ATLANTA, Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTLS), a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.  Highlights include:
  • Reported EPS of $0.05 and adjusted EPS of $0.30 reflecting improved margin and SG&A cost structure
  • Gross margin as a percent of sales of 29.3% increased 280 basis points sequentially from the second quarter 2017; all segments' gross margin as a percent of sales improved sequentially
  • Backlog of $390.6 million (excluding Hudson Products Corporation ("Hudson")) increased 6% sequentially from the second quarter 2017 and 14% from December 31, 2016
  • Completed Hudson acquisition which added $6.1 million of sales and 20% operating income margin to the Energy & Chemicals ("E&C") segment for the 10 day ownership period in the third quarter
  • Closed the VCT Vogel acquisition on August 31, 2017, expanding the Distribution & Storage ("D&S") service and repair footprint in Europe; VCT Vogel is expected to add approximately $4 million in annual revenue at anticipated gross margins of approximately 50%

Net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $1.5 million or $0.05 per diluted share.  Third quarter 2017 earnings would have been $0.30 per diluted share excluding $7.4 million of acquisition-related costs and $2.7 million of restructuring costs.  This compares with net income of $2.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017, or $0.21 per diluted share on a comparable adjusted basis.  Third quarter 2016 net income was $15.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted share.  The third quarter of 2016 net income included the benefit of the BioMedical insurance settlement of $16.0 million.

The Hudson acquisition closed on September 20, 2017 and contributed $6.1 million in sales and $1.2 million in operating income to Chart in September.  Hudson operating income included depreciation and amortization of $0.5 million in September.  Total sales for the third quarter of 2017 increased to $240.5 million from $238.2 million in the second quarter of the year, and $203.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.  Year over year revenue grew 18%, or 15% excluding Hudson and VCT Vogel sales. 

Market and order activity continues to increase year to date, with $258.0 million in orders received in the quarter, inclusive of $3.8 million of orders from Hudson in the ten day Chart ownership period.  This is our third consecutive quarter of sequential order growth for Chart.  E&C orders in both the third quarter and the second quarter of 2017 were above $60 million, and BioMedical orders were up 7.3% sequentially over the second quarter of 2017 driven by demand for oxygen concentrators.  Backlog excluding third quarter acquisitions increased to $390.6 million from $367.2 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.  We anticipate this sequential order trend will continue to increase through year end, with specific project orders expected in the E&C business and in D&S Asia related to LNG related product sales.  The past two quarters of D&S Asia orders were the highest order quarters in the past nine quarters.

Natural gas demand in both petrochemical and LNG export projects continued to show strength in the third quarter.  Specifically, activity related to equipment for cryogenic gas plant development has generated year-to-date orders of approximately $20 million for Chart brazed aluminum heat exchanger content and additional air cooled heat exchanger content.    

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $70.4 million, or 29.3% of sales, which was unfavorably impacted by $0.3 million of restructuring costs.  Gross profit included $2.2 million from Hudson.  Gross profit for the second quarter of 2017 was $63.2 million, or 26.5% of sales, inclusive of $2.0 million of restructuring costs.  The sequential increase in gross margin dollars and percent of sales was driven by each of the three segments beginning to see the benefits from restructuring actions taken.  E&C gross margin improved sequentially from 13.3% in the second quarter to 18.6% in the third quarter of 2017 inclusive of 260 basis points from Hudson.  The strength in gross margin was driven in part by the first full quarter of benefits from restructuring, and additional LNG front-end engineering design projects.   D&S third quarter gross margin as a percent of sales of 29.1% sequentially increased 340 basis points over the second quarter of 2017.  Continued improvement in D&S cost structure from reductions in force taken this year combined with D&S European operational improvements contributed to the sequential increase.  BioMedical third quarter gross margin as a percent of sales of 38.7% increased sequentially by 150 basis points, from 37.2% in the second quarter of 2017.  This reflects the reduced cost structure from the completion of the Buffalo, New York respiratory facility consolidation. 

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2016 was $69.6 million, or 34.1% of sales, which was favorably impacted by the BioMedical insurance recovery ($15.2 million impacted gross margin).

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $56.7 million, inclusive of $7.4 million of acquisition related costs, $2.4 million of restructuring costs, and $0.6 million of SG&A for Hudson.  SG&A for the second quarter of 2017 was $50.2 million, inclusive of $3.0 million of restructuring costs and $1.0 million of acquisition related costs.  Additionally, SG&A in the second quarter of 2017 included a $1.6 million benefit from the adjustment of a prior acquisition earnout.  Adjusting for these items, sequential SG&A is reduced 2% from the second quarter 2017.  SG&A is expected to continue to reduce on a normalized basis in the fourth quarter of 2017 and into 2018. 

"The Hudson and VCT Vogel acquisitions are strategic additions to our E&C and D&S segments, and we are pleased with the expanded aftermarket and service exposure that each brings, as well as the continued financial strength each has demonstrated," stated Bill Johnson, Chart's Chief Executive Officer and President.  "Additionally, the results of our focused restructuring efforts are beginning to be seen both in improved gross margin and reduced SG&A.  We expect continued sequential improvement in our SG&A cost structure, and incremental operating income improvement given our year to date order trends and current backlog levels."    

Cash and cash equivalents of $124.7 million at September 30, 2017 compares to $234.4 million at June 30, 2017.  The Hudson acquisition was funded with $160.0 million of cash on hand, and $300.0 million from our existing $450 million revolving credit facility, given the purchase of the Hudson cash as part of the deal consideration.  The VCT Vogel acquisition had an estimated purchase price of approximately $4 million, and was funded with cash on hand.  Included in our cash as of September 30, 2017 is $43 million of Hudson cash.  

SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Third quarter orders in E&C were $65.9 million, inclusive of $3.8 million from Hudson.  This is the second quarter in a row with E&C order levels above $60 million.  Prior to the second quarter of 2017, the last time E&C had order levels above $60 million was the third quarter of 2015.  The natural gas and petrochemical markets continue to be strong, and LNG FEED and engineering activities are picking up.  E&C segment sales of $46.6 million ($40.5 million excluding Hudson) were organically flat to the second quarter of 2017 and up 71% versus the third quarter of 2016 (excluding Hudson).  E&C gross margin of $8.7 million included $2.2 million from Hudson.  SG&A of $7.4 million includes $0.6 million of Hudson SG&A.  SG&A excluding Hudson is down both sequentially from the second quarter of 2017 by $0.6 million and from the third quarter of 2016 by $0.3 million.  SG&A reflects the completed cost reduction activities, and is expected to be sequentially lower in the fourth quarter excluding the impact of the Hudson acquisition.

D&S sales increased $1.8 million to $139.3 million compared to the second quarter of 2017, and $12.6 million compared to the third quarter of 2016.  U.S. Packaged Gas, China industrial gas trailers and vaporization stations drove the favorability compared to both the prior quarter and the prior year.  We anticipate the order and sales trend to continue to increase sequentially in the fourth quarter.  D&S SG&A of $18.6 million is up $1.7 million sequentially from the second quarter of 2017.  The second quarter of 2017 included a $1.6 million benefit from the adjustment of a prior acquisition earnout. 

Third quarter BioMedical sales of $54.7 million decreased from the second quarter sales of $60.7 million driven primarily by the Cryobiological strength in the second quarter returning to a normal level in the third quarter.  BioMedical gross profit margin of 38.7% in the quarter was an improvement over the second quarter's 37.2% gross margin as a percent of sales.  The sequential increase in gross margin from the second quarter of 2017 reflects the benefits in cost structure from the consolidation of the respiratory manufacturing in Buffalo, NY to Ball Ground, GA.

OUTLOOK

The following guidance includes the expected 2017 impact from the Hudson and VCT Vogel acquisitions.  Sales guidance is expected to be in the range of $940 million to $975 million.  Prior sales guidance was $875 million to $925 million, excluding Hudson and VCT Vogel.  We expect full year adjusted earnings per diluted share (non-GAAP) to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.90 per share, on approximately 31.3 million weighted average shares outstanding.  This excludes any restructuring costs and acquisition-related costs, and as such is a non-GAAP measure.  Adjusted earnings per diluted share (non-GAAP) guidance previously was $0.65 to $0.80.  We expect our capital expenditures for 2017 will remain in the previously communicated range of $35 million to $45 million, inclusive of Hudson and VCT Vogel.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company's plans, objectives, future orders, revenues, margins, earnings or performance, liquidity and cash flow, capital expenditures, business trends, and other information that is not historical in nature.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "projects," "forecasts," "outlook," "guidance," "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terminology.

Forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in other statements made by the Company are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed or implied by forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include those found in Item 1A (Risk Factors) in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC, which should be reviewed carefully, as well as risks and uncertainties related to the integration of the Hudson and VCT Vogel businesses with the Company's.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Chart is a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas, energy, and biomedical industries.  The majority of Chart's products are used throughout the liquid gas supply chain for purification, liquefaction, distribution, storage and end-use applications, a large portion of which are energy-related.  Chart has domestic operations located across the United States and an international presence in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.  For more information, visit: http://www.chartindustries.com.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

To supplement the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP in this news release, certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the SEC rules are used.  The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are of interest to investors and facilitate useful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's financial results, and this information is used by the Company in evaluating internal performance.  See the last page of this news release for a reconciliation of adjusted earnings per diluted share, a non-GAAP measure included in this release.

With respect to the Company's full year earnings outlook, the Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of the adjusted earnings per diluted share because certain items may have not yet occurred or are out of the Company's control and / or cannot be reasonably predicted.

CONFERENCE CALL

As previously announced, the Company will discuss its third quarter 2017 results on a conference call on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ET.  Participants may join the conference call by dialing (877) 312-9395 in the U.S. or (970) 315-0456 from outside the U.S.  Please log-in or dial-in at least five minutes prior to the start time.

A taped replay of the conference call will be archived on the Company's website, www.chartindustries.com, approximately one hour after the call concludes.  You may also listen to a recorded replay of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 outside the U.S. and entering Conference ID 93113662. The telephone replay will be available beginning 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 26, 2017 until 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, November 2, 2017.

For more information, click here:

http://ir.chartindustries.com/

Contact:

Jillian EvankoChief Financial Officer770-721-7739 jillian.evanko@chartindustries.com

 
 
CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) (Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
           
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016   June 30, 2017   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Sales   $ 240,531     $ 203,930     $ 238,213     $ 682,839     $ 644,782  
Cost of sales   170,129     134,307     174,998     493,562     435,507  
Gross profit   70,402     69,623     63,215     189,277     209,275  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (1) (2)   56,714     45,430     50,205     159,346     143,862  
Amortization expense   3,240     2,912     3,075     9,301     9,156  
Asset impairments       1,217             1,217  
Operating expenses   59,954     49,559     53,280     168,647     154,235  
Operating income (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)   10,448     20,064     9,935     20,630     55,040  
Other expenses:                    
Interest expense, net   4,828     4,291     3,839     13,045     12,556  
Financing costs amortization   321     321     321     963     963  
Foreign currency loss   1,286     4     240     1,790     117  
Other expenses, net   6,435     4,616     4,400     15,798     13,636  
Income before income taxes   4,013     15,448     5,535     4,832     41,404  
Income tax expense   1,907     1,764     2,203     2,346     12,829  
Net income   2,106     13,684     3,332     2,486     28,575  
Less: Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of taxes      596     (1,341 )   549     1,105     (2,952 )
Net income attributable to Chart Industries, Inc.   $ 1,510     $ 15,025     $ 2,783     $ 1,381     $ 31,527  
Net income attributable to Chart Industries, Inc. per common share:                    
Basic   $ 0.05     $ 0.49     $ 0.09     $ 0.04     $ 1.03  
Diluted   $ 0.05     $ 0.48     $ 0.09     $ 0.04     $ 1.02  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Basic   30,755     30,585     30,727     30,726     30,578  
Diluted   31,311     31,064     31,280     31,288     30,940  
                               

 
(1)       Includes acquisition-related expenses of $7,445 and $1,009 for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(2)   Includes acquisition-related expenses of $8,587 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
(3)   Includes depreciation expense of $6,938, $6,507, and $6,245 for the three months ended September 30, 2017, September 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(4)   Includes restructuring costs of $2,749, $305, and $5,042 for the three months ended September 30, 2017, September 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(5)   Includes depreciation expense of $19,358 and $19,449 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
(6)   Includes restructuring costs of $12,417 and $6,303 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 respectively.
     

CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in thousands)
         
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016   June 30, 2017   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities $ 20,424     $ 59,763     $ (4,087 )   $ 17,537     $ 146,592  
Investing Activities                  
Capital expenditures (6,650 )   (3,993 )   (8,371 )   (23,407 )   (13,411 )
Proceeds from sale of assets 185         740     925      
Government grants 131     443     131     407     1,055  
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (422,842 )           (446,004 )   (1,383 )
Net Cash Used In Investing Activities (429,176 )   (3,550 )   (7,500 )   (468,079 )   (13,739 )
Financing Activities                  
Borrowings on revolving credit facilities 300,000             302,176     3,820  
Repayments on revolving credit facilities     (2,245 )   (1,470 )   (5,097 )   (6,061 )
Borrowings on term loan                 13,167  
Repayments on term loan                 (1,508 )
Proceeds from exercise of options 196     9     829     1,057     26  
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation                 54  
Common stock repurchases (111 )   (15 )   (49 )   (1,954 )   (658 )
Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities 300,085     (2,251 )   (690 )   296,182     8,840  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 1,244     156     2,883     4,854     1,875  
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents (107,423 )   54,118     (9,394 )   (149,506 )   143,568  
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period 240,866     159,054     250,260     282,949     123,708  
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, RESTRICTED CASH, AND RESTRICTED      CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $ 133,443     $ 213,172     $ 240,866     $ 133,443     $ 267,276  
                                       

CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
           
    September 30,  2017   December 31,  2016
    (Unaudited)    
ASSETS        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 124,658     $ 281,959  
Accounts receivable, net                                   195,785     142,762  
Inventories, net   213,590     169,683  
Other current assets   88,168     58,573  
Property, plant, and equipment, net   293,145     251,049  
Goodwill   457,481     217,970  
Identifiable intangible assets, net   298,878     93,443  
Other assets   21,318     17,643  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 1,693,023     $ 1,233,082  
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current liabilities   $ 550,455     $ 261,534  
Long-term debt   304,012     233,711  
Other long-term liabilities   106,148     39,160  
Equity   732,408     698,677  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 1,693,023     $ 1,233,082  
                 

 
CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES OPERATING SEGMENTS (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in thousands)
         
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
    September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016   June 30, 2017   September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Sales                    
Energy & Chemicals   $ 46,588     $ 23,711     $ 40,018     $ 126,473     $ 122,865  
Distribution & Storage   139,281     126,646     137,518     390,057     363,743  
BioMedical   54,662     53,573     60,677     166,309     158,174  
Total   $ 240,531     $ 203,930     $ 238,213     $ 682,839     $ 644,782  
Gross Profit (1)                    
Energy & Chemicals   $ 8,682     $ 1,803     $ 5,327     $ 22,434     $ 39,147  
Distribution & Storage   40,542     33,429     35,327     106,417     96,074  
BioMedical   21,178     34,391     22,561     60,426     74,054  
Total   $ 70,402     $ 69,623     $ 63,215     $ 189,277     $ 209,275  
Gross Profit Margin                    
Energy & Chemicals   18.6 %   7.6 %   13.3 %   17.7 %   31.9 %
Distribution & Storage   29.1 %   26.4 %   25.7 %   27.3 %   26.4 %
BioMedical   38.7 %   64.2 %   37.2 %   36.3 %   46.8 %
Total   29.3 %   34.1 %   26.5 %   27.7 %   32.5 %
Operating Income (Loss) (1) (2) (3)                                                                       
Energy & Chemicals   $ 329     $ (5,736 )   $ (2,568 )   $ (2,420 )   $ 14,190  
Distribution & Storage   21,016     14,715     16,577     49,186     37,550  
BioMedical   9,539     20,916     9,848     24,387     38,120  
Corporate (4) (5)   (20,436 )   (9,831 )   (13,922 )   (50,523 )   (34,820 )
Total   $ 10,448     $ 20,064     $ 9,935     $ 20,630     $ 55,040  
Operating Margin (Loss)                    
Energy & Chemicals   0.7 %   (24.2 )%   (6.4 )%   (1.9 )%   11.5 %
Distribution & Storage   15.1 %   11.6 %   12.1 %   12.6 %   10.3 %
BioMedical   17.5 %   39.0 %   16.2 %   14.7 %   24.1 %
Total       4.3 %   9.8 %   4.2 %   3.0 %   8.5 %
                               

 
(1)       During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recovered for breaches of representations and warranties primarily related to warranty costs for certain product lines acquired in the 2012 acquisition of AirSep Corporation under the related representation and warranty insurance.  For the three months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment's cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A expenses by $859, net of associated legal fees.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment's cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A expenses by $376, net of associated legal fees recorded in the first nine months of 2016.
(2)   Includes restructuring costs of $2,749, $305, and $5,042 for the three months ended September 30, 2017, September 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(3)   Includes restructuring costs of $12,417 and $6,303 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 respectively.
(4)   Includes acquisition-related expenses of $7,445 and $1,009 for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and June 30, 2017, respectively.
(5)   Includes acquisition-related expenses of $8,587 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
     

 
CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES ORDERS AND BACKLOG (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in thousands)
                                 
    Three Months Ended
    September 30,  2017     September 30,  2016     June 30,  2017
Orders            
Energy & Chemicals (1)   $ 65,939     $ 27,889     $ 64,630  
Distribution & Storage   134,145     121,010     134,037  
BioMedical   57,870     52,347     53,924  
Total   $ 257,954     $ 201,246     $ 252,591  
                         

    As of
    September 30,  2017     September 30,  2016     June 30,  2017
Backlog            
Energy & Chemicals (2)                                      $ 234,605     $ 113,482     $ 122,749  
Distribution & Storage   222,966     246,197     224,993  
BioMedical       23,171     24,751     19,434  
Total   $ 480,742     $ 384,430     $ 367,176  
                         

 
(1)       E&C orders for the three months ended September 30, 2017 includes $3.8 million in orders related to Hudson.
(2)   E&C backlog as of September 30, 2017 includes $90.2 million related to Hudson and approximately $40 million related to the previously announced Magnolia LNG order.
     

 
CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME PER DILUTED SHARE TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER DILUTED SHARE (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
    Three Months Ended
    September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016 (1)   June 30, 2017
Net income per diluted share as reported (U.S. GAAP)   $ 0.05     $ 0.48     $ 0.09  
Asset impairments       0.04      
Acquisition-related costs   0.18         0.02  
Restructuring costs   0.07     0.01     0.10  
Adjusted net income per diluted share (non-GAAP)       $ 0.30     $ 0.53     $ 0.21  
                         

 
(1)       During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recovered for breaches of representations and warranties primarily related to warranty costs for certain product lines acquired in the 2012 acquisition of AirSep Corporation under the related representation and warranty insurance.  For the three months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment's cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A by $859, net of associated legal fees, representing $0.52 per share.
     

Adjusted net income per diluted share is not a measure of financial performance under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings per share in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Management believes that adjusted net income per share facilitates useful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's financial results and this information is used by the Company in evaluating internal performance.  Chart's calculation of this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to the calculations of similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

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