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MTS Reports Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Financial Results

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 6, 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 third quarter ended June 30, 2018.

MTS Systems Corporation. (PRNewsFoto/MTS Systems Corporation)

THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenues of $194.7 million, including strong Sensors revenue growth of 14% year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 39.2%, including Sensors gross margin above 50%
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.47, a decline of $0.08 year-over-year
  • Test backlog of $326.3 million, driven by strong sequential Test orders growth of 33% over the prior quarter
  • Continued deleveraging of the balance sheet with $20 million of debt payments
  • Declared 146th consecutive quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share

 

FINANCIAL TABLE


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

(in thousands, except per share data - unaudited)

June 30,
 2018


July 1,
 
2017


June 30,
 
2018


July 1,
 
2017

Revenue

$

194,668



$

193,764



$

580,153



$

586,467


Revenue % increase (decrease)1

0.5

%


22.9

%


(1.1)

%


34.7

%

Gross margin

39.2

%


39.0

%


39.5

%


38.9

%

Operating margin

8.4

%


8.6

%


8.5

%


7.2

%

Earnings before taxes

10,045



7,983



29,691



18,824


Net income

$

8,979



$

10,610



$

50,568



$

19,514


Diluted earnings per share

0.47



0.55



2.62



1.02


Adjusted diluted earnings per share2

0.49



0.56



2.68



1.78


Adjusted EBITDA2

27,782



26,745



82,186



91,534


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

66,403



101,620






Test backlog, end of period

326,340



283,540






Total debt, end of period

391,332



459,923








1

Growth rates in fiscal year 2017 reflect the first year of our PCB acquisition from July 5, 2016.



2

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

EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

"Our Sensors business continued its strong performance with its fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth, gross margin above 50% and an increase in operating margin," stated Dr. Jeff Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our comprehensive Sensors product portfolio and the expanded ability to support customers worldwide provides us with the confidence that our Sensors business will continue its momentum, especially as factory automation, defense programs and industrial markets drive robust demand for our products across our entire Sensors portfolio."

"Our Test business continued to navigate a dynamic and volatile auto industry as rapid technological advances in electric, autonomous and automated driver assistance vehicles continued to affect the timing of many of our Test projects," stated Dr. Graves. "While revenues from backlog conversion were lower than our initial estimates and impacted Test profitability in the quarter, strong order growth of 17% year-over-year, driven by both our ground vehicles and materials Test sectors, has us positioned well with our leading technology and product offerings that meet the precision, durability and reliability requirements of our customers. This order growth translated to a strong increase in backlog, which ended the quarter at $326 million. Despite a strong orders profile in the third quarter, we expect continued volatility in the near-term order patterns, specifically relating to the auto industry durability testing market."

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2018 THIRD FISCAL QUARTER

Revenue

Revenue was $194.7 million, up 0.5% compared to the same quarter in the prior year, driven primarily by a 13.8% increase in our Sensors business, partially offset by lower equipment and service volume in the ground vehicles sector of our Test business. Our Sensors business had good momentum and sustained broad demand across almost all Sensors sectors.

Orders

Test orders for the quarter were $140.2 million, a sequential 33.3% increase over the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 and a 17.2% increase compared to the same prior-year period. The overall increase from the prior year reflects a timely focused demand for core products across all geographies in the ground vehicles Test sector despite variability in timing of order execution as customers continue to shift timing of their testing projects. Orders for materials Test systems and Test services were again strong, driven by growth in new advanced materials and additive manufacturing. The increase was partially offset by anticipated lower orders in structures driven by reduced near-term investments and government funding. The Test opportunity pipeline remains robust at $1.0 billion in opportunities over the next 12 months; however, anticipated order timing continues to be volatile, specifically in our ground vehicles sector. Test ended the quarter with a backlog of $326.3 million, a 9.0% increase sequentially from the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Sensors orders for the quarter were $78.9 million, representing a 6.4% sequential decline compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. This reflects normalization of orders in the third quarter as Sensors experienced record orders in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Moving forward we expect continued strength in Sensors orders, driven by broad demand across all industrial and test markets worldwide, and expanded opportunities with the U.S. Department of Defense systems. Sensors backlog at quarter end was $51.4 million, a 2.8% decrease sequentially from the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Earnings Before Taxes

Earnings before taxes totaled $10.0 million, up 25.8% compared to the same prior-year period. The increase was mainly driven by the strong Sensors revenue growth, along with the non-recurrence of several costs from the prior year quarter, including acquisition integration expenses, acquisition inventory fair value adjustment, and the expenses related to our investigation of code of conduct violations within our China Test operations. Partially offsetting the growth was a decline in the Test gross margin, driven by lower revenue and product mix.

Diluted Earnings Per Share

Diluted earnings per share was $0.47 compared to $0.55 in the same prior-year period on net income of $9.0 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 included an increase in the effective tax rate as a result of certain prior year discrete tax benefits and higher operating expenses resulting from continued product investment in our Sensors business.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA grew to $27.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, up 0.9% sequentially from the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased $1.0 million, or 3.9%, from the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 primarily due to strong Sensors revenue growth, partially offset by a 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

We continued to execute on our plan to strengthen our balance sheet by reducing our debt for the seventh consecutive quarter. This included debt payments of $20 million during the quarter, $16 million of which was in excess of our mandatory repayment requirements. We believe our ability to repatriate cash to the United States on favorable terms as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will continue to 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 July 6, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 22, 2018. This was our 146th consecutive quarterly dividend.

China Restructuring

During the second quarter of fiscal year 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 operations located in China. This action will impact two China Test manufacturing facilities with no changes anticipated in the United States or European operations from this transfer.

We continue to progress on this action and anticipate the transition to contract manufacturing will be completed in fiscal year 2019. The entire restructuring program, which includes the change in operating model to a contract manufacturer, is expected to yield future annualized savings of approximately $5.0 million to $10.0 million. We expect these savings to start in the second half of fiscal year 2019.

OUTLOOK

Test Business

Despite the substantial increase in orders during the third quarter, we expect the Test business to report an overall decline in revenue and earnings for the full fiscal year 2018. Test revenue continues to be impacted by higher custom project backlog weighting which takes longer to convert to revenue and generally at a lower gross margin, supplemented with lower order volumes during the first half of fiscal year 2018. Our guidance has been revised to reflect the impact of the lower revenues and earnings in Test.

Overall, the demand outlook in Test over the next few years remains positive. We believe this demand will be driven heavily by the increased use of additive manufacturing and composites in the materials sector, the requirement for durability testing in the automotive industry as new car types continue to be developed with the rapidly changing landscape in autonomy and electrification of vehicles, and by continued strong growth in our Test services activities. However, we believe volatility in the ground vehicles sector will continue to affect our near-term results for the foreseeable future. In addition, investments targeted specifically at operational efficiency initiatives and new products will continue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 given the outlook for Test demand over the next few years. Given these short-term challenges, we will be evaluating and implementing more aggressive cost reduction initiatives that can positively impact our performance during this period of volatility.

Sensors Business

Strong demand in the Sensors business is anticipated to continue in the fourth quarter 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 fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Consolidated

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

Metric


Current Outlook


Previous Outlook

Revenue


$775 million to $785 million


$780 million to $820 million

Adjusted EBITDA


$112 million to $118 million


$120 million to $140 million

Diluted earnings per share


$3.25 to $3.35


$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 approximately $2.0 million primarily related to the restructuring of our Test operations in China. We anticipate our effective tax rate, excluding discrete tax items, to be 15-18% 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.

THIRD QUARTER CONFERENCE CALL

As announced on July 23, 2018, a conference call will be held on August 7, 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 +1-877-260-1479 (international toll +1-334-323-0522) and reference the conference pass code "6870592". Telephone replay will be available at 1:00 p.m. ET following the call until 1:00 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018. Call toll free +1-888-203-1112 and reference the conference pass code "6870592".

A transcript of the call can also be accessed from the MTS website at http://investor.mts.com beginning on August 8, 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, China investigation expenses and acquisition-related 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, China investigation expenses and acquisition-related 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 our 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 our 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 our 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 our 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 we undertake 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


Nine Months Ended


June 30,
 2018


July 1,
 2017


June 30,
 2018


July 1,
 2017









Revenue

$

194,668



$

193,764



$

580,153



$

586,467


Cost of sales

118,384



118,208



351,116



358,591


 Gross profit

76,284



75,556



229,037



227,876


 Gross margin

39.2

%


39.0

%


39.5

%


38.9

%









Operating expenses








 Selling, general and administrative

51,252



50,583



153,431



159,259


 Research and development

8,768



8,356



26,235



26,298


    Total operating expenses

60,020



58,939



179,666



185,557










Income from operations

16,264



16,617



49,371



42,319


    Operating margin

8.4

%


8.6

%


8.5

%


7.2

%









Interest expense, net

(6,249)



(7,711)



(19,761)



(22,409)


Other income (expense), net

30



(923)



81



(1,086)










Income before income taxes

10,045



7,983



29,691



18,824


Income tax provision (benefit)

1,066



(2,627)



(20,877)



(690)


Net income

$

8,979



$

10,610



$

50,568



$

19,514










Earnings per share








 Basic








    Earnings per share

$

0.47



$

0.56



$

2.64



$

1.03


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

19,174



19,052



19,149



19,012










 Diluted








    Earnings per share

$

0.47



$

0.55



$

2.62



$

1.02


    Weighted average common shares outstanding

19,305



19,138



19,269



19,108


 

 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 (unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)






June 30,
 2018


September 30,
 2017

 ASSETS




 Current assets




    Cash and cash equivalents

$

66,403



$

108,733


    Accounts receivable, net

111,894



123,994


    Unbilled accounts receivable, net

64,108



76,914


    Inventories, net

142,431



127,728


    Other current assets

27,296



19,880


    Total current assets

412,132



457,249






 Property and equipment, net

94,341



99,930


 Goodwill

369,815



369,762


 Intangible assets, net

247,076



255,079


 Other long-term assets

6,544



7,672


 Total assets

$

1,129,908



$

1,189,692






 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








 Current liabilities




    Current maturities of long-term debt, net

$

48,913



$

39,095


    Accounts payable

47,400



47,515


    Advance payments from customers

78,702



76,712


    Other accrued liabilities

71,425



84,067


    Total current liabilities

246,440



247,389






 Long-term debt, less current maturities, net

342,419



418,544


 Other long-term liabilities

68,499



94,982


 Total liabilities

657,358



760,915






 Shareholders' equity




    Common stock, $0.25 par; 64,000 shares authorized: 17,844 and 17,760 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively

4,461



4,440


    Additional paid-in capital

169,339



163,632


    Retained earnings

295,825



261,258


    Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

2,925



(553)


    Total shareholders' equity

472,550



428,777


 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,129,908



$

1,189,692


 

Exhibit A

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Segment Financial Information

(unaudited - in thousands)














Three Months Ended




June 30,
 2018


July 1,
 2017


% Variance

Test Segment






Revenue

$

116,055



$

124,359



(7)

%

Cost of sales

79,475



83,240



(5)

%

Gross profit

36,580



41,119



(11)

%

  Gross margin

31.5

%


33.1

%









Operating expenses

32,707



32,410



1

%







Income from operations

$

3,873



$

8,709



(56)

%







Sensors Segment






Revenue

$

79,000



$

69,405



14

%

Cost of sales

39,289



34,968



12

%

Gross profit

39,711



34,437



15

%

  Gross margin

50.3

%


49.6

%









Operating expenses

27,313



26,529



3

%







Income from operations

$

12,398



$

7,908



57

%







Intersegment Eliminations






Revenue

$

(387)



$




Cost of sales

(380)






Gross profit

(7)












Income (loss) from operations

$

(7)



$










Total Company






Revenue

$

194,668



$

193,764



%

Cost of sales

118,384



118,208



%

Gross profit

76,284



75,556



1

%

  Gross margin

39.2

%


39.0

%









Operating expenses

60,020



58,939



2

%







Income from operations

$

16,264



$

16,617



(2)

%

 

Exhibit B

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Restructuring, Acquisition Integration

Acquisition Inventory Fair Value Adjustment, China Investigation and Acquisition-Related Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)


















Three Months Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

10,045


$

1,066


$

8,979



$

7,983


$

(2,627)


$

10,610


Restructuring expenses 1

735


186


549



92


32


60


Acquisition integration expenses2





577


167


410


Acquisition inventory fair value adjustment1





251


73


178


China investigation expenses2





245


66


179


Acquisition-related expenses2






814


(814)


Adjusted net income 3

$

10,780


$

1,252


$

9,528



$

9,148


$

(1,475)


$

10,623










Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



19,305





19,138










Diluted earnings per share

$

0.52


$

0.05


$

0.47



$

0.42


$

(0.13)


$

0.55


Impact of restructuring expenses

0.04


0.02


0.02



0.01



0.01


Impact of acquisition integration expenses





0.03


0.01


0.02


Impact of acquisition inventory fair value adjustment





0.01



0.01


Impact of China investigation expenses





0.01



0.01


Impact of acquisition-related expenses






0.04


(0.04)


Adjusted diluted earnings per share3

$

0.56


$

0.07


$

0.49



$

0.48


$

(0.08)


$

0.56




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, China investigation and acquisition-related 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, China Investigation and Acquisition-Related Expenses

(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)


















Nine Months Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net


Pre-Tax

Tax

Net

Net income

$

29,691


$

(20,877)


$

50,568



$

18,824


$

(690)


$

19,514


Restructuring expenses 1

1,343


340


1,003



1,036


362


674


Acquisition integration expenses2





2,955


791


2,164


Acquisition inventory fair value adjustment2





7,975


2,066


5,909


China investigation expenses2





8,980


2,403


6,577


Acquisition-related expenses2






814


(814)


Adjusted net income 3

$

31,034


$

(20,537)


$

51,571



$

39,770


$

5,746


$

34,024










Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding



19,269





19,108










Diluted earnings per share

$

1.54


$

(1.08)


$

2.62



$

0.99


$

(0.03)


$

1.02


Impact of restructuring expenses

0.07


0.01


0.06



0.05


0.01


0.04


Impact of acquisition integration expenses





0.15


0.04


0.11


Impact of acquisition inventory fair value adjustment





0.42


0.11


0.31


Impact of China investigation expenses





0.47


0.13


0.34


Impact of acquisition-related expenses






0.04


(0.04)


Adjusted diluted earnings per share 3

$

1.61


$

(1.07)


$

2.68



$

2.08


$

0.30


$

1.78




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, China investigation and acquisition-related 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


Nine Months Ended


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017


June 30, 2018


July 1, 2017

Net income

$

8,979



$

10,610



$

50,568



$

19,514


Income tax provision (benefit)

1,066



(2,627)



(20,877)



(690)


Interest expense, net

6,249



7,711



19,761



22,409


Depreciation and amortization

8,510



8,598



25,858



25,430


EBITDA1

24,804



24,292



75,310



66,663










Stock-based compensation

2,088



1,288



5,378



3,925


Restructuring expenses2

890



92



1,498



1,036


Acquisition integration expenses



577





2,955


Acquisition inventory fair value adjustment



251





7,975


China investigation expenses



245





8,980


Adjusted EBITDA1

$

27,782



$

26,745



$

82,186



$

91,534




1

Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.



2

Restructuring expenses were adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation forfeitures that are otherwise included in the stock-based compensation line.

 

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

$

62,500


$

65,000


Income tax provision (benefit)

(19,500)


(19,000)


Interest expense, net

25,500


26,500


Depreciation and amortization

34,500


35,500


EBITDA1

$

103,000


$

108,000





Stock-based compensation and restructuring expenses

9,000


10,000


Adjusted EBITDA1

$

112,000


$

118,000



1  Denotes non-GAAP financial measure.

 

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