Increased Revenue and Earnings in Fourth Quarter; Expecting Continued Growth in First Quarter of Fiscal 2016; Continued New Customer Wins and Revenue Diversification

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Aug. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the three months and full year ended June 27, 2015. The Company's results were in-line with its previous guidance.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $120.4 million, up 67% from $72.1 million in the same period of fiscal year 2014. Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 included approximately $37 million in revenue from CDR Manufacturing, Inc. (dba Ayrshire Electronics), which was acquired on September 3, 2014.

For the full year of fiscal year 2015, total revenue was $434.0 million, up 42% from $305.4 million for fiscal year 2014. The Company continued to diversify its customer base, with the five largest customers in fiscal year 2015 representing 42% of its total revenue, compared to 62% in the prior year.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $2.3 million or $0.21 per diluted share, up from $1.4 million or $0.12 per diluted share for the same period of fiscal year 2014. Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 included tax credits for research and development activities of approximately $0.5 million or $0.04 per diluted share. For the full year of fiscal year 2015, net income was $4.3 million or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to $7.6 million or $0.67 per diluted share for the same period of fiscal year 2014.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, gross margin was 9% and operating margin was 3%, comparable to the same period of fiscal year 2014. For the full year of fiscal year 2015, gross margin was 8% and operating margin was 2%, compared to 9% and 3%, respectively, for fiscal year 2014. Over the longer term we expect our gross margin to gradually improve and move in the 9% to 10% range and expect increasing operating margin.

"During fiscal 2015, despite slowdowns by some longstanding customers, we made significant progress ramping up new programs, expanding our customer base and extending our worldwide capabilities," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The major event of the year was our acquisition and successful integration of Ayrshire Electronics, which significantly increased our combined annual revenue and more than doubled our number of customers, giving us a much stronger and more diverse foundation for growth.

"We're especially encouraged to see Ayrshire customers continue to award us with additional business because of our combined capabilities and global manufacturing footprint. At the same time, we have continued to penetrate into an even wider range of industries. In the fourth quarter, we won new programs involving home building products, material handling systems and lighting equipment.

"Entering fiscal 2016, as our new programs move into production and ramp up, we expect to see increasing revenue and earnings. Moreover, we continue to win new business, driven by the growing demand for our North American-based production, unique global structure, customer responsiveness, vertical integration and engineering capabilities. As we get the integration of the Ayrshire acquisition successfully behind us, we believe Key Tronic is increasingly well positioned to grow profitably, capture market share and capitalize on emerging opportunities."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Company expects to report revenue in the range of $122 million to $130 million, and earnings in the range of $0.17 to $0.24 per diluted share. The expected earnings range assumes an effective tax rate of 35%.

Conference Call

Key Tronic will host a conference call today to discuss its financial results at 2:00 PM Pacific (5:00 PM Eastern). A broadcast of the conference call will be available at under "Investor Relations" or by calling 888-359-3627 or +1-719-325-2464 (Access Code: 3323272). A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1 719-457-0820 (Access Code: 3323272). A replay will also be available on the Company's Web site.

About Key Tronic

Key Tronic is a leading contract manufacturer offering value-added design and manufacturing services from its facilities in the United States, Mexico and China. The Company provides its customers full engineering services, materials management, worldwide manufacturing facilities, assembly services, in-house testing, and worldwide distribution. Its customers include some of the world's leading original equipment manufacturers. For more information about Key Tronic visit:

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing verbs such as aims, anticipates, believes, estimates, expects, hopes, intends, plans, predicts, projects or targets or nouns corresponding to such verbs. Forward-looking statements also include other passages that are primarily relevant to expected future events or that can only be fully evaluated by events that will occur in the future. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, the Company's statements regarding its expectations with respect to quarterly revenue and earnings during fiscal year 2016. There are many factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted or projected in forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the future of the global economic environment and its impact on our customers and suppliers, the availability of parts from the supply chain, the accuracy of customers' forecasts; success of customers' programs; timing of new programs; success of new-product introductions; acquisitions or divestitures of operations or facilities; technology advances; changes in pricing policies by the Company, its competitors, customers or suppliers; and the other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings.
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  June 27, 2015 June 28, 2014 June 27, 2015 June 28, 2014
Net sales  $ 120,429  $ 72,127  $ 433,997  $ 305,394
Cost of sales 110,037 65,452 400,692 278,540
Gross profit 10,392 6,675 33,305 26,854
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,641 1,406 5,784 5,586
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,461 2,999 20,868 11,964
Total operating expenses 7,102 4,405 26,652 17,550
Operating income 3,290 2,270 6,653 9,304
Interest expense, net 443 31 1,353 81
Income before income taxes 2,847 2,239 5,300 9,223
Income tax provision 507 859 996 1,610
Net income  $ 2,340  $ 1,380  $ 4,304  $ 7,613
Net income per share — Basic  $ 0.22  $ 0.13  $ 0.41  $ 0.72
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,636 10,541 10,572 10,528
Net income per share — Diluted  $ 0.21  $ 0.12  $ 0.38  $ 0.67
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 11,414 11,346 11,286 11,358
(In thousands)
  June 27, 2015 June 28, 2014
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 372  $ 5,803
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $230 and $0 72,852 49,658
Inventories 91,594 55,634
Deferred income tax asset 6,643 935
Other 13,646 11,186
Total current assets 185,107 123,216
Property, plant and equipment, net 26,974 23,596
Other assets:    
Deferred income tax asset 80 3,325
Other 1,621 2,712
Goodwill 9,957 1,740
Other intangible assets, net 7,055 2,071
Total other assets 18,713 9,848
Total assets  $ 230,794  $ 156,660
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 61,528  $ 32,459
Accrued compensation and vacation 9,467 7,562
Current portion of debt 5,000 7,853
Other 10,794 4,293
Total current liabilities 86,789 52,167
Long-term liabilities:    
Term loan 26,250
Revolving loan 11,631
Deferred income tax liability 501 270
Other long-term obligations 4,855 578
Total long-term liabilities 43,237 848
Total liabilities 130,026 53,015
Shareholders' equity:    
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,706 and 10,547 shares, respectively 44,136 44,151
Retained earnings 61,395 57,091
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (4,763) 2,403
Total shareholders' equity 100,768 103,645
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 230,794  $ 156,660
CONTACT: Brett Larsen         Chief Financial Officer         Key Tronic Corporation         (509) 927-5500                  Michael Newman         Investor Relations         StreetConnect         (206) 729-3625