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Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. Announces First Quarter Results

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SSD) today announced its first quarter 2014 results.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014, Compared with the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013

Overview

Net sales increased 9.1% to $168.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 from $154.3 million for the first quarter of 2013. The Company had net income of $12.1 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $4.8 million for the first quarter of 2013. Diluted net income per common share was $0.25 for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $0.10 per common share for the first quarter of 2013.

Net sales

The increase in the Company's first quarter 2014 net sales comprised increased sales in the North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific segments, with North America reporting the largest increase in dollars. North America and Europe sales benefited from improved economic activity, while Europe and parts of the United States benefited from a mild winter.

  • Segment net sales:
    • North America – Net sales increased 7.2% in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the first quarter of 2013. Net sales in the United States increased over the same period in 2013, primarily due to increased sale volumes, partly offset by slightly lower average selling prices. Canada net sales increased slightly over the same period in 2013 due to increased sales volumes, partly offset by the effects of foreign currency translations and lower average selling prices.
    • Europe – Net sales increased 15.7% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013, mostly due to increased sales volumes and the effects of foreign currency translations, partly offset by lower selling prices.
  • Consolidated net sales channels and product groups:
    • Net sales to contractor distributors, dealer distributors, lumber dealers and home centers increased in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the first quarter of 2013, with above-average sales increases to contractor distributors and lumber dealers.
    • Wood construction product sales, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and shearwalls, represented 86% of total Company sales in the first quarter of each of 2014 and 2013.
    • Concrete construction product sales, including adhesives, chemicals, mechanical anchors, powder actuated tools and reinforcing fiber materials, represented 14% of total Company sales in the first quarter of each of 2014 and 2013.

Gross profit

Gross profit increased to $77.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $64.7 million in the first quarter of 2013. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 46.2% in the first quarter of 2014 from 41.9% in the first quarter of 2013. Based on current information, the Company estimates that its full year 2014 gross profit margin will be between 44% and 45%.

  • North America – Gross profit margin increased to 49.2% in the first quarter of 2014 from 44.7% in the first quarter of 2013, as a result of decreases in all elements of costs as a percentage of sales, with the largest decreases as a percentage of sales in factory overhead elements on increased volumes and in material. The gross profit margin also benefited from a one-time $2.5 million correction to worker compensation expense in states where the Company is not self-insured. Concrete construction product sales, which have a lower gross profit margin than wood construction product sales, were 13% of North America sales in the first quarter of each of 2014 and 2013.
  • Europe – Gross profit margin increased to 35.3% in the first quarter of 2014 from 30.5% in the first quarter of 2013, as a result of decreases in all elements of costs as a percentage of sales, with the largest decrease as a percentage of sales in factory overhead on increased volumes and in material. Concrete construction product net sales, which have a lower gross profit margin than wood construction product sales, were 13% and 12% of Europe net sales in the first quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2013, respectively.
  • Product mix – The gross profit margin differential between wood construction products and concrete construction products was 15% in the first quarter of each of 2014 and 2013.
  • Steel prices – Steel prices have decreased slightly from December 2013. Based on current estimates, the Company expects the market price for steel to increase during the second quarter of 2014.

Research and development and engineering expense

Research and development and engineering expense increased 16.8% to $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to increases of $1.1 million in professional fees, $0.4 million in cash profit sharing and $0.4 million in personnel costs, partly offset by a decrease of $0.5 million due to capitalized software development costs.

  • North America
    • Research and development and engineering expense increased $0.9 million, primarily due to increases of $0.7 million in professional fees related to software development, $0.4 million in cash profit sharing, and $0.4 million in personnel costs related to the addition of staff in support of product and software development and pay rate increases instituted in January 2014.
    • In late 2013, the Company began capitalizing software development costs, which resulted in a decrease of $0.5 million in software development expense in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013.

Selling expense

Selling expense increased slightly to $21.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $21.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to increases of $0.7 million in cash profit sharing and sales commissions and $0.3 million in professional fees, partly offset by decreases of $0.4 million in promotional expense and $0.3 million in stock-based compensation.

  • North America – Selling expense increased slightly, due to increases of $0.3 million in cash profit sharing and sales commissions and $0.3 million in professional fees, partly offset by a decrease of $0.4 million in promotional expense. 

General and administrative expense

General and administrative expense increased 3.4% to $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $26.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to increases of $1.8 million in cash profit sharing, $0.7 million in personnel costs and $0.3 million in professional fees, partly offset by a $1.0 million impairment of fixed assets that occurred in the first quarter of 2013 and a net gain of $0.2 million in foreign currency in the first quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $0.6 million in foreign currency in the first quarter of 2013.

  • North America – General and administrative expense increased $2.3 million, primarily due to increases of $1.0 million in cash profit sharing, $0.4 million in personnel costs related to the addition of administrative and information technology staff and pay rate increases instituted in January 2014, $0.3 million in depreciation expense and $0.1 million in professional fees.
  • Europe – General and administrative expense decreased by $1.5 million, primarily due to decreases of $1.0 million in impairment of fixed assets, $0.6 million in net foreign currency loss and $0.2 million in professional fees, partly offset by increases of $0.3 million in personnel costs and $0.3 million in cash profit sharing.
  • Administrative and all other – General and administrative expense increased due to increases of $0.5 million in cash profit sharing and $0.3 million in professional fees, partly offset by a net increase of $0.3 million in foreign currency gain. The Company has adjusted rent revenue and expense mostly associated with its property in Vacaville, California, to general and administrative expense. Rent revenue in the first quarter of each of 2014 and 2013 was $0.3 million.

Income taxes

The effective income tax rate in the first quarter of 2014 was 38.6% compared to 47.0% in the first quarter of 2013. The effective income tax rate was lower due to reduced first quarter 2014 operating losses in the Europe and Asia/Pacific segments for which no tax benefit was recorded. Based on current information and subject to future events and circumstances, the Company estimates that its 2014 effective tax rate will be between 37% and 39%.

Additional information

At its meeting on April 22, 2014, the Company's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.14 per share, an increase of 12% over the previous dividend declaration. The record date for the dividend will be July 3, 2014, and it will be paid on July 24, 2014.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to join the Company's conference call on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 6:00 am Pacific Time. To participate, callers may dial 866-952-1907. The call will be webcast simultaneously as well as being available for one month through a link on the Company's website at www.simpsonmfg.com.

This document contains forward-looking statements, based on numerous assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties, such as statements above regarding steel prices and estimating full year 2014 gross profit margin and the 2014 effective tax rate. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it does not and cannot give any assurance that its beliefs and expectations will prove to be correct. Many factors could significantly affect the Company's operations and cause the Company's actual results to differ substantially from the Company's expectations. Those factors include, but are not limited to: (i) general economic and construction business conditions; (ii) customer acceptance of the Company's products; (iii) relationships with key customers; (iv) materials and manufacturing costs; (v) the financial condition of customers, competitors and suppliers; (vi) technological developments; (vii) increased competition; (viii) changes in capital and credit market conditions; (ix) governmental and business conditions in countries where the Company's products are manufactured and sold; (x) changes in trade regulations; (xi) the effect of acquisition activity; (xii) changes in the Company's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations or intentions; and (xiii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results might differ materially from results suggested by any forward-looking statements in this document. The Company does not have an obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, the occurrence of future events or otherwise.

The Company's results of operations (unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, were as follows:



Three Months Ended
 March 31,

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)


2014



2013


Net sales


$

168,288



$

154,281


Cost of sales


90,526



89,561


Gross profit


77,762



64,720


Research and development and engineering expenses


9,700



8,308


Selling expenses


21,819



21,371


General and administrative expenses


26,922



26,036


Net gain on disposal of assets


(285)



(8)


Income from operations


19,606



9,013


Interest income, net


85



38


Income before taxes


19,691



9,051


Provision for income taxes


7,604



4,256


Net income


$

12,087



$

4,795


Earnings per common share:







Basic


$

0.25



$

0.10


Diluted


0.25



0.10


Weighted average shares outstanding:







Basic


48,899



48,536


Diluted


49,065



48,626


Other data:







Depreciation and amortization


$

7,684



$

7,487


Pre-tax impairment of assets




1,025


Pre-tax equity-based compensation expense


2,657



2,977









Cash dividend declared per common share


$

0.125



$


The Company's financial position (unaudited) as of March 31, 2014 and 2013, and December 31, 2013, was as follows:



March 31,


December 31,

(Amounts in thousands)


2014



2013



2013


Cash and short-term investments


$

211,988



$

141,965



$

251,208


Trade accounts receivable, net


114,159



102,813



90,017


Inventories


216,529



202,341



197,728


Assets held for sale




577




Other current assets


29,071



32,796



29,153


Total current assets


571,747



480,492



568,106


Property, plant and equipment, net


207,457



211,010



209,533


Goodwill


129,433



122,582



129,218


Other noncurrent assets


44,532



57,463



46,756


Total assets


$

953,169



$

871,547



$

953,613


Trade accounts payable


$

31,291



$

30,958



$

34,933


Notes payable and lines of credit


83



1,214



103


Other current liabilities


64,175



42,519



68,169


Total current liabilities


95,549



74,691



103,205


Other long-term liabilities


10,111



8,435



9,129


Stockholders' equity


847,509



788,421



841,279


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

953,169



$

871,547



$

953,613


Additional financial data of the Company (unaudited) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, were as follows:





Three Months Ended







March 31,


%

(Amounts in thousands)


2014



2013



change

Net Sales by Reporting Segment










North America


$

136,882



$

127,737



7%


Europe


27,647



23,900



16%


Asia/Pacific


3,759



2,644



42%


Administrative and all other






N/M



Total


$

168,288



$

154,281



9%

Net Sales by Product Group*










Wood Construction


$

144,676



$

132,795



9%


Concrete Construction


23,524



21,421



10%


Other


88



65



N/M



Total


$

168,288



$

154,281



9%

Gross Profit by Reporting Segment










North America


$

67,290



$

57,091



18%


Europe


9,764



7,283



34%


Asia/Pacific


756



446



70%


Administrative and all other


(48)



(100)



N/M



Total


$

77,762



$

64,720



20%

Income (Loss) from Operations










North America


$

22,561



$

15,260



48%


Europe


(919)



(4,180)



78%


Asia/Pacific


(1,151)



(1,184)



3%


Administrative and all other


(885)



(883)



N/M



Total


$

19,606



$

9,013



118%





*

The Company manages its business by geographic segment but is presenting sales by product group as additional information.


N/M

Statistic is not material or not meaningful.

Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., headquartered in Pleasanton, California, through its subsidiary, Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc., designs, engineers and is a leading manufacturer of wood construction products, including connectors, truss plates, fastening systems, fasteners and shearwalls, and concrete construction products, including adhesives, specialty chemicals, mechanical anchors, powder actuated tools and reinforcing fiber materials. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SSD."

For further information, contact Tom Fitzmyers at (925) 560-9030.

SOURCE Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.

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