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Neenah Paper Reports 2015 First Quarter Results

Thursday, May 07, 2015
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Neenah Paper, Inc. today reported 2015 first quarter results.

First Quarter Highlights

  • •    Record operating income and adjusted earnings per share, driven by double-digit earnings growth in both segments.
  • •    Consolidated sales increase 1 percent (8 percent on a constant currency basis).
  • •    Earnings per diluted share of $0.95 up 20 percent compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.79 in 2014. Prior year adjusted E.P.S. excluded $0.01 for restructuring costs.    
  • •    Initial dividend paid at the previously announced increased quarterly rate of $0.30 per share.

"Adjusted earnings" is a non-GAAP measure and is used to improve comparability of year-on-year results. Adjusted figures are reconciled to GAAP later in this release.

"Our businesses had a strong start to the year led by volume-driven growth in filtration and other technical products markets as well as margin recovery in Fine Paper and Packaging following last year's spike in winter energy costs. While the strong US dollar materially impacted our top line, effective cost control and lower input costs helped our teams completely mitigate currency impacts on the bottom line," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer.

Quarterly Consolidated Results

Income Statement

Consolidated net sales of $228.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 grew 1 percent compared with $225.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. Growth resulted from volume gains in Technical Products, including the July 2014 filtration acquisition, improved selling prices and a higher value mix in both business segments. These items more than offset the impact of currency translation, which reduced sales by $14 million, or 7 percent, due to a stronger US dollar versus the euro.    

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $21.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased from $19.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. Higher costs in 2015 included ongoing costs for the acquired filtration business and timing impacts of certain other expenses.

Adjusted operating income was $28.8 million in 2015 compared with $23.3 million in the first quarter of 2014. While there were no adjusting items in 2015, 2014 adjusted operating income excluded $0.3 million for restructuring costs. Higher income in 2015 reflected revenue growth and lower input costs in 2015 that more than offset increased SG&A and negative impacts of currency translation.

Net interest expense of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased from $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 as a result of additional borrowing in Germany in December 2014 that was used to repatriate cash to the US.

The effective income tax rate of 37 percent in the first quarter of 2015 increased from 35 percent in the first quarter of 2014 primarily due to changes in the expected mix of income between tax jurisdictions.    

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

Cash provided from operations in the first quarter of 2015 was $5.1 million compared with $14.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. Lower cash from operations in 2015 reflected an increased investment in working capital, partly due to benefits in the first quarter of 2014 from changes in accounts payable terms, as well as higher accounts receivable as sales increased from year-end levels.

Capital spending of $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $4.3 million in the prior year period. In addition to capital spending, cash uses in the first quarter of 2015 included repayment of long-term debt, dividends and share repurchases.

Net debt (debt less cash) of $164.4 million at March 31, 2015 compared with $161.7 million on December 31, 2014 and $127.8 million as of March 31, 2014. Net debt increased versus year-ago levels primarily as a result of funding for a US filtration acquisition in July 2014.

Quarterly Segment Results

Technical Products net sales of $119.9 million increased 2 percent compared with prior year sales of $117.5 million. The growth in sales resulted from increased volumes (including the acquisition), a higher value product mix and increased selling prices, partly offset by unfavorable currency effects. Sales on a constant currency basis grew 14 percent (4 percent excluding the acquisition), led by gains in filtration.  

Operating income of $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased 17 percent compared with prior year income of $13.7 million, the latter which included $0.3 million for restructuring costs. Higher operating income in 2015 resulted from sales growth, improved net selling prices and lower input costs. These items were only partly offset by higher SG&A and currency impacts.

Fine Paper & Packaging net sales were $101.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $101.5 million in the prior year. Sales reflected improved selling prices and a higher value mix offset by 3 percent lower volumes. While commercial printing volumes for core brands and retail sales increased, lower shipments resulted from timing of certain premium packaging orders and reduced sales of lower value non-branded products.

Operating income was $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $13.3 million in the prior year. Higher income in 2015 primarily resulted from lower input costs, especially for energy due to last year's winter heating demand, as well as an improved price and mix of products sold.  

Unallocated Corporate and Other includes unallocated corporate costs and results from acquired non-premium paper grades. Unallocated corporate costs in the first quarter of 2015 were $4.8 million compared with $3.8 million in prior year period. Costs were higher in 2015 mostly due to timing of certain expenses. In 2015, sales of non-premium paper grades were $6.9 million, with operating income of $0.2 million, compared with sales in 2014 of $6.1 million and an operating loss of $0.2 million.

Reconciliation to GAAP Measures

The Company will report adjustments to GAAP figures when they are believed to improve comparability and understanding of results. In these instances, a reconciliation of adjusted income measures to comparable GAAP measures will be provided, as shown below:

Continuing Operations

 

First Quarter

 

$ millions

 

2015

 

2014

 
           

GAAP Operating Income 

 

$         28.8

 

$             23.0

 

   Restructuring Costs

 

-

 

0.3

 

Adjusted Operating Income

 

$         28.8

 

$             23.3

 
           

GAAP Income 

 

$         16.3

 

$             13.2

 

   Restructuring Costs

 

-

 

0.2

 

Adjusted Income 

 

$         16.3

 

$             13.4

 
           

GAAP Earnings per Diluted Common Share

 

$         0.95

 

$             0.78

 

   Restructuring Costs

 

-

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Earnings per Share

 

$         0.95

 

$             0.79

 
           

Diluted Shares

 

16,988

 

16,769

Conference Call

A conference call and webcast to discuss first quarter earnings and other matters of interest will be held as noted below.

    Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
    Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    Dial-In #:  (888) 893-0989 US/Canada or (706) 758-4223 International
    Confirmation ID Code: 27658935
    Live Webcast Link: www.neenah.com

Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live via webcast using the link above and by clicking on the Investors tab and going to the Events/Presentations page. To participate actively in the call, parties should use the telephone dial-in numbers.  Supplemental data can be found in the Investor Relations – Events/Presentations section of the company's web site, www.neenah.com.

A replay of the call will be available through the company's web site until June 11, 2015 and may also be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the US or (404) 537-3406 internationally, using conference ID 27658935.

About Neenah Paper, Inc.

Neenah is a leading global specialty materials company, focused on premium niche markets that value performance and image. Key products and markets include advanced filtration media, specialized substrates used for tapes, labels and other products, and premium printing and packaging papers. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and its products are sold in over 70 countries worldwide from manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany. Additional information can be found at the company's web site, www.neenah.com.

 

NEENAH PAPER, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

             
       

Three Months Ended March 31,

       

2015

 

2014

             

Net Sales

   

$                 228.2

 

$                 225.1

Cost of products sold

 

177.3

 

181.7

 

Gross Profit

 

50.9

 

43.4

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

21.9

 

19.9

Unusual items (1)

 

-

 

0.3

Other expense - net

 

0.2

 

0.2

 

Operating Income

 

28.8

 

23.0

Interest expense-net

 

3.0

 

2.8

 

Income From Operations Before Income Taxes

 

25.8

 

20.2

Provision for income taxes

 

9.5

 

7.0

 

Net Income

 

$                   16.3

 

$                   13.2

             
             

Earnings Per Common Share: 

       

Basic

   

$                   0.96

 

$                   0.79

             

Diluted

   

$                   0.95

 

$                   0.78

             
             

Weighted Average Common

       
 

Shares Outstanding (000s)

       
 

Basic

   

16,737

 

16,459

             
 

Diluted

   

16,988

 

16,769

             

(1) Results for the three months ended March 31, 2014, include restructuring costs of $0.3 million.

 

 

             

NEENAH PAPER, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

BUSINESS SEGMENT DATA

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

       

Three Months Ended March 31,

       
       

2015

 

2014

             

Net Sales:

         
 

Technical Products

 

$                 119.9

 

$                 117.5

 

Fine Paper and Packaging

 

101.4

 

101.5

 

Other

   

6.9

 

6.1

   

Consolidated 

 

$                 228.2

 

$                 225.1

             

Operating Income:

       
 

Technical Products

 

$                   16.0

 

$                   13.7

 

Fine Paper and Packaging

 

17.4

 

13.3

 

Other

   

0.2

 

(0.2)

 

Unallocated corporate costs

 

(4.8)

 

(3.8)

   

Consolidated 

 

$                   28.8

 

$                   23.0

 

 

NEENAH PAPER, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

                 
           

March 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

     ASSETS

           

Cash and cash equivalents

     

$                      58.8

 

$                      72.6

Accounts receivable - net

         

111.6

 

87.1

Inventories

     

105.6

 

111.3

Deferred income taxes

     

14.1

 

15.8

Prepaid and other current assets

     

13.6

 

15.7

     Total current assets

       

303.7

 

302.5

Property, plant and equipment - net

     

251.4

 

270.0

Deferred income taxes

     

26.8

 

29.9

Goodwill and other intangibles - net

     

104.3

 

110.4

Other non-current assets

     

16.8

 

17.8

 

     Total assets

       

$                    703.0

 

$                    730.6

 

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

               

Debt payable within one year

     

$                        1.2

 

$                        1.4

Accounts payable

     

42.3

 

46.9

Accrued expenses

     

43.6

 

45.8

 

     Total current liabilities

       

87.1

 

94.1

Long-term debt

     

222.0

 

232.9

Deferred income taxes

     

9.5

 

10.6

Non-current employee benefits

     

95.9

 

103.1

Other noncurrent obligations

     

1.4

 

1.2

 

     Total liabilities

       

415.9

 

441.9

Stockholders' equity

     

287.1

 

288.7

 

     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

         

$                    703.0

 

$                    730.6

                 

 

 

NEENAH PAPER, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED CASH FLOW DATA

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

             
       

Three Months Ended March 31,

       

2015

 

2014

Operating Activities

       

Net income

 

$                  16.3

 

$                  13.2

Depreciation and amortization

 

7.2

 

7.2

Stock-based compensation

 

1.9

 

1.4

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

(0.5)

 

(1.9)

Deferred income tax provision

 

4.6

 

4.7

Non-cash effects of changes in FIN 48 accruals

(0.2)

 

-

Increase in working capital

(25.5)

 

(6.8)

Pension and other postretirement benefits

0.8

 

(2.8)

Other

 

0.5

 

(0.2)

 

     Net cash provided by operating activities

 

5.1

 

14.8

Investing Activities

       

Capital expenditures

 

(5.7)

 

(4.3)

Purchase of marketable securities

 

(0.1)

 

(0.1)

Other

 

(0.1)

 

(0.1)

 

     Cash used in investing activities

   

(5.9)

 

(4.5)

Financing Activities

       

Repayment of debt

 

(4.7)

 

(6.8)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

0.2

 

2.6

Shares purchased

     

(3.3)

 

(0.1)

Cash dividends paid

 

(5.1)

 

(4.0)

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

     

0.5

 

1.9

 

     Cash used in financing activities

   

(12.4)

 

(6.4)

 

     Effect of exchange rates on cash and
     cash equivalents

 

(0.6)

 

(0.1)

 

    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(13.8)

 

3.8

 

    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year

 

72.6

 

73.4

    Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year

 

$                  58.8

 

$                  77.2

 

Contact: Neenah Paper, Inc.
Bill McCarthy
Vice President – Financial Analysis and Investor Relations
678-518-3278

 

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