Apogee Enterprises Reports Fiscal 2021 Second-Quarter Results
September 17, 2020 at 06:30 AM EDT
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG) today announced results for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 and provided a business update. Second-quarter revenue was $319.5 million, compared to $357.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, reflecting COVID-19 and market related volume declines in three of the company’s segments. Earnings were $0.67 per diluted share, compared to $0.72 per diluted share in the prior year period, reflecting the lower revenue, partially offset by cost savings and improved productivity. Adjusted earnings were $0.73 per diluted share, compared to $0.72 in the prior year. Adjusted results excluded $2.3 million of pre-tax costs related to COVID-19 and acquired project matters.
“Our team turned in impressive results in the second quarter, delivering adjusted earnings growth despite a challenging economic situation,” said Joseph F. Puishys, Chief Executive Officer. “As we forecasted last quarter, each of our four segments delivered increased revenue and profitability in the second quarter compared to the first quarter. Large-Scale Optical recovered sharply from the first quarter, returning to profitability, and we benefited from strong execution and effective cost and cash management across our business.”
Mr. Puishys continued, “While conditions in our end markets remain uncertain, Apogee is well positioned to navigate the current environment. Over the past several years, we have successfully diversified our business to enable more stable performance, moving from a concentration in high-rise buildings toward a more balanced customer offering across project types and building sizes. We’ve built a robust backlog, providing visibility in the long lead-time parts of our business. We’ve driven sustainable cost reductions and improved productivity, with additional opportunities for further gains. Finally, our strong balance sheet and cash flow provide significant financial flexibility to drive future growth and shareholder value.”
Mr. Puishys concluded, “I want to once again thank all of Apogee’s employees for their tremendous efforts and sacrifices over the past several months. Our team has taken decisive action to stabilize our business in response to COVID-19. Looking ahead, we will remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and supporting our customers, as we position the company to emerge stronger when the economy recovers.”
Architectural Framing Systems
Architectural Framing Systems second-quarter revenue was $152.9 million, compared to $187.4 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting COVID-19 related project delays and lower order volume. Operating income in the quarter was $11.7 million, with operating margin of 7.6 percent, compared to $15.5 million and 8.3 percent respectively in the prior year quarter, reflecting the lower revenue, partially offset by cost reductions and improved productivity. Segment backlog stands at $404 million, compared to $423 million a quarter ago.
Architectural Glass revenue in the second quarter was $86.6 million, compared to $99.1 million in the prior year quarter, primarily reflecting lower volumes due to COVID-19 related project delays and lower order volume. The segment had operating income of $5.0 million and operating margin of 5.7 percent, compared to operating income of $6.5 million and margin of 6.5 percent in last year’s second quarter, reflecting the lower volume, partially offset by strong factory productivity and effective cost management.
Architectural Services revenue grew 20 percent to $73.7 million, compared to $61.6 million in the prior-year quarter, as the segment executed projects in its substantial backlog. Second-quarter operating income increased to $6.6 million with operating margin of 8.9 percent, up from $4.0 million and 6.5 percent respectively in the prior-year period, primarily driven by strong project execution, and effective cost management. Segment backlog decreased to $665 million, compared to the record level of $685 million last quarter, but remains 32 percent above last year’s level of $502 million.
Large-Scale Optical revenue was $16.9 million, down from $20.8 million in the second quarter last year, on lower volume. By the end of the second quarter, the segment’s customers had largely reopened, after having been closed for most of the first quarter due to COVID-19 related restrictions. In addition, the segment’s two primary manufacturing locations resumed normal operations during the quarter, after being closed for most of the first and second quarters. Segment operating income was $2.1 million with operating margin of 12.7 percent, compared to $4.6 million and 22.3 percent respectively in last year’s second quarter, reflecting reduced leverage on the lower revenue, partially offset by effective cost management.
Fiscal year-to-date, net cash provided by operating activities is $85.3 million, up $68 million compared to $17.8 million in the first half of fiscal 2020, primarily driven by strong working capital management. Capital expenditures through the first half of the fiscal year were $14.2 million, down from $22.6 million in the prior-year period, as the company focused only on high return and essential capital projects. Fiscal year-to-date, the company has returned $14.5 million to shareholders through dividend payments and share repurchases. The company did not repurchase any stock in the second quarter.
During the quarter, the company reduced its total debt by $43 million, to $168 million. Over the past year, the company has reduced its total debt by $105 million.
The company is not providing detailed financial guidance due to the continued impact of COVID-19 and related economic uncertainty. The company expects continued project delays and soft market conditions but expects revenue and earnings in the second half of fiscal 2021 to improve compared to the first half of the fiscal year.
Conference Call Information
The company will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss its financial results and provide a business update. This call will be webcast and is available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website, along with presentation slides, at https://www.apog.com/events-and-presentations. The webcast also will be archived for replay on the company’s website.
About Apogee Enterprises
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG) delivers distinctive solutions for enclosing commercial buildings and framing art. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, we are a leader in architectural products and services, providing architectural glass, aluminum framing systems and installation services for buildings, as well as value-added glass and acrylic for custom picture framing and displays. For more information, visit www.apog.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release and other financial communications may contain the following non-GAAP measures:
Another important non-GAAP operational measure that management uses is backlog. Backlog represents the dollar amount of signed contracts or firm orders, generally as a result of a competitive bidding process, which is expected to be recognized as revenue. Backlog is not a term defined under U.S. GAAP and is not a measure of contract profitability. Backlog should not be used as the sole indicator of future segment revenue because we have a substantial amount of projects with short lead times that book-and-bill within the same reporting period and are not included in backlog.
Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate the company’s historical and prospective financial performance and liquidity, measure operational profitability on a consistent basis, and provide enhanced transparency to the investment community. These non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the reported financial results of the company prepared in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, limiting the usefulness of the measures for comparison with other companies.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “should” and similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements”. These statements reflect Apogee management’s expectations or beliefs as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward-looking statements are qualified by factors that may affect the results, performance, prospects and opportunities of the company, including the following: (A) potential continuing negative impacts from pandemic health issues, such as the coronavirus / COVID-19, along with the impact of government stay-at-home orders or other similar directives on our future financial results of operations, our future financial condition, and our ability to continue business activities in affected regions; (B) global economic conditions and the cyclical nature of the North American and Latin American commercial construction industries, which impact our three architectural segments, and consumer confidence and the conditions of the U.S. economy, which impact our large-scale optical segment; (C) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; (D) actions of new and existing competitors; (E) ability to effectively utilize and increase production capacity; (F) loss of key personnel and inability to source sufficient labor; (G) product performance, reliability and quality issues; (H) project management and installation issues that could result in losses on individual contracts; (I) changes in consumer and customer preference, or architectural trends and building codes; (J) dependence on a relatively small number of customers in certain business segments; (K) revenue and operating results that could differ from market expectations; (L) self-insurance risk related to a material product liability or other event for which the company is liable; (M) dependence on information technology systems and information security threats; (N) cost of compliance with and changes in environmental regulations; (O) commodity price fluctuations, trade policy impacts, and supply availability; (P) integration of recent acquisitions and management of acquired contracts; and (Q) impairment of goodwill or indefinite-lived intangible assets. The company cautions investors that actual future results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, and that other factors may in the future prove to be important in affecting the company’s results, performance, prospects or opportunities. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. More information concerning potential factors that could affect future financial results is included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020 and in subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.