Source: Northwest Pipe Company

Northwest Pipe Reports Full Year 2013 Results and Announces Conference Call

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) - Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Company will broadcast its fourth quarter 2013 earnings conference call on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 10:00 am PDT.

Full Year 2013 Results

Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 decreased 9.3% to $475.6 million compared to $524.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Gross profit was $52.5 million (11.0% of net sales) in 2013, a decrease from $56.2 million (10.7% of net sales) in 2012. A non-cash fixed asset impairment charge of $27.5 million was recorded in 2013. Net loss for 2013 was $0.9 million or $0.10 per diluted share. Excluding the non-cash impairment charge, adjusted net income for 2013 was $16.4 million or $1.72 per diluted share compared to net income of $16.2 million or $1.72 per diluted share for 2012. 

Water Transmission sales decreased by 15.9% to $226.4 million in 2013 from $269.2 million in 2012. The decrease in net sales was due to continued weakness in municipal markets. Water Transmission gross profit increased to $47.0 million (20.7% of segment net sales) in 2013 from $45.1 million (16.7% of segment net sales) in the prior year. Water Transmission gross profit increased in total and as a percent of sales due to cost reduction initiatives, particularly overhead costs, man hours and quality costs.

Tubular Products sales decreased 2.4% to $249.1 million in 2013 from $255.3 million in 2012, driven by a 10% decrease in average selling price per ton and partially offset by a 9% increase in tons sold from 206,200 tons in 2012 to 224,300 tons in 2013. Tubular Products gross profit decreased by 50.7% to $5.5 million (2.2% of segment net sales) in 2013 from $11.1 million (4.4% of segment net sales) in 2012. Gross profit was negatively impacted by $4.9 million in lower of cost or market inventory adjustments.

The carrying value of fixed assets is required to be tested whenever events or circumstances indicate its carrying value is not recoverable. This test was performed in conjunction with the preparation of the financial statements, and a non-cash impairment charge of $27.5 million was recorded for the property and equipment at the Company's Bossier City, LA facility, which produces oil country tubular goods. The impairment was driven primarily by the adverse price and volume effects due to the continued high level of tubular product imports and additional domestic tubular manufacturing capacity. The impairment charge has no impact on the company's liquidity.

As of December 31, 2013, the backlog of orders in the Water Transmission segment was approximately $103 million. This compared to a backlog of orders of $173 million as of December 31, 2012. The backlog includes confirmed orders, including the balance of projects in process, and projects for which the Company has been notified that we are the successful bidder even though a binding agreement has not been executed.


"We believe the first quarter of 2014 will be as challenging as the fourth quarter. The Water Transmission segment is expected to have a similar amount of net sales, with expected gross margin in the high single digits," said Scott Montross, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "We have not yet seen any significant improvement in our oil country tubular goods business, therefore we expect tubular products gross margin to be around breakeven." 

As previously announced, the Company is in the process of exploring strategic alternatives for its oil country tubular goods business. There can be no assurance that the exploration of alternatives will result in a transaction or as to the terms, conditions or timetable of any such transaction. It is the Company's policy not to comment on any specific discussions or any potential corporate transaction unless and until it enters into a definitive agreement with respect to such transaction.

Conference Call

The Company will hold its 2013 earnings conference call on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am PDT. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-810-4934 passcode NWPIPE. For those unable to attend the live call, a replay will be available approximately one hour after the event and will remain available until Friday, April 18, 2014 by dialing 1-800-677-1579 passcode 6301.

About Northwest Pipe Company

Northwest Pipe Company is a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe and tube products. The Tubular Products Group operates three technologically-advanced electric resistance weld mill facilities. The Tubular Products portfolio serves a wide-range of markets and its quality certified pipe and tube products are good for applications including: oil and gas, structural industrial, fire protection, low pressure and agricultural. The Water Transmission Group is the largest manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. With eight Water Transmission manufacturing facilities, the Group is positioned to meet North America's growing needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Water Transmission Group serves a wide-range of markets and their solution-based products are a perfect fit for applications including: water transmission, plant piping, energy, tunnels, river crossings, structural, industrial and construction. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release by Scott Montross are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business, management's beliefs, and assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of important factors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, those that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include changes in demand and market prices for our products, product mix, bidding activity, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, production schedules, the price and availability of raw materials, excess or shortage of production capacity, international trade policy and regulations and other risks discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and from time to time in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. If we do update or correct one or more forward-looking statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements. 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company is presenting adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, which are non-GAAP measures, to better enable investors and others to assess our results and compare them with our competitors.

(Dollar and share amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended     Full Year Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Net sales:                                
  Water Transmission   $ 42,831     $ 88,235     $ 226,427     $ 269,203  
  Tubular Products     72,368       47,953       249,129       255,300  
    Net sales     115,199       136,188       475,556       524,503  
Cost of sales:                                
  Water Transmission     35,805       70,713       179,474       224,152  
  Tubular Products     72,619       50,954       243,623       244,153  
    Total cost of sales     108,424       121,667       423,097       468,305  
Gross profit (loss):                                
  Water Transmission     7,026       17,522       46,953       45,051  
  Tubular Products     (251 )     (3,001 )     5,506       11,147  
    Total gross profit     6,775       14,521       52,459       56,198  
Selling, general, and administrative expense     5,566       7,139       24,210       28,638  
Impairment of fixed assets     27,500       -       27,500       -  
Operating income (loss):                                
  Water Transmission     5,505       15,155       40,343       36,278  
  Tubular Products     (28,487 )     (3,646 )     (24,843 )     8,335  
  Corporate     (3,309 )     (4,127 )     (14,751 )     (17,053 )
    Operating income (loss)     (26,291 )     7,382       749       27,560  
Other expense     10       288       289       339  
Interest income     (72 )     (38 )     (456 )     (160 )
Interest expense     983       1,145       3,965       5,616  
Income (loss) before income taxes     (27,212 )     5,987       (3,049 )     21,765  
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     (10,206 )     1,477       (2,126 )     5,521  
Net income (loss)   $ (17,006 )   $ 4,510     $ (923 )   $ 16,244  
Basic earnings (loss) per share   $ (1.80 )   $ 0.48     $ (0.10 )   $ 1.73  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ (1.80 )   $ 0.48     $ (0.10 )   $ 1.72  
Shares used in per share calculations:                                
  Basic     9,449       9,383       9,445       9,377  
  Diluted     9,449       9,479       9,445       9,445  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
  December 31,   December 31,
  2013   2012
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 588   $ 46
  Trade and other receivables, net   72,470     41,498
  Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts   50,468     73,314
  Inventories   110,392     113,545
  Other current assets   9,662     7,735
    Total current assets   243,580     236,138
  Property and equipment, net   143,061     152,545
  Other assets   46,818     33,739
    Total assets $ 433,459   $ 422,422
  Current maturities of long-term debt $ 7,930   $ 9,009
  Accounts payable   21,731     21,042
  Accrued liabilities   15,194     32,217
  Billings in excess of cost and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts   3,368     6,478
    Total current liabilities   48,223     68,746
  Note payable to financial institution   87,919     47,533
  Other long-term debt, less current maturities   6,322     15,536
  Other long-term liabilities   29,145     31,175
    Total liabilities   171,609     162,990
Stockholders' equity   261,850     259,432
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 433,459   $ 422,422

Contact Information:

Robin Gantt
Chief Financial Officer