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Insteel Industries Reports First Quarter Financial Results

MOUNT AIRY, N.C., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) today reported net earnings of $2.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with a net loss of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share in the same period a year ago. The prior year results include a gain on the early extinguishment of debt and restructuring charges related to the November 2010 acquisition of certain of the assets of Ivy Steel & Wire, Inc., which, in the aggregate, reduced pre-tax earnings by $0.2 million and net earnings by $0.01 per share.

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Insteel's financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were favorably impacted by widening spreads between selling prices and raw material costs relative to the prior year quarter together with higher shipments and lower unit conversion costs. Capacity utilization for the quarter was 46% compared with 48% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 and 42% in the prior year quarter reflecting continued weakness in Insteel's construction end-markets.

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 1.3% to $85.9 million from $84.8 million in the same period a year ago. Shipments increased 5.5% from the prior year quarter while average selling prices decreased 4.0%. On a sequential basis, shipments decreased 12.6% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 while average selling prices increased 0.5%.

Operating activities provided $23.5 million of cash for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 while using $0.7 million in the same period a year ago primarily due to the year-over-year changes in net working capital. Net working capital provided $17.0 million of cash in the current year while using $2.9 million in the prior year. Operating cash flow for the quarter was primarily used to repay $11.5 million of borrowings outstanding on Insteel's $100.0 million revolving credit facility, return $5.0 million to shareholders through the payment of a $4.5 million special cash dividend and a $0.5 million regular cash dividend, and fund $2.6 million of capital expenditures. Capital expenditures for fiscal 2013 are not expected to exceed $12.0 million. Insteel ended the quarter debt-free with $4.8 million of cash and cash equivalents.

"Market conditions for the first quarter were stronger than anticipated during what is typically our weakest period of the year due to the seasonal downturn in construction activity," commented H.O. Woltz III, Insteel's president and CEO. "We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in the housing market, which may improve the prospects for a broader upturn in nonresidential construction activity and demand for our products. Our outlook for the remainder of the year, however, remains cautious in view of the high degree of economic uncertainty. Nevertheless, we expect that our results will be favorably impacted by the recently completed reconfiguration of our welded wire reinforcement operations and the ramp up of our engineered structural mesh expansion."

Conference Call

Insteel will hold a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today to discuss its first quarter financial results. A live webcast of this call can be accessed on Insteel's website at http://investor.insteel.com/events.cfm and will be archived for replay until the next quarterly conference call.

About Insteel

Insteel is the nation's largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. Insteel manufactures and markets PC strand and welded wire reinforcement, including engineered structural mesh, concrete pipe reinforcement and standard welded wire reinforcement. Insteel's products are sold primarily to manufacturers of concrete products that are used in nonresidential construction. Headquartered in Mount Airy, North Carolina, Insteel operates nine manufacturing facilities located in the United States.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words  "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "plans," "intends," "may," "should" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Although Insteel believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and Insteel can provide no assurances that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in detail in Insteel's periodic and other reports and statements that it files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in particular in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2012. You should carefully review these risks and uncertainties.

All forward-looking statements attributable to Insteel or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only to the respective dates on which such statements are made and Insteel does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

It is not possible to anticipate and list all risks and uncertainties that may affect Insteel's future operations or financial performance; however, they include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic and competitive conditions in the markets in which Insteel operates; credit market conditions and the relative availability of financing for Insteel, its customers and the construction industry as a whole; the continuation of reduced spending for nonresidential construction and the impact on demand for Insteel's products; the severity and duration of the downturn in residential construction and the impact on those portions of Insteel's business that are correlated with the housing sector; changes in the amount and duration of transportation funding provided by federal, state and local governments and the impact on spending for infrastructure construction and demand for Insteel's products; the cyclical nature of the steel and building material industries; fluctuations in the cost and availability of Insteel's primary raw material, hot-rolled steel wire rod, from domestic and foreign suppliers; competitive pricing pressures and Insteel's ability to raise selling prices in order to recover increases in wire rod costs; changes in United States ("U.S.") or foreign trade policy affecting imports or exports of steel wire rod or Insteel's products; unanticipated changes in customer demand, order patterns and inventory levels; the impact of weak demand and reduced capacity utilization levels on Insteel's unit manufacturing costs; Insteel's ability to further develop the market for engineered structural mesh and expand its shipments of engineered structural mesh; legal, environmental, economic or regulatory developments that significantly impact Insteel's operating costs; unanticipated plant outages, equipment failures or labor difficulties; continued escalation in certain of Insteel's operating costs; and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in Insteel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2012 and in other filings made by Insteel with the SEC.

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands except for per share data)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



December 29,


December 31,



2012


2011

Net sales


$          85,887


$          84,811

Cost of sales


77,294


80,152

    Gross profit


8,593


4,659

Selling, general and administrative expense


4,842


4,592

Gain on early extinguishment of debt


-


(425)

Restructuring charges, net


-


599

Other income, net


-


(70)

Interest expense


72


253

    Earnings (loss) before income taxes


3,679


(290)

Income taxes


1,277


(110)

    Net earnings (loss)


$            2,402


$              (180)











Net earnings (loss) per share:





    Basic


$              0.14


$             (0.01)

    Diluted


0.13


(0.01)






Weighted average shares outstanding:





    Basic


17,724


17,610

    Diluted


18,088


17,610






Cash dividends declared per share


$              0.28


$              0.03

 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)














(Unaudited)


(Audited)



December 29,


September 29,



2012


2012

Assets





Current assets:





    Cash and cash equivalents


$            4,815


$                 10

    Accounts receivable, net


35,247


42,138

    Inventories, net


56,239


65,774

    Other current assets


5,343


7,146

        Total current assets


101,644


115,068

Property, plant and equipment, net


88,068


87,716

Other assets


6,009


5,768

        Total assets


$        195,721


$        208,552






Liabilities and shareholders' equity





Current liabilities:





    Accounts payable


$          30,124


$          30,126

    Accrued expenses


6,371


5,877

        Total current liabilities


36,495


36,003

Long-term debt


-


11,475

Other liabilities


11,881


11,574

Shareholders' equity:





    Common stock


17,745


17,717

    Additional paid-in capital


50,763


50,379

    Retained earnings


81,278


83,845

    Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,441)


(2,441)

        Total shareholders' equity


147,345


149,500

        Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        195,721


$        208,552

 

 

INSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


















Three Months Ended



December 29,


December 31,



2012


2011

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:





    Net earnings (loss)


$            2,402


$              (180)

    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by (used for)





        operating activities:





            Depreciation and amortization


2,332


2,406

            Amortization of capitalized financing costs


26


20

            Stock-based compensation expense


313


369

            Gain on early extinguishment of debt


-


(425)

            Asset impairment charges


-


(11)

            Deferred income taxes


1,237


(116)

            Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


(36)


(5)

            Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment


12


-

            Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies over premiums paid

-


(290)

            Net changes in assets and liabilities (net of assets and liabilities acquired):





                Accounts receivable, net


6,891


5,842

                Inventories


9,535


2,972

                Accounts payable and accrued expenses


556


(11,679)

                Other changes


205


368

                    Total adjustments


21,071


(549)

                        Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities


23,473


(729)






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





    Capital expenditures


(2,561)


(1,008)

    Proceeds from life insurance claims


505


-

    Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance policies 


32


(427)

    Proceeds from surrender of life insurance policies


-


16

    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


-


15

                        Net cash used for investing activities


(2,024)


(1,404)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





    Proceeds from long-term debt


3,494


41,520

    Principal payments on long-term debt


(14,969)


(38,868)

    Cash dividends paid


(4,969)


(529)

    Cash received from exercise of stock options


63


1

    Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


36


5

    Other


(299)


4

                        Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities


(16,644)


2,133






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


4,805


-

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


10


10

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$            4,815


$                 10






Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:





    Cash paid during the period for:





        Interest


$                 18


$               552

        Income taxes


13


33

    Non-cash investing and financing activities:





        Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable


135


342

SOURCE Insteel Industries, Inc.

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