Form 10-K APOGEE ENTERPRISES, INC. For: Feb 26
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In accordance with General Instruction G(3) of Form 10-K, certain information required by Part III hereof will either be incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K by reference to our Definitive Proxy Statement for our Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed within 120 days of our fiscal year ended February 26, 2022 or will be included in an amendment to this Annual Report on Form 10-K filed within 120 days of February 26, 2022.
APOGEE ENTERPRISES, INC.
Annual Report on Form 10-K
For the fiscal year ended February 26, 2022
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Apogee, the Company or we) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota in 1949. We are a leading provider of architectural products and services for enclosing buildings, and high-performance glass and acrylic products used in applications for preservation, protection and enhanced viewing.
Our Company has four reporting segments, with three of the segments serving the commercial construction market:
•The Architectural Framing Systems segment designs, engineers, fabricates and finishes aluminum window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems for the exterior of buildings. In fiscal 2022, this segment accounted for approximately 45 percent of our net sales.
•The Architectural Glass segment coats and fabricates, high-performance glass used in custom window and wall systems on commercial buildings. In fiscal 2022, this segment accounted for approximately 20 percent of our net sales.
•The Architectural Services segment integrates technical services, project management, and field installation services to design, engineer, fabricate, and install building glass and curtainwall systems. In fiscal 2022, this segment accounted for approximately 27 percent of our net sales.
•The Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO) segment manufactures high-performance glass and acrylic products for custom framing, museum, and technical glass markets. In fiscal 2022, this segment accounted for approximately 8 percent of our net sales.
In fiscal 2022, we conducted a holistic strategic review of our business and the markets we serve. This review included extensive input from customers and industry influencers, along with detailed competitive benchmarking. We analyzed our portfolio of products, services, and capabilities to identify the best areas for future growth. We also evaluated our operating model to ensure we have the organizational structure and capabilities needed to deliver consistent profitable growth. Through this work, we validated the Company’s strengths that we can leverage as we move forward. We also identified several challenges facing the Company and opportunities for improved performance.
Following this review, we established a new enterprise strategy, with three key elements:
1.Become the economic leader in our target markets. We will achieve this by developing a deep understanding of our target markets and aligning our businesses with clear go-to-market strategies to drive value for our customers through differentiated product and service offerings. We will also build a relentless focus on operational execution, driving productivity improvements, and maintaining a competitive cost structure, so that we may bring more value to our customers and improve our own profitability.
2.Actively manage our portfolio to drive higher margins and returns. We intend to shift our business mix toward higher operating margin offerings and improve our return on invested capital performance. We will accomplish this by allocating resources to grow our top performing businesses, actively addressing underperforming businesses, and investing to add new differentiated product and service offerings to accelerate our growth.
3.Strengthen our core capabilities. We are shifting from our historical, decentralized operating model, to one with center-led functional expertise that enables us to leverage the scale of the enterprise to better support the needs of the business. We are establishing a Company-wide operating system with common tools and processes that are based on the foundation of Lean and Continuous Improvement. This will be supported by a robust talent management program and a commitment to strong governance to ensure compliance and drive sustainable performance.
During the fiscal year, we began to implement our new strategy, building significant momentum in the transformation of our business. We realigned Architectural Framing Systems to better leverage the scale and capabilities of the organization, and to bring more clarity and focus in our go-to-market approach. We refocused Architectural Glass to emphasize differentiated, high value-added products. We also announced our intention to move the Sotawall business into Architectural Services, beginning in fiscal 2023, to create a single, unified offering for larger custom curtainwall projects. During the fiscal year, we began several enterprise transformation initiatives designed to strengthen core processes and systems and provide new capabilities across several functional areas. Finally, we relaunched our Lean and Continuous Improvement program, adding key talent and developing a set of tools and processes that we will use to drive improved performance across the enterprise.
We plan to continue to execute this strategy over the next several years. To measure our progress, we have established three consolidated enterprise financial targets, which we expect to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2025:
•Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)* greater than 12 percent,
•operating margin greater than 10 percent,
•and revenue growth greater than 1.2 times the overall non-residential construction market.
*ROIC is a non-GAAP measure. See discussion of non-GAAP measures within the Overview section of Management's Discussion and Analysis.
*ROIC is a non-GAAP measure. See discussion of non-GAAP measures within the Overview section of Management's Discussion and Analysis.
Products and Services
Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass and Architectural Services segments
These three segments primarily serve the construction industry and participate in various phases of the value stream to design, engineer, fabricate and install custom glass and aluminum window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems for the exterior of buildings, primarily in the commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential construction sectors.
Our Architectural Framing Systems segment designs, engineers and fabricates aluminum window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems. We also extrude aluminum and provide finishing services for metal components used in a variety of building materials applications, as well as plastic components for other markets.
Our Architectural Glass segment provides a wide range of high-performance glass products, offering customized solutions that enable architects and building owners to meet their design, aesthetic, and performance goals. We fabricate insulating, laminated, and monolithic glass units that are used in windows, curtainwall, storefront, and entrance systems. We provide premium glass solutions to meet our customers’ design and energy-performance requirements. These include propriety, high-performance coatings, digital printing, heat soaking of tempered glass, and thermal spacers.
Our Architectural Services segment delivers value by integrating technical capabilities, project management skills and field installation services, to provide design, engineering, fabrication and installation for the exteriors of commercial buildings. Our ability to efficiently design high-quality window and curtainwall systems and effectively manage the installation of building façades enables our customers to meet schedule and cost requirements of their projects.
Our product and service offerings across these architectural segments allow architects to create distinctive looks for buildings such as health care facilities, government buildings, office towers, hotels, education and athletic facilities, retail centers, transportation centers, mixed use and multi-family residential buildings. Our solutions also help meet functional requirements such as energy efficiency, hurricane, blast and other impact resistance and/or sound control.
With respect to sustainability, many of our architectural products and services help architects, developers, and building owners achieve their energy-efficiency and sustainability goals by improving energy performance, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing daylight and natural ventilation, and increasing comfort and safety for occupants. These products include high-performance thermal framing systems, energy efficient glass coatings, and sun control products such as sunshades and light shelves. Many of our framing systems products can be specified with recycled aluminum content and utilize environmentally friendly anodize and paint finishes. In addition, we offer a wide range of renovation solutions to help modernize aging buildings, providing significantly improved energy performance, while preserving historically accurate aesthetics.
The LSO segment provides coated glass and acrylic primarily for use in custom picture framing, museum framing, wall decor and technical glass for other display applications. Products vary based on size and coatings to provide conservation-grade UV protection, anti-reflective and anti-static properties and/or security features.
Product Demand and Distribution Channels
Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass and Architectural Services segments
Demand for the products and services offered by our architectural segments is affected by changes in the North American commercial construction industry, as well as by changes in general economic conditions. Additionally, the Architectural Glass segment has Brazilian operations which are impacted by Brazil's commercial construction industry and general economic conditions.
We look at several external indicators to analyze potential demand for our products and services, such as U.S. and Canadian job growth, office vacancy rates, credit and interest rates, architectural billing statistics, and material costs. We also rely on internal indicators to analyze demand, including our sales pipeline, which is made up of contracts in review, projects awarded or committed, and bidding activity. Our sales pipeline, together with ongoing feedback, analysis and data from our customers, architects and building owners, provide visibility into near- and medium-term demand. Additionally, we evaluate data on U.S. and Canadian non-residential construction market activity, industry analysis and longer-term trends provided by external data sources.
Our architectural products and services are used in subsets of the construction industry differentiated by the following types of factors:
•Building type - Our products and services are primarily used in commercial buildings (office buildings, hotels and retail centers), institutional buildings (education facilities, health care facilities and government buildings), and multi-family residential buildings (a subset of residential construction).
•Level of customization - Many of our projects involve a high degree of customization, as the product or service is designed to meet customer-specified requirements for aesthetics, performance and size, and local building codes.
•Customers and distribution channels - Our customers are mainly glazing subcontractors and general contractors, with project design being influenced by architects and building owners. Our high-performance architectural glass is primarily sold using both a direct sales force and independent sales representatives. Our installation services are sold by a direct sales force in certain metropolitan areas in the U.S. Our window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems are sold using a combination of direct sales forces, independent sales representatives and distributors.
•Geographic location - We primarily supply architectural glass products and aluminum framing systems, including window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems, to customers in North America. We are one of only a few architectural glass installation service companies in the U.S. to have a national presence and we have the ability to provide installation project management throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our Architectural Glass segment also supplies architectural glass products to customers in Brazil and certain other international locations.
In our LSO segment, we have a leading brand of value-added coated glass and acrylic used in the custom picture-framing market, museum market, and various technical glass applications. Under the Tru Vue brand, products are sold primarily in North America through national and regional retail chains using a direct sales force, as well as to local retailers through an independent distribution network. We have a global distribution network and also supply our products to museums, galleries and other customers in Europe, Asia and other international locations.
Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass and Architectural Services segments
The North American commercial construction market is highly fragmented. Competitive factors include price, product quality, product attributes and performance, reliable service, on-time delivery, lead-time, warranties and the ability to provide project management, technical engineering and design services. To protect and improve our competitive position, we maintain strong relationships with building owners, architects, and other stakeholders who influence the selection of products and services on a project, and with general contractors, who initiate projects and develop specifications.
Our Architectural Framing Systems segment competes against several national, regional and local aluminum window and storefront manufacturers, as well as regional paint and anodizing finishing companies. Our businesses compete by providing a broad portfolio of high-quality products, robust engineering capabilities, and dependable, short lead-time service.
In our Architectural Glass segment, we experience competition from regional glass fabricators and international competitors who can provide certain products with attributes similar to ours. We differentiate by providing a wide range of high-quality products, including several proprietary offerings, that we can bundle together into customized solutions. We maintain strong relationships with architects, developers, and other industry stakeholders, and provide strong customer service and reliable delivery.
Our Architectural Services segment competes against national and regional glass installation companies. We compete by offering a robust set of capabilities at a competitive cost. Our capabilities include preconstruction services, engineering and design, project management, manufacturing, and field installation. We deliver these services using an operating model which reduces costs and risks for our customers, and we’ve established a track record of regularly meeting each project's unique execution requirements.
Our LSO segment competes with European and U.S. providers of both basic and valued-added glass and acrylic. Our competitive strengths include innovative proprietary products and process technologies, a highly automated manufacturing model, innovative marketing programs, strong relationships with our customers, and an established distribution network.
We offer product and service warranties that we believe are competitive for the markets in which our products and services are sold. The nature and extent of these warranties depend upon the product or service, the market and, in some cases, the customer being served. Our standard warranties are generally from two to 10 years for our architectural glass, curtainwall and window system products, while we generally offer warranties of two years or less on our other products and services.
Sources and Availability of Raw Materials
Materials used in the Architectural Framing Systems segment include aluminum billet and extrusions, fabricated glass, plastic extrusions, hardware, paint and chemicals. Raw materials used within the Architectural Glass segment include flat glass, vinyl, silicone sealants and lumber. Within the Architectural Services segment, materials used include fabricated glass, finished aluminum extrusions, fabricated metal panels and hardware. Materials used in the LSO segment are primarily glass and acrylic. Most of our raw materials are readily available from a variety of domestic and international sources.
We have several patents, trademarks, trade names, trade secrets and proprietary technologies and customer relationships that we believe, in the aggregate, constitute a valuable asset. However, we do not believe that our business is materially dependent on any individual patent, trademark or other intellectual property asset.
Activity in the construction industry is impacted by the seasonal impact of weather and weather events in our operating locations, with activity in some markets reduced in winter due to inclement weather.
Activity in the construction industry is impacted by the seasonal impact of weather and weather events in our operating locations, with activity in some markets reduced in winter due to inclement weather.
Working Capital Requirements
Trade and contract-related receivables and other contract assets are the largest components of our working capital. Inventory requirements, mainly related to raw materials, are most significant in our Architectural Framing Systems and Architectural Glass segments.
Backlog represents the dollar amount of signed contracts or firm orders, generally as a result of a competitive bidding process, which may be expected to be recognized as revenue in the future. Backlog is not a term defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and is not a measure of contract profitability. In addition to backlog, we have a substantial amount of projects with short lead times that book-and-bill within the same reporting period and are not included in backlog. We have good visibility beyond backlog, as projects awarded, verbal commitments and bidding activities are not included in backlog.
Architectural Framing Systems segment backlog as of fiscal year-end was $428.7 million, compared to $411.3 million at the end of the prior year, reflecting an increase in order volume. We expect approximately 78 percent of the backlog in this segment to be fulfilled in fiscal 2023, with the remainder expected to be filled in fiscal 2024 and beyond; however, the timing of backlog may be impacted by project delays.
Backlog is not a significant metric for the Architectural Glass segment, as orders are typically booked and billed within a short time-frame.
Backlog in the Architectural Services segment as of fiscal year-end was $517.7 million, compared to $570.9 million at the end of the prior year, due to execution of projects in backlog, timing of firm orders, and signed contracts. We expect approximately 61 percent of the backlog in this segment to be filled during fiscal 2023, with the remainder expected to be filled in fiscal 2024 and beyond; however, the timing of backlog may be impacted by project delays.
Backlog is not a significant metric for the LSO segment, as orders are typically booked and billed within a short time-frame.
Compliance with Government Regulations
We are subject to various environmental and occupational safety and health laws and regulations in the United States and in other countries in which we operate. These laws and regulations relate to, among other things, our use and storage of hazardous materials in our manufacturing operations and associated air emissions and discharges to surface and underground waters. We have several continuing programs designed to ensure compliance with foreign, federal, state and local environmental and occupational safety and health laws and regulations. We contract with outside vendors to collect and dispose of waste at our production facilities in compliance with applicable environmental laws. In addition, we have procedures in place that enable us to properly manage the regulated materials used in and wastes created by our manufacturing processes. We believe we are currently in material compliance with all such laws and regulations. While we will continue to incur costs for compliance with government regulations for our ongoing operations, we do not expect these to have a material effect upon our capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position. At one manufacturing facility in our Architectural Framing Systems segment, we are continuing to work to remediate historical environmental impacts. These remediation activities are being conducted without significant disruption to our operations.
Human Capital Resources
The Company had approximately 5,500 employees on February 26, 2022, down from 6,100 employees on February 27, 2021. As of February 26, 2022, approximately 420 of these employees were represented by U.S. labor unions.
Competition for qualified employees in the markets and industries in which we operate is intense, and the success of our Company depends on our ability to attract, select, develop and retain a productive and engaged workforce. Investing in our employees and their well-being, offering competitive compensation and benefits, promoting diversity and inclusion, and adopting positive human capital management practices are critical components of our corporate strategy.
Health, Wellness and Safety
The safety of our employees is integral to our Company. Providing a safe and secure work environment is one of our highest priorities and we devote significant time and resources to workplace safety. Our safety programs are designed to comply with stringent regulatory requirements and to meet or exceed best practices in our industry. This commitment requires focus and dedication to fundamental aspects of our business to minimize the risk of accidents, injury, and exposure to health hazards. We utilize a safety culture assessment process along with a safety compliance audits to monitor safety programs within our businesses. These assessments and audits provide suggestions for continuous improvement in safety programs and measure employee engagement. In addition, the programs encourage the development of a proactive, inter-dependent safety culture in which leadership and employees interact to ensure safety is viewed as everyone’s responsibility.
We offer comprehensive health and wellness programs for our employees. In addition to standard health programs including medical insurance and preventive care, we have a variety of resources available to employees relating to physical and mental wellness.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of keeping our employees safe and healthy. In response to the pandemic, we have taken actions consistent with recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other local, state, and federal government agencies, to protect our employees.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our diversity, equity and inclusion program promotes a workplace where each employee’s abilities are recognized, respected, and utilized to further the Company’s goals. Our aim is to create an environment where people feel included as a part of a team because of their diversity of outlooks, perspectives, and characteristics, which ultimately adds value for our Company. We strive to create a culture of inclusion, reduce bias in our talent practices, and invest in and engage with our communities. We conduct diversity and code of conduct trainings with employees and managers to make clear our views on diversity and promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, where all individuals feel respected and part of a team regardless of their race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Talent Management and Development
Our talent management program is focused on developing employees and leaders to meet the Company’s evolving needs. Managers actively engage with their employees to provide coaching and feedback and identify training and development opportunities to improve performance in the employee’s current role and to position the employee for future growth. Training and development opportunities include new-hire training, job specific training, stretch assignments, and safety training. The Company also offers leadership development opportunities, such as our Apogee Leadership Program, along with technical training for engineers, designers and sales staff. In addition, the Company offers an education assistance program in which certain eligible employees receive tuition reimbursement to help defray the costs associated with their continuing education. Our executive leadership and Human Resources teams regularly conduct talent reviews and succession planning to assist with meeting critical talent and leadership needs.
Information regarding export and international sales is included in Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, within Note 15 of our Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Company maintains a website at www.apog.com. Through a link to a third-party content provider, our website provides free access to the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and, if applicable, amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), as soon as reasonably practicable after electronic filing such material with, or furnishing it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are also available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Also available on our website are various corporate governance documents, including our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, Corporate Governance Guidelines, and charters for the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of the Board of Directors.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
|Name||Age||Positions with Apogee Enterprises and Past Experience|
|Ty R. Silberhorn||54|
Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2021. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Silberhorn worked for 3M, a diversified global manufacturer and technology company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of 3M's Transformation, Technologies and Services from April 2019 through December 2020. Prior to this position and since 2001, he held several 3M global business unit leadership roles, serving as Vice President and General Manager for divisions within Safety & Industrial, Transportation & Electronics, and the Consumer business groups.
|Curtis Dobler||56||Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dobler served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Associated Materials, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of exterior residential building products, from 2015 through 2019.|
|Meghan M. Elliott||45||Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since June 2020. Prior to this role, Ms. Elliott served as Assistant General Counsel for the Company since 2014.|
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since June 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gupta served Vice President of Global Finance Operations at Land O’Lakes, a leading agribusiness and food company, since 2017. Prior to joining Land O’ Lakes, Mr. Gupta worked at Diebold Nixdorf, a banking solutions and retail technology systems company, holding various finance roles of increasing responsibility in Diebold Nixdorf’s financial organization, from 2011 to 2017.
|Gary R. Johnson||60||Senior Vice President of the Company since 2018, Treasurer and Vice President since 2001 and an employee of the Company since 1995.|
|Brent C. Jewell||47|
President of Architectural Framing Systems segment since August 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Jewell served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for the Company from May 2018 to August 2019 and in Senior leadership positions at Valspar, a developer, manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings, from 2010 to 2017.
|Troy R. Johnson||48|
President of Apogee’s Architectural Services segment (Harmon) since March 2020. Prior to this role, Mr. T. Johnson served in several leadership roles in the Architectural Services segment since 2011.
|Nick C. Longman||50|
President of the Architectural Glass segment since June 2021. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Longman served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Harvey Building Products, a manufacturer of windows, doors and accessory products, from March 2018 to November 2020 and in various functional and business leadership roles at Colfax Fluid Handling, a diversified technology company, from 2012 to 2018.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
Our business faces many risks. Any of the risks discussed below, or elsewhere in this Form 10-K or our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition or results of operations.
COVID-19 Pandemic Risks
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, efforts to mitigate the pandemic, and the related weakening economic conditions, have impacted our business and could have a significant negative impact on our operations, liquidity, financial condition and financial results
To date, we have experienced delays in commercial construction projects and other adverse consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarantines and "stay in place" orders, the timing and length of containment and eradication solutions, travel restrictions, construction site closures and project delays, absenteeism by infected workers, labor shortages and other disruptions to our supply chain or to our customers, have adversely impacted our sales and operating results. In addition, the pandemic contributed to an economic downturn that has impacted demand for certain of our products and services. Order lead times have been, and may continue to be, extended or delayed. Within the LSO segment, we also experienced the temporary closure of many of our customer's retail locations. We also were required temporarily to shut down our factories in this segment to comply with government "stay in place" orders.
We expect this global pandemic to continue to have an impact on our future revenue and results of operations, although the negative impacts on our business directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic had moderated by the end of fiscal 2022. The extent to which COVID-19 will continue to impact our businesses in the future will depend on numerous evolving factors including, but not limited to, the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus, such as the Delta and Omicron variants, and the effectiveness of ongoing public health initiatives, which have been boosted by vaccine production and distribution.
Market and Industry Risks
North American and global economic and industry-related business conditions materially affect our sales and results of operations
Our Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass and Architectural Services segments are significantly influenced by North American economic conditions and the cyclical nature of the North American commercial construction industry. The commercial construction industry is impacted by macroeconomic trends, such as availability of credit, employment levels, consumer confidence, interest rates and commodity prices. In addition, changes in architectural design trends, demographic trends, and/or remote work trends could negatively impact demand for our products. To the extent changes in these factors negatively impact the overall commercial construction industry, our revenue and profits could be significantly reduced.
Our LSO segment primarily depends on the strength of the retail custom picture framing industry. This industry is dependent on consumer confidence and the conditions of the U.S. economy. A decline in consumer confidence, whether as a result of an economic slowdown (due to COVID-19 concerns discussed above or otherwise), uncertainty regarding the future or other factors, could result in a decrease in net sales and operating income of this segment.
Global instability and uncertainty arising from events outside of our control, such as significant natural disasters, political crises, public health crises and pandemics, and/or other catastrophic events could materially affect our results of operations
Natural disasters, political crises, public health crises, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, and other catastrophic events or other events outside of our control, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine, may negatively impact our facilities or the facilities of third parties on which we depend, have broader adverse impacts on the commercial construction market, consumer confidence and spending, and/or impact both the well-being of our employees and our ability to operate our facilities. These types of disruptions or other events outside of our control could affect our business negatively, cause delays or cancellation of commercial construction projects or cause us to temporarily close our facilities, harming our operating results. In addition, if any of our facilities, including our manufacturing, finishing or distribution facilities, or the facilities of our suppliers, third-party service providers, or customers, is affected by natural disasters, political crises, public health crises, or other catastrophic events or events outside of our control, our business and operating results could suffer.
New competitors or specific actions of our existing competitors could materially harm our business
We operate in competitive industries in which the actions of our existing competitors or new competitors could result in loss of customers and/or market share. Changes in our competitors' products, prices or services could negatively impact our share of demand, net sales or margins.
Our Architectural Framing Systems and Architectural Glass segments have seen an increase in imports of products into the U.S. from international suppliers due to the relative strength of the U.S. dollar. If foreign imports occur at increased levels for extended periods of time, our net sales and margins in those segments could be negatively impacted.
Our LSO segment competes with several international specialty glass manufacturers and international and domestic acrylic suppliers. If these competitors are able to successfully improve their product attributes, service capabilities and production capacity and/or increase their sales and marketing focus in the U.S. custom picture framing market, this segment's net sales and margins could be negatively impacted.
Our customer dependence in the LSO segment creates a significant risk of reduced demand for our products
The LSO segment is highly dependent on a relatively small number of customers for its sales, while working to grow in new markets and with new customers. Accordingly, loss of a significant customer, a significant reduction in pricing, or a shift to a less favorable mix of value-added picture framing glass or acrylic products for one or more of those customers could materially reduce LSO net sales and operating results.
We could be unable to effectively manage and implement our new enterprise strategy, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Our growth strategy includes differentiating our product and service offerings, shifting our business mix toward higher operating margins and return on invested capital performance, and shifting away from our historical, decentralized operating model. Execution of this strategy will require additional investments of time and resources and could fail to achieve the desired results. For example, we may be unable to increase our sales and earnings by differentiating our product and service offerings in a cost-effective manner. We may fail to accurately predict future customer needs and preferences, and thus focus on the wrong business mix. Our centralized operating system may not produce the desired operating efficiencies.
Risks related to acquisitions and integration activities could adversely affect our operating results
We have completed and may complete additional acquisitions in the future to accelerate the execution of our growth strategies, including new geographies, adjacent market sectors and new product introductions. There are risks inherent in completing acquisitions, including:
•diversion of management’s attention from existing business activities;
•difficulties or delays in integrating and assimilating information and financial systems, operations and products of an acquired business or other business venture or in realizing projected efficiencies, growth prospects, cost savings and synergies;
•potential loss of key employees, customers and suppliers of the acquired businesses or adverse effects on relationships with existing customers and suppliers;
•adverse impact on overall profitability if the acquired business does not achieve the return on investment projected at the time of acquisition; and
•with respect to the acquired assets and liabilities, inaccurate assessment of additional post-acquisition capital investments; undisclosed, contingent or other liabilities; problems executing backlog of material supply or installation projects; unanticipated costs; and an inability to recover or manage such liabilities and costs.
If one or more of these risks were to arise in a material manner, our operating results could be negatively impacted.
If we are not able effectively to utilize and manage our manufacturing capacity, our results of operations will be negatively affected
Near-term performance depends, to a significant degree, on our ability to provide sufficient available capacity and appropriately utilize existing production capacity. The failure to successfully maintain existing capacity, or manage unanticipated interruptions in production, successfully implement planned capacity expansions, and/or make timely investments in additional physical capacity and supporting technology systems could adversely affect our operating results.
Loss of key personnel and inability to source sufficient labor could adversely affect our operating results
Our success depends on the skills of the Company's leadership, construction project managers and other key technical personnel, and our ability to secure sufficient manufacturing and installation labor. In recent years, strong residential and commercial construction and low U.S. unemployment have caused increased competition for experienced construction project managers and other labor. If we are unable to retain existing employees, provide a safe and healthy working environment, and/or recruit and train additional employees with the requisite skills and experience, our operating results could be adversely impacted.
Continuing inflation may negatively impact our profitability.
Rising inflation, interest rates, or construction costs could reduce the demand for our products and services and impact our profitability. Higher interest rates may make it more expensive to finance construction projects, and as a result, reduce the number of projects and the demand for our products and services. Cost inflation, including significant cost increases for freight, aluminum, glass, paint and other materials used in our operations, has impacted, and could continue to impact, our profitability. The availability and price of necessary raw materials for our products may be negatively impacted by the international sanctions and market volatility caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Continued supply and demand imbalances for these resources may continue to exert upward pressure on costs. Furthermore, in some of our segments, we operate on contracts wherein we bear part or all of the risk of inflation on materials costs and the cost of installation services. Our ability to mitigate these costs, or recover the cost increases through price increases, may continue to lag the cost increases, which could negatively impact our margins.
If we are unable to manage our supply and distribution chains effectively our results of operations will be negatively affected
Our Architectural Framing Systems and Architectural Services segments use aluminum as a significant input to their products and our operating results in those two segments could be negatively impacted by supply chain disruptions and adverse price movements in the market for raw aluminum. In recent years, we have seen increased volatility in the price of aluminum that we purchase from both domestic and international sources. Due to our Architectural Framing Systems segment presence in Canada, we have significant cross-border activity, as our Canadian businesses purchase inputs from U.S.-based suppliers and sell to U.S.-based customers. A significant change in U.S. trade policy with Canada could, therefore, have an adverse impact on our net sales and operating results.
Our Architectural Glass and LSO segments use raw glass as a significant input to their products. We periodically experience a tighter supply of raw glass when there is growth in automotive manufacturing and residential and non-residential construction. Failure to acquire a sufficient amount of raw glass on terms as favorable as current terms, including as a result of a significant unplanned downtime or shift in strategy at one or more of our key suppliers, could negatively impact our operating results.
Our suppliers are subject to the fluctuations in general economic cycles. Global economic conditions may impact their ability to operate their businesses, including recent impacts from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. They may also be impacted by the increasing costs or availability of raw materials, labor and distribution, resulting in demands for less attractive contract terms or an inability for them to meet our requirements or conduct their own businesses. The performance and financial condition of one
or more suppliers may cause us to alter our business terms or to cease doing business with a particular supplier or suppliers, or change our sourcing practices generally, which could in turn adversely affect our business and financial condition.
If we encounter problems with distribution, our ability to deliver our products to market could be adversely affected. Our operations are vulnerable to interruptions in the event of work stoppages, whether due to health concerns, such as COVID-19 or otherwise, labor disputes or shortages, and natural disasters that may affect our distribution and transportation to job sites. Moreover, our distribution system includes computer-controlled and automated equipment, which may be subject to a number of risks related to data and system security or computer viruses, the proper operation of software and hardware, power interruptions or other system failures. If we encounter problems with our distribution systems, our ability to meet customer and consumer expectations, manage inventory, manage transportation-related costs, complete sales and achieve operating efficiencies could be adversely affected.
Product quality issues and product liability claims could adversely affect our operating results
We manufacture and/or install a significant portion of our products based on the specific requirements of each customer. We believe that future orders of our products or services will depend on our ability to maintain the performance, reliability, quality and timely delivery standards required by our customers. We have in the past and are currently subject to product liability and warranty claims, including certain legal claims related to a commercial sealant product formerly incorporated into our products, and there is no certainty we will prevail on these claims. If our products have performance, reliability or quality problems, or products are installed using incompatible glazing materials or installed improperly (by us or a customer), we may experience additional warranty and other expenses; reduced or canceled orders; higher manufacturing or installation costs; or delays in the collection of accounts receivable. Additionally, product liability and warranty claims, including relating to the performance, reliability or quality of our products and services, could result in costly and time-consuming litigation that could require significant time and attention of management and involve significant monetary damages that could negatively impact our operating results. There is also no assurance that the number and value of product liability and warranty claims will not increase as compared to historical claim rates, or that our warranty reserve at any particular time is sufficient. No assurance can be given that coverage under insurance policies, if applicable, will be adequate to cover future product liability claims against us. If we are unable to recover on insurance claims, in whole or in part, or if we exhaust our available insurance coverage at some point in the future, then we might be forced to expend legal fees and settlement or judgment costs, which could negatively impact our profitability, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition.
Project management and installation issues could adversely affect our operating results
Some of our segments are awarded fixed-price contracts that include material supply and installation services. Often, bids are required before all aspects of a construction project are known. An underestimate in the amount of labor required and/or cost of materials for a project; a change in the timing of the delivery of product; system design errors; difficulties or errors in execution; or significant project delays, caused by us or other trades, could result in failure to achieve the expected results. Any one or more of such issues could result in losses on individual contracts that could negatively impact our operating results.
Difficulties in maintaining our information technology systems, and potential cybersecurity threats, could negatively affect our operating results and/or our reputation
Our operations are dependent upon various information technology systems that are used to process, transmit and store electronic information, and to manage or support our manufacturing operations and a variety of other business processes and activities, some of which are managed by third-parties. We could encounter difficulties in maintaining our existing systems, developing and implementing new systems or in our efforts to standardize information technology systems across our business units. Such difficulties could lead to disruption in business operations and/or significant additional expenses that could adversely affect our results.
Additionally, our information technology and Internet based systems, and those of our third-party service providers, are subject to cyber-attacks of increasing frequency and sophistication. These systems have in the past been, and may in the future be, subject to cyber-attacks and other attempts to gain unauthorized access, breach, damage, disrupt or otherwise compromise such systems, none of which have been material to us to date. These cyber threats pose a risk to the security of our systems and networks, and the confidentiality, availability and integrity of our data. Should such an attack succeed, it could lead to the compromise of confidential information, manipulation and destruction of data and product specifications, production downtimes, disruption in the availability of financial data, or misrepresentation of information via digital media. The occurrence of any of these events could adversely affect our reputation and could result in litigation, loss of data and intellectual property, regulatory action, project delay claims, and increased costs and operational consequences of implementing further data protection systems.
Violations of legal and regulatory compliance requirements, including environmental laws, and changes in existing legal and regulatory requirements, may have a negative impact on our business and results of operations.
We are subject to a legal and regulatory framework imposed under federal and state laws and regulatory agencies, including
laws and regulations that apply specifically to U.S. public companies and laws and regulations applicable to our manufacturing and construction site operations. Our efforts to comply with evolving laws, regulations, and reporting standards may increase our general and administrative expenses, divert management time and attention, or limit our operational flexibility, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position, and results of operations. Additionally, new laws, rules, and regulations, or changes to existing laws or their interpretations, could create added legal and compliance costs and uncertainty for us.
We use hazardous materials in our manufacturing operations, and have air and water emissions that require controls. Accordingly, we are also subject to federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, including those governing the storage and use of hazardous materials and disposal of wastes. A violation of such laws and regulations, or a release of such substances, may expose us to various claims, including claims by third parties, as well as remediation costs and fines.
We are self-insured for certain costs associated with our operations and an increase in our insurance claims and expenses may have a material negative impact on our operating results
We obtain third-party insurance to provide coverage for potential risk in areas such as employment practices, workers' compensation, directors and officers, automobile, engineer's errors and omissions, product rework and general liability, as well as medical insurance and various other coverages. However, we retain a high amount of risk on a self-insured basis through our wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, in particular for product liability, medical and workers’ compensation claims. Therefore, a significant increase in the number or size of these claims could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.
Foreign currency effects could negatively affect our sales and operating income
When the U.S. dollar strengthens against foreign currencies, imports of products into the U.S. produced by international competitors become more price competitive and exports of our U.S.-fabricated products become less price competitive. If we are not able to counteract these types of price pressures through superior quality, service and prudent hedging programs, our net sales and operating income could be negatively impacted. Additionally, our international subsidiaries report their results of operations and financial position in their relevant functional currencies (local country currency), which are then translated into U.S. dollars. As the relationship between these currencies and the U.S. dollar changes, there could be a negative impact on our reported results and financial position.
Results can differ significantly from our expectations and the expectations of analysts, which could have an adverse affect on the market price of our common stock
Our sales and earnings guidance and resulting external analyst estimates are largely based on our view of our business and the broader commercial construction market. Further, there is additional risk in our ability to accurately forecast our operational and financial performance and provide earnings guidance as a result of evolving conditions because of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn, continued inflationary cost increases and uncertainty resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Failure to meet our guidance or analyst expectations for net sales and earnings would have an adverse impact on the market price of our common stock.
We may experience further impairment of our goodwill, indefinite- and finite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets, in the future, which could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations
Our assets include a significant amount of goodwill, indefinite- and finite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets. We evaluate goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually in our fiscal fourth quarter, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of a reporting unit may not be recoverable. We evaluate finite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets for impairment if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the long-lived asset may not be recoverable. The assessment of impairment involves significant judgment and projections about future performance.
Based on our annual impairment valuation analysis performed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, there was no goodwill impairment identified. During fiscal 2021, our annual impairment analysis determined impairment of goodwill at two of our reporting units within the Architectural Framing Systems segment and we determined impairment of our EFCO trade name. As a result, in the prior year, we recorded a goodwill impairment expense and an indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment expense of $63.8 million and $6.3 million, respectively.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, based on the finalization of our plans for integrating the Sotawall business into the Architectural Services segment, beginning in fiscal 2023, we determined impairment of indefinite and finite-lived intangibles within the Architectural Framing Systems segment and we recorded intangible impairment expense of $49.5 million. Refer to additional information included within Notes 1 and 6 to the Financial Statements contained in Item 8 within this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The discounted cash flow projections and revenue projections used in these analyses are dependent upon achieving forecasted levels of revenue and profitability. If revenue or profitability were to fall below forecasted levels, or if market conditions were to decline in a material or sustained manner, further impairment could be indicated and we could incur an additional non-cash impairment expense that would negatively impact our financial condition and results of operations.
ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
The following table lists, by segment, the Company's principal physical properties as of February 26, 2022. We believe these properties are generally in good operating condition, suitable for their respective uses and adequate for our current needs as our business is presently conducted.
|Property Location||Owned/ Leased||Function|
|Architectural Framing Systems segment|
|Reed City, MI||Owned||Manufacturing|
|Toronto, ON Canada||Leased||Manufacturing/Warehouse/Administrative|
|Brampton, ON Canada||Leased||Manufacturing/Warehouse/Administrative|
|Architectural Glass segment|
|Nazaré Paulista, Brazil|
|Architectural Services segment|
|West Chester, OH||Leased||Manufacturing|
|Glen Burnie, MD||Leased||Manufacturing|
(1)This is an owned facility; however, the land is leased from the city.
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
The Company is a party to various legal proceedings incidental to its normal operating activities. In particular, like others in the construction supply and services industry, the Company is routinely involved in various disputes and claims arising out of construction projects, sometimes involving significant monetary damages or product replacement. We have in the past and are currently subject to product liability and warranty claims, including certain legal claims related to a commercial sealant product formerly incorporated into our products. The Company is also subject to litigation arising out of areas such as employment practices, workers compensation and general liability matters. Although it is very difficult to accurately predict the outcome of any such proceedings, facts currently available indicate that no matters will result in losses that would have a material adverse effect on the results of operations, cash flows or financial condition of the Company.
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Apogee common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol "APOG". As of April 8, 2022, there were 1,124 shareholders of record and 14,507 shareholders for whom securities firms acted as nominees.
Quarterly, the Board of Directors evaluates declaring dividends based on operating results, available funds and the Company's financial condition. Cash dividends have been paid each quarter since 1974. The chart below shows quarterly and annual cumulative cash dividends per share for the past three fiscal years.
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Company
The following table provides information with respect to purchases made by the Company of its own stock during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022:
|Period||Total Number of Shares Purchased (a)||Average Price Paid per Share||Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs (b)||Maximum Number of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased under the Plans or Programs (b)|
|November 28, 2021 through December 24, 2021||238,938||$||43.76||237,872||1,124,128|
|December 25, 2021 through January 22, 2022||677,804||48.58||676,025||2,448,103|
|January 23, 2022 through February 26, 2022||623,565||45.02||623,565||1,824,538|
(a) The shares in this column represent the total number of shares that were repurchased by us pursuant to our publicly announced repurchase program, plus the shares surrendered to us by plan participants to satisfy withholding tax obligations related to share-based compensation.
(b) In fiscal 2004, announced on April 10, 2003, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of 1,500,000 shares of Company stock. The Board increased the authorization by 750,000 shares, announced on January 24, 2008; by 1,000,000 shares on each of the announcement dates of October 8, 2008, January 13, 2016, January 9, 2018, January 14, 2020, and October 7, 2021; and by 2,000,000 shares, announced on October 3, 2018 and January 14, 2022. The repurchase program does not have an expiration date.
Comparative Stock Performance
The graph below compares the cumulative total shareholder return on a $100 investment in our common stock for the last five fiscal years with the cumulative total return on a $100 investment in the Russell 2000 Index, a broad equity market index, and the Standard & Poor's Small Cap 600 Growth Index, an index that includes companies of similar market capitalization. The graph assumes an investment at the close of trading on March 4, 2017, and also assumes the reinvestment of all dividends.
|S&P Small Cap 600 Growth Index||100.00||112.36||120.65||112.72||165.53||162.88|
|Russell 2000 Index||100.00||111.31||116.96||110.20||166.40||155.92|
We selected the Standard & Poor's Small Cap 600 Growth Index as an index of companies with similar market capitalization because we are unable to identify a peer group of companies similar to us in size and scope of business activities or a widely recognized published industry index that accurately reflects our diverse business activities. Most of our direct competitors in our various business units are either privately owned or divisions of larger, publicly owned companies.
ITEM 6. [RESERVED]
ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
This Annual Report on Form 10-K, including Management's Discussion and Analysis, contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “should,” "will," "continue" and similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forecasts and projections in this document are “forward-looking statements,” and are based on management's current expectations or beliefs of the Company's near-term results, based on current information available pertaining to the Company, including the risk factors noted under Item 1A in this Form 10-K. From time to time, we also may provide oral and written forward-looking statements in other materials we release to the public, such as press releases, presentations to securities analysts or investors, or other communications by the Company. Any or all of our forward-looking statements in this report and in any public statements we make could be materially different from actual results.
Accordingly, we wish to caution investors that any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These uncertainties and other risk factors include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties set forth under Item 1A in this Form 10-K, all of which are incorporated by reference into this Item 7.
We wish to caution investors that other factors might in the future prove to be important in affecting the Company's results of operations. New factors emerge from time to time; it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
We are a leader in the design and development of value-added glass and metal products and services. Our four reporting segments are: Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass, Architectural Services and Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO).
During fiscal 2022, we conducted a strategic review of our business and the markets we serve in order to establish a new enterprise strategy with three key elements, as discussed in Item 1 on page 4 of this Form 10-K. As part of executing our enterprise strategy, during the second quarter of fiscal 2022, we announced plans to realign and simplify our business structure which resulted in the closure of two facilities within the Architectural Glass segment, in Dallas, Texas and Statesboro, Georgia. These closures were made in order to focus the Architectural Glass segment on premium, high-performance products. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, we finalized plans for integrating the Sotawall business into the Architectural Services segment, beginning in fiscal 2023, and as a result, we recorded impairment expense of $49.5 million on indefinite- and finite-lived intangible assets. During fiscal 2022, we saw inflation on raw materials and freight, which we were able to largely offset with pricing actions by the end of our fiscal fourth quarter. We also have experienced supply chain challenges during fiscal 2022 but are actively working to ensure continued supply of key materials.
Fiscal 2022 summary of results:
•Consolidated net sales were $1.3 billion, an increase of 7 percent from $1.2 billion in fiscal 2021.
•Operating income was $22.0 million, a decrease of 14 percent from $25.5 million in the prior year.
•Diluted EPS was $0.14, compared to $0.59 in the prior year, a decrease of 76 percent.
•Adjusted operating income was $82.6 million, a decrease of 5 percent compared to the prior year, and adjusted diluted EPS was $2.48 in fiscal 2022, an increase of 3 percent compared to the prior year. Refer to the table below for a reconciliation to GAAP of these adjusted amounts.
|Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information|
|Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Net Earnings per Diluted Common Share|
|Diluted per share amounts|
|(In thousands)||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021|
|Impairment expense on intangible assets and goodwill||49,473||70,069||1.96||2.66|
|Gain on sale of building||(19,456)||(19,346)||(0.77)||(0.74)|
|Impairment of equity investment||N/A||N/A||0.12||—|
|Post-acquisition and acquired project matters||—||1,000||—||0.04|
Income tax impact on above adjustments (1)
|Adjusted operating income||$||82,574||$||87,122||$||2.48||$||2.40|
(1) Income tax impact calculated using an estimated statutory tax rate of 25%, which reflects the estimated blended statutory tax rate for the jurisdiction
in which the charge or income occurred. Income tax impact in the current year excludes the tax benefit related to the impairment expense in certain jurisdictions due to a tax valuation allowance. In the prior year, income tax impact excludes the amount of impairment expense that is non-deductible in the applicable jurisdiction.
Adjusted operating income and adjusted earnings per diluted share (adjusted diluted EPS) are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures provided by the Company to assess performance on a more comparable basis from period-to-period by excluding amounts that management does not consider part of core operating results. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate the Company’s historical and prospective financial performance, measure operational profitability on a consistent basis, and provide enhanced transparency to the investment community.
Return on average invested capital (ROIC) is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as operating income (adjusted for certain items that are unusual in nature or whose fluctuations from period to period do not necessarily correspond to changes in the operations of the Company) after tax, divided by average invested capital. We believe this measure is useful in understanding operational performance and capital allocation over time. This measure is not calculated in accordance with GAAP. Certain information necessary to calculate this measure on a GAAP basis is dependent on future events, some of which are beyond our control, and cannot be predicted without unreasonable efforts. It is important to note that these factors could be material to Apogee’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.
These non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the reported financial results of the Company prepared in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, thereby limiting the usefulness of the measures for comparison with other companies.
Results of Operations
|(Dollars in thousands)||2022||2021||2020|
2022 vs. 2021
2021 vs. 2020
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021
Net sales in fiscal 2022 increased by 6.8 percent compared to fiscal 2021, driven by record revenue in the LSO and Architectural Services segments and growth in the Architectural Framing Systems segment, partially offset by decreased volume in the Architectural Glass Segment.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020
Net sales in fiscal 2021 decreased by 11.3 percent compared to fiscal 2020, reflecting end market softness and COVID-19 related volume declines in the Architectural Framing Systems, Architectural Glass and LSO segments, partially offset by increased volume in the Architectural Services segment, driven by execution of projects in backlog.
The relationship between various components of operations, as a percentage of net sales, is provided below.
|(Percentage of net sales)||2022||2021||2020|
|Cost of sales||79.1||77.6||77.0|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||15.4||14.6||16.7|
|Impairment expense on intangible assets and goodwill||3.8||5.7||—|
|Interest expense, net||0.3||0.4||0.7|
|Other (expense) income, net||(0.3)||0.1||0.1|
|Earnings before income taxes||1.1||1.8||5.7|
|Income tax expense||0.8||0.6||1.3|
|Effective income tax rate||74.9||%||31.7||%||22.4||%|
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021
Gross margin was 20.9 percent in fiscal 2022, a decrease of 150 basis points from fiscal 2021. This decrease was driven by $28.2 million of restructuring costs included in cost of sales incurred during fiscal 2022 related to restructuring actions announced in August 2021, as well as inflationary pressure on raw materials and freight within the Architectural Glass and Architectural Framing Systems segments. These costs were partially offset by $19.5 million of gain on sale of assets related to the sale of a manufacturing facility in the Architectural Glass segment and by positive impacts from continued recovery of the LSO segment (which closed for most of the first and second quarters of the prior year, based on COVID-related government directives).
Total selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for fiscal 2022, including impairment expense on goodwill and intangible assets noted in the table above, was 19.2 percent, a decrease of 110 basis points from fiscal 2021. This was driven by a $49.4 million impairment expense taken within the Architectural Framing Systems segment during the current year compared
to a $70.1 million impairment expense taken within the Architectural Framing Systems segment in the prior year. In addition, we received a benefit of $4.9 million in fiscal 2022 compared to $7.4 million in fiscal 2021, as a result of a Canadian wage subsidy program offered to support Canadian business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby offsetting cost actions that would have been taken had this subsidy not been secured.
Net interest expense declined by 10 basis points compared to the prior year, due to the lower average debt balance in fiscal 2022.
The effective tax rate for fiscal 2022 was 74.9 percent, compared to 31.7 percent in fiscal 2021, primarily due to the valuation allowance recorded against the tax benefit of the Sotawall impairment and the impact of certain permanent items in relation to reduced earnings in fiscal 2022.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020
Gross margin was 22.4 percent in fiscal 2021, a decrease of 60 basis points from fiscal 2020. This decrease was driven by the impact from lower volumes due to end market softness and COVID-19 related project delays, partially offset by strong project execution in the Architectural Services segment.
SG&A expense for fiscal 2021 including impairment expense on goodwill and intangible assets noted in the table above, was 20.3 percent, an increase of 360 basis points from fiscal 2020. This was driven by a $70.1 million impairment expense taken within the Architectural Framing Systems segment, partially offset by a $19.3 million gain on the sale-leaseback of a building within the Large-Scale Optical segment and $7.4 million of income related to a New Markets Tax Credit transaction within the Architectural Glass segment. In addition, we received a benefit of $7.4 million in fiscal 2021, as a result of a Canadian wage subsidy program offered to support Canadian business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby offsetting cost actions that would have been taken had this subsidy not been secured.
Net interest expense declined by 30 basis points compared to the prior year, due to the lower average debt balance in fiscal 2021 and a favorable one-time legal settlement impacting interest.
The effective tax rate for fiscal 2021 was 31.7 percent, compared to 22.4 percent in fiscal 2020, primarily due to nondeductible goodwill impairment in Canada and the impact of the unfavorable permanent items in relation to reduced earnings in fiscal 2021.
Architectural Framing Systems
2022 vs. 2021
2021 vs. 2020
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021. Net sales increased 4.5 percent, or $25.8 million, from fiscal 2021, primarily reflecting flow through from pricing actions taken to offset inflation, partially offset by lower volume. The segment had an operating loss of $16.7 million and operating margin of (2.8) percent in fiscal 2022 compared to an operating loss of $44.8 million and operating margin of (7.8) percent in fiscal 2021, reflecting the impact of the $49.5 million and $70.1 million impairment expense and $1.7 million and $4.4 million of restructuring charges in fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2021, respectively, partially offset by the benefit of $4.9 million and $7.4 million in fiscal 2022 and 2021, respectively, from a Canadian wage subsidy program offered to Canadian businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020. Net sales decreased 16.9 percent, or $115.7 million, from fiscal 2020, primarily reflecting lower order volume for short lead-time products and market-related project delays. The segment had an operating loss of $44.8 million and operating margin of (7.8) percent in fiscal 2021, compared to operating income of $36.1 million and operating margin of 5.3 percent in fiscal 2020, reflecting the impact of the $70.1 million impairment expense and leverage on the lower revenue, partially offset by cost reduction actions and the benefit of $7.4 million in fiscal 2021 from a Canadian wage subsidy program offered to Canadian businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 vs. 2021
2021 vs. 2020
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021. Fiscal 2022 net sales decreased 6.4 percent, or $21.0 million, over the prior year, primarily reflecting lower volume. Operating margin decreased 510 basis points for the fiscal year ended 2022 compared to the prior year period, as a result of $27.1 million of restructuring costs during the current year, as well as the impact of higher material and freight costs from inflation, partially offset by $19.5 million gain on sale of a manufacturing facility in Georgia. The prior year period also included $7.4 million of income related to a New Markets Tax Credit transaction.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 net sales decreased 14.7 percent, or $56.9 million, over fiscal 2020, due to market-related volume declines and project delays. Operating margin increased 30 basis points for the fiscal year ended 2021 compared to fiscal 2020, as a result of $7.4 million of income related to a New Markets Tax Credit transaction, offset by the impacts of lower volume and increased costs related to the small projects growth initiative.
2022 vs. 2021
2021 vs. 2020
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021. Net sales increased 18.1 percent, or $53.6 million, compared to the prior year, driven by increased volume from executing projects in backlog. Operating margin decreased 110 basis points over the prior year, reflecting the impact of inflation and isolated performance challenges on certain projects experienced during the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020. Net sales increased 9.9 percent, or $26.7 million, compared to fiscal 2020, driven by increased volume from executing projects in backlog. Operating margin increased 170 basis points over fiscal 2020, primarily driven by improved volume leverage and strong project execution.
Large-Scale Optical Technologies (LSO)
2022 vs. 2021
2021 vs. 2020
Fiscal 2022 Compared to Fiscal 2021. Fiscal 2021 net sales increased 45.1 percent, or $31.6 million, compared to the prior year, reflecting a more favorable sales mix, as demand recovered from the impact of COVID in the prior year period. In fiscal 2021, most of the segment's customers and the segment's manufacturing operations were closed for a large part of the first and second quarters to comply with COVID-related government directives. The segment had operating margin of 23.2 percent in fiscal 2022 compared to operating margin of 44.5 percent in fiscal 2021, reflecting the impact of a $19.3 million gain on the sale-leaseback of a building recognized during the third quarter of the prior year, partially offset by the impacts of the temporary shutdown and the related lower volume.
Fiscal 2021 Compared to Fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 net sales decreased 20.3 percent, or $17.9 million, compared to fiscal 2020, as a result of the required COVID-related closure of most of the segment's customers and the segment's manufacturing locations for several months during the first half of fiscal 2021. The segment had operating margin of 44.5 percent in fiscal 2021 compared to operating margin of 25.8 percent in fiscal 2020, reflecting the impact of a $19.3 million gain on the sale-leaseback of a building recognized during the third quarter of fiscal 2021, partially offset by the impacts of the temporary shutdown and the related lower volume.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||100,471||$||141,863||$||107,262|
|Proceeds on sale of property||30,599||25,108||5,307|
|Payments on line of credit, net||—||(47,739)||(177,500)|
|(Repayment) borrowings on debt||(2,000)||(5,400)||150,000|
|Repurchase and retirement of common stock||(100,414)||(32,878)||(25,140)|
Operating Activities. Cash provided by operating activities was $100.5 million in fiscal 2022, a decrease of $41.4 million from fiscal 2021, primarily reflecting a decline in net earnings during the current fiscal year and the benefit in the prior year from reduced working capital and temporary actions related to the pandemic.
Investing Activities. Net cash provided by investing activities was $9.3 million in fiscal 2022, compared to net cash used by investing activities of $2.1 million in fiscal 2021, due to an increase of $5.5 million of proceeds from property sales in fiscal 2022 compared to fiscal 2021, related to the sale of an Architectural Glass manufacturing facility in Georgia in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, and reduced capital expenditures by $4.3 million in fiscal 2022 compared to fiscal 2021. In fiscal 2021, we sold an LSO manufacturing facility in Illinois, and in fiscal 2020, we sold an Architectural Framing manufacturing facility in Toronto.
Financing Activities. Cash used by financing activities was $120.6 million in fiscal 2022, compared to $107.9 million in fiscal 2021. In fiscal 2022, we paid dividends totaling $20.3 million and repurchased 2,292,846 shares under our authorized share repurchase program, at a total cost of $100.0 million. We repurchased 1,177,704 shares under the program in fiscal 2021 and 686,997 shares under the program in fiscal 2020. We have repurchased a total of 9,425,462 shares, at a total cost of $307.3 million, since the 2004 inception of this program. We have remaining authority to repurchase 1,824,538 shares under this program, which has no expiration date, and we will continue to evaluate making future share repurchases, depending on our cash flow and debt levels, market conditions, including the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other potential uses of cash.
As of February 26, 2022, no borrowings were outstanding under the revolving credit facility. As defined within the credit facility, we have two affirmative financial covenants which require us to stay below a maximum leverage ratio and to maintain a minimum interest expense-to-EBITDA ratio. At February 26, 2022, we were in compliance with both financial covenants.
Other Financing Activities. The following summarizes our significant contractual obligations that impact our liquidity as of February 26, 2022:
|Payments Due by Fiscal Period|
|Operating leases (undiscounted)||13,604||11,311||9,950||7,929||6,423||6,735||55,952|
|Total cash obligations||$||214,522||$||17,287||$||161,383||$||9,362||$||6,910||$||18,735||$||428,199|
Debt obligations in the table above include a $150.0 million term loan that matures in fiscal 2025 and $13.0 million of industrial revenue bond obligations that mature in fiscal years 2023 through 2043.
We acquire the use of certain assets through operating leases, such as warehouses, manufacturing equipment, office equipment, hardware, software and vehicles. While many of these operating leases have termination penalties, we consider the risk related to termination penalties to be minimal.
Purchase obligations in the table above relate to raw material commitments and capital expenditures.
We expect to make contributions of approximately $0.7 million to our defined-benefit pension plans in fiscal 2023, which will equal or exceed our minimum funding requirements.
As of February 26, 2022, we had reserves of $3.3 million and $0.5 million for long-term unrecognized tax benefits and environmental liabilities, respectively. We are unable to reasonably estimate in which future periods the remaining unrecognized tax benefits will ultimately be settled.
At February 26, 2022, we had ongoing letters of credit of $16.4 million related to industrial revenue bonds, construction contracts and insurance collateral that expire in fiscal 2023 and reduce borrowing capacity under the revolving credit facility.
In addition to the above standby letters of credit, we are required, in the ordinary course of business, to provide surety or performance bonds that commit payments to our customers for any non-performance. At February 26, 2022, $352.5 million of our backlog was bonded by performance bonds with a face value of $1.2 billion. These bonds do not have stated expiration dates, as we are released from the bonds upon completion of the contract. We have not been required to make any payments under these bonds with respect to our existing businesses.
During calendar 2020, we took advantage of the option to defer remittance of the employer portion of Social Security tax as provided in the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This deferral allowed us to retain cash during calendar year 2020 that would have otherwise been remitted to the federal government. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, we repaid half of the deferred tax payments in the amount of $6.8 million, with a remaining amount of $6.8 million included within accrued payroll and other benefits on our consolidated balance sheets to be repaid in calendar year 2022.
We had total cash and short-term marketable securities of $37.6 million, and $218.6 million available under our committed revolving credit facility, at February 26, 2022. We believe that cash flows from operating activities will be adequate to meet our short-term and long-term liquidity and capital expenditure needs. In addition, we believe we have the ability to obtain both short-term and long-term debt to meet our financing needs for the foreseeable future. We also believe we will continue to be in compliance with our existing debt covenants over the next fiscal year.
We continually review our portfolio of businesses and their assets and how they support our business strategy and performance objectives. As part of this review, we may acquire other businesses, pursue geographic expansion, take actions to manage capacity and further invest in, divest and/or sell parts of our current businesses.
We had no off-balance sheet arrangements at February 26, 2022 or February 27, 2021 that had or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, or capital resources that is material to investors.
The Company is providing initial guidance for fiscal year 2023, with full year adjusted earnings expected to be in the range of $2.90 to $3.30 per diluted share. The Company expects revenue growth in fiscal 2023, led by the flow through of inflation-related pricing actions in Architectural Framing Systems. The Company forecasts full year capital expenditures of $35 to $40 million.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements within Item 8 of this Form 10-K for information pertaining to recently issued accounting pronouncements, incorporated herein by reference.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Our analysis of operations and financial condition is based on our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions affecting the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements, reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. In developing these estimates and assumptions, a collaborative effort is undertaken involving management across the organization, including finance, sales, project management, quality, risk, legal and tax, as well as outside advisors, such as consultants, engineers, lawyers and actuaries. Our estimates are evaluated on an ongoing basis and are drawn from historical experience and other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results could differ under other assumptions or circumstances.
We consider the following items in our consolidated financial statements to require significant estimation or judgment.
We generate revenue from the design, engineering and fabrication of architectural glass, curtainwall, window, storefront and entrance systems, and from installing those products on commercial buildings. We also manufacture value-added glass and acrylic products. Due to the diverse nature of our operations and various types of contracts with customers, we have businesses that recognize revenue over time and businesses that recognize revenue at a point in time. We believe the most significant areas of estimation and judgment relate to over-time revenue recognition on longer-term contracts.
We have three businesses which operate under long-term, fixed-price contracts, representing approximately 38 percent of our total revenue in fiscal February 26, 2022. The contracts for these businesses have a single, bundled performance obligation, as these businesses generally provide interrelated products and services and integrate these products and services into a combined output specified by the customer. The customer obtains control of this combined output, generally integrated window systems or installed window and curtainwall systems, over time. We measure progress on these contracts following an input method, by comparing total costs incurred to-date to the total estimated costs for the contract, and record that proportion of the total contract price as revenue in the period. Contract costs include materials, labor and other direct costs related to contract performance. We believe this method of recognizing revenue is consistent with our progress in satisfying our contract obligations.
Due to the nature of the work required under these long-term contracts, the estimation of costs incurred and remaining to complete on a project is subject to many variables and requires significant judgment. It is common for these contracts to contain potential bonuses or penalties which are generally awarded or charged upon certain project milestones or cost or timing targets, and can be based on customer discretion. We estimate variable consideration at the most likely amount to which we expect to be entitled. We include estimated amounts in the transaction price to the extent that it is probable that a significant reversal of cumulative revenue recognized will not occur when the uncertainty associated with the variable consideration is resolved. Our estimates of variable consideration and determination of whether to include estimated amounts in the transaction price are based largely on our assessments of anticipated performance and all information (historical, current and forecasted) that is reasonably available to us.
Long-term contracts are often modified to account for changes in contract specifications and requirements of work to be performed. We consider contract modifications to exist when the modification, generally through a change order, either creates new or changes existing enforceable rights and obligations, and we evaluate these types of modifications to determine whether they may be considered distinct performance obligations. In many cases, these contract modifications are for goods or services that are not distinct from the existing contract, due to the significant integration service provided in the context of the contract. Therefore, these modifications are generally accounted for as part of the existing contract. The effect of a contract modification on the transaction price and our measure of progress is recognized as an adjustment to revenue, generally on a cumulative catch-up basis.
Impairment of goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets and long-lived assets
We have historically evaluated goodwill for impairment annually at our year-end, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value of the goodwill may not be recoverable. In the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we changed the date of our annual goodwill impairment test from our fiscal year-end to the first day in our fiscal fourth quarter. This change results in better alignment of the annual impairment test with our strategic and annual planning processes, and we will follow this new cadence for our annual impairment valuations going forward. This change was determined not to be material to and had no impact on our current or historical consolidated financial statements.
Evaluating goodwill for impairment involves the determination of the fair value of each reporting unit in which goodwill is recorded using a qualitative or quantitative analysis. A reporting unit is an operating segment or a component of an operating segment for which discrete financial information is available and reviewed by segment management on a regular basis. During the third quarter of fiscal 2022, we combined certain reporting units to form two reporting units, following certain structural and leadership changes at the Company, specifically within the Architectural Framing Systems segment. Within this segment, as a result of integration efforts that are ongoing, leadership over our Wausau, EFCO and Sotawall reporting units were combined to form the Window and Wall Systems reporting unit, and our Linetec and Tubelite reporting units were combined to form the Storefront and Finishing Solutions reporting unit. With these organizational changes, Architectural Framing Systems segment management regularly reviews and evaluates the results of the Window and Wall Systems and Storefront and Finishing Solutions reporting units. Additionally, functional leaders in areas such as operations, sales, marketing and general and administrative areas are responsible for allocating resources and reviewing results of the Window and Wall Systems and Storefront and Finishing Solutions reporting units. The goodwill of the five individual pre-integration reporting units was aggregated to the respective combined reporting units. We evaluated goodwill on a qualitative basis prior to and subsequent to this change and concluded no adjustment to the carrying value of goodwill was necessary as a result of this change. The
reporting units for our fiscal 2022 annual impairment test align with reporting segments, with the exception of our Architectural Framing Systems segment, which contains two reporting units, Window and Wall Systems and Storefront and Finishing Solutions, which represent $55.6 million and $37.6 million, of the goodwill balance at February 26, 2022, respectively.
For our fiscal 2022 annual impairment test, we elected to bypass the qualitative assessment process and to proceed directly to comparing the fair value of each of our reporting units to carrying value, including goodwill. If fair value exceeds the carrying value, goodwill impairment is not indicated. If the carrying amount of a reporting unit is higher than its estimated fair value, the excess is recognized as an impairment expense.
We estimate the fair value of a reporting unit using both the income approach and the market approach. The income approach uses a discounted cash flow methodology that involves significant judgment and projections of future performance. Assumptions about future revenues and future operating expenses, capital expenditures and changes in working capital are based on the annual operating plan and other business plans for each reporting unit. These plans take into consideration numerous factors, including historical experience, current and future operational plans, anticipated future economic conditions and growth expectations for the industries and end markets in which we participate. These projections are discounted using a weighted-average cost of capital, which considers the risk inherent in our projections of future cash flows. We determine the weighted-average cost of capital for this analysis by weighting the required returns on interest bearing debt and common equity capital in proportion to their estimated percentages in an expected capital structure, using published data where possible. We used discount rates that are commensurate with the risks and uncertainties inherent in the respective businesses and in the internally developed forecasts. The market approach uses a multiple of earnings and revenue based on guidelines for publicly traded companies.
Based on these analyses, estimated fair value exceeded carrying value at all of our reporting units. The discounted cash flow projections used in these analyses are dependent upon achieving forecasted levels of revenue and profitability. If revenue or profitability were to fall below forecasted levels, or if market conditions were to decline in a material or sustained manner, impairment could be indicated at these or our other reporting units and we could incur non-cash impairment expense that would negatively impact our net earnings.
Indefinite-lived intangible assets
We have intangible assets for certain acquired trade names and trademarks which are determined to have indefinite useful lives. We evaluate the reasonableness of the useful lives and test indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually at the same measurement date as goodwill, the first day of our fiscal fourth quarter, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the asset is impaired. We bypassed a qualitative assessment and performed a quantitative impairment test to compare the fair value of each indefinite-lived intangible asset with its carrying value. If the carrying value of an indefinite-lived intangible asset exceeds its fair value, an impairment expense is recognized in an amount equal to that excess. If an impairment expense is recognized, the adjusted carrying amount becomes the asset's new accounting basis.
Fair value is measured using the relief-from-royalty method. This method assumes the trade name or trademark has value to the extent that the owner is relieved of the obligation to pay royalties for the benefits received from the asset. This method requires estimation of future revenue from the related asset, the appropriate royalty rate, and the weighted average cost of capital. The assessment of fair value involves significant judgment and projections about future performance. In the fair value analysis, we assumed a discount rate of 12.3 percent, a royalty rate of 1.5 percent, and a long-term growth rate of 3.0 percent. Based on our annual analysis, the fair value of each of our trade names and trademarks exceeded the carrying amount, however, based on the finalization of our plans for integrating the Sotawall business into the Architectural Services segment, beginning in fiscal 2023, it was determined that the carrying value of the Sotawall trade name exceeded fair value by $12.7 million as it was determined to have an immaterial fair value as of fiscal 2022 year end. This amount was recognized as impairment expense in the fourth quarter ended February 26, 2022.
We continue to conclude that the useful lives of our remaining indefinite-lived intangible assets is appropriate. If future revenue were to fall below forecasted levels or if market conditions were to decline in a material or sustained manner, further impairment could be indicated on these indefinite-lived intangible assets.
Long-lived assets or asset groups, including intangible assets subject to amortization and property and equipment, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of those assets may not be recoverable. We use undiscounted cash flows to determine whether impairment exists and measure any impairment loss using discounted cash flows to determine the fair value of long-lived assets. Due to triggering events as a result of finalization of our plans for integrating the Sotawall business into the Architectural Services segment, beginning in fiscal 2023, we determined that the finite-lived intangible assets were impaired as of February 26, 2022. As such, a long-lived asset impairment charge of
$36.7 million in finite-lived intangible assets was recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022 within the Architectural Framing Systems segment.
Reserves for disputes and claims regarding product liability, warranties and other project-related contingencies
We are subject to claims associated with our products and services, principally as a result of disputes with our customers involving the performance or aesthetics of our products, some of which may be covered under our warranty policies. We have in the past and are currently subject to product liability and warranty claims, including certain legal claims related to a commercial sealant product formerly incorporated into our products. We also are subject to project management and installation-related contingencies as a result of our fixed-price material supply and installation service contracts, primarily in our Architectural Services segment and certain of our Architectural Framing Systems businesses, including those taken on with our acquisition of EFCO. The time period from when a claim is asserted to when it is resolved, either by negotiation, settlement or litigation, can be several years. While we maintain various types of product liability insurance, the insurance policies include significant self-retention of risk in the form of policy deductibles. In addition, certain claims could be determined to be uninsured. We also actively manage the risk of these exposures through contract negotiations and proactive project management.
We reserve estimated exposures on known claims, as well as on a portion of anticipated claims for product warranty and rework costs, based on similar historical product liability claims, as a ratio of sales. We also reserve for estimated exposures on other claims as they are known and reasonably estimable.
We are required to make judgments regarding the potential tax effects of various financial transactions and ongoing operations to estimate our obligation to taxing authorities. These tax obligations include income, real estate, franchise and sales/use taxes. Judgments related to income taxes require the recognition in our financial statements that a tax position is more-likely-than-not to be sustained on audit.
Judgment and estimation is required in developing the provision for income taxes and the reporting of tax-related assets and liabilities and, if necessary, any valuation allowances. The interpretation of tax laws can involve uncertainty, since tax authorities may interpret such laws differently. Actual income tax could vary from estimated amounts and may result in favorable or unfavorable impacts to net income, cash flows and tax-related assets and liabilities. In addition, the effective tax rate may be affected by other changes including the allocation of property, payroll and revenues between states.
We assess the deferred tax assets for recoverability taking into consideration historical and anticipated earnings levels; the reversal of other existing temporary differences; available net operating losses and tax carryforwards; and available tax planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the deferred tax assets. Based on this assessment, management must evaluate the need for, and amount of, a valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets. As facts and circumstances change, adjustment to the valuation allowance may be required.
ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
We are exposed to ongoing market risk related to changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and raw material pricing.
Interest Rate Risk
A rise in interest rates could negatively affect the fair value of our fixed income investments, while serving to provide greater long-term return potential on these investments. To manage our direct risk from changes in market interest rates, we actively monitor the interest-sensitive components of our balance sheet, primarily available-for-sale securities, fixed income securities and debt obligations, and maintain a diversified portfolio in order to minimize the impact of changes in interest rates on net earnings and cash flow. We do not hold any financial instruments for trading purposes. We also hedge a portion of the floating interest rate on our long-term line of credit through a floating-to-fixed interest rate swap.
The primary measure of interest rate risk is the simulation of net income under different interest rate environments. If interest rates were to increase or decrease over the next 12 months by 200 basis points, net earnings would be impacted by approximately $0.8 million. Our debt exceeded investments at February 26, 2022, so as interest rates increase, net earnings decrease; as interest rates decrease, net earnings increase.
In addition to the market risk related to interest rate changes on our financial instruments, the commercial construction markets in which our businesses operate are highly affected by changes in interest rates. Increases in interest rates could adversely impact activity in the commercial construction industry and our operating results.
Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk
We are subject to market risk due to changes in the value of foreign currencies in relation to our reporting currency, the U.S. dollar.
We have operations in Canada and Brazil, which primarily transact business in local currencies. We manage these operating activities locally. Revenues, costs, assets and liabilities of these operations are generally denominated in local currencies, thereby mitigating some of the risk associated with changes in foreign exchange rates. However, our consolidated financial results are reported in U.S. dollars. Thus, changes in exchange rates between the Canadian dollar and Brazilian real, versus the U.S. dollar, will impact our reported financial results. From time to time, we enter into forward purchase foreign currency contracts, generally with an original maturity date of less than one year, to hedge foreign currency risk (refer to additional discussion within Note 4 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements). Sales from our domestic operations are generally denominated in U.S. dollars.
Raw Material Pricing Risk
We are subject to market risk exposure related to volatility in the prices of aluminum and lumber, among other raw materials and supplies used in our end products. A significant amount of our cost of sales relates to materials costs. The commodities markets, which include the aluminum industry, are highly cyclical in nature. As a result, commodity costs can be volatile, as we have experienced from time to time during recent fiscal quarters, and may become more volatile in the future. Commodity costs are influenced by numerous factors beyond our control, including general economic conditions, the availability of raw materials, competition, labor costs, freight and transportation costs, production costs, import duties and other trade restrictions.
We principally manage our exposures to the market fluctuations in the aluminum industry through fixed/floating rate swaps and forward purchase agreements. Although we have the ability to purchase aluminum from a number of suppliers, a production cutback by one or more of our current suppliers could create challenges in meeting delivery schedules to our customers. The prices we offer to our customers are also impacted by changes in commodity costs. We manage the alignment of the cost of our raw materials and the prices offered to customers, and attempt to pass changes to raw material costs through to our customers. To improve our management of commodity costs, we attempt to maintain inventory levels not in excess of our production requirements.
We cannot accurately calculate the pre-tax impact a one percent change in the commodity costs of aluminum and/or lumber would have on our fiscal 2023 operating results, as the change in commodity costs would both impact the cost to purchase materials and the selling prices we offer our customers. The impact to our operating results would significantly depend on the competitive environment and the costs of other alternative products, which could impact our ability to pass commodities costs to our customers.
ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA
Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Management of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the Company) is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company's internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of the financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
The Company's management assessed the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of February 26, 2022, using criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013). The Company's management believes that, as of February 26, 2022, the Company's internal control over financial reporting was effective based on those criteria.
Following this report are reports from the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP, on the Company's consolidated financial statements and on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of February 26, 2022.
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and subsidiaries (the "Company") as of February 26, 2022 and February 27, 2021, and the related consolidated results of operations, statements of comprehensive earnings, cash flows, and shareholders' equity, for each of the three years in the period ended February 26, 2022, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of February 26, 2022 and February 27, 2021, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended February 26, 2022, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of February 26, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated April 22, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting.
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matters
The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current-period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.
Net Sales — Revenue Recognition for Long-Term Contracts in the Architectural Services Segment — Refer to Notes 1, 2, and 15 to the consolidated financial statements
The Architectural Services segment, which provides building glass and curtainwall installation services and operates under long-term, fixed-price contracts, accounted for approximately $349.4 million, or 27 percent of total net sales for the year ended February 26, 2022. The contracts for this business typically have a single, bundled performance obligation, as the business generally provides interrelated services and integrates these services into a combined output specified by the customer. The customer obtains control of this combined output, generally installed window and curtainwall systems, over time. The Company measures progress on these contracts following an input method, by comparing total costs incurred to-date to the total estimated costs for the contract and recording that proportion of the total contract price as revenue.
Given the judgments necessary to estimate total costs and profit for the contract performance obligations used to recognize revenue for long-term, fixed-price contracts in the Architectural Services segment, auditing such estimates required extensive audit effort due to the complexity of long-term contracts and a high degree of auditor judgment when performing audit procedures and evaluating the results of those procedures.
How the Critical Audit Matter Was Addressed in the Audit
Our audit procedures related to management’s estimates of total costs and profit for the contract performance obligations used to recognize revenue for certain long-term contracts in the Architectural Services segment included, but were not limited to the following:
•We tested the effectiveness of controls over long-term contract revenue in the Architectural Services segment, including those over the estimates of total costs and profit for performance obligations.
•We developed an expectation of the amount of total long-term contract revenue in the Architectural Services segment based on prior year margins applied to cost of sales in the current year and compared our expectation to the amount of long-term contract revenue ultimately recorded by management.
•We evaluated management’s ability to estimate total costs and profit by comparing actual costs and profit to management’s historical estimates for performance obligations that have been fulfilled.
•We selected a sample of long-term contracts from the Architectural Services segment contract portfolio and performed the following procedures:
•Evaluated whether the long-term contracts were properly included in management’s calculation of long-term contract revenue based on the terms and conditions of each contract, including whether continuous transfer of control to the customer occurred as progress was made toward fulfillment of the performance obligations.
•Compared the transaction prices to the consideration expected to be received based on current rights and obligations under the long-term contracts and any modifications that were agreed upon with the customers.
•Tested management’s identification of distinct performance obligations by evaluating whether the underlying services are highly interdependent and interrelated.
•Tested the accuracy and completeness of the costs incurred to date for the performance obligations.
•We tested the mathematical accuracy of management’s calculation of long-term contract revenue for the performance obligation.
•Evaluated the estimates of total cost and profit for the performance obligations by:
•Comparing costs incurred to date to the costs management estimated to be incurred to date.
•Evaluating management’s ability to achieve the estimates of total cost and profit by performing corroborating inquiries with the Company’s project managers and engineers, and comparing the estimates to management’s work plans, engineering specifications, and supplier contracts.
•Comparing management’s estimates for the selected contracts to costs and profit of similar performance obligations, when applicable.
Goodwill — Window and Wall Systems Reporting Unit — Refer to Notes 1 and 6 to the consolidated financial statements
The Company’s evaluation of goodwill for impairment involves the comparison of the fair value of each reporting unit to its carrying value. The Company estimates the fair value of its reporting units using both the income approach and the market approach. The income approach uses a discounted cash flow methodology that involves significant judgment and projections of future performance, including future revenues, future operating expenses, and discount rates. Changes in these assumptions could have a significant impact on either the fair value, the amount of any goodwill impairment charge, or both. The Company’s goodwill balance was $130 million as of February 26, 2022, of which $55.6 million relates to the Window and Wall Systems reporting unit. The fair value of the Window and Wall Systems reporting unit exceeded its carrying value as of the measurement date and, therefore, no impairment was identified.
Given the significant judgments made by management to estimate the fair value of the Window and Wall Systems reporting unit, performing audit procedures to evaluate the reasonableness of management's estimates and assumptions related to selection of future revenues, future operating expenses, and discount rates required a high degree of auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort.
How the Critical Audit Matter Was Addressed in the Audit
Our audit procedures related to future revenues, future operating expenses, and discount rates used by management to estimate the fair value of the Window and Wall Systems reporting unit included the following, among others:
•We tested the effectiveness of controls over management’s goodwill impairment evaluation, including those over the determination of the fair value of the reporting units, such as controls related to management's selection of future revenues, future operating expenses, and discount rates.
•With the assistance of our fair value specialists, we evaluated the reasonableness of the (1) valuation methodology and (2) discount rate, including testing the source information underlying the determination of the discount rate, testing the mathematical accuracy of the calculation, and developing a range of independent estimates and comparing those to the discount rate selected by management.
•We evaluated the reasonableness of management’s forecasts by comparing the forecasts to (1) historical results, (2) internal communications to management and the Board of Directors, (3) industry information, and (4) forecasted information
included in Company press releases as well as in analyst and industry reports of the Company.
•We evaluated management’s ability to accurately forecast future revenue and future operating expenses by comparing actual results to management’s historical forecasts.
•We evaluated the allocation of the Company’s estimated fair value to its reporting units and the comparison of the Company’s estimated fair value to its market capitalization.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
April 22, 2022
We have served as the Company's auditor since 2003.
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of
Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of February 26, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of February 26, 2022, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework (2013) issued by COSO.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended February 26, 2022, of the Company and our report dated April 22, 2022 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP
April 22, 2022
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|(In thousands, except per share data)||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||$|
|Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts|
|Costs and earnings on contracts in excess of billings|
|Other current assets|
|Total current assets|
|Property, plant and equipment, net|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets|
|Other non-current assets|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
|Accrued payroll and related benefits|
|Billings in excess of costs and earnings on uncompleted contracts|
|Operating lease liabilities|
|Current portion long-term debt|
|Other current liabilities|
|Total current liabilities|
|Non-current operating lease liabilities|
|Non-current self-insurance reserves|
|Other non-current liabilities|
|Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 10)|
Common stock of $
|Additional paid-in capital|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(||(|
|Total shareholders’ equity|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||$|
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
|(In thousands, except per share data)||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021||February 29, 2020|
|Cost of sales|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses|
|Impairment expense on goodwill and intangible assets|
|Interest expense, net|
|Other (expense) income, net||(|
|Earnings before income taxes|
|Income tax expense|
|Earnings per share - basic||$||$||$|
|Earnings per share - diluted||$||$||$|
|Weighted average basic shares outstanding|
|Weighted average diluted shares outstanding|
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS
|(In thousands)||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021||February 29, 2020|
|Other comprehensive earnings (loss):|
Unrealized (loss) gain on marketable securities, net of $(
Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currency hedge, net of $
Unrealized gain (loss) on pension obligation, net of $
|Foreign currency translation adjustments||(||(|
|Other comprehensive earnings (loss)||(|
|Total comprehensive earnings||$||$||$|
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|(In thousands)||February 26, 2022||February 27, 2021||February 29, 2020|
|Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization|
|Deferred income taxes||(||(|
|Asset impairment on property, plant and equipment|
|Gain on disposal of assets||(||(||(|
|Impairment expense on goodwill and intangible assets|
|Noncash lease expense|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Costs and earnings on contracts in excess of billings||(||(|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||(||(|
|Billings in excess of costs and earnings on uncompleted contracts||(||(|
|Refundable and accrued income taxes||(|
|Operating lease liability||(||(||(|
|Net cash provided by operating activities|
|Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment|
|Purchases of marketable securities||(||(||(|
|Sales/maturities of marketable securities|
|Net cash provided (used) by investing activities||(||(|
|Borrowings on line of credit|
|(Repayment) borrowings on debt||(||(|
|Payments on line of credit||(||(|
|Proceeds from exercise of stock options|
|Repurchase and retirement of common stock||(||(||(|
|Net cash used by financing activities||(||(||(|
|(Decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||(||(|
|Effect of exchange rates on cash|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year||$||$||$|
|Capital expenditures in accounts payable||$||$||$|
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity
|(In thousands, except per share data)||Common Shares Outstanding||Common Stock||Additional Paid-In Capital||Retained Earnings||Common Stock Held in Trust||Deferred Compensation Obligation||Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income||Total Shareholders' Equity|
|Balance at March 2, 2019||$||$||$||$||(||$||$||(||$|
Unrealized gain on marketable securities, net of $
Unrealized loss on foreign currency hedge, net of $
Unrealized loss on pension obligation, net of $
|Foreign currency translation adjustments||—||—||—||—||—||—||(||(|
|Issuance of stock, net of cancellations||(||(||—|