First quarter segment adjusted EBITDA was $17.2 million, decreasing 3% compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to lower snow tool revenue. The impact of snow was partially offset by reduced ATT warehouse and distribution costs, other cost control initiatives and an increase of $0.9 million in Byrd Amendment receipts (anti-dumping compensation from the U.S. government); favorable product mix and manufacturing efficiencies at CBP also contributed to segment adjusted EBITDA.
Griffon’s current quarter effective tax rate was 68.1% compared to 49.2% in the prior year quarter. In both years, the effective rates reflect the impact of permanent differences not deductible in determining taxable income, mainly limited deductibility of restricted stock, tax reserves and changes in earnings mix between domestic and non-domestic operations. There were no material discrete items in the current or prior year quarters.
Current quarter selling, general and administrative expenses included a $2.1 million, non-cash, pension settlement loss resulting from the lump-sum buyout of certain participant balances in the Company’s defined benefit plan. The buyouts, funded by the pension plan, reduced the Company’s net pension liability by $3.5 million.
At December 30, 2012, the Company had cash and equivalents of $150 million, total debt outstanding of $699 million, net of discounts, and $179 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facility.
During the first quarter, the Company purchased 0.7 million shares of its common stock under an authorized stock repurchase plan, for $7.3 million. At December 31, 2012, the Company had a remaining authorization of $31.0 million.
Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call today, January 30, 2013, at 4:30 PM ET.
The call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-334-3032 (U.S. participants) or 1-719-325-2462 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference.