Littelfuse Reports First Quarter Results

Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today reported sales and earnings for the first quarter of 2012.

First Quarter Highlights
  • Sales for the first quarter of 2012 increased 9% sequentially to $160.6 million but declined 4% compared to the first quarter of 2011. The electronics inventory correction was primarily responsible for the year-over-year decline, while all businesses contributed to the sequential improvement.
  • Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 were $0.81. This exceeded the company’s first quarter guidance of $0.68 to $0.78, but was below first quarter 2011 diluted earnings of $0.96 per share due primarily to lower sales and the effects of a weaker euro.
  • Sales and order trends by business unit were as follows:
    • Electronics sales declined 12% year over year primarily due to inventory swings in the supply chain. In the first quarter of 2011, distributors were building inventories and in the most recent quarter, distributors were reducing inventories. Electronics sales in the first quarter of 2012 increased 6% sequentially as the effects of the inventory correction subsided as the quarter progressed.
    • Automotive sales increased 15% sequentially but declined 2% compared to a strong first quarter of 2011. The year-over-year decline was due to one-time aftermarket sales in the first quarter of 2011 and a weaker euro partially offset by increased Cole Hersee sales.
    • Electrical sales increased 19% year over year due to continued strong growth in relays and custom products. Excluding Selco (acquired in August 2011), electrical sales increased 13% year-over-year.
    • The electronics book-to-bill ratio for the first quarter of 2012 improved to 1.16 from 0.96 for the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to a $5.0 million contribution to the U.S. pension plan. Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2012 were $3.2 million compared to $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2011.
  • In April, the company made an additional $10.0 million investment in Shocking Technologies, a start-up company that manufactures specialty polymer materials which are embedded in printed circuit boards to provide electrostatic discharge protection. Littelfuse has now invested $16.0 million in Shocking Technologies for an ownership stake of approximately 18%.
  • The previous share repurchase authorization expired on April 30, 2012 and was replaced with a one million share repurchase authorization effective through April 2013.

“The first quarter showed improvements in all key areas compared to the fourth quarter,” said Gordon Hunter, Chief Executive Officer. “Sales were higher for all three businesses and margins increased consistent with these higher sales levels. It appears that the electronics inventory correction is now behind us as evidenced by further reductions in distributor inventories, increasing shipments to distributors and a strong book-to-bill ratio.”

Outlook

  • Sales for the second quarter of 2012 are expected to be in the range of $168 to $178 million which represents 5% to 11% sequential growth.
  • Earnings for the second quarter of 2012 are expected to be in the range of $0.94 to $1.04 per diluted share.
  • Although capital expenditures were only $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2012, they are expected to increase over the next three quarters due to building expansions in support of growth initiatives at the company’s manufacturing sites in Canada, the Philippines and Mexico. Capital expenditures for the 2012 year are expected to be in the range of $30 to $35 million.

Dividend

The company will pay a cash dividend of $0.18 per common share on June 4, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 21, 2012.

Conference Call Webcast Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Central time to discuss the first quarter results. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed through the company’s Web site: www.littelfuse.com. Listeners should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The call will be available for replay through June 30, 2012 and can be accessed through the Web site listed above.

About Littelfuse

Founded in 1927, Littelfuse, Inc., the worldwide leader in circuit protection, offers the industry’s broadest and deepest portfolio of circuit protection products and solutions. Littelfuse devices protect products in virtually every market that uses electrical energy, from consumer electronics to automobiles to industrial equipment. In addition to its Chicago, Illinois, world headquarters, Littelfuse has more than 30 sales, distribution, manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Technologies offered by Littelfuse include Fuses; Gas Discharge Tubes (GDTs); Positive Temperature Coefficient Devices (PTCs); Protection Relays; PulseGuard® ESD Suppressors; SIDACtor® Devices; TVS Diode Arrays (SPA™ Family of Products); Switching Thyristors; TVS Diodes and Varistors. The company also offers a comprehensive line of highly reliable Electromechanical and Electronic Switch and Control Devices for commercial and specialty vehicles, as well as underground Power Distribution Centers for safe control and distribution of electricity in mining operations.

For more information, please visit Littelfuse’s Web site at www.littelfuse.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are intended to constitute “forward-looking statements” entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks relating to product demand and market acceptance, economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product quality problems or product recalls, capacity and supply difficulties or constraints, coal mining exposures reserves, failure of an indemnification for environmental liability, exchange rate fluctuations, commodity price fluctuations, the effect of the company’s accounting policies, labor disputes, restructuring costs in excess of expectations, pension plan asset returns less than assumed, integration of acquisitions and other risks which may be detailed in the company’s other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This report should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and in the company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012. For a further discussion of the risk factors of the company, please see Item 1A. “ Risk Factors” to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
     
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Net Sales by Business Unit and Geography
(In millions of USD, unaudited)
 
 
 
First Quarter

2012

2011

% Change
 

Business Unit
Electronics $ 77.1 $ 87.4 (12 %)
Automotive 52.6 53.9 (2 %)
Electrical   30.9   25.9 19 %
 
Total $ 160.6 $ 167.2 (4 %)
 
 
 
First Quarter

2012

2011

% Change
 

Geography
Americas $ 74.0 $ 70.8 5 %
Europe 27.8 32.6 (15 %)
Asia-Pacific   58.8   63.8 (8 %)
 
Total $ 160.6 $ 167.2 (4 %)
     
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of USD, except share amounts)
 

 

March 31, 2012

 

December 31, 2011

(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 178,692 $ 164,016
Short-term investments 19,022 13,997
Accounts receivable, less allowances 106,985 92,088
Inventories 77,729 75,575
Deferred income taxes 12,815 11,895
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,797 14,219
Assets held for sale   6,658     6,592  
Total current assets 416,698 378,382
Property, plant and equipment:
Land 5,075 4,888
Buildings 53,577 52,730
Equipment   285,711     281,521  
344,363 339,139
Accumulated depreciation   (227,704 )   (220,255 )
Net property, plant and equipment 116,659 118,884
Intangible assets, net of amortization:
Patents, licenses and software 10,500 10,753
Distribution network 18,998 19,307
Customer lists, trademarks and tradenames 14,505 14,523
Goodwill   116,693     115,697  
160,696 160,280
Investments 16,918 14,867
Deferred income taxes 3,761 4,191
Other assets   1,852     1,820  
Total assets $ 716,584   $ 678,424  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 28,650 $ 19,934
Accrued payroll 15,534 23,048
Accrued expenses 8,772 8,861
Accrued severance 1,743 1,843
Accrued income taxes 13,214 10,591
Current portion of long-term debt   96,500     85,000  
Total current liabilities 164,413 149,277
 
Long-term debt, less current portion - -
Accrued post-retirement benefits 10,544 15,292
Other long-term liabilities 12,270 12,752
Total equity   529,357     501,103  
Total liabilities and equity $ 716,584   $ 678,424  
 

Common shares issued and outstanding of 21,668,819 and 21,552,529 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
     
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands of USD, except per share data, unaudited)
 
 

 

For the Three Months Ended
 

 

March 31, 2012

 

April 2, 2011
 
Net sales $ 160,578 $ 167,160
 
Cost of sales   99,716     102,457  
 
Gross profit 60,862 64,703
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 28,409 27,395
Research and development expenses 5,161 4,795
Amortization of intangibles   1,468     1,595  
35,038 33,785
 
Operating income 25,824 30,918
 
Interest expense 423 336
Other expense (income), net   101     (26 )
 
Income before income taxes 25,300 30,608
Income taxes   7,411     9,030  
 
Net income $ 17,889   $ 21,578  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.83   $ 0.98  
Diluted $ 0.81   $ 0.96  
 

Weighted average shares and equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic   21,608     21,878  
Diluted   21,929     22,328  
 

Diluted Net Income Per Share
Net income as reported $ 17,889 $ 21,578
Less: income allocated to participating securities   (50 )   (102 )
Net income available to common shareholders $ 17,839   $ 21,476  
 
Weighted average shares adjusted for dilutive securities   21,929     22,328  
 
Diluted net income per share $ 0.81   $ 0.96  
 
Comprehensive income $ 27,031   $ 32,885  
     
LITTELFUSE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of USD, unaudited)
 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

March 31, 2012

 

April 2, 2011
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 17,889 $ 21,578

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 6,481 5,995
Amortization of intangibles 1,468 1,595
Non-cash inventory charge* 205 3,678
Stock-based compensation 1,365 1,182
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation (475 ) (975 )
Loss (gain) on sale of assets 7 (167 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (14,017 ) (11,279 )
Inventories (1,713 ) 675
Accounts payable 8,552 3,904
Accrued expenses (including post retirement) (5,543 ) (557 )
Accrued payroll and severance (7,728 ) (10,124 )
Accrued taxes 1,474 771
Prepaid expenses and other   (101 )   (2,559 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 7,864 13,717
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (3,244 ) (4,614 )
Purchase of short-term investments (4,616 ) -
Proceeds from sale of assets   21     167  
Net cash used in investing activities (7,839 ) (4,447 )
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from debt 17,000 15,000
Payments of term debt - (2,000 )
Payments of revolving credit facility (5,500 ) (12,000 )
Cash dividends paid (3,888 ) (3,284 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 4,217 9,998
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation   475     975  
Net cash provided by financing activities 12,304 8,689
 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
  2,347     3,854  
 
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 14,676 21,813
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   164,016     109,720  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 178,692   $ 131,533  
 
* Purchase accounting adjustment related to acquisitions.

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