FSS Industrial Operations
Revenue from FSS Industrial was $31.9 million compared to $33.7 million the same quarter a year ago. The impact of foreign exchange on FSS Industrial was a negative $0.6 million; in constant currency, first quarter FSS Industrial revenue decreased 3.5%, primarily reflecting lower revenue from the heavy duty business in Asia. FSS Industrial first quarter 2013 operating income was $2.5 million, compared to operating income of $4.6 million in the same period a year ago. FSS Industrial first quarter 2013 EBITDA was $2.7 million, compared to $5.5 million a year ago, which reflects the above-mentioned revenue reduction in Asia and an overall change in the business mix.
The Company is reaffirming its previous outlook and continues to expect full year 2013 revenue to be between $400 million and $420 million, 2013 gross margin of 21% to 23%, and 2013 operating margin of 2% to 4%. This outlook is based upon the following expectations:
- Automotive operations – growth in OEM and DOEM programs, particularly in the US and Italy, combined with contributions from Asia and Latin American automotive markets; partially offset by a slower transportation aftermarket given increasingly aggressive competition in developing countries and Europe.
- Industrial operations – growth in APU market, aided by the launch of new battery products; slight growth in stationery equipment and mobile industrial markets overall with a mix of stable and weaker geographies.
- A comparable margin performance in 2013 relative to 2012 as the Company focuses on achieving greater operational efficiencies given some margin compression expected from an increasingly competitive environment; continued selected investments in key leading edge technologies.
To provide investors and others with additional information regarding Fuel Systems' results, in addition to the results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Fuel Systems presents EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the closest GAAP financial measure is presented in the financial tables below under the heading "Non-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATION." EBITDA is determined by adding the following items to Net Income, the closest GAAP financial measure: Net Income attributable to non-controlling interest; Depreciation & Amortization; Interest income, net; and Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes. Fuel Systems' management believes this non-GAAP financial measure offers additional insight into the Company's ongoing business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in the business, as it excludes certain non-cash items. This non-GAAP financial measure also can provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating Fuel Systems' operating results and future prospects when comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Fuel Systems may not define this non-GAAP financial measure in a manner similar to other companies.