Libbey Inc. Announces First-Quarter 2019 Results

04/30/2019

Growth in USC and operational improvements led to a 90 basis point improvement in gross profit margin; Company maintains full-year outlook

TOLEDO, Ohio , April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Libbey Inc. (NYSE American: LBY) , one of the world's largest glass tableware manufacturers, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 .

First-quarter 2019 Financial & Operating Highlights

  • Net sales were $175.0 million , compared to $181.9 million in the prior-year period, a 3.8 percent decrease (or a decrease of 2.1 percent, excluding a $3.2 million currency impact).

  • Gross profit was $34.0 million , or 19.4 percent of net sales compared to $33.7 million or 18.5 percent of net sales in the first quarter of the prior year.

  • Net loss was $4.5 million , compared to a net loss of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Adjusted EBITDA (see Table 1) was $9.7 million , compared to $11.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

  • E-commerce sales were approximately 13 percent of total U.S. & Canada retail sales, an increase of approximately 39 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

"During the first quarter the company drove improved gross margin dollars and percentage, as we achieved price increases in the majority of our markets and channels. This performance was offset by lower volumes in the U.S. foodservice channel driven by the Federal Government shutdown and unusually severe weather throughout the country, which slowed traffic and demand. Lower sales in our non- U.S. regions and planned investments primarily related to strategic investments drew earnings below prior year, but in-line with our expectations," said Chief Executive Officer Mike Bauer .

Mike Bauer continued, "In my first full month at Libbey, I've been busy meeting with employees and customers. While I still have plenty of ground to cover, I've been impressed with the drive and engagement of our talented team and with the customers who rely on our services and solutions. Libbey has a rich and storied history in the tabletop business supported by strong product innovation and an unwavering commitment to customer service, which is as important as ever in today's world. The investments we've made in customer service, e-commerce, new products and ERP are paying dividends and position us well to further leverage and expand our leading market position. Going forward, we will become an even stronger partner for our customers as we continue to build new and innovative products and programs to meet the needs of their businesses and end users. We will remain disciplined and committed to driving efficiencies throughout the organization, while we improve our focus on cash generation in 2019 and beyond."

Three months ended March 31 ,

(dollars in thousands)


Net Sales


Increase/(Decrease)


Currency
Effects


Constant
Currency
Sales
Growth
(Decline)


2019


2018


$ Change


% Change



U.S. & Canada


$

109,906



$

107,941



$

1,965



1.8

%


$

(31)



1.8

%

Latin America


30,401



34,333



(3,932)



(11.5)

%


(499)



(10.0)

%

EMEA


28,042



32,248



(4,206)



(13.0)

%


(2,254)



(6.1)

%

Other


6,617



7,391



(774)



(10.5)

%


(377)



(5.4)

%

Consolidated


$

174,966



$

181,913



$

(6,947)



(3.8)

%


$

(3,161)



(2.1)

%

  • Net sales in the U.S. & Canada segment increased 1.8 percent, primarily driven by favorable price and product mix sold, partially offset by unfavorable channel mix and lower volume.

  • In Latin America , net sales decreased 11.5 percent (a decrease of 10.0 percent excluding currency fluctuation) as a result of lower volume and unfavorable currency. In addition, the segment experienced unfavorable product mix within the retail and business-to-business channels.

  • Net sales in the EMEA segment decreased 13.0 percent (a decrease of 6.1 percent excluding currency fluctuation), driven primarily by lower volume and an unfavorable currency impact, partially offset by favorable price and product mix across all three channels.

  • Net sales in Other decreased 10.5 percent primarily as a result of unfavorable currency and lower volume.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • The Company had available capacity of $46.4 million under its ABL credit facility at March 31, 2019 , with $45.0 million in loans outstanding and cash on hand of $15.0 million .

  • At March 31, 2019 , Trade Working Capital (see Table 3), defined as inventories and accounts receivable less accounts payable, was $216.4 million , a $0.5 million increase from $215.9 million at March 31, 2018 . The increase was a result of higher inventories, partially offset by lower accounts receivable and higher accounts payable.

Jim Burmeister , senior vice president, chief financial officer, commented, "Our results underscore Libbey's commitment to disciplined capital investment decisions, with particular focus on maximizing cash-flow generation and upholding the competitive strength of our balance sheet. This enables the Company to continue to invest in important growth investments in key areas including e-commerce and new product innovation while also committing capital to critical productivity enhancements such as the ERP project we initiated in 2018. Efficiencies generated by the implementation of this program will allow us to significantly improve our long-term operating performance, driving margin performance through revenue and cost improvements."

Webcast Information

Libbey will hold a conference call for investors on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 , at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time . The conference call will be webcast live on the Internet and is accessible from the Investor Relations section of www.libbey.com . To listen to the call, please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software.

About Libbey Inc.

Based in Toledo, Ohio , Libbey Inc. is one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. Libbey Inc. operates manufacturing plants in the U.S. , Mexico , China , Portugal and the Netherlands . In existence since 1818, the Company supplies tabletop products to retail, foodservice and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries. Libbey's global brand portfolio, in addition to its namesake brand, includes Libbey Signature ® , Master's Reserve ® , Crisa ® , Royal Leerdam ® , World ® Tableware, Syracuse ® China , and Crisal Glass ® . In 2018, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $797.9 million . Additional information is available at www.libbey.com .

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the condensed financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ( U.S. GAAP), we use non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Free Cash Flow, Trade Working Capital , Adjusted Selling, General & Administrative Expense (Adjusted SG&A), Adjusted SG&A Margin and our Debt Net of Cash to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio. Reconciliations to the nearest U.S. GAAP measures of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the tables below.

Our non-GAAP measures, as defined below, are used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to compare our performance with the performance of other companies that report similar non-GAAP measures. Libbey believes these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain expenses and benefits that may not be indicative of core business operating results. We believe the non-GAAP measures, when viewed in conjunction with U.S. GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations, enhance the comparability of results against prior periods and allow for additional transparency of financial results and business outlook. In addition, we use non-GAAP data internally to assess performance and facilitate management's internal comparison of our financial performance to that of prior periods, as well as trend analysis for budgeting and planning purposes. The presentation of our non-GAAP measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Furthermore, our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and may have limitations as an analytical tool. We define our non-GAAP measures as follows:

  • We define Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin as U.S. GAAP net income (loss) plus interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and special items, when applicable, that Libbey believes are not reflective of our core operating performance.

  • We define Trade Working Capital as net accounts receivable plus net inventories less accounts payable.

  • We define Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted SG&A Margin as U.S. GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses less special items that Libbey believes are not reflective of our core operating performance.

  • We define our Debt Net of Cash to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio as gross debt before unamortized discount and finance fees, less cash and cash equivalents, divided by last twelve months Adjusted EBITDA (defined above).

Constant Currency

We translate revenue and expense accounts in our non- U.S. operations at current average exchange rates during the year. References to "constant currency," "excluding currency impact" and "adjusted for currency" are considered non-GAAP measures. Constant currency references regarding net sales reflect a simple mathematical translation of local currency results using the comparable prior period's currency conversion rate. Constant currency references regarding Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin comprise a simple mathematical translation of local currency results using the comparable prior period's currency conversion rate plus the transactional impact of changes in exchange rates from revenues, expenses and assets and liabilities that are denominated in a currency other than the functional currency. We believe this non-GAAP constant currency information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our core operating results, better identifies operating trends that may otherwise be masked or distorted by exchange rate changes and provides a higher degree of transparency of information used by management in its evaluation of our ongoing operations. These non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the reported results prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Our currency market risks include currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar, Canadian dollar, Mexican peso, euro and RMB.

Caution on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements reflect only the Company's best assessment at this time and are indicated by words or phrases such as "goal," "expects," " believes," "will," "estimates," "anticipates," or similar phrases. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty and that actual results may differ materially from these statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on such statements. These forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Company's business. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company's report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 27, 2019 . Important factors potentially affecting performance include but are not limited to risks related to increased competition from foreign suppliers endeavoring to sell glass tableware, ceramic dinnerware and metalware in our core markets; global economic conditions and the related impact on consumer spending levels; major slowdowns or changes in trends in the retail, travel, restaurant and bar or entertainment industries, and in the retail and foodservice channels of distribution generally, that impact demand for our products; inability to meet the demand for new products; material restructuring charges related to involuntary employee terminations, facility sales or closures, or other various restructuring activities; significant increases in per-unit costs for natural gas, electricity, freight, corrugated packaging, and other purchased materials; our ability to borrow under our ABL credit agreement; high levels of indebtedness; high interest rates that increase the Company's borrowing costs or volatility in the financial markets that could constrain liquidity and credit availability; protracted work stoppages related to collective bargaining agreements; increased pension expense associated with lower returns on pension investments and increased pension obligations; increased tax expense resulting from changes to tax laws, regulations and evolving interpretations thereof; devaluations and other major currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar and the euro that could reduce the cost competitiveness of the Company's products compared to foreign competition; the effect of exchange rate changes to the value of the euro, the Mexican peso, the RMB and the Canadian dollar and the earnings and cash flows of our international operations, expressed under U.S. GAAP; the effect of high levels of inflation in countries in which we operate or sell our products; the inability to achieve savings and profit improvements at targeted levels in the Company's operations or within the intended time periods; the failure of our investments in e-commerce, new technology and other capital expenditures to yield expected returns; failure to prevent unauthorized access, security breaches and cyber attacks to our information technology systems; compliance with, or the failure to comply with, legal requirements relating to health, safety and environmental protection; our failure to protect our intellectual property; and the inability to effectively integrate future business we acquire or joint ventures into which we enter. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date of this press release.

Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)



Three months ended March 31 ,


2019


2018





Net sales

$

174,966



$

181,913


Freight billed to customers

683



757


Total revenues

175,649



182,670


Cost of sales

141,691



149,000


Gross profit

33,958



33,670


Selling, general and administrative expenses

32,580



31,523


Income from operations

1,378



2,147


Other income (expense)

(1,584)



(2,107)


Earnings (loss) before interest and income taxes

(206)



40


Interest expense

5,632



5,084


Loss before income taxes

(5,838)



(5,044)


Benefit from income taxes

(1,296)



(2,083)


Net loss

$

(4,542)



$

(2,961)






Net loss per share:




Basic

$

(0.20)



$

(0.13)


Diluted

$

(0.20)



$

(0.13)


Dividends declared per share

$



$

0.1175






Weighted average shares:




Basic

22,263



22,087


Diluted

22,263



22,087


Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)



March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


(unaudited)



ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,965



$

25,066


Accounts receivable — net

81,917



83,977


Inventories — net

209,868



192,103


Prepaid and other current assets

19,484



16,522


Total current assets

326,234



317,668


Purchased intangible assets — net

13,070



13,385


Goodwill

84,412



84,412


Deferred income taxes

27,729



26,090


Other assets

10,293



7,660


Operating lease right-of-use assets

65,621




Property, plant and equipment — net

258,968



264,960


Total assets

$

786,327



$

714,175






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:




Accounts payable

$

75,366



$

74,836


Salaries and wages

21,937



27,924


Accrued liabilities

39,137



43,728


Accrued income taxes

3,068



3,639


Pension liability (current portion)

3,333



3,282


Non-pension post-retirement benefits (current portion)

3,955



3,951


Operating lease liabilities (current portion)

12,499




Long-term debt due within one year

4,400



4,400


Total current liabilities

163,695



161,760


Long-term debt

417,625



393,300


Pension liability

44,238



45,206


Non-pension post-retirement benefits

42,001



43,015


Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

53,672




Deferred income taxes

2,713



2,755


Other long-term liabilities

18,722



18,246


Total liabilities

742,666



664,282






Common stock and capital in excess of par value

336,352



335,739


Retained deficit

(175,983)



(171,441)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(116,708)



(114,405)


Total shareholders' equity

43,661



49,893


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

786,327



$

714,175


Libbey Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)



Three months ended March 31 ,


2019


2018





Operating activities:




Net loss

$

(4,542)



$

(2,961)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

9,931



11,879


Change in accounts receivable

1,784



4,962


Change in inventories

(18,075)



(14,311)


Change in accounts payable

2,644



(4,458)


Accrued interest and amortization of discounts and finance fees

285



357


Pension & non-pension post-retirement benefits, net

(977)



1,975


Accrued liabilities & prepaid expenses

(12,054)



(7,464)


Income taxes

(3,516)



(2,769)


Share-based compensation expense

942



290


Other operating activities

(327)



(644)


Net cash used in operating activities

(23,905)



(13,144)






Investing activities:




Additions to property, plant and equipment

(10,361)



(11,271)


Net cash used in investing activities

(10,361)



(11,271)






Financing activities:




Borrowings on ABL credit facility

42,300



42,177


Repayments on ABL credit facility

(16,800)



(12,000)


Other repayments



(1,383)


Repayments on Term Loan B

(1,100)



(1,100)


Taxes paid on distribution of equity awards

(317)



(203)


Dividends



(2,595)


Net cash provided by financing activities

24,083



24,896






Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash

82



569


Increase (decrease) in cash

(10,101)



1,050






Cash & cash equivalents at beginning of period

25,066



24,696


Cash & cash equivalents at end of period

$

14,965



$

25,746


In accordance with the SEC's Regulation G, the following tables provide non-GAAP measures used in this earnings release and a reconciliation to the most closely related U.S. GAAP measure. See the above text for additional information on our non-GAAP measures. Although Libbey believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented enhance investors' understanding of Libbey's business and performance, these non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to U.S. GAAP.

Table 1





Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted
EBITDA)

(dollars in thousands)





(unaudited)







Three months ended March 31 ,



2019


2018

Reported net loss ( U.S. GAAP)


$

(4,542)



$

(2,961)


Add:





Interest expense


5,632



5,084


Benefit from income taxes


(1,296)



(2,083)


Depreciation and amortization


9,931



11,879


Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)


$

9,725



$

11,919







Net sales


$

174,966



$

181,913


Net loss margin ( U.S. GAAP)


(2.6)

%


(1.6)

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)


5.6

%


6.6

%





















Table 2





Reconciliation of Net Cash Used in Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow

(dollars in thousands)





(unaudited)







Three months ended March 31 ,



2019


2018

Net cash used in operating activities ( U.S. GAAP)


$

(23,905)



$

(13,144)


Net cash used in investing activities ( U.S. GAAP)


(10,361)



(11,271)


Free Cash Flow (non-GAAP)


$

(34,266)



$

(24,415)







Table 3







Reconciliation to Trade Working Capital



(dollars in thousands)







(unaudited)









March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018


March 31, 2018








Accounts receivable — net


$

81,917



$

83,977



$

85,593


Inventories — net


209,868



192,103



203,644


Less: Accounts payable


75,366



74,836



73,305


Trade Working Capital (non-GAAP)


$

216,419



$

201,244



$

215,932


Table 4





Summary Business Segment Information





(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)


Three months ended March 31 ,

Net Sales :


2019


2018





U.S. & Canada (1)


$

109,906



$

107,941


Latin America (2)


30,401



34,333


EMEA (3)


28,042



32,248


Other (4)


6,617



7,391


Consolidated


$

174,966



$

181,913







Segment Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (Segment EBIT) (5) :







U.S. & Canada (1)


$

9,797



$

4,724


Latin America (2)


649



2,150


EMEA (3)


(50)



1,005


Other (4)


(1,152)



(1,129)


Segment EBIT


$

9,244



$

6,750







Reconciliation of Segment EBIT to Net Loss:





Segment EBIT


$

9,244



$

6,750


Retained corporate costs (6)


(9,450)



(6,710)


Interest expense


(5,632)



(5,084)


Benefit from income taxes


1,296



2,083


Net loss


$

(4,542)



$

(2,961)







Depreciation & Amortization:





U.S. & Canada (1)


$

3,133



$

3,387


Latin America (2)


3,780



4,710


EMEA (3)


1,699



2,009


Other (4)


882



1,314


Corporate


437



459


Consolidated


$

9,931



$

11,879



(1)

U.S. & Canada—includes sales of manufactured and sourced tableware having an end-market destination in the U.S and Canada , excluding glass products for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), which remain in the Latin America segment.

(2)

Latin America—includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end-market destination in Latin America , as well as glass products for OEMs regardless of end-market destination.

(3)

EMEA—includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end-market destination in Europe , the Middle East and Africa .

(4)

Other—includes primarily sales of manufactured and sourced glass tableware having an end-market destination in Asia Pacific .

(5)

Segment EBIT represents earnings before interest and taxes and excludes amounts related to certain items we consider not representative of ongoing operations as well as certain retained corporate costs and other allocations that are not considered by management when evaluating performance. Segment EBIT also includes an allocation of manufacturing costs for inventory produced at a Libbey facility that is located in a region other than the end market in which the inventory is sold. This allocation can fluctuate from year to year based on the relative demands for products produced in regions other than the end markets in which they are sold.

(6)

Retained corporate costs include certain headquarter, administrative and facility costs, and other costs that are not allocable to the reporting segments.

Table 5






Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA and Debt Net of Cash to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

(dollars in thousands)






(unaudited)







Last twelve
months ended

March 31, 2019


Year ended

December 31, 2018


Last twelve
months ended

March 31, 2018




Reported net loss ( U.S. GAAP)

$

(9,537)



$

(7,956)



$

(89,759)


Add:






Interest expense

22,527



21,979



20,617


Provision for income taxes

11,040



10,253



16,933


Depreciation and amortization

42,385



44,333



46,268


Special items before interest and taxes

2,341



2,341



82,188


Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

68,756



$

70,950



$

76,247








Reported debt on balance sheet ( U.S. GAAP)

$

422,025



$

397,700



$

412,399


Plus: Unamortized discount and finance fees

2,120



2,368



3,055


Gross debt

424,145



400,068



415,454


Less: Cash and cash equivalents

14,965



25,066



25,746


Debt net of cash

$

409,180



$

375,002



$

389,708








Debt Net of Cash to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio (non-GAAP)

6.0x



5.3x



5.1 x


Table 6




2019 Outlook




Reconciliation of Net Income margin to Adjusted EBITDA Margin



(percent of estimated 2019 net sales)




(unaudited)







Outlook for the year ended
December 31, 2019

Net income margin ( U.S. GAAP) (1)



0.4% - 0.8%

Add:




Interest expense



2.8%

Provision for income taxes



0.3% - 1.4%

Depreciation and amortization



5.0%

Special items before interest and taxes (1)



—%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin (non-GAAP)



8.5% - 10.0%


(1)

Potential special charges related to the strategic review of our business in China are not reflected in the reconciliation.

Table 7




Adjusted SG&A Margin

(percent of net sales)




(unaudited)





Outlook for the

year ended
December 31, 2019 (1)


Year ended

December 31, 2018

SG&A margin ( U.S. GAAP)

~16.0 %


16.0%

Deduct special items in SG&A expenses:




Fees associated with strategic initiative

—%


(0.3)%

Adjusted SG&A Margin (non-GAAP)

~16.0 %


15.7%








(1)

Potential special charges related to the strategic review of our business in China are not reflected in the reconciliation.

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