H.B. Fuller Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
Jun 28, 2017

Second Quarter 2017 Results

H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) today reported financial results for the second quarter that ended June 3, 2017.

Second Quarter Diluted EPS $0.50,
Second Quarter Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.621;
Fiscal Year 2017 Adjusted Diluted EPS Guidance Narrowed to $2.57 to $2.67

Items of Note for the Second Quarter of 2017:

  • Net revenue grew 5.5 percent. Constant currency sales2 growth was nearly 10 percent, with organic volume growth of 4 percent;
  • Net income was $25.9 million in the second quarter of 2017; Adjusted net income was $31.8 million, or $0.621 per diluted share;
  • Adjusted EBITDA3 margin up 80 basis points sequentially to 12.5 percent despite higher raw materials costs;
  • Constant currency2 growth for Engineering Adhesives was over 20 percent and adjusted EBITDA3 increased 48 percent versus the second quarter of 2016;
  • Asia Pacific and EIMEA delivered constant currency2 growth of 11 and 8 percent, respectively, for the quarter;
  • Construction Products adjusted EBITDA3 margins returned to double digits, at 10.7 percent, after completing the start up of our Aurora facility.

Second Quarter 2017 Results:
Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $25.9 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, versus net income of $33.3 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in last year’s second quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2017 were $0.621 versus the prior year’s adjusted result of $0.671. Higher raw material costs were the primary driver of the year-over-year decline.

Net revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $561.7 million, up 5.5 percent versus the second quarter of 2016. Higher volume, and acquisitions positively impacted net revenue growth, which was offset by negative foreign currency translation. Constant currency revenue2 grew by nearly 10 percent year over year. Organic revenue, defined as constant currency revenue less the impact from acquisitions, was up 4 percent.

Gross profit margin was 26.0 percent and adjusted gross profit margin4 was 27.2 percent. During the quarter, margins declined year over year due to increasing raw material costs relative to the timing of price increases. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expense was $102.8 million. Adjusted SG&A expense5 was $102.6 million, down by approximately 1 percent versus last year, primarily driven by discretionary expense management and restructuring actions, offset by the impact of acquisitions.

“A spike in raw material costs and the timing of our price increases impacted earnings in the second quarter, however price increases have been implemented and the underlying performance of our business is in line with expectations for 2017,” said Jim Owens, H.B. Fuller president and chief executive officer. “We continued to drive solid growth across most of the businesses, led again by nearly 20 percent volume growth in the strategically important Engineering Adhesives business and strong constant currency growth in Americas, EIMEA and Asia Pacific. All businesses showed solid EBITDA performance in the quarter, including Construction Products, which delivered double digit margins ahead of schedule. Price increases announced early in the quarter were successfully implemented late in the second quarter which will deliver the targeted earnings and cash flow performance for the rest of 2017. We expect 2017 to provide another strong positive step forward in delivering our 2020 strategic commitments for growth, profit and cash flow performance.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:
At the end of the second quarter of 2017, we had cash totaling $94 million and total debt of $786 million. This compares to first quarter 2017 cash and debt levels of $117 million and $805 million, respectively. Sequentially, net debt was essentially flat. Cash flow from operations was positive $16 million in the second quarter and $33 million for the first six months, reflecting continued strength in the cash flow performance of the business, offset by restructuring charges and higher inventory balances. Capital expenditures were $7 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Year-To-Date Results:
Net income for the first half of 2017 was $40.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, versus net income of $52.2 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, in the first half of 2016. Adjusted total diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2017 were $1.101, up versus the prior year’s result of $1.091.

Net revenue for the first half of 2017 was $1,065.0 million, up 5.8 percent versus the first half of 2016. Higher volume and acquisitions positively impacted net revenue growth offset by negative foreign currency translation and negative mix. Constant currency revenue2 grew by nearly 10 percent year over year. Organic revenue, defined as constant currency revenue less the impact from acquisitions, was up 5 percent.

Fiscal 2017 Guidance:
We are narrowing our adjusted EPS guidance from our previous range of $2.57 to $2.77 to our new guidance range of $2.57 to $2.67 for fiscal year 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2017 is expected to be between approximately $290 million and $300 million versus our previous estimate of $300 million. Constant currency growth, on a comparable 52-week basis, is now expected to be around 9 percent for 2017 versus the 2016 fiscal year to reflect more pricing to offset raw material inflation, which will be offset by approximately 3 percentage points of negative foreign currency translation. Our core tax rate, excluding the impact of discrete items, is expected to be between 29 and 30 percent. We still expect to invest approximately $60 million in capital items in 2017.

This guidance excludes between $30 and $35 million, pre-tax, of previously announced restructuring charges, as well as acquisition related costs and Project ONE development costs.

Conference Call:
The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss second quarter results on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. Central U.S. time (10:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time). The conference call audio and accompanying presentation slides will be available to all interested parties via a simultaneous webcast at under the Investor Relations section. The event is scheduled to last one hour. For those unable to listen live, an audio replay of the event along with the accompanying presentation will be archived on the Company’s website.

Regulation G:
The information presented in this earnings release regarding segment operating income, adjusted gross profit, adjusted selling, general and administrative expense, adjusted diluted earnings per share, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and constant currency revenue does not conform to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. Management has included this non-GAAP information to assist in understanding the operating performance of the Company and its operating segments as well as the comparability of results. The non-GAAP information provided may not be consistent with the methodologies used by other companies. All non-GAAP information is reconciled with reported GAAP results in the tables below with the exception of our forward looking non-GAAP measures contained in our fiscal 2017 outlook, which are unknown or have not yet occurred.

About H.B. Fuller Company:
For 130 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2016 net revenue of $2.1 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in electronics, disposable hygiene, medical, transportation, clean energy, packaging, construction, woodworking, general industries and other consumer businesses. And our promise to our people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit us at and subscribe to our blog.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain statements in this document may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the following: the Company's ability to effectively integrate and operate acquired businesses; the ability to effectively implement Project ONE; political and economic conditions; product demand; competitive products and pricing; costs of and savings from restructuring initiatives; geographic and product mix; availability and price of raw materials; the Company's relationships with its major customers and suppliers; changes in tax laws and tariffs; devaluations and other foreign exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of litigation and environmental matters; the effect of new accounting pronouncements and accounting charges and credits; and similar matters. Further information about the various risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company's SEC 10-K filing for the fiscal year ended December 3, 2016. All forward-looking information represents management's best judgment as of this date based on information currently available that in the future may prove to have been inaccurate. Additionally, the variety of products sold by the Company and the regions where the Company does business make it difficult to determine with certainty the increases or decreases in net revenue resulting from changes in the volume of products sold, currency impact, changes in product mix, and selling prices. However, management's best estimates of these changes as well as changes in other factors have been included.

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