Kadant Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

April 30, 2018 at 4:34 PM EDT

Reports Record Bookings of $182 Million
Raises Full-Year Revenue and EPS Guidance

WESTFORD, Mass., April 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 45% to $149 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS increased 20% to $0.96
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 30% to $1.07
  • Net income increased 21% to $11 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 49% to $24 million and represented 16% of revenue
  • Gross margin was 44.3%
  • Bookings increased 53% to a record $182 million
  • Record bookings and revenue for parts and consumables of $103 and $96 million, respectively
  • Backlog increased 24% sequentially to a record $180 million
  • Cash flow from operations was $7 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 under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Management Commentary
“We had a great start to 2018 with record bookings and solid EPS performance in the first quarter,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer. “We saw excellent performance by our newly acquired businesses as well as strong internal growth, which was broad-based both geographically and across our product lines. Our backlog increased 24 percent sequentially to a record $180 million and our bookings were a record $182 million leading us to increase our revenue and EPS guidance for the year.

“Our record bookings performance of $182 million was led by strong capital bookings in North America and Europe and record parts and consumables bookings of $103 million. As a long-standing strategic focus of ours, I am pleased to see these positive results with our parts and consumables business.”

First Quarter 2018 Results
Revenue increased 45 percent to $149.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2017, including $34.8 million from acquisitions and a $6.7 million increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, revenue increased five percent compared to the first quarter of 2017. Gross margin was 44.3 percent. Net income increased 21 percent to $10.9 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $9.0 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 30 percent to $1.07 compared to $0.82 in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2018 excludes $0.05 of restructuring costs, $0.04 of discrete tax expense, and $0.02 of amortization from acquired backlog. Adjusted diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2017 excludes $0.02 of acquisition costs.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 49 percent to $23.5 million compared to $15.8 million in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $0.8 million of restructuring costs and $0.3 million of amortization from acquired backlog in the first quarter of 2018 and $0.3 million of acquisition costs in the first quarter of 2017. Cash flows from operations increased to $7.2 million compared to $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2017. Bookings increased 53 percent to a record $181.9 million compared to $118.9 million in the first quarter of 2017 and includes $40.2 million from acquisitions and a $8.2 million increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, bookings increased 12 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Summary and Outlook
“We are encouraged by our bookings trend and the excellent start to 2018,” Mr. Painter continued. “Based on our record bookings performance in the first quarter, as well as our outlook for the remainder of the year, we are increasing our guidance for 2018. We expect to report full year revenue of $625 to $635 million, increased from our previous guidance of $605 to $615 million. We expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS of $4.98 to $5.08 in 2018, increased from our previous guidance of $4.74 to $4.84. The 2018 guidance incorporates an increase in our forecasted interest and tax expense. The 2018 guidance includes pre-tax restructuring costs of $1.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, discrete tax expense of $0.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, and pre-tax amortization expense associated with acquired backlog of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. Excluding these expenses, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $5.15 to $5.25 for 2018. For the second quarter of 2018, we expect GAAP diluted EPS of $0.89 to $0.94 on revenue of $150 to $154 million. The second quarter of 2018 guidance includes pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share. Excluding this expense, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $0.95 to $1.00 for the second quarter of 2018.”

Conference Call
Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. eastern time to discuss its first 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 2990429. 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 June 1, 2018.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the first 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), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), 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 $34.8 million from acquisitions and a $6.7 million favorable foreign currency translation effect in the first quarter of 2018. We present increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.

Our non-GAAP financial measures exclude restructuring costs, acquisition costs, amortization expense related to acquired backlog and discrete tax expense. 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:

  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Pre-tax expense related to acquired backlog of $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax restructuring costs of $0.6 million ($0.8 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in the first quarter of 2018.
  • After-tax expense related to acquired backlog of $0.2 million ($0.3 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Discrete tax expense of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • After-tax acquisition costs of $0.2 million ($0.3 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in the first quarter of 2017.

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    
Consolidated Statement of Income (a) March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017        
                   
Revenues $ 149,193     $ 102,857          
                   
Costs and Operating Expenses:              
  Cost of revenues   83,114       53,840          
  Selling, general, and administrative expenses   45,776       34,620          
  Research and development expenses   2,869       2,147          
  Restructuring costs   770       -          
      132,529       90,607          
                   
Operating Income   16,664       12,250          
Interest Income   183       104          
Interest Expense   (1,732 )     (348 )        
Other Expense, Net   (246 )     (204 )      
                   
Income Before Provision for Income Taxes   14,869       11,802          
Provision for Income Taxes   3,861       2,735          
                   
Net Income   11,008       9,067          
                   
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (150 )     (116 )        
                   
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 10,858     $ 8,951          
                   
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:              
    Basic $ 0.98     $ 0.82          
    Diluted $ 0.96     $ 0.80          
                   
Weighted Average Shares:              
    Basic   11,042       10,952          
    Diluted   11,342       11,205          
                   
      Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) March 31, 2018   March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017   April 1, 2017
                   
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 10,858     $ 0.96     $ 8,951     $ 0.80  
Adjustments for the Following:              
  Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax   589       0.05       -       -  
  Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax   -       -       206       0.02  
  Amortization of Acquired Backlog, Net of Tax   189       0.02       -       -  
  Discrete Tax Items (c)   444       0.04       -       -  
                   
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) $ 12,080     $ 1.07     $ 9,157     $ 0.82  
                   
                  Increase
                  (Decrease)
                  Excluding
      Three Months Ended       Acquisitions
Revenues by Product Line March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017   Increase   and FX (b,d)
                   
Stock-Preparation $ 45,483     $ 41,153     $ 4,330     $ 874  
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   27,222       25,350       1,872       671  
Fluid-Handling   32,886       22,047       10,839       3,340  
                   
  Papermaking Systems   105,591       88,550       17,041       4,885  
  Wood Processing Systems   39,141       9,943       29,198       (139 )
  Fiber-Based Products   4,461       4,364       97       97  
                   
      $ 149,193     $ 102,857     $ 46,336     $ 4,843  
                   
                  Increase
                  (Decrease)
                  Excluding
      Three Months Ended       Acquisitions
Revenues by Geography (e) March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017   Increase   and FX (b,d)
                   
North America $ 77,616     $ 50,166     $ 27,450     $ 2,117  
Europe   41,493       32,751       8,742       (2,180 )
Asia   20,148       11,898       8,250       6,392  
Rest of World   9,936       8,042       1,894       (1,486 )
                   
      $ 149,193     $ 102,857     $ 46,336     $ 4,843  
                   
                  Increase
                  (Decrease)
                  Excluding
      Three Months Ended   Increase   Acquisitions
Bookings by Product Line March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017   (Decrease)   and FX (d)
                   
Stock-Preparation $ 56,515     $ 48,322     $ 8,193     $ 4,038  
Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   28,331       26,553       1,778       483  
Fluid-Handling   39,770       26,119       13,651       4,648  
                   
  Papermaking Systems   124,616       100,994       23,622       9,169  
  Wood Processing Systems   52,729       13,081       39,648       5,698  
  Fiber-Based Products   4,575       4,775       (200 )     (200 )
                   
      $ 181,920     $ 118,850     $ 63,070     $ 14,667  
                   
      Three Months Ended    
Business Segment Information (a) March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017        
                   
Gross Margin:              
    Papermaking Systems   45.6 %     47.9 %        
    Wood Processing Systems   39.5 %     42.2 %        
    Fiber-Based Products   56.0 %     55.0 %        
                   
        44.3 %     47.7 %        
                   
Operating Income:              
    Papermaking Systems $ 14,584     $ 14,299          
    Wood Processing Systems   7,363       2,504          
    Corporate and Other   (5,283 )     (4,553 )        
                   
      $ 16,664     $ 12,250          
                   
Adjusted Operating Income (b, f):              
    Papermaking Systems $ 15,354     $ 14,299          
    Wood Processing Systems   7,615       2,823          
    Corporate and Other   (5,283 )     (4,533 )        
                   
      $ 17,686     $ 12,569          
                   
Capital Expenditures:              
    Papermaking Systems $ 4,649     $ 1,484          
    Corporate and Other   502       238          
                   
      $ 5,151     $ 1,722          
                   
      Three Months Ended    
Cash Flow and Other Data March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017        
                   
Cash Provided by Operations $ 7,216     $ 1,683          
Depreciation and Amortization Expense   6,099       3,256          
                   
Balance Sheet Data March 31, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017        
                   
Assets              
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $ 73,742     $ 76,846          
Accounts Receivable, net   91,529       89,624          
Inventories   95,840       84,933          
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees   2,375       2,374          
Property, Plant and Equipment, net   80,672       79,723          
Intangible Assets   129,635       133,036          
Goodwill   269,514       268,001          
Other Assets   28,970       26,557          
                   
      $ 772,277     $ 761,094          
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity              
Accounts Payable $ 37,026     $ 35,461          
Long-term Debt   235,851       237,011          
Capital Lease Obligations   5,085       5,069          
Other Liabilities   149,088       151,049          
                   
  Total Liabilities   427,050       428,590          
  Stockholders' Equity   345,227       332,504          
                   
      $ 772,277     $ 761,094          
                   
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended    
Reconciliation (a) (b) March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017        
                   
Consolidated              
    Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 10,858     $ 8,951          
    Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   150       116          
    Provision for Income Taxes   3,861       2,735          
    Interest Expense, Net   1,549       244          
    Other Expense, Net   246       204          
                   
    Operating Income   16,664       12,250          
    Restructuring Costs   770       -          
    Acquisition Costs   -       319          
    Acquired Backlog Amortization (g)   252       -          
                   
    Adjusted Operating Income (b)   17,686       12,569          
    Depreciation and Amortization   5,847       3,256          
                   
    Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 23,533     $ 15,825          
                   
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin (b, h)   15.8 %     15.4 %        
                   
Papermaking Systems              
    Operating Income $ 14,584     $ 14,299          
    Restructuring costs   770       -          
                   
    Adjusted Operating Income (b)   15,354       14,299          
    Depreciation and Amortization   3,136       2,593          
                   
    Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 18,490     $ 16,892          
                   
Wood Processing Systems              
    Operating Income $ 7,363     $ 2,504          
    Acquisition Costs   -       319          
    Acquired Backlog Amortization (g)   252       -          
                   
    Adjusted Operating Income (b)   7,615       2,823          
    Depreciation and Amortization   2,544       514          
                   
    Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 10,159     $ 3,337          
                   
Corporate and Other              
    Operating Loss $ (5,283 )   $ (4,553 )        
    Depreciation and Amortization   167       149          
                   
    EBITDA $ (5,116 )   $ (4,404 )        
                   
                   
(a) Prior period amounts have been restated to conform to the current period presentation as a result of the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-07.
                   
(b) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
                   
(c) Discrete tax items in 2018 primarily relate to the impact of new guidance associated with the U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017.
                   
(d) Represents the increase (decrease) resulting from the exclusion of acquisitions and 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.
         
(e) Geographic revenues are attributed to regions based on customer location.
       
(f) See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under "Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation."
                   
(g) Represents intangible amortization expense associated with acquired backlog.
     
(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 2,500 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
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. These forward-looking statements represent Kadant’s expectations as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to 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 30, 2017 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; our customers’ ability to obtain financing for capital equipment projects; the variability and uncertainties in sales of capital equipment in China; international sales and operations; the oriented strand board market and levels of residential construction activity; development and use of digital media; currency fluctuations; price increases or shortages of raw materials; dependence on certain suppliers; our acquisition strategy; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security; changes in government regulations and policies and compliance with laws; our internal growth strategy; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; changes in our tax provision or exposure to additional tax liabilities; our ability to successfully manage our manufacturing operations; disruption in production; future restructurings; economic conditions and regulatory changes caused by the United Kingdom’s likely exit from the European Union; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; loss of key personnel; protection of patents and proprietary rights; fluctuations in our share price; soundness of financial institutions; environmental laws and regulations; anti-takeover provisions; and reliance on third-party research.

Contacts
Investor Contact Information:
Michael McKenney, 978-776-2000
mike.mckenney@kadant.com
or
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