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Griffon Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results

August 1, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF) (the “Company” or “Griffon”) today reported results for the third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Revenue was $516.6 million, an increase of 44% from the prior year quarter. Home & Building Products (“HBP”) revenue increased 59% and, as expected, Telephonics Corporation (“Telephonics”) revenue decreased 6% compared to the prior year quarter.

Income from continuing operations was $7.4 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to $4.5 million, or $0.10 per share, in the prior year quarter. Current quarter results included acquisition related costs of $3.6 million ($2.3 million, net of tax, or $0.06 per share), special dividend ESOP charges of $3.2 million ($2.1 million, net of tax, or $0.05 million per share), secondary equity offering costs of $1.2 million ($0.8 million, net of tax, or $0.02 million per share) and a tax benefit, net, for certain items which affect comparability (see tax section below) of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per share. The prior year quarter results included a discrete tax benefit, net, of $2.5 million, or $0.06 per share. Excluding these items from the respective quarterly results, income from continuing operations would have been $11.3 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to $1.9 million, or $0.04 per share, in the prior year quarter.

Segment adjusted EBITDA was $58.8 million, an increase of 47% from the prior year quarter primarily driven by HBP revenue growth. Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and unallocated amounts (mainly corporate overhead), restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable.

Ronald J. Kramer, Chairman and CEO, commented, “This is an excellent quarter and reflects the beginning of the benefits we expect from our transformative portfolio reshaping. We are continuing to improve margins across all of our businesses as we integrate our recent strategic acquisitions. There are significant opportunities to create revenue growth and improved profitability to drive our organic growth and to build long-term shareholder value. I am very pleased with our performance and optimistic about our outlook for the future.”

Segment Operating Results

Home & Building Products

Revenue was $440.1 million, an increase of 59% compared to the prior year quarter due to the acquisition of ClosetMaid, AMES’ acquisitions of La Hacienda, Tuscan Path, Harper and Kelkay, and Clopay Building Products’ (“CBP”) acquisition of CornellCookson, as well as improved volume, favorable mix and price at CBP, and at AMES, increased North American sales and price. Organic growth for the quarter was 13%.

Segment adjusted EBITDA was $50.0 million, an increase of 51% compared to the prior year quarter driven by the increased revenue as noted above, partially offset by increased input costs.

On June 4, 2018, CBP completed the acquisition of CornellCookson, a leading US manufacturer and marketer of rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail use, for $180 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. After taking into account the net of the estimated present value of tax benefits under current tax law resulting from the transaction, the effective purchase price is approximately $170 million. The acquisition of CornellCookson substantially expanded CBP’s non-residential product offerings, and added an established professional dealer network focused on rolling steel door and grille products for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail use. CornellCookson is expected to generate approximately $200 million in revenue and $0.15 of EPS in the first full year of operations.

Telephonics

Revenue was $76.4 million, a decrease of 6% from the prior year quarter, primarily due to decreased surveillance radar systems revenue.

Segment adjusted EBITDA was $8.8 million compared to $6.8 million in the prior year quarter due to favorable program mix and reduced costs.

Contract backlog was $346 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $351 million at September 30, 2017, with approximately 67% expected to be fulfilled within the next twelve months. During the quarter, Telephonics was awarded several new contracts and received incremental funding on existing contracts approximating $64.5 million.

Taxes

In the quarter ended June 30, 2018, the Company recognized a tax provision of $1.6 million on Income before taxes from continuing operations of $9.0 million, compared to $0.1 million on Income before taxes from continuing operations of $4.5 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Excluding all items that affect comparability, the effective tax rates for the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 were 33.9% and 57.5%, respectively.

U.S. Tax Reform: On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). The Tax Act reduces the federal corporate tax rate on U.S. earnings to 21% and moves from a global taxation regime to a modified territorial regime. As Griffon has a September 30 fiscal year-end, the lower tax rate will be phased in, resulting in a U.S. statutory federal rate of approximately 24.5% for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. Subsequent fiscal years will reflect the 21% federal tax rate. However, there are offsets to the lower federal tax rate, including the loss of the domestic manufacturing deduction, deductibility of certain incentive compensation for executives and the impact of foreign jurisdictions that have tax rates in excess of the U.S. rate. Griffon will continue to assess the impact of the Tax Act through the balance of fiscal 2018.

Clopay Plastics Sale

On November 16, 2017, Griffon announced it entered into a definitive agreement to sell Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc. (“PPC”) and on February 6, 2018, completed the sale to Berry Global, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) (“Berry”) for $475 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. All periods reflect PPC as a discontinued operation.

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures

At June 30, 2018, the Company had cash and equivalents of $64 million, total debt outstanding of $1,136 million, net of discounts and issuance costs, and $264.9 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facility, subject to certain loan covenants. Capital expenditures were $11.5 million in the current quarter.

Share Repurchases

In August 2016, Griffon’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of Griffon’s outstanding common stock. Under these programs, the Company may purchase shares in the open market, including pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan, or in privately negotiated transactions. During the three and nine months ended June 30, 2018, Griffon purchased 650,500 and 2,088,739 shares, respectively, of common stock under the August 2016 Board authorized program, for a total of $12.7 million and $41.1 million, respectively, or $19.51 and $19.68 per share, respectively. At June 30, 2018, $8.3 million remained under existing Board authorizations.

From August 2011 to June 30, 2018, Griffon repurchased 22,518,037 shares of its common stock for a total of $302.7 million or $13.44 per share.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call today, August 1, 2018, at 4:30 PM ET.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-0792 (U.S. participants) or 1-201-689-8263 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference or provide conference ID number 13681700. Participants are encouraged to dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

A replay of the call will be available starting on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (International), and entering the conference ID number: 13681700. The replay will be available through Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

Forward-looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements related to, among other things, income (loss), earnings, cash flows, revenue, changes in operations, operating improvements, industries in which Griffon operates and the United States and global economies that are not historical are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements” and may be indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “supports,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “hope,” “forecast,” “management is of the opinion,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “intends,” “explores,” “opportunities,” the negative of these expressions, use of the future tense and similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: current economic conditions and uncertainties in the housing, credit and capital markets; the Griffon’s ability to achieve expected savings from cost control, restructuring, integration and disposal initiatives; the ability to identify and successfully consummate and integrate value-adding acquisition opportunities; increasing competition and pricing pressures in the markets served by Griffon’s operating companies; the ability of Griffon’s operating companies to expand into new geographic and product markets, and to anticipate and meet customer demands for new products and product enhancements and innovations; reduced military spending by the government on projects for which Griffon’s Telephonics Corporation supplies products, including as a result of defense budget cuts and other government actions; the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations; increases in the cost of raw materials such as resin, wood and steel; changes in customer demand or loss of a material customer at one of Griffon’s operating companies; the potential impact of seasonal variations and uncertain weather patterns on certain of Griffon’s businesses; political events that could impact the worldwide economy; a downgrade in the Griffon’s credit ratings; changes in international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; the reliance by certain of Griffon’s businesses on particular third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer demands; the relative mix of products and services offered by Griffon’s businesses, which could impact margins and operating efficiencies; short-term capacity constraints or prolonged excess capacity; unforeseen developments in contingencies, such as litigation, regulatory and environmental matters; unfavorable results of government agency contract audits of Telephonics Corporation; Griffon’s ability to adequately protect and maintain the validity of patent and other intellectual property rights; the cyclical nature of the businesses of certain Griffon’s operating companies; and possible terrorist threats and actions and their impact on the global economy. Such statements reflect the views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Griffon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Griffon Corporation

Griffon is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as in connection with divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.

Headquartered in New York, N.Y., the Company was founded in 1959 and is incorporated in Delaware. Griffon is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol GFF.

Griffon currently conducts its operations through two reportable segments:

Home & Building Products segment consists of three companies, AMES, ClosetMaid, and CBP: AMES, founded in 1774, is the leading U.S. manufacturer and a global provider of long-handled tools and landscaping products for homeowners and professionals.ClosetMaid, founded in 1965, is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of closet organization, home storage, and garage storage products, and sells to some of the largest home center retail chains, mass merchandisers, and direct-to-builder professional installers.CBP, since 1964, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial garage doors and sells to professional dealers and some of the largest home center retail chains in North America and, under the CornellCookson brand, is a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional, and retail use. Defense Electronics segment consists of Telephonics, founded in 1933, a globally recognized leading provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and communications solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers.

For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffon.com.

Griffon evaluates performance and allocates resources based on each segment’s operating results before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, unallocated amounts (mainly corporate overhead), restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable (“Segment adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure). Griffon believes this information is useful to investors for the same reason.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Segment adjusted EBITDA to Income before taxes from continuing operations:

The following is a reconciliation of each segment’s operating results to Segment adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations:

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