Sypris Reports Third Quarter Results

Sypris Reports Third Quarter Results

Gross Margins Expand on Lower Revenue

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sypris Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: SYPR) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2012.


HIGHLIGHTS

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For the Third Quarter:

  • Revenue decreased 13.6% from the third quarter of last year.

  • Gross margin increased 60 basis points to 11.9%.

  • Earnings from continuing operations were $0.03 per diluted share.

  • Free cash flow was $4.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.

For the Nine Months:

  • Revenue increased 8.8% compared to the first nine months of last year.

  • Gross profit increased 32.4% compared to the prior year period.

  • Gross margin increased to 12.8% from 10.5% over the same period.

  • Earnings from continuing operations increased to $0.55 per diluted share, up from $0.35 per diluted share for the prior year period.

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The Company reported revenue of $78.8 million for the third quarter compared to $91.2 million for the prior year period. The Company's income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, as compared to income from continuing operations of $6.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the prior year period.

Income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 included a foreign currency translation loss of $0.6 million and a gain of $1.3 million in connection with the sale of marketable securities, while income from continuing operations for the prior year period included a gain of $3.6 million from the disposition of idle assets and a foreign currency translation gain of $2.8 million.

The Company's net loss for the third quarter of 2012 was $5.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, which included a $6.3 million expense in discontinued operations for the settlement of an arbitration case associated with the 2009 divestiture of Sypris Test & Measurement. Net income for the prior year quarter was $6.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, and included the gain of $3.6 million from the disposition of idle assets and the foreign currency translation gain of $2.8 million mentioned earlier.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company reported revenue of $274.1 million compared to $252.0 million for the prior year period and income from continuing operations of $11.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, as compared to $7.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the prior year period.

Income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 included a foreign currency translation loss of $0.9 million, a gain of $2.6 million on the sale of idle assets and a gain of $1.9 million in connection with the sale of marketable securities, while income from continuing operations for the prior year period included gains of $3.0 million in connection with a customer settlement, $4.2 million from the disposition of idle assets and a foreign currency translation gain of $2.1 million.

The Company's net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $4.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, and included one-time expenses of $7.1 million in discontinued operations related to the resolution of the arbitration case mentioned earlier. Net income for the prior year period was $6.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, and included a loss of $0.5 million associated with the arbitration case and the positive impact of the gains mentioned previously.

"Our Industrial Group responded well to the unexpected reduction in the production of commercial vehicles, which resulted in a 21.3% sequential decline in quarterly revenue," said Jeffrey T. Gill, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We now expect the production of commercial vehicles to remain soft in the short-term as OEMs work to rebalance inventory with demand."

"However, with an estimated 70% of the vehicles on the road today being of an age that is in excess of eight years, the eventual replacement cycle is expected to be robust for an extended period of time. In the interim, we believe that our improved cost profile and strong operational performance, which resulted in a 60 basis point increase in gross margin during the most recent quarter when compared to the same period last year, will enable us to sustain the profitability of this business."

"Our Aerospace and Defense business continues to be affected by budgetary and funding uncertainties within the U.S. Department of Defense that are not expected to be eliminated until Congress successfully addresses the fiscal cliff and its related issues. Despite the recent quarterly drop in revenue, our improved product mix resulted in a 260 basis point expansion of gross margin when compared to the third quarter of last year."

"In the long-term, we will continue to invest in new products and programs to further improve the attractiveness of our business portfolio, with a specific emphasis on trusted solutions for identity management, cryptographic key distribution and cyber analytics. We believe that our product mix going forward should help us to maintain our margin in the face of what is likely to be lumpy revenue until the many macroeconomic and policy issues are successfully resolved."

The Industrial Group

Revenue for our Industrial Group decreased 10.3% to $65.2 million in the third quarter compared to $72.6 million for the prior year period and 21.3% sequentially, primarily as a result of a recent move by commercial vehicle OEM's to rebalance inventory with lower levels of demand. Gross profit for the quarter was $6.6 million, or 10.1% of revenue, compared to $6.9 million, or 9.5% of revenue for the same period in 2011, reflecting our ability to protect margins despite lower volumes.

The Electronics Group

Revenue for our Electronics Group was $13.6 million in the third quarter compared to $18.5 million in the prior year period, primarily due to the completion of certain electronic manufacturing and engineering services. Gross profit for the quarter was $2.8 million, or 20.6% of revenue, compared to $3.3 million, or 18.0% of revenue for the same period in 2011, reflecting improved product mix.

Outlook

Mr. Gill added, "We will continue to concentrate on the daily execution of our business. We expect recent investments in production cells and automation by our Industrial Group to contribute to further margin expansion going forward once volumes return to full replacement levels later next year. Our Electronics Group will continue to face near-term revenue challenges that we expect to be ongoing until the outlook for defense spending is clarified and authorized."

Sypris Solutions is a diversified provider of outsourced services and specialty products. The Company performs a wide range of manufacturing, engineering, design and other technical services, typically under multi-year, sole-source contracts with corporations and government agencies in the markets for truck components and assemblies and aerospace and defense electronics. For more information about Sypris Solutions, visit its Web site at www.sypris.com.

Each "forward-looking statement" herein is subject to serious risks and should not be relied upon, as detailed in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent SEC filings. Brieflywe currently believe that such risks also include: declining revenues and backlog in our aerospace and defense business lines as we attempt to transition from legacy products and services into new market segments and technologies; potential impairments, non-recoverability or write-offs of goodwill, assets or deferred costs, including capitalized pre-contract costs related to the development of a replacement for certain aerospace and defense products; dependence on, recruitment or retention of key employees; reliance on major customers or suppliers, especially in the automotive or aerospace and defense electronics sectors including Dana Holding Corporation, Meritor, Sistemas, Eaton, and the Australian government; U.S. government spending on products and services that our Electronics Group provides, including the timing of budgetary decisions; our ability to develop new products and programs within the Electronics Group especially in new market segments and technologies; volatility of our customers' forecasts, financial conditions, market shares, product requirements or scheduling demands; cyber security threats and disruptions; our ability to adequately finance current operations, future growth or expenses and potential acquisitions due to the cost and availability of debt, equity capital, or insurance; regulatory actions or sanctions (in each case including FCPA, OSHA and Federal Acquisition Regulations, among others); product liability and warranty expenses caused by our inability to effectively limit contractual obligations or defects in products or services; inventory valuation risks including obsolescence, shrinkage, theft, overstocking or underbilling; our inability to successfully launch or sustain new or next generation programs or product features, especially in accordance with budgets or committed delivery schedules; the costs of compliance with our auditing, regulatory or contractual obligations; breakdowns, relocations or major repairs of machinery and equipment; pension valuation, health care or other benefit costs; labor relations; strikes; union negotiations; changes in licenses, security clearances, or other legal rights to operate, manage our work force or import and export as needed; changes or delays in government or other customer budgets, funding or programs; potential weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting and enterprise risk management; the cost, efficiency and yield of our operations and capital investments, including working capital, production schedules, cycle times, scrap rates, injuries, wages, overtime costs, freight or expediting costs; disputes or litigation involving customer, supplier, lessor, landlord, creditor, stockholder, product liability or environmental claims; fees, costs or other dilutive effects of refinancing; compliance with covenants; cost and availability of raw materials such as steel, component parts, natural gas or utilities; adverse impacts of new technologies or other competitive pressures which increase our costs or erode our margins; failure to adequately insure against or to identify environmental or other insurable risks; revised contract prices or estimates of major contract costs; risks of foreign operations; currency exchange rates; war, terrorism, or political uncertainty; unanticipated or uninsured disasters, losses or business risks; inaccurate data about markets, customers or business conditions; other unknown risks and uncertainties.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") included in this press release, the company has provided information regarding free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure.

Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow is useful in analyzing the company's ability to service and repay its debt. Management uses this non-GAAP measure in planning and forecasting for future periods.

This non-GAAP measure should not be considered a substitute for our reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation of Three and Nine Months Ended Free Cash Flow

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,
2012

October 2,
2011

September 30,
2012

October 2,
2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement:

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

5,918

$

7,749

$

1,087

$

9,644

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(1,676

)

(929

)

(4,106

)

(3,827

)

Proceeds from sale of marketable securities

1,271

1,271

Proceeds from sale of assets

4,062

4,542

4,637

Other

10

44

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(405

)

3,143

1,707

854

Cash flows from financing activities:

Net cash used in financing activities

(6,981

)

(9,525

)

(3,886

)

(11,563

)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(1,468

)

1,367

(1,092

)

(1,065

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

18,549

14,160

18,173

16,592

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

17,081

$

15,527

$

17,081

$

15,527

Free Cash Flow:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

5,918

$

7,749

$

1,087

$

9,644

Capital expenditures

(1,676

)

(929

)

(4,106

)

(3,827

)

Free cash flow

$

4,242

$

6,820

$

(3,019

)

$

5,817

Diluted shares outstanding

19,567

19,024

19,423

18,999

Free cash flow per share

$

0.22

$

0.36

$

(0.16

)

$

0.31

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Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

October 2,

2012

2011

(Unaudited)

Revenue

$

78,763

$

91,177

Net (loss) income

$

(5,739

)

$

6,082

Basic income (loss) per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.03

$

0.30

Discontinued operations

(0.33

)

-

Net (loss) income per share

$

(0.30

)

$

0.30

Diluted income (loss) per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.03

$

0.30

Discontinued operations

(0.32

)

-

Net (loss) income per share

$

(0.29

)

$

0.30

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

19,074

18,844

Diluted

19,567

19,024

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

October 2,

2012

2011

(Unaudited)

Revenue

$

274,138

$

252,045

Net income

$

3,987

$

6,584

Basic income (loss) per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.56

$

0.35

Discontinued operations

(0.37

)

(0.02

)

Net income per share

$

0.19

$

0.33

Diluted income (loss) per common share:

Continuing operations

$

0.55

$

0.35

Discontinued operations

(0.37

)

(0.02

)

Net income per share

$

0.18

$

0.33

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

19,038

18,813

Diluted

19,423

18,999

Sypris Solutions, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

October 2,

September 30,

October 2,

2012

2011

2012

2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net revenue:

Industrial Group

$

65,176

$

72,647

$

230,548

$

201,082

Electronics Group

13,587

18,530

43,590

50,963

Total net revenue

78,763

91,177

274,138

252,045

Cost of sales:

Industrial Group

58,602

65,716

205,146

181,939

Electronics Group

10,787

15,198

33,881

43,584