Press Release

Chart Industries Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

Company Release - 10/27/2016 6:00 AM ET

CLEVELAND, Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTLS), a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas, energy and biomedical industries, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.  Highlights include:

  • Continued strong operating cash flow of $59.8 million
  • Successful recovery of past BioMedical warranty related costs contributed $16.0 million to net income
  • Downstream European LNG demand continues for Distribution & Storage

Net income for the third quarter of 2016 was $15.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted share.  Third quarter 2016 earnings would have been $0.53 per diluted share excluding $1.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of asset impairment, restructuring and acquisition-related costs.  This compares with net income of $4.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015.  Third quarter 2015 earnings would have been $0.26 per diluted share excluding $4.9 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, of facility shutdown, restructuring and acquisition-related costs.

Net sales for the third quarter of 2016 decreased 22.8% to $203.9 million from $264.0 million in the comparable period a year ago, primarily due to the slowdown seen in the energy markets.  Gross profit for the third quarter of 2016 was $69.6 million, or 34.1% of sales, which was favorably impacted by the insurance recovery, compared to gross profit for the third quarter of 2015 of $68.3 million, or 25.9% of sales.

“Distribution & Storage ("D&S") continues to see good order flow for downstream LNG terminals in Europe, although our third quarter results were negatively impacted by the continued energy market slowdown seen in our Energy & Chemicals ("E&C") business.  During the quarter, we also benefited from successful recovery of past warranty related costs in our BioMedical business," stated Sam Thomas, Chart’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Thomas added, “This insurance recovery represents partial recovery of losses BioMedical suffered over the last several years driven by worse than anticipated warranty experience in AirSep product lines.  We have corrected the issue and our current warranty expense is more indicative of what we expect in the future.  Under Bill Johnson's leadership, we are focusing heavily on our operations, implementing further productivity improvements and identifying profit-driven initiatives to better position ourselves.  In addition, our strong balance sheet gives us significant flexibility to pursue some exciting organic and inorganic investment opportunities to grow our business.”

Orders received in the third quarter of 2016 were $201.2 million, a decrease of $69.0 million over orders received during the second quarter of 2016, which included a number of large awards within all three of our reporting segments.  Despite new orders for our Lifecycle business, E&C orders continue to be negatively impacted by a weak energy market in addition to $5 million in project cancellations in the quarter.  Backlog at September 30, 2016 was $384.4 million, down 2.1% from the June 30, 2016 level of $392.5 million.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the third quarter of 2016 decreased $2.7 million compared with the same period in 2015 to $45.4 million, or 22.3% of sales.  Lower payroll and other discretionary spending were partially offset by variable short-term compensation as a result of improved earnings in the current quarter.  The prior year quarter included $3.9 million in facility shutdown and severance costs associated with cost reduction initiatives. 

Third quarter of 2016 includes $1.2 million of asset impairment charges related to our D&S Asia business.

Income tax expense was $1.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 and represented an effective tax rate of 11.4% compared with $6.1 million in the prior year quarter, or an effective tax rate of 58.8%.  The effective tax rate for the current quarter is lower than 2015's third quarter rate primarily due to the insurance recovery which is not currently taxable.  The prior year quarter's rate was unusually high as a result of a reserve against certain accumulated tax loss balances, which made up 15 percentage points in the prior year quarter.

Net interest expense was $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, which included $3.2 million of non-cash accretion expense associated with the Company’s Convertible Notes.  Net cash interest expense was $1.1 million.

Cash and short-term investments of $267.3 million have increased $54.1 million since June 30, 2016 due to strong operating cash flow generation which includes the insurance recovery proceeds.

SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS

E&C segment sales decreased 69.8% to $23.7 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared with $78.4 million for the same quarter in the prior year.  Lower sales volume was seen across all product lines given continued challenging energy market conditions.  E&C gross profit margins were 7.6% in the 2016 quarter compared with 23.4% in the same quarter of 2015 due to low volume and competitive market conditions.

D&S segment sales decreased 2.3% to $126.6 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared with $129.6 million for the same quarter in the prior year.  Revenues in LNG applications are down this quarter in Asia and in the U.S., but Europe is up somewhat versus the prior year quarter, reflecting continued downstream LNG activity.  D&S gross profit margins were 26.4% compared with 23.9% in the prior year quarter due to lower restructuring costs and improved throughput in the current quarter.

BioMedical segment sales decreased 4.5% to $53.6 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared with $56.1 million for the same quarter in the prior year.  The decrease is primarily due to lower revenues in respiratory and commercial oxygen generation, partially offset by an increase in life sciences.  BioMedical gross profit margin increased to 64.2% in the quarter compared with 33.8% for the same period in 2015 driven by the insurance recovery for breaches of representations and warranties primarily related to warranty costs for certain product lines acquired during the AirSep acquisition in 2012, which added 28.3% to the margin in the current quarter.  Exclusive of the recovery, the margin improved quarter over quarter due to lower warranty expense and improved product mix of life science products.

OUTLOOK

Based on year-to-date results, we are narrowing our 2016 sales guidance with sales expected to be in the range of $850 million to $875 million.  Additionally, we are raising full year adjusted earnings per diluted share (non-GAAP) guidance which is expected to be in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share, on approximately 31.1 million weighted average shares outstanding.  This revised guidance compares with previous sales guidance of $850 million to $900 million and earnings of $0.75 to $0.95 per diluted share, which excluded restructuring costs.  Adjusted earnings per diluted share is a non-GAAP measure, which excludes the impact from certain restructuring, impairment and acquisition-related costs.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements include statements concerning the Company's plans, objectives, future orders, revenues, earnings or performance, liquidity and cash flow, capital expenditures, business trends, and other information that is not historical in nature.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "projects," "forecasts," “outlook,” “guidance,” "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terminology.

Forward-looking statements contained in this news release or in other statements made by the Company are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed or implied by forward-looking statements.  These factors and uncertainties include, among others, the following: the cyclicality of the markets that the Company serves and the vulnerability of those markets to economic downturns; a delay, significant reduction in or loss of purchases by large customers; fluctuations in energy prices; our ability to control our costs and successfully manage our operations; a delay in the anticipated timing of LNG infrastructure build out or a delay or failure to receive orders; the potential for negative developments in the natural gas industry related to hydraulic fracturing; competition; potential future impairment of the Company’s significant goodwill and other intangibles; changes in government energy policy or the failure of expected changes in policy to materialize; variability in operating results associated with unanticipated increases in warranty returns of Company products; the modification or cancellation of orders in our backlog; loss of key employees; challenges and uncertainties associated with efforts to acquire and integrate product lines or businesses; economic downturns and deteriorating financial conditions; our ability to manage our fixed-price contract exposure; our reliance on key suppliers and potential supplier failures or defects; fluctuations or adjustments in the Company’s effective tax rate; changes in government healthcare regulations and reimbursement policies; litigation and disputes involving the Company, including product liability, contract, warranty, intellectual property, employment and environmental claims; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; general economic, political, business and market risks associated with the Company's international operations and transactions; technological security threats; financial distress of third parties; our ability to protect our intellectual property; the regulation of our products by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and other governmental authorities; the pricing and availability of raw materials; the cost of compliance with environmental, health and safety laws; claims that our products or processes infringe intellectual property rights of others; additional liabilities related to taxes; deterioration of employee or labor relations; increased governmental regulation; risks associated with our indebtedness, leverage and liquidity; and volatility and fluctuations in the price of the Company’s stock.

For a discussion of these and additional factors that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Item 1A (Risk Factors) in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which should be reviewed carefully.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Chart is a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas, energy, and biomedical industries.  The majority of Chart's products are used throughout the liquid gas supply chain for purification, liquefaction, distribution, storage and end-use applications, a large portion of which are energy-related.  Chart has domestic operations located across the United States and an international presence in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.  For more information, visit: http://www.chartindustries.com.

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

To supplement the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP in this news release, certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC rules are used.  The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are of interest to investors and facilitate useful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s financial results, and this information is used by the Company in evaluating internal performance.  See the last page of this news release for a reconciliation of adjusted earnings per diluted share, a non-GAAP measure included in this release.

With respect to the Company's full year earnings outlook, the Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of the adjusted earnings per diluted share because certain items may have not yet occurred or are out of the Company's control and / or cannot be reasonably predicted.

CONFERENCE CALL

As previously announced, the Company will discuss its third quarter 2016 results on a conference call on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. ET.  Participants may join the conference call by dialing (877) 312-9395 in the U.S. or (970) 315-0456 from outside the U.S.  A live webcast presentation will also be accessible at 10:30 a.m. ET at http://www.chartindustries.com.  Please log-in or dial-in at least five minutes prior to the start time.

A taped replay of the conference call will be archived on the Company’s website, www.chartindustries.com, approximately one hour after the call concludes.  You may also listen to a taped replay of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 outside the U.S. and entering Conference ID 98230977.  The telephone replay will be available beginning 1:30 p.m. ET, Thursday October 27, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, November 3, 2016.

For more information, click here:

http://ir.chartindustries.com/


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(UNAUDITED)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2016 2015   2016 2015
Sales   $203,930  $264,047    $644,782  $779,404 
Cost of sales   134,307  195,758    435,507  563,712 
Gross profit   69,623  68,289    209,275  215,692 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   45,430  48,108    143,862  146,898 
Amortization   2,912  4,572    9,156  13,099 
Asset impairment   1,217      1,217   
Operating expenses   49,559  52,680    154,235  159,997 
Operating income   20,064  15,609    55,040  55,695 
Other expenses:            
Interest expense, net   4,291  4,073    12,556  11,994 
Financing costs amortization   321  322    963  969 
Foreign currency loss   4  848    117  771 
Other expenses, net   4,616  5,243    13,636  13,734 
Income before income taxes   15,448  10,366    41,404  41,961 
Income tax expense   1,764  6,095    12,829  15,333 
Net income   13,684  4,271    28,575  26,628 
Noncontrolling interests, net of taxes   (1,341) (489)   (2,952) (535)
Net income attributable to Chart Industries, Inc.   $15,025  $4,760    $31,527  $27,163 
Net income attributable to Chart Industries, Inc. per common share:            
Basic   $0.49  $0.16    $1.03  $0.89 
Diluted   $0.48  $0.15    $1.02  $0.88 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:            
Basic   30,585  30,498    30,578  30,487 
Diluted   31,064  30,745    30,940  30,693 
             
Comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes   $13,932  $(1,964)   $29,235  $15,243 
Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of taxes   (1,364) (762)   (3,069) (803)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Chart Industries, Inc., net of taxes   $15,296  $(1,202)   $32,304  $16,046 
                     


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2016 2015   2016 2015
Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities   $59,763  $46,431    $146,592  $54,425 
Investing Activities            
Capital expenditures   (3,993) (11,587)   (13,411) (36,066)
Payments for land use rights           (11,043)
Proceeds from sale of assets     195      395 
Government grants   443      1,055   
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired     (24,197)   (1,383) (24,517)
Net Cash Used In Investing Activities   (3,550) (35,589)   (13,739) (71,231)
Financing Activities            
Borrowings on revolving credit facilities     56,450    3,820  68,827 
Repayments on revolving credit facilities   (2,245) (66,453)   (6,061) (67,196)
Borrowings on term loan         13,167   
Repayments on term loan         (1,508)  
Proceeds from exercise of options   9  17    26  486 
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation     3    54  133 
Payment of contingent consideration           (611)
Common stock repurchases   (15) (26)   (658) (849)
Dividend distribution to noncontrolling interests     (120)     (120)
Other financing activities     1      (156)
Net Cash (Used In) Provided By Financing Activities   (2,251) (10,128)   8,840  514 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   156  (1,062)   1,875  (4,827)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   54,118  (348)   143,568  (21,119)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   213,158  82,885    123,708  103,656 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period   $267,276  $82,537    $267,276  $82,537 
                     


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    September 30,
 2016
 December 31,
 2015
    (Unaudited)  
ASSETS      
Cash and cash equivalents   $267,276  $123,708 
Accounts receivable, net   132,556  183,514 
Inventories, net   182,227  199,302 
Other current assets   45,683  80,706 
Property, plant and equipment, net   258,081  266,277 
Goodwill   219,091  218,390 
Identifiable intangible assets, net   96,913  106,714 
Other assets   16,038  21,529 
TOTAL ASSETS   $1,217,865  $1,200,140 
       
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities   $224,600  $262,039 
Long-term debt   232,079  213,798 
Other long-term liabilities   48,855  48,567 
Equity   712,331  675,736 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $1,217,865  $1,200,140 
           


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
OPERATING SEGMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
                
 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Sales       
Energy & Chemicals$23,711  $78,388  $122,865  $257,197 
Distribution & Storage126,646  129,590  363,743  356,474 
BioMedical53,573  56,069  158,174  165,733 
Total$203,930  $264,047  $644,782  $779,404 
Gross Profit (1)       
Energy & Chemicals$1,803  $18,345  $39,147  $70,888 
Distribution & Storage33,429  30,984  96,074  89,517 
BioMedical34,391  18,960  74,054  55,287 
Total$69,623  $68,289  $209,275  $215,692 
Gross Profit Margin       
Energy & Chemicals7.6% 23.4% 31.9% 27.6%
Distribution & Storage26.4% 23.9% 26.4% 25.1%
BioMedical64.2% 33.8% 46.8% 33.4%
Total34.1% 25.9% 32.5% 27.7%
Operating Income (Loss) (1)       
Energy & Chemicals$(5,736) $10,795  $14,190  $45,626 
Distribution & Storage14,715  8,027  37,550  29,184 
BioMedical20,916  5,966  38,120  15,202 
Corporate(9,831) (9,179) (34,820) (34,317)
Total$20,064  $15,609  $55,040  $55,695 
Operating Margin       
Energy & Chemicals(24.2)% 13.8% 11.5% 17.7%
Distribution & Storage11.6% 6.2% 10.3% 8.2%
BioMedical39% 10.6% 24.1% 9.2%
Total9.8% 5.9% 8.5% 7.1%
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(1)  During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recovered for breaches of representations and warranties primarily related to warranty costs for certain product lines acquired in the 2012 acquisition of AirSep Corporation under the related representation and warranty insurance.  For the three months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment’s cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A expenses by $859, net of associated legal fees.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment’s cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A expenses by $376, net of associated legal fees recorded in the first nine months of the year.
 


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
ORDERS AND BACKLOG (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
           
    Three Months Ended
    September 30, June 30,
   20162016
Orders      
Energy & Chemicals   $27,889  $53,016 
Distribution & Storage   121,010  156,030 
BioMedical   52,347  61,221 
Total   $201,246  $270,267 
           
    As of
    September 30, June 30,
   20162016
Backlog      
Energy & Chemicals   $113,482  $114,562 
Distribution & Storage   246,197  252,502 
BioMedical   24,751  25,433 
Total   $384,430  $392,497 
           


CHART INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
  
 Three Months Ended September 30,
 2016 2015
Earnings per diluted share as reported (U.S. GAAP)$0.48  $0.15 
Asset impairments0.04   
Restructuring and acquisition-related costs0.01  0.05 
Owatonna, MN leased facility shutdown  0.06 
Adjusted earnings per diluted share (Non-GAAP) (1)$0.53  $0.26 
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(1)  During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recovered for breaches of representations and warranties primarily related to warranty costs for certain product lines acquired in the 2012 acquisition of AirSep Corporation under the related representation and warranty insurance.  For the three months ended September 30, 2016, this reduced our BioMedical segment’s cost of sales by $15,145 and Corporate SG&A by $859, net of associated legal fees, representing $0.52 per share.  We incurred higher than expected warranty costs in the BioMedical segment since the AirSep acquisition in 2012 and as a result, have not adjusted this out for internal purposes as increased expenses were reflected in our operating results in prior periods.
  

Adjusted earnings per diluted share is not a measure of financial performance under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings per share in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Management believes that adjusted earnings per share facilitates useful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's financial results and this information is used by the Company in evaluating internal performance.  Chart's calculation of this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to the calculations of similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Contact:
Ken Webster
Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
216-626-1216
ken.webster@chartindustries.com

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