- Increased Net Sales 7.3 percent to $333.2 million
- Earned Net Income per Diluted Share of $0.17
- Generated Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share of $0.19
ATLANTA, Aug. 04, 2022 – Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA) announced today that for its fiscal 2022 third quarter ended June 30, 2022, net sales were $333.2 million and net income was $26.5 million.
During the 2022 third quarter, the Company:Increased net sales 7.3 percent to $333.2 million as compared with $310.5 million in the prior year quarter.Reported operating income of $36.9 million as compared with $42.7 million in the prior year quarter and generated adjusted operating income of $42.0 million as compared with $46.6 million in the prior year quarter.Increased net income 84.0 percent to $26.5 million as compared with net income of $14.4 million in the prior year quarter and increased adjusted net income 4.5 percent to $30.5 million as compared with $29.2 million in the prior year quarter.Increased net income per diluted share 88.9 percent to $0.17 as compared with $0.09 in the prior year quarter and increased adjusted net income per diluted share 5.6 percent to $0.19 as compared with $0.18 in the prior year quarter.Generated adjusted EBITDA of $57.8 million as compared with $62.6 million in the prior year quarter.Repurchased $5.0 million of common stock.
“We delivered another quarter of record net sales with a 7.3 percent increase primarily due to continued improvement in price realization across most of our product lines. In addition, order levels remained healthy driven by end market activity. We were pleased that price realization, once again, more than offset inflationary pressures in the quarter leading to a sequential conversion margin greater than 30 percent compared with the second quarter,” said Scott Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller Water Products.
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“We faced many of the same operational headwinds we experienced in our second quarter, including ongoing supply chain disruptions, inflationary pressures and unfavorable manufacturing performance at our foundries. Our teams are focused on improving production levels and operational performance as we manage healthy demand and a record level backlog. With one quarter remaining in 2022, we are pleased to be on track to deliver our second consecutive year of double-digit consolidated net sales growth. We expect to continue to benefit from improved price realization in the fourth quarter and are executing initiatives to manage the operational headwinds.
“As we look beyond 2022, we anticipate delivering better conversion margins with improved manufacturing performance and higher price realization from the pricing actions we have taken this year. With the ongoing economic uncertainty, we will benefit from our strong, flexible balance sheet and our disciplined and balanced cash allocation strategies. Our product portfolio is well positioned for continued growth given accelerating impacts from aging infrastructure, government stimulus focused on repairing water networks and operational improvements. Going forward, we are confident that our growth strategies, capital investments and operational initiatives will enable us to deliver further sales and adjusted EBITDA growth,” Hall concluded.
Mueller Report Consolidated Results
Net sales for the 2022 third quarter increased $22.7 million, or 7.3 percent, to $333.2 million as compared with $310.5 million in the 2021 third quarter. This increase was primarily due to higher pricing across most of our product lines, which was partially offset by a decrease in volumes.
Operating income declined 13.6 percent to $36.9 million for the 2022 third quarter as compared with $42.7 million in the prior year quarter, as benefits from higher pricing were more than offset by higher costs associated with unfavorable manufacturing performance, inflation and warranty obligations.
During the quarter, we recorded a $4.5 million warranty charge at Water Management Solutions and incurred $0.6 million of strategic reorganization and other charges that have been excluded from adjusted results.
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Adjusted operating income decreased $4.6 million, or 9.9 percent, to $42.0 million for the 2022 third quarter as compared with $46.6 million in the prior year quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA of $57.8 million decreased $4.8 million, or 7.7 percent, as compared with $62.6 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.3 percent for the 2022 third quarter as compared with 20.2 percent in the prior year quarter.
Water Flow Solutions
Water Flow Solutions’ product portfolio includes iron gate valves, specialty valves and service brass products.
Net sales for the 2022 third quarter increased $18.9 million, or 10.7 percent, to $195.9 million as compared with $177.0 million in the 2021 third quarter. This increase was primarily due to higher pricing that more than offset lower volumes.
Operating income and adjusted operating income for the third quarter 2022 were each $38.1 million. Adjusted operating income decreased $2.1 million, or 5.2 percent, as compared with $40.2 million in the prior year quarter, as benefits from higher pricing were more than offset by higher costs associated with unfavorable manufacturing performance, inflation and SG&A expenses.
Adjusted EBITDA of $45.7 million decreased $2.4 million, or 5.0 percent, as compared with $48.1 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 23.3 percent for the 2022 third quarter as compared with 27.2 percent in the prior year quarter.
Water Management Solutions
Water Management Solutions’ product and service portfolio includes fire hydrants, repair and installation, natural gas, metering, leak detection, pressure control and software products.
Net sales for the 2022 third quarter increased $3.8 million, or 2.8 percent, to $137.3 million as compared with $133.5 million in the 2021 third quarter. This increase was primarily due to higher pricing and the addition of i2O Water, which were partially offset by lower volumes.
Operating income was $12.0 million for the quarter, which includes the $4.5 million warranty charge. Adjusted operating income of $16.5 million decreased $4.8 million, or 22.5 percent, as compared with $21.3 million in the prior year quarter, as the benefits from higher pricing were more than offset by higher costs associated with unfavorable manufacturing performance, inflation and SG&A expenses.
Adjusted EBITDA of $23.7 million decreased $4.8 million, or 16.8 percent, as compared with $28.5 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 17.3 percent for the 2022 third quarter as compared with 21.3 percent in the prior year quarter.
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Interest Expense, Net
Interest expense, net, for the 2022 third quarter was $4.2 million as compared with $6.8 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease in net interest expense in the quarter primarily resulted from lower interest expense associated with the refinancing of our 5.5 percent Senior Notes with 4.0 percent Senior Notes in May 2021.
Income tax expense for the 2022 third quarter was $7.1 million, or 21.1 percent of income before tax, as compared with income tax expense in the prior year quarter of $5.6 million, or 28.0 percent of income before tax. The lower effective tax rate for the 2022 third quarter primarily reflects benefits from R&D tax credits.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine-month period was $20.5 million as compared with $123.3 million in the prior year. The decrease was primarily driven by higher inventories and payments for other current liabilities including customer rebates, income taxes and employee incentives.
The Company invested $10.7 million in capital expenditures during the third quarter as compared with $15.0 million in the prior year quarter. For the nine-month period, the Company invested $36.7 million in capital expenditures as compared with $46.1 million invested in the prior year.
Free cash flow (defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures) for the nine-month period was $(16.2) million as compared with $77.2 million in the comparable prior year period, primarily due to a decrease in cash provided by operating activities.
As of June 30, 2022, Mueller Water Products had $447.0 million of total debt outstanding and $154.9 million of cash and cash equivalents. The Company’s net debt leverage ratio was 1.4 times. There are no maturities on our debt until June 2029 and the Company’s 4.0 percent Senior Notes have no financial maintenance covenants. Based on June 30, 2022 data, the Company had approximately $160.7 million of excess availability under its ABL Agreement, bringing its total liquidity to $315.6 million.
Full-Year Fiscal 2022 Outlook
For the full-year fiscal 2022, the Company is narrowing its expectations for consolidated net sales growth to be between 11 and 12 percent as compared with the prior year, which takes into account the current expectations for orders, price realization and end market demand. The Company expects adjusted EBITDA to be comparable to the prior year and to generate positive free cash flow for the full year. These expectations also assume that challenges associated with higher inflation, manufacturing performance and supply chain disruptions continue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.
The Company’s expectations for certain financial metrics for the full-year fiscal 2022 are as follows:Total SG&A expenses between $240 million and $245 million.Net interest expense between $17 million and $18 million.Effective income tax rate between 22 percent and 24 percent.Depreciation and amortization between $60 million and $61 million.Capital expenditures between $50 million and $55 million.
Conference Call Webcast
Mueller Water Products’ quarterly earnings conference call will take place Friday, August 5, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Members of Mueller Water Products’ leadership team will discuss the Company’s recent financial performance and respond to questions from financial analysts. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. Please go to the website ( www.muellerwaterproducts.com ) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary software. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days and can be accessed by dialing 1-800-834-5839. An archive of the webcast will also be available for at least 90 days on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company’s results as determined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), the Company also provides non-GAAP information that management believes is useful to investors. These non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and securities analysts, investors and other interested parties should not consider any of these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
The Company presents adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin as performance measures because management uses these measures in evaluating the Company’s underlying performance on a consistent basis across periods and in making decisions about operational strategies. Management also believes these measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of the Company’s recurring performance.
The Company presents net debt and net debt leverage as performance measures because management uses them in evaluating its capital management, and the investment community commonly uses them as measures of indebtedness. The Company presents free cash flow because management believes it is commonly used by the investment community to measure the Company’s ability to create liquidity.
The calculations of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to GAAP results are included as an attachment to this press release and have been posted online at www.muellerwaterproducts.com. The Company does not reconcile forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to the comparable GAAP measure, as permitted by Regulation S-K, because certain items, e.g., expenses related to corporate development activities, pension benefits and corporate restructuring, may have not yet occurred, are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted without unreasonable efforts. Additionally, such reconciliation would imply a degree of precision and certainty regarding relevant items that may be confusing to investors. Such items could have a substantial impact on GAAP measures of the Company’s financial performance.
This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company intends, expects, plans, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding outlooks, projections, forecasts, trend descriptions, environmental/sustainability plans, go-to-market strategies, operational excellence, acceleration of new product development, financial or operating performance, litigation outcomes, capital allocation and growth strategy plans, restructuring efficiencies and projected warranty charges. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by the Company in light of the Company’s experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments.
Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including the future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s operations and results, such as effects on the financial health of customers (including collections); logistical challenges and supply chain disruptions, geopolitical conditions, or other events; an inability to realize the anticipated benefits from our operational initiatives, including our large capital investments in Chattanooga and Kimball, Tennessee, and Decatur, Illinois, plant closures, and our reorganization and related strategic realignment activities; an inability to attract or retain a skilled and diverse workforce, increased competition related to the workforce and labor markets; an inability to protect the Company’s information systems against service interruption, misappropriation of data or breaches of security; failure to comply with personal data protection and privacy laws; cyclical and changing demand in core markets such as municipal spending, construction, and natural gas distribution; government monetary or fiscal policies; the impact of adverse weather conditions; the impact of manufacturing and product performance; the impact of wage, commodity and materials price inflation; the impact of warranty claims; an inability to successfully resolve significant legal proceedings or government investigations; compliance with environmental, trade and anti-corruption laws and regulations; climate change and legal or regulatory responses thereto; changing regulatory, trade and tariff conditions; the failure to integrate and/or realize any of the anticipated benefits of recent acquisitions or divestitures; an inability to achieve some or all of our Environmental, Social, and Governance goals; and other factors that are described in the section entitled “RISK FACTORS” in Item 1A of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and later filings on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and are only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law. Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. You are advised to review any further disclosures the Company makes on related subjects in subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Mueller Water Products, Inc.
Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe connection and repair products, metering products, leak detection, pipe condition assessment, pressure management products, and software technology that provides critical water system data. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure®. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.
Mueller refers to one or more of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (MWP), a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are legally separate and independent entities when providing products and services. MWP does not provide products or services to third parties. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are liable only for their own acts and omissions and not those of each other. Mueller brands include Mueller®, Echologics®, Hydro Gate®, Hydro-Guard®, HYMAX®, i2O®, Jones®, Krausz®, Mi.Net®, Milliken®, Pratt®, Pratt Industrial®, Sentryx™, Singer®, and U.S. Pipe Valve & Hydrant. Please see muellerwp.com/brands to learn more.
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