Hillenbrand, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Revenue of $191.4 Million, Up 5.6% Over Prior Year, and Confirms 2008 Earnings Guidance

Posted by: Hillenbrand  | May 13, 2008

Hillenbrand, Inc. reported second-quarter revenue of $191.4 million versus $181.2 million for the prior year's second quarter, up 5.6 percent. The increased revenue was favorably impacted by a more typical pneumonia and influenza season than we have experienced during the last several years and the ability of our sales and distribution organizations to capitalize on those conditions. Gross profit increased $3.2 million due to the increased sales with some unfavorable impact from higher health care expenses, direct fuel costs and fuel surcharges imposed by many of our suppliers.

Second-quarter operating profit of $40.9 million includes the effects of one-time separation costs of $12.9 million and incremental corporate costs of $2.6 million. Excluding these costs, the operating results from our core casket and cremation business showed a solid growth rate in excess of our revenue growth rate. We currently expect our annual public company costs to be $17 million to $19 million in fiscal 2009.

An additional separation-related impact on our financial performance is the increase in our tax rate from 36.2 percent to 43.0 percent because certain non-recurring separation costs are not deductible. We do not expect this tax rate to continue at the current level.

As a result of the factors noted above, our GAAP net income for the quarter was $23.3 million or $0.37 fully diluted earnings per share, down from $33.3 million or $0.53 fully diluted earnings per share reported in the second quarter of the prior year. Excluding anti-trust litigation and separation costs, net income of $34.5 million was essentially unchanged in the quarter as improved operating results offset the incremental corporate costs discussed above. Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $26.8 million.

"Overall, the operating results of our core business reflect better performance than the prior year in key areas of the company despite increased costs for health care, fuel and commodities," said Kenneth A. Camp, president and CEO of Hillenbrand, Inc. "Although we expect to face increased fuel and commodity cost pressures in the second half of the year, we are reaffirming our previous guidance for the 2008 fiscal year."

"Our leadership team is invigorated by the reception we have received as a new publicly traded company and we are excited about continuing to explore growth opportunities to build long-term value for our shareholders," Camp concluded.

  OUTLOOK FOR 2008
  The company reaffirms the following guidance for fiscal 2008:

  shares and $ in millions, except per share amounts

                                                 FY ending September 30
                                                             2008 Range
                                              2007         Low        High

  Net revenues                                $667        $668        $686
  Income before taxes                         $157        $131        $149
  Tax rate                                    36.6%       38.7%       38.1%
  Net income                                  $100         $80         $93
  Diluted shares outstanding                    63          63          63
  Diluted net income per share               $1.59       $1.27       $1.47


  Excluding non-recurring charges
   (Anti-trust and separation expenses*)
     Net income                                           $103        $113
     Diluted net income per share                        $1.64       $1.79


  * See table on non-GAAP disclosures and reconciliations

Additional assumptions and discussion will be provided during the company's conference call to be held later today.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will sponsor a conference call and webcast for the investing public at 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 13, 2008. During the event, management will discuss the results for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2008, along with expectations for the remainder of fiscal 2008. The webcast is available at http://www.hillenbrandinc.com/ and will be archived on the company's Web site through May 12, 2009, for those unable to listen to the live webcast.

Participants may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-877-397-0300 (1-719-325-4851 for international callers). A replay of the call will be available through May 27, 2008, at 1-888-203-1112 (1-719-457-0820 for international callers). Please use the confirmation code 9845397.

Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures and Reconciliations for Second Quarter

While Hillenbrand, Inc. reports financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, this press release includes non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for, GAAP measures. Hillenbrand, Inc. uses the non-GAAP measures to evaluate and manage its operations and provides the information to assist investors in performing financial analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by research analysts. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, or as superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                                 Second Quarter 2007    Second Quarter 2008
  (Dollars in millions)                 Income   Net           Income   Net
                                Pre-tax  Taxes income  Pre-tax  Taxes income
  GAAP income                     $52.2  $18.9  $33.3    $40.8  $17.5  $23.3

    Antitrust litigation            2.0    0.7    1.3      0.9    0.3    0.6
    Separation costs                0.0    0.0    0.0     12.9    2.3   10.6

  Adjusted income                 $54.2  $19.6  $34.6    $54.6  $20.1  $34.5


                                             Guidance Mid-Point for 2008
  (Dollars in millions)                                Income        Net
                                           Pre-tax      Taxes      income
  GAAP income                               $140.0      $53.8       $86.2

    Antitrust litigation                      12.0        4.4         7.6
    Separation costs                          17.0        2.9        14.1

  Adjusted income                           $169.0      $61.1      $107.9



  Hillenbrand, Inc. and Subsidiaries
  Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
  (Amounts in millions, except per share data)

                                       Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                             March 31          March 31
                                           2008     2007     2008     2007
  Net revenues                           $191.4   $181.2   $354.3   $343.4
  Cost of goods sold                      108.2    101.2    204.2    194.6
     Gross profit                          83.2     80.0    150.1    148.8
  Operating expenses (including
   separation costs of $12.9 and $14.1
   in the three- and six-month periods
   ending March 31, 2008, respectively)    42.3     28.2     70.8     54.9
     Operating profit                      40.9     51.8     79.3     93.9
  Interest expense                            -        -        -        -
  Investment income and other              (0.1)     0.4     (0.5)       -
     Income before income taxes            40.8     52.2     78.8     93.9
  Income tax expense                       17.5     18.9     31.5     34.5
     Net income                           $23.3    $33.3    $47.3    $59.4

  Income per common share - basic and
   diluted                                $0.37    $0.53    $0.76    $0.95

  Average common shares outstanding -
   basic and diluted                       62.5     62.5     62.5     62.5

  See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements



  Hillenbrand, Inc.
  Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
  (Dollars in millions)
                                                 March 31       September 30
                                                   2008              2007
  ASSETS
  Current Assets
     Cash and cash equivalents                    $125.9             $11.9
     Receivable from Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.        15.4                 -
     Short-term investments                         55.3                 -
     Trade receivables, net                        101.8              90.9
     Inventories                                    49.7              47.5
     Deferred income taxes                          18.8              16.0
     Prepaid income taxes                           14.9               0.3
     Other current assets                            6.9               3.6
       Total current assets                        388.7             170.2
  Property, net                                     93.7              88.9
  Intangible assets, net                            21.3              23.0
  Investments                                      152.5                 -
  Prepaid pension costs                              1.7               1.6
  Deferred income taxes                             10.8              16.2
  Due from Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.                   9.1                 -
  Other                                             21.0              16.7
       Total Assets                               $698.8            $316.6
  LIABILITIES
  Current Liabilities
     Revolving credit facility                    $250.0               $ -
     Trade accounts payable                         19.8              18.3
     Accrued compensation                           23.1              20.6
     Accrued customer rebates                       18.8              20.3
     Other current liabilities                      20.5              16.6
     Due to Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.                 20.2                 -
       Total current liabilities                   352.4              75.8
  Deferred compensation, long-term portion           7.3               8.6
  Accrued pension and postretirement
   healthcare, long-term portion                    38.9              28.1
  Other long-term liabilities                       31.2              23.2
       Total Liabilities                           429.8             135.7
  Commitments and Contingencies
  SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
  Parent company equity                                -             193.5
  Common stock, no par value                           -                 -
  Additional paid-in-capital                       283.3                 -
  Retained earnings                                    -                 -
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss             (14.3)            (12.6)
  Total Shareholders' Equity                       269.0             180.9
  Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity      $698.8            $316.6



  DISCLOSURE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Throughout this announcement and the related conference call, we make a number of "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As the words imply, "forward-looking statements" are statements about the future, as contrasted with historical information. Our forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable, but by their very nature they are subject to a wide range of risks.

Words that could indicate we're making forward-looking statements include the following:

  intend    believe    plan        expect    may         goal
  become    pursue     estimate    will      forecast    continue


This isn't an exhaustive list, but is simply intended to give you an idea of how we try to identify "forward-looking statements." The absence of any of these words, however, does not mean that the statement is not "forward-looking."

Here's the key point: Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results could differ materially from those set forth in any forward-looking statements. Any number of factors -- many of which are beyond our control -- could cause our performance to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements, and include, but are not limited to: the antitrust and other litigation in which the Company is currently or may potentially become a defendant; the Company's dependence on its relationships with several large national providers; continued fluctuations in mortality rates and increased cremations; failure of the Company's announced strategic initiatives to achieve expected growth, efficiencies, or cost reductions; disruptions in the Company's business or other adverse consequences resulting from the spin-off of the Company from Hillenbrand Industries, Inc.; competition from nontraditional sources in the funeral service business; increased costs or unavailability of raw materials; the ability to retain executive officers and other key personnel; and certain tax-related matters. Additional information concerning these and other factors are contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

ABOUT HILLENBRAND, INC.

Hillenbrand, Inc. is the holding company for Batesville Casket Company, a leader in the North American death care industry through the manufacture, distribution and sale of funeral service products to licensed funeral establishments. Batesville sells primarily burial caskets, but also provides cremation caskets, containers and urns, and selection room display fixturing for funeral establishments.

Batesville's mission is to provide funeral directors with the highest quality products and services; in a phrase, "helping families honor the lives of those they love."(R)

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Relations, and Treasurer of Hillenbrand, Inc., +1-812-934-7256,
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