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ESCO Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

71 Days ago

- Q2 GAAP EPS $0.72 (Includes $0.04 of Cost Reduction Charges) - Q2 Adjusted EPS $0.76 ($0.13 above Guidance Range / 58 Percent above Q2 2018) - Management Raises 2019 EPS Guidance to $3.05 to $3.10 -

St. Louis, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE) (ESCO, or the Company) today reported its operating results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2019 (Q2 2019), compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018 (Q2 2018).

The financial results presented include certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS, as defined within the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” described below. Any non-GAAP financial measures presented are reconciled to their respective GAAP equivalents.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in assessing the ongoing operational profitability of the Company’s business segments, and therefore, allow shareholders better visibility into the Company’s underlying operations. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” described below.

Earnings Summary

Q2 2019 GAAP EPS of $0.72 per share included $0.04 per share of previously described cost reduction charges in Technical Packaging and at Doble, and costs incurred to move the aircraft / aerospace business from VACCO to PTI. The $0.04 per share was excluded when determining Q2 2019 Adjusted EPS of $0.76 per share. GAAP net earnings were $19 million in Q2 2019.

Q2 2018 GAAP EPS of $0.38 per share included $0.10 per share of previously disclosed cost reduction charges incurred in USG and Filtration. The $0.10 per share was excluded when determining Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS of $0.48 per share. GAAP net earnings were $10 million in Q2 2018.

Q2 2019 Adjusted EPS of $0.76 per share significantly exceeded Management’s previous guidance of $0.58 to $0.63 per share, and increased 58 percent over Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS of $0.48 per share.

Adjusted EBITDA was $34 million in Q2 2019, reflecting a 22 percent increase over Q2 2018 Adjusted EBITDA of $28 million.

The increases in Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS were driven by higher sales and improved operating performance across the Company, supplemented by specific tax planning strategies implemented in Q2 2019 which generated a lower effective tax rate in the Quarter versus previous expectations.

Operating Highlights

  • Q2 2019 sales increased 11 percent to $194 million compared to $175 million in Q2 2018.
  • On a segment basis, Q2 2019 Filtration sales exceeded expectations and increased 20 percent from Q2 2018 with all operating units contributing to the growth driven by significantly higher aerospace (commercial and defense) and navy sales. Test sales increased 5 percent driven by strong project sales domestically and in China. USG sales from Doble increased significantly, while NRG’s sales to renewable energy customers decreased, resulting in a net 5 percent increase in USG sales. Technical Packaging sales increased 6 percent resulting from new product introductions.
  • SG&A expenses increased nominally (2 percent) in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018 primarily as a result of higher sales commissions and normal cost of living adjustments, partially offset by cost reductions.
  • Entered orders were $232 million in Q2 2019 (book-to-bill of 1.19x) which resulted in an ending backlog of $436 million at March 31, 2019, an increase of $53 million, or 14 percent, from September 30, 2018.
  • The Q2 2019 effective income tax rate was lower than expected as a result of significant tax planning strategies implemented during the Quarter.
  • 2019 net cash provided by operating activities was $17 million resulting in $182 million of net debt outstanding (total borrowings less cash on hand) at March 31, 2019, and a 1.5x leverage ratio. Cash flow in Q2 was negatively impacted by the timing of several large cash payments which moved out of the quarter and were received in early April.

Chairman’s Commentary – Q2 2019

Vic Richey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I’m extremely pleased with our Q2 operating results, which came in well above our expectations. Sales, operating profit, our effective tax rate, Adjusted EPS and entered orders were all better than our plan and enabled us to significantly beat the top end of our guidance range. Higher sales and operational improvements drove our Adjusted EPS $0.05 per share above our earlier expectations, and our tax strategies drove a favorable tax rate in Q2 2019 which contributed $0.08 per share above expectations.

“Comparing Q2 2019 to Q2 2018, we increased sales by 11 percent and improved our Adjusted EBITDA by over 22 percent and 2 points of margin driven by the strength of the Filtration group and our legacy Doble business. Our Test and Packaging businesses came in generally as expected and both improved their operating performance over prior year. I’m certain that the current cost reduction actions we have taken in our Packaging business will have a favorable impact on the second half of the year.

“Looking at Adjusted EBIT margins by segment, Filtration delivered 22 percent up from 18 percent in prior year; Test maintained 13 percent in both periods; and USG increased to 19 percent up from 16 percent. This operational growth supplemented by our tax strategies resulted in an increase in our Q2 Adjusted EPS of $0.28 per share, or 58 percent from prior year.

  “Test’s Q2 2019 entered orders were a clear highlight as the group significantly exceeded expectations by booking $58 million in the Quarter and $103 million YTD. Our consolidated orders and strong backlog certainly bode well for the remainder of the year and give me confidence for meeting our increased commitments.

 “On the M&A front we maintain a robust pipeline of opportunities in both Filtration and USG and continue to work these aggressively, and I’m hopeful that we will add to our portfolio before the end of the fiscal year. Consistent with our history, we will remain prudent and committed to our disciplined approach of balancing ROIC and protecting our balance sheet.

“Updating the Doble headquarters relocation from Watertown to Marlborough, we recently signed the lease on the new property and we expect to be moved in and fully operational by December 31, 2019. The Doble team is looking forward to having all of its Boston area staff co-located in a single, customer-friendly facility as we all believe this will further enhance our operational efficiency and effectiveness, while lowering our facility operating costs.

“As we look toward the second half of 2019, we plan to build on the successes we achieved in the first half and expect to continue benefitting from our disciplined operating culture and our lower cost structure. Our solid market positions and tangible growth opportunities across the Company provide us with a favorable view of the future with our goal remaining unchanged – to increase long-term shareholder value.”

Dividend Payment

The next quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid on July 19, 2019 to stockholders of record on July 5, 2019.

New Revenue Recognition Standard

On October 1, 2018, the Company formally adopted ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“New Revenue Recognition Standard”) using the modified retrospective method. Operating results for reporting periods beginning after October 1, 2018 will be presented under the New Revenue Recognition Standard, while the results from prior periods will not be adjusted and will continue to be presented using the accounting standards in effect for those periods. This new standard will have no impact on 2019 cash flows.

Previously Disclosed Cost Reduction / Restructuring Actions

Refer to our November 15, 2018 and February 7, 2019 earnings releases for details of our cost reduction and restructuring actions related to the Doble building sale and relocation, Technical Packaging’s cost reduction actions, and VACCO’s aircraft / aerospace business move to PTI.

All of these actions are intended to improve operating efficiency, enhance ROIC, generate additional free cash flow, and enhance the Company’s competitiveness across several end-markets, thereby, accelerating sales and earnings growth in the future.

Updated Business Outlook – 201 9

As a result of the Company’s YTD performance and its improved outlook for the remainder of the year, Management is raising its 2019 Adjusted EPS guidance to $3.05 to $3.10 per share from its earlier expectations of $2.95 to $3.05 per share.

Management continues to see meaningful organic sales, Adjusted EBIT, and Adjusted EBITDA growth opportunities across each of the Company’s business segments and anticipates growth rates in 2019 and beyond that will generally exceed the broader industrial market. The organic growth described in previous earnings releases is expected to be enhanced by additional M&A contributions.

Management expects Q3 2019 Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.80 per share. The timing of quarterly sales and earnings throughout the year, coupled with the discrete charges described above within the respective quarters will impact quarterly comparability.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, May 7, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, to discuss the Company’s Q2 2019 results. A live audio webcast will be available on the Company’s website at www.escotechnologies.com. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website noted above or by phone (dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the pass code 6106418).

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the timing and amounts of the Company’s expected quarterly, 2019 full year and beyond results, revenue and sales growth, EPS, Adjusted EPS, EPS growth, cash, EBIT, Adjusted EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, the realization of operational efficiencies, the Company’s competitiveness and the costs and savings resulting from operational improvements and cost reduction actions, the Company’s ability to increase operating margins, realize financial goals and increase shareholder value, the success of acquisition efforts, the long-term success of the Company, and any other statements which are not strictly historical are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws.

Investors are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update them except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations. The Company’s actual results in the future may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company’s operations and business environment including but not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors”, of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018, and the following: the success of the Company’s competitors; weakening of economic conditions in served markets; changes in customer demands or customer insolvencies; competition; intellectual property rights; technical difficulties; delivery delays or defaults by customers; material changes in the costs and availability of certain raw materials; the appropriation, allocation and availability of Government funds; the termination for convenience of Government and other customer contracts; the timing and content of future contract awards or customer orders; performance issues with key customers, suppliers and subcontractors; labor disputes; the impacts of natural disasters on the Company’s operations and those of the Company’s customers and suppliers; changes in laws and regulations, including but not limited to changes in accounting standards and taxation requirements; changes in interest rates; costs relating to environmental matters arising from current or former facilities; financial exposure in connection with Company guarantees of certain Aclara contracts; the availability of select acquisitions; and the uncertainty regarding the ultimate resolution of current disputes, claims, litigation or arbitration.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The financial measures EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are presented in this press release. The Company defines “EBIT” as earnings before interest and taxes, “EBITDA” as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA excluding certain defined charges, and “Adjusted EPS” as GAAP earnings per share (EPS) excluding the net impact of the items described above which were $0.04 per share in Q2 2019.

EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are not recognized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, Management believes that EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful in assessing the operational profitability of the Company’s business segments because they exclude interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which are generally accounted for across the entire Company on a consolidated basis. EBIT is also one of the measures used by Management in determining resource allocations within the Company as well as incentive compensation. The Company believes that the presentation of EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS provides important supplemental information to investors by facilitating comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results. The use of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to replace any measures of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

ESCO, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri: Manufactures highly-engineered filtration and fluid control products for the aviation, space and process markets worldwide; is the industry leader in RF shielding and EMC test products; provides diagnostic instruments, software and services for the benefit of industrial power users and the electric utility and renewable energy industries; and, produces custom thermoformed packaging, pulp-based packaging, and specialty products for medical and commercial markets. Further information regarding ESCO and its subsidiaries is available on the Company’s website at www.escotechnologies.com.
  
  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)  
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
   
          Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2019
    Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2018
 
                   
Net Sales $ 193,949     174,778  
Cost and Expenses:            
  Cost of sales   121,946     112,370  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses   41,673     40,749  
  Amortization of intangible assets   4,620     4,564  
  Interest expense   1,925     2,036  
  Other (income) expenses, net   2,430     1,475  
    Total costs and expenses   172,594     161,194  
                   
Earnings before income taxes   21,355     13,584  
Income taxes   2,558     3,590  
                   
    Net earnings $ 18,797     9,994  
                   
                   
                   
    Diluted EPS - GAAP $ 0.72     0.38  
                   
                   
    Diluted EPS - As Adjusted $ 0.76 (1 )   0.48 (2 )
                   
    Diluted average common shares O/S:   26,036     25,988  
                   
(1 ) Q2 2019 Adjusted EPS excluded $0.04 per share net impact of restructuring charges incurred primarily at Plastique, Doble and PTI/VACCO during the second quarter of 2019.
                   
(2 ) Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS excluded $0.10 per share net impact of restructuring charges incurred at Doble & PTI during the second quarter of 2018.

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)  
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
   
          Six Months
Ended
March 31,
2019
    Six Months
Ended
March 31,
2018
 
                   
Net Sales     $ 376,546       348,273    
Cost and Expenses:            
  Cost of sales   240,854       224,106    
  Selling, general and administrative expenses   82,666       82,903    
  Amortization of intangible assets   9,272       9,010    
  Interest expense   3,815       4,221    
  Other (income) expenses, net   (4,673 )     1,648    
    Total costs and expenses   331,934       321,888    
                   
Earnings before income taxes   44,612       26,385    
Income taxes     8,498       (18,280 )  
                   
    Net earnings $ 36,114       44,665    
                   
                   
    Diluted EPS - GAAP $ 1.38       1.72    
                   
    Diluted EPS - As Adjusted $ 1.23   (1 )   0.82   (2 )
                   
    Diluted average common shares O/S:   26,078       26,034    
                   
(1 ) YTD Q2 2019 Adjusted EPS excluded $0.15 per share net impact mainly from the gain on the sale of the Doble Watertown property partially offset by certain restructuring charges primarily at Plastique, PTI/VACCO & Doble.
                   
(2 ) YTD Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS excluded $0.90 per share net impact of the $25 million tax benefit recorded related to U.S. Tax Reform partially offset by restructuring charges incurred at Doble & PTI during the first six months of 2018.

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Business Segment Information (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
        GAAP   As Adjusted  
        Q2 2019   Q2 2018   Q2 2019   Q2 2018  
Net  Sales                  
  Filtration $ 79,478     65,775     79,478     65,775    
  Test   42,875     40,805     42,875     40,805    
  USG   48,890     46,699     48,890     46,699    
  Technical Packaging   22,706     21,499     22,706     21,499    
    Totals $ 193,949     174,778     193,949     174,778    
                       
EBIT                  
  Filtration $ 17,443     11,118     17,806     11,566    
  Test   5,554     5,300     5,554     5,300    
  USG   8,767     5,626     9,241     7,543    
  Technical Packaging   1,602     1,885     2,021     1,885    
  Corporate   (10,086 )   (8,309 )   (9,977 )   (8,086 )  
    Consolidated EBIT   23,280     15,620     24,645     18,208    
    Less: Interest expense   (1,925 )   (2,036 )   (1,925 )   (2,036 )  
    Less: Income tax expense   (2,558 )   (3,590 )   (2,853 )   (3,524 )  
    Net earnings $ 18,797     9,994     19,867     12,648    
                       
Note 1: Adjusted net earnings were $19.9 million in Q2 '19 which excluded $1.1 million (or $0.04 per share) net impact of the restructuring charges incurred at Doble, Plastique, PTI and VACCO during the second quarter of 2019.
                       
Note 2: Adjusted net earnings were $12.6 million in Q2 '18 which excluded $2.7 million (or $0.10 per share) net impact of the restructuring charges incurred at Doble and PTI during the second quarter of 2018.
                       
EBITDA Reconciliation to Net earnings:              
                Adjusted   Adjusted  
        Q2 2019   Q2 2018   Q2 2019   Q2 2018  
Consolidated EBITDA $ 32,555     25,192     33,920     27,780    
Less: Depr & Amort   (9,275 )   (9,572 )   (9,275 )   (9,572 )  
Consolidated EBIT   23,280     15,620     24,645     18,208    
Less: Interest expense   (1,925 )   (2,036 )   (1,925 )   (2,036 )  
Less: Income tax expense   (2,558 )   (3,590 )   (2,853 )   (3,524 )  
Net earnings $ 18,797     9,994     19,867     12,648    
                       

  

  

 ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Business Segment Information (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
        GAAP   As Adjusted  
        YTD Q2   YTD Q2   YTD Q2   YTD Q2  
        2019     2018     2019     2018    
Net  Sales                  
  Filtration $ 145,702     125,810     145,702     125,810    
  Test   84,161     78,334     84,161     78,334    
  USG   104,745     102,453     104,745     102,453    
  Technical Packaging   41,938     41,676     41,938     41,676    
    Totals $ 376,546     348,273     376,546     348,273    
                       
EBIT                  
  Filtration $ 28,053     20,764     28,513     21,212    
  Test   8,864     7,895     8,864     7,895    
  USG   30,313     16,277     23,100     18,194    
  Technical Packaging   1,708     2,850     2,396     2,850    
  Corporate   (20,511 )   (17,180 )   (20,037 )   (16,957 )  
    Consolidated EBIT   48,427     30,606     42,836     33,194    
    Less: Interest expense   (3,815 )   (4,221 )   (3,815 )   (4,221 )  
    Less: Income tax   (8,498 )   18,280     (6,899 )   (6,705 )  
    Net earnings $ 36,114     44,665     32,122     22,268    
                       
Note 1: Adjusted net earnings were $32.1 million in YTD Q2 '19 which excluded $4.0 million (or $0.15 per share) net impact of the gain on the sale of the Doble Watertown property partially offset by charges related to restructuring actions at Doble, Plastique, PTI & VACCO.
                       
Note 2: Adjusted net earnings were $22.3 million in YTD Q2 '18 which excluded $2.7 million (or $0.10 per share) net impact of the restructuring charges incurred at Doble and PTI during the first six months of 2018, and the $25 million (or $1.00 per share) tax benefit recorded related to U.S. Tax Reform.
                       
EBITDA Reconciliation to Net earnings:              
                Adjusted   Adjusted  
        YTD Q2   YTD Q2   YTD Q2   YTD Q2  
        2019     2018     2019     2018    
Consolidated EBITDA $ 67,206     49,404     61,615     51,992    
Less: Depr & Amort   (18,779 )   (18,798 )   (18,779 )   (18,798 )  
Consolidated EBIT   48,427     30,606     42,836     33,194    
Less: Interest expense   (3,815 )   (4,221 )   (3,815 )   (4,221 )  
(Less) Plus: Income tax   (8,498 )   18,280     (6,899 )   (6,705 )  
Net earnings $ 36,114     44,665     32,122     22,268    
                       

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
        March 31,
2019
  September 30,
2018
             
Assets          
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,955   30,477
  Accounts receivable, net   159,923   163,740
  Contract assets   100,540   53,034
  Inventories   124,493   135,416
  Other current assets   16,048   13,356
    Total current assets   435,959   396,023
  Property, plant and equipment, net   132,806   134,954
  Intangible assets, net   338,514   345,353
  Goodwill   381,304   381,652
  Other assets   5,380   7,140
      $ 1,293,963   1,265,122
             
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity        
  Short-term borrowings and current $ 20,000   20,000
    maturities of long-term debt        
  Accounts payable   58,090   63,033
  Contract liabilities   55,453   49,035
  Other current liabilities   68,402   68,462
    Total current liabilities   201,945   200,530
  Deferred tax liabilities   62,938   64,794
  Other liabilities   37,684   40,388
  Long-term debt   197,000   200,000
  Shareholders' equity   794,396   759,410
      $ 1,293,963   1,265,122

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
     Six Months Ended
March 31, 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:    
  Net earnings $ 36,114  
  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings    
  to net cash provided by operating activities:    
  Depreciation and amortization   18,779  
  Stock compensation expense   2,557  
  Changes in assets and liabilities   (28,847 )
  Change in PP&E from gain on building sale   (8,922 )
  Pension contributions   (833 )
  Effect of deferred taxes   (1,856 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities   16,992  
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
  Capital expenditures   (17,425 )
  Additions to capitalized software   (4,494 )
  Proceeds from sale of building and land   17,201  
  Net cash used by investing activities   (4,718 )
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
  Proceeds from long-term debt and short-term borrowings   23,000  
  Principal payments on long-term debt   (26,000 )
  Dividends paid   (4,146 )
  Other   370  
  Net cash used by financing activities   (6,776 )
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (1,020 )
     
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   4,478  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   30,477  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 34,955  

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Other Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Backlog And Entered Orders - Q2 FY 2019   Filtration   Test   USG   Technical
Packaging
  Total
  Beginning Backlog - 1/1/19 $ 221,735     126,494     36,872     13,196     398,297  
  Entered Orders   100,750     57,586     51,037     22,342     231,715  
  Sales     (79,478 )   (42,875 )   (48,890 )   (22,706 )   (193,949 )
  Ending Backlog - 3/31/19 $ 243,007     141,205     39,019     12,832     436,063  
                         
                         
                         
Backlog And Entered Orders - YTD Q2 FY 2019   Filtration   Test   USG   Technical
Packaging
  Total
  Beginning Backlog - 10/1/18 $ 204,227     122,350     40,727     15,467     382,771  
  Entered Orders   184,482     103,016     103,037     39,303     429,838  
  Sales     (145,702 )   (84,161 )   (104,745 )   (41,938 )   (376,546 )
  Ending Backlog - 3/31/19 $ 243,007     141,205     39,019     12,832     436,063  

  

SOURCE ESCO Technologies Inc.
Kate Lowrey, Director of Investor Relations, (314) 213-7277



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