The Compass Group
May 3, 2017

Compass Diversified Holdings Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Completes Accretive Add-On Acquisition for Clean Earth and Divestiture of Fox Factory Holding Corp., Increasing Total Gains Realized for Shareholders to Over $770 Million

WESTPORT, Conn., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) ("CODI," "we," "our" or the "Company"), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced today its consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Reported Cash Used in Operating Activities of $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, and Cash Flow Available for Distribution and Reinvestment ("CAD" or "Cash Flow") of $14.9 million for the first quarter of 2017;
  • Reported net loss of $21.1 million for the first quarter of 2017;
  • Paid a first quarter 2017 cash distribution of $0.36 per share in April 2017, bringing cumulative distributions paid to $14.9952 per share since CODI's IPO in May of 2006;
  • Appointed Sally McCoy to the Company's Board of Directors;
  • Sold a total of 5,108,718 shares of Fox Factory Holding Corp. ("FOX") common stock, with total net proceeds of approximately $136.1 million; and
  • Completed the accretive add-on acquisition of AERC Recycling Solutions ("AERC") by CODI's subsidiary Clean Earth, Inc. ("Clean Earth").

"During the first quarter, our leading middle market businesses generated stable operating results that were consistent with management's expectations," stated Alan Offenberg, CEO of Compass Diversified Holdings. "These results reflect strong performances at our Clean Earth, Sterno Products, ERGObaby and 5.11 subsidiaries, with each reporting year-over-year, double-digit revenue increases."

Mr. Offenberg added, "We continued to reinvest in our current subsidiaries during the quarter with the accretive add-on acquisition of AERC, which expands Clean Earth's waste processing capabilities and creates new cross-selling opportunities. Complementing this, we strengthened our balance sheet by monetizing our remaining investment in FOX, increasing gains we have realized for shareholders to over $770 million. With our substantial liquidity, CODI is well positioned to pursue both platform and add-on acquisitions that build long-term value and support cash distributions for our shareholders."

Operating Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, CODI reported Cash Used in Operating Activities of $1.4 million, as compared to Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $6.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. CODI reported Cash Flow (see Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below) of $14.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as compared to $13.6 million for the prior year's comparable quarter. CODI's weighted average number of shares outstanding for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 were 59.9 million and 54.3 million, respectively.

Cash Flow for the first quarter of 2017 reflects year-over-year earnings growth in the Company's Clean Earth, Sterno Products, ERGObaby and 5.11 businesses, offset by declines at the Company's other businesses.

CODI's Cash Flow is calculated after taking into account all interest expense, cash taxes paid and maintenance capital expenditures, and includes the operating results of each of our businesses for the periods during which CODI owned them. However, Cash Flow excludes the gains from monetizing interests in CODI's subsidiaries, which have totaled over $770 million since going public in 2006.

Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $21.1 million, as compared to net loss of $15.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. During the first quarter of 2017, CODI finalized the goodwill impairment testing at its Arnold subsidiary that had been recorded on a preliminary basis in the fourth quarter of 2016, and recorded an additional $8.9 million goodwill impairment expense.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March 31, 2017, CODI had approximately $115.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, $564.2 million outstanding on its term loan facility and no outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility. The Company has no significant debt maturities until 2019 and had net borrowing availability of $546.1 million at March 31, 2017 under its revolving credit facility.

During the first quarter of 2017, the Company sold its remaining shares in its former subsidiary FOX in a secondary public offering for total net proceeds of approximately $136.1 million. Including this divestiture, CODI has realized approximately $525 million in proceeds from its investment in FOX.

First Quarter 2017 Distribution

On April 6, 2017, CODI's Board of Directors declared a first quarter distribution of $0.36 per share. The cash distribution was paid on April 27, 2017 to all holders of record as of April 20, 2017. Since its IPO in May of 2006, CODI has paid a cumulative distribution of $14.9952 per share.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the latest corporate developments and financial results. The dial-in number for callers in the U.S. is (855) 212-2368 and the dial-in number for international callers is (315) 625-6886. The access code for all callers is 4981969. A live webcast will also be available on the Company's website at www.compassdiversifiedholdings.com.

A replay of the call will be available through May 11, 2017. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. and (404) 537-3406 outside the U.S., and then enter the access code 4981969.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

CAD, or Cash Flow, is a non-GAAP measure used by the Company to assess its performance, as well as its ability to sustain and increase quarterly distributions. A number of CODI's businesses have seasonal earnings patterns. Accordingly, the Company believes that the most appropriate measure of its performance is over a trailing or expected 12-month period. We have reconciled CAD, or Cash Flow, to Net Income and Cash Flow from Operating Activities on the attached schedules. We consider Net Income and Cash Flow from Operating Activities to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to CAD, or Cash Flow.

About Compass Diversified Holdings ("CODI")

CODI owns and manages a diverse family of established North American middle market businesses. Each of its current subsidiaries is a leader in its niche market.

CODI maintains controlling ownership interests in each of its subsidiaries in order to maximize its ability to impact long term cash flow generation and value. The Company provides both debt and equity capital for its subsidiaries, contributing to their financial and operating flexibility. CODI utilizes the cash flows generated by its subsidiaries to invest in the long-term growth of the Company and to make cash distributions to its shareholders.

Our eight majority-owned subsidiaries are engaged in the following lines of business:

  • The design and marketing of purpose-built tactical apparel and gear serving a wide range of global customers (5.11);
  • The manufacture of quick-turn, small-run and production rigid printed circuit boards (Advanced Circuits);
  • The manufacture of engineered magnetic solutions for a wide range of specialty applications and end-markets (Arnold Magnetic Technologies);
  • Environmental services for a variety of contaminated materials including soils, dredged material, hazardous waste and drill cuttings (Clean Earth); 
  • The design and marketing of wearable baby carriers, strollers and related products (Ergobaby); 
  • The design and manufacture of premium home and gun safes (Liberty Safe); 
  • The manufacture and marketing of branded, hemp-based food products (Manitoba Harvest); and 
  • The manufacture and marketing of portable food warming fuels and creative ambience solutions for the hospitality and consumer markets (Sterno Products).

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of CODI. Words such as "believes," "expects," "projects," and "future" or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and some of these factors are enumerated in the risk factor discussion in the Form 10-K filed by CODI with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, CODI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


 

Compass Diversified Holdings

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






March 31,


December 31,


2017


2016

(in thousands)

(unaudited)



Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$

115,281



$

39,772


Accounts receivable, net

172,885



181,191


Inventories

208,326



212,984


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

18,234



18,872


Total current assets

514,726



452,819


Property, plant and equipment, net

143,172



142,370


Investment in FOX



141,767


Goodwill and intangible assets, net

1,019,456



1,030,848


Other non-current assets

9,153



9,351


Total assets

$

1,686,507



$

1,777,155






Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

147,565



$

152,553


Due to related party

542



20,848


Current portion, long-term debt

5,685



5,685


Other current liabilities

13,013



23,435


Total current liabilities

166,805



202,521


Deferred income taxes

103,232



110,838


Long-term debt

545,536



551,652


Other non-current liabilities

16,500



17,600


Total liabilities

832,073



882,611


Stockholders' equity




Total stockholders' equity attributable to Holdings

814,323



856,405


Noncontrolling interests

40,111



38,139


Total stockholders' equity

854,434



894,544


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,686,507



$

1,777,155


 

 

Compass Diversified Holdings

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(unaudited)

 






Three Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share data)

March 31, 2017


March 31, 2016





Net sales

$

289,992



$

193,287


Cost of sales

195,659



129,168


Gross profit

94,333



64,119


Operating expenses:




Selling, general and administrative expense

78,723



42,287


Management fees

7,848



6,371


Amortization expense

10,310



7,380


Impairment expense

8,864




Operating income (loss)

(11,412)



8,081


Other income (expense):




Interest expense, net

(7,136)



(11,462)


Loss on investment

(5,620)



(10,623)


Amortization of debt issuance costs

(933)



(570)


Other income (expense), net

(22)



3,256


Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(25,123)



(11,318)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(3,648)



3,296


Net loss from continuing operations

(21,475)



(14,614)


Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax



(413)


Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

340




Net loss

(21,135)



(15,027)


Less: Income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interest

470



1,137


Less: Income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to noncontrolling interest



(141)


Net loss attributable to Holdings

$

(21,605)



$

(16,023)






Basic and fully diluted income (loss) per share




Continuing operations

$

(0.61)



$

(0.31)


Discontinued operations

0.01





$

(0.60)



$

(0.31)






Basic and fully diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding

59,900



54,300






Cash distributions declared per share

$

0.36



$

0.36


 

Compass Diversified Holdings

Summarized Statement of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

 






Three Months Ended

(in thousands)

March 31, 2017


March 31, 2016

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

$

(1,414)



$

6,025


Net cash provided by investing activities

120,015



5,847


Net cash used in financing activities

(42,896)



(22,141)


Effect of foreign currency on cash

(196)



(3,033)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

75,509



(13,302)


Cash and cash equivalents — beginning of period

39,772



85,869


Cash and cash equivalents — end of period

$

115,281



$

72,567


 

Compass Diversified Holdings

Condensed Consolidated Table of Cash Flows Available for Distribution and Reinvestment

(unaudited)


Three Months Ended

(in thousands)

March 31, 2017


March 31, 2016

Net loss

$

(21,135)



$

(15,027)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

31,395



14,908


Impairment expense

8,864




Gain on sale of businesses, net

(340)




Amortization of debt issuance costs and original issue discount

1,199



738


Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives

(229)



7,228


Loss on investment in FOX

5,620



10,623


Noncontrolling stockholders charges

1,452



1,189


Provision for loss on receivables

3,318



130


Other

318



(191)


Deferred taxes

(7,634)



214


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(24,242)



(13,787)


Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(1,414)



6,025


Plus:




Unused fee on revolving credit facility

777



500


Successful acquisition costs



489


Integration services fee (1)

875



250


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

24,242



13,787


Less:




Maintenance capital expenditures (2)

4,731



3,684


Payment on swap

1,089



500


Realized gain from foreign currency effect (3)

390



3,079


Other (4)

3,356



187


Estimated cash flow available for distribution and reinvestment

$

14,914



$

13,601






Distribution paid in April 2017/2016

$

21,564



$

19,548


 

(1)    Represents fees paid by newly acquired companies to the Manager for integration services performed during the first year of ownership, payable quarterly.

(2)    Excludes growth capital expenditures of approximately $3.9 million and $0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

(3)    Reflects the foreign currency transaction gain/ loss resulting from the Canadian dollar intercompany loans issued to Manitoba Harvest.

(4)    Includes amounts for the establishment of accounts receivable reserves related to a retail customer who filed bankruptcy during the first quarter of 2017.

 

 

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