Kadant Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

August 1, 2017 at 4:09 PM EDT

Raises Revenue and EPS Guidance for the Second Half of 2017

WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2017-- Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) reported its financial results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • GAAP diluted EPS decreased 4% to $0.72
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 18% to a record $1.04
  • Net income decreased 3% to $8 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 5% to a record $19 million and represented 17% of revenue
  • Revenue decreased 1% to $110 million
  • Gross margin was 47.9%
  • Bookings increased 23% to a record $120 million
  • Cash flows from operations increased 73% to $24 million

Note: Adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude certain items as detailed later in this press release.

Management Commentary
“Following our strong first quarter of 2017, we had another outstanding quarter with record bookings, adjusted diluted EPS, and adjusted EBITDA,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Our adjusted diluted EPS performance achieved a new milestone and was driven by a strong gross margin, which benefited from near-record parts and consumables revenue. Our adjusted diluted EPS excludes the costs related to our acquisition of the forest products business of NII FPG Company (NII), which we completed in early July. We are working hard on the integration of this business, which is proceeding quite well. The more we learn about NII and its management team the more optimistic we are about our future together.

“Our record bookings of $120 million in the second quarter extended our strong bookings performance beyond the previous two quarters and was led by our Stock-Preparation and Wood-Processing product lines, each of which achieved over 30 percent growth in bookings compared to the same period last year. From a geographic perspective, bookings in China and Europe were strong in the second quarter for both capital and parts and consumables products. Another highlight of the quarter was our cash flows from operations of $24 million, which were the second highest in our history.”

Second Quarter 2017 Results
Revenue decreased one percent compared to the second quarter of 2016 to $110.2 million, including a $2.7 million decrease from the unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, revenue was up one percent compared to the second quarter of 2016. Gross margin was 47.9 percent. Net income was $8.1 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, compared to $8.3 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, and included an $0.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, decrease from the unfavorable effects of foreign currency translation. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 18 percent to $1.04 in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $0.88 in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted diluted EPS in the second quarter of 2017 excludes $0.32 of acquisition costs. Adjusted diluted EPS in the second quarter of 2016 excludes $0.12 of amortization from acquired profit in inventory and backlog and $0.01 of acquisition costs. Adjusted EBITDA increased five percent to $18.8 million compared to $17.9 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $4.1 million of acquisition costs in the second quarter of 2017 and $0.3 million of acquisition costs and $1.9 million from the amortization of acquired profit in inventory and backlog in the second quarter of 2016. Bookings increased 23 percent to a record $120.3 million compared to $98.1 million in the second quarter of 2016, including a $3.5 million decrease from the unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation.

Guidance
“We are increasing our guidance for the second half of 2017 due to both the improved outlook for our existing business, as well as the acquisition of NII,” Mr. Painter continued. “We expect to report full year revenue of $488 to $494 million, revised from our previous guidance of $427 to $437 million. We expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS of $3.18 to $3.26 in 2017, revised from our previous guidance of $3.27 to $3.37. The revised 2017 guidance includes acquisition costs of $4.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, and amortization expense associated with acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $7.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. Excluding these acquisition-related expenses, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $3.99 to $4.07 for 2017. For the third quarter of 2017, we expect GAAP diluted EPS of $0.83 to $0.87 on revenue of $139 to $142 million, including $0.02 of acquisition costs and $0.27 of amortization expense associated with acquired inventory and backlog. Excluding these acquisition-related expenses, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $1.12 to $1.16 for the third quarter of 2017.”

Conference Call
Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.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 888-326-8410 within the U.S., or +1-704-385-4884 outside the U.S. and reference participant passcode 58886672. 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 website until September 1, 2017.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the second quarter results on its website 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 the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS), adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA), and adjusted EBITDA margin.

We believe 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 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 a $2.7 million and a $3.8 million unfavorable foreign currency translation effect in the second quarter and first six months of 2017, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2016. Revenue in the first six months of 2017 also included $13.3 million from an acquisition completed in 2016. We present increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS exclude acquisition costs, amortization of acquired profit in inventory and backlog, and other income. 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 income or none at all.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin exclude:

  • A pre-tax gain on the sale of assets of $0.3 million in the first six months of 2016.
  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $4.1 million in the second quarter and $4.4 million in the first six months of 2017. Pre-tax acquisition costs of $0.3 million in the second quarter and $1.7 million in the first six months of 2016.
  • Pre-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $1.9 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2016.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • An after-tax gain on the sale of assets of $0.2 million ($0.3 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in the first six months of 2016.
  • After-tax acquisition costs of $3.6 million ($4.1 million net of tax of $0.5 million) in the second quarter of 2017 and $3.8 million ($4.4 million net of tax of $0.6 million) in the first six months of 2017. After-tax acquisition costs of $0.2 million ($0.3 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in the second quarter of 2016 and $1.5 million ($1.7 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in the first six months of 2016.
  • After-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $1.4 million ($1.9 million net of tax of $0.5 million) in the second quarter and first six months of 2016.

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 1, 2017     July 2, 2016         July 1, 2017       July 2, 2016
 
Revenues $ 110,242   $ 111,828   $ 213,099   $ 208,366  
 
Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 57,418 61,567 111,283 114,129
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 39,159 36,072 73,958 68,568
Research and development expenses 2,222 1,945 4,369 3,649
Other income   -     -     -     (317 )
  98,799     99,584     189,610     186,029  
 
Operating Income 11,443 12,244 23,489 22,337
Interest Income 102 66 206 121
Interest Expense   (392 )   (340 )   (740 )   (609 )
 
Income Before Provision for Income Taxes 11,153 11,970 22,955 21,849
Provision for Income Taxes   2,955     3,531     5,690     6,419  
 
Net Income 8,198 8,439 17,265 15,430
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (102 )   (128 )   (218 )   (243 )
 
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,096   $ 8,311   $ 17,047   $ 15,187  
 
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.74   $ 0.76   $ 1.55   $ 1.40  
 
Diluted $ 0.72   $ 0.75   $ 1.52   $ 1.37  
 
Weighted Average Shares:
Basic   11,001     10,870     10,976     10,831  
 
Diluted   11,296     11,152     11,250     11,085  
 
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b)       July 1, 2017     July 1, 2017         July 2, 2016       July 2, 2016
 
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 8,096 $ 0.72 $ 8,311 $ 0.75
Adjustments for the Following:
Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax 3,627 0.32 168 0.01
Amortization of Acquired Profit in Inventory and Backlog, Net of Tax   -   -   1,358   0.12
 
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS $ 11,723   $ 1.04 $ 9,837   $ 0.88
 
Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 1, 2017     July 1, 2017         July 2, 2016       July 2, 2016
 
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 17,047 $ 1.52 $ 15,187 $ 1.37
Adjustments for the Following:
Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax 3,833 0.34 1,510 0.14
Amortization of Acquired Profit in Inventory and Backlog, Net of Tax - - 1,358 0.12
Other Income, Net of Tax   -   -   (247 ) (0.02 )
 
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS $ 20,880   $ 1.86 $ 17,808   $ 1.61
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended

Increase

of Currency
Revenues by Product Line       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 46,178 $ 49,641 $ (3,463 ) $ (2,253 )
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 27,033 27,580 (547 ) 54
Fluid-Handling   22,520     23,110     (590 )   (155 )
 
Papermaking Systems 95,731 100,331 (4,600 ) (2,354 )
Wood Processing Systems 11,393 8,768 2,625 3,125
Fiber-Based Products   3,118     2,729     389     389  
 
$ 110,242   $ 111,828   $ (1,586 ) $ 1,160  
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Six Months Ended

Increase

of Currency

July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 87,331 $ 88,059 $ (728 ) $ 1,008
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 52,383 51,419 964 2,167
Fluid-Handling   44,567     44,880     (313 )   357  
 
Papermaking Systems 184,281 184,358 (77 ) 3,532
Wood Processing Systems 21,336 17,475 3,861 4,013
Fiber-Based Products   7,482     6,533     949     949  
 
$ 213,099   $ 208,366   $ 4,733   $ 8,494  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended

Increase

of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Product Line       July 1, 2017     April 1, 2017        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a,b)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 46,178 $ 41,153 $ 5,025 $ 4,341
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 27,033 25,350 1,683 1,370
Fluid-Handling   22,520     22,047     473     196  
 
Papermaking Systems 95,731 88,550 7,181 5,907
Wood Processing Systems 11,393 9,943 1,450 1,635
Fiber-Based Products   3,118     4,364     (1,246 )   (1,246 )
 
$ 110,242   $ 102,857   $ 7,385   $ 6,296  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended

Increase

of Currency

Revenues by Geography (c)       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 51,557 $ 53,830 $ (2,273 ) $ (1,736 )
Europe 33,952 32,960 992 2,400
Asia 16,545 13,985 2,560 3,465
Rest of World   8,188     11,053     (2,865 )   (2,969 )
 
$ 110,242   $ 111,828   $ (1,586 ) $ 1,160  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect

Six Months Ended

Increase

of Currency
July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 101,723 $ 108,639 $ (6,916 ) $ (6,539 )
Europe 66,703 53,925 12,778 15,031
Asia 28,443 26,990 1,453 3,077
Rest of World   16,230     18,812     (2,582 )   (3,075 )
 
$ 213,099   $ 208,366   $ 4,733   $ 8,494  
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended

 

of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Geography (c)       July 1, 2017     April 1, 2017        

Increase

      Translation (a,b)
 
North America $ 51,557 $ 50,166 $ 1,391 $ 1,407
Europe 33,952 32,751 1,201 277
Asia 16,545 11,898 4,647 4,507
Rest of World   8,188     8,042     146     105  
 
$ 110,242   $ 102,857   $ 7,385   $ 6,296  
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended

 

of Currency
Bookings by Product Line       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

Increase

      Translation (a)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 50,166 $ 37,152 $ 13,014 $ 14,526
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 32,145 27,868 4,277 5,227
Fluid-Handling   25,207     23,391     1,816     2,368  
 
Papermaking Systems 107,518 88,411 19,107 22,121
Wood Processing Systems 10,543 7,977 2,566 3,028
Fiber-Based Products   2,194     1,739     455     455  
 
$ 120,255   $ 98,127   $ 22,128   $ 25,604  
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Six Months Ended

Increase

of Currency
July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016        

(Decrease)

      Translation (a)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 98,488 $ 66,189 $ 32,299 $ 34,654
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration 58,698 58,869 (171 ) 1,369
Fluid-Handling   51,326     45,886     5,440     6,464  
 
Papermaking Systems 208,512 170,944 37,568 42,487
Wood Processing Systems 23,624 18,358 5,266 5,271
Fiber-Based Products   6,969     5,729     1,240     1,240  
 
$ 239,105   $ 195,031   $ 44,074   $ 48,998  
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Business Segment Information       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016 July 1, 2017       July 2, 2016
 
Gross Margin:
Papermaking Systems 48.1 % 44.6 % 48.0 % 45.5 %
Other   46.5 %   48.4 %   46.3 %   43.3 %
 
  47.9 %   44.9 %   47.8 %   45.2 %
 
Operating Income:
Papermaking Systems $ 17,445 $ 14,335 $ 31,703 $ 27,832
Corporate and Other   (6,002 )   (2,091 )   (8,214 )   (5,495 )
 
$ 11,443   $ 12,244   $ 23,489   $ 22,337  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b, g):
Papermaking Systems $ 17,445 $ 16,307 $ 31,703 $ 30,892
Corporate and Other   (1,904 )   (1,877 )   (3,797 )   (5,281 )
 
$ 15,541   $ 14,430   $ 27,906   $ 25,611  
 
Capital Expenditures:
Papermaking Systems $ 1,293 $ 1,140 $ 2,777 $ 1,658
Corporate and Other   420     72     658     78  
 
$ 1,713   $ 1,212   $ 3,435   $ 1,736  
 
Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016   July 1, 2017       July 2, 2016
 
Cash Provided by Operations $ 23,693 $ 13,691 $ 25,376 $ 19,209
Depreciation and Amortization Expense 3,275 4,913 6,531 7,477
 
Balance Sheet Data                       July 1, 2017       Dec. 31, 2016
 
Assets
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $ 87,981 $ 73,569
Accounts Receivable, net 68,994 65,963
Inventories 63,390 54,951
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees 6,421 3,068
Other Current Assets 14,377 9,799
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 49,983 47,704
Intangible Assets 51,659 52,730
Goodwill 158,827 151,455
Other Assets   13,182     11,452  
 
$ 514,814   $ 470,691  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts Payable $ 28,875 $ 23,929
Long-term Debt 60,673 61,494
Capital Lease Obligations 5,094 4,917
Other Liabilities   108,835     96,072  
 
Total Liabilities 203,477 186,412
Stockholders' Equity   311,337     284,279  
 
$ 514,814   $ 470,691  
 
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Reconciliation       July 1, 2017     July 2, 2016 July 1, 2017       July 2, 2016
 
Consolidated
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 8,096 $ 8,311 $ 17,047 $ 15,187
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 102 128 218 243
Provision for Income Taxes 2,955 3,531 5,690 6,419
Interest Expense, net   290     274     534     488  
 
Operating Income 11,443 12,244 23,489 22,337
Other Income - - - (317 )
Acquisition Costs (d) 4,098 260 4,417 1,665
Acquired Backlog Amortization (e) - 1,468 - 1,468
Acquired Profit in Inventory (f)   -     458     -     458  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) 15,541 14,430 27,906 25,611
Depreciation and Amortization   3,275     3,445     6,531     6,009  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 18,816   $ 17,875   $ 34,437   $ 31,620  
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (b, h)   17.1 %   16.0 %   16.2 %   15.2 %
 
Papermaking Systems
Operating Income $ 17,445 $ 14,335 $ 31,703 $ 27,832
Other Income - - - (317 )
Acquisition Costs (d) - 46 - 1,451
Acquired Backlog Amortization (e) - 1,468 - 1,468
Acquired Profit in Inventory (f)   -     458     -     458  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) 17,445 16,307 31,703 30,892
Depreciation and Amortization   2,618     2,737     5,211     4,613  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 20,063   $ 19,044   $ 36,914   $ 35,505  
 
Corporate and Other
Operating Loss $ (6,002 ) $ (2,091 ) $ (8,214 ) $ (5,495 )
Acquisition Costs (d)   4,098     214     4,417     214  
 
Adjusted Operating Income (b) (1,904 ) (1,877 ) (3,797 ) (5,281 )
Depreciation and Amortization   657     708     1,320     1,396  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ (1,247 ) $ (1,169 ) $ (2,477 ) $ (3,885 )

(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 transaction costs associated with our acquisitions.

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

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

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

(h) Calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue in each period.

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 approximately 2,300 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.

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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 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 December 31, 2016 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 revenues 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; economic conditions and regulatory changes caused by the United Kingdom’s likely exit from the European Union; 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.

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