expected impact of the timing of shipments of small engines to OEMs and lower storm-related sales, as well as lower than expected sales of job site products. For the quarter, Engines segment sales declined 19% and Products segment sales declined 5%. -- Gross profit margin of 15.5% (GAAP) and adjusted gross profit margin of 17.3% decreased from a gross profit margin of 18.3% (GAAP) and adjusted gross profit margin of 18.6% for the second quarter last year primarily as a result of the lower sales volumes and production. Efficiency improvements in operations continue to be on track. -- GAAP net loss was $15.3 million, or $0.37 per share, including pretax charges of $9.6 million primarily related to the Company's small engine manufacturing consolidation initiative. For the second quarter last year, GAAP net loss was $2.6 million, or $0.07 per share, including pretax charges of $11.2 million primarily related to the Company's business optimization program. Excluding these items, adjusted net loss was $8.1 million, or $0.20 per share, versus adjusted net income of $8.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share last year.
Market Dynamics Project Highlights:
-- The Company recently completed its previously announced project to more fully analyze market dynamics to position the business for more sustained growth and higher returns. The project expanded to encompass a review of the Company's current portfolio and how to best focus and simplify the business to be nimbler and compete more effectively. -- Entering multi-week planning period to finalize steps in the Company's repositioning plan, which is expected to include certain asset sales and a renewed focus on the Company's core strength of power application. -- Plan also includes a shift in the Company's capital allocation priorities, including the suspension of the dividend, effective immediately, in an effort to strengthen the balance sheet and provide additional funds to invest for future initiatives. -- Expects to host special strategic investor call following the conclusion of its planning process within the next four-to-six weeks.
"Areas of market-related softness drove sales below expectations and we are incrementally more cautious about the second half of the year," said Todd J. Teske, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Softer than anticipated retail activity this fall has left channel inventories of residential mowers elevated in North America and Europe and channel partners have signaled a conservative approach to ordering for the upcoming season. Despite market conditions, we have made material progress on several fronts that have positioned us to meet customer needs during the peak season and deliver efficiency improvements. We also remain on track to meet our goal for inventory reduction by fiscal year-end, as part of our focus on improving working capital and de-levering the balance sheet."
Teske added, "During the first half of the year, we devoted significant time to our market dynamics project. These efforts have been very constructive and support our belief that a sharp focus on our core strength of power application will better position the Company for long-term sustainable growth and higher returns. We are currently finalizing the next steps forward for this plan, which will simplify our business and improve our financial flexibility. We will announce further details and begin implementing our plans in the third quarter."
Fiscal 2020 Outlook:
The Company is revising its outlook for fiscal 2020 to reflect some increased uncertainty related to the upcoming lawn and garden selling season in North America and Europe.
Current Fiscal 2020 Outlook* Prior Fiscal 2020 Outlook* Net Sales $1.83 - $1.97 billion $1.91 - 1.97 billion --- Adjusted Net Income $3 - $14 million $9 - $17 million --- Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share $0.05 - $0.33 per share $0.20 - $0.40 per share --- Operating Margins 2.1% to 2.9% 2.5% to 3.0% --- Unconsolidated Affiliate Earnings Approximately $7.5 million Approximately $10.0 million --- Interest Expense $35.5 million $34.0 million ---
* This outlook excludes the costs of the business optimization program, the engine manufacturing consolidation project, and any potential asset sales.
Teske concluded, "Given uncertainty around elevated channel inventory and ongoing global weather related challenges, we are now forecasting slightly reduced financial results across our segments. We also expect slightly higher consolidated interest expense associated with our ABL credit facility compared to previous estimates. We remain focused on our key strategic priorities including the realization of value from our business optimization program and our small engine production consolidation, as well as reducing our inventories through the peak season and strengthening our balance sheet. We believe our strategic plan focused on power application will complement the hard work that has been done to improve our business and are excited to share the final details of that plan with our shareholders and other stakeholders in a few weeks."
Conference Call Information:
The Company will host a conference call today, January 30, 2020, at 10:00 AM (ET) to review the second quarter financial results. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's corporate website: http://investors.basco.com.
Also available is a dial-in number to access the call real-time. To join, dial (877) 233-9136 and enter Conference ID 4383007. A replay will be offered beginning approximately two hours after the call ends and will be available for one week. Dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the Conference ID to access the replay.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
This release refers to non-GAAP financial measures including "adjusted gross profit", "adjusted engineering, selling, general, and administrative expenses", "adjusted segment income (loss)", "adjusted net income (loss)", and "adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share." Refer to the accompanying financial schedules for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to certain GAAP financial measures.
Safe Harbor Statement:
This release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "project", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that include, among other things, the ability to successfully forecast demand for its products; changes in interest rates and foreign exchange rates; the effects of weather on the purchasing patterns of consumers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs); actions of engine manufacturers and OEMs with whom the Company competes; changes in laws and regulations, including U.S. tax reform, changes in tax rates, laws and regulations as well as related guidance; imposition of new, or changes in existing, duties, tariffs and trade agreements; changes in customer and OEM demand; changes in prices of raw materials and parts that the Company purchases; changes in domestic and foreign economic conditions (including effects from the U.K.'s decision to exit the European Union); the ability to bring new production capacity on line efficiently and with good quality; outcomes of legal proceedings and claims; the ability to realize anticipated savings from the business optimization program and restructuring actions; the ability to maintain or obtain adequate sources of liquidity and access to debt markets; and other factors disclosed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings or otherwise, including the factors discussed in Item 1A, Risk Factors, of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its periodic reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements made in this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washer, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand®, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco®, and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Periods Ended December --- (In Thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended December Six Months Ended December FY2020 FY2019 FY2020 FY2019 NET SALES $437,941 $505,462 $751,660 $784,459 COST OF GOODS SOLD 369,916 413,005 640,389 648,248 Gross Profit 68,025 92,457 111,271 136,211 ENGINEERING, SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 79,124 87,139 157,861 187,998 EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF UNCONSOLIDATED AFFILIATES 946 3,017 2,209 5,990 Loss from Operations (10,153) 8,335 (44,381) (45,797) INTEREST EXPENSE (8,965) (7,482) (15,869) (12,643) OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) (388) (946) (1,131) (603) Loss before Income Taxes (19,506) (93) (61,381) (59,043) CREDIT FOR INCOME TAXES (4,162) 2,511 (12,400) (15,452) Net Loss $(15,344) $(2,604) $(48,981) $(43,591) EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE Basic $(0.37) $(0.07) $(1.18) $(1.05) Diluted $(0.37) $(0.07) $(1.18) $(1.05) WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic 41,725 41,689 41,664 41,773 Diluted 41,725 41,689 41,664 41,773
Supplemental International Sales Information --- (In Thousands) Three Months Ended December Six Months Ended December FY2020 FY2019 FY2020 FY2019 International sales based on product shipment destination $144,019 $148,125 $246,635 $236,651
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Balance Sheets as of the End of December --- (In Thousands) CURRENT ASSETS: FY2020 FY2019 --- Cash and Cash Equivalents $42,230 $33,954 Accounts Receivable, Net 219,351 242,232 Inventories 612,119 567,256 Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets 34,141 38,481 Total Current Assets 907,841 881,923 OTHER ASSETS: Goodwill 169,451 169,401 Investments 46,698 47,078 Other Intangible Assets, Net 94,915 98,619 Deferred Income Tax Asset 56,022 30,442 Other Long-Term Assets, Net 21,438 19,852 Right of Use Asset 107,605 - Total Other Assets 496,129 365,392 PLANT AND EQUIPMENT: At Cost 1,231,874 1,197,673 Less -Accumulated Depreciation 834,968 784,518 Plant and Equipment, Net 396,906 413,155 $1,800,876 $1,660,470 CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts Payable $215,295 $226,536 Short-Term Debt 195,175 314,073 Accrued Liabilities 134,463 132,179 Short-Term Lease Obligations 12,368 - Total Current Liabilities 557,301 672,788 OTHER LIABILITIES: Accrued Pension Cost 213,268 182,925 Accrued Employee Benefits 21,174 20,174 Accrued Postretirement Health Care Obligation 22,752 26,763 Other Long-Term Liabilities 65,606 56,388 Long-Term Lease Obligations 92,945 - Long-Term Debt 428,300 196,013 Total Other Liabilities 844,045 482,263 SHAREHOLDERS' INVESTMENT: Common Stock 579 579 Additional Paid-In Capital 70,901 77,310 Retained Earnings 940,616 1,016,205 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (288,983) (254,768) Treasury Stock, at Cost (323,583) (333,907) Total Shareholders' Investment 399,530 505,419 $1,800,876 $1,660,470
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows --- (In Thousands) Six Months Ended December CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: FY2020 FY2019 --- Net Loss $(48,981) $(43,591) Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities: Depreciation and Amortization 37,491 32,263 Stock Compensation Expense 2,694 3,177 Loss on Disposition of Plant and Equipment 1,421 66 Provision for Deferred Income Taxes (15,551) (19,550) Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates (2,730) (7,854) Dividends Received from Unconsolidated Affiliates 4,300 10,510 Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities: Accounts Receivable (21,092) (59,838) Inventories (111,404) (157,401) Other Current Assets 852 1,947 Accounts Payable, Accrued Liabilities and Income Taxes (54,464) 22,382 Other, Net (397) 1,862 Net Cash Used in Operating Activities (207,861) (216,027) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Capital Expenditures (34,431) (34,234) Proceeds Received on Disposition of Plant and Equipment 15 12 Cash Paid for Acquisitions, Net of Cash Acquired - (8,865) Net Cash Used in Investing Activities (34,416) (43,087) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Net Borrowings on Credit Facilities 267,757 266,038 Debt Issuance Costs (4,800) - Treasury Stock Purchases - (11,429) Repayments of Long Term Debt - (4,875) Stock Option Exercise Proceeds and Tax Benefits - 1,823 Payments Related to Shares Withheld for Taxes for Stock Compensation (55) (257) Cash Dividends Paid (7,936) (5,948) Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities 254,966 245,352 EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES (74) (336) NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH 12,615 (14,098) CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, Beginning (1) 30,342 49,218 CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, Ending (2) $42,957 $35,120 ===
Included within Beginning Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash is approximately $0.8 million and $4.3 of restricted cash as of June 30, 2019 and July 1, 2018, (1) respectively. (2) Included within Ending Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash is approximately $0.7 million and $1.2 million of restricted cash as of December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively.
SUPPLEMENTAL SEGMENT INFORMATION --- Engines Segment: --- Three Months Ended December Six Months Ended December (In Thousands) FY2020 FY2019 FY2020 FY2019 Net Sales $219,190 $272,018 $352,544 $391,108 Gross Profit as Reported $33,192 $55,614 $52,334 $71,551 Engine Manufacturing Consolidation Project 7,124 11,951 Business Optimization 63 665 224 1,088 Adjusted Gross Profit $40,379 $56,279 $64,509 $72,639 Gross Profit % as Reported 15.1% 20.4% 14.8% 18.3% Adjusted Gross Profit % 18.4% 20.7% 18.3% 18.6% Segment Income (Loss) as Reported $(14,248) $4,658 $(42,152) $(39,593) Engine Manufacturing Consolidation Project 7,124 11,951 Business Optimization 1,595 7,508 2,486 21,871 Adjusted Segment Income (Loss) $(5,529) $12,166 $(27,715) $(17,722) Segment Income (Loss) % as Reported -6.5% 1.7% -12.0% -10.1% Adjusted Segment Income (Loss) % -2.5% 4.5% -7.9% -4.5%
Second Quarter Highlights
-- Engine sales unit volumes decreased versus the second quarter of fiscal 2019 by approximately 453,000 engines, or 24%, principally on the timing of OEM mower builds, which began earlier in fiscal 2019 to support brand transitions at retail. Revenue growth in service parts continued to benefit from improved throughput and order fulfillment rates. -- GAAP gross profit percentage compared to the second quarter last year decreased 530 basis points and adjusted gross profit margins decreased 230 basis points, on a 19% decrease in production volumes and higher material costs, partially offset by business optimization program savings of $2 million and favorable sales mix on higher service parts sales. -- GAAP engineering, selling, general and administrative expenses (ESG&A) declined by $4.6 million compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted ESG&A decreased $0.2 million. -- Adjusted equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates decreased by $1.9 million from the same period last year due to the ramp down of the Company's Japanese joint venture that formerly produced Vanguard engines and a decrease in the Company's service parts distributors' profitability. This was primarily due to higher shipping costs to refill channel inventory of service parts.
Products Segment: --- Three Months Ended December Six Months Ended December (In Thousands) FY2020 FY2019 FY2020 FY2019 Net Sales $241,984 $254,627 $437,625 $427,670 Gross Profit as Reported $35,179 $37,577 $59,997 $65,213 Business Optimization 441 834 1,090 3,713 Adjusted Gross Profit $35,620 $38,411 $61,087 $68,926 Gross Profit % as Reported 14.5% 14.8% 13.7% 15.2% Adjusted Gross Profit % 14.7% 15.1% 14.0% 16.1% Segment Income (Loss) as Reported $4,441 $4,411 $(1,169) $(5,651) Business Optimization 857 3,235 1,564 8,802 Litigation Settlement 2,000 Retailer Bankruptcy Bad Debt Expense 4,132 Acquisition Related Charges 170 235 Adjusted Segment Income $5,298 $7,816 $395 $9,518 Segment Income % as Reported 1.8% 1.7% -0.3% -1.3% Adjusted Segment Income % 2.2% 3.1% 0.1% 2.2%
Second Quarter Highlights
-- Net sales decreased by $13 million, or 5%, compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019, primarily from lower sales of pressure washers relative to last year when brand transitions at retail accelerated product shipments. Storm-related sales of generators declined, as expected, from less storm activity compared with the same period a year ago. Sales activities were also affected by a softer market for job site products. The decrease was partially offset by higher sales of standby generators and higher pricing. -- Gross profit percentage for the second quarter decreased by 30 basis points from a year ago. The adjusted gross profit percentage decreased 40 basis points. Reduced manufacturing volume was offset by higher pricing. -- GAAP ESG&A declined $3.4 million from the second fiscal quarter a year ago. Adjusted ESG&A decreased by $1.3 million due to timing of spending. -- Adjusted equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates decreased by $1.0 million versus the second quarter of fiscal 2019 due to a decrease in the Company's service parts distributors' profitability. This was primarily due to higher shipping costs to refill channel inventory of service parts.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Briggs & Stratton Corporation prepares its financial statements using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). When a company discloses material information containing non-GAAP financial measures, SEC regulations require that the disclosure include a presentation of the most directly comparable GAAP measure and a reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. Management's inclusion of non-GAAP financial measures in this release is intended to supplement, not replace, the presentation of the financial results in accordance with GAAP. Briggs & Stratton Corporation management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze the Company's business trends and to understand the Company's performance. In addition, management may utilize non-GAAP financial measures as a guide in the Company's forecasting, budgeting and long-term planning process. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. The following tables are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Adjusted Segment Information for the Three Month Periods Ended December --- (In Thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended December FY2020 FY2020 FY2019 FY2019 Reported Adjustments(1) Adjusted Reported Adjustments Adjusted Gross Profit Engines $33,192 $7,187 $40,379 $55,614 $665 $56,279 Products 35,179 441 35,620 37,577 834 38,411 Inter-Segment Eliminations (346) (346) (734) (734) Total $68,025 $7,628 $75,653 $92,457 $1,499 $93,956 Engineering, Selling, General and Administrative Expenses Engines $48,189 $1,493 $46,696 $52,769 $5,915 $46,854 Products 30,935 416 30,519 34,370 2,571 31,799 Total $79,124 $1,909 $77,215 $87,139 $8,486 $78,653 Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates Engines $749 $39 $788 $1,814 $927 $2,741 Products 197 197 1,203 1,203 Total $946 $39 $985 $3,017 $927 $3,944 Segment Income (Loss) Engines $(14,248) $8,719 $(5,529) $4,658 $7,508 $12,166 Products 4,441 857 5,298 4,411 3,405 7,816 Inter-Segment Eliminations (346) (346) (734) (734) Total $(10,153) $9,576 $(577) $8,335 $10,913 $19,248 Interest Expense $(8,965) $ - $(8,965) $(7,482) $248 $(7,234) Income (Loss) before Income Taxes (19,506) 9,576 (9,930) (93) 11,161 11,068 Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes (4,162) 2,358 (1,804) 2,511 143 2,654 Net Income (Loss) $(15,344) $7,218 $(8,126) $(2,604) $11,018 $8,414 Earnings (Loss) Per Share Basic $(0.37) $0.17 $(0.20) $(0.07) $0.27 $0.20 Diluted (0.37) 0.17 (0.20) (0.07) 0.27 0.20
(1) For the second quarter of fiscal 2020, engine manufacturing consolidation charges include $3.5 million ($2.6 million after tax) of cash charges and $3.6 million ($2.7 million after tax) of non-cash charges related to the closure of the engine plant in Murray, Kentucky. Business optimization expenses include $1.1 million ($0.7 million after tax) of cash charges and $1.4 million ($1.1 million after tax) of non-cash charges related to the warehouse optimization program and the plan to onshore Commercial engine production.
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Adjusted Segment Information for the Six Month Periods Ended December --- (In Thousands, except per share data) Six Months Ended December FY2020 FY2020 FY2019 FY2019 Reported Adjustments(1) Adjusted Reported Adjustments Adjusted Gross Profit Engines $52,334 $12,175 $64,509 $71,551 $1,088 $72,639 Products 59,997 1,090 61,087 65,213 3,713 68,926 Inter-Segment Eliminations (1,060) (1,060) (553) (553) Total $111,271 $13,265 $124,536 $136,211 $4,801 $141,012 Engineering, Selling, General and Administrative Expenses Engines $95,515 $1,741 $93,774 $114,697 $18,919 $95,778 Products 62,346 474 61,872 73,302 11,456 61,846 Total $157,861 $2,215 $155,646 $187,998 $30,375 $157,623 Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates Engines $1,029 $521 $1,550 $3,553 $1,864 $5,417 Products 1,180 1,180 2,437 2,437 Total $2,209 $521 $2,730 $5,990 $1,864 $7,854 Segment Income (Loss) Engines $(42,152) $14,437 $(27,715) $(39,593) $21,871 $(17,722) Products (1,169) 1,564 395 (5,651) 15,169 9,518 Inter-Segment Eliminations (1,060) (1,060) (553) (553) Total $(44,381) $16,001 $(28,380) $(45,797) $37,040 $(8,757) Interest Expense $(15,869) $ - $(15,869) $(12,643) $248 $(12,395) Income (Loss) before Income Taxes (61,381) 16,001 (45,380) (59,043) 37,288 (21,755) Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes (12,400) 2,779 (9,621) (15,452) 6,308 (9,144) Net Income (Loss) $(48,981) $13,222 $(35,759) $(43,591) $30,980 $(12,611) Earnings (Loss) Per Share Basic $(1.18) $0.32 $(0.86) $(1.05) $0.74 $(0.31) Diluted (1.18) 0.32 (0.86) (1.05) 0.74 (0.31)
(1) For the six months ended December 30, 2019, engine manufacturing consolidation charges include $5.6 million ($4.7 million after tax) of cash charges and $6.4 million ($5.3 million after tax) of non- cash charges related to the closure of the engine plant in Murray, Kentucky. Business optimization expenses include $2.2 million ($1.7 million after tax) of cash charges and $1.9 million ($1.4 million after tax) of non- cash charges related to the warehouse optimization program and the plan to onshore Commercial engine production.
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