GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Steelcase Inc. SCS +4.27% today reported third quarter revenue of $784.8 million and net income of $23.0 million, or $0.18 per share, including restructuring costs of approximately $0.01 per share. Current quarter results included goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges related to Asia Pacific, which had the effect of reducing earnings by approximately $12.9 million, or $0.10 per share. Steelcase reported $727.2 million of revenue and earnings of $0.19 per share in the third quarter of the prior year, including restructuring costs of approximately $0.03 per share.

Organic revenue growth over the prior year was 8 percent after adjusting for $3.6 million of favorable currency translation effects and $1.5 million related to a dealer divestiture, net of acquisitions. The Americas organic revenue growth was 11 percent compared to the prior year and reflected a higher mix of project business from some of the company's largest corporate customers compared to the prior year. EMEA and Asia Pacific experienced small organic revenue declines, which included higher levels of competitive discounting compared to the prior year.

Current quarter operating income of $39.3 million compares to operating income of $38.4 million in the prior year. Excluding goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges and restructuring costs, third quarter adjusted operating income of $53.9 million compares with $44.4 million in the prior year. The improvement was driven by strength in the Americas, offset in part by operating losses in EMEA and Asia Pacific compared to profitability in the prior year.

"The strong performance in the Americas continues to illustrate our competitive advantage related to helping our customers amplify organizational performance through the modernization of their spaces. We expect the momentum in the Americas to be further propelled by the launch of Gesture, which is now shipping to customers, and other new products expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter and early next fiscal year," said James P. Hackett, CEO. "We recently announced changes in our EMEA manufacturing footprint as part of our multi-year strategy to improve revenue and the fitness of our business model in EMEA, and we continue to believe that EMEA and Asia Pacific are key parts of our long-term global strategy."

Cost of sales increased 50 basis points to 69.0 percent of revenue in the current quarter compared to 68.5 percent in the prior year. Year-over-year improvement in the Americas was more than offset by higher costs of sales in EMEA and Asia Pacific, which were primarily driven by higher competitive discounting and adjustments to reserves for slow-moving inventory and sales allowances.

Operating expenses in the third quarter were $189.8 million compared with $184.8 million in the prior year. The increase was largely due to higher spending on marketing, product development and other initiatives, offset in part by lower variable compensation expense.

Other income, net of $3.0 million in the current quarter increased by $1.2 million compared to the prior year primarily due to higher equity in income of unconsolidated ventures.

Income tax expense of $15.5 million in the current quarter reflects the non-deductible nature of the goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges and included $4.0 million of other net discrete tax benefits.

Cash, short-term investments and the cash surrender value of company-owned life insurance totaled $449 million and total debt was $287 million at the end of the third quarter.

The Board of Directors today declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share, to be paid on or before January 13, 2014 to shareholders of record as of December 30, 2013.

"Despite seasonal revenue improvement in EMEA compared to the second quarter, we continued to post operating losses in this region," said David C. Sylvester, senior vice president and CFO. "We expect the macro-economic environment to remain challenging and result in quarterly operating losses for the near term. Our focus remains on allocating resources to areas of potential growth and reducing our cost structure wherever possible to improve the long-term competitiveness of the business."

Outlook

In the Americas, third quarter order growth approximated 9% compared to the prior year and customer order backlog at the end of the third quarter increased approximately 15% compared to the prior year. EMEA third quarter orders declined by approximately 10% compared to the prior year. The company expects fourth quarter 2014 revenue to be in the range of $760 to $785 million. This estimate includes approximately $35 million associated with an extra week in the Americas and Other category compared to the prior year. Adjusted for this impact, the company projects fourth quarter organic revenue growth in the range of 1 to 4 percent over the prior year. The company reported revenue of $721.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

Steelcase expects to report earnings between $0.22 to $0.25 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, including net restructuring benefits of approximately $0.07 per share primarily related to expected gains associated with pending facility sales. In addition, the estimate for earnings includes higher operating expenses as compared to the third quarter (including costs associated with the extra week and incremental variable compensation expense associated with the restructuring benefits) and an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 42%. Steelcase reported a net loss of $0.22 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, including restructuring costs of approximately $0.10 per share. In addition, fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 results included goodwill impairment charges, tax valuation allowance adjustments, foreign tax credit benefits and environmental reserve adjustments, which had the aggregate net effect of reducing earnings by approximately $0.31 per share.

"For a large portion of my nearly 20 years as CEO, Steelcase has been reinventing itself to keep pace with technology, globalization and other changes in the world of work," said Mr. Hackett, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire as CEO in February 2014. "I have great confidence in our management team and our incoming CEO, Jim Keane, to build on great performance in the Americas and continue Steelcase's transformation in other regions of the world."

 

 

    
        Business Segment Results
        (in millions)
                                                              (Unaudited)                                                                                                        (Unaudited)
                                                              Three Months Ended                                                                                                 Nine Months Ended
                                                              November 22,                                          November 23,                                          %      November 22,                                          November 23,                                                                                       %Change
                                                              2013                                                  2012                                                  Change 2013                                                  2012
        Revenue
        Americas (1)                                          $ 558.5                                               $ 503.2                                               11.0%  $ 1,596.0                                             $ 1,522.2                                                                                          4.8%
        EMEA (2)                                              158.0                                                 157.1                                                 0.6%   417.1                                                 426.3                                                                                              (2.2)%
        Other (3)                                             68.3                                                  66.9                                                  2.1%   196.4                                                 198.8                                                                                              (1.2)%
        Consolidated revenue                                  $ 784.8                                               $ 727.2                                               7.9%   $ 2,209.5                                             2,147.3                                                                                            2.9%
        Operating income (loss)
        Americas                                              $ 66.6                                                $ 42.1                                                       $ 183.6                                               $ 134.0
        EMEA                                                  (3.7)                                                 0.8                                                          (29.1)                                                (12.4)
        Other                                                 (13.6)                                                2.1                                                          (10.6)                                                4.9
        Corporate (4)                                         (10.0)                                                (6.6)                                                        (32.2)                                                (22.0)
        Consolidated operating income                         $ 39.3                                                $ 38.4                                                       $ 111.7                                               $ 104.5
        Operating income percent                              5.0%                                                  5.3%                                                         5.0%                                                  4.9%
        Revenue Mix
        Americas (1)                                          71.2%                                                 69.2%                                                        72.2%                                                 70.9%
        EMEA (2)                                              20.1%                                                 21.6%                                                        18.9%                                                 19.8%
        Other (3)                                             8.7%                                                  9.2%                                                         8.9%                                                  9.3%
        Business Segment Footnotes
        1.  The Americas segment serves customers in the U.S., Canada 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, Details, Nurture by Steelcase
		 and Turnstone brands.
        2.  The EMEA segment serves customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa primarily under the Steelcase 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 expenses include unallocated portions of shared services functions such as information technology, human resources, finance, executive,
		 corporate facilities, legal and research.
        




        
        YEAR OVER YEAR ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH (DECLINE) BY SEGMENT
        Q3 2014 vs. Q3 2013
                                         Steelcase Inc.                   Americas                         EMEA                             Other category
        Q3 2013 revenue                  $ 727.2                          $ 503.2                          $ 157.1                          $ 66.9
        Dealer divestiture               (1.9)                            --                               (1.9)                            --
        Currency translation effects*    3.6                              (1.9)                            6.2                              (0.7)
        Q3 2013 revenue, adjusted        728.9                            501.3                            161.4                            66.2
        Q3 2014 revenue                  784.8                            558.5                            158.0                            68.3
        Dealer acquisitions              (0.4)                            --                               (0.4)                            --
        Q3 2014 revenue, adjusted        784.4                            558.5                            157.6                            68.3
        Organic growth (decline) $       $ 55.5                           $ 57.2                           $ (3.8)                          $ 2.1
        Organic growth (decline) %       8%                               11%                              (2)%                             3%
        * Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q3 2013 foreign currency revenues using the average exchange rates
		 during Q3 2014.
        




        
        PROJECTED ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH
        Q4 2014 vs. Q4 2013
                                            Steelcase Inc.
        Q4 2013 revenue                     $ 721
        Dealer divestiture                  (1)
        Currency translation effects*       1
        Q4 2013 revenue, adjusted           721
        Q4 2014 revenue, projected          760 - 785
        Impact of additional week           35
        Q4 2014 projected revenue, adjusted 725 - 750
        Organic growth (decline) $          $ 4 - 29
        Organic growth (decline) %          1% - 4%
        




        * Currency translation effects represent the estimated net effect of translating Q4 2013 foreign currency revenues using the exchange rate at the
		 end of Q3 2014.
        Steelcase Inc.
                                                                  (Unaudited)                                                                                                    (Unaudited)
                                                                  Three Months Ended                                                                                             Nine Months Ended
                                                                  November 22,                                    November 23,                                                   November 22,     November 23,
                                                                  2013                                            2012                                                           2013             2012
        Revenue                                                   $ 784.8                                  100.0% $ 727.2                                                 100.0% $ 2,209.5 100.0% $ 2,147.3 100.0%
        Cost of sales                                             541.1                                    69.0   498.0                                                   68.5   1,511.70  68.5   1,485.5   69.2
        Restructuring costs                                       0.9                                      0.1    3.3                                                     0.4    1.0       --     11.8      0.5
        Gross profit                                              242.8                                    30.9   225.9                                                   31.1   696.8     31.5   650.0     30.3
        Operating expenses                                        189.8                                    24.2   184.8                                                   25.4   563.8     25.5   542.5     25.3
        Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges          12.9                                     1.6    --                                                      --     12.9      0.6    --        --
        Restructuring costs                                       0.8                                      0.1    2.7                                                     0.4    8.4       0.4    3.0       0.1
        Operating income                                          $ 39.3                                   5.0%   $ 38.4                                                  5.3%   $ 111.7   5.0%   $ 104.5   4.9%
        Interest expense, investment income and other income, net (0.8)                                    (0.1)  (1.3)                                                   (0.2)  (9.1)     (0.4)  (2.5)     (0.1)
        Income before income tax expense                          38.5                                     4.9    37.1                                                    5.1    102.6     4.6    102.0     4.8
        Income tax expense                                        15.5                                     2.0    13.5                                                    1.9    38.8      1.7    35.7      1.7
        Net income                                                $ 23.0                                   2.9%   $ 23.6                                                  3.2%   $ 63.8    2.9%   $ 66.3    3.1%
        Operating income                                          $ 39.3                                   5.0%   $ 38.4                                                  5.3%   $ 111.7   5.0%   $ 104.5   4.9%
        Add: goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges     12.9                                     1.6    --                                                      --     12.9      0.6    --        --
        Add: restructuring costs                                  1.7                                      0.2    6.0                                                     0.8    9.4       0.4    14.8      0.6
        Adjusted operating income                                 $ 53.9                                   6.8%   $ 44.4                                                  6.1%   $ 134.0   6.0%   $ 119.3   5.5%
        Americas
                                                                  (Unaudited)                                                                                                    (Unaudited)
                                                                  Three Months Ended                                                                                             Nine Months Ended
                                                                  November 22,                                    November 23,                                                   November 22,     November 23,
                                                                  2013                                            2012                                                           2013             2012
        Revenue                                                   $ 558.5                                  100.0% $ 503.2                                                 100.0% $ 1,596.0 100.0% $ 1,522.2 100.0%
        Cost of sales                                             375.8                                    67.3   342.8                                                   68.1   1,065.9   66.8   1,045.7   68.7
        Restructuring costs                                       (0.1)                                    --     3.2                                                     0.7    --        --     11.4      0.7
        Gross profit                                              182.8                                    32.7   157.2                                                   31.2   530.1     33.2   465.1     30.6
        Operating expenses                                        116.1                                    20.8   113.3                                                   22.5   345.3     21.6   329.3     21.7
        Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges          --                                       --     --                                                      --     --        --     --        --
        Restructuring costs                                       0.1                                      --     1.8                                                     0.3    1.2       0.1    1.8       0.1
        Operating income                                          $ 66.6                                   11.9%  $ 42.1                                                  8.4%   $ 183.6   11.5%  $ 134.0   8.8%
        Add: goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges     --                                       --     --                                                      --     --        --     --        --
        Add: restructuring costs                                  --                                       --     5.0                                                     1.0    1.2       0.1    13.2      0.8
        Adjusted operating income                                 $ 66.6                                   11.9%  $ 47.1                                                  9.4%   $ 184.8   11.6%  $ 147.2   9.6%
        




        
        EMEA
                                                              (Unaudited)                     (Unaudited)
                                                              Three Months Ended              Nine Months Ended
                                                              November 22,     November 23,   November 22,    November 23,
                                                              2013             2012           2013            2012
        Revenue                                               $ 158.0  100.0%  $ 157.1 100.0% $ 417.1  100.0% $ 426.3  100.0%
        Cost of sales                                         118.6    75.1    111.6   71.0   314.5    75.4   310.2    72.8
        Restructuring costs                                   1.0      0.6     0.1     0.1    1.0      0.2    0.4      0.1
        Gross profit                                          38.4     24.3    45.4    28.9   101.6    24.4   115.7    27.1
        Operating expenses                                    41.6     26.3    44.2    28.2   123.7    29.7   127.7    29.9
        Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges      --       --      --      --     --       --     --       --
        Restructuring costs                                   0.5      0.3     0.4     0.2    7.0      1.7    0.4      0.1
        Operating income (loss)                               $ (3.7)  (2.3)%  $ 0.8   0.5%   $ (29.1) (7.0)% $ (12.4) (2.9)%
        Add: goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges --       --      --      --     --       --     --       --
        Add: restructuring costs                              1.5      0.9     0.5     0.3    8.0      1.9    0.8      0.2
        Adjusted operating income (loss)                      $ (2.2)  (1.4)%  $ 1.3   0.8%   $ (21.1) (5.1)% $ (11.6) (2.7)%
        Other category
                                                              (Unaudited)                     (Unaudited)
                                                              Three Months Ended              Nine Months Ended
                                                              November 22,     November 23,   November 22,    November 23,
                                                              2013             2012           2013            2012
        Revenue                                               $ 68.3   100.0%  $ 66.9  100.0% $ 196.4  100.0% $ 198.8  100.0%
        Cost of sales                                         46.7     68.4    43.6    65.2   131.3    66.9   129.6    65.2
        Restructuring costs                                   --       --      --      --     --       --     --       --
        Gross profit                                          21.6     31.6    23.3    34.8   65.1     33.1   69.2     34.8
        Operating expenses                                    22.1     32.3    20.7    31.0   62.6     31.8   63.5     31.9
        Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges      12.9     18.9    --      --     12.9     6.6    --       --
        Restructuring costs                                   0.2      0.3     0.5     0.7    0.2      0.1    0.8      0.4
        Operating income (loss)                               $ (13.6) (19.9)% $ 2.1   3.1%   $ (10.6) (5.4)% $ 4.9    2.5%
        Add: goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges 12.9     18.9    --      --     12.9     6.6    --       --
        Add: restructuring costs                              0.2      0.3     0.5     0.7    0.2      0.1    0.8      0.4
        Adjusted operating income (loss)                      $ (0.5)  (0.7)%  $ 2.6   3.8%   $ 2.5    1.3%   $ 5.7    2.9%
        




        Corporate
                                                               (Unaudited)               (Unaudited)
                                                               Three Months Ended        Nine Months Ended
                                                               November 22, November 23, November 22, November 23,
                                                               2013         2012         2013         2012
        Operating loss                                         $ (10.0)     $ (6.6)      $ (32.2)     $ (22.0)
        Add: goodwill and intangible assets impairment charges --           --           --           --
        Add: restructuring costs                               --           --           --           --
        Adjusted operating loss                                $ (10.0)     $ (6.6)      $ (32.2)     $ (22.0)
        

About Steelcase Inc.

For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations - wherever work happens. Steelcase and our family of brands - including Steelcase(R), Coalesse(R), Details(R), Designtex(R), Nurture(R), PolyVision(R) and Turnstone(R) - offer a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings, 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 approximately 670 dealers. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2013 revenue of $2.9 billion.

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