Federal Signal Corporation Reports First Quarter Earnings and 58% Order Improvement

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Oak Brook, Illinois, April 27, 2017 — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

• Total orders of $215 million, up $79 million, or 58%, compared to last year and up $49 million, or 30%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016

• Net sales of $178 million, up 3% compared to last year

• GAAP earnings per share of $0.12 for the quarter

• Adjusted earnings per share of $0.14 for the quarter

• Operating cash flow up $20.4 million compared to last year

Consolidated net sales for the first quarter were $177.8 million, up $5.0 million, or 3% versus the same quarter a year ago. First quarter income from continuing operations was $7.2 million, equal to $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $10.4 million, equal to $0.17 per share, in the prior-year quarter.

The Company also reported adjusted net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of $8.5 million, equal to $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $11.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago. The Company is reporting adjusted results to facilitate comparisons of underlying performance on a year-over-year basis. A reconciliation of these and other non-GAAP measures is provided at the conclusion of this news release.

Q1 Earnings Exceed Expectations; Significant Improvement in Orders

“We were expecting a soft first quarter, but were pleased to report results that exceeded both revenue and earnings expectations,” commented Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We were encouraged by the significant sequential and year-over-year increase in orders, particularly within our legacy businesses. We also saw a sequential increase in orders for the distribution of new product lines acquired in connection with the JJE transaction. We are starting to see signs of some momentum on the industrial side and are making good progress with our initiative to expand into the utility market, while our municipal markets continue to be steady overall.”

Consolidated orders were $214.6 million for the quarter, up $78.9 million, or 58% compared to the prior-year quarter. The Environmental Solutions Group reported orders of $166.6 million in the first quarter of 2017, more than double its orders in the prior-year quarter, largely driven by organic order growth in excess of $30 million, as well as the effects of the prior-year Joe Johnson Equipment (“JJE”) acquisition. In addition, the Company reported sequential order improvement in the first quarter of 2017, with total orders up $49.3 million, or 30%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The improvement was primarily driven by a $46.3 million increase in orders within the Environmental Solutions Group, largely due to improved industrial demand for sewer cleaners and vacuum trucks, higher municipal orders for street sweepers and increased orders for the distribution of refuse trucks.

Consolidated backlog at March 31, 2017 was $174 million, up $39 million, or 28%, compared to last year, and up $37 million, or 27%, from the end of the fourth quarter of 2016.

In the Environmental Solutions Group, sales were up $12.4 million, or 11%, primarily due to $23.3 million of incremental net sales resulting from the JJE acquisition, which was completed in June 2016, partially offset by lower shipments of sewer cleaners and street sweepers in the U.S. Sales in the Safety and Security Systems Group decreased by $7.4 million, or 13%, largely due to lower sales of public safety products and outdoor warning systems.

Consolidated first quarter operating income was $11.3 million, down from $16.1 million in the prior-year quarter, when the Company benefited from entering the year with a backlog that contained higher margin orders for products from oil and gas markets. The lower operating income in the current-year quarter includes the impact of a $2.7 million increase in depreciation expense, largely resulting from depreciation of rental equipment acquired in the JJE transaction, the recognition of $0.5 million of purchase accounting expenses, changes in sales mix and negative operating leverage within the Environmental Solutions Group, partially offset by improved operating income in the Safety and Security Systems Group. Consolidated operating margin was 6.4%, compared to 9.3% last year.

Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2017 was $18.9 million, down from $20.8 million in the prior-year quarter, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.6% compared to 12.0% last year.

Operating Cash Flow Improves; Continued Strength in Financial Position Supports Growth Initiatives and Cash Returns to Shareholders

Net cash of $13.7 million was provided by continuing operating activities in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a $6.7 million net cash usage in the prior-year quarter. Operating cash flow in the first quarter of 2017 benefited from a lower increase in working capital than in comparison to the same period of the prior year.

At March 31, 2017, consolidated debt was $65 million, total cash and cash equivalents were $57 million and the Company had $243 million of availability for borrowings under its credit facility.

“Our financial position continues to be very strong,” said Sherman. “It provides us with a platform to pursue future growth initiatives, including strategic acquisitions, while maintaining appropriate levels of investment in our sales and new product development efforts, and continuing to fund cash returns to shareholders.”

The Company also funded dividends of $4.2 million during the first quarter, and the Board of Directors recently declared a $0.07 per share dividend that will be payable in the second quarter.


“When we issued our 2017 outlook in February, we indicated that our quarterly earnings in Q1 would be the softest of the year. We also noted the recent uptick in orders, including the increase in U.S. industrial orders since December of last year. These trends continued through the end of the first quarter,” Sherman noted. “While it is still early days, the first quarter order improvement gives us confidence in our full-year outlook. At this time, we are reaffirming our full-year 2017 adjusted EPS outlook of $0.70 to $0.78.”


Federal Signal will host its first quarter conference call on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will last approximately one hour. The call may be accessed over the internet through Federal Signal’s website at https://www.federalsignal.com or by dialing phone number 1-800-316-8317 and entering the pin number 2539448. A replay will be available on Federal Signal’s website shortly after the call.

About Federal Signal

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) provides products and services to protect people and our planet. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer, manufacturer and supplier of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates two groups: Environmental Solutions and Safety and Security Systems. For more information on Federal Signal, visit: https://www.federalsignal.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains unaudited financial information and various forward-looking statements as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements regardless of new developments or otherwise. Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from those stated. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: economic conditions in various regions; product and price competition; supplier and raw material prices; foreign currency exchange rate changes; interest rate changes; increased legal expenses and litigation results; legal and regulatory developments and other risks and uncertainties described in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact: Ian Hudson, Interim Chief Financial Officer, +1-630-954-2000, ihudson@federalsignal.com

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