Oak Brook, Illinois, April 29, 2020 — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS) (the “Company”), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
• Net sales of $286 million, up $12 million, or 4%, from last year
• Operating income of $32.3 million, up $6.5 million, or 25%, from last year
• GAAP EPS of $0.38, up $0.09, or 31%, from last year
• Adjusted EPS of $0.39, up $0.09, or 30%, from last year
• Orders of $304 million, up $5 million, or 2%, from last year
• Record backlog of $401 million, up $37 million, or 10%, from last year
• Operating cash flow of $5.2 million, up $14.0 million from last year
• Cash and cash equivalents of $69 million, and $211 million of availability under revolving credit facility
Consolidated net sales for the first quarter were $286.1 million, up $12.3 million, or 4%, versus the same quarter a year ago. Net income for the first quarter was $23.4 million, equal to $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $17.5 million, equal to $0.29 per share, in the prior-year quarter.
The Company also reported adjusted net income for the first quarter of $24.1 million, equal to $0.39 per diluted share, up from $18.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the first 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.
Q1 Represents Strong Start to 2020, with Year-over-Year Improvement in Sales, Income and Orders
“Our first-quarter results represent a strong start to the year, and our teams did a tremendous job in delivering year-over-year improvement in exceptionally difficult circumstances,” commented Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “On a consolidated basis, our net sales were up 4% compared to last year, and our operating income improved by 25%. Our adjusted EBITDA margin for the first quarter was 15.3%, towards the high end of our target range and up 220 basis points from last year. We also reported a 2% improvement in orders, contributing to a record backlog at the end of the quarter.”
In the Environmental Solutions Group, net sales for the first quarter were $233.0 million, up $13.5 million, or 6%, compared to the prior-year quarter, while in the Safety and Security Systems Group, net sales were $53.1 million, down $1.2 million, or 2%, compared to the prior-year quarter.
Consolidated operating income for the first quarter was $32.3 million, up $6.5 million, or 25%, compared to the prior-year quarter, primarily driven by a $3.7 million increase within the Environmental Solutions Group and lower corporate expenses. Consolidated operating margin was 11.3%, up from 9.4% in the prior-year quarter.
Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) for the first quarter was $43.9 million, up $8.0 million, or 22%, compared to the prior-year quarter, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.3%, compared to 13.1% last year.
Adjusted EBITDA in the Environmental Solutions Group was $40.0 million, up $5.3 million, or 15%, from the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.2%, up from 15.8%. Within the Safety and Security Systems Group, adjusted EBITDA was $8.2 million, down $1.4 million from the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.4%, compared to 17.7%.
Consolidated orders for the first quarter were $303.9 million, up $4.9 million, or 2%, compared to the prior-year quarter, contributing to a consolidated backlog of $401 million at March 31, 2020, which represented a new record for the Company, and an increase of $37 million, or 10%, compared to the prior-year quarter.
Improvement in Operating Cash Flow Support Cash Returns to Stockholders; Financial Position Remains Strong
Net cash of $5.2 million was provided by operating activities during the first quarter, compared to operating cash usage of $8.8 million in the prior-year quarter. At March 31, 2020, consolidated debt was $279 million, total cash and cash equivalents were $69 million and the Company had $211 million of availability for borrowings under its five-year revolving credit facility, which was executed in July 2019.
“Our operating cash flow improved by $14 million in comparison to the prior-year quarter,” said Sherman. “However, like many other companies, we expect that the next few quarters may be challenging. We are responding accordingly, by taking actions to reduce our costs and preserve liquidity in the short-term. We are approaching the uncertainty and challenges with resolve and from a position of strength given our current financial position, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to add long-term value to our stockholders.”
The Company funded dividends of $4.8 million during the first 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 second quarter. In addition, during the first quarter the Company repurchased $13.5 million of stock under its authorized repurchase programs.
COVID-19 Update and Outlook
“Our businesses are considered to be essential in supporting critical infrastructure needs and public safety. While certain of our operations have been affected by temporary facility closures, either due to government-issued mandates or other concerns related to COVID-19, our facilities have so far remained substantially operational during the pandemic. Given that, our primary focus has been on the safety and wellbeing of our employees,” noted Sherman.
“We were proactive in implementing enhanced health and safety measures across the organization, establishing remote working arrangements, where possible, and increasing the frequency of communications to reinforce health and safety guidelines. We also modified our employee attendance policies and provided employees with additional paid time off in order to encourage those who were sick, had health concerns, or were otherwise adversely impacted by the pandemic, to remain at home.
As a result of the combination of these factors and the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, in recent weeks we have experienced a decrease in labor availability at several of our facilities. This has resulted in a variety of challenges in running our operations efficiently, which has adversely affected productivity levels. We are also seeing similar issues within our supply chain, with certain suppliers temporarily shut down. In addition, certain customers are unable to take delivery of equipment given the limited personnel that they currently have available. Although these factors had a limited impact on our first-quarter results, we are expecting a more significant impact in the second quarter as we adjust our production schedules accordingly.
The overall magnitude of the impact of the pandemic on our current-year results remains uncertain, and will largely depend on the duration of the pandemic and the measures implemented in response, as well as the effect on our customers. Given these factors, we are unable to reliably forecast the effect that the pandemic will have on our financial results. As a result, we are withdrawing our previously-issued adjusted EPS* outlook for 2020. Our intent is to provide a further update on our second-quarter earnings call.”
Federal Signal will host its first quarter conference call on Wednesday, April 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 13702373. 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 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, 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.
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