Quarter 2020 Highlights (all comparisons are made to the prior year fourth quarter):
- Net Sales decreased 15.6% to $238.9 million
- Gross Profit Margin of 23.8% increased 1410 bps; Adjusted Gross Profit Margin increased 260 bps
- Net Income increased 183.7% to $15.4 million; Adjusted Net Income of $12.8 million increased 56.1% from $8.2 million
- Diluted EPS of $0.67 compared to $(0.81); Adjusted EPS of $0.56 increased from $0.36
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 1, 2021) – Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTE) announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020.
Fourth quarter of 2020 net sales of $238.9 million decreased 15.6% compared to $283.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Domestic sales decreased $29.3 million or 14.0% and international sales decreased $15.0 million or 20.4% due mainly to COVID-19 related business disruptions in the fourth quarter versus last year.
Backlog as of December 31, 2020 of $360.5 million increased $96.8 million, or 36.7% compared to the backlog of $263.7 million a year ago. Domestic backlog increased by 44.3% to $280.6 million while international backlog increased by 15.4% to $79.9 million.
During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company generated a net gain on the sale of property, equipment and business of $5.5 million which was partially offset by actions associated with the Company’s efforts to simplify the organization, whereby it incurred a net $2.3 million of charges for facility closures, reductions in force and asset impairment. These adjustments, net of tax, resulted in an $0.11 per share impact to Adjusted EPS in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Operating profit of $17.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 166.5% compared to operating loss of $26.9 million in the fourth quarter 2019. Fourth quarter of 2020 adjusted operating income of $15.7 million, increased 109.3% compared to $7.5 million a year ago. Adjusted operating margin of 6.6% increased 400 basis points from 2.6% in fourth quarter 2019 as operational efficiencies outpaced a decline in sales. SG&A expenses decreased $11.3 million or 21.5% on a dollar basis driven by reductions in consulting fees, travel and employee expenses. In the fourth quarter of 2019, an inventory write-down of $32.6 million was recorded based on an assessment of the age, quantities on hand, market acceptance of equipment, our exit of the Enid oil and gas drilling product lines and other related factors, which resulted in required increases to our inventory net realizable value reserves.
Net income of $15.4 million increased 183.7% compared to the prior year quarter, while diluted EPS increased to $0.67, or 182.7%. Excluding restructuring and other net charges mentioned above, adjusted net income of $12.8 million increased 56.1% compared to the prior year period, while Adjusted EPS of $0.56 increased 55.6% compared to $0.36 for fourth quarter of 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA of $23.3 million increased 68.8% compared to $13.8 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.8% increased 490 basis points from 4.9% in fourth quarter of 2019.
"Our fourth quarter 2020 results demonstrate a strong finish to the year as our margins expanded during the quarter, despite a decrease in net sales. The margin improvement is a direct result of the initiatives that began in 2019 and accelerated in 2020 related to our strategic transformation. We continued to improve and gain traction with our operational excellence and strategic procurement initiatives," said Barry Ruffalo, CEO of Astec. "During the quarter, we continued to execute against our strategic initiatives to Simplify, Focus and Grow the business. Under Focus, we continue to build and leverage our OneASTEC platforms, which create a strong foundation for growth. Under Grow, we completed the acquisition of Grathwol automation and brought in an experienced Vice President of Product Management for our Controls and Automation platforms. We remain focused on providing our customers industry-leading technology solutions that provide value and support our Rock to Road initiatives, which continue to gain traction."
Full Year 2020 Results
Net sales for 2020 were $1.0 billion, or down 12.4% when compared to 2019. Adjusted net sales, which reflects a $20.0 million adjustment in 2019 for the sale of a wood pellet plant, decreased 10.9%. Domestic sales decreased $91.5 million or 10.1% and international sales decreased $53.7 million or 20.6%.
In relation to the Company’s efforts to simplify the organization, a net $13.8 million pre-tax restructuring charge was incurred, or $0.60 per share. This charge was primarily related to the four completed and one announced facility closures in 2020 and January 2021 as well as the associated reduction in labor and inventory adjustments. In addition, the Company recorded a net $3.4 million gain on the sale of property, equipment and business partially offset by asset impairments. These adjustments, net of tax, resulted in a $0.33 per share increase to Adjusted EPS in 2020.
Operating income of $43.0 million increased 71.3% compared to $25.1 million in 2019. Adjusted operating income of $55.5 million, increased 35.7% compared to $40.9 million in 2019. Adjusted operating margin of 5.4% increased 180 basis points from 3.6% in 2019 largely driven by our transformation initiatives put in place in late 2019.
Net income was $46.9 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, compared to $22.3 million, or $0.98 per diluted share in 2019. Adjusted net income of $54.5 million increased 54.8% compared to 2019. Adjusted EPS of $2.38 increased 53.5% compared to $1.55 last year.
Adjusted EBITDA of $82.9 million increased 22.8% compared to $67.5 million in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.1% increased 220 basis points from 5.9% in 2019.
COVID-19 Business Continuity and Operations Update
We continue to execute on COVID-19 measures in order to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, their families and communities in which we operate, while continuing to serve our customers’ critical needs. Below is a COVID-related update by category:
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
The Company remains focused on liquidity and cash generation. We ended the quarter with a net cash position of $158.6 million with total debt of $2.0 million. The Company has available liquidity of $312.4 million as of December 31, 2020.
All of our facilities are operational and able to meet current demand levels. We continue to manufacture our products for building and maintaining the infrastructure used to move goods to market, facilitate the transportation needs of communities and for public health and safety.
We have not experienced interruption to our supply chain and are able to source the necessary materials needed to meet our customers’ needs. We are closely monitoring our supply chain and are ready to take proactive actions as needed to mitigate any potential disruptions. We have increased the frequency of communications with our suppliers and customers to ensure business continuity as well as anticipate and prepare for any new developments.
We have implemented additional actions to help mitigate the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19, including reducing expenses and conserving cash. These actions include:
- Overall headcount reduction of approximately 8.5% since fourth quarter of 2019
- Discretionary spending reductions
- Working capital management to ensure efficient accounts receivable processing with our customers
Mr. Ruffalo continued, “In the midst of the economic challenges faced in 2020, the Astec team was exceptional and made great progress with respect to our efforts to Simplify, Focus and Grow the business. This year was a testament to our dedication and ability to perform well throughout cycles as we increased margins despite the decline in revenue. We have significantly strengthened our foundation this year and are well-positioned for future growth with a streamlined organizational structure, a strong balance sheet and ample liquidity. I want to thank the entire Astec team for their hard work and continued focus on our core values to serve our customers, especially during a challenging year. Looking ahead to 2021, we will continue to build upon our positive momentum from 2020 and further transform our business to become an even stronger and more resilient organization with continued focus on operational and commercial excellence, profitable growth and long-term stakeholder value creation.”
Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast
Astec will conduct a conference call and live webcast today, March 1, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, to review its fourth quarter 2020 results as well as current business conditions. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 407-9210 (at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the call). International callers should dial (201) 689-8049. You may also access a live webcast of the call by visiting www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2146/39956. You will need to give your name and company affiliation and reference Astec Industries. An archived webcast will be available for 90 days at www.astecindustries.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available through March 15, 2021 by dialing (877) 481-4010 or (919) 882-2331 for international callers, Conference ID # 39956. A transcript of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within five business days after the call.