August 5, 2015

Caesarstone Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

  • Revenue Up 9.9% to a Record $127.5 million, up 20.2% on a Constant Currency Basis
  • Net Income attributable to Controlling Interest Up 25.7% to $22.9 million
  • Diluted EPS up 27.5% to $0.65, Adjusted Diluted EPS up 12.1% to $0.65
  • Reiterates Full Year Adjusted EBITDA Guidance on Lower Revenue Expectations

MP MENASHE, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. (NASDAQ:CSTE), a manufacturer of high quality engineered quartz surfaces, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Revenue in the second quarter of 2015 increased to a record of $127.5 million, up 9.9% compared to $116.1 million in the same quarter of the prior year. On a constant currency basis, second quarter revenue growth was 20.2% compared to the same period last year. Growth in revenue was primarily driven by the United States, which increased by 19.2% to $57.1 million, and Canada, which increased by 24.4% to $19.1 million despite pressure from foreign exchange rate changes.

Yosef Shiran, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to report another quarter of solid financial results. We continue to benefit from the strong Caesarstone brand supported by our powerful global marketing strategy, innovative and inspiring designs, and excellent quality. Each of our major markets is healthy, even with the headwinds from currency exchange rates, and continues to present significant opportunities. We look forward to capturing those opportunities to continue driving long-term growth and value for our shareholders."

Gross margin in the second quarter was 41.3% compared to 41.0% in the same period of the prior year. This was driven primarily by favorable product mix, lower cost of polyester and benefits of scale. These factors were partially offset by start-up costs related to the U.S. manufacturing facility and negative exchange rate fluctuations.

Operating expenses in the second quarter were $24.3 million, or 19.1% of revenue. This compares to the prior year second quarter level of $24.1 million, or 20.7% of revenue. This 160 basis point improvement reflects the scale-related benefit of increased revenues, as well as the non-recurrence of several discrete expense items incurred in the second quarter last year, primarily costs associated with the secondary offering in the prior year.

Operating income in the second quarter was up 20% to $28.3 million compared to $23.6 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of share-based compensation expenses, the excess cost of acquired inventory and other non-recurring items, increased by 10.4% to $33.5 million in the second quarter, a margin of 26.3%. This compares to adjusted EBITDA of $30.4 million, a margin of 26.2%, in the second quarter of the prior year.

Finance expenses in the second quarter were $0.4 million compared to finance expense of $1.4 million during the same period in the prior year. The decrease was primarily due to net gains related to the Company's currency hedging instruments in the second quarter of 2015 compare to a net loss on those instruments in the same quarter of 2014.

The Company reported net income attributable to controlling interest for the second quarter of 2015 of $22.9 million compared to $18.2 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Diluted net income per share for the second quarter was $0.65 on 35.5 million shares compared to $0.51 per diluted share on 35.4 million shares in the prior year's second quarter. On an adjusted basis, net income in the second quarter was $23.2 million, or $0.65 per diluted share compared to $20.7 million, or $0.58 per diluted share in the same quarter of the prior year.

The Company's balance sheet as of June 30, 2015 included cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits of $37.7 million.

The Company's U.S. manufacturing facility in Richmond Hill, Georgia remains on track, with the first line in the U.S. now operational, and the second line in the U.S. expected to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Guidance Revised

The Company today reiterated its guidance for full-year adjusted EBITDA of $123 to $129 million and commented that it now expects to achieve that range with better than previously expected margins.

As a result of slightly lower-than-expected U.S. growth and the further negative impact of foreign exchange rates, the Company moderated its full-year revenue guidance to a new range of $495 million to $505 million as compared to its prior range of $515 million to $525 million.

Conference Call Details

Yosef Shiran, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and Yair Averbuch, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call today, August 5, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the results of the second quarter ended June 30, 2015, followed by a question and answer session for the investment community. A live webcast of the call can be accessed at ir.caesarstone.com. To access the call, dial toll-free 1-888-427-9411 or +1-719-325-2215 (international). Israeli participants can dial in at 1-80-924-5906. The pass code is 5269198.

To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 1-877-870-5176 or +1-858-384-5517 (international) and enter pass code 5269198. The replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on August 5, 2015 and will last through 11:59 PM ET August 19, 2015.

About Caesarstone

Caesarstone manufactures high quality engineered quartz surfaces, which are used in both residential and commercial buildings as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, floors and other interior surfaces. The wide variety of colors, styles, designs and textures of Caesarstone® products, along with Caesarstone's inherent characteristics such as hardness, non-porous, scratch and stain resistance and durability, provide consumers with excellent surfaces for their internal spaces which are highly competitive to granite, manufactured solid surfaces and laminate, as well as to other engineered quartz surfaces. Caesarstone's four collections of products — Classico, Supremo, Motivo and Concetto — are available in over 50 countries around the world. For more information about the Company, please visit our website www.caesarstone.com. (CSTE-E)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The non-GAAP measures presented by the Company should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, comparable GAAP measures. A reconciliation of GAAP net income attributable to controlling interest to adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest and net income to Adjusted EBITDA are provided in the schedules within this release. The Company provides these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes that they present a better measure of the Company's core business and management uses the non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate the Company's ongoing performance. Accordingly, the Company believes that they are useful to investors in enhancing an understanding of the Company's operating performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to the Company's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, including its projected results of operations and the expected timing of expanding its manufacturing facilities. These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to: the strength of the home renovation and construction sectors; economic conditions within any of our key existing markets; actions by our competitors; changes in raw material prices, particularly polymer resins and pigments; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; the success of our expansion efforts in the United States; the outcome of silicosis claims and the claim by our former quartz processor; unpredictability of seasonal fluctuations in revenues; delays in manufacturing if our suppliers are unable to supply raw materials; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Consolidated balance sheets
 
            As of
U.S. dollars in thousands

June 30,

2015

   

December 31,

2014

(Unaudited) (Audited)
ASSETS
 
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits $ 37,666 $ 54,327
Trade receivables, net 70,777 56,217
Other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses 28,406 22,729
Inventories   99,776     80,212  
 
Total current assets   236,625     213,485  
 
LONG-TERM ASSETS:
Severance pay fund 3,903 3,744
Long-term deposits and prepayments   734     759  
 
Total long-term assets   4,637     4,503  
 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET   214,055     172,993  
 
OTHER ASSETS   8,448     10,059  
 
GOODWILL   36,754     37,960  
 
Total assets $ 500,519   $ 439,000  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 
Short-term bank credit $ 8,256 -
Short-term loans from related parties 2,700 2,748
Trade payables 71,369 59,430
Account payables to related parties 884 1,227
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   25,973     25,774  
 
Total current liabilities   109,182     89,179  
 
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:
 
Long-term loan and financing leaseback from a related party 9,058 8,993
Accrued severance pay 4,548 4,217
Long-term warranty provision 1,195 1,145
Deferred tax liabilities, net 6,873 4,935
Share-based payment   625     805  
 
Total long-term liabilities   22,299     20,095  
 
REDEEMABLE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST   8,589     8,715  
 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES
 
EQUITY:
Ordinary shares 369 369
Additional paid-in capital 140,246 139,964

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(627 ) (534 )
Retained earnings   220,461     181,212  
 
Total equity   360,449     321,011  
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 500,519   $ 439,000  
 
 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Consolidated statements of income
            Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
U.S. dollars in thousands (except per share data)   2015     2014   2015   2014
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 
Revenues $ 127,527 $ 116,064 $ 235,338 $ 210,478
Cost of revenues   74,921     68,442     137,418     123,669  
 
Gross profit   52,606     47,622     97,920     86,809  
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 721 710 1,429 1,313
Marketing and selling 14,796 13,848 30,358 27,567
General and administrative   8,809     9,507     17,108     17,105  
 
Total operating expenses   24,326     24,065     48,895     45,985  
 
Operating income 28,280 23,557 49,025 40,824
Finance expenses, net   399     1,420     2,292     2,985  
 
Income before taxes on income 27,881 22,137 46,733 37,839
Taxes on income   4,616     3,361     7,087     5,590  
 
Net income $ 23,265   $ 18,776   $ 39,646   $ 32,249  
 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest   (376 )   (570 )   (397 )   (773 )
Net income attributable to controlling interest $ 22,889   $ 18,206   $ 39,249   $ 31,476  
Basic net income per ordinary share $ 0.65   $ 0.52   $ 1.11   $ 0.90  
Diluted net income per ordinary share $ 0.65   $ 0.51   $ 1.11   $ 0.89  

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in

computing basic income per ordinary share

  35,271,094     34,917,556     35,209,290     34,863,203  

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in

computing diluted income per ordinary share

  35,462,407     35,408,872     35,463,806     35,401,917  
 
 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated statements of cash flows on a Non-GAAP Basis (Unaudited)
 
          Six months ended

June 30,

U.S. dollars in thousands 2015       2014
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 
Net income $ 39,646 $ 32,249
Adjustments required to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 9,598 8,544
Share-based compensation expense (137 ) 1,419
Accrued severance pay, net 172 86
Changes in deferred tax, net (889 ) (2,223 )
Capital gains - (2 )
Increase in trade receivables (14,560 ) (10,120 )
Increase in other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses (2,850 ) (5,824 )
Increase in inventories (19,564 ) (15,078 )
Increase in trade payables 9,366 1,364
Decrease in warranty provision (138 ) (603 )
Increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities including related parties 2,260 1,913
   
Net cash provided by operating activities   22,904     11,725  
 
 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (46,553 ) (23,816 )
Decrease in long term deposits 25 796
   
Net cash used in investing activities   (46,528 )   (23,020 )
 
 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 
Changes in short-term bank credit and loans, net 8,256 (680 )
Repayment of a financing leaseback related to Bar-Lev transaction (450 ) (597 )
   
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   7,806     (1,277 )
 
 
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents (843 ) 596
   
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits (16,661 ) (11,976 )
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits at beginning of the period   54,327     92,248  
 
Cash and cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits at end of the period $ 37,666   $ 80,272  
 

Non - cash investing:

Changes in trade payables balances related to purchase of fixed assets 2,573 5,133
 
 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries (Unaudited)
 
        Three months ended

June 30,

   

Six months ended

June 30,

U.S. dollars in thousands 2015     2014 2015     2014
 
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income $ 23,265 $ 18,776 $ 39,646 $ 32,249
Finance expenses, net 399 1,420 2,292 2,985
Taxes on income 4,616 3,361 7,087 5,590
Depreciation and amortization 4,917 4,299 9,598 8,544
Excess cost of acquired inventory (a) - 108 - 108
Share-based compensation expense (b) 314 801 401 1,419
Follow-on offering expenses (c) - 657 - 657
Provision for employees fringe benefits (d)   -   939   -   939
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 33,511 $ 30,361 $ 59,024 $ 52,491
 
(a)   Consists of charges to cost of goods sold for the difference between the higher carrying cost of the inventory of two of the Company's
subsidiaries- Caesarstone USA's inventory at the time of its acquisition and inventory that was purchased from its distributor and
Caesarstone Australia Pty Limited's inventory that was purchased from its distributor, and the standard cost of the Company's inventory-
which adversely impacts the Company's gross margins until such inventory is sold. The majority of the inventory acquired from
Caesarstone USA was sold in 2011, and the majority of the inventory acquired from the Australian distributor was sold in 2012.
(b) Share-based compensation includes expenses related to stock options granted to employees of the Company.
In addition includes expenses for phantom awards granted and the related payroll expenses as a result of exercises.
(c) Consists of direct expenses related to a follow-on offering that closed in June 2014.
(d) Relates to an adjustment of provision for taxable employee fringe benefits as a result of a settlement with the Israel Tax Authority and
with the National Insurance Intitute of Israel.
 
 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries (Unaudited)
 
          Three months ended

June 30,

   

Six months ended

June 30,

U.S. dollars in thousands 2015     2014 2015     2014
 

Reconciliation of net income attributable to

controlling interest to adjusted net income

attributable to controlling interest:

Net income attributable to controlling interest $ 22,889 $ 18,206 $ 39,249 $ 31,476
Excess cost of acquired inventory (a) - 108 - 108
Share-based compensation expense (b) 314 801 401 1,419
Follow-on offering expenses (c) - 657 - 657
Provision for employees fringe benefits (d) - 939 - 939
Tax adjustment (e)   -   342   -   342
Total adjustments 314 2,847 401 3,465
Less tax on non-tax adjustments (f)   49   345   61   433
Total adjustments after tax 265 2,502 340 3,032
 
Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest (Non-GAAP) $ 23,154 $ 20,708 $ 39,589 $ 34,508
Adjusted diluted EPS (g) $ 0.65 $ 0.58 $ 1.12 $ 0.97
 
(a)   Consists of charges to cost of goods sold for the difference between the higher carrying cost of the inventory of two of the Company's
subsidiaries- Caesarstone USA's inventory at the time of its acquisition and inventory that was purchased from its distributor and
Caesarstone Australia Pty Limited's inventory that was purchased from its distributor, and the standard cost of the Company's inventory-
which adversely impacts the Company's gross margins until such inventory is sold. The majority of the inventory acquired from
Caesarstone USA was sold in 2011, and the majority of the inventory acquired from the Australian distributor was sold in 2012.
(b) Share-based compensation includes expenses related to stock options granted to employees of the Company.
In addition includes expenses for phantom awards granted and the related payroll expenses as a result of exercises.
(c) Consists of direct expenses related to a follow-on offering that closed in June 2014.
(d) Relates to an adjustment of provision for taxable employee fringe benefits as a result of a settlement with the Israel Tax Authority and
with the National Insurance Intitute of Israel.
(e) Tax adjustment as a result of tax settlement with the Israeli tax authorities.
(f) Tax adjustments for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 were based on the effective
tax rates for these periods, respectively.
(g)

In calculating adjusted diluted (Non-GAAP) EPS, the diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding excludes the effects of

share-based compensation expense in accordance with FASB ASC 718.
 
 
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Ltd. and its subsidiaries
Geographic breakdown of revenues by region (Unaudited)
 
          Three months ended

June 30,

Six months ended

June 30,

U.S. dollars in thousands 2015       2014     2015       2014
 
 
USA $ 57,093 $ 47,894 $ 105,108 $ 85,520
Australia 26,975 27,443 50,345 48,762
Canada 19,128 15,381 33,056 27,118
Israel 9,572 9,923 19,422 21,184
Europe 6,750 7,280 11,402 11,978
Rest of World   8,009   8,143   16,005   15,916
$ 127,527 $ 116,064 $ 235,338 $ 210,478
 

Investor Relations
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Partner

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