McKinney, TX - Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: WIRE) today announced results for the third quarter of 2020.
Third Quarter and YTD 2020 Highlights
- Third Quarter Earnings per diluted share of $1.02; YTD Earnings per diluted share of $2.51
- Third Quarter Net income of $21.0 million; YTD Net income of $52.0 million
- Cash on hand of $217.1 million as of September 30, 2020
- Current Ratio of 5.88 as of September 30, 2020
- No long-term debt and revolving credit line paid down to zero
- Company repurchased 441,250 shares year-to-date
- The Company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.02 per share
Net sales for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 were $339.7 million compared to $321.2 million for the third quarter of 2019. Copper unit volume, measured in pounds of copper contained in the wire sold, decreased 7.1% in the third quarter of 2020 versus the third quarter of 2019. As stated for the previous quarter, customer buying patterns began to return to more historical levels beginning late in the second quarter and continuing in our third quarter, driven by the re-opening of many state and local economies.
Gross profit percentage for the third quarter of 2020 was 15.7% compared to 13.4% in the third quarter of 2019. The average selling price of wire per copper pound sold increased 12.0% in the third quarter of 2020 versus the third quarter of 2019, while the average cost of copper per pound purchased increased 9.4%. Net income for the third quarter of 2020 was $21.0 million versus $16.4 million in the third quarter of 2019. Fully diluted net earnings per common share were $1.02 in the third quarter of 2020 versus $0.78 in the third quarter of 2019.
Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 were $896.1 million compared to $972.7 million during the same period in 2019. Copper unit volume, measured in pounds of copper contained in the wire sold, decreased 8.5% in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 versus the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
Gross profit percentage for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was 15.1% compared to 13.4% during the same period in 2019. The average selling price of wire per copper pound sold decreased 0.9% in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 versus the nine months ended September 30, 2019, while the average cost of copper per pound purchased decreased 3.3%. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $52.0 million versus $47.6 million in the same period in 2019. Fully diluted net earnings per common share were $2.51 in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 versus $2.27 in the same period in 2019.
On a sequential quarter comparison, net sales for the third quarter of 2020 were $339.7 million versus $253.6 million during the second quarter of 2020. Sales dollars increased due to a 14.3% unit volume increase of copper building wire sold, combined with an 18.4% increase in the average selling price per pound of copper wire sold on a sequential quarter comparison.
Gross profit percentage for the third quarter of 2020 was 15.7% compared to 14.4% in the second quarter of 2020. Copper wire sales prices increased 18.4%, while the price of copper purchased increased 17.1%. Net income for the third quarter of 2020 was $21.0 million versus $12.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Fully diluted net income per common share was $1.02 in the third quarter of 2020 versus $0.60 in the second quarter of 2020.
Aluminum wire represented 9.1% and 9.2%, respectively, of our net sales in the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2020.
Commenting on the results, Daniel L. Jones, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Wire Corporation, said, “As the country reopens and the economy begins to recover, the strong earnings posted in the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 attest to the strength of our business model to weather uncertain times. Our balance sheet remains strong with $217.1 million of cash on hand at September 30th to fund our growth and expansion plans. I’m very proud of how our employees are responding to the current crisis, allowing us to remain fully operational to serve our customers and drive value for our shareholders. Detailed below are some key items to note in the quarter.
Copper unit volumes increased 14.3% on a sequential quarter basis as we experienced a renewed optimism from our customers during the third quarter as order volumes started to normalize and all states reopened for construction. On a comparative basis, volumes remained suppressed due to the pandemic with copper unit volumes declining 7.1% and 8.5% for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 versus the three and nine-month periods in 2019. Comex copper prices experienced a steady rise throughout the third quarter which had a positive impact on spreads. Copper spreads increased 17.2% on a comparative quarter basis and 20.7% on a sequential quarter basis. Copper spreads increased 3.9% for the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the nine-month period in 2019.
In March 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and recommended containment and mitigation measures worldwide. The Company is unable to predict the impact that COVID-19 will have on our financial position and operating results in future periods due to numerous uncertainties. The duration and severity of the outbreak and its long-term impact on our business remain uncertain.
The health and safety of our employees and their families remain our top priority, and we are following CDC guidelines to maintain safe working conditions. We are very proud that some of the products we manufacture are being utilized to power temporary buildings and pop-up medical facilities in the fight against COVID-19. Our distributors remain very thankful we continue to serve during this critical time.
We believe Encore Wire is well positioned to navigate successfully the current economic environment, continuing to serve the markets during this critical time. As we address the near-term challenges, we remain focused on the long-term opportunities for our business. We believe that our superior order fill rates continue to enhance our competitive position. As orders come in from electrical contractors, our distributors can continue to depend on us for quick deliveries coast to coast. Our balance sheet remains very strong. We have no long-term debt, and our revolving line of credit is paid down to zero. In addition, we had $217.1 million in cash at the end of the quarter. During the first nine months of 2020 we repurchased 441,250 shares of our common stock in the open market. We also declared a $0.02 cash dividend during the quarter.
Our two-phased expansion plans announced earlier this year continue in earnest. Due to increased lead times required for certain machinery and equipment in the current environment, we have accelerated the timing of orders with manufacturers, which has shifted spending between years. We now expect capital expenditures to range from $95 - $100 million in 2020, $100 - $120 million in 2021 and $30 - $50 million in 2022.
Our low-cost structure and strong balance sheet have enabled us to withstand difficult periods in the past, and we believe they are continuing to prove valuable now. We thank our employees and associates for their outstanding effort and our shareholders for their continued support.”
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 10:00 am Central time. Hosting the call will be Daniel Jones, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Bret Eckert, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. To participate in the call, the dial-in number is 800-993-8735, and the confirmation number is 49908080. In order to be put through to the call, you will be required to give the call screener your full name and your company name. Please call in early to avoid being delayed by the information collection and missing the start of the call. A replay of this conference call will be accessible in the Investors section of our website, www.encorewire.com, for a limited time.
Encore Wire Corporation is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of electrical building wire for interior wiring in commercial and industrial buildings, homes, apartments, and manufactured housing. The Company is focused on maintaining a high level of customer service with low-cost production and the addition of new products that complement its current product line.
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