Kadant Corporate

News Release

Kadant Reports Record Results for Second Quarter 2021

August 3, 2021 at 4:17 PM EDT

WESTFORD, Mass., Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) reported its financial results for the second quarter ended July 3, 2021.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights with Records Achieved in Each of the Following Metrics

  • Bookings increased 60% to $213 million.
  • Revenue increased 28% to $196 million.
  • Operating cash flow increased 101% to $44 million.
  • Free cash flow increased 100% to $42 million.
  • Net income increased 97% to $23 million.
  • GAAP diluted EPS increased 96% to $1.96.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 90% to $2.01.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 56% to $41 million and represented 21.1% of revenue.
  • Backlog was $242 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 once again executed extremely well in delivering significant value to our customers and record results for our stockholders,” said Jeffrey L. Powell, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. “The broadening economic recovery has provided us with opportunities to grow our business and our results show that our efforts are working. Record revenue and solid operational execution led to strong adjusted EBITDA margin expansion across all our operating segments and we are well positioned for the second half of 2021.

“New order activity was driven by strong demand across all our operating segments and was particularly strong for our Industrial Processing segment. Our end markets continue to show signs of building momentum as we enter the second half of the year. As the economic recovery spreads to Europe and Asia, we are seeing increased customer optimism and believe the second half of 2021 will finish strong despite headwinds from supply chain constraints and inflationary pressure on material costs.”

Second Quarter 2021 compared to 2020
Revenue increased 28 percent to a record $195.8 million compared to $152.9 million in 2020. Organic revenue increased 21 percent, which excludes a seven percent increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Gross margin was 43.6 percent compared to 43.5 percent in 2020.

GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) increased 96 percent to a record $1.96 compared to $1.00 in 2020. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 90 percent to a record $2.01 compared to $1.06 in 2020. Adjusted diluted EPS excludes $0.05 of acquisition costs in 2021 and $0.03 of acquisition costs and $0.03 of restructuring costs in 2020. Net income increased 97 percent to $22.9 million compared to $11.6 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA increased 56 percent to a record $41.3 million and a record 21.1 percent of revenue compared to $26.6 million and 17.4 percent of revenue in the prior year quarter. Operating cash flow increased 101 percent to a record $44.4 million compared to $22.0 million in 2020.

Bookings increased 60 percent to a record $213.2 million compared to $133.0 million in 2020. Organic bookings increased 50 percent, which excludes a ten percent increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation.

Summary and Outlook
“As the U.S. continues its robust growth and other regions begin to show increasing economic momentum, we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities wherever they may come next,” Mr. Powell continued. “We remain cautiously optimistic that our end market demand will continue to show strength while recognizing the growing risk the COVID-19 Delta variant and supply chain constraints present to near-term economic growth. Our revenue expectation for the year has increased due to our record bookings and backlog. Our acquisition of the Clouth Group of Companies in the third quarter will further strengthen our revenue performance for the year. Accordingly, we are increasing our revenue expectation to $783 to $793 million for 2021 from our previous range of $710 to $730 million.”

Conference Call
Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at 11:00 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 888-326-8410 within the U.S., or +1-704-385-4884 outside the U.S. and reference participant passcode 3083302. 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 3, 2021.

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 (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 second quarter of 2021 included a $11.6 million favorable foreign currency translation effect. Revenue in the first six months of 2021 included a $17.6 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 restructuring costs, acquisition costs, and amortization expense related to acquired backlog. Free cash flow presents cash flow from operations excluding capital expenditures. 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.

Second Quarter

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

  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $0.6 million in 2021 and $0.4 million in 2020.
  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.5 million in 2020.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax acquisition costs of $0.6 million in 2021 and $0.3 million ($0.4 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in 2020.
  • After-tax restructuring costs of $0.3 million ($0.5 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2020.

Free cash flow is calculated as cash flow from operations less:

  • Capital expenditures of $2.1 million in 2021 and $0.9 million in 2020.

First Six Months

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

  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $1.9 million in 2021 and $0.4 million in 2020.
  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.5 million in 2020.
  • Pre-tax expense related to amortization of acquired backlog of $0.1 million in 2021.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax acquisition costs of $1.7 million ($1.9 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2021 and $0.3 million ($0.4 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in 2020.
  • After-tax restructuring costs of $0.3 million ($0.5 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2020.
  • After-tax expense related to amortization of acquired backlog of $0.1 million in 2021.

Free cash flow is calculated as cash flow from operations less:

  • Capital expenditures of $4.3 million in 2021 and $3.6 million in 2020.

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 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
Revenue   $ 195,811     $ 152,860     $ 368,274     $ 311,987  
Costs and Operating Expenses:                
  Cost of revenue 110,493     86,412     207,241     177,216  
  Selling, general, and administrative expenses 49,267     45,073     98,698     90,665  
  Research and development expenses 3,041     2,798     5,898     5,874  
  Restructuring costs     456         456  
      162,801     134,739     311,837     274,211  
Operating Income   33,010     18,121     56,437     37,776  
Interest Income   56     37     121     88  
Interest Expense   (1,066 )   (1,931 )   (2,177 )   (4,390 )
Other Expense, Net   (24 )   (31 )   (48 )   (63 )
Income Before Provision for Income Taxes   31,976     16,196     54,333     33,411  
Provision for Income Taxes   8,949     4,474     14,510     9,033  
Net Income   23,027     11,722     39,823     24,378  
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (163 )   (115 )   (398 )   (240 )
Net Income Attributable to Kadant   $ 22,864     $ 11,607     $ 39,425     $ 24,138  
                     
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:                
    Basic   $ 1.97     $ 1.01     $ 3.41     $ 2.11  
    Diluted   $ 1.96     $ 1.00     $ 3.39     $ 2.09  
                     
Weighted Average Shares:                
    Basic   11,579     11,482     11,566     11,457  
    Diluted   11,650     11,552     11,631     11,530  
                     


        Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (a) July 3,
2021
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  June 27,
2020
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported   $ 22,864     $ 1.96     $ 11,607     $ 1.00  
Adjustments for the Following:                
  Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax           332     0.03  
  Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax (b)   557     0.05     297     0.03  
  Amortization of Acquired Backlog, Net of Tax (c)   21         20      
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (a)   $ 23,442     $ 2.01     $ 12,256     $ 1.06  
                     


        Six Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  July 3,
2021
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  June 27,
2020
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported   $ 39,425     $ 3.39     $ 24,138     $ 2.09  
Adjustments for the Following:                
  Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax           332     0.03  
  Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax (b)   1,730     0.15     297     0.03  
  Amortization of Acquired Backlog, Net of Tax (c)   65     0.01     26      
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (a)   $ 41,220     $ 3.54     $ 24,793     $ 2.15  
                     


        Three Months Ended       Increase Excluding FX (a,d)
Revenue by Segment   July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  Increase  
Flow Control   $ 70,762     $ 51,365     $ 19,397     $ 15,610  
Industrial Processing   82,681     65,673     17,008     10,795  
Material Handling   42,368     35,822     6,546     4,972  
        $ 195,811     $ 152,860     $ 42,951     $ 31,377  
                     
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Revenue   64 %   64 %        
                     
        Six Months Ended   Increase   Increase Excluding Acquisition and FX (a,d)
    July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
   
Flow Control   $ 134,516     $ 108,514     $ 26,002     $ 20,585  
Industrial Processing   151,835     130,382     21,453     11,704  
Material Handling   81,923     73,091     8,832     5,903  
        $ 368,274     $ 311,987     $ 56,287     $ 38,192  
                     
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Revenue   66 %   65 %        
                     
        Three Months Ended   Increase   Increase Excluding FX (d)
Bookings by Segment   July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
   
Flow Control   $ 71,819     $ 49,361     $ 22,458     $ 18,660  
Industrial Processing   101,899     53,144     48,755     40,412  
Material Handling   39,447     30,471     8,976     7,212  
        $ 213,165     $ 132,976     $ 80,189     $ 66,284  
                     
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Bookings   60 %   71 %        
                     
        Six Months Ended   Increase   Increase Excluding Acquisition and FX (d)
    July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
   
Flow Control   $ 147,818     $ 117,105     $ 30,713     $ 24,733  
Industrial Processing   188,505     118,982     69,523     56,664  
Material Handling   81,331     72,506     8,825     5,568  
        $ 417,654     $ 308,593     $ 109,061     $ 86,965  
                     
Percentage of Parts and Consumables Bookings   62 %   68 %        
                     


        Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
Business Segment Information   July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
Gross Margin:                
    Flow Control   52.8 %   53.5 %   53.0 %   53.2 %
    Industrial Processing   40.1 %   40.9 %   40.3 %   39.7 %
    Material Handling   34.9 %   33.8 %   34.8 %   34.7 %
        43.6 %   43.5 %   43.7 %   43.2 %


Operating Income:                
    Flow Control   $ 19,324     $ 10,260     $ 34,770     $ 23,590  
    Industrial Processing   17,301     10,639     28,434     20,075  
    Material Handling   5,592     3,593     10,035     7,727  
    Corporate   (9,207 )   (6,371 )   (16,802 )   (13,616 )
        $ 33,010     $ 18,121     $ 56,437     $ 37,776  
                     
Adjusted Operating Income (a,e):                
    Flow Control   $ 19,563     $ 10,716     $ 36,006     $ 24,046  
    Industrial Processing   17,301     11,074     28,494     20,510  
    Material Handling   5,619     3,593     10,062     7,735  
    Corporate   (8,843 )   (6,371 )   (16,137 )   (13,616 )
        $ 33,640     $ 19,012     $ 58,425     $ 38,675  
                     
Capital Expenditures:                
    Flow Control   $ 368     $ 337     $ 702     $ 1,158  
    Industrial Processing   1,191     211     2,995     1,675  
    Material Handling   495     283     616     681  
    Corporate   5     80     5     83  
        $ 2,059     $ 911     $ 4,318     $ 3,597  
                     
        Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data   July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
Operating Cash Flow   $ 44,386     $ 22,039     $ 63,478     $ 28,208  
Less: Capital Expenditures   (2,059 )   (911 )   (4,318 )   (3,597 )
Free Cash Flow (a)   $ 42,327     $ 21,128     $ 59,160     $ 24,611  
                     
Depreciation and Amortization Expense   $ 7,716     $ 7,576     $ 15,402     $ 15,174  
                 


Balance Sheet Data           July 3,
2021
  January 2,
2021
Assets                
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash (f)           $ 158,144     $ 66,640  
Accounts Receivable, net           106,791     91,540  
Inventories           114,316     106,814  
Unbilled Revenue           6,481     7,576  
Property, Plant, and Equipment, net           81,757     84,642  
Intangible Assets           151,582     160,965  
Goodwill           350,271     351,753  
Other Assets           60,134     57,641  
                $ 1,029,476     $ 927,571  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Accounts Payable           $ 44,087     $ 32,264  
Debt Obligations           268,722     227,963  
Other Borrowings           5,003     5,511  
Other Liabilities           180,538     164,928  
  Total Liabilities           498,350     430,666  
  Stockholders' Equity           531,126     496,905  
                $ 1,029,476     $ 927,571  
                     


    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (a)   July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
  July 3,
2021
  June 27,
2020
Consolidated                
    Net Income Attributable to Kadant   $ 22,864     $ 11,607     $ 39,425     $ 24,138  
    Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   163     115     398     240  
    Provision for Income Taxes   8,949     4,474     14,510     9,033  
    Interest Expense, Net   1,010     1,894     2,056     4,302  
    Other Expense, Net   24     31     48     63  
    Operating Income   33,010     18,121     56,437     37,776  
    Restructuring Costs       456         456  
    Acquisition Costs (b)   603     407     1,901     407  
    Acquired Backlog Amortization (c)   27     28     87     36  
    Adjusted Operating Income (a)   33,640     19,012     58,425     38,675  
    Depreciation and Amortization   7,689     7,548     15,315     15,138  
    Adjusted EBITDA (a)   $ 41,329     $ 26,560     $ 73,740     $ 53,813  
                     
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,g)   21.1 %   17.4 %   20.0 %   17.2 %
                     
Flow Control                
    Operating Income   $ 19,324     $ 10,260     $ 34,770     $ 23,590  
    Acquisition Costs (b)   239         1,236      
    Restructuring Costs       456         456  
    Adjusted Operating Income (a)   19,563     10,716     36,006     24,046  
    Depreciation and Amortization   1,568     1,579     3,140     3,165  
    Adjusted EBITDA (a)   $ 21,131     $ 12,295     $ 39,146     $ 27,211  
                     
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,g)   29.9 %   23.9 %   29.1 %   25.1 %
                     
Industrial Processing                
    Operating Income   $ 17,301     $ 10,639     $ 28,434     $ 20,075  
    Acquisition Costs (b)       407         407  
    Acquired Backlog Amortization (c)       28     60     28  
    Adjusted Operating Income (a)   17,301     11,074     28,494     20,510  
    Depreciation and Amortization   3,403     3,126     6,741     6,287  
    Adjusted EBITDA (a)   $ 20,704     $ 14,200     $ 35,235     $ 26,797  
                     
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,g)   25.0 %   21.6 %   23.2 %   20.6 %
                     
Material Handling                
    Operating Income   $ 5,592     $ 3,593     $ 10,035     $ 7,727  
    Acquired Backlog Amortization (c)   27         27     8  
    Adjusted Operating Income (a)   5,619     3,593     10,062     7,735  
    Depreciation and Amortization   2,682     2,795     5,368     5,592  
    Adjusted EBITDA (a)   $ 8,301     $ 6,388     $ 15,430     $ 13,327  
                     
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a,g)   19.6 %   17.8 %   18.8 %   18.2 %
                     
Corporate                
    Operating Loss   $ (9,207 )   $ (6,371 )   $ (16,802 )   $ (13,616 )
    Acquisition Costs (b)   364         665      
    Adjusted Operating Loss (a)   (8,843 )   (6,371 )   (16,137 )   (13,616 )
    Depreciation and Amortization   36     48     66     94  
    Adjusted EBITDA (a)   $ (8,807 )   $ (6,323 )   $ (16,071 )   $ (13,522 )
                   


(a) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.
                     
(b) Represents transaction costs associated with our acquisitions. The results by segment for the first quarter of 2021 have been recast to reflect acquisition costs incurred.
                     
(c) Represents intangible amortization expense associated with acquired backlog.
                     
(d) 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.
   
(e) See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under "Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation."
                     
(f) Includes restricted cash of $84.2 million at the end of the second quarter of 2021 used to fund our third quarter acquisition of Clouth.
   
(g) 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 2,800 employees in 21 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.

Contacts
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IR@kadant.com 

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