Chase Corporation Announces Fiscal
Fourth Quarter 2022 Results
Revenue Increased by 12.7% to $88 Million in Q4 FY22 compared to Q4 FY21
Gross Margin improved from first half of fiscal 2022 ending the year at 37.8%
Declares Dividend of $1.00 Per Share
Westwood, MA – November 10, 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 fourth fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2022. The Company also announced a cash dividend of $1.00 per share to shareholders of record on November 30, 2022, payable on December 9, 2022.
Fiscal Fourth Quarter Financial and Recent Operational Highlights
– Total Revenue grew 12.7% to $88 million, as implemented sales price increases gained against inflationary cost pressures, compared to Q4 FY21
– Gross Margin of 38.6%, compared to 38.8% in Q4 FY21 — Inventory investments, cost controls and sales price adjustments were utilized to counteract margin compression, with realization of benefits achieved in the current quarter, which had been lagging in the first half of the fiscal year
– Net Income was $10.3 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to $10.6 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, for Q4 FY21
– EBITDA was $17.5 million, compared to $18.4 million in Q4 FY21 and Adjusted EBITDA was $22.2 million, compared to $20 million in Q4 FY21
– Free Cash Flow was $13.7 million, compared to Free Cash Flow of $17.5 million in Q4 FY21 — reduction primarily due to continued strategic inventory build (an increase of $4.9 million in Q4 FY22) to meet customer demand and address increased backlog
– Effective Income Tax Rate of 25.4%, compared to 2% in Q4 FY21
Adam P. Chase, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chase Corporation, said, “Our performance during this fiscal year was rooted in our commitment to driving long-term growth and optimization, and meeting our customers’ sustained demand, while also maintaining our financial discipline within the broader macroeconomic environment, particularly related to supply chain disruptions and raw material costs. Our team worked tirelessly to complete our previously announced consolidation initiatives to streamline businesses, minimize our corporate footprint, and reduce fixed costs. Additionally, the integration of our NuCera Solutions acquisition is going well, and the business is performing as expected. As we begin fiscal year 2023, these combined efforts put us in a position of strength to capture additional market share and to leverage our scale to improve our margins.”
Mr. Chase continued, “Our Adhesives, Sealants and Additives and Industrial Tapes segments drove a year- over-year increase in revenue during the fourth quarter. Our results were driven by our strategic pricing actions to mitigate raw material cost headwinds, contributions from our accretive acquisition of Emerging
Technologies (“ETi”) within the Adhesives, Sealants and Additives business, and heightened price and volume-driven growth within our Industrial Tapes segment. Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing revenue moderately decreased year-over-year during the fourth quarter as a result of softening demand in the Middle East and Asian markets impacting the coating and lining systems and pipeline coatings product lines.”
Mr. Chase added, “Despite challenging operating conditions, increased input costs, and a less favorable sales mix over the year, we improved our gross margin from the first half of fiscal 2022 of 36.8%, to end the year at 37.8%. Our progressive margin growth attests to our diligence in operating with financial discipline and mitigating global macro-headwinds. We continue to work with our customers as a trusted business partner in an effort to proactively address global raw material inflationary pressures, supply chain constraints, and the competitive labor market. In addition to diligently monitoring raw material and commodity pricing markets, strategic price increases will continue to serve as a primary mitigation effort against rising input costs. As we move into fiscal 2023, we remain dedicated to strengthening our margins, meeting consumer demand and driving value for our shareholders through further progressing our strategic growth initiatives. I would like to thank our dedicated team for their work throughout the past year, as their consistent efforts have been vital in ensuring Chase’s continued success.”
Michael J. Bourque, Chase Corporation’s Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer stated, “We are pleased with and encouraged by the sustained demand of our dedicated customers throughout this year’s challenging macro- environment. Our balance sheet remains strong with a $315.5 million cash balance, including funding of $180 million in revolver debt used for our previously announced NuCera Solutions acquisition. Chase remains well positioned to pay back its debt through both accretive inorganic and sustained organic growth. Further, continuing our commitment to a balanced approach of capital allocation to shareholders, the announced dividend is $1.00 per share which is in-line with the prior year, will be paid in December 2022.”
Revenue in the Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment increased $4.8 million, or 15% in the fourth quarter ended August 31, 2022. The revenue increase for the quarter was primarily due to sales price increases to counteract margin compression for our North American-focused functional additives product line, which includes year-to-date inorganic growth attributable to the ETi superabsorbent polymers business and revenue increase for the quarter for our electronic and industrial coatings product line.
The Industrial Tapes segment’s revenue increased $5.7 million, or 17% in the fourth quarter ended August 31, 2022. The segment’s wire and cable, specialty products, and pulling and detection product lines were up due to sales price and volume-driven sales increases in the fourth fiscal quarter. Revenue growth in the quarter was slightly tapered by a quarter-to-quarter reduction in sales volume from the electronic materials product line due decreased demand in the Asian-end market.
Revenue from the Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment decreased by $.6 million, or 5% in the fourth quarter ended August 31, 2022. The segment’s decrease in fourth quarter revenue was primarily due to sales price increases to counteract margin compression within the building envelope and bridge and highway product lines offset by decreased demand in both our pipeline coatings and our coatings and lining systems product lines. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to COVID-19 overhang delays in products sold into Middle East 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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