Caesarstone Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
November 09, 2022 at 07:00 AM EST
– Record Third Quarter Revenue up 10.6% to $180.7 Million and up 14.9% on a Constant Currency Basis –
– Net Loss Attributable to Controlling Interest of $0.5 Million, or ($0.02) Per Share –
– Adjusted EBITDA of $13.4 Million –
– Revises Full Year 2022 Outlook –
Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE), a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality engineered surfaces, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Yuval Dagim, Caesarstone’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “Our third quarter results represent further progress against our multi-faceted growth strategy to transform Caesarstone into a leading premium, multi-material countertop company. We produced our 7th consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth on a constant currency basis, leading to another quarter of record revenue. We are implementing successful pricing actions that are helping to mitigate increasing costs of raw materials and shipping, and we plan to enact additional actions in the months ahead. We also continue to benefit from the successful integration of our acquired businesses in addition to the expansion of our innovative digital platforms across our global footprint.
While the execution of our strategy remains effective, foreign exchange rates as a result of appreciation of the U.S Dollar against all other currencies have become an increasing headwind to our top and bottom line, as reflected in third quarter results. Price is more than offsetting softening volume attributable to the challenging macroeconomic environment, particularly in the U.S., which has weighed on renovation and new construction activity. As a result of these macroeconomic conditions, we have already taken measures to align our production and inventory levels to new conditions in the market and plan to continue to take actions to reduce costs. We have revised our full year 2022 outlook predominately to reflect unfavorable foreign exchange rate impacts that are expected to continue through year end, as well as higher shipping and other related costs. I am proud of our entire team’s efforts to execute the initiatives under our global growth acceleration plan during these complex times. I am confident that we have the right plan in place to create additional value in our business by leveraging our world-renowned brand, multi-material product offerings, and innovative go-to-market initiatives.”
Third Quarter 2022 Results
Revenue in the third quarter of 2022 grew 10.6% to a third quarter record of $180.7 million compared to $163.3 million in the prior year quarter. On a constant currency basis, third quarter revenue was higher by 14.9% year-over-year. Revenue growth was primarily driven by higher pricing across the majority of our global footprint particularly in North America.
Gross margin in the third quarter of 2022 was 23.0% compared to 26.2% in the prior year quarter. Adjusted gross margin in the third quarter was 23.1% compared to 26.3% in the prior year quarter. The majority of the year-over-year reduction in gross margin reflected unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations as a result of appreciation of the U.S dollar against all other currencies, with the remainder attributable to higher logistics, shipping and raw material costs, which were partially offset by pricing actions.
Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were $38.5 million, or 21.3% of revenue, compared to $33.9 million, or 20.7% of revenue in the prior year quarter mainly due to higher marketing and selling expenses. Excluding legal settlements and loss contingencies, adjusted operating expenses were 20.9% of revenue, compared to 21.0% in the prior year quarter.
Operating income in the third quarter of 2022 was $3.2 million compared to $8.9 million in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year decrease mainly reflects higher operating expenses.
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022, which excludes expenses for non-cash share-based compensation, legal settlements and loss contingencies and for non-recurring items, was $13.4 million, representing a margin of 7.4%. This compared to adjusted EBITDA of $17.7 million, representing a margin of 10.8% in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year decrease primarily reflects the lower gross margin.
Finance expenses in the third quarter of 2022 was $4.3 million compared to finance expense of $2.4 million in the prior year quarter. The difference primarily reflects changes in value of financial assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars, a result of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Net loss attributable to controlling interest for the third quarter of 2022 was $0.5 million compared to net income of $5.9 million in the prior year quarter. Net loss per share for the third quarter was $0.02 compared to net income per share of $0.17 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted diluted net income per share for the third quarter was $0.01 on 34.6 million shares, compared to adjusted diluted net income per share of $0.20 in the prior year quarter on a similar share count.
Balance Sheet & Liquidity
As of September 30, 2022, the Company’s balance sheet included cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits and short and long-term marketable securities of $66.2 million and total debt to financial institutions of $34.5 million.
The Company’s dividend policy provides for a quarterly cash dividend of up to 50% of reported net income on a year-to-date basis, less any amount already paid as dividend for the respective period (the “calculated dividend”), subject in each case to approval by the Company’s board of directors. No dividend is paid if it would be less than $0.10 per share. Pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy, the Company does not intend to pay a dividend for the third quarter of 2022, based on its reported net loss attributable to controlling interest for the period.
The Company revises its expectation for 2022 revenue to be in the range of $690 million to $700 million, compared to a prior range of $710 million to $725 million, with the decrease predominantly attributable to the impact of foreign currency exchange rates. Additionally, the Company has moderated its volume expectations for the year due to softening economic conditions as higher interest rates and inflation have continued to pressure renovation and new construction activity, particularly in the U.S. Additionally, the Company revises its expectation for Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to be approximately 8.0% to 8.5% for the full year 2022 compared to 10.6% in 2021 due predominantly to unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and to a lesser extent due to higher shipping and logistics related costs.
Webcast and Conference Call Details
The Company will host a webcast and conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results, followed by a question and answer session for the investment community. The live webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at ir.caesarstone.com. For those unable to access the webcast, the conference call will be accessible domestically or internationally, by dialing 1-855-327-6837 and 1-631-891-4304, respectively. The toll-free Israeli number is 1 80 945 8327. Upon dialing in, please request to join the Caesarstone Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call.
To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 1-844-512-2921 or + 1-412-317-6671 (international) and enter pass code 10020291. The replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 and will last through 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
Caesarstone is a global leader of premium surfaces, specializing in countertops that create dynamic spaces of inspiration in the heart of the home. Established in 1987, its multi-material portfolio of over 100 colors combines the company’s innovative technology with its powerful design passion. Spearheading high-quality, sustainable surfaces, Caesarstone delivers functional resilience with timeless beauty, for a vast range of applications, including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and more, for indoor and outdoor spaces.
Since it pioneered quartz countertops over thirty years ago, the brand has expanded into porcelain and natural stone and is on the ground in more than 50 countries worldwide while enhancing customer experience through the expansion of groundbreaking digital platforms & services. More information on Caesarstone: caesarstoneus.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-GAAP measures presented by the Company should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, comparable GAAP measures. Reconciliations of GAAP gross profit to adjusted gross profit, GAAP net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) and net income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA are provided in the schedules to this release. To calculate revenues growth rates that exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, the Company converts actual reported results from local currency to U.S. dollars using constant foreign currency exchange rates in the current and comparable period. The Company provides these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes that they present a better measure of the Company's core business and management uses the non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate the Company's ongoing performance. Accordingly, the Company believes that they are useful to investors in enhancing an understanding of the Company's operating performance.
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