Kadant 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results

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Kadant Inc. reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Financial Highlights

    Record GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.90 in the fourth quarter of 2011, including restructuring costs and a benefit from discrete tax items, compared to $0.41 in the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year, GAAP diluted EPS was $2.74, compared to $1.48 in 2010.
    Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.59 in the fourth quarter and $2.10 for the year, up 40% and 49%, respectively, over the corresponding prior periods.
    Revenues were a record $97 million in the quarter, increasing 32% over the fourth quarter of 2010.
    Operating income was $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, up 36% over the prior period, and a record $39 million for the full-year 2011, up 55% over 2010.
    Cash flow from continuing operations was $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, one of the highest quarterly performances in the Company's history.
    Repurchases of common stock were $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $16 million for full-year 2011.

Adjusted diluted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain items as detailed later in this press release under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and in the reconciliation tables below.

Management Commentary

"Our financial performance in 2011 was outstanding and ended with one of the best quarters in our Company's history," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. "Diluted EPS from continuing operations was a record $0.90 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to last year's $0.41. Excluding restructuring costs and a benefit from discrete tax items, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.59 in the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing 40 percent over last year's $0.42. This compares to our GAAP guidance of $0.56 to $0.58 for the quarter.

"Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 were a record $97 million, up 32 percent over last year, and exceeded our guidance of $92 to $94 million largely due to higher stock-preparation revenues. Encouragingly, we saw significant increases in all our major product lines with the exception of doctoring. In our stock-preparation product line, revenues were up 49 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, and included particularly strong capital revenues in both North America and China. Fluid-handling revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $28 million, up 31 percent over last year, the highest quarterly performance since we acquired this business in 2005.

"Adjusted EBITDA was $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, 32 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year 2011, adjusted EBITDA was $45 million, or a record 13.3 percent of revenues, and increased 44 percent from $31 million in 2010.

"Further, we had another excellent quarter in operating cash flows. Cash flows from continuing operations were $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, one of the highest performances we've ever achieved. Moreover, for the full year 2011, cash flows were $34 million, up 22 percent over a solid performance in 2010. We ended the quarter with $48 million in cash and our net cash position, that is, cash less debt, was $35 million, up $5 million from the third quarter of 2011, despite having purchased $7 million of our common stock in the fourth quarter. For the full year 2011, we purchased $16 million in common stock, which represented approximately 748,000 shares at an average purchase price of $21.52 per share."

Fourth Quarter 2011

Kadant reported record revenues from continuing operations of $97.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of $23.7 million, or 32 percent, compared with $73.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2011 included $1.1 million from acquisitions and a $0.2 million increase from foreign currency translation compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating income from continuing operations was $9.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, including a $0.4 million restructuring charge, compared to $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, including a $0.1 million restructuring charge.

Net income from continuing operations was a record $10.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to $5.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011 included a $4.1 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items and a $0.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, after-tax restructuring charge. Income from the discontinued operation was $1.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, primarily due to tax benefits associated with the reversal of a valuation allowance. Net income from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2010 included a $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, after-tax restructuring charge. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $7.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing 35 percent compared to $5.2 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation (non-GAAP)
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Three Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
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Three Months Ended
Jan. 1, 2011



($ in millions)
    ?    

Diluted EPS


($ in millions)
    ?    

Diluted EPS

Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as reported        

$


11.8


$


1.00


$


5.2


$


0.42

Income from discontinued operation        ?    (1.1    )        ?    (0.10    )        ?    (0.1    )        ?    (0.01    )    
Income and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations, as reported            

10.7


0.90


5.1


0.41

Adjustments for the following:                                    
Restructuring costs            0.4                0.03                0.1                0.01        
Benefit from discrete tax items        ?    (4.1    )        ?    (0.34    )        ?    -    ?        ?    -    ?    
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS        $    7.0    ?        $    0.59    ?        $    5.2    ?        $    0.42    ?    

Full-Year 2011

For full-year 2011, Kadant reported revenues from continuing operations of $335.5 million, an increase of $65.5 million, or 24 percent, compared with $270.0 million in 2010. Revenues for 2011 included $2.9 million from acquisitions and a $9.8 million increase from foreign currency translation. Operating income from continuing operations was a record $38.7 million in 2011, including a $1.9 million gain, net of restructuring costs, compared to $24.9 million in 2010, including a $1.0 million gain, net of restructuring costs.

Net income from continuing operations was a record $33.6 million in 2011, or $2.74 per diluted share, compared to $18.4 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, in 2010. Net income from continuing operations in 2011 included a $6.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, benefit from discrete tax items and a $1.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, after-tax gain, net of restructuring costs. Net income from continuing operations in 2010 included a $0.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, after-tax gain, net of restructuring costs. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was a record $25.7 million or $2.10 per diluted share in 2011, increasing 47 percent compared to $17.5 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, in 2010.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS Reconciliation (non-GAAP)
    ?    

Twelve Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
    ?    

Twelve Months Ended
Jan. 1, 2011



($ in millions)
    ?    

Diluted EPS


($ in millions)
    ?    

Diluted EPS

Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as reported        

$


33.6


$


2.74


$


18.5


$


1.48

Loss (income) from discontinued operation        ?    -    ?        ?    -    ?        ?    (0.1    )        ?    -    ?    
Income and Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations, as reported            

33.6


2.74


18.4


1.48

Adjustments for the following:                                    
Restructuring costs and other income, net            (1.7    )            (0.13    )            (0.9    )            (0.07    )    
Benefit from discrete tax items        ?    (6.2    )        ?    (0.51    )        ?    -    ?        ?    -    ?    
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS        $    25.7    ?        $    2.10    ?        $    17.5    ?        $    1.41    ?    

Guidance

"We ended the quarter with a healthy backlog position of $108 million, 14 percent higher than the backlog at the end of 2010," Jonathan W. Painter continued. "However, our bookings of $79 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 were at the lowest quarterly level of the year. Although we see good project activity to start 2012 in some of our markets, we are concerned about the macroeconomic environment, particularly in Europe and China, where we have seen softening of demand in some product lines. As a result, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.95 to $2.05 in 2012 on revenues of $330 to $340 million. Our full-year diluted EPS guidance includes an unfavorable effect of $0.06 from the stronger U.S. dollar and $0.06 from a higher effective tax rate compared to 2011. For the first quarter of 2012, we expect to achieve diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.41 to $0.43 on revenues of $82 to $84 million."

Conference Call

Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. eastern time to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year performance, as well as future expectations. To view the webcast, go to www.kadant.com and click on the "Investors" tab. To listen to the webcast via teleconference, call 866-804-6926 within the U.S., or +1-857-350-1672 outside the U.S. and reference participant passcode 83375884. Prior to the call, our earnings release and the slides used in the webcast presentation will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available at www.sec.gov. An archive of the webcast presentation will be available on our Web site until March 23, 2012.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the fourth quarter and full-year results on its Web site at www.kadant.com under the "Investors" tab.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including increases or decreases in revenues excluding the effect of foreign currency translation, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

We present increases or decreases in revenues excluding the effect of foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends. In addition, we exclude from certain financial measures restructuring costs and certain gains and losses to give investors additional insight into our quarterly and annual operating performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had greater or lesser effect, or no effect. In addition, these items are excluded as they are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any regularity or predictability and we believe are not indicative of our normal operating results.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our core business, operating results, or future outlook. We believe that the inclusion of such measures helps investors to gain a better understanding of our underlying operating performance and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts our performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts and to the performance of our competitors. Such measures are also used by us in our financial and operating decision-making and for compensation purposes. We also believe this information is responsive to investors' requests and gives them an additional measure of our performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release have limitations associated with their use as compared to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, in that they may be different from, and therefore not comparable to, similar measures used by other companies.

Adjusted diluted EPS in the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011 was calculated using the reported weighted average diluted shares for each period.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

    Restructuring costs of $0.4 million and $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively, and other income, net, of $1.7 million and $0.9 million in the twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively. Other income, net, includes gains on the sale of assets of $2.0 million, net of tax of $0.3 million, and restructuring costs of $0.3 million, net of tax of $0.1 million, in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. Other income, net, includes gains on the sale of assets and pension curtailment of $1.1 million, net of tax of $0.2 million, and restructuring costs of $0.2 million, net of tax of $0.1 million, in the twelve-month period ended January 1, 2011. We believe that the restructuring costs and other income are not indicative of our core operating results and not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs and other income or none at all.
    A benefit from discrete tax items of $4.1 million and $6.2 million, in the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011, respectively. These tax benefits were primarily due to the reversal of valuation allowances on certain deferred tax assets in the U.S. and China. We believe that these tax benefits are not comparable to other periods, which may have differing levels of discrete tax items or none at all.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income exclude pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.4 million and $0.1 million in the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income exclude pre-tax gains of $2.3 million and $1.3 million, net of restructuring costs of $0.4 million and $0.3 million, in the twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively. These items are excluded as they are not indicative of our core operating results and not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs or other income or none at all.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in this press release.
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
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            Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
Consolidated Statement of Income    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011
                                    ?
Revenues        $    96,965    ?        $    73,256    ?        $    335,460    ?        $    270,029    ?
                                    ?
Costs and Operating Expenses:                                
    Cost of revenues            59,562                42,176                190,247                151,604    
    Selling, general, and administrative expenses            26,286                22,942                102,660                89,212    
    Research and development expenses            1,594                1,365                5,717                5,269    
    Restructuring costs and other income, net (a)        ?    408    ?        ?    66    ?        ?    (1,874    )        ?    (1,005    )
            ?    87,850    ?        ?    66,549    ?        ?    296,750    ?        ?    245,080    ?
                                    ?
Operating Income            9,115                6,707                38,710                24,949    
Interest Income            156                90                499                214    
Interest Expense        ?    (256    )        ?    (307    )        ?    (1,066    )        ?    (1,315    )
                                    ?
Income from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes            9,015                6,490                38,143                23,848    
                                    ?
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision        ?    (1,689    )        ?    1,334    ?        ?    4,285    ?        ?    5,198    ?
                                    ?
Income from Continuing Operations            10,704                5,156                33,858                18,650    
                                    ?
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (b)        ?    1,156    ?        ?    112    ?        ?    (9    )        ?    98    ?
                                    ?
Net Income            11,860                5,268                33,849                18,748    
                                    ?
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest        ?    (28    )        ?    (89    )        ?    (274    )        ?    (241    )
                                    ?
Net Income Attributable to Kadant        $    11,832    ?        $    5,179    ?        $    33,575    ?        $    18,507    ?
                                    ?
Amounts Attributable to Kadant:                                
    Income from Continuing Operations        $    10,676            $    5,067            $    33,584            $    18,409    
    Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (b)        ?    1,156    ?        ?    112    ?        ?    (9    )        ?    98    ?
    Net Income Attributable to Kadant        $    11,832    ?        $    5,179    ?        $    33,575    ?        $    18,507    ?
                                    ?
Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations                                
    Attributable to Kadant:                                
    Basic        $    0.91    ?        $    0.42    ?        $    2.77    ?        $    1.49    ?
    Diluted        $    0.90    ?        $    0.41    ?        $    2.74    ?        $    1.48    ?
                                    ?
Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:                                
    Basic        $    1.01    ?        $    0.42    ?        $    2.77    ?        $    1.50    ?
    Diluted        $    1.00    ?        $    0.42    ?        $    2.74    ?        $    1.48    ?
                                    ?
Weighted Average Shares:                                
    Basic        ?    11,751    ?        ?    12,186    ?        ?    12,124    ?        ?    12,339    ?
                                    ?
    Diluted        ?    11,884    ?        ?    12,335    ?        ?    12,261    ?        ?    12,466    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    (Decrease)
                                    Excluding Effect
            Three Months Ended        Increase        of Currency
Revenues by Product Line    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    (Decrease)    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
Stock-Preparation        $    43,240            $    28,928            $    14,312            $    13,728    
Fluid-Handling            28,204                21,570                6,634                6,710    
Doctoring            13,504                13,812                (308    )            (165    )
Water-Management            9,202                6,584                2,618                2,721    
Other        ?    677    ?        ?    603    ?        ?    74    ?        ?    142    ?
                                    ?

?
    Papermaking Systems Segment            94,827                71,497                23,330                23,136    
Fiber-based Products        ?    2,138    ?        ?    1,759    ?        ?    379    ?        ?    379    ?
                                    ?
            $    96,965    ?        $    73,256    ?        $    23,709    ?        $    23,515    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    Excluding Effect
            Twelve Months Ended                of Currency
            Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Increase    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
Stock-Preparation        $    131,914            $    95,542            $    36,372            $    32,349    
Fluid-Handling            100,618                83,302                17,316                13,530    
Doctoring            55,278                51,290                3,988                2,722    
Water-Management            34,465                28,570                5,895                5,258    
Other        ?    2,590    ?        ?    2,484    ?        ?    106    ?        ?    67    ?
                                    ?

?
    Papermaking Systems Segment            324,865                261,188                63,677                53,926    
Fiber-based Products        ?    10,595    ?        ?    8,841    ?        ?    1,754    ?        ?    1,754    ?
                                    ?
            $    335,460    ?        $    270,029    ?        $    65,431    ?        $    55,680    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    (Decrease)
                                    Excluding Effect
            Three Months Ended        Increase        of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Product Line    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Oct. 1, 2011    ?    (Decrease)    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
Stock-Preparation        $    43,240            $    33,031            $    10,209            $    10,302    
Fluid-Handling            28,204                25,310                2,894                3,136    
Doctoring            13,504                14,017                (513    )            (154    )
Water-Management            9,202                9,933                (731    )            (510    )
Other        ?    677    ?        ?    592    ?        ?    85    ?        ?    163    ?
                                    ?

?
    Papermaking Systems Segment            94,827                82,883                11,944                12,937    
Fiber-based Products        ?    2,138    ?        ?    1,475    ?        ?    663    ?        ?    663    ?
                                    ?
            $    96,965    ?        $    84,358    ?        $    12,607    ?        $    13,600    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    Excluding Effect
            Three Months Ended                of Currency
Revenues by Geography (e)    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Increase    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
North America        $    45,458            $    35,151            $    10,307            $    10,722    
Europe            29,879                22,998                6,881                7,046    
China            18,747                12,339                6,408                5,499    
South America            2,396                2,317                79                226    
Australia        ?    485    ?        ?    451    ?        ?    34    ?        ?    22    ?
                                    ?
            $    96,965    ?        $    73,256    ?        $    23,709    ?        $    23,515    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    Excluding Effect
            Twelve Months Ended                of Currency
            Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Increase    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
North America        $    157,747            $    138,339            $    19,408            $    18,766    
Europe            104,927                85,474                19,453                14,138    
China            61,929                37,087                24,842                21,663    
South America            8,401                7,152                1,249                918    
Australia        ?    2,456    ?        ?    1,977    ?        ?    479    ?        ?    195    ?
                                    ?
            $    335,460    ?        $    270,029    ?        $    65,431    ?        $    55,680    ?
                                    ?
                                    Increase
                                    (Decrease)
                                    Excluding Effect
            Three Months Ended        

Increase
(Decrease)
        of Currency
Sequential Revenues by Geography (e)    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Oct. 1, 2011    ?    ?    Translation (c,d)
                                    ?
North America        $    45,458            $    34,875            $    10,583            $    11,188    
Europe            29,879                28,497                1,382                1,909    
China            18,747                18,716                31                (161    )
South America            2,396                1,741                655                688    
Australia        ?    485    ?        ?    529    ?        ?    (44    )        ?    (24    )
                                    ?
            $    96,965    ?        $    84,358    ?        $    12,607    ?        $    13,600    ?
                                    ?
            Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
Business Segment Information    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011
                                    ?
Gross Profit Margin:                                
    Papermaking Systems            38.3    %            42.4    %            43.1    %            43.8    %
    Fiber-based Products        ?    49.9    %        ?    41.8    %        ?    50.2    %        ?    45.8    %
                                    ?
            ?    38.6    %        ?    42.4    %        ?    43.3    %        ?    43.9    %
                                    ?
Operating Income:                                
    Papermaking Systems        $    12,526            $    9,981            $    50,869            $    37,281    
    Corporate and Fiber-based Products        ?    (3,411    )        ?    (3,274    )        ?    (12,159    )        ?    (12,332    )
                                    ?
            $    9,115    ?        $    6,707    ?        $    38,710    ?        $    24,949    ?
                                    ?
Adjusted Operating Income (d,f):                                
    Papermaking Systems        $    12,934            $    10,047            $    48,995            $    36,276    
    Corporate and Fiber-based Products        ?    (3,411    )        ?    (3,274    )        ?    (12,159    )        ?    (12,332    )
                                    ?
            $    9,523    ?        $    6,773    ?        $    36,836    ?        $    23,944    ?
                                    ?
Bookings from Continuing Operations:                                
    Papermaking Systems        $    75,181            $    97,037            $    334,978            $    293,749    
    Fiber-based Products        ?    3,487    ?        ?    2,799    ?        ?    10,599    ?        ?    8,932    ?
                                    ?
            $    78,668    ?        $    99,836    ?        $    345,577    ?        $    302,681    ?
                                    ?
Capital Expenditures from Continuing Operations:                                
    Papermaking Systems        $    2,470            $    1,312            $    7,751            $    3,022    
    Corporate and Fiber-based Products        ?    87    ?        ?    61    ?        ?    279    ?        ?    386    ?
                                    ?
            $    2,557    ?        $    1,373    ?        $    8,030    ?        $    3,408    ?
                                    ?
            Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
Cash Flow and Other Data from Continuing Operations    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011
                                    ?
Cash Provided by Operations        $    14,863            $    13,843            $    34,362            $    28,263    
Depreciation and Amortization Expense            1,989                1,947                7,936                7,228    
                                    ?
                                    ?
Balance Sheet Data    ?    ?    ?    ?    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011
                                    ?
Assets                                
Cash and Cash Equivalents                        $    46,950            $    61,805    
Restricted Cash                            700                -    
Accounts Receivable, net                            59,492                49,897    
Inventories                            50,527                41,628    
Unbilled Contract Costs and Fees                            3,244                875    
Other Current Assets                            13,378                9,402    
Property, Plant and Equipment, net                            40,095                36,911    
Intangible Assets                            29,053                26,793    
Goodwill                            105,959                97,988    
Other Assets                        ?    9,000    ?        ?    11,473    ?
                                    ?
                            $    358,398    ?        $    336,772    ?
Liabilities and Shareholders' Investment                                
Accounts Payable                        $    28,624            $    23,756    
Short- and Long-term Debt                            12,250                22,750    
Other Liabilities                        ?    93,894    ?        ?    82,965    ?
                                    ?
    Total Liabilities                        $    134,768            $    129,471    
    Shareholders' Investment                        $    223,630    ?        $    207,301    ?
                                    ?
                            $    358,398    ?        $    336,772    ?
                                    ?
Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA        Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
Reconciliation    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011    ?    Dec. 31, 2011    ?    Jan. 1, 2011
                                    ?
Consolidated                                
    Net Income Attributable to Kadant        $    11,832            $    5,179            $    33,575            $    18,507    
    Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest            28                89                274                241    
    (Income) Loss from Discontinued Operation, Net of Tax (b)            (1,156    )            (112    )            9                (98    )
    Income Tax (Benefit) Provision            (1,689    )            1,334                4,285                5,198    
    Interest Expense, net            100                217                567                1,101    
    Restructuring costs and other income, net (a)        ?    408    ?        ?    66    ?        ?    (1,874    )        ?    (1,005    )
                                    ?
    Adjusted Operating Income (d)            9,523                6,773                36,836                23,944    
    Depreciation and Amortization        ?    1,989    ?        ?    1,947    ?        ?    7,936    ?        ?    7,228    ?
                                    ?
    Adjusted EBITDA (d)        $    11,512    ?        $    8,720    ?        $    44,772    ?        $    31,172    ?
                                    ?
Papermaking Systems                                
    Operating Income        $    12,526            $    9,981            $    50,869            $    37,281    
    Restructuring costs and other income, net (a)        ?    408    ?        ?    66    ?        ?    (1,874    )        ?    (1,005    )
                                    ?
    Adjusted Operating Income (d)            12,934                10,047                48,995                36,276    
    Depreciation and Amortization        ?    1,866    ?        ?    1,820    ?        ?    7,455    ?        ?    6,750    ?
                                    ?
    Adjusted EBITDA (d)        $    14,800    ?        $    11,867    ?        $    56,450           $    43,026   

Corporate and Fiber-based Products                                
    Operating Loss        $    (3,411    )        $    (3,274    )        $    (12,159    )        $    (12,332    )
    Depreciation and Amortization           123               127                481               478   

    Adjusted EBITDA (d)        $    (3,288    )        $    (3,147    )        $    (11,678    )        $    (11,854    )
(a)    ?    Includes restructuring costs of $408 and $66 in the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively. Includes a gain from the sale of assets of $2,282, offset by restructuring costs of $408 in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. Includes gains from the sale of assets and pension curtailment of $1,252, offset by restructuring costs of $247 in the twelve-month period ended January 1, 2011.




(b)        

Includes tax benefits of $1,282 and $157 in the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively, and $1,511 and $164 in the twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2011, respectively.



(c)        

Represents the increase (decrease) resulting from the conversion of current period amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of the prior period compared to the U.S. dollar amount reported in the prior period.


(d)        Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.

(e)        

Geographic revenues data is attributed to regions based on selling locations. For North America and China, this usually approximates revenues based on where the equipment is shipped to and installed. Our European geographic data, however, includes revenues shipped to and installed outside of Europe, including South America, Africa, the Middle East, and certain countries in Asia (excluding China).




(f)        See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under "Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation."


About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Our stock-preparation, fluid-handling, doctoring, and water-management equipment and systems are designed to increase efficiency and improve quality in pulp and paper production. Many of our products, particularly in our fluid-handling product line, are also used to optimize production in other process industries. In addition, we produce granules from papermaking byproducts for agricultural and lawn and garden applications. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $335 million in 2011 and 1,700 employees in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.

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 about our expected future financial and operating performance, demand for our products, and economic and industry outlook. Our actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Kadant's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended October 1, 2011. These include risks and uncertainties relating to our dependence on the pulp and paper industry; significance of sales and operation of manufacturing facilities in China; our ability to expand capacity in China to meet demand; commodity and component price increases or shortages; international sales and operations; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; our effective tax rate; future restructurings; soundness of financial institutions; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; litigation and warranty costs related to our discontinued operation and the court approval of the recently filed settlement; our acquisition strategy; protection of patents and proprietary rights; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security; fluctuations in our share price; 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.

Contacts:
Kadant Inc.
Investor contact:
Thomas M. O’Brien, 978-776-2000
or
Media contact:
Wes Martz, 269-278-1715
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