Kennametal Announces Improved Second Quarter Fiscal 2010 Results, Increases Guidance and Takes Further Profitability Actions

-- Reported 2Q EPS of $0.07; adjusted EPS of $0.14

-- Sales increased 8 percent sequentially to $443 million

-- Free operating cash flow of $36 million for first half of fiscal 2010

-- Increases EPS midpoint guidance by $0.10 including new profitability actions

-- Increases FOCF midpoint guidance by $35 million

Jan 28, 2010, 08:00 ET from Kennametal Inc.

LATROBE, Pa., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) today reported that fiscal 2010 second quarter earnings per diluted share (EPS) were $0.07, compared with prior year quarter reported EPS of $0.21.  The current quarter reported EPS included restructuring and related charges amounting to $0.07 per share.  The prior year quarter reported EPS included restructuring and related charges of $0.14 per share.  Absent these charges, adjusted EPS for the current quarter was $0.14, compared with the prior year quarter adjusted EPS of $0.35. Adjusted EPS for the current quarter improved sequentially by $0.18 from the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The sequential improvement in EPS was driven by higher sales volume, as well as further benefits from previously implemented restructuring programs.

Kennametal's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Cardoso said, "In the December quarter, we have achieved sequential sales growth for the past two quarters driven by the gradual economic recovery, increased industrial activity in certain geographies and end markets, and higher demand from customers replenishing their inventories."

"The sequential improvement in our operating results and earnings per share demonstrate the success of our restructuring initiatives.  Our global workforce has consistently focused on managing through the economic downturn to deliver results and will continue to concentrate on implementing further cost reduction efforts in the second half of fiscal 2010. We are pleased to have returned to profitability and will continue to maximize opportunities to expand future margins. In addition, we will remain focused on generating strong cash flow and maintaining a solid balance sheet to position our business for ongoing future growth."

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.

Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter Key Developments

  • Sales for the quarter were $443 million, compared with $546 million in the same quarter last year. Sales decreased by 19 percent, driven by an organic decline of 23 percent, partially offset by a 4 percent favorable impact from foreign currency effects.
  • Sales for the December quarter improved sequentially by 8 percent, representing the second consecutive quarter of sequential sales growth. The improvement in sales was driven by an expansion in industrial activity in certain markets and geographies.
  • During the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the company recognized pre-tax restructuring and related charges of $4 million, or $0.07 per share. Incremental pre-tax benefits from restructuring programs were approximately $30 million in the current quarter, driven by manufacturing rationalization and workforce reduction programs.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $15 million compared with $23 million in the same quarter last year.  Absent restructuring related charges recorded in both periods, operating income for the current quarter was $20 million, compared with operating income of $33 million in the prior year quarter.  The prior year quarter benefited from lower provisions for incentive compensation due to declines in operating performance in the prior year. The adjusted operating income for the current quarter improved sequentially by $21 million from the September 2009 quarter.  This sequential improvement was driven by higher sales, continued permanent savings from restructuring programs and ongoing cost discipline.
  • Reported EPS was $0.07 compared with prior year quarter reported EPS of $0.21.  Adjusted EPS was $0.14 compared with prior year quarter adjusted EPS of $0.35.  A reconciliation follows:

Earnings Per Diluted Share Reconciliation

Second Quarter FY 2010

Second Quarter FY 2009

Reported EPS

$  0.07

Reported EPS

$  0.21

 Restructuring and related charges

0.07

 Restructuring and related charges

0.14

Adjusted EPS

$  0.14

Adjusted EPS

$  0.35

Segment Highlights of Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter

  • Metalworking Solutions & Services Group (MSSG) sales decreased by 19 percent from the prior year quarter, driven by an organic sales decline of 23 percent, offset by favorable foreign currency effects of 4 percent.  Sequentially, sales increased by 13 percent for the second consecutive quarter as global industrial production continued to improve modestly.  On a regional basis, India had a year-over-year organic sales increase of 5 percent. Europe and North America reported organic sales declines of 30 percent and 24 percent, respectively, compared with the prior year December quarter.  Latin America and Asia Pacific also experienced year-over-year organic sales declines of 17 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
  • MSSG operating income of $7 million for the December quarter was flat compared with the same quarter of the prior year despite a reduction in sales of $61 million.  Excluding restructuring and related charges recorded in both periods, MSSG operating income was $10 million compared with $14 million in the prior year quarter.  MSSG adjusted operating margin improved sequentially from the September quarter by 730 basis points to 3.6 percent.  The primary driver of the adjusted sequential increase in operating margin was cost savings from restructuring programs and continued cost containment, with a considerable portion of these savings offset by lower sales volumes.
  • Advanced Materials Solutions Group (AMSG) sales decreased 19 percent from the prior year quarter, driven by a 22 percent organic decline, offset by a 3 percent favorable impact from foreign currency effects.  The organic decline was primarily driven by lower sales in the engineered products business, as well as reduced demand for energy related products and capital equipment. Sequentially, sales increased by 2 percent.
  • AMSG operating income increased 54 percent to $30 million in the current quarter compared with $19 million in the same quarter of the prior year.  Absent restructuring and related charges recorded in both periods, AMSG operating income was $31 million in the current quarter compared with $22 million in the prior year quarter, an increase of 38 percent.  The year-over-year increase in operating income was primarily due to cost savings from restructuring and continued cost reduction actions, partially offset by lower sales volumes. AMSG adjusted operating margin increased sequentially by 320 basis points to 16.9 percent from the September quarter.

Fiscal 2010 First Half Key Developments

  • Cash flow from operating activities was $53 million in the first half of fiscal 2010, compared with $115 million in the prior year period.  Also, during the first half of the current fiscal year, the company generated free operating cash flow of $36 million compared with $48 million in the prior year period.
  • Sales of $852 million decreased 28 percent from $1.2 billion in the same period last year. Sales decreased 30 percent on an organic basis, partially offset by a 2 percent increase from a business acquisition made in the prior fiscal year.  
  • During the first half of fiscal 2010, the company recognized pre-tax restructuring and related charges of $13 million, or $0.15 per share. Incremental pre-tax benefits from restructuring programs were approximately $60 million year-to-date.
  • Operating income was $6 million, compared with $75 million in the same period last year.  Absent charges related to restructuring recorded in both periods, operating income for the current period was $19 million, compared with $94 million for the prior year period. This decrease was principally the result of reduced sales volumes and was partially offset by a combination of restructuring benefits, continued cost reduction actions and improved price realization.
  • Reported EPS was ($0.05), compared with prior year reported EPS of $0.69.  The current period reported EPS included charges of $0.15 per share related to the company's restructuring programs and divestiture of its high speed steel drills and related product lines.  Prior year period reported EPS included restructuring and related charges of $0.23 per share.  Absent these charges, adjusted EPS for the first half of fiscal 2010 were $0.10, compared with prior year adjusted EPS of $0.92.  A reconciliation follows:

Earnings Per Diluted Share Reconciliation

First Half FY 2010

First Half FY 2009

Reported EPS

$  (0.05)

Reported EPS

$  0.69

 Restructuring and related charges

0.12 

 Restructuring and related charges

0.23

 Divestiture related charges

0.03 

Adjusted EPS

$  0.10 

Adjusted EPS

$  0.92

Further Restructuring Actions

Kennametal intends to undertake further restructuring actions which are expected to generate $30 million to $35 million in annual savings once fully implemented over the next six to nine months.  The company expects to incur pre-tax cash charges of approximately $40 million to $45 million in connection with the execution of these new initiatives.  These new plans, together with restructuring programs previously announced over the past few quarters, are expected to produce annual ongoing pre-tax permanent savings of $155 million to $160 million once all are fully implemented.  The combined total pre-tax charges are expected to be approximately $155 million to $160 million, including approximately $94 million recorded through the December 2009 quarter.

Outlook  

Global industrial activity has recently exhibited some stability and slight upward trends following the severe economic downturn and turbulence experienced during the previous fiscal year. However, the improvement in business conditions at present is still uneven and does not yet entail broad-based momentum. Certain market sectors and regions have begun to strengthen while others remain flat. While there are some overall positive signs of an improving global economy, it remains difficult to predict with any certainty the timing, magnitude and duration of a sustainable recovery.  

Management currently believes that global industrial activity and the corresponding demand for the company's products will continue to moderately improve through the remainder of the current fiscal year. Under these assumed conditions, Kennametal is increasing its EPS guidance for fiscal 2010 from the range of $0.50 to $0.70 per share to the range of $0.65 to $0.75 per share, excluding restructuring and divestiture related charges, on sales that are expected to be 8 percent to 10 percent lower year-over-year on an organic basis.  This higher EPS range represents a 17 percent increase in the midpoint. Cash flow from operations is expected to be in the range of $100 million to $110 million for fiscal 2010, as a considerable portion of the cash generated is expected to be needed to fund higher working capital requirements as business improves. Based on net capital expenditures of approximately $60 million, the free operating cash flow range is increased from $5 million to $15 million to the range of $40 million to $50 million for fiscal 2010.  

For the third quarter of fiscal 2010, Kennametal expects organic sales to be 5 percent to 10 percent higher than for the same quarter of the previous fiscal year and expects sequential EPS improvement for the next two quarters.

Dividend Declared

Kennametal also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share.  The dividend is payable February 24, 2010 to shareowners of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2010.

Kennametal advises shareowners to note monthly order trends, for which the company makes a disclosure ten business days after the conclusion of each month.  This information is available on the Investor Relations section of Kennametal's corporate website at www.kennametal.com.

Second quarter results for fiscal 2010 will be discussed in a live Internet broadcast at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today.  This event will be broadcast live on the company's website, www.kennametal.com.  Once on the homepage, select "Investor Relations" and then "Events."  The replay of this event will also be available on the company's website through February 28, 2010.

This release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact they use words such as "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "approximate," "expect," "may," "will," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe" and other words of similar meaning and expression in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance or events. Forward looking statements in this release concern, among other things, Kennametal's outlook for earnings for its fiscal year 2010, and its expectations regarding restructuring initiatives, future growth and financial performance, all of which are based on current expectations 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, actual outcomes could vary materially from those indicated.  Among the factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties related to:  the recent downturn in our industry; deepening or prolonged economic recession; restructuring and related actions (including associated costs and anticipated benefits); changes in our debt ratings; compliance with our debt arrangements; 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; availability and cost of the raw materials we use to manufacture our products; global or regional catastrophic events, including terrorist attacks or acts of war; integrating acquisitions and achieving the expected savings and synergies; business divestitures; potential claims relating to our products; energy costs; commodity prices; labor relations; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; and implementation of environmental remediation matters. These and other risks are more fully described in Kennametal's latest annual report on Form 10-K and its other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments.

Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge.  Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Companies operating in everything from airframes to coal mining, from engines to oil wells and from turbochargers to construction recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. In fiscal year 2009, customers bought approximately $2.0 billion of Kennametal products and services – delivered by our nearly 12,000 talented employees doing business in more than 60 countries – with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside North America. Visit us at www.kennametal.com. [KMT-E]

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Six Months Ended December 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2009

2008 (1)

2009

2008 (1)

Sales

$ 442,865 

$ 546,061 

$ 852,260 

$ 1,189,435 

Cost of goods sold

302,777 

385,899 

594,371 

814,153 

  Gross profit

140,088 

160,162 

257,889 

375,282 

Operating expense

117,902 

128,118 

234,064 

279,074 

Restructuring charges

3,348 

6,204 

11,178 

14,616 

Amortization of intangibles

3,367 

3,269 

6,707 

6,678 

  Operating income

15,471 

22,571 

5,940 

74,914 

Interest expense

5,954 

8,000 

12,325 

15,083 

Other income, net

(1,866)

(5,716)

(4,818)

(4,630)

  Income (loss) from continuing operations     before income taxes

11,383 

20,287 

(1,567)

64,461 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

5,090 

4,701 

(39)

13,078 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

6,293 

15,586 

(1,528)

51,383 

(Loss) income from discontinued operations

(56)

(28)

(1,423)

427 

Net income (loss)

6,237 

15,558 

(2,951)

51,810 

Less:  Net income (loss) attributable to            noncontrolling interests

270 

(101)

899 

684 

Net income (loss) attributable to Kennametal

$     5,967 

$   15,659 

$   (3,850)

$      51,126 

Amounts Attributable to Kennametal Common  Shareowners:

  Income (loss) from continuing operations

$     6,023 

$   15,687 

$   (2,427)

$      50,699 

 (Loss) income from discontinued operations

(56)

(28)

(1,423)

427 

Net income (loss) attributable to Kennametal

$     5,967 

$   15,659 

$   (3,850)

$      51,126 

PER SHARE DATA ATTRIBUTABLE TO  KENNAMETAL

Basic earnings (loss) per share:

 Continuing operations

$       0.07 

$       0.22 

$     (0.03)

$          0.69 

 Discontinued operations

(0.02)

0.01 

$       0.07 

$       0.22 

$     (0.05)

$          0.70 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share:

 Continuing operations

$       0.07 

$       0.21 

$     (0.03)

$          0.68 

 Discontinued operations

(0.02)

0.01 

$       0.07 

$       0.21 

$     (0.05)

$          0.69 

Dividends per share

$       0.12 

$       0.12 

$       0.24 

$          0.24 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

81,149 

72,630 

80,461 

73,515 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

81,855 

73,199 

80,461 

74,347 

(1) Amounts have been reclassified to reflect discontinued operations related to the divestiture of the high speed        steel drills and related products business.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

December 31,

June 30,

(in thousands)

2009

2009

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$          95,835

$      69,823

Accounts receivable, net

          274,632

      278,977

Inventories

          378,167

      381,306

Other current assets

          115,251

      145,798

  Total current assets

          863,885

      875,904

Property, plant and equipment, net

          705,138

      720,326

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

          675,420

      677,436

Other assets

            76,046

        73,308

  Total assets

$     2,320,489

$ 2,346,974

LIABILITIES

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

$          19,696

$      49,365

Accounts payable

            96,420

        87,176

Other current liabilities

          237,492

      242,428

  Total current liabilities

          353,608

      378,969

Long-term debt and capital leases

          319,085

      436,592

Other liabilities

          247,551

      263,958

  Total liabilities

          920,244

   1,079,519

KENNAMETAL SHAREOWNERS' EQUITY

       1,378,980

   1,247,443

NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

            21,265

        20,012

  Total liabilities and equity

$     2,320,489

$ 2,346,974

SEGMENT DATA (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

Six Months Ended

December 31,

(in thousands)

2009

2008 (1)

2009

2008 (1)

Outside Sales:

Metalworking Solutions and Services Group

$ 261,487 

$ 322,007 

$ 492,478 

$    727,402 

Advanced Materials Solutions Group

181,378 

224,054 

359,782 

462,033 

Total outside sales

$ 442,865 

$ 546,061 

$ 852,260 

$ 1,189,435 

Sales By Geographic Region:

United States

$ 186,469 

$ 256,466 

$ 373,057 

$    525,978 

International

256,396 

289,595 

479,203 

663,457 

Total sales by geographic region

$ 442,865 

$ 546,061 

$ 852,260 

$ 1,189,435 

Operating Income (Loss):

Metalworking Solutions and Services Group

$     6,793 

$     6,904 

$   (5,973)

$      49,283 

Advanced Materials Solutions Group

29,928 

19,437 

53,035 

49,427 

Corporate and eliminations (2)

(21,250)

(3,770)

(41,122)

(23,796)

Total operating income

$   15,471 

$   22,571 

$     5,940 

$      74,914 

(1) Amounts have been reclassified to reflect discontinued operations related to the divestiture of the

      high speed steel drills and related products business.

(2) Includes corporate functional shared services and intercompany eliminations.

In addition to reported results under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), the following financial highlight tables include, where appropriate, a reconciliation of adjusted results including gross profit, operating expense, operating income, MSSG operating income and margin, AMSG operating income and margin, income from continuing operations, net income and diluted earnings per share 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 DECEMBER 31, 2009 (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Gross Profit

Operating Expense

Operating Income

Income from Continuing Operations

Net Income

Diluted EPS

2010 Reported Results

$ 140,088 

$ 117,902 

$   15,471 

$                  6,293 

$         5,967 

$                      0.07 

  Restructuring and related     charges

562 

(201)

4,111 

5,143 

5,143 

0.07 

  Divestiture related charges

56 

0.00 

2010 Adjusted Results

$ 140,650 

$ 117,701 

$   19,582 

$                11,436 

$       11,166 

$                      0.14 

(in thousands, except percents)

MSSG Operating Income

AMSG Operating Income

2010 Reported Results

$         6,793   

$                  29,928   

2010 Reported Operating Margin

2.6%

16.5%

  Restructuring and related charges

2,735   

676   

2010 Adjusted Results

$         9,528   

$                  30,604   

2010 Adjusted Operating Margin

3.6%

16.9%

THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008 (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Gross Profit

Operating Expense

Operating Income

Income from Continuing Operations

Net Income

Diluted EPS

2009 Reported Results

$ 160,162 

$ 128,118 

$   22,571 

$                15,586 

$       15,659 

$                      0.21 

  Restructuring and related     charges

3,875 

(9)

10,088 

9,779 

9,779 

0.14 

2009 Adjusted Results

$ 164,037 

$ 128,109 

$   32,659 

$                25,365 

$       25,438 

$                      0.35 

(in thousands, except percents)

MSSG Operating Income

AMSG Operating Income

2009 Reported Results

$         6,904   

$                  19,437   

2009 Reported Operating Margin

2.1%

8.7%

  Restructuring and related charges

7,288   

2,800   

2009 Adjusted Results

$       14,192   

$                  22,237   

2009 Adjusted Operating Margin

4.4%

9.9%

SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Gross Profit

Operating Expense

Operating Income

(Loss) Income from Continuing Operations

Net (Loss) Income

Diluted EPS

2010 Reported Results

$ 257,889 

$ 234,064 

$     5,940 

$                (1,528)

$        (3,850)

$                    (0.05)

  Restructuring and related     charges

1,018 

(464)

12,660 

10,403 

10,403 

0.12 

  Divestiture related charges

1,340 

0.03 

2010 Adjusted Results

$ 258,907 

$ 233,600 

$   18,600 

$                  8,875 

$         7,893 

$                      0.10 

SIX MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008 (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Gross Profit

Operating Expense

Operating Income

Income from Continuing Operations

Net Income

Diluted EPS

2009 Reported Results

$ 375,282

$ 279,074

$   74,914

$                51,383

$       51,126

$                      0.69

  Restructuring and related     charges

4,650

33

19,233

17,187

17,187

$                      0.23

2009 Adjusted Results

$ 379,932

$ 279,107

$   94,147

$                68,570

$       68,313

$                      0.92

FREE OPERATING CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

Six Months Ended

December 31,

(in thousands)

2009

2008

Net cash flow provided by operating activities

$53,431 

$115,490 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(19,266)

(68,659)

Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment

1,659 

1,668 

  Free operating cash flow

$35,824 

$  48,499 

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.



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