Home / Businesswire / Tennant Company Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

Tennant Company Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

Net sales of approximately $273 million in the first quarter

Organic sales rose 6.5 percent, as a result of growth in all
geographic regions

First quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.18; Adjusted
EPS excluding special items of $0.27

Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $25 million, or 9.2 percent of
sales, up 240 basis points

Company updates 2018 full year net sales, earnings and EBITDA
outlook

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tennant Company (“Tennant”) (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing,
manufacturing and marketing of solutions that help create a cleaner,
safer, healthier world, today reported net sales of $272.8 million and
net earnings of $3.3 million, or $0.18 per share, and adjusted net
earnings of $5.0 million, or $0.27 per share, for the quarter ended
March 31, 2018. The 2018 first quarter results reflected $2.3 million in
pre-tax charges, or $0.09 per share, related to non-operational special
items, including IPC acquisition integration costs. Additionally, the
2018 first quarter results included a pre-tax charge of $5.5 million, or
$0.22 per share, from amortization of the intangible assets related to
the IPC acquisition. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the first quarter were $25.2
million, or 9.2 percent of sales, compared to $13.0 million, or 6.8
percent of sales, in the year-ago quarter. (See the Supplemental
Non-GAAP Financial Table).

“We are very pleased with our strong start to the year and are well
positioned for additional momentum throughout the rest of 2018,” said
Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company's president and chief executive
officer. “In the first quarter, we made important, ongoing progress
against our growth and value-creation initiatives by improving
field-service utilization and manufacturing efficiencies, introducing
new products, developing strategic relationships to drive innovation,
and executing on our sales strategy across all of our geographies,
especially with our strategic accounts. We are confident in the platform
we are building to enhance both top- and bottom-line performance, as
well as the long-term success of the business.”

First-Quarter Operating Review
The
company's 2018 first quarter consolidated net sales of $272.8 million
increased approximately 42.8 percent over the same period last year.
This includes a 33.2 percent increase due to acquisitions, a foreign
currency benefit of 3.1 percent and a 6.5 percent increase in organic
sales. Organic growth during the period was driven by all regions,
particularly the Americas.

Geographically, sales in the Americas region improved 13.9 percent, up
8.2 percent organically, reflecting the impact of strategic accounts and
improved sales in the company’s service, parts and consumables business
in the North America region, as well as 11.4 percent organic growth in
the Latin American region from strong growth in Brazil. Sales in the
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region were up 166.9 percent, or
2.1 percent organically, reflecting solid growth in the France,
Netherlands and Iberian markets, as well as strategic accounts. Sales in
the Asia Pacific (APAC) region rose 42.5 percent, up 1.0 percent
organically, reflecting strong results in Australia.

Tennant's gross margin in the 2018 first quarter was 40.5 percent,
compared to 41.7 percent in the same period last year, reflecting the
negative mix of the IPC business of 66 basis points and a negative
impact of an inventory write-down of approximately 40 basis points.
Gross margin was also impacted by a higher mix of strategic accounts
sales, which were partially offset by improved operational performance
in both manufacturing and service. Throughout the first quarter, Tennant
made progress on productivity initiatives within its field service truck
operations and manufacturing operations, and the company remains
intently focused on gross margin expansion.

Research and development (R&D) expense for the 2018 first quarter
totaled $8.0 million, or 2.9 percent of sales, versus $8.4 million, or
4.4 percent of sales, a year ago. The lower-than-forecasted R&D expense
for the first quarter reflects the timing of anticipated project spend
in 2018, primarily related to the announcement of the company’s
strategic relationship with Brain Corp (“Brain”) to accelerate
development of Tennant’s autonomous floor cleaning technology. Tennant
remains committed to investing in a robust pipeline of new products and
technologies and expects 2018 R&D investments to be in line with the
previously disclosed range of 3.0 to 3.5 percent of sales.

Selling and administrative (S&A) expense in the 2018 first quarter was
$92.3 million, or 33.8 percent of sales, compared to $74.0 million, or
38.7 percent of sales, a year ago. The first quarters of 2018 and 2017
included non-operational costs of $2.3 million and $10.9 million,
respectively. Excluding these items, S&A expense as a percent of sales
was 33.0 percent in both 2018 and 2017. In addition, the first quarter
of 2018 included a non-cash amortization expense related to IPC of $5.5
million, or 2 percent of sales, which was not included in the prior
year. Tennant continues to leverage disciplined spending control with
investments in key growth initiatives. (See the Supplemental Non-GAAP
Financial Table.)

Tennant’s 2018 first quarter net earnings were $3.3 million, compared to
a net loss of $4.0 million in the 2017 first quarter. Excluding the
non-operational items, the 2018 first quarter net earnings were $5.0
million, compared to net earnings of $5.4 million in the 2017 first
quarter.

During the 2018 first quarter, Tennant generated cash flow from
operations of $5.5 million, compared to net cash used in operations of
$11.1 million in the 2017 first quarter. Cash on the balance sheet at
March 31, 2018, totaled $54.0 million versus $58.4 million at December
31, 2017. The company’s total debt was $376.0 million compared to $380.0
million at the end of 2017. During the 2018 first quarter, Tennant paid
$3.8 million in cash dividends to shareholders.

New Products and Technology
In
2018, Tennant Company plans to introduce new products and product
variants to help drive our vitality index above the stated goal of 30
percent. So far this year, the company:

  • Launched its newest family of automatic scrubbers: the Tennant T600
    Series. Each unit is designed with the latest in cleaning technology
    and innovation to deliver consistent, high-quality performance to
    exceed the needs of today’s facility managers and to deliver
    consistent results, reliable operation and quality assurance.
  • Announced its plans to launch its first autonomous floor care machine
    designed to operate in complex, real-world environments without direct
    operator control. Through the company’s newly forged relationship with
    Brain, an artificial intelligence (“A.I.”) company specializing in
    technology for autonomous robots, the autonomous Tennant T7 will
    seamlessly integrate Brain’s proprietary A.I. robotic technology
    software platform, BrainOS®, to deliver a cleaning solution
    designed to maximize productivity, increase efficiency and optimize
    safety. The first Tennant autonomous solution is expected to be
    available in North America on the T7 floor scrubber in late 2018 with
    further expansion into global markets and additional models to follow.

2018 Business Outlook
Killingstad
concluded, “We are confident that the structural and operational
improvements we made in 2017 are and will continue to drive strong
results in 2018, and we are pleased to increase our previously announced
2018 full year guidance ranges for sales, adjusted EPS and adjusted
EBITDA. The multiple initiatives we have in place to drive growth
underscore our optimism. As we look ahead, we remain committed to
maintaining our robust new product and technology pipeline and
accelerating our leadership in this area, successfully completing the
integration of IPC, building our global market coverage, improving
operating efficiency and strengthening our financial position to
generate significant returns for shareholders.”

Following strong momentum and 2018 first quarter results, along with
currency related tailwinds, Tennant is increasing the low and high end
of the previously announced 2018 full year guidance range for sales by
$10 million. The company anticipates net sales to be in the range of
$1.08 billion to $1.11 billion, up 7.6 percent to 10.7 percent compared
to the prior year and reflecting organic growth of 3.0 percent to 3.5
percent. Based on the anticipated higher level of sales, Tennant is
increasing its anticipated range for adjusted earnings per share by
$0.05 per share to a range of $1.85 to $2.05. This excludes $3.0 million
to $4.0 million of special items, including IPC acquisition costs. The
company expects the 2018 full year reported GAAP earnings to remain in
the range of $1.70 to $1.90 per share and is increasing the anticipated
adjusted EBITDA range by $2 million to a range of $113 million to $118
million.

Tennant's 2018 annual financial outlook includes the following
additional assumptions:

  • Reasonable growth in all regions, especially strategic accounts in
    North America;
  • Gross margin performance in the range of 41.0 percent to 42.0 percent;
  • R&D expense in the range of 3.0 percent to 3.5 percent of sales;
  • Capital expenditures in the range of $25 million to $30 million; and
  • An effective tax rate of approximately 24 percent.

Conference Call
Tennant will
host a conference call to discuss 2018 first quarter results today,
April 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time). The
conference call and accompanying slides will be available via webcast on
Tennant's investor website. To listen to the call live and view the
slide presentation, go to investors.tennantco.com
and click on the link at the bottom of the home page. A taped replay of
the conference call, with slides, will be available at investors.tennantco.com
until May 23, 2018.

Company Profile
Founded in
1870, Tennant Company (TNC), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is
a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that
empower customers to achieve quality cleaning performance, reduce their
environmental impact and help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world.
Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial,
commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other
sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and
coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. Tennant's
global field service network is the most extensive in the industry.
Tennant Company had sales of $1.0 billion in 2017 and has approximately
4,300 employees. Tennant has manufacturing operations throughout the
world; and sells products directly in 15 countries and through
distributors in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.tennantco.com
and www.ipcworldwide.com.
The Tennant Company logo and other trademarks designated with the symbol
“®” are trademarks of Tennant Company registered in the United States
and/or other countries.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain
statements contained in this document, as well as other written and oral
statements made by us from time to time, are considered “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act. These statements do not relate to strictly historical or
current facts and provide current expectations or forecasts of future
events. Any such expectations or forecasts of future events are subject
to a variety of factors. These include factors that affect all
businesses operating in a global market as well as matters specific to
us and the markets we serve. Particular risks and uncertainties
presently facing us include: our ability to effectively manage
organizational changes; our ability to attract, retain and develop key
personnel and create effective succession planning strategies; the
competition in our business; fluctuations in the cost, quality or
availability of raw materials and purchased components; our ability to
successfully upgrade and evolve our information technology systems; our
ability to develop and commercialize new innovative products and
services; our ability to integrate acquisitions, including IPC; our
ability to generate sufficient cash to satisfy our debt obligations;
geopolitical and economic uncertainty throughout the world; our ability
to successfully protect our information technology systems from cyber
security risks; the occurrence of a significant business interruption;
our ability to comply with laws and regulations; the potential
disruption of our business from actions of activist investors or others;
the relative strength of the U.S. dollar, which affects the cost of our
materials and products purchased and sold internationally; unforeseen
product liability claims or product quality issues; and our internal
control over financial reporting risks resulting from our acquisition of
IPC.

We caution that forward-looking statements must be considered carefully
and that actual results may differ in material ways due to risks and
uncertainties both known and unknown. Information about factors that
could materially affect our results can be found in our 2017 Form 10-K
or 2017 Form 10-Qs. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers
are urged to consider these factors in evaluating forward-looking
statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
forward-looking statements.

We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as required by law. Investors are advised to consult
any further disclosures by us in our filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission and in other written statements on related subjects.
It is not possible to anticipate or foresee all risk factors, and
investors should not consider any list of such factors to be an
exhaustive or complete list of all risks or uncertainties.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This
news release and the related conference call include presentation of
non-GAAP measures that include or exclude special items. Management
believes that the non-GAAP measures provide useful information to
investors regarding the company’s results of operations and financial
condition because they permit a more meaningful comparison and
understanding of Tennant Company’s operating performance for the
current, past or future periods. Management uses these non-GAAP measures
to monitor and evaluate ongoing operating results and trends, and to
gain an understanding of the comparative operating performance of the
company.

We believe that disclosing Selling and Administrative Expense – as
adjusted, Profit from Operations – as adjusted, Operating Margin – as
adjusted, Profit Before Income Taxes – as adjusted, Income Tax Expense –
as adjusted, Net Earnings Attributable to Tennant Company – as adjusted,
and Net Earnings Attributable to Tennant Company per Share – as adjusted
(collectively, the “Non-GAAP Measures”), excluding the impacts from
restructuring charge, acquisition costs, certain non-operational
professional services, and debt financing costs write-off, are useful to
investors as a measure of operating performance. We use these as one
measure to monitor and evaluate operating performance. The non-GAAP
measures are financial measures that do not reflect United States
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We calculate Selling
and Administrative Expense – as adjusted, Profit from Operations – as
adjusted, Operating Margin – as adjusted, and Profit Before Income Taxes
– as adjusted by adding back the pre-tax effect of the restructuring
charge, acquisition costs, and certain non-operational professional
services. We calculate Income Tax Expense – as adjusted by adding back
the tax effect of the restructuring charge, acquisition costs, certain
non-operational professional services and debt financing costs
write-off. We calculate Net Earnings Attributable to Tennant Company –
as adjusted by adding back the after-tax effect of the restructuring
charge, acquisition costs, certain non-operational professional
services, and debt financing costs write-off. We calculate Net Earnings
Attributable to Tennant Company per Share – as adjusted by adding back
the after-tax effect of the restructuring charge, acquisition costs,
certain non-operational professional services, debt financing costs
write-off 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 Margin, excluding the impact from
restructuring charge, acquisition costs, certain non-operational
professional services, and debt financing costs write-off (EBITDA – as
adjusted), is useful to investors as a measure of operating performance.
We use these measures to monitor and evaluate operating performance.
EBITDA – as adjusted and EBITDA Margin are financial measures that do
not reflect GAAP. We calculate EBITDA – as adjusted by adding back the
pre-tax effect of the restructuring charge, acquisition costs, certain
non-operating professional services, debt financing costs write-off
Interest Income, Interest Expense, Income Tax Expense, Depreciation
Expense and Amortization Expense to Net Earnings (Loss) – as Reported.
We calculate EBITDA Margin – as adjusted by dividing EBITDA – as
adjusted by Net Sales.

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 the Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Table to this earnings
release.

TENNANT COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS
OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except shares and per share data)

Three Months Ended

March 31
2018 2017
Net Sales $ 272,847 $ 191,059
Cost of Sales 162,210 111,323
Gross Profit 110,637 79,736
Gross Margin 40.5 % 41.7 %
Operating Expense:
Research and Development Expense 7,996 8,446
Selling and Administrative Expense 92,269 73,956
Total Operating Expense 100,265 82,402
Profit (Loss) from Operations 10,372 (2,666 )
Operating Margin 3.8 % (1.4 )%
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 749 84
Interest Expense (5,745 ) (794 )
Net Foreign Currency Transaction Losses (749 ) (1,197 )
Other (Expense) Income, Net (250 ) 32
Total Other Expense, Net (5,995 ) (1,875 )
Profit (Loss) Before Income Taxes 4,377 (4,541 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 1,077 (584 )
Net Earnings (Loss) Including Noncontrolling Interest 3,300 (3,957 )
Net Earnings Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest 26
Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Tennant Company $ 3,274 $ (3,957 )
Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Tennant Company per Share:
Basic $ 0.18 $ (0.22 )
Diluted $ 0.18 $ (0.22 )
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic 17,790,989 17,596,546
Diluted 18,245,359 17,596,546
Cash Dividends Declared per Common Share $ 0.21 $ 0.21

GEOGRAPHICAL NET SALES(1) (Unaudited)

(In thousands) Three Months Ended
March 31
2018 2017 %
Americas $ 162,638 $ 142,770 13.9
Europe, Middle East and Africa 88,816 33,276 166.9
Asia Pacific 21,393 15,013 42.5
Total $ 272,847 $ 191,059 42.8

(1) Net of intercompany sales.

TENNANT COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE
SHEETS (Unaudited)

(In thousands) March 31, December 31,
2018 2017
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 54,001 $ 58,398
Restricted Cash 645 653
Net Receivables 212,265 209,516
Inventories 140,290 127,694
Prepaid Expenses 21,537 19,351
Other Current Assets 5,942 7,503
Total Current Assets 434,680 423,115
Property, Plant and Equipment 387,130 382,768
Accumulated Depreciation (209,204 ) (202,750 )
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 177,926 180,018
Deferred Income Taxes 14,832 11,134
Goodwill 196,165 186,044
Intangible Assets, Net 172,297 172,347
Other Assets 20,002 21,319
Total Assets $ 1,015,902 $ 993,977
LIABILITIES AND TOTAL EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt $ 30,902 $ 30,883
Accounts Payable 102,702 96,082
Employee Compensation and Benefits 34,674 37,257
Income Taxes Payable 2,800 2,838
Other Current Liabilities 70,293 69,447
Total Current Liabilities 241,371 236,507
Long-Term Liabilities:
Long-Term Debt 342,420 345,956
Employee-Related Benefits 23,394 23,867
Deferred Income Taxes 53,412 53,225
Other Liabilities 47,934 35,948
Total Long-Term Liabilities 467,160 458,996
Total Liabilities 708,531 695,503
Equity:
Common Stock 6,717 6,705
Additional Paid-In Capital 18,295 15,089
Retained Earnings 297,717 297,032
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (17,244 ) (22,323 )
Total Tennant Company Shareholders’ Equity 305,485 296,503
Noncontrolling Interest 1,886 1,971
Total Equity 307,371 298,474
Total Liabilities and Total Equity $ 1,015,902 $ 993,977

TENNANT COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS
OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

(In thousands) Three Months Ended
March 31
2018 2017
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net Earnings (Loss) Including Noncontrolling Interest $ 3,300 $ (3,957 )
Adjustments to reconcile Net Earnings (Loss) to Net Cash Provided by
(Used in) Operating Activities:
Depreciation 7,708 4,493
Amortization of Intangible Assets 5,838 244
Amortization of Debt Issuance Costs 501
Deferred Income Taxes (3,151 ) (2,650 )
Share-Based Compensation Expense 2,748 2,573
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts and Returns 723 251
Other, Net 137 18
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities, Net of Assets Acquired:
Receivables, Net (359 ) 12,419
Inventories (10,787 ) (8,631 )
Accounts Payable 5,734 1,882
Employee Compensation and Benefits (3,403 ) (13,630 )
Other Current Liabilities (1,810 ) 1,699
Income Taxes (217 ) (1,513 )
Other Assets and Liabilities (1,423 ) (4,307 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities 5,539 (11,109 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchases of Property, Plant and Equipment (3,480 ) (4,673 )
Proceeds from Disposals of Property, Plant and Equipment 16 53
Proceeds from Principal Payments Received on Long-Term Note
Receivable
167
Issuance of Long-Term Note Receivable (1,500 )
Acquisition of Business, Net of Cash Acquired (304 )
Purchase of Intangible Asset (1,000 ) (2,500 )
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities (4,297 ) (8,924 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Debt 20,000
Payments of Long-Term Debt (4,037 ) (11,151 )
Change in Capital Lease Obligations 81
Proceeds from Issuances of Common Stock 794 1,655
Dividends Paid (3,758 ) (3,722 )
Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Financing Activities (6,920 ) 6,782
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash, Cash Equivalents and
Restricted Cash
1,273 330
Net Decrease in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash (4,405 ) (12,921 )
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period 59,051 58,550
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at End of Period $ 54,646 $ 45,629

TENNANT COMPANY
SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP FINANCIAL
TABLE

(In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended
March 31
2018 2017
Selling and Administrative Expense – as reported $ 92,269 $ 73,956
Selling and Administrative Expense as a percent of Net Sales – as
reported
33.8 % 38.7 %

Adjustments:

Restructuring Charge (8,018 )
Acquisition Costs (1,015 ) (2,874 )
Professional Services (1,244 )
Selling and Administrative Expense – as adjusted $ 90,010 $ 63,064
Selling and Administrative Expense as a percent of Net Sales – as
adjusted
33.0 % 33.0 %
Profit (Loss) from Operations – as reported $ 10,372 $ (2,666 )
Operating Margin – as reported 3.8 % (1.4 )%

Adjustments:

Restructuring Charge 8,018
Acquisition Costs 1,015 2,874
Professional Services 1,244
Profit from Operations – as adjusted $ 12,631 $ 8,226
Operating Margin – as adjusted 4.6 % 4.3 %
Profit (Loss) Before Income Taxes – as reported $ 4,377 $ (4,541 )

Adjustments:

Restructuring Charge 8,018
Acquisition Costs 1,015 2,874
Professional Services 1,244
Financing Costs 1,157
Profit Before Income Taxes – as adjusted $ 6,636 $ 7,508
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) – as reported $ 1,077 $ (584 )

Adjustments:

Restructuring Charge(1) 2,234
Acquisition Costs(1) 254
Professional Services(1) 305
Financing Costs(1) 433
Income Tax Expense – as adjusted $ 1,636 $ 2,083

(1) In determining the tax impact, we applied the
statutory rate in effect for each jurisdiction where expenses were
incurred and deductible for tax purposes.

Contacts

Tennant Company
Investor Contact:
Tom Paulson, 763-540-1204
Senior
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]
or
Media
Contact:
Kathryn Lovik, 763-540-1212
Global Communications
Director
[email protected]

Read full story here