Strong Conclusion to Work Truck Attachments Pre-Season; Sequential Improvement at Work Truck Solutions Following 2Q20 Customer and Supplier Shutdowns
Third Quarter Highlights:
- Produced Net Sales of $133.8 million
- Recorded GAAP EPS of $0.39, and Adjusted EPS of $0.42
- Paid $0.28 per share cash dividend on September 30, 2020
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 01, 2020 — Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (NYSE: PLOW), North America’s premier manufacturer and upfitter of work truck attachments and equipment, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Bob McCormick, President and CEO, noted, “Overall, the third quarter saw sequential improvements with customers and suppliers slowly ramping up their operations and learning to operate with pandemic related restrictions. Despite the challenging economic landscape, we are pleased with the progress our teams have made during the quarter. We remain vigilant and committed to ensuring the health and well-being of everyone on our team as the pandemic continues across the country. Despite this unpredictable environment, we are relentlessly pursuing our long-term objectives to effectively position us for the future.”
Consolidated Third Quarter 2020 Results
|$ in millions (except Margins & EPS)||Q3 2020||Q3 2019|
|Gross Profit Margin||27.5%||28.2%|
|Income from Operations||$17.6||$19.9|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin||17.2%||17.7%|
|Adjusted Net Income||$9.8||$12.8|
|Adjusted Diluted EPS||$0.42||$0.55|
- Consolidated Net Sales declined compared to the record results in the prior year, primarily driven by the ongoing impact of the pandemic and its effect on chassis supply, partially offset by relatively strong performance in the Attachments segment.
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin declined as a result of lower sales slightly offset by favorable product mix and effective cost management measures.
- Interest expense increased $0.7 million due to higher interest paid on our term loan from the increase in principal balance, slightly offset by lower short term borrowing on our revolving line of credit.
- The effective tax rate was 26.0%, compared to 20.0% in the same period last year, due to the release of reserves for uncertain tax positions in the third quarter of the prior year.
Work Truck Attachments Segment Third Quarter 2020 Results
|$ in millions (except Adjusted EBITDA Margin)||Q3 2020||Q3 2019|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin||26.2%||24.7%|
- Net Sales increased by 2% compared to last year, due to a strong end to the pre-season order period, plus re-orders in September from dealers that had placed conservative pre-season orders.
- This led to an approximate 50/50 ratio between second and third quarter pre-season orders, compared to previous expectations of a 55/45 split, and the prior year split of 60/40.
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin increased compared to last year, due to higher volumes, favorable product mix and effective cost management.
- Dealer inventory remains relatively low compared to last year, but some fourth quarter re-order activity may have been pulled into the third quarter, as a result of improving dealer sentiment regarding the retail season.
- McCormick noted, “We are encouraged by the early re-order trends, especially following two consecutive years of below average snowfall. Our industry leading operational capabilities to deliver our products to dealers during the winter season remains as strong as ever.”
Work Truck Solutions Segment Third Quarter 2020 Results
|$ in millions (except Adjusted EBITDA Margin)||Q3 2020||Q3 2019|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin||5.1%||9.7%|
- Net Sales decreased compared to the prior year, as the gradual operational ramp up of customers and suppliers following pandemic related shutdowns continues to impact performance.
- Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin were both similarly impacted by the ongoing pandemic related challenges, including Class 4-6 chassis supply.
- After a difficult second quarter, quoting and order rates are improving at many of our East Coast locations, which bodes well for the future.
- McCormick noted, “Despite the positive sequential improvements over the second quarter, demand and supply trends are not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels near-term. Overall, we are seeing promising quoting activity across the board, and are pleased with current levels of Class 7-8 chassis supply.”
Dividend, Balance Sheet & Liquidity
- A quarterly cash dividend of $0.28 per share of the Company’s common stock was declared on September 3, 2020, and paid on September 30, 2020, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 18, 2020.
- Net Cash Used in Operating Activities for the first nine months of 2020 increased to $27.1 million from $21.2 million during the same period last year, due to a significant decrease in net income, partially offset by favorable changes in working capital.
- Free Cash Flow for the first nine months of 2020 decreased to $(36.5) million from $(29.0) million for the first nine months of 2019 as a result of higher cash used in operating activities, plus increased capital expenditures associated with ongoing long term growth projects.
McCormick explained, “While 2020 has presented unique challenges, we have adapted quickly, and are pleased with recent performance improvements. However, the economic uncertainty in the near- and medium-term remains top of mind and although we’re seeing some positive signs, we are expecting the recovery to extend into 2021. We remain committed to investing in long-term growth initiatives and expect to emerge from this situation stronger and more confident about the future potential of our company.”
Additional outlook commentary:
- Free Cash Flow is expected to exceed the amount necessary to fund the dividend.
- In Attachments, the timing, location, and amount of snowfall will influence fourth quarter results as it does every year.
- Solutions results will be impacted by customer confidence and ability to operate with varying pandemic restrictions, plus chassis supply trends.
Earnings Conference Call Information
- A conference call will occur on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time). To join the conference call, please dial (877) 369-6591 domestically, or (253) 237-1176 internationally.
- The call will also be available via the Investor Relations section of the website at www.douglasdynamics.com. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, replays will be available for one week following the call.
About Douglas Dynamics
Home to the most trusted brands in the industry, Douglas Dynamics is North America’s premier manufacturer and up-fitter of commercial work truck attachments and equipment. For more than 70 years, the Company has been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability. Through its proprietary Douglas Dynamics Management System (DDMS), the Company is committed to continuous improvement aimed at consistently producing the highest quality products, at industry-leading levels of service and delivery that ultimately drive shareholder value. The Douglas Dynamics portfolio of products and services is separated into two segments: First, the Work Truck Attachments segment, which includes commercial snow and ice control equipment sold under the FISHER®, SNOWEX® and WESTERN® brands. Second, the Work Truck Solutions segment, which includes the up-fit of market leading attachments and storage solutions under the HENDERSON® brand, and the DEJANA® brand and its related sub-brands.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). The non-GAAP measures used in this press release are Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share, and Free Cash Flow. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other external users of its consolidated financial statements in evaluating the Company’s operating performance as compared to that of other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures can be found immediately following the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows included in this press release.
Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, as further adjusted for certain charges consisting of unrelated legal and consulting fees, pension termination costs, stock-based compensation, certain purchase accounting expenses, impairment charges, expenses related to debt modifications, and incremental costs incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such COVID-19 related costs include increased expenses directly related to the pandemic, and do not include either production related overhead inefficiencies or lost or deferred sales. We believe these costs are out of the ordinary, unrelated to our business and not representative of our results. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA in evaluating the Company’s operating performance because it provides the Company and its investors with additional tools to compare its operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect the Company’s core operations. The Company’s management also uses Adjusted EBITDA for planning purposes, including the preparation of its annual operating budget and financial projections, and to evaluate the Company’s ability to make certain payments, including dividends, in compliance with its senior credit facilities, which is determined based on a calculation of “Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA” that is substantially similar to Adjusted EBITDA.
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (calculated on a diluted basis) represents net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share (as defined by GAAP), excluding the impact of stock based compensation, pension termination costs, non-cash purchase accounting adjustments, impairment charges, expenses related to debt modifications, certain charges related to unrelated legal fees and consulting fees, incremental costs incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and adjustments on derivatives not classified as hedges, net of their income tax impact. Such COVID-19 related costs include increased expenses directly related to the pandemic, and do not include either production related overhead inefficiencies or lost or deferred sales. We believe these costs are out of the ordinary, unrelated to our business and not representative of our results. Adjustments on derivatives not classified as hedges are non-cash and are related to overall financial market conditions; therefore, management believes such costs are unrelated to our business and are not representative of our results. Management believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share are useful in assessing the Company’s financial performance by eliminating expenses and income that are not reflective of the underlying business performance.
Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures. Free Cash Flow should be evaluated in addition to, and not considered a substitute for, other financial measures such as Net Income (Loss) and Net Cash Used in Operating Activities. We believe that free cash flow represents our ability to generate additional cash flow from our business operations.