AVX Corporation Announces Preliminary Third Quarter Results


Thursday, January 25, 2018 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, 2017.

Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the third quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $431.8 million, reflecting an increase over both the previous quarter and the same quarter in the prior year. These results include sales of $90.5 million in our Interconnect, Sensing and Control division that are attributable to our acquisition of the AB Electronic sensing and control (“S&C”) business from TT Electronics, PLC in early October 2017. With continuing favorable market conditions, we saw healthy product demand in most of the markets we serve. As a result of the favorable U.S. tax reform law signed in December, as well as an enacted income tax rate reduction in France, we recorded estimated income tax charges of approximately $129.8 million in the quarter, consisting primarily of a charge for estimated taxes on un-repatriated accumulated overseas earnings.”

Also during the quarter, as discussed below, we announced an agreement to acquire Ethertronics Inc. (“Ethertronics”), a privately held manufacturer of passive and active antenna systems. The pending addition of Ethertronics provides an opportunity for AVX to expand our extensive electronic product offering into the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (“IoT”) wireless connectivity space. We are optimistic that the addition of the S&C business and Ethertronics will provide new and exciting growth opportunities for AVX going forward.

For the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2017, net sales were $431.8 million and $1,115.8 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $340.8 million and $983.1 million, respectively, for the same period last year, reflecting the increased sales from our acquisition of the S&C business in addition to healthy global market conditions for our components and interconnect devices.

Profit from operations for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2017 were $45.3 million and $132.5 million, respectively, compared to operating profits of $50.9 million and $118.5 million for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016. 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 patent infringement cases. Additionally, profit from operations for the nine month period ended December 31, 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 loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 was $93.2 million, or $0.55 per share, reflecting estimated one-time income tax charges of approximately $129.8 million as described above. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $35.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.

Net loss for the nine month period ended December 31, 2017 was $26.9 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to net income of $91.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the nine month period ended December 31, 2016.

On December 29, 2017, AVX Corporation signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ethertronics Inc., a privately held manufacturer of passive and active antenna systems, for $142.0 million in cash and the assumption of $8.0 million of net debt, subject to normal working capital adjustments at closing. Ethertronics is a leader in advanced antenna system technology and manufactures antenna products for wireless applications such as mobile phones, Wi-Fi, defense, aerospace, medical, and IoT. The acquisition of Ethertronics is expected to close at the end of January.

Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, “Part of our long-term strategy is to 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, 2017, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $1.0 billion and no debt. Additionally, the new U.S. tax law will provide greater flexibility to redirect our global cash resources where they are needed. We continued to use our resources to provide value to our stockholders during the quarter by paying $19.4 million in dividends to stockholders and spending $150.3 million for the acquisition of the S&C business.”

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,
2016 2017 2016 2017
Net sales $ 340,799 $ 431,795 $ 983,083 $ 1,115,842
Cost of sales 248,539 349,692 743,897 882,620
Intellectual property damages award   12,869   -   28,133   -
Gross profit 79,391 82,103 211,053 233,222
Selling, general & admin. expense 28,450 36,772 88,974 100,674
Legal and environmental charges   -   -   3,600   -
Profit from operations 50,941 45,331 118,479 132,548
Other income, net   1,405   2,221   9,199   8,388
Income before income taxes 52,346 47,552 127,678 140,936
Provision for taxes   16,827   140,764   35,750   167,846
Net income (loss) $ 35,519 $ (93,212) $ 91,928 $ (26,910)
Basic income (loss) per share $ 0.21 $ (0.55) $ 0.55 $ (0.16)
Diluted income (loss) per share $ 0.21 $ (0.55) $ 0.55 $ (0.16)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 167,418 168,313 167,399 168,216
Diluted 167,856 168,313 167,664 168,216


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets


(in thousands)

March 31, December 31,
2017 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 578,634 $ 464,173
Short-term investments in securities 528,748 541,215
Accounts receivable, net 186,804 248,870
Inventories 474,128 497,291
Other current assets   68,090   56,894
Total current assets 1,836,404 1,808,443
Property, plant and equipment, net 239,951 374,976
Goodwill and other intangibles 266,701 307,146
Other assets   134,357   104,452
TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,477,413 $ 2,595,017
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable $ 80,441 $ 103,266
Income taxes payable and accrued expenses   135,626   169,266
Total current liabilities 216,067 272,532
Other liabilities   44,867   132,366
TOTAL LIABILITIES 260,934 404,898
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   2,216,479   2,190,119

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 2018, the expected closing of the Ethertronics acquisition, 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; the failure of certain closing conditions related to the Ethertronics acquisition to occur; 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 realize expected synergies from acquired businesses; 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, 2017. 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
Kurt Cummings, 864-967-9303