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Hillman Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results

CINCINNATI, Nov. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hillman Solutions Corp. (Nasdaq: HLMN) (the “Company” or “Hillman”), a leading provider of hardware products and merchandising solutions, reported financial results for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 24, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights (Thirteen Weeks Ended September 24, 2022)

  • Net sales increased 3.9% to $378.5 million compared to $364.5 million in the prior year quarter
  • Net loss totaled $(9.5) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, compared to a loss of $(32.5) million, or $(0.19) per diluted share, in the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted diluted EPS1 was $0.14 per diluted share compared to $0.13 per diluted share in the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $59.0 million compared to $56.5 million in the prior year quarter

Third Quarter YTD 2022 Highlights (Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended September 24, 2022)

  • Net sales increased 5.0% to $1.14 billion as compared to $1.08 billion in the prior year period
  • Net loss totaled $(2.5) million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to a loss of $(44.9) million, or $(0.38) per diluted share, in the prior year period
  • Adjusted diluted EPS1 was $0.38 per diluted share compared to $0.49 per diluted share in the prior year period
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $165.3 million compared to $168.8 million in the prior year period

“Our best-in-class field sales and service team continue to solve complex labor and supply chain issues for our blue chip customer base," commented Doug Cahill, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hillman. “With our fill rates for the year at 96%, we are gaining market share and strengthening customer relationships by keeping the shelves stocked at over 40,000 locations. Third quarter net sales increased and Adjusted EBITDA improved year-over-year as we realized the benefit of several price increases to offset higher costs.”

“Looking forward, we see several catalysts that reinforce our competitive moat and our expectation for further growth. Near record homeowner’s equity in homes and an aging U.S. housing stock provide a meaningful driver of home improvement projects for years to come, which bodes well for our estimated 90% exposure to repair, remodel and maintenance activity. Our direct-to-store model is minimizing the impact of customer de-stocking while sourcing lead times have continued to improve since the beginning of the year. Further, our multiple price actions offset increased costs for the full year 2022 on a dollar-for-dollar basis. As we look toward 2023, we are positioned well to continue delivering unmatched performance to our customers while working down inventory and generating solid returns in our business.”

1.  Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Diluted EPS, Net Debt, and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA”, "Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings per Share", "Reconciliation of Net Debt" and "Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow" sections of this press release for additional information as well as reconciliations between the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity at Quarter-End

  • Total long-term debt was $914 million, compared to $907 million at the end of 2021. Net debt1 outstanding was $922 million, compared to $931 million at the end of 2021
  • Liquidity available totaled approximately $225 million, consisting of $195 million of available borrowing under the revolving credit facility and $29 million of cash and equivalents
  • Net debt1 to trailing twelve month Adjusted EBITDA was 4.5 times, unchanged from the end of 2021, and improved from 4.7 times at the end of the second quarter of 2022

Full Year 2022 Guidance - Update

Based on year-to-date performance and improved visibility on the remainder of the year, management is providing additional information on its full year 2022 guidance originally provided on March 2, 2022 with Hillman's fourth quarter 2021 results.

 Original Full Year 2022 GuidanceUpdated Full Year 2022 Guidance
Net Sales$1.5 billion - $1.6 billion$1.46 billion - $1.50 billion
Adjusted EBITDA1$207 million - $227 million$207 million - $211 million
Free Cash Flow1, 2$120 million - $130 million$75 million - $85 million

2. Note that the Free Cash Flow guidance excludes $16 million of royalty fee litigation judgement related to the Hy-Ko case as the payment timing is still to be determined.

Rocky Kraft, Hillman's chief financial officer, added: “Our team continues to serve our customers well, implement price increases, and control costs in this dynamic environment. Sales growth and solid margin performance were in part made possible by securing inventory in early 2022. That strategy has been successful and resulted in continuity of service to our customers and new business wins."

"However, sales volume has been softer than expectations, which ultimately impacted the timing of our planned inventory reductions. Additionally, we incurred one-time cash expenses related to patent litigation. In consideration of these factors, we have adjusted our net sales and free cash flow expectations for 2022 - while refining our Adjusted EBITDA guidance within our original range.

"With supply chains and lead times returning to more manageable levels, we are poised to generate stronger cash flow and further reduce leverage in 2023 as we continue to grow our business and bring working capital back in line with historical levels.”

Third Quarter 2022 Results Presentation

Hillman plans to host a conference call and webcast presentation today, November 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its results. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Doug Cahill and Chief Financial Officer Rocky Kraft will host the results presentation.

Date: November 3, 2022

Time: 8:30 am Eastern Time

Listen-only Webcast:

A webcast replay will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call using the link above.

Hillman’s earnings release, quarterly presentation, and Form 10-Q were filed with the SEC and are accessible on its Investor Relations website,

About Hillman Solutions Corp.

Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillman Solutions Corp. (“Hillman”) and its subsidiaries are leading North American providers of complete hardware solutions, delivered with outstanding customer service to over 40,000 locations. Hillman designs innovative product and merchandising solutions for complex categories that deliver an outstanding customer experience to home improvement centers, mass merchants, national and regional hardware stores, pet supply stores, and OEM & industrial customers. Leveraging its leading distribution and sales network, Hillman delivers a “small business” experience with “big business” efficiency. For more information on Hillman, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections, and statements, which are not historical facts and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. Statements that do not describe historical or current facts, including statements about beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made in good faith by the company and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.You should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," “target”, “goal”, "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s expectations with respect to future performance. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside the Company's control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) unfavorable economic conditions that may affect operations, financial condition and cash flows including spending on home renovation or construction projects, inflation, recessions, instability in the financial markets or credit markets; (2) increased supply chain costs, including raw materials, sourcing, transportation and energy; (3) the highly competitive nature of the markets that we serve (4) ability to continue to innovate with new products and services; (5) seasonality; (6) large customer concentration; (7) ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; (8) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company (9) adverse changes in currency exchange rates; (10) the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s business; or (11) regulatory changes and potential legislation that could adversely impact financial results. The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive, and readers should also refer to those risks that are included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2022. Given these uncertainties, current or prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward looking statements.

Except as required by applicable law, the Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this communication to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.


Michael Koehler
Vice President of Investor Relations & Treasury

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Net Income, GAAP Basis
(dollars in thousands)

 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Net sales$378,538  $364,480  $1,135,665  $1,081,476 
Cost of sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below) 214,802   236,999   648,221   654,264 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 133,246   110,447   366,013   325,288 
Depreciation 14,312   14,454   41,738   46,065 
Amortization 15,557   15,504   46,644   45,827 
Management fees to related party    56      270 
Other (income) expense, net 1,070   315   (3,124)  (2,232)
Income (loss) from operations (449)  (13,295)  36,173   11,994 
Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability    3,990      3,990 
Interest expense, net 14,696   11,801   38,857   49,979 
Interest expense on junior subordinated debentures    1,471      7,775 
(Gain) loss on mark-to-market adjustments    (261)     (1,685)
Refinancing charges    8,070      8,070 
Investment income on trust common securities    (44)     (233)
Income (loss) before income taxes (15,145)  (38,322)  (2,684)  (55,902)
Income tax provision (benefit) (5,679)  (5,798)  (147)  (11,023)
Net income (loss)$(9,466) $(32,524) $(2,537) $(44,879)
Basic and diluted income (loss) per share$(0.05) $(0.19) $(0.01) $(0.38)
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 194,370   168,440   194,171   116,945 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)

 September 24,
 December 25,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$29,228  $14,605 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,446 ($2,891 - 2021) 126,138   107,212 
Inventories, net 534,970   533,530 
Other current assets 25,852   12,962 
Total current assets 716,188   668,309 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $320,767 ($284,069 - 2021) 181,260   174,312 
Goodwill 823,626   825,371 
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $398,638 ($352,695 - 2021) 749,126   794,700 
Operating lease right of use assets 78,220   82,269 
Deferred tax assets    1,323 
Other assets 26,698   16,638 
Total assets$2,575,118  $2,562,922 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$150,620  $186,126 
Current portion of debt and finance lease liabilities 12,805   11,404 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities 12,868   13,088 
Accrued expenses:   
Salaries and wages 16,496   8,606 
Pricing allowances 9,861   10,672 
Income and other taxes 3,726   4,829 
Interest 5,236   1,519 
Other accrued liabilities 57,210   41,052 
Total current liabilities 268,822   277,296 
Long-term debt 913,815   906,531 
Deferred tax liabilities 141,471   137,764 
Operating lease liabilities 72,880   74,476 
Other non-current liabilities 11,310   16,760 
Total liabilities$1,408,298  $1,412,827 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders' equity:   
Common stock, $0.0001 par, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 194,394,767 issued and outstanding at September 24, 2022 and 194,083,625 issued and 193,995,320 outstanding at December 25, 2021 20   20 
Additional paid-in capital 1,400,084   1,387,410 
Accumulated deficit (212,718)  (210,181)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (20,566)  (27,154)
Total stockholders' equity 1,166,820   1,150,095 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$2,575,118  $2,562,922 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(dollars in thousands)

 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net income (loss)$(2,537) $(44,879)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 88,382   91,892 
Deferred income taxes 5,670   (21,538)
Deferred financing and original issue discount amortization 2,251   3,036 
Stock-based compensation expense 10,789   8,817 
Increase in fair value of warrant liabilities    3,990 
Write off of deferred financing fees, premiums and discounts associated with debt refinancing    (8,372)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration (2,926)  (1,110)
Other non-cash interest and change in fair value of interest rate swap    (1,685)
Changes in operating items:   
Accounts receivable, net (19,482)  (17,097)
Inventories, net (6,004)  (110,065)
Other assets (5,549)  3,003 
Accounts payable (34,648)  12,896 
Other accrued liabilities 27,171   (24,193)
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities 63,117   (105,305)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Acquisition of business, net of cash received (2,500)  (39,102)
Capital expenditures (46,431)  (36,955)
Net cash used for investing activities (48,931)  (76,057)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Repayments of senior term loans (6,384)  (1,072,042)
Borrowings on senior term loans    883,872 
Proceeds from recapitalization of Landcadia, net of transaction costs    455,161 
Proceeds from sale of common stock in PIPE, net of issuance costs    363,301 
Repayments of senior notes    (330,000)
Repayment of Junior Subordinated Debentures    (108,707)
Financing fees    (20,988)
Borrowings on revolving credit loans 161,000   246,000 
Repayments of revolving credit loans (154,000)  (244,000)
Principal payments under finance lease obligations (998)  (697)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,885   1,761 
Cash payments related to hedging activities (1,421)   
Other financing activities 1,809    
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,891   173,661 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,454)  610 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 14,623   (7,091)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 14,605   21,520 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$29,228  $14,429 

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures to analyze underlying business performance and trends. The Company believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures enhances the Company’s and investors’ ability to compare the Company’s past financial performance with its current performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided as supplemental information to the financial measures presented in this press release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures determined or calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s definitions of its non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Because GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis are not accessible, and reconciling information is not available without unreasonable effort, reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are not provided for forward-looking non-GAAP measures. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.

Non-GAAP financial measures such as consolidated adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS) exclude from the relevant GAAP metrics items that neither relate to the ordinary course of the Company’s business, nor reflect the Company’s underlying business performance.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA (Unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is the primary basis used to measure the operational strength and performance of our businesses as well as to assist in the evaluation of underlying trends in our businesses. This measure eliminates the significant level of noncash depreciation and amortization expense that results from the capital-intensive nature of our businesses and from intangible assets recognized in business combinations. It is also unaffected by our capital and tax structures, as our management excludes these results when evaluating our operating performance. Our management and Board of Directors use this financial measure to evaluate our consolidated operating performance and the operating performance of our operating segments and to allocate resources and capital to our operating segments. Additionally, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is one of the bases for comparing our operating performance with that of other companies in our industries, although our measure of Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Net income (loss)$(9,466) $(32,524) $(2,537) $(44,879)
Income tax provision (benefit) (5,679)  (5,798)  (147)  (11,023)
Interest expense, net 14,696   11,801   38,857   49,979 
Interest expense on junior subordinated debentures    1,471      7,775 
Investment income on trust common securities    (44)     (233)
Depreciation 14,312   14,454   41,738   46,065 
Amortization 15,557   15,504   46,644   45,827 
Mark-to-market adjustment of interest rate swap    (261)     (1,685)
EBITDA$29,420  $4,603  $124,555  $91,826 
Stock compensation expense 2,485   5,280   10,789   8,817 
Management fees    56      270 
Restructuring(1) 916   462   1,481   571 
Litigation expense(2) 25,255   487   28,968   10,769 
Acquisition and integration expense(3) 178   802   2,393   8,941 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 719   102   (2,926)  (1,110)
Buy-back expense(4)    650      2,000 
Anti-dumping duties(5)          2,636 
Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability    3,990      3,990 
Refinancing charges(6)    8,070      8,070 
Inventory valuation related charges(7)    32,026      32,026 
Total adjusting items$29,553  $51,925  $40,705  $76,980 
Adjusted EBITDA$58,973  $56,528  $165,260  $168,806 

(1)Restructuring includes severance, consulting, and other costs associated with streamlining our operations.
(2)Litigation expense includes legal fees associated with our litigation with KeyMe, Inc. and Hy-Ko Products Company LLC.
(3)Acquisition and integration expense includes professional fees, non-recurring bonuses, and other costs related to the merger with Landcadia III and the secondary offering of shares in 2022.
(4)Infrequent buy backs associated with new business wins.
(5)Anti-dumping duties assessed related to the nail business for prior year purchases.
(6)In connection with the merger, we refinanced our Term Credit Agreement and ABL Revolver. Proceeds from the refinancing were used to redeem in full senior notes due July 15, 2022 (the “6.375% Senior Notes”) and the 11.6% Junior Subordinated Debentures.
(7)In the third quarter of 2021, we recorded an inventory valuation adjustment in our Hardware and Protective Solutions segment of $32.0 million primarily related to strategic review of our COVID-19 related product offerings. We evaluated our customers' needs and the market conditions and ultimately decided to exit the following protective product categories related to COVID-19; cleaning wipes, disinfecting sprays, face masks, and certain disposable gloves.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Diluted EPS (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

We define Adjusted Diluted EPS as reported diluted EPS excluding the effect of one-time, non-recurring activity and volatility associated with our income tax expense. The Company believes that Adjusted Diluted EPS provides further insight and comparability in operating performance as it eliminates the effects of certain items that are not comparable from one period to the next. The following is a reconciliation of reported diluted EPS from continuing operations to Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations:

 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Reconciliation to Adjusted Net Income       
Net Income$(9,466) $(32,524) $(2,537) $(44,879)
Remove adjusting items(1) 29,553   51,925   40,705   76,980 
Mark-to-Market adjustment on interest rate swaps(2)    (261)     (1,685)
Remove amortization expense 15,557   15,504   46,644   45,827 
Remove tax benefit on adjusting items and amortization expense(3) (7,685)  (12,142)  (10,720)  (17,803)
Adjusted Net Income$27,959  $22,502  $74,092  $58,440 
Reconciliation to Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share       
Diluted Earnings per Share$(0.05) $(0.19) $(0.01) $(0.38)
Remove adjusting items(1) 0.15   0.30   0.21   0.65 
Impact of adjusted diluted shares 0.00   0.00   0.00   0.01 
Mark-to-Market adjustment on interest rate swaps(2)    0.00      (0.01)
Remove amortization expense 0.08   0.09   0.24   0.39 
Remove tax benefit on adjusting items and amortization expense(3) (0.04)  (0.07)  (0.05)  (0.15)
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share$0.14  $0.13  $0.38  $0.49 
Reconciliation to Adjusted Diluted Shares Outstanding       
Diluted Shares, as reported 194,370   168,440   194,171   116,945 
Non-GAAP dilution adjustments       
Dilutive effect of stock options and awards 655   2,446   1,456   1,433 
Dilutive effect of warrants    539      180 
Adjusted Diluted Shares 195,025   171,425   195,627   118,558 

Note: Adjusted EPS may not add due to rounding.

(1)Please refer to "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBTIDA" table above for additional information on adjusting items. See "Per share impact of Adjusting Items" table below for the per share impact of each adjustment.

Per Share Impact of Adjusting Items

 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirteen Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Stock compensation expense$0.01  $0.03  $0.06  $0.07 
Management fees    0.00      0.00 
Restructuring 0.00   0.00   0.01   0.00 
Litigation expense 0.13   0.00   0.15   0.09 
Acquisition and integration expense 0.00   0.00   0.01   0.08 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 0.00   0.00   (0.01)  (0.01)
Buy-back expense    0.00      0.02 
Anti-dumping duties          0.02 
Loss on change in fair value of warrant liability    0.02      0.03 
Refinancing charges(6)    0.05      0.07 
Inventory valuation related charges(7)    0.19      0.27 
Total adjusting items$0.15  $0.30  $0.21  $0.65 

Note: Adjusting items may not add due to rounding.

(2)Reflects the mark to market adjustment on the interest rate swaps. Subsequent to the merger in 2021, the Company qualifies for hedge accounting on the swaps, which eliminates the mark to market adjustment.
(3)We have calculated the income tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments shown above at the applicable statutory rate of 25.2% for the U.S. and 26.5% for Canada except for the following items:
 a.The tax impact of stock compensation expense was calculated using the statutory rate of 25.2%, excluding certain awards that are non-deductible.
 b.The tax impact of acquisition and integration expense included in "Other" was calculated using the statutory rate of 25.2%, excluding certain charges that were non-deductible.
 c.Amortization expense for financial accounting purposes was offset by the tax benefit of deductible amortization expense using the statutory rate of 25.2%.

Reconciliation of Net Debt (Unaudited)

We define Net Debt as reported gross debt less cash on hand. Net debt is not defined under U.S. GAAP and may not be computed the same as similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company believes that Net Debt provides further insight and comparability into liquidity and capital structure. The following is a the calculation of Net Debt:

 September 24, 2022 December 25, 2021
Revolving loans$100,000  $93,000 
Senior term loan, due 2028 844,618   851,000 
Finance leases 4,826   1,782 
Other financing 1,809  $ 
Gross debt$951,253  $945,782 
Less cash 29,228   14,605 
Net debt$922,025  $931,177 

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)

We calculate free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow is not defined under U.S. GAAP and may not be computed the same as similarly titled measures used by other companies. We believe free cash flow is an important indicator of how much cash is generated by our business operations and is a measure of incremental cash available to invest in our business and meet our debt obligations.

 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 24, 2022
 Thirty-nine Weeks Ended
September 25, 2021
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities$63,117  $(105,305)
Capital expenditures (46,431)  (36,955)
Free cash flow$16,686  $(142,260)

Source: Hillman Solutions Corp.

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