Apogee Enterprises Reports Fiscal 2024 Second Quarter Results
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG) today reported its fiscal 2024 second-quarter results. The Company reported the following selected financial results:
- Net sales of $354 million and diluted EPS of $1.52
- Operating margin reaches 11.5%, up from 8.6% in last year’s second quarter
- Adjusted diluted EPS grows 28% to an all-time quarterly record $1.36
- Year-to-date cash flow from operations of $63 million, an improvement of $65 million compared to the same period of last year
- Increasing full-year adjusted diluted EPS outlook to a range of $4.35 to $4.65
“We delivered another quarter of strong margin expansion and adjusted earnings growth,” said Ty R. Silberhorn, Chief Executive Officer. “Second quarter operating margin of 11.5% exceeded our 10% target for the first time since we established our financial goals in November 2021. I’d like to recognize the entire Apogee team for the tremendous progress we’ve achieved during this time.”
Mr. Silberhorn concluded, “Our improved profitability is being driven by continued execution of our strategy. We’ve made sustainable improvements to our cost structure, realized meaningful productivity gains through the deployment of the Apogee Management System, and made great progress in shifting our sales mix toward more differentiated offerings. We see significant opportunities to build on this success as we move forward.”
Consolidated Results (Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Compared to Second Quarter Fiscal 2023)
- Net sales were $353.7 million compared to $372.1 million, primarily reflecting lower volumes in Architectural Services and Architectural Framing Systems, partially offset by strong growth in Architectural Glass.
- Gross profit increased $10.4 million, or 12.3%, and gross margin increased to 27.0% compared to 22.8%. The improvement in gross margin was primarily driven by higher gross margins in both Architectural Framing Systems and Architectural Glass and the increased mix of Architectural Glass in the consolidated results. This was partially offset by lower margins in the Large-Scale Optical segment.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $2.0 million to 15.5% of net sales compared to 14.2%. The increase was primarily due to increased compensation related expenses and higher consulting costs.
- Operating income grew 26.4% to $40.6 million, and operating margin increased 290 basis points to 11.5%, primarily driven by improved operating margin in Architectural Glass as well as the Architectural Glass segment comprising a higher mix of the consolidated results.
- Net interest expense was $2.2 million, compared to $1.7 million, reflecting a higher average interest rate, partially offset by a lower average debt level.
- Other income included a $4.7 million pre-tax gain related to a New Markets Tax Credit.
- Income tax expense was $9.9 million, compared to a tax benefit of $7.2 million in last year’s second quarter, which included a $13.7 million tax deduction for worthless stock and other related discrete tax benefits.
- Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) were $1.52 compared to $1.68.
- Adjusted diluted EPS grew 28% to a record $1.36.
Segment Results (Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Compared to Second Quarter Fiscal 2023)
Architectural Framing Systems
Architectural Framing Systems net sales were $158.8 million, compared to $172.9 million, primarily reflecting lower volume, partially offset by a more favorable sales mix. Operating income increased to $21.1 million, or 13.3% of net sales, compared to $20.5 million, or 11.9% of net sales. The operating margin improvement was primarily driven by improved sales mix and cost efficiencies, partially offset by the impact of lower volume. Segment backlog2 at the end of the quarter was $197 million, compared to $221 million at the end of the first quarter.
Architectural Glass net sales grew 21.6%, to $94.1 million, primarily driven by improved pricing and mix, reflecting the strategic shift to emphasize premium, high-performance products, as well as higher volume. Operating income increased to $17.4 million, or 18.5% of net sales, compared to $6.5 million, or 8.3% of net sales. The operating margin improvement was primarily driven by the impact of higher volume and improved pricing and mix, partially offset by cost inflation.
Architectural Services net sales were $88.1 million, compared to $106.7 million, primarily reflecting lower project volume due to a higher mix of projects in earlier stages of completion. Operating income was $3.5 million, or 4.0% of net sales, compared to $5.5 million, or 5.1% of net sales. The change in operating margin was primarily driven by lower project volume. Segment backlog ended the quarter at $674 million, compared to $709 million at the end of the first quarter.
Large-Scale Optical net sales were $23.6 million, compared to $25.2 million, primarily reflecting lower volume driven by customer inventory destocking, partially offset by a more favorable mix. Operating income was $4.7 million, or 19.7% of net sales, compared to $6.0 million, or 23.8% of net sales. The change in operating margin was primarily driven by the impact of lower volume, partially offset by improved price and mix.
Corporate and Other
Corporate and other expense was $6.1 million, compared to $6.4 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter was $41.3 million, compared to $27.8 million in last year’s second quarter. Fiscal year to date, net cash provided by operating activities was $62.6 million, compared to a use of cash from operations of $2.6 million in the prior-year period. The improved cash flow was primarily driven by lower working capital compared to the prior year. Capital expenditures through the first half of the fiscal year were $15.0 million, compared to $9.3 million last year, as the Company increased investments in projects to support its strategy.
During the quarter, the Company executed share repurchases for $6.6 million and made dividend payments of $5.2 million. Fiscal year to date, the Company has returned $22.3 million of cash to shareholders through share repurchases and dividend payments.
Quarter-end total long-term debt was $145.7 million, compared to $169.8 million at the end of fiscal 2023. The net leverage ratio3 as of the end of the second quarter was 0.7x compared to 0.9x at the end of fiscal 2023.
The Company most recently provided an outlook for full-year GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $4.15 to $4.45. The Company is now providing an updated outlook for full-year adjusted diluted EPS in the range of $4.35 to $4.654. As a reminder, fiscal 2024 is a 53-week year, with an extra week in the fourth quarter. Including the extra week of operations, the Company continues to expect flat to slightly declining net sales compared to fiscal 2023. The Company continues to expect a long-term average tax rate of approximately 24.5% and capital expenditures in fiscal 2024 between $50 to $60 million.
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About Apogee Enterprises
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOG) is a leading provider of architectural products and services for enclosing buildings, and high-performance glass and acrylic products used for preservation, energy conservation, and enhanced viewing. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, our portfolio of industry-leading products and services includes high-performance architectural glass, windows, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems, integrated project management and installation services, as well as value-added glass and acrylic for custom picture framing and displays. For more information, visit www.apog.com.
Jeff Huebschen – Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications – email@example.com – (952) 487-7538
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