AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary Third Quarter Results


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:30 am EST



Public Company Information:


FOUNTAIN INN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the third quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $340.8 million reflecting a 4.1 percent increase over the previous quarter and an 18.7 percent increase over the same quarter in the prior year. Our results continue to reflect solid operating results with a gross profit of 23.3 percent reflective of our focus on value added products for our customers and our focus on cost control. Once again, we saw a build in our order backlog during the quarter and increased distribution customer activity. We will continue to make investments in manufacturing plant expansion and product line increases to support our customers’ growing requirements.”

For the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016, net sales were $340.8 million and $983.1 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $287.0 million and $891.9 million, respectively, for the same periods last year reflecting improving markets for our components and interconnect products.

Profit from operations for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016 include charges of $12.9 million and $28.1 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. (“Presidio litigation”). Net sales for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016 include $12.5 million and $15.3 million, respectively, from increased sales prices related to the affected products which have the effect of partially offsetting the effect of the intellectual property damages awards.

Additionally, profit from operations was impacted by the accrual of estimated environmental remediation costs and the settlement of certain litigation during the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 and the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2015 as discussed below. Profit from operations for the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 reflects a charge of $3.6 million related to estimated environmental remediation costs resulting from legacy environmental issues at an inactive property. Profit from operations for the three month period and nine month period ended December 31, 2015 reflect charges of $37.5 million, related to amounts awarded in a patent infringement case, and $43.7 million, respectively, of which $6.2 million related to the settlement of certain litigation involving legacy environmental issues.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $35.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Net income for the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 was $91.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to net income of $68.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the nine month period ended December 31, 2015.

The net effect of the Presidio litigation damages awards and the higher selling prices discussed above was a negative impact on net income of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share and $8.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016, respectively.

Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, “In keeping with our long-term strategy, we continue 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 December 31, 2016, 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 $18.4 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     Nine Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015       2016 2015     2016
Net sales $ 287,047 $ 340,799 $ 891,924 $ 983,083
Cost of sales 221,004 248,539 676,930 743,897
Intellectual property damages award   -     12,869   -   28,133
Gross profit 66,043 79,391 214,994 211,053
Selling, general & admin. expense 31,216 28,450 87,596 88,974
Legal and environmental charges   37,500     -   43,650   3,600
Profit (loss) from operations (2,673 ) 50,941 83,748 118,479
Other income, net   2,081     1,405   5,091   9,199
Income (loss) before income taxes (592 ) 52,346 88,839 127,678
Provision (benefit) for taxes   (5,966 )   16,827   19,969   35,750
Net income $ 5,374   $ 35,519 $ 68,870 $ 91,928
Basic income per share $ 0.03 $ 0.21 $ 0.41 $ 0.55
Diluted income per share $ 0.03 $ 0.21 $ 0.41 $ 0.55
Weighted average common shares outstanding: -
Basic 167,655 167,418 167,883 167,399
Diluted 167,833 167,856 168,083 167,664

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

      March 31,     December 31,
2016 2016
Cash and cash equivalents $ 454,208 $ 480,895
Short-term investments in securities 494,594 624,641
Accounts receivable, net 168,672 182,842
Inventories 484,268 463,330
Other current assets   85,149   61,620
Total current assets 1,686,891 1,813,328
Long-term investments in securities 85,577 -
Property, plant and equipment, net 217,998 224,169
Goodwill and other intangibles 270,605 268,013
Other assets   148,748   141,929
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,409,819 $ 2,447,439
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable $ 78,168 $ 77,276
Income taxes payable and accrued expenses   102,134   136,240
Total current liabilities 180,302 213,516
Other liabilities   52,411   44,186
TOTAL LIABILITIES 232,713 257,702
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   2,177,106   2,189,737

This Press Release contains “forward-looking” information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding industry prospects and future results of operations or financial position, made in this Press Release are forward-looking. The forward-looking information may include, among other information, statements concerning our outlook for fiscal year 2017, overall volume and pricing trends, potential for future growth, cost reduction and acquisition strategies and their anticipated results, expectations for research and development, and capital expenditures. There may also be other statements of expectations, beliefs, outlook, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations and are inherently uncertain. Our expectations and assumptions are expressed in good faith and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will materialize or prove to be correct as forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including without limitation, changes in the global economy or the economy of any locality in which we conduct business; changes in general industry and market conditions or regional growth or declines; loss of business from increased competition; higher raw material costs or raw material shortages; changes in consumer and customer preferences for end products; customer losses; changes in regulatory conditions; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates among the various jurisdictions in which we operate; market acceptance of our new products; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; negative impacts of environmental investigations or other governmental investigations and associated litigation; tax assessments by governmental authorities and changes in our effective tax rate; dependence on and relationships with customers and suppliers; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Forward-looking statements should be read in context with, and with the understanding of, the various other disclosures concerning the Company and its business made elsewhere in this Press Release as well as other public reports filed by the Company with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results or developments.

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