Hardinge Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

ELMIRA, N.Y., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ:HDNG), a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions and accessories, reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Net sales ("sales") for the quarter were $67.2 million, down 12% from $76.8 million in the prior-year period.  Excluding the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation of $1.3 million, sales were down 11% from the prior year's third quarter.  Net loss was $1.4 million, or $(0.11) per diluted share.  Non-GAAP (1) adjusted net loss was $0.2 million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of $0.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

Richard L. Simons, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "While the sales in the quarter were disappointing, we are encouraged by the sequential growth of orders through the year in North America, particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries.  We also are realizing a growing pipeline of opportunity in China.  We believe our outlook in China is counter to general industrial trends in the region because our market leadership positions us to win more complex, systems-oriented projects.  While Europe is challenged currently, given our total backlog and current pipeline of prospects, we nonetheless expect we can achieve revenue slightly above $80 million in the fourth quarter."

(1) Management believes that the use of non-GAAP measures helps in the understanding of the Company's operating performance. See page 9 of this release for the reconciliation tables between reported amounts and non-GAAP measures discussed in this document.

Third Quarter Review
Quarterly Sales by Region ($ in thousands)
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015 June 30, 2016
Sales to Customers in   $ % of Total   $ Year-over-Year % Change   $ Sequential % Change
North America 24,780     37 % 24,661   —% 20,694     20 %
Europe 18,271     27 % 21,569     (15 )% 22,242     (18 )%
Asia 24,160     36 % 30,575     (21 )% 27,250     (11 )%
Total 67,211     76,805     (12 )% 70,186     (4 )%

____________________ Note:  Fluctuations in Hardinge's consolidated sales among geographic locations and industries can vary from quarter to quarter based on the timing and magnitude of orders and projects.  Hardinge does not believe that such quarter-to-quarter fluctuations are necessarily indicative of larger business trends.  Rather, the Company believes that such business trends can be discerned from the Company's performance during a longer period of time, such as a trailing twelve-month period.

Sales to North America were unchanged compared with the third quarter of 2015, despite weaker industrial conditions in 2016.  Sales to Asia were lower primarily due to the prior-year period benefiting from a $4.1 million multiple-machine sale to a customer supplying the consumer electronics industry in China.  Asia sales were also negatively impacted by $1.0 million in foreign currency exchange translation.  Sales to Europe, after excluding the $0.3 million negative impact from foreign exchange, decreased by 14%, reflecting the lower levels of grinding machine orders in late 2015 and early 2016.  Grinding machines have lead times of six to nine months.

Gross profit decreased $2.2 million, or 9%, compared with the prior-year period.  However, even on lower sales, gross profit as a percent of sales expanded 1.4 points to 34.4%.  Savings of $0.5 million, or 0.7 points, from the Company's restructuring program, other productivity efforts and favorable product mix contributed to gross margin expansion. 

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense increased $0.1 million over the prior-year period.  Third quarter 2016 SG&A included one-time expenses of $0.8 million related to a pension settlement charge and $0.3 million related to severance and the now-completed strategic review process.  The third quarter 2015 SG&A included a one-time expense of $0.3 million related to the strategic review process.  Excluding these items, SG&A was $18.9 million in the current-year period compared with $19.6 million in the prior-year period, a $0.7 million decrease.  Third quarter 2016 SG&A included a $0.4 million favorable impact from foreign currency translation and $0.3 million in savings from the restructuring program.

Research and development ("R&D") expense declined by $0.3 million compared with the 2015 third quarter.  The decrease was driven by $0.2 million in savings realized with the restructuring program.  As a percentage of sales, R&D was 4.9% in the current quarter, on lower sales, compared with 4.7% in the prior-year period.  R&D expenses are project focused and not related to sales levels in any given quarter.

In total, the restructuring program resulted in $1.0 million of savings during the third quarter.  From inception, the program has resulted in a total of $3.2 million in savings.  This restructuring, which is now essentially complete, will provide total annualized savings of approximately $4.5 million.  As of September 30, 2016, there were a total of $4.1 million of charges related to the restructuring program, with the expected total cost to be approximately $4.3 million.

Mr. Simons noted, "We believe that our efforts to reduce our cost structure with this restructuring program have proven successful and our team has done well in executing the plan.  We are identifying additional restructuring initiatives that will continue to reduce overhead, consolidate operations, generate cash and eliminate waste."

Loss from operations was $0.6 million in the third quarter.  Non-GAAP (1) adjusted income from operations was $0.7 million compared with $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Adjusted income from operations as a percent of sales was 0.9% in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 2.5% in the prior-year period.   

Quarterly Orders by Region ($ in thousands)
  Quarter Ended
  September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015 June 30, 2016
Orders from Customers in   $ % of Total   $ Year-over-Year % Change   $ Sequential % Change
North America 26,740     36 % 20,105     33 % 25,520     5 %
Europe 20,412     27 % 23,234     (12 )% 26,859     (24 )%
Asia 27,457     37 % 28,612     (4 )% 28,555     (4 )%
Total 74,609     71,951     4 % 80,934     (8 )%

Net orders ("orders") increased over the prior-year period as order flow in North America increased by 33%.  Third quarter orders were negatively impacted by $1.5 million of foreign currency translation.  At September 30, 2016, order backlog was $117.5 million, up $7.8 million, or 7%, from June 30, 2016.

First Nine Months of 2016 Review

Year-to-Date Sales by Region ($ in thousands)  
 
 
    Nine Months Ended    
  September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015  
Sales to Customers in   $ % of Total   $ Year-over-Year % Change  
North America 62,924     31 % 80,039     (21 )%  
Europe 64,355     31 % 66,553     (3 )%  
Asia 77,939     38 % 81,697     (5 )%  
Total 205,218     228,289     (10 )%  

After excluding $4.8 million of unfavorable foreign currency translation, sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were down 8% when compared with the prior-year period.  North America sales declined 21%, primarily the result of lower volume in our Metalcutting Machine Solutions segment reflecting the continued impact of the industrial economic slowdown on capital equipment decision making.  Excluding the $3.4 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, Asia sales decreased a slight 0.5% over the same period in 2015, even as the prior-year period benefited from $5.3 million of multiple-machine sales made to a key customer supplying the consumer electronics industry in China.  Sales to Europe were down 1% over the prior-year period, excluding the $1.4 million negative impact from foreign currency translation, as a result of lower levels of grinding machine order activity in late 2015 and early 2016.      

Gross profit decreased $4.7 million, or 6%, compared with the prior-year period.  As a percent of sales, gross margin expanded 1.3 points to 33.8%.  Compared with the prior-year period, the Company had $1.0 million, or 0.5 point, in savings from Company's restructuring program and a more favorable product mix, whereas gross profit in the 2015 period was negatively impacted by a $0.7 million, or 0.3 point, inventory adjustment. 

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense decreased $0.4 million from the first nine months of 2015.  Year-to-date 2016 SG&A included one-time expenses of $1.5 million associated with the Company's now-completed strategic review process and severance, as well as $0.8 million associated with the pension settlement.  Year-to-date 2015 SG&A included a one-time expense of $0.3 million related to the strategic review process.  Excluding these items, SG&A was $57.9 million compared with $60.3 million in the prior-year period, a $2.4 million decrease.  This decrease can be attributed to a $1.5 million favorable impact from foreign currency translation and $1.1 million in savings from the restructuring program, offset by $0.2 million in variable selling expense.

Research and development ("R&D") expense for the year-to-date period decreased by $0.8 million compared with the prior-year period, primarily as a result of the restructuring program providing $0.7 million of R&D savings in the first nine months of 2016.  As a percentage of sales, R&D was 4.8%, up slightly from 4.7% in the prior-year period, on lower sales.

Loss from operations for the period was $1.6 million.  Non-GAAP (1) adjusted income from operations was $1.3 million, or 0.6% of sales, compared with $3.6 million, or 1.6% of sales, in the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
Year-to-Date Orders by Region ($ in thousands)  
 
    Nine Months Ended    
  September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015  
Orders from Customers in   $ % of Total   $ Year-over-Year % Change  
North America 76,163     35 % 74,504     2 %  
Europe 64,400     29 % 76,613     (16 )%  
Asia 79,905     36 % 90,912     (12 )%  
Total 220,468     242,029     (9 )%  

Year-to-date orders decreased over the prior-year period and were negatively impacted by $5.3 million in foreign currency translation.  Last year's year to date period had the benefit of an unusually high first quarter order level.  Of note, sequentially orders have increased each quarter in North America.

Flexible Balance Sheet

At September 30, 2016, cash and cash equivalents decreased $9.8 million, to $22.9 million, from $32.8 million at December 31, 2015.  Total debt was $8.6 million, a $3.0 million decline from December 31, 2015.

Webcast and Conference Call

Hardinge will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:00 a.m. ET.  During the conference call and webcast, Richard L. Simons, President and CEO, and Douglas J. Malone, Vice President and CFO, will review the financial and operating results for the quarter, as well as the Company's strategy and outlook.  A question and answer session will follow the formal discussion.  Their review will be accompanied by a slide presentation which will be available on Hardinge's website at http://ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm.

The conference call can be accessed by calling (315) 625-6888.  The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at http://ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm.

A telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET the day of the call through Wednesday November 9, 2016.  To listen to the archived call, dial (404) 537-3406 and enter conference ID number 95302190.  Alternatively, the archive can be heard on the Company's website at http://ir.hardinge.com/events.cfm.  A transcript will also be posted to the website, once available.

About Hardinge

Hardinge is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions developed for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and of technologically advanced workholding accessories.  The Company's strategy is to leverage its global brand strength to further penetrate global market opportunities where customers will benefit from the technologically advanced, high quality, reliable products Hardinge produces.  With approximately two-thirds of its sales outside of North America, Hardinge serves the worldwide metal working market.  Hardinge's machine tool and accessory solutions can also be found in a broad base of industries to include aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology and transportation.

Hardinge applies its engineering design and manufacturing expertise in high performance machining centers, high-end cylindrical and jig grinding machines, SUPER-PRECISION ® and precision CNC lathes and technologically advanced workholding accessories.  Hardinge has manufacturing operations in China, France, Germany, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Company regularly posts information on its website: http://www.hardinge.com.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW.

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended  September 30,   Nine Months Ended  September 30,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
               
Sales $ 67,211     $ 76,805     $ 205,218     $ 228,289  
Cost of sales 44,060     51,435     135,770     154,103  
Gross profit 23,151     25,370     69,448     74,186  
Gross profit margin 34.4 %   33.0 %   33.8 %   32.5 %
               
Selling, general and administrative expenses 19,992     19,925     60,221     60,596  
Research & development 3,296     3,611     9,953     10,715  
Restructuring 182     877     608     877  
Other expense (income), net 321     201     249     276  
(Loss) income from operations (640 )   756     (1,583 )   1,722  
Operating margin (1.0 )%   1.0 %   (0.8 )%   0.8 %
               
Interest expense 142     161     427     472  
Interest income (56 )   (40 )   (192 )   (80 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (726 )   635     (1,818 )   1,330  
Income tax expense 657     962     666     1,479  
Net loss $ (1,383 )   $ (327 )   $ (2,484 )   $ (149 )
               
Per share data:              
               
Basic loss per share: $ (0.11 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.01 )
               
Diluted loss per share: $ (0.11 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.01 )
               
Cash dividends declared per share: $ 0.02     $ 0.02     $ 0.06     $ 0.06  
               
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Basic 12,835     12,793     12,815     12,770  
Weighted avg. shares outstanding: Diluted 12,835     12,793     12,815     12,770  

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
  September 30,  2016   December 31,  2015
  (Unaudited)    
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,943     $ 32,774  
Restricted cash 3,423     2,192  
Accounts receivable, net 47,205     56,945  
Inventories, net 120,350     110,232  
Other current assets 11,189     9,314  
Total current assets 205,110     211,457  
       
Property, plant and equipment, net 59,664     62,025  
Goodwill 6,612     6,620  
Other intangible assets, net 27,402     28,018  
Other non-current assets 4,061     3,015  
Total non-current assets 97,739     99,678  
Total assets $ 302,849     $ 311,135  
       
Liabilities and shareholders' equity      
Accounts payable $ 24,278     $ 24,696  
Accrued expenses 25,592     27,964  
Customer deposits 18,122     19,845  
Accrued income taxes 1,780     1,919  
Deferred income taxes 2,567     2,164  
Current portion of long-term debt 4,777     5,621  
Total current liabilities 77,116     82,209  
       
Long-term debt 3,848     5,985  
Pension and postretirement liabilities 54,102     57,322  
Deferred income taxes 1,241     1,121  
Other liabilities 3,178     3,393  
Total non-current liabilities 62,369     67,821  
Commitments and contingencies      
Common stock ($0.01 par value, 20,000,000 authorized; 12,893,537 issued and  outstanding as of September 30, 2016, and 12,856,716 issued and 12,838,227 outstanding as of December 31, 2015) 129     128  
Additional paid-in capital 121,189     120,524  
Retained earnings 86,112     89,368  
Treasury shares (at cost, none as of September 30, 2016, and 18,489 as of   December 31, 2015)     (202 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (44,066 )   (48,713 )
Total shareholders' equity 163,364     161,105  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 302,849     $ 311,135  

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
 
  Nine Months Ended  September 30,
  2016   2015
  (Unaudited)
Operating activities      
Net loss $ (2,484 )   $ (149 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 6,095     6,831  
Debt issuance costs amortization 98     101  
Deferred income taxes (705 )   (284 )
Loss (gain) on sale of assets 23     (1 )
Unrealized foreign currency transaction loss (gain) 219     (4 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable 9,761     6,015  
Inventories (9,458 )   (8,688 )
Other assets (2,301 )   (1,432 )
Accounts payable (586 )   990  
Customer deposits (1,604 )   3,494  
Accrued expenses (3,338 )   2,161  
Accrued pension and postretirement liabilities (65 )   (13 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (4,345 )   9,021  
       
Investing activities      
Capital expenditures (1,543 )   (3,103 )
Proceeds from sales of assets 38     38  
Net cash used in investing activities (1,505 )   (3,065 )
       
Financing activities      
Proceeds from short-term notes payable to bank 35,974     24,937  
Repayments of short-term notes payable to bank (35,974 )   (24,937 )
Repayments of long-term debt (3,186 )   (3,245 )
Dividends paid (792 )   (781 )
Purchases of treasury stock     (201 )
Net cash used in financing activities (3,978 )   (4,227 )
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (3 )   513  
Net (decrease) increase in cash (9,831 )   2,242  
       
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 32,774     16,293  
       
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 22,943     $ 18,535  

Hardinge believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted loss from operations, adjusted net income, and adjusted earnings per diluted share is important for investors and other readers of Hardinge's financial statements, as they are used as an analytical indicator by Hardinge management to better understand its operating performance.

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations to Non-GAAP Adjusted Income from Operations
( in thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended  September 30, 2016   Three Months Ended  September 30, 2015
  Amount   % of Sales   Amount   % of Sales
               
(Loss) income from operations as reported $ (640 )   (1.0 )%   $ 756     1.0 %
Adjustments to reported (loss) income from operations:              
Restructuring charges 182     0.3 %   877     1.1 %
Professional fees for strategic review process 125     0.2 %   298     0.4 %
Pension settlement loss 765     1.1 %       %
Other adjustments 225     0.3 %       %
Non-GAAP income from operations as adjusted $ 657     0.9 %   $ 1,931     2.5 %
               

  Nine Months Ended  September 30, 2016   Nine Months Ended  September 30, 2015
  Amount   % of Sales   Amount   % of Sales
               
(Loss) income from operations as reported $ (1,583 )   (0.8 )%   $ 1,722     0.8 %
Adjustments to reported (loss) income from operations:              
Restructuring charges 608     0.3 %   877     0.4 %
Professional fees for strategic review process 1,228     0.6 %   342     0.1 %
Pension settlement loss 765     0.4 %       %
Inventory adjustment     %   679     0.3 %
Other adjustments 295     0.1 %       %
Non-GAAP income from operations as adjusted $ 1,313     0.6 %   $ 3,620     1.6 %
               

HARDINGE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income
( in thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended  September 30, 2016   Three Months Ended  September 30, 2015
  Amount   EPS   Amount   EPS
               
Net loss as reported $ (1,383 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (327 )   $ (0.03 )
Adjustments to reported net loss, pre-tax: (1)              
Restructuring charges 182     0.01     877     0.07  
Professional fees for strategic review process 125     0.01     298     0.02  
Pension settlement loss 625     0.05          
Other adjustments 225     0.02          
Non-GAAP net (loss) income as adjusted $ (226 )   $ (0.02 )   $ 848     $ 0.06  
               

  Nine Months Ended  September 30, 2016   Nine Months Ended  September 30, 2015
  Amount   EPS   Amount   EPS
               
Net loss as reported $ (2,484 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (149 )   $ (0.01 )
Adjustments to reported net loss, pre-tax: (1)              
Restructuring charges 608     0.05     877     0.07  
Professional fees for strategic review process 1,228     0.10     342     0.03  
Inventory adjustment         679     0.05  
Pension settlement loss 625     0.05          
Other adjustments 295     0.02          
Non-GAAP net income as adjusted $ 272     $ 0.03     $ 1,749     $ 0.14  
               

(1)   Items have no tax effect due to full tax valuation allowances in the related jurisdictions except for the pension settlement loss of $0.8 million in Switzerland which net after tax of 18.3% is $0.6 million.
For more information contact:Company:Douglas J. MaloneChief Financial OfficerPhone: (607) 378-4140Investor Relations:Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLCPhone: (716) 843-3908Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

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