Nordson Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

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Nordson Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

  • Third quarter sales grow 6 percent year-over-year to $403 million
  • Third quarter operating profit is $93 million and operating margin is 23 percent
  • Third quarter net income is $65 million and GAAP diluted EPS is $1.01
  • Fourth quarter guidance: sales expected in the range of $391 to $408 million; GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.87 to $0.98

WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordson Corporation (NAS: NDSN) today reported results for the quarter ending July 31, 2013. Sales were $403 million, a 6 percent increase over the prior year's third quarter sales. The increase in sales included flat organic volume, a 7 percent increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions, and a negative 1 percent impact related to unfavorable effects of currency translation. Third quarter operating profit was $93 million, operating margin was 23 percent, net income was $65 million and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.01, all increases from the levels reported in the second quarter. Prior year third quarter operating profit, net income and earnings per share were $99 million, $67 million and $1.03, respectively. Free cash flow before dividends during the quarter was $85 million, a 17 percent increase over the prior year. A reconciliation of GAAP diluted EPS to normalized amounts and a calculation of free cash flow are included in the attached tables.

"Nordson's global team delivered a solid quarter in a tough macroeconomic environment and in comparison to a particularly strong period of demand a year ago," said Nordson President and Chief Executive Officer Michael F. Hilton. "Earnings per share were within our range of guidance, and on a sequential basis, third quarter sales, operating profit, operating margin, net income and earnings per share all increased over the levels reported in the second quarter. We delivered this performance while maintaining our focus on initiatives that are expected to drive growth and performance over the long term, including support for new products, new applications, emerging market expansion and enhanced customer facing capabilities. Investments in these areas are being balanced with a prudent approach to discretionary spending. In addition, our ability to generate high levels of free cash and our confidence in the strength of our business are enabling us to continue funding multiple strategic objectives."

Nordson also recently announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 20 percent increase to its dividend and has authorized a new $200 million share repurchase program. During the quarter, the company also agreed to acquire two businesses of Munster, Germany-based Kreyenborg Group, a premier supplier of engineered melt stream components to polymer processing customers worldwide. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Third Quarter Segment Results

Total sales volume in Adhesive Dispensing Systems grew 13 percent over the prior year's third quarter, with nearly all of the increase coming from the first year effect of acquisitions. Organic growth in legacy packaging and product assembly product lines was offset by softness in other product lines. The Adhesive Dispensing Systems segment operating margin for the quarter was 26 percent. In Advanced Technology Systems, sales volume decreased 2 percent compared to the third quarter a year ago, a period in which Nordson delivered organic growth of 33 percent. Growth in automated and semi-automated dispensing product lines and fluid management components was offset by lower demand in test and inspection product lines. The Advanced Technology segment leveraged a sequential increase in volume to deliver strong operating margin of 28 percent, a three percentage point improvement over the level generated in the second quarter. The Industrial Coating Systems segment's sales volume increased by 10 percent over the previous year, driven mainly by the first year effect of acquisitions. Organic volume growth in powder and liquid coating product lines was offset by softness in larger dollar cold material systems supporting automotive OEMs and container coating systems. The Industrial Coating Systems segment delivered operating margin of 13 percent in the quarter.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Results

For the first-nine-months of fiscal year 2013, sales were $1.1 billion, operating profit was $237 million and net income was $162 million. First-nine-months GAAP earnings per share on a diluted basis are $2.50. Prior year first-nine-months revenue, operating profit, net income and diluted earnings per share were $971 million, $232 million, $157 million and $2.41. Detailed results by operating segment and geography for the third quarter and year-to-date are included in the attached tables, as is an earnings per share reconciliation table.

"Through the first nine months of our fiscal year, Nordson delivered organic growth of more than 4 percent, a level outpacing global GDP," said Hilton. "On a sequential basis, sales, operating income, operating margin, net income and diluted earnings per share have improved in each quarter of fiscal year 2013. Our team delivered these results as we continued to execute on a variety of initiatives that will benefit future performance."

Order Rates and Backlog

Order rates for the 12-week period ending August 18, 2013, measured in constant currency, were flat compared to the same period a year ago. Order rates by segment and geography are provided in the accompanying financial tables, with pro-forma changes in order rates calculated as though 2012 acquisitions were owned in both years.

Backlog at the end of the third quarter was approximately $197 million, a decrease of 21 percent compared to the end of the third quarter a year ago, and flat compared to the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Backlog amounts are calculated at July 31, 2013 exchange rates. "The current macroeconomic environment has caused some customers to delay placing orders for larger dollar, platform-driven systems that helped drive backlog in the third quarter a year ago," said Hilton.


For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, sales are expected to be in the range of $391 million to $408 million, a decrease of 7 to 11 percent as compared to the fourth quarter a year ago. This outlook is inclusive of organic volume down 6 to 10 percent and a negative 1 percent currency translation effect based on the current exchange rate environment. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.87 to $0.98. This outlook does not include results of the previously announced acquisition of Kreyenborg Group's polymer processing businesses, which has not yet closed.

"Global macroeconomic growth remains modest at this time and has not increased at the pace anticipated by many forecasters earlier this year," said Hilton. "Softening demand in emerging markets in particular has become more pronounced recently. Our current 12-week order rates reflect these conditions and are flat, with positive activity in the U.S., Europe and the Americas being offset by lower demand in Japan and Asia Pacific. The economic uncertainty has caused some of our customers to delay the purchase of new systems, especially those requiring larger dollar investments. At the same time, orders for replacement parts continue to be strong, indicating that customers continue to maintain their operating rates and we are capturing this volume. While we have delivered strong year-to-date results, Nordson is not immune from overall macroeconomic trends. Our fourth quarter guidance is indicative of these trends, our order rates and customer sentiment. We have proven our ability to adjust and execute in a variety of environments and will continue to do so. Near term, we are reacting to conditions through more aggressive management of discretionary spending and the delay of non-strategic initiatives. And while we are disappointed that the more robust macro growth previously anticipated has not materialized, the fundamentals of our business are intact, and we continue to pursue the strategic objectives that will drive shareholder value. Our current dividend increase and expanded share repurchase authorization reflect that commitment, as does our continued focus on the elements that have made Nordson a top quartile performer over an extended period. These elements include market leading positions, innovative and differentiated technology, direct sales and service, global reach, strong margins and cash flow, a high level of recurring revenue from parts and consumables, a talented work force, and a culture of continuous improvement."

Nordson will broadcast its third quarter conference call on its web site at on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. eastern. For persons unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available for 14 days after the event. Information about Nordson's investor relations and shareholder services is available from James R. Jaye, Director of Communications & Investor Relations at (440) 414-5639 or

Except for historical information and comparisons contained herein, statements included in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements," as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, as discussed in the company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual results to differ.

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensingand processing of adhesives, coatings, polymers and plastics, sealants, biomaterials and other materials and for fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service. Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at, or




(Dollars in thousands except for per-share amounts)

Period Ending July 31, 2013


Third Quarter Year-to-Date
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net sales $ 402,960 $ 379,872 $ 1,132,103 $ 970,901
Cost of sales 177,877 156,658 492,853 388,685
Selling & administrative expenses   131,867     124,676     402,268     350,334  
Operating profit 93,216 98,538 236,982 231,882
Interest expense - net (3,241 ) (2,687 ) (10,741 ) (6,550 )
Other income (expense) - net   2,699     (716 )   934     413  
Income before income taxes 92,674 95,135 227,175 225,745
Income taxes   27,250     28,441     65,135     68,602  
Net Income $ 65,424   $ 66,694   $ 162,040   $ 157,143  
Return on sales 16 % 18 % 14 % 16 %
Return on average shareholders' equity 34 % 45 % 30 % 36 %
Average common shares outstanding (000's) 64,137 64,029 64,242 64,507

Average common shares and common share equivalents (000's)

64,854 64,725 64,923 65,177
Per share:
Basic earnings $ 1.02 $ 1.04 $ 2.52 $ 2.44
Diluted earnings $ 1.01 $ 1.03 $ 2.50 $ 2.41
Dividends paid $ .15 $ .125 $ .45 $ .375
Total dividends $ 9,622 $ 7,998 $ 28,930 $ 24,189



July 31 October 31
2013 2012
Cash and marketable securities $ 75,368 $ 41,518
Receivables 295,074 324,563
Inventories 183,855 169,585
Other current assets   54,587   50,957
Total current assets 608,884 586,623
Property, plant & equipment - net 189,180 174,931
Other assets   1,056,616   1,067,961
$ 1,854,680 $ 1,829,515
Notes payable and debt due within one year $ 10,751 $ 105,669
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   211,651   238,015
Total current liabilities 222,402 343,684
Long-term debt 548,232 528,041
Other liabilities 294,404 288,020
Total shareholders' equity   789,642   669,770
$ 1,854,680 $ 1,829,515
Other information:
Employees 5,543 5,361
Common shares outstanding (000's) 64,224 64,257




(Dollars in thousands)

Period Ending July 31, 2013
Third Quarter % Growth over 2012 Year-to-Date % Growth over 2012


2013 2012 Volume Currency Total 2013 2012 Volume Currency Total
Adhesive dispensing systems $ 195,992 $ 175,175 12.9 % -1.0 % 11.9 % $ 575,750 $ 469,045 24.3 % -1.6 % 22.7 %
Advanced technology systems 150,280 153,073 -1.5 % -0.3 % -1.8 % 388,990 368,178 6.0 % -0.3 % 5.7 %
Industrial coating systems   56,688     51,624   10.4 % -0.6 % 9.8 %   167,363     133,678   26.1 % -0.9 % 25.2 %
Total sales by business segment $ 402,960   $ 379,872   6.7 % -0.6 % 6.1 % $ 1,132,103   $ 970,901   17.6 % -1.0 % 16.6 %
Third Quarter Year-to-Date


2013 2012
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