NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Atmus Filtration Technologies Inc. (Atmus; NYSE: ATMU), a global leader in filtration and media solutions, today reported financial results for its third quarter that ended September 30, 2023.
Third Quarter Highlights
- Net sales of $396 million
- GAAP net income of $38 million
- Diluted earnings per share of $0.45
- Adjusted earnings per share of $0.52
- Adjusted EBITDA of $73 million and adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.3 percent
- Cash provided by operating activities was $58 million
- Adjusted free cash flow was $50 million
During the third quarter, Atmus repaid the $50 million borrowed under the Revolving Credit Facility at the May 30 IPO launch. Atmus now has full availability under the $400 million facility, and when combined with $139 million of cash on hand, Atmus had $539 million of liquidity on September 30.
“Atmus continues to deliver solid operating results and robust cash generation,” said Steph Disher, Chief Executive Officer of Atmus. “The financial flexibility provided by our strong cash and liquidity positions us well to execute on both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.”
Third Quarter Results
For the third quarter of 2023, Atmus posted net sales of $396 million, compared to $401 million in the third quarter of 2022, a decrease of approximately 1 percent. The decrease in sales was primarily driven by a decrease in volume partially offset by increases in pricing and the favorable impacts of currency.
Gross margin was $103 million, compared to $100 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2022, an increase of approximately 3 percent. Gross margin as a percent of net sales was 26.0% compared to 24.9% in the same period last year. The increase in gross margin and gross margin as a percent of net sales was driven by an increase in pricing, favorable freight and commodities costs, partially offset by lower volumes and unfavorable manufacturing and other costs.
Adjusted EBITDA was $73 million, compared to $72 million in the third quarter of 2022. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 18.3% compared to 17.9% in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2023 excludes $7 million of one-time costs associated with the separation of our business from Cummins Inc. compared to the prior year quarter which excludes $2 million of one-time costs.
Net income was $38 million, or $0.45 of diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $50 million, or $0.61 of diluted earnings per share in the same period last year.
Adjusted earnings per share was $0.52 in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $0.62 of adjusted earnings per share in the same period last year.
The effective tax rate for the third quarter was 23.1%.
Cash provided by operating activities was $58 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $48 million in the third quarter of 2022.
The company’s guidance for year 2023 is as follows:
- Revenue to be in the range of $1,600 million to $1,625 million, previous guidance was in a range of $1,580 million to $1,630 million
- Adjusted EBITDA margin to be in the range of 18.00 percent to 18.50 percent, previous guidance was in a range of 17.25 percent to 18.25 percent
- Adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.20 to $2.30, previous guidance was in a range of $2.05 to $2.25
Third Quarter 2023 Conference Call and Webcast
Atmus will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company's third quarter 2023 results on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. CT.
A live webcast and replay of the conference call can be accessed from the Atmus investor relations website at http://investors.atmus.com.
About Atmus Filtration Technologies Inc.
Atmus Filtration Technologies Inc. is a global leader in filtration and media solutions. For more than 65 years, the company has combined its culture of innovation with a rich history of designing and manufacturing filtration solutions. With a presence in more than 150 countries on six continents, Atmus serves customers across truck, bus, agriculture, construction, mining, marine and power generation vehicle and equipment markets, along with providing comprehensive aftermarket support and solutions. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee (U.S.), Atmus employs approximately 4,250 people globally who are committed to creating a better future by protecting what is important. Learn more at https://www.atmus.com.
Forward-looking disclosure statement
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We use non-GAAP financial information and believe it is useful to investors as it provides additional information to facilitate comparisons of historical operating results, identify trends in our underlying operating results and provide additional insight and transparency on how we evaluate our business. We use non-GAAP financial measures to budget, make operating and strategic decisions and evaluate our performance. We have detailed the non-GAAP adjustments that we make in our non-GAAP definitions below. We believe the non-GAAP measures should always be considered along with the related U.S. GAAP financial measures. We have provided the reconciliations between the U.S. GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and we also discuss our underlying U.S. GAAP results throughout our Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in Form 10-Q.
Our primary non-GAAP financial measures are listed below and reflect how we evaluate our current and prior-year operating results. As new events or circumstances arise, these definitions could change. When our definitions change, we provide the updated definitions and present the related non-GAAP historical results on a comparable basis.
- “EBITDA” is defined as earnings or losses before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and “EBITDA margin” is defined as EBITDA as a percent of net sales. We believe EBITDA and EBITDA margin are useful measures of our operating performance as they assist investors and debt holders in comparing our performance on a consistent basis without regard to financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or depreciation and amortization methods, which can vary significantly depending upon many factors. Additionally, we believe these metrics are widely used by investors, securities analysts, ratings agencies and others in our industry in evaluating performance.
- “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as EBITDA after adding back certain one-time expenses, reflected in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, associated with becoming a standalone public company and “Adjusted EBITDA margin” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of net sales. We believe Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are useful measures of our operating performance as it allows investors and debt holders to compare our performance on a consistent basis without regard to one-time costs attributable to our becoming a standalone public company.
- “Adjusted earnings per share” is defined as diluted earnings per share (the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure) after adding back certain one-time expenses, reflected in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, associated with becoming a standalone public company less the related tax impact of the same one-time expenses. We believe Adjusted earnings per share provides improved comparability of underlying operating results.
- “Free cash flow” is defined as cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures and “Adjusted free cash flow” is defined as Free cash flow after adding back certain one-time capital expenditures associated with becoming a standalone public company. We believe Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow are useful metrics used by management and investors to analyze our ability to service and repay debt and return value to shareholders.
The metrics defined above are not in accordance with, or alternatives for, U.S. GAAP financial measures and may not be consistent with measures used by other companies. It should be considered supplemental data; however, the amounts included in the EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted earnings per share, Free cash flow and Adjusted free cash flow calculations are derived from amounts included in the consolidated statements of net income and cash flows.
We do not consider our non-GAAP financial measures as superior to, or a substitute for, the equivalent measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Some of the limitations are: such measures do not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; such measures do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; such measures do not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt; although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and such measures do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and other companies in our industry may calculate such measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures. To properly and prudently evaluate our business, we encourage you to review the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included in our SEC filings and not rely on a single financial measure to evaluate our business.