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Stoneridge Reports First-Quarter 2020 Results

May 06, 2020
OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS DRIVING SEQUENTIAL MARGIN IMPROVEMENT
IMPLEMENTED $7.5 - $8.5 MILLION IN 2020 COST REDUCTIONS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND TO ALIGN RESOURCES FOR FUTURE, PROFITABLE GROWTH

NOVI, Mich., May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

2020 First-Quarter Results   

  • Earnings per diluted share ("EPS") of $0.13
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.20
  • Sales of $183.0 million
  • Gross profit of $45.4 million
  • Adjusted gross profit of $47.0 million (25.7% of sales), an improvement of 170 basis points vs. Q4 2019 (excluding divested product lines)
  • Operating income of $3.7 million
  • Adjusted operating income of $6.0 million (3.3% of sales)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $16.1 million (8.8% of sales)
  • The Company estimated that the impact of COVID-19 on first quarter sales and adjusted operating income was $16.0 million and $4.7 million (210 basis points) respectively

2020 Outlook

  • On March 30, 2020 the Company announced the withdrawal of its 2020 guidance due to uncertainty surrounding the global environment as a result of COVID-19
  • Updated end-market forecasts implying weighted average end-markets to decline ~23% vs. previously provided guidance
  • Temporary and structural cost reductions are expected to generate approximately $7.5 – $8.5 million in savings (excluding separation costs) for the remainder of 2020 and reduce structural costs going-forward by $5 – $6 million annually
  • Incremental and decremental margins 2.5x – 3x EBITDA margins historically. Cost reduction actions expected to drive impact to low-end of the decremental range on reduced volume.
  • Balance sheet and liquidity expected to remain strong given availability under U.S. revolving credit facility and cash-on-hand

Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, with sales of $183.0 million and earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $0.13. Adjusted EPS was $0.20 for the first quarter, considering normalizing adjustments primarily related to fair value adjustments and restructuring expenses. The exhibits attached hereto provide additional detail on the normalizing adjustments.      

For the first quarter of 2020, Stoneridge reported gross profit of $45.4 million and adjusted gross profit of $47.0 million (25.7% of sales) which was an improvement of 170 basis points relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. Operating income was $3.7 million and adjusted operating income was $6.0 million (3.3% of sales). Adjusted EBITDA was $16.1 million (8.8% of sales).      

The Company estimated that the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic reduced sales by $16.0 million and operating income by $4.7 million (210 basis points) in the first quarter based on expected customer sales and operating performance prior to the global response to limit the spread of the virus.

Jon DeGaynor, president and chief executive officer, commented, "In the first quarter we drove improved adjusted gross margin as we significantly reduced our material and overhead costs leading to adjusted gross margin improvement of 170 basis points relative to the fourth quarter of last year. As a result of these actions and continued strong top-line performance, we were on track for a strong first quarter.  Similar to other companies in our industry and around the world, we began experiencing the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic first in China in the beginning of the quarter, followed by North America and Europe in late-March. To ensure the continued safety of our employees, meet the changing needs of our customers, as well as adhere to federal, state and local laws, we have been working to adjust our facilities and operations, which has included reduced schedules, reduced plant utilization and suspending production in some cases. We have taken several actions to temporarily reduce costs to drive 2020 financial performance and preserve cash, such as reducing our workforce related costs at the facilities impacted."

DeGaynor continued, "In addition to the temporary cost reduction measures taken, earlier this week we took more permanent actions and reduced our global salaried workforce by approximately five percent. We expect that these reductions will help right size our current cost structure, align our resources with forecasted market conditions and aid our pursuit of profitable growth. We will continue to invest the necessary capital and resources to ensure the successful launch of our strong backlog of new business and continue to build upon the technologies and platforms that will support future growth. Stoneridge remains well positioned to capitalize on the industry megatrends that will drive outperformance of our underlying markets going-forward."         

First Quarter in Review
Control Devices sales totaled $98.2 million, an increase of $4.7 million relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company estimated that the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic reduced Control Devices sales by $10.9 million in the first quarter. First quarter adjusted operating margin was 10.1%. The Company estimated that the impact of the pandemic reduced Control Devices operating income by $3.3 million (200 basis points) in the first quarter.

Electronics sales totaled $79.8 million, which was flat relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company estimated that the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic reduced Electronics sales by $4.5 million in the first quarter. First quarter adjusted operating margin was 3.6%, which was an increase of 260 basis points relative to the fourth quarter of 2019 driven primarily by reduced material and overhead costs. The Company estimated that the impact of the pandemic reduced Electronics operating income by $1.3 million (140 basis points) in the first quarter.

Stoneridge Brazil sales of $14.6 million decreased relative to the prior quarter due to lower demand in the aftermarket and mass retail product lines, due in part to seasonality and holiday demand, partially offset by growth in the OEM business. The ramp-up of a new OEM program that launched in late 2019 drove approximately 48% growth in the OEM business relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. Stoneridge Brazil adjusted operating margin increased by 50 basis points relative to the fourth quarter of 2019 despite the reduction in sales. The Company estimated that the pandemic negatively impacted Stoneridge Brazil sales by $0.2 million and operating income by $0.1 million (40 basis points) in the first quarter.

Cash and Debt Balances
At March 31, 2020, Stoneridge had cash and cash equivalents balances totaling $81.3 million. Total debt as of March 31, 2020 was $163.8 million. Total debt less cash and cash equivalents yielded a current net debt to trailing-twelve-month adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 1.1x. The Company had approximately $239 million of undrawn commitments under the U.S. revolving credit facility as of March 31, 2020, which resulted in total undrawn commitments and cash balances of more than $320 million. However, it is possible that future borrowing capacity under the U.S. revolving credit facility may be limited as a result of financial performance due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the Company's markets and general global demand. 

The increase in cash and cash equivalents in the first quarter of 2020 relative to the fourth quarter of 2019 was primarily due to an increase in net borrowings under the credit facility to maintain a high level of liquidity due to the uncertain conditions surrounding COVID-19. Additionally, before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company repurchased 242,634 shares in the first quarter for approximately $5.0 million. Finally, the Company is temporarily suspending the previously announced share repurchase authorization in response to uncertainty surrounding the duration and magnitude of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Outlook
Bob Krakowiak, chief financial officer, commented, "On March 30, 2020 we announced the withdrawal of our 2020 guidance due to the uncertainty surrounding the global environment as a result of COVID-19. We will revisit guidance when we have the ability to more clearly define the expected impact of COVID-19 to Stoneridge. Based on current production forecasts we are expecting OEM weighted-average production levels to decline by approximately 23% in 2020 relative to the forecasts we were utilizing in our initial guidance, which implied midpoint revenue guidance of approximately $760 million for 2020. As we have discussed previously, we expect incremental and decremental contribution margins of approximately 2.5x – 3.0x our EBITDA margins on changes in volume. Due to the temporary and structural cost reduction actions we have taken, we expect the impact of reduced volumes to be on the low-end of that range. We continue to evaluate opportunities to preserve cash in the short-term and adjust our cost structure as necessary to align with current and expected market conditions. Our balance sheet remains strong and we believe that we are well positioned financially to withstand the downturn in expected production volumes."   

Conference Call on the Web
A live Internet broadcast of Stoneridge's conference call regarding 2020 first-quarter results can be accessed at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at www.stoneridge.com, which will also offer a webcast replay.

About Stoneridge, Inc.
Stoneridge, Inc., headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is an independent designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems principally for the automotive, commercial, off-highway, motorcycle and agricultural vehicle markets.  Additional information about Stoneridge can be found at www.stoneridge.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release contain "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements appear in a number of places in this report and may include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company, with respect to, among other things, our (i) future product and facility expansion, (ii) acquisition strategy, (iii) investments and new product development, (iv) growth opportunities related to awarded business, and (v) operational expectations.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "will," "may," "should," "designed to," "believes," "plans," "projects," "intends," "expects," "estimates," "anticipates," "continue," and similar words and expressions.  The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other factors:

  • the reduced purchases, loss or bankruptcy of a major customer or supplier;
  • the costs and timing of business realignment, facility closures or similar actions;
  • a significant change in automotive, commercial, off-highway, motorcycle or agricultural vehicle production;
  • competitive market conditions and resulting effects on sales and pricing;
  • the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on sales, costs and results, particularly the Argentinian peso, Brazilian real, Chinese renminbi, euro, Mexican peso and Swedish krona;
  • our ability to achieve cost reductions that offset or exceed customer-mandated selling price reductions;
  • customer acceptance of new products;
  • our ability to successfully launch/produce products for awarded business;
  • adverse changes in laws, government regulations or market conditions, including tariffs, affecting our products or our customers' products;
  • our ability to protect our intellectual property and successfully defend against assertions made against us;
  • liabilities arising from warranty claims, product recall or field actions, product liability and legal proceedings to which we are or may become a party, or the impact of product recall or field actions on our customers;
  • labor disruptions at our facilities or at any of our significant customers or suppliers;
  • business disruption due to natural disasters or other disasters outside of our control, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic;
  • the ability of our suppliers to supply us with parts and components at competitive prices on a timely basis, including the impact of potential tariffs and trade considerations on their operations and output;
  • the amount of our indebtedness and the restrictive covenants contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness, including our revolving credit facility;
  • capital availability or costs, including changes in interest rates or market perceptions;
  • the failure to achieve the successful integration of any acquired company or business;
  • risks related to a failure of our information technology systems and networks, and risks associated with current and emerging technology threats and damage from computer viruses, unauthorized access, cyber-attack and other similar disruptions; and
  • the items described in Part II Item 1A ("Risk Factors") of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2020 and in Part I, Item IA ("Risk Factors") of our 2019 10-K filed with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained herein represent our estimates only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date.  While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, whether to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions, changes in other factors affecting such forward-looking statements or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information  
This press release contains information about the Company's financial results which is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Such non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their closest GAAP financial measures at the end of this press release. The provision of these non-GAAP financial measures for 2020 and 2019 is not intended to indicate that Stoneridge is explicitly or implicitly providing projections on those non-GAAP financial measures, and actual results for such measures are likely to vary from those presented. The reconciliations include all information reasonably available to the Company at the date of this press release and the adjustments that management can reasonably predict.

Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's financial position and results of operations.  In particular, management believes that adjusted sales, adjusted gross profit and margin, adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, net debt, adjusted income before tax and adjusted tax rate are useful measures in assessing the Company's financial performance by excluding certain items that are not indicative of the Company's core operating performance or that may obscure trends useful in evaluating the Company's continuing operating activities.  Management also believes that these measures are useful to both management and investors in their analysis of the Company's results of operations and provide improved comparability between fiscal periods.

Adjusted sales, adjusted gross profit and margin, adjusted operating income and margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, net debt, adjusted income before tax and adjusted tax rate should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for sales, gross profit, operating income, net income, earnings per share, debt, income before tax or tax rate prepared in accordance with GAAP.  

 

 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
































Three months ended March 31 (in thousands, except per share data)



2020


2019









Net sales



$

182,966


$

218,297

Costs and expenses:








Cost of goods sold




137,569



157,444

Selling, general and administrative




29,503



35,910

Design and development




12,235



13,244

Operating income




3,659



11,699

Interest expense, net




1,030



1,003

Equity in earnings of investee




(457)



(364)

Other income, net




(1,617)



(432)

Income before income taxes




4,703



11,492

Provision for income taxes




1,213



1,835

Net income



$

3,490


$

9,657









Earnings per share:








Basic



$

0.13


$

0.34

Diluted



$

0.13


$

0.33

Weighted-average shares outstanding:








Basic




27,232



28,529

Diluted




27,591



29,085









 

 

 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
















March 31, 


December 31,

(in thousands)


2020


2019




 (Unaudited) 




ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

81,305


$

69,403

Accounts receivable, less reserves of $813 and $1,289, respectively



138,438



138,564

Inventories, net



95,777



93,449

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



33,739



29,850

Total current assets



349,259



331,266

Long-term assets:







Property, plant and equipment, net



116,149



122,483

Intangible assets, net



51,463



58,122

Goodwill



35,279



35,874

Operating lease right-of-use asset



20,316



22,027

Investments and other long-term assets, net



28,024



32,437

Total long-term assets



251,231



270,943

Total assets


$

600,490


$

602,209








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Current portion of debt


$

2,516


$

2,672

Accounts payable



79,222



80,701

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



48,731



55,223

Total current liabilities



130,469



138,596

Long-term liabilities:







Revolving credit facility



161,000



126,000

Long-term debt, net



255



454

Deferred income taxes



11,335



12,530

Operating lease long-term liability



16,569



17,971

Other long-term liabilities



13,569



16,754

Total long-term liabilities



202,728



173,709

Shareholders' equity:







Preferred Shares, without par value, 5,000 shares authorized, none issued



-



-

Common Shares, without par value, 60,000 shares authorized, 28,966 and 28,966 shares issued and 26,993 and
27,408 shares outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, with no stated value



-



-

Additional paid-in capital



230,506



225,607

Common Shares held in treasury, 1,973 and 1,558 shares at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively,
at cost



(60,999)



(50,773)

Retained earnings



210,032



206,542

Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(112,246)



(91,472)

Total shareholders' equity



267,293



289,904

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

600,490


$

602,209








 

 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 















Three months ended March 31 (in thousands)


2020


2019








OPERATING ACTIVITIES:







Net income


$

3,490


$

9,657

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities:







Depreciation



6,650



5,697

Amortization, including accretion and write-off of deferred financing costs 



1,429



1,613

Deferred income taxes



76



(2,979)

Earnings of equity method investee



(457)



(364)

Loss (gain) on sale of fixed assets



131



(1)

Share-based compensation expense



1,372



1,548

Excess tax deficiency (benefit) related to share-based compensation expense



17



(656)

Change in fair value of earn-out contingent consideration



(633)



469

Change in fair value of venture capital fund



39



(16)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of business combination:







Accounts receivable, net



(3,730)



(17,821)

Inventories, net



(5,838)



(13,655)

Prepaid expenses and other assets



(3,702)



(660)

Accounts payable



2,327



16,395

Accrued expenses and other liabilities



(7,733)



(4,836)

Net cash used for operating activities



(6,562)



(5,609)








INVESTING ACTIVITIES:







Capital expenditures, including intangibles



(7,140)



(8,684)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets



8



1

Investment in venture capital fund



-



(400)

Net cash used for investing activities



(7,132)



(9,083)








FINANCING ACTIVITIES:







Revolving credit facility borrowings



71,500



-

Revolving credit facility payments



(36,500)



(5,000)

Proceeds from issuance of debt



1,958



34

Repayments of debt



(2,076)



(690)

Earn-out consideration cash payment



-



(3,394)

Other financing costs



(1)



(2)

Common Share repurchase program



(4,995)



-

Repurchase of Common Shares to satisfy employee tax withholding



(1,687)



(2,945)

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities



28,199



(11,997)








Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



(2,603)



(1,317)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents



12,378



(28,006)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



69,403



81,092








Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

81,305


$

53,086








Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:







Cash paid for interest


$

1,150


$

1,109

Cash paid for income taxes, net


$

1,832


$

3,327








 

 

Regulation G Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliations



Reconciliation to US GAAP






Exhibit 1 - Adjusted EPS






Reconciliation of Q1 2020 Adjusted EPS




(USD in millions)

Q1 2020

Q1 2020 EPS

Net Income 

$                                3.5

$                       0.13




Add: After-Tax Step-Up in Fair Value of Earn-Out (PST)

(0.6)

(0.02)

Add: After-Tax Restructuring Costs

1.7

0.06

Add: Pre-Tax Share-Based Comp Accelerated Vesting

0.1

0.00

Less: After-Tax Gain in Fair Value of Equity Investment

0.0

0.00

Add: After-Tax Impact of Valuation Allowance

0.3

0.01

Add: After-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.5

0.02

Adjusted Net Income

$                                5.5

$                       0.20







Exhibit 2 – Adjusted Operating Income by Segment  






Reconciliation of Control Devices Adjusted Operating Income




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Control Devices Operating Income

$                                7.2

$                         7.3




Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

3.0

2.2

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.2

0.4

Control Devices Adjusted Operating Income

$                              10.4

$                         9.9







Reconciliation of Electronics Adjusted Operating Income




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Electronics Operating Income

$                                0.8

$                         2.9




Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

0.2

0.0

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.1


Electronics Adjusted Operating Income

$                                1.0

$                         2.9







Reconciliation of Stoneridge Brazil Adjusted Operating Income




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

PST Operating Income

$                              (0.1)

$                         0.9




Add: Pre-Tax Step-Up in Fair Value of Earn-Out (PST)

0.4

(0.6)

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs


0.2

PST Adjusted Operating Income

$                                0.4

$                         0.4







Exhibit 3 – Adjusted Operating Income






Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Operating Income

$                                1.1

$                         3.7




Add: Pre-Tax Step-Up in Fair Value of Earn-Out (PST)

0.4

(0.6)

Less: Pre-Tax Change in Fair Value of Equity Investment

0.2

0.0

Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

3.4

2.2

Add: Pre-Tax Share-Based Comp Accelerated Vesting


0.1

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.3

0.6

Adjusted Operating Income

$                                5.5

$                         6.0







Exhibit 4 – Adjusted EBITDA  






Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Income Before Tax

$                              (0.0)

$                         4.7

Interest expense, net

1.2

1.0

Depreciation and amortization

8.1

8.1

EBITDA

$                                9.3

$                       13.8

Add: Pre-Tax Step-Up in Fair Value of Earn-Out (PST)

0.4

(0.6)

Less: Pre-Tax Gain in Fair Value of Equity Investment

0.2

0.0

Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

3.4

2.2

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.3

0.6

Add: Pre-Tax Share-Based Comp Accelerated Vesting


0.1

Adjusted EBITDA

$                              13.7

$                       16.1







Exhibit 5 – Adjusted Gross Profit  






Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Gross Profit

44.2

45.4




Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

1.5

1.5

Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs


0.1

Adjusted Gross Profit

45.6

47.0







Exhibit 6 – Adjusted Sales






Reconciliation of Adjusted Sales Excluding Disposed Non-Core Products




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Adjusted Sales

$                           190.4

$                     183.0




Less: Pre-Tax Sale from Disposed Non-Core Products

(6.5)


Adjusted Sales Excluding Disposed Non-Core Products

$                           183.9

$                     183.0







Exhibit 7 – Control Devices Adjusted Sales






Reconciliation of Control Devices Adjusted Sales Excluding Disposed Non-Core Products




(USD in millions)

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Adjusted Control Devices Sales

$                           100.0

$                       98.2




Less: Sales from Disposed Non-Core Products

(6.5)


Adjusted Control Devices Sales Excluding Disposed Non-Core Products

$                              93.5

$                       98.2







Exhibit 8 – Adjusted Tax Rate






Reconciliation of Q1 2020 Adjusted Tax Rate





(USD in millions)

Q1 2020


Income Before Tax

$                                4.7





Add: Pre-Tax Step-Up in Fair Value of Earn-Out (PST)

(0.6)


Less: Pre-Tax Change in Fair Value of Equity Investment

0.0


Add: Pre-Tax Share-Based Comp Accelerated Vesting

0.1


Add: Pre-Tax Restructuring Costs

2.2


Add: Pre-Tax Business Realignment Costs

0.6


Adjusted Income Before Tax

$                                7.0





Income Tax Provision

$                                1.2





Add: Tax Impact From Pre-Tax Adjustments

0.6


Add: After-Tax Impact of Valuation Allowance

(0.3)





Adjusted Income Tax Provision

$                                1.6





Adjusted Tax Rate

22.0%








 

 

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