Kadant Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Results

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Record Revenue, Bookings and Diluted EPS in FY 2018

WESTFORD, Mass., Feb. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI) reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 10% to $164 million
  • Gross margin was 43.3% 
  • GAAP diluted EPS increased to $1.61 compared to $0.07 in 2017
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 46% from $1.14 to a record $1.66
  • Net income increased to $18.4 million compared to $0.8 million in 2017
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 20% to $32 million
  • Bookings were $147 million
  • Cash flows from operations decreased 68% to $10 million

Fiscal Year Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 23% to a record $634 million
  • Gross margin was 43.9%
  • GAAP diluted EPS increased 93% to a record $5.30
  • Adjusted diluted EPS increased 19% to a record $5.34
  • Net income increased 94% to $60 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 26% to a record $115 million
  • Bookings increased 29% to a record $670 million
  • Cash flows from operations decreased 3% to $63 million

Note: Adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures that exclude certain items as detailed later in this press release under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Management Commentary 
“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter led to record diluted EPS for full-year 2018 driven by solid execution from our existing businesses and excellent contributions from our newly acquired businesses,” said Jonathan Painter, president and chief executive officer. “Our internal revenue growth in 2018, which excludes the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, was 10 percent reflecting the strength of our business. We had record performance for the year in revenue, bookings, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted diluted EPS.

“Favorable market conditions, especially in North America, contributed to a 10 percent increase in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the prior year period. In particular, our Wood Processing product line had strong double-digit revenue growth to a record $42 million. Our GAAP diluted EPS in the fourth quarter was a strong beat at $1.61 and our adjusted diluted EPS increased 46 percent to a record $1.66. This strong finish to the year helped make 2018 the best year in our history.”

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financials 
Revenue increased 10 percent to $163.9 million compared to $149.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, and included a $5.0 million decrease from the unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, revenue was up 13 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Gross margin was 43.3 percent. Net income was $18.4 million, or $1.61 per diluted share, compared to $0.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 46 percent to a record $1.66 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $1.14 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS in the fourth quarter of 2018 excludes a $0.14 benefit from discrete tax adjustments made to the provisional amounts recognized as a result of the U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS in the fourth quarter of 2018 also excludes $0.10 of acquisition costs and a $0.09 curtailment loss associated with the termination of defined benefit plans at one of our U.S. operations. Adjusted diluted EPS in the fourth quarter of 2017 excludes $0.90 of discrete tax expense related to the U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017, $0.17 of acquisition-related costs, and $0.01 of restructuring costs.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 20 percent to $32.0 million compared to $26.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $1.3 million of acquisition costs in the fourth quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $2.6 million of acquisition-related costs and $0.2 million of restructuring costs in the fourth quarter of 2017. Cash flows from operations decreased to $10.4 million compared to $32.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Bookings increased to $147.1 million compared to $146.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and included a $4.2 million decrease from the unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, bookings increased three percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 as stronger bookings in North America and Europe were largely offset by weaker bookings in Asia and South America.

Fiscal Year 2018 Financials 
Revenue increased 23 percent to a record $633.8 million compared to $515.0 million in 2017 and included $64.6 million from acquisitions and a $2.6 million increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, revenue increased 10 percent compared to 2017. Gross margin was 43.9 percent. Net income was $60.4 million, or a record $5.30 per diluted share, compared to $31.1 million, or $2.75 per diluted share, in 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 19 percent to a record $5.34 in 2018, compared to $4.49 in 2017. Adjusted diluted EPS in 2018 excludes a $0.29 benefit from discrete tax items, $0.12 of acquisition-related costs, $0.11 of restructuring costs, and a $0.09 curtailment loss. Adjusted diluted EPS in 2017 excludes $0.90 of discrete tax expense, $0.82 of acquisition-related costs, and $0.01 of restructuring costs.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 26 percent to a record $115.2 million compared to $91.7 million in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $1.7 million of restructuring costs and $1.6 million of acquisition-related costs in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA excludes $12.0 million of acquisition-related costs and $0.2 million of restructuring costs in 2017. Cash flows from operations decreased three percent to $63.0 million in 2018 compared to $65.2 million in 2017. Bookings increased 29 percent to a record $670.4 million compared to $521.2 million in 2017 and included $78.5 million from acquisitions and a $5.7 million increase from the favorable effect of foreign currency translation. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, bookings increased 12 percent compared to 2017.

Summary and Outlook
“Overall, we expect 2019 will be another good year,” Mr. Painter continued. “However, the favorable economic conditions in North America and Europe are somewhat tempered by the weaker economy in China, due in part to uncertainty in trade relations between the U.S. and China, and the potential softening of the U.S. housing market. In addition, the unfavorable effect of foreign currency translation will have a negative effect on our revenue and diluted EPS guidance in 2019.

“We expect to report full year GAAP diluted EPS of $4.75 to $4.90 on revenue of $700 to $710 million. The 2019 guidance includes pre-tax acquisition costs of $0.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, pre-tax amortization expense associated with acquired profit in inventory of $4.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, and pre-tax amortization expense associated with acquired backlog of $1.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. Excluding these items, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $5.20 to $5.35 for 2019. The 2019 guidance includes a negative effect from foreign currency translation, which is lowering revenue by $16 million and adjusted diluted EPS by $0.21. For the first quarter of 2019, we expect GAAP diluted EPS of $0.77 to $0.83 on revenue of $160 to $165 million. The first quarter of 2019 guidance includes pre-tax acquisition costs of $0.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, pre-tax amortization expense associated with acquired profit in inventory of $2.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, and pre-tax amortization expense associated with acquired backlog of $1.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. Excluding these items, we expect adjusted diluted EPS of $1.11 to $1.17 for the first quarter of 2019.”

Conference Call 
Kadant will hold a webcast with a slide presentation for investors on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. eastern time to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year performance, as well as future expectations. To access the webcast, including the slideshow and accompanying audio, go to www.kadant.com and click on “Investors.” To listen to the webcast via teleconference, call 888-326-8410 within the U.S., or +1-704-385-4884 outside the U.S. and reference participant passcode 4619678. Prior to the call, our earnings release and the slides used in the webcast presentation will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available at www.sec.gov. A replay of the webcast will be available on our website through March 15, 2019.

Shortly after the webcast, Kadant will post its updated general investor presentation incorporating the fourth quarter and fiscal year results on our website at www.kadant.com under the “Investors” section.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effect of foreign currency translation, increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS), adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA), and adjusted EBITDA margin. 

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our core business, operating results, or future outlook. We believe that the inclusion of such measures helps investors to gain an understanding of our underlying operating performance and future prospects, consistent with how management measures and forecasts our performance, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts and to the performance of our competitors. Such measures are also used by us in our financial and operating decision-making and for compensation purposes. We also believe this information is responsive to investors’ requests and gives them an additional measure of our performance.
           
The non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release have limitations associated with their use as compared to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, in that they may be different from, and therefore not comparable to, similar measures used by other companies.

Revenue included a $5.0 million unfavorable foreign currency translation effect in the fourth quarter of 2018. Revenue included $64.6 million from acquisitions and a $2.6 million favorable foreign currency translation effect in 2018. We present increases or decreases in revenue excluding the effect of acquisitions and foreign currency translation to provide investors insight into underlying revenue trends.                

Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS exclude acquisition costs, restructuring costs, other income, and expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS also exclude discrete tax items. All these items are excluded as they are not indicative of our core operating results and are not comparable to other periods, which have differing levels of incremental costs or income or none at all.

Fourth Quarter
Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin exclude:

  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $1.3 million in 2018 and $0.4 million in 2017.
  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $0.2 million in 2017.
  • Pre-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $2.3 million in 2017.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax acquisition costs of $1.1 million ($1.3 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2018 and $0.2 million ($0.4 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2017.
  • After-tax restructuring costs of $0.2 million in 2017.
  • After-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $1.7 million ($2.3 million net of tax of $0.6 million) in 2017.
  • After-tax curtailment loss of $1.1 million ($1.4 million net of tax of $0.3 million) in 2018.
  • A discrete tax benefit of $1.6 million in 2018 and discrete tax expense of $10.2 million in 2017. The discrete tax expense in 2017 is related to U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017. The largest component is tax expense for the deemed repatriation of unremitted foreign earnings. This was partially offset in 2017 by a tax benefit related to adjusting U.S. deferred taxes to the lower enacted tax rate. The discrete tax benefit in 2018 is related to adjustments to the provisional amounts recognized due to the U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017.

Fiscal Year
Adjusted operating income, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin exclude:

  • Pre-tax restructuring costs of $1.7 million in 2018 and $0.2 million in 2017.
  • Pre-tax acquisition costs of $1.3 million in 2018 and $5.4 million in 2017.
  • Pre-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $0.3 million in 2018 and $6.6 million in 2017.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude:

  • After-tax restructuring costs of $1.3 million ($1.7 million net of tax of $0.4 million) in 2018 and $0.2 million in 2017.
  • After-tax acquisition costs of $1.1 million ($1.3 million net of tax of $0.2 million) in 2018 and $4.5 million ($5.4 million net of tax of $0.9 million) in 2017.
  • After-tax expense related to acquired profit in inventory and backlog of $0.2 million ($0.3 million net of tax of $0.1 million) in 2018 and $4.9 million ($6.6 million net of tax of $1.7 million) in 2017.
  • After-tax curtailment loss of $1.1 million ($1.4 million net of tax of $0.3 million) in 2018.
  • A discrete tax benefit of $3.2 million in 2018 and discrete tax expense of $10.2 million in 2017. The discrete tax benefit in 2018 is related to the reversal of tax reserves associated with uncertain tax positions and adjustments to the provisional amounts recognized due to the U.S. tax legislation enacted in December 2017.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in this press release.

  Financial Highlights (unaudited)              
  (In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)              
                     
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Consolidated Statement of Income (a) Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Revenues $ 163,935     $ 149,140     $ 633,786     $ 515,033  
                     
  Costs and Operating Expenses:              
    Cost of revenues   92,990       84,517       355,505       283,886  
    Selling, general, and administrative expenses   43,618       43,820       177,414       159,756  
    Research and development expenses   2,503       2,559       10,552       9,563  
    Restructuring costs         203       1,717       203  
        139,111       131,099       545,188       453,408  
                     
  Operating Income   24,824       18,041       88,598       61,625  
  Interest Income   44       147       379       447  
  Interest Expense   (1,712 )     (1,525 )     (7,032 )     (3,547 )
  Other Expense, Net   (1,681 )     (235 )     (2,417 )     (872 )
                     
  Income Before Provision for Income Taxes   21,475       16,428       79,528       57,653  
  Provision for Income Taxes   2,907       15,520       18,482       26,070  
                     
  Net Income   18,568       908       61,046       31,583  
                     
  Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   (146 )     (148 )     (633 )     (491 )
                     
  Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 18,422     $ 760     $ 60,413     $ 31,092  
                     
  Earnings per Share Attributable to Kadant:              
      Basic $ 1.66     $ 0.07     $ 5.45     $ 2.83  
                     
      Diluted $ 1.61     $ 0.07     $ 5.30     $ 2.75  
                     
  Weighted Average Shares:              
      Basic   11,107       11,007       11,086       10,991  
                     
      Diluted   11,436       11,402       11,400       11,312  
                     
        Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
  Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 18,422     $ 1.61     $ 760     $ 0.07  
  Adjustments for the Following:              
    Curtailment Loss, Net of Tax (c)   1,078       0.09              
    Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax               154       0.01  
    Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax   1,096       0.10       184       0.02  
    Amortization of Acquired Profit in Inventory and Backlog, Net of Tax (g,h)               1,667       0.15  
    Discrete Tax Items   (1,577 )     (0.14 )     10,205       0.90  
                     
  Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) $ 19,019     $ 1.66     $ 12,970     $ 1.14  
                     
        Twelve Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
        Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Net Income and Diluted EPS Attributable to Kadant, as Reported $ 60,413     $ 5.30     $ 31,092     $ 2.75  
  Adjustments for the Following:              
    Curtailment Loss, Net of Tax (c)   1,078       0.09              
    Restructuring Costs, Net of Tax   1,308       0.11       154       0.01  
    Acquisition Costs, Net of Tax   1,096       0.10       4,458       0.39  
    Amortization of Acquired Profit in Inventory and Backlog, Net of Tax (g,h)   189       0.02       4,858       0.43  
    Discrete Tax Items   (3,249 )     (0.29 )     10,205       0.90  
                     
  Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS (b) $ 60,835     $ 5.34     $ 50,767     $ 4.49  
                     

                    Increase  
        Three Months Ended   Increase   (Decrease)  
  Revenues by Product Line Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   (Decrease)   Excluding FX (b,d)  
                       
  Stock-Preparation $ 57,091   $ 54,442   $ 2,649     $ 4,156    
  Fluid-Handling   33,330     31,037     2,293       3,195    
  Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   28,667     26,710     1,957       2,925    
                       
    Papermaking Systems   119,088     112,189     6,899       10,276    
    Wood Processing Systems   42,031     34,003     8,028       9,646    
    Fiber-Based Products   2,816     2,948     (132 )     (132 )  
                       
        $ 163,935   $ 149,140   $ 14,795     $ 19,790    
                       
                    Increase  
                    Excluding  
        Twelve Months Ended       Acquisitions  
        Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Increase   and FX (b,d)  
                       
  Stock-Preparation $ 221,933   $ 193,838   $ 28,095     $ 23,888    
  Fluid-Handling   131,830     104,136     27,694       14,809    
  Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   116,136     109,631     6,505       6,604    
                       
    Papermaking Systems   469,899     407,605     62,294       45,301    
    Wood Processing Systems   151,366     95,053     56,313       6,133    
    Fiber-Based Products   12,521     12,375     146       146    
                       
        $ 633,786   $ 515,033   $ 118,753     $ 51,580    
                       
        Three Months Ended   Increase   Increase  
  Revenues by Geography (e) Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   (Decrease)   Excluding FX (b,d)  
                       
  North America $ 78,538   $ 68,391   $ 10,147     $ 11,126    
  Europe   43,244     44,816     (1,572 )     169    
  Asia   31,151     24,785     6,366       7,758    
  Rest of World   11,002     11,148     (146 )     737    
                       
        $ 163,935   $ 149,140   $ 14,795     $ 19,790    
                       
                    Increase  
                    Excluding  
        Twelve Months Ended       Acquisitions  
        Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Increase   and FX (b,d)  
                       
  North America $ 305,618   $ 238,483   $ 67,135     $ 21,257    
  Europe   174,681     157,994     16,687       692    
  Asia   109,688     78,443     31,245       29,407    
  Rest of World   43,799     40,113     3,686       224    
                       
        $ 633,786   $ 515,033   $ 118,753     $ 51,580    
                       
                    Increase  
        Three Months Ended   Increase   (Decrease)  
  Bookings by Product Line Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   (Decrease)   Excluding FX (d)  
                       
  Stock-Preparation $ 41,371   $ 50,435   $ (9,064 )   $ (8,313 )  
  Fluid-Handling   30,867     30,689     178       1,071    
  Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   32,938     26,715     6,223       7,319    
                       
    Papermaking Systems   105,176     107,839     (2,663 )     77    
    Wood Processing Systems   38,971     35,076     3,895       5,350    
    Fiber-Based Products   2,940     3,704     (764 )     (764 )  
                       
        $ 147,087   $ 146,619   $ 468     $ 4,663    
                       
                    Increase  
                    (Decrease)  
                    Excluding  
        Twelve Months Ended   Increase   Acquisitions  
        Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   (Decrease)   and FX (d)  
                       
  Stock-Preparation $ 228,444   $ 199,720   $ 28,724     $ 22,714    
  Fluid-Handling   138,230     110,441     27,789       12,652    
  Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration   119,541     113,069     6,472       6,539    
                       
    Papermaking Systems   486,215     423,230     62,985       41,905    
    Wood Processing Systems   172,184     85,248     86,936       23,839    
    Fiber-Based Products   12,028     12,703     (675 )     (675 )  
                       
        $ 670,427   $ 521,181   $ 149,246     $ 65,069    
                       

        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Business Segment Information (a) Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Gross Margin:              
      Papermaking Systems   44.1%       45.6%       44.9%       46.7%  
      Wood Processing Systems   40.2%       34.8%       40.3%       36.3%  
      Fiber-Based Products   53.1%       54.5%       50.8%       51.2%  
                     
          43.3%       43.3%       43.9%       44.9%  
                     
  Operating Income:              
      Papermaking Systems $   22,052     $   19,822     $   83,454     $   73,069  
      Wood Processing Systems     9,857         3,494         31,237         10,005  
      Corporate and Other     (7,085 )       (5,275 )       (26,093 )       (21,449 )
                     
        $   24,824     $   18,041     $   88,598     $   61,625  
                     
  Adjusted Operating Income (b, f):              
      Papermaking Systems $   22,052     $   20,219     $   85,171     $   74,059  
      Wood Processing Systems     9,857         5,930         31,489         21,168  
      Corporate and Other     (5,764 )       (5,275 )       (24,772 )       (21,449 )
                     
        $   26,145     $   20,874     $   91,888     $   73,778  
                     
  Capital Expenditures:              
      Papermaking Systems $   2,880     $   7,792     $   12,717     $   14,359  
      Wood Processing Systems     686         684         3,272         2,333  
      Corporate and Other     176         87         570         589  
                     
        $   3,742     $   8,563     $   16,559     $   17,281  
                     
        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Cash Flow and Other Data Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Cash Provided by Operations $   10,435     $   32,836     $   62,985     $   65,164  
  Depreciation and Amortization Expense     5,829         6,319         23,568         19,375  
                     
  Balance Sheet Data         Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Assets              
  Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash         $   46,117     $   76,846  
  Accounts Receivable, net             92,624         89,624  
  Inventories             86,373         84,933  
  Unbilled Revenues             15,741         2,374  
  Property, Plant and Equipment, net             80,157         79,723  
  Intangible Assets             113,347         133,036  
  Goodwill             258,174         268,001  
  Other Assets             33,216         26,557  
                     
                $   725,749     $   761,094  
  Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
  Accounts Payable         $   35,720     $   35,461  
  Debt Obligations             171,434         237,011  
  Capital Lease Obligations             4,387         5,069  
  Other Liabilities             139,637         151,049  
                     
    Total Liabilities             351,178         428,590  
    Stockholders’ Equity             374,571         332,504  
                     
                $   725,749     $   761,094  
                     

  Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  Reconciliation (a, b) Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017   Dec. 29, 2018   Dec. 30, 2017
                     
  Consolidated              
      Net Income Attributable to Kadant $ 18,422     $ 760     $ 60,413     $ 31,092  
      Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest   146       148       633       491  
      Provision for Income Taxes   2,907       15,520       18,482       26,070  
      Interest Expense, Net   1,668       1,378       6,653       3,100  
      Other Expense, Net   1,681       235       2,417       872  
                     
      Operating Income   24,824       18,041       88,598       61,625  
      Restructuring Costs         203       1,717       203  
      Acquisition Costs   1,321       373       1,321       5,375  
      Acquired Backlog Amortization (g)         480       252       1,438  
      Acquired Profit in Inventory (h)         1,777             5,137  
                     
      Adjusted Operating Income (b)   26,145       20,874       91,888       73,778  
      Depreciation and Amortization   5,829       5,839       23,316       17,937  
                     
      Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 31,974     $ 26,713     $ 115,204     $ 91,715  
                     
      Adjusted EBITDA Margin (b, i)   19.5%       17.9%       18.2%       17.8%  
                     
  Papermaking Systems              
      Operating Income $ 22,052     $ 19,822     $ 83,454     $ 73,069  
      Restructuring costs         203       1,717       203  
      Acquisition Costs         124             611  
      Acquired Profit in Inventory (h)         70             176  
                     
      Adjusted Operating Income (b)   22,052       20,219       85,171       74,059  
      Depreciation and Amortization   3,154       3,134       12,561       11,239  
                     
      Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 25,206     $ 23,353     $ 97,732     $ 85,298  
                     
  Wood Processing Systems              
      Operating Income $ 9,857     $ 3,494     $ 31,237     $ 10,005  
      Acquisition Costs         249             4,764  
      Acquired Backlog Amortization (g)         480       252       1,438  
      Acquired Profit in Inventory (h)         1,707             4,961  
                     
      Adjusted Operating Income (b)   9,857       5,930       31,489       21,168  
      Depreciation and Amortization   2,480       2,530       10,065       6,077  
                     
      Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 12,337     $ 8,460     $ 41,554     $ 27,245  
                     
  Corporate and Other              
      Operating Loss $ (7,085 )   $ (5,275 )   $ (26,093 )   $ (21,449 )
      Acquisition Costs   1,321             1,321        
                     
      Adjusted Operating Income (b) $ (5,764 )   $ (5,275 )   $ (24,772 )   $ (21,449 )
      Depreciation and Amortization   195       175       690       621  
                     
      Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ (5,569 )   $ (5,100 )   $ (24,082 )   $ (20,828 )
                     

  (a) Prior period amounts have been restated to conform to the current period presentation as a result of the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-07.  
                       
  (b) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure.                
                       
  (c) Represents a curtailment loss associated with the termination of defined benefit plans at one of our U.S. operations.  
                       
  (d) Represents the increase (decrease) resulting from the exclusion of acquisitions and from the conversion of current period amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of the prior period compared to the U.S. dollar amount reported in the prior period.  
         
  (e) Geographic revenues are attributed to regions based on customer location.            
                       
  (f) See reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure under “Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation.”  
                       
  (g) Represents intangible amortization expense associated with acquired backlog.          
                       
  (h) Represents expense within cost of revenues associated with acquired profit in inventory.          
                       
  (i) Calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue in each period.              
                       

About Kadant
Kadant Inc. is a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The Company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource-intensive industries. Kadant is based in Westford, Massachusetts, with 2,800 employees in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.kadant.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
The following constitutes a “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including forward-looking statements about our future financial and operating performance, demand for our products, and economic and industry outlook. These forward-looking statements represent Kadant’s expectations as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including those set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in Kadant’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include risks and uncertainties relating to adverse changes in global and local economic conditions; the variability and difficulty in accurately predicting revenues from large capital equipment and systems projects; our customers’ ability to obtain financing for capital equipment projects; the variability and uncertainties in sales of capital equipment in China; international sales and operations; the oriented strand board market and levels of residential construction activity; development and use of digital media; currency fluctuations; price increases or shortages of raw materials; dependence on certain suppliers; our acquisition strategy; failure of our information systems or breaches of data security; changes in government regulations and policies and compliance with laws; our internal growth strategy; competition; soundness of suppliers and customers; changes in our tax provision or exposure to additional tax liabilities; our ability to successfully manage our manufacturing operations; disruption in production; future restructurings; economic conditions and regulatory changes caused by the United Kingdom’s likely exit from the European Union; our debt obligations; restrictions in our credit agreement; loss of key personnel; protection of patents and proprietary rights; fluctuations in our share price; soundness of financial institutions; environmental laws and regulations; anti-takeover provisions; and reliance on third-party research.

Contacts
Investor Contact Information:
Michael McKenney, 978-776-2000
mike.mckenney@kadant.com 
or
Media Contact Information:
Wes Martz, 269-278-1715
wes.martz@kadant.com 

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