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Applied Industrial Technologies Reports Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter Results

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 2021 second quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Net sales for the quarter decreased 9.9% to $751.3 million from $833.4 million in the prior year. The change includes a 0.5% increase from acquisitions and a 0.1% increase from foreign currency translation. Excluding these factors, sales decreased 10.5% on an organic basis reflecting a 10.5% decline in the Service Center segment and a 10.1% decline in the Fluid Power & Flow Control segment. The Company reported a net loss of $­­­5.3 million, or $0.14 per share. Results include a non-cash impairment charge of $49.5 million pre-tax and non-routine costs of $7.8 million pre-tax. Excluding these items, the Company reported non-GAAP adjusted net income of $38.4 million, or $0.98 per share, and adjusted EBITDA of $68.3 million.

Neil A. Schrimsher, Applied’s President & Chief Executive Officer, commented “Our fiscal 2021 second quarter reflects solid execution across Applied. We are progressing on our growth initiatives as end-market demand gradually recovers. This drove encouraging order momentum and seasonally strong sequential improvement in daily sales rates during the quarter. Combined with solid cost control and working capital management, decremental margins were better than our expectations and we generated record second quarter cash flow. Overall, the results are a testament to our industry position and operational discipline, as well as the expanding value we are providing as the industrial sector advances through the pandemic and customers address greater technical and growth requirements.”

Mr. Schrimsher added, “Looking forward, I am increasingly constructive on our outlook and potential. While general economic uncertainty remains, underlying sales improvement has continued into January with organic sales month to date down by a mid-single digit percent year over year. We have multiple catalysts to expand our market potential and accelerate growth opportunities throughout calendar 2021 and beyond. This activity includes addressing customers’ break-fix MRO requirements, supporting greater demand for specialized engineered solutions, and leveraging our multi-channel cross-selling initiatives. In addition, we are making solid progress expanding our next generation automation capabilities following three acquisitions in the past 16 months, putting us in a strong position to address our customers’ emerging industrial technology and operational requirements. Our balance sheet provides the means to support these growth opportunities and drive additional stakeholder returns as the economic recovery broadens.”

Items Impacting the Quarter
Fiscal 2021 second quarter results include a $49.5 million pre-tax non-cash charge related to the impairment of certain intangible, lease, and fixed assets, as well as non-routine costs of $7.8 million pre-tax. The items are the result of reduced economic conditions and related business alignment initiatives across a portion of the Service Center segment operations exposed to oil & gas end markets. Total non-routine costs of $7.8 million pre-tax include a $7.4 million inventory reserve charge recorded within cost of sales, and $0.4 million related to severance and facility consolidation recorded in selling, distribution and administrative expense.

Outlook
Based on month to date sales in January and assuming normal seasonal patterns, the Company would project fiscal 2021 third quarter sales to decline 3% to 4% year over year on an organic basis. In addition, assuming this sales level, the Company would project selling, administrative and distribution expenses to range between $170 million to $175 million during the fiscal 2021 third quarter, which includes additional expense restoration from temporary cost actions initiated in fiscal 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dividend
Today the Company also announced that its Board of Directors approved an increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.33 per common share, payable on February 26, 2021, to shareholders of record on February 16, 2021. This represents the 12th dividend increase since 2010.

Conference Call Information
Applied will host its quarterly conference call for investors and analysts at 10 a.m. ET on January 28, 2021. Neil A. Schrimsher – President & CEO, and David K. Wells – CFO will discuss the Company's performance. A supplemental investor deck detailing latest quarter results is available for reference on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at www.applied.com. To join the call, dial 877-311-4351 (toll free) or 614-999-9139 (for International callers) using conference ID 2659264. 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 855-859-2056 or 800-585-8367 (both toll free), or 404-537-3406 (International) using conference ID 2659264.

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 “expect,” “will,” “outlook,” “project,” 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, 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
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net Sales

$

751,287

$

833,375

$

1,499,094

$

1,689,779

Cost of sales

541,753

592,141

1,073,779

1,197,085

Gross Profit

209,534

241,234

425,315

492,694

Selling, distribution and administrative expense,
including depreciation

162,428

182,489

325,901

372,783

Intangible and other impairment

49,528

-

49,528

-

Operating (Loss) Income

(2,422

)

58,745

49,886

119,911

Interest expense, net

7,658

9,583

15,311

19,642

Other expense (income), net

88

(215

)

(89

)

(215

)

(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes

(10,168

)

49,377

34,664

100,484

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

(4,834

)

11,346

5,214

23,654

Net (Loss) Income

$

(5,334

)

$

38,031

$

29,450

$

76,830

Net (Loss) Income Per Share - Basic

$

(0.14

)

$

0.98

$

0.76

$

1.99

Net (Loss) Income Per Share - Diluted

$

(0.14

)

$

0.97

$

0.75

$

1.97

Average Shares Outstanding - Basic

38,781

38,649

38,751

38,630

Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted

39,233

39,047

39,165

39,000

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.

2) In the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the Company recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $49.5 million and $7.8 million of other non-routine costs as a result of reduced economic conditions and business alignment initiatives related to a portion of the Service Center Based Distribution segment exposed to oil and gas end markets. The non-routine costs reduced gross profit by $7.4 million and increased selling, distribution and administrative expense by $0.4 million. Combined, the non-cash impairment charge and non-routine costs unfavorably impacted operating (loss) income by $57.3 million and net (loss) income by $43.7 million.

3) Due to the net loss incurred by the Company during the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the calculation of Net Loss Per Share - Diluted utilized the Average Shares Outstanding - Basic, as using the Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted would have been anti-dilutive.
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
December 31,
2020
June 30,
2020
 
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

288,775

$

268,551

Accounts receivable, net

444,200

449,998

Inventories

363,757

389,150

Other current assets

54,864

52,070

Total current assets

1,151,596

1,159,769

Property, net

120,530

121,901

Operating lease assets, net

86,977

90,636

Intangibles, net

294,581

343,215

Goodwill

557,257

540,594

Other assets

30,076

27,436

Total Assets

$

2,241,017

$

2,283,551

 
Liabilities
Accounts payable

$

196,468

$

186,270

Current portion of long-term debt

78,638

78,646

Other accrued liabilities

150,761

161,167

Total current liabilities

425,867

426,083

Long-term debt

783,076

855,143

Other liabilities

151,367

158,783

Total Liabilities

1,360,310

1,440,009

Shareholders' Equity

880,707

843,542

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

2,241,017

$

2,283,551

 
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 

Six Months Ended

December 31,

2020

2019

 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net income

$

29,450

$

76,830

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

10,561

10,617

Amortization of intangibles

18,002

20,569

Intangible and other impairment

49,528

-

Amortization of stock appreciation rights and options

1,328

1,494

Other share-based compensation expense

2,167

1,837

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions

52,005

(11,660

)

Other, net

(3,685

)

5,212

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

159,356

104,899

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

(31,078

)

(36,390

)

Capital expenditures

(8,449

)

(11,965

)

Proceeds from property sales

292

325

Net Cash used in Investing Activities

(39,235

)

(48,030

)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Long-term debt borrowings

-

25,000

Long-term debt repayments

(72,260

)

(34,868

)

Interest rate swap settlement payments

(549

)

-

Payment of debt issuance costs

-

(16

)

Dividends paid

(24,899

)

(24,002

)

Acquisition holdback payments

(1,138

)

(777

)

Taxes paid for shares withheld for equity awards

(5,571

)

(1,988

)

Exercise of stock appreciation rights and options

163

330

Net Cash used in Financing Activities

(104,254

)

(36,321

)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

4,357

(618

)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

20,224

19,930

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

268,551

108,219

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

288,775

$

128,149

 
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 (loss) income and Net (loss) income per share, GAAP financial measures, with Adjusted Net income and
Adjusted Net income per share, non-GAAP financial measures:
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2020
Pre-taxTax EffectNet of TaxPer Share
Diluted Impact
Tax Rate
Net loss and net loss per share

$

(10,168

)

$

(4,834

)

$

(5,334

)

$

(0.14

)

47.5

%

Intangible and other impairment

49,528

11,769

37,759

0.96

23.8

%

Non-routine costs

7,772

1,847

5,925

0.15

23.8

%

Adjusted net income and net income per share

$

47,132

$

8,782

$

38,350

$

0.98

18.6

%

Reconciliation of Net Income, a GAAP financial measure, to EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure:
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net (Loss) Income

$

(5,334

)

$

38,031

$

29,450

$

76,830

Interest expense, net

7,658

9,583

15,311

19,642

Income tax (benefit) expense

(4,834

)

11,346

5,214

23,654

Depreciation and amortization of property

5,209

5,394

10,561

10,617

Amortization of intangibles

8,276

10,195

18,002

20,569

EBITDA

$

10,975

$

74,549

$

78,538

$

151,312

Intangible and other impairment

49,528

-

49,528

-

Non-routine costs

7,772

-

7,772

1,455

Adjusted EBITDA

$

68,275

$

74,549

$

135,838

$

152,767

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
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net Cash provided by Operating Activities

$

77,514

$

54,881

$

159,356

$

104,899

Capital expenditures

(4,852

)

(7,019

)

(8,449

)

(11,965

)

Free Cash Flow

$

72,662

$

47,862

$

150,907

$

92,934

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

Contacts:

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

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