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Matthews International Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2020

Matthews International Corporation
·24 min read

Financial Highlights – Fiscal 2020:

  • Operating cash flow of $180.4 million, representing new annual Company record

  • Debt reduction of $106.2 million for fiscal 2020; net debt reduction of $112.2 million

Financial Highlights – 4th Quarter:

  • Sales increased to $399.1 million vs. $392.4 million a year ago

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased to $64.1 million vs. $59.2 million last year

  • Fourth quarter GAAP EPS of $0.24; Non-GAAP adjusted EPS of $1.11

  • Debt reduction of $26.4 million during fiscal 2020 4th quarter

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2020.

In discussing the Company’s results for the quarter, Joseph C. Bartolacci, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We had a strong finish to fiscal 2020 and we believe the Company performed very well on a consolidated basis in this difficult environment. For the current quarter, the Company reported growth in consolidated sales, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020, we generated record operating cash flow for the Company, despite the challenges of the pandemic, which allowed us to repay over $100 million of debt in fiscal 2020.

“Sales and adjusted EBITDA for the Memorialization segment were higher during the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter compared to a year ago driven by strong sales of caskets, cemetery memorial products and cremation equipment. An increase in deaths, primarily resulting from the impact of COVID-19, was the principal factor in the year-over-year sales growth. Sales for the Industrial Technologies segment were lower than a year ago, primarily reflecting lower warehouse automation sales. However, order rates for these solutions remained strong and, while COVID-19 unfavorably impacted access to customer sites to deliver these solutions during the current quarter, we are beginning fiscal 2021 with a record backlog level.

“Although fourth quarter sales for the SGK Brand Solutions segment were lower than a year ago, we believe the segment performed well under challenging conditions. While the pandemic continued to unfavorably impact this segment, particularly in Europe and our retail-focused businesses, the U.S. brand packaging and European engineered solutions businesses reported sales growth. Many of our U.S. brand clients are in the essential food and household goods markets and energy storage opportunities continued to drive growth for our engineered solutions business. The segment also realized significant benefits from our ongoing cost reduction program.”

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Consolidated Results (Unaudited)

($ in millions, except per share data)

Q4 FY2020

Q4 FY2019

Change

% Change

Sales

$

399.1

$

392.4

$

6.7

1.7

%

Net income (loss) attributable to Matthews

$

7.4

$

(71.1

)

$

78.5

110.4

%

Diluted EPS

$

0.24

$

(2.28

)

$

2.52

110.5

%

Non-GAAP adjusted net income

$

34.8

$

31.6

$

3.2

10.1

%

Non-GAAP adjusted EPS

$

1.11

$

1.01

$

0.10

9.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

64.1

$

59.2

$

4.9

8.3

%

Note: See the attached tables for additional important disclosures regarding Matthews’ use of non-GAAP measures as well as reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to corresponding GAAP measures. Organic sales represent changes in sales excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, and changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Consolidated sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 were $399.1 million, compared to $392.4 million for the same quarter a year ago. The Company reported an increase in sales for its Memorialization segment reflecting increased sales of caskets, cemetery memorials and cremation equipment. These increases were partially offset by lower sales in the SGK Brand Solutions and Industrial Technologies segments. All segments experienced some level of impact from the global outbreak of COVID-19. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates had a favorable impact of $3.5 million on consolidated sales compared to a year ago.

Net income attributable to the Company for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was $7.4 million, or $0.24 earnings per share, compared to net loss of $71.1 million, or $2.28 loss per share, for the same quarter last year. The fourth quarter a year ago reflected a goodwill write-down within the SGK Brand Solutions segment. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter were $1.11 per share, compared to $1.01 per share a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA (net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and other adjustments) for the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter was $64.1 million, compared to $59.2 million a year ago. These increases from the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter primarily reflected the impacts of higher consolidated sales. See reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA below.

Fiscal 2020 Consolidated Results (Unaudited)

($ in millions, except per share data)

YTD FY2020

YTD FY2019

Change

% Change

Sales

$

1,498.3

$

1,537.3

$

(39.0

)

(2.5

)

%

Net loss attributable to Matthews

$

(87.2

)

$

(38.0

)

$

(49.2

)

(129.4

)

%

Diluted EPS

$

(2.79

)

$

(1.21

)

$

(1.58

)

(130.6

)

%

Non-GAAP adjusted net income

$

93.9

$

104.4

$

(10.5

)

(10.1

)

%

Non-GAAP adjusted EPS

$

3.01

$

3.31

$

(0.30

)

(9.1

)

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

203.1

$

220.9

$

(17.8

)

(8.1

)

%

Note: See the attached tables for additional important disclosures regarding Matthews’ use of non-GAAP measures as well as reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to corresponding GAAP measures. Organic sales represent changes in sales excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, and changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Consolidated sales for the year ended September 30, 2020 were $1.50 billion, compared to $1.54 billion a year ago, representing a decrease of $39.0 million from the prior year. Fiscal 2020 reflected increased sales in the Memorialization segment offset by lower sales in the SGK Brand Solutions and Industrial Technologies segments. Changes in foreign currency rates were estimated to have an unfavorable impact of $6.9 million on fiscal 2020 consolidated sales compared to a year ago. Fiscal 2020 sales were unfavorably impacted by the global outbreak of COVID-19, which has caused some commercial impact and business disruptions in certain of the Company's segments and geographic locations.

Net loss attributable to the Company for the year ended September 30, 2020 was $87.2 million ($2.79 loss per share), compared to $38.0 million ($1.21 loss per share) for fiscal 2019. The decrease resulted from the accelerated amortization of certain discontinued trade names in the SGK Brand Solutions segment, and charges related to the Company's cost reduction program. Net loss for the current year also reflected the gain on the divestiture of the Company’s ownership interest in a pet cremation business and the unfavorable impact of a reserve for a letter of credit in connection with the incineration equipment project in Saudi Arabia. In addition, net loss for both fiscal years reflected write-downs of goodwill.

On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, earnings for the year ended September 30, 2020 were $3.01 per share, compared to $3.31 per share last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended September 30, 2020 was $203.1 million, compared to $220.9 million a year ago. Changes in foreign currency rates were estimated to have an unfavorable impact of $2.3 million on adjusted EBITDA compared to last year. See reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA below.

The Company purchased approximately 174,000 shares under its repurchase program during fiscal 2020.

Outlook

Mr. Bartolacci further stated: “The uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 remain as we begin fiscal 2021 and are expected to continue to impact our operating results. However, as evidenced by our fiscal 2020 operating results, the impact of the pandemic to date has been relatively limited on a consolidated basis due to the nature of our largest businesses.

“In the Memorialization segment, the pandemic is expected to continue to impact demand for caskets and cemetery memorial products, particularly in the first half of fiscal 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic first half of fiscal 2020. For the SGK Brand Solutions segment, sales volumes for the U.S. brand packaging portion of the business have continued to remain relatively steady, particularly for packaging of consumer products such as food, cleaning products, household goods, and pharmaceuticals. European sales, particularly cylinders, continue to be unfavorably impacted by the current economic conditions, but sales of engineered solutions into the energy storage market are expected to significantly grow. Our Industrial Technologies segment has a strong backlog for our warehouse automation business, but our ability to complete projects is dependent on access to customer sites and the economy. In addition, our cost reduction program remains on track and is expected to generate additional benefits in fiscal 2021, with related implementation costs anticipated to begin to subside during the year.

“Due to COVID-19, we are continuing to suspend earnings guidance for the near future. However, due to the nature and stability of our largest businesses, we expect fiscal 2021 to be relatively steady on a consolidated basis with fiscal 2020. In addition, we will continue to emphasize operating cash flow generation in fiscal 2021.”

Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review its financial and operating results and discuss its corporate strategies and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow. The conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8471. The audio webcast can be monitored at www.matw.com. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. ET on the day of the teleconference call until Friday, December 4, 2020. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter the conference ID number 13712763. The webcast replay will be available on the Company’s website at www.matw.com, where a transcript will also be posted once available.

About Matthews International Corporation

Matthews International Corporation is a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial technologies. The SGK Brand Solutions segment is a leading provider of packaging solutions and brand experiences, helping companies simplify their marketing, amplify their brands and provide value. The Memorialization segment is a leading provider of memorialization products, including memorials, caskets and cremation and incineration equipment, primarily to cemetery and funeral home customers that help families move from grief to remembrance. The Industrial Technologies segment designs, manufactures and distributes marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. The Company has approximately 11,000 employees in more than 25 countries on six continents that are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services.

Forward-looking Information

Any forward-looking statements contained in this release are included pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from management’s expectations. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove correct. Factors that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from the results discussed in such forward-looking statements principally include changes in domestic or international economic conditions, changes in foreign currency exchange rates, changes in the cost of materials used in the manufacture of the Company's products, changes in mortality and cremation rates, changes in product demand or pricing as a result of consolidation in the industries in which the Company operates, changes in product demand or pricing as a result of domestic or international competitive pressures, ability to achieve cost-reduction objectives, unknown risks in connection with the Company's acquisitions, cybersecurity concerns, effectiveness of the Company's internal controls, compliance with domestic and foreign laws and regulations, technological factors beyond the Company's control, impact of pandemics or similar outbreaks, such as coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") or other disruptions to our industries, customers, or supply chains, and other factors described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Year Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

% Change

2020

2019

% Change

Sales

$

399,140

$

392,405

1.7

%

$

1,498,306

$

1,537,276

(2.5

)

%

Cost of sales

(262,815

)

(249,809

)

5.2

%

(1,000,537

)

(994,810

)

0.6

%

Gross profit

136,325

142,596

(4.4

)

%

497,769

542,466

(8.2

)

%

Gross margin

34.2

%

36.3

%

33.2

%

35.3

%

Selling and administrative expenses

(97,849

)

(106,251

)

(7.9

)

%

(400,040

)

(408,835

)

(2.2

)

%

Intangible amortization

(17,875

)

(18,591

)

(3.9

)

%

(71,514

)

(45,756

)

56.3

%

Goodwill write-downs

(77,572

)

(100.0

)

%

(90,408

)

(77,572

)

16.5

%

Operating profit (loss)

20,601

(59,818

)

(134.4

)

%

(64,193

)

10,303

(723.1

)

%

Operating margin

5.2

%

(15.2

)

%

(4.3

)

%

0.7

%

Interest and other, net

(9,214

)

(15,296

)

(39.8

)

%

(42,144

)

(48,386

)

(12.9

)

%

Income (loss) before income taxes

11,387

(75,114

)

115.2

%

(106,337

)

(38,083

)

(179.2

)

%

Income taxes

(3,987

)

3,623

(210.0

)

%

18,685

(806

)

(2,418.2

)

%

Net income (loss)

7,400

(71,491

)

110.4

%

(87,652

)

(38,889

)

(125.4

)

%

Non-controlling interests

6

360

(98.3

)

%

497

901

(44.8

)

%

Net income (loss) attributable to Matthews

$

7,406

$

(71,131

)

110.4

%

$

(87,155

)

$

(37,988

)

(129.4

)

%

Earnings (loss) per share -- diluted

$

0.24

$

(2.28

)

110.5

%

$

(2.79

)

$

(1.21

)

(130.6

)

%

Earnings per share -- non-GAAP(1)

$

1.11

$

1.01

9.9

%

$

3.01

$

3.31

(9.1

)

%

Dividends declared per share

$

0.21

$

0.20

5.0

%

$

0.84

$

0.80

5.0

%

(1) See reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information provided in tables at the end of this release

SEGMENT INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Year Ended September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Sales:

SGK Brand Solutions

$

179,578

$

185,988

$

693,093

$

743,869

Memorialization

177,693

162,613

656,035

636,892

Industrial Technologies

41,869

43,804

149,178

156,515

$

399,140

$

392,405

$

1,498,306

$

1,537,276


Adjusted EBITDA:

SGK Brand Solutions

$

28,836

$

32,881

$

90,644

$

119,493

Memorialization

43,265

32,925

146,285

134,286

Industrial Technologies

7,548

8,417

22,753

24,082

Corporate and Non-Operating

(15,593

)

(14,974

)

(56,602

)

(56,989

)

Total Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

64,056

$

59,249

$

203,080

$

220,872

(1) See reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information provided in tables at the end of this release

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2019

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

41,334

$

35,302

Accounts receivable, net

295,185

318,756

Inventories, net

175,100

180,274

Other current assets

63,954

49,384

Total current assets

575,573

583,716

Property, plant and equipment, net

236,788

237,442

Goodwill

765,388

846,807

Other intangible assets, net

333,498

400,650

Other long-term assets

161,386

121,988

Total assets

$

2,072,633

$

2,190,603

LIABILITIES

Long-term debt, current maturities

$

26,824

$

42,503

Other current liabilities

290,044

237,376

Total current liabilities

316,868

279,879

Long-term debt

807,710

898,194

Other long-term liabilities

336,622

293,294

Total liabilities

1,461,200

1,471,367

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Total shareholders' equity

611,433

719,236

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,072,633

$

2,190,603

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

Year Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(87,652

)

(38,889

)

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

Depreciation and amortization

119,058

90,793

Changes in working capital items

46,367

(12,482

)

Goodwill write-downs

90,408

77,572

Other operating activities

12,266

14,089

Net cash provided by operating activities

180,447

131,083

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(34,849

)

(37,688

)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(1,000

)

(11,504

)

Other investing activities

33,131

(11,567

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,718

)

(60,759

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Net (payments) proceeds from long-term debt

(126,283

)

(16,038

)

Purchases of treasury stock

(4,428

)

(26,127

)

Dividends

(26,437

)

(25,620

)

Other financing activities

(15,104

)

(7,257

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(172,252

)

(75,042

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

555

(1,552

)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

$

6,032

(6,270

)

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Included in this report are measures of financial performance that are not defined by GAAP. The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures to assist in comparing its performance on a consistent basis for purposes of business decision-making by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect the Company’s core operations including acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, strategic initiative and other charges (which includes non-recurring charges related to operational initiatives and exit activities), stock-based compensation and the non-service portion of pension and postretirement expense. Management believes that presenting non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors because it (i) provides investors with meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain items that management believes do not directly reflect the Company's core operations, (ii) permits investors to view performance using the same tools that management uses to budget, forecast, make operating and strategic decisions, and evaluate historical performance, and (iii) otherwise provides supplemental information that may be useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s results. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provided herein, provide investors with an additional understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company’s business that could not be obtained absent these disclosures.

ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Year Ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income (loss)

$

7,400

$

(71,491

)

$

(87,652

)

$

(38,889

)

Income tax provision (benefit)

3,987

(3,623

)

(18,685

)

806

Income (loss) before income taxes

$

11,387

$

(75,114

)

(106,337

)

(38,083

)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

6

360

497

901

Interest expense

7,950

9,894

34,885

40,962

Depreciation and amortization *

30,640

30,034

119,058

90,793

Acquisition costs (1)**

932

2,486

3,844

10,872

ERP integration costs (2)**

136

1,171

2,296

7,508

Strategic initiatives and other charges (3)**

8,759

10,300

33,799

13,449

Legal matter reserve (4)

10,566

Non-recurring / incremental COVID-19 costs (5)

2,121

4,655

Goodwill write-downs (6)

77,572

90,408

77,572

Net realized (gains) losses on divestitures and asset dispositions (7)

(612

)

(11,208

)

3,853

Joint Venture depreciation, amortization and interest expense (8)

648

4,732

1,514

Stock-based compensation

1,018

1,560

8,096

7,729

Non-service pension and postretirement expense (9)

1,107

950

7,789

3,802

Total Adjusted EBITDA

$

64,056

$

59,249

$

203,080

$

220,872

Adjusted EBITDA margin

16.0

%

15.1

%

13.6

%

14.4

%

(1) Includes certain non-recurring costs associated with recent acquisition activities.

(2) Represents costs associated with global ERP system integration efforts.

(3) Includes certain non-recurring costs primarily associated with productivity and cost-reduction initiatives intended to result in improved operating performance, profitability and working capital levels.

(4) Represents a reserve established for a legal matter involving a letter of credit for a customer in Saudi Arabia within the Memorialization segment.

(5) Includes certain non-recurring direct incremental costs (such as costs for purchases of computer peripherals and devices to facilitate working-from-home, additional personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies and services, etc.) incurred in response to COVID-19. This amount does not include the impact of any lost sales or underutilization due to COVID-19.

(6) Represents goodwill write-downs within the SGK Brand Solutions segment.

(7) Includes gain on divestiture of $11,208 within the Memorialization segment for the year ended September 30, 2020. Includes loss on divestiture of $2,004 and $6,469 within the Memorialization segment for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, respectively; net gains from sale of buildings and vacant properties of $7,347 for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019; and realized loss of $4,731 for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, respectively

(8) Represents the Company's portion of depreciation, intangible amortization, interest expense, and other non-recurring charges incurred by non-consolidated subsidiaries accounted for as equity-method investments within the Memorialization segment.

(9) Non-service pension and postretirement expense includes interest cost, expected return on plan assets and amortization of actuarial gains and losses. These benefit cost components are excluded from adjusted EBITDA since they are primarily influenced by external market conditions that impact investment returns and interest (discount) rates. The service cost and prior service cost components of pension and postretirement expense are included in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA, since they are considered to be a better reflection of the ongoing service-related costs of providing these benefits. Please note that GAAP pension and postretirement expense or the adjustment above are not necessarily indicative of the current or future cash flow requirements related to these employee benefit plans.

* Depreciation and amortization was $22,323 and $22,320 for the SGK Brand Solutions segment, $5,503 and $4,833 for the Memorialization segment, $1,451 and $1,565 for the Industrial Technologies segment, and $1,363 and $1,316 for Corporate and Non-Operating, for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Depreciation and amortization was $87,597 and $59,684 for the SGK Brand Solutions segment, $20,527 and $19,731 for the Memorialization segment, $5,771 and $6,195 for the Industrial Technologies segment, and $5,163 and $5,183 for Corporate and Non-Operating, for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
** Acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, and strategic initiatives and other charges were $4,931 and $5,045 for the SGK Brand Solutions segment, and $3,953 and $5,839 for Corporate and Non-Operating, for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, and strategic initiatives and other charges were $943 for the Memorialization segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, and strategic initiatives and other charges were $3,073 for the Industrial Technologies segment for the three months ended September 30, 2019. Acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, and strategic initiatives and other charges were $13,990 and $8,903 for the SGK Brand Solutions segment, $268 and $3,073 for the Industrial Technologies segment, and $22,985 and $19,853,for Corporate and Non-Operating, for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Acquisition costs, ERP integration costs, and strategic initiatives and other charges were $2,696 for the Memorialization segment for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020.

ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND EPS RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Year Ended September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

per share

per share

per share

per share

Net income (loss) attributable to Matthews

$

7,406

$

0.24

$

(71,131

)

$

(2.28

)

$

(87,155

)

$

(2.79

)

$

(37,988

)

$

(1.21

)

Acquisition costs (1)

699

0.02

1,998

0.07

2,883

0.09

8,371

0.27

ERP integration costs (2)**

101

0.01

965

0.03

1,721

0.06

5,781

0.18

Strategic initiatives and other charges (3)

6,570

0.20

8,198

0.28

25,485

0.81

10,591

0.34

Legal matter reserve (4)

7,924

0.25

Non-recurring / incremental COVID-19 costs (5)

1,591

0.05

3,491

0.11

Goodwill write-downs (6)

76,316

2.42

81,861

2.63

76,316

2.42

Net realized (gains) losses on divestitures and asset dispositions (7)

(162

)

(8,406

)

(0.27

)

3,232

0.10

Joint Venture depreciation, amortization and interest expense (8)

56

2,433

0.08

266

0.01

Non-service pension and postretirement expense (9)

830

0.03

760

0.02

5,842

0.19

2,927

0.09

Intangible amortization expense

13,407

0.43

14,586

0.47

53,636

1.72

35,232

1.12

Tax-related (10)

4,175

0.13

4,175

0.13

(300

)

(0.01

)

Adjusted net income

$

34,779

$

1.11

$

31,586

$

1.01

$

93,890

$

3.01

$

104,428

$

3.31

Note: Adjustments to net income for non-GAAP reconciling items were calculated using an income tax rate of 25% and 21.5%, for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and 25% and 23% for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

(1) Includes certain non-recurring costs associated with recent acquisition activities.

(2) Represents costs associated with global ERP system integration efforts.

(3) Includes certain non-recurring costs primarily associated with productivity and cost-reduction initiatives intended to result in improved operating performance, profitability and working capital levels.

(4) Represents a reserve established for a legal matter involving a letter of credit for a customer in Saudi Arabia within the Memorialization segment.

(5) Includes certain non-recurring direct incremental costs (such as costs for purchases of computer peripherals and devices to facilitate working-from-home, additional personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies and services, etc.) incurred in response to COVID-19. This amount does not include the impact of any lost sales or underutilization due to COVID-19.

(6) Represents goodwill write-downs within the SGK Brand Solutions segment.

(7) Includes pre-tax gain on divestiture of $11,208 within the Memorialization segment for the year ended September 30, 2020. Includes pre-tax loss on divestiture of $2,004 and $6,469 within the Memorialization segment for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, respectively; pre-tax net gains from sale of buildings and vacant properties of $7,347 for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019; and pre-tax realized loss of $4,731 for the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, respectively

(8) Represents the Company's portion of depreciation, intangible amortization, interest expense, and other non-recurring charges incurred by non-consolidated subsidiaries accounted for as equity-method investments within the Memorialization segment.

(9) Non-service pension and postretirement expense includes interest cost, expected return on plan assets and amortization of actuarial gains and losses. These benefit cost components are excluded from adjusted EBITDA since they are primarily influenced by external market conditions that impact investment returns and interest (discount) rates. The service cost and prior service cost components of pension and postretirement expense are included in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA, since they are considered to be a better reflection of the ongoing service-related costs of providing these benefits. Please note that GAAP pension and postretirement expense or the adjustment above are not necessarily indicative of the current or future cash flow requirements related to these employee benefit plans.

(10) Fiscal 2020 balance represents tax-related items incurred in connection with goodwill write-downs.

NET DEBT RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2019

Long-term debt, current maturities

$

26,824

$

42,503

Long-term debt

807,710

898,194

Total long-term debt

834,534

940,697

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

(41,334

)

(35,302

)

Net Debt

$

793,200

$

905,395

Matthews International Corporation
Corporate Office
Two NorthShore Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5851
Phone: (412) 442-8200

Contact:

Steven F. Nicola

William D. Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Senior Director,

and Secretary

Corporate Development