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Viasystems Announces Strong Fourth Quarter 2010 Earnings

Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS), a leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, today announced earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Highlights
  • Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.44 for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, on approximately 20 million average shares outstanding.
  • Net sales were $243.9 million in the quarter, a year-over-year organic increase of 20.3% and a sequential decline of 6.0%.
  • Operating income in the quarter was $19.6 million or 8.1% of sales.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $36.0 million or 14.8% of sales, compared with $18.6 million or 14.2% in the quarter ended December 31, 2009.
  • The book-to-bill ratio in the quarter was 1.09:1.

“Our results in the final quarter of 2010 reflect sustained strength of demand for our products,” commented David M. Sindelar, Chief Executive Officer. “Orders placed on our ten factories during the fourth quarter matched our record high bookings in the immediately preceding quarter and were about 10% ahead of the same period last year. Demand for automotive end-use products continued to follow an upward trend, while demand for telecommunications end-use products remained a bit softer than I would like to see.

“Sales from the same ten factories in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased by approximately 20% year over year,” continued Sindelar, “despite temporary reductions of our available productive capacities, which contributed to the 6% sequential quarterly decline in our sales. On top of the annual fourth quarter holiday downtimes, we battled mandated downtimes for some of our Chinese capacity as a result of the government’s limitations on use of energy and water during the Asian Games. We also experienced an unexpected reduction of our Printed Circuit Boards segment capacity during the fourth quarter while we assisted a customer with an investigation of an intermittent quality problem discovered in one of their end products.

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