Kimball International, Inc. (KBAL) today announced first quarter fiscal year 2016 net sales of $156.6 million and income from continuing operations of $5.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. Adjusted income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $6.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, excluding charges related to a previously announced restructuring plan.
Bob Schneider, Chairman and CEO, stated, “Continuing to build on our improved results last year, we are off to a strong start in fiscal year 2016. Our sales continue on a positive trend and our operating income improvement was impressive this quarter, up well over 100%. Our businesses are improving and I am very pleased with market reaction to our new product offerings.”
Mr. Schneider continued, “I am also very proud of our employees who have worked diligently on the consolidation of our Post Falls, Idaho operation into our Indiana facilities. As a result of their efforts, we now estimate that consolidation activities will be complete by June 30, 2016, a full three months ahead of our previous estimate of September 30, 2016, which means we will begin to see the cost structure savings sooner. In addition to all of the governance and operational work this past year, we also have been working very hard on the remaining separation steps related to the spin-off of our Electronics Manufacturing Services segment that legally occurred on October 31, 2014. We successfully completed the physical separation in August, with Electronics’ relocation to their new headquarters building. The last separation event was our IT systems, which occurred on September 30th, also three months sooner than planned. Our team’s ability to execute in operations as well as all these projects is outstanding, and a source of pride for me and all our employees. It lays a great foundation that will enable us to reach our long-term profitability goals.”
- Net sales in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 increased 8% from the prior year first quarter, driven by increases in all vertical markets except the commercial vertical which was approximately flat. The majority of the sales increase was in the hospitality vertical which increased 34% over the prior year, driven by an increase in new hotel construction and renovations. The commercial, government, healthcare, education, and finance verticals increased in total 3% over prior year in part driven by marketing promotions and new product introductions tailored to specific verticals.
- Orders received during the fiscal year 2016 first quarter increased 2% over the prior year first quarter. Orders in the Hospitality vertical, which is historically volatile due to the existence or absence of large orders, declined 15% specifically due to the receipt of a couple of large orders last year. Orders for the remaining verticals in total were up 8%.
- First quarter gross profit as a percent of net sales approximated the prior year first quarter with a decrease of 0.1 of a percentage point.
- Selling and administrative expenses in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 declined as a percent of sales by 4.6 percentage points on leverage from higher sales coupled with lower costs, and decreased 7.7% in absolute dollars compared to the prior year. The lower selling and administrative expense was driven primarily by the completion of the spin-off which eliminated spin-off expenses in the current year, and the elimination of incentive pay related to executives who retired in conjunction with the spin-off.
- Pre-tax restructuring costs in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 totaled $1.2 million and were related to the Company's previously announced restructuring plan to consolidate its metal fabrication production from an operation located in Post Falls, Idaho, into existing production facilities in Indiana. The restructuring plan is now expected to be completed by June 30, 2016, ahead of the original schedule.
- The Company's 38.2% effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was lower than the prior year first quarter effective tax rate of 55.1%. The prior year first quarter effective tax rate was unfavorably impacted by nondeductible spin-off expenses.
- Operating cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was a positive cash flow of $6.3 million compared to a negative cash flow of $6.7 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The prior year figures include Kimball Electronics' operating cash flows, as cash management was centralized prior to the spin-off.
- The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance was $22.4 million at September 30, 2015, compared to June 30, 2015 cash and cash equivalents of $34.7 million. The decline was primarily driven by a $9.6 million expenditure for the repurchase of common stock during the first quarter and a $5.9 million expenditure for capital investments. The most significant capital investments were manufacturing equipment purchases related to the transition of metal fabrication production from the Idaho facility to production facilities in Indiana and other improvements to showrooms and manufacturing facilities.
Restructuring activities are now expected to be complete by June 30, 2016, which is three months ahead of the original estimate of September 30, 2016. Completing the restructuring actions ahead of schedule is expected to accelerate the related cost savings. Estimated savings resulting from the consolidation activities are expected to be approximately $5 million annually, with approximately $1.25 million occurring quarterly. Originally, the Company projected operating income as a percent of net sales to be in the range of 7% to 8% beginning in the quarter ending December 31, 2016. However, with the earlier completion date and the acceleration of quarterly savings, the Company now expects to reach the low end of the previously provided guidance of 7% to 8% operating income as a percent of net sales in the quarter ending September 2016 which is a quarter earlier than previously disclosed. By the following quarter ending December 2016, also in line with previously provided guidance, we project the following: net sales to range from $170 million to $180 million; operating income to range from $12 million to $14 million; effective tax rate to range from 35% to 38%; and earnings per diluted share to range from $0.20 to $0.24. At 8% operating income, return on capital of Kimball International would approach 20%, which is among the best in the office furniture industry. The Company's guidance is based upon assumptions concerning future market sales trends as well as general economic conditions with U.S. GDP growth in the range of 2.5 to 3%.