“The North American lighting market appears to have experienced a slowdown in the rate of growth over the past few months, reflecting both a tepid economic recovery in the U.S. and macro-level uncertainties in the U.S. and globally. Third-party forecasts for the U.S. non-residential construction market, a key market for the company, remain favorable though estimates for growth vary significantly. The current consensus estimate is that non-residential construction will grow modestly through our fiscal 2013 while the growth rate for the North American lighting market will be higher, suggesting growth in the mid-single digit range for fiscal 2013. We believe opportunities exist that will allow us to continue to outperform the markets we serve, including benefits from growing renovation and tenant improvement projects, further expansion in underpenetrated geographies and channels, and growth from the introduction of innovative products and lighting solutions.”
Mr. Nagel concluded, “We believe the lighting and lighting-related industry will experience solid growth over the next decade, particularly as energy and environmental concerns come to the forefront, and we believe we are well positioned to fully participate in this exciting industry.”
The independent registered public accountants’ audit opinion with respect to the Company’s fiscal year-end financial statements will not be issued until the Company completes its annual report on Form 10-K, including its evaluation of the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting. Accordingly, the financial results reported in this earnings release are preliminary pending completion of the audit.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Acuity Brands’ management included in the above news release the terms “adjusted gross profit,” “adjusted gross profit margin,” “adjusted operating profit,” “adjusted operating profit margin,” “adjusted net income,” and “adjusted diluted EPS” which are non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), or non-GAAP, financial measures provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and prospects for the future. Specifically, management believes that adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating profit margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS provide useful information to investors by excluding or adjusting items related to special charges and additional costs associated with the closing of the Cochran production facility, which affected fiscal 2012 gross profit, operating profit, net income and diluted EPS. Management believes the special charges and additional costs impacted the comparability of the Company’s results and that these items are not reflective of costs that the Company will incur over the long term. However, we have incurred similar charges in prior fiscal years and continually evaluate streamlining measures which could result in additional charges in future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The most directly comparable GAAP measure for adjusted gross profit and adjusted gross profit margin are “gross profit” and “gross profit margin”, respectively, which include the impact of costs associated with the closing of the Cochran facility. The most directly comparable GAAP measure for adjusted operating profit and adjusted operating profit margin are “operating profit” and “operating profit margin,” respectively, which include the impact of the special charges and the costs associated with the closing of the Cochran facility. The most directly comparable GAAP measures for adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS are “net income” and “diluted EPS,” respectively; both GAAP measures include the impact of the special charges and the costs associated with the closing of the Cochran facility. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this news release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure.