Kimball reports fourth quarter, fiscal year results

JASPER, IN -- Kimball International, Inc. today reported net sales of $282.8 million and net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per Class B diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 which ended June 30, 2011.

Consolidated Overview

* Consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 decreased 3% as an increase in net sales in the Furniture segment was more than offset by a decline in net sales in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) segment. Sequentially, consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 decreased 10% over the most recent third quarter as a decrease in net sales in the EMS segment was only partially offset by an increase in the Furniture segment.
* Fourth quarter gross profit as a percent of net sales improved 1.3 percentage points from the prior year fourth quarter primarily related to a shift in sales mix towards the Furniture segment which carries a higher gross profit percentage than the EMS segment.
* Consolidated fourth quarter selling and administrative expenses increased 9% compared to the prior year. The increase was attributed primarily to increased labor costs, higher commissions associated with increased sales levels in the Furniture segment, and an increase in accounts receivable reserves. As a result of the increased costs and the sales mix shift towards the Furniture segment, fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter consolidated selling and administrative expenses, as a percent of net sales, increased 1.7 percentage points compared to the prior year.
* During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, the Company recorded a tax benefit of $1.4 million on a pre-tax loss of only $(1.1) million resulting in an effective tax rate of 125.7%. This was caused by a loss in the U.S. which has a 35% statutory tax rate coupled with income in other countries with much lower tax rates, along with a U.S. research and development tax credit. In the prior year fourth quarter, the Company's effective tax rate was also impacted by the Company's earnings mix between U.S. and foreign jurisdictions.
* Operating cash flow for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 was a cash inflow of $28.9 million compared to an operating cash inflow of $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.
* The Company's cash and cash equivalents declined to $51.4 million at June 30, 2011 compared to $65.3 million at June 30, 2010. The Company had no short-term borrowings outstanding at June 30, 2011 or 2010. Long-term debt including current maturities is $0.3 million.
Fiscal year 2011 annual consolidated net sales of $1.2 billion increased 7% from fiscal year 2010 net sales of $1.1 billion. Net income for fiscal year 2011 was $4.9 million, or $0.14 per Class B diluted share, inclusive of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per Class B diluted share, of after-tax restructuring expense. Net income for fiscal year 2010 was $10.8 million, or $0.29 per Class B diluted share, inclusive of $2.0 million of after-tax income, or $0.05 per Class B diluted share, resulting from settlement proceeds related to an antitrust class action lawsuit of which the Company was a member; $7.7 million of after-tax gain, or $0.20 per Class B diluted share, resulting from the sale of land and a facility in Poland; and $1.2 million, or $0.03 per Class B diluted share, of after-tax restructuring expense. Operating cash flow for fiscal year 2011 was $21.3 million compared to $13.4 million in the prior fiscal year.
James C. Thyen, Chief Executive Officer and President, stated, "Sales in our EMS segment were lower in the fourth quarter by approximately $10 million because of a decrease in orders from a few of our customers in the automotive industry as they dealt with the effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. As the automotive operations impacted by this disaster begin to stabilize, we anticipate we will begin to see an increase in order demand from these customers during the first quarter of fiscal year 2012."

Mr. Thyen continued, "In our Furniture segment, both our sales and orders for the fourth quarter saw double digit percentage increases compared to the fourth quarter of last year. One of our biggest challenges in this segment continues to be margin pressure stemming from both aggressive price competition on the sales side as well as supply chain inflationary cost increases. Our team is working extremely hard to combat these challenges and return this segment to profitability. "

Electronic Manufacturing Services Segment

* Fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter net sales in the EMS segment decreased 13% from the fourth quarter of the prior year with decreased net sales to customers in the medical, automotive and public safety industries partially offset by an increase in net sales to customers in the industrial controls industry. The decline in net sales to the medical industry in the fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter was attributable to the expiration of a contract with one medical customer early in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 while the effects of the Japan earthquake and tsunami impacted the Company's net sales to the automotive industry. Compared to the record net sales level reached in the fiscal year 2011 third quarter, current year fourth quarter net sales decreased 18% on the decline in net sales to the medical and automotive markets.
* Gross profit as a percent of net sales in the EMS segment for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 increased 0.4 percentage points when compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year.
* Selling and administrative costs in this segment increased 4% in the fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter when compared to the prior year primarily related to an increase in accounts receivable reserves and labor costs which were partially offset by lower incentive compensation costs.

Furniture Segment

* Fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter net sales of furniture products increased 15% compared to the prior year on increased net sales of both office and hospitality furniture. Sequentially, fourth quarter fiscal year 2011 net sales in this segment increased 4% over the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 on increases in office furniture.
* Gross profit as a percent of net sales declined 0.3 percentage points in the Furniture segment in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 when compared to the prior year primarily due to increased price discounting on select product as competitive pricing pressures continue, inflationary commodity cost increases, and higher freight and fuel costs. These cost increases were partially offset by the favorable impact of price increases on select product, the fixed cost leverage gained on the increased sales volumes and lower employee healthcare costs.
* Selling and administrative costs in the Furniture segment for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 increased 7% when compared to the prior year on higher labor costs and higher commissions associated with the increased sales levels. As a percent of net sales, fiscal year 2011 fourth quarter selling and administrative expenses declined 2.0 percentage points compared to the prior year on the leverage from the increase in revenue.
* The Furniture segment recorded an operating loss of $(1.5) million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, an improvement from the $(3.1) million loss in the prior year fourth quarter.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows of the Company. The non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis used within this release include 1) operating income(loss) excluding restructuring charges, 2) net income excluding restructuring charges, and 3) earnings per Class B diluted share excluding restructuring charges. The non-GAAP financial measures on a segment basis used within this release include 1) operating income excluding restructuring charges and 2) net income excluding restructuring charges. Reconciliations of the reported GAAP numbers to these non-GAAP financial measures are included in the Financial Highlights table below. Management believes it is useful for investors to understand how its core operations performed without the effects of the costs incurred in executing its restructuring plans. Excluding the restructuring charges allows investors to meaningfully trend, analyze, and benchmark the performance of the Company's core operations. Many of the Company's internal performance measures that management uses to make certain operating decisions exclude these charges to enable meaningful trending of core operating metrics.


About Kimball International, Inc.

Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company's success through personal, professional and financial growth.
Kimball International, Inc. provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries sold under the Company's family of brand names.

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