TULSA, Okla., Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- AAON, INC. (NASDAQ-AAON), a leading producer of premium HVAC solutions, today announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2023.

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Gary Fields, CEO, stated, "I am extremely pleased with our overall results for 2023.  We finished another year with record sales, EBITDA and earnings.  The fourth quarter was also another strong quarter for AAON.  In what typically is a seasonally soft period for the Company, we achieved comparable sales and earnings to what we reported in the third quarter, which was a record quarter for AAON.  On a year-over-year perspective, improved productivity was a key factor to both production output and margin expansion.  Our manufacturing teams did an excellent job of improving the efficiency of our operations, a trend we expect will continue in 2024.  Gross profit margin of 36.4%, up from 30.8% in the year ago quarter, reflects these productivity gains, along with incremental pricing.  In addition to profitability, I was also pleased with how the Company's bookings and backlog trended throughout the second half of 2023, including the fourth quarter.  All in, 2023 was a spectacular year and we are optimistic on continued success in 2024."

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2023 increased 20.4% to a record $306.6 million from $254.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. The Company had a healthy backlog entering the quarter, which, combined with improved operational efficiencies, contributed to year over year organic volume growth of approximately 9.3%.

Gross profit for the quarter increased 42.3% to $111.7 million, or 36.4% of sales, compared to the same period a year ago. The drivers for the year--over--year margin expansion were incremental pricing, improved operational efficiencies and improved overhead absorption. 

Earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2023 increased 19.1% to $0.56 from $0.47 in the fourth quarter of 2022. 

Financial Highlights:

Three Months Ended 
 December 31,


%




Years Ended  

 December 31,


%


2023


2022


Change




2023


2022


Change


(in thousands, except share and per share
data)




(in thousands, except share and per share
data)

GAAP Measures














Net sales

$       306,638


$    254,598


20.4 %




$ 1,168,518


$    888,788


31.5 %

Gross profit

$       111,739


$      78,541


42.3 %




$    399,020


$    237,572


68.0 %

Gross profit margin

36.4 %


30.8 %






34.1 %


26.7 %



Operating income

$         63,884


$      46,598


37.1 %




$    227,494


$    126,761


79.5 %

Operating margin

20.8 %


18.3 %






19.5 %


14.3 %



Net income

$         47,049


$      38,898


21.0 %




$    177,623


$    100,376


77.0 %

Earnings per diluted share

$             0.56


$           0.47


19.1 %




$           2.13


$           1.24


71.8 %

Diluted average shares

83,446,051


82,211,418


1.5 %




83,295,290


81,145,610


2.6 %















Non-GAAP Measures














EBITDA1

$         77,046


$      56,184


37.1 %




$    274,465


$    162,266


69.1 %

EBITDA margin1

25.1 %


22.1 %






23.5 %


18.3 %



Adjusted EBITDA1

$         77,046


$      56,184


37.1 %




$    281,215


$    162,266


73.3 %

Adjusted EBITDA margin1

25.1 %


22.1 %






24.1 %


18.3 %



1These are non-GAAP measures. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for reconciliation to GAAP measures.

 

Backlog







December 31,
2023


September 31,
2023


December 31,
2022

Backlog

$       510,028


$         490,591


548,022

Year over year change

(6.9) %


(4.7) %


110.6 %

Bookings in the fourth quarter increased sequentially for a second straight quarter and were up on a year-over-year basis.  Bookings in the quarter also outpaced production, resulting in a quarter-over-quarter increase in backlog.  Backlog at the end of the fourth quarter of 2023 was $510.0 million, up 4.0% from $490.6 million the end of the third quarter and down 6.9% from $548.0 million at December 31, 2022. 

Mr. Fields concluded, "As we progress through the early months of 2024, we are cautiously optimistic with the outlook for the current year.  While increasingly there are signs of slowing in the nonresidential construction sector, along with uncertainties surrounding the new refrigerant transition, we continue to anticipate sales and earnings growth for the year, albeit at slower growth rates than recent years.  We are also confident we will continue to take market share due to our advanced position in both new refrigerant equipment and cold climate air-source heat pumps.  We currently have a majority of our product portfolio offered with the new refrigerant in our electronic catalog as well as a full line of packaged rooftop equipment configurable with heat pumps designed to operate down to zero degrees Fahrenheit, both of which provide us an advantage against most of our competition.  At the same time, we see more opportunity for enhancements in productivity across our operations in 2024.  Recently announced changes to Company leadership will help leverage these opportunities, best positioning AAON for growth.  Therefore, while there are external factors that could result in a slower market environment, we are optimistic we will continue to drive growth this year and create more value for all of our stakeholders."  

As of December 31, 2023, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $9.0 million and $38.3 million outstanding on the revolving credit facility. Rebecca Thompson, CFO, commented, "Our cash flows from operating activities strengthened in both the fourth quarter and 2023, growing year-over-year 189.0% and 159.1%, respectively, and outpacing earnings growth in the respective periods.  Cash flows from operating activities in both periods also exceeded capital expenditures, which were up significantly from prior periods.  We continue to find attractive organic growth opportunities with compelling returns, which will result in another year of elevated capital expenditures in 2024.  At the same time, we see further opportunities to enhance our earnings to cash flow conversion rates in 2024.  Our balance sheet remains strong with a current ratio of 3.2 and a leverage ratio of 0.15." 

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results and outlook on February 28, 2024 at 5:15 P.M. ET. The conference call will be accessible via a dial-in for those who wish to participate in Q&A as well as a listen-only webcast. The accessible dial-in is accessible at 1-800-836-8184. To access the listen-only webcast, please register at https://app.webinar.net/b6rzgxE5JyM. On the next business day following the call, a replay of the call will be available on the Company's website at https://aaon.com/Investors.

About AAON

Founded in 1988, AAON is a global leader in HVAC solutions for commercial and industrial indoor environments. The Company's industry-leading approach to designing and manufacturing highly configurable and custom-made equipment to meet exact needs creates a premier ownership experience with greater efficiency, performance and long-term value. AAON is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where its world-class innovation center and testing lab allows AAON engineers to continuously push boundaries and advance the industry. For more information, please visit www.AAON.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "seeks", "estimates", "should", "will", and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligations to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include (1) the timing and extent of changes in raw material and component prices, (2) the effects of fluctuations in the commercial/industrial new construction market, (3) the timing and extent of changes in interest rates, as well as other competitive factors during the year, and (4) general economic, market or business conditions.

Contact Information
Joseph Mondillo
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: (617) 877-6346
Email: joseph.mondillo@aaon.com

 

AAON, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended 
 December 31,


Years Ended  
 December 31,


2023


2022


2023


2022


(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Net sales

$           306,638


$           254,598


$        1,168,518


$           888,788

Cost of sales

194,899


176,057


769,498


651,216

Gross profit

111,739


78,541


399,020


237,572

Selling, general and administrative expenses

47,855


31,943


171,539


110,823

Gain on disposal of assets



(13)


(12)

Income from operations

63,884


46,598


227,494


126,761

Interest expense, net

(884)


(933)


(4,843)


(2,627)

Other income, net

133


104


503


399

Income before taxes

63,133


45,769


223,154


124,533

Income tax provision

16,084


6,871


45,531


24,157

Net income

$             47,049


$             38,898


$           177,623


$           100,376

Earnings per share:








Basic

$                 0.58


$                 0.49


$                 2.19


$                 1.26

Diluted

$                 0.56


$                 0.47


$                 2.13


$                 1.24

Cash dividends declared per common share:

$                 0.08


$                 0.16


$                 0.32


$                 0.29

Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

81,293,549


79,975,517


81,156,114


79,582,480

Diluted

83,446,051


82,211,418


83,295,290


81,145,610

 

AAON, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)


December 31, 2023


December 31, 2022

Assets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                               287


$                            5,451

Restricted cash

8,736


498

Accounts receivable, net

138,108


127,158

Inventories, net

213,532


198,939

Contract assets

45,194


15,151

Prepaid expenses and other

3,097


1,919

Total current assets

408,954


349,116

Property, plant and equipment:




Land

15,438


8,537

Buildings

205,841


169,156

Machinery and equipment

391,366


342,045

Furniture and fixtures

40,787


30,033

Total property, plant and equipment

653,432


549,771

Less:  Accumulated depreciation

283,485


245,026

Property, plant and equipment, net

369,947


304,745

Intangible assets, net

68,053


64,606

Goodwill

81,892


81,892

Right of use assets

11,774


7,123

Other long-term assets

816


6,421

Total assets

$                        941,436


$                        813,903





Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

27,484


45,513

Accrued liabilities

85,508


78,630

Contract liabilities

13,757


21,424

Total current liabilities

126,749


145,567

Revolving credit facility, long-term

38,328


71,004

Deferred tax liabilities

12,134


18,661

Other long-term liabilities

16,807


11,508

New market tax credit obligation

12,194


6,449

Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued


Common stock, $.004 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 81,508,381
and 80,137,776 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and
December 31, 2022, respectively

326


322

Additional paid-in capital

122,063


98,735

Retained earnings

612,835


461,657

Total stockholders' equity

735,224


560,714

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$                        941,436


$                        813,903

 

AAON, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)


Years Ended  
 December 31,


2023


2022

Operating Activities

(in thousands)

Net income

$                            177,623


$                            100,376

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




Depreciation and amortization

46,468


35,106

Amortization of debt issuance cost

82


43

Amortization of right of use assets

324


324

(Recoveries of) provision for accounts receivable, net of adjustments

(154)


(72)

Provision for excess and obsolete inventories, net of write-offs

1,633


2,740

Share-based compensation

16,384


13,700

Gain on disposition of assets

(13)


(12)

Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss

(10)


41

Interest income on note receivable

(21)


(22)

Deferred income taxes

(6,527)


(13,332)

Changes in assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(9,978)


(56,306)

Income taxes

(11,302)


18,195

Inventories

(16,226)


(71,409)

Contract assets

(30,043)


(9,402)

Prepaid expenses and other long-term assets

(1,048)


(2,367)

Accounts payable

(18,316)


11,574

Contract liabilities

(7,667)


13,882

Extended warranties

2,600


1,314

Accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities

15,086


16,945

Net cash provided by operating activities

158,895


61,318

Investing Activities




Capital expenditures

(104,294)


(54,024)

Cash paid for building


(22,000)

Cash paid in business combination, net of cash acquired


(249)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

129


12

Acquisition of intangible assets

(5,197)


Principal payments from note receivable

51


48

Net cash used in investing activities

(109,311)


(76,213)

Financing Activities




Borrowings under revolving credit facility

597,111


225,758

Payments under revolving credit facility

(629,787)


(194,754)

Proceeds from financing obligation, net of issuance costs

6,061


Payments related to financing costs

(398)


Principal payments on financing lease


(115)

Stock options exercised

33,259


23,140

Repurchase of stock

(25,009)


(12,737)

Employee taxes paid by withholding shares

(1,302)


(1,018)

Dividends paid to stockholders

(26,445)


(22,917)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(46,510)


17,357

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

3,074


2,462

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

5,949


3,487

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$                                9,023


$                                5,949

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), additional non-GAAP financial measures are provided and reconciled in the following tables. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure enhances the ability of investors to analyze the Company's business trends and operating performance as they are used by management to better understand operating performance. Since adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP measures and are susceptible to varying calculations, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin, as presented, may not be directly comparable with other similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income

The Company defines non-GAAP adjusted net income as net income adjusted for any infrequent events, such as litigation settlements, net of profit sharing and tax effect, in the periods presented.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to non-GAAP adjusted net income for the periods indicated:



Three Months Ended 
 December 31,


Years Ended
 December 31,



2023


2022


2023


2022



(in thousands)

Net income, a GAAP measure


$          47,049


$          38,898


$        177,623


$        100,376

Litigation Settlement




7,500


Profit sharing effect1




(750)


Tax effect




(1,242)


Non-GAAP adjusted net income


47,049


38,898


183,131


100,376

Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share2


$              0.56


$              0.47


$              2.20


$              1.24

1Profit sharing effect of litigation settlement in the respective period.

2Reflects three-for-two stock split effective August 16, 2023.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA (as defined below) is presented herein and reconciled from the GAAP measure of net income because of its wide acceptance by the investment community as a financial indicator of a company's ability to internally fund operations. The Company defines EBITDA as net income, plus (1) depreciation and amortization, (2) interest expense (income), net and (3) income tax expense. EBITDA is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by GAAP. EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA as a percentage of net sales.

The Company's EBITDA measure provides additional information which may be used to better understand the Company's operations. EBITDA is one of several metrics that the Company uses as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of its business and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, as an indicator of operating performance. Certain items excluded from EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company's financial performance. EBITDA, as used by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company believes that EBITDA is a widely followed measure of operating performance and is one of many metrics used by the Company's management team and by other users of the Company's consolidated financial statements.

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA adjusted by items in non-GAAP adjusted net income, above, except for taxes, as taxes are already excluded from EBITDA.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to EBITDA (non-GAAP) and Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) for the periods indicated:



Three Months Ended 
 December 31,


Years Ended
 December 31,



2023


2022


2023


2022



(in thousands)

Net income, a GAAP measure


$      47,049


$      38,898


$    177,623


$    100,376

Depreciation and amortization


13,029


9,482


46,468


35,106

Interest expense


884


933


4,843


2,627

Income tax expense


16,084


6,871


45,531


24,157

EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure


77,046


56,184


274,465


162,266

Litigation Settlement




7,500


Profit sharing effect1




(750)


Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure


$      77,046


$      56,184


$    281,215


$    162,266

Adjusted EBITDA margin


25.1 %


22.1 %


24.1 %


18.3 %

1Profit sharing effect of litigation settlement in the respective period.

 

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