Chase Corporation Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2022 Results
Revenue Increased by 8% to $74.0 Million
Continues to Address Global Inflationary Pressures on Input Costs
Rationalization of Real Estate Continues — Corporate Headquarters Move Substantially Complete
Westwood, MA – April 7, 2022 – 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, announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended February 28, 2022.
Fiscal Second Quarter Financial and Recent Operational Highlights
– Total Revenue grew 8% to $74.0 million, compared to Q2 FY21
– Gross Margin of 37%, compared to 40% in Q2 FY21 — continued implementation of customer price adjustments to counteract margin compression, with benefits lagging in the first half of the fiscal year
– Net Income was $9.1 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $9.2 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, for Q2 FY21
– EBITDA was $16.4 million, compared to $17.0 million in Q2 FY21 and Adjusted EBITDA was $16.8 million, compared to $18.0 million in Q2 FY21
– Free Cash Flow was $1.6 million, compared to Free Cash Flow of $11.9 million in Q2 FY21 — reduction primarily due to continued strategic inventory build (approximately $12 million year-to-date) to meet customer demand and address increased backlog
– Ended the second fiscal quarter of 2022 with a cash balance of $116.0 million, and a fully available $200 million revolving credit facility, after having largest ever dividend payout in second quarter of $9.5 million
– Effective Income Tax Rate of 26.2%, compared to 28.7% in the year-ago quarter
– Company substantially completed its move to a new corporate headquarters located within Westwood, MA — anticipated future cost savings through footprint consolidation and capitalizing on the hybrid work model utilized by many of Chase’s corporate and administrative employees
– Progress also made on the consolidation of operations in both its O’Hara, PA and Hickory, NC facilities
“This was another strong quarter for Chase Corporation as we drove higher revenue and continued to meet customer demand despite the broader macroeconomic logistics and raw material supply constraints. To ensure we sustain fulfilling customer demand across our broad product offerings, we continued to temporarily dedicate further capital to increase our inventory on-hand, resulting in marginally lower net free cash flow levels in the quarter. By doing this, we can best guarantee the availability of all necessary input materials. Additionally, despite the historically unfavorable seasonal impact on the higher margin Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment, and the aforementioned constrained operating environment, the Company maintained its overall 37% gross margin through customer price adjustments and the implementation of continued operational and cost-efficiency management, during the first half of the fiscal year,” said Adam P. Chase, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Corporation.
Mr. Chase continued, “The Industrial Tapes segment led revenue expansion in the quarter, driven by increased demand within North America for our cable materials, pulling and detection, and specialty products. Despite the global chip shortages negatively impacting automotive related demand during the second quarter and first half of the year, Chase’s Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment experienced an increase in revenue compared to the year ago period due to higher demand for functional additives products as well as the integration of our Emerging Technologies, Inc. (“ETi”) acquisition. Our Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment also surpassed the prior year’s quarter, with increased demand levels in our coating and lining systems and building envelope product lines.”
“As part of Chase’s ongoing consolidation and optimization initiative, we substantially completed the relocation of our corporate headquarters to its new location in Westwood, MA. We decreased our office footprint and gained future fixed cost savings by capitalizing on the hybrid work model utilized by many of Chase’s corporate and administrative employees. Additionally, our previously separate Massachusetts-based research and development operations are now operating jointly in the Westwood location.”
“Global raw material inflationary pressures, labor shortages and supply chain constraints will continue to be an operational hurdle impacting margins in 2022. We are diligently working to mitigate the impact of these inflationary pressures and continue implementing needed price adjustments across our product lines and expect to see the full benefit from these actions in the coming months. Our team remains committed in managing these challenges, including strengthening relationships within our supply chain and our customer base, remaining appropriately staffed and ensuring the highest standard of safety for our employees, while driving further shareholder value.”
Michael J. Bourque, Chase Corporation’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer remarked, “We are pleased to see sustained demand and sales growth across product offerings in the quarter, testifying to the reliability and stickiness of Chase’s products. Our balance sheet remains strong and we are presently debt free with a fully available $200.0 million credit facility and an overall cash balance of $116.0 million. We are well prepared to support our global operations and investments as well as embark on additional organic and inorganic growth opportunities with the additional flexibility of our credit facility.”
Revenue in the Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment increased $0.2 million or 1% in the second fiscal quarter ended February 28, 2022. The revenue increase for the quarter was primarily due to increased demand for our North American-focused functional additives product line, which benefited in the quarter from inorganic growth attributable to the ETi superabsorbent polymers business. The electronic and industrial coatings line negatively impacted sales for the segment in the quarter largely due to macroeconomic logistics and raw material supply constraints impacting worldwide sales in automotive verticals.
The Industrial Tapes segment’s revenue increased $5.0 million or 18% in the second fiscal quarter. The segment’s cable materials, pulling and detection, and specialty products product lines sales into North American markets drove revenue expansion in the second fiscal quarter. Revenue growth in the quarter was slightly tapered by a quarter-to-quarter reduction in sales volume from the electronic materials products line, due to decreased demand in the Asian end-market.
Revenue from the Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment increased $0.3 million or 4% in the three months ended February 28, 2022. The segment’s increase in revenue was primarily due to increased sales within the coating and lining systems and building envelope product lines. Negatively impacting the segment’s sales were decreases in revenue from our highly seasonal bridge and highway product line and our pipeline coatings product line — which was further impacted by COVID-19 overhang delays in products sold into the Middle Eastern and Asian markets outpacing North American sales gains in oil and gas pipeline repair and construction markets.
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, 2022 and 2021.