Littelfuse Reports Second Quarter Results
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS), the global leader in circuit protection with advancing platforms in power control and sensor technologies, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018:Net sales were $459.2 million, up 47% versus the prior year. Organic revenue growth was 11%. Growth by segment versus the prior year period: Electronics sales increased 77% (up 14% organically)Automotive sales increased 9% (up 5% organically)Industrial sales increased 19% (up 18% organically) GAAP diluted EPS was $1.67; this includes $26 million of after-tax charges primarily related to certain purchase accounting adjustments, acquisition and integration costs related to IXYS Corporation and non-operating foreign exchange losses Adjusted diluted EPS of $2.68 increased 28% over last year GAAP and adjusted effective tax rate were both 19.1% for the quarter Cash flow from operations was $71.6 million and free cash flow was $49.2 million During the quarter, the company exited its Custom business within its Industrial segment; this is not expected to have a material impact to the company’s future sales and earnings The electronics segment book-to-bill ratio exiting the second quarter was 1.02 (excluding the IXYS business)
“We are pleased with our record second quarter results driven by strong demand for our products across all segments and consistent operational performance, including the ongoing integration of the IXYS business,” said Dave Heinzmann, Littelfuse Chief Executive Officer. “With our diversified product portfolio and global presence, we are benefiting from broad-based market demand. Looking ahead, we remain well-positioned to leverage the global mega trends of a safer, greener and increasingly connected world as we execute our long-term strategy and drive double-digit sales and earnings growth.”
For the third quarter of 2018*:Net sales are expected to be in the range of $434 to $446 million, up 38% on a reported basis and up 8% organically, at the midpoint versus the prior year quarter Adjusted diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.31 to $2.45, representing 13% growth over the prior year quarter at the midpoint Adjusted effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 21%
For the 2018 full year, the company expects an adjusted effective tax rate in the range of 18% – 21%.
*All comparisons are to the prior year period unless otherwise noted. Littelfuse provides guidance on a non-GAAP (adjusted) basis. GAAP items excluded from guidance may include the after-tax impact of items including acquisition and integration costs, impairment and severance charges, certain purchase accounting adjustments, foreign exchange adjustments and significant and unusual items. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to results computed in accordance with GAAP. Littelfuse is not able to forecast the excluded items in order to provide the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts.
DividendThe company’s Board of Directors approved a 16% increase in the quarterly cash dividend from $0.37 to $0.43. This equates to an annualized dividend of $1.72 per share. The dividend will be paid on September 6, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 23, 2018.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Littelfuse will host a conference call today, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss the results. The call will be broadcast live and available for replay at Littelfuse.com.
Founded in 1927, Littelfuse is the global leader in circuit protection with advancing platforms in power control and sensor technologies. The company serves customers in the electronics, automotive and industrial markets with products that include fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays and sensors. Littelfuse has more than 11,000 employees in more than 50 locations worldwide. For more information, please visit Littelfuse.com.
“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 Littelfuse, Inc.’s (“Littelfuse” or the “Company”) accounting policies; labor disputes; restructuring costs in excess of expectations; pension plan asset returns less than assumed; uncertainties related to political or regulatory changes; the integration of the recently acquired business of IXYS Corporation (“IXYS”) and the risk that expected benefits, synergies and growth prospects of the acquisition of IXYS may not be achieved in a timely manner, or at all; and other risks which may be detailed in the company’s 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 release 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 30, 2017. 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 30, 2017.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The information included in this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of organic revenue growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted effective tax rate and free cash flow. Many of these non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of certain expenses and income not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is set forth in the attached schedules.
The company believes that organic revenue growth, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and adjusted effective tax rate provide useful information to investors regarding its operational performance because they enhance an investor’s overall understanding of our core financial performance and facilitate comparisons to historical results of operations, by excluding items that are not related directly to the underlying performance of our fundamental business operations or were not part of our business operations during a comparable period. The company believes free cash flow is a useful measure of its ability to generate cash. The company believes that all of these non-GAAP financial measures are commonly used by financial analysts and others in the industries in which we operate, and thus further provide useful information to investors. Management additionally uses these measures when assessing the performance of the business and for business planning purposes. Note that our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from those terms as defined or used by other companies.
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