Lydall Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2015

Company Release - 11/3/2015 5:01 PM ET


  • Adjusted EPS of $0.59 per share, up 44% from adjusted Q3 2014 EPS
  • Sales of $131.2 million, with organic sales growth of 5.9%
  • Gross margin of 24.1%, up 280 basis points
  • Operating margin of 11.3%, up 330 basis points versus adjusted Q3 2014

MANCHESTER, Conn., Nov. 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Net sales were $131.2 million compared to $134.2 million in the third quarter of 2014.  Organic sales growth of 5.9% was offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation and the divestiture of a non-core business in the first quarter of 2015.

Net income was $11.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, compared to $4.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.  Excluding discrete tax benefits of approximately $1.2 million, or $0.07 per share, adjusted earnings per share were $0.59, compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.41 for the third quarter of 2014.

Dale Barnhart, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We achieved another strong quarter delivering solid organic growth, excellent margin expansion and markedly improved earnings per share.  The Fibers and Industrial Filtration segments both delivered double-digit organic sales growth, while the Metals segment achieved organic sales growth in excess of 9%.  These increases were due to robust demand from the automotive platforms we serve and continued execution in driving planned synergy programs in the Industrial Filtration segment.  Our Performance Materials segment reported a marginal reduction in organic sales primarily from lower demand for insulation products, as we continue to experience oil price-driven market softness.  In terms of profitability, the Fibers segment was the most significant contributor to the Company’s overall expansion in margin due to higher parts sales, lower raw material costs and labor and overhead efficiencies.”

Below are financial highlights comparing quarter ended September 30, 2015 (“Q3 2015”) results to quarter ended September 30, 2014 (“Q3 2014”) results:

  • Net sales decreased by $3.0 million, or 2.2%; organic sales grew by 5.9% and tooling net sales increased by 0.5%; these results were offset by 4.8% of unfavorable foreign currency translation and lower net sales as a result of a divested business of 3.8%;
  • Gross margin increased 280 basis points to 24.1%, compared to 21.3% in Q3 2014, primarily due to improvements in the Thermal/Acoustical Fibers, Industrial Filtration and Performance Materials segments;
  • Operating margin was 11.3% in Q3 2015, compared to 4.3% in Q3 2014; adjusted operating margin was 8.0% in Q3 2014, which excluded a one-time pension settlement expense of $4.9 million, operating income of $0.5 million from a divested business and a purchase accounting adjustment of $0.2 million related to the Industrial Filtration acquisition; and
  • Effective tax rate was 24.4%, compared to 30.2% in Q3 2014, resulting from discrete tax benefits of approximately $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2015, which primarily related to research and development tax credits and the release of reserves for previously uncertain tax positions for tax years that have statutorily closed.

Mr. Barnhart added, “Looking forward to the remainder of 2015, we expect to close out the year with another solid quarter, with anticipated sales and earnings growth compared to the final quarter of 2014.  Demand for our automotive products in the Fibers and Metals segments continues to be strong in both North America and Europe.  We are seeing stable global order activity in the Industrial Filtration segment, and expect market conditions affecting our Performance Materials segment to be consistent with recent periods.”

Conference Call

Lydall will host a conference call on November 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015 as well as general matters related to its businesses and markets.  The call may be accessed at (888) 338-7142, from within the U.S., or (412) 902-4181, internationally.  In addition, the audio of the call will be webcast live and will be available for replay on the Company's website at in the Investor Relations' Section.  A recording of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 4, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, November 11, 2015 at (877) 344-7529, from within the U.S., or (412) 317-0088, internationally, pass code 10074703.  Additional information, including a presentation outlining key financial data supporting the conference call, can be found on the Company’s website under the Investors Relations’ Section.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including organic sales, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin and adjusted earnings per share.  The attached financial tables address the non-GAAP measures used in this press release and reconcile non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.  The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP measures helps investors to gain a better understanding of our core operating results and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts the Company's performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts.  Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the corresponding GAAP measures, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about the outlook for the remainder of 2015, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.  All such forward-looking statements are intended to provide management’s current expectations for the future operating and financial performance of the Company based on current expectations and assumptions relating to the Company’s business, the economy and other future conditions.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified through the use of words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “predicts,” “targets,” “prospects,” “strategy,” “signs,” and other words of similar meaning in connection with the discussion of future operating or financial performance.  Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict.  Such risks and uncertainties which include, among others, worldwide economic cycles that affect the markets that the Company’s businesses serve which could have an effect on demand for the Company’s products and impact the Company’s profitability, disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, including diminished liquidity and credit availability, foreign currency volatility, swings in consumer confidence and spending, unstable economic growth, raw material pricing and supply issues, fluctuations in unemployment rates, retention of key employees, increases in fuel prices, and outcomes of legal proceedings, claims and investigations, and with respect to possible violations of German anti-trust laws by employees in our German operation could have a negative impact on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition.  Accordingly, the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements.  Investors, therefore, are cautioned against relying on any of these forward-looking statements.  They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance.  Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks and uncertainties identified in Part II, Item 1A - Risk Factors of Lydall’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and Part I, Item 1A - Risk Factors of Lydall’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Lydall does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement made in this press release or that may from time to time be made by or on behalf of the Company.

Lydall, Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange listed company, headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut with global manufacturing operations producing specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.  For more information, visit  Lydall(R) is a registered trademark of Lydall, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

Summary of Operations          
In thousands except per share data          
  Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended` 
  September 30, September 30,  
   2015   2014   2015   2014   
Net sales $  131,240  $  134,227  $  393,107  $  408,246   
Cost of sales   99,549    105,663    299,827    318,830   
Gross profit   31,691    28,564    93,280    89,416   
Selling, product development and administrative expenses   16,850    22,785    51,332    63,438   
Operating income   14,841    5,779    41,948    25,978   
Gain on sale of business         (18,647)     
Interest expense   187    327    595    819   
Other income, net   (150)   (508)   (619)   (154)  
Income before income taxes   14,804    5,960    60,619    25,313   
Income tax expense   3,618    1,802    19,679    9,199   
Net income $  11,186  $  4,158  $  40,940  $  16,114   
Earnings per share:          
Basic $  0.67  $  0.25  $  2.45  $  0.97   
Diluted $  0.66  $  0.24  $  2.40  $  0.95   
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding  16,715    16,684    16,744    16,615   
Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents outstanding  17,028    17,043    17,085    16,967   
Summary of Segment Information and Other Products         
and Services          
In thousands          
(Unaudited) Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended  
  September 30, September 30,  
   2015   2014   2015   2014   
Net Sales          
Performance Materials Segment $  26,442  $  28,626  $  77,532  $  88,731   
Industrial Filtration Segment   34,155    30,553    104,257    82,344   
Thermal/Acoustical Metals Segment   39,941    40,000    119,488    125,795   
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers Segment   35,681    31,013    102,268    99,834   
Other Products and Services:          
Life Sciences Vital Fluids      5,164    1,671    14,752   
Eliminations and Others   (4,979)   (1,129)   (12,109)   (3,210)  
Consolidated Net Sales $131,240  $134,227  $393,107  $408,246   
Operating Income          
Performance Materials Segment $  2,500  $  2,272  $  6,071  $  7,701   
Industrial Filtration Segment   3,352    1,833    11,058    4,817   
Thermal/Acoustical Metals Segment   3,889    4,267    12,323    10,484   
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers Segment   10,082    6,911    27,719    23,531   
Other Products and Services:          
Life Sciences Vital Fluids      537    118    1,243   
Corporate Office Expenses   (4,982)   (10,041)   (15,341)   (21,798)  
Consolidated Operating Income $  14,841  $  5,779  $  41,948  $  25,978   
Financial Position          
In thousands except ratio data          
  September 30,
 December 31, 2014      
Cash and cash equivalents $  80,263  $  62,051       
Working capital $  171,402  $  140,229       
Total debt $  40,433  $  40,930       
Stockholders' equity $  242,091  $  212,599       
Total capitalization $  282,524  $  253,529       
Total debt to total capitalization  14.3%  16.1%      
Cash Flows          
In thousands Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended  
(Unaudited) September 30, September 30,  
   2015   2014   2015   2014   
Net cash provided by operating activities $  10,402  $  17,125  $  14,897  $  30,499   
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities $(3,782) $(3,378) $13,090  $(88,161)  
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities $  16  $  1,041  $  (7,176) $  61,527   
Depreciation and amortization $  4,331  $  4,605  $  12,968  $  13,177   
Capital expenditures $(3,782) $(3,015) $(15,460) $(8,641)  
Common Stock Data Quarter Ended September 30,      
   2015   2014       
High   30.71    31.64       
Low   25.28    24.20       
Close   28.49    27.01       
During the third quarter of 2015, 4,924,827 shares of Lydall common stock (LDL) were traded on the New York Stock Exchange.    
Non-GAAP Measures          
In thousands except ratio and per share data          
The following table addresses the non-GAAP measures used in this press release and reconciles the non-GAAP measures to the most    
directly comparable GAAP measures:          
  Quarter Ended September 30,      
   2015   2014       
Net sales $  131,240  $  134,227       
Divested business      (5,164)      
Net sales, adjusted $  131,240  $  129,063       
Operating income, as reported $  14,841  $  5,779       
Divested business      (537)      
Pension settlement expense      4,870       
Purchase accounting adjustment      240       
Operating income, adjusted $  14,841  $  10,352       
Operating margin, as reported  11.3%  4.3%      
Operating margin, adjusted  11.3%  8.0%      
Earnings per share, reported $  0.66  $  0.24       
Divested business, net of tax of $204  $  $  (0.02)      
Pension settlement expense, net of tax of $1,851  $  $  0.18       
Purchase accounting adjustment, net of tax of $54  $  $  0.01       
Discrete income tax benefits $  (0.07)  $       
Earnings per share, adjusted $  0.59  $  0.41       
This press release reports adjusted results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 which excludes results from discrete income tax benefits. This press release reports adjusted results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 which excludes results from a divested business, pension settlement expense and a purchase accounting adjustment associated with the Industrial Filtration acquisition.      
Organic Sales         
    Quarter Ended      
    September 30,      
Sales decline, as reported    (2.2)%      
Disposition of Life Sciences Vital Fluids business    3.8%      
Foreign currency translation    4.8%      
Change in tooling sales    (0.5)%      
Organic sales growth    5.9%      
This press release provides information regarding organic sales growth, defined as net sales change excluding (1) sales from the acquired and sold businesses (2) the impact of foreign currency translation and (3) tooling sales.  Management believes that the presentation of organic sales growth is useful to investors because it enables them to assess, on a consistent basis, sales trends related to the Company selling products to customers, without the impact of foreign currency rate changes that are not under management's control and do not reflect the performance of the Company and management.  Tooling sales are excluded because tooling revenue is not generated from selling the Company's products to customers, but rather is reimbursement from our customers for the design and production of tools used by the Company in our manufacturing processes. Tooling sales can be sporadic and may mask underlying business conditions and obscure business trends.




For further information:
David D. Glenn
Vice President, Corporate Development
and Investor Relations
Telephone 860-646-1233
Facsimile 860-646-4917

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