Kimball International, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2023 Results

–Positive Momentum Continued with Profitability More than Doubling Year-on-Year–
–Workplace and Health Markets Delivered 20% Year-over-Year Revenue Growth–
–Favorable Product and Geographic Mix Continue to Drive Market Share Gains–
–Re-Affirms Fiscal 2023 Guidance for Revenue Growth of 15% and Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 47%, at the Midpoints–

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL) today announced results for the first quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Selected Financial Highlights:

First Quarter FY 2023

-Net sales of $177.8 million, increased 14% year-over-year
-Gross margin expanded 220 basis points to 33.5%
-Net income of $6.6 million; Adjusted net income of $4.8 million
-Diluted EPS of $0.18; Adjusted diluted EPS was $0.13
-Adjusted EBITDA of $11.5 million, up $6.7 million year-over-year
-Backlog of $180.0 million

Management Commentary

CEO Kristie Juster commented, “This marks our third consecutive quarter of industry-leading performance reflecting and underlining Kimball International’s differentiated market positioning and growth strategy. A product portfolio aligned with the new-forming post-COVID workplace and health markets and a leadership position in faster-growing secondary markets provide proof points of our resilience and enable us to gain share. Top line growth, together with ongoing operating efficiencies, continues to drive margin improvement and robust earnings growth.

“Our first quarter results demonstrate the strategic choices that set Kimball International apart within our industry. Ancillary products, which provide the flexibility, collaboration and privacy needs of today’s developing workplace and healthcare settings, accounted for 87% of our trailing twelve-month revenues and continue to see the most robust demand across all categories. Similarly, shipments to secondary markets, which have experienced employment growth and a faster return-to-office, continue to lead the way and represented 78% of trailing twelve-month shipments.

“Our Workplace and Health end markets continued to drive year-on-year sales growth and represented 89% of total first quarter revenues. First quarter order rates were slightly ahead of last year’s levels and the positive momentum continued into October. We are also experiencing a pick-up in demand from the Hospitality vertical, another market where Kimball International is a leader, although a meaningful recovery is not expected until later this year.”


First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

Consolidated net sales of $177.8 million increased by 14% from the year ago quarter, driven by double-digit growth of Workplace and Health end markets. Gross margin expanded 220 basis points year-over-year to 33.5%, benefiting from price increases that more than offset ongoing freight and raw material inflation, as well as continued operational excellence savings. Selling and administrative expenses (S&A) of $53.4 million declined year-over-year as a percentage of total net sales by 210 basis points to 30.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Adjusted S&A was $52.4 million, or 29.4% of net sales, compared to $48.6 million, or 31.1% of net sales, in last year’s first quarter. Net income was $6.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, up from net loss of $5.0 million or $(0.14) per diluted share in the year ago quarter. Adjusted net income was $4.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, ahead of adjusted net income of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. Adjusted EBITDA was $11.5 million compared to $4.9 million in the year ago quarter.

Capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2023 amounted to $5.4 million. Kimball International returned $4.3 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the first quarter of 2023.

Summary and Outlook

“First quarter results represented a strong start to fiscal 2023 and have set the stage for this to be another year of solid performance for Kimball International. Through our focused set of strategic choices, we are successfully delivering in-demand products and solutions to end markets and geographies of high growth, resiliency and favorable return-to-office dynamics. While we are mindful of the challenging macroeconomic environment and heightened recessionary risks, we are confident in our ability to outperform the industry, and we are pleased to reaffirm our guidance for substantial revenue and EBITDA growth in fiscal 2023,” Ms. Juster concluded.

FY 2023 Guidance Ranges

Low                High                YoY Growth
Revenue                $750 million    $780 million   15% at midpoint
Adjusted EBITDA   $48 million      $52 million     47% at midpoint

The Company expects fiscal 2023 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be weighted somewhat toward the second half of the year, with the fourth quarter being the strongest. We anticipate second quarter fiscal 2023 revenue to be similar to Q1 levels and adjusted EBITDA to be slightly below Q1 levels due to expected short-term inefficiencies in certain elements of our logistics network.

The full text of Kimball International’s 1Q23 earnings release, including all tables, and an archived replay of the company’s Nov. 3 conference call webcast may be accessed at

About Kimball International, Inc.

Kimball International is a leading omnichannel commercial furnishings company with deep expertise in the Workplace, Health and Hospitality markets. We combine our bold entrepreneurial spirit, a history of craftsmanship and today’s design-driven thinking alongside a commitment to our culture of caring and lasting connections with our customers, shareholders, employees and communities.

For over 70 years, our brands have seized opportunities to customize solutions into personalized experiences, turning ordinary spaces into meaningful places. Our family of brands includes Kimball, National, Etc., Interwoven, Kimball Hospitality, D’style and Poppin.

Kimball International is based in Jasper, Indiana.