Continued New Customer Wins; Investing for Growth in Coming Quarters

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the quarter ended October 1, 2016.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $117.1 million, compared to $126.2 million in the same period of fiscal year 2016. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $1.8 million or $0.16 per share, compared to $0.8 million or $0.07 per share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, gross margin was 8.3% and operating margin was 2.4%, compared to 7.1% and 1.4%, respectively, in the same period of fiscal 2016.

"While we saw a slight slowdown in demand from several customers during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, new programs continue to ramp and we are excited about our customer diversification and future prospects," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We saw year-over-year improvements in margins as we continue to replace the high risk revenue that was associated with the longstanding customer discussed in previous quarters. We have now fully exited that relationship."

"We continue to see a robust pipeline of potential new business and won new programs during the first quarter involving transportation logistics, medical and personal safety products. We are also encouraged by the strong prospects for new business involving our USA plants that we acquired in the Ayrshire acquisition. In coming periods we expect to see revenue growth in our USA plants as we complete their integration in the latter half of fiscal 2017. We plan to continue to invest in expanding our SMT, sheet metal and plastic molding capabilities while continuing to decrease our inventory levels to be more in line with revenues."

Business Outlook

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, the Company expects to report revenue in the range of $115 million to $120 million, and earnings in the range of $0.13 to $0.18 per diluted share. These expected results assume an effective tax rate of 25%.

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 888-780-3379 or +1-719-457-2630 (Access Code: 1808670).  A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1-719-457-0820 (Access Code: 1808670).

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 2017. 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
  October 1, 2016   September 26, 2015
Net sales $ 117,135     $ 126,209  
Cost of sales 107,426     117,290  
Gross profit 9,709     8,919  
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,584     1,556  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,335     5,583  
Total operating expenses 6,919     7,139  
Operating income 2,790     1,780  
Interest expense, net 589     533  
Income before income taxes 2,201     1,247  
Income tax provision 409     430  
Net income $ 1,792     $ 817  
Net income per share — Basic $ 0.17     $ 0.08  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,748     10,706  
Net income per share — Diluted $ 0.16     $ 0.07  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 10,922     11,391  

(In thousands)
    October 1, 2016   July 2, 2016
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 275     $ 1,018  
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $127 and $135   64,793     61,678  
Inventories   100,205     107,006  
Other   12,438     11,757  
Total current assets   177,711     181,459  
Property, plant and equipment, net   29,456     27,925  
Other assets:        
Deferred income tax asset   9,975     8,982  
Goodwill   9,957     9,957  
Other intangible assets   5,646     5,928  
Other   1,541     1,673  
Total other assets   27,119     26,540  
Total assets   $ 234,286     $ 235,924  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 53,068     $ 58,967  
Accrued compensation and vacation   7,369     9,571  
Current portion of debt   5,000     5,000  
Other   12,134     10,572  
Total current liabilities   77,571     84,110  
Long-term liabilities:        
Term loan - long term   20,000     21,250  
Revolving loan   22,996     18,073  
Other long-term obligations   7,256     6,909  
Total long-term liabilities   50,252     46,232  
Total liabilities   127,823     130,342  
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,756 and 10,725 shares, respectively   45,316     45,227  
Retained earnings   69,720     67,928  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (8,573 )   (7,573 )
Total shareholders' equity   106,463     105,582  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 234,286     $ 235,924  

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