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Griffon Corporation Announces Annual and Fourth Quarter Results

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Griffon Corporation (“Griffon” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GFF) today reported results for the fiscal year and fourth quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Fiscal 2020, revenue totaled $2.4 billion, a 9% increase from the $2.2 billion in the prior year, with organic growth of 8%.

Fiscal 2020, Income from continuing operations totaled $53.4 million, or $1.19 per share, compared to $45.6 million, or $1.06 per share, in the prior year. Current year Adjusted income from continuing operations was $73.0 million, or $1.62 per share compared to $46.3 million, or $1.08 per share, in the prior year, a 50% increase (see the Reconciliation of Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations for details).

Fiscal 2020 Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations totaled $236 million, increasing 18% from the prior year of $200 million. Adjusted EBITDA excluding unallocated amounts (primarily corporate overhead) in 2020 and 2019 of $47 million and $46 million, respectively, totaled $283 million in 2020, increasing 15% from the prior year of $246 million. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable (“Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure).

Fourth quarter revenue of $661 million increased 15% compared to the prior year fourth quarter revenue of $574 million with organic growth of 14%.

Fourth quarter Income from continuing operations totaled $20.1 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to $16.3 million, or $0.37 per share, in the prior year quarter. Current year fourth quarter Adjusted income from continuing operations was $21.5 million, or $0.44 per share compared to $17.3 million, or $0.40 per share, in the prior year fourth quarter, a 10% increase (see the Reconciliation of Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations for details).

Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations totaled $63 million, increasing 8% from the prior year quarter of $59 million. Adjusted EBITDA excluding unallocated amounts (primarily corporate overhead) in both 2020 and 2019 of $12 million totaled $75 million in 2020, increasing 7% from the prior year of $71 million.

Ronald J. Kramer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Griffon performed exceptionally well in our fiscal fourth quarter despite the difficult operating conditions caused by the pandemic. Our ongoing efforts to improve operating performance delivered an 8% increase in organic revenue, an 18% increase in EBITDA and a 50% increase in EPS. We are pleased that the momentum we experienced in our businesses before the pandemic continued though the entire fiscal year despite the challenges we all faced. We are very proud of our performance and thankful to our global workforce for their incredible contribution. In addition to our strong operating results, Griffon strengthened its balance sheet through the refinancing of our bonds, extending maturities to 2028, and adding $178 million of cash through a common stock offering. Our financial strength positions us well to both deal with uncertainties and take advantage of opportunities that may present themselves.”

Mr. Kramer added, “We continue to evaluate ways to further increase operating efficiency and last month we expanded the AMES next-generation initiative to include AMES’ global operations. By adding new geographies and expanding locations, we expect to increase annual cash savings by an additional $30 to $35 million annually. We are relentless in our focus on driving long-term shareholder value and are excited about our future.”

Segment Operating Results

Consumer and Professional Products (“CPP”)

CPP revenue in 2020 was $1.14 billion, increasing $139 million, or 14% compared to 2019. This was primarily from a 12% increase in volume, due to increased consumer demand for home improvement initiatives across most of our geographic regions supplemented by COVID-19 stay at home orders, favorable price and mix of 1% and an incremental 2% revenue contribution from the Apta acquisition, partially offset by an unfavorable impact of foreign exchange of 1%. Organic growth was 12%.

CPP Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 was $104 million, increasing $13 million, or 15% compared to 2019, primarily driven by increased revenue as noted above, partially offset by increased tariffs, COVID-19 related inefficiencies and direct costs, and an unfavorable foreign exchange impact of 1%. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.1% in 2020 remained consistent with the prior year. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $5.0 million for the year.

CPP revenue in the current quarter was $294 million, increasing $72 million, or 32% from the prior year quarter. This was primarily from a 30% increase in volume, due to increased consumer demand for home improvement initiatives across most of our geographic regions supplemented by COVID-19 stay at home orders and an incremental 3% revenue contribution from the Apta acquisition, partially offset by unfavorable mix of 1%. Organic growth in the quarter was 29%.

CPP Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter was $20 million, increasing $2 million, or 14% from the prior year quarter due to the benefit of increased revenue, partially offset by COVID-19 related expenses. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 6.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to 7.9% in the prior year quarter, impacted by inefficiencies and direct costs related to COVID-19, facility consolidations and distribution inefficiencies in supplying areas affected by natural disasters. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $2.5 million for the quarter.

Strategic Initiative

In November 2019, Griffon announced the development of a next-generation business platform for CPP to enhance the growth, efficiency, and competitiveness of its U.S. operations, and in October 2020, CPP broadened this strategic initiative to include additional North American facilities, the AMES UK and Australia businesses, and a manufacturing facility in China.

The expanded focus of this initiative leverages the same three key development areas being executed within our U.S. operations. First, multiple independent information systems will be unified into a single data and analytics platform, which will serve the whole AMES global enterprise. Second, certain AMES global operations will be consolidated to optimize facilities footprint and talent. Third, strategic investments in automation and facilities expansion will be made to increase the efficiency of our manufacturing and fulfillment operations, and support e-commerce growth.

Expanding the roll-out of the new business platform from our AMES U.S. operations to include AMES’ global operations will extend the project by one year, with completion now expected by the end of calendar year 2023. When fully implemented, these actions will result in annual cash savings of $30-$35 million (increased from $15-$20 million) and a reduction in inventory of $30-$35 million (increased from $20-$25 million), both based on fiscal 2020 operating levels.

The cost to implement this new business platform, over the duration of the project, will include one-time charges of approximately $65 million (increased from $35 million) and capital investments of approximately $65 million (increased from $40 million). The one-time charges are comprised of $46 million of cash charges, which includes $26 million of personnel-related costs such as training, severance, and duplicate personnel costs as well as $20 million of facility and lease exit costs. The remaining $19 million are non-cash charges, primarily related to asset write-downs.

In addition to the growth, efficiency and competitive benefits, the AMES strategic initiative is intended to drive operating margin improvement and increased free cash flow.

In connection with this initiative, during the year ended September 30, 2020, CPP incurred pre-tax restructuring and other related exit costs approximating $13.7 million, comprised of cash charges of approximately $9.0 million ($5.7 million for one-time termination benefits and other personnel-related costs and $3.3 million for facility exit costs) and non-cash, asset-related charges of $4.7 million. Capital expenditures related to the initiative were $6.7 million through the year ended September 30, 2020.

Home and Building Products (“HBP”)

HBP revenue in 2020 was $927 million, increasing $54 million, or 6%, compared to 2019, with 4% from volume and 2% from favorable mix and pricing.

HBP Adjusted EBITDA in 2020 was $154 million, increasing $33 million, or 28%, compared to 2019. The favorable variance resulted from the increased revenue noted above and general operational efficiency improvements, partially offset by COVID-19 related inefficiencies and direct costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 16.6% in 2020 compared to 13.8% in 2019. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $2.0 million in fiscal 2020.

HBP revenue in the current quarter was $257 million, increasing $15 million, or 6% from the prior year quarter, with 4% from volume, and 2% from favorable mix and pricing.

HBP Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter was $43 million, increasing $8 million, or 23% from the prior year quarter, primarily from the increased revenue noted above and general operational efficiency improvements, partially offset by COVID-19 related inefficiencies and direct costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 16.7% in the current quarter compared to 14.4% in the prior year quarter. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Defense Electronics (“DE”)

DE revenue in 2020 was $341 million, increasing $6 million, or 2% compared to 2019, primarily due to increased deliveries and volume on airborne and ground communications systems, as well as airborne surveillance systems, partially offset by reduced volume on Multi-Mode airborne maritime surveillance radar systems.

DE Adjusted EBITDA for 2020 was $25 million, decreasing $10 million, or 28% from 2019, primarily due to program inefficiencies associated with certain radar programs, unfavorable program mix and increased operating expenses primarily due to bid and proposal activities and timing of research and development initiatives, partially offset by program efficiencies within airborne intercommunication surveillance systems. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 7.4% in 2020 compared to 10.5% in the prior year. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $1.0 million in fiscal 2020.

DE revenue in the current quarter totaling $109 million remained consistent with the prior year quarter.

DE Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter was $12 million, decreasing $6 million from the prior year quarter, primarily due to program inefficiencies associated with certain radar systems and unfavorable program mix. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to 16.5% in the prior year quarter. Direct COVID-19 related expenses totaled approximately $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Contract backlog was $380 million at September 30, 2020, compared to $389 million at September 30, 2019, with 67% expected to be fulfilled in the next 12 months. During the year, Telephonics was awarded several new contracts and received incremental funding on existing contracts approximating $332 million, which translates into a book to bill ratio of approximately 1.0.

In September 2020, Telephonics initiated a Voluntary Employee Retirement Plan, which was subsequently followed by a reduction in force in November 2020, to improve efficiencies by combining functions and responsibilities. The combined actions are expected to incur severance charges of approximately $4.5 million with $2.1 million recognized in the fourth quarter, and the balance to be recognized in the first quarter of 2021. At the conclusion of these actions, headcount is expected to be reduced by approximately 90 people. In addition, during fiscal 2020 Telephonics commenced a facility project to consolidate three Long Island based facilities into two company owned facilities with a total cost of approximately $4.0 million primarily comprised of capital expenditures in 2021.

Taxes

The Company reported pretax income from continuing operations for the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 and recognized effective income tax rates of 35.4% and to 36.8%, respectively. Excluding discrete and certain other tax provisions, net and items that affect comparability, the effective tax rates for the years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were 32.2% and 34.3%, respectively.

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures

At September 30, 2020, the Company had a net debt position of $829 million, with cash and cash equivalents of $218 million and total debt outstanding of $1.05 billion, with $370 million available for borrowing under the revolving credit facility subject to certain loan covenants. Capital expenditures were $49 million for the year ended September 30, 2020.

Equity

In August 2020, Griffon Corporation completed a Public Offering of 8,700,000 shares of its common stock for total net proceeds of $178.2 million. The Company used a portion of the net proceeds to repay $50 million of outstanding borrowings under its Credit Agreement.

As of September 30, 2020, Griffon had $58 million remaining under its Board of Directors authorized repurchase program. There were no purchases under these authorizations in fiscal 2020.

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold a conference call today, November 12, 2020, at 4:30 PM ET.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-0792 (U.S. participants) or 1-201-689-8263 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference or provide conference ID number 13713041. Participants are encouraged to dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

A replay of the call will be available starting on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (International), and entering the conference ID number: 13713041. The replay will be available through November 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.

Forward-looking Statements

“Safe Harbor” Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements related to, among other things, income (loss), earnings, cash flows, revenue, changes in operations, operating improvements, industries in which Griffon operates and the United States and global economies that are not historical are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements” and may be indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “supports,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “hope,” “forecast,” “management is of the opinion,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “intends,” “explores,” “opportunities,” the negative of these expressions, use of the future tense and similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: current economic conditions and uncertainties in the housing, credit and capital markets; Griffon’s ability to achieve expected savings from cost control, restructuring, integration and disposal initiatives; the ability to identify and successfully consummate, and integrate, value-adding acquisition opportunities; increasing competition and pricing pressures in the markets served by Griffon’s operating companies; the ability of Griffon’s operating companies to expand into new geographic and product markets, and to anticipate and meet customer demands for new products and product enhancements and innovations; reduced military spending by the government on projects for which Griffon’s Telephonics Corporation supplies products, including as a result of defense budget cuts or other government actions; the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations; increases in the cost or lack of availability of raw materials such as resin, wood and steel, components or purchased finished goods, including the impact from tariffs; changes in customer demand or loss of a material customer at one of Griffon’s operating companies; the potential impact of seasonal variations and uncertain weather patterns on certain of Griffon’s businesses; political events that could impact the worldwide economy; a downgrade in Griffon’s credit ratings; changes in international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; the reliance by certain of Griffon’s businesses on particular third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer demands; the relative mix of products and services offered by Griffon’s businesses, which impacts margins and operating efficiencies; short-term capacity constraints or prolonged excess capacity; unforeseen developments in contingencies, such as litigation, regulatory and environmental matters; unfavorable results of government agency contract audits of Telephonics Corporation; Griffon’s ability to adequately protect and maintain the validity of patent and other intellectual property rights; the cyclical nature of the businesses of certain of Griffon’s operating companies; and possible terrorist threats and actions and their impact on the global economy; the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and the global economy, including business disruptions, reductions in employment and an increase in business and operating facility failures, specifically among our customers; Griffon’s ability to service and refinance its debt; and the impact of recent and future legislative and regulatory changes, including, without limitation, changes in tax law. Such statements reflect the views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Griffon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Griffon Corporation

Griffon Corporation is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.

Griffon conducts its operations through three reportable segments:

  • Consumer and Professional Products conducts its operations through AMES. Founded in 1774, AMES is the leading North American manufacturer and a global provider of branded consumer and professional tools and products for home storage and organization, landscaping, and enhancing outdoor lifestyles. CPP sells products globally through a portfolio of leading brands including True Temper, AMES, and ClosetMaid.
  • Home and Building Product conducts its operations through Clopay. Founded in 1964, Clopay is the largest manufacturer and marketer of garage doors and rolling steel doors in North America. Residential and commercial sectional garage doors are sold through professional dealers and leading home center retail chains throughout North America under the brands Clopay, Ideal, and Holmes. Rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional, and retail use are sold under the CornellCookson brand.
  • Defense Electronics conducts its operations through Telephonics, founded in 1933, a globally recognized leading provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and communications solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers.

For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffon.com.

Griffon evaluates performance and allocates resources based on operating results from continuing operations before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable (“Adjusted EBITDA”, a non-GAAP measure). Griffon believes this information is useful to investors.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Income before taxes from continuing operations:

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

(in thousands)

 

 

(Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

For the Year Ended

September 30,

REVENUE

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer and Professional Products

$

294,316

 

 

$

222,692

 

 

$

1,139,233

 

 

$

1,000,608

 

Home and Building Products

256,939

 

 

242,025

 

 

927,313

 

 

873,640

 

Defense Electronics

109,418

 

 

109,447

 

 

340,976

 

 

335,041

 

Total consolidated net sales

$

660,673

 

 

$

574,164

 

 

$

2,407,522

 

 

$

2,209,289

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJUSTED EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer and Professional Products

$

19,985

 

 

$

17,526

 

 

$

104,053

 

 

$

90,677

 

Home and Building Products

42,996

 

 

34,878

 

 

153,631

 

 

120,161

 

Defense Electronics

12,383

 

 

18,103

 

 

25,228

 

 

35,104

 

Total

75,364

 

 

70,507

 

 

282,912

 

 

245,942

 

Unallocated amounts, excluding depreciation*

(12,044

)

 

(11,797

)

 

(47,013

)

 

(46,302

)

Adjusted EBITDA

63,320

 

 

58,710

 

 

235,899

 

 

199,640

 

Net interest expense

(16,695

)

 

(16,537

)

 

(65,791

)

 

(67,260

)

Depreciation and amortization

(15,342

)

 

(15,676

)

 

(62,409

)

 

(61,848

)

Restructuring charges

(4,619

)

 

 

 

(15,790

)

 

 

Loss from debt extinguishment

 

 

 

 

(7,925

)

 

 

Acquisition contingent consideration

1,733

 

 

1,646

 

 

1,733

 

 

1,646

 

Acquisition costs

 

 

 

 

(2,960

)

 

 

Income before taxes from continuing operations

$

28,397

 

 

$

28,143

 

 

$

82,757

 

 

$

72,178

 

 

* Primarily Corporate Overhead

 

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

 

For the Year Ended

September 30,

DEPRECIATION and AMORTIZATION

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Segment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer and Professional Products

$

8,138

 

 

$

8,141

 

 

$

32,788

 

 

$

32,289

 

Home and Building Products

4,386

 

 

4,651

 

 

18,361

 

 

18,334

 

Defense Electronics

2,659

 

 

2,741

 

 

10,645

 

 

10,667

 

Total segment depreciation and amortization

15,183

 

 

15,533

 

 

61,794

 

 

61,290

 

Corporate

159

 

 

143

 

 

615

 

 

558

 

Total consolidated depreciation and amortization

$

15,342

 

 

$

15,676

 

 

$

62,409

 

 

$

61,848

 

 

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Twelve Months Ended

September 30,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenue

$

660,673

 

 

$

574,164

 

 

$

2,407,522

 

 

$

2,209,289

 

Cost of goods and services

486,203

 

 

415,706

 

 

1,766,096

 

 

1,625,815

 

Gross profit

174,470

 

 

158,458

 

 

641,426

 

 

583,474

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

128,624

 

 

113,654

 

 

486,398

 

 

447,163

 

Income from continuing operations

45,846

 

 

44,804

 

 

155,028

 

 

136,311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

(16,737

)

 

(16,732

)

 

(66,544

)

 

(68,066

)

Interest income

42

 

 

195

 

 

753

 

 

806

 

Loss from debt extinguishment, net

 

 

 

 

(7,925

)

 

 

Other, net

(754

)

 

(124

)

 

1,445

 

 

3,127

 

Total other expense, net

(17,449

)

 

(16,661

)

 

(72,271

)

 

(64,133

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes from continuing operations

28,397

 

 

28,143

 

 

82,757

 

 

72,178

 

Provision for income taxes

8,306

 

 

11,892

 

 

29,328

 

 

26,556

 

Income from continuing operations

$

20,091

 

 

$

16,251

 

 

$

53,429

 

 

$

45,622

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations of discontinued businesses

 

 

(50

)

 

 

 

(11,050

)

Provision from income taxes

 

 

106

 

 

 

 

(2,715

)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

(156

)

 

 

 

(8,335

)

Net income (loss)

$

20,091

 

 

$

16,095

 

 

$

53,429

 

 

$

37,287

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$

0.44

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

1.25

 

 

$

1.11

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.20

)

Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$

0.44

 

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

1.25

 

 

$

0.91

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

45,903

 

 

41,071

 

 

42,588

 

 

40,934

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

1.06

 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.20

)

Diluted income (loss) per common share

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

0.87

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

48,526

 

 

43,540

 

 

45,015

 

 

42,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

20,091

 

 

$

16,095

 

 

$

53,429

 

 

$

37,287

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

6,094

 

 

(4,517

)

 

5,601

 

 

(8,460

)

Pension and other post retirement plans

(14,264

)

 

(23,607

)

 

(11,784

)

 

(23,055

)

Gain (loss) on cash flow hedge

1,285

 

 

(75

)

 

7

 

 

(289

)

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes

(6,885

)

 

(28,199

)

 

(6,176

)

 

(31,804

)

Comprehensive income (loss), net

$

13,206

 

 

$

(12,104

)

 

$

47,253

 

 

$

5,483

 

 

Contacts

Company Contact:
Brian G. Harris

SVP & Chief Financial Officer

Griffon Corporation

(212) 957-5000

Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Callahan

Managing Director

ICR Inc.

(203) 682-8311

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