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Garmin reports fiscal year 2018 revenue and strong operating income growth; proposes dividend increase

February 20, 2019

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 20, 2019--Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN – News) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 29, 2018.

Highlights for the fourth quarter 2018 include:

Highlights for the fiscal year 2018 include:

Executive Overview from Cliff Pemble, President and Chief Executive Officer:

“2018 was another remarkable year of revenue and operating income growth driven by strong performance in our aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness segments,” said Cliff Pemble, president and chief executive officer of Garmin Ltd. “Entering 2019, we see many opportunities ahead and believe that we are well positioned to seize these opportunities with a strong lineup of products across all of our segments.”


Revenue from the aviation segment grew 22% in the quarter with contributions from both the aftermarket and OEM categories. Gross and operating margins were 73% and 33%, respectively, resulting in 27% operating income growth. Aftermarket systems and ADS-B solutions contributed to our positive results as we move toward the ADS-B mandate deadline. We were honored to receive the supplier of the year award from Airbus Helicopters, and recently ranked #1 in avionics support for the 15 th consecutive year by both Professional Pilot Magazine and Aviation International News.


Revenue from the marine segment grew 13% in the quarter driven by our new lineup of chartplotters, advanced sonars, and cartography offerings that combine the best of both Garmin and Navionics content. Gross and operating margins improved to 58% and 9%, respectively. We recently began shipping the 2019 lineup of marine electronics including the GPSMAP® 8600 series, our flagship product line with combined Garmin and Navionics chart content.


Revenue from the outdoor segment grew 25% in the quarter with significant contributions from adventure watches. Gross and operating margins improved to 67% and 38%, respectively, resulting in 31% operating income growth. During the quarter, we launched Instinct, our newest line of adventure watch, and the GPSMAP 66 series of outdoor handhelds.


Revenue from the fitness segment was flat in the quarter compared to a strong prior year quarter. Gross and operating margins increased to 52% and 21%, resulting in 2% operating income growth. We recently introduced the vívoactive® 3 Music with 4G LTE, bringing connected safety features to the wrist. The pending acquisition of Tacx is an exciting opportunity to expand into the year-round indoor cycling and training market.


The auto segment recorded revenue decline of 28% in the quarter, primarily due to the ongoing PND market contraction and lower year-over-year OEM sales. Gross margin improved to 43% and operating margin declined to 5%. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, we announced our new line of Drive™ navigators with simplified, road trip-ready features and our updated OEM scalable infotainment platform.

Additional Financial Information:

Total operating expenses in the quarter were $326 million, a 2% increase from the prior year. Research and development increased 10%, primarily due to engineering personnel costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 2%, due primarily to reduced litigation related costs. Advertising decreased 6%, primarily due to lower media spend as we strategically focused our promotions.

The effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 18.0% compared to the pro forma effective tax rate of 20.5% in the prior year quarter. The decrease in the current quarter effective tax rate is primarily due to the benefits from U.S. tax reform.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, we generated approximately $185 million of free cash flow (see attached table for reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure). We ended the quarter with cash and marketable securities of approximately $2.7 billion.

2019 Guidance (2) :

We currently expect 2019 revenue of approximately $3.5 billion as growth in fitness, aviation, outdoor and marine is partially offset by declines in the auto segment. We currently expect our full year EPS will be approximately $3.70 based upon improved gross margin of approximately 59.5%, operating margin of approximately 22.7% and a full year effective tax rate of approximately 16.5%.

Dividend Recommendation:

The board of directors intends to recommend to the shareholders for approval at the annual meeting to be held on June 7, 2019, a cash dividend in the amount of $2.28 per share (subject to possible adjustment based on the total amount of the dividend in Swiss Francs as approved at the annual meeting), payable in four equal installments on dates to be determined by the Board. The Board currently anticipates the scheduling of the dividend in four installments as follows:

In addition, the board of directors has established March 29, 2019 as the payment date and March 15, 2019 as the record date for the final dividend installment of $0.53 per share, per the prior approval at the 2018 annual shareholders’ meeting. The first, second and third payments of $0.53 per share were made on June 29, 2018, September 28, 2018, and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Revenue Standard Adoption

We adopted the new revenue standard in the first quarter of 2018. The prior periods presented have been restated to reflect adoption of this new standard.

Webcast Information/Forward-Looking Statements:

The information for Garmin Ltd.’s earnings call is as follows:

An archive of the live webcast will be available until February 27, 2020 on the Garmin website at www.garmin.com. To access the replay, click on the Investor Relations link and click over to the Events Calendar page.

This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business that are commonly identified by words such as “would,” “may,” “expects,” “estimates,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects,” and other words or phrases with similar meanings. Any statements regarding the Company’s GAAP and pro forma estimated earnings, EPS, and effective tax rate, and the Company’s expected segment revenue growth rates, consolidated revenue, gross margins, operating margins, potential future acquisitions, currency movements, expenses, pricing, new products to be introduced in 2019, statements relating to possible future dividends and the Company’s plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors that are described in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2018 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s 2018 Form 10-K can be downloaded from https://www.garmin.com/en-US/company/investors/sec/form-10-K/ .

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release and the attachments contain non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure and a discussion of the Company’s use of these measures are included in the attachments.

Garmin, the Garmin logo, the Garmin delta, Navionics, GPSMAP and vívoactive, are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries and are registered in one or more countries, including the U.S.; Descent, Drive and Instinct are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, this release includes the following measures defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission as non-GAAP financial measures: pro forma net income (earnings) per share, pro forma effective tax rate and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting the usefulness of the measures for comparison with other companies. Management believes providing investors with an operating view consistent with how it manages the Company provides enhanced transparency into the operating results of the Company, as described in more detail by category below.

The tables below provide reconciliations between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures.

Pro forma effective tax rate

The Company’s income tax expense is periodically impacted by discrete tax items that are not reflective of income tax expense incurred as a result of current period earnings. Therefore, management believes disclosure of the effective tax rate and income tax provision before the effect of certain discrete tax items are important measures to permit investors’ consistent comparison between periods. In 2018, there were no such discrete tax items identified.

The net release of uncertain tax position reserves, amounting to approximately $31.0 million and $17.9 million for the 52-weeks ended December 29, 2018 and December 30, 2017, respectively, have not been included as pro forma adjustments in the above presentation of pro forma income tax provision as such items tend to be more recurring in nature.

Pro forma net income (earnings) per share

Management believes that net income (earnings) per share before the impact of foreign currency gains or losses and certain discrete income tax items, as discussed above, is an important measure in order to permit a consistent comparison of the Company’s performance between periods.

Free cash flow

Management believes that free cash flow is an important financial measure because it represents the amount of cash provided by operations that is available for investing and defines it as operating cash flows less capital expenditures for property and equipment. Management believes that excluding purchases of property and equipment provides a better understanding of the underlying trends in the Company’s operating performance and allows more accurate comparisons of the Company’s operating results to historical performance. This metric may also be useful to investors, but should not be considered in isolation as it is not a measure of cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. The most comparable GAAP measure is net cash provided by operating activities.

Forward-looking Financial Measures

The forward-looking financial measures in our 2019 guidance provided above do not consider the potential effect of certain discrete tax items, foreign currency exchange gains and losses, and any other impacts that may be identified as pro forma adjustments in calculating the non-GAAP measures described above. At this time management is unable to determine whether or not significant discrete tax items will occur in fiscal 2019, reasonably estimate such foreign currency gains and losses, or anticipate the impact of any other events that may be considered in the calculation of non-GAAP financial measures.

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CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:

Teri Seck


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