NILES, IL–(Marketwired – Dec 8, 2015) – MFRI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFRI) announced today financial results for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2015.
CEO Bradley Mautner commented, “During the third quarter, we began delivering orders and generating income from the many significant wins secured by Perma-Pipe during the first half of the year. The piping contracts we have been executing include both large-scale infrastructure projects in the Middle East and significant mining and oil & gas projects in North America. The successful scale-up of our facilities and production processes for these projects enabled us to achieve a strong increase in net sales during the third quarter. Our pre-tax income of approximately $7.6 million, the Company’s highest in two years, fully offset the operating losses incurred in the first six months of the year, when we were rebuilding our backlog.
“As we continue to process backlog during the fourth quarter, we expect net sales and operating profit levels to deliver the positive fiscal 2015/16 results we mentioned in our September earnings announcement. We continue to actively quote in the Middle East and look forward to participating further in the multi-phase chilled-water projects that are essential to the region’s long-term infrastructure development plans, although their timing is difficult to predict. The substantial decline in global oil prices that has taken place over the last 18 months is impacting project timing and new bidding activity worldwide, adding uncertainty to the size and timing of new business opportunities.”
Mr. Mautner continued, “In MFRI’s Filtration segment, third-quarter sales rose by 12% over the prior-year period. Our new pleated manufacturing facility in the Middle East has been well received and we are leveraging our reputation as an international high-quality supplier in the region. Two recent awards — a two-year contract valued at approximately $1.5 million from a petroleum development corporation in the Middle East and a sizable order for a gas turbine project in Africa — illustrate the traction we are gaining in the region and the competitive structure we have obtained as a result of our Middle East operations. Even with the start-up expenses we have been incurring for this facility, Filtration reached essentially breakeven on an operating basis in the third quarter.”
Mr. Mautner concluded, “We are pleased that our plans to offset the year’s slow start and reap the benefits of the strong backlog we announced in September 2015 are materializing as anticipated. As shown in the table below, the backlog entering the fourth quarter was 45% higher than at the same time last year, positioning us to end fiscal 2015/16 on a stronger note. Given the current uncertain economic climate, however, we continue to examine MFRI’s cost structures and business portfolio to adjust to changes in the Company’s business environment and bidding activity as needed.”
|Oct. 31,||July 31,||Oct. 31,|
|Consolidated Backlog ($ in thousands):||2015||2015||2014|
THIRD FISCAL QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2015
SALES – Net sales increased 51% to $66.3 million in the current quarter, from $43.8 million in the prior-year quarter. Piping Systems sales increased 77% or $20.4 million compared to the prior-year quarter due to higher domestic oil and gas projects and higher volume in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“U.A.E.”). Filtration Product sales increased 12% to $19.4 million in the current quarter from $17.3 million in the prior-year quarter due to increased domestic volume and sales from the newly established factory in the Middle East.
GROSS PROFIT – Gross profit increased to $17.0 million in the current quarter from $6.7 million in the prior-year quarter, mainly due to the sales volume increase in Piping Systems. The gross margin increased to 25.6% of net sales in the current quarter from 15.3% in the prior-year quarter.
EXPENSES – Operating expenses increased to $9.6 million in the current quarter from $8.0 million in the prior-year quarter due to higher management incentive compensation expense, increased professional service expenses and temporary staffing partially offset by a decrease in deferred compensation expense.
PRETAX INCOME – Pretax income from continuing operations was $7.6 million in the current quarter versus a loss of $0.6 million in the prior-year quarter. The primary factor contributing to the 2015 results was higher volume in Piping Systems.
NET INCOME – The current quarter net income was $6.1 million compared to net loss of $0.4 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase was due to higher sales volume and gross profit in Piping Systems and improved Filtration Products performance.
PIPING SYSTEMS – Net sales increased 77% to $47.0 million in the current quarter from $26.5 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase was due to higher global volume.
Gross margin increased to 30% of net sales in the current quarter from 17% of net sales in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin and gross profit increased due to higher volume. Operating expenses increased to $4.6 million from $3.5 million due to higher management incentive compensation expense and lower professional costs partially offset by higher selling expenses.
FILTRATION PRODUCTS – Net sales increased 12% to $19.4 million in the current quarter from $17.3 million in the prior-year quarter due to increased domestic volume and sales from the newly established factory in the Middle East. Gross profit increased to $2.7 million from $2.1 million. Gross profit rose due to higher volume and by improved mix. Gross margin increased to 14% in the current quarter from 12% in the prior-year quarter due to customer mix and lower costs related to product development.
Operating expenses remained consistent with the prior-year period.
NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2015
SALES – Year to date net sales decreased 8.1% to $144.1 million from $156.7 million for the prior-year period. Filtration Products sales decreased 4.4% and were negatively impacted by foreign currency fluctuations of approximately $2.0 million in addition to lower domestic filter bags sales volume. Piping Systems sales decreased 10.0% or $10.3 million compared to the prior-year period due to lower volume in domestic oil and gas projects and lower volume in the Middle East.
GROSS PROFIT – Gross profit decreased to $26.7 million from $33.3 million in the prior-year period due to lower volume in Piping Systems.
EXPENSES – Operating expenses decreased to $26.6 million year to date from $27.0 million for the prior-year period due to lower management incentive compensation expense, partially offset by higher stock compensation expense and increased professional expenses. Operating expenses as a percent of net sales increased to 18.5% from 17.2%.
PRETAX INCOME – Pretax income from continuing operations was $0.2 million versus $6.6 million last year. The primary factor contributing to the 2015 results was lower volume in Piping Systems.
TAXES – The Company’s worldwide effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 713.2% and 23.6% for the nine months ended October 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The change in the ETR from the prior year to the current year is due to several factors. First, the domestic income is a year to date loss in 2015 while it was income in 2014, which increases the rate because the valuation allowance on the domestic deferred tax assets eliminates any tax benefit for the current period. Secondly, the favorable impact of the U.A.E. zero tax rate is diminished this year due to more of the total foreign income being earned elsewhere and taxed at a rate of 25%. The modest pre-tax profit realized year to date exaggerates the percentage impact of the Company’s tax expense.
NET LOSS – Net loss was $0.9 million compared to net income of $4.8 million in the prior-year’s period.
PIPING SYSTEMS – Year to date net sales decreased 10% to $92.4 million from $102.7 million in the prior-year period. The decrease was attributed to the timing of discrete projects in the Middle East and in domestic oil and gas projects.
Gross margin decreased to 21% of net sales year to date from 25% of net sales in the prior-year period. Gross profit decreased due to the lower volume in sales.
Operating expense decreased to $12.3 million from $13.0 million in the prior-year period. Operating expenses as a percent of net sales increased to 13.3% from 12.7%. The dollar decrease was due to lower management incentive compensation expense due to lower earnings in the period.
FILTRATION PRODUCTS – Year to date net sales decreased 4% to $51.7 million from $54 million in the prior-year period. Sales were negatively impacted by foreign currency fluctuations of approximately $2.0 million in addition to lower domestic filter bags sales volume. Gross profit decreased to $6.9 million from $7.3 million. The business continues to widen its geographic market coverage, expand its sales activities to increase revenue and improve its operating margin through expense controls. Startup costs for the new production facility in the U.A.E. had offset some of the cost reductions elsewhere.
Year to date operating expenses decreased to $8.2 million from $8.6 million in the prior-year period. Decreased selling expense and lower professional costs contributed to the net decrease in expenses.
MFRI, Inc. manufactures pre-insulated specialty piping systems for oil and gas gathering, district heating and cooling as well as other applications. The Company also manufactures custom-designed industrial filtration products to remove particulates from air and other gas streams. In total, MFRI has operations at 10 locations in six countries.
Statements and other information contained in this announcement that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are subject to the safe harbors created thereby, including, without limitation, statements regarding the expected future performance and operations of the Company. These statements should be considered as subject to the many risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company’s operations and business environment. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the project nature of the business, the increasing international nature of the business, economic conditions, market demand and pricing, competitive and cost factors, raw material availability and prices, global interest rates, currency exchange rates, labor relations and other risk factors.
MFRI’s Form 10-Q for the period ended October 31, 2015 will be accessible at www.sec.gov and www.mfri.com. For more information, visit the Company’s website or contact its investor relations representative, LHA.
|MFRI, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended October 31,||Nine Months Ended October 31,|
|Income (loss) from operations|
|Income from joint venture||408||903||524||1,114|
|Interest expense, net||211||293||457||793|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes||$||7,557||$||(626||)||$||152||$||6,589|
|Income tax expense||1,443||11||1,084||1,553|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||$||6,114||$||(637||)||$||(932||)||$||5,036|
|Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax||—||265||—||(217||)|
|Net income (loss)||$||6,114||$||(372||)||$||(932||)||$||4,819|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
|Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations|
|Earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations|
|Basic and diluted||—||$||0.04||—||$||(0.03||)|
|Earnings (loss) per share|
Note: Earnings per share calculations could be impacted by rounding.
|MFRI, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands)||October 31, 2015||January 31, 2015|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||10,882||$||10,508|
|Trade accounts receivable, net||58,967||41,847|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||8,905||5,049|
|Total current assets||114,565||87,602|
|Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation||39,954||41,486|
|Investment in joint venture||9,034||8,514|
|Total long-term assets||18,255||19,450|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Trade accounts payable||$||22,125||$||11,072|
|Accrued liabilities, compensation, incentives, and payroll taxes||19,104||13,770|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||35,049||17,033|
|Other current liabilities, including customer deposits||9,941||9,875|
|Total current liabilities||86,219||51,750|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||8,930||12,603|
|Other long-term liabilities||4,982||10,662|
|Total long-term liabilities||13,912||23,265|
|Total stockholders’ equity||72,643||73,523|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||172,774||$||148,538|
|MFRI, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)|
|(In thousands)||Nine Months Ended October 31|
|Net (loss) income||$||(932||)||$||4,819|
|Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash flows (used in) provided by operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,425||4,299|
|Loss on disposal of discontinued operations||—||283|
|Deferred tax expense||479||420|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities|
|Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts||(589||)||(2,598||)|
|Accrued compensation and payroll taxes||5,686||(3,309||)|
|Other assets and liabilities||(1,124||)||(2,043||)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities||(9,787||)||5,067|
|Capital expenditures, other investing activities||(5,971||)||(4,200||)|
|Payments on loan from joint venture||1,890||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(4,081||)||(4,200||)|
|Proceeds from debt and cash surrender value||81,874||62,876|
|Payments of debt on revolving lines of credit, other||(67,451||)||(63,685||)|
|Payments for repurchase of common stock||(290||)||—|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||13,996||301|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||246||(147||)|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||374||1,021|
|Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period||10,508||13,395|
|Cash and cash equivalents – end of period||$||10,882||$||14,416|