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Albany International Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

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Albany International Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

Albany International Reports Fourth-Quarter Results

ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported fourth-quarter 2010 net income of $20.5 million ($0.66 per share). Net income was reduced by U.S. GAAP restructuring charges of $0.8 million ($0.02 per share), and was increased by a gain on the sale of a building of $7.0 million ($0.14 per share) and favorable income tax adjustments of $2.7 million ($0.09 per share). Net income was also increased by foreign currency revaluation gains, principally resulting from the weaker euro, totaling $3.0 million ($0.07 per share).

“Turning to Engineered Fabrics, while year-over-year sales were slightly down in Q4, orders and backlog were well ahead of Q4 2009 levels. Meanwhile, gross profit margin improved to 34 percent and operating income margin improved to 17 percent. Future gross profit margin should benefit from increased production in China.”

For the fourth quarter of 2009, net income was $3.7 million ($0.12 per share) and included U.S. GAAP restructuring charges of $1.2 million ($0.03 per share), unfavorable income tax adjustments of $7.4 million ($0.24 per share), and a gain of $4.6 million ($0.09 per share) related to an extinguishment of debt. Net income was also increased by foreign currency revaluation gains totaling $0.3 million ($0.01 per share) (see non-GAAP disclosures below for earnings-per-share effects in Tables 6 and 7).

Net sales for Q4 2010 were $244.6 million, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding the effect of changes in currency translation rates, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 8.1 percent as compared to Q4 2009, as shown below:

Table 1

               
 

 

    Impact of  

 

Net Sales

Changes

Percent Change

Three Months ended

 

in Currency

excluding

 

December 31,

Percent

Translation

Currency Rate

(in thousands)

 

2010

 

2009

 

Change

 

Rates

 

Effect

Paper Machine Clothing (PMC)   $ 163,339   $ 159,693   2.3 %   ($3,254 )   4.3 %
Albany Door Systems (ADS)     44,793     37,369   19.9     (1,567 )   24.1  
Engineered Fabrics (EF)     21,169     22,016   (3.8 )   (574 )  

(1.2

)

Engineered Composites (AEC)     11,771     9,292   26.7     -     26.7  
PrimaLoft® Products     3,547     2,980   19.0     (119 )   23.0  
Total   $ 244,619   $ 231,350   5.7 %   ($5,514 )   8.1 %
 

Gross profit was 39.1 percent of net sales in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 35.2 percent in the same period of 2009, largely due to the completion of previously announced restructuring and performance-improvement initiatives. Q4 2010 cost of goods sold included $0.8 million for equipment relocation, resulting from previously announced restructuring. Cost of goods sold in Q4 2009 included $4.0 million for equipment relocation and $3.3 million for idle capacity at plants being closed.

Q4 2010 cost of goods sold also included write-offs related to obsolete equipment and materials of $1.6 million at Engineered Composites and an additional $1.6 million at the Company’s internal equipment-building operation. The portion of the write-offs related to the equipment-building operation was included in the Unallocated expenses segment.

Selling, technical, general, and research (STG&R) expenses were $65.3 million, or 26.7 percent of net sales, in the fourth quarter of 2010. STG&R expenses included a gain on the sale of a building of $7.0 million; a gain of $0.4 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities; and expenses of $0.8 million related to the SAP implementation, which the Company expects to continue through the second quarter of 2011. Q4 2010 STG&R expenses also reflected a $0.9 million increase in health-care expense due to unusually high claims under the Company’s self-insured health plan in the United States. As described in prior earnings reports, quarterly costs related to U.S. pension and postretirement plans increased $2.7 million in 2010.

In the fourth quarter of 2009, STG&R expenses were $66.6 million, or 28.8 percent of net sales, including losses of $1.4 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities and $1.1 million related to the SAP implementation.

Operating income was $29.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $13.6 million for the same period of 2009.

The following table presents fourth-quarter segment operating income:

Table 2

       
  Operating Income/(loss)
Three Months ended
December 31,
(in thousands)  

2010

 

2009

Paper Machine Clothing   $ 49,102     $ 25,373  
Albany Door Systems     4,884       2,212  
Engineered Fabrics     3,524       1,521  
Engineered Composites     (2,321 )     (202 )
PrimaLoft® Products     351       21  
Research expenses     (6,791 )     (7,453 )
Unallocated expenses     (19,258 )     (7,862 )
Total   $ 29,491     $ 13,610  
 

The $49.1 million operating income of Paper Machine Clothing includes the $7.0 million gain related to the sale of a building. The increase in Unallocated expenses includes the following items discussed above: a write-off of $1.6 million related to the Company’s internal equipment-building operation; $2.7 million increase in pension and postretirement expense; and an increase of $0.9 million in health-care expense due to unusually high claims under the Company’s self-insured health plan in the United States. Q4 2009 Unallocated expenses were reduced by $6.2 million due to a restructuring-related pension gain (see Table 3).

Fourth-quarter segment operating income included the following U.S. GAAP restructuring charges:

Table 3

       
  Restructuring charges
Three Months ended
December 31,
(in thousands)  

2010

 

2009

Paper Machine Clothing   $ 527     $ 5,053  
Albany Door Systems     (222 )     708  
Engineered Fabrics     45       1,628  
Engineered Composites     477       24  
Unallocated expenses     -       (6,188 )
Total   $ 827     $ 1,225  
 

Q4 2010 Other income/expense, net was income of $1.2 million, including a gain of $2.6 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency intercompany balances. Other income/expense, net in Q4 2009 was income of $4.8 million, including a gain of $4.6 million related to the extinguishment of debt, and income of $1.6 million related to the revaluation of non-functional-currency intercompany balances.

Interest expense, net was $4.7 million in Q4 2010 compared to $3.9 million in Q4 2009. The increase was due to higher interest rates from the bank credit facility agreement entered into in Q3 2010. That increase was partially offset by an approximately $75 million lower average debt balance in Q4 2010 as compared to Q4 2009.

The Company’s income tax rate on continuing operations, exclusive of discrete tax items, decreased from an estimated 36.0 percent in Q3 2010 to a final annual rate of 31.4 percent in Q4. The lower rate, when applied to income of the first three quarters, had the effect of decreasing tax expense by $1.8 million in Q4 2010. Q4 2010 income tax expense was also reduced by discrete tax adjustments of $0.9 million. Income tax for Q4 2009 included $7.4 million of expense related to discrete tax charges and a change in the effective tax rate.

EBITDA in Q4 2010 was $46.7 million, including restructuring charges of $0.8 million, a gain on the sale of a building of $7.0 million, and revaluation gains totaling $3.0 million. EBITDA in Q4 2009 was $35.8 million, including restructuring charges of $1.2 million, a gain on extinguishment of debt of $4.6 million, and foreign currency revaluation gains totaling $0.3 million (see Table 5).

The following table summarizes currency revaluation effects on certain financial metrics:

Table 4

       
  Income/(loss) attributable
to currency revaluation
Three Months ended
December 31,
(in thousands)   2010   2009
Operating income   $ 414     ($1,350 )
Other income/expense, net     2,630     1,614  
EBITDA   $ 3,044   $ 264  
 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $28.0 million, including a voluntary contribution of $5.0 million to the United States pension plan and payments for restructuring activities of $2.4 million. Additional cash payments for remaining restructuring accruals of about $3.5 million are anticipated to be made over the next year. Net cash used by operating activities was $5.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, including payments of $27.0 million for restructuring and $15.0 million related to an appeal of a tax audit in Germany.

Capital spending for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $11.1 million, including $9.4 million for equipment and $1.7 million for software, and totaled $31.6 million for 2010. Depreciation and amortization for the quarter were $14.0 million and $2.1 million, respectively. For 2011, we currently expect $40-50 million of capital spending and approximately $65 million of depreciation and amortization.

CEO Comments

President and CEO Joe Morone said, “Albany International is a fundamentally stronger company today than it was a year ago. The improvement is evident in sales, profitability, orders, working capital, liquidity, and the long-term strategic position of each of our businesses and the condition of the markets in which they operate. This is especially apparent in the results for Q4 2010. Sales were nearly 6 percent ahead of Q4 2009 and order backlog increased by more than 10 percent. Excluding gains from building sales, debt repurchases, and currency revaluation, the Company’s gross profit and EBITDA increased at a greater rate than sales, and were well ahead of Q4 2009 levels.

This strong performance was led by PMC. Sales were more than 2 percent ahead of a strong Q4 2009, gross profit margin improved to 45 percent, and operating income margin reached 26 percent (see Table 8). This business is performing well on all fronts, from R&D and introduction of new products, to the management of strategic partnerships with key customers, to containment of cost. The near-term outlook for PMC continues to be promising: prices were once again stable in Q4; orders, led by particularly strong performance in Asia, were well ahead of Q4 2009; and the order backlog was also well ahead of Q4 2009. As for the longer term outlook for PMC, as we’ve discussed many times, Albany’s strength in all of the growth regions and grades of the global paper industry makes us well positioned to sustain strong cash flow generation. Barring a resurgence of price erosion, the Company’s ability to sustain year-over-year profitability in PMC will be determined by our ability to offset inflation in the cost of labor and materials while continuing to provide our customers with superior products and service.

“Albany Door Systems also performed well in Q4 2010. Sales were 20 percent higher than Q4 2009 and order backlog was even stronger. Past performance in this segment suggests that ADS revenues should continue to strengthen as GDP in Germany and the U.S. improves, with sales following the normal seasonal pattern of highs in Q4 and lows in Q2 and Q3.

“While ADS traditionally hits its seasonal high in Q4, PrimaLoft® traditionally hits its seasonal low. PrimaLoft sales, orders, and order backlog were each well ahead of Q4 2009. These results, coupled with the cold winter in North America and Europe, suggest continued growth and strong margin performance in the first half of 2011.

“Turning to Engineered Fabrics, while year-over-year sales were slightly down in Q4, orders and backlog were well ahead of Q4 2009 levels. Meanwhile, gross profit margin improved to 34 percent and operating income margin improved to 17 percent. Future gross profit margin should benefit from increased production in China.

“For Albany Engineered Composites, Q4 2010 was notable for two reasons. First, Airbus announced that it will re-engine its A320 family of single-aisle aircraft. As we have discussed many times, AEC’s single largest development program is a family of composite parts for the LEAP-X engine, one of two engine options for the re-engined A320 and the only engine selected for the COMAC C919. The Airbus announcement, the large orders that quickly followed, and growing pressure for greater fuel efficiency from Boeing’s largest single-aisle customers, are all leading to a widespread expectation that Boeing will announce sometime in 2011 whether it plans to re-engine the 737 or to build a completely new replacement single-aisle aircraft. As we discussed in our Q3 earnings call, both outcomes are beneficial to AEC, although they would have very different impacts on the timing and composition of the ramp-up in AEC sales in the second half of this decade.

“AEC also made significant progress in Q4 toward its goal of generating positive EBITDA in 2011 and break-even operating income in 2012. A combination of restructuring, process improvements, and strengthening relationships with strategic customers all point to sustainable improvements in earnings, both short- and long-term. Q4 EBITDA was reduced by $1.6 million of write-offs associated with these activities.

“The new delays in the Boeing 787 program will have a negative impact in the near term. Roughly a quarter of current AEC sales are of composite braces for the 787 landing gear. Slowdowns in 787 production during the first three quarters of 2011 will dampen AEC sales growth, but we continue to expect positive EBITDA in 2011 and break-even operating income in 2012.

“In sum, highlighted by the performance of PMC and ADS and the Airbus re-engine decision, Q4 2010 was a very positive quarter for the Company; Q4 sales and order trends suggest a short-term outlook for continued improvement in year-over-year performance; and the underlying strategic strength demonstrated by each of our businesses during the quarter reinforces our confidence for the long term. This Company is well-positioned to continue to generate the cash needed to sustain our core business, fuel growth, pay down debt and deliver dividends, as well as to generate the growth required to create long-term shareholder value.”

CFO Comments

Acting CFO John Cozzolino commented, “As a result of the strong business performance during the quarter, the Company generated good cash flow. Net debt (total debt less cash) declined from $325 million at the end of Q3 to $303 million at the end of the year. The Company’s leverage ratio, as defined in our primary debt agreements, was 2.21 at the end of Q4, well below the 3.50 limit. Approximately $288 million of borrowings and letters of credit were outstanding under our $390 million bank credit agreement at the end of Q4. This borrowing capacity, combined with $122 million of cash, provides over $220 million of funds available for future business needs.

“Our focus on working capital continued during the quarter. For accounts receivable, days sales outstanding decreased from 64 days at the end of Q3 to 60 days at the end of Q4. Inventory as a percent of sales at the end of Q4 held at 17.1 percent, thus maintaining a significant improvement from the 19.8 percent at the end of 2009.

“Cash flow in Q4 was reduced by a $5 million contribution to the U.S. pension plan. The Company expects to make additional contributions to the U.S. pension plan in 2011 in the range of $5-10 million. Cash flow in Q4 was increased by approximately $9 million as the Company completed the sale of its plant in East Greenbush, New York.

“Currency effects continued to have a significant impact on EBITDA, although to a lesser degree than the past two quarters. As previously described, currency effects impact our operating results in two ways: the revaluation of non-functional-currency assets and liabilities, and translation of our income and expenses from non-U.S. entities. In Q4, the more significant impact was revaluation, with gains of $2.6 million in Other income/expense, net and $0.4 million in STG&R (see Table 4).The gains in Other income/expense, net are principally related to the revaluation of Canadian-dollar, Australian-dollar, and Japanese-yen intercompany loans to the weaker euro. Due to the current volatility of the euro, the currency effect to EBITDA in relation to these intercompany loans can be significant in any period, with typically very little impact to cash flow. Regarding the translation of income and expenses, EBITDA was about $0.4 million lower than it would have been if rates had stayed constant with Q3. The Company mitigates the potential impact from translation of income and expenses by periodically entering into foreign currency derivative instruments.

“The Company’s 2010 income tax rate on continuing operations, exclusive of discrete tax items, was 31.4 percent and is expected to be in the mid-30s in 2011. Including the utilization of net operating loss carry-forwards and other deferred tax assets, cash paid for income taxes on continuing operations during 2010 was about $10 million and is expected to total $10-15 million in 2011.”

The Company plans a live webcast to discuss fourth-quarter 2010 financial results on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. For access, go to www.albint.com.

Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company. Its core business is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to the production of paper and paperboard. Albany’s family of growth businesses extends its advanced textiles and materials capabilities into a variety of other industries, most notably aerospace composites, nonwovens, building products, high-performance industrial doors, and high-performance insulation. Additional information about the Company and its businesses and products is available at www.albint.com.

This release contains certain items, such as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), EBITDA excluding restructuring charges, sales excluding currency effects, operating income excluding a gain from building sales, and certain income and expense items on a per share basis, that could be considered non-GAAP financial measures. Such items are provided because management believes that, when presented together with the GAAP items to which they relate, they provide additional useful information to investors regarding the registrant’s operational performance. Presenting increases or decreases in sales, after currency effects are excluded, can give management and investors insight into underlying sales trends. An understanding of the impact in a particular quarter of specific restructuring costs, or gains and losses such as the gain in Q4 2010 from the sale of a building, on operating income or EBITDA can give management and investors additional insight into quarterly performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had a greater or lesser effect, or no effect.

The effect of changes in currency translation rates is calculated by converting amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of a prior period. That amount is then compared to the U.S. dollar amount reported in the current period. The Company calculates EBITDA by adding Interest expense net, Income taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization to Net income. The Company believes that EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it provides an indication of the strength and performance of the Company’s ongoing business operations. While depreciation and amortization are operating costs under GAAP, they are non-cash expenses equal to current period allocation of costs associated with capital and other long-lived investments made in prior periods. While the Company will continue to make capital and other investments in the future, it is currently in the process of concluding a period of significant investment in plant, equipment, and software. Depreciation and amortization associated with these investments have a significant impact on the Company’s net income. EBITDA is also a calculation commonly used by investors and analysts to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies. EBITDA, as defined by the Company, may not be similar to EBITDA measures of other companies. EBITDA may not be considered a measurement under GAAP, and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information contained in the Company’s statements of operations.

The following table contains the calculation of EBITDA and EBITDA excluding restructuring charges:

Table 5

           
  Three Months ended
Dec. 31,  

Sept. 30,

 

Dec. 31,

(in thousands)   2010   2010   2009

Net income

  $ 20,534   $ 3,627   $ 3,681
Interest expense, net     4,700     4,833     3,935
Income tax expense     5,421     3,732     10,722
Depreciation     13,993     13,204     15,342
Amortization     2,063     2,256     2,115
EBITDA     46,711     27,652     35,795
Restructuring and other, net     827     842     1,225
EBITDA excluding restructuring charges   $ 47,538   $ 28,494   $ 37,020
 

The Company discloses certain income and expense items on a per share basis. The Company believes that such disclosures provide important insight of the underlying quarterly earnings and are financial performance metrics commonly used by investors. The Company calculates the per share amount for items included in continuing operations by using the effective tax rate utilized during the applicable reporting period and the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period.

Table 6

         
Quarter ended December 31, 2010
Pre-tax After-tax Shares Per Share
(in thousands, except per share amounts)   amounts   Tax Effect   Effect   Outstanding   Effect
Restructuring and other, net   $ 827   $ 260   $ 567   31,166   $ 0.02
Gain on sale of building     6,950     2,711     4,239   31,166     0.14
Foreign currency revaluation gains     3,044     956     2,088   31,166     0.07
Income tax adjustments     -     2,727     2,727   31,166     0.09
 

Table 7

         
Quarter ended December 31, 2009
Pre-tax After-tax Shares Per Share
(in thousands, except per share amounts)   amounts   Tax Effect   Effect   Outstanding   Effect
Restructuring and other, net   $ 1,225     $ 233     $ 992     30,859   $ 0.03  
Gain on extinguishment of debt    

4,622

 

   

1,803

 

   

2,819

 

  30,859    

0.09

 

Foreign currency revaluation gains     264       50       214     30,859     0.01  
Income tax adjustments     -       7,382       7,382     30,859     0.24  
 

The Company often discloses operating income margin excluding certain gains or losses that occur infrequently. The Company believes that such disclosures provide important insight of the underlying quarterly earnings and are financial performance metrics commonly used by investors. The Company calculates operating income margin by dividing operating income by net sales. Operating income margin excluding building gains is calculated by removing the building gains from operating income, then dividing by net sales.

Table 8

               
  Net Sales   Net Sales
Three Months ended Three Months ended
December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
(in thousands)   Total Company   PMC Segment   Total Company   PMC Segment
Operating income, as reported   $ 29,491     $ 49,102     $ 13,610     $ 25,373  
Less: gain on sale of building     6,950       6,950       -       -  
Operating income, excluding building gain     22,541       42,152       13,610       25,373  
Net sales     244,619       163,339       231,350       159,693  
Operating income margin, as reported     12.1 %     30.1 %     5.9 %     15.9 %
Operating income margin, excluding building gain     9.2 %     25.8 %     5.9 %     15.9 %
   

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,” 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K) 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 future economic and paper industry conditions, rates of recovery in sales and operating income during the next several quarters in each of the Company’s businesses, anticipated improvements in cash generation, revenue growth and income expectations for the Company’s non-PMC businesses, the timing and impact of certain production and development programs in the Company’s AEC business segment, the amount and timing of anticipated costs and savings associated with cost-reduction and performance-improvement initiatives, pricing conditions in the PMC industry, the amount and timing of capital expenditures, future tax rates and cash paid for taxes, depreciation and amortization, future debt levels and debt covenant ratios, future contributions to the Company’s pension plans, future revaluation gains and losses, and future levels of EBITDA. 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 various 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 and independent forecasts regarding the markets in which these businesses operate. Historical growth rates are no guarantee of f

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