RACINE, Wis., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Modine Manufacturing Company (NYSE: MOD), a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.
“Modine’s operating income improved significantly year-over-year, despite ongoing weakness in several of our end-markets. As anticipated, our Strengthen, Diversify and Grow (SDG) initiatives contributed to our financial performance during the quarter,” said Modine President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas A. Burke. “We will continue to maintain a culture of cost discipline for the remainder of fiscal 2017, and will continue to execute in accordance with our SDG strategic framework to create long-term shareholder value.”
Net sales for the first quarter were $347.2 million, compared with $346.1 million in the prior year. On a constant-currency basis, net sales improved by 0.8 percent year-over-year. The increase was primarily related to strong sales to automotive customers globally and to commercial vehicle customers in Europe, offset by lower sales to commercial vehicle and off-highway customers in the Americas segment due to ongoing weakness in those markets.
Gross profit increased $5.0 million during the first quarter on nearly flat sales and gross margin improved by 130 basis points to 17.8 percent, primarily due to favorable material costs, improved plant operating performance and cost savings related to procurement initiatives. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased $1.8 million primarily due to professional services related to business development activities and higher employee benefit and incentive compensation expenses.
The company recorded $2.3 million of restructuring expenses during the first quarter primarily related to employee severance expenses and equipment transfer and plant consolidation costs.
First quarter operating income was $15.1 million compared with $11.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The 30 percent increase was driven primarily by the reduction in manufacturing costs and the corresponding higher gross margin. Net earnings per share were $0.18, an increase of $0.07 compared with the prior year. Excluding restructuring expenses, the company reported adjusted operating income of $17.4 million, up $3.2 million from the prior year. Adjusted earnings per share of $0.21 were up $0.07 from the prior year.
First Quarter Segment Review
Balance Sheet & Liquidity
Net debt was $107.2 million at June 30, 2016, an increase of $13.5 million from the end of fiscal 2016. Total debt was $171.3 million at June 30, 2016. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter were $64.1 million.
First quarter free cash flow was negative $8.1 million compared with negative $13.0 million one year ago. As is typical, first quarter free cash flow was impacted by various benefit and incentive compensation payments. Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.6 million compared with negative $0.1 million one year ago.
Based on current exchange rates, market outlook and business forecast, Modine confirms the following guidance for fiscal 2017:
Conference Call and Webcast
Modine will conduct a conference call and live webcast, with a slide presentation, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its fiscal 2017 first quarter financial results. The webcast and accompanying slides will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Modine website at www.modine.com. Participants are encouraged to log on to the webcast and conference call about ten minutes prior to the start of the event. A replay of the audio and slides will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Modine website at www.modine.com on or after August 3, 2016. A call-in replay will be available through midnight on August 5, 2016, at 855.859.2056, (international replay 404.537.3406); Conference ID# 49016590. The company will furnish a transcript of the call to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and post it on its website, after August 5, 2016.
Modine, with fiscal 2016 revenues of $1.4 billion, specializes in thermal management systems and components, bringing highly engineered heating and cooling technology and solutions to diversified global markets. Modine products are used in light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, off-highway and industrial equipment and refrigeration systems. Modine is a global company headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin (USA), with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information about Modine, visit www.modine.com.
This press release contains statements, including information about future financial performance and market conditions, accompanied by phrases such as “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “intends,” and other similar “forward-looking” statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Modine’s actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements because of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Part I of the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2016 and under Forward-Looking Statements in Item 7 of Part II of that same report. Other risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the overall health and price-down focus of Modine’s customers, particularly in light of economic and market-specific challenges; the ability of the company to successfully implement its Strengthen, Diversify and Grow strategic transformation; uncertainties regarding the costs and benefits of Modine’s restructuring activities in our Americas and Europe segments, including the activities associated with the closure of Modine’s facility in Washington, Iowa; operational inefficiencies as a result of program launches, unexpected volume increases and product transfers; economic, social and political conditions, changes and challenges in the markets where Modine operates and competes, including foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations (particularly the value of the euro, Brazilian real and British pound relative to the U.S. dollar), tariffs, inflation, changes in interest rates, recession, restrictions associated with importing and exporting and foreign ownership, and in particular the economic and market conditions in Brazil and China, the remaining economic uncertainties in certain markets in North America, and the continuing uncertainty regarding the recent “Brexit” vote in Great Britain; the impact on Modine of any significant increases in commodity prices, particularly aluminum and copper, and our ability to pass these prices on to customers; Modine’s ability to successfully execute its strategic and operational plans; the nature of and Modine’s significant exposure to the vehicular industry and the dependence of this industry on the health of the economy; costs and other effects of environmental investigation, remediation or litigation; and other risks and uncertainties identified by the company in public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Adjusted operating income, adjusted earnings per share, constant currency, net debt and free cash flow (which are defined below) as used in this press release are not measures that are defined in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP measures are used by management as performance measures to evaluate the company’s overall financial performance and liquidity. We believe these measures 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. However, these measures are not, and should not be, viewed as substitutes for the applicable GAAP measures, and may be different from similarly-titled measures used by other companies.
Definition – Adjusted operating income and earnings per share
Operating income or diluted earnings per share from continuing operations plus impairment charges and restructuring related expenses and excluding certain other gains or charges. These are measures of overall performance not including non-cash impairment charges, costs associated with restructuring, and unusual or infrequently occurring gains or charges.
Definition – Constant currency
Constant currency translates financial data from foreign operations for a period into U.S. dollars using the same foreign currency exchange rates as those used to translate financial data for the prior period. This measure provides a more consistent indication of our performance, without the effects of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Definition – Net debt
The sum of debt due within one year and long-term debt, less cash and cash equivalents. This is an indicator of the company’s debt position after considering on-hand cash balances.
Definition – Free cash flow
Net cash provided by operating activities less expenditures for property, plant and equipment, plus payments for restructuring and certain unusual or infrequently occurring expenses. This is a measure of cash generated from operations, excluding payments for restructuring and certain other expenses, during the period that is available for strategic capital decisions.
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