Kimball International, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results — Adjusted Operating Income Best Since 2001

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JASPER, Ind., Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL) today announced the following results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017:

  • First quarter revenue was $169.5 million, a 3% decrease coming off of very strong prior year first quarter growth of 12%.
  • First quarter adjusted operating income was $16.0 million, or 9.4% of net sales, representing the best earnings since 2001.
  • First quarter GAAP net income was $11.0 million which was flat compared to the prior year first quarter, and exclusive of a prior year restructuring gain, net income increased 11% over prior year adjusted net income.
  • Quarterly return on capital equaled 23.2%, the best in the industry, where public data is available.
  • Quarterly dividend was increased to 7 cents per share, a 17% increase over the previous quarterly dividend and the fourth successive dividend increase in the last four years.
  • D’style, Inc. acquisition was announced today and is expected to close in the next 30 days.

Bob Schneider, Chairman and CEO, stated, “I am very pleased with our ability to convert lower sales into higher earnings for the first quarter. Our first quarter results reflect strong execution and focus on continuous improvement, as our 9.4% adjusted operating income excluding restructuring was the highest in over 15 years. Improved sales in the office verticals was offset by lower sales in our hospitality vertical, resulting in our consolidated revenue declining 3%. Our hospitality vertical revenues have historically fluctuated from quarter to quarter, and we expect second quarter revenues to increase substantially from the first quarter.”

Mr. Schneider continued, “I am also very excited by our pending acquisition of D’style, along with its subsidiary Allan Copley Designs. D’style, headquartered in Chula Vista, CA, is well-known and respected in the hospitality industry for providing public space furnishings and guest room accent pieces, and will be a natural fit with our existing hospitality brand. These offerings will also enable us to take advantage of the trend where hospitality, residential, and commercial designs are merging. D’style sells primarily in North America with prior calendar year sales of approximately $20 million. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2018. We look forward to welcoming the D’style employees to the Kimball International team.”

Overview

Financial Highlights
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
Three Months Ended  
 September 30,
 2017

 September 30,
 2016

 Percent Change
Net Sales$169,517  $174,996  (3%)
Gross Profit$59,589  $58,687  2%
Gross Profit %35.2% 33.5%  
Selling and Administrative Expenses$43,632  $43,227  1%
Selling and Administrative Expenses %25.8% 24.6%  
Restructuring Gain$0  $(1,832)  
Operating Income$15,957  $17,292  (8%)
Operating Income %9.4% 9.9%  
Adjusted Operating Income *$15,957  $15,460  3%
Adjusted Operating Income % *9.4% 8.8%  
Net Income$10,957  $10,998  0%
Adjusted Net Income *$10,957  $9,879  11%
Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.29  $0.29   
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share *$0.29  $0.26   
Adjusted Return on Capital *23.2% 25.5%  
Adjusted EBITDA *$19,911  $19,687   
          
* Items indicated represent Non-GAAP measurements. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
 
  • The 3% decline in net sales was partially driven by a decline in the hospitality vertical due to an unusual level of customer-requested shipping delays that pushed shipments out until next quarter. In addition, uncertainty surrounding the potential replacement of the Affordable Care Act is causing a delay in spending in the healthcare vertical. These declines were partially offset by increases in the government and education verticals, which increased as a result of increased focus on these vertical markets. Office furniture sales within verticals other than the hospitality vertical increased 2% compared to the prior year first quarter.

  • Orders received during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 were down 7% from the prior year first quarter, coming off of very strong order growth in the prior year period. The order decline was driven by the healthcare and hospitality verticals, partially offset by an order increase in the government vertical. While hospitality orders received during the quarter declined, our total backlog of hospitality orders remains strong, and we are expecting strong hospitality revenues next quarter as the delayed shipments from the current quarter ship next quarter.

  • First quarter gross profit as a percent of net sales improved 170 basis points over the prior year first quarter due to favorable shift in sales mix to higher margin product, productivity improvements, favorable price increases net of higher discounting, and decreased employee healthcare expenses.

  • Selling and administrative expenses in the first quarter increased 120 basis points as a percent of net sales and increased 1% in absolute dollars compared to the prior year first quarter. The increase in selling and administrative expense was primarily driven by higher marketing expenditures to grow the business, partially offset by lower incentive compensation.

  • No restructuring costs were incurred during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. A net pre-tax restructuring gain of $1.8 million was recognized in the prior year first quarter, which included a gain on the sale of the Post Falls, Idaho facility and land after the completion of the restructuring plan that transferred metal fabrication production into existing production facilities in Indiana.

  • The Company's 33.4% effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 was lower than the prior year first quarter effective tax rate of 37.8%. The current year first quarter effective tax rate was favorably impacted by tax benefits from stock award vesting.

  • Operating cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $7.0 million compared to operating cash flow of $13.0 million in the first quarter of the prior year, a decrease of $6.0 million. The decrease was primarily driven by changes in working capital balances, including an increase in inventory balances as a result of customer-requested shipping delays.

  • The Company's balance in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments was $97.8 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $98.6 million at June 30, 2017. The decrease was primarily due to capital expenditures of $6.6 million and the return of capital to share owners in the form of stock repurchases and dividends totaling $4.0 million, which more than offset $7.0 million of cash flows from operations.

  • Today the Company announced the pending acquisition of privately-held D’style, which is headquartered in Chula Vista, CA and has a manufacturing location in Tijuana, Mexico. The acquisition will expand the Company's hospitality offerings to public spaces beyond guest rooms, and will provide new mixed material manufacturing capabilities. The acquisition is expected to close in the next 30 days. The company will be purchased for $20.0 million, inclusive of a $2.2 million contingent earn-out. The purchase price is subject to certain post-closing working capital adjustments.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures.  A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in the United States in the statement of income, statement of comprehensive income, balance sheet, or statement of cash flows of the Company.  The non-GAAP financial measures used within this release include (1) operating income excluding restructuring; (2) net income excluding restructuring; (3) diluted earnings per share excluding restructuring; (4) return on capital excluding restructuring; and (5) EBITDA excluding restructuring.  Reconciliations of the reported GAAP numbers to these non-GAAP financial measures are included in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table below.  Management believes it is useful for investors to understand how its core operations performed without gains and expenses related to executing its restructuring plans.  Excluding these amounts allows investors to meaningfully trend, analyze, and benchmark the performance of the Company's core operations.  Many of the Company's internal performance measures that management uses to make certain operating decisions exclude these items to enable meaningful trending of core operating metrics.

The orders received metric is a key performance indicator used to evaluate general sales trends and develop future operating plans.  Orders received represent firm orders placed by our customers during the current quarter which are expected to be recognized as revenue during current or future quarters.  The orders received metric is not intended to be presented as an alternative measure of revenue recognized in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained within this release are considered forward-looking under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that any projections or guidance, including revenues, margins, earnings, or any other financial results are not realized, the outcome of a governmental review of our subcontractor reporting practices, adverse changes in the global economic conditions, significant volume reductions from key contract customers, significant reduction in customer order patterns, financial stability of key customers and suppliers, and availability or cost of raw materials.  Additional cautionary statements regarding other risk factors that could have an effect on the future performance of the Company are contained in the Company's Form 10-K filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call / Webcast
   
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Time
Dial-In #: 844-602-5643 (International Calls - 574-990-3014)
Pass Code: Kimball
   

A webcast of the live conference call may be accessed by visiting Kimball International's Investor Relations website at www.ir.kimballinternational.com.

For those unable to participate in the live webcast, the call will be archived at www.ir.kimballinternational.com within two hours of the conclusion of the live call.

About Kimball International, Inc.

Kimball International, Inc. creates design driven, innovative furnishings sold through our family of brands: Kimball, National, and Kimball Hospitality. Our diverse portfolio offers solutions for the workplace, learning, healing, and hospitality environments. Dedicated to our Guiding Principles, our values and integrity are evidenced by public recognition as a highly trusted company and an employer of choice. “We Build Success” by establishing long-term relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, share owners and the communities in which we operate. To learn more about Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL), visit www.kimballinternational.com

Financial highlights for the first quarter ended September 30, 2017 are as follows:

        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income       
(Unaudited)Three Months Ended
(Amounts in Thousands, except per share data)September 30, 2017 September 30, 2016
Net Sales$169,517  100.0% $174,996  100.0%
Cost of Sales109,928  64.8% 116,309  66.5%
Gross Profit59,589  35.2% 58,687  33.5%
Selling and Administrative Expenses43,632  25.8% 43,227  24.6%
Restructuring Gain0  0.0% (1,832) (1.0%)
Operating Income15,957  9.4% 17,292  9.9%
Other Income, net489  0.3% 397  0.2%
Income Before Taxes on Income16,446  9.7% 17,689  10.1%
Provision for Income Taxes5,489  3.2% 6,691  3.8%
Net Income$10,957  6.5% $10,998  6.3%
        
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:       
Basic$0.29    $0.29   
Diluted$0.29    $0.29   
        
Average Number of Total Shares Outstanding:       
Basic37,428    37,609   
Diluted37,733    38,024   


 (Unaudited)  
Condensed Consolidated Balance SheetsSeptember 30,
 2017
 June 30,
 2017
(Amounts in Thousands) 
ASSETS   
Cash and cash equivalents$64,250  $62,882 
Short-term investments33,528  35,683 
Receivables, net54,262  53,909 
Inventories41,320  38,062 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets9,044  8,050 
Assets held for sale193  4,223 
Property and Equipment, net81,125  80,069 
Intangible Assets, net2,824  2,932 
Deferred Tax Assets16,415  14,487 
Other Assets13,033  13,450 
Total Assets$315,994  $313,747 
    
LIABILITIES AND SHARE OWNERS' EQUITY   
Current maturities of long-term debt$26  $27 
Accounts payable46,388  44,730 
Customer deposits21,079  20,516 
Sale-leaseback financing obligation3,777  3,752 
Dividends payable2,703  2,296 
Accrued expenses43,654  49,018 
Long-term debt, less current maturities161  184 
Other16,191  17,020 
Share Owners' Equity182,015  176,204 
Total Liabilities and Share Owners' Equity$315,994  $313,747 


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsThree Months Ended
(Unaudited)September 30,
(Amounts in Thousands)2017 2016
Net Cash Flow provided by Operating Activities$7,025  $13,012 
Net Cash Flow provided by (used for) Investing Activities748  (7,761)
Net Cash Flow used for Financing Activities(6,405) (5,966)
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents1,368  (715)
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period62,882  47,576 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period$64,250  $46,861 


Net Sales by End Market Vertical
 Three Months Ended  
(Unaudited)September 30,  
(Amounts in Millions)2017 2016 % Change
Commercial$51.7  $50.5  2%
Education30.5  26.6  15%
Finance13.0  16.7  (22%)
Government26.0  19.7  32%
Healthcare18.0  22.6  (20%)
Hospitality30.3  38.9  (22%)
Total Net Sales$169.5  $175.0  (3%)


Orders Received by End Market Vertical
 Three Months Ended  
(Unaudited)September 30,  
(Amounts in Millions)2017 2016 % Change
Commercial$49.6  $52.2  (5%)
Education19.5  19.3  1%
Finance16.3  19.0  (14%)
Government25.5  19.9  28%
Healthcare18.6  26.1  (29%)
Hospitality34.6  40.7  (15%)
Total Orders Received$164.1  $177.2  (7%)


Supplementary Information   
Components of Other Income (Expense), netThree Months Ended
(Unaudited)September 30,
(Amounts in Thousands)2017 2016
Interest Income$234  $110 
Interest Expense(31) (5)
Foreign Currency Gain (Loss)17  (7)
Gain on Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan Investment351  367 
Other Non-Operating Expense(82) (68)
Other Income, net$489  $397 


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures   
(Unaudited)   
(Amounts in Thousands, except per share data)   
    
Operating Income excluding Restructuring
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016
Operating Income, as reported$15,957  $17,292 
Pre-tax Restructuring Gain0  (1,832)
Adjusted Operating Income$15,957  $15,460 
    
Net Income excluding Restructuring
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016
Net Income, as reported$10,957  $10,998 
Pre-tax Restructuring Gain0  (1,832)
Tax on Restructuring Gain0  713 
After-tax Restructuring Gain0  (1,119)
Adjusted Net Income$10,957  $9,879 
    
Diluted Earnings Per Share excluding Restructuring
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016
Diluted Earnings Per Share, as reported$0.29  $0.29 
After-tax Restructuring Gain0.00  (0.03)
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share$0.29  $0.26 
    
Return on Capital excluding Restructuring
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016
Adjusted Operating Income — see non-GAAP reconciliation above$15,957  $15,460 
Median Effective Income Tax Rate for trailing four quarters33.4% 37.2%
Median Income Tax Expense5,330  5,751 
Net Operating Profit After-Tax (NOPAT)10,627  9,709 
Average Capital *183,073  152,572 
Adjusted Return on Capital (annualized)23.2% 25.5%
  * Capital is defined as Total Equity plus Total Interest-Bearing Debt   


Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (“EBITDA”) excluding Restructuring
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016
Net Income$10,957  $10,998 
Provision for Income Taxes5,489  6,691 
Income Before Taxes on Income16,446  17,689 
Interest Expense31  5 
Interest Income(234) (110)
Depreciation and Amortization3,668  3,935 
Pre-tax Restructuring Gain0  (1,832)
Adjusted EBITDA$19,911  $19,687 

 


Contact:
Dennis Gerber
Investor Relations
812-482-8619
Dennis.Gerber@kimball.com