PITTSBURGH, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) (the "Company") today reported results for its fiscal 2021 third quarter ended March 31, 2021, with earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.26, compared with $0.03 in the prior year quarter, and adjusted EPS of $0.32, compared with $0.46 in the prior year quarter.

"I am encouraged by our results, which reflect solid execution of our initiatives as well as improving sales and free operating cash flow. Sales increased 10 percent sequentially, exceeding expectations, with improvement across all end-markets and regions and a return to growth on a year-over-year basis in Transportation, General Engineering and Asia Pacific. Although near-term uncertainties remain due to customer supply chain constraints and the effects of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we are optimistic that the worst of this crisis is behind us, and the momentum of the recovery will continue," said Christopher Rossi, President and CEO.

Rossi added: "Adjusted operating margins increased 330 basis points sequentially due to stronger sales and improved manufacturing productivity. This margin improvement was achieved despite the continued lifting of temporary cost control actions. We expect further margin improvement in the fourth quarter through disciplined execution of our commercial excellence and simplification/modernization initiatives along with improving market conditions. We remain confident in our ability to deliver strong operating leverage and free operating cash flow as markets continue to recover and throughout the cycle."

Simplification/Modernization Update

The Company has achieved annualized savings since inception to date from simplification/modernization of $164 million and is on track to achieve the $180 million savings target set at Investor Day in December 2017. Total incremental benefits in the quarter were approximately $18 million, which includes incremental restructuring savings of approximately $13 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

YoY Incremental Current Quarter

Annualized Inception to Date

FY21 Actions

$90 - $95

$2

$77

$75

$13

$58

Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Key Developments

Sales of $485 million increased 10 percent sequentially from the second quarter. Compared to the prior year's third quarter, sales were relatively flat from $483 million, reflecting a favorable currency exchange effect of 2 percent, offset by organic sales decline and unfavorable business day effects of 1 percent, respectively.

Operating income was $40 million, or 8.2 percent of sales, compared to $38 million, or 7.8 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in operating income was due primarily to approximately $18 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits, no goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges in the current year quarter and $2 million of restructuring and related charges compared to $6 million in the prior year quarter, largely offset by an increase in variable compensation, unfavorable geographic and product mix, and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes. Adjusted operating income was $42 million, or 8.6 percent margin, compared to $59 million, or 12.2 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

The reported effective tax rate (ETR) for the quarter was 8.0 percent (benefit on income) and the adjusted ETR was 20.6 percent (provision on income), compared to reported ETR of 93.1 percent and adjusted ETR of 28.5 percent in the prior year quarter, both provisions on income. The year-over-year change in the reported ETR is due primarily to changes in projected pretax income in both periods, discrete tax benefits recorded in the current year quarter related to the early debt extinguishment and a provision to return adjustment, as well as certain events that did not repeat in the current year such as goodwill and other intangible asset impairments. The decrease in the adjusted ETR is due primarily to a discrete tax benefit related to a provision to return adjustment and lower U.S. taxes associated with the base erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) tax.

Reported EPS in the current quarter includes restructuring and related charges of $0.02, the effects of the early debt extinguishment of $0.08 and differences in annual projected tax rates of $0.08, partially offset by a discrete tax benefit of $0.12. Reported EPS in the prior year quarter includes restructuring and related charges of $0.06, goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges of $0.17 and differences in annual projected tax rates of $0.20.

During the third quarter, the Company issued $300 million of 2.80 percent Senior Unsecured Notes with a maturity date of March 1, 2031 and subsequently used the net proceeds from the issuance, plus cash on hand, for the early extinguishment of the $300 million of 3.875 percent Senior Unsecured Notes due February 2022. 

Year-to-date net cash flow provided by operating activities was $139 million compared to $146 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 $46 million compared to negative $57 million in the prior year period. The improvement in FOCF was driven primarily by lower capital expenditures of $112 million, partially offset by working capital adjustments.

Outlook and Fourth Quarter Assumptions

While the economic recovery is certainly underway, overall global market conditions remain somewhat unpredictable due to customer supply chain challenges, notably the semiconductor shortage issue in Transportation, and uncertainty from COVID-19 related restrictions, primarily in EMEA and parts of Asia Pacific.

From an outlook perspective for the fourth quarter, the Company's expectations are as follows:

  • Sales are expected to be up mid-single digits sequentially
  • Adjusted operating margin is expected to modestly improve sequentially
  • Capital spending is expected to be approximately $120 million for FY21

The Company will provide more details regarding its fourth quarter assumptions on its conference call.

Segment Results

Metal Cutting sales of $308 million increased 9 percent sequentially from the second quarter outpacing the typical seasonal trend. Compared to the prior year's third quarter, sales increased 2 percent from $303 million year-over-year, driven by a favorable currency exchange effect of 3 percent, partially offset by an unfavorable business day effect of 1 percent. Operating income was $23 million, or 7.4 percent of sales, compared to $17 million, or 5.5 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The increase in operating income was due primarily to approximately $11 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits, no goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges in the current year quarter and $2 million of restructuring and related charges compared to $4 million in the prior year quarter, partially offset by an increase in variable compensation, unfavorable product mix and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes. Adjusted operating income was $25 million, or 8.2 percent margin, compared to $36 million, or 12.0 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Infrastructure sales of $177 million increased 12 percent sequentially from the second quarter, but decreased 2 percent from $180 million year-over-year, driven by an organic sales decline of 3 percent and an unfavorable business day effect of 1 percent, partially offset by a favorable currency exchange effect of 2 percent. Operating income was $18 million, or 10.4 percent of sales, compared to $22 million, or 12.2 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income was primarily driven by an increase in variable compensation, organic sales decline and unfavorable labor and fixed cost absorption due to lower volumes, partially offset by approximately $4 million of incremental simplification/modernization benefits. Adjusted operating income was $18 million, or 10.1 percent margin, compared to $23 million, or 13.0 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 May 25, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2021.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2021 results on Tuesday, May 4, 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 March 31,

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021


2020

2021


2020

Sales

$

484,658



$

483,084


$

1,325,470



$

1,506,252


Cost of goods sold

334,483



326,066


948,693



1,078,236


  Gross profit

150,175



157,018


376,777



428,016


Operating expense

108,113



98,534


299,211



320,273


Restructuring and asset impairment charges

(822)



17,187


26,145



84,182


Loss on divestiture






6,517


Amortization of intangibles

3,362



3,404


10,043



10,413


  Operating income

39,522



37,893


41,378



6,631


Interest expense

20,928



7,897


39,823



23,834


Other income, net

(2,692)



(2,438)


(10,568)



(9,330)


Income (loss) before income taxes

21,286



32,434


12,123



(7,873)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(1,699)



30,193


(10,252)



(11,295)


Net income

22,985



2,241


22,375



3,422


Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,364



(676)


3,042



(23)


Net income attributable to Kennametal

$

21,621



$

2,917


$

19,333



$

3,445


PER SHARE DATA ATTRIBUTABLE TO KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS


Basic earnings per share

$

0.26



$

0.04


$

0.23



$

0.04


Diluted earnings per share

$

0.26



$

0.03


$

0.23



$

0.04


Basic weighted average shares outstanding

83,719



83,106


83,539



83,022


Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

84,588



83,696


84,184



83,589


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands)

March 31, 2021


June 30, 2020

 

 ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$

114,307



$

606,684


Accounts receivable, net

303,210



237,983


Inventories

476,164



522,447


Other current assets

73,235



73,698


Total current assets

966,916



1,440,812


Property, plant and equipment, net

1,053,989



1,038,271


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

399,735



403,148


Other assets

194,340



155,360


Total assets

$

2,614,980



$

3,037,591


 

 LIABILITIES




Revolving and other lines of credit and notes payable

$

18,745



$

500,368


Accounts payable

164,481



164,641


Other current liabilities

242,327



233,071


Total current liabilities

425,553



898,080


Long-term debt

591,672



594,083


Other liabilities

280,174



276,640


Total liabilities

1,297,399



1,768,803


KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

1,276,412



1,229,885


NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

41,169



38,903


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,614,980



$

3,037,591


 


SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended March 31,

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

2021


2020

2021


2020

Outside Sales:







Metal Cutting

$

308,144



$

303,459


838,937



951,123


Infrastructure

176,514



179,625


486,533



555,129


Total sales

$

484,658



$

483,084


$

1,325,470



$

1,506,252


Sales By Geographic Region:







Americas

$

217,236



$

242,404


591,128



746,936


EMEA

152,557



146,847


412,538



450,760


Asia Pacific

114,865



93,833


321,804



308,556


Total sales

$

484,658



$

483,084


$

1,325,470



$

1,506,252


Operating income:







Metal Cutting

$

22,674



$

16,619


12,741



749


Infrastructure

18,282



21,941


31,815



7,679


Corporate (1)

(1,434)



(667)


(3,178)



(1,797)


Total operating income

$

39,522



$

37,893


$

41,378



$

6,631



(1) 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 and margin; ETR; net income attributable to Kennametal; diluted EPS; Metal Cutting operating income and margin; Infrastructure operating income and margin; FOCF; and consolidated and segment organic sales growth (decline) (all of which are non-GAAP financial measures), to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjustments for the three months ended March 31, 2021 include restructuring and related charges, effects of early debt extinguishment, discrete tax benefits and differences in projected annual tax rates. Adjustments for the three months ended March 31, 2020 include restructuring and related charges, goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges 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 MARCH 31, 2021 (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents and per share data)

Sales

Operating income

ETR

Net  income(2)

Diluted EPS

Reported results

$

484,658


$

39,522


(8.0)

%

$

21,621


$

0.26


Reported operating margin


8.2

%




Restructuring and related charges


2,082


28.6


1,478


0.02


Effects of early debt extinguishment



48.6


6,438


0.08


Discrete tax benefit



(43.5)


(9,268)


(0.12)


Differences in projected annual tax rates



(5.1)


6,869


0.08


Adjusted results

$

484,658


$

41,604


20.6

%

$

27,138


$

0.32


Adjusted operating margin


8.6

%





(2) Attributable to Kennametal.


THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2021 (UNAUDITED)



Metal Cutting

Infrastructure

(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating income

Sales

Operating income

Reported results

$

308,144


$

22,674


$

176,514


$

18,282


Reported operating margin


7.4

%


10.4

%

Restructuring and related charges


2,522



(441)


Adjusted results

$

308,144


$

25,196


$

176,514


$

17,841


Adjusted operating margin


8.2

%


10.1

%

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020 (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents and per share data)

Sales

Operating  income

ETR

Net  income(2)

Diluted EPS

Reported results

$

483,084


$

37,893


93.1

%

$

2,917


$

0.03


Reported operating margin


7.8

%




Restructuring and related charges


5,573


12.8


4,858


0.06


Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges


15,599


3.1


14,261


0.17


Differences in projected annual tax rates



(80.5)


16,106


0.20


Adjusted results

$

483,084


$

59,065


28.5

%

$

38,142


$

0.46


Adjusted operating margin


12.2

%





(2) Attributable to Kennametal.


THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020 (UNAUDITED)


Metal Cutting

Infrastructure

(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating income

Sales

Operating income

Reported results

$

303,459


$

16,619


$

179,625


$

21,941


Reported operating margin


5.5

%


12.2

%

Restructuring and related charges


4,149



1,423


Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges


15,599




Adjusted results

$

303,459


$

36,367


$

179,625


$

23,364


Adjusted operating margin


12.0

%


13.0

%

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)


Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)


2021


2020

Net cash flow provided by operating activities


$

139,197



$

146,059


Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(94,066)



(206,061)


Disposals of property, plant and equipment


1,216



2,780


Free operating cash flow


$

46,347



$

(57,222)


Organic Sales Growth

Organic sales growth (decline) is a non-GAAP financial measure of sales growth (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 GROWTH (DECLINE) (UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended March 31, 2021


Metal Cutting


Infrastructure


Total

Organic sales growth (decline)


—%


(3)%


(1)%

Foreign currency exchange effect (3)


3


2


2

Business days effect (4)


(1)


(1)


(1)

Sales growth (decline)


2%


(2)%


—%


(3) 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.

(4) 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.

 

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.

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