November 06, 2018

  • 3Q18 Net sales growth of 4.9%; Net Sales, Constant Currency up 7.2%*
  • 3Q18 Net income from continuing operations of $7.2 million
  • 3Q18 Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.10
  • 3Q18 Adjusted EPS* growth of 54.5% to $0.34
  • 3Q18 Adjusted EBIT* growth of 9.7% to $39.7 million
  • Updating 2018 financial guidance

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GCP Applied Technologies Inc. (NYSE: GCP) today announced third quarter 2018 results.

Total GCP Applied Technologies
($ Millions)
3Q 2018 3Q 2017 % Change
Net sales $296.3 $282.4 4.9%
Net Sales, Constant Currency* $302.6 $282.4 7.2%
Gross margin 37.3% 37.9% (60) bps
Adjusted Gross Margin* 37.4% 38.1% (70) bps
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to GCP shareholders $7.2 $(18.1) NM
Net income (loss) attributable to GCP shareholders $25.4 $659.2 (96.1)%
Diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to GCP shareholders $0.10 $(0.25) NM
Adjusted EPS* $0.34 $0.22 54.5%
Adjusted EBIT* $39.7 $36.2 9.7%
Adjusted EBIT Margin* 13.4% 12.8% 60 bps

Gregory E. Poling, GCP’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our third quarter results, as GCP’s sales and earnings grew due to higher price and volumes as well as contributions from our bolt-on acquisitions and our cost reduction program.”

Poling continued, “Our Specialty Building Materials business performed well with good project work and strong price capture, resulting in improved gross margin and segment operating income. This quarter, we made progress repositioning our Specialty Construction Chemicals business. We are increasing the penetration of VERIFI®, focusing on higher margin admixture markets and technologies, and reducing our overall cost structure.”

Third Quarter 2018:

  • Net sales increased 4.9% and Net Sales, Constant Currency increased 7.2% due to growth in Specialty Construction Chemicals and Specialty Building Materials
  • Gross margin of 37.3% decreased 60 basis points as an increase in SBM’s gross margin was offset by a decline in SCC’s gross margin
  • Income from continuing operations attributable to GCP shareholders was $7.2 million compared to loss from continuing operations of $18.1 million in the third quarter of 2017.  The change was primarily due to lower expenses as a result of a loss recognized during the prior-year quarter on the deconsolidation of our Venezuela operations, partially offset by higher income taxes.
  • Adjusted EBIT of $39.7 million increased 9.7% primarily due to higher SBM segment operating income and lower corporate costs
Third Quarter Segment Performance
Specialty Construction Chemicals
($ Millions)
3Q 2018 3Q 2017 % Change
Net sales $165.4 $156.2 5.9%
Net Sales, Constant Currency* $171.5 $156.2 9.8%
Gross margin 32.5% 34.2% (170) bps
Segment operating income $12.7 $15.7 (19.1)%
Segment operating margin 7.7% 10.1% (240) bps
  • Net sales increased 5.9% and Net Sales, Constant Currency increased 9.8% due to higher volumes in our Concrete and Cement businesses. Volumes increased despite being negatively impacted in September by wet weather and storm-related disruptions in North America and Asia Pacific, as well as planned exits from certain admixture markets.
  • Gross margin declined 170 basis points as price increases were offset by raw material inflation, increases in logistics costs and volatile foreign exchange rates in certain emerging markets
  • Segment operating margin decreased 240 basis points primarily due to lower gross margin
Specialty Building Materials
($ Millions)
3Q 2018 3Q 2017 % Change
Net sales $130.9 $126.2 3.7%
Net Sales, Constant Currency* $131.1 $126.2 3.9%
Gross margin 43.6% 42.9% 70 bps
Segment operating income $34.3 $30.1 14.0%
Segment operating margin 26.2% 23.9% 230 bps
  • Net sales increased 3.7% and Net Sales, Constant Currency grew 3.9% primarily due to growth in our Building Envelope and Residential businesses
  • Gross margin increased 70 basis points due to price increases and productivity gains, partially offset by increased raw materials and logistics costs
  • Segment operating income increased 14.0% to $34.3 million and segment operating margin increased 230 basis points to 26.2%. The increase in segment operating income and margin was primarily due to higher gross margin and lower operating expenses.

*Non-GAAP financial measures. See the tables herein for important information regarding these measures and a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measures.
NM – Not meaningful.

2018 Restructuring and Repositioning Plan (the “2018 Plan”)
On August 1, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a business restructuring and repositioning plan. The 2018 Plan is designed to streamline operations and improve profitability primarily within the concrete admixtures product line of our Specialty Construction Chemicals segment by focusing on our core markets, rationalizing non-profitable geographies, reducing our global cost structure, and accelerating the integration of VERIFI® into our global admixtures business.

The Company expects to incur total pre-tax costs in connection with the 2018 Plan of approximately $30 million to $35 million, of which approximately $20 million to $25 million represents restructuring costs and approximately $10 million represents repositioning costs.

The Company expects to realize total annualized pre-tax cost savings associated with the 2018 Plan of approximately $25 million in 2019. The Company achieved pre-tax cost savings of approximately $2 million during the third quarter. Total expected revenue reduction is approximately 10% of annual SCC revenue as a result of exiting non-profitable geographic markets under the 2018 Plan. Such revenue reductions amounted to approximately $2 million during the third quarter. Substantially all of the restructuring actions under the 2018 Plan are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The 2018 Plan is separate and additional to the plan approved by the Company’s Board of Directors on June 28, 2017 (the “2017 Plan”). The Company is on track to achieve the cost savings targets of the 2017 Plan.

Interest Expense and Related Financing Costs
Interest expense and related financing costs were $5.9 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared with $21.6 million for the prior-year quarter. The decrease was primarily due to lower interest expense as a  result of the full repayment of the Term Loan principal balance previously outstanding under our Credit Agreement during the third quarter of 2017 and the debt refinancing transactions discussed below.

Debt Refinancing Transactions
On April 10, 2018, the Company announced the issuance of $350.0 million aggregate principal amount of 5.5% Senior Notes due 2026, an amendment to its Credit Agreement that, among other things, increased the aggregate principal amount of revolving commitments available to $350.0 million, and the redemption of $525.0 million outstanding aggregate principal amount of its 9.5% Senior Notes due 2023.

Income Taxes
The income tax expense (benefit) attributable to continuing operations during the third quarter and prior-year quarter was $7.6 million and ($14.5 million), respectively, representing effective tax rates of 51.0% and 44.6%, respectively. The difference between the provision for income taxes at the U.S. federal income tax rate of 21.0% and GCP’s overall income tax rate for the third quarter is primarily attributable to valuation allowances recorded of $3.6 million, the effect of tax rates in foreign jurisdictions of $0.2 million and permanent book to tax differences and other items of $0.7 million.  The difference between the provision for income taxes at the U.S. federal income tax rate of 35.0% and GCP’s overall income tax rate for the prior-year quarter was primarily due to $2.9 million of tax benefit on undistributed foreign earnings.

Full-Year 2018 Outlook1

Guidance Prior Current
Net Sales, Constant Currency Growth of 5% to 8% Growth of 4% to 6%
Adjusted EBIT $125 million to $135 million $120 million to $130 million
Adjusted EPS(2)(3) $0.92 to $1.06 $0.86 to $1.00
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $25 million to $35 million $25 million to $35 million

1GCP guidance figures assume average 2017 FX rates carried forward into the guidance period.
2Includes effective tax rate of 28% to 31%, which reflects the Company’s current estimate of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
3Assumes 73 million shares outstanding.

Investor Call
GCP has scheduled a conference call and webcast for 10:00 a.m. ET today to review its third quarter 2018 results and full-year outlook. Those who wish to listen to the conference call webcast should visit the Investors section of GCP’s website at The live call can be accessed by dialing (844) 887-9408 in the U.S. or +1 (412) 317-9261 internationally prior to the start of the call. Participants should ask to join the GCP Applied Technologies call. An accompanying slide presentation will also be available on the website.

For those unable to participate in the live conference call, a playback will be available until November 13, 2018. To listen to the playback, please dial (877) 344-7529 in the U.S. or +1 (412) 317-0088 internationally; the access code is 10124842.  A webcast replay will also be available in the “Events and Presentations” section of the company’s website for approximately three months.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release the Company refers to non-GAAP financial measures including Net Sales, Constant Currency, Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Profit Margin, Adjusted EBIT, Adjusted EBIT Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, Adjusted EPS, and Adjusted EBIT Return On Invested Capital. These non-GAAP measures do not purport to represent income or liquidity measures as defined under United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered as alternatives to such measures as an indicator of GCP’s performance. These non-GAAP measures are provided to distinguish the operating results of GCP’s current business.

The Analysis of Operations pages included in this press release provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP measures, as well as definitions for each of these non-GAAP financial measures and explanations as to why management finds them useful and believes they are useful to investors, potential investors and others.

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About GCP Applied Technologies
GCP is a leading global provider of construction products technologies that include additives for cement and concrete, the VERIFI® in-transit concrete management system, high-performance waterproofing products, and specialty systems. GCP products have been used to build some of the world’s most renowned structures. More information is available at

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