Chase Corporation Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Results
Revenue of $68.4 Million, Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.97
Acquires Emerging Technologies, Inc. (ETi), Expands Superabsorbents Offerings
Strength in International Markets Continues
Westwood, MA – April 8, 2021 – Chase Corporation (NYSE American: CCF), a global specialty chemicals company that is a leading manufacturer of protective materials for high-reliability applications across diverse market sectors, today announced financial results for the quarter ended February 28, 2021, the second quarter of its fiscal year 2021.
Fiscal Second Quarter Key Highlights
-Total Revenue of $68.4 million, up 4% compared to $65.6 million in the prior year.
-Gross Margin of 40%, compared to 38% in the prior year.
-Net Income of $9.2 million, up 16% compared to $7.9 million in the prior year.
-Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million, up 20% compared to $15.0 million in the prior year.
-Free Cash Flow of $11.9 million, up 30% compared to $9.2 million in the prior year.
-Ended fiscal second quarter of 2021 with a cash balance of $86.2 million.
-Acquired Emerging Technologies, Inc. for $10.0 million on February 5, 2021 using cash on hand.
“The positive trends reflected in our second quarter results demonstrated a net rebound in demand for our products and the success that can be achieved through the continued execution of our key strategic growth drivers,” said Adam P. Chase, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Corporation. “We were encouraged by the returning demand levels from Asian and European customers which drove our Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment’s performance. However, the Industrial Tapes and the Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segments have not recovered as quickly due to disruptions from both the coronavirus pandemic and heightened exposure to headwinds in the oil and gas markets. The extreme weather event in Texas created an additional challenge for our Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment in the final month of the quarter, typically its lowest due to seasonality. Our Industrial Tapes segment, however, improved its relative gross margin on a favorable sales mix and operating efficiencies realized over the prior year.”
Mr. Chase continued, “Our ongoing cost structure improvements, including our efforts to consolidate facilities, progressed further as we announced the closing of our Newark, CA sealant systems production facility and planned relocation to Hickory, NC. The facility consolidation is in line with Chase’s ongoing effort to streamline its existing processes and achieve greater operational efficiency.”
Mr. Chase added, “Our team has made significant strides in expanding our organic and inorganic growth initiatives within the challenging environment of the last twelve months. Commitment to specification work for electric vehicle applications, leveraging our long-term success in providing reliable product solutions, contributed to our favorable results. Our recent acquisition of the superabsorbent polymers solution provider Emerging Technologies, Inc. (ETi), coupled with the prior addition of ABchimie to our portfolio, broadens our specialty chemical offerings as well as expands our market reach within the Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment. These two acquisitions provide us with high-performance, environmentally friendly technologies which will complement our existing product offerings. I want to thank our global employees, as the success of our business is directly attributable to their hard work and resolve to meet the needs of our customers.”
Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Highlights
-Total Revenue grew 4% to $68.4 million, compared to Q2 FY20.
-Gross Margin of 40%, compared to 38% in Q2 FY20, due in part to sales mix and operational efficiencies, including site consolidation.
-Selling, General and Administrative expenses decreased 2% to $12.3 million from the year-ago period.
-Effective Income Tax Rate of 28.7%, compared to 27.1% in the year-ago period.
-Net Income for the fiscal second quarter of 2021 was $9.2 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared to a Net Income of $7.9 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, for the fiscal second quarter of 2020.
-Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal second quarter of 2021 was $18.0 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $15.0 million in the prior-year quarter. The reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA is included at the end of this news release.
-Free Cash Flow in the fiscal second quarter of 2021 was $11.9 million, compared to Free Cash Flow of $9.2 million in the prior-year quarter.
“Our business continues to capture both organic and inorganic growth opportunities, execute on strategic top line expansion and generate strong cash flow. We are pleased to see our combined investment in ABchimie and ETi is already accretive to our Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment, and we are confident these businesses will further enhance our ability to achieve our forward-looking initiatives in a cost-efficient manner,” said Michael J. Bourque, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Chase Corporation. “We remain debt-free, with an overall cash balance of $86.2 million, and our $150 million credit facility is available to invest in growth. We intend to renew this facility prior to its December 2021 maturity date to further support core growth initiatives and capital projects.”
Revenue in the Company’s Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment increased $7.1 million or 29% in the second fiscal quarter, with $5.4 million from organic revenue growth. The revenue improvement was largely attributed to electronic and industrial coatings product line sales to Asian and European customers and contributions from ABchimie. The Company’s functional additives product line sales, which have a North American concentration, also experienced volume growth with the operations of ETi added to the product line following its February 5, 2021 acquisition.
Revenue in the Industrial Tapes segment declined $1.7 million or 6% in the second fiscal quarter. The decrease in revenue was a result of declining cable materials and specialty products product line sales. Comparatively low global oil and gas prices have reduced activity in energy markets where our cable material products are utilized. Both the pulling and detection product line and the electronic materials product line realized growth for the quarter which helped offset declining sales from other products in the segment. The segment also achieved relative gross margin improvement for both the quarter and year-to-date period, with a favorable product mix and operational efficiencies gained over the prior year.
Revenue from the Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment declined $2.6 million or 23% compared to the year-ago period. The pipeline coatings, coating and lining systems, and bridge and highway product lines sales were unfavorable in the second quarter due to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 challenges, including those in the oil and gas industry. The segment was further impacted in the quarter by the winter weather event in the region surrounding our Houston, TX location, with shipments deferred to later periods. Despite this, the building envelope product line achieved volume growth, which partially offset the segment’s net decline.
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About Chase Corporation
Chase Corporation, a global specialty chemicals company that was founded in 1946, is a leading manufacturer of protective materials for high-reliability applications throughout the world. More information can be found on our website https://chasecorp.com/
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has used non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow are useful performance measures as they are used by its executive management team to measure operating performance, to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business, to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies and to communicate with its board of directors and investors concerning its financial performance. The Company believes Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow are commonly used by financial analysts and others in the industries in which the Company operates, and thus provide useful information to investors. However, Chase’s calculation of Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures published by others. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. This press release provides reconciliations from the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP to each non-GAAP financial measure.
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The following table summarizes the Company’s unaudited financial results for the three and six months ended February 28, 2021 and February 29, 2020.