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Kadant Reports 2012 First Quarter Results

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.61 in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 30% over $0.47 in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Revenues were $84 million in the quarter, increasing 17% over the first quarter of 2011.
  • Gross profit margins were 45.6% in the first quarter of 2012, one of the highest levels in the Company’s history, although lower than the record 47.6% achieved in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Net income was $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 22% from the first quarter of 2011.
  • EBITDA was a record $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 24% over the first quarter of 2011, and was 15.0% of revenues compared to 14.2% last year.
  • Repurchases of common stock were $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Note: EBITDA 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 are off to a great start in 2012,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.61 in the first quarter of 2012 and included $0.03 of expense associated with a facility consolidation that was not included in our guidance, which was $0.41 to $0.43. The increase over guidance was largely due to higher than expected gross profit margins in all our major product lines.

“Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were $84 million, an increase of 17 percent over last year, and were at the high end of our guidance, which was $82 to $84 million. The revenue increase over last year was primarily the result of significant increases in our stock-preparation and water-management product lines, which increased 40 percent and 59 percent, respectively. The increase in our stock-preparation product line was entirely due to higher capital sales and was well distributed throughout our operations in North America, Europe, and China. Water-management revenues were also strong in North America and Europe and included $1.6 million from Kadant M-Clean, which we acquired in May 2011.

“EBITDA was a record $12.6 million in the first quarter of 2012, increasing 24 percent over the prior year’s first quarter. Our operating cash flows from continuing operations, normally weak in the first quarter, were a negative $4 million due to a $14 million increase in working capital, much of which we expect will turn to cash later in the year. We ended the quarter with $43 million in cash and $12 million in debt, or a net cash position of $31 million, down $4 million from the net cash position at the end of 2011. We also purchased $1.3 million of our common stock in the quarter, representing 58,100 shares at an average purchase price of slightly over $22 per share.

“Bookings were $78 million in the first quarter of 2012, down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2011. This decline was due to a decrease in capital bookings particularly in our stock-preparation and fluid-handling product lines in China. Our parts and consumables bookings, however, were strong at $49 million, up 6 percent on a sequential basis.”

First Quarter 2012

Kadant reported revenues from continuing operations of $84.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $12.4 million, or 17 percent, compared with $71.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 included a $1.6 million increase from an acquisition and a $0.9 million decrease from foreign currency translation compared to the first quarter of 2011. Operating income from continuing operations was $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012, including $0.3 million in expense associated with a facility consolidation, compared to $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Net income from continuing operations was $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to $5.8 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011. Net income from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2012 included a $0.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, after-tax expense associated with a facility consolidation.

Guidance

“For the second consecutive quarter our book to bill ratio was below 1.0, although we still ended the quarter with a healthy backlog position of $103 million and we have good visibility to several projects,” Jonathan W. Painter continued. “Since the quarter ended, we have received over $13 million in orders and pending orders in a number of markets, including China. That said, and considering the higher than expected performance in the first quarter of 2012, we now expect for the full year to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.10 to $2.20 on revenues of $335 to $345 million, revised from our previous guidance of $1.95 to $2.05 on revenues of $330 to $340 million. For the second quarter of 2012, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.50 to $0.52 on revenues of $83 to $85 million.”

Note: The Company will not recognize the pending orders described in this release as bookings until the down payments have been received.

Conference Call

Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 11 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 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 May 25, 2012.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the first 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 and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

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

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 better 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.

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       March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011
 
Revenues $ 84,113   $ 71,680  
 
Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 45,741 37,587
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 26,143 24,473
Research and development expenses 1,532 1,312
Other expense (a)   307     -  
  73,723     63,372  
 
Operating Income 10,390 8,308
Interest Income 94 99
Interest Expense   (209 )   (257 )
 
Income from Continuing Operations Before Provision
for Income Taxes 10,275 8,150
Provision for Income Taxes   3,138     2,273  
 
Income from Continuing Operations 7,137 5,877
 
Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   (61 )   (4 )
 
Net Income 7,076 5,873
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (23 )   (82 )
 
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 7,053   $ 5,791  
 
Amounts Attributable to Kadant:
Income from Continuing Operations $ 7,114 $ 5,795
Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax   (61 )   (4 )
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 7,053   $ 5,791  
 
Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations
Attributable to Kadant:
Basic and Diluted $ 0.61   $ 0.47  
 
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:
Basic $ 0.61   $ 0.47  
Diluted $ 0.60   $ 0.47  
 
Weighted Average Shares:
Basic   11,653     12,267  
Diluted   11,729     12,408  
                        Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Revenues by Product Line       March 31, 2012   April 2, 2011       (Decrease)       Translation (b,c)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 32,717 $ 23,323 $ 9,394 $ 9,443
Fluid-Handling 22,368 22,633 (265 ) 105
Doctoring 13,637 14,063 (426 ) (178 )
Water-Management 10,807 6,815 3,992 4,152
Other   621   700   (79 )   (32 )
 
Papermaking Systems Segment 80,150 67,534 12,616 13,490
Fiber-based Products   3,963   4,146   (183 )   (183 )
 
$ 84,113 $ 71,680 $ 12,433   $ 13,307  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Product Line       March 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011   (Decrease)       Translation (b,c)
 
Stock-Preparation $ 32,717 $ 43,240 $ (10,523 ) $ (10,327 )
Fluid-Handling 22,368 28,204 (5,836 ) (5,723 )
Doctoring 13,637 13,504 133 117
Water-Management 10,807 9,202 1,605 1,580
Other   621   677   (56 )   (86 )
 
Papermaking Systems Segment 80,150 94,827 (14,677 ) (14,439 )
Fiber-based Products   3,963   2,138   1,825     1,825  
 
$ 84,113 $ 96,965 $ (12,852 ) $ (12,614 )
 
 
Increase
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended of Currency
Revenues by Geography (d)       March 31, 2012   April 2, 2011       Increase       Translation (b,c)
 
North America $ 39,699 $ 38,168 $ 1,531 $ 1,720
Europe 19,040 14,038 5,002 5,581
China 11,893 8,856 3,037 2,637
South America 5,794 4,702 1,092 1,370
Other   7,687   5,916   1,771     1,999  
 
$ 84,113 $ 71,680 $ 12,433   $ 13,307  
 
Increase
(Decrease)
Excluding Effect
Three Months Ended Increase of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Geography (d)       March 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011   (Decrease)       Translation (b,c)
 
North America $ 39,699 $ 39,422 $ 277 $ 105
Europe 19,040 28,975 (9,935 ) (9,635 )
China 11,893 18,835 (6,942 ) (7,023 )
South America 5,794 4,901 893 950
Other   7,687   4,832   2,855     2,989  
 
$ 84,113 $ 96,965 $ (12,852 ) $ (12,614 )
            Three Months Ended
Business Segment Information         March 31, 2012   April 2, 2011
   
Gross Profit Margin:
Papermaking Systems 45.1 % 47.4 %
Fiber-based Products   56.3 %   50.8 %
 
  45.6 %   47.6 %
 
Operating Income:
Papermaking Systems $ 12,104 $ 10,697
Corporate and Fiber-based Products   (1,714 )   (2,389 )
 
$ 10,390   $ 8,308  
 
Bookings from Continuing Operations:
Papermaking Systems $ 74,218 $ 80,268
Fiber-based Products   3,376     4,031  
 
$ 77,594   $ 84,299  
 
Capital Expenditures from Continuing Operations:
Papermaking Systems $ 258   $ 1,164  
 
Three Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data from Continuing Operations         March 31, 2012   April 2, 2011
 
Cash (Used In) Provided by Operations $ (4,026 ) $ 367
Depreciation and Amortization Expense 2,243 1,865
 
 
Balance Sheet Data         March 31, 2012   Dec. 31, 2011
 
Assets
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 42,624 $ 46,950
Restricted Cash 429 700
Accounts Receivable, net 59,947 59,492
Inventories 51,931 50,527
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees 8,517 3,244
Other Current Assets 13,764 13,378
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 39,208 40,095
Intangible Assets 28,644 29,053
Goodwill 107,639 105,959
Other Assets   9,270     9,000  
 
$ 361,973   $ 358,398  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Investment
Accounts Payable $ 28,766 $ 28,624
Short- and Long-term Debt 12,125 12,250
Other Liabilities   87,170     93,894  
Total Liabilities $ 128,061 $ 134,768
Shareholders' Investment $ 233,912   $ 223,630  
 
$ 361,973   $ 358,398  
            Three Months Ended
EBITDA Reconciliation         March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011
   
Consolidated
Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 7,053 $ 5,791
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 23 82
Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax 61 4
Provision for Income Taxes 3,138 2,273
Interest Expense, net   115     158  
 
Operating Income 10,390 8,308
Depreciation and Amortization   2,243     1,865  
 
EBITDA (c) $ 12,633   $ 10,173  
 
Papermaking Systems
Operating Income $ 12,104 $ 10,697
Depreciation and Amortization   2,124     1,744  
 
EBITDA (c) $ 14,228   $ 12,441  
 
Corporate and Fiber-based Products
Operating Loss $ (1,714 ) $ (2,389 )
Depreciation and Amortization   119     121  
 
EBITDA (c) $ (1,595 ) $ (2,268 )
 

(a) Represents accelerated depreciation in the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 associated with the anticipated disposal of equipment in China related to a facility consolidation.

(b) 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.

(c) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.

(d) Starting in the first quarter of 2012, geographic revenues are attributed to regions based on customer location. Prior period amounts have been recasted to conform to the current presentation.

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Our stock-preparation, fluid-handling, doctoring, and water-management equipment and systems 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, economic and industry outlook, and pending orders. We will not recognize the pending orders described in this release as bookings until the down payments are received. The timing and receipt of down payments are subject to a number of uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that we will be able to record bookings or recognize revenues on the pending 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. 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.

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