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Atkore 2Q Sales Up More Than 53% Year Over Year

HARVEY, Ill. — Atkore Inc. announced earnings for its fiscal 2022 second quarter ended March 25, 2022.

“Atkore continued to build on its momentum in the second quarter, generating a significant increase in sales year-over-year and growing profitability,” said Bill Waltz, Atkore President and Chief Executive Officer. “Both segments contributed to the strong second quarter results, with positive trends across multiple product categories in each segment partially offset by declines in certain steel related product categories in the U.S. Our results in the first half of 2022 reflect our team’s dedication to serving our customers and the resilience of the Atkore Business System, which continues to successfully guide our operations through pricing volatility, labor shortages across the value chain and other macro factors.”

Waltz continued, “We enter the back half of the fiscal year with a stronger base from which to grow and the financial flexibility and expected cash flow generation to continue to deliver on our capital allocation priorities. We are on track to repurchase at least a cumulative total of $400 million in shares in fiscal 2022, while also continuing to prudently execute on our robust M&A pipeline. In addition, we are raising our fiscal year 2022 outlook for Adjusted EBITDA to $1.25 to $1.30 billion. We will continue to work diligently and efficiently to capitalize on our existing leadership positions, expand into key growth areas and serve our customers with an unwavering commitment to excellence.”

2022 Second Quarter Results

Three months ended

(in thousands)

March 25, 2022

March 26, 2021

Change

% Change

Net sales

Electrical

$

759,877

$

487,500

$

272,377

55.9

%

Safety & Infrastructure

224,285

152,700

71,585

46.9

%

Eliminations

(1,589

)

(657

)

(932

)

141.9

%

Consolidated operations

$

982,573

$

639,543

$

343,030

53.6

%

Net income

$

233,477

$

124,933

$

108,544

86.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA

Electrical

$

330,970

$

188,826

$

142,144

75.3

%

Safety & Infrastructure

28,917

16,193

12,724

78.6

%

Unallocated

(13,721

)

(11,654

)

(2,067

)

17.7

%

Consolidated operations

$

346,166

$

193,365

$

152,801

79.0

%

Net sales increased by $343.0 million, or 53.6%, to $982.6 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022, compared to $639.5 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The increase in net sales is primarily attributed to increased average selling prices across the Company’s products of $338.7 million which were mostly driven by the plastic pipe and conduit product category within the Electrical segment and increased net sales of $14.6 million from companies acquired during fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2022. These increases are offset by decreased sales volume of $8.5 million across varying product categories within both the Electrical and the Safety & Infrastructure segments. Pricing for PVC products, as well as other parts of the business, is expected to return to more normal historical levels over time, but that time is uncertain.

Gross profit increased by $176.6 million, or 73.6%, to $416.4 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022, as compared to $239.8 million for the prior-year period. Gross margin increased to 42.4% for the three months ended March 25, 2022, as compared to 37.5% for the prior-year period. Gross profit increased primarily due to higher average selling prices of $338.7 million, partially offset by higher input costs of steel, copper and PVC resin of $151.5 million.

Net income increased by $108.5 million, or 86.9%, to $233.5 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to $124.9 million for the prior-year period primarily due to higher gross profit and lower interest expense, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative costs, and income tax expense.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $152.8 million, or 79.0%, to $346.2 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to $193.4 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The increase was primarily due to higher gross profit.

Net income per diluted share prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) was $5.08 for the three months ended March 25, 2022, as compared to $2.58 in the prior-year period. Adjusted net income per diluted share increased by $2.60 to $5.39 for the three months ended March 25, 2022, as compared to $2.79 in the prior year period. The increase in diluted earnings per share and adjusted net income per share is primarily attributed to higher net income.

Segment Results

Electrical

Net sales increased by $272.4 million, or 55.9%, to $759.9 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to $487.5 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The increase in net sales is primarily attributed to increased average selling prices of $263.4 million which were mostly driven by the plastic pipe and conduit product category and increased net sales of $9.2 million from companies acquired during fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2022. Pricing for PVC products, as well as other parts of the business, is expected to return to more normal historical levels over time, but that time is uncertain.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 25, 2022 increased by $142.1 million, or 75.3%, to $331.0 million from $188.8 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margins increased to 43.6% for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to 38.7% for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins was largely due to higher average selling prices over input costs.

Safety & Infrastructure

Net sales increased by $71.6 million, or 46.9%, for the three months ended March 25, 2022 to $224.3 million compared to $152.7 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The increase is primarily attributed to increased average selling prices of $75.2 million driven by higher input costs of steel and increased net sales of $5.4 million from companies acquired during fiscal 2022 partially offset by lower volumes of $9.0 million primarily in the mechanical pipe product line.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $12.7 million, or 78.6%, to $28.9 million for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to $16.2 million for the three months ended March 26, 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margins increased to 12.9% for the three months ended March 25, 2022 compared to 10.6% for the three months ended March 26, 2021. The Adjusted EBITDA increase is primarily due to the price increases, partially offset by lower volume, discussed above.

Full-Year Outlook

Based on market trends and Atkore’s continued execution, the Company is increasing its outlook for Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income per diluted share for fiscal year 2022. The Company continues to expect Net Sales to be up approximately 25 to 30 percent versus fiscal year 2021. The Company expects Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $1,250 million to $1,3000 million, and Adjusted net income per diluted share to be in the range of $19.65 – $20.45.

In light of these trends and the current environment, the Company is also providing its preliminary perspective on fiscal year 2023. The Company estimates fiscal year 2023 Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $800 million – $900 million. The Company notes that this perspective may vary due to changes in assumptions or market conditions and other factors described under “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Reconciliations of the forward-looking full-year 2022 outlook for Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income per diluted share, and preliminary perspective for full-year 2023 Adjusted EBITDA are not being provided as the Company does not currently have sufficient data to accurately estimate the variables and individual adjustments for such reconciliations.

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