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Matthews International Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2018

November 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2018--Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.

In discussing the Company’s results for the quarter, Joseph C. Bartolacci, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “As projected, strong fourth quarter results drove a solid finish to fiscal year 2018. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.23 for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, representing 16.0% growth over a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased to $77.0 million, representing a 20.1% improvement over the prior year.

“For the current quarter, acquisitions, primarily Star Granite & Bronze and Compass Engineering, were the principal contributors to our sales increase. We also reported modest organic growth on a consolidated basis as our Industrial Technologies segment reported another quarter of sales growth for fulfillment systems and marking products. In addition, our SGK Brand Solutions segment generated sales growth over the prior year, reflecting good performance by its foreign operations.

“Operating cash flow for the recent quarter also remained strong and, as a result, we reduced total outstanding debt by $65.8 million, significantly improving our leverage ratio.

“In January 2018, we raised our fiscal 2018 adjusted earnings per share target to growth of at least 10% over fiscal 2017. Despite some headwinds including the impact of a decline in casketed deaths on memorial and casket sales as well as higher commodity costs, we are pleased to report that we achieved our adjusted EPS growth objective. The continuous operating improvements of our businesses were a significant factor in achieving these results.

“In addition, we continue to strategically expand our global footprint with the recent small acquisition of Frost Converting Systems (“Frost”) in North Carolina (November 2018). Frost is a leading supplier of cutting, creasing and embossing tooling to the packaging industry. With the combined capacity of our Saueressig business and the acquisitions of A+E Ungricht GmbH & Co. KG (January 2017) and Frost, we are a leading global provider of critical tooling to packaging converters and industrial surfaces.”

Consolidated sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 were $407.4 million, compared to $396.1 million a year ago, representing an increase of $11.3 million, or 2.9%, over the fourth quarter last year. The increase primarily reflected the impact of recent acquisitions and organic sales growth in the Industrial Technologies and SGK Brand Solutions segments. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had an unfavorable impact of $3.4 million on consolidated fourth quarter sales compared to a year ago.

Net income attributable to the Company for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $29.6 million, or $0.93 per share, compared with $19.6 million, or $0.60 per share, a year ago. The increase primarily reflected the impact of higher sales, acquisition synergy realization, and lower selling and administrative costs (including lower acquisition-related and ERP implementation costs).

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter were $1.23 per share, compared with $1.06 per share for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, representing an increase of 16.0%. The increase was driven primarily by the impact of higher sales, lower selling and administrative costs, and acquisition synergy realization.

Adjusted EBITDA (net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other adjustments) for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter was $77.0 million, compared to $64.1 million for the same quarter a year ago, representing an increase of 20.1%. See reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA below.

Sales for the SGK Brand Solutions segment were $203.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $203.7 million a year ago. The segment reported higher sales in Europe, primarily in the surfaces and engineered solutions businesses, the U.K. and Asia, which were offset partially by lower sales in North America. In addition, recent acquisitions contributed to sales for the segment. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had an unfavorable impact of $2.6 million on the segment’s sales compared with the same quarter last year.

Memorialization segment sales for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter were $155.8 million, compared to $152.3 million a year ago, representing an increase of $3.5 million, or 2.3%. Higher sales principally resulted from the acquisition of Star Granite & Bronze (February 2018). Memorial and casket sales volumes for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter were lower than a year ago, reflecting an estimated decline in U.S. casketed deaths.

Sales for the Industrial Technologies segment were $48.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $40.1 million a year ago, representing an increase of $8.0 million, or 20.0%. The increase reflected organic sales growth for fulfillment systems and marking products, and the benefit of the recent acquisition of Compass Engineering (November 2017).

Consolidated sales for the year ended September 30, 2018 were $1.6 billion, compared to $1.5 billion last year, representing an increase of $87.0 million, or 5.7%. The increase primarily reflected the impact of recent acquisitions, favorable currency rate changes and organic sales growth in the Industrial Technologies segment. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $26.9 million on consolidated sales compared to a year ago. These increases were partially offset by lower sales (excluding acquisitions and currency) in the SGK Brand Solutions and Memorialization segments.

Net income attributable to the Company for the year ended September 30, 2018 was $107.4 million, or $3.37 per share, compared to $74.4 million, or $2.28 per share, last year. The increase primarily reflected the impact of higher sales, acquisition synergy realization, and lower selling and administrative costs (including lower acquisition-related costs). In addition, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contributed to a significant reduction in the Company’s income tax expense for fiscal 2018, primarily related to a favorable adjustment in deferred income taxes offset partially by an estimated repatriation tax.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the year ended September 30, 2018 were $3.96 per share, compared with $3.60 per share last year, representing an increase of 10.0%. The growth primarily reflected the impact of higher sales, lower selling and administrative costs, acquisition synergy realization, and lower income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA (see reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA below) for the year ended September 30, 2018 was $255.1 million, compared to $238.7 million last year, representing an increase of 6.9%.

Sales for the SGK Brand Solutions segment were $805.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2018, compared to $770.2 million a year ago, representing an increase of $35.1 million, or 4.6%. The segment reported higher sales in Europe, the U.K. and Asia. In addition, acquisitions contributed to current year sales growth. Sales of merchandising displays were lower in the current year as last year included the benefit of a significant project. Changes in currency rates had a favorable impact of $22.8 million on the segment’s sales compared to a year ago.

Memorialization segment sales for the year ended September 30, 2018 were $631.4 million, compared to $615.9 million a year ago, representing an increase of $15.5 million, or 2.5%. The increase primarily reflected higher cremation equipment sales and the acquisition of Star Granite & Bronze. Memorial and casket sales volumes for the current year were lower than a year ago reflecting an estimated decline in U.S. casketed deaths. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $2.8 million on the segment’s sales compared to last year.

Sales for the Industrial Technologies segment were $165.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2018, compared to $129.5 million a year ago, representing an increase of $36.4 million, or 28.1%. The increase reflected higher sales of fulfillment systems and marking products, and the benefit of recent acquisitions. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of approximately $1.2 million on the segment’s sales compared to a year ago.

OUTLOOK

Mr. Bartolacci further stated: “As we enter fiscal 2019, we see both opportunities and challenges. Order rates for fulfillment systems in our Industrial Technologies segment and for engineered solutions in our SGK Brand Solutions segment remain solid. In addition, recent new brand account wins and the acquisition of Frost should contribute to our results. However, commodity cost increases will offset some of these benefits. In addition, we expect higher income tax expense in fiscal 2019 as tax benefits discreet to fiscal 2018 will not repeat. As a result, based on our current projections, we expect to achieve growth in adjusted EBITDA in the mid-to-high single digit percentage range over fiscal 2018 and growth in non-GAAP earnings per share in the mid-single digit percentage range over fiscal 2018.”

WEBCAST

The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review its financial and operating results, and discuss its corporate strategies and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8471. The audio webcast can be monitored at www.matw.com. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call through Friday, November 30, 2018. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter the pass code 13683891. The webcast replay will be available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.matw.com, where a transcript will also be posted once available.

ABOUT MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION

Matthews International Corporation is a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial technologies. The SGK Brand Solutions segment is a leader in providing brand development, deployment and delivery services that help build our clients’ brands and consumers’ desire for them. The Memorialization segment is a leading provider of memorialization products, including memorials, caskets and cremation equipment, primarily to cemetery and funeral home customers that help families move from grief to remembrance. The Industrial Technologies segment designs, manufactures and distributes marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. The Company has approximately 11,000 employees in more than 25 countries on six continents that are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Any forward-looking statements contained in this release are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from management’s expectations. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove correct. Factors that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements principally include changes in economic conditions, competitive environment, death rate, foreign currency exchange rates, technological factors beyond the Company’s control, and other factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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