Gentex Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

ZEELAND, Mich., July 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentex Corporation (Nasdaq:GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

For the second quarter of 2014, the Company's net sales were $338.4 million, up 18% compared with net sales of $287.0 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The gross profit margin in the second quarter of 2014 was 39.7%, compared with a gross profit margin of 35.8% in the second quarter of 2013. The improvement in the gross profit margin is due to the impact of the HomeLink ® acquisition, improvements in product mix, and purchasing cost reductions, which were partially offset by annual customer price reductions.

Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $76.7 million, up 47% compared with net income of $52.1 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of 2014 were $0.52, an increase of $0.16 or 44% compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.36 in the second quarter of 2013.

During the second quarter of 2014, the Company benefited from incremental research & development tax credits related to its tax return filings for calendar years 2010 through 2012 in the amount of $5.5 million. As a result, the effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2014 decreased to 27.4% and the incremental impact to earnings per diluted share for the quarter was approximately $0.04. Additionally, in the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects to complete further studies relating to the 2013 calendar year, and estimates the effective tax rate to be approximately 30.5% - 31.5% for the third quarter, based on current tax laws and the incremental benefits associated with research & development tax credits not originally included in 2013 financial results.

Automotive mirror unit shipments in the second quarter of 2014 increased 12% compared with the second quarter of 2013, primarily due to increased unit shipments of both the Company's interior and exterior auto-dimming rearview mirrors, in all of the Company's primary markets. As a result, automotive net sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $329.6 million, up 18% compared with automotive net sales of $279.8 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Other net sales, which includes dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products, were $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 24% compared with $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

"We are pleased to continue to see strong revenue growth in a relatively flat light vehicle production environment," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Fred Bauer, "attributable to strength in our market penetration for our newly acquired HomeLink applications, inside and outside electrochromic mirrors, as well as SmartBeam and driver assist camera systems ," continued Bauer. "The Company continues to maintain focus and cost discipline, which has driven another quarter of record financial performance," concluded Bauer.

Future Estimates

The Company's forecasts for light vehicle production for each of the following periods in 2014 compared with the same periods in 2013 are based on the IHS Automotive July, 2014, forecast for light vehicle production in North America, Europe, Japan and Korea.
Light Vehicle Production (per IHS Automotive's July light vehicle production forecast)
(in Millions)
Region 3rd Quarter 2014 3rd Quarter 2013 % Change Calendar Year 2014 Calendar Year 2013 % Change
North America 4.25 3.88 10% 17 16.2 5%
Europe 4.57 4.56 —% 20 19.5 3%
Japan and Korea 3.27 3.25 1% 13.6 13.5 1%

Based on the July 2014 IHS production forecast and current forecasted product mix, the Company estimates that net sales in the third quarter of 2014 will increase approximately 15 - 20% compared to the third quarter of 2013, and estimates the gross profit margin in the third quarter of 2014 to be approximately 39.5 - 40%.

The Company also estimates that E, R&D expense for the third quarter of 2014 will increase 5 -10% compared with the third quarter of 2013. S, G&A expense is estimated to increase approximately 10% compared with the third quarter of 2013.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements contained in this communication that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give the Company's current expectations or forecasts of future events. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "goal", "hope", "may", "plan", "project", "will", and variations of such words and similar expressions. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond the Company's control, and could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those described. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in general industry or regional market conditions; changes in consumer and customer preferences for our products; our ability to be awarded new business; continued uncertainty in pricing negotiations with customers; loss of business from increased competition; customer bankruptcies or divestiture of customer brands; fluctuation in vehicle production schedules; changes in product mix; raw material shortages; higher raw material, fuel, energy and other costs; unfavorable fluctuations in currencies or interest rates in the regions in which we operate; costs or difficulties related to the integration of any new or acquired technologies and businesses; changes in regulatory conditions; warranty and recall claims and other litigation and customer reactions thereto; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; negative impact of any governmental investigations and associated litigations including securities litigations relating to the conduct of our business; integration of the newly acquired HomeLink business operations; retention of the newly acquired customers of the HomeLink business; and expansion of product offerings including those incorporating HomeLink technology. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law or the rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement should be read in conjunction with the additional information about risks and uncertainties identified under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's latest Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Second Quarter Conference Call

A conference call related to this news release will be simulcast live on the Internet beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT today, July 24, 2014. To access that call, go to and select the "Audio Webcast" icon on the right side of the page. Other conference calls hosted by the Company will also be available at that site in the future.

About The Company

Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The Nasdaq Global Select Market: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company's web site at
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months ended June 30,
      %     %
   2014  2013  Change  2014  2013  Change
North American Interior Mirrors 2,119 1,998 6% 4,094 4,030 2%
North American Exterior Mirrors 629 558 13% 1,165 1,068 9%
Total North American Mirror Units 2,748 2,556 8% 5,259 5,098 3%
International Interior Mirrors 3,310 2,889 15% 6,573 5,535 19%
International Exterior Mirrors 1,324 1,174 13% 2,675 2,291 17%
Total International Mirror Units 4,634 4,063 14% 9,247 7,826 18%
Total Interior Mirrors 5,429 4,887 11% 10,667 9,564 12%
Total Exterior Mirrors 1,953 1,732 13% 3,839 3,359 14%
Total Auto-Dimming Mirror Units 7,382 6,619 12% 14,506 12,924 12%
 Note: Percent change and amounts may not total due to rounding.
  (unaudited) (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months ended June 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Net Sales  $338,436,964  $ 286,973,898  $ 674,176,308  $ 556,472,867
Cost of Goods Sold 204,144,736 184,361,279 408,585,273 360,396,745
Gross profit 134,292,228 102,612,619 265,591,035 196,076,122
Engineering, Research & Development 20,234,074 18,864,182 40,723,301 37,547,758
Selling, General & Administrative 14,222,716 12,152,166 27,854,750 23,078,454
Income from operations 99,835,438 71,596,271 197,012,984 135,449,910
Other Income 5,786,565 5,532,668 10,301,109 7,432,941
Income before Income Taxes 105,622,003 77,128,939 207,314,093 142,882,851
Provision for Income Taxes 28,895,257 25,031,542 62,021,276 45,354,887
Net Income  $ 76,726,746  $ 52,097,397  $ 145,292,817  $ 97,527,964
Earnings Per Share        
Basic  $ 0.53  $ 0.36  $ 1.00  $ 0.68
Diluted  $ 0.52  $ 0.36  $ 0.99  $ 0.68
Weighted Average Shares        
Basic 145,215,130 143,240,233 145,059,684 142,888,337
Diluted 146,499,493 144,010,525 146,618,589 143,537,992
Cash Dividends Declared per Share  $ 0.16  $ 0.14  $ 0.30  $ 0.28
  June 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Cash and Cash Equivalents  $ 391,650,469  $ 309,591,724
Other Current Assets 342,057,709 291,594,518
Total Current Assets 733,708,178 601,186,242
Plant and Equipment - Net 358,316,077 357,021,225
Goodwill 307,365,845 307,365,845
Long-Term Investments 109,797,786 107,005,522
Intangible Assets 356,525,000 366,175,000
Patents and Other Assets 24,321,193 25,334,600
Total Other Assets 798,009,824 805,880,967
Total Assets  $ 1,890,034,079  $ 1,764,088,434
Current Liabilities  $ 128,813,323  $ 119,980,414
Long-Term Debt 261,875,000 265,625,000
Deferred Income Taxes 51,607,443 50,879,337
Shareholders' Investment 1,447,738,313 1,327,603,683
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Investment  $ 1,890,034,079  $ 1,764,088,434

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