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Kadant Reports 2015 Second Quarter Results


August 5, 2015
By Business Wire News

WESTFORD, Mass.

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) reported its financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2015.

Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations increased 9% to $0.76 in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $0.70 in the second quarter of 2014. The second quarter of 2015 included a $0.09 unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation compared to the second quarter of 2014. Guidance was $0.69 to $0.71.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 5% to $0.78 in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $0.74 in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Revenue decreased 6% to $98 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $105 million in the second quarter of 2014, including a $9 million, or 8%, decrease from the unfavorable effects of foreign currency translation and a $2 million, or 2%, increase from an acquisition. Guidance was $95 to $97 million.
  • Parts and consumables revenue increased 4% to $65 million, or 66% of total revenue, in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $63 million, or 60% of total revenue, in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding a $6 million unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation, parts and consumables revenue increased 13% compared to the second quarter of 2014.
  • Gross margin was 46.5% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 43.0% in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Operating income increased 5% to $13 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $12 million in the second quarter of 2014 and represented 12.9% of revenue.
  • Net income from continuing operations was $8 million in the second quarters of 2015 and 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a record $16 million in the second quarter of 2015, up 1% compared to $15 million in the second quarter of 2014 and 17% sequentially, and represented 15.9% of revenue.
  • Bookings decreased 19% to $94 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to a record $115 million in the second quarter of 2014, including a $9 million, or 8%, decrease from the unfavorable effects of foreign currency translation and a $2 million, or 2%, increase from an acquisition. Excluding the acquisition and the foreign currency translation effect, bookings decreased 13% in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the second quarter of 2014.
  • Backlog was $132 million at the end of the second quarter of 2015 and the second highest in our Company’s history.
  • We repurchased 86,518 shares of our common stock for $4 million in the second quarter of 2015.

Note: Adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain items as detailed later in this press release under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and in the reconciliation tables below.

Management Commentary

“We had another solid quarter with better-than-expected revenue and earnings per share along with excellent gross margin performance,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. “Our diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.76 in the second quarter of 2015, which exceeded our guidance of $0.69 to $0.71. Our operating margin increased to nearly 13 percent in the second quarter of 2015 compared to 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014.

“Despite the headwinds from the strong dollar, our revenue of $98 million in the second quarter of 2015 was better than expected, but was down six percent compared to the second quarter of 2014 due to the effects of foreign currency translation. Excluding these translation effects, our revenue growth was two percent in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the second quarter of 2014. Our revenue in North America was a record $59 million in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 11 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014. Our parts and consumables revenue increased four percent to $65 million in the second quarter of 2015 and was the second highest in our Company’s history.”

Second Quarter 2015

Kadant reported revenue of $98.3 million in the second quarter of 2015, a decrease of $6.5 million, or six percent, compared with $104.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. Revenue for the second quarter of 2015 included $2.5 million from an acquisition and an $8.5 million decrease from the unfavorable effects of foreign currency translation compared to the second quarter of 2014. Operating income from continuing operations increased five percent to $12.6 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $12.0 million in the second quarter of 2014. Operating income included $0.3 million of expense related to restructuring and acquired inventory and backlog in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $0.7 million of expense in the second quarter of 2014. Adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, was $12.9 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $12.7 million in the second quarter of 2014.

Net income from continuing operations was $8.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, or $0.76 per diluted share, compared to $7.9 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014. Net income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2015 included $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of after-tax restructuring costs. Net income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2014 included after-tax expense of $0.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, related to acquired inventory and backlog. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $8.7 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $8.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014.

           

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS
Reconciliation (non-GAAP)

Three Months Ended

July 4, 2015

Three Months Ended

June 28, 2014

($ in millions)

 

Diluted EPS

($ in millions)

 

Diluted EPS

Income and Diluted EPS from continuing operations,
as reported

$

8.5

$

0.76

$

7.9

$

0.70

Adjustments for the following:

Amortization of profit in inventory and acquired
backlog, net of tax

0.4

0.04

Restructuring costs, net of tax  0.2  0.02    
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS$8.7$0.78$8.3$0.74
 

Guidance

“The first half of 2015 has positioned us well for another great year,” Mr. Painter continued. “That said, we expect the shipment dates for several capital projects in China to be delayed into 2016. As a result, we are lowering our full year revenue guidance and now expect full year revenue of $395 to $400 million, revised from our previous guidance of $403 to $410 million. While we expect that improved operating margins will diminish the impact from the delayed capital shipments, we are narrowing our full year guidance for GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations to $3.05 to $3.11, revised from our previous guidance of $3.05 to $3.15. For the third quarter of 2015, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.70 to $0.72 on revenue of $95 to $97 million. We still expect 2015 to be a record year for GAAP diluted EPS.”

Conference Call

Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. eastern time to discuss its second quarter performance, as well as future expectations. To access the webcast, including the slideshow and accompanying audio, go to www.kadant.com and click on “Investors”. To listen to the webcast via teleconference, call 877-703-6107 within the U.S., or +1-857-244-7306 outside the U.S. and reference participant passcode 83375884. Prior to the call, our earnings release and the slides used in the webcast presentation will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available at www.sec.gov. An archive of the webcast presentation will be available on our Web site until September 4, 2015.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the second quarter results on its Web site at www.kadant.com under the “Investors” section.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including increases or decreases in revenue excluding acquisitions and the effect of foreign currency translation, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted EBITDA.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our core business, operating results, or future outlook. We believe that the inclusion of such measures helps investors to gain an understanding of our underlying operating performance and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts our performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts and to the performance of our competitors. Such measures are also used by us in our financial and operating decision-making and for compensation purposes. We also believe this information is responsive to investors’ requests and gives them an additional measure of our performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release have limitations associated with their use as compared to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, in that they may be different from, and therefore not comparable to, similar measures used by other companies.

Revenue included $2.5 million from an acquisition and an $8.5 million unfavorable foreign currency translation effect in the second quarter of 2015 and $4.2 million from an acquisition and a $15.2 million unfavorable foreign currency translation effect in the first six months of 2015. We present increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effects of acquisitions and foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS exclude restructuring costs and expense related to acquired inventory and backlog. These items are excluded as they are not indicative of our core operating results and are not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs or none at all.

Adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA exclude:

  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.2 million and $0.1 million in the second quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $0.3 million and $0.4 million in the first six months of 2015 and 2014, respectively.
  • Pre-tax expense related to acquired inventory and backlog of $0.1 million and $0.6 million in the second quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $0.2 million and $2.6 million in the first six months of 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax restructuring costs of $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2015.
  • After-tax expense related to acquired inventory and backlog of $0.4 million ($0.6 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted diluted EPS in the second quarters of 2015 and 2014 was calculated using the reported weighted average diluted shares for each period.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in this press release.

 
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
                   
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Consolidated Statement of Income         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014
 
Revenues $ 98,327   $ 104,835   $ 190,578   $ 198,202  
 
Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 52,600 59,753 100,514 110,940
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 31,068 31,588 63,290 64,070
Research and development expenses 1,800 1,392 3,460 3,141
Restructuring costs   216     66     300     394  
  85,684     92,799     167,564     178,545  
 
Operating Income 12,643 12,036 23,014 19,657
Interest Income 43 82 96 304
Interest Expense   (231 )   (250 )   (462 )   (556 )
 
Income from Continuing Operations before Provision
for Income Taxes 12,455 11,868 22,648 19,405
Provision for Income Taxes   3,914     3,870     7,182     6,222  
 
Income from Continuing Operations 8,541 7,998 15,466 13,183
 
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   (5 )   (9 )   60     (14 )
 
Net Income 8,536 7,989 15,526 13,169
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (72 )   (131 )   (165 )   (258 )
 
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,464   $ 7,858   $ 15,361   $ 12,911  
 
Amounts Attributable to Kadant:
Income from Continuing Operations $ 8,469 $ 7,867 $ 15,301 $ 12,925
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   (5 )   (9 )   60     (14 )
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,464   $ 7,858   $ 15,361   $ 12,911  
 
Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations
Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.77   $ 0.71   $ 1.40   $ 1.17  
Diluted $ 0.76   $ 0.70   $ 1.37   $ 1.15  
 
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.77   $ 0.71   $ 1.41   $ 1.16  
Diluted $ 0.76   $ 0.70   $ 1.38   $ 1.14  
 
Weighted Average Shares:
Basic   10,948     11,049     10,920     11,091  
Diluted   11,173     11,246     11,130     11,280  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended of Currency
Revenues by Product Line         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     Decrease   Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 35,271 $ 36,248 $ (977 ) $ 1,118
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 26,800 28,180 (1,380 ) 983
Fluid-Handling   24,554     27,547     (2,993 )   (39 )
 
Papermaking Systems Segment 86,625 91,975 (5,350 ) 2,062
Wood Processing Systems Segment 9,019 9,837 (818 ) 316
Fiber-Based Products   2,683     3,023     (340 )   (340 )
 
$ 98,327   $ 104,835   $ (6,508 ) $ 2,038  
 
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Six Months Ended Increase of Currency
July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     (Decrease)   Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 65,917 $ 62,422 $ 3,495 $ 7,316
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 54,086 55,189 (1,103 ) 3,045
Fluid-Handling   47,277     52,548     (5,271 )   (158 )
 
Papermaking Systems Segment 167,280 170,159 (2,879 ) 10,203
Wood Processing Systems Segment 16,791 21,110 (4,319 ) (2,194 )
Fiber-Based Products   6,507     6,933     (426 )   (426 )
 
$ 190,578   $ 198,202   $ (7,624 ) $ 7,583  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Product Line         July 4, 2015   April 4, 2015     (Decrease)   Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 35,271 $ 30,646 $ 4,625 $ 4,766
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 26,800 27,286 (486 ) (333 )
Fluid-Handling   24,554     22,723     1,831     2,051  
 
Papermaking Systems Segment 86,625 80,655 5,970 6,484
Wood Processing Systems Segment 9,019 7,772 1,247 1,167
Fiber-Based Products   2,683     3,824     (1,141 )   (1,141 )
 
$ 98,327   $ 92,251   $ 6,076   $ 6,510  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Revenues by Geography (c)         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     (Decrease)   Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 59,075 $ 53,224 $ 5,851 $ 7,752
Europe 17,734 27,288 (9,554 ) (5,663 )
Asia 14,044 16,199 (2,155 ) (1,378 )
Rest of World   7,474     8,124     (650 )   1,327  
 
$ 98,327   $ 104,835   $ (6,508 ) $ 2,038  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Six Months Ended Increase of Currency
July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014   (Decrease)   Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 116,166 $ 106,766 $ 9,400 $ 12,687
Europe 33,990 47,777 (13,787 ) (6,548 )
Asia 27,174 26,367 807 2,509
Rest of World   13,248     17,292     (4,044 )   (1,065 )
 
$ 190,578   $ 198,202   $ (7,624 ) $ 7,583  
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Geography (c)         July 4, 2015   April 4, 2015     Increase   Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 59,075 $ 57,091 $ 1,984 $ 1,966
Europe 17,734 16,256 1,478 1,672
Asia 14,044 13,130 914 890
Rest of World   7,474     5,774     1,700     1,982  
 
$ 98,327   $ 92,251   $ 6,076   $ 6,510  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Bookings by Product Line         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     (Decrease)   Translation (a)
 
Bookings from Continuing Operations:
Stock-Preparation $ 28,588 $ 45,502 $ (16,914 ) $ (15,154 )
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 25,972 28,345 (2,373 ) 301
Fluid-Handling   23,303     24,799     (1,496 )   1,484  
 
Papermaking Systems 77,863 98,646 (20,783 ) (13,369 )
Wood Processing Systems 13,185 13,698 (513 ) 1,145
Fiber-Based Products   2,670     2,598     72     72  
 
$ 93,718   $ 114,942   $ (21,224 ) $ (12,152 )
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Six Months Ended of Currency
Bookings by Product Line         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     Decrease   Translation (a)
 
Bookings from Continuing Operations:
Stock-Preparation $ 72,931 $ 89,325 $ (16,394 ) $ (12,509 )
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 53,020 60,614 (7,594 ) (3,246 )
Fluid-Handling   49,395     52,673     (3,278 )   2,471  
 
Papermaking Systems 175,346 202,612 (27,266 ) (13,284 )
Wood Processing Systems 21,175 21,502 (327 ) 2,350
Fiber-Based Products   5,194     5,533     (339 )   (339 )
 
$ 201,715   $ 229,647   $ (27,932 ) $ (11,273 )
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Business Segment Information         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014
 
Gross Profit Margin:
Papermaking Systems 46.2 % 43.5 % 46.8 % 45.4 %
Other   48.9 %   39.1 %   50.5 %   35.8 %
 
  46.5 %   43.0 %   47.3 %   44.0 %
 
Operating Income:
Papermaking Systems $ 15,030 $ 13,803 $ 27,313 $ 23,213
Corporate and Other   (2,387 )   (1,767 )   (4,299 )   (3,556 )
 
$ 12,643   $ 12,036   $ 23,014   $ 19,657  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) (f)
Papermaking Systems $ 15,295 $ 13,869 $ 27,801 $ 23,668
Corporate and Other   (2,387 )   (1,189 )   (4,299 )   (1,028 )
 
$ 12,908   $ 12,680   $ 23,502   $ 22,640  
 
Capital Expenditures from Continuing Operations:
Papermaking Systems $ 1,202 $ 772 $ 2,154 $ 1,289
Corporate and Other   233     131     497     153  
 
$ 1,435   $ 903   $ 2,651   $ 1,442  
 
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data from Continuing Operations         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014
 
Cash Provided by Operations $ 14,164 $ 8,993 $ 9,641 $ 15,195
Depreciation and Amortization Expense 2,753 2,829 5,663 5,874
 
 
Balance Sheet Data                   July 4, 2015   Jan. 3, 2015
 
Assets
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $ 48,585 $ 45,793
Accounts Receivable, Net 58,117 58,508
Inventories 64,207 55,223
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees 4,066 5,436
Other Current Assets 22,670 18,714
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 43,693 44,965
Intangible Assets 42,143 46,954
Goodwill 122,804 127,882
Other Assets   9,548     10,272  
 
$ 415,833   $ 413,747  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Accounts Payable $ 28,453 $ 27,233
Short- and Long-term Debt 28,500 25,861
Other Liabilities   93,205     95,194  
 
Total Liabilities 150,158 148,288
Stockholders’ Equity   265,675     265,459  
 
$ 415,833   $ 413,747  
 
 
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Reconciliation         July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014     July 4, 2015   June 28, 2014
 
Consolidated
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,464 $ 7,858 $ 15,361 $ 12,911
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 72 131 165 258
Loss (Income) from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax 5 9 (60 ) 14
Provision for Income Taxes 3,914 3,870 7,182 6,222
Interest Expense, Net   188     168     366     252  
 
Operating Income 12,643 12,036 23,014 19,657
Restructuring Costs 216 66 300 394
Acquired Backlog Amortization (d) 16 76 107 392
Acquired Profit in Inventory (e)   33     502     81     2,197  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) 12,908 12,680 23,502 22,640
Depreciation and Amortization   2,737     2,753     5,556     5,482  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 15,645   $ 15,433   $ 29,058   $ 28,122  
 
Papermaking Systems
Operating Income $ 15,030 $ 13,803 $ 27,313 $ 23,213
Restructuring Costs 216 66 300 394
Acquired Backlog Amortization (d) 16 107
Acquired Profit in Inventory (e)   33         81     61  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) 15,295 13,869 27,801 23,668
Depreciation and Amortization   1,977     1,984     4,049     3,945  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 17,272   $ 15,853   $ 31,850   $ 27,613  
 
Corporate and Other
Operating Loss $ (2,387 ) $ (1,767 ) $ (4,299 ) $ (3,556 )
Acquired Backlog Amortization (d) 76 392
Acquired Profit in Inventory (e)       502         2,136  
 
Adjusted Operating Loss (b) (2,387 ) (1,189 ) (4,299 ) (1,028 )
Depreciation and Amortization   760     769     1,507     1,537  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ (1,627 ) $ (420 ) $ (2,792 ) $ 509  
 

(a) Represents the increase (decrease) resulting from the conversion of current period amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of the prior period compared to the U.S. dollar amount reported in the prior period.

(b) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.

(c) Geographic revenues are attributed to regions based on customer location.

(d) Represents intangible amortization expense associated with acquired backlog.

(e) Represents expense within cost of revenues associated with acquired profit in inventory.

(f) See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under “Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation.”

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenue of $402 million in fiscal year 2014 and 1,800 employees in 18 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.

The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including forward-looking statements about our expected future financial and operating performance, demand for our products, and economic and industry outlook. Our actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in Kadant’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2015 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include risks and uncertainties relating to adverse changes in global and local economic conditions; the variability and difficulty in accurately predicting revenue from large capital equipment and systems projects; the variability and uncertainties in sales of capital equipment in China; currency fluctuations; our customers’ ability to obtain financing for capital equipment projects; changes in government regulations and policies; the oriented strand board market and levels of residential construction activity; development and use of digital media; price increases or shortages of raw materials; dependence on certain suppliers; international sales and operations; disruption in production; our acquisition strategy; our internal growth strategy; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; our effective tax rate; future restructurings; soundness of financial institutions; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; loss of key personnel; reliance on third-party research; protection of patents and proprietary rights; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security; fluctuations in our share price; and anti-takeover provisions. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Kadant Inc.
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