Sustained strong growth for Richelieu. 31.4% increase in sales in the second quarter including a record 54.8% (US$) increase in the United States. Net earnings per share up 25.8%

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  • For the second quarter ended May 31, 2022, sales reached $487.9 million, up 31.4%, of which 16.1% from internal growth and 15.3% from acquisitions. In Canada, sales increased by 17.3% to $292.3 million. In the United States, sales rose by 54.8% (US$) to US$154.0 million, representing 40.1% of total sales.

  • EBITDA increased by 27.7% to $77.9 million and the EBITDA margin was 16.0%.

  • Net earnings attributable to shareholders rose by 25.5% to $47.0 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, up 25.8%.

  • For the first half-year, total sales amounted to $872.4 million, up 30.4%, of which 16.2% from internal growth and 14.2% from acquisitions. Net earnings attributable to shareholders reached $77.1 million, up 32.0%, or $1.37 per diluted share, up 33.0%.

  • The financial position remains sound and solid with a working capital of $481.5 million (ratio of 2.8:1) and an average return on equity of 24.4% as at May 31, 2022.

MONTREAL, July 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - "Richelieu (TSX: RCH) achieved a great performance in the second quarter, reflecting among others the positive impact of our acquisitions and investments in recent years in new market segments. In the United States, we achieved a record 54.8% (US$) increase in sales resulting from strong internal growth of 22.7% and the contribution of our most recent acquisitions. In Canada, in the manufacturers' market, our sales totalled $237.3 million, up 17.3%, and they reached $55.0 million in the retailers and renovation superstores market, up 9.3%. The expansion of several of our distribution centers in strategic U.S. markets is progressing according to schedule. While integrating our most recent acquisitions, we will continue to pursue our growth strategy based on innovation, business acquisitions and our value-added multi-access service in order to seize growth opportunities in the short and long term", indicated Richard Lord, President and Chief executive Officer.

ANALYSIS OF OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND FIRST SIX MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2022, COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER AND FIRST SIX MONTHS ENDED MAY 31, 2021

Second-quarter consolidated sales reached $487.9 million, compared to $371.4 million for the corresponding quarter of 2021, an increase of $116.5 million or 31.4%, of which 16.1% from internal growth and 15.3% from acquisitions. At comparable exchange rates to the second quarter of 2021, the consolidated sales increase would have been 30.1% for the quarter ended May 31, 2022.

Richelieu achieved sales of $417.1 million in the manufacturers market, compared to $310.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, an increase of $107.1 million or 34.5%, of which 18.7% from internal growth and 15.8% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores stood at $70.8 million, up $9.4 million or 15.3% over the second quarter of 2021, of which  3.1% from internal growth and 12.2% increase from acquisitions.

In Canada, Richelieu recorded sales of $292.3 million, an increase of $44.2 million or 17.8% over the second quarter of 2021, of which 11.3% from internal growth and 6.5% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers amounted to $237.3 million, compared to $202.3 million in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 17.3%, of which 12.9% from internal growth and 4.4%  from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores reached $55.0 million, up $9.3 million or 20.4% over the corresponding quarter of 2021, of which 4.3% from internal growth and 16.1% from acquisitions.

In the United States, sales totalled US$154.0 million, compared to US $99.5 million for the second quarter of 2021, up US$54.5 million or 54.8%, of which 22.7% from internal growth and 32.1% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers amounted to US$141.5 million, compared to US$86.8 million, an increase of 63.0% over the second quarter of 2021, of which 26.4% from internal growth and 36.6% from acquisitions. Sales in US$ to hardware retailers and renovation superstores reached $12.5 million. Total U.S. sales in Canadian dollars stood at $195.6 million, compared to $123.3 million year over year, an increase of 58.6%. These sales accounted for 40.1% of consolidated sales for the second quarter of 2022, compared to 33.2% of consolidated sales for the second quarter of 2021.

First-half consolidated sales reached $872.4 million, an increase of $203.4 million or 30.4% over the first six months of 2021, of which 16.2% from internal growth and 14.2% from acquisitions. At comparable exchange rates to the first half of 2021, consolidated sales increase would have been 29.8%.

Sales to manufacturers reached $743.8 million, compared to $551.6 million for the first six months of 2021, an increase of $192.2 million or 34.8%, of which 20.1% from internal growth and 14.7% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores grew by 9.5% or $11.2 million to total $128.6 million.

In Canada, Richelieu recorded sales of $521.6 million, compared to $441.3 million for the first six months of 2021, up $80.3 million or 18.2%, of which 11.9% from internal growth and 6.3% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers reached $422.8 million, up $67.3 million or 18.9%, of which 14.6% from internal growth and 4.3% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores reached $98.8 million, compared to $85.8 million, up $13.0 million or 15.2% over the first half of 2021.

In the United States, the Corporation recorded sales of US$276.1 million, compared to US$181.3 million for the first six months of 2021, an increase of US$94.8 million or 52.3%, of which  23.1% from internal growth and 29.2% from acquisitions. Sales to manufacturers totalled US$252.6 million, compared to US$156.1 million, an increase of US$96.5 million or 61.8% over the first half of 2021, of which 28.3% from internal growth and 33.5% from acquisitions. Sales to hardware retailers and renovation superstores were down 6.7% from the corresponding period of 2021. Total U.S. sales in Canadian dollars amounted to $350.8 million, compared to $227.7 million for the corresponding six months of 2021, an increase of 54.1%. They accounted for 40.2% of consolidated sales for the first half of 2022, compared to 34.0% of consolidated sales for the first six months of 2021.

Second quarter earnings before income taxes, interest and amortization ("EBITDA") reached $77.9 million and were up $16.9 million or 27.7% over the second quarter of 2021, resulting mainly from increased sales. Gross margin decreased slightly from the second quarter of 2021 and EBITDA margin stood at 16.0%, compared to 16.4% for the corresponding quarter of 2021.

Amortization expense for the second quarter of 2022 amounted to $11.9 million, up $3.3 million compared to the corresponding quarter of 2021, resulting from the increase in amortizable intangibles as well as in right-of-use assets relating mainly to recent business acquisitions as well as to renewals and expansions carried out during the previous periods. Income tax expense amounted to $17.7 million, up $3.4 million from the second quarter of 2021. Net financial costs and other amounted to $1.1 million and includes a gain of $0.6 million on the disposal of a building in Quebec.

First-half EBITDA totalled $131.6 million, up $32.5 million or 32.8% over the first six months of 2021.  Gross margin declined slightly over the corresponding six-month period of 2021. As for EBITDA margin, it stood at 15.1%, compared to 14.8% for the first six months of 2021 resulting from increased sales and cost control.

Amortization expense for the first half of 2022 amounted to $22.9 million, up $5.9 million compared to the same period of 2021, resulting from business acquisitions and expansions. Income tax expense amounted to $29.0 million, up $6.8 million from the first half of 2021. Net financial costs and other amounted to $2.2 million for the first half of 2022.

Second quarter net earnings grew 25.7%. Considering non-controlling interests, net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation amounted to $47.0 million, up 25.5% over the second quarter of 2021. Net earnings per share rose to $0.84 basic and $0.83 diluted, compared to $0.67 basic and $0.66 diluted for the second quarter of 2021, increases of 25.4% and 25.8%, respectively.

Second quarter comprehensive income amounted to $46.2 million, considering a negative adjustment of $1.0 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States, compared to $30.5 million for the second quarter of 2021, considering a negative adjustment of $7.1 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States.

First-half net earnings increased 32.3%. Considering non-controlling interests, net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Corporation totalled $77.1 million, up 32.0% over the corresponding six months of 2021. Net earnings per share amounted to $1.38 basic and $1.37 diluted, compared to $1.04 basic and $1.03 diluted for the first half of 2021, up 32.7% and  33.0%, respectively.

First-half comprehensive income totalled $75.0 million, considering a negative adjustment of $2.5 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States, compared to $48.4 million for the first half of 2021, considering a negative adjustment of $10.1 million on translation of the financial statements of the subsidiary in the United States.

FINANCIAL POSITION

Analysis of principal cash flows for the second quarter and first six months ended May 31, 2022

Operating activities

Second quarter cash flows from operating activities (before net change in non-cash working capital balances) amounted to $60.7 million or $1.07 diluted per share, an increase of 28.5%, compared to $47.2 million, or $0.84 diluted per share for the corresponding quarter of 2021, stemming primarily from the net earnings growth.  Net change in non-cash working capital balances used cash flows of $63.7 million, reflecting change in inventories of $44.1 million, whereas change in accounts receivable and other items used cash flows of $19.6 million. Consequently, operating activities used cash flows of $3.0 million, compared to a cash inflow of $48.2 million in the second quarter of 2021.

First-half cash flows from operating activities (before net change in non-cash working capital balances) reached $103.2 million or $1.83 diluted per share, compared to $78.0 million or $1.38 diluted per share for the first six months of 2021, an increase of 32.4%. Net change in non-cash working capital balances used cash flows of $143.8 million, primarily representing changes in inventories that used cash flows of $117.3 million whereas accounts receivable and other items used cash flows of $26.5 million. Consequently, operating activities used cash flows of $40.5 million, compared to  a cash inflow of $55.9 million for the first six months of 2021.

Financing activities

Second quarter cash flows from financing activities used cash flows of $21.5 million, compared to $7.4 million for the second quarter of 2021. The Corporation paid lease obligations of $6.2 million and dividends to shareholders of $7.3 million compared to lease obligation payments of $4.7 million, dividends payments of $3.9 million, a share issuance for $3.1 million and a long-term debt repayment of $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2021.  The Corporation also repurchased common shares for an amount of $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2022, while it did not make any share repurchases in 2021.

First-half cash flows from financing activities used cash flows of $29.8 million, compared to $23.9 million in the first half of 2021. The Corporation repaid long-term debt of $1.3 million, paid lease obligations of $12.0 million and issued shares for $5.9 million, compared to a long-term debt repayment of $3.2 million, lease obligations payments of $9.3 million and a $3.9 million share issue in the first half of 2021. Dividends paid to shareholders of the Corporation amounted to $14.6 million compared to $11.6 million in the same period of 2021 and  common shares repurchased  amounted to $7.9 million in the first half of 2022, compared to $3.3 million in 2021.

Investing activities

Second quarter cash flows from investing activities represented a cash outflow of $6.3 million primarily for the purchase of new equipment to maintain and improve operational efficiency, as well as further investments in IT infrastructure.

First-half cash flows from investing activities represented a total cash outflow of $52.4 million, including $42.4 million for the three business acquisitions made during the first quarter and $10.0 million primarily for the purchase of new equipment to maintain and improve operational efficiency.

Sources of financing

As at May 31, 2022, the bank overdraft amounted to $64.2 million, compared with cash of $58.7 million as at November 30, 2021. The Corporation posted a working capital of $481.5 million for a current ratio of 2.8:1, compared with $456.4 million (current ratio of 3.3:1) as at November 30, 2021.

Richelieu believes it has the capital resources to fulfill its ongoing commitments and obligations and to assume the funding requirements needed for its growth and the expected financing and investing activities between now and the end of 2022. The Corporation continues to benefit from an authorized line of credit of $100 million [$65 million as at November 30, 2021] as well as a line of credit of US$36 million [$6 million as at November 30, 2021] renewable annually and bearing interest at prime and base rates, respectively. In addition, Richelieu considers it could obtain additional external financing if necessary.

Analysis of financial position as at May 31, 2022

(in thousands of $, except exchange rates)

As at

May 31,

November 30,


2022

2021


$

$

Current assets

744,120

659,179

Non-current assets

355,281

305,001

Total

1,099,401

964,180

Current liabilities

262,659

202,803

Non-current liabilities

108,191

92,440

Equity attributable to
shareholders of the Corporation

725,791

666,442

Non-controlling interests

2,760

2,495

Total

1,099,401

964,180

Exchange rates on translation of a
subsidiary in the United States

1.265

1.279

Assets

Total assets amounted to $1.1 billion as at May 31, 2022, compared with $964.2 million as at November 30, 2021, an increase of 14.0%. Current assets grew by 12.9% or $84.9 million over November 30, 2021. This increase stems from the addition of current assets following the business acquisitions made during the period and from the rise in inventories resulting from the increase in demand and in the products cost. Non-current assets increased 16.5% mainly due to the addition of intangible assets and goodwill related to the business acquisitions.

Cash position

(in thousands of $)

As at

May 31

November 30


2022

2021


$

$

Current portion of long-term debt

8,331

5,339

Long-term debt

130

1,100

Total debt

8,461

6,439

Cash and cash equivalents (bank
overdraft)

(64,226)

58,707

The Corporation continues to benefit from a healthy and solid financial position. As at May 31, 2022, total debt was $8.5 million, mainly representing balances payable on acquisitions.

Equity attributable to shareholders of the Corporation totalled $725.8 million as at May 31, 2022, compared with $666.4 million as at November 30, 2021, an increase of $59.3 million stemming primarily from a growth of $54.9 million in retained earnings which amounted to $645.4 million, and of $7.0 million in share capital and contributed surplus, whereas accumulated other comprehensive income was down by $2.5 million. As at May 31, 2022, the book value per share was $12.99, up by 3.7% over November 30, 2021.

As at May 31, 2022, at the close of markets, the Corporation's share capital consisted of 55,891,940 common shares [55,841,119 shares as at November 30, 2021]. Weighted average of diluted outstanding shares for the three and six-month periods ended May 31, 2022, were 56,445,300 and 56,457,660 [2021 - 56,539,960 and 56,442,680]. During the first half of 2022, the Corporation issued 258,150 common shares at an average exercise price of $22.97 [263,925 in fiscal 2021 at an average exercise price of $19.54] upon the exercise of stock options under its stock option plan. In addition, the Corporation repurchased for cancellation 207,329 common shares in the normal course of operations for a cash consideration of $7.9 million (316,374 common shares for a cash consideration of $13.1 million in fiscal 2021).

During the first half ended May 31, 2022, the Corporation granted 276,000 stock options [289,000 in fiscal 2021] and cancelled 7,375 stock options. As at May 31, 2022, 1,701,600 stock options were outstanding [1,691,125 as at November 30, 2021].

Dividends

On July 7, 2022, the Board of Directors approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of 0.13$ per share to shareholders of record as at July 21, 2022, payable on August 4, 2022. Of this declared dividend $0.0918 per share is designated as an eligible dividend and $0.0382 per share is not designated as an eligible dividend.

PROFILE AS AT MAY 31, 2022

Richelieu is a leading North American distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products. Its products are targeted to an extensive customer base of kitchen and bathroom cabinet, storage and closet, home furnishing and office furniture manufacturers, residential and commercial woodworkers, door and window, and hardware retailers including renovation superstores. Richelieu offers customers a broad mix of high-end products sourced from manufacturers worldwide. Its product selection consists of over 130,000 different items targeted to a base of more than 100,000 customers who are served by 106 centers in North America – 47 distribution centers in Canada, 57 in the United States and two manufacturing plants in Canada, specifically Cedan Industries Inc. which specializes in the manufacturing of a wide variety of veneer sheets and edgebanding products and Menuiserie des Pins Ltée which manufactures components for the window and door industry and a broad selection of decorative mouldings.

Notes to readers — Richelieu uses earnings before interest, income taxes and amortization ("EBITDA") because this measure enables management to assess the Corporation's operational performance. This measure is a financial indicator of a corporation's ability to service its debt. However, EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to operating income, net earnings, cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Because EBITDA is not a standardized measurement as prescribed by IFRS, it may not be comparable to the EBITDA of other companies. Richelieu also uses adjusted cash flows from operating activities, which are based on net earnings plus the amortization of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and right-of-use asset, deferred tax expense (or recovery), share-based compensation expense and financial costs. These additional measures do not account for net change in non-cash working capital items to exclude seasonality effects and are used by management in its assessments of cash flows from long-term operations. Therefore, adjusted cash flows from operating activities may not be comparable to those of other companies. Certain statements set forth in this report (generally identified by terms such as "may", "could", "might", "intend", "expect", "believe", "estimate" or comparable variants) constitute forward-looking statements which, by their very nature, remain subject to other risks and uncertainties as set forth in the Corporation's annual and quarterly reports. Although management considers these assumptions and expectations reasonable based on the information available at the time they are provided, such assumptions and expectations could prove inaccurate and actual results could differ materially. Richelieu is under no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein to account for future events or circumstances, except as required by applicable legislation.

JULY 7, 2022, CONFERENCE CALL AT 2:30 P.M. (EASTERN TIME)

Financial analysts and investors interested in participating in the conference call on Richelieu's results to be held at 2:30 p.m. on July 7, 2022, may dial 1-888-390-0620 a few minutes before the start of the call. For those unable to participate, a taped rebroadcast will be available as of 5:45 p.m. on July 7, 2022, until midnight on July 14, 2022, by dialling 1-888-390-0541, access code: 384293 #. Members of the media are invited to listen in.

Photos are available under "About Richelieu" – "Media" section at www.richelieu.com

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

[In thousands of dollars]

[Unaudited]

As at
May 31,
2022

As at
November 30,
2021


$

$

ASSETS



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents

58,707

Accounts receivable

231,799

199,585

Inventories

504,926

395,464

Prepaid expenses

7,395

5,423


744,120

659,179

Non-current assets



Property, plant and equipment

48,697

46,239

Intangible assets

68,588

53,910

Right-of-use assets

106,626

87,013

Goodwill

124,060

110,776

Deferred taxes

7,310

7,063


1,099,401

964,180

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY



Current liabilities



Bank overdraft

64,226

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

156,453

155,009

Income taxes payable

8,423

21,281

Current portion of long-term debt

8,331

5,339

Current portion of lease obligation

25,226

21,174


262,659

202,803

Non-current liabilities



Long-term debt

130

1,100

Lease obligation

88,538

71,880

Deferred taxes

9,768

9,868

Other liabilities

9,755

9,592


370,850

295,243

Equity



Share capital

61,524

54,610

Contributed surplus

7,119

7,046

Retained earnings

645,375

590,522

Accumulated other comprehensive income 

11,773

14,264

Equity attributable to shareholders of the
Corporation

725,791

666,442

Non-controlling interests

2,760

2,495


728,551

668,937


1,099,401

964,180

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

[In thousands of dollars, except earnings per share]

[Unaudited]

For the three months ended May 31,

For the six months ended May 31,


2022

2021

2022

2021


$

$

$

$

Sales

487,935

371,384

872,401

668,965

Operating expenses excluding amortization

410,080

310,430

740,818

569,849

Earnings before amortization, financial
costs and income taxes

77,855

60,954

131,583

99,116

Amortization of property, plant and equipment
and right-of-use assets

9,182

6,948

17,717

13,876

Amortization of intangible assets

2,688

1,577

5,205

3,170

Net financial costs and other

1,098

630

2,180

1,287


12,968

9,155

25,102

18,333

Earnings before income taxes

64,887

51,799

106,481

80,783

Income taxes

17,677

14,248

28,971

22,190

Net earnings

47,210

37,551

77,510

58,593

Net earnings attributable to:





Shareholders of the Corporation

46,984

37,425

77,082

58,409

Non-controlling interests

226

126

428

184


47,210

37,551

77,510

58,593

Net earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the Corporation





Basic

0.84

0.67

1.38

1.04

Diluted

0.83

0.66

1.37

1.03

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

[In thousands of dollars]

[Unaudited]

For the three months ended May 31,

For the six months ended May 31,


2022

2021

2022

2021


$

$

$

$

Net earnings

47,210

37,551

77,510

58,593






Other comprehensive income that will be reclassified to net earnings





Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

(971)

(7,057)

(2,491)

(10,149)

Comprehensive income

46,239

30,494

75,019

48,444

Comprehensive income attributable to:





Shareholders of the Corporation

46,013

30,368

74,591

48,260

Non-controlling interests

226

126

428

184


46,239

30,494

75,019

48,444

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

[In thousands of dollars]

[Unaudited]

For the three months
ended May 31,

For the six months
ended May 31,


2022

2021

2022

2021


$

$

$

$

OPERATING ACTIVITIES





Net earnings

47,210

37,551

77,510

58,593

Items not affecting cash





Amortization of property, plant and equipment and right-of-use assets

9,182

6,948

17,717

13,876

Amortization of intangible assets

2,688

1,577

5,205

3,170

Deferred taxes

(177)

(131)

(303)

(131)

Share-based compensation expense

840

555

1,290

976

Financial costs

933

721

1,807

1,469







60,676

47,221

103,226

77,953

Net change in non-cash working capital balances

(63,695)

930

(143,772)

(22,049)


(3,019)

48,151

(40,546)

55,904

FINANCING ACTIVITIES





Repayment of long-term debt

(179)

(1,833)

(1,258)

(3,161)

Dividends paid to Shareholders of the Corporation

(7,278)

(3,917)

(14,556)

(11,551)

Payment of principal portion of lease obligations

(6,229)

(4,718)

(11,971)

(9,301)

Other dividends paid

(511)

Common shares issued

120

3,077

5,926

3,925

Common shares repurchased for cancellation

(7,902)

(7,902)

(3,257)


(21,468)

(7,391)

(29,761)

(23,856)






INVESTING ACTIVITIES





Business acquisitions

(9,842)

(42,432)

(9,842)

Additions to property, plant and equipment
and intangible assets

(6,292)

(4,034)

(10,011)

(6,886)


(6,292)

(13,876)

(52,443)

(16,728)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

88

306

(183)

338






Net change in cash and cash equivalents (bank overdraft)

(30,691)

27,190

(122,933)

15,658

Cash and cash equivalents (bank overdraft), beginning of period

(33,535)

62,396

58,707

73,928

Cash and cash equivalents (bank
overdraft) end of period

(64,226)

89,586

(64,226)

89,586






 

SOURCE Richelieu Hardware Ltd.

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