"Looking ahead, for fiscal 2019 we expect double-digit revenue growth and triple-digit operating margin improvement, based on our order pipeline, bidding and backlog already booked for fiscal 2019," said Puishys.Updated fiscal 2018 full-year guidance, compared to earlier guidance, includes:
- Revenue growth of 24 to 26 percent, compared to 26 to 28 percent.
- Operating margin of 10.0 to 10.5 percent, compared to 10.5 to 11.0 percent.
- Adjusted operating margin of 11.0 to 11.5 percent, compared to 11.5 to 12.0 percent.
- Earnings per share of $3.05 to $3.25, compared to $3.31 to $3.51.
- Adjusted EPS of $3.40 to $3.60, up at least 12 percent from the prior year; this compares to prior adjusted EPS guidance of $3.65 to $3.85.
- Adjusted earnings guidance excludes the after-tax impact of:
- Amortization of short-lived acquired intangibles associated with the acquired backlog of Sotawall and EFCO of $7 million ($0.24 per diluted share).
- Acquisition-related costs for Sotawall and EFCO of approximately $3 million ($0.11 per diluted share).
- Architectural Glass segment consists of Viracon, the leading fabricator of coated, high-performance architectural glass for global markets.
- Architectural Framing Systems segment businesses design, engineer, fabricate and finish the aluminum frames for window, curtainwall and storefront systems that comprise the outside skin of buildings. Businesses in this segment are: Wausau, a manufacturer of custom aluminum window systems and curtainwall; Sotawall, a manufacturer of unitized curtainwall systems; EFCO, a manufacturer of aluminum window, curtainwall, storefront and entrance systems; Tubelite, a manufacturer of aluminum storefront, entrance and curtainwall products; Alumicor, a manufacturer of aluminum storefront, entrance, curtainwall and window products for Canadian markets; and Linetec, a paint and anodizing finisher of window frames and PVC shutters.
- Architectural Services segment consists of Harmon, one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass installation companies.
- Large-Scale Optical segment consists of Tru Vue, a value-added glass and acrylic manufacturer primarily for framing and display applications.
- Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net earnings and adjusted earnings per diluted share ("adjusted earnings per share or adjusted EPS") are used by the company to provide meaningful supplemental information about its operating performance by excluding amounts that are not considered part of core operating results when assessing performance to improve comparability of results from period to period. Examples of items excluded to arrive at these adjusted measures include the impact of acquisition-related costs and amortization of short-lived acquired intangibles associated with backlog.
- Backlog represents the dollar amount of revenues Apogee expects to recognize in the near-term from firm contracts or orders. The company uses backlog as one of the metrics to evaluate near-term sales trends in its business.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThe discussion above contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements reflect Apogee management's expectations or beliefs as of the date of this release. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward-looking statements are qualified by factors that may affect the operating results of the company, including the following: (A) global economic conditions and the cyclical nature of the North American and Latin American commercial construction industries, which impact our three architectural segments, and consumer confidence and the conditions of the U.S. economy, which impact our large-scale optical segment; (B) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; (C) actions of new and existing competitors; (D) ability to effectively utilize and increase production capacity; (E) product performance, reliability and quality issues; (F) project management and installation issues that could result in losses on individual contracts; (G) changes in consumer and customer preference, or architectural trends and building codes; (H) dependence on a relatively small number of customers in certain business segments; (I) revenue and operating results that could differ from market expectations; (J) self-insurance risk related to a material product liability or other event for which the company is liable; (K) dependence on information technology systems and information security threats; (L) cost of compliance with and changes in environmental regulations; (M) interruptions in glass supply; (N) loss of key personnel and inability to source sufficient labor; and (O) integration of recent acquisitions. The company cautions investors that actual future results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, and that other factors may in the future prove to be important in affecting the company's results of operations. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or a combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. For a more detailed explanation of the foregoing and other risks and uncertainties, see Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 4, 2017.