SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $109.2 million, compared to $117.1 million in the same period of fiscal year 2017. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $0.4 million or $0.04 per share, compared to $1.8 million or $0.16 per share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, gross margin was 7.2% and operating margin was 1.1%, compared to 8.3% and 2.4%, respectively, in the same period of fiscal 2017.

During the first quarter of fiscal 2018, revenue was unexpectedly impacted by approximately $4 million along with a corresponding unfavorable impact on income as a result of delays in shipments due to massive flooding in Houston and unrelated industry-wide shortages of key electronic components affecting a few larger programs. In addition, the Company incurred approximately $0.3 million in statutory severance expense during the quarter in our Juarez facility.

"While the unanticipated revenue shortfall adversely impacted our margins and bottom line more rapidly than we could fully adjust our variable production expenses, we remained profitable in the first quarter," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "At the same time, we continued to win significant new business from other EMS competitors. We recently won two new programs involving HVAC controllers and exercise equipment monitors."

"Additionally, we recently signed a manufacturing agreement and began customer funded tooling related to a consumer security product.  This product is already in production at a small regional manufacturer, but demand has far surpassed that supplier's capacity.  We would normally announce this win next quarter as some details of the deal are yet to be finalized.  However, if the project proceeds as planned, it is expected to have a positive material impact on our results for the remainder of the second quarter and beyond.  If the deal is finalized within the second quarter, we will release further details of the program and update guidance as appropriate." "Moving into the second quarter, we continue to see a strong pipeline of potential new business and our new programs continue to ramp. We expect to see renewed revenue growth in coming quarters even as we deal with continued widespread supply constraints in the integrated circuit market place.  While carefully managing our expenses, we continue to invest in expanding our SMT, sheet metal and plastic molding capabilities in preparation for future growth." Business Outlook

For the second 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 $0.07 to $0.14 per diluted share. These expected results assume an effective tax rate of 25% in the quarter. (This guidance does not include the potential material impact to our second quarter if the new program relating to the consumer security product proceeds as currently anticipated)

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 800-274-0251 or +1-323-794-2551 (Access Code: 6482518).  A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1-719-457-0820 (Access Code: 6482518). 

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 and other language such as aims, anticipates, believes, could, estimates, expects, hopes, intends, plans, predicts, projects, targets or would or nouns corresponding to such verbs or language. Forward-looking statements also include other passages that are primarily relevant to expected future actions or events or that can only be fully evaluated by actions or 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, expectations relating to business programs, projects and relationships, and production and results relating to such business. 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, legal and regulatory environment and its impact on our customers and suppliers; the availability of parts from the supply chain; the accuracy of customers' expectations and forecasts; success of customers' programs, including expected size; timing of new programs, including speed of ramp; 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, including the most recent Form 10-K filing.

KEY TRONIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2017   October 1, 2016
Net sales $ 109,217     $ 117,135  
Cost of sales 101,372     107,426  
Gross profit 7,845     9,709  
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,510     1,584  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,171     5,335  
Total operating expenses 6,681     6,919  
Operating income 1,164     2,790  
Interest expense, net 594     589  
Income before income taxes 570     2,201  
Income tax provision 138     409  
Net income $ 432     $ 1,792  
Net income per share — Basic $ 0.04     $ 0.17  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,760     10,748  
Net income per share — Diluted $ 0.04     $ 0.16  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 10,760     10,922  

KEY TRONIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
    September 30, 2017   July 1, 2017
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 977     $ 373  
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $- and $84   55,607     65,193  
Inventories   105,658     101,590  
Other   16,358     11,037  
Total current assets   178,600     178,193  
Property, plant and equipment, net   29,184     30,496  
Other assets:        
Deferred income tax asset   7,028     6,981  
Goodwill   9,957     9,957  
Other intangible assets   4,523     4,800  
Other   2,442     2,413  
Total other assets   23,950     24,151  
Total assets   $ 231,734     $ 232,840  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 56,662     $ 53,078  
Accrued compensation and vacation   7,565     10,005  
Current portion of debt   5,841     5,841  
Other   7,966     8,829  
Total current liabilities   78,034     77,753  
Long-term liabilities:        
Term loan - long term   17,313     18,773  
Revolving loan   18,000     18,335  
Other long-term obligations   272     1,412  
Total long-term liabilities   35,585     38,520  
Total liabilities   113,619     116,273  
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,760 and 10,760 shares, respectively   45,901     45,797  
Retained earnings   73,977     73,545  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (1,763 )   (2,775 )
Total shareholders' equity   118,115     116,567  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 231,734     $ 232,840  

         
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