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Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Results

10/27/2022
  • Net Sales of $1.1 Billion Up 19.1% YoY; Up 19.4% on an Organic Basis
  • Net Income of $76.9 Million; EPS of $1.97 Up 45.0% YoY
  • EBITDA of $118.7 Million Up 34.2% YoY
  • Raising Fiscal 2023 Guidance Following First Quarter Performance

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT), a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies, today reported results for its fiscal 2023 first quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Net sales for the quarter increased 19.1% to $1.1 billion from $891.7 million in the prior year. The change includes a 0.2% increase from acquisitions, partially offset by a negative 0.5% impact from foreign currency translation. Excluding these factors, sales increased 19.4% on an organic basis. The Company reported net income of $­­­76.9 million, or $1.97 per share, and EBITDA of $118.7 million. On a pre-tax basis, results include $9.1 million ($0.18 after tax per share) of LIFO expense compared to $3.6 million ($0.07 after tax per share) of LIFO expense in the prior-year period.

During the quarter, the Company renamed its Fluid Power & Flow Control segment to Engineered Solutions. The name was changed to reflect the evolution in the segment’s business profile, scope of products and solutions, and value proposition. Organic sales growth during the quarter was 20.3% in the Service Center segment and 17.8% in the Engineered Solutions segment.

Neil A. Schrimsher, Applied’s President & Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The first quarter was a strong start to our fiscal year with sales and EBITDA growth sustaining solid momentum across both segments. Demand within our served end markets remains relatively firm, and we are executing well on internal initiatives aimed at expanding our organic growth potential long term. At the same time, we remain focused on managing inflationary pressures and leveraging our operating structure. This is reflected by gross margin and EBITDA margin expansion, and a 45% year-over-year increase in EPS during the quarter. Overall, these results provide further evidence of our execution and the supportive tailwinds from our differentiated industry position, footprint, and strategy.”

Mr. Schrimsher added, “We are raising fiscal 2023 guidance following strong first quarter performance. Organic sales month to date in October are up by approximately 20% year over year, and customer feedback remains generally constructive. We are mindful of ongoing macro uncertainty that could slow industrial activity and growth in coming quarters. Combined with ongoing inflationary and supply chain considerations, we remain prudent with our outlook near term. That said, our industry position and diversified end-market mix provides strong support, and our teams and initiatives are aligned to successfully execute our strategy in any environment. Lastly, our balance sheet and cash flow potential provide significant capacity to supplement our market position and earnings potential through strategic growth investments.”

Updated Fiscal 2023 Guidance
For fiscal 2023, the Company now projects EPS of $6.90 to $7.55 (prior $6.65 to $7.30), sales growth of 5% to 9% including 6% to 10% on an organic basis (prior 3% to 7%) and EBITDA margins of 10.9% to 11.2% (prior 10.8% to 11.1%). Guidance incorporates ongoing economic uncertainty, inflationary pressures, and supply chain headwinds. Guidance does not assume contribution from potential future acquisitions.

Dividend
Today the Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34 per common share, payable on November 30, 2022, to shareholders of record on November 15, 2022.

Conference Call Information
Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on October 27, 2022. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and David K. Wells – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. A supplemental investor presentation detailing latest quarter results and the Company’s outlook is available for reference on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at www.applied.com. To join the call, dial 800-732-5617 (toll free) or 212-231-2919 (for International callers) using conference ID 22020903. A live audio webcast can be accessed online through the investor relations portion of the Company's website at www.applied.com. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 800-633-8625 or 402-977-9141 (International) using conference ID 22020903.

About Applied®
Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies. Our leading brands, specialized services, and comprehensive knowledge serve MRO and OEM end users in virtually all industrial markets through our multi-channel capabilities that provide choice, convenience, and expertise. For more information, visit www.applied.com.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. Applied intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Forward-looking statements are often identified by qualifiers such as “will,” “guidance,” “projects,” “assume”, and derivative or similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including trends in the industrial sector of the economy (such as the inflationary environment and supply chain strains), the effects of the health crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations, results of operations, and financial condition, and other risk factors identified in Applied's most recent periodic report and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, many of which risks are amplified by circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by Applied or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Applied assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, or events, or otherwise.

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,

2022

2021

Net Sales

$

1,062,405

$

891,681

 

Cost of sales

 

755,622

 

636,341

 

Gross Profit

 

306,783

 

255,340

 

Selling, distribution and administrative expense,
including depreciation

 

200,251

 

180,726

 

Operating Income

 

106,532

 

74,614

 

Interest expense, net

 

6,480

 

7,390

 

Other income, net

 

1,008

 

(312

)

Income Before Income Taxes

 

99,044

 

67,536

 

Income tax expense

 

22,164

 

14,567

 

Net Income

$

76,880

$

52,969

 

Net Income Per Share - Basic

$

2.00

$

1.38

 

Net Income Per Share - Diluted

$

1.97

$

1.36

 

Average Shares Outstanding - Basic

 

38,526

 

38,502

 

Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted

 

39,111

 

39,084

 

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1) Applied uses the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of valuing U.S. inventory. An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method can only be made at the end of each year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on management's estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs and are subject to the final year-end LIFO inventory determination.
 
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
September
30, 2022
June 30,
2022
 
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

147,575

$

184,474

Accounts receivable, net

 

674,136

 

656,429

Inventories

 

490,099

 

449,821

Other current assets

 

78,686

 

68,805

Total current assets

 

1,390,496

 

1,359,529

Property, net

 

110,539

 

111,896

Operating lease assets, net

 

103,037

 

108,052

Intangibles, net

 

242,741

 

250,590

Goodwill

 

561,477

 

563,205

Other assets

 

65,884

 

59,316

Total Assets

$

2,474,174

$

2,452,588

 
Liabilities
Accounts payable

$

277,224

$

259,463

Current portion of long-term debt

 

181

 

40,174

Other accrued liabilities

 

173,858

 

199,990

Total current liabilities

 

451,263

 

499,627

Long-term debt

 

649,103

 

649,150

Other liabilities

 

152,368

 

154,456

Total Liabilities

 

1,252,734

 

1,303,233

Shareholders' Equity

 

1,221,440

 

1,149,355

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

2,474,174

$

2,452,588

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,

2022

2021

 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income

$

76,880

 

$

52,969

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property

 

5,481

 

 

5,427

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

7,705

 

 

8,121

 

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

 

3,994

 

 

798

 

Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options

 

1,424

 

 

1,907

 

Other share-based compensation expense

 

1,939

 

 

1,563

 

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions

 

(72,071

)

 

(20,404

)

Other, net

 

591

 

 

(1,739

)

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

 

25,943

 

 

48,642

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

-

 

 

(7,094

)

Capital expenditures

 

(5,554

)

 

(3,621

)

Proceeds from property sales

 

56

 

 

48

 

Cash payments for loans on company-owned life insurance

 

-

 

 

(14,835

)

Net Cash used in Investing Activities

 

(5,498

)

 

(25,502

)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Long-term debt repayments

 

(40,061

)

 

(9,811

)

Interest rate swap settlement receipts (payments)

 

294

 

 

(1,644

)

Purchases of treasury shares

 

(716

)

 

(6,537

)

Dividends paid

 

(13,100

)

 

(12,712

)

Exercise of stock appreciation rights and options

 

126

 

 

-

 

Acquisition holdback payments

 

(660

)

 

(135

)

Taxes paid for shares withheld for equity awards

 

(1,401

)

 

(1,141

)

Net Cash used in Financing Activities

 

(55,518

)

 

(31,980

)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

 

(1,826

)

 

(1,592

)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(36,899

)

 

(10,432

)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

 

184,474

 

 

257,745

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

147,575

 

$

247,313

 

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

The Company supplemented the reporting of financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with reporting of non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist shareholders in understanding financial results, assessing prospects for future performance, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The Company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review company financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.
Reconciliation of Net Income, a GAAP financial measure, to EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure:
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,

2022

2021

Net Income

$

76,880

 

$

52,969

 

Interest expense, net

 

6,480

 

 

7,390

 

Income tax expense

 

22,164

 

 

14,567

 

Depreciation and amortization of property

 

5,481

 

 

5,427

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

7,705

 

 

8,121

 

EBITDA

$

118,710

 

$

88,474

 

 
The Company defines EBITDA as Earnings from operations before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization, a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA excludes items that may not be indicative of core operating results, a non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Reconciliation of Net Cash provided by Operating activities, a GAAP financial measure, to Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure:
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,

2022

2021

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

$

25,943

 

$

48,642

 

Capital expenditures

 

(5,554

)

 

(3,621

)

Free Cash Flow

$

20,389

 

$

45,021

 

 
Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, a non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Ryan D. Cieslak
Director – Investor Relations & Treasury
216-426-4887 / rcieslak@applied.com

Source: Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.

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