LSI Industries Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2022 Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

1/27, 12:30 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

CINCINNATI, Jan. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: LYTS, “LSI” or the “Company”) a leading U.S. based manufacturer of indoor/outdoor lighting and display solutions, today announced results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022.

FISCAL SECOND QUARTER 2022

  • Total net sales +45% y/y to $111.1 million, organic net sales +19% y/y
  • Lighting sales +27% y/y; Display Solution sales +72% y/y
  • Net Income +41% y/y to $3.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income +67% y/y to $4.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA +65% y/y to $8.4 million

LSI generated significant year-over-year growth in sales and profitability in the fiscal second quarter, driven by a continued recovery in non-residential construction activity, systemic gains in targeted vertical markets, together with contributions from the JSI Store Fixtures acquisition (“JSI”) completed in May 2021.

The Company reported net sales of $111.1 million in the fiscal second quarter, an increase of 45% versus the prior year period. Net sales, excluding contributions from the JSI acquisition, increased 19% versus the fiscal second quarter of 2021. LSI reported net income of $3.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the second quarter, versus $2.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share in the prior year period.

The Company reported adjusted net income of $4.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share last year. Adjusted operating income increased 90% on a year-over-year basis to $5.9 million, while adjusted EBITDA increased 65% to $8.4 million. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is included in this press release.

The Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable February 15, 2022 to shareholders of record on February 7, 2022.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“Our solid fiscal second quarter performance reflects the accelerating momentum building in our business,” stated James A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of LSI Industries.

“Entering the third quarter, demand conditions have improved, contributing to organic growth across both our Lighting and Display Solutions businesses,” continued Clark. “Sales exceeded $100 million for the second consecutive quarter, and increased sequentially from our record first quarter. Our sales and earnings improvement reflects effective execution of our vertical market strategy and continued price management actions to counter ongoing increases in input costs. The LSI team again navigated multiple obstacles to deliver a successful quarter, managing ongoing supply chain challenges including fluctuating supplier lead-times, transit capacity issues, as well as widespread inflation.

“In view of heightened supply chain disruptions evidenced throughout the pandemic, we’ve taken preemptive actions to ensure uninterrupted product availability for both new and existing customers,” continued Clark. “These actions have positioned us to win new business, most notably capitalizing on short lead-time opportunities. To that end, LSI was recently awarded a large order from a leading international petroleum retailer whose construction plan required immediate access to componentry and domestic manufacturing capabilities. LSI was uniquely suited to fulfill this time-sensitive customer order, further positioning us as a proven, reliable partner, while demonstrating the value we place on building customer trust and confidence in our company.

“Our vertical market strategy emphasizes close collaboration with our customers, an approach that often positions us to participate in new, emerging growth opportunities integral to their future business development. For example, during the second quarter, we initiated a turnkey solar installation for a petroleum fueling station. The site included solar panels mounted on the fuel canopy and car wash that will materially reduce the location’s energy consumption, carbon footprint and operating expenses. The turnkey solar installation supports the continued development of LSI’s service business model, exhibiting full lifecycle project capabilities that span from concept to installation.

“The Lighting segment delivered a solid quarter, generating sales growth of 27%, with significant increases in both our project business and sales through distributor stock. The increase in project business was broad-based, with increases in select target verticals such as warehousing, petroleum, parking, and automotive. Distribution sales increased 25% over prior year, as distributors continue to steadily increase inventory levels. New products launched over the last twelve months were a major driver, with market adoption rates continuing to increase. The Lighting segment gross margin rate was 29.5% and operating income more than doubled from the prior year, reflecting effective price management and productivity, offsetting continued increases in input costs. Lighting quotation and order rate activity remains favorable with a fiscal second quarter book-to-bill ratio of above 1.0, a period when historical seasonality has order rates trending measurably below shipment levels. We exited the second quarter with a Lighting backlog more than 30% above the prior-year period.

“Sales for the Display Solutions segment increased 72% versus the prior year, including the incremental impact of the JSI acquisition. Excluding the JSI acquisition, Display Solutions sales increased 7% on a year-over-year basis. Adjusted operating income increased to $4.0 million in the second quarter, representing 7.5% of sales.

“Quotation and order activity remains favorable for Display Solutions, most notably in the grocery market vertical. In the quarter, JSI was awarded a $17 million order from one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers. The order is for approximately 2,500 refrigerated display units for installation in over 800 store locations throughout the United States, all to be delivered in the third and fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. The award is the result of the collaborative working relationship between JSI and the customer to develop custom solutions, as well as proven performance in servicing this customer. JSI is well-positioned for the future as it continues to capitalize on the ongoing investment in merchandising solutions by both national and regional grocery chains.

“Proposal activity for potential programs in the petroleum graphics and digital QSR market verticals are in development. Our current large QSR digital signage program is creating opportunities with additional banners under the customer flagship brand, with both committed business and potential programs.

“Targeted, discretionary investments in componentry and select finished inventories to support critical sales growth initiatives resulted in a $25 million increase in total working capital during the first half of fiscal 2022,” continued Clark. “As before, disciplined balance sheet management, which includes an emphasis on debt reduction, remains a management priority. At the end of the second quarter, our ratio of net debt to trailing twelve months Adjusted EBITDA was 2.8x.

Mr. Clark concluded, “We are incrementally more positive on the outlook for the second half of fiscal 2022 than we were at the end of the fiscal first quarter. Market indicators remain favorable, while current quote, order and backlog levels are measurably above last year. While the operating environment remains challenging, our supply chain capabilities have proven an important point of differentiation for our business, positioning us to achieve further margin expansion as price escalations offset rising input costs.”

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be held today at 11:00 a.m. ET to review the Company’s financial results and conduct a question-and-answer session.

A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of LSI Industries’ website at www.lsicorp.com. Individuals can also participate by teleconference dial-in. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

Details of the conference call are as follows:

Call Dial-In:1-877-407-4018
Conference ID:13726268
  
Call Replay:1-844-512-2921
Replay Passcode:13726268

A replay of the conference call will be available between January 27, 2022 and February 10, 2022. To listen to a replay of the teleconference via webcast, please visit the Investor Relations section of LSI Industries’ website at www.lsicorp.com.

ABOUT LSI INDUSTRIES

Headquartered in Greater Cincinnati, LSI is a publicly held company with shares listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol LYTS. The Company manufactures non-residential lighting and display solutions. Non-residential lighting consists of high-performance, American-made lighting solutions. The Company’s strength in outdoor lighting applications creates opportunities to introduce additional solutions to its valued customers. Display solutions consist of graphics solutions, digital signage, and technically advanced food display equipment for strategic vertical markets. LSI’s team of internal specialists also provide comprehensive project management services in support of large-scale product rollouts. The Company employs about 1,400 people at 11 manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Additional information about LSI is available at www.lsicorp.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “encourage,” “projects,” “plans,” “expects,” “can,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” or the negative versions of those words and similar expressions and by the context in which they are used. For details on the uncertainties that may cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements, visit https://investors.lsicorp.com as well as our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q which contain risk factors.

INVESTOR CONTACT

Noel Ryan, IRC
720.778.2415
LYTS@vallumadvisors.com

Financial Highlights    
     
Three Months Ended
December 31
   Six Months Ended
December 31
 (Unaudited) 
 2021  2020 % Change (In thousands, except per share data)  2021  2020 % Change
$ 111,143 $ 76,387 45% Net sales $ 217,540 $ 146,393 49%
             
 4,422  2,686 65% Operating income as reported  8,866  4,888 81%
             
 1,130  397 185% Stock compensation expense  1,686  902 87%
 340  - NM Acquisition costs  340  - NM
 -  21 -100% Severance costs  -  21 -100%
 -  - NM Restructuring costs  -  3 -100%
             
$ 5,892 $ 3,104 90% Operating income as adjusted $ 10,892 $ 5,814 87%
             
$ 3,105 $ 2,208 41% Net income as reported $ 6,238 $ 4,198 49%
             
$ 4,241 $ 2,543 67% Net income as adjusted $ 7,781 $ 4,618 68%
             
$ 0.11 $ 0.08 38% Earnings per share (diluted) as reported $ 0.22 $ 0.15 47%
             
$ 0.15 $ 0.09 67% Earnings per share (diluted) as adjusted $ 0.28 $ 0.17 65%

 


  (amounts in thousands)
 
  December 31, June 30,
 
   2021  2021 
Working capital$ 78,852 $ 54,113 
Total assets$ 303,469 $ 286,821 
Long-term debt$ 83,030 $ 68,178 
Other long-term liabilities$ 13,762 $ 16,578 
Shareholders' equity$ 138,886 $ 131,170 


Three Months Ended December 31, 2021 Results

Net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2021 were $111.1 million, up 45% from the three months ended December 31, 2020 net sales of $76.4 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $57.3 million increased 27% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $53.9 million increased 72% from last year’s second quarter net sales. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $3.1 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to $2.2 million or $0.08 per share for the three months ended December 31, 2020. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Six Months Ended December 31, 2021 Results

Net sales for the six months ended December 31, 2021 were $217.5 million, up 49% from the six months ended December 31, 2020 net sales of $146.4 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $108.5 million increased 20% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $109.0 million increased 95% from last year’s net sales. Net income for the six months ended December 31, 2021 was $6.2 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to $4.2 million or $0.15 per share for the six months ended December 31, 2020. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet at December 31, 2021 included current assets of $146.6 million, current liabilities of $67.8 million and working capital of $78.8 million, which includes cash of $0.9 million. The current ratio was 2.2 to 1. The balance sheet also included shareholders’ equity of $138.9 million and long-term debt of $83.0 million. It is the Company’s priority to continuously generate sufficient cash flow, coupled with an approved credit facility, to adequately fund operations.

Cash Dividend Actions

The Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share in connection with the second quarter of fiscal 2022, payable February 15, 2022 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 7, 2022. The indicated annual cash dividend rate is $0.20 per share. The Board of Directors has adopted a policy regarding dividends which provides that dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in its discretion based upon its evaluation of earnings both on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, cash flow requirements, financial condition, debt levels, stock repurchases, future business developments and opportunities, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes adjustments to GAAP operating income, net income and earnings per share for the three and six months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020. Operating income, net income and earnings per share, which exclude the impact of stock compensation expense, acquisition costs, severance costs and restructuring costs, are non-GAAP financial measures. We exclude these items because we believe they are not representative of the ongoing results of operations of the business. Also included in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures, including Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA), Free Cash Flow and Organic Net Sales. We believe that these are useful as supplemental measures in assessing the operating performance of our business. These measures are used by our management, including our chief operating decision maker, to evaluate business results, and are frequently referenced by those who follow the Company. These non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, the non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations, in that they do not reflect all amounts associated with our results as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Therefore, these measures should be used only to evaluate our results in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to net income and earnings per share reported for the periods indicated along with the calculation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Organic Net Sales.

             
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
December 31   December 31
2021  2020  (In thousands, except per share data) 2021  2020
  
 Diluted
EPS
  Diluted
EPS
    Diluted
EPS
  Diluted
EPS
    Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income    
$ 3,105$ 0.11 $ 2,208$ 0.08 Net income as reported $ 6,238$ 0.22 $ 4,198 $ 0.15 
             
 867 0.03  318 0.01 Stock compensation expense  1,274 0.05  698  0.03 
             
 269 0.01  - - Acquisition costs  269 0.01  -  - 
             
 - -  17 - Severance costs  -   17  - 
             
 - -  - - Restructuring costs  -   2  - 
             
 - -  - - Tax impact due to the change in the estimated annual tax
rate used for GAAP reporting purposes
  - -  (297) (0.01)
             
$ 4,241$ 0.15 $ 2,543$ 0.09 Net income adjusted $ 7,781$ 0.28 $ 4,618 $ 0.17 
NOTE: All adjustments are net of tax except for the adjustment of the tax impact from the change in the estimated annual tax rate


Three Months Ended
December 31
 (Unaudited; In thousands) Six Months Ended
December 31
 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 
2021 2020
 % Change  2021
 2020
 % Change
$ 4,422  $ 2,686  65% Operating Income as reported $ 8,866  $ 4,888  81%
             
 2,538   1,990    Depreciation and amortization  5,101   4,023   
$ 6,960  $ 4,676  49% EBITDA $ 13,967  $ 8,911  57%
             
 1,130   397    Stock compensation expense  1,686   902   
 340   -    Acquisition costs  340   -   
 -   21    Severance costs  -   21   
 -   -    Restructuring costs  -   3   
$ 8,430  $ 5,094  65% Adjusted EBITDA $ 15,993  $ 9,837  63%
             
     
Three Months Ended
December 31
 (Unaudited; In thousands) Six Months Ended
December 31
 Free Cash Flow 
2021
 2020
 % Change  2021
 2020
 % Change
$ (8,654) $ 5,778  n/m Cash flow from operations $ (16,543) $ 13,417  NM
             
 (448)  (475)   Capital expenditures  (745)  (880)  
$ (9,102) $ 5,303  n/m Free cash flow $ (17,288) $ 12,537  NM


             
Three Months Ended
December 31
 (Unaudited; In thousands) Six Months Ended
December 31
 Reconciliation of net sales to organic net sales 
2021 2020 % Change
  2021 2020 % Change
$ 57,276 $ 45,126 26.9% Lighting Segment $ 108,536 $ 90,531 19.9%
$ 53,867 $ 31,261 72.3% Display Solutions Segment $ 109,004 $ 55,862 95.1%
$ 111,143 $ 76,387 45.5% Total Net Sales $ 217,540 $ 146,393 48.6%
             
 20,560  -   JSI  43,907  -  
$ 90,583 $ 76,387 18.6% Total organic net sales $ 173,633 $ 146,393 18.6%
             
             
Three Months Ended
December 31
   Six Months Ended
December 31
   
2021 2020 % Change
   2021 2020 % Change
$ 53,867 $ 31,261 72.3% Display Solutions Segment $ 109,004 $ 55,862 95.1%
             
 20,560  -   JSI  43,907  -  
$ 33,307 $ 31,261 6.5% Total Display Solutions Segment organic net sales $ 65,097 $ 55,862 16.5%
             


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

Three Months Ended
December 31

   Six Months Ended
December 31
 (Unaudited) 
2021 2020
 (In thousands, except per share data) 2021 2020
$ 111,143 $ 76,387  Net sales $ 217,540 $ 146,393 
         
 85,695  56,676  Cost of products sold  167,582  108,407 
 -  5  Severance costs  -  5 
 -  -  Restructuring costs  -  3 
         
 25,448  19,706  Gross profit  49,958  37,978 
         
 21,026  17,004  Selling and administrative costs  41,092  33,074 
 -  16  Severance costs  -  16 
         
 4,422  2,686  Operating Income  8,866  4,888 
         
 9  (135) Other expense (income)  88  (240)
 529 $ 62  Interest expense, net  763  119 
         
 3,884  2,759  Income before taxes  8,015  5,009 
         
 779  551  Income tax  1,777  811 
         
$ 3,105 $ 2,208  Net income $ 6,238 $ 4,198 
         
    Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding       
 27,292  26,639  Basic   27,144  26,580 
 28,067  27,360  Diluted  27,895  27,161 
         
    Earnings Per Share     
$ 0.11 $ 0.08  Basic  $ 0.23 $ 0.16 
$ 0.11 $ 0.08  Diluted $ 0.22 $ 0.15 


Condensed Balance Sheet

  (amounts in thousands)
 
  December 31,
 June 30,
 
  2021 2021 
Current assets$ 146,643 $ 125,008 
Property, plant and equipment, net  28,614  30,552 
Other assets 128,212  131,261 
Total assets$ 303,469 $ 286,821 
     
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 3,571 $ - 
Other current liabilities  64,220  70,895 
Long-term debt 83,030  68,178 
Other long-term liabilities  13,762  16,578 
Shareholders' equity  138,886  131,170 
  $ 303,469 $ 286,821 

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