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Twin Disc, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter

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  • Challenging market conditions continue due to the global COVID-19 crisis
  • Improving profitability drives strongest earnings in eight quarters
  • Generated $2.2 million of operating cash flow for the three months ended March 26, 2021

RACINE, Wis., April 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Twin Disc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWIN), today reported financial results for the fiscal 2021 third quarter ended March 26, 2021.

Sales for the fiscal 2021 third quarter decreased to $57.6 million, from $68.6 million for the same period last year. The 16.0{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} decrease in 2021 third quarter sales was primarily due to continued softness in the Company’s oil and gas markets along with weaker demand for industrial products compared to the same period the prior fiscal year. Year-to-date, sales were $152.4 million, compared to $187.5 million for the fiscal 2020 nine months. Foreign currency exchange had a $3.9 million favorable impact on fiscal 2021 third quarter sales and a $7.5 million favorable impact on fiscal 2021 year-to-date sales.

John H. Batten, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I am encouraged by the progress we are making navigating one of the most challenging cycles in Twin Disc’s 103-year history, and we experienced a strong improvement in profitability during the quarter. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have focused on realigning our cost structure, improving our balance sheet, investing in new products and technologies, and opening our Lufkin, TX facility, while supporting our customers and associates. As trends within our markets improve, we are well positioned to significantly increase sales and profitability, and I am excited by the long-term opportunities we have across our business.”

“Our six-month backlog at March 26, 2021 was $71.4 million, compared to $66.6 million at June 30, 2020, and $74.9 million at December 25, 2020. The sequential decline is partially due to the seasonal nature of our six-month backlog, along with the impacts of foreign currency exchange rates. We have seen a recent uptick in aftermarket orders across many of our global markets, which has historically been a positive leading indicator for future capital spending by our customers. In addition, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on improving demand trends driven primarily by re-opening efforts from the pandemic, the benefits of government stimulus programs, and an improving repair and replacement cycle, including in the North American fracking industry,” concluded Mr. Batten.

Gross profit percent for the fiscal 2021 third quarter was 24.2{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6}, compared to 24.1{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} in the fiscal 2020 third quarter. The Company received a $1.2 million benefit to gross profit, as a result of the employee retention credit made available under the American Rescue Plan Act. Gross profit percent, adjusted for this benefit was 22.1{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6}. While a sequential improvement, this reflects the continuation of a less profitable mix of revenues associated with reduced new rig construction and aftermarket demand in the North American fracking market and lower overall sales resulting from the economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Year-to-date, gross profit percent was 21.4{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} compared to 22.3{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} for the fiscal 2020 nine-month period.

For the fiscal 2021 third quarter, marketing, engineering and administrative (ME&A) expenses decreased $2.2 million to $13.2 million. The 14.0{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} decrease in ME&A expenses in the quarter was primarily due to reduced domestic wages and benefits ($0.6 million), lower marketing expenses ($0.4 million), the impact of the employee retention credit ($0.6 million), reduced amortization expense ($0.3 million) and general cost containment actions. As a percent of revenues, ME&A expenses were 22.9{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} for the fiscal 2021 third quarter, compared to 22.4{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} for the same period last fiscal year. Year-to-date, ME&A expenses were $39.0 million, compared to $48.1 million for the fiscal 2020 nine-month period. As a percent of revenues, year-to-date ME&A expenses were 25.6{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6}, compared to 25.7{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} for the same period last fiscal year.

Twin Disc recorded restructuring charges of $0.3 million in the fiscal 2021 third quarter, compared to restructuring charges of $0.5 million in the same period last fiscal year. Restructuring activities during the fiscal 2021 third quarter related primarily to ongoing cost reduction and productivity actions at the Company’s European operations. Year-to-date, the Company recorded restructuring charges of $0.8 million, compared to $4.9 million for the same period last fiscal year.

The Company recorded a $27.6 million non-cash goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charge in the fiscal 2020 third quarter related to the unprecedented uncertainty in the Company’s markets due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, along with an historic decline in oil prices impacting the global energy market.  

Other income of $0.6 million in the quarter, and other expenses of $2.3 million for the nine months of fiscal 2021 were primarily attributable to changes related to Euro denominated liabilities.

The effective tax rate for the first three quarters of fiscal 2021 was 28.9{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} compared to just 8.9{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6} in the comparable period of the prior fiscal year. In the prior year the Company’s management determined that the carrying value of certain goodwill and intangibles exceeded the fair value and a $27.6 million impairment loss was calculated which resulted in a decrease to the prior year effective tax rate of 13.8{888a2f61c345d2e855d0f46d172f155075abed3efdb13b6aef551f16df00e7f6}. During the current fiscal year, the Company was able to take advantage of the newly enacted high tax exception regulations. The Company filed its federal tax return utilizing this exception and had no GILTI inclusion, thus increasing the current rate.    

Net income attributable to Twin Disc for the fiscal 2021 third quarter was $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to Twin Disc of $(25.2 million), or ($1.92) per diluted share, for the fiscal 2020 third quarter. Year-to-date, net loss attributable to Twin Disc was $(8.2 million), or $(0.62) per diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to Twin Disc of $(38.1 million), or ($2.89) per diluted share, for the fiscal 2020 nine months.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)* were $3.8 million for the fiscal 2021 third quarter, compared to a loss of $(24.9 million) for the fiscal 2020 third quarter. For the fiscal 2021 nine months, EBITDA was a loss of $(1.3 million), compared to a loss of $(31.5 million) for the fiscal 2020 comparable period.

Jeffrey S. Knutson, Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary stated, “We continue to focus on controlling expenses and generating positive operating cash flow, which have significantly strengthened our balance sheet. In fact, including the $8.2 million for our PPP loan, which we expect to be fully forgiven in the coming quarters, our net debt balance was $29.6 million, the lowest level since the quarter following our acquisition of Veth Propulsion in 2018. We continue to manage spending, strengthen our balance sheet, and invest in our business. We currently expect to invest $5 million to $7 million in capital expenditures during fiscal 2021.”

Twin Disc will be hosting a conference call to discuss these results and to answer questions at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 30, 2021. To participate in the conference call, please dial
800-263-0877 five to ten minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. April 30, 2021 until midnight May 7, 2021. The number to hear the teleconference replay is 844-512-2921. The access code for the replay is 9985307.

The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the call via the Internet, access Twin Disc’s website at http://ir.twindisc.com and follow the instructions at the web cast link. The archived webcast will be available shortly after the call on the Company’s website.

About Twin Disc, Inc.
Twin Disc, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy-duty off-highway power transmission equipment. Products offered include marine transmissions, azimuth drives, surface drives, propellers, and boat management systems, as well as power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches, and control systems. The Company sells its products to customers primarily in the pleasure craft, commercial and military marine markets, as well as in the energy and natural resources, government, and industrial markets. The Company’s worldwide sales to both domestic and foreign customers are transacted through a direct sales force and a distributor network. For more information, please visit www.twindisc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that are forward looking as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations, and releases. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including those identified in the Company’s most recent periodic report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved.

*Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures
Financial information excluding the impact of asset impairments, restructuring charges, foreign currency exchange rate changes and the impact of acquisitions, if any, in this press release are not measures that are defined in U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). These items are measures that management believes are important to adjust for in order to have a meaningful comparison to prior and future periods and to provide a basis for future projections and for estimating our earnings growth prospects. Non-GAAP measures are used by management as a performance measure to judge profitability of our business absent the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes and acquisitions. Management analyzes the company’s business performance and trends excluding these amounts.  These measures, as well as EBITDA, provide a more consistent view of performance than the closest GAAP equivalent for management and investors. Management compensates for this by using these measures in combination with the GAAP measures. The presentation of the non-GAAP measures in this press release are made alongside the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Definition – Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)

The sum of, net earnings and adding back provision for income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expenses: this is a financial measure of the profit generated excluding the above-mentioned items.

–Financial Results Follow–

 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data; unaudited)
 
  For the Quarter
Ended
  For the Three Quarters
Ended
  March 26,
2021
March 27,
2020
   March 26,
2021
March 27,
2020
Net sales $         57,640     $         68,636     $         152,377     $         187,462  
Cost of goods sold           43,678               52,087               119,835               145,566  
        Gross profit   13,962       16,549       32,542       41,896  
           
Marketing, engineering and administrative expenses   13,196               15,349       39,000               48,106  
Restructuring expenses     251        532       777        4,902  
Goodwill and other impairment charge     –       27,603             27,603  
Income (loss) from operations   515       (26,935 )     (7,235 )     (38,715 )
                               
Interest expense   606       488       1,769       1,324  
Other expense (income), net           (557 )             898               2,314               1,618  
                               
Income (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interest   466       (28,321 )     (11,318 )     (41,657 )
Income tax expense (benefit)           300               (3,145 )             (3,267 )             (3,722 )
                       
Net income (loss)   166       (25,176 )     (8,051 )     (37,935 )
Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax           (72 )             (54 )             (147 )             (122 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc $         94     $         (25,230 )   $         (8,198 )   $         (38,057 )
                       
Income (loss) per share data:          
        Basic income (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders $ 0.01     $ (1.92 )   $  (0.62 )   $  (2.89 )
        Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Twin Disc common shareholders $ 0.01     $ (1.92 )   $ (0.62 )   $ (2.89 )
           
Weighted average shares outstanding data:          
        Basic shares outstanding   13,269       13,175       13,240       13,147  
        Diluted shares outstanding   13,295       13,175       13,240       13,147  
           
Comprehensive loss          
        Net income (loss) $         166     $         (25,176 )   $         (8,051 )   $         (37,935 )
        Benefit plan adjustments, net of income taxes of $177, $490, $529, and $828, respectively   583       1,593       1,691       2,698  
        Foreign currency translation adjustment           (3,008 )             (1,266 )             5,503               (2,615 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on cash flow hedge, net of income taxes of $60, $178, $115, and $177, respectively   193        (582 )     372       (579 )
        Comprehensive loss   (2,066 )     (25,431 )     (485 )     (38,431 )
        Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest    (34 )      (46 )     (133 )      (132 )
                               
        Comprehensive loss attributable to Twin Disc $         (2,100 )   $         (25,477 )   $         (618 )   $         (38,563 )
                               
RECONCILIATION OF CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA
(In thousands; unaudited)
  For the
Quarter Ended
For the
Three Quarters Ended
  March 26,
2021
March 27,
2020
March 26,
2021
March 27,
2020
Net income (loss) attributable to Twin Disc $          94   $              (25,230 )   $                  (8,198 )   $               (38,057 )
        Interest expense   606     488       1,769       1,324  
        Income taxes   300     (3,145 )     (3,267 )     (3,722 )
        Depreciation and amortization              2,843                 2,991                   8,366                   8,917  
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization $ 3,843   $ (24,896 )   $   (1,330 )   $       (31,538 )
                             
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands; except share amounts, unaudited)
     
  March 26, June 30,
    2021       2020  
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
        Cash $         11,594     $         10,688  
        Trade accounts receivable, net           31,309               30,682  
        Inventories           116,693               120,607  
        Prepaid expenses           5,478               5,269  
        Other           7,781               6,739  
               
     
                Total current assets   172,855       173,985  
     
Property, plant and equipment, net   75,607       72,732  
Intangible assets, net   17,420       18,973  
Deferred income taxes   29,261       24,445  
Other assets           3,340               3,992  
               
     
TOTAL ASSETS $         298,483     $         294,127  
               
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
        Current maturities of long-term debt $         2,000     $         4,691  
        Accounts payable           25,756               25,663  
        Accrued liabilities           41,123               36,380  
           
                Total current liabilities   68,879       66,734  
     
Long-term debt   39,226       37,896  
Lease obligations   17,352       13,495  
Accrued retirement benefits   24,977       27,938  
Deferred income taxes   5,217       5,501  
Other long-term liabilities           1,979               2,605  
               
     
Total liabilities   157,630       154,169  
     
Twin Disc shareholders’ equity:    
Preferred shares authorized: 200,000; issued: none; no par value          
Common shares authorized: 30,000,000; Issued: 14,632,802; no par value   40,446       42,756  
Retained earnings   148,457       156,655  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss           (33,646 )             (41,226 )
    155,257       158,185  
Less treasury stock, at cost
        (985,686 and 1,226,809 and shares, respectively)
    15,106       8,796  
               
     
Total Twin Disc shareholders’ equity           140,151               139,389  
           
Noncontrolling interest           702               569  
Total equity           140,853               139,958  
               
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $         298,483     $         294,127  
               
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands, unaudited)
  For the Three Quarters Ended
  March 26,
2021
March 27,
2020
     
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net loss $         (8,051 )   $         (37,935 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquired assets:    
Depreciation and amortization   8,366       8,917  
Restructuring expenses   215       2,556  
Goodwill and other impairment charge         27,603  
Provision for deferred income taxes   (6,052 )     (6,225 )
Stock compensation expense and other non-cash changes, net   1,934       859  
Net change in operating assets and liabilities           8,603               9,556  
Net cash provided by operating activities           5,015               5,331  
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    
Acquisitions of fixed assets   (3,851 )     (9,155 )
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets   76       109  
Proceeds from sale on note receivable   700          –  
Other, net           (18 )             (27 )
Net cash used by investing activities           (3,093 )             (9,073 )
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    
Borrowings under revolving loan arrangement   56,463       78,597  
Repayments of revolver loans   (58,497 )     (76,805 )
Repayments of long-term debt   (411 )     (1,164 )
Payments of withholding taxes on stock compensation           (224 )             (913 )
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest           –                (127 )
Net cash used by financing activities           (2,669 )             (412 )
               
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash           1,653               226  
           
Net change in cash   906       (3,928 )
     
Cash:    
     
Beginning of period           10,688               12,362  
           
End of period $         11,594     $         8,434  

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