|ESCO Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results|
- Q2 GAAP EPS $0.38 ($0.10 of Cost Reduction Charges) -
ST. LOUIS, May 8, 2018 - ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE) (ESCO, or the Company) today reported its operating results for the second quarter (Q2 2018) and six months year-to-date (YTD 2018) periods ended March 31, 2018.
The financial results presented include certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBIT, EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), Adjusted EBITDA (defined as EBITDA excluding certain defined charges) and Adjusted EPS. Any non-GAAP financial measures presented are reconciled to their respective GAAP equivalents.
Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in assessing the ongoing operational profitability of the Company's business segments, and therefore, allow shareholders better visibility into the Company's underlying operations. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" described below.
Q2 2018 GAAP EPS of $0.38 per share included $2.6 million, or $0.10 per share of cost reduction charges incurred in USG and Filtration as described in the Q1 2018 earnings release dated February 6, 2018.
Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS, excluding the $0.10 of charges noted above, was $0.48 per share and exceeded Management's Q2 2018 Adjusted EPS guidance of $0.38 to $0.43 per share, as every segment reported stronger than expected operating earnings.
Q2 2017 GAAP EPS of $0.43 per share included pretax purchase accounting charges of $1.0 million, or $0.02 per share. Excluding these charges, Q2 2017 Adjusted EPS was $0.45 per share.
Adjusted EBITDA was $28 million in Q2 2018, reflecting a 6 percent increase over Q2 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $26 million.
Chairman's Commentary - Q2 2018
Vic Richey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased with our results for the first half of the year. We started the year on a positive note as our Q1 operating results came in at the high end of our range, and the momentum continued in Q2 as we beat our Adjusted EPS expectations by $0.05 per share.
"We are also ahead of Plan on cash flow and entered orders and have grown our backlog by $40 million or 11 percent from the start of the year. This provides us with confidence that we will meet our expectations entering the second half of the year with our growth projected to be meaningfully higher than our first half.
"USG's recent acquisitions are on track and the integration has gone quite well. The Q2 cost reduction actions are complete and we should see the benefit of these actions over the balance of the year, which support my enthusiasm for USG's growth and enhanced margins. The consolidation of our sales channels, including our global rep and distributor network, has exceeded my expectations and we are seeing the positive sales impact across the entire segment platform.
"The clear highlight of Q2 was our earnings as we beat the top of our guidance range with all of our operating segments exceeding plan. This achievement was closely followed by the continued strength of our order activity and backlog.
"Our strong YTD 2018 cash flow and our second half cash expectations allow us to pay down debt while continuing our M&A activities without creating an unfavorable leverage situation. We will continue to balance our M&A actions with our debt levels and leverage ratios as we are committed to maintaining a prudent balance sheet.
"Our market positions and continued growth opportunities across the Company provide me with a favorable view of the future with our goal remaining unchanged - to increase long-term shareholder value."
The next quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid on July 19, 2018 to stockholders of record on July 5, 2018.
Business Outlook - 2018
With the significant level of M&A activity completed over the past 18 months, coupled with the positive earnings and cash flow impact of U.S. Tax Reform, Management will continue to emphasize Adjusted EBITDA as a supplement to net income, and Adjusted EPS as a supplement to GAAP EPS, as it believes these are relevant metrics to be considered for measuring ongoing operating performance as well as the Company's enterprise valuation.
Management continues to see meaningful sales and Adjusted EBITDA growth across each of the Company's business segments and anticipates strong growth over the remainder of 2018.
Management's current expectations for 2018 remain consistent with the details outlined in the Business Outlook presented in the Company's February 6, 2018 release.
To summarize, Management projects 2018 GAAP EPS in the range of $3.55 to $3.65 per share, and Adjusted EPS in the range of $2.65 to $2.75 per share, adjusting for the Q1 2018 incremental net tax benefits resulting from U.S. Tax Reform and the Q2 2018 cost reduction charges described above.
Management continues to expect the balance of 2018's revenues, operating results and EPS to be significantly higher than the reported first half results noted above.
Management expects Q3 2018 GAAP and Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $0.68 to $0.73 per share.
Chairman's Commentary - 2018
Mr. Richey continued, "Given the contributions from our acquisitions, coupled with anticipated organic growth from "legacy" operations, and supplemented by the favorable earnings and cash flow impact from U.S. Tax Reform, I continue to believe that 2018 will reflect solid sales, EBIT, EBITDA and EPS growth and position us well to meet or exceed our shareholder value-creation goals.
"Our management teams' focus on profitable growth, cash flow, and ROIC will remain steadfast as we believe these are the key drivers of continued and sustainable share price appreciation."
The Company will host a conference call today, May 8, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, to discuss the Company's Q2 2018 results. A live audio webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.escotechnologies.com. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days on the Company's website noted above or by phone (dial 1-855-859-2056 and enter the pass code 6564437).
Statements in this press release regarding the Company's expected quarterly, 2018 full year and beyond results, revenue and sales growth, EPS, Adjusted EPS, EPS growth, cash, EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, gross profit, interest expense, non-cash depreciation and amortization of intangibles, corporate costs, income tax expense, effective tax rates, cash generation, repatriation of foreign cash and the uses of such cash, the impacts of U.S. Tax Reform, margin expansion and savings resulting from cost reduction actions, the Company's ability to increase operating margins, realize financial goals and increase shareholder value, the success of acquisition efforts, the size, number and timing of future sales and growth opportunities, the long-term success of the Company, and any other statements which are not strictly historical are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws.
Investors are cautioned that such statements are only predictions and speak only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update them except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations. The Company's actual results in the future may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties that exist in the Company's operations and business environment including, but not limited to those described in Item 1A, "Risk Factors", of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, and the following: the success of the Company's competitors; weakening of economic conditions in served markets; changes in customer demands or customer insolvencies; competition; intellectual property rights; technical difficulties; delivery delays or defaults by customers; material changes in the costs and availability of certain raw materials; the appropriation, allocation and availability of Government funds; the termination for convenience of Government and other customer contracts; the timing and content of future contract awards or customer orders; performance issues with key customers, suppliers and subcontractors; labor disputes; the impacts of natural disasters on the Company's operations and those of the Company's customers and suppliers; changes in laws and regulations, including but not limited to changes in accounting standards and taxation requirements; legal and foreign tax requirements impacting the repatriation of cash in foreign locations; changes in interest rates; costs relating to environmental matters arising from current or former facilities; financial exposure in connection with Company guarantees of certain Aclara contracts; the availability of select acquisitions; uncertainty regarding the ultimate resolution of current disputes, claims, litigation or arbitration; and the success and integration of recently acquired businesses.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The financial measures EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are presented in this press release. The Company defines "EBIT" as earnings before interest and taxes, "EBITDA" as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, "Adjusted EBITDA" as EBITDA excluding certain defined charges, and "Adjusted EPS" as GAAP earnings per share (EPS) excluding the cost reduction charges described above which were $0.10 per share for Q2 2018.
EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are not recognized in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, Management believes that EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful in assessing the operational profitability of the Company's business segments because they exclude interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which are generally accounted for across the entire Company on a consolidated basis. EBIT is also one of the measures used by Management in determining resource allocations within the Company as well as incentive compensation. The Company believes that the presentation of EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS provides important supplemental information to investors by facilitating comparisons with other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results. The use of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to replace any measures of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.
ESCO, headquartered in St. Louis: Manufactures highly-engineered filtration and fluid control products for the aviation, space and process markets worldwide; is the industry leader in RF shielding and EMC test products; provides diagnostic instruments, software and services for the benefit of industrial power users and the electric utility and renewable energy industries; and, produces custom thermoformed packaging, pulp-based packaging, and specialty products for medical and commercial markets. Further information regarding ESCO and its subsidiaries is available on the Company's website at www.escotechnologies.com.
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