SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Aug. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the quarter and year ended July 1, 2017.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $118.5 million, compared to $123.9 million in the same period of fiscal year 2016. For fiscal year 2017, total revenue was $467.8 million, compared to $485.0 million for fiscal year 2016.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $1.3 million or $0.12 per share, compared to $2.1 million or $0.20 per share for the same period of fiscal year 2016. For fiscal year 2017, net income was $5.6 million or $0.51 per share, compared to $6.5 million or $0.58 per share for fiscal year 2016.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, gross margin was 8.3% and operating margin was 2.0%, compared to 8.7% and 2.8%, respectively, in the same period of fiscal year 2016. The results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 include approximately $3.2 million in revenue for shipped excess inventory for a prior customer at cost, which had no contribution to margins.

"During fiscal 2017, our revenue and margins were impacted by declining demand from some longstanding customers, which was not yet offset by the continued ramp up in revenue from our new programs," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While the EMS business is very competitive, we continued to win new business during the year, including two new programs involving gaming and seismic monitoring devices awarded in the fourth quarter, bringing the total number of significant program wins to nine for the fiscal year."

"Throughout fiscal 2017, we made significant investments in improving our customer support organization and expanding our SMT, sheet metal and plastic molding capabilities in preparation for future growth. Moving into fiscal 2018, we continue to see a strong pipeline of potential new business and our new programs continue to ramp.  We believe we're well positioned to see growth in revenue and increasing profitability in the second half of fiscal 2018."

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Company expects to report revenue in the range of $110 million to $115 million, and earnings in the range of $0.10 to $0.15 per diluted share. These expected results assume an effective tax rate of 25% in the quarter.

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 888-378-4439 or +1-323-794-2130 (Access Code: 3803457).  A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1 719-457-0820 (Access Code: 3803457). 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 2018. 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
  July 1, 2017   July 2, 2016   July 1, 2017   July 2, 2016
Net sales $ 118,544     $ 123,905     $ 467,797     $ 484,965  
Cost of sales 108,704     113,064     429,497     446,140  
Gross profit 9,840     10,841     38,300     38,825  
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,637     1,701     6,393     6,397  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,845     5,664     22,363     22,012  
Total operating expenses 7,482     7,365     28,756     28,409  
Operating income 2,358     3,476     9,544     10,416  
Interest expense, net 581     591     2,288     2,265  
Income before income taxes 1,777     2,885     7,256     8,151  
Income tax provision 441     739     1,639     1,618  
Net income $ 1,336     $ 2,146     $ 5,617     $ 6,533  
Net income per share — Basic $ 0.12     $ 0.20     $ 0.52     $ 0.61  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,760     10,714     10,756     10,710  
Net income per share — Diluted $ 0.12     $ 0.20     $ 0.51     $ 0.58  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 10,856     10,966     10,917     11,278  

(In thousands)
    July 1, 2017   July 2, 2016
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 373     $ 1,018  
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $84 and $135   65,193     61,678  
Inventories   101,590     107,006  
Other   11,037     11,757  
Total current assets   178,193     181,459  
Property, plant and equipment, net   30,496     27,925  
Other assets:        
Deferred income tax asset   6,981     8,982  
Goodwill   9,957     9,957  
Other intangible assets   4,800     5,928  
Other   2,413     1,673  
Total other assets   24,151     26,540  
Total assets   $ 232,840     $ 235,924  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 53,078     $ 58,967  
Accrued compensation and vacation   10,005     9,571  
Current portion of debt   5,841     5,000  
Other   8,829     10,572  
Total current liabilities   77,753     84,110  
Long-term liabilities:        
Term loans   18,773     21,250  
Revolving loan   18,335     18,073  
Other long-term obligations   1,412     6,909  
Total long-term liabilities   38,520     46,232  
Total liabilities   116,273     130,342  
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,760 and 10,725 shares, respectively   45,797     45,227  
Retained earnings   73,545     67,928  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,775 )   (7,573 )
Total shareholders' equity   116,567     105,582  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 232,840     $ 235,924  

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