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Atmus Filtration Technologies Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

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Atmus Filtration Technologies Inc. reported financial results for Q1 2024, with net sales of $427 million, GAAP net income of $46 million, diluted EPS of $0.54, and adjusted EPS of $0.60. The company reaffirmed its guidance for 2024 with revenue expected to be between $1,610 million to $1,675 million, adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.25% to 19.25%, and adjusted EPS in the range of $2.10 to $2.35. Cummins Inc. completed the divestiture of its ownership in Atmus in March 2024. Despite a slight increase in net sales, the company experienced higher manufacturing costs, lower volumes, and higher cash usage in operating activities compared to the previous year.

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  • Atmus reported solid financial results for Q1 2024 with an increase in net sales to $427 million, reaffirming guidance for 2024 with expected revenue between $1,610 million to $1,675 million.

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  • Higher manufacturing costs, lower volumes, and increased cash usage in operating activities in Q1 2024 affected the company's financial performance compared to the previous year.

Atmus Filtration Technologies' first quarter financials indicate a slight increase in net sales year-over-year, which can be attributed to strategic pricing adjustments and currency fluctuations. It's noteworthy that the company managed to maintain its gross margin percentage despite higher manufacturing costs and reduced volumes. This consistency suggests effective cost management practices. However, a marked increase in one-time costs related to the separation from Cummins has impacted the adjusted EBITDA, net income and especially the adjusted free cash flow, which swung from a positive to a negative figure. From an investor standpoint, the reaffirmation of the annual guidance inspires confidence in the company's stability, but the increase in operating cash usage and negative adjusted free cash flow raise questions about liquidity and efficiency in capital utilization in the short-term. The completed share exchange and the subsequent independence from Cummins could present an opportunity for Atmus to refine its growth strategy, although the full effects of this move remain to be seen in future quarters. Investors should monitor how Atmus manages its capital requirements and debt levels moving forward.

The separation from Cummins and the subsequent IPO in May 2023 suggests a strategic pivot for Atmus Filtration Technologies, indicating ambitions to assert its market presence independently. While the immediate financial effects seem to be a mixed bag, with some metrics like net income facing a decline, the long-term benefits could include greater agility in decision-making and potential for targeted growth. The modest sales growth falls in line with industry expectations, where innovation and pricing power play pivotal roles in an increasingly competitive landscape. Investors should keep a keen eye on how Atmus leverages its newfound independence in optimizing its product offerings and market strategy to sustain and possibly accelerate growth in a highly specialized sector.

The increase in interest expense due to debt issued post-IPO is a key consideration. It reflects not just on the first quarter's net income, which has decreased from the previous year, but also on the company's future interest coverage ratios. The higher interest costs imply a greater financial burden which could affect future profitability and cash flows. It is important for investors to evaluate Atmus' debt management strategy in upcoming quarters, particularly how it balances debt servicing with reinvestment into its core business operations. The reaffirmed guidance suggests management’s confidence in their ability to manage the debt load effectively, but the real test will be their operational performance throughout the remainder of the fiscal year.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atmus Filtration Technologies Inc. (Atmus; NYSE: ATMU), a global leader in filtration and media solutions, today reported financial results for its first quarter that ended March 31, 2024.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales of $427 million
  • GAAP net income of $46 million
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.54
  • Adjusted earnings per share of $0.60
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $80 million and adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.8%

2024 Outlook

The company is reaffirming guidance for year 2024 as follows:

  • Revenue to be in the range of $1,610 million to $1,675 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin to be in the range of 18.25 percent to 19.25 percent
  • Adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.10 to $2.35

On February 14, 2024, Cummins Inc. announced an exchange offer whereby Cummins shareholders could exchange all or a portion of Cummins common stock for shares of Atmus common stock owned by Cummins. The divestiture of Atmus shares by Cummins was completed on March 18, 2024 and resulted in the full separation of Atmus and divestiture of Cummins’ entire ownership and voting interest in Atmus.

“I am proud of our Atmus team who delivered another quarter of solid results as we begin 2024.” said Steph Disher, Chief Executive Officer of Atmus. “I am pleased with the successful share exchange which was completed during the quarter and am confident in our ability to deliver on our growth strategy as an independent company.”

First Quarter Results

For the first quarter of 2024, Atmus posted net sales of $427 million, compared to $419 million in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of approximately 2%. The increase in sales was primarily driven by increases in pricing and the favorable impacts of currency, partially offset by a decrease in volume.

Gross margin was $112 million, compared to $110 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023. Gross margin as a percent of net sales was 26.2% compared to 26.2% in the same period last year. The increase in gross margin was driven by an increase in pricing, partially offset by higher manufacturing costs and lower volumes.

Adjusted EBITDA was $80 million, compared to $79 million in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 18.8% compared to 18.8% in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2024 excludes $6 million of one-time costs associated with the separation of our business from Cummins compared to the prior year quarter which excludes $4 million of one-time costs.

Net income was $46 million, or $0.54 of diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $53 million, or $0.63 of diluted earnings per share in the same period last year.

Adjusted earnings per share was $0.60 in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $0.67 of adjusted earnings per share in the same period last year. Higher interest expense because of debt issued at our May, 2023 IPO lowered 2024 results.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter was 22.0%.

Cash used in operating activities was $8 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared to cash provided by operating activities of $43 million in the first quarter of 2023. The higher cash usage was primarily related to increased working capital requirements and the payment of incentive compensation for strong performance achieved in 2023.

Adjusted Free Cash flow was $(13) million in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $37 million in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the first quarter of 2024 excludes $3 million of one-time capital expenditures associated with our separation from Cummins compared to $1 million in the prior year. Additionally, Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the first quarter of 2024 excludes $3 million of one-time separation expenditures primarily comprised of working capital inefficiencies associated with the move from intercompany settlement terms with Cummins to standalone practices.

First Quarter 2024 Conference Call and Webcast

Atmus will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the company's first quarter 2024 results on Friday, May 3, 2024, 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 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 4,500 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

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, those that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industries in which we operate and management’s views, plans, objectives, projections, beliefs and assumptions. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “could,” “should,” “may” or words of similar meaning. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the outlook for our future business and financial performance, discussions of future operations, our strategy for growth and market position. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. If the underlying assumptions prove correct, or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, our actual outcomes, results and financial condition may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those reflected in the section titled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 14, 2024, and subsequent filings, all of which are on file with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or to revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Non-GAAP measures

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 our Quarterly Report on 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 and other separation related costs 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.

ATMUS FILTRATION TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME

(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2024

 

2023

NET SALES(a)

$

426.6

 

$

418.6

 

Cost of sales

 

314.8

 

 

308.8

 

GROSS MARGIN

 

111.8

 

 

109.8

 

OPERATING EXPENSES AND INCOME

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

43.3

 

 

39.1

 

Research, development and engineering expenses

 

10.1

 

 

9.8

 

Equity, royalty and interest income from investees

 

10.4

 

 

8.4

 

Other operating expense, net

 

0.2

 

 

0.1

 

OPERATING INCOME

 

68.6

 

 

69.2

 

Interest expense

 

10.5

 

 

 

Other income (loss), net

 

0.2

 

 

(0.1

)

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

58.3

 

 

69.1

 

Income tax expense

 

12.8

 

 

16.4

 

NET INCOME

$

45.5

 

$

52.7

 

PER SHARE DATA:

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares for basic EPS

 

83.3

 

 

83.3

 

Weighted-average shares for diluted EPS

 

83.6

 

 

83.3

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

$

0.55

 

$

0.63

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.54

 

$

0.63

 

(a)

Includes sales to related parties of $82.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024 compared with $89.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

ATMUS FILTRATION TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions of U.S. dollars, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

149.2

 

 

$

168.0

 

Accounts and notes receivable, net

 

262.2

 

 

 

246.8

 

Inventories

 

256.9

 

 

 

250.0

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

31.1

 

 

 

28.2

 

Total current assets

 

699.4

 

 

 

693.0

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

181.2

 

 

 

174.6

 

Investments and advances related to equity method investees

 

83.4

 

 

 

84.8

 

Goodwill

 

84.7

 

 

 

84.7

 

Other assets

 

55.5

 

 

 

51.5

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,104.2

 

 

$

1,088.6

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

236.5

 

 

$

236.6

 

Accrued compensation, benefits and retirement costs

 

17.8

 

 

 

41.8

 

Current portion of accrued product warranty

 

6.1

 

 

 

5.4

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

11.2

 

 

 

7.5

 

Other accrued expenses

 

77.8

 

 

 

83.7

 

Total current liabilities

 

349.4

 

 

 

375.0

 

Long-term debt

 

588.8

 

 

 

592.5

 

Accrued product warranty

 

9.7

 

 

 

8.6

 

Other liabilities

 

34.5

 

 

 

31.8

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

982.4

 

 

 

1,007.9

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value (2,000,000,000 shares authorized and 83,355,930 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

52.1

 

 

 

49.7

 

Retained earnings

 

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What were Atmus Filtration Technologies' net sales in Q1 2024?

Atmus Filtration Technologies reported net sales of $427 million in Q1 2024.

What is Atmus Filtration Technologies' NYSE symbol?

Atmus Filtration Technologies' NYSE symbol is ATMU.

What is the adjusted EPS range for Atmus Filtration Technologies in 2024?

Atmus Filtration Technologies' adjusted EPS range for 2024 is $2.10 to $2.35.

When did Cummins Inc. complete the divestiture of its ownership in Atmus?

Cummins Inc. completed the divestiture of its ownership in Atmus in March 2024.

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