|AZZ Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 EPS of $0.91, up 18.2% compared to $0.77 in Fiscal 2015|
Third Quarter Revenues of $242.4 million, up $17.6 million or 7.8% over Fiscal 2015
Third Quarter Operating Margin reported at 15.0% compared to 14.6% in Fiscal 2015
AZZ Narrows Previously Announced Fiscal Year 2016 Earnings and Revenue Guidance of EPS to $2.90 - $3.10 and Sales of $890 - $915 million
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ Inc. ( AZZ), a global provider of galvanizing services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial markets today announced financial results for the three month and nine month periods ended November 30, 2015.
Tom Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of AZZ Inc., commented, "Financial results for the third quarter were solid, as we achieved double-digit net income and EPS growth. The strategic investment in our Energy Segment to improve our sales team and our technology to provide our customers innovative solutions continues to gain traction and drive profitability. Our WSI specialty welding business continues to penetrate and gain market share in the global markets that we serve. Quoting activity for the quarter was strong, and the current backlog in our Energy Segment remains solid."
Mr. Ferguson continued, "In the Galvanizing Service Segment, the market continued to present some challenges in the Gulf Coast region from lower oil prices, but we are gaining strength in other sectors to partially compensate, including bridge and highway and electric utilities. Internally, we continue to integrate the recently acquired U.S. Galvanizing operations, and are on track to meet our operational performance expectations for the acquired plants. During the third quarter we continued to improve processes and invested in various maintenance items and production equipment for a successful integration. We have completed the construction of our newest hot-dip galvanizing plant in Reno, Nevada and as of this week are fully operational."
Mr. Ferguson concluded, "I continue to believe that fiscal 2016 will finish well and we are narrowing our guidance for fiscal 2016 EPS to the range of $2.90 to $3.10 per diluted share and revenues in the range of $890 million to $915 million, compared to our previously issued guidance of EPS in the range of $2.85 to $3.30 per diluted share and revenues in the range of $900 million to $940 million. We remain confident in our global opportunities and look forward to a solid fiscal 2016 and beyond."
Third Quarter Results
Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $242.4 million compared to $224.8 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 7.8%. Net income for the third quarter increased 17.9% to $23.5 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to net income of $20.0 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, for the third fiscal quarter of last year.
Earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 reflected a gross margin of 25.8% compared to 27.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. This decrease is attributable to the acquisition of U.S. Galvanizing during the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
SG&A expense as a percentage of sales was 10.7%, a decrease from 12.4% in the prior fiscal year as a result of our continued entity wide focus on operating efficiencies and prior year realignment efforts. As a result, operating margins improved to 15.0% compared to 14.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.
Additionally the effective tax rate was reduced to 28.0% in the current quarter compared to 30.4% in the third quarter of the prior year primarily as a result of capturing certain state tax benefits.
Incoming orders for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $228.7 million while shipments for the third quarter totaled $242.4 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 94%. In the third quarter of last year incoming orders were $196.1 million, resulting in a book to ship ratio of 87%. Our backlog at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $324.4 million, an increase of 8.0% compared to backlog at the end of the prior year third quarter of $300.3 million. Approximately 33% of the backlog is scheduled to be delivered outside the U.S.
Revenues for the Energy Segment for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $136.0 million as compared to $130.1 million for the same quarter last year, increasing 4.6%. Operating income for the Energy Segment increased by $2.4 million or 14.3% to $18.8 million compared $16.5 million in the same period last year. Operating margins for the third quarter were 13.9% as compared to 12.7% in the prior year period.
Galvanizing Services Segment
Revenues for the Galvanizing Services Segment for the third quarter were $106.4 million, compared to the $94.8 million in the same period last year, an increase of 12.3% primarily due to the positive impact of the acquisition of U.S. Galvanizing during the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Operating income increased 4.8% to $24.3 million as compared to $23.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Operating margins for the third quarter were 22.8%, compared to 24.4% in the same period last year.
AZZ Inc. will conduct a conference call to review the financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, January 8, 2016. 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 #10077749, or for 30 days at http://www.azz.com/investor-relations.
About AZZ Inc.
AZZ Inc. is a global provider of galvanizing 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 Galvanizing 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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