TNC Tennant

William Prate Director, Global Financial Planning and Analysis and IR
Chris Killingstad President and CEO
Keith Woodward SVP and CFO
Tom Stueve VP and Treasurer
Andy Cebulla VP, Finance and Corporate Controller
Mary Talbott SVP and General Counsel
Chris Moore CJS Securities
Marco Rodriguez Stonegate Capital
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Good morning. My name is Jason, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Tennant Company's 2019 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. This call is being recorded. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the call. for Call. Tennant you Quarter XXXX Thank Conference Earnings Instructions] participating Company's in First [Operator meeting Mr. today's Beginning is William Prate, Director and Investor of Global Financial for Company. Planning Tennant Relations and Analysis Mr. Prate, begin. you may

William Prate

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Chris Killingstad

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Keith Woodward

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Chris Moore

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Chris Killingstad

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Chris Moore

service Is that talk more. scrubber kind revenue model anything? -- of more that to of the whole the that? important? that component the side Is Or less autonomous on maybe Does things, Helpful. of that of bit change kind important, a does

Chris Killingstad

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so coordination crucial service that of which as is be is our And the between front, part going on to Brain, model. us our partner and

component is space an forward. say going of I more in proposition important that would even service autonomous our So value the

Chris Moore

were Gross strong you. quite margins obviously quarter. Thank it. Got this

about that. talked different were You pieces the that driving

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Keith Woodward

from it's an company is versus said likely our margin a say, accretive we've Chris, it's this about is I Keith. would a cleaning slide little back EBITDA to but average, autonomous that slightly the and standpoint below autonomous What percentage. it's from bit. gross TX

and So a that there expect half, bit as of back hit well ongoing tariffs up we we start to just here little in see the ramp to as as would pressure the us. that to expect we inflation

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Chris Moore

question. Last it. Got

the accurate? process? And kind maybe IPC of two feels It about bit. almost a like little are taking integration Just still some ago. Is of years that is acquisition a there talk if in I areas still mean which work it is, place. bit was

Chris Killingstad

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Marco Rodriguez

I strategic bit for organic if a the was just Obviously, a maybe you Just kind guidance X% given growth little real X% to you that you last strong fiscal could Maybe expectations. little that if to through 'XX. of bit wondering growth about three remaining the fold have year. could talk organic you about more out account talk of how had growth the fact you, expect of, the quarters? kind

Chris Killingstad

strategic we've we're the Yes. account strong strongest ever of very lapping No, one growth, year-over-year had.

you the we're revenue is, little we're to So but fact bit the that's and at be we going to Walmart guidance. sticking without on if that look forward, our a AMR. we And pipeline our backlog those to at base challenge. the in accretive look we numbers. the visibility But you behind quarter, the business get A will confident first can have

Keith Woodward

to going us makes Marco, that just returns I'd to that, the we to on say, also sense focused want. that out for very add and we're getting the profitability be

managing about be it just going we're go that disciplined So we accordingly. to as and forward

us and in you'll guidance. see X% our incorporated to So just continue, X% that's

Marco Rodriguez

you. Got

geographies there? about the organic your your Okay. bit expectations expectations And then you terms if could just on little the in talk a of here rates and growth

Chris Killingstad

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our at If has many maintain years been engine digits growth Expect last now. look in America EMEA. grown And mid-single to many, you the EMEA, years. X the that we've of in in growth kind North the for

sales decent and expectation of that our So a consistent delivering record pretty growth, organic going track is forward. it's

Keith Woodward

to coming is North The Walmart AMR I'd of add in quarter. and fourth Marco, second, other in America, third that keep mind, the thing the too, ramp-up is

So that in as region. we well us as go help will the forward Americas

Marco Rodriguez

want in kind been here rate R&D. commentary bit in marketplace, to Got you. shifting the you've a of maybe side. frame had obviously, on the decline. I you you're just kind couple a I downside where change here be of direction. but pretty little The growth kind year-over-year gears more of you of bit to last sure the understand bit far strategic and had of to has us Then help consistently of the that the of out? expense spend little as to seems competitive you sort make help Can just a for understand, the R&D? a more heard It significant that a as levels kind years, operating on

Chris Killingstad

first at to needs all in billion it's able bigger as remember but our sales, are dollars of much the now, billion, we're percent a under of X% in And with how pipeline terms I we're in so Yes. including of occasions, that meeting we also that fund product The number the budget we basically a robust fully R&D we is thing that major number on AMR, business. that of business programs, find have you're is been the sales the spending against we greatest the mean, marketplace. new as look a a higher now, right $X.X $X.X percent of are a when place.

are and we, anything of time, and the agenda innovation over serve little leader, less our single-mindedly to that never agenda, drive think to they as optimal customers gradually allow this, decline focused the our R&D But growth. bit. than will innovation our needs on our we I be

Keith Woodward

been spending lot with in largely Brain, automation of And R&D as about we're a versus $XX innovation. build spend. absolute level addressing that down differentiated point, $XX our fairly that we million, say million, exploring Marco, Chris' to robotics, it's $XX our much that areas focused those spending areas truly has from operator We're was level. kind and of We on just basically it, behind I and consistent. maybe peaked really on more million partnered needs would to back million, we're on us that took and where of the where $XX well, the with when to XXXX, $XX getting level And million not smarter

focused is the where getting returns. we're and right So at, we good feel the spending right about team the on and very

Marco Rodriguez

then And around or SG&A the number change. line, in so the on million adjusted you. Got $XX

stripped that there well out. as charge restructuring was there that, obviously, you, So

additional the of get costs million, should rate, that restructuring feel. expecting Just in type new is that next couple we or of quarters? kind a kind run $XX.X of better want Is be a to

Keith Woodward

more We attention for It's and have a [Technical to but China little Australia. rest the that year, the markets are of is bit focused restructuring the biggest. come X Difficulty] on Marco,

We operate have feet to our placed over those their the the last They're to of that. expectations, new starting ground geographies on results management teams or year in kind and reflecting both getting so. of the are and

because a through thing a volatile, we've The network, were shift that sales most and more is Europe U.S. And of other model, direct our in for distribution centers, that begun to the of go that's driven geographies more going us was major and advantaged in more and our helping effort so that and China, forward. we And also drive to like we metropolitan little especially in the as doing are where again, see that, to we're you're example, is more sales. our of

Keith Woodward

Gaomei to how market. strategic in grow of too mid-tier continue out such the then a And for that critical us piece we is play figuring in that

about So that. we're excited

Chris Killingstad


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the through very opportunity So Gaomei and China is significant.


at closing there to are the turn no management further remarks. for Since would to over time, I questions like this call

Chris Killingstad

team pushing value on want before initiatives Well, and to Tennant our conclude, to forward right. are deliver to global to I we All our our shareholders. innovation again members who thank customers

for time delivering today and Take committed into further you driving on care, questions. everybody. and for and value. shareholder your your move to are guidance we as excited are We our XXXX Thank


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