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Rogers Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 and Full Year Results

February 20, 2019

CHANDLER, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 20, 2019--Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) today announced financial results for the 2018 fourth quarter and full year.

Fourth quarter 2018 The Company reported 2018 fourth quarter net sales of $222.9 million compared to 2018 third quarter net sales of $226.9 million and 2017 fourth quarter net sales of $209.0 million. Net sales for the 2018 fourth quarter were above midpoint of the Company’s previously announced guidance of $215 to $225 million. Currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted 2018 fourth quarter net sales by $2.1 million due to weakening in the Euro and Renminbi compared to 2018 third quarter net sales and $3.1 million compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales.

Earnings for the 2018 fourth quarter were $1.31 per diluted share compared to $1.06 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018 and $0.37 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Earnings per diluted share were above the Company’s guidance range of $0.84 to $0.99. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.67 per diluted share for the 2018 fourth quarter compared to adjusted earnings of $1.42 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018 and $1.36 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted earnings were above the Company’s guidance of $1.20 to $1.35 per diluted share. Earnings for the 2018 fourth quarter were influenced by a significantly lower effective tax rate (see “Effective tax rate” section below).

Fourth quarter 2018 net income was $24.5 million compared to $19.7 million in the third quarter of 2018 and $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was $44.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $47.5 million reported in the third quarter of 2018 and $38.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Gross margin was 35.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 34.9% in the third quarter of 2018 and 36.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Operating margin was 12.0% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 13.1% in the third quarter of 2018 and 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted operating margin was 16.0% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 17.0% in the third quarter of 2018 and 13.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Full year 2018 The company reported 2018 net sales of $879.1 million. Net sales for the full year 2017 were $821.0 million. Net sales during 2018 were favorably impacted by $15.5 million as a result of currency fluctuations, due to a stronger Euro and Renminbi.

Earnings for full year 2018 were $4.70 per diluted share, compared to $4.34 per diluted share for full year 2017. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $5.77 per diluted share for full year 2018, compared to $5.76 for full year 2017. Earnings for full year 2018 were influenced by a significantly lower effective tax rate (see “Effective tax rate” section below).

Full year 2018 net income was $87.7 million, compared to $80.5 million for full year 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was $173.6 million for full year 2018, versus $189.7 million for full year 2017.

Gross margin was 35.4% in 2018, compared to 38.8% in 2017. Operating margin was 12.8% for full year 2018, compared to 15.7% in the full year of 2017. Adjusted operating margin was 15.8% in the full year of 2018, compared to 18.3% in the full year of 2017.

“In 2018, we accelerated capacity investments as the outlook for key applications in Advanced Connectivity and Advanced Mobility strengthened significantly,” stated Bruce D. Hoechner, Rogers’ President and CEO. “Margins were challenged by the operational initiatives underway as we prepare for the significant growth opportunities in 5G wireless infrastructure, EV/HEV and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. While we saw some softness in Q4 2018 demand that will carry forward into Q1 2019, the investments we are making today across the enterprise will enable Rogers to capitalize on these opportunities that we see accelerating in 2019.”

Business segment discussion

Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) Advanced Connectivity Solutions reported 2018 fourth quarter net sales of $72.5 million, a 0.9% increase compared to 2018 third quarter net sales of $71.9 million and a 4.0% decrease compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales of $75.5 million. The sequential increase in 2018 fourth quarter net sales was largely driven by growth in high frequency circuit materials for 5G antenna and aerospace and defense applications, partially offset by lower demand for wireless 4G LTE power amplifiers. Fourth quarter 2018 net sales were unfavorably impacted by $0.8 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates compared to 2018 third quarter net sales and by $1.0 million compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales.

Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) Elastomeric Material Solutions reported 2018 fourth quarter net sales of $88.3 million, a 7.8% decrease compared to 2018 third quarter net sales of $95.8 million and a 16.2% increase compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales of $76.0 million. The sequential decrease in 2018 fourth quarter net sales was due to lower seasonal demand in portable electronics as well as weaker demand in general industrial and automotive applications. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted net sales by $0.7 million in the 2018 fourth quarter compared to 2018 third quarter net sales and by $0.9 million compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales.

Power Electronics Solutions (PES) Power Electronics Solutions reported 2018 fourth quarter net sales of $56.8 million, a 2.8% increase compared to 2018 third quarter net sales of $55.2 million and a 9.2% increase compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales of $52.0 million. The 2018 fourth quarter sequential increase was due to higher demand for rail applications, partially offset by lower demand for variable frequency motor drives. Fourth quarter 2018 net sales were unfavorably impacted by $0.6 million due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates compared to 2018 third quarter net sales and by $1.1 million compared to 2017 fourth quarter net sales.

Other Other reported 2018 fourth quarter net sales of $5.4 million, up $1.4 million compared to the third quarter of 2018 sales of $4.0 million.

Balance sheet and other highlights

Cash position Rogers ended the fourth quarter of 2018 with cash and cash equivalents of $167.7 million, a decrease of $13.5 million from $181.2 million at December 31, 2017. The primary drivers of the lower cash balance were acquisitions completed in the third quarter of 2018 for approximately $121.4 million and capital expenditures of $47.1 million, partially offset by increase in net borrowings of $96.3 million and net cash provided from operating activities of $66.8 million.

Effective tax rate Rogers’ effective tax rate was 3.6% for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 31.0% for the third quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to the implementation of tax strategies late in the fourth quarter which significantly lowered our foreign taxes and facilitated the reversal of reserves associated with uncertain tax positions. Recently issued U.S. tax legislation benefited our 2018 fourth quarter tax rate.

Rogers’ effective tax rate for 2018 was 20.7% compared to 39.5% in 2017. The 2018 rate decrease was primarily due to a lower U.S. statutory tax rate and the absence of the transition tax impact on the current year, as a result of U.S. Tax Reform, as well as the benefits impacting the fourth quarter discussed in the above paragraph.

Financial outlook Rogers guides its 2019 first quarter net sales to a range of $220 to $230 million and gross margin to a range of 35% to 36%. Rogers guides its 2019 first quarter earnings to a range of $0.97 to $1.12 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings are guided to a range of $1.25 to $1.40 per diluted share. Rogers guides its 2019 effective tax rate to be approximately 27-28%.

For the full year 2019, Rogers expects capital expenditures to be in a range of $50 to $60 million.

About Rogers Corporation Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect, and connect our world. With more than 180 years of materials science experience, Rogers delivers high-performance solutions that enable clean energy, internet connectivity, and safety and protection applications, as well as other technologies where reliability is critical. Rogers delivers Power Electronics Solutions for energy-efficient motor drives, e-Mobility and renewable energy; Elastomeric Material Solutions for sealing, vibration management and impact protection in mobile devices, transportation interiors, industrial equipment and performance apparel; and Advanced Connectivity Solutions for wireless infrastructure, automotive safety and radar systems. Headquartered in Arizona (USA), Rogers operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea, with joint ventures and sales offices worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement This release contains forward-looking statements, which may concern our plans, objectives, outlook, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, future restructuring, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause such results to differ include: failure to capitalize on, volatility within, or other adverse changes with respect to the Company’s growth drivers, including advanced mobility and advanced connectivity, such as delays in adoption or implementation of new technologies; uncertain business, economic and political conditions in the United States and abroad, particularly in China, South Korea, Germany, Hungary and Belgium, where we maintain significant manufacturing, sales or administrative operations; the ongoing trade policy dispute between the United States and China, as well as adverse changes in trade policy, tariff regulation or other trade restrictions; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the results of our research and development efforts; adverse competitive developments; business development transactions and related integration considerations, including failure to realize, or delays in the realization of anticipated benefits of such transactions; the outcome of ongoing and future litigation, including our asbestos-related product liability litigation; inability to obtain raw materials, including commodities, from single or limited source suppliers in a timely and cost effective manner; and changes in laws and regulations applicable to our business. For additional information about the risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect our business, please see our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Rogers Corporation assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements contained herein except as required by law.

Conference call and additional information

A conference call to discuss 2018 fourth quarter results will take place today, Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 5 pm ET.

A live webcast and slide presentation will be available under the investors section of www.rogerscorp.com/ir.

To participate, please dial:

1-800-574-8929 Toll-free in the United States 1-973-935-8524 Internationally There is no passcode for the live teleconference.

If you are unable to attend, a conference call playback will be available from February 20, 2019 at approximately 8 pm ET through March 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 from the United States, and 1-404-537-3406 from outside of the US, each with passcode 3169706.

Additionally, the archived webcast will be available on the Rogers website at approximately 8 pm ET February 21, 2019.

Additional information Please contact the Company directly via email or visit the Rogers website.

(Financial statements follow)

Please note for adoption of ASU 2017-07, Rogers has reclassified fourth quarter and year to date 2017 pension and OPEB income, in the amounts of $396 and $1,640 thousand, respectively, from Selling, general and administrative expense to Other income (expense), net, in the condensed consolidated statements of operations above.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures

Non-GAAP financial measures:

This earnings release includes the following financial measures that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”):

(1) Adjusted earnings per diluted share, which the Company defines as earnings per diluted share excluding acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets and discrete items, such as restructuring expenses, asbestos litigation-related charges, gain from antitrust litigation settlement, acquisition and related integration costs, tax expense related to United States tax reform, transition services related to the asset acquisition, purchase accounting inventory adjustments, and gains or losses on asset or business dispositions (collectively, “Discrete Items”);

(2) Adjusted EBITDA, which the Company defines as net income excluding interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, and Discrete Items; and

(3) Adjusted operating margin, which the Company defines as operating margin excluding acquisition-related amortization of intangible assets and Discrete Items.

Management believes each of these measures is useful to investors because they allow for comparison to the Company’s performance in prior periods without the effect of items that, by their nature, tend to obscure the Company’s core operating results due to the potential variability across periods based on the timing, frequency and magnitude. As a result, management believes that adjusted earnings per diluted share, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating margin enhance the ability of investors to analyze trends in the Company’s business and evaluate the Company’s performance relative to peer companies. However, non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or solely as alternatives to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly named measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of the differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and their most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP are set forth below.

**2017 financial measures below have been adjusted for the adoption of ASU 2017-07, and have been adjusted for the Company’s reclassification of pension and OPEB income from selling, general and administrative expense to other income (expense), net.

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CONTACT: Investor contact:

Mike Ludwig

480-917-6073

investor.relations@rogerscorp.com

http://www.rogerscorp.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ARIZONA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY OTHER ENERGY MANUFACTURING CHEMICALS/PLASTICS ENGINEERING OTHER MANUFACTURING

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