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Twin Disc, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

  • Fourth Quarter Sales and Earnings Highest of the Fiscal Year
  • Improving Outlook for North American Oil and Gas
  • Demand from Customers in Asia Continues at Record Levels
  • Net Cash at June 30, 2014 was $6,353,000
  • Six-Month Backlog Up 15% Sequentially to $66,102,000 at June 30, 2014

RACINE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twin Disc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWIN), today reported financial results for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Sales for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter were $73,566,000, compared to $75,931,000 for the same period last year. Sales were up sequentially 21.2 percent versus the fiscal 2014 third quarter. The improvement was largely driven by increased shipments of land-based transmission systems, in particular shipments of product for the North American and Asian oil and gas markets. For fiscal 2014, sales were $263,909,000, compared to $285,282,000 for fiscal 2013. The decrease in sales was primarily a result of lower commercial marine transmission sales after a record year in fiscal 2013, softness in the global industrial product markets and continued weakness in the global mega yacht market. Sales of land-based transmission products were relatively stable year-over-year, while experiencing growth in shipments and order activity at the end of the fiscal year.

Commenting on the results, John H. Batten, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Fiscal 2014 ended with encouraging momentum in the North American oil and gas market. We saw significant improvements in shipments and orders in the fourth quarter for our 8500 and 7500 series oil and gas transmission systems. We anticipate further improvements in the North American pressure pumping market to occur throughout fiscal 2015, but at a gradual pace versus the rapid expansion we experienced in fiscal 2011. Our commercial marine markets remain strong due to continued demand for our marine transmission systems in the U.S. Gulf Coast and throughout Asia. Sales outside of North America represented 55 percent of overall sales for fiscal 2014, compared to 51 percent last fiscal year. Sales into Asia Pacific increased to 29 percent of total sales, compared to 27 percent in fiscal 2013, with sales into the Chinese market continuing at a record pace and representing nearly 13 percent of fiscal 2014 sales. Our global manufacturing, distribution and service networks are providing further opportunities to grow internationally and the Indian manufacturing facility we opened last fiscal year is ramping up quickly and exceeding our expectations.”

Gross margin for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter was 29.2 percent, compared to 27.2 percent in the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. The increase in fiscal 2014 fourth quarter gross margin was the result of a more profitable mix of business, improved absorption at the Company’s North American manufacturing operation and lower warranty expense. For fiscal 2014, gross margin was 29.3 percent, compared to 28.1 percent for fiscal 2013.

For the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 24.2 percent, compared to 22.5 percent for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. ME&A expenses increased $730,000, or 4.3 percent, in the fourth quarter versus the same period last fiscal year. For fiscal 2014, ME&A expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 25.5 percent, compared to 23.8 percent for fiscal 2013. For fiscal 2014, ME&A expenses decreased $493,000, or 0.7 percent, versus fiscal 2013. In the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter, the Company incurred expenses related to the investigation, severance costs and additional audit fees totaling $567,000 associated with the previously announced discovery of accounting irregularities at its Belgian operation. The investigation was completed in the fourth fiscal quarter and did not identify any additional matters requiring adjustment to the Company’s financial statements. In addition, the Company recorded a $572,000 net unfavorable adjustment related to the cash surrender value of various employee split-dollar life insurance policies in the fourth fiscal quarter, largely due to the rollout of a policy to the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer as a result of his retirement. The Company also recorded a $320,000 charge in the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter related to sales and use tax following the completion of a nexus study at its North American distribution operations. Adjusting for these one-time items, ME&A expenses were down year-over-year due to a continued focus on controlled spending at the Company’s North American and European operations and lower stock-based compensation expense (a decrease of $1,497,000), partially offset by increased spending in the Company’s growing Asia operations and on corporate engineering and development projects.

The fiscal 2014 fourth quarter tax rate is 34.5 percent, compared to the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter rate of 89.2 percent. Both periods were impacted by the non-deductibility of operating losses in a certain foreign jurisdiction that is subject to a full valuation allowance. Adjusting both quarters for the non-deductible losses, the fiscal 2014 rate would have been 31.2 percent compared to 40.6 percent for fiscal 2013. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 benefited from favorable provision to return adjustments in multiple foreign jurisdictions. The full year effective tax rate for fiscal 2014 is 52.2 percent, which is in line with the prior year rate of 54.0 percent. However, the full year effective rates are also impacted by the non-deductibility of operating losses in a certain foreign jurisdiction that is subject to a full valuation allowance. Adjusting both fiscal years for the non-deductible losses, the fiscal 2014 full year rate would have been 32.7 percent compared to 38.4 percent for the same period in fiscal 2013. The fiscal 2014 rate was favorably impacted by a change in the jurisdictional mix of earnings, along with favorable provision to return adjustments recorded in the fiscal 2014 third and fourth quarters.

Net earnings attributable to Twin Disc for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter were $2,324,000, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $47,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. For fiscal 2014, net earnings attributable to Twin Disc were $3,644,000, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $3,882,000, or $0.34 per diluted share for fiscal 2013.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)* were $6,533,000 for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter, compared to $4,729,000 for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter. For fiscal 2014, EBITDA was $19,463,000, compared to $21,141,000 for fiscal 2013.

Christopher J. Eperjesy, Vice President — Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, stated: “We ended fiscal 2014 with one of the strongest capital positions in our history. Supplementing our strong balance sheet, we finalized a new $60,000,000 revolver and entered into a $50,000,000 senior note shelf facility during the fourth quarter. The Company’s strong balance sheet and access to capital provides significant financial flexibility to support our long-term growth initiatives, including potential acquisitions. The Company experienced another fiscal year of strong operating cash flow, generating $25,749,000 of cash from operating activities in fiscal 2014. Total debt at June 30, 2014 declined 32.2 percent to $18,404,000 from $27,153,000 at June 30, 2013. The Company’s cash position at June 30, 2014 increased 19.5 percent to $24,757,000 from $20,724,000 at June 30, 2013. Our inventory levels declined 7.2 percent sequentially and 5.1 percent from the end of fiscal 2013, helping reduce working capital at June 30, 2014 to $123,051,000. For fiscal 2014 we invested $7,245,000 in capital expenditures and anticipate investing approximately $15,000,000 in our global facilities during fiscal 2015.”

Mr. Batten concluded: “Our six-month backlog at June 30, 2014 was $66,102,000 compared to $57,599,000 at March 28, 2014 and $66,765,000 at June 30, 2013. The $8,503,000 increase in backlog from the fiscal 2014 third quarter represents the third consecutive quarterly increase in backlog and the largest sequential increase since the beginning of fiscal 2012. The uptick in our six-month backlog was primarily a result of improving activity for our oil and gas transmission systems. The positive momentum we are experiencing in the North American oil and gas market as well as stable demand from the global commercial marine markets is encouraging. Looking forward, we expect fiscal 2015 to show both top and bottom line improvement. Further, we continue to look at ways to utilize our strong balance sheet and global footprint to support additional growth strategies.”

Twin Disc will be hosting a conference call to discuss these results and to answer questions at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. To participate in the conference call, please dial 888-438-5524 five to ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. August 5, 2014 until midnight August 12, 2014. The number to hear the teleconference replay is 877-870-5176. The access code for the replay is 8755613.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the call via the Internet, access Twin Disc's website at http://ir.twindisc.com/index.cfm and follow the instructions at the web cast link. The archived web cast will be available shortly after the call on the Company's website.

About Twin Disc, Inc.
Twin Disc, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy-duty off-highway power transmission equipment. Products offered include: marine transmissions, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems, as well as power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches and control systems. The Company sells its products to customers primarily in the pleasure craft, commercial and military marine markets, as well as in the energy and natural resources, government and industrial markets. The Company’s worldwide sales to both domestic and foreign customers are transacted through a direct sales force and a distributor network.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that are forward looking as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including those identified in the Company’s most recent periodic report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved.

*Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures
Financial information excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes and the impact of acquisitions, if any, in this press release are not measures that are defined in U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). These items are measures that management believes are important to adjust for in order to have a meaningful comparison to prior and future periods and to provide a basis for future projections and for estimating our earnings growth prospects. Non-GAAP measures are used by management as a performance measure to judge profitability of our business absent the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes and acquisitions. Management analyzes the company’s business performance and trends excluding these amounts. These measures, as well as EBITDA, provide a more consistent view of performance than the closest GAAP equivalent for management and investors. Management compensates for this by using these measures in combination with the GAAP measures. The presentation of the non-GAAP measures in this press release are made alongside the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Definition – Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)
The sum of, net earnings and adding back provision for income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expenses: this is a financial measure of the profit generated excluding the above mentioned items.

--Financial Results Follow--

 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands, except per-share data; unaudited)

 
        Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended

June 30,

2014

 

June 30,

2013

June 30,

2014

 

June 30,

2013

Net sales $ 73,566 $ 75,931 $ 263,909 $ 285,282
Cost of goods sold   52,051     55,308     186,655     205,257  
Gross profit 21,515 20,623 77,254 80,025
 

Marketing, engineering and administrative expenses

17,834

17,104

67,406

67,899

Impairment charge - 1,405 - 1,405
Restructuring of operations   (133 )   708     961     708  
Earnings from operations 3,814 1,406 8,887 10,013
 
Interest expense 239 434 936 1,435
Other (income), net   (60 )   (636 )   (145 )   (659 )
 

Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

 

3,635

 

1,608

 

8,096

 

9,237

Income taxes   1,253     1,435     4,226     4,986  
 
Net earnings 2,382 173 3,870 4,251

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax

  (58 )   (126 )   (226 )   (369 )
Net earnings attributable to Twin Disc $ 2,324   $ 47   $ 3,644   $ 3,882  
 
Earnings per share data:

Basic earnings per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders

$

0.21

$

0.00

$

0.32

$

0.34

Diluted earnings per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders

$

0.21

$

0.00

$

0.32

$

0.34

 
Weighted average shares outstanding data:
Basic shares outstanding 11,264 11,236

11,258

11,304
Diluted shares outstanding 11,271 11,311

11,264

11,377
 
Dividends per share $ 0.09 $ 0.09 $ 0.36 $ 0.36
 
Comprehensive income:
Net earnings $ 2,382 $ 173 $ 3,870 $ 4,251
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustment (293 ) (2,073 ) 3,760 447
Benefit plan adjustments, net   4,620     6,326     6,126     8,322  
Comprehensive income 6,709 4,426 13,756 13,020

Comprehensive earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

(58

)

 

(126

)

 

 

(226

)

 

(369

)

Comprehensive income attributable to Twin Disc

 

$

 

6,651

 

 

$

 

4,300

 

 

$

 

13,530

 

 

$

 

12,651

 
 
 
RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED NET EARNINGS TO EBITDA

(In thousands; unaudited)

 
       

Three Months Ended

   

Twelve Months Ended

June 30,

2014

 

June 30,

2013

June 30,

2014

 

June 30,

2013

Net earnings attributable to Twin Disc $ 2,324 $ 47 $ 3,644 $ 3,882
Interest expense 239 434 936 1,435
Income taxes 1,253 1,435 4,226 4,986
Depreciation and amortization   2,717   2,813   10,657   10,838

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

$ 6,533 $ 4,729 $ 19,463 $ 21,141
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands; unaudited)
           
June 30, June 30,

2014

2013

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash $ 24,757 $ 20,724
Trade accounts receivable, net 40,219 46,331
Inventories, net 97,579 102,774
Deferred income taxes 4,779 5,280
Other   12,697     13,363  
 
Total current assets 180,031 188,472
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 60,267 62,315
Goodwill, net 13,463 13,232
Deferred income taxes 2,556 7,614
Intangible assets, net 2,797 3,149
Other assets   7,871     10,676  
 
TOTAL ASSETS $ 266,985   $ 285,458  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt $ 3,604 $ 3,681
Accounts payable 22,111 20,651
Accrued liabilities   31,265     39,171  
 
Total current liabilities 56,980 63,503
 
Long-term debt 14,800 23,472
Accrued retirement benefits 37,006 48,290
Deferred income taxes 1,778 2,925
Other long-term liabilities   4,110     3,706  
 
Total liabilities 114,674 141,896
 
 
Twin Disc shareholders’ equity:
Common shares authorized: 30,000,000;
Issued: 13,099,468; no par value 11,973 13,183
Retained earnings 183,695 184,110
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (15,943 )   (25,899 )
 
179,725 171,394
Less treasury stock, at cost
(1,837,595 and 1,886,516 shares, respectively)   28,141     28,890  
 
Total Twin Disc shareholders' equity   151,584     142,504  
 
Noncontrolling interest   727     1,058  
Total equity   152,311     143,562  
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 266,985   $ 285,458  
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands; unaudited)

 
        Twelve Months Ended

June 30,
2014

   

June 30,
2013

 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net earnings $ 3,870 $ 4,251

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 10,657 10,838
Loss on sale of plant assets 26 287
Impairment charge - 1,405
Stock compensation expense 1,184 2,681
Restructuring of operations 961 708
Provision for deferred income taxes 519 687
Net change in working capital, excluding cash and debt, and other   8,532     3,619  
Net cash provided by operating activities   25,749     24,476  
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from sale of plant assets 103 315
Capital expenditures (7,245 ) (6,582 )
Other, net   34     (231 )
Net cash used by investing activities   (7,108 )   (6,498 )
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from notes payable - 32
Payments of notes payable (3,651 ) (96 )
Borrowings under revolving loan agreement 70,443 83,450
Repayments under revolving loan agreement (75,544 ) (88,382 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options - 189
Acquisition of treasury stock - (3,069 )
Dividends paid to shareholders (4,059 ) (4,079 )
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest (486 ) (204 )
Excess tax benefits from stock compensation 524 1,451
Other   (2,170 )   (1,699 )
Net cash used by financing activities   (14,943 )   (12,407 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   335     (548 )
 
Net change in cash 4,033 5,023
 
Cash:
Beginning of period   20,724     15,701  
 
End of period $ 24,757   $ 20,724  
 

Contacts

Twin Disc, Inc.
Christopher J. Eperjesy, 262-638-4343