Nordson Corporation Delivers Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for Sales, Operating Profit

Nordson Corporation Delivers Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results for Sales, Operating Profit, Net Income and Earnings per Share

  • Sales increase 33 percent from the previous year to $439 million in the fourth quarter; full year sales increase 14 percent over the prior year to $1.4 billion
  • Organic sales growth is 19 percent in the fourth quarter and 8 percent for the full year compared to the same periods a year ago
  • Operating profit increases to $104 million in the fourth quarter and $335 million for the year; fourth quarter and full year operating margins are 24 percent of sales
  • GAAP Diluted EPS expands to $1.04 in the fourth quarter and $3.45 for the year
  • First quarter 2013 guidance: Sales expected in the range of $343 million to $354 million; GAAP Diluted EPS in the range of $0.63 to $0.70

WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordson Corporation (NAS: NDSN) today reported record fourth quarter and full year results for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012. Sales for the quarter were $439 million, an increase of 33 percent over the fourth quarter of the prior year. This sales improvement included a 19 percent increase in organic volume, a 16 percent increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions, and a negative 2 percent impact related to the unfavorable effects of currency translation. Fourth quarter operating profit increased 31 percent over the same period a year ago to $104 million, and fourth quarter net income increased 24 percent over the same period a year ago to $68 million. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased 28 percent over the prior year to $1.04, or $1.07 when normalized to exclude certain one-time items. A reconciliation of GAAP diluted EPS to normalized amounts is included in the attached tables.

"Solid demand in our end markets along with our global team's ability to meet customer needs generated another quarter of very strong results," said Nordson President and Chief Executive Officer Michael F. Hilton. "Sales expanded robustly as customers continued to respond to our combination of precision technology solutions, application expertise and direct global service. We delivered fourth quarter operating margin of 24 percent, the same strong level as a year ago and inclusive of the impact of this year's acquisitions. Integration of these acquisitions remains on track and we are pleased by the many opportunities for growth and synergy that we see. Free cash flow in the quarter was approximately 122 percent of net income, representing very strong cash conversion that enables us to continue funding a variety of growth and continuous improvement initiatives. In addition to these organic initiatives, we also completed the purchase of Sealant Equipment and Engineering, a leader in cold material dispensing and our third acquisition of the fiscal year. And finally, we increased our quarterly dividend by 20 percent during the quarter, bringing our record for consecutive annual dividend increases to 49 consecutive years."


Fourth Quarter Segment & Regional Results

"Fourth quarter organic sales volume grew substantially compared to the same period a year ago, in every segment and nearly every geography," said Hilton. "Total sales volume in Adhesive Dispensing Systems increased 36 percent over the prior year's fourth quarter, as solid growth in both consumer non-durable and durable end markets drove a 6 percent increase in organic volume with the remainder of the increase coming from the first year effect of acquisitions. Operating margin in the segment was 28 percent, a strong level that includes the recent EDI and Xaloy acquisitions and the non-recurring short term purchase accounting charges associated with acquired inventory.

"In Advanced Technology Systems, organic sales volume increased by 26 percent and the first year effect of acquisitions added 2 percent, for total volume growth of 28 percent over the prior year's fourth quarter. The order trend we have seen in this segment in recent quarters continued, with strong broad based demand for our dispensing and test and inspection in electronics end markets, especially for mobile device applications, and continued penetration of niche applications. The excellent top line growth, solid execution and operational efficiencies enabled us to drive segment operating margin to 27 percent in the fourth quarter, 4 percentage points higher than the level of a year ago.

"Industrial Coating Systems' sales volume in the quarter increased by 47 percent over the same period a year ago, inclusive of 8 percent volume growth from the first year effect of acquisitions. The strong increase in organic volume was aided in part by well-capitalized customers who continue to invest in production efficiency and plant expansion programs. Operating margin in the quarter increased sequentially by 2 percentage points to 16 percent of sales, or 18 percent of sales excluding non-recurring short term purchase accounting charges of $1.4 million associated with acquired inventory."

Detailed results by operating segment and geography are included in the attached tables, as is an earnings per share reconciliation table.

Fiscal 2012 Full Year Results

Sales for fiscal year 2012 were $1.4 billion, an increase of 14 percent compared to fiscal year 2011. The growth consisted of an 8 percent increase in organic volume, an 8 percent increase related to the first year effect of acquisitions, and a negative 2 percent impact related to the unfavorable effects of currency translation. Operating profit for the year was $335 million, net income was $225 million and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $3.45, all full year records for Nordson. Excluding certain one-time items in both years, full year diluted earnings per share improved by 10 percent over the prior year.

"Nordson delivered record financial performance for the third consecutive year," said Hilton. "On a year over year basis, sales volume increased by double digits in each segment and nearly every geography. Operationally, we continued to execute at a high level, resulting in strong full year operating margin of 24 percent, inclusive of non-recurring short-term purchase accounting charges associated with acquired inventory and transaction fees. We delivered this performance while reinvesting in the business and executing on a variety of continuous improvement initiatives that will enhance shareholder returns over the long term. I thank our worldwide team for executing on our strategies and, above all, taking care of our customers."

Order Rates and Backlog

Order rates for the 12-week period ending December 9, 2012, measured in constant currency, increased 5 percent over the same period a year ago. Order rates by segment and geography are provided in the accompanying financial tables, with pro-forma growth in order rates calculated as though fiscal year 2012 acquisitions were owned in both years.

Backlog at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $178 million, inclusive of fiscal year 2012 acquisitions, representing an increase of 38 percent compared with $129 million at the end of the fourth quarter a year ago. Backlog amounts are calculated at October 31, 2012 exchange rates.

Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, sales are expected to be in the range of $343 million to $354 million. This sales outlook indicates growth will be in the range of up 24 percent to 28 percent compared to the first quarter a year ago. This growth is inclusive of organic volume of up 7 percent to 11 percent, 18 percent growth from the first year effect of acquisitions, and a negative 1 percent impact related to the unfavorable effects of currency translation based on the current exchange rate environment. GAAP diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.63 to $0.70, inclusive of a $0.01 per share gain related to a discrete tax item. This earnings outlook incorporates the mix impact of recent order trends and our planned strategic investment in certain growth opportunities.

"We begin 2013 with a solid outlook for our first quarter based on the continuing strength we are seeing in our current order rates," said Hilton. "At the same time, the global macroeconomic environment contains many uncertainties. Europe is in a recession. Growth in North America may be no better in 2013 than 2012. In most emerging markets, growth remains strong, though the pace has cooled as exports have softened. Against this backdrop, most forecasters see 2013 global GDP growth as flat to 2012. Specific to Nordson, we are well positioned regardless of the economic backdrop. We plan to achieve our goals by relying on our core strengths, our team's ability to execute, our commitment to continuous improvement, and the many growth markets where we see opportunity. We will continue to drive value for our customers through our application expertise, differentiated technology and direct sales and service support."

Nordson will broadcast its fourth-quarter conference call on the investor relations page of its Web site, www.nordson.com/investors, on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. For persons unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available for 14 days after the event. Information about Nordson's investor relations and shareholder services is available from James R. Jaye, Director of Communications & Investor Relations at (440) 414-5639 or Jim.Jaye@nordson.com.

Except for historical information and comparisons contained herein, statements included in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements," as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, as discussed in the company's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual results to differ.

Nordson engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing and processing adhesives, coatings, plastics, sealants and biomaterials, with related technologies for managing fluids, testing and inspecting for quality, and treating surfaces. These products are supported with extensive application expertise and direct global sales and service. The company serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at www.nordson.com, www.facebook.com/nordson, or @Nordson_Corp.

FOURTH QUARTER PERIOD

 

NORDSON CORPORATION

Period Ending October 31, 2012

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands except for per-share amounts)

     

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

Fourth Quarter Year-to-Date
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Net sales $ 438,677 $ 331,018 $ 1,409,578 $ 1,233,159
Cost of sales 197,604 134,559 586,289 484,727
Selling & administrative expenses   137,475     117,524     487,809     432,889  
 
Operating profit 103,598 78,935 335,480 315,543
 
Interest expense - net (4,140 ) (1,370 ) (10,690 ) (4,500 )
Other income (expense) - net   1,050     622     1,463     3,518  
 
Income before income taxes 100,508 78,187 326,253 314,561
Income taxes   32,822     23,512     101,424     92,197  
 
Net Income $ 67,686   $ 54,675   $ 224,829   $ 222,364  
 
 
 
Return on sales 15 % 17 % 16 % 18 %
Return on average shareholders' equity 42 % 36 % 38 % 39 %
 
 
                 
 
Average common shares outstanding (000's) 64,114 66,524 64,407 67,616

Average common shares and common share equivalents (000's)

64,886 67,169 65,103 68,425
 
Per share:
 
Basic earnings $ 1.06 $ .82 $ 3.49 $ 3.29
Diluted earnings $ 1.04 $ .81 $ 3.45 $ 3.25
 
Dividends paid $ .15 $ .125 $ .525 $ .44
 

FOURTH QUARTER PERIOD

   

Period Ending October 31, 2012

(Unaudited)

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

October 31 October 31
2012 2011
 
Cash and marketable securities $ 41,518 $ 37,408
Receivables 324,563 254,310
Inventories 169,585 141,912
Other current assets   50,957   43,327
Total current assets 586,623 476,957
 
Property, plant & equipment - net 174,931 130,883
Other assets   1,067,961   696,610
$ 1,829,515 $ 1,304,450
 
Notes payable and debt due within one year $ 105,669 $ 5,697
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   238,015   176,464
Total current liabilities 343,684 182,161
 
Long-term debt 528,041 313,459
Other liabilities 288,020 237,507
Total shareholders' equity   669,770   571,323
$ 1,829,515 $ 1,304,450
 
         
 
 
Other information:
 
 
Employees 5,361 4,094
 
Common shares outstanding (000's) 64,257 65,601
 

FOURTH QUARTER PERIOD  

NORDSON CORPORATION

Period Ending October 31, 2012 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands)
               
 
 
Fourth Quarter % Growth over 2011 Year-to-Date % Growth over 2011

SALES BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

2012 2011 Volume Currency Total 2012 2011 Volume Currency Total
 
 
Adhesive dispensing systems $ 215,051 $ 162,432 36.0 % -3.6 % 32.4 % $ 684,096 $ 611,911 14.9 % -3.1 % 11.8 %
Advanced technology systems 147,814 116,388 27.7 % -0.7 % 27.0 % 515,992 437,232 18.9 % -0.9 % 18.0 %
Industrial coating systems   75,812     52,198   47.1 % -1.9 % 45.2 %   209,490     184,016   15.5 % -1.7 % 13.8 %
 
Total sales by business segment $ 438,677   $ 331,018   34.8 % -2.3 % 32.5 % $ 1,409,578   $ 1,233,159   16.4 % -2.1 % 14.3 %
 
 
 
Fourth Quarter Year-to-Date

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