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Benchmark Electronics Reports Fourth Quarter And FY 2017 Results
- Quarterly revenue of $680 million
- Quarterly operating margin of 3.4% (4.2% non-GAAP)
- Quarterly loss per share of $1.54 and non-GAAP EPS of $0.49
- Annual loss per share of $0.64 and non-GAAP EPS of $1.61
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

 




Three Months Ended





Dec 31,



Sep 30,



Dec 31,


In millions, except EPS


2017



2017



2016


Net sales


$680



$604



$608


Net income (loss) (1)


$(76)



$18



$19


Net income – non-GAAP


$25



$20



$22


Diluted EPS (1)


($1.54)



$0.35



$0.37


Diluted EPS – non-GAAP


$0.49



$0.39



$0.45













Operating margin


3.4%



3.4%



3.9%


Operating margin – non-GAAP


4.2%



4.1%



4.8%
















Twelve Months Ended








Dec 31,



Dec 31,


In millions, except EPS





2017



2016


Net sales





$2,467



$2,310


Net income (loss) (1)





($32)



$64


Net income – non-GAAP





$81



$72


Diluted EPS (1)





($0.64)



$1.29


Diluted EPS – non-GAAP





$1.61



$1.45


Operating margin





3.2%



3.3%


Operating margin – non-GAAP





4.1%



4.3%



(1) Includes $98 million ($1.95 per share for the three months and $1.94 per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017) of tax expense related to the effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (U.S. Tax Reform).


A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is included below.

"I am extremely pleased with both our fourth quarter performance as well as the progress we have made in 2017, posting a 7% revenue increase for the full year.  We continue to expand our gross margins and have made further improvement on balance sheet management, resulting in operating cash flows for the full year of $146 million.  Additionally, ROIC improved by 210 bps year-over-year to 10.5%," said Paul Tufano, Benchmark's President and CEO.

"During 2017, we made significant progress on our key initiatives to reposition the Company," added Tufano.  "As we look forward to 2018, we will continue our focus on these foundational areas: customer acquisition and experience, engineering and solutions expansion, operational excellence, and balance sheet management.  In 2018, we plan to leverage and refine the base we established this past year.  Our resulting progress will shape our trajectory for years to come."

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
Cash flow from operations was $56 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 driven by an improvement in our cash conversion cycle.

Cash Conversion Cycle



Dec 31,




Sep 30,




Dec 31,




2017




2017




2016


Accounts receivable days


58




61




65


Inventory days


58




70




62


Accounts payable days


(53)




(55)




(53)


Customer deposits


(3)




(4)




-




60




72




74


Fourth Quarter 2017 Industry Sector Update
Revenue by industry sector (dollars in millions) was as follows.




Dec 31,




Sep 30,




Dec 31,



Higher-Value Markets


2017




2017




2016


Industrials

$

131


19

%


$

124


20

%


$

137


22

%

A&D


98


15




96


16




102


17


Medical


103


15




101


17




86


14


Test & Instrumentation


95


14




88


15




65


11




$

427


63

%


$

409


68

%


$

390


64

%










































Dec 31,




Sep 30,




Dec 31,



Traditional Markets


2017




2017




2016


Computing

$

174


26

%


$

124


20

%


$

119


20

%

Telecommunications


79


11




71


12




99


16




$

253


37

%


$

195


32

%


$

218


36

%


Total

$

680


100

%


$

604


100

%


$

608


100

%

Fourth quarter revenues from higher-value markets were in line with expectations, including strong demand in Test & Instrumentation from semi-capital equipment customers.  Higher-value markets were up 10% year-over-year from Test & instrumentation and Medical markets.

Traditional markets revenues in Computing and Telecommunications were up sequentially from exceptionally stronger Computing demand and increased Telecommunications orders.  Traditional markets were up 16% year-over-year driven by Computing.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Bookings Update

  • New program bookings of $156 million at the midpoint.
  • 13 engineering awards supporting early engagement opportunities.
  • 30 manufacturing wins across all market sectors.

The Company projects that new program bookings for the fourth quarter will result in annualized revenue of $142 to $170 million when fully launched in the next 12-24 months.  The new program bookings align with Benchmark's strategic focus.

First Quarter 2018 Outlook

  • Revenue between $585 - $605 million.
  • Diluted GAAP earnings per share between $0.27 - $0.31.
  • Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share between $0.34 - $0.38 (excluding any additional impact related to U.S. Tax Reform, restructuring charges and amortization of intangibles).

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results Conference Call Details
A conference call hosted by Benchmark management will be held today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's financial results and outlook.  This call will be broadcast via the internet and may be accessed by logging on to the Company's website at www.bench.com.

About Benchmark Electronics, Inc.
Benchmark provides worldwide integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS), engineering and design services, and precision machining services to original equipment manufacturers in the following industries: industrial controls, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, and test and instrumentation.  Benchmark's global operations include facilities in eight countries, and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.

Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict" and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, often identify forward-looking statements, which are not limited to historical facts.  Forward-looking statements include, among other things: guidance for 2018 results; statements, express or implied, concerning future operating results or margins, the ability to generate sales and income or cash flow; and Benchmark's business and growth strategies and expected growth and performance.  Although Benchmark believes these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they involve risks and uncertainties relating to operations, markets and the business environment generally.  If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materializes, or underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated.  Readers are advised to consult further disclosures on these risks and uncertainties, particularly in Item 1A, "Risk Factors", of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this document, and it assumes no obligation to update them.

All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Benchmark as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update them.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This document includes certain financial measures that exclude items and therefore are not in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  A detailed reconciliation between GAAP results and results excluding special items ("non-GAAP") is included in the Appendix of this document.  Management discloses non‐GAAP information to provide investors with additional information to analyze the Company's performance and underlying trends. Management uses non‐GAAP measures that exclude certain items in order to better assess operating performance and help investors compare results with our previous guidance.  This document also references "free cash flow", which the Company defines as cash flow from operations less additions to property, plant and equipment and purchased software.  The Company's non‐GAAP information is not necessarily comparable to the non‐GAAP information used by 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 a measure of the Company's profitability or liquidity.  Readers should consider the types of events and transactions for which adjustments have been made.














Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries














Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Results

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)

















Three Months Ended



Year Ended




Dec 31,


Sep 30,


Dec 31,



December 31,




2017


2017


2016



2017


2016














Income from operations (GAAP)

$

23,144

$

20,815

$

23,548


$

78,603

$

75,638

Restructuring charges and other costs


3,062


2,511


2,663



8,628


12,539

Customer insolvency (recovery)


(239)


(1,514)


-



2,657


-

Amortization of intangible assets


2,367


2,736


2,893



10,065


11,838

Non-GAAP income from operations

$

28,334

$

24,548

$

29,104


$

99,953

$

100,015



























Net income (loss) (GAAP)

$

(76,340)

$

17,512

$

18,568


$

(31,965)

$

64,047

Restructuring charges and other costs


3,062


2,511


2,663



8,628


12,539

Customer insolvency (recovery)


(239)


(1,514)


-



2,657


-

Amortization of intangible assets


2,367


2,736


2,893



10,065


11,838

Income tax adjustments(1)


(1,793)


(1,674)


(1,781)



(6,312)


(7,695)

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act(2)


97,633


-


-



97,633


-

Discrete tax benefits


-


-


-



-


(8,270)

Non-GAAP net income

$

24,690

$

19,571

$

22,343


$

80,706

$

72,459














Diluted Earnings (loss) per share:













Diluted (GAAP)

$

(1.54)

$

0.35

$

0.37


$

(0.64)

$

1.29


Diluted (Non-GAAP)

$

0.49

$

0.39

$

0.45


$

1.61

$

1.45














Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating diluted earnings (loss) per share:












Diluted (GAAP)(3)


49,576


50,330


49,544



49,680


49,825


Diluted (Non-GAAP)


49,998


50,330


49,544



50,250


49,825



(1)

This amount represents the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments using the applicable effective tax rates.

(2)

This amount represents the estimated impact of the U.S. Tax Reform and includes the impact of a one-time mandatory tax on the deemed repatriation of undistributed foreign earnings and the re-measurement of U.S. deferred tax assets and liabilities for the decrease in the U.S. federal tax rate from 35% to 21%.

(3)

Potentially diluted securities totaling 0.4 million and 0.6 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017, respectively, were not included in the computation of GAAP diluted loss per share because their effect would have decreased the loss per share.

 












Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries












Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(UNAUDITED)





Three Months Ended



Year Ended




December 31,



December 31,



2017


2016



2017


2016

Sales

$

679,856

$

607,507


$

2,466,811

$

2,310,415

Cost of sales


617,961


550,037



2,239,114


2,096,952


Gross profit


61,895


57,470



227,697


213,463

Selling, general and administrative expenses


33,322


28,366



130,401


113,448

Amortization of intangible assets


2,367


2,893



10,065


11,838

Restructuring charges and other costs


3,062


2,663



8,628


12,539


Income from operations


23,144


23,548



78,603


75,638

Interest expense


(2,544)


(2,369)



(9,405)


(9,304)

Interest income


1,749


966



5,370


2,136

Other income (expense), net


(481)


253



(1,786)


(282)


Income before income taxes


21,868


22,398



72,782


68,188

Income tax expense


98,208


3,830



104,747


4,141


Net income (loss)

$

(76,340)

$

18,568


$

(31,965)

$

64,047












Earnings (loss) per share:











Basic

$

(1.54)

$

0.38


$

(0.64)

$

1.30


Diluted

$

(1.54)

$

0.37


$

(0.64)

$

1.29












Weighted-average number of shares used in calculating earnings (loss) per share:










Basic


49,576


49,063



49,680


49,298


Diluted


49,576


49,544



49,680


49,825

 










Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries










Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)







December 31,


December 31,







2017


2016

Assets






Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

742,546

$

681,433



Accounts receivable, net


436,560


440,692



Inventories


397,181


381,334



Other current assets


42,383


28,203





Total current assets


1,618,670


1,531,662


Property, plant and equipment, net


186,473


166,148


Goodwill and other, net


292,174


300,858





Total assets

$

2,097,317

$

1,998,668










Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity






Current liabilities:







Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

$

18,274

$

12,396



Accounts payable


362,701


326,249



Accrued liabilities


97,341


73,736





Total current liabilities


478,316


412,381


Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current installments


193,406


211,252


Other long-term liabilities


96,776


9,570


Shareholders' equity


1,328,819


1,365,465





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,097,317

$

1,998,668

 










Benchmark Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries










Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(UNAUDITED)
















Year Ended







December 31,







2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:   






Net income (loss)

$

(31,965)

$

64,047


Depreciation and amortization


48,672


55,139


Stock-based compensation expense


7,815


5,322


Accounts receivable, net


6,354


37,573


Inventories


(14,015)


27,749


Accounts payable


29,542


76,039


Other changes in working capital and other


99,439


7,219



Net cash provided by operations


145,842


273,088







Cash flows from investing activities:   






Additions to property, plant and equipment and software


(54,506)


(32,334)


Business acquisition, net of cash acquired


-


10,750


Other investing activities, net


(1,615)


339



Net cash used in investing activities


(56,121)


(21,245)










Cash flows from financing activities:   






Share repurchases  


(29,348)


(41,929)


Net debt activity


(12,396)


(12,301)


Other financing activities, net


10,392


18,920



Net cash used in financing activities


(31,352)


(35,310)

Effect of exchange rate changes   


2,744


(1,095)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


61,113


215,438


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


681,433


465,995


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

742,546

$

681,433

 

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