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The Shyft Group Posts Strong First Quarter Results

Reports EPS of $0.32 and Adjusted EPS of $0.36 on Sales of $198 Million

Backlog Nearly Doubles from Year Ago to a Record $667 Million

NOVI, Mich., May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHYF) (the “Company”), the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and fleet vehicle industries (including last mile delivery, specialty service and vocation-specific upfit markets), as well as for the recreational vehicle markets, today reported operating results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2021. 

As previously announced, the Company divested its Emergency Response (ER) business effective February 1, 2020.   Accordingly, the financial results of ER have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented. Unless otherwise noted, financial results presented are based on continuing operations. 

First Quarter 2021 Highlights from Continuing Operations

For the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020: 

  • Sales of $197.9 million, an increase of $21.0 million, or 11.8%, from $176.9 million. 
  • Income from continuing operations of $11.5 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to $11.7 million, or $0.33 per share.  Prior year results include a $2.6 million, or $0.08 per share, income tax gain.  Excluding this tax gain, income from continuing operations increased 26.3%. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $19.2 million, or 9.7% of sales, an increase of $0.8 million, or 4.3%, from $18.4 million, or 10.4% of sales. 
  • Adjusted net income of $12.8 million, or $0.36 per share, an increase of $1.4 million, or 12.4%, from $11.4 million, or $0.32 per share. 
  • Consolidated backlog at March 31, 2021, totaled a record $666.5 million, up $321.8 million, or 93.4%, compared to $344.7 million at March 31, 2020, reflecting continued strong demand across all business units.
  • Repurchased 100,000 shares of The Shyft Group common stock for approximately $3.3 million in the aggregate, pursuant to the Company’s share repurchase authorization.   

“We are excited with the strong start to the year, as parcel delivery and luxury motor coach continues to exceed our expectations – fueled by innovative products designed to meet our customers’ needs – and ultimately resulted in our backlog increasing over 90%, to a record $667 million,” said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We continue to receive robust orders for Velocity, including our first 350 unit order for our exclusive Velocity M3 walk-in-van vehicle.  Operationally, our ongoing focus and investment in manufacturing capability continues to have an impact, as we set a new production record in Bristol and successfully launched the new Velocity plant in Michigan.” 

Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS)

FVS segment sales were $131.7 million, a decrease $4.0 million, or 3.0%, from $135.7 million due to decreased volume related to truck body and upfits.  

Adjusted EBITDA of $18.2 million, or 13.8% of sales, from $21.7 million, or 16.0% of sales, a year ago.  The decrease was primarily due to the investment relating to the Velocity pre-production costs and product mix offsetting productivity efficiencies. 

The segment backlog at March 31, 2021, totaled $589.6 million, up 38.0% sequentially, and up 95.1% compared to $302.2 million at March 31, 2020.  Driven by our investment in innovative products in support of our customers’ needs, the increase reflects strong demand across the segment’s entire product portfolio.  

Specialty Vehicles (SV)

SV segment sales were $66.2 million, an increase of $24.9 million, or 60.5%, from $41.3 million a year ago.  This was due to an increase in luxury motor coach chassis and service truck body sales.

Adjusted EBITDA of $7.0 million, or 10.6% of sales, an increase of $3.3 million, or 88.6%, from $3.7 million, or 9.0% of sales, a year ago.  The increase was primarily due higher sales volume.

The segment backlog at March 31, 2021, totaled $76.9 million, up 49.9% sequentially, and up 81.3% compared to $42.4 million at March 31, 2020.  This increase reflects strong demand for luxury motor coach chassis and our ability to drive commercial initiatives and product expansion in the service truck body market.

Reaffirms 2021 Outlook

“We are pleased with our first quarter results and the continued strength of our operations.  Cash flow generated from operations increased 92% over the same period a year ago,” said Jon Douyard, Chief Financial Officer.  “Our current liquidity position remains strong at $136.0 million, while our leverage ratio stands 0.6 times adjusted EBITDA.  While backlog is more robust today than we anticipated going into 2021, we continue to monitor the supply chain uncertainty and chassis availability due to the semi-conductor shortage.  Weighing the impact of these factors, we remain confident in maintaining our guidance for the year,” concluded Douyard.

Guidance for full-year 2021 from continuing operations remains as follows:

  • Revenue to be in the range of $850 to $900 million
  • Net income of $51 to $58 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $95 to $105 million
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 26%
  • Earnings per share of $1.42 – $1.62
  • Adjusted earnings per share of $1.65 – $1.85

“We continue to invest in our future by expanding manufacturing capacity and developing new products and technologies, including electric vehicles, to meet emerging customer demand across vocations.  The accelerating growth of our recent acquisitions demonstrates the benefits of our strategy from both a product mix and a distribution footprint, and we plan to continue to seek additional opportunities to enhance growth,” concluded Adams.

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Investor Information
The Shyft Group will host a conference call for analysts and portfolio managers at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss these results and current business trends.  The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast: www.theshyftgroup.com/webcasts or click on “Investor Relations” then “Webcasts”

Conference Call: 1-888-645-4404 (domestic) or 862-268-0702 (international); passcode: 155599

For more information about Shyft, please visit www.theshyftgroup.com

About The Shyft Group
The Shyft Group is the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. Our customers include first-to-last mile delivery companies across vocations, federal, state, and local government entities; the trades; and utility and infrastructure segments. The Shyft Group is organized into two core business units: Shyft Fleet Vehicles & Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles. Today, its go-to-market brands include Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, and Builtmore Contract Manufacturing, which are well known in their respective industries for quality, durability, first-to-market innovation, and industry-leading aftermarket parts, service, and support. The Company employs approximately 3,000 employees and contractors across campuses, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. The Company reported sales from continuing operations of $676 million in 2020. Learn more about The Shyft Group at www.TheShyftGroup.com.

This release contains several forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including our revenue and earnings guidance, all other information provided with respect to our outlook for 2021 and future periods, and other statements concerning our business, strategic position, financial projections, financial strength, future plans, objectives, and the performance of our products and operations.  These statements can be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “potential,” “future,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “outlook,” and similar expressions regarding future expectations.  Furthermore, any statements contained in this release relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of which remains inherently uncertain on our financial results, are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements involve various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, and likelihood.  Therefore, actual performance and results may materially differ from what may be expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include future developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including governmental responses, supply chain shortages, and potential labor issues; operational and other complications that may arise affecting the implementation of our plans and business objectives; continued pressures caused by economic conditions including weaknesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; challenges that may arise in connection with the integration of new businesses or assets we acquire or the disposition of assets; restructuring of our operations, and/or our expansion into new geographic markets; issues unique to government contracting, such as competitive bidding processes, qualification requirements, and delays or changes in funding; disruptions within our dealer network; changes in our relationships with major customers, suppliers, or other business partners; changes in the demand or supply of products within our markets or raw materials needed to manufacture those products; and changes in laws and regulations affecting our business.  Other factors that could affect outcomes are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at www.sec.gov or our website.  All forward-looking statements in this release are qualified by this paragraph.  Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

CONTACT: 
Juris Pagrabs
Group Treasurer &
Director of Investor Relations
The Shyft Group, Inc.
(517) 997-3862          

 

 

The Shyft Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 
 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 
 

(In thousands)

 
 

(Unaudited)

 
   

March 31,

 

December 31,

 
   

2021

 

2020

 
 

ASSETS

       
 

Current assets:

       
 

Cash and cash equivalents

$          10,049

 

$          20,995

 
 

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $115 and $116

83,610

 

64,695

 
 

Contract assets

20,648

 

9,414

 
 

Inventories, net

58,543

 

46,428

 
 

Other receivables – chassis pool agreements

24,998

 

6,503

 
 

Other current assets

8,274

 

8,172

 
 

Total current assets

206,122

 

156,207

 
           
 

Property, plant and equipment, net

51,560

 

45,734

 
 

Right of use assets – operating leases

41,470

 

43,430

 
 

Goodwill

49,177

 

49,481

 
 

Intangible assets, net

55,553

 

56,386

 
 

Other assets

2,026

 

2,052

 
 

Net deferred tax asset

5,625

 

5,759

 
 

TOTAL ASSETS

$        411,533

 

$       359,049

 
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

       
 

Current liabilities:

       
 

Accounts payable

$          76,470

 

$          47,487

 
 

Accrued warranty

6,320

 

5,633

 
 

Accrued compensation and related taxes

14,758

 

17,134

 
 

Deposits from customers

463

 

756

 
 

Operating lease liability

7,228

 

7,508

 
 

Other current liabilities and accrued expenses

10,547

 

8,121

 
 

Short-term debt – chassis pool agreements

24,998

 

6,503

 
 

Current portion of long-term debt

221

 

221

 
 

Total current liabilities

141,005

 

93,363

 
           
 

Other non-current liabilities

5,406

 

5,447

 
 

Long-term operating lease liability

34,992

 

36,662

 
 

Long-term debt, less current portion

23,304

 

23,418

 
 

Total liabilities

204,707

 

158,890

 
 

Shareholders’ equity:

       
 

Preferred stock: 2,000 shares authorized (none issued)

 

 
 

Common stock: 80,000 shares authorized; 35,308 and 35,344 outstanding

90,171

 

91,044

 
 

Retained earnings

116,791

 

109,286

 
 

Total The Shyft Group, Inc. shareholders’ equity

206,962

 

200,330

 
 

Non-controlling interest

(136)

 

(171)

 
 

Total shareholders’ equity

206,826

 

200,159

 
 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$        411,533

 

$       359,049

 

 

 

The Shyft Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

           
     

Three Months Ended March 31,

     

2021

 

2020

 

Sales

$           197,888

 

$          176,948

 

Cost of products sold

157,902

 

140,647

 

Gross profit

39,986

 

36,301

           
 

Operating expenses:

     
   

Research and development

782

 

1,541

   

Selling, general and administrative

24,537

 

21,400

 

Total operating expenses

25,319

 

22,941

           
 

Operating income

14,667

 

13,360

           
 

Other income (expense):

     
   

Interest income (expense)

170

 

(731)

   

Interest and other income (expense)

183

 

(510)

 

      Total other income (expense)

353

 

(1,241)

 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

15,020

 

12,119

           
 

Income tax expense

3,490

 

377

           
 

Income from continuing operations

11,530

 

11,742

         
 

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

81

 

(3,864)

         
 

Net income 

11,611

 

7,878

         
 

Less:  Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

35

 

67

           
 

Net income attributable to The Shyft Group, Inc.

$             11,576

 

$              7,811

           
 

Basic earnings (loss) per share

     
   

Continuing operations

$               0.33

 

$                 0.33

   

Discontinued operations

$                     –

 

$               (0.11)

   

Basic earnings per share

$              0.33

 

$                 0.22

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

     
   

Continuing operations

$               0.32

 

$                 0.33

   

Discontinued operations

$                     –

 

$               (0.11)

   

 Diluted earnings per share

$              0.32

 

$                 0.22

         
 

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

35,312

 

35,401

           
 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

36,191

 

35,664

                 

 

 

The Shyft Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 (in thousands of dollars)

 
   

Business Segments

     
   

Fleet Vehicles &
Services

 

Specialty
Vehicles

 

Other

 

Consolidated

 

Fleet vehicle sales

$     124,875

 

$               –

 

$                  –

 

$      124,875

 

Motorhome chassis sales

 

35,268

 

 

35,268

 

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

 

26,879

 

 

26,879

 

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

6,798

 

4,068

 

 

10,866

 

       Total Sales

 

$    131,673

 

$     66,215

 

$                  –

 

$      197,888

 
                   

Adjusted EBITDA

$      18,210

 

$        7,016

 

$         (6,055)

 

$        19,171

 
 
 
 

The Shyft Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 (in thousands of dollars)

 
   

Business Segments

     
   

Fleet Vehicles &
Services

 

Specialty 
Vehicles

 

Other

 

Consolidated

 

Fleet vehicle sales

$        123,973

 

$                –

 

$                 –

 

$      123,973

 

Motorhome chassis sales

 

22,602

 

 

22,602

 

Other specialty chassis and vehicles

 

16,786

 

 

16,786

 

Aftermarket parts and assemblies

11,715

 

1,872

 

 

13,587

 

       Total Sales

 

$        135,688

 

$     41,260

 

$                –

 

$      176,948

 
                   

Adjusted EBITDA

$          21,736

 

$        3,721

 

$       (7,081)

 

$        18,376

 

 

Sales and Other Financial Information by Business Segment

 

(Unaudited)

 
                   

Period End Backlog (amounts in thousands of dollars) 

 
 

Mar. 31, 2021

 

Dec. 31, 2020

 

Sept. 30, 2020

 

Jun. 30, 2020

 

Mar. 31, 2020

Fleet Vehicles and Services

$  589,604

 

$  427,338

 

$  228,870

 

$  286,955

 

$  302,236

      Motorhome Chassis

42,742

 

31,580

 

40,387

 

38,804

 

30,641

      Other Vehicles

33,716

 

19,431

 

11,036

 

11,621

 

11,580

 Aftermarket Parts and Accessories

438

 

302

 

333

 

115

 

198

Total Specialty Vehicles

76,896

 

51,313

 

51,756

 

50,540

 

42,419

                   

Total Backlog

$  666,500

 

$  478,651

 

$  280,626

 

$  337,495

 

$  344,655

   

Anticipated time to fill backlog orders at March 31, 2021; five – twelve months for Fleet Vehicles and Services; approximately three months for Specialty Vehicles.

 
                     

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release presents Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), adjusted net income, and adjusted earnings per share, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure. These non-GAAP measures are calculated by excluding items that we believe to be infrequent or not indicative of our underlying operating performance, as well as certain non-cash expenses. We define Adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted to eliminate the impact of restructuring charges, acquisition related expenses and adjustments, non-cash stock-based compensation expenses, and other gains and losses not reflective of our ongoing operations.

We present these non-GAAP measures because we consider them to be important supplemental measures of our performance. The presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables investors to better understand our operations by removing items that we believe are not representative of our continuing operations and may distort our longer-term operating trends. We believe these measures to be useful to improve the comparability of our results from period to period and with our competitors, as well as to show ongoing results from operations distinct from items that are infrequent or not indicative of our continuing operating performance. We believe that presenting these non-GAAP measures is useful to investors because it permits investors to view performance using the same tools that management uses to budget, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate our historical performance. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures, when considered together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provides investors with additional understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained in the absence of this disclosure.

Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to our segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also used, along with other financial and non-financial measures, for purposes of determining annual incentive compensation for our management team and long-term incentive compensation for certain members of our management team.

 

Financial Summary
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended March 31,

The Shyft Group, Inc.

2021

% of
sales

 

2020

% of
sales

Income from continuing operations

$    11,530

5.8%

 

$     11,742

6.6%

Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interest

(35)

   

(67)

 

Add (subtract): 

         

Restructuring and other related charges

   

992

 

Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

143

   

93

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

1,642

   

1,991

 

Favorable tax rate in income taxes receivable

   

(2,577)

 

Tax effect of adjustments

(432)

   

(748)

 

Adjusted net income

$     12,848

6.5%

 

$      11,426

6.5%

           

Income from continuing operations

$      11,530

5.8%

 

$      11,742

6.6%

Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interest

(35)

   

(67)

 

Add (subtract): 

         

Depreciation and amortization

2,571

   

2,517

 

Taxes on income

3,490

   

377

 

Interest (income) expense

(170)

   

731

 

EBITDA

$     17,386

8.8%

 

$      15,300

8.6%

Add (subtract): 

         

Restructuring and other related charges

   

992

 

Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

143

   

93

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

1,642

   

1,991

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$   19,171

9.7%

 

$     18,376

10.4%

           

Diluted net earnings per share

$        0.32

   

$       0.33

 

Add (subtract): 

         

Restructuring and other related charges

   

0.03

 

Acquisition related expenses and adjustments

   

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense

0.04

   

0.06

 

Favorable tax rate in income taxes receivable

   

(0.08)

 

Tax effect of adjustments

   

(0.02)

 

Adjusted diluted net earnings per share

$       0.36

   

$       0.32

 
 

 

Financial Summary (Non-GAAP)

Consolidated

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

               
     

 Forecast

     

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021

The Shyft Group, Inc.

   

Low

 

Mid

 

High

Income from continuing operations

   

$           51,028

 

$           54,628

 

$           58,328

Add: 

             

Depreciation and amortization

   

13,462

 

13,462

 

13,462

Interest expense

   

1,295

 

1,295

 

1,295

Taxes

   

17,793

 

19,193

 

20,493

EBITDA

   

$           83,578

 

$           88,578

 

$           93,578

Add (subtract): 

             

Non-cash stock-based compensation and other charges

 

11,422

 

11,422

 

11,422

Adjusted EBITDA

   

$           95,000

 

$        100,000

 

$        105,000

               

Earnings per share

   

$               1.42

 

$               1.52

 

$               1.62

Add: 

             

Non-cash stock-based compensation and other charges

 

0.32

 

0.32

 

0.32

Less tax effect of adjustments

   

(0.09)

 

(0.09)

 

(0.09)

Adjusted earnings per share

   

$               1.65

 

$               1.75

 

$               1.85

 

 

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