MSA Announces Second Quarter Results

PITTSBURGH, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today reported results for the second quarter of 2016.

Quarterly Highlights

Comments from Management

“Our quarterly results reflect strong returns on several strategic investments we’ve made to drive profitable growth,” said William M. Lambert, MSA Chairman, President and CEO. “While we continued to see weak conditions in sales of certain products associated with energy and industrial related end-markets, our investments in new product development, strategic acquisitions and restructuring programs allowed us to recognize earnings growth of 21 percent on 3 percent revenue growth,” he continued.      

As examples, Mr. Lambert pointed to the continued success of the company’s breakthrough G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), the recent acquisition of Latchways, and the company’s restructuring program that was executed in late 2015.

“Overall, we continue to gain market share in the U.S. fire service with the G1 SCBA, and we are realizing success in a number of international markets as well.  On a year-over-year basis, our breathing apparatus sales increased 20 percent for the quarter and 28 percent for the first six months of 2016,” Mr. Lambert said.  He also noted that Latchways continues to perform well, providing earnings accretion of $0.01 per diluted share for the quarter and $0.04 per diluted share for the first six months of 2016.  Mr. Lambert added that MSA’s 2015 restructuring program has been successful in helping drive reductions in selling, general and administrative expense, down $2 million in the quarter and $4 million year-to-date on a reported basis, and down $4 million in the quarter and $8 million year-to-date in constant currency, excluding Latchways.

“In addition to making investments that drive profitable core product revenue growth, managing our cost structure continues to be a top priority in light of the headwinds we are seeing in key end markets and geographies.  Despite these challenges, we remain committed to making strategic investments that help us capture market share, expand operating margins, and enhance the value we deliver to shareholders,” Mr. Lambert concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Americas and International segments were established on January 1, 2016.  The Americas segment is comprised of our operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America.  The International segment is comprised of our operations in all other parts of the world including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, China, South East Asia and Australia.  Certain global expenses are now allocated to each segment in a manner consistent with where the benefits from the expenses are derived.  The 2015 segment results have been recast to conform with current period presentation.

Adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating margin are the measures used by the chief operating decision maker to evaluate segment performance and allocate resources. As such, management believes that adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating margin are useful metrics for investors. Adjusted operating income (loss) is defined as income from continuing operations before taxes excluding restructuring charges, interest expense, currency exchange gains (losses), and other income (expense). Adjusted operating margin is defined as adjusted operating income divided by segment net sales. Adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating margin are not recognized terms under GAAP, and the Company’s definition of adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted operating margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider operating income determined on a GAAP basis in addition to these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

 

Management believes that constant currency revenue growth is a useful metric for investors, as foreign currency translation can have a material impact on revenue growth trends. Constant currency revenue growth highlights ongoing business performance excluding the impact of fluctuating foreign currencies, which is outside of management’s control.

Organic constant currency revenue is defined as constant currency revenue excluding Latchways revenue results. Management believes that organic constant currency revenue growth is a useful measure for investors to provide an understanding of MSA’s standalone results excluding the acquisition.

There can be no assurances that MSA’s definition of constant currency revenue growth or organic constant currency revenue growth is consistent with that of other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider revenue growth determined on a GAAP basis in addition to these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

 

Management believes that constant currency revenue growth is a useful metric for investors, as foreign currency translation can have a material impact on revenue growth trends. Constant currency revenue growth highlights ongoing business performance excluding the impact of fluctuating foreign currencies, which is outside of management’s control.

Organic constant currency revenue is defined as constant currency revenue excluding Latchways revenue results. Management believes that organic constant currency revenue growth is a useful measure for investors to provide an understanding of MSA’s standalone results excluding the acquisition.

There can be no assurances that MSA’s definition of constant currency revenue growth or organic constant currency revenue growth is consistent with that of other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider revenue growth determined on a GAAP basis in addition to these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

 

Management believes that constant currency revenue growth is a useful metric for investors, as foreign currency translation can have a material impact on revenue growth trends. Constant currency revenue growth highlights ongoing business performance excluding the impact of fluctuating foreign currencies, which is outside of management’s control.

Organic constant currency revenue is defined as constant currency revenue excluding Latchways revenue results. Management believes that organic constant currency revenue growth is a useful measure for investors to provide an understanding of MSA’s standalone results excluding the acquisition.

There can be no assurances that MSA’s definition of constant currency revenue growth or organic constant currency revenue growth is consistent with that of other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider revenue growth determined on a GAAP basis in addition to these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

       

 

 

Management believes that constant currency SG&A expense and organic constant currency SG&A expense are useful metrics for investors to measure the effectiveness of the company’s cost reduction program announced in 2015.  Constant currency SG&A expense highlights spending patterns excluding fluctuating foreign currencies. Organic constant currency SG&A expense highlights the impact of the Latchways acquisition. These metrics provide investors with a greater level of clarity into spending levels on a year-over-year basis. MSA’s definition of this metric may not be comparable to metrics used by other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider SG&A expense determined on a GAAP basis in addition to these non-GAAP measures.

 

Management believes that adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per diluted share are useful measures for investors, as management uses these measures to internally assess the company’s performance and ongoing operating trends. There can be no assurances that additional special items will not occur in future periods, nor that MSA’s definition of adjusted earnings is consistent with that of other companies. As such, management believes that it is appropriate to consider both net income determined on a GAAP basis as well as adjusted earnings.

About MSA:
Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures.  Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations.  The company’s comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military.  MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices.  With 2015 revenues of $1.1 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,600 people worldwide.  The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America.  For more information visit MSA’s web site at www.MSAsafety.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Except for historical information, certain matters discussed in this press release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include but are not limited to all projections and anticipated levels of future performance. Forward looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed herein. Any number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from projections or forward looking statements, including without limitation global economic conditions, spending patterns of government agencies, competitive pressures, the impact of acquisitions and related integration activities, product liability claims, the success of new product introductions, currency exchange rate fluctuations and the risks of doing business in foreign countries. A full listing of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are detailed from time-to-time in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our most recent Form 10-K filed on February 29, 2016. You are strongly urged to review all such filings for a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties.  MSA’s SEC filings are readily obtainable at no charge at www.sec.gov, as well as on its own investor relations website at http://investors.MSAsafety.com. MSA undertakes no duty to publicly update any forward looking statements contained herein, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: 
This earnings release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. These financial measures include constant currency revenue growth, organic constant currency revenue growth, constant currency selling, general and administrative expense, organic constant currency selling, general and administrative expense, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin and adjusted earnings per diluted share. The presentation of these financial measures does not comply with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). For an explanation of these measures, together with a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, see the Reconciliation of As Reported Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures in the financial tables section above.

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