FOUNTAIN INN, S.C.--AVX Corporation (NYSE: AVX) today reported preliminary unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.
Chief Executive Officer and President, John Sarvis, stated, “We completed the third quarter of our fiscal year with net sales of $340.8 million reflecting a 4.1 percent increase over the previous quarter and an 18.7 percent increase over the same quarter in the prior year. Our results continue to reflect solid operating results with a gross profit of 23.3 percent reflective of our focus on value added products for our customers and our focus on cost control. Once again, we saw a build in our order backlog during the quarter and increased distribution customer activity. We will continue to make investments in manufacturing plant expansion and product line increases to support our customers’ growing requirements.”
For the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016, net sales were $340.8 million and $983.1 million, respectively, compared to net sales of $287.0 million and $891.9 million, respectively, for the same periods last year reflecting improving markets for our components and interconnect products.
Profit from operations for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016 include charges of $12.9 million and $28.1 million, respectively, related to previously disclosed intellectual property damages awards resulting from litigation with respect to a patent infringement case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by Presidio Components, Inc. (“Presidio litigation”). Net sales for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016 include $12.5 million and $15.3 million, respectively, from increased sales prices related to the affected products which have the effect of partially offsetting the effect of the intellectual property damages awards.
Additionally, profit from operations was impacted by the accrual of estimated environmental remediation costs and the settlement of certain litigation during the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 and the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2015 as discussed below. Profit from operations for the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 reflects a charge of $3.6 million related to estimated environmental remediation costs resulting from legacy environmental issues at an inactive property. Profit from operations for the three month period and nine month period ended December 31, 2015 reflect charges of $37.5 million, related to amounts awarded in a patent infringement case, and $43.7 million, respectively, of which $6.2 million related to the settlement of certain litigation involving legacy environmental issues.
Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $35.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.
Net income for the nine month period ended December 31, 2016 was $91.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to net income of $68.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the nine month period ended December 31, 2015.
The net effect of the Presidio litigation damages awards and the higher selling prices discussed above was a negative impact on net income of $0.3 million, or $0.00 per diluted share and $8.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2016, respectively.
Chief Financial Officer, Kurt Cummings, stated, “In keeping with our long-term strategy, we continue to foster our financial strength in order to allow flexibility for investments in potential acquisitions, materials, equipment and people to support the long-term growth of the Company. As of December 31, 2016, we had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in securities of approximately $1.1 billion and no debt. We continued to use our resources to provide value to our stockholders during the quarter by paying $18.4 million in dividends to stockholders.”
AVX, headquartered in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a broad line of passive electronic components and related products.
Please visit our website at www.avx.com.
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cost of sales||221,004||248,539||676,930||743,897|
|Intellectual property damages award||-||12,869||-||28,133|
|Selling, general & admin. expense||31,216||28,450||87,596||88,974|
|Legal and environmental charges||37,500||-||43,650||3,600|
|Profit (loss) from operations||(2,673||)||50,941||83,748||118,479|
|Other income, net||2,081||1,405||5,091||9,199|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||(592||)||52,346||88,839||127,678|
|Provision (benefit) for taxes||(5,966||)||16,827||19,969||35,750|
|Basic income per share||$||0.03||$||0.21||$||0.41||$||0.55|
|Diluted income per share||$||0.03||$||0.21||$||0.41||$||0.55|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:||-|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||454,208||$||480,895|
|Short-term investments in securities||494,594||624,641|
|Accounts receivable, net||168,672||182,842|
|Other current assets||85,149||61,620|
|Total current assets||1,686,891||1,813,328|
|Long-term investments in securities||85,577||-|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||217,998||224,169|
|Goodwill and other intangibles||270,605||268,013|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Income taxes payable and accrued expenses||102,134||136,240|
|Total current liabilities||180,302||213,516|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||2,177,106||2,189,737|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||2,409,819||$||2,447,439|
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