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The Shyft Group Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2021 Results

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The Shyft Group, Inc., a North American company in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets, today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full-year periods ending December 31, 2021.

Full-Year 2021 Highlights from Continuing Operations

For the full-year 2021 compared to the full-year 2020:

  • Sales of $991.8 million, an increase of $315.8 million, or 46.7%, from $676.0 million.
  • Gross margin of 20.1% of sales compared to 21.6%, reflecting higher material and labor costs and unfavorable product mix.
  • Income from continuing operations of $70.0 million, or $1.91 per share, compared to $38.3 million, or $1.05 per share. The current year results reflect an income tax rate of 17.0%, favorably impacted by credits earned in amended prior-year tax returns.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $108.1 million, or 10.9% of sales, an increase of $31.8 million, or 41.5%, from $76.3 million, or 11.3% of sales. The current year results include $6.5 million, or 66 basis points, in EV chassis development costs.
  • Adjusted net income of $75.0 million, or $2.08 per share, an increase of $26.8 million, or 55.5%, from $48.2 million, or $1.34 per share.
  • Generated $74.0 million of cash from operating activities, an increase of $9.7 million, or 15.0% from $64.3 million and reduced revolver debt from $22.4 million to zero.
  • Consolidated backlog at December 31, 2021, totaled $963.6 million, up $484.9 million, or 101.3%, compared to $478.7 million at December 31, 2020.
  • Increased borrowing capacity to $400 million under a new five-year secured revolving credit facility, including an incremental $200 million facility if needed.
  • Subsequent to December 31, 2021, repurchased 408,994 shares at an average price of $46.14 per share, or $18.9 million in the aggregate. Additionally, as previously announced, the Board of Directors approved a new authorization to repurchase up to $250 million of SHYF common stock.
  • Doubled the quarterly dividend to $0.05 per share from $0.025, beginning with the first quarter of 2022.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights from Continuing Operations

For the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020:

  • Sales of $277.3 million, an increase of $105.7 million, or 61.6%, from $171.6 million. 
  • Gross margin of 18.5% of sales compared to 20.5% of sales, reflecting the impact of product mix, higher material and labor costs partially offset by pricing actions.
  • Income from continuing operations of $20.5 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $8.3 million, or $0.22 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $26.6 million, or 9.6% of sales, from $16.0 million, or 9.3% of sales. The fourth quarter 2021 results include $4.0 million, or 144 basis points, in EV chassis development costs.
  • Adjusted net income of $20.2 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $10.1 million, or $0.27 per share. 

“The fourth quarter capped off one of the most remarkable years at The Shyft Group, a year of record financial results and strong returns for our shareholders,” said Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Our team’s perseverance as we navigated against industry-wide challenges, customer-focused solutions and dedication to the safety and development of our team are what made the difference in our performance and position us for even greater success in the coming year.” 

Full-Year 2021 Segment Results from Continuing Operations

For the full-year 2021 compared to the full-year 2020.

Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS)

FVS segment sales totaled $659.4 million, an increase of 42.3% from $463.5 million, reflecting strong sales driven by demand for the Velocity walk-in van.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $25.3 million to $108.6 million, or 16.5% of sales, from $83.3 million, or 18.0% of sales, a year ago. The increase was primarily due to higher sales volumes, productivity and cost reductions, offset by higher material and labor costs, unfavorable pricing and mix, and Velocity development.

The segment backlog at December 31, 2021, totaled a record $859.4 million, up 103.9%, compared to $421.5 million at December 31, 2020. On a sequential basis, backlog increased $109.7 million, or 14.6% from $749.7 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Specialty Vehicles (SV)

SV segment sales were $332.4 million, an increase of 56.4% from $212.5 million, led by strong growth in luxury motor coach chassis sales and service bodies, as well as favorable pricing realization.  

Adjusted EBITDA was $32.7 million, or 9.8% of sales, compared to $20.9 million, or 9.8% of sales, a year ago. The increase was due to higher sales volumes, favorable mix and pricing actions, partially offset by higher material and labor costs.

The segment backlog at December 31, 2021, totaled $104.1 million, up 82.3% compared to $57.1 million at December 31, 2020. On a sequential basis, backlog increased $1.3 million, or 1.3% from $102.8 million in the third quarter of 2021.

As of October 1, 2021, the composition of both reportable segments changed due to an internal reorganization as certain businesses previously managed and reported within FVS are now a part of SV. Corresponding items of segment information for earlier periods have been recast.

Liquidity Update

The company strengthened its access to capital during the quarter by amending its revolving credit facility and increasing its borrowing capacity to $400 million, with a $200 million incremental facility. Total liquidity at December 31, 2021 was $414 million, including $37 million of cash and zero revolving debt. The leverage ratio currently stands at 0.1 times adjusted EBITDA and leaves the Company in a solid position to continue to pursue strategic opportunities.

2022 Outlook

“The Company remains committed to maximizing performance and returning value to its shareholders, most recently through the doubling of its quarterly cash dividend and $250 million share repurchase authorization,” said Jon Douyard, Chief Financial Officer. “As we look to 2022, we expect supply chain challenges to continue during the first half of the year and we remain cautious regarding our near-term outlook, particularly as it pertains to first quarter. However, with ongoing strength in demand, we will continue to invest in growth and are positioned to deliver another outstanding year for The Shyft Group.”

“While we enjoyed the success of the past year, we remain driven to grow in our core business, as well as expand in the electric vehicle space,” said Adams. “The combination of our existing team and infrastructure, our rich 50-year heritage in both chassis production and last-mile delivery, and sustainable innovation driven by our deep hands-on knowledge of fleet owner and driver expectations will undoubtedly enable a market-leading position for The Shyft Group in the years ahead.”

Conference Call, Webcast, Investor Presentation and Investor Information

The Shyft Group will host a conference call for analysts and portfolio managers at 10 a.m. EST today to discuss these results and current business trends. The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast: www.TheShyftGroup.com/investor-relations/webcasts

Conference Call: 1-877-317-6789 (domestic) or 412-317-6789 (international); passcode: 10155597

For more information about The Shyft Group, please visit www.TheShyftGroup.com.

About The Shyft Group

The Shyft Group is the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly, and upfit for the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets. Our customers include first-to-last mile delivery companies across vocations, federal, state, and local government entities; the trades; and utility and infrastructure segments. The Shyft Group is organized into two core business units: Shyft Fleet Vehicles & Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles. Today, its family of brands include Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, Builtmore Contract Manufacturing, and corresponding aftermarket provisions. The Shyft Group and its go-to-market brands are well known in their respective industries for quality, durability, and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 3,800 employees and contractors across campuses, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. The Company reported sales of $992 million in 2021. Learn more about The Shyft Group at www.TheShyftGroup.com.

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