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Donaldson Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Earnings

08 September, 2016

Full-Year 2016 GAAP EPS of $1.42

Full-Year 2016 Adjusted EPS of $1.52

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results. Fourth quarter 2016 net earnings increased 5.5 percent to $59.5 million from $56.4 million last year. For the full year, net earnings declined 8.3 percent to $190.8 million from $208.1 million in 2015.

Fiscal 2016 GAAP earnings per share (EPS)1 were 44 cents in fourth quarter and $1.42 for full-year. Excluding certain one-time items, fourth quarter 2016 adjusted EPS2 increased 2.2 percent to 46 cents from 45 cents last year. Full-year 2016 adjusted EPS declined 3.8 percent to $1.52 from $1.58 in 2015. The tables attached to this press release include a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures.

“Consistent with last quarter, both sales and operating margin improved sequentially as we saw more typical seasonality and continued benefits from our expense discipline,” said Tod Carpenter, president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased that we delivered full-year sales and operating margin in line with guidance. On the bottom line, higher-than-expected expense in ‘other income and expense’ resulted in earnings that were below our expectations.

“The markets presented significant challenges in the past year, and I am very proud of the dedication and resilience our employees have shown. As a company, we maintained an unwavering commitment to our customers while intensifying our focus on operational efficiency. Additionally, we made great progress on strengthening the company for future growth, including the implementation of our global ERP system, which we completed in August.

“Looking to fiscal 2017, we do not expect overall market conditions to improve meaningfully, so we will continue to press forward where we see opportunity. Across the world, we are actively pursuing growth of our replacement part sales while also remaining focused on winning new first-fit programs for future growth. Through these efforts, and supported by our operational discipline, we expect to translate a relatively flat sales environment into operating profit growth in fiscal 2017.”

 

1 All earnings per share figures refer to diluted earnings per share.

2 Adjusted earnings per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, exclude the impact of certain matters not related to the Company’s ongoing operations. See the “Accounting Considerations” section of this release for more information.

 

Sales Results

Donaldson generated fiscal 2016 sales of $593.8 million in fourth quarter and $2.22 billion for the full year, reflecting a year-over-year decline of 2.8 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively. Foreign currency translation negatively affected fourth quarter sales by $5.1 million and full-year 2016 sales by $74.2 million.

Excluding the impact from currency translation, fourth quarter sales declined 1.8 percent from 2015, reflecting a 4.4 percent decline in Industrial Products and sales of Engine Products that were comparable with last year. For the full year, constant-currency sales declined 3.2 percent, reflecting year-over-year declines in Engine Products and Industrial Products of 3.3 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. The table below illustrates year-over-year sales performance with and without the impact from foreign currency translation.


  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended


July 31, 2016
July 31, 2016



  Constant

  Constant


Reported
Currency
Reported
Currency


% Change
% Change
% Change
% Change

Engine Products segment:













Off-Road
(2.6 ) %
(2.5 ) %
(17.0 ) %
(14.3 ) %
On-Road
(12.3 )

(13.5 )

(8.1 )

(6.1 )
Aftermarket
2.5


3.3


(3.0 )

0.3

Aerospace and Defense
(7.2 )  
(7.2 )  
(7.6 )  
(6.1 )  
Total Engine Products
(0.5 ) %
--   %
(6.3 ) %
(3.3 ) %












 

Industrial Products segment:













Industrial Filtration Solutions
(2.5 ) %
(1.3 ) %
(2.1 ) %
1.5
%
Gas Turbine Systems
(21.1 )

(19.3 )

(20.0 )

(18.1 )
Special Applications
1.5    
5.6    
(5.7 )  
(0.6 )  
Total Industrial Products
(6.2 ) %
(4.4 ) %
(6.5 ) %
(3.1 ) %












 
Total Donaldson Company
(2.8 ) %
(1.8 ) %
(6.4 ) %
(3.2 ) %












 

Operating Profit Results

Fourth quarter 2016 operating margin was 15.2 percent, compared with 12.8 percent last year. Fourth quarter adjusted operating margin, which excludes certain one-time charges, increased from last year by approximately 1.8 percentage points to 15.8 percent, driven by year-over-year improvements in both gross margin and operating expense as a percent of sales (“expense rate”).

Fourth quarter 2016 gross margin rate increased approximately 2.1 percentage points to 35.2 percent from 33.1 percent in 2015. Lower restructuring charges contributed approximately 0.7 percentage points of the increase, while lower raw materials costs, higher fixed-cost absorption and a favorable mix of product sales within and across businesses also contributed to the year-over-year improvement.

The expense rate in fourth quarter 2016 declined to 20.1 percent from 20.3 percent last year. The improvement from last year reflects a benefit of approximately 0.4 percentage points from previously taken restructuring actions and disciplined expense control, partially offset by higher restructuring charges in fourth quarter 2016 than 2015.

Full-year 2016 operating margin increased to 12.3 percent from 12.2 percent in 2015, and the adjusted operating margin increased to 13.2 percent from 12.9 percent last year. The full-year improvement in operating margin reflects expense rate favorability, primarily driven by the Company’s efforts to control expenses, partially offset by a year-over-year decline in gross margin, reflective of lower fixed-cost absorption.

The Company realized net other expense of $2.7 million in fourth quarter 2016 and net other income of $3.9 million for the full year, compared with net other income of $3.8 million and $15.5 million, respectively, in the comparable periods of fiscal 2015. The fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results reflect a loss on foreign exchange, compared with a gain last year. Additionally, income from Donaldson’s joint venture partnerships was lower in fiscal 2016 than 2015, which contributed to the full-year decline in other income.

Interest expense was $4.9 million in fourth quarter and $20.7 million for full-year 2016, compared with $4.1 million and $15.2 million, respectively, in 2015. The year-over-year increase was driven by the Company’s decision to increase its debt level in recent fiscal years.

The effective income tax rate in fourth quarter 2016 increased 0.3 percentage points to 28.0 percent from 27.7 percent last year. The full-year 2016 effective income tax rate declined approximately 2.0 percentage points to 25.9 percent from 27.9 percent in 2015, driven primarily by favorable settlements of tax audits and the mix of earnings between tax jurisdictions.

Capital Returned to Shareholders

During fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 470 thousand shares of its common stock, or 0.3 percent, at an average price of $34.67 for a total investment of $16.3 million. In fiscal 2016, Donaldson invested $84.3 million to repurchase 2.5 million shares, or 1.9 percent, of its common stock at an average price of $33.18 per share.

On May 25, 2016, Donaldson’s Board of Directors approved a 2.9 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend. During fiscal 2016, Donaldson paid fourth quarter and full-year dividends of $23.3 million and $91.2 million, respectively.

Fiscal 2017 Outlook

Donaldson expects full-year 2017 GAAP and adjusted EPS between $1.50 and $1.66, compared with fiscal 2016 GAAP EPS of $1.42 and adjusted EPS of $1.52. The Company expects full-year sales in a range between a 2 percent decline and a 2 percent increase compared with 2016, and the impact on total sales from foreign currency translation is expected to be immaterial.

Compared with last year, Engine Products segment sales are expected in a range between a 2 percent decline and a 2 percent increase. Aftermarket sales are expected to increase while sales related to production of heavy-duty equipment, including off-road, on-road and commercial helicopters, are expected to continue to decline compared with last year.

Industrial Products segment sales are expected in a range between a 2 percent decline and a 2 percent increase from fiscal 2016. Growth of Industrial Filtration Solutions product sales, primarily driven by sales of replacement parts, is expected to be offset by year-over-year sales declines in the Gas Turbine Systems and Special Applications businesses.

Donaldson expects a full-year 2017 operating margin between 13.3 percent and 13.9 percent and an effective income tax rate between 26.7 percent and 28.7 percent. During fiscal 2017, the Company expects to repurchase between 2 percent and 3 percent of its outstanding shares.

Accounting Considerations

During the fiscal years 2016 and 2015, Donaldson implemented restructuring actions to align its cost structure with customer demand. In fiscal 2016, these activities resulted in pre-tax restructuring charges of $3.5 million in fourth quarter and $16.1 million for the full year, compared with fiscal 2015 restructuring charges of $7.2 million and $13.0 million, respectively.

During first quarter 2016, the Audit Committee of Donaldson’s Board of Directors engaged independent external counsel and independent forensic accountants to investigate revenue recognition issues in Donaldson’s European Gas Turbine Systems business. The investigation was completed in second quarter 2016 and resulted in pre-tax charges of $3.1 million.

Miscellaneous

The Company will webcast its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 earnings conference call today at 9:00 a.m. CDT. To listen to a live webcast of the call, visit the Events & Presentations section of Donaldson’s Investor Relations website (IR.Donaldson.com), and click on the “listen to webcast” option. The webcast replay will be available within the Events & Presentations section of the Company’s Investor Relations website beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. CDT today.

Statements in this release regarding future events and expectations, such as forecasts, plans, trends and projections relating to the Company’s business and financial performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are identified by words or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date such statements are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, world economic factors and the ongoing economic uncertainty, currency fluctuations, commodity prices, political factors, the Company’s international operations, highly competitive markets and governmental laws and regulations. These risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and interim financial reports on Form 10-Q. Donaldson undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The results presented herein are preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision until the Company files its results with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K.

About Donaldson Company

Founded in 1915, Donaldson Company (NYSE: DCI) is a global leader in the filtration industry with approximately 140 sales, manufacturing and distribution locations in 44 countries. Donaldson’s innovative filtration technologies improve people’s lives, enhance customers’ equipment performance and protect the environment. For more information, visit www.Donaldson.com.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS
(In millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 
 
 

 
 
 



Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended


July 31,

July 31,














 


2016
2015
Change

2016
2015
Change














 
Net sales
$593.8
$610.6

(2.8 ) %
$2,220.3

$2,371.2

(6.4 ) %














 
Cost of sales
384.5
408.3  
(5.8 )

1,465.5  
1,562.6  
(6.2 )














 
Gross profit
209.3
202.3

3.5


754.8

808.6

(6.7 )














 
Operating expenses
119.2
123.9  
(3.8 )

480.6  
520.3  
(7.6 )














 
Operating income
90.1
78.4

14.9


274.2

288.3

(4.9 )














 
Other (income) expense, net
2.7
(3.8 )
(171.1 )

(3.9 )
(15.5 )
(74.8 )














 
Interest expense
4.9
4.1  
19.5  

20.7  
15.2  
36.2  














 
Earnings before income taxes
82.5
78.1

5.6


257.4

288.6

(10.8 )














 
Income taxes
23.0
21.7  
6.0  

66.6  
80.5  
(17.3 )














 
Net earnings
$59.5
$56.4  
5.5   %
$190.8  
$208.1  
(8.3 ) %














 

Weighted average shares outstanding


133.9
136.2

(1.7 ) %
133.8

137.8

(2.9 ) %














 
Diluted shares outstanding
135.0
137.5

(1.8 ) %
134.8

139.4

(3.3 ) %














 
Net earnings per share
$0.44
$0.41

7.3
%
$1.43

$1.51

(5.3 ) %














 
Net earnings per share













assuming dilution
$0.44
$0.41

7.3
%
$1.42

$1.49

(4.7 ) %














 
Dividends paid per share
$0.175
$0.170




$0.685

$0.665




















 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 



July 31,
July 31,



2016
2015
ASSETS








 
Cash and cash equivalents
$ 243.2
$ 189.9
Short-term investments

-

27.5
Accounts receivable, net

452.4

460.0
Inventories, net

234.1

265.0
Prepaids and other current assets
  80.0
  88.3





 

Total current assets

1,009.7

1,030.7





 
Other assets and deferred taxes

309.1

308.2
Property, plant, and equipment, net
  469.8
  470.6





 

Total assets
$ 1,788.6
$ 1,809.5





 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








 
Trade accounts payable
$ 143.3
$ 179.2
Employee compensation and other liabilities

183.8

192.3
Short-term borrowings

165.5

187.3
Current maturity of long-term debt
  51.2
  1.8





 

Total current liabilities

543.8

560.6





 
Long-term debt

351.8

389.2
Other long-term liabilities
  121.6
  81.0





 

Total liabilities

1,017.2

1,030.8





 
Equity
  771.4
  778.7





 

Total liabilities & equity
$ 1,788.6
$ 1,809.5





 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

 
 


Twelve Months Ended


July 31,


2016
2015
OPERATING ACTIVITIES







 
Net earnings
$190.8

$208.1

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:


 



Depreciation and amortization
74.9

74.3
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
7.7

(91.9 )
Tax benefit of equity plans
(2.7 )
(6.8 )
Stock compensation plan expense
7.3

10.7
Other, net
8.1  
18.4  
Net cash provided by operating activities
286.1

212.8




 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES







 
Net expenditures on property and equipment
(70.7 )
(93.6 )
Net change in short-term investments
28.0

87.5
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
(12.9 )
(105.6 )
Net cash used in investing activities
(55.6 )
(111.7 )




 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES







 
Purchase of treasury stock
(84.3 )
(256.3 )
Net change in debt and short-term borrowings
(15.4 )
148.6
Dividends paid
(91.2 )
(91.2 )
Tax benefit of equity plans
2.7

6.8
Exercise of stock options
13.2  
13.1  
Net cash used in financing activities
(175.0 )
(179.0 )




 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
(2.2 )
(28.6 )




 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
53.3

(106.5 )




 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year
189.9  
296.4  




 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year
$243.2  
$189.9  




 
CONSOLIDATED RATE ANALYSIS
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 



Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended


July 31,
July 31,


2016   2015
2016   2015












 
Gross margin
35.2 %
33.1 %
34.0 %
34.1 %












 
Operating expenses rate
20.1

20.3

21.6

21.9












 
Operating income rate
15.2

12.8

12.3

12.2












 












 


Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended


July 31,
July 31,


2016   2015
2016   2015
ADJUSTED RATES











Gross margin
35.4 %
34.0 %
34.3 %
34.5 %












 
Operating expenses rate
19.6

20.0

21.0

21.6












 
Operating income rate
15.8

14.0

13.2

12.9

 


Note: Rate analysis metrics are computed by dividing the applicable amount by net sales.
Although adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating expenses rate and adjusted operating income rate are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, the Company believes they are useful in understanding its financial results. The Company evaluates its results of operations both on an as reported and an as adjusted basis. The adjusted basis presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of certain matters not related to the Company's ongoing operations. See the "Accounting Considerations" and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" sections of this release for more information. A shortcoming of these financial measures is that they do not reflect the Company’s actual results under GAAP. Management does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

SEGMENT DETAIL
(In millions)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 



Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended


July 31,
July 31,


2016

2015

Change
2016

2015

Change

NET SALES



















Engine Products segment

















Off-Road
$55.2


$56.7


(2.6 ) %
$216.6


$261.1


(17.0 ) %
On-Road
30.6


34.9


(12.3 )

127.2


138.4


(8.1 )
Aftermarket
253.7


247.6


2.5


951.5


980.7


(3.0 )
Aerospace and Defense
27.0  

29.1  

(7.2 )

96.0  

103.9  

(7.6 )
Total Engine Products segment
$366.5  

$368.3  

(0.5 )

$1,391.3  

$1,484.1  

(6.3 )


















 
Industrial Products segment

















Industrial Filtration Solutions
$142.2


$145.8


(2.5 )

$517.9


$529.0


(2.1 )
Gas Turbine Systems
45.0


57.0


(21.1 )

149.6


186.9


(20.0 )
Special Applications
40.1  

39.5  

1.5  

161.5  

171.2  

(5.7 )
Total Industrial Products segment
$227.3  

$242.3  

(6.2 )

$829.0  

$887.1  

(6.5 )


















 
Total Company
$593.8  

$610.6  

(2.8 ) %
$2,220.3  

$2,371.2  

(6.4 ) %


















 

EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES



















Engine segment
$51.4


$44.0


16.8
%
$163.5


$186.3


(12.2 ) %
Industrial segment
37.4


35.4


5.6


119.0


123.4


(3.6 )
Corp/Unallocated
(6.3 )

(1.3 )

384.6  

(25.1 )

(21.1 )

19.0  
Total
$82.5  

$78.1  

5.6   %
$257.4  

$288.6  

(10.8 ) %


















 

EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES %

















Engine Products segment
14.0
%
11.9
%
2.1


11.8
%
12.6
%
(0.8 )
Industrial Products segment
16.5


14.6


1.9


14.4


13.9


0.5



















 
Note: Percentage is calculated by dividing earnings before income taxes by sales.







 
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In millions, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 
 
 
 
 
 


Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended


July 31,
July 31,


2016


2015
2016


2015












 

Net cash provided by operating activities


$84.2



$51.4

$286.1



$212.8
Net capital expenditures
(11.3 )


(21.0 )
(70.7 )


(93.6 )
Free cash flow
$72.9  


$30.4  
$215.4  


$119.2  












 
Net earnings
$59.5



$56.4

$190.8



$208.1
Income taxes
23.0



21.7

66.6



80.5
Interest expense
4.9



4.1

20.7



15.2
Depreciation and amortization
19.0  


18.8  
74.9  


74.3  
EBITDA
$106.4  


$101.0  
$353.0  


$378.1  












 
Operating income
$90.1



$78.4

$274.2



$288.3
Restructuring charges
3.5

(a)
7.2

16.1

(a)
13.0
Pension lump sum settlement charge
---



---

---



3.9
Investigation costs
---  


---  
3.1  
(b)
---  
Adjusted Operating Income
$93.6  


$85.6  
$293.4  


$305.2  












 
Net earnings
$59.5



$56.4

$190.8



$208.1
Restructuring charges, net of tax
2.7

(a)
5.0

11.5

(a)
9.8
Pension lump sum settlement charge, net of tax
---



---

---



2.4
Investigation costs, net of tax
---  


---  
2.0  
(b)
---  
Adjusted Net Earnings
$62.2  


$61.4  
$204.3  


$220.3  












 
Diluted EPS
$0.44



$0.41

$1.42



$1.49
Restructuring charges per share
0.02

(a)
0.04

0.08

(a)
0.07
Pension lump sum settlement charge, net of tax
---



---

---



0.02
Investigation costs per share
---  


---  
0.02  
(b)
---  
Adjusted Diluted EPS
$0.46  


$0.45  
$1.52  


$1.58  












 

(a) Current year restructuring charges include (1) actions related to rebalancing and reducing the current workforce (2) severance, project management fees, warehousing costs, moving expenses, and supplies and equipment associated with the closing of the Company's Grinnell, Iowa and Hong Kong, China facilities.

(b) Investigation costs relate to professional services incurred in connection with the independent investigation into the Company's Gas Turbine Systems Products revenue recognition.

Although free cash flow, EBITDA, adjusted operating income, adjusted net earnings, and adjusted diluted EPS are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, the Company believes they are useful in understanding its financial results. Free cash flow is a commonly used measure of a company’s ability to generate cash in excess of its operating needs. EBITDA is a commonly used measure of operating earnings less non-cash expenses. The Company evaluates its results of operations both on an as reported and a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. The Company believes providing constant currency information provides valuable supplemental information regarding its results of operations. The Company calculates constant currency percentages by converting its current period local currency financial results using the prior period exchanges rates and compared these adjusted amounts to its prior period reported results. A shortcoming of these financial measures is that they do not reflect the Company’s actual results under GAAP. Management does not intend these items to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures.

Source: Donaldson Company, Inc.

Donaldson Company, Inc.

Brad Pogalz, 952-887-3753

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