Kadant Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

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Kadant Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

Achieves Record Adjusted EPS for 2012

Provides Financial Guidance for 2013


WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kadant Inc. (NYS: KAI) reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 29, 2012.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.84 in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.90 in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, GAAP diluted EPS was $2.66 compared to $2.74 in 2011.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.44 in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a record $2.29 for the year.
  • Revenues were $78 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to record revenues of $97 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Bookings were $76 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, increasing 10% sequentially and decreasing 3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Gross margins were a record 43.9% for 2012 compared to 43.3% in 2011.
  • Net income was $31.8 million and adjusted EBITDA was a record $44.8 million in 2012.
  • Net cash was $48 million at the end of 2012, the highest level in over seven years.
  • Cash flows from continuing operations were $30 million in 2012 compared to $34 million in 2011.
  • Repurchases of common stock were $5 million in the quarter. For full-year 2012, repurchases were $14 million, which equates to 47% of net income from continuing operations.

Note: Adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures that exclude 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 had an outstanding performance in 2012, achieving records in a number of categories," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. "Adjusted diluted EPS for full-year 2012 increased 9 percent to a record $2.29, making 2012 and 2011 the two best years for EPS in our history. Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.44 in the fourth quarter of 2012 was down 25 percent compared to the same period last year, but well ahead of our GAAP guidance of $0.35 to $0.37.

"Revenues in the fourth quarter were $78 million, down 20 percent from last year's record-setting performance largely due to lower capital revenues, particularly in our stock-preparation product line. Encouragingly, revenues for our parts and consumables were up 7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of last year and up 14 percent sequentially.

"We had another good quarter in operating cash flows. Cash flows from continuing operations were $13 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 14 percent compared to a very strong fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, cash flows were $30 million and we ended the year with $55 million in cash. Our net cash position, that is, cash less debt, was $48 million, up $6 million from the third quarter of 2012. For full-year 2012, we purchased $14 million in common stock, which represented approximately 634,000 shares at an average purchase price of $22.87 per share."

Fourth Quarter 2012

Kadant reported revenues from continuing operations of $78.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of $18.9 million, or 20 percent, compared to $97.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 included a $0.5 million decrease from foreign currency translation compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating income from continuing operations was $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $9.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income from continuing operations was $9.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to $10.7 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 included a $4.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items. Net income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011 included a $4.1 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items and a $0.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, after-tax restructuring charge. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $5.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $7.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation (non-GAAP)

  

Three Months Ended
Dec. 29, 2012

    

Three Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011

($ in millions)  Diluted EPS($ in millions)  Diluted EPS
Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as reported

$

9.6

$

0.83

$

11.8

$

1.00

Loss (income) from discontinued operation - 0.01 (1.1) (0.10)
Income and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations, as reported

9.6

0.84

10.7

0.90

Adjustments for the following:
Restructuring costs--0.40.03
Benefit from discrete tax items (4.6) (0.40) (4.1) (0.34)
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS$5.0$0.44$7.0$0.59
 

Full-Year 2012

For full-year 2012, Kadant reported revenues from continuing operations of $331.8 million, a decrease of $3.7 million, or 1 percent, compared with $335.5 million in 2011. Revenues for 2012 included an $8.4 million, or 2 percent, decrease from foreign currency translation. Operating income from continuing operations was $36.4 million in 2012, including $0.3 million in expense associated with a facility consolidation, compared to $38.7 million in 2011, including a $1.9 million gain, net of restructuring costs. Adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, was $36.4 million in 2012 compared to $36.8 million in 2011.

Net income from continuing operations was $30.9 million in 2012, or $2.66 per diluted share, compared to $33.6 million, or $2.74 per diluted share, in 2011. Net income from continuing operations in 2012 included a $4.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items and a $0.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, after-tax expense associated with a facility consolidation. Net income from continuing operations in 2011 included a $6.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items and a $1.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, after-tax gain, net of restructuring costs. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was a record $26.6 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, in 2012 compared to $25.7 million, or $2.10 per diluted share, in 2011.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation (non-GAAP)

  

Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 29, 2012

    

Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011

($ in millions)

  

Diluted EPS

($ in millions)

  

Diluted EPS

Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as reported

$

31.6

$

2.73

$

33.6

$

2.74

(Income) loss from discontinued operation (0.7) (0.07) - -
Income and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations, as reported

30.9

2.66

33.6

2.74

Adjustments for the following:
Restructuring costs and other expense (income), net0.30.03(1.7)(0.13)
Benefit from discrete tax items (4.6) (0.40) (6.2) (0.51)
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS$26.6$2.29$25.7$2.10
 

Guidance

"We are seeing increased project activity and we believe the demand for our capital products will be stronger in 2013 compared to 2012, particularly in our stock-preparation product line," Jonathan W. Painter continued. "Since the end of the year, we have booked more than $12 million in capital orders in our stock-preparation product line and we believe that consolidated bookings will increase sequentially in the first quarter of 2013. That said, the continuation of the relatively weak global economy combined with our booking rates over the last several quarters leads us to remain somewhat cautious as we look ahead to 2013. As a result, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.80 to $1.90 in 2013 on revenues of $320 to $330 million. Our full-year diluted EPS guidance includes an unfavorable effect of $0.21 from a higher recurring tax rate compared to 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.32 to $0.34 on revenues of $71 to $73 million."

Conference Call

Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. eastern time to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 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 March 29, 2013.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the fourth quarter and full-year 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, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), and adjusted EBITDA.

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 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 additional measures 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.

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

Adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA exclude pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.4 million in the three-month period ended December 31, 2011. Adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA exclude pre-tax gains of $2.3 million, net of restructuring costs of $0.4 million in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. These items are excluded as they are not indicative of our core operating results and not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs or other income or none at all.

Adjusted diluted EPS in the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2011 was calculated using the reported weighted average diluted shares for each period.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • Other expense of $0.3 million in the twelve-month period ended December 29, 2012 associated with accelerated depreciation related to a facility consolidation; and restructuring costs of $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and other income, net, of $1.7 million in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. Other income, net, includes gains on the sale of assets of $2.0 million (net of tax of $0.3 million) and restructuring costs of $0.3 million (net of tax of $0.1 million) in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. We believe that the restructuring costs and other income and expense are not indicative of our core operating results and not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs and income or none at all.
  • A benefit from discrete tax items of $4.6 million in the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 29, 2012 and $4.1 million and $6.2 million in the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011, respectively. The benefit from discrete tax items in the 2012 periods were primarily due to the reversal of valuation allowances on certain deferred tax assets in the U.S. based on a consideration of expected profitability and foreign source income in future periods. The benefit from discrete tax items in the 2011 periods were primarily due to the reversal of valuation allowances on certain deferred tax assets in the U.S. and China based on a consideration of expected profitability in future periods. We believe that these discrete tax benefits are not comparable to other periods, which may have differing levels of discrete tax items 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 EndedTwelve Months Ended
Consolidated Statement of Income  Dec. 29, 2012  Dec. 31, 2011    Dec. 29, 2012  Dec. 31, 2011
 
Revenues$78,055 $96,965 $331,751 $335,460 
 
Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues44,51959,562185,949190,247
Selling, general, and administrative expenses25,29726,286103,101102,660
Research and development expenses1,5141,5945,9505,717
Restructuring costs and other expense (income), net (a) -  408  307  (1,874)
 71,330  87,850  295,307  296,750 
 
Operating Income6,7259,11536,44438,710
Interest Income88156319499
Interest Expense (209) (256) (833) (1,066)
 
Income from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes6,6049,01535,93038,143
 
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision (3,046) (1,689) 4,852  4,285 
 
Income from Continuing Operations9,65010,70431,07833,858
 
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (37) 1,156  743  (9)
 
Net Income9,61311,86031,82133,849
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest (47) (28) (198) (274)
 
Net Income Attributable to Kadant$9,566 $11,832 $31,623 $33,575 
 
Amounts Attributable to Kadant:
Income from Continuing Operations$9,603$10,676$30,880$33,584
(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (37) 1,156  743  (9)
Net Income Attributable to Kadant$9,566 $11,832 $31,623 $33,575 
 
Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations
Attributable to Kadant:
Basic$0.85 $0.91 $2.70 $2.77 
Diluted$0.84 Read Full Story

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