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Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
- - Strong Sales Growth - -
- - Continued Margin Expansion and Strong EPS Growth - -

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD) today announced fourth quarter results for 2016.  Provided below are the highlights:

  • Sales in local currency increased 8% in the quarter compared with the prior year. Reported sales increased 5% as currency reduced sales growth by 3% in the quarter.
  • Net earnings per diluted share as reported (EPS) were $5.17, compared with $4.44 in the prior-year period. Adjusted EPS was $5.28, an increase of 14% over the prior-year amount of $4.65. Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure and excludes purchased intangible amortization, discrete tax items, restructuring charges and other one-time items. A reconciliation to EPS is provided on the last page of the attached schedules.

Fourth Quarter Results

Olivier Filliol, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Sales growth in the quarter was better than expected driven by very good results in Europe and Asia / Rest of the World.  Sales growth in the Americas was modest, principally due to strong prior-year results.  Continued margin expansion drove very good growth in EPS.  Finally, cash flow in the quarter was solid and included the unanticipated purchase of our previously leased U.S. pipette manufacturing facility." 

EPS in the quarter was $5.17, compared with the prior-year amount of $4.44.  Adjusted EPS was $5.28, an increase of 14% over the prior-year amount of $4.65.  

Sales were $709.7 million, an 8% increase in local currency sales, compared with $673.5 million in the prior-year quarter.  Reported sales increased 5% as currency reduced sales growth by 3% in the quarter.  As compared to the prior year, local currency sales increased 3% in the Americas, 7% in Europe and 15% in Asia / Rest of World.  Adjusted operating income amounted to $200.2 million, a 10% increase from the prior-year amount of $182.2 million.  Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure, and a reconciliation to earnings before taxes is provided in the attached schedules.

Cash flow from operations was $152.9 million, compared with $137.0 million in the prior-year quarter.

Full Year Results

EPS in 2016 was $14.22, compared with the prior-year amount of $12.48. Adjusted EPS was $14.80, an increase of 15% over the prior-year amount of $12.92.

Sales were $2.508 billion, a 7% increase in local currency sales, compared with $2.395 billion in the prior-year period.  Reported sales increased 5%, as currency reduced sales growth by 2% in the period. By region, local currency sales increased 5% in the Americas, 5% in Europe and 10% in Asia / Rest of World as compared to the prior-year period.  Adjusted operating income amounted to $583.0 million, a 10% increase from the prior-year period amount of $532.1 million.  Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure, and a reconciliation to earnings before taxes is provided in the attached schedules.

Cash flow from operations was $443.1 million, compared with $426.9 million in the prior-year period.

Outlook 

The Company said that based on its assessment of market conditions today, management anticipates local currency sales growth in 2017 will be approximately 5.5%.  This sales growth is expected to result in Adjusted EPS in the range of $16.55 to $16.75, an increase of 12% to 13%.  Our guidance incorporates the impact of the new accounting regulations related to the tax impact of stock option deductions.      

For the first quarter 2017, local currency sales growth is expected to be approximately 8% and Adjusted EPS in the range of $3.05 to $3.10, an increase of 24% to 26%. 

Adjusted EPS excludes purchased intangible amortization, discrete tax items, restructuring charges and other one-time items.  While the Company has provided an outlook for Adjusted EPS, it has not provided an outlook for EPS as it would require an estimate of non-recurring items, which are not yet known.  

Conclusion

Filliol concluded, "We remain cautious in our outlook on the global economy.  While demand in our markets remains solid, we recognize risks exist in many geographic regions.  We will monitor closely and adapt our planning as necessary.  Assuming our end markets remain stable, we believe the momentum from our initiatives positions us well for sales and earnings growth in 2017 and beyond.  Our investments in Field Turbos, Spinnaker sales and marketing programs and new products are yielding tangible results and helping to drive share gains.  Equally important, our productivity initiatives provide us with capacity to make further investments for growth."    

Other Matters

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its quarterly results today (Thursday, February 2) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  To hear a live webcast or replay of the call, visit the investor relations page on the Company's website at www.mt.com/investors.  The presentation referenced in the conference call will be located on the website prior to the call.

METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company has strong leadership positions in all businesses and believes it holds global number-one market positions in a majority of them. Specifically, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest provider of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company is also a leading provider in analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO is the largest supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at www.mt.com/investors.

Statements in this press release which are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our businesses' actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology.  For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see the discussion on forward-looking statements in our current report on Form 8-K to which this release has been furnished as an exhibit.  All of the forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed under the captions "Factors affecting our future operating results" and in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recently completed fiscal year, which describe risks and factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in those forward-looking statements.  

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands except share data)

(unaudited)



















Three months ended





Three months ended









December 31, 2016


% of sales


December 31, 2015


% of sales






























Net sales



$709,699


(a)


100.0


$673,535



100.0


Cost of sales



291,089




41.0


282,788



42.0


Gross profit



418,610




59.0


390,747



58.0


















Research and development

30,155




4.2


31,110



4.6


Selling, general and administrative

188,223




26.5


177,418



26.3


Amortization



9,886




1.4


8,022



1.2


Interest expense



7,407




1.1


6,755



1.0


Restructuring charges



1,656




0.3


5,960



0.9


Other charges (income), net

(1)




0.0


(9)



0.0


Earnings before taxes

181,284




25.5


161,491



24.0


















Provision for taxes



43,508




6.1


38,140



5.7


Net earnings



$137,776




19.4


$123,351



18.3


















Basic earnings per common share:













Net earnings



$5.27






$4.53





Weighted average number of common shares

26,139,024






27,228,026





















Diluted earnings per common share:













Net earnings



$5.17






$4.44





Weighted average number of common

26,631,269






27,755,045





  and common equivalent shares





























Note:















(a)

Local currency sales increased 8% as compared to the same period in 2015.





















RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME





















Three months ended





Three months ended









December 31, 2016


% of sales


December 31, 2015


% of sales

















Earnings before taxes


$181,284






$161,491





Amortization


9,886






8,022





Interest expense


7,407






6,755





Restructuring charges


1,656






5,960





Other charges (income), net


(1)






(9)





Adjusted operating income


$200,232


(b)


28.2


$182,219



27.1


















Note:















(b)

Adjusted operating income increased 10% as compared to the same period in 2015.

 

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(amounts in thousands except share data)

(unaudited)



















Twelve months ended






Twelve months ended









December 31, 2016



% of sales


December 31, 2015


% of sales





























Net sales



$2,508,257


(a)


100.0


$2,395,447



100.0


Cost of sales



1,072,670




42.8


1,043,454



43.6


Gross profit



1,435,587




57.2


1,351,993



56.4


















Research and development

119,968




4.8


119,076



5.0


Selling, general and administrative

732,622




29.2


700,810



29.3


Amortization



36,052




1.4


30,951



1.3


Interest expense



28,026




1.1


27,451



1.1


Restructuring charges



6,235




0.3


11,148



0.5


Other charges (income), net

8,491




0.3


(867)



(0.1)


Earnings before taxes



504,193




20.1


463,424



19.3


















Provision for taxes



119,823




4.8


110,604



4.6


Net earnings



$384,370




15.3


$352,820



14.7


















Basic earnings per common share:













Net earnings



$14.49






$12.75





Weighted average number of common shares

26,517,768






27,680,918





















Diluted earnings per common share:













Net earnings



$14.22






$12.48





Weighted average number of common

27,023,905






28,269,615





  and common equivalent shares





























Note:















(a)

Local currency sales increased 7% as compared to the same period in 2015.





















RECONCILIATION OF EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME





















Twelve months ended






Twelve months ended









December 31, 2016



% of sales


December 31, 2015


% of sales

















Earnings before taxes

$504,193






$463,424





Amortization



36,052






30,951





Interest expense



28,026






27,451





Restructuring charges

6,235






11,148





Other charges (income), net

8,491


(b)




(867)





Adjusted operating income

$582,997


(c)


23.2


$532,107



22.2


















Note:















(b)

Other charges (income), net includes a one-time non-cash pension settlement charge of $8.2 million related to a lump sum settlement to former employees of our U.S. pension plan and acquisition transaction costs of $1.1 million.


(c)

Adjusted operating income increased 10% as compared to the same period in 2015.





 

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(amounts in thousands)

(unaudited)























December 31, 2016



December 31, 2015











Cash and cash equivalents



$158,674





$98,887


Accounts receivable, net



454,988





411,420


Inventories



222,047





214,383


Other current assets and prepaid expenses



61,075





70,642


Total current assets



896,784





795,332












Property, plant and equipment, net



563,707





517,229


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net



643,433





561,536


Other non-current assets



62,853





85,238


Total assets



$2,166,777





$1,959,335












Short-term borrowings and maturities of long-term debt


$18,974





$14,488


Trade accounts payable



146,593





142,075


Accrued and other current liabilities



421,948





401,649


Total current liabilities



587,515





558,212












Long-term debt



875,056





575,138


Other non-current liabilities



269,263





245,528


Total liabilities



1,731,834





1,378,878












Shareholders' equity



434,943





580,457


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity



$2,166,777





$1,959,335






















 

 

METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (amounts in thousands)

 (unaudited)














Three months ended


Twelve months ended




December 31,


December 31,




2016


2015


2016


2015











Cash flow from operating activities:









    Net earnings


$    137,776


$    123,351


$    384,370


$    352,820

    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to









      net cash provided by operating activities:









Depreciation


8,216


8,109


32,743


33,087

Amortization


9,886


8,022


36,052


30,951

Deferred tax provision


12,956


10,382


1,878


7,137

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

(514)


(11,511)


(17,680)


(12,929)

Non-cash pension settlement charge


-


-


8,189


-

Other


4,620


3,865


15,487


14,378

Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in








  operating assets and liabilities


(20,009)


(5,176)


(17,961)


1,424

                Net cash provided by operating activities


152,931


137,042


443,078


426,868











Cash flows from investing activities:









    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

62


668


423


949

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment(a)


(72,723)


(25,750)


(123,957)


(82,506)

    Acquisitions


(1,700)


(2,810)


(111,381)


(13,779)

    Net hedging settlements on intercompany loans


1,428


148


3,459


(5,415)

                Net cash used in investing activities


(72,933)


(27,744)


(231,456)


(100,751)











Cash flows from financing activities:









    Proceeds from borrowings


195,786


191,862


905,774


741,864

    Repayments of borrowings


(138,265)


(219,586)


(594,178)


(594,477)

    Proceeds from exercise of stock options


5,284


7,722


25,471


29,556

    Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

514


11,511


17,680


12,929

    Repurchases of common stock


(124,998)


(123,743)


(499,992)


(494,966)

    Other financing activities


-


(934)


(680)


(1,938)

                Net cash used in financing activities


(61,679)


(133,168)


(145,925)


(307,032)











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(5,778)


(542)


(5,910)


(5,461)











Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

12,541


(24,412)


59,787


13,624











Cash and cash equivalents:









    Beginning of period


146,133


123,299


$98,887


85,263

    End of period


$    158,674


$      98,887


$    158,674


$      98,887





















RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW











Net cash provided by operating activities


$    152,931


$    137,042


$    443,078


$    426,868

    Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

514


11,511


17,680


12,929

    Payments in respect of restructuring activities


2,072


2,966


8,376


6,568

    Payments for acquisition transaction costs


-


-


910


-

    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


62


668


423


949

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(72,723)


(25,750)


(123,957)


(82,506)

Free cash flow


$      82,856


$    126,437


$    346,510


$    364,808











(a) Purchase of property, plant and equipment includes the purchase of our previously leased U.S. pipette manufacturing facility for $37 million.





















 

 


METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL INC.

OTHER OPERATING STATISTICS



























SALES GROWTH BY DESTINATION

(unaudited)


















Europe


Americas


Asia/RoW


Total
















U.S. Dollar Sales Growth













Three Months Ended December 31, 2016



4%


2%


12%


5%




Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016



3%


5%


6%


5%
















Local Currency Sales Growth













Three Months Ended December 31, 2016



7%


3%


15%


8%




Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016



5%


5%


10%


7%





























RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EPS AS REPORTED TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS

(unaudited)
















Three months ended


Twelve months ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


%
Growth


2016


2015


%
Growth














EPS as reported, diluted

$5.17


$4.44


16%


$14.22


$12.48


14%














Restructuring charges, net of tax

0.05

(a)

0.17

(a)



0.18

(a)

0.30

(a)


Purchased intangible amortization, net of tax

0.06

(b)

0.04

(b)



0.18

(b)

0.14

(b)


Acquisition transaction costs, net of tax

-


-




0.03

(c)

-



Non-cash pension settlement charge, net of tax

-


-




0.19

(d)

-
















Adjusted EPS, diluted

$5.28


$4.65


14%


$14.80


$12.92


15%














Notes:












(a)

Represents the EPS impact of restructuring charges of $1.7 million ($1.3 million after tax) and $6.0 million ($4.6 million after tax) for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, and $6.2 million ($4.7 million after tax) and $11.1 million ($8.5 million after tax) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, which primarily include employee related costs.

(b)

Represents the EPS impact of purchased intangibles amortization, net of tax, of $1.5 million and $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, and $5.0 million and $3.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

(c)

Represents the EPS impact of acquisition transaction costs of $1.1 million ($0.8 million after tax) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

(d)

Represents the EPS impact of a one-time non-cash pension settlement charge of $8.2 million ($5.1 million after tax) related to a lump sum settlement to former employees of our U.S. pension plan for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.














 

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