Welcome!

News Feed Item

Chase Corporation Announces First Quarter Results

Chase Corporation (NYSE MKT: CCF) today reported revenues of

$54.2 million for the quarter ended November 30, 2013. This represents an increase of $0.8 million compared to $53.4 million in the same quarter of last fiscal year. Net income attributable to Chase Corporation of $8.78 million in the current quarter increased $5.24 million from $3.54 million in the prior year period. Earnings per diluted share of $0.95 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 represented an increase of $0.56 compared to $0.39 per share in fiscal 2013. Included in the fiscal 2014 quarter results was a gain, net of tax, totaling $3.71 million or $0.40 per share, relating to the sale of the Company’s Insulfab product line in October 2013. Included in the prior year quarter results are charges totaling $0.92 million relating to the step up in fair value of inventory related to the NEPTCO acquisition and defined benefit plan settlement costs.

Peter R. Chase, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We had a good start to the 2014 fiscal year with the first quarter activity. Revenues were up slightly from the same period last year but the sales mix favored higher margin product lines. Much of this is the result of our sustained strategic efforts to develop new products, employ creative channel development tactics to increase market share, continue to consolidate our facilities and functions and closely monitor expenses throughout the organization.

“Industrial materials revenues were up nearly $2 million with electronic coatings, power cable products, electronic materials and pulling and detection showing good growth. Specialty materials, fiber optic products and communications cable tapes were down.

“Construction materials continued to demonstrate the project-related fluctuations that are common in many of its product areas. Overall, this segment was down by $1 million. As expected, C.I.M. products were down in comparison to fiscal 2013, mainly because of large export shipments in the prior year that were not repeated. Pipeline products were up.

“This first quarter also contains full participation from NEPTCO in both years. The integration is on schedule to produce more savings this fiscal year as we take further advantage of the product and organizational synergies. The ERP system implementation is on track in various stages at all of our U.S. operations. This is a significant effort which we are accomplishing with our internal staff. I appreciate the dedication of those putting in so much time to make this successful.

“The most significant event during the quarter was the sale of the Insulfab product line. This was the culmination of discussions with a strategic industry player and resulted in a win-win deal recognizing the successful Chase next generation product approvals. As we announced earlier we will continue to give technical and operational support to this business for some time in the future.

“As we mentioned in our annual report letter, we are committed to doing a better job in the merger and acquisition area. The M&A market environment is currently very competitive which makes this a more difficult objective; however, we plan to commit more internal assets to the program.

“I am optimistic looking ahead. We are doing so many things to improve our performance in terms of cost, quality, safety and health, and new product development. With a solid management team and a consistent strategy the results will come.”

The following table summarizes the Company’s financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2013 and 2012.

               
For the Three Months Ended
November 30,
All figures in thousands, except per share figures   2013     2012  
 
Revenues $ 54,183   $ 53,400  
 
Costs and Expenses
Costs of products and services sold 35,478 37,271
Selling, general and administrative expenses   10,439     10,539  
 
Operating income 8,266 5,590
 
Gain on sale of product line 5,706 -
Other expense, net   (408 )   (293 )
 
Income before income taxes 13,564 5,297
 
Income taxes   4,747     1,820  
 
Net income $ 8,817 $ 3,477
 
Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest   (42 )   63  
 
Net income attributable to Chase Corporation $ 8,775   $ 3,540  
 
Net income per diluted share $ 0.95   $ 0.39  
 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   9,123     8,928  
 
Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA

Net income attributable to Chase Corporation

$ 8,775 $ 3,540
Interest expense 303 362
Income taxes 4,747 1,820
Depreciation expense 1,426 1,508
Amortization expense   1,194     1,217  
EBITDA $ 16,445 $ 8,447
 
Gain on sale of product line (5,706 ) -

Cost of sale of inventory step up

- 564
Defined benefit plan settlement costs   -     352  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 10,739   $ 9,363  
 

As of November 30, 2013, the Company’s working capital was $73.3 million, including cash on hand of $36.9 million and a current ratio of 2.9. The outstanding balance of the Company’s term debt is $63.0 million. The Company’s $15.0 million line of credit is fully available.

Chase Corporation, founded in 1946, is a leading manufacturer of protective materials for high reliability applications throughout the world.

The Company has used non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful performance measures as they are used by its executive management team and board of directors to measure operating performance, to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business, to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies and to communicate with its board of directors and investors concerning its financial performance. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking. These may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as “believe”; “expect”; “anticipate”; “should”; “planned”; “estimated” and “potential” among others. These forward-looking statements are based on Chase Corporation’s current expectations. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for such forward-looking statements. In order to comply with the terms of the safe harbor, the Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by the Company are not guarantees of future performance and that a variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the Company's forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties which may affect the operations, performance, development and results of the Company's business include, but are not limited to, the following: uncertainties relating to economic conditions; uncertainties relating to customer plans and commitments; the pricing and availability of equipment, materials and inventories; technological developments; performance issues with suppliers and subcontractors; economic growth; delays in testing of new products; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate acquired operations; the effectiveness of cost-reduction plans; rapid technology changes and the highly competitive environment in which the Company operates. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infra...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory? In her Day 2 Keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Aruna Ravichandran, VP, DevOps Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies, was jo...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is b...
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacent...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the abili...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud host...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
The cloud era has reached the stage where it is no longer a question of whether a company should migrate, but when. Enterprises have embraced the outsourcing of where their various applications are stored and who manages them, saving significant investment along the way. Plus, the cloud has become a defining competitive edge. Companies that fail to successfully adapt risk failure. The media, of course, continues to extol the virtues of the cloud, including how easy it is to get there. Migrating...