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H.B. Fuller Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
Sep 27, 2017

Third Quarter 2017 Results

Third Quarter Diluted EPS $0.49,
Third Quarter Adjusted Diluted EPS $0.651, In line With Company Guidance;
Fiscal Year 2017 Adjusted Diluted EPS Guidance Narrowed to $2.57 to $2.62

ST. PAUL, Minn. – H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) today reported financial results for the third quarter that ended September 2, 2017.
Items of Note for the Third Quarter of 2017:
  • Net revenue grew 9.8 percent. Constant currency revenue2 growth was 11 percent, with organic volume growth of 6 percent;
  • Net income was $25.1 million in the third quarter of 2017; Adjusted net income was $33.3 million, or $0.651 per diluted share;
  • Adjusted EBITDA3 margin up sequentially to 12.8 percent;
  • Organic volume growth for Engineering Adhesives was 18 percent and adjusted EBITDA3 margin grew to nearly 14 percent;
  • Asia Pacific, Americas and EIMEA delivered strong organic volume growth in the mid to high single digits;
  • Construction Products adjusted EBITDA3 margins were up 70 basis points versus the prior year’s third quarter;
  • Hurricane Harvey occurred one week prior to the end of the quarter, negatively impacting revenue by over $3 million and approximately $0.02 per diluted share;
  • Announced agreement to acquire Royal adhesives, a top 10 global adhesives supplier that operates in highly specified end markets, for $1.575 billion.
Third Quarter 2017 Results:
Net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $25.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, versus net income of $32.7 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, in last year’s third quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2017 were $0.651 versus the prior year’s adjusted result of $0.641. Strong volume growth and positive pricing actions to offset higher year-over-year raw material costs were the primary driver of the year-over-year increase.
 
Net revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $562.9 million, up 9.8 percent versus the third quarter of 2016. Higher volume, pricing and acquisitions positively impacted net revenue growth, which was offset by negative foreign currency translation. Constant currency revenue2 grew by 11 percent year over year. Organic revenue, defined as constant currency revenue less the impact from acquisitions, was up more than 7 percent year-on-year.
 
Gross profit margin was 26.7 percent and adjusted gross profit margin4 was 27.1 percent. Margins remained lower year-over-year due to higher raw material costs relative to the timing of price increases. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expense was $110.2 million. Adjusted SG&A expense5 was $100.4 million, up versus the prior year, primarily driven by the prior year’s lower incentive compensation offset somewhat by discretionary expense management and restructuring actions.
 
“We are pleased with the positive progression of pricing and strong volume growth across the businesses,” said Jim Owens, H.B. Fuller president and chief executive officer. “Our actions delivered earnings per share consistent with our expectations and higher EBITDA delivery versus the prior quarter and prior year despite the negative impact on sales from Hurricane Harvey late in the quarter. The Americas is solidly back to growth mode with organic volume delivery of over 6 percent. Engineering Adhesives continued to deliver sales growth above our long term target of 15 percent and drove margins higher to nearly 14 percent, a key tenet in our long term strategy. We also announced the transformative and complementary acquisition of Royal Adhesives which will accelerate our strategy by combining their strong presence in specified adhesive applications with our global reach and focus. We are delivering on our financial commitments and expect a successful completion of our 2017 plan while we prepare for the integration of the Royal Adhesive business.”
 
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:
At the end of the third quarter of 2017, cash balances totaled $120 million with total debt of $799 million. This compares to second quarter 2017 cash and debt levels of $94 million and $786 million, respectively. Sequentially, net debt was down by approximately $13 million dollars. Cash flow from operations was positive $38 million in the third quarter and $71 million for the first nine months, reflecting continued strength in the cash flow performance of the business, offset by restructuring charges and higher inventory balances. Capital expenditures were $8 million in the third quarter of 2017.
 
Year-To-Date Results:
Net income for the first nine months of 2017 was $65.8 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, versus net income of $85.0 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2016. Adjusted total diluted earnings per share in the first nine months of 2017 were $1.741, flat versus the prior year’s result of $1.741.
 
Net revenue for the first nine months of 2017 was $1,627.8 million, up 7.1 percent versus the first nine months of 2016. Higher volume, acquisitions and price positively impacted net revenue growth offset by negative foreign currency translation and negative mix. Constant currency revenue2 grew by 10 percent year-over-year. Organic revenue, defined as constant currency revenue less the impact from acquisitions, was up 6 percent.
 
Fiscal 2017 Guidance:
We are narrowing our adjusted EPS guidance from our previous range of $2.57 to $2.67 to our new guidance range of $2.57 to $2.62 for fiscal year 2017, reflecting the short term impact of Hurricane Harvey. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2017 is expected to be approximately $290 million versus our previous estimate of $290 to $300 million. Constant currency growth, on a comparable 52-week basis, is now expected to be around 10 percent for 2017 versus the 2016 fiscal year which reflects strong volume growth andt more pricing to offset raw material inflation, which will be offset by approximately 2 percentage points of negative foreign currency translation. Our core tax rate, is expected to be between 29 and 30 percent. We expect capital investments to be around $50 million - below our previously announced $60 million in 2017 as a result of timing and planned shifting of resources toward the Royal acquisition.
 
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. The guidance also excludes approximately $5 million of expenses, pre-tax, incurred in the third quarter related to the pending acquisition of Royal as well as any future impact of Royal, which cannot be estimated at this time.
 
Conference Call:
The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss second quarter results on Thursday, September 28, 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 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 www.hbfuller.com.

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: risks to consummation of the Royal transaction, including the risk that the transaction will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all, the risk that conditions to the closing of the transaction, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied, and the risk that the transaction may be terminated in circumstances requiring us to pay the $78.75 million termination fee; the Royal transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; our business or stock price may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; we may be unable to secure the financing necessary for the transaction on favorable terms, or at all; the substantial amount of debt we would incur to finance our acquisition of Royal, our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future, our need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt and to pay dividends on our common stock, and the effect of restrictions to be contained in our debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business or ability to pay dividends; various risks to stockholders of not receiving dividends and risks to our ability to pursue growth opportunities if we continue to pay dividends according to the current dividend policy; we may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies from the transaction within the expected time frames or at all; we may be unable to successfully integrate Royal’s operations into our own, or such integration may be more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected; following the Royal transaction, revenues may be lower than expected, and operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater than expected; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; risks that the pending transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the pending transaction; 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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