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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

                

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 3, 2018

GRIFFON CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware             1-06620         11-1893410
(State or Other Jurisdiction      (Commission (I.R.S. Employer
of Incorporation)          File Number) Identification Number)


712 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, New York                       10019
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)         (Zip Code)

(212) 957-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

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(17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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Item 2.02.    Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 3, 2018 Griffon Corporation (the “Registrant”) issued a press release announcing the Registrant’s financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2018. A copy of the Registrant’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01.    Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)     Exhibits.

99.1     Press Release, dated May 3, 2018

The information filed as an exhibit to this Form 8-K is being furnished in accordance with Item 2.02 and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of such section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.































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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


GRIFFON CORPORATION


By:    /s/ Brian Harris        
    Brian Harris
SVP and Chief Financial Officer    


Date: May 3, 2018


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Exhibit Index


99.1 Press release, dated May 3, 2018


Exhibit


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Griffon Corporation Announces Second Quarter Results

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, May 3, 2018 – Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF) (the “Company” or “Griffon”) today reported results for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018.    

Revenue was $478.6 million, an increase of 25% from the prior year quarter. Home & Building Products (“HBP”) revenue increased 39% and, as expected, Telephonics Corporation ("Telephonics") revenue decreased 16% compared to the prior year quarter.

Income from continuing operations was $2.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.05 per share, in the prior year quarter. Current quarter results included acquisition related costs of $0.8 million ($0.4 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share) and a provision, net, for certain tax items which affect comparability (see tax section below) of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share. The prior year quarter results included a discrete tax provision, net, of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share. Excluding these items from the respective quarterly results, income from continuing operations would have been $2.7 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $2.4 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior year quarter.
Segment adjusted EBITDA was $43.8 million, an increase of 11% from the prior year quarter primarily driven by HBP revenue growth, partially offset by the impact of Telephonics' revenue decline. Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income excluding interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and unallocated amounts (mainly corporate overhead), restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable.
Ronald J. Kramer, Chairman and CEO, commented, "We are pleased with our solid performance this quarter and are poised for a strong second half. Our HBP team continues to integrate our recent acquisitions, ClosetMaid, Kelkay, Harper Brush, Tuscan Path and La Hacienda, driving a 39% and 44% year-over-year increase in both revenue and adjusted EBITDA, respectively. Our defense electronics business, Telephonics, ended the second quarter with an increase in backlog to $358 million, confirming our expectation for an improved business environment for the second half of fiscal 2018."
Earlier today, Griffon announced CBP entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CornellCookson, Inc. ("CornellCookson"), a leading US manufacturer and marketer of rolling steel door and grille products designed for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail use, for $180 million. After taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction, the effective purchase price is approximately $170 million. CornellCookson is expected to generate approximately $200 million in revenue and $0.15 in earnings per share in the first twelve months after the acquisition. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in June 2018.

Kramer added, "The acquisition of CornellCookson significantly expands Clopay's existing portfolio of residential and commercial sectional doors with industry leading brands and products which positions us for continued growth and enhanced profitability."


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Segment Operating Results
Home & Building Products
Revenue was $396.3 million, an increase of 39% compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to the acquisition of ClosetMaid and AMES' acquisitions of Tuscan Path, La Hacienda, Harper and Kelkay, as well as improved volume, favorable mix and price increases at CBP, partially offset by reduced sales at AMES US from unfavorable weather patterns.

Segment adjusted EBITDA was $39.8 million, an increase of 44% compared to the prior year quarter driven by increased revenue as noted above.

On February 13, 2018, AMES acquired Kelkay Limited (“Kelkay”), a United Kingdom manufacturer and distributor of decorative outdoor landscaping products sold to leading garden centers, retailers and grocers in the UK and Ireland, for approximately $56 million (GBP $41 million), subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Kelkay is expected to contribute approximately $40 million in annualized revenue in the first twelve months after the acquisition.

Telephonics
Revenue was $82.3 million, a decrease of 16% from the prior year quarter, primarily due to decreased maritime surveillance radar and various international radar programs.

Segment adjusted EBITDA was $4.0 million compared to $11.8 million in the prior year quarter, driven by the decreased revenue and revised estimates to complete remaining performance obligations on certain airborne intercommunications systems and various international radar programs.

Contract backlog was $358 million at March 31, 2018, compared to $351 million at September 30, 2017, with approximately 67% expected to be fulfilled within the next twelve months. During the quarter, Telephonics was awarded several new contracts and received incremental funding on existing contracts approximating $108 million.

Taxes
In the quarter ended March 31, 2018, the Company recognized a tax provision of $1.2 million on Income before taxes from continuing operations of $3.2 million, compared to $2.2 million on Income before taxes from continuing operations of $4.2 million in the comparable prior year quarter. 

The quarters ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 tax rates included net discrete tax provisions that affect comparability of $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively. Excluding these tax items and the acquisition costs net of tax, the effective tax rates for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 were 32.6% and 42.1%, respectively.

U.S. Tax Reform: On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”). The Tax Act reduces the federal corporate tax rate on U.S. earnings to 21% and moves from a global taxation regime to a modified territorial regime. As Griffon has a September 30 fiscal year-end, the lower tax rate will be phased in, resulting in a U.S. statutory federal rate of approximately 24.5% for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. Subsequent fiscal years will reflect the 21% federal tax rate. However, there are offsets to the lower tax rate, the most significant being the loss of the domestic manufacturing deduction and the deductibility of certain incentive

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compensation for executives. Griffon will continue to assess the impact of the Tax Act through the balance of fiscal 2018.
Clopay Plastics
On November 16, 2017, Griffon announced it entered into a definitive agreement to sell Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc. ("PPC") and on February 6, 2018, completed the sale to Berry Global, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) ("Berry") for $475 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures
At March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and equivalents of $236 million, total debt outstanding of $1,091 million, net of discounts and issuance costs, and $320.2 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facility, subject to certain loan covenants. Capital expenditures were $10.8 million in the current quarter.

Share Repurchases
In August 2016, Griffon’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of Griffon’s outstanding common stock. Under these programs, the Company may purchase shares in the open market, including pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan, or in privately negotiated transactions. During the six months ended March 31, 2017, Griffon purchased 1,438,239 shares of common stock under the August 2016 Board authorized program, for a total of $28.4 million or $19.76 per share. At March 31, 2018, $21.0 million remained under existing Board authorizations.

From August 2011 to March 31, 2018, Griffon repurchased 21,867,537 shares of its common stock for a total of $290.0 million or $13.26 per share.

Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call today, May 3, 2018, at 4:30 PM ET.

The call can be accessed by dialing 1-866-548-4713 (U.S. participants) or 1-323-794-2093 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference or provide conference ID number 6005282.

A replay of the call will be available starting on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (International), and entering the conference ID number: 6005282. The replay will be available through Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.









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Forward-looking Statements
“Safe Harbor” Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements related to, among other things, income (loss), earnings, cash flows, revenue, changes in operations, operating improvements, industries in which Griffon operates and the United States and global economies that are not historical are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements” and may be indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “supports,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “hope,” “forecast,” “management is of the opinion,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “intends,” “explores,” “opportunities,” the negative of these expressions, use of the future tense and similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: current economic conditions and uncertainties in the housing, credit and capital markets; the Griffon's ability to achieve expected savings from cost control, restructuring, integration and disposal initiatives; the ability to identify and successfully consummate and integrate value-adding acquisition opportunities; increasing competition and pricing pressures in the markets served by Griffon’s operating companies; the ability of Griffon’s operating companies to expand into new geographic and product markets, and to anticipate and meet customer demands for new products and product enhancements and innovations; reduced military spending by the government on projects for which Griffon’s Telephonics Corporation supplies products, including as a result of defense budget cuts and other government actions; the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations; increases in the cost of raw materials such as resin, wood and steel; changes in customer demand or loss of a material customer at one of Griffon's operating companies; the potential impact of seasonal variations and uncertain weather patterns on certain of Griffon’s businesses; political events that could impact the worldwide economy; a downgrade in the Griffon’s credit ratings; changes in international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; the reliance by certain of Griffon’s businesses on particular third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer demands; the relative mix of products and services offered by Griffon’s businesses, which could impact margins and operating efficiencies; short-term capacity constraints or prolonged excess capacity; unforeseen developments in contingencies, such as litigation, regulatory and environmental matters; unfavorable results of government agency contract audits of Telephonics Corporation; Griffon’s ability to adequately protect and maintain the validity of patent and other intellectual property rights; the cyclical nature of the businesses of certain Griffon’s operating companies; and possible terrorist threats and actions and their impact on the global economy. Such statements reflect the views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. Griffon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.








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About Griffon Corporation
Griffon is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as in connection with divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.

Headquartered in New York, N.Y., the Company was founded in 1959 and is incorporated in Delaware. Griffon is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trades under the symbol GFF.

Griffon currently conducts its operations through two reportable segments:

Home & Building Products consists of three companies, AMES, CBP and ClosetMaid:

AMES, founded in 1774, is the leading US manufacturer and a global provider of long-handled tools and landscaping products for homeowners and professionals.

CBP, since 1964, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial garage doors and sells to professional dealers and some of the largest home center retail chains in North America.

ClosetMaid, founded in 1965, is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of closet organization, home storage, and garage storage products and sells to some of the largest home center retail chains, mass merchandisers, and direct-to-builder professional installers.

Telephonics, founded in 1933, is recognized globally as a leading provider of highly sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and communications solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial customers.



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For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffon.com.

Company Contact:            Investor Relations Contact:        
Brian G. Harris                Michael Callahan            
SVP & Chief Financial Officer        Senior Vice President
Griffon Corporation            ICR Inc.    
(212) 957-5000                (203) 682-8311




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Griffon evaluates performance and allocates resources based on each segment's operating results before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, unallocated amounts (mainly corporate overhead), restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment and acquisition related expenses, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable ("Segment adjusted EBITDA", a non-GAAP measure). Griffon believes this information is useful to investors for the same reason.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Segment adjusted EBITDA to Income before taxes from continuing operations:

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
For the Three Months Ended March 31,
 
For the Six Months Ended March 31,
REVENUE
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Home & Building Products:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

AMES
$
182,928

 
$
162,907

 
$
322,910

 
$
283,631

CBP
138,112

 
122,628

 
292,348

 
266,088

ClosetMaid
75,268

 

 
152,028

 

Home & Building Products
396,308

 
285,535

 
767,286

 
549,719

Telephonics
82,252

 
98,272

 
148,577

 
186,365

Total consolidated net sales
$
478,560

 
$
383,807

 
$
915,863

 
$
736,084

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment adjusted EBITDA:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Home & Building Products
$
39,789

 
$
27,565

 
$
79,246

 
$
59,372

Telephonics
3,997

 
11,786

 
8,196

 
19,894

Segment adjusted EBITDA
43,786

 
39,351

 
87,442

 
79,266

Net interest expense
(16,044
)
 
(12,705
)
 
(32,686
)
 
(25,994
)
Segment depreciation and amortization
(13,199
)
 
(12,022
)
 
(26,051
)
 
(23,906
)
Unallocated amounts
(10,541
)
 
(10,455
)
 
(20,977
)
 
(20,766
)
Acquisition costs
(814
)
 

 
(3,999
)
 

Cost of life insurance benefit

 

 
(2,614
)
 

Income before taxes from continuing operations
$
3,188

 
$
4,169

 
$
1,115

 
$
8,600



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The following is a reconciliation of each segment's operating results to Segment adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations:

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
BY REPORTABLE SEGMENT
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
Six Months Ended March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Home & Building Products
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment operating profit
$
28,478

 
$
18,314

 
$
56,229

 
$
40,954

Depreciation and amortization
10,504

 
9,251

 
20,637

 
18,418

Acquisition costs
807

 

 
2,380

 

Segment adjusted EBITDA
39,789

 
27,565

 
79,246

 
59,372

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Telephonics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment operating profit
1,302

 
9,015

 
2,782

 
14,406

Depreciation and amortization
2,695

 
2,771

 
5,414

 
5,488

Segment adjusted EBITDA
3,997

 
11,786

 
8,196

 
19,894

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All segments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations - as reported
17,798

 
16,936

 
32,835

 
34,796

Unallocated amounts
10,541

 
10,455

 
20,977

 
20,766

Other, net
1,434

 
(62
)
 
966

 
(202
)
Corporate acquisition costs
7

 

 
1,619

 

Cost of life insurance benefit

 

 
2,614

 

Segment operating profit from continuing operations
29,780

 
27,329

 
59,011

 
55,360

Depreciation and amortization
13,199

 
12,022

 
26,051

 
23,906

  Acquisition costs
807

 

 
2,380

 

Segment adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations
$
43,786

 
$
39,351

 
$
87,442

 
$
79,266


Unallocated amounts typically include general corporate expenses not attributable to any reportable segment.

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GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
Six Months Ended March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Revenue
$
478,560

 
$
383,807

 
$
915,863

 
$
736,084

Cost of goods and services
357,087

 
284,938

 
673,546

 
540,471

Gross profit
121,473

 
98,869

 
242,317

 
195,613

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses
103,675

 
81,933

 
209,482

 
160,817

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations
17,798

 
16,936

 
32,835

 
34,796

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interest expense
(16,806
)
 
(12,720
)
 
(33,645
)
 
(26,015
)
Interest income
762

 
15

 
959

 
21

Other, net
1,434

 
(62
)
 
966

 
(202
)
Total other expense, net
(14,610
)
 
(12,767
)
 
(31,720
)
 
(26,196
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before taxes from continuing operations
3,188

 
4,169

 
1,115

 
8,600

Provision (benefit) from income taxes
1,237

 
2,219

 
(23,667
)
 
(394
)
Income from continuing operations
$
1,951

 
$
1,950

 
$
24,782

 
$
8,994

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discontinued operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations of discontinued operations (including a gain on sale of $117,625 in 2018)
$
113,376

 
$
6,070

 
124,842

 
14,615

Provision for income taxes (including tax on gain on sale of $31,268 in 2018)
25,047

 
2,975

 
28,355

 
6,300

Income from discontinued operations (including a gain on sale, net of tax of $86,357 in 2018)
$
88,329

 
$
3,095

 
96,487

 
8,315

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
90,280

 
$
5,045

 
$
121,269

 
$
17,309

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
$
0.05

 
$
0.05

 
$
0.59

 
$
0.22

Income from discontinued operations
2.13

 
0.07

 
2.31

 
0.21

Basic earnings per common share
$
2.18

 
$
0.12

 
$
2.91

 
$
0.43

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
41,477

 
41,277

 
41,700

 
40,307

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
$
0.05

 
$
0.05

 
$
0.58

 
$
0.21

Income from discontinued operations
2.07

 
0.07

 
2.24

 
0.19

Diluted earnings per common share
$
2.11

 
$
0.12

 
$
2.82

 
$
0.40

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding
42,765

 
43,229

 
43,062

 
42,776

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends paid per common share
$
0.07

 
$
0.06

 
$
0.14

 
$
0.12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
90,280

 
$
5,045

 
$
121,269

 
$
17,309

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Foreign currency translation adjustments
19,714

 
8,409

 
18,425

 
(5,070
)
Pension and other post retirement plans
247

 
544

 
9,806

 
1,088

Change in cash flow hedges
440

 
(1,020
)
 
528

 
603

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes
20,401

 
7,933

 
28,759

 
(3,379
)
Comprehensive income (loss), net
$
110,681

 
$
12,978

 
$
150,028

 
$
13,930


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GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)

 
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
March 31,
2018
 
September 30,
2017
CURRENT ASSETS
 
 
 
Cash and equivalents
$
236,456

 
$
47,681

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $6,192 and $5,966
271,966

 
208,229

Contract costs and recognized income not yet billed, net of progress payments of $4,139 and $4,407
122,156

 
131,662

Inventories, net
384,467

 
299,437

Prepaid and other current assets
47,160

 
40,067

Assets of discontinued operations held for sale

 
370,724

Assets of discontinued operations not held for sale
328

 
329

Total Current Assets
1,062,533

 
1,098,129

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net
291,516

 
232,135

GOODWILL
422,473

 
319,139

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net
286,156

 
205,127

OTHER ASSETS
15,670

 
16,051

ASSETS OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS NOT HELD FOR SALE
2,952

 
2,960

Total Assets
$
2,081,300

 
$
1,873,541

 
 
 
 
CURRENT LIABILITIES
 

 
 

Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt
$
12,917

 
$
11,078

Accounts payable
256,014

 
183,951

Accrued liabilities
113,479

 
83,258

Liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

 
84,450

Liabilities of discontinued operations not held for sale
50,927

 
8,342

Total Current Liabilities
433,337

 
371,079

LONG-TERM DEBT, net
1,078,462

 
968,080

OTHER LIABILITIES
90,458

 
132,537

LIABILITIES OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS NOT HELD FOR SALE
5,025

 
3,037

Total Liabilities
1,607,282

 
1,474,733

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
 
 
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

Total Shareholders’ Equity
474,018

 
398,808

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
$
2,081,300

 
$
1,873,541



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GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Six Months Ended March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES - CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
 

 
 

Net income
$
121,269

 
$
17,309

Net (income) from discontinued operations
(96,487
)
 
(8,315
)
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization
26,271

 
24,135

Stock-based compensation
4,920

 
4,795

Provision (recovery) for losses on accounts receivable
(201
)
 
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Amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs
2,754

 
2,879

Deferred income taxes
(23,136
)
 
(3,859
)
Gain on sale of assets and investments

 
(79
)
Change in assets and liabilities, net of assets and liabilities acquired:
 

 
 

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable and contract costs and recognized income not yet billed
(16,631
)
 
(16,444
)
(Increase) decrease in inventories
(48,295
)
 
(9,549
)
(Increase) decrease in prepaid and other assets
10,867

 
(715
)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, accrued liabilities and income taxes payable
(21,021
)
 
(25,222
)
Other changes, net
844

 
834

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities - continuing operations
(38,846
)
 
(14,227
)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES - CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
 

 
 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment
(21,628
)
 
(15,538
)
Acquired businesses, net of cash acquired
(246,230
)
 
(6,051
)
Proceeds from sale of business
473,977

 

Proceeds from sale of assets
454

 
102

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities - continuing operations
206,573

 
(21,487
)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES - CONTINUING OPERATIONS:
 

 
 

Dividends paid
(5,872
)
 
(5,137
)
Purchase of shares for treasury
(32,861
)
 
(15,758
)
Proceeds from long-term debt
347,898

 
195,655

Payments of long-term debt
(229,941
)
 
(120,166
)
Share premium payment on settled debt

 
(24,997
)
Financing costs
(7,451
)
 
(335
)
Purchase of ESOP shares

 
(9,213
)
Other, net
126

 
(187
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities - continuing operations
71,899

 
19,862

CASH FLOWS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:
 

 
 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
(15,080
)
 
22,260

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
(10,762
)
 
(26,937
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(22,541
)
 
(3,586
)
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations
(48,383
)
 
(8,263
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents
(2,468
)
 
(1,013
)
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND EQUIVALENTS
188,775

 
(25,128
)
CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD
47,681

 
72,553

CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD
$
236,456

 
$
47,425



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Griffon evaluates performance based on Earnings per share and Net income excluding restructuring charges, loss on debt extinguishment, acquisition related expenses and discrete and certain other tax items, as well as other items that may affect comparability, as applicable. Griffon believes this information is useful to investors for the same reason. The following table provides a reconciliation of Income from continuing operations to Adjusted income from continuing operations and earnings per share from continuing operations to Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations:

GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
TO ADJUSTED INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 
For the Three Months Ended March 31,
 
For the Six Months Ended March 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Income from continuing operations
$
1,951

 
$
1,950

 
$
24,782

 
$
8,994

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusting items, net of tax:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Acquisition costs
378

 

 
2,726

 

Cost of life insurance benefit

 

 
248

 

Discrete and certain other tax provision (benefit)
368

 
466

 
(22,650
)
 
(3,955
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations
$
2,697

 
$
2,416

 
$
5,106

 
$
5,039

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations
$
0.05

 
$
0.05

 
$
0.58

 
$
0.21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusting items, net of tax:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Acquisition costs
0.01

 

 
0.06

 

Cost of life insurance benefit

 

 
0.01

 

Discrete and certain other tax provision (benefit)
0.01

 
0.01

 
(0.53
)
 
(0.09
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted earnings per common share from continuing operations
$
0.06

 
$
0.06

 
$
0.12

 
$
0.12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands)
42,765

 
43,229

 
43,062

 
42,776



Note: Due to rounding, the sum of earnings per common share and adjusting items, net of tax, may not equal adjusted earnings per common share.

    

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