Avnet, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results

Avnet, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Avnet, Inc. (NYS: AVT) today announced results for the first quarter fiscal year 2013 ended September 29, 2012.

Q1 Fiscal 2013 Results

September 29,October 1,
$ in millions, except for per share data
GAAP Operating Income100.0223.1-55.2%

Adjusted Operating Income (1)

GAAP Net Income100.3139.0-27.9%

Adjusted Net Income (1)

GAAP Diluted EPS Basic$0.70$0.90-22.2%

Adjusted Diluted EPS (1)

(1) A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures is presented in the Non-GAAP Financial Information section in this press release.
  • Sales for the quarter ended September 29, 2012 decreased 8.7% year over year to $5.87 billion; pro forma revenue declined 11.3% year over year and 8.4% in constant currency
  • Adjusted operating income of $137.4 million declined 38.4% year over year and adjusted operating income margin of 2.3% declined 113 basis points
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.59 declined 34.4% year over year, primarily due to lower than anticipated revenue, most notably at Technology Solutions (TS), weaker than expected gross profit margin in the western regions at Electronics Marketing (EM) and a greater than expected geographic mix shift at EM where better than expected sales in the lower-margin Asia region were more than offset by weaker sales in the higher-margin Americas region

Rick Hamada, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our Q1 results represent a disappointing setback in our short-term performance expectations. Key segments of our served markets slowed during the quarter beyond our initial expectations, leading to a dramatic impact on our bottom line results as our revenues in the higher-margin western regions declined double-digit percentages year over year. Our Americas region, where pro forma sales declined 14% both sequentially and year over year, came in below expectations at both operating groups. Our EMEA region experienced a fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline as pro forma revenues in constant dollars were down 6% and 8%, respectively, on a sequential and year-over-year basis. The negative operating leverage resulting from lower sales and the accompanying loss of gross profit dollars in the western regions had a significant impact on our bottom line as adjusted operating income declined nearly $86 million dollars from the year ago quarter and adjusted EPS was down 34%. In response to these developments, coupled with the previously announced activities initiated in response to our fourth quarter fiscal 2012 results, we have now completed $90 million of cost reductions that will positively impact the December 2012 quarter. As is characteristic of our counter-cyclical balance sheet, where we tend to generate positive cash flow in a low or negative growth environment, we generated cash from operations for the fourth consecutive quarter bringing the total for the trailing twelve months to $814 million. While there are still many factors that could impact future demand trends, our top priority will be to restore our operating margins. To this end, we are in the process of identifying additional cost reduction actions that will impact future quarters."

Avnet Electronics Marketing Results


Year-over-Year Growth Rates

Q1 FY13Reported  Pro Forma
(in millions)
EM Total$3,653.2-4.3%-8.0%

Excluding FX (1)


Excluding FX (1)

Q1 FY13Q1 FY12Change
Operating Income$146.3$191.2-23.5%
Operating Income Margin4.0%5.0%-101 bps


 Year-over-year revenue growth rate excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Reported revenue decreased 4.3% year over year to $3.65 billion; pro forma revenue declined 8.0% year over year and 4.8% in constant dollars
  • Operating income margin decreased 101 basis points year over year to 4.0% due primarily to negative operating leverage resulting from lower revenue in the Americas region
  • Working capital (defined as receivables plus inventory less accounts payables) increased 7% sequentially and 2% after adjusting for acquisitions and changes in foreign currency exchange rates, primarily due to a reduction in accounts payable as we reduced inventory purchases
  • Return on working capital (ROWC) was down 427 basis points year over year due primarily to lower operating income

Mr. Hamada added, "EM sales were at the low end of normal seasonality for the third consecutive quarter as pro forma revenue declined 3% sequentially in constant dollars as compared with a typical range of up 1% to down 3%. While the Americas region came in below expectations with pro forma sales down over 10% sequentially, EMEA was down 7% in constant currency and Asia, which was a bit stronger than expected, grew 8% sequentially. The lower revenue levels in the higher-gross profit margin western regions drove operating income down 24% year over year and operating income margin down 101 basis points to 4.0%. EM's book to bill ratio declined throughout the September quarter as customers remained very cautious with placing orders given an environment of limited visibility and relatively stable lead times. With another quarter of less than seasonal growth expected in the December quarter, we will continue to adjust our resources in the parts of the portfolio most impacted by the slowing demand as the technology supply chain continues to be influenced by the macroeconomic uncertainties leading to an environment of caution in our industrial end markets."

Avnet Technology Solutions Results


Year-over-Year Growth Rates

Q1 FY13Reported  Pro Forma
RevenueRevenueRevenue (2)
(in millions)
TS Total$2,216.9-15.1%-16.3%
Excluding FX (1)-12.6%-13.9%
Excluding FX (1)-11.0%-11.7%
Q1 FY13Q1 FY12Change
Operating Income$34.4$65.0-47.1%
Operating Income Margin1.6%2.5%-94 bps


 Year-over-year revenue growth rate excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates.


No pro forma growth rate is presented as there were no acquisitions impacting the region.
  • Reported revenue declined 15.1% year over year to $2.2 billion and pro forma revenue decreased 16.3% in reported dollars and 13.9% in constant dollars
  • On a product level, networking, servers and computing components declined double-digits year over year
  • Operating income margin decreased 94 basis points year over year to 1.6% primarily due to the significant revenue decline in the Americas region
  • Return on working capital (ROWC) decreased 1,338 basis points year over year primarily due to lower operating income

Mr. Hamada further added, "Similar to the June quarter, TS experienced weaker than expected transaction activity towards the end of September as some customers opted to delay IT projects that were specifically targeted for closure. The revenue shortfall was most pronounced in our Americas region where organic growth declined approximately 18% both sequentially and year over year. Weakness persisted in the EMEA region as year-over-year organic growth in constant currency declined double-digits for the third consecutive quarter while Asia was down 6% from the year ago quarter. While gross profit margin held steady with the prior year quarter, the loss of gross profit dollars due to the decline in sales had a significant impact as operating income dollars and margin declined 47% and 94 basis points, respectively. While we have completed expense reductions that will positively impact the December quarter, we are in the process of identifying additional expense actions that will drive year-over-year improvements in operating income margin beyond the December quarter."

Cash Flow/Buyback

  • Cash generated from operations was $81 million for the quarter as cash generated from profits more than offset the growth in working capital, which was due primarily to cash used for accounts payables in excess of cash generated from receivables and inventory
  • Cash generated from operations on a rolling four quarter basis was $814 million due to the combination of meaningful profits and a reduction in working capital related to the counter-cyclical nature of the Company's balance sheet
  • During the quarter, 4.17 million shares were repurchased under the $750 million share repurchase program for an aggregate cost of $130.7 million. Since the program began in August 2011 through the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013, 15.44 million shares have been repurchased for an aggregate cost of $456.6 million
  • Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter was $1.04 billion; net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) was $1.31 billion

Ray Sadowski, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "The multi-quarter trend of below seasonal sales growth and our counter-cyclical balance sheet combined with solid profits resulted in significant cash flow from operations over the past year. This allowed us to take advantage of a lower stock price and acquire a significant number of shares under our stock repurchase plan without impacting our strong balance sheet and financial flexibility. We also renewed our accounts receivable securitization program with improved terms and increased credit availability. As a result, we closed the September quarter with over $1 billion of cash on our balance sheet and another $832 million of available credit from our short term borrowing facilities. With this strong liquidity position, we are well positioned to weather the current market conditions and possess the financial flexibility to invest in profitable growth opportunities when markets improve."

Outlook For 2nd Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Ending on December 29, 2012

  • EM sales are expected to be in the range of $3.35 billion to $3.65 billion and TS sales are expected to be between $2.60 billion and $3.00 billion
  • After adjusting for acquisitions and changes in foreign currency exchange rates, the midpoint of the above guidance for EM and TS revenue would represent sequential growth of approximately -6% and +17%, respectively
  • Consolidated sales are forecasted to be between $5.95 billion and $6.65 billion
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share ("EPS") is expected to be in the range of $0.79 to $0.89 per share
  • The EPS guidance assumes 139.7 million average diluted shares outstanding used to determine earnings per share and a tax rate of 27% to 31%

The above EPS guidance does not include any potential restructuring charges or any charges related to acquisitions and post-closing integration activities. In addition, the above guidance assumes that the average Euro to U.S. Dollar currency exchange rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 is $1.29 to €1.00. This compares with an average exchange rate of $1.35 to €1.00 in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and $1.25 to €1.00 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in facts and circumstances. The forward-looking statements herein include statements addressing future financial and operating results of Avnet and may include words such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "believe," and "should," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussions of future operating or financial performance, business prospects or market conditions. Actual results may vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: the Company's ability to retain and grow market share and to generate additional cash flow, risks associated with any acquisition activities and the successful integration of acquired companies, declines in sales, changes in business conditions and the economy in general, changes in market demand and pricing pressures, any material changes in the allocation of product or product rebates by suppliers, allocations of products by suppliers, other competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the businesses of Avnet generally.

More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in Avnet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Except as required by law, Avnet is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company also discloses in this document certain non-GAAP financial information including adjusted operating income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, as well as revenue adjusted for the impact of acquisitions and other items (as defined in the Pro forma (Organic) Revenue section of this document). Management believes pro forma revenue is a useful measure for evaluating current period performance as compared with prior periods and for understanding underlying trends.

Management believes that operating income adjusted for restructuring, integration and other items is a useful measure to help investors better assess and understand the Company's operating performance, especially when comparing results with previous periods or forecasting performance for future periods, primarily because management views the excluded items to be outside of Avnet's normal operating results. Management analyzes operating income without the impact of these items as an indicator of ongoing margin performance and underlying trends in the business. Management also uses these non-GAAP measures to establish operational goals and, in some cases, for measuring performance for compensation purposes.

Management believes net income and EPS adjusted for the impact of the items described above is useful to investors because it provides a measure of the Company's net profitability on a more comparable basis to historical periods and provides a more meaningful basis for forecasting future performance. Additionally, because of management's focus on generating shareholder value, of which net profitability is a primary driver, management believes net income and EPS excluding the impact of these items provides an important measure of the Company's net results of operations for the investing public.

Other metrics management monitors in its assessment of business performance include return on working capital (ROWC), return on capital employed (ROCE) and working capital velocity (WC velocity).

  • ROWC is defined as annualized operating income, excluding restructuring, integration and other items, divided by the sum of the monthly average balances of receivables and inventory less accounts payable.
  • ROCE is defined as annualized, tax effected operating income, excluding restructuring, integration and other items, divided by the monthly average balances of interest-bearing debt and equity (including the impact of restructuring, integration, impairment charges and other items) less cash and cash equivalents.
  • WC velocity is defined as annualized sales divided by the sum of the monthly average balances of receivable and inventory less accounts payable.

Any analysis of results and outlook on a non-GAAP basis should be used as a complement to, and in conjunction with, data presented in accordance with GAAP.

First Quarter Fiscal 2013

  First Quarter Fiscal 2013
Op IncomePre-taxNet IncomeEPS
 $ in thousands, except per share data
GAAP results$99,973$108,857$100,305$0.70
Restructuring, integration and other charges37,40837,40827,1010.19
Gain on bargain purchase-(31,291)(31,291)(0.22)
Income tax adjustments - -  (12,184) (0.08)
Total adjustments 37,408 6,117  (16,374) (0.11)
Adjusted results$137,381$114,974 $83,931  0.59 

Items impacting the first quarter of fiscal 2013 consisted of the following:

  • restructuring, integration and other charges of $37.4 million pre-tax consisted of $25.9 million for severance, $4.0 million for facility exit related costs, $0.3 million for other charges, $2.8 million for transaction costs associated with recent acquisitions, $5.0 million for integration-related costs, and a reversal of $0.6 million to adjust prior year restructuring reserves;
  • a gain on the bargain purchase of $31.3 million pre- and after tax related to the Internix, Inc. acquisition for which the gain was not taxable; and
  • an income tax adjustment of $12.2 million primarily related to a favorable settlement of an income tax audit.

Pro Forma (Organic) Revenue

Pro forma or Organic revenue is defined as reported revenue adjusted for (i) the impact of acquisitions by adjusting Avnet's prior periods to include the sales of businesses acquired as if the acquisitions had occurred at the beginning of fiscal 2012 and (ii) the impact of the transfer of a business from TS Americas to EM Americas, which did not have an impact to Avnet on a consolidated basis but did impact the pro forma sales for the groups by $8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales taking into account the combination of these adjustments is referred to as "pro forma sales" or "organic sales."



 Pro forma
as ReportedRevenue Revenue
(in thousands)
Q1 Fiscal 2013


Q1 Fiscal 2012


Q2 Fiscal 2012


Q3 Fiscal 2012


Q4 Fiscal 2012


 6,307,386 84,854 6,392,240
Fiscal year 2012



"Acquisition Revenue" as presented in the preceding table includes the acquisitions listed below.

Acquired Business  Operating Group  Acquisition Date
Altron GmbH & Co. KGEMJuly 2012
Mattelli LimitedTSJuly 2012
Pepperweed ConsultingTSAugust 2012
C.R.G. Electronics, Ltd.EMAugust 2012
Internix, Inc.EMAugust 2012

ROWC, ROCE and WC Velocity

The following table presents the calculation for ROWC, ROCE and WC velocity.

   Q1 FY 13    Q1 FY 12


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