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."

Outlook

"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 http://kmgchemicals.com. 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 http://kmgchemicals.com.

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.

KMG CHEMICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

April 30,

April 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

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 expenses

6,399

7,418

19,374

19,290

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 taxes

3,918

6,316

13,286

16,938

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:

Basic

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

Diluted

Income from continuing operations

$

0.25

$

0.33

$

0.76

$

0.89

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

0.01

(0.01

)

(0.03

)

Net income

$

0.25

$

0.34

$

0.75

$

0.86

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

11,513

11,363

11,476

11,355

Diluted

11,580

11,539

11,574

11,523

KMG CHEMICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except for share and per share amounts)

April 30,

July 31,

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

Assets

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, 2012

26,854

28,933

Other

4,304

960

Inventories, net

44,514

40,661

Current deferred tax assets

1,425

1,417

Prepaid expenses and other

3,309

2,057

Total current assets

85,504

75,661

Property, plant and equipment, net

67,423

68,026

Deferred tax assets

1,158

1,129

Goodwill

3,778

3,778

Intangible assets, net

14,757

14,980

Restricted cash

1,000

1,000

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 liabilities

5,109

4,595

Employee incentive accrual

1,154

2,227

Total current liabilities

29,645

28,677

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

22,000

24,000

Deferred tax liabilities

7,827

7,046

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, 2012

115

114

Additional paid-in capital

26,738

26,022

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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