Littelfuse Reports Second Quarter Results and Announces Dividend Increase

Littelfuse Reports Second Quarter Results and Announces Dividend Increase

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Littelfuse, Inc. (NAS: LFUS) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2013 and announced a 10% increase in the quarterly cash dividend.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Sales for the second quarter of 2013 increased 10% sequentially and 7% year over year to $187.8 million. This included $7 million of sales from the Hamlin acquisition which closed on May 31, 2013.

  • On a GAAP basis, second quarter 2013 earnings were $1.18 per diluted share. This included $3.7 million of foreign exchange gains and $2.9 million of costs related to the Hamlin acquisition. The net of these special items was a gain of approximately $.03 per share. As expected, Hamlin added approximately $.02 to earnings per share for the second quarter excluding special items.

  • GAAP operating margin for the second quarter of 2013 was 16.7%. Excluding the $2.9 million of acquisition-related costs but including $0.5 million of amortization of intangibles for Hamlin, operating margin was 18.3% for the second quarter of 2013.

  • Sales and order trends by business unit were as follows:

    • Electronics sales (excluding Hamlin) increased 11% sequentially but declined 2% year over year. The strong sequential increase was the result of normal seasonality combined with relatively lean channel inventories. For the second consecutive quarter, orders were above sales with the second quarter book to bill of 1.01 following a 1.18 book to bill for the first quarter. Orders for July have improved over the second quarter run rate.

    • Automotive sales (excluding Hamlin) increased 18% year over year due to acquisitions (Accel and Terra) and 9% growth in passenger vehicle fuses. The commercial vehicle products business continues to recover with its second consecutive quarter of sequential growth following a sharp decline in the last half of 2012.

    • Electrical sales declined 1% sequentially and 9% year over year due to weakness in relays and custom products reflecting completion of a few large potash projects and general weakness in the broader mining sector. This was partially offset by strong performance of the power fuse business resulting from continued success in the solar market and share gain in the core industrial market.

  • Cash provided by operating activities was $23.0 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $24.7 million for the second quarter of 2012. Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2013 were $9.0 million compared to $3.5 million for the prior-year quarter reflecting current quarter spending on several capacity expansion projects to support the company's growth plans and new product introductions.

  • On May 31, 2013, the company entered into a new $325 million credit agreement, consisting of a $225 million revolving credit facility and a $100 million term loan. This facility, which was completed in conjunction with the Hamlin acquisition, extended the company's debt maturities until May 2018 at current rates of LIBOR plus 1.25%. Additionally, there is an option to increase the facility by another $150 million to fund future growth opportunities.


"Overall, we had a very solid quarter with no surprises," said Gordon Hunter, Chief Executive Officer. "The electronics business ramped up as expected. The automotive business continues to benefit from recent acquisitions and global growth in car production as well as content increases for both circuit protection and sensors. The electrical business is being affected by the expected declines in the mining segment, but is still performing well in the solar and industrial markets."

"Strong execution and increased operating leverage, particularly in the electronics business, resulted in an improved gross margin for the second quarter," said Phil Franklin, Chief Financial Officer. "Our efforts to drive Lean across the enterprise and focus sales resources on higher-margin niches are beginning to pay dividends."

Outlook

"Although there is still much uncertainty in the global economy, our order rates continue to be solid with the exception of relays and custom products which are being impacted by weakness in the mining market," said Hunter. "While none of our business segments are getting noticeably stronger overall, we are seeing strength in certain niche markets such as LED lighting and solar."

  • Sales for the third quarter of 2013 are expected to be in the range of $195 to $205 million which, at the midpoint, represents 16% growth compared to the third quarter of 2012.

  • Earnings for the third quarter of 2013 are expected to be in the range of $1.12 to $1.27 per diluted share.

  • The sales and earnings guidance above includes Hamlin.

Dividend

The Board has approved a 10% increase in the quarterly cash dividend from $0.20 to $0.22. This dividend is payable on September 5, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2013. The company has increased its dividend by a double-digit percentage every year since initiation in 2010.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the second quarter results. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed through the company's website: www.littelfuse.com. Listeners should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The call will be available for replay through September 30, 2013 on the company's website.

About Littelfuse

Founded in 1927, Littelfuse is the world leader in circuit protection with growing global platforms in power control and sensing. The company serves customers in the electronics, automotive and industrial markets with technologies including fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays and sensors. Littelfuse has over 7,000 employees in more than 35 locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit the Littelfuse website: littelfuse.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are intended to constitute "forward-looking statements" entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks relating to product demand and market acceptance, economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product quality problems or product recalls, capacity and supply difficulties or constraints, coal mining exposures reserves, failure of an indemnification for environmental liability, exchange rate fluctuations, commodity price fluctuations, the effect of the company's accounting policies, labor disputes, restructuring costs in excess of expectations, pension plan asset returns less than assumed, integration of acquisitions and other risks which may be detailed in the company's other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This report should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012. For a further discussion of the risk factors of the company, please see Item 1A. "Risk Factors" to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012.

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LITTELFUSE, INC.

Net Sales and Operating Income by Business Unit

(In thousands of USD, unaudited)

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

2013

2012

% Change

2013

2012

% Change

Net Sales

Electronics (2)

$

91,450

$

89,508

2

%

$

170,865

$

166,562

3

%

Automotive (3)

64,548

51,450

25

%

123,933

104,076

19

%

Electrical

31,768

34,895

(9

%)

63,886

65,793

(3

%)

Total net sales(1)

$

187,766

$

175,853

7

%

$

358,684

$

336,431

7

%

(1) Total net sales for both the 2013 quarter and year-to-date include $7.0M from the Hamlin acquisition.

(2) Total Electronics net sales for both the 2013 second quarter and year-to-date include $3.4M from the Hamlin acquisition.

(3) Total Automotive net sales for both the 2013 second quarter and year-to-date include $3.6M from the Hamlin acquisition.

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

2013

2012

% Change

2013

2012

% Change

Operating Income

Electronics

$

19,779

$

15,778

25

%

$

31,922

$

25,889

23

%

Automotive

8,913

6,965

28

%

18,396

16,471

12

%

Electrical

5,623

9,353

(40

%)

12,114

15,560

(22

%)

Other (4)

(2,933

)

-

n/a

(2,933

)

-

n/a

Total operating income

$

31,382

$

32,096

(2

%)

$

59,499

$

57,920

3

%

Interest expense

644

421

1,020

844

Investment impairment (5)

-

1,033

10,678

1,558

Other (income) expense, net(6)

(4,659

)

(757

)

(5,568

)

(656

)

Income before taxes

$

35,397

$

31,399

13

%

$

53,369

$

56,174

(5

%)

(4) "Other" typically includes special items such as acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, asset impairments, and gains and losses on asset sales. For the second quarter of 2013, "other" included legal and investment banking fees and other costs related to the Hamlin acquisition ($1,209K all in G&A) and a purchase accounting adjustment (ASC 805) also related to the Hamlin acquisition ($1,724K all in Cost of sales).

(5) Impairment and loan losses from investment in Shocking Technologies.

(6) Other (income) expense, net includes $3,724K of foreign exchange balance sheet revaluation for the second quarter of 2013.

LITTELFUSE, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of USD, except share amounts)

June 29, 2013

December 29, 2012

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

257,672

$

235,404

Short-term investments

8,513

-

Accounts receivable, less allowances

131,122

100,559

Inventories

83,470

75,580

Deferred income taxes

10,964

11,890

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

18,819

16,532

Total net sales

5,500

5,500

Total current assets

516,060

445,465

Land

4,054

6,243

Buildings

58,709

54,559

Equipment

346,728

304,954

409,491

365,756

Accumulated depreciation

(268,358

)

(244,845

)

Net property, plant and equipment

141,133

120,911

Intangible assets, net of amortization:

Patents, licenses and software

43,042

11,144

Distribution network

33,033

18,964

Customer lists, trademarks and tradenames

23,159

18,704

Goodwill

185,035

133,592

284,269

182,404

Investment in unconsolidated entity

-

8,666

Investments

11,274

10,327

Deferred income taxes

2,917

8,090

Other assets

4,162

1,865

Total assets

$

959,815

$

777,728

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

36,641

$

27,226

Accrued payroll

19,329

20,540

Accrued expenses

11,295

11,062

Accrued severance

306

1,033

Accrued income taxes

6,226

11,559

Current portion of long-term debt

138,000

84,000

Total current liabilities

211,797

155,420

Long-term debt, less current portion

95,000

-

Accrued post-retirement benefits

14,925

22,338

Other long-term liabilities

15,406

12,412

Total equity

622,687

587,558

Total liabilities and equity

$

959,815

$

777,728

Common shares issued and outstanding of 22,429,930 and 22,029,446 at June 29, 2013 and December 29, 2012, respectively.

LITTELFUSE, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(In thousands of USD, except per share data, unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 29, 2013

June 30, 2012

June 29, 2013

June 30, 2012

Net sales

$

187,766

$

175,853

$

358,684

$

336,431

Cost of sales