Albany International's Q3 net income soars to US$16.7M from US$3.6M in year-ago period, sales up 9.5% to US$250.0M; results influenced by positive currency translations, increased revenue in all segments, decreased expenses

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire , November 3, 2011 (press release) – Third-Quarter Highlights

  • Net income per share was $0.53, including restructuring charges of $0.06, foreign currency revaluation gains of $0.14, and unfavorable income tax adjustments of $0.01.
  • Net income per share was $0.12 in the third quarter of 2010, including reductions for restructuring charges of $0.02, foreign currency revaluation losses of $0.16, and unfavorable income tax adjustments of $0.03. A gain on the sale of a building increased net income by $0.05 per share.
  • Net sales were $250.0 million, an increase of 9.5 percent compared to Q3 2010. Excluding the effects of changes in currency translation rates, net sales increased 5.1 percent.
  • EBITDA, excluding restructuring charges, foreign currency revaluation effects, and a gain on the sale of a building in 2010, was $43.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $33.7 million in the third quarter of 2010.
  • As announced last week, the Company agreed to sell Albany Door Systems to ASSA ABLOY AB for $130 million. The transaction is subject to review by antitrust authorities; barring any unexpected difficulties, the sale is expected to close in Q1 2012.
Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported third-quarter 2011 net income of $16.7 million ($0.53 per share). Net income was decreased by restructuring charges of $2.7 million ($0.06 per share), and by unfavorable income tax adjustments of $0.3 million ($0.01 per share). Net income was increased by foreign currency revaluation gains, principally resulting from the weaker euro, totaling $6.5 million ($0.14 per share).

For the third quarter of 2010, net income was $3.6 million ($0.12 per share), and included restructuring charges of $0.8 million ($0.02 per share), foreign currency revaluation losses of $7.6 million ($0.16 per share), a gain on the sale of a building of $2.5 million ($0.05 per share), and unfavorable income tax adjustments of $1.1 million ($0.03 per share). See non-GAAP disclosures for earnings-per-share effects in Tables 6 and 7 below.

Net sales for Q3 2011 were $250.0 million, an increase of 9.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2010. Excluding the effects of changes in currency translation rates, net sales increased 5.1 percent as shown below.

Table 1

                             
                        Impact of    

Percent

      Net Sales           Changes    

Change

      Three Months ended           in Currency    

excluding

      September 30,     Percent     Translation    

Currency

(in thousands)      

2011

     

2010

    Change     Rates    

Rate Effect

Paper Machine Clothing (PMC)     $ 168,067     $ 157,469     6.7 %     $ 6,252     2.8 %
Albany Door Systems (ADS)       43,276       36,247     19.4         3,257     10.4  
Engineered Fabrics (EF)       20,267       18,500     9.6         353     7.6  
Engineered Composites (AEC)       11,918       10,585     12.6         -     12.6  
PrimaLoft® Products       6,484       5,613     15.5         191     12.1  
Total     $ 250,012     $ 228,414     9.5 %     $ 10,053     5.1 %


Gross profit was 38.3 percent of net sales in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 37.9 percent in the same period of 2010. Q3 2010 gross profit was negatively affected by equipment relocation costs associated with restructuring activities of $1.7 million.

Selling, technical, general, and research (STG&R) expenses were $62.5 million, or 25.0 percent of net sales, in the third quarter of 2011. STG&R expenses included gains of $5.8 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities. Incentive compensation linked to the value of the Company's common stock was $0.1 million for Q3 2011, including a reduction of $1.5 million that resulted from a share price decrease during the quarter.

In the third quarter of 2010, STG&R expenses were $67.5 million, or 29.6 percent of net sales, including losses of $2.8 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities. STG&R also included a gain of $2.5 million related to the sale of a former manufacturing facility. Incentive compensation linked to the value of the Company's common stock was $2.0 million for Q3 2010, including an increase of $0.7 million that resulted from a share price increase during the quarter.

As shown in Table 2, operating income was $30.5 million in the third quarter of 2011, compared to $18.2 million for the same period of 2010. Q3 2011 operating income was reduced by $2.7 million for restructuring charges and increased by $5.8 million for currency revaluation gains. Q3 2010 operating income was reduced by $0.8 million for restructuring charges and by $2.8 million for currency revaluation gains, while a gain on the sale of a building increased operating income by $2.5 million (see Tables 3 and 4).

Table 2

   

 

 

Operating Income/(loss)

   

Three Months ended

    September 30,

(in thousands)

   

2011

     

2010

 
Paper Machine Clothing*   $ 47,312     $ 40,184  
Albany Door Systems     3,674       2,490  
Engineered Fabrics     1,555       1,123  
Engineered Composites     (1,434 )     (2,637 )
PrimaLoft® Products     1,234       1,264  
Research expenses     (6,400 )     (6,330 )
Unallocated expenses**     (15,413 )     (17,942 )
Total   $ 30,528     $ 18,152


Third-quarter segment operating income included the following U.S. GAAP restructuring charges:

Table 3

   
    Restructuring charges
    Three Months ended

 

  September 30,

(in thousands)

   

2011

   

2010

 
Paper Machine Clothing   $ 440   $ 216  
Albany Door Systems     14     (249 )
Engineered Fabrics     2,170     405  
Engineered Composites     -     453  
Unallocated expenses     81     17  
Total   $ 2,705   $ 842  


Restructuring charges in Q3 2011 were primarily due to organizational changes associated with the integration of PMC and Engineered Fabrics.

Q3 2011 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $0.4 million, including a gain of $0.6 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency intercompany balances. Other income/expense, net, in Q3 2010 was expense of $5.9 million, including expense of $4.8 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency intercompany balances.

Interest expense, net, was $4.4 million in Q3 2011 compared to $4.8 million in Q3 2010. The decrease was primarily due to $30 million of lower average debt in 2011.

The Company's effective income tax rate, exclusive of income tax adjustments, was 34.0 percent for the third quarter of 2011. Q3 2011 income tax expense was increased by $0.3 million, principally resulting from an increase in the estimated income tax rate. The income tax rate, exclusive of income tax adjustments, was 36.0 percent for Q3 2010. Q3 2010 income tax adjustments increased income tax expense $1.1 million, also principally resulting from an increase in the estimated income tax rate.

EBITDA in Q3 2011 was $46.8 million, including restructuring charges of $2.7 million and revaluation gains of $6.5 million (see Table 5). EBITDA in Q3 2010 was $27.7 million, including restructuring charges of $0.8 million, foreign currency revaluation losses of $7.6 million, and a gain on the sale of a building of $2.5 million.

The following table summarizes currency revaluation effects on certain financial metrics:

Table 4

 
  Income/(loss) attributable
  to currency revaluation
  Three Months ended

 

September 30,

(in thousands)

 

2011

2010

 
Operating income $ 5,827 ($2,844 )
Other income/expense, net   625 (4,800 )
EBITDA $ 6,452 ($7,644 )


Capital spending for equipment and software was $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2011, bringing the year-to-date total to $20.3 million. Depreciation and amortization for the quarter were $14.4 million and $2.3 million, respectively. For the full year 2011, we currently expect approximately $30 million of capital spending and $66 million of depreciation and amortization.

CEO Comments

President and CEO Joe Morone said, "Q3 2011 was particularly important for Albany International. Operating results were strong; internally we launched a major reorganization that over time, should lead to substantial synergies; and then in October 2011, we entered into an agreement to sell Albany Door Systems.

"As announced last week, we have agreed to sell Albany Door Systems to Assa Abloy for $130 million. The transaction is subject to review by antitrust authorities; barring any unexpected difficulties, the sale should close in Q1 2012. We intend to use the net proceeds to strengthen the balance sheet; we will have more detail about our approach to doing so after the transaction closes, most likely in our Q1 earnings release.

"During Q3, we announced internally our intention to merge Engineered Fabrics into Paper Machine Clothing. We will continue to report results separately for the rest of the year, by which time we expect these two groups to be fully integrated. The technical, manufacturing, and administrative synergies between EF and PMC are significant. We have already announced the planned closure of our EF corrugator-belt manufacturing operation in Albany, New York, and the shifting of production to our PMC dryer plant in Mexico. In September, we completed the transfer of our EF fiber cement-belt production to that same PMC plant in Mexico. And during the quarter we introduced several new EF products, each of which represents a direct application of technology developed for PMC to EF markets. We see significant opportunity for other synergies, the benefits of which should become apparent over the next two years.

"In addition to strengthening the balance sheet and creating the potential for synergies, the pending sale of ADS and merger of EF and PMC clarifies our corporate strategy and structure: Albany International will comprise two complementary core businesses—PMC and AEC. These two businesses draw on the same core advanced textiles and materials processing capabilities, and compete on the basis of proprietary, product-based advantage that is grounded in those core capabilities. As a result, technology and manufacturing advances in one tend to benefit the other. While not enjoying comparable synergies with PMC and AEC, PrimaLoft® Products is also based on expertise in textiles and materials processing, and also competes on the basis of product advantage. Together, PMC, AEC, and PrimaLoft® Products create a unique investment proposition: a technology-driven small-cap company that combines the potential cash generation of a value stock with the potential revenue generation of a growth stock.

"As for Q3 results, the strong performance was led by PMC. Excluding currency effects, PMC sales were roughly three percent ahead of the comparable period in 2010, driven by continuing stability in pricing and strong growth in China. Profitability, once again excluding currency effects (which were positive this quarter), rebounded from Q2 back to more typical levels. This business continues to perform well on all fronts, from cost containment to introduction of new products. The performance is especially strong in strategically important accounts and product segments.

"Excluding a charge for restructuring, Engineered Fabrics showed improvement against a soft Q3 2010. We anticipate a positive impact on profitability over the next several quarters, as we begin to capture synergies with PMC. The strong top-line performance of PrimaLoft® Products continued in Q3, driven once again by penetration into new markets in Europe coupled with new product development. Sales excluding currency effects were 12 percent ahead of last year, but income was only even with Q3 2010 due to customer mix and high freight cost. And once again, led by strength in Europe and continued momentum from the introduction of new products, ADS turned in a strong performance, with sales excluding currency effects 10 percent ahead of Q3 2010.

"AEC also performed well in Q3, with sales growing by 13 percent compared to both Q2 2011 and Q3 2010. EBITDA continued to hover around breakeven, as the business continues to focus on developing the LEAP engine and bringing its Boerne, Texas, operation to sustainable profitability, while awaiting the re-ramp of landing braces for the Boeing 787.

"Looking forward to Q4 and Q1 2012, we now see evidence of a return in PMC to traditional seasonal sales trends. Even though we expect that PMC will continue its outstanding competitive performance, we now think it is increasingly likely that this business will see a seasonal slowdown during the December holiday season unlike a year ago. Such a slowdown would likely affect sales in late Q4 and early Q1. The outlook beyond early Q1 depends in large measure on the rate of economic growth during the balance of 2012.

"Order patterns for PrimaLoft® Products and Engineered Fabrics suggest a continuation of recent top-line trends. As for AEC, continuing delays in the re-ramp of the 787 brace program make it less likely that we will achieve the sales run rate of $60 million per year by Q2 of 2012 that we had been anticipating. Nonetheless, we continue to expect strong sales growth over the next several quarters.

"By far the most important factor shaping AEC's near-, medium-, and long-term outlook is the LEAP engine program. The stronger-than-expected market for re-engined single-aisle aircraft is putting pressure on Airbus and Boeing to ramp up their A320Neo and 737Max production higher and sooner than they had anticipated, which is putting pressure on CFM to do the same for the LEAP engine. This in turn heightens the visibility of, and the pressure on, AEC. In response, AEC is accelerating hiring and organizational development, which coupled with the slower ramp-up of the brace program, is likely to delay by a few quarters improvement of earnings to a break-even level of operating income. This acceleration does not, however, alter our expectation that we will be able to fully capitalize AEC, while continuing to make all investment necessary to maintain our technology leadership in PMC and growth potential in PrimaLoft® Products, with annual capital spending over the next several years that is on average roughly equal to total amortization and depreciation.

"In sum, this was a particularly important quarter for Albany International, highlighted by good performance and an internal reorganization that creates the opportunity for substantial synergies, followed in October by a balance sheet-transforming transaction. We will have more to say about our plans to strengthen the balance sheet once the transaction closes."

CFO Comments

CFO and Treasurer John Cozzolino commented, "The Company continued to improve its balance sheet during Q3. While net debt, compared to the end of Q2, only declined $1 million to $260 million at the end of Q3, total debt declined about $28 million from $418 million at the end of Q2 to $390 million at the end of Q3 (see Table 8). The reduction in total debt was due to the Company's ability to repatriate cash from non-U.S. accounts in a tax-efficient manner. In addition, the Company contributed a total of $9 million to its defined benefit pension plans in the United States and Canada as part of a continuing effort to improve the funded status of these plans. An additional $5 million to $10 million may be contributed to these plans in Q4.

"The Company's leverage ratio, as defined in our primary debt agreements, declined from 2.16 at the end of Q2 to 1.77 at the end of Q3, triggering a 25-basis-point reduction in interest rates on our revolving credit agreement. Borrowing capacity and available cash both remained strong with over $130 million available on our $390 million bank credit agreement and with cash balances, mostly outside of the U.S., of $130 million at the end of Q3.

"In addition to the pension contributions, the other major factor that negatively affected cash flow was the $17 million increase, excluding currency effects, in accounts receivable, which was partially offset by the $4 million reduction in inventory. The increase in accounts receivable is largely due to strong sales at the end of the quarter. Despite the large increase in value, days sales outstanding in accounts receivable only increased one day to 60 days at the end of Q3, compared to 59 days at the end of Q2. Inventory performance improved during the quarter. As a percent of sales, inventory decreased from 18.8 percent at the end of Q2 to 17.5 percent at the end of Q3. We expect both accounts receivable and inventory performance to improve during Q4.

"Positive income effects from the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities were significant during Q3, with almost $6 million of gains recorded in operating income. The primary source of these gains was the revaluation of U.S. dollar trade receivables to the euro. This revaluation had little effect on cash flow as U.S. dollar receipts in Europe are held and used to fund U.S. dollar expenditures.

"The Company's Q3 effective income tax rate, exclusive of income tax adjustments, was 34.0 percent, which is based on our current estimate of the tax rate for the full year. Cash paid for income taxes during Q3 was about $6.1 million, including the effect of the utilization of net operating loss carry-forwards and other deferred tax assets and $2.0 million in discrete tax payments related to prior-year matters. Cash payments for taxes, exclusive of discrete tax amounts, are expected to be $15.0 million for the full year."

The Company plans a webcast to discuss third-quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. For access, go to www.albint.com.

Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company. Its core business is the world's leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to the production of paper and paperboard. Albany's family of growth businesses extends its advanced textiles and materials capabilities into a variety of other industries, most notably aerospace composites, nonwovens, building products, high-performance industrial doors, and high-performance insulation and yarn. Additional information about the Company and its businesses and products is available at www.albint.com.

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