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Quaker Chemical Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

- Strong operating results drive consistent non-GAAP earnings, despite an 8% negative impact from foreign exchange and lower global steel production
- Current quarter results include $2.8 million of one-time non-GAAP transaction expenses related to the Verkol S.A. acquisition
- Strong quarterly operating cash flow generation of $24 million

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR) today announced net sales of $189.2 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $198.9 million for the third quarter of 2014.  The 5% decrease in net sales was driven by negative impacts from foreign currency translation of $14.9 million, or 8%, which offset the Company's product volume and acquisition-related growth in the quarter.

Earnings per diluted share for the current quarter were $1.08 as compared to $1.18 for the third quarter of 2014.  The third quarter of 2015 results included one-time transaction expenses of $2.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, related to the Verkol S.A. ("Verkol") acquisition.  With these transaction expenses and other uncommon items excluded, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.19 for the third quarter of 2015, which were even with non-GAAP earnings for the third quarter of 2014.  The Company was able to achieve these consistent earnings despite foreign exchange impacts of $0.09 per diluted share, or 8%, and lower global steel production.  Similarly, the Company was able to increase its adjusted EBITDA approximately 1% to $26.8 million for the third quarter of 2015 from $26.5 million in the third quarter of 2014, despite similar impacts from foreign exchange and lower global steel production.

Michael F. Barry, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President commented, "Consistent with previous quarters this year, we are pleased to have delivered another quarter of stable earnings and strong cash flow despite a variety of market challenges.  Foreign exchange headwinds continue to have the most significant negative impact on our earnings while we were also challenged by global steel industry production being down nearly 4%.  In addition, we are seeing continued weak economic conditions in several regional areas, especially in South America.  Our sales also continue to see some impact of downward price adjustments due to lower raw material costs.  Despite these headwinds, we maintained our non-GAAP earnings through margin expansion, market share gains and our recent acquisitions."

Mr. Barry added, "We continue to pursue our key strategic initiatives and acquisitions, such as the Verkol acquisition completed early in the third quarter.  This is our eleventh acquisition over the past five years, consistent with our strategy of creating shareholder value by using our strong cash flow and balance sheet to grow Quaker both organically and via strategic acquisitions.  Looking forward to the remainder of 2015, while we anticipate a continued strong U.S. Dollar and generally weak market conditions in most countries, we believe market share gains and acquisitions will continue to compensate for these challenges.  Overall, I remain confident in Quaker's future and expect our fourth quarter and full year 2015 non-GAAP earnings to exceed 2014, leading to our sixth consecutive year of earnings improvement."


Third Quarter of 2015 Summary

Net sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $189.2 million compared to net sales of $198.9 million for the third quarter of 2014.  The decrease in net sales was primarily due to impacts from foreign currency translation of $14.9 million, or 8%, which offset a 4% increase in product volume, including additional sales from acquisitions.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2015 increased $1.0 million from the third quarter of 2014, driven by increased product volume on higher gross margin of 37.7% for the third quarter of 2015 compared to 35.4% for the third quarter of 2014.  The current quarter's expansion in gross margin was mainly due to the timing of certain raw material cost decreases compared to the prior year quarter. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") increased $2.9 million from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015.  The increase in SG&A was primarily driven by incremental costs associated with the Company's current and prior year acquisitions, including the $2.8 million one-time transaction expenses incurred with the Company's third quarter of 2015 Verkol acquisition, noted above.  These increases were partially offset by decreases from foreign currency translation.

Other income decreased $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014.  The decrease in other income was primarily due to lower receipts of annual government grants received in one of the Company's regions and higher foreign exchange transactional losses incurred in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014.   

Interest expense was relatively consistent in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014.  Interest income was $0.2 million lower in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014, primarily due to a decrease in the level of the Company's invested cash in certain regions with higher returns and interest received on certain tax-related credits in the third quarter of 2014. 


The Company's effective tax rates for the third quarters of 2015 and 2014 were 24.4% and 26.7%, respectively.  The primary contributors to the decrease in the current quarter's effective tax rate were lower changes in reserves related to uncertain tax positions, a mix of earnings between higher and lower tax jurisdictions and certain other one-time items that decreased the third quarter of 2015's effective tax rate.

Equity in net income of associated companies ("equity income") increased $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the third quarter of 2014 primarily due to higher equity income from the Company's interest in a captive insurance company. 

Outside the one-time transaction expenses mentioned above, the Company realized a minimal impact to net income from its current quarter Verkol acquisition, as its respective operational results were offset by normal acquisition-related costs and initial adjustments related to fair value accounting.

Changes in foreign exchange rates negatively impacted the Company's third quarter of 2015 net income by approximately 8%, or $0.09 per diluted share.

Year-to-Date 2015 Summary

Net sales for the first nine months of 2015 were $554.3 million compared to net sales of $571.8 million for the first nine months of 2014.  The decrease in net sales was primarily due to impacts from foreign currency translation of $41.2 million, or 7%, which offset a 5% increase in product volume, including additional sales from acquisitions.  

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2015 increased $4.6 million, or 2%, compared to the first nine months of 2014, driven by increased product volume on higher gross margin of 37.6% for the first nine months of 2015 compared to 35.6% for the first nine months of 2014.  The Company's expansion in gross margin was mainly due to the timing of certain raw material cost decreases compared to the prior year period.

The increase in SG&A for the first nine months of 2015 of $7.5 million from the first nine months of 2014 was due to the net impact of several factors.  Notably, SG&A increased primarily due to incremental costs associated with the Company's current and prior year acquisitions, including the current year transaction expenses, noted above, and higher overall labor-related costs, partially offset by decreases from foreign currency translation and a first quarter of 2014 cost related to an amendment to the Company's pension plan in the United Kingdom ("U.K.").

Other expense was $0.1 million in the first nine months of 2015 compared to other income of $0.6 million in the first nine months of 2014.  The $0.7 million decrease in other income was primarily due to lower receipts of annual government grants received in one of the Company's regions and higher foreign exchange transactional losses incurred in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014.

Interest expense was $0.1 million higher in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014, primarily due to higher average borrowings outstanding over the first nine months of 2015.  Interest income was $0.9 million lower in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014, primarily due to a decrease in the level of the Company's invested cash in certain regions with higher returns and interest received on certain tax-related credits in the first nine months of 2014. 

The Company's effective tax rates for the first nine months of 2015 and 2014 were 27.3% and 30.5%, respectively.  The primary contributors to the decrease in the current year's effective tax rate were lower changes in reserves related to uncertain tax positions, a mix of earnings between higher and lower tax jurisdictions and certain other one-time items that impacted the first nine months of 2015's effective tax rate comparison.  We currently estimate the full year effective tax rate will approximate 28% for 2015. 

Equity income decreased $3.2 million in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014.  The decrease was primarily due to a first quarter of 2015 currency conversion charge recorded at the Company's Venezuelan affiliate.  Due to changes in Venezuela's foreign exchange markets and controls, the Company re-assessed its Venezuelan affiliate's access to U.S. Dollars and its ability to import or trade under the existing exchange markets in the first quarter of 2015, which resulted in the current year charge.  This was partially offset by a similar currency charge related to the conversion of Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte to the U.S. Dollar recorded during the second quarter of 2014.  In addition, the Company had lower equity income from its interest in a captive insurance company during the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014. 

The $0.5 million decrease in net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the first nine months of 2014 was primarily due to the Company's June 2014 acquisition of the noncontrolling interest in its Australian affiliate. 

Outside the one-time transaction expenses mentioned above, the Company realized a minimal impact to net income from its 2015 Verkol acquisition, as its respective operational results were offset by normal acquisition-related costs and initial adjustments related to fair value accounting.

Changes in foreign exchange rates, excluding the currency conversion impacts of the Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte, noted above, negatively impacted the Company's first nine months of 2015 net income by approximately 8%, or $0.26 per diluted share.


Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Items

The Company's net operating cash flow of $23.5 million for the third quarter of 2015 increased its year-to-date net operating cash flow to $50.8 million compared to $38.0 million for the first nine months of 2014.  The increase of $12.8 million in net operating cash flows was driven by strong operating performance and lower cash invested in the Company's working capital during the first nine months of 2015 due to continued improvement in working capital management.  Most notably, cash outflows from accounts receivables decreased significantly in the first nine months of 2015, primarily due to the timing of sales around quarter-end and improvements in timing of cash receipts.  Also, included in the Company's year-to-date 2015 net cash flow were repurchases of 59,110 shares of its common stock for $5.0 million, pursuant to the share repurchase program announced in May of 2015.  Overall, the Company's liquidity remains strong, as the Company's consolidated leverage ratio approximated one times EBITDA, despite added borrowings to fund the third quarter of 2015 purchase of Verkol.

Non-GAAP Measures

Included in this public release are non-GAAP (unaudited) financial measures of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA.  The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information as they enhance a reader's understanding of the financial performance of the Company, are more indicative of future operating performance of the Company, and facilitate a better comparison among fiscal periods, as the non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that are not considered core to the Company's operations.  Non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.  The following are reconciliations between the non-GAAP (unaudited) financial measures of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA to their most directly comparable GAAP (unaudited) financial measures:

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014

GAAP earnings per diluted share attributable to Quaker Chemical Corporation common shareholders

$   1.08


$   1.18


$   2.98


$   3.31

Equity income in a captive insurance company per diluted share

(0.04)


(0.01)


(0.09)


(0.16)

Verkol transaction expenses per diluted share

0.15



0.15


U.K. pension plan amendment per diluted share




0.05

U.S. customer bankruptcies per diluted share

0.00


0.02


0.01


0.02

Cost streamlining initiatives per diluted share



0.01


0.02

Currency conversion impact of the Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte per diluted share



0.21


0.02

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share

$   1.19


$   1.19


$   3.27


$   3.26

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014

Net income attributable to Quaker Chemical Corporation

$ 14,371


$ 15,696


$ 39,787


$ 43,853

Depreciation and amortization

4,863


4,196


14,227


11,908

Interest expense

697


641


1,891


1,747

Taxes on income before equity in net income of associated companies

4,541


5,724


15,624


18,808

Equity income in a captive insurance company

(526)


(72)


(1,221)


(2,142)

Verkol transaction expenses

2,813



2,813


U.K. pension plan amendment




902

U.S. customer bankruptcies

68


310


179


310

Cost streamlining initiatives



173


348

Currency conversion impact of the Venezuelan Bolivar Fuerte



2,806


321

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 26,827


$ 26,495


$ 76,279


$ 76,055

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such statements.  A major risk is that demand for the Company's products and services is largely derived from the demand for its customers' products, which subjects the Company to uncertainties related to downturns in a customer's business and unanticipated customer production shutdowns.  Other major risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, significant increases in raw material costs, customer financial stability, worldwide economic and political conditions, foreign currency fluctuations, future terrorist attacks and other acts of violence.  Other factors could also adversely affect us.  Therefore, we caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.  This discussion is provided as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 

Conference Call

As previously announced, Quaker Chemical's investor conference call to discuss the third quarter of 2015 results is scheduled for October 29, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).  A live webcast of the conference call, together with supplemental information, can be accessed through the Company's Investor Relations website at http://www.quakerchem.com.  You can also access the conference call by dialing 877-269-7756. 

About Quaker

Quaker Chemical is a leading global provider of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans, and others.  For nearly 100 years, Quaker has helped customers around the world achieve production efficiency, improve product quality, and lower costs through a combination of innovative technology, process knowledge, and customized services. Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania USA, Quaker serves businesses worldwide with a network of dedicated and experienced professionals whose mission is to make a difference.

 

Quaker Chemical Corporation 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)










(Unaudited) 


Three Months Ended September 30, 


Nine Months Ended September 30, 


2015


2014


2015


2014









Net sales 

$            189,224


$            198,867


$            554,280


$            571,827









Cost of goods sold 

117,895


128,567


346,006


368,197









Gross profit

71,329


70,300


208,274


203,630

%

37.7%


35.4%


37.6%


35.6%









Selling, general and administrative expenses

52,601


49,747


150,237


142,759









Operating income

18,728


20,553


58,037


60,871

%

9.9%


10.3%


10.5%


10.6%









Other income (expense), net 

185


914


(97)


558

Interest expense

(697)


(641)


(1,891)


(1,747)

Interest income

422


642


1,117


1,990

Income before taxes and equity in net income of associated companies

18,638


21,468


57,166


61,672









Taxes on income before equity in net income of associated companies

4,541


5,724


15,624


18,808

Income before equity in net income of associated companies

14,097


15,744


41,542


42,864









Equity in net income (loss) of associated companies

738


375


(688)


2,506









Net income

14,835


16,119


40,854


45,370









Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

464


423


1,067


1,517









Net income attributable to Quaker Chemical Corporation

$              14,371


$              15,696


$              39,787


$              43,853

%

7.6%


7.9%


7.2%


7.7%









Per share data:








Net income attributable to Quaker Chemical Corporation Common Shareholders - basic

$                   1.08


$                   1.18


$                   2.99


$                   3.31

Net income attributable to Quaker Chemical Corporation Common Shareholders - diluted

$                   1.08


$                   1.18


$                   2.98


$                   3.31










 

Quaker Chemical Corporation 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except par value and share amounts)






(Unaudited)


September 30,


December 31, 


2015


2014

ASSETS








Current assets 




Cash and cash equivalents 

$              96,155


$              64,731

Accounts receivable, net 

194,852


189,484

Inventories, net

78,533


77,708

Prepaid expenses and other current assets 

20,477


19,595

Total current assets 

390,017


351,518





Property, plant and equipment, net

86,491


85,763

Goodwill 

78,412


77,933

Other intangible assets, net 

75,829


70,408

Investments in associated companies 

19,617


21,751

Deferred income taxes 

21,071


24,411

Other assets 

32,306


33,742

Total assets 

$            703,743


$            665,526





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY








Current liabilities 




Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt 

$                    395


$                    403

Accounts and other payables 

77,212


78,977

Accrued compensation 

17,709


19,853

Other current liabilities 

27,230


25,668

Total current liabilities 

122,546


124,901

Long-term debt 

107,913


75,328

Deferred income taxes 

11,194


8,584

Other non-current liabilities 

85,939


91,578

Total liabilities 

327,592


300,391





Equity




Common stock, $1 par value; authorized 30,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 2015 - 13,305,629 shares; 2014 - 13,300,891 shares

13,306


13,301

Capital in excess of par value 

104,839


99,056

Retained earnings 

321,856


299,524

Accumulated other comprehensive loss 

(71,765)


(54,406)

Total Quaker shareholders' equity 

368,236


357,475

Noncontrolling interest

7,915


7,660

Total equity 

376,151


365,135

Total liabilities and equity 

$            703,743


$            665,526





 

Quaker Chemical Corporation 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 

(Dollars in thousands)






(Unaudited) 


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2015


2014

Cash flows from operating activities 




Net income

$              40,854


$              45,370

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




Depreciation 

9,229


9,154

Amortization 

4,998


2,754

Equity in undistributed earnings of associated companies, net of dividends 

1,362


(2,306)

Deferred compensation and other, net 

(551)


1,672

Stock-based compensation 

4,500


3,959

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment and other assets

(95)


(125)

Insurance settlement realized 

(549)


(1,214)

Pension and other postretirement benefits

2,204


178

(Decrease) increase in cash from changes in current assets and current liabilities, net of acquisitions: 




Accounts receivable

(4,039)


(23,061)

Inventories 

(1,028)


(9,143)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets 

(3,545)


1,332

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

(2,521)


9,470

Net cash provided by operating activities 

50,819


38,040





Cash flows from investing activities 




Investments in property, plant and equipment

(6,115)


(8,376)

Payments related to acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(23,990)


(51,947)

Proceeds from disposition of assets

130


178

Insurance settlement interest earned

28


34

Change in restricted cash, net 

521


1,180

Net cash used in investing activities 

(29,426)


(58,931)





Cash flows from financing activities 




Proceeds from long-term debt 

30,668


45,000

Repayment of long-term debt 

(304)


(1,106)

Dividends paid 

(12,257)


(10,580)

Stock options exercised, other

947


(194)

Payments for repurchase of common stock

(4,989)


-

Excess tax benefit related to stock option exercises

400


430

Purchase of a noncontrolling interest in an affiliate

-


(7,422)

Payment of acquisition-related earnout liability

-


(4,709)

Distributions to noncontrolling affiliate shareholders

-


(1,806)

Net cash provided by financing activities 

14,465


19,613





Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 

(4,434)


(2,993)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 

31,424


(4,271)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 

64,731


68,492

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$              96,155


$              64,221





        

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SOURCE Quaker Chemical Corporation

Michael F. Barry, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Barrym@quakerchem.com, T. 610.832.4000