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Kadant Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results

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WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2012.

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.66 in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $0.80 in the third quarter of 2011. Guidance was $0.49 to $0.51.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS was a record $0.66 in the third quarter of 2012, increasing 40% compared to $0.47 in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Including the discontinued operation, GAAP diluted EPS was $0.74 in the quarter compared to $0.70 in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Revenues were $86.6 million in the quarter, up 3% including a 4% unfavorable foreign currency translation effect, compared to the third quarter of 2011. Guidance was $80 to $82 million.
  • Cash flows from continuing operations were $13.2 million in the quarter, up 7% from the third quarter of 2011.
  • Net cash was $41.5 million at the end of the quarter, the highest level in over seven years.
  • We entered into a new unsecured five-year $100 million credit facility in August.

Note: Adjusted diluted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that excludes 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 excellent quarter and are on pace to achieve record adjusted diluted EPS for the full year 2012,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.66 and well above our guidance of $0.49 to $0.51 due to higher revenues and a lower effective tax rate. We set a new record for the highest quarterly adjusted diluted EPS result achieved in our twenty-year history as a public company.

“Revenues of $86.6 million also exceeded our guidance, which was $80 to $82 million, and included an unfavorable foreign currency translation effect of $3.6 million. The increase in third quarter revenue was largely in our doctoring, cleaning, and filtration product line, which was up 10 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011.

“Overall, our operating performance in the third quarter was excellent. Our gross margins remained solid at 43.4 percent, operating income was $9.9 million, and adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $12.1 million. If we had an area of disappointment, it was our bookings, which were impacted by global economic uncertainty, particularly in Europe.

“Consolidated bookings were $69.3 million in the third quarter of 2012, down 27 percent from last year's third quarter due to lower capital bookings. Although the uncertain macroeconomic environment certainly impacted our third quarter bookings, we believe the timing of capital orders also played a role. For example, we have several projects in the pipeline, which we believe will be booked as orders in the fourth quarter.”

Third Quarter 2012

Kadant reported revenues from continuing operations of $86.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of $2.2 million compared with $84.4 million in the third quarter of 2011. Revenues in the third quarter of 2012 included a $3.6 million decrease from foreign currency translation. Operating income from continuing operations was $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. Operating income in the third quarter of 2011 included income of $2.3 million related to a gain from the sale of assets.

Net income was $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to $8.6 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011. Income from discontinued operation in the third quarter of 2012 was $0.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to a loss in the third quarter of 2011 of $1.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, both due to adjustments to the estimated liability associated with the composites' class action settlement. Net income in the third quarter of 2011 included an after-tax gain from the sale of assets of $2.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and a benefit from discrete tax items of $2.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, primarily due to the favorable resolution of an uncertain tax position. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, in the third quarter of 2012 was $7.6 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.

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

 

Three Months Ended
Sept. 29, 2012

 

Three Months Ended
Oct. 1, 2011

($ in millions)   Diluted EPS ($ in millions)   Diluted EPS
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as reported

$

8.5

$

0.74

$

8.6

$

0.70

(Income) loss from discontinued operation   (0.9 )   (0.08 )   1.2     0.10  
Income and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations, as reported

7.6

0.66

9.8

0.80

Adjustments for the following:
Gain from the sale of assets - - (2.0 ) (0.16 )
Benefit from discrete tax items   -     -     (2.1 )   (0.17 )
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS $ 7.6   $ 0.66   $ 5.7   $ 0.47  

Guidance

“Our strong third quarter performance has put us on track to have a record annual adjusted diluted EPS performance in 2012,” Mr. Painter continued. “Looking forward, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.35 to $0.37 in the fourth quarter of 2012 on revenues of $77 to $79 million. For the full year, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.18 to $2.20 on revenues of $331 to $333 million, increased from our previous guidance of $2.05 to $2.10 on revenues of $325 to $330 million.”

Conference Call

Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. eastern time to discuss its third 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 the “Investors” tab. To listen to the webcast via teleconference, call 866-804-6926 within the U.S., or +1-857-350-1672 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 November 29, 2012.

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

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 revenues excluding 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 a more complete 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 additional measures 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.

We present increases or decreases in revenues excluding the effect of foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.

Adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA exclude a gain from the sale of assets of $2.3 million in the three- and nine-month periods ended October 1, 2011. This other income is excluded as it is not indicative of our core operating results and not comparable to other periods.

Adjusted diluted EPS in the three-month periods ended September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011 was calculated using the reported weighted average diluted shares for each period.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude the following other income and discrete tax items that we believe are not comparable to other periods, which may have differing levels of other income or discrete tax items, or none at all:

  • gain on the sale of assets of $2.0 million, net of tax of $0.3 million, in the third quarter of 2011.
  • benefit from discrete tax items of $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. These tax benefits were primarily due to the favorable resolution of an uncertain tax position.

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 Nine Months Ended
Consolidated Statement of Income   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011
 
Revenues $ 86,601   $ 84,358   $ 253,696   $ 238,495  
 
Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 49,005 48,347 141,430 130,685
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 26,171 26,080 77,804 76,374
Research and development expenses 1,511 1,408 4,436 4,123
Other (income) expense (a)   -     (2,282 )   307     (2,282 )
  76,687     73,553     223,977     208,900  
 
Operating Income 9,914 10,805 29,719 29,595
Interest Income 63 122 231 343
Interest Expense   (219 )   (254 )   (624 )   (810 )
 

Income from Continuing Operations before Provision for Income Taxes

9,758 10,673 29,326 29,128
Provision for Income Taxes   2,055     774     7,898     5,974  
 
Income from Continuing Operations 7,703 9,899 21,428 23,154
 
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   844     (1,156 )   780     (1,165 )
 
Net Income 8,547 8,743 22,208 21,989
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (86 )   (95 )   (151 )   (246 )
 
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,461   $ 8,648   $ 22,057   $ 21,743  
 
Amounts Attributable to Kadant:
Income from Continuing Operations $ 7,617 $ 9,804 $ 21,277 $ 22,908
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   844     (1,156 )   780     (1,165 )
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,461   $ 8,648   $ 22,057   $ 21,743  
 
Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations
Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.67   $ 0.81   $ 1.85   $ 1.87  
Diluted $ 0.66   $ 0.80   $ 1.83   $ 1.85  
 
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.75   $ 0.71   $ 1.91   $ 1.78  
Diluted $ 0.74   $ 0.70   $ 1.90   $ 1.76  
 
Weighted Average Shares:
Basic   11,341     12,155     11,523     12,248  
 
Diluted   11,491     12,276     11,633     12,387  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Revenues by Product Line   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 34,492 $ 33,031 $ 1,461 $ 2,706
Doctoring, Cleaning, and Filtration (b) 27,095 24,542 2,553 3,462
Fluid-Handling   23,624     25,310     (1,686 )   (273 )
 

Papermaking Systems Segment

85,211 82,883 2,328 5,895
Fiber-based Products   1,390     1,475     (85 )   (85 )
 
$ 86,601   $ 84,358   $ 2,243   $ 5,810  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Nine Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 95,883 $ 88,674 $ 7,209 $ 9,328
Doctoring, Cleaning, and Filtration (b) 79,706 68,950 10,756 13,466
Fluid-Handling   69,733     72,414     (2,681 )   415  
 

Papermaking Systems Segment

245,322 230,038 15,284 23,209
Fiber-based Products   8,374     8,457     (83 )   (83 )
 
$ 253,696   $ 238,495   $ 15,201   $ 23,126  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Product Line   Sept. 29, 2012   June 30, 2012   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 34,492 $ 28,674 $ 5,818 $ 6,140
Doctoring, Cleaning, and Filtration (b) 27,095 27,546 (451 ) (537 )
Fluid-Handling   23,624     23,741     (117 )   109  
 

Papermaking Systems Segment

85,211 79,961 5,250 5,712
Fiber-based Products   1,390     3,021     (1,631 )   (1,631 )
 
$ 86,601   $ 82,982   $ 3,619   $ 4,081  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Revenues by Geography (e)   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
North America $ 35,248 $ 32,340 $ 2,908 $ 3,182
Europe 18,113 22,310 (4,197 ) (2,552 )
China 17,677 19,170 (1,493 ) (1,613 )
South America 5,873 3,725 2,148 3,047
Other   9,690     6,813     2,877     3,746  
 
$ 86,601   $ 84,358   $ 2,243   $ 5,810  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Nine Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
North America $ 115,677 $ 107,142 $ 8,535 $ 9,492
Europe 56,014 55,908 106 4,036
China 40,721 43,780 (3,059 ) (3,618 )
South America 17,381 13,304 4,077 6,098
Other   23,903     18,361     5,542     7,118  
 
$ 253,696   $ 238,495   $ 15,201   $ 23,126  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Geography (e)   Sept. 29, 2012   June 30, 2012   (Decrease)   Translation (c,d)
 
North America $ 35,248 $ 40,730 $ (5,482 ) $ (5,570 )
Europe 18,113 18,861 (748 ) (469 )
China 17,677 11,151 6,526 6,515
South America 5,873 5,714 159 322
Other   9,690     6,526     3,164     3,283  
 
$ 86,601   $ 82,982   $ 3,619   $ 4,081  
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Business Segment Information  

Sept. 29, 2012

  Oct. 1, 2011   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011
 
Gross Profit Margin:
Papermaking Systems 43.6 % 42.8 % 44.0 % 45.0 %
Fiber-based Products   30.4 %   36.5 %   50.7 %   50.3 %
 
  43.4 %   42.7 %   44.3 %   45.2 %
 
Operating Income:
Papermaking Systems $ 14,385 $ 14,573 $ 38,261 $ 38,343
Corporate and Fiber-based Products   (4,471 )   (3,768 )   (8,542 )   (8,748 )
 
$ 9,914   $ 10,805   $ 29,719   $ 29,595  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (d,f):
Papermaking Systems $ 14,385 $ 12,291 $ 38,261 $ 36,061
Corporate and Fiber-based Products   (4,471 )   (3,768 )   (8,542 )   (8,748 )
 
$ 9,914   $ 8,523   $ 29,719   $ 27,313  
 
Bookings from Continuing Operations:
Papermaking Systems $ 68,230 $ 93,965 $ 217,242 $ 259,797
Fiber-based Products   1,113     1,304     7,106     7,112  
 
$ 69,343   $ 95,269   $ 224,348   $ 266,909  
 
Capital Expenditures from Continuing Operations:
Papermaking Systems $ 578 $ 1,371 $ 1,339 $ 5,281
Corporate and Fiber-based Products   95     138     175     192  
 
$ 673   $ 1,509   $ 1,514   $ 5,473  
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data from Continuing Operations   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011
 
Cash Provided by Operations $ 13,205 $ 12,293 $ 17,737 $ 19,499
Depreciation and Amortization Expense 2,147 2,100 6,419 5,947
 
 
Balance Sheet Data           Sept. 29, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011
 
Assets
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $ 53,406 $ 47,650
Accounts Receivable, net 60,511 59,492
Inventories 43,561 50,527
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees 6,937 3,244
Other Current Assets 16,438 13,378
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 37,874 40,095
Intangible Assets 26,781 29,053
Goodwill 107,218 105,959
Other Assets   9,578     9,000  
 
$ 362,304   $ 358,398  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Investment
Accounts Payable $ 22,843 $ 28,624
Short- and Long-term Debt 11,875 12,250
Other Liabilities   85,108     93,894  
 
Total Liabilities $ 119,826 $ 134,768
Shareholders' Investment $ 242,478   $ 223,630  
 
$ 362,304   $ 358,398  
 
 
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Reconciliation   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011   Sept. 29, 2012   Oct. 1, 2011
 
Consolidated
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,461 $ 8,648 $ 22,057 $ 21,743
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 86 95 151 246
(Income) Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (844 ) 1,156 (780 ) 1,165
Provision for Income Taxes 2,055 774 7,898 5,974
Interest Expense, net   156     132     393     467  
 
Operating Income 9,914 10,805 29,719 29,595
Other income   -     (2,282 )   -     (2,282 )
 
Adjusted Operating Income (d) 9,914 8,523 29,719 27,313
Depreciation and Amortization   2,147     2,100     6,419     5,947  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (d) $ 12,061   $ 10,623   $ 36,138   $ 33,260  
 
Papermaking Systems
Operating Income $ 14,385 $ 14,573 $ 38,261 $ 38,343
Other income   -     (2,282 )   -     (2,282 )
 
Adjusted Operating Income (d) 14,385 12,291 38,261 36,061
Depreciation and Amortization   2,030     1,985     6,063     5,589  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (d) $ 16,415   $ 14,276   $ 44,324   $ 41,650  
 
Corporate and Fiber-based Products
Operating Loss $ (4,471 ) $ (3,768 ) $ (8,542 ) $ (8,748 )
Depreciation and Amortization   117     115     356     358  
 
EBITDA (d) $ (4,354 ) $ (3,653 ) $ (8,186 ) $ (8,390 )
 
 

(a) Includes accelerated depreciation of $307 in the nine-month period ended September 29, 2012 associated with the anticipated disposal of equipment in China related to a facility consolidation. Includes a pre-tax gain from the sale of assets of $2,282 in the three- and nine-month periods ended October 1, 2011.

 

(b) New product line presentation beginning in the third quarter of 2012. This product line was formerly presented separately as doctoring, water-management, and other product lines. Prior period amounts have been recasted to conform to the current presentation.

 

(c) 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.

 

(d) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.

 

(e) Geographic revenues are attributed to regions based on customer location. Periods prior to 2012 have been recasted to conform to the current presentation.

 

(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 leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Our stock-preparation; fluid-handling; and doctoring, cleaning, and filtration products are designed to increase efficiency and improve quality in pulp and paper production. Many of our products, particularly in our fluid-handling product line, are also used to optimize production in other process industries. In addition, we produce granules from papermaking byproducts for agricultural and lawn and garden applications. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $335 million in 2011 and 1,700 employees in 17 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, future order activity, and economic and industry outlook. There can be no assurance that we will be able to record bookings or recognize revenues on the future orders described in this release. 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. These include risks and uncertainties relating to our dependence on the pulp and paper industry; significance of sales and operation of manufacturing facilities in China; our ability to adjust operating costs and manufacturing sufficiently in China to meet demand; commodity and component price increases or shortages; international sales and operations; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; our effective tax rate; future restructurings; soundness of financial institutions; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; litigation costs related to our discontinued operation; our acquisition strategy; 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.
Investor contact:
Thomas M. O'Brien, 978-776-2000
or
Media contact:
Wes Martz, 269-278-1715

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