Exhibit 99.1

 

 

  CONTACT: Miller Industries, Inc.
    Debbie Whitmire, Chief Financial Officer
    (423) 238-4171
    Frank Madonia, General Counsel
    (423) 238-4171
    FTI Consulting, Inc.
    Investor Contact: Mark Barbalato
    (212) 850-5707

 

 

 

MILLER INDUSTRIES REPORTS 2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 9, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- Miller Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MLR) (the "Company") today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

 

For the first quarter of 2018, net sales were $159.2 million, an increase of 6.9%, compared to $148.9 million for the first quarter of 2017. Net income in the first quarter of 2018 was $6.7 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, an increase of 73.7%, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

 

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2018 was $18.4 million, or 11.6% of net sales, compared to $15.4 million, or 10.3% of net sales, for the first quarter of 2017. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $9.6 million, or 6.0% of net sales for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $9.0 million, or 6.1% of net sales, in the prior year period. The income tax provision was $2,663, for an effective tax rate of 28.5% in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the income tax provision of $2,148 and effective tax rate of 35.9% in the prior year period. This was reflective of the lower tax rates under recently enacted tax laws.

 

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share, payable June 18, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 11, 2018.

 

Jeffrey I. Badgley, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company stated, “We are very pleased with our performance this quarter, in what was a very encouraging start to 2018. We achieved significant profitability improvement this quarter with year-over-year gross profit and net income growth of 20% and 74%, respectively. The trends across our business remain favorable as we continue to deliver revenue and earnings growth, return shareholder value, and make progress on our strategic priorities.”

 

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“We remain encouraged by the strong demand for our products across our domestic and international markets during the first quarter. Our capital projects continue to enhance our manufacturing capacity in order to better meet customer needs. Although our capital projects are largely complete, we do not expect the full effects of the projects to be fully realized until sometime in the third quarter. Our increasing ability to meet customer demand as a result of these capital projects, while effectively enhancing productivity, bodes well for the trajectory of our business. However, we continue to face uncertainty as it relates to sourcing raw materials for our products. More specifically, we remain focused on the potential effects of steel and aluminum tariffs on our industry. We will continue to monitor the changing political environment around potential tariffs to determine the impact that these trade practices may have on our raw material costs in the future.”

 

Mr. Badgley concluded, “Our outlook for the remainder of 2018 remains positive, reflecting an historically strong backlog and continued growth in our domestic and international markets. As a result, we increased the balance on our credit facility by $5 million after the close of the first quarter, for a total of $15 million, to meet working capital needs while we continue our efforts to meet customer demand.”

 

In conjunction with this release, the Company will host a conference call, which will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Management will host the call, which is scheduled for tomorrow, May 10, 2018, at 10:00 AM ET. Listeners can access the conference call live and archived over the Internet through a link at:

 

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1034/25725

 

Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to visit the site, download, and install any necessary audio software. A replay of this call will be available approximately one hour after the live call ends through May 24, 2018. The replay number is 1-844-512-2921, Passcode 6112772.

 

Miller Industries is The World's Largest Manufacturer of Towing and Recovery Equipment®, and markets its towing and recovery equipment under a number of well-recognized brands, including Century®, Vulcan®, Chevron™, Holmes®, Challenger®, Champion®, Jige™, Boniface™, Titan® and Eagle®.

 

 

 

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Certain statements in this news release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “continue,” “future,” “potential,” “believe,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “estimate,” “predict,” “expect,” “anticipate” and similar expressions, or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements also include the assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Our actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to, among other things: the cyclical nature of our industry and changes in consumer confidence; economic and market conditions; our customers’ access to capital and credit to fund purchases; our dependence upon outside suppliers for our raw materials, including aluminum, steel, petroleum-related products and other purchased component parts; changes in price (including as a result of the imposition of tariffs) of aluminum, steel, petroleum-related products and other purchased component parts; delays in receiving supplies of such materials or parts; changes in fuel and other transportation costs, insurance costs and weather conditions; changes in government regulation; various political, economic and other uncertainties relating to our international operations, including restrictive taxation and foreign currency fluctuation; failure to comply with domestic and foreign anti-corruption laws; competitors could impede our ability to attract or retain customers; our ability to develop or acquire proprietary products and technology; assertions against us relating to intellectual property rights; problems hiring or retaining skilled labor; a disruption in our information technology systems or any violation of data protection laws; changes in the tax regimes and related government policies and regulations in the countries in which we operate; the effects of regulations relating to conflict minerals; the catastrophic loss of one of our manufacturing facilities; environmental and health and safety liabilities and requirements; loss of the services of our key executives; product warranty or product liability claims in excess of our insurance coverage; potential recalls of components or parts manufactured for us by suppliers or potential recalls of defective products; an inability to acquire insurance at commercially reasonable rates; and those other risks referenced herein, and those risks discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those risks discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which discussion is incorporated herein by this reference. Such factors are not exclusive. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by, or on behalf of, our Company.

 

 

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Miller Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited) 

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31  
                %  
    2018     2017     Change  
NET SALES   $ 159,160     $ 148,933       6.9 %
                         
COSTS OF OPERATIONS     140,733       133,538       5.4 %
                         
     GROSS PROFIT     18,427       15,395       19.7 %
                         
OPERATING EXPENSES:                        
     Selling, General and Administrative Expenses     9,589       9,044       6.0 %
                         
NON-OPERATING (INCOME) EXPENSES:                        
     Interest Expense, Net     420       378       11.1 %
                         
     Other (Income) Expense, Net     (915 )     (14 )     6435.7 %
                         
     Total Expenses, Net     9,094       9,408       -3.3 %
                         
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     9,333       5,987       55.9 %
                         
INCOME TAX PROVISION     2,663       2,148       24.0 %
                         
NET INCOME   $ 6,670     $ 3,839       73.7 %
                         
                         
  BASIC INCOME PER COMMON SHARE   $ 0.59     $ 0.34       73.5 %
                         
  DILUTED INCOME PER COMMON SHARE   $ 0.59     $ 0.34       73.5 %
                         
  CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE   $ 0.18     $ 0.18       0.0 %
                         
                         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:                        
   BASIC     11,384       11,350       0.3 %
   DILUTED     11,393       11,380       0.1 %

 

 

 

 

 

Miller Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2018   2017 
ASSETS          
CURRENT ASSETS:          
   Cash and temporary investments  $15,056   $21,895 
   Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,098 and $1,038 at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   136,684    132,699 
   Inventories, net   77,653    68,567 
   Prepaid expenses   6,425    4,272 
      Total current assets   235,818    227,433 
PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT, net   79,829    77,628 
GOODWILL   11,619    11,619 
OTHER ASSETS   539    558 
   $327,805   $317,238 
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
CURRENT LIABILITIES:          
   Accounts payable  $82,695   $79,304 
   Accrued liabilities   23,060    22,001 
   Long-term obligations due within one year   409    394 
      Total current liabilities   106,164    101,699 
LONG TERM OBLIGATIONS   10,718    10,212 
NONCURRENT TAXES PAYABLE   1,149    1,102 
DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES   1,086    1,125 
    119,117    114,138 
           
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:          
   Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding   ----    ---- 
   Common stock, $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 11,384,296 and 11,378,482, outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   114    114 
   Additional paid-in capital   150,849    150,699 
   Accumulated surplus   60,201    55,580 
   Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,476)   (3,293)
      Total shareholders' equity   208,688    203,100 
   $327,805   $317,238 

 

 

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