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MTS Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, today reported financial results for its fiscal year 2018 second quarter ended March 31, 2018.

MTS Systems Corporation. (PRNewsFoto/MTS Systems Corporation)

SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenues of $191 million, driven by strong Sensors revenue growth of 17% year-over-year
  • Test service continues momentum with revenue growth of 14% year-over-year
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.44, a $0.06 year-over-year increase
  • Strong balance sheet, including cash of $84 million at quarter end
  • Continued deleveraging of the balance sheet with $34 million of debt payments
  • Declared 145th consecutive quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share

FINANCIAL TABLE


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

 

(in thousands, except per share data - unaudited)

March 31,
 2018


April 1,
 2017


March 31,
 2018


April 1,
 2017

Revenue

$

191,323



$

193,424



$

385,485



$

392,703


Revenue % increase (decrease)1

(1.1)

%


41.1

%


(1.8)

%


41.5

%

Gross margin

39.1

%


40.8

%


39.6

%


38.8

%

Operating margin

8.7

%


8.0

%


8.6

%


6.5

%

Net income

$

8,438



$

7,199



$

41,589



$

8,904


Diluted earnings per share

0.44



0.38



2.16



0.47


Adjusted diluted earnings per share2

0.45



0.67



2.18



1.23


Adjusted EBITDA2

27,526



33,264



54,404



64,789


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

84,378



97,433






Test backlog, end of period

299,296



298,136






Total debt, end of period

409,733



460,016








Growth rate in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 reflects the first year of our PCB acquisition from July 5, 2016.

2  

Refer to the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section below for discussion on the calculation of these non-GAAP financial measures.

EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

"We are very pleased with the strength in our Sensors business, which continues to deliver double-digit revenue growth, expanded bottom line performance and increasing momentum with strong orders in our most recent quarter," stated Dr. Jeff Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The breadth of our Sensors product portfolio and the expanded ability to support customers worldwide provides us with the confidence that our Sensors business is in a good rhythm and will continue its strong performance as factory automation, defense programs and industrial markets drive strong demand for our products across our Sensors portfolio."

"The second quarter presented mixed results within our Test business as top line growth in both materials test and service was strong at 7.8% and 14.1%, respectively, but was offset by weak equipment orders in the ground vehicles test sector. The strengths were driven by the rapid expansion of carbon fiber composites into new applications, the need to test materials and components created by 'additive manufacturing' and continuing growth in our service offerings. Our ground vehicles test sector experienced timing shifts of several large orders for automotive test equipment into the third and fourth quarters as our automotive customers re-prioritized capital spending into the development of autonomous vehicles," stated Dr. Graves. "Our Test business continues to be positioned well with our leading technology and product offerings which drive precision, durability and reliability for our customers. We will continue to expand our businesses in our materials and structures test sectors while managing through the volatile ground vehicles environment."

"During the quarter, we announced a restructuring of our Test business in China, one of our fastest growing regions. This investment will result in the closure of two local manufacturing plants, located in Shanghai and Shenzhen, the transfer of production to a state-of-the-art contract manufacturing partner, the consolidation of engineering, sales and service organizations, and reduce the compliance risk profile of our Chinese operations. Demand is growing rapidly in China, particularly for the materials test systems we produce there, and the resulting streamlined operational footprint is expected to support this growth for many years to follow," concluded Dr. Graves.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2018 SECOND FISCAL QUARTER

Revenue

Revenue was $191.3 million, down $2.1 million or 1.1%, compared to the same quarter in the prior year, driven mainly by a 17.2% increase in our Sensors business being more than offset by lower equipment volume in the ground vehicles sector of our Test business. Our Sensors business generated continued momentum from new opportunities in the Sensors test sector, along with continued growth in the Sensors position sector and broad demand across the remaining Sensors sectors.

Orders

Test orders for the quarter were $105.1 million, a sequential 3.7% decrease over the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 and 4.4% lower than the same prior-year period. The overall decline from the prior year was attributable to shifts in timing of several large custom orders, primarily in vehicles and structures, which are subject to variability in timing of order execution as customers shift investment priorities. Orders for materials test systems and test services were again strong, driven by growth in new advanced materials and additive manufacturing, usage. The Test opportunity pipeline remains robust at $1.0 billion in opportunities over the next 12 months. Test ended the quarter with a backlog of $299.3 million, a 1.9% decline sequentially from the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Sensors orders for the quarter were a record $84.2 million, representing a sequential 9.7% increase over the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. This strength was driven by broad demand in the test and position sensors sectors, and all major geographies. Sensors backlog at quarter end was also a record $52.9 million.

Earnings Before Taxes

Earnings before taxes totaled $10.2 million, up $1.5 million compared to the same prior-year period. The increase was mainly due to the non-recurrence of $7.4 million related to the fiscal year 2017 investigation into code of conduct violations in our China Test operations in the prior year and the non-recurrence of prior year acquisition integration expenses, along with strong current year growth in Sensors revenue. Partially offsetting the growth was a decline in Test revenue, driven by lower order volumes and product mix.

Diluted Earnings Per Share

Diluted earnings per share was $0.44 compared to $0.38 in the same prior-year period on net income of $8.4 million and $7.2 million, respectively. Results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 included a reduction in the effective tax rate as a result of the U.S. tax reform and lower operating expenses resulting from cost containment measures.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA grew to $27.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, up 2.4% sequentially from the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $5.7 million from the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 primarily due to the decline in Test revenue. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided in Exhibit D of this earnings release.

Capital Structure

During the quarter, we continued to execute on our plan to strengthen our balance sheet. This included debt payments of $34 million during the quarter, $25 million of which was in excess of our mandatory repayment requirements. Our strong cash position and ability to repatriate cash to the United States on favorable terms will further accelerate our deleveraging efforts in the future.

Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share. The dividend was payable on April 2, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 19, 2018. This was our 145th consecutive quarterly dividend.

China Restructuring

As disclosed in a Form 8-K filed with the SEC on March 13, 2018, we announced workforce reductions and manufacturing facility closures in our Test segment corresponding to the transfer of production operations in China to a contract manufacturing partner. These changes are designed to increase organizational effectiveness, gain manufacturing efficiencies, provide cost savings that can be reinvested in growth initiatives and reduce the compliance risk profile of our Chinese operations. This action will impact two China Test manufacturing facilities with no changes anticipated in the United States or European operations from this transfer.

During fiscal year 2018, we expect to incur an additional $1.0 million to $2.0 million of pre-tax restructuring costs. We anticipate this restructuring action to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2018 with the majority of cash paid in the first half of fiscal year 2019. The entire restructuring program, which includes the change in operating model, is expected to yield future annualized savings of approximately $5.0 million to $10.0 million.

OUTLOOK

Test Business

We continue to expect the Test business to experience flat to slightly declining revenue, with modest earnings growth, for the full year, with the second half anticipated to perform stronger than the first half of the year. Investments targeted specifically at operational efficiency initiatives and new products will continue throughout fiscal year 2018 given the outlook for Test demand over the next few years.

Overall, the demand outlook in Test for the remainder of the fiscal year remains positive as compared to the first half of the year. We believe this demand will be driven heavily by the increased use of additive manufacturing and composites in the materials sector and vehicle light-weighting. We are also pleased with the demand for our core durability products, as civil structural and aerospace testing continues to grow. The challenging headwind in the ground vehicles sector continues to weigh on our near-term results; however, we expect more solidification of OEM investments in the second half of fiscal year 2018 and into fiscal year 2019.

Sensors Business

Strong demand in the Sensors business is anticipated to continue in the second half of fiscal year 2018 across all sectors, driven by new products across all major markets and geographies. Continued realization of synergies, related to both operational efficiencies and revenue growth, is expected over the next several years as a result of integration efforts being substantially complete. This combination of positive factors is expected to yield strong, double-digit top line growth, along with gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA expansion for the Sensors business in the second half of fiscal year 2018.

Consolidated

Based on these factors, we reaffirm our expected outlook for fiscal year 2018 which includes the following:

Metric


Outlook

Revenue


$780 million to $820 million

Adjusted EBITDA


$120 million to $140 million

Diluted earnings per share


$3.55 to $3.85

Our diluted earnings per share reflects the adoption of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and restructuring charges of $1.0 million to $3.0 million primarily related to the consolidation of our Test operations in China. We anticipate our effective tax rate, excluding discrete tax items, to be 16-19% in fiscal year 2018.

A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is included in Exhibit E of this earnings release.

SECOND QUARTER CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be held on May 8, 2018 (tomorrow), at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). Dr. Jeff Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Ross, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host the call, which will include a question and answer session after prepared remarks.

Call toll free +1-800-289-0438 (international toll +1-323-794-2423) and reference the conference pass code "4699933". Telephone replay will be available at 1:00 p.m. ET following the call until 1:00 p.m. ET, May 15, 2018. Call toll free +1-888-203-1112 and reference the conference pass code "4699933".

A transcript of the call can also be accessed from the MTS website at http://investor.mts.combeginning on May 9, 2018.

ABOUT MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

MTS Systems Corporation's testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS's high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 3,500 employees as of September 30, 2017 and revenue of $788 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017. Additional information on MTS can be found at www.mts.com.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

We believe that disclosing adjusted diluted earnings per share, which is diluted earnings per share excluding the impact from restructuring, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and China investigation expenses is useful to investors as a measure of operating performance. We use this as one measure to monitor and evaluate operating performance. Adjusted diluted earnings per share is a financial measure that does not reflect United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We calculate this measure by adding back the after-tax effect of the restructuring expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and China investigation expenses to net income and dividing the result by the diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

We believe that disclosing earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and EBITDA excluding the impact from stock-based compensation, restructuring expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and China investigation expenses (Adjusted EBITDA) is useful to investors as a measure of leverage and operating performance. We use these measures to monitor and evaluate leverage and operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures that do not reflect GAAP. We calculate EBITDA by adding back interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization expense to net income. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adding back stock-based compensation, restructuring expenses, acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and China investigation expenses to EBITDA.

Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, not as a substitute for or better than, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of the components of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in Exhibits B, C, D and E of this earnings release.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. Statements made under the heading "Outlook" are forward-looking statements, and words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "projects," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements in other parts of the release. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, statements about the opportunities and outlook for our Sensors and Test sectors and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on MTS's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause MTS's actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those described in the "Risk Factors" section of MTS's most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and updated in any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the SEC. The reports referenced above are available on MTS's website at www.mts.com or on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which statements are made, and MTS undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31,
 2018


April 1,
 2017


March 31,
 2018


April 1,
 2017









Revenue

$

191,323



$

193,424



$

385,485



$

392,703


Cost of sales

116,498



114,568



232,732



240,383


 Gross profit

74,825



78,856



152,753



152,320


 Gross margin

39.1

%


40.8

%


39.6

%


38.8

%









Operating expenses








 Selling, general and administrative

49,589



54,183



102,179



108,676


 Research and development

8,626



9,261



17,467



17,942


   Total operating expenses

58,215



63,444



119,646



126,618










Income from operations

16,610



15,412



33,107



25,702


 Operating margin

8.7

%


8.0

%


8.6

%


6.5

%









Interest expense, net

(6,708)



(7,418)



(13,512)



(14,698)


Other income (expense), net

274



666



51



(163)










Income before income taxes

10,176



8,660



19,646



10,841


Income tax provision (benefit)

1,738



1,461



(21,943)



1,937


Net income

$

8,438



$

7,199



$

41,589



$

8,904










Earnings per share








 Basic








   Earnings per share

$

0.44



$

0.38



$

2.17



$

0.47


   Weighted average common shares outstanding

19,150



19,016



19,137



18,992










 Diluted








   Earnings per share

$

0.44



$

0.38



$

2.16



$

0.47


   Weighted average common shares outstanding

19,273



19,109



19,258



19,095


 

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)






March 31,
 2018


September 30,
 2017

 ASSETS




 Current assets




 Cash and cash equivalents

$

84,378


$

108,733

 Accounts receivable, net

118,593


123,994

 Unbilled accounts receivable, net

60,729


76,914

 Inventories, net

143,487


127,728

 Other current assets

25,227


19,880

 Total current assets

432,414


457,249





 Property and equipment, net

95,573


99,930

 Goodwill

370,513


369,762

 Intangible assets, net

250,470


255,079

 Other long-term assets

6,951


7,672

 Total assets

$

1,155,921


$

1,189,692





 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








 Current liabilities




   Current maturities of long-term debt, net

$

53,210


$

39,095

   Accounts payable

47,394


47,515

   Advance payments from customers

83,039


76,712

   Other accrued liabilities

73,422


84,067

   Total current liabilities

257,065


247,389





 Long-term debt, less current maturities

356,523


418,544

 Other long-term liabilities

70,103


94,982

 Total liabilities

683,691


760,915





 Shareholders' equity




 Common stock, $0.25 par; 64,000 shares authorized:




17,792 and 17,760 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively

4,448


4,440

 Additional paid-in capital

166,757


163,632

 Retained earnings

292,200


261,258

 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

8,825


(553)

 Total shareholders' equity

472,230


428,777

 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,155,921


$

1,189,692

 

Exhibit A

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Segment Financial Information

(unaudited - in thousands)














Three Months Ended




March 31,
 2018


April 1,
 2017


% Variance

Test Segment






Revenue

$

110,238



$

123,840



(11)

%

Cost of sales

76,011



79,106



(4)

%

Gross profit

34,227



44,734



(23)

%

Gross margin

31.0

%


36.1

%









Operating expenses

30,932



38,367



(19)

%







Income from operations

$

3,295



$

6,367



(48)

%







Sensors Segment






Revenue

$

81,542



$

69,584



17

%

Cost of sales

40,922



35,462



15

%

Gross profit

40,620



34,122



19

%

Gross margin

49.8

%


49.0

%









Operating expenses

27,283



25,077



9

%







Income (loss) from operations

$

13,337



$

9,045



47

%







Intersegment Eliminations






Revenue

$

(457)



$




Cost of sales

(435)






Gross profit

(22)












Income (loss) from operations

$

(22)



$










Total Company






Revenue

$

191,323



$

193,424



(1)

%

Cost of sales

116,498



114,568



2

%

Gross profit

74,825



78,856



(5)

%

Gross margin

39.1

%


40.8

%









Operating expenses

58,215



63,444



(8)

%







Income from operations

$

16,610



$

15,412



8

%

 

Exhibit B

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Restructuring, Acquisition Integration

and China Investigation Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)


















Three Months Ended


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

10,176


$

1,738


$

8,438



$

8,660


$

1,461


$

7,199

Restructuring expenses 1

362


92


270



381


134


247

Acquisition integration expenses2





690


188


502

China investigation expenses2





6,759


1,827


4,932

Adjusted net income 3

$

10,538


$

1,830


$

8,708



$

16,490


$

3,610


$

12,880









Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



19,273





19,109









Diluted earnings per share

$

0.53


$

0.09


$

0.44



$

0.45


$

0.07


$

0.38

Impact of restructuring expenses

0.02


0.01


0.01



0.02


0.01


0.01

Impact of acquisition integration expenses





0.04


0.01


0.03

Impact of China investigation expenses





0.35


0.10


0.25

Adjusted diluted earnings per share3

$

0.55


$

0.10


$

0.45



$

0.86


$

0.19


$

0.67











1

In determining the tax impact of restructuring expenses, we applied the statutory rate in effect for each jurisdiction where restructuring expenses were incurred.

2

In determining the tax impact of acquisition integration and China investigation expenses, we applied a U.S. effective income tax rate before discrete items to these expenses.

3

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Exhibit C

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Restructuring, Acquisition Integration

Acquisition Inventory Fair Value Adjustment and China Investigation Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)


















Six Months Ended


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

19,646


$

(21,943)


$

41,589



$

10,841


$

1,937


$

8,904

Restructuring expenses 1

608


154


454



944


330


614

Acquisition integration expenses2





2,378


624


1,754

Acquisition inventory fair value adjustment2





7,724


1,993


5,731

China investigation expenses2





8,735


2,337


6,398

Adjusted net income 3

$

20,254


$

(21,789)


$

42,043



$

30,622


$

7,221


$

23,401









Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



19,258





19,095









Diluted earnings per share

$

1.02


$

(1.14)


$

2.16



$

0.57


$

0.10


$

0.47

Impact of restructuring expenses

0.03


0.01


0.02



0.05


0.02


0.03

Impact of acquisition integration expenses





0.12


0.03


0.09

Impact of acquisition inventory fair value adjustment





0.40


0.10


0.30

Impact of China investigation expenses





0.46


0.12


0.34

Adjusted diluted earnings per share 3

$

1.05


$

(1.13)


$

2.18



$

1.60


$

0.37


$

1.23



















1

In determining the tax impact of restructuring expenses, we applied the statutory rate in effect for each jurisdiction where restructuring expenses were incurred.

2

In determining the tax impact of acquisition integration, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment and China investigation expenses, we applied a U.S. effective income tax rate before discrete items to these expenses.

3

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Exhibit D

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

(unaudited - in thousands)




Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017


March 31, 2018


April 1, 2017

Net income

$

8,438


$

7,199


$

41,589


$

8,904

Income tax provision (benefit)

1,738


1,461


(21,943)


1,937

Interest expense, net

6,708


7,418


13,512


14,698

Depreciation and amortization

8,612


8,440


17,348


16,832

EBITDA1

25,496


24,518


50,506


42,371


Stock-based compensation

1,668


916


3,290


2,637

Restructuring expenses

362


381


608


944

Acquisition integration expenses


690



2,378

Acquisition inventory fair value adjustment




7,724

China investigation expenses


6,759



8,735

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

27,526


$

33,264


$

54,404


$

64,789



1

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Exhibit E

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income - Outlook

(unaudited - in thousands)





Twelve Months Ending


September 29, 2018


Low

High

Net income

$

68,500


$

74,500

Income tax provision (benefit)

(18,500)


(15,000)

Interest expense, net

25,500


28,500

Depreciation and amortization

36,000


38,000

EBITDA1

$

111,500


$

126,000




Stock-based compensation and restructuring expenses

8,500


14,000

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

120,000


$

140,000






1

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 


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Brian Ross, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, brian.ross@mts.com, (952) 937-4000