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Aug 04, 2017
Twin Disc, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

•  Fourth Quarter Sales Increase 25.7% - Highest Growth Rate in 23 Quarters

•  Gross Profit Percent Improves 520 Basis Points to 31.4% in Fourth Quarter

•  Return to Positive Earnings

•  $4,020,000 in Operating Cash Flow in Fourth Quarter

•  Six-Month Backlog at June 30, 2017 was $46,437,000, Up 30% from FY16 on Improving Oil and Gas Demand

RACINE, Wis., Aug. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Twin Disc, Inc.(NASDAQ:TWIN), today reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ended June 30, 2017

Sales for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter were $53,591,000, compared to $42,646,000 for the same period last year.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, sales were $168,182,000, compared to $166,282,000 for fiscal 2016.  The increase in 2017 fourth quarter sales was primarily due to improved demand for the Company's 8500 series transmission systems from North American pressure pumping customers, and higher sales of aftermarket components. 

Commenting on the results, John H. Batten, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We continued to deliver 8500 series transmission systems for the oil and gas market, which were part of the large orders we received in the third quarter.  These deliveries had a favorable impact on fourth quarter sales, profitability, and backlog, and I am pleased to report positive net income and EBITDA in the fourth quarter.  We believe trends in our oil and gas markets are improving.  The last meaningful investment cycle for pressure pumping capital equipment was six years ago.  Since then, the volatility in oil prices has caused many oil services companies to use their equipment longer, and postpone investments.  As producers adjust their cost structure to lower oil and gas prices, we anticipate improvements in their profitability will be invested in rebuilds and new equipment for the North American pressure pumping fleet.  We are well-positioned to benefit from anticipated improvements in oil and gas demand, as a result of Twin Disc's high-quality, high-horsepower transmissions systems, ability to efficiently fulfill orders, and service-oriented culture."

Gross profit for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter was 31.4 percent, 520 basis points higher compared to 26.2 percent for the same period last year.  Gross profit for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter was favorably impacted by higher shipments of oil and gas transmission systems, increased aftermarket volume, improved operating efficiencies, and a global reduction in fixed manufacturing costs.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, gross margin was 28.7 percent, compared to 24.4 percent for fiscal 2016. 

For the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses increased $793,000 to $14,001,000, compared to $13,208,000 for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.  The 6.0 percent increase in ME&A expenses reflects the fourth quarter bonus accrual ($596,000) resulting from the Company's success in achieving operational performance improvements and fixed cost reductions, and corporate development spending of $300,000 , partially offset by reduced pension expense and other cost reductions.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, ME&A expenses decreased $4,340,000, or 7.6 percent, to $52,773,000, compared to $57,113,000 for fiscal 2016.

Twin Disc recorded restructuring charges of $424,000 in the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, compared to restructuring charges of $134,000 in the same period last fiscal year.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, Twin Disc had restructuring charges of $1,791,000, compared to $921,000 for the same period last fiscal year.  Fiscal 2017's restructuring activities related primarily to headcount reductions at certain of the Company's domestic and foreign operations.  These initiatives are expected to generate approximately $2,400,000 in annualized savings, in addition to fiscal 2016's restructuring activities, which were expected to generate over $4,500,000 in annualized savings. 

During fiscal 2017, the Company recorded a $2,646,000 non-cash impairment charge primarily to write down goodwill associated with the Company's domestic industrial business.  This impairment is primarily the result of a lack of significant market recovery related to these products.  This business remains a strategic priority for Twin Disc, as evidenced by the recent acceleration of new product offerings.  The Company anticipates profitable growth as markets recover and its new products gain market penetration.  During fiscal 2016, the Company recorded a $7,602,000 non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter related to the domestic industrial business and the European propulsion business. 

The effective tax rate for the twelve months of fiscal 2017 was 35.8 percent, which was significantly lower than the prior year rate of 48.6 percent. During fiscal 2016, the Company recorded the favorable impact of $2,400,000 of foreign tax credits associated with the repatriation of cash from certain foreign entities.  Adjusting for this non-recurring tax benefit, the fiscal 2016 effective tax rate would have been 39.1 percent.  The fiscal 2017 rate was favorably impacted by discrete items related to foreign earnings. 

Net earnings attributable to Twin Disc for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter were $1,162,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with a net loss attributable to Twin Disc of ($5,517,000), or ($0.48) per share, for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, the net loss attributable to Twin Disc was ($6,294,000), or ($0.56) per share, compared to a loss of ($13,104,000), or ($1.17) per diluted share for fiscal 2016. 

Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)* were $3,356,000 for the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, compared to ($7,564,000) for the fiscal 2016 fourth quarter.  For the fiscal 2017 full year, EBITDA was ($2,388,000) compared to ($16,113,000), for fiscal 2016.  EBITDA for fiscal 2017 includes charges for restructuring of ($1,791,000) and goodwill impairment of ($2,646,000), while the fiscal 2016 EBITDA includes charges for restructuring of ($921,000) and goodwill impairment of ($7,602,000). 

Jeffrey S. Knutson, Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary, stated: "We are seeing the benefits from the initiatives created over the past two years to improve our cost structure and create a more capital-efficient business.  Higher, more profitable sales, controlled operating expenses and prudent working capital management helped the company generate $4,020,000 of operating cash flow in the fourth quarter.  This was the third consecutive quarter of improving cash provided from operating activities.  Working capital at June 30, 2017, was $84,911,000, compared to $88,904,000, at June 30, 2016.  At June 30, 2017, the Company had $16,367,000 in cash and $6,323,000 of borrowings drawn under its $40,000,000 revolving credit facility.  For fiscal 2017, we invested $3,133,000 in capital expenditures and expect to invest approximately $7,000,000 to $9,000,000 in capital expenditures in fiscal 2018.  As we enter the new fiscal year, we will continue to proactively manage our cost structure, while looking at ways to further improve our operating efficiencies." 

Mr. Batten concluded: "Our six-month backlog at June 30, 2017 was $46,437,000 compared to $49,835,000 at March 31, 2017, and $35,709,000 at June 30, 2016.  I am encouraged by improving oil and gas demand.  We have also started to see positive signs in our global patrol boat and North American inland marine markets, but remain cautious within our overall commercial marine, pleasure craft, airport rescue and firefighting, military, and industrial markets.  In addition, the first quarter typically is our most challenging quarter from a seasonality perspective as we are impacted by summer shut downs in several of our markets and geographies.  The continued and proactive restructuring we have accomplished across our global footprint over the past two years has provided significant cost savings and flexibility to withstand a lengthy downturn in many of our markets.  As evidenced by our 2017 fourth quarter results, Twin Disc's adjusted cost structure has significantly improved margins and lowered our breakeven point.  As sustained demand improves, we are well positioned for profitable growth." 

Twin Disc will be hosting a conference call to discuss these results and to answer questions at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 4, 2017. To participate in the conference call, please dial 888-282-4591 five to ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available from 2:30 p.m.August 4, 2017 until midnight August 11, 2017. The number to hear the teleconference replay is 844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 8169539. 

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 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, 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. 

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.

*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, 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)

The sum of, net earnings and adding back provision for income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expenses: this is a financial measure of the profit generated excluding the above mentioned items.

--Financial Results Follow--

(In thousands, except per-share data; unaudited)
 Quarter Ended
   Year Ended
 June 30,
 June 30,
 June 30,
 June 30,
Net sales$  53,591  $  42,646  $   168,182  $  166,282 
Cost of goods sold   36,775     31,465     119,950     125,687 
Gross profit 16,816   11,181   48,232   40,595 
Marketing, engineering and administrative expenses 14,001     13,208     52,773     57,113 
Restructuring of operations 424     134     1,791     921 
Goodwill and other asset impairment charge 9   7,602   2,646   7,602 
Other operating (income)    -     -     -     (445)
Earnings (loss) from operations 2,382   (9,763)
Interest expense 67   70   303   426 
Other expense, net   662      13     248     273 
Earnings (loss) before income taxes and non-controlling interest 1,653   (9,846)  (9,529)   (25,295)
Income tax expense (benefit)   478     (4,328)    (3,414)    (12,282)
Net earnings (loss) 1,175   (5,518)  (6,115)  (13,013)
Less: Net (loss) earnings attributable to non-controlling interest, net of tax   (13)    1     (179)    (91)
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Twin Disc$  1,162  $  (5,517) $  (6,294) $  (13,104)
Earnings (loss) per share data:     
Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders$ 0.10  $  (0.48)  $  (0.56) $  (1.17)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders    $  0.10  $  (0.48) $  (0.56) $  (1.17)
Weighted average shares outstanding data:     
Basic shares outstanding  11,250   11,207   11,239   11,203 
Diluted shares outstanding 11,250   11,207   11,239   11,203 
Dividends per share$  0.00  $  0.00  $  0.00  $  0.18 
Comprehensive income (loss):     
Net earnings (loss)$  1,175  $  (5,518) $  (6,115) $  (13,013)
Other comprehensive income (loss):     
Foreign currency translation adjustment   3,441      632     985     (1,557)
Benefit plan adjustments, net   8,396     (9,295)    10,500     (7,080)
Comprehensive income (loss) 13,012   (14,181)  5,370   (21,650)
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (44)    (33)    (193)    (114)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc$  12,968  $  (14,214) $  5,177  $  (21,764)

  (In thousands; unaudited)
 June 30, June 30,
  2017    2016 
Current assets:  
Cash$  16,367  $  18,273 
Trade accounts receivable, net 31,392     25,363 
Inventories 66,193     66,569 
Prepaid expenses 8,295     7,353 
Other   7,187     7,477 
Total current assets 129,434   125,035 
Property, plant and equipment, net 48,212   51,665 
Goodwill, net 2,585   5,120 
Deferred income taxes 24,198   25,870 
Intangible assets, net 2,009   2,164 
Other assets   4,460     4,068 
TOTAL ASSETS$  210,898  $  213,922 
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable$  21,301  $  14,716 
Accrued liabilities 23,222     21,415 
Total current liabilities 44,523   36,131 
Long-term debt 6,323   8,501 
Accrued retirement benefits 33,706   48,705 
Deferred income taxes 1,011   827 
Other long-term liabilities   1,768     2,705 
Total liabilities 87,331   96,869  
Twin Disc shareholders' equity:  
Preferred shares authorized: 200,000; issued: none; no par value -   - 
Common shares authorized: 30,000,000; Issued: 13,099,468; no par value 10,429   11,761 
Retained earnings 169,368   175,662 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (32,671)    (44,143)
  147,126   143,280 
Less treasury stock, at cost (1,580,335 and 1,749,294 shares, respectively)       24,205     26,790 
   Total Twin Disc shareholders' equity   122,921     116,490 
Noncontrolling interest   646     563  
Total equity   123,567     117,053 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$  210,898  $  213,922 

(In thousands, unaudited)
 For the Year Ended   
 June 30,
   June 30,
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net (loss) earnings$  (6,115) $  (13,013)
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) earnings to cash provided by operating activities:  
Depreciation and amortization 7,017   8,847 
Goodwill and other asset impairment charge 2,646   7,602 
Stock compensation expense 1,615   1,295 
Restructuring of operations 92   354 
Provision for deferred income taxes (4,245)  (12,203)
Other, net 7   74 
Net change in operating assets and liabilities   2,161     10,435 
Net cash provided by operating activities   3,178     3,391  
Cash flows from investing activities:  
Proceeds from sale of business
 -   3,500 
Proceeds from life insurance policy -   2,002 
Proceeds from sale of plant assets 217   124 
Capital expenditures (3,133)  (4,214)
Other, net (126)  (270)
Net cash (used) provided by investing activities   (3,042)    1,142 
Cash flows from financing activities:  
Payments of senior notes -   (3,571)
Borrowings under revolving loan agreement 53,920   89,473 
Repayments under revolving loan agreement (56,113)  (91,203)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options -   12 
Dividends paid to shareholders -   (2,041)
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest (109)   (192)
Excess tax benefits (shortfall) from stock compensation       -     (349)
Payments of withholding taxes on stock compensation   (140)    (190)
Net cash used by financing activities   (2,442)    (8,061)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   400     (1,135)
Net change in cash (1,906)  (4,663)
Beginning of period   18,273     22,936 
End of period$  16,367  $  18,273 

(In thousands; unaudited)
 Quarter Ended Year Ended
 June 30,
 June 30,
  June 30,
 June 30,
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Twin Disc    $  1,162  $  (5,517) $  (6,294) $(13,104)
Interest expense 67   70   303   426 
Income taxes 478   (4,328)  (3,414)  (12,282)
Depreciation and amortization   1,649     2,211     7,017     8,847 
Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization$  3,356  $  (7,564) $  (2,388) $(16,113)

Contact: Jeffrey S. Knutson

(262) 638-4242

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