Oak Brook, Illinois, October 31, 2019 — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
• Net sales of $309 million, up $39 million, or 15%, from last year
• Operating income of $38.6 million, up $8.2 million, or 27%, from last year
• GAAP EPS of $0.46, up $0.10, or 28%, from last year
• Adjusted EPS of $0.47, up $0.11, or 31%, from last year
• Orders of $329 million, up $61 million, or 23%, from last year
• Raising full-year adjusted EPS* outlook to a new range of $1.70 to $1.76, from the previous range of $1.64 to $1.72
Consolidated net sales for the third quarter were $308.8 million, up $39.4 million, or 15%, versus the same quarter a year ago. Net income for the third quarter was $28.4 million, equal to $0.46 per diluted share, compared to $21.7 million, equal to $0.36 per share, in the prior-year quarter.
The Company also reported adjusted net income for the third quarter of $28.9 million, equal to $0.47 per diluted share, up from $21.7 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the third quarter of last year. 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.
Impressive Q3 Results Reflect Significant Increases in Sales, Orders and Earnings
“Our third-quarter operating results benefited from seasonally-strong performance at many of our businesses,” commented Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our third-quarter earnings also included the effects of a low tax rate, which added approximately $0.02 to our EPS, and better-than-expected accretion from MRL. With the team’s intense focus on execution of our strategic initiatives and contributions from MRL, we reported double-digit growth in both net sales and orders, and our operating income was up 27% year-over-year. Each of our groups delivered improved adjusted EBITDA margin performance towards the high end of our target ranges, translating to a consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin in excess of 16%.”
In the Environmental Solutions Group, net sales for the third quarter were $254.0 million, up $37.7 million, or 17%, compared to the prior-year quarter, while in the Safety and Security Systems Group, net sales of $54.8 million were up $1.7 million, or 3%.
Consolidated operating income for the third quarter was $38.6 million, up $8.2 million, or 27%, compared to the prior-year quarter, primarily driven by a $7.6 million increase within the Environmental Solutions Group. Consolidated operating margin was 12.5%, up from 11.3% in the prior-year quarter.
Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) for the third quarter was $49.8 million, up $10.1 million, or 25%, compared to the prior-year quarter, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin was 16.1%, compared to 14.7% last year.
Adjusted EBITDA in the Environmental Solutions Group was $46.0 million, up $9.3 million, or 25%, from the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 18.1%, up from 17.0%. Within the Safety and Security Systems Group, adjusted EBITDA was $9.4 million, up $0.7 million, or 8%, from the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.2%, up from 16.4%.
Consolidated orders for the third quarter were $328.8 million, up $60.7 million, or 23%, compared to the prior-year quarter, primarily due to order growth of $55.7 million, or 26%, within the Environmental Solutions Group. Consolidated backlog at September 30, 2019 was $367 million, up $46 million, or 14%, compared to last year.
New Credit Facility Further Strengthens Our Financial Position, Providing Additional Financial Flexibility to Fund Growth Opportunities
Net cash of $33 million was provided by operating activities during the third quarter, increasing year-to-date operating cash generation to $59 million. At September 30, 2019, consolidated debt was $249 million, total cash and cash equivalents were $36 million and the Company had $240 million of availability for borrowings under its new credit facility, which was executed during the third quarter.
“Despite some large cash outflows this quarter, which we had anticipated, our current financial position is stronger than ever,” said Sherman. “With the new credit facility that we executed during the quarter, our healthy cash generation, and our low debt leverage, we have significant financial flexibility to invest in organic growth initiatives and pursue strategic acquisitions, like MRL.”
The Company also funded dividends of $4.9 million during the third quarter, reflecting a dividend of $0.08 per share, and the Board of Directors recently declared a similar dividend that will be payable in the fourth quarter.
“Our year-over-year organic order growth this quarter was $21 million, or 8%, driven by ongoing traction on our strategic initiatives and current favorable end-market conditions,” Sherman noted. “With our impressive third quarter results and the strength of our backlog, we are raising our 2019 adjusted EPS* outlook to a new range of $1.70 to $1.76, from a range of $1.64 to $1.72. The new range equates to a year-over-year improvement of between 21% and 25%.”
Federal Signal will host its third quarter conference call on Thursday, October 31, 2019 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 www.federalsignal.com or by dialing phone number 1-877-705-6003 and entering the pin number 13695745. A replay will be available on Federal Signal’s website shortly after the call.
About Federal Signal
Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) builds and delivers equipment of unmatched quality that moves material, cleans infrastructure, and protects the communities where we work and live. 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: www.federalsignal.com.
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* Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure, which includes certain adjustments to reported GAAP net income and diluted EPS. Our outlook assumes certain adjustments to exclude the impact of acquisition and integration-related expenses and purchase accounting effects, where applicable. In 2018, we also made adjustments to exclude the impact of hearing loss settlement charges and special tax items, where applicable. Should any similar items occur during 2019, we would expect to exclude them from the determination of adjusted EPS. However, because of the underlying uncertainty in quantifying amounts which may not yet be known, a reconciliation of our Adjusted EPS outlook to the most applicable GAAP measure is excluded based on the unreasonable efforts exception in Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B). In addition, to facilitate comparisons with prior periods, when reporting our interim and annual non-GAAP results in 2019, we are adjusting our previously-issued non-GAAP results for 2018 to exclude the recognition of a deferred gain, which will no longer occur in 2019 following the adoption of the new lease accounting standard. On this basis, Adjusted EPS for 2018 would have been $1.41. See Exhibit 99.1 to the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 for the associated non-GAAP reconciliation.
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