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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michael C. Gazmarian
Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
Insteel Industries, Inc.
(336) 786-2141, Ext. 3020
INSTEEL INDUSTRIES REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER
AND FISCAL 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS
MOUNT AIRY, N.C., October 18, 2018 – Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS:IIIN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 29, 2018.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
Net earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 increased to $9.4 million, or $0.49 per share, from $3.8 million, or $0.20 per share, in the same period a year ago. Insteel’s fourth-quarter results for fiscal 2018 benefited from higher spreads between selling prices and raw material costs and a lower effective tax rate relative to the prior year quarter.
Net sales increased 25.3% to $121.4 million from $96.9 million in the prior year quarter driven by a 27.3% increase in average selling prices partially offset by a 1.6% decrease in shipments. The reduction in shipments was due to a combination of factors, including competitive pricing pressures, operational issues at certain locations, raw material availability and customer inventory rebalancing. On a sequential basis, average selling prices increased 11.3% from the third quarter of fiscal 2018 while shipments decreased 13.9%. Gross margin increased 390 basis points to 16.1% from 12.2% in the prior year quarter due to the higher spreads. Excluding a $0.4 million adjustment to reduce the estimated deferred tax gain that was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, Insteel’s effective tax rate decreased to 19.3% from 34.9% in the prior year quarter reflecting the reduction in the corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Operating activities provided $4.1 million of cash in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 while using $1.2 million of cash in the prior year quarter primarily due to the increase in earnings. Net working capital used $9.8 million of cash compared to $8.4 million in the prior year quarter.
Fiscal 2018 Results
Net earnings for fiscal 2018 increased to $36.3 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, from $22.5 million, or $1.17 per diluted share in the prior year. Insteel’s results for fiscal 2018 benefited from a $3.3 million, or $0.17 per share gain on the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities related to the impact of the new tax law.
Net sales increased 16.5% to $453.2 million from $388.9 million in the prior year driven by an 11.5% increase in average selling prices and a 4.6% increase in shipments. Gross margin increased 20 basis points to 15.6% from 15.4% due to higher spreads, and, to a lesser extent, the increase in shipments and lower unit manufacturing costs on higher production volume. Excluding the deferred tax gain, Insteel’s effective tax rate decreased to 22.7% from 34.0% in the prior year.
Cash flow from operations in fiscal 2018 increased to $54.0 million from $20.8 million in the prior year primarily due to the relative changes in net working capital and the increase in earnings. Net working capital provided $4.7 million of cash in fiscal 2018 while using $15.5 million in the prior year.
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The following information was filed by Insteel Industries Inc (IIIN) on Thursday, October 18, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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