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MFLEX Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Financial Results Expects material rebound in revenues in fiscal fourth quarter and profitability recovery in fiscal 2014

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFLX), a leading global provider of high-quality, technologically advanced flexible printed circuits and value-added component assembly solutions to the electronics industry, today reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2013 that were in-line with the preliminary results reported on July 25, 2013. 

Net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $136.1 million, down 20 percent from net sales of $170.0 million in the same quarter last year primarily due to lower sales to a key customer.  Revenues were below the Company's expectations due to soft market conditions, as well as a number of new programs that shifted out to the fiscal fourth quarter.

Gross margin during the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was (3.1) percent, compared to 9.2 percent for the same period in the prior year. The year-over-year decline was primarily driven by the reduced sales level and overhead under-absorption. 

As a result of recent losses, the Company recorded the following non-cash charges during the third quarter: a $7.5 million goodwill impairment charge and a $3.1 million charge to reflect a valuation allowance to reduce the value of certain deferred tax assets.  Due to the change in control that was triggered by the acquisition of the Company's majority shareholder, WBL Corporation Limited, the Company also recorded $9.6 million in additional non-cash stock-based compensation expense. 

Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $31.5 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year.  Non-GAAP net loss excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense and impairment and restructuring for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $18.5 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $4.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  A reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) income and earnings per share to non-GAAP net (loss) income and earnings per share is provided in the table at the end of this press release.   

Despite challenging market conditions, the Company increased its cash and cash equivalents by $31.8 million year-to-date to $114.1 million, or $4.76 per diluted share, at June 30, 2013.  The Company continues to maintain a strong balance sheet with no debt.     

Outlook
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company expects net sales to be between $195 and $215 million and gross margin to range between 1 to 3 percent based on production build plans, projected sales volume and anticipated product mix. 

Reza Meshgin, Chief Executive Officer of MFLEX, commented "We believe our third quarter results will serve as an inflection point as we anticipate a meaningful sequential improvement in revenue in the fourth quarter with continued momentum into fiscal 2014.  As a result, we expect to return to profitability in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, as well as on a full year basis in fiscal 2014.  Our customer relationships are strong and we are aggressively pursuing new customer and product opportunities to diversify our revenue streams and support our longer-term growth objectives." 

Conference Call
MFLEX will host a conference call at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time (2:30 p.m. Pacific time) today to review its fiscal 2013 third quarter financial results.  The dial-in number for the call in North America is 1-877-941-6009 and 1-480-629-9866 for international callers. The call also will be webcast live on the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto www.mflex.com.

The webcast will be archived on the Company's website for at least 60 days following the call. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (5:30 p.m. Pacific time) today.  The audio replay dial-in number for North America is 1-800-406-7325 and 1-303-590-3030 for international callers.  The replay passcode is 4631141.

About MFLEX
MFLEX (www.mflex.com) is a global provider of high-quality, technologically advanced flexible printed circuits and value-added component assembly solutions to the electronics industry. The Company is one of a limited number of manufacturers that provides a seamless, integrated end-to-end flexible printed circuit solution for customers, ranging from design and application engineering, prototyping and high-volume manufacturing to turnkey component assembly and testing. The Company targets its solutions within the electronics market and, in particular, focuses on applications where flexible printed circuits are the enabling technology in achieving a desired size, shape, weight or functionality of an electronic device. Current applications for the Company's products include smartphones, tablets, computer/data storage, portable bar code scanners and other consumer electronic devices. MFLEX's common stock is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol MFLX.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements and predictions regarding: revenue; net sales; sales; net income; profitability; gross margins; revenue growth; cash flow; overhead absorption; demand forecasts; impairment charges and asset write-downs;  expansion and diversification of the Company's customer base and product base; labor costs; new customer opportunities; customer relationships; inventory levels; production build plans; and the ramping of new programs.  Additional forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements pertaining to other financial items, plans, strategies or objectives of management for future operations, the Company's future operations and financial condition or prospects, and any other statement that is not historical fact, including any statement which is preceded by the words "forecast," "guidance," "preliminary," "scheduled," "assume," "can," "will," "plan," "should," "expect," "estimate," "aim," "intend," "look," "see," "project," "foresee," "target," "anticipate," "may," "believe," or similar words. Actual events or results may differ materially from those stated or implied by the Company's forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including the effect of the economy and seasonality on the demand for electronic devices; the Company's success with new and current customers, those customers' success in the marketplace and usage of flex in their products; demand for the Company's products; product mix;  the Company's ability to develop and deliver new technologies; the Company's effectiveness in managing manufacturing processes, inventory levels, costs and yields; the ramping and launch of new programs; currency fluctuations; pricing pressure; the Company's ability to manage quality assurance; the degree to which the Company is able to utilize available manufacturing capacity, enter into new markets and execute its strategic plans; electricity, material and component shortages; the impact of natural disasters, competition and technological advances; the outcome of tax audits; labor issues in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.  These forward-looking statements represent management's judgment as of the date of this news release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.  

Contact:

Stacy Feit


Investor Relations


Tel: 213-486-6549


Email: investor_relations@mflex.com

(SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOLLOWS)



 

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Net sales

$136,066


$170,038


$599,390


$617,344

Cost of sales

140,312


154,382


594,466


546,445

   Gross (loss) profit

(4,246)


15,656


4,924


70,899

Operating expenses:








   Research and development

1,997


1,900


5,812


6,210

   Sales and marketing

5,676


5,726


16,925


18,615

   General and administrative

2,647


4,223


12,614


15,335

   Stock-based compensation expense
       resulting from change in control

9,582


-


9,582


-

   Impairment and restructuring

7,537


(732)


7,537


(2,468)

      Total operating expenses

27,439


11,117


52,470


37,692

Operating (loss) income

(31,685)


4,539


(47,546)


33,207

Other income (expense), net:








   Interest income

248


419


404


1,065

   Interest expense

(112)


(206)


(361)


(440)

   Other income (expense), net

73


58


228


1,861

      (Loss) income before income taxes

(31,476)


4,810


(47,275)


35,693

(Provision for) benefit from income taxes

(53)


(984)


215


(6,219)

      Net (loss) income

$ (31,529)


$    3,826


$ (47,060)


$  29,474









Net (loss) income per share:








   Basic

$    (1.32)


$     0.16


$    (1.97)


$     1.24

   Diluted

$    (1.32)


$     0.16


$    (1.97)


$     1.22

Shares used in computing net (loss) income per share:








   Basic

23,948


23,752


23,847


23,790

   Diluted

23,948


24,044


23,847


24,101

 

 

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)













June 30,


September 30,



2013


2012






Cash and cash equivalents


$114,095


$        82,322

Accounts receivable, net 


94,646


165,408

Inventories


73,613


124,770

Other current assets


13,623


19,217

          Total current assets


295,977


391,717

Property, plant and equipment, net

245,563


274,886

Other assets 


25,283


29,807

          Total assets


$566,823


$      696,410






Accounts payable


$110,028


$      199,737

Other current liabilities


27,118


36,111

          Total current liabilities


137,146


235,848

Other liabilities


19,517


18,573

Stockholders' equity


410,160


441,989

          Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$566,823


$      696,410

 

 

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)












 Three Months Ended 


 Nine Months Ended 



 June 30, 


 June 30, 



2013


2012


2013


2012

Cash flows from operating activities









Net (loss) income


$ (31,529)


$    3,826


$ (47,060)


$  29,474

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:









     Depreciation and amortization


14,869


13,434


44,027


40,097

     Provision for doubtful accounts and allowances


776


(604)


1,461


1,232

     Deferred taxes


(2,802)


(2,362)


(2,908)


(2,436)

     Stock-based compensation expense


10,461


1,416


13,009


4,304

     Income tax benefit related to stock option exercises


-


(6)


(29)


(76)

     Asset impairments


7,537


-


7,537


-

     Restructuring asset recoveries


-


(732)


-


(2,468)

     Gain on disposal of equipment


(1,537)


(702)


(1,661)


(697)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(4,352)


(2,455)


55,062


13,062

             Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities


(6,577)


11,815


69,438


82,492

Cash flows from investing activities









Purchases of property and equipment


(9,153)


(20,694)


(35,945)


(54,644)

Proceeds from sale of equipment and assets held for sale


2,224


2,938


2,360


11,471

             Net cash used in investing activities


(6,929)


(17,756)


(33,585)


(43,173)

Cash flows from financing activities









Income tax benefit related to stock option exercises


-


6


29


76

Tax withholdings for net share settlement of equity awards


(1,959)


(73)


(2,762)


(1,112)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options 


11


13


608


162

Repurchase of common stock


(173)


-


(1,617)


(8,844)

             Net cash used in financing activities


(2,121)


(54)


(3,742)


(9,718)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


(119)


386


(338)


(60)

             Net (decrease) increase in cash 


(15,746)


(5,609)


31,773


29,541

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


129,841


133,040


82,322


97,890

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$114,095


$127,431


$114,095


$127,431

 

 


Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.

Selected Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Schedule Reconciling Selected Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Comparable GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

GAAP net (loss) income

$(31,529)


$  3,826


$(47,060)


$29,474

Stock-based compensation expense

10,461


1,416


13,009


4,304

Impairment and restructuring

7,537


(732)


7,537


(2,468)

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(4,926)


(174)


(5,752)


(424)

Non-GAAP net (loss) income

$(18,457)


$  4,336


$(32,266)


$30,886









GAAP diluted earnings per share

$    (1.32)


$    0.16


$    (1.97)


$    1.22

Effect of stock-based compensation, net of tax on diluted earnings per share

0.29


0.04


0.36


0.12

Effect of impairment and restructuring, net of tax on diluted earnings per share

0.26


(0.02)


0.26


(0.06)

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$    (0.77)


$    0.18


$    (1.35)


$    1.28









Weighted-average diluted shares used in calculating non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

23,948


24,044


23,847


24,101


























Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012

GAAP operating expenses

$ 27,439


$11,117


$ 52,470


$37,692

Stock-based compensation expense resulting from change in control

(9,582)


-


(9,582)


-

Impairment and restructuring

(7,537)


732


(7,537)


2,468

Non-GAAP operating expenses

$ 10,320


$11,849


$ 35,351


$40,160

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement the condensed consolidated financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company uses non-GAAP financial measures (non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and non-GAAP operating expenses) that exclude certain charges and gains. Management excludes these items because it believes that the non-GAAP measures enhance an investor's overall understanding of the Company's financial performance and future prospects by being more reflective of the Company's recurring operational activities and to be more comparable with the results of the Company over various periods. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures internally for strategic decision making, forecasting future results and evaluating current performance. By disclosing non-GAAP financial measures, management intends to provide investors with a more meaningful, consistent comparison of the Company's core operating results and trends for the periods presented. Non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP; therefore, the information is not necessarily comparable to other companies' financial information and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The items excluded from GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share in calculating these non-GAAP financial measures are as follows: (a) stock-based compensation expense including additional expense resulting from the change in control that was deemed to occur under the terms of the Company's stock incentive plan following the acquisition of the Company's majority shareholder, WBL Corporation Limited; and (b) impairment and restructuring activities, including goodwill impairment charges and gains on sale of previously impaired assets.  Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude the stock-based compensation expense resulting from the change in control and impairment and restructuring activities. 

SOURCE Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.



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