Vishay Precision Group Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

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Vishay Precision Group Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Net revenues up 2.9% year-over-year and 12.6% sequentially.Increasing market demand in all segments supports guidance in the range of $60 million to $65 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYS: VPG) , a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, based on its resistive foil technology, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 30, 2013.


Net revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were $57.5 million, including the impact of the acquisition of KELK during the quarter, representing a 2.9% increase from $55.8 million of net revenues for the comparable prior year period. Comparing the results of the first quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2012, net revenues for the first quarter of 2013 increased by $6.5 million, or 12.6%, from $51.0 million.

Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2013 were $1.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2012 of $1.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share.

Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2013 include approximately $0.9 million of acquisition and restructuring costs which affect comparability, as listed on the attached reconciliation table. Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2013 were $1.9 million or $0.14 per diluted share, versus net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $1.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share for the comparable prior year period.

Ziv Shoshani, chief executive officer of VPG, said, "The inclusion of two months of KELK results in the quarter is primarily responsible for our consolidated revenue increase. I am also encouraged that we are experiencing sequential increased order levels, mainly in the Americas and European regions."

Mr. Shoshani added, "The KELK integration is going smoothly and we remain on track to complete it within this fiscal year. We will continue to focus on our strategy of enhancing organic growth and operational efficiency, investing in our technology and pursuing acquisitions with the goal of increasing shareholder value."

Segments

The Foil Technology Products segment revenues were $24.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, down 12.4% from $27.8 million in the first quarter last year, and relatively flat from $24.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The gross margin for the segment decreased to 37.6% for the first quarter of 2013 versus 40.7% in the first quarter last year and 40.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year decrease in gross margin is primarily due to lower volume. The sequential decrease in gross margin was due to the impact of exchange rates, reduction of productivity due to lower demand in Japan and a reduction in inventory.

The Force Sensors segment revenues were $16.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, down 1.2% from $16.6 million in the first quarter last year, and up 5.8%, from $15.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The gross margin for the segment was 26.8% in the first quarter of 2013 versus 17.9% in the first quarter of 2012 and 22.5% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year improvement is primarily due to manufacturing cost reduction and one-time positive effects. The sequential increase in gross margin is mainly due to increased volume and one-time positive effects.

The Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues increased to $16.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, up 46.1% from $11.4 million in the first quarter last year, and up 51.9% from $11.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The gross margin for the segment was 45.8% in the first quarter of 2013 versus 40.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and 37.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The year-over-year improvement is primarily due to the inclusion of two months of KELK results in the segment. The sequential increase in gross margin is due to two months of KELK results and improvements in volume in the on-board weighing business.

Outlook

Mr. Shoshani concluded, "With the consolidation of KELK's business into ours and continued improvement in market demand for all of our segments, we expect net revenues in the range of $60 million to $65 million for the second quarter of 2013."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held on May 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. CDT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 888-317-6016 or internationally 412-317-6016, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at http://ir.vishaypg.com.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 877-344-7529 or internationally 412-317-0088 and using the conference number: 10027576. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at http://ir.vishaypg.com. It will be available via phone and website for a limited time.

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based 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.vishaypg.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, changes in the current pace of economic recovery, including if such recovery stalls or does not continue as expected; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies, including KELK, 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 lower-labor-cost countries; 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 year ended December 31, 2012. 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 Statement of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
 
Fiscal quarter ended
March 30,March 31,
 2013  2012 
 
 
Net revenues$57,461$55,844
Costs of products sold 36,254  36,964 
Gross profit21,20718,880
Gross margin36.9%33.8%
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses17,79716,516
Acquisition costs487-
Restructuring costs 388  - 
Operating income2,5352,364
Operating margin4.4%4.2%
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense(197)(72)
Other (376) 202 
Total other income (expense) - net (573) 130 
 
Income before taxes1,9622,494
 
Income tax expense 618  860 
 
Net earnings1,3441,634
 
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests4911
  
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders$1,295 $1,623 
 
 
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders$0.10$0.12
 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders$0.09$0.12
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic13,38713,362
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted13,92813,868
  
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
March 30,December 31,
 2013  2012 
Assets(unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$64,690$93,881
Accounts receivable, net33,36628,766
Inventories, net58,48449,389
Deferred income taxes4,1594,258
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,490  9,572 
Total current assets175,189185,866
 
Property and equipment, net51,82552,092
Goodwill23,980-
Intangible assets, net25,8158,009
Other assets 17,819  17,206 
Total assets$294,628 $263,173 
 
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable$10,373$9,190
Payroll and related expenses13,34112,831
Other accrued expenses16,3468,499
Income taxes1,0531,425
Current portion of long-term debt 3,154  167 
Total current liabilities44,26732,112
 
Long-term debt, less current portion32,27011,154
Deferred income taxes1,7881,831
Other liabilities7,5467,433
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs 13,123  13,835 
Total liabilities 98,994  66,365 
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Common stock1,2361,235
Class B common stock103103
Capital in excess of par value182,492181,938
Retained earnings29,65128,356
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (18,043) (14,983)
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity195,439196,649
Noncontrolling interests 195  159 
Total equity 195,634  196,808 
Total liabilities and equity$294,628 $263,173 
  
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited - In thousands)
Three fiscal months ended
March 30,March 31,
 2013  2012 
 
Operating activities:
Net earnings$1,344$1,634

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization3,0072,975
(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment(5)177
Share-based compensation expense335239
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence187224
Other(278)(208)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (5,972) (930)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities(1,382)4,111
 
Investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment(818)(2,588)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment13150
Purchase of businesses, net of cash acquired (49,888) - 
Net cash used in investing activities(50,693)(2,438)
 
Financing activities:
Proceeds from long-term debt25,000-
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations(789)(46)
Debt issuance costs(384)-
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (13) - 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities23,814(46)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (930) 587 
 
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (29,191) 2,214 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 93,881  80,828 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$64,690 $83,042 
  
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
 
Fiscal quarter ended
March 30,March 31,
 2013  2012 
 
 
GAAP net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders$1,295$1,623
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

Acquisition costs487-
Restructuring costs388-
 

Reconciling items affecting tax expenses (benefit)

Tax effect of acquisition and restructuring cost adjustments

(276)-
   
Adjusted net earnings$1,894 $1,623 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted13,92813,868
 
Adjusted earnings per diluted share$0.14$0.12

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