Zep Inc. Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

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Zep Inc. Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

Compared to the third quarter of last year,

  • Free cash flow increased 104% to $16.3 million, representing $0.72 of free cash flow
    per diluted share and 260% of net income
  • Net debt declined $23.6 million in the third quarter
  • Net sales grew 5.3% to $186.0 million
  • Earnings per diluted share decreased $0.11 to $0.28 per share
  • Accelerated investments in product innovation and market diversification

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zep Inc. (NYS: ZEP) , a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance maintenance and cleaning chemicals, today reported financial results for the three-month period ended May 31, 2013.

"Our third quarter provided mixed financial results. I am very pleased that free cash flow generated in the quarter was an impressive 260% of net income. I am however, very disappointed in our lower earnings per share, even recognizing that more than half of the decline was occasioned by our planned inventory reduction," said John K. Morgan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc.

Net Sales in the third fiscal quarter of 2013 were $186.0 million and included $17.9 million from acquisitions (Zep Vehicle Care and Mykal Industries), which were accretive to earnings in the quarter. This was partially offset by an $8.5 million decline in all other areas, for a net increase of $9.4 million in the quarter. Gross profit margin in the third fiscal quarter of 2013 increased 40 basis points to 46.7% and included 170 basis points of improvement from Zep Vehicle Care, partially offset by approximately 100 basis points of reduced manufacturing absorption from lower inventory levels. EBITDA decreased $0.7 million to $18.0 million primarily due to declining organic revenue and the previously mentioned reduced manufacturing absorption. We reduced net debt by $23.6 million and reduced inventories by $5.7 million compared to our second fiscal quarter.

Progress has been made transforming our business through both acquisitions and organic initiatives in key markets. The integration of Zep Vehicle Care is on-track and has been contributing positively to our operating results. Among other organic initiatives, the company established a sales presence in China and looks forward to growing the business meaningfully there over the next several years.

The company believes that this strategy has produced broader access to markets and expanded its product portfolio, each of which it expects will generate incremental free cash flow in the future. It has also introduced complexity, and in the short term, caused its rate of investment in new products and technologies to exceed the rate of sales growth.

"Our long-term diversification strategy is working and over the past year we have increased investments in product innovation and market expansion in advance of sales results," said Mr. Morgan. "Despite these investments, we are currently experiencing organic revenue declines and expect this to continue over the next twelve months while we accelerate our focus on business complexity reduction. We will therefore restructure the business to bring costs in-line with our revenue expectations and improve return on invested capital, while continuing to prudently invest in future growth initiatives," continued Morgan.

A more detailed discussion of the Company's long-term objectives and financial goals may be found in our Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Forms 10-K and 10-Q are available via the Company's website at www.zepinc.com.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss third quarter operating results on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The call and accompanying presentation will be webcast and may be accessed through the Company's website at www.zepinc.com or by dialing in at 253-237-1190, conference ID: 81780908. A replay of the call will be posted to the website within two hours of completion of the conference call.

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2012 net sales of $654 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation ("MRO") market, which together now comprise approximately 61% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional®, Enforcer®, National Chemical™, Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®, TimeMist®, TimeWick™, MicrobeMax®, Country Vet®, Konk®, Original Bike Spirits®, Blue Coral®, Black Magic®, Rain-X®, Niagara National™, FC Forward Chemicals®, Rexodan®, Mykal™, and a number of private label brands. Founded in 1937, some of Zep Inc.'s brands have been in existence since 1896. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at www.zepinc.com.

Forward Looking Statements and use of Non-GAAP Information

This release contains, and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of Zep may include, forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, we or our executive officers on our behalf, may from time to time make forward-looking statements in reports and other documents that are filed with the SEC or in connection with oral statements made to the press, potential investors or others. Specifically, forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our future economic performance, business prospects, revenue, income, and financial condition; and statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "expects," "believes," "intends," "will," "anticipates," and similar terms that relate to future events, performance, or our results. Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include but are not limited to: the assertions that our business in China will increase and that our strategic initiatives will contribute to our longer term results and the statements that we will take the necessary actions to reduce costs and that our revenues will decline over the next twelve months.

Our forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, expectations, or outcomes to differ materially from our historical experience as well as management's present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

  • economic conditions in general;
  • customer and supplier relationships and prices;
  • competition;
  • ability to realize anticipated benefits from strategic planning and restructuring initiatives and the timing of the benefits of such actions;
  • market demand; and
  • litigation and other contingent liabilities, such as environmental matters.

A variety of other risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in our forward-looking statements. A number of those risks are discussed in Part I, "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012. Management believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and management undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events.

The unaudited consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") are supplemented by a table of adjusted operating results, which includes non-GAAP financial information that is referenced in this press release, which includes EBITDA and free cash flow per share. This non-GAAP financial information is provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of our financial performance. Specifically, management believes that EBITDA may provide additional information with respect to our performance or ability to meet our future debt service obligations, capital expenditures and working capital requirements. This non-GAAP financial information should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, this non-GAAP information may not be comparable to EBITDA or free cash flow per share reported by other companies because the items that affect net earnings that we exclude when calculating EBITDA or because items that we add to reported net cash provided by operating activities in computing free cash flow may differ from the items taken into consideration by other companies. The non-GAAP financial information included in this earnings release has been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the tables at the end of this press release.

Zep Inc.


(In thousands, except share and per-share data)

May 31, 2013 August 31, 2012
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,754 $ 3,513
Accounts receivable, less reserve for doubtful accounts of $4,215 at
May 31, 2013, and $3,595 at August 31, 2012 107,224 93,522
Inventories 74,655 71,451
Deferred income taxes 6,733 6,702
Prepayments and other current assets   15,338   22,333
Total Current Assets 206,704 197,521
Property, Plant, and Equipment, at cost:
Land 5,418 5,680
Buildings and leasehold improvements 60,699 62,208
Machinery and equipment   125,252   114,310
Total Property, Plant, and Equipment 191,369 182,198
Less - Accumulated depreciation and amortization   109,137   101,277
Property, Plant, and Equipment, net 82,232 80,921
Other Assets:
Goodwill 122,729 84,604
Identifiable intangible assets 130,456 65,707
Deferred income taxes 998 979
Other long-term assets   17,040   5,555
Total Other Assets   271,223   156,845
Total Assets $ 560,159 $ 435,287


Current Liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 25,000 $ 15,000
Accounts payable 57,313 53,461
Accrued compensation 18,900 17,334
Other accrued liabilities   32,991   27,947
Total Current Liabilities 134,204 113,742
Long-term debt, less current maturities 214,420 124,250
Deferred Income Taxes 12,742 8,574
Self-Insurance Reserves, less current portion 2,807 2,954
Other Long-Term Liabilities 15,367 17,850
Commitments and Contingencies
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; none
issued and outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized;
22,047,895 issued and outstanding at May 31, 2013, and
21,832,328 issued and outstanding at August 31, 2012 220 218
Paid-in capital 101,291 97,481
Retained earnings 67,242 57,367
Accumulated other comprehensive income   11,866   12,851
Total Stockholders' Equity   180,619   167,917
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 560,159 $ 435,287

Zep Inc.


(In thousands, except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

May 31,

For the Nine Months Ended

May 31,

  2013           2012     2013         2012  
Net Sales $ 185,988 $ 176,625 $ 507,400 $ 481,838
Cost of Products Sold   99,095     94,893     268,105   259,184  
Gross Profit 86,893 81,732 239,295 222,654
Selling, Distribution, and Administrative Expenses 74,479 66,357 210,432 194,221
Acquisition and Integration Costs   60     263     2,938   1,018  
Operating Profit 12,354 15,112 25,925 27,415
Other Expense (Income):
Interest expense, net 2,963 1,343 6,483 4,143
Loss on foreign currency transactions 60 104 141 376
Bargain purchase gain from business combination (613 )
Miscellaneous expense, net   (279 )   (101 )   50   231  
Total Other Expense   2,744     1,346     6,674   4,137  
Income before Provision for Income Taxes 9,610 13,766 19,251 23,278
Provision for Income Taxes   3,355     5,144     6,724   8,643  
Net Income $ 6,255   $ 8,622   $ 12,527 $ 14,635  
Earnings Per Share:
Basic Earnings per Share $ 0.28   $ 0.39   $ 0.57 $ 0.67  
Basic Weighted Average Number of Shares
Outstanding   22,021     21,800     21,943   21,753  

Diluted Earnings per Share











Diluted Weighted Average Number of Shares
Outstanding   22,512     22,144     22,394   22,164  
Dividends Declared per Share












Zep Inc.


(In thousands)

Nine Months Ended
May 31,
2013   2012
Cash Provided by Operating Activities:
Net income $ 12,527 $ 14,635
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 14,475 10,595
Gain on disposal of fixed assets (22
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