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Horizon Global (HZN) Q1 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

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Horizon Global (NYSE: HZN)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
May 06, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Good morning, everyone and welcome to Horizon Global's first-quarter 2021 conference call. My name is Matt, and I will be your operator for today's call. [Operator instructions] I would now like to introduce Mr. Jeff Tryka with Lambert IR, Horizon Global's investor relations firm.

Mr. Tryka, you may proceed.

Jeff Tryka -- Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Good morning and welcome to Horizon Global first-quarter 2021 conference call and webcast. On the call today are Terry Gohl, Horizon Global's chief executive officer; and Dennis Richardville, Horizon Global chief financial officer. Earlier this morning, we announced our first-quarter 2021 results.

The release is available on many news sites as well as in the investor relations section of our website at horizonglobal.com. Turning to Slide 2, today's presentation will also include non-GAAP disclosures. These disclosures are reconciled to GAAP in the appendices to our quarterly press release and presentation, both of which are available on the investor relations section of our website at horizonglobal.com. Turning to Slide 3, I would like to remind you that statements in today's presentation will include our views about Horizon Global's future performance, which constitute forward-looking statements.

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These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. We've described these risks and uncertainties in our risk factors and other disclosures in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. With that all being said, I would like to turn the call over to Horizon Global's chief executive officer, Terry Gohl. Terry?

Terry Gohl -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jeff and welcome to all of you who are participating in our call today. On behalf of the complete Horizon Global team, Dennis and I will probably present our first-quarter results for 2021. During the past earnings calls, we have themed our progress and described our position with terms like momentum and on track. Today, while we maintain that these descriptor still apply, we are now into the acceleration phase of our plans.

Through great teamwork and solid plans, we have implemented the foundation of the lean operational vision, we have defined for the company in late 2019. Our results even through the darkest COVID periods of 2020 highlighted the value and the importance of our operational initiatives. We drove meaningful improvements across all aspects of our business throughout 2020 as you heard in our last earnings call. We simply did not accept COVID-related shutdowns and volume loss in 2020 as an excuse is to take our foot off the gas.

We continue to improve the business each and every day. Our plans to turn around the business never wavered from stabilization to foundation and standardization to now acceleration. We are now in that acceleration phase that we deploy the best-in-class method successfully implemented at our North American facilities to our facilities in Europe and Africa. We also defined the deploy targeted improvement initiatives across our global administrative business functions, which drove significant improvements in our processes and procedures and simplified the way we do business.

2021, this year marks the stage of our plan for rapid acceleration and the deployment of our proven process enhancements in support of our safety, quality, productivity, delivery and growth expectations. I take great pride in saying that never before has this Company been as unified in purpose or aligned in plans as we are today, as we work to achieve the objectives we set for ourselves. As you will hear in today's presentation, we are definitely in that acceleration mode. Acceleration that represented both on our sales volume performance and by the significant increase in new order intake around the globe.

Acceleration in the advancement of the production throughput improvements our team is generating throughout our manufacturing facilities worldwide. Acceleration in terms of efficiency and optimization throughout our distribution centers. Acceleration of the collaboration with our core suppliers as we support the growth of the Company as well as on-boarding a significant number of new qualified suppliers to augment supply where necessary. Acceleration of our operational excellence initiatives to meet and exceed customer and industry standards as evidenced by our IATF and customer-specific audit results representing the horizon method and horizon way in which we conduct our affairs.

Always set to the highest common denominator, we are transforming the Company to best-in-class regardless of the audit condition. Our audit results demonstrate the improvements we have made. They are meaningful and our leading to new business opportunities and wins across the board as they should. We accelerated our first-to-market new application launch performance and successfully solidified ourselves as a market front-runner in our space.

This as well led to new business wins and setting up for the future. As planned in 2021, we have been rapidly transitioning our operational excellence deployment and implementation of principles from North America to Europe and Africa. Acceleration is an understatement as we reflect on the work of the operations team over the past four plus months throughout our Europe and Africa operations. You will hear some of this today in today's update and we look forward to continuing to update you on future earnings calls on this extremely important initiatives.

Market demand for our products remain extremely strong during the quarter. Accompanying this increasing demand however were material availability issues and transportation constraints as demand levels in our industry and others stress the system during the period. While we experienced significant period over period, net sales growth, these factors acted to travel even further growth that was possible during the first quarter as order intake and book orders soared resulting in the retiming of a significantly improved order book into the second quarter and beyond. Our team has done an excellent job in securing materials, components and freight lanes during the period as we worked our plans while continuously adjusting the sudden changes the market presented to us.

Dennis and I will get more into these details of this as we go through our update. We also continued to focus on the Company's debt and liquidity structure. We refinanced our debt as previously announced and also expanded maximum borrowing capacity on our North American ABL, a couple of great indicators of collaboration with and confidence of our financing partners. Acceleration on all fronts.

Let's take a look at what that meant for Q1 and then we will provide a glimpse of our gross sales results and order volumes for April as the market demand and our position within it remains strong. Turning to Page 5. As you recall, this summary represents a high level actions and key initiatives in our plan for the year. Focusing your attention to Q2 through Q4 actions, I would like to provide a few highlights of our progress.

As far as freight and logistics demand continues at a heightened level and port congestion remains extremely high, this has led to an increase of in-transit times for products to reach our distribution centers. Batter up, but we have worked internally and collaboratively with our customers to create new alternative shipping efficiencies inclusive of lane optimization, transitions to full truck load requirements and ship direct options to help mitigate a portion of these headwinds. Reduction throughput levels are higher than they've ever been in our Mexico manufacturing facilities as we executed on the capacity improvement initiatives that continued through Q1 with more to come in Q2. We will continue to increase our capacities for our core products.

This has been the backbone of our plan all along and we are executing to that plan exceptionally well. In terms of material supply and capacity to support our growth, we added over 100 new qualified suppliers to our team in quarter 1, 30 of these additions were tied to production material and components such as resins, steel, copper and electronic componentry among other purchase parts. They are represented across seven countries in support of our operations across the globe. These suppliers were excited to work with us and to support our best-in-class product offering.

Note that these are additional -- there are additional, not replacements of great suppliers we currently have and have been on board to support the increasing demands we are experiencing as well as the demand that we expect in the future. Our targeted new business wins are on track to plan and we are also on track with our footprint rebalancing and manufacturing flexibility strategy in Europe and Africa. Turning to Page 6. How did we perform in Q1 of 2021? A few top headlines to highlight our performance are net sales of $199.2 million represented a 22% growth from Q1 of 2020.

Both operating segments were up in terms of sales. Relative to margin performance, our results continue to show strong period over period improvements. Our adjusted EBITDA performance for the first quarter of 2021 improved $9.8 million to $12.7 million over the prior year. This represents an adjusted EBITDA margin improvement of 460 basis points over the prior year and even more impactful way of looking at this is that the improvement in adjusted EBITDA absolute values of $2.9 million for 2020 quarter 1 to the $12.7 million result in Q1 2021 represents a 331.7% improvement in this metric.

A great rate of change for sure. This was bolstered by positive sales volume and as we have stated in previous earnings releases, the impact of our continued improvement actions across all aspects of our business. Please note that these phenomenal results are despite a quarter that was challenged with material economics, great constraints and ever-changing production schedules at our OEMs, a truly great job by our team. Our gross profit and operating profit performance also substantially improved during the first quarter of 2021.

Q1 2021 gross profit of $40.6 million for the quarter reflected an improvement of $14.3 million over Q1 in 2020. This resulted in a 430-basis-point improvement in gross profit margin. Q1 2021 operating profit improved by $13.5 million to $6.8 million reflecting a 201.5% improvement over the prior period. quarter 1 2021 net loss from continuing operations of $15.2 million represented a $1.3 million improvement or 840-basis-point improvement over the prior-year comparable period.

A special note this wasn't inclusive of the one-time $11.7 million loss and debt extinguishment related to the February term refinancing. We added to this favorable debt refinancing and an ABL expansion during the quarter. Again, Dennis will highlight this in his part of this presentation. Turning to Page 7.

On this slide, we continue to present our sales performance in terms of units sold for our core manufactured products in North America, Hitches and brake controllers. Consistent with the improvement level seen previously, you can see increases in sales performance as compared to Q1, month over month 2020 levels. For hitches combined OE and aftermarket, we are up 41% for the quarter, culminating with an 87% year-over-year increase in March, 2021 versus March, 2020 in terms of unit sales levels. Similarly for brake controllers, our unit sales on a Q1 2021 versus the Q1 2020 basis are up 53%.

But even more impressive is that this increased to a substantial 123% increase as we compare March, 2021 versus March, 2020. We added capacity to support the demand for our core products, as it represented a large opportunity for us. Through the tremendous efforts of our team and the support of our customers, we've been able to capitalize on that opportunity. The market fundamentals remain strong for our portfolio with all sales channels showing growth.

Turning to Page 8. Again as we presented in our previous calls, we remain focused on increasing our performance in terms of sales efficiency with our metric of dollars per unit shipped out of our central distribution center in North America. We continued on a positive trajectory throughout the first quarter improving this metric from a $19.17 average sales dollar per unit shipped in January to $21.79 per unit sold in March. When we compare the impact of our actions in their entirety along with the market demands, we have improved our efficiency compared to 2021 versus March, 2020, this by over 52% in terms of sales dollars per unit shipped.

A truly great result. This was achieved through a multitude of actions, with the top contributors being further deployment of minimum order quantities to our sales offerings, strengthening mix supported by the additional production throughput from our Mexican operations and the result of our pricing initiatives. We experienced favorable mix for certain products and we continue to drive mix optimization through improved production level performance. We remain on track and are accelerating further efficiency actions throughout our distribution centers worldwide, more to come on this as we go through to quarter 2.

Turning to Page 9. When we graphically depict our monthly net sales performance, presents a solid trend. With sales up 22% in quarter 1 2021 versus quarter 1 2020. Our adjusted EBITDA under the same period improved by an impressive 331.7% or $9.8 million.

Repeating it. We had a 22% improvement in our sales, yielding a 331.7% adjusted EBITDA improvement. This is a great spread and it's a great improvement. The period over period performance gap continues to expand with this trend continuing through March of 2021.

Net sales increased by 57.3% March over March and we generated significant adjusted EBITDA improvement from prior year. We are pleased with the significant improvement levels and positive trends we are generating month over month throughout the quarter in absolute terms and in percentage as compared to 2020 performance levels. For this point, please turn to Page 10. On this chart, we depict our gross sales versus booked order levels that were in place at the end of each month in North America as compared to 2020.

As you can see during the first quarter of 2021, we had monthly booked orders yet to be filled well above prior-year levels. Booked order balances increased each month throughout the quarter from $56 million at the end of January 2021 to $60.3 million at the end of the quarter in 2021 or 169.6% better than the end of Q1 2020. This even with a 41.8% higher gross sales in March 2021 over March 2020. Great momentum and great acceleration.

As I mentioned earlier, even with the exceptional sales performance for the quarter, more was possible. Further incremental sales were retimed due to constraints experienced in supply and logistics. These booked orders have been held and will be processed through the second quarter as we continue to increase capacities to expand our supply base. These year-over-year comparisons represent significant improvements in order book velocity driven by the strength of our market and the response of our customers to what we are accomplishing here at Horizon Global, consistent good signs across the board.

I'll now turn it over to Dennis, for the financial section before returning with some closing comments and providing some preliminary April highlights.

Dennis Richardville -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Terry. Good morning, everyone and thank you for joining us. To echo Terry's comments, we are pleased with the first-quarter results and we continue to work diligently to maintain our momentum, heading into the traditional selling season just on earnings growth, liquidity and working capital management. Please turn to Slide 11 for a review of the company's consolidated results for the first quarter of 2021.

Consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2021 were $199.2 million, an increase of $35.9 million or 22% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The net sales increase was primarily attributable to higher sales volumes in both the America's and Europe, Africa operating segments driven by strong customer demand combined with the initial impact of COVID-19 beginning late and the first quarter of 2020. Gross profit increased to $40.6 million, an improvement of $14.3 million compared to the first quarter of 2020. The higher gross profit was a result of the higher net sales coupled with manufacturing and operating efficiencies across the business.

Reported operating profit of $6.8 million, an improvement of $13.5 million over the first quarter of 2020 driven by the improved gross profit. Net loss from continuing operations was $15.2 million, an improvement of $1.3 million over the first quarter of 2020 despite a one-time $11.7 million loss on debt extinguishment recorded in the first quarter of 2021 related to our February term loan refinancing. We reported adjusted EBITDA of $12.7 million, an increase of $9.8 million over the first quarter of 2020. Improved adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to the increased gross profit and business performance previously mentioned.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 6.4% as compared to 1.8% the first quarter of 2020. Let's turn to Slide 12 to review the segment performance for the quarter. Net sales in the Americas were $109.8 million, $17.4 million or 18.8% higher in the first quarter of 2020. Net sales increase was primarily driven by a combined increase of $9.8 million in the automotive OEM and OES sales channels, coupled with a $4.9 million increase in the aftermarket sales channel.

We reported operating profit of $11.8 million in the Americas segment compared to an operating profit of $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2020. The increase in operating profit was primarily driven by higher gross profit attributable to the increased sales volumes and operational performance improvements realized across the segment during the first quarter of 2021, partially offset by higher outbound freight cost attributable in a large part to increased sales volumes. Adjusted EBITDA for the segment increased to $12.9 million as compared to $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2020 due to strong operational results previously discussed. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 11.7% as compared to 6.6% for the first quarter of 2020 driven by the strong quarterly operating performance.

Transitioning to our Europe, Africa operating segment, net sales were $89.4 million, an increase of $18.5 million or 26.1% over the first quarter of 2020. The net sales increase was primarily due to a combined increase of $10.8 million in the automotive OEM and OES sales channels as well as a $6.7 million increase in the aftermarket sales channel. We reported an operating profit for the segment of $1.5 million compared to an operating loss of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2020. The improvement was driven by a $4.7 million increase in gross profit primarily attributable to higher net sales combined with favorable manufacturing costs.

Adjusted EBITDA for the segment increased to $5.4 million as compared to $2.3 million for the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 6% as compared to 3.2% in the first quarter of 2020. Now, moving on to our working capital liquidity and free cash flow position on Slide 13. Freight working capital was $81.8 million for the first quarter of 2021, which represented an increase of $26.2 million compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Specifically, receivables increased $24.5 million to $111.9 million compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. The change in receivables was driven by higher net sales in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. Day sales outstanding was 51, an increase of five days for the fourth quarter of 2020. Inventory increased $19 million to $134.4 million compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Days on hand inventory was 76 days, an increase of two days from the fourth quarter of 2020. A higher inventory and represents a strategic build to position ourselves to meet significant booked order levels in customer demand in anticipation of our traditional peak selling season. This includes an increase in in-transit inventory related to international shipments of $2.6 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 and $10.9 million compared to the first quarter of 2020. Accounts payable increased $14.4 million to $113.9 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.

Days payable on hand was 65 days, an increase of 1 day from the fourth quarter of 2020. Cash in availability or liquidity totaled $63.4 million for the first quarter of 2021, which is comprised of $38.8 million of availability under our credit facilities and cash on hand of $24.6 million. This reflects a $20 million reduction from the fourth quarter of 2020. Free cash flow was a use of $21.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2021, which is $23.3 million lower than the prior year driven by the higher working capital, which is primarily the result of higher inventory levels related to our strategic build previously mentioned.

Turning to Slide 14 for review of our debt and capital structure. Our gross debt increased by $14.3 million to $280.4 million compared to $266.1 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 primarily reflecting proceeds from the term loan refinancing completed during the first quarter of 2021. Moving on to debt maturities on Slide 15. At February 2021 refinancing allowed the Company to address its near-term maturities in a cost-effective manner.

In addition with the ABL amendment completed in April 2021, our maximum available credit under our ABL facility increased $10 million to $85 million. We believe these recent improvements to our capital structure provides the company with the financial flexibility an extended runway to execute on its long-term strategic plans. With that, I will turn it back to Terry for his closing comments.

Terry Gohl -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Dennis and complements again to you and your team for continuing to drive the process improvements that we have seen throughout the financial organization and the Company as a whole. Thanks as well for your outstanding leadership on the refinancing in the ABL expansion actions completed during the quarter. Once again great job. Turning to Page 16.

Here on this page, we are providing a preliminary view of our April gross sales for the Company. As you can see we have dramatic increases for both operating segments on a year-over-year basis 2021 versus 2020. The Americas segment is positive 39% with Europe and Africa being up 55.5%. Specifically, when looking at gross sales on an April 2021 versus April 2020 basis, we are up year over year in the Americas by 202% while Europe and Africa led the way with year-over-year improvements of 359.1%.

Our booked order levels also increased in North America significantly as you will see when we flip to the next page. Let's turn to Page 17. North America order intake and our sales level performance continued to improve throughout April. Gross sales for April 2021 were up 201.6% for North America, over April of 2020, while our booked orders increased to $74.2 million at the end of April, 2021.

The year-over-year ending book orders for April 2021 reflected an increase of 222.6%, again presenting evidence of the strength of the market and the incredible demand for our brands and our products. This improvement was built out incremental organically driven sales growth supported by significant operational improvement. On to Page 18. Now we will summarize the key hot topic that circle are segment and highlight our focus response the issues we face.

Commodity prices are up and demand is stressing the market. We have taken what we consider to be final result with price increases to offset commodity increases for the likes of steel, copper, resins and electronic components. Most of the impact of these increases will be recognized post Q1 2021 as we honored booked orders that were in place before our announcement to our customers. We will continue to assess the commodity situation as we move out through the course of the year.

As I noted earlier, we have added capacities in conjunction with our current suppliers as well as onboarding with 30 new production material and component suppliers during the first quarter as referenced earlier in the presentation. We are also capitalizing on operational improvements made internally to our manufacturing operations with in-sourcing of select products and process where it made sense to either increased supply to optimize costs or both. As far as supporting the growth we have in booked orders in our long-term projections, we continue our capacity increase initiatives in North America and are aggressively driving improvements throughout Europe and Africa as was always the sequence in our planning. The next steps and yield improvement in North American metals capacity will be introduced this quarter.

We laid the foundation for operational flexibility during 2020. This is paying dividends for us as we navigate through the impact of shifting production plans at the OEMs, as the market deals with the global microchip supply constraints that are still prominently reported in the news. Shifting to and from OEM to aftermarket demand is allowing us to somewhat level the impact of those issues. Finishing on page 19, we will leave you with these metrics.

For the quarter as compared to Q1 2020, net sales were up 22%, adjusted EBITDA is up $9.8 million or 331.7%, cash and liquidity is at $12.6 million, gross profit is up $14.3 million, gross profit margin is up 430 basis points, production capacity is in an all-time high for the company with more to come. Booked order strength in North America continues to grow even with significant year-over-year sales increases being realized. Booked orders at the end of Q1 2021 were 169.6% better than at the end of Q1 2020 and increasing 222.6% at the end of April 2021 versus the same period in 2020. Even considering the staggering overall gross sales increased globally for month of April at 247.6%.

Our debt has been favorably restructured and our ABL facility has been improved. We launched a significant level of new products during the quarter. We generated an impressive and successful results with our audits performed throughout the quarter. We are recognizing some great new business wins tied to our customers recognizing the improvements, our team has implemented.

We are truly in our acceleration mode and look forward to reviewing our Q2 performance when we get back together later this summer. Thank you, and I'll now turn it back to the operator for any questions.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

[Operator instructions] Our first question comes from Matt Koranda with ROTH Capital. Please go ahead.

Matt Koranda -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Thanks so much for taking the questions. Just wanted to start on Slide 17, very helpful monthly cadence for North America. I was just curious if you could speak a little bit more about the gross sales cadence into April.

It looks like typically, it should be ticking up sequentially seasonally and there was -- it looks kind of flattish in April. Obviously, the order book looks very strong. Is that just supply constraints that are sort of holding back production and delivery as an outbound shipping like talk a little bit about the gap there in terms of the order book growth versus the sales growth in April.

Dennis Richardville -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Matt, first of all, it's great to have you on the call. Second, when we look at April and that's not a shift in momentum. I mean if you look at the European side, you got three extra days or three fewer days between March and April and your average in the $1.6 million a day and shipments going out.

So it lined up with additional holiday days during that period. So it brought it down little bit. North America, you saw the backlog order business that we had leaving out of the $74 million. So there is a bit of an extension on inbound materials that are coming in for buy-sell, but that's not the real story, I mean that's part of the story, that's probably another $20 million sales possible in the month of April, but really when you look at this, we had some really strong sales in the last several days of the month that you don't recognize until they are received at the customer.

So that's part of that, but truly, it's just the timing. We had -- we have an extension probably up to nine weeks. There is a nine week time shift or timing from port-to-port coming from international and that's exacerbated a bit by port constraints in getting product off the dock onto rail into our facilities. So again, it's mostly -- it's almost all timing and as I mentioned those get pushed into the second quarter.

So April and May, June have a very strong order book to fulfill

Matt Koranda -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK, very helpful. And then I thought Slide 7 was also relatively helpful just going through the cadence of hitch unit sales and brake controller sales. Talking to mine, what I was looking at that though and I'm wondering if you could maybe speak to what do you think your market share is in each of those categories? Are you winning market share in North America in those categories with the growth that you've highlighted in Q1?

Dennis Richardville -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. And again, our OE business has grown tremendously. We have the Ford truck business that has really pressed the brake controller content up on the OE side. But we -- with the additional capacity that we've generated, some new products that we've launched, our aftermarket business in brake controls is also significantly up and we are conquesting business business and our North American hitches.

I'll leave it at that. But we are growing our position in a growing market.

Matt Koranda -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK, great to hear. Last one from me and then I'll jump back in queue. But on the price increase front, so you mentioned announced price increases, you're ordering the old order book and still sort of you start delivering on products later this year. Just curious how you're thinking about raw material inflation, especially as it pertains to steel and resins and how you may consider taking price for the remainder of the year? Just like to get your thinking of how that plays out for the rest of 2021?

Dennis Richardville -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, can I put it in perspective, Matt. I mean the steel prices, quarter 1 to quarter 1 year over year is up 41%. So it's not a small shift in raw material prices. We have added -- again we've gone out to do everything we possibly can to mitigate those expenses.

So we don't pass it down relative to pricing. So we've added multiple steel suppliers, component suppliers that converts deal for steel products for us to gain additional capacity but also to drive pricing options where possible. But we don't see that mitigating itself very soon. So the steel is an issue in the marketplace.

It's going to be there for a while. Copper again as we look at -- the use in our electronic components, copper prices are up 60% year over year. So these are real tangible changes. Now what we did is we did an increased last year in the latter part of the year.

And then given this shifting and material pricing and working with our customers as well, I mean we adopted new pricing effectives, we announced it early, early in the quarter and we made an effective April 1 for any -- for new orders that came in, so there wasn't -- as a minor new orders that came in during the period. I think our pricing amounted to about $2.4 million during the quarter, a bit. So it was very limited impact in the first quarter and so the expectation and what we're looking at is that the flow-through of that is to be seen in quarters two through quarters four. But, we have to be flexible and we will be flexible.

It is our last last course of event to raise prices. And we are working very diligently with our customers for alternates to mitigate costs on all fronts, just not a materials, to avoid price increases, but if we have to do that, we will, but we'll do it in conjunction with a good strong communication link with our customers.

Matt Koranda -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

OK, make sense. Thanks for taking the questions guys.

Terry Gohl -- Chief Executive Officer

And one thing just to follow up, we've put in 11 new steel suppliers during the quarter. It's not like we're just tiptoeing into this to find alternatives, we're being very aggressive, we're being smart, but we're being very aggressive.

Operator

We are showing no more questions, I would like to turn the conference back over to Terry Gohl for any closing remarks.

Terry Gohl -- Chief Executive Officer

Well, I want to thank everyone for joining the call. I didn't get a roster yet, but I will and I know we have significant amount of follow-up calls over the next couple of days. Look forward to those. Again to the people in the company that are on the call, there's a lot of them and I want to say thank you again for the great work and dedication that you put to the company and to our customers.

So we look forward to talking to you at the end of quarter 2 and we have good trajectory and we are looking forward to that conversation. Thanks.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 42 minutes

Call participants:

Jeff Tryka -- Investor Relations

Terry Gohl -- Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Richardville -- Chief Financial Officer

Matt Koranda -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

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