Hardinge Inc. Net Income Increased 17% to $3.6 Million in the Second Quarter 2012 on Comparable Prior-Year Sales

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Hardinge Inc. Net Income Increased 17% to $3.6 Million in the Second Quarter 2012 on Comparable Prior-Year Sales

2012 year-to-date net income improved 35% to $6.1 million on similar year over year sales

Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG), a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, reported financial results for its second quarter 2012.

Net sales (“sales”) were $86.3 million in the second quarter of 2012, down $0.3 million, or 0.4%, from sales of $86.7 million in the prior year’s second quarter. Compared with the prior-year quarter, foreign currency translation negatively impacted second quarter 2012 sales by approximately $2.1 million. When compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012, sales were up $11.7 million, or 16%, during the second quarter 2012.

Net income for the second quarter increased to $3.6 million, up $0.5 million when compared with the prior year’s second quarter. Compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012, net income grew $1.2 million, or 49%. On a per diluted share basis, earnings were $0.31 in the second quarter of 2012 compared with $0.27 in the same period in the prior year and $0.21 in the trailing first quarter of 2012.

Richard L. Simons, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Sales to Europe and North America remained stable in the quarter despite economic concerns. Sales to Asia remain challenged by tough comparatives with last year’s surge and a general slowing of growth in that region. Importantly, a favorable product mix resulted in measurable net income growth during the quarter.”

Sales Distribution More Balanced Among Geographic Regions

Sales by Region

                                     
      Quarter Ended
      June 30,     June 30,     March 31,

Sales to
Customers in

        2012     % of Total         2011     % Change         2012     % Change
                             
North America $ 20,735 24% $ 18,529 12% $ 18,621 11%
Europe 34,028 39% 25,267 35% 24,657 38%
Asia         31,557     37%         42,860     (26)%         31,372     1%
Total     $   86,320     100%     $   86,656     0%     $   74,650     16%
 

North America sales, which represented 24% of total sales in the second quarter of 2012, increased by 12% compared with the second quarter of 2011. Sequentially, North America sales during the second quarter 2012 increased 11% when compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012. In Europe, second quarter sales grew 35% year-over-year and 38% compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012.

Solid sales to North America, both versus the prior year and the trailing quarter, reflect the strengthening of U.S. industrial production, while sales in Europe were focused primarily in Germany and the U.K. and were driven by demand for the Company’s specialty, high precision cylindrical grinding equipment.

Sales to Asia declined by 26% in the second quarter compared with the prior-year period. Last year’s second quarter included an additional $4.3 million in lower margin sales to a China-based supplier to the consumer electronics industry. Excluding this, sales to Asia declined 19% due to the slowing economic environment. Sales to Asia in the second quarter 2012 were essentially flat when compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012.

Fluctuations in Hardinge’s sales in total and among geographic locations and industries can vary from quarter-to-quarter based on the timing and magnitude of orders and projects. Hardinge does not believe that such quarter-to-quarter fluctuations are necessarily indicative of larger business trends. Rather, the Company believes that such business trends can be discerned from the Company’s performance during a longer period of time, such as a trailing twelve-month period.

Operating Performance

Gross profit was $24.0 million, or 27.8% of sales, in the 2012 second quarter compared with $23.3 million, or 26.9% of sales, in the same period of the prior year, and gross profit of $21.2 million, or 28.4% of sales, in the trailing first quarter of 2012. Changes in gross margin when compared with the prior-year period were related to product mix.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses in the 2012 second quarter were relatively unchanged at $19.1 million, or 22.1% of sales, in the 2012 second quarter compared with $19.0 million, or 21.9% of sales, in the prior year’s second quarter. Compared with the trailing first quarter of 2012, SG&A as a percent of sales decreased by 150 basis points as a result of leveraging higher sales levels.

Income from operations in the second quarter of 2012 was $4.8 million, up 11%, from $4.4 million over the prior year’s second quarter. As a percentage of sales, income from operations was 5.6%, a 60 basis point improvement over the same period of the prior year. Operating margin improved 110 basis points over the trailing first quarter as a result of leverage on higher volume.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) grew 6.3% to $6.8 million, or 7.8% of sales, in the 2012 second quarter compared with $6.4 million, or 7.3% of sales, in the same period of the prior year and $5.1 million, or 6.9% of sales, in the trailing first quarter of 2012. The Company believes that, when used in conjunction with GAAP measures, EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure, helps in the understanding of the Company’s operating performance. (See the attached table for a Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and other important information regarding Hardinge’s use and presentation of EBITDA).

First Half 2012 Review

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, net sales were $161.0 million, relatively unchanged from the prior-year period as improved demand in North America and Europe offset the decline in sales in Asia. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales in the first half of 2012 by approximately $1.3 million when compared with the prior-year period. Gross profit for the 2012 first half improved $2.9 million to $45.2 million. As a percentage of sales, gross profit margin expanded 160 basis points primarily as a result of product mix. Selling, general and administrative expense for the first six months was up $1.0 million, or 3%, to $36.7 million when compared with the same period a year ago.

Income from operations was $8.2 million in the first half of 2012, up 24% over the prior-year period. Operating margin expanded 100 basis points to 5.1% for the first half of 2012. Net income was up 35% to $6.1 million for the first six months of 2012 compared with $4.5 million for the first half of 2011. Earnings per diluted share grew 33% to $0.52 in the first half of 2012 from $0.39 for the same period last year.

Strong Balance Sheet

Cash provided by operations in the second quarter was $3.9 million, compared with cash used by operations of $3.5 million during the same period of the prior year. The improvement in operating cash flow was primarily driven by a reduction in working capital requirements.

Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2012 were $16.1 million compared with $21.7 million at December 31, 2011. Capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2012 were $3.2 million. Capital expenditures in fiscal 2012 are expected to be approximately $8 million to $9 million of which approximately $4 million to $5 million is for general maintenance purposes and the remainder is related to expansion capital requirements. The Company has nearly completed the new facilities in Switzerland and China which will provide increased capacity and improved operational efficiencies.

Net Orders by Region

                                     
      Quarter Ended
      June 30,     June 30,     March 31,

Orders from
Customers in

        2012     % of Total         2011     % Change         2012     % Change
                             
North America $ 19,960 25% $ 29,403 (32)% $ 20,699 (4)%
Europe 32,489 40% 34,338 (5)% 29,796 9%
Asia         27,893     35%         44,404     (37)%         30,867     (10)%
Total     $   80,342     100%     $   108,145     (26)%     $   81,362     (1)%
 

Net orders (“orders”) during the quarter were $80.3 million, a decrease of $27.8 million, or 26%, when compared with the prior-year quarter. Declines were most notably in Asia and North America as industrial growth appears to be slowing. Sequentially, orders were down just 1% from the trailing first quarter of 2012 as orders from Europe offset declines in Asia and North America. The Company’s order backlog at the end of the quarter was $139 million, down from $174 million the same time last year and down from $149 million at the end of the first quarter. The majority of backlog is expected to ship in 2012.

Outlook

Mr. Simons noted, “The long-term outlook for machine tool demand remains promising. Nonetheless, the fragility of the global economy and the uncertainty that surrounds it would appear to be tempering near-term demand. Order activity continues to be around the $80 million level per quarter, which implies a softer sales level for 2012 than we had originally anticipated.”

Mr. Simons concluded, “Based on our current backlog, we expect sales in the third quarter to be similar to the second quarter. We continue to believe we will have a stronger operating margin mix of business and be able to leverage our operations to drive earnings.”

Webcast and Conference Call

Hardinge will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. During the conference call and webcast, Richard L. Simons, Chairman, President and CEO, and Edward J. Gaio, Vice President and CFO, will review the financial and operating results for the quarter, as well as the Company’s strategy and outlook. A question and answer session will follow the formal discussion. Their review will be accompanied by a slide presentation which will be available on Hardinge’s website at www.hardinge.com.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing (201) 689-8560. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at www.hardinge.com.

A telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET the day of the call through Thursday, August 16, 2012. To listen to the archived call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter conference ID number 396209. Alternatively, the archive can be heard on the Company’s website at www.hardinge.com. A transcript will also be posted to the website, once available.

About Hardinge

Hardinge is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions developed for critical, hard to machine metal parts. The Company’s strategy is to leverage its global brand strength to further penetrate global market opportunities where customers will benefit from the technologically advanced, high quality, reliable equipment Hardinge produces. With approximately 75% of its sales outside the U.S., Hardinge serves the worldwide metal working market. Hardinge’s machine tool solutions can also be found in a broad base of industries to include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology and transportation.

Hardinge applies its engineering design and manufacturing expertise in high performance machining centers, high-end cylindrical and jig grinding machines, SUPER-PRECISION® and precision CNC lathes and technologically advanced workholding accessories. Hardinge has manufacturing operations in China, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Company regularly posts information on its website: http://www.hardinge.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). Such statements are based on management's current expectations that involve risks and uncertainties. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact or that are about future events may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. For example, words such as "may," "will," "should," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "strategy," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual results or outcomes and the timing of certain events may differ significantly from those discussed in any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

       
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
   

 

   

 

Quarter Ended
June 30,

(unaudited)

Year to Date Ended
June 30,

(unaudited)

   

2012

         

2011

     

2012

         

2011

 
 
Net sales $   86,320 $   86,656 $   160,970 $   160,138
Cost of sales     62,314       63,353       115,741           117,759  
Gross profit     24,006       23,303       45,229           42,379  
Gross profit margin 27.8 % 26.9 % 28.1 % 26.5 %
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 19,081 18,993 36,714 35,666
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (12 ) 7 (14 ) (18 )
Other expense (Income)     99       (72 )     303           105  
Income from operations     4,838       4,375       8,226           6,626  
Operating margin 5.6 % 5.0 % 5.1 % 4.1 %
 
Interest expense 269 93 409 171
Interest income     (27 )     (48 )     (51 )     (87 )
Income before income taxes 4,596 4,330 7,868 6,542
 
Income tax expense     956       1,217       1,785       2,048  
Net income $   3,640   $   3,113   $   6,083   $   4,494  
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 0.31 $ 0.27 $ 0.52 $ 0.39
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.02 $ 0.005 $ 0.04 $ 0.01
 
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Basic 11,562 11,467 11,543 11,459
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Diluted 11,600 11,495 11,578 11,486
 
 
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               

 

 

June 30,
2012

(unaudited)

December 31,
2011

Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $     16,149 $     21,736
Restricted cash 4,627 4,575
Accounts receivable, net 54,287 65,909
Inventories, net 133,246 122,782
Other current assets       14,065         13,338  
Total current assets 222,374 228,340
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 70,251 68,204
Intangible assets, net 12,507 12,765
Other non-current assets       2,402         2,360  
Total non-current assets       85,160         83,329  
Total assets $     307,534   $     311,669  
 
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Accounts payable $ 34,274 $ 36,952
Notes payable to bank 13,020 12,969
Accrued expenses 27,114 25,103
Customer deposits 16,392 18,881
Accrued income taxes 2,278 3,480
Deferred income taxes 2,620 2,556
Current portion of long-term debt       2,493         1,548  
Total current liabilities 98,191 101,489
 
Long-term debt 6,072 7,020
Pension and postretirement liabilities 43,294 49,310
Deferred income taxes 2,999 2,391
Other liabilities       3,432         4,436  
Total non-current liabilities 55,797 63,157
 
Common stock ($0.01 par value, 12,472,992 issued) 125 125
Additional paid-in capital 114,254 114,369
Retained earnings 70,657 65,041
Treasury shares (9,934 ) (10,379 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (21,556 )       (22,133 )
Total shareholders' equity       153,546         147,023  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $     307,534   $     311,669  
 
 
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

 

                 

Quarter Ended
June 30,

(unaudited)

Year to Date Ended
June 30,

(unaudited)

  2012         2011     2012         2011  
Operating activities
Net income $ 3,640 $ 3,113 $ 6,083 $ 4,494

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating
activities:

Depreciation and amortization 1,915 1,980 3,658 3,896
Debt issuance amortization 16 26 32 52
Provision for deferred income taxes 20 (187 ) 1,001 (1,272 )
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (12 ) 7 (14 ) (18 )
Unrealized intercompany foreign currency transaction (gain)loss (137 ) 614 290 399
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (2,423 ) (11,369 ) 11,685 (13,677 )
Inventories (2,139 ) (2,926 ) (10,586 ) (12,237 )
Other assets (245 ) (1,492 ) (540 ) (2,571 )
Accounts payable 2,658 3,276 (2,906 ) 4,357
Customer deposits (3,075 ) 943 (2,399 ) 6,008
Accrued expenses 3,773 2,994 (5,732 ) 317
Accrued postretirement benefits   (134 )   (463 )   (258 )   (287 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 3,857 (3,484 ) 314 (10,539 )
 
Investing activities
Capital expenditures (3,251 ) (4,648 ) (5,364 ) (9,002 )
Proceeds on sale of assets   22     839     22     864  
Net cash used in investing activities (3,229 ) (3,809 ) (5,342 ) (8,138 )
 
Financing activities
(Repayments of) proceeds from short-term notes payable to bank (5,730 ) 612 (142 ) 5,992
(Repayments of) proceeds from long-term debt (314 ) (155 ) 10 (309 )
Dividends paid (232 ) (58 ) (465 ) (116 )
Other financing activities   22     27     9     47  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (6,254 ) 426 (588 ) 5,614
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (431 )   623     29     819  
Net decrease in cash (6,057 ) (6,244 ) (5,587 ) (12,244 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   22,206     24,945     21,736     30,945  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 16,149   $ 18,701   $ 16,149   $ 18,701  
 
               

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

(in thousands)

 
 

The following table provides a reconciliation of the Company’s reported net income to EBITDA for the second quarter
and year to date ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively:

 
   

Quarter Ended
June 30,

Year to Date Ended
June 30,

   

2012

 

2011

 

$
Change

 

2012

   

2011

 

$
Change

 

 

 

GAAP net income

$

3,640

$

 

3,113

 

$

527

$

6,083

$

4,494

$

 

1,589

Plus: Interest expense, net 242

45

197

358

84

274

Income tax expense 956 1,217 (261 ) 1,785 2,048

(263

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

  1,915       1,980     (65 )   3,658     3,896      

(238

)

EBITDA (1)

$

 

6,753

 

$

 

6,355

 

$

398

 

$

11,884

 

$

10,522

 

$

 

1,362

 
 
(1) EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is used by management to internally measure our operating and management performance and by investors as a supplemental financial measure to evaluate the performance of our business. We believe that monitoring EBITDA along with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation provides additional information that is useful to gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business.

Company:
Hardinge Inc.
Edward J. Gaio, 607-378-4207
Chief Financial Officer
or
Investor Relations:
Kei Advisors LLC
Deborah K. Pawlowski, 716-843-3908
dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

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