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VPG Reports Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter and Twelve Month Results

MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. ( VPG ), a leading producer of precision sensors and sensors-based systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Growth in revenues to $77.0 million, up 10.9% year-over-year
  • Earnings were $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $0.33 reported last year
  • Adjusted diluted EPS* increased to $0.54 compared to prior year $0.39
  • Operating margin for the quarter is 9.2%, as compared to 10.3% reported last year
  • Adjusted operating margin* for the quarter is 12.9%, as compared to 11.5% reported last year
  • Cash from operations was $17.4 million with free cash flow* of $12.8 million

2018 Full Year Highlights:

  • Growth in revenues to $299.8 million, up 17.9% year-over-year
  • Earnings increased to $1.75 per diluted share, compared to $1.07 reported last year
  • Adjusted diluted EPS* increased to $2.05 compared to prior year $1.14
  • Operating margin for the year is 12.4%, as compared to 8.8% reported last year
  • Adjusted operating margin* for the year is 13.5% as compared to 9.7% reported last year
  • Cash from operations was $35.4 million with free cash flow* of $21.0 million

Ziv Shoshani, Chief Executive Officer of VPG, commented, “Our continued focus on execution delivered solid revenues and net earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. Free cash for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 was strong demonstrating good execution and cost discipline. We remain dedicated to delivering revenues, margins and net earnings to continue to enhance long-term shareholder value."

The Company's fourth fiscal quarter 2018 net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders were $3.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to $4.5 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017. Foreign currency exchange rates for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased net income by $0.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, relative to the prior year period.

In the twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2018, net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders grew to $23.6 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, compared to $14.3 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2017. Foreign currency exchange rates for the twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2018 increased net income by $0.6 million or $0.05 per diluted share relative to the prior year period.

The fourth fiscal quarter 2018 adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders increased to $7.3 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $5.3 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period.

In the twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2018, adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders increased to $27.8 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders of $15.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. Included as an adjustment to net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders for the twelve fiscal months ended December 31, 2017, were net proceeds of $1.5 million related to a one time lease termination payment at the Company's Tianjin, People's Republic of China location.

Non-cash Impairment Charge

As a result of our regular review of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets during the fourth quarter of each year, we recorded a $2.8 million pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge to reduce the carrying value of the goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets related to our Pacific Instruments business, which is part of the Foil Technology Products reporting segment. This charge is preliminary and could change as it is finalized when we file our 2018 Form 10-K with the SEC.

Segments

Foil Technology Products segment revenues grew 22.9% to $36.7 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, up from $29.9 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue increased 2.3% from $35.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase in revenues was attributable to precision resistor products in all regions for distribution and EMS customers, primarily in the test and measurement and avionics, military and space markets. In addition, advance sensors products in Asia for OEM customers in the force measurement market and Pacific Instruments products in the Americas for end users customers in the avionics, military and space market contributed to the increase. The sequential increase in revenue was primarily attributable to precision resistor products in Asia for EMS and distribution customers in the test and measurement and avionics, military and space markets.

Gross profit margin for the Foil Technology Products segment was 42.0% for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, an increase compared to 39.3% in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017, and a decrease compared to 43.9% in the third fiscal quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase in gross profit margin was primarily due to an increase in volume. Sequentially, gross profit margin decreased due to higher supplies and tooling and repairs and maintenance costs, manufacturing inefficiencies, partially offset by an increase in volume.

Force Sensors segment revenues decreased 4.1% to $17.0 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, down from $17.7 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue decreased 3.4%, from $17.6 million in the third quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease in revenues was mainly attributable to distribution customers in the force measurement market, primarily in the Americas. The sequential decrease in revenue was mainly attributable to distribution customers in the precision weighing market, mainly in the Americas.

Gross profit margin for the Force Sensors segment was 26.6% for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, a decrease compared to 29.5% in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017, and an increase compared to 25.9% in the third fiscal quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit margin was primarily due to an increase in wages, the U.S. imposition of tariffs on goods from China, and a reduction in inventory. Sequentially, gross profit margin increased due to manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by a reduction in volume.

Weighing and Control Systems segment revenues grew by 6.5% to $23.2 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, up from $21.8 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017; sequential revenue increased 5.8% from $22.0 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2018. The increase in revenues year-over-year was primarily attributable to the steel product line in Asia and process weighing product line in the Americas and Europe. The sequential increase in revenue was primarily attributable to a volume increase in the steel product line in Asia and process weighing product line in Europe, partially offset by a reduction in volume for the steel product line in Europe.

Gross profit margin for the Weighing and Control Systems segment was 46.8% for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, an increase compared to 44.8% from the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017, and an increase compared to 46.6% from the third fiscal quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase in gross profit margin was primarily due to the increase in volume. Sequential gross profit margin increased due to an increase in volume.

Near-Term Outlook

“In light of a continued stable business environment, at constant fourth fiscal quarter 2018 exchange rates, we expect net revenues in the range of $72 million to $78 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2019,” concluded Mr. Shoshani.

*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We define “adjusted net earnings” as net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders before restructuring costs, impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles, pension settlement, acquisition purchase accounting adjustments, net proceeds from lease termination and associated tax effects. "Free cash flow" for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018 is defined as the amount of cash generated from operations ($17.4 million), in excess of our capital expenditures ($4.6 million), net of proceeds, if any, from the sale of assets ($0.0 million). "Free cash flow" for the fiscal year of 2018 is defined as the amount of cash generated from operations ($35.4 million) in excess of our capital expenditures ($14.5 million), net of proceeds, if any, from the sale of assets ($0.1 million). The reconciliation table within this release reconciles the Company's non-GAAP measures, which are provided for comparison with other results, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are meaningful because they provide insight with respect to intrinsic operating results.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today (February 20) at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 0417825, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com .

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode 10127465. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time.

About VPG

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based measurement systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of foil technology products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's force sensors products and its weighing and control systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated.

Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions; difficulties or delays in completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies; the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities; difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; political, economic and military instability in the countries in which we operate; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies, such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to achieve efficiencies; significant developments from the recent and potential changes in tariffs and trade regulation; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
Fiscal quarter ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Net revenues $ 76,982 $ 69,439
Costs of products sold 46,166 42,699
Gross profit 30,816 26,740
Gross profit margin 40.0 % 38.5 %
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 20,905 18,828
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 2,820
Restructuring costs 752
Operating income 7,091 7,160
Operating margin 9.2 % 10.3 %
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (405 ) (450 )
Other (403 ) (489 )
Other (expense) income - net (808 ) (939 )
Income before taxes 6,283 6,221
Income tax expense 2,846 1,771
Net earnings 3,437 4,450
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 19 (26 )
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 3,418 $ 4,476
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.25 $ 0.34
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 0.25 $ 0.33
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,474 13,292
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,595 13,529
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)
Years ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Net revenues $ 299,794 $ 254,350
Costs of products sold 178,527 156,067
Gross profit 121,267 98,283
Gross profit margin 40.5 % 38.6 %
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 80,935 73,751
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 2,820
Restructuring costs 289 2,044
Operating income 37,223 22,488
Operating margin 12.4 % 8.8 %
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (1,738 ) (1,842 )
Other (1,496 ) (83 )
Other (expense) income - net (3,234 ) (1,925 )
Income before taxes 33,989 20,563
Income tax expense 10,344 6,169
Net earnings 23,645 14,394
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests (1 ) 49
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 23,646 $ 14,345
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 1.76 $ 1.08
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders $ 1.75 $ 1.07
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 13,439 13,262
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,535 13,471
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 90,159 $ 74,292
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts 53,156 46,789
Inventories:
Raw materials 18,052 16,601
Work in process 22,007 23,160
Finished goods 22,182 20,174
Inventories, net 62,241 59,935
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,314 10,299
Total current assets 214,870 191,315
Property and equipment, at cost:
Land 3,390 3,434
Buildings and improvements 51,055 50,276
Machinery and equipment 105,840 95,158
Software 8,532 7,955
Construction in progress 2,157 2,252
Accumulated depreciation (111,555 ) (103,401 )
Property and equipment, net 59,419 55,674
Goodwill 16,141 19,181
Intangible assets, net 17,656 20,475
Other assets 18,297 19,906
Total assets $ 326,383 $ 306,551
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 11,461 $ 13,678
Payroll and related expenses 17,757 15,892
Other accrued expenses 17,031 15,952
Income taxes 3,879 2,515
Current portion of long-term debt 4,654 3,878
Total current liabilities 54,782 51,915
Long-term debt, less current portion 22,421 28,477
Deferred income taxes 2,200 2,300
Other liabilities 13,545 14,131
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs 14,982 16,424
Total liabilities 107,930 113,247
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Common stock 1,307 1,288
Class B convertible common stock 103 103
Treasury stock (8,765 ) (8,765 )
Capital in excess of par value 196,666 192,904
Retained earnings 66,569 43,076
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (37,465 ) (35,450 )
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity 218,415 193,156
Noncontrolling interests 38 148
Total equity 218,453 193,304
Total liabilities and equity $ 326,383 $ 306,551
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited - In thousands)
Years ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Operating activities
Net earnings $ 23,645 $ 14,394
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles 2,820
Depreciation and amortization 10,631 10,626
(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment (120 ) (195 )
Share-based compensation expense 1,799 1,499
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence 1,876 2,065
Deferred income taxes 1,011 1,890
Other 819 893
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable (7,757 ) (10,537 )
Inventories (5,095 ) (4,307 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 588 (3,260 )
Trade accounts payable (819 ) 2,009
Other current liabilities 5,981 7,652
Net cash provided by operating activities 35,379 22,729
Investing activities
Capital expenditures (14,521 ) (6,960 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 132 541
Net cash used in investing activities (14,389 ) (6,419 )
Financing activities
Principal payments on long-term debt (5,603 ) (2,628 )
Proceeds from revolving facility 22,000 41,000
Payments on revolving facility (19,000 ) (41,000 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (109 ) (75 )
Payments of employee taxes on certain share-based arrangements (801 ) (303 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (3,513 ) (3,006 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,610 ) 2,536
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 15,867 15,840
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 74,292 58,452
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 90,159 $ 74,292
Supplemental disclosure of investing transactions:
Capital expenditures purchased $ (13,239 ) $ (10,092 )
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing transactions:
Conversion of exchangeable notes to common stock $ (2,794 ) $ (1,303 )
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Gross Profit Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
Fiscal quarter ended Years ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Gross profit $ 30,816 $ 26,740 $ 121,267 $ 98,283
Gross profit margin 40.0 % 38.5 % 40.5 % 38.6 %

Reconciling items affecting gross profit margin

Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 49 91
Adjusted gross profit $ 30,816 $ 26,789 $ 121,267 $ 98,374
Adjusted gross profit margin 40.0 % 38.6 % 40.5 % 38.7 %
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Operating Margin
(Unaudited - In thousands)
Fiscal quarter ended Years ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Operating income 7,091 7,160 $ 37,223 22,488
Operating margin 9.2 % 10.3 % 12.4 % 8.8 %

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 49 91
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles ** 2,820 2,820
Restructuring costs 752 289 2,044
Adjusted operating income $ 9,911 $ 7,961 $ 40,332 $ 24,623
Adjusted operating margin 12.9 % 11.5 % 13.5 % 9.7 %
** preliminary and subject to change as it is finalized when the Company files its 2018 Form 10-K with the SEC
VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.
Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share data)
Fiscal quarter ended Years ended
December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 3,418 $ 4,476 $ 23,646 $ 14,345

Reconciling items affecting operating margin

Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments 49 91
Impairment of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles ** 2,820 2,820
Restructuring costs 752 289 2,044

Reconciling items affecting other income/expense

UK pension settlement 673 673
Net proceeds from lease termination (1,544 )
Tax rebate 189 189

Less reconciling items affecting income tax expense

Tax effect of reconciling items and discrete tax items (377 ) 165 (333 ) (174 )
Adjusted net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders $ 7,288 $ 5,301 $ 27,761 $ 15,299
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 13,595 13,529 13,535 13,471
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share $ 0.54 $ 0.39 $ 2.05 $ 1.14
** preliminary and subject to change as it is finalized when the Company files its 2018 Form 10-K with the SEC

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