Hillenbrand Records Rise in Profit

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Batesville-based Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: HI) is reporting fiscal third quarter net income of nearly $33 million, compared to $13.3 million during the same period the previous year. The company says its Process Equipment Group continues to help drive performance. August 6, 2014

News Release

BATESVILLE, Ind. - Hillenbrand, Inc. reported results today for the third quarter ended June 30, 2014. Revenue increased by $8 million (2 percent) to $417 million and was consistent with the prior year on a constant currency basis. Process Equipment Group revenue grew by 5 to $274 million (2 percent constant currency) with growth demonstrated throughout the business. In addition, order backlog at the end of the third quarter was $731 million, representing a $14 million increase over the second quarter and a $159 million increase over the prior year. Batesville revenue was $143 million, a 4 decrease (3 constant currency) driven by lower average selling prices and decreased volume due to a lower number of North American burials.

Hillenbrand reports results on a GAAP and adjusted basis. Adjusted measures are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures at the end of this release. Net income increased 147 percent to $33 million ($0.51 per diluted share), while adjusted net income increased 19 percent to $36 million ($0.57 per diluted share). Adjusted EBITDA increased 11 percent to $71 million and adjusted EBITDA margin improved by 140 basis points to 17 percent. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was driven by improved margins for the Process Equipment Group offset in part by lower volume and average selling prices in the Batesville segment. Operating cash flow for the nine months ended June 30, 2014 improved by $86 million to $137 million due to higher net income and significant improvement in working capital.

"We're pleased with our third quarter performance and the steps we have taken to advance the execution of our strategy," said Joe A. Raver, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our third quarter results demonstrate the benefits of our margin expansion and cost management initiatives across the organization."

Guidance for Fiscal 2014 Hillenbrand affirmed guidance with estimated full-year revenue expected to be approximately $1.7 billion. Revenue from the Process Equipment Group is expected to be approximately $1.1 billion, and Batesville is anticipated to deliver approximately $600 million in revenue. Given current foreign exchange rates, management expects approximately 1% of favorable translation impact to revenue compared to 2013. Adjusted diluted EPS for 2014 is projected to range from $2.00 to $2.10.

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Hillenbrand's interim financial statements on Form 10-Q are expected to be filed jointly with this release and will be available on the Company's website ( www.Hillenbrand.com ).

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP), this earnings release also contains non-GAAP operating performance measures. These non-GAAP measures are referred to as "adjusted" and exclude expenses associated with backlog amortization, inventory step-up, business acquisitions and integration, restructuring, and litigation. The related income tax for all of these items is also excluded. This non-GAAP information is provided as a supplement, not as a substitute for, or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Hillenbrand uses this non-GAAP information internally to make operating decisions and believes it is helpful to investors because it allows more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of ongoing operating results. The information can also be used to perform trend analysis and to better identify operating trends that may otherwise be masked or distorted by these types of items. Finally, Hillenbrand believes this information provides a higher degree of transparency.

An important non-GAAP measure Hillenbrand uses is adjusted earnings before interest, income tax, depreciation, and amortization ("adjusted EBITDA"). As previously discussed, a part of Hillenbrand's strategy is to selectively acquire companies that we believe can benefit from our core competencies to spur faster and more profitable growth. Given that strategy, it is a natural consequence to incur related expenses, such as amortization from acquired intangible assets and additional interest expense from debt-funded acquisitions. Accordingly, we use adjusted EBITDA, among other measures, to monitor business performance.

Another important non-GAAP operational measure used is backlog. Backlog is not a term recognized under GAAP; however it is a common measurement used in the Process Equipment Group's industry. Order backlog represents the amount of consolidated revenue that we expect to realize on contracts awarded related to the Process Equipment Group. Backlog includes expected revenue from large systems, equipment, and to a lesser extent, replacement parts, components, and service. The length of time that projects remain in backlog can span from days for replacement parts and service to approximately 18 months for larger system sales. Backlog includes expected revenue from the remaining portion of firm orders not yet completed, as well as revenue from change orders to the extent that it is reasonably expected to be realized. For purposes of calculating backlog, 100 percent of estimated revenue attributable to consolidated subsidiaries is included, an insignificant portion of which are not wholly-owned by Hillenbrand.

Future revenue for the Process Equipment Group is influenced by backlog because of the lead time involved in fulfilling engineered-to-order equipment for customers. Although backlog can be an indicator of future revenue, it does not include projects and parts orders that are booked and shipped within the same quarter. The timing of order placement, size, extent of customization, and customer delivery dates can create fluctuations in backlog and revenue. Revenue attributable to backlog is also affected by foreign exchange fluctuations for orders denominated in currencies other than United States dollars.

Net revenue is analyzed on a constant currency basis to better measure the comparability of results between periods. This information is provided because exchange rates can distort the underlying change in sales, either positively or negatively.

Hillenbrand ( www.Hillenbrand.com ) is a global diversified industrial company that makes and sells premium business-to-business products and services for a wide variety of industries. We pursue profitable growth and meaningful dividends for our shareholders by leveraging our leading brands, robust cash generation capabilities, and strong core competencies.

Source: Hillenbrand Inc.