VPG Reports Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

Tuesday, 11. May 2021 12:30

MALVERN, Pa., May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG), a leading producer of precision sensors and sensor-based systems, today announced its results for its fiscal 2021 first quarter ended April 3, 2021.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenues of $70.6 million increased 4.3% from a year ago.
  • Gross profit margin was 40.5% as compared to 37.0% reported a year ago.
  • Adjusted gross profit margin* was 40.5%, as compared to 37.8% reported a year ago
  • Operating margin was 9.1% as compared to 6.9% reported a year ago.
  • Adjusted operating margin* was 8.7%, as compared to 7.8% reported a year ago.
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.36 as compared to $0.24 reported a year ago.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share* of $0.31, as compared to $0.24 reported a year ago.
  • Cash from operating activities was $5.6 million with adjusted free cash flow* of $(0.1) million.
  • Book-to-bill was 1.21.

Ziv Shoshani, Chief Executive Officer of VPG, commented, "Our first quarter marked a good start to the year. We achieved sales of $70.6 million, which was slightly higher than the high-end of our guidance. Our strong book-to-bill of 1.21, which was driven by sequential order growth of 22.0%, reflected demand momentum across our businesses and end markets.
  
Mr. Shoshani said: "We executed well in the first quarter, and achieved financial results within our target model. We grew our adjusted gross margin compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 and the same quarter a year ago. Our strong cash from operations and solid balance sheet give us the foundation to continue to make the strategic investments in our business to create additional stockholder value."

First Quarter Financial Trends:

The Company's first fiscal quarter 2021 net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders were $5.0 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

The first fiscal quarter 2021 adjusted net earnings* attributable to VPG stockholders were $4.2 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the first fiscal quarter of 2020.

Segments

Foil Technology Products segment revenue of $32.7 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2021 increased 7.3% from $30.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2020; sequentially, revenue decreased 10.3% compared to $36.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase in revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in our advanced sensors product line primarily in our consumer-related markets and an increase in our precision foil resistors revenue to the avionics, military and space market, which was partially offset by lower revenue of Pacific Instruments in the avionics, military and space market. Sequentially, the decline in revenue was primarily due to lower sales of Pacific Instruments and precision foil resistors in the avionics, military and space market, partially offset by an increase in precision foil resistors in the test and measurements market.

Gross profit margin for the Foil Technology Products segment was 39.9% (or, 40.4% adjusted to exclude the impact of COVID-19 and start-up costs related to the new advanced sensors facility) for the first fiscal quarter of 2021, which increased compared to 36.7% in the first fiscal quarter of 2020, and to 38.4% (or, 38.9% adjusted to exclude the impact of COVID-19) in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase in adjusted gross profit margin was primarily due to higher revenue, favorable product mix, and manufacturing efficiencies. Sequentially, the higher adjusted gross profit margin was due to favorable product mix, manufacturing efficiencies and one-time inventory adjustments in the fourth quarter which did not reoccur, partially offset by lower revenue.

Force Sensors segment revenue of $16.9 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2021 increased 15.2% compared to $14.7 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2020 and was 4.2% higher than $16.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher revenue in our other markets, mainly agriculture and consumer. The sequential increase was primarily due to higher revenue in the industrial weighing and general industrial markets.

Gross profit margin for the Force Sensors segment was 35.7% (or, 36.0% adjusted to exclude the impact of COVID-19) for the first fiscal quarter of 2021, which was an increase compared to 24.3% in the first fiscal quarter of 2020, and 29.1% (or, 29.6% adjusted to exclude the impact of COVID-19) in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase in adjusted gross profit margin was primarily due to higher revenue, an increase in inventory, cost controls and a positive impact of foreign exchange. Sequentially, adjusted gross profit margin increased primarily due to higher revenue and manufacturing efficiencies.

Weighing and Control Systems segment revenue of $20.9 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2021 declined 7.0% year-over-year from $22.5 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2020 and were 7.8% lower than $22.7 million in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020. The year-over-year and sequential declines in revenue were primarily attributable to lower project-driven revenue of Dynamic Systems Inc. ("DSI") and KELK steel-related revenue, which was partially offset by higher revenue of our onboard weighing products for the transportation market.

Gross profit margin for the Weighing and Control Systems segment was 45.6% (or, 44.3% adjusted to exclude the purchase accounting adjustments related to the DSI acquisition and the impact of COVID-19), compared to 45.7% (or, 48.0% adjusted to exclude the purchase accounting adjustments related to the DSI acquisition), from the first fiscal quarter of 2020, and 44.0% (or, 42.5% adjusted to exclude the purchase accounting adjustments related to the DSI acquisition and the impact of COVID-19) in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020. The year-over-year decrease in adjusted gross profit margin was mostly due to lower revenue. The sequential increase in adjusted gross profit margin was mainly due to favorable product mix and an increase in inventory, partially offset by lower revenue.

Impacts From the Global COVID-19 Pandemic:

As of May 11, 2021, all of the Company’s facilities are open and operational. The Company is continuing to maintain COVID-19 best practices it believes are warranted with respect to working conditions. Nonetheless, given the ongoing uncertainty concerning the magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, any ongoing economic disruption may adversely affect the Company’s business and financial results.

Near-Term Outlook

“We expect net revenues to grow sequentially and be in the range of $71 million to $77 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2021, at constant first fiscal quarter 2021 exchange rates,” concluded Mr. Shoshani.

*Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We define “adjusted gross profit margin" as gross profit margin before purchase accounting adjustments related to the DSI acquisition, start up costs, and the impacts of COVID-19 costs. We define "adjusted operating margin" as operating margin before purchase accounting adjustments, start-up costs, COVID-19 costs, and restructuring costs. We define "adjusted net earnings” and "adjusted diluted net earnings per share" as net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders before purchase accounting adjustments, start up costs, COVID-19 costs, restructuring costs, foreign exchange gains and losses, and associated tax effects. "Adjusted free cash flow" for the first fiscal quarter of 2021 is defined as the amount of cash generated from operating activities ($5.6 million), in excess of our capital expenditures ($5.7 million), net of proceeds, if any, from the sale of assets ($0.0 million).

Management believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors because each presents what management views as our core operating results for the relevant period. The adjustments to the applicable GAAP measures relate to occurrences or events that are outside of our core operations, and management believes that the use of these non-GAAP measures provides a consistent basis to evaluate our operating profitability and performance trends across comparable periods. These reconciling items are indicated on the accompanying reconciliation schedules and are more fully described in VPG’s financial statements presented in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today (May 11, 2021) at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). To access the conference call, interested parties may call 1-888-317-6003 or internationally 1-412-317-6061 and use passcode 5208376, or log on to the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call by calling toll-free 1-877-344-7529 or internationally 1-412-317-0088 and by using the passcode 10153367. The replay will also be available on the investor relations page of the VPG website at www.vpgsensors.com for a limited time.

About VPG

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based measurement systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of foil technology products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the company's force sensors products and its’ weighing and control systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at www.vpgsensors.com

Forward-Looking Statements

From time to time, information provided by us, including but not limited to statements in this report, or other statements made by or on our behalf, may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated.

Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, expected, estimated, or projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include: general business and economic conditions; difficulties or delays in identifying, negotiating and completing acquisitions and integrating acquired companies; the inability to realize anticipated synergies and expansion possibilities; difficulties in new product development; changes in competition and technology in the markets that we serve and the mix of our products required to address these changes; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; political, economic, health (including the COVID-19 pandemic) and military instability in the countries in which we operate; difficulties in implementing our cost reduction strategies, such as underutilization of production facilities, labor unrest or legal challenges to our lay-off or termination plans, operation of redundant facilities due to difficulties in transferring production to achieve efficiencies; significant developments from the recent and potential changes in tariffs and trade regulation; our efforts and efforts by governmental authorities to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, such as travel bans, shelter-in-place orders and business closures and the related impact on resource allocations, manufacturing and supply chains; the Company’s status as a “critical”, “essential” or “life-sustaining” business in light of COVID-19 business closure laws, orders and guidance being challenged by a governmental body or other applicable authority; the Company’s ability to execute its business continuity, operational and budget plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; and other factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services, and prices that are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact:
Steve Cantor
Vishay Precision Group, Inc.
781-222-3516
steve.cantor@vpgsensors.com

VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.   
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations   
(Unaudited - In thousands, except per share amounts)   
    
 Fiscal quarter ended
 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020
Net revenues$70,589  $67,696 
Costs of products sold41,967  42,631 
Gross profit28,622  25,065 
Gross profit margin40.5% 37.0%
    
Selling, general, and administrative expenses22,183  20,291 
Restructuring costs  130 
Operating income6,439  4,644 
Operating margin9.1% 6.9%
    
Other income (expense):   
Interest expense(305) (461)
Other573  683 
     Other income (expense)268  222 
    
Income before taxes6,707  4,866 
    
Income tax expense1,764  1,574 
    
Net earnings4,943  3,292 
Less: net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests(18) (20)
Net earnings attributable to VPG stockholders$4,961  $3,312 
    
Basic earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders$0.36  $0.24 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to VPG stockholders$0.36  $0.24 
    
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic13,593  13,541 
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted13,629  13,586 


VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.   
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets   
(In thousands)   
 April 3, 2021 December 31, 2020
 (Unaudited)  
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$96,154  $98,438 
Accounts receivable, net43,884  45,339 
Inventories:   
     Raw materials21,604  21,894 
     Work in process23,991  21,534 
     Finished goods18,702  18,920 
          Inventories, net64,297  62,348 
    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets15,287  15,761 
Total current assets219,622  221,886 
    
Property and equipment, at cost:   
Land4,268  4,282 
Buildings and improvements66,611  67,581 
Machinery and equipment118,136  115,717 
Software10,067  10,026 
Construction in progress6,374  6,341 
Accumulated depreciation(129,401) (128,931)
Property and equipment, net76,055  75,016 
    
Goodwill31,167  31,105 
Intangible assets, net31,523  32,039 
Operating lease right-of-use assets20,647  21,788 
Other assets19,586  20,053 
Total assets$398,600  $401,887 


VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.   
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets   
(In thousands)   
 April 3, 2021 December 31, 2020
 (Unaudited)  
Liabilities and equity   
Current liabilities:   
Trade accounts payable$9,310  $10,487 
Payroll and related expenses14,670  17,595 
Other accrued expenses15,211  13,843 
Income taxes1,394  1,593 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities3,812  4,011 
Current portion of long-term debt  18 
Total current liabilities44,397  47,547 
    
Long-term debt, less current portion40,648  40,626 
Deferred income taxes3,178  3,403 
Operating lease liabilities17,867  19,504 
Other liabilities15,920  16,263 
Accrued pension and other postretirement costs15,971  16,687 
Total liabilities137,981  144,030 
    
Commitments and contingencies   
    
Equity:   
Common stock1,320  1,317 
Class B convertible common stock103  103 
Treasury stock(8,765) (8,765)
Capital in excess of par value197,282  197,764 
Retained earnings105,036  100,075 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(34,262) (32,671)
Total Vishay Precision Group, Inc. stockholders' equity260,714  257,823 
Noncontrolling interests(95) 34 
Total equity260,619  257,857 
Total liabilities and equity$398,600  $401,887 


VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.   
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows   
(Unaudited - In thousands)   
 Three Fiscal Months Ended
 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020
Operating activities   
Net earnings$4,943  $3,292 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization3,522  3,199 
Loss from extinguishment of debt  30 
Gain on sale of property and equipment(1) (3)
Share-based compensation expense366  379 
Inventory write-offs for obsolescence613  631 
Deferred income taxes(116) (233)
Other(1,659) (1,137)
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable, net753  (4,956)
Inventories, net(3,089) 1,449 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets366  (1,380)
Trade accounts payable526  (617)
Other current liabilities(601) 5,642 
Net cash provided by operating activities5,623  6,296 
    
Investing activities   
Capital expenditures(5,746) (3,344)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment3  15 
Net cash used in investing activities(5,743) (3,329)
    
Financing activities   
Principal payments on long-term debt(18) (3,385)
Debt issuance costs  (402)
Distributions to noncontrolling interests(111) (25)
Payments of employee taxes on certain share-based arrangements(846) (813)
Net cash used in financing activities(975) (4,625)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(1,189) (2,521)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(2,284) (4,179)
    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period98,438  86,910 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$96,154  $82,731 
    
Supplemental disclosure of investing transactions:   
Capital expenditures purchased$(4,150) $(3,178)
Capital expenditures accrued but not yet paid$965  $1,016 


VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.          
Reconciliation of Consolidated Adjusted Gross Profit, Operating Income, Net Earnings Attributable to VPG Stockholders and Diluted Earnings Per Share  
(Unaudited - In thousands)              
                
 Gross Profit Operating Income Net Earnings Attributable to VPG Stockholders Diluted Earnings Per share
Three months ended April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020
As reported - GAAP$28,622  $25,065  $6,439  $4,644  $4,961  $3,312  $0.36  $0.24 
As reported - GAAP Margins40.5 % 37.0% 9.1% 6.9%        
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments11  515  11  515  11  515    0.04 
COVID-19 impact(151)   (443)   (443)   (0.03)  
Start-up costs129    129    129    0.01   
Restructuring costs      130    130    0.01 
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss        (735) (900) (0.05) (0.07)
Less: Tax effect of reconciling items and discrete tax items        (233) (194) (0.02) (0.02)
As Adjusted - Non GAAP$28,611  $25,580  $6,136  $5,289   $4,156  $3,251  $0.31  $0.24 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP Margins40.5 % 37.8% 8.7% 7.8%        


VISHAY PRECISION GROUP, INC.    
Reconciliation of Adjusted Gross Profit by segment    
(Unaudited - In thousands)     
      
 Fiscal quarter ended
 April 3, 2021 March 28, 2020 December 31, 2020
Foil Technology Products     
As reported - GAAP$13,039  $11,201  $14,023 
As reported - GAAP Margins39.9% 36.7% 38.4%
COVID-19 impact53    163 
Start-up costs$129  $  $ 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP$13,221  $11,201  $14,186 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP Margins40.4% 36.7% 38.9%
      
Force Sensors     
As reported - GAAP$6,040  $3,572  $4,737 
As reported - GAAP Margins35.7% 24.3% 29.1%
COVID-19 impact64    81 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP$6,104  $3,572  $4,818 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP Margins36.0% 24.3% 29.6%
      
Weighing and Control Systems     
As reported - GAAP$9,543  $10,292  $9,987 
As reported - GAAP Margins45.6% 45.7% 44.0%
Acquisition purchase accounting adjustments11  515  9 
COVID-19 impact(268)   (346)
As Adjusted - Non GAAP$9,286  $10,807  $9,650 
As Adjusted - Non GAAP Margins44.3% 48.0% 42.5%

Contact:
Steve Cantor, Senior Director of Investor Relations, Vishay Precision Group
Email: info@vpgsensors.com
Telephone: 781-222-3516

 


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