AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary Second Quarter Results


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:30 am EDT



Public Company Information:

"The purchase of the TS&C division from TT Electronics enhances our position in the automotive business and provides further opportunities for expansion. We are confident that the combination presents a great opportunity for further growth."

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

Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the second quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $352.7 million, reflecting an increase over both the previous quarter and the same quarter in the prior year. Our gross profit of $77.3 million, or 21.9 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 in addition to our continued focus on manufacturing efficiencies and cost reductions. We continue to be optimistic about future activity as we saw a build in our order backlog during recent quarters and our distribution channel continues to experience favorable trends with increasing demand. In addition to our acquisition of the TS&C division of TT Electronics completed earlier this month, we have continued to make significant investments in manufacturing plant expansion and product line rationalizations to support our customers’ growing requirements. We are optimistic that the continuing evolution of new electronic devices and content will provide growth opportunities going forward.”

For the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2017, net sales were $352.7 million and $684.0 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $327.5 million and $642.3 million, respectively, for the same period last year, reflecting improving global market conditions for our components and interconnect devices.

Profit from operations for the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2016 include charges of $12.8 million and $15.3 million, respectively, related to previously disclosed intellectual property damages awards resulting from litigation with respect to a patent infringement case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by Presidio Components, Inc. Additionally, profit from operations for the six month period ended September 30, 2016 reflects a charge of $3.6 million ($2.3 million after-tax) related to estimated environmental remediation costs resulting from legacy environmental issues at an inactive property.

Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $34.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $26.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Net income for the six month period ended September 30, 2017 was $66.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to net income of $56.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the six month period ended September 30, 2016.

On October 2, 2017, AVX Corporation announced it had completed the acquisition of the Transportation, Sensing and Control (“TS&C”) division of TT Electronics, PLC, a United Kingdom (U.K.) Company, for approximately $156 million in cash. In the financial year ended December 31, 2016, the TS&C Business generated approximately $300.0 million of revenue.

Mr. Sarvis said, “The purchase of the TS&C division from TT Electronics enhances our position in the automotive business and provides further opportunities for expansion. We are confident that the combination presents a great opportunity for further growth.”

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 September 30, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $1.2 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. In order to enhance shareholder value, the Board of Directors recently increased the quarterly dividend to $0.115 per common share, representing a $0.46 annual dividend rate, and a 4.5% increase over the previous dividend rate.”

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     Six Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016     2017 2016     2017
Net sales $ 327,461 $ 352,693 $ 642,284 $ 684,047
Cost of sales 252,869 275,420 495,358 532,928
Intellectual property damages award   12,793   -   15,264   -
Gross profit 61,799 77,273 131,662 151,119
Selling, general & admin. expense 29,047 32,487 60,524 63,902
Legal and environmental charges   -   -   3,600   -
Profit (loss) from operations 32,752 44,786 67,538 87,217
Other income, net   2,729   4,254   7,794   6,167
Income (loss) before income taxes 35,481 49,040 75,332 93,384
Provision (benefit) for taxes   8,961   14,222   18,923   27,082
Net income $ 26,520 $ 34,818 $ 56,409 $ 66,302
Basic income per share $ 0.16 $ 0.21 $ 0.34 $ 0.39
Diluted income per share $ 0.16 $ 0.21 $ 0.34 $ 0.39
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 167,324 168,262 167,389 168,167
Diluted 167,597 168,918 167,602 168,754
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
March 31, September 30,
2017 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 578,634 $ 618,789
Short-term investments in securities 528,748 546,625
Accounts receivable, net 186,804 196,544
Inventories 474,128 465,343
Other current assets   68,090   48,315
Total current assets 1,836,404 1,875,616
Property, plant and equipment, net 239,951 268,075
Goodwill and other intangibles 266,701 264,997
Other assets   134,357   141,228
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,477,413 $ 2,549,916
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable $ 80,441 $ 78,171
Income taxes payable and accrued expenses   135,626   141,595
Total current liabilities 216,067 219,766
Other liabilities   44,867   45,612
TOTAL LIABILITIES 260,934 265,378
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   2,216,479   2,284,538

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