LSI Industries Reports Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend Featured Image

LSI Industries Reports Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: LYTS, “LSI” or the “Company”) a leading U.S. based manufacturer of display solutions and indoor/outdoor lighting, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2022.

FISCAL 2022 FOURTH QUARTER

Net Sales +31% y/y to a single quarter record $127.5 million
Net Income of $5.2 million; Adjusted Net Income of $6.0 million
Diluted EPS of $0.18; Adjusted EPS of $0.21 versus $0.12 last year
EBITDA of $9.7 million; Adjusted EBITDA $10.6 million or 8.3%/sales
Free Cash Flow +200% y/y to $8.0 million
FISCAL 2022 FULL YEAR

Net Sales +44% y/y to $455.1 million
Net Income of $15.0 million; Adjusted Net Income of $18.0 million
Diluted EPS of $0.54; Adjusted EPS of $0.64 versus $0.36 prior year
EBITDA of $31.3 million; Adjusted EBITDA of $35.1 million, +66% y/y
LSI delivered record fiscal 2022 fourth quarter results as continued strengthening demand in its core display solutions and lighting markets, targeted price actions, domestic manufacturing footprint, and robust order fulfillment capabilities contributed to year-over-year growth in revenue, margin realization and profitability.

The Company reported net sales of $127.5 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 31% versus the prior year period. Reported net income was $5.2 million, or $0.18 per diluted share in the fourth quarter, versus net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Fourth quarter 2021 results included $2.9 million or $0.08 per share of JSI acquisition related expenses.

The Company reported EBITDA of $9.7 million in the fourth quarter, and adjusted EBITDA increased 56% to $10.6 million. Free cash flow, defined by operating cash flow less capital expenditures, increased to $8.0 million in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to $2.7 million in the prior-year period. During the first half of fiscal 2022, the Company implemented several large inventory investments designed to mitigate supply chain disruptions, while continuing to meet customer delivery requirements and ensure product availability. Following the completion of these inventory investments, free cash generation improved during the second half of fiscal 2022, with positive cash generation in the third quarter followed by stronger cash generation in the fourth quarter.

For the twelve months ended June 30, 2022, LSI reported sales of $455.1 million, an increase of 44% versus the full year fiscal 2021. Net income was $15.0 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, versus net income of $5.9 million or $0.21 per share in the prior year. The Company reported adjusted net income of $18.0 million, or $0.64 per diluted share in fiscal 2022, versus $9.8 million, or $0.36 per share in fiscal 2021. LSI generated adjusted EBITDA of $35.1 million in fiscal 2022, versus $21.1 million in the prior year. A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial results is included in this press release.

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had $76.0 million in net long-term debt, decreasing the ratio of net debt to trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA to 2.2x. At the end of the fourth quarter, LSI had $20.0 million available under its credit facility due fiscal 2026.

The Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on September 6, 2022, to shareholders of record on August 29, 2022.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“During fiscal 2022, we continued to advance our vertical market strategy within higher-margin, targeted display solutions and lighting markets, culminating in record fourth quarter revenue, and substantially improved profitability,” stated James A. Clark, President, and CEO of LSI. “Sales growth, price realization, disciplined inventory management and customer order delivery capabilities positioned us to achieve significant earnings improvement on both a sequential and year-over-year basis, successfully navigating what remains a challenging operating environment.

“Our vertical market strategy has strengthened our market focus while improving our quality of earnings,” continued Clark. “In the fourth quarter, adjusted operating and EBITDA margins increased by 160 and 130 basis points respectively, with broad-based margin expansion realized across both our Display Solutions and Lighting segments, despite rampant commodity price inflation and persistent supply chain-related disruptions.

“Within our Lighting segment, fourth quarter sales increased 29% on a year-over-year basis, and 19% sequentially from the fiscal third quarter, capitalizing on secular industry growth and leveraging our supply chain and U.S. based manufacturing. Sales increased in both project and distributor stock business, each generating 20+% growth versus last year. Full year fiscal 2022 sales increased 24%, driven by broad-based growth across multiple market verticals, product lines and sales channels. The fourth quarter Lighting segment adjusted gross margin rate was 31.1%, or 200 basis points above the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Incremental sales volume in target verticals, inventory availability and higher average selling prices served to offset ongoing cost pressures.

“We purposely built lighting inventory levels in the first half of fiscal 2022 to support rising market demand and mitigate escalating supply chain challenges,” stated Clark. “As the supply chain situation continued to improve, we worked to reduce inventories which improved cash conversion in the fourth quarter. Product availability has been a key advantage for LSI throughout the last year, and we expect availability and our customer service to continue to be a differentiator in fiscal 2023. Lighting project quotation and order levels remain favorable in the fourth quarter, and we enter the first quarter of fiscal 2023 with a strong backlog.

“Fiscal fourth quarter sales for the Display Solutions segment increased 35%, reflecting continued growth in key vertical markets, highlighted by grocery and quick-serve restaurants (QSR).

“LSI completed the acquisition of JSI one year ago, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. The business combination created a leading integrated provider of display and lighting solutions to the North American grocery, convenience, and specialty store channels, one uniquely positioned to capitalize on a multi-year period of growth and investment in these markets. We are extremely pleased with the performance of JSI in our first full year since the acquisition, with results exceeding our initial expectations. The business achieved stand-alone growth in sales and profitability, launched new products, and, together with LSI, has aggressively pursued cross-selling opportunities across our combined organizations, the benefits of which are expected to support continued, profitable, growth in fiscal 2023,” continued Clark.

“During fiscal 2022, we continued to successfully service our large, multi-year QSR digital menu board program, and were awarded additional business because of our excellent performance on the program,” continued Clark. “While the refueling/c-store vertical continues to be impacted by site scheduling delays, we have been successful in winning new customers, including a re-branding opportunity with a global oil company expanding in Puerto Rico. LSI has been appointed to provide a turnkey solution, supplying both product and installation services. This is another example of our relationship with a long-standing customer engaging us to partner in a new business opportunity. We anticipate this geographic expansion will result in more than $10 million of new business in the first half of fiscal 2023.

“I want to recognize all the LSI and JSI team members for their stellar efforts throughout fiscal 2022,” concluded Clark. “Our employees successfully managed multiple challenges, demonstrated strong collaboration and ability to adapt, while delivering exceptional service and value to our customers. During fiscal 2022, we continued to strengthen our business, achieving balanced performance across both reportable segments. Looking ahead, our solid backlog, combined with the benefits of recent investments in sales, marketing, and new products, all serve to position LSI for sustained growth entering fiscal 2023 and beyond,” concluded Clark.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be held today at 11:00 A.M. ET to review the Company’s financial results and conduct a question-and-answer session.

A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of LSI Industries’ website at www.lsicorp.com\/lsi/lsi. Individuals can also participate by teleconference dial-in. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

Details of the conference call are as follows:

Call Dial-In: 877-407-4018
Conference ID: 13721147

Call Replay: 844-512-2921
Replay Passcode: 13721147

A replay of the conference call will be available between August 19, 2022 and September 2, 2022. To listen to a replay of the teleconference via webcast, please visit the Investor Relations section of LSI Industries’ website at www.lsicorp.com\/lsi/lsi

ABOUT LSI INDUSTRIES

Headquartered in Greater Cincinnati, LSI is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the symbol LYTS. The company manufactures non-residential lighting and retail display solutions. Non-residential lighting consists of high-performance, American-made lighting solutions. The Company’s strength in outdoor lighting applications creates opportunities for it to introduce additional solutions to its valued customers. Retail display solutions consist of graphics solutions, digital signage and technically advanced food display equipment for strategic vertical markets. LSI’s team of internal specialists also provide comprehensive project management services in support of large-scale product rollouts. The company employs about 1,400 people at 11 manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Additional information about LSI is available at www.lsicorp.com\/lsi/lsi.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

For details on the uncertainties that may cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements, visit https://investors.lsicorp.com\/lsi/lsi as well as our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q which contain risk factors.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2022 Results

Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2022, were $127.5 million, up 32% from the three months ended June 30, 2021, reported net sales of $97 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $67.8 million increased 29% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $60 million increased 35% from last year’s third quarter net sales. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $5.2 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to $0.2 million or $0.01 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2022 Results

Net sales for the twelve months ended June 30, 2022, were $455.1 million, up 44% from the twelve months ended June 30, 2021, reported net sales of $315.6 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $233.4 million increased 24% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $221.7 million increased 75% from last year’s net sales. Net income for the twelve months ended June 30, 2022, was $15 million, or $0.54 per share, compared to $5.9 million or $0.21 per share for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet on June 30, 2022, included current assets of $160 million, current liabilities of $74.6 million and working capital of $84.3 million, which includes cash of $2.5 million. The current ratio was 2.1 to 1. The balance sheet also included shareholders’ equity of $147.8 million and long-term debt of $76 million. It is the Company’s priority to continuously generate sufficient cash flow, coupled with our credit facility, to adequately fund operations.

Cash Dividend Actions

The Board of Directors declared a regular cash dividend of $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, payable September 7, 2022, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 30, 2022. The indicated annual cash dividend rate is $0.20 per share. The Board of Directors has adopted a policy regarding dividends which provides that dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in its discretion based upon its evaluation of earnings both on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, cash flow requirements, financial condition, debt levels, stock repurchases, future business developments and opportunities, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes adjustments to GAAP operating income, net income and earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2022, and 2021. Operating income, net income, and earnings per share, which exclude the impact of stock compensation expense, acquisition costs, severance costs and restructuring costs, are non-GAAP financial measures. We exclude these items because we believe they are not representative of the ongoing results of operations of the business. Also included in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures, including Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA), Free Cash Flow and Organic Net Sales. We believe that these are useful as supplemental measures in assessing the operating performance of our business. These measures are used by our management, including our chief operating decision maker, to evaluate business results, and are frequently referenced by those who follow the Company. These non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, the non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations, in that they do not reflect all amounts associated with our results as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Therefore, these measures should be used only to evaluate our results in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures. Below is a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to net income and earnings per share reported for the periods indicated along with the calculation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Organic Net Sales.