Federal Signal Completes Record Year with Strong Fourth Quarter Results, including 30% Net Sales Growth, 55% Increase in Operating Income and 40% Improvement in Backlog; Issues Outlook for 2023
by Admin, on Mar 1, 2023 7:00:00 AM
Oak Brook, Illinois, March 1, 2023 — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS), a leader in environmental and safety solutions, today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.
Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Highlights
- Record Q4 net sales of $392 million, up $90 million, or 30%, from last year; organic growth of $71 million, or 24%
- Record full-year net sales of $1.43 billion, up $222 million, or 18%, from last year; organic growth of $130 million, or 11%
- Q4 operating income of $46.6 million, up $16.5 million, or 55%, from last year
- GAAP EPS of $0.57 for the quarter, up $0.25, or 78%, from last year
- GAAP EPS of $1.97 for the year, up $0.34, or 21%, from last year
- Record adjusted EPS of $0.57 for the quarter, up $0.17, or 43%, from last year
- Record adjusted EPS of $1.96 for the year, up $0.21, or 12%, from last year
- Q4 orders of $444 million, contributing to a record backlog of $879 million, up $250 million, or 40%, from last year
- Raises EBITDA margin target for the Safety and Security Systems Group to a new range of 17% to 21%, from the previous range of 15% to 18%
- Issues 2023 outlook with adjusted EPS* of $2.15 to $2.40 and net sales of $1.58 billion to $1.72 billion
Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter were $392 million, a new quarterly record and an increase of $90 million, or 30%, compared to the same quarter a year ago. Net income for the fourth quarter was $34.6 million, equal to $0.57 per diluted share, compared to $19.5 million, or $0.32 per share, in the prior-year quarter. The Company also reported adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of $35.0 million, equal to $0.57 per diluted share, compared to $24.9 million, or $0.40 per 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.
Consolidated net sales for the year ended December 31, 2022 were $1.43 billion, the highest level in the Company’s history, and an increase of $222 million, or 18%, compared to the prior year. Net income for the year was $120.4 million, equal to $1.97 per diluted share, compared to $100.6 million, or $1.63 per share, in the prior year. Adjusted net income for the year was $120.1 million, equal to $1.96 per diluted share, compared to $108.4 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, in the prior year.
Strong Fourth Quarter Performance Wraps up Record Year; Customer Demand at Unprecedented Levels; Increasing EBITDA Margin Target for the Safety and Security Systems Group
“Our record-setting fourth quarter performance represented a strong finish to a year in which we delivered the highest net sales and adjusted EPS in our history,” commented Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Within our Environmental Solutions Group, increased sales volumes, contributions from recent acquisitions, and strong price realization contributed to a 33% year-over-year net sales increase and a 300 basis point improvement in EBITDA margin. Our Safety and Security Systems Group also delivered impressive results, with double-digit top line growth and an EBITDA margin of approximately 20%, despite a week-long plant shutdown at our University Park facility in December due to a power outage. With its consistently strong performance over the last several quarters, we are increasing the EBITDA margin target for our Safety and Security Systems Group to a new range of 17% to 21%, from the previous range of 15% to 18%. Demand for our products remains high, with our order intake this quarter representing the second highest quarterly orders in our history, contributing to a record backlog of $879 million at the end of 2022.”
In the Environmental Solutions Group, net sales for the fourth quarter were $325 million, up $80 million, or 33%, compared to the prior-year quarter, while in the Safety and Security Systems Group, net sales for the fourth quarter were $66 million, up $10 million, or 18%, compared to the prior-year quarter.
Consolidated operating income for the fourth quarter was $46.6 million, up $16.5 million, or 55%, compared to the prior-year quarter. Consolidated operating margin for the fourth quarter was 11.9%, compared to 10.0% last year.
Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”) for the fourth quarter was $61.1 million, up $21.1 million, or 53%, compared to last year, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin in the current-year quarter was 15.6%, compared to 13.3% last year.
Adjusted EBITDA in the Environmental Solutions Group for the fourth quarter was $57.6 million, up $21.4 million, or 59%, compared to last year, and its adjusted EBITDA margin in the current-year quarter was 17.7%, up from 14.7% last year. Within the Safety and Security Systems Group, adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $13.2 million, up $2.2 million, or 20%, compared to the prior-year quarter, and its adjusted EBITDA margin in the current-year quarter was 19.9%, up from 19.7% last year.
Orders for the fourth quarter were $444 million, the second highest quarterly orders in the Company’s history. With the strong momentum in customer demand, consolidated backlog at December 31, 2022 was at an all-time high level of $879 million, an improvement of $250 million, or 40%, from last year.
New Credit Facility and Healthy Cash Flow Supports M&A, Organic Growth Investment and Cash Returns to Shareholders
Net cash of $39 million was generated from operations in the fourth quarter, bringing the total year-to-date operating cash generation to $72 million.
During the fourth quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of TowHaul Corporation and also closed the acquisition of Blasters, Inc. in January 2023. Last week, the Company also announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets and operations of Trackless Vehicles Limited, a leading Canadian manufacturer of multi-purpose, off-road municipal tractors and attachments.
At December 31, 2022, total debt was $363 million, total cash and cash equivalents were $48 million and the Company had $428 million of availability for borrowings under its new, five-year credit facility that was executed during the fourth quarter.
“With our financial position strengthened by the increased borrowing capacity under our new credit facility and our healthy cash generation, we have significant financial flexibility to invest in organic growth initiatives and fund cash returns to stockholders. We also intend to pursue additional strategic acquisitions, like Trackless, which represents the fifth acquisition announced in the last 16 months, all of which have been internally-sourced.” said Sherman.
During the fourth quarter, the Company funded dividends of $5.4 million, and recently declared a similar $0.09 per share dividend that will be payable in the first quarter of 2023.
“Conditions in our end markets remain strong, and with the ongoing execution against our strategic initiatives and opportunities to drive improved efficiencies, we are confident that we will have another record year in 2023,” noted Sherman. “We have started to see benefits from federal stimulus funding in our recent order trends and improvement in supply chain. Although seasonal effects typically result in our first quarter earnings being lower than subsequent quarters, we are anticipating full-year net sales of between $1.58 billion and $1.72 billion, double-digit improvement in pre-tax earnings and EBITDA margin performance towards the upper end of our target range. For the full-year, we currently expect to report adjusted EPS* of between $2.15 and $2.40 per share, despite an aggregate year-over-year EPS headwind of approximately $0.23 per share resulting from the normalization of our tax rate and higher interest expense. With an active M&A pipeline, ongoing investment in new product development, recently-completed capacity expansions, good access to skilled labor, and anticipated multi-year tailwinds from infrastructure legislation and economic stimulus, our businesses are well positioned for long-term, sustainable growth.”
Federal Signal will host its fourth quarter earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 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 1-844-826-3035 and entering the pin number 10175806. An archived 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: https://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. In 2022, we made adjustments to exclude the impact of acquisition and integration-related expenses (benefits) and debt settlement charges, where applicable. Should any similar items occur in 2023, 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).