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Kadant Reports Results For Second Quarter 2011

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) reported revenues from continuing operations of $82.5 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $13.4 million, or 19 percent, compared to $69.1 million in the second quarter of 2010. Revenues in the second quarter of 2011 included a $4.6 million, or 7 percent, increase from foreign currency translation compared to the second quarter of 2010. Operating income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2011 was $10.5 million, or 12.7 percent of revenues, compared to $7.3 million, or 10.6 percent of revenues, in the second quarter of 2010. Net income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2011 was $7.3 million, or $.59 per diluted share, compared to $5.2 million, or $.42 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010.

“The second quarter was marked by strong performances in earnings per share, backlog, and adjusted EBITDA,” said Jonathan W. Painter, president and chief executive officer of Kadant. “Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $.59 in the second quarter of 2011, the second highest in our Company’s history. This compares to our guidance of $.54 to $.56. Our reported results included a loss of $.03 per share, representing the acquisition costs and the operating results of M-Clean Papertech acquired in May 2011, which was not included in our guidance. Also, our effective tax rate was slightly higher than we assumed in our guidance, and this had the effect of decreasing diluted EPS by $.02.

“The higher than expected quarterly EPS performance was due mainly to strong revenues and product gross margins. Revenues of $82.5 million exceeded our guidance, which was $78 to $80 million, and gross margins were 45.7 percent in the second quarter of 2011, with particularly noteworthy improvements over last year’s second quarter in our fluid-handling and fiber-based product businesses. Our adjusted EBITDA was $12.5 million in the second quarter of 2011, up 39 percent over last year’s second quarter, and represented 15.1 percent of revenues.

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