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Jun 19, 2019

Steelcase Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Revenue growth of 9 percent drove 18 percent growth in operating income
  • Order growth of 15 percent outpaced recent industry trends in most major markets and supports a strong outlook for the second quarter
  • EMEA begins fiscal 2020 with strong growth and a profitable first quarter
  • Steelcase reaffirms fiscal 2020 targets for revenue growth (5.5% to 9.5%) and earnings per share ($1.20 to $1.35)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) today reported first quarter revenue of $824.3 million and net income of $17.8 million, or diluted earnings of $0.15 per share.  In the prior year, Steelcase reported $754.0 million of revenue and net income of $17.0 million, or diluted earnings of $0.14 per share.

Revenue increased 9 percent in the first quarter compared to the prior year, or 6 percent on an organic basis, reflecting growth across all segments.  Orders (adjusted for currency translation effects, acquisitions and divestitures) grew 15 percent in the first quarter compared to the prior year, driven primarily by strong growth in day-to-day business.  The order growth was favorably impacted by a February 2018 list price adjustment which accelerated orders from the first quarter of fiscal 2019 into the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Revenue and order growth by segment    
Q1 2020 vs. Q1 2019     

Americas8% 5% 15%  
EMEA17% 9% 10%  
Other category7% 10% 21%  
Steelcase Inc.9% 6% 15%  

"We are pleased to have delivered another quarter of strong growth in sales and operating income," said Jim Keane, president and CEO. "Our 15 percent order growth was particularly strong and in line with our expectations.  We fell just short of our revenue estimates because order growth was weighted toward the second half of the quarter and customers requested delivery dates later than we typically see, in part because of construction labor shortages that caused their projects to be delayed.  We ended the quarter with a high backlog and a strong pipeline of customer opportunities which support our outlook for the second quarter."

First quarter operating income of $27.6 million (or 3.3 percent of revenue) increased by $4.3 million or 18 percent compared to operating income of $23.3 million (or 3.1 percent of revenue) in the prior year.  The Americas reported operating income of $32.4 million (or 5.6 percent of revenue) compared to $29.7 million (or 5.5 percent of revenue) in the prior year, reflecting an improvement in operating expenses as a percentage of revenue, largely offset by lower gross margin.  EMEA reported operating income of $0.8 million compared to an operating loss of $1.7 million in the prior year.

"We delivered strong year-over-year improvement in EMEA this quarter, with 9 percent organic revenue growth, improvements in gross margin and lower operating expenses as a percentage of revenue," said Dave Sylvester, senior vice president and CFO.  "Our teams remain solidly focused on achieving profitability in EMEA for fiscal 2020 and reaching a low- to mid-single-digit operating margin for that segment within the next three years."

Gross margin of 31.3 percent in the first quarter represented a decrease of 30 basis points compared to the prior year, driven by higher cost of sales in the Americas.  The Americas experienced continued unfavorable business mix partially offset by benefits from pricing actions taken over the last several quarters, net of higher commodity and freight costs.  Gross margin in EMEA improved by 60 basis points, and gross margin in the Other category improved by 30 basis points.

Operating expenses of $230.8 million in the first quarter represented an increase of $16.2 million compared to $214.6 million in the prior year but declined as a percentage of revenue to 28.0 percent in the current quarter compared to 28.5 percent in the prior year.  The increase in expense was primarily driven by $12.4 million from acquisitions, net of a divestiture (including $3.1 million of amortization expense), and higher investment in product development, partially offset by $3.3 million of favorable currency translation effects.

"Steelcase has long had a focus on fitness to drive operating efficiencies, fund growth initiatives and improve profitability," said Dave Sylvester.  "This quarter, we supported increased investments in product development and acquisition-related amortization expense while delivering a 50 basis point improvement in our operating expense leverage."

Interest expense of $6.7 million in the first quarter represented an increase of $2.3 million compared to $4.4 million in the prior year due to the higher level of outstanding debt following the issuance of new term notes in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

Other income, net decreased by $1.1 million compared to the prior year, due to lower income from unconsolidated affiliates.

Income tax expense of $6.3 million in the first quarter reflected an effective tax rate of approximately 26 percent.  In the prior year, income tax expense was $6.2 million and the effective tax rate approximated 27 percent.

Total liquidity, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and the cash surrender value of company-owned life insurance, aggregated to $309.4 million, and total debt was $486.6 million, at the end of the first quarter.

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.145 per share, to be paid on or before July 16, 2019, to shareholders of record as of July 1, 2019.


The company expects second quarter fiscal 2020 revenue to be in the range of $970 to $995 million, which would represent 11 to 14 percent growth compared to $875.8 million of revenue in the prior year.  Adjusted for the impact of acquisitions, a divestiture and unfavorable currency translation effects, the projected revenue range translates to expected organic growth of 6 to 9 percent.
Steelcase expects to report diluted earnings per share between $0.41 to $0.45 for the second quarter of fiscal 2020.  Steelcase reported diluted earnings per share of $0.41 in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.  The prior year included a $7.5 million gain from the sale of property.

The company is reaffirming its fiscal 2020 targets of 5.5 to 9.5 percent revenue growth (which translates to 2 to 6 percent organic revenue growth) and $1.20 to $1.35 of diluted earnings per share.

"We remain on track to achieve our fiscal 2020 targets, despite some signs of slowing economic growth, because customers are continuing to invest in modernized, fluid work environments to support agile work processes and attract, retain and inspire their workforce," said Jim Keane.  "Our new Steelcase Flex Collection, Steelcase Roam products and the Orangebox product offering were featured in our NeoCon showroom and are designed specifically to meet these challenges. We also introduced updated tools for dealers and designers to select, specify and order an expanding assortment of products.”

Business Segment Results      
(in millions)      
 Three Months Ended   
 May 24,
 May 25,
Americas (1)$576.3  $535.8  7.6%  
EMEA (2)161.3  137.4  17.4%  
Other (3)86.7  80.8  7.3%  
Consolidated revenue$824.3  $754.0  9.3%  

Operating income (loss)    
Americas$32.4  $29.7  
EMEA0.8  (1.7) 
Other2.3  1.6  
Corporate (4)(7.9) (6.3) 
Consolidated operating income$27.6  $23.3  
Operating income percent3.3% 3.1% 

Revenue mix    
Americas69.9 71.1 
EMEA19.6 18.2 
Other10.5 10.7 

Business Segment Footnotes

  1. The Americas segment serves customers in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean Islands and Latin America with a portfolio of integrated architecture, furniture and technology products marketed to corporate, government, healthcare, education and retail customers through the Steelcase, Coalesse, Turnstone, Smith System, AMQ and Orangebox brands.
  2. The EMEA segment serves customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa primarily under the Steelcase, Orangebox and Coalesse brands, with an emphasis on freestanding furniture systems, storage and seating solutions.
  3. The Other category includes Asia Pacific, Designtex and PolyVision.
  4. Corporate costs include unallocated portions of shared service functions, such as information technology, corporate facilities, finance, human resources, research, legal and customer aviation, plus deferred compensation expense and income or losses associated with company-owned life insurance.

Q1 2020 vs. Q1 2019       
 Steelcase Inc. Americas EMEA Other category
Q1 2019 revenue$754.0  $535.8  $137.4  $80.8 
Acquisitions38.8  16.5  22.3   
Divestiture(0.4)   (0.4)  
Currency translation effects*(15.1) (1.5) (11.6) (2.0)
  Q1 2019 revenue, adjusted777.3  550.8  147.7  78.8 
Q1 2020 revenue824.3  576.3  161.3  86.7 
Organic growth $$47.0  $25.5  $13.6  $7.9 
Organic growth %6% 5% 9% 10%
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q1 2019 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates during Q1 2020.

Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2019    
 Steelcase Inc.   
Q2 2019 revenue$875.8   
Currency translation effects*(8.2)   
  Q2 2019 revenue, adjusted915.3   
Q2 2020 revenue, projected$970 - $995   
Organic growth $$55 - $80   
Organic growth %6% - 9%   
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q2 2019 foreign currency revenues using the exchange rates at the end of Q1 2020.

Steelcase Inc.       
 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Revenue$824.3  100.0% $754.0  100.0%
Cost of sales565.9  68.7  516.1  68.4 
Gross profit258.4  31.3  237.9  31.6 
Operating expenses230.8  28.0  214.6  28.5 
Operating income$27.6  3.3% $23.3  3.1%
Interest expense(6.7) (0.8) (4.4) (0.5)
Investment income1.0  0.1  1.0  0.1 
Other income, net2.2  0.3  3.3  0.4 
Income before income tax expense24.1  2.9  23.2  3.1 
Income tax expense6.3  0.7  6.2  0.8 
Net income$17.8  2.2% $17.0  2.3%

 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Revenue$576.3  100.0% $535.8  100.0%
Cost of sales393.4  68.3  363.6  67.9 
Gross profit182.9  31.7  172.2  32.1 
Operating expenses150.5  26.1  142.5  26.6 
Operating income$32.4  5.6% $29.7  5.5%

 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Revenue$161.3  100.0% $137.4  100.0%
Cost of sales115.7  71.7  99.3  72.3 
Gross profit45.6  28.3  38.1  27.7 
Operating expenses44.8  27.8  39.8  28.9 
Operating income (loss)$0.8  0.5% $(1.7) (1.2)%

Other category       
 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Revenue$86.7  100.0% $80.8  100.0%
Cost of sales56.8  65.5  53.2  65.8 
Gross profit29.9  34.5  27.6  34.2 
Operating expenses27.6  31.8  26.0  32.2 
Operating income$2.3  2.7% $1.6  2.0%

 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,

Operating loss$(7.9)    $(6.3)   

Steelcase will discuss first quarter results and business outlook on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure
This earnings release contains a non-GAAP financial measure.  A “non-GAAP financial measure” is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the condensed consolidated statements of income, balance sheets or statements of cash flows of the company.  Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the company has provided a reconciliation above of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The non-GAAP financial measure used within this earnings release is organic revenue growth, which represents the change in revenue excluding estimated currency translation effects and the impacts of acquisitions and divestitures. This measure is presented because management uses this information to monitor and evaluate financial results and trends.  Therefore, management believes this information is also useful for investors.

Forward-looking Statements
From time to time, in written and oral statements, the company discusses its expectations regarding future events and its plans and objectives for future operations.  These forward-looking statements discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to us, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the company.  Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project, "targets," or other similar words, phrases or expressions.  Although we believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they are based upon a number of assumptions concerning future conditions, any or all of which may ultimately prove to be inaccurate.  Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary from the company's expectations because of factors such as, but not limited to, competitive and general economic conditions domestically and internationally; acts of terrorism, war, governmental action, natural disasters and other Force Majeure events; changes in the legal and regulatory environment; changes in raw material, commodity and other input costs; currency fluctuations; changes in customer demand; and the other risks and contingencies detailed in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Steelcase undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Steelcase Inc.
For over 105 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, across industries.  We demonstrate this through our family of brands - including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, PolyVision®, Turnstone®, Smith System®, Orangebox® and AMQ™.  Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability.  We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 Steelcase dealer locations.  Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2019 revenue of $3.4 billion.

(in millions, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Revenue$824.3  $754.0 
Cost of sales565.9  516.1 
Gross profit258.4  237.9 
Operating expenses230.8  214.6 
Operating income27.6  23.3 
Interest expense(6.7) (4.4)
Investment income1.0  1.0 
Other income, net2.2  3.3 
Income before income tax expense24.1  23.2 
Income tax expense6.3  6.2 
Net income$17.8  $17.0 
Earnings per share:   
Basic$0.15  $0.14 
Diluted$0.15  $0.14 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic119.4  118.7 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted119.9  118.7 
Dividends declared and paid per common share$0.1450  $0.1350 

(in millions)
 May 24,
 February 22,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$152.7  $261.3 
Accounts receivable, net402.5  390.3 
Inventories241.3  224.8 
Prepaid expenses22.1  19.5 
Other current assets47.8  52.7 
Total current assets866.4  948.6 
Property, plant and equipment, net450.2  455.5 
Company-owned life insurance ("COLI")156.7  156.1 
Deferred income taxes133.9  135.8 
Goodwill240.1  240.8 
Other intangible assets, net115.2  119.3 
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates53.7  56.9 
Right-of-use operating lease assets207.2   
Other assets32.3  29.4 
Total assets$2,255.7  $2,142.4 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$263.1  $241.2 
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt4.2  4.1 
Current operating lease obligations36.4   
Accrued expenses:   
   Employee compensation79.4  168.1 
   Employee benefit plan obligations23.9  37.1 
   Accrued promotions28.6  27.7 
   Customer deposits22.3  20.0 
   Product warranties14.5  16.4 
   Other78.6  80.6 
Total current liabilities551.0  595.2 
Long-term liabilities:   
Long-term debt less current maturities482.4  482.9 
Employee benefit plan obligations131.3  141.6 
Long-term operating lease obligations182.2   
Other long-term liabilities56.8  72.9 
Total long-term liabilities852.7  697.4 
Total liabilities1,403.7  1,292.6 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Additional paid-in capital25.9  16.4 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(55.1) (47.3)
Retained earnings881.2  880.7 
Total shareholders’ equity852.0  849.8 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$2,255.7  $2,142.4 

(in millions)
 Three Months Ended
 May 24,
 May 25,
Net income$17.8  $17.0 
Depreciation and amortization20.3  17.5 
Non-cash stock compensation9.5  9.2 
Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliates(2.5) (3.3)
Dividends received from unconsolidated affiliates4.6  1.7 
Other1.2  (2.9)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable(15.0) (42.2)
Inventories(17.7) (20.4)
Other assets1.1  (1.1)
Accounts payable23.2  21.8 
Employee compensation liabilities(93.6) (75.4)
Employee benefit obligations(24.2) (26.6)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities4.3  (13.0)
Net cash used in operating activities(71.0) (117.7)
Capital expenditures(14.8) (15.8)
Other1.1  7.9 
Net cash used in investing activities(13.7) (7.9)
Dividends paid(17.3) (16.3)
Common stock repurchases(4.0) (3.4)
Repayments of long-term debt(0.6) (0.7)
Other financing activities0.1   
Net cash used in financing activities(21.8) (20.4)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(0.7) (1.3)
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(107.2) (147.3)
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period1264.8  285.6 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period2$157.6  $138.3 
  1. These amounts include restricted cash of $3.5 and $2.5 as of February 22, 2019 and February 23, 2018, respectively.
  2. These amounts include restricted cash of $4.9 and $3.4 as of May 24, 2019 and May 25, 2018, respectively.

Restricted cash primarily represents funds held in escrow for potential future workers’ compensation and product liability claims. Restricted cash is included as part of Other assets in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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