Exhibit 99.1

For Immediate Release    

For Further Information
Refer to: John J. Haines
260-824-2900

FRANKLIN ELECTRIC REPORTS RECORD THIRD
QUARTER 2018 SALES AND EARNINGS

Fort Wayne, IN - October 26, 2018 - Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ: FELE) reported third quarter 2018 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63, versus a GAAP fully diluted EPS in the third quarter 2017 of $0.52. Third quarter 2018 sales were $341.9 million, compared to 2017 third quarter sales of $311.1 million. Third quarter 2018 organic sales increased about 8 percent when excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. Third quarter EPS before the impact of restructuring expenses was $0.64 compared to 2017 third quarter EPS before restructuring of $0.53 (see table below for a reconciliation of GAAP EPS to EPS before restructuring).

Gregg Sengstack, Franklin Electric’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Our third quarter earnings were a record for any third quarter in the Company’s history. Our earnings per share grew by over 20 percent from the third quarter 2017.  Our consolidated organic sales growth before the impact of foreign exchange was about 8 percent, led by 49 percent organic growth in our Pioneer branded dewatering equipment products and 22 percent organic growth in our Fueling Systems business.

Our results were negatively impacted by a significant and unexpected strengthening of the U.S. dollar in the quarter against many developing world currencies lowered our overall net sales by $11.2 million, or 4 percent and lowered our operating income by an estimated $1.6 million or about 5 percent versus the third quarter of last year. In addition, we had below the operating income line transactional foreign exchange losses of $1.6 million in the quarter as the sudden declines in the Turkish Lira, South African Rand, and Brazilian Real versus the U.S. dollar exposed us to short term liability valuation adjustments, primarily in August.  The combined impact of foreign exchange reduced our earnings per share by about $0.05.”

 





















Key Performance Indicators:

Earnings Before and After Restructuring
 
For the Third Quarter
(in millions)
 
2018
2017
Change
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income attributable to FE Co., Inc. Reported
 
$
30.0

$
24.5

22
%
Allocated Earnings
 
$
(0.2
)
$
(0.2
)
 
Earnings for EPS Calculations
 
$
29.8

$
24.3

23
%
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring (before tax):
 
$
0.3

$
1.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring, net of tax:
 
$
0.2

$
0.6

 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings Before Restructuring
 
$
30.0

$
24.9

20
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings Per Share
 
For the Third Quarter
Before and After Restructuring
 
2018
2017
Change
(in millions except Earnings Per Share)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding
 
47.2

47.0

%
 
 
 
 
 
Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) Reported
 
$
0.63

$
0.52

21
%
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring Per Share, net of tax
 
$
0.01

$
0.01

 
 
 
 
 
 
Fully Diluted EPS Before Restructuring
 
$
0.64

$
0.53

21
%







 
Net Sales
(in millions)
United States & Canada
Latin America
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Asia Pacific
Total Water
Fueling
Distribution
Other/Elims
Consolidated
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q3 2017
$
97.1

$
32.6

$
46.9

$
19.4

$
196.0

$
64.1

$
68.1

$
(17.1
)
$
311.1

Q3 2018
$
105.8

$
31.2

$
44.0

$
17.3

$
198.3

$
78.8

$
78.0

$
(13.2
)
$
341.9

Change
$
8.7

$
(1.4
)
$
(2.9
)
$
(2.1
)
$
2.3

$
14.7

$
9.9

$
3.9

$
30.8

% Change
9
 %
(4
)%
(6
)%
(11
)%
1
 %
23
 %
15
%
 
10
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation
$
(0.6
)
$
(4.2
)
$
(5.2
)
$
(0.6
)
$
(10.6
)
$
(0.6
)
$

 
 
% Change
(1
)%
(13
)%
(11
)%
(3
)%
(5
)%
(1
)%
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Acquisitions
 
$
3.9

 
 
$
3.9

$
1.3

$
8.2

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Volume/Price
$
9.3

$
(1.1
)
$
2.3

$
(1.5
)
$
9.0

$
14.0

$
1.7

 
 
% Change
10
 %
(3
)%
5
 %
(8
)%
5
 %
22
 %
2
%
 
 



Operating Income and Margins
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
For the Third Quarter 2018
 
Water
Fueling
Distribution
Other/Elims
Consolidated
Operating Income/(Loss)
$
28.4

$
20.9

$
3.1

$
(12.3
)
$
40.1

% Operating Income To Net Sales
14.3
%
26.5
%
4.0
%
 
11.7
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring
$

$

$
0.3

$

$
0.3

Operating Income/(Loss) Before Restructuring
$
28.4

$
20.9

$
3.4

$
(12.3
)
$
40.4

% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring
14.3
%
26.5
%
4.4
%
 
11.8
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the Third Quarter 2017
 
Water
Fueling
Distribution
Other/Elims
Consolidated
Operating Income/(Loss)
$
28.3

$
17.1

$
2.0

$
(15.4
)
$
32.0

% Operating Income To Net Sales
14.4
%
26.7
%
2.9
%
 
10.3
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restructuring
$
1.0

$

$

$

$
1.0

Operating Income/(Loss) Before Restructuring
$
29.3

$
17.1

$
2.0

$
(15.4
)
$
33.0

% Operating Income to Net Sales Before Restructuring
14.9
%
26.7
%
2.9
%
 
10.6
%













Water Systems

Water Systems sales were $198.3 million in the third quarter 2018, versus the third quarter 2017 sales of $196.0 million. Water Systems organic sales increased about 5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2017. Water Systems sales decreased about 5 percent in the quarter due to foreign currency translation. In the third quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the third quarter of 2017 were $3.9 million.

Water Systems sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by about 9 percent compared to the third quarter 2017. Foreign currency translation decreased sales by about 1 percent. Sales of Pioneer branded dewatering equipment increased by over 70 percent in the third quarter when compared to the prior year due to continued strength in North American oil and gas markets and diversification of product sales channels and geographies. Sales of other surface pumping equipment increased by about 6 percent on stronger HVAC and wastewater products, versus the third quarter 2017. Sales of groundwater pumping equipment decreased by about 5 percent on lower residential and agricultural system sales, versus the third quarter 2017.

Water Systems sales in markets outside the U.S. and Canada were flat organically. Overall, sales declined about 6 percent with foreign currency translation decreasing sales by about 10 percent and revenue from acquired units increasing sales by about 4 percent. International Water Systems local currency sales improved in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, but were offset by lower sales in Asia Pacific and Brazil when compared to the third quarter 2017. Combined, sales in Asia Pacific and Brazil declined by about 9 percent organically. In Asia Pacific, the Company’s sales decline was nearly all related to lower sales activity in Thailand where sales continued to be adversely impacted by reductions in government funding for water related projects. In Brazil, the Company’s sales decreased due to a continued slowdown of the economic environment.

Water Systems operating income was $28.4 million in the third quarter 2018, flat compared to $28.3 million in the third quarter 2017. Operating income growth in the U.S. and Canada was offset by declines in international regions, in part due to weakening foreign currencies versus the U.S. dollar.

Fueling Systems

Fueling Systems sales were $78.8 million in the third quarter 2018, a new record for any quarter. The third quarter 2017 sales were $64.1 million. Fueling Systems organic sales were up about 22 percent compared to the third quarter of 2017. In the third quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the third quarter of 2017 were $1.3 million.

Fueling Systems sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by about 9 percent compared to the third quarter 2017. The increase was principally in the fuel management and piping and containment systems product lines. Outside the U.S. and Canada, Fueling Systems revenues grew by about 47 percent, led by stronger sales in China, India and Latin America.

Third quarter Fueling Systems operating income was $20.9 million and was a new record for any quarter in the segment’s history. The third quarter 2017 Fueling Systems operating income was $17.1. The increase in operating income was primarily related to higher sales.







Distribution

Distribution sales were $78.0 million in the third quarter 2018, versus third quarter 2017 sales of $68.1 million. In the third quarter of 2018, sales from businesses acquired since the third quarter of 2017 were $8.2 million. The Distribution segment organic sales increased about 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2017.

The Distribution segment operating income was $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Overall

The Company’s consolidated gross profit was $113.0 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase from the third quarter of 2017 gross profit of $103.8 million. The gross profit increase was primarily due to higher sales. The gross profit as a percent of net sales was 33.0 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 33.4 percent in the third quarter of 2017.

Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $72.5 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $70.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year. The increase in SG&A expenses from acquired businesses was $2.9 million. Excluding the acquired entities, the Company’s SG&A expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were $69.6 million, a decrease of about 2 percent from the third quarter 2017, due primarily to the effect of foreign currency translations in the third quarter of 2018 versus the prior year.

The Company ended the third quarter of 2018 with a cash balance of $41.2 million, which was $26.0 million lower than at the end of 2017. Cash has decreased primarily due to acquisitions as well as working capital requirements partially offset by an increase in cash from earnings.

Commenting on the outlook for the remainder of 2018, Mr. Sengstack said:

“As we look to the end of 2018, there are two primary issues that we believe will result in our full year 2018 earnings per share to be below our current guidance of $2.27 to $2.37 before restructuring expenses:

1)
we will not recover the impact of the foreign exchange headwinds we experienced in the third quarter which we believe negatively impacted EPS by five cents, and;
2)
continued uncertainty in some international Water Systems end markets will likely continue.

As a result, we are revising our 2018 full year EPS to now be between $2.22 and $2.26.”

A conference call to review earnings and other developments in the business will commence at 9:00 am EDT. The third quarter 2018 earnings call will be available via a live webcast. The webcast will be available in a listen only mode by going to:

https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/2puhk3z3

If you intend to ask questions during the call, please dial in using 877.643.7158 for domestic calls and 914.495.8565 for international calls. The conference ID is: 1096938.






A replay of the conference call will be available Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00 noon EDT through noon EDT on Friday, November 2, 2018, by dialing 855.859.2056 for domestic calls and 404.537.3406 for international calls. The replay passcode is: 1096938.

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications.


















FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Quarter Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30, 2018
 
September 30, 2017
 
September 30, 2018
 
September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
$
341,866

 
$
311,113

 
$
981,466

 
$
836,714

Cost of sales
228,900

 
207,271

 
653,442

 
554,303

Gross profit
112,966

 
103,842

 
328,024

 
282,411

Selling, general, and administrative expenses
72,483

 
70,850

 
223,723

 
196,077

Restructuring expense
346

 
1,009

 
990

 
1,575

Operating income
40,137

 
31,983

 
103,311

 
84,759

Interest expense
(2,443
)
 
(2,297
)
 
(7,477
)
 
(8,055
)
Other income/(expense), net
(422
)
 
438

 
(581
)
 
6,616

Foreign exchange income/(expense)
(1,601
)
 
193

 
(3,151
)
 
296

Income before income taxes
35,671

 
30,317

 
92,102

 
83,616

Income tax expense
5,739

 
5,769

 
10,916

 
12,890

Net income
$
29,932

 
$
24,548

 
$
81,186

 
$
70,726

Less: Net (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
74

 
(78
)
 
491

 
(617
)
Net income attributable to Franklin Electric Co., Inc.
$
30,006

 
$
24,470

 
$
81,677

 
$
70,109

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.64

 
$
0.52

 
$
1.74

 
$
1.50

Diluted
$
0.63

 
$
0.52

 
$
1.72

 
$
1.48

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


























FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and equivalents
$
41,173

 
$
67,233

Receivables
193,429

 
171,007

Inventories
323,215

 
312,325

Other current assets
31,948

 
38,566

Total current assets
589,765

 
589,131

 
 
 
 
Property, plant, and equipment, net
206,157

 
215,694

Goodwill and other assets
396,229

 
380,528

Total assets
$
1,192,151

 
$
1,185,353

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
75,348

 
$
79,348

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
67,567

 
66,100

Current maturities of long-term debt and short-term borrowings
122,846

 
100,453

Total current liabilities
265,761

 
245,901

 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
94,229

 
125,596

Income taxes payable non-current
10,365

 
17,391

Deferred income taxes
29,601

 
30,913

Employee benefit plans
36,361

 
42,178

Other long-term liabilities
18,873

 
19,251

 
 
 
 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest
616

 
1,502

 
 
 
 
Total equity
736,345

 
702,621

Total liabilities and equity
$
1,192,151

 
$
1,185,353

 
 
 
 






FRANKLIN ELECTRIC CO., INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
 
(In thousands)
September 30, 2018
 
September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
81,186

 
$
70,726

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
28,987

 
28,418

Share-based compensation
6,627

 
6,043

Gain on equity investment

 
(5,165
)
Other
(1,234
)
 
(2,444
)
Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Receivables
(30,853
)
 
8,449

Inventory
(15,571
)
 
(35,758
)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
(6,094
)
 
(17,942
)
Income taxes-U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
(7,026
)
 

Other
4,396

 
(11,963
)
Net cash flows from operating activities
60,418

 
40,364

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
Additions to property, plant, and equipment
(15,108
)
 
(22,517
)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment
432

 
207

Acquisitions and investments
(42,085
)
 
(51,783
)
Other investing activities
388

 
149

Net cash flows from investing activities
(56,373
)
 
(73,944
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
Change in debt
(8,203
)
 
5,594

Proceeds from issuance of common stock
8,747

 
3,770

Purchases of common stock
(12,080
)
 
(3,263
)
Dividends paid
(16,960
)
 
(15,245
)
Purchase of redeemable non-controlling shares

 
(5,047
)
Net cash flows from financing activities
(28,496
)
 
(14,191
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
(1,609
)
 
3,569

Net change in cash and equivalents
(26,060
)
 
(44,202
)
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period
67,233

 
104,331

Cash and equivalents at end of period
$
41,173

 
$
60,129

 
 
 
 







“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein, including those relating to market conditions or the Company’s financial results, costs, expenses or expense reductions, profit margins, inventory levels, foreign currency translation rates, liquidity expectations, business goals and sales growth, involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to general economic and currency conditions, various conditions specific to the Company’s business and industry, weather conditions, new housing starts, market demand, competitive factors, changes in distribution channels, supply constraints, effect of price increases,  raw material costs, technology factors, integration of acquisitions, litigation, government and regulatory actions, the Company’s accounting policies, future trends, and other risks which are detailed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, included in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, Exhibit 99.1 attached thereto and in Item 1A of Part II of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on information currently available, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.



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