Steelcase Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Operating margin increased 290 basis points to 7.9%; EPS improved 48% to $0.46
  • Revenue grew 6% to $955 million, driven by strong organic growth in the Americas
  • EMEA delivers $7 million improvement in operating income and is profitable for the fiscal year to date
  • Company projects fiscal year 2020 revenue of $3.7 billion and EPS of $1.41 to $1.45

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) today reported third quarter revenue of $955.2 million and net income of $54.9 million, or diluted earnings of $0.46 per share.  In the prior year, Steelcase reported $901.0 million of revenue and net income of $37.3 million, or diluted earnings of $0.31 per share and adjusted earnings of $0.36 per share.

Revenue increased 6 percent in the third quarter compared to the prior year, reflecting strong growth in the Americas and the Other category.  The growth in the Americas benefited from favorable timing of shipments compared to recent trends and the prior year, in part due to the timing of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.  Orders (adjusted for currency translation effects, acquisitions and divestitures) grew 4 percent compared to orders in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, which grew 10 percent compared to the previous year.

Revenue and order growth (decline) by segment  
Q3 2020 vs. Q3 2019   

Americas8% 8% 2% 
EMEA(1)% 0% 11% 
Other category5% 6% 10% 
Steelcase Inc.6% 6% 4% 

"We're proud to deliver another quarter of outstanding results, including a 28% improvement in adjusted earnings and terrific year-over-year increases in operating margins in the Americas and EMEA," said Jim Keane, president and CEO.  "Our teams continue to execute against our strategies for growth and profit improvement.  We continue to capitalize on the investments we've made in new product development and drive initiatives for improving our cost structure."

Third quarter operating income of $75.1 million (or 7.9 percent of revenue) increased by $29.7 million or 65.4 percent compared to operating income of $45.4 million (or 5.0 percent of revenue) in the prior year.  The prior year included an $11.2 million pension charge, which had the effect of reducing operating income by $7.5 million after consideration of the related variable compensation expense.  The Americas reported operating income of $74.7 million compared to $52.0 million in the prior year.  Adjusted for the $8.4 million net impact of the pension charge in the prior year, operating income in the Americas increased by $14.3 million, driven primarily by the $52.3 million increase in revenue, which included higher realization of list price adjustments.  EMEA reported operating income of $6.3 million compared to an operating loss of $0.7 million in the prior year, driven by gross margin improvement initiatives and cost reduction efforts.  The Other category reported operating income of $3.3 million compared to $4.2 million in the prior year.

"Our $7 million year-over-year profit improvement in EMEA this quarter is reflective of our teams executing against our strategies as we sustained a high level of revenue while driving improvements in gross margin and operating expenses," said Dave Sylvester, senior vice president and CFO.  "Our year-to-date profitability demonstrates our ability to drive continued improvement in our business, despite an overall economic environment that continues to be challenging, and puts us in a great position to achieve our near-term target of being profitable in EMEA for fiscal 2020."

Gross margin of 33.1 percent in the third quarter represented an increase of 220 basis points compared to the prior year, with a 210 basis point improvement in the Americas (including 160 basis points attributable to the pension charge in the prior year) and a 350 basis point improvement in EMEA.  On a consolidated basis, the improvement was driven by pricing benefits, lower commodity costs, and higher absorption of fixed costs, partially offset by unfavorable business mix.

Operating expenses of $241.0 million in the third quarter represented an increase of $8.1 million, but an improvement of 70 basis points as a percentage of revenue, compared to the prior year.  The increase in expense was primarily driven by higher spending to drive growth and higher variable compensation expense, partially offset by $1.8 million of favorable currency translation effects.

Interest expense of $6.7 million in the third quarter represented an increase of $2.0 million compared to $4.7 million in the prior year due to a higher level of outstanding debt.

Income tax expense of $18.9 million in the third quarter reflected an effective tax rate of 25.6 percent.  In the prior year, income tax expense was $7.9 million and reflected an effective tax rate of 17.5 percent, which included a $3.6 million favorable adjustment.

Total liquidity, comprised of cash, cash equivalents and the cash surrender value of company-owned life insurance, aggregated to $527.6 million and total debt was $484.1 million at the end of the third quarter.

"Our strong cash position was further strengthened this quarter as we generated $176 million of cash flow from operations due to strong earnings, a seasonal reduction of working capital, lower estimated tax payments and other favorable timing," said Dave Sylvester.

The Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.145 per share, to be paid on or before January 13, 2020, to shareholders of record as of December 27, 2019.


The company expects fiscal 2020 revenue to approximate $3.7 billion, with revenue in the fourth quarter expected to be in the range of $905 to $930 million.  The company reported revenue of $3.4 billion in fiscal 2019, with $912.4 million in the fourth quarter.  Adjusted for the impact of an additional week in fiscal 2020 and unfavorable currency translation effects, the projected revenue range for the fourth quarter translates to an expected organic decline of 2 to 5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, which reflected revenue growth of 18 percent and organic revenue growth of 15 percent compared to the previous year.

"Our fourth quarter estimate is impacted by the favorable shipment timing we experienced in the third quarter, which included benefits from the timing of Thanksgiving which fell in Q3 of the prior year compared to Q4 of the current year," said Dave Sylvester.  "We estimate that the fourth quarter will be negatively impacted by $20 million or more compared to the prior year as a result of that timing.  We're pleased our revenue outlook for the full fiscal year is consistent with the targets we established at the beginning of the year as our industry has remained resilient, even as corporate capital spending has been under pressure, and our growth strategies have driven gains in our market share."
Steelcase expects to report diluted earnings per share between $1.41 to $1.45 for fiscal 2020, including an estimate for the fourth quarter of $0.30 to $0.34.  Steelcase reported diluted earnings per share of $1.05 and adjusted earnings of $1.20 per share in fiscal 2019, with earnings per share of $0.19 and adjusted earnings of $0.29 per share in the fourth quarter.

"Our expectation for earnings per share for the full fiscal year would put us well above the $1.20 to $1.35 range we established at the start of the year," said Jim Keane.  "As we look out beyond the end of this fiscal year, we believe we will continue to grow faster than the industry and deliver strong earnings growth as we drive value from our acquisitions, continue to improve our profitability in EMEA and continue to invest in new product development and other growth initiatives."

Business Segment Results           
(in millions)           
 (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
 Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Americas (1)$690.9  $638.6  8.2 % $2,006.7  $1,828.5  9.7%
EMEA (2)168.4  170.9  (1.5)% 483.9  441.5  9.6%
Other (3)95.9  91.5  4.8 % 286.9  260.8  10.0%
Consolidated revenue$955.2  $901.0  6.0 % $2,777.5  $2,530.8  9.7%

Operating income (loss)            
Americas$74.7  $52.0    $197.4  $158.9    
EMEA6.3  (0.7)   1.6  (8.4)   
Other3.3  4.2    14.5  10.6    
Corporate (4)(9.2) (10.1)   (25.5) (24.5)   
Consolidated operating income$75.1  $45.4    $188.0  $136.6    
Operating income percent7.9% 5.0%   6.8% 5.4%   
Revenue mix                
Americas72.3% 70.9%   72.2% 72.3%   
EMEA17.6% 19.0%   17.4% 17.4%   
Other10.1% 10.1%   10.4% 10.3%   

Business Segment Footnotes

  1. The Americas segment serves customers in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean Islands and Latin America with a portfolio of integrated architecture, furniture and technology products marketed to corporate, government, healthcare, education and retail customers through the Steelcase, Coalesse, Turnstone, Smith System, AMQ and Orangebox brands.
  2. The EMEA segment serves customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa primarily under the Steelcase, Orangebox and Coalesse brands, with an emphasis on freestanding furniture systems, storage and seating solutions.
  3. The Other category includes Asia Pacific, Designtex and PolyVision.
  4. Corporate costs include unallocated portions of shared service functions, such as information technology, corporate facilities, finance, human resources, research, legal and customer aviation, plus deferred compensation expense and income or losses associated with company-owned life insurance.
Q3 2020 vs. Q3 2019       
 Steelcase Inc. Americas EMEA Other category
Q3 2019 revenue$901.0  $638.6  $170.9  $91.5 
Acquisitions5.7  0.7  5.0   
Currency translation effects*(8.2) (0.5) (7.1) (0.6)
  Q3 2019 revenue, adjusted898.5  638.8  168.8  90.9 
Q3 2020 revenue955.2  690.9  168.4  95.9 
Organic growth (decline) $$56.7  $52.1  $(0.4) $5.0 
Organic growth (decline) %6% 8% 0% 6%
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q3 2019 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates during Q3 2020.

Q3 2019 vs. Q3 2018  Q4 2019 vs. Q4 2018  
 Steelcase Inc.  Steelcase Inc. 
Q3 2018 revenue$772.1  Q4 2018 revenue$772.7  
Acquisitions38.7  Acquisitions34.9  
Divestitures(4.6) Divestitures(1.4) 
Currency translation effects*(6.8) Currency translation effects*(14.6) 
  Q3 2018 revenue, adjusted799.4    Q4 2018 revenue, adjusted791.6  
Q3 2019 revenue901.0  Q4 2019 revenue912.4  
Organic growth $$101.6  Organic growth $$120.8  
Organic growth %13% Organic growth %15% 
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q3 2018 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates during Q3 2019.* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q4 2018 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates during Q4 2019.

Q4 2020 vs. Q4 2019       
 Steelcase Inc.      
Q4 2019 revenue$912.4       
Currency translation effects*(4.0)      
Impact of additional week45.0       
  Q4 2019 revenue, adjusted953.4       
Q4 2020 revenue, projected905 - 930       
Organic (decline) $($48) - ($23)       
Organic (decline) %(5%) - (2%)       
* Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q4 2019 foreign currency revenues using the exchange rates at the end of Q3 2020.

 Three Months
Three Months
Twelve Months

 November 23,
 February 22,
 February 22,
Diluted earnings per share$0.31  $0.19  $1.05   
Early retirement debt charges, per share  0.14  0.14   
Pension charge, per share0.09    0.09   
Variable compensation impact, per share(0.03)   (0.03)  
Tax impact, per share(0.01) (0.04) (0.05)  
Adjusted earnings per share$0.36  $0.29  $1.20   

 Americas EMEA Other Category Corporate Total
Cost of sales         
Pension charge$11.2        $11.2 
Variable compensation impact(0.9) (0.1) (0.1)   (1.1)
Total impact on cost of sales10.3  (0.1) (0.1)   10.1 
Operating expenses         
Variable compensation impact(1.9) (0.4) (0.1) (0.2) (2.6)
Operating income$8.4  $(0.5) $(0.2) $(0.2) $7.5 
Tax impact        $2.0 
Net income        $5.5 

Steelcase Inc.                
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Revenue$955.2  100.0% $901.0  100.0% $2,777.5  100.0% $2,530.8  100.0% 
Cost of sales639.1  66.9  622.7  69.1  1,869.5  67.3  1,726.0  68.2  
Gross profit316.1  33.1  278.3  30.9  908.0  32.7  804.8  31.8  
Operating expenses241.0  25.2  232.9  25.9  720.0  25.9  668.2  26.4  
Operating income$75.1  7.9% $45.4  5.0% $188.0  6.8% $136.6  5.4% 
Interest expense(6.7) (0.7) (4.7) (0.5) (20.1) (0.7) (14.0) (0.5) 
Investment income1.3  0.1  0.2    3.8  0.1  1.7  0.1  
Other income, net4.1  0.4  4.3  0.5  8.3  0.3  11.3  0.4  
Income before income tax expense73.8  7.7  45.2  5.0  180.0  6.5  135.6  5.4  
Income tax expense18.9  2.0  7.9  0.9  46.8  1.7  32.2  1.3  
Net income$54.9  5.7% $37.3  4.1% $133.2  4.8% $103.4  4.1% 

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Revenue$690.9  100.0% $638.6  100.0% $2,006.7  100.0% $1,828.5  100.0% 
Cost of sales459.3  66.5  437.9  68.6  1,339.0  66.7  1,234.1  67.5  
Gross profit231.6  33.5  200.7  31.4  667.7  33.3  594.4  32.5  
Operating expenses156.9  22.7  148.7  23.3  470.3  23.5  435.5  23.8  
Operating income$74.7  10.8% $52.0  8.1% $197.4  9.8% $158.9  8.7% 

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Revenue$168.4  100.0% $170.9  100.0% $483.9  100.0% $441.5  100.0% 
Cost of sales116.7  69.3  124.5  72.8  345.0  71.3  321.9  72.9  
Gross profit51.7  30.7  46.4  27.2  138.9  28.7  119.6  27.1  
Operating expenses45.4  27.0  47.1  27.6  137.3  28.4  128.0  29.0  
Operating income (loss)$6.3  3.7% $(0.7) (0.4)% $1.6  0.3% $(8.4) (1.9)% 

Other category                
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Revenue$95.9  100.0% $91.5  100.0% $286.9  100.0% $260.8  100.0% 
Cost of sales63.1  65.8  60.3  65.9  185.5  64.7  170.0  65.2  
Gross profit32.8  34.2  31.2  34.1  101.4  35.3  90.8  34.8  
Operating expenses29.5  30.8  27.0  29.5  86.9  30.2  80.2  30.7  
Operating income$3.3  3.4% $4.2  4.6% $14.5  5.1% $10.6  4.1% 

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Operating loss$(9.2)   $(10.1)   $25.5    $24.5    

Steelcase will discuss third quarter results and business outlook on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures.  A “non-GAAP financial measure” is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the condensed consolidated statements of income, balance sheets or statements of cash flows of the company.  Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, the company has provided a reconciliation above of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The non-GAAP financial measures used within this earnings release are: (1) organic revenue growth (decline), which represents the change in revenue excluding estimated currency translation effects and the impacts of acquisitions and divestitures; and (2) adjusted earnings per share, which represents earnings per share, excluding (a) charges related to the early retirement of debt and the related income tax effects and (b) charges related to a multi-employer pension plan and the related variable compensation and income tax effects.  These measures are presented because management uses this information to monitor and evaluate financial results and trends. Therefore, management believes this information is also useful for investors.

Forward-looking Statements
From time to time, in written and oral statements, the company discusses its expectations regarding future events and its plans and objectives for future operations.  These forward-looking statements discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to us, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the company.  Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project, "targets," or other similar words, phrases or expressions.  Although we believe these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they are based upon a number of assumptions concerning future conditions, any or all of which may ultimately prove to be inaccurate.  Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary from the company's expectations because of factors such as, but not limited to, competitive and general economic conditions domestically and internationally; acts of terrorism, war, governmental action, natural disasters and other Force Majeure events; changes in the legal and regulatory environment; changes in raw material, commodity and other input costs; currency fluctuations; changes in customer demand; and the other risks and contingencies detailed in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Steelcase undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Steelcase Inc.
For over 107 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, across industries.  We demonstrate this through our family of brands - including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, PolyVision®, Turnstone®, Smith System®, Orangebox® and AMQ®.  Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability.  We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 Steelcase dealer locations.  Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2019 revenue of $3.4 billion.

(in millions, except per share data) 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 November 22,
 November 23,
 November 22,
 November 23,
Revenue$955.2  $901.0  $2,777.5  $2,530.8  
Cost of sales639.1  622.7  1,869.5  1,726.0  
Gross profit316.1  278.3  908.0  804.8  
Operating expenses241.0  232.9  720.0  668.2  
Operating income75.1  45.4  188.0  136.6  
Interest expense(6.7) (4.7) (20.1) (14.0) 
Investment income1.3  0.2  3.8  1.7  
Other income, net4.1  4.3  8.3  11.3  
Income before income tax expense73.8  45.2  180.0  135.6  
Income tax expense18.9  7.9  46.8  32.2  
Net income$54.9  $37.3  $133.2  $103.4  
Earnings per share:        
Basic$0.46  $0.31  $1.11  $0.87  
Diluted$0.46  $0.31  $1.11  $0.87  
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic119.5  119.2  119.6  119.0  
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted120.1  119.5  120.1  119.3  
Dividends declared and paid per common share$0.145  $0.135  $0.435  $0.405  

(in millions)
 November 22,
 February 22,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$367.7  $261.3 
Accounts receivable, net447.8  390.3 
Inventories248.3  224.8 
Prepaid expenses22.9  19.5 
Other current assets45.6  52.7 
Total current assets1,132.3  948.6 
Property, plant and equipment, net446.1  455.5 
Company-owned life insurance ("COLI")159.9  156.1 
Deferred income taxes120.4  135.8 
Goodwill240.5  240.8 
Other intangible assets, net109.9  119.3 
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates56.8  56.9 
Right-of-use operating lease assets231.9   
Other assets26.0  29.4 
Total assets$2,523.8  $2,142.4 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$281.3  $241.2 
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt2.6  4.1 
Current operating lease obligations39.7   
Accrued expenses:   
Employee compensation160.9  168.1 
Employee benefit plan obligations37.7  37.1 
Accrued promotions36.7  27.7 
Customer deposits26.0  20.0 
Product warranties13.3  16.4 
Income taxes payable19.6  3.5 
Other89.6  77.1 
Total current liabilities707.4  595.2 
Long-term liabilities:   
Long-term debt less current maturities481.5  482.9 
Employee benefit plan obligations137.1  141.6 
Long-term operating lease obligations209.2   
Other long-term liabilities56.9  72.9 
Total long-term liabilities884.7  697.4 
Total liabilities1,592.1  1,292.6 
Shareholders’ equity:   
Additional paid-in capital26.0  16.4 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(56.3) (47.3)
Retained earnings962.0  880.7 
Total shareholders’ equity931.7  849.8 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$2,523.8  $2,142.4 

(in millions)
 Nine Months Ended
 November 22,
 November 23,
Net income$133.2  $103.4 
Depreciation and amortization62.9  60.5 
Non-cash stock compensation14.3  15.4 
Equity in income of unconsolidated affiliates(9.9) (11.1)
Dividends received from unconsolidated affiliates8.8  6.9 
Other10.3  (12.8)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable(60.8) (99.7)
Inventories(25.2) (52.3)
Other assets12.1  4.7 
Accounts payable41.6  45.6 
Employee compensation liabilities(8.8) (13.5)
Employee benefit obligations(5.7) (3.7)
Customer deposits6.2  (4.8)
Income taxes payable16.0  (0.4)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities23.8  7.9 
Net cash provided by operating activities218.8  46.1 
Capital expenditures(49.1) (56.8)
Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets1.0  20.3 
Proceeds from COLI policies1.2  21.5 
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (226.2)
Other0.8  (6.3)
Net cash used in investing activities(46.1) (247.5)
Dividends paid(51.9) (48.3)
Common stock repurchases(8.7) (4.1)
Borrowings on lines of credit  291.8 
Repayments on lines of credit  (264.4)
Repayments of long-term debt(2.0) (2.0)
Other(1.5) 0.5 
Net cash used in financing activities(64.1) (26.5)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(0.8) (3.3)
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash107.8  (231.2)
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period1264.8  285.6 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period2$372.6  $54.4 
  1. These amounts include restricted cash of $3.5 and $2.5 as of February 22, 2019 and February 23, 2018, respectively.
  2. These amounts include restricted cash of $4.9 and $3.4 as of November 22, 2019 and November 23, 2018, respectively.

Restricted cash primarily represents funds held in escrow for potential future workers’ compensation and product liability claims.  Restricted cash is included as part of Other assets in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

CONTACT:Investor Contact:
 Michael O'Meara
 Investor Relations
 (616) 292 - 9274
 Media Contact:
 Katie Woodruff
 Corporate Communications
 (616) 915 - 8505

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