Standex International (SXI) Tops Q4 EPS by 1c, Revenues Miss
Standex International (NYSE: SXI) reported Q4 EPS of $1.60, $0.01 better than the analyst estimate of $1.59. Revenue for the quarter came in at $227.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $232.73 million.
“We ended the fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter as we delivered topline organic growth across our Electronics, Engraving and Hydraulics business segments, and began to realize bottom line benefits from our restructuring initiatives in the Food Service business,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David Dunbar. “Engineering Technologies sales and margins were challenged as expected due to delays in aviation platform ramps, and we remain optimistic that investments we have made in the business will support long-term sustainable growth.”
“On a full-year basis, sales were up 15%, reflecting double-digit organic growth in Engraving, Electronics and Hydraulics, as well as strong contributions from the recent acquisitions of Standex Electronics Japan and Piazza Rosa,” continued Dunbar, “We exited the year with a solid balance sheet, growing backlog, and continued strength in our end markets.”
- Net sales increased 4.8% year-over-year to $227.5 million with total organic sales up 1.2%. Acquisitions contributed 1.8% to growth and foreign exchange had a positive effect of 1.8%.
- Net income from continuing operations was $12.6 million, or $0.99 per share, which includes tax-effected $0.6 million of acquisition-related costs, $1.0 million of restructuring charges, and $6.3 million of discrete tax items related to the impact of tax reform. This compares with fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 net income from continuing operations of $14.1 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, including tax-effected $0.7 million of acquisition-related costs, $2.0 million of restructuring charges, $1.5 million of purchase accounting costs and a $0.5 million gain on sale of real estate. Excluding the aforementioned items from both periods, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $20.4 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, up from $17.9 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.
- Net working capital (defined as accounts receivable plus inventories less accounts payable) was $171.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with $150.0 million a year earlier. Working capital turns decreased to 5.3 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 from 5.8 a year earlier, primarily due to sales growth and business mix.
- The Company closed the quarter with net debt (defined as debt less cash) of $84.2 million, compared with a net debt position of $108.4 million in the prior quarter.
“We are entering 2019 with solid momentum and strong end markets” said Dunbar. “We are well-positioned to grow in Engraving, Electronics and Hydraulics over the next year. We expect to see margin improvements in our Engineering Technologies business and Food Service Equipment as the results of restructuring programs flow through to our bottom line. Our plans are to ramp our capex spending to $35 to $36 million to support investments in growth opportunities in Electronics and Engraving, as well as new aviation platforms like the A350 in Engineering Technologies. By executing against our Value Creation System, we are positioning Standex to deliver on our long-term financial targets and fulfill our mission to become a best-in-class operating company.”
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