KMG Chemicals Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NYS: KMG) , a global provider of specialty chemicals in select markets, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended October 31, 2012.

2013 First Fiscal Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales were $65.3 million, down 8.7% from the comparable quarter in fiscal 2012, reflecting reduced volumes within our Wood Treating Chemicals business.
  • Gross profit margins increased to 30.7%, from 26.1% in the first fiscal quarter of 2012.
  • Operating income increased 1.6% to $7.1 million vs. $7.0 million in the same period a year ago.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.36, up 16% from $0.31 per share in last year's first fiscal quarter.
  • Electronic Chemicals segment operating margins (after corporate allocations) improved to 12.8% vs. 6.9% in the first fiscal quarter of 2012.
  • Wood Treating Chemicals segment operating margins (after corporate allocations) were 13.1% vs. 15.7% in last year's first quarter.

Neal Butler, President and CEO of KMG, commented, "Our first quarter results underscore the progress we have made in integrating and optimizing acquired assets within our Electronic Chemicals business. Electronic Chemicals segment operating margins improved 280 bps from the fourth quarter of 2012 and 590 bps from last year's first quarter. Although our Wood Treating Chemicals business experienced a challenging first quarter, increased profitability within our Electronic Chemicals segment helped drive solid earnings per share growth on a year-over-year basis."

Electronic Chemicals

Electronic Chemicals sales increased 2.9% year/year to $39.5 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2013, but declined 8.2% from $43.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Overall demand for KMG's high purity electronic chemicals softened in the first quarter, as semiconductor manufacturers curtailed production in response to weakening global economic conditions.

Segment operating margins improved strongly on a sequential and year/year basis, reaching 12.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 10.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 and 6.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The improvement in operating profitability from the prior year is primarily related to the realization of previous pricing adjustments that were implemented in response to prior raw material cost increases.

Wood Treating Chemicals

Wood Treating Chemicals sales declined to $25.7 million from $33.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, reflecting lower volumes, but increased from $24.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. The decline in first quarter volumes relative to last year's first quarter is primarily attributable to increased competitive pressures from alternative processes and materials in the rail tie treating market.

Wood Treating Chemicals segment operating margins decreased to 13.1% in the first quarter, from 15.7% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, but were essentially flat from 13.2% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. While margins declined on a year/year basis, the impact from lower volumes was mitigated by continued sales strength in our pentachlorophenol (penta) product line, which continues to benefit from market demand for mid-level transmission poles.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Overview

John V. Sobchak, CFO of KMG, said, "KMG paid down $2 million in debt in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, ending the quarter with long-term debt of $22 million. We have reduced our long-term debt by 50% over the past twelve months, resulting in long-term debt-to-shareholders' equity of 19.7% as of October 31, 2012. KMG continues to maintain strong financial flexibility, with $58 million in available credit under our current revolving credit facility. Our cash flow remained solid, as KMG generated net cash from operating activities of $6.3 million in the fiscal first quarter."


Commenting on the outlook, Mr. Butler said, "We expect demand for our electronic chemicals products to further decline in the second quarter as reported global semiconductor production slows from first quarter levels before strengthening in the second half of fiscal year 2013. Lower sales and production levels will also cause a decline in that segment's second quarter operating margins. In our Wood Treating Chemicals segment, we anticipate that second quarter sales volumes will decline from first quarter levels before strengthening in the second half of fiscal year 2013. These challenging economic conditions will likely cause our second quarter diluted earnings per share to be essentially in line with, or slightly below, last year's second quarter with expected improvement in the third fiscal quarter."

Mr. Butler concluded, "Despite near-term challenges, we are optimistic on the outlook for fiscal 2013 and beyond given the opportunities that lie ahead. Backed by our strong balance sheet, we continue to pursue accretive acquisition opportunities, including the establishment of a new market platform by the end of fiscal 2014. We remain committed to generating long-term shareholder value through our proven consolidation strategy."

Conference Call
Date: Friday, December 7, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. EST
Dial-in: 866-510-0704 or 617-597-5362
Participant passcode: 94597667

The conference call will also be webcast live via the "Investors" section of the Company's website at To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived on the KMG website. A telephone replay of the call will also be available for one week, starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on December 7, 2012. To access the call, dial 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 using participant passcode 32793961.

About KMG

KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and distributes specialty chemicals to select markets. The Company grows by acquiring and optimizing stable chemical product lines and businesses with established production processes. Its current operations are focused on the electronic and industrial wood treatment chemical markets. For more information, please visit the Company's website at

The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including statements as to the future performance of the company. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause results to differ include, but are not limited to, successful performance of internal plans, product development acceptance, the impact of competitive services and pricing and general economic risks and uncertainties.



(In thousands, except for per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
October 31,

2012 2011
Net sales $ 65,336 $ 71,539
Cost of sales   45,248     52,864  
Gross profit   20,088     18,675  
Distribution expenses 7,053 6,070
Selling, general and administrative expenses   5,931     5,614  
Operating income   7,104     6,991  
Other income/(expense)
Interest expense, net (411 ) (550 )
Other, net   (50 )   (75 )
Total other expense, net   (461 )   (625 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 6,643 6,366
Provision for income taxes   (2,435 )   (2,505 )
Income from continuing operations   4,208     3,861  
Discontinued operations:
Loss from discontinued operations, before income taxes (102 ) (526 )
Income tax benefit   36     200  
Loss from discontinued operations   (66 )   (326 )
Net income $ 4,142   $ 3,535  
Earnings per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.36 $ 0.34
Loss from discontinued operations       (0.03 )
Net income $ 0.36   $ 0.31  
Income from continuing operations $ 0.36 $ 0.34
Loss from discontinued operations       (0.03 )
Net income $ 0.36   $ 0.31  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 11,436 11,348
Diluted 11,564 11,511
(In thousands, except for share and per share amounts)

October 31,

July 31,



Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,180 $ 1,633
Accounts receivable
Trade, net of allowances of $89 at October 31, 2012 and $16 at July 31, 2012 26,344 28,933
Other 1,280 960
Inventories, net 46,129 40,661
Current deferred tax assets 1,424 1,417
Prepaid expenses and other   1,595     2,057  
Total current assets   80,952     75,661  
Property, plant and equipment, net 68,629 68,026
Deferred tax assets 1,154 1,129
Goodwill 3,778 3,778
Intangible assets, net 14,903 14,980
Restricted Cash 1,000 1,000
Other assets, net   3,268     3,116  
Total assets $ 173,684   $ 167,690  

Liabilities & stockholders' equity

Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 23,953 $ 21,855
Accrued liabilities 4,374 4,303
Employee incentive accrual 839 2,227
Income taxes payable   2,647     292  
Total current liabilities   31,813     28,677  
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 22,000 24,000
Deferred tax liabilities 6,825 7,046
Other long-term liabilities   1,227     1,200  
Total liabilities   61,865     60,923  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 11,412,400 shares issued and outstanding at October 31, 2012 and 11,405,808 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2012 114 114
Additional paid-in capital 26,203 26,022
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,267 ) (4,339 )
Retained earnings   88,769     84,970  
Total stockholders' equity   111,819     106,767  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 173,684   $ 167,690  

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(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
October 31,


Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 4,142 $ 3,535
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 1,757 1,765
Amortization of loan costs included in interest expense 17 27
Stock-based compensation expense 181 211
Bad debt expense 73
Inventory valuation adjustment (209 ) 45
Loss on disposal of property 9 4
Loss on sale of animal health business 57
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) (221 ) 576
Tax deficiency from stock-based awards 30
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable — trade 2,723 4,505
Accounts receivable — other (315 ) (385 )
Inventories (5,038 ) 524
Other current and noncurrent assets 310 459
Accounts payable 1,901 719
Accrued liabilities and other (1,400 ) (162 )
Income taxes payable   2,345     1,729  
Net cash provided by operating activities   6,332     13,582  
Cash flows from investing activities
Additions to property, plant and equipment   (1,523 )   (1,800 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,523 )   (1,800 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Net borrowings/(payments) under revolver credit agreement (2,000 ) 6,054
Principal payments on borrowings on term loan (11,333 )
Tax deficiency from stock-based awards (30 )
Book overdraft (2,852 )
Payment of dividends   (342 )   (283 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (2,342 )   (8,444 )
Effect of exchange rate changes of cash 80 (15
TWX +0.48 85.36

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