Kadant: Q1 results

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WESTFORD, Mass. - Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2014.

First Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

    GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations was $0.45 in the first quarter of 2014, including $0.02 of restructuring costs, compared to $0.47 in the first quarter of 2013. Guidance was $0.38 to $0.40.
    Bookings were a record $115 million in the first quarter of 2014, including $16 million from acquisitions, compared to $84 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $90 million in the first quarter of 2013.
    Parts and consumables bookings were a record $66 million in the first quarter of 2014, increasing 18% sequentially and 20% compared to the first quarter of 2013.
    Revenues were $93 million in the first quarter of 2014, including $19 million from acquisitions, compared to $76 million in the first quarter of 2013. Guidance was $94 to $96 million.
    Gross margins were 45.2% in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 47.3% in the first quarter of 2013. Gross margins in the first quarter of 2014 included a reduction of 180 basis points associated with the amortization of acquired profit in inventory.
    Net income from continuing operations was $5 million in both the first quarter of 2014 and 2013.
    Adjusted EBITDA increased 36% to a record $13 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $9 million in the first quarter of 2013.
    Repurchases of common stock were $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2014.
    Quarterly dividend increased from $0.125 to $0.15 per share in March 2014.

Note: Adjusted EBITDA 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

“We started 2014 strong with excellent bookings, solid gross margins, and a 36 percent increase in adjusted EBITDA compared to the first quarter of 2013,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant Inc. “Our diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.45 in the first quarter of 2014, which included $0.02 of restructuring costs and $0.13 of expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog associated with businesses acquired in 2013.

“Revenues of $93 million in the first quarter of 2014 increased 23 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013, but were slightly below the lower end of our guidance. Our parts and consumables revenues were a record $61 million in the first quarter of 2014, increasing 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013.

“The highlight for the quarter was our record bookings of $115 million in the first quarter of 2014, including $16 million from acquisitions, which increased 37 percent sequentially and 27 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Excluding bookings from acquisitions, our bookings in the first quarter of 2014 increased 9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013 as a result of favorable market conditions, particularly in North America.”

First Quarter 2014

Kadant reported revenues of $93.4 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of $17.2 million, or 23 percent, compared with $76.2 million in the first quarter of 2013. Revenues for the first quarter of 2014 included $18.9 million from acquisitions and a $0.5 million increase from foreign currency translation compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income from continuing operations was $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2014, including $2.0 million of expense related to acquired inventory and backlog and $0.3 million of restructuring costs, compared to $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, was $9.9 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Net income from continuing operations was $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared to $5.3 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. Net income from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2014 included a $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, after-tax restructuring cost.

Guidance

“Our strong bookings in the first quarter of 2014 and expected bookings in the second quarter have put us in a good position for 2014. For the full year, we are increasing our revenue guidance to $410 to $420 million, up from our previous guidance of $405 to $415 million. We are maintaining our GAAP diluted EPS guidance of $2.60 to $2.70 for full year 2014, which includes $0.17 of expense related to acquired inventory and backlog. This diluted EPS guidance also includes additional expense of $0.11 for the year associated with a higher effective tax rate compared to our previous guidance. For the second quarter of 2014, we expect to achieve GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.66 to $0.68 on revenues of $104 to $106 million.”

 About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with revenues of $344 million in 2013 and 1,800 employees in 18 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 annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013. 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; oriented strand board market and levels of residential construction activity; commodity and component price increases or shortages; dependence on certain suppliers; international sales and operations; our acquisition strategy; our internal growth strategy; fluctuations in currency 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; reliance on third-party research; 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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