Federal Signal Raises Full-Year Outlook after Reporting Strong Third Quarter Results

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Oak Brook, Illinois, October 29, 2020 — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS) (the “Company”), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales of $280 million
  • Operating margin of 12.2%, compared to 12.5% last year
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.4%, exceeding high end of target range, and up from 16.1% last year
  • GAAP EPS of $0.41
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.42
  • Orders of $266 million, up $65 million, or 32%, compared to the second quarter of 2020
  • Year-to-date operating cash generation of $80 million, up $21 million, or 36%, from last year
  • $66 million of cash and $251 million of credit facility availability at end of quarter
  • Raising full-year adjusted EPS* outlook to a new range of $1.58 to $1.66, from the previous range of $1.53 to $1.65

Consolidated net sales for the third quarter were $280 million, compared to $309 million in the same quarter a year ago. Net income for the third quarter was $25.3 million, equal to $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $28.4 million, equal to $0.46 per share, in the prior-year quarter.

The Company also reported adjusted net income for the third quarter of $25.9 million, equal to $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $28.9 million, or $0.47 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 Operational Performance Despite Ongoing Disruptions; Margin Again Exceeds Target Range, and Order Trends Improve Sequentially

“Our operating results were in line with the high expectations we had for the quarter, with seasonally-strong performance at many of our businesses. Our teams continue to demonstrate excellent operational execution in challenging circumstances, while prioritizing the safety of our employees,” commented Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Once again, we delivered margin performance above the upper end of our target range, achieving an adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.4%. In addition, our third quarter order intake was up $65 million, or 32%, compared to the second quarter, further evidencing our strong business fundamentals, broad range of product offerings, and diversity in our end markets.”

In the Environmental Solutions Group, net sales for the third quarter were $231 million, compared to $254 million in the prior-year quarter. In the Safety and Security Systems Group, net sales were $49 million, compared to $55 million last year.

Consolidated operating income for the third quarter was $34.0 million, compared to $38.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Consolidated operating margin was 12.2%, compared to 12.5% in the prior-year quarter.

Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) for the third quarter was $45.9 million, compared to $49.8 million in the prior-year quarter, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 16.4%, compared to 16.1% last year.

Adjusted EBITDA in the Environmental Solutions Group was $43.9 million, compared to $46.0 million in the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.0%, up from 18.1% last year. In the Safety and Security Systems Group, adjusted EBITDA was $8.2 million, compared to $9.4 million in the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 16.8%, compared to 17.2% last year.

Consolidated backlog at September 30, 2020 was $320 million, compared to $367 million in the prior-year quarter.

Financial Position Remains Strong, Providing Flexibility to Fund Growth Opportunities and Cash Returns to Stockholders

Net cash of $15 million was provided by operating activities during the third quarter, bringing the total cash generated from operations so far this year to $80 million, an improvement of $21 million, or 36%, compared to the prior-year period.

At September 30, 2020, consolidated debt was $239 million, total cash and cash equivalents were $66 million and the Company had $251 million of availability for borrowings under its five-year revolving credit facility, which was executed in July 2019. 

“Our financial position continues to be very strong,” said Sherman. “It provides us with flexibility to pursue strategic

acquisitions, invest in organic growth initiatives, and fund cash returns to stockholders.”

The Company funded dividends of $4.8 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. In addition, the Company

repurchased $0.2 million of stock in the third quarter under its existing share repurchase program.


“Our track record of solid execution during these challenging times and the continued strength of our backlog provide us with confidence in the year,” noted Sherman. “As a result, we are raising our 2020 adjusted EPS* outlook to a new range of $1.58 to $1.66, from a range of $1.53 to $1.65. The new range would represent the second highest adjusted EPS* in our history, surpassed only by the record set last year.”


Federal Signal will host its third quarter conference call on Thursday, October 29, 2020 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 13712051. 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.

“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: direct and indirect impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated government response, economic conditions in various regions, product and price competition, supply chain disruptions, work stoppages, availability and pricing of raw materials, risks associated with acquisitions such as integration of operations and achieving anticipated revenue and cost benefits, 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, Chief Financial Officer, +1-630-954-2000, ihudson@federalsignal.com

* Adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”) is a non-GAAP measure, which includes certain adjustments to reported GAAP net income and diluted EPS. When reporting adjusted EPS in 2020, we have made, and would expect to continue to make, certain adjustments to exclude the impact of acquisition and integration-related expenses, pension-related charges, restructuring activity, coronavirus-related expenses and purchase accounting effects, where applicable. In prior years, we have also made adjustments to GAAP net income and diluted EPS for hearing loss settlement charges and special tax items. Should any similar items occur in 2020, we would also 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).

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