Kadant Corporate

News Release

Kadant Reports First Quarter 2021 Results and Record Bookings

May 4, 2021 at 4:31 PM EDT

WESTFORD, Mass., May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) reported its financial results for the first quarter ended April 3, 2021.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Bookings increased 16% to a record $204 million.
  • Operating cash flow increased 209% to $19 million.
  • Free cash flow increased 383% to $17 million.
  • Revenue increased 8% to $172 million.
  • GAAP diluted EPS and adjusted diluted EPS both increased 31% to $1.43.
  • Net income increased 32% to $17 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 14% to $31 million and represented 18.0% of revenue.
  • Backlog was a record $223 million.

Note: Percent changes above are based on comparison to the prior year period. Free cash flow, adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and changes in organic revenue 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
“Our global workforce continued its focus on safely meeting our customers’ needs despite challenging circumstances in many areas of the world,” said Jeffrey L. Powell, president and chief executive officer. “New order activity continued the momentum from the second half of 2020 leading to record bookings and backlog in the first quarter of 2021. Strong demand for parts and consumables as well as a high level of capital project activity in our Industrial Processing and Flow Control segments led to our record-setting performance. 

"Solid execution across all our operating segments generated strong cash flows and further improved our liquidity position. As market conditions continue to show signs of improvement, we are optimistic for the remainder of the year, particularly as COVID-19 vaccines become more available.”

First Quarter 2021 compared to 2020
Revenue increased eight percent to $172.5 million compared to $159.1 million in 2020. Organic revenue increased four percent, which excludes an acquisition and a four percent increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Gross margin was 43.9 percent compared to 42.9 percent in 2020.

Both GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) and adjusted diluted EPS were $1.43 compared to $1.09 in 2020. Net income was $16.6 million compared to $12.5 million in 2020 and adjusted EBITDA was $31.1 million compared to $27.3 million in the prior year quarter. Cash flow from operations increased to $19.1 million compared to $6.2 million in 2020.

Bookings increased 16 percent to a record $204.5 million compared to $175.6 million in 2020. Organic bookings increased 12 percent, which excludes an acquisition and a four percent increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation.

Summary and Outlook
“We are encouraged by the improving market conditions and demand, and our strong start to the year,” Mr. Powell continued. “However, variability around vaccine availability and infection rates create uncertainty on the global economic front, and the limited ability to engage with our customers also affects our ability to forecast the timing of orders. Despite the challenges, our record backlog at the end of the first quarter positions us well to generate strong financial results for the year. Accordingly, we are increasing our revenue expectation to $710 to $730 million for 2021.”

Conference Call
Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 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 4189188. 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 4, 2021.

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 (organic revenue), adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and free cash flow. 

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 in the first quarter of 2021 included a $6.0 million favorable foreign currency translation effect and $0.5 million from an acquisition. We present increases or decreases in organic revenue, which excludes the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.
Our non-GAAP financial measures exclude acquired backlog amortization. Free cash flow is operating cash flow less capital expenditures of $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 and $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2020. These items are excluded as they are not indicative of our core operating results and are not comparable to other periods, which may have differing levels of incremental costs or expenditures, or none at all.

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 April 3, 2021   March 28, 2020
Revenue $ 172,463     $ 159,127  
Costs and Operating Expenses:      
Cost of revenue 96,748     90,804  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 49,431     45,592  
Research and development expenses 2,857     3,076  
  149,036     139,472  
Operating Income 23,427     19,655  
Interest Income 65     51  
Interest Expense (1,111 )   (2,459 )
Other Expense, Net (24 )   (32 )
Income Before Provision for Income Taxes 22,357     17,215  
Provision for Income Taxes 5,561     4,559  
Net Income 16,796     12,656  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest (235 )   (125 )
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 16,561     $ 12,531  
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:      
Basic $ 1.43     $ 1.10  
Diluted $ 1.43     $ 1.09  
Weighted Average Shares:      
Basic 11,553     11,432  
Diluted 11,612     11,508  


  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (a) April 3, 2021   April 3, 2021   March 28, 2020   March 28, 2020
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 16,561     $ 1.43     $ 12,531     $ 1.09  
Adjustment for the Following:              
Amortization of Acquired Backlog, Net of Tax (d) 44         6      
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (a) $ 16,605     $ 1.43     $ 12,537     $ 1.09  


  Three Months Ended       Increase
Excluding Acquisition
and FX (a,b)
Revenue by Segment April 3, 2021   March 28, 2020   Increase  
Flow Control $ 63,754     $ 57,149     $ 6,605     $ 4,975  
Industrial Processing 69,154     64,709     4,445     909  
Material Handling 39,555     37,269     2,286     931  
  $ 172,463     $ 159,127     $ 13,336     $ 6,815  
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Revenue 68%     66%          


  Three Months Ended           Increase (Decrease)
Excluding Acquisition
and FX (b)
Bookings by Segment April 3, 2021   March 28, 2020   Increase (Decrease)  
Flow Control $ 75,999       67,744     $ 8,255     $ 6,073  
Industrial Processing   86,606       65,838       20,768       16,252  
Material Handling   41,884       42,035       (151 )     (1,644 )
  $ 204,489       175,617     $ 28,872       20,681  
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Bookings   65%       66%                  


  Three Months Ended
Business Segment Information April 3,
  March 28,
Gross Margin:          
Flow Control 53.3 %   52.9 %
Industrial Processing 40.5 %   38.4 %
Material Handling 34.7 %   35.5 %
  43.9 %   42.9 %
Operating Income:          
Flow Control $ 16,443     $ 13,330  
Industrial Processing 11,133     9,436  
Material Handling 4,443     4,134  
Corporate (8,592 )   (7,245 )
  $ 23,427     $ 19,655  
Adjusted Operating Income (a,c):          
Flow Control 16,443     13,330  
Industrial Processing 11,193     9,436  
Material Handling 4,443     4,142  
Corporate (8,592 )   (7,245 )
  $ 23,487     $ 19,663  
Capital Expenditures:          
Flow Control $ 334     $ 821  
Industrial Processing 1,804     1,464  
Material Handling 121     398  
Corporate     3  
  $ 2,259     $ 2,686  
  Three Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data April 3,
  March 28,
Operating Cash Flow $ 19,092     $ 6,169  
Less: Capital Expenditures (2,259 )   (2,686 )
Free Cash Flow (a) $ 16,833     $ 3,483  
Depreciation and Amortization Expense $ 7,686     $ 7,598  


Balance Sheet Data April 3, 2021   January 2, 2021
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $ 66,708     $ 66,640  
Accounts Receivable, net 104,378     91,540  
Inventories 112,590     106,814  
Unbilled Revenue 6,204     7,576  
Property, Plant, and Equipment, net 82,204     84,642  
Intangible Assets 155,534     160,965  
Goodwill 348,504     351,753  
Other Assets 59,543     57,641  
  $ 935,665     $ 927,571  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Accounts Payable $ 38,988     $ 32,264  
Debt Obligations 217,257     227,963  
Other Borrowings 5,227     5,511  
Other Liabilities 169,885     164,928  
Total Liabilities 431,357     430,666  
Stockholders' Equity 504,308     496,905  
  $ 935,665     $ 927,571  


    Three Months Ended
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (a) April 3, 2021   March 28, 2020
  Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 16,561     $ 12,531  
  Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 235     125  
  Provision for Income Taxes 5,561     4,559  
  Interest Expense, Net 1,046     2,408  
  Other Expense, Net 24     32  
  Operating Income 23,427     19,655  
  Acquired Backlog Amortization (d) 60     8  
  Adjusted Operating Income (a) 23,487     19,663  
  Depreciation and Amortization 7,626     7,590  
  Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 31,113     $ 27,253  
  Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,e) 18.0 %   17.1 %
Flow Control      
  Operating Income $ 16,443     $ 13,330  
  Depreciation and Amortization 1,572     1,586  
  Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 18,015     $ 14,916  
  Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,e) 28.3 %   26.1 %
Industrial Processing      
  Operating Income $ 11,133     $ 9,436  
  Acquired Backlog Amortization (d) 60      
  Adjusted Operating Income (a) 11,193     9,436  
  Depreciation and Amortization 3,338     3,161  
  Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 14,531     $ 12,597  
  Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,e) 21.0 %   19.5 %


Material Handling          
  Operating Income $ 4,443     $ 4,134  
  Acquired Backlog Amortization (d)     8  
  Adjusted Operating Income (a) 4,443     4,142  
  Depreciation and Amortization 2,686     2,797  
  Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 7,129     $ 6,939  
  Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,e)   18.0 %     18.6 %
  Operating Loss $ (8,592 )   $ (7,245 )
  Depreciation and Amortization 30     46  
  EBITDA (a) $ (8,562 )   $ (7,199 )
(a) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
(b) Represents the increase (decrease) resulting from the exclusion of an acquisition 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.
(c) See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under "Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation."
(d) Represents intangible amortization expense associated with acquired backlog.
(e) 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 2,600 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 our 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 fiscal year ended January 2, 2021 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include risks and uncertainties relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operating and financial results; adverse changes in global and local economic conditions; the variability and difficulty in accurately predicting revenues from large capital equipment and systems projects; health epidemics; our acquisition strategy; levels of residential construction activity; reductions by our wood processing customers of their capital spending or production of oriented strand board; changes to the global timber supply; development and use of digital media; cyclical economic conditions affecting the global mining industry; demand for coal, including economic and environmental risks associated with coal; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security and cybertheft; implementation of our internal growth strategy; price increases or shortages of raw materials; competition; changes in our tax provision or exposure to additional tax liabilities; our ability to successfully manage our manufacturing operations; disruption in production; future restructurings; loss of key personnel and effective succession planning; protection of intellectual property; climate change; adequacy of our insurance coverage; global operations; policies of the Chinese government; the variability and uncertainties in sales of capital equipment in China; currency fluctuations; economic conditions and regulatory changes caused by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union; changes to government regulations and policies around the world; compliance with government regulations and policies and compliance with laws; environmental laws and regulations; environmental, health and safety laws and regulations impacting the mining industry; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement and note purchase agreement; substitution of an alternative index for LIBOR; soundness of financial institutions; fluctuations in our share price; and anti-takeover provisions.

Investor Contact Information:
Michael McKenney, 978-776-2000
Media Contact Information:
Wes Martz, 269-278-1715


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