Hardinge Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

ELMIRA, N.Y., Nov. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ:HDNG), a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Net sales ("sales") for the quarter increased $7.9 million to $76.8 million. Excluding $2.2 million for unfavorable foreign currency translation, this represents a 15% increase over the prior year's third quarter. Orders for the quarter were $72.0 million, a 1% decrease from the prior year's third quarter when adjusted for unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Non-GAAP(1) net income for the quarter was $0.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP(1) net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the prior year's third quarter. Net loss for the quarter was $0.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the prior year's third quarter.

Richard L. Simons, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are gaining momentum on a sales growth basis as we move through the year. We anticipate a strong fourth quarter and continue to believe we'll finish the year with sales growth in excess of 5% over 2014."

Mr. Simons continued, "We are progressing with our previously announced restructuring initiatives while we focus on market penetration, productivity improvement and EBITDA expansion. We are at the early stages of implementation of the initiatives, which we expect to complete by the end of the first quarter of 2016. We believe that cost savings, which we expect to begin partially realizing in the fourth quarter of this year, are currently estimated at $4 million to $5 million on an annualized pre-tax basis."

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(1)Management believes that the use of non-GAAP measures helps in the understanding of its operating performance. See pages 9 and 10 of this release for the reconciliation tables between reported amounts and non-GAAP measures discussed in this document.

Third Quarter Review

Quarterly Sales by Region
($ in thousands)
Quarter Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014 June 30, 2015
Sales to Customers in
$
% of Total
$
Year-over-Year
% Change

$
Sequential %
Change
North America 24,661 32% 24,026 3% 29,073 (15)%
Europe 21,569 28% 21,286 1% 22,055 (2)%
Asia 30,575 40% 23,612 29% 31,228 (2)%
Total 76,805 68,924 11% 82,356 (7)%

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Note: Fluctuations in Hardinge's consolidated sales and orders among geographic locations and industries can vary from quarter to quarter based on the timing and magnitude of orders and projects. Hardinge does not believe that such quarter-to-quarter fluctuations are necessarily indicative of larger business trends. Rather, the Company believes that such business trends can be discerned from the Company's performance during a longer period of time, such as a trailing twelve-month period.

Sales for the quarter increased $7.9 million to $76.8 million, when compared with the prior-year period. Excluding $2.2 million for unfavorable foreign currency translation, sales increased 15% over the prior year's third quarter. Sales to the North America market increased over the prior-year period primarily due to new product launches. Sales to Asia continue to reflect the Company's successful penetration of certain growing industries there, including automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics. Sales to Europe remained relatively flat when compared with the prior year but, when adjusted for unfavorable foreign currency translation, sales to Europe were up 8.5%.

Gross profit of $21.8 million increased 17% compared with the prior-year period. Gross margin as a percentage of sales increased to 28.3%, compared with 27.1% in the third quarter of 2014. Gross profit and margin were favorably impacted by higher sales and increased levels of machine production, particularly at the Company's Swiss grinding facilities.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense decreased by $0.2 million compared with the prior-year period, to $19.9 million, benefiting $0.7 million from foreign currency translation changes compared with the prior year. The current year quarter also includes $0.4 million of expense associated with the Company's investments for growth of the Voumard product line, as well as $0.3 million of professional fees associated with the Company's previously announced strategic review process.

As part of the restructuring initiatives announced last quarter, the Company incurred $0.9 million of charges in the current quarter. Total implementation costs for these initiatives are still estimated to be approximately $4 million to $5 million on a pretax basis, with annual savings still expected to be between $4 million to $5 million, also on a pretax basis.

Non-GAAP(1) operating income was $1.9 million, compared with a non-GAAP(1) operating loss of $1.6 million in the prior year period. The current-year period benefited from the impact of higher sales levels and improved production efficiency. Operating income was $0.8 million, or 1.0% of sales, compared with an operating loss of $6.9 million, or 10.0% of sales, in the prior-year period. During the prior year, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $5.8 million, for which there was no corresponding charge in the current year.

First Nine Months of 2015 Review

Year-to-Date Sales by Region
($ in thousands)
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Sales to Customers in
$

% of Total

$
Year-over-Year
% Change
North America 80,039 35% 72,258 11%
Europe 66,553 29% 71,961 (8)%
Asia 81,697 36% 74,406 10%
Total 228,289 218,625 4%

Sales of $228.3 million reflected a 4% increase year-over-year. Excluding $6.6 million for unfavorable foreign currency translation, sales were up 7%. Sales to the North America market increased over the prior-year period as a result of new product launches as well as improved levels of grinding machine sales. Strong sales to Asia were driven by ongoing increased demand for the Company's machines, which was partially offset by the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation. Sales to Europe improved on a constant currency basis, but the unfavorable foreign currency translation impact more than offset the growth.

Gross profit of $63.5 million increased $3.6 million compared with the prior-year period. Gross profit was favorably impacted by higher sales as well as increased levels of machine production, particularly at the Company's Swiss grinding facilities. This was partially offset by a first quarter inventory valuation adjustment of approximately $0.7 million at one of its European facilities. Gross margin as a percent of sales improved modestly to 27.8% when compared with the first nine months of 2014.

SG&A expense increased by $1.2 million compared with the prior-year period, to $60.6 million. The increase included $1.3 million associated with the Company's investments for growth of the Voumard product line acquired in the latter half of 2014 and the expansion of the Company's Forkardt businesses in China and India, as well as $0.3 million of professional fees associated with the Company's previously announced strategic review process. These increases were partially offset by $2.0 million of favorable foreign currency translation when compared with the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP(1) operating income was $2.8 million, compared with a non-GAAP(1) operating loss of $0.1 million in the prior year. Operating income was $1.7 million, or 0.8% of sales, compared with an operating loss of $5.5 million, or 2.5% of sales, in the prior-year period.

Flexible Balance Sheet for Strategic Investments

Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2015 were $18.5 million. Total debt was $13.2 million, a reduction of $3.0 million from December 31, 2014 levels.

Orders by Region
($ in thousands)
Quarter Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014 June 30, 2015
Orders from Customers in
$

% of Total

$
Year-over-Year
% Change

$
Sequential
% Change
North America 20,105 28% 22,158 (9)% 27,045 (26)%
Europe 23,234 32% 26,282 (12)% 22,085 5%
Asia 28,612 40% 26,763 7% 28,021 2%
Total 71,951 75,203 (4)% 77,151 (7)%
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Orders from Customers in
$

% of Total

$
Year-over-Year
% Change
North America 74,504 31% 73,685 1%
Europe 76,613 32% 77,820 (2)%
Asia 90,912 37% 84,834 7%
Total 242,029 236,339 2%

Third quarter orders of $72.0 million were down by 4% from the prior-year period, as a 7% increase in Asia was more than offset by declines in North America and Europe. Increased orders for grinding machines were more than offset by order reductions across the Company's other product lines. Excluding $2.2 million of unfavorable foreign exchange translation, orders for the third quarter were down by 1% compared with the third quarter of 2014.

Year-to-date orders of $242.0 million reflect a 2% improvement over the prior-year period, primarily due to strong orders for the Company's high-end grinding machines and ongoing demand in Asia. Excluding $6.7 million for unfavorable foreign currency translation, year-to-date orders increased 5% over the prior-year period. The Company's order backlog at September 30, 2015 was $116.1 million.

Webcast and Conference Call

Hardinge will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:00 a.m. ET. During the conference call and webcast, Richard L. Simons, President and CEO, and Douglas J. Malone, Vice President and CFO, will review the financial and operating results for the quarter, as well as the Company's outlook. A question and answer session will follow the formal discussion. Their review will be accompanied by a slide presentation which will be available on Hardinge's website at ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (315) 625-6888. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm.

A telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET the day of the call through Thursday, November 12, 2015. To listen to the archived call, dial (404) 537-3406 and enter conference ID #49117646. Alternatively, the archive can be heard on the Company's website at ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm. A transcript will also be posted to the website, once available.

About Hardinge

Hardinge is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions developed for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and of technologically advanced workholding accessories. The Company's strategy is to leverage its global brand strength to further penetrate global market opportunities where customers will benefit from the technologically advanced, high quality, reliable products Hardinge produces. With approximately two-thirds of its sales outside of North America, Hardinge serves the worldwide metal working market. Hardinge's machine tool and accessory solutions can also be found in a broad base of industries to include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology and transportation.

Hardinge applies its engineering design and manufacturing expertise in high performance machining centers, high-end cylindrical and jig grinding machines, SUPER-PRECISION® and precision CNC lathes and technologically advanced workholding accessories. Hardinge has manufacturing operations in China, France, Germany, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Company regularly posts information on its website: http://www.hardinge.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). Such statements are based on management's current expectations that involve risks and uncertainties. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact or that are about future events may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. For example, words such as "may," "will," "should," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "strategy," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual results or outcomes and the timing of certain events may differ significantly from those discussed in any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW.

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Sales $ 76,805 $ 68,924 $ 228,289 $ 218,625
Cost of sales 55,046 50,247 164,818 158,767
Gross profit 21,759 18,677 63,471 59,858
Gross profit margin 28.3% 27.1% 27.8% 27.4%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 19,925 20,123 60,596 59,376
Restructuring charges 877 877
Impairment charge 5,766 5,766
Other expense (income), net 201 (334) 276 249
Income (loss) from operations 756 (6,878) 1,722 (5,533)
Operating margin 1.0% (10.0)% 0.8% (2.5)%
Interest expense 161 171 472 569
Interest income (40) (15) (80) (47)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 635 (7,034) 1,330 (6,055)
Income taxes 962 544 1,479 845
Net loss from continuing operations (327) (7,578) (149) (6,900)
Gain from disposal of discontinued operation, net of tax 218
Net loss $ (327) $ (7,578) $ (149) $ (6,682)
Per share data:
Basic loss per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.03) $ (0.60) $ (0.01) $ (0.55)
Discontinued operations 0.02
Basic loss per share $ (0.03) $ (0.60) $ (0.01) $ (0.53)
Diluted loss per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.03) $ (0.60) $ (0.01) $ (0.55)
Discontinued operations 0.02
Diluted loss per share $ (0.03) $ (0.60) $ (0.01) $ (0.53)
Cash dividends declared per share: $ 0.02 $ 0.02 $ 0.06 $ 0.06
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Basic 12,793 12,715 12,770 12,643
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Diluted 12,793 12,715 12,770 12,643
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014
(Unaudited)
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,535 $ 16,293
Restricted cash 2,782 3,151
Accounts receivable, net 55,651 62,877
Inventories, net 119,193 111,821
Other current assets 12,371 10,545
Total current assets 208,532 204,687
Property, plant and equipment, net 63,751 65,874
Goodwill 6,636 6,698
Other intangible assets, net 28,511 30,217
Other non-current assets 4,645 3,844
Total non-current assets 103,543 106,633
Total assets $ 312,075 $ 311,320
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Accounts payable $ 25,445 $ 25,592
Accrued expenses 27,195 25,071
Customer deposits 16,034 12,736
Accrued income taxes 1,929 646
Deferred income taxes 2,539 2,332
Current portion of long-term debt 4,467 3,972
Total current liabilities 77,609 70,349
Long-term debt 8,718 12,253
Pension and postretirement liabilities 51,256 53,119
Deferred income taxes 2,557 2,516
Other liabilities 3,614 3,487
Total non-current liabilities 66,145 71,375
Commitments and contingencies
Common stock ($0.01 par value, 20,000,000 authorized; 12,856,716 issued and 12,836,711 outstanding as of September 30, 2015, and 12,825,468 issued and 12,821,768 outstanding as of December 31, 2014) 129 128
Additional paid-in capital 121,016 120,538
Retained earnings 86,858 87,777
Treasury shares (at cost, 20,005 as of June 30, 2015, and 3,700 as of December 31, 2014) (219) (46)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (39,463) (38,801)
Total shareholders' equity 168,321 169,596
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 312,075 $ 311,320
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2015 2014
(Unaudited)
Operating activities
Net loss $ (149) $ (6,682)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Impairment charge 5,766
Depreciation and amortization 6,831 7,317
Debt issuance costs amortization 29 33
Deferred income taxes (284) (346)
Gain on sale of assets (1) (101)
Gain on sale of business (218)
Gain on purchase of business (462)
Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gain) loss (4) 593
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 6,015 2,670
Inventories (8,688) (10,054)
Other assets (1,360) 225
Accounts payable 990 2,743
Customer deposits 3,494 259
Accrued expenses 2,161 (2,859)
Accrued pension and postretirement liabilities (13) (35)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 9,021 (1,151)
Investing activities
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (5,683)
Capital expenditures (3,103) (1,830)
Proceeds from disposal of business 218
Proceeds from sales of assets 38 131
Net cash used in investing activities (3,065) (7,164)
Financing activities
Payment of contingent consideration (7,500)
Proceeds from short-term notes payable to bank 24,937 13,827
Repayments of short-term notes payable to bank (24,937) (13,827)
Repayments of long-term debt (3,245) (8,373)
Dividends paid (781) (757)
Purchases of treasury stock (201)
Net proceeds from sales of common stock 5,678
Net cash used in financing activities (4,227) (10,952
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 513 (450)
Net increase (decrease) in cash 2,242 (19,717
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 16,293 34,722
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 18,535 $ 15,005

Hardinge believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss), and adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share is important for investors and other readers of Hardinge's financial statements, as they are used as an analytical indicator by Hardinge management to better understand its operating performance.

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss)
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Amount % of Sales Amount % of Sales
Operating income (loss) as reported $ 756 $ 1.0% $ (6,878) (10.0)%
Adjustments to reported operating income (loss):
Impairment charge 5,766 8.4
Gain on purchase of business (462) (0.7)
Restructuring charges 877 1.2
Professional fees for strategic review process 250 0.3
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) as adjusted $ 1,883 2.5% $ (1,574) (2.3)%
Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Amount % of Sales Amount % of Sales
Operating income (loss) as reported $ 1,722 $ 0.8% $ (5,533) (2.5)%
Adjustments to reported operating income (loss):
Impairment charge 5,766 2.6
Gain on purchase of business (462) (0.2)
Acquisition-related inventory step-up charge 86
Restructuring charges 877 0.3
Professional fees for strategic review process 250 0.1
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) as adjusted $ 2,849 1.2% $ (143) (0.1)%
HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Amount EPS Amount EPS
Net loss as reported $ (327) $ (0.03) $ (7,578) $ (0.60)
Adjustments to reported net loss, net of taxes:
Impairment charge 5,437 0.44
Gain on purchase of business (462) (0.04)
Restructuring charges 877 0.07
Professional fees for strategic review process 250 0.02
Non-GAAP net income (loss) as adjusted $ 800 $ 0.06 $ (2,603) $ (0.20)
Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2015 September 30, 2014
Amount EPS Amount EPS
Net loss as reported $ (149) $ (0.01) $ (6,682) $ (0.53)
Adjustments to reported net loss, net of taxes:
Impairment charge 5,437 0.43
Gain on purchase of business (462) (0.04)
Gain from disposal of discontinued operation, net of tax (218) (0.02)
Acquisition-related inventory step-up charge 86 0.01
Restructuring charges 877 0.07
Professional fees for strategic review process 250 0.02
Non-GAAP net income (loss) as adjusted $ 978 $ 0.08 $ (1,839) $ (0.15)

CONTACT: For more information contact: Company: Douglas J. Malone Chief Financial Officer Phone: (607) 378-4140 Investor Relations: Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC Phone: (716) 843-3908 Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.comSource:Hardinge Inc.