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Kennametal Inc. today reported record sales, adjusted EPS and adjusted ROIC for its first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2008. Sales increased over the prior year by 9 percent, including organic sales growth of 3 percent. This marked the company's 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year organic sales growth.
Reported fiscal 2009 first quarter earnings per diluted share (EPS) were $0.47, compared with the prior year quarter reported EPS of $0.44, an increase of 7 percent. The current quarter reported EPS included charges of $0.10 per share related to the company's previously announced restructuring actions. Prior year quarter reported EPS included a non-cash charge of $0.08 per share for the impact of a German tax law change. Absent these charges, adjusted EPS for the current quarter of $0.57 increased 10 percent compared with prior year quarter adjusted EPS of $0.52. Adjusted ROIC was 12.3 percent, up 70 basis points from the prior year quarter.
"Our September quarter performance again demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategies to further balance Kennametal across geographies and end markets," said Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso. "Our improved geographic balance -- with 54% of our revenues coming from outside North America -- helped us set new records for sales, adjusted EPS and adjusted ROIC. We also considerably improved and gained momentum with price realization. Furthermore, our strong balance sheet allows us to weather economic downturns while continuing to invest in our business," Cardoso added.
Reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures are set forth in the attached tables and descriptions of certain non-GAAP financial measures are contained in our report on Form 8-K to which this release is attached.
Highlights of Fiscal 2009 First Quarter
-- Sales for the quarter were $669 million, compared with $615 million in the same quarter last year. Sales grew 9 percent and included 3 percent organic growth, 5 percent from favorable foreign currency effects and 2 percent from more workdays partially offset by the impact of divestitures of 1 percent.
-- As previously announced, the company continued to implement certain restructuring actions to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in its operations. During the September quarter, the company recognized pre-tax charges related to these initiatives of $9 million, or $0.10 per share. Pre-tax charges recorded to date for these initiatives were $17 million. Including these charges, the company expects to recognize a total of $40 million to $50 million of pre-tax charges related to the restructuring actions. The remaining charges are expected to be incurred over the next six to twelve months. Approximately 90 percent of these charges are expected to be cash expenditures. Annual ongoing benefits from these actions, once fully implemented, are expected to be in the range of $20 million to $25 million.
-- The effective tax rate for the current quarter was 19.0 percent compared with 37.7 percent in the prior year quarter. The prior year was unfavorably impacted by a charge related to a German tax law change. Absent that charge, the prior year rate was 26.3 percent. The reduction from the prior year rate was due to the release of a deferred tax benefit valuation allowance and increased benefits from the company's pan-European business strategy.
-- Net income was $35 million for both the current and prior year quarters. Absent the charges related to restructuring actions and the German tax law change, net income for the current quarter increased 3 percent to $43 million from $41 million in the prior year quarter. This increase was driven primarily by organic sales growth, including higher price realization, and a lower effective tax rate.
-- During the quarter, the company repurchased 4.0 million of its shares completing the share repurchase program that was announced in October 2006.
-- Reported EPS were $0.47, compared with prior year quarter reported EPS of $0.44. Adjusted EPS of $0.57 increased 10 percent, compared with prior year quarter adjusted EPS of $0.52. A reconciliation follows:
Earnings Per Diluted Share Reconciliation First Quarter FY 2009 First Quarter FY 2008 Reported EPS $0.47 Reported EPS $0.44 Restructuring and related Impact of German tax law charges 0.10 change 0.08 Adjusted EPS $0.57 $0.52
-- Adjusted ROIC was 12.3 percent, up 70 basis points from 11.6 percent in the prior year quarter.
-- Cash flow from operating activities was $38 million in the current quarter, compared with $57 million in the prior year quarter. Free operating cash flow for the current quarter was an outflow of $5 million compared with an inflow of $16 million in the prior year quarter. The change in free operating cash flow was primarily driven by a reduction in accounts payable and changes in other assets and liabilities.
Business Segment Highlights of Fiscal 2009 First Quarter
Metalworking Solutions & Services Group (MSSG) sales increased by 6 percent during the September quarter, driven primarily by favorable foreign currency effects which increased sales by 6 percent. Increased workdays added a further 2 percent which was offset by the impact of divestitures. On a global basis, industrial activity was mixed. Activity in certain industry and market sectors, such as aerospace, defense and energy, remained positive while others, such as automotive and other durable goods, were somewhat weaker. Regionally, organic sales growth was led by Asia Pacific at 22 percent followed by Latin America, India and Europe at 7 percent, 6 percent and 2 percent, respectively. This offset a reduction in North American organic sales of 8 percent.
MSSG operating income decreased by 22 percent and the operating margin decreased 360 basis points from the same quarter last year. During the September quarter, MSSG recognized restructuring and related charges of $7 million. Absent these charges, MSSG operating income decreased 9 percent and operating margin decreased 190 basis points. The primary drivers of the decline in operating margin were temporary disruption effects related to restructuring initiatives and higher raw material costs offset somewhat by current quarter benefits from price increases and favorable foreign currency effects.
Advanced Materials Solutions Group (AMSG) sales increased 15 percent during the September quarter, driven by 10 percent organic growth, 3 percent from favorable foreign currency effects and 2 percent from more workdays. Organic sales increased on stronger mining and construction sales and higher energy-related sales, slightly offset by lower sales of engineered products and surface finishing machines and services.
AMSG operating income was level with the prior year quarter while operating margin was 190 basis points lower. During the September quarter, AMSG recognized restructuring and related charges of $1 million. Absent these charges, AMSG operating income increased 5 percent and the operating margin decreased 130 basis points. The decline in operating margin was due to unfavorable business mix and lower performance in the engineered products and surface finishing machines and services businesses. Improved price realization more than offset the impact of higher raw material costs.
In furtherance of its growth strategy for AMSG, Kennametal acquired Tricon Metal and Services, Inc. (Tricon) on October 1, 2008. Tricon is a leading provider of custom wear solutions specializing in consumable proprietary steels for the surface and underground mining markets, including hard rock and coal.
Kennametal has revised its earnings outlook for fiscal 2009 to a range of $2.75 to $2.90, excluding charges that occur relating to the previously announced restructuring actions. Organic sales growth is expected to be 0 to 2 percent for fiscal 2009.
"Our proven strategies will continue to make us more resilient and serve us well as we move through the current period of turbulence in global markets," said Frank Simpkins, Kennametal Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Our customer base is broad, our end markets are diverse, our geographic balance has never been better and our balance sheet is strong. Nevertheless, we believe that it is appropriate at this time to reduce our earnings outlook given the existing level of uncertainty in the global economy. Throughout the period, we will continue to manage our cost structure commensurate with prevailing business levels."
In the second quarter of fiscal 2009, Kennametal expects organic sales growth to be in the range of 0 to 2 percent and EPS to be in the range of $0.51 and $0.56, excluding charges that occur relating to the previously announced restructuring actions.
Kennametal anticipates cash flow from operating activities of approximately $290 million to $310 million for fiscal 2009. Based on anticipated capital expenditures of $145 million, the company expects to generate between $145 million and $165 million of free operating cash flow for fiscal 2009.
Kennametal also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable November 17, 2008 to shareowners of record as of the close of business on November 5, 2008.
Kennametal advises shareowners to note monthly order trends, for which the company makes a disclosure ten business days after the conclusion of each month. This information is available on the Investor Relations section of Kennametal's corporate web site at http://www.kennametal.com/.
First quarter results for fiscal 2009 will be discussed in a live Internet broadcast at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today. This event will be broadcast live on the company's website, http://www.kennametal.com/. Once on the homepage, select "Investor Relations" and then "Events." The replay of this event will also be available on the company's website through November 23, 2008.
This release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact they use words such as "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "approximate," "expect," "may," "will," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe" and other words of similar meaning and expression in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance or event. Forward looking statements in this release concern, among other things, Kennametal's expectations regarding future growth, end markets, financial performance for future periods, its intended restructuring activities and the execution of its share repurchase program, all of which are based on current expectations that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties related to: global and regional economic conditions; availability and cost of the raw materials we use to manufacture our products; our ability to protect our intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions; our foreign operations and international markets, such as currency exchange rates, different regulatory environments, trade barriers, exchange controls, and social and political instability; energy costs; commodity prices; competition; integrating recent acquisitions, as well as any future acquisitions, and achieving the expected savings and synergies; business divestitures; demands on management resources; implementation of restructuring plans and environmental remediation matters; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; future terrorist attacks or acts of war; and labor relations. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual outcomes could vary materially from those indicated. These and other risks are more fully described in Kennametal's latest annual report on Form 10-K and its other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments.
Kennametal Inc. is a leading global supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials consumed in production processes. The company improves customers' competitiveness by providing superior economic returns through the delivery of application knowledge and advanced technology to master the toughest of materials application demands. Companies producing everything from airframes to coal, from medical implants to oil wells and from turbochargers to motorcycle parts recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. Customers buy approximately $2.7 billion annually of Kennametal products and services -- delivered by our 14,000 talented employees in over 60 countries -- with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside North America. Visit us at http://www.kennametal.com/. [KMT-E]
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended September 30, (in thousands, except per share amounts) 2008 2007 (a) Sales $669,265 $615,076 Cost of goods sold 450,487 402,985 Gross profit 218,778 212,091 Operating expense 153,682 145,032 Restructuring charges 8,412 - Amortization of intangibles 3,409 2,945 Operating income 53,275 64,114 Interest expense 7,116 7,799 Other expense (income), net 1,403 (1,103) Income before income taxes and minority interest 44,756 57,418 Provision for income taxes 8,504 21,667 Minority interest expense 785 872 Net income 35,467 34,879 Basic earnings per share $0.48 $0.45 Diluted earnings per share $0.47 $0.44 Dividends per share $0.12 $0.11 Basic weighted average shares outstanding 74,399 77,399 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 75,526 79,068 (a) Share and per share amounts have been restated to reflect the company's 2-for-1 stock split completed in December 2007. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED) September 30, June 30, (in thousands) 2008 2008 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $68,855 $86,478 Accounts receivable, net 457,160 512,794 Inventories 464,135 460,800 Other current assets 101,915 91,914 Total current assets 1,092,065 1,151,986 Property, plant and equipment, net 729,056 749,755 Goodwill and intangible assets, net 776,141 802,722 Other assets 80,956 79,886 Total assets $2,678,218 $2,784,349 LIABILITIES Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases, including notes payable $33,479 $33,600 Accounts payable 157,004 189,050 Other current liabilities 274,676 298,661 Total current liabilities 465,159 521,311 Long-term debt and capital leases 448,244 313,052 Other liabilities 278,646 280,552 Total liabilities 1,192,049 1,114,915 MINORITY INTEREST IN CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES 20,412 21,527 SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY 1,465,757 1,647,907 Total liabilities and shareowners' equity $2,678,218 $2,784,349 SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended September 30, (in thousands) 2008 2007 Outside Sales: Metalworking Solutions and Services Group $431,286 $407,697 Advanced Materials Solutions Group 237,979 207,379 Total outside sales $669,265 $615,076 Sales By Geographic Region: United States $288,806 $283,080 International 380,459 331,996 Total sales by geographic region $669,265 $615,076 Operating Income (Loss): Metalworking Solutions and Services Group $43,311 $55,352 Advanced Materials Solutions Group 29,990 29,980 Corporate and eliminations (b) (20,026) (21,218) Total operating income $53,275 $64,114 (b) Includes corporate functional shared services and intercompany eliminations.
In addition to reported results under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), the following financial highlight tables include, where appropriate, a reconciliation of adjusted results including gross profit, operating expense, operating income, MSSG operating income and margin, AMSG operating income and margin, effective tax rate, net income and diluted earnings per share (which are GAAP financial measures), as well as free operating cash flow and adjusted return on invested capital (which are non-GAAP financial measures), to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management believes that investors should have available the same information that management uses to assess operating performance, determine compensation and assess the capital structure of the company. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP measures. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the company may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures are set forth in the attached tables and descriptions of certain non-GAAP financial measures are contained in our report of Form 8-K to which this release is attached.
THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 (UNAUDITED) (in thousands, except per Gross Operating Operating Net Diluted share amounts) Profit Expense Income Income EPS 2009 Reported Results $218,778 $153,682 $53,275 $35,467 $0.47 Restructuring and related charges 723 (10) 9,145 7,408 0.10 2009 Adjusted Results $219,501 $153,672 $62,420 $42,875 $0.57 MSSG AMSG Operating Operating (in thousands) Income Income 2009 Reported Results $43,311 $29,990 2009 Reported Operating Margin 10.0% 12.6% Restructuring and related charges 7,234 1,405 2009 Adjusted Results $50,545 $31,395 2009 Adjusted Operating Margin 11.7% 13.2% THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 (UNAUDITED) (in thousands, except percents and per share amounts) Effective Tax Net Diluted Rate Income EPS(c) 2008 Reported Results 37.7% $34,879 $0.44 Impact of German tax law change (11.4) 6,594 0.08 2008 Adjusted Results 26.3% $41,473 $0.52 (c) Per share amounts have been restated to reflect the company's 2-for-1 stock split completed in December 2007. FREE OPERATING CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended September 30, (in thousands) 2008 2007 Net cash flow provided by operating activities $37,950 $56,905 Purchases of property, plant and equipment (44,592) (42,686) Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment 1,309 2,200 Free operating cash flow $(5,333) $16,419 RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (UNAUDITED) September 30, 2008 (in thousands, except percents) Invested Capital 9/30/2008 6/30/2008 3/31/2008 Debt $481,723 $346,652 $428,456 Minority interest 20,412 21,527 21,879 Shareowners' equity 1,465,757 1,647,907 1,615,568 Total $1,967,892 $2,016,086 $2,065,903 Invested Capital 12/31/2007 9/30/2007 Average Debt $446,956 $377,051 $416,168 Minority interest 20,276 19,122 20,643 Shareowners' equity 1,563,297 1,531,378 1,564,781 Total $2,030,529 $1,927,551 $2,001,592 Three Months Ended Interest Expense 9/30/2008 6/30/2008 3/31/2008 12/31/2007 Total Interest expense $7,116 $7,393 $8,005 $8,531 $31,045 Securitization fees - 4 5 5 14 Total interest expense $7,116 $7,397 $8,010 $8,536 $31,059 Income tax benefit 6,150 Total interest expense, net of tax $24,909 Total Income 9/30/2008 6/30/2008 3/31/2008 12/31/2007 Total Net income, as reported $35,467 $59,580 $23,170 $50,146 $168,363 Goodwill impairment charge - - 35,000 - 35,000 Restructuring and related charges 7,408 6,635 - - 14,043 Minority interest expense 785 329 742 1,037 2,893 Total income, adjusted $43,660 $66,544 $58,912 $51,183 $220,299 Total interest expense, net of tax 24,909 $245,208 Average invested capital $2,001,592 Adjusted Return on Invested Capital 12.3% Return on invested capital calculated utilizing net income, as reported is as follows: Net income, as reported $168,363 Total interest expense, net of tax 24,909 $193,272 Average invested capital $2,001,592 Return on Invested Capital 9.7% RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (UNAUDITED) September 30, 2007 (in thousands, except percents) Invested Capital 9/30/2007 6/30/2007 3/31/2007 Debt $377,051 $366,829 $371,521 Minority interest 19,122 17,624 16,896 Shareowners' equity 1,531,378 1,484,467 1,431,235 Total $1,927,551 $1,868,920 $1,819,652 Invested Capital 12/31/2006 9/30/2006 Average Debt $376,472 $409,592 $380,293 Minority interest 15,807 15,177 16,925 Shareowners' equity 1,369,748 1,319,599 1,427,286 Total $1,762,027 $1,744,368 $1,824,504 Three Months Ended 9/30/2007 6/30/2007 3/31/2007 12/31/2006 Total Interest Expense Interest expense $7,799 $7,513 $6,915 $7,286 $29,513 Securitization fees 8 5 5 6 24 Total interest expense $7,807 $7,518 $6,920 $7,292 $29,537 Income tax benefit 8,772 Total interest expense, net of tax $20,765 Total Income 9/30/2007 6/30/2007 3/31/2007 12/31/2006 Total Net income, as reported $34,879 $62,093 $51,738 $30,051 $178,761 Impact of German tax law change 6,594 - - - 6,594 Electronics impairment and transaction-related charges - - - 3,213 3,213 Minority interest expense 872 229 757 642 2,500 Total income, adjusted $42,345 $62,322 $52,495 $33,906 $191,068 Total interest expense, net of tax 20,765 $211,833 Average invested capital $1,824,504 Adjusted Return on Invested Capital 11.6% Return on invested capital calculated utilizing net income, as reported is as follows: Net income, as reported $178,761 Total interest expense, net of tax 20,765 $199,526 Average invested capital $1,824,504 Return on Invested Capital 10.9%
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