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Brady Corporation Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter Results and Announces its Fiscal 2020 EPS Guidance

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  • Income before income taxes was $47.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $45.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.  Income before income taxes in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 included a gain on the sale of the Runelandhs business of $4.7 million. 
  • Diluted EPS was $0.68 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $0.66 in the same quarter of the prior year.  The sale of the Runelandhs business contributed approximately $0.09 per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.     
  • Sales for the quarter ended July 31, 2019 decreased 0.7 percent due to foreign currency and the impact of the sale of the Runelandhs business in fiscal 2018.  Organic revenues increased 1.7 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Diluted EPS guidance for the full year ending July 31, 2020 announced at a range of $2.45 to $2.55.

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter ended July 31, 2019. 

Quarter Ended July 31, 2019 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes was $47.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $45.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.  Income before income taxes included a gain on the sale of the Runelandhs business of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. 

Net income for the quarter ended July 31, 2019, was $36.6 million compared to $35.0 million in the same quarter last year.  The sale of the Runelandhs business increased net income by $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. 

Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $0.68 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $0.66 in the same quarter last year.  Results were increased in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 by approximately $0.09 per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share due to the sale of the Runelandhs business. 

Sales for the quarter ended July 31, 2019 decreased 0.7 percent, which consisted of organic sales growth of 1.7 percent, a decrease in sales of 1.9 percent from foreign currency translation, and a decline in sales of 0.5 percent from the divestiture of our Runelandhs business during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.  Sales for the quarter ended July 31, 2019 were $295.3 million compared to $297.5 million in the same quarter last year.  By segment, sales increased 1.8 percent in Identification Solutions and decreased 7.8 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of organic sales growth of 3.3 percent in Identification Solutions and an organic sales decline of 2.6 percent in Workplace Safety.

Year Ended July 31, 2019 Financial Results:
Income before income taxes increased 8.3 percent, finishing at $164.6 million for the year ended July 31, 2019, compared to $152.0 million last year.  Fiscal 2018 results include a gain on the sale of the Runelandhs business of $4.7 million.

Net income for the year ended July 31, 2019, was $131.3 million compared to $91.1 million last year.  Fiscal 2018 net income was reduced by $21.1 million due to income tax charges primarily related to the enactment of U.S. tax legislation, and was increased by $4.7 million due to the sale of the Runelandhs business.

Earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share were $2.46 for the year ended July 31, 2019, compared to $1.73 last year.  Fiscal 2018 results were decreased by approximately $0.40 per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share due to income tax charges primarily related to the enactment of U.S. tax legislation, and results were increased by approximately $0.09 per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share due to the sale of the Runelandhs business.

Sales for the year ended July 31, 2019 decreased 1.1 percent, which consisted of organic sales growth of 2.8 percent, a decrease in sales of 2.6 percent from foreign currency translation, and a decline in sales of 1.3 percent from the divestiture of our Runelandhs business during fiscal 2018.  Fiscal 2019 sales were $1.16 billion compared to $1.17 billion last year.  By segment, sales increased 2.0 percent in Identification Solutions and decreased 9.2 percent in Workplace Safety, which consisted of organic sales growth of 4.1 percent in Identification Solutions and an organic sales decline of 0.7 percent in Workplace Safety.

Commentary:
“Our investment in the development of innovative new products, and our dedication to providing excellent customer service continue to drive positive results as we posted our ninth consecutive quarter of organic sales growth,” said Brady’s President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Michael Nauman.  “We have seen signs of a weakening industrial economic environment.  However, our previous investments along with strong execution have helped us continue to generate organic sales growth in this difficult environment.  Our priorities in fiscal 2020 are to continue to launch high-quality new products while further developing our new product pipeline, continue our positive momentum in improving all of our businesses, and execute sustainable efficiency gains throughout Brady.  We believe that our actions today will result in continued improvement in our financial results and long-term value for our shareholders.”

“Our organic sales growth and our focus on operational efficiencies continue to drive profit improvements and strong cash flow,” said Brady’s Chief Financial Officer, Aaron Pearce.  “Our net cash position increased by $100.1 million this fiscal year, finishing at $228.9 million at July 31, 2019.  We generated $162.2 million of cash from operating activities this year, we invested $32.8 million in capital expenditures, and we returned $47.9 million to our shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks.  Our balance sheet provides significant flexibility for further investments to drive long-term shareholder value and to return funds to our shareholders.”

Fiscal 2020 Guidance:
The Company expects organic sales growth to be approximately 1.5 to 2.5 percent for the year ending July 31, 2020.  Brady expects earnings per diluted Class A Nonvoting Common Share to range from $2.45 to $2.55.  This guidance is based upon a full-year income tax rate in the low twenties percent range, and depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $25 million.  The Company expects to achieve efficiency gains in its manufacturing facilities and in selling, general and administrative expenses while increasing investments in research and development.  Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $35 million during the year ending July 31, 2020.  The Company’s fiscal 2020 guidance is based on foreign currency exchange rates as of July 31, 2019. 

A webcast regarding Brady’s fiscal 2019 fourth quarter financial results will be available at www.bradycorp.com/investors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Central Time today.

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places.  Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software.  Founded in 1914, the Company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries.  Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31, 2019, employed approximately 6,100 people in its worldwide businesses.  Brady’s fiscal 2019 sales were approximately $1.16 billion.  Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC.  More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.

In this news release, statements that are not reported financial results or other historic information are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations.

The use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain and are subject to risks, assumptions, and other factors, some of which are beyond Brady’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  For Brady, uncertainties arise from:  our ability to compete effectively or to successfully execute our strategy; Brady’s ability to develop technologically advanced products that meet customer demands; difficulties in protecting our websites, networks, and systems against security breaches; decreased demand for our products; raw material and other cost increases; extensive regulations by U.S. and non-U.S. governmental and self-regulatory entities; risks associated with the loss of key employees; divestitures and contingent liabilities from divestitures; Brady’s ability to properly identify, integrate, and grow acquired companies; litigation, including product liability claims; foreign currency fluctuations; the impact of the Tax Reform Act and any other changes in tax legislation and tax rates; potential write-offs of Brady’s substantial intangible assets; differing interests of voting and non-voting shareholders; numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive, and regulatory nature contained from time to time in Brady’s U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, those factors listed in the “Risk Factors” section within Item 1A of Part I of Brady’s Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2019.

These uncertainties may cause Brady's actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Brady does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law.



               
BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 
               
  Three months ended July 31,   Year ended July 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Net sales $ 295,278     $ 297,499     $ 1,160,645     $ 1,173,851  
Cost of goods sold   148,698       150,047       581,967       585,560  
Gross margin   146,580       147,452       578,678       588,291  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development   11,331       11,741       45,168       45,253  
Selling, general and administrative   89,094       90,931       371,082       390,342  
Total operating expenses   100,425       102,672       416,250       435,595  
               
Operating income   46,155       44,780       162,428       152,696  
               
Other income (expense):              
Investment and other income   1,621       1,184       5,046       2,487  
Interest expense   (693 )     (715 )     (2,830 )     (3,168 )
               
Income before income taxes   47,083       45,249       164,644       152,015  
               
Income tax expense   10,470       10,298       33,386       60,955  
               
Net income $ 36,613     $ 34,951     $ 131,258     $ 91,060  
               
Net income per Class A Nonvoting Common Share:              
Basic $ 0.69     $ 0.67     $ 2.50     $ 1.76  
Diluted $ 0.68     $ 0.66     $ 2.46     $ 1.73  
Dividends $ 0.21     $ 0.21     $ 0.85     $ 0.83  
               
Net income per Class B Voting Common Share:              
Basic $ 0.69     $ 0.67     $ 2.48     $ 1.75  
Diluted $ 0.68     $ 0.66     $ 2.45     $ 1.72  
Dividends $ 0.21     $ 0.21     $ 0.83     $ 0.81  
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic   52,885       51,822       52,596       51,677  
Diluted   53,647       52,658       53,323       52,524  
               



       
BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands) 
       
  July 31, 2019   July 31, 2018
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 279,072     $ 181,427  
Accounts receivable—net   158,114       161,282  
Inventories   120,037       113,071  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   16,056       15,559  
Total current assets   573,279       471,339  
Property, plant and equipment—net   110,048       97,945  
Goodwill   410,987       419,815  
Other intangible assets   36,123       42,588  
Deferred income taxes   7,298       7,582  
Other   19,573       17,662  
Total $ 1,157,308     $ 1,056,931  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 64,810     $ 66,538  
Accrued compensation and benefits   62,509       67,619  
Taxes, other than income taxes   8,107       8,318  
Accrued income taxes   6,557       3,885  
Other current liabilities   49,796       44,567  
Current maturities on long-term debt   50,166        
Total current liabilities   241,945       190,927  
Long-term obligations, less current maturities         52,618  
Other liabilities   64,589       61,274  
Total liabilities   306,534       304,819  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock:      
Class A nonvoting common stock—Issued 51,261,487 shares, and outstanding 49,458,841 and 48,393,617 shares, respectively   513       513  
Class B voting common stock—Issued and outstanding, 3,538,628 shares   35       35  
Additional paid-in capital   329,969       325,631  
Retained earnings   637,843       553,454  
Treasury stock—1,802,646 and 2,867,870 shares, respectively, of Class A nonvoting common stock, at cost   (46,332 )     (71,120 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (71,254 )     (56,401 )
Total stockholders’ equity   850,774       752,112  
Total $ 1,157,308     $ 1,056,931  
       



       
BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands) 
 
  Year ended July 31,
    2019       2018  
Operating activities:      
Net income $ 131,258     $ 91,060  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   23,799       25,442  
Non-cash portion of stock-based compensation expense   12,092       9,980  
Gain on sale of business, net         (4,666 )
Deferred income taxes   7,825       33,656  
Other   2,347       (15 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   3,496       (16,612 )
Inventories   (9,922 )     (7,563 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets   368       1,747  
Accounts payable and other liabilities   (11,903 )     13,106  
Income taxes   2,851       (3,093 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   162,211       143,042  
       
Investing activities:      
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (32,825 )     (21,777 )
Divestiture of business, net of cash transferred with business         19,141  
Other   (1,638 )     (269 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (34,463 )     (2,905 )
       
Financing activities:      
Payment of dividends   (44,732 )     (42,873 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   23,466       12,099  
Purchase of treasury stock   (3,182 )     (1,462 )
Proceeds from borrowing on credit facilities   13,637       23,221  
Repayment of borrowing on credit facilities   (13,568 )     (78,419 )
Other   (3,249 )     (3,246 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (27,628 )     (90,680 )
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (2,475 )     (1,974 )
       
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   97,645       47,483  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   181,427       133,944  
       
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 279,072     $ 181,427  
       
Supplemental disclosures:      
Cash paid during the period for:      
Interest $ 2,651     $ 2,976  
Income taxes   24,335       33,267  
       



               
BRADY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES 
SEGMENT INFORMATION 
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands) 
               
  Three Months Ended July 31,   Year Ended July 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
NET SALES              
ID Solutions $ 221,817     $ 217,796     $ 863,100     $ 846,087  
Workplace Safety   73,461       79,703       297,545       327,764  
Total $ 295,278     $ 297,499     $ 1,160,645     $ 1,173,851  
               
SALES INFORMATION              
ID Solutions              
Organic   3.3 %     2.4 %     4.1 %     3.4 %
Currency   (1.5 )%     0.7 %     (2.1 )%     2.3 %
Divestiture   %     %     %     %
Total   1.8 %     3.1 %     2.0 %     5.7 %
Workplace Safety              
Organic   (2.6 )%     3.0 %     (0.7 )%     0.7 %
Currency   (3.3 )%     1.6 %     (3.7 )%     4.6 %
Divestiture   (1.9 )%     (2.3 )%     (4.8 )%     (0.6 )%
Total   (7.8 )%     2.3 %     (9.2 )%     4.7 %
Total Company              
Organic   1.7 %     2.5 %     2.8 %     2.6 %
Currency   (1.9 )%     1.0 %     (2.6 )%     3.0 %
Divestiture   (0.5 )%     (0.6 )%     (1.3 )%     (0.2 )%
Total   (0.7 )%     2.9 %     (1.1 )%     5.4 %
               
SEGMENT PROFIT              
ID Solutions $ 45,642     $ 36,515     $ 164,953     $ 143,411  
Workplace Safety   6,724       10,675       23,025       31,712  
Total $ 52,366     $ 47,190     $ 187,978     $ 175,123  
SEGMENT PROFIT AS A PERCENT OF NET SALES              
ID Solutions   20.6 %     16.8 %     19.1 %     16.9 %
Workplace Safety   9.2 %     13.4 %     7.7 %     9.7 %
Total   17.7 %     15.9 %     16.2 %     14.9 %
               
               
  Three Months Ended July 31,   Year Ended July 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Total segment profit $ 52,366     $ 47,190     $ 187,978     $ 175,123  
Unallocated amounts:              
Administrative costs   (6,211 )     (7,076 )     (25,550 )     (27,093 )
Gain on divestiture   -       4,666       -       4,666  
Investment and other income   1,621       1,184       5,046       2,487  
Interest expense   (693 )     (715 )     (2,830 )     (3,168 )
Income before income taxes $ 47,083     $ 45,249     $ 164,644     $ 152,015  
               


For More Information:
Investor contact:  Ann Thornton 414-438-6887
Media contact:  Kate Venne 414-358-5176

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