UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
|☒||ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1934|
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020
|☐||TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934|
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number 0-22462
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
|(State or incorporation )||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
|3556 Lake Shore Road||P.O. Box 2028||Buffalo ,||New York||14219-0228|
|(Address of principal executive offices)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (716) 826-6500
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share||ROCK||NASDAQ Stock Market|
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: NONE
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|Non-accelerated filer||☐||Smaller reporting company|
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Aggregate market value of voting Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2020 was: $1.5 billion.
As of February 24, 2021, the number of common shares outstanding was: 32,570,961.
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Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (the "Company") is a leading manufacturer and provider of products and services for the renewable energy, conservation, residential and infrastructure markets. Gibraltar’s mission is to create compounding and sustainable value for our shareholders and stakeholders with strong and relevant leadership positions in higher growth, profitable end markets focused on addressing some of the world's most challenging opportunities. The foundation of the Company's strategy is built on three core pillars: Business System, Portfolio Management, and Organization Development.
1.Business System reflects the necessary systems, processes, and management tools required to deliver consistent and continuous performance improvement, every day. Our business system is a critical enabler to grow, scale, and deliver our plans. Our business system is focused on deploying effective tools to drive growth, improve operating performance, and develop the organization. Our Business System challenges existing paradigms, drives day-to-day performance, forces prioritization of resources, challenges our business models, and brings focus to new product and services development and innovation.
2.Portfolio Management is focused on optimizing the Company’s business portfolio and ensures our financial capital and human resources are effectively and efficiently deployed to deliver sustainable, profitable growth while increasing our relevance with customers and shaping our markets. In 2020, the Company transacted the following acquisitions:
•Thermo Energy Systems ("Thermo) - January 2020,
•Delta Separations (“Delta”) - February 2020
•Architectural Mailboxes - October 2020
•Sunfig Corporation - December 2020
•TerraSmart LLC ("TerraSmart") - December 2020
During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company made the decision to classify its Industrial business as held for sale and report its results as discontinued operations.
3.Organization Development drives the Company’s continuous focus on strengthening and scaling the organization to execute the Company’s plans and meet commitments. The Company aspires to make our place of work the "Best Place to Work", where we focus on creating an environment for our people to have the best opportunity for success, continue to develop, grow, and learn. At core of this pillar is the Company’s development process focused on helping employees reach their potential, improve performance, develop career roadmaps, identify ongoing education requirements, and respective succession plans. We believe doing so helps us attract and retain the best people so we can execute our business plans.
While the Company continues to encounter challenges and uncertainty associated with COVID-19, the pandemic did not have a material adverse effect on our reported results during 2020. While most of our operations have been considered essential businesses and all have remained open during the pandemic outside of a few days, the decision to keep our team intact despite some initial market softness for certain businesses put us in a position to deliver revenue and earnings growth throughout 2020. Our top priority continues to be focused on our organization - keeping our team and their families as safe as possible, our supply chain operating well, and providing a high level of responsiveness to customer needs. We will continue to proactively execute our pandemic “playbook” as we enter 2021 and make adjustments to our operating protocols as navigate forward. The extent to which our operations will be impacted by the outbreak will largely depend on future developments, which remain uncertain and challenging to predict, including new requirements or regulations mandated by government authorities. Refer to the Company's Outlook section in this management discussion and analysis for consideration relative to future periods.
The Company serves customers primarily in North America including renewable energy (solar) developers, institutional and commercial growers of food and plants, home improvement retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and contractors. As part of our continuing operations at December 31, 2020, we operated 38 facilities, comprised of 27 manufacturing facilities, two distribution centers, and nine offices, which are located in 17 states, Canada, China, and Japan. Our operational infrastructure provides the necessary scale to support local, regional, and national customers in each of our markets.
The Company operates and reports its results in the following three reporting segments:
•Renewable Energy and Conservation;
The following table summarizes the primary products, applications, and end markets for each segment:
Renewable Energy and Conservation Segment
|Products & Services|| ||Applications|| ||End Users|
|Renewable Energy: Design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of solar racking and electrical balance of systems|| ||Commercial & distributed generation scale commercial solar installations on any type of terrain||Solar developers; power companies; solar energy EPC contractors|
|Conservation: Provide growing and processing solutions including the designing, engineering, manufacturing and installation of greenhouses, and botanical extraction systems|| ||Retail, vegetable, flowers, cannabis, commercial, institutional and conservatories, car wash tunnels, botanical oil extraction||Organic produce growers; retail garden centers; conservatories and botanical gardens; floriculture growers; agricultural research; botanical oil processors|
Residential Products Segment
|Product|| ||Applications|| ||End Market|
|Roof and foundation ventilation products|| ||Ventilation and whole-house air flow||Residential: new construction and repair and remodeling|
|Centralized mail systems and electronic package solutions|| ||Secure storage for mail and package deliveries|
|Retractable awnings & gutter guards|| ||Sun protection; gutter protection|
|Rain dispersion, trims and flashings, other accessories|| ||Water & protection from natural elements|
Infrastructure Products Segment
|Product|| ||Applications|| ||End Market|
|Structural bearings, expansion joints and pavement sealant for bridges, airport runways and roadways, elastomeric concrete, bridge cable protection systems|| ||Preserve functionality under varying weight, wind, temperature and seismic conditions||Bridge and elevated highway construction, airport pavements|
The Company’s operating businesses have established leadership positions in attractive end markets by building core capabilities in innovation, new products and services, manufacturing and field operations, business systems, quality performance, along with a healthy balance sheet and the strength of our people. We will continue our focus of time, talent, and energy on strengthening our position in each market we serve.
Attractive End Markets. Our markets are focused on solving global challenges as it relates to accelerating renewable energy generation, growing food and plants more environmentally-friendly and efficient way maintaining healthy home environments, supporting postal and parcel home delivery, and improving our country’s transportation infrastructure and ways of transporting people.
Value-Added Products and Services. We provide industry-best solutions to our customers: racking, foundation, and electrical systems for photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, commercial growing greenhouses and processing extraction technology for biologically grown food, cannabis, and other plants; roof-related ventilation to support healthy home environments; postal and parcel storage for home and retail sites; and structural bearings and expansion joints for bridges and other transportation structures. Our products and services are highly engineered, supported with intellectual property, and driven by effective business systems and IT infrastructure.
Commitment to Customer & Quality. We strive to be connected directly with our end customers, where we receive unfiltered feedback on performance, insight on customer problems and opportunities, and cooperation on ideas for new products, services, and business model optimization. The percentage of our total business supported directly with end users of our products and services was approximately 54% and we expect this to grow in future years. Our commitment to quality is a core operating tenet for the Company, and our quality management systems are designed to ensure we deliver to customer and stakeholder expectations while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to our products and services.
Strong liquidity profile. We strive to manage our cash resources to ensure sufficient liquidity to fund growth initiatives, support the seasonality of our businesses, manage effectively through economic cycles. As of December 31, 2020, our liquidity was $341 million, including $32 million of cash and $309 million of availability under our revolving credit facility. We believe our low leverage and ample borrowing capacity, along with enhanced flexibility in our Senior Credit Agreement, provides us with the financial capacity to fund our ongoing business requirements, strategic initiatives, and acquisition opportunities.
During 2020, the Company transacted the following acquisitions:
|Business Acquired||Date of Acquisition in 2020|
Preliminary purchase price
( in millions) 1
|TerraSmart LLC||December 31||$||228.0 ||Provider of screw-based, ground-mount solar racking technology, particularly used for solar projects installed on challenging terrain|
|Sunfig Corporation||December 11||$||4.0 ||Provider of software solutions that optimize solar energy investments through upstream design, performance and financial modeling|
|Architectural Mailboxes||October 15||$||27.0 ||Provider, designer, and developer of decorative residential mailboxes and related products|
|Delta Separations||February 13||$||46.0 ||Provider of ethanol-based extraction systems manufacturer and training and laboratory design and operations consultative partner|
|Thermo Energy Systems||January 15||$||7.0 ||Provider of commercial greenhouse solutions in North America supporting the biologically grown organic food market|
Note 1: Except for TerraSmart, which was financed through a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility, all of the above 2020 acquisitions were funded from cash on hand.
During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company committed to a plan to dispose its Industrial business as a result of its portfolio management strategy to focus on participation in higher value and faster growing markets. The Industrial business, previously reported in the Company's Industrial and Infrastructure Products segment, has been classified as held for sale.
Customers and Products
Our customers are located primarily throughout North America. One customer, a home improvement retailer which purchases from both the Residential Products segment and Renewable Energy and Conservation segment, represented 14% of our consolidated net sales for each of the three years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018. No other customer in any segment or segments accounted for more than 10% of our consolidated net sales.
Our products are primarily distributed to our customers using common carriers. We maintain distribution centers that complement our manufacturing plants from which we ship products and ensure on-time delivery while maintaining efficiency within our distribution system. Our customers and product offerings by segment are described below.
Renewable Energy and Conservation
The Renewable Energy and Conservation segment is primarily a designer and manufacturer of fully-engineered solutions for solar mounting systems, greenhouse structures and botanical oil extraction systems. This segment offers a fully integrated approach to the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of solar racking systems, including electrical balance of systems, and commercial, institutional, and retail greenhouse structures servicing customers, such as community solar owners and developers, organic produce growers, retail garden centers, conservatories and botanical gardens, floriculture growers, agricultural research, and botanical oil processors. With the recently announced acquisitions of TerraSmart and Sunfig, we have 13 manufacturing facilities and 2 distribution centers and operate in the United States, China and Japan.
An integral part of solar racking and greenhouse projects is the fabrication of specifically designed metal structures for highly-engineered applications including: racking and foundation for ground-mounted solar arrays on any type of terrain; single-axis solar tracker solutions; carports that integrate solar PV panels; as well as commercial-scale greenhouses and other glass structures. Both the solar racking and greenhouse projects involve securing glass and plastic to metal and use the same raw materials including steel and aluminum. Most of our production is completed using computer numerical control machines, roll forming machines, laser cutters and other fabrication tools. The structural metal components are designed, engineered, fabricated and installed in accordance with applicable building codes.
We strive to improve our offerings of products by introducing new products, enhancing existing products, adjusting product specifications to respond to commercial building codes and regulatory changes, and providing solutions to contractors and end users. New products introduced in recent years include screw-based racking solutions, software solutions to optimize solar energy investments, botanical oil extraction systems, single-axis tracker systems, metal framed structures for car washes, and solar racking systems for carports and canopies. Our screw-based racking solutions offer rapid installation on any terrain. Our new software solution enables our team to optimize solar project design, utilizing solar irradiance data and topography analysis to quickly and automatically generate multiple potential layouts for complex projects Our botanical oil extraction systems provide equipment for extracting plant oils for hemp, cannabis, and nutraceutical processors. The single-axis tracker systems within our solar mounting solutions group provide flexibility to adapt to a variety of site conditions that impact tracker site designs when using other solutions in the market and can vastly reduce the costs associated with civil work on projects. The patented design eliminates complexities incorporated in the traditional systems, simplifying the operations and maintenance of the system, along with streamlining the installation process. Our car washes serve a market preference for light- transparent structures. Solar racking systems for carports serve as protection for cars from the effects of the sun and intense heat while providing a renewable energy source. Similarly, solar racking systems installed on idle land, such as solid waste landfills, or on challenging, rocky terrain, converts such land into a useful property by providing clean renewable power generating capabilities.
Our Residential Products segment services the residential repair and remodeling and to a lesser extent the new housing construction markets in North America with products including roof and foundation ventilation products, centralized mail systems and electronic package solutions, outdoor living products (retractable sun-shades), rain dispersion products and other construction accessories. Our residential product offerings are sold through a number of sales channels including major retail home centers, building material wholesalers, building product distributors, buying groups, roofing distributors, residential contractors, property management companies and postal services distributors and providers. This segment operates 12 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, giving it a base of operations to provide manufacturing capability of high quality products, customer service, delivery and technical support to a broad network of regional and national customers across North America.
Our roof and foundation ventilation products and accessories include solar powered units. Our centralized mail and electronic package solutions include single mailboxes, cluster style mail and parcel boxes for single and multi-family housing and electronic package locker systems. Our remaining residential product offerings consist of roof edging and flashing, soffits and trim, drywall corner bead, metal roofing and accessories, rain dispersion products, including gutters and accessories, and exterior retractable awnings. Each of these product offerings can be sold separately or as part of a system solution.
Within our Residential Products businesses, we are constantly striving to improve our product/solution offerings by introducing new products, enhancing existing products, adapting to building code and regulatory changes, and providing new and innovative solutions to homeowners and contractors. New products introduced in recent years include electronic parcel lockers, roof top safety kits, chimney caps, heat trace coils, exterior, remote-controlled
deck awnings for sun protection, and high-efficiency and solar-powered ventilation products. Our electronic parcel lockers and parcel room systems provide residents in multi-family communities a secure storage receptacle to handle both package deliveries and receipt of other delivered goods, along with aiding retail businesses and their customers to transact via buy on line, pick up in store ("BOPUS") transactions. Our ventilation and roof flashing products provide protection and extend the life of structures while providing a safer, healthier environment for residents. Our cluster box mail delivery products provide delivery cost savings to the postal service while offering secure storage for delivered mail and packages. Our building products are manufactured primarily from galvanized and painted steel, anodized and painted aluminum, and various resins.
Within our manufacturing facilities, we leverage significant production capabilities which allow us to both assemble and process a wide range of metals and plastics for our residential products. Most of our production is completed using automatic roll forming machines, stamping presses, welding, paint lines, and injection molding equipment. We maintain our equipment according to a thorough preventive maintenance program allowing us to meet the demanding quality and delivery requirements of our customers. In some cases, the Company sources products from third-party vendors to optimize cost and quality in order to provide the very best and affordable solution for our customers.
Our Infrastructure Products segment primarily serves end markets such as highway and bridge construction and airports through commercial and transportation contractors. Our infrastructure product offerings include expansion joints, structural bearings, rubber pre-formed seals and other sealants, elastomeric concrete, and bridge cable protection systems. We operate two manufacturing facilities in the United States giving us a base of operations to provide customer support, delivery, service, and quality to a number of regional and national customers, and providing us with manufacturing and distribution efficiencies in North America.
We strive to improve our offerings of infrastructure products by introducing new products, enhancing existing products, adjusting product specifications to respond to regulatory changes, and providing additional solutions to contractors. New products have been introduced in recent years by extending our transportation infrastructure products into new markets. For example, our long-lasting pavement sealants for roadways are now being installed on airport runways internationally, our structural bearings for elevated highways and bridges have been installed on an offshore oil production platform, and our corrosion-protection products for cable-suspension bridges are now marketed and sold internationally.
Engineering and Technical Services
Our business segments employ engineers and other technical personnel to perform a variety of key tasks which include the identification and implementation of improvements to our manufacturing process, redesign of our products for better performance, the development of new products and identification and execution of cost reduction activities. In addition, our engineering staff employs a range of drafting software to design highly specialized and technically precise products. In our Renewable Energy and Conservation and Infrastructure Products segments, drawings are approved and stamped by state licensed professional engineers. Technical service personnel also work in conjunction with our sales force in the new product development process to determine the types of products and services that suit the particular needs of our customers.
Suppliers and Raw Materials
Our business is required to maintain sufficient quantities of raw material inventory in order to accommodate our customers’ short lead times. Accordingly, we plan our purchases to maintain raw materials at sufficient levels to satisfy the anticipated needs of our customers. We have implemented enterprise resource planning systems along with a corporate wide SIOP (Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning process) to better manage our inventory, forecast customer orders, enable efficient supply chain management, and allow for more timely counter-measures to changing customer demand and market conditions.
The primary raw materials we purchase are flat-rolled and plate steel, aluminum coil and extrusions, and resins. We purchase flat-rolled and plate steel and aluminum at regular intervals on an as-needed basis, primarily from the major North American mills, as well as, a limited amount from domestic service centers and foreign steel importers. Substantially all of our resins are purchased from domestic vendors, primarily through distributors, with a small amount purchased directly from manufacturers. Supply has historically been adequate from these sources to fulfill our needs. Because of our strategy to develop longstanding relationships in our supply chain, we have been able to
adjust our deliveries of raw materials to match our required inventory positions to support our on-time deliveries to customers while allowing us to manage our investment in inventory and working capital. Management continually evaluates improvements in our purchasing practices across our geographically dispersed facilities in order to streamline purchasing across similar commodities.
We purchase natural gas and electricity from suppliers in proximity to our operations.
We actively protect our proprietary rights by the use of trademark, copyright, and patent registrations. While we do not believe that any individual item of our intellectual property is material, we believe our trademarks, copyrights, and patents provide us with a competitive advantage when marketing our products to customers. We also believe our brands are well recognized in the markets we serve and we believe they stand for high-quality manufactured goods at a competitive price. These trademarks, copyrights, and patent registrations help us maintain product leadership positions for the goods we offer. In 2020, 8% of our annual revenues were generated from patented products.
Sales and Marketing
In 2020, approximately 54% of our revenues were generated from products and services that were sold directly to the end user, with the remainder of revenues generated through retailers, wholesalers and distributors, slightly up from 53% in 2019. Continual communication with our customers allows us to understand their challenges and provides us with the opportunity to identify solutions that will meet their needs. We have organized sales teams to focus on specific customers and national accounts through which we provide enhanced solutions and improve our ability to increase the relevance of products and services that we sell. Our sales regularly involve competitive bidding processes, and our reputation for meeting delivery requirements and strict specifications make us a preferred provider for many customers.
Our sales staff works with certain retail customers to optimize shelf space for our products which is expected to increase sales at these locations. Our retail customers are provided with point-of-sale marketing aids to encourage consumer spending on our products in their stores. We focus on providing our customers with industry leading customer service. We are able to meet our customers’ demand requirements due to our efficient manufacturing processes and extensive distribution network.
Backlog represents the value of the total confirmed orders at a point in time for which performance obligations have not yet been satisfied. This metric is useful as it represents the aggregate amount we expect to recognize as revenue in the future.
While the majority of our products have short lead time order cycles, we had aggregated approximately $297 million of backlog from continuing operations at December 31, 2020 compared to $198 million at December 31, 2019. The backlog primarily relates to certain business units in our Renewable Energy and Conservation and our Infrastructure segments. We believe that the majority of our backlog will be shipped, completed and installed during 2021.
The Company operates in highly competitive markets. We compete against several competitors in all three of our segments with different competitors in each major product category. We compete with competitors based on the range of products offered, quality, price, and delivery, as well as serving as a full service provider for project management in certain segments. Although some of our competitors are large companies, the majority are small to medium-sized and do not offer the large range of products that we offer.
We believe our broad range of products, high quality, and sustained ability to meet exacting customer delivery requirements gives us a competitive advantage over many of our competitors. We also believe that execution of our business strategy further differentiates us from many of our competitors and allows us to capitalize on those areas that give us a competitive advantage over many of our competitors.
The Company’s business has historically been subjected to seasonal influences, with higher sales typically realized in the second and third quarters. General economic forces, such as tax credit expirations and imposed tariffs, along with changes in the Company’s products and customer mix have shifted traditional seasonal fluctuations in revenue over the past few years.
Our production processes involve the use of environmentally regulated materials. We believe that we operate our business in material compliance with all federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, and do not anticipate any material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations to maintain compliance with such laws and regulations. However, we could incur operating costs or capital expenditures in complying with new or more stringent environmental requirements in the future or with current requirements if they are applied to our manufacturing facilities or distribution centers in a way we do not anticipate. In addition, new or more stringent regulation of our energy suppliers could cause them to increase the price of energy.
Our operations are also governed by many other laws and regulations covering our labor relationships, the import and export of goods, the zoning of our facilities, taxes, our general business practices, and other matters. We believe that we are in material compliance with these laws and regulations and do not believe that future compliance with such laws and regulations will have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.
Human Capital - Organization Development
Gibraltar is built on three strategic pillars – a strong business system, the optimization of our portfolio of businesses, and continuous organizational development. Advancing each pillar is critical to ensuring we deliver our commitments to our people, our shareholders, our stakeholders, and our communities. The foundation for organizational development is built on two fundamental beliefs:
1.Our ability to perform and deliver shareholder value is dependent on our people, and
2.We strive to create an environment where our people can have the best chance for success and we refer to this internally as creating the "Best Place to Work."
Our "Best Place to Work" initiative is built on the following six tenets, and involves our entire organization:
1.Health and Safety
2.Education and Development
3.Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
4.Corporate Social Responsibility
5.Compensation and Employee Benefits
6.Communication and Employee Engagement
We employed 2,319 full-time employees and 18 part-time employees as of December 31, 2020. Of our 2,337 total employees, 939 were classified as salary and 1,398 classified as hourly. We also employed approximately 619 full-time equivalent temporary agency employees.
Health and Safety
We expect each member of Gibraltar to follow our safety standards and practices, support our key safety initiatives, be accountable to each other, and always be part of the solution. We believe all accidents and near-misses are preventable. Additionally, we measure and review our safety results continuously in each location.
We have a disciplined safety management and reporting process. Our CEO reviews safety performance, including recordable incidents, near misses, and first aid cases monthly with all business and human resource leaders. In addition, safety performance and best practices are also reviewed quarterly with the entire organization during our organization-wide Town Hall live virtual meetings. Additionally, as part of our annual budget and capital planning process, our businesses identify additional safety investments required for training, education, equipment, and processes.
Our safety performance improved in 2020, and we remain focused on continuing positive progress in 2021. We measure safety performance on three metrics - Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), Near Misses, and First Aid events.
•TRIR is defined as the number of work-related injuries or illness serious enough to require treatment beyond first aid, per 200,000 hours worked.
•Near Misses are defined as an incident in which no personal injury occurred, but personal injury could have occurred but for a slight circumstantial shift.
•First Aid events are defined as medical attention that is administered immediately after an injury or sudden illness occurs and at the location where it occurred.
In 2020, we worked 4,874,000 hours, an increase of an 548,000 workforce hours, or 12.7% increase versus 2019. Increase in workforce hour is primarily due to our acquisitions of Thermo, Delta Separation, Architectural Mailboxes and Apeks, as well as an overall increase in our workforce from 2019. Our TRIR rate improved 37% from 3.7 TRIR to 2.3 TRIR, with recordable incidents down 29% and first-aid events up 18%, respectively. In addition, we did not have any work-related fatalities in 2020, nor any in recent years.
Operating during the COVID-19 pandemic required focus, discipline, and diligence from our entire organization to maintain our COVID health and safety protocols—while at work, home, and in the communities where we live and work. Beginning in March 2020 and to date, we implemented:
•All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) recommendations and educational initiatives. Additionally, we proactively tracked and implemented all state and local mandates and made modifications in compliance with changes throughout the year.
•Travel restrictions and leveraging of digital tools as much as possible.
•Operating protocols in our offices and production facilities including mandatory PPE (face masks / shields, and sanitizer stations), social distancing requirements, zone management, shift management, temperature checks, visitor restrictions, and sanitization management with outside contractors.
•Business continuity protocols for our remote-working team with focus on reliable, consistent, and continuous connectivity along with additional cyber-security protection and a new centralized Help Desk.
•Temporary conversions of two manufacturing facilities to produce face masks and shields for all Gibraltar employees and their family members. We also produced hand sanitizer for all Gibraltar locations and healthcare facilities and first responders in our local communities.
•160 hours of additional pay for our production employees to be used at their discretion during the year to support them, and their families, in the event the pandemic caused personal hardship. In December 2020, we paid a cash bonus to each production employee for the unused portion of their remaining 160 hours. For non-production employees, who positions were generally able to be performed remotely, we provided salary continuation for time needed to deal with personal matters arising from the pandemic.
•Daily, weekly, and monthly communications to keep our team informed as the pandemic and our business situation evolved throughout the year. In 2020, the CEO hosted 18 live "Town Hall" virtual meetings connecting with as many as 650 people to provide updates and address any concerns from the team. The executive leadership team, business leaders, and human resource leaders met daily and weekly to modify and implement changes to our operating protocols.
•Processes to track COVID-19 cases across Gibraltar by location and for our employees working remotely. The leadership team reviewed our status every 24 to 48 hours. We also tracked the recovery process for all employees and our “active” cases throughout the year.
Education and Development
We support our employees in realizing their full potential with meaningful career development opportunities. Our focus is to build the best organization and an environment where our employees learn, are challenged, and have the tools to grow. We are also focused on building the most effective systems, tools and processes to enable the organization to continue to advance. With these initiatives, along with our formal education and development program, we will build competencies, drive more diversity of thought, challenge internal paradigms, and drive improved and consistent performance.
The development of our organization starts with consistent education and training. At the core of this effort is making sure our people have a foundation based in Ethics and Compliance, which is summarized as follows:
•Our commitment to high ethical standards is the best way to serve our people, customers, suppliers, and investors;
•We are all responsible to follow and uphold strong ethical principles;
•Ethical behavior is more than a policy and compliance with the law is mandatory—it is our responsibility to do business in the right and responsible way.
Our commitment to living our values includes providing education and training for everyone, and as part of our continued commitment, we have updated our Code of Ethics and expanded our ethics training curriculum.
In 2019, we developed a comprehensive education curriculum including Ethics – “Doing the Right Thing,” Compliance – “Doing It the Right and Responsible Way,” and Cyber Security. Our curriculum is administered online and every employee and member of the Board of Directors is required to complete a minimum of 12.5 hours per year in an assigned timeframe. In 2020, we invested approximately 20,000 hours in education and training and our goal on a full-year basis is to invest at least 25,000 hours. Our education program, completed annually by all employees, is a condition of employment, and our CEO reviews the quarterly progress for all employees. The base curriculum is summarized below.
“Do the Right Thing”
•Ethics and Ethical Behavior
•Harassment and Discrimination
•Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
–Unconscious and Implicit Bias
–Respect in the Workplace
•Corporate Social Responsibility
•Conflict of Interest
“Do It the Right and Responsible Way”
•Anti-Trust and Fair Competition
•Improper Payments and Gifts
•Data Privacy and Protection
•International Business Ethics
•U.S. Employment Law for Supervisors
•Internet Security When Working from Home
•Social Engineering, Phishing, and Ransomware
•Stop and Stop the Spread of Disinformation
We also developed and launched Gibraltar University in 2019, which is designed to develop our leadership across Gibraltar. The program is a two-year initiative utilizing classroom education, ongoing continuous learning, and team project implementation prior to graduation. The curriculum covers Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations, Innovation, Legal, Strategy Development and Deployment, and Mergers & Acquisitions, and is taught by Gibraltar’s leadership team. In January 2020, our first class of 40 participants, nominated by our business leaders, started the program and will graduate in December 2021. Our second class will be selected in June 2021 and will start the program in January 2022.
In 2019, we piloted our Organization Planning and Talent Review process, and subsequently implemented it across Gibraltar in 2020. The annual process integrates discussions and metrics on organization design/structure, career development, diversity, equality and inclusion, performance and potential assessment, and succession planning. Each business unit reviews their organizational development plans with our CEO and executive leadership team and follows with monthly reviews to ensure implementation of organization plans. On an annual basis, our CEO reviews the organizational development plan and performance results with the Board of Directors including performance of the executive team, succession planning progress, key organizational priorities and results, education and training initiatives, and all key organizational design and structure.
This annual process helps our organization scale and manage the future of the company. The process reinforces the development requirements and opportunities for our people, and ensures we are addressing organization gaps/opportunities and succession planning in a continuous and timely manner. It also drives our annual hiring, recruiting, and retention initiatives, and in 2020, it was instrumental as we added significant talent across our organization.
Recruiting is an important aspect of our business strategy and is guided by our desire to find the best talent to drive our business and build our “Best Place to Work” vision. It starts with understanding our organizational needs and developing diverse candidate “slates” for the positions we plan to hire. Our search process is based on personal engagement, and utilizes digital tools and channels, intelligent software and analytics, and competency assessment tools.
Recruiting is also about telling our story better – communicating our “Best Place to Work” vision using social media to reach a broader audience, and strengthening our partnerships with selected professional recruiters, labor agencies, universities, and trade schools. Our apprentice, co-op and internship programs continue to grow and this creates an opportunity for potential candidates to assess the fit and opportunity within our organization over time.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
We support and encourage a culture where diversity of thought flourishes, and all employees feel appreciated, included, and know they have an equal opportunity to develop, grow, and succeed based on their performance. We believe demonstrating respect for our people and valuing them for who they are, their perspectives, and their contributions is critical to creating the best environment for our team to have success. This is foundational for our “Best Place to Work.”
Below are key demographics of our workforce.
2020 Workforce Composition (Gender and Age)
|Employee Age Groups||Female||Male||Total by Age Group||% by Age Group|
|< 30 years of age||65||286||351||15.0%|
|30 - 49 years of age||251||775||1,026||43.9%|
|50+ years of age||258||702||960||41.1%|
|As a percentage||24.6%||75.4%|
Number of 2020 Employees by Employment Type (by Gender)
|Employee Type||Female||Male||Total by Type||% by Type|
2020 Ethnic Background of Employees
|Ethnic Background||% of Employees|
|Black or African American||15.7%|
|Hispanic or Latino||13.1%|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0.6%|
|Two or More Races||0.3%|
In 2020, over 50% of our employees hired were classified as diverse. We are building a team with people who bring diversity of thought, experience, and perspective to our organization. We recognize our organization and the communities we operate in will continue to evolve and grow, which will require we remain focused on the following initiatives:
•Continue our mandatory and annual education and development program for the entire Company, including the Board of Directors, and evolve the curriculum as needed;
•Continue to “map” our organization with the communities we operate in to ensure the make-up of our team is reasonably representative of the community itself;
•Implement and upgrade business systems across the Company to give us the capability to gather and analyze data, derive conclusions, and develop action plans for implementation;
•Communicate our progress utilizing monthly business reviews with the leadership teams, and through quarterly communications with our teams, and quarterly reviews with the Board of Directors;
•Build the most effective recruitment framework to attract the best talent with the following objectives:
1.Build diversity of thought requirements into our recruiting process with our partner recruitment firms and labor agencies, universities and trade schools, and ensure they deliver diverse slates of candidates for our hiring needs; and
2.Strengthen our outreach effort to build and broaden our opportunity for diverse talent--to include academic institutions, industry associations, local businesses, and affinity groups
•Be proactive with our customers and supply chain partners to find ways to work together in promoting positive social development.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Board of Directors and the entire Gibraltar team are committed to improving and positively impacting the global environment, social development, and business governance. We believe in doing business the right and most responsible way is foundational in executing and accelerating our vision and strategy. Our efforts continue to focus on our People, our Communities, and the World.
To be sustainable and
responsible through the
advancement of our health and
welfare programs; putting the
safety and well-being of our
people before anything else;
supporting professional growth
and developing our future
leaders; and supporting diversity
By contributing to communities
where we do business and where
our people live and work;
supporting these communities
through charitable donations; and
Operating responsibly in the
world by focusing on measuring,
managing and reducing our
environmental footprint, and
promoting responsibility across
our value chain.
There are three strategic tenets that drive our focus on corporate social responsibility:
1.Center our business portfolio on industries that are solving some of the world’s most important challenges – energy production, growing food, and home efficiency;
2.Invest and commit to improving our own operations – reducing greenhouse emissions through effective and efficient energy technologies, improving our energy efficiency, and sourcing more renewable energy for our power requirements; and
3.Invest in the communities where our people live and work.
Gibraltar continues to transition its portfolio to focus on markets and businesses that are positioned to solve some of our world’s most critical challenges. As of December 31, 2020, over 50% of our businesses were focused on driving environmentally-sound solutions in energy production, growing food, and home efficiency. A representative example of this day-to-day effort is reflected in the Renewables and Conservation business.
•Since 2015, our Renewables business has installed over 2,500 solar energy fields across the U.S., offsetting more than 4 million metric tons of CO² equivalent. We acquired TerraSmart on December 31, 2020, a leading solar technology business, to help us accelerate our vision to make solar energy the best overall energy solution to power the future. In 2021, we plan to install Gibraltar’s first solar field to provide 100% of the electricity requirements of a key manufacturing facility.
•Our Conservation business is the largest North American based commercial greenhouse solutions provider, with over 3,000 acres of controlled-environment commercial growing installed in North America. The business is focused on localizing the growing of fruits and vegetables, cannabis, flowers, and plants in a controlled environment utilizing natural sunlight, optimal water supply, and without pesticides. We enable improved crop yield, food quality, and the overall health of consumers.
Across Gibraltar, we remain focused on contributing to the reduction of greenhouse emissions by deploying more effective and efficient ways in managing our operations, reducing the amount of power we consume, and identifying opportunities to source renewable energy for our power requirements. We have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program to improve energy efficiency and competitiveness at our operations and have also partnered with a global energy company to help us automate the identification and collection our emissions data. These efforts will help us develop first company-wide sustainability report and establish a scientific-based carbon reduction plan and commitment for the future.
The health and well-being of the communities we operate in is important to everyone across our organization. We continue to support many local charities with funding, time and talent, with a focus on improving the health and education of children. In 2019, we launched our first employee giving program and employee donations made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Ronald MacDonald House, or Habitat for Humanity were supported with a 100% match from the company. In 2020, we expanded our giving program to include food banks located in our communities. Our employees donated over 3.3 million meals, approximately 85,000 meals for each food bank. Gibraltar continues to be an advocate and supporter of our Veterans, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the United Way.
Compensation and Employee Benefits
Our compensation and benefits package is a key factor in recruiting and retaining the best talent in our industry. Our employee health and welfare benefits program is designed to promote the overall health of our workforce. While specific benefits vary worldwide and are based on regional practices, listed below are some common features offered to our United States based employees, which at December 31, 2020 comprised approximately 91% of our employees:
|• Medical, dental and vision benefits for employee, spouse and dependents||• Wellness incentives for employees|
|• Flexible spending accounts for both healthcare and dependent care||• Life insurance benefits|
|• 401(k) retirement savings program with company matching contributions||• Employee assistance program|
|• Paid vacation and holidays||• Parental leave|
|• Short-term and long-term disability benefits|
In addition, all salaried employees receive a written performance appraisal on an annual basis. We review compensation at least annually for all employees and adjust it to ensure we reward exceptional performance and remain competitive in the market. We also offer a target-based incentive plan that provides for annual bonus opportunity when certain company financial metrics are met.
Communication and Employee Engagement
Gibraltar recognizes the importance of engaging employees through consistent and continuous communication such that the team clearly understands the Company's vision, strategy, and key priorities. Every quarter, our CEO conducts a live "Town Hall" meeting for the entire organization with a standard agenda reviewing ethics and compliance, safety performance, business performance, community service initiatives, employee recognition, and concludes with a live Questions & Answers session. After each Town Hall meeting, our team is surveyed for feedback on ways to improve the meeting. As well, each Gibraltar business leader is required to develop and execute a similar communication plan for their business. In 2020, we also conducted an employee engagement survey to solicit input about our brand, company reputation, and culture. The results of the survey will contribute to Gibraltar's brand assessment initiative as well as further strengthen our internal communication process. Ultimately,
creating a "Best Place to Work" environment requires continuous and effective engagement and communication with our employees, and it also creates a strong foundation for attracting and retaining our team.
Information About Executive Officers
Our senior management team is composed of talented and experienced managers possessing broad experience in operational excellence, new product development, and driving profitable growth gained over multiple business cycles:
William Bosway - President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bosway was appointed President, Chief Executive Office and a member of the Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019. Mr. Bosway joined our Company with extensive experience in global manufacturing industries, driving organic growth, acquisitions, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement techniques.
Patrick Burns - Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Burns was appointed COO of the Company on March 18, 2019. Mr. Burns joined with Company with significant experience in key leadership and operational strategy roles at various multi-industrial companies over his career.
Timothy Murphy - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President (SVP). Mr. Murphy was appointed CFO and SVP of the Company on April 1, 2017. Mr. Murphy joined the Company in 2004 as Director of Financial Reporting, and subsequently served as the Company's Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Cherri Syvrud - SVP of Human Resources and Organizational Development. Ms. Syvrud was appointed SVP of Human Resources and Organizational Development on April 1, 2016. Ms. Syvrud joined the Company with significant experience in human resources and organization development, including 25 years of employment at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Jeffrey Watorek - Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Mr. Watorek was appointed as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary on April 1, 2017. Mr. Watorek joined the Company in 2008 as Manager of Financial Reporting, and subsequently served as the Company's Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.
Copies of the Company’s Proxy Statements on Schedule 14A filed pursuant to Section 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are available free of charge through the Company’s website (www.gibraltar1.com) as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company electronically files the material with, or furnishes it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Our business, financial condition and results of operations, and the market price for the Company's common shares are subject to numerous risks, many of which are driven by factors that cannot be controlled or predicted. The following discussion, as well as other sections of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including “Part II, Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” describe certain business and other risks affecting the Company. In conjunction with reviewing the forward-looking statements and other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, consideration should be given to the risk factors described below as well as those in the Safe Harbor Statement at the beginning of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.These risks are not the only risks we face. Our business operations and the market for our securities could also be adversely affected by additional factors that are not presently known to us, or that we currently consider to be immaterial in our operations.
Risks Related to Our Business Operations
We apply judgments and make estimates in accounting for certain customer contracts, and changes in these judgments or estimates may have significant impacts on our earnings.
Changes in judgments or required estimates and any subsequent adjustments to those judgments or estimates (such as performance incentives, penalties, contract claims and contract modifications) could have a material effect on sales and profits. Due to the substantial judgments applied and estimations involved with our accounting for customer contracts, our actual results could differ materially or could be settled unfavorably from our estimates. Revenue representing 40%, 41% and 38% of 2020, 2019 and 2018 consolidated net sales, respectively, were recognized over time under the cost-to-cost method. Refer to “Critical Accounting Estimates” within Item 7 of this Form 10-K for more detail of how our financial statements can be affected by accounting for revenue from contracts with customers.
A significant portion of our net sales are concentrated with a few customers. The loss of any of those customers would adversely affect our business, results of operations, and cash flows.
A loss of sales, whether due to decreased demand from the end markets we serve or from the loss of any significant customer in these markets, a decrease in the prices that we can realize from sales of our products to customers in these markets, or a loss, bankruptcy, or significant decrease in business from any of our major customers, could have a significant adverse effect on our profitability and cash flows. Our ten largest customers accounted for approximately 35%, 34%, and 46% of our net sales during 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively, with our largest customer, a retail home improvement center, accounting for approximately 14% of our consolidated net sales during each of the years 2020, 2019 and 2018.
A portion of our business is dependent on laws and regulations pertaining to the cannabis industry, and this industry faces significant opposition that could adversely affect this portion of our business.
One of our businesses makes and sells greenhouses and botanical extraction and processing equipment which may be sold to companies that cultivate, process and sell cannabis products for recreational and medicinal use. This business is dependent on state laws and regulations pertaining to the cannabis industry that legalize and regulate cannabis use. While several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, it remains illegal under federal law. Even in those states in which cannabis use has been legalized, its use remains a violation of federal criminal law, which preempts state laws that legalize its use. Strict enforcement of federal law regarding cannabis would likely have an adverse impact on our customers, and correspondingly, may adversely impact our gross profit, net income and cash flows.
The cultivation, processing and distribution of cannabis in states where it has been legalized is subject to significant regulatory requirements. If our customers who purchase greenhouses and extraction and processing equipment are unable to obtain and maintain the licenses, permits, authorizations or accreditations required to comply with state and local regulations, we may experience the aforementioned adverse effects on our business and results of operations.
Our business that engages in the sale of greenhouses and botanical extraction equipment is dependent, in part, on increasing legalization and market acceptance of medical and recreational cannabis use. We cannot predict the future increase in state legalization or the future market potential of legalized cannabis use. Other well-established business sectors with powerful economic influence may take action that could adversely impact the cannabis market. The failure of further legalization or market acceptance, or the adverse action by competing well-established business sectors, may suppress our customers’ demand for our products and thereby reduce our gross profit and net income.
Our business is highly competitive and increased competition could reduce our gross profit, net income, and cash flow.
The principal markets that we serve are highly competitive. Competition is based primarily on product functionality, quality, price, raw material and inventory availability, and the ability to meet delivery schedules dictated by customers. We compete in our principal markets with companies of various sizes, some of which have greater financial and other resources than we do, and some of which have better established brand names in the markets we serve. Increased competition could force us to lower our prices or to offer additional services or enhanced products at a higher cost to us, which could reduce our gross profit, net income, and cash flow and cause us to lose market share.
If the subcontractors and suppliers we rely upon do not perform their contractual obligations, our revenues and cash flows would be adversely affected.
Some of our construction contracts with customers involve subcontracts with other companies that perform a portion of the services or provide systems that are integral to the end product that we provide to our customers. There is a risk that our subcontractors may not perform their contractual obligations, and therefore may cause disputes regarding the quality and timeliness of work performed by our subcontractors or other customer concerns with the subcontractor. Any such disputes or concerns could materially and adversely impact our ability to perform our obligations as the prime contractor. Similarly, the failure by our suppliers to deliver raw materials, components or equipment parts according to schedule, or at all, may affect our ability to meet our customers' needs and may have an adverse effect upon our profitability. Failure of our raw materials or components to conform to our specification could also result in delays in our ability to timely deliver, and may have an adverse impact on our relationships with our customers, and our ability to fully realize the revenue expected from sales to those customers.
Our operations are subject to seasonal fluctuations that may impact our cash flow.
Our net sales are generally lower in the first and fourth quarters primarily as a result of reduced activity in the building industry due to inclement weather. Therefore, our cash flow from operations may vary from quarter to quarter. If, as a result of any such fluctuation, our quarterly cash flows were significantly reduced, we may not be able to service our indebtedness or maintain covenant compliance.
The expiration, elimination or reduction of solar rebates, credits and incentives may adversely impact our business.
A variety of federal, state and local government agencies provide incentives to promote electricity generation from renewable sources such as solar power. These incentives are in the form of rebates, tax credits and other financial incentives which help to motivate end users, distributors, system integrators and others to install solar powered generating systems. Any changes to reduce, shorten or eliminate the scope and availability of these incentive programs could materially and adversely impact the demand for our related products, our financial condition and results of operations.
The nature of our business exposes us to product liability, product warranty and other claims, and other legal proceedings.
We are involved in product liability, product warranty and other claims relating to the products we manufacture and distribute. Although we currently maintain what we believe to be suitable and adequate insurance in excess of our self-insured amounts for product liability and other claims, there can be no assurance that we will be able to maintain such insurance on acceptable terms or that such insurance will provide adequate protection against potential liabilities. Product liability claims can be expensive to defend and can divert the attention of management and other personnel for significant periods, regardless of the ultimate outcome. Claims of this nature could also have a negative impact on customer confidence in our products and our Company. We cannot assure you that any current or future claims will not adversely affect our reputation, financial condition, operating results, and cash flows.
We depend on our senior management team and other key employees, and the unexpected loss of any member could adversely affect our operations.
Our success is dependent on the management and leadership skills of our senior executive and divisional management teams. The unexpected loss of any of these individuals or our inability to attract and retain additional personnel could prevent us from successfully executing our business strategy. We cannot assure you that we will be able to retain our existing senior management personnel or to attract additional qualified personnel when needed. We have not entered into employment agreements with any of our senior management personnel.
Risks Related to Information Technology
Our business and financial performance may be adversely affected by cybersecurity attacks, information systems interruptions, equipment failures, and technology integration.
Our business may be impacted by disruptions to our own or third-party information technology (“IT”) infrastructure, which could result from (among other causes) cyber-attacks on, or failures of, such infrastructure or compromises to its physical security, as well as from damaging weather or other acts of nature. Cyber-based risks, in particular, are evolving and include, but are not limited to, both attacks on our IT infrastructure and attacks on the IT infrastructure
of third parties (both on premises and in the cloud) attempting to gain unauthorized access to our confidential or other proprietary information, classified information, or information relating to our employees, customers and other third parties.
Due to the increasing number and sophistication of attempted intrusions and attacks on Company networks, cyber-based attacks will continue and we will likely experience increasing numbers of them going forward. We continue to make investments and adopt measures designed to enhance our protection, detection, response, and recovery capabilities, and to mitigate potential risks to our technology, products, services and operations from potential cyber-attacks. However, given the unpredictability, sophistication and scope of cyber-attacks, it is possible that potential vulnerabilities could go undetected for an extended period. We could potentially be subject to production downtimes, operational delays, other detrimental impacts on our operations or ability to provide products and services to our customers, the theft of confidential or otherwise protected information, misappropriation of assets, destruction or corruption of data, security breaches, other manipulation or improper use of our or third-party systems, networks or products, financial losses from remedial actions, loss of business or potential liability, and/or damage to our reputation. Due to the evolving nature of such risks, the impact of any potential incident cannot be predicted, but under certain circumstances could materially and adversely affect our competitive position, results of operations and cash flows.
Risks Related to Acquisitions
Our strategy depends, in part, on identification, management and successful business and system integration of future acquisitions.
Historically, we have grown through a combination of internal growth plus external expansion through acquisitions. We intend to continue to seek additional acquisition opportunities in accordance with our business strategy. However, we cannot provide any assurance that the following risks involved in completing acquisitions will not occur nor adversely impact our operations and financial results:
•Failure to identify appropriate acquisition candidates, or, if we do, failure to successfully negotiate the terms of an acquisition;
•Diversion of senior management’s attention from existing business activities;
•Failure to integrate any acquisition into our operations successfully that may result in incurring unforeseen obligations, loss of key customers, suppliers, and employees of the acquired businesses, or loss of existing customers and suppliers;
•Difficulties or delays in integrating and assimilating information and systems that may require significant unforeseen upgrades or replacement of our primary information technology systems across significant parts of our businesses and operations to successfully integrate acquisitions. The implementation of new information technology solutions could lead to interruptions of information flow internally and to our customers and suppliers while the implementation project is being completed. Any failure to integrate legacy systems of acquisitions or to implement new systems properly could negatively impact our operations and financial results.
•Consummating a large acquisition could require us to raise additional funds through additional equity or debt financing, which could be dilutive to shareholder value, increase our interest expense and reduce our cash flows and available funds.
•Adverse impact on overall profitability if the acquired business does not achieve the return on investment projected at the time of acquisition.
We have not completed an assessment of the internal controls over financial reporting for our 2020 acquisitions, and therefore, significant deficiencies or material weaknesses may exist.
Under current SEC guidelines, the period in which management may omit an assessment of an acquired business's internal control over financial reporting from its assessment of the registrant's internal control may not extend beyond one year from the date of acquisition, nor may such assessment be omitted from more than one annual management report on internal control over financial reporting.
Pursuant to this guidance, we have excluded our 2020 acquisitions from the scope of management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. However, we will be required to include these acquisitions in the scope of our assessment beginning in 2021. In connection with our 2021 assessment, “significant deficiencies” or “material weaknesses” in internal control over financial reporting may be detected in 2020 acquired companies. To the extent that such deficiencies are identified, we may incur
costs associated with our efforts to address these deficiencies that could negatively affect our financial condition and operating results. Furthermore, if we are unable to correct such deficiencies in a timely manner, our ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data may be adversely affected, which may result in a material misstatement in our financial statements. Such failure could materially and adversely impact our business and subject us to potential investigations, liability and penalties.
General Risks Related to Investment in Our Securities
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted worldwide economic conditions and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows.
The COVID-19 pandemic began to impact our operations late in the first quarter of 2020 as government authorities imposed mandatory closures, work from home orders and social distancing protocols. While vaccinations against COVID-19 have been developed, they are not yet widely available. In addition new strains of the COVID-19 virus have been identified which may be resistant to vaccines or have higher morbidity rates than the initially identified strain of the virus. As a result, we cannot predict when the impact of COVID-19 on our business will end. We have adjusted our work environments to improve airflow and implement required social distancing protocols. COVID-19 may further impact our operations by causing delays in our receipt of raw materials and other product components due to disruptions in our supply chain, limiting access to our distribution channels, reducing the availability of our workforce and subcontractors through government mandated closures or work from home orders and increasing the frequency of cyber attacks on our information technology infrastructure. The unpredictable changes in our supply chain or our production capacity and customer demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic may pose material risk to our results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows. We are continuously monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our business and operations and taking action to mitigate the risks involved. However, prolonged disruption to the economy and the end markets we serve may have a material adverse impact our business, results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows.
Macroeconomic factors outside of our control may adversely affect our business, our industry, and the businesses and industries of many of our customer and suppliers.
Macroeconomic factors have a significant impact on our business, customer demand and the availability of credit and other capital, affecting our ability to generate profitable margins. Our operations are subject to the effects of domestic and international economic conditions including government monetary and trade policies, tax laws and regulations, as well as, the relative debt levels of the U.S. and the other countries in which we sell our products. Tariffs placed on imported products used by our customers could impact cost and availability of these products to our customers which could impact the demand for our products or services. In addition, fluctuations in the U.S. dollar impact the prices we charge and costs we incur to export and import products.
We are unable to predict the impact on our business of changes in domestic and international economic conditions. The markets in which we operate have been challenging in the past, and the possibility remains that the domestic or global economies, or certain industry sectors of those economies that are key to our sales, may deteriorate, which could result in a corresponding decrease in demand for our products and negatively impact our results of operations and financial condition.
If events occur or indicators of impairment are present that may cause the carrying value of long-lived and indefinite-lived assets to no longer be recoverable or to exceed the fair value of the asset, or that may lead to a reduction in the fair value of the asset, significant non-cash impairment charges to earnings may be taken that may have a material adverse impact on our results of operations.
In prior years, we have recorded significant non-cash impairment charges for goodwill and other intangible assets as a result of reductions in the estimated fair values of certain businesses. It is possible that we will be required to record additional non-cash impairment charges to our earnings in the future, which could be significant and have a material adverse impact on our results of operations. Refer to “Critical Accounting Estimates” within Item 7 of this Form 10-K for more detail of how our financial statements can be affected by asset impairment.
Increases in future levels of leverage and size of debt service obligations could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry and prevent us from meeting our obligations.
As of December 31, 2020, we had $85.0 million outstanding indebtedness. We may need to incur additional debt in the future to fund strategic acquisitions, investments or for other purposes, which debt could have significant adverse consequences to our business. Our Senior Credit Agreement entered into on January 24, 2019 contains several financial and other restrictive covenants. A significant decline in our operating income along with increased levels of debt could cause us to violate these covenants which could result in our incurring of additional financing fees that would be costly and adversely affect our profitability and cash flows. We may also use our Senior Credit Agreement or otherwise incur additional debt for acquisitions, operations and capital expenditures that could adversely impact our ability to meet these covenants.
We could incur substantial costs in order to comply with, or to address any changes in or violations of, environmental, health and safety laws.
Our operations and facilities are subject to a variety of stringent federal, state, local, and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment and human health and safety. Compliance with these laws and regulations sometimes involves substantial operating costs and capital expenditures, and failure to maintain or achieve compliance with these laws and regulations or with the permits required for our operations could result in substantial costs and liabilities, such as fines and civil or criminal sanctions, third-party claims for property damage or personal injury, cleanup costs or temporary or permanent discontinuance of operations, including claims arising from the businesses and facilities that we have sold. For certain businesses we have divested, we have provided limited indemnifications for environmental contamination to the successor owners. We have also acquired and continue to acquire businesses and facilities to add to our operations. While we sometimes receive indemnification for pre-existing environmental contamination, the party providing the indemnification may not have sufficient resources to cover the cost of any required measures. Certain facilities of ours have been in operation for many years and we may be liable for remediation of any contamination at our current or former facilities; or at off-site locations where wastes have been sent for disposal, regardless of fault or whether we, our predecessors or others are responsible for such contamination. We have been responsible for remediation of contamination at some of our locations, and while such costs have not been material to date, the cost of remediation of any of these and any newly-discovered contamination cannot be quantified, and we cannot assure you that it will not materially affect our profits or cash flows. Changes in environmental laws, regulations or enforcement policies, including without limitation new or additional regulations affecting disposal of hazardous substances and waste, greenhouse gas emissions or use of fossil fuels, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, or results of operations.
The volatility of the commodity market on the cost of our principal raw materials, and the highly competitive market environment in which we do business could significantly impact our gross profit, net income, and cash flow.
Our principal raw materials are commodity products consisting of steel, aluminum, and resins, for which, at times, availability and pricing can be volatile due to a number of factors beyond our control, including general economic conditions, domestic and worldwide demand, labor costs, competition, import duties, tariffs, and currency exchange rates. Commodity price fluctuations and increased competition could force us to lower our prices or to offer additional services or enhanced products at a higher cost to us, which could reduce our gross profit, net income, and cash flow and cause us to lose market share.
Climate change and climate change legislation or regulations may adversely affect our business.
Legislative and regulatory changes in response to the potential effects of climate change may require additional costs and investment for compliance, including but not limited to, an increase in the cost of purchased energy and electricity. Physical effects of climate change, such as disruption in production and product distribution as a result of major storm events and shifts in regional weather patterns and intensities, may also significantly affect our operations and financial results.
Economic, political, and other risks associated with foreign operations could adversely affect our financial results and cash flows.
Although the significant majority of our business activity takes place in the United States, we derive a portion of our revenues and earnings from operations in Canada, China and Japan, and are subject to risks associated with doing business internationally. Our sales originating outside the United States represented approximately 7% of our
consolidated net sales during the year ended December 31, 2020. We believe that our business activities outside of the United States involve a higher degree of risk than our domestic activities, such as the possibility of unfavorable circumstances arising from host country laws or regulations, changes in tariff and trade barriers and import or export licensing requirements. In addition, any local or global health issue or uncertain political climates, international hostilities, natural disasters, or any terrorist activities could adversely affect customer demand, our operations and our ability to source and deliver products and services to our customers.
Future terror attacks, war, natural disasters or other catastrophic events beyond our control could negatively impact our operations and financial results.
Terror attacks, war, or other civil disturbances, natural disasters, other catastrophic events or public health crises, such as the coronavirus, could lead to economic instability, decreased capacity to produce our products and decreased demand for our products. From time to time, terrorist attacks worldwide have caused instability in global financial markets. Concerns over global climate changes and environmental sustainability over time or a pandemic disease outbreak may influence the Company's strategic direction, supply chain, or delivery channels. Also, our facilities could be subject to damage from fires, floods, earthquakes or other natural or man-made disasters. Such interruptions could have an adverse effect on our operations, cash flows and financial results.
Imposed tariffs and potential future tariffs may result in increased costs and could adversely affect our results of operations.
In 2018, the United States imposed Section 232 tariffs on certain steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) products imported into the U.S. These tariffs have created volatility in the market and have increased the costs of these inputs. Increased costs for imported steel and aluminum products have led domestic sellers to respond with market-based increases to prices for such inputs as well. The new tariffs, along with any additional tariffs or trade restrictions that may be implemented by the U.S. or other countries, could result in further increased costs, shifting in competitive positions and a decreased available supply of steel, resins and aluminum as well as additional imported components and inputs. We may not be able to pass price increases on to our customers and may not be able to secure adequate alternative sources of steel, resins and aluminum on a timely basis. While retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries on U.S. goods have not yet had a significant impact, we cannot predict further developments. The tariffs could adversely affect the income from operations for some of our businesses and customer demand for some of our products which could have a material adverse effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position and cash flows.
|Item 1B.||Unresolved Staff Comments|
We lease our principal executive office and corporate headquarters in Buffalo, New York. The number, type, location and classification of the properties used by our continuing operations by segment and corporate as of December 31, 2020, are as follows:
|Number and type of properties|
|Renewable Energy and Conservation||13 ||2 ||5 ||20 |
|Residential Products||12 ||— ||2 ||14 |
|Infrastructure Products||2 ||— ||— ||2 |
|Corporate||— ||— ||2 ||2 |
|Total||27 ||2 ||9 ||38 |
|Location of properties||Classification of properties|
|Renewable Energy and Conservation||16 ||4 ||2 ||18 |
|Residential Products||14 ||— ||5 ||9 |
|Infrastructure Products||2 ||— ||2 ||— |
|Corporate||2 ||— ||— ||2 |
|Total||34 ||4 ||9 ||29 |
We believe that our properties are effectively utilized, well maintained, in good condition, and will be able to accommodate our capacity needs to meet current levels of demand. In addition we believe that our properties are located to optimize customer service, market requirements, distribution capability and freight costs.
From time to time, the Company is named a defendant in legal actions arising out of the normal course of business. The Company is not a party to any material pending legal proceedings. The Company is also not a party to any other pending legal proceedings other than ordinary, routine litigation incidental to its business. The Company maintains liability insurance against risks arising out of the normal course of business.
|Item 4.||Mine Safety Disclosures|
|Item 5.||Market for Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters|
The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NASDAQ”) under the symbol “ROCK.”
As of February 24, 2021, there were 39 shareholders of record of the Company’s common stock. However, the Company believes that it has a significantly higher number of beneficial owners because of the number of shares that are held by banks, brokers, and other financial institutions.
The Company did not declare any cash dividends during the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. The Company intends to use cash generated by operations to reinvest in the businesses and to fund acquisitions. The Company's disclosure in Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K regarding Liquidity and Capital Resources and disclosures in Note 9 of the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K provide additional information regarding restrictions on potential dividends.
The performance graph shown below compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the Company’s common stock, based on the market price of the common stock, with the total return of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 Industrials Index for the five-year period ended December 31, 2020. The comparison of total return assumes that a fixed investment of $100 was invested on December 31, 2015 in common stock and in each of the foregoing indices and further assumes the reinvestment of dividends. The stock price performance shown on the graph is based on historical results and is not necessarily indicative of future price performance.
|Item 7.||Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations|The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read in conjunction with the Company’s risk factors and its consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Item 1A and Item 8, respectively, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Certain information set forth in this Item 7 constitutes “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based, in whole or in part, on management’s beliefs, estimates, assumptions, and currently available information. For a more detailed discussion of what constitutes a forward-looking statement and of some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, please refer to the “Safe Harbor Statement” on page 3 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
We use certain operating performance measures, specifically consolidated gross margin, operating margin by segment and consolidated operating margin, to manage our businesses, set operational goals, and establish performance targets for incentive compensation for our employees. We define consolidated gross margin as a percentage of total consolidated gross profit to total consolidated net sales. We define operating margin by segment as a percentage of total income from operations by segment to total net sales by segment and consolidated operating margin as a percentage of total consolidated income from operations to total consolidated net sales. We believe gross margin and operating margin may be useful to investors in evaluating the profitability of our segments and Company on a consolidated basis.
The Company serves customers primarily in North America including renewable energy (solar) developers, institutional and commercial growers of food and plants, home improvement retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and contractors. Our operational infrastructure provides the necessary scale to support local, regional, and national customers in each of our markets.
The Company operates and reports its results in the following three reporting segments:
•Renewable Energy and Conservation;
•Residential Products; and
The segments and end markets our businesses serve are subject to economic conditions that are influenced by various factors. These factors include but are not limited to changes in general economic conditions, interest rates, exchange rates, commodity costs, demand for residential construction, demand for repair and remodeling, governmental policies and funding, tax policies and incentives, tariffs, trade policies, the level of non-residential construction and infrastructure projects, the need for protection of high value assets, demand for renewable energy sources, and climate change. We believe the key elements of our strategy outlined in Item 1. Business will allow us to respond timely to these factors.
Results of Operations
Year Ended December 31, 2020 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2019
The following table sets forth selected results of operations data (in thousands) and its percentages of net sales for the years ended December 31:
|Net sales||$||1,032,578 ||100.0 ||%||$||898,233 ||100.0 ||%|
|Cost of sales||776,235 ||75.2 ||%||678,336 ||75.5 ||%|
|Gross profit||256,343 ||24.8 ||%||219,897 ||24.5 ||%|
|Selling, general, and administrative expense||149,153 ||14.4 ||%||139,085 ||15.5 ||%|
|Income from operations||107,190 ||10.4 ||%||80,812 ||9.0 ||%|
|Interest expense||703 ||0.1 ||%||2,323 ||0.3 ||%|
|Other (income) expense ||(1,272)||(0.1)||%||408 ||— ||%|
|Income before taxes||107,759 ||10.4 ||%||78,081 ||8.7 ||%|
|Provision for income taxes||24,468 ||2.3 ||%||18,153 ||2.0 ||%|
|Income from continuing operations||83,291 ||8.1 ||%||59,928 ||6.7 ||%|
|(Loss) income from discontinued operations||(18,725)||(1.8)||%||5,163 ||0.5 ||%|
|Net income ||$||64,566 ||6.3 ||%||$||65,091 ||7.2 ||%|
The following table sets forth the Company’s net sales by reportable segment for the years ended December 31 (in thousands):
| ||Change due to|
|Renewable Energy and Conservation ||$||447,567 ||$||373,023 ||$||74,544 ||$||84,598 ||$||(10,054)|
|Residential Products||522,814 ||461,630 ||61,184 ||5,315 ||55,869 |
|Infrastructure Products||62,197 ||63,580 ||(1,383)||— ||(1,383)|
|Consolidated||$||1,032,578 ||$||898,233 ||$||134,345 ||$||89,913 ||$||44,432 |
Consolidated net sales increased by $134.3 million, or 15.0%, for 2020 compared to 2019. The 15.0% increase in revenue was driven by the Renewable Energy and Conservation and Residential Products segments. Sales generated from our 2020 acquisitions of Thermo, Delta Separations and Architectural Mailboxes, and the prior year acquisition of Apeks, contributed 10.0% or $89.9 million to the growth from the prior year. Organic growth of 4.9%, or $44.4 million was a result of increased volume in our Residential Products segment, which more than offset the organic volume declines in both our Renewable Energy and Conservation and our Infrastructure Products segments.
Net sales in our Renewable Energy and Conservation segment increased 20.0%, or $74.5 million, to $447.6 million in 2020 compared to $373.0 million in 2019. Sales generated by the current year acquisitions of Thermo and Delta Separations, along with the prior year acquisition of Apeks, contributed $84.6 million, or 22.7%, to the increase in the current year. Organic revenue decline of $10.1 million partially offset this increase, the result of continued weakness in cannabis and hemp markets more than offsetting participation gains in our renewable energy related business. Backlog improved 22% year over year for this segment, driven by strength in the fruit and vegetable market and strong end market demand in renewable energy.
Net sales in our Residential Products segment increased 13.3%, or $61.2 million, to $522.8 million in 2020 compared to $461.6 million in 2019. The increase from the prior year was the result of continued solid activity in the repair and remodel market, participation gains across our various distribution channels along with $5.3 million of sales generated by our 2020 acquisition of Architectural Mailboxes.
Net sales in our Infrastructure Products segment decreased 2.2%, or $1.4 million, to $62.2 million in 2020 compared to $63.6 million in 2019, Volume declined as the pandemic continued to impact existing and new project schedules, especially in segments like airport runway maintenance, where customers have delayed spending. The volume decline was partially offset by an increase in pricing to customers. Ending backlog improved slightly from the prior year.
Our consolidated gross margin increased to 24.8% for 2020 compared to 24.5% for 2019. This increase was due to improved operating execution in all of our core businesses the result of effective price and material cost management, benefits from our 80/20 simplification initiatives, and incremental costs for design refinement and field improvements for our solar tracking solution incurred in the prior year. Partially offsetting the above improvements were lower gross margins generated from our recent acquisitions.
Selling, general, and administrative ("SG&A") expenses increased by $10.1 million, or 7.2%, to $149.2 million for 2020 from $139.1 million for 2019. The $10.1 million increase was primarily due to $13.8 million of incremental SG&A expenses recorded year over year for our recent acquisitions and transaction costs to complete those acquisitions closed during the year, along with investments in the development of our organization and safety of our team by reallocating SG&A spending, primarily travel related expenditures. Partially offsetting these increases was decreased spending for exit activity costs of approximately $4.0 million. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales decreased to 14.4% for 2020 compared to 15.5% for 2019.
The following table sets forth the Company’s income from operations and income from operations as a percentage of net sales by reportable segment for the years ended December 31 (in thousands):
|Income from operations:|
|Renewable Energy and Conservation ||$||40,738 ||9.1 ||%||$||47,558 ||12.7 ||%||$||(6,820)|
|Residential Products||94,430 ||18.1 ||%||63,047 ||13.7 ||%||31,383 |
|Infrastructure Products||7,233 ||11.6 ||%||6,428 ||10.1 ||%||805 |
|Unallocated Corporate Expenses||(35,211)||(3.4)||%||(36,221)||(4.0)||%||1,010 |
|Consolidated income from operations||$||107,190 ||10.4 ||%||$||80,812 ||9.0 ||%||$||26,378 |
The Renewable Energy and Conservation segment generated an operating margin of 9.1% in 2020 compared to 12.7% in 2019. The decrease in operating margin was the net result of expected lower margins generated by our recent acquisitions as we continue to integrate them operationally, offset by favorable product and services mix and strong execution in our renewable energy business, as well as the absence of incremental costs incurred during the prior year for design refinement and field improvements for our solar tracking solution.
Our Residential Products segment operating margin increased to 18.1% in 2020 compared to 13.7% in 2019. The increase in operating margin was largely the result of volume leverage, effective price and material cost management and continued benefits from 80/20 simplification initiatives, along with a $3.1 million decrease in exit activity costs compared to the prior year.
Our Infrastructure Products segment operating margin increased to 11.6% in 2020 compared to 10.1% in 2019. The increase in operating margin year over year was the result of strong execution to compensate for volume declines in non-fabricated products, mainly from our airport customers along with favorable alignment of material costs to customer selling prices.
Unallocated corporate expenses decreased $1.0 million, or 2.8%, for 2020 from $36.2 million for 2019 to $35.2 million for 2020. The decrease in expense was the result of lower performance-based compensation expenses partially offset by transaction costs to complete those acquisitions closed during the year.
Interest expense decreased $1.6 million to $0.7 million for 2020 from $2.3 million for 2019. The decrease in expense resulted from the redemption of the Company's outstanding $210 million of 6.25% Senior Subordinated Notes during the first quarter of 2019. At December 31, 2020, the Company had $85.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility, the result of funds borrowed to help finance the acquisition of TerraSmart in December 2020. During 2019, no amounts were outstanding under our revolving credit facility.
The Company recorded other income of $1.3 million in 2020 and other expense of $0.4 million in 2019, respectively. The change from the prior year was the result of the $1.9 million pre-tax gain on the sale of the Company's self-guided apartment tour application business within the Residential Products segment.
We recognized a provision for income taxes of $24.5 million, an effective tax rate of 22.7%, for 2020 compared with a provision for income taxes of $18.2 million, an effective tax rate of 23.2%, for 2019. The effective tax rates for 2020 and 2019 exceeded the U.S. federal statutory rate of 21% due to state taxes and nondeductible permanent differences partially offset by favorable discrete items.
For 2021, we enter the year with confidence in our end markets but remain cautious about the ongoing pandemic landscape, the recovery of the U.S. and global economy, availability and input cost of key materials, as well as recent operating disruptions related to severe weather across the U.S. We will continue executing our current operating playbook, maintaining a safe environment for our people, and supporting our customers. As in 2020, we will continue working on the business and investing to strengthen our businesses and uphold our commitments to our stakeholders.
The Company is providing its guidance for revenues and earnings for the full year 2021. Gibraltar expects 2021 consolidated revenues to be in the range of $1.30 billion and $1.35 billion, up from $1.03 billion for 2020. GAAP EPS for full year 2021 is expected to be between $2.78 and $2.95, compared with $2.53 in 2020.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Our principal capital requirements are to fund our operations' working capital and capital improvements and to provide capital for acquisitions. We will continue to invest in growth opportunities as appropriate while focusing on working capital efficiency and profit improvement opportunities to minimize the cash invested to operate our business. The following table sets forth our liquidity position as of:
|(in thousands)||December 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||32,054 ||$||191,363 |
|Availability on revolving credit facility||309,175 ||393,991 |
|$||341,229 ||$||585,354 |
We believe that our cash on hand and available borrowing capacity provided under our Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the "Senior Credit Agreement") provide us with ample liquidity and capital resources to weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to invest in operational excellence, growth initiatives and the development of our organization. After pausing earlier in the year as the pandemic unfolded, we continued with our strategic initiatives to invest in opportunities that strengthen our business platforms for the markets we serve through the acquisitions of Architectural Mailboxes, Sunfig and TerraSmart in the fourth quarter of 2020. We continue to remain focused on managing our working capital, which may include adjusting scheduled deliveries of inventory to match current demand levels, closely monitoring customer credit and collection activities, and working to extend payment terms. We believe our liquidity, together with the cash expected to be generated from operations, should be sufficient to fund working capital needs and growth initiatives.
Our Senior Credit Agreement provides the Company with liquidity and capital resources for use by our U.S. operations. Historically, our foreign operations have generated cash flow from operations sufficient to invest in working capital and fund their capital improvements. As of December 31, 2020, our foreign subsidiaries held $21.8 million of cash in U.S. dollars.
During 2020, we opted to defer remittance of the employer portion of Social Security tax as provided in the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"), which allowed us to retain $4.4 million in cash during 2020 that would have otherwise been remitted to the federal government. The deferred tax payments will be repaid equally in 2021 and 2022. The CARES Act, along with other foreign government initiatives, also provides for job retention programs, which have allowed some of our businesses to receive payroll tax credits or subsidies during 2020.
Over the long-term, we expect that future investments, including strategic business opportunities such as acquisitions, may be financed through a number of sources, including internally available cash, availability under our revolving credit facility, new debt financing, the issuance of equity securities, or any combination of the above. All potential acquisitions are evaluated based on our acquisition strategy, which includes the enhancement of our existing products, operations, or capabilities, expanding our access to new products, markets, and customers, with the goal of creating compounding and sustainable shareholder value.
These expectations are forward-looking statements based upon currently available information and may change if conditions in the credit and equity markets deteriorate or other circumstances change. To the extent that operating cash flows are lower than current levels, or sources of financing are not available or not available at acceptable terms, our future liquidity may be adversely affected.
The following table sets forth selected cash flow data for the years ended December 31 (in thousands):
|Cash provided by (used in):|
|Operating activities of continuing operations||$||73,016 ||$||112,536 |
|Investing activities of continuing operations||(324,677)||(17,279)|
|Financing activities of continuing operations||79,463 ||(217,050)|
|Discontinued operations||14,055 ||15,005 |
|Effect of exchange rate changes||(1,166)||1,145 |
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||$||(159,309)||$||(105,643)|
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations for 2020 of $73.0 million consisted of income from continuing operations of $83.3 million, non-cash net charges totaling $33.4 million, which include depreciation, amortization, gain on sale of business, stock compensation, and other non-cash charges, offset by a net investment in working capital and other net assets of $43.7 million. The investment in working capital and other net assets was largely by an investment of $42.4 million in Thermo, one of our recent acquisitions, which was undercapitalized at purchase, along with a decrease in accrued expenses and other non-current liabilities correlated to the timing of customer billings and payments.
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations for 2019 of $112.5 million consisted of income from continuing operations of $59.9 million, non-cash net charges totaling $40.0 million, which include depreciation, amortization, stock compensation, and other non-cash charges, and a decrease in working capital and other net assets of $12.6 million. The decrease in net working capital and other net assets was largely the result of planned inventory management reduction initiatives along with more favorable timing of customer payments on contracts, partially offset by an increase in accounts receivable resulting from increased sales volume in our Renewable Energy and Conservation segment.
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations for 2020 of $324.7 million consisted of net cash paid of $313.7 million for the acquisitions of five businesses in 2020 and capital expenditures of $13.1 million, partially offset by net proceeds of $2.0 million from the sale of a business within the Residential Products segment and proceeds of $0.1 million from the sale of property and equipment.
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations for 2019 of $17.3 million consisted of capital expenditures of $8.8 million and net cash paid for the acquisition of Apeks LLC of $8.6 million, partially offset by net proceeds of $0.1 million from the sale of property and equipment.
Net cash provided by financing activities for 2020 of $79.5 million was primarily driven by proceeds from a draw on our revolving credit facility of $85 million, as well as the $1.1 million in net proceeds from stock option exercises, offset by $6.6 million in purchases of treasury stock related to the net settlement of tax obligations for participants in the Company's equity incentive plans.
Net cash used in financing activities for 2019 of $217.1 million was primarily driven by the $212.0 million repayment of our 6.25% Notes and other debt, as well as the $4.3 million purchase of treasury stock related to the net settlement of tax obligations for participants in the Company's equity incentive plans, and the $1.2 million payment of debt issuance costs, all which were slightly offset by $0.5 million in net proceeds from stock option exercises.
See Note 9 to the Company's consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Form 10-K for further information on the Company’s Senior Credit Agreement.
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
As of December 31, 2020, the Company did not have any off balance sheet arrangements that had or were reasonably likely to have a current or future material effect on the Company's financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, or capital resources.
The following table summarizes by category our Company’s expected future cash outflows associated with contractual obligations in effect at December 31, 2020 (in thousands):
| ||Payments Due by Period|
|Contractual Obligation||Total||Less than|
|One to Three|
|Operating lease obligations||28,271 ||9,139 ||14,118 ||4,341 ||673 |
|Post-retirement payments||4,186 ||435 ||907 ||934 ||1,910 |
Management stock purchase plan (1)
|6,738 ||3,510 ||2,720 ||370 ||138 |
|Purchase obligations (2)||220,321 ||208,647 ||9,589 ||2,085 ||— |
|Total||$||259,516 ||$||221,731 ||$||27,334 ||$||7,730 ||$||2,721 |
(1) Includes amounts due to retired participants of the Management Stock Purchase Plan (MSPP). Excludes the future payments due to active participants of the MSPP who have not notified the Company of their intended retirement date, which represents a liability of $12.8 million as of December 31, 2020. The timing of future payments to active participants cannot be accurately estimated as we are uncertain of when active participants’ service to the Company will terminate. Our policy does not recognize the contractual obligation until the participant has officially retired.
(2) The purchase obligations are primarily comprised of purchase orders issued in the normal course of business for inventory, minimum quantities of certain raw materials. Also included in is a contractual obligation related to cloud services agreement.
Critical Accounting Estimates
The preparation of the financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make decisions based upon estimates, assumptions, and factors it considers relevant to the circumstances. Such decisions include the selection of applicable principles and the use of judgment in their application, the results of which could differ from those anticipated.
A summary of the Company’s significant accounting policies are described in Note 1 of the Company’s consolidated financial statements included in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Our most critical accounting estimates that require the most difficult, subjective and complex judgments include:
•revenue recognition on contracts;
•the assessment of recoverability of goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets; and
•the estimation of fair value for acquired assets and liabilities assumed in business combination transactions.
Management reviews these estimates on a regular basis and makes adjustments based on historical experience, current conditions, and future expectations. Management believes these estimates are reasonable, but actual results could differ from these estimates.
Revenue Recognition on Contracts
The vast majority of our sales contracts are for standard products with revenue recognized at the point in time we transfer control to the customer. The point in time we transfer control is based on when we determine the customer has legal title, significant risks and rewards of ownership of the asset, and we have a present right to payment for the product. However, revenue representing 40%, 41% and 38% of our 2020, 2019 and 2018 consolidated net sales, respectively, was recognized over time under the cost-to-cost method as we satisfied our performance obligations. This method of revenue recognition pertains to activities within the Renewable Energy and Conservation and the Infrastructure Products segments.
Revenue recognized on contracts over time using the cost-to-cost method for measuring progress is recognized as work progresses toward completion based on the ratio of cumulative costs incurred to date to estimated total contract costs at completion. Revenues are recognized proportionally as costs are incurred under this method. Estimates of the total costs at completion for the performance obligations involve subjective judgment and estimation to determine total costs expected to be incurred by the time the performance obligation has been completed and accepted by the customer. The estimates of total costs to be incurred at completion of each contract are sensitive to significant judgments and assumptions, such as the expected costs to complete installation, which are affected by customer site-specific conditions as well as availability and cost of third-party contractors to complete the installation process. These estimates, judgments and assumptions impact the timing and amount of net sales and cost of sales recognized on in-progress performance obligations with customers. We continuously review our estimates and the progress and performance of the performance obligation for substantially all contracts that we recognize revenue over time under the cost-to-cost method. Any adjustments or changes in these estimates affecting sales, costs and profits are recognized in the period in which the change becomes known using the cumulative catch-up method of accounting, resulting in the cumulative effect of changes reflected in the period. A significant change in an estimate on one or more contracts could have a material effect on our results of operations.
Contract costs include all direct costs related to contract performance. Selling and administrative expenses are charged to operations as incurred. Provisions for estimated losses on uncompleted contracts are made in the period in which such losses are determined. Because of inherent uncertainties in estimating costs, it is reasonably possible that changes in performance could result in revisions to cost and revenue, which are recognized in the period when the revisions are determined.
Goodwill and Other Indefinite-lived Intangible Asset Impairment Testing
Our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset balances of $514.3 million and $56.6 million, respectively, which in aggregate represent 47% of total assets as of December 31, 2020, are subject to impairment testing. We test goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment on an annual basis as of October 31 and at interim dates when indicators of impairment are present. Indicators of impairment could include a significant long-term adverse change in business climate, poor indicators of operating performance, or a sale or disposition of a significant portion of a reporting unit.
We test goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level. We identify our reporting units by assessing whether the components of our Company constitute businesses for which discrete financial information is available and segment management regularly reviews the operating results of those components. We have ten reporting units, nine of which have goodwill.
During interim periods, we evaluate the potential for goodwill impairment using a qualitative assessment by considering factors such as, but not limited to, macroeconomic conditions, industry conditions, the competitive environment, changes in the market for our products and services, regulatory and political developments, entity specific factors such as strategy, changes in key personnel, and overall financial performance. If, after completing this assessment, it is determined that it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value, we proceed to a quantitative impairment test. During 2020, the Company considered the current and future macroeconomic and market conditions, along with its current market capitalization, projected cash flows and internal and external forecasts, and projections relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on each of its reporting units. The Company determined that a triggering event has not occurred which would require an interim impairment test to be performed. During the interim periods of 2020, we concluded that no indicators of impairment existed at interim dates and did not perform any quantitative interim impairment tests related to goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets.
The Company conducts its annual impairment test on all ten reporting units as of October 31, during which we test goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment. On an annual basis, the quantitative goodwill impairment test consists of comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with the carrying amount of the reporting unit including goodwill. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value, an impairment loss is recognized in the amount by which the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value of the reporting unit.
The annual quantitative goodwill impairment test requires subjective and complex judgment due to the significant estimation required in determining the fair value of the reporting units and the fair value of indefinite-lived intangible assets. Reporting unit fair value estimates include significant assumptions such as: revenue growth rates, operating margins, company-specific risk premiums used in the weighted-average cost of capital, and EBITDA multiples, which are affected by expectations about future market or economic conditions. The fair value estimates for indefinite-lived intangible assets include significant assumptions such as revenue growth rates and estimated royalty rates, which are affected by the market for comparable intellectual property licensing arrangements and expectations about future market or economic conditions. The Company performs sensitivity analysis on significant assumptions to evaluate how changes in the estimated fair values of reporting units and indefinite-lived intangible assets respond to changes in assumptions, specifically the revenue growth rates and the weighted-average cost of capital.
As a result of our quantitative testing, none of the reporting units with goodwill as of our testing date had carrying values in excess of their fair values, nor were any of the reporting units "at-risk" of impairment. The Company quantitatively defines "at risk" as a percentage of the excess of the reporting unit's fair value over its carrying amount that is less than 10%. An "at risk" reporting unit qualitatively represents a reporting unit with a higher degree of uncertainty of the reporting unit's ability to meet its forecasted cash flows based upon revenue growth rate and operating margin assumptions relied upon in the estimation of its fair value. There were no impairment charges against goodwill recorded during the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018.
We test our indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment by comparing the fair value of the indefinite-lived intangible asset, determined using a discounted cash flow model, with its carrying amount. Each reporting period, we perform an evaluation of the remaining useful life of our indefinite-lived intangible assets to determine whether events and circumstances continue to support an indefinite useful life. If an indefinite-lived intangible asset is subsequently determined to have a finite useful life, the asset is tested for impairment and then amortized prospectively over its estimated remaining useful life, and accounted for in the same manner as other intangible assets that are subject to amortization.
The assumptions used to determine the fair value of our indefinite-lived intangible assets are consistent with the assumptions employed in the determination of the fair values of our reporting units. An impairment loss would be recognized for the carrying amount in excess of its fair value. The fair values of the impaired trademarks were determined using an income approach consisting of the relief-from-royalty method. The Company did not recognize any impairment charges on our indefinite-lived intangible assets in 2020 and 2019. During 2018, the Company recognized $1.2 million of impairment charges on our indefinite-lived intangible assets.
Accounting for Acquired Assets and Liabilities
When we acquire a business, we allocate the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the transaction at their respective estimated fair values. We record any premium over the fair value of net assets acquired as goodwill. Significant judgment is necessary to determine the fair value of the purchase price. The allocation of the purchase price involves judgments and estimates both in characterizing the assets and in determining their fair value. The way we characterize the assets has important implications, as long-lived assets with definitive lives, for example, are depreciated or amortized, whereas goodwill is tested annually for impairment, as explained above.
With respect to determining the fair value of assets, the most subjective estimates involve valuations of long-lived assets, such as identified intangible assets and property, plant, and equipment. We use all available information to make these fair value determinations and engage independent valuation specialists to assist in the fair value determination of the acquired long-lived assets. The fair values of long-lived assets are determined using valuation techniques that use discounted cash flow methods, independent market appraisals, and other acceptable valuation techniques. The significant assumptions used to estimate the value of the intangible assets included discount rates, customer attrition, and certain assumptions that form the basis of the forecasted results (e.g., revenue growth rates and operating profit margin). The significant assumptions related to estimating the fair value of the intangible assets above are forward looking and could be affected by future economic market conditions.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 1 to the Company's consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of this Form 10-K for further information on recent accounting pronouncements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
Other Topics Adopted
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a final rule in May 2020 that amends the financial statement requirements for acquisitions and dispositions of businesses. The amendments primarily relate to disclosures required by Rule 3-05 and Article 11 of Regulation S-X and modifies the tests provided in Rule 1-02(w) of Regulation S-X used to determine whether a subsidiary or an acquired or disposed business is significant and modifies the number of years of audited financial statements required for acquisitions with significance levels greater than specified percentages. The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning after January 1, 2021 with early adoption permitted. We have elected to early adopt these amendments during the fourth quarter of 2020.
In August 2020, the SEC issued a final rule about the Modernization of Regulation S-K Items 101, 103 and 105, which became effective on November 9, 2020. The rule is intended to streamline disclosures about the business, legal proceeding and risk factors, and it adds new disclosure requirements about human capital resource.
In November 2020, the SEC issued a final rule about Management's Discussion and Analysis, Selected Financial Data, and Supplementary Financial Information, which became effective on February 10, 2021. The rule is intended to eliminate duplicate disclosures and to improve and simplify the disclosures within Management's Discussion and Analysis Items 301, 302 and 303. Early adoption is permitted on an Item-by-Item basis, provided that the Company complies fully with all areas of that Item. We have elected to early adopt the amendments of Item 301 for this Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and expect adoption of Items 302 and 303 in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021.
|Item 7A.||Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk|
In the ordinary course of business, the Company is exposed to various market risk factors, including changes in general economic conditions, competition, and raw materials pricing and availability. In addition, the Company is exposed to other financial market risks, primarily related to its long-term debt and foreign operations.
Raw Material Pricing Risk
We are subject to market risk exposure related to volatility in the price of steel, aluminum and resins. A significant amount of our cost of sales relates to material costs. Our business is heavily dependent on the price and supply of our raw materials. The commodity market, which includes the steel, aluminum, and resin industries, is highly cyclical in nature, and commodity costs have been volatile in recent years, and may become more volatile in the future. Commodity costs are influenced by numerous factors beyond our control, including general economic conditions, the availability of raw materials, competition, labor costs, freight and transportation costs, production costs, import duties and other trade restrictions.
The Company principally manages its exposures to the market fluctuations in the steel and resins industries through management of its core business activities. Although we have the ability to purchase steel from a number of suppliers, a production cutback by one or more of our current suppliers could create challenges in meeting delivery schedules to our customers. The prices we offer to our customers are also impacted by changes in commodity costs. We manage the alignment of the cost of our raw materials and prices offered to customers and attempt to pass changes to raw material costs through to our customers. To improve our management of commodity costs, we attempt to maintain inventory levels not in excess of our production requirements.
We have not entered into long-term contractual commitments for the purchase of raw materials however, from time to time, we may purchase raw materials in advance of commodity cost increases.
We rely on major suppliers for our supply of raw materials. During 2020, we purchased our raw materials from domestic and foreign suppliers in an effort to purchase the lowest cost, high quality material possible while maintaining acceptable service levels.
We cannot accurately calculate the pre-tax impact a one percent change in the commodity costs would have on our 2020 operating results as the change in commodity costs would both impact the cost to purchase materials and the selling prices we offer our customers. The impact to our operating results would significantly depend on the competitive environment and the costs of other alternative products, which could impact our ability to pass commodity costs to our customers.
Interest Rate Risk
To manage interest rate risk, the Company uses both variable and fixed interest rate debt. As of December 31, 2020, our variable rate debt consists of borrowings under our revolving credit facility of $85.0 million and was the only significant debt that remains outstanding at year end. In order to manage interest rate risk, the Company will continue to monitor changes in its debt levels and access to capital ensuring interest rate risk is appropriately managed.
At December 31, 2020, our available variable rate debt consisted primarily of the revolving credit facility under the Company's Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, of which $85 million was outstanding on the revolving credit facility as of December 31, 2020. Borrowings under the revolving credit facility bore interest at a variable interest rate based upon the LIBOR plus an additional margin. A hypothetical 1% increase or decrease in interest rates would have changed the 2020 interest expense by $0.2 million.
Foreign Exchange Risk
The Company has foreign exchange risk due to our international operations, primarily in Canada and Asia, and through sales to and purchases from foreign customers and vendors. Changes in the values of currencies of foreign countries affect our financial position and cash flows when translated into U.S. dollars. The Company principally manages its exposures to many of these foreign exchange rate risks solely through management of its core business activities. We cannot accurately calculate the pre-tax impact that a one percent change in the exchange rates of foreign currencies would have on our 2020 operating results as the changes in exchange rates would impact the cost of materials, the U.S. dollar revenue equivalents, and potentially the prices offered to our overseas customers.
|Item 8.||Financial Statements and Supplementary Data|
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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of Gibraltar Industries, Inc.
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (the Company) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), shareholders' equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2020, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2020, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, based on criteria established in Internal Control–Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (2013 framework), and our report dated February 25, 2021 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
Adoption of New Accounting Standards
As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed its method for accounting for leases as a result of the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), and the amendments in ASU 2018-11, effective January 1, 2019. As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed its method for calculating expected credit losses as a result of the adoption of ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326), effective January 1, 2020.
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matters
The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.
|Revenue Recognition on Contracts|
|Description of the Matter|
During the year ended December 31, 2020, the amount of revenue recognized over time was $415.8 million. As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company’s revenue on contracts is accounted for based on the cost-to-cost input measure of progress, whereby the extent of progress toward completion is measured based on the ratio of costs incurred to date to the total estimated costs at completion of the performance obligation.
Auditing management’s estimates to complete for certain components is especially subjective due to significant judgment required in estimating the remaining costs to complete. Factors inherent in the estimation process include direct labor hours, direct material costs, and other direct costs. Due to uncertainties attributed to such factors, a significant change in an estimate on one or more contracts could have a material effect on the Company’s results of operations.
|How We Addressed the Matter in Our Audit|
We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of controls that address the risks of material misstatement relating to the measurement and valuation of the Company’s review of estimated costs to complete, including the determination of the underlying significant assumptions and the completeness and accuracy of the open contracts reviewed. For example, we tested controls over management’s quarterly review of the cost estimates, monthly review of open contracts and completed contracts, and review over the cost estimates used to develop initial cost estimates on projects.
To test the amount of revenue recognized from contracts, our audit procedures included, among others, assessing whether the performance obligations identified were appropriately recognized on an over time basis through inspection of the contract and inquiry from program management regarding the nature and scope of work and testing the completeness and accuracy of the data underlying the determination of the amount of revenue recognized in the current period. To assess the over time revenue recognition, we tested that the actual costs incurred on the project are complete and accurate through agreement to supporting evidence. Our testing of the assumptions included a combination of confirmation of contract terms, billings, and project status directly with customers, inquiries of the program management and financial personnel, inspection of evidence to support future estimated costs, performance of an analysis of actual gross margin on completed contracts compared to prior estimates, evaluation of subsequent year-end expenses incurred on projects, and assessment of the historical accuracy of management’s estimates by analyzing changes in project gross margins during project lifecycles and determining if those changes were driven by cost factors that should have been known or could have been reasonably estimated at project inception.
|Valuation of Goodwill|
|Description of the Matter|
At December 31, 2020, the Company’s goodwill was $536.8 million. As discussed in Notes 1 and 7 of the consolidated financial statements, the Company tests goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level on an annual basis or more frequently if an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. The Company may elect to perform a qualitative assessment or a quantitative test for impairment. In its quantitative tests the Company used the discounted cash flow method to estimate the fair value of its reporting units. The discounted cash flow method incorporates various assumptions, the most significant being projected revenue growth rates and the weighted-average cost of capital. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, goodwill impairment is measured as the amount by which the reporting unit’s carrying value exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the carrying value of goodwill.
Auditing management’s annual goodwill impairment test was especially subjective due to the significant estimation required to determine the fair value of certain reporting units tested using the quantitative assessment. The fair value estimates for certain reporting units were sensitive to significant assumptions inherent in the Company’s discounted estimated future cash flows, such as changes in the weighted average cost of capital, revenue growth rate, operating margin, working capital and terminal value, which are affected by expectations about future market or economic conditions.
|How We Addressed the Matter in Our Audit|
We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of controls over the Company’s goodwill impairment review process, including controls over management’s review of the significant assumptions described above.
To test the estimated fair value of the Company’s reporting units that applied a quantitative assessment, we performed audit procedures with the assistance of our valuation professionals that included, among others, assessing the methodology used and testing the significant assumptions discussed above and the underlying data used in the impairment analysis. We compared the significant assumptions used by management to current industry and economic trends and evaluated whether changes to the Company’s business model, customer base or product mix and other factors would affect the significant assumptions. We assessed the historical accuracy of management’s estimates and performed sensitivity analyses of significant assumptions to evaluate the changes in the aggregate fair value of the reporting units that would result from changes in the assumptions. We considered the relationship between the fair value of the Company’s reporting units to the market capitalization of the Company as of the annual impairment testing date.
|Accounting for Acquisitions|
|Description of the Matter|
As discussed in Note 6 of the consolidated financial statements, during 2020, the Company completed five acquisitions in separate transactions, for which the aggregate consideration was $313.3 million. All five transactions were accounted for as business combinations.
Auditing the Company’s accounting for its acquisitions was complex due to the significant estimation uncertainty in the Company’s preliminary determination of the fair values of the acquired intangible assets aggregating $90.0 million. The Company used discounted cash flow methods and independent market appraisals to estimate the preliminary fair value of acquired intangible assets. The significant assumptions used to estimate the value of the intangible assets included discount rates, customer attrition, and certain assumptions that form the basis of the forecasted results (e.g., revenue growth rates and operating profit margin). The significant assumptions related to estimating the fair value of the intangible assets above are forward looking and could be affected by future economic market conditions.
|How We Addressed the Matter in Our Audit|
We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and tested the operating effectiveness of controls over the Company’s accounting for acquisitions. For example, we tested controls over the recognition and measurement of consideration transferred and acquired intangible assets, including the valuation models and underlying assumptions used to develop such estimates.
To test the fair value of the estimated preliminary fair value of the acquired intangible assets, we performed audit procedures that included, among others, evaluating the Company's selection of the valuation methodology, evaluating the methods and significant assumptions used by the Company’s valuation specialists and evaluating the completeness and accuracy of the underlying data. For example, we compared the significant assumptions to current industry, market and economic trends, to the assumptions used to value similar assets in other acquisitions, to the historical results of the acquired business and to other guidelines used by companies within the same industry. We involved our valuation specialists to assist in our evaluation of the methodology used by the Company and significant assumptions and to assist with reconciling the prospective financial information with other prospective financial information prepared by the Company.
/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
We have served as the Company‘s auditor since 2005.
February 25, 2021
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
| ||Years Ended December 31,|
|Net sales||$||1,032,578 ||$||898,233 ||$||837,097 |
|Cost of sales||776,235 ||678,336 ||626,171 |
|Gross profit||256,343 ||219,897 ||210,926 |
|Selling, general, and administrative expense||149,153 ||139,085 ||128,233 |
|Intangible asset impairment||— ||— ||1,552 |
|Income from operations||107,190 ||80,812 ||81,141 |
|Interest expense, net||703 ||2,323 ||10,709 |
|Other (income) expense ||(1,272)||408 ||3,309 |
|Income before taxes||107,759 ||78,081 ||67,123 |
|Provision for income taxes||24,468 ||18,153 ||13,011 |
|Income from continuing operations||83,291 ||59,928 ||54,112 |
|(Loss) income before taxes||(16,602)||6,682 ||12,822 |
|Provision for income taxes||2,123 ||1,519 ||3,125 |
|(Loss) income from discontinued operations||(18,725)||5,163 ||9,697 |
|Net income||$||64,566 ||$||65,091 ||$||63,809 |
|Net earnings per share – Basic:|
|Income from continuing operations||$||2.55 ||$||1.85 ||$||1.69 |
|(Loss) income from discontinued operations||(0.57)||0.16 ||0.31 |
|Net income||$||1.98 ||$||2.01 ||$||2.00 |
|Weighted average shares outstanding – Basic||32,664 ||32,389 ||31,979 |
|Net earnings per share – Diluted:|
|Income from continuing operations||$||2.53 ||$||1.83 ||$||1.66 |
|(Loss) income from discontinued operations||(0.57)||0.16 ||0.30 |
|Net income||$||1.96 ||$||1.99 ||$||1.96 |
|Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted||32,918 ||32,722 ||32,534 |
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
| ||Years Ended December 31,|
|Net income ||$||64,566 ||$||65,091 ||$||63,809 |
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Foreign currency translation adjustment||3,301 ||1,766 ||(3,241)|
|Cumulative effect of accounting change||— ||— ||(350)|
|Adjustment to pension and post-retirement benefit liability, net of tax||(371)||77 ||723 |
|Other comprehensive income (loss)||2,930 ||1,843 ||(2,868)|
|Total comprehensive income||$||67,496 ||$||66,934 ||$||60,941 |
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|December 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||32,054 ||$||191,363 |
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $3,529 and $5,951
|197,990 ||133,895 |
|Inventories, net||98,307 ||61,957 |
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||19,671 ||18,959 |
|Assets of discontinued operations||77,438 ||30,928 |
|Total current assets||425,460 ||437,102 |
|Property, plant, and equipment, net||89,562 ||78,152 |
|Operating lease assets||25,229 ||21,201 |
|Goodwill||514,279 ||307,355 |
|Acquired intangibles||156,365 ||76,734 |
|Other assets||1,599 ||1,980 |
|Assets of discontinued operations||— ||61,926 |
|$||1,212,494 ||$||984,450 |
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable||$||134,738 ||$||72,628 |
|Accrued expenses||83,505 ||86,597 |
|Billings in excess of cost||34,702 ||47,598 |
|Liabilities of discontinued operations||49,295 ||22,374 |
|Total current liabilities||302,240 ||229,197 |
|Long-term debt||85,636 ||— |
|Deferred income taxes||39,057 ||35,404 |
|Non-current operating lease liabilities||17,730 ||14,943 |
|Other non-current liabilities||24,026 ||21,272 |
|Liabilities of discontinued operations||— ||9,670 |
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000 shares; none outstanding
|— ||— |
Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 50,000 shares; 33,568 and 33,192 shares issued in 2020 and 2019
|336 ||332 |
|Additional paid-in capital||304,870 ||295,582 |
|Retained earnings||469,943 ||405,668 |
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(2,461)||(5,391)|
Cost of 1,028 and 906 common shares held in treasury in 2020 and 2019
|Total shareholders’ equity||743,805 ||673,964 |
|$||1,212,494 ||$||984,450 |
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
| ||Years Ended December 31,|
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities|
|Net income ||$||64,566 ||$||65,091 ||$||63,809 |
|(Loss) income from discontinued operations||(18,725)||5,163 ||9,697 |
|Income from continuing operations||83,291 ||59,928 ||54,112 |
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
|Depreciation and amortization||20,915 ||17,557 ||17,439 |
|Intangible asset impairment||— ||— ||1,552 |
|Gain on sale of business||(1,881)||— ||— |
|Stock compensation expense||8,173 ||12,570 ||9,189 |
|Exit activity costs, non-cash||493 ||408 ||1,344 |
|Provision for deferred income taxes||3,786 ||4,120 ||4,725 |
|Other, net||1,944 ||5,399 ||1,759 |
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (excluding the effects of acquisitions):
|Accounts receivable||2,277 ||(11,256)||9,665 |
|Other current assets and other assets||5,467 ||(9,306)||38 |
|Accounts payable||(1,160)||4,804 ||(5,491)|
|Accrued expenses and other non-current liabilities||(44,570)||14,040 ||2,351 |
|Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations||73,016 ||112,536 ||84,361 |
|Net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations||16,088 ||17,399 ||13,184 |
|Net cash provided by operating activities||89,104 ||129,935 ||97,545 |
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities|
|Purchases of property, plant, and equipment||(13,068)||(8,776)||(10,368)|
|Acquisitions, net of cash acquired||(313,686)||(8,595)||(5,241)|
|Net proceeds from sale of property and equipment||77 ||92 ||348 |
|Net proceeds from sale of business||2,000 ||— ||— |
|Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations||(324,677)||(17,279)||(15,261)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities of discontinued operations||(2,033)||(2,394)||712 |
|Net cash used in investing activities||(326,710)||(19,673)||(14,549)|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities|
|Long-term debt payments||— ||(212,000)||(400)|
|Proceeds from long-term debt||85,000 ||— ||— |
|Payment of debt issuance costs||— ||(1,235)||— |
|Purchase of treasury stock at market prices||(6,656)||(4,305)||(7,165)|
|Net proceeds from issuance of common stock||1,119 ||490 ||1,385 |
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||79,463 ||(217,050)||(6,180)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash||(1,166)||1,145 ||(2,090)|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(159,309)||(105,643)||74,726 |
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||191,363 ||297,006 ||222,280 |
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of year||$||32,054 ||$||191,363 ||$||297,006 |
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
GIBRALTAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
| ||Common Stock||Additional|
|Balance at December 31, 2017||32,332 ||$||323 ||$||271,957 ||$||274,562 ||$||(4,366)||615 ||$||(10,757)||$||531,719 |