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Blount Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results
  • Third quarter 2013 sales declined one percent from third quarter 2012
  • FRAG segment sales up seven percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2013
  • Net debt reduced $55.7 million in the third quarter on strong free cash flow
  • Company has filed its June 30, 2013 Form 10-Q

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) ("Blount" or "Company") today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013

Sales in the third quarter were $230.6 million, a one percent decrease versus the third quarter of 2012. Operating income for the third quarter of 2013 was $15.6 million compared to $22.5 million in the prior year. Restructuring charges of $5.1 million were incurred in the third quarter related mostly to consolidating the Company's two forestry-related, Portland, Oregon manufacturing facilities. Third quarter net income was $7.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $11.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.

"In the third quarter, our business results were mixed. Our FLAG business improved in North America but continued to be challenged by difficult economic conditions in other regions, particularly Europe and Asia," stated Josh Collins, Blount's Chairman and CEO. "Our FRAG and CCF businesses performed well in the quarter, and both had increased sales compared to last year."

"As we navigate through the soft FLAG demand, we remain committed to managing our balance sheet and cost structure. We generated significant cash flow and reduced net debt and working capital in the third quarter," Mr. Collins continued. "Also, the closure of our Milwaukie, Oregon operation and consolidation of production into our other facilities remains on schedule and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter."

Segment Results

Blount operates primarily in two business segments – the Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG") segment and the Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG") segment. The Company reports separate results for the FLAG and FRAG segments. Blount's Concrete Cutting and Finishing ("CCF") business is included in "Corporate and Other."

Forestry, Lawn, and Garden

The FLAG segment reported third quarter 2013 sales of $149.5 million, a five percent decrease from the third quarter of 2012. Sales were lower due to unit volume decreases with lower average selling prices and unfavorable foreign exchange fluctuations contributing to the decline. Sales volumes were mostly impacted in Asia, which declined by 17% compared to the prior year on weaker demand driven by currency rates and commodity prices along with channel inventory correction. Sales in South America and Europe/Russia were also slightly lower compared to the prior year. As weather-related softness abated, North America showed a two percent gain in volume for the third quarter 2013, which partially offset the decline in other regions. Average pricing was lower in the quarter as a result of price adjustments in select markets and product mix. The change in segment sales for the comparable third quarter periods is illustrated below.

Change in FLAG Segment Sales
(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)    
  Sales Change
Third quarter 2012 $156.7  
Increase / (Decrease)    
Foreign Exchange (0.3) (0.2)%
  156.4 (0.2)%
Unit Volume (6.3) (4.0)%
Selling Price / Mix (0.6) (0.4)%
Third quarter 2013 $149.5 (4.6)%

Segment backlog was $115.9 million at September 30, 2013, a decrease of 18% from $141.2 million at September 30, 2012. The reduction in backlog relates primarily to soft overall demand and a reduction in backorders as FLAG distribution operations have improved on-time delivery performance.

Segment contribution to operating income was $21.6 million and Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and certain charges ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $28.5 million, (after $5.9 million of allocated shared services expenses) for the third quarter of 2013. Segment contribution to operating income and Adjusted EBITDA declined by $3.4 million and $3.1 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2013 versus 2012. The change in FLAG contribution to operating income for the comparable third quarter periods is presented below.

Change in FLAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA
(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)
  Contribution
to
Operating
Income
Percent of
Segment
Sales
Depreciation,
Amortization,
and
Other
Adjusted
EBITDA
Percent of
Segment
Sales
Third Quarter 2012 $25.0 15.9% $6.6 $31.6 20.2%
Increase / (Decrease)          
Steel Costs 1.0        
Foreign Exchange 0.1        
  26.1 16.7%      
Unit Volume (1.9)        
Selling Price / Mix (0.6)        
Costs / Mix (2.2)        
  21.4 14.3%      
Acquisition accounting(1) 0.2        
Third Quarter 2013 $21.6 14.5% $6.9 $28.5 19.1%
           
(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FLAG business units

The effects of unfavorable volume and average pricing combined with higher overall costs negatively affected results. Costs were driven $2.2 million higher in the quarter as a result of increased logistics costs of $1.2 million and unfavorable fixed costs absorption on lower manufacturing volumes of $2.3 million. FLAG manufacturing facilities operated at approximately 71% of capacity in the third quarter of 2013 in concert with the Company's inventory reduction initiative. SG&A expenses were $1.3 million lower than the prior year on lower advertising spending and partially offset the profit decline from reduced volumes and efficiency.

Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture

The FRAG segment reported third quarter 2013 sales of $74.3 million, an increase of $4.6 million from the third quarter of 2012, mostly on improved sales volumes of agriculture attachments and tractor parts as well as improved log splitter sales. Average pricing and exchange rate fluctuations were minor. The change in segment sales for the comparable third quarter periods is illustrated below.

Change in FRAG Segment Sales
(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)    
  Sales Change
Third Quarter 2012 $69.7  
Increase / (Decrease)    
Foreign Exchange 0.1 0.2%
  69.8 0.2%
Unit Volume 4.3  6.2%
Selling Price / Mix 0.2 0.2 %
Third Quarter 2013 $74.3 6.6%

Segment backlog was $31.0 million at September 30, 2013, compared to $25.6 million at September 30, 2012. Backlog has increased primarily due to increased tractor attachment and parts ordered, partially offset by the impact of improved throughput of SpeeCo products in the Company's Kansas City, Missouri distribution and assembly center.

The FRAG segment had $8.9 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2013. FRAG segment contribution to operating income was $4.4 million after $1.4 million of depreciation expense, $3.2 million of non-cash acquisition accounting charges, and $2.0 million of allocated shared services expenses. The change in the third quarter 2013 contribution to operating income compared to the third quarter of 2012 is presented below.

Change in FRAG Segment Contribution to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA
(In millions; amounts may not sum due to rounding)
  Contribution
to
Operating
Income
Percent of
Segment
Sales
Depreciation,
Amortization,
and
Other
Adjusted
EBITDA
Percent of
Segment
Sales
Third Quarter 2012 $1.1 1.5% $4.1 $5.2 7.5%
Increase / (Decrease)          
Steel Costs 0.3        
Foreign Exchange (0.1)        
  1.3 1.8%      
Unit Volume 1.2        
Selling Price / Mix 0.2        
Costs / Mix 2.0        
  4.6 6.2%      
Acquisition accounting(1) (0.2)        
Third Quarter 2013 $4.4 5.9% $4.5 $8.9 12.0%
           
(1) Represents change in acquisition accounting impact for all FRAG business units

Segment costs and volumes improved over the prior year quarter. Expedited shipping and logistics costs in the prior year of $2.5 million were not repeated in the third quarter of 2013. The improvement in segment costs was partially offset by increased SG&A spending mainly in incentive compensation. Additionally, average selling prices increased as a result of normal annual price increases.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and Other generated net expense of $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2013 compared to net expense of $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. The $6.8 million increase in net expense was primarily due to facility closure and restructuring costs of $5.1 million, which were $4.3 million higher than in the third quarter of 2012. SG&A expense increase accounted for the balance of the change in net expense as the prior year benefited from the termination of a contingent liability related to previously divested businesses. Additionally, a corporate sponsored manufacturing technology project was discontinued, generating a $1.2 million non-cash charge. The Company's CCF business, included in Corporate and Other, experienced increased sales of eight percent in the third quarter compared to the third quarter in 2012.

Restructuring

The Company's announced consolidation of saw chain manufacturing facilities in Portland, Oregon into one location is in process and proceeding according to plan. As part of the consolidation, saw chain manufacturing will be discontinued at the former Carlton Company facility acquired in 2008. The Carlton® brand continues to be a strong forestry brand for the Company and will continue to be sold worldwide. Manufacturing for Carlton products will be consolidated into existing FLAG production facilities in Portland and globally. The Company continues to expect to achieve more timely delivery by manufacturing closer to its customers, an overall net reduction in global FLAG manufacturing headcount of approximately 200 positions, and annual cost savings of between $6 million and $8 million. Including the $5.1 million incurred in the third quarter, the Company expects to incur expenses of $9 million to $10 million in total to consolidate the manufacturing operations, of which approximately $4 million to $5 million are cash transition costs including severance and moving expenses and approximately $5 million represents non-cash charges for accelerated depreciation on equipment to be idled and a write-down of land and building carrying value.

Recent SEC Filings

We recently filed our June 30, 2013 Form 10-Q and expect to file a 2012 Form 10-K/A and March 31, 2013 Form 10-Q/A after filing of the September 30, 2013 Form 10-Q. As disclosed in our June 30, 2013 Form 10-Q filed on October 28, 2013, we have concluded that there was no material misstatement of our 2012 financial statements, although the 2012 Form 10-K and March 31, 2013 Form 10-Q will be amended to reflect modified conclusions regarding internal control over financial reporting. Please refer to the June 30, 2013 Form 10-Q filed on October 28, 2013 for additional details.   

Net Income

Third quarter 2013 net income declined due to lower overall operating income compared to 2012. Additionally, the impact of higher average borrowing rates increased net interest expense by approximately $0.6 million with a lower effective income tax expense rate providing a $1.7 million benefit to net income compared to last year due to settling certain tax audit issues. Finally, other expense increased by approximately $1.3 million reflecting unfavorable effects of foreign currency exchange rate movements on non-operating assets. The change in net income for the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012 is summarized in the table below. 

Change in Consolidated Net Income
(In millions, except per share data;
  amounts may not sum due to rounding)
  Pre-tax
Income
Income
Tax Effect
Net 
Income
Diluted
Earnings
per Share
Third Quarter 2012 Results $18.3 $6.7 $11.6 $0.23
Change due to:        
Decreased operating income (6.9) (2.5) (4.4) (0.09)
Increased net interest expense (0.6) (0.2) (0.4) (0.01)
Change in other expense (1.3) (0.5) (0.8) (0.02)
Change in income tax rate n/a (1.7) 1.7 0.03
Third Quarter 2013 Results $9.5 $1.8 $7.7 $0.15

Cash Flow and Debt

As of September 30, 2013, the Company had net debt of $404.8 million, a decrease of $61.7 million from December 31, 2012 and a decrease of $63.0 million compared to September 30, 2012. Free cash flow of $56.1 million was generated in the third quarter of 2013 compared to $6.1 million in the prior year third quarter. Most of the increased free cash generation was driven by a reduction in working capital as well as reduced capital spending compared to the prior year. Net working capital decreased by approximately $43.1 million in the third quarter compared to a $6.8 million decrease in the third quarter of 2012. Working capital benefited from significant accounts receivable collection in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 2012 along with inventory reduction in the third quarter of 2013. Net capital spending in the third quarter of 2013 was $7.7 million, a reduction of $4.7 million from the prior year third quarter, primarily as a result of lower capacity capital spending in the Fuzhou, China plant as expansion of that facility nears completion of the first significant phase. The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less net capital spending.

The ratio of net debt to last-twelve-months ("LTM") Adjusted EBITDA was 3.1x as of September 30, 2013, a decrease from 3.4x at December 31, 2012, and a decrease from 3.5x at June 30, 2013. The decrease in leverage from the end of 2012 is primarily the result of improved free cash flow and resulting net debt reduction, partially offset by lower Adjusted EBITDA for the LTM period ended September 30, 2013.

2013 Financial Outlook

The Company has updated its fiscal year 2013 outlook. Sales are expected to range between $905 million and $915 million, and operating income to range between $64.0 million and $70.0 million. Our expectation for sales assumes FLAG segment sales are down for the full year between 4% and 5%, and that FRAG segment sales grow for the full year between 6% and 7%, both compared to 2012 levels. In 2013, operating income is expected to experience headwind from foreign currency exchange rates of between $1 million and $2 million, and steel costs are expected to have up to an overall $4 million favorable impact for the year compared to 2012. The 2013 operating income outlook includes non-cash charges of approximately $16 million related to acquisition accounting. Free cash flow in 2013 is expected to range between $57 million and $63 million, after approximately $33 million to $37 million of capital expenditures. Net interest expense is expected to be between $18 million and $19 million in 2013, and the effective income tax rate for continuing operations is expected to be between 32 percent and 35 percent in 2013.

A comparison of key operating indicators for 2011 pro forma results, 2012 actual results, and the 2013 outlook mid-point is provided in the table below.   

(In millions) 2011
Pro-Forma
2012
Actual
2013
Outlook
Mid-Point
Sales $975.5 $927.7 $910.0
Operating Income 110.0 79.3 67.0
Adjusted EBITDA 168.7 136.4 130.0
Free Cash Flow 47.9 (0.5) 60.0
       
Net Capital Expenditures 41.6 51.7 35.0
Net Debt at Period End 468.2 466.5 404.5
Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA 2.8x 3.4x 3.1x

Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures and are reconciled to Operating Income and Cash Flow from Operations in the attached financial data table.

Blount is a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for consumers and professionals operating primarily in two market segments: Forestry, Lawn, and Garden ("FLAG"); and Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture ("FRAG"). Blount also sells products in the construction markets and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. Blount has a global manufacturing and distribution footprint and sells its products in more than 115 countries around the world. Blount markets its products primarily under the OREGON®, Carlton®, Woods®, TISCO, SpeeCo®, and ICS® brands. For more information about Blount, please visit our website at http://www.blount.com.

"Forward looking statements" in this release, including without limitation Blount's "outlook," "expectations," "beliefs," "plans," "indications," "estimates," "anticipations," "guidance" and their variants, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, are based upon available information and upon assumptions that Blount believes are reasonable; however, these forward looking statements involve certain risks and should not be considered indicative of actual results that Blount may achieve in the future. In particular, among other things, guidance given in this release is expressly based upon certain assumptions concerning market conditions, foreign currency exchange rates, and raw material costs, especially with respect to the price of steel, the presumed relationship between backlog and future sales trends and certain income tax matters, as well as being subject to the uncertainty of the current global economic situation. To the extent that these assumptions are not realized going forward, or other unforeseen factors arise, actual results for the periods subsequent to the date of this announcement may differ materially. 

Blount International, Inc. Financial Data (Unaudited)
         
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) 2012 2013 2012 2013
Sales  $ 232,736  $ 230,628  $ 698,104  $ 683,649
Cost of sales  169,808  168,120  504,433  497,375
Gross profit  62,928  62,508  193,671  186,274
Selling, general, and administrative expenses  39,662  42,329  127,404  127,680
Facility closure & restructuring charges  802  4,569  6,400  4,569
Operating income  22,464  15,610  59,867  54,025
Interest expense, net of interest income  (4,278)  (4,915)  (12,937)  (13,808)
Other income (expense), net   113  (1,179)  210  (1,321)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  18,299  9,516  47,140  38,896
Provision for income taxes  6,677  1,820  16,536  12,530
Net income  $ 11,622  $ 7,696  $ 30,604  $ 26,366
         
Basic income per share:  $ 0.24  $ 0.16  $ 0.62  $ 0.53
Diluted income per share:  $ 0.23  $ 0.15  $ 0.61  $ 0.53
Shares used for per share computations:        
Basic 49,236 49,520 49,126 49,442
Diluted 49,913 50,087 49,866 50,104
         
         
Free Cash Flow Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(Amounts in thousands) 2012 2013 2012 2013
Net cash provided by operating activities  $ 18,487  $ 63,862  $ 38,907  $ 82,354
Net purchases of property, plant, and equipment  (12,417)  (7,724)  (38,653)  (22,554)
Free cash flow  $ 6,070  $ 56,138  $ 254  $ 59,800
         
Segment Information Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(Amounts in thousands) 2012 2013 2012 2013
Sales:        
FLAG  $ 156,728  $ 149,472  $ 484,626  $ 465,374
FRAG  69,688  74,302  193,634  197,246
Corporate and Other  6,320  6,854  19,844  21,029
Total sales  $ 232,736  $ 230,628  $ 698,104  $ 683,649
Operating income:        
FLAG  $ 24,987  $ 21,620  $ 82,037  $ 66,872
FRAG  1,059  4,391  (3,620)  5,316
Corporate and Other  (3,582)  (10,401)  (18,550)  (18,163)
Operating income  $ 22,464  $ 15,610  $ 59,867  $ 54,025
     
     
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets December 31, September 30,
(Amounts in thousands) 2012 2013
Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 50,267  $ 56,915
Accounts receivable  128,444  115,510
Inventories  174,816  165,021
Other current assets  39,795  39,753
Property, plant, and equipment, net  177,702  174,351
Other non-current assets  334,267  322,805
Total Assets  $ 905,291  $ 874,355
Liabilities:    
Current maturities of long-term debt  $ 15,072  $ 15,013
Other current liabilities  126,060  121,189
Long-term debt, net of current maturities  501,685  446,718
Other long-term liabilities  150,992  131,480
Total liabilities  793,809  714,400
Stockholders' equity  111,482  159,955
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 905,291  $ 874,355
     
Net debt (Current maturities plus Long-term debt less Cash and cash equivalents)  $ 466,490  $ 404,816
 
 
Sales and Adjusted EBITDA
(Amounts may not sum due to rounding)  Forestry, Lawn and Garden   Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture   Corporate and Other   Total Company 
Three Months Ended September 30,

(Amounts in thousands)
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
Total sales  $ 156,728  $ 149,472  $ 69,688  $ 74,302  $ 6,320  $ 6,854  $ 232,736  $ 230,628
                 
Operating income  24,987  21,620  1,059  4,391  (3,582)  (10,401)  $ 22,464  $ 15,610
Depreciation  5,877  6,366  1,227  1,350  123  701  7,227  8,417
Non-cash acquisition accounting charges  757  511  2,928  3,171  --   --   3,685  3,682
Stock compensation  --   --   --   --   1,644  1,428  1,644  1,428
Facility closure and restructuring charges  --   --   --   --   802  4,569  802  4,569
Other  --   --   --   --   --   1,196  --   1,196
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 31,621  $ 28,497  $ 5,214  $ 8,912  $ (1,013)  $ (2,507)  $ 35,822  $ 34,902
                 
   Forestry, Lawn and Garden   Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture   Corporate and Other   Total Company 
Nine Months Ended September 30,

(Amounts in thousands)
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
2012
Actual
2013
Actual
Total sales  $ 484,626  $ 465,374  $ 193,634  $ 197,246  $ 19,844  $ 21,029  $ 698,104  $ 683,649
                 
Operating income  82,037  66,872  (3,620)  5,316  (18,550)  (18,163)  $ 59,867  $ 54,025
Depreciation  17,207  19,068  3,437  3,834  762  1,055  21,406  23,957
Non-cash acquisition accounting charges  2,777  1,531  9,567  9,513  --   --   12,344  11,044
Stock compensation  --   --   --   --   4,225  4,172  4,225  4,172
Facility closure and restructuring charges  --   --   --   --   6,989  4,569  6,989  4,569
Other  --   --   --   --   --   1,196  --   1,196
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 102,021  $ 87,471  $ 9,384  $ 18,663  $ (6,574)  $ (7,171)  $ 104,831  $ 98,963
                 
   Total Company             
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012
Actual
2013
Outlook
           
Total sales  $ 927,666  $ 910,000            
                 
Operating income  $ 79,280  $ 67,000            
Depreciation  28,586  31,400            
Non-cash acquisition accounting charges  15,997  15,700            
Stock compensation  5,592  5,700            
Facility closure and restructuring charges (1)  6,989  9,000            
Other  --   1,200            
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 136,444  $ 130,000            
                 
(1) The 2013 outlook includes approximately $4 million to $5 million of cash transition costs and approximately $5 million of non-cash charges.
CONTACT: David Dugan
         Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
         503-653-4692
Blount International, Inc.