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Donaldson Co  (NYSE:DCI)
Q2 2019 Earnings Conference Call
March 06, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning, my name is Kim, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Donaldson Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Thank you.

Brad Pogalz, you may begin your conference.

Brad Pogalz -- Director of Investor Relations

Good morning. Thank you for joining Donaldson's second quarter 2019 earnings conference call. With me today are Tod Carpenter, Chairman, CEO and President of Donaldson; and Scott Robinson, Chief Financial Officer. This morning, Tod and Scott will provide a summary of our second quarter performance and an update on our 2019 plans. During today's call, we will reference non-GAAP metrics such as adjusted earnings. You can find a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP metrics within the schedules attached to this morning's press release.

I want to remind everyone that any forward-looking statements made during this call are subject to risks and uncertainties, which are described in our press release and SEC filings. I also want to remind everyone that we will be hosting an Investor Day on Tuesday, April 9. Members of our management team will be providing an in-depth review of our businesses and strategic priorities. So I invite all of you to participate via the live webcast. Details of the event can be found on our Investor Relations website or please feel free to reach out to me with questions.

With that, I'll now turn the call to Tod Carpenter. Tod?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Thanks, Brad. Good morning, everyone. We are pleased to have delivered another quarterly record for sales and EPS, while adjusting to an operating environment that was increasingly mixed. Within the quarter, we saw a broad-based slowdown in December that led to softer than expected results.

While overall trends improved in January, weather related challenges in the US moved a couple of million dollars of sales into February. Currency translation was another headwind for sales with a larger than expected impact of 3% in the quarter, including the increased impact from currency and the slowdown in December, we still expect strong full year sales growth of 5% to 9% or 8% to 12% without currency. Importantly, we maintained our operating margin forecast which is up 40 basis points to 80 basis points from last year.

Scott will provide more details later in the call. So, I'll now turn to an overview of second quarter sales. Total sales were $704 million, which is 5.9% above last year or 8.6% without currency. Both segments enjoyed similar increases, including pricing benefits of more than 1%. The 6% growth in Engine was led by On-Road, which was up 22%. Second quarter sales in the US were up 32% and On-Road sales grew 80% in China. The US continues to benefit from increasing production of Class A trucks and China is all about share gain.

As Chinese always develop higher performing equipment to compete at a global level, they need advanced technology like ours. Our program wins began ramping up about five quarters ago and sales have grown meaningfully since then. China's On-Road sales are now 10% of total company on road, and we sold more than -- more last quarter in China, than we did in all of 2017. As we deepen our relationship with local manufacturers, we are focused on understanding their needs and managing their order volatility. While we expect the process of maturing our relationships will take time, we are optimistic about our long-term prospects to drive growth in China's massive market.

Turning to Off-Road, sales were flat after growing 37% last year. Excluding currency, sales grew 3% and the markets were more mixed than they have been. Latin America, for example was unable to build on last year's very strong growth as political uncertainty in that region resulted in project slow downs. We also had softness in the US due primarily to lower orders from large customers in December. On the other hand, we had strong growth in EMEA, due in part to pre-buys for upcoming regulatory changes. Despite mixed conditions, demand for our innovative products remained intact.

We had mid single-digit increases in our first-fit sales of fuel products and innovative air products, including PowerCore. Razor-to-sell razor-blade products make up more than 30% of Off-Road sales today and they're growing much faster than legacy products. Our past program wins and the pipeline of opportunities give us confidence that our Off-Road business will continue to outperform in the market. Engine aftermarket sales were up 6% last quarter or nearly 9% in local currency. We are encouraged by the durability of our aftermarket business which finished the 12th quarter in a row with year-over-year growth in both channels.

Sales of the independent channel were up in the mid-low single digits, reflecting strong equipment utilization being partially offset by oil and gas related slowdown in the US. Second quarter sales in the OE channel were up in the low double-digits leaving to grow were innovative air and fuel products with a combined increase in the low teens. These products further strengthen our foundation for profitable growth into the future, helping to sustain our aftermarket business across cycles.

Finally Aerospace and Defense sales were up 5% last quarter with ground defense driving the increase. Defense orders can be lumpy, so we want to note that there is no appreciable change in market conditions. Second quarter sales in the Industrial segment grew 5.6% or 8.4% without currency, led by Industrial Filtration Solutions or IFS. Sales of IFS grew 13.5% last quarter, including 6.5% from BOFA and a currency headwind of 3.3%. Although market uncertainty appears to be resulting in a more cautious stance regarding capital investments. Sales of new equipment were up in the mid single-digits last quarter and that's on top of a 20% increase in the prior year.

Growth was supported by sales of our innovative down flow evolution products, which grew 50% last quarter and we also had strong international growth. Sales in Latin America were up significantly due in part to some new large projects and we also had strong growth in China. Excluding currency translation, China sales of new dust collectors were up in the low double-digits and replacement parts sales grew nearly 40%. Targeted efforts aligned to China's Blue Sky initiative create substantial opportunities for further expansion.

Process filtration continues to do well for us. Second quarter sales were up in the low-teens or high-teens without currency. The business represents less than 10% of IFF today, but the customer response to our offering is positive and we expect to continue growing at a robust pace. Second quarter sales of Gas Turbine Systems or GTS were down 17%, which is somewhat better than expected. As we continue to deal with market declines, our efforts to rightsize this business are paying off and they position us well for the future.

Special Application sales declined 4% last quarter, driven by the Disk Drive market. As we have previously discussed, the recent strength in Disk Drive sales was a temporary situation and our second quarter results reflect the longer-term trend in this shrinking market. Before turning the call to Scott, I want to share a few performance highlights related to our strategic priorities. During second quarter, sales of innovative first-fit and aftermarket products in Engine had a combined increase in the high single-digits, which is several percent higher than legacy growth rates.

Industrial growth initiatives for dust collection replacement parts, process filtration and venting solutions drove combined growth in the high single-digits or low double-digits without currency. Total replacement parts sales for Donaldson grew 3% faster than first-fit sales last quarter. And the local currency sales increase outside the US was about 10% compared with 6% in the US. At a high level, these results show the progress we are making to expand our solutions and technologies around the world and we believe these are important indicators of future profitable growth.

I'll now turn the call to Scott for his update. Scott?

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Tod. Good morning everyone. We're pleased to have delivered strong local currency sales growth in both segments and adjusted EPS of $0.47 was up 9% from last year. However, a negative impact from currency and a softer-than-expected demand -- December contributed to second quarter sales and profit that were below our forecast.

Before getting into the details, I want to call out two items, first. Please note that our net earnings for second quarter 2019 and 2018 include tax reformulated charges of $400,000 and $110 million respectively. These amounts have been excluded from adjusted earnings in a respective periods.

Second, as a reminder, we adopted two new accounting standards this fiscal year, revenue recognition and pension accounting. Prior periods are restated to conform with pension accounting, but that's not the case with revenue recognition. While the adoption of this standard had a small impact on sales and profit dollars, it effectively diluted second quarter gross and operating margins, including 10 basis points of dilution from revenue recognition, second quarter operating margin was flat with the prior year, reflecting strong expense leverage offset by a gross margin decline.

Our second quarter operating expense rate improved 100 basis points from last year, driven by lower incentive compensation and leverage on increasing sales. We're pleased to have delivered a historically low expense rate while investing in our strategic priorities. Second quarter gross margin declined about 90 basis points from last year or 70 basis points when you adjust for the revenue recognition impact. Higher raw material costs added 130 basis points of pressure which we offset with price increases. Supply chain inefficiencies, including investments to support our customers combined with an unfavorable mix of sales also pressured gross margins. These headwinds were particularly strong in December.

Our January had a sequential improvement in gross margin and incremental margin of 50%, it was not enough to recover from December. The same was true in the segments. In Engine the second quarter profit margin of 11.3% included a drag of about 10 basis points from revenue recognition. The decline from the prior year reflected higher raw material and supply chain costs and unfavorable mix of sales and a lower contribution from joint ventures.

The Industrial margin of 13.7% also included a 10 basis points of drag from revenue recognition. The year-over-year margin decline was driven primarily by unfavorable mix of sales and an expected purchase accounting adjustment related to the BOFA acquisition. Margin pressures in both segments were partially offset by price realization and expense leverage. We also had year-over-year favorability in the corporate and unallocated expense driven by lower variable compensation than last year.

Capital expenditures grew to $39 million last quarter, primarily due to capacity expansion projects around the world. We spent $45 million on share repurchase and dividends in second quarter and year-to-date, we have repurchased about 1.6% of our outstanding shares and paid dividends of $49 million. At the end of second quarter, our leverage ratio of 1.1 times EBITDA was in line with our long-term target. The balance sheet is in good shape and we continue to focus on optimizing our working capital. We made progress on receivables last quarter and new capacity will help with inventory as we normalize the supply chain.

Turning to our full year guidance, our revised forecast still reflects strong growth and record level of sales and profit. We are projecting full year sales growth between 5% and 9% and EPS increase between 13% and 20%. These ranges are about 2% below the prior forecast with half the change from currency and the balance from the markets, particularly related to December's pass.

The currency headwind is now expected to be 3%, up from 2% and we still expect benefits of 1% from BOFA and 1% to 2% from pricing. Engine sales are now projected up 6% to 10%, reflecting an additional headwind of 1% from currency translation, combined with adjustments among the business units.

Currency and recent trends led to a more modest growth projection in Off-Road and aftermarket which are now expect to increase in the low single-digits and high-single digits respectively. Sales of Aerospace and Defense are now forecast up in the mid-single digits, driven by defense orders and we still expect strong growth in the mid-teens for On-Road.

Overall, we still see growth opportunities in the Engine markets. Second half sales are modeled up in the high single-digits, including a 3% currency headwind. Across the segment, we expect innovative products and the strength of our recurring revenue stream will drive continued profitable growth. Turning to Industrial, we now expect a full year sales increase between 4% and 8% or three points below prior guidance. Business conditions in IFS and Special Applications account for two-thirds of the change and currency adds 1 point of pressure.

IFS sales are now expect to increase in the low double-digits, which includes 6.5 points from BOFA. As demand for new equipment moderates, we still expect replacement parts and process filtration will deliver strong growth. Sales of Special Application are now expected to decline in the low single-digits, reflecting renewed pressure from the disk drive market.

Our GTS forecast is unchanged, with full year sales expected to be down in the high single digits. Sales for large turbine projects are driving the decline and we expect full year growth in sales of replacement parts. Our second half industrial sales are modeled up in the mid-single digit range, reflecting solid growth in IFS and declining sales in GTS and Special Applications. Areas where we're making strategic investments like replacement parts, process filtration and venting solutions are expected to deliver strong growth in fiscal '19.

We still project full year operating margin between 14.2% and 14.6%, which is up 50 basis points to 90 basis points from last year, when you exclude the 10 basis point impact from revenue recognition. The improvement is coming from expense leverage and lower incentive compensation with favorability from these factors offset by increased investments in our strategic priorities like R&D and lower gross margin.

We now predict gross margin will be down from last year by about 0.5 point or 30 basis points when adjusting for revenue recognition. The decline is due primarily to performance in December and we still expect price increases will offset higher raw materials and freight costs. Our operating margin forecast for the back half of fiscal '19 reflects meaningful sequential improvement in gross margin and continued expense leverage, resulting in a back half incremental margin that builds to the high-20% range over the third and fourth quarter.

Improving gross margin over the long-term is a top priority. Normalizing demand combined with new capacity, gives us an opportunity to accelerate some initiatives. One priority is moving production to optimal locations, which typically means lower costs as we reset our supply chain. We have new capacity in six locations coming online over the next two quarters, giving us excellent opportunity for progress. New capacity also gives us the opportunity to refocus on cost reduction within the plans. As we relieved demand related constraints, we can direct additional resources toward our continuous improvement initiatives, and of course pricing remains a top priority.

We are pleased with the progress in many parts of the business, including Engine. We maintain a locally competitive stance in our independent channel, given us more pricing latitude and a quicker path to recovering cost inflation. Our pricing discussions with OE customers is also about recovering the cost increases that we absorbed, but that process takes more time. As we make progress on that front, we also continue to enjoy the far more valuable part of those relationships, winning first-fit programs with innovative products. We have decades of relationships with many of these customers. And our team of engineers works closely with theirs. Giving that proximity, our mission is to help them solve their problems, while gaining share of the first-fit and aftermarket opportunities.

These wins are critical part of our long-term sales and profit growth formula, so our focus in the OE channel has multiple dimensions. We remain committed to increasing our levels of profitability at increasing sales. As we address the gross margin pressure, we are closely managing discretionary expenses while maintaining investments that will drive future profitable growth and I think we are striking the right balance.

Moving down to fiscal '19 P&L, other income is now forecast between $5 million and $9 million, down $7 million from the prior guide, softer than expected joint venture performance and FX losses drove the change. The interest expense forecast dropped to $21 million from $23 million, reflecting interest rate benefits from our global cash optimization efforts. We also refine our tax forecast and now expect the full year rate to be about 30 basis points below the prior guidance.

We expect fiscal 2019 capital expenditures between $130 million and $150 million, cash conversion between 60% and 75% and our share repurchase target remains at 2%. Overall, our forecast for the back half of 2019 includes strong top line growth in businesses where we are making strategic investments, sequential improvement in sales, operating margin and EPS, incremental margin in the high 20% range and disciplined capital deployment that reflects investment in the company and returning cash to shareholders.

I'll now turn the call back to Tod to provide update on some of our strategic initiatives. Tod?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Thanks, Scott. We're excited with the progress we are making on investments that will drive future profitable growth. One of note is our e-commerce site, shop.donaldson.com. So far this year we have transacted more than $170 million with 2,400 customers around the world. Recent enhancements include the ability to launch targeted regional promotions and we now also show real time product availability. Our objective with shop.donaldson.com, is to make it even easier for customers to buy from us and we have excellent momentum. Another important activity is developing our capabilities related to Connected Solutions. Our filter minor team in Engine has pilot activities with nearly all our OEM customers.

We are also pursuing aftermarket opportunities with large fleet owners that want to optimize their costs. Importantly, our solution in Engine is being designed around what the customers want. So we can effectively leverage our deep relationships to drive this new business model. The benefits of Connected solutions in Industrial are also focused on creating value for our customers. We have connected dust collectors in the field and we began offering a subscription service last quarter that gathers real-time data, applies analytics in the cloud and relays insights to the operator through desktop or mobile applications.

We are further expanding our infrastructure to offer these solutions, one important component will be adding a connected controller to all new dust collectors, making it easy for our customers to opt into the programs we develop. We have also developed a simple cost-effective way of retrofitting existing collectors in the field. Our industrial customers want these solutions and our broad product portfolio combined with already deep access puts us in an excellent position to drive profitable growth in this emerging space. Investments in capacity expansion are another way we are supporting future growth. Over the next couple of quarters, several new resources dedicated to innovative products will come online.

In addition to fueling growth in both segments, this capacity also creates an operational inflection point for us. We are now at a point, where we will reoptimize our production and supply chain and we are aggressively pursuing cost optimization to drive gross margin improvement. We are also expanding our technological capabilities through R&D investments, as we have previously highlighted, we are on a multi-year journey to increase our annual R&D spend and we have plans to step-up our capital expenditures.

I am pleased to announce that we will be investing $50 million to build a new R&D facility at our global headquarters here in Minnesota. This new facility will directly support the further strengthening of our materials science capabilities. These technologies are critical to penetrating new and existing markets, especially those that place a high value on the integrity and quality of their respective products. These R&D investments have a high return for us. We can develop products that carry gross margins above the company average and we can diversify with those technologies in a wide variety of applications.

Donaldson is a technology led filtration company and these investments will continue to strengthen our position as a leader in the global filtration industry. Before closing, I want to thank our employees for their commitment to supporting our customers and executing our strategic priorities. As we move into the second half of fiscal '19, I am confident that we're going to finish the year strong, while strengthening our position for future growth. I also want to mix a special acknowledgment to the employees that work at our Alabama facility, where tornadoes past within 15 miles of our plant. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families as you work to recover from the devastating weather last weekend.

Now, I'll turn the call back to Kim to open the line for questions. Kim?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Your first question comes from the line of Nathan Jones from Stifel. Your line is open.

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Good morning.

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, Nathan.

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Maybe we could just start talking a little bit more about December, I mean you guys said it was pretty broad-based and pretty state, maybe you can give us some color on, how much below your expectations it was whether or not there was any particular end markets or particular geographies where it was worst? Just any more color you can give us on what happened in December?

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, December was just started out as kind of a slow month for us, and it kind of continued, we probably missed our sales by about $20 million. So that was a -- that's a big number for us, the miss in a month. And it just kind of started slow and continued that way during the month and then in January things improved.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yeah, Nathan. I would add a little bit of color in the sense for that, it was broad-based both in our industrial businesses and our Engine-based businesses. We still have -- while we still have year-over-year growth, December carved such a whole for us, we actually had negative incremental margin in December. And as Scott pointed out in his script had a 50% January incremental margin growth and it still was not enough to get us to where we want to be and we would expect to be within incremental margin and that shows the hit specifically that we took within December as we saw industrial-based projects kind of get a new cautiousness to them and then a more broad-based Engine slowdown as well.

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

And so, -- I mean it sounds like you saw a rebound in January. Can you talk about the January get back to where you had anticipated? Obviously the incrementals are very, very good there. And then any commentary you can give on what you've seen in February?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yeah, so in January, we did see a nice rebound to what we would have expected within January and got back into what we had been putting within our forecast for the balance of the year, so we're very comfortable. We'll talk about February in the Q3 here in about 90 days. So I won't comment on that at this point. But within January, we did see a very noticeable rebound back to what we would consider more normalcy.

Brad Pogalz -- Director of Investor Relations

Nathan, this is Brad, I'll jump in the -- just doing the math on the guide as well. If you think about the number Scott shared the $20 million and the extra percent from currency. Those two items alone account for almost all of our full year guidance change, sales and EPS. So that gives you some context about how we're thinking about the rest of the year as well.

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Yeah, look like it didn't change much for the rest of the forward outlook. But just one more on OE price. I know that takes more time, but we've been taking a fair amount of time so far, I mean you've been dealing with inflation for 12 months now. Can you talk about what progress you've made on the OE price side? What actions you're still looking to take and what we could expect from OE price going forward?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Sure. First I'd complement the teams across the industrial base businesses where we have worked very hard through this inflationary period and we would suggest that, we are back into a more normal type of a pricing action that the company usually see. So we've worked successfully through that tough cycle. On the independent aftermarket channel within Engine, we've also successfully work through that and I would complement the teams worldwide that have done excellent there. So we feel very good about where we are in that space.

And our OE teams have done an excellent job really going after all of the price recovery, while we have not had 100% success on that, we still have some progress to go. We are quite a ways down the path with very noticeable success in that cycle. Still, it does not appear as though we would be able to accomplish a 100% price get back if you will, but good progress are being made, still more opportunity and still working very hard to accomplish that.

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Okay, thanks very much. I'll pass it on.

Brad Pogalz -- Director of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Brian Drab from William Blair. Your line is open.

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

Hey, good morning.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Good morning, Brian.

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

First just on China, great momentum there. Can you elaborate a little bit as a result primarily selling air intake filters. Is there opportunity as you gain traction there and you're gaining share to sell the whole suite of products for lubricant, hydraulics? And how -- just -- work in this business go, where do you hope that you are in China in the truck market in a year or two?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yeah, Brian, this is Tod. Within China we're having good success as you know on air, but we are also having success on liquid, so we are across the product families in Off-Road which is where we've traditionally had good success. We continue to have good penetration in both of our product families and now we have good momentum within the On-Road sector of China. And you may note that the China Class A truck market is roughly three times the size of that of the United States. And so, consequently, we have won air-based projects in China with PowerCore and that's future revenue that we would expect to continue to pick-up. And we have also won a liquid-based new revenue, new projects across that space as well.

Mostly on the liquid our wins are on the Off-Road sector rather than within the On-Road sector. So we're very pleased with the progress that we have and we look for more great things out of China.

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

Okay. What would you say -- can you give us any clue what your share that market is now? I think it's still low single-digit percentage and what you think it could be, any goals there that you could (Multiple Speakers)

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

It is low single-digits at this current time, we have some internal goals, obviously, we want to get into what we more normally would believe, it's comfortable across our Engine-based businesses. So clearly it's a double digit, we believe we're on a nice track to be able to do that. If China does have some interesting volatilities to it, as they bring projects forward and then ready them for project launch and then we'll pause. So they have create -- they naturally created more lumpiness to the beginning of program. So we'll be sure to call that out as we see that. But we have some excellent wins that we expect future revenue over there and we would expect to get our share in China up to what we enjoy worldwide .

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then just one other question for now. I'm just curious if you can give us some insight into the gas turbine market, just in a little more depth regarding the competitive landscape. I think a couple of years ago, one of your competitors placed a pretty big bet on taking some low margin business, and this whole story is, we don't have the transparency that we used to, given some of the acquisitions in the space in that. But is there anything you could help us understand how the competitive landscape is? And how the environment is, in terms of your need to make decisions to walk away from low margin business and just how challenging is that end market going to be over the next year or two?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Brian, as you know that we changed our strategy some years ago now in order to be careful about our large turbine projects. It would appear that, that strategic change was timed exceptionally. Well our competitive -- our competitors really went all in at that moment. We were adjusting, they were doubling down, and so consequently, I think because the cycle then turn difficult on all of us, we sit today at a really strong position with how we're operating the business and our gas turbine team has done exceptional at restructuring it and sizing it for the current market.

As we look forward within the market place, we do not see an appreciable rebound in the gas turbine within this fiscal year, we've always said that this year would be more stability and based upon our ability to go after aftermarket in small turbine-based projects, small turbine meeting oil and gas and those kind of related projects, we believe that we will start to see growth -- some growth next fiscal year, but this is a year of stability.

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Brian, maybe I can just add to, this is Scott, I think we probably told you this, but that large turbine business now represents less than 10% of total GTS, so we have very limited exposure at this point. And so, there is really not any risk of going down further in large turbine and we will continue to be selective and disciplined and only take large turbine projects, where the return is sufficient. And so we're -- we've really rid ourselves of that exposure and so going forward in the large turbine business, it can only be positive to Donaldson.

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. That's all. Really helpful.

Operator

Your next question comes from Charley Bradly (sic-Charley Brady) from SunTrust. Your line is open.

Charley Brady -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Hey, thank guys. Charley Brady. Just on the capacity additions that you guys are doing and then moving up of production to optimize that. I'm wondering within the guidance, is there an embedded headwind from doing this type of stuff that maybe doesn't repeat as you go into '20?

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, I'll start. This is Scott. So certainly, when you're starting up a new line or you're moving things from one plant to another, especially from continent to continent, there is a certain amount of friction or headwind you incur as a result of that. We've been doing that, we've been moving things back and forth and we're -- we feel like we've made great progress and we have a lot of new capacity coming online and the reduced cost you get from that will more than offset any friction, and so there is friction and obviously as production ramps up, you get better absorption and you have better cost. But we are -- as I said, the next two quarters we're going to have quite a bit of capacity coming online. And so a lot of the friction has been incurred and we see improvements coming very soon.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Charley, this is Tod, I'll just add a little bit more color. So we're at an inflection point that we're really pleased to be at right now. And so specifically when we look at this last two years and the success that our company has had, where we have grown over three years over 30% we knew that we would have some capacity constraints because we are coming out such of a -- of such a tough time. They turned out to be much greater than we thought we had and so we had to add to capacity expansion.

We have been sub optimizing our internal supply chain for quite some time now to make sure that we take care of our customers because that's very important to us, while our overall sales teams worldwide work the pricing-based issues, that also came forward based upon inflation. We're roughly through our pricing-based actions now, we're roughly through -- we got a couple of quarters here to get through all the capacity expansion that we need. And so the renormalization is standard work for us, it's work we are exceptional at and now we can dig-in and really attack the gross margin activity. And so, I look for good things going forward over the next several quarters as we renormalize and attack efficiency across our corporation.

Charley Brady -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

That's great color. Thanks. And just another one for me. On the BOFA acquisition, you had it in the mix for a little while now. Can you just talk about where you guys are integration and maybe the opportunity there, I guess, particularly on the aftermarket side with those guys.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

So the BOFA integration is going quite well, we won't take both the integration a 100% of the Donaldson remember that we still have 88% ownership share not 100%. And so that limits some of the things that we'll do longer-term, of course. But the technology-based sharing is going on and it's going very well. The overall strategic linkage of what we're trying to accomplish for the razor and razor-blade base models is going very well. And, the important thing to remember is that BOFA brought new markets to us and brought growing markets to us. And so consequently, we're very happy that there is not a lot of product overlap, but there's technology overlap and that's the importance of how one plus one equals three. And additionally, we're excited with the BOFA team, the leadership team that came through with BOFA has done an excellent job, they fit culturally wonderfully inside Donaldson and we're very proud to have them within the company.

Charley Brady -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Richard Eastman from Baird. Your line is open.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Yes, good morning to all.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Good morning.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Tod, could we talk for a minute about IFS, I maybe missed what the projected growth rate would be there for all of '19. Did you mentioned low double-digits?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yes. That's right.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Okay, so low double-digits for the full year. And then, so maybe the math then in the second half, if you account for BOFA would be most of the growth. So is the core business in local currency, is there any growth projected for the second half there?

Brad Pogalz -- Director of Investor Relations

Rick, if you pull -- this is Brad, if you pull out BOFA, IFS sales in the back half are still forecast up in the high-singles. You get in the neighborhood of 7%, 8%. And that's with about three points of currency. So the back half growth is still reasonable.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yeah, remember we lap BOFA. And so consequently, when you look at that, what Brad talked about within the model with low-doubles is how you get there.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then, so is the backlog and order intake on the core IFS business both dust collection and compressed air. Are those -- are you comfortable there that we have -- have we seen any fall-off there at all, just relative to the PMIs and cap spending comments that you made earlier?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Within the compressed air side, we've not really seen appreciable fall-off. So we're pleased there, that's mostly a European-based business and has not seen really any appreciable change within the industrial air filtration or dust collection base business, we have seen, especially in December, kind of a new cautiousness within capital-based projects for sure. However, we did bake that within the guide that we are giving out today.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Okay. And then I just want to ask one question around in the guide for the full year. One of the things that we did do was reduce our other income, meaningfully from $12 million to $16 million to $5 million to $9 million, I was a little bit curious because that other income number was actually about -- the JV number was actually about $8 million in '18. So we kind of forecast to step-up, we're now pulling that back out to be more like flat. And it just -- it strikes me that, that's -- that reduction literally is about $0.04 on the year, is really is kind of what you're cutting guide. So I'm curious, is that the cap related JV kind of how has that slowed down? And is there any broader implication for your business? I mean, is that a leading or lagging indicator?

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, this is Scott, Rick. So you have the numbers right, the other income came down, that was due to JV income, number one, FX losses number two. I would say the JVs experienced somewhat consistent what the company experienced. So we wanted to bring that down in the course of what we expected. The other two lines there been the low operating income, our interest and taxes. And so we brought our interest expense down 2%, we brought our tax up 30 basis points. So when you put those three together, it was more like a $0.01 drop. But -- so you're right the $0.04 in other income, then you made up three with the other two lines for a negative one. So we just wanted to get those more accurately forecasted based on finishing six months of the year.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

But my question kind of stands though is that, is the JV, the reduction in the JV income obviously is attributed to the JV profitability that's down now on a forecasted basis. Is that primarily Off-Road effect? Is that from the CAT JV which would be more Off-Road? Is that business slow down that much or --

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

I would remind you that we also have a JV in Saudi Arabia in the power industry, which all concerned more difficult. We have a JV in Indonesia with -- that really services a liquid-based component, which also turned more difficult, a lot of this is December. And then you also have the JV within CAT where we build the United States and Europe. So it's really more of a broad-based, JV-based comment with the industries that we have the JVs for.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

I see, OK. And one thing I wanted to just kind of double check as well, given maybe gas turbine in this quarter was a little bit stronger than anticipated, you didn't change the full year outlook. So at the end of the day, the second quarter was probably not the bottom in terms of revenue for gas turbine.

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So yeah, I mean we pretty much held it consistent. So you started with the (ph) pretty small numbers, when you're talking about changes within gas turbine. Like we said, the large turbine we're walking away from and that's less than 10%. And therefore, that generally indicate that this year will be the bottom for GTS and we expect improvement going forward.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Just one last question, I promise you. The Off-Road business in Europe was quite strong. And was that -- could you give us some general feel for what regulatory impacts we're seeing there? And how does that play out over the next 12 months?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Sure, Rick. This is Tod. So overall within the Off-Road, we have a strong emissions business over there. And consequently, you have some pre-buys, as a result of some regulations that are coming on-board and they had a pre-buy, as a result of the Stage 5 regulation for larger diesel engines and that is -- would be the reason that drove that Off-Road bump-off if you will. Now, next calendar year, as of January the smaller base diesel engines have that same regulation change and so we would expect looking out there to be another lumpy bump, but that it would settle back down to more normal fee rates, but that's the reason for the strength.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

And our content on the large or small close enough to -- that we'll see that impact.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Yeah.

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Okay, awesome. Okay. Hey, thanks so much.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Thanks.

Operator

Your next question comes from Laurence Alexander from Jefferies. Your line is open.

Nicholas Cecero -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Hi, this is Nick Cecero on for Laurence. I guess is maybe you can comment a bit on specific raw materials you're seeing the most inflation. And I guess how you think it plays out in the back half of the year?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Sure. This is Tod. So the two that are most headwinds, most prevailing headwinds at the moment are clearly steel, if you remember, we had longer-term contracts with steel below market and so we have been adjusting on fiscal year to that step-up of steel-based headwind. So that would be one big -- we do see some moderation going forward as we finish out the balance of the fiscal year, meaning that it'll likely stay roughly within the level that it's at. So it would not provide further headwinds. But then the other one is media-based pulp and paper type of activities that go across our family of products to build media. And that one was pretty significant year-over-year on the gain. So those are the two that are primarily driving all raw material headwinds as we look forward.

Nicholas Cecero -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

And then in regards supply chain costs, is there any levers you can pull in order to offset them?

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

So we are pulling that, we we have one worldwide system now that we've talked about within our compass-based project that we implemented worldwide. We now have the ability and are doing a very good job at centralizing all the demand worldwide in order to gain some purchasing power. Our purchasing teams have been going after that for multiple quarters, they've had good success and we look forward for them to continue that type of process, that's a new way to go at this based upon new information that we can now gather across our supply chain. And so, we'll look for good work next fiscal year as well.

Nicholas Cecero -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

And then just one more if I may. You called out oil and gas slowdown in the US, I guess are you seeing any type of pickup as we move through the past couple of months and do you see any pickup in the back half of the year.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

No, we have -- within the guide that we've given, we have more of that normal seasonality that we see within the back half baked into that guide. So especially based upon, we saw the bump that come back -- it came back into January, we would say it's a little bit more business as usual. However, we do also need to point out the December pause.

Nicholas Cecero -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

Understood. Thank you very much.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from George Godfrey from CL King. Your line is open.

George Godfrey -- C.L. King & Associates -- Analyst

Thank you. Two questions. One is CapEx this year in the range Tod you've given, looks like it's just under or at 5% of revenue. Do you think that level of investment comes down as a percentage of revenue as we head into 2020? Or you need additional capacity and buildup of the projects you highlighted earlier to keep the CapEx at a higher level than what it's been historically?

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So -- this is Scott. So we see that is going on for this year and next year and then coming down. So we will have some projects that we'll be finishing this year that will go into next year. So we're going to have an elevated level next year and then we see it coming back down.

George Godfrey -- C.L. King & Associates -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. And then my second question is, if I look at where I think net debt leverage ratio is going to be at the end of this year, plus the free cash flow, you're going to generate Q3 and Q4, probably net leverage is below 1. So my question is how aggressive do you get with share buyback or acquisitions at the leverage ratio does fall below 1.

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So I mean, we maintained our guidance at 2% per share buyback, we're sitting at 1.6% repurchase as of the end of this quarter. The current debt-to-EBITDA ratio sits at 1.1. Every year we take kind of a holistic view of our forward-looking, as well as our backward looking return to shareholders and we assess our capital deployment strategy and we go year-by-year with that, with kind of a longer-term view. So we will continue to do that in conjunction with our planning process and review with our Board and I'll let Tod talk about acquisitions.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Relative to acquisitions, acquisitions are part of our strategy, we're happy to have done five acquisitions in the last three years. We talk about the Bolt-on's of all of those and their strategic importance to each of the business units. We continue to have it as part of the strategy. We have a nice robust process now, then I would suggest has good opportunities, they are all strategic, we're very selective. We're also a disciplined buyer and nothing has changed really for us in that regard. We're also very happy to have a strong balance sheet that allows us to have this as part of our strategy. So really nothing appreciably changes for us strategically in the way that you look at our actions of acquisitions.

George Godfrey -- C.L. King & Associates -- Analyst

Okay. And so let me just ask one -- I'll push on that point a little bit more. And I recognize you have a very strong balance sheet methodical. When does a strong balance sheet go to inefficient balance sheet in that the leverage, you just not taken advantage of the leverage capability that Donaldson has. And I guess, I'm trying to get it.

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. That's a third question, I promise to consider that when we do our plan for next year, that's something we think about, and we think about the opportunities there in front of us and what we know that's coming. And we look at our return, we've had a very consistent, we've been increasing our dividend for 20 years, we have a very consistent share buyback and I would expect that those things will continue. I would not expect this to pile all sorts of cash up on the balance sheet. So we have to be thoughtful with the capital we deploy and deploy that in an effective way. And I think the cash flows that we generate are relatively consistent and predictable and so we feel good about that and that gives us a pretty solid basis from which to go forward.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

And I also want to point out that we're very proud of the organic growth that we've had as a result of our razor-to-sell razor-blade strategy and bringing forth technology over the last three years and a strong balance sheet has allowed us to answer all of those calls for our customers because the demand ramped-up even faster than we had thought. So we were able to really execute that without additional borrowing et cetera and self fund while also continuing on our acquisition-based strategy and we look to continue to execute on that. So overall, as we look at our company on our strategy, our strong balance sheet is not just about acquisitions, it's also about being able to execute internally on the organic side and we're pleased to be able to have done that very quickly.

George Godfrey -- C.L. King & Associates -- Analyst

Understood. Tod, Scott and Brad, thank you for taking my questions.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Thank you.

Operator

There are no further questions at this time, I now turn the call back to Tod Carpenter.

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

As we conclude today's call, I want to remind everyone that we will be hosting an Investors Day on April 9th. We're looking forward to providing a deep dive into our strategic long-term priorities, so please reach out to Brad with any questions. As always, we appreciate your time today and your interest in Donaldson Company. Thank you and goodbye.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

Duration: 56 minutes

Call participants:

Brad Pogalz -- Director of Investor Relations

Tod E. Carpenter -- Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer

Scott J. Robinson -- Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Nathan Jones -- Stifel, Nicolaus & Company -- Analyst

Brian Drab -- William Blair & Co. -- Analyst

Charley Brady -- SunTrust Robinson Humphrey -- Analyst

Richard Eastman -- Robert W. Baird & Company -- Analyst

Nicholas Cecero -- Jefferies & Company -- Analyst

George Godfrey -- C.L. King & Associates -- Analyst

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