AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary First Quarter Results


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:30 am EDT



Public Company Information:


FOUNTAIN INN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the first quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $331.4 million reflecting an increase over both the previous quarter and the same quarter in the prior year. Our gross profit of $73.8 million, or 22.3 percent, reflects solid operating performance. These results are reflective of new design wins along with increased demand from our customers for value-added components and interconnect devices. Our Distribution Channel continues to experience favorable trends and maintains a positive outlook for succeeding quarters. Our operational efficiency programs continue to positively impact our manufacturing cost. We continue to be optimistic that the continuing evolution of new electronic devices and content will provide growth opportunities during the fiscal year.”

For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, net sales were $331.4 million compared to net sales of $314.8 million for the same period last year, reflecting improving global market conditions for our components and interconnect devices.

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was $31.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Profit from operations for last year’s three month period ended June 30, 2016 reflected charges of $2.5 million related to damages awarded in a patent infringement case and $3.6 million related to certain litigation involving legacy environmental issues.

As announced on July 19, 2017, AVX is acquiring the Transportation, Sensing and Control division of TT Electronics PLC for approximately $156 million. The division currently generates approximately $300 million in annual revenue and broadens AVX’s technology and product portfolio. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this calendar year.

Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, “As a part of our long-term strategy, we continued to foster our financial strength in order to allow flexibility for investments in potential acquisitions, materials, equipment and people to support the long-term growth of the Company. As of June 30, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $1.1 billion and no debt. We continued to use our resources to provide value to our stockholders during the quarter by paying $18.5 million in dividends to stockholders.”

AVX, headquartered in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad line of passive electronic components and related products.

Please visit our website at www.avx.com.



Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income


(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
June 30,
2016 2017
Net sales $ 314,823 $ 331,354
Cost of sales 242,489 257,508
Intellectual property damages award   2,471   -
Gross profit 69,863 73,846
Selling, general & admin. expense 31,477 31,415
Legal and environmental charges   3,600   -
Profit (loss) from operations 34,786 42,431
Other income, net   5,065   1,913
Income (loss) before income taxes 39,851 44,344
Provision (benefit) for taxes   9,962   12,860
Net income $ 29,889 $ 31,484
Basic income per share $ 0.18 $ 0.19
Diluted income per share $ 0.18 $ 0.19
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 167,455 168,071
Diluted 167,639 168,632


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets


(in thousands)

March 31, June 30,
2017 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 578,634 $ 633,576
Short-term investments in securities 528,748 499,240
Accounts receivable, net 186,804 190,425
Inventories 474,128 473,306
Other current assets   68,090   58,531
Total current assets 1,836,404 1,855,078
Property, plant and equipment, net 239,951 255,345
Goodwill and other intangibles 266,701 266,331
Other assets   134,357   139,077
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,477,413 $ 2,515,831

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Accounts payable $ 80,441 $ 79,051
Income taxes payable and accrued expenses   135,626   138,943
Total current liabilities 216,067 217,994
Other liabilities   44,867   45,144
TOTAL LIABILITIES 260,934 263,138


  2,216,479   2,252,693


$ 2,477,413 $ 2,515,831

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AVX Corporation, Fountain Inn
Kurt Cummings, 864-967-9303