Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS), a leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, today announced earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Highlights
  • Net sales were $238.7 million in the quarter, a year-over-year organic increase of 4.4% and a sequential decline of 2.1%.
  • Operating income in the quarter was $11.2 million or 4.7% of net sales.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $29.3 million or 12.2% of net sales, compared with $26.7 million or 14.3% of net sales in the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
  • GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.17 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, on approximately 20 million average shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EPS were $0.07 for the quarter, excluding certain non-cash and/or special income and expense items. On a comparable basis, Adjusted EPS for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, were $0.15.

“Our first-quarter results reflect, as we expected, a challenging cost environment and some short-term production constraints,” commented David M. Sindelar, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to experience solid growth in our automotive and industrial & instrumentation end markets, while the telecommunications customer programs we serve continued the decline we began to see during the second half of 2010. In addition, inflationary pressures on materials costs and costs of Chinese labor continued to challenge our gross margin as a percentage of net sales.”

“Orders booked in each of our end markets during our first quarter of 2011 exceeded net sales, in part because of our temporary capacity limitations,” Mr. Sindelar said. “During the second quarter, we expect to benefit from a return to normal production capacity in all of our factories, and our goal is to make progress in reducing our backlog. Late in the second quarter, we also expect to initiate production on some of our new capacity additions.”

“We are not ruling out the possibility of order delays due to latent supply chain issues stemming from the disasters in Japan, but we entered our second quarter with a solid order book. We expect to achieve record levels of net sales in the second quarter while making progress on key initiatives including expansion of capacity, improvements in our manufacturing efficiencies and passing along cost increases to our customers,” Mr. Sindelar concluded.

Financial Results

The Company reported net sales of $238.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, a 27.9% year-over-year increase compared with net sales during the first quarter of 2010. On a pro forma basis adjusting for the February 2010 acquisition of Merix Corporation, sales increased 4.4% year over year. Compared with the three months ended December 31, 2010, net sales decreased 2.1%. Reduction of demand for telecommunications products, changes in demand mix and downward pressures on selling prices, together with temporary limitations on availability of printed circuit board production capacity, contributed to the sequential decline in net sales.

Cost of goods sold (excluding items shown separately in the income statement) as a percent of net sales increased to 80.9% for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to 78.5% in the immediately preceding quarter. Rising costs of materials, including copper-based products, increasing wage and benefit costs in China, and increased overtime pay resulting from workforce attrition in China contributed to the increase of cost of goods sold relative to net sales.

Operating income was $11.2 million or 4.7% of net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared with $19.6 million or 8.1% of net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and $2.5 million or 1.3% of net sales for the first quarter of 2010. An increase in manufacturing costs as a percentage of net sales was partially offset by a reduction of incentive compensation costs in the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared with the immediately preceding quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was $29.3 million or 12.2% of net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared with $36.0 million or 14.8% of net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and $26.7 million or 14.3% of net sales for the first quarter of 2010. A reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA is provided at the end of this news release.

For the three months ended March 31, 2011, net income was $3.8 million, of which $3.5 million was attributable to common stockholders, and resulted in $0.17 earnings per basic and diluted share. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was aided by approximately $5.3 million of income tax benefits related to lapsed foreign income tax exposures.

Adjusted EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2011, were $0.07. Adjusted EPS for the quarter excludes non-cash stock compensation expense, amortization of intangibles, non-cash interest, restructuring and impairment income and expenses, costs relating to acquisitions and equity registrations, and special tax items. A reconciliation of GAAP diluted EPS to Adjusted EPS for each of the most recent five quarters is provided at the end of this news release.

Segment Information

Net sales and operating income in the Company’s Printed Circuit Boards segment for the first quarter were $192.7 million and $9.8 million, respectively, compared with net sales and operating income of $196.7 million and $17.5 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $150.6 million and $9.4 million, respectively, in the first quarter of 2010. As previously disclosed, the Chinese New Year holiday period and the unplanned maintenance of one of the Company’s plating lines for several weeks during the quarter ended March 31, 2011, constrained production of printed circuit board products during the quarter. Compared with the immediately preceding quarter, increased net sales to automotive end market customers were more than offset by reduced net sales to telecommunications end market customers.

First-quarter 2011 net sales and operating income of the Company’s Assembly segment were $46.0 million and $1.4 million, respectively, compared with fourth-quarter 2010 segment net sales and operating income of $47.2 million and $2.1 million, respectively, and first-quarter 2010 segment net sales and operating income of $36.0 million and $1.0 million, respectively. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, first-quarter 2011 segment net sales were lower in the telecommunications and computer & datacom end markets, partially offset by higher net sales to the industrial & instrumentation end market.

Cash and Working Capital

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2011, were $80.4 million, compared with $103.6 million at December 31, 2010. Cash provided by operating activities was approximately $0.9 million during the three months ended March 31, 2011, including expected cash disbursements for 2010 incentive compensation and the Company’s semi-annual interest payment on the 2015 Notes. Increased working capital investments in materials inventories were funded by increased accounts payable to suppliers.

Capital expenditures were $24.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, including approximately $6 million spent in connection with the $100 million multi-year capacity expansion projects for printed circuit boards, announced in September 2010. “Since the September 2010 announcement,” said Mr. Sindelar, “we have committed or spent approximately $30 million on expansion. Due to growing market demand and the need to transfer the production capacity from our Huizhou, China, facility to our other PCB facilities in China, we expect to commit to and spend the remaining capital expenditures related to the capacity expansion projects over the next 18 months.” As previously disclosed, the Huizhou facility lease expires in December 2012.

Pro Forma Combined Net Sales

Pro forma combined net sales of $228.6 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2010, is composed of Viasystems’ net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2010, plus the net sales of Merix Corporation for the period from January 1, 2010 through February 16, 2010, the date that Viasystems acquired Merix.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Adjusted EPS.”

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized financial measure under U.S. GAAP, and does not purport to be an alternative to operating income or an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is presented to enhance an understanding of operating results and is not intended to represent cash flows or results of operations. The Board of Directors and management use Adjusted EBITDA primarily as an additional measure of operating performance for matters including executive compensation and competitor comparisons. The use of this non-GAAP measure provides an indication of the Company’s ability to service debt, and management considers it an appropriate measure to use because of the Company’s highly leveraged position.

Adjusted EBITDA has certain material limitations, primarily due to the exclusion of certain amounts that are material to the Company’s consolidated results of operations, such as interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the Adjusted EBITDA calculations reported by other companies in the industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operating performance and profitability by excluding from EBITDA certain items that the Company believes are not indicative of its ongoing operating results or will not impact future operating cash flows, which include restructuring and impairment charges, stock compensation and costs associated with the acquisitions and equity registrations.

Adjusted EPS is not a recognized financial measure under U.S. GAAP, does not purport to be an indicator of the Company’s financial performance, and might not be consistent with measures used by other companies. Management believes this supplemental measure is useful in understanding underlying trends of the business and analyzing the effects of certain events that are infrequent or unusual for the Company.

Adjusted EPS has certain material limitations, primarily due to the exclusion of certain amounts from earnings that are material to the Company’s consolidated results of operations, such as merger-related costs, restructuring charges, certain interest and other expenses, and certain adjustments to net income, to arrive at net income available to common stockholders. As a result, Adjusted EPS differs materially from the earnings per share calculations reported by other companies in the industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. In addition, Adjusted EPS for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 is calculated assuming the number of shares of common stock outstanding at the period end was outstanding for the entire period, which is materially different from a calculation using weighted average shares outstanding as required by U.S. GAAP.

Investor Conference Call

Viasystems will broadcast live via internet an investor conference call at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, May 3, 2011. The live listen-only audio of the conference call will be available at http://investor.viasystems.com. The live conference call will be available by telephone for professional investors and analysts by dialing 877-640-9867 (toll-free) or 914-495-8546.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week at 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291. Replay listeners should enter the conference ID 61565261. The webcast replay will be available at http://investor.viasystems.com for an indefinite period.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Viasystems regarding future events and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Statements regarding our expected performance in the second quarter of 2011 are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Viasystems undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from a variety of factors, including but not limited to: legal or regulatory proceedings; any actions taken by the Company, including but not limited to, restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions); or developments beyond the Company’s control, including but not limited to, changes in domestic or global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters, health concerns, international, political or military developments and technological developments. Additional factors that may cause results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” in the annual report on form 10-K filed by Viasystems with the SEC on February 9, 2011 and in Viasystems’ other filings made from time to time with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov.

About Viasystems

Viasystems Group, Inc. is a technology leader and a worldwide provider of complex multi-layer, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electro-mechanical solutions (E-M Solutions). Its PCBs serve as the “electronic backbone” of electronic equipment, and its E-M Solutions products and services integrate PCBs and other components into electronic equipment, including metal enclosures, cabinets, racks and sub-racks, backplanes, cable assemblies and busbars. Viasystems’ 15,400 employees around the world serve more than 800 customers in the automotive, telecommunications, industrial & instrumentation, computer and datacommunications and military and aerospace end markets. For additional information about Viasystems, please visit the Company’s website at www.viasystems.com.
   

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011       December 31, 2010       March 31, 2010
 
Net sales $ 238,710 $ 243,874 $ 186,640
Operating expenses:
Cost of goods sold, exclusive of items shown separately

193,188

191,500

146,139
Selling, general and administrative 18,170 17,636 18,695
Depreciation 15,860 14,879 12,630
Amortization 436 443 370
Restructuring and impairment   (134 )   (232 )   6,309  
Operating income 11,190 19,648 2,497
Other expense:
Interest expense, net 7,208 7,222 8,902
Amortization of deferred financing costs 504 503 466
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 706
Other, net   289     (205 )   515  
Income (loss) before taxes 3,189 12,128 (8,092 )
Income taxes   (589 )   2,586     3,851  
Net income (loss) $ 3,778   $ 9,542   $ (11,943 )
 
Less:
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest $ 312 $ 661 $ 137
Accretion of Redeemable Class B Senior Convertible preferred stock

1,053
Conversion of Mandatory Redeemable Class A Junior preferred stock

29,717
Conversion of Redeemable Class B Senior Convertible preferred stock  

   

   

105,021
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ 3,466   $ 8,881   $ (147,871 )
 
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.17   $ 0.44   $ (12.57 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.17   $ 0.44   $ (12.57 )
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   19,980,153     19,979,992     11,762,329  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   20,100,961     20,022,994     11,762,329  
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunction with the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
         

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

( dollars in thousands)
 
March 31, 2011 December 31, 2010
ASSETS (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 80,414 $ 103,599
Accounts receivable, net 173,210 169,247
Inventories 104,227 94,877
Prepaid expenses and other   27,564   22,940
Total current assets 385,415 390,663
Property, plant and equipment, net 281,197 273,113
Goodwill and other noncurrent assets   114,832   116,797
Total assets $ 781,444 $ 780,573
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 10,182 $ 10,258
Accounts payable 180,873 162,322
Accrued and other liabilities   64,294   83,798
Total current liabilities 255,349 256,378
Long-term debt, less current maturities 215,545 215,139
Other non-current liabilities   47,422   51,951
Total liabilities   518,316   523,468
 
Total stockholders’ equity   263,128   257,105
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 781,444 $ 780,573
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunctions with the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
         

VIASYSTEMS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
March 31, March 31,
2011 2010
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 947   $ (4,384 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (24,028 ) (9,521 )
Proceeds from disposals of property 43 -
Acquisition of Merix - (35,326 )
Cash acquired in acquisition of Merix   -     13,667  
Net cash used in investing activities   (23,985 )   (31,180 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayments of capital lease obligations (76 ) (26 )
Distribution to noncontrolling interest (71 )
Repayment of 10.5% Senior Subordinated Notes - (105,904 )
Change in restricted cash - 105,734
Borrowings under credit facilities, net - 10,000
Financing and other fees   -     (2,159 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (147 )   7,645  
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (23,185 ) (27,919 )
 
Beginning cash   103,599     108,993  
Ending cash $ 80,414   $ 81,074  
 

This information is intended to be reviewed in conjunction with the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

NET SALES AND BALANCE SHEET STATISTICS

(dollars in millions)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011       December 31, 2010       March 31, 2010
Net sales by segment `      
Printed Circuit Boards (a) $ 192.7 81 % $ 196.7 81 % $ 150.6 81 %
Assembly   46.0   19 %   47.2   19 %   36.0   19 %
$ 238.7   100 % $ 243.9   100 % $ 186.6   100 %
 

(a) Excludes $42.0 million of net sales reported by Merix Corporation during the period from January 1, 2010 through February 16, 2010, the date of Viasystems’ acquisition of Merix.
 
         
Percentage of Net Sales Net Sales Increase
Three Months Ended Sequential:       Year/Year:
Mar. 31,       Dec. 31,       Mar. 31, 1Q11 vs 1Q11 vs
2011 2010 2010 (b) 4Q10 1Q10 (b)
Net sales by end market
Automotive 38% 36% 35% 4% 13%
Telecommunications 18% 23% 22% (22%) (14%)
Industrial & Instrumentation 26% 24% 24% 7% 15%
Computer and Datacommunications 13% 13% 14% (3%) (5%)
Military and Aerospace 5% 4% 5% 4% 8%
100% 100% 100% (2%) 4%
 

(b) 1Q2010 is presented pro forma to include net sales reported by Merix Corporation during the period from January 1, 2010 through February 16, 2010, the date of Viasystems’ acquisition of Merix.
 
  1Q11       4Q10       3Q10       2Q10       1Q10
Working capital metrics
Days’ sales outstanding 65.3 62.5 60.6 62.0 61.0
Inventory turns 7.4 8.1 8.4 8.8 9.7
Days’ payables outstanding 84.3 76.3 74.6 75.8 71.5
Cash cycle (days) 29.6 30.8 28.8 27.5 26.7
   

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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME

TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(dollars in millions)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011       December 31, 2010       March 31, 2010
 
Operating income $ 11.2 $ 19.6 $ 2.5
Add-back:
Depreciation and amortization 16.3 15.3 13.0
Restructuring and impairment (0.1 ) (0.2 ) 6.3
Non-cash stock compensation expense 1.6 1.3 0.1
Costs relating to acquisitions and equity registrations   0.3         4.8
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29.3   $ 36.0   $ 26.7
   

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SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2011     Dec. 31, 2010     Sep. 30, 2010     Jun. 30, 2010     Mar. 31, 2010
 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders (GAAP)

$

3,466

$

8,881

$

10,211

$

6,540

$

(147,871

)
 
Adjustments:
Non-cash stock compensation expense

1,565

1,217

1,239

285

130
Amortization 940 946 959 963 836
Non-cash interest 399 399 399 399 399
Costs related to acquisitions and equity registrations

312

25

37

788

7,353
Restructuring and impairment (134 ) (232 ) 26 2,415 6,309
Preferred stock items 135,791
Special income tax items (5,260 ) (2,282 ) (13 ) (655 )
Income tax effect of adjustments  

27
   

78
   

1
   

(490

)
 

(19

)
 
Adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders

$

1,315
 

$

9,032
 

$

12,859
 

$

10,245
 

$

2,928
 
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (GAAP)  

20,100,961
   

20,022,994
   

19,979,260
   

19,982,252
   

11,762,329
 
 
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)

$

0.17
 

$

0.44
 

$

0.51
 

$

0.33
 

$

(12.57

)
 
Adjusted EPS (a) $ 0.07   $ 0.45   $ 0.64   $ 0.51   $ 0.15  
 

(a) For the three months ended March 31, 2010, the adjusted share count used for purposes of computing the Adjusted EPS was 19,979,015, representing the shares outstanding at the end of the period, after the recapitalization and merger had been completed.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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