OMNOVA reports seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in Specialty Segment volume in Q3 2018 and acquisition of Portugal-based manufacturer for its Specialty Solutions segment
BEACHWOOD, OHIO, September 26, 2018 -
Third Quarter 2018 Highlights
Loss per share for Q3 of 2018 was $0.04 compared to earnings per Share of $0.18 last year, driven by asset writedowns related to the Company’s strategic decision to exit the commodity coated paper market.
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share for the quarter was $0.18 compared to $0.25 last year.
Specialty Solutions Segment Operating Profit for the quarter was $19.5 million compared to $18.9 million last year. Adjusted Segment Operating Profit for Specialty Solutions was $19.7 million, up 4.2% from $18.9 million last year, driven by higher volumes.
OMNOVA’s Specialty Solutions segment achieved its seventh consecutive quarter of volume growth. The Company’s specialization strategy continues to show traction.
Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA improved to 3.0x from 3.3x at the end of last year’s third quarter.
The Company strengthened its specialty coatings market position through the acquisition of Resiquímica, bringing annual revenues of approximately $65 million to OMNOVA.
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The Company’s Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program for up to $20 million in recognition of the Company’s improved financial position and cash generation.
The Company’s 2018 full year performance expectations remain unchanged - the fourth consecutive year of growth in Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share.
OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) Chief Executive Officer Anne Noonan, commenting on the third quarter of fiscal 2018, said, “We recorded our seventh consecutive quarter of volume growth in our specialties, and improved year-over-year profitability in specialties, as our strategy continues to gain momentum. Coatings was particularly strong this quarter, and sales of recently introduced products, developed through our enhanced innovation process, continued to drive the adhesives and sealants business. We also saw volume growth in our elastomeric modifiers and antioxidants businesses, and in our offerings to the luxury vinyl tile market. For the quarter, Adjusted Segment Operating Profit for Specialty Solutions was $19.7 million, up 4.2% from $18.9 million last year and representing 90% of Combined Adjusted Segment Operating Profit. Sales in Specialty Solutions were up 6.1% to $122.1 million, representing 63% of total Company sales for the quarter.
“Adjusted Segment Operating Profit for the Performance Materials segment was $2.2 million, or 3.1% of net sales, an improvement from the second quarter. Last year we reported Adjusted Segment Operating Profit of $8.3 million in this segment, an exceptionally high result driven by margin recovery from significant raw material cost spikes in early fiscal 2017.
“Following our strategic decision to exit the commodity coated paper market, our Green Bay, Wisconsin plant closure remains on track. We continue to expect $7-8 million of annual run-rate savings, predominately benefiting our Performance Materials segment, beginning in the second half of fiscal 2019.
“This morning we were pleased to announce the acquisition of Resiquímica, a Portugal-based manufacturer of polymers and resins for coatings and construction applications. Resiquímica will add approximately $65 million of annual revenues while expanding our presence in Portugal, Spain, and North Africa.
“In light of our improved financial position and cash generation, we have re-evaluated our overall capital allocation strategy to include a return of capital component. Accordingly, our Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $20 million, allowing us to repurchase shares from time to time depending on business and market conditions and other
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factors such as dilution from equity programs. The program will support our existing capital deployment strategies and enable us to drive attractive returns over the long-term.
“Our full-year outlook remains unchanged-we continue to expect a fourth consecutive year of Adjusted EPS growth,” concluded Noonan.
Consolidated Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2018
Loss per share for the third quarter ended August 31, 2018 was $0.04, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.18 last year. In the third quarter of 2018, the Company recorded charges of $10.4 million primarily for asset writedowns in connection with the Green Bay, Wisconsin plant closure. In the third quarter of 2017, the Company recorded charges of $1.8 million primarily related to the “One OMNOVA” cost reduction initiative.
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share was $0.18 for the quarter, compared with last year‘s unusually high $0.25. For context, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share for the third quarters of fiscal 2016 and 2015 were $0.14 and $0.13, respectively.
Net sales for the quarter were $193.6 million, down 3.6% from last year’s $200.9 million. Net sales in Specialty Solutions increased 6.1% to $122.1 million, while net sales in Performance Materials decreased 16.7% to $71.5 million. Overall volume was unfavorable by $12.2 million, or 6%, as growth in Specialty Solutions was offset predominantly by the decline in Performance Materials due to the Company’s strategic exit from the commodity paper market. Price and mix had a favorable impact on net sales of $4.1 million, or 2%, primarily in Specialty Solutions. Currency translation was favorable by $1.5 million, or 0.7%, chiefly reflecting the strengthening of the Euro.
SG&A in the quarter was $25.9 million, down from $28.9 million in the same quarter last year. The primary drivers of the decrease were benefits from the “One OMNOVA” cost reduction initiatives and reduced incentive compensation expense.
Interest expense for the quarter was $4.7 million, compared to $5.5 million last year, reflecting lower average borrowing balances due to the Company’s $40 million debt pre-payment in December 2017, but partially offset by rising variable interest rates.
Income tax expense in the quarter was $2.3 million compared to $6.1 million in 2017. Cash taxes were $2.4 million for the quarter compared to $1.3 million last year. The Company has approximately $91.3 million of U.S. federal net operating loss carryforwards and $86.8 million of state and local tax net operating loss carryforwards.
Working capital days at the end of the quarter were 50.8, five days better compared to last year, driven by higher days payable. Cash provided by operations was $21.6 million, compared to
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$19.9 million last year, reflecting the strong operating performance in Specialty Solutions and working capital favorability. The Company’s Net Leverage Ratio decreased to 3.0x Adjusted EBITDA, as compared to 3.3x last year (see Tables E and F), reflecting the benefit from cash generation.
The Company’s €28.5 million acquisition of Resiquímica reflects a 7.0x EBITDA multiple before cost synergies. The transaction was funded with cash on hand and available liquidity from OMNOVA’s senior revolving credit facility, and is anticipated to increase OMNOVA’s annual revenues by approximately €56 million, or U.S. $65 million. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings and operating margins in 2019.
Specialty Solutions Segment Results
Net sales for Specialty Solutions during the third quarter of 2018 increased $7.0 million, or 6.1%, to $122.1 million, compared with $115.1 million last year. The year-over-year improvement was driven by volume increases of $2.3 million, or 2.0%, and price and mix improvements of $4.2 million, or 3.6%. Foreign currency translation accounted for the remainder of the increase in net sales. Volumes were strong in the Company’s coatings, adhesives and sealants, films, elastomeric modifiers, and home & personal care businesses.
Segment operating profit was $19.5 million compared with $18.9 million last year. Adjusted Segment Operating Profit grew 4.2% to $19.7 million, or 16.1% of net sales, compared to $18.9 million, or 16.4% of net sales, last year. (See Tables A and B.) Increased volume, healthy mix, and cost controls continued to drive the operating profit improvements.
Performance Materials Segment Results
Net sales for Performance Materials during the third quarter of 2018 were $71.5 million, down $14.3 million from $85.8 million last year. The divested China Coated Fabrics business accounted for $0.7 million of net sales in the third quarter of 2017. Volume, excluding China Coated Fabrics, was down $14.5 million, or 16.8% from last year, primarily driven by the Company’s strategic exit from the commodity paper market. Volume in antioxidants and tire cord were favorable and the impact of foreign exchange was slightly favorable.
Performance Materials’ segment operating loss for the quarter was $7.9 million, compared with operating profit of $8.3 million last year. The operating loss this year includes $10.1 million of charges primarily related to the closure of the Company’s Green Bay, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. Adjusted Segment Operating Profit was $2.2 million, or 3.1% of net sales, compared to $8.3 million, or 9.7% of net sales, last year. (See Tables A and B.) Last year’s exceptionally high result was driven by margin recovery from significant raw material cost spikes in early fiscal 2017.
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Earnings Conference Call - OMNOVA Solutions has scheduled its Earnings Conference Call for September 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. ET. OMNOVA Solutions’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Anne Noonan will host the live audio event. The call is anticipated to be approximately one hour in length and may be accessed by the public from the investor relations section of the Company’s website (www.omnova.com). Webcast attendees will be in a listen-only mode. Following the live webcast, OMNOVA will archive the call on its website until noon ET, October 10, 2018. A telephone replay also will be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on September 26, 2018, and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on October 10, 2018. To listen to the telephone replay, callers should dial: (USA) 800-475-6701, access code 454246 or (International) 320-365-3844, access code 454246.
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Non-GAAP and Other Financial Matters
This Earnings Release includes Adjusted Segment Operating Profit, Adjusted Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share, Adjusted EBIT, Net Debt and Adjusted EBITDA which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Management reviews the adjusted financial measures in assessing the performance of the business segments and in making decisions regarding the allocation of resources to the business segments. Management also believes that the adjusted information is useful for providing investors with an understanding of the Company’s business and operating performance. Management excludes the items shown in the tables below because Management does not consider them to be reflective of normal operations. These adjusted financial measurements are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP and such financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to Segment Operating Profit, Net Income, Diluted Earnings Per Share or other measures of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Presented on Tables E and F is the Company's Net Leverage Ratio calculation (Net Debt / Adjusted EBITDA). Presented on Table G is the Company's Adjusted Return on Invested Capital calculation (Adjusted Net Operating Profit After Tax / Total Debt and Equity). The tables below provide the reconciliation of these financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures.
Reconciliation of Reported Segment Net Sales and Operating Profit to Net Sales and Net Income
*Tax rate is based on the Company's estimated normalized annual effective tax rate of 25% for 2018, and 30% for 2017 and 2016.
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agreements; (31) the effects of a default under the Company's term loan or revolving credit facility; (32) the Company's ability to generate sufficient cash to service its outstanding debt; and (33) the Company's subsidiaries' ability to provide the Company with cash.
OMNOVA Solutions provides greater detail regarding these risks and uncertainties in its 2016 Form 10-K and subsequent filings, which are available online at www.omnova.com and www.sec.gov.
OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a global innovator of performance-enhancing chemistries and surfaces used in products for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential applications. As a strategic business-to-business supplier, OMNOVA provides The Science in Better Brands, with emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and functional and decorative surfaces that deliver critical performance attributes to top brand-name, end-use products sold around the world. OMNOVA’s sales for the last twelve months ended August 31, 2018 were approximately $765 million. The Company has a global workforce of approximately 1,800. Visit OMNOVA Solutions on the internet at www.omnova.com.