SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Tronic Corporation (Nasdaq:KTCC), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), today announced its results for the quarter ended December 30, 2017.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, Key Tronic reported total revenue of $111.7 million, compared to $118.5 million in the same period of fiscal year 2017. For the first six months of fiscal year 2018, total revenue was $220.9 million, compared to $235.7 million in the same period of fiscal year 2017.

As a result of the U.S. corporate tax reform in December 2017, the GAAP results for the second quarter of 2018 were impacted by discrete charges for unrepatriated overseas earnings and a write-down of certain deferred tax assets related to U.S. tax reform and an adjustment relating to foreign exchange totaling approximately $1.1 million in tax expense or $0.10 per share. In coming quarters, the Company will benefit from the tax reform through a reduction in its estimated effective tax rate from 25% to 20%.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Company had a net loss of approximately $0.2 million or $(0.02) per share, compared to net income of $1.5 million or $0.14 per share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, excluding the impact of the discrete tax adjustments, net income was approximately $0.9 million or $0.08 per share, compared to net income of $1.5 million or $0.14 per share for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.

For the first six months of fiscal year 2018, net income was $0.2 million or $0.02 per share, compared to net income of $3.3 million or $0.30 per share for the same period of fiscal year 2017.  For the first six months of fiscal year 2018, excluding the impact of the discrete tax adjustments that occurred during the second quarter, net income was approximately $1.3 million or $0.12 per share, compared to net income of $3.3 million or $0.30 per share for the same period of fiscal year 2017.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, gross margin was 7.9% and operating margin was 1.5%, compared to 8.1% and 2.1%, respectively, in the same period of fiscal 2017.

"New programs continue to ramp and we have continued to win significant new business from EMS competitors, including two new programs involving products for new and established customers in IoT for consumers and commercial applications," said Craig Gates, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While changes in the U.S. corporate tax law may have caused a net loss in the second quarter, we expect to benefit by paying less taxes in the U.S. under the new law in coming periods."

"Moving into the third quarter, we continue to see a strong pipeline of potential new business and our new programs continue to ramp. Recent customer wins are expected to contribute to sales growth in coming quarters. The details of the manufacturing ramp discussed last quarter relating to a consumer security product are yet to be finalized."

During the third quarter, the Company anticipates charges of approximately $0.7 million for legal expenses in connection with a binding arbitration hearing relating to roughly $10 million of purchased and paid inventory and receivables due from a former customer.  In addition to the inventory at issue in the arbitration, the Company is pursuing reimbursement for certain cancellation fees and other carrying costs already expensed but believed to be contractually due from the former customer.  The Company has not accrued for any outcomes related to this claim which could result in a one-time gain or loss. Legal costs are being expensed as incurred.  The ultimate disposition of this matter is unknown and could have a material effect on the consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows.

"We will also be incurring approximately $0.5 million for severance costs related to streamlining our facilities in Mexico during the third quarter as we expect that recently won new programs will require less labor content.  We expect these changes to reduce our overall Mexican facility expenses by approximately 9% in our fourth quarter and beyond.  Moreover, our U.S. facilities are proving to be increasingly profitable. While we are carefully managing our expenses, our investments in SMT, sheet metal and plastic molding capabilities in Mexico, China and the U.S. are expected to enable planned future growth."

Business Outlook

For the third 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 break-even to $0.05 per diluted share. These expected results assume the legal fees and severance costs discussed above with an effective tax rate of 20% 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 800-263-0877 or +1-323-794-2094 (Access Code: 6272620).  A replay will be available by calling 888-203-1112 or +1-719-457-0820 (Access Code: 6272620).

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, targets, or will, similar verbs, 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 periods of fiscal year 2018, effects of recent tax reform measures, business from new customers and programs, and impacts from legal proceedings and operational streamlining. 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 and effectiveness of ramping 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; impact of tax reform and related activities and the other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings.


  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  December 30, 2017   December 31, 2016   December 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net sales $ 111,725     $ 118,517     $ 220,942     $ 235,652  
Cost of sales 102,925     108,905     204,297     216,331  
Gross profit 8,800     9,612     16,645     19,321  
Research, development and engineering expenses 1,495     1,603     3,005     3,187  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,654     5,462     10,825     10,797  
Total operating expenses 7,149     7,065     13,830     13,984  
Operating income 1,651     2,547     2,815     5,337  
Interest expense, net 616     552     1,210     1,141  
Income before income taxes 1,035     1,995     1,605     4,196  
Income tax provision 1,259     467     1,397     876  
Net income (loss) $ (224 )   $ 1,528     $ 208     $ 3,320  
Net income (loss) per share — Basic $ (0.02 )   $ 0.14     $ 0.02     $ 0.31  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Basic 10,760     10,758     10,760     10,753  
Net income (loss) per share — Diluted $ (0.02 )   $ 0.14     $ 0.02     $ 0.30  
Weighted average shares outstanding — Diluted 10,760     10,968     10,760     10,919  

    December 30, 2017   July 1, 2017
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 450     $ 373  
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 and $84   57,437     65,193  
Inventories, net   108,873     101,590  
Other   13,804     11,037  
Total current assets   180,564     178,193  
Property, plant and equipment, net   28,473     30,496  
Other assets:        
Deferred income tax asset   7,463     6,981  
Goodwill   9,957     9,957  
Other intangible assets, net   4,258     4,800  
Other   2,097     2,413  
Total other assets   23,775     24,151  
Total assets   $ 232,812     $ 232,840  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 61,537     $ 53,078  
Accrued compensation and vacation   6,482     10,005  
Current portion of debt, net   5,841     5,841  
Other   9,810     8,829  
Total current liabilities   83,670     77,753  
Long-term liabilities:        
Term loans   15,852     18,773  
Revolving loan   15,633     18,335  
Other long-term obligations   844     1,412  
Total long-term liabilities   32,329     38,520  
Total liabilities   115,999     116,273  
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock, no par value—shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 10,760 and 10,760 shares, respectively   46,048     45,797  
Retained earnings   73,753     73,545  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,988 )   (2,775 )
Total shareholders' equity   116,813     116,567  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 232,812     $ 232,840  

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