CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) announced 1st quarter 2015 results.
  • Sales were $98.3 million, down 2.4% compared to the first quarter of 2014, driven primarily by an unfavorable currency impact of $2.3 million as the US Dollar appreciated against the Euro and Chinese Renminbi.
  • GAAP earnings were $6.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $5.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.20, compared to $0.19 in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Currency impacted net earnings unfavorably by $1.7 million due to balance sheet translation of assets denominated in European currencies.

First quarter sales to automotive customers declined $3.7 million year-over-year primarily due to unfavorable currency impact of $2.3 million. Sales of electronic components increased $1.3 million year-over-year. CTS received $192 million in new business awards in the first quarter.

"We continued to execute well in the first quarter of 2015 although currency impacted our top line and earnings unfavorably," said Kieran O'Sullivan, CEO of CTS Corporation. "We recorded our strongest new business awards since we began reporting in the second quarter of 2013. We are following our strategic plan and transitioning our focus to Sense | Connect | Move."

CTS is expanding its share buyback program by $25 million. Including the remaining portion of the previous authorization, the total program has increased to approximately $32 million.

2015 Guidance

Management reaffirms its guidance for full year 2015 sales in the range of $400 to $430 million and adjusted earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.98 to $1.10. Currency continues to be a concern and may unfavorably impact Management's guidance by 2-3% on sales and 5-8 cents on earnings.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company has scheduled a conference call on Tuesday, April 28 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-500-6950 (719-325-2464, if calling from outside the U.S.). The conference I.D. number is 1987752. There will be a replay of the conference call from 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 through 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The telephone number for the replay is 888-203-1112 (719-457-0820, if calling from outside the U.S.). The access code is 1987752. Also, please note that a live audio webcast of the conference call will be available and can be accessed directly from the website of CTS Corporation www.ctscorp.com.

About CTS

CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic components and sensors to OEMs in the automotive, communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial and computer markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia. CTS' stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "CTS."

Safe Harbor

This document contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, any financial or other guidance, statements that reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events, and any other statements that are not based solely on historical fact. Forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations, certain assumptions and currently available information. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based on various assumptions as to future events, the occurrence of which necessarily are subject to uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are made subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those presented in the forward-looking statements. Examples of factors that may affect future operating results and financial condition include, but are not limited to: changes in the economy generally and in respect to the businesses in which CTS operates; unanticipated issues in integrating acquisitions; the results of actions to reposition our businesses; rapid technological change; general market conditions in the automotive, communications, and computer industries, as well as conditions in the industrial, defense and aerospace, and medical markets; reliance on key customers; unanticipated natural disasters or other events; the ability to protect our intellectual property; pricing pressures and demand for our products; unanticipated developments that could occur with respect to contingencies such as litigation and environmental matters as well as any product liability claims; and risks associated with our international operations, including trade and tariff barriers, exchange rates and political and geopolitical risks. Many of these, and other, risks and uncertainties are discussed in further detail in Item 1A. of the Annual Report on Form 10-K. We undertake no obligation to publicly update our forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof, including market or industry changes.
 
CTS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS - UNAUDITED
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
         
Three Months Ended
March 29, March 30,
2015 2014
 
Net sales $ 98,311 $ 100,706
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of goods sold 66,175 70,091
Selling, general and administrative expenses 15,711 13,641
Research and development expenses 5,199 5,626
Restructuring and impairment charges   738     503  
 
Operating earnings 10,488 10,845
 

Other (expense) income :
Interest expense (588 ) (613 )
Interest income 788 564
Other   (1,684 )   (1,771 )
Total other (expense) income   (1,484 )   (1,820 )
 
Earnings before income taxes 9,004 9,025
 
Income tax expense   2,717     3,945  
 
 
Net earnings $ 6,287   $ 5,080  
 
Net earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.19 $ 0.15
Diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.15
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.040   $ 0.040  
 
Average common shares outstanding:
Basic 33,411 33,708
Diluted 33,935 34,280
 
 
CTS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
   
 

Earnings per Share
 
The following table reconciles GAAP diluted earnings per share to adjusted diluted earnings per share for the Company:
 
Three Months Ended
March 29, March 30,
2015 2014
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.19 $ 0.15
 
Tax affected charges to reported diluted earnings per share:
Restructuring and related charges 0.01 0.02
Tax asset write-off related to restructuring   -   0.02
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.20 $ 0.19
 
 

Additional Information
 
The following table includes other financial information not presented in the preceding financial statements.
 
Three Months Ended
$ In thousands March 29, March 30,

Expense
2015 2014
Depreciation and Amortization $ 4,065 $ 4,248
Equity Based Compensation $ 1,520 $ 779
 
 

OTHER SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION(continued)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is diluted earnings per share.

CTS adjusts for these items because they are discrete events which have a significant impact on comparable GAAP financial measures and could distort an evaluation of our normal operating performance.

CTS uses an adjusted earnings per share measure to evaluate overall performance, establish plans and perform strategic analysis. Using this measure avoids distortion in the evaluation of operating results by eliminating the impact of events which are not related to normal operating performance. Because this measure is based on the exclusion or inclusion of specific items, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies which have similar titles. CTS' management compensates for this limitation when performing peer comparisons by evaluating both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures reported by peer companies. CTS believes that this measure is useful to its management, investors and stakeholders in that it:
  • provides a meaningful measure of CTS' operating performance,
  • reflects the results used by management in making decisions about the business, and
  • helps review and project CTS' performance over time.

We recommend that investors consider both actual and adjusted measures in evaluating the performance of CTS with peer companies.
     
CTS Corporation and Subsidiaries
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - UNAUDITED
(In thousands of dollars)
   
March 29, December 31,
2015 2014
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 138,333 $ 134,508
Accounts receivable, net 67,056 56,894
Inventories 28,580 27,887
Other current assets   20,741     21,112  
Total current assets   254,710     240,401  
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 70,462 71,414
Other Assets
Prepaid pension asset 34,304 32,099
Goodwill 32,047 32,047
Indefinite-lived intangible asset 690 690
Other intangible assets, net 34,929 35,902
Deferred income taxes 42,586 43,120
Other   1,469     1,253  
Total other assets   146,025     145,111  
Total Assets $ 471,197   $ 456,926  
 
 
Accounts payable $ 44,168 $ 43,343
Accrued payroll and benefits 9,211 11,283
Accrued liabilities   29,471     25,356  
Total current liabilities   82,850     79,982  
 
Long-term debt 83,200 75,000
Post retirement obligations 2,963 3,049
Other long-term obligations 9,050 9,106
Shareholders' equity
Common stock 300,706 299,892
Additional contributed capital 39,554 39,153
Retained earnings 385,100 380,145
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (104,165 )   (104,233 )
Total shareholders' equity before treasury stock 621,195 614,957
Treasury stock   (328,061 )   (325,168 )
Total shareholders' equity   293,134     289,789  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 471,197   $ 456,926  

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