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Matthews International Reports Results for Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter

July 26, 2018

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 26, 2018--Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2018.

In discussing the Company’s results for the quarter, Joseph C. Bartolacci, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “I am pleased to report that our adjusted earnings per share of $1.16 for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were ahead of our internal expectations, reflecting growth in excess of 10% over the same quarter last year on a comparable basis. This performance is a reflection of continued strengthening in our Industrial Technologies segment, improving conditions in several of our brand markets, acquisition synergy realization in the Memorialization group, the impact of recent acquisitions, and lower income taxes.

“Our fiscal 2018 third quarter results established a new quarterly record for non-GAAP earnings per share. In addition, our sales and adjusted EBITDA set new third quarter records.

“On a consolidated basis, our operating cash flow continues to be strong. As a result, during the fiscal 2018 third quarter, we reduced our gross long-term debt by approximately $20 million.”

THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2018 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS (Unaudited)

Consolidated sales for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were $411.6 million, representing an increase of $22.0 million, or 5.6% over the third quarter last year. The Company reported higher sales in each of its three business segments. Sales growth in the principal product lines for the Industrial Technologies segment, higher European sales in the SGK Brand Solutions segment, an increase in cremation equipment sales in North America, and acquisitions were the principal factors in the increase in consolidated sales. In addition, changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $8.1 million on consolidated sales compared to a year ago.

Net income attributable to the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $24.4 million, or $0.77 per share, compared with $29.5 million, or $0.91 per share, a year ago. Intangible amortization expense increased approximately $2.0 million (pre-tax) for the current quarter primarily related to the Company’s recent acquisitions and the prior year third quarter included loss recoveries, excluding related costs, of $10.0 million (pre-tax).

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were $1.16 per share, compared with $1.05 per share for the fiscal 2017 third quarter, representing an increase of 10.5%, primarily reflecting the impact of higher sales, acquisition synergy realization and lower income taxes.

Adjusted EBITDA (net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other adjustments) for the fiscal 2018 third quarter was $69.2 million, compared to $65.6 million for the same quarter a year ago.

Sales for the SGK Brand Solutions segment were $203.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $200.6 million a year ago, representing an increase of $2.4 million, or 1.2%. The segment reported higher sales in Europe, including sales for the surfaces and engineered solutions businesses. Sales in the U.K. and Asia markets were also higher for the quarter. In addition, recent acquisitions contributed to the sales growth for the segment. The segment’s sales in North America were lower than a year ago as the prior year third quarter included the benefit of a significant merchandising display project. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $6.9 million on the segment’s sales compared with the same quarter last year.

Memorialization segment sales for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were $162.0 million, compared to $155.8 million a year ago, representing an increase of $6.2 million, or 3.9%. Higher sales principally resulted from an increase in sales of cremation equipment in North America and the acquisition of Star Granite & Bronze. Memorial and casket sales volumes for the fiscal 2018 third quarter were lower than a year ago, consistent with an estimated decline in U.S. casketed deaths.

Sales for the Industrial Technologies segment were $46.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to $33.2 million a year ago, representing an increase of $13.5 million, or 40.6%. The increase reflected higher sales of marking products, OEM solutions and fulfillment systems, and the benefit of the recent acquisition of Compass Engineering.

NINE MONTHS FISCAL 2018 CONSOLIDATED RESULTS (Unaudited)

Consolidated sales for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 were $1.2 billion, an increase of $75.6 million, or 6.8% over the prior year. The Company reported higher sales in each of its three business segments. Sales growth in all of the principal product lines for the Industrial Technologies segment, higher international sales in the SGK Brand Solutions segment, an increase in cremation equipment sales, and acquisitions were the principal factors in the increase in consolidated sales. In addition, changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $30.3 million on consolidated sales compared to a year ago.

Net income attributable to the Company for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 was $77.8 million, or $2.44 per share, compared to $54.7 million, or $1.68 per share, a year ago. The increase primarily reflected the impact of higher sales, acquisition synergy realization, and lower acquisition integration costs. In addition, the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contributed to a significant reduction in the Company’s income tax expense for fiscal 2018, primarily related to a favorable adjustment in deferred income taxes offset partially by an estimated repatriation tax.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 were $2.72 per share, compared with $2.55 per share last year, primarily reflecting the impact of higher sales, acquisition synergy realization, and lower income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA (net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other adjustments) for the nine months ended June 30, 2018 was $178.2 million, compared to $174.6 million last year.

Sales for the SGK Brand Solutions segment were $601.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $566.5 million a year ago, representing an increase of $35.3 million, or 6.2%. The segment reported higher sales in its Europe, U.K. and Asia Pacific markets. In addition, recent acquisitions contributed to current year sales growth. Sales of merchandising displays were lower as last year included the benefit of a significant project. Changes in currency rates had a favorable impact of $25.4 million on the segment’s sales compared to a year ago.

Memorialization segment sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 were $475.6 million, compared to $463.6 million a year ago, representing an increase of $12.0 million. The increase primarily reflected higher cremation equipment sales and the acquisition of Star Granite & Bronze. Memorial and casket sales volumes for the current year were lower than a year ago reflecting an estimated decline in U.S. casketed deaths. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $3.1 million on the segment’s sales compared to last year.

Sales for the Industrial Technologies segment were $117.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $89.5 million a year ago, representing an increase of $28.3 million, or 31.7%. The increase reflected higher sales of marking products, OEM solutions and fulfillment systems, and the benefit of recent acquisitions. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of approximately $1.7 million on the segment’s sales compared to a year ago.

OUTLOOK

Mr. Bartolacci further stated: “We remain on target to achieve our fiscal 2018 objectives. Order rates for fulfillment systems in our Industrial Technologies segment and for engineered solutions in our SGK Brand Solutions segment remain strong. In addition, recent new brand account wins have started to contribute to our results. As a result, based on our year-to-date results and projections for the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, we are re-affirming our target for fiscal 2018 and expect to achieve growth in non-GAAP earnings per share of at least 10% over fiscal 2017.”

WEBCAST

The Company will host a conference call and webcast Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review its financial and operating results, and discuss its corporate strategies and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8471. The audio webcast can be monitored at www.matw.com. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call through Friday, August 10, 2018. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter the pass code 13680880. The webcast replay will be available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at www.matw.com, where a transcript will also be posted once available.

ABOUT MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION

Matthews International Corporation is a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial technologies. The SGK Brand Solutions segment is a leader in providing brand development, deployment and delivery services that help build our clients’ brands and consumers’ desire for them. The Memorialization segment is a leading provider of memorialization products, including memorials, caskets and cremation equipment, primarily to cemetery and funeral home customers that help families move from grief to remembrance. The Industrial Technologies segment designs, manufactures and distributes marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. The Company has approximately 11,000 employees in more than 25 countries on six continents that are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Any forward-looking statements contained in this release are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from management’s expectations. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove correct. Factors that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements principally include changes in economic conditions, competitive environment, death rate, foreign currency exchange rates, technological factors beyond the Company’s control, and other factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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