Nordson Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Second Quarter Results

Nordson Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Second Quarter Results

  • Sales grow 21 percent over prior year's second quarter to a record $382 million, inclusive of 7 percent organic growth
  • Operating profit improves over prior year's second quarter to $82 million, with operating margin of 22 percent
  • GAAP Diluted EPS was $0.84 for the quarter
  • Third quarter 2013 guidance: sales expected to increase 6 to 10 percent over prior year; diluted EPS in the range of $1.00 to $1.09

WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordson Corporation (NAS: NDSN) today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013. For the quarter ending April 30, 2013, sales were $382 million, a 21 percent increase over the prior year's second quarter. This increase in sales included a 7 percent increase in organic volume, a 16 percent increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions, and a negative 2 percent impact related to unfavorable effects of currency translation compared to the same period a year ago. Operating profit was $82 million, net income was $55 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.84. Prior year second quarter sales, operating profit, net income and diluted earnings per share were $315 million, $77 million, $52 million and $0.80, respectively.

"Our team continued to deliver value to our customers at a high level across the diverse end markets we serve, while also focusing on continuous improvement initiatives, resulting in another excellent quarter," said Nordson President and Chief Executive Officer Michael F. Hilton. "Sales, operating profit, net income and earnings per share all improved on a year-over-year basis and were in line with our guidance. The 7 percent organic sales growth outpaced levels recently reported by many industrial companies, and our operating margin was very solid at 22 percent. On a sequential basis, we leveraged strong top line growth of 10 percent to generate incremental operating margin of 59 percent. We delivered this strong performance while continuing to fund strategic growth initiatives, introducing a variety of new products, and further integrating recently acquired businesses. Also during the quarter we executed on our strategy of returning value to our shareholders by investing $22 million for the repurchase of shares and by distributing approximately $10 million in dividends during the quarter. Free cash flow in the quarter before dividends was $47 million and our balance sheet has significant capacity for ongoing investments. Overall, our team continued to execute at a high level worldwide."

Second Quarter Segment Results
"Nordson delivered organic sales volume growth in all three operating segments and every geography during the quarter," said Hilton. "We continued to meet the needs of our customers efficiently, resulting in strong operating margin performance in every segment.

"Sales volume in Adhesive Dispensing Systems improved by 30 percent compared to the second quarter a year ago," continued Hilton. "The first year effect of acquisitions generated most of the increase, with organic volume improving by 1 percent. The segment's operating margin was 26 percent, up 2 percentage points from the first quarter, as operating performance for both legacy product lines and recent acquisitions improved sequentially.

"In Advanced Technology Systems, second quarter organic sales volume grew by 14 percent over the prior year. Volume expanded in every geography as demand for our precision dispensing and fluid management solutions in mobile electronic device, medical and other niche markets remained solid. Segment operating margin was 25 percent and is inclusive of the strategic investments we have described in previous quarters. On a sequential basis, operating margin improved by 6 percentage points.

"Industrial Coating Systems sales volume increased by 24 percent over the prior year, inclusive of 13 percent organic growth. The organic growth included most product lines and geographies and continued to be driven by the investments of durable goods manufacturers. Industrial Coating operating margin in the quarter was 15 percent, a strong level for this segment. The integration of last year's Sealant Equipment acquisition remains on track."

Detailed results by operating segment and geography are included in the attached tables, as is an earnings per share reconciliation table.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Results
For the first half of fiscal year 2013, sales were $729 million, a 25 percent volume increase over the prior year's first half sales. This increase in sales included an 8 percent increase in organic volume and a 17 percent increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions. Unfavorable currency translation effects reduced sales by approximately 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Operating profit grew 8 percent over the prior year to $144 million, net income was $97 million, and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.49. Prior year first half sales, operating profit, net income and diluted earnings per share were $591 million, $133 million, $90 million and $1.38.

"Our first half organic growth of 8 percent eclipsed global GDP by a considerable margin," said Hilton, "Profitability remained strong while we continued to execute on initiatives that will drive growth, performance and sustainable competitive advantage over the long term."

Order Rates and Backlog
Order rates for the 12-week period ending May 19, 2013, measured in constant currency, decreased by 2 percent over the same period a year ago. Order rates by segment and geography are provided in the accompanying financial tables, with pro-forma growth in order rates calculated as though fiscal year 2012 acquisitions were owned in both years.

Backlog at the end of the second quarter was approximately $200 million, an increase of 3 percent compared to the end of the second quarter a year ago, and an increase of 7 percent compared to the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Backlog amounts are calculated at April 30, 2013 exchange rates.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2013, sales are expected to be in the range of $404 million to $419 million, an increase of 6 to 10 percent as compared to the third quarter a year ago. This growth is inclusive of organic volume growth of 0 to 4 percent, 7 percent growth from the first year effect of acquisitions, 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 $1.00 to $1.09.

"At the midpoint of our third quarter guidance we are forecasting organic sales growth of about 2 percent, a solid level against both a period of very strong growth a year ago and a relatively low growth macroeconomic backdrop," said Hilton. "On a sequential basis, the midpoint of our sales guidance represents growth of 8 percent, and we expect to leverage this growth to generate operating margin performance of around 24 percent in the third quarter.

"Overall, our strategic initiatives, previously described, are progressing as planned, our continuous improvement efforts continue to gain momentum, and our acquisition integration efforts are on track. Nordson's long term outlook remains very bright, as we will continue to apply our model of differentiated, best-in-class technology and direct global sales and service to a diverse set of growing end markets."

Nordson will broadcast its second-quarter conference call on its web site at on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. 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 dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers, plastics and other materials, 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, @Nordson_Corp, or




(Dollars in thousands except for per-share amounts)



Period Ending April 30, 2013



Second QuarterYear-to-Date
Net sales$382,100$315,193$729,143$591,029
Cost of sales165,162125,537314,976232,027
Selling & administrative expenses 134,736   112,799  270,401   225,658 
Operating profit82,20276,857143,766133,344
Interest expense - net(3,518)(2,014)(7,500)(3,863)
Other income (expense) - net (565) 137  (1,765) 1,129 
Income before income taxes78,11974,980134,501130,610
Income taxes 23,514  22,869  37,885  40,161 
Net Income$54,605 $52,111 $96,616 $90,449 
Return on sales14%17%13%15%
Return on average shareholders' equity30%37%27%32%
Average common shares outstanding (000's)64,32064,42664,29664,749
Average common shares and
common share equivalents (000's)64,97065,17964,95965,407
Per share:
Basic earnings$.85$.81$1.50$1.40
Diluted earnings$.84$.80$1.49$1.38
Dividends paid$.15$.125$.30$.25



Period Ending April 30, 2013




April 30October 31
Cash and marketable securities$62,792$41,518
Other current assets 53,522 50,957
Total current assets607,746586,623
Property, plant & equipment - net187,174174,931
Other assets 1,062,417 1,067,961
Notes payable and debt due within one year$65,703$105,669
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 207,580 238,015
Total current liabilities273,283343,684
Long-term debt551,560528,041
Other liabilities296,899288,020
Total shareholders' equity 735,595 669,770
Other information:
Common shares outstanding (000's)64,21564,257




(Dollars in thousands)

Period Ending April 30, 2013
Second Quarter% Growth over 2012Year-to-Date% Growth over 2012


Adhesive dispensing systems$196,380$154,69829.8%-2.9%26.9%$379,758$293,87031.2%-2.0%29.2%
Advanced technology systems130,001114,99814.0%-1.0%13.0%238,710215,10511.3%-0.3%11.0%
Industrial coating systems 55,719  45,497 23.9%-1.4%22.5% 110,675  82,054 35.9%-1.0%34.9%
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