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Balchem Corporation Reports Second Quarter Sales of $161.6 Million, GAAP EPS of $0.61 and Adjusted EPS of $0.77

NEW HAMPTON, N.Y., Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Balchem Corporation (BCPC) today reported for the second quarter 2019 net earnings of $19.8 million, compared to net earnings of $19.7 million for the second quarter 2018. Second quarter adjusted net earnings(a) were $25.2 million, compared to $24.5 million in the prior year quarter.  Second quarter adjusted EBITDA(a) was $40.0 million, compared to $40.5 million in the prior year quarter.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

  • Second quarter net sales of $161.6 million, a decrease of $2.1 million, or 1.3%, compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Year over year quarterly sales growth in three of the four segments, with record second quarter sales in Human Nutrition and Health and Animal Nutrition and Health.
  • Second quarter GAAP net earnings were $19.8 million, an increase of $0.2 million, or 0.8% from the prior year, primarily due to a favorable mix, lower interest expense, and lower tax expense. These net earnings resulted in GAAP earnings per share of $0.61. Quarterly adjusted net earnings of $25.2 million increased $0.7 million or 2.9% from the prior year, resulting in adjusted earnings per share(a) of $0.77.
  • Second quarter adjusted EBITDA was $40.0 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 1.4%, from the prior year.
  • Quarterly cash flows from operations were $26.3 million for the second quarter 2019, an increase of 24.1% from the prior year, with quarterly free cash flow(a) of $20.1 million, an increase of 16.7% from the prior year.

Recent Highlights:

  • On May 27, 2019, the acquisition of Chemogas was completed.  Chemogas, headquartered in Grimbergen, Belgium, is a leader in the packaging and distribution of a wide variety of specialty gases, most notably ethylene oxide for medical device sterilization, primarily in the European and Asian markets.  With this acquisition, Balchem significantly expands its geographic presence in the packaged ethylene oxide market, enabling the company to offer worldwide service and support to its medical device sterilization customers. The Chemogas sites in Europe and Asia will form a global network of facilities when combined with Balchem’s sites in the United States, making Balchem the global leader in the critical supply of ethylene oxide to the medical device sterilization industry.
  • Cornell University has conducted a follow-on study related to its choline supplementation during pregnancy study, to see if the cognitive benefits seen in the first year of life during the initial study, persist into later childhood.  The researchers at Cornell have conducted extensive neurologic and cognitive testing on the same children who are now seven years old. Preliminary results have been presented at several international scientific meetings and show that increasing maternal choline does indeed improve attention, memory, and executive function at seven years of age.

Ted Harris, Chairman, CEO, and President of Balchem said, “We are pleased with the progress made in the second quarter, along with the growth in Human Nutrition and Health and Animal Nutrition and Health, and we are excited about the completion of the Chemogas acquisition. We are also very encouraged by the progress made around the research supporting our choline franchise and its role as an essential nutrient for both humans and animals, and we believe this will help strengthen our value proposition and support our continued growth into the future.”

Results for Period Ended June 30, 2019 (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019
  2018
Net sales   $ 161,554     $ 163,687     $ 318,583     $ 325,097  
Gross margin   53,918     53,466     103,013     104,925  
Operating expenses   27,516     26,363     50,131     50,582  
Earnings from operations   26,402     27,103     52,882     54,343  
Other expense   1,521     2,042     3,208     4,105  
Earnings before income tax expense   24,881     25,061     49,674     50,238  
Income tax expense   5,052     5,382     11,062     11,213  
Net earnings   $ 19,829     $ 19,679     $ 38,612     $ 39,025  
                   
Diluted net earnings per common share   $ 0.61     $ 0.61     $ 1.19     $ 1.21  
                   
Adjusted EBITDA(a)   $ 39,979     $ 40,530     $ 79,659     $ 81,270  
Adjusted net earnings(a)   $ 25,246     $ 24,530     $ 48,976     $ 48,948  
Adjusted net earnings per common share(a)   $ 0.77     $ 0.76     $ 1.51     $ 1.51  
                   
Shares used in the calculations of diluted and adjusted net earnings per common share   32,583     32,438     32,540     32,378  


(a) See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2019:

The Human Nutrition & Health segment generated second quarter sales of $85.9 million, an increase of $0.9 million or 1.0% compared to the prior year quarter. The increase was driven by higher sales within our Human Nutrition & Pharma and Ingredient Solutions businesses, partially offset by a decrease in Cereal Systems sales. Quarterly earnings from operations for this segment of $12.3 million increased $2.7 million or 27.4% compared to $9.7 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to the aforementioned higher sales, mix, and lower operating expenses. Excluding the effect of non-cash expense associated with amortization of acquired intangible assets for the second quarter of 2019 and 2018 of $4.9 million and $5.4 million, respectively, adjusted earnings from operations(a) for this segment were $17.2 million, compared to $15.1 million in the prior year quarter.

The Animal Nutrition & Health segment generated quarterly sales of $43.5 million, an increase of $1.4 million or 3.4% compared to the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily the result of higher sales of ruminant animal feed market products. Second quarter earnings from operations for this segment of $5.0 million were down from the prior year comparable quarter of $7.0 million, primarily due to lower feed grade choline volumes and margins in the European monogastric business as a result of increased competitive activity. Excluding the effect of non-cash expense associated with amortization of acquired intangible assets for the second quarter of 2019 and 2018 of $0.2 million and $0.1 million respectively, adjusted earnings from operations for this segment were $5.2 million, compared to $7.1 million in the prior year quarter.

The Specialty Products segment generated second quarter sales of $24.9 million, an increase of $2.0 million or 8.9% compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to higher sales of ethylene oxide for the medical device sterilization market due to both the contribution of Chemogas and higher legacy volumes, partially offset by lower volumes in the plant nutrition business. Second quarter earnings from operations for this segment were $8.9 million, versus $8.7 million in the prior year comparable quarter, an increase of $0.2 million or 2.4%, primarily due to the aforementioned higher sales, partially offset by higher operating expenses due to the acquisition of Chemogas.  Excluding the effect of non-cash expense associated with amortization of acquired intangible assets for the second quarter of 2019 and 2018 of $1.1 million and $0.7 million, respectively, adjusted earnings from operations for this segment were $10.0 million, compared to $9.4 million in the prior year quarter.

The Industrial Products segment sales of $7.3 million decreased $6.5 million or 47.0% from the prior year comparable quarter, primarily due to reduced sales volumes of choline and choline derivatives used in shale fracking applications. Earnings from operations for the Industrial Products segment were $0.9 million, a decrease of $1.7 million or 65.1% compared with the prior year comparable quarter, primarily due to the aforementioned lower sales volumes.

Consolidated gross margin for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 of $53.9 million increased by $0.5 million or 0.8%, compared to $53.5 million for the prior year comparable period. Gross margin as a percentage of sales was 33.4% as compared to 32.7% in the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to mix, partially offset by lower feed grade choline volumes and margins in the European monogastric business. Operating expenses of $27.5 million for the quarter increased $1.2 million from the prior year comparable quarter, primarily due to incremental operating expenses related to the Chemogas acquisition and increased bad debt expense. Excluding non-cash operating expenses associated with amortization of intangible assets of $6.1 million, operating expenses were $21.4 million, or 13.2% of sales.

Interest expense was $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. Our effective tax rates for the three months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 were 20.3% and 21.5%, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate from the prior year is primarily due to discrete items.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, cash flows provided by operating activities were $26.3 million, and quarterly free cash flow was $20.1 million. The $169.8 million of net working capital on June 30, 2019 included a cash balance of $41.7 million, which reflects second quarter 2019 revolving loan and acquired debt payments of $32.2 million and capital expenditures of $6.2 million. The Company continues to invest in projects across all facilities to improve capabilities and operating efficiencies.

Ted Harris, CEO and President of Balchem said, “Our second quarter earnings once again highlight the resilience of our business model, particularly in light of the specific headwinds we faced in the quarter, predominantly in the Industrial Products segment with the oil and gas business. Moving forward, we will continue to drive our strategic growth initiatives, through both organic investments in new manufacturing capabilities and new product development, as well as value creating acquisitions.”

Quarterly Conference Call
A quarterly conference call will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) to review second quarter 2019 results. Ted Harris, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President and Martin Bengtsson, CFO will host the call.  We invite you to listen to the conference by calling toll-free 1-877-407-8289 (local dial-in 1-201-689-8341), five minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the conference call.  The conference call will be available for replay two hours after the conclusion of the call through end of day Thursday, August 15, 2019.  To access the replay of the conference call, dial 1-877-660-6853 (local dial-in 1-201-612-7415), and use conference ID #13692854.

Segment Information
Balchem Corporation reports four business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; Specialty Products; and Industrial Products. The Human Nutrition & Health segment delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems, as well as key nutrients into a variety of applications across the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries. The Animal Nutrition & Health segment manufactures and supplies products to numerous animal health markets. Through Specialty Products, Balchem provides specialty-packaged chemicals for use in healthcare and other industries, and also provides chelated minerals to the micronutrient agricultural market. The Industrial Products segment manufactures and supplies certain derivative products into industrial applications.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect Balchem’s expectation or belief concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Balchem can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements will prove correct and various factors could cause results to differ materially from Balchem’s expectations, including risks and factors identified in Balchem’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. Forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the above cautionary statement. Balchem assumes no duty to update its outlook or other forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Contact:  Mary Ann Brush, Balchem Corporation (Telephone:845-326-5600)

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)
($ in 000’s)

Business Segment Net Sales:

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Human Nutrition & Health   $ 85,872     $ 85,013     $ 171,021     $ 168,076  
Animal Nutrition & Health   43,480     42,036     86,841     88,177  
Specialty Products   24,907     22,864     43,331     40,604  
Industrial Products   7,295     13,774     17,390     28,240  
Total   $ 161,554     $ 163,687     $ 318,583     $ 325,097  

Business Segment Earnings Before Income Taxes:

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Human Nutrition & Health   $ 12,338     $ 9,685     $ 26,041     $ 22,617  
Animal Nutrition & Health   5,045     7,023     10,301     14,507  
Specialty Products   8,879     8,675     15,576     13,709  
Industrial Products   911     2,613     2,548     5,092  
Transaction costs, integration costs, and unallocated legal fees   (761 )   (893 )   (1,565 )   (1,582 )
Unallocated amortization expense   (10 )       (19 )    
Interest and other expense   (1,521 )   (2,042 )   (3,208 )   (4,105 )
Total   $ 24,881     $ 25,061     $ 49,674     $ 50,238  


Selected Balance Sheet Items   June 30,   December 31,
    2019   2018
Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 41,674     $ 54,268  
Accounts Receivable, net   101,595     99,545  
Inventories   68,430     67,187  
Other Current Assets   20,186     5,314  
Total Current Assets   231,885     226,314  
         
Property, Plant & Equipment, net   204,019     194,339  
Goodwill   506,852     447,995  
Intangible Assets with Finite Lives, net   139,769     105,985  
Right of Use Assets   7,203      
Other Assets   8,592     6,722  
Total Assets   $ 1,098,320     $ 981,355  
         
Current Liabilities   $ 62,091     $ 82,056  
Revolving Loan   228,569     156,000  
Deferred Income Taxes   57,386     44,309  
Derivative Liabilities   4,617      
Long-Term Obligations   13,312     7,372  
Total Liabilities   365,975     289,737  
         
Stockholders' Equity   732,345     691,618  
         
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 1,098,320     $ 981,355  

Balchem Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:        
  Net earnings   $ 38,612     $ 39,025  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:        
  Depreciation and amortization   21,732     22,426  
  Stock compensation expense   3,622     3,459  
  Other adjustments   (2,187 )   62  
  Changes in assets and liabilities   (12,967 )   (18,276 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities   48,812     46,696  
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
  Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired   (94,690 )    
  Capital expenditures and intangible assets acquired   (14,714 )   (7,996 )
  Proceeds from insurance and sale of assets   2,729     2,166  
  Purchase of convertible note   (1,000 )    
  Net cash used in investing activities   (107,675 )   (5,830 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
  Proceeds from revolving debt   108,569     210,750  
  Principal payments on long-term and revolving debt   (36,000 )   (219,500 )
  Principal payments on acquired debt   (12,222 )    
  Proceeds from stock options exercised   1,809     6,578  
  Dividends paid   (15,135 )   (13,428 )
  Other   (727 )   (2,346 )
  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   46,294     (17,946 )
         
  Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (25 )   (860 )
         
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (12,594 )   22,060  
         
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   54,268     40,416  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 41,674     $ 62,476  

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results in accordance with United States (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are helpful in understanding and comparing our past financial performance and our future results. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the company exclude certain business combination accounting adjustments and certain other items related to acquisitions, certain unallocated equity compensation, and certain one-time or unusual transactions. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about the Company's core operating results and thus are appropriate to enhance the overall understanding of the Company's past financial performance and its prospects for the future. The non-GAAP financial measures in this press release include adjusted gross margin, adjusted earnings from operations, adjusted net earnings and the related adjusted per diluted share amounts, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted income tax expense, and free cash flow. EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, other expense/income, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, other expense/income, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, transaction and integration costs, indemnification settlements, legal settlements, ERP implementation costs, unallocated legal fees and the fair valuation of acquired inventory.  Adjusted income tax expense is defined as income tax expense adjusted for the impact of ASU 2016-09.  Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

Set forth below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Table 1

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Reconciliation of adjusted gross margin                
GAAP gross margin   $ 53,918     $ 53,466     $ 103,013     $ 104,925  
Amortization of intangible assets (1)   661     755     1,395     1,597  
Adjusted gross margin   $ 54,579     $ 54,221     $ 104,408     $ 106,522  
                 
Reconciliation of adjusted earnings from operations                
GAAP earnings from operations   $ 26,402     $ 27,103     $ 52,882     $ 54,343  
Amortization of intangible assets (1)   6,128     6,190     11,970     12,472  
Transaction and integration costs, ERP implementation costs, and unallocated legal fees (2)   761     893     1,565     1,582  
Adjusted earnings from operations   $ 33,291     $ 34,186     $ 66,417     $ 68,397  
                 
Reconciliation of adjusted net earnings                
GAAP net earnings   $ 19,829     $ 19,679     $ 38,612     $ 39,025  
Amortization of intangible assets (1)   6,199     6,621     12,112     13,012  
Transaction and integration costs, ERP implementation costs, and unallocated legal fees (2)   761     893     1,565     1,582  
Income tax adjustment (3)   (1,543 )   (2,663 )   (3,313 )   (4,671 )
Adjusted net earnings   $ 25,246     $ 24,530     $ 48,976     $ 48,948  
                 
Adjusted net earnings per common share - diluted   $ 0.77     $ 0.76     $ 1.51     $ 1.51  

(1) Amortization of intangible assets: Amortization of intangible assets consists of amortization of customer relationships, trademarks and trade names, developed technology, regulatory registration costs, patents and trade secrets, and other intangibles acquired primarily in connection with business combinations. We record expense relating to the amortization of these intangibles in our GAAP financial statements. Amortization expenses for our intangible assets are inconsistent in amount and are significantly impacted by the timing and valuation of an acquisition. Consequently, our non-GAAP adjustments exclude these expenses to facilitate an evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.  

(2)  Transaction and integration costs, ERP implementation costs and unallocated legal fees: Transaction and integration costs related to acquisitions and divestitures are expensed in our GAAP financial statements. ERP implementation costs related to a company-wide ERP system implementation are expensed in our GAAP financial statements.  Unallocated legal fees for transaction-related non-compete agreement disputes are expensed in our GAAP financial statements. Management excludes these items for the purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures. We believe that excluding these items from our non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors because these are items associated with each transaction and are inconsistent in amount and frequency causing comparison of current and historical financial results to be difficult.  

(3)  Income tax adjustment: For purposes of calculating adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share, we adjust the provision for (benefit from) income taxes to tax effect the taxable and deductible non-GAAP adjustments described above as they have a significant impact on our income tax (benefit) provision. Additionally, the income tax adjustment is adjusted for the impact of adopting ASU 2016-09, “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting” and uses our non-GAAP effective rate applied to both our GAAP earnings before income tax expense and non-GAAP adjustments described above. See Table 3 for the calculation of our non-GAAP effective tax rate.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Net Income calculated using amounts determined in accordance with GAAP to EBITDA and to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

Table 2
(unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Net income - as reported   $ 19,829     $ 19,679     $ 38,612     $ 39,025  
Add back:                
Provision for income taxes   5,052     5,382     11,062     11,213  
Other expense   1,521     2,042     3,208     4,105  
Depreciation and amortization   10,825     10,868     21,590     21,886  
EBITDA   37,227     37,971     74,472     76,229  
Add back certain items:                
Non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards   1,991     1,666     3,622     3,459  
Transaction and integration costs, ERP implementation costs, and unallocated legal fees   761     893     1,565     1,582  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 39,979     $ 40,530     $ 79,659     $ 81,270  

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of our GAAP effective income tax rate to our non-GAAP effective income tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

Table 3
(unaudited)

    Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2019   Effective Tax Rate   2018   Effective Tax Rate
GAAP Income Tax Expense   $ 11,062     22.3 %   $ 11,213     22.3 %
Impact of ASU 2016-09 adoption(4)   209         1,095      
Adjusted Income Tax Expense   $ 11,271     22.7 %   $ 12,308     24.5 %

(4) Impact of ASU 2016-09 adoption: In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting” (“ASU 2016-09”), which addresses the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, and classification on the statement of cash flows. The Company adopted ASU 2016-09 on January 1, 2017 prospectively (prior periods have not been restated). The primary impact of adoption was the recognition during the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, of excess tax benefits as a reduction to the provision for income taxes and the classification of these excess tax benefits in operating activities in the consolidated statement of cash flows instead of financing activities. The presentation requirements for cash flows related to employee taxes paid for withheld shares had no impact to any of the periods presented in the consolidated statement of cash flows, since such cash flows have historically been presented in financing activities. The Company also elected to continue estimating forfeitures when determining the amount of stock-based compensation costs to be recognized in each period. No other provisions of ASU 2016-09 had a material impact on the Company’s financial statements or disclosures.

 

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

Table 4
(unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 26,329     $ 21,217     $ 48,812     $ 46,696  
Capital expenditures   (6,200 )   (3,965 )   (14,688 )   (7,700 )
Free cash flow   $ 20,129     $ 17,252     $ 34,124     $ 38,996