Tennant Company Reports 2021 First-Quarter Results and Raises Full-Year Guidance
May 04, 2021 at 09:00 AM EDT
Tennant Company (“Tennant”) (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of solutions that help create a cleaner, safer and healthier world, today reported its first-quarter results for 2021. First quarter net sales totaled $263.3 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 3.1 percent on an organic basis, with growth across all regions. Net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $25.7 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, compared with $5.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, which exclude certain non-operational items and amortization expense, were $1.17, compared with $0.57 in the first quarter of 2020. Excluding non-operational items, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first quarter of 2021 were $40.7 million, or 15.5 percent of sales, compared with $26.1 million, or 10.4 percent of sales, in the year-ago period. In the first quarter of 2021, cash flow from operations provided $18.4 million, compared to $8.7 million in the prior-year first quarter. (See the Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Table.)
“Tennant’s strong first-quarter performance exceeded our expectations thanks in large part to increasing demand and bolstered by our actions in managing costs and cash flow,” said Dave Huml, Tennant Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, we have positioned Tennant to ramp up quickly as markets began to recover from the pandemic-related slowdown. The team’s tremendous efforts in meeting the operational challenges of the past year, our prudent expense management, and our unwavering commitment to our long-term growth strategy produced solid, bottom-line results. While we have not yet reached pre-pandemic sales levels, we achieved organic growth in all regions and remain optimistic for the year ahead.”
"I'm proud of the resilience and commitment our Tennant team has demonstrated since the onset of the pandemic. In 2020, we maintained investments and resourcing across a broad number of initiatives, including product development, operations and simplifying our product offering, all of which are designed to better help meet the needs of our customers. Going forward, we will continue to execute against our enterprise strategy and will provide our customers with innovative products and superior service to maintain our industry leadership," said Huml.
In the first quarter of 2021, Tennant’s consolidated net sales of $263.3 million were up 4.4 percent over the same period last year, or 3.1 percent on an organic basis, including a favorable foreign-currency effect of 3.0 percent and a divestiture impact of -1.7 percent.
First-Quarter Profitability Measures
Cash Flow, Capital Allocation and Liquidity
During the first quarter of 2021, Tennant generated $18.4 million in cash flow from operations, primarily driven by strong business performance. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had $175.2 million in cash and cash equivalents. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company restructured its existing credit agreement to optimize its debt structure and enhance its flexibility, while reducing future interest expense.
2021 Business Outlook
“We were very pleased with our performance in the second half of 2020 and the momentum we experienced coming into this year,” said Huml. “While we continue to navigate through existing market conditions, we are encouraged by our outperformance in the first quarter of 2021. We are optimistic that this represents the beginning of a market recovery and are confident in our ability to continue to execute against our strategic initiatives. We have taken this into account in raising our full-year guidance.”
For 2021, Tennant provides the following updated guidance:
Tennant will host a conference call to discuss its 2021 first-quarter results today, May 4, 2021, at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time). The conference call and accompanying slides will be available via webcast on Tennant's investor website. To listen to the call live and view the slide presentation, go to investors.tennantco.com and click on the link at the bottom of the home page. A taped replay of the conference call, with slides, will be available at investors.tennantco.com.
Founded in 1870, Tennant Company (TNC), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that empower customers to achieve quality cleaning performance, reduce their environmental impact and help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; and cleaning tools and supplies. Tennant's global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant Company had sales of $1.0 billion in 2020 and has approximately 4,300 employees. Tennant has manufacturing operations throughout the world and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.tennantco.com and www.ipcworldwide.com. The Tennant Company logo and other trademarks designated with the symbol “®” are trademarks of Tennant Company registered in the United States and/or other countries.
Certain statements contained in this document are considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements do not relate to strictly historical or current facts and provide current expectations or forecasts of future events. Any such expectations or forecasts of future events are subject to a variety of factors. These include factors that affect all businesses operating in a global market as well as matters specific to us and the markets we serve. Particular risks and uncertainties presently facing us include: geopolitical and economic uncertainty throughout the world; uncertainty surrounding the impacts and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to comply with global laws and regulations; our ability to adapt to customer pricing sensitivities; the competition in our business; fluctuations in the cost, quality or availability of raw materials and purchased components; our ability to adjust pricing to respond to cost pressures; unforeseen product liability claims or product quality issues; our ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and create effective succession planning strategies; our ability to effectively develop and manage strategic planning and growth processes and the related operational plans; our ability to successfully upgrade and evolve our information technology systems; our ability to successfully protect our information technology systems from cybersecurity risks; the occurrence of a significant business interruption; our ability to maintain the health and safety of our workers; our ability to integrate acquisitions; and our ability to develop and commercialize new innovative products and services.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release and the related conference call include presentation of Non-GAAP measures that include or exclude special items of a nonrecurring and/or non-operational nature (hereinafter referred to as “special items”). Management believes that the Non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company’s results of operations and financial condition because they permit a more meaningful comparison and understanding of Tennant Company’s operating performance for the current, past or future periods. Management uses these Non-GAAP measures to monitor and evaluate ongoing operating results and trends and to gain an understanding of the comparative operating performance of the Company.
We believe that disclosing Gross Profit – as adjusted, Gross Margin – as adjusted, Selling and Administrative Expense – as adjusted, Selling and Administrative Expense as a percent of Net Sales – as adjusted, Operating Income – as adjusted, Operating Margin – as adjusted, Income Before Taxes – as adjusted, Income Tax Expense – as adjusted, Net Income Attributable to Tennant Company – as adjusted, Net Income Attributable to Tennant Company per Share – as adjusted, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) – as adjusted, and EBITDA Margin – as adjusted (collectively, the “Non-GAAP Measures”), excluding the impacts from special items, is useful to investors as a measure of operating performance. We use these as one measure to monitor and evaluate operating performance. The Non-GAAP measures are financial measures that do not reflect United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We calculate Gross Profit – as adjusted and Gross Margin – as adjusted by adding back the discontinuation of product lines. We calculate Selling and Administrative Expense – as adjusted, and Selling and Administrative Expense as a percent of Net Sales – as adjusted by adding back restructuring charges recorded in S&A, and a gain on sale of business. We calculate Operating Income – as adjusted and Operating Margin – as adjusted by adding back the pre-tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, and a gain on sale of business. We calculate Income Before Taxes – as adjusted by adding back the pre-tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, a gain on sale of business and amortization expense. We calculate Income Tax Expense – as adjusted by adding back the tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, a gain on sale of business and amortization expense. We calculate Net Income Attributable to Tennant Company – as adjusted by adding back the after-tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, a gain on sale of business and amortization expense. We calculate Net Income Attributable to Tennant Company per Share – as adjusted by adding back the after-tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, a gain on sale of business and amortization expense and dividing the result by the diluted weighted average shares outstanding. We calculate EBITDA – as adjusted by adding back the pre-tax effect of the discontinuation of product lines, restructuring charges, a gain on sale of business, Interest Income, Interest Expense, Income Tax Expense, Depreciation Expense and Amortization Expense to Net Income Including Noncontrolling Interest – as reported. We calculate EBITDA Margin – as adjusted by dividing EBITDA – as adjusted by Net Sales.
Investors should consider these Non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, or better than, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of the components of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Table to this earnings release.