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Littelfuse Reports First Quarter Results

By Business Wire News   


Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today reported sales and earnings for the first quarter ended March 28, 2015.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Sales for the first quarter of 2015 were $210.3 million, a 2% increase (6% excluding currency effects) compared to the prior-year quarter due primarily to solid growth in both the automotive and electronics businesses.
  • On a GAAP basis, first quarter 2015 earnings were $0.88 per diluted share. This included $6.1 million of special items comprised primarily of restructuring charges, non-operating foreign exchange losses and charges related to the wind-up of the U.S. pension plan (see Supplemental Financial Information on page 8). Excluding these special items, earnings for the first quarter of 2015 were $1.08 per diluted share.
  • Sales trends by business unit for the first quarter were as follows:
    • Electronics sales increased 4% year over year (7% excluding currency effects) reflecting strong constant-currency growth in North America and Europe.
    • Automotive sales increased 2% year over year (9% excluding currency effects) due primarily to strong growth in North America with Europe also contributing on a constant-currency basis.
    • Electrical sales declined 6% year over year (3% excluding currency effects) as higher custom sales were more than offset by weaker fuse and relay sales.
  • The electronics book-to-bill ratio for the first quarter of 2015 was 1.06.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $23.2 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $11.5 million for the first quarter of 2014. Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2015 increased to $12.3 million compared to $6.4 million for the first quarter of 2014 primarily related to the manufacturing transfer to the Philippines.
  • On April 16, 2015 the company announced that it had acquired the assets of JRS Mfg. Ltd., a Winnipeg-based manufacturer of portable “e-houses” which distribute and control power in mining and other industrial applications. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. JRS is not expected to have a material impact on sales or earnings for 2015.

“While there was a lot of ‘noise’ in the first quarter related to currency fluctuations and restructuring projects, the fundamental business trends and operational performance were mostly solid,” said Gordon Hunter, chief executive officer. “Our electronics business continues to perform well on all fronts, and automotive sales are still growing despite slower market growth in China and significant euro headwinds. However the electrical business was challenged in the first quarter by ongoing mining weakness and a slow start to the year for the industrial market in part due to weather.”


  • Sales for the second quarter of 2015 are expected to be in the range of $221 to $231 million assuming a euro-dollar rate of 1.09. This represents 2% revenue growth at the midpoint compared to the prior year or approximately 7% growth excluding currency effects.
  • Similar to the prior year, stock compensation expense for the second quarter is expected to be approximately $2 million higher than for the other quarters of the year due to accelerated expensing of options in the quarter granted for all those of retirement age (62 or over).
  • The full year effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 23%, although this assumes that Congress approves the R&D tax credit and the “look-through” provision for 2015 as it did in 2014. Until such time, the rate is expected to be 50 to 100 basis points higher.
  • Earnings (excluding special items) for the second quarter of 2015 are expected to be in the range of $1.20 to $1.34 per diluted share. This includes negative currency effects of approximately $0.13 compared to the prior year.

“Three months ago, when the euro-dollar rate was 1.13, we stated that we believed we could achieve earnings of $5.00 per share or more in 2015,” said Phil Franklin, chief financial officer. “Our business fundamentals have not changed since then, and so far execution has been good; however, currencies (particularly the euro) have moved further against us. Our current view is that at a euro-dollar rate of 1.13, $5.00 per share or more would still be achievable, but each 1% move in the euro has a full-year earnings impact of approximately $.024 per share.”


The company will pay a cash dividend of $0.25 per common share on June 4, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 21, 2015.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Central / 11:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the first quarter results. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed through the company’s website: Listeners should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The call will be available for replay through June 30, 2015 on the company’s website.

About Littelfuse

Founded in 1927, Littelfuse is the world leader in circuit protection with growing global platforms in power control and sensing. The company serves customers in the electronics, automotive and industrial markets with technologies including fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays and sensors. Littelfuse has over 8,000 employees in more than 35 locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit the Littelfuse website:

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts are intended to constitute “forward-looking statements” entitled to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks relating to product demand and market acceptance, economic conditions, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product quality problems or product recalls, capacity and supply difficulties or constraints, coal mining exposures reserves, failure of an indemnification for environmental liability, exchange rate fluctuations, commodity price fluctuations, the effect of the company’s accounting policies, labor disputes, restructuring costs in excess of expectations, pension plan asset returns less than assumed, integration of acquisitions and other risks which may be detailed in the company’s other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements. This report should be read in conjunction with information provided in the financial statements appearing in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014. For a further discussion of the risk factors of the company, please see Item 1A. “Risk Factors” to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014.


Net Sales and Operating Income by Business Unit
(In thousands of USD, unaudited)
First Quarter
20152014% Change

Net Sales

Electronics $ 99,380 $ 95,722 4 %
Automotive 84,071 82,419 2 %
Electrical   26,862     28,718   (6 %)
Total net sales $ 210,313   $ 206,859   2 %
First Quarter
20152014% Change

Operating Income/(Expense)

Electronics $ 18,665 $ 19,068 (2 %)
Automotive 11,171 11,899 (6 %)
Electrical 2,730 4,032 (32 %)
Other (1)   (3,018 )


  (1,409 ) 114 %
Total operating income $ 29,548 $ 33,590 (12 %)
Interest expense 1,151 1,216
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 3,117 (252 )
Other (income) expense, net   (1,126 )   (1,186 )
Income before taxes $ 26,406   $ 33,812   (22 %)
(1) “Other” typically includes special items such as acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, asset impairments, and gains and losses on asset sales.
(2) Primarily consists of tax consulting and legal expenses to effect changes in the company’s internal legal structure ($1.2M), costs associated with the transfer of the reed switch production from the U.S. to The Philippines ($1.0M), acquisition-related expenses ($0.2M) and U.S. Pension termination costs ($0.7M).
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of USD, except share amounts)
March 28, 2015December 27, 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$293,631 $ 297,571
Short-term investments3,869 4,302
Accounts receivable, less allowances136,133 135,356
Inventories96,159 97,391
Deferred income taxes17,606 17,481
Prepaid expenses and other current assets13,964 13,904
Assets held for sale  5,500     5,500  
Total current assets566,862 571,505
Property, plant and equipment:
Land5,595 5,697
Buildings63,380 64,609
Equipment  379,109     370,179  
448,084 440,485
Accumulated depreciation  (287,212)   (281,845 )
Net property, plant and equipment160,872 158,640
Intangible assets, net of amortization:
Patents, licenses and software22,009 23,640
Distribution network18,439 19,428
Customer lists, trademarks and tradenames58,933 60,605
Goodwill  190,804     196,256  
290,185 299,929
Investments12,862 12,056
Deferred income taxes5,249 5,393
Other assets  22,985     23,303  
Total assets$1,059,015   $ 1,070,826  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$47,385 $ 50,793
Accrued payroll20,744 30,511
Accrued expenses12,122 13,059
Accrued severance1,160 790
Accrued income taxes9,893 9,045
Current portion of accrued post-retirement benefits11,768 11,768
Current portion of long-term debt  87,000     88,500  
Total current liabilities190,072 204,466
Long-term debt, less current portion102,969 106,658
Deferred income taxes10,200 11,076
Accrued post-retirement benefits5,073 5,147
Other long-term liabilities15,440 15,814
Total equity  735,261     727,665  
Total liabilities and equity$1,059,015   $ 1,070,826  
Common shares issued and outstanding of
22,627,762 and 22,585,529 at March 28, 2015 and
December 27, 2014, respectively.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands of USD, except per share data, unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended
March 28, 2015March 29, 2014
Net sales$210,313 $ 206,859
Cost of sales  133,983     128,365  
Gross profit76,330 78,494
Selling, general and administrative36,345 34,171
Research and development expenses7,384 7,574
Amortization of intangibles  3,053     3,159  
46,782 44,904
Operating income29,548 33,590
Interest expense1,151 1,216
Foreign exchange loss (gain)3,117 (252 )
Other (income) expense, net  (1,126)   (1,186 )
Income before income taxes26,406 33,812
Income taxes  6,411     8,423  
Net income$19,995   $ 25,389  
Net income per share:
Basic$0.88   $ 1.13  
Diluted$0.88   $ 1.12  
Weighted average shares and
equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic  22,600     22,492  
Diluted  22,781     22,717  
Comprehensive income$9,037   $ 19,492  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands of USD, unaudited)
For the Three Months Ended
March 28, 2015March 27, 2014
Net income$19,995 $ 25,389
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation7,365 7,007
Amortization of intangibles3,053 3,159
Non-cash inventory charge (1) 1,409
Stock-based compensation1,802 1,465
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation(672) (1,057 )
Loss on sale of assets105 69
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(3,910) (6,503 )
Inventories149 (774 )
Accounts payable(2,963) 3,056
Accrued expenses (including post retirement)2,689 (6,455 )
Accrued payroll and severance(8,894) (12,762 )
Accrued taxes932 1,153
Prepaid expenses and other  3,579     (3,647 )
Net cash provided by operating activities23,230 11,509
Purchases of property, plant and equipment(12,279) (6,423 )
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (52,000 )
Proceeds from sale of assets  6     15  
Net cash used in investing activities(12,273) (58,408 )
Proceeds of revolving credit facility7,000 75,000
Payments of term loan(1,250) (1,250 )
Payments of revolving credit facility(11,000) (8,000 )
Debt issuance costs paid (108 )
Cash dividends paid(5,635) (4,944 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options1,768 3,676
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation  672     1,057  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities(8,445) 65,431
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash
equivalents  (6,452)   (3,918 )
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(3,940) 14,614
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  297,571     305,192  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$293,631   $ 319,806  
(1) Purchase accounting adjustment related to acquisitions.
Supplemental Financial Information
(in millions of USD except share amounts)
GAAP EPS Reconciliation
GAAP diluted EPS $ 0.88 $ 1.12
EPS impact of special items (below)   0.20     0.04  
Adjusted diluted EPS $ 1.08   $ 1.16  
Year-over-year adjusted EPS growth -7 %
Special Items (income)/expense
Reed switch manufacturing transfer costs $ 1.0 $
Restructuring 1.2
Acquisition expenses 0.2
Pension wind-up 0.7
Purchase accounting adjustment       1.4  
Adjustment to Operating income 3.0 1.4
Foreign exchange loss/(gain)   3.1     (0.3 )
Adjustment to pre-tax income $ 6.1   $ 1.2  
Total EPS impact $ 0.20   $ 0.04  
Operating margin / EBITDA reconciliation
Net sales $ 210.3   $ 206.9  
GAAP operating income $ 29.5 $ 33.6
Add back special operating items   3.0     1.4  
Adjusted operating income $ 32.5 $ 35.0
Adjusted operating margin 15.5 % 16.9 %
Add back amortization 3.1 3.2
Add back depreciation   7.4     7.0  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 43.0   $ 45.2  
Adjusted EBITDA margin 20.4 % 21.8 %
Year-over-year adjusted EBITDA growth -5 %
Note: Totals will not always foot due to rounding

Littelfuse, Inc.
Phil Franklin, (773) 628-0810
Executive Vice President and CFO


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