Kimball International issues quarterly report

Jasper — Kimball International, Inc. today announced results for the first quarter that ended September 30, 2021.

Selected Financial Highlights:

First Quarter FY 2022

  • Net sales of $156.6 million
  • Gross margin was 31.3%
  • Net loss of $5.0 million; Adjusted net income was $0.8 million
  • Diluted EPS of $(0.14); Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.02
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $4.9 million
  • Backlog of $170.8 million

Management Commentary

CEO Kristie Juster commented, “First quarter demand trends were in line with our expectations, reflecting the recovery in our business that we signaled at the end of last fiscal year. Kimball International’s revenue performance, together with robust order rates underscores our differentiated market positioning and supports our guidance for strong double-digit revenue growth and improving gross margin in the second half of fiscal 2022.

“Sales in our Workplace and Health markets accounted for 86% of first quarter revenues and increased 16% in the aggregate, with growth across most verticals. We were particularly pleased with the contribution from our Poppin acquisition, where sales increased 22% sequentially from fourth quarter fiscal 2021 levels and are on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels by the end of this fiscal year. Importantly, approximately 60% of Poppin’s first quarter revenue was generated through the core B2B channel, which is an indication of strength in its historical business model.

“We continue to benefit from our broad portfolio of ancillary products, which accounted for 85% of revenues in Workplace and Health over the trailing 12 months, and our geographic positioning in secondary markets from which we derived 78% of our revenue over the same period. New product introductions also continued to drive revenue growth in our Workplace and Health markets and accounted for 25% of first quarter revenues, demonstrating how well Kimball International’s designs address changing dynamics within our key verticals. This strong showing from the major portion of our business was achieved within the constraints of the widely publicized supply chain disruptions that have delayed shipments across the U.S. Despite these challenges and inflationary pressures, we succeeded in expanding gross margin by 70 basis points on a sequential basis, reflecting benefits from the March 2021 price increase and higher production efficiencies.

“Robust order growth in the first quarter was broad-based, with strong year-on-year increases across all Workplace and Health verticals, and the highest order level in our Hospitality market in a year. These trends are consistent with our strategy of capturing growth in the Health market as it ramps post-COVID, pivoting to more customized projects in the Hospitality market, and gaining traction in Workplace by expanding our offerings with products and solutions that provide flexibility and adaptability. The Poppin order acceleration is aided by growth in core markets, success of Poppin Pro and strong demand for our new categories of Pods and Spaces.”