29.04.05

29.4.2005: Meldung: Kadant Reports 2005 First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of 2005, Kadant Inc. reported that revenues from continuing operations increased 7 percent to $50.7 million (including a 2 percent benefit from currency translation), compared with $47.5 million in the first quarter of 2004. Income from continuing operations was $3.1 million in the 2005 quarter, or $.22 per diluted share, versus $3.3 million, or $.23 per diluted share, a year ago. Earnings per share (EPS) in 2005 included a $.06 gain from a cash reimbursement related to Kadant"s tax agreement with our former parent company, and in 2004 included a $.04 gain associated with renegotiating a series of agreements with a licensee. Excluding these gains, adjusted diluted EPS was $.16 in the 2005 quarter, compared with $.19 in 2004. Including the discontinued composite building products business, net income was $2.7 million, or $.19 per diluted share, in both periods.

"We are pleased to report that both revenues and earnings exceeded our expectations for the quarter," said William A. Rainville, chairman and chief executive officer of Kadant. "Growth in papermaking systems revenues was primarily the result of increased demand for our stock-preparation products, particularly our Chemi-Washer(R) pulp-washing systems, for which we received more than $11 million in orders in the first quarter from customers in different parts of the world.

"We are especially encouraged by a 13 percent increase in bookings this quarter over the first quarter last year, making this the best bookings quarter we"ve had in five years. Our order backlog is also up - 26 percent higher than the end of 2004. Once we complete our acquisition of The Johnson Corporation, expected in the second quarter, our footprint in the paper industry will be considerably larger. Johnson will also give us access to new industries currently served by its rotary joints and other fluid-handling products."

Mr. Rainville added, "Even after the acquisition, our balance sheet will remain strong, with an expected ratio of net debt to total capital of approximately 14 percent - below our targeted upper limit of 20 percent. Looking ahead to the second quarter of 2005, we expect to report GAAP diluted EPS of $.19 to $.21 from continuing operations, on revenues of $54 to $56 million. Our guidance for the year is now $.86 to $.96 of GAAP diluted EPS, reflecting the $.06 tax gain, and we expect to report revenues of $205 to $215 million. This guidance does not include results from the pending acquisition of Johnson."

Kadant will hold its earnings conference call on Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. To listen, call 800-709-2159 within the U.S., or 973-582-2810 outside the U.S. You can also listen to the call live on the Web by visiting www.kadant.com and clicking on "Investors." An audio archive of the call will be available on our Web site until May 27, 2005.

Financial Highlights (unaudited) (a)
(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)

Three Months Ended
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Consolidated Statement of Operations April 2, 2005 April 3, 2004
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Revenues $50,744 $47,500
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Costs and Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 31,982 28,033
Selling, general, and administrative
expenses 14,894 13,771
Research and development expenses 1,048 888
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47,924 42,692
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Operating Income 2,820 4,808
Interest Income 472 329
Interest Expense (2) (8)
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Income from Continuing Operations Before
Income Taxes 3,290 5,129

Provision for Income Taxes (203) (1,795)
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Income from Continuing Operations 3,087 3,334

Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of
Tax (363) (606)
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Net Income $2,724 $2,728
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Earnings per Share
Basic
Income from Continuing Operations $.22 $.23
Loss from Discontinued Operation (.02) (.04)
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Net Income $.20 $.19
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Diluted
Income from Continuing Operations $.22 $.23
Loss from Discontinued Operation (.03) (.04)
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Net Income $.19 $.19
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Weighted Average Shares
Basic 13,926 14,222
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Diluted 14,211 14,603
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Three Months Ended
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Adjusted Net Income and Diluted EPS (b) April 2, 2005 April 3, 2004
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Net Income $2,724 $2,728
Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of
Tax 363 606
Royalty Gain (c) - (631)
Income Taxes (d) (882) -
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Adjusted Net Income $2,205 $2,703
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Diluted Earnings per Share $.19 $.19
Loss from Discontinued Operation .03 .04
Royalty Gain (c) - (.04)
Income Taxes (d) (.06) -
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Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share $.16 $.19
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Three Months Ended
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Business Segment Information April 2, 2005 April 3, 2004
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Revenues:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems $47,571 $45,564
Fiber-based Products 3,173 1,936
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$50,744 $47,500
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Gross Profit Margin:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems 37% 41%
Fiber-based Products 43% 34%
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37% 41%
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Operating Income:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems $3,374 $6,343
Corporate and Other (e) (554) (1,535)
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$2,820 $4,808
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Three Months Ended
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Business Segment Information (continued) April 2, 2005 April 3, 2004
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Adjusted Operating Income:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems (c) $3,374 $5,373
Corporate and Other (e) (554) (1,535)
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$2,820 $3,838
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Bookings from Continuing Operations:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems $56,442 $51,143
Fiber-based Products 3,378 1,867
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$59,820 $53,010
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Capital Expenditures from Continuing
Operations:
Pulp and Papermaking Systems $140 $330
Corporate and Other (e) 26 32
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$166 $362
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Three Months Ended
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Cash Flow and Other Data from Continuing April 2, 2005 April 3, 2004
Operations
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Cash Provided by Operations $448 $2,285
Depreciation and Amortization Expense $1,016 $933

Balance Sheet Data April 2, 2005 January 1, 2005
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Cash and Cash Equivalents $80,473 $82,089
Shareholders" Investment $214,717 $212,461

(a) All prior-period information has been restated to reflect the
composite building products business as a discontinued
operation.

(b) In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance
with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use
the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income,
adjusted diluted EPS, and adjusted operating income, which
exclude certain non-recurring items. We exclude these items
because they are outside our normal operations. We believe
that providing such non-GAAP measures helps investors gain a
more meaningful understanding of our operating results from
period to period, and is consistent with how we measure our
performance. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this
press release are not meant to be considered superior to or a
substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance
with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures
included in this press release may be different from, and
therefore may not be comparable to, similar measures used by
other companies.

(c) Represents a pre-tax gain of $970 in the 2004 period, which
resulted from renegotiating a series of agreements with one of
our licensees, excluded from adjusted operating income.

(d) Represents effect of a tax benefit of $882 in the 2005 period
received from our former parent company under a tax agreement.

(e) Corporate and Other includes the results from our Fiber-based
Products business and corporate.

Kadant Inc. is a leading global supplier of a range of products that improve quality and productivity in pulp and paper production, including stock-preparation equipment, water-management systems, and paper machine accessories. Kadant, based in Acton, Massachusetts, had approximately $195 million in revenues from continuing operations in 2004 and 950 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.kadant.com.

The completion of the acquisition of The Johnson Corporation is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Johnson"s stockholders, as well as Kadant securing at least $55 million in financing.

The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including forward-looking statements regarding our expected future business and financial performance, the expected timing for the completion of the acquisition of The Johnson Corporation, the benefits and synergies of the acquisition and the expected future business and financial performance of the combined company following the transaction. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such statements are set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Kadant"s year-end report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2005. These include risks and uncertainties relating to our dependence on the pulp and paper industry; international sales and operations; competition; acquisition strategy; our ability to complete the proposed restructuring of our French subsidiary; ability to sell the composite building products business on favorable terms; ability to manufacture and distribute composite building products, and the economic conditions, seasonality in sales, and the long-term performance of such products; availability of raw materials and exposure to commodity price fluctuations related to the manufacture of composite and fiber-based products; protection of patents and proprietary rights; fluctuations in quarterly operating results; and anti-takeover provisions. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

CONTACT: Kadant Inc.
Investor contact:
Thomas M. O"Brien, 978-776-2000

SOURCE: Kadant Inc.
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