AZZ incorporated (NYSE:AZZ) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Preliminary Transcript

May 15, 2018 • 11:00 am ET

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AZZ incorporated (NYSE:AZZ) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call - Preliminary Transcript

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Operator
Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the AZZ Inc. Third Quarter, Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. (Operator Instructions) After today;'s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. (Operator Instructions) Please note this event is being recorded.

At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Joe Dorame of Lytham Partners. Please go ahead, sir.

Executive
Joe Dorame

Thank you, Denise. Good morning and thank you for joining us today to review the financial results of AZZ Inc. for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 ended February 28, 2018. As Denise indicated, my name is Joe Dorame. I'm with Lytham Partners and we are the Investor Relations consulting firm for AZZ Inc.

On the call representing the company are Mr. Tom Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer; and Mr. Paul Fehlman, Chief Financial Officer. After the conclusion of today's prepared remarks, we will open the call for a question-and-answer session. Please note there's a slide presentation for today's call, which can be found on AZZ's Investor Relations page at www.azz.com.

Before we begin with prepared remarks, I would like to remind everyone certain statements made by the management team of AZZ during this conference call constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except for the statements of historical fact, this conference call may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are detailed from time-to-time in documents filed by AZZ with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2018.

Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in customer demand and response to products and services offered by the company, including demand by the power generation markets, electrical transmission and distribution markets, the industrial markets and the hot-dip galvanizing markets; prices and raw material costs, including zinc and natural gas, which are used in hot-dip galvanizing process; changes in the political stability and economic conditions of the various markets AZZ serves, foreign and domestic; customer requested delays of shipments; acquisition opportunities; currency exchange rates; adequate financing; and availability of experienced management and employees to implement the company's growth strategies.

The company can give no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. These statements are based on information as of the date hereof and AZZ assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

With that said, let me turn the call over to Mr. Tom Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of AZZ. Tom?

Executive
Tom Ferguson

Thanks, Joe. Good morning and thank you for joining our year-end fiscal 2018 earnings call. Just a heads up, I'm going to be on this page 3 for a while. A lot of my comments are going to be addressed to it, so just want to let you all know. It was a challenging