Albany International Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

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Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported that Q4 2018 Net income attributable to the Company was $17.6 million, including a charge of $1.8 million from income tax adjustments. Net income attributable to the Company was increased by $2.5 million as a result of the adoption of ASC 606. Q4 2017 Net income attributable to the Company was $5.9 million, including a net charge of $5.1 million from income tax adjustments.

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Q4 2018 Income before income taxes was $27.8 million, including $1.9 million of restructuring charges, $2.9 million of losses from foreign currency revaluation, and a net charge of $1.5 million for pension settlements and curtailments. Q4 2017 Income before income taxes was $15.1 million, including restructuring charges of $3.3 million and losses of $1.8 million from foreign currency revaluation.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted the provisions of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, using the modified retrospective method for transition. Table 1 summarizes the Q4 and full-year 2018 effect on various financial statement line items that resulted from the adoption of the new standard.

 

Table 1

Increase/(decrease) attributable to the adoption of ASC 606

(in thousands)

     

For the Three Months ended
December 31, 2018

   

For the Year ended
December 31, 2018

 
       

Machine
Clothing
(MC)

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites
(AEC)

   

Income Tax
and
noncontrolling
interest
effects

   

Total
Company

   

Machine
Clothing
(MC)

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites
(AEC)

   

Income Tax
and
noncontrolling
interest
effects

   

Total
Company

Net sales       $ (3,781 )     $ (1,088 )     $ -       $ (4,869 )     $ (3,970 )     $ (3,150 )     $ -       $ (7,120 )
Gross profit         (1,578 )       4,898         -         3,320         (1,617 )       4,930         -         3,313  
Selling, technical, general and research expenses         (16 )       -         -         (16 )       (12 )       -         -         (12 )
Operating income and Income before income taxes         (1,562 )       4,898         -         3,336         (1,605 )       4,930         -         3,325  
Income taxes         -         -         779         779         -         -         877         877  
Net income         (1,562 )       4,898         (779 )       2,557         (1,605 )       4,930         (877 )       2,448  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in ASC         -         -         18         18         -         -         129         129  
Net income attributable to the Company       $ (1,562 )     $ 4,898       $ (797 )     $ 2,539       $ (1,605 )     $ 4,930       $ (1,006 )     $ 2,319  
                       

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company discovered that ASC 606 implementation issues in its Machine Clothing business segment had resulted in immaterial errors in certain reported segment and consolidated Company financial statement line items – including Net sales and Net income – for each of the first three quarters of 2018. For 2018, the Company is required to also present its financial statements on an as-adjusted basis to exclude the impact of ASC 606. Because the errors were exclusively related to the implementation of ASC 606, they had no impact on these as-adjusted figures as reported in the Company’s quarterly reports. The Company has determined that the effect of these errors in its previously-filed quarterly reports was not material and, accordingly, the Company will revise the previously-reported 2018 amounts in the Company’s 2019 quarterly filings. Table 1A below sets forth, for certain financial statement line items impacted by ASC 606 adoption, (i) the increase or decrease through September 30, 2018 due to ASC 606 adoption as previously reported, (ii) the amount of the error, and (iii) the corrected amount of such increase or decrease.

 

Table 1A

Increase/(decrease) attributable to the adoption of ASC 606

(in thousands)

       

Machine Clothing Segment
For the Nine Months
ended September 30, 2018

   

Total Company
For the Nine Months
ended September 30, 2018

 
         

Amount as
Previously
Reported

   

Error
Correction

   

Revised
Amount

   

Amount as
Previously
Reported

   

Error
Correction

   

Revised
Amount

Net sales         $ 8,404     $ (8,593 )     $ (189 )     $ 6,342     $ (8,593 )     $ (2,251 )
Gross profit           4,990       (5,029 )       (39 )       5,022       (5,029 )       (7 )
Selling, technical, general and research expenses           67       (63 )       4         67       (63 )       4  
Operating income and Income before income taxes           4,923       (4,966 )       (43 )       4,955       (4,966 )       (11 )
Income taxes           -       -         -         1,539       (1,441 )       98  
Net income           4,923       (4,966 )       (43 )       3,416       (3,525 )       (109 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in ASC           -       -         -         111       -         111  
Net income attributable to the Company         $ 4,923     $ (4,966 )     $ (43 )     $ 3,305     $ (3,525 )     $ (220 )
               

Table 2 summarizes Net sales and the effect of changes in currency translation rates:

 

Table 2

 

   

Net Sales
Three Months ended
December 31,

   

Percent
Change

   

Impact of
Changes
in Currency
Translation Rates

   

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate Effect

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

   

2018

   

2017

           
Machine Clothing (MC)     $ 150,693     $ 150,263     0.3 %     $ (2,547 )     2.0 %
Albany Engineered Composites (AEC)       100,920       76,465     32.0         (685 )     32.9  
Total     $ 251,613     $ 226,728     11.0 %     $ (3,232 )     12.4 %
   

Table 3 summarizes Q4 Net sales excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects:

 

Table 3

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

       

 

 

 

Q4 2018
Net sales,
as reported

   

 

 

 

Increase/
(decrease) due
to ASC 606

   

 

Decrease due
to Changes in
Currency
Translation
Rates

   

 

Q4 2018
Net sales
on same
basis as
Q4 2017

   

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate and
ASC 606
Effects

Machine Clothing         $ 150,693     $ (3,781 )     $ (2,547 )     $ 157,021     4.5 %
Albany Engineered Composites           100,920       (1,088 )       (685 )       102,693     34.3  
Total         $ 251,613     $ (4,869 )     $ (3,232 )     $ 259,714     14.5 %
                       

In Machine Clothing, when excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, Net sales increased 4.5% compared to Q4 2017. Globally, MC sales grew in the packaging and publication grades, with particular strength in North America.

AEC Net sales grew 34.3% compared to Q4 2017, when excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, primarily driven by growth in the LEAP, Boeing 787, F-35 and CH-53K programs.

Table 4 summarizes Gross profit by segment:

 

Table 4

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

       

Three Months ended
December 31, 2018

   

Three Months ended
December 31, 2017

       

Gross profit

   

Percent of sales

   

Gross profit

   

Percent of sales

Machine Clothing         $ 73,305       48.6 %     $ 67,609       45.0 %
Albany Engineered Composites           14,673       14.5         10,003       13.1  
Corporate expenses           (56 )     -         (94 )     -  
Total         $ 87,922       34.9 %     $ 77,518       34.2 %
       

Fourth-quarter MC Gross profit improved in 2018 due to higher Net sales and improved plant utilization. The improvement in AEC Gross profit was driven by higher sales volume and productivity improvements. AEC Gross profit in Q4 2018 also reflects the impact of costs related to ramp-up inefficiencies, which were partially offset by a favorable net change in the estimated profitability of long-term contracts.

Table 5 summarizes selling, technical, general and research (STG&R) expenses by segment:

 

Table 5

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

       

Three Months ended
December 31, 2018

   

Three Months ended
December 31, 2017

       

STG&R Expense

   

Percent of sales

   

STG&R Expense

   

Percent of sales

Machine Clothing         $ 28,666     19.0 %     $ 30,578     20.3 %
Albany Engineered Composites           7,924     7.9         8,564     11.2  
Corporate expenses           12,062     -         11,890     -  
Total         $ 48,652     19.3 %     $ 51,032     22.5 %
       

Gains and losses from the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency assets and liabilities (primarily arising in the Machine Clothing segment) decreased fourth-quarter 2017 STG&R expenses by $0.5 million, but the impact in 2018 was negligible.

Table 6 summarizes fourth-quarter expenses associated with internally funded research and development by segment:

 

Table 6

(in thousands)

       

Research and development expenses
Three Months ended
December 31,

       

2018

   

2017

Machine Clothing         $ 4,636     $ 5,210
Albany Engineered Composites           2,831       2,506
Total         $ 7,467     $ 7,716
   

Table 7 summarizes fourth-quarter operating income/(loss) by segment:

 

Table 7

(in thousands)

       

Operating Income/(loss)
Three Months ended

December 31,

       

2018

     

2017

Machine Clothing         $ 42,884       $ 34,614  
Albany Engineered Composites           6,667         585  
Corporate expenses           (12,137 )       (11,984 )
Total         $ 37,414       $ 23,215  
   

Table 8 presents the effect on Operating income from restructuring and currency revaluation:

 

Table 8

(in thousands)

       

Expenses/(gain) in Q4 2018
resulting from

   

Expenses/(gain) in Q4 2017
resulting from

       

Restructuring

   

Revaluation

   

Restructuring

   

Revaluation

Machine Clothing         $ 1,756     $ 26     $ 2,417     $ (524 )
Albany Engineered Composites           80       3       854       44  
Corporate expenses           20       15      

-

      2  
Total         $ 1,856     $ 44     $ 3,271     $ (478 )
       

Q4 2018 restructuring charges in MC were principally related to the closure of the Machine Clothing facility in Sélestat, France.

Q4 2018 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $5.0 million, including losses related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $2.9 million. In Q4 2018, the Company took actions to de-risk its non-U.S. defined benefit pension plan liabilities, which resulted in a charge of $2.2 million. Q4 2018 also includes a pension curtailment gain of $0.7 million related to the restructuring in Sélestat, France. Q4 2017 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $4.0 million, including losses related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $2.3 million.

Table 9 summarizes currency revaluation effects on certain financial metrics:

 

Table 9

(in thousands)

       

Income/(loss) attributable to currency revaluation
Three Months ended December 31,

       

2018

   

2017

Operating income         $ (44 )     $ 478  
Other income/(expense), net           (2,863 )       (2,323 )
Total         $ (2,907 )     $ (1,845 )
   

The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was 31.3% for Q4 2018, compared to 32.0% for Q4 2017. Discrete tax items and the effect of a change in the estimated income tax rate increased income tax expense by $1.8 million in Q4 2018, and $5.1 million in Q4 2017.

Tables 10 and 11 provide a reconciliation of Operating income and Net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

 

Table 10

Three Months ended December 31, 2018
(in thousands)

       

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

   

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)         $ 42,884     $ 6,667     $ (12,137 )     $ 37,414  
Interest, taxes, other income/expense           -       -       (20,142 )       (20,142 )
Net income (GAAP)           42,884       6,667       (32,279 )       17,272  
Interest expense, net           -       -       4,594         4,594  
Income tax expense           -       -       10,538         10,538  
Depreciation and amortization           6,542       10,909       1,162         18,613  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)           49,426       17,576       (15,985 )       51,017  
Restructuring expenses, net           1,756       80       20         1,856  
Foreign currency revaluation (gains)/losses           26       3       2,878         2,907  
Pension settlement/curtailment           -       -       1,494         1,494  
Pretax loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in ASC           -       422       -         422  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 51,208     $ 18,081     $ (11,593 )     $ 57,696  
                   

                   

Table 11

                           

Three Months ended December 31, 2017
(in thousands)

       

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

   

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)         $ 34,614       $ 585       $ (11,984 )     $ 23,215  
Interest, taxes, other income/expense           -         -         (18,057 )       (18,057 )
Net income (GAAP)           34,614         585         (30,041 )       5,158  
Interest expense, net           -         -         4,049         4,049  
Income tax expense           -         -         9,985         9,985  
Depreciation and amortization           8,429         8,920         1,351         18,700  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)           43,043         9,505         (14,656 )       37,892  
Restructuring expenses, net           2,417         854         -         3,271  
Foreign currency revaluation (gains)/losses           (524 )       44         2,325         1,845  
Adjustment to write-off of inventory in a discontinued product line           -         (355 )       -         (355 )
Pretax loss attributable to non-controlling interest in ASC           -         746         -         746  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 44,936       $ 10,794       $ (12,331 )     $ 43,399  
 

Payments for capital expenditures were $22.2 million in Q4 2018, compared to $25.4 million in Q4 2017. Depreciation and amortization was $18.6 million in Q4 2018, compared to $18.7 million in Q4 2017.

CFO Comments

CFO and Treasurer John Cozzolino said, “Cash flow in Q4 was very good due to strong operating results and improved working capital. The improvement in working capital reflects a number of 2018 initiatives, especially in AEC, which are driving improved working capital efficiency. Cash balances increased about $37 million to a total of $198 million, while total debt decreased just over $5 million to $525 million as of the end of the year. The combined effect of the reported changes in cash and total debt resulted in a $42 million Q4 decrease in net debt (total debt less cash, see Table 22), to an end of year balance of $327 million. The improvement in Q4 was more than enough to offset the year-to-date Q3 increase in net debt, as net debt for the year declined about $5 million. The Company’s leverage ratio, as defined in our revolving credit facility, was 1.96 at the end of Q4 as compared to 2.05 at the end of Q3, well below our current limit of 3.75.

“In Q4, as part of the Company’s continued efforts to de-risk our global defined benefit pension plans, about $13 million of pension liabilities in Canada were transferred to an insurance Company. Existing plan assets were used to execute the transfer of the liabilities and the pension plan remained fully funded after the transaction. The extinguishment of this liability generated a pension settlement charge of about $2 million, related to the recognition of unamortized actuarial losses.

“Capital expenditures during the quarter were about $22 million, consistent with the expected range of $20 million to $25 million per quarter. We expect capital expenditures in 2019 to continue in that range per quarter throughout the year, as the Company continues to invest in equipment to support multiple ramp-ups in AEC. We also expect depreciation and amortization in 2019 to decrease to a range of $70 million to $75 million primarily due to lower depreciation in MC.

“The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was 31.3% in 2018 compared to 32.0% in 2017. Cash paid for income taxes was about $8 million in Q4 and $28 million for 2018. Based on the Company’s current estimate of the mix of earnings in the countries where we do business, we anticipate the 2019 tax rate on income from continuing operations to be in the range of 29% to 31%. Cash taxes in 2019 are expected to be in the range of $28 million to $30 million.

“As noted earlier in this release, the Company adopted ASC 606 at the beginning of 2018. As part of our continued efforts to ensure the successful adoption of this new revenue accounting standard, implementation issues were discovered in Q4 that caused an immaterial overstatement in revenue and income previously reported for the first nine months of 2018 (see Table 1A). The implementation issues were related to certain MC contracts in which the Company satisfies its performance obligation in advance of delivery. During Q4, the issues were corrected and additional internal controls were employed to ensure the accuracy of reported MC revenue and income for both the current quarter and the full year.”

CEO Comments

CEO Olivier Jarrault commented, “Q4 2018 was once again a very good quarter for Albany International as strong performance continued across both businesses. Total Company Net sales increased 11%, or 15% excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects. Compared to Q4 2017, Net income and Adjusted EBITDA both increased sharply. Net income increased to $17 million while Adjusted EBITDA grew to $58 million due to higher sales and productivity improvements in both MC and AEC.

“MC sales in the fourth quarter, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, increased 4% compared to Q4 2017. Globally, MC sales grew in both the packaging and publication grades, with particular strength in North America.

“MC gross margin in Q4 increased to 48.6% compared to 45.0% in Q4 2017, primarily due to higher sales and improved plant utilization. Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA both increased significantly compared to Q4 2017, with Adjusted EBITDA improving to $51 million in the quarter.

“For the full year, MC Net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, increased 3% compared to 2017 with increases in all major paper grades. The increase in Net sales reflects our continued global leadership in product innovation, our superior customer service levels, and our commitment to outstanding application engineering. Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA both increased sharply compared to 2017, with Adjusted EBITDA growing to $212 million, reflecting strong process productivity improvement and the impact of our continuous focus on cost reduction initiatives.

“Looking at 2019, the MC business is well-positioned to maintain relatively stable sales, with Adjusted EBITDA once again higher than the historical range of $180 million to $195 million. Assuming no significant changes in global economic conditions or currency rates, we expect 2019 Adjusted EBITDA to be between $195 million and $205 million.

“Q4 was another quarter of strong, improving performance for AEC, with significant growth in Net sales, Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA compared to Q4 2017. Net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, increased 34%, while profitability continued to improve compared to Q4 2017.

“The increase in sales in Q4 was substantially driven by the LEAP program. Sales of fan cases, fan blades and spacers for LEAP engines, which represented about 44% of AEC Q4 2018 sales, grew 31% compared to Q4 2017, reflecting AEC’s continued execution related to the unprecedented steep ramp-up of this jet engine program. Higher sales of Boeing 787 fuselage frames, as well as F-35 and CH-53K components, also contributed to the growth in sales. Combined sales for these three programs grew 43% compared to Q4 2017.

“AEC Operating income continued to improve as it grew to $6.7 million in Q4, compared to $0.6 million in Q4 2017. Adjusted EBITDA also continued to improve in the quarter as it increased to $18.1 million, or 17.9% of Net sales, compared to $10.8 million, or 14.1% of Net sales, in Q4 2017. The increase in both Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA reflects not only higher sales volume, but also productivity improvements resulting from the deployment of a disciplined standardized operational system across our AEC plants, as well as the favorable impact of our continuous improvement program. The AEC team is improving quality and on-time delivery to our customers despite increasing demand and record shipment levels.

“For the full year 2018, AEC Net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, increased 36% compared to 2017, exceeding the upper end of the 20% to 30% range we discussed in past quarters. Sales related to the LEAP program were the largest driver of this increase, along with growth in sales of Boeing 787 fuselage frames and F-35 and CH-53K components. AEC’s profitability also showed strong improvement in 2018 with sharp increases in Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA in 2018 grew to $63 million or 17.1% of Net sales.

“In R&D, our new product development activities – which focus on existing, derivative and new technologies – and our process improvement projects – which aim to optimize our operational performance across AEC – continued in Q4 to build upon the progress of prior quarters. Our continued execution on our major existing contracts, as well as on anticipated new contract wins provides the potential for AEC to reach annual sales of $500 million to $550 million in 2020. As I have stated in previous quarters, the potential for AEC beyond 2020 will be based not only on executing on the continued ramp up of existing programs on which we are already well established, but also on increasing share or acquiring first-time content on ramping programs, while at the same time winning new contracts on future commercial and defense airframe and engine platforms.

“In 2019, we expect AEC to continue to substantially grow sales with further incremental improvement in profitability compared to 2018. Full-year 2019 Net sales are expected to grow in the range of 20% to 25%, driven by higher sales of fan blades, fan cases and spacers for the LEAP program, and components for the CH-53K, F-35 and Boeing 787 programs, as well as by our advanced technologies development work in support of next-gen engine programs. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales should show some incremental improvement compared to 2018, keeping AEC on track toward our goal of 18% to 20% Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales in 2020.

“Overall, Q4 was another very good quarter for the Company, completing a year of outstanding financial performance in both businesses. MC Net sales, Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA all increased in Q4 and for the full-year compared to 2017, with Adjusted EBITDA well ahead of the upper end of the historical range of $180 million to $195 million. MC is well positioned for relatively stable sales in 2019 and with the potential for Adjusted EBITDA in 2019 between $195 million and $205 million. AEC had another strong quarter with growth in Net sales, Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA, completing a very successful year. AEC is expected to continue to grow substantially in 2019, with additional incremental improvement in profitability compared to 2018.”

About Albany International Corp.

Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 22 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com.

This release contains certain non-GAAP metrics, including: net sales, and percent change in net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and/or currency translation effects (for each segment and the Company as a whole); EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (for each segment and the Company as a whole, represented in dollars or as a percentage of net sales); net debt and net debt excluding the impact of certain non-cash items; and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments. Such items are provided because management believes that, when reconciled from the GAAP items to which they relate, they provide additional useful information to investors regarding the Company’s operational performance.

Presenting sales and increases or decreases in sales, after currency effects and/or ASC 606 impact are excluded, can give management and investors insight into underlying sales trends. EBITDA, or net income with interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization added back, is a common indicator of financial performance used, among other things, to analyze and compare core profitability between companies and industries because it eliminates effects due to differences in financing, asset bases and taxes. An understanding of the impact in a particular quarter of specific restructuring costs, currency revaluation, inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses, pension settlements/curtailments, or other gains and losses, on net income (absolute as well as on a per-share basis), operating income or EBITDA can give management and investors additional insight into core financial performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had a greater or lesser effect, or no effect. Restructuring expenses in the MC segment, while frequent in recent years, are reflective of significant reductions in manufacturing capacity and associated headcount in response to shifting markets, and not of the profitability of the business going forward as restructured. Net debt, and net debt excluding the impact of certain non-cash items, are, in the opinion of the Company, helpful to investors wishing to understand what the Company’s debt position would be if all available cash were applied to pay down indebtedness. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, are performance measures that relate to the Company’s continuing operations.

Net sales, or percent changes in net sales, excluding currency rate effects, are calculated by converting amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of a prior period. The impact of ASC 606 on various financial statement line items is determined by calculating what the GAAP-reported amount would have been under the prior ASC 605 standard, and comparing that amount to the amount reported under the new ASC 606 standard. These amounts are then compared to the U.S. dollar amount as reported in the current period. The Company calculates EBITDA by removing the following from Net income: Interest expense net, Income tax expense, Depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by: adding to EBITDA costs associated with restructuring, inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses, and pension settlements/curtailments; adding (or subtracting) revaluation losses (or gains); subtracting (or adding) gains (or losses) from the sale of buildings or investments; subtracting insurance recovery gains in excess of previously recorded losses; and subtracting (or adding) Income (or loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest in Albany Safran Composites (ASC). Adjusted EBITDA may also be presented as a percentage of net sales by dividing it by net sales. Net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, is calculated by adding to (or subtracting from) net income attributable to the Company per share, on an after-tax basis: restructuring charges; inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses; pension settlements/curtailments; discrete tax charges (or gains) and the effect of changes in the income tax rate; foreign currency revaluation losses (or gains); acquisition expenses; and losses (or gains) from the sale of investments.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, as defined by the Company, may not be similar to similarly named measures of other companies. Such measures are not considered measurements under GAAP, and should be considered in addition to, but not as substitutes for, the information contained in the Company’s statements of income.

The Company discloses certain income and expense items on a per-share basis. The Company believes that such disclosures provide important insight into underlying quarterly earnings and are financial performance metrics commonly used by investors. The Company calculates the quarterly per-share amount for items included in continuing operations by using the income tax rate based on income from continuing operations and the weighted-average number of shares outstanding for each period. Year-to-date earnings per-share effects are determined by adding the amounts calculated at each reporting period.

Table 12 summarizes year-to-date Net sales and the effect of changes in currency translation rates:

 

Table 12

 

 

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

       

Net Sales
Years ended
December 31,

   

 

 

Percent
Change

   

Impact of
Changes
in Currency
Translation Rates

   

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate Effect

       

2018

   

2017

           
Machine Clothing (MC)         $ 611,858     $ 590,357     3.6 %     $ 6,128     2.6 %
Albany Engineered Composites (AEC)           370,621       273,360     35.6         2,399     34.7  
Total         $ 982,479     $ 863,717     13.8 %     $ 8,527     12.8 %
   

Table 13 summarizes year-to-date Net sales excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects:

 

Table 13

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

       

Net Sales
Years ended
December 31,

2018,
as reported

   

 

 

 

Increase/
(decrease) due
to ASC 606

   

 

Increase due
to Changes in
Currency
Translation
Rates

   

 

2018
Net sales
on same
basis as
2017

   

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate and
ASC 606
Effects

Machine Clothing         $ 611,858     $ (3,970 )     $ 6,128     $ 609,700     3.3 %
Albany Engineered Composites           370,621       (3,150 )       2,399       371,372     35.9  
Total         $ 982,479     $ (7,120 )     $ 8,527     $ 981,072     13.6 %
                       

Tables 14 and 15 provide a reconciliation of full year Operating income and Net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

 

Table 14

Year ended December 31, 2018
(in thousands)

       

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

 

 

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)         $ 169,836       $ 16,647       $ (49,075 )     $ 137,408  
Interest, taxes, other income/expense           -         -         (54,389 )       (54,389 )
Net income (GAAP)           169,836         16,647         (103,464 )       83,019  
Interest expense, net           -         -         18,124         18,124  
Income tax expense           -         -         32,228         32,228  
Depreciation and amortization           30,813         43,205         5,018         79,036  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)           200,649         59,852         (48,094 )       212,407  
Restructuring expenses, net           12,278         3,048         244         15,570  
Foreign currency revaluation (gains)/losses           (826 )       547         (62 )       (341 )
Pension settlement/curtailment           -         -         1,494         1,494  
Pretax (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest in ASC           -         (197 )       -         (197 )
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 212,101       $ 63,250       $ (46,418 )     $ 228,933  
                 
 

Table 15

Year ended December 31, 2017

(in thousands)

       

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites*

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

   

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)         $ 153,980     $ (31,657 )     $ (43,647 )     $ 78,676  
Interest, taxes, other income/expense           -       -         (46,091 )       (46,091 )
Net income (GAAP)           153,980       (31,657 )       (89,738 )       32,585  
Interest expense, net           -       -         17,091         17,091  
Income tax expense           -       -         22,123         22,123  
Depreciation and amortization           33,527       33,533         4,896         71,956  
EBITDA (non-GAAP)           187,507       1,876         (45,628 )       143,755  
Restructuring expenses, net           3,429       10,062         -         13,491  
Foreign currency revaluation losses           3,903       214         4,644         8,761  
Write-off of inventory in a discontinued product line           -       2,800         -         2,800  
Pretax loss attributable to non-controlling interest in ASC           -       567         -         567  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 194,839     $ 15,519       $ (40,984 )     $ 169,374  

* Includes Q2 charge of $15.8 million related to revisions in the estimated profitability of two long-term contracts.

 

Tables 16, 17, 18 and 19 contain per share effects of certain income and expense items:

 

Table 16

Three Months ended December 31, 2018
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

       

Pretax amounts

   

Tax Effect

   

After-tax Effect

    Per Share Effect

Restructuring expenses, net

        $ 1,856     $ 581       $ 1,275     $ 0.04
Foreign currency revaluation losses           2,907       910         1,997       0.06
Pension settlement/curtailment charge           1,494       348         1,146       0.04
Unfavorable effect of change in income tax rate           -       1,378         1,378       0.04
Net discrete income tax charge           -       462         462       0.01
Favorable effect of applying ASC 606           3,336    

797

*

      2,539       0.08

* Includes tax and noncontrolling interest effects

 
 

Table 17

Three Months ended December 31, 2017
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

        Pretax amounts    

Tax Effect

    After-tax Effect    

Per Share Effect

Restructuring expenses, net         $ 3,271     $ 1,047     $ 2,224     $ 0.07
Foreign currency revaluation losses           1,845       590       1,255       0.04
Reduction in write-off of inventory in a discontinued product line           355       131       224       0.01
Favorable effect of change in income tax rate           -       1,742       1,742       0.05
Net discrete income tax charge           -       6,833       6,833       0.21
                   
 

Table 18

Year ended December 31, 2018
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

        Pretax amounts    

Tax Effect

   

After-tax Effect

    Per Share Effect
Restructuring expenses, net         $ 15,570     $ 4,904       $ 10,666     $ 0.34
Foreign currency revaluation gains           341       (3 )       344       0.01
Pension settlement/curtailment charge           1,494       348         1,146       0.04
Net discrete income tax benefit           -       3,816         3,816       0.12
Favorable effect of applying ASC 606           3,325    

1,006

*

      2,319       0.07

* Includes tax and noncontrolling interest effects

   
 
 

Table 19

Year ended December 31, 2017
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

        Pretax amounts    

Tax Effect

    After-tax Effect    

Per Share Effect

Restructuring expenses, net         $ 13,491     $ 4,768     $ 8,723     $ 0.27
Foreign currency revaluation losses           8,761       3,107       5,654       0.18
Write-off of inventory in a discontinued product line           2,800       1,036       1,764       0.05
Net discrete income tax charge           -       4,602       4,602       0.14
Charge for revision to estimated profitability of AEC contracts           15,821       5,854       9,967       0.31
                   

Table 20 contains the calculation of Net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments:

           

Table 20

Per share amounts (Basic)

Three Months ended
December 31,

Year ended
December 31,

       

2018

   

2017

   

2018

   

2017*

Net income attributable to the Company, reported (GAAP)         $ 0.55     $ 0.18       $ 2.57       $ 1.03
Adjustments:                            
Restructuring expenses, net           0.04       0.07         0.34         0.27
Discrete tax adjustments and effect of change in income tax rate           0.05       0.16         (0.12 )       0.14
Foreign currency revaluation (gains)/losses           0.06       0.04         (0.01 )       0.18
Pension settlement/curtailment charge           0.04       -         0.04         -
Write-off of inventory in a discontinued product line           -       (0.01 )       -         0.05
Net income attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments (non-GAAP)         $ 0.74     $ 0.44       $ 2.82       $ 1.67

*Includes charge of $0.31 per share for revisions in the estimated profitability of two AEC contracts.

 

Table 21 contains the calculation of AEC Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales:

 

Table 21

(in thousands, except percentages)

       

Adjusted
EBITDA as a
percentage of
Net sales
Year ended
December 31,
2018

   

Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales
Three months ended

           

December 31,
2018

   

September 30,
2018

   

June 30,
2018

   

March 31,
2018

   

December 31,
2017

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)        

$

63,250

     

$

18,081

     

$

16,540

     

$

15,134

     

$

13,495

     

$

10,794

 
Net sales (GAAP)         $ 370,621       $ 100,920       $ 94,282       $ 93,590       $ 81,830       $ 76,465  
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales           17.1 %       17.9 %       17.5 %       16.2 %       16.5 %       14.1 %
               

Table 22 contains the calculation of net debt and net debt excluding the impact of the Q4 2018 facility lease modification:

 

Table 22

(in thousands)

       

December 31,
2018

   

September 30,
2018

   

June 30,
2018

   

March 31,
2018

   

December 31,
2017

Notes and loans payable         $ -       $ -       $ 26     $ 226     $ 262  
Current maturities of long-term debt           1,224         1,231         1,844       1,821       1,799  
Long-term debt           523,707         529,003         523,186       518,656       514,120  
Total debt           524,931         530,234         525,056       520,703       516,181  
Cash and cash equivalents           197,755         160,593         154,744       151,426       183,727  
Net debt           327,176         369,641         370,312       369,277       332,454  
Quarterly increase/(decrease) in net debt           (42,465 )       (671 )       1,035       36,823       (19,610 )
Non-cash increase in debt related to facility lease modification           -         12,656         -       -       -  
Quarterly increase/(decrease) excluding non-cash changes in net debt         $ (42,465 )     $ (13,327 )     $ 1,035     $ 36,823     $ (19,610 )
                       

Table 23 contains the reconciliation of MC 2019 projected net income to MC 2019 Adjusted EBITDA:

 

Table 23

Machine Clothing 2019 Projected Adjusted EBITDA
(in millions)

       

Projected
Adjusted

EBITDA –
low end

   

Projected
Adjusted

EBITDA –
high end

Net income (GAAP)         $ 172     $ 182
Depreciation and amortization           23       23
EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 195     $ 205
Restructuring expenses         *     *
Foreign currency revaluation (gains)         *     *
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)         $ 195     $ 205

* Due to the uncertainty of these items, management is currently unable to project restructuring expenses and foreign currency revaluation gains/losses for 2019.

 

This press release may contain statements, estimates, or projections that constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “look for,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties (including, without limitation, those set forth in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q) that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s historical experience and our present expectations or projections.

Forward-looking statements in this release or in the webcast include, without limitation, statements about macroeconomic and paper-industry trends and conditions during 2019 and in future years; expectations in 2019 and in future periods of sales, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA (both in dollars and as a percentage of net sales), income, gross profit, gross margin, cash flows and other financial items in each of the Company’s businesses, and for the Company as a whole; the timing and impact of production and development programs in the Company’s AEC business segment and the sales growth potential of key AEC programs, as well as AEC as a whole; the amount and timing of capital expenditures, future tax rates and cash paid for taxes, depreciation and amortization; future debt and net debt levels and debt covenant ratios; the impact of the new revenue recognition standard on financial results for each business segment and for the Company as a whole; the impact of the U.S. tax legislation passed in Q4 2017; the timing and impact of the restructuring in France; and changes in currency rates and their impact on future revaluation gains and losses. Furthermore, a change in any one or more of the foregoing factors could have a material effect on the Company’s financial results in any period. Such statements are based on current expectations, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Statements expressing management’s assessments of the growth potential of its businesses, or referring to earlier assessments of such potential, are not intended as forecasts of actual future growth, and should not be relied on as such. While management believes such assessments to have a reasonable basis, such assessments are, by their nature, inherently uncertain. This release and earlier releases set forth a number of assumptions regarding these assessments, including historical results, independent forecasts regarding the markets in which these businesses operate, and the timing and magnitude of orders for our customers’ products.

Historical growth rates are no guarantee of future growth, and such independent forecasts and assumptions could prove materially incorrect in some cases.

           
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
 
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Years Ended
December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
$ 251,613 $ 226,728 Net sales $ 982,479 $ 863,717
  163,691     149,210   Cost of goods sold   632,730   567,434  
 
87,922 77,518 Gross profit 349,749 296,283
38,543 40,646 Selling, general, and administrative expenses 156,189 162,942
10,109 10,386 Technical and research expenses 40,582 41,174
  1,856     3,271   Restructuring expenses, net   15,570   13,491  
 
37,414 23,215 Operating income 137,408 78,676
4,594 4,049 Interest expense, net 18,124 17,091
  5,010     4,023   Other expense, net   4,037   6,877  
 
27,810 15,143 Income before income taxes 115,247 54,708
  10,538     9,985   Income tax expense   32,228   22,123  
 
17,272 5,158 Net income 83,019 32,585
  (319 )   (728 ) Net income/(loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest   128   (526 )
$ 17,591   $ 5,886   Net income attributable to the Company $ 82,891 $ 33,111  
 
$ 0.55 $ 0.18 Earnings per share attributable to Company shareholders - Basic $ 2.57 $ 1.03
 
$ 0.54 $ 0.18 Earnings per share attributable to Company shareholders - Diluted $ 2.57 $ 1.03
 
Shares of the Company used in computing earnings per share:
32,266 32,196 Basic 32,252 32,169
 
32,279 32,218 Diluted 32,267 32,199
 
$ 0.18 $ 0.17 Dividends declared per share, Class A and Class B $ 0.69 $ 0.68
 

 
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)
           
 

December 31,
2018

December 31,
2017
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 197,755 $ 183,727
Accounts receivable, net 223,176 202,675
Contract assets 57,447 -
Inventories 85,904 136,519
Income taxes prepaid and receivable 7,473 6,266
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   21,294     14,520  
Total current assets 593,049 543,707
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 462,055 454,302
Intangibles, net 49,206 55,441
Goodwill 164,382 166,796
Deferred income taxes 62,622 68,648
Noncurrent receivables 45,061 32,811
Other assets   41,617     39,493  
Total assets $ 1,417,992   $ 1,361,198  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Notes and loans payable $ - $ 262
Accounts payable 52,246 44,899
Accrued liabilities 129,030 105,914
Current maturities of long-term debt 1,224 1,799
Income taxes payable   6,806     8,643  
Total current liabilities 189,306 161,517
 
Long-term debt 523,707 514,120
Other noncurrent liabilities 88,277 101,555
Deferred taxes and other liabilities   8,422     10,991  
Total liabilities   809,712     788,183  
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock, par value $5.00 per share;
authorized 2,000,000 shares; none issued - -
Class A Common Stock, par value $.001 per share;
authorized 100,000,000 shares; issued 37,450,329 in 2018
and 37,395,753 in 2017 37 37
Class B Common Stock, par value $.001 per share;
authorized 25,000,000 shares; issued and
outstanding 3,233,998 in 2018 and 2017 3 3
Additional paid in capital 430,555 428,423
Retained earnings 589,645 534,082
Accumulated items of other comprehensive income:

Translation adjustments

(115,976 ) (87,318 )
Pension and postretirement liability adjustments (47,109 ) (50,536 )
Derivative valuation adjustment 4,697 1,953
Treasury stock (Class A), at cost 8,418,620 shares in 2018
and 8,431,335 shares in 2017   (256,603 )   (256,876 )
Total Company shareholders' equity 605,249 569,768
Noncontrolling interest   3,031     3,247  
Total equity   608,280     573,015  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,417,992   $ 1,361,198  
 

 
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
                   
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Years ended
December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

$ 17,272 $ 5,158

 

Net income

$ 83,019 $ 32,585

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

15,948 16,150 Depreciation 68,800 61,517
2,665 2,550 Amortization 10,236 10,439
854 (7,623 ) Change in other noncurrent liabilities (5,479 ) (10,145 )
15,984 9,356 Change in deferred taxes and other liabilities 8,972 (1,264 )
452 954 Provision for write-off of property, plant and equipment 3,707 2,870
155 26 Non-cash interest expense 459 660
324 268 Compensation and benefits paid or payable in Class A Common Stock 2,203 2,133
(61 ) (131 ) Fair value adjustment on foreign currency option - -
1,494 - Write-off of pension liability adjustment due to settlement/ curtailment 1,494 -
- - Write-off of intangible assets in a discontinued product line - 4,149

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities that provided/(used) cash:

20,815 (2,078 ) Accounts receivable (19,139 ) (21,859 )
(1,546 ) -

Contract assets

(10,267 ) -
15,440 20,300 Inventories (968 ) 3,090
(698 ) (1,691 ) Prepaid expenses and other current assets (5,815 ) (4,989 )
(948 ) 1,876 Income taxes prepaid and receivable (1,402 ) (941 )
3,186 5,614 Accounts payable 9,340 2,910
(3,962 ) 778 Accrued liabilities 8,209 5,303
(14,179 ) (3,763 ) Income taxes payable (824 ) (799 )
(3,403 ) (3,123 ) Noncurrent receivables (12,249 ) (18,766 )
  1,238     (2,120 ) Other, net   (7,811 )   (2,677 )
  71,030     42,501   Net cash provided by operating activities   132,485     64,216  
 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(21,015 ) (23,786 ) Purchases of property, plant and equipment (81,579 ) (85,510 )
  (1,177 )   (1,589 ) Purchased software   (1,307 )   (2,127 )
  (22,192 )   (25,375 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (82,886 )   (87,637 )
 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

- 69,999 Proceeds from borrowings 26,031 115,334
(5,299 ) (59,336 ) Principal payments on debt (29,913 ) (84,047 )
- (2,130 ) Debt acquisition costs - (2,130 )
- 6,346 Cash received to settle swap agreements - 6,346
- - Taxes paid in lieu of share issuance (1,652 ) (1,364 )
- 66 Proceeds from options exercised 202 597
  (5,485 )   (5,473 ) Dividends paid   (21,926 )   (21,869 )
  (10,784 )   9,472  

Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities

  (27,258 )   12,867  
 
  (892 )   3,664  

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

  (8,313 )   12,539  
 
37,162 30,262

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

14,028 1,985
  160,593     153,465  

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

  183,727     181,742  
$ 197,755   $ 183,727  

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$ 197,755   $ 183,727  

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