updated: 11/1/2012 12:31:40 PM
Jasper-based Kimball International Inc. (Nasdaq: KBALB) is reporting a profit of $5 million for its fiscal first quarter, compared to a loss of $146,000 for the same quarter a year ago. Chief Executive Officer James Thyen says momentum in the company's Electronic Manufacturing Services segment helped fuel the growth.
November 1, 2012
Jasper, Ind. -- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) today reported net sales of $288.2 million and net income of $5.0 million, or $0.13 per Class B diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 which ended September 30, 2012.
• Consolidated net sales in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 increased 6% from the prior year first quarter on increased net sales in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) segment.
• First quarter gross profit as a percent of net sales improved 1.8 percentage points from the prior year first quarter on improved margins in both the EMS segment and the Furniture segment.
• Consolidated first quarter selling and administrative expenses increased 5% compared to the prior year due to the adverse impact of the normal revaluation to fair value of the Company's Supplemental Employee Retirement Plan (SERP) liability. The SERP liability revaluation has an exact offsetting benefit in Other Income/Expense where the revaluation of the SERP investment is recorded resulting in no impact to the Company's consolidated net income. Lower sales and marketing costs in the Furniture segment and benefits realized from restructuring activities in the EMS segment were offset by increased profit-based incentive compensation costs.
• Other Income/Expense for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 was income of $0.3 million compared to expense of $1.2 million in the prior year first quarter. The favorable impact of the revaluation of the SERP investment mentioned above was partially offset by foreign currency exchange movement in the EMS segment.
• Operating cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 was a cash inflow of $9.5 million compared to an operating cash outflow of $6.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year.
• The Company's cash and cash equivalents increased to $77.5 million at September 30, 2012, compared to $75.2 million at June 30, 2012. The Company had no short-term borrowings outstanding at September 30, 2012 or June 30, 2012. Long-term debt including current maturities remains at $0.3 million.
James C. Thyen, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The EMS segment continued its positive momentum into the first quarter. Successful efforts by our business development team in expanding our customer base and winning new programs with existing customers contributed to double-digit revenue growth compared to last year. Also since completing our restructuring activities in the first half of last fiscal year, we no longer have the distraction or costs of consolidating operations. We have eliminated that excess capacity and that has positively impacted our bottom line. We are pleased with the progress we are seeing within the EMS segment."
Mr. Thyen concluded, "In the Furniture segment, we continued to experience a decline in sales of office furniture to the federal government in the first quarter resulting in a decline in our overall sales in this segment compared to a year ago. However, our operating income improved despite the overall lower volumes, which is a tribute to the flexibility and foresight of our team to anticipate these changes and adjust operations accordingly."
Electronic Manufacturing Services Segment
• Fiscal year 2013 first quarter net sales in the EMS segment increased 15% compared to the first quarter of the prior year primarily related to double-digit sales growth to customers in the automotive and industrial markets.
• Gross profit as a percent of net sales in the EMS segment for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 improved 3.6 percentage points when compared to the first quarter of the prior year primarily related to higher absorption of fixed costs on the increased sales volumes, benefits realized related to restructuring activities completed in the prior year, and increased operational efficiencies.
• Selling and administrative costs in this segment increased 2% in the fiscal year 2013 first quarter when compared to the prior year as benefits realized from restructuring activities were more than offset by increased profit-based incentive compensation costs related to the significant improvement in earnings. As a percent of net sales, selling and administrative costs declined 1.0 percentage point.
• Fiscal year 2013 first quarter net sales in the Furniture segment declined 3% compared to the prior year as increased net sales of hospitality furniture were more than offset by a decline in net sales of office furniture primarily attributable to lower demand from the federal government.
• Gross profit as a percent of net sales improved 1.4 percentage points in the Furniture segment in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 when compared to the prior year as benefits realized from price increases were partially offset by the impact of an unfavorable shift in sales mix to lower margin product.
• Selling and administrative costs in the Furniture segment for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 declined 1% compared to the prior year as lower sales and marketing costs were partially offset by higher profit-based incentive compensation costs.
Certain statements contained within this release are considered forward-looking under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the global economic conditions, significant volume reductions from key contract customers, significant reduction in customer order patterns, loss of key customers or suppliers within specific industries, financial stability of key customers and suppliers, availability or cost of raw materials, and increased competitive pricing pressures reflecting excess industry capacities. Additional cautionary statements regarding other risk factors that could have an effect on the future performance of the Company are contained in the Company's Form 10-K filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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About Kimball International, Inc.
Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International, Inc. is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company's success through personal, professional and financial growth.
Kimball International, Inc. provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries sold under the Company's family of brand names.
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