SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the three months ended September 26, 2015.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $126.2 million, up 46% from $86.3 million in the same period of fiscal year 2015. Results for the first quarters of fiscal years 2016 and 2015 included approximately $35 million and $11 million, respectively, in revenue from the acquisition of Ayrshire.

As previously announced, the Company had approximately $2.0 million of unanticipated expenses and erosion of gross margin related to a single longstanding customer that requested a significant and immediate increase in production volumes for a new program at the start of the quarter and then later abruptly cancelled those orders.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, gross margin was 7.1% and operating margin was 1.4%, compared to 4.9% and (2.0)%, respectively, in the same period of fiscal year 2015. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $0.8 million or $0.07 per share, up from $(1.5) million or $(0.14) per share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

"While the sudden and unanticipated impact from the unusual volatility in demand of a certain customer in the first quarter was disappointing, our new programs continue to ramp and we continue to diversify our customer base," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, our top five customers represented 47% of our total revenue compared to 50% a year ago and 64% two years ago. We also continued to see a healthy pipeline of potential new business, winning new programs involving telecommunications and security equipment.

"In the second and third quarters, we expect the decline from the same longstanding customer to continue to impact our growth. By the fourth quarter, we expect the lost revenue from this program to be more than offset by new revenue from the continued ramp of new programs. At the same time, we anticipate increased operating efficiencies and profitability in coming periods." 

Business Outlook 

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Company expects to report revenue in the range of $115 million to $120 million, and earnings in the range of $0.08 to $0.13 per diluted share. These expected results assume 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 www.keytronic.com under "Investor Relations" or by calling 888-438-5453 or +1-719-457-1512 (Access Code: 368895).  A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1 719-457-0820 (Access Code: 368895). 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: www.keytronic.com.

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
  September 26, 2015   September 27, 2014
Net sales $ 126,209     $ 86,342  
Cost of sales 117,290     82,104  
Gross profit 8,919     4,238  
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,556     1,336  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,583     4,607  
Total operating expenses 7,139     5,943  
Operating income (loss) 1,780     (1,705 )
Interest expense, net 533     189  
Income (loss) before income taxes 1,247     (1,894 )
Income tax provision (benefit) 430     (371 )
Net income (loss) $ 817     $ (1,523 )
Net income (loss) per share — Basic $ 0.08     $ (0.14 )
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,706     10,548  
Net income (loss) per share — Diluted $ 0.07     $ (0.14 )
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 11,391     10,548  

(In thousands)
    September 26, 2015   June 27, 2015
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 140     $ 372  
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $229 and $97   73,761     72,852  
Inventories   100,800     91,594  
Deferred income tax asset   6,245     6,643  
Other   15,515     13,646  
Total current assets   196,461     185,107  
Property, plant and equipment, net   26,898     26,974  
Other assets:        
Deferred income tax asset   2,637     80  
Goodwill   9,957     9,957  
Other intangible assets   6,774     7,055  
Other   1,573     1,621  
Total other assets   20,941     18,713  
Total assets   $ 244,300     $ 230,794  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 74,957     $ 61,528  
Accrued compensation and vacation   7,456     9,467  
Current portion of debt   5,000     5,000  
Other   13,239     10,794  
Total current liabilities   100,652     86,789  
Long-term liabilities:        
Term loan - long term   25,000     26,250  
Revolving loan   12,131     11,631  
Deferred income tax liability       501  
Other long-term obligations   7,401     4,855  
Total long-term liabilities   44,532     43,237  
Total liabilities   145,184     130,026  
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,707 and 10,706 shares, respectively   44,647     44,136  
Retained earnings   62,212     61,395  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (7,743 )   (4,763 )
Total shareholders' equity   99,116     100,768  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 244,300     $ 230,794  


CONTACTS:Brett LarsenChief Financial OfficerKey Tronic Corporation(509) 927-5500Michael NewmanInvestor RelationsStreetConnect(206) 729-3625