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The L.S. Starrett Company Announces Fiscal 2024 First Quarter Results

ATHOL, Mass., November 13, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX) ("Starrett" or "the Company") a global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of precision measuring tools, cutting tools and equipment, and high-end metrology solutions for industrial, professional, and consumer markets, today announced operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Financial results include non-U.S. GAAP financial measures. These non-U.S. GAAP measures are more fully described and are reconciled from the respective measures determined under U.S. GAAP in the section titled "Use of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures" and the attached tables.

Fiscal 2024 First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for the quarter of $60.6 million were relatively flat compared to the first quarter of the prior year, while currency neutral net sales of $59.1 million declined 2.3% from the first quarter of fiscal 2023, reflecting the relative weakness of the U.S. Dollar compared to the prior year period. Increases in net sales for the Company’s precision granite products and net sales into Europe were offset by declines in net sales of precision measuring tools due to labor availability and resulting lower factory utilization in the Company’s measuring tools plant. Net sales of the Company’s in-line laser measuring systems also declined due to the U.S. automotive strikes that temporarily paused capital spending in that sector.

  • Gross margin for the quarter was 32.2%, a decline of 120 basis points from 33.4% in the first quarter of the prior year. This was partially a result of the forementioned labor headwinds in our measuring tool production facility, and partially due to product mix, as net sales of our higher margin in-line laser measuring systems declined compared to the prior year quarter.

  • First quarter operating income was 4.1%, down 200 basis points, from 6.1% in the first quarter of the prior year. In addition to lower gross margin, selling, general and administrative expenses increased 80 basis points in relation to net sales compared to the prior year quarter. Approximately half of the increase was due to the translation of foreign currencies, particularly the Brazilian Real, into U.S. Dollars. In addition, the Company has been reinvesting during the quarter.

  • First quarter diluted Earnings per Share was $0.25 compared to $0.27 for the first quarter in the prior fiscal year.

    "Our Company continued to exhibit topline resilience in the face of headwinds in our North American industrial distribution-facing businesses. Internationally, aided by new product introductions, our saw products regained topline growth momentum, a reversal from the third and fourth quarters of last fiscal year. Our high precision granite business continued to benefit from semi-conductor tailwinds. Our facility capacity and customer diversification expansion plans are on schedule to be fully commissioned in the first quarter of calendar 2024, which we believe will set the table for future growth." said Douglas Starrett, President and CEO.

Use of Non- U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses the following non-U.S. GAAP financial measures: "currency-neutral net sales," which are sales calculated using actual exchange rates in use during the comparative prior year period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

The Company discusses these non-U.S. GAAP financial measures because management believes they assist investors in comparing the Company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by eliminating items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. Such non-U.S. GAAP financial measures assist investors in understanding the ongoing operating performance of the Company by presenting financial results between periods on a more comparable basis. Such measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, the financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP").

References to currency-neutral net sales should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-U.S. GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In evaluating these non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, investors should be aware that in the future the Company may incur expenses or be involved in transactions that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this press release. The Company’s discussion of non-U.S. GAAP financial measures should not be construed to imply that its future results will be unaffected by any such adjustments. Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP.

About The L.S. Starrett Company:

Founded in 1880 by Laroy S. Starrett and incorporated in 1929, The L.S. Starrett Company is a leading manufacturer of high-end precision tools, cutting equipment, and metrology systems for industrial, professional and consumer markets and is engaged in the business of manufacturing over 5,000 different products for industrial, professional and consumer markets. The Company has a long history of global manufacturing experience and currently operates three major global manufacturing plants. All subsidiaries principally serve the global manufacturing industrial base with concentration in the metalworking, construction, machinery, equipment, aerospace and automotive markets. The Company offers its broad array of measuring and cutting products to the market through multiple channels of distribution throughout the world. Starrett is a brand recognized around the world for precision, quality and innovation. For more information, please visit: https://www.starrett.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s expectations, anticipations, intentions, beliefs or strategies regarding the future. These forward-looking statements are based on its current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it has anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond its control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, and other risks and uncertainties described in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 27, 2023 in the section entitled "Risk Factors," and in its other filings from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of its assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

L.S. Starrett Company

Summary of Operations

Quarter Ended September 30, 2023

TABLE 1

Quarter
Ended
9/30/2023

Comparison to Quarter Ended
09/30/2022

(Amounts in Thousands, except income per share)

9/30/2022

$ Change

% Change

Net Sales

$

60,636

$

60,461

+175

0.3%

Gross Profit

19,536

20,200

-664

-3.3%

as % of Net Sales

32.2%

33.4%

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

17,077

16,294

+783

4.8%

as % of Net Sales

28.2%

26.9%

Restructuring Charges

-

190

(190)

-100.0%

Operating income

2,459

3,716

(1,257)

-33.8%

as % of Net Sales

4.1%

6.1%

Other expense

(365)

(676)

+311

-46.0%

Income before income taxes

2,094

3,040

(946)

-31.1%

Income tax expense

174

984

(810)

-82.3%

Net Income

$

1,920

$

2,056

(136)

-6.6%

Basic net income per share

$

0.26

$

0.28

$

(0.02)

-7.1%

Diluted net income per share

$

0.25

$

0.27

$

(0.02)

-7.4%

L.S. Starrett Company

Consolidated, Condensed Balance Sheet

September 30, 2023

TABLE 2

ASSETS

9/30/2023

6/30/2023

Cash

$

12,529

$

10,454

Accounts receivable

34,506

36,611

Inventories, net

65,126

65,414

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,859

9,723

Total current assets

122,020

122,202

Property, plant and equipment, net

42,600

39,375

Other long-term assets

31,149

31,225

Deferred tax assets, net

19,073

19,073

Intangible assets, net

4,888

4,888

Goodwill

1,015

1,015

Total assets

$

195,769

$

192,802

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

9/30/2023

6/30/2023

Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt

$

5,270

$

4,961

Current lease liability

1,650

1,650

Accounts payable

16,587

15,047

Other current liabilities

19,650

19,555

Accrued compensation

8,040

8,040

Total current liabilities

41,507

39,563

Other long term liabilities

6,008

6,307

Long-term lease liability

Long-term debt, net of current portion

7,944

5,273

Postretirement benefit and pension obligations

11,320

12,192

Total Liabilities

66,779

63,335

Stockholders' Equity

128,990

129,467

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

195,769

$

192,802

L.S. Starrett Company

Reconciliation of Net Sales to Currency Neutral Net Sales

Quarter Ended September 30, 2023

TABLE 3

Quarter
Ended
9/30/2023

Comparison to Quarter Ended
09/30/2022

(Amounts in Thousands)

9/30/2022

$ Change

% Change

Net sales, as reported

60,636

60,461

+175

0.3%

*Currency Impact

(1,574)

-

(1,574)

-2.6%

Currency neutral net sales

$

59,062

$

60,461

(1,399)

-2.3%

*Change when converting FY24 sales in non USD functional currencies at the same exchange rates used in the comparison period

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Contacts

John C. Tripp
Chief Financial Officer
(978) 249-3551
jtripp@starrett.com