PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) (the "Company") today reported results for its fiscal 2021 second quarter ended December 31, 2020, with earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.23, compared with loss per diluted share (LPS) of $0.07 in the prior year quarter, and adjusted EPS of $0.16, compared with adjusted EPS of $0.17 in the prior year quarter.

"We experienced strong sequential sales growth in the quarter that outpaced our expectations, driven by improving demand mainly in the Transportation and General Engineering end-markets. These end-market trends coupled with the progress on our growth initiatives and continued delivery of simplification/modernization benefits led to solid margin improvement and strong free operating cash flow in the quarter," said Christopher Rossi, President and CEO.

Rossi continued: "Our transformation is well underway, and we have permanently improved the cost-structure of the Company, as demonstrated by the higher profitability levels we are achieving now versus previous downturns. Assuming no significant economic shutdowns from COVID-19, we expect Q3 sales to modestly outpace normal seasonal trends and to have positive free operating cash flow for the full year. We remain well positioned to gain market share and deliver better profitability as end-markets continue to improve due to our actions over the last few years."

Simplification/Modernization Update
The Company has achieved annualized savings since inception to date from simplification/modernization of $145 million. Total incremental benefits related to simplification/modernization initiatives in the quarter were approximately $23 million, which includes incremental restructuring savings of approximately $17 million as noted in the table below.

RESTRUCTURING AND RELATED CHARGES AND SAVINGS (PRE-TAX)

($ in millions)



Charges

Approximate Savings

Programs

Total
Estimated

Current
Quarter

Inception to
Date

Total
Estimated

Incremental
Current
Quarter

Annualized
Inception to
Date

FY20 Actions(1)

$55 - $60

$—

$55

$30 - $35

$5

$35

FY21 Actions

90 - 100

4

75

65 - 75

12

48

Total

$145 - $160

$4

$130

$95 - $110

$17

$83

(1) The FY20 Actions are considered substantially complete.

Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter Key Developments
Sales of $441 million increased 10 percent sequentially from the first quarter, outpacing the typical seasonal trend. Compared to the prior year's second quarter, sales decreased 13 percent from $505 million, reflecting an organic sales decline of 14 percent and a decline from divestiture of 1 percent, partially offset by favorable currency exchange and business day effects of 1 percent, respectively.

Operating income was $19 million, or 4.3 percent of sales, compared to operating loss of $48 million, or negative 9.4 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in operating income was due primarily to $4 million of restructuring and related charges compared to $51 million in the prior year quarter, lower raw material costs of approximately $29 million, approximately $23 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits, cost-control measures and no goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges or losses on divestiture in the current year quarter, partially offset by organic sales decline and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes. Adjusted operating income was $23 million, or 5.3 percent margin, compared to $24 million, or 4.8 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Reported EPS in the current quarter includes restructuring and related charges of $0.04, partially offset by differences in annual projected tax rates of $0.11. Reported LPS in the prior year quarter includes restructuring and related charges of $0.55, goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges of $0.16, loss on divestiture of $0.06, partially offset by a discrete benefit from Swiss tax reform of $0.18 and differences in annual projected tax rates of $0.35.

The reported effective tax rate (ETR) for the quarter was 39.0 percent (benefit on income) and the adjusted ETR was 24.7 percent (provision on income), compared to reported ETR of 87.9 percent and adjusted ETR of 29.6 percent in the prior year quarter, both provisions on income. The year-over-year change in the reported ETR is due primarily to the effects of changes in projected pretax income, geographical mix and certain events that did not repeat in the current year such as Swiss tax reform and goodwill and other intangible asset impairments. The change in the adjusted ETR year-over-year is due primarily to the effects of changes in projected pretax income and geographical mix.

Year-to-date net cash flow provided by operating activities was $67 million compared to $87 million in the prior year period. The change in net cash flow provided by operating activities was driven primarily by working capital adjustments. Year-to-date free operating cash flow (FOCF) was negative $0.4 million compared to negative $60 million in the prior year period. The improvement in FOCF was driven primarily by lower capital expenditures of $79 million, partially offset by working capital adjustments. The Company remains in compliance with all covenants and had full availability under the terms of the Credit Agreement as of December 31, 2020.

Outlook and Third Quarter Assumptions
While there continue to be signs of improvement, overall global market conditions remain unpredictable and visibility into the Company's primary end-markets remains limited. Therefore, the Company will not be providing an FY21 outlook at this time, outside of capital spending, which is unchanged and expected to be between $110 million and $130 million. The Company will provide more details regarding its third quarter assumptions on its conference call.

Segment Results
Metal Cutting sales of $283 million increased 14 percent sequentially from the first quarter outpacing the typical seasonal trend. Compared to the prior year's second quarter, sales decreased 13 percent from $324 million year-over-year, driven by an organic sales decline of 14 percent, partially offset by a favorable currency exchange effect of 1 percent. Operating income was $14 million, or 4.8 percent of sales, compared to operating loss of $35 million, or negative 10.9 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in operating income was primarily due to $4 million of restructuring and related charges compared to $49 million in the prior year quarter, approximately $15 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits, lower raw material costs of $7 million, cost-control measures and no goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges in the current year quarter, partially offset by organic sales decline and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes. Adjusted operating income was $17 million, or 6.1 percent margin, compared to $29 million, or 8.9 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Infrastructure sales of $158 million increased 3 percent from the first quarter, but decreased 13 percent from $182 million year-over-year, driven by an organic sales decline of 14 percent and a 1 percent decline from divestiture, partially offset by a favorable currency exchange and business day effects of 1 percent, respectively. Operating income was $6 million, or 4.0 percent margin, compared to operating loss of $12 million, or negative 6.4 percent margin, in the prior year quarter. The improvement in operating results was primarily driven by lower raw material costs of $22 million, approximately $5 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits, cost-control measures and no loss on divestiture in the current year quarter, partially offset by organic sales decline and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes. Adjusted operating income was $7 million, or 4.4 percent margin, compared to adjusted operating loss of $3 million, or negative 1.8 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Dividend Declared
Kennametal also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable on February 23, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2021.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2021 results on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast via real-time audio on the Kennametal website at www.kennametal.com. Once on the homepage, select "About Us", "Investor Relations" and then "Events."

This earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations and descriptions of all non-GAAP financial measures are set forth in the tables that follow.

Certain statements in this release may be forward-looking in nature, or "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. For example, statements about Kennametal's outlook for earnings, sales volumes, cash flow, capital expenditures and effective tax rate for fiscal year 2021 and our expectations regarding future growth and financial performance are forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are based on current knowledge, expectations and estimates that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, our actual results could vary materially from our current expectations. There are a number of factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. They include: the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our business operations, financial results and financial position and on the industries in which we operate and the global economy generally; other downturns in the business cycle or the economy; our ability to achieve all anticipated benefits of restructuring, simplification and modernization initiatives; risks related to our foreign operations and international markets, such as currency exchange rates, different regulatory environments, trade barriers, exchange controls, and social and political instability; changes in the regulatory environment in which we operate, including environmental, health and safety regulations; potential for future goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges; our ability to protect and defend our intellectual property; continuity of information technology infrastructure; competition; our ability to retain our management and employees; demands on management resources; availability and cost of the raw materials we use to manufacture our products; product liability claims; integrating acquisitions and achieving the expected savings and synergies; global or regional catastrophic events; demand for and market acceptance of our products; business divestitures; labor relations; and implementation of environmental remediation matters. Many of these risks and other risks are more fully described in our latest annual report on Form 10-K and our other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We can give no assurance that any goal or plan set forth in forward-looking statements can be achieved and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date made. We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments.

About Kennametal
With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)



Three Months Ended
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2020


2019

2020


2019

Sales

$

440,507



$

505,080


$

840,812



$

1,023,168


Cost of goods sold

318,978



373,062


614,210



752,170


  Gross profit

121,529



132,018


226,602



270,998


Operating expense

97,758



107,548


191,097



221,739


Restructuring and asset impairment charges

1,390



62,329


26,967



66,995


Loss on divestiture



6,517




6,517


Amortization of intangibles

3,347



3,262


6,681



7,008


  Operating income (loss)

19,034



(47,638)


1,857



(31,261)


Interest expense

8,317



8,055


18,896



15,936


Other income, net

(3,857)



(4,211)


(7,875)



(6,891)


Income (loss) before income taxes

14,574



(51,482)


(9,164)



(40,306)


Benefit from income taxes

(5,676)



(45,253)


(8,554)



(41,487)


Net income (loss)

20,250



(6,229)


(610)



1,181


Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

862



(290)


1,677



653


Net income (loss) attributable to Kennametal

$

19,388



$

(5,939)


$

(2,287)



$

528


PER SHARE DATA ATTRIBUTABLE TO KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS


Basic earnings (loss) per share

$

0.23



$

(0.07)


$

(0.03)



$

0.01


Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.23



$

(0.07)


$

(0.03)



$

0.01


Basic weighted average shares outstanding

83,582



83,075


83,451



82,979


Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

84,197



83,075


83,451



83,618


 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands)

December 31, 2020


June 30, 2020

 

 ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$

103,188



$

606,684


Accounts receivable, net

275,151



237,983


Inventories

497,224



522,447


Other current assets

73,123



73,698


Total current assets

948,686



1,440,812


Property, plant and equipment, net

1,073,474



1,038,271


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

409,108



403,148


Other assets

183,558



155,360


Total assets

$

2,614,826



$

3,037,591


 

 LIABILITIES




Revolving and other lines of credit and notes payable

$

34,979



$

500,368


Accounts payable

134,153



164,641


Other current liabilities

233,509



233,071


Total current liabilities

402,641



898,080


Long-term debt

593,757



594,083


Other liabilities

298,739



276,640


Total liabilities

1,295,137



1,768,803


KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

1,279,154



1,229,885


NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

40,535



38,903


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,614,826



$

3,037,591








SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands)

2020


2019

2020


2019

Outside Sales:







Metal Cutting

$

282,917



$

323,579


530,793



647,664


Infrastructure

157,590



181,501


310,019



375,504


Total sales

$

440,507



$

505,080


$

840,812



$

1,023,168


Sales By Geographic Region:







Americas

$

194,257



$

245,243


373,892



504,532


EMEA

137,219



150,433


259,982



303,913


Asia Pacific

109,031



109,404


206,938



214,723


Total sales

$

440,507



$

505,080


$

840,812



$

1,023,168


Operating income (loss):







Metal Cutting

$

13,693



$

(35,177)


(9,933)



(15,870)


Infrastructure

6,265



(11,570)


13,533



(14,260)


Corporate (2)

(924)



(891)


(1,743)



(1,131)


Total operating income (loss)

$

19,034



$

(47,638)


$

1,857



$

(31,261)


(2) Represents unallocated corporate expenses.

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATIONS (UNAUDITED)

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: operating income (loss) and margin; ETR; net income (loss) attributable to Kennametal; diluted EPS (LPS); Metal Cutting operating income (loss) and margin; Infrastructure operating income (loss) and margin; FOCF; and consolidated and segment organic sales decline (all of which are non-GAAP financial measures), to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2020 include restructuring and related charges and differences in projected annual tax rates. Adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2019 include restructuring and related charges, goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges, a loss on divestiture, a discrete tax benefit from Swiss tax reform and differences in projected annual tax rates. For those adjustments that are presented 'net of tax', the tax effect of the adjustment can be derived by calculating the difference between the pre-tax and the post-tax adjustments presented. The tax effect on adjustments is calculated by preparing an overall tax calculation including the adjustments and then a tax calculation excluding the adjustments. The difference between these calculations results in the tax impact of the adjustments.

Management believes that presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information about the results of operations of the Company for the current and past periods. 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 financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures used by management may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Reconciliations and descriptions of all non-GAAP financial measures are set forth in the disclosures below.

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents and
per share data)

Sales

Operating
income

ETR

Net
  income(3)

Diluted EPS

Reported results

$

440,507


$

19,034


(39.0)

%

$

19,388


$

0.23


Reported operating margin


4.3

%




Restructuring and related charges


4,233


17.3


3,501


0.04


Differences in projected annual tax
   rates(4)



46.4


(9,583)


(0.11)


Adjusted results

$

440,507


$

23,267


24.7

%

$

13,306


$

0.16


Adjusted operating margin


5.3

%





(3) Attributable to Kennametal.

(4) Represents a change in the method in which management calculates the tax effect on adjustments within the non-GAAP reconciliations. By separately presenting the effect of the differences in projected annual tax rates during the period, management believes that the tax effects related to restructuring and related charges are more accurately reflected. This change does not affect adjusted results.

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 (UNAUDITED)



Metal Cutting

Infrastructure

(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating
income

Sales

Operating
income

Reported results

$

282,917


$

13,693


$

157,590


$

6,265


Reported operating margin


4.8

%


4.0

%

Restructuring and related charges


3,528



702


Adjusted results

$

282,917


$

17,221


$

157,590


$

6,967


Adjusted operating margin


6.1

%


4.4

%

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents and
per share data)

Sales

Operating
(loss) 
income

ETR

Net (loss)
income(3)

Diluted
(LPS) EPS

Reported results

$

505,080


$

(47,638)


87.9

%

$

(5,939)


$

(0.07)


Reported operating margin


(9.4)

%




Restructuring and related charges


50,969


(10.0)


45,863


0.55


Goodwill and other intangible asset
   impairment charges


14,627


(3.0)


13,356


0.16


Loss on divestiture


6,517


(21.0)


5,148


0.06


Discrete benefit from Swiss tax reform



(29.7)


(15,288)


(0.18)


Differences in projected annual tax
   rates(4)



5.4


(29,151)


(0.35)


Adjusted results

$

505,080


$

24,475


29.6

%

$

13,989


$

0.17


Adjusted operating margin


4.8

%





(3) Attributable to Kennametal.

(4) Represents a change in the method in which management calculates the tax effect on adjustments within the non-GAAP reconciliations. By separately presenting the effect of the differences in projected annual tax rates during the period, management believes that the tax effects related to restructuring and related charges and other adjustments are more accurately reflected. This change does not affect adjusted results. The tax effects presented above for the three months ended December 31, 2019 have been retrospectively adjusted to align with this change in methodology.

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 (UNAUDITED)


Metal Cutting

Infrastructure

(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating
(loss)
  income

Sales

Operating
loss

Reported results

$

323,579


$

(35,177)


$

181,501


$

(11,570)


Reported operating margin


(10.9)

%


(6.4)

%

Restructuring and related charges


49,243



1,726


Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges


14,627




Loss on divestiture




6,517


Adjusted results

$

323,579


$

28,693


$

181,501


$

(3,327)


Adjusted operating margin


8.9

%


(1.8)

%

Free Operating Cash Flow (FOCF)
FOCF is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined by the Company as net cash flow provided by operating activities (which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure) less capital expenditures plus proceeds from disposals of fixed assets. Management considers FOCF to be an important indicator of the Company's cash generating capability because it better represents cash generated from operations that can be used for dividends, debt repayment, strategic initiatives (such as acquisitions) and other investing and financing activities.

FREE OPERATING CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)


Six Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands)


2020


2019

Net cash flow provided by operating activities


$

67,352



$

87,097


Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(68,616)




(147,532)


Disposals of property, plant and equipment



904




835


Free operating cash flow


$

(360)



$

(59,600)


Organic Sales Decline
Organic sales decline is a non-GAAP financial measure of sales decline (which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure) excluding the effects of acquisitions, divestitures, business days and foreign currency exchange from year-over-year comparisons. Management believes this measure provides investors with a supplemental understanding of underlying sales trends by providing sales growth (decline) on a consistent basis. Management reports organic sales growth (decline) at the consolidated and segment levels.

ORGANIC SALES DECLINE (UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended December 31, 2020


Metal Cutting


Infrastructure


Total

Organic sales decline


(14)%


(14)%


(14)%

Foreign currency exchange effect (5)


1


1


1

Business days effect (6)



1


1

Divestiture effect (7)



(1)


(1)

Sales decline


(13)%


(13)%


(13)%


(5) Foreign currency exchange effect is calculated by dividing the difference between current period sales and current period sales at prior period foreign exchange rates by prior period sales.

(6) Business days effect is calculated by dividing the year-over-year change in weighted average working days (based on mix of sales by country) by prior period weighted average working days.

(7) Divestiture effect is calculated by dividing prior period sales attributable to divested businesses by prior period sales.

 

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.

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