OXFORD, Conn. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- RBC Bearings Incorporated (Nasdaq:ROLL), a leading international manufacturer of highly-engineered precision plain, roller and ball bearings for the industrial, defense and aerospace industries, today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.
First Quarter Highlights
|($ in millions)||Q1 FY 2015||Q1 FY 2014||Change|
|Gross margin %||38.8%||39.4%|
|Operating income %||21.4%||21.7%|
|Dividends per share||$2.00||$0.00|
“Our first quarter performance reflected strong sales growth from our industrial products as we continued to see healthy demand levels across many of our end markets.” said Dr. Michael J. Hartnett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are also pleased to see strength in our aerospace and defense segment supported by increasing commercial aircraft build rates. Overall, we are off to a good start to our fiscal year and are confident in our ability to further execute as evidenced by our solid backlog levels and earnings growth.”
First Quarter Results
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 were $113.0 million, an increase of 10.0% from $102.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase in net sales was mainly the result of a 19.3% increase in industrial sales and a 3.8% increase in aerospace and defense. Growth in industrial sales was driven by volume increases in mining, oil and gas, and the general industrial markets. Aerospace and defense increased 9.8% in OEM business driven by commercial aircraft build rates offset by a 15.7% decrease in distribution volume. Gross margin for the first quarter was $43.8 million compared to $40.5 million for the same period last year. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales was 38.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to 39.4% for the same period last year. The decrease in gross margin percentage was attributed to an increase in sales from new industrial products that are in start-up mode.
SG&A for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $19.0 million, an increase of $2.0 million over the same period last year. The increase of $2.0 million was attributable to $0.8 million associated with the addition of two acquisitions, $0.5 million in incentive stock compensation, $0.4 million in personnel-related expenses and $0.3 million in other costs. As a percentage of net sales, SG&A was 16.8% for the first quarter compared to 16.5% for the same period last year.
Other operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $0.6 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, compared to $1.2 million for the same period last year. For the first quarter of fiscal 2015 other operating expenses consisted of $0.5 million associated with amortization of intangibles and $0.1 million in other expenses. For the same period last year, other operating expenses consisted of $0.6 million for the consolidation and restructuring of the large bearing facilities, $0.4 million of amortization of intangibles and $0.2 million in other expenses.
Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $24.2 million, an increase of 8.6% compared to operating income of $22.3 million for the same period last year. As a percentage of net sales, operating income was 21.4% compared to 21.7% for the same period last year.
Interest expense, net for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $0.2 million compared to $0.2 million for the same period last year.
Other non-operating income was $0.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared to other non-operating income of $0.2 million for the same period last year. The income in the first quarter of both periods was mainly due to foreign exchange gains.
Income tax expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $8.2 million compared to $7.1 million for the same period last year. Our effective income tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was 34.0% compared to 32.1% for the same period last year.
Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $16.0 million compared to $15.1 million for the same period last year, an increase of 6.0%.
Diluted EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was 69 cents per share compared to 65 cents per share for the same period last year.
RBC Bearings Incorporated will host a webcast at 11:00 a.m. ET today to discuss the quarterly results. To access the webcast, go to the investor relations portion of the Company’s website, www.rbcbearings.com, and click on the webcast icon. If you do not have access to the Internet and wish to listen to the call, dial 877-280-4956 (international callers dial 857-244-7313) and enter conference ID # 61271421. An audio replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 7th until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 14th. The replay can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 (international callers dial 617-801-6888) and entering conference call ID # 99313460. Investors are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the call to register.
About RBC Bearings
RBC Bearings Incorporated is an international manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered precision bearings and components. Founded in 1919, the Company is primarily focused on producing highly technical or regulated bearing products requiring sophisticated design, testing, and manufacturing capabilities for the diversified industrial, aerospace, and defense markets. Headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut, RBC Bearings currently employs approximately 2,557 people and operates 26 manufacturing facilities in five countries.
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|RBC Bearings Incorporated|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended|
|June 28,||June 29,|
|Cost of sales||69,163||62,199|
|Selling, general and administrative||18,996||16,984|
|Total operating expenses||19,610||18,171|
|Interest expense, net||224||241|
|Other non-operating (income) expense||(267||)||(192||)|
|Income before income taxes||24,254||22,249|
|Provision for income taxes||8,234||7,133|
|Net income per common share:|
|Weighted average common shares:|
|Three Months Ended|
|June 28,||June 29,|
|Segment Data, Net External Sales:||2014||2013|
|Plain bearings segment||$||59,873||$||57,090|
|Roller bearings segment||31,765||28,350|
|Ball bearings segment||13,545||9,455|
|Three Months Ended|
|June 28,||June 29,|
|Selected Financial Data:||2014||2013|
|Depreciation and amortization||$||4,058||$||3,735|
|Incentive stock compensation expense||$||1,767||$||1,220|
|Cash provided by operating activities||$||26,921||$||17,381|
|Cash and short-term investments||$||104,537||$||128,108|