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Gibraltar Industries, inc (ROCK 0.87%)
Q2 2021 Earnings Call
Aug 3, 2021, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings and welcome to the Q2 2021 Gibraltar Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Carolyn Capaccio, of LHA. Thank you, Carolyn. You may begin.

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Carolyn Capaccio -- LHA, Investor Relations

Thanks, Paul. Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us today. With me on the call are Bill Bosway, Gibraltar Industries' President and Chief Executive Officer; and Tim Murphy, Gibraltar's Chief Financial Officer. The earnings press release that was issued this morning as well as the slide presentation that management will use during the call are both available in the Investors section of the company's website gibraltar1.com. Please note that Gibraltar has classified the industrial business which was divested on February 23, 2021 as a discontinued operation with fourth quarter 2020 results. Results of TerraSmart, which was acquired at the end of December 2020 are included in first half 2021 results. Gibraltar's earnings press release and remarks contain non-GAAP financial measures. Tables of reconciliation of GAAP to adjusted financial measures can be found in the earnings press release that was issued today.

Also as noted on Slide 2 of the presentation, the earnings press release and slide presentation contain forward-looking statements with respect to future financial results. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and the company's actual results may differ materially from the anticipated events, performance or results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Gibraltar advises you to read the risk factors detailed in its SEC filings, which can also be accessed through the company's website.

Now, I will turn the call over to Bill Bosway. Bill?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning everybody and thank you for joining today's call. Let's start this morning with an overview of the second quarter results and then we'll discuss the ongoing market environment we continue to manage in. Tim will then provide a detailed financial review of the quarter and then I'll give you an update on our 2021 strategic priorities, and our guidance for the year. Then we'll open up the call for your questions. So let's start.

Let's turn to Slide 3. We delivered solid quarter with revenue up 36.5%, 14% of which was organic and 22.5% came from acquisitions. We got off to a good start in the first quarter with 34% growth. And the momentum accelerate into the second quarter. Growth was driven by healthy end market demand further participation gains and the realization of multiple price actions implemented in the first and second quarters. In total, our order backlog reflects signed contracts grew 54% to over $400 million a record level really for Gibraltar, and on a pro forma basis, order backlog grew 32% again reflecting accelerating order momentum as we exited a strong first half of 2021.

The integration of TerraSmart is on track. We will continue to evolve into one organization. We're six months into the process and have combined sales, marketing, supply chain, finance, HR and have a strong leadership team in place. TerraSmart's operating margin nearly doubled versus the first quarter and demand remains robust as we enter the second half of the year. Historically, the strongest quarters for this business and for the solar market. In our residential business, architectural mailboxes completed third full quarter of integration activity and is delivering to plan as well.

Adjusted operating income increased 8.2% and adjusted EPS expanded 6.7% to $0.80 per share. Although our margin contracted during the quarter, our success in implementing various price actions and productivity initiatives helped offset a large portion of macro headwinds that accelerated during the quarter and drive positive growth in operating income. Our macro headwinds included ongoing inflation materials, labor and freight, and the supply and availability of materials, labor, and transportation. As it relates to the reemergence of COVID, we maintained our operating protocols through the quarter and were able to minimize disruption accordingly.

So let's turn to Slide 4. So I can share it to you a little bit about inflation and supply chain dynamics. So let me provide some context concerning the macro headwinds and the environment we continue to operate in. And I realize there is plenty of debate and opinion regarding the inflation going forward, but regardless, June was the ninth month in a row with a significant market increased for core input cost and inflation continued to accelerate in July as well. The magnitude of the increase, combined with the speed in which it has occurred, is really unprecedented and I think it's been surprising for many industries. For example, in January 2020, if you think about it in a good economy and prior to the pandemic, the CRU price for hot-rolled steel was $570 per ton. And really over the next nine months by September 30, 2020, the price had increased 5.1% to $599 per ton.

Now, in contrast between September 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, another nine-month period, the CRU price for hot-rolled steel increased 188% to $1,723 per ton, and during July, it increased another 4.8% surpassing $1800 per ton. The net result of hot-rolled steel pricing is more than three times higher in a market where demand levels today are actually less than they were prior to the pandemic. Pricing further input cost of materials has risen as well with aluminum at 50%, resins up 97%, transportation rates up 29% over the same timeframe.

Now, there are a number of reasons for causing today's situation. We have capacity reductions during the pandemic, labor shortages, tariffs, import duties, supply capacity management strategies, and other macroeconomic questions, but our expectations are these issues will continue in 2021. So, yes, it has been a tough and fast-moving environment and we expect it will continue and we will remain proactive and attack in our inflation supply chain challenges. As discussed in our first-quarter earnings call, we started engaging customers and suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2020 and also started to win our first round of price increases with subsequent price actions as inflation accelerated, and our supply agreements with our customers, specifically within our residential customers include commodity indexing clauses that support price changes, and also well-defined process and timing for approval implementation of changes. This does create a natural lag for price realization relative to commodity increases and in the second quarter, resulting in margin contraction for us, especially given the sharp and substantial cost increases in steel, aluminum, and resin.

Historically though, the price realization lag has been anywhere between one to two quarters, once inflation turns down. Now until this happens, we will continue to implement necessary price actions and really focus on maximizing operating profit dollars. And when input costs do start to fall, we'll manage price quarterly to facilitate margin recovery.

Now, we've also continued to work -- to execute our 80/20 initiatives that we had planning going into the year. And we're staying very close to our suppliers and trying to stay in sync with our customers at the same time. I think all of these efforts have helped us manage relatively well in the current environment and deliver this quarter's results.

And with that, let me turn it back over to Tim, who will give you a little more detailed review of our results. Tim?

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Bill, and good morning, everyone. I'll take you through our consolidated and segment results and as a reminder, my discussion will cover results from continuing operations.

Consolidated revenue increased 36.5% to $348.4 million. Organic revenue growth of 14% was driven by continued execution on strong demand, participation gains, and pricing on all four segments, despite some supply chain dynamics and materials and labor availability, particularly in renewables, residential and AgTech segments. We generated 22.5% growth from the 2020 acquisitions of Architectural Mailboxes, Sunfig and TerraSmart. Total backlog at quarter-end exceeded $400 million, up 32% over second quarter 2020 on a pro forma basis, driven by continued end-market demand across our business.

Adjusted operating income increased 8.2% in the second quarter with adjusted EPS up 6.7%. The increase was a result of continued execution on solid demand across the business segments that drove organic growth as well as TerraSmart's acquisition and 80/20 productivity initiatives, partially offset by the timing alignment of higher input costs and price increases, supply chain disruptions, and in the AgTech and Renewable segment shifts and project timing. As Bill commented, we continue to work with suppliers to manage materials, transportation procurement, and with customers to manage pricing, we expect margins to recover as inflation subsides with a one to two quarter lag.

Now, let's review each segment starting with Slide 6, the renewable segment. Segment revenue increased 92.5% driven by the TerraSmart acquisition as well as organic revenue growth of 4%. On a pro forma basis, including the TerraSmart transaction, revenue grew 25%. Revenue growth accelerated sequentially from 80.8% last quarter and we achieved this growth through solid execution in converting strong backlog into revenue despite solar industry headwinds of significant input cost inflation, supply chain challenges, particularly with panels that impact our customer's ability to finalize design and cost project timing delays and the impact of the Safe Harbor ITC extension announced in December 2020, which started to remove incentives for developers to build early in 2021.

Demand continues to be strong across our broad offering of fixed tilt, tracker, canopy, and eBos product solutions serving the community, commercial and industrial market segments. Backlog ended the quarter over $218 million, up 54% on a pro forma basis across our entire solar business. Adjusted operating income improved 45.2%, while adjusted operating margin contracted 380 basis points, the majority of which was expected from the integration of TerraSmart. Of the remaining margin contraction, approximately half was related to a one-time tariff credit received in the second quarter of 2020, with the remainder of the result of timing and alignment of price actions with input cost inflation and project movement related to supply chain schedule and logistics challenges.

The TerraSmart integration is delivering the results as expected with adjusted operating margins, nearly doubling sequentially as demand continued to accelerate and we began to implement simplification initiatives. TerraSmart remains on track with its full-year margin plan.

Let's move to Slide 7 and review our Residential segment. Segment revenues increased 17.7% driven by increased pricing and volume, despite supply chain dynamics related to material, labor and logistics. Organic revenue grew 12% in the acquired Architectural Mailboxes business contributed 6% growth with the integration of this business on track. Segment adjusted operating margin decreased versus last year, driven by the impact of accelerated inflation, material and labor availability, and the timing and alignment of price actions with input costs.

As we anticipated for some stationary environment, we have implemented multiple price increases since the beginning of the year. The timing of these adjustments is not in lockstep with accelerating inflation and going forward, as inflation begins to moderate, we expect alignment between pricing and cost to improve and the operating margin to recover, which historically occurs one to two quarter time period past the inflation period. During this transition, we'll continue to maximize operating profit dollars with a focus on continued alignment of selling prices with input costs, execution and 80/20 initiatives.

Let's move to Slide 8 to review our AgTech segment. Segment revenue increased 27% with solid activity across the produce, commercial, car wash, retail and processing equipment segments, a sequential improvement despite the rescheduling of delays and expected projects on a number of projects from the second quarter into the second half of 2021 because of permit delays rescoping of projects and supply chain disruptions. For example, on one of our larger produce projects imported glass for a greenhouse roofing system was delayed in a West Coast port for more than 11 weeks waiting for the Port Authority to move the containers to a carrier for delivery to our job site. Like many other companies, the Port Authority is challenged in finding labor to increase capacity to support increasing demand.

Segment adjusted operating income was flat year-over-year with adjusted operating margin contracting year-over-year due to business mix to move on to projects into the second half of the year as I just mentioned higher input costs and logistics challenges. These headwinds, which we view as temporary, were partially offset by improvements in the legacy greenhouse structures, cannabis greenhouse structures and cannabis and hemp processing equipment businesses, which are encouraging. And on a sequential basis, adjusted operating margin expanded 180 basis points as the processing equipment business continue to improve along with continuing benefits of the integration of the produce business. AgTech order backlog experienced a temporary contraction during the quarter followed by July customer order activity that is accelerating backlog momentum and the segment remains on track with expectations for the year.

Let's move to Slide 9 to review our Infrastructure segment. Segment revenue increased 29.7% driven by demand for fabricated and non-fabricated products but increased state D.O.T project funding improved with the strengthening of the US economy. Order backlog increased 11% over $46 million during the quarter, indicating growing strength across the business. Segment adjusted operating income and margin expanded from last year, driven by favorable mix of higher margin non-fabricated products and solutions, strong execution on higher volumes overall, and continued investment in 80/20 productivity initiatives. We also continued to improve our manufacturing processes during the quarter, allowing the team to shift labor between production processes and combined with better material flow reduced lead time significantly.

And let's move to Slide 10 to discuss our liquidity position. We generated $14 million of cash from continuing operations in the quarter, driven by higher net income and increased accounts payable, partially offset by increased inventories and accounts receivable as we enter the seasonally strongest quarter. We generated $8 million in cash from investing activities with $13 million in cash collected on the note related to the sale of the Industrial business, partially offset by capital expenditures of $5 million. Cash used in financing activities of $25 million was mainly the result of net repayment of $25.8 million of outstanding borrowings.

At June 30, we had $360 million available on our revolver, cash on hand of $17 million and our net leverage was slightly less than a quarter turn. We continue to expect to pay the remaining $33.2 million balance on our revolver prior to year-end using cash flow generated from operations. Our operating model generates high cash flow with relatively modest capital expenditures, offering us ample liquidity to invest in operational excellence, organic and inorganic growth initiatives, organizational development, and to repay debt. We remain in active M&A discussions and remain focused on managing working capital.

Now, I'll turn the call back to Bill.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Tim. Let's turn to Slide 11 for -- and I'll give you a quick update on our key parties for the year. At the start of the year, we communicated really four key priorities important executing the business in 2021. Our four business priorities remain very aligned with today's environment and obviously we're very active and focused on all four. As a reminder, our priorities, first and foremost, scale our Renewables & AgTech business -- businesses as we mentioned earlier, we are making good progress integrating TerraSmart while executing a very high demand environment with a dynamic supply chain situation.

We continue to build processes, drive scalability and integrate our key functional areas, or broad and evolving solar portfolio, which really is the broadest turnkey offering in the market, is resonating well in the market and with six months into the acquisition, our results relative to our expectations, next, an acquisition plan demonstrate I think our strategy is working. The AgTech business is also making progress and demonstrating the sequential improvement we expected as we move through 2021.

As we exit 2021, we expect the AgTech revenue growth and margin run rate performance to surpass 10%. The integration of Thermo is expected to drive positive results in the second half along with the market recovery of our cannabis and processing equipment businesses and a steady growth in our legacy business. Our AgTech presence is strengthening and our M&A strategy is working here as well. Second priority was to manage inflation, optimize our supply chain. We already discussed the environment and how we've managed to date in our continued focus going forward. I do want to mention, we are accelerating our additional 80/20 projects, focused really on developing and implementing automation solutions to better optimize labor management for key facilities in 2022. Thirdly, focused on improving our execution with continued focus on health and safety, 80/20 productivity initiatives, new product development capability and quality control systems.

And today's environment our ability to consistently execute is helping us navigate through the year and deliver our plan. We must also stay diligent in driving our health and safety progress as we move into our busiest quarters, continue to manage supply chain labor challenges and deal with a reemergence of COVID.

Finally, we have continued with our investment in our business systems, ERP, CRM, HRIS and quality system implementations, which I believe will drive additional productivity and scalability across our businesses. And finally, fourth, particularly in this kind of environment just want to continue to conduct business the right and responsible way each and every day. Regardless how challenging and complex the operating environment, we've got to continue to focus our efforts on driving environmentally sound solutions for our Solar energy production, Food growing and Residential efficiency as while acting responsibly and helping to support our people, customers and suppliers.

Let's move to Slide 12 and we'll discuss our outlook for 2021. So we do remain confident in our existing full-year 2021 guidance for both revenue and earnings, which we are reaffirming today. Although we expect the current business environment to continue through the second half of the year, our first half performance, with revenue up 35%, adjusted operating income, up 17%, adjusted diluted EPS of 15% flex our ability to operate in this environment. And our first half performance is also consistent with our historical first half pattern. We are also well positioned with good demand in end markets where the second half is seasonally the strongest. We have record order backlog, a very healthy balance sheet. Our outlook also includes profitability improvement in each business that continue to focus on daily execution, driving our acquisition integrations and further strengthen our organization operating systems. We continue to expect consolidated revenue in the range between $1.3 billion and $1.35 billion, GAAP EPS from continuing operations in the range between $2.78 cents and $2.95 compared to $2.53 in 2020 and adjusted EPS from continued operations in the range between $3.30 and $3.47 compared to $2.33 in 2020.

And finally, look I want to thank our entire team and our Board of Directors, our suppliers, and customers for their support, their focus and diligence, and excellence in today's environment. It's been extraordinary 18 months, and our team has and continues to perform in an extraordinary way and I'm really excited about what's in front of us.

And with that, we'll open the call up for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Ken Zener with KeyBanc Capital Markets. Please proceed with your question.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Good morning, everybody.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Hey, Ken.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Morning, Ken.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Just, if we could spend a little time on renewable. Appreciate the Slide 4, guys, in terms of the steel cost inflation, but I wonder if you could put 2Q in context, as some of the comments you made in 1Q, just so we can understand where the margin differences are coming and I think that's obviously an appropriate focus for investors. So in the first quarter slide on renewable, you talked about a 50 basis point lift in the legacy business, could you -- if appropriate could you please update us of that, how that organic move, and I'm asking Tim, so you can kind of force rank what the other cost pressures are, so it sounded like the TerraSmart obviously still there is a credit timing, but I want to see how the legacy business did and then the other drivers, please?

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, so Ken, the TerraSmart was just its sort of planned operating margin was the biggest impact. In -- next in line was this -- in this -- then these other two items are really on the core business. So we got -- in the second quarter last year, we got the benefit of a one-time tariff credit that had built up over, it wasn't just related to that quarter, it was just what we were able to get it back. And then third and less impactful than tariff credit was the just timing of price material.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Interesting, so I guess it does sound though to just to stick on the legacy, the legacy was down year-over-year, led by the tax credit and then steel costs, so it's not -- steel cost was only -- it wasn't the main driver here in the operating margins.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

It's not the main driver, but there is an impact.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Yes, yes. But I don't think it is as great as perhaps the industry would have thought. Given that steel costs are so incredibly robust despite this spread in US and international prices I think scrap rolled over 60 days ago, is there any -- I think you guys have been better buyers of steel than others perhaps would have expected, but is there increased -- could you talk to these price indexes I guess, Bill, what I'm talking about and how customers are responding to such robust pricing, which seems necessary in order to maintain your margins.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, so there is a number of variables that customers are thinking through depending on which business, but in the solar world go back and remember the 4% benefit or elimination of the reduction that was expected going into the year was a plus for everybody, right? So you've got that 4% on the total project. So that was toward the good and then you have these other headwinds that developers and such have been facing. I think the economics as we've talked for the year have not been as good as they would have been for projects, maybe a year ago, but they are still attractive. So, I think customers continue to move forward and I would characterize kind of three buckets of customers, if you will, not necessarily equally spread, but you have a group that is, Hey, send me everything you can.

Let's keep go on, go hard and you see that in our demand profile you have a group of customers that are just struggling getting say panels or what have you. And that's the bucket that's still wants to move, but they're just being disrupted a little bit by other -- some of their supply chain challenges and you see some movement flow through on that and then you have a, let's say, smaller group. And these are typically in the newer -- newer folks into the marketplace that are more in a wait and see mode because of inflationary environment. So, it's -- you've got three different scenarios there. What I would say is, the returns on these projects seem to be still relatively attractive and that's showing up in our demand as we've seen in the first half of the year in our backlog.

So we're trying to help them find ways to make those project economics a little bit better. There's ways we can do that through the design upfront of the project itself and help them avoid maybe some of those planning cost etcetera, but it's a tough environment in terms of every project is what it is, but we're staying very engaged with them trying to help them navigate through each project across all the variables that we're dealing with. So, yes, it's -- as we said early late last year and early this year, it's a -- we are out in front engaging folks. I don't think people anticipated this. I can't say I did not to the extreme but walking hand in hand through this together has been I think very helpful with us and our customers. No one likes it but at the end of the day in terms of impact, but we're learning how to manage it.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Right. It seems like the industry is getting more rational perhaps around pricing given the pressure on other competitors you face. The last question I have is, could you talk to the sequential nature of margins in specifically renewable but also Tim, the company, and the second half. For example, do you think renewable margins will be up year-over-year in the second half, where you basically have a high 12 handle in the renewable, and then just comment if you could on any 3Q or 4Q waiting overall, that would help consensus, so we avoid surprises. Thank you.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I guess a little hesitant to tell you what I think margins are going to do, because I don't know what inflation is going to do and that will impact it. So we see opportunity to improve but if material costs don't moderate with both the speed and the rate of change. I don't know that we would get ahead. So we're set to make higher-margin across the business I think or improving margins. But that's with a scenario that there is not rampant continued inflation that we have to go out.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

See quite yet, right. But at todays net pricing, it sounds like you which understandably you don't want to comment about the spot or the commodity market but in today's environment given net price, it seems like it would be a favorable trend at today's known variables, correct?

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I think a fair way to think about it is at any given time we are either working price to get to the current market or we've gotten there just depends on a given day across the businesses. And so if we stayed at a current price definitely.

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thank you.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Dan Moore with CJS Securities. Please proceed with your question.

Unidentified Participant

Good morning. This is Stef [Phonetic] going in for Dan.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Good morning.

Unidentified Participant

So on AgTech, what is your confidence that increases in the backlog will translate to revenue in the second half? And are you seeing that happen already in a more material ready -- in a more material way in Q3?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I think our plan for AgTech hasn't been sequentially get better throughout the year. The backlog we have today reflects that. The temporary contraction that Tim mentioned is really a shift from June to July in the first three weeks of July. Those projects we thought were coming in June just they've come through the -- come through the process. So they are on board now and they will start being executed. And when you think about the length of executing project and when they'll start to flow through, it does vary by end market. But our backlog is shaping up, where they're going to be contributing. It will be contributing to the second half. So that's what gives us confidence that our plan to again continue to sequentially improve [Phonetic] is on-track.

Unidentified Participant

Got it. Thank you. And then in terms of residential, you have some tough comps coming up. If you look forward to the next fourth quarters, do you still expect to continue to generate positive growth and then also how should we think about margin?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. I think the growth profile is going to be consistent I think with what we see happening in the industry. And so, obviously, I don't think we're going to grow at the rates we did last year just because the comps to your point are pretty robust. We had record quarters last year in history of the company for residential. I think a lot depends on what happens with this inflationary environment. At some point in time, consumers are going to vote with their pocket book relative to pushing forward or not and all these variables that we've talked about which we've assumed will stay in place for the next six months across all our businesses. That is still out there, and if they remain then not get worse, but remain, then we'll see margin recovery go forward if things continue to move up on inflation, then we'll have -- we'll continue to chase those up and just maximize operating profit dollars, so that is the question.

We think our margins will get better and the assumption is that the environment we have today and inflation front kind of holds where it is and it doesn't get markedly worse meaning things continue to go up, but if it does go up further and further, then we will maximize operating profit dollars and margins will be delayed in terms of recovery. That's how that will work just like it has in the second quarter.

Unidentified Participant

Great. Thank you for taking my questions.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question is from Julio Romero with Sidoti and Company. Please proceed with your question.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Hi, good morning everyone. So I wanted to just, I guess, first day on resi. Can you maybe rank order some of the headwinds you're facing there? You've mentioned price lagging inflation, but also some availability issues with material and labor.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes so, inflation is still very high as we all know. And as I mentioned July wasn't any better than the previous nine months in terms of increase, but I would say that availability of some of the materials that we were struggling with resin and aluminum in particular are starting to work themselves out. We started to see that in the latter half of second quarter. So we feel like that one is heading in a positive direction. Labor availability is something that I think everyone is going to continue to struggle with for some period of time and depending on what happens with -- continues to happen with COVID that could cause some challenges for folks, but we're managing through that pretty well. So that's just going to be a continuous battles as we move through the next couple of quarters. So inflation number one, material availability starting to improve but still there a bit. And we still have strong demand. We're trying to support it. But we've got to have the material coming in. That's getting a little bit better. And then the third is any other disruption associated with COVID, which I think like I said, to this point, we've been managing relatively well.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Got it. So it sounds like the material shortages would be focused on non-steel, right, steel [indecipherable].

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

No, steel has not been an issue. It's really been aluminum and frankly if you go back in time when the February weather hit the Midwest it hurt a lot of suppliers, particularly those that are doing some value add in the area of aluminum. Resin has been impacted by a number of things. So those things have kind of work themselves out but that gives you an idea of the magnitude of that weather disruption for 8 or -- 8 days or 10 days. It's just now kind of getting itself worked out but feel like that's gotten better.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Understood. And is there any way to think about -- once steel starts to not stay on this upward trajectory. Just trying to think about how to quantify the impact of price lag inflation either from an operating dollar standpoint or margin standpoint?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, one way to think about it is we don't need -- we don't necessarily relative to the rest of the year need inflation to start going down. We just needed to moderate. We just needed to flatten out. Our assumption -- our plan is that everything stayed elevated for the next six months in terms of input cost, so if they -- if our input cost, things like these major commodities issues just subside, that would be very helpful going forward and our pricing will start to read through and catch up. What we don't know today, what I can't tell you today is, if that is going to happen with inflation because again for 10 months in a row, we've been wrong, everybody has been wrong and that's the piece that's kind of the open card right now. So we're assuming that everything stays elevated in the second half. We're assuming our price increases that we've actually put in place. We implemented our fourth one yesterday across the residential businesses. Those will start to catch up. But if inflation continues to move up then we'll continue to focus on, like I said earlier, maximizing the operating dollars and then margin will recover as things subside and start to move down.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay, understood. And I guess just switching gears to AgTech. Can you just talk about how the cannabis-related businesses within AgTech are performing, and are your customers on the cannabis side seeing better access to working capital better financing, etcetera?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, they are, and we've seen that in the backlog. Cannabis backlog is starting to grow in Q2, and that's one of the reasons that AgTech will start to see improvement -- sequential improvement in Q3, and Q4. So that backlog for growing structures as well as process and equipment has been steadily increasing and we mentioned earlier this rescoping effect, so when we had a couple of projects in cannabis that gone through a couple of iterations where the customer has changed the scope of the project couple of times, so it goes in and out of our backlog, we don't let it sit in our backlog if it's actually not confirmed contract, so we'll take it out. In our scenario, we had a pretty large project that went in. We took it back out, that was the temporary contraction associated with the backlog. They've since come back and finalized the scope so we put it back in. So we don't want to have a false sense of backlog, but that's all cannabis-oriented. So that market I think is gaining momentum, which is what we anticipated in the second half and our backlog is reflecting that.

So, you'll start to see those projects read through and in early, and first three weeks in July was also very positive in bringing more of that end specific to cannabis.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then, I guess just staying on AgTech, a quick refresher on the Thermal business within AgTech. Did you see any impact from those projects that you had acquired when you first took on that business I think 18 months ago. And are you completely worked through those acquired projects?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, I think it was -- it came out of first quarter, we kind of got most of, I'd say, very, very high percentage that behind us. What we had happened in -- for the produce business, it was more related to some permitting delays that are being worked out, but fundamentally, the drag that was created with the projects that came with in the initial acquisition I think are through the system and now we're adding into that backlog, projects now that that we're managing.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

That's it for me.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

-- will drive a positive second half as well.

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Great. Thanks very much for taking the questions.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from Walter Liptak with Seaport Global. Please proceed with your question.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning guys.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Walt.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, Walt.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

And so I wanted to ask about TerraSmart maybe a little bit more details, can you help us understand a little bit more about some of the integration that's going on and maybe help us with some of the details about how those integrations play through to getting to the planned margins, and is that at the end of the year or is that in 2022?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. so, while a lot of synergy that we put into our acquisition plan really starts to flow through in 2022, a lot of the work we're doing now, which is 80-20/lead efforts I think I mentioned in our previous call we started working on a couple of months ago is stuff we're working on now to put in place and that will be, I think those are things that will help drive the margin beyond that weren't necessarily original planned, but like anything, we continue to go back in each of our businesses whether it's the legacy core business or TerraSmart. They both went through the same exercise most recently around 80/20 refresh and we want to do that collectively, because as we're integrating the businesses, we want to see where our best processes are and where our gaps are and where the opportunities exist etcetera. So that's identified some additional opportunity for us that we'll be able to read through as we get things implemented. So -- but as it relates to this year in the margin. What drives TerraSmart if you've looked at first quarter, second quarter, I mean it doubled -- effectively doubled our operating margin, their model is a little bit different than our BIs to start with.

And so, as you get into the busier season in Q3 and Q4 their field services or field operations portion of the business is a fixed cost model whereas RBI is [Phonetic] historically from in variable costs. So when the quarters are lower in volume in terms of activity in the field, they run a different margin profile and as they leverage -- leverage up with the volume in Q3 and Q4, that's when they accelerate. And that's really historically what has been the case there for them. And you'll continue to see them drive forward with margin in Q3 and Q4 because of that phenomenon, just with the way that they go to market with our field ops. It's not right or wrong, it's just different and it's the way they've always done it, and we'll continue with both models, because it really is project-dependent, but that's a core piece of how their margins flow through the year weaker upfront or lower upfront and stronger in the second half and it's because of the construction cycle is more and more of our revenue margin comes from those field ops, not just the design and manufacturer of the -- of the materials that we put out for the field itself.

That makes sense?

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay. Yes, that makes sense. So as we start thinking about 2024 or just how TerraSmart fits into the picture, do we -- would -- do we see that same seasonality to profits in the future too or is there more to the integration costs that we don't have to worry about lower profitability in the first half and then a pickup in the second?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think, I think the seasonality and profitability may not change dramatically, but I think the overall absolute level for each portion of the year will go up and that will come through the integration and the synergy work that we're doing. So, Q1 is always going to be seasonally less, lower margins just because of volume in Q1 due to weather and all that good stuff is going to be less than it would be in your summer months and so forth, but the ability to move up margins in each quarter relative to where they historically that is absolutely our intent.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay. And where do we think the planned margins can get to?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

So, when we --

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

For TerraSmart....

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So when TerraSmart came out of 2020, I'm going to hopefully get this right, about $147 million in sales and I think they ran 10%, 13%, 14%...

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

I think it was -- I think it was more -- I think it was, it was more around 12%, though we said the combined business was already around 12%

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

That's right, sorry. So that's the starting point Walt -- starting point and then we said you know in the next five years, the business will reach 750 million. This is kind of all organic 700 plus million and in 15% plus operating income and we're quite confident that will get there and hopefully we'll be a little bit ahead of schedule sooner than we thought, but that we have a clear path to and I think some of the additional work that I just mentioned earlier, just some things that we'll be able to secure that or maybe take it up a little bit better as well or a little bit more as we think a few things out, but that's the plan and we feel good about that.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay. All right, great. And then just, just one on the backlog for Renewables. The 54% growth, is there an organic backlog that you can talk about?

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, so the --

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay, go ahead.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

So, let's say pro forma. Well, actually I think that 54%, Tim, is pro forma for renewables.

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Because of Renewables business. Correct. Yes.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

And what that means, simply is that's -- that is the organic number, if you will, for the two businesses. So if I took last year's actual backlog for each business and this year's backlog for each business, it's up 34%. They both have contributed and both have backlog coming in. So it's a very robust demand profile for the business right now and it's frankly pretty consistent to what we saw in the first quarter as well. So the first half for Renewables has been very good on organic backlog and frankly organic sales. It's just --

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

It's a very busy, busy environment right now for Renewables.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay. Yes and. Right. And so, it sounds like based on the way you answer to other questions to and have been talking about is that it's not demand that there is any problem, but there is not any kind of trends with supply chain or price cost that are impacting demand, it's -- the demand environment is fine.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, the only exception, I would say in residential, where we had some availability issues with material in Q -- early in Q2. Aluminum specifically in resin that impacted demand a little bit, but in general, the rest of residential, the renewables, AgTech, we haven't really had a big impact on demand because of supply chain stuff. We've had a couple of events. I mean, Tim mentioned in his comments, we had one of our bigger produce projects in the quarter get moved because we had a 11-week delay in glass and that's just -- it happened, but it's not -- that was a unique event that we think we are -- hopefully were through but it was just -- it wasn't a supplier, couldn't get the glass to us and it was a demand issue, it's just we literally didn't have labor at the port to pick the container off the ship and put it on a truck, and it took 11 weeks to figure that out and you think, well that's crazy. Well these labor shortages around the country are real, and so we had a couple of events like that in general. Walt, yes, you're right. We -- it's not been a demand issue.

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. There are no further questions at this time. I would like to turn the floor back over to Mr. Bill Bosway for any closing comments.

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, thanks again, everybody, for joining us today. We do have a busy investor marketing scheduled for Q3, including the Jefferies Industrial Conference tomorrow. And then the Seaport Global Summer Conference in -- on August 24th, as well as some other marketing dates and we're looking forward to reporting our progress in the third quarter earnings release and keep your calendar open. We're planning on a Shareholder Day or Investor Day in November, hopefully, in person in New York. Stay tuned on that. So, thank you. Have a great day. And everyone, take care. Stay safe. Bye-bye.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 49 minutes

Call participants:

Carolyn Capaccio -- LHA, Investor Relations

Bill Bosway -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Tim Murphy -- Chief Financial Officer

Ken Zener -- KeyBanc Capital Markets -- Analyst

Unidentified Participant

Julio Romero -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Walter Liptak -- Seaport Global -- Analyst

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