Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today reported fiscal first quarter 2015 results for the period ended March 29, 2015.

First Quarter 2015 Highlights
  • Grew revenues by 12.2% year-over-year;
  • Achieved record adjusted gross profit margins of 40.6%, increasing 450 basis points from 36.1% in the year-ago period;
  • Expanded adjusted EBITDA margins to 15.5%, increasing 40 basis points from 15.1% in the year-ago period;
  • Generated adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share of $1.00, up 25% over last year's $0.80; and
  • Completed the acquisition of Tripwire, a leading global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions.

First Quarter 2015

On a GAAP basis, revenues for the quarter totaled $547.0 million, up $59.3 million, or 12.2%, compared to $487.7 million in the first quarter 2014. Gross profit margin in the first quarter was 38.0%, increasing 200 basis points from 36.0% in the year-ago period. Operating profit margin in the first quarter was 0.9%, decreasing from 10.2% in the year-ago period. Loss from continuing operations per diluted share totaled $(0.46), compared to income of $0.57 in the first quarter 2014. The year-over-year decline in both operating profit margin and income from continuing operations per diluted share was largely a result of amortization expense and other purchase accounting effects related to recent acquisitions.

Adjusted revenue for the quarter totaled $569.5 million, up $81.2 million, or 16.6%, compared to $488.3 million in the first quarter 2014. Adjusted gross profit margin in the first quarter was a company record 40.6%, increasing 450 basis points from 36.1% in the year-ago period. Adjusted EBITDA margin in the first quarter was 15.5%, increasing 40 basis points from 15.1% in the year-ago period. Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share totaled $1.00, compared to $0.80 in the first quarter 2014, a year-over-year increase of 25.0%. Adjusted results are non-GAAP measures, and a non-GAAP reconciliation table is provided as an appendix to this release.

John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc., said, "It was a solid start to the year, with gross margins of 40.6% setting a new company record. The demand environment as we entered 2015 varied by market and geography, with strength in our Network Security, Enterprise and Industrial platforms. This offset the impact of a stronger U.S. dollar and economic uncertainty in several emerging markets that affected demand within our Broadcast segment."

Outlook

"Although the stronger U.S. dollar does impact our results, I'm encouraged by the positive secular growth trends that we're experiencing, including improving demand for non-residential infrastructure, industrial automation equipment, and sophisticated cybersecurity solutions. While global economic uncertainty continues, Belden is well positioned with a diverse portfolio and proven business system," said Mr. Stroup.

The Company expects second quarter 2015 adjusted revenues to be $605 - $625 million and adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $1.15 - $1.25. For the full year ending December 31, 2015, the Company now expects adjusted revenues to be $2.450 - $2.500 billion compared to the previously guided range of $2.475 - $2.525 billion. The expected range of adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share is now $5.28 - $5.48 compared to the previously guided range of $5.28 - $5.58.

On a GAAP basis, the Company expects second quarter 2015 revenues to be $588 - $608 million and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $0.32 - $0.42. For the full year ending December 31, 2015, the Company now expects revenues to be $2.388 - $2.438 billion compared to the previously guided range of $2.417 - $2.467 billion. The expected range of income from continuing operations per diluted share is now $2.37 - $2.57 compared to the previously guided range of $2.37 - $2.67.

Earnings Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today at 10:30 am EDT to discuss results of the quarter and full-year. The listen-only audio of the conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at  http://investor.belden.com. The dial-in number for participants in the U.S. is 888-256-9157; the dial-in number for participants outside the U.S. is 913-312-0977. A replay of this conference call will remain accessible in the investor relations section of the Company's Web site for a limited time.
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
Revenues $ 546,957 $ 487,690
Cost of sales   (339,308 )   (311,973 )
Gross profit 207,649 175,717
Selling, general and administrative expenses (140,816 ) (94,848 )
Research and development (36,199 ) (20,571 )
Amortization of intangibles (26,504 ) (11,741 )
Income from equity method investment   768     954  
Operating income 4,898 49,511
Interest expense (23,926 ) (18,820 )
Interest income   80     150  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes (18,948 ) 30,841
Income tax expense   (688 )   (5,685 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (19,636 ) 25,156
Loss from disposal of discontinued operations, net of tax   -     (562 )
Net income (loss) $ (19,636 ) $ 24,594  
 
Weighted average number of common shares and equivalents:
Basic 42,535 43,514
Diluted 42,535 44,293
 
Basic income (loss) per share
Continuing operations $ (0.46 ) $ 0.58
Disposal of discontinued operations   -     (0.01 )
Net income (loss) $ (0.46 ) $ 0.57  
 
Diluted income (loss) per share
Continuing operations $ (0.46 ) $ 0.57
Disposal of discontinued operations   -     (0.01 )
Net income (loss) $ (0.46 ) $ 0.56  
 
Comprehensive income (loss) $ (5,723 ) $ 13,281  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.05 $ 0.05
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
           
March 29, 2015 December 31, 2014
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 166,700 $ 741,162
Receivables, net 392,727 379,777
Inventories, net 238,243 228,398
Deferred income taxes 21,173 22,157
Other current assets   58,432     42,656  
 
Total current assets 877,275 1,414,150
 
Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation 319,110 316,385
Goodwill 1,411,971 943,374
Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization 733,285 461,292
Deferred income taxes 38,215 40,652
Other long-lived assets   81,091     86,974  
 
$ 3,460,947   $ 3,262,827  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 233,604 $ 272,439
Accrued liabilities 247,945 250,420
Current maturities of long-term debt   2,500     2,500  
 
Total current liabilities 484,049 525,359
 
Long-term debt 1,904,413 1,765,422
Postretirement benefits 113,884 122,627
Deferred income taxes 126,367 10,824
Other long-term liabilities 35,019 31,409
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 503 503
Additional paid-in capital 592,837 595,389
Retained earnings 600,158 621,896
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (32,118 ) (46,031 )
Treasury stock   (364,165 )   (364,571 )
 
Total stockholders' equity   797,215     807,186  
 
$ 3,460,947   $ 3,262,827  
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
(In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ (19,636 ) $ 24,594
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used for operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 38,045 21,238
Share-based compensation 5,006 4,566
Loss on sale of business - 562
Income from equity method investment (768 ) (954 )
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation (3,690 ) (3,264 )

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of the effects of currency exchange rate changes and acquired businesses:
Receivables 10,341 (6,490 )
Inventories (18,211 ) (13,205 )
Accounts payable (34,562 ) 1,252
Accrued liabilities (23,965 ) (40,748 )
Accrued taxes (50 ) (3,622 )
Other assets (1,638 ) (2,417 )
Other liabilities   923     (1,927 )
Net cash used for operating activities (48,205 ) (20,415 )
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Cash used to acquire businesses, net of cash acquired (695,345 ) (4,700 )
Capital expenditures (15,456 ) (10,356 )
Payments from disposal of business - (956 )
Proceeds from disposal of tangible assets   6     12  
Net cash used for investing activities (710,795 ) (16,000 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under credit arrangements 200,000 -
Tax benefit related to share-based compensation 3,690 3,264
Debt issuance costs paid (622 ) (1,702 )
Cash dividends paid (2,140 ) (2,172 )
Proceeds (payments) from exercise of stock options, net of withholding tax payments   (10,842 )   (5,441 )
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities 190,086 (6,051 )
 
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (5,548 )   (1,259 )
 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (574,462 ) (43,725 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   741,162     613,304  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 166,700   $ 569,579  
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
CONSOLIDATED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(Unaudited)
     
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we provide non-GAAP operating results adjusted for certain items, including: asset impairments; accelerated depreciation expense due to plant consolidation activities; purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, such as the adjustment of acquired inventory and deferred revenue to fair value and transaction costs; revenue and cost of sales deferrals for certain acquired product lines subject to software revenue recognition accounting requirements; severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs; gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of businesses and tangible assets; amortization of intangible assets; gains (losses) on debt extinguishment; discontinued operations; and other costs. We utilize the adjusted results to review our ongoing operations without the effect of these adjustments and for comparison to budgeted operating results. We believe the adjusted results are useful to investors because they help them compare our results to previous periods and provide important insights into underlying trends in the business and how management oversees our business operations on a day-to-day basis. Adjusted results should be considered only in conjunction with results reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
 
Three Months Ended
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)
 
GAAP revenues $ 546,957 $ 487,690
Deferred revenue adjustments   22,494     617  
Adjusted revenues $ 569,451   $ 488,307  
 
GAAP gross profit $ 207,649 $ 175,717
Deferred gross profit adjustments 21,658 450
Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs 1,466 (49 )
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions   267     -  
Adjusted gross profit $ 231,040   $ 176,118  
 
GAAP gross profit margin 38.0 % 36.0 %
Adjusted gross profit margin 40.6 % 36.1 %
 
GAAP operating income $ 4,898 $ 49,511
Amortization of intangible assets 26,504 11,741
Deferred gross profit adjustments 21,658 450
Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs 14,483 2,295
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions 9,422 -
Accelerated depreciation   140     -  
Total operating income adjustments   72,207     14,486  
Adjusted operating income $ 77,105   $ 63,997  
Depreciation expense   11,401     9,497  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 88,506   $ 73,494  
 

GAAP operating income margin
0.9 % 10.2 %
Adjusted operating income margin 13.5 % 13.1 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin 15.5 % 15.1 %
 
GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations $ (19,636 ) $ 25,156
Operating income adjustments from above 72,207 14,486
Tax effect of adjustments   (9,309 )   (4,220 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 43,262   $ 35,422  
 
GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations per diluted share $ (0.46 ) $ 0.57
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share $ 1.00 $ 0.80
 
GAAP diluted weighted average shares 42,535 44,293
Adjustment for anti-dilutive shares that are dilutive under adjusted measures   677     -  
Adjusted diluted weighted average shares 43,212 44,293
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING SEGMENT MEASURES TO CONSOLIDATED MEASURES
(Unaudited)
                   
In addition to reporting consolidated financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, we provide non-GAAP consolidated operating results adjusted for certain items, including: asset impairments; accelerated depreciation expense due to plant consolidation activities; purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, such as the adjustment of acquired inventory and deferred revenue to fair value and transaction costs; revenue and cost of sales deferrals for certain acquired product lines subject to software revenue recognition accounting requirements; severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs; gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of businesses and tangible assets; amortization of intangible assets; and other costs. We utilize the consolidated adjusted results to review our ongoing operations without the effect of these adjustments and for comparison to consolidated budgeted operating results. We believe the consolidated adjusted results are useful to investors because they help them compare our consolidated results to previous periods and provide important insights into underlying trends in the business and how management oversees our business operations on a day-to-day basis. Consolidated adjusted results should be considered only in conjunction with consolidated results reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
 
 
Three Months Ended March 29, 2015

Broadcast

Solutions
 

Enterprise

Connectivity

Solutions
 

Industrial

Connectivity

Solutions
 

Industrial IT

Solutions
 

Network Security

Solutions
  Total Segments   Eliminations  

Income from

equity method

investment
  Consolidated
(In thousands, except percentages)
Segement revenues $ 213,586 $ 104,695 $ 152,972 $ 61,073 $ 37,125 $ 569,451 $ - $ - $ 569,451
Deferred revenue adjustments (4,130 ) - - - (18,364 ) (22,494 ) - -   (22,494 )
Consolidated revenues $ 546,957  
 
Segment EBITDA $ 29,232 $ 13,881 $ 24,173 $ 11,087 $ 9,901 $ 88,274 $ (536 ) $ 768 $ 88,506
Depreciation expense   (4,045 )     (3,002 )     (2,851 )     (559 )     (944 )     (11,401 )     -       -     (11,401 )

Adjusted operating income(A)
$ 25,187 $ 10,879 $ 21,322 $ 10,528 $ 8,957 $ 76,873 $ (536 ) $ 768 $ 77,105
Amortization of intangible assets (12,720 ) (138 ) (823 ) (1,410 ) (11,413 ) (26,504 ) - - (26,504 )
Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs (11,538 ) (557 ) (1,773 ) 52 (667 ) (14,483 ) - - (14,483 )
Deferred gross profit adjustments (3,294 ) - - - (18,364 ) (21,658 ) - - (21,658 )
Purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions - - (267 ) - (9,155 ) (9,422 ) - - (9,422 )
Accelerated depreciation   (140 )     -       -       -       -       (140 )     -       -     (140 )
Subtotal of reconciling items (27,692 ) (695 ) (2,863 ) (1,358 ) (39,599 ) (72,207 ) - -   (72,207 )
Consolidated operating income $ 4,898  
 
Segment EBITDA margin 13.7 % 13.3 % 15.8 % 18.2 % 26.7 % 15.5 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin 15.5 %
Adjusted operating income margin 11.8 % 10.4 % 13.9 % 17.2 % 24.1 % 13.5 % 13.5 %
GAAP operating income margin 0.9 %
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 30, 2014

Broadcast

Solutions
 

Enterprise

Connectivity

Solutions
 

Industrial

Connectivity

Solutions
 

Industrial IT

Solutions
 

Network Security

Solutions
  Total Segments   Eliminations  

Income from

equity method

investment
  Consolidated
(In thousands, except percentages)
Segement revenues $ 166,485 $ 108,394 $ 159,318 $ 54,110 $ - $ 488,307 $ - $ - $ 488,307
Deferred revenue adjustments (617 ) - - - - (617 ) - -   (617 )
Consolidated revenues $ 487,690  
 
Segment EBITDA $ 26,171 $ 14,175 $ 23,682 $ 9,588 $ - $ 73,616 $ (1,076 ) $ 954 $ 73,494
Depreciation expense   (2,881 )     (3,700 )     (2,384 )     (532 )     -       (9,497 )     -       -     (9,497 )

Adjusted operating income(A)
$ 23,290 $ 10,475 $ 21,298 $ 9,056 $ - $ 64,119 $ (1,076 ) $ 954 $ 63,997
Amortization of intangible assets (10,519 ) (168 ) (265 ) (789 ) - (11,741 ) - - (11,741 )
Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs (1,753 ) (139 ) (283 ) (120 ) - (2,295 ) - - (2,295 )
Deferred gross profit adjustments   (450 )     -       -       -       -       (450 )     -       -     (450 )
Subtotal of reconciling items (12,722 ) (307 ) (548 ) (909 ) - (14,486 ) - -   (14,486 )
Consolidated operating income $ 49,511  
 
Segment EBITDA margin 15.7 % 13.1 % 14.9 % 17.7 % 15.1 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin 15.1 %
Adjusted operating income margin 14.0 % 9.7 % 13.4 % 16.7 % 13.1 % 13.1 %
GAAP operating income margin 10.2 %
 
(A) Adjusted operating income by segment is presented for informational purposes only. Effective January 1, 2015, our measurement of segment profit or loss is Segment EBITDA. The prior periods presentation has been updated accordingly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
FREE CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)
     
We define free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash from operating activities adjusted for capital expenditures net of the proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets. We believe free cash flow provides useful information to investors regarding our ability to generate cash from business operations that is available for acquisitions and other investments, service of debt principal, dividends and share repurchases. We use free cash flow, as defined, as one financial measure to monitor and evaluate performance and liquidity. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered only in conjunction with financial measures reported according to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Our definition of free cash flow may differ from definitions used by other companies.
 
 
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
March 29, 2015 March 30, 2014
(In thousands)
GAAP net cash used for operating activities $ (48,205 ) $ (20,415 )

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from the disposal of tangible assets
  (15,450 )   (10,344 )
Non-GAAP free cash flow $ (63,655 ) $ (30,759 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
BELDEN INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
2015 REVENUE AND EARNINGS GUIDANCE
     
Year Ended Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015 June 28, 2015
Adjusted revenues $2.450 - $2.500 billion $605 - $625 million
Deferred revenue adjustments ($62 million) ($17 million)
GAAP revenues $2.388 - $2.438 billion $588 - $608 million
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share $5.28 - $5.48 $1.15 - $1.25
Amortization of intangible assets ($1.52) ($0.40)
Deferred gross profit adjustments ($0.86) ($0.25)
Severance, restructuring, and acquisition integration costs ($0.39) ($0.18)
Purchase accounting effects of acquisitions ($0.14) $0.00
GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share $2.37 - $2.57 $0.32 - $0.42
 
 
Our guidance for revenues and income from continuing operations per diluted share is based upon the extent of information currently available regarding events and conditions that will impact our future operating results for 2015. Our actual results are likely to be impacted by other additional events for which information is not available, such as asset impairments, purchase accounting effects related to acquisitions, severance and other restructuring costs, gains (losses) recognized on the disposal of tangible assets, gains (losses) on debt extinguishment, discontinued operations, and other gains (losses) related to events or conditions that are not yet known.
 
 
 
 
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted results are non-GAAP measures that reflect certain adjustments the Company makes to provide insight into operating results. All GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations accompany the consolidated financial statements included in this release and have been published to the investor relations section of the Company's Web site at http://investor.belden.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements including our expectations for the second quarter and full-year 2015. Forward-looking statements also include any other statements regarding future financial performance (including revenues, expenses, earnings, margins, cash flows, dividends, capital expenditures and financial condition), plans and objectives, and related assumptions. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by any forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including: the impact of a challenging global economy or a downturn in served markets; the cost and availability of raw materials including copper, plastic compounds, electronic components, and other materials; the competitiveness of the global broadcast, enterprise, and industrial markets; disruption of, or changes in, the Company's key distribution channels; volatility in credit and foreign exchange markets; the inability to successfully complete and integrate acquisitions in furtherance of the Company's strategic plan; the inability to execute and realize the expected benefits from strategic initiatives (including revenue growth, cost control, and productivity improvement programs); political and economic uncertainties in the countries where the Company conducts business, including emerging markets; the inability of the Company to develop and introduce new products and competitive responses to our products; assertions that the Company violates the intellectual property of others and the ownership of intellectual property by competitors and others that prevents the use of that intellectual property by the Company; variability in the Company's quarterly and annual effective tax rates; the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets and the resulting impact on financial performance; the impact of regulatory requirements and other legal compliance issues; disruptions in the Company's information systems including due to cyber-attacks; perceived or actual product failures; risks related to the use of open source software; disruptions and increased costs attendant to collective bargaining groups and other labor matters; and other factors.

For a more complete discussion of risk factors, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on February 23, 2015. Belden disclaims any duty to update any forward looking statements as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Belden

Belden Inc. delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com or follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

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