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Kimball International, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results and Announces Connect Strategy

/EIN News/ -- JASPER, Ind., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL) today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Highlights (Performance is based upon year-over-year comparison):

  • Net sales growth of 10%, including an 8% organic growth contribution, driven primarily by continued strength in the healthcare and hospitality verticals
  • Order growth of 16%
  • Operating income margin of 5.1% or 5.8% on an adjusted basis, an increase of 50 basis points, driven by price yield, volume leverage and savings initiatives
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $14.5 million, up 18% and adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.2%, an increase of 60 basis points
  • EPS at $0.22 compared to $0.16
  • Announces Kimball International Connect Strategy and introduces 3-year financial targets

Kimball International CEO Kristie Juster commented, “We are pleased with the earnings growth realized this quarter, driven by increased demand for our new products, continued traction in our healthcare and hospitality verticals and the execution of our $10 million fiscal year 2019 cost reduction plan. We are excited in the developing momentum with the unveiling of our new strategy, called Kimball International Connect, and are confident we have the foundation to deliver on our vision and achieve our 3-year financial targets.”

Overview

Financial Highlights
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
Three Months Ended    
  March 31,
 2019

  March 31,
 2018

    Percent
Change
Net Sales $ 177,369     $ 160,897     10 %
Gross Profit $ 56,561     $ 49,964     13 %
Gross Profit % 31.9 %   31.1 %    
Selling and Administrative Expenses $ 47,508     $ 41,454     15 %
Selling and Administrative Expenses % 26.8 %   25.8 %    
Operating Income $ 9,053     $ 8,510     6 %
Operating Income % 5.1 %   5.3 %    
Adjusted Operating Income * $ 10,337     $ 8,502     22 %
Adjusted Operating Income % 5.8 %   5.3 %    
Net Income $ 7,954     $ 5,850     36 %
Adjusted Net Income * $ 8,141     $ 5,850     39 %
Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 0.22     $ 0.16      
Return on Invested Capital 27.7 %   22.5 %    
Adjusted EBITDA * $ 14,487     $ 12,275     18 %
Adjusted EBITDA % 8.2 %   7.6 %    

* The items indicated represent Non-GAAP measurements. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Prior period financial statements were recast due to the full retrospective adoption of guidance on the recognition of revenue from contracts with customers.

  • Consolidated net sales increased 10%, or 8% on an organic basis. Sales increased in five of the six vertical markets, led by a strong 47% increase in healthcare as the Company continues its strategic focus in this marketplace which included aligning resources, building relationships, and introducing new healthcare products. The hospitality vertical grew 12% on increased momentum in both the program business and custom business. After several quarters of decline, sales in the government vertical increased 9% as a large number of projects shipped this quarter. Sales in the education and commercial verticals also delivered growth.

  • Sales of office products introduced in the last three years increased 29% over the prior year third quarter. New product sales approximated 27% of total office sales compared to 22% in the prior period.

  • Orders received during the quarter increased 16% from the prior year, including a 2% contribution from our David Edward acquisition in 2018. The hospitality vertical (up 29%) saw particularly strong order growth in custom as well as program. The healthcare vertical (up 27%) booked several large projects during the quarter as demand remains strong. The commercial vertical (up 20%) benefited from new product development in this broad market.

  • Gross profit as a percent of net sales increased 80 basis points from the prior year as incremental margins from price increases, savings realized from cost reduction initiatives, and leverage from higher volumes were partially offset by commodity inflation costs. As anticipated, the David Edward acquisition negatively impacted gross profit in the third quarter by 60 basis points, as we are in the process of executing our acquisition integration plan to improve operating efficiency.

  • Selling and administrative expenses of $47.5 million increased 15% compared to the prior year due to higher incentive compensation and commission costs related to improved sales and adjusted operating profits, and salaries. The David Edward acquisition added $0.8 million of expense. Expenses also increased $0.6 million related to strategic growth investments, and $0.3 million related to CEO transition costs. Additionally, market value adjustments of $1 million to the Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan (“SERP”) liability was offset with income in the Other Income (Expense) section netting to zero impact on net income.

  • The Company benefited from a lower effective tax rate of 24.1% during the quarter compared to 31.2% in the prior year period. The decline was primarily driven by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017.

  • Operating cash flow totaled $18.8 million compared to $11.0 million in the prior year, an increase of $7.8 million. The increase was primarily driven by improved working capital performance and higher net income.

  • As of March 31, 2019, the Company’s balance in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaled $91.3 million, up $4.0 million since June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to $42.7 million of cash flows from operations, partially offset by capital expenditures of $16.4 million, a $4.9 million cash outflow for the David Edward acquisition, and the return of capital to shareowners in the form of $9.1 million in stock repurchases and $8.5 million in dividends.

‘Kimball International Connect’ Strategy

Kimball International, Inc. is introducing a comprehensive strategy and transformation plan to connect our Purpose, our people, and our brands to drive growth and unlock our true potential. Kimball International Connect enables the power of our people and positions our organization to engage at higher levels of collaboration and interdependence. We believe our vision will successfully position us for the future and result in enhanced shareowner value over the long-term. Our Kimball International Connect Strategy comprises four pillars:

  • Inspire Our People: Leveraging our strong legacy of a bold and entrepreneurial spirit, we are cultivating a high-performance, caring culture. We are launching a new Purpose which will be first unveiled to our employees on May 9th and are investing in our training, technology and systems to remain an employer of choice and a great place to work.

  • Build Our Capabilities: We are creating center-led functions including Finance, HR, IT, Legal and centralizing Supply Chain leadership to reduce duplication, deliver efficiencies, and drive consistency. In addition, we are building a Center of Excellence in the area of Digital to build best-in-class capabilities and enable faster decision-making. Finally, we are adopting world-class ways of working to ensure common practices and approaches. To achieve our goals, we established a Program Management Office (PMO) to oversee execution.

  • Fuel Our Future: With a heightened focus on operational excellence, we are driving lean throughout the organization, removing duplication at the business-level, and infusing capital to accelerate efficiencies. Related to this, we are employing a more metrics-based approach and driving toward a more rigorous operating rhythm.  To ensure success, we are developing an incentive plan aligned with achieving our strategic objectives.

  • Accelerate Our Growth: We are continuing to advance new product development across the brands, selectively expanding verticals and channels, including healthcare and e-commerce, and driving commercial excellence. We believe by being our customers’ first choice for shaping places that bring collaboration, discovery, wellness and relaxation to life, we will capture greater market share.

To achieve our strategic imperatives, we are focused on both organic and inorganic execution. We will remain disciplined in pursuit of strategic acquisitions that meet our robust financial and strategic criteria, including:

  • Accretive to EPS within the first full year
  • ROIC > WACC within three years
  • Strengthen core by seeking:
      º  Higher growth products that add to our existing platform
      º  New product categories and/or channels to expand our reach
  • Strong organizational culture aligned with Kimball International values

Ms. Juster commented, “Today’s announcement builds on an exciting legacy of strong values, innovation, and core competencies that have served to differentiate Kimball International. I am proud of our organization’s rich history and excited for our future. Through a comprehensive strategic review process, we have identified a clear roadmap to build an even stronger organization and deliver on our vision. To transform our company, it will take our entire organization — our employees, leadership and board — working together and, based on the reaction we have seen thus far, I’m confident our team is up to that task.”

To support this important effort, we recently hired Koorosh Sharghi as Vice President of Strategy and Transformation. Mr. Sharghi is a seasoned industry professional with relevant experience in cross-functions and business transformation and will serve on Kimball International’s Senior Leadership Team.

Introduces Fiscal Year 2020 – 2022 Financial Targets

Kimball International is also announcing long-term targets that align with its strategic imperatives.

Three-year Targets

  • Organic sales growth: 4.0% to 7.0% CAGR
  • Adjusted EBITDA: 150 to 250 basis points improvement
  • Adjusted EPS: 10% to 15% CAGR

Assumptions

  • US GDP growth of ~1.5% to 2.5%
  • Excludes acquisitions
  • Share repurchase to offset stock compensation dilution

“Today marks another significant step in our company’s journey, as we seek to delight our customers, inspire our employees and deliver value to all our shareowners,” added Ms. Juster. “As we execute our plan, guided by our Purpose, I look forward to communicating our progress and celebrating our successes together.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that excludes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in the United States in the statement of income, statement of comprehensive income, balance sheet, or statement of cash flows of the Company. The non-GAAP financial measures used within this release are (1) organic net sales; (2) Adjusted EBITDA; (3) adjusted operating income; and (4) adjusted net income. Adjusted operating income and adjusted net income each exclude CEO transition costs from the GAAP income measure. Additionally, adjusted operating income excludes market value adjustments related to the SERP liability. Organic net sales are defined as net sales excluding acquisition-related sales, and Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation expense, amortization expense, and CEO transition costs. A reconciliation of the reported GAAP numbers to the non-GAAP financial measures is included in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table below. Management believes that organic net sales is useful to investors to aid in identifying underlying trends in our business and facilitating comparisons of our sales performance with prior periods. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA and other metrics excluding CEO transition expenses and market value adjustments related to the SERP liability are useful measurements to assist investors in comparing our performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis by removing from operating results the impact of items that do not reflect our core operating performance.

The orders received metric is a key performance indicator used to evaluate general sales trends and develop future operating plans. Orders received represent firm orders placed by our customers during the current quarter which are expected to be recognized as revenue during current or future quarters. The orders received metric is not intended to be presented as an alternative measure of revenue recognized in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained within this release are considered forward-looking under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that any projections or guidance, including revenues, margins, earnings, or any other financial results are not realized, the impact of changes in tariffs, adverse changes in the global economic conditions, significant volume reductions from key contract customers, significant reduction in customer order patterns, financial stability of key customers and suppliers, and availability or cost of raw materials. Additional cautionary statements regarding other risk factors that could have an effect on the future performance of the Company are contained in the Company’s Form 10-K filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call / Webcast
   
Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Time
Dial-In #: 844-602-5643 (International Calls - 574-990-3014)
Pass Code: Kimball

A webcast of the live conference call may be accessed by visiting Kimball International’s Investor Relations website at www.ir.kimballinternational.com.

For those unable to participate in the live webcast, the call will be archived at www.ir.kimballinternational.com within two hours of the conclusion of the live call.

About Kimball International, Inc.

Kimball International, Inc. creates design driven, innovative furnishings sold through our family of brands: Kimball, National, and Kimball Hospitality. Our diverse portfolio offers solutions for the workplace, learning, healing, and hospitality environments. Our values and integrity are demonstrated daily by living our Guiding Principles and creating a culture of caring that establishes us as an employer of choice. “We Build Success” by establishing long-term relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, shareowners and the communities in which we operate. To learn more about Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL), visit www.kimballinternational.com.

Financial highlights for the third quarter ended March 31, 2019 are as follows:

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income              
(Unaudited) Three Months Ended
(Amounts in Thousands, except per share data) March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
Net Sales $ 177,369     100.0 %   $ 160,897     100.0 %
Cost of Sales 120,808     68.1 %   110,933     68.9 %
Gross Profit 56,561     31.9 %   49,964     31.1 %
Selling and Administrative Expenses 47,508     26.8 %   41,454     25.8 %
Operating Income 9,053     5.1 %   8,510     5.3 %
Other Income (Expense), net 1,422     0.8 %   (2 )   0.0 %
Income Before Taxes on Income 10,475     5.9 %   8,508     5.3 %
Provision for Income Taxes 2,521     1.4 %   2,658     1.7 %
Net Income $ 7,954     4.5 %   $ 5,850     3.6 %
               
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:              
Basic $ 0.22         $ 0.16      
Diluted $ 0.22         $ 0.16      
               
Average Number of Total Shares Outstanding:              
Basic 36,712         37,259      
Diluted 36,909         37,539      


               
(Unaudited) Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in Thousands, except per share data) March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
Net Sales $ 572,500     100.0 %   $ 514,871     100.0 %
Cost of Sales 385,077     67.3 %   343,480     66.7 %
Gross Profit 187,423     32.7 %   171,391     33.3 %
Selling and Administrative Expenses 151,178     26.4 %   134,919     26.2 %
Operating Income 36,245     6.3 %   36,472     7.1 %
Other Income, net 1,264     0.3 %   910     0.2 %
Income Before Taxes on Income 37,509     6.6 %   37,382     7.3 %
Provision for Income Taxes 9,274     1.7 %   13,197     2.6 %
Net Income $ 28,235     4.9 %   $ 24,185     4.7 %
               
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:              
Basic $ 0.77         $ 0.65      
Diluted $ 0.76         $ 0.64      
               
Average Number of Total Shares Outstanding:              
Basic 36,871         37,388      
Diluted 37,260         37,713      
                   


  (Unaudited)    
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets March 31,
 2019

  June 30,
 2018

(Amounts in Thousands)              
ASSETS      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 49,489     $ 52,663  
  Short-term investments 41,821     34,607  
  Receivables, net 55,722     62,276  
  Inventories 45,140     39,509  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,578     18,523  
  Assets held for sale 281     281  
  Property and Equipment, net 89,910     84,487  
  Goodwill 11,153     8,824  
  Intangible Assets, net 11,957     12,607  
  Deferred Tax Assets 9,494     4,916  
  Other Assets 12,969     12,767  
  Total Assets $ 340,514     $ 331,460  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREOWNERS’ EQUITY      
  Current maturities of long-term debt $ 25     $ 23  
  Accounts payable 41,377     48,214  
  Customer deposits 27,624     21,253  
  Dividends payable 3,075     2,662  
  Accrued expenses 45,818     50,586  
  Long-term debt, less current maturities 136     161  
  Other 15,462     15,537  
  Shareowners’ Equity 206,997     193,024  
  Total Liabilities and Shareowners’ Equity $ 340,514     $ 331,460  


   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited) March 31,
(Amounts in Thousands) 2019   2018
Net Cash Flow provided by Operating Activities $ 42,680     $ 26,399  
Net Cash Flow used for Investing Activities (27,186 )   (31,224 )
Net Cash Flow used for Financing Activities (18,688 )   (18,053 )
Net Decrease in Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash (3,194 )   (22,878 )
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period 53,321     63,088  
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash at End of Period $ 50,127     $ 40,210  


             
Net Sales by End Vertical Market            
  Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended    
(Unaudited) March 31,       March 31,    
(Amounts in Millions) 2019   2018   % Change   2019   2018   % Change
Commercial $ 50.9     $ 50.2     1 %   $ 171.1     $ 151.8     13 %
Education 13.5     12.7     6 %   66.2     61.8     7 %
Finance 16.9     17.8     (5 %)   53.2     48.9     9 %
Government 19.1     17.6     9 %   55.0     68.9     (20 %)
Healthcare 28.7     19.5     47 %   81.6     63.7     28 %
Hospitality 48.3     43.1     12 %   145.4     119.8     21 %
Total Net Sales $ 177.4     $ 160.9     10 %   $ 572.5     $ 514.9     11 %


             
Orders Received by End Vertical Market            
  Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended    
(Unaudited) March 31,       March 31,    
(Amounts in Millions) 2019   2018   % Change   2019   2018   % Change
Commercial $ 58.7     $ 48.9     20 %   $ 177.8     $ 153.3     16 %
Education 17.6     17.4     1 %   58.8     55.3     6 %
Finance 17.3     18.1     (4 %)   52.7     53.5     (1 %)
Government 17.1     17.1     0 %   56.3     63.6     (11 %)
Healthcare 28.7     22.6     27 %   86.2     68.5     26 %
Hospitality 44.7     34.6     29 %   140.8     114.1     23 %
Total Orders Received $ 184.1     $ 158.7     16 %   $ 572.6     $ 508.3     13 %


Supplementary Information              
Components of Other Income (Expense), net Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited) March 31,   March 31,
(Amounts in Thousands) 2019   2018   2019   2018
Interest Income $ 492     $ 258     $ 1,339     $ 726  
Interest Expense (40 )   (55 )   (146 )   (160 )
Gain (Loss) on Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan Investments 1,032     (8 )   306     756  
Other Non-Operating Expense (62 )   (197 )   (235 )   (412 )
Other Income (Expense), net $ 1,422     $ (2 )   $ 1,264     $ 910  


       
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures      
(Unaudited)      
(Amounts in Thousands)      
       
Organic Net Sales
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019   2018
Net Sales, as reported $ 177,369     $ 160,897  
Less: David Edward acquisition net sales 3,395     0  
Organic Net Sales $ 173,974     $ 160,897  
       
Adjusted Operating Income
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019   2018
Operating Income, as reported $ 9,053     $ 8,510  
Add: Pre-tax Expense (Income) Adjustment to SERP Liability 1,032     (8 )
Add: Pre-tax CEO Transition Costs 252     0  
Adjusted Operating Income $ 10,337     $ 8,502  
       
Adjusted Net Income
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019   2018
Net Income, as reported $ 7,954     $ 5,850  
Pre-tax CEO Transition Costs 252     0  
Tax on CEO Transition Costs (65 )   0  
Add: After-tax CEO Transition Costs 187     0  
Adjusted Net Income $ 8,141     $ 5,850  


 
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization excluding CEO Transition Costs (“Adjusted EBITDA”)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019   2018
Net Income $ 7,954     $ 5,850  
Provision for Income Taxes 2,521     2,658  
Income Before Taxes on Income 10,475     8,508  
Interest Expense 40     55  
Interest Income (492 )   (258 )
Depreciation 3,716     3,436  
Amortization 496     534  
Pre-tax CEO Transition Costs 252     0  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 14,487     $ 12,275  
               

Contact:
Dennis Gerber
Investor Relations
812-482-8619
Dennis.Gerber@kimballinternational.com

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