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LSI Industries Reports Fiscal 2024 Second Quarter Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

LSI Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: LYTS, “LSI” or the “Company”) a leading U.S. based manufacturer of commercial lighting and display solutions, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2024 second quarter ended December 31, 2023.

FISCAL 2024 SECOND QUARTER

  • Net Sales of $109.0 million
  • Net Income of $5.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share
  • Adjusted Net Income of $6.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share
  • EBITDA of $10.2 million; Adjusted EBITDA $11.1 million or 10.1%/sales
  • Gross Margin rate increased 240 bps y/y
  • Free Cash Flow of $7.3 million, or approximately $44 million on a TTM basis
  • Ratio of net debt to TTM Adjusted EBITDA of 0.4x
  • Total Orders increased 10% y/y with growth in both reporting segments

During the fiscal 2024 second quarter, LSI increased market share across multiple, high-value vertical markets, consistent with the ongoing focus on quality of earnings, while effectively managing a temporary pause in project demand within its grocery vertical related to the pending merger of two large industry participants.

LSI reported net income of $5.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, on sales of $109.0 million in the second quarter. Adjusted gross profit margin increased 240 basis points to 29.0% over the prior-year period, driven by a higher-value sales mix, focused price discipline, and strong cost control. The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $11.1 million for the quarter, delivering an Adjusted EBITDA margin rate of 10.1%, equal to the prior year quarter.

The Company generated free cash flow of $7.3 million in the second quarter, or nearly $44.0 million on a trailing twelve-month basis. Given continued strength in cash generation, LSI reduced its ratio of net debt to trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA to 0.4x from 1.3x in the prior-year period. At the end of the second quarter, LSI had cash and availability on its credit facility totaling $103 million.

The Company declared a regular cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on February 13, 2024, to shareholders of record on February 5, 2024.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

James A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “LSI delivered solid second quarter results, a performance that reflects the durability of our vertical market strategy, together with a proven ability to drive sustained margin expansion and profitability through the cycle. We continued to execute at a high-level while effectively navigating the transitory disruption in grocery market project activity, due to the pending merger of two large industry participants. LSI remains well-positioned to capitalize on an expected acceleration in project activity as market conditions normalize.

“During the last twelve months, we’ve generated nearly $44 million in free cash flow, including more than $7 million in the second quarter, positioning us to support further reduction in net debt, strategic investments in organic growth, and a robust return of capital program,“ continued Clark. “Since acquiring JSI in calendar year 2021, we’ve reduced our net leverage ratio from 3.2x to 0.4x, consistent with a focus on capital discipline and balance sheet flexibility.

“As outlined within our Fast Forward growth strategy, our teams remain highly focused on increasing the volume of LSI content and related solutions per customer through targeted cross-selling initiatives. In the second quarter, our cross-selling initiative positioned LSI to secure refrigerated display case project wins with two national refueling/c-store chains that currently use our lighting solutions. Each program represents multi-million-dollar sales on an annual basis. In both the QSR and Grocery verticals we have secured customer projects to provide indoor and outdoor lighting, in addition to existing display case and print graphics activity. Moving forward, we have a significant volume of additional cross-selling proposals currently under review, as customers continue to recognize the value of our comprehensive offering of products and services.

“We remain highly encouraged by the strong multi-year demand outlook within our key verticals, particularly the c-store and grocery verticals. Recently, the nation’s largest c-store chain committed to growing its sale of fresh food and proprietary beverages from 24% of its revenue to more than 34% of revenue over the next three years, while the second largest c-store chain has announced plans to increase fresh food revenue by a compounded annual growth rate of 10% over the next five years. In recent years, LSI has developed industry-leading products and solutions specifically designed to address the unique lighting, graphics and refrigeration solutions required for a larger, more upscale c-store environment, positioning us to successfully capitalize on upcoming customer investments in their premium, hot and cold fresh food offerings.

“While the pending FTC approval of the proposed merger of the second and third-largest grocery chains in the United States has led to a temporary slowing of project activity within our grocery vertical, we’ve used this time to position our business to support an expected return to normal demand levels, the majority of which we expect will occur regardless of the FTC ruling. For example, we recently completed the relocation to our new, larger display case manufacturing facility, which provides the additional production capacity to support an expected ongoing increase in demand levels. In addition, we received final regulatory approval on our new refrigerated display case line which utilizes the environmentally friendly R-290 technology. We shipped our first unit last week, and several customers have indicated their intent to fully convert to the R-290 range of products beginning this calendar year. We expect overall grocery demand to begin increasing in the fiscal third quarter and accelerate throughout the fiscal fourth quarter and into fiscal 2025.

“Within our Lighting segment, orders for the quarter were 10% above prior year, and quotation volumes in key verticals remain healthy. On a consolidated basis, second quarter sales were $45.7 million or 3% below strong prior year levels, while operating income increased 28% in the period. Segment adjusted gross margin rate improved 440 basis points to 35.0%, our highest rate in over a decade. The improved gross margin rate was driven by multiple factors, including stable pricing, higher-value sales mix, and ongoing cost and operational improvements.

“In the quarter, LSI was selected as the lighting supplier to a high-end luxury automotive brand. Our team worked closely with the automotive customer on developing proprietary lighting specifications to support the customer experience requirements of their dealership environments. This win is an example of our focus on higher-value vertical market applications where our products and solutions represent an essential part of our customers value proposition to their customers.

“Within our Display Solutions segment, second quarter performance was unfavorably impacted by the previously mentioned delay in grocery vertical spending. Other vertical markets continue to be active. For example, within our refueling vertical, LSI was recently awarded a large renovation program by a national oil company that includes 1325 sites across the United States. LSI will be the “turnkey provider” for this program, managing site planning, product fulfillment, and installation. This win follows the other major programs awarded in the first quarter, including the 7,500 site, 3.5-year program for another large global oil company, as well as international expansion programs in five Central American countries. In addition, QSR delivered a strong quarter, as sales increased significantly compared to the prior year, and pilot activity with several chains continues.

Clark concluded, “Our solid second quarter performance demonstrates the benefits of building strong market positions in multiple, high-value vertical markets, further strengthening relationships with customers and partners, combined with a disciplined approach to capital allocation. Given the positive underlying growth trends for our key verticals, together with our focus on strategic execution as outlined within our Fast Forward plan, our team is well-positioned to drive long-term value for our shareholders.”

FISCAL 2024 SECOND QUARTER 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. 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:

Domestic Live: 877-407-4018
International Live: 201-689-8471

To listen to a replay of the teleconference, which subsequently will be available through February 8, 2024:

Domestic Replay: 844-512-2921
International Replay: 412-317-6671
Conference ID: 13743769

ABOUT LSI INDUSTRIES

Headquartered in Cincinnati, LSI Industries (Nasdaq: LYTS) specializes in the creation of advanced lighting, graphics, and display solutions. The company’s American-made products, which include lighting, print graphics, digital graphics, refrigerated, and custom displays, are engineered to elevate brands in competitive markets. With a workforce of nearly 1,600 employees and 11 facilities throughout North America, LSI is dedicated to providing top-quality solutions to its customers. Additional information about LSI is available at www.lsicorp.com.

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 as well as our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q which contain risk factors.

Three Months Ended
December 31
Six Months Ended
December 31
(Unaudited)

2023

2022

% Change

(In thousands, except per share data)

2023

2022

% Change

$

109,005

$

128,804

-15

%

Net sales

$

232,446

$

255,873

-9

%

7,819

9,038

-13

%

Operating income as reported

18,847

19,059

-1

%

849

1,002

Long-Term Performance Based Compensation

2,174

1,553

486

Consulting expense: Commercial Growth Initiatives

19

789

35

33

Severance costs and Restructuring costs

388

46

$

8,703

$

10,559

-18

%

Operating income as adjusted

$

21,428

$

21,447

0

%

$

5,906

$

6,417

-8

%

Net income as reported

$

13,934

$

12,678

10

%

$

6,364

$

7,627

-17

%

Net income as adjusted

$

15,104

$

14,704

3

%

$

0.20

$

0.22

-11

%

Earnings per share (diluted) as reported

$

0.47

$

0.44

6

%

$

0.21

$

0.26

-19

%

Earnings per share (diluted) as adjusted

$

0.50

$

0.51

-1

%

(amounts in thousands)
December 31 June 30,

2023

2023

Working capital

$

75,839

$

73,314

Total assets

$

287,548

$

296,150

Long-term debt

$

17,950

$

31,629

Other long-term liabilities

$

11,110

$

10,380

Shareholders’ equity

$

192,934

$

177,578

Three Months Ended December 31, 2023, Results

Net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2023, were $109.0 million, down 15% from the three months ended December 31, 2022, net sales of $128.8 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $64.8 million decreased 3% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $44.2 million decreased 29% from last year’s second quarter net sales. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2023, was $5.9 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to $6.4 million or $0.22 per share for the three months ended December 31, 2022. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Six Months Ended December 31, 2023, Results

Net sales for the six months ended December 31, 2023, were $232.4 million, down 9% from the six months ended December 31, 2022, net sales of $255.9 million. Lighting Segment net sales of $132.4 million decreased 1% and Display Solutions Segment net sales of $100.0 million decreased 18% from last year’s net sales. Net income for the six months ended December 31, 2023, was $13.9 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to $12.7 million or $0.44 per share for the six months ended December 31, 2022. Earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share.

Balance Sheet

The balance sheet at December 31, 2023, included current assets of $141.4 million, current liabilities of $65.6 million and working capital of $75.8 million, which includes cash of $2.7 million. The current ratio was 2.2 to 1. The balance sheet also included shareholders’ equity of $192.9 million and long-term debt of $18.0 million. It is the Company’s priority to continuously generate sufficient cash flow, coupled with an approved credit facility, to adequately fund operations.

Cash Dividend Actions

The Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share in connection with the second quarter of fiscal 2024, payable February 13, 2024, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 5, 2024. 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 six months ended December 31, 2023, and 2022. Operating income, net income, and earnings per share, which exclude the impact of long-term performance based compensation expense, commercial growth initiative expense, and severance 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 before long-term performance based compensation expense, commercial growth initiative expense, and severance and restructuring expense (Adjusted EBITDA), and Free Cash Flow. 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 Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
December 31 December 31

2023

2022

(In thousands, except per share data)

2023

2022

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
EPS

Diluted
EPS
Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income

$

5,906

$

0.20

$

6,417

$

0.22

Net income as reported

$

13,934

$

0.47

$

12,678

$

0.44

625

0.02

785

0.03

Long-Term Performance Based Compensation

1,599

$

0.05

1,341

0.05

399

0.01

Consulting expense: Commercial Growth Initiatives

13

$

647

0.02

34

26

Severance costs and Restructuring costs

290

$

0.01

38

(201

)

(0.01

)

Tax rate difference between reported and adjusted
net income

(732

)

$

(0.03

)

$

6,364

$

0.21

$

7,627

$

0.26

Net income adjusted

$

15,104

$

0.50

$

14,704

$

0.51

Three Months Ended
December 31
(Unaudited; In thousands) Six Months Ended
December 31
Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

2023

2022

% Change

2023

2022

% Change

$

5,906

$

6,417

Net Income as reported

$

13,934

$

12,678

1,489

1,418

Income Tax

3,827

4,177

453

1,258

Interest Expense, net

1,019

2,046

(29

)

(55

)

Other expense (income)

67

158

$

7,819

$

9,038

-13

%

Operating Income as reported

$

18,847

$

19,059

-1

%

2,357

2,419

Depreciation and amortization

4,728

4,840

$

10,176

$

11,457

-11

%

EBITDA

$

23,575

$

23,899

-1

%

849

1,002

Long-Term Performance Based Compensation

2,174

1,553

486

Consulting expense: Commercial Growth Initiatives

19

789

35

33

Severance costs and Restructuring costs

388

46

$

11,060

$

12,978

-15

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

26,156

$

26,287

0

%

10.1

%

10.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Sales

11.3

%

10.3

%

Three Months Ended
December 31
(Unaudited; In thousands) Six Months Ended
December 31
Free Cash Flow

2023

2022

% Change

2023

2022

% Change

$

9,276

$

9,481

NM

Cash flow from operations

$

19,868

$

20,064

NM

(1,956

)

(561

)

Capital expenditures

(3,349

)

(994

)

$

7,320

$

8,920

NM

Free cash flow

$

16,519

$

19,070

NM

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio December 31
(amounts in thousands)

2023

2022

Current Maturity of Debt

$

3,571

$

3,571

Long-Term Debt

17,950

59,250

Total Debt

$

21,521

$

62,821

Less: Cash

(2,660

)

(2,765

)

Net Debt

$

18,861

$

60,056

Adjusted EBITDA – Trailing Twelve Months

$

51,489

$

45,387

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

0.4

1.3

Three Months Ended
December 31
Six Months Ended
December 31
(Unaudited)

2023

2022

(In thousands, except per share data)

2023

2022

$

109,005

$

128,804

Net sales

$

232,446

$

255,873

77,438

94,646

Cost of products sold

163,943

186,964

31

18

Severance costs and Restructuring costs

378

31

31,536

34,140

Gross profit

68,125

68,878

4

15

Severance costs and Restructuring costs

10

15

486

Consulting expense: Commercial Growth Initiatives

19

789

23,713

24,601

Selling and administrative costs

49,249

49,015

7,819

9,038

Operating Income

18,847

19,059

(29

)

(55

)

Other (income) expense

67

158

453

1,258

Interest expense, net

1,019

2,046

7,395

7,835

Income before taxes

17,761

16,855

1,489

1,418

Income tax

3,827

4,177

$

5,906

$

6,417

Net income

$

13,934

$

12,678

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding

29,024

28,078

Basic

28,890

27,874

30,043

29,204

Diluted

29,949

28,766

Earnings Per Share

$

0.20

$

0.23

Basic

$

0.48

$

0.45

$

0.20

$

0.22

Diluted

$

0.47

$

0.44

(amounts in thousands)
Decmber 31 June 30,

2023

2023

Current assets

$

141,393

$

149,876

Property, plant and equipment, net

26,232

25,431

Other assets

119,923

120,842

Total assets

$

287,548

$

296,149

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

3,571

$

3,571

Other current liabilities

61,983

72,991

Long-term debt

17,950

31,629

Other long-term liabilities

11,110

10,380

Shareholders’ equity

192,934

177,578

$

287,548

$

296,149

 

INVESTOR & MEDIA CONTACT
Noel Ryan, IRC
720.778.2415
LYTS@vallumadvisors.com

Source: LSI Industries Inc.