Vishay Intertechnology Inc. ( VSH)

Q3 2011 Earnings Conference Call

November 1, 2011 9:00 AM ET


Peter Henrici – SVP, Corporate Communications

Lori Lipcaman – EVP and CFO

Gerald Paul – President and CEO


Matt Sheerin – Stifel Nicolaus

Joe Flaningvil [ph] – Longbow Research

Steve Smigie – Raymond James

Jim Suva – Citigroup

Shawn Harrison – Longbow Research



Good morning, and welcome to the Vishay Intertechnology Third Quarter 2011 Earnings Call. My name is Melissa [ph], and I will be your conference moderator today. (Operator instructions). Thank you, I will now turn the call over to Peter Henrici, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. You may begin.

Peter Henrici

Thank you Melissa [ph]. Good morning and welcome to Vishay Intertechnology’s Third Quarter 2011 Conference Call. With me today are Dr. Gerald Paul, Vishay’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Lori Lipcaman, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

As usual, we’ll start today’s call with the CFO who will review our third quarter financial results. Dr. Gerald Paul, will then give an overview of our business and discuss operational performance as well as segment results in more detail.

Finally, we’ll reserve time for questions and answers. This call is being webcast from the investor relations section of our website at A replay for this call will be publicly available for approximately 30 days.

You should be aware that in today’s conference call, we will be making certain forward-looking statements that discuss future events and performance. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements.

For discussion of factors that could cause results to differ, please see today’s press release and Vishay’s from 10-K and form 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, during this call, we may refer to adjusted, or other financial measures that are not prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles.

We use non-GAAP measures because we believe they provide useful information about the operating performance of our businesses and should be considered by investors in conjunction with GAAP measures that we also provide.

This morning, we filed the form 8-K that outlines the various variables that impact the diluted earnings per share computation. We expect to file our form 10-Q for the third quarter this evening. On the investor relation section of our website, you can find a presentation of the Q3, 2011 financial information containing some of the operational metrics Dr. Paul will be discussing, as well as a presentation on Vishay’s growth plan.

Now, I turn the discussion over to Chief Financial Officer, Lori Lipcaman.

Lori Lipcaman

Thank you, Peter. Good morning everyone. I’m sure that most of you have had the chance to review our earning’s preface, as you have seen, revenues were significantly down, quarter-over-quarter, but in line with our revised guidance. Margins for the quarter reflected primarily the lower volume, but also higher metal prices and an inventory reduction. I will focus on some highlights and key metrics.

In the third quarter, we amended our credit agreement to permit up to $300 million of share repurchases. We are now well-positioned for quick execution should the board authorize another share repurchase. The cost was 5 basis points. Details are available in our 8K filed September 9, 2011. We also completed the acquisition of the registered businesses of Huntington Electric.

The purchase price for these businesses was approximately $19 million objective customary post closing assessment. This new acquisition is well into our recently announced growth plan. Dr. Paul would elaborate further in his discussion of the register segment.

We expect to pay back of less then eight years.

Cash from operations for year-to-date September came in at $288 million. Capital expenditures were 90 million and proceeds from the sales of property and equipment were $2 million using a free cash generation of $200 million for the nine months. Backlog at the end of quarter three was 655 million worth 3.1 month of sales.

Looking at the PNL, revenues for the quarter were $638 million, down by 10.2% versus prior quarter and down by 8.2% compared to prior year. Gross margin was 26.3%, operating margin was 11.8%, adjusted operating margin was 12.1%, EPS was $0.31, and our adjusted EPS was $0.32.

I’d like to walkthrough our unusual items. Our adjusted operating margin excludes a pretext charge of $1.9 million related to cost incurred upon the resignation of our former Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Lior Yahalomi. Our adjusted EPS excludes the after tax for this charge.

In our press release, we’ve included a table which reconciles GAAP EPS with adjusted EPS. Let me reconcile the adjusted operating income for quarter three 2011 compared to prior quarter. Based on $72 million lower sales or $69 million lower exchange rate impacts, the adjusted operating income decreased by 42 million from 119 million in Q2 2011 to 77 million from Q3 2011.

The main elements were average selling prices had a negative impact of $7 million representing 1.1% AFP decline. Volumes decreased with a negative impact of 27 million. Cost increased for a negative impact of 6 million, 4 million of which related to a higher metal prices and our inventory reduction had a negative impact of $3 million.

Reconciling the adjusted operating income for quarter 3 2011 compared to prior year, based on 57 million lower sales or $75 million excluding exchange rate impacts, the adjusted operating income decreased by $54 million from 131 million quarter 3 2010 to $77 million in quarter 3 2011.

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