Lydall Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

Company Release - 7/31/2018 4:30 PM ET

MANCHESTER, Conn., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LYDALL, INC. (NYSE: LDL) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

HIGHLIGHTS - Q2 2018 vs. Q2 2017

GAAP Financials

•         Net sales of $186.4 million, up $11.5 million, or 6.6%
           ◦       Favorable foreign currency translation of $5.8 million, or 3.3%
•         Gross margin of 19.4%, down 540 basis points
•         Operating margin of 6.6%, down 490 basis points
•         Earnings per share ("EPS") of $0.60 compared to $0.76

Non-GAAP Financial Measures*

•         Organic sales growth of 2.3%
•         Adjusted gross margin of 19.9%, down 520 basis points
•         Adjusted operating margin of 7.7%, down 420 basis points
•         Adjusted EPS of $0.70 compared to adjusted $0.80 per share
•         Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11.7%, down 340 basis points

*Reconciliations of the Non-GAAP financial measures to Lydall’s GAAP financial results are included at the end of this release.  See also “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Dale G. Barnhart, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Sales increased 6.6%, with organic sales growth of 2.3%, led by the Performance Materials and Technical Nonwovens segments.  Our results reflect the negative impact of approximately $2.2 million from a supplier fire which forced temporary shutdowns of certain Thermal Acoustical Solutions' customers, reducing both our sales and profits.  The Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment also faced cost pressures during the quarter which predominantly drove the reduction in consolidated margins quarter-on-quarter.  Increased commodity costs, primarily aluminum, and greater labor and outsourced manufacturing costs, impacted by major platform launches, reduced margins.  However, the segment saw operational improvement compared to first quarter 2018 primarily from lower expedited freight expenses on customer shipments."

Q2 2018 Results

Net sales increased by $11.5 million, or 6.6%, to $186.4 million, compared to $174.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The Performance Materials ("PM") segment reported organic sales growth of 3.8% led by improved filtration demand in the air filtration market.  The Technical Nonwovens ("TNW") segment reported organic sales growth of 2.6%, led by improved demand for industrial filtration and advanced materials products primarily in the Canadian market.  Organic sales in the Thermal Acoustical Solutions ("TAS") segment were essentially flat, as North America sales were negatively impacted by multiple customer shutdowns due to a fire at a U.S. supplier to Lydall's customers.  Outside of North America, the segment reported parts sales growth of $5.4 million ($3.4 million net of foreign currency impact), including continued strong growth in Asia.  Overall, foreign currency translation increased consolidated net sales by $5.8 million, or 3.3%, in the second quarter of 2018.

Gross margin was 19.4%, compared to 24.8% in the second quarter of 2017, with the reduction predominantly driven by the TAS segment with marginal reductions in the TNW and PM segments.  Both the TNW and PM segments reported improved gross margins sequentially.  The TAS segment gross margin negatively impacted consolidated gross margin by approximately 450 basis points compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Labor and variable overhead expenses increased by approximately 190 basis points, including outsourcing costs and overtime associated with new product launch activity.  Increased commodity costs, primarily aluminum, were approximately 140 basis points.  Also, lower sales from customer shut-downs and the resulting fixed costs under-absorption resulted in lower gross margin of approximately 70 basis points.

Operating margin was 6.6%, down 490 basis points, or 420 basis points on an adjusted basis, compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Lower gross margin was partially offset by 50 basis points, or 100 basis points on an adjusted basis, from a reduction in selling, product development and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales.

The Company's effective tax rate was 13.7%, compared to 28.7% in the second quarter of 2017.  Tax law changes lowered the U.S. statutory tax rate to 21% in 2018.  Tax benefits in the second quarter of 2018 from discretionary pension plan contributions and the geographical mix of earnings contributed to the effective tax rate being below the statutory rate.  The Company now projects its ordinary effective tax rate in 2018 to be in the range of 18.0% - 19.0%.

Net income was $10.5 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared to $13.1 million, or $0.76 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017.  Adjusted earnings per share were $0.70, compared to $0.80 per share in the second quarter of 2017.


Cash was $50.6 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $59.9 million at December 31, 2017.  Net cash provided by operations was $11.9 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $15.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, with the reduction primarily driven by strategic raw material inventory purchases and discretionary pension plan contributions.

Availability under the Company's domestic credit facility was $94.5 million at June 30, 2018, which provides additional capacity to support organic growth programs and operational improvements, fund capital investments and pursue attractive acquisitions.  The Company's net leverage ratio (debt less cash divided by trailing twelve months EBITDA) was approximately 0.4 times at June 30, 2018.


Mr. Barnhart concluded, “Looking forward in the third quarter of 2018, we are seeing solid order activity across all segments and expect low-to-mid single digit consolidated organic sales growth.  We remain focused on improving operational efficiency and profitability throughout the Company.  The Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment will continue to be challenged by increased commodity costs and labor and overhead costs.  However, the Company does expect sequential improvement in consolidated margins from second quarter 2018 results.  The Technical Nonwovens' restructuring plan remains on-schedule which is expected to reduce operating costs and increase efficiency."

Conference Call

Lydall will host a conference call on August 1, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018 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 August 1, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 8, 2018 at (877) 344-7529, from within the U.S., or (412) 317-0088, internationally, pass code 10122443.  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 gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted earnings per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.  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 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 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about the outlook for the third quarter of 2018 and full year expected tax rates, and the expected impact of manufacturing inefficiencies in the TAS segment and the Company's ability to improve operational effectiveness, 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 or political changes 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, challenges encountered by the Company in the execution of restructuring programs, challenges encountered in the combination of the former Thermal/Acoustical Fibers and Thermal/Acoustical Metals business segments, disruptions in the global credit and financial markets, including diminished liquidity and credit availability, changes in international trade agreements, including tariffs and trade restrictions, 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.  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 Lydall’s 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, 2017.

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® 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 Six Months Ended
 June 30, June 30,
 2018 2017 (1) 2018 2017 (1)
Net sales$186,413  $174,879  $378,073  $340,366 
Cost of sales150,286  131,552  302,439  256,541 
Gross profit36,127  43,327  75,634  83,825 
Selling, product development and administrative expenses23,878  23,290  49,349  48,640 
Operating income12,249  20,037  26,285  35,185 
Interest expense572  795  1,112  1,401 
Other (income) expense, net(368) 792  (53) 1,125 
Income before income taxes12,045  18,450  25,226  32,659 
Income tax expense1,655  5,303  3,778  7,797 
(Income) loss from equity method investment(60) 22  $(56) $68 
Net income$10,450  $13,125  21,504  24,794 
Earnings per share:       
  Basic$0.61  $0.77  $1.25  $1.46 
  Diluted$0.60  $0.76  $1.24  $1.44 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding17,196  17,044  17,178  17,014 
Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents outstanding17,335  17,262  17,334  17,272 

(1) Operating expense of $0.2 million and $0.4 million in the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017 was reclassified to other (income) expense, net, to give effect to the adoption of a new accounting standard related to the presentation of net periodic pension cost.

Summary of Segment Information        
and Corporate Office Expenses        
In thousands        
  Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net Sales        
Performance Materials Segment $31,234  $29,301  $61,927  $58,052 
Technical Nonwovens Segment (1) 71,712  67,098  139,253  126,016 
Thermal Acoustical Solutions (2) 90,169  86,002  191,606  170,787 
Eliminations and Other (1) (6,702) (7,522) (14,713) (14,489)
Consolidated Net Sales $186,413  $174,879  $378,073  $340,366 
Operating Income        
Performance Materials Segment $3,649  $3,933  $6,290  $5,591 
Technical Nonwovens Segment 6,118  6,535  11,124  11,203 
Thermal Acoustical Solutions (2) 8,820  15,395  21,434  30,191 
Corporate Office Expenses (6,338) (5,826) (12,563) (11,800)
Consolidated Operating Income $12,249  $20,037  $26,285  $35,185 

(1) Included in the Technical Nonwovens segment and Eliminations and Other is $5.8 million and $6.8 million in intercompany sales to the Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment for the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $12.9 million and $13.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

(2) Effective January 1, 2018, the Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers operating segments were combined into a single operating segment named Thermal Acoustical Solutions.  Combining these automotive segments into one segment is expected to allow the Company to better serve its customers, leverage operating disciplines and drive efficiencies across the global automotive operations.  Segment information for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017 has been recast to give effect to the new segment structure.

Financial Position    
In thousands except ratio data    
  June 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $50,613  $59,875 
Working capital $193,536  $171,389 
Total debt $77,055  $77,190 
Stockholders' equity $370,715  $353,396 
Total capitalization $447,770  $430,586 
Total debt to total capitalization 17.2% 17.9%

Cash Flows        
In thousands Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
(Unaudited) June 30, June 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net cash provided by operating activities $11,936  $15,437  $7,974  $27,795 
Net cash used for investing activities $(8,462) $(5,861) $(16,138) $(15,421)
Net cash used for financing activities $(69) $(10,941) $(283) $(23,750)
Depreciation and amortization $7,028  $6,261  $14,248  $12,778 
Capital expenditures $(8,679) $(5,508) $(16,355) $(15,068)

Common Stock Data    
  Quarter Ended June 30,
  2018 2017
High $49.50  $60.00 
Low $37.50  $47.60 
Close $43.65  $51.70 

During the second quarter of 2018, 5,062,562 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 tables address the non-GAAP measures used in this press release and reconcile the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:

  Quarter Ended
 June 30,
 Six Months Ended
 June 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net sales $186,413  $174,879  $378,073  $340,366 
Gross Profit, as reported $36,127  $43,327  $75,634  $83,825 
  Inventory step-up purchase accounting adjustments   543    1,025 
  Severance expenses       459 
  TNW restructuring expenses 876  74  1,325  74 
Gross Profit, adjusted $37,003  $43,944  $76,959  $85,383 
Gross Margin, as reported 19.4% 24.8% 20.0% 24.6%
Gross Margin, adjusted 19.9% 25.1% 20.4% 25.1%
Operating income, as reported $12,249  $20,037  $26,285  $35,185 
  Strategic initiatives expenses 1,167    1,289  160 
  Inventory step-up purchase accounting adjustments   543    1,025 
  Severance expenses       1,006 
  TNW restructuring expenses 885  293  1,419  293 
Operating income, adjusted $14,301  $20,873  $28,993  $37,669 
Operating margin, as reported 6.6% 11.5% 7.0% 10.3%
Operating margin, adjusted 7.7% 11.9% 7.7% 11.1%
Diluted earnings per share, reported $0.60  $0.76  $1.24  $1.44 
  Strategic initiatives expenses $0.07  $  $0.07  $0.01 
  Inventory step-up purchase accounting adjustments $  $0.03  $  $0.06 
  Severance expenses $  $  $  $0.06 
  TNW restructuring expenses $0.05  $0.02  $0.08  $0.02 
  Tax effect of above adjustments $(0.02) $(0.01) $(0.02) $(0.05)
Diluted earnings per share, adjusted $0.70  $0.80  $1.37  $1.54 

This press release reports adjusted results for the quarters and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, which excludes corporate strategic initiatives expenses, restructuring expenses in the Technical Nonwovens segment, severance expenses for workforce reductions in the Thermal Acoustical Solutions and Technical Nonwovens segments and purchase accounting adjustments related to inventory step-up in the Technical Nonwovens segment.

In thousands except ratio data

  For the Quarters Ended June 30,
  2018 % of sales 2017 % of sales
Net income $10,450    $13,125   
Interest expense 572    795   
Income tax expense 1,655    5,303   
Depreciation and amortization 7,028    6,261   
EBITDA $19,705  10.6% $25,484  14.6%
  Strategic initiatives expenses 1,167       
  Inventory step-up purchase accounting adjustments     543   
  TNW restructuring expenses 885    293   
EBITDA, adjusted $21,757  11.7% $26,320  15.1%
  For the Six Months Ended June 30,
  2018 % of sales 2017 % of sales
Net income $21,504    $24,794   
Interest expense 1,112    1,401   
Income tax expense 3,778    7,797   
Depreciation and amortization 14,248    12,778   
EBITDA $40,642  10.7% $46,770  13.7%
  Strategic initiatives expenses 1,289    160   
  Inventory step-up purchase accounting adjustments     1,025   
  Severance expenses     1,006   
  TNW restructuring expenses 1,419    293   
EBITDA, adjusted $43,350  11.5% $49,254  14.5%

This press release reports earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the quarters and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 and adjusted EBITDA which excludes corporate strategic initiatives expenses, restructuring expenses in the Technical Nonwovens segment, severance expenses for workforce reductions in the Thermal Acoustical Solutions and Technical Nonwovens segments and a purchase accounting adjustment related to inventory step-up in the Technical-Nonwovens segment.

Organic Sales

  Quarter Ended June 30, 2018
 Thermal Acoustical Solutions Consolidated
Sales growth, as reported 6.6% 6.9% 4.8% 6.6%
  Acquisitions % % % %
  Change in tooling sales % % 2.1% 1.0%
  Foreign currency translation 2.8% 4.3% 2.4% 3.3%
Organic sales growth 3.8% 2.6% 0.3% 2.3%
  Six Months Ended June 30, 2018
 Thermal Acoustical Solutions Consolidated
Sales growth, as reported 6.7% 10.5% 12.2% 11.1%
  Acquisitions % % % %
  Change in tooling sales % % 6.6% 3.3%
  Foreign currency translation 4.1% 5.5% 3.7% 4.6%
Organic sales growth 2.6% 5.0% 1.9% 3.2%

This press release provides information regarding organic sales change, defined as net sales change excluding (1) sales from acquired businesses (2) the impact of foreign currency translation and (3) tooling sales.  Management believes that the presentation of organic sales change 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:
Brendan Moynihan
Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations
Telephone 860-646-1233
Facsimile 860-646-4917

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