GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 9, 2018--ASV Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASV), a leading provider of rubber-tracked compact track loaders and wheeled skid steer loaders in the compact construction equipment market, today announced Second Quarter and year-to-date 2018 results.

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, the Company reported Net Sales of $31.9 million and Net Income of $0.3 million or $0.03 per share compared to Net Sales of $34.2 million and Net Income of $1.8 million or $0.20 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

$31.9 million in Net Sales represented a year-over-year decrease of 6.7% from $34.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. Machine sales revenues to North American distribution grew 9% compared to second quarter 2017. Total machine sales revenues increased year-over-year by 4.8% to $23.0 million. Second quarter 2018 net income of $0.3 million or $0.03 per share, compared to second quarter 2017 adjusted pro forma income of $0.8 million or $0.08 per share. Second quarter 2018 gross profit percent adversely impacted 130 basis points by increased material costs. EBITDA of $2.1 million or 6.6% of sales compared to $3.3 million or 9.6% of sales for the second quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.2 million or 6.9% of sales compared to second quarter 2017 pro forma adjusted EBITDA of $3.2 million or 9.4% of sales. Added 17 dealer / rental locations in the quarter.

*The Glossary at the end of this press release contains further details regarding reconciliation of GAAP items and Adjusted and Pro-forma items.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rooke commented, “In the second quarter, we continued to make good progress with adding new dealers and penetrating into the rental market with sales, which are among our top corporate objectives in scaling the business. Our North American dealer rental locations now stand at 265 and our sales into rental locations accounted for approximately 15% of machine sales in the quarter. Second quarter financial results, while below plan and impacted by several market headwinds, were highlighted by positive operating cash flow of over $600,000, we generated over $2 million in EBITDA and achieved 3 cents in EPS. Although machine sales increased in the second quarter, our results reflected a year-over-year quarterly decline in sales. This was principally due to lower undercarriage sales to our largest customer. In the second quarter of 2017, this customer’s undercarriage purchases totaled 40% of their full year shipments, and thus the comparison to that quarter shows an overall decline in $2.7 million lower year-over-year sales for the 2018 quarter. Sharp increases in material costs had a negative impact on our sales, margins, and bottom-line, with the run rate of higher steel prices resulting in approximately $2.5 million in higher costs, on an annualized basis.

“Typical of a cyclical recovery, the higher level of demand for industrial equipment has resulted in disruption within the supply chain and lengthened lead times, most notably for engines, which along with the rising steel costs, present challenges to sourcing and deliveries during the balance of the year. These challenges impact our entire industry and we are aggressively working to overcome these headwinds with initiatives that will largely offset their impact, from price surcharges introduced in May of this year, to cost and sourcing improvements which are already yielding results. We believe that industry wide market pricing will in time move upwards in recognition of the new cost base for steel, which will enable a margin recovery going forward. In addition, we are on pace to recognize an estimated $1 million in annual savings from relocating our parts distribution business back to Grand Rapids, as we expected. We are confident in the continued strength of the industries we serve and there remains plenty of work to do in the quarters ahead to reach our longer-term sales growth and margin targets.”

Missi How, Chief Financial Officer, added, “While temporary spikes in input costs and component availability have presented some challenges, we remain focused on managing what is in our control and pursuing opportunities to grow the bottom line. Inventory levels have increased as we have been receiving in long lead time production components to support future builds, and in addition, we have increased our finished machine inventory to fulfill backlog requirements and support expected future activity levels. Managing working capital is still a priority and we were pleased that even with this step up of inventory, our net working capital as a percent of sales of 23.5% was well within our target range. We expect to continue to generate cash and maintain reasonable working capital levels throughout the remainder of 2018.”

Outlook:

Given the first half performance and uncertainties in the supply chain which are lengthening lead times and impacting customer buying decisions, ASV’s 2018 sales are likely to be restricted to show only high single digit growth for this year and remain subject to how the pricing environment evolves and markets adjust to the business environment.

Conference Call:

Management will host a conference call at 4:30 PM Eastern Time today to discuss the results with the investment community. Anyone interested in participating in the call should dial 1- 866-548-4713 if calling within the United States or 323-794-2093 if calling internationally. A replay will be available until 11:59 PM ET August 16, 2018 which can be accessed by dialing 844-512-2921 if calling within the United States or 412-317-6671 if calling internationally. Please use passcode 5362178 to access this replay. The call will additionally be broadcast live and archived for 90 days over the internet with accompanying slides, accessible at the investor relations portion of the Company's corporate website, www.asvi.com in the “Investors” section.

About ASV Holdings, Inc.

ASV Holdings, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of compact construction equipment. Its patented Posi-Track rubber tracked, multi-level suspension undercarriage system provides a competitive market differentiator for its Compact Track Loader (CTL) product line with brand attributes of power, performance and serviceability. It’s wheeled Skid Steer Loaders (SSLs) also share the common brand attributes. Equipment is sold through an independent dealer network throughout North America, Australia, and New Zealand. The company also sells OEM equipment and aftermarket parts. ASV owns and operates a 238,000 square-foot production facility in Grand Rapids, MN.

Forward-Looking Statements and non-GAAP Information

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Our actual results may differ from information contained in these forward looking-statements for many reasons, including those described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which are available on our EDGAR page at www.sec.gov. These statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Form 10K. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by law, after the date of this release, we are under no duty to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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We from time to time refer to various non-GAAP financial measures in this release. We believe that this information is useful to understanding our operating results by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our core operating results and business outlook. Reference to these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP. Rather, the non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to results that are presented in a manner consistent with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures referred to in this release is provided in the tables at the conclusion of this release.

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