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June 24, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT

Winnebago Industries Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

-- March to May Period Impacted by Shutdown and Restart of Operations Due to Global Pandemic --

-- Focus on Employee Health and Safety as Business Activities Recover and Consumers Flock to Outdoors --

-- RV Market Share Growth Continues – Witnessing Positive Retail Momentum in June --

-- YTD Operating Cash Flow Up 96% Over Prior Year --

-- Liquidity Remains Strong with Cash Balances Rising During the Quarter to $152.5 --

FOREST CITY, Iowa, June 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company's third quarter Fiscal 2020 ended May 30, 2020. The Company’s results were impacted by the unprecedented series of events related to the COVID-19 pandemic which included the suspension of manufacturing operations as well as disruptions across its dealer network, supply chain and end consumers during most of the quarter. In response, Winnebago Industries took immediate and decisive actions to keep employees safe, control costs and maintain its financial strength and flexibility. The Company’s financial position remains strong primarily due to its variable cost structure, entering the crisis with a very healthy cash balance, and ample additional capacity under its revolving credit facility if needed.  Winnebago Industries is continuing to adapt to this challenging period by prioritizing decisions that are in the best interests of both its employees’ health and its long-term business prospects.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
Revenues for the Fiscal 2020 third quarter ended May 30, 2020, were $402.5 million, a decrease of 23.9% compared to $528.9 million for the Fiscal 2019 period. Revenues for Newmar, which was acquired in the first quarter of Fiscal 2020, were $88.0 million.  Revenues excluding Newmar were $314.5 million, a decrease of 40.5%.  Gross profit was $32.0 million compared to $86.6 million for the Fiscal 2019 period.  Gross profit margin decreased 840 basis points in the quarter, primarily driven by deleverage due to the significant revenue decline and an unfavorable mix as Towable’s revenue, as a percent of total revenue, was lower compared to the same period a year ago.  Operating income was an $8.2 million loss for the quarter, compared to operating income of $49.0 million in the third quarter of last year.  Fiscal 2020 third quarter net income was a loss of $12.4 million, compared to net income of $36.2 million in the same period last year.  Net loss per diluted share was $(0.37), compared to earnings per diluted share of $1.14 in the same period last year. Consolidated adjusted net loss per diluted share was $(0.26) for the third quarter, excluding costs totaling $3.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, after tax, driven by the non-cash portion of interest expense and restructuring charges.  Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $4.1 million for the quarter, compared to $55.9 million last year, a decrease of 92.7%. 

President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe commented, “Our third fiscal quarter was a uniquely challenging time for Winnebago Industries, as it spanned the most intense portion of the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.  While the pandemic has significantly changed how we conduct business on a day-to-day basis, I couldn’t be prouder of how our teams have worked collaboratively to respond to this tremendous test.  We would like to especially recognize and thank the first responders, health care professionals, and public health officials across the country and specifically in the communities in which we have a physical presence.  As we ramp up operations across our portfolio, I have been inspired by the efforts our team members have put forth to ensure our manufacturing, warehouse, service, office, and remote environments are as safe as possible.  Despite the COVID-19 disruption and ongoing related obstacles, we have not lost our focus on quality, innovation and customer service. We have grown market share, strengthened dealer and supplier relationships, and maintained key investments in initiatives critical to our future.  Our portfolio of premium outdoor brands continues to perform well and be desired by channel partners and end consumers alike.  Winnebago Industries’ North American RV retail market share was 11.7% on a trailing three-month basis through April, 2020, up 1.7 share points (up 1.2 share points on an organic basis) over the same period last year.  I want to thank all of our Winnebago Industries employees for their commitment and cooperation as we continue the process of returning to work in a thoughtful and safe manner. We are especially grateful for the support of our dealer network as they also guided their teams through these truly unique times with great passion and fortitude, always serving our collective end consumers during a time of extraordinary challenges.”

Towable
Revenues for the Towable segment were $188.9 million for the third quarter, down 45.5% from the prior year, primarily driven by the suspension of manufacturing and the disruption to consumer buying patterns due to COVID-19. The overall strength of the Towable product portfolio and increased consumer demand in the month of May, as stay-at-home orders were eased, has contributed to accelerated momentum, especially in the Company’s Grand Design RV business.  Winnebago Industries’ unit share of the North American towable market on a trailing three-month basis through April 2020, excluding folding and truck campers, was 10.7%, an increase of 2.0 share points over the same 2019 period.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $16.5 million, down 71.2% from the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.7% decreased 780 basis points, primarily due to deleverage
related to the significant revenue decline.  Backlog increased 86.7%, in units, over the prior year, reflecting a strong rebound in dealer demand in May as April was the period most impacted by COVID-19.

Motorhome
In the third quarter, revenues for the Motorhome segment increased 27.1% to $203.6 million, driven by the year over year impact of Newmar, which was acquired in November 2019, partially offset by the suspension of manufacturing and the disruption to consumer buying patterns due to COVID-19. Underlying demand for the Class B product line-up, including the Revel, Travato, Boldt, and Solis models, remains strong despite the impact from the pandemic.  Winnebago Industries’ unit share of the North American Class B segment, on a trailing three-month basis through April 2020, was 45.4%, an increase of 5.2 share points over the same 2019 period. Excluding Newmar, segment revenues decreased 27.9% from the prior year period. Segment Adjusted EBITDA was $(10.8) million, down $11.2 million from the prior year primarily due to the revenue decline and cost impact driven by COVID-19, partially offset by favorable mix and the addition of Newmar.  Adjusted EBITDA margin of (5.3%) decreased 550 basis points primarily due to deleverage related to the significant revenue decline, partially offset by favorable mix driven by strong Class B demand and the contribution from Newmar.  Backlog increased 99.2%, in units, over the prior year, due to the addition of Newmar and a strong rebound in dealer demand in May as April was the period most impacted by COVID-19.

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the operational integration of Newmar into the Winnebago Industries portfolio is proceeding as planned. The Company remains focused on maximizing targeted synergies and expanding Newmar’s market share in the high-end motorhome segment.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of May 30, 2020, the Company had total outstanding debt of $465.0 million ($553.5 million of debt, net of convertible note discount of $77.6 million, net of debt issuance costs of $10.9 million) and working capital of $299.8 million. Cash flow from operations was $162.4 million for the first nine months of Fiscal 2020, an increase of $79.6 million from the same period in Fiscal 2019.

Quarterly Cash Dividend
On May 19, 2020, the Company’s board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share payable on July 1, 2020, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on June 17, 2020.

Mr. Happe continued, “As we look ahead to the final quarter of Fiscal 2020, we are optimistic about the slope of our Company’s and industry’s recovery path due to the strong demand rebound we witnessed in May and the positive trends we are seeing continue this summer.  Retail and wholesale demand for outdoor recreation products are both recovering and headed in a strong upward direction as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted travelers’ views toward how they desire to spend their leisure time experiencing nature and the outdoors.  As states navigate the reopening of their communities, people are increasingly looking toward RVing and boating as ways to socially distance in a safe and memorable way.  As indicated by our robust backlogs as compared to last year and our second fiscal quarter of 2020, Winnebago Industries’ RV, Marine, and Specialty Vehicles brands and businesses remain poised for strong growth and are solidly positioned to offer great value to our end consumers.  Going forward, we are committed to prudently managing our business in a disciplined fashion to preserve liquidity and ensure that Winnebago Industries maintains the financial flexibility to continue to outpace the market and navigate the future.”

Conference Call
Winnebago Industries, Inc. will discuss third quarter Fiscal 2020 earnings results during a conference call scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Central Time today.  Members of the news media, investors and the general public are invited to access a live broadcast of the conference call via the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at http://investor.wgo.net. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days.

About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products under the Winnebago, Grand Design, Newmar, and Chris-Craft brands, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and boats. Winnebago Industries has multiple facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Florida. The Company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and traded under the symbol WGO. For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including, but not limited to increases in interest rates, availability of credit, low consumer confidence, availability of labor, significant increase in repurchase obligations, inadequate liquidity or capital resources, availability and price of fuel, a slowdown in the economy, increased material and component costs, availability of chassis and other key component parts, sales order cancellations, slower than anticipated sales of new or existing products, new product introductions by competitors, the effect of global tensions, integration of operations relating to mergers and acquisitions activities, business interruptions, any unexpected expenses related to enterprise resource planning, impacts of public health crises, such as COVID-19, risks related to compliance with debt covenants and leverage ratios, cyber-attacks, and other factors. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or from the Company upon request. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained in this release or to reflect any changes in the Company's expectations after the date of this release or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based, except as required by law.

Contact: Steve Stuber - Investor Relations - 952-828-8461 - srstuber@wgo.net
Media Contact: Sam Jefson - Public Relations Specialist - 641-585-6803 - sjefson@wgo.net

 

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
  May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019
Net revenues $ 402,458       100.0   %   $ 528,940       100.0   %
Cost of goods sold 370,434       92.0   %   442,356       83.6   %
Gross profit 32,024       8.0   %   86,584       16.4   %
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 33,271       8.3   %   35,332       6.7   %
Amortization of intangible assets 6,926       1.7   %   2,278       0.4   %
Total operating expenses 40,197       10.0   %   37,610       7.1   %
Operating (loss) income (8,173 )     (2.0 ) %   48,974       9.3   %
Interest expense 8,440       2.1   %   4,446       0.8   %
Non-operating income (74 )       %   (360 )     (0.1 ) %
(Loss) income before income taxes (16,539 )     (4.1 ) %   44,888       8.5   %
(Benefit) provision for income taxes (4,186 )     (1.0 ) %   8,717       1.6   %
Net (loss) income $ (12,353 )     (3.1 ) %   $ 36,171       6.8   %
Income (loss) per common share:              
Basic $ (0.37 )         $ 1.15        
Diluted $ (0.37 )         $ 1.14        
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic 33,625           31,493        
Diluted 33,625           31,644        
               
  Nine Months Ended
  May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019
Net revenues $ 1,617,726       100.0   %   $ 1,455,278       100.0   %
Cost of goods sold 1,427,307       88.2   %   1,231,269       84.6   %
Gross profit 190,419       11.8   %   224,009       15.4   %
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 126,540       7.8   %   106,303       7.3   %
Amortization of intangible assets 18,514       1.1   %   7,204       0.5   %
Total operating expenses 145,054       9.0   %   113,507       7.8   %
Operating income 45,365       2.8   %   110,502       7.6   %
Interest expense 23,140       1.4   %   13,293       0.9   %
Non-operating income (460 )       %   (1,330 )     (0.1 ) %
Income before income taxes 22,685       1.4   %   98,539       6.8   %
Provision for taxes 3,702       0.2   %   18,609       1.3   %
Net income $ 18,983       1.2   %   $ 79,930       5.5   %
Income per common share:              
Basic $ 0.57           $ 2.53        
Diluted $ 0.57           $ 2.52        
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic 33,102           31,546        
Diluted 33,289           31,722        

Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.

 

Winnebago Industries, Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

  May 30, 2020   August 31, 2019
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 152,480     $ 37,431  
Receivables, net 163,590     158,049  
Inventories, net 190,359     201,126  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 21,566     14,051  
Total current assets 527,995     410,657  
Total property, plant, and equipment, net 175,431     127,572  
Other assets:      
Goodwill 348,058     274,931  
Other intangible assets, net 408,358     256,082  
Investment in life insurance 27,336     26,846  
Operating lease assets 29,790      
Other assets 16,072     8,143  
Total assets $ 1,533,040     $ 1,104,231  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 81,998     $ 81,635  
Income taxes payable      
Accrued expenses 132,509     107,217  
Current maturities of long-term debt 13,668     8,892  
Total current liabilities 228,175     197,744  
Non-current liabilities:      
Long-term debt, less current maturities 451,306     245,402  
Deferred income taxes 16,708     12,032  
Unrecognized tax benefits 6,269     3,591  
Operating lease liabilities 27,366      
Deferred compensation benefits, net of current portion 11,454     12,878  
Other 6,952     372  
Total non-current liabilities 520,055     274,275  
Stockholders' equity 784,810     632,212  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,533,040     $ 1,104,231  


 

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

  Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019
Operating activities:      
Net income $ 18,983     $ 79,930  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation 11,854     9,788  
Amortization of intangibles 18,514     7,204  
Non-cash interest expense, net 7,440      
Amortization of debt issuance costs 2,181     1,186  
Last in, first-out expense 1,450     1,544  
Stock-based compensation 3,332     5,735  
Deferred income taxes 365     362  
Other, net 516     1,265  
Change in assets and liabilities:      
Receivables 31,440     (20,961 )
Inventories 91,938     2,701  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 159     (653 )
Accounts payable (13,528 )   3,954  
Income taxes and unrecognized tax benefits (2,622 )   (13,898 )
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (9,585 )   4,692  
Net cash provided by operating activities 162,437     82,849  
       
Investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment (28,582 )   (31,681 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (260,965 )   (702 )
Proceeds from the sale of property     134  
Other, net 141     1,752  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (289,406 )     (30,497 )
       
Financing activities:      
Borrowings on credit agreement 1,495,209     342,549  
Repayments of credit agreement (1,495,209 )   (375,438 )
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes 300,000      
Purchase of convertible note hedge (70,800 )    
Proceeds from issuance of warrants 42,210      
Payments on long-term debt (6,500 )    
Payments of offering costs (10,761 )    
Payments of cash dividends (10,881 )   (10,201 )
Payments for repurchase of common stock     (7,724 )
Other, net (1,250 )   296  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 242,018     (50,518 )
       
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 115,049     1,834  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 37,431     2,342  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 152,480     $ 4,176  
       
Supplement cash flow disclosure:      
Income taxes paid, net $ 6,240     $ 33,852  
Interest paid $ 14,961     $ 10,335  
       
Non-cash transactions:      
Issuance of Winnebago common stock for acquisition of business $ 92,572     $  
Capital expenditures in accounts payable $ 255     $ 9  

 (in thousands)

 

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Supplemental Information by Reportable Segment (Unaudited) - Towable
(in thousands, except unit data)

  Three Months Ended
(in thousands) May 30, 2020   % of Revenues   May 25, 2019   % of Revenues   $ Change   % Change
Net revenues $ 188,898         $ 346,811         $ (157,913 )     (45.5 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA 16,451     8.7 %   57,172     16.5 %   (40,721 )     (71.2 ) %
                       
  Three Months Ended
Unit deliveries May 30, 2020   Product Mix(1)   May 25, 2019   Product Mix(1)   Unit Change   % Change
Travel trailer 3,537     60.3 %   6,185     59.5 %   (2,648 )     (42.8 ) %
Fifth wheel 2,324     39.7 %   4,216     40.5 %   (1,892 )     (44.9 ) %
Total towables 5,861     100.0 %   10,401     100.0 %   (4,540 )     (43.6 ) %
                       
  Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) May 30, 2020   % of Revenues   May 25, 2019   % of Revenues   $ Change   % Change
Net revenues $ 813,611         $ 890,335         $ (76,724 )     (8.6 ) %
Adjusted EBITDA 86,982     10.7 %   121,638     13.7 %   (34,656 )     (28.5 ) %
                       
  Nine Months Ended
Unit deliveries May 30, 2020   Product Mix(1)   May 25, 2019   Product Mix(1)   Unit Change   % Change
Travel trailer 15,319     60.8 %   16,564     60.5 %   (1,245 )     (7.5 ) %
Fifth wheel 9,874     39.2 %   10,818     39.5 %   (944 )     (8.7 ) %
Total towables 25,193     100.0 %   27,382     100.0 %   (2,189 )     (8.0 ) %
                       
($ in thousands) May 30, 2020       May 25, 2019       Change   % Change
Backlog(2)                      
Units 13,235         7,089         6,146       86.7   %
Dollars $ 417,176         $ 237,708         $ 179,468       75.5   %
Dealer Inventory                      
Units 15,562         18,984         (3,422 )     (18.0 ) %

(1) Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2) We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to generally be shipped within the next six months. Orders in backlog can be cancelled or postponed at the option of the dealer at any time without penalty and, therefore, backlog may not necessarily be an accurate measure of future sales.

 

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Supplemental Information by Reportable Segment (Unaudited) - Motorhome
(in thousands, except unit data)

  Three Months Ended
(in thousands) May 30, 2020   % of Revenues   May 25, 2019   % of Revenues   $ Change   % Change
Net revenues $ 203,590         $ 160,239         $ 43,351     27.1   %
Adjusted EBITDA (10,789 )   (5.3 ) %   381     0.2 %   (11,170 )   (2,931.8 ) %
                       
  Three Months Ended
Unit deliveries May 30, 2020   Product Mix(1)   May 25, 2019   Product Mix(1)   Unit Change   % Change
Class A 428     27.4   %   378     19.3 %   50     13.2   %
Class B 694     44.4   %   515     26.2 %   179     34.8   %
Class C 440     28.2   %   1,069     54.5 %   (629 )   (58.8 ) %
Total motorhomes 1,562     100.0   %   1,962     100.0 %   (400 )   (20.4 ) %
                       
  Nine Months Ended(2)
(in thousands, except ASP) May 30, 2020   % of Revenues   May 25, 2019   % of Revenues   $ Change   % Change
Net revenues $ 755,023         $ 506,229         $ 248,794     49.1   %
Adjusted EBITDA 13,488     1.8   %   16,716     3.3 %   (3,228 )   (19.3 ) %
                       
  Nine Months Ended
Unit deliveries May 30, 2020   Product Mix(1)   May 25, 2019   Product Mix(1)   Unit Change   % Change
Class A 1,803     31.0   %   1,329     23.7 %   474     35.7   %
Class B 2,287     39.3   %   1,847     33.0 %   440     23.8   %
Class C 1,734     29.7   %   2,430     43.3 %   (696 )   (28.6 ) %
Total motorhomes 5,824     100.0   %   5,606     100.0 %   218     3.9   %
                       
($ in thousands) May 30, 2020       May 25, 2019       Change   % Change
Backlog(3)                      
Units 4,131         2,074         2,057     99.2   %
Dollars $ 515,035         $ 182,354         $ 332,681     182.4   %
Dealer Inventory                      
Units 5,013         4,235         778     18.4   %

(1) Percentages may not add due to rounding differences.
(2)  May 30, 2020 nine months ended data includes Newmar results from the time of acquisition (11/08/19); 2019 data excludes Newmar for both the three month ended and nine month ended periods
(3) We include in our backlog all accepted orders from dealers to generally be shipped within the next six months. Orders in backlog can be cancelled or postponed at the option of the dealer at any time without penalty and, therefore, backlog may not necessarily be an accurate measure of future sales.

 

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

Non-GAAP financial measures, which are not calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), have been provided as information supplemental and in addition to the financial measures presented in the accompanying news release that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Such non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered superior to, as a substitute for, or as an alternative to, and should be considered in conjunction with, the GAAP financial measures presented in the news release. The non-GAAP financial measures presented may differ from similar measures used by other companies.

The following table reconciles Diluted income per share to Adjusted diluted income per share:

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands)(1) May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019   May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019
Diluted income per share $ (0.37 )   $ 1.14     $ 0.57     $ 2.52  
Pretax acquisition-related costs(2) (0.01 )       0.29      
Pretax acquisition-related fair-value inventory step-up         0.14      
Pretax non-cash interest expense(3) 0.10         0.22      
Restructuring expense 0.04     0.03     0.04     0.04  
Research and development tax credits     (0.04 )       (0.10 )
Tax impact of adjustments(4) (0.03 )   (0.01 )   (0.15 )   (0.01 )
Adjusted diluted income per share $ (0.26 )   $ 1.14     $ 1.12     $ 2.45  

(1) Per share numbers may not foot due to rounding
(2) Represents transaction-closing costs.
(3) Non-cash interest expense associated with the Convertible Notes issued related to our acquisition of Newmar.
(4) Income tax charge calculated using the statutory tax rate for the U.S. of 21.0% for both periods presented.

The following table reconciles net income to consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019   May 30, 2020   May 25, 2019
Net (loss) income $ (12,353 )   $ 36,171     $ 18,983     $ 79,930  
Interest expense 8,440     4,446     23,140     13,293  
Provision for income taxes (4,186 )   8,717     3,702     18,609  
Depreciation 4,134     3,520     11,854     9,788  
Amortization of intangible assets 6,926     2,278     18,514     7,204  
EBITDA 2,961     55,132     76,193     128,824  
Acquisition-related fair-value inventory step-up         4,810      
Acquisition-related costs (189 )       9,761      
Restructuring expenses 1,376     1,102     1,247     1,321  
Non-operating income (74 )   (360 )   (460 )   (1,330 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,074     $ 55,874     $ 91,551     $ 128,815  

We have provided non-GAAP performance measures of Adjusted diluted income per share, EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA as comparable measures to illustrate the effect of non-recurring transactions occurring during the reported periods and improve comparability of our results from period to period. Adjusted diluted income per share is defined as income per share adjusted for items that impact the comparability of our results from period to period. EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, and other adjustments made in order to present comparable results from period to period. We believe Adjusted diluted income per share and Adjusted EBITDA provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because these measures exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. Examples of items excluded from Adjusted income per share include acquisition-related costs, acquisition-related fair-value inventory step-up, non-cash interest expense, and the tax impact of the adjustments. Examples of items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA include acquisition-related fair-value inventory step-up, acquisition-related costs, restructuring expenses, and non-operating income.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance and trends as well as our performance relative to competitors and peers; (b) to measure operational profitability on a consistent basis; (c) in presentations to the members of our board of directors to enable our board of directors to have the same measurement basis of operating performance as is used by management in its assessments of performance and in forecasting and budgeting for our company; (d) to evaluate potential acquisitions; and (e) to ensure compliance with covenants and restricted activities under the terms of our debt agreements. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

 

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