ADVERTISEMENT
Press release content from Globe Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.
PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from Globe Newswire
Press release content from Globe Newswire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

Twin Disc, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Financial Results

October 29, 2021 GMT

  • First quarter sales up 3.4% year-over-year
  • Strong operating cash flow and facility sale drives net debt to lowest level in over three years
  • Six-month backlog at September 24, 2021 was $86.1 million, a 22.5% increase since June 30, 2021
  • Management optimistic recovery is underway as order rates and demand improve

RACINE, Wis., Oct. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Twin Disc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWIN), today reported financial results for the fiscal 2022 first quarter ended September 24, 2021.

Sales for the fiscal 2022 first quarter were $47.8 million, compared to $46.2 million for the same period last year. The 3.4% increase in 2022 first quarter sales was primarily due to improving demand within the Company’s global oil and gas, industrial and marine markets compared to the same period last fiscal year. The impact of improving markets has been partially offset by significant global supply chain challenges, limiting sales revenue in the quarter. Foreign currency exchange had a $0.5 million positive impact on fiscal 2022 first quarter sales.  

ADVERTISEMENT

John H. Batten, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Demand across many of our global markets is improving, and I am encouraged by our strong first quarter performance as we worked tirelessly to navigate unprecedented global supply chain issues.  We anticipate the supply chain challenges will persist through our second fiscal quarter before easing through the second half of the fiscal year.  We continue to focus on strategies that modernize our global facilities and realign our cost structure.  During the first quarter, we completed a sale leaseback of our Rolla production facility for net proceeds of $9.1 million (resulting in a gain of $2.9 million recorded in Other Operating Income).  The restructuring action at our Belgium operation announced in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 is expected to be completed this fiscal year and we anticipate incurring approximately $1.0 million of restructuring expenses in the second quarter.  These actions as well as future actions are expected to generate annualized pre-tax savings of approximately $1.6 million, while reducing the capital requirements necessary to operate our business.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“Our six-month backlog at September 24, 2021, was $86.1 million, compared to $69.4 million at September 25, 2020, and $70.3 million at June 30, 2021.  The 22.5% increase in our six-month backlog over the past three months is encouraging and is supported by improving demand trends across many of our global markets.  The investment cycle in the North America pressure pumping industry has yet to materialize.  However, we are optimistic an oil and gas investment cycle will begin in the coming quarters supported by an aging fleet of equipment and higher oil and gas prices.  Overall, I am pleased with the progress we are making to transform our business.  We ended the quarter with strong order rates across many areas of our business and we believe fiscal 2022 will be a good year of profitable growth for Twin Disc.” 

Gross profit percent for the fiscal 2022 first quarter was 28.2%, compared to 21.0% in the fiscal 2021 first quarter. The 720-basis point increase in gross profit margin percentage for the fiscal 2022 first quarter compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter, was primarily due to higher, more profitable sales, the positive outcomes of targeted cost reduction initiatives and the favorable impact of the Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”), a COVID-19 relief program of the U.S. government, recorded in the quarter ($1.3 million). The quarter also benefited from the incremental impact of the NOW subsidy ($0.3 million), a COVID-19 relief program of the Netherlands government.

For the fiscal 2022 first quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses increased $0.7 million to $13.1 million, compared to $12.4 million for the fiscal 2021 first quarter. The slight increase in ME&A expenses in the quarter was primarily due to a current year global bonus accrual and higher salary and benefit costs, partially offset by the favorable impact of the ERC. As a percent of revenues, ME&A expenses increased to 27.4% for the fiscal 2022 first quarter, compared to 26.9% for the same period last year.

Twin Disc recorded restructuring charges of $48,000 in the fiscal 2022 first quarter, compared to restructuring charges of $0.4 million in the same period last fiscal year. Restructuring activities during the fiscal 2022 first quarter related primarily to ongoing cost reduction and productivity actions at the Company’s European operations and actions to adjust the cost structure at our domestic operation.  

The fiscal 2022 first quarter effective tax rate was 16.2% compared to 19.1% in the prior fiscal year first quarter. The current year rate was impacted by the fact that the domestic entity recognized a full valuation allowance in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, resulting in limited recognition of tax expense.

Net income attributable to Twin Disc for the fiscal 2022 first quarter was $1.9 million or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to Twin Disc of $(4.0) million or $(0.30) per share for the prior fiscal year first quarter.  

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA)* was $5.4 million for the fiscal 2022 first quarter, compared to a loss of $(1.6 million) for the fiscal 2021 first quarter.  

Jeffrey S. Knutson, Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary stated, “We generated $2.4 million of cash provided by operating activities and benefitted from the sale leaseback of our Rolla facility. As a result, we ended the fiscal 2022 first quarter with net debt of $9.8 million, compared to $19.7 million at June 30, 2021 which represents the lowest net debt level (Total debt less cash) in over three years. While inventories increased over the last three months, we continue to believe we will reduce inventories as fiscal 2022 progresses and many of our global markets recover. I am pleased with the progress we are making improving our balance sheet and liquidity position. As a result, we are planning to increase capital expenditures during fiscal 2022 after controlling investments throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We expect to invest $9 million to $11 million in capital expenditures during fiscal 2022.”

Twin Disc will be hosting a conference call to discuss these results and to answer questions at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 29, 2021. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-877-407-9039 five to ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. October 29, 2021 until midnight November 5, 2021. The number to hear the teleconference replay is 1-844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 13723996.

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/ and follow the instructions at the web cast link. The archived webcast 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, azimuth drives, 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. For more information, please visit www.twindisc.com.

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. Risk factors also include the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and any impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the Company’s business operations, as well as its impact on general economic and financial market conditions.

*Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures
Financial information excluding the impact of asset impairments, restructuring charges, foreign currency exchange rate changes and the impact of acquisitions, if any, as well as the measure of net debt 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)

Net earnings or loss excluding interest expense, the provision or benefit for income taxes, 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)
 
For the Quarter Ended
  September 24,
2021
September 25,
2020
Net sales$47,761 $46,179 
Cost of goods sold 34,314  36,476 
Gross profit 13,447  9,703 
Marketing, engineering and administrative expenses 13,091  12,445 
Restructuring expenses 48  405 
Other operating income (2,939) - 
Income (loss) from operations 3,247  (3,147)
   
Interest expense 530  573 
Other expense (income), net 355  1,148 
Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest 2,362  (4,868)
Income tax expense (benefit) 382  (931)
   
Net income (loss) 1,980  (3,937)
Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax/ (60) (42)
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc$        1,920 $        (3,979)
Income (loss) per share data:  
Basic income (loss) per share$0.14 $(0.30)
Diluted income (loss) per share$0.14 $(0.30)
Weighted average shares outstanding data:  
Basic shares outstanding 13,283  13,197 
Diluted shares outstanding 13,350  13,197 
   
Comprehensive income:  
Net income (loss)$1,980 $(3,937)
Benefit plan adjustments, net of income taxes of $117 and $177, respectively 384  553 
Foreign currency translation adjustment (1,938) 3,612 
Unrealized gain on hedges, net of income taxes of $63 and $22, respectively         204          75 
Comprehensive income 630  303 
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest         (136)         (55)
       
Comprehensive income attributable to Twin Disc$        494 $        248 
       

RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA
(In thousands; unaudited)

  
 For the Quarter Ended
  September 24,
2021
September 25,
2020
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc$        1,920$        (3,979)
Interest expense 530 573 
Income taxes 382 (931)
Depreciation and amortization         2,550         2,758 
Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization$        5,382$        (1,579)
      

RECONCILIATION OF TOTAL DEBT TO NET DEBT
(In thousands; unaudited)

  
 For the Quarter Ended
  September 24,
2021
June 30,
2021
Current maturities of long-term debt$        2,000$        2,000
Long-term debt         29,883         30,085
Total debt 31,883 32,085
Less cash         22,092         12,340
Net debt$        9,791$        19,745
     

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands; unaudited)

   
  September 24,
2021
June 30,
2021
 
ASSETS  
Current assets:  
Cash$        22,092 $        12,340 
Trade accounts receivable, net 34,837  39,491 
Inventories 121,092  114,967 
Assets held for sale 3,321  9,539 
Prepaid expenses 6,165  5,704 
Other         7,334          9,926 
Total current assets 194,841  191,967 
   
Property, plant and equipment, net 44,339  45,463 
Right-of-use assets operating leases 14,216  14,736 
Intangible assets, net 16,468  17,480 
Deferred income taxes 2,615  2,511 
Other assets         3,768          3,256 
   
TOTAL ASSETS$        276,247 $        275,413 
   
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Current liabilities:  
Current maturities of long-term debt$        2,000 $        2,000 
Accounts payable 29,363  31,011 
Accrued liabilities         49,138          45,549 
   
Total current liabilities 80,501  78,560 
   
Long-term debt 29,883  30,085 
Lease obligations 12,373  12,887 
Accrued retirement benefits 10,853  11,176 
Deferred income taxes 4,543  5,045 
Other long-term liabilities         6,470          7,000 
   
Total liabilities 144,623  144,753 
   
Twin Disc shareholders’ equity:  
Preferred shares authorized: 200,000; issued: none; no par value -  - 
Common shares authorized: 30,000,000; Issued: 14,632,802; no par value 41,165  40,972 
Retained earnings 128,856  126,936 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (24,041)         (22,615)
  145,980  145,293 
Less treasury stock, at cost (974,978 and 985,686 shares, respectively)         14,942          15,083 
   
Total Twin Disc shareholders' equity         131,038          130,210 
   
Noncontrolling interest         586          450 
Total equity         131,624          130,660 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$        276,247 $        275,413 
       

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands; unaudited)

   
 For the Quarter Ended
  September 24,
2021
September 25,
2020
   
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:  
Net income (loss)$1,980 $(3,937)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided (used) by operating activities, net of acquired assets:  
Depreciation and amortization 2,550  2,758 
Gain on sale of assets (2,939) - 
Restructuring expenses (125) - 
Provision for deferred income taxes (814) (4,908)
Stock compensation expense and other non-cash changes, net 937  709 
Net change in operating assets and liabilities         785          4,662 
Net cash provided (used) by operating activities         2,374          (716)
   
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:  
Acquisitions of fixed assets (846) (1,419)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets 9,139  19 
Proceed on note receivable         500          300 
Other, net         (81)         (129)
Net cash used by investing activities         8,712          (1,229)
   
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:  
Borrowings under revolving loan arrangement 20,591  18,301 
Repayments under revolver loans (20,591) (18,674)
Repayments of other long-term debt (278) (155)
Payments of withholding taxes on stock compensation         (292)         (224)
Net used by financing activities         (570)         (752)
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash         (764)         1,322 
   
Net change in cash 9,752  (1,375)
   
Cash:  
Beginning of period         12,340          10,688 
   
End of period$        22,092 $        9,313 

Contact: Jeffrey S. Knutson
(262) 638-4242