LYDALL Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015

Company Release - 2/24/2016 4:30 PM ET
  • Q4 2015 adjusted EPS of $0.46, up 39% from adjusted Q4 2014 EPS
  • 2015 adjusted EPS of $2.10, a company record, up 21% from 2014 adjusted EPS
  • Organic sales growth of 6.7% in Q4 2015; 3.0% in 2015
  • 2015 adjusted operating margin of 10.3%, up 160 basis points

MANCHESTER, Conn., Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LYDALL, INC. (NYSE:LDL) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. 

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 3.0% to $131.4 million compared to $127.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, including unfavorable foreign currency translation of $4.6 million, or 3.6%.  Organic sales growth was 6.7%, principally driven by increased automotive end-market demand and share gain. 

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $5.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was negatively impacted by non-cash charges related to an intangible asset impairment of $1.4 million and discrete income tax charges of $1.2 million.  Excluding these charges, adjusted earnings per share were $0.46, up 39.4%, compared to adjusted earnings per share of $0.33 for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Net sales in 2015 were $524.5 million compared to $535.8 million in 2014.  Organic sales growth of 3.0% in 2015 was offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation of 4.9% and the net impact of an acquisition in 2014 and a divestiture in 2015 of 0.6%.  Adjusted gross margin in 2015 was 23.3% compared to 21.5% in 2014, and adjusted operating margin was 10.3% in 2015 compared to 8.7% in 2014.  Net income in 2015 was $46.3 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, compared to $21.8 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, in 2014.  Adjusted EPS was $2.10 per share in 2015 compared to adjusted EPS of $1.74 in 2014. 

Dale Barnhart, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with our fourth quarter results and the solid finish to 2015 with record earnings.  In the fourth quarter, we achieved organic growth of 6.7%, adjusted gross margin expansion of 240 basis points and adjusted operating margin expansion of 270 basis points.  Organic sales growth in the fourth quarter and throughout 2015 was led by the Fibers, Industrial Filtration and Metals segments due to strong demand from the automotive platforms we serve and continued execution of planned synergy programs in the Industrial Filtration segment.  Lower demand for filtration and life sciences products, as well as insulation products from oil price-driven market softness, negatively impacted the Performance Materials segment during the fourth quarter and 2015.  The Fibers segment was the most significant contributor to the Company’s overall expansion in margins.”

Below are financial highlights comparing quarter ended December 31, 2015 (“Q4 2015”) results to quarter ended December 31, 2014 (“Q4 2014”) results:

  • Net sales increased by $3.8 million, or 3.0%; organic sales grew by 6.7% and tooling net sales increased 3.8%, partially offset by 3.6% of unfavorable foreign currency translation and lower net sales of 3.9% as a result of a divested business;
  • Gross margin increased 240 basis points to 22.2%, compared to adjusted gross margin of 19.8% in Q4 2014, primarily due to improvement in the Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment from higher parts sales, lower raw material costs and labor and overhead efficiencies; 
  • Adjusted operating margin was 9.0% in Q4 2015, compared to 6.3% in Q4 2014; and
  • Effective tax rate was 48.9%, compared to 31.3% in Q4 2014, with the increase driven by $1.2 million of non-cash deferred tax charges as a result of state tax law changes and the $1.4 million intangible asset impairment charge without a tax benefit.

Cash less debt was $55.4 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $21.1 million at December 31, 2014, with the increase primarily driven by improved operating performance net of debt repayments of $20.6 million. 

Mr. Barnhart added, “Entering 2016, we are seeing stable demand for our products at levels consistent with the second half of 2015.  While Performance Materials demand continues to remain somewhat soft, orders in our automotive segments remain healthy.  We are well positioned to execute on our long-term strategy for profitable growth through organic sales growth, geographic expansion, lean initiatives and acquisitions.  From a liquidity standpoint, we have the ability to fund strategic initiatives that will drive profitable growth.”   

Conference Call

Lydall will host a conference call on February 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 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 www.lydall.com in the Investor Relations' Section.  A recording of the call will be available from 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, March 3, 2016 at (877) 344-7529, from within the U.S., or (412) 317-0088, internationally, pass code 10081299.  Additional information, including a presentation outlining key financial data supporting the conference call, can be found on the Company’s website www.lydall.com 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 gross margin, 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 2016, 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,” “expectations,” “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 I, Item 1A - Risk Factors of Lydall’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

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 http://www.lydall.com. 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         
(Unaudited)         
  Quarter Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, December 31, 
          
   2015   2014   2015   2014  
          
Net sales $   131,398  $  127,583  $   524,505  $  535,829  
Cost of sales   102,181    102,021   402,008    420,851  
Gross profit  29,217    25,562    122,497    114,978  
    
Selling, product development and administrative expenses   18,688   17,492    70,020    80,930  
Operating income  10,529    8,070    52,477    34,048  
          
Gain on sale of business  ̶̶̶    ̶̶̶     (18,647 )  ̶̶̶   
Interest expense   160    274    755    1,093  
Other income, net   (35 )   (547)   (654 )   (701) 
Income before income taxes  10,404    8,343    71,023    33,656  
          
Income tax expense   5,085    2,610    24,764    11,809  
Net income $   5,319  $  5,733  $   46,259  $  21,847  
          
Earnings per share:         
Basic $   0.32  $  0.34  $   2.76  $  1.31  
Diluted $   0.31  $  0.34  $   2.71  $  1.28  
          
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   16,751    16,799    16,746    16,662  
Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents outstanding   17,095    17,105    17,084    17,003  
          
          
          
Summary of Segment Information and Other Products         
and Services         
In thousands     
(Unaudited) Quarter Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, December 31, 
   2015   2014   2015   2014  
Net Sales         
          
Performance Materials Segment $   23,946  $  27,135  $   101,478  $  115,866  
Industrial Filtration Segment   34,876    29,876    139,133    112,220  
Thermal/Acoustical Metals Segment   41,444    38,470    160,932    164,265  
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers Segment   36,479    28,757    138,747    128,591  
Other Products and Services:         
  Life Sciences Vital Fluids  ̶̶̶     4,930    1,671    19,682  
Eliminations and Others   (5,347 )   (1,585)   (17,456 )   (4,795) 
Consolidated Net Sales $   131,398  $  127,583  $   524,505  $  535,829  
          
Operating Income         
          
Performance Materials Segment $   719  $  2,005  $   6,790  $  9,706  
Industrial Filtration Segment   2,373    1,595    13,431    6,412  
Thermal/Acoustical Metals Segment   3,194    3,339    15,517    13,823  
Thermal/Acoustical Fibers Segment   9,367    5,636    37,086    29,167  
Other Products and Services:         
  Life Sciences Vital Fluids  ̶̶̶     339     118     1,582  
Corporate Office Expenses   (5,124 )   (4,844)   (20,465 )   (26,642) 
Consolidated Operating Income $   10,529  $  8,070  $   52,477  $  34,048  
          
          
          
Financial Position         
In thousands except ratio data         
(Unaudited)         
  December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014     
          
Cash and cash equivalents $   75,909  $  62,051      
Working capital $   158,303  $  140,229      
Total debt $   20,479  $  40,930      
Stockholders' equity $   245,225  $  212,599      
Total capitalization $   265,704  $  253,529      
Total debt to total capitalization  7.7 %  16.1%     
          
          
Cash Flows         
In thousands         
(Unaudited)         
  Quarter Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, December 31, 
   2015   2014   2015   2014  
          
Net cash provided by operating activities $   21,213  $  11,129  $   36,110  $  41,628  
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities $   (5,185 ) $  (5,328) $   7,905  $  (93,489) 
Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities $   (19,531 ) $  (18,978) $   (26,707 ) $  42,549  
Depreciation and amortization $   4,307  $  4,469  $   17,275  $  17,646  
Capital expenditures $   (5,185 ) $  (5,330) $   (20,645 ) $  (13,971) 
          
          
Common Stock Data         
Quarter Ended December 31,         
   2015   2014      
          
High $   38.86  $  33.57      
Low $   28.16  $  25.33      
Close $   35.48  $  32.82      
          
          
During the fourth quarter of 2015, 5,475,806 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         
(Unaudited)         
          
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 December 31, Year Ended December 31, 
   2015   2014   2015   2014  
          
Net sales, as reported $   131,398  $  127,583  $   524,505  $  535,829  
Divested business      (4,930)   (1,671 )   (19,682) 
Net sales, adjusted $   131,398  $  122,653  $   522,834  $  516,147  
          
Gross Profit, as reported $   29,217  $  25,562   122,497  $  114,978  
Divested business      (1,334)   (534 )    (6,026) 
Purchase accounting adjustment             2,053  
Gross Profit, adjusted $   29,217  $  24,228  $   121,963  $  111,005  
          
Gross Margin, as reported  22.2%  20.0%  23.4%  21.5% 
Gross Margin, adjusted  22.2%  19.8%  23.3%  21.5% 
          
Operating income, as reported $   10,529  $  8,070  $   52,477  $  34,048  
Divested business      (339)   (118 )   (1,582) 
Long-lived asset impairment charge   1,354        1,354     
Pension settlement expense            4,914  
Sales commission settlement expense            2,900  
Transaction expenses            2,572  
Purchase accounting adjustment            2,053  
Operating income, adjusted $   11,883    $  7,731   $   53,713    $  44,905   
          
Operating margin, as reported  8.0 %  6.3%  10.0 %  6.4% 
Operating margin, adjusted  9.0 %  6.3%  10.3 %  8.7% 
          
Earnings per share, reported $   0.31  $  0.34  $   2.71  $  1.28  
Divested business, net of tax of $44 in 2015 and $129 and $601, in 2014 $  $  (0.01) $  $  (0.06) 
Gain on sale of divested business, net of tax of $6,807 $  $  $   (0.69 )  $  
Long-lived asset impairment charge $   0.08  $  $   0.08   $  
Pension settlement expense, net of tax of $1,867 $  $  $  $  0.18  
Sales commission settlement expense, net of tax of $895 $  $  $  $  0.12  
Transaction expenses, net of tax of $240 $  $  $  $  0.14  
Purchase accounting adjustment, net of tax of $620 $  $  $  $  0.08  
Discrete income tax charges $0.07  $  $  $  
Earnings per share, adjusted $0.46  $  0.33   $   2.10  $  1.74  
          
This press release reports adjusted results for 2015 which exclude results of a divested business, non-cash intangible asset impairment charge and discrete income tax charges.  This press release  reports adjusted results in 2014 which exclude results of a divested business, transaction related charges and purchase accounting adjustments associated with the Industrial Filtration acquisition and one-time pension and sales commission settlement expenses.  
          
          
Organic Sales         
(Unaudited)         
    Quarter Ended Year Ended   
    December 31, December 31,   
     2015   2015    
Sales change, as reported    3.0%  (2.1)%   
Acquisition/Divestiture, net    3.9%  0.6%   
Foreign currency translation    3.6%  4.9%   
Change in tooling sales    (3.8)%  (0.4)%   
Organic sales growth    6.7 %  3.0 %   
          
          
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) change in 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
info@lydall.com
www.lydall.com

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