Alpharetta, GA, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. ("SWM" or the "Company") (NYSE: SWM) reported earnings results for the three month period ended June 30, 2019.
Adjusted measures are reconciled to GAAP at the end of this release. Financial and operating comparisons are versus the prior year period and are from continuing operations. Figures may not sum to total due to rounding. Definitions: Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS), reverse osmosis (RO), Engineered Papers (EP), low ignition propensity (LIP), reconstituted tobacco leaf (RTL), heat-not-burn (HnB)
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results Summary
Second Quarter 2019 Business Highlights
Dr. Jeff Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Second quarter Adjusted EPS was up 6%, with both segments delivering increased profits and margin expansion. Strong price/mix benefits more than offset volume pressure in our paper business, and continued growth in our transportation and filtration products and easing raw materials costs in AMS drove performance. In addition, we made two recent announcements regarding international capacity investments and new products in these key strategic end-markets to support our positive long-term outlook."
"AMS segment profits grew 13%, with continued sales gains in transportation and filtration end-markets leading the way. Strong demand for auto paint protection and glass lamination films continue to bolster AMS sales, and we have announced new capacity investments at our existing site in China to support growing regional demand for these high-performance specialty films. This investment follows the 2018 capacity investments we made in Europe and underscores our commitment to leadership in this product area and our strategy to internationalize the AMS business. Within filtration, we continue to see robust sales in RO water filtration due to strong end-market demand. Furthermore, in July we officially announced the launch of our filtration paper to service this industry, expanding our RO product portfolio and bundling opportunities. This paper, produced by our EP division and sold by our AMS commercial team, expands our current offering and further solidifies SWM as a leading supplier of multiple components for RO filtration devices. Organic sales growth, site closure cost savings, and lower polypropylene resin costs, combined to boost margins and drive double-digit segment profit growth with operating margin exceeding 20%."
"EP segment results reflected similar patterns to the first quarter, with our tobacco paper portfolio stable, a decrease in recon, and a deliberate reduction in lower-margin non-tobacco filler volume. However, strong price/mix performance more than offset our volume pressure, resulting in sales growth when adjusting for currency impacts, and drove segment profits up 1%."
Dr. Kramer concluded, "For the full year, we are progressing as planned, and look forward to executing on multiple strategic growth initiatives in our fastest growing markets and cost reduction projects across the business to drive long-term consolidated earnings growth."
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Advanced Materials & Structures segment sales were $126.7 million, up 2%, or 3% absent negative Euro-driven currency impacts. Solid growth in transportation driven by paint protection films and glass lamination products, and filtration sales largely due to RO water applications, continued to drive organic sales growth. Medical products sales decreased in the quarter (though remain up YTD), and infrastructure and construction and industrial sales also declined modestly. GAAP operating profit was $20.4 million, up 20%. Adjusted operating profit was $25.5 million, up 13%, with margin expanding 190 basis points to 20.1%. Organic sales growth, reduced fixed costs, and lower resin input costs drove the increased profitability.
Engineered Papers segment sales were $143.2 million, down 2%, but up 2% absent negative currency impacts due mostly to a lower Euro. Positive price/mix performance of 11% was partially offset by a volume decline of 9%. Price/mix benefited from contractual wood pulp-based price escalators on tobacco papers as well as a higher mix of LIP and wrapper and binder volumes compared to the prior year period. The volume decline was driven primarily by lower traditional RTL and HnB products, in part due to a difficult HnB comparison to the second quarter of 2018 when customers were launching new products, and the continued de-emphasis of lower margin printing and writing products. GAAP operating profit was $32.5 million, down 2%. Adjusted operating profit was $33.8 million, up 1%, with adjusted operating margin expanding 70 basis points to 23.6%. Margins increased primarily due to price/mix benefits as the decline of lower-margin products had minimal impact on profits. Currency movements resulted in a negative $1.6 million impact to operating profit.
Unallocated GAAP and adjusted expenses were each $8.7 million, up $0.5 million, and were 3.2% of total sales, up 20 basis points.
Consolidated sales were $269.9 million, flat with the prior year period. GAAP operating profit was $44.2 million, up 5%, and GAAP operating profit margin was 16.4%. Adjusted operating profit was $50.6 million, up 6%, and adjusted operating profit margin was 18.7%, up 100 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA was $60.2 million, up 4%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 22.3%, up 90 basis points.
GAAP income was $20.5 million, versus $25.8 million, and included $7.7 million of net tax assessment expenses in Brazil (detailed below); GAAP EPS was $0.66. Adjusted income was $32.9 million, up 7%; Adjusted EPS was $1.06. Interest expense was $15.1 million, up from $6.6 million, reflecting $7.8 million of interest related to the Brazil tax assessments and higher effective interest rates on debt as a result of the bond issuance during the third quarter of 2018. Other expense was $2.7 million, up $2.2 million due to penalties related to the Brazil tax assessments. The Company reported a tax rate of 19.7%, versus 24.9% in the prior year period, due to a favorable geographic mix of earnings and the Brazil tax assessments. Absent discrete items, the second quarter 2019 tax rate would have been approximately 21.6%. The Company's Chinese JVs generated a $0.02 loss for both GAAP and adjusted EPS, consistent with historical seasonal pattern and flat with the prior year period. Net currency movements had a 3% negative impact on sales and a $1.8 million negative impact on operating profits; the translation impact of net currency movements was negative $0.03 to both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS.
Non-GAAP Adjustments reflect items included in GAAP operating profit, income, and EPS, but excluded from adjusted operating profit, income, and EPS. The most significant item in the quarter was a negative $0.24 per share tax assessment from pre-2000 activities in Brazil related to raw material imports/exports (unfavorable) and social security taxes (favorable partial offset). The majority of the expenses consist of interest and penalties. See non-GAAP reconciliation tables for additional details. The other significant adjustment to second quarter 2019 results was purchase accounting expenses of $0.14 per share (purchase accounting expenses reflect the ongoing non-cash intangible asset amortization associated with AMS acquisitions).
2019 Year-to-Date Financial Results
Advanced Materials & Structures segment sales were $247.2 million, up 3%, or 4% absent Euro-driven negative currency impacts. Consistent with second quarter results, strong increases in transportation products, driven by paint protection films and glass lamination, and filtration sales largely driven by RO water applications, continued to drive organic sales growth. Medical products sales also increased, led by the consumer finger bandage category and certain specialty films for hospital products. Infrastructure and construction and industrial sales both declined in the period compared to prior year. GAAP operating profit was $35.3 million, up 28%. Adjusted operating profit was $45.5 million, up 17%, with margin expanding 220 basis points to 18.4%. Sales growth, reduced fixed costs, and lower resin input costs drove the increased profitability.
Engineered Papers segment sales were $280.7 million, down 4%, but flat with the prior year period absent negative currency impacts due mostly to a lower Euro. Positive price/mix performance of 9% offset a volume decline of 9%. Price/mix benefited from contractual wood pulp-based price escalators on tobacco papers as well as a higher mix of LIP and wrapper and binder volumes compared to the prior year period. The volume decline was driven primarily by lower traditional RTL and HnB products, in part due to a difficult HnB comparison to the first half of 2018 when customers were launching new products, and the continued de-emphasis of lower margin non-tobacco products. GAAP operating profit was $61.2 million, down 9%. Adjusted operating profit was $62.5 million, down 7%, with adjusted operating margin contracting 70 basis points to 22.3%. Year-to-date margins decreased mainly due to soft first quarter 2019 performance from higher raw material costs and manufacturing inefficiencies; second quarter results showed significant sequential improvement over the first quarter. Currency movements resulted in a negative $2.5 million impact to operating profit.
Unallocated GAAP and adjusted expenses were each $21.9 million, up $4.2 million, and were 4.2% of total sales, up 90 basis points. The primary drivers of the increase were higher deferred compensation expense, which resulted from the increase in SWM's stock price during the first quarter following significant volatility during the fourth quarter of 2018, and higher IT expenses.
Consolidated sales were $527.9 million, down 1%. GAAP operating profit was $74.6 million, down 3%, and GAAP operating profit margin was 14.1%. Adjusted operating profit was $86.1 million, also down 3%, and adjusted operating profit margin was 16.3%, down 30 basis points. Adjusted EBITDA was $104.9 million, down 3%, and adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.9%, down 50 basis points.
GAAP income was $37.9 million, versus $46.7 million, and included $7.7 million of net tax assessment expenses in Brazil; this equated to GAAP EPS of $1.22. Adjusted income was $53.9 million, down 4%; this equated to Adjusted EPS of $1.74. Interest expense was $22.9 million, up $10.1 million, reflecting $7.8 million of interest related to the Brazil tax assessments and higher effective interest rates on debt as a result of the bond issuance during the third quarter of 2018. Other expense was $3.3 million, up $2.5 million due primarily to penalties related to the Brazil tax assessments. The Company reported a tax rate of 19.8%, versus 25.2% in the prior year period, due to a favorable geographic mix of earnings and the Brazil tax assessments. Absent discrete items, the year-to-date 2019 tax rate would have been approximately 21.9%. The Company's Chinese JVs generated a $0.03 loss for both GAAP and adjusted EPS, consistent with historical seasonal pattern and flat with the prior year period. Net currency movements had a 3% negative impact on sales and a $2.8 million negative impact on operating profits; the translation impact of net currency movements was negative $0.06 to both GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS.
Non-GAAP Adjustments reflect items included in GAAP operating profit, income, and EPS, but excluded from adjusted operating profit, income, and EPS. The year-to-date 2019 adjustments (see non-GAAP reconciliation tables for additional details) were the $0.24 per share tax assessment referenced above and purchase accounting expenses of $0.28 per share (purchase accounting expenses reflect the ongoing non-cash intangible asset amortization associated with AMS acquisitions).
Cash Flow, Debt, & Dividend
Year-to-date 2019 cash provided by operating activities was $55.0 million, versus $55.9 million in the prior year period. The Company's working capital-related cash outflows were $27.6 million, compared to $30.7 million in 2018 due primarily to favorable accounts receivables balances. Capital spending and capitalized software totaled $18.0 million, up $3.7 million, due primarily to planned capacity expansions for our filtration and transportation products and IT investments to support growth. Free cash flow was $37.0 million, down from $41.6 million, due mainly to the higher capital spending. Year-to-date, the Company has paid dividends to stockholders totaling $27.2 million.
Total debt was $606.6 million on June 30, 2019, down $15.5 million from year end 2018; net debt was $518.8 million on June 30, 2019, down $9.5 million from year end 2018. Pursuant to the debt covenants, the Company's net debt to adjusted EBITDA was approximately 2.5x as of June 30, 2019, unchanged compared to year end 2018.
The Company announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.44 per share. The dividend will be payable on September 20, 2019 to stockholders of record as of August 23, 2019.
SWM will hold a conference call to review second quarter 2019 results with investors and analysts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, August 8, 2019. The earnings conference call will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet at www.swmintl.com. To listen to the call, please go to the Company’s Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company’s Web site shortly after the call.
SWM will use a presentation in conjunction with its conference call. The presentation can be found on the Company's Web site under the Investor Relations section in advance of the earnings conference call. The presentation can also be accessed via the earnings conference call webcast.
SWM is a leading global performance materials company. Our highly engineered papers, films, nets and nonwovens are designed and manufactured using natural fibers and polymers for a variety of industries and applications. We provide our customers with critical components that enhance the performance of their products. End markets served include filtration, transportation, infrastructure and construction, medical, industrial, tobacco, energy, food services and home décor. SWM and its subsidiaries manufacture on four continents conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,400 people worldwide. For further information, please visit SWM’s web site at www.swmintl.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws that are subject to the safe harbor created by such laws and other legal protections. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, those regarding 2019 guidance and future performance, 2019 capital expenditures, future market and EPS trends, sales and volume trends, growth prospects, capital spending, currency rates and trends and impact on EPS, future cash flows, the Tax Act, effective tax rates, diversification efforts of our AMS segment, future results of AMS operations, future growth of non-tobacco sales, and other statements generally identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "guidance," "plan," "forecast," "potential," "anticipate," "confident," "project," "appear," "future," "should," "likely," "could," "may," "typically," "will," and similar words. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and certain risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Company’s control) and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations as of the date of this release. These risks include, among other things, those set forth in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which can be found at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov, as well as the following factors:
All forward-looking statements made in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this document, and we do not undertake any obligation, other than as may be required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking or cautionary statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of events, unanticipated or otherwise, or changes in future operating results over time or otherwise.
Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.
For additional factors and further discussion of these factors, please see SWM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2018, and other reports we file from time to time, which can be found at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov. The discussion of these risks is specifically incorporated by reference into this release. The financial results reported in this release are unaudited.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Certain financial measures and comments contained in this press release exclude restructuring expenses, certain purchase accounting adjustments related to AMS segment acquisitions, interest expense, income tax provision, capital spending, capitalized software, and depreciation and amortization. This press release also provides certain information regarding the Company's financial results excluding currency impacts. This information estimates the impact of changes in foreign currency rates on the translation of the Company's current financial results as compared to the applicable comparable period and is derived by translating the current local currency results into U.S. Dollars based upon the foreign currency exchange rates for the applicable comparable period. Financial measures which exclude or include these items have not been determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and are therefore "non-GAAP" financial measures. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most closely analogous measure determined in accordance with GAAP are included in the financial schedules attached to this release.
The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making. Management also believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company’s financial and operational performance in the same way that management evaluates the Company's financial performance. Management believes that providing this information enables investors to better understand the Company’s operating performance and financial condition. These non-GAAP financial measures are not calculated or presented in accordance with, and are not intended to be considered in isolation or as alternatives or substitutes for, or superior to, financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used in this release may be different from the measures used by other companies.
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