KMG Chemicals Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

KMG Chemicals Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NYS: KMG) , a global provider of specialty chemicals in select markets, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2013 third quarter ended April 30, 2013.

2013 Third Fiscal Quarter Summary

  • Net sales were $59.9 million, down 10.0% from the comparable quarter in fiscal 2012, reflecting reduced demand within our Electronic Chemicals and Wood Treating Chemicals businesses.
  • Gross profit margins decreased to 27.3%, from 30.9% in the third fiscal quarter of 2012.
  • Operating income was $4.4 million compared to $6.9 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.25 vs. $0.34 per share in last year's third fiscal quarter.
  • Electronic Chemicals segment operating margins (after corporate allocations) were 8.2%, down from 9.9% in the third fiscal quarter of 2012.
  • Wood Treating Chemicals segment operating margins (after corporate allocations) were 10.8% vs. 14.5% in last year's third quarter.

Neal Butler, President and CEO of KMG, commented, "Although the operating environment in the third quarter remained challenging, we were encouraged to see sales volumes strengthen in both our Electronic Chemicals and Wood Treating businesses as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2013, particularly in the last two months of the quarter. We continued to focus on controlling operating expenses and achieved a $1.8 million, or 12.8%, reduction in total operating expenses over the prior year's third quarter. Overall, we reported fiscal third quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.25, which was slightly higher than our expectations."

Mr. Butler continued, "As announced last week, we completed the acquisition of OM Group's Ultra Pure Chemicals subsidiaries located in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Singapore. We are pleased to join forces with OM Group's accomplished team and welcome them to KMG. This transaction positions KMG as the leading supplier of high purity process chemicals to the global semiconductor manufacturing industry, enabling us to best serve the evolving needs of our customers throughout the world."

Electronic Chemicals

Electronic Chemicals sales in the third quarter were $36.3 million, down $3.1 million, or 7.8%, as compared to $39.4 million for the prior year period. The sales decline reflected reduced volumes as North American semiconductor production remained relatively soft early in the quarter.

Due to the year/year reduction in third quarter volumes, segment operating margins declined 170 bps year-over-year to 8.2%, from 9.9% in the comparable period last year. However, segment operating margins improved by 138 bps from the second quarter of fiscal 2013 due to higher volumes as demand increased, as well as the benefits from ongoing cost-saving initiatives.

Wood Treating Chemicals

Wood Treating Chemicals sales were $23.5 million, down $3.6 million, or 13.4%, from $27.2 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2012. The decline in segment sales reflected lower creosote volumes as many customers opted to pre-treat wooden railroad ties with boron solutions and reduce the amount of creosote retained in the rail ties. However, Wood Treating Chemicals sales were up $2.3 million, or 11.1% over the prior quarter, reflecting an improvement in overall market conditions in that segment.

Segment operating margins were 10.8%, down 366 bps from 14.5% in last year's third quarter. The reduction in segment operating margins was attributable to lower volumes and the associated impact of lower volumes on segment profitability. Relative to the second quarter of fiscal 2013, segment operating margins improved by 34 bps primarily due to higher sales volumes driven by strengthening demand.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Overview

John V. Sobchak, CFO of KMG, said, "KMG's balance sheet remained in excellent shape at the end of the third quarter, with cash of $5.1 million, working capital of $55.9 million and long term debt of only $22.0 million. Meanwhile, net cash flow from operating activities totaled $9.5 million for the nine month period ended April 30, 2013."

Mr. Sobchak added, "Given KMG's solid financial position and cash flow generation capabilities, we had ample financial flexibility to advance our consolidation strategy by recently purchasing OM Group's Ultra Pure Chemicals subsidiaries for $63.3 million in cash, including $17.3 million in working capital. We funded the acquisition through the company's recently amended revolving credit facility. The facility was amended to increase the maximum borrowing capacity to $110 million and to include an accordion feature that allows for an expansion of up to $135 million. The balance on this facility currently includes $67 million in borrowings. In the near-term, we anticipate directing our cash flow primarily toward debt reduction."


"We anticipate that the recent positive trends we have experienced in our Electronic Chemicals business will continue in our fourth fiscal quarter. Semiconductor production is increasing, particularly with respect to the most advanced process geometries, driving stronger demand for high purity process chemicals. This pickup in production should have a positive impact on our fourth quarter volumes and segment operating margins prior to acquisition and integration-related costs," Mr. Butler stated.

Mr. Butler continued, "In our Wood Treating Chemicals business, we anticipate fourth quarter volumes will improve relative to those reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. Sales should exceed those in last year's fourth fiscal quarter, though segment operating margins are likely to remain below the level reported in last year's fourth fiscal quarter."

Mr. Butler concluded, "We expect our fourth fiscal quarter diluted EPS to be slightly improved over the $0.25 per diluted share we reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2013, after taking into consideration over $1 million of closing and integration costs anticipated to be recognized in the fourth fiscal quarter."

Conference Call

Date: Monday, June 10, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT

Dial-in: 877-415-3186 or 857-244-7329

Participant passcode: 97105991

The conference call will also be webcast live via the "Investors" section of the Company's website at To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived on the KMG website. A telephone replay of the call will also be available for one week, starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 10, 2013. To access the call, dial 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 using participant passcode 91134348.

About KMG

KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and distributes specialty chemicals to select markets. The Company grows by acquiring and optimizing stable chemical product lines and businesses with established production processes. Its current operations are focused on the electronic and industrial wood treatment chemical markets. For more information, visit the Company's website at

The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including statements as to the future performance of the company. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause results to differ include, but are not limited to, successful performance of internal plans, product development acceptance, the impact of competitive services and pricing and general economic risks and uncertainties.

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
April 30,April 30,
Net sales$59,929$66,579$182,224$205,093
Cost of sales 43,596  45,973  130,082  148,671 
Gross profit 16,333  20,606  52,142  56,422 
Distribution expenses6,3997,41819,37419,290
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,579  6,320  18,113  18,390 
Operating income 4,355  6,868  14,655  18,742 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense, net(388)(504)(1,194)(1,609)
Other, net (49) (48) (175) (195)
Total other expense, net (437) (552) (1,369) (1,804)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes3,9186,31613,28616,938
Provision for income taxes (1,026) (2,417) (4,531) (6,643)
Income from continuing operations 2,892  3,899  8,755  10,295 
Discontinued operations:
Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, before income taxes(33)182(187)(434)
Income tax benefit/(expense) 6  (116) 57  101 
Income/(loss) from discontinued operations(27)66(130)(333)
Net income$2,865 $3,965 $8,625 $9,962 
Earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations$0.25$0.34$0.76$0.91
Income (loss) from discontinued operations


  0.01  (0.01) (0.03)
Net income$0.25 $0.35 $0.75 $0.88 
Income from continuing operations$0.25$0.33$0.76$0.89
Income (loss) from discontinued operations





 (0.01) (0.03)
Net income$0.25 $0.34 $0.75 $0.86 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
(In thousands, except for share and per share amounts)
April 30,July 31,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$5,098$1,633
Accounts receivable
Trade, net of allowances of $92 at April 30, 2013 and $16 at July 31, 201226,85428,933
Inventories, net44,51440,661
Current deferred tax assets1,4251,417
Prepaid expenses and other 3,309  2,057 
Total current assets 85,504  75,661 
Property, plant and equipment, net67,42368,026
Deferred tax assets1,1581,129
Intangible assets, net14,75714,980
Restricted cash1,0001,000
Other assets, net 3,667  3,116 
Total assets$177,287 $167,690 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$23,382$21,855
Accrued liabilities5,1094,595
Employee incentive accrual 1,154  2,227 
Total current liabilities 29,645  28,677 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities22,00024,000
Deferred tax liabilities7,8277,046
Other long-term liabilities 1,544  1,200 
Total liabilities 61,016  60,923 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued



Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 11,516,609 shares issued and outstanding at April 30, 2013 and 11,405,808 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2012115114
Additional paid-in capital26,73826,022
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(3,144)(4,339)
Retained earnings 92,562  84,970 
Total stockholders' equity 116,271  106,767 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$177,287 $167,690 
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