FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ), a global provider of metal coatings services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services, today announced financial results for the three and six month periods ended August 31, 2018.
Tom Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of AZZ Inc., commented, "We are very pleased to achieve double-digit, year-over-year growth for both top- and bottom-lines for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. Driven by strength in both our Energy and Metal Coatings segments, second quarter revenue increased 13.5% and net income increased 14.9%. Overall, our bookings were up 33.6% for the quarter, growing to $253.9 million compared to $190.1 million in the second quarter last year. Our Metal Coatings segment posted record quarterly sales of $116.3 million, an increase of 17.4%. As part of our ongoing efforts, we continue to build on the positive momentum in Energy segment bookings, reinforcing a solid backlog heading into our third quarter, which is traditionally a seasonally strong quarter for outages and turnarounds; and sets the stage for solid performance in the second half of the fiscal year, hence the increase in our FY2019 guidance."
"Metal Coatings segment revenue increased 17.4% from the second quarter of last year. Operating margins were 19.0%, compared to 23.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Lower margins were driven by a $1.3 million charge taken this quarter to consolidate two galvanizing plants into one in the Gulf Coast region, focus on growing market share, and having peak zinc costs flowing through our kettles." Mr. Ferguson noted. "Despite the lingering high cost of zinc and the labor cost headwinds in the galvanizing market, I am cautiously optimistic for continued solid financial performance for fiscal 2019. We believe zinc costs should begin to recede by the fourth quarter of the year, and we have taken the necessary steps to close two underperforming galvanizing plants during the year; one on the Gulf Coast and one in West Virginia. AZZ remains the industry leader in North America with 40 galvanizing plants. As a result of investments to expand our Metal Coating markets, we created new revenue streams from our two most recent Metal Coatings acquisitions - Enhanced Powder Coating and Rogers Brothers Galvanizing. We also continue to gain traction in AZZ's GalvaBar™ continuous galvanized rebar business."
Mr. Ferguson continued, "Our Energy segment's Welding Solutions group executed on several domestic and overseas projects and are well positioned for a strong third quarter, which is normally a strong turnaround and outage season. We are pleased with the contributions from both our recent acquisitions of Powergrid switchgear and Lectrus electrical enclosure businesses. We are committed and focused on delivering organic growth and driving operational efficiencies including additional metal coatings offerings to improve future sales and maintaining an active M&A program to support our strategic growth initiatives. Looking forward, we are updating our fiscal 2019 guidance with earnings per share now in the range of $1.90 to $2.25 per diluted share and annual sales in the range of $930 million to $970 million from previously issued EPS guidance of $1.75 to $2.25 per share and revenue of $900 million to $960 million. We remain somewhat cautious due to the uncertainty related to tariffs and the Chinese trade situation, as well as the tighter market for labor, but are optimistic about the full year."
Second Quarter Results
Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were $222.8 million compared to $196.3 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 13.5%. Net income for the second quarter increased 14.9% to $11.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.
Gross margins for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were 21.1% compared to 22.3% in the second quarter of last year. Operating margins were 7.7% compared to 8.9% the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 as SG&A as a percentage of sales fell to 13.4% of sales compared to 13.5% of sales in the prior year. Additionally, the effective tax rate decreased to 19.6% in the current quarter compared to 28.7% in the second quarter of the prior year.
Incoming orders for the quarter were $253.9 million while revenues for the quarter totaled $222.8 million, resulting in a book to revenue ratio of 1.14. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 incoming orders were $190.1 million, resulting in a book to revenue ratio of 0.97. Our backlog at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 increased 12.0% to $336.0 million compared to $300.1 million for the second quarter of last year. Approximately 54% of the current backlog is expected to be delivered outside the U.S., compared to 42% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.
Revenues for the Energy segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were $106.5 million as compared to $97.3 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 9.5%. Gross profit rose 22.1% to $21.2 million compared to $17.3 million for the same period last year, with gross margins of 19.9% for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 compared to 17.8% in the prior year. Operating income for the Energy segment increased 80.8% to $4.3 million compared to $2.4 million for the same period last year. Operating margins for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 rose to 4.0% as compared to 2.4% in the prior year period primarily as a result of higher gross margins on increasing sales.
Metal Coatings Segment
Revenues for the Metal Coatings segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 were a record $116.3 million, compared to the $99.0 million for the same period of last year, an increase of 17.4%. Gross profit fell 2.7% to $25.8 million from $26.5 million in the same quarter last year as a result of $1.3 million of charges taken to consolidate two galvanizing plants into one, driving gross margins of 22.1% compared to 26.7% in the same quarter last year. Operating income was $22.1 million as compared to $23.4 million in the second quarter last year. As a result, operating margins for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 decreased to 19.0%, compared to 23.6% in the same period last year.
AZZ Inc. will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 at 11:00 A.M. ET on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (844) 855-9499 or (412) 317-5497 (International). The call will be webcast via the Internet at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations . A replay of the call will be available for three days at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 (International), confirmation # 10124268, or for 30 days at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations .
About AZZ Inc.
AZZ Inc. is a global provider of metal coatings services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the markets of power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial in protecting metal and electrical systems used to build and enhance the world's infrastructure. AZZ Metal Coatings is a leading provider of metal finishing solutions for corrosion protection, including hot dip galvanizing to the North American steel fabrication industry. AZZ Energy is dedicated to delivering safe and reliable transmission of power from generation sources to end customers, and automated weld overlay solutions for corrosion and erosion mitigation to critical infrastructure in the energy markets worldwide.
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