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Advanced Drainage Systems Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results
HILLIARD, Ohio, Nov 02, 2017 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Copyright Business Wire 2017

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS) ("ADS" or the "Company"), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for non-residential, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, today announced financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights

-- Net sales increased 11.2% to $401.0 million

-- Net income of $18.0 million compared to $24.3 million in prior year

-- Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased 2.0% to $66.9 million

Fiscal Year-to-Date Highlights

-- Net sales increased 5.7% to $759.4 million

-- Net income of $36.4 million compared to $43.7 million in prior year

-- Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) of $127.2 million compared to $137.4 million in prior year

-- Cash flow from operating activities of $28.4 million compared to $45.6 million in prior year

-- Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) of $1.4 million compared to $21.8 million in prior year

Scott Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADS commented, "We are pleased to report above-market growth for the second fiscal quarter, with net sales increasing over 11% compared to the prior year. We generated strong performance in our core domestic construction markets driven by continued execution of our conversion strategy and strong growth from our HP pipe product line and Allied Products. We were also pleased to see growth return in our agriculture market this quarter."

Barbour continued, "While we are disappointed with the continued pressure on our margins, we are pursuing a number of actions to address this through operational improvements as well as our broader set of strategic initiatives. Although I am still early in my assessment of the business, I am confident we have the opportunity, capability and resources to drive sustainable improvements in our profitability. It is my belief that we need to focus on the fundamentals and drive better execution across all aspects of our operations as we progress through the remainder of fiscal year 2018."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Net sales increased 11.2% to $401.0 million, as compared to $360.8 million in the prior year quarter. Domestic net sales increased 12.9% to $351.9 million as compared to $311.8 million in the prior year quarter, driven by growth in both construction and agriculture markets. International net sales increased 0.3% to $49.2 million as compared to $49.0 million in the prior year quarter.

Gross profit decreased 0.8% to $89.8 million, as compared to $90.5 million the prior year quarter. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit decreased 270 basis points to 22.4% compared to 25.1% in the prior year, primarily due to increases in raw material and operational costs.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased 2.0% to $66.9 million, as compared to $65.6 million in the prior year. As a percentage of net sales, Adjusted EBITDA decreased 150 basis points to 16.7% as compared to 18.2% in the prior year. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA margin was largely attributed to the factors mentioned above.

Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share (Non-GAAP) was $0.28 based on weighted average fully converted shares of 73.8 million, as compared to $0.36 for the prior year on weighted average fully converted shares of 73.4 million.

A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures for Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Fiscal Year-to-Date 2018 Results

Net sales increased 5.7% to $759.4 million, as compared to $718.4 million in the prior year. Domestic net sales increased 7.5% to $671.4 million as compared to $624.5 million in the prior year, driven by growth in core construction markets. International net sales decreased 6.2% to $88.0 million as compared to $93.8 million in the prior year.

Gross profit decreased 5.7% to $176.5 million, as compared to $187.1 million the prior year. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit decreased 280 basis points to 23.2% compared to 26.0% in the prior year, primarily due to increases in raw material and operational costs, and pricing headwinds in the agricultural markets and Mexico.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) decreased 7.4% to $127.2 million, as compared to $137.4 million in the prior year. As a percentage of net sales, Adjusted EBITDA decreased 230 basis points to 16.8% as compared to 19.1% in the prior year. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA margin was largely attributed to the factors mentioned above.

Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share (Non-GAAP) was $0.55 based on weighted average fully converted shares of 74.0 million, as compared to $0.64 for the prior year on weighted average fully converted shares of 73.3 million.

The Company recorded net cash provided by operating activities of $28.4 million, as compared to $45.6 million in the prior year. Net debt (total debt and capital lease obligations net of cash) was $456.6 million as of September 30, 2017, an increase of $34.2 million from March 31, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018 Outlook

Based on current visibility, backlog of existing orders and business trends, the Company updated its Adjusted EBITDA target for fiscal 2018. Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) is expected to be in the range of $195 and $210 million for fiscal year 2018, while the outlook for net sales is unchanged and expected to be in the range of $1.275 billion to $1.325 billion. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $50 to $55 million.

Webcast Information

The Company will host an investor conference call and webcast on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-450-8367 (US toll-free) or 1-412-317-5465 (international) and asking to be connected to the Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. call. The live webcast will also be accessible via the "Events Calendar" section of the Company's Investor Relations website, www.investors.ads-pipe.com. An archived version of the webcast will be available for 90 days following the call.

About the Company

Advanced Drainage Systems is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and superior drainage solutions for use in the construction and infrastructure marketplace. Its innovative products are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications. The Company has established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging its national sales and distribution platform, its overall product breadth and scale and its manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, the Company operates a global network of approximately 60 manufacturing plants and over 30 distribution centers. To learn more about the ADS, please visit the Company's website at www.ads-pipe.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates and projections regarding the Company's business, operations and other factors relating thereto. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "anticipate," "predict," "potential," "continue," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those reflected in forward-looking statements relating to our operations and business include: fluctuations in the price and availability of resins and other raw materials and our ability to pass any increased costs of raw materials on to our customers in a timely manner; volatility in general business and economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, including, without limitation, factors relating to availability of credit, interest rates, fluctuations in capital and business and consumer confidence; cyclicality and seasonality of the non-residential and residential construction markets and infrastructure spending; the risks of increasing competition in our existing and future markets, including competition from both manufacturers of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe and manufacturers of products using alternative materials; our ability to continue to convert current demand for concrete, steel and PVC pipe products into demand for our high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe and Allied Products; the effect of weather or seasonality; the loss of any of our significant customers; the risks of doing business internationally; the risks of conducting a portion of our operations through joint ventures; our ability to expand into new geographic or product markets; our ability to achieve the acquisition component of our growth strategy; the risk associated with manufacturing processes; our ability to manage our assets; the risks associated with our product warranties; our ability to manage our supply purchasing and customer credit policies; the risks associated with our self-insured programs; our ability to control labor costs and to attract, train and retain highly-qualified employees and key personnel; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; changes in laws and regulations, including environmental laws and regulations; our ability to project product mix; the risks associated with our current levels of indebtedness; our ability to meet future capital requirements and fund our liquidity needs; the risk that additional information may arise that would require the Company to make additional adjustments or revisions or to restate the financial statements and other financial data for certain prior periods and any future periods, any delay in the filing of any filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"); the review of potential weaknesses or deficiencies in the Company's disclosure controls and procedures, and discovering further weaknesses of which we are not currently aware or which have not been detected and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the SEC. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time and it is not possible for the Company to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the Company's expectations, objectives or plans will be achieved in the timeframe anticipated or at all. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Financial Statements

Selected Financial Data

The following tables set forth net sales by reportable segment for the three and six months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). ADS management uses non-GAAP measures in its analysis of the Company's performance. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP results available in the accompanying tables.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share, all non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. These measures are not intended to be substitutes for those reported in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, and Adjusted Earnings per Fully Converted Share may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, even when similar terms are used to identify such measures.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that comprises net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, non-cash charges and certain other expenses. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from similar measures used by other companies, even when similar terms are used to identify such measures. Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used by management and the Company's board of directors to assess financial performance and evaluate the effectiveness of the Company's business strategies. Accordingly, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as the Company's management and board of directors. In order to provide investors with a meaningful reconciliation, the Company has provided below reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to net income.

Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that comprises cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures. Free Cash Flow is a measure used by management and the Company's board of directors to assess the Company's ability to generate cash. Accordingly, management believes that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our ability to generate cash flow from operations after capital expenditures. In order to provide investors with a meaningful reconciliation, the Company has provided below a reconciliation of cash flow from operating activities to Free Cash Flow.

Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share is a non-GAAP measure that is calculated by adjusting our Net income per share - Basic, the most comparable GAAP measure. To effect this adjustment with respect to Net income available to common stockholders, we have (1) removed the accretion of Redeemable noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries, (2) added back the dividends to Redeemable convertible preferred stockholders and dividends paid to unvested restricted stockholders, (3) made corresponding adjustments to the amount allocated to participating securities under the two class earnings per share computation method, and (4) added back ESOP deferred compensation attributable to the shares of Redeemable convertible preferred stock allocated to employee ESOP accounts during the applicable period, which is a non-cash charge to our earnings. We have also made adjustments to the weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic to assume (1) share conversion of the Redeemable convertible preferred stock outstanding shares to common stock and (2) add shares of outstanding unvested restricted stock. Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share (non-GAAP) is a key metric used by management and our board of directors to assess our financial performance. This information is useful to investors as the preferred shares held by the ESOP are required to be distributed to our employees over time, which is done in the form of common stock after the conversion of the preferred shares. As such, this measure is included because it provides investors with information to understand the impact on the financial statements once all preferred shares are converted and distributed.

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income, Free Cash Flow to Cash Flow from Operating Activities, and Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share to Net income per share - Basic, the most comparable GAAP measures, for each of the periods indicated:

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

Reconciliation of Segment Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash flow from Operating Activities

Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Fully Converted Share (non-GAAP) to Net Income per Share - Basic

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