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Nordson Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2020 Second Quarter Results

2020-05-20


  • Sales were $529 million
  • Operating profit was $125 million, or 24 percent of sales
  • EBITDA was $152 million, or 29 percent of sales
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $1.58
  • Adjusted diluted EPS was $1.58 compared to $1.54 in the prior year’s second quarter

Westlake, Ohio, USA – May 20, 2020 – Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.  For the quarter ended April 30, 2020, sales were $529 million, a 4 percent decrease compared to the prior year’s second quarter sales of $551 million. This change in second quarter 2020 sales included a decrease in organic volume of approximately 3 percent, growth from the first year effect of acquisitions of less than 1 percent, and a decrease related to the unfavorable effect of currency translation as compared to the prior year’s second quarter of approximately 1 percent.

In the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, reported operating profit was $125 million, net income was $92 million, and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $1.58. Prior year’s second quarter sales, operating profit, net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $551 million, $129 million, $92 million and $1.58, respectively. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.58 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 compared to $1.54 in the prior year’s second quarter.  A reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to adjusted diluted earnings per share and calculations for EBITDA and free cash flow before dividends are included in the .

Commenting on the company’s fiscal second quarter 2020, Sundaram Nagarajan, Nordson President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “In the second quarter, our team focused on two critical priorities – protecting the health and safety of our employees and responding to the needs of our customers. I am so thankful for their incredible commitment. One of the core strengths of Nordson is the diversity of the end markets and geographies we serve, and this diversity clearly contributed to our performance in the quarter.”

Second Quarter Segment Results

On March 30, 2020, the company announced a strategic business realignment that will better position Nordson for its next chapter of profitable growth.  The company has reorganized into two segments:  Industrial Precision Solutions (IPS) and Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS).   The new IPS segment combines the company’s previous Adhesive Dispensing Systems and Industrial Coating Systems segments. 

Industrial Precision Solutions sales decreased approximately 6 percent compared to the prior year’s second quarter, inclusive of a decrease in organic volume of approximately 4 percent and a decrease of 2 percent related to the unfavorable effects of currency translation as compared to the prior year.  Relatively strong sales performance of those product lines serving consumer non-durable end markets was offset by weakness in sales of product lines serving industrial end markets. Reported operating margin in the segment was 27 percent in the quarter, as compared to 28 percent in the prior year’s second quarter. As compared to the prior year, the current year’s second quarter operating margin was negatively impacted by lower sales volume. 

Advanced Technology Solutions sales decreased approximately 1 percent compared to the prior year’s second quarter, inclusive of a decrease in organic volume of 1 percent, an increase of less than 1 percent related to the first year effect of acquisitions, and a decrease of 1 percent related to the unfavorable effects of currency translation as compared to the prior year.  The second quarter’s acquisitive growth includes the fiscal 2019 acquisition of Optical Control GmbH. Sales volume increases in product lines serving medical end markets and fluid dispense product lines serving electronics end markets were offset by weakness in test and inspection product lines and fluid dispense product lines serving industrial end markets. Reported operating margin in the segment was 24 percent in the current quarter, as compared to 23 percent in the prior year’s second quarter. The improvement in fiscal 2020 second quarter operating margin was primarily driven by product mix.

Detailed results by operating segment and geography are included in the .

At the end of the second quarter, the company had a cash balance of $306 million, and the full $850 million available on its revolving credit facility. The company returned value to shareholders by investing $38 million to repurchase approximately 300 thousand shares and paying $22 million in dividends during the quarter.

Outlook

Backlog for the quarter ended April 30, 2020, was approximately $456 million, an increase of 6 percent compared to the same period a year ago.  Impact from the fiscal 2019 acquisition of Optical Control GmbH was not significant.  Backlog amounts are calculated at April 30, 2020 exchange rates.

Due to the uncertainties of the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is suspending its previously announced annual guidance for fiscal 2020.

Nagarajan said, “Though our performance through the first half of the year has been solid considering the impact of COVID-19 on the global end markets we serve, and we have a strong backlog heading into the second half of the year, we have seen a softening in order trends over the last six weeks.  This is a dynamic environment, making it difficult to accurately forecast the impact this pandemic will have on our business for the remainder of the fiscal year.  We have a solid foundation, fortified by the diversity of our business and our strong balance sheet.  We will stay focused on the health and safety of our employees and the success of our customers, and we will continue to progress our long-term strategic priorities of accelerating organic growth, diversifying through acquisition, leveraging the Nordson Business System and focusing on talent development.”

Nordson management will provide additional commentary on these results and outlook during a conference call Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time which can be accessed at http://investors.saotdn.com. For persons unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available for 14 days after the event. Information about Nordson’s investor relations and shareholder services is available from Lara Mahoney, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at (440) 204-9985 or lara.mahoney@saotdn.com.

Except for historical information and comparisons contained herein, statements included in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements,” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, as discussed in the company’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual results to differ.

Nordson Corporation engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for the precision dispensing of adhesives, coatings, sealants, biomaterials, polymers,  plastics and other materials, fluid management, test and inspection, UV curing and plasma surface treatment, all supported by application expertise and direct global sales and service.  Nordson serves a wide variety of consumer non-durable, durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, construction, and general product assembly and finishing.  Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 35 countries.  Visit Nordson on the web at http://www.saotdn.com, , or .

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CONTACT:
Nordson Corporation
Lara Mahoney (Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications)
440.204.9985
Lara.Mahoney@saotdn.com