Astec Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights (all comparisons are made to the prior year third quarter):

  • Net Sales decreased 9.5% to $231.4M
  • Gross Profit Margin of 21.8% increased 150 bps; adjusted Gross Profit Margin increased 260 bps
  • Net Income decreased 45.2% to $1.6M; adjusted Net Income of $4.6M increased 21.7% from $3.8M
  • EPS of $0.07 compared to $0.13; adjusted EPS of $0.20 increased from $0.17

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astec Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTE) announced today its financial results for third quarter 2020 ending September 30, 2020.

Third quarter of 2020 net sales of $231.4 million decreased 9.5% compared to $255.8 million for the third quarter of 2019. Domestic sales decreased $8.5 million or 4.5% and international sales decreased $15.9 million or 24.1% due mainly to COVID-19 related business disruptions in the third quarter versus last year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, net sales decreased 8.5%.

Backlog as of September 30, 2020 of $218.5 million decreased $25.4 million, or 10.4% compared to the backlog of $243.9 million a year ago driven by lower Materials and Infrastructure Solutions orders, which were down 8.5% and 11.3%, respectively. Domestic backlog decreased by 4.3% to $151.3 million while international backlog decreased by 21.8% to $67.2 million. Lower orders were driven by COVID-19 uncertainties.

Operating loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 decreased 124.2% compared to operating income of $3.3 million in the third quarter 2019. In relation to the company’s efforts to simplify the organization, the company incurred a $3.9 million pre-tax restructuring and other or $0.13 per share net of taxes related to asset impairment, inventory write-down, reduction in labor force and the closing of our Mequon, Wisconsin and Enid, Oklahoma facilities. Third quarter of 2020 adjusted operating income of $4.1 million, decreased 2.3% compared to $4.2 million a year ago. Adjusted operating margin of 1.8% increased 20 basis points from 1.6% in third quarter 2019 as operational efficiencies outpaced a decline in sales. SG&A expenses increased $1.2 million or 2.5% primarily due to the acquisitions of BMH Systems ("St. Bruno") and CON-E-CO ("Blair").

Net income of $1.6 million decreased 45.2% compared to $3.0 million a year ago, while EPS of $0.07 decreased 46.2% compared to $0.13 for third quarter 2019. Excluding restructuring charges mentioned above, adjusted net income of $4.6 million increased 21.7% compared to the prior year period, while adjusted EPS of $0.20 increased 17.6% compared to $0.17 for third quarter 2019. Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 million increased 2.4% compared to $10.7 million a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 4.8% increased 60 basis points from 4.2% in third quarter 2019.

“I am pleased with our continued ability to execute against our strategic initiatives of Simplify, Focus and Grow. Furthermore, as a direct result of the initiatives taken since 2019 related to our strategic transformation and our continued focus on operational excellence, while net sales decreased, we achieved further adjusted gross and adjusted EBITDA margin expansion during the quarter. During the third quarter, we continued to drive operational excellence across the organization resulting in solid third quarter performance,” said Barry Ruffalo, CEO of Astec. “As previously communicated, we closed on the acquisitions of two premier full-line concrete batch plant manufacturers, Blair and St. Bruno, which strengthened our Infrastructure Solutions segment. The integration is going well and we are already beginning to benefit from purchasing synergies. We continue to focus on our Rock to Road strategy to build on our strong foundational product lines.”

COVID-19 Business Continuity and Operations Update
We continue to execute on COVID-19 measures in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families and communities in which we operate, while continuing to serve our customers’ critical needs.  Below is a COVID-related update by category:

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company remains focused on liquidity and cash generation. We ended the quarter with a net cash position of $108.5 million with total debt of $0.9 million. The Company has available liquidity in excess of $260.0 million as of September 30, 2020.


All of our facilities are operational and able to meet current demand levels. We continue to manufacture our products for building and maintaining the infrastructure used to move goods to market, facilitate the transportation needs of communities and for public health and safety.

Supply Chain

We have not experienced any interruption to our supply chain and are able to source the necessary materials needed to meet our customers’ needs. We are closely monitoring our supply chain and are ready to take proactive actions as needed to mitigate any potential disruptions. We are in frequent communication with our suppliers and customers to ensure business continuity.

Cost Management

We have implemented additional actions to help mitigate the financial and operations impacts of COVID-19, including reducing expenses and conserving cash. These actions include:

  • Overall headcount reduction of approximately 12% since third quarter of 2019
  • Discretionary spending reductions
  • Working capital management to ensure efficient accounts receivable processing with our customers

Mr. Ruffalo continued, “We remain cautiously optimistic given we are well positioned to navigate the economic challenges related to the global pandemic with a streamlined organizational structure, a strong balance sheet and ample liquidity. I want to thank all our team members for their hard work and dedication and continued focus on our core values to serve our customers as OneAstec. I am confident that we are becoming a stronger and more resilient organization as we continue to focus on operational excellence and enhancing long-term stakeholder value.”

Investor Conference Call and Web Simulcast
Astec will conduct a conference call and live webcast today, November 4, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, to review its third quarter 2020 results as well as current business conditions. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (877) 407-9210 (at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the call). International callers should dial (201) 689-8049. You may also access a live webcast of the call by visiting You will need to give your name and company affiliation and reference Astec Industries. An archived webcast will be available for ninety days at

A replay of the conference call will be available through November 18, 2020 by dialing (877) 481-4010 or (919) 882-2331 for international callers, Conference ID # 36087. A transcript of the conference call will be made available under the Investor Relations section of the Astec Industries, Inc. website within five business days after the call.

About Astec
Astec, (, is a manufacturer of specialized equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production. Astec’s manufacturing operations are divided into two primary business segments: Infrastructure Solutions that includes road building, asphalt and concrete plant, thermal and storage solutions; and Materials Solutions that include our aggregate processing and mining equipment.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release relate to future events and expectations and are “forward-looking statements” (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) regarding the future performance of the Company.  Words such as "believe," "estimate," "will be," "will," "would," “may,” "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "project," "intend," "could," "should" or other similar words or expressions often identify forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking.  All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding our outlook, projections, forecasts or trend descriptions. These statements do not guarantee future performance and speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements.

Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results could differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, include among others: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global demand for the Company’s products; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s financial condition and business operations; general uncertainty in the economy; pricing, demand and availability of steel, oil and liquid asphalt; decreased funding for highway projects; the relative strength/weakness of the dollar to foreign currencies; production capacity; general business conditions in the industry; demand for the Company’s products; seasonality and cyclicality in operating results; seasonality of sales volumes or lower than expected sales volumes; lower than expected margins on custom equipment orders; competitive activity; tax rates and the impact of future legislation thereon; and those other factors, risks and uncertainties that are more specifically set forth from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company’s results, the Company refers to various GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures which management believes provides useful information to investors. These non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures for other companies. Management of the Company does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. Nonetheless, this non-GAAP information can be useful in understanding the Company's operating results and the performance of its core business. Management of the Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to establish internal budgets and targets and to evaluate the Company’s financial performance against such budgets and targets.

For Additional Information Contact:
Steve Anderson 
Senior Vice President of Administration and Investor Relations, Secretary 
Phone: (423) 899-5898 
Fax: (423) 899-4456 

Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except shares in thousands and per share amounts; unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Net sales$231.4   $255.8   $785.6   $886.4  
Cost of sales181.0   203.9   601.5   674.4  
Gross profit50.4   51.9   184.1   212.0  
Operating expenses:       
Selling, general and administrative48.8   47.6   147.8   158.6  
Restructuring and asset impairment charges2.4   0.9   11.1   1.4  
Total operating expenses51.2   48.5   158.9   160.0  
Operating income (loss)(0.8)  3.4   25.2   52.0  
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense(0.1)  (0.2)  (0.3)  (1.3) 
Other income, net of expenses1.3   0.4   2.1   1.3  
Income before income taxes0.4   3.6   27.0   52.0  
Provision (benefit) from income taxes(1.2)  0.6   (4.5)  11.4  
Net income1.6   3.0   31.5   40.6  
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest      0.1   0.1  
Net income attributable to controlling interest$1.6   $3.0   $31.6   $40.7  
Earnings per common share       
Basic$0.07   $0.13   $1.40   $1.81  
Diluted0.07   0.13   1.38   1.79  
Weighted-average shares outstanding       
Basic22,615   22,523   22,593   22,510  
Diluted22,946   22,684   22,838   22,666  
EPS *$0.07   $0.13   $1.38   $1.79  
Restructuring and unusual0.17   0.04   0.56   (0.81) 
Goodwill impairment      0.07     
Benefit (provision) from income taxes(0.04)     (0.15)  0.20  
Adjusted EPS *$0.20   $0.17   $1.86   $1.18  
* Diluted EPS       

Astec Industries Inc.
Segment Net Sales and Profits
(In thousands; unaudited)

 Three Months Ended September 30 Nine Months Ended September 30
 Corporate Total Infrastructure
 Corporate Total
2020 Net sales$151,096   $80,308   $   $231,404   $535,565   $249,986   $   $785,551  
2019 Net sales156,190   99,617      255,807   573,404   312,985      886,389  
Change $(5,094)  (19,309)     (24,403)  (37,839)  (62,999)     (100,838) 
Change %(3.3)%  (19.4)%  %  (9.5)%  (6.6)%  (20.1)%  %  (11.4)% 
2020 Gross profit29,645   20,692   100   50,437   120,857   62,911   305   184,073  
2020 Gross profit %19.6%  25.8%  %  21.8%  22.6%  25.2%  %  23.4% 
2019 Gross profit30,952   20,837   71   51,860   140,004   71,876   147   212,027  
2019 Gross profit %19.8%  20.9%   %  20.3%  24.4%  23.0%  %  23.9% 
Change $(1,307)  (145)  29   (1,423)  (19,147)  (8,965)  158   (27,954) 
2020 Profit / (loss)6,266   7,205   (11,712)  1,759   37,701   21,709   (28,240)  31,170  
2019 Profit / (loss)3,889   5,803   (6,947)  2,745   48,885   22,969   (32,418)  39,436  
Change $2,377   1,402   (4,765)  (986)  (11,184)  (1,260)  4,178   (8,266) 
Change %61.1%  24.2%  (68.6)%  (35.9)%  (22.9)%  (5.5)%  12.9%  (21.0)% 
Segment net sales are reported net of intersegment sales. Segment gross profit is net of profit on intersegment sales. A reconciliation of total segment profits to the Company's net income attributable to controlling interest is as follows (in thousands; unaudited):
   Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
   2020 2019 Change $   2020 2019 Change $
Total profit for all segments  $1,759   $2,745   $(986)    $31,170   $39,436   $(8,266) 
Recapture (elimination) of intersegment profit  (72)  210   (282)    305   1,099   (794) 
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest  (39)  55   (94)    75   127   (52) 
Net income attributable to controlling interest  $1,648   $3,010   $(1,362)    $31,550   $40,662   $(9,112) 

Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions; unaudited)

 September 30,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$108.5  $48.9 
Investments3.8  1.5 
Receivables, net132.8  124.9 
Inventories, net261.5  294.5 
Other current assets26.6  36.5 
Total current assets533.2  506.3 
Property, plant and equipment, net182.8  190.4 
Other long-term assets103.7  103.8 
Total assets$819.7  $800.5 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$53.1  $57.2 
Other current liabilities108.1  115.6 
Total current liabilities161.2  172.8 
Long-term debt0.4  0.7 
Other long-term liabilities34.8  24.5 
Total equity623.3  602.5 
Total liabilities and equity$819.7  $800.5 

Astec Industries Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands; unaudited)

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2020 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net income$31,475   $40,535  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization19,370   19,698  
Provision for doubtful accounts559   1,086  
Provision for warranties7,094   7,020  
Deferred compensation expense503   74  
Stock-based compensation4,814   2,118  
Deferred income tax provision14,012   9,193  
(Gain) loss on disposition of fixed assets(826)  309  
Asset impairment charge4,146     
Distributions to SERP participants(1,234)  (2,067) 
Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:   
(Purchase) sale of trading securities, net(534)  883  
Trade and other receivables(1,964)  18,150  
Inventories43,170   (1,261) 
Prepaid expenses and other assets5,805   849  
Accounts payable(7,952)  (8,899) 
Accrued payroll and related expenses1,009     
Accrued product warranty(7,328)  (8,004) 
Customer deposits(17,966)  (4,247) 
Prepaid and income taxes payable, net8,604   8,964  
Other553   (226) 
Net cash provided by operating activities103,310    84,175   
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired(28,252)    
Expenditures for property and equipment(10,934)  (17,924) 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment2,881   268  
Proceeds from sale of assets held for sale3,084     
Other285   1,407  
Net cash used by investing activities(32,936)  (16,249) 
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Payment of dividends(7,457)  (7,436) 
Borrowings under bank loans175   164,850  
Repayments of bank loans(518)  (223,984) 
Sale of Company shares held by SERP214   176  
Withholding tax paid upon vesting of restricted stock units(739)  (312) 
Net cash used by financing activities(8,325)  (66,706) 
Effect of exchange rates on cash(2,377)  (752) 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents59,672   468  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period48,857   25,821  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$108,529   $26,289  


In its earnings release, Astec refers to various GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) and non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures being disclosed by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. Nonetheless, this non-GAAP information can be useful in understanding the Company's operating results and the performance of its core businesses. Management of the Company uses both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures to establish internal budgets and targets and to evaluate the Company's financial performance against such budgets and targets.

The amounts described below are unaudited, reported in thousands of U.S. Dollars (Except per share data), and as of or for the periods indicated.

3Q 2020 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table
 As Reported
Charges and
 As Adjusted
Net sales$231,404   $  $231,404  
GP50,437   2,507  52,944  
GP%21.8%    22.9% 
Operating income (loss)(808)  4,924  4,116  
Benefit from income taxes(1,242)  953  (289) 
Net income attributable to controlling interest1,648   2,921  4,569  
EPS0.07   0.13  0.20  
Infrastructure Solutions     
Net sales151,096     151,096  
GP29,645   2,507  32,152  
GP%19.6%    21.3% 
Materials Solutions     
Net sales80,308     80,308  
GP20,692     20,692  
GP%25.8%    25.8% 
3Q YTD 2020 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table
 As Reported
Charges and
 As Adjusted
Net sales$785,551   $  $785,551  
GP184,073   4,416  188,489  
GP%23.4%    24.0% 
Operating income25,194   15,538  40,732  
Benefit from income taxes(4,517)  3,498  (1,019) 
Net income attributable to controlling interest31,550   10,990  42,540  
EPS1.38   0.48  1.86  
Infrastructure Solutions     
Net sales535,565     535,565  
GP120,857   4,416  125,273  
GP%22.6%    23.4% 
Materials Solutions     
Net sales249,986     249,986  
GP62,911     62,911  
GP%25.2%    25.2% 

3Q 2019 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table
 As Reported
Charges and
 As Adjusted
Net sales$255,807  $   $255,807 
GP51,860     51,860 
GP%20.3%   20.3%
Operating income3,342  875   4,217 
Provision from income taxes632  132   764 
Net income attributable to controlling interest3,010  743   3,753 
EPS0.13  0.04   0.17 
Infrastructure Solutions     
Net sales156,190     156,190 
GP30,952     30,952 
GP%19.8%   19.8%
Materials Solutions     
Net sales99,617     99,617 
GP20,837     20,837 
GP%20.9%   20.9%
3Q YTD 2019 GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation Table
 As Reported
 Restructuring Charges
and Other
 As Adjusted
Net sales$886,389  $(20,000)  $866,389 
GP212,027  (20,000)  192,027 
GP%23.9%   22.2%
Operating income52,002  (18,569)  33,433 
Provision from income taxes11,420  (4,598)  6,822 
Net income attributable to controlling interest40,662  (13,971)  26,691 
EPS1.79  (0.61)  1.18 
Infrastructure Solutions     
Net sales573,404  (20,000)  553,404 
GP140,004  (20,000)  120,004 
GP%24.4%   21.7%
Materials Solutions     
Net sales312,985     312,985 
GP71,876     71,876 
GP%23.0%   23.0%

Astec Industries Inc.
GAAP vs Non-GAAP Adj. EPS Reconciliations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts; unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Net income attributable to controlling interest$1,648   $3,010   $31,550   $40,662  
Plus: Restructuring and other3,874   875   12,842   (18,569) 
Plus: Goodwill impairment      1,646     
Less: Benefit (provision) from income taxes(953)  (132)  (3,498)  4,598  
Adjusted net income attributable to controlling interest$4,569   $3,753   $42,540   $26,691  
Diluted EPS$0.07   $0.13   $1.38   $1.79  
Plus: Restructuring and other0.17   0.04   0.56   (0.81) 
Plus: Goodwill impairment      0.07     
Less: Benefit (provision) from income taxes(0.04)     (0.15)  0.20  
Adjusted EPS$0.20   $0.17   $1.86   $1.18  

Astec Industries Inc.
GAAP vs Non-GAAP EBITDA and Adj. EBITDA Reconciliations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts; unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Net income attributable to controlling interest$1,648   $3,010   $31,550   $40,662  
Interest income (expense) and other(99)  (202)  (360)  155  
Depreciation and amortization6,823   6,429   19,370   19,698  
Provision from income taxes(1,242)  632   (4,517)  11,420  
EBITDA7,130   9,869   46,043   71,935  
Restructuring and other3,874   875   14,488   (18,569) 
Adjusted EBITDA$11,004   $10,744   $60,531   $53,366  


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