• Sales of $497 million increased 2 percent year-over-year, driven by 11 percent organic growth
  • Sales growth driven by pricing actions and end market resiliency, especially in the Americas and EMEA
  • US dollar strength and inflation remain significant headwinds
  • Earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.27
  • Returned approximately $27 million to shareholders; $11 million in share repurchases and $16 million in dividends

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) (the "Company") today reported results for its fiscal 2023 second quarter ended December 31, 2022, with earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.27, compared with $0.37 in the prior year quarter. EPS was not adjusted in the current quarter, whereas adjusted EPS was $0.35 in the prior year quarter.

"Our second quarter fiscal 2023 results reflect strong organic sales growth and cash flow generation," said Christopher Rossi, President and CEO. "We are encouraged by the resiliency of our end markets and our expectations for the full year remain largely the same. While each quarter can present challenges in this environment, we are confident in our Commercial and Operational Excellence initiatives driving long-term growth and profitability."

Fiscal 2023 Second Quarter Key Developments

Sales of $497 million increased 2 percent from $487 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting organic growth of 11 percent, partially offset by an unfavorable currency exchange effect of 8 percent and an unfavorable business days effect of 1 percent.

Operating income was $35 million, or 7.1 percent of sales, compared to $48 million, or 9.8 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to higher raw material costs of approximately $23 million, higher wages and general inflation, including an inflationary bonus of $2 million for certain German employees, unfavorable foreign currency exchange of approximately $6 million, and in the Infrastructure segment, under-absorption of approximately $5 million mainly due to reduced powder production to actively manage the drawdown of safety stock. These factors were partially offset by higher price realization and higher sales volumes. Operating income was not adjusted in the current quarter, whereas adjusted operating income was $45 million, or 9.2 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

The reported effective tax rate (ETR) for the quarter was 17.8 percent compared to 25.9 percent in the prior year quarter. The current quarter ETR includes $2.2 million of tax benefit from a Swiss tax ruling. The ETR was not adjusted in the current quarter, whereas the adjusted ETR was 26.5 percent in the prior year quarter.

Year-to-date net cash flow from operating activities was $53 million compared to $58 million in the prior year period. The change in net cash flow from operating activities was driven primarily by lower net income, partially offset by working capital adjustments. Year-to-date free operating cash flow (FOCF) was $4 million compared to $21 million in the prior year period. The decrease in FOCF was driven primarily by lower net income and higher capital expenditures, partially offset by working capital adjustments and proceeds received from the disposal of property, plant and equipment.

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 468 thousand shares of Kennametal common stock for $11 million under its share repurchase program. Inception-to-date the Company has repurchased 4 million shares of common stock for $115 million under the $200 million three-year program.

The Company paid $16 million in cash dividends to Kennametal shareholders during the quarter. The Company has a long history of consistently paying dividends to shareholders since its listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 1967.

Outlook

The Company's expectations for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 and the full year, which remain largely unchanged, are as follows:

Quarterly Outlook:

Sales expected to be $520 - $540 million; includes a headwind of approximately $20 million from USD strength compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2022 and approximately 7 percent of price realization

Adjusted operating income expected to be at least $40 million:


Pricing is expected to substantially cover raw material costs of $23 million, higher wages and general inflation compared to the prior year quarter


USD strength is expected to be a headwind of approximately $4 million compared to the prior year quarter


Under-absorption and price/raw effects expected to improve sequentially

Annual Outlook:

Adjusted EPS is expected to be $1.30 - $1.70

Sales expected to be $2.05 - $2.1 billion, including a currency headwind of approximately $100 million

Pricing actions expected to cover raw material costs, wages and general inflation

Metal Cutting volume levers at expected rate

Infrastructure operating margin expected to return in Q4 to approximately Q1 FY23 level

Free operating cash flow at approximately 100 percent of adjusted net income

Primary working capital as a percent of sales maintained at 31 - 33 percent throughout the year

Capital spending expected to be $100 - $120 million

Adjusted ETR is expected to be 24 - 26 percent

$200 million three-year share repurchase program to continue

The Company will provide more details regarding its Outlook during its quarterly earnings conference call.

Segment Results

Metal Cutting sales of $299 million increased 0.3 percent from $299 million in the prior year quarter, driven by organic growth of 11 percent, offset by an unfavorable currency exchange effect of 10 percent and an unfavorable business days effect of 1 percent. Operating income was $26 million, or 8.8 percent of sales, compared to $28 million, or 9.3 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to higher wages and general inflation, including an inflationary bonus of $2 million for certain German employees, higher raw material costs of approximately $8 million, unfavorable foreign currency exchange of approximately $6 million and depreciation of approximately $2 million due to the decision to scrap certain assets. These factors were partially offset by higher price realization, higher sales volumes and a gain of approximately $2 million on a property sale. Operating income was not adjusted in the current quarter, whereas adjusted operating income was $26 million, or 8.8 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Infrastructure sales of $198 million increased 5 percent from $188 million in the prior year quarter, driven by organic growth of 12 percent, partially offset by an unfavorable currency exchange effect of 6 percent and an unfavorable business days effect of 1 percent. Operating income was $10 million, or 5.1 percent of sales, compared to $20 million, or 10.6 percent of sales, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to higher raw material costs of approximately $16 million, under-absorption of approximately $5 million mainly due to reduced powder production to actively manage the drawdown of safety stock, higher wages and general inflation, and price realization ahead of raw material cost increases in the prior year quarter that did not repeat. These factors were partially offset by modest sales volume growth. Operating income was not adjusted in the current quarter, whereas adjusted operating income was $19 million, or 10.1 percent margin, in the prior year quarter.

Dividend Declared

Kennametal announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable on February 28, 2023 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 14, 2023.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2023 results on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast via real-time audio on Kennametal's investor relations website at https://investors.kennametal.com/ - click "Event" (located in the blue Quarterly Earnings block).

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 sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted EPS, FOCF, primary working capital, capital expenditures and adjusted effective tax rate for the third quarter and full year of fiscal 2023 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: uncertainties related to changes in macroeconomic and/or global conditions, including as a result of increased inflation and Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting sanctions on Russia; uncertainties related to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the emergence of more contagious or virulent strains of the virus, its impacts on our business operations, financial results and financial position and on the industries in which we operate and the global economy generally, including as a result of travel restrictions, business and workforce disruptions associated with the pandemic; other economic recession; our ability to achieve all anticipated benefits of restructuring, simplification and modernization initiatives; Commercial Excellence growth initiatives, Operational Excellence initiatives, our foreign operations and international markets, such as currency exchange rates, different regulatory environments, trade barriers, exchange controls, and social and political instability, including the conflict in Ukraine; 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; energy costs; commodity prices; labor relations; and implementation of environmental remediation matters. Many of these risks 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 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 8,700 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated $2 billion in revenues in fiscal 2022. 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)

2022


2021

2022


2021

Sales

$   497,121


$   486,673

$   991,913


$   970,182

Cost of goods sold

354,231


333,718

689,055


656,477

  Gross profit

142,890


152,955

302,858


313,705

Operating expense

105,756


106,654

214,035


209,348

Restructuring and other charges, net

(1,505)


(3,460)

(1,505)


(3,270)

Gain on divestiture


(1,001)


(1,001)

Amortization of intangibles

3,148


3,257

6,312


6,517

  Operating income

35,491


47,505

84,016


102,111

Interest expense

7,015


6,460

13,652


12,781

Other expense (income), net

588


(3,142)

1,597


(6,601)

Income before income taxes

27,888


44,187

68,767


95,931

Provision for income taxes

4,964


11,462

16,206


25,454

Net income

22,924


32,725

52,561


70,477

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,025


1,304

2,466


2,858

Net income attributable to Kennametal

$     21,899


$     31,421

$     50,095


$     67,619

PER SHARE DATA ATTRIBUTABLE TO KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS


Basic earnings per share

$         0.27


$         0.38

$         0.62


$         0.81

Diluted earnings per share

$         0.27


$         0.37

$         0.61


$         0.80

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

80,737


83,637

81,141


83,759

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

81,237


84,374

81,677


84,502

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)





(in thousands)

December 31, 2022


June 30, 2022

 ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$                     76,784


$             85,586

Accounts receivable, net

291,016


295,346

Inventories

605,780


570,836

Other current assets

74,723


72,940

Total current assets

1,048,303


1,024,708

Property, plant and equipment, net

981,566


1,002,041

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

366,129


369,955

Other assets

182,603


176,820

Total assets

$                 2,578,601


$        2,573,524

 LIABILITIES




Revolving and other lines of credit and notes payable

$                      78,805


$             21,186

Accounts payable

206,722


227,887

Other current liabilities

208,807


236,576

Total current liabilities

494,334


485,649

Long-term debt

594,768


594,364

Other liabilities

200,298


202,264

Total liabilities

1,289,400


1,282,277

KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

1,250,167


1,252,577

NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

39,034


38,670

Total liabilities and equity

$                 2,578,601


$        2,573,524

 

SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Six Months Ended
December 31,

(in thousands)

2022


2021

2022


2021

Outside Sales:







Metal Cutting

$     299,469


$     298,581

$     599,405


$     597,011

Infrastructure

197,652


188,092

392,508


373,171

Total sales

$     497,121


$     486,673

$     991,913


$     970,182

Sales By Geographic Region:







Americas

$     250,178


$     225,862

$     503,756


$     451,596

EMEA

142,347


147,278

273,657


295,609

Asia Pacific

104,596


113,533

214,500


222,977

Total sales

$     497,121


$     486,673

$     991,913


$     970,182

Operating income:







Metal Cutting

$       26,222


$       27,895

$       54,828


$       57,059

Infrastructure

10,097


19,971

30,884


46,007

Corporate (1)

(828)


(361)

(1,696)


(955)

Total operating income

$       35,491


$       47,505

$       84,016


$     102,111


(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 (all of which are non-GAAP financial measures), to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. There were no adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2022. Adjustments for the three months ended December 31, 2021 include the net benefit from the reversal of restructuring and related charges, the gain on the New Castle divestiture 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.

Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the following forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures for the third quarter or full fiscal year of 2023 have not been provided, including but not limited to: FOCF, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, adjusted ETR and primary working capital. The most comparable GAAP financial measures are net cash flow from operating activities, operating income, net income attributable to Kennametal, ETR and working capital (defined as current assets less current liabilities), respectively. Primary working capital is defined as accounts receivable, net plus inventories, net minus accounts payable. Because the non-GAAP financial measures on a forward-looking basis are subject to uncertainty and variability as they are dependent on many factors - including, but not limited to, the effect of foreign currency exchange fluctuations, impacts from potential acquisitions or divestitures, gains or losses on the potential sale of businesses or other assets, restructuring costs, asset impairment charges, gains or losses from early extinguishment of debt, the tax impact of the items above and the impact of tax law changes or other tax matters - reconciliations to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures are not available without unreasonable effort.

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021 (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents and
per share data)

Sales

Operating
income

ETR

Net
income(2)

Diluted EPS

Reported results

$      486,673

$     47,505

25.9 %

$        31,421

$           0.37

Reported operating margin


9.8 %




Net benefit from reversal of
  restructuring and related charges

(1,682)

(7.4)

(1,808)

(0.02)

Gain on New Castle divestiture

(1,001)

21.0

(791)

(0.01)

Differences in projected annual tax
  rates

(13.0)

395

0.01

Adjusted results

$      486,673

$     44,822

26.5 %

$        29,217

$           0.35

Adjusted operating margin


9.2 %





(2) Attributable to Kennametal.

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021 (UNAUDITED)


Metal Cutting

Infrastructure

(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating
income

Sales

Operating
income

Reported results

$   298,581

$   27,895

$    188,092

$  19,971

Reported operating margin


9.3 %


10.6 %

Net benefit from reversal of restructuring and related
  charges

(1,671)

(12)

Gain on New Castle divestiture

(1,001)

Adjusted results

$   298,581

$   26,224

$    188,092

$  18,958

Adjusted operating margin


8.8 %


10.1 %

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)


2022


2021

Net cash flow provided by operating activities


$      52,509


$      57,804

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(50,622)


(37,736)

Disposals of property, plant and equipment


2,466


598

Free operating cash flow


$        4,353


$      20,666

Organic Sales Growth
Organic sales growth is a non-GAAP financial measure of sales growth (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 on a consistent basis. Management reports organic sales growth at the consolidated and segment levels.

ORGANIC SALES GROWTH (UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended December 31, 2022


Metal Cutting


Infrastructure


Total

Organic sales growth


11 %


12 %


11 %

Foreign currency exchange effect (3)


(10)


(6)


(8)

Business days effect (4)


(1)


(1)


(1)

Sales growth


— %


5 %


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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