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Press Release: Kimball International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

· 02/04/2021 16:14
Net Sales by End Market Three Months Six Months Ended Ended (Unaudited) December 31, December 31, (Amounts in Millions) 2020 2019 % Change 2020 2019 % Change ------ ------ ---------- ------ ------ ---------- Workplace $ 87.4 $114.4 (24%) $182.7 $240.1 (24%) Health 27.0 28.2 (4%) 47.6 57.1 (17%) Hospitality 21.8 49.6 (56%) 53.8 96.4 (44%) Total Net Sales $136.2 $192.2 (29%) $284.1 $393.6 (28%) ===== ===== ===== =====-- Net sales of $136.2 million -- Gross margin was 33.4% -- Net loss of $0.8 million includes $4.1 million of acquisition and restructuring charges -- Diluted EPS of $(0.02), or $0.09 when adjusted for $0.11 of acquisition and restructuring charges -- Adjusted EBITDA of $9.1 million -- Backlog of $144.9 million

Kimball International, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

--Completed Poppin Acquisition on December 9, 2020 and Integration Progressing on Schedule--

--Port Congestion Delays Reduced Second Quarter Revenue by $6 million--

--Sequential Improvement in Both Health and Workplace Order Rates--

--Continued Channel and New Product Development to Position for the New Work Environment--

--On Track to Achieve $20 Million in Cost Savings in Fiscal 2021--

JASPER, Ind., Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL) today announced results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Selected Financial Highlights:

Second Quarter FY 2021

Management Commentary

CEO Kristie Juster commented, "In the second quarter, we made significant progress on our strategy to emerge from the COVID health crisis as a stronger company highlighted by our acquisition of Poppin. We continued to execute on our Connect 2.0 strategy, which has created additional opportunities to gain share in our target end markets and accelerate our long-term growth. Additionally, Poppin, which brings us a digitally native platform that we can leverage across our portfolio of brands, has greatly advanced Kimball International's eBusiness strategy.

"Business trends unfolded in line with our expectations in the second quarter. Our Health business posted double-digit sequential growth in revenue and order rates, supporting our thesis that this market would be the first to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Our Workplace business also showed sequential improvement in order rates, although at a more modest rate, benefiting in part from Kimball International's significant presence in secondary markets, which are rebounding more quickly than large metropolitan areas.

"Second quarter revenue was reduced by approximately $6 million due to port congestion delays that pushed out shipments in our Hospitality end market. Additionally, we managed through considerable gross margin headwinds in the second quarter with transformation cost savings of $6.1 million and price realization offsetting part of the impact of lower volumes and significantly higher ocean and domestic freight costs. We announced price increases within our Workplace and Health product lines, effective March 1, 2021 to help offset a portion of the higher freight and commodity costs that we expect to continue for the remainder of this fiscal year.

"Kimball International's first half fiscal 2021 performance demonstrated continued resilience while operating under difficult business conditions. The resurgence of COVID-19 has extended the timing of a recovery in the Workplace end market, and higher logistics expenses and inflationary impacts have pressured margins. We continue to effectively navigate this challenging business environment by making significant progress in reducing our long-term cost structure while focusing on building our growth initiatives around brands and products across our new omnichannel platform."

Overview

Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Consolidated net sales were $136.2 million, down 29% from $192.2 million in the year ago quarter. Organic net sales were down 31% compared to the prior year. Gross margin declined by 60 basis points to 33.4%, mainly resulting from higher domestic and ocean freight costs and loss of leverage on the lower revenue, which more than offset transformation plan benefits. Selling and administrative expenses (S&A) of $46.0 million declined $3.8 million compared to the prior year; however, as a percentage of net sales, S&A expenses were 33.7%, compared to 25.9% in the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted selling and administrative expenses were $40.7 million or 29.9% of net sales, compared to $48.8 million or 25.4% of net sales in last year's second quarter. The net loss was $0.8 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.30 reported in the fiscal 2020 second quarter. Adjusted earnings per share, which excludes acquisition- and restructuring-related charges of $0.08 and $0.03, respectively, was $0.09, compared to $0.33 last year. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 56% to $9.1 million, and adjusted EBITDA margin declined 420 basis points to 6.7%.

The Company ended the second quarter in a strong financial position, with $41.2 million in cash and short-term investments and a net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 0.7, inclusive of the recorded liability for the earn-out payments related to the Poppin acquisition.

Summary and Outlook

"With the acquisition of Poppin complete, we are moving forward with our stage one priorities, notably scaling Poppin in secondary markets where Kimball International is well-established, launching Poppin privacy pods into our existing dealer network, building work from home and corporate partnerships for Poppin and our Etc. brand, and developing a complementary Poppin Pro Dealer Program.

"At the same time, we are making investments in our Health business, where we have expanded our expertise with strategic hires and plan to launch six new clinical products by the end of fiscal 2021. In Hospitality, we continue to partner closely with our customers in navigating both the impact of the pandemic and the temporary impact of higher freight costs.

"Post pandemic, what we knew as the office will change into an exciting hybrid workplace. The office will be the center for collaboration, community and culture; the home will be an extension of work; and new, smaller office formats will emerge in satellite offices in secondary markets. Our deep knowledge in residential design, our multi-brand portfolio and new omnichannel capabilities will enable us to access each end market in the broader new workplace.

"Looking ahead, we expect third quarter organic revenue to be similar to second quarter levels based on our backlog of $144.9 million, of which approximately $80 million is expected to ship in the third quarter. While freight costs are expected to further pressure fiscal third quarter gross margin, we anticipate a sequential increase in gross margin in the fourth quarter as price increases materialize and clarity around the new forming workplace begins to take shape," Ms. Juster concluded.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") in the United States in the statements of income, statements of comprehensive income, balance sheets, or statements of cash flows of the Company. The non-GAAP financial measures used within this release are (1) organic net sales, defined as net sales excluding acquisition-related net sales; (2) adjusted selling and administrative expense; (3) adjusted EBITDA; (4) adjusted operating income; (5) adjusted net income; and (6) adjusted diluted earnings per share. Adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted earnings per share each exclude restructuring expense, CEO transition costs, acquisition-related amortization and inventory valuation adjustments, and costs of the acquisition from the GAAP income measure. Adjusted selling and administrative expense excludes market value adjustments related to the SERP liability, CEO transition costs, acquisition-related amortization, and costs of acquisition from the GAAP income measure. Additionally, adjusted operating income excludes market value adjustments related to the SERP liability. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation expense, amortization expense, restructuring expense, CEO transition costs, acquisition-related inventory valuation adjustments, and costs of acquisition. A reconciliation of the reported GAAP numbers to the non-GAAP financial measures is included in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table below. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA and other metrics excluding restructuring expense, CEO transition expenses, market value adjustments related to the SERP liability, and acquisition-related adjustments are useful measurements to assist investors in comparing our performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis by removing from operating results the impact of items that do not reflect our core operating performance.

The orders received metric is a key performance indicator used to evaluate general sales trends and develop future operating plans. Orders received represent firm orders placed by our customers during the current quarter which are expected to be recognized as revenue during current or future quarters. The orders received metric is not intended to be presented as an alternative measure of revenue recognized in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

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