Caesarstone Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
August 04, 2021 at 07:00 AM EDT
Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE), a leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality engineered surfaces, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021.
“I am very pleased with our ability to deliver record sales during the second quarter driven by strong performance across our business, as well as the positive contributions from our recent accretive acquisitions of Omicron and Lioli” commented Yuval Dagim, Caesarstone’s Chief Executive Officer. “This achievement is attributable to the focused execution of our Global Growth Acceleration Plan as we continue to leverage our world-class brand and innovative go-to-market initiatives to enhance customer experience and engagement. To that point, our new CS Connect platform represents a technological leap for our business, transforming the way we communicate with our customers and consumers, and we are highly encouraged by the initial feedback we have received. Looking to the second half of 2021, we have a strong balance sheet in place with ample capital to build on our success as we further execute our growth strategy to transform Caesarstone into a leading premium, multi-material countertop company.”
(*) Cash position is defined as cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits and long and short-term investment in marketable securities less debt from financial institutions.
Second Quarter 2021 Results
Revenue in the second quarter of 2021 grew 65.1% to a record of $163.5 million compared to $99.0 million in the prior year quarter. On a constant currency basis, second quarter revenue was higher by 55.5% year-over-year. Sales growth was primarily driven by improved demand across the majority of our global footprint, as economies around the world continue to recover from the pandemic, in addition to the contribution of our recent acquisitions.
Gross margin in the second quarter improved to 28.0% compared to 20.4% in the prior year quarter. Adjusted gross margin in the second quarter was 28.1% compared to 20.5% in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year improvement in gross margin mainly reflects better regional and product mix, more favorable currency exchange rates, enhanced productivity in our factories, and growing demand since the beginning of the pandemic which were partly offset by lower sales prices and higher raw material and shipping inflation.
Operating expenses in the second quarter were $40.6 million, or 24.8% of revenue, compared to $23.1 million, or 23.3% of revenue in the prior year quarter. Excluding legal settlements and loss contingencies, operating expenses were 22.3% of revenue, compared to 21.6% in the prior year quarter, mainly due to higher marketing and selling expenses related to initiatives under the Company’s Global Growth Acceleration Plan.
Operating income grew to $5.2 million compared to operating loss of $2.9 million in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year growth mainly reflects higher gross profit.
Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes expenses for non-cash share-based compensation, legal settlements and loss contingencies and for non-recurring items, more than doubled year-over-year to $18.8 million in the second quarter, representing a margin of 11.5%. This compares to adjusted EBITDA of $6.5 million, representing a margin of 6.6%, in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year margin improvement primarily reflects the higher gross margin.
Finance expense in the second quarter was $3.1 million compared to finance expense of $2.5 million in the prior year quarter. The difference was primarily a result of higher credit cards fees due to higher volume as well as interest related to bank loan.
Net Income attributable to controlling interest for the second quarter was $1.7 million compared to net loss of $5.9 million in the prior year quarter. Net income per share for the second quarter was $0.05 compared to net loss per share of $0.17 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted diluted net income per share for the second quarter was $0.21 on 34.6 million shares, compared to adjusted diluted net loss per share of $0.10 in the prior year quarter on 34.5 million shares.
Balance Sheet & Liquidity
As of June 30, 2021, the Company’s balance sheet remained strong, including cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits and short and long-term marketable securities of $121.1 million and total debt to financial institutions of $13.3 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 second quarter of 2021, based on its reported net income attributable to controlling interest for the period.
The Company reiterates its expectation for 2021 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA to be higher year-over-year. The Company anticipates revenue to grow faster than EBITDA in 2021 mainly due to higher raw material and shipping costs, coupled with a return to more normalized levels of sales and marketing expenses and other investments to support growth initiatives. The Company’s outlook includes the investment costs associated with its Global Growth Acceleration Plan. The Company’s outlook also assumes that pandemic related business restrictions will continue to fade as the year progresses.
Webcast and Conference Call Details
The Company will host a live 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 of the call can be accessed at ir.caesarstone.com. For those unable to access the webcast, the conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-877-407-4018 (domestic) or +1-201-689-8471 (international). The toll-free Israeli number is 1 80 940 6247. Upon dialing in, please request to join the Caesarstone Second Quarter Earnings Call.
To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or +1-412-317-6671 (international) and enter pass code 13721368. The replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Caesarstone is a concept and lifestyle-driven company with a customer-centered approach to designing, developing, and producing high-end engineered stone countertops, used in residential and commercial buildings. Our products offer superior aesthetic appeal and perfected functionality through a distinct variety of colors, styles, textures, and finishes used in diverse countertop applications, marked by inherent longevity. Strong commitment to service has fostered growing customer loyalty in over 50 countries where the Caesarstone product collections are available: Classico, Supernatural, Metropolitan and Outdoor. For more information please visit our website: www.caesarstone.com.
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.
Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to the Company's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, including estimations relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation measures in connection thereto, expectations of the results of the Company’s business optimization initiative , integration of the company’s acquisitions and its projected outlook and results of operations. These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, both known or unknown. These factors include, but are not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on end-consumers, economic conditions in our key markets, raw material shortages and prices, , fluctuations in home renovation and construction sectors; the company’s ability to compete with lower-priced products and other intense competitive pressures; the outcome of silicosis and other bodily injury claims; regulatory requirements relating to hazards associated with exposure to silica dust; ability to efficiently manufacture products and managing required changes in production and supply chain in light of our recent acquisitions; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the success of our expansion efforts in the United States; unpredictability of seasonal fluctuations in revenues and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.