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Sep 19, 2019

Steelcase Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Revenue grew 14% to $998 million, driven by strong organic growth and acquisitions
  • Operating margin increased 70 basis points to 8.5%; earnings per share improved 22% to $0.50
  • Third quarter outlook projects continued growth against a strong prior year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) today reported second quarter revenue of $998.0 million and net income of $60.5 million, or diluted earnings of $0.50 per share.  In the prior year, Steelcase reported $875.8 million of revenue and net income of $49.1 million, or diluted earnings of $0.41 per share.

Revenue increased 14 percent in the second quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting double-digit growth across all segments.  The growth included benefits from acquisitions and organic revenue growth of 9 percent, which was driven by high order backlog at the beginning of the quarter.  Orders (adjusted for currency translation effects, acquisitions and divestitures) grew 3 percent compared to orders in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, which grew 12 percent compared to the previous year.

     
Revenue and order growth (decline) by segment    
Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2019     
 Revenue
Growth
 Organic
Revenue
Growth
 Organic
Order

Growth
(Decline)
  
        
Americas13% 9% 3%  
EMEA16% 5% (1)%  
Other category18% 20% 9%  
Steelcase Inc.14% 9% 3%  
           

"We delivered one of our strongest quarters in the past 20 years, exceeding our expectations," said Jim Keane, president and CEO.  "These results demonstrate the effectiveness of our growth strategies and reflect the efforts of our employees around the world.  Our new products are strengthening our portfolio in all geographies, our acquisitions and partnerships are providing additional solutions to our dealers and customers, and the war for talent continues to motivate organizations to invest in workspaces that inspire their people."

Second quarter operating income of $85.3 million (or 8.5 percent of revenue) increased by $17.4 million or 26 percent compared to operating income of $67.9 million (or 7.8 percent of revenue) in the prior year.  The Americas reported operating income of $90.3 million compared to $77.2 million in the prior year.  The Americas' operating income margin improved 40 basis points compared to the prior year driven by higher gross margins and lower operating expenses as a percentage of revenue.  EMEA reported an operating loss of $5.5 million compared to an operating loss of $6.0 million in the prior year, while the Other Category reported operating income of $8.9 million compared to $4.8 million in the prior year.

"We delivered another record level of quarterly revenue in Asia Pacific, as well as year-over-year improvement in EMEA, which posted 5 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.  "The business environment in EMEA continues to be challenging, but our opportunity pipeline for the region reflects growth and our teams remain solidly focused on achieving profitability for fiscal 2020."

Gross margin of 33.4 percent in the second quarter represented an increase of 40 basis points compared to the prior year, with a 30 basis point improvement in the Americas, a 60 basis point improvement in EMEA and a 90 basis point improvement in the Other category.  The improvement was driven by pricing benefits, lower commodity costs, and higher absorption of fixed costs, partially offset by unfavorable business mix and investments to support growth initiatives.

Operating expenses of $248.2 million in the second quarter represented an increase of $27.5 million, but an improvement of 30 basis points as a percentage of revenue, compared to prior year.  The increase in expense was primarily driven by $9.2 million from acquisitions, the impact of a $7.5 million property gain in the prior year and higher spending to drive growth, partially offset by $1.8 million of favorable currency translation effects.

Interest expense of $6.7 million in the second quarter represented an increase of $1.8 million compared to $4.9 million in the prior year due to the higher level of outstanding debt.

Income tax expense of $21.6 million in the second quarter reflected an effective tax rate of 26.3 percent.  In the prior year, income tax expense was $18.1 million and reflected an effective tax rate of 26.9 percent.

Total liquidity, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and the cash surrender value of company-owned life insurance, aggregated to $385.3 million and total debt was $485.0 million at the end of the second quarter.

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.145 per share, to be paid on or before October 14, 2019, to shareholders of record as of September 30, 2019.

Outlook

The company expects third quarter fiscal 2020 revenue to be in the range of $920 to $945 million, which would represent 2 to 5 percent growth.  The company reported revenue of $900.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, which represented a 17 percent increase and 13 percent organic growth compared to the previous year.
           
Steelcase expects to report diluted earnings per share between $0.33 to $0.37 for the third quarter of fiscal 2020.  Steelcase reported diluted earnings per share of $0.31, and adjusted earnings per share of $0.36, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.  The prior year included a $3.6 million favorable tax adjustment, which had the impact of increasing diluted earnings by approximately $0.02 per share, after consideration of the related variable compensation effect.

"The outlook in our industry remains positive," said Jim Keane.  "We believe there is significant potential to expand our earnings by continuing to improve our profitability in EMEA, leveraging our broadened product portfolio and delivering on the value creation plans for our acquisitions.”

            
Business Segment Results           
(in millions)           
            
 (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
 Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 %
Change
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 %
Change
            
Revenue           
Americas (1)$739.5  $654.1  13.1% $1,315.8  $1,189.9  10.6%
EMEA (2)154.2  133.2  15.8% 315.5  270.6  16.6%
Other (3)104.3  88.5  17.9% 191.0  169.3  12.8%
Consolidated revenue$998.0  $875.8  14.0% $1,822.3  $1,629.8  11.8%


Operating income (loss)            
Americas$90.3  $77.2    $122.7  $106.9    
EMEA(5.5) (6.0)   (4.7) (7.7)   
Other8.9  4.8    11.2  6.4    
Corporate (4)(8.4) (8.1)   (16.3) (14.4)   
Consolidated operating income$85.3  $67.9    $112.9  $91.2    
             
Operating income percent8.5% 7.8%   6.2% 5.6%   


Revenue mix            
Americas74.1% 74.7%   72.2% 73.0%   
EMEA15.5% 15.2%   17.3% 16.6%   
Other10.4% 10.1%   10.5% 10.4%   
                 

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.
 
YEAR OVER YEAR ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH BY SEGMENT
Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2019       
 Steelcase Inc. Americas EMEA Other category
        
Q2 2019 revenue$875.8  $654.1  $133.2  $88.5 
Acquisitions47.3  26.5  20.8   
Divestiture(0.5)   (0.5)  
Currency translation effects*(7.7) (0.3) (6.1) (1.3)
Q2 2019 revenue, adjusted914.9  680.3  147.4  87.2 
        
Q2 2020 revenue998.0  739.5  154.2  104.3 
Organic growth $$83.1  $59.2  $6.8  $17.1 
Organic growth %9% 9% 5% 20%
        
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q2 2019 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates during Q2 2020.
 


 
PROJECTED ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH
Q3 2020 vs. Q3 2019       
 Steelcase Inc.      
        
Q3 2019 revenue$900.9       
Acquisitions6.5       
Currency translation effects*(8.6)      
Q3 2019 revenue, adjusted898.8       
        
Q3 2020 revenue, projected$920 - $945       
Organic growth $$21 - $46       
Organic growth %2% - 5%       
        
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q3 2019 foreign currency revenues using the exchange rates at the end of Q2 2020.
 


    
ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE   
     
     
 (Unaudited)   
 Three Months Ended   
 November 23,
 2018
   
Diluted earnings per share$0.31    
Pension charge, per share0.09    
Variable compensation impact, per share(0.03)   
Tax impact, per share(0.01)   
Adjusted earnings per share$0.36    
       


                
Steelcase Inc.               
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Revenue$998.0  100.0% $875.8  100.0% $1,822.3  100.0% $1,629.8  100.0%
Cost of sales664.5  66.6  587.2  67.0  1,230.4  67.5  1,103.3  67.7 
Gross profit333.5  33.4  288.6  33.0  591.9  32.5  526.5  32.3 
Operating expenses248.2  24.9  220.7  25.2  479.0  26.3  435.3  26.7 
Operating income$85.3  8.5% $67.9  7.8% $112.9  6.2% $91.2  5.6%
Interest expense(6.7) (0.7) (4.9) (0.6) (13.4) (0.7) (9.3) (0.6)
Investment income1.5  0.2  0.5  0.1  2.5  0.1  1.5  0.1 
Other income, net2.0  0.2  3.7  0.4  4.2  0.2  7.0  0.4 
Income before income tax expense82.1  8.2  67.2  7.7  106.2  5.8  90.4  5.5 
Income tax expense21.6  2.1  18.1  2.1  27.9  1.5  24.3  1.4 
Net income$60.5  6.1% $49.1  5.6% $78.3  4.3% $66.1  4.1%


                
Americas               
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Revenue$739.5  100.0% $654.1  100.0% $1,315.8  100.0% $1,189.9  100.0%
Cost of sales486.3  65.8  432.6  66.1  879.7  66.9  796.2  66.9 
Gross profit253.2  34.2  221.5  33.9  436.1  33.1  393.7  33.1 
Operating expenses162.9  22.0  144.3  22.1  313.4  23.8  286.8  24.1 
Operating income$90.3  12.2% $77.2  11.8% $122.7  9.3% $106.9  9.0%


                
EMEA               
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Revenue$154.2  100.0% $133.2  100.0% $315.5  100.0% $270.6  100.0%
Cost of sales112.6  73.0  98.1  73.6  228.3  72.4  197.4  72.9 
Gross profit41.6  27.0  35.1  26.4  87.2  27.6  73.2  27.1 
Operating expenses47.1  30.6  41.1  30.9  91.9  29.1  80.9  29.9 
Operating loss$(5.5) (3.6)% $(6.0) (4.5)% $(4.7) (1.5)% $(7.7) (2.8)%


Other category               
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Revenue$104.3  100.0% $88.5  100.0% $191.0  100.0% $169.3  100.0%
Cost of sales65.6  62.9  56.5  63.8  122.4  64.1  109.7  64.8 
Gross profit38.7  37.1  32.0  36.2  68.6  35.9  59.6  35.2 
Operating expenses29.8  28.6  27.2  30.8  57.4  30.0  53.2  31.4 
Operating income$8.9  8.5% $4.8  5.4% $11.2  5.9% $6.4  3.8%


                
Corporate               
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Operating loss$(8.4)   $(8.1)   $16.3    $14.4   
                        

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures.  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 measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The non-GAAP financial measures used within this earnings release are: (1) organic revenue growth, which represents the change in revenue excluding estimated currency translation effects and the impacts of acquisitions and divestitures; and (2) adjusted earnings per share, which includes earnings per share, excluding charges related to a multi-employer pension plan and the related variable compensation and income tax effects. These measures are 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.

 
STEELCASE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
(in millions, except per share data)
        
 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
Revenue$998.0  $875.8  $1,822.3  $1,629.8 
Cost of sales664.5  587.2  1,230.4  1,103.3 
Gross profit333.5  288.6  591.9  526.5 
Operating expenses248.2  220.7  479.0  435.3 
Operating income85.3  67.9  112.9  91.2 
Interest expense(6.7) (4.9) (13.4) (9.3)
Investment income1.5  0.5  2.5  1.5 
Other income, net2.0  3.7  4.2  7.0 
Income before income tax expense82.1  67.2  106.2  90.4 
Income tax expense21.6  18.1  27.9  24.3 
Net income$60.5  $49.1  $78.3  $66.1 
        
Earnings per share:       
Basic$0.50  $0.41  $0.65  $0.56 
Diluted$0.50  $0.41  $0.65  $0.56 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic119.7  119.2  119.6  119.0 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted120.2  119.2  120.1  119.0 
        
Dividends declared and paid per common share$0.1450  $0.1350  $0.2900  $0.2700 
                


 
STEELCASE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions)
  (Unaudited)  
 August 23,
 2019
 February 22,
 2019
ASSETS
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$229.1  $261.3 
Accounts receivable, net467.3  390.3 
Inventories243.1  224.8 
Prepaid expenses27.5  19.5 
Other current assets46.3  52.7 
Total current assets1,013.3  948.6 
    
Property, plant and equipment, net447.2  455.5 
Company-owned life insurance ("COLI")156.2  156.1 
Deferred income taxes130.5  135.8 
Goodwill239.5  240.8 
Other intangible assets, net111.0  119.3 
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates53.3  56.9 
Right-of-use operating lease assets215.6   
Other assets28.4  29.4 
Total assets$2,395.0  $2,142.4 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$277.0  $241.2 
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt3.1  4.1 
Current operating lease obligations36.3   
Accrued expenses:   
Employee compensation124.0  168.1 
Employee benefit plan obligations30.2  37.1 
Accrued promotions35.3  27.7 
Customer deposits27.1  20.0 
Product warranties13.9  16.4 
Income taxes payable16.4  3.5 
Other81.2  77.1 
Total current liabilities644.5  595.2 
    
Long-term liabilities:   
Long-term debt less current maturities481.9  482.9 
Employee benefit plan obligations132.6  141.6 
Long-term operating lease obligations193.1   
Other long-term liabilities53.7  72.9 
Total long-term liabilities861.3  697.4 
Total liabilities1,505.8  1,292.6 
    
Shareholders’ equity:   
Additional paid-in capital26.5  16.4 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(61.8) (47.3)
Retained earnings924.5  880.7 
Total shareholders’ equity889.2  849.8 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$2,395.0  $2,142.4 
        


 
STEELCASE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (Unaudited)
(in millions)
    
 Six Months Ended
 August 23,
 2019
 August 24,
 2018
OPERATING ACTIVITIES   
Net income$78.3  $66.1 
Depreciation and amortization41.4  38.7 
Non-cash stock compensation12.0  12.9 
Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliates(5.7) (6.8)
Dividends received from unconsolidated affiliates8.2  7.1 
Other2.1  (11.2)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable(82.2) (99.8)
Inventories(20.5) (38.0)
Other assets3.9  6.7 
Accounts payable37.8  45.6 
Employee compensation liabilities(46.1) (40.1)
Employee benefit obligations(17.7) (18.7)
Customer deposits7.4  (7.0)
Income taxes payable13.0  0.1 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities10.9  6.1 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities42.8  (38.3)
    
INVESTING ACTIVITIES   
Capital expenditures(32.5) (41.5)
Proceeds from COLI policies1.1  20.7 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (149.5)
Other1.8  1.9 
Net cash used in investing activities(29.6) (168.4)
    
FINANCING ACTIVITIES   
Dividends paid(34.5) (32.3)
Common stock repurchases(5.9) (3.5)
Borrowings on lines of credit  76.9 
Repayments on lines of credit  (66.7)
Repayments of long-term debt(1.3) (1.3)
Other(1.0)  
Net cash used in financing activities(42.7) (26.9)
    
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(1.4) (2.8)
    
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(30.9) (236.4)
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period1264.8  285.6 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period2$233.9  $49.2 
        
  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 $4.8 and $3.5 as of August 23, 2019 and August 24, 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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