Jason Industries Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jason Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:JASN) (NASDAQ:JASNW) ("Jason" or the "Company") today reported third quarter 2016 net sales of $170.1 million, net loss of $2.5 million and diluted loss per share of $0.13. These results included pre-tax restructuring of $0.6 million. For the third quarter of 2016, adjusted net loss was $1.8 million and adjusted loss per share was $0.06. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $16.5 million or 9.7 percent of net sales. Net cash provided by operating activities during the quarter was $2.1 million and free cash flow was negative $1.9 million.

"We continue to operate in a challenged industrial demand environment, with several declining end markets," said Jeffry N. Quinn, chairman and chief executive officer of Jason. "Seating was impacted by decreases in heavyweight motorcycle volumes which were driven by our customers' lower new equipment builds. Components experienced lower railcar volumes as expected, and Finishing saw softness in general industrial markets."

"In spite of our top-line headwinds, we are making progress on initiatives to structurally improve our margins. While we did not see the operational improvement at the speed and magnitude we anticipated during the quarter and are disappointed with the results, we are confident we will deliver on our cost reduction and margin expansion commitments. We will continue to devote significant resources to improving manufacturing efficiency in our plants and improving our operational talent. Our team is committed to investing in our businesses for long-term success with our customers and employees, and value creation for our shareholders," added Quinn.

Cost Reduction and Margin Expansion Program:

As part of the previously announced Cost Reduction and Margin Expansion program, the Company announced the following business portfolio optimization and cost reduction actions:
  • Acoustics has initiated a sale process for its European operations to divest approximately $30 million in non-core revenue. The Company expects to complete the sale of the European operations in the next two quarters. The sale of this business will drive margin expansion and a focus on growth in the core North American automotive market. 
  • Finishing will close operations in Brazil by the end of 2016, exiting approximately $6 million of revenue in a non-core geographic end market. The exit from this market will drive margin expansion, strategic focus, and simplification of the Finishing business. 
  • Components will close a manufacturing facility in Libertyville, Ill. as part of the Company's ongoing footprint rationalization.  The facility closure will consolidate two existing facilities in Libertyville, optimizing footprint and capacity in response to declining demand in the railcar market better positioning the business to serve customers through a single manufacturing facility in the Midwest. The closure will achieve annual run-rate cost savings of $1.3 million beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017. As a result of this action, Jason expects to record a pre-tax restructuring charge to earnings of approximately $1.5 million in the first half of 2017.

In addition to these actions, the Company announced it has commenced a process to evaluate monetizing certain real estate assets through a sale leaseback transaction to accelerate net debt reduction.

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