ASTEC REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2021 RESULTS

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights (all comparisons are made to the prior year third quarter):

  • Net Sales increased 15.4% to $267.0 million
  • Gross Profit Margin of 23.3% increased 160 bps
  • Net Income increased 481.3% to $9.3 million; Adjusted Net Income of $11.4 million increased 159.1% from $4.4 million
  • Diluted EPS of $0.41 compared to $0.07; Adjusted EPS of $0.50 increased from $0.19
  • Record Backlog of $620.5 million

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (November 3, 2021) – Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTE) announced today its financial results for the third quarter of 2021.

Third quarter of 2021 net sales of $267.0 million increased 15.4% compared to $231.4 million for the third quarter of 2020. Domestic sales increased $20.7 million or 11.4% due mainly to pricing initiatives, stronger asphalt plant sales, incremental concrete plant sales from acquired businesses and increases in aftermarket parts sales, partially offset by reduced sales from the exit of our oil and gas drilling product lines. International sales increased $14.9 million or 29.6% primarily due to COVID-19 related temporary site closures in the prior year. International sales increased primarily to customers in Canada, Australia, Brazil and Asia.

Backlog as of September 30, 2021 of $620.5 million increased $402.0 million, or 184.0% compared to the backlog of $218.5 million a year ago. Domestic backlog increased by 236.2% to $508.6 million while international backlog increased by 66.5% to $111.9 million.

Operating profit of $6.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 increased 844.4% compared to an operating loss of $0.9 million in the third quarter of 2020. Third quarter of 2021 adjusted operating income of $9.4 million, increased 147.4% compared to $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted operating margin of 3.5% increased 180 basis points from 1.7% in third quarter 2020 primarily due to increased sales and gross profit. The additional operating profit partially offset increased costs for centralization and infrastructure efforts associated with our ongoing transformation initiatives.

The income tax rate for the quarter was (43.1)% compared to (300.0)% in the prior year primarily due to valuation allowance releases in Brazil and net research and development credits. Adjusted third quarter tax rate was (23.9)% compared to (10.0)% in the third quarter of 2020.

Net income of $9.3 million increased from $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2020, while diluted EPS of $0.41 increased from $0.07 in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted net income of $11.4 million increased 159.1% compared to the prior year period, while Adjusted EPS of $0.50 increased 163.2% compared to $0.19 for the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted EPS excludes $0.09 of incremental costs, net of tax, driven by our transformation program and footprint rationalization, partially offset by a net gain on the sale of property.

EBITDA of $14.1 million increased $7.1 million, or 101.4%, compared to the prior year EBITDA of $7.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA of $16.8 million increased 58.5% compared to $10.6 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 170 basis points from 4.6% in the third quarter of 2020 largely driven by pricing realization and improved sales volumes/mix combined with manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by inflation and increased SG&A expenses.

"I am pleased with the commitment and tenacity of the Astec team as we continue to work diligently and efficiently to deliver solid results in the midst of continued global headwinds from inflation, supply chain disruptions and labor challenges," said Barry Ruffalo, Chief Executive Officer of Astec. "Although for the time being, the federal highway bill has been extended for a short term versus long term period, we continue to see strong organic market activity and opportunities for growth. We are still in the early innings of our business evolution. Our record backlog, strong aftermarket parts business and growing international sales continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver value to our customers and execute our strategy. Our sales in the quarter were a third quarter record and overall results highlight the strength of the ASTEC brand, including the deep customer relationships we have invested in and grown over time. The OneASTEC business model and our strategy to Simplify, Focus and Grow continue to drive sustainable long-term value for our stakeholders."

Business Operations Update

Simplify, Focus and Grow Strategic Transformation ("SFG") - We continue to execute on our strategic transformation initiative focused on implementing new business strategies and a new operating structure. This transformation was launched in late 2019 and is concentrated on aligning our operations under the OneASTEC business model with the strategic pillars of Simplify, Focus and Grow. SFG is an ongoing, multi-year program with the primary goals of optimizing our manufacturing footprint and centralizing our business into common platforms and operating models to reduce complexity and cost, improve productivity and embed continuous improvement in our processes. These efforts are considered critical to enabling us to operate competitively and support future growth, which are expected to broadly benefit our customers, partners, employees and shareholders.

During 2019 and 2020 we consolidated certain of our sites as a key part of these initiatives. We have one additional site consolidation underway in 2021. Site consolidation costs including headcount reductions, inventory movement and facility closure costs are included in "Restructuring, Impairment and Other Asset Charges, Net" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

In addition, in late 2020 we launched a multi-year phased implementation of a standardized enterprise resource planning ("ERP") system across our global organization, which will replace much of our existing disparate core financial systems. The upgraded ERP will initially convert our internal operations, manufacturing, finance, human capital resources management and customer relationship systems to cloud-based platforms. This new ERP system will provide for standardized processes and integrated technology solutions that enable us to better leverage automation and process efficiency. An implementation of this scale is a major financial undertaking and will require substantial time and attention of management and key employees. Costs incurred, during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, were $2.4 million and $7.7 million, respectively, which represent costs directly associated with the SFG initiative and which cannot be capitalized in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These costs are included in "Selling, general and administrative expenses" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Supply Chain - We actively manage our global supply chain for constraints and volatility however, we are not immune to disruptions caused by the recent surge in global demand. Labor shortages at our vendors and logistics partners have increased lead times for certain components used in our manufacturing process. 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.

COVID-19 - Our top priority continues to be protecting our employees and their families, our customers and suppliers and our operations from adverse impacts by taking precautionary measures as directed by health authorities and local governments. We continue to exercise diligence to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate, while serving the needs of our customers. Business operations were fully operational during the third quarter of 2021.

Labor - In certain manufacturing locations, we have experienced a shortage of necessary production personnel and increasing labor costs to attract staff in our manufacturing operations resulting in a variety of challenges in running our operations efficiently to meet strong customer demand. We continue to adjust our production schedules and manufacturing workload distribution, outsource components, implement efficiency improvements and actively modify our recruitment process and compensation and benefits to attract and retain production personnel in our manufacturing facilities.

Steel - Steel is a major component of our equipment. Steel prices began increasing in the latter part of 2020. We have experienced further increases in steel pricing throughout 2021 and continued increases could occur into 2022. We continue to utilize strategies that include forward-looking contracts and advanced steel purchases to ensure supply and minimize the impact of price volatility.

Highway Funding - Federal funding provides a significant portion of all highway, street, roadway and parking construction in the United States. We believe federal funding influences the purchasing decisions of our customers, who are typically more amenable to making capital equipment purchases with long-term federal legislation in place. Federal transportation funding under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act ("FAST Act"), which expired on September 30, 2020, was temporarily extended for one year through September 30, 2021 and was subsequently further extended through December 3, 2021. We believe a multi-year highway program (such as the FAST Act) will have a positive impact on the road construction industry and allow our customers to plan and execute longer term projects.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

Astec will conduct a conference call and live webcast today, November 3, 2021, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time, to review its third quarter 2021 results as well as current business conditions. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 545-0523 (at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the call). International callers should dial (973) 528-0016. You may also access a live webcast of the call by visiting www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2146/43162. 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. The supplemental presentation slides are available on the Astec Industries, Inc. website by visiting https://www.astecindustries.com/investor-relations/analyst-information/presentations.html.

A replay of the conference call will be available through November 17, 2021 by dialing (877) 481-4010 or (919) 882-2331 for international callers, Conference ID # 43162. 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.

 

About Astec

Since 1972, ASTEC has been connecting communities by providing innovative rock to road solutions for our customers. United by our purpose - Built to Connect - ASTEC is a leading global manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production. Operations are divided into two primary business segments. Infrastructure Solutions includes road building, asphalt and concrete plants, thermal and storage solutions. Material Solutions includes aggregate and other material processing solutions. For more information, visit astecindustries.com and follow us on social media.

 

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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For Additional Information Contact:

Steve Anderson
Senior Vice President of Administration and Investor Relations
Phone: (423) 899-5898
Fax: (423) 899-4456
E-mail: [email protected]

 

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