Press Release

Plexus verkündet die Finanzergebnisse für das erste Quartal 2017

Datum:
January 18, 2017
  • Fiscal first quarter 2017 revenue of $635 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.82
  • Initiates fiscal second quarter 2017 revenue guidance of $620 to $650 million with GAAP diluted EPS of $0.71 to $0.79.

NEENAH, WI – January 18, 2017 - Plexus (NASDAQ: PLXS) today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2016, and guidance for its fiscal second quarter ending April 1, 2017.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Dec 31, 2016

 

Dec 31, 2016

 

Apr 1, 2017

 

 

Q1F17 Results

 

Q1F17 Guidance

 

Q2F17 Guidance

Summary GAAP Items

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue (in millions)

$635

 

 

$620 to $650

 

$620 to $650

Operating margin

5.3

%

 

4.9% to 5.2%

 

4.9% to 5.2%

Diluted EPS (1)

$0.82

 

 

$0.74 to $0.82

 

$0.71 to $0.79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary Non-GAAP Items (2)

 

 

 

 

 

Return on invested capital (ROIC)

17.3

%

 

 

 

 

Economic Return

6.8

%

 

 

 

 

(1)

Includes stock-based compensation expense of $0.10 for Q1F17 results and $0.11 for Q2F17 guidance.

(2)

Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information in Tables 1 and 2 for non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, such as ROIC and Economic Return, and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP.

 

Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Information

  • Won 51 Manufacturing Solutions programs during the quarter representing approximately $217 million in annualized revenue when fully ramped into production
  • Trailing four quarter Manufacturing Solutions wins total approximately $785 million in annualized revenue
  • Purchased $7.1 million of our shares at an average price of $48.79 per share

Todd Kelsey, President and CEO, commented, "Late in the fiscal first quarter we fulfilled a broad-based pull-in of demand from customers within our Communications market sector that offset weaker than anticipated revenue from the Defense/Security/Aerospace market sector. Consequently, fiscal first quarter revenue of $635 million was at the midpoint of our guidance range. Strong operating performance enabled us to achieve GAAP diluted EPS of $0.82, at the top of our guidance range."

Mr. Kelsey continued, "Looking forward to our fiscal second quarter, we currently anticipate revenue in the range of $620 to $650 million. The midpoint of this guidance suggests revenue will be sequentially flat. Underlying revenue growth is expected to be offset by end-market weakness within the Communications market sector and an additional delay to the previously disclosed orders from a large Industrial/Commercial customer. As a result of our continued strong operating performance, we are guiding GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.71 to $0.79. Overall, our wins performance continues to accelerate with new program ramps progressing as anticipated, supporting our goal of achieving a $3 billion annual revenue run rate as we exit the fiscal year."

Patrick Jermain, Senior Vice President and CFO, commented, "During the fiscal first quarter we generated $73 million in free cash flow, a result well above our projections. Results from working capital initiatives drove fiscal first quarter cash cycle to 66 days, which was favorable to our expectations." Mr. Jermain continued, "Our sustained operating performance delivered fiscal first quarter GAAP operating margin of 5.3%. We are pleased to guide GAAP operating margins in the range of 4.9% to 5.2% for the fiscal second quarter, even with absorbing seasonal compensation cost increases and the reset of US payroll taxes."

Quarterly Comparison

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31, 2016

 

Oct 1, 2016

 

Jan 2, 2016

(in thousands, except EPS)

Q1F17

 

Q4F16

 

Q1F16

Revenue

$635,019

 

 

$653,064

 

 

$616,664

 

Gross profit

$64,356

 

 

$61,530

 

 

$50,059

 

Operating profit

$33,903

 

 

$23,651

 

 

$21,524

 

Net income

$28,179

 

 

$19,093

 

 

$14,448

 

Diluted EPS

$0.82

 

 

$0.56

 

 

$0.42

 

Adjusted net income*

$28,179

 

 

$28,261

 

 

$15,955

 

Adjusted diluted EPS*

$0.82

 

 

$0.82

 

 

$0.47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

10.1

%

 

9.4

%

 

8.1

%

Adjusted gross margin**

10.1

%

 

9.9

%

 

8.1

%

Operating margin

5.3

%

 

3.6

%

 

3.5

%

Adjusted operating margin*

5.3

%

 

5.1

%

 

3.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROIC*

17.3

%

 

13.8

%

 

10.8

%

Economic Return*

6.8

%

 

2.8

%

 

-0.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables 1 and 2 for a reconciliation to GAAP measures.

**Q4F16 adjusted gross margin excludes $2.9 million of primarily inventory losses sustained from a typhoon that impacted the Company's manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China that were recorded in cost of sales.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Plexus provides non-GAAP supplemental information, such as ROIC, Economic Return, and free cash flow, because such measures are used for internal management goals and decision making, and because they provide management and investors additional insight into financial performance. In addition, management uses these and other non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted net income, adjusted gross margin and adjusted operating margin, to provide a better understanding of core performance for purposes of period-to-period comparisons. Plexus believes that these measures are also useful to investors because they provide further insight by eliminating the effect of items that are not reflective of continuing operations. For a full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to comparable GAAP measures, please refer to Non-GAAP Supplemental Information and the attached Non-GAAP Supplemental Information Tables.

Market Sector and Business Segment Revenue

Plexus reports revenue based on the market sector breakout set forth in the table below, which reflects the Company's global market sector focused business development strategy. The Company measures operational performance and allocates resources on a geographic segment basis. Top 10 customers comprised 60% of revenue during the quarter, up one percentage point from the fiscal fourth quarter of 2016.

Market Sectors ($ in millions)

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31, 2016

Q1F17

 

Oct 1, 2016

Q4F16

 

Jan 2, 2016

Q1F16

Gesundheit/Life Sciences

$

211

 

33

%

 

$

192

 

29

%

 

$

191

 

31

%

Industrie/Gewerbe

206

 

32

%

 

231

 

35

%

 

173

 

28

%

Kommunikation

131

 

21

%

 

128

 

20

%

 

157

 

25

%

Verteidigung/Security/Luftfahrt

87

 

14

%

 

102

 

16

%

 

96

 

16

%

Total Revenue

$

635

 

 

 

$

653

 

 

 

$

617

 

 

 

Business Segments ($ in millions)

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31, 2016

Q1F17

 

Oct 1, 2016

Q4F16

 

Jan 2, 2016

Q1F16

Amerika

$

315

 

 

$

334

 

 

$

305

 

Asia-Pacific

310

 

299

 

300

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

39

 

44

 

42

Elimination of inter-segment sales

(29)

 

(24)

 

(30)

Total Revenue

$

635

 

 

$

653

 

 

$

617

 

 

Non-GAAP Supplemental Information

ROIC and Economic Return

ROIC for the fiscal first quarter of 2017 was 17.3%. The Company defines ROIC as tax-effected annualized adjusted operating profit divided by average invested capital over a two-quarter period for the first quarter. Invested capital is defined as equity plus debt, less cash and cash equivalents. The Company's weighted average cost of capital for fiscal 2017 is 10.5%. ROIC for the quarter less the Company's weighted average cost of capital resulted in an Economic Return of 6.8%.

Cash Conversion Cycle

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31, 2016

Q1F17

 

Oct 1, 2016

Q4F16

 

Jan 2, 2016

Q1F16

Days in Accounts Receivable

49

 

58

 

53

Days in Inventory

90

 

87

 

88

Days in Accounts Payable

(60)

 

(61)

 

(59)

Days in Cash Deposits

(13)

 

(13)

 

(11)

Annualized Cash Cycle*

66

 

71

 

71

*We calculate cash cycle as the sum of days in accounts receivable and days in inventory, less days in accounts payable and days in cash deposits.

Free Cash Flow Calculation

The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows provided by operations less capital expenditures. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, cash flows provided by operations was $79.5 million, less capital expenditures of $7.0 million, resulting in free cash flow of $72.5 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

What:

Plexus Fiscal Q1 2017 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

When:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Where:  

Participants are encouraged to join the live webcast at the investor relations section of the Plexus website, www.plexus.com or directly at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/ktx495yw/lan/en

 

Conference call at +1.800.708.4540 with passcode: 43948707

Replay:

The webcast will be archived on the Plexus website and available via telephone replay at +1.888.843.7419 or +1.630.652.3042 with passcode: 43948707

 

Investor and Media Contact
Susan Hanson
+1.920.751.5491
susan.hanson@plexus.com

 

About Plexus – The Product Realization Company
Plexus (www.plexus.com) delivers optimized Product Realization solutions through a unique Product Realization Value Stream service model.  This customer-focused services model seamlessly integrates innovative product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining services to deliver comprehensive end-to-end solutions for customers in the America, European and Asia-Pacific regions.

Plexus is the industry leader in servicing mid-to-low volume, higher complexity customer programs characterized by unique flexibility, technology, quality and regulatory requirements. Award-winning customer service is provided to over 140 branded product companies in the Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial, Communications and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.

 

Safe Harbor and Fair Disclosure Statement

The statements contained in this press release that are guidance or which are not historical facts (such as statements in the future tense and statements including believe, expect, intend, plan, anticipate, goal, target and similar terms and concepts), including all discussions of periods which are not yet completed, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk of customer delays, changes, cancellations or forecast inaccuracies in both ongoing and new programs; the lack of visibility of future orders, particularly in view of changing economic conditions; the economic performance of the industries, sectors and customers we serve; the effects of the volume of revenue from certain sectors or programs on our margins in particular periods; our ability to secure new customers, maintain our current customer base and deliver product on a timely basis; the particular risks relative to new or recent customers, programs or services, which risks include customer and other delays, start-up costs, potential inability to execute, the establishment of appropriate terms of agreements, and the lack of a track record of order volume and timing; the risks of concentration of work for certain customers; the effect of start-up costs of new programs and facilities; possible unexpected costs and operating disruption in transitioning programs, including as a result of a facility closure; the risk that new program wins and/or customer demand may not result in the expected revenue or profitability; the fact that customer orders may not lead to long-term relationships; our ability to manage successfully and execute a complex business model characterized by high product mix, low volumes and demanding quality, regulatory, and other requirements; the ability to realize anticipated savings from restructuring or similar actions, as well as the adequacy of related charges as compared to actual expenses; increasing regulatory and compliance requirements; the potential effects of regional results on our taxes and ability to use deferred tax assets and net operating losses; risks related to information technology systems and data security; the effects of shortages and delays in obtaining components as a result of economic cycles or natural disasters; the risks associated with excess and obsolete inventory, including the risk that inventory purchased on behalf of our customers may not be consumed or otherwise paid for by the customer, resulting in an inventory write-off; the weakness of areas of the global economy; the effect of changes in the pricing and margins of products; raw materials and component cost fluctuations; the potential effect of fluctuations in the value of the currencies in which we transact business; potential economic weakness and other effects resulting from the June 2016 vote of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union and the change in the U.S. presidential administration; the potential effect of other world or local events or other events outside our control (such as changes in energy prices, terrorism and weather events); the impact of increased competition; changes in financial accounting standards; and other risks detailed in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings (particularly in "Risk Factors" in our fiscal 2016 Form 10-K).

PLEXUS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31,

 

Jan 2,

 

2016

 

2016

Net sales

$

635,019

 

 

$

616,664

 

Cost of sales

570,663

 

 

566,605

 

Gross profit

64,356

 

50,059

Selling and administrative expenses

30,453

 

27,028

Restructuring and other charges

 

 

1,507

Operating income

33,903

 

21,524

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

Interest expense

(3,274)

 

(3,534)

Interest income

1,071

 

932

Miscellaneous

(674)

 

(1,620)

Income before income taxes

31,026

 

17,302

Income tax expense

2,847

 

2,854

Net income

$

28,179

 

 

$

14,448

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.84

 

 

$

0.43

 

Diluted

$

0.82

 

 

$

0.42

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

33,534

 

33,396

Diluted

34,544

 

34,062

 

PLEXUS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 31,

 

Oct 1,

 

2016

 

2016

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

496,505

 

 

$

432,964

 

Restricted cash

1,342

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

343,661

 

 

416,888

 

Inventories

564,813

 

 

564,131

 

Prepaid expenses and other

24,066

 

 

19,364

 

Total current assets

1,430,387

 

 

1,433,347

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

284,968

 

 

291,225

 

Deferred income taxes

4,709

 

 

4,834

 

Sonstige

36,115

 

 

36,413

 

Total non-current assets

325,792

 

 

332,472

 

Total assets

$

1,756,179

 

 

$

1,765,819

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

$

78,879

 

 

$

78,507

 

Accounts payable

375,601

 

 

397,200

 

Customer deposits

83,491

 

 

84,637

 

Accrued salaries and wages

40,666

 

 

41,806

 

Other accrued liabilities

50,256

 

 

48,286

 

Total current liabilities

628,893

 

 

650,436

 

Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion

184,136

 

 

184,002

 

Other liabilities

15,608

 

 

14,584

 

Total non-current liabilities

199,744

 

 

198,586

 

Total liabilities

828,637

 

 

849,022

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000 shares authorized,

 

 

 

51,516 and 51,272 shares issued, respectively,

 

 

 

and 33,556 and 33,457 shares outstanding, respectively

515

 

 

513

 

Additional paid-in-capital

537,034

 

 

530,647

 

Common stock held in treasury, at cost, 17,960 and 17,815, respectively

(547,029

)

 

(539,968

)

Retained earnings

965,323

 

 

937,144

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(28,301

)

 

(11,539

)

Total shareholders’ equity

927,542

 

 

916,797

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

1,756,179

 

 

$

1,765,819

 

 

 

PLEXUS

NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION TABLE 1

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31,

 

Oct 1,

 

Jan 2,

 

2016

 

2016

 

2016

Operating profit, as reported

$

33,903

 

 

$

23,651

 

 

$

21,524

 

Operating margin, as reported

5.3

%

 

3.6

%

 

3.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Typhoon-related losses (1)

 

 

2,871

 

 

 

Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2)

 

 

5,210

 

 

 

Restructuring and other charges*

 

 

1,805

 

 

1,507

 

Adjusted operating profit

$

33,903

 

 

$

33,537

 

 

$

23,031

 

Adjusted operating margin

5.3

%

 

5.1

%

 

3.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

28,179

 

 

$

19,093

 

 

$

14,448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Typhoon-related losses (1)

 

 

2,871

 

 

 

        Related tax impact

 

 

(718

)

 

 

Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2)

 

 

5,210

 

 

 

Restructuring and other charges*

 

 

1,805

 

 

1,507

 

Adjusted net income

$

28,179

 

 

$

28,261

 

 

$

15,955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.82

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Typhoon-related losses (1)

 

 

0.08

 

 

 

        Related tax impact

 

 

(0.02

)

 

 

Accelerated stock-based compensation expense (2)

 

 

0.15

 

 

 

Restructuring and other charges*

 

 

0.05

 

 

0.05

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.82

 

 

$

0.82

 

 

$

0.47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Summary of restructuring and other charges

 

 

 

 

 

Employee termination and severance costs

$

 

 

$

565

 

 

$

1,394

 

Other exit costs

 

 

460

 

 

113

 

Loss on sale leaseback of building

 

 

780

 

 

 

Total restructuring and other charges

$

 

 

$

1,805

 

 

$

1,507

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) During Q4F16 $2.9 million of charges were recorded in cost of sales; these charges resulted primarily from inventory losses sustained from a typhoon that impacted the Company's manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China.

(2) During Q4F16 $5.2 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense was recorded in selling and administrative expenses pursuant to the previously announced retirement agreement with the Company's former Chief Executive Officer.

 

 

PLEXUS

NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Table 2

 (in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROIC and Economic Return Calculations

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

Dec 31,

 

Oct 1

 

Jan 2,

 

2016

 

2016

 

2016

Operating profit, as reported

 

$

33,903

 

 

 

$

99,439

 

 

 

$

21,524

 

   Typhon-related losses

+

 

 

+

2,871

 

 

+

 

   Accelerated stock-based compensation expense

+

 

 

+

5,210

 

 

+

 

   Restructuring and other charges

+

 

 

+

7,034

 

 

+

1,507

 

Adjusted operating profit

 

$

33,903

 

 

 

$

114,554

 

 

 

$

23,031

 

 

x

4

 

 

 

 

 

x

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annualized adjusted operating profit

 

$

135,612

 

 

 

$

114,554

 

 

 

$

92,124

 

Tax rate

x

8

%

 

x

11

%

 

x

12

%

Tax impact

 

10,849

 

 

 

12,601

 

 

 

11,055

 

Adjusted operating profit (tax effected)

 

$

124,763

 

 

 

$

101,953

 

 

 

$

81,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average invested capital

÷

$

720,197

 

 

÷

$

739,986

 

 

÷

$

753,078

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROIC

 

17.3

%

 

 

13.8

%

 

 

10.8

%

Weighted average cost of capital

-

10.5

%

 

-

11.0

%

 

-

11.0

%

Economic return

 

6.8

%

 

 

2.8

%

 

 

-0.2

%

 

 

Three Months Ended

Average Invested Capital

Dec 31,

 

Oct 1,

 

Jul 2,

 

Apr 2,

 

Jan 2,

 

Oct 3,

Calculations

2016

 

2016

 

2016

 

2016

 

2016

 

2015

Equity

$

927,542

 

 

$

916,797

 

 

$

895,175

 

 

$

871,111

 

 

$

850,794

 

 

$

842,272

 

Plus:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt - current

78,879

 

78,507

 

78,279

 

2,300

 

2,864

 

3,513

Debt - long-term

184,136

 

184,002

 

184,479

 

259,565

 

259,289

 

259,257

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

(496,505)

 

(432,964)

 

(433,679)

 

(409,796)

 

(354,728)

 

(357,106)

 

$

694,052

 

 

$

746,342

 

 

$

724,254

 

 

$

723,180

 

 

$

758,219

 

 

$

747,936