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Kewaunee Scientific Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2024

STATESVILLE, N.C., Dec. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Kewaunee Scientific Corporation (NASDAQ: KEQU) today announced results for its second quarter ended October 31, 2023.

Fiscal Year 2024 Second Quarter Results:

Sales during the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 were $50,436,000, a decrease of 7.6% compared to sales of $54,564,000 from the prior year's second quarter. Pre-tax earnings for the quarter were $4,845,000 compared to $456,000 for the prior year quarter. Net earnings were $2,732,000 compared to a net loss of $243,000 for the prior year quarter. EBITDA1 for the quarter was $5,662,000 compared to $1,252,000 for the prior year quarter. Diluted earnings per share was $0.93 compared to a diluted loss per share of ($0.09) in the prior year quarter.

The Company's order backlog was $146.3 million on October 31, 2023, as compared to $157.8 million on October 31, 2022, and $147.9 million on April 30, 2023.

Domestic Segment - Domestic sales for the quarter were $34,185,000, a decrease of 10.0% from sales of $37,991,000 in the prior year quarter. The decrease in Domestic sales was predominantly due to the elimination of installation revenue related to the Company's decision to no longer sell directly to end users, which typically included installation services. Domestic segment net income was $3,054,000 compared to $491,000 in the prior year quarter. Domestic segment EBITDA was $5,230,000 compared to $1,088,000 for the prior year quarter. Domestic segment profitability improved versus the prior year quarter because of the strategic go-to-market decisions made in the previous year to stop selling direct, as well as improved manufacturing productivity and cost containment actions.

International Segment - International sales for the quarter were $16,251,000, a decrease of 1.9% from sales of $16,573,000 in the prior year quarter. International segment net income was $525,000 compared to $1,157,000 in the prior year quarter. International segment EBITDA was $1,635,000 compared to $1,668,000 for the prior year quarter. International segment sales and profitability remain strong as demand in the international markets served by the Company continue to remain robust.

Corporate Segment – Corporate segment pre-tax net loss was $1,243,000 for the quarter, as compared to a pre-tax net loss of $1,891,000 in the prior year period. Corporate segment EBITDA for the quarter was ($1,203,000) compared to corporate segment EBITDA of ($1,504,000) for the prior year quarter. The improved EBITDA was driven primarily by the net change in Corporate cost allocation methodology across our business segments.

Total cash on hand on October 31, 2023 was $21,711,000, as compared to $13,815,000 on April 30, 2023. The increase in cash was primarily from improved operating performance. Working capital was $52,144,000, as compared to $47,756,000 at the end of the second quarter last year and $47,867,000 on April 30, 2023. The Company had short-term debt of $5,855,000 as of October 31, 2023, as compared to $3,587,000 on April 30, 2023. Long-term debt was $28,826,000 on October 31, 2023, as compared to $29,007,000 on April 30, 2023. The Company's debt-to-equity ratio on October 31, 2023 was 0.99-to-1, as compared to 1.08-to-1 on April 30, 2023.

"Our financial performance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 was extremely strong," said Thomas D. Hull III, Kewaunee's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As discussed in previous quarterly releases, we are realizing the benefits from our strategic decision to stop selling direct which I announced in January 2022. Further, we continue to experience benefits from our focus on our continuous improvement and lean management programs, as well as the deployment of strategic capital across our domestic manufacturing facilities. I am extremely proud of our domestic Associates who continue to embrace a culture of operational excellence, delivering on our commitments to our customers."

"Kewaunee's international business remains strong as the team is focused on delivering a number of large, multi-year projects that were previously awarded. Further, the international team was awarded several sizable projects during the quarter, continuing to strengthen our backlog. I continue to be impressed by the vigilance with which our international team is executing its growth strategy, further solidifying Kewaunee as the turn-key laboratory solution provider of choice for our customers."

"In our first quarter 10-Q, we announced a stock repurchase program and we began re-purchasing stock in our second quarter. We plan to continue purchasing stock under this program in the third quarter as we believe this will provide value to our shareholders. Looking forward, our backlog remains strong, positioning us to continue our positive financial performance during the second half of fiscal year 2024."

EBITDA and Segment EBITDA Reconciliation



Quarter Ended October 31, 2022



Domestic



International



Corporate



Consolidated

Net Earnings (Loss)



$                     491



$                  1,157



$                (1,891)



$                   (243)

Add/(Less):

















Interest Expense





29



341



370

Interest Income





(152)



(1)



(153)

Income Taxes





570





570

Depreciation and Amortization



597



64



47



708

EBITDA



$                  1,088



$                  1,668



$                (1,504)



$                  1,252



















Quarter Ended October 31, 2023



Domestic



International



Corporate



Consolidated

Net Earnings (Loss)



$                  3,054



$                     525



$                   (847)



$                  2,732

Add/(Less):

















Interest Expense



323



35



14



372

Interest Income





(205)



(22)



(227)

Income Taxes



1,232



1,179



(396)



2,015

Depreciation and Amortization



621



101



48



770

EBITDA



$                  5,230



$                  1,635



$                (1,203)



$                  5,662



















Year to Date October 31, 2022



Domestic



International



Corporate



Consolidated

Net Earnings (Loss)



$                     589



$                  1,844



$                (3,423)



$                   (990)

Add/(Less):

















Interest Expense





60



694



754

Interest Income





(262)



(357)



(619)

Income Taxes





949





949

Depreciation and Amortization



1,210



128



95



1,433

EBITDA



$                  1,799



$                  2,719



$                (2,991)



$                  1,527



















Year to Date October 31, 2023



Domestic



International



Corporate



Consolidated

Net Earnings (Loss)



$                  5,765



$                     994



$                (1,553)



$                  5,206

Add/(Less):

















Interest Expense



703



71



28



802

Interest Income





(418)



(23)



(441)

Income Taxes



2,145



1,461



(694)



2,912

Depreciation and Amortization



1,195



197



96



1,488

EBITDA



$                  9,808



$                  2,305



$                (2,146)



$                  9,967

About Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and Segment EBITDA are calculated as net earnings (loss), less interest expense and interest income, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization. We believe EBITDA and Segment EBITDA allow management and investors to compare our performance to other companies on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation and amortization, which can vary significantly between companies depending upon many factors. EBITDA and Segment EBITDA are not calculations based upon generally accepted accounting principles, and the method for calculating EBITDA and Segment EBITDA can vary among companies. The amounts included in the EBITDA and Segment EBITDA calculations, however, are derived from amounts included in the historical consolidated statements of operations. EBITDA and Segment EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net earnings (loss) or operating earnings (loss) as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or as an alternative to operating cash flows as a measure of liquidity.

About Kewaunee Scientific

Founded in 1906, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation is a recognized global leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of laboratory, healthcare, and technical furniture products. The Company's products include steel and wood casework, fume hoods, adaptable modular systems, moveable workstations, stand-alone benches, biological safety cabinets, and epoxy resin work surfaces and sinks.

The Company's corporate headquarters are located in Statesville, North Carolina. Sales offices are located in the United States, India, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Three manufacturing facilities are located in Statesville serving the domestic and international markets, and one manufacturing facility is located in Bangalore, India serving the local, Asian, and African markets. Kewaunee Scientific's website is located at http://www.kewaunee.com

This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's future financial condition, results of operations, business operations and business prospects, are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "predict," "believe" and similar words, expressions and variations of these words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors that could significantly impact results or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to: competitive and general economic conditions, including disruptions from government mandates, both domestically and internationally, as well as supplier constraints and other supply disruptions; changes in customer demands; technological changes in our operations or in our industry; dependence on customers' required delivery schedules; risks related to fluctuations in the Company's operating results from quarter to quarter; risks related to international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations; changes in the legal and regulatory environment; changes in raw materials and commodity costs; acts of terrorism, war, governmental action, and natural disasters and other Force Majeure events. The cautionary statements made pursuant to the Reform Act herein and elsewhere by us should not be construed as exhaustive. We cannot always predict what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Over time, our actual results, performance, or achievements will likely differ from the anticipated results, performance or achievements that are expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, and such difference might be significant and harmful to our stockholders' interest. Many important factors that could cause such a difference are described under the caption "Risk Factors," in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2023, which you should review carefully, and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. These reports are available on our investor relations website at www.kewaunee.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. The Company assumes no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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1 EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the table below for a reconciliation of EBITDA and segment EBITDA to net earnings (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

($ and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)





Three Months Ended

October 31,



Six Months Ended 

October 31,



2023



2022



2023



2022

Net sales

$       50,436



$       54,564



$     100,275



$     104,687

Cost of products sold

36,968



45,863



74,893



89,790

Gross profit

13,468



8,701



25,382



14,897

Operating expenses

8,359



7,946



16,465



14,538

Operating profit

5,109



755



8,917



359

Pension expense

(40)



(8)



(81)



(35)

Other income, net

148



79



223



546

Interest expense

(372)



(370)



(802)



(754)

Profit before income taxes

4,845



456



8,257



116

Income tax expense

2,015



570



2,912



949

Net earnings (loss)

2,830



(114)



5,345



(833)

Less: Net earnings attributable to the non-controlling interest

98



129



139



157

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Kewaunee Scientific Corporation  

$          2,732



$           (243)



$          5,206



$           (990)

















Net earnings (loss) per share attributable to Kewaunee Scientific

Corporation stockholders















Basic

$            0.94



$          (0.09)



$            1.81



$          (0.35)

Diluted

$            0.93



$          (0.09)



$            1.79



$          (0.35)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding















Basic

2,903



2,830



2,882



2,819

Diluted

2,931



2,830



2,908



2,819

 

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

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