VPG Reports Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended April 2, 2016.

Highlights:
  • First quarter net revenues of $56.6 million.
  • First quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.13.
  • New products - advanced sensors' revenue grew approximately 95% in the first quarter 2016 from the first quarter 2015, and approximately 42% from the fourth quarter 2015.
  • Fiscal year 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share reaffirmed - in the range of $0.80 to $1.00 - at constant exchange rates as of the first quarter of 2016.
  • Announced Pacific Instruments acquisition, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance data acquisition systems.

Ziv Shoshani, VPG's chief executive officer said, "Revenues this quarter, which are flat compared with our first quarter 2015 revenues, included the effects of the weak global steel environment and a $1.2 million negative foreign exchange rate impact versus last year's first quarter, due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. While global economic conditions remain soft, we are encouraged that our consolidated book-to-bill increased sequentially to 1.03, from 0.95 in the fourth quarter of 2015."

Net revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were $56.6 million, flat compared with $56.6 million of net revenues for the prior year period. Comparing sequential results, net revenues for the first quarter of 2016 decreased by $2.3 million, or 3.9%, from $58.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2016 were $0.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the first quarter of 2015 of $0.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.

The following table reconciles the company's non-U.S. GAAP measures included in the press release, which are provided for comparison with other results, and the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures:

   
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
 
Fiscal quarter ended

April 2, 2016

March 28, 2015
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 480 $ 860
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 296
Acquisition costs 62
Restructuring costs 675 78
 

Reconciling items affecting income tax expense
Tax effect of adjustments for purchase accounting, acquisition costs, restructuring costs, and discrete tax item   (179 )   16
Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 1,692   $ 922
 
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share $ 0.13 $ 0.07
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,399 13,960
 

Segments

The Foil Technology Products segment revenues were $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 5.0% from $25.1 million in the first quarter last year, and up 0.3% from $26.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross margin for the segment increased to 42.3% for the first quarter of 2016 compared to 41.4% in the first quarter last year, and up from 36.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross margin increased from the comparable prior year period primarily due to higher volume. The sequential gross margin increase was primarily due to the realization of savings related to our previously announced cost reduction programs and fourth quarter adjustments.

The Force Sensors segment revenues of $14.8 million in the first quarter of 2016 were down 2.6% compared to $15.2 million in the first quarter last year, and were down 4.8% from $15.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Decreased year-over-year revenues are attributable primarily to $0.3 million of negative exchange rate impact. The decrease in sequential revenues is attributable to lower volume. The gross margin for the segment was 18.4% in the first quarter of 2016 versus 21.8% in the first quarter of 2015, and 20.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross margin for the quarter decreased from the comparable prior year period primarily due to a reduction in inventory. The sequential gross margin decrease is mainly due to lower volume.

The Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues were $15.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, down 5.1% from $16.3 million in the first quarter last year, and down 9.4% from $17.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Decreased year-over-year revenues were attributable to $0.8 million of negative foreign exchange rate effects and a slowdown in the steel industry, partially offset by the acquisition of Stress-Tek. The sequential decrease is attributable to lower volume in the steel industry, process weighing in Europe, and onboard weighing in the U.S., partially offset by the acquisition of Stress-Tek. The gross margin for the segment was 38.3% in the first quarter of 2016 (40.2% excluding the Stress-Tek acquisition purchase accounting adjustments of $0.3 million) versus 44.6% in the first quarter of 2015 and 47.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015 (47.8% excluding the KELK acquisition purchase accounting adjustment of $0.1 million). The year-over-year decrease in gross margin is primarily due to the negative effects of foreign exchange rates and unfavorable product mix. Sequentially, gross margin decreased due to lower volume.

Outlook

Mr. Shoshani concluded, "In light of global economic conditions, we expect net revenues in the range of $57 million to $62 million for the second quarter of 2016. We are reaffirming our expectation for fiscal year 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.80 to $1.00, at constant exchange rates as of the first quarter of 2016."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today (May 10, 2016) at 10:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. CDT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 1939174, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode: 10079715. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time.

About VPG

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of foil technology products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's force sensors products and its weighing and control systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated.

Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions; changes in the current pace of economic recovery; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies (including the acquisitions of Stress-Tek and Pacific Instruments); the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities; difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; difficulties in implementing our ERP system, and the associated impact on manufacturing efficiencies and customer satisfaction; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies, such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to lower-cost countries; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Fiscal quarter ended

April 2, 2016
 

March 28, 2015
 
Net revenues $ 56,629 $ 56,608
Costs of products sold   36,854     35,629  
Gross profit 19,775 20,979
Gross profit margin 34.9 % 37.1 %
 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 18,048 18,748
Acquisition costs 62
Restructuring costs   675     78  
Operating income 990 2,153
Operating margin 1.7 % 3.8 %
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (328 ) (187 )
Other   425     (929 )
Other income (expense) - net   97     (1,116 )
 
Income before taxes 1,087 1,037
 
Income tax expense   591     190  
 
Net earnings 496 847
Less: net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   16     (13 )
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 480   $ 860  
 
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.04 $ 0.06
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.04 $ 0.06
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,178 13,746
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,399 13,960
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
 

April 2, 2016
 

December 31, 2015
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 61,380 $ 62,641
Accounts receivable, net 35,235 35,553
Inventories:
Raw materials 15,498 15,062
Work in process 21,362 20,289
Finished goods   20,196     20,849  
Inventories, net 57,056 56,200
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   8,621     7,814  
Total current assets 162,292 162,208
 
Property and equipment, at cost:
Land 3,631 3,639
Buildings and improvements 55,288 55,003
Machinery and equipment 86,834 84,409
Software 7,319 7,284
Construction in progress 2,561 2,288
Accumulated depreciation   (98,480 )   (95,992 )
Property and equipment, net 57,153 56,631
 
Goodwill 12,949 12,603
 
Intangible assets, net 18,026 17,683
 
Other assets   14,761     14,622  
Total assets $ 265,181   $ 263,747  
 
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 8,903 $ 8,004
Payroll and related expenses 12,698 13,888
Other accrued expenses 15,524 16,604
Income taxes 788 527
Current portion of long-term debt   2,173     2,120  
Total current liabilities 40,086 41,143
 
Long-term debt, less current portion 30,539 31,037
Deferred income taxes 334 334
Other liabilities 7,497 7,195
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs   11,534     11,597  
Total liabilities   89,990     91,306  
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity:
Common stock 1,277 1,276
Class B convertible common stock 103 103
Treasury stock (8,765 ) (8,765 )
Capital in excess of par value 190,694 190,436
Retained earnings 22,807 22,327
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (31,118 )   (33,121 )
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity 174,998 172,256
Noncontrolling interests   193     185  
Total equity   175,191     172,441  
Total liabilities and equity $ 265,181   $ 263,747  
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
  Three fiscal months ended

April 2, 2016
 

March 28, 2015
 
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 496 $ 847
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 2,746 2,787
(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment (15 ) 2
Share-based compensation expense 356 267
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence 363 480
Other (826 ) 967
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net 915 (546 )
Inventories, net (866 ) (3,518 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (795 ) (775 )
Trade accounts payable 791 (42 )
Other current liabilities   (2,514 )   (2,818 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   651     (2,349 )
 
Investing activities
Capital expenditures (2,191 ) (2,800 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   28      
Net cash used in investing activities   (2,163 )   (2,800 )
 
Financing activities
Principal payments on long-term debt and capital leases (531 ) (1,280 )
Purchase of treasury stock (1,231 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interests   (8 )   (16 )
Net cash used in financing activities (539 ) (2,527 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   790     (1,754 )
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,261 ) (9,430 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   62,641     79,642  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 61,380   $ 70,212  
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Gross Profit Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
 
  Fiscal quarter ended

April 2, 2016
 

March 28, 2015
Gross profit $ 19,775 $ 20,979
Gross profit margin 34.9 % 37.1 %
 

Reconciling items affecting gross profit margin
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 296
   
Adjusted gross profit $ 20,071   $ 20,979  
Adjusted gross profit margin 35.4 % 37.1 %
 
 
 
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
 
Fiscal quarter ended

April 2, 2016

March 28, 2015
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 480 $ 860
 

Reconciling items affecting operating margin
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 296
Acquisition costs 62
Restructuring costs 675 78
 

Reconciling items affecting income tax expense
Tax effect of adjustments for purchase accounting, acquisition costs, restructuring costs, and discrete tax item   (179 )   16  
Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 1,692   $ 922  
 
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share $ 0.13 $ 0.07
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,399 13,960
 

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