Rogers Corporation Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter And Year-End Results

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) (the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter of 2013, reporting net sales of $136.2 million and net income from continuing operations of $0.64 per diluted share, which includes a special charge of $0.17 per diluted share associated with an impairment charge related to a year-end accounting revaluation of an investment made in 2009. Excluding this net special charge, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $0.81 per diluted share. Net sales and non-GAAP net income from continuing operations were above the Company’s guidance announced on October 29, 2013 of $129 to $135 million in net sales and net income from continuing operations of $0.68 to $0.80 per diluted share, respectively (the original guidance did not include any anticipated special charges). Fourth quarter 2012 net sales were $124.2 million with net income from continuing operations of $0.30 per diluted share, which included net special charges of $0.28 per diluted share. Excluding these special charges, fourth quarter 2012 non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $0.58 per diluted share.

Net sales from continuing operations for the full year 2013 were $537.5 million, a 7.8% increase from the $498.8 million reported for the full year 2012. Full year 2013 income from continuing operations was $2.12 per diluted share, which included net special charges of $0.49 per diluted share compared to $4.07 per diluted share for the full year 2012, which included a net benefit from special items of $2.06 per diluted share. The 2012 special items were primarily related to the reversal of a tax valuation allowance on the majority of the Company’s United States deferred tax assets. Excluding special adjustments, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $2.61 per diluted share for 2013 compared to $2.01 per diluted share for 2012, an increase of almost 30%.

Reconciliations of the GAAP to non-GAAP operating results discussed in this press release are set forth at its conclusion.

In keeping with the Company’s focus on capturing market driven opportunities that will help accelerate growth, management has realigned the structure of its Curamik Electronic Solutions and Power Distribution Systems businesses. The management of these businesses has been combined under one team that has full cross functional and regional responsibility over all aspects of the combined business and the executive management team will review the results and make decisions based on the combined business. In accordance with applicable accounting literature and in order to align our external reporting with the manner in which the Company now manages and operates the business, the operations of this segment will now be reported as Power Electronics Solutions, which will be comprised of the RO-LINX® power distribution and curamik® direct bond copper product lines. The Rogers Corporation reporting structure will now consist of the following operating segments - High Performance Foams (HPF), Printed Circuit Materials (PCM), Power Electronics Solutions (PES) and the Other reportable segment. Going forward all prior period information will be recast to support this change.

Business Segment Discussion

Printed Circuit Materials

Printed Circuit Materials reported all-time record net sales of $48.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 26.5% from the $38.5 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in net sales was driven by strong demand in global 4G - LTE base station deployments, automotive radar applications for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and rapid growth in certain mobile internet device applications in targeted programs with a major OEM. The 4G - LTE growth was especially strong in China where the Company believes its antenna and other high performance materials are well positioned. This business also experienced solid year over year growth in high reliability and satellite TV applications.

High Performance Foams

In the fourth quarter of 2013, High Performance Foams reported net sales of $41.2 million, a decrease of 13.4% compared to fourth quarter 2012 net sales of $47.6 million, which were record fourth quarter sales. The decrease in net sales is largely due to the previously discussed mobile internet device design changes that negatively impacted Rogers sales into that market compared to the year ago fourth quarter. The business continues to gain market penetration in consumer applications as sales of cushioning, sealing and impact protection materials in this market segment were up again this quarter.

Power Electronics Solutions

For the fourth quarter of 2013, net sales of Power Electronics Solutions totaled $40.3 million, an increase of 23.9% compared to the fourth quarter 2012 net sales of $32.5 million. The strong recovery in net sales was driven by growth in all geographies and markets, particularly in vehicle electrification, interconnects for all-electric vehicles, variable frequency motor drives, and clean energy applications in solar power modules and concentrated photovoltaic applications.

Joint Ventures

Rogers’ 50% owned High Performance Foams joint ventures’ net sales totaled $13.6 million this quarter, a decrease of 11.0% compared to the $15.3 million sold in the fourth quarter of 2012. The decline was primarily due to the depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar in the comparative fourth quarter. Excluding the currency adjustments in the fourth quarter of 2013 sales were relatively flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Operational Highlights

The Company ended the fourth quarter of 2013 with cash and cash equivalents of $191.9 million. Capital expenditures were $16.9 million for the full year 2013 compared to $23.8 million in 2012. Rogers expects capital expenditures of approximately $25 million in 2014.

The Company reported gross margins of 37.3% in the fourth quarter and 34.9% for the full year of 2013, which compares to 34.4% for the fourth quarter and 31.8% for the full year of 2012, respectively.

The Company’s 2013 effective tax rate was 23%. The Company currently projects its effective tax rate for the full year 2014 will be approximately 28%.

Bruce D. Hoechner, President and CEO commented: “We delivered strong revenue and margin growth for the quarter, and for 2013 overall, finishing the year with record revenues for Printed Circuit Materials and robust revenue growth in Power Electronics Solutions. The investments in our Marketing, R&D, and Operational Excellence capabilities are beginning to pay off. The streamlining initiatives we began two years ago are having a significant favorable impact on the bottom line and the positive indicators from our key markets lead us to expect healthy demand for our products as we move ahead. We project first quarter 2014 net sales to be between $134 to $138 million and net income from continuing operations to be between $0.68 to $0.75 per diluted share, reflecting the higher expected tax rate for 2014.”

About Rogers Corporation

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global technology leader in specialty materials and components for consumer electronics, power electronics, mass transit, clean energy, and telecommunications infrastructure. With more than 182 years of materials science and engineering experience, Rogers provides product designers with solutions to help them power, protect and connect our world with greater reliability, efficiency and performance. Rogers’ three core businesses include Power Electronics Solutions for high-voltage rail traction, energy efficient motor drives, wind and solar power conversion; High Performance Foams for cushioning, sealing and impact protection in tablets and smart phones, aircraft, rail and automotive interiors, sporting goods, apparel and gear; and Printed Circuit Materials for wireless infrastructure, power amplifiers, smart antennas, and radar systems for automotive and defense applications. Headquartered in Connecticut (USA), Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “target,” “may,” “project,” “guidance,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results or performance to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changing business, economic, and political conditions both in the United States and in foreign countries, particularly in light of the uncertain outlook for global economic growth, particularly in several of our key markets; uncertainty regarding resolution of the United States debt ceiling issues; increasing competition; any difficulties in integrating acquired businesses into our operations and the possibility that anticipated benefits of acquisitions and divestitures may not materialize as expected; delays or problems in completing planned operational enhancements to various facilities; our achieving less than anticipated benefits and/or incurring greater than anticipated costs relating to streamlining initiatives or that such initiatives may be delayed or not fully implemented due to operational, legal or other challenges; changes in product mix; the possibility that changes in technology or market requirements will reduce the demand for our products; the possibility of significant declines in our backlog; the possibility of breaches of our information technology infrastructure; the development and marketing of new products and manufacturing processes and the inherent risks associated with such efforts and the ability to identify and enter new markets; the outcome of current and future litigation; our ability to retain key personnel; our ability to adequately protect our proprietary rights; the possibility of adverse effects resulting from the expiration of issued patents; the possibility that we may be required to recognize impairment charges against goodwill and non-amortizable assets in the future; the possibility of increasing levels of excess and obsolete inventory; increases in our employee benefit costs could reduce our profitability; the possibility of work stoppages, union and work council campaigns, labor disputes and adverse effects related to changes in labor laws; the accuracy of our analysis of our potential asbestos-related exposure and insurance coverage; the fact that our stock price has historically been volatile and may not be indicative of future prices; changes in the availability and cost and quality of raw materials, labor, transportation and utilities; changes in environmental and other governmental regulation which could increase expenses and affect operating results; our ability to accurately predict reserve levels; our ability to obtain favorable credit terms with our customers and collect accounts receivable; our ability to service our debt; certain covenants in our debt documents could adversely restrict our financial and operating flexibility; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and changes in tax rates and exposure which may increase our tax liabilities. Such factors also apply to our joint ventures. We make no commitment to update any forward-looking statement or to disclose any facts, events, or circumstances after the date hereof that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statements, unless required by law. Additional information about certain factors that could cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those items described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including those in Item 1A, Risk Factors, of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Additional Information and February 24, 2014 Conference Call

For more information, please contact the Company directly, visit Rogers’ website, or send a message by email.

Website Address:

A conference call to discuss 2013 fourth quarter and full year results will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9:00AM (Eastern Time).

A slide presentation will be made available prior to the start of the call. The slide presentation may be accessed under the investor relations section of the Rogers Corporation website (

The Rogers participants in the conference call will be:

Bruce D. Hoechner, President and CEORobert C. Daigle, Senior Vice President and CTODennis M. Loughran, Vice President Finance and CFO

A Q&A session will immediately follow management’s comments.

To participate in the conference call, please call:

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1-973-935-8524 Internationally
There is no passcode for the live teleconference.

For playback access, please call: 1-855-859-2056 in the United States and 1-404-537-3406 internationally through 11:59PM (Eastern Time), Monday, March 3, 2014. The passcode for the audio replay is 31501500.

The call will also be webcast live in a listen-only mode. The webcast may be accessed through links available on the Rogers Corporation website at Replay of the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website approximately two hours following the webcast.

(Financial Statements Follow)

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended     Year Ended

December 31,2013

December 31,2012

December 31,2013

December 31,2012
Net sales $ 136,231   $ 124,176     $ 537,482   $ 498,761
Cost of sales   85,435     81,465       349,782     340,015
Gross margin 50,796 42,711 187,700 158,746
Selling and administrative expenses 30,062 27,049 106,398 99,689
Research and development expenses 4,763 4,704 21,646 19,311
Restructuring and impairment charges   4,620     4,133       10,376     14,082
Operating income 11,351 6,825 49,280 25,664
Equity income in unconsolidated joint ventures




Other income (expense), net (372) (348) (1,240) (208)
Net realized investment gain (loss) - - - (3,245)
Interest income (expense), net   (865)     (938)       (3,481)     (4,304)
Income before income tax expense 11,395 6,547 48,885 22,650
Income tax expense (benefit)   (135)     1,368       11,226     (46,484)
Income from continuing operations 11,530 5,179 37,659 69,134
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes  




Net income $ 11,530   $ 5,064     $ 37,761   $ 68,685
Basic net income (loss) per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.66 $ 0.31 $ 2.19 $ 4.21
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -     (0.01)       0.01     (0.03)
Net Income $ 0.66   $ 0.30     $ 2.20   $ 4.18
Diluted net income (loss) per share:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.64 $ 0.30 $ 2.12 $ 4.07
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -     (0.01)       0.01     (0.03)
Net Income $ 0.64   $ 0.29     $ 2.13   $ 4.04
Shares used in computing:
Basic 17,366,344 16,677,969 17,197,840 16,426,209
Diluted 17,936,386 17,254,959 17,768,075 16,991,158


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)
(IN THOUSANDS)   December 31, 2013     December 31, 2012
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 191,884 $ 114,863
Restricted cash - 950
Accounts receivable, net 85,126 78,788
Accounts receivable from joint ventures 1,897 2,142
Accounts receivable, other 2,638 2,297
Taxes receivable 1,578 5,079
Inventories 66,889 73,178
Prepaid income taxes 5,519 4,914
Deferred income taxes 7,271 7,225
Asbestos related insurance receivables 7,542 8,195
Other current assets 7,363 8,559
Assets of discontinued operations   -       746
Total current assets 377,707 306,936
Property, plant and equipment, net 146,931 149,017
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 18,463 21,171
Deferred income taxes 44,854 71,439
Pension Asset 2,982 -
Goodwill 108,671 105,041
Other intangible assets 49,171 53,288
Asbestos related insurance receivables 49,508 40,067
Investments, other 507 5,000
Other long term assets   7,740       8,065
Total assets $ 806,534     $ 760,024
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 17,534 $ 16,730
Accrued employee benefits and compensation 29,724 23,156
Accrued income taxes payable 4,078 3,135
Current portion of lease obligation 849 1,423
Current portion of long term debt 17,500 20,500
Asbestos related liabilities 7,542 8,195
Other current liabilities 12,813 11,363
Liabilities of discontinued operations   -       3
Total current liabilities 90,040 84,505
Long term debt 60,000 77,500
Long term lease obligation 7,170 6,942
Pension liability 5,435 65,942
Retiree health care and life insurance benefits 9,649 10,654
Asbestos related liabilities 52,205 43,222
Non-current income tax 10,208 19,300
Deferred income taxes 16,077 17,545
Other long term liabilities 223 262
Shareholders’ equity
Capital stock 17,855 16,904
Additional paid in capital 110,577 74,272
Retained earnings 438,545 400,784
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (11,450)       (57,808)
Total shareholders’ equity   555,527       434,152
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 806,534     $ 760,024

Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Comparable GAAP Measures

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Management believes non-GAAP information provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s performance by excluding certain items that are generally non-recurring and accordingly may not be indicative of the core business operating results. The Company believes that this additional financial information is useful to management and investors in assessing the Company’s historical performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. However, the non-GAAP information has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Income Per Diluted Share from Continuing Operations for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2013 and 2012:

The following table includes non-recurring charges related to special adjustments.
2013     2012  
Q4   YTD     Q4   YTD
GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations $ 0.64   $ 2.12 $ 0.30  



Add back special adjustments, net of tax:
Impairment charge on write down of investment 0.17 0.17 - -
Severance and related charges - 0.20 - 0.23
Pension curtailment and settlement charges - 0.06 - 0.08
Relocation charges for Curamik’s final inspection operation - 0.04 0.20 0.20
Asbestos charge for forecast period change - - 0.13 0.13
Foreign currency and copper hedging valuation adjustments - - 0.05 0.05
Closure of Bremen manufacturing operations in Germany - - - 0.12
Impairment charge on auction rate security liquidation - - - 0.10
Inventory revaluation - - (0.09 ) (0.09 )
US tax valuation allowance reversal - - - (2.74 )
Other net discrete tax items - - - (0.20 )
Other special charges   -     0.02       (0.01 )     0.06  
Total special charges   0.17     0.49       0.28       (2.06 )
Non-GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations $ 0.81   $ 2.61     $ 0.58     $ 2.01  

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