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Apr 29, 2022
Twin Disc, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2022 Third Quarter Financial Results
  • Third quarter sales up 2.9% year-over-year
  • Gross margin increased 560 basis points year-over-year to 29.8%
  • Six-month backlog of $108.9 million at March 25, 2022, up 10.1% since December 31, 2021
  • Management remains optimistic recovery is underway as order rates and demand improve

RACINE, Wis., April 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Twin Disc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWIN), today reported financial results for the fiscal 2022 third quarter and nine months ended March 25, 2022.

Sales for the fiscal 2022 third quarter were $59.3 million, compared to $57.6 million for the same period last year. The 2.9% increase in fiscal 2022 third quarter net sales was primarily due to improving demand within the Company’s global oil and gas, industrial and marine markets compared to the same period last fiscal year. The positive impact of improving market conditions was partially offset by global supply chain challenges, which continued to limit sales growth during both the fiscal 2022 third quarter and nine-months. Proactive pricing actions taken at the beginning of the quarter to offset inflationary cost increases in previous quarters contributed to the incremental revenue and a strong recovery in gross margin performance. Foreign currency exchange had a $3.0 million negative impact on fiscal 2022 third quarter sales and a $3.5 million negative impact on fiscal 2022 year-to-date sales. Year-to-date sales increased 9.6% to $166.9 million, compared to $152.4 million for the fiscal 2021 nine-months.

John H. Batten, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am pleased with the progress we made during the third quarter and the positive momentum underway across many aspects of our business and global markets. Throughout the quarter, our teams worked with our suppliers and customers to navigate tight raw material supply conditions. As expected, our third quarter financial results also reflect the benefits of our recent pricing initiatives and multi-year strategies focused on improving our global cost structure, which combined with a more profitable mix of sales, drove third quarter gross margin to the highest level in three fiscal years. We remain focused on pursuing initiatives that further diversify our geographic and end markets, while maintaining compelling levels of profitability through an efficient and asset-light operating model, and investing in R&D programs that drive long-term growth and innovation.”

“Our six-month backlog at March 25, 2022, was $108.9 million, compared to $70.3 million at June 30, 2021, and $98.9 million at December 31, 2021. The 10.1% sequential increase was due to strong orders and demand trends across many of our global markets. Growth in our backlog also reflects shipping, logistics, and production delays, which impacted the timing of shipments during the third quarter. Aftermarket sales to North American pressure pumping customers remains strong, which we believe indicates a growing investment cycle over the coming quarters within the North American pressure pumping market. In addition, we are experiencing higher global demand for our pressure pumping transmission systems, most notably our 7600 series transmission systems for use in the Chinese oil and gas market. We expect fiscal 2022 to be a strong year of sales growth and profitability as we benefit from the strategies we are pursuing to create long-term and sustainable value for our customers, team members, and shareholders.”

Gross profit percent for the fiscal 2022 third quarter was 29.8%, compared to 24.2% for the same period last year. The 560-basis point year-over-year increase in gross profit margin percentage was primarily due to improved efficiencies, prudent selling price adjustments to offset higher raw material prices, and a more profitable mix of sales. Year-to-date, gross margin was 26.7% compared to 21.4% for the fiscal 2021 nine months.

For the fiscal 2022 third quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses increased by $1.2 million to $14.4 million, compared to $13.2 million for the fiscal 2021 third quarter. The 9.1% increase in ME&A expenses in the quarter was primarily due to the accrual for the global bonus program ($0.8 million), professional fees ($0.3 million), increased travel ($0.2 million) and other net spending increases of $1.0 million. These increases were partially offset by a Dutch COVID relief subsidy recorded in the quarter, which reduced ME&A expense by $0.7 million and a currency impact of $0.4 million. As a percent of revenues, ME&A expenses were 24.3% for the fiscal 2022 third quarter, compared to 22.9% for the same period last fiscal year. Year-to-date, ME&A expenses were $42.8 million, compared to $39.0 million for the fiscal 2021 nine-month period. As a percent of revenues, ME&A expenses were 25.6% for both the fiscal 2022 and 2021 nine-month periods.

The Company incurred restructuring charges of approximately $1.5 million during the fiscal 2022 nine-month period, which includes $0.3 million during the fiscal 2022 third quarter. Year-to-date restructuring expenses have been primarily associated with the final negotiated settlement related to the Belgian restructuring program announced in June 2021. The total cost of this program is now estimated at $3.3 million, and the Company anticipates annual pre-tax savings of approximately $1.6 million upon completion of this program.

During the fiscal 2022 first quarter, Twin Disc completed a sale leaseback of its Rolla production facility in Switzerland for net proceeds of $9.1 million, which resulted in a gain of $2.9 million and was recorded in other operating income.

For the fiscal 2022 third quarter and nine-month period, Twin Disc recorded other income of $0.5 million and $0.6 million, respectively, primarily attributable to translation gains related to Euro denominated liabilities. For the fiscal 2021 third quarter and nine-month period, Twin Disc recorded other income of $0.6 million and other expenses of $2.3 million, respectively, also attributable to exchange rate movements related to Euro denominated liabilities.  

For the nine months ended March 25, 2022, and March 26, 2021, the Company’s effective income tax rate was 76.5% and 28.9%, respectively. The current year rate was impacted by the fact that the domestic entity recognized a full valuation allowance in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, resulting in no tax benefits being recognized for current domestic losses.

Net income attributable to Twin Disc for the fiscal 2022 third quarter was $2.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Twin Disc of $94,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2021 third quarter. Year-to-date, net income attributable to Twin Disc was $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to Twin Disc of $(8.2 million), or $(0.62) per diluted share for the fiscal 2021 nine-month period.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)* were $5.8 million for the fiscal 2022 third quarter, compared to $3.8 million for the fiscal 2021 third quarter. For the fiscal 2022 nine-month period, EBITDA was $11.0 million, compared to a loss of $(1.3 million) for the fiscal 2021 comparable period.  

Jeffrey S. Knutson, Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary stated, “While we remain focused on controlling inventory and working capital levels, inventories increased 5.8% over the past three months as we support recent order growth and navigate global supply chain and logistic challenges. With total debt, net of cash, of $21.2 million and a $12.3 million year-over-year improvement in year-to-date EBITDA results, we believe we have the financial flexibility to support our long-term growth initiatives. We also continue to make progress creating a more asset-light business model and, during the third quarter signed an agreement to sell our corporate headquarters for approximately $3.3 million. We believe this transaction will close during our fiscal 2023 first quarter, and we expect to save $0.7 million in annual expenses. We also continue to invest in modernizing our global facilities, which includes adding resources and capabilities to our Lufkin manufacturing facility. We plan to invest approximately $5 million in capital expenditures during fiscal 2022.”

Twin Disc will be hosting a conference call to discuss these results and to answer questions at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 29, 2022. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-9039 five to ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time April 29, 2022, until midnight May 6, 2022. The number to hear the teleconference replay is 844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 13727780.

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 http://ir.twindisc.com 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, azimuth drives, 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. For more information, please visit www.twindisc.com.

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. Risk factors also include the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and any impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on the Company’s business operations, as well as its impact on general economic and financial market conditions.

*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)

Net earnings or loss excluding interest expense, the provision or benefit for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expenses: this is a financial measure of the profit generated excluding the above-mentioned items.

--Financial Results Follow--

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per-share data; unaudited)
 
  For the Quarter Ended   For the Three Quarters Ended
  March 25,
2022
    March 26,
2021
    March 25,
2022
    March 26,
2021
 
                               
Net sales $ 59,289     $ 57,640     $ 166,939     $ 152,377  
Cost of goods sold   41,598       43,678       122,319       119,835  
Gross profit   17,691       13,962       44,620       32,542  
                               
Marketing, engineering and administrative expenses   14,396       13,196       42,753       39,000  
Restructuring expenses   303       251       1,542       777  
Other operating income   (63 )     -       (2,957 )     -  
Income (loss) from operations
  3,055       515       3,282       (7,235 )
                               
Interest expense   490       606       1,594       1,769  
Other (income) expense, net   (498
)
    (557 )     (608 )     2,314  
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest   3,063       466       2,296       (11,318 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   753       300       1,757       (3,267 )
                               
Net income (loss)   2,310       166       539       (8,051 )
Less: Net earnings attributable to                              
noncontrolling interest, net of tax   (80 )     (72 )     (223 )     (147 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc $ 2,231     $ 94     $ 316     $ (8,198 )
           
Earnings (loss) per share data:          
Basic income (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders $ 0.17     $ 0.01     $ 0.02     $ (0.62 )
Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders $ 0.17     $ 0.01     $ 0.02     $ (0.62 )
                               
Weighted average shares outstanding data:                              
Basic   13,397       13,269       13,339       13,240  
Diluted   13,457       13,295       13,373       13,240  
                               
Comprehensive income (loss):                              
Net income (loss) $ 2,310     $ 166     $ 539     $ (8,051 )
Benefit plan adjustments, net of taxes of $4, $177, $4, and $529, respectively   505       583       1,512       1,691  
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (2,680 )     (3,008 )     (6,359 )     5,503  
Unrealized gain on cash flow hedge, net of income taxes of $0,$60, $0, and $115, respectively   810       193       1,748       372  
Comprehensive income (loss)   945       (2,066 )     (2,560 )     (485 )
Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest   38       (34 )     235       (133 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc $ 983     $ (2,100 )   $ (2,325 )   $ (618 )

RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA
(In thousands; unaudited)

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Three Quarters Ended  
  March 25,
2022
  March 26,
2021
  March 25,
2022
  March 26,
2021
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc $ 2,231   $ 94   $ 316   $ (8,198 )
Interest expense   490     606     1,594     1,769  
Income taxes   753     300     1,757     (3,267 )
Depreciation and amortization   2,306     2,843     7,317     8,366  
Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization $ 5,780   $ 3,843   $ 10,984   $ (1,330 )


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands; except share amounts, unaudited)
     
  March 25,     June 30,  
   2022      2021  
ASSETS              
Current assets:              
Cash   12,825     $ 12,340  
Trade accounts receivable, net   38,977       39,491  
Inventories   131,080       114,967  
Assets held for sale   3,082       9,539  
Prepaid expenses   6,984       5,704  
Other   8,447       9,926  
     
Total current assets   201,395       191,967  
     
Property, plant and equipment, net   42,753       45,463  
Right-of-use assets operating leases   13,692       14,736  
Intangible assets, net   13,944       17,480  
Deferred income taxes   2,258       2,511  
Other assets   3,682       3,256  
     
TOTAL ASSETS $ 277,724     $ 275,413  
               
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 2,000     $ 2,000  
Accounts payable   34,195       31,011  
Accrued liabilities   48,779       45,549  
     
Total current liabilities   84,974       78,560  
     
Long-term debt   32,069       30,085  
Lease obligations   11,543       12,887  
Accrued retirement benefits   10,065       11,176  
Deferred income taxes   3,959       5,045  
Other long-term liabilities   5,659       7,000  
     
Total liabilities   148,269       144,753  
               
Twin Disc shareholders’ equity:              
Preferred shares authorized: 200,000; issued: none; no par value   -       -  
Common shares authorized: 30,000,000; issued: 14,632,802; no par value   42,048       40,972  
Retained earnings   127,251       126,936  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (25,724 )     (22,615 )
    143,575       145,293  
Less treasury stock, at cost (965,987 and 984,139 shares, respectively)   14,805       15,083  
     
Total Twin Disc shareholders' equity   128,770       130,210  
     
Noncontrolling interest   685       450  
Total equity   129,455       130,660  
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 277,724     $ 275,413  


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands; unaudited)
     
     
  For the Three Quarters Ended
  March 25, 2022     March 26, 2021  
           
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:          
Net income (loss) $ 539     $ (8,051 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash (used) provided by operating activities, net of acquired assets:              
Depreciation and amortization   7,317       8,366  
Gain on sale of assets   (2,939 )     -  
Restructuring expenses   (487 )     215  
Provision for deferred income taxes   (1,383 )     (6,052 )
Stock compensation expense and other non-cash charges, net   2,642       1,934  
Net change in operating assets and liabilities   (12,912 )     8,603  
               
Net cash (used) provided by operating activities   (7,223 )     5,015  
               
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:              
Acquisition of fixed assets   (2,371 )     (3,851 )
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets   9,152       76  
Proceeds on note receivable   500       700  
Other, net   465       (18 )
               
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities   7,746       (3,093 )
               
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:              
Borrowings under revolving loan agreement   78,142       56,463  
Repayments of revolver loans   (73,192 )     (58,497 )
Repayments of other long-term debt   (2,789 )     (411 )
Payments of withholding taxes on stock compensation   (487 )     (224 )
               
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities   1,674       (2,669 )
               
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (1,712 )     1,653  
               
Net change in cash   485       906  
               
Cash:              
Beginning of period   12,340       10,688  
               
End of period $ 12,825     $ 11,594  

Contact: Jeffrey S. Knutson
(262) 638-4242


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