SOURCE: Northwest Pipe Company

Northwest Pipe Company

March 01, 2016 17:15 ET

Northwest Pipe Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results and Announces Conference Call

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 1, 2016) - Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. The Company will broadcast its fourth quarter and full year 2015 earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 8:00 am PST.

Full Year 2015 Results
Net sales from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased 41.3% to $236.6 million compared to $403.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Gross loss was $12.6 million (negative 5.3% of net sales from continuing operations) in 2015, a decrease from a gross profit of $40.6 million (10.1% of net sales from continuing operations) in 2014. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $5.3 million was recorded for the Water Transmission segment in 2015. In 2014, the Company recorded $16.1 million for a similar charge associated with the Company's Tubular Products segment. Including the impairment charges, the 2015 loss from continuing operations was $29.4 million or $3.07 per diluted share, compared to $6.2 million or $0.65 per diluted share for 2014. Excluding the impairment charges, adjusted loss from continuing operations for full year 2015 was $24.1 million or $2.52 per diluted share compared to income of $9.9 million or $1.03 per diluted share for full year 2014. 

Water Transmission sales decreased 27.4% to $173.2 million in 2015 from $238.5 million in 2014. The decrease in net sales was the result of a 16% decrease in production due to reduced demand and project timing and a 14% decrease in average selling prices, which was due to a very competitive bidding environment coupled with lower steel costs. Water Transmission gross profit decreased to $0.6 million (0.3% of segment net sales) in 2015 from $39.6 million (16.6% of segment net sales) in 2014. Water Transmission gross profit decreased in total and as a percent of sales due to the mix of products produced coupled with significant competition on recent project bids. In addition, lower of cost or market adjustments were $1.1 million higher in 2015 than 2014.

Tubular Products sales from continuing operations decreased 61.5% to $63.4 million in 2015 from $164.8 million in 2014, driven by a 55% decrease in tons sold and a 14% decrease in selling prices per ton. The 2015 segment gross loss of $13.2 million (negative 20.9% of segment net sales from continuing operations) compared to a gross profit of $1.0 million (0.6% of segment net sales) in 2014. Gross profit was negatively affected by reduced sales volumes and prices due to lower demand for line pipe and high levels of imported pipe.

For the year ended, December 31, 2015, free cash flow, defined as net cash generated from operating activities after capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment, was $46.7 million, compared to $20.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2014. As of December 31, 2015, the Company has no amounts drawn on its line of credit.

As of December 31, 2015, the backlog of orders in the Water Transmission segment was approximately $116 million. This compared to a backlog of $121 million as of December 31, 2014 and $101 million as of September 30, 2015. The backlog includes confirmed orders, including the balance of projects in process, and projects for which the Company has been notified that it is the successful bidder even though a binding agreement has not been executed.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results
Net sales from continuing operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 decreased 55.4% to $45.6 million compared to $102.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Gross loss was $11.4 million (negative 25.0% of net sales) in the fourth quarter of 2015, as compared to gross profit of $9.1 million (8.9% of net sales) in the fourth quarter of 2014. The loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $13.7 million or $1.43 per diluted share compared to $14.0 million or $1.47 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2014. The fourth quarter 2014 results include the $16.1 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge described above. Excluding that charge, adjusted income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $2.1 million or $0.21 per diluted share.

Water Transmission sales decreased 31.5% to $38.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from $56.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease in net sales was the result of a 39% decrease in average selling prices due to the mix of products produced coupled with lower steel costs partially offset by increased production. Water Transmission gross loss was $7.4 million (negative 19.2% of segment net sales) in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a gross profit of $9.9 million (17.5% of segment net sales) in the fourth quarter of 2014. Water Transmission net sales and gross profit decreased due to lower selling prices from the overall competitive pressures in the bidding for water infrastructure projects combined with the mix of projects produced in the quarter. 

Tubular Products sales from continuing operations decreased 84.9% to $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 from $45.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Tubular Products gross loss increased to $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross profit was negatively impacted by reduced sales volumes and prices due to lower demand for line pipe products and high levels of imported pipe.

Outlook
"We shut down our remaining energy tubular operations in Atchison in January and plan to keep this facility idle until either we sell that asset or the market improves," said Scott Montross, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "While our water business backlog has almost doubled in tons versus a year ago, project delays will hurt production in the first quarter. We expect that municipal markets will continue to improve this year, but prices and margins will remain weak due to increases in supply that have created a far more competitive bidding environment than we have seen historically." 

Conference Call
The Company will hold its 2015 earnings conference call on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 8:00 am PST. To listen to the live call, visit the Northwest Pipe Company website, www.nwpipe.com, under Investor Relations. For those unable to listen to the live call, the replay will be available approximately one hour after the event and will remain available until Friday, April 1, 2016 by dialing 1-800-677-5211 passcode 6301.

About Northwest Pipe Company
Northwest Pipe Company is the largest manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. With eight Water Transmission manufacturing facilities, the Company is positioned to meet North America's growing needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Company serves a wide range of markets and their solution-based products are a good fit for applications including: water transmission, plant piping, tunnels, and river crossings. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities across the United States and one manufacturing facility in Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release by Scott Montross are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business, management's beliefs, and assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of important factors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, those that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include changes in demand and market prices for our products, product mix, bidding activity, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, production schedules, the price and availability of raw materials, price and volume of imported product, excess or shortage of production capacity, international trade policy and regulations, the results of our exploration of the sale of our remaining energy tubular products business, including our ability to identify and complete any transactions or other actions as a result of such efforts, our ability to identify and complete internal initiatives and/or acquisitions in order to grow our Water Transmission business and other risks discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and from time to time in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. If we do update or correct one or more forward-looking statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company is presenting, adjusted, income from continuing operations, adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share and free cash flow which are non-GAAP measures, to better enable investors and others to assess our results and compare them with our competitors. These non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. 

For more information, visit www.nwpipe.com.

   
   
NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)  
(In throusands, except per share amounts)  
                         
                         
    Three Months Ended     Full Year Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
                                 
Net sales:                                
  Water Transmission   $ 38,681     $ 56,484     $ 173,160     $ 238,545  
  Tubular Products     6,881       45,674       63,448       164,753  
    Net sales     45,562       102,158       236,608       403,298  
                                 
Cost of sales:                                
  Water Transmission     46,124       46,601       172,554       198,944  
  Tubular Products     10,850       46,432       76,679       163,778  
    Total cost of sales     56,974       93,033       249,233       362,722  
                                 
Gross profit (loss):                                
  Water Transmission     (7,443 )     9,883       606       39,601  
  Tubular Products     (3,969 )     (758 )     (13,231 )     975  
    Total gross profit (loss)     (11,412 )     9,125       (12,625 )     40,576  
                                 
Selling, general and administrative expense     5,104       6,469       22,303       24,316  
Impairment of goodwill     -       16,066       5,282       16,066  
                                 
Operating (loss) income                                
  Water Transmission     (9,026 )     7,817       (11,592 )     31,490  
  Tubular Products     (4,530 )     (17,227 )     (15,699 )     (16,677 )
  Corporate     (2,960 )     (4,000 )     (12,919 )     (14,619 )
    Operating (loss) income     (16,516 )     (13,410 )     (40,210 )     194  
                                 
Other income     6       105       88       108  
Interest income     -       83       173       466  
Interest expense     (492 )     (493 )     (1,390 )     (2,290 )
                                 
Loss before income taxes     (17,002 )     (13,715 )     (41,339 )     (1,522 )
                                 
Income tax (benefit) expense     (3,309 )     287       (11,951 )     4,651  
                                 
Loss from continuing operations     (13,693 )     (14,002 )     (29,388 )     (6,173 )
                                 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     -       6       -       (11,714 )
                                 
Net loss   $ (13,693 )   $ (13,996 )   $ (29,388 )   $ (17,887 )
                                 
Basic loss per share                                
  Continuing operations   $ (1.43 )   $ (1.47 )   $ (3.07 )   $ (0.65 )
  Discontinued operations     -       -       -       (1.23 )
                                   
  Net loss per share   $ (1.43 )   $ (1.47 )   $ (3.07 )   $ (1.88 )
                                 
Diluted loss per share                                
  Continuing operations   $ (1.43 )   $ (1.47 )   $ (3.07 )   $ (0.65 )
  Discontinued operations     -       -       -       (1.23 )
                                   
  Net loss per share assuming dilution   $ (1.43 )   $ (1.47 )   $ (3.07 )   $ (1.88 )
                                 
Shares used in per share calculations:                                
  Basic     9,565       9,520       9,560       9,515  
  Diluted     9,565       9,520       9,560       9,515  
                                 
 
 
NORTHWEST PIPE COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
         
         
    December 31,   December 31,
    2015   2014
Assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 10,309   $ 527
  Trade and other receivables, net     27,567     58,310
  Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     42,592     45,847
  Inventories     29,475     72,779
  Other current assets     5,336     17,776
    Total current assets     115,279     195,239
  Property and equipment, net     131,848     132,595
  Other assets     12,253     24,048
    Total assets   $ 259,380   $ 351,882
             
Liabilities:            
  Current maturities of capital lease obligations   $ 340   $ 2,170
  Accounts payable     4,739     15,480
  Accrued liabilities     15,971     9,071
  Billings in excess of cost and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     520     2,835
    Total current liabilities     21,570     29,556
  Borrowings on line of credit     -     45,587
  Capital leases, less current portion     718     225
  Other long-term liabilities     19,532     30,879
    Total liabilities     41,820     106,247
             
Stockholders' equity     217,560     245,635
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 259,380   $ 351,882

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Robin Gantt
    Chief Financial Officer
    (360) 397-6250