30.04.13

Kadant: Q1 financial results

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Kadant Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights

    GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.47 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $0.61 in the first quarter of 2012. Guidance was $0.32 to $0.34.
    Bookings were $90 million in the first quarter of 2013, increasing 19% sequentially and 16% compared to the first quarter of 2012. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.18.
    Revenues were $76 million in the quarter, compared to $84 million in the first quarter of 2012. Guidance was $71 to $73 million.
    Gross profit margins were the second highest ever achieved at 47.3% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 45.6% in the first quarter of 2012.
    Cash flows from continuing operations were $7 million in the first quarter of 2013, increasing significantly from negative cash flows of $4 million in the first quarter of 2012.
    Repurchases of common stock were $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2013.
    First quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share declared in February 2013 to be paid in May 2013.

Management Commentary

"We are off to a better start in 2013 than we had expected," said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. "Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.47 in the first quarter of 2013, including $0.03 of acquisition costs, and exceeded our guidance of $0.32 to $0.34. This strong performance was driven by a number of factors, including higher revenues in our Fluid-Handling and our Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration product lines, as well as excellent gross profit margins.

"Operating income was $7.4 million, or 9.7 percent of revenues, compared to $10.4 million, or 12.4 percent of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012. We were pleased to see operating cash flows from continuing operations of $7.0 million in the first quarter, which is often a weak quarter for cash flows. We ended the quarter in a net cash position, cash less debt, of $51.8 million, up $4.1 million from the end of 2012. We also purchased 50,000 shares of our common stock for $1.3 million in the quarter.

"Bookings were strong in the first quarter of 2013 at $90.3 million, up 16 percent from the first quarter of 2012 and 19 percent sequentially. This increase was due to an excellent performance in our Stock-Preparation product line, particularly in Europe. Our parts and consumables bookings of $55 million in the first quarter of 2013 were the highest level achieved since the first quarter of 2008, increasing 10 percent from the first quarter of 2012 and 17 percent sequentially.

"We have also been working on two small but strategic acquisitions during the quarter. As we announced earlier this month, we completed the acquisition of Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia Industrial (CBTI), our licensee in Brazil, in April. The addition of CBTI enhances our strategy of expanding our presence in the important South American market. After quarter-end, we also signed an asset purchase agreement with the Noss Group, a leading Sweden-based developer and supplier of high-efficiency cleaners and approach flow systems used in stock preparation in the pulp and paper industry. The Noss products will expand the product offerings of our Stock-Preparation product line, particularly for virgin pulping applications. In addition, the Noss product line will make a significant contribution to our parts and consumables business. We expect to close this acquisition in the second quarter."

First Quarter 2013

Kadant reported revenues of $76.2 million in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of $7.9 million, or nine percent, compared with $84.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. Revenues for the first quarter of 2013 included a $0.3 million increase from foreign currency translation compared to the first quarter of 2012. Operating income from continuing operations was $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. Net income from continuing operations was $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $7.1 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012.

Guidance

"During the second quarter, we expect to realize a gain of approximately $0.10 per diluted share from the sale of a building in China," Mr. Painter continued. "Also for the second quarter and full year, we expect a modest amount of accretion from the operating results of CBTI. Including these items, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.53 to $0.55 in the second quarter of 2013 on revenues of $79 to $82 million. For the full year, we are increasing our guidance and now expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.00 to $2.10 on revenues of $336 to $343 million, revised from our previous guidance of $1.80 to $1.90 on revenues of $320 to $330 million. This guidance does not include any potential restructuring costs from the recent acquisition or the results of the pending Noss acquisition."

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a leading supplier to the global pulp and paper industry. Our stock-preparation; fluid-handling; and doctoring, cleaning, and filtration products 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 $332 million in 2012 and 1,600 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, economic and industry outlook, and anticipated transactions. The pending building sale in China and the acquisition of the assets of the Noss Group are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions and there can be no assurance that we will complete these transactions or that we will complete either of these transactions in the timeframe or based on the terms indicated in the agreements. 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012. 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; commodity and component price increases or shortages; international sales and operations; fluctuations in our exchange rates; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; our effective tax rate; future restructurings; soundness of financial institutions; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; 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.

Contact:
Kadant Inc.
Investor contact:
Thomas M. O'Brien, 978-776-2000

Source: Kadant Inc.
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