WEBCO INDUSTRIES, INC. REPORTS FISCAL 2018 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma, May 31, 2018 – Webco Industries, Inc. (OTC: WEBC) today reported results for our third quarter of fiscal year 2018, ended April 30, 2018.
For our third quarter of fiscal year 2018, we generated net income of $5.0 million, or $5.35 per diluted share, while in our third quarter of fiscal year 2017, we generated net income of $1.3 million, or $1.44 per diluted share. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were $127.3 million, a 29.5 percent increase from the $98.3 million of net sales in last year’s third quarter. The current quarter includes a $0.2 million non-cash gain related to our interest swap contract, whereas the prior year third quarter includes a $0.1 million non-cash gain related to the interest swap contract.
For the first nine months of fiscal year 2018, we generated net income of $16.5 million, or $17.80 per diluted share, while in the first nine months of fiscal year 2017, we generated net income of $4.2 million, or $4.91 per diluted share. Net sales for the first nine months of the current year amounted to $352.6 million, a 26.7 percent increase over the $278.3 million in net sales for the same nine-month period of last year. Results for the first nine months of the current year include a $0.9 million non-cash gain related to the interest swap contract, whereas the prior year same nine-month period contained a $1.5 million non-cash gain on the contract. In addition, the current nine-month period includes a $4.3 million non-cash deferred income tax benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Selling, General and Administrative costs also include $1.3 million paid in the second quarter of 2018 for one-time special cash bonuses to our non-executive employees that were based on the tax cut.
In the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, we generated income from operations of $7.2 million, after depreciation of $3.1 million. The third fiscal quarter of the prior year generated income from operations of $2.5 million, after depreciation amounting to $2.7 million. Gross profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was $18.6 million, or 14.6 percent of net sales, compared to $8.9 million, or 9.0 percent of net sales, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017.
Our income from operations for the first nine months of fiscal year 2018 was $17.5 million, after depreciation expense of $9.1 million and $1.3 million in employee special tax cut bonuses. Income from operations in the first nine months of the prior year was $5.9 million, after depreciation expense of $8.5 million. Gross profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 was $45.4 million, or 12.9 percent of net sales, compared to $24.4 million, or 8.8 percent of net sales for the same period in fiscal year 2017.
Dana S. Weber, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our third fiscal quarter shows continued improvement in volumes and margins, results we were able to generate with the continued hard work and dedication of our engaged workforce. Volumes and margins are improved in many product groups, due to a better domestic industrial economy, consequences of the April 2017 trade case covering certain cold drawn mechanical tubing, more stabilized oil prices and benefits being generated by product innovation and new business development efforts. We have also benefitted from rising steel prices due in part to the higher domestic demand for steel products and the Section 232 Investigation and proposed tariffs and quotas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulted in a $4.3 million non-cash income tax benefit in our second fiscal quarter, and has otherwise reduced our Federal current tax rate for fiscal year 2018 to a blended 27%, down from 35%. We shared some of the benefit from lower corporate income tax rates with our employees in the form of a one-time special bonus and an enhancement in go-forward variable pay arrangements, because we win together, just like we overcome adversity together. Increasing raw material costs, especially with respect to carbon steel, have added to the impact of higher volumes, causing our sales and working capital to grow. We have been investing in our core strengths, including quality, efficiency, yield improvement and capabilities.”
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $11.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 and $6.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Selling, general and administrative charges were $27.9 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, an increase over the $18.5 million in such expenses in the same period of fiscal 2017. The increase in SG&A reflects increased costs associated with increased business levels and profitability, such as company-wide incentive compensation and variable pay programs. In addition, the one-time $1.3 million special tax cut bonuses paid to our non-executive employees impacted the second quarter and first-nine months of fiscal year 2018.
Interest expense was $0.9 million and $0.5 million, respectively, in each of the third quarters of fiscal years 2018 and 2017. Interest expense was $2.5 million and $1.9 million, respectively, in each of the first nine-month periods of the current and prior fiscal years. The increase in interest expense is attributed to higher debt levels associated with increased working capital costs due to higher metal prices and higher activity levels.
We are party to an arrangement that swaps the variable interest rate for $50 million of our debt to a fixed rate through December 2019. We record the interest swap contract at fair value on our balance sheet and non-cash changes in value are reported as unrealized gains or losses on interest contracts. The non-cash income and charges from adjusting the interest swap contract value to market value create volatility in our income statement; however, they have no bearing on cash flow for the quarter because the actual monthly cash swap payments are reflected in interest expense, and therefore earnings.
At April 30, 2018, we had $4.4 million in cash, in addition to $25.3 million of available borrowing under our senior revolving credit facility, which had $91.1 million drawn. In May 2018, the cap on the revolver was increased to $160 million, with availability subject to advance rates on eligible accounts receivable and inventories. Our term and revolver mature in March 2022. Accounting rules require current classification of a revolver, irrespective of maturity, when the agreement contains both a lock-box arrangement and a subjective acceleration clause. Because our revolver contains both provisions, it is shown as a current obligation on our balance sheet.
Capital expenditures incurred amounted to $7.3 million in the third fiscal quarter and $14.0 for the first nine-months of fiscal year 2018. Our third quarter fiscal 2018 capital investments have largely focused on improving our efficiencies, yields, quality and capabilities.
Webco’s mission is to create a vibrant company for the ages. We leverage on core values of trust and teamwork, continuously building strength, agility and innovation. We focus on practices that support our brand, such that we are 100% engaged every day to build a forever kind of company for our teammates, customers, business partners, investors and community. We manufacture and distribute high-quality carbon steel, stainless steel and other metal tubular products designed to industry and customer specifications. We have five tube production facilities in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania and nine value-added facilities in Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois and Michigan, serving customers globally.
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