Viasystems Estimates Strong Fourth Quarter Net Sales And Operating Income

Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAS), a leading provider of complex multi-layer printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical solutions, today announced estimates of the company’s fourth quarter sales and operating income. The company also announced plans for upcoming presentations to investors.

  • Estimated net sales were $269 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011, a year-over-year increase of approximately 10%, and a seasonal sequential decrease from the immediately preceding quarter of approximately 4%.
  • Total orders in the fourth quarter improved both year-over-year and sequentially, and were slightly greater than estimated net sales for the period.
  • Estimated operating income was $23 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, a year-over-year increase of more than 17%, and a sequential increase of approximately 8%.
  • Estimated Adjusted EBITDA was $44 million in the fourth quarter, a year-over-year increase of approximately 22%, and a sequential increase of approximately 9%.
  • All estimates are subject to completion of the company’s annual audit.

“Despite continued uncertainty in the global economy, we are pleased with the way 2011 ended for Viasystems,” stated Chief Executive Officer David M. Sindelar. “We always expect a seasonal downturn of demand during the yearend holidays, but we took measures to position our Chinese PCB factories to come to the aid of customers left without products previously produced by flooded Thai manufacturers. We estimate that approximately $6 million of our fourth quarter net sales were derived from orders previously placed with PCB manufacturers in Thailand.”

“With a relatively stable cost environment during the quarter, combined with a rich product sales mix, we expect to report both year-over-year and sequential quarterly improvement in our profitability, following the completion of our annual financial statement audit,” continued Mr. Sindelar. “In particular, our PCB net sales, with higher overall operating margins, increased to approximately 83% of our total net sales in the final quarter of the year.”

“In terms of our end markets, we are pleased with the recent trends and near-term outlook for all but the telecommunications sector. Of course, we are keeping our eye on global economic developments for signals of recessionary and inflationary influences on each of our end markets,” concluded Sindelar.

Technology Conference Presentation

Viasystems expects to participate in the Stifel Nicolaus 2012 Technology & Telecom Conference at the St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel in Dana Beach, California, today, February 8, 2012. Mr. David Sindelar, Chief Executive Officer, will make a presentation to conference attendees at approximately 3:15 p.m. Pacific Time. The presentation will be webcast at The audio webcast will be archived at the same location for approximately 90 days.

Investor Conference Call

Viasystems expects to release results for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Management plans to discuss the results of the quarter during a conference call with investors and analysts at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, which Viasystems will broadcast live on the Internet.

The live listen-only audio of the conference call will be available at 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 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406. Replay listeners should enter the conference ID 49001517. The webcast replay will be available at for an indefinite period.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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, lenders and management of the company 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 its 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, loss on early extinguishment of debt, stock compensation, costs associated with acquisitions and equity registrations, and other, net.

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 future 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,

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 almost all electronic equipment, and its E-M Solutions products and services include integration of PCBs and other components into finished or semi-finished electronic equipment, for which it also provides custom and standard metal enclosures, cabinets, racks and sub-racks, backplanes, cable assemblies and busbars. Viasystems’ approximately 14,000 employees around the world serve approximately 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


Estimated operating income $ 23
Estimated depreciation and amortization 18
Estimated non-cash stock compensation expense 2
Estimated other, net 1
Estimated Adjusted EBITDA $ 44

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