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First-quarter Highlights

  • Net sales were $230.0 million, an increase of 15.4% compared to 2017 (see Table 2). Excluding the impact of the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard (ASC 606) and currency translation effects, Net sales increased 6.6% (see Table 3).
  • Net income attributable to the Company was $10.2 million ($0.32 per share), compared to $10.8 million ($0.34 per share) in Q1 2017. Net income attributable to the Company was increased by $1.2 million ($0.04 per share) as a result of adopting ASC 606.
  • Net income attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments (a non-GAAP measure), was $0.54 per share, compared to $0.46 per share in Q1 2017 (see Table 14).
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was $50.9 million, compared to $43.5 million in Q1 2017 (see Tables 10 and 11).

ROCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2018-- Albany International Corp. (NYSE:AIN) reported that Q1 2018 Net income attributable to the Company was $10.2 million, including a net benefit of $0.3 million from income tax adjustments. Net income attributable to the Company was increased by $1.2 million as a result of adopting ASC 606. Q1 2017 Net income attributable to the Company was $10.8 million, including a net charge of $0.8 million from income tax adjustments.

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Q1 2018 Income before income taxes was $15.1 million, including $8.6 million of restructuring charges and $2.4 million of losses from foreign currency revaluation. Q1 2017 Income before income taxes was $17.5 million, including restructuring charges of $2.7 million and losses of $1.9 million from foreign currency revaluation.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted the provisions of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, using the modified retrospective method for transition. Under this transition method, periods prior to 2018 are not restated. Table 1 summarizes the effect on various operational metrics that resulted from the adoption of the new standard:    

               

Table 1

                       

Increase/(decrease) attributable to application of ASC
606 for the Three Months ended March 31, 2018

 

 

(in thousands)

   

 

 

 

Machine
Clothing

   

 

 

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

 

 

Income tax
and
noncontrolling
interest
effects

   

 

 

 

Total
Company

Net sales     $4,211     $4,223     $-       $8,434
Gross profit     1,039     869     -       1,908
Selling, technical, general and research expenses     60     -     -       60
Operating income and Income before income taxes     979     869     -       1,848
Income taxes     -     -     601       601
Net income     979     869     (601 )     1,247
Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest     -     -     57       57
Net income attributable to the Company     $979     $869     $(658 )     $1,190
         

Table 2 summarizes Net sales and the effect of changes in currency translation rates:

                   

Table 2

                             

 

 

 

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

Net Sales
Three Months ended
March 31,

Percent
Change

Impact of
Changes
in Currency
Translation Rates

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate Effect

   

2018

   

2017

           
Machine Clothing (MC)     $148,151     $142,827     3.7 %     $6,760     -1.0 %
Albany Engineered Composites (AEC)     81,830     56,450     45.0       2,311     40.9  
Total     $229,981     $199,277     15.4 %     $9,071     10.9 %
 

Table 3 summarizes Q1 Net sales excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects:

                   

Table 3

                             

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

   

 

 

 

Q1 2018
Net sales,
as reported

   

 

 

 

 

Increase due
to ASC 606

   

 

Increase due
to Changes in
Currency
Translation
Rates

   

 

Q1 2018
Net sales
on same
basis as
Q1 2017

   

Percent
Change
excluding
Currency
Rate and
ASC 606
Effects

Machine Clothing     $148,151     $4,211     $6,760     $137,180     -4.0 %
Albany Engineered Composites     81,830     4,223     2,311     75,296     33.4  
Total     $229,981     $8,434     $9,071     $212,476     6.6 %
 

In Machine Clothing, when excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, Net sales declined 4%, principally due to continuing declines in publication grade sales and lower sales in tissue and packaging, primarily in North America as Q1 2017 sales were particularly strong in those grades. AEC Net sales grew 33% as compared to Q1 2017, when excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, primarily driven by growth in the LEAP, Boeing 787, and F-35 programs.

Table 4 summarizes Gross profit by segment:

               

Table 4

                       

 

Three Months ended
March 31, 2018

Three Months ended
March 31, 2017

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

   

Gross profit

    Percent of sales     Gross profit     Percent of sales
Machine Clothing     $70,181       47.4 %     $69,218       48.5 %
Albany Engineered Composites     11,524       14.1       6,833       12.1  
Corporate expenses     (54 )     -       (23 )     -  
Total     $81,651       35.5 %     $76,028       38.2 %
 

First-quarter MC Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased compared to Q1 2017, but was essentially flat compared to the full-year margin in 2017 and rebounded from 45.0% in Q4 2017, due to increased capacity utilization. The increase in AEC Gross profit as a percentage of sales was driven by higher sales and improved labor productivity.

Table 5 summarizes selling, technical, general and research (STG&R) expenses by segment:

               

Table 5

                       

(in thousands, excluding percentages)

Three Months ended
March 31, 2018

Three Months ended
March 31, 2017

   

STG&R Expense

   

Percent of sales

   

STG&R Expense

   

Percent of sales

                         
Machine Clothing     $31,060     21.0 %     $30,845     21.6 %
Albany Engineered Composites     9,028     11.0       9,376     16.6  
Corporate expenses     12,159     -       10,448     -  
Total     $52,247     22.7 %     $50,669     25.4 %
 

Losses from the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency assets and liabilities increased total first-quarter STG&R expenses by $1.7 million in 2018 and $1.8 million in 2017. The increase in Corporate expenses was primarily attributable to higher costs for information systems to support continued growth in AEC.

Table 6 summarizes first-quarter expenses associated with internally funded research and development by segment:

       

Table 6

           

Research and development expenses

Three Months ended

March 31,

(in thousands)     2018     2017
Machine Clothing     $4,418     $4,519
Albany Engineered Composites     3,148     3,076
Total     $7,566     $7,595
 

Table 7 summarizes first-quarter operating income by segment:

       

Table 7

           
Operating Income/(loss)
Three Months ended

 

March 31,

(in thousands)

   

2018

   

2017

Machine Clothing     $30,769     $38,263
Albany Engineered Composites     2,275     (5,114)
Corporate expenses     (12,213)     (10,471)
Total     $20,831     $22,678
 

Table 8 presents the effect on Operating income from restructuring and currency revaluation:

               

Table 8

                       

(in thousands)

Expenses/(gain) in Q1 2018
resulting from

Expenses/(gain) in Q1 2017
resulting from

   

Restructuring

   

Revaluation

   

Restructuring

   

Revaluation

Machine Clothing     $8,352     $1,517     $110     $1,663
Albany Engineered Composites     221     186     2,571     98
Corporate expenses     -     (3)     -     1
Total     $8,573     $1,700     $2,681     $1,762
 

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company’s proposal to close its Machine Clothing production facility in Sélestat, France was approved by the French Labor Ministry. Restructuring charges for Q1 2018 include the Company’s estimate for severance and outplacement benefits. The Company has started to assess property, plant and equipment in that location to determine if equipment will be transferred to other facilities, or if the value of the assets can be recovered through a sale. Depending on the outcome of that assessment, additional restructuring charges could be recorded in future periods.

Q1 2018 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $1.5 million, including losses related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $0.7 million. Q1 2017 Other income/expense, net, was expense of $0.8 million, including losses related to the revaluation of nonfunctional-currency balances of $0.1 million.

Table 9 summarizes currency revaluation effects on certain financial metrics:

       

Table 9

           

(in thousands)

Income/(loss) attributable to currency revaluation
Three Months ended March 31,

   

2018

   

2017

Operating income     $(1,700)     $(1,762)
Other income/(expense), net     (690)     (101)
Total     $(2,390)     $(1,863)
 

The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was 32.5% for Q1 2018, compared to 32.6% for Q1 2017. Discrete tax items decreased income tax expense by $0.3 million in Q1 2018, and increased income tax expense by $0.8 million in Q1 2017.

Tables 10 and 11 provide a reconciliation of Operating income and Net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

               

Table 10

                       

Three Months ended March 31, 2018
(in thousands)

   

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

   

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)     $30,769     $2,275     $(12,213)     $20,831
Interest, taxes, other income/expense     -     -     (10,349)     (10,349)
Net income (GAAP)     30,769     2,275     (22,562)     10,482
Interest expense, net     -     -     4,288     4,288
Income tax expense     -     -     4,609     4,609
Depreciation and amortization     8,362     11,156     1,430     20,948
EBITDA (non-GAAP)     39,131     13,431     (12,235)     40,327
Restructuring expenses, net     8,352     221     -     8,573
Foreign currency revaluation losses     1,517     186     687     2,390
Pretax (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in ASC     -     (343)     -     (343)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)     $49,000     $13,495     $(11,548)     $50,947
 

Table 11

                       

Three Months ended March 31, 2017
(in thousands)

   

Machine
Clothing

   

Albany
Engineered
Composites

   

Corporate
expenses
and other

   

Total
Company

Operating income/(loss) (GAAP)     $38,263     $(5,114)     $(10,471)     $22,678
Interest, taxes, other income/expense     -     -     (11,704)     (11,704)
Net income (GAAP)     38,263     (5,114)     (22,175)     10,974
Interest expense, net     -     -     4,328     4,328
Income tax expense     -     -     6,550     6,550
Depreciation and amortization     8,287     7,804     1,202     17,293
EBITDA (non-GAAP)     46,550     2,690     (10,095)     39,145
Restructuring expenses, net     110     2,571     -     2,681
Foreign currency revaluation losses     1,663     98     102     1,863
Pretax (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in ASC     -     (171)     -     (171)
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)     $48,323     $5,188     $(9,993)     $43,518
               

Payments for capital expenditures were $15.8 million in Q1 2018, compared to $25.1 million in Q1 2017. Depreciation and amortization was $20.9 million in Q1 2018, compared to $17.3 million in Q1 2017.

CFO Comments

CFO and Treasurer John Cozzolino said, “The Company’s financial results for the first quarter reflect the impact of the new ASC 606 revenue accounting standard, which was implemented effective January 1, 2018. As noted last quarter, the major changes resulting from this new standard relate to the timing of certain MC sales where the performance obligation is satisfied in advance of delivery and some elements of long-term contract accounting for AEC. As shown in Table 1, the net impact of implementing this accounting standard had a somewhat positive effect on sales and income for each business. Additionally, the non-cash impact of the transition to this new standard on the Company’s opening balance sheet for 2018 included increases to accounts receivable of $10 million, contract assets of $45 million, accrued liabilities of $17 million and a decrease to inventory of $47 million.

“First-quarter cash flow was negatively impacted by incentive compensation payments and high first-quarter tax payments. Additionally, cash utilized for other working capital increased during the quarter, most notably accounts receivable for AEC. Overall, total debt increased about $5 million to $521 million as of the end of the quarter and cash balances decreased $32 million to $151 million. The combined effect of those two changes resulted in a $37 million increase to net debt (total debt less cash, see Table 16) to a balance of $369 million as of the end of the quarter. The Company’s leverage ratio, as defined in our primary debt agreements, was 2.55 at the end of Q1, as compared to 2.62 at the end of Q4, well below our current limit of 3.75.

“Capital expenditures during the quarter were about $16 million, a little lower than expected due to the timing of required cash payments. We currently expect capital expenditures to range from $20 million to $25 million per quarter through the rest of the year. At that level of spending, we do expect additional quarterly increases in net debt for the remainder of the year, but at significantly lower levels than during the first quarter.

“The Company’s income tax rate based on income from continuing operations was 32.5% in Q1 compared to 32.6% in 2017. The tax rate for Q1 2018 is somewhat higher than expected as additional elements of the new U.S. tax legislation are incorporated into the rate calculation. Cash paid for income taxes was about $8 million in Q1, and we estimate cash taxes in 2018 to range from $22 million to $25 million.”

CEO Comments

CEO Olivier Jarrault commented, “Q1 2018 was another strong quarter for Albany International; both businesses performed well, resulting in growth in total Company Net sales of 15.4%, or 6.6% excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects. Although restructuring charges related to the Company’s plan to close its MC plant in Sélestat, France contributed to a slight decline in Net income compared to the first quarter of 2017, Adjusted EBITDA grew sharply to $51 million with continued stable performance in MC and strong profitability improvement in AEC.

“MC sales in the first quarter, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, declined 4% compared to last year, principally due to continuing declines in publication grade sales and lower sales in tissue and packaging, primarily in North America as Q1 2017 sales were particularly strong in those grades. Overall, the paper and paperboard market trends that we saw last year – growth in the packaging and tissue grades, especially in Asia, with continued declines across all regions in the publication grades – continued in the first quarter.

“Despite continuing inflationary pressure on our operational costs, MC gross margin was strong during the quarter at 47.4%. As expected, gross margin bounced back from the fourth-quarter gross margin of 45.0%, primarily due to improved capacity utilization. Operating income was down compared to last year due to the French restructuring charges. Adjusted EBITDA, however, was strong and stable compared to Q1 2017.

“The MC outlook for the rest of 2018 looks promising. The business appears to be stable going into the second quarter and we currently anticipate relatively consistent gross margins throughout the rest of the year. Assuming no significant changes in global economic conditions, we are on track for full-year Adjusted EBITDA in the upper half of our expected range of $180 million to $195 million.

“AEC had a strong quarter with growth in Net sales, Operating income and Adjusted EBITDA compared to Q1 2017. AEC had strong year-over-year revenue growth with Net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and currency translation effects, increasing 33%, consistent with our outlook communicated in the last earnings release.

“The increase in sales was primarily driven by several high-growth aerospace platforms, such as the LEAP program as well as key next-generation commercial and defense airframe programs. Sales of fan cases, fan blades and spacers for LEAP engines, which represented about 49% of AEC Q1 2018 sales, grew 60% compared to Q1 2017, reflecting the steep, unprecedented ramp up of this jet engine program. Higher sales of Boeing 787 fuselage frames as well as F-35 components also fueled year-over-year revenue growth.

“AEC Operating income improved to $2.3 million, while Adjusted EBITDA more than doubled year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales improved to 16.5% in the first quarter, as a result of volume increases and productivity improvement, compared to 14.1% in Q4 2017 and 9.2% in Q1 2017. While AEC’s profitability could fluctuate from quarter to quarter this year, we continue to expect full-year Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales to show incremental improvement compared to 2017.

“New business opportunities include further share gains on existing platforms leveraging existing and derivative technologies, in addition to content on potential future commercial and defense programs through the use of new technologies. Our R&D new product development activities during the quarter progressed in each of these areas, while R&D process improvement projects also supported existing growth programs. Based on this progress, we continue to project that the combination of execution on our existing contracts along with anticipated new contract wins, provides the potential for AEC to reach annual sales of $475 million to $550 million in 2020.

“AEC’s outlook for the full year 2018 is unchanged from the expectations we stated in the last earnings release: Net sales, year-over-year, should increase 20% to 30% while Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Net sales should show incremental improvement in 2018. Beyond 2018, we remain on track toward our goal of 18% to 20% Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales in 2020.

“So in summary, this was a good quarter for the Company, with continued strong and stable performance in MC and robust sales growth with increasing profitability in AEC. Our outlook for both businesses in 2018 is unchanged, as we continue to expect strong performance by both businesses throughout the balance of the year.”

About Albany International Corp.

Albany International is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company, with two core businesses. Machine Clothing is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts essential to production in the paper, nonwovens, and other process industries. Albany Engineered Composites is a rapidly growing supplier of highly engineered composite parts for the aerospace industry. Albany International is headquartered in Rochester, New Hampshire, operates 23 plants in 10 countries, employs 4,400 people worldwide, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol AIN). Additional information about the Company and its products and services can be found at www.albint.com.

This release contains certain non-GAAP metrics, including: net sales, and percent change in net sales, excluding the impact of ASC 606 and/or currency translation effects (for each segment and the Company as a whole); EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (for each segment and the Company as a whole, represented in dollars or as a percentage of net sales); net debt; and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments. Such items are provided because management believes that, when reconciled from the GAAP items to which they relate, they provide additional useful information to investors regarding the Company’s operational performance.

Presenting sales and increases or decreases in sales, after currency effects and/or ASC 606 impact are excluded, can give management and investors insight into underlying sales trends. EBITDA, or net income with interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization added back, is a common indicator of financial performance used, among other things, to analyze and compare core profitability between companies and industries because it eliminates effects due to differences in financing, asset bases and taxes. An understanding of the impact in a particular quarter of specific restructuring costs, currency revaluation, inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses, or other gains and losses, on net income (absolute as well as on a per-share basis), operating income or EBITDA can give management and investors additional insight into core financial performance, especially when compared to quarters in which such items had a greater or lesser effect, or no effect. Restructuring expenses in the MC segment, while frequent in recent years, are reflective of significant reductions in manufacturing capacity and associated headcount in response to shifting markets, and not of the profitability of the business going forward as restructured. Net debt is, in the opinion of the Company, helpful to investors wishing to understand what the Company’s debt position would be if all available cash were applied to pay down indebtedness. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, are performance measures that relate to the Company’s continuing operations.

Net sales, or percent changes in net sales, excluding currency rate effects, are calculated by converting amounts reported in local currencies into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate of a prior period. The impact of ASC 606 is determined by calculating what GAAP net sales would have been under the prior ASC 605 standard, and comparing that amount to the amount reported under the new ASC 606 standard. These amounts are then compared to the U.S. dollar amount as reported in the current period. The Company calculates EBITDA by removing the following from Net income: Interest expense net, Income tax expense, Depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by: adding to EBITDA costs associated with restructuring, and inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses; adding (or subtracting) revaluation losses (or gains); subtracting (or adding) gains (or losses) from the sale of buildings or investments; subtracting insurance recovery gains in excess of previously recorded losses; and subtracting (or adding) Income (or loss) attributable to the non-controlling interest in Albany Safran Composites (ASC). Adjusted EBITDA may also be presented as a percentage of net sales by dividing it by net sales. Net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, is calculated by adding to (or subtracting from) net income attributable to the Company per share, on an after-tax basis: restructuring charges; inventory write-offs associated with discontinued businesses; discrete tax charges (or gains) and the effect of changes in the income tax rate; foreign currency revaluation losses (or gains); acquisition expenses; and losses (or gains) from the sale of investments.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments, as defined by the Company, may not be similar to similarly named measures of other companies. Such measures are not considered measurements under GAAP, and should be considered in addition to, but not as substitutes for, the information contained in the Company’s statements of income.

The Company discloses certain income and expense items on a per-share basis. The Company believes that such disclosures provide important insight into underlying quarterly earnings and are financial performance metrics commonly used by investors. The Company calculates the quarterly per-share amount for items included in continuing operations by using the income tax rate based on income from continuing operations and the weighted-average number of shares outstanding for each period. Year-to-date earnings per-share effects are determined by adding the amounts calculated at each reporting period.

Tables 12 and 13 contain Q1 per share effects of certain income and expense items:

               

Table 12

                       

Three Months ended March 31, 2018
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

   

Pretax
amounts

   

Tax Effect

   

After-tax Effect

   

Per Share
Effect

Restructuring expenses, net     $8,573     $2,786     $5,787     $0.18
Foreign currency revaluation losses     2,390     777     1,613     0.05
Net discrete income tax benefit     -     290     290     0.01
Favorable effect of applying ASC 606     1,848     658 *     1,190     0.04

* includes tax and noncontrolling interest effects

               

Table 13

                       

Three Months ended March 31, 2017
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

   

Pretax
amounts

   

Tax Effect

   

After-tax
Effect

   

Per Share Effect

Restructuring expenses, net     $2,681     $979     $1,702     $0.05
Foreign currency revaluation losses     1,863     680     1,183     0.04
Net discrete income tax charge     -     831     831     0.03
 

Table 14 contains the calculation of Net income per share attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments:

Table 14

           
   

Three Months ended

March 31,
Per share amounts (Basic)     2018     2017
Net income attributable to the Company, reported (GAAP)     $0.32       $0.34
Adjustments:            
Restructuring expenses, net     0.18       0.05
Discrete tax adjustments     (0.01 )     0.03
Foreign currency revaluation losses     0.05       0.04
Net income attributable to the Company, excluding adjustments (non-GAAP)     $0.54       $0.46
   

Table 15 contains the calculation AEC Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of sales:

                       

Table 15

                                   

 

Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales
Three months ended

 

(in thousands, except percentages)

March 31,

December 31,

September 30,

June 30,

March 31,

December 31,

   

2018

    2017     2017     2017     2017     2016
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)    

$13,495

   

$10,794

   

$8,125

   

$(8,586)*

   

$5,188

   

$5,530

Net sales (GAAP)     $81,830     $76,465     $71,447     $68,999     $56,450     $68,302
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales     16.5%     14.1%     11.4%     (12.4)%     9.2%     8.1%

* Includes charge of $15.8 million in Q2 2017 for revisions in estimated profitability of two AEC contracts.

 

Table 16 contains the calculation of net debt:

                       

Table 16

                                   

(in thousands)

   

March 31,
2018

   

December
31, 2017

   

September 30,
2017

   

June 30,
2017

   

March 31,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

Notes and loans payable     $226     $262     $186     $249     $274     $312
Current maturities of long-term debt     1,821     1,799     51,765     51,732     51,699     51,666
Long-term debt     518,656     514,120     453,578     444,030     428,477     432,918
Total debt     520,703     516,181     505,529     496,011     480,450     484,896
Cash and cash equivalents     151,426     183,727     153,465     138,792     143,333     181,742
Net debt     $369,277     $332,454     $352,064     $357,219     $337,117     $303,154
 

Table 17 contains the reconciliation of MC 2018 projected Adjusted EBITDA to MC 2018 projected net income:

               

Table 17

                       

 

 

Machine Clothing Full-Year 2018 Outlook
(in millions)

 

   

Actual, three
months
ended
March 31,
2018

   

Results for
last three
quarters of
year to meet
low end of
range

   

Results for
last three
quarters of
year to meet
high end of
range

   

 

Estimated
range for
full- year

Net income (non-GAAP)     $31     $107    

$122

   

$138 - $153

Depreciation and amortization     8    

24

   

24

   

32

EBITDA (non-GAAP)     $39     $131     $146     $170 - $185
Restructuring expenses     8     *     *     *
Foreign currency revaluation losses     2     *     *     *
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)     $49     $131     $146     $180 - $195

* Due to the uncertainty of these items, management is currently unable to project restructuring expenses and foreign currency revaluation gains/losses for 2018.

 

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,” “should,” “look for,” 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 most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q) 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 macroeconomic and paper-industry trends and conditions during 2018 and in future years; expectations in 2018 and in future periods of sales, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA (both in dollars and as a percentage of net sales), income, gross profit, gross margin, cash flows and other financial items in each of the Company’s businesses, and for the Company as a whole; the timing and impact of production and development programs in the Company’s AEC business segment and the sales growth potential of key AEC programs, as well as AEC as a whole; the amount and timing of capital expenditures, future tax rates and cash paid for taxes, depreciation and amortization; future debt and net debt levels and debt covenant ratios; the impact of the new revenue recognition standard on financial results for each business segment and for the Company as a whole; the impact of the U.S. tax legislation passed in Q4 2017; the timing and impact of the restructuring in France; and changes in currency rates and their impact on future revaluation gains and losses. 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 its 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, independent forecasts regarding the markets in which these businesses operate, and the timing and magnitude of orders for our customers’ products. Historical growth rates are no guarantee of future growth, and such independent forecasts and assumptions could prove materially incorrect in some cases.

 
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
2018 2017
 
Net sales $229,981 $199,277
Cost of goods sold 148,330 123,249
 
Gross profit 81,651 76,028
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 41,930 40,407
Technical and research expenses 10,317 10,262
Restructuring expenses, net 8,573 2,681
 
Operating income 20,831 22,678
Interest expense, net 4,288 4,328
Other expense, net 1,452 826
 
Income before income taxes 15,091 17,524
Income tax expense 4,609 6,550
 
Net income 10,482 10,974
Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest 237 135
Net income attributable to the Company $ 10,245 $ 10,839
 
Earnings per share attributable to Company shareholders - Basic $ 0.32 $ 0.34
 
Earnings per share attributable to Company shareholders - Diluted $ 0.32 $ 0.34
 
Shares of the Company used in computing earnings per share:
Basic 32,220 32,128
 
Diluted 32,236 32,164
 
Dividends declared per share, Class A and Class B $ 0.17 $ 0.17

 
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
(unaudited)
       
 
March 31, December 31,
2018 2017
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $151,426 $183,727
Accounts receivable, net 248,538 202,675
Contract assets 42,895 -
Inventories 100,034 136,519
Income taxes prepaid and receivable 6,132 6,266
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 18,675   14,520  
Total current assets 567,700 543,707
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 459,388 454,302
Intangibles, net 53,881 55,441
Goodwill 168,311 166,796
Deferred income taxes 70,174 68,648
Noncurrent receivables 35,338 32,811
Other assets 45,543   39,493  
Total assets $1,400,335   $1,361,198  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Notes and loans payable $226 $262
Accounts payable 45,694 44,899
Accrued liabilities 122,103 105,914
Current maturities of long-term debt 1,821 1,799
Income taxes payable 5,182   8,643  
Total current liabilities 175,026 161,517
 
Long-term debt 518,656 514,120
Other noncurrent liabilities 100,170 101,555
Deferred taxes and other liabilities 11,339   10,991  
Total liabilities 805,191   788,183  
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock, par value $5.00 per share;
authorized 2,000,000 shares; none issued - -
Class A Common Stock, par value $.001 per share;
authorized 100,000,000 shares; issued 37,447,669 in 2018
and 37,395,753 in 2017 37 37
Class B Common Stock, par value $.001 per share;
authorized 25,000,000 shares; issued and
outstanding 3,233,998 in 2018 and 2017 3 3
Additional paid in capital 428,859 428,423
Retained earnings 533,759 534,082
Accumulated items of other comprehensive income:
Translation adjustments (69,672 ) (87,318 )
Pension and postretirement liability adjustments (50,549 ) (50,536 )
Derivative valuation adjustment 6,433 1,953
Treasury stock (Class A), at cost 8,431,335 shares in 2018
and 2017 (256,876 ) (256,876 )
Total Company shareholders' equity 591,994 569,768
Noncontrolling interest 3,150   3,247  
Total equity 595,144   573,015  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,400,335   $1,361,198  

 
ALBANY INTERNATIONAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
 
Three Months ended
March 31,
 
2018 2017
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income $10,482 $10,974
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation 18,302 14,644
Amortization 2,646 2,649
Change in other noncurrent liabilities (377 ) (1,596 )
Change in deferred taxes and other liabilities (784 ) (612 )

Provision for write-off of property, plant and equipment

271

296
Non-cash interest expense - 211
Compensation and benefits paid or payable in Class A Common Stock

289

989
Fair value adjustment on foreign currency option 37 54
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities that (used)/provided cash:
Accounts receivable (31,467 ) (741 )
Contract assets 2,116 -
Inventories (9,244 ) (14,921 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (4,063 ) (1,917 )
Income taxes prepaid and receivable 102 -
Accounts payable (2,538 ) 3,524
Accrued liabilities (1,185 ) (10,971 )
Income taxes payable (3,431 ) (2,486 )
Noncurrent receivables 2,527 (3,915 )
Other, net (2,630 ) (754 )
Net cash used in operating activities (18,947 ) (4,572 )
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (15,771 ) (25,045 )
Purchased software (29 ) (38 )
Net cash used in investing activities (15,800 ) (25,083 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from borrowings 13,011 16,145
Principal payments on debt (8,490 ) (20,602 )
Taxes paid in lieu of share issuance (1,652 ) (1,364 )
Proceeds from options exercised 147 75
Dividends paid (5,474 ) (5,459 )
Net cash used in financing activities (2,458 ) (11,205 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 4,904   2,451  
 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (32,301 ) (38,409 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 183,727   181,742  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $151,426   $143,333  

Source: Albany International Corp.

Albany International Corp.
Investors
John Cozzolino, 518-445-2281
john.cozzolino@albint.com
or
Media
Heather Kralik, 801-505-7001
heather.kralik@albint.com

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