September 29, 2020

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Valmont Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results; Operating Performance Improves Despite COVID-19 Disruptions

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights (all metrics compared to Second Quarter 2019 unless otherwise noted)

  • Net Sales of $688.8 million declined 1.7%; excluding $13.7 million of unfavorable currency impacts, sales were similar to last year, as strong growth in Utility Support Structures was offset by lower sales in the Coatings segment due to COVID-19 impacts, as expected
  • Operating Income of $43.4 million, or 6.3% of sales ($65.7 million or 9.5% adjusted1) compared to $61.5 million or 8.8% of sales last year; profitability improved in all segments except Coatings
  • Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.06 ($2.00 adjusted1) compared to $1.82; GAAP EPS includes a $16.6 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge against goodwill and trade names attributed to the Access Systems product line
  • Generated strong operating cash flow of $88.3 million, driven by operating income and working capital management; cash and cash equivalents were $353.3 million at end of second quarter
  • Completed two acquisitions in the Irrigation segment; purchased a majority stake in Solbras – Energia Solar do Brasil, and acquired 100% of the assets of PrecisionKingTM
  • Received a large lattice structures order of approximately $17.0 million for the North American utility market
  • Resumed operations at all Valmont manufacturing facilities
  • Providing key assumptions and indications for the third quarter 2020

Key Financial Metrics

Second Quarter 2020

GAAP

Adjusted1

06/27/2020

2Q 2020

06/29/2019
2Q 2019


vs. 2Q 2019

06/27/2020

2Q 2020

06/29/2019
2Q 2019

vs. 2Q 2019

Net Sales

$

688,808

$

700,871

(1.7)%

$

688,808

$

700,871

(1.7)%

Operating Income

43,440

61,474

(29.3)%

65,657

61,474

6.8%

Operating Income as a % of Net Sales

6.3

%

8.8

%

9.5

%

8.8

%

Net Earnings

22,607

39,719

(43.1)%

42,847

39,719

7.9%

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

1.06

$

1.82

(41.8)%

$

2.00

$

1.82

9.9%

Average Shares Outstanding

21,393

21,831

YTD 2020

GAAP

Adjusted1

06/27/2020

YTD 2020

06/29/2019
YTD 2019

vs. 2019

06/27/2020

YTD 2020

06/29/2019
YTD 2019

vs. 2019

Net Sales

$

1,363,008

$

1,393,010

(2.2)%

$

1,363,008

$

1,393,010

(2.2)%

Operating Income

110,335

116,076

(4.9)%

132,552

116,076

14.2%

Operating Income as a % of Net Sales

8.1

%

8.3

%

9.7

%

8.3

%

Net Earnings

65,536

75,823

(13.7)%

85,776

75,823

13.1%

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

3.05

$

3.46

(11.8)%

$

3.99

$

3.46

15.3%

Average Shares Outstanding

21,471

21,897

"Valmont delivered strong second quarter operating performance as our team persisted in serving customers despite COVID-19 challenges, including related shutdowns and economic restrictions," said Stephen G. Kaniewski, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Revenue and profitability were better than expected across all segments, as we successfully managed pricing and operational performance. We completed strategic capacity additions, which contributed to improved performance and revenue growth, particularly in the Utility Support Structures segment. Our consistent focus on liquidity and working capital management led to strong operating cash flows. Importantly, I want to thank all employees for their hard work and resiliency in producing products and providing services that support critical infrastructure sectors and food security around the world. As always, the safety and well-being of our employees remains our top priority."

Second Quarter 2020 Segment Review

Infrastructure

Engineered Support Structures Segment (36.8% of Sales)

Poles, towers and components for the global lighting, traffic and wireless communication markets, engineered access systems, integrated structure solutions for smart cities, and highway safety products

Sales of $253.4 million decreased 2.1% year-over-year due to unfavorable currency impacts of $6.1 million, otherwise sales were similar to last year. Higher volumes in North American transportation and wireless communication markets were offset by lower volumes in international markets attributed to temporary COVID-related facility closures, and strategically exiting product lines in Access Systems.

Lighting and traffic sales of $181.0 million were flat year-over-year. Strong transportation volumes in North America were offset by lower sales in international markets due to temporary facility closures.

Global sales of wireless communication structures and components grew 7.2% to $50.9 million compared to last year. Continued capital spending from wireless carriers in North American markets and higher volumes in Europe led to the sales growth.

Access Systems product sales decreased 27.7% year-over-year due to lower volumes from strategically exiting product lines, unfavorable currency impacts and continued end-market weakness.

Operating income was $4.8 million or 1.9% of sales ($22.9 million adjusted1 or 9.0% of sales), compared to $20.9 million or 8.1% of sales in 2019. During the second quarter of 2020, a $16.6 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge against goodwill and trade names was recorded and attributed to the Access Systems product line. Profitability improvement on an adjusted basis was led by pricing and improved performance in North American operations, partially offset by lower volumes in international markets.

Utility Support Structures Segment (33.6% of Sales)

Steel and concrete structures for global utility transmission, distribution, substations, and renewable energy generation equipment

Sales of $231.3 million grew 10.2% year-over-year, driven by significantly higher volumes from robust market demand and strategic capacity additions, and favorable pricing.

Operating income was $21.7 million or 9.4% of sales ($25.3 million or 10.9% adjusted1) compared to $16.0 million, or 7.6% of sales in 2019. Profitability growth was led by higher volumes and favorable pricing, and improved profitability in the international businesses.

Coatings Segment (11.6% of Sales)

Global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services to preserve and protect metal products

Sales of $80.0 million decreased 18.7% year-over-year. Higher internal volumes were more than offset by lower external volumes due to the impact from COVID-19 on end customers and temporary international facility closures.

Operating income was $10.1 million or 12.7% of sales ($10.4 million or 13.0% adjusted1), compared to $15.0 million or 15.3% of sales in 2019, due to lower volumes, partially offset by pricing.

Agriculture

Irrigation Segment (21.9% of Sales)

Agricultural irrigation equipment, parts, services and tubular products, water management solutions, and technology for precision agriculture

Global sales of $150.6 million decreased 3.0% year-over-year due to unfavorable currency impacts of $5.6 million, otherwise sales were similar to last year. Higher sales of irrigation products were offset by lower industrial tubing sales.

North American sales of $99.0 million were down 3.7% compared to 2019. Higher sales of irrigation products and pricing were more than offset by lower industrial tubing sales driven by lower steel costs.

International sales of $51.6 million decreased 1.5% compared to 2019. Sales volumes increased approximately 10.0% excluding unfavorable currency impacts, led by continued strong demand in Brazil and higher sales in European markets.

Segment operating income was $22.4 million, or 14.8% of sales, compared to $21.5 million, or 13.9% of sales in 2019. Profitability improvement was led by pricing and higher sales volumes. Higher SG&A expense included $1.4 million of incremental R&D expense for technology growth investments.

During the quarter, the Company purchased a majority stake in Solbras – Energia Solar do Brasil, a leading provider of solar energy solutions for agriculture that allows Valmont to deliver a first-to-market, advanced solar power and monitoring solution to growers. The Company also expanded its global technology leadership position with the asset purchase of PrecisionKingTM, a subscription-based provider of control technology and remote monitoring solutions for the U.S. market.

COVID-19 Business Continuity and Operations Update

Valmont is considered an essential business because of the products and services that serve critical infrastructure sectors and food security, as defined by many governments around the world. To protect the safety, health and well-being of employees, customers, suppliers and communities, CDC, WHO and local guidelines continue to be followed.

Beginning late in the first quarter, a number of Valmont manufacturing facilities outside of the U.S. were closed due to the pandemic. During the second quarter, all facilities resumed operations. Incremental expenses related to the pandemic during the quarter were approximately $2.5 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

Valmont monitors health advisories on a continuous basis, particularly in areas reporting recent increases in infection. The Company continues to take deliberate steps to protect all stakeholders and minimize the operational and financial impacts on the business. To date, Valmont has not experienced any significant disruptions or changes to the supply of raw materials and other critical components, and is not currently experiencing meaningful delays in its global supply chain.

Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital Allocation

At the beginning of the second quarter the Company preemptively drew down $75.0 million of its $600.0 million revolving credit facility to ensure sufficient liquidity for business operations. This amount was repaid in full during the quarter. The Company has not experienced any meaningful slowdown in customer payments and has no significant long-term debt maturities until 2044. 2020 capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $80.0 to $90.0 million to support strategic future growth initiatives. Valmont remains committed to maintaining its investment grade credit rating.

Third-Quarter 2020 Financial Outlook and Key Assumptions

Although the pandemic's impacts on global economic factors and pace of economic recovery remain unclear, the Company is providing a greater level of transparency during this time, including key assumptions and indications for third quarter 2020, to help the financial community understand short-term impacts and expectations.

Financial Outlook

Metrics

Estimates

Net Sales

$680.0 to $700.0M

Operating Profit Margin

8.0% to 9.0%

Segment Sales: Utility Support Structures

~20% Increase (vs. prior year)

Key Assumptions

  • Utility Support Structures sales estimate driven by higher sales in international businesses
  • Tax rate of ~ 25.0%
  • Unfavorable currency translation on net sales of $7.0M – $9.0M
  • Positive operating cash flows
  • Stable raw material costs and no significant supply chain interruptions
  • No closures of large manufacturing facilities or workforce disruptions

Kaniewski continued, "Our quick and decisive actions at the outset of the pandemic allowed us to mitigate the severity of its impact on our operating and financial results through the first half of the year. We continue to work diligently and safely to provide our customers with the essential products and solutions they need. The global backlogs in our infrastructure businesses are solid, providing a good line of sight for third quarter sales, and our balance sheet is strong. We continue to closely monitor all discretionary spending and capital expenditures, with an additional emphasis on managing working capital and cash flow. Through the use of lean and agile, we will continue to aggressively drive operational efficiencies. We will successfully navigate through these uncertain times by focusing on employee safety and well-being, remaining flexible, and managing what we can control to drive long-term shareholder value."

A live audio discussion with Stephen G. Kaniewski, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Avner M. Applbaum, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be accessible by telephone on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. CDT by dialing 1-877-407-6184 or 1-201-389-0877 (no Conference ID needed), or via webcast by pointing browsers to this link: Valmont Industries 2Q 2020 Earnings Conference Call. A slide presentation will simultaneously be available for download on the Investors page at valmont.com. A replay of the event can be accessed two hours after the call at the above link or by telephone at 1-877-660-6853 or 1-201-612-7415. Please use conference identification number 13698672. The replay will be available through 10:59 p.m. CDT on July 30, 2020.

About Valmont Industries, Inc.

Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its irrigation equipment and services for large-scale agriculture improve farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service life of steel and other metal products. For more information, visit valmont.com.

Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that management has made in light of experience in the industries in which Valmont operates, as well as management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate under the circumstances. As you read and consider this release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond Valmont’s control) and assumptions. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect Valmont’s actual financial results and cause them to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include among other things, the continuing and developing effects of COVID-19 including the effects of the outbreak on the general economy and the specific economic effects on the Company’s business and that of its customers and suppliers, risk factors described from time to time in Valmont’s reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as future economic and market circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, operating efficiencies, availability and price of raw material, availability and market acceptance of new products, product pricing, domestic and international competitive environments, and actions and policy changes of domestic and foreign governments. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statement included in this press release is made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement.

1 Please see Reg G reconciliation of GAAP sales, operating income, net earnings and EPS to Adjusted figures at end of document

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

13 Weeks Ended

26 Weeks Ended

27-Jun-20

29-Jun-19

27-Jun-20

29-Jun-19

Net sales

$

688,808

$

700,871

$

1,363,008

$

1,393,010

Cost of sales

504,871

522,695

992,822

1,050,207

Gross profit

183,937

178,176

370,186

342,803

Selling, general and administrative expenses

123,859

116,702

243,213

226,727

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

16,638

16,638

Operating income

43,440

61,474

110,335

116,076

Other income (expense)

Interest expense

(10,098

)

(10,117

)

(20,112

)

(19,995

)

Interest income

458

1,036

1,501

1,846

Gain (loss) on investments (unrealized)

2,510

1,520

202

4,352

Other

(694

)

156

1,116

1,170

(7,824

)

(7,405

)

(17,293

)

(12,627

)

Earnings before income taxes

35,616

54,069

93,042

103,449

Income tax expense

12,602

13,401

27,088

25,703

Equity in earnings (loss) of nonconsolidated subsidiaries

(260

)

(479

)

Net earnings

22,754

40,668

65,475

77,746

Less: Loss (earnings) attributable to non-controlling interests

(147

)

(949

)

61

(1,923

)

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc.

$

22,607

$

39,719

$

65,536

$

75,823

Average shares outstanding (000's) – Basic

21,312

21,734

21,383

21,810

Earnings per share – Basic

$

1.06

$

1.83

$

3.06

$

3.48

Average shares outstanding (000's) – Diluted

21,393

21,831

21,471

21,897

Earnings per share – Diluted

$

1.06

$

1.82

$

3.05

$

3.46

Cash dividends per share

$

0.450

$

0.375

$

0.900

$

0.750

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OPERATING RESULTS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

13 Weeks Ended

26 Weeks Ended

27-Jun-20

29-Jun-19

27-Jun-20

29-Jun-19

Net sales

Engineered Support Structures

$

253,385

$

258,748

$

484,127

$

489,036

Utility Support Structures

231,324

209,829

456,785

453,751

Coatings

80,005

98,406

168,090

185,185

Infrastructure products

564,714

566,983

1,109,002

1,127,972

Irrigation

150,639

155,185

307,359

308,001

Less: Intersegment sales

(26,545

)

(21,297

)

(53,353

)

(42,963

)

Total

$

688,808

$

700,871

$

1,363,008

$

1,393,010

Operating Income

Engineered Support Structures

$

4,818

$

20,882

$

20,749

$

33,327

Utility Support Structures

21,650

16,033

49,374

41,081

Coatings

10,148

15,032

21,202

25,172

Infrastructure products

36,616

51,947

91,325

99,580

Irrigation

22,351

21,530

46,014

41,664

Corporate

(15,527

)

(12,003

)

(27,004

)

(25,168

)

Total

$

43,440

$

61,474

$

110,335

$

116,076

Valmont has aggregated its business segments into four global reportable segments as follows.

Engineered Support Structures: This segment consists of the manufacture and distribution of engineered metal and composite poles, towers, and components for global lighting, traffic, and wireless communication markets, engineered access systems, integrated structure solutions for smart cities, and highway safety products.

Utility Support Structures: This segment consists of the manufacture of engineered steel and concrete structures for global utility transmission, distribution, substations, and renewable energy generation equipment.

Coatings: This segment consists of global galvanizing, painting and anodizing services to preserve and protect metal products.

Irrigation: This segment consists of the global manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment, parts, services, tubular products, water management solutions, and technology for precision agriculture.

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

27-Jun-20

28-Dec-19

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

353,348

$

353,542

Accounts receivable, net

500,838

480,000

Inventories

449,516

418,370

Contract asset – costs and profits in excess of billings

125,004

141,322

Prepaid expenses and other assets

51,113

32,043

Refundable income taxes

6,947

Total current assets

1,479,819

1,432,224

Property, plant and equipment, net

563,783

558,129

Goodwill and other assets

788,240

816,863

$

2,831,842

$

2,807,216

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current installments of long-term debt

$

2,587

$

760

Notes payable to banks

14,577

21,774

Accounts payable

241,294

197,957

Accrued expenses

180,950

167,264

Contract liability – billings in excess of costs and earnings

138,820

117,945

Income taxes payable

16,984

Dividend payable

9,613

8,079

Total current liabilities

604,825

513,779

Long-term debt, excluding current installments

778,283

764,944

Other long-term liabilities

296,032

338,748

Shareholders' equity

1,152,702

1,189,745

$

2,831,842

$

2,807,216

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

YTD

YTD

27-Jun-20

29-Jun-19

Cash flows from operating activities

Net Earnings

$

65,475

$

77,746

Depreciation and amortization

40,584

40,583

Impairment of long-lived assets

18,896

Contribution to defined benefit pension plan

(17,138

)

(13,682

)

Change in working capital

42,280

2,801

Other

647

5,989

Net cash flows from operating activities

150,744

113,437

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchase of property, plant, and equipment

(48,165

)

(49,310

)

Proceeds from sale of assets

169

466

Acquisitions

(15,862

)

(81,841

)

Other

10,846

15,077

Net cash flows from investing activities

(53,012

)

(115,608

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from long-term borrowings

88,872

31,000

Proceeds (payments) from short-term borrowings

(6,255

)

9,886

Principal payments on long-term borrowings

(75,568

)

(10,386

)

Purchase of treasury shares

(20,481

)

(38,350

)

Purchase of noncontrolling interest

(55,916

)

(27,845

)

Dividends paid

(17,704

)

(16,425

)

Other

(4,923

)

(3,542

)

Net cash flows from financing activities

(91,975

)

(55,662

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

(5,951

)

1,567

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(194

)

(56,266

)

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of year

353,542

313,210

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$

353,348

$

256,944

VALMONT INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF EFFECT OF SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS ON REPORTED RESULTS

REGULATION G RECONCILIATION

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

The non-GAAP tables below disclose the impact on (a) diluted earnings per share of (1) impairment of goodwill, tradenames, and a facility and (2) restructuring costs (b) operating income from these expenses, and (c) segment operating income for these items. Amounts may be impacted by rounding. We believe it is useful when considering company performance for the non-GAAP adjusted net earnings and operating income to be taken into consideration by management and investors with the related reported GAAP measures.

Thirteen

weeks ended

June 27, 2020

Diluted

Twenty-six

weeks ended

June 27, 2020

Diluted

earnings per

earnings per

share

share

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. – as reported

$

22,607

$

1.06

$

65,536

$

3.05

Impairment of goodwill and tradename, pre-tax

16,638

0.78

16,638

0.77

Restructuring and related asset impairment costs – pre-tax

5,579

0.26

5,579

0.26

Total Adjustments

22,217

1.04

22,217

1.03

Tax effect of adjustments *

(1,977

)

(0.09

)

(1,977

)

(0.09

)

Net earnings attributable to Valmont Industries, Inc. – Adjusted

$

42,847

$

2.00

$

85,776

$

3.99

Average shares outstanding (000’s) – Diluted

21,393

21,471

* The tax effect of adjustments is calculated based on the income tax rate in each applicable jurisdiction.

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