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VPG Reports Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results

Company Release - 5/8/2018 7:30 AM ET

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Growth in revenues to $73.1 million, up 22.3% year-over-year
  • Earnings increased to $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $0.15 reported last year
  • Adjusted diluted EPS* increased 95% to $0.37 compared to prior year $0.19
  • Operating margin for the quarter was 11.2% as compared to 6.6% for the prior year period
  • Book-to-bill remained strong at 1.05, reflecting healthy, stable end-markets

Ziv Shoshani, Chief Executive Officer of VPG, commented, “Our operating performance in the first quarter of 2018 demonstrates our ability to capture opportunity across all of our end markets in the improved business environment, delivering solid operating margins. We continue to execute well against our business strategy and deliver value to our stockholders.”

The Company grew first fiscal quarter 2018 net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders to $5.0 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $2.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the first fiscal quarter of 2017.

The first fiscal quarter 2018 adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders approximately doubled to $5.0 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $2.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. This growth was achieved despite a foreign currency exchange rate headwind that reduced net income for the first fiscal quarter of 2018 by $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share relative to the first fiscal quarter of 2017.

Segments

Foil Technology Products segment revenues grew 23.0% to $34.2 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, up from $27.8 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue increased 14.3% compared to $29.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The year-over-year and sequential increases in revenues were attributable to precision resistors growth in all regions, primarily for the test and measurement market, in addition to an increase mainly in the advanced sensors products across all regions.

Gross profit margin for the segment was 42.8% for the first fiscal quarter of 2018, an increase compared to 41.4% in the first fiscal quarter of 2017 and 39.3% in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017. The year-over-year and sequential increase in gross margin was directly due to the volume increase experienced in the first fiscal quarter of 2018.

Force Sensors segment revenues grew 24.3% to $19.2 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, up from $15.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue increased 8.5% up from $17.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase in revenues was mainly attributable to OEM customers in the force measurement and precision weighing markets across all regions. The increase in sequential revenue was primarily attributable to OEM customers in the force measurement market in Europe.

Gross profit margin for Force Sensors was 27.3% for the first fiscal quarter of 2018, an increase compared to 23.9% in the first fiscal quarter of 2017 and a decrease compared to 29.5% in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017. Gross margins were up compared to the prior year period due to the volume increase experienced in the first fiscal quarter of 2018. The sequential decline in gross margins is primarily related to higher freight costs and wage increases.

Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues grew by 19.0% to $19.7 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, up from $16.6 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue decreased 9.7% from $21.8 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017. The increased year-over-year revenues were primarily attributable to the on-board weighing and process weighing product lines in Europe and the Americas. The comparative decrease in sequential revenue was attributable to the significant revenues in the steel business, primarily in Asia, that occurred in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017.

The first fiscal quarter 2018 gross profit margin for the segment was 43.9%, a decrease compared to 44.3% from the first fiscal quarter of 2017 and 44.8% from the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017. The year-over-year decline in gross margin was primarily due to product mix. The sequential decline in gross margin was primarily due to a reduction in volume.

Near-Term Outlook

“In light of a continued strong business environment, at constant first fiscal quarter 2018 exchange rates, we expect net revenues in the range of $71 million to $77 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2018,” concluded Mr. Shoshani.

*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We define “adjusted net earnings” as net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders before restructuring costs and associated tax effects. The reconciliation table within this release reconciles the Company's non-GAAP measures, which are provided for comparison with other results, to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures. Management believes that these measures are meaningful because they provide insight with respect to intrinsic operating results.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today (May 8) at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 5447133, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode 10119570. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time.

About VPG

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based measurement systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of foil technology products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's force sensors products and its weighing and control systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated.

Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies; the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities; difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies, such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to achieve efficiencies; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
   
Fiscal quarter ended
March 31, 2018 April 1, 2017
Net revenues $ 73,091 $ 59,787
Costs of products sold   44,586     37,270  
Gross profit 28,505 22,517
Gross profit margin 39.0 % 37.7 %
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 20,319 18,018
Restructuring costs       554  
Operating income 8,186 3,945
Operating margin 11.2 % 6.6 %
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (442 ) (452 )
Other   (649 )   (529 )
Other income (expense) - net   (1,091 )   (981 )
 
Income before taxes 7,095 2,964
 
Income tax expense   2,137     961  
 
Net earnings 4,958 2,003
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests   (30 )   8  
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 4,988   $ 1,995  
 
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.37 $ 0.15
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.37 $ 0.15
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,342 13,210
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,497 13,438
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 73,734 $ 74,292
Accounts receivable, net 53,141 46,789
Inventories:
Raw materials 18,247 16,601
Work in process 23,387 23,160
Finished goods   19,963     20,174  
Inventories, net 61,597 59,935
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   12,668     10,299  
Total current assets 201,140 191,315
 
Property and equipment, at cost:
Land 3,484 3,434
Buildings and improvements 50,816 50,276
Machinery and equipment 97,199 95,158
Software 8,068 7,955
Construction in progress 2,501 2,252
Accumulated depreciation   (106,324 )   (103,401 )
Property and equipment, net 55,744 55,674
 
Goodwill 18,995 19,181
 
Intangible assets, net 19,748 20,475
 
Other assets   19,775     19,906  
Total assets $ 315,402   $ 306,551  
 
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 12,953 $ 13,678
Payroll and related expenses 17,201 15,892
Other accrued expenses 16,408 15,952
Income taxes 2,103 2,515
Current portion of long-term debt   3,926     3,878  
Total current liabilities 52,591 51,915
 
Long-term debt, less current portion 27,717 28,477
Deferred income taxes 2,300 2,300
Other liabilities 13,968 14,131
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs   16,952     16,424  
Total liabilities   113,528     113,247  
 
Commitments and contingencies
 

Equity:

Common stock 1,304 1,288
Class B convertible common stock 103 103
Treasury stock (8,765 ) (8,765 )
Capital in excess of par value 195,259 192,904
Retained earnings 47,911 43,076
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (33,939 )   (35,450 )
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity 201,873 193,156
Noncontrolling interests   1     148  
Total equity   201,874     193,304  
Total liabilities and equity $ 315,402   $ 306,551  
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
  Three fiscal months ended
March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 4,958 $ 2,003
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,684 2,681
Gain on disposal of property and equipment (53 ) (109 )
Share-based compensation expense 373 243
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence 613 297
Deferred income taxes 268 (97 )
Other (723 ) (359 )
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net (5,519 ) (3,362 )
Inventories, net (1,910 ) 284
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (2,517 ) (2,154 )
Trade accounts payable 1,687 1,422
Other current liabilities   1,943     2,032  
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,804     2,881  
 
Investing activities
Capital expenditures (4,296 ) (1,962 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   53     148  
Net cash used in investing activities   (4,243 )   (1,814 )
 
 
Financing activities
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital leases (2,970 ) (657 )
Proceeds from revolving facility 8,000 7,000
Payments on revolving facility (3,000 ) (7,000 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (117 ) (2 )
Payments of employee taxes on certain share-based arrangements   (785 )   (303 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,128 (962 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   753     694  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (558 ) 799
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   74,292     58,452  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 73,734   $ 59,251  
 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing transactions:
Capital expenditures purchased $ (1,773 ) $ (1,962 )
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing transactions:
Conversion of exchangeable notes to common stock $ (2,794 ) $
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Gross Profit Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
Fiscal quarter ended
March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017

Gross profit

$ 28,505 $ 22,517
Gross profit margin 39.0 % 37.7 %
 
   
Adjusted gross profit $ 28,505   $ 22,517  
Adjusted gross profit margin 39.0 % 37.7 %
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Operating Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
Fiscal quarter ended
March 31, 2018 April 1, 2017

Operating income

$ 8,186 $ 3,945
Operating margin 11.2 % 6.6 %
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

Restructuring costs 554
   
Adjusted operating income $ 8,186   $ 4,499  
Adjusted operating margin 11.2 % 7.5 %
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal quarter ended
March 31, 2018 April 1, 2017
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 4,988 $ 1,995
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

Restructuring costs 554

Less reconciling items affecting income tax expense

Tax effect of reconciling items       42  
Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 4,988   $ 2,507  
 
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share $ 0.37 $ 0.19
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,497 13,438
 

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