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Benchmark Electronics Reports Results for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010
15% YEAR OVER YEAR REVENUE GROWTH
52% YEAR OVER YEAR INCREASE IN NON-GAAP DILUTED EPS
PR Newswire
ANGLETON, Texas

ANGLETON, Texas, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced sales of $627 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to $600 million for the same quarter in the prior year. The Company reported fourth quarter net income of $19 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. In the comparable period in 2009, the Company reported net income of $17 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. Excluding special items, the Company would have reported net income of $23 million, or $0.37 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to net income of $19 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2009. The reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial results at the end of this press release includes a description of our special items.

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2010 were $2.4 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in 2009. The net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $81 million, or $1.29 per diluted share. In the prior year, the net income was $54 million, or $0.83 per diluted share. Excluding special items, the Company would have reported net income of $86 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, in 2010, compared to net income of $59 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, in 2009.

"We saw a strong close to the fourth quarter due to increased demand from our computing customers," said Cary T. Fu, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "Our 2010 new program wins and our recent precision technology services expansion will position us for continued revenue growth in the second half of 2011."

Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Operating margin for the fourth quarter was 4.1% excluding special items and 3.3% on a GAAP basis.
  • Cash flows provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter were approximately $10 million.
  • Cash and long-term investments balance was $382 million at December 31, 2010. Long-term investments consist of $35 million of auction rate securities.
  • Accounts receivable was $456 million at December 31, 2010; calculated days sales outstanding were 66 days.
  • Inventory was $362 million at December 31, 2010; inventory turns were 6.4 times.
  • Repurchases of common shares for the fourth quarter totaled $5 million or 0.3 million shares.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter includes $2 million foreign currency loss.
  • Tax rate for the fourth quarter was 4.5% excluding special items and 0.3% on a GAAP basis due to a change in the mix of taxable income between jurisdictions.

Industry Sectors

The following table sets forth sales by industry sector for the quarters ended December 31, 2010, September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009.


December 31,

September 30,

December 31,


2010

2010

2009

Computers and related products




  for business enterprises

33%

31%

39%

Telecommunications equipment

22%

22%

21%

Industrial control equipment

24%

26%

21%

Medical devices

10%

10%

12%

Testing and instrumentation products

11%

11%

7%



First Quarter 2011 Outlook

Sales for the first quarter of 2011 are expected to range from $565 million to $605 million. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter, excluding special items, are expected to be between $0.30 and $0.36.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes financial measures for earnings and earnings per share that exclude certain items and therefore are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). A detailed reconciliation between the GAAP results and results excluding special items (non-GAAP) is included at the end of this press release. By disclosing this non-GAAP information, management intends to provide investors with additional information to further analyze the company's performance and underlying trends. Management utilizes a measure of net income and earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis that excludes certain items to better assess operating performance and to help investors compare our results with our previous guidance.

The non-GAAP information included in this press release is not necessarily comparable to non-GAAP information of other companies. Non-GAAP information should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, net income or other data prepared in accordance with GAAP as measures of our profitability or liquidity. Users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions for which adjustments have been made.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the scope of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict," and similar expressions, and the negatives of such expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements may be deemed to include, among other things, the statement "our 2010 new program wins and our recent precision technology services expansion will position us for continued revenue growth in the second half of 2011", our sales and diluted earnings per share (excluding special items) guidance for the first quarter of 2011, as well as other statements, express or implied, concerning: future operating results or the ability to generate sales, income or cash flow; and Benchmark's business and growth strategies, including expected internal growth and performance goals. Although Benchmark believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to industry and economic conditions, and customer actions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.

All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Benchmark as of the date of this release, and Benchmark assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Persons are advised to consult further disclosures on related subjects in Benchmark's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in its press releases.

Additional Information

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. provides integrated electronics manufacturing, design and engineering services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control equipment, testing and instrumentation products, and telecommunication equipment. Benchmark's global operations include 21 facilities in ten countries. Benchmark's Common Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

A conference call hosted by Benchmark management will be held today at 10:00 am (Central time) to discuss the financial results of the Company and its future outlook. This call will be broadcast via the Internet and may be accessed by logging on to our website at www.bench.com.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Results

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)












Three Months Ended

December 31,

Year Ended

December 31,


2010

2009

2010

2009

Income from operations (GAAP)

$20,839

$18,616

$89,723

$52,815

Restructuring charges

4,575

2,363

6,724

8,264

Non-GAAP income from operations

$25,414

$20,979

$96,447

$61,079











Net income (GAAP)

$19,010

$16,686

$81,035

$53,895

Restructuring charges, net of tax

3,561

1,951

4,738

7,293

Discrete US tax benefit

-

-

-

(2,668)

Non-GAAP net income

$22,571

$18,637

$85,773

$58,520











Earnings per share: (GAAP)





   Basic

$0.31

$0.26

$1.30

$0.83

   Diluted

$0.31

$0.26

$1.29

$0.83






Earnings per share: (Non-GAAP)





   Basic

$0.37

$0.29

$1.38

$0.90

   Diluted

$0.37

$0.29

$1.37

$0.90






Weighted average shares used in calculating





    earnings per share:





   Basic

60,789

64,173

62,141

64,758

   Diluted

61,216

64,749

62,692

65,116








Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended

December 31,


Year Ended

December 31,



2010


2009


2010


2009










Net sales

$

626,925

$

600,223

$

2,402,143

$

2,089,253

Cost of sales


578,193


556,647


2,213,451


1,942,674










Gross profit


48,732


43,576


188,692


146,579










Selling, general and administrative expenses


23,318


22,597


92,245


85,500

Restructuring charges


4,575


2,363


6,724


8,264










Income from operations


20,839


18,616


89,723


52,815










Other income (expense):









Interest income


413


500


1,621


2,210

Interest expense


(340)


(348)


(1,362)


(1,399)

Other


(1,851)


(735)


(1,689)


(1,705)

Total other expense, net


(1,778)


(583)


(1,430)


(894)










Income before income taxes


19,061


18,033


88,293


51,921










Income tax benefit (expense)


(51)


(1,347)


(7,258)


1,974










Net income

$

19,010

$

16,686

$

81,035

$

53,895



















Denominator for basic earnings per

  share - weighted average number

  of common shares outstanding  during the period


60,789


64,173


62,141


64,758

Incremental common shares

 attributable to restricted shares and

 the exercise of outstanding equity

 instruments


427


576


551


358

Denominator for diluted earnings per  share


61,216


64,749


62,692


65,116


Earnings per share:









          Basic

$

0.31

$

0.26

$

1.30

$

0.83

          Diluted

$

0.31

$

0.26

$

1.29

$

0.83












Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2010

(Amounts in Thousands)

(UNAUDITED)

Assets




Current assets:


   Cash and cash-equivalents

$346,345

   Accounts receivable, net

455,930

   Inventories, net

362,234

   Other current assets

54,506



               Total current assets

1,219,015



Long-term investments

35,297

Property, plant and equipment, net

127,442

Other assets, net

58,066

Goodwill, net

37,912



               Total assets

$1,477,732



Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Current liabilities:


    Current installments of capital lease obligations

$362

    Accounts payable

257,295

    Accrued liabilities

63,690



             Total current liabilities

321,347



Capital lease obligations, less current installments

11,019

Other long-term liabilities

24,350

Shareholders' equity

1,121,016



              Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$1,477,732



SOURCE Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

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