ASTEC REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2021 RESULTS

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights (all comparisons are made to the prior year fourth quarter):

  • Net Sales increased 12.1% to $267.8 million
  • Gross Profit Margin of 20.1% decreased 370 bps
  • Net Income decreased 159.7% to a loss of $9.2 million; Adjusted Net Income of $(0.6) million decreased 104.7% from $12.8 million
  • Diluted EPS of $(0.40) compared to $0.67; Adjusted EPS of $(0.03) decreased from $0.56
  • Record Backlog of $762.6 million

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (February 28, 2022) – Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTE) announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fourth quarter of 2021 net sales of $267.8 million increased 12.1% compared to $238.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Domestic sales increased $32.9 million or 18.2% due mainly to stronger asphalt plant and concrete plant sales as well as pricing initiatives and increases in aftermarket parts. International sales decreased $4.0 million or 6.8% primarily due to lower equipment sales partially offset by increased aftermarket parts sales.

Backlog as of December 31, 2021 of $762.6 million increased by $402.1 million, or 111.5% compared to the backlog of $360.5 million on December 31, 2020. Domestic backlog increased by 123.4% to $627.0 million while international backlog increased by 69.7% to $135.6 million.

Operating loss of $5.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 decreased 131.3% compared to an operating income of $17.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Operating margin of (2.1)% decreased 960 basis points from 7.5% in the fourth quarter 2020. Fourth quarter of 2021 adjusted operating income of $0.8 million, decreased 94.9% compared to $15.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted operating margin of 0.3% decreased 630 basis points from 6.6% in fourth quarter 2020. The variance was largely driven by manufacturing challenges due to supply chain and logistics disruptions as well as pandemic related labor restrictions combined with net inflation, increased SG&A costs for centralization and infrastructure efforts associated with our ongoing transformation initiatives and a legal contingency.

The effective income tax rate for the quarter was 16.5% compared to 17.6% in the prior year primarily due to the income tax benefit derived from lower operating profit in the current quarter over last year. The adjusted tax rate for the quarter was 350.0% compared to 17.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020. The higher adjusted tax rate for the quarter was caused by the adverse jurisdictional tax effect of the transformation program costs and the termination of a subsidiary pension plan relative to negative pre-tax earnings.

Net loss of $9.2 million decreased from net income of $15.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, while diluted EPS of $(0.40) decreased from $0.67 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted net loss of $0.6 million decreased 104.7% compared to the prior year period, while Adjusted EPS of $(0.03) decreased 105.4% compared to $0.56 for the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted EPS excludes $0.37 of incremental costs, net of tax, primarily driven by our transformation program and the termination of a subsidiary pension plan.

Negative EBITDA of $3.0 million decreased $29.5 million, or 111.3%, compared to the prior year EBITDA of $26.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA of $8.1 million decreased 65.2% compared to $23.3 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased 680 basis points from 9.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020 largely driven by manufacturing challenges due to supply chain and logistics disruptions as well as pandemic related labor restrictions combined with net inflation and increased SG&A expenses.

Full Year 2021 Results

Net sales for 2021 were $1,097.2 million or up 7.1% when compared to 2020. Domestic sales increased $25.1 million or 3.1% and international sales increased $47.7 million or 23.0%.

Operating income of $22.1 million decreased 48.6% compared to $43.0 million in 2020. Adjusted operating income of $38.0 million, decreased 31.5% compared to $55.5 million in 2020. Adjusted operating margin of 3.5% decreased 190 basis points from 5.4% in 2020 largely as a result of inflation outpacing increased volume, pricing and mix due to longer contract cycles for certain of our products combined with higher SG&A expenses caused by an increase in personnel and costs associated with centralization and infrastructure.

Net income was $17.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to $46.9 million, or $2.05 per diluted share in 2020. Adjusted net income of $33.7 million decreased 38.2% compared to 2020. Adjusted EPS of $1.47 decreased 38.2% compared to $2.38 last year. The following adjustments, net of tax, which are related to our efforts to simplify the organization, resulted in a $0.69 per share impact to Adjusted EPS in 2021:

  • Transformation program expenses of $13.4 million pre-tax, or $0.58 per share, were incurred during 2021. See additional discussion below related to the transformation program.
  • During the fourth quarter 2021, the Company settled its obligations under its defined benefit pension plan and other postretirement benefit plan ("OPEB") and recorded total net charges of $4.7 million, including excise tax, or $0.20 per share.
  • The Company incurred restructuring charges primarily related to the closure of the Tacoma facility of $2.9 million on a pre-tax basis, or $0.13 per share.
  • In addition, the Company recorded a net $0.4 million gain on the sale of property and equipment partially offset by asset impairments.

Adjusted EBITDA of $67.8 million decreased 18.2% compared to $82.9 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 6.2% decreased 190 basis points from 8.1% in 2020.

"In the midst of a challenging 2021 business environment the evolution of our OneASTEC business model and strategy to Simplify, Focus and Grow continued to move forward as we laid the foundation for future growth. Astec customers and employees remained diligent in the face of lingering supply chain, logistic, labor and net inflation headwinds along with a fourth quarter resurgence of COVID-19 in the form of the Omicron variant. As we indicated in our preliminary results on February 7, 2022, these factors negatively impacted the fourth quarter gross profit margin compared to the same period in 2020 and we expect them to continue to persist in early 2022. Despite these challenges, there were many positives in 2021 including the launch of the Astec rebranding initiative which simplified how to do business with our Company, the attraction of additional workforce talent that will support capacity growth in 2022 and a focused effort to address supply chain volatility in the market. Strong demand for our products continued as we achieved a record backlog of $762.6 million as of December 31, 2021. Another positive in 2021 was the passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act which provides a long-term tailwind for our business. This program includes $548 billion for new infrastructure over the five-year period concluding in 2026. And lastly, we were pleased to report progress on our ESG initiatives as evidenced by our newly-formed partnership with CarbonCure which provides specialized equipment used to sequester carbon dioxide in the concrete production process." said Barry Ruffalo, Chief Executive Officer of Astec.

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, improving productivity and embedding 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.

Since initiating SFG, we have consolidated certain of our sites as a key part of these initiatives. Site consolidation costs including headcount reductions, inventory movement and facility shut-down 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 fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, were $5.7 million and $13.4 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. 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 fourth quarter of 2021 although not at optimal manufacturing efficiency with the changing landscape of COVID-19 variants impacting our labor force and we expect to be fully operational in 2022.

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. Given the recent volatility of steel prices and the nature of our customer's orders, there are times when we are unable to pass through all of the increases in steel costs to our customers. Continued increases are expected to occur into 2022 on anticipated strong demand before normalized price inflation returns on increased market capacity. 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") expired on December 3, 2021. In November 2021, the U.S. government enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ("IIJA"), which allocates $548 billion in government spending to new infrastructure over a five-year period, with certain amounts specifically allocated to fund highway and bridge projects. We believe that multi-year highway programs (such as the IIJA) will have the greatest 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, February 28, 2022, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time, to review its fourth quarter 2021 results as well as current business conditions. To access the call, dial 888-440-4118 on Monday, February 28, 2022 at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the call. International callers should dial 646-960-0833. You may also access a live webcast at https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3609290/26C6F83633A5881C25B902E3BD5531C6.

You will need to give your name and company affiliation and reference Astec. An archived webcast will be available for ninety days at www.astecindustries.com.

A replay of the call can be accessed through March 14, 2022 by dialing 800-770-2030, or 647-362-9199 for international callers, Conference ID# 8741406. A transcript of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within 5 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. Materials 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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