Synalloy Corporation Announces Surge in First Quarter Results

SPARTANBURG, S.C., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synalloy Corporation (Nasdaq: SYNL), a producer of specialty chemicals, pigments, stainless steel pipe, vessels and process equipment, announces that the first quarter of 2007 produced a 405% increase in net earnings to $3,525,000, or $.56 per share, on a 23% sales increase to $44,398,000. This compares to net earnings of $698,000, or $.11 per share on sales of $36,163,000, in 2006's first quarter.

Specialty Chemicals Segment

The Specialty Chemicals Segment experienced declines in sales and operating income, of 3% and 24% respectively from the first quarter of 2006. The modest decrease in sales resulted from less sales in the first 6 weeks of 2007 in the Segment's proprietary chemical and pigment businesses mostly offset by increased contract revenues. The operating income decline resulted from a combination of the decline in sales and a change in contract revenues' product mix where profit margins can be significantly different. Sales and profits improved as the quarter progressed with March generating almost one- half of operating income in the quarter.

Metals Segment

Sales increased 37% in the first quarter of 2007 from the same quarter a year earlier and operating income surged 402% to $5,620,000. The sales increase resulted from a 54% increase in average selling prices partially offset by 11% lower unit volumes. The significant increase in first quarter selling prices reflects a change in product mix to larger pipe sizes, higher priced alloys and a larger proportion of non-commodity products, combined with higher costs of stainless steel, including surcharges, in the first quarter of 2007 compared to 2006's first quarter. The change in product mix is the result of the successful development of business from LNG, biofuels and electric utility scrubber projects. Most of the products produced for these markets are subject to more stringent specifications including 100% x-ray of the weld seams. In addition, some of these non-commodity products are made from expensive alloys and are more difficult to produce. Accordingly, their cost and sales price is much higher than commodity products. The change in product mix along with increased efficiencies from new equipment contributed significantly to the increase in operating income realized in the quarter. Part of the improved profits resulted from the increase in stainless prices including surcharges. Surcharges are assessed each month by the stainless steel producers to cover the change in their costs of certain raw materials. The Company in turn, passes on the surcharge in the sales prices charged to its customers. Under the Company's first-in-first-out inventory method, cost of goods sold is charged for the surcharges that were in effect three or more months prior to the month of sale. Accordingly, if surcharges are in an upward trend, reported profits will benefit. Conversely, when surcharges go down, profits are reduced. During the first quarter of 2007, the Segment continued to experience the upward trend in surcharges experienced in the third and fourth quarters of 2006. As a result surcharges were significantly higher in the quarter than they were in the first quarter of 2006 with an accompanying significant benefit to profits. Piping systems has begun to experience the favorable impact of its strong backlog as operating income more than doubled in the first quarter of 2007 from the same quarter last year. Piping systems' backlog as of the end of the first quarter of 2007 continues to remain at an excellent level at $48,600,000 compared to $19,300,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2006.

Other Items

The increase in unallocated corporate expense in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the same period last year came primarily from an increase in profit based incentives for management. The Company completed the relocation of Organic Pigments' operations from Greensboro, NC to Spartanburg in the first quarter of 2006. A $213,000 loss was recorded for the move in the first quarter of 2006. The Company has adopted FASB Interpretation Number 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes at the beginning of fiscal year 2007. As a result of the implementation the Company recognized a $995,000 decrease to reserves for uncertain tax positions. This decrease was accounted for as an adjustment to the beginning balance of retained earnings on the Balance Sheet.

Cash provided from operations of $6,089,000 in the first quarter more than covered a reduction in debt of $4,024,000 and the payment of a $927,000 cash dividend. Management anticipates continued strong cash flow in the second quarter as inventories in the Metals Segment continue to decline from the planned high level at last year end.


Management remains confident in the potential success of its fire retardant products over the balance of 2007. During the first quarter, our Sleep-Safe products achieved successful results from required testing and plant production trials at several significant potential customers. Since Federal regulations will require mattresses manufactured after July 1, 2007, to meet the new Federal standards, we are anticipating an increase in revenues from these products to begin in the second quarter and grow to significant volumes steadily throughout the year. This source of anticipated new business together with management's expectation of continued growth in other products and based on current conditions in the general economy leads us to believe that the Specialty Chemicals Segment should produce improved results in the last 3 quarters of 2007. Piping systems' backlog, of which management expects about 85% to be completed over the next 12 months, should continue to provide a much higher level of sales and profits for piping systems over the balance of 2007 compared to the same period last year. Our optimism about the future is also based on the large dollar amount of projects we expect to bid during the balance of 2007. With over 80% of the backlog coming from energy and wastewater treatment projects management is confident that they have positioned the Metals Segment to benefit from the long term growth of these areas. Assuming no significant decline in demand and a continuation of the surcharges currently in effect, pipe sales and profits should continue to provide good results over the next 3 quarters which combined with anticipated results from piping systems should enhance profitability compared to the same periods in 2006.

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                                                     THREE MONTHS ENDED
                                                     Mar 31,      Apr 1,
                                                     2007         2006

    Net sales
     Specialty Chemicals Segment                  $  12,445,000 $ 12,887,000
     Metals Segment                                  31,953,000   23,276,000
                                                  $  44,398,000 $ 36,163,000
    Operating income
     Specialty Chemicals Segment                        607,000      801,000
     Metals Segment                                   5,620,000    1,120,000
                                                      6,227,000    1,921,000
    Unallocated expenses
     Corporate                                          752,000      461,000
     Plant relocation costs                                   -      213,000
     Interest and debt expense                          209,000      147,000
     Other income                                        (1,000)      (1,000)
    Income before income taxes                        5,267,000    1,101,000
    Provision for income taxes                        1,742,000      403,000
    Net income                                    $   3,525,000 $    698,000

    Net income
     Per basic common share                                $.57         $.11
     Per diluted common share                              $.56         $.11

    Average shares outstanding
     Basic                                            6,162,110    6,108,989
     Diluted                                          6,294,553    6,208,423

    Backlog-Piping Systems & Process Equipment    $  48,600,000   19,300,000

                                                     Mar 31,      Dec 30,
    Balance Sheet                                    2007         2006
     Cash and sundry current assets               $   2,256,000 $  2,699,000
     Accounts receivable, net                        22,436,000   22,429,000
     Inventories                                     39,182,000   41,545,000
       Total current assets                          63,874,000   66,673,000
     Property, plant and equipment, net              19,643,000   18,952,000
     Other assets                                     4,302,000    4,309,000

    Total assets                                     87,819,000 $ 89,934,000
    Liabilities and shareholders' equity
     Current portion of long term debt            $     467,000 $    467,000
     Accounts payable                                10,313,000   11,776,000
     Accrued expenses                                 8,879,000    7,469,000
       Total current liabilities                     19,649,000   19,712,000
     Long-term debt                                  13,708,000   17,732,000
     Other long-term liabilities                      3,406,000    5,363,000
    Shareholders' equity                             51,056,000   47,127,000
    Total liabilities & shareholders' equity      $  87,819,000 $ 89,934,000

SOURCE Synalloy Corporation