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COVID-19: How Kennametal is responding

LATROBE, Pa., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter 2015, with loss per diluted share (LPS) of $0.58, compared with the prior year quarter earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.64. Adjusted EPS were $0.46 in the current quarter compared with $0.75 in the prior year quarter.

The company generated $220 million in cash flow from operating activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2015, compared with $153 million in the prior year period. The increase is due to improved working capital management. Net capital expenditures were $76 million and $85 million for the same periods. The company realized free operating cash flow of $143 million compared with $68 million for the same period last year.

Kennametal President and Chief Executive Officer Don Nolan said, "Progress on our accelerated cost reduction measures facilitated better than expected performance for the March quarter. However, it was necessary to record an additional impairment charge due to a continued decline in the end market outlook related to our Infrastructure Segment."

"While reducing costs in many areas, we continue to focus on great service and innovation, investing in capabilities to better serve our customers and support growth. We are acting quickly to simplify the portfolio, get our cost structure right, and improve working capital efficiency. These all remain priorities to maximize profitability and improve shareholder returns."

Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Key Developments

  • Sales were $639 million, compared with $755 million in the same quarter last year. Sales decreased by 15 percent, reflecting a 9 percent organic decline and a 6 percent unfavorable currency exchange impact.
  • The company performed its annual impairment test of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets as of March 31, 2015. As a result, the company recorded a non-cash pre-tax goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charge of $160 million, or $0.90 per share in the Infrastructure reporting unit due to the further weakening of the outlook for the reporting unit's key end markets in the March quarter and the finalization of the December quarter impairment testing. As of March 31, 2015, the remaining goodwill balance for the Infrastructure segment was approximately $112 million.
  • Phase 1 restructuring and related charges amounted to $5 million pre-tax in the quarter, with total pre-tax charges since inception of $44 million recognized of the projected total program charges of $55-$60 million. The expected completion of this phase is by June 30, 2016. Phase 1 pre-tax benefits realized in the quarter were approximately $8 million, with total pre-tax benefits estimated to be $50-$55 million in annual savings.
  • Phase 2 restructuring and related charges amounted to $12 million pre-tax in the quarter of the currently projected total program charges of $90-$100 million. The expected completion of this phase is by December 31, 2016. Phase 2 pre-tax benefits realized in the quarter were approximately $1 million, with total pre-tax benefits estimated to be $40-$50 million in annual savings.
  • On a combined basis, pre-tax restructuring and related charges amounted to $17 million, or $0.12 per share, and pre-tax benefits were approximately $9 million, or $0.08 per share in the quarter.
  • Operating loss was $120 million, compared with operating income of $77 million in the same quarter last year. Adjusted operating income was $56 million, compared with the prior year quarter of $90 million. The decrease in adjusted operating results in the current period was primarily driven by organic sales decline, unfavorable mix in Infrastructure and unfavorable currency exchange, offset partially by restructuring benefits. Adjusted operating margin was 8.8 percent in the current period and 11.9 percent in the prior period.
  • The effective tax rate was 64.4 percent (benefit on a loss), compared with 24.1 percent (provision on income) in the prior year. Excluding the impact of special charges, the adjusted effective tax rate of 23.1 percent decreased primarily due to the mix of pre-tax book income in jurisdictions with different tax rates.
  • LPS was $0.58, compared with the prior year quarter EPS of $0.64. Adjusted EPS were $0.46 in the current quarter and $0.75 in the prior year quarter.

Segment Developments for the Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter

  • Industrial segment sales of $355 million decreased 11 percent from $400 million in the prior year quarter due to unfavorable currency exchange of 8 percent, organic decline of 2 percent and 1 percent from divestiture. Excluding the impact of currency exchange, sales increased approximately 2 percent in transportation while general engineering decreased approximately 1 percent and aerospace and defense decreased approximately 6 percent. New project tooling packages in the Asian transportation market offset weakness in Europe and the Americas. General engineering was impacted by weak global demand in the energy market. On a regional basis, sales increased 12 percent in Asia, offset by sales decreases of 6 percent in Europe and 4 percent in the Americas.
  • Industrial segment operating income was $35 million compared with $51 million in the prior year. Adjusted operating income was $44 million compared to $59 million in the prior year quarter, driven by organic sales decline, partially offset by restructuring program benefits. Industrial adjusted operating margin was 12.4 percent compared with 14.8 percent in the prior year.
  • Infrastructure segment sales of $284 million decreased 20 percent from $356 million in the prior year. The decrease was driven by 16 percent organic sales decline and 4 percent unfavorable currency exchange. Excluding the impact of currency exchange, sales decreased by approximately 23 percent in energy and approximately 15 percent in earthworks. Energy sales were impacted by an accelerated decline in demand for oil and gas products in all regions. Extended weakening in mining activity, particularly in the U.S. and Asia, coupled with decreased U.S. road rehabilitation tool demand and reduced project spending globally led to lower earthworks sales. On a regional basis, sales decreased 18 percent in the Americas, 15 percent in Asia and 11 percent in Europe.
  • Infrastructure segment operating loss was $153 million, compared with operating income of $28 million in the same quarter of prior year. During the quarter non-cash pre-tax goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges of $160 million were recorded related to a more severe decline in the outlook of key end markets than previously expected as well as finalizing the impairment charge recorded in the December quarter. Adjusted operating income was $14 million compared to $33 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating income decreased primarily due to lower organic sales and an unfavorable mix, partially offset by the benefits of the restructuring savings. Infrastructure adjusted operating margin was 5.0 percent compared with 9.3 percent in the prior year.

Fiscal 2015 Year-To-Date Key Developments

  • Sales were $2,010 million, compared with $2,065 million in the same period last year. Sales decreased by 3 percent, driven by 4 percent organic decline and 3 percent unfavorable currency exchange, partially offset by 4 percent net from acquisition and divestiture activity.
  • Operating loss was $393 million, compared with operating income of $185 million in the same period last year. Adjusted operating income was $186 million in the current period, compared with adjusted operating income of $211 million in the prior year. Adjusted operating income decreased primarily due to organic sales decline and unfavorable mix, offset partially by restructuring benefits and a non-recurring inventory charge of approximately $6 million in the prior period. Adjusted operating margin was 9.2 percent, compared with 10.2 percent in the prior year.
  • LPS was $4.98 in the current year period, compared with EPS of $1.42 the prior year period. Adjusted EPS were $1.55 in the current year period and $1.74 in the prior year period.

Phase 3 Restructuring Program

The company has identified additional actions to streamline the company's cost structure with Phase 3 of restructuring initiatives. This is estimated to achieve an additional $25-$30 million of annualized savings and incur $40-$45 million of pre-tax charges as it is being implemented over the next 24 months. These initiatives are expected to enhance operational efficiencies through an enterprise-wide cost reduction program as well as the consolidation of certain manufacturing facilities. Combined, the restructuring programs are expected to produce annual ongoing pre-tax permanent savings of $115-$135 million. Combined, total pre-tax charges for these initiatives are expected to be approximately $185-$205 million.

 








RESTRUCTURING AND RELATED CHARGES AND SAVINGS (PRE-TAX)



Estimated Charges

Charges To Date

Estimated Annualized Savings

Savings To Date

Expected Completion Date

Phase 1

$55M-$60M

$44M

$50M-$55M

$20M

6/30/2016

Phase 2

$90M-$100M

$12M

$40M-$50M

$1M

12/31/2016

Phase 3

$40M-$45M

$25M-$30M

3/31/2017

Total

$185M-$205M

$56M

$115M-$135M

$21M


 

Reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures are set forth in the tables attached, and corresponding descriptions are contained in the company's report on Form 8-K, to which this news release is attached.

Outlook

Kennametal refined its outlook to reflect end market conditions and cost reduction assumptions for the remainder of fiscal 2015.

The company expects fiscal 2015 total sales to decline in the range of 7 to 8 percent and organic sales to decline in the range of 5 to 6 percent. Previously, total sales decline was projected to be in the range of 6 to 7 percent, with organic sales decline of 4 to 5 percent. With one quarter remaining in fiscal 2015, Kennametal is tightening its EPS guidance to range from $1.95 to $2.05, compared with previous expectations of $1.90 to $2.10.

The company expects to generate cash flow from operations between $295 million and $320 million for fiscal 2015, compared with its previous outlook of $270 million to $295 million. Based on anticipated capital expenditures of approximately $115 million to $120 million, the company expects to generate between $180 million and $200 million of free operating cash flow for the fiscal year.

Kennametal remains committed to maintaining investment-grade credit ratings. Cash from operations, as well as any working capital reductions, will be used primarily for the purpose of debt reduction in the near term. The company's longer-term capital allocation process will continue to include disciplined capital investments in the business, as well as returning cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Dividend Declared

Kennametal also announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share. The dividend is payable May 27, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 12, 2015.

The company will discuss its fiscal 2015 third quarter results in a live webcast at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. This event will be broadcast live on the company's website, www.kennametal.com.  To access the webcast, select "About Us", "Investor Relations" and then "Events." A recorded replay of this event also will be available on the company's website through June 5, 2015.

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, and cash flow for fiscal year 2015 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: economic recession; availability and cost of the raw materials we use to manufacture our products; 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; our ability to protect and defend our intellectual property; competition; our ability to retain our management and employees; demands on management resources; demand for and market acceptance of our products; integrating acquisitions and achieving the expected savings and synergies; business divestitures; global or regional catastrophic events; energy costs; commodity prices; labor relations; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; 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.

Celebrating more than 75 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments. The company provides innovative wear-resistant products, application engineering and services backed by advanced material science, serving customers in 60 countries across diverse sectors of aerospace, earthworks, energy, industrial production, transportation and infrastructure. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $3 billion in sales, the company realizes half of its revenue from outside North America, and over 40% globally from innovations introduced in the past five years. Recognized among the "World's Most Ethical Companies" (Ethisphere); "Outstanding Corporate Innovator" (Product Development Management Association); and "America's Safest Companies" (EHS Today) with a focus on 100% safety, Kennametal and its foundation invest in technical education, industrial technologies and material science to deliver the promise of progress and economic prosperity to people everywhere. For more information, visit the company's website at www.kennametal.com.

 




FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

















Three Months Ended
March 31,

Nine Months Ended
March 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2015


2014

2015


2014

Sales

$

638,970



$

755,242


$

2,009,543



$

2,064,986


Cost of goods sold

439,500



516,287


1,392,516



1,420,823


     Gross profit

199,470



238,955


617,027



644,163


Operating expense

138,025



152,298


423,972



434,983


Restructuring and asset impairment charges

175,435



2,703


565,837



5,013


Amortization of intangibles

6,402



7,124


20,361



18,791


     Operating (loss) income

(120,392)



76,830


(393,143)



185,376


Interest expense

7,760



8,883


23,929



24,001


Other (income) expense, net

(378)



(561)


32



906


    (Loss) income from continuing operations
    before income taxes

(127,774)



68,508


(417,104)



160,469


    (Benefit) provision for income taxes

(82,223)



16,514


(23,975)



45,750


Net (loss) income

(45,551)



51,994


(393,129)



114,719


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

678



1,129


1,914



1,808


Net (loss) income attributable to Kennametal

$

(46,229)



$

50,865


$

(395,043)



$

112,911


PER SHARE DATA ATTRIBUTABLE TO KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS




Basic (loss) earnings per share

$

(0.58)



$

0.65


$

(4.98)



$

1.44


Diluted (loss) earnings per share

$

(0.58)



$

0.64


$

(4.98)



$

1.42


Dividends per share

$

0.18



$

0.18


$

0.54



$

0.54


Basic weighted average shares outstanding

79,389



78,718


79,282



78,631


Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

79,389



79,744


79,282



79,622


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
















(in thousands)





March 31, 2015


June 30, 2014

 ASSETS





Cash and cash equivalents


$

146,175



$

177,929


Accounts receivable, net


451,534



531,515


Inventories


632,479



703,766


Other current assets


111,124



111,986


Total current assets


1,341,312



1,525,196


Property, plant and equipment, net


813,026



884,458


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net


702,824



1,318,752


Other assets


144,886



139,680


Total assets


$

3,002,048



$

3,868,086


 LIABILITIES





Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases, including notes
  payable


$

99,620



$

80,117


Accounts payable


174,312



206,891


Other current liabilities


250,586



275,748


Total current liabilities


524,518



562,756


Long-term debt and capital leases


804,138



981,666


Other liabilities


271,533



362,056


Total liabilities


1,600,189



1,906,478


KENNAMETAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY


1,371,177



1,929,256


NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS


30,682



32,352


Total liabilities and equity


$

3,002,048



$

3,868,086




















SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended March 31,

Nine Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

2015


2014

2015


2014

Outside Sales:







Industrial

$

354,810



$

399,669


$

1,104,225



$

1,108,546


Infrastructure

284,160



355,573


905,318



956,440


Total outside sales

$

638,970



$

755,242


$

2,009,543



$

2,064,986


Sales By Geographic Region:







North America

$

301,403



$

351,532


$

955,468



$

923,100


Western Europe

180,173



238,260


554,610



641,548


Rest of World

157,394



165,450


499,465



500,338


Total sales by geographic region

$

638,970



$

755,242


$

2,009,543



$

2,064,986


Operating Income (Loss):







Industrial

$

35,311



$

51,403


$

121,123



$

124,441


Infrastructure

(153,100)



28,012


(505,799)



68,305


Corporate (1)

(2,603)



(2,585)


(8,467)



(7,370)


Total operating (loss) income

$

(120,392)



$

76,830


$

(393,143)



$

185,376


(1) Represents unallocated corporate expenses.

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 and margin, operating expense, operating expense as a percentage of sales, operating (loss) income and margin, net (loss) income, diluted (LPS) EPS, effective tax rate, Industrial operating income and margin, Infrastructure operating (loss) income and margin and free operating cash flow (which are non-GAAP financial measures), to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. 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 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 on Form 8-K to which this release is attached.

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015 - (UNAUDITED)



(in thousands, except
percents)

Sales

Gross
Profit

Operating
Expense

Operating
(Loss)
Income

Net (Loss)
Income
(2)

Diluted
(LPS)
EPS

Effective Tax Rate

2015 Reported Results

$

638,970


$

199,470


$

138,025


$

(120,392)


$

(46,229)


$

(0.58)


64.4%


2015 Reported Margins


31.2%


21.6%


(18.8)%





   Restructuring and

     related charges (3)


336


(658)


16,729


9,686


0.12


3.3


   Goodwill and other
     intangible asset
   impairment charges




159,700


71,143


0.90


(40.2)


   Tax redeployment 
     expense





2,138


0.02


(4.4)


2015 Adjusted Results

$

638,970


$

199,806


$

137,367


$

56,037


$

36,738


$

0.46


23.1%


2015 Adjusted Margins


31.3%


21.5%


8.8%





(2) Represents amounts attributable to Kennametal Shareholders.
(3) Includes pre-tax restructuring related charges recorded in corporate of $569.

 

















(in thousands, except percents)

Industrial
Sales

Industrial
Operating Income

Infrastructure
Sales

Infrastructure
Operating (Loss) Income

2015 Reported Results

$

354,810


$

35,311


$

284,160


$

(153,100)


2015 Reported Operating Margin


10.0%



(53.9)%


   Restructuring and related charges (4)


8,673



7,487


   Goodwill and other intangible asset 
     impairment charges




159,700


2015 Adjusted Results

$

354,810


$

43,984


$

284,160


$

14,087


2015 Adjusted Operating Margin


12.4%



5.0%


(4) Excludes pre-tax restructuring related charges recorded in corporate of $569.

 





















THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 - (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Gross
Profit

Operating Expense

Operating Income

Net
Income
(2)

Diluted
EPS

2014 Reported Results

$

755,242


$

238,955


$

152,298


$

76,830


$

50,865


$

0.64


2014 Reported Margins


31.6%


20.2%


10.2%




TMB inventory step-up


7,721



7,721


5,769


0.07


  TMB acquisition- related charges


200


(2,246)


2,446


1,703


0.02


  Restructuring and related charges


76



2,779


1,747


0.02


2014 Adjusted Results

755,242


246,952


150,052


89,776


60,084


0.75


2014 Adjusted Margins


32.7%


19.9%


11.9%




 















(in thousands, except percents)

Industrial Sales

Industrial Operating
Income

Infrastructure Sales

Infrastructure Operating
Income

2014 Reported Results

$

399,669


$

51,403


$

355,573


$

28,012


2014 Reported Operating Margin


12.9%



7.9%


   TMB inventory step-up


5,412



2,309


   TMB acquisition-related charges


955



1,491


   Restructuring and related charges


1,569



1,210


2014 Adjusted Results

$

399,669


$

59,339


$

355,573


$

33,022


2014 Adjusted Operating Margin


14.8%



9.3%


 















NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2015 - (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating
(Loss)
Income

Net (Loss)
Income
(2)

Diluted
(LPS) EPS

2015 Reported Results

$

2,009,543


$

(393,143)


$

(395,043)


$

(4.98)


2015 Reported Operating Margin


(19.6)%




 Restructuring and related charges


37,105


25,628


0.33


 Technology asset impairment charge


5,500


3,377


0.04


 Goodwill and other intangible asset
   impairment charges


536,200


487,039


6.14


 Tax redeployment expense



2,138


0.02


2015 Adjusted Results

$

2,009,543


$

185,662


$

123,139


$

1.55


2015 Adjusted Operating Margin


9.2%




 















NINE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 - (UNAUDITED)


(in thousands, except percents)

Sales

Operating
Income

Net Income (2)

Diluted EPS

2014 Reported Results

$

2,064,986


$

185,376


$

112,911


$

1.42


2014 Reported Operating Margin


9.0%




   TMB inventory step-up


15,420


11,518


0.14


   TMB acquisition-related charges


5,278


3,734


0.05


   Restructuring and related charges


5,091


3,482


0.04


   Tax repatriation expense



7,170


0.09


2014 Adjusted Results

$

2,064,986


$

211,165


$

138,815


$

1.74


2014 Adjusted Operating Margin


10.2%




 











FREE OPERATING CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)


Nine Months Ended



March 31,

(in thousands)


2015


2014

Net cash flow from operating activities


$

219,576



$

153,242


Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(77,620)



(85,961)


Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment


1,300



928


Free operating cash flow


$

143,256



$

68,209


 

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.