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LDL earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2021.

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Lydall Inc. (LDL)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Apr 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning, and welcome to Lydall's First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to turn the conference over to Brendan Moynihan, Vice President, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Brendan Moynihan -- Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations

Thank you. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Lydall's First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. Joining me on today's call are Sara Greenstein, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Randy Gonzales, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Sara will begin the call with a high-level overview of the quarter, including the actions taken to solidify Lydall's position as a world leader in specialty filtration and advanced materials solutions. Randy will follow with a review of our financial performance and discuss the key business drivers by segment. Sara will then conclude the call with a brief discussion on our current outlook, immediate priorities, and how we are well positioned for long-term growth. At the end of their remarks, we'll open the line for questions. Our quarterly earnings release was issued along with the filing of our quarterly Form 10-Q. Both are available on our Investor Relations website, ir.lydall.com and can be used as referenced for today's call, along with the Q1 2021 earnings conference call presentation, which can be found at lydall.com in the Investor Relations section. As noted on slide two of this presentation, any comments made on this conference call that may constitute forward-looking statements are made available pursuant to the safe harbor provision as defined in the securities laws. Please also refer to the cautionary note concerning forward-looking statements within Lydall's Form 10-Q for further information. In addition, we will be referring to non-GAAP financial measures during this conference call. A reconciliation to GAAP financials can be found in the appendix of the presentation I just referenced.

With that, let's turn to slide three, and I'll turn the call over to Sara.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Thank you, Brendan, and hello, everyone. I hope that you're all doing well, staying safe, and remaining diligent to protect yourselves and others as the world continues to battle this pandemic. I'm delighted to be here today to share another remarkably strong quarter for Lydall. We saw solid and sustaining sales growth across all three of our business segments this quarter and continued margin expansion, driven by our clear strategic focus and relentless commitment to operational excellence and our customer success. 2020 was undeniably the year of PPE and meltblown for Lydall. Last year, we supplied enough fine fiber meltblown filtration media for nearly one billion face masks. By mid-2021, we will have capacity to supply filtration media for over 6.5 billion masks annually. In January, our engineering team in Rochester, New Hampshire, commissioned our newest meltblown asset. It is one of the largest fine fiber meltblown producing machines in the world, and it has been operating at full capacity since the beginning of this year, shipping products to customers as quickly as we are able to load the trucks in our shipping base. We gained invaluable experience through the installation of this first machine, and we are using these insights to expedite the installation of our second asset in Rochester and the third in Saint Rivalain, France. This momentum is allowing us to get essential life-saving material into the hands of our customers, and the team is executing on schedule and on budget. Consistent with the expectation we previously outlined, these assets are expected to be fully operational in early third quarter.

Our sealing business has kicked off the year at an incredible pace, bolstered by strong backlog that we expect to remain in place through at least the first half of the year. Demand for our high-performance cryogenic insulation is surging, driven by global demand for cryogenic gases like LNG, liquefied petroleum, and ethylene. We're especially pleased to report a return to growth in Technical Nonwovens and continued strong demand in our Thermal Acoustical Solutions businesses this quarter. In Technical Nonwovens, or TNW, we have seen robust order levels in our industrial filtration segment, resulting in a growing backlog. Geosynthetics also continues to be an area of strength in the TNW portfolio, bolstered by strong demand in infrastructure and construction market, with particular emphasis on sustainable materials and products. In thermal Acoustical Solutions, or TAS, we have seen the continued transformation of this business in the first quarter. This business weathered some significant challenges in 2020 from industrywide shutdown to dramatic COVID related staffing impacts. In Q1, our North American operations saw a rapid decline in COVID cases and the elimination of high-cost temporary labor, which contributed to significant margin expansion from the fourth quarter. I'm incredibly proud of the hard work the TAS team has done to stabilize the operation, even as our customers work through their specific supply chain challenges. This business is well positioned to capitalize on continued strong automotive demand going forward. The Lydall team is proactively and aggressively managing through supply chain challenges, particularly in raw materials and logistics and strengthening supplier and customer relationships as we do so. Our team continues to demonstrate the agility and acumen honed last year to turn obstacles into opportunities in 2021 and beyond.

I'll turn it over to Randy for a more in-depth look at our results for the quarter.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Thank you, Sara. Turning to slide four. I'll briefly cover some key highlights for the first quarter and then provide an overview of our operating segment results. As a reminder, we will be discussing adjusted financial metrics, including adjusted EBITDA by segment. A complete reconciliation to comparable GAAP numbers is provided in the press release and earnings presentation. First quarter 2021 net sales of $227.1 million, increased 13.3% or $26.6 million from the same period in 2020, with all three business segments posting gains. This was led by very strong growth of 21.6% in Performance Materials, continued strength in Thermal Acoustical Solutions, which grew 8.7% and a return to growth in Technical Nonwovens, which grew 7.4%. Organically, consolidated sales grew 10.8%, with the weaker dollar increasing consolidated revenue by $7.5 million or 3.7 percentage points, partially offset by a decline in tooling sales of $2 million or one percentage point. Consolidated adjusted gross margin was 21.4%, an increase of 220 basis points from prior year, led by increased volume across all business segments and favorable mix of filtration products, partially offset by higher costs in TAS. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of $24.4 million, increased $4.4 million or 22% from last year, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA margin of 10.7%, up 70 basis points from last year. Performance Materials adjusted EBITDA margin was robust at 26.5%, while both TAS and PNW segments saw sequential EBITDA margin expansion of 290 basis points and 170 basis points, respectively. First quarter interest expense of $3.4 million was up $600,000, driven by higher interest rates. Our strong financial performance enabled us to take advantage of favorable credit markets and execute a new credit facility in April. The new facility includes a term loan of $176 million, a revolver of $170 million and has a term of five years, maturing in April 2026. We anticipate this will save approximately $4 million of interest expense over the remainder of the year.

Our effective tax rate of 35.7% was higher, driven by the mix of higher tax foreign earnings in the quarter, but we still expect the full year rate to be in the range of 27% to 28%. Adjusted earnings per share of $0.35 was up $0.15 or 75% from the first quarter of 2020. Turning to slide five. I'd like to highlight our continued focus on cash and liquidity. On a trailing 12-month basis, free cash flow was $15 million, down from prior year on higher working capital, driven by higher sales, higher cash payments for incentive compensation as well as cash outflows associated with previously announced restructuring programs. Lydall ended the first quarter with a strong cash balance of $88.7 million, including a debt paydown of $9.5 million in the quarter. Net debt of $172 million improved by $28 million compared to the same period in 2020, resulting in a net debt leverage ratio of 2.4 times. Capital spending in the first quarter was $8.1 million, net of $6.5 million of government funding related to our global meltblown capacity expansion. These critical investments are nearing completion, with approximately $4 million remaining to spend, primarily in the second quarter. For the full year, we continue to project capital spending of $35 million to $40 million, net of approximately $8 million of government spending. Finally, last week, we announced Board approval of a $30 million share repurchase program, driven by the confidence we have in our strategy and the continued expectation of delivering strong sustainable cash flows. This program is consistent with the capital allocation strategy we shared at last year's Investor Day. We are now able to return capital directly to shareholders even as we continue to paydown debt and fund key organic growth investments. Moving to slide six. I'll cover our Performance Materials segment, which includes the Filtration and Sealing & Advanced Solutions subsegments.

Sales of $79.3 million, increased $14.1 million or 21.6% from first quarter of 2020, led by continued strong demand for specialty filtration as well as higher sales of sealing products. Filtration sales expanded 32.7% from prior year, supplemented by additional meltblown production capacity in our Rochester, New Hampshire facility. Sales in Sealing & Advanced Solutions were up 14.4% or $5.7 million from prior year and $5.4 million sequentially. Our sealing product lines benefited from robust demand in key end markets, including agriculture, construction and transportation. In addition, our Advanced Solutions saw particularly strong sales in cryogenic specialty insulation products. As a result of the strength in these key end markets as well as productivity initiatives, restructuring actions, and favorable mix, adjusted segment EBITDA margin in the first quarter was 26.5%, up sharply from prior year. Restructuring actions announced last year are nearly complete. We completed the sale of our German facility in the first quarter, and we expect the remaining actions to be completed in second quarter with the exit of our Netherlands facility. The total investment for this program is estimated at $18 million or $2 million lower than initially anticipated and the run rate savings of $5 million to $6 million remains in line with our expectations. Slide seven covers our Technical Nonwovens segment. Overall, first quarter sales were $61.7 million, up 7.4% from prior year or 1.8% adjusted for foreign exchange. Industrial filtration sales grew by 16% globally, driven primarily by stronger demand in China, for power, cement, and steel projects and the absence of COVID related shutdowns in first quarter last year.

Advanced Materials sales were down 2.9% on softer domestic demand, partially offset by higher sales of medical and geosynthetic products. In terms of profitability, segment EBITDA grew by $1.5 million or 22%, primarily due to volume and productivity. TNW's EBITDA margin of 13.5% was up 160 basis points from prior year. Turning to slide eight. I'll discuss results in our Thermal Acoustical Solutions or TAS segment. Automotive demand in the first quarter remained robust despite global supply chain issues that impacted our OEM customers. First quarter sales of $91 million were up 8.7% from prior year, with parts sales growing 11.9%, partially offset by lower tooling sales. Parts sales were up in all regions. The TAS team eliminated higher cost temporary labor and reduced higher cost outsourcing of select parts as we saw a rapid decline in COVID cases throughout the first quarter. These factors, combined with continued operational improvements, resulted in a sequential EBITDA improvement of $2.8 million and EBITDA margin expansion of 290 basis points to 5.2%. That concludes our review of the first quarter segment results.

I'll now turn it back to Sara for her closing comments.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Thank you, Randy. Let's turn to slide nine. As we complete the successful execution of our expanded specialty filtration investments, we have turned our focus and earnest toward the grow and differentiate phase of our strategy, including our innovation pipeline. In February, we were excited to share that Lydall's HEPA filtration product have successfully made it to Mars aboard the MOXIE module on NASA's Perseverance Rover. The MOXIE module powered in part by Lydall specialty filtration knowhow is working to extract enough oxygen out of the Mars atmosphere to enable future manned landings and exploration. Closer to home, we are continuing to solve this world, those pressing challenges. Our strong innovation pipeline, which addresses key global megatrends will support the post pandemic economic rebound.

Stricter industrial emission regulations will drive continued demand for higher performance outdoor air quality solutions. Demand for high-performance sealing solutions across a myriad of end-use applications and ultra low-temperature insulation for cryogenic applications remains robust. Recent announcements related to domestic infrastructure investment are likely to continue to benefit our geosynthetics business, while accelerated EV adoption leverages Lydall's deep OEM customer partnerships and engineering expertise in vehicle lightweighting, thermal management, and acoustical abatement products. From our expanded specialty Filtration Center of Excellence to our unique series of adhesive backed thermal insulation products that have saved multiple large-scale automotive launches. Lydall continue to punch above our weight class and further solidifies our position as the go-to resource for specialty filtration and advanced materials innovation for our clients. In closing, we remain confident in the achievement of our ambitious targets in our execution road map and our ability to deliver long-term profitable growth.

With that, let's open the call for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]. The first question comes from Chris Moore with CJS Securities. Please go ahead.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning, guys. Thanks for taking a few questions.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Good morning, Chris.

Brendan Moynihan -- Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations

Good morning, Chris.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Good Morning. And maybe we could start with EBITDA. So obviously Q1 EBITDA, very strong, $24.4 million. Very simplistically, if you annualize that, you're at $97.5 million. Can you kind of walk through the puts and takes as to why that $97 million number, it could be higher or low, things like seasonality, the new meltblown capacity in Q3, sealing strain, things like that?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Sure. Chris, this is Sara. I'll take a stab at it, and I'm sure Randy will weigh in if need be. So I think, again, reflecting on the first quarter, it reflects the strength of Lydall's portfolio as well as our ability to flex according to customers' needs. I think as you heard in the remarks, we have strong demand really across the portfolio, and we're realizing that. And also keep in mind the expanded installed base that we delivered here in 2021, starting at the very beginning of the year. And we have two new machines coming online here in the near future as well as the natural seasonality that would say that our second and third quarters are typically higher in general. So I hope that gives you enough perspective to think about it in a nonlinear way.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

All right. That's a start, but I appreciate it. Maybe I'll just switch to TAS for a second. So again, TAS revenue, very strong up, almost 12%. Adjusted EBITDA margins improved 290 basis points to 5.2%. What would it take to get back to the 10% EBITDA margins that you did in Q1 of '20?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Sure. So we've talked a lot about TAS, right. And we know what happened in 2020 and what actions we took and have signaled that we're doing what's within our control to not only stabilize, but continue to transform that business back to where it should be and indeed will be.

The first quarter improvement reflects that. And what I would say is it's less about what it's going to take. We're doing what is required to get it there. It's about making sure that we remain flexible to a still tumultuous supply chain and flex accordingly to the demand of our customers, Chris. So I have no concerns about our ability to get there.

When we do, I think is, to some extent, outside of our control based on what's happening in that supply chain right now. But my expectation is with the actions that we've taken and with what we continue to do and the improvement we see in the overall operations, broadly, that we will certainly get there as demand and the supply chain start to even out.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Got it. I appreciate that. And last one for me, just talking about meltblown a little bit. So you're expanding the meltblown capacity. It should be at full capacity probably sometime in second half of this year. So if you match that against the COVID backdrop, is it reasonable to assume that PP&E sales would peak in 2022? First of all, is that a fair statement? And secondly, does that dovetail with when you would expect to really be ramping on the higher end commercial and residential filtration that's being driven by the enhanced air quality requirements?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Sure, Chris. So let me dissect that a little bit. First, in terms of when this capacity comes online. I think I mentioned in our remarks that the first of the three machines was up running and at full capacity very, very early this year. And the knowledge and experience that we now have and that gives us great confidence that the second and third machine will come online no later than the very beginning of the third quarter with the expectation that they're running at full capacity theretofore, that's the timing.

The second piece is, we have said, and it holds that we have customer contracts in place for much of that capacity across the three machines and are purposely keeping some of that capacity open so that we can ramp up the production of the IAQ material coming off of this expanded capacity. And, yes, the expectation is that we are doing so in 2022 and at finding a more natural equilibrium at the point that it settled out 2022 and beyond really 2023. The pipeline and the customer development work is well under way and it will -- we will deploy the capacity that we have according to the demand and opportunity thereof.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Extremely, helpful. I'll jump back in line. Thank you very much.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Thanks, Chris.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Thanks, Chris.

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. The next question comes from John Franzreb with Sidoti & Company. Please go ahead.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Good morning, Sara and Randy. Great quarter.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Thanks, John.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

So a little bit on your last comments. I'm curious if there are any start-up inefficiencies when you bought the new meltblown production line up in the first quarter? And if so, can you quantify what it was?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

So as I mentioned, we stood that machine up really under budget and faster than we anticipated. And we're running at greater than kind of business case OEEs far in advance of what the expectation was. And it's why I have the confidence that I do in our execution here on the second and third line.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. So this is pretty much the max or the anticipated margin contribution from that business, what we're seeing right now. Is that a fair assessment?

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

No, it would not --

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

No. I would -- yes. Yes, I would say no. Because I think in the Performance Materials business, there are multiple businesses and applications that we deliver there. And we see strengths across that entire portfolio, both in terms of demand and mix. And I think that you can expect to see further margin expansion from that business in the ensuing quarters.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Got it. Could you just remind me what businesses are a drag for PM?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

What businesses are what, say that?

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Are dragging down them for Performance Materials?

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

What are dragging it down?

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Correct.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

So I mean, if we start from a base of what the EBITDA margins were last year in this business, John, so in Q1 of 2020 they were at 16%. So now we're at 26.5%. So what I would tell you is a combination of factors is driving that increased margin, including the volume we're getting and the leverage on the fixed cost base for the sealing products.

Remember that we'll see even more expansion given the backlog and the demand we're seeing in that business because we just exited one of the German facilities that was a facility that manufactured those sealing products as well as what we talked about the cryo and the meltblown. So I don't think it's a matter of what's a drag. I think it's a matter of what's increased the margin substantially, and we'll continue to do so based on the demand we're seeing in all of those key markets.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Got it. And then on TAS, all the labor cost issues behind you because, Sara, you kind of sounded like you said you just need volume leverage going forward. And that may suggest at least to me that the labor cost issues are something in the rearview mirror.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Yes. So John, as I mentioned in the remarks, right, the high cost temporary staffing measures that we had to take in 2020 as we recovered from the Q2 shutdown and all that came thereafter is concluded.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Because for the 10-Q there was mention there was still some in the quarter, but that's the way I thought I read it, but maybe I'm wrong.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Right. But I would, yes, I would say that we're sitting here, the quarter has concluded. And I'm answering in real time and, yes, it is behind us.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. That's what am I asking, so exactly, it's behind you. Perfect. And I also hear you suggest that the large project works coming back across all three segments or two segments, and that's benefiting you. Is that also the case?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Two large project works, yes, we mentioned in like the TNW business is the industrial filtration requirements increase and the demand for ever-improving technology and capability is there. We're seeing that in our backlog across our businesses that do that work or contribute to that work, whether it's outdoor or indoor air quality applications.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Great. And one last question, I guess, for Randy. The interest expense savings that you mentioned in your comments, I guess there's two questions here. Was the $4 million savings for the balance of the year? Or is that versus a year ago? And secondly, I know you had a hedge in place that kind of helped you with the euro-dollar rate. Is that no longer part of the mix?

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

So yes, John, and the answer to the first question. So the $4 million in interest expense savings is in a year, it's in 2021. So what we had previously guided with regards to full year interest expense was $14 million. So that puts us at around $10 million. And the specifics around that are in our old credit agreement.

We had a LIBOR floor of 1% that is now eliminated, plus the pricing going forward, currently, we're on the pricing grid, there'll be a savings of an additional 125 basis points. So the combination of those two will generate savings of more than 200 basis points from where we were before. That's how you get to the $4 million of savings in 2021. With regards to, I think you're asking about the -- I think you were asking about the cross-currency swap. We do have currently a cross-currency swap in place between the U.S. dollar and the euro. We also have an interest rate hedge in place. So I don't know if your question or asking about the interest rate hedge or the cross-currency swap, but we have both.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

I was actually asking about the interest rate hedge since you redid the debt, I was curious if that's still in place. And it's --

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

It's still in place. Yes, that's correct.

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay, alright. I'll follow up [Indecipherable]. Thanks for taking my questions. Again, great quarter.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Thank you.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Sure. Thank you, John.

Operator

The next question comes from Arvind Sanger with GeoSphere Capital. Please go ahead.

Arvind Sanger -- GeoSphere Capital -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning. Great quarter, guys, and glad to see you guys buying your shares back, although, I guess, I'm a little bit concerned with the liquidity being somewhat limited, share buyback will not help that. So how are you thinking about that in terms of cash return to shareholders, balancing the different factors at play here?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Sure, Arvind. Thanks. I'll take that, and I'm sure Randy will comment if he wants to as well. I think how the share repurchase announcement is intended is, it reflects the confidence that we have and the strategy that we've laid out in our execution road map thereof, it reflects the balance sheet and the ever strengthening position of the balance sheet.

And it's consistent with our capital allocation strategy in terms of where, how we would deploy capital and, frankly, gives us the optionality that if we see that opportunity exists, given the volatility [Indecipherable] in our stock price and the stock market that we would be able to opportunistically exercise that. And it, again, is just consistent with the strategy, our confidence in it, our ability to execute what we've done, where the balance sheet is, and what we've articulated the capital allocation strategy to be.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Yes. The other thing I'll add, Arvind, is with liquidity, cash on the balance sheet, where we stand now, $88.7 million in addition to the credit facility, we've expanded the capacity from $304 million to $346 million. That gives us available liquidity under the revolver. It expands that significantly, practically double from $42 million of available liquidity on the revolver under our old credit agreement to now $84 million of available liquidity on the revolver.

Arvind Sanger -- GeoSphere Capital -- Analyst

Great. The second question is more kind of trying to understand the strategic imperatives for the company. One of the strongest themes we're seeing in the industrial space is the whole energy transition/green tech opportunity. Now Lydall is unique in having this filtration opportunity, which is a unique strength to have and is likely to last for a while.

But in terms of that energy transition, Sara, I know you mentioned and you've mentioned in the past about EVs and you're being positioned there. But I would assume that the amount of noise abatement or filtration needed in electric car is significantly less than in a conventional internal combustion engine.

So how are you seeing the opportunity set, whether its carbon capture or LNG or renewable gas and renewable diesel or hydrogen, that whole space? Is that something where you have technology that gives you a long-term perspective on that? Or is that something that you would look at as an area to opportunistically get further into?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Yes, Arvind, good question. I mean, so there's a lot there, right? And so rather than speak off the cuff, let me take a few components of it to answer that. So let's start with the EV, electric vehicle conversation. I've stated and will restate that when you look at the transition from internal combustion engines to hybrid vehicles to electric vehicles, Lydall is very well positioned to support our global OEMs through that transition.

And we believe that for Lydall, that transition will be a tailwind for us because of the engineering challenges that exist and the nature of the products that we make and the material expertise that we have coming to bear as they work to solve those problems. And, I mean, acoustical abatement is but one. But really, when you think about the protections required in an electric vehicle, different than an internal combustion engine and the need for ever-increasing lightweighting, fibers based products are a wonderful solution to those. And the combination of our knowhow in that space combined with the materials, that kind of experience that can go into the manufacturing of those parts, we believe and are seeing that there being some real strengths there.

Beyond EV, you talked about the cryogenic and/or different sources of energy. And what I would say, and I touched on it in the remarks, but we are certainly seeing significant demand for solutions and applications around temperature, high temperature, extreme temperature environments, and we have a solution today. And even more important, I think, is a continuing pipeline of solutions to address those kind of extreme applications and whether it's LNG, whether it's ethylene, whether it's hydrogen transport, as an example, that work that we do today and a pipeline that we are actively working on with customers in that space.

Arvind Sanger -- GeoSphere Capital -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Thank you, Arvind.

Operator

The next question comes from Rand Gesing with Neuberger. Please go ahead.

Rand Gesing -- Neuberger -- Analyst

Hey, guys.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Hey, Rand.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Morning, Rand.

Rand Gesing -- Neuberger -- Analyst

[Indecipherable] in filtration where the mask opportunity sort of holds in there and the industrial opportunity sort of accelerates such that we may actually need to bring on additional capacity. Is that just way too optimistic? Or is that something that you guys might feel like you need to be pulling the trigger on in the next maybe 12 months from now, that's sort of like a decision point?

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

So Rand, it is a good question, and I will answer it by saying, any further investments that we make would be consistent with the strategy that we have and the portfolio focus that we have as well as the financial expectations that we have for any capital deployed. Where I sit today and looking at the pipeline that we have, the capacity that we have, and the engineering and application capability, I am very comfortable with the footprint decisions that we've made.

And yet, when you ask a question a year from now, right, as we know, a lot can change. And we would make decisions consistent with the strategy that we've articulated and the expectations thereof, if we were to need that. What I would say is we are bringing on manufacturing capacity this year in 2021 that we have strong customer demand for both current products and innovative products coming through the portfolio, and we continue to strengthen that innovation portfolio, which would inform any further capacity decisions and organic investments that we might make.

Rand Gesing -- Neuberger -- Analyst

I guess, ask it another way. Is the PP&E opportunity, level of demand, proving a little more sustainable/maybe growing, growth orientation versus what you would have expected maybe six months ago? Because I know we've been bullish on it, but I'm wondering what [Indecipherable] on that.

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Yes, Rand. I mean, yes, what I would say is the fact that we've got long-term customer contracts for that capacity that we're still bringing online speaks to the strength and sustainability of that demand and the innovation pipeline that we have in parallel all toward or primarily focused toward the IAQ portfolio speaks to strong demand all around.

Rand Gesing -- Neuberger -- Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you.

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Thanks, Rand.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 43 minutes

Call participants:

Brendan Moynihan -- Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations

Sara A. Greenstein -- President and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Randy B. Gonzales -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

John Franzreb -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Arvind Sanger -- GeoSphere Capital -- Analyst

Rand Gesing -- Neuberger -- Analyst

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