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ESCO Announces Fiscal 2018 Results

- GAAP EPS $3.54 Driven by Large Tax Benefit -
- Adjusted EPS $2.77 ($0.02 Above Guide Range / $0.07 Above Consensus / 25% Above 2017) -

ST. LOUIS, November 15, 2018 - ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE) (ESCO, or the Company) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter (Q4 2018) and fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 (2018).

The financial results presented include certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS, as defined within the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" described below. 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.

Earnings Summary - Full Year

2018 GAAP EPS of $3.54 per share reflects the favorable net impact of the December 2017 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (U.S. Tax Reform) which resulted in a tax benefit of $24.4 million, or $0.94 per share, partially offset by $4.8 million, or $0.17 per share of cost reduction / restructuring charges incurred throughout the year and described in previous releases. The net effect of these discrete items is $0.77 per share.

2018 Adjusted EPS, excluding the $0.77 per share noted above, was $2.77 per share and exceeded Management's Adjusted EPS guidance range of $2.65 to $2.75 per share, and was above the 2018 Adjusted EPS consensus estimate of $2.70 per share.

2017 GAAP EPS was $2.07 per share and Adjusted EPS was $2.22 per share, which excluded $6.1 million, or $0.15 per share of non-cash purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and the costs incurred to complete the 2017 acquisitions described in previous releases.

Adjusted EBITDA was $139 million in 2018, reflecting a 13 percent increase over 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $123 million.

Earnings Summary - Q4

Q4 2018 GAAP EPS was $1.09 per share and Adjusted EPS was $1.22 per share, excluding $0.13 per share of after-tax charges related to cost reduction / restructuring actions taken to reduce future operating costs, and the true-up of income tax expense resulting from the implementation of U.S. Tax Reform.

Q4 2017 GAAP EPS was $0.74 per share and Adjusted EPS was $0.79 per share, excluding $0.05 per share of non-cash purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and the costs incurred related to the 2017 acquisitions described previously.

Q4 2018 Adjusted EPS increased 54 percent over Q4 2017 Adjusted EPS as Filtration, USG and Test significantly increased their respective EBIT contributions year-over-year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $52 million in Q4 2018, reflecting a 21 percent increase over Q4 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $43 million.

Operating Highlights

  • Q4 2018 sales increased $24 million (12 percent) to $231 million compared to $207 million in Q4 2017;
  • On a segment basis, Q4 2018 Filtration sales exceeded expectations and increased $11 million (13 percent) from Q4 2017 as aerospace and navy sales increased significantly, partially offset by lower industrial/automotive sales at PTI as previously communicated. Test sales increased 16 percent driven by strong backlog conversion to sales, and Technical Packaging sales increased 5 percent. USG sales from Doble, Morgan Schaffer and Vanguard increased 14 percent in the aggregate, while NRG's sales to renewable energy customers decreased, resulting in USG's net sales increase of 7 percent;
  • SG&A expenses decreased $2 million in Q4 2018 compared to Q4 2017 due to the impact of the cost reduction actions taken throughout the year;
  • Entered orders were $188 million in Q4 2018 (book-to-bill of .81x) and $777 million for 2018 (book-to-bill of 1.01x) which resulted in an ending backlog of $383 million at September 30, 2018. The Q4 2018 book-to-bill ratio resulted from the strength of Q4 2018's record sales level;
  • Q4 2018 GAAP income tax rate was 25.8 percent which was consistent with Management's previous expectations of 26 percent. The GAAP effective tax rate of (4.7) percent in 2018 was significantly impacted by U.S. Tax Reform, and was modified when calculating Adjusted EPS as noted above;
  • 2018 net cash provided by operating activities was $93 million ($103 million excluding pension funding contributions intended to reduce the operating costs of the previously frozen plan) resulting in $190 million of net debt outstanding (total borrowings less cash on hand) at September 30, 2018, with a 1.7x leverage ratio. During Q4 2018, the Company repatriated a substantial portion of its foreign cash to pay down its outstanding debt and for general corporate purposes.

Chairman's Commentary - 2018

Vic Richey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "2018 was a successful year across several financial and operational metrics. I'm really pleased with our solid performance in Q4 which allowed us to wrap up 2018 in a strong fashion by meeting, or exceeding many of the goals we established at the start of the year. We set aggressive targets last November, and through the tremendous efforts of our entire team, coupled with our multi-segment strategy which allows us to diversify our risk across numerous end-markets, we achieved our stated objectives and delivered our earnings commitments. I'm proud to report that we delivered quarterly operating results that were at the high end, or exceeded, our 2018 earnings targets while delivering a record level of operating cash flow.

"Touching on a few highlights of our Q4 performance compared to Q4 2017: Filtration sales increased 13 percent resulting in a 26 percent EBIT margin compared to 22 percent; Test sales increased 16 percent on the strength of its backlog and delivered an impressive 17 percent EBIT margin, up from 16 percent; USG increased sales despite some softness in the renewable energy space, and with its favorable sales mix, delivered an Adjusted EBIT margin of 29 percent, up from 23 percent; and, Technical Packaging increased sales 5 percent and maintained an EBIT margin of approximately 12 percent in the comparable periods.

"We generated nearly $40 million of cash from operating activities during Q4 and $103 million for the year, when excluding pension funding contributions. This allowed us to significantly pay down debt and positions us well for future M&A spending.

"The inability to close on additional M&A transactions in 2018 was disappointing, but it was not for lack of effort or opportunity. Several deals where we were fully engaged, ended up trading for multiples well above our ROIC metrics. We currently have a robust M&A pipeline in both Filtration and USG and continue to work these opportunities, but we will remain prudent and committed to our disciplined approach of balancing ROIC and protecting our balance sheet.

"Our recent acquisitions, now fully integrated, are making meaningful contributions and we continue to see additional sales opportunities from rationalizing our distribution channels and maximizing our sales efficiency.

"Consistent with our previous restructuring actions announced at Doble, during Q4 we eliminated additional direct sales offices and related staff and expanded our use of lower cost rep and distributor sales channels. These cost reduction and margin enhancement opportunities should produce immediate and measureable savings in 2019, and we will continue this unrelenting diligence in identifying improved operating efficiencies across all of our platforms globally.

"As we enter 2019, we plan to build on the successes we achieved in 2018 and expect to benefit from our lower cost structure going forward. Our market positions and continued growth opportunities across the Company provide us with a favorable view of the future with our goal remaining unchanged - to increase long-term shareholder value."

Dividend Payment

The next quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid on January 18, 2019 to stockholders of record on January 3, 2019.

New Revenue Recognition Standard

On October 1, 2018, the Company formally adopted ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("New Revenue Recognition Standard") using the modified retrospective method. Operating results for reporting periods beginning after October 1, 2018 will be presented under the New Revenue Recognition Standard, while the results from prior periods will not be adjusted and will continue to be presented using our historic accounting method.

Adoption of the New Revenue Recognition Standard will primarily affect the Filtration segment (VACCO, in particular) and is estimated to negatively impact 2019 GAAP reported sales and EBIT by approximately $9 million and $2 million, respectively. These amounts will have no impact on 2019 cash flows.

Business Outlook - 2019

Management continues to see meaningful organic sales, Adjusted EBIT, and Adjusted EBITDA growth across each of the Company's business segments and anticipates growth rates in 2019 and beyond that will generally exceed the broader industrial market. The organic growth described below is expected to be enhanced by additional M&A contributions.
Management's focus on profitable growth, increased cash flow, an enhanced cost structure driving efficiency and creating competitive advantages, coupled with incremental ROIC, will be the key drivers of sustainable share price appreciation.

To enhance Doble's ROIC and further improve its operating efficiency, in October 2018, the Company sold Doble's headquarters building in Watertown Massachusetts to a real estate developer for approximately $18 million in cash, and later in 2019, will consolidate its operations into one location in Marlborough Massachusetts where Doble has an existing administrative facility. The sale resulted in a pretax gain that will be recognized in Q1 2019. The net proceeds were used to further pay down debt, and the upcoming move will improve operational efficiency by having Doble's entire U.S. operations co-located in a single, lower cost, more modern facility. The gain (approximately $7 million, pretax) and the restructuring / move costs (approximately $1.5 million, pretax) will be excluded when calculating 2019 Adjusted EPS.

To reduce Technical Packaging's cost structure and increase its EBIT margins, the Company initiated a cost reduction action in Europe to close Plastique's headquarters in Tunbridge Wells, UK and consolidate its new product design and administrative functions into the remaining facilities in Nottingham, UK and Poznan, Poland. This move is expected to generate meaningful operating improvements and will enable Plastique to be more competitive in its various end-markets. The shut down and move costs (approximately $2 million, pretax) will be excluded when calculating 2019 Adjusted EPS.

Additionally, the Company will be moving VACCO's aircraft / aerospace business (approximately $8 million in annual revenue) from South El Monte California and consolidating it into PTI's aerospace facility in Oxnard California. This will enable PTI to maximize its aircraft / aerospace customer relationships and market expertise and utilize manufacturing floor space made available by the elimination of its automotive / industrial business during 2018, while allowing VACCO to concentrate on its growing navy / submarine and space business. These move costs (approximately $1 million) will also be excluded when calculating 2019 Adjusted EPS.

All of these actions are intended to improve operating efficiency, generate additional free cash flow, and enhance the Company's competitiveness across several end-markets, thereby, accelerating annual sales and earnings growth in the future.

Given these actions, Management's expectations for sales growth, Adjusted EBIT, Adjusted EBIT margins, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS for 2019 compared to 2018 are as follows:

  • Organic sales are expected to increase in 2019 in the mid-single digits on a consolidated basis, with Filtration and Technical Packaging growing 4 to 6 percent each, USG growing 5 to 7 percent (partially muted by slower growth in the renewable energy space at NRG) and Test growing 3 to 5 percent;
  • Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBITDA are expected to increase approximately 9 to 10 percent with Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted EBITDA margins increasing nearly a full point;
  • Interest expense is expected to be similar to 2018 despite the lower debt levels as the Company is projecting higher interest rates over the next 12 months;
  • Non-cash depreciation and amortization of intangibles is expected to increase approximately $3.7 million (or $0.11 per share after-tax) related to previous acquisitions and capital spending;
  • Income tax expense is expected to increase in 2019 as Management is projecting a 24 percent effective tax rate calculated on higher pretax earnings, compared to the 22 percent effective tax rate used in calculating 2018 Adjusted EPS. The 2 percent tax rate increase impacts 2019 Adjusted EPS by ($0.08) per share;
  • In summary, Management projects 2019 Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $2.95 to $3.05 per share reflecting meaningful organic sales and Adjusted EBITDA growth partially offset by the additional depreciation and amortization charges and incremental tax expense as noted above.

On a quarterly basis during and consistent with prior years, Management expects 2019 revenues and Adjusted EPS to be more back half weighted with the second half of the year being stronger than the first half.

Management expects Q1 2019 Adjusted EPS to be in the range of $0.40 to $0.45 per share. The timing of quarterly sales and earnings throughout the year, coupled with the discrete charges described above within the respective quarters will impact quarterly comparability.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, November 15, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, to discuss the Company's 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 2888246).

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the timing and amounts of the Company's expected quarterly, 2019 full year and beyond results, revenue and sales growth, EPS, Adjusted EPS, EPS growth, cash, EBIT, Adjusted EBIT, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, interest expense, income tax expense, effective tax rates, cash generation, the realization of operational efficiencies, and the costs and savings resulting from operational improvements and cost reduction actions, the Company's ability to increase operating margins, realize financial goals and increase shareholder value, the success of acquisition efforts, 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; 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 net impact of the items described above which were $0.77 per share in 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.

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)  
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
   
      Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2018
  Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2017
 
         
Net Sales   $ 231,086   207,005  
Cost and Expenses:      
  Cost of sales   143,486   129,769  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses 39,618   41,329  
  Amortization of intangible assets   4,713   4,790  
  Interest expense   2,284   1,826  
  Other expenses, net   2,663   (496)  
   Total costs and expenses   192,764   177,218  
         
Earnings before income taxes   38,322   29,787  
Income taxes   9,870   10,613  
         
   Net earnings $ 28,452   19,174  
         
         
   Diluted EPS:      
    GAAP EPS $ 1.09   0.74  
         
    Adjusted EPS $ 1.22 (1) 0.79 (2)
         
   Diluted average common shares O/S:   26,103   26,057  
         
(1) Q4 2018 Adjusted EPS excludes $0.13 per share of after-tax charges incurred related to the Q4 2018 restructuring actions and the true-up of tax expense recorded resulting from the implementation of U.S. Tax Reform.
         
(2) Q4 2017 Adjusted EPS excludes $0.05 per share of after-tax purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and acquisition costs incurred during the quarter.

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)  
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
   
      Year Ended
September 30,
2018
  Year Ended
September 30,
2017
 
         
Net Sales   $ 771,582   685,740  
Cost and Expenses:      
  Cost of sales   490,397   436,918  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses 162,431   148,433  
  Amortization of intangible assets   18,328   16,338  
  Interest expense   8,748   4,578  
  Other (income) expenses, net   3,655   (680)  
   Total costs and expenses   683,559   605,587  
         
Earnings before income taxes   88,023   80,153  
Income taxes   (4,113)   26,450  
         
   Net earnings $ 92,136   53,703  
         
         
   Diluted EPS:      
    GAAP EPS $ 3.54   2.07  
         
    Adjusted EPS $ 2.77 (1) 2.22 (2)
         
   Diluted average common shares O/S:   26,058   25,995  
         
(1) FY 2018 Adjusted EPS excludes $0.17 per share of after-tax charges incurred related to the 2018 restructuring actions, and excludes a ($.94) net tax benefit recorded resulting from the implementation of U.S. Tax Reform.
         
(2) FY 2017 Adjusted EPS excludes $0.15 per share of after-tax purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and acquisition costs incurred during 2017.

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Business Segment Information (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
     GAAP   As Adjusted
     Q4 2018   Q4 2017   Q4 2018   Q4 2017
Net  Sales         
  Filtration $ 91,274   80,640   91,274   80,640
  Test   59,523   51,115   59,523   51,115
  USG   56,013   52,183   56,013   52,183
  Technical Packaging   24,276   23,067   24,276   23,067
   Totals $ 231,086   207,005   231,086   207,005
           
EBIT         
  Filtration $ 23,615   17,905   23,961   17,905
  Test   10,029   8,404   10,029   8,404
  USG   15,364   11,010   16,399   12,196
  Technical Packaging   2,721   2,836   2,721   2,836
  Corporate   (11,123)   (8,542)   (10,252)   (7,911)
   Consolidated EBIT   40,606   31,613   42,858   33,430
   Less: Interest expense   (2,284)   (1,826)   (2,284)   (1,826)
   Less: Income tax expense (9,870)   (10,613)   (8,582)   (11,249)
   Net earnings $ 28,452   19,174   31,992   20,355
           
Note 1: Adjusted net earnings were $32.0 million in Q4 18 which excludes $0.13 per share of after-tax charges incurred related to the Q4 18 restructuring actions, and the true-up of tax expense recorded resulting from the implementation of U.S. Tax Reform.
           
Note 2: Adjusted net earnings were $20.4 million in Q4 17 which excludes $0.05 per share of after-tax purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and acquisition costs incurred during Q4 17.
           
EBITDA Reconciliation to Net earnings:            
        Q4 2018     Q4 2017
      Q4 2018   - As Adj   Q4 2017   - As Adj
Consolidated EBITDA $ 50,011   52,263   40,819   42,636
Less: Depr & Amort   (9,405)   (9,405)   (9,206)   (9,206)
Consolidated EBIT   40,606   42,858   31,613   33,430
Less: Interest expense   (2,284)   (2,284)   (1,826)   (1,826)
Plus (Less): Income Tax   (9,870)   (8,582)   (10,613)   (11,249)
Net earnings $ 28,452   31,992   19,174   20,355
                     

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Business Segment Information (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
     GAAP   As Adjusted
     FY 2018   FY 2017   FY 2018   FY 2017
Net  Sales         
  Filtration $ 286,805   279,510   286,805   279,510
  Test   182,892   160,853   182,892   160,853
  USG   213,953   162,469   213,953   162,469
  Technical Packaging   87,932   82,908   87,932   82,908
   Totals $ 771,582   685,740   771,582   685,740
           
EBIT         
  Filtration $ 58,670   52,201   59,464   54,137
  Test   23,826   19,481   23,826   19,481
  USG   43,169   36,596   46,121   38,477
  Technical Packaging   8,075   8,495   8,075   8,495
  Corporate   (36,969)   (32,042)   (35,875)   (29,775)
   Consolidated EBIT   96,771   84,731   101,611   90,815
   Less: Interest expense   (8,748)   (4,578)   (8,748)   (4,578)
   Less: Income tax expense   4,113   (26,450)   (20,665)   (28,579)
   Net earnings $ 92,136   53,703   72,198   57,658
            
Note 1: Adjusted net earnings were $72.2 million in FY 18 which excludes $0.17 per share of after-tax charges incurred related to the 2018 restructuring actions, and excludes a ($.94) net tax benefit recorded resulting from the implementation of U.S. Tax Reform.
           
Note 2: Adjusted net earnings were $57.7 million in FY 17 which excludes $0.15 per share of after-tax purchase accounting inventory step-up charges and acquisition costs incurred during 2017.
           
EBITDA Reconciliation to Net earnings:            
        FY 2018     FY 2017
      FY 2018   - As Adj   FY 2017   - As Adj
Consolidated EBITDA $ 134,526   139,366   116,960   123,044
Less: Depr & Amort   (37,755)   (37,755)   (32,229)   (32,229)
Consolidated EBIT   96,771   101,611   84,731   90,815
Less: Interest expense   (8,748)   (8,748)   (4,578)   (4,578)
Plus (Less): Income Tax   4,113   (20,665)   (26,450)   (28,579)
Net earnings $ 92,136   72,198   53,703   57,658
                     

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
     September 30,
2018
  September 30,
2017
       
Assets      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,477   45,516
  Accounts receivable, net   163,740   160,580
  Costs and estimated earnings on     
   long-term contracts   53,034   47,286
  Inventories   135,416   124,515
  Other current assets   13,356   14,895
   Total current assets   396,023   392,792
  Property, plant and equipment, net   134,954   132,748
  Intangible assets, net   345,353   351,134
  Goodwill   381,652   377,879
  Other assets   7,140   5,891
    $ 1,265,122   1,260,444
       
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity     
  Short-term borrowings and current $ 20,000   20,000
   maturities of long-term debt     
  Accounts payable   63,033   54,789
  Current portion of deferred revenue   29,568   28,583
  Other current liabilities   87,929   91,597
   Total current liabilities   200,530   194,969
  Deferred tax liabilities   64,794   86,378
  Other liabilities   40,388   52,179
  Long-term debt   200,000   255,000
  Shareholders' equity   759,410   671,918
    $ 1,265,122   1,260,444

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
    Year Ended
September 30,
2018
Cash flows from operating activities:   
  Net earnings $ 92,136
  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings   
  to net cash provided by operating activities:   
  Depreciation and amortization   37,755
  Stock compensation expense   5,218
  Changes in assets and liabilities   (11,833)
  Effect of deferred taxes   (21,584)
  Change in deferred revenue and costs, net   1,518
  Pension contributions   (9,951)
  Net cash provided by operating activities   93,259
   
Cash flows from investing activities:   
  Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired   (11,445)
  Capital expenditures   (20,589)
  Additions to capitalized software   (9,573)
  Net cash used by investing activities   (41,607)
   
Cash flows from financing activities:   
  Proceeds from long-term debt   55,000
  Principal payments on long-term debt   (110,000)
  Dividends paid   (8,278)
  Other   (3,078)
  Net cash used by financing activities   (66,356)
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (335)
   
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (15,039)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   45,516
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 30,477

  

  

ESCO TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Other Selected Financial Data (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Backlog And Entered Orders - Q4 FY 2018   Filtration   Test   USG   Technical
Packaging
  Total
  Beginning Backlog - 7/1/18 $ 226,731   135,626   45,616   17,545   425,518
  Entered Orders   68,770   46,247   51,124   22,198   188,339
  Sales    (91,274)   (59,523)   (56,013)   (24,276)   (231,086)
  Ending Backlog - 9/30/18 $ 204,227   122,350   40,727   15,467   382,771
             
             
             
Backlog And Entered Orders - FY 2018   Filtration   Test   USG   Technical
Packaging
  Total
  Beginning Backlog - 10/1/17 $ 203,120   114,792   35,581   23,614   377,107
  Entered Orders   287,912   190,450   219,099   79,785   777,246
  Sales    (286,805)   (182,892)   (213,953)   (87,932)   (771,582)
  Ending Backlog - 9/30/18 $ 204,227   122,350   40,727   15,467   382,771

  

SOURCE ESCO Technologies Inc.
Kate Lowrey, Director of Investor Relations, (314) 213-7277